More than a week after the March 11 earthquake hit, eyes, hearts and browser windows have been trained on Japan. The earthquake, tsunami and its aftermath have killed some 18,000 people. In the face of a possible meltdown at the Fukushima-Daichi nuclear plant, New Yorkers are doing what they can to raise funds for Japan's devastating disaster. Below is a list of events happening around the city to raise money. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments section below.
Fundraising Taiko Performance, at Zebulon When news of the devastation hit, Kaoru Watanabe decided to make his performance of the Japanese taiko drum into a benefit concert to raise money. "I plan on donating all money to a fund set up by Japan Society," he writes on his Web site. "I’m also trying to think of other ways to raise money instead of simply passing a basket around." On Tuesday, March 22 at 9 P.M. in Brooklyn, at 258 Wythe Ave.
Live for Japan, at Coco 66 If donations were in decibel levels, this benefit just might be the jackpot. With punk and hardcore bands like the Backarocks and New Damage, live paintings by Hiro Kurata and an overflowing amount of hipster street cred, this event will donate the $10 collected at the door to the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund. On Wednesday, March 23 at 7 P.M., in Brooklyn, at 66 Greenpoint Ave.
Japan Earthquake Relief Charity Concert, at The Bitter End "I want to write a song that makes the whole world feel good," says Mai Kawamura, one of the artists featured at this benefit. As a lineup of Japanese artists take on R&B and pop like Kay Matsukawa's slinky cover of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature," the hope is that the $10 donation to Japanese earthquake relief will make it easier for the artists' compatriots. On Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 P.M. in Manhattan, at 147 Bleecker St.
Japan Earthquake Charity Exhibition, at Ouchi Gallery "Thinking of victims breaks our hearts," says the Ouchi gallery's Web site. The gallery, which opened in 2008 to give opportunities to Japanese artists is hosting a charity event where artists can donate their work to raise money for earthquake and tsunami victims. On Saturday, March 26, at 7 P.M. in Brooklyn, at 170 Tillary Street, #507.
Walk for Japan, at the Nassau Veterans' Memorial Coliseum Long Island residents haven't forgotten about Japan and are planning a walk to raise money in conjunction with the local hockey team, the Islanders. Though funds will be donated to the Red Cross, walkers will benefit with one free ticket to the April 2 Islanders hockey game. On April 2, at 3 P.M. in Uniondale. Leaving from the coliseum at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike.
ROCKJAZZ for Japan, at Gramercy Theater For the big spenders (or those who want to spend big for a cause), this swanky event is a concert with a catered, open bar pre-party and an open bar during the show. Tickets are $100 for general admission and $150 for V.I.P. seats, but the organizers say it's worth it because all proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children. Concerts from ELEW (who has created a rocking piano version of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit") and an appearance by Forest Whitaker ensure that dry cleaning your fancy dress will be worth it. And it just might feel nice, too. On March 31 at 7 P.M., in Manhattan, at 127 East 23 Street.