Asia North

Asia North 2022

Asia North 2022 Schedule

Asia North 2022 Exhibition:
Remembrance, Resilience, Power + Pride

April 8 - May 28
Stillpointe Theatre & Motor House

This exhibition provides a healing and empowering space for regional Asian and AAPI artists to express remembrance, resilience, power and pride within the context of the ongoing triple pandemic of COVID-19; social, environmental, and racial injustice; and economic insecurity. In resistance to these injustices, we celebrate pride in our cultural heritage; gain strength in connecting across cultures; honor, through remembrance, friends, family and mentors we have lost; and call attention to the importance of civic engagement and environmental stewardship. Research documenting Asian community histories of Greater Baltimore is also on view.

Featured artists include: Reed Bmore, Lisa Golightly Braden, Cheng Cao, Aishwariya Chandrasekar, Esie Cheng, Susanna Eisenman, Hyunsuk Erickson, Gloria Tseng Fischer, Nico Gozal, Farhad Heidarian, Ara Ko, Jinyoung Koh, Jeena Lee, Yifan Luo, Hadrian Mendoza, Manzar Moghbeli, A. Moon, Kat Navarro, Yam Chew Oh, Kiddo Pan, Sookkyung Park, Momma Rain, Yeeve 이재인 Rayne, Ellie Rha, Myung Ryu Kim, Rey Velasquez Sagcal, Rachana Saurabh, Jiwoo Shin, Nahid Tootoonchi, Ellie Yanagisawa, and Winston Zhou.

Stillpointe Theatre Gallery Hours:
Thursday through Saturday, 5 - 8 p.m.
Safety Protocols for this location: Proof of full vaccination required and masks suggested.

Motor House Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Friday, Noon-2 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. During happy hours and events.
Safety Protocols for this location: Motor House is operating at 50% capacity with a building-wide mask mandate. Staff, clients, and guests must wear a mask at all times within the building unless actively eating/drinking. Please do your best to distance yourself from others while eating/drinking.

Living Altar: Growing Our Gardens

April 8-May 28
Motor House
 

Honor those lost through this pandemic and beyond. Resist through celebration. And contribute to a living memory of the resilience, cultural power, and beauty of Asian culture. This interactive healing and art space pays homage to the importance of ritual and ceremony throughout the Asian diaspora and serves as a proactive communal container to celebrate pride and heritage, process and memorialize grief, and connect with each other.

On opening day (April 8), visitors are welcomed to bring items to place on the altar that hold importance or meaning to them (such as fruit, incense, or flowers). Throughout the Asia North 2022 festival (April 8-May 28) visitors are invited to reimagine a better world, reflect on their hopes and dreams for that world, and scatter provided seed paper flowers on the altar.

Plant your dreams together with us on May 21, when we will plant the seed paper from this altar, so the plants and the memories and wishes they represent can continue to survive, thrive, and support us along the way.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Friday, Noon-2 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. During happy hours and events.

Safety Protocols for this location: Motor House is operating at 50% capacity with a building-wide mask mandate. Staff, clients, and guests must wear a mask at all times within the building unless actively eating/drinking. Please do your best to distance yourself from others while eating/drinking.

Opening Event: Asia North 2022

Friday, April 8, 6:00 p.m.
Stillpointe Theatre and Motor House

Explore the Remembrance, Resilience, Power + Pride exhibit and meet the artists. Contribute to the Growing Our Gardens altar. Enjoy performances by Di Dim Sae Dance, Gyueun Kim, Mega Drum, JHU Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe, and EN’B, and savor refreshments from local chefs.

Schedule:
6 p.m. - Exhibit doors open at Stillpointe Theatre and Motor House / Meet the artists / Refreshments available
6:30 p.m. - Welcoming remarks at Stillpointe Theatre
6:45 p.m. - Performances by Di Dim Sae Dance, Gyueun Kim, Mega Drum at Stillpointe Theatre
7:15 p.m. - JHU Yong Han Lion Dance procession starts at Stillpointe Theatre and proceeds to the Motor House
7:30 p.m - Performance by EN’B at Motor House

Safety Protocols for these locations:
Stillpointe Theatre-Proof of full vaccination required and masks suggested.
Motor House is operating at 50% capacity with a building-wide mask mandate. Staff, clients, and guests must wear a mask at all times within the building unless actively eating/drinking. Please do your best to distance yourself from others while eating/drinking.

Special Feature:
Jane Jin Kaisen - Community of Parting

April 8 - 10
SNF Parkway Theatre

This special feature of Jane Jin Kaisen’s art at the SNF Parkway Theatre includes the installation of two artworks, Strange Meetings (2017) and Apertures/Specters/Rifts (2016) and free scheduled screenings of two of Kaisen's feature-length single channels works: The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger (2010) and Community of Parting (2019). Reservations will open on March 28; to reserve a seat visit mdfilmfest.com.

