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  • Q & A with Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, The King in Harbor Lights’ Production of The King and I

    Posted by Lia Chang

    Mel Sagrado Maghuyop recently played “The King” in the Walnut Street Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, and this month, he will appear as “The King” again, opposite Tamara Jenkins, Founding Artistic Director of Harbor Lights (Chicago, Les Miserables, Cats), who portrays Anna, in the final show of Harbor Lights’ third season as Staten Island’s only professional Equity theater company.

    Tamara Jenkins as Anna and Mel Sagrado Maghuyop as The King in the Harbor Lights Theater Company’s production of The King and I. Photo credit: Bittenbyazebra

    Ron Domingo as The Kralahome, Mel Sagrado Maghuyop as The King and Tamara Jenkins as Anna in rehearsal for the Harbor Lights Theater Company’s production of The King and I on October 27, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

    The King and I director Alan Muraoka and choreographer Andrew Sakaguchi. Photo by Lia Chang

    The King and I is helmed by Broadway Veteran and long-time “Sesame Street” cast member Alan Muraoka, who appeared in the 1996 revival of the show on Broadway, with Andrew Sakaguchi expertly re-constructing Jerome Robbins’ legendary choreography.

    Dancers rehearsing a number from The King and I. Photo by Lia Chang

    Dancers rehearsing a number from The King and I. Photo by Lia Chang

    The King and I runs from November 8th through the 18th at the Music Hall at Historic Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens.

    The Music Hall at Historic Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens on Staten Island. Photo by Lia Chang

    Christine Toy Johnson as Lady Thiang and Tamara Jenkins as Anna, in The King and I. Photo by Lia Chang

    The King and I was inspired by the memoirs of Anna Harriet Leonowens, the real author and teacher. Anna was hired by King Mongkut of Siam to teach his 67 children at his royal palace in Bangkok. She stayed for several years, leaving Bangkok during the 1860’s and settling in Staten Island. She lived on Tompkins...

  • FAME HIGH & FIGHT LIFE documentaries screen at SF DOCFEST Nov 9-21 and in Berkeley Nov 9-15

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    October 24 2012

    The 11th San Francisco Documentary Festival, known as SF DOC FEST opens in San Francisco (November 8-21), and in Berkeley (November 9-15). 

    This year more than 50 films are featured from around the world. 

    Bay Area filmmaker James Z. Feng screens his documentary FIGHT LIFE on the mixed-martial arts world. FIGHT LIFE chronicles the struggle in the lives of three local fights from the moment of victory every fighter chases to the devastating knockout in defeat. Click here to FIGHT LIFE's trailer.

    Feng told NBC's Sunday Night Sport Show that he's maxed out his credit card to make this film happen. Feng says he wants to show mixed martial arts as a sport, "I think alot of people don't understand that MMA is a sport, they kind of look at it like its a gimmick..." "My goal is to get it to the world, and I'm going to do whatever it takes to make that happen if it means that I don't make a dime from this film so be it. Its not about the money, I've put my own life on the line for this film."

    FAME HIGH documents the lives of four talented high school students (an actress, a dancer, a pianist and a songwriter) struggling to gain fame, credibility and a diploma from Los Angeles’ premiere performing arts high school. Directed by Berkeley native, Academy-award nominated documentary filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy, FAME HIGH captures the drama, competition, heartbreak and triumph at the Los Angeles County HIgh School for the Arts, also known as "Fame High" where teenagers reach for their dreams of becoming actors, singers, dancers and musicians. Click here to FAME HIGH's trailer.

    Check screening dates and locations at SF Doc Fest.


  • Jeremy Lin opens up about Linsanity, fans, and being Asian American in GQ Magazine

    Posted by Suzanne Kai


    Jeremy Lin graces the cover of the November issue of GQ Magazine, hitting news stands October 23. 

    AsianConnections thanks GQ and Conde Nast for permission to use these knock-out images of Jeremy by Paola Kudacki/GQ Magazine.

    The slogan on GQ's cover is "Look Sharp - Live Smart" - Jeremy Lin certainly looks sharp in these photos, he's one photogenic guy. 

    Lin talks with GQ writer Will Leitch who spent time with him when he was in the Big Apple to do the GQ photo shoot and attend other events. It was Lin's first trip to New York since it was announced that he would no longer be a Knicks player. 

