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  • Photos: Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s “Bakwas Bumbug” at The Wild Project in NY

    Posted by Lia Chang

    Opening night for the cast and creative team of Bakwas Bumbug at The Wild Project in the East Village on June 22, 2011. (L-R) front row- Rehana Lew Mirza, Rohi Mirza Pandya, Lipica Shah, J. Kaitlin Becker, Roopa Mahadevan; back row Shiv, Nick Choksi, Kiarri D. Andrews, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Ryan Kim, Christian Carter, Andrew Guilarte and Samrat Chakrabarti. Photo by Lia Chang

    Last night, I got a taste of Christmas in June, Desi style, at The Wild Project in the East Village, where Bakwas Bumbug, an electrifying musical reinvention of A Christmas Carol, told thru the looking glass of NYC Immigrants and Hyphenated America, composed by Samrat Chakrabarti and featuring a book and lyrics by Sanjiv Jhaveri and Samrat Chakrabarti, is being presented as a 70 minute workshop production through June 26, 2011.

    Sanjiv Jhaveri and Samrat Chakrabarti, co-creators and co-directors of Bakwas Bumbug at The Wild Project in the East Village after the opening night performance on June 22, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

    Presented by Desipina and Co. (Rehana Lew Mirza, Artistic Director & Rohi Mirza Pandya, Producing Director), Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s Bakwas Bumbug is a delicious treat, poignant, touching, and laugh out loud funny.

    Bakwas Bumbug cast with co-creator and co-director Sanjiv Jhaveri in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang

    Bakwas Bumbug , the first Indian American full length musical written, composed & performed by the Diaspora, has a raw in-your-face energy that combines the angst of shows like RENT and AMERICAN IDIOT with an Eastern melodic flair. The very talented cast of this Popera (pop opera) includes Kiarri D. Andrews, J. Kaitlin Becker, Christian Carter, Nick Choksi, Andrew Guilarte, Ryan Kim, Roopa Mahadevan and Lipica Shah. Equally interesting to watch is Samrat Chakrabarti who co-wrote the book and lyrics and composed the score, playing the keys without sheet music and orchestrating the show.

    Shiv on the drums,...

  • My portrait of “New York actor Thom Sesma’s Makeup Transformation into Scar in The Lion King” on view in HHC’s New York City: IN FOCUS, Vol. 2 Photo Exhibition through 7/14

    Posted by Lia Chang

    Lia Chang poses in front of her portrait of Thom Sesma's Makeup Transformation as Scar in Disney's The Lion King, at HHC’s New York City: IN FOCUS, Vol. 2 Photo Exhibit opening reception at Bellevue Hospital on June 23, 2011. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

    My portrait of “New York actor Thom Sesma’s Makeup Transformation into Scar in The Lion King” is featured in New York City: IN FOCUS, Vol. 2, the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Art Collection Photographic Exhibition, currently on view in the main lobby/atrium of Bellevue Hospital Center, 462 First Avenue in New York through July 14, 2011.

    New York City: IN FOCUS, Vol. 2, the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Art Collection Photographic Exhibition on view in the main lobby/atrium of Bellevue Hospital Center, 462 First Avenue in New York through July 14, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

    Celebrating over seventy-five years of having public art in hospitals, the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Art Collection proudly presents their traveling photographic exhibition, New York City: IN FOCUS, Vol. 2. This exhibition is a modern take on the 1950’s photographic exhibit, Family of Man. The exhibit features a collection of black and white, color, and digital prints that focus on different aspects of iconic imagery; architecture, landscape, culture, and people through-out the five boroughs and snapshots of the NYC experience.

    New York City: IN FOCUS, Vol. 2, the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Art Collection Photographic Exhibition on view in the main lobby/atrium of Bellevue Hospital Center, 462 First Avenue in New York through July 14, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

    The exhibition showcases the work of fifty internationally renowned, New York based photographers, as well as, emerging photographers. Some of the photographers featured in the exhibit are James VanDerZee, Roxanne Lowit, Dawoud Bey, Anthony Barboza, Linda Cummings, Omar Kharem, Chee Wang Ng, Monika Merva, Syd...

  • How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rose Hemingway and John Larroquette at Lord & Taylor for Windows Unveiling

    Posted by Lia Chang

    How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rose Hemingway and Tony winner John Larroquette with Rich Weiner, Regional Vice President of Stores for Lord & Taylor, at the unveiling of the Lord & Taylor Flagship Store Fifth Avenue windows filled with fashions inspired by their hit Broadway revival, on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in New York. Photo by Lia Chang/Lord & Taylor

     

    Daniel Radcliffe made a special appearance at the Lord & Taylor Fifth Ave Store for the unveiling of the "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" Musical themed windows on June 23, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang/Lord & Taylor

    How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rose Hemingway and Tony winner John Larroquette were greeted by Rich Weiner, Regional Vice President of Stores for Lord & Taylor, as they stepped out on Fifth Ave on June 23, 2011, for the unveiling of the Lord & Taylor Flagship Store Fifth Avenue windows filled with fashions inspired by their successful Broadway revival.

