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Feb. 21-Mar. 2: Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths, Starring Joel de la Fuente, Plays Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Tenney Theatre

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 20 January 2013

Acclaimed Off Broadway drama HOLD THESE TRUTHS, Jeanne Sakata’s one-man show inspired by the true story of second generation Japanese-American Gordon Hirabayashi, travels to Hawaii for a limited engagement of six performances at Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Tenney Theatre, February 21 – March 2, 2013.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths. Photo by Lia Chang

Directed by Lisa Rothe and starring actor Joel de la Fuente (the principal talent behind the original Epic Theatre Ensemble New York production in October 2012), the show is presented by producer/actor Daniel Dae Kim and Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY). The production is dedicated to the memory of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, an American hero who was directly involved by the themes of the play. Proceeds will support the non-profit theatre and drama education programs of HTY.

OPENING NIGHT Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The show continues Friday February 22 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday February 24 at 3:00 p.m.; Thursday February 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and CLOSES on Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m.

General admission is $20 for adults; $15 for students/seniors; limited premium seating available for $30. Tickets may be ordered online or by calling HTY at (808) 839-9885.

HOLD THESE TRUTHS is set in Seattle during World War II, where Hirabayashi, a University of Washington student, is agonizing over U.S. government orders to...

Feb. 15-17: Asians on Film Festival 2013; Winners Announced

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 20 January 2013

Congratulations to this year’s Asians on Film Festival Winners 2013. From Friday, February 15, 2013 – Sunday, February 17, 2013, check out the exciting lineup of films at the Asians on Film Festival 2013 screening at J.E.T. Studios, 5126-30 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA. The awards will be given out on Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 5:00pm. Check out the complete list of winners below.

Best Drama
Model Minority (Lily Mariye, Director)
Best Documentary
Lost Years (Kenda Gee, Director)
Best Actor
Chris Pang (Citizen Jia Li)
Best Actress
Eugenia Yuan (Strangers)
Best Supporting Actor
Roni Mazumdar (9 Eleven)
Best Supporting Actress
Elizabeth Sung (Anita Ho)
Best Ensemble Cast
Anita Ho (Steve Myung, Director)
Best Director
Lily Mariye (Model Minority)

Best Drama
Dumpling (Wesley Du)
Best Comedy
The Gelephant (Jenn Liu)
Best Action/Adventure
Sudden: Butterfly and the Dragon (James Boss)
Best Documentary
A Flicker In Eternity (Ann Kaneko & Sharon Yamato)
Best Animation
Couch & Potatoes (Chris Lam & Eunsoo Jeong)
Best Actor
Won Lee (Dumpling)
Best Actress
Jessika Van (Reunion)
Best Supporting Actor
Hiro Kanagawa (Her Story)
Best Supporting Actress
Eileen Soong (Born To Dance This Way)
Best Ensemble Cast
Reunion (Jason Z. Wong)
Best Director
Wesley Du (Dumpling)
Best Cinematography
Junior Lucan & Alessandro Mattiolo (Vivian and Veronica)
Best Editing
Vincent Tran (BBOY)
Best Original Score
Terry Chan (30 ½)

Check out this year’s exciting lineup:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2013, 4:30PM

How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz - and Us by Columbia Law School Prof. Tim Wu

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 19 January 2013

How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz - and Us by Columbia Law School Prof. Tim Wu

January 19, 2013

Author and Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu writes in The New Yorker magazine about Internet prodigy, writer and activist Aaron Swartz who took his own life at age 26 on January 11, 2013.

Click here for Wu's commentary for The New Yorker.

Friends and supporters gathered at memorial services in cities nationwide to pay tribute to Swartz, who was blazing trails as an advocate for the open exchange of information, as he faced trial by federal prosecutors on hacking charges. Swartz's trial was a month away, accused by federal prosecutors for breaking into an Massachussetts Institute of Technology computer wiring closet in 2010 to tap into the computer network to get millions of paid-access scholarly articles which he planned to make available for free.

Swartz accomplished many groundbreaking projects in his short life. As a teenager, Swartz helped create RSS, technology for gathering updates from news sites, blogs and elsewhere on the Web. Swartz also co-founded the popular social news site Reddit, and Demand Progress, a group that campaigns against online censorship.

Memorial events for Aaron Swartz are scheduled January 24 in San Francisco, January 19 in New York City. Other memorial events were held January 18 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Swartz's funeral service was held on January 15 at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Illinois. Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web delivered a eulogy at the service.

Excerpted from...

Sudhish Kamath’s Good Night | Good Morning starring Manu Narayan and Seema Rahmani on J. Hurtado’s Top Ten Indian Films of 2012

Posted by Lia Chang on Saturday, 12 January 2013

Sudhish Kamath’s Good Night | Good Morning starring Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams, The Love Guru) and Seema Rahmani (Loins of Punjab,Missed Call, Sins), co-written with Shilpa Rathnam, was named on “J. Hurtado’s Top Ten Indian Films of 2012″ on The story is about an all-night phone call between two strangers on New Year’s Eve in New York City. Vasanth Santosham and Raja Sen are also featured in the cast.

Manu Narayan and Seema Rahmani in Sudhish Kamath’s Good Night | Good Morning.

J. Hurtado of writes, “In the grand tradition of the French New Wave, Good Night | Good Morning comes to us from a film critic turned filmmaker. Sudhish Kamath, film writer for major Indian periodical, The Hindu, wrote and directed Good Night | Good Morning and made it all happen with minimal cast and crew. The story of an all night phone call between a pair of potential lovers is short and sweet, but resonant in its depiction of the search for love and the strange turns it sometimes takes. Performed entirely in English, this film deserves to be seen by international audiences, as it rivals any Indie romance out there. Turiya, played by Manu Narayan, embodies his lovesick character’s neurosis and blind faith well. He’s able to tap into emotion when necessary without the distraction of visual or editorial trickery, which is impressive.” Top Ten Indian Films of 2012 by J. Hurtado (January 7, 2013)

Katherine Matthews of writes...

Jan. 24-Feb. 10: Mu Performing Arts Presents World Premiere of Lauren Yee's The Tiger Among Us at Mixed Blood Theatre

Posted by Lia Chang on Saturday, 12 January 2013

Mu Performing Arts is presenting the world premiere commission of The Tiger Among Us, by Lauren Yee (Ching Chong Chinaman), directed by Ellen Fenster (Pillsbury House Theatre, Gremlin Theater, Phoenix Theater Project).The Tiger Among Us previews January 24, opens on January 25 and plays Thursday -Sunday through February 10, 2013 at Mixed Blood Theatre (1501 South 4th Street, Mineapolis, MN 55454). Single tickets start at $10 (students and children under 18), $18 seniors, and $22 adults, and are now on sale by calling Mu Performing Arts at 651-789-1012 or by

Photography © Aaron Fenster, 2012

The Tiger Among Us cast features Maxwell Thao (Mu: Into the Woods, Stages Theater Company, TigerLion Arts) as Pao and Gaosong Vang (Mu:Into the WoodsWTF) as his younger sister Lia, two Hmong American teens growing up in rural MN with their father portrayed by Saikong Yang (WTF). Sheng Kong, Claire Bancroft and Garry Geiken (Jungle Theater, Gremlin Theatre, Park Square Theatre) round out the cast.

November in Minnesota: to bored high schooler Lia, it’s just another unbearably cold month. But for Lia’s troubled father, November means the start of the hunting season and a chance to capture what has eluded him his entire life. For her entrepreneurial brother Pao, each day offers the opportunity to scratch out a new way of living in this rural landscape. But soon, Lia finds herself caught between her responsibilities and her dreams. And just...

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