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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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New York Lunar New Year Flower Market

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 17 January 2006

The New York Chinatown Lunar New Year Flower Market Kicks Off Celebrations with Arts and Performances

Jan. 29, 2006 is the first day of the Lunar New Year for 4704 - the Year of the Dog. Dogs are attributed as being loyal, honest and humorous people. Those born in the years 1958, 1970, 1982, and 1994 fall under the sign. From Jan. 27th-28th, check out New York Chinatown's third annual, tri-state Lunar New Year Flower Market presented by the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA), United East Athletics Association (UEAA), in collaboration with Asian American Arts Alliance.

New Year celebrations last for fifteen days afterwards, but preparations including cleaning and decorating the home begin as early as two weeks prior. The market is a significant kick-off event in many Asian countries. The flower is one of the most important and symbolic decorations: "fa" in Cantonese shares homonymic qualities to the word for fortune, "fat." Therefore, to have flowers blooming in one's home during the New Year is a prosperous and fortuitous sign. Among the propitious plants and flowers are azaleas, dahlias, chrysanthemums, peach and plum blossoms, peonies, narcissi and small orange trees.

The Flower Market adds a creative twist to an old tradition this year by including artists and performers to engage and entertain visitors throughout the two day event. A welcoming ceremony with a lion dance performance by the UEAA lion dance troupe will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28th at 12 pm. Florists and vendors interested in participating in this year's event should contact Jonathan Choy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak960eaefa2dce29c28f1eea1ee9caf5e3').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy960eaefa2dce29c28f1eea1ee9caf5e3 = 'choyjonathan' + '@';...

Beethoven's Ninth for South Asia

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 04 January 2006

Carnegie Hall Fundraiser for Victims of the October 2005 Earthquake in South Asia

Conductor George Mathew leads a specially formed orchestra and chorus in a benefit performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Monday, January 23, 2006 at 7:30 pm. Organized by Mathew to to raise funds and awareness for the survivors of the October 2005 cataclysmic event in South Asia that left 3 million people homeless, the targeted goal is $500,000.

The performance features a quartet of both renowned veterans and rising stars and a chorus of 150-200 assembled from the major choral ensembles in New York City. Musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta (The Netherlands), Brentano and Emerson Quartets, students, graduates and faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard School, and Mannes College of Music will be participating.

Mr. Mathew, who is also the Artistic Director, conceived the idea of bringing together some of the world's finest orchestral players, to perform Beethoven's masterpiece in a politically neutral setting to help those suffering from the ravages of the harsh conditions in the mountainous regions of a stricken land.

Tax deductible tickets range in price from $30.00 to $175.00 and are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office and may be ordered through CarnegieCharge (212-247-7800) or www.carnegiehall.org.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Within days of the October 8, 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, MSF physicians, nurses, mental health specialists, and logisticians began providing medical assistance and distributing relief and medical supplies to those affected by the disaster. MSF's 566 local and...

Asian Excellence Awards for Dr. David Ho, Ismail Merchant, Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Wednesday, 04 January 2006

Asian Excellence Awards celebrate Dr. David Ho, Ismail Merchant, Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu on Jan. 19 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

Dr. David Ho, Ismail Merchant, Quentin Tarantino and Lucy Liu will be honored at the Asian Excellence Awards on Jan. 19 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Asian Excellence Awards www.axawards.com presented by AZN Television and featuring the Remy Martin X.O Honors, shines a national spotlight on Asian Americans who have made a genuine difference. The Awards celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of Asians and Asian Americans. The evening includes a televised Academy Awards style show and after party hosted by THE HOUSE OF GLAM www.glamla.com.

About the Rmy Martin X.O Honorees:
Inspiration - Dr. David Ho, the 1996 Time "Man of the Year" for his tremendous work in the field of HIV/Aids research and development of antiviral cocktails to fight the virus in the early stages of infection

Lifetime Achievement - Ismail Merchant (posthumously) best known for his long collaboration with James Ivory, who together founded Merchant Ivory Productions that have won several Academy Awards.

Bridge - Quentin Tarantino for his renowned admiration and dedication to Asian cinema.

Visibility - Lucy Liu for her continued work in feature films raising the profile and visibility of Asian American actors.

For ticket info visit:
http://www.axawards.com/tickets.html

Wong Kar Wai Leads Jury at 2006 Cannes Film Festival

Posted by Stephen Rakower on Wednesday, 04 January 2006

Wong Kar-wai will preside over the jury of the 59th Cannes Film Festival, May 17-28, 2006.

Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai will preside over the jury of the 59th Cannes Film Festival, May 17-28, 2006. He is the first Chinese president in the Festival's history.

As Tears Go By, about a low-level triad member thinking about leaving the gangster life for love, was the first film presented by Wong at Cannes in 1989.

His next foray at the festival in 1997 with his film Happy Together, a tale of a strained relationship between two Chinese gay lovers living in Buenos Aires, proved successful when he was the first Chinese to be named best director at Cannes.

In the Mood for Love, starring Tony Cheung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung as married lovers in a furtive affair in 1962 Hong Kong, was nominated for the Palm d'Or in 2000 and solidified Wong on the International Film circuit. His 2046 screened at the festival in 2004 and was hailed by reviewers as a "sublime exploration of inner time".

"Each city has its own language. In Cannes, it is the language of dreams. Yet it is difficult to judge one's dream much less compare it to another, Wong said in a statement issued by festival organizers.

According to Gilles Jacob, President of the Festival, "We are particularly delighted to have Wong Kar Wai as jury president. His films immediately strike us by their plastic splendour and nostalgic amorous emotion in the great romantic tradition."

"There is an old Chinese saying: One can never expect the wind, but should always keep one's window open," said Wong. "Along with my fellow jurors, I look forward to sharing the dreams created by some of the most gifted talents in contemporary cinema. And our goal will be to keep our windows open as wide as possible."

Wong's next film, The Lady from Shanghai starring Nicole Kidman, is in pre-production.

'Memoirs of a Geisha' star Ziyi Zhang nominated for Golden Globe

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 13 December 2005

Ziyi Zhang, who stars in the recently released "Memoirs of a Geisha," has been nominated for best actress in the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Ziyi Zhang, who stars in "Memoirs of a Geisha," has been nominated for best actress in the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

In the movie based on Arthur Golden's 1997 novel, Ziyi played a poor fisherman's daughter, Chiyo, who is sold to a geisha house or okiya, and through rigorous training becomes Sayuri, the top geisha in Kyoto during the pre-World War II era.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association comprises 86 voters, most of them freelance writers for foreign publications, while the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has 5,800 who are eligible to vote for the Oscars. The Golden Globes will be presented on Jan. 16, 2005 and televised on NBC.