Intern Adventures: Voyage to Vietnam at the Children’s Museum

Intern Adventures: Voyage to Vietnam at the Children’s Museum

Intern Adventures: Voyage to Vietnam at the Children’s Museum

A few weeks ago, two of our Silk Screen interns, Lillie Rana and Yahui Wen, visited the Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh’s North Side to check out the new exhibit on Vietnamese culture for the upcoming Tet Festival. Here is their story!


On the last Friday in October, we took a trip to the North Side to visit the Children’s Museum. The museum currently has an exhibit on traditional Vietnamese culture partially to coincide with the upcoming Tet Festival. The Tet Festival in one of the most important holidays celebrated in Vietnam and it takes place around the time of the Chinese New Year.

effyThe exhibit helps give visitors an inside glimpse at everyday life in Vietnam. It includes a set up
of a kitchen, dining area, market, and family shrine. From the start, it’s clear to see just how different and beautiful the Vietnamese culture is to our own, and the Children’s Museum did an amazing job of capturing all of the tiniest details. Children are able to experience the different cooking and eating utensils, the unique foods and different cultural aspects. Each part of the exhibit has a small description in English, Spanish and Vietnamese to help everyone understand the traditions, values, and daily experiences of people living in Vietnam, and discover similarities and differences among the lives of children in the U.S. and in Vietnam.

The second part of the exhibit focuses on the Tet Festival itself. Visitors are invited to create their own fireworks display and learn what it feels like to be part of the traditional Lion Dance. The Lion Dance was adopted from Chinese culture but adapted with many characteristics special to Vietnam. The dance is meant to ward off evil spirits and is often accompanied by martial artists and acrobatics.

kitchenIn addition to the Lion Dance, visitors can attempt a crossing of a traditional bamboo bridge, but warning!—it was difficult! You can shop at an outdoor market, watch a water puppet show to learn all about Vietnamese legends, play unique instruments like a moon flute or a zither and play a giant board game!

We had a wonderful time pretending for a few hours that we were kids and we actually learned quite a few things in the process. The exhibit is a truly unique and valuable experience and we encourage anyone with children to make a visit to the Children’s Musuem a priority this winter to experience this amazing exhibit. We also want to extend a special thanks to Zena Ruiz, the Program Manager at the Children’s Museum for her hospitality and an excellent tour!

-Lillie & Yahui

Go to to read more about the exhibit and plan your visit!



News & Stuff[ing]: November in a Nutshell

News & Stuff[ing]: November in a Nutshell

Harish to Speak at TEDxYouth

tedtalkSilk Screen’s own Harish Saluja has been chosen to present at the TEDxYouth Event in Shadyside! TEDxYouth uses the TED conference as a guideline, but is a fully independent event, organized by local students to bring together innovative ideas.

Harish is one of eleven speakers. Other speakers include Pittsburgh-born actress Gillian Jacobs, who you may recognize as Britta from NBC’s late comedy Community or Mimi-Rose on HBO’s Girls; Dervla McDonnell, who will representing the local non-profit Future Tenant, and 4Moms co-founder and CTO Henry Thorne.

The event begins at 10:00AM and runs through the late afternoon. Refreshments and buffet-style lunch are included in the price of your $35.00 ticket.

Click here to purchase tickets and to learn more about the event, other presenters, and the organization.


Intern Adventures: Voyage to Vietnam at the Children’s Museumlillieandeffy

A few weeks ago, two of our Silk Screen interns, Lillie Rana and Yahui Wen, visited the Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh’s North Side to check out the new exhibit on Vietnamese culture for the upcoming Tet Festival. The exhibit gives visitors a fully immersive, interactive glance at everyday life in Vietnam. Lillie and Yahui tried all the cool exhibits including shopping at a replica outdoor market, attempting to cross a bamboo bridge, trying their hand at a traditional lion dance and much much more!

Click here to learn all about Lillie and Yahui’s unique experience and then be sure to take the special children in your life on a Voyage to Vietnam!


Holiday Flash Sale!

