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  • Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’

    Posted by Ben Fong-Torres

    Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’
    By Ben Fong-Torres It’s short shrift time. I have a life that’s ripe (and slightly wrinkled) for blogs and tweeting; for facebooking and updating. I’m just no good at it. My last column here on AsianConnections was about the memorial in late July for my sister Shirley. My last posting on the authors’ site, Redroom, was about a radio promo tour I did (20 stops, all on the phone...

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  • Dec 5 Ben Fong-Torres hosts a Q&A with The Doors Ray Manzarek LIVE on FACEBOOK to Premiere LIVE AT THE BOWL '68 Concert Film

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    The Doors Perform Live on Facebook

     December 5th   8:30pm EST - 5:30pm PST

    Ben Fong-Torres hosts a LIVE Q&A with The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek

    Qello and Eagle Rock Entertainment Host a Facebook Digital Premiere of the Restored LIVE AT THE BOWL ’68 Concert Film.

    10PM EST – 7PM PST

    New York, NY – On December 5th, fans of The Doors will have the opportunity to watch Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, & John Densmore like never-seen-before live in concert on Facebook. Qello, the music entertainment digital streaming service, along with Eagle Rock Entertainment are hosting a Facebook Digital Premiere of The Doors 1968 live concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which is considered to be the band’s finest concert on film.

    The film of this historic concert has been meticulously restored using the original camera negatives; the audio has been remixed and mastered and three unreleased tracks have been resurrected, marking the first time the concert can be seen in its entirety. 

    The Doors keyboardist, Ray Manzarek says, “the quality is stunning, mind-blowing; it’s like being there right on that Hollywood Bowl stage with me, Jim, John, and Robby.”

    A ticket to the Facebook Digital Premiere comes with a trove of treats for music fans; for $4.99 ticket holders get:

    oAccess to watch LIVE AT THE BOWL ‘68 for 30-days. oAccess to participate in the *LIVE Q&A with Ray Manzarek on Dec.5th (immediately following the premiere) hosted by legendary Rolling Stone editor, Ben Fong-Torres, who was the last known reporter to interview Jim Morrison before his death. oAccess to The Doors Box Set, including When You’re Strange, The Doors Live in Europe ’68, and The Doors Classic Album. oFree 30-day All-Access Pass to Qello’s entire library of HD Concerts and Music Documentaries available on up to five devices.

    All of the above is FREE for Qello All-Access subscribers.

    Tickets are available on the Facebook Digital Premiere page at:

  • Kollaboration Star 2012 - The Finale is this Friday Nov. 16 in Glendale, CA

    Posted by Admin

    Glendale, CA  Update: November 17, 2012

    The Kollaboration Star 2012 winner is Mike Izon from Kollaboration Honolulu!


    The Finale episode will be on YouTube.com/mnetamerica November 29th. 


    “Kollaboration Star 2012 – The Finale


    A Grand Finale Showcase Featured Winners from Across the Nation on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 8pm at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, California. 


    “Kollaboration Star 2012 – The Finale” is the grand finale of Kollaboration’s annual talent competition, which finds the best Asian American local talent in 12 cities throughout the United States. 


    From these 12 winners, six finalists are selected by a public online poll and one finalist from each region will be chosen by Mnet to represent their area in an ultimate showdown the crowns the winner the best of the best.


    The grand prize winner will win $2000 and a trip to Hong Kong, China to attend the acclaimed Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA).  For additional information regarding “Kollaboration Star 2012 – The Finale,” please visit www.kollaboration.org  or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KollaborationStar


    In addition, Mnet a youth entertainment brand for all things Asian cool, which includes the only national, English-language lifestyle television network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, followed Kollaboration to the 12 local competitions and filmed the shows and their winners.


    To give the competitors maximum exposure, this grand finale show will also be broadcasted live through www.MnetAmerica.com and later aired as part of the Mnet-produced television series, Kollaboration Star 2012, which premiered last month and can be seen Thursdays at 6PM PT/9PM ET on Mnet.


  • Nov. 9 Wexner Center Event: A Conversation between Renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz and Rolling Stone founder, publisher and editor Jann S. Wenner

    Posted by Admin

    Columbus, Ohio

    Friday November 9, 2012 renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz will have a conversation with Rolling Stone's co-founder, publisher, and editor Jann S. Wenner at the Wexner Center for the Arts Mershon Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.

    Their collaboration at Rolling Stone in the 1970s is legendary. Their subsequent—and independent—roles are also legendary as interpreters and shapers of the social, cultural, and political history of America. This event is part of a public celebration of the prestigious Wexner Prize which will be presented in a ceremony to Ms. Leibovitz on Saturday November 10. 

    Annie Leibovitz Photo by Nick Rogers courtesy of Leibovitz Studio © 2012 

    Annie Leibovitz is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Wexner Prize which recognizes an artist whose work reflects exceptional innovation and the highest standards of artistic quality and integrity.  

    A major presentation of work of more than 200 photographs by Annie Leibovitz is on view now through December 30, 2012 at the Wexner Center for the Arts on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio.

    The Wexner Center is the first institution to be able to exhibit the complete "Master Set" which is a collection of 156 photographs personally selected by Annie Leibovitz. The exhibition will include photographs from her recent book "Pilgrimage," a project featuring interiors, landscapes and talismanic objects attached to historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Georgia O'Keefe, Elvis Presley, and Emily Dickinson, among others. 

    Annie Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. By 1983, when she joined the staff of the revived Vanity Fair, she was established as the foremost rock music photographer and an astute documentarian of the social landscape.

    Annie Leibovitz was Rolling Stone's Chief Photographer, during the period when Ben...

  • 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.