Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Intersections, Sun. Feb 27, Washington DC, 9pm

Hey beautiful people,

I'm performing in a really exciting show this Sunday night in Washington DC.  The show is called Intersections and it's sponsored by our good friends at SULU DC.  I'm really honored and proud to be a part of this show because it's actively bringing together artists representing multiple communities of color and having us collaborate in very powerful, creative ways.  The artist I'm working with is Maimouna Youssef who is a musician/songwriter.  Please check her out on YouTube (she's done a song with The Roots).

Please look over the details below.  Hope to see you.


Sulu DC & Holly Bass Performance Projects
The Metta Monologues: Words of Witness

Sulu DC mixes exhilarating storytelling and improvisation to captivate audiences with its high-energy performers. The Metta Monologues: Words of Witness is a cross-generational, multicultural, and interdisciplinary performance featuring groundbreaking professional poets alongside musicians who demonstrate the vitality of the spoken word. Enjoy a kaleidoscope of talents— poets, singers, storytellers and actors —shining a cutting-edge light on connections and distinctions among communities of color.  

Sunday, Feb 27 at 9pm
Sprenger Theater
$15, $10 student

Are you looking for a way to sweeten up the typical dinner and a movie date night?

Well, INTERSECTIONS has the answer!

Enjoy A Delicious Date Night on Saturday, February 26, 2011 – have your fill of music, dance and theatre along with irresistible pastries from Dangerously Delicious Pies.

In partnership with the Pink Line Project, the night will feature an array of fantastic performances, and an interactive photo wall by Alberto Gaitan. Plan your pie and double feature below:

Capital City Symphony
A Night of Strings and Funk: Capital City Symphony Meets New Retro
7:00pm | Sprenger Theatre
Tickets: $20 adults, $16 seniors/students

The Dinner Party
The Gourmet Menu
7:00pm | Lab 2
Tickets: $10

Theater of The First Amendment presents
24, 7, 365
8:00pm | Lang Theatre
Tickets: $30, $15 student

Sounds of North Africa
9:30pm | Sprenger Theatre
Tickets: $20

New Galaxy Theatre Group
Slam Theatre 1.0
9:30pm | Lab 2
$15, $10 students & seniors

As an added bonus “check-in” on Foursquare and receive a drink special & exclusive ticket discount. Whether you’re looking to impress a new beau or living on the culinary edge your taste buds will be satisfied! To plan your date and purchase tickets visit: http://intersectionsdc.org/

Visit http://intersectionsdc.org/ to learn more about performances!


Plan Your Visit

The Atlas Performing Arts Center is located in the heart of Washington's newest Arts and Entertainment neighborhood, the Atlas District.

1333 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002
Map with Google Maps to get specific driving directions.
The streetcars are almost here!  We know because our street is being worked on.  That means that parking is at a premium, but some can be found on H Street, 13th Street and the surrounding neighborhood.  We encourage patrons to use mass transit or taxis.

Valet parking will also be available.

Use Metro's Trip Planner to plan your commute.

Metrorail: Union Station
Bus: X2

Your INTERSECTIONS ticket also provides 10% discount on the day of performance at any of these distinctive H Street restaurants:

The Argonaut
The Atlas Room
Dangerously Delicious Pies
Granville Moores
H Street Country Club
Liberty Tree
Smith Commons
Sticky Rice

Founding Sponsor

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Logo

The FIRE Fund of The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, created to promote interracial reconciliation and education.

Additional support provided by the Eugene M. Lang Foundation.

Founding Media Sponsor
The Washington Post

Media Partners
Media Partners

Sunday, February 13, 2011

FAMILY STYLE!!! FRI, FEB 18 @ AAI, 7:30pm (SULU DC, 2/19)

Family Style
Open Mic Series
Third Fridays of the month:
Friday, February 18, 2011 @ 7:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 7 p.m.)

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Family Style is Back and Ready for 2011!

Featuring Guest Performers: Saving Thomas
10 Guest Artists

$5-10 Sliding Scale Admission

*If you bring a group of 5 or more people, one person gets in FREE!*
Friday, February 18, 7:30 pm

Saving Thomas
is a band that has been birthed in the very heart, character, and charisma of Philadelphia and believe that real music from the soul is a language spoken by few but understood by many. They use hip-hop, jazz, indie rock, etc. as a way to share with their audience their experiences of sorrow, heartbreak, God, faith, love, identity, and other things that are all common to this generation.

The Asian Arts Initiative and Yellow Rage will also be in solidarity with the Cambodian community who are currently facing deportation. We want to build awareness about immigration and deportation issues and its impact in the APIA community here in Philadelphia.

If you have a piece you want to share, come at least 30 minutes before showtime, or sign up here!
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Sulu DC + The Jubilee Project present a benefit concert featuring Rooftop Pursuit

Sulu DC, an underground network, home and monthly showcase of Asian American and/or Pacific Islander artists, and The Jubilee Project, a film collective whose mission is to make videos for a good cause, have teamed up to present a benefit concert on February 19th, 2011 at Artisphere in Arlington, VA. 