    On the day of the unveiling, the first 75 customers to spend $300 or more in cosmetics received vouchers for a pair of tickets to the show. Customers spending $75 in the cosmetic/fragrance department also received a CD of the 2011 Broadway Revival Cast Recording of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

    Lord & Taylor Flagship Store Fifth Avenue windows filled with fashions inspired by the Broadway Revival “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rose Hemingway and Tony winner John Larroquette. Photo: © Lia Chang/Lord & Taylor

     

    Photo by Lia Chang/Lord & Taylor

     

    How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rose Hemingway and Tony winner John Larroquette with Rich Weiner, Regional Vice President of Stores for Lord & Taylor, at the unveiling of the Lord & Taylor Flagship Store Fifth Avenue windows filled with fashions inspired by their hit Broadway revival,...

  • Photos: Playwright David Henry Hwang in rehearsal at the Goodman Theatre for World Premiere of Chinglish

    Posted by Lia Chang

    Playwright David Henry Hwang during a rehearsal for the world premiere of his new play Chinglish, directed by Leigh Silverman, in the Healy Rehearsal room at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. © 2011 Lia Chang

    Tony Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) is having a banner summer in Chicago, where three of his plays are being produced.

    Playwright David Henry Hwang adds new pages to his script during a rehearsal for Chinglish in the Healy Room of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on June 5, 2011. © 2011 Lia Chang

    From June 14-July 17, the Silk Road Theatre Project is presenting the Chicago premiere of Hwang’s semi-autobiographical Yellow Face, directed by Steve Scott at The Historic Chicago Temple Building in collaboration with the Goodman Theatre; from June 18-July 24, the Goodman Theatre is presenting the world premiere of Hwang’s Chinglish, a razor-sharp new comedy about the challenges of doing business in a culture worlds apart from our own, directed by Leigh Silverman in the Albert Theatre; and from August 11-September 4, the Halcyon Theatre is presenting Hwang’s Family Devotions, a comedy where chaos ensues when three generations of an Asian-American family welcome their patriarch from Communist China, directed by Jennifer Adams at the Greenhouse Theater Center.

    Playwright David Henry Hwang and director Leigh Silverman discussing script changes during a rehearsal for Chinglish in the Healy Room of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on June 5, 2011. © 2011 Lia Chang

    During the first weekend in June, I was in Chicago to see André De Shields in Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James, directed by Chuck Smith at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, when Hwang and Silverman graciously agreed to let me come photodocument a rehearsal in the Healy Rehearsal room, for my newly created collection at the Library of Congress – the Lia Chang Asian Pacific American Theater and Other Works Portfolio, which will be...

  • Shirley Fong-Torres 1946 - 2011, noted cooking personality, author, and SF Chinatown culinary school and tour operator of "Wok Wiz"

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    Friends and family honored Shirley Fong-Torres' life at memorial services in San Francisco on July 24. Her life and vivacious personality touched people worldwide with her books, television appearances, and her Wok Wiz company's daily guided walking and culinary tours of San Francisco's Chinatown and North Beach.   

    Shirley was born November 16, 1946 in Oakland, daughter of Connie and the late Ricardo Fong-Torres, and was a graduate of U.C. Berkeley. She was a teacher in Texas and California, a chef, and after working in marketing for Levi Strauss, she created Wok Wiz in 1985, offering tours, as well as cooking lessons. Her business drew rave reviews and quickly grew, and she built a staff of tour guides to meet demand. She wrote such books as San Francisco Chinatown: A Walking Tour, The Chinese Kitchen, Wok Wiz Chinese Cookbook, and The Woman Who Ate Chinatown. Shirley wrote articles for many food and travel publications and frequently appeared on radio and television including The Food Channel, History and Discovery Channels, and inflight for Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas Airlines and JetBlue.

    She was active in many community groups and often served on the board of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau. She had homes in San Francisco and Pacifica. She and her former husband, Richard Dong, were the parents of Tina Dong Pavao, and she was a vivacious, fun-loving grandmother to Tina’s two daughters with Matt Pavao, Maggie and Stella. Shirley is also survived by sister Sarah Watkins, brothers Ben and Burton Fong-Torres, and Sarah’s children, Lea and Jason Watkins. A wonderful brother, Barry, preceded Shirley in death in 1972. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to any of several organizations, including the Chinese Historical Society of America, the Community Youth Center, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

     Her family has set up a Facebook page for friends and fans. 

     

     

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