Events and Exhibitions: September 19 – 25, 2014 [Updated]

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We haven’t posted much this past week.  We’re not slacking.  Just busy with day jobs.  Nonetheless, you can always count on the weekly listing of events and exhibitions.  We have lots in the works.  So, stay tuned.

You can always look ahead to events beyond the upcoming week by visiting our one-time and short term event and ongoing exhibition calendars.  Upcoming events also can be found on listing on the right side of this page.  New events and exhibitions are added as they come up.

Let us know if there’s anything we should add to the calendar! If anybody will attend these events and would like to contribute photos or a summary, please email us at beyondchinatown[at]

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Upcoming Events

1) In the Mood for Love (花样年华 / 花樣年華) –  Free screening of Wong Kar-Wai’s classic story of unfulfilled love.  Brought to you by the Museum of Chinese in America and the New York City Parks Department.

Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema, and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career. (Criterion)

Friday, September 19, 2014
Columbus Park Pavilion, Bayard, Baxter, Worth & Mulberry Streets


2) Millenium Mambo (千禧曼波) – The story of a young woman whose life is in flux, Millennium Mambo stars Shu Qi as Vicky, a bar hostess fed up with her jealous boyfriend, Hao-hao, who finds a refuge of sorts with a gangster named Jack. A departure in more ways than one, Millennium Mambo finds Hou deviating from his usual long-take master shots to work closer to his actors, and in a distinctly contemporary setting, filled with the throb of electronic music. Even the present is a future past, as Vicky narrates the events of the film from the year 2011. “Mambo is a ghost story, but what has died is more than a single soul—rather, history, memory, a sense of being and belonging.” (James Quandt, Artforum)

Part of the Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien retrospective.

Friday, September 19, 7:30 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
Free with museum admission ($12/adults; $9/senior citizens, students;  $6/children (3-12))


3) Good Men, Good Women (好男好女) – The past is an ominous presence in Good Men, Good Women: While actress Liang Ching is preparing to play in a 1940s-set historical epic called Good Men, Good Women, someone is terrorizing her by faxing her pages from her stolen diary. Her story is criss-crossed by colorful flashbacks to her affair with the now-deceased Ah-wei, as well as black-and-white film-within-a-film scenes in which Liang imagines the movie about the anti-Japanese resistance that she is to appear in. “Evokes a stunning emotional response… a rigorous work of art whose mysteries are worth unraveling.” (Caryn James, The New York Times)

Part of the Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien retrospective.

Saturday, September 20, 2:30 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
Free with museum admission ($12/adults; $9/senior citizens, students;  $6/children (3-12))


4) The Boys from Fengkuei (风柜来的人 / 風櫃來的人) – Three teens from the Penghu Islands, in pre-adult limbo before their compulsory military service, travel from their fishing village to Kaohsiung, the second-largest city in Taiwan, where they find part-time employment. This coming-of-age-story is a string of moving vignettes, showing the boys roughhousing, sneaking into an arthouse playing Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers, and following one of their number, Ching-tzu, as he becomes enamored of a hoodlum’s girlfriend. Hou’s breakout film is one of his most emotionally direct works, comparable to Fellini’s I Vitelloni, though it also anticipates his future examinations of urban anomie. (Museum of the Moving Image)

Part of the Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien retrospective.

Saturday, September 20, 5 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
Free with museum admission ($12/adults; $9/senior citizens, students;  $6/children (3-12))


5)  A Moving Sound at the Taiwan Center – A Moving Sound, a music performance group from Taiwan fuses Taiwanese, Chinese and neighboring Asian musical ideas in inspired and engaging modern song compositions.  Led by singer and dancer Mia Hsieh and multi-instrumentalist Scott Prarie, there’s a particular air of joy to their performances.  They’ve performed at the prestigious the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and have been featured on the BBC and NPR.  Currently on a US tour, this will be their only stop in the NYC area.  The ticket includes a dinner at 6 PM.

Saturday, September 20, 6 PM; Curtain at 7:30 PM
Taiwan Center, 137-44 Northern Blvd. Flushing
$20/general admission


6) Yin Yue Dance Company with Jianxi Zhongshan Dance School – New York’s Yin Yue Dance Company and the Jiangxi Zhongshan Dance School (江西中山舞蹈学  / 江西中山舞蹈學) present traditional Chinese classical dance rooted from Chinese opera and drama, ethnical folk dance inspired from fifty-six minority groups in China, original Chinese classical ballet choreography, and  contemporary modern dance.