Safety Protocols for this location: Masks and proof of full vaccination required.

Karaoke with KJ Indy

Friday, April 8, 9 p.m.
The Crown

Karaoke is back at The Crown for a very special Friday. Sing your heart out with KJ Indy! 9-late.

Comedy Showcase

Saturday, April 16, 8 p.m.
Motor House
Tickets · $20
Come celebrate the Asia North Festival 2022 with laughter with TikTok sensation Sahib Singh. This Comedy Showcase features local comedians Sahib Singh, Ivan Martin, Shelley Kim, and Dark Mark Joyner.

Headliner Sahib Singh is a rising star of the Baltimore/D.C. standup scene. He has performed at clubs and colleges across the East Coast and in 2019 he won the Magooby's New Comedian of the Year competition.

Hailing from the mean streets of Orange County, Shelley Kim is a comedian, producer, and content creator based in D.C. Her sharp material and charisma has made her standout in the D.C. comedy scene. A rising star, Shelley has opened for headliners such as Ramy Youssef, Dulce Sloan, and Judah Friedlander.

Featuring Ivan Martin Named Baltimore's Best Comedian 2020, Founder of the Baltimore Comedy Festival, Co-Founder of the D.C. Comedy Festival, and featured on Comedy Central's Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City.

Hosted by Dark Mark Joyner Host of Sidebar Open Mic, Art of Comedy Open Mic, and Don't Stop Comedy.

Performance with Q&A:
Shadow & Soul - Javanese Puppets

Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m. 
Stillpointe Theatre

Be entranced and inspired by this shadow puppet performance presented by Marc Hoffman, a long-time practitioner of Indonesian shadow puppetry. Hoffman presents his own English language versions of Central Javanese stories based on Hindu epics combined with philosophical messages, current political commentary, and humor. Delight in how he brings to life intricately designed puppets depicting kings, princesses, ogres, and knights. Join Hoffman for a Q&A following the performance. Marc Hoffman has studied Indonesian shadow puppetry at California Institute of the Arts and the state arts academy and at the Mangkunegaran court puppetry school in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

Safety Protocols for this location: Proof of full vaccination required and masks suggested.

Exhibit, Performances, Lectures & Workshops: HellBond - Dancing with the Spirits 

Saturday, April 30 - Sunday, May, 1
Saturday, May 7 - Sunday, May 8
James E. Hooper House
Tickets

Experience a metamorphosis at HellBond: Dancing with the Spirits, an experimental live performance inspired by the imaginative and elaborate portrayal of Hell in Chinese folk religion. Chaotic yet orderly, Hell is a place full of surprises. It is also a rite of passage for all souls, good or bad, to pass through in order to reincarnate into a new life. Dancers and musicians from all over East Asia, with an eclectic range of traditional and modern artistry, will come together to create an immersive and interactive experience for you! You are invited to navigate your way through the labyrinth of chambers in Hell as you encounter these exciting performances along the way. Through this journey, you will not only be entertained but transformed by the entrancing and transporting performances and set design. Designed by Interdisciplinary Artist, Jia Le Ling, and Curated by Jia Le Ling + Miki. Collaborative Performance, Lectures and Workshops featuring Butoh Master, Azumi Oe; Shakuhachi Master, Hideo Sekino; Performance Artist, Hsiao Chu Julia Hsia; and Musician, Dami Soh Schlobohm

Saturday, April 30, 6:30 - 10 p.m. (FREE)
6:30 p.m. Opening reception
7:45 p.m. Opening remarks
8 p.m. Performance by Azumi Oe, Hideo Sekino, Dami Soh Schlobohm, and Hsiao Chu Julia Hsia
9 p.m. Artist Talk
9:15 p.m. Social

Sunday, May 1
1 - 5 p.m. exhibition open to public (FREE)
2 p.m. Azumi O E Meaning of No-Meaning (Lecture/Demonstration) $15 advance / $20 at door
3 p.m. Hideo Sekino - Blowing Shakuhachi Bamboo Flute in performance arts with 'MA' (Lecture/Demonstration) $15 advance / $20 at door
4 p.m. Hsiao Chu Hsia - Synchronized Beating (Performance / Discussion) $15 adv / $20 at door

Saturday, May 7. 1 - 5 p.m. exhibition open to public (FREE)

Sunday, May 8
1 - 5 p.m. exhibition open to the public (FREE)
2 p.m. Dami Soh Schlobohm - Beat of the Korean Drum (Lecture / Demonstration ) $15 advance / $20 at door
3 - 5 p.m. "Hellbond: dancing with the spirits" Film Screening with Commentary by Jia Le Ling and Miki. (FREE)

Safety Protocols for this location: Masks required indoors.

