On View: Kulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan
Jan
18
to Apr 28

On View: Kulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan

 Sketch of  Daly City, February 1981,  Bren Bataclan, 2017

Sketch of Daly City, February 1981, Bren Bataclan, 2017

The Pao Arts Center is proud to present a new series of works by Filipino American artist Bren Bataclan, inspired by his own immigration to Daly City, California in 1981.

His minimalist, hyper-stylized compositions are immediately accessible to viewers of all ages and backgrounds, even as they convey deeply-felt themes of estrangement and belonging, discovery, and confusion.  Kulap invites recognition, reflection, and contemplation of what it means to be an immigrant, a citizen, and an evolving human being.

Join us for the Opening Reception on January 18 | 6:00pm-7:30pm.

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About the Artist: Bren Bataclan is a Cambridge-based artist who was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco area. Prior to becoming a full time artist, Bren taught design and computer animation at UMass Amherst and the Museum School. In the early 2000s, Bren began giving away paintings in public spaces with a note saying, "This painting is yours if you promise to smile at random people more often." Since then, he has given away 3,000 paintings in 70 different countries and to all 50 U.S. states. Schools began to ask Bren to give presentations about his kindness-related street art project. His presentations led to 150 mural projects for schools, hospitals and businesses. Heinemann Press published an elementary school textbook entitled, "The Smile Artist," about his artwork. And in 2017, he gave a TEDxTalk about his street art project. Bren received his BA in design at UCLA (summa cum laude) and his MA in computer animation at the Ohio State University.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults
Mar
3
to May 26

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults

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Dip into an immersion of Chinese Brush Painting. This class is suitable whether you are a budding novice or an experienced painter. With careful guidance from the instructor, students will learn to explore the floral beauty of spring with Mr. Xiaoyong Liu. *The instructor leads in Mandarin. Please let us know if you prefer to have English or Cantonese interpretation.

Plum Blossoms | Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 2:00-3:30pm

Magnolias | Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 2:00-3:30pm

Morning Glories | Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 2:00-3:30pm

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 


 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Dancing With Ink
Apr
9
to Apr 30

Dancing With Ink

 Works by Chris Chou

Works by Chris Chou

Spend your Monday afternoons dabbling in creativity with a refreshing course that introduces contemporary use and techniques of Chinese Ink and Watercolor. The four-class session meets on Mondays in April from 2:00-2:30pm. *One of the classes has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 17th because of the Monday holiday.

  • April 9 | The Line is Talking
  • *Tuesday, April 17 | Dots are Moving
  • April 23 | Collage
  • April 30 | About Brush Strokes

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

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Artist Bio: Chris Chou is a painter with roots from Taiwan who has found a home in Boston. Chris completed her B.A. at the National Taiwan Academy of Art and her M.F.A. at Boston University's College of Fine Arts. Her educational background has also been enriched by having completed programs at Kapiolani College, New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, and the Office of the Arts at Harvard University. Chris's teaching experience includes Boston University's College of Fine Arts, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, National Dong Hwa University, Central Academy of Fine Arts, and the Art Institute of Boston. Chris has won numerous awards and recognitions for her work-- including the Guggenheim's Fellow Award in 2007. The Mayor's Gallery Boston City Hall is among one of the places she has had the honor of hosting solo exhibitions. The color red--in particular-- is a trademark to the vitality that painting has marked her life.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Rescheduled! Intro. to Anime Workshop for Youth 13-18
Apr
28
1:30 PM13:30

Rescheduled! Intro. to Anime Workshop for Youth 13-18

 By Shaina Lu

By Shaina Lu

Learn the fundamentals of illustrating Japanese style anime characters with artist Shaina Lu.

Ages 13-18Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

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About the Artist: Shaina Lu is an educator and artist that lives in Boston. She has experience teaching art and English in both China and Boston and holds a Master’s degree in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied the intersection of art, education, and activism. Shaina has illustrated and published several picture books and comics, and has created art for projects ranging from computer games to community murals.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Chinatown Presents: Voci Angelica Trio
Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

Chinatown Presents: Voci Angelica Trio

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Come experience the Voci Angelica Trio, international band with members hailing from three continents. Listeners describe the music as "a haute folk sound that mesmerizes and enthralls," where each note "sears itself into a goosebump on your arm."

Straddling the genres of world folk and classical music, the trio creates an ambitious blend of cultures, reinvigorating traditional songs for contemporary audiences. Vocal harmonies elegantly intertwine with lush cello lines and percussion to create a musical fusion that transcends political and geographic borders.

All ages welcome for this interactive participatory concert. Suggested donation: $10

About the Artists: Voci Angelica Trio includes Jodi Hitzhusen on voice/percussion, Meena Malik on voice/percussion and Aristides Rivas on cello. In 2017, the trio joined the roster of the Boston Celebrity Series Neighborhood Arts Program which presents free concerts for local communities. In 2013, the trio won an Iguana Music Fund grant from Club Passim to purchase a sound system for their school educational program with Young Audiences of Massachusetts. Voci Angelica's mission has also led to the USA's East Coast, Midwest and Southern regions; Canada; Japan; and South Korea.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Chinatown Presents: Finding KUKAN
May
3
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Finding KUKAN

Films take center stage at the Pao Arts Center with films presented by The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF).  Join us for a curated selection of documentary films showcasing both contemporary and historic Asian American experiences this spring!