Jiangxi Zhongshan Dance School:

Yin Yue Dance Company:

Saturday, September 20, 8PM
Sunday, September 21, 3 PM
Peridance Capezio Center, 126 E. 13th St.
$38/adult; $20/students


7) Jen Shyu Solo + Jade Tongue  – This double bill opens with Jen’s solo opera “Solo Rites: Seven Breaths” directed by Indonesian film-stage director Garin Nugroho, adapted to the space of the Jazz Gallery, followed by a new piece with her band Jade Tongue, which pays homage to Taiwanese poet and nuclear physicist Edward Cheng, as well as three Indonesian artists who recently passed and deeply impacted Jen: dancer and choreographer Dedy Luthan, who had taken her to Kalimantan where she conducted fieldwork of master singers and healers to whom he introduced her; the incredible dhalang (Javanese puppeteer) and visionary, Ki Slamet Gundono; and young dhalang Ki Sri Joko Raharjo who was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 30.

Shyu: compositions, vocals, dance, Taiwanese moon lute, gayageum, East Timorese lakadou, piano
Jade Tongue: David Binney (alto sax), Mat Maneri (viola), Thomas Morgan (bass), Dan Weiss (drums)

Jen Shyu on WNYC

Saturday, September 20
9 PM – Seven Breaths: Solo Rites Solo
11 PM – Winged Rain in Diamond Light with Jade Tongue
The Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, 5th Floor
$22/general; $12/members


8) Jenny Q. Chai Album Release Party – Shanghai/New York-based pianist Jenny Q Chai performs selections from Life Sketches, her latest digital release of the esteemed Classical label Naxos. Life Sketches is the product of a long-time collaboration between the Chinese pianist Jenny Q Chai and American composer Nils Vigeland.

Sunday,September 21, 7 PM
Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor


9) Taipei Story (青梅竹馬 / 青梅竹马) – Hou, who co-wrote the screenplay for Taipei Story with his frequent collaborator Chu Tien-wen and mortgaged his house to finance his friend Edward Yang’s second feature, also stars in the film as Lung. Returning to Taiwan from a stint in the United States, Lung has abandoned his dreams of a baseball career to join his family’s old-fashioned textile business. While Lung is lodged in the past, his real-estate developer girlfriend Chin (Yang’s future wife Tsai Chin) sees career opportunities ahead, and Yang shows their relationship coming apart at the seams with frightful clarity. (Museum of the Moving Image)

Part of the Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien retrospective.

Sunday, September 21, 7:30 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue Astoria
Free with museum admission ($12/adults; $9/senior citizens, students;  $6/children (3-12))


10) Amphion String Quartet at Taiwan Cultural Center – Free concert of classical and Taiwanese folk music.

Monday, September 22, 6:30 – 8 PM
Taiwan Cultural Center, 1 E. 42nd Street
RSVP at (212-317-7322, Jessica) 


11) Member’s Preview – China Institute’s Future Space – China Institute welcomes members to its future space at 104 Washington Street to view Terracotta Daughters, an exhibition created by Prune Nourry and presented by the French Institute Alliance Francaise working with China Institute.

Tuesday, September 23, 6 – 8 PM
China Institute (downtown), 104 Washington St.
RSVP required


12) Openings and Receptions: Waves of Identity and Memory Prints -The Museum of Chinese in America’s opens its latest exhibitions Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving  and Memory Prints: The Story World of Philip Chen.

Members Opening and Reception: Wednesday, September 24, 6 – 8 PM
Public Opening and Reception: Thursday, September 25, 6- 8 PM
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street
RSVP requested


13) “Why China’s One-Party Rule is Better at Reform than Multi-Party Democracies?” by Eric X. Li  – NYU’s China House hosts investor and political provocateur Eric X. Li who challenges the notion that a multi-party democracy is the mark and goal of a modern, successful country.  See his TED talk “A Tale of Two Political Systems” for an idea of his position

Thursday, September 25, 6 – 8 PM
NYU Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson St. Room 475
RSVP here:

