Friday, May 29, 2015

Umami Pgh pop-up event, June 1.


June 1 menu, via @umamipgh

Umami is an izakaya---Japanese pub---planned to open in Lawrenceville this August. Monday, June 1, will be the first pop-up preview of it in the neighborhood.
Roger Li is teaming up with Grapperia in Lawrenceville for his first event in an ongoing series to give Pittsburgh a taste of whats to come when the doors open for his new restaurant Umami Pgh, an Izakaya in the heart of Lawrenceville.
The event starts at 4:00 pm, and Grapperia is located at 3801 Butler St. (map).

Thursday, May 28, 2015

15 Chinese nationals indicted in Pittsburgh in student visa fraud scheme.

The Department of Justice announced today that 15 Chinese nationals have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh "on charges of conspiracy, counterfeiting foreign passports, mail fraud and wire fraud".
According to the indictment, between 2011 and 2015, the defendants engaged in a conspiracy and a scheme to defraud Educational Testing Services (ETS) and the College Board by having imposters take college and graduate school standardized entrance examinations, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In carrying out the scheme, the conspirators had counterfeit Chinese passports made and sent to the United States, which were used by the imposters to defraud ETS administrators into believing that they were other people, namely the conspirators who would receive the benefit of the imposter’s test score for use at American colleges and universities. The majority of the fraudulent exams taken by the conspirators were taken in western Pennsylvania.

“The perpetrators of this conspiracy were using fraudulent passports for the purpose of impersonating test takers of standardized tests including the SAT, GRE and TOEFL and thereby securing fraudulently obtained admissions to American institutions of higher education and circumventing the F1 Student Visa requirements,” stated U.S. Attorney Hickton. “This case establishes that we will protect the integrity of our passport and visa process, as well as safeguard the national asset of our higher education system from fraudulent access.”

Japanese movie Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) at Northland Public Library, June 10.



Northland Public Library will show the 2013 Japanese movie Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) on Wednesday, June 10 as next month's installment of the Foreign Film Series. A summary from the Harris Theater, where the movie made its Pittsburgh debut last year:
Prolific filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda (Afterlife, Maborosi, Nobody Knows) continues to recall master director Ozu with his tender films of family life in modern Japan. Here, Ryota is a successful Tokyo architect who works long hours to provide for his wife, Midori and six-year-old son, Keita. But when a blood test reveals Keita and another baby were switched at birth, two very different families are forced to make a difficult decision, while Ryota confronts his own issues of responsibility and what it means to be a father. This story of personal redemption is both moving and playful.
The movie will play at Northland from 1:30 pm, and the library is located off of McKnight Road and Rt. 19 in McCandless Township (map). The film is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Westinghouse hiring bilingual Japanese-English Executive Administrator for Cranberry Township position.

Westinghouse Electric Company is currently hiring a bilingual Japanese-English Executive Administrator for its Cranberry Township headquarters.
In search of a bilingual (Japanese/English) Senior Executive Assistant living in and knowing the Greater Pittsburgh area very well. Candidate must possess an Associate's Degree or equivalent business related curriculum, 10+ years’ experience in an administrative position and 5 years’ experience as an Executive Administrator, Board of Directors administration experience preferred. It is a must to have experience dealing with stakeholders at executive levels (industry, government, and customer) inside and outside of the U.S.

Interested candidates can submit their resume by following the link below and applying to position 19148BR.
The full listing is located here. Westinghouse Electric Company has been owned by Toshiba Group since 2006.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hong Kong film Floating City (浮城) at Maridon Museum, May 28.



The Maridon Museum will show the 2012 film Floating City (浮城) as the final installment of its Hong Kong Film Series this spring. An excerpt from a PopMatters review, which calls Floating City "an incredibly beautiful movie":
This Cantonese-language film begins in the ‘40s, when the British East India Company had vast control over Hong Kong’s citizens and society. Our main character is born into this dichotomy of two worlds, but fits into neither. Bo Wah Chuen is born to a Chinese mother, but has red hair and blue eyes. His mother abandons him to the priests and he is almost miraculously adopted into a new family by an ethnic Tanka mother who recently suffered a miscarriage (actress Josie Ho in a brilliantly dramatic performance).

