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

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Tuesday, 27 December 2011

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 in my home office) for my Eagles book. On my own home page, the last thing was about hanging with...

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LA: Film Screening "The Untold Story of Ralph Carr and the Japanese: Fate of 3 Japanese Americans and the Internment

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Saturday, 31 March 2012

LA: Film Screening
Los Angeles - at the Japanese American National Museum Film Screening April 28, 2012 at 2:00pm The Untold Story of Ralph Carr and the Japanese: Fate of 3 Japanese Americans and the Internment This documentary follows the story of two Japanese Americans who were forced to relocate to Amache, and one Colorado native of Japanese descent who worked for the state government beginning in the Carr administration.     The Japanese American National Museum has many wonderful exhibitions and events year round.    Click here to the JANM.org calendar for more exhibitions and events information.      JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
phone: 213.625.0414
fax: 213.625.1770

April 27-May 26: Sex in Seattle 20: Happily Ever After . . ..

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 21 March 2012

April 27-May 26: Sex in Seattle 20: Happily Ever After . . ..

Photo by Rick Wong

SIS Productions celebrates the grand finale of its popular hit series! Sex in Seattle 20: Happily Ever After . . . premieres at West of Lenin located at 203 N 36th Street in Seattle. The show runs April 27 – May 26, playing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets are $16 for general admission, $12 for students/seniors/actors. Advance purchase discounts and group rates are also available. Call (206) 323-9443 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak34f81dc902d0d0ac46a3294db1370001').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy34f81dc902d0d0ac46a3294db1370001 = 'tickets' + '@'; addy34f81dc902d0d0ac46a3294db1370001 = addy34f81dc902d0d0ac46a3294db1370001 + 'sis-productions' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_text34f81dc902d0d0ac46a3294db1370001 = 'tickets' + '@' + 'sis-productions' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloak34f81dc902d0d0ac46a3294db1370001').innerHTML += ''+addy_text34f81dc902d0d0ac46a3294db1370001+''; for reservations and information or check out the website at www.sexinseattle.org. Advance tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets ~ call 1-800-838-3006 or go tohttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/233110.

Sex in Seattle is the country’s longest-running theatrical romantic comedy experience! Each episode...

Mar. 27: BD Wong in Rehearsal for “Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids”

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Mar. 27: BD Wong in Rehearsal for “Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids”

Last weekend, I caught up with BD Wong at the Maravel Arts Center on 445 W. 45th St. in New York, where he was rehearsing a number which will be performed in “Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids,” on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 W. 55th St. @ 9th Ave in New York.

BD Wong rehearses with Rosie’s Theater Kids at the Maravel Arts Center on 445 W. 45th St. in New York on March 17, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

BD will also be hosting the event, (also honoring Tom Viola, Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids), which features Rosie’s Theater Kids alongside Derick K. Grant, Brandon Victor Dixon, Zakiya Young, and special taped video appearances by Audra McDonald and John Tartaglia. A highlight of the evening is sure to be an original piece conceived and co-written by BD, in which he will perform with 11 of the children from the “Rosie’s Theater Kids” program.

BD Wong rehearses with Rosie’s Theater Kids at the Maravel Arts Center on 445 W. 45th St. in New York on March 17, 2012. Photo by Lia Chang

In Manhattan, thousands of children live near the “Great White Way” but never have the opportunity to step inside one of the theaters and experience Broadway. As Rosie O’Donnell says, it’s “like living in Hawaii and not having access to the beach.”...

In the Locker Room with Jeremy Lin

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 12 March 2012

In the Locker Room with Jeremy Lin

Madison Square Garden, New York City

By Suzanne Joe Kai

March 11, 2012 

JEREMY LIN IN THE LOCKER ROOM - PHOTO BY SUZANNE JOE KAI

 

I spent the day today watching a Knicks game. This time it wasn't on a television screen from California but up close, live and in person at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

I was on the court, literally, at today's pre-game practice, behind the scenes embedded with veteran sports reporters, at the pre and post game press conference with the coach, and yes - in the locker room with Jeremy Lin. 

Stay tuned soon for our feature on Jeremy Lin, Mr. Linsanity himself. Meanwhile, we have posted a few photographs from today.

The greatest thing about Linsanity is that Jeremy Lin can win, he can lose, but he has already achieved the near impossible.

In just a few short weeks, he's turned a country on its head and made it examine how Asian Americans are viewed in the mainstream.

As we watched him in person today, we saw a very talented 23 year old basketball player with a great career ahead of him.

We also thought of the historical milestone he has already achieved - for all of us.

Video screenshots are below. 

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Mar. 9-25: Nick Choksi in CollaborationTown’s The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos by Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell at the New Ohio Theatre

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 07 March 2012

Mar. 9-25: Nick Choksi in CollaborationTown’s The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos by Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell at the New Ohio Theatre

Nick Choksi

CollaborationTown (The Play About My Dad, The Momentum) presents the World Premiere of THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER: THE CATHARSIS OF PATHOS by Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell with music by Michael Wells. Directed by Lee Sunday Evans and Jordan Seavey, previews begin March 9 at the New Ohio Theatre. An acclaimed 2006 production of this Brecht satire won an Outstanding Playwrighting Award at FringeNYC; this newly revised, reworked production is slated for opening on Wednesday, March 14.

Before Mother Courage there was Mother LaMadre. In THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER, an unrivaled masterpiece of modern dramatic writing, our antiheroine Mother LaMadre and her rag-tag crew drag their wagon through the Fifth World War and the post-post-apocalyptic wasteland that is New Europe. Together they must navigate all the pitfalls (and rewards) of the dramatic art of drama to find the few remaining books the art-abolishing Evil Empire have yet to destroy and maybe, just maybe, find a way to replace violence with art. If the zombies don’t eat them first, that is.

 

The production stars Jordan Barbour, Carly Cioffi, Nick Choksi, John Halbach, Boo Killebrew, Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell, Chinasa Ogbuagu, Phillip Taratula, Emily Walton and TJ Witham. The creative team includes set and props by Deb O, costumes by...