Hi all, this is my first event of the new year, and I am glad it’s with Eth-Noh-Tec. Co-featuring with me are fellow Bay Area Pinay artists Jenifer K. Wofford and Nicole Maxali. Do come out if you can!
Yes, it’s also that time, where I should have a more substantial syllabus already in the works for my Fall semester class on Filipino American cultural productions. The last time I taught this course, I conducted it as I would conduct a graduate level writing workshop/seminar. I’d told my department head this, and his response was affirming; indeed, undergraduates do need to learn different styles of teaching and learning, including seminar format, in which students really have to step up and own the assigned material and discussion.
One thing I have learned more concretely from this semester of teaching the arts course is the value of being able to interact with the artist or the author, to be able to ask them questions, and here, the full gamut of questions regarding artistic communities, interpretations of the work, discussions of artistic process and artistic influence, formal and informal education/training, art as a vehicle for social awareness and even social change.
I’m rather pleased with myself today, as I’m curating the June Eth-Noh-Tec salon, and this is who I’ve got lined up:
- Nara Denning, filmmaker, who recently spoke to my Fil Am Arts course earlier this semester after I showed her black and white silent film Madalien the Small.
- Aileen Ibardazola, poet whose first book is traje de boda, published by Meritage Press.
- Ron Quesada, the multi-instrumental musician behind Kulintronica.
- Sean San Jose, actor and co-founder of the theater company Campo Santo.
In addition, Eth-Noh-Tec’s Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang will perform. So, each artist has 15 minutes, then the conversation/Q&A with the audience. It’ll be a very good evening.
Exciting! I will be having a planning conversation with Robert of Eth-Noh-Tec re: co-curating one or two of their salon events in the spring. I’ve previously mentioned multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary Filipino American artists, and how to include them in the events I take on planning. Eth-Noh-Tec’s space (the third floor of an old SF Victorian) is a wonderful performance space, which they have also made to include video or slide show screenings.
Especially after yesterday’s hella palengke (maybe even too palengke for me) of a Filipino American History Month event at the Asian Art Museum, I am full of ideas of who I’d love to bring into the Eth-Noh-Tec salon. Some ideas:
977 South Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94110
between 2st & 20th Streets
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Saturday, Apr. 25 – 7pm Show
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Eth-Noh-Tec: Kinetic Story Theater: Asian American Storytelling – moving myths with modern messages.
Na Leo Nahenahe: Hawaiian Acapella Choir, with sweet island sounds to soothe the soul and remember the Aina, spirit of the Land. A joyful noise for week of Earth Day!
Barbara Jane Reyes & Oscar Bermeo- Poetic Pair: The City Is More Than Text- exploring San Francisco and New York City through interpoetic dialogue.
Pearl Ubungen: Urban Dancer: Filipina American Contemporary dance performance
Leon Sun: Author/painter/ poet offers little snippets of insight and wisdom that grow out of day-to-day life with “Nikki” his Siberian husky.
David Yun: Film Maker has shown his works internationally in festivals from New York to Madrid, Sydney top Seoul.
COME TO THE SALON! SONGWRITING – POETRY – STORYTELLERS – FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY – MUSIC – DANCE – AND MORE! There’s no other Arts event like this in town: performances, discussions afterwards, communities of creativity in conversation… this is cultural activism.
Once again I am confused by institutional affiliation. By extension, I am also confused about “grassroots” community affiliation. I realize I shy away from such “official” affiliations, and tend to migrate from organization to organization, picking up temporary stints in those various places, whether it’s Hyphen magazine, Kearny Street Workshop, Mills College, Small Press Traffic, my official time spent there is always brief.
I bring this up now because of yesterday evening’s gathering in honor of guest NY-based Fay Chiang at Eth-Noh-Tec, the home and performance space of gracious hosts, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang. We were invited by local artist Nancy Hom. Also in attendance was Shizue Siegel whom I haven’t seen in a few years now. Throughout the course of the evening, we were engaged in discussions regarding the work of being an artist, of being public and promoting ourselves.
As for Robert, I’d met briefly, many years ago at a Filipinos for Affirmative Action (FAA) conference, during a round table session on Filipino Americans in the arts. I must have been about 20 or 21 year old at the time, a spoken word artist, and I hadn’t yet finished college. I’d only newly been exposed to Asian American writers and artists, and their presence alone was blowing my mind. that’s when I began envisioning possibilities for a vocation as a writer. Writing would not be my “hobby,” that thing I did on the side and on the sly, as I held down a sensible and lucrative and practical job. Sensible immigrant daughter.