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Free First Friday Nights
On the first Friday of every month Heritage Museum of Asian Art is open late, until 8pm.
Jan 16, 2019
Hawaiian Activists Plan Aloha Poke Protest Friday in Chicago
Another protest is scheduled for next week in Lincoln Park
Aug 13, 2018
Meet Janelle Villas
Janelle Villas is a Chicago actress starring in The Hypocrites' play, DRACULA, on the Mercury stage.
Oct 23, 2017
Meet Anish Jethmalani
Long time Chicago actor Anish Jethmalani has been recently named an Associate Artist for TimeLine Theatre, where he acts in "In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play".
Oct 19, 2017
Meet Matthew C. Yee
A multi-talented cast of Chicago actor-musicians - led by Andy Nagraj as Toad and Matthew C. Yee as Frog
Oct 16, 2017
Sweet Dreams are Made of These…Introducing the Sanrio Loves Sugarfina Collection!
What happens when your most beloved childhood character and your favorite adult indulgence meld together? None other than the cutest, most nostalgic, and delicious collaboration ever! Sanrio and Sugarfina have come together and released the new Sanrio Loves Sugarfina collection.
Oct 9, 2017
Meet Stephanie Shum
Meet Chicago actress Stephanie Shum, who plays Ann Putnam, Susanna Walcott and Martha Corey in the Steppenwolf for Young Adults
Oct 9, 2017
Meet Sophie Ackerman
Sophie Ackerman plays young Queen Elizabeth in a non-traditionally cast role in Timeline Theatre's play, "The Audience".
Sep 24, 2017
Meet Chinguun Sergelen
Meet Chinguun Sergelen, a young Chicago actor in the play, "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder presented by Redtwist Theatre, running until October 29, 2017.
Sep 24, 2017
Meet Shen Wei
Meet MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning choreographer and visual artist Shen Wei.
Sep 12, 2017
Meet Harsh Gagoomal
Meet Harsh Gagoomal, an Indian American actor in "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity" written by Kristoffer Diaz and directed by Jeremy Aluma for Red Theater. This thrilling play won the Obie Award, the National Latino Playwriting Award, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Sep 6, 2017
Chicago Celebrates ASEAN @ 50
The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago and the Filipino-American and ASEAN community warmly celebrated the 50th Founding Anniversary of ASEAN
Aug 16, 2017
Filipino-American leaders in the AAPI community attend APAICS Gala
Over 800 people attended the 23rd annual Gala Awards hosted by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 16th.
May 18, 2017
Meet Kahyun Kim
Kahyun Kim plays pink haired, rockabilly Minnie in the play "Linda Vista" at Steppenwolf Theatre from March 30 - May 21. 2018
Mar 22, 2017
Meet Playwright Lauren Yee
"King of the Yees" by Lauren Yee is a touching, hysterical play about a Chinese American father-daughter relationship, playing at the Goodman Theatre from March 31- April 30, 2017.
Mar 20, 2017
Meet Joe Yau in "American Hwangap"
Joe is a veteran Chicago performer who gives a touching and hilarious performance in A-Squared Theatre's production of American Hwangap, which runs until April 1, 2017.
Mar 16, 2017
Meet Deanna Myers
Deanna is one of Chicago's most accomplished Asian American actresses. She acts in "The Scene" at Writers Theatre, on stage until April 2, 2017.
Mar 10, 2017
Meet Peter Kim
Peter Kim is a Chicago actor and comedian, performing stand-up, improv and now podcasting his smart humour in Ajumma Podcast. Learn more about this edgy performer and listen to his podcast.
Feb 24, 2017
Meet Caroline Chu
Caroline Chu is a local actress performing in the Chicago premiere of the play, PEERLESS by Jiehae Park.
Feb 21, 2017
Meet Young Jean Lee
Steppenwolf Theatre Company welcomes internationally acclaimed playwright and director Young Jean Lee as she directs the Chicago premiere of her play, "Straight White Men".
Feb 13, 2017
Lisa Tejaro is Whip-Smart in "Wit"
Lisa Tejaro is one of Chicago's finest actors, giving what the Chicago Sun-Times calls "a whip-smart, ultimately crushing performance" in The Hypocrites production of "Wit".
Feb 6, 2017
Meet Siddhartha Rajan
Siddhartha Rajan is an actor in "A Disappearing Number" by Complicite at TimeLine Theatre running until April 9, 2017.
Feb 1, 2017
Letter to My Parents Contest in Chicago
Write an essay in a letter format and enter to win in the Letter to My Parents Contest organized by Pilsen Wellness Center, Inc., and Reiyukai Active Care Team (REACT.) Two winners will win a trip to Japan, ten finalists will each receive $50 Gift Certificates, and a Yearlong test-prep course subscription, courtesy of BenchPrep and many more!
Jan 13, 2017
Meet Jennifer Kim
Jennifer Kim plays Kendra in the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, "Gloria", written by MacArthur "Genius" grant winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. In this dark comedy, a group of twentysomething editorial assistants skewer the cutthroat, opportunistic culture of modern media.
