Korean film series at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (March 16-April 30)

KoreanFilmSeriesJoe Kim, from the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, is curating this great line up of films (and a K-Pop dance party!) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the next month. For more info on these events, click here or scroll below.

Sunday, March 16th, 1pm
We kick off the Korean film series with a screening of the North Korean documentary “A State of Mind”, filmmaker Daniel Gordon’s beautifully photographed film that takes the viewer deep into the culture of this isolated land than ever before. This program begins with a conversation with British director Daniel Gordon (who also recently directed the ESPN 30 For 30 film “9.79*”) followed by a screening of A State of Mind.  It should be a great program and discussion.

The film series continues each Wednesday in April at 6pm with screenings of:

April 2: Chi-hwa-seon (Painted Fire)
A vivid portrait of the life of one of Korea’s greatest artists, renowned painter Jang Seung-eop.  Directed by master filmmaker Im Kwon-taek.
April 9: Sunny
An unexpectedly big hit in South Korea, “Sunny” is a heartwarming coming of age comedy that will alternately make you laugh and cry as these long-lost friends discover they can still change one another’s lives.  Featuring a soundtrack of American 80′s pop hits.  Feel free to come dressed in your 80′s best!
April 16: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring
Award-winning Korean writer/director/editor Kim Ki-duk has crafted a lushly exotic, yet universal story about the human spirit and its evolution, from innocence to love, evil to enlightenment, and ultimately to rebirth.
April 23: Planet B-Boy
Korean-American filmmaker Benson Lee (who grew up in Philadelphia) sought to answer the question of how South Korea became the epicenter of the global phenomenon known as breakdancing, which originated in the Bronx in the 1970s. Weaving between the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Las Vegas, and Seoul, unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of international teams of dancers who struggle to fulfill their dreams.  Featuring a b-boy performance after the film.

April 30: The Yellow Sea

Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, The Yellow Sea is an impressive crime thriller with amazing action reminiscent of the Bourne series from director Na Hong-jin (The Chaser).

For more info, please visit: http://koreanfilmseries.tumblr.com/

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Fri, March 28, 5-9:45pm: Art After 5 K-Pop Dance Party & Fashion Show (FREE Event)

Student designers from the fashion department of the Art Institute of Philadelphia kick off the evening by showcasing runway looks using professional models. This evening also features a K-pop (Korean pop) performance, a mini dance class, and a dance party in the museum!

Korean Drama Series: Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm (Mar 19, 26, May 7, 14, 21)
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) is a South Korean drama about a girl who disguises herself as a boy while attending Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon Dynasty’s highest educational institute, where no women were allowed. Each screening features three episodes and is presented by Drama Fever, the largest online video site for the distribution of international televised content.

FREE TO LOVE film series on “sexual revolution” at IHouse Philadelphia through February

Bob Carol Ted Alice.jpgThe International House of Philadelphia is hosting an unique line up of over 60 avant-garde and commercial films that have been key to redefining sex in the West explore the “political and artistic tumult of the 1960s and ‘70s and its effect on contemporary culture.” The series, which runs through February 15th, features appearances and talks by several of the original filmmakers and influential film historians. Not everyone’s cup of tea, I understand, but for those of you who are film history buffs it’s not to be missed!  If it helps appease your prudish side, the series is funded by a grant from Pew. How’s that for official endorsement as “art”? More details and schedule (with work safe images!) here.

Sci-fi and speculative fiction as roadmap for community organizing

Emergent StrategiesJoin Leeway Foundation on December 8 to welcome writer and cultural organizer Adrienne Maree Brown for Emergent Strategies: Speculative Fiction & Radical Organizing–a lively conversation inspired by the work of visionary, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction author Octavia Butler. This discussion will explore the visionary qualities of science/speculative fiction with radical community organizing practice using Butler’s work.

Butler’s writing in The Parable series and other works instigates and provokes new thinking about how we can bring into being the kind of society that we want and expands what we might imagine. Through her protagonists, Butler illustrated adaptive, intuitive, shared leadership in practice. This recurrent theme, dubbed “Emergent Strategy,” will be a key focus of the afternoon’s discussion.

Emergent Strategies will take place on Sunday, December 8 from 1:30pm–3:30pm at Art Sanctuary (628 S 16th St).

The event is free but you must RSVP here or call 215-545-4078 x17 

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Artistis Raising Kids: Workshop hosted by Artists U December 2

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For those for whom this is relevant:

Artists U/Philadelphia is hosting a workshop/discussion Monday, December 2, on Artists Raising Kids. It’s for artists raising kids and artists who are thinking of raising kids. There’s free childcare at the event! More details are available at http://artistsu.org/philadelphia/

If you are a parent, they are asking that if you can fill out this two-question survey to help them gather material for the workshop: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KXG3VP2

“Do You Know ‘Blackness’ When You See It?” (1)ne Drop Project Live Nov 10


Do you know Blackness when you see it? This provocative question informs the work of Dr. Yaba Blay, whose (1)ne Drop Project depicts the stories and images of over 60 individuals from around the world, all of whom identify as Black, but none of whom fit the stereotypical “Black box.” Their candid memoirs challenge our understanding of race and identity.

