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Community Karaoke Nights
Jul
25
to Nov 21

Community Karaoke Nights

Photo credit: Tina Xu

Photo credit: Tina Xu

Take the mic, push your friends to the stage front, and belt out some old favorites or catchy new songs with your neighbors! Gather at the Pao Arts Center on the last Thursday evening of each month (with the exception of November) from 6-7:30pm to sing and share time with community members in Chinatown. Dates are listed below in the registration form.

This free event is supported by the Barr Foundation and ArtPlace America.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street, and is wheelchair accessible. 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: Anju Madhok | 617-635-5129 x 2017

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SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices

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Join us for SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices, a free concert of new songs based on the stories and experiences of Boston area immigrants. Presented by White Snake Projects in partnership with Pao Arts Center, Sing Out Strong features composers from Peru, Latvia, India, China, Taiwan, and Mexico and writers from Haiti, Vietnam, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and China. Composers and writers have been paired up to amplify stories of the immigrant experience through song and to celebrate the contributions of immigrant artists to our city and culture. Join us in celebrating these new American songs!

The concert is free but seating is limited; please reserve your tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sing-out-strong-immigrant-voices-tickets-64271329276?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices is a free public program in support of the new, DACA-themed opera, I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, produced by White Snake Projects and composed by Jorge Sosa with libretto by Cerise Lim Jacobs, directed by Elena Araoz and conducted by Maria Sensi Sellner, premiering at the Paramount Theater, Robert J. Orchard Stage, in Boston September 20-22, 2019.  Sign up for complimentary tickets through TAP, White Snake Projects’ Ticket Access Program, here.

More about the event: 

When the president of the United States revoked the protections of DACA in September of 2018, White Snake Projects embarked on the creation of a new opera focused on immigration and the immigrant experience, I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. Cerise Lim Jacobs, creator + librettist and founder of White Snake Projects, is an immigrant from Singapore, and Jorge Sosa, composer, is an immigrant from Mexico. Their experiences, along with the experiences of many other immigrants, inform and shape the project. To further amplify the stories of Boston-area immigrants, White Snake Projects created Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices, a free concert of new songs by immigrant writers and composers, using art to create dialogue and empathy within our communities.

The audience will see and hear an hour-long concert of 13 short songs that express the personal experiences of Boston-area immigrants, as well as two songs from the new opera, I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. The songs will be accompanied by piano and cello.

Composers:
Anais Azul
Oliver Caplin
George Lam
Avik Sarkar
Marina Lopez
Jorge Sosa
Sheela Ramesh
Shuying Li
Kate Pukinskis
Michele Cheng

Writers:
Heloiza Barbosa
Eva Chrusciel
Jonathan Figueroa
Helen Huang
Joel Louis
Melody Maduro
Rute Pires
Ramin Raza
Daniela Sanchez
Huiquing Shao
Jorge Sosa
Irene Da Silva
Ivette Souza
Firorella Valle

Musicians
Musicians from Juventas New Music Ensemble
Melissa Joseph, soprano
Vera Savage, mezzo

Video Links
Workshop Video: I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams

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: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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API Arts Network Presents: The Slants
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

API Arts Network Presents: The Slants

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API Arts Network will be presenting The Slants for an interactive discussion and concert at the Pao Arts Center.

Simon Tam is founder and bassist of The Slants, often credited as the world's first and only all-Asian American dance rock band but he's probably best known for winning a landmark case at the US Supreme Court.

Now debuting a new memoir, Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court, he'll be joined by Slants guitarist Joe X. Jiang for an evening of storytelling and music. Gripping, funny, enlightening, and ultimately uplifting, the event will prove that no obstacle is too difficult to conquer –as long as you have a little heart and a lot of rock n’ roll. It’s an irrepressible story that is fresh, alive, and defines what it means to be American...Asian American!

All ages welcome.

About the Artists:
Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker. He approaches activism through the arts and encourages people to challenge their perceptions of how we connect with others we normally don’t get along with. In 2017, he won a landmark case at the U.S Supreme Court, unanimously, helping to expand civil liberties for marginalized groups. His work has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across over 150 countries, including Rolling Stone, TIME, NPR, BBC and the New York Times.

The Slants have been featured on Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Rolling Stone, and 3,000+ media features across 150 countries. The band has performed at some of the largest festivals in North America and Asia, including DragonCon, San Diego Comic-Con, SXSW, TED talks, and more. In 2017, they joined President Barack Obama, George Takei, and Jeremy Lin to launch an anti-bullying program. In 2018, they started The Slants Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships and mentorships to artists looking to incorporate activism into their work.

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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Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy

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Acclaimed songwriter musician Julian Saporiti brings his No-No Boy project, an innovative blend of music and scholarship, to Pao Arts Center. Working from years of doctoral research at Brown University, Saporiti has transformed Asian American histories into an immersive multimedia concert using original folk songs and archival projections to create what NPR has called "an act of revisionist subversion." This concert will focus on a selection of songs from Saporiti's vast catalogue that highlight his family's history as Vietnamese refugees, as well as a suite of songs that look at diverse stories from North America's Chinatowns. 

Suggested donation for the event: $10. All proceeds support arts programming at the Pao Arts Center.

About the Artists:

No-No Boy is a multimedia concert featuring the music of singer/songwriter Julian Saporiti. Inspired by his doctoral research at Brown University, as well as his experiences growing up as the son of a Vietnamese refugee in Tennessee, Saporiti’s original songs, interwoven amongst stories he has collected through the years, are performed against a backdrop of projections displaying archival photographs and films. No-No Boy creates an immersive experience which shines a light on diverse but interconnected histories: WWII Japanese Incarceration, southeast Asian refugees, and kids in middle-America making sense of hyphenated identities.

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: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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BAAFF 10th Anniversary Celebration
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

BAAFF 10th Anniversary Celebration

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The Boston Asian American Film Festival is honoring 10 years of connecting through film! Join filmmakers, fans, leaders and volunteers for a celebratory reception with performances.

Register Here

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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Sing (and Slurp!) Home
Jul
14
4:00 PM16:00

Sing (and Slurp!) Home

Courtesey of Tina Xu 

Courtesey of Tina Xu 

Celebrate BCNC Pao Arts Center Artist-in-Residence Shaw Pong Liu's Sing Home project with music, food, and friends. Enjoy delicious Zha Jiang noodles (炸醬麵) from Liu's mother's recipe, listen to guest musicians, and be a part of a multilingual community sing-along!

Formal program from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

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: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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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 and BCNC Pao Arts Center 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! Featuring: Ally AngTamiko Beyer, Floyd CheungOliver de la PazNicole Terez DuttonRegie Gibson, Simone John, Kayti Lahsaiezadeh, Prabakar T. Rajan, Neha Rayamajhi, Jenn Diễm Uyên  Yim Tan Wong

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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Sing Home Pop-Up Concerts with Artist in Residence Shaw Pong Liu
May
3
to May 31

Sing Home Pop-Up Concerts with Artist in Residence Shaw Pong Liu

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image courtesy of Tina Xu. 

image courtesy of Tina Xu. 

Join BCNC Pao Arts Center Artist In Residence Shaw Pong Liu for a series of pop-up concerts and song-sharing during Greenway Play Sessions in Chinatown Park on the Greenway.  

Live music will fill the plaza to inspire musical conversation and memory sharing with your friends, old and new! 

May 3, May 10, May 24, May 31, 2018 | 5:00-7:00pm.

Part of Shaw Pong Liu's Sing Home project!

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

Sing Home! International Live Band Karaoke Night

Photo Credit: Ilmicrofono Oggiono CC2.0

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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