IMG_2076Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Look no further than the Silk Screen Holiday Flash Sale! Tons of your fave SS merchandise is spectacularly discounted and we want YOU to have it!! Items include new and vintage Silk Screen t-shirts, Harish’s one-of-a-kind miniature contemporary art and tons of other amazing stuff!! The sale is on-going though December 1, but supplies are limited so hurry and get yours!

Click here to shop the sale!


Silk Screen Recommends…

new old worldBook: New Old World by Pallavi Aiyar

Best known for her documentation of the rise of China, Pallavi Aiyar moves to Brussels and offers a unique perspective on Europe’s first-world crisis by examining the financial challenges Europe faces. Aiyar takes her readers on an exciting journey across the continent and introduces them to an array of individuals.

Available for purchase from Amazon.


Music: Mustt Musttmust-must

Released in 1990, Mustt Mustt is the first Qawwali fusion album that is a collaboration between artists Nusrat Fateh Ali Kan and Michael Brook.

Available for purchase from Amazon.


: The Apu Trilogy

A restoration of Satyajit Ray’s cinematic brilliance is reconstructed again after two decades. The Apu Trilogy helped to propel India into its golden age of film. These three brilliant films focus on the life of a spirited child in rural Bengal and is based on two books written by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee.

Available for purchase from Amazon.


Travel Spotlight: Singapore Flyer Sky DiningFaber-Peak-Sky-Dining-Cable-Car

One of the most exciting parts of travelling to a new destination is experiencing the traditional cuisine. In Singapore, you can enjoy traditional food and have a unique experience while doing it! Singapore Sky Dining provides a 4 course meal, butler service and gives you amazing views of the city skyline while you dine. You and your party are seated at a table in one of the spacious capsules atop Asia’s largest Giant Observation Wheel. They even have special menus for seasons and festivals!

This amazing experience does come at a price though! It costs approximately $269 per couple to dine in the clouds, but the experience will prove to be worth the splurge. Follow the link to check out their website, view the menus and dinner schedules.




Silk Screen Holiday Flash Sale!!

Silk Screen Holiday Flash Sale!!

Welcome to the merchandise extravaganza! We have so much cool stuff that we want YOU to have! Silk Screen merch is perfect holiday gifts or as a treat for yourself as you gear up for long hours at the mall this season. Supplies are limited, so get things while they’re still available!

We’ve put some major discounts on things already in our merch store and added a few new items we think you’ll dig. And, BONUS: All orders over $50 will receive a Silk Screen moth window cling! (While supplies last of course – sorry, you knew that was coming)

Links to the corresponding items are embedded in the titles of each item (with the exception of the Vintage Mixed Bag where the links are within the descriptions).  Each link will take you directly to that item in our merchandise store.  Easy peasy!!

Ready?  Okay….SHOP!!




2015 Ombre Moth T-shirt

This year’s festival t-shirts are cozy soft fabric with an on-trend ombre design of our moth logo. Sizes M-XL available.



IMG_2037Vintage Mixed Bag

We have a smorgasbord of old designs hanging around waiting for a loving home. From the red moth on black background to the cool origami film bird shirts (in yellow and gray), to the much loved “I [moth] Film” shirts, grab one of these and harken to days of Silk Screen past.


IMG_2032Me and My Baby

Can you even stand how cute it would be to match your littlest companion in complementary Silk Screen gear? Too cute. It’s too cute to handle.





“I Can’t Read Subtitles” Onesie

Even if you aren’t currently in possession of an infant, baby stuff is adorable to hold.




Sun Gate

Listen to the gorgeous strains of Silk Sound, our fabulous Asian fusion jazz band on their critically acclaimed debut album Sun Gate.
IMG_2049Miniature Painting

Have you ever wanted to own one of Silk Screen executive director Harish Saluja’s paintings, but just couldn’t make your checking account cry? Now is the perfect opportunity to grab one (or more!) of these babies at this deliciously discounted price! Each one is a delightful surprise design and all are one-of-a-kind.