Hosted by Jenny Lares, Sulu DC co-founder, and Eddie Lee, co-founder of The Jubilee Project, the benefit concert will showcase videos produced by The Jubilee Project that aim to raise awareness of issues impacting AAPI communities such as Hepatitis B, diabetes, and racial bullying. The concert also marks the EP release of Rooftop Pursuit and their first music video, produced by The Jubilee Project to benefit Hepatitis B education/awareness. Proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations will also benefit The Jubilee Project and allow them to produce more videos for good causes.

Featured performers include
Rooftop Pursuit (previously known as Phil Good Band) blends r&b, pop and rock sound. Infused with the soothing vocals of Phil Good, Rooftop Pursuit creates an unexpected, yet refreshing new sound. 

AMP strives to create music that empowers, inspires, and takes the genre of Gospel Music to a whole new level. Combining the production and vocals of Sam Ock with the rap styles of J.Han and CL, AMP's music gears towards a diverse generation with a strong gospel message that reveals the hearts of each artist.

Amanda Lee is a passionate singer/songwriter from the MD/DC/NoVA area. She has performed locally at venues such as IOTA and Jammin Java. Most recently she placed 2nd at the 1st annual DC Kollaboration competition. Amanda is currently recording her debut EP album, to be released this Spring.

Brian Wang is an activist, artist, attorney, educator and entrepreneur.  Brian hails from California, where he acted with various Asian American theatres in Los Angeles and San Francisco, while also working as a civil rights lawyer, organizing a major AAPI leadership conference, and working on several political campaigns.  In DC, Brian has featured at Busboys & Poets, SpeakeasyDC and the first-ever Black Theatre Festival.  Before law school, Brian taught English in Shanghai, China and he still tutors aspiring attorneys for the Bar Exam.  Brian is a co-founder of Sulu DC and the City Chair for DC’s Young & Powerful.

Get your tickets before they sell out!
WHEN: Saturday, February 19, 2011, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
WHERE: Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA)
HOW: $10 general admission / $8 student with valid ID (at the door or online at

For more info email Sulu DC at suludc@gmail.com and The Jubilee Project at project.jubilee@gmail.com

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cupid Ain't @#$%!:The Slam!, 2/13, at Tritone Bar in Philly

Awww, wasn't that last post by Catzie sweet?  Thanks, Catzie!

Just wanted to let folks know that I'll be featuring at the Cupid Ain't @#$%!:The Slam! at Tritone Bar, 1508 South St.  It's the 3rd event in a weekend-long series organized by J. Mase III, an amazing poet from Philly.  My performance will be a preview for my upcoming book-release party for The She Book, Volume 1, which will be the featured event for our March Family Style.  More on that later.

Here are the details for the Cupid Ain't @#$%! weekend:
Feb 11th, Cupid Ain't @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine's Day Poetry Movement, Tritone bar (1508 South St), 8pm, 21+
Feb 12th, Cupid Ain't @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine's Day Poetry Movement, Bluestocking Bookstore (172 Allen St, NYC), 8pm, All Ages
Feb 13th, Cupid Ain't @#$%!:The Slam!, Tritone Bar (1508 South St), 8pm with special performance by me. And cash prize for the winner!!! 21+
Tickets are $5 if folks RSVP by facebook (http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=158069617576749) or Mason's personal email address: JR_Mason@yahoo.com
$10 at the door!
Hope to see you!

PS--More postings to come soon!  And check out our new events calendar page--I'm gradually filling that in too.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday Michelle!

I always forget which day is exactly Michelle's birthday but I always know it's near Groundhog's Day. Turns out it's the 6th, and I was only a day late in wishing her another year in life. In honor of this celebration and continuing doing things late i'd thought I'd post pictures of Voodoo Donuts we received from the students at University of Oregon.

It's almost like I'm giving her a cake through the internet! I'm sure she doesn't mind not having any -- i only had half of one and it put me in a sugar coma!

Happy Birthday Michelle, hope you enjoy many more celebrations of life, family and happiness.


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Lunar New Year and Black History Month Celebration, 2/9/11, City Hall, 6pm

Hey all,

We have been invited to perform at a special event to be held at City hall in Philly tonight.  Please see details below.  Special thanks to Judi Rhee Alloway and Elijah Dornstreich for making this happen.


PS--There will be more updates before the weekend.

The Mayor's Commission for Asian American Affairs Presents:

A Year of the Rabbit Celebration and a Salute to Black History Month

When: Wednesday, February 9th 2011
5:30pm Registration & Networking
6pm-8pm Program

Where:  2nd floor, City Hall
Penn Square, Broad and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Light refreshments to follow in Conversation Hall, 2nd floor, City
Hall to honor Black History Month & celebrate Lunar New Year.

RSVP: By February 7th 2011, Complimentary tickets.
Limited seating available.

Special Guest: Daphne Kwok, Chair of President Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific Islanders.