Chinese Culture Center Event to Raise Funds for Quake Relief

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Francis Wong

SAN FRANCISCO — On Thursday, May 19, the Chinese Culture Center will present its first installment of “Art at Night,” a series dedicated to providing the community with space to enjoy great art and great food, and contribute to a great cause.

This inaugural event will pair the opening of the center’s 2011 “XianRui” (Fresharp) artist’s series, Zheng Chongbin’s “White Ink,” with an exclusive concert, “Sumie Sounds,” by renowned jazz ensemble the Francis Wong Unit.

Tickets to “Sumie Sounds” are $25 and include light hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine and entry for an 8 p.m. raffle sponsored by the Hilton San Francisco Financial District. The winner and a guest will receive complimentary airfare for two and a two-night stay in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (must be present to win).

All proceeds will benefit the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund created by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC). Inspired by the fluidity, innovation, and pulse of ink painting, this event pays homage to shared Japanese and Chinese artistic traditions and to Asian American community solidarity.

“White Ink” will open from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chinese Culture Center, located on the third floor of the Hilton San Francisco Financial District, 750 Kearny St.

It marks the first collaboration between the Chinese Culture Center and artist Zheng, whose groundbreaking approach to contemporary ink painting has been described as “open[ing]a door whose existence was hitherto unsuspected.” His large-scale, site-specific works exude a dynamic, modern energy imbued with the timeless harmony of the Chinese ink painting tradition. The show marks the fourth installation of the “XianRui” series, which showcases emerging Chinese American contemporary artists’ work.

“Sumie Sounds,” which will be performed from 7 to 9 p.m., is titled to reflect artistic comparison of legendary jazz musician Miles Davis’s work to Japanese sumie painting. The Francis Wong Unit explores the notion of art illustrated as music. The band features Francis Wong on saxophone, Karl Evangelista on guitar, Karen Stackpole on drums, and special guest Jon Jang on piano.

To purchase tickets, visit www.c-c-c.org/.

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