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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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Lia Chang in Lorey Hayes' Power Play

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 21 June 2005

Lia Chang, Peggy Alston, E. L. Janie, Dianne Kirksey and J. Preston star in Power Play by Lorey Hayes at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, New York through June 26th.

Lia Chang is currently appearing in the Billie Holiday Theatre's production of Lorey Hayes' Power Play in Brooklyn, NY through Jun. 26th.

Power Play also features J. Preston, Peggy Alston, E.L. Janie and Dianne Kirksey under the direction of Marjorie Moon, the producer of the Billie Holiday Theatre.

This political drama follows the path of the dynamic women behind a powerful man enmeshed in a whirlwind of intrigue.

In Power Play , Senator Franklin Wright (J. Preston) and his wife Lou (E.L. Janie) are living the American Dream. Senator Wright is propelled to political stardom by his campaign manager Carole Barbara (Lia Chang) who is female and Asian American. He is the campaign front runner who just might make history by becoming California's first African-American Governor, when three days before the election, he is embroiled in the midst of a scandal that threatens to ruin his career, the election and his marriage, forcing him to make a life and death decision.

The design team includes Patrice Davidson (sets), Helen Simmons (costumes) and Avan (lighting).

Lia who plays the role of Carole Barbara, recently appeared as Angela in William A. Parker's Audelco nominated Waitin' 2 End Hell directed by Woodie King at the 47th Street Playhouse for the New Federal Theatre. The San Francisco born and bred actress has also been featured on stage in the Signature Theater Company's revival of Sam Shepard's 1965 Obie award winning play Chicago at the Public Theater, in South Pacific with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden, Jeff Weiss' Obie Award winning Hot Keys as well as on screen in "Wolf," "New Jack City," "Kiss Before Dying," "King of New York," "Big Trouble in Little China," "The Last Dragon," "Taxman," "New York Undercover," "One Life to Live," and "As the...

The Power of the Asian Connection in Lorey Hayes' Power Play

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 03 June 2005

Lorey Hayes' "Power Play" celebrates the celebrates the spirit and integrity of African-American men.

The revival of Lorey Hayes' award-winning play, "Power Play" at The Billie Holiday Theatre re-examines prayer, politics and the power of the Asian connection.

The ensemble cast of "Power Play" features Peggy Alston, Lia Chang, E.L. Janie, Dianne Kirksey and J. Preston under the direction of Marjorie Moon, who is also the producer and the executive director of the AUDELCO and OBIE award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre. The design team includes sets by Patrice Andrew Davidson, costumes by Helen L. Simmons, and lighting by Avan.

Propelled to political stardom by an Asian American female campaign manager, Senator Franklin Wright stands on the threshold of making history; becoming Californias first African-American governor. Three days before the election, he suddenly finds himself thrust in the midst of a scandal that threatens to destroy the election, his career and forces him to make a life and death decision. "Power Play" is about the women behind this powerful man who find themselves caught up in a whirlwind that threatens to destroy them all.

Celebrating the spirit and integrity of African American men, the play is a provocative, funny look at the residual effects of political scandal. "Power Play" examines friendship, love integrity, public scrutiny and the question we all face today "What are we voting for, a candidate's private life or the record of his accomplishments and the depths of his commitment?"

Hayes is a Wallace, North Carolina native who honed her writing skills in New York at The Negro Ensemble Company, Frank Silveras Writers Workshop, Roger Furman Theater, The Frederick Douglas Creative Arts Center and Los Angeles Mark Taper Forum. For two consecutive years, Ms. Hayes' plays have been chosen for the Skirball Celebrity Reading Gala to benefit Danny Glover's Robey Theater. Excerpts from several plays are...

Astronaut Leroy Chiao shares 192-Day Space Station Mission Experience on Jun. 1

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 29 May 2005

Relive the most recent International Space Station mission with astronaut Leroy Chiao, who returned to Earth last month, during a 7:30 p.m. June 1 presentation at Space Center Houston.

