Arts & Culture

Vietgone

Posted on Sep 24, 2018 in #coloradoasian, Arts & Culture, Refugees, Theatre, Vietnam | 0 comments

NOW SHOWING AT RICKETSON THEATER IN DENVER thru’ Sept. 30th Bubbling with infectious energy, this rap-spitting, pop culture-crusted dramedy is an ode to the real-life courtship of Playwright Qui Nguyen’s parents. Forced to leave their country during the height of the Vietnam War, two refugees find themselves at an Arkansas relocation camp. Please use this link:  https://www.denvercenter.org/vietgone https://www.denvercenter.org/plan-your-visit/theatres-seating/the-ricketson-theatre = = = Support Dragon 5280:  Close out the all Asian cast production of Vietgone at the Denver Center of Performing Arts! This is a powerful love and adventure story that you shouldn’t miss! Vietgone is written by Vietnamese playwright Qui Nguyen, who was inspired by the meeting of his parents who came to America as war refugees. You’ll see the characters’ experiences of immigration, the Vietnam War, eating burritos for the first time, encountering hippies, biker gangs, ninjas, and more! When you purchase tickets for this show, $5 will go to Dragon 5280, the organization that runs the Colorado Dragon Boat and Dragon Film Festival! Special ticket pricing available in limited quantities! Special price ticket link:  https://goo.gl/1B3vR1 | Promo code: DRAGON Enter promo code and choose from light blue seats in rows...

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Global Fest 2018

Posted on Aug 15, 2018 in #auroraasian, Arts & Culture, celebrations, Family Fun, Food, International, Music | 0 comments

The city of Aurora invites you to experience fantastic flavors, cultural experiences and artistic expressions from around the world at Global Fest this Saturday, August 18th, 11AM – 6PM, at the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.  And entrance is FREE!  Enjoy world entertainment, music and food, ethnic markets, community booths, fashion shows–yes, that’s plural–and even more entertainment and education at the Aurora History Museum. The World Beer Market will offer different beverages with brewing techniques and flavors from around the world. All beers were globally inspired…and locally made.  For more information, visit...

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Cherry Blossom Festival – Sakura Square

Posted on Jun 12, 2018 in #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Japan | 0 comments

  Japanese American Resource Center of Colorado 46th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Sakura Square Saturday & Sunday, June 23rd – 11AM – 6PM | June 24th – 11AM – 4PM | Free Admission Fans of taiko, teriyaki chicken, sake and Japanese artwork and wares won’t want to miss this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival – “Sakura Matsuri” in Japanese.  The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese heritage and culture through live entertainment, food and drink, a marketplace and informative exhibits and demonstrations. If you have questions about any of the activities, please email:...

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Mask Dances of Bali, Indonesia

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 in #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Dance, Indonesia, Music | 0 comments

Fabled kings, heroes and myths come to life! Gamelan Tunas Mekar under the direction of I Made Lasmawan, Artist-In-Residence presents “Sketches of Bali in Music and Dance” with special guest I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda Friday, May 11th | 7:30 PM Denver School of the Arts | 7111 Montview Blvd. | Denver 80220 Tickets at the door:  $15/general admission | $10/students, seniors, children 12 and under To purchase tickets in advance, click here. www.tunasmekar.org  | Questions? (720) 504-3655 Combining the power of ancient dance forms with the exotic sounds of the Balinese gamelan, Tunas Mekar will perform a variety of instrumental and dance pieces including the Colorado premiere of Belibis, a stunning contemporary dance depicting an Indonesian grouse, with professional Balinese dancer Ni Ketut Marni. Also on the program is a new arrangement of Pak Lasmawan’s piece Tirta Bhuana, the popular Condong Legong dance, and Sekar Gendot, a composition for the courtly instrumental “love gamelan.” The second half of the concert will feature guest Balinese dancer I Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda performing numerous Topeng (mask) dances. Topeng features an ornately costumed, mask-wearing performer who interprets traditional narratives including Bondres (Common Man), Dalem (King), Tua (Old Man), Penasar (Narrator) and Keras (Prime Minister) culminating with Joged (Social Dance). Both humorous and exquisitely enacted, Topeng invites the audience to play an interactive part in this traditional Balinese...

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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Assn Festival

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in #coloradoasian, Arts & Culture, Dance, Educational, Food, Music, Pacific Islands | 0 comments

HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL Thursday through Saturday, September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd Hilton Fort Collins | 425 W. Prospect Rd. | Fort Collins, CO  80526 Three days of classic Hawaiian music performed by some of the modern greats of the steel guitar. This Mainland Festival and Convention will be held in Colorado for the fourth year, and has been, from the start, one of the premier Hawaiian musical events of the Rocky Mountain region.  Enjoy guest performances by local hula halaus, Hawaiian slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, as well as ‘olelo workshops. In past years, the HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL has played host to a “who’s who” of some of the true legends of the steel guitar–  Ed Punua, son of long-time island musician  Victor Punua, Sr. and born and raised on the island of Kaua’i,  Jeff Au Hoy, one of the young lions of the steel guitar from Honolulu, Oahu,  Duke Kaleolani Ching, the master of the triple-neck Fender– and this year is no exception.  This year’s Guest of Honor is Kumu Alan Akaka, a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii and a student of the late, great steel guitar player Jerry Byrd. Alan has had a long career as an Hawaiian music educator and performer in Hawai’i, and around the world.  He is the Director of  KE KULA MELE HAWAI’I, the Alan Akaka School of Hawaiian Music, in Kailua, O’ahu, where he teaches ‘ukulele, steel guitar and upright bass or guitar to all ages. Cost: $20/day HSGA members | $25 non-members | $10 students with ID Saturday night luau (tickets sold separately): $50 Save yourself a plane ticket to Hawai’i! Mai hilahila, don’t be shy!  Hope to see you all there!  Ahui hou kakou! Download announcement here… Questions? Contact: Mark Kahalekulu, markkahalekulu@gmail.com | Visit...

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Hear Alito – from Takayama, Japan

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 in #coloradoasian, Arts & Culture, International, Japan, Music, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Alito, Women’s Chorale from Takayama, Japan The Denver-Takayama Sister Cities Project is hosting a concert by Alito, a women’s choir from Takayama, Japan. The group will sing traditional and contemporary Japanese and western songs during the cultural exchange performance. Friday, August 11th, 4:30 PM Simpson United Methodist Church 6001 Wolff St., Arvada A free concert of traditional Japanese songs. Download the announcement for more information. Questions? Kaitlyn Lyle, (303) 923-6865 Saturday, August 12th, 5:00-6:30 PM First Baptist Church 1373 Grant St., Denver $20, DSCI members / $25 non-members The concert will be followed by a reception. See a YouTube video of the choir here. Learn more and purchase tickets here. Download the announcement here....

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