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2nd Annual Moon Festival at Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park in San Jose

Event is Sold Out!

August 31, 2019

Date:  August 31, 2019
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location:  Kelley Park - Japanese Friendship Garden
1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA
FREE PARKING

"Under One Moon" is the theme for this year's Moon Festival
Many cultures celebrates the moon during the fall harvest season. 

Inspired by Robin Lasser’s project: Dream Boats
San Jose Stories: The Vietnamese Diaspora.” commissioned by the San Jose Museum of Art.

This year Chopsticks Alley is reuniting with San Jose Parks and Recreation and Parks Rangers to create a new and exciting event for you.
 

*  Enjoy a Laser Light show by artist Danny Kim and Distortion Productions
*  Paper Lanterns decorations and launch at the Koi Pond
*  Cultural Performances from different communities

Click here to watch a video from last year's Dream Boats event.

No Barriers Exhibit at San Jose City Hall Private Preview

Artist Ally Spray's First Solo Exhibit

June 08, 2019

Preview for Chopstickers and supporters

RSVP required
 

Date:  June 8, 2019
Time: 1:30-3:00pm
Location:  CreaTV
255 W Julian St #100, San Jose, CA

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Dress:  We encourage you to dress in your cultural heritage clothes.

About the Exhibit

Kayang kaya, you can do it!  This Tagalog phrase proclaims that you can overcome anything. Like Ally's artwork, it’s a reminder to all that barriers are everywhere but they don't need to limit us.

 

We believe art is one of the world’s most effective tools for both expression and communication.  Regardless of age or ability, art can help us transcend life’s adversities. Our imaginations are boundless—so, too, is art.

 

Chopsticks Alley Art seeks to build bridges and open doors to artists with all abilities.
 

Special performances by:

Salt Stained: Home Exhibit at San Jose City Hall Private Preview

​Chopsticks Alley Art presents Salt Stained in cooperation with the San José Museum of Art’s Vietnamese Community Outreach Initiative

January 25, 2019

Preview for Chopstickers and supporters

RSVP required
 

Date:  January 25, 2019
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location:  San Jose City Hall Rotunda
​200 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA
*Parking at City Hall will be validated

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Dress:  We encourage you to dress in your cultural heritage clothes.

About the Exhibit

In Vietnamese, the word nước translates to water, nhà translates to home, and both words translate to country. When you remove nước from the Southeast Asian body, what’s left is our salt stained skin—a reminder that we’ve crossed oceans to leave the nước that nourished us, the nước that was our livelihood, and the nước nhà we once called home. Home is the place we come back to, the place we miss when we leave, and the place we return to for comfort.

Salt Stained: HOME is a showcase for communal storytelling through works of art by four Southeast Asian artists whose stories challenge dominant narratives, whose salt-stained bodies stayed afloat as we cast out our ropes and held onto one another, leaving behind a legacy of ripples.
 

Artists featured:

Salt Stained is part of New Terrains: Mobility and Migration, a series of cross-disciplinary exhibitions and programs that explore how bodies move through social and political spaces in Silicon Valley beginning in the spring of 2018 and continuing into 2019. The project addresses timely topics such as bicycle transportation and urban planning, navigation and orientation, public protest, immigration, and migration. Details are online at www.newterrains.org.

Protecting the Veins of San Jose Luncheon: Speak Up San Jose

Noon-1:30pm

December 13, 2018

You are cordially invited to a free luncheon and musical performance!

As part of the Knight Foundation's Speak Up San José, a yearlong initiative that invites all residents for conversation and action to advance our city’s future, Chopsticks Alley Art is hosting a FREE luncheon for San Jose residents. Join our efforts to learn how to keep our local creek beds clean for future generations.

  • Enjoy a complimentary community lunch catered by Rong Bien Restaurant.

  • Engage in a panel discussion on San Jose's creek and water ways with experts from the City of San Jose Environmental Services, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, and Santa Clara Valley Water District.

  • Listen to a Live performance from Emmy-winning artist and composer Van-Anh Vanessa Vo.

  • Learn how we can make music together.


FREE Event | RSVP REQUIRED

Ghost Hunting 101 - A Chopsticks Alley Art and Bay Area Ghost Hunting Event

9-10pm

November 15, 2018

GHOSTS! Do you believe in them?

Since ancient times, tales, myths and legends about ghosts have been told at firesides or on dark rainy nights. 

