Calendar of Events
Saturday, March 2
Family Art DayJoin artist and photographer Colette Fu in an engaging hands-on workshop where participants will learn pop-up techniques and make a Snake New Year’s card at Towson University Asian Arts & Culture Center at 8000 York Road, Towson, Md. on Saturday, March 2, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Registration is required. Each workshop is limited to 25 participants, age 8 and over. The cost is $10 per participant; $5 for AA&CC members. Call (410) 704-2807 for more information.
In conjunction with the workshop, the center also presents Shadow Puppet Theater: The Tiger Tales on Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the main stage theater. In celebration of the lunar New Year, the Chinese Theatre Works, based in New York, brings its humor-laced shadow puppetry to audiences of all ages. The company blends China’s 2,000 year history of shadow puppetry with new techniques in its award-winning Tiger Tales, based on popular Chinese folktales and literature. Tickets are $10 general, $5 AA&CC members, children under 12 and TU students with ID. (410) 704-2787; www.tuboxoffice.com
Saturday, March 2
Arts for Families: Kumihimo BraidsKumihimo is a Japanese technique for making a complex multi-strand braid. The ornate band is very strong, and is used in Japan to tie together a samurai warrior’s traditional armor. Your own kumihimo braid is sure to complement anything you wear! Free; no reservations required at The Textile Museum, 2320 S St., NW, Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call (202) 667-0441 for more information.
Saturday, March 2
Multicultural Hiring FairIf you have an interest in teaching, come out to the Multicultural Hiring Fair for Area Independent Schools at the Flint Hill School, 3320 Jermantown Road, Oakton, Va., on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Any questions contact Julie Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (703) 584-2300. Visit www.flinthill.org.
Sunday, March 3
Read to Me! Discovering Asian Pacific American Voices
Chinatown Community Cultural Center, 616 H Street, NW, 2nd floor, Washington DC, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Once upon a time, The Five Chinese Brothers may have been the only children’s book in America to feature Asian characters. But today’s libraries and bookstores are quickly expanding with titles for children of all ages that highlight, celebrate, and explore diverse versions of the Asian Pacific American experience. Smithsonian’s BookDragon blogger Terry Hong discusses the evolution and revolution in Asian Pacific American children’s literature. She will be joined by Ellen Oh of the Prophecy series, about a powerful third century Korean girl warrior who saves the world and Natalie Dias Lorenzi whose debut novel Flying the Dragon explores the cultural clash between young cousins from opposite sides of the world and their shared Japanese grandfather. For more information, contact stangoblue @yahoo.com or email@example.com.
Friday, March 8
International Women’s DayOn International Women’s Day, women around the world join together to celebrate women’s strength. Since 1908, this day has celebrated the achievements of women around the world without regard to their national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political differences. To honor this day, on March 8, the Women for Women International offices around the world hold events ranging from quiet and reflective meetings to loud and festive celebrations. Visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com to find events near you.
Sunday, March 10
Madam Butterfly & Miss SaigonCome out to the Strathmore to see one heart-wrenching story told from two unique perspectives, Madam Butterfly & Miss Saigon. This never-before-seen concept brings together both iconic scores into one performance to tell the story that they share about an orphaned girl who falls in love with an American soldier and gives the ultimate sacrifice of her life so their child can grow up in America. The Young Artists of America and MCYO Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on Sunday, March 10 at 4 p.m. at the Music Center at The Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. Visit www.strathmore.org.
Tuesday, March 12 to Sunday, March 24
21st Environmental Film FestivalFounded in 1993, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital has become one of the world’s largest and most influential showcases of environmental film and a major collaborative cultural event in Washington, D.C. Each March, the festival presents a diverse selection of environmental films, including many Washington, D.C., U.S. and world premieres. Documentaries, narratives, animations and shorts are shown, as well as archival, experimental and children’s films at venues throughout the city. Films are screened at partnering museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters. For general inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/. Most screenings are free and some have special prices.
Thursday, March 14
Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) 20th Anniversary Benefit DinnerSince 1993, the AEF has strived to encourage careers in the public interest or public service, awarding more than $200,000 to support law students whose work benefits the APA community. This year, the AEF will be celebrating a milestone in its history: its 20th anniversary, at the National Press Club at 529 14th St., NW, on Thursday, March 14, at 6 p.m. Visit its website at http://www.aefdc.com/
Thursday, March 14
AAGEN Installation Dinner, China Garden Restaurant, Rosslyn, VirginiaRSVP at email@example.com
Friday, March 15
Free Family Night at the National Children’s Museum Enjoy free admission to the National Children’s Museum as well as hands-on activities and interactive play in the NCM theatre and exhibit areas. March’s Free Family Night on Friday, March 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., will celebrate Read Across America. The NCM is at 151 St. George Boulevard, National Harbor, Md., call (301) 392-2400 for more info or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit www.ncm.museum for up-to-date information on ticketing and special programs.
Saturday, March 16
KodoThe Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) presents Kodo. Listen to the explosive power of the 24 masters of the ancient taiko-drumming tradition that’s simply heart-pounding at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW, on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. For tickets, contact WPAS at (202) 785-9727, or visit www.wpas.org.
