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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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Angi Ma Wong's Who Ate My Socks?

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 11 December 2005

Meet Angi Ma Wong at a book talk and signing for her new book "Who Ate My Socks?" at the Chinese American Museum in LA on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005.

Meet Angi Ma Wong at a book talk and signing for her delightful new children's book "Who Ate My Socks?" at the 2nd Anniversary celebration of the Chinese American Museum, 425 Los Angeles Street in Los Angeles at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005.

What happens to the millions of pairs of socks given and received as gifts during the holidays? Soon after the new year, many recipients will be asking the age-old question: to where have single socks disappeared? Written in humorous rhyme and colorfully illustrated by Angi, "Who Ate My Socks?" (Pacific Heritage Books) gives children and adults alike a chance to meet a ravenous monster with an appetite for everyones favorite socks.

This is Angi's second childrens book as she takes a break from authoring fifteen consecutive feng shui titles for four publishers. A Spanish-language version is planned for release in spring 2006.

Angi is a lifelong educator who created a bonus "Teaching Moments" (Pre-School to Adult) for Parents and Educators tool to help time-strapped adults use the book as a teaching tool, and which is downloadable free from www.pacificheritagebooks.com. Her first book for young people, "Night of the Red Moon", was nominated by the California Library Association for the John and Patricia Beatty Award for childrens literature that showcases California history and culture.

Angi has already completed the manuscript for her next project "REGGIE the L.A. Gator", based on the true story of a pet alligator that was abandoned in a park lake last summer a few miles from her home. Still eluding capture, the reptile is hibernating during the winter while Wong illustrates her book.

Angi is a two-time cancer survivor and a popular speaker on feng shui, stress relief and liberating parents with her Golden Rule for Family Harmony: Dont...

Ang Lee receives Best Director nod from Los Angeles Film Critics

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 11 December 2005

Director Ang Lee named Best Director by Los Angeles Film Critics Association and his "Brokeback Mountain" is their Best Picture of the Year choice. LAFCA's 31st annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles. www.lafca.net

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) has kicked off awards season by voting "Brokeback Mountain" as Best Picture of the Year for 2005, and honoring Ang Lee, director of the gay cowboy drama starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal with the Best Director Award. William Chang Suk-Pick won in the production design category for Wong Kar Wai's "2046," and Joe Hisaishi won in the music score category the Japanese anime spectacular "Howl's Moving Castle." The Los Angeles Film Critics Association is made up of print, radio and online critics in the Southern California area. LAFCA's 31st annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles. www.lafca.net

Other award winners include:

DIRECTOR:
Runner-up: David Cronenberg, "A History of Violence"

ACTRESS: Vera Farmiga, "Down to the Bone"
Runner-up: Judi Dench, "Mrs. Henderson Presents"

ACTOR: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"
Runner-up: Heath Ledger, "Brokeback Mountain"

SCREENPLAY: TIE:
"Capote" by Dan Futterman
"The Squid and the Whale" by Noah Baumbach

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Catherine Keener, "Capote", Ballad of Jack and Rose, The 40 Year Old Virgin and The Interpreter
Runner-up: Amy Adams, "Junebug"

SUPPORTING ACTOR: William Hurt, "A History of Violence"
- Runner-up: Frank Langella, "Good Night, And Good Luck"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "Cach" directed by Michael Haneke
Runner-up: "2046" directed by Wong Kar Wai

DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTION FILM: "Grizzly Man" directed by Werner Herzog
Runner-up: "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" directed by...

Memoirs of a Geisha

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 05 December 2005

Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li and Ken Watanabe star in
Memoirs of a Geisha, directed by Rob Marshall, which opens in the U.S. on Dec. 9, 2005

Based on the novel by Arthur Golden, 'Memoirs of a Geisha' is a romantic epic set in Japan. In the years before WWII a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house. The girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang). Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret
love for the one man who is out of her reach (Ken Watanabe).