The storytelling event, (1)ne Drop Project Live, on November 10th interweaves history with candid stories from participants in the Project and gives a microphone to living testimonies of diversity. Featuring Danielle Ayers, Perry “Vision” Divirgilio, Zun Lee,Sembene McFarland, and Brandon Stanford.

For more details and tickets click here.

Free community arts events in Philly this Friday-Sunday!

Want to get out of the house despite the rain and cold? There’s so many great things happening in Philly this weekend that should inspire you to put on a raincoat and get out! Here’s a few picks of arts and cultural events being organized by some of the talented and amazing people I know:



Poet Hila Ratzabi is producing this lovely poetry reading (where my sweetheart will be photographing–check him out if you need an event photographer!)








Visual artist Sosena Solomon  presents a pop installation of her piece MERKATO.








Mytili Jagannathan will be reading at Head House books along with two other creative writers.

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Head House Books, 619 S 2nd

Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton College and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People Are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus, 2010) and Manifest (Switchback, 2013). Her poems and reviews have appeared this year in Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, diode, and horse less review. Her radio show The Last Word for 91.7 WLFR Pomona NJ contributes a podcast regularly to The Conversant. She splits her time between the East Coast and Kentucky.

Mytili Jagannathan listens to the notion that “every letter is an alphabet,” making poems that investigate public and private space, power, gender, property, desire, collectivity, and the conditions of speech. She is the author of Acts, a chapbook from Habenicht Press. Her poems have appeared in Sous Rature, EOAGH, Rattapallax, Mirage#4/Period[ical], Combo, Fanzine, Interlope, Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. She’s currently dreaming up film/poetry collaborations with filmmaker Sara Zia Ebrahimi, which so far has yielded the short Up Against (also in collaboration with electronic musician Gralin Hughes) for the “Shelter” episode of the Termite TV Collective.

Robert Ostrom is the author of The Youngest Butcher in Illinois. He lives in Queens and teaches at the City University of New York and Columbia University.



Leading a free workshop for International Peace Day: Social Media for Social Change

peaceAs part of my day job I’ll be leading a free workshop here in Philadelphia on September 21, 2013 at 2pm called “Social Media for Social Change. In the 90min workshops I’ll be going over best strategies and tips on how to engage communities and us social media platforms as an effective additional community organizing tool.

If you or anyone you know are interested please register at: http://peacedayphilly2013.eventbrite.com/

MentorHacks: Developers In Philly Needed July 20th

UTP_notext-300x281This was posted on the Netsquared list by the Urban Technology Project, which works with Philly high school graduates. Thought I’d pass it on for the developers I know:

Are you a technologist interested in developing interesting solutions to community challenges while mentoring new technologists?

The Urban Technology Project, a nonprofit I.T. workforce development program that trains Philly high school graduates and GED earners to support the technology infrastructure of Philadelphia schools while supporting digital inclusion initiatives, is organizing a one day hackathon on July 20th called MentorHacks!  We’re looking for GIS and web developers to attend the event and that could be you!

MentorHacks is a one day community codefest and skillshare framed around creating a space for experienced and inexperienced technologists to attend workshops on technology and mentorship and then collaborate and create projects based on a survey of the community and its needs.

We’re looking to support a diverse, fun space that supports technologists at all levels in creating inelegant solutions to community challenges.  Our community challenges are web development and GIS mapping challenges sourced from local community nonprofits!

We’d love to have you attend and address community challenges with us so register today!


Amanda Cameron, Program Development Coordinator, Urban Technology Project, Email: mentorhacks@gmail.com

The details are all available here.


Call For Geeky Couples To Share Stories On Camera: Geek Guide To Dating Mini Series


I saw this on Geekadelphia and had to share since it applies to so many couples in my world (you know who you are!).

The author of The Geek’s Guide to Dating is launching a web miniseries connected to the topics in the book. What’s it going to be?

Adorably geeky couples hop on camera and discuss their relationship in short, one minute videos, and dish out useful pieces of advice to other geeks out there. Playing MMORPGs. Starting a podcast as a couple. Sharing comic books. Learning how to cosplay together. Fun stuff like that, shot in the vein of those old couple vignettes in When Harry Met Sally.

They are looking for geeky couples in the Philadelphia area to shoot your stories! They will be shooting July 20th and September 15th. If you’re interested, or know an adorable couple who fits the description, click here for more info.

April 30-May 1: Eye of the Storm: The Films of Michelle Parkerson


Join Scribe Video Center Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1 as they present a series of retrospective screenings and a Master Class to celebrate Michelle Parkerson’s groundbreaking film work. Among the first African American women filmmakers to explore the intersections between race, gender, LGBT sexual identity, and class, Michelle Parkerson’s impressive body of work contains portraits of some of the most extraordinary artists of the last half of the 20th century, including the jazz musician vocalist Betty Carter, the a cappella innovators Sweet Honey in the Rock, and the extraordinary poet/essayist Audre Lorde.

Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia, Third World Newsreel, Women Make Movies, Department of Film & Media Arts at Temple University, Leeway Foundation, and BlackStar Film Festival.