Events and Exhibitions: May 16 – May 22, 2014

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Documentaries galore this week!  Really diverse topics: a Chinatown-born sport, a Taiwanese classical composer, Ai Weiwei’s fake case, and a Chinese drama school…

None of them strike your fancy?  There’s other stuff for you too!

Please let us know about events and art exhibitions so we share them with others interested in Chinese culture.

The one-time and short term event calendar and the ongoing exhibition calendar are updated with events from this week and other events as they come up.  Upcoming events will appear in the calendar on the right side of the page.

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Upcoming Events


1) Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case in-person appearances – In conjunction with the start of the theatrical run of Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (see below) at the IFC Center, the director and others will make in-person appearance at certain screenings:

Fri, May 16 at 7:20pm: Director Andreas Johnsen, moderated by Sarah Cook, Senior Research Analyst for East Asia at Freedom House

Sat, May 17 at 7:20pm: Director Andreas Johnsen, moderated by Lou Sagar, director of “Friends of Ai Weiwei

Sun, May 18 at 5:10pm: Director Andreas Johnsen

Mon, May 19 at 7:20pm: National Coalition Against Censorship Program Director Svetlana Mintcheva

Wed, May 21 at 7:20pm: Introduction by The Art Students League of New York Executive Director, Ira Goldberg

IFC Center, 323 6th Avenue
$14/Adults; $10/Seniors and students; $9/IFC members


2) Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience – An experimental theater production to Cao Xueqin’s masterpiece Dream of the Red Chamber immerses viewers in a dream-like setting and encourages them to fall asleep.  See our earlier write-up here.

May 9 – 17;
May 15 and 16 performances run from 5 PM – midnight; May 17 overnight performance runs from 5 PM – 6 AM.  Viewers may arrive, leave, and re-enter at anytime.
Brill Building, 1619 Broadway; enter at storefront entrance at 1623 Broadway
Free admission


3) Journey to the East: The Tao of Kung Fu and Stardom – A discussion with selected film clips features two westerners who became action stars in Hong Kong: Bobby Samuels, the first African-American to be inducted into the Hong Kong Stuntman’s Association Kung-fu cinema in Hong Kong and Vincent Lyn, action star, model, author, and Grammy-winning musician, who Jackie Chan called one of the best fighters he’s worked with.  The talk will be moderated by Fist and Sword co-curator Warrington Hudlin.

Friday, May 16, 7 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
$12/Adults; $9/Seniors and students; Free/Museum members.  Includes admission to museum which is open until 8 PM.


4) Hello Taiwan Tour 2014:NYC  – Six bands, three of them from Taiwan, rock the Santos Party House: Sun Of Morning/ 晨曦光廊; OVDS; Yuhan Su with Sayun Chang & Yu-Hao Chang(張幼欣 &張祐豪); The Hsu-nami; and Uzuhi.  Visit the event page for details.

Saturday, May 17, 5 – 10 PM
Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette Street
$10/Advance; $15/Door


5) Lecture: Su Dongpo (苏轼 / 蘇軾) – The New York Chinese Opera Society hosts Su Yaoqing, Deputy Director of Changzhou Arts and Culture Research Center for Dongpo Su and 32nd generation decendant of Su Dongpo, to introduce the famous poet’s artistic achievement, ideas, and political views.  The event is not listed on their website, but was posted on Facebook:

Sunday, May 18, 2 PM
New York Chinese Opera Society, 120 Broadway, Suite 3650


6) 9-Man New York Premiere – This documentary about 9-man, a high-adrenaline volleyball-like street sport that traces back to the 1930s and is exclusive to Chinatowns in the United States and Canada, makes its debut in New York.  A Q&A with director Ursula Liang will follow.  Part of the Stranger than Fiction series and co-presented with Asian CineVision and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.  Visit the film’s website and watch an introduction:

