BAL-LIN: Beer and Basketball at MOCA

Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 7:00pm - 4:00pm


Who will prevail when Jeremy and Derrick go head to head on March 12th? Come find out at MOCA amongst friends while watching the game projected live. Ballers and non-ballers welcome. In the style of Mystery Science Theater, MOCA will feature a panel of bloggers, aficionados, and good old-fashioned basketball fans to provide fun facts, anecdotes, and opinion during the game. Guest commentators include Dustin Chinn (, Hua Hsu (Grantland), Ursula Liang (ESPN), and Rain Noe (writer, Knicks news junkie). Moderated by Donnie Kwak (ESPN The Magazine). See bios below.




Dustin Chinn has blogged for (where he didn't know the guy who got fired) and He's a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest collection of Asian American playwrights in the space-time continuum. Still refuses to buy Starbucks after CEO Howard Schultz sold his beloved Seattle supersonics.



Hua Hsu teaches at Vassar College. He is also a staff writer at Grantland and a former blogger at the Atlantic. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Slate, the Village Voice and Artforum. He is finishing his first book, A Floating Chinaman.
Since graduating from New York University with a journalism degree in 1998, Donnie Kwak has risen the editorial ranks at magazines like Entertainment Weekly, Vibe and Complex. He is currently a senior editor at ESPN The Magazine in Bristol, Connecticut, where he covers the sports of hockey and soccer.


Ursula Liang is a journalist who has told compelling stories in a wide range of media. Among her favorite exploits: crewing for the Badwater Ultramarathon, 'attending' prom with an NBA draft pick, and shopping in a Texas mall with Yao Ming and Wang ZhiZhi. Liang is a former staff editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine and writer/reporter at ESPN The Magazine. She is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and contributed to the "AAJA Media Advisory on Jeremy Lin News Coverage”.


Jeff “Chairman” Mao has been writing about rap music since Carhartt was mad popular. He is the co-author of ego trip’s Book of Rap Lists and ego trip’s Big Book of Racism! and is currently one of the editorial custodians at He grew up outside of Boston, thus precluding him from officially rooting for any New York area sports team – however, he is addicted to WFAN. He resides in Harlem with his wife, two kids, their cats, and his record collection.

Professional drifter N. Rain Noe is an NYC-based writer, editor, photography studio manager and vintage sewing machine repairperson. "He's gone from bandwagon fan to full-blown Knicks news junkie, even as he decries the semantic failures engendered by the wanton, reckless shoehorning of 'Lin' as a catch-all prefix."

Limited capacity. RSVP (AND CONFIRMATION) REQUIRED.  WAIT LIST ONLY: . Beer and ice cream provided. Must be 21 or over to drink. ID required.


Special thanks to Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for custom designing the #17 Sundae for BAL-LIN: Beer and Basketball. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (CICF) has been voted NYC's Best Ice Cream time and time again. Receiving accolades that include the Zagat Award of Distinction & The Best of the Village Voice; CICF has brought smiles to their customers near and far for over 30 years.

The CICF #17 Sundae celebrates Jeremy Lin's success in the NBA. Lychee, mango & blueberry ice creams are topped with mochi pieces, whipped cream, and finished with blue and orange sprinkles.



Thanks to the NYC Food Truck Association and Rickshaw Dumpling. The Rickshaw Truck will be on the premises vending for the duration of the event.