In our own unique ways, each of us challenges, claims, defines and redefines what it means to be South Asian in America. How does desi-ness manifest in your life? And how did the desi that is you come into being?
On March 29, 2014 at The Fridge, an art gallery on Barracks Row, Subcontinental Drift, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, will present a visual and performing arts exhibition entitled "Be(com)ing Desi in America". This exhibition will run parallel to the Smithsonian exhibition "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation", which will be on display at the National Museum of Natural History from February 2014 through 2015.
Tickets: $10 in advance/$15 at the door. Advance tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on February 27, 2014
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, March 29:
4 p.m.: Attendees are invited to join curator, Dr. Masum Momaya, at the National Museum of Natural History for a free guided tour through the Beyond Bollywood exhibit.
6-8 p.m.: Join Sub Drift at the Fridge to view the visual arts that will be on display at the gallery. The Chatpat Food Truck (https://www.facebook.com/ChatPatTruck) will be parked outside of the venue so that you can grab a delicious masala dosa or otherwise satiate your appetite (cash bar will also be available).
8-11 p.m.: Live performances at The Fridge (cash bar available)
Sabina England (http://www.sabinaengland.com/): A deaf Indian-Muslim filmmaker and performance artist from India, currently living/working in St Louis, MO. She uses American Sign Language, poetry, music, dance, mime, with strong elements from her Indian culture & Islamic faith, creating a new form of performance for all audiences to enjoy.
Hari Srinivasan: Hari, a singer-songwriter who's long been part of the family, embodies what makes Sub Drift special. He performed his first original songs at our open mics and is now getting ready to release his first EP. Hari's set will include songs from that release.
Aparna Nancherla (http://www.aparnacomedy.com/): Aparna Nancherla has an intimidating name, but don’t be scared! She’s a joke entrepreneur who pedals in both writing and performance (AKA scribble-scrabble and jibber-jabber). In fact, she recently wrote for and sometimes appeared on the late, great Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, on FX-then-FXX. Aparna has performed at and hosted several Sub Drift events in past and we're proud to have her back.
Dapwell (http://www.dapwell.com/): Dapwell was a member of the critically acclaimed hip hop group, Das Racist. He is also the younger brother of rising comedian Hari Kondabolu, with whom he he conducts the monthly "Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project" as well as the "Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast." Rolling Stone India described Ashok as "New York’s stock Joe Gould-like character injected with the creative adrenaline of gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson and the uncouth coarseness of writer Charles Bukowski." Since Das Racist's break-up, Dapwell has focused his efforts on video and radio. He will be on stage with his latest project, a sound/video presentation highlighting the duality of his hometown (New York, NY) and his mother's hometown (Tenali, Andra Pradesh, India).
Sunday, March 30:
So Be(com)ing Desi is a bittersweet moment for Sub Drift co-founder Nina Walia and long time organizers Ravi D'Souza and Sriram Gopal, who are all moving on to other things. The gallery will be open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and we welcome folks to come over and say hello, have a drink for old times, and once again check out the impressive visual art we'll have on display. There might even be a mic on stage for those who want to express themselves.
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Established January 2007, the mission of Subcontinental Drift is to foster and provide a supportive and collaborative South Asian American community for creative expression, encourage the sharing and involvement of community events, and expose ourselves to new mind food.