Events and Exhibitions: October 10 – 16, 2014

With this week’s events, you’ll laugh, cry, and learn.

The Hou Hsiao-hsien retrospective continues at the Museum of the Moving Image with three great films.  If those are two weighty, go have a laugh at the Stephen Chow series at BAM.  Maybe you’ll do both for the sake of balance.

One stand-out event is China Institute’s lecture on Tang Dynasty poetry.  It’s in English; so, you might not fully appreciate the poetry, but it’s a start.  For Chinese speakers, it’s a good opportunity to see how the written aesthetic is conveyed in another language.

You might like to know Catherine Lan’s exhibition has been extended to October 12.  The Big Show which includes 2014 Artslant Prize winner Ming-Jer Kuo has its Octoberfest this weekend.  Good chance to see his installation piece Suburban Form, get some beer, hear some live music, and see a lot of art.

We’ve tweaked our website slightly so that random past articles appear on the right side feed.  Take a look every time you visit Beyond Chinatown to see if you’ve missed anything.

Looking ahead:

On Sunday Oct 19, pianist Vicky Chow performs as part of New Amsterdam Records’ Sound / Source, a day-long exploration of electroacoustic music in all its forms, featuring collaborations between legends, luminaries, and newcomers as they examine the interplay between human and machine sounds at PS1.  We’ll have more on this soon.

Also on that day, Second Hand Rose performs at Webster Hall with Taiwan 88 Balaz opening.

Wayne Wang’s documentary on Cecilia Chiang, the woman who showed America authentic Chinese food will screen on October 19 and 20.

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!

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Lan-Ping Zhou and the Legend of the Green Island Serenade – Chinese: 中華民國國家圖書館、漢學研究中心與法拉盛圖書館共同舉辦「周藍萍與〈綠島小夜曲〉傳奇」專題講座及「寶島回想曲:周藍萍與四海唱片」主題展覽,由國立臺灣大學音樂學研究所沈冬教授主講及介紹展覽。〈綠島小夜曲〉是一首廣受歡迎的國語流行歌曲,由周藍萍作曲,潘英傑作詞,流傳至今已經六十年,是華人世界知名度極高的名曲之一。本次演講和展覽還原六十年來的〈綠島小夜曲〉傳奇,以紀念這位國語流行歌曲的一代大師。沈冬教授係國立臺灣大學中國文學研究所博士、美國馬里蘭大學民族音樂研究所博士候選人;現任國立臺灣大學音樂學研究所專任教授兼藝文中心主任,曾任國立臺大國際事務處處長、音樂學研究所所長、中文系教授、香港中文大學訪問學人。研究領域為中國古代音樂史,尤其著力於魏晉南北朝隋唐時期,近年研究重點轉向充滿時代脈動與人情血肉的近現代音樂史。 時間:2014年10月11日,上午九點半至下午一點 地點:法拉盛圖書館 主辦單位:中華民國國家圖書館、漢學研究中心 合辦單位:法拉盛圖書館

English: Dr. Tung Shen will discuss Lan-Ping Zhou and the legend of “Green Island Serenade,” a Mandarin pop song that has remained for six decades one of the most famous songs in Chinese-speaking regions. Program in Mandarin Chinese.

 

Saturday, October 11, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Lower level auditorium, Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street
Free


Upcoming Events

1) Kung-Fu Hustle (功夫) –  Martial arts meets Looney Tunes in Chow’s dazzling 1940s-set action-comedy, wherein a dimwitted wannabe bad guy (Chow) gets caught up in a furious battle between a slum town and a mob of ax-wielding gangsters. Among its eye-popping wonders: a Road Runner-style chase; a chorus line of tap-dancing villains; and a kung fu master landlady whose scream reduces her opponents to dust.  (BAM)

Part of BAMcinématek’s series Stephen Chow: The King of Comedy

Friday, October 10, 2 PM, 7 PM, 9:30 PM
BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
$14/adult; $9/member; $10/senior citizens, students

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2) Goodbye South, Goodbye (南国再见,南国 / 南國再見,南國) – Hou’s first film with a contemporary setting since Daughter of the Nile (1987) is a portrait of the lives of small-time hoods rendered in rhythm-of-life anecdotal detail. Gao is the ringleader of a circle of layabouts including his faithful sidekick, Flathead, and their girlfriends, Pretzel and Ling. He is also the originator of petty crime schemes like selling hogs to the government, which promise to get the gang nowhere fast. Susan Sontag ranked Goodbye South, Goodbye among her favorite films of all time, and Kent Jones asked in Film Comment “Is there another film since Warhol with a better sense of just hanging out?” (Museum of the Moving Image)

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

Friday, October 10, 7 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))

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3) 心像藝術與未來 / 心像艺术与未来 – Renwen Society art talk.

