NYC Events and Exhibitions: February 5 – February 11, 2016


We posted our big list of Chinese New Year events earlier this week and just updated it with Xi’an Famous Foods’ Lunar New Year celebration on February 20 where guests can enjoy performances by Asian and Asian American music stars and food and support Apex for Youth, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving under-privileged Asian-American youth through education and mentor programs.

We won’t list the events below so they don’t distract from the Zine Dumpling Art Party! and FIREWALL listings below, but they’re on the calendar.  They are organized by local organizations with really big ideas.  So, come out and support them!

If you’re making dumplings, in the coming days, this might come in useful:

We add talks, films, performances, performances, exhibitions, featuring or relating to Chinese, Taiwanese, diasporic artists and topics to our event and ongoing exhibition calendars as we learn of them.

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We wish everybody a prosperous Year of the Monkey!

This week’s events

1) Mission Possible: In Conversation with Frank H. Wu – MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach talks to Frank H. Wu, a leader in legal education and a champion for a new paradigm of civil rights, on his insight and understanding into the contemporary Chinese American experience.

Friday, February 5, 6:30 PM
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street
$12/Adult; $10/Student and Senior; Free/Members


2) Tango –Wake Up! Opening Reception – Weibo comic drawing star opens his solo show.

Saturday, February 6, 6 PM
Carma Asian Tapas, 38 Carmine Street


3) Zine Dumpling Art Party! – Looking for an alternative to the Super Bowl? Come check out zines and other printed matter made by artists and collectives from China and beyond at Zine Dumpling Art Party! hosted by China Residencies, an incredible Brooklyn-based non-for-profit organization that connects artists with residency programs in China.

Featuring zines by Blood Becomes Water, 展銷場 Display Distribute, Zhao Wanqing + Ou Chiacheng, 吃的ReallyWant, Yoko Nono, Public Science, Qi Mengli & other printed matter from Shen Jingdong, Lijiang Studio, Randian China, Concrete Flux 流泥, The Cleaver Quarterly, Astra Howard & many more TBA.

Meet and mingle with other creative people while making and eating dumplings!

Visit the event Facebook page for updates.

Sunday, February 7, 6 PM
New Love City, 66 Greenpoint Ave., Number 4
Free, but RSVP requested and donation suggested


4) Here for the Ghosts: A Chinese New Year Celebration – A chance to hear from three young women all born in China in the same year, whose voices are among the most exciting writing right now. Acclaimed poets Jenny Zhang and Sarah Howe (recent TS Eliot poetry prize winner) will read from recent work, joined by musician and writer Emma-Lee Moss (aka Emmy the Great), speaking and performing excerpts from her translation project. There’ll be dim sum and, for those who wish to party till late, we’ll see the lunar year out with a selection of Mando- and Cantopop, plus other great, ghost-scaring tunes.

Monday, February 8, 8 PM
Elvis Guesthouse, 85 Avenue A

Ongoing Films and Shows

1) A Dream of Red Pavilions – Pan Asian Repertory Theatre presents Jeremy Tiang’s English-language adaptation of Cao Xueqin’s classic Chinese novel in a theater production directed by Tisa Chang and Lu Yu.  Interested in making this notoriously complex work accessible to both newcomers to Chinese literature and those familiar with it, Tiang worked directly from the Chinese text rather than an existing translation, focuses on the work’s central love story and theme of decline, and presents an impression of aristocratic life in 18th century China.

Red Pavillion

Photo by Michael Blase

January 23 – February 14.
Clurman Theatre, 412 West 42nd Street
$66.25/Regular; Discounts available for seniors, students, military personnel and veterans, theater industry members, and on Tuesdays.


2) FIREWALL, a pop-up Internet Cafe + Art Project – FIREWALL is a socially engaged research and interactive art project designed to foster public dialogue about Internet freedom. Video and installation artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, in collaboration with artist and technologist Dan Phiffer, invites residents and tourists of NYC to commune over free tea and Wi-fi at Chinatown Soup, a creative space on the border of New York City’s Lower East Side. FIREWALL enables participants to simultaneously search images on both Google in the U.S. and Baidu in China to investigate online censorship and manipulation of information between these two countries. In this cooperative performance, Lee explores a rapidly developing web culture, the nuances of language translation, and the notion that everything can be found on the Internet.