Screening will be followed by a Skype Q & A with the filmmaker. 

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Thursday May 3 | 6:30-8:30pm | Finding KUKAN

Filmaker Robin Lung investigates the case of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world. KUKAN has the rare honor of being the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award® in 1942.  

Co-Presented By:

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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On View: Heartful Creations: Josiah Quincy Elementary School Show
May
4
to Jun 2

On View: Heartful Creations: Josiah Quincy Elementary School Show

  Me, i and Myself, Inspired by Frida Kahlo,  Alvin Qin (2nd grade), 2017

Me, i and Myself, Inspired by Frida Kahlo, Alvin Qin (2nd grade), 2017

Josiah Quincy Elementary School (JQES) K-5 students showcase their rich diversity and culture. This exhibition highlights their rich thinking, imagination, and creativity with a series of paintings, collages, prints, and sculptures. JQES students put their heart on display with their stories, expression, and talent for all to see. 

Opening Celebration | May 12 | 3:00-5:00pm

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Cartooning for Kids 8-12 (4 class series)
May
5
to May 26

Cartooning for Kids 8-12 (4 class series)

 By Shaina Lu

Get your kids’ creative juices flowing during 4 weeks of enriching art-making classes for children. Spend Saturday mornings for some fun learning to create and draw cartoons with artist Shaina Lu.

Ages 8-12 | The four-class session meets on Saturdays: May 5, 12, 19, 26. Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

 

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About the Artist: Shaina Lu is an educator and artist that lives in Boston. She has experience teaching art and English in both China and Boston and holds a Master’s degree in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied the intersection of art, education, and activism. Shaina has illustrated and published several picture books and comics, and has created art for projects ranging from computer games to community murals.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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In the Kitchen: Chinese-Style Mochi
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: Chinese-Style Mochi

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Food has the unique power to bring together family, neighbors, and strangers. The In the Kitchen series highlights the stories, knowledge, and recipes from residents, artists, and Chinatown community members. Drop in for 1 or all 3 classes that feature the culture-rich foods of the Asian community and connect with other participants and the instructor while enjoying your edible creations. 

Materials will be provided. Please inform us if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

May 5: Chinese-Style Mochi

BCNC parent Yu Yan Su returns to the pop-up kitchen at the Pao Arts Center to teach people how to make Chinese-style mochi - a dessert that features soft rice dough skin surrounding a center made of different fillings made of seeds (such as peanuts, adzuki red beans, coconut, or black sesame) and is often dusted with coconut flakes.

About the Artist: YuYan Su came to the United States with her parents in 2001. She worked in the Boston Market for nine years. During her time of work there, whenever she saw customers enjoy the food, she was filled with a kind of fulfillment and happiness. That was the beginning of when her interest in cooking blossomed. Once during a BCNC Cooking Matters class, the teacher gave her a chance to lead and instruct. This opportunity was the moment that made her fall in love with the atmosphere of learning to cook with everyone.

March 17: Tortang Talong

April 7: Indian Daal and Spices

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Chinatown Presents: Kundiman Literaoke Night
May
11
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Kundiman Literaoke Night

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When literature and karaoke collide, welcome to Literaoke! Come get lit with Kundiman as they host a night of writers of color who will take the stage to sing their favorite hits, then read some of their writing. Join us for a night of music, writing, & mic-drops!

Suggested donation: $10

About Kundiman: Kundiman is a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. Kundiman creates a space where Asian American writers can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. Through workshops, mentorships, our annual retreat, and programs and readings, we seek to uplift the storytellers of our community, and we see the arts as a tool of empowerment, education, and liberation.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Pao Arts Center Turns One!
May
12
3:00 PM15:00

Pao Arts Center Turns One!

  Pao Arts Center Ribbon Cutting

Pao Arts Center Ribbon Cutting

Join us as we celebrate one year of arts programming in Chinatown!

  • Opening reception of the latest exhibit, Heartful Creations featuring works from Josiah Quincy Elementary School students
  • Interactive art activities
  • Cake Cutting

 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Annual Meeting 2018
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Meeting 2018

Join us for a year in review and to celebrate our staff and volunteers.

Agenda

  • Special Performances
  • Agency Updates and Program Highlights
  • Staff and Volunteer Service Awards

Light dinner served. Seating Limited. Please RSVP by Friday, May 18th. 

Contact: Jean Quintal | 617-603-2540

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Asian American Youth Conference
May
26
12:00 PM12:00

Asian American Youth Conference

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May is Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month! During May, we celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of our Asian American communities.

Youth are invited for this year's "Unity in Community" Asian American Youth Conference. The conference will include workshops held by our community partners on how youth can initiate and enact change in our communities.

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We will be holding raffle drawings gift certificates from Bao Bao Bakery, J.P. Licks, and more! To close off, our showcase will have a variety of performances ranging from breakdancing to live music. Lunch will be provided, as well as snacks throughout the day.

Register for this FREE conference here, and make sure to check out our Instagram page @asamyouthconf!

Contact: asamyouthconf@gmail.com | 617-635-5129 x1023

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Quincy Family Fun Fair
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

Quincy Family Fun Fair

Celebrating Strong Families                         

Bring your family members of all ages to BCNC Quincy's inaugural Family Fun Fair!  