As Bo grows to manhood he is denied access to the basic rights of Chinese children (he is forced to blacken his hair with shoe polish to attend school) and is equally ostracized by the British upper crust due to his mixed blood and Tanka upbringing. The Chinese call him by the name “Mixed”, the British refer to him as “Half-Breed”.
The film starts at 6:00 pm. The Maridon, an Asian art museum, is located at 322 N. McKean St. in downtown Butler (map), roughly 40 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sichuan Gourmet to open Oakland location.



Sichuan Gourmet, a restaurant on Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill, will open a location at 328 Atwood St. (map) in Oakland. The spot was most recently home to India Garden, which closed for good last year after numerous health code violations.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Documentary on early Cambodian rock music, Don't Think I've Forgotten, at Hollywood Theater, May 29 - June 4.



The Hollywood Theater in Dormont will show the 2014 documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten from May 29 through June 4. A summary, from the documentary's website:
During the 60’s and early 70’s as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head – creating a sound like no other.

Cambodian musicians crafted this sound from the various rock music styles sweeping, America, England and France, adding the unique melodies and hypnotic rhythms of their traditional music. The beautiful singing of their renowned female vocalists became the final touch that made this mix so enticing.
. . .
DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. This documentary film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide.
Showtimes and ticket information is available on the theater website; adult tickets are $8, and members' tickets are $5. The theater is located at 1449 Potomac Ave. in Dormont (map), and is accessible by Pittsburgh's subway/LRT at a block south of Potomac Station.


Trailer.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kurosawa film High and Low (天国と地獄) at Melwood Screening Room, May 27.


The Melwood Screening Room will show the 1963 Akira Kurosawa movie High and Low (天国と地獄) on May 27 as part of its Essential Cinema series. A 2002 A.V. Club review upon the DVD's release provides a summary:
Adapted from a novel by American pulp writer Ed McBain (whose real name is Evan Hunter), 1963's High And Low stars Toshiro Mifune (naturally) as a properous, principled shoe-company executive. On the verge of taking over the company from a group of less ethical co-workers, Mifune learns that a kidnapper demanding a financially ruinous amount of money has his son. When it's discovered that the kidnapper has mistakenly taken the son of Mifune's loyal chauffeur, Mifune is faced with a dilemma that tests his selflessness.
The show starts at 8:00, and the theater is located at 477 Melwood Ave. in Oakland (map). Part of the Essential Cinema series, tickets are $2.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Korean movie A Better Tomorrow (무적자) at Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks, May 19.



The Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks will show the 2010 Korean movie A Better Tomorrow (무적자) tomorrow, May 19, as the first installment of its Asian Movie Madness series. The Korean Movie Database provides a summary of the film, a remake of the 1986 John Woo movie of the same title:
Hyuk and Chul are two brothers who have been separated since childhood. Hyuk, the older one, has now become a weapon smuggling gang boss, while Chul has become a policeman. Hyuk and Young-chun share 10 years of friendship while leading the gang as two aces, but their tight friendship becomes damaged because of a dirty trick played by Taemin, one of the gangsters, while Hyuk wants to escape from the band of gangs. Chul wants to get rid of the gangs. Young-chun wants to reestablish himself. Their relationship gets tangled with deep wounds and misunderstanding. With Tae-min's plot to take hold of everything, their destiny heads for an unexpected ending.
The movie starts at 7:00 pm and is free. The Asian Movie Madness series will be held on the third Thursday of the month. The theater is located at 644 Broadway Ave. in McKees Rocks (map), a few miles west of the North Side.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Studio Ghibli film When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー ) at Regent Square Theater, June 12 - 18.



Pittsburgh Filmmakers has announced that the 2014 Japanese movie When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー ) will play at Regent Square Theater from June 12 to 18. The group summarizes what some believe may be the last Studio Ghibli film:
The newest animated film from Studio Ghibli tells the enchanted story of Anna, a teenage girl who feels disconnected from her peers. Her foster mother frets about Anna’s asthma attacks and sends her to spend the summer with her grandparents in Hokkaido, a sleepy town by the sea. Anna keeps to herself – until she makes friends with the mysterious Marnie, who may or may not be real. Beautifully rendered, the lush, hand-crafted paintings give this modern tale the look and feel of classic animation at its best.
Showtimes have not yet been announced. The Regent Square Theater is located at 1035 S. Braddock Ave. (map).