Events and Exhibitions: April 24 – May 1, 2014

Time Travelers

Spring is here!  So is our first weekly event post with the new format.

I’d like to redesign these listings to suit Beyond Chinatown’s new platform.  For now, I’ve added links to the titles of the events and to various things of interest.  Also, I’ve updated the exhibitions so that the exhibition name links to the the gallery’s or museum’s page.  The venue’s name is also now included next to the closing date.  Suggestions for improvements to these listings are welcome.

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Upcoming Events

1) “Documenting Queer Histories in China and the West”: A Film Screening and Discussion – Screenings of Queer China, ‘Comrade’ China (志同志 / 誌同志) by Cui Zi’en (崔子恩) and Nitrate Kisses by Barbara Hammer, followed by a discussion with the directors moderated by WEAI INTERACT Postdoctoral Fellow Shi-Yan Chao

Fri 4/25, 1 – 5 PM
Hamilton Hall, Room 602, Columbia University


2) TAP-NY Night Market  – The New York chapter of the Taiwanese American Professionals bring Taiwan’s famous night markets to Brooklyn!  Food, booze, and games!

Fri 4/25, 7 – 10 PM
The Villain, 50 North 3rd St, Williamsburg
Tickets: $40


3) The Asian American International Film Festival 2013/14 National Festival Tour Special Short Film Program – This shorts program that samples films from the 2013 36th Asian American International Film Festival presents a rich variety of seven stories “[f]rom an Australian-Lebanese queer woman returning to Tripoli to a Chinese adoptee searching for her roots in China, from a tribal Pakistani refugee family starting their new life in an LA ghetto to a Chinese Canadian boy modeling his revenge-scheme after Mao’s “People’s War”, from a Taiya aboriginal man setting off to the City of Taipei for better opportunities to the story of Jane Chung, a Chinese-American actress/extra, who has appeared in numerous Hollywood films and commercials”

Sat 4/26, 2 PM
Michelson Theater, Department of Cinema Studies, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor


4) M.F.A. Lab #6: SCI-FI! SCI-FI! |科幻!科幻! – The always exciting M.F.A. Lab film series this time, in a co-presentation with enMaze Pictures LLC, showcases science fiction, a relatively unknown genre in China.  Six short-films by Chinese and Chinese American directors.

Sat 4/26, 6:30 PM
Ran Tea House, 269 Kent Ave, Brooklyn


5) Oil and Water: Reinterpreting Ink Symposium – Renowned scholars and the artists will speak at this daylong symposium related to the Museum of Chinese in America’s current exhibition Oil & Water: Reinterpreting Ink that featuring works by Qiu Deshu (仇德树 / 仇德樹) , Wei Jia (韦佳 / 韋佳), and Zhang Hongtu (张宏图 / 張宏圖) that reinterpret traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy.

Sun 4/27, 10 AM – 4 PM
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street
$15/Adults; $10/MOCA Members, Students, and Seniors


6) Eight Diagram Pole Fighter  (五郎八卦棍) – After surviving an attack that killed many members of his family, Yang Wu-lang (played by Gordon Liu (劉家輝 / 刘家辉)) retreats to a monastery where he finds inner peace and develops the eight-diagram pole technique. When his sister is threatened by the same people that attacked his family, his Buddhist vows of non-violence are challenged when he decides to seek revenge.  Check out the trailer.  The movie is based on Generals of the Yang Family (杨家将 / 楊家將), a collection of folklore, plays and novels on the Song-era Yang military family.  Directed by Lau Kar-leung (劉家良 / 刘家良), produced by the Shaw Brothers, and co-presented with Subway Cinema.

Ric Meyers, an author and columnist who has written extensively about martial arts movies will introduce the film.

Sun 4/27. 7 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria
Free with museum admission (adults – $12 adults; senior citizens and students – $9)


7) 摇滚35年 – 存在的意义Rock Star Party – A few Chinese bands rock The Delancey.

Sun 4/27, 6 – 11 PM
The Delancey, 168 Delancey Street


8) The Santa Fe Opera: Dr. Sun Yat-sen with Huang Ruo –  Excerpts from The Santa Fe Opera’s new production of Chinese-born American composer Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen prior to its American premiere.  Director James Robinson and conductor Carolyn Kuan join Huang Ruo and the creative team in discussion.  Can’t make it?  See this previous staging at Asia Society

Sun 4/27, 7:30 PM
Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim Museum
Call for ticket availability


9) Shanghai Quartet – As part of the Music Mondays series, the great Shanghai Quartet perform:

Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, op. 76, no. 2 (“Quinten”)

Krzysztof Penderecki: String Quartet No. 3: Leaves from an Unwritten Diary

Dvořák: String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, op. 105

Mon 4/28, 7:30 PM
Advent Lutheran Church/Broadway United Church of Christ, 2504 Broadway @ 93rd St.


Other Films:

1) Bends (過界 / 过界) – Flora Lau’s (劉韻文 / 刘韵文) film examines the differences between Hong Kong and mainland China with stories about a wealthy Hong Kong housewife who loses her privileged life when her husband leaves and her chauffeur who lives in Shenzhen but needs for his wife to give birth to their second child in Hong Kong to avoid China’s one-child policy.

Reviews: and

4/21 – 4/27, check for times
MoMA, 11 W. 53rd Street
Adults: $12; Seniors: $10; Students: $8; MoMA members: Free


2) Misconception

Sat 4/26, 4:00 PM
AMC Loews Village 7, 66 Third Ave.


3) Black Coal, Thin Ice  (白日焰火)

Sat 4/26, 5:30 PM
AMC Loews Village 7, 66 Third Ave.



Closing soon:

Contra-Rotations (Ran Tea House, 4/27)
simple life is interesting! (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/3)
Sub Urbanisms: Casino Company-town, China-town (Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 5/12)

Opening and newly added:

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

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

Contra-Rotations (Ran Tea House, 4/27)

simple life is interesting! (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/3)

Sub Urbanisms: Casino Company-town, China-town (Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 5/12)

Frames (Fou Gallery, 5/18)

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

Cai Jin: Return to the Source (蔡锦: 溯源) (Chambers, Fine Art5/31)

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

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

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)

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)