This FREE event will feature: Arts & Crafts, Cultural Performances, Family Competitions, Petting Zoo, Games and Activities, Face Painting, Watermelon Eating Contest and More!

Location: Cavanaugh Stadium is a park located in North Quincy at the intersection of Hollis Avenue and Birch Street. Parking is available on the street and at the Atlantic Middle School.

This is event is made possible by our generous sponsors.

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We Share We Listen 我想聽 你說
Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

We Share We Listen 我想聽 你說

Youth, Parents/Caregivers, and Service Providers are invited for a day of conversations on how to improve the well-being and health of Asian American youth and families.我們邀請青少年、家長/照顧者、以及服務提供人員來共同進行有關如何改善美國亞裔青少年和家庭的福祉和健康的對話。

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! Register below for this free event by Thursday, April 19. 活動免費;請在4月19日, 星期五前通過以下表格報名. 

Together we will hear from health, education, and social service professionals, screen the documentary "Looking for Luke," and share with each other in breakout sessions. Chinese interpretation is available. 我們將會聽取來自醫療、教育、社會服務背景的專業人士的意見、觀看“尋找Luke”的紀錄片、以及在小組裡互相分享寶貴的經驗和知識。屆時將提供中文翻譯。

About "Looking for Luke": Luke Tang was a well-liked, passionate, and brilliant Harvard sophomore who took his friends and family by surprise when he decided to take his own life. The film aims to raise awareness of depression as an illness and destigmatize seeking help for mental health issues. 關於“尋找Luke”:唐章浩(Luke)是一個受眾人喜歡、充滿熱情、和聰明的哈佛大學二年級學生。也因此,他的親朋戚友難以置信他最終會決定了斷自己的生命。這部紀錄片的目的是為了提升對憂鬱症病情的認識,並且鼓勵以尋求幫助來解決心理健康的問題。

Schedule

  • 9:00 am Registration
  • 9:10 am Speaker: Justin Chen, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 9:45 am Screening of "Looking for Luke"
  • 10:20 am Panel Discussion with health, education, and social service professionals
  • 11:30 am Breakout Sessions:
    • Youth - Balancing Youth and Parent Wishes
    • Parents - How to Raise a Healthy and Successful Child in the US
    • Providers - Social Emotional Health for Asian American Youth and Parents

當天時間表

  • 9:00am  註冊
  • 9:10am  演講: 麻省總醫院醫生,Justin Chen, MD, MPH
  • 9:45am 觀看紀錄片“尋找Luke”
  • 10:20am 醫療、教育、社會服務背景的專業人士討論會
  • 11:30am 小組討論
    • 青少年 – 平衡青少年和家長的願望
    • 家長/照顧者 – 如何在美國養育健康和成功的孩子
    • 服務提供人員 – 美國亞裔青少年和家長的社會情緒健康

Contact 如有問題,請聯繫: Grace Su | 617-635-5129 x1039 

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Screening: The Day of Reckoning 腊月三十日到来 by Xu Xing
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

Screening: The Day of Reckoning 腊月三十日到来 by Xu Xing

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Xu Xing’s most recent work uses a heartbreaking love story between a husband and wife as a vehicle with which to confront the contortions of China’s political history since 1949. It is a personal love story, it is also a story of a nation. Fundamentally it is a story about personal survival in an oppressive state. The powerless are given a chance to tell their tragic story and leave a record to hold against the official narrative of the Chinese state, which passes over them in silence.

Screening presented in partnership with BU Center for the Study of Asia and BU Arts Initiative. 

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About the Artist: Xu Xing 徐星 is a prominent Chinese writer and documentary filmmaker. Often called ”The Chinese Jack Kerouac,” his works have consistently engaged with national and international issues of politics, power, and moral responsibility. At the same time these larger issues are always evoked through the lives of the common working people in China.

Xu enjoyed his most prolific period as a writer during the 1980s and 1990s, and his books reached a broad international audience when they were translated into French, English and German. In the early 1990s he migrated to Germany, staying in Heidelberg. After returning to his hometown Beijing, he began shooting documentary films. Xu is currently in residency at Boston University.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-635-5129 x 1028

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Sing Home! International Live Band Karaoke Night
Apr
14
6:30 PM18:30

Sing Home! International Live Band Karaoke Night

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Photo Credit: Ilmicrofono Oggiono CC2.0

Come and sing your favorite song with a professional live band! 

Any song that reminds you of a feeling of home is welcome: a pop song from your youth, or a tune a parent or grandparent sang.

Click here to REGISTER your song request by Wednesday, April 11th, 11:59pm. Only registered songs will be played by the band.

6:30 pm  Doors Open
7:00 pm  Open Mic
8:00 pm   Song Contest with cash prizes of $25 - $100

This program is part of BCNC Pao Arts Center's Artist-In-Residence program. Through Sing Home, artist Shaw Pong Liu will collect and share songs from the homes of the people of Boston's Chinatown - residents, workers, visitors - and create new musical compositions as a way to start conversations about immigration, neighborhood, and cultural and civic identity. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Shaw Pong Liu

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Boston Marathon Concert: Featuring Whiskey Treaty Roadshow
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Boston Marathon Concert: Featuring Whiskey Treaty Roadshow

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Help us celebrate our Team BCNC Boston Marathon runner Ryan Ng the weekend before the race with a night of music and fun at the Hong Kong Restaurant in Cambridge! The night will feature a concert by the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, a raffle, and more. All proceeds from the concert will help Ryan reach his fundraising goal to support BCNC programs for Asian immigrant and Asian American families.

