IN – An Evening with Dante Basco

Dante Basco, star of Avatar: The Last Airbender (Prince Zuko), Hook (Rufio), But I’m a Cheerleader (Dolph), American Dragon: Jake Long (Jake Long) and MUCH MORE discusses his experiences from a 25+ year career in film and television, emphasizes the importance of diversity in the media, and performs original spoken word on Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Co-presented by Purdue University Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center‎ and the Purdue University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Center.

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Purdue University – Wilmeth Active Learning Center
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

CA – The Martial Arts of Avatar: The Last Airbender Workshop

Sifu Kisu will be teaching TWO Kung Fu workshops at Blue8 House of Warrior Poetry! One for the kids and one for the grownups!

KIDS WORKSHOP INFO
Sunday, Aug. 6th, 3:30-5:30
The Martial Arts of Avatar the Last Airbender
The Earth, Air, Fire, and Water Nations unite in this Kung Fu workshop that teaches kids the real kung fu forms behind the celebrated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Cost: $35

ADULT WORKSHOP INFO
Tuesday, Aug. 8th, 6:30-9:30
Northern Shaolin Kung Fu Workshop
Tun Da Course: Form No. 6 – Close-Encounter Combinations (Short Strikes)The emphasis of this form is on techniques and combinations that are applied when up- close (within arms reach) with your opponent. Like all short range fighting styles, combinations include hand trapping, simultaneous block-strike techniques, and footwork/tactics to ‘stick’ to the opponent. The uniqueness in the Northern Shaolin Short Strikes is the ‘blending in’ or ‘smooth and subtle transitions’ with long-range techniques. It has the advantage over other short-range styles in that movements include high- and-low position shifting in addition to side-to-side shifting. Close-in executions of ground sweeping and high/jumping kicks are also skills that others don’t have.
Cost: $65

ABOUT SIFU KISU
Sifu Kisu is a teacher in the Chinese martial arts focusing on the style of Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. Sifu Kisu is a master of Northern Shaolin (Bak Sil Lum) Kung Fu. Through his teacher, Master Ken Hui, Kisu belongs to the lineage of Grandmaster Ku Yu-Cheung (Gu Ruzong), one of the most respected kung fu teachers of the early 20th Century and the Chief Instructor for Northern Shaolin at the founding of the Central Guoshu Institute in Nanjing.Throughout his life he has worked as an executive protection specialist, stunt man, and martial arts coordinator in the entertainment field for many years. He is most famously known for being the Chief Martial Arts Director and consultant for the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

From his lifelong experience in martial arts, he created the bending styles seen in the series and linked them to styles of Chinese martial arts, giving the show is famous authenticity. He is also responsible for the motion capture on Kung Fu Panda and the hit series KF Panda Legends of Awesomeness, and has worked in the Sentai genre on such shows as Saban’s VR Troopers, the Power Rangers and Big Bad Beetleborgs. Sifu Kisu is currently creating his upcoming animated series, Legends of the Sword.

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Blue8 House of Warrior Poetry
10858 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230-3738

OR – Dante Basco Speaks

Press Release:

In honor of Asian and Pacific Islander Month, the Asian and Pacific American Student Union is proud to announce that Dante Basco will be at the University of Oregon on Thursday May 18, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

Dante Basco is an actor, poet, writer, and producer known for Hook, American Dragon: Jake Long, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. He also appeared in TV shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, CSI: Miami, Entourage, and The Suite Life of Zach and Cody.

Come to our event to enjoy some spoken poetry by Dante Basco and listen to his experience in the entertainment industry as a Filipino American.

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CA – Rebel Genius Signing

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Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creator of the hit animated shows Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, signs his new fantasy novel at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:00 PM!

In twelve-year-old Giacomo’s Renaissance-inspired world, art is powerful, dangerous, and outlawed. A few artists possess Geniuses, birdlike creatures that are the living embodiment of an artist’s creative spirit. Those caught with one face a punishment akin to death, so when Giacomo discovers he has a Genius, he knows he’s in serious trouble.

Luckily, he finds safety in a secret studio where young artists and their Geniuses train in sacred geometry to channel their creative energies as weapons. But when a murderous artist goes after the three Sacred Tools–objects that would allow him to destroy the world and everyone in his path Giacomo and his friends must risk their lives to stop him.

Mysterious Galaxy Books
5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

IL – Secret Coders: Paths & Portals Signing

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Anderson’s Bookshop welcomes Gene Luen Yang, graphic novel superstar and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM! He shares the second volume of Secret Coders: Paths & Portals, a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot.

EVENT DETAILS
This off-site event is free and open to the public. To join the signing line, please purchase the author’s latest book, Secret Coders: Paths & Portals from Anderson’s. To purchase your book, please stop into or call the Anderson’s Naperville location at (630) 355-2665 or order below.

Meiley-Swallow Hall
31 S Ellsworth Street, Naperville, IL 60540

OR – An Evening w/ Gene Luen Yang

geneYang350Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Alberta Rose Theatre on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Gene Luen Yang, recently appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, began making comics and graphic novels over 15 years ago. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New. Boxers & Saints, his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, was published in 2013. It was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Yang has done a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman. And his newest book, Secret Coders, has been described in Wired Magazine as “like Harry Potter, but with computers instead of wands.”

Gene Luen Yang’s visit is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to our library’s leadership, innovation and reach through private support.

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Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
(503) 719-6055

CO – Kung Fu Workshops

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Sifu Kisu, martial arts consultant for Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, teaches kung fu classes at the West Gate Kung Fu School on Saturday, March 5th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM and on Sunday, March 6th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM! $50 for a single day or $75 for both days. Learn new techniques and forms!

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West Gate Kung Fu School
3005 Sterling Cir, Ste 150, Boulder, Colorado 80301
(720) 885-9554

TX – Hook 25th Anniversary Screening

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Lost Boys Dante Basco (Rufio) and James Madio (Don’t Ask) appear at the Long Center on Saturday January 30, 2016 at 7:30 PM to host a screening of HOOK to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie’s release! Further details and tickets available at the link!

Long Center
701 W Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-5664

CA – Gene Luen Yang Signs

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Gene Luen Yang, the Library of Congress’s newly minted Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, appears at Escapist Comics on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM to sign comics.

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Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
510-652-6642

SF – Hook 25th Anniversary Screening

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Join SF Sketchfest on Saturday January 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Hook” with special “Lost Boy” guests Dante Basco (Rufio) and James Madio (Don’t Ask) for a Q&A hosted by Alamo Drafthouse’s Henri Mazza, and participate in our interactive viewing party with props we’ll provide you when you arrive. Costumes encouraged! Bring the kids! $20 All Ages

Hard to believe, but it’s been 25 years since we were first introduced to Steven Spielberg’s grown-up Peter Pan (the wonderful Robin Williams), his trusty sidekick Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts), and a look at the world of Never Never Land in a way we’d never seen it before, complete with the nefarious Captain Hook (the dazzlingly- tressed Dustin Hoffman) and a very unique group of Lost Boys.

Click the link for tickets ($20)

Presented by SF Sketchfest

Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

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