Saturday, October 11, 2 – 4 PM
China Institute, 125 E. 65th Street
Free

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4) Dust in the Wind (恋恋风尘 / 戀戀風塵) – Wan and Huen, teen lovers, are separated when the young man,Wan, leaves their mining village to seek work in Taipei. Huen follows him, but the big city exercises a toxic influence on them and their fellow provincial migrants, who are doing odd jobs just to scrape by. The couple’s bond will be sorely tested when he Wan is called up for compulsory military service. One of Hou’s most penetrating looks at the rural/urban dichotomy which is key to his delineation of the Taiwanese experience. Preceded by “La Belle Epoque” (2011, 6 mins.) Hou’s contribution to the 2011 anthology film 10 + 10.

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

Saturday, October 11, 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))

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5) 那些年我們一起黑名單/那些年我们一起黑名单 – Perhaps a good companion history event to A City of Sadness at the Museum of the Moving Image.  In Mandarin.

戒嚴時期的台灣政府曾利用情治單位與國民黨的海外組織蒐集、監視台灣留學生與台僑的言論與活動,由此掌握與政治當局不同立場或主張的異議人士。為了降低他們的影響力、阻撓他們的活動,這些人被列入「黑名單」,不予護照加簽或限制入境,許多人或喪失國籍、或無法返台,長達二十餘年。這些前輩為了他們的政治理想或言論自由付出巨大的代價,必須忍受骨肉離散、無法返鄉的痛苦。

戒严时期的台湾政府曾利用情治单位与国民党的海外组织搜集、监视台湾留学生与台侨的言论与活动,由此掌握与政治当局不同立场或主张的异议人士。为了降低他们的影响力、阻挠他们的活动,这些人被列入「黑名单」,不予护照加签或限制入境,许多人或丧失国籍、或无法返台,长达二十余年。这些前辈为了他们的政治理想或言论自由付出巨大的代价,必须忍受骨肉离散、无法返乡的痛苦。

During the period under the martial law, the KMT government had monitored the speech and activities of overseas Taiwanese students and Taiwanese immigrants in other countries through governmental secret agency and KMT’s overseas organizations. They collected a “blacklist” that consisted of the names of activists and political dissidents, and invalidated their passports and visa to undermine their political activities and restrict their mobility. Some of these people became stateless, and were not allowed to go back to Taiwan for at least two decades until the end of the martial law period.

Saturday, October 11, 2:30 – 5 PM
Pearl Studio Room 1202, Plaza Hotel, Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
Free, but RSVP required.

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6) Shaolin Soccer (少林足球) – This dizzyingly daffy sports comedy follows a Buddhist martial arts master (Chow) as he assembles a group of fellow monks to take on the nefarious Team Evil in a million dollar soccer match. Complete with flaming soccer balls, musical numbers, and a Seven Samurai send-up, Chow’s breakout international hit, which also broke box office records in Hong Kong, reaches transcendently absurd heights.  (BAM)

Part of BAMcinématek’s series Stephen Chow: The King of Comedy

Saturday, October 11,  7 PM, 9:15 PM
BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
$14/adult; $9/member; $10/senior citizens, students

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7) A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora’s Box and Part Two: Cinderella (西游记第一百零一回之月光宝盒)  + 西游记大结局之仙履奇缘 / 西遊記第壹佰零壹回之月光寶盒 + 西遊記大結局之仙履奇緣) – This zany two-part epic—a huge cult sensation in China—stars Chow as the reincarnated Monkey King who journeys back in time to reunite with his master, Longevity Monk. A nutty spectacle of Chow’s nonsense antics, high-flying action choreography, and a fabled character who can transform into grapes, A Chinese Odyssey is Hong Kong cinema at its wildest and most unrestrained.

Part of BAMcinématek’s series Stephen Chow: The King of Comedy

Part 1: Pandora’s Box trailer

Part Two: Cinderella trailer

Sunday, October 12, 4 – 7:30 PM
BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
$14/adult; $9/member; $10/senior citizens, students

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8) A City of Sadness (悲情城市) – Winner of the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, A City of Sadness announced Hou’s arrival as a world-class filmmaker and foremost recorder of his nation’s troubled past. This intimate epic chronicles the tragedies that befall the three Lin brothers—a gangster, a translator for the Japanese administration, and a photographer—and those around them during a chaotic period in Taiwan’s national history, between the end of Japanese Imperial rule (1945) and the secession from Mainland China and creation of martial law (1949-1987). The film was groundbreaking in its depiction of the “February 28 Incident” of 1947, when thousands of native Taiwanese were killed in protests against the Nationalist government. (Museum of the Moving Image)

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

Sunday, October 12, 6 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))

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9) #UselessRockUSA Film Screening + Red&Green Fashion Event For Second Hand Rose – Liang Long of Second Hand Rose unveils and launches the Second Hand Rose Red & Green fashion line which are based on classic floral prints of his home province Heilongjiang in northeastern China. Hip Hop USA will present personalized red/green themed sneakers created for Second Hand Rose band members to be presented as a fashion accessory to their clothing line. 3-4 local New York artists will also create live canvas and apparel art at the event.