About Ryan: Ryan recently started running as part of a New Year’s resolution. His parents were so proud of him that they decided to start running and made a deal that if he runs the Boston Marathon, they will run the BAA 5K. As an active member of his cultural community in San Francisco growing up, Ryan is excited to support BCNC by running the Marathon. Click here to learn more about his journey and support him

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About the Band: The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is a collaborative band that brings together five Massachusetts singer-songwriters in the vein of Americana, rock, and roots-folk music.

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Chinatown Presents: Sunday Beauty Queen
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Sunday Beauty Queen

Films take center stage at the Pao Arts Center with films presented by The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF).  Join us for a curated selection of documentary films showcasing both contemporary and historic Asian American experiences this spring!

Screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with the filmmaker.

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Thursday, April 5 | 6:30-8:30pm | Sunday Beauty Queen 

A Filipina maid dreams to become Hong Kong's most beautiful queen not for self worth but to save lives, change the abusive system, and be happy inside out. 

Sunday Beauty Queen offers a glimpse on how the migration phenomenon affects the Philippines, culturally and economically. It shows the real story on how Overseas Filipino Workers cope with the difficulties working abroad and how they uplift the Filipino spirit around the world. Directed By Babyruth Villarama Gutierrez.

Co-Presented by the Filipino Festival in Malden

Other events in this series:

Thursday, May 3 | 6:30-8:30pm | Finding KUKAN

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Chinatown Presents: Authors Anelise Chen and Q.M. Zhang
Mar
23
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Authors Anelise Chen and Q.M. Zhang

Kaya Press authors Anelise Chen and Q.M. Zhang come together to discuss trauma, memory and the writing.  Both authors push the boundaries of genres with their hybrid and experimental text that refuse to be placed in simple categories such as memoir, novels, self-help and more.  

Moderated by author, educator, and playwright Proshot Kalami

$10 suggested donation. 

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About Anelise Chen and So Many Olympic Exertions: The essays and reviews of Anelise Chen have appeared in the New York Times, NPR, BOMB Magazine, The New Republic, VICE, and Village Voice. She has received fellowships from the Asian American Writers' Workshop, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and she will be a 2019 Literature Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. 

Blending elements of self-help, memoir, and sports writing, So Many Olympic Exertions is an experimental novel that perhaps most resembles what the ancient Greeks called hypomnemata, or “notes to the self” in the form of observations, reminders, and self-exhortations. Taken together, these notes constitute a personal handbook on “how to live” or perhaps more urgently “why to live,” a question the narrator, graduate student Athena Chen, desperately needs answering.

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About Q.M. Zhang and Accomplice to Memory: Q.M. Zhang (Kimberly Chang) grew up in upstate New York, lived in China and Hong Kong, and currently makes her home in Western Massachusetts.  She is a writer and teacher of creative non/fiction stories and forms, with a focus on Chinese American border crossings.  Trained in the disciplines of anthropology and psychology, she has published ethnographic studies of Asian diasporic communities on both sides of the Pacific.  She currently teaches at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

In Accomplice to MemoryQ.M. Zhang tries to piece together the fractured mystery of her father’s exodus from China to the U.S. during the two decades of civil and world war leading up to the 1949 revolution. Part memoir, novel, and historical documentary, this hybrid text explores the silences and subterfuge of an immigrant parent, and the struggles of the second generation to understand the first. Mixing images and text in the manner of W.G. Sebald, Zhang blurs the boundary between fiction and nonfiction, memory and imagination, and the result is a literary page-turner of one woman racing against time to uncover and reimagine her family's origin story.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber Concert
Mar
18
3:00 PM15:00

Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber Concert

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Join us for a free Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) concert for all-ages! The one hour concert and is followed by a coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians.

Artists and Program

Si-Jing Huang, violin
Victor Romanul, violin
Michael Zaretsky, viola
Owen Young, cello

BEETHOVEN Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3 (20 min)
SIBELIUS Duo for violin and viola (5 min)
BRAHMS String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat, Op. 67 (30 min)

Click here to register.

Community Chamber Concerts build personal connections to the BSO and orchestral music, allowing community members to become more deeply engaged with the BSO over time.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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The Leavers with The Boston Filipino American Book Club
Mar
17
2:30 PM14:30

The Leavers with The Boston Filipino American Book Club

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Join The Boston Filipino American Book Club for a half hour book discussion via Skype with author Lisa Ko at 3:30pm.  Before hand, mix and mingle with old and new friends!  

Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel which was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction and won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and O. Magazine. She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. Born in Queens and raised in New Jersey, she currently lives in Brooklyn.

 

For more information and to RSVP contact Bren Bataclan

This event is programmed in conjunction with current exhibition Kulap: New Works By Bren Bataclan. 