Saturday, March 16, 8 pm
World Dance Showcase at the Prince Georges Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts. This year, the annual celebration of the region’s cultural treasures features Spilling Ink Project (Indian dance), Xuejuan Feng (Chinese dance), Raqs Caravan East (Middle Eastern dance), Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble (Polish dance), Charm City Rapper Sword Dancers (Celtic dance), and Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company. The Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road (Rt. 202) in Cheverly. Tickets from $10-$12 are available at the door or by calling 301-277-1710. For more information, visit http://arts.pgparks.com.
Saturday, March 16, at 8PM
Musical Arts International, Inc. will open its 2013 Spring concert with the Marcolivia Violin Viola Duo, that includes a special, rare performance of Martinu's 1930 Sonatine for Two Violins and Piano. The concert is Saturday, March 16, at 8PM, at the Latvian Lutheran Church, 400 Hurley Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850.Reception follows.
Come hear Marc Ramirez (violin) and Olivia Hajioff (violin.viola) perform selections from the 44 Duos for Two Violins by Bartok, and selections of Arias from the Magic Flute by Mozart. Li-Ly Chang, piano, joins them in Beethoven's "Gassenhauer" Trio op11 and in Sonatine C major by Martinu.
Tickets: Adults $20, Students/Seniors $15. A reception follows the concert. Please call 301-933-3715 for more information, Web Site: http://www.musicalartsinternational.org.
Saturday, March 16
Maury at the Market Silent Auction Join parents and teachers of Maury Elementary School for its yearly Maury at the Market, a silent and limited live auction fundraiser at Eastern Market’s historic North Hall on 7th Street, SE, in Washington, D.C. Your support helps fund teacher’s aides, musical instruments, chess instruction, and so much more. Come out on Saturday, March 16, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.mauryatthemarket.org
Wednesday, March 20
Sunday, March 17
Meet the Author of Three Tough Chinamen
Chinese Community Church, 500 I (eye) Street NW, Washington DC, 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Three Tough Chinamen chronicles the lives and activities of three Moy brothers. They were community leaders who refused to accept passively the restrictions and racism of the Chinese Exclusion Laws. Join us in conversations with Scott D. Selgiman as he tells about tough men who gave as good as they got. For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Free and open to all.
AALEAD 14th Annual DinnerJoin the Asian American LEAD at its 14th annual dinner in the Silver Spring Civic Building at 1 Veteran’s Place, Silver Spring, Md., on Wednesday, March 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join AALEAD for an evening of networking and celebrating its accomplishments from the past year. Hosting the evening will be NBC4 anchor and reporter Eun Yang. Individual tickets are $125 and sponsorships are available. Contact email@example.com or www.aalead.org or call (202) 884-0322 x 104.
Wednesday, March 20 to Sunday, March 24
The Washington Ballet’s CinderellaA spectacle for all ages, TWB’s artistic director Septime Webre’s Cinderella combines magnificent beauty, ravishing costumes, and Prokofiev’s ultra-lush score in the retelling of this popular romance of a poor girl whose fairy godmother helps her win the love of a prince. The ballet is from Wednesday, March 20 to Sunday, March 24, at different times. It’ll be in the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=RNWLB to order tickets online.
Saturday, March 30
Workshop: Create Your Own Silk ScarfJoin artist Emi Kikuchi at The Textile Museum, 2320 S St., NW, Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for this special hands-on silk painting workshop, presented in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Kikuchi employs fine textile paints in floral designs in a style called ezome. For two generations, the Kikuchi family has used the ezome technique to create works that include silk clothing—in 2005 ezome graced the runways of the Paris Haute Couture spring/summer collection. Create your own silk scarf for spring by learning to paint delicate cherry blossom designs. For beginners and experienced painters alike; registration fee includes 100 percent silk scarf and other required materials. $45/members; $55/non-members. Advance registration required; space is limited. Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 to register.
Friday, April 5
Jewels of Asian Gala 2013The Westin Tysons Corner; 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
AACC Chamber Award Gala recognizes business (Public & Private Sector, For profit & non-profit) and business leader of Asian & Pacific Islander descent which have made outstanding contributions to the Metropolitan DC business community and economy. Join AACC for 2013 Chamber Award Gala featuring Cocktails, Dinner, Awards Ceremony, Auction and Culture Performance!
Saturday, April 6
15th annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk National Japanese American Memorial, D Street, NW & Louisiana Avenue, NW. Time: Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m., program begins at 10:00 a.m. Info@njamf.info
Saturday, April 20
Tots to Teens ExpoRegister for the tots to teens science fair and expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. It’s a family affair that includes kids fashion, storytelling, health screenings, healthy cooking demos and more. Visit www.thebetterfamily.com for details.
April 24-25, 2013
Committee of 100, 22nd Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. http://www.committee100.org/
Tuesday, May 7
Visit by the Dalai Lama of TibetThe University of Maryland, College Park, Md., will welcome a special guest to its campus: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet who will deliver the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace on Tuesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. in the Comcast Center. The Dalai Lama is an international force for peace, nonviolence and religious harmony, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The lecture will be free and open to the university community and the public; however, tickets will be required. Information on ticket distribution, parking, transportation and other details will be posted at www.umd.edu/lecture on March 8. Please check the website for updates. Questions, contact Neil Tickner at (301) 405-4622.
Thursday, June 6
AAGEN 9th 2013 Annual Leadership Training Conference and Awards BanquetCrystal City Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Visit www.aagen.org for conference details and registration.