The free briefing in the Space Center Theater will include slides, a video presentation and a question-and-answer session. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Relive the most recent International Space Station mission with astronaut Leroy Chiao, who returned to Earth last month, during a 7:30 p.m. June 1 presentation at Space Center Houston.

The free briefing in the Space Center Theater will include slides, a video presentation and a question-and-answer session. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Throughout the six-month mission, Expedition 10 Commander and Space Station Science Officer Chiao kept busy in the Destiny Lab with various experiments that took advantage of the Station's microgravity environment. Research ranged from studying the effects of spaceflight on the human body and working to develop diagnostic telemedicine techniques to learning how simple soldering might be made a practical repair technique in zero-g.

In addition to scientific research, Expedition 10 Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov and Chiao conducted two spacewalks, the first of which was jam-packed with tasks. In only five-and-a-half hours, the two explorers installed a universal work platform, set up a European commercial experiment, relocated a Japanese materials exposure pallet, inspected vents for the environmental systems in the Zvezda module and installed a Russian experiment.

In late March the crewmembers made their second spacewalk, devoted largely to installing additional navigational and communications equipment needed for the upcoming first flight of the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle, which will expand the...

International Space Station Crew completes successful spacewalk

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 28 March 2005

International Space Station crew completes successful spacewalk

Venturing outside the International Space Station for the final time during their six month stay at the International Space Station, Expedition 10 Commander and NASA Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov, clad in Russian Orlan spacesuits, left the Pirs Docking Compartment airlock at 1:25 a.m. EST and quickly set up tools and tethers for their excursion.

During the 4-hour, 30-minute spacewalk, the crewmembers installed communications equipment on the exterior of the Zvezda Service Module and Sharipov activated the Russian Nanosatellite for later deployment. The equipment installation tasks were preparations for the maiden docking of the European Space Agencys cargo carrier, the Automated Transfer Vehicle "Jules Verne," due to launch next year.

Leaving the station unmanned, the systems were either deactivated or put in autonomous operation for the duration of the spacewalk. Hatches were also closed between the U.S. and Russian segments of the complex in the unlikely event the crew would not have been able to return to the outpost.

Despite the recent loss of one of the three functioning Control Moment Gyroscopes because of a circuit breaker failure, the remaining two gyros maintained the Stations attitude without Russian thrusters until just before the end of the spacewalk. The Station drifted slightly without attitude control for less than 20 minutes. When Chiao and Sharipov reported they were a safe distance from Zvezda's thrusters, the jets were reactivated and attitude was quickly regained.

The two spacewalkers entered Pirs and closed the hatch at 5:55 a.m. EST to complete their spacewalk an hour ahead of schedule. After repressurizing Pirs, Chiao and Sharipov were scheduled to return to the Station, remove their spacesuits, reactivate the ISS systems and open the hatches to the U.S. segment.

It was the second spacewalk for...

Astronaut Leroy Chiao Space Blog-the Pyramids

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 26 March 2005

Here's a photo of the Pyramids that I shot today. Easier to see than the Great Wall! This is an 800mm shot. I had gotten one of the area early in the mission, using a 180mm. This was a fortuitous photo. Since it wasn't planned, I had to grab the first camera in sight. Unfortunately, this camera is an old one and was kind of dirty, hence the piece of debris that's visible!

Here's a photo of the Pyramids that I shot today. Easier to see than the Great Wall! This is an 800mm shot. I had gotten one of the area early in the mission, using a 180mm. This was a fortuitous photo. Since it wasn't planned, I had to grab the first camera in sight. Unfortunately, this camera is an old one and was kind of dirty, hence the piece of debris that's visible!

The Moon Capturing the feeling of spaceflight Progress 17 docks to International Space Station China/Russia Border Beijing A Walk in Space My Russian Orlan Suit Greece Egypt China Launch Complex Argentina Nepal/China Border Region Chi Lien Mountains South Africa Salamat Basin in Chad Mozambique Corrientes, Argentina Dec. 10, 2004 Blog Malaysia Patagonian Glaciers Bolivia

Click here for AsianConnections' exclusive interview with Leroy while in training at Star City, Russia.