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New Date! In the Kitchen: Tortang Talong
Mar
17
11:00 AM11:00

New Date! In the Kitchen: Tortang Talong

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Food has the unique power to bring together family, neighbors, and strangers. The In the Kitchen series highlights the stories, knowledge, and recipes from residents, artists, and Chinatown community members. Drop in for 1 or all 3 classes that feature the culture-rich foods of the Asian community and connect with other participants and the instructor while enjoying your edible creations. 

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

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By Bren Bataclan

This is rescheduled from March 3, which was cancelled due to travel impacts from inclement weather.

March 17: Tortang Talong with Bren Bataclan

Enjoying our latest exhibit, Kulap? Get to know the artist behind the exhibit, Bren Bataclan, by learning to cook one of his favorite dishes, Tortang Talong, alongside him. Share a bite with him as he shares his vegetarian version of this Filipino egg and eggplant dish.

Other events in this series:

April 7: Indian Daal and Spices

May 5: Chinese-Style Mochi

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About the Artist: Bren Bataclan is a Cambridge-based artist who was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco area. In the early 2000s, Bren began giving away paintings in public spaces with a note saying, "This painting is yours if you promise to smile at random people more often." Since then, he has given away 3,000 paintings in 70 different countries and to all 50 U.S. states. Bren studied design at UCLA and computer animation at the Ohio State University.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Anime Class for Kids 8-12 (4 class series)
Mar
3
to Mar 24

Anime Class for Kids 8-12 (4 class series)

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Photo credit: William Ge

Are your kids fanatics of Japanese anime? Join us Saturday mornings for a creative, mind-stimulating series of learning to illustrate Japanese style anime characters with artist Shaina Lu.

Ages 8-12 | The four-class session is on Saturdays: March 3, 10, 17. 24. Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

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About the Artist: Shaina Lu is an educator and artist that lives in Boston. She has experience teaching art and English in both China and Boston and holds a Master’s degree in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied the intersection of art, education, and activism. Shaina has illustrated and published several picture books and comics, and has created art for projects ranging from computer games to community murals.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Chinese New Year Banquet
Mar
2
5:30 PM17:30

Chinese New Year Banquet

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We are currently sold out of individual tickets and tables for the Banquet. Contact Jean Quintal to be placed on the wait list. Thank you!

The BCNC Chinese New Year Banquet is one of the largest community celebrations in Chinatown, with 600 guests in attendance. This annual sold-out event serves as BCNC’s biggest fundraiser, raising funds to provide essential family-centered services to over 3,000 people each year.  View the fact sheet for more information about the event and sponsorship form for information about sponsoring.

Contact: Jean Quintal |  617-603-2540

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Chinatown Presents: Boston Asian American Film Festival
Mar
1
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Boston Asian American Film Festival

Films take center stage at the Pao Arts Center with films presented by The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF).  Join us for a curated selection of documentary films showcasing both contemporary and historic Asian American experiences and over three evenings this spring!

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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Thursday, March 1 | 6:30-8:30pm | Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

From acclaimed director Steve JamesAbacus: Small Enough To Jail — the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted in relation to the 2008 financial crisis — is now an Academy Award® nominee! 

Thursday, April 5 | 6:30-8:30pm | TBD

Thursday May 3 | 6:30-8:30pm | Finding Kukan

Filmaker Robin Lung investigates the case of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world. KUKAN has the rare honor of being the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award® in 1942.  

 

About BAAFF: The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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In the Kitchen: Dumplings
Feb
25
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: Dumplings

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Photo Credit: Vania Chan

Back by popular demand for Lunar New Year, learn how to make fold, shape, and cook dumplings with local BCNC community member, YuYan Su. Dumplings are a popular Chinese dish for new year. YuYan Su will be teaching two recipes: one that appeals to traditional palates as well as her own delicious, unique Chinese American recipe. 

Stay for other family-friendly activities happening on February 25 to celebrate the New Year.

The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Lunar New Year Celebration
Feb
25
11:00 AM11:00

Lunar New Year Celebration

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Photo Credit Steven Sulewski.

Boston's Chinatown hosts the biggest Lunar New Year parade in New England with troupes of colorful lion dance dancers ringing in the Year of the Dog. Huddle indoors at BCNC’s new Pao Arts Center in Chinatown and have your creative and artistic impulses flourish during the New Year!

Drop in for free family-friendly activities from 11:00am-3:00pm including lantern making, Chinese macrame, story writing, music and song-sharing, and exhibitions tours. Drop-in Lion Dance workshops run at 12:00, 12:30, and 1:00 pm.

Learn how to make dumplings, a traditional new year dish. Click here to register for this fee-based class on Feb. 25, 11:00 am.

Be sure to catch other Chinatown Lunar New Year activities such as the 2018 Chinatown Lion Dance Parade  and the Chinatown Main Street Cultural Village. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy - A Multimedia Concert
Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy - A Multimedia Concert

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National touring musicians and Brown University doctoral students Julian Saporiti & Erin Aoyama bring their unique and innovative multimedia concert No-No Boy to Boston. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors, and his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, as well as other archival stories that explore diverse aspects of the Asian American experience, Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research into folk songs in an effort to bring these stories to a broader audience. Performing these well-crafted songs alongside Erin Aoyama, whose family was incarcerated at one of the 10 Japanese American concentration camps, No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness. 

