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  • Victory Gardens appoints renowned director and playwright Chay Yew as its new Artistic Director

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    Chay Yew © 2011 Lia Chang

    Congratulations to award-winning director and playwright Chay Yew, who has just been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, Il. Yew will begin full-time with Victory Gardens in July, 2011.

    Chay Yew’s appointment comes as Dennis Začek, VG’s Artistic Director of 34 years, retires from the post.

    “We are extremely pleased and excited that Chay Yew has joined our company to continue the VG legacy that Dennis has developed over the past three decades,” said Board President Jeffrey Rappin. “He brings vast experience in new work development and, in partnership with Executive Director Jan Kallish, he will lead VG in bringing the best new work and artists to our stages. We are confident that our company is in good hands and that the mission of VG will be continued with Chay as artistic leader.”

    “I’m excited and deeply honored to continue Dennis Začek’s vision in providing an artistic home for emerging and established theater artists in Chicago and around the country,” said Yew. “I plan to refine and amplify Victory Gardens’ mission of championing new plays and diversity as the mission remains close to my heart and everything I’ve done in American Theatre.”

    Yew was the Founding Director of the Asian Theatre Workshop at the Mark Taper Forum and an Associate Artist, he also produced and presented several seasons at the Mark Taper Forum’s Taper Too. Some productions include Luis Alfaro’s Black Butterfly Jaguar Girl Pinata Woman and Other Superhero Girls Like Me, Jessica Goldberg’s Good Thing, Sunil Kuruvilla’s Rice Boy, Lynn Manning’s Weights, Ron Conboy’s Drive My Coche, a sixteen-playwright collaboration The Square, and John Walch’s The Circumference of a Squirrel.

    While at the Taper’s Asian Theatre Workshop, he produced Alice Tuan’s Ikebana (with East West Players), Alec Mapa’s I Remember Mapa (With EWP, Asian American Theatre Company, Northwest...

  • AEA celebrates Asian Heritage Month with Leviathan Lab’s Asian American Female Playwright’s Short Play Festival in NY, May 12, 13

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    Elaina Erika Davis

    Leanne Cabrera, Nora Chau, Elaina Erika Davis, Siho Ellsmore, Nancy Eng, Christine Toy Johnson, Dorim Lee, Marisa Marques, May Nazareno, Kristine M. Reyes, Eileen Rivera and Susan Soon He Stanton are the playwrights whose new works will be featured in the first Asian American Female Playwrights Short Play Festival on May 12th and 13th at the AEA Audition Center, 165 West 46th Street in New York at 7 pm.

    Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

    Presented by AEA’s Eastern Region Equal Employment Opportunity Committee and Leviathan Lab in celebration of Asian Heritage Month, the Asian American Female Playwrights Short Play Festival was the brainchild of Christine Toy Johnson (Playwright/Actor and Co-chair of AEA’s EEOC), Ariel Estrada (EEOC member and founder of Leviathan Lab), Nelson T. Eusebio III (Resident Director at Leviathan Lab), and Ji-Hyun Lee (playwright) who joined forces to create a platform for Asian American female playwrights.

    Admission is free, RSVP to AEA Business Representative Pearl Brady: eeo@actorsequity.org

    May 12, 13AEA Audition Center165 W. 46th StNew York7pm

  • Newport Beach Film Festival's Asian Showcase by Stephen Rakower

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    By Stephen Rakower

    Tickets to events and screenings at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival go on sale beginning April 1, 2012.

    A preview of the film festival's offerings April 26 - May 3, 2012 show once again a slate of 350 films from 40 countries. With the festival centered in the beautiful seaside community of Newport Beach, the community goes 'all-out' with its parties and programs for filmmakers.  Here's a preview of the 2012 line-up The festival has a variety of offerings where you can watch films grouped by themes, location or genre such as French, Australian, or Surfing films. Below, you can check out last year's film festival's "Asian Showcase." 

     

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    By Stephen Rakower

    The 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival is in full swing, April 28 to May 5 with 350 feature films, documentaries and shorts screening from 40 countries, with filmmakers attending from all over the world, free screenwriting and filmmaking seminars, and lavish After-Parties that go from 10pm to 2am - well into the late night.

    On Saturday April 30, festival attendees were treated to free events including "A Conversation with Aaron Sorkin" with a personal appearance by Aaron Sorkin, award-winning screenwriter, producer and playwright, and seminars led by award-winning industry professionals on directing and film composing. On Sunday May 1, for the fourth year, Walt Disney Studios presented a collection of rarely seen animated works, hosted by Academy Award nominated film producer Don Hahn and Disney Director/Producer David Bossert. 

