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B.D. Wong and John Cho among 774 invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Thursday, 29 June 2017

B.D. Wong and John Cho among 774 invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
June 28, 2017 Los Angeles The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its 2017 list of invitees. Asian American actors B.D. Wong and John Cho were included on the 2017 list of 774 people invited by the Academy.  Other actors invited include Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed (The Night Of, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Priyanka Chopra, Irffan Khan, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, Filmmakers invited to join the Academy's documentary branch include Grace Lee (American...

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Five Secrets to a Happy, Healthy and Successful Life by Marilyn Tam

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 05 January 2012

Five Secrets to a Happy, Healthy and Successful Life by Marilyn Tam

Five Secrets to a Happy, Healthy & Successful Life  By Marilyn Tam

You make well-meaning resolutions to improve your life. But your resolutions fade under the stress of multiple demands on your time and attention. Oftentimes the resolutions are history before the month is done. How can we ensure that we actually benefit from the good intentions that we made with such conviction?

Many years ago I made an earnest resolution to work less and to spend more time on my personal life, family and health.

Being a type A personality, it was easier to say that than to follow through. By late in the same month, as I am running through another airport, I realized that I am already back to my old pattern of working seven days a week.

On the next plane ride I took the time to ask myself a few hard questions. From that experience I developed these Five Guidelines to have a Happier, Healthier and more Successful Life. Isn't that what we are ultimately after?

1. Make resolutions that you can manage. Specify your desired end result and make the goals measureable. For example, instead of saying that you want to lose weight, give yourself a specific time frame for a number of pounds or inches broken down into smaller pieces so that you have incremental targets to meet. Make the objectives a slight stretch but achievable. You are more likely to continue once you see positive progress towards your ultimate goal.

Limit the number of resolutions. Your mind can only deal with so...

CHINGLISH Celebrates 100th Performance on 1/5/12 – Meet the Cast at the Lin Sing Association in NY Chinatown

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 04 January 2012

CHINGLISH Celebrates 100th Performance on 1/5/12 – Meet the Cast at the Lin Sing Association in NY Chinatown

Chinglish playwright David Henry Hwang with his stars Jennifer Lim and Gary Wilmes at the MOCA Legacy Awards Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on December 12, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

Tony Award-winning and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) is back on Broadway with CHINGLISH, a hilarious and sexy new comedy currently playing at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) in New York, recently named by TIME Magazine, Bloomberg Radio, NY1 and WNYC as one of the Top 10 Broadway shows of the year. The playwright, along with his cast and creative team will celebrate their 100th performance at 3pm in Chinatown at the Lin Sing Association, a prominent Chinese American community organization established in 1900, located at 47-49 Mott Street in New York. www.lin-sing.org.

The cast of Chinglish-Stephen Pucci, Angela Lin, Larry Lei Zhang, Jennifer Lim, Gary Wilmes, Christine Lin and Johnny Wu at their opening party at Brasserie 8 1/2 in New York on October 27, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

CHINGLISH is also featuring special audience post-show talkbacks on January 4th and 5th. After these evening shows, the cast will come out to answer audience questions. The mostly bi-lingual and multi-cultural cast will also be answering questions in Mandarin and maybe give a lesson or two. After the post-show talkbacks, head to the front of the orchestra and you’ll have the opportunity to meet the cast members.

The cast of David Henry...

Raul Aranas, Aaron Lazar, Kate Baldwin, P.J. Griffith Set for Giant at the Wyly Theatre, 1/18-2/19/12

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 03 January 2012

Raul Aranas, Aaron Lazar, Kate Baldwin, P.J. Griffith Set for Giant at the Wyly Theatre, 1/18-2/19/12
Raul Aranas, Aaron Lazar, Kate Baldwin, P.J. Griffith Set for Giant at the Wyly Theatre, 1/18-2/19/12

on Tuesday, 03 January 2012. Posted in Backstage Pass

Aaron Lazar


Raul Aranas, Kate Baldwin, P.J. Griffith, Dee Hoty, Aaron Lazar and Katie Thompson are set for Giant, a co-production of the Dallas Theater Center and The Public Theater, which runs at the Wyly Theatre located in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2400 Flora Street in Dallas, from January 18 – February 19, 2012. Opening night is Friday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Three-time Tony nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Grey Gardens, Next to Normal) helms Giant, the sprawling, epic love story with larger-than-life characters and Texas-size musical numbers, written by Michael John LaChiusa (music and lyrics) and Sybille Pearson, and based on the classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber.

Kate Baldwin Photo by Peter Hurley


Aaron Lazar, who has appeared in seven Broadway productions including A Tale of Two Cities,ImpressionismThe Light in the Piazza, and the recent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, stars as Texas cattleman Bick. Lazar was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his role in the revival of Les Miserables and can now be seen in Clint Eastwood’s film J. Edgar.

P.J. Griffith


Kate Baldwin, a Tony Award nominee for Finian’s Rainbow, plays his socialite wife Leslie. Baldwin has appeared on Broadway in The Full MontyThoroughly Modern Millie and

Jefferson Starship to perform landmark 2,000th performance in SF this month

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Tuesday, 03 January 2012

Jefferson Starship to perform landmark 2,000th performance in SF this month

An exclusive interview with Jefferson Starship creator Paul Kantner will be posted soon - stay tuned! - AC Team

Jefferson Starship is set to perform its 2,000th concert!

Hear the music artists who helped defined a generation foused on civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-war activism.

Don't miss this rare, once-in-a-lifetime event at the Rrazz Room, San Francisco's Premier nightcub January 25-29, 2012. 

Paul Kantner, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Jefferson Airplane creator will perform with David Freiberg, a former Jefferson Airplane member and co-founder of Quicksilver Messenger Service. The original band members will be joined by Grammy nominated lead vocalist Cathy Richardson who starred on Broadway in "Love, Janis," and keyboardist/bassist Chris Smith who joined the band in 1998 after years with The Supremes.

Kantner and Freiberg, descended from Jefferson Airplane, performed at Monterey, Woodstock, and Altamont with the Rolling Stones, sharing the bill with the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin.

Kantner says that surprise artists will be added to the concerts to celebrate this historic occasion.  

The Magic of the Radio by Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres on Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The Magic of the Radio by Ben Fong-Torres

December 28, 2011

This one is all about Asian connections.

It began at Bellaken Garden, a skilled nursing care facility in East Oakland, where my mother, Connie, has been staying since August. I’ve been visiting there twice a week, crossing the Bay Bridge from San Francisco and popping in with potstickers from a nearby takeout restaurant.

For months, I’d seen this thin, white-haired woman seated in the lobby area, across from one of the dining rooms. After a while, we’d exchange smiles and hellos. I’d noticed her mainly because she always had a transistor radio with her. Being a radio columnist and occasional DJ, I asked what she was listening to. “Baseball,” she said. She was an avid San Francisco Giants fan, kept notes on their games, and kept their radio schedule close to her, all on a shelf of her walker. Her son, Jonathan, I would learn, works as a concessions cashier for both the Giants and the 49ers, so she was a football fan, too. We could talk.

I decided to do a little shout-out to her in my Radio Waves column in the San Francisco Chronicle, learned her name – June Kwei – and told her to watch for the mention. She appeared delighted, although I never properly introduced myself. Bad manners. (In Cantonese, “bad” is pronounced “kwei.”) Anyway, on December 11, the item ran, ending with “Holiday cheers to June Kwei.”

That evening, I received an email from a “Dede.” It was Mrs. Kwei’s daughter. I couldn’t believe it. Here’s most of what she wrote:

What a...

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