This concert will also feature the live debut of a suite of songs from the No-No Boy project which focus on historical and contemporary Chinatowns in Boston and NYC.

About the Artist: From 2004-2010, Julian Saporiti fronted the indie-rock group The Young Republic. Later, while in Laramie, Wyoming to pursue a Master's in American Studies, Saporiti made several trips to the remains of the Heart Mountain concentration camp where, during WWII, the US government unconstitutionally incarcerated over 10,000 people of Japanese descent. Saporiti began interviewing camp survivors and researching the music performed in the camps. From these interviews, and his thoughts about his own displaced family of Vietnamese refugees, he began writing No-No Boy. He resides in Providence, Rhode Island where he iscontinuing this research, composing and recording music, and pursuing a PhD at Brown University, where he also directs the Brown Arts Initiative Songwriters Workshop..

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Bamboo Circle Basketball Tournament
Feb
9
5:30 PM17:30

Bamboo Circle Basketball Tournament

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Come play in BCNC’s 2nd annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School gymnasium! Bring your team of 3-4 players to compete for $200 in prize money, a trophy, and most importantly, bragging rights. Proceeds will benefit BCNC's Youth Center, which supports more than 150 low-income, Asian immigrant youth annually to participate in leadership, college access, and mentoring programs.

Registration ends on February 6, 2018. A maximum of 16 teams can participate. The registration fee is $100 per team. The fee is nonrefundable, but transferable. 

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Tournament rules: The tournament will have a double elimination format (your team will be eliminated from championship contention after 2 losses). Eliminated teams can still face other eliminated teams if courts are available. Games will be up to 11 points (straight up, not win by 2), with each basket being 1 point on a half court. The time limit for games is approximately 30 minutes, games may be shortened if score is well below 11 after 30 minutes. The final elimination game(s) will be held on the main court with no other games being played on the side. The games are self-governed; please respect all calls. Clear all balls when there is a change of possession. Teams may consist of 3-4 players, with up to 2 substitutions during a dead ball per game.

Contact: Cato Hui

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Palaver Strings Community Concert and Workshop (Feb)
Feb
4
4:00 PM16:00

Palaver Strings Community Concert and Workshop (Feb)

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Palaver Strings hosts a free performance workshop in preparation for their February concert series, Seeking Sanctuary. This event will explore the impact and presence that Chinese music and art has on the city of Boston. After a music performance and personal narratives, participants will be invited to share reflections through an interactive art installation. This art collage will be displayed at Palaver Strings’ concerts at the Boston Center for the Arts. Participants will receive free admission to Seeking Sanctuary at the Boston Center for the Arts on Sunday, February 11.

At a time when immigration policy is at the forefront of our national politics, Palaver seeks to humanize the conversation by providing an artistic outlet for these stories, and emphasizing their connection to our own immigrant heritage. The Seeking Sanctuary concerts showcase the journeys and experiences of Boston immigrants. With a special focus on the Irish, Cape Verdean, and Chinese communities, this program will feature new compositions, spoken word pieces, and a participatory art installation inspired by the incredible stories of immigrants and their descendants.

*This program is part of Palaver Strings' residency at Boston Center for the Arts*

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo  | 617-863-9080

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Bamboo Circle Hot Pot Dinner
Feb
3
4:00 PM16:00

Bamboo Circle Hot Pot Dinner

Join the Bamboo Circle, BCNC's young professionals network, for a hot pot dinner! Enjoy this traditional winter meal with other young professionals while supporting a good cause.

Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door. Ticket price includes all food and drink. Proceeds will benefit BCNC's Youth Center, which supports more than 150 low-income, Asian immigrant youth annually to participate in leadership, college access, and mentoring programs. 

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Contact: Linda Duong | 617-635-5129 x1007

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Opening Reception for Kulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception for Kulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan

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Sketch of Daly City, February 1981, Bren Bataclan, 2017

Join us for the opening reception of Kulap.

Cambridge-based artist Bren Bataclan presents new works inspired by his immigration to the United States. 

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About the Artist: Bren Bataclan is a Cambridge-based artist who was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco area. Prior to becoming a full time artist, Bren taught design and computer animation at UMass Amherst and the Museum School. In the early 2000s, Bren began giving away paintings in public spaces with a note saying, "This painting is yours if you promise to smile at random people more often." Since then, he has given away 3,000 paintings in 70 different countries and to all 50 U.S. states. Schools began to ask Bren to give presentations about his kindness-related street art project. His presentations led to 150 mural projects for schools, hospitals and businesses. Heinemann Press published an elementary school textbook entitled, "The Smile Artist," about his artwork. And in 2017, he gave a TEDxTalk about his street art project. Bren received his BA in design at UCLA (summa cum laude) and his MA in computer animation at the Ohio State University.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Palaver Strings Community Concert and Workshop (Jan)
Jan
16
6:30 PM18:30

Palaver Strings Community Concert and Workshop (Jan)

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At a time when immigration policy is at the forefront of our national politics, Palaver Strings hosts two free performances workshops in preparation for their February concert, Seeking Sanctuary, which will showcase the experiences of Irish, Cape Verdean, and Chinese communities. It will feature new music compositions and spoken word personal narratives inspired by the incredible stories of immigrants and their descendants.