In many cultures around the world, the return of the dead is celebrated in their unique ways.  Numerous Southeast Asian cultures believe when a person died their soul journeyed across a bridge to the afterlife. The first step in this journey after death was one's burial and funeral service, and if this was not done right, the soul of the deceased would return to earth to haunt the living.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to hunt for ghosts?
This will be your opportunity to learn Ghost Hunting 101. 
Join us for this special event.

A portion of this session will be broadcasted live on RadioEE.net

Click the link to learn more about Roberto Adobe & Sunol House

Asian Roles in Movies and Salt Stained Exhibit Closing Party

6-8pm

October 26, 2018

Join Chopsticks Alley for the Closing of Salt Stained Exhibit

FREE Event
 

We will open the event with beats from Vietnamese Lasallian Youth Troupe.
View the world premiere of films from "The No Friends Club" and discuss Asian roles in movies.
Art Object Gallery has many artists studios, you will be able to see where our community artists work!

Cocktail attire suggested.
PARKING ON 6TH AND JACKSON
STREET PARKING IS FREE AFTER 6PM

RSVP Required
Questions? Email: chopsticksalleyart@gmail.com 

Our Immigration Stories

4pm-6pm

October 20, 2018

Join VietUnity and Chopsticks Alley as we share our immigrant stories.
Participate in activities to demonstrate what it's like to be in community with one another.

Through our stories, we will explore ways in which we can shape a community we deserve.
We will contribute to a communal art piece, titled "Unity." 

Our creation will be on exhibit at San José City Hall.
Let's build an art community together!
 

RSVP Required
Questions? Email: chopsticksalleyart@gmail.com 

Colonial Imagination: The Other Within

6pm-8pm

October 13, 2018

Spoken words night featuring Southeast Asian poets, musician, and author.

RSVP Required

Author:
Dr. Michael G. Vann
The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empire, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam

Poets:
Brian Adrias
Keana Labra
Brandon Luu
Kristina Robertson

Keyboard:
Glenn Cea

RSVP required $7 FEE

Salt Stained Exhibit Private Preview

​Chopsticks Alley Art presents Salt Stained in cooperation with the San José Museum of Art’s Vietnamese Community Outreach Initiative

September 08, 2018

Private event and preview for supporters

RSVP required
 

Date:  September 8, 2018

Time: 6pm-9pm

Location:  Art Object Gallery - 592 N 5th St, San José, CA 95112

About the Exhibit

In Vietnamese, the word nước translates to both water and country. When you remove nước from the Southeast Asian body, what’s left is our salt stained skin—a bitter reminder that we’ve crossed oceans to leave the nước that nourished us, the nước that was our livelihood, and the nước we once called home.


Salt Stained showcases communal storytelling through works of art by Southeast Asian artists whose stories challenge dominant narratives. These works demonstrate our resiliency as people whose salt stained bodies stayed afloat as we cast out our ropes and hold onto one another, leaving a legacy of ripples behind.
 

Artists featured: 

Binh Danh
Lola X Kenneth Collaboration
Trinh Mai
Thịnh Thị Trương
Tuan Tran
Van-Anh Vanessa Vo - Performance September 8th

Salt Stained is part of New Terrains: Mobility and Migration, a series of cross-disciplinary exhibitions and programs that explore how bodies move through social and political spaces in Silicon Valley beginning in the spring of 2018 and continuing into 2019. The project addresses timely topics such as bicycle transportation and urban planning, navigation and orientation, public protest, immigration, and migration. Details are online at www.newterrains.org.

Sunset Walk and Dream Boats

Sunset Walk from 6pm-8pm, Dream Boats Launch at 7pm

September 14, 2018

Summer is a time for family fun and celebration! What better way to do this than by enjoying a fun and educational experience together at Kelley Park?

Escape the heat! Cool off in the shade and listen to the water flow along Coyote Creek.

- Check out an animal or two from Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
- Take a guided tour in the Japanese Friendship Garden
- Star gaze with the San Jose Astronomical Association
- Listen to campfire stories with s’mores and special fortune cookies!

- Celebrate Mid Autumn Festival Festival with a Dream Boats event at the Koi Pond at 7pm.
- The Vietnamese community will greet you in their traditional ao dai dress and lanterns.


It will be a dreamy experience for participants. Community partnerships for this activity with: Robin Lasser, Chopsticks Alley Art, Ao Dai Festival.

This event is hosted by San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, and the Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Community Learning and Leadership, and CommUniverCity.

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