INTRODUCING: The Mounted Mini!

You already love Harish’s contemporary miniature paintings; now say hello to the same paintings mounted on pristine white matting and set behind clear plastic. Supplies are very limited so you’ll want to jump on this great offer!




IMG_2058The Ultimate Silk Screen Package

It’s never too early to start prepping for next year’s film festival (September 2016, remember?!), so stock up on ALL OF THE THINGS Silk Screen with our Limited Edition “Ultimate” Package. It’s got everything a dedicated SS fan could want—or everything to entice your favorite person to become a SS junkie!



Two by Two

If you’re an equal opportunity friend, what better way to show your symmetry than by giving BOTH of your favorite people the Silk Screen treatment with an ombre moth shirt and a miniature painting each?



You Choose Two

Choose from two of any of the following: ombre moth shirt, mini painting, mounted mini painting or Silk Sound album to create your own custom gift package.  (Be sure to follow the instructions about sending an email with your t-shirt size preference!)


You Choose Three

If you can’t possibly choose only three, but aren’t quite ready to commit to the “Ultimate,” then this custom package is the perfect compromise.


Seeing Double

Two one-of-a-kind miniature paintings from Harish Saluja’s private collection.


Triple Threat

Three miniature paintings!


Mini-Lover’s Delight

Try to contain yourself on this one….Six unique mini paintings!!


(All mini paintings are chosen at random and cannot be previewed before purchasing. We wish we could let you choose but we would have to live at the scanner for three days just to get them all on the website!)

As always, THANK YOU for your continued support of Silk Screen!  Feel free to return to the flash sale and shop again.  We will be maintaining the sale until December 1.

Silk Screen collaborates with Three Rivers Film Festival

Silk Screen collaborates with Three Rivers Film Festival

In what has become an long and fruitful partnership, Silk Screen is again teaming up with the Three Rivers Film Festival to co-present three gorgeous Asian films this coming week.  We encourage all our Silkies to support our friends and check out these (and as many more films as you can!)


Opening Film: “Court” (India)


Friday, November 6  ||  Waterworks Cinema  ||  7:00PM

“India’s official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2016 Academy Awards is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the “people’s poet,” is arrested on abetment charges in which his inflammatory lyrics allegedly cause a sewage worker to commit suicide. A mixture of comedy and tragedy, the trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy. The film raises thorny issues, aspects of everyday life that mainstream Indian cinema almost never touches, with a brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors. In Marathi, Hindi, and Gujarati with subtitles.”

To view trailer and purchase tickets, follow this link.


“Cemetery of Splendor” (Thailand)

cemetarySaturday, November 7  ||  Melwood Screening Room ||  3:00PM

Tuesday, November 10  ||  Melwood Screening Room  ||  8:00PM

“Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including colored light therapy, to ease the men’s troubled dreams. Jen discovers Itt’s cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches. There may be a connection between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance, and dreams are all part of Jen’s tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her.”

To view the trailer and purchase tickets, follow this link.


“Mountains May Depart” (China/France/Japan)


Saturday, November 7  ||  Waterworks  || 9:00PM

Wednesday, November 11  || Harris Theater  ||  8:30PM

“Mountains May Depart is an epically scaled canvas, a heartbreaking prayer for the restoration of what has been lost in the name of progress. In Fenyang, China in 1999, on the cusp of the capitalist explosion: Shen Tao has two suitors—Zhang, an entrepreneur-to-be, and his best friend Liangzi, who makes his living in the local coal mine. Shen Tao decides, with a note of regret, to marry Zhang, a man with a future. Flash-forward 15 years: the couple’s son Dollar is paying a visit to his now-estranged mother, and everyone and everything seems to have grown more distant in time and space… and then further ahead in time, to even greater distances. In Chinese with subtitles.”

To view the trailer and purchase tickets, follow this link.


For a full schedule of films with times and locations, please click here.

(All synopses courtesy of

Free Concert – Silk Sound & Taiko Drum

Free Concert – Silk Sound & Taiko Drum