Participants will work with Palaver Strings musicians to explore the impact and presence that the music and art of their country of origin has on the city of Boston. Through a performance of music and personal narratives, participants will also be invited to share reflections with an interactive art installation. This art collage, representing the cultures of Ireland, Cape Verde, and China, will be displayed at Palaver Strings’ concerts at the Boston Center for the Arts. Participants will receive free admission to Seeking Sanctuary at the Boston Center for the Arts on February 11.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo  | 617-863-9080

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Closing Celebration: Living In Color
Dec
16
3:00 PM15:00

Closing Celebration: Living In Color

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Join us as we celebrate the closing of Living In Color! 

This exhibit celebrates the movement, color, and light of our living world. Chosen from the collective works of David Kong and his mother Wen Kong, each photograph expresses vivacity, playfulness, contemplation, and celebration—recorded with love, living in color.

Closing Celebration | Saturday, December 16 | 3:00-5:00pm

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Wen Yuan Kong is a retired math professor who loves traveling and taking photographs. She is inspired by the interplay of light and reflections, by interesting perspectives of everyday objects, and by the changing of scenery in sunlight.

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David Sun Kong is a synthetic biologist, community organizer, musician, and photographer. He conducted his graduate studies at MIT’s Media Laboratory, receiving a Master’s degree in nanotechnology and a Ph.D. in synthetic biology. This will also be a night to reflect on and celebrate the meaning of family, friendship, and community in a time that calls for unity and support.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-635-5129 x 1028

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Sing Home Concert and Song Sharing with Shaw Pong Liu
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Sing Home Concert and Song Sharing with Shaw Pong Liu

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Memories, families, sites, smells. How can we use songs to tell the story of home? Experience a participatory live performance with the violinist and erhu player, Shaw Pong Liu as part of her Pao Arts Center Artist-In-Residence Sing Home project. Listen to music gathered by Shaw Pong from the Chinatown community, and share your story and song with Shaw Pong and others in this family-friendly, song-sharing performance. 

Free | Pre-register to reserve your spot | All Ages

About the Artist: Violinist and composer Shaw Pong Liu engages diverse communities through multidisciplinary collaborations, creative music and social dialogue.  As 2016 City of Boston Artist-in-Residence, Shaw Pong started the Code Listen project, using creative music workshops and performances to support healing and dialogue around gun violence, racism, and police practices, in collaboration with the Boston Police Department, teen artists and family members surviving homicide. Her compositions have been commissioned by A Far Cry, Lorelei Ensemble, and New Gallery Concert Series. As a violinist Shaw Pong has performed with groups including Silk Road Ensemble, MIT’s Gamelan GalakTika, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Castle of Our Skins. She is a teaching artist for the Silk Road Project, Young Audiences, Cantata Singers and Celebrity Series.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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BCNC Day at the Lyric Stage
Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

BCNC Day at the Lyric Stage

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Join us for BCNC Day at the Lyric Stage on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 3 pm for Jeanne Sakata's inspirational play, Hold These Truths, the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American son of Japanese immigrants, who resisted internment during World War II.   Michael Hisamoto plays Hirabayashi, a college student and a Quaker, whose hope and unquenchable patriotism over 50 years will leave audiences cheering.

Theatrical magic will be created by the use of three kurogos, “invisible” stage manipulators/dancers in the Kabuki theatrical tradition.  The production’s aesthetics will reflect both Gordon Hirabayashi’s Japanese ancestry and his Quaker upbringing

"An extraordinary relevant message for today!" — Chicago Star Tribune

"Absorbing, rewarding, surprisingly humorous and openhearted!" — Seattle Times

$75 ticket includes an exclusive Meet and Greet with Cast & Crew plus wine and hors d'oeuvres immediately following the play.

Click Here for Directions, Parking Info, and Local Restaurant Info

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Opening Reception: Digital Stories from the Asian American Studies at UMass Boston
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Digital Stories from the Asian American Studies at UMass Boston

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Join us for the opening reception and screening.  

This exhibition features original digital stories co-produced by UMass Boston students and the Digital Storytelling in Asian American Studies Team led by Dr. Shirley Tang. These digital stories reveal fresh dimensions of Asian American migration stories, transnational family histories, and a broad range of critical community issues. On display are works co-produced by: Ky-Viet Dang, Darlene Dao, Nia Duong, Parmita Gurung, Thuan Hien, Henry Ho, Pratna Kem, Madeline Le, Hung An Nguyen, Thomas Nguyen, José Gabriel Soto, Ammany Ty, Kim Soun Ty, Joyce Wu, and Ally Yee.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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On View: Digital Stories from the Asian American Studies at UMass Boston
Nov
30
to Jan 12

On View: Digital Stories from the Asian American Studies at UMass Boston

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This exhibition features original digital stories co-produced by UMass Boston students and the Digital Storytelling in Asian American Studies Team led by Dr. Shirley Tang. These digital stories reveal fresh dimensions of Asian American migration stories, transnational family histories, and a broad range of critical community issues. On display are works co-produced by: Ky-Viet Dang, Darlene Dao, Nia Duong, Parmita Gurung, Thuan Hien, Henry Ho, Pratna Kem, Madeline Le, Hung An Nguyen, Thomas Nguyen, José Gabriel Soto, Ammany Ty, Kim Soun Ty, Joyce Wu, and Ally Yee.

