Nicky Paraiso, Kenny Endo, Arlan Huang; Asian American Artists at the Asia Society, With Honors Denied and Refugee

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Nicky Paraiso, Kenny Endo, Arlan Huang; Asian American Artists at the Asia Society, With Honors Denied and Refugee

Through May 9, Nicky Paraiso stars in HOUSE/BOY at LaMaMa's The Club in New York. Nicky searches for Filipino role models in Hollywood film and finds the quintessential Filipino houseboy, as played by Zorro David, in the film Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967). Under the direction of Ralph Pena, Nicky is brilliant in this autobiographical, confessional work. This is the final installment of his trilogy which began with ASIAN BOYS and HOUSES AND JEWELS .

La MaMa's The Club
74A East 4th St
New York City
(212) 475-7710. http://www.lamama.org/
Performances are Friday Saturday 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm. Tickets $15.00
Presented by LA MAMA E.T.C. , in association with MA-YI THEATER COMPANY .

Asian Americans artists weave a rich tapestry of their experiences in intimate five-minute accounts during ASIAN AMERICAN TALES OF BEING URBAN IN NEW YORK: LIVING, LOVING AND GETTING BY on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8, at the Asia Society in New York.

This storytelling marathon explores the delicate balance of community, love and life as multi-hyphenates. The line-up includes: MTV's SuChin Pak; writers Jessica Hagedorn, Luis Francia, David Henry Hwang, Sung Rno; actors Ken Leung from Keeping the Faith and Sara Tanaka from Rushmore , Ron Domingo, Orlando Pabotoy, Ching Valdez-Aran, Deborah S. Craig and Timothy Huang ; musicians Vijay Iyer, Jason Kao Hwang and the legendary Cobi Narita; fashion designers Eugenia Kim and Mary Ping; poets Regie Cabico, Tina Chang, Kimiko Hahn, Bushra Rehman, and Beau Sia, and the celebrated visual artist Zhang Hongtu. Other participants include Sawad Brooks, Alexander Chee, Aric Chen, Michael Kang, Sunita Mukhi, N. Rain Noe, Ralph Pena, DJ Rekha, John Son, Sabrina Margarita Alacantara-Tan, Paz Tanjuaquio and CBS Survivor All-Star 's Shii Ann Huang. The program culminates in a roof raising celebration on Saturday, May 8th after the show. Artists' bios: www.AsiaSociety.org/Arts/AsianAmericanBios.html.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York City
Time: 6:30
Admission: $7 students; $10 members; $15 nonmembers
For tickets, call 212-517-ASIA.
Cosponsored by The Asian American Writers' Workshop , Asian CineVision and the Asian American Arts Alliance .

On Saturday, May 8, the Tribeca Film Festival screens WITH HONORS DENIED , a film by Mimi Gan and Jim Dever at 1:30 at the UA Theater 7 (Battery Park) in New York. Yukiko Kubo Shiogi and her family were sent to an internment camp during World War II. Her 60-year journey documented in WITH HONORS DENIED , is the story of a broken promise, a lifelong regret, and a dream fulfilled. For tickets: www.tribecafilmfestival.org. www.withhonorsdenied.com

On May 11, Spencer Nakasako's REFUGEE airs on PBS. Three young Cambodian American men raised on the streets of San Francisco's tough Tenderloin district travel to their homeland wielding video cameras to capture their life changing experience of meeting fathers, sisters and brothers for the first time. Presented by the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA) and ITVS, check your local listings for times and broadcast dates. www.naatanet.org/heritagemonth/2004/

On May 13th, meet sculptor and painter Arlan Huang at a cocktail reception for his exhibition of new paintings at China 2000 Fine Art, 5 East 57th St. from 6-8pm. The exhibition runs through June 12th. Tel. 212.588.1198
www.china2000fineart.com

On May 15th, Hawaii based Master Taiko Artist Kenny Endo performs with June Kuramoto and Kimo Cornwell of Hiroshima , Masakazu Yoshizawa and Brad Dutz at 7pm in a concert at the Crowden Music Center to benefit the Contra Costa County schools arts program in Berkeley, Ca. On May 16th, they perform at 2:30 pm at the Satsuki Arts Festival , Berkeley Buddhist Church. Call Bob Matsueda for more info at 510-717-0773 www.kennyendo.com