Most of interest to those on the BC Lower Mainland, so I can't myself attend, but just in case anyone reading this blog has the chance, here's the info:
*Japan Earthquake Benefit *
***Friends Across the Pacific: An Evening of Readings & Performances**
Join us in supporting relief efforts in Japan. The BC Japan Earthquake Fund and the Asian Canadian Studies Society invites you to an evening of poetry, fiction, and performance, with some of Vancouver's finest writers:
Daphne Marlatt, Joanne Arnott, Proma Tagore, Roy Miki, Lydia Kwa, Hiromi Goto, Fred Wah, and more!
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm
VIVO Media Arts Centre, 1965 Main Street, Vancouver
By donation. All donations will go to the Canadian Red Cross through the BC-Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.
** All welcome. Must be 19 years of age or older to purchase alcohol. ID required.**
The BC Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (BC-JERF) is a coalition of volunteers; we are individuals, community groups and businesses concerned for the well-being of the people in Japan in the wake of the recent earthquake, tsunami, and unfolding nuclear threats. Our purpose is to vet and act as an organizational hub for BC communities' fundraising efforts and to facilitate the delivery of this financial aid to the affected people in Japan. Funds raised through BC-JERF-endorsed campaigns and events will be donated in full to reputable charities operating on the ground in Japan, such as the Japanese Red Cross.
Community Partners: VIVO Media Arts Centre, Powell Street Festival Society and Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
For more information contact: Julia Aoki, Communications Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org