    The Opening Night film last Thursday April 28 was the world premiere of East Fifth Bliss, starring Michael C. Hall, Peter Fonda and Lucy Liu. The After-Party sponsored by Esquire Magazine at Fashion Island featured specialty cuisine from acclaimed Newport Beach area restaurants, and a fashion show by top international designers.

    Tonight's Asian Showcase featured Go LaLa Go! from China, directed by Xu Jinglei, Harmony from Korea directed by...

  • LUCKYRICE Festival 2011 in NY includes Daniel Boulud, Susur Lee, Anito Lo, Masaharu Morimoto, May 2-8, 2011

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    Chef Susur Lee in the lobby of Shang, in the Thompson LES Hotel. (Photo by Lia Chang)

    The second annual LUCKYRICE Festival, presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and Conde Nast Traveler, kicks off tonight with Dinner with Anita Lo presented by HSBC at Anissa from 7pm-10pm. ($200)

    The inaugural 2010 Festival was 100% sold-out; this year’s festival expands to one week from May 2-8, 2011 at various locations throughout New York City. Participants of the LUCKYRICE Festival include members of the LUCKYRICE Culinary Council – Daniel Boulud, Susur Lee, Anito Lo, Masaharu Morimoto, amongst others, to include some of the world’s top restaurants, chefs, and mixologists. Tickets can be purchased at www.luckyrice.com. Proceeds from the festival will again benefit City Harvest.

    “We are thrilled to be joined by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and again by Conde Nast Traveler for the LUCKYRICE Festival this year,” said Danielle Chang, Founder of LUCKYRICE. “I am excited to share Asia’s rich culinary culture with so many New Yorkers and honored to be supported by our esteemed Culinary Council.”

    ABOUT LUCKYRICELUCKYRICE is an integrated experiential marketing and media company that was launched in the spring of 2010. LUCKYRICE has quickly become the definitive guide to the Asian culinary world, which represents sixty percent of the world’s population. LUCKYRICE understands these cultures and creates a common denominator through the lens of food.

    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS*May 2 – 8, 2011 | New York City

    Monday, May 2Kick-Off Dinner with Anita Lo presented by HSBCAnnisa | 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.$200One of the city’s most beloved chefs kicks off the LUCKYRICE week of festivities with an intimate dinner full of surprise guests and tantalizing things to eat.

    Tuesday, May 3Opening Cocktails with Carol Lim + Humberto Leon of Opening CeremonyThe Bowery Hotel | 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (VIP 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.)$50 / $88 VIPToast the start of the LUCKYRICE Fest 2011 with a spirited evening of Asian-infused...

  • Nan Melville’s Documentary Film ‘Nrityagram: For the Love of Dance’ screens at the Newport Beach Film Festival on May 3‏

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    Nrityagram Dance Ensemble in their Amphitheatre in their village in India. Photo by Nan Melville

    Nrityagram: For the Love of Dance, a short documentary by dance photojournalist Nan Melville, will screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Newport Beach, California.

    Protima Bedi at Nrityagram, February, 1998. Photo by Nan Melville

    Melville, a freelance photographer for several arts institutions including The Julliard School, Carnegie Hall, and The New York Times, specializes in photographing and filming the performing arts, primarily dance.

    Melville first met the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble in 1996, when she was assigned by The New York Times to photograph their U.S. debut performance in New York. After visiting the Nrityagram dance village in Bangalore, India, at the invitation of the late Protima Bedi, she began working on her documentary. She returned to India to film life in the dance village, and research archival materials.

    Nan Melville

    “I’ve become a great friend of the members of Nrityagram, photographing many of their New York performances,” says Melville. “I’ve even put up dancers on my sofa when hotels were overflowed.”

    Nrityagram: For the Love of Dance debuted in January 2010 as an official selection of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association, Dance on Camera Festival in New York City. The New York Times’ chief dance critic Alistair Macaulay said, “Many intelligent points are made, and much of the dance footage, not least during the closing credits, is spellbinding. I wanted the film to be twice as long.”

    “Alastair echoes my intent to expand the film into a feature length documentary,” says Melville. My mission is to capture the story of the dance village and the dancers and how they promote and develop the Odissi dance form for posterity.” To learn more about the Nrityagram documentary project – and ways to contribute to Nrityagram’s continued success –...

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