Wing Young Huie, If In America, Ed Bok Lee, And Mark Tang

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pic Above From A Ping Pong Retrospective-Northern Spark, June 4 - 5, 2011

There's really not much to say here. I think the title of the post as well as what's below kind of says it all.

Celebrate the opening of my new gallery this Saturday! I've moved to 38th and Chicago to a larger space (in a newly renovated building that has been unoccupied for 40 years!) so that I can host communal events regularly. I'm calling it The Third Place, a term suggested by my good friend Rich Lee (see definition below).


Saturday, June 18, 2011

8 pm: Renowned author Ed Bok Lee and film maker Mark Tang will premiere their poetry + film collaboration "If in America," about the complex relationship between history, culture, race, class, and land rights. An informal salon-style discussion will follow.

9:30 pm: Ping pong, darts, and karaoke (with guest KJ, Steph Pituc)


Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

Artist Bios

"If in America" is based on film director Mark Tang's award-winning documentary OPEN SEASON and a poem entitled "If in America" from poet Ed Bok Lee's forthcoming second book, WHORLED (Coffee House Press). Featuring vocals by Kachyia Vang and Music by Fres Thao."

Mark Tang, an immigrant from Hong Kong, is an independent Producer-Director based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for the past 20 years. His works has been broadcast nationally on PBS, the Movie Channel, the International Channel and in film festivals. He aspires to be a proficient storyteller in film and is interested in telling stories that inspire compassion and understanding between people.

Third Place Definition

The third place is a term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. Ray Oldenburg (The Great Good Place, 1989) argues that third places are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place.

Oldenburg calls one's "first place" the home and those that one lives with. The "second place" is the workplace - where people may actually spend most of their time. Third places, then, are "anchors" of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction.

All societies already have informal meeting places; what is new in modern times is the intentionality of seeking them out as vital to current societal needs. Oldenburg suggests these hallmarks of a true "third place": free or inexpensive; food and drink, while not essential, are important; highly accessible: proximate for many (walking distance); involve regulars - those who habitually congregate there; welcoming and comfortable; both new friends and old should be found there.

Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
3730 Franklin Avenue South, Studio B
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406