Join us for the Opening Reception on November 30 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Making a Movie
Nov
18
1:30 PM13:30

Making a Movie

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Learn the ropes of what it takes to create a video with Mandy Chan—a filmmaker who specializes in action movies with roots in Boston and Hong Kong. The seminar will cover equipment, lighting, software, and what you can do with the most basic recording device: your smartphone.

 

Fee: $25
Ages 15 and up. 
Fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

About the artist: Mandy Chan is a filmmaker who specializes in action films. He has been both behind the camera as a director and in front of the camera as an actor, stuntman, choreographer. He grew up in Boston’s Chinatown alongside pals such as Donnie Yen 甄子丹 and John Tsang (currently the Secretary of Treasury in Hong Kong). At the age of 20, Mandy moved back to Hong Kong to begin his movie career. His mentors and colleagues include the Yuen brothers (also known as “The Peace Family”): Yuen Cheung-yan 袁祥仁and Yuen Woo-ping 袁和平.

Currently, Mandy owns SkyLab Entertainment, where he produces affordable videos without compromising professional quality from short films to documentaries and from ads to wedding ceremonies. He also tutors students at Bunker Hill Community College, MA and runs an on-going martial arts film production program at Chinese Martial Arts of Acton, MA.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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In the Kitchen: Sticky Rice Dumplings
Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: Sticky Rice Dumplings

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Learn how to make your favorite Chinese delicacies! Local residents share their techniques to satiate your mouthwatering cravings.

Support your community and expand your cooking repertoire. Learn to make a portable dim-sum favorite that is bound, cooked, and eaten in a biodegradable bamboo wrapper. Local resident and BCNC parent, PoChun Chow, will guide you through a step-by-step process of assembling these seemingly complicated bundles.

Fee: $30. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Chinatown Presents: Ink Spots Series with Fresh Ink Theatre
Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Ink Spots Series with Fresh Ink Theatre

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Two part series.  Drop in for one, or sign up for both below!

Join the Pao Arts Center and Fresh Ink Theatre in this play development process. The Ink Spot staged reading series is a platform for playwrights to hear their scripts out loud and with an audience – often for the very first time! Join us for these one-night-only events to be part of the development process and share your thoughts about the play with the creators.

Greg Lam - Repossesed | November 16| 6:30-8:00pm

Rich and Gretchen have the ideal marriage...until the company that manufactured and implanted that marriage into their heads inform them that they can no longer afford it. Will their marriage survive when their memories and personalities are repossessed by the company that owns them?

This is part of series. Click here for more information on the first workshop with Hortense Gerardo - The Token Fallopians of Middleton Heights | November 2 | 6:30 - 8:00pm

The Token Fallopians of Middleton Heights is a dark comedy that follows Meena and her Filipino family as they assimilate to life in a Midwestern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.  The play traces the historical events that reflect the political divide in America today, refracted through the lens of the Asian-American immigrant experience.

About the Playwright:  Greg Lam is a playwright, screenwriter, and board game designer who lives in Boston, MA. He is currently working to launch a podcast in 2017 called "Boston Podcast Players" which will present excerpts of new full length plays by Boston playwrights in podcast form. Greg was a member of the 2016 Company One Playlab for the development of Boston area playwrights. His works have been produced by Company One, Aching Dogs Theatre Company, The Boston Theatre Marathon, The Pulp Stage, Malarkey Films, Argali Films, Suffolk University Theatre, Shadow Boxing Theatre, and others. You can read a selection of his plays at his New Play Exchange profile or see works of his that have been filmed, including the webseries he created, on YouTube

About Fresh Ink Theatre:  Fresh Ink Theatre Company is committed to developing new work with theatre artists in the New England area. We seek to empower writers with the tools to craft plays that showcase their creative vision, and we challenge the Boston community to engage in the evolution of dynamic new work as it transforms from first draft to first production, and beyond. We value artistic excellence, institutional transparency, community involvement and ongoing collaboration.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Subramanian | 617-863-9072

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 Chinatown Presents: Speak Your Genki
Nov
4
4:30 PM16:30

Chinatown Presents: Speak Your Genki

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Experience the power taiko (Japanese drumming) has to bring people together with The Genki Spark. One year after the election, The Genki Spark ask, "How can we build communities of respect?" Through performance, spoken word, creative story telling, and audience engagement come meet new people, share your thoughts, get inspired, and contribute to creating a positive environment. 

All ages welcome.

Suggested Donation of $10 to support the performance. THIS PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT! LIMITED NUMBER WALK INS MAY BE AVAILABLE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. 

About the Artists: 

Launched the summer of 2010 with a workshop hosted by the Asian American women's organization, ASPIRE and a performance with the Boston Asian American Film Festival, The Genki Spark is a multi-generational, pan-Asian women's arts and advocacy organization that uses taiko drumming, personal stories, and creativity to build community, develop leadership, and promote respect for all.

The Genki Spark has provided programming for hundreds of universities and schools, community events, and cultural celebrations throughout the greater Boston area and as far as California and the UK. They are celebrated and recognized as a leader in the greater North American and International taiko community.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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