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A space to encourage writing of Filipino American literature and the arts



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Queens Poet Lore and Bliss on Bliss Art Projects Present EBOLUSYON: A GATHERING OF CONTEMPORARY PHILIPPINE AMERICAN ARTISTS IN QUEENS September 21 to October 29, 2011

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend Bliss on Bliss Art Project's inaugural season, and warmly encourage you to extend this invitation to all interested parties. Bring your entourage!

Located in the historic Queens neighborhood of Sunnyside, BBAP is committed to providing an intimate venue for the showcase of new work by contemporary artists, writers, filmmakers, scholars, performers, and arts educators based in the tri-state area's most diverse borough. Founded and run by Philippine-born visual artist and printmaker Ged Merino, BBAP also hopes to spotlight the diverse contributions by today's Philippine American cultural producers. 

In recognition of October's Philippine Heritage Month, Queens Poet Laureate and Sunnyside neighbor Paolo Javier will curate a special program consisting of a pair of art residencies and openings, digital film screenings, readings, and talks by some of today's innovative Fil Am artists and writers, including celebrated poet/novelists Jessica Hagedorn and R. Zamora Linmark, and Elmhurst's own Guggenheim recipient for filmmaking, Lav Diaz. This gathering will serve as a blueprint for BBAP's future programming, as weplan to continue our month-long artist residencies, in addition to maintaining our calendar of interdisciplinary events.

Seating is limited, and we encourage all of our guests to rsvp to our events (please specify) at You can also reach Ged Merino with queries at Ebolusyon: A Gathering of Contemporary Philippine American Artists in Queens, Sept 21 - Oct 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 21 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Talk/Salon, featuring University of Washington historian Vicente Rafael, author of The Promise of the Foreign: Nationalism and the Technics of Translation in the Spanish Philippines (Duke University Press, 2005)

Saturday, October 8  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM – Book Party, Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier’s The Feeling is Actual (Marsh Hawk Press, 2011)

Saturday, October 15  1:00PM to 8:00PM – Digital Film Screening, Lav Fest: The Films of Lavrente Diaz, Program 1:Melancholia (2008)

Friday, October 21 6:30PM to 8:30PM – Open Studios/Artist Talk, featuring residents Marietta Ganapin and Ernest Concepcion

Saturday, October 22 6:30PM to 8:30PM – Reading/Book Signing, featuring novelists Jessica Hagedorn and R. Zamora Linmark

Saturday, October 23 1:00PM to 8:00PM  Digital Film Screening, Lav Fest: The Films of Lavrente Diaz, Program 2: Batang West Side (2002)

Saturday, October 29 6:00PM to 9:00PM – Artist Talk/Q & A, Lav Fest: The Films of Lavrente Diaz, Program 3, featuring filmmaker Lavrente Diaz