Ongoing Films and Shows

1) Stray Dogs (郊游 / 郊遊) (Howard Gilman Theater, 9/12 – 9/25) – Extended!  Tsai Ming-liang’s ( 蔡明亮) critically acclaimed film (Grand Jury Prize winner at the Venice Film Festival) returns to the New York Film Festival .  “A single father (Tsai mainstay Lee Kang-sheng) makes his meager living holding up an advertising placard on a traffic island in the middle of a busy highway. His children (Lu Yi-ching and Li Yi-cheng) wait out their days in supermarkets before they eat with their father and go to sleep in an abandoned building. As the father starts to come apart, a woman in the supermarket (Chen Shiang-chyi, also a Tsai regular) takes the children under her wing. There are real stray dogs to be fed in Tsai’s everyday apocalypse, but the title also refers to its principal characters, living the cruelest of existences on the ragged edges of the modern world. Stray Dogs is many things at once: minimal in its narrative content and syntax, as visually powerful as it is emotionally overwhelming, and bracingly pure in both its anger and its compassion. One of the finest works of an extraordinary artist.” (NYFF official description).

Rave reviews by The Hollywood Reporter and the A.V. Club

2) But Always (一生一也) – A romantic drama starring Gao Yuanyuan (高圆圆 / 高圓圓)) and Nicolas Tse (谢霆锋 / 謝霆鋒) about two friends from Beijing that reunite and begin a love affair in New York City twenty years later in the 1990s.  Plays at AMC Empire 25 in Manhattan and College Point Multiplex Cinemas in Flushing.

The Asia Art Fair

In addition to hosting galleries specializing in Chinese antiques, the Asia Art Fair also includes a contemporary art show curated by Parsons professor Dr. Zhijian Qian that will feature works by:

September 16 – 21
Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd Street


We put together available reviews of the current exhibitions in our Exhibition Review Roundup.  The exhibitions included in a roundup are marked with an asterisk.

Closing soon:

Xin Song in On Paper/Grand Central at 100 (Grand Central Terminal)

*Flotsam Jetsam (MoMA, 9/28)

Opening and newly added:

Asia Art Fair Contemporary Art Show (Bohemian National Hall, 9/16 – 9/21)

Ian TehTraces: Navigating the Frontline of Climate Change (Photoville, 9/18 – 9/28)

Li Daiyun: The Grid (Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, 9/18 – 11/1)

Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving (Museum of Chinese in America, 10/25/14 – 3/1/15)

Memory Prints: The Story World of Philip Chen (Museum of Chinese in America, 10/25/14 – 3/1/15)

Let us know if there’s something people need to see.

Visit the exhibition calendar ( for details for the following shows below.  As always, check the museum or gallery’s website for hours of operation

Xin Song in On Paper/Grand Central at 100 (Grand Central Terminal,  9/14)

*Flotsam Jetsam (MoMA, 9/28)

Prune Nourry: Terracotta Daughters (China Institute (downtown), 10/4)

Prune Nourry: Imbalance (Rio Grande, 179A Grand Street, 10/4)

Catherine Lan Solo Exhibition (The Center for Arts Education, 10/10)

James Chan: Human Investigation (Roux Roux Gallery, 10/22)

Cao Fei: LA Town (Lombard Freid Gallery, 10/25)

“If I Want Blue, I Paint with Orange” Xiaowei Chen Solo Exhibition (49B Studios, 10/30)

Li Daiyun: The Grid (Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, 11/1)

Liu Bolin: A Colorful World? (Klein Sun Gallery, 11/1)

Ai Weiwei (Part I) (Chambers Fine Art, 11/1)

Ai Weiwei (Part II) (Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, 11/1)

Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition (Storm King Art Center, 11/9)

Zhai Liang: “New York is a Big Liar” (Fou Gallery, 11/15)

The Art of the Chinese Album (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3/29/15)

*Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral (Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 2015)

Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving (Museum of Chinese in America, 3/1/15)

Memory Prints: The Story World of Philip Chen (Museum of Chinese in America, 3/1/15)

Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution (China Institute, 4/26/15)

Group Shows

Ming-jer Kuo in Emerald City (The Gateway Project, Newark’s Pennsylvania Avenue, 7/31 – 10/2 )

Ian TehTraces: Navigating the Frontline of Climate Change (Photoville, 9/18 – 9/28)

Image: High in the Sky by Andrew Shiue