Directed by Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), produced by Steven Spielberg and featuring an international all-star cast including Michelle Yeoh ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), Koji Yakusho ("Shall We Dance?"), Youki Kudoh ("Snow Falling on Cedars"), Gong Li ("Raise the Red Lantern"), Kaori Momoi, Tsai Chin, Cary Tagawa, Mako, Randall Duk Kim, Thomas Ikeda and Zoe Weizenbaum.

Memoirs of a Geisha is now playing in select cities and opens nationwide on Friday, December 23.

Memoirs of a Geisha Website

Paul H. Juhn and James Saito in Sung Rno's Drizzle

Posted by Lia Chang on Friday, 02 December 2005

Paul H. Juhn and James Saito co-star in the one act play "Drizzle" by Sung Rno presented as part of the Drama League's Directorfest 2005, the twenty-second annual presentation of one-act plays staged by The Drama League Fall Directing Fellows, Dec. 8-11, 2005 at the 45th Street Theatre, 354 W. 45th St. in New York.

Paul H. Juhn and James Saito co-star in the one act play "Drizzle" by Sung Rno presented as part of the Drama League's
Directorfest 2005, the twenty-second annual presentation of one-act plays staged by The Drama League Fall Directing Fellows, Dec. 8-11, 2005 at the 45th Street Theatre, 354 W. 45th St. in New York.

Based on a story by Hwang Sung Won,"Drizzle" directed by Abigail Marateck, is a mysterious, witty, and suspenseful play that tells the story of two men, colleagues in the same real estate firm, who after failing to close a deal, retire to a nearby coffee shop for a bit of a break. When the topic of conversation shifts to the Korean War, deadly secrets are revealed. One of the men has a sinister past, but both of their futures will never be the same again after this seemingly harmless coffee break.

Three other new plays Gary Sunshine's "Kahn and Kant", directed by Michael Goldfried; Elizabeth Meriwether's "The Sketch Comedian", directed by Alex Timbers and Michael John Garces' "Audio-video", directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel are in the evening's lineup.

In Gary Sunshine's "Kahn and Kant", Issac K. Kahn is a neurotic, gay 20-something intellectual cannot sleep. In the middle of a hot summer night, he is haunted by his decidedly non-eriudite fantasies: a studly counselor from summer camp days of yore, the Olympic skater Michelle Kwan, and the late great Judy Garland. The heart of the fantasia lies in Issac's struggle to cling to an self-constructed idea of himself as a neck-up intellectual, an identity that denies him the freedom to be a passionate, sexual, fully-feeling human being.

Elizabeth...

Being Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres on Monday, 28 November 2005

Our Renaissance Man is innocently visiting an open house. Next thing he knows, he's in a stranger's blog! Crazy...

Maybe its just me, but I dont get this whole blogging phenomenon. People writing anything from diary entries to political rants and posting them; other people trolling the Internet and stumbling into them. And thenand this is what gets metaking the time to read the stuff.

Yeah, I know. There are professional writers blogging away. Brian Williams , the NBC anchor and managing editor, writes one on www.dailynightly.msnbc.com. The San Jose Mercury's fine young pop music critic, Marian Liu , offers backstage info on the myriad shows she catches: The Roots, Black Eyed Peas , the hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari , and Japan Girls Nite with Red Bacteria Vacuum --and that's all in one night, just about. The girl never sleeps. She even says as much on her blog, which is at http://blogs.mercurynews.com/aei/marian_liu/index.html.

And, yeah, Im aware that this little column is, in essence, a (too-) long running blog, only housed in an established portal. But most bloggers are no more interesting than anyone who writes letters to the editor, or who goes onto an Internet site and posts reviews of books and movies, or joins a bulletin board, where they can rant and rave, hoping to draw a commentthat is, another ranter and raver out there.

Obviously, people are into it, as we now have the audio version, called Podcasting.

So, anyway, I was Googling myself one late night and ran right into this unbelievable blog, this reminder that youve always got to be on your best behavior. Or decent, anyway. You never know when someones gonna do a blog about you.

Heres what I found. It was posted back in July of 2004. (Hey, I dont Google myself all that often.)

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Jan and I are house hunting. Sick and pretty damn tired of suburbia, we think we're heading for San Francisco. Or course, house prices here are insane so...