Tuesday, May 20, 8:00 PM
IFC Center, 323 6th Avenue
$16/Adult; $13/IFC members


7) Deep Affection for Taiwan — Tyzen Hsiao’s Nostalgic Songs of Passion – The Taiwan Cultural Center’s “Salute to the Masters: National Cultural Award Laureate Documentary” film series continues with this award-winning documentary about Tyzen Hsiao ( 蕭泰然 / 萧泰然), Taiwanese neo-Romantic classical composer.  Many of his vocal works set poems written in Taiwanese, the mother tongue of the majority of the island’s residents. His compositions stand as a musical manifestation of the Taiwanese literature movement that revitalized the island’s literary and performing arts in the 1970s and 1980s.   Hear two of his compositions here:

Thursday, May 22, 6:30 PM
B1 Screening Room, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York, 1 East 42nd Street
Free, but RSVP requested


8) The Road to Fame – This documentary “chronicles the staging of the American musical Fame — China’s first official collaboration with Broadway — by the senior class of the Central Academy of Drama. Raised in one-child families, these ambitious youngsters aspire to become tomorrow’s megastars as they are about to graduate from their prestigious institution, which counts among its alumni international acting sensations such as Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern), Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster), and Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly). By documenting the eight-month staging process in which the students compete for roles and struggle with pressure from family, The Road To Fame explores the hopes and dreams of China’s new generation and the harshness of a cutthroat reality.” (Asia Society synopsis)

To be followed by a Q&A with director Hao Wu.

Thursday, May 22, 6:30 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
Free, but tickets must be reserved in advanced


9) MOCAEATS: “Touch the Heart” with Nom Wah & Fung Tu

The Museum of Chinese in America’s food series MOCAEATS presents “Touch the Heart” with Nom Wah & Fung Tu. Wilson Tang, next generation proprietor of Nom Wah Tea Parlor, and Jonathan Wu, chef/partner at Fung Tu will talk about their appreciation for Chinese cuisine, their collaboration together, and the direction of Chinese/Chinese American cuisine. The talk will be curated by The Wall Street Journal‘s Jeff Yang and will be followed by dim sum samples from Nom Wah.

Read our earlier write-up with more information here.

Thursday, May 22, 7 – 9 PM
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street
$15/Adults; $10/Members, Seniors & Students, Advanced tickets required.



Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case – Named after the dissident artist’s sobriquet for his fight against a charge and $1.5 million fine for tax evasion, this documentary chronicles the period after his 81-day detention in solitary confinement where he finds himself in a surveillance hell, constantly watched by cameras and followed by policemen.  Read Hollywood Reporter’s review here and see the trailer below.



Closing soon:

Frames (Fou Gallery, 5/18)

Shimmers in the Drawer (Gallery 456, 5/29)

The Place Where We Belong To (Taiwan Cultural Center, 5/30)

Cai Jin: Return to the Source (蔡锦: 溯源) (Chambers, Fine Art, 5/31)

Opening and newly added: Stay tuned…

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

Frames (Fou Gallery, 5/18)

Shimmers in the Drawer (Gallery 456, 5/29)

The Place Where We Belong To (Taiwan Cultural Center, 5/30)

Cai Jin: Return to the Source (蔡锦: 溯源) (Chambers, Fine Art, 5/31)

Inspired by Dunhuang: Re-creation in Contemporary Chinese Art (China Institute, 6/8)

Qin Feng: Ink Innovator (Ethan Cohen Kube, 6/15)

Jiang Pengyi: Glimpses (Klein Sun Gallery, 6/21)

Maples in the Mist: Chinese Poems for Children Illustrated by Jean & Mou-sien Tseng (Zimmerli Art Museum, 6/22)

Ai Weiwei: According to What? (Brooklyn Museum, 8/10)

Tales of Two Cities: Beijing and New York (Bruce Museum, 8/14)

Flotsam Jetsam (MoMA, 8/15)

One Kind of Behavior (Bronx Museum of Art, 8/17)

Oil and Water: Reinterpreting Ink (MoCA, 9/14)

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

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

 Image: Famen Temple (法门寺 / 法門寺), Andrew Shiue