Artist Talk:
Muslim Identity in the AAPI Community

Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m. 
Motor House
Presented by APAC (Asian Pasifika Arts Collective)

(h)AAPI Hour featuring APAC (Asian Pasifika Arts Collective)

Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m. 
Motor House

Performance:
Undercurrents by Dong Xi

Thursday, May 12, 8 p.m. 
Stillpointe Theatre

Join Dong Xi (Chao Tian and Tom Teasley) as they bring Chinese dulcimer and world percussion together in conversation in their new musical project, “Undercurrents,” developed in response to the tumultuous pandemic of the last two years. They experiment with new sounds and musical textures to embody sensitive and negative social emotions and reshape them into positive perceptions, encouraging people to approach problems with optimism and bravely overcome them. By creating beautiful music through respecting, listening, and reacting, the duo offers a model for resolving conflict and organizing chaos mindfully and organically.

Safety Protocols for this location: Proof of full vaccination required and masks suggested.

Artist Talk:
Mixed Race Identity in the AAPI Community

Tuesday, May 17, 7 p.m. 
Motor House
Presented by APAC (Asian Pasifika Arts Collective)

Ceremony:
Growing Our Gardens Seed Planting

Saturday, May 21, noon-3 p.m.
Meet at Motor House at noon. Walk to Blue Light Junction
Registration required

Celebrate the beauty, power, and resilience of Asian culture at this event featuring music by Chinese guzheng musician, Aiai Calmer, poetry by Regie Cabico, and a communal planting of the seed paper placed on the Growing Our Gardens altar since April 8. Plant a garden together, so the plants along with the memories and wishes they represent can continue to survive, thrive, and support us along the way.

Schedule:
Noon: meet at Motor House, walk to Blue Light Junction
12:30: Remarks, performances and seed planting at Blue Light Junction
2:00: Tour of Blue Light Junction with option of volunteering for Blue Light Junction

Safety Protocols for these locations:
Blue Light Junction: Masks required indoors.
Motor House is operating at 50% capacity with a building-wide mask mandate. Staff, clients, and guests must wear a mask at all times within the building unless actively eating/drinking. Please do your best to distance yourself from others while eating/drinking.

Asia North 2022 Closing Party

Friday, May 27, 7-9 p.m.
Stillpointe Theatre and Motor House

Celebrate the creativity and passion of the many artists and community members who came together to make Asia North 2022 a success. Meet the artists, enjoy locally crafted beer, mix, mingle and dance.

Safety Protocols for these locations:
Stillpointe Theatre-Proof of full vaccination required and masks suggested.
Motor House is operating at 50% capacity with a building-wide mask mandate. Staff, clients, and guests must wear a mask at all times within the building unless actively eating/drinking. Please do your best to distance yourself from others while eating/drinking.

Location Information:

Stillpointe Theatre. 1915 Maryland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21218 

Motor House. 120 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201 

SNF Parkway Theatre. 5 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201 

James E. Hooper House. 100 E 23rd St, Baltimore, MD 21218

The Crown. 1910 N Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218

Blue Light Junction. 209 McAllister St. Suite A, Baltimore, MD 21202

2022 festival artwork by Ameena Fareeda.

Asia North partners, sponsors, and supporters include Asian Arts & Culture Center, Central Baltimore Partnership, Station North Arts District, Motor House, Stillpointe Theatre, North Avenue Market, Maryland State Arts Council, Citizens of Baltimore County, Baltimore Community Foundation, PNC Bank, AA&CC Members and Donors, Baltimore Changwon Sister City Committee, Korean American Foundation – Greater Washington, Towson University Center for Student Diversity, Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee, Johns Hopkins University, JHU Critical Responses to Anti-Asian Violence (CRAAV), JHU Center for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS), SNF Parkway Theatre, WYPR, The Crown, OTS Productions, James E. Hooper House, Blue Light Junction, Asian Pasifika Arts Collective, and Brown Rice.

 

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Asia North celebrates the arts and Asian culture that are defining characteristics of Baltimore’s Charles North neighborhood, part of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

Inaugurated in spring 2019, Asia North is a collaborative community celebration that recognizes, showcases, and honors the art, culture and the Asian heritage of Greater Baltimore, especially the Korean history of Baltimore’s Charles North community.

The Asian Arts & Culture Center co-produces events with the Central Baltimore Partnership, and multiple community partners. Area artists and organizations present exhibits, performances, films, and more. In spring 2020, the programs expanded to online formats.

Asia North graphic by Mika Nakano.