Jan 12, 2017
Tatsu Aoki Presents Reduction at the MCA
Tatsu Aoki is a leading advocate for the Asian American community; a prolific composer and performer of traditional and experimental music forms; and a filmmaker and educator.
Nov 25, 2016
Chay Yew Directs "ROZ AND RAY" at Victory Gardens Theater
Chay Yew joined Victory Gardens Theater since 2011 and is its first new Artistic Director in 34 years.
Nov 20, 2016
Jennifer Cheung in the award winning play, "Chagrin Falls"
Jennifer Cheung plays Patrice in the award winning play, "Chagrin Falls" with The Agency Theater Collective.
Nov 8, 2016
Multilingual Storyteller Christina Newhard tells Stories for Philippine Children
A soon to end kickstarter campaign that is raising money to tell numerous stories from the Philippines, with the challenge of creating the content in various Filipino languages.
Oct 27, 2016
Deanna Myers in "You on the Moors Now"
Deanna Myers is a bright Korean American adoptee who shines in the play "You on the Moors Now" by The Hypocrites running at The Den Theatre until Sunday, October 30th.
Oct 20, 2016
AAPI Politics: Meet Tammy Duckworth
Tammy Duckworth is the U.S Congresswoman for the Eighth District of Illinois.
Aug 26, 2016
Meet Pearl Paramadilok in "The Heidi Chronicles"
Pearl Paramadilok is the first Asian American actress to play the lead. Comprised of a series of interrelated scenes, the play traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world.
Aug 23, 2016
Stephanie Jae Park Shines in Goodman Theatre's, "War Paint"
Stephanie Jae Park is a talented singer, actress, and dancer who shines in the World Premiere musical, "War Paint" from the acclaimed Broadway team of librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel, lyricist Michael Korie, and director Michael Greif. "War Paint" runs at Goodman Theatre until August 21, 2016 and is the powerful tale of two masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country’s first major female entrepreneurs.
Aug 8, 2016
Helen Young in Caught
Helen acts in Christopher Chen's Caught, directed by Seth Bockley for Sideshow Theatre. Caught opens May 29, 2016 and runs through Jul 3, 2016.
Jun 3, 2016
Cheryl Hamada in Chimerica
Actress: Cheryl HamadaPlay: Chimerica by Lucy Kirkland at Time Line Theatre until July 31, 2016.
Jun 2, 2016
Sam Simahk - The King and I
Lyric Opera’s grand-scale production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I runs through May 22. Meet the talented Sam Simahk who plays the role of Lun Tha.
May 1, 2016
A-Cappella Group "The Filharmonic"
We've all had different paths, but two common threads in our paths are the importance of music in Filipino culture and the effect that school has had in guiding us to pursue music.
Apr 1, 2016
Introducing Lisa Tejero : After All the Terrible Things I Do
My father is originally from the Philippines, My mother from Virginia, they met in St. Louis at a hospital where he was a doctor & she was a nurse.
Mar 15, 2016
Chicago – Elin’s Favorite Hot Pot Place
If I haven’t spoken of my darling roommate Elin, I will now. Ms. Yun, Originally from Shang-Hai and has the tastebuds of a humble catfish (Google that), knows how to take over and order for the group.
Mar 12, 2016
Introducing Julian Chang : Fashion's Full Spectrum Icon
Meet Julian Chang, a Peruvian-born mega-designer who hails from Miami, where he graduated from Miami International University of Art and Design with a B.A. in Fashion Design.
Feb 24, 2016
Ronnie Malley - Ziryab: The Songbird of Andalusia
Meet the talented Ronnie Malley, our featured artist in the "What's Your Story?" series. He is a multi-instrumentalist, performer and teacher who wrote and performs in "ZIRYAB: THE SONGBIRD OF ANDALUSIA", running February 18-28 at Silk Road Rising.
Feb 18, 2016
Aurora Adachi-Winter is a Bi-racial Actress in Chicago
Aurora Adachi-Winter is a bi-racial actress in Chicago playing the role of a bi-racial political activist in the play MUTT running through February 14, 2016. MUTT is a dark comedy about race, homosexuality, political corruption and other contemporary issues you want to see tackled on stage.
Feb 14, 2016
Anu Bhatt on Where Is My Goddamn Coconut
The show is "Where Is My Goddamn Coconut: and Other Musings of a Small Brown Woman", and it will be on Saturday, January 23 at 4pm at Heartland Studio Theatre as part of Fillet of Solo.
Jan 23, 2016
Loreen Targos of Stir Friday Night
Catch Stir Friday Night at The Revival theater in Hyde Park December 4, 11 & 18.
Dec 4, 2015
Karissa J Murrell-Myers as Himiko Hamilton
Meet Karissa J. Murrell Myers, an actress in the play "Tea", directed by Helen Young and written by Velina Hasu Houston.
Nov 14, 2015