February 9 – March 6.  Reception February 21.
Chinatown Soup, 16B Orchard Street
Free, but search sessions require registration


3) The Monkey King 2 《 西游记之孙悟空三打白骨精》 – This sequel to the immensely popular film replaces Donnie Yen with Aaron Kwok “pick[s] up with considerably more storytelling assurance and technical prowess than the first film demonstrated, Cheang and his army of writers dive into the action quickly, ensuring they leave room for actual character development and narrative cohesion this time around. Briskly paced with (mostly) strong visuals and the requisite gravity-defying action choreography (this time courtesy of Hong Kong martial-arts stalwart Sammo Hung), this Monkey King is one of the strongest entries into the long list of films and television series based on the literary classic by Wu Chengen.”  Read the full review at The Hollywood Reporter.

At AMC Empire 25.


4) From Vegas to Macau 3 《赌城风云III》 – A grand wedding ceremony is being held at a resort hotel in Macau. It is the wedding of Ken’s (Chow Yun Fat) daughter, Rainbow (Kimmy Tong) and his protege, Vincent (Shawn Yue). Ken’s close friends, Vic (John Chiang) and Mark (Nick Cheung) are also on the guest list. During the ceremony, Mark receives a call from his buddy, Michael Chan (Andy Lau), warning Mark that someone wants to kill Ken. And the intrigue begins! (AMC)

Review from Variety

At AMC Empire 25


IP Man 3 《叶问3》– Donnie Yen ignites the screen in a return to the role that made him an icon – as Ip Man, the real-life Wing Chun grandmaster who mentored Bruce Lee. In this explosive third installment of the blockbuster martial arts series, when a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Mike Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. Fists will fly as some of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed play out on the big screen in this soon-to-be genre classic.

Reviews from The Hollywood Reporter and A.V. Club

At AMC Empire 25 and IFC Center


Current Exhibitions

Just added and opening:

1) Tango – Wake Up! (Carma Asian Tapas, 2/6 – 2/28) – Youjun Gao has his own advertising company, but he is better known as Tango on Weibo where over 200,000 fans follow his humorous comics.

2) Phoenix Gallery Associate Members 2016 (Phoenix Gallery, 2/3 – 2/27) – Artist Dongze Huo is part of this group exhibition.

Closing soon:

Wang Fengge (王凤鸽) – Unbounded (无界) (Chambers Fine Art, 1/7 – 2/6)

Scope (Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in New York, 1/24 – 2/7)

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

Wang Fengge (王凤鸽) – Unbounded (无界) (Chambers Fine Art, 1/7 – 2/6)

Scope (Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in New York, 1/24 – 2/7)

Li Hongbo (李洪波) – Textbooks (教科书) (Klein Sun Gallery, 1/7 – 2/13)

Gao Rong (高蓉) – The Simple Line (棱与韧) (Klein Sun Gallery, 1/7 – 2/13)

Zhu Jinshi (朱金石) Exhibition (Blum & Poe, 1/7 – 2/13)

Martin Wong: Human Instamatic (11/4/15 – 2/14/16)

Wei Xiaoguang – Humble (Fresh Window, 1/22 – 2/21)

Chung Sum (Fanky) Chak (翟松森) – Looking for Gold Mountain (456 Gallery, 1/29 – 2/26)

Phoenix Gallery Associate Members 2016 (Phoenix Gallery, 2/3 – 2/27)

The Real Thing (Flowers Gallery, 1/28 – 2/27)

Tango – Wake Up! (Carma Asian Tapas, 2/6 – 2/28)

Zhang Hongtu (Queens Museum, 10/18/15 – 2/28/16)

Catalyst (Queens Museum, 10/3/15 – 2/28/16)

SUB URBANISMS: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape (Museum of Chinese in America, 9/24 – 3/27/16)

Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968 (Museum of Chinese in America, 9/24/15 – 3/27/16)

The Eccentrics (Sculpture Center, 1/24 – 4/4)

Chinese Textiles Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8/15/15 – 6/19/06)

Chinese Lacquer Treasures from the Irving Collection, 12th–18th Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8/15/15 – 6/19/06)

Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10/31/15 – 10/11/06)

Lead image by Andrew Shiue.  Taken in Nanjing.