Following the fashion segment will be premiere of Second Hand Rose’s concert film of their performance at Beijing’s prestigious state-owned Worker’s Gymnasium (北京工人体育馆 / 北京工人體育館), a first for a Chinese rock band, where they brought pig statues on stage to reference the line “a group of pigs fly to heaven” in their song “Allow Some Artists to Get Rich First,” an allusion to Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping

Sunday, October 12, 7  PM
Ran Tea House, 269 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
$15 at the door or free with purchase of ticket to Webster Hall show

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10) Journey to the West (西游·降魔篇 / 西遊·降魔篇)  – Chow’s latest is this deliriously whacked-out take on an ancient Chinese legend chronicles the exploits of a rookie demon hunter (Zhang) as he tangles with a host of evil spirits—including a man-eating fish, a cannibalistic pig-man, and the fearsome Monkey King. Journey to the West is one of his most thoroughly over the top, nutso, totally enjoyable comic fantasias yet. (BAM)

Part of BAMcinématek’s series Stephen Chow: The King of Comedy

Sunday, October 12, 8 PM
BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
$14/adult; $9/member; $10/senior citizens, students

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11) Songs of the Heart: Magnificent Poetry from the Tang Dynasty – Blending music and painting – in that the spoken language is music and the written language is painting – the Chinese language is uniquely suited for poetry. Classical Chinese poetry reached its heights during the Tang dynasty (618-907). In this lecture in English, Ben Wang, Senior Lecturer of Language and Humanities at China Institute, will introduce selected works by three of the towering masters of the Tang period: Li Bai (701-762) of the high Tang Period, and Du Mu (803-852) and Li Shangyin (812-858) of the twilight years of the dynasty. Detailed discussion of the poems in their original Chinese will be given to reveal the beauty and profundity of the works. The political and social background of the Tang dynasty, against which the poems were composed, and the relationship between Chinese poetry, music, painting and major schools of thought will also be explored. A few classical poems in English composed in the spirit of the Chinese poems will also be introduced. (China Institute)

Part two of a three part series.  No previous knowledge of Chinese is required.

Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 – 8 PM
China Institute, 125 E. 65th Street
$25/members; $30/non-members

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12) Two Stage Sisters (舞台姐妹 / 舞臺姐妹) – One of China’s most beloved modern feature films, depicts the exploitation of two female opera stars and the different paths their lives take. Directed by Xie Jin and introduced by Richard Peña, Director Emeritus of the New York Film Festival and Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University. (China Institute)

Part of the Cultural Revolution on Film series.

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Wednesday, October 15, 6 – 8:30 PM
China Institute, 125 E. 65th Street
$12/members; $25/non-members


Ongoing Films and Shows

Ning Hao’s (宁浩 / 寧浩) road trip romantic comedy Breakup Buddies (心花路放) is currently playing at AMC Empire 25 and College Point Multiplex Cinemas.


Exhibitions

We’ll post a new round-up of exhibition reviews for the current crop of shows.

Closing soon:

Catherine Lan Solo Exhibition (The Center for Arts Education, 10/12 (extended!)

Jian-Jun Zhang: Nature (Art Projects International, 10/11)

Li DaiyunJennifer Wen Ma and Xin Song in Finding New Realities (Fingesten Gallery, 9/23 – 10/14)

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

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

Opening and newly added:

Wang Guangle at Pace Gallery (Pace Gallery, 510 W. 25th St., 10/10 – 11/1)

Ming-Jer Kuo in The Big Show (Art Factory 10/11 – ??)

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

Visit the exhibition calendar (http://ow.ly/pxe9o) for details for the following shows below.  As always, check the museum or gallery’s website for hours of operation

Catherine Lan Solo Exhibition (The Center for Arts Education, 10/12)

Jian-Jun Zhang: Nature (Art Projects International, 10/11)

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)

Wang Guangle at Pace Gallery (Pace Gallery, 510 W. 25th St.,  11/1)

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

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

Lu Zhang: All the Lost Souls (张璐: 所有丢失的灵魂 / 張璐: 所有丟失的靈魂) (Stephen Romano Gallery, 11/30)

ESC: Digital Artworks by C.J. Yeh (The Museum of FIT, 12/13)

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s New York: Assembled Realities (Museum of the City of New York, 10/15/14 – 2/15/15)

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)

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion (New York Historical Society, 4/19/15)

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

Group Shows

Li DaiyunJennifer Wen Ma and Xin Song in Finding New Realities (Fingesten Gallery, 9/23 – 10/14)

Ming-Jer Kuo in The Big Show (Art Factory 10/11 – ??)

Image: Double Ten Day Celebration in NYC (photo by Andrew Shiue)