    Lin talks about how the fans and Linsanity affected him, the Knicks, the Houston Rockets, and being Asian American. 

    Read the GQ article and view more images of Jeremy by Paola Kudacki and a behind the scenes video by Matt Baron here.  

    "There's a lot of perceptions and stereotypes of Asian-Americans that are out there today, and the fact that I'm Asian-American makes it harder to believe, even crazier, more unexpected," he says. "I'm going to have to play well for a longer period of time for certain people to believe it, because I'm Asian.

    And that's just the reality of it." It's not all that dissimilar from what Yao Ming went through. "When Yao came out his rookie year as the first pick of the Draft, you have Charles Barkley saying, 'If he scores seventeen points in a game, I'm going to kiss a donkey's butt,' " Lin says. "If you do it for long enough, I think you would get the respect."

    GQ's Will Leitch asks Lin what he would want to say to anyone who believed in him last year, the people who made Linsanity happen. "I think they changed my life dramatically," he says. "My life will never be the same—but I don't think I necessarily did that for anybody, you know?

    The impact on my life was greater than the impact I had on any of their lives. People are moved by my story, but they're only moved by my story because of what I do on the court." The trick, he...

  • SF Scientist Shinya Yamanaka shares Nobel medicine prize

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

     October 8, 2012

    Dr. Shinya Yamanaka - Photo by Chris Goodfellow Gladstone Institutes SF

     The world of medicine has taken a huge leap forward with the startling discoveries by Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, 50, and British researcher Sir John Gurdon, 79.

    Yamanaka and Gurdon are winners of the Nobel Prize for medicine announced today for their joint discoveries in stem cells.

    As a post-doctorate scientist at Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, Yamanaka began what would become his life's work to unlock the code to creating stem cells.

    By 2006, he succeeded in unlocking the code, furthering the research published in 1962 by Sir John Gurdon, who now works for the University of Cambridge.

    The groundbreaking discoveries prove that it is possible to take genetic material from any cell in the body, such as skin cells, and tranplant and reprogram them into a stem cell to become any other cells in the body. 

    Dr. Yamanaka, currently a professor at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan still works and commutes monthly to San Francisco for Gladstone, which is affiliated with the health-sciences institution University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 

    Related stories:

    Nobel medicine prize goes to SF scientist by Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle

    British, Japanese scientists share Nobel Prize for stem cell work by Eryn Brown and Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times

  • Manu Narayan Dazzles as Richard Roma in La Jolla Playhouse’s Revival of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross

    Posted by Lia Chang

    Manu Narayan stars as Richard Roa in Glengarry Glen Ross at the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre Photo by Lia Chang

    Manu Narayan is taking no prisoners as Richard Roma, the smooth talking, ruthless, sleazy, dishonest, immoral top salesman, in La Jolla Playhouse’s critically-acclaimed revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning lacerating play about a group of desperate salesmen in a Chicago real estate office, currently playing to packed houses in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre through October 21, 2012.

    Manu Narayan as Richard Roma, in the dressing room of the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre in La Jolla, CA. on September 30, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

    Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley is at the helm of Glengarry Glen Ross, and has assembled a seasoned multi-cultural cast featuring Narayan, Peter Maloney (Broadway’s West Side Story, Six Degrees of Separation) as Shelly Levene, James Sutorius (Broadway’s The Farnsworth Invention) as Dave Moss, Ray Anthony Thomas (Broadway’sRace) as George Aaronow, Jeff Marlow (Colony Theatre’s Around the World in 80 Days) as James Lingk, Matt MacNelly (NY Fringe Festival’sFourteen Flights) as Baylen, and Johnny Wu (Playhouse’s Peter and the Starcatchers, Broadway’s Chinglish) as John Williamson, who are at the top of their game in the lyrical language of “Mametspeak.”

    Set designer Todd Rosenthal, lighting designer David Lander and sound designer David Corsello set the scene for the depressing tone ofGlengarry Glen Ross, in the first act with the worn down Chinese restaurant, complete with goldfish in a fish tank, where the salesmen ply their trade. When a contest is announced to earn the new sales leads, it results in a feeding frenzy as the salesmen resort to manipulation, bribery and even theft to keep their jobs. Toni Leslie James has nailed each of her men – Richard Roma’s suits are tailored for his success, complete with steel toe cowboy boots; the struggling salesmen in rumpled suits, and office manager John Williamson, looking very much the corporate company...

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