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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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Takuma Sato wins IndyCar series race - first Japanese driver in history to win

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 22 April 2013

Takuma Sato is the first Japanese driver in history to win an IndyCar series race

Takuma Sato is the first Japanese driver in history to win an IndyCar series race

Long Beach

April 21, 2013

Takuma Sato, 36, is the first Japanese driver in history to win an IndyCar series race.

Sato, won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the team of legendary racer A.J. Foyt.

This was the team's first victory in more than a decade.

Sato came close to winning his first IndyCar race at last year's Indianapolis 500 but when he tried to pass Dario Franchitti on the final lap he spun out. For the full story click here. 

Super Hiro - Hiroki Kuroda throws complete game shutout

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 15 April 2013

Photo: Hiroki Kuroda - Pitcher for the New York Yankees

Photo: Hiroki Kuroda - Pitcher for the New York Yankees

April 14, 2012

New York

Yankees 3, Orioles 0

Photo: New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda 

It's baseball season and it couldn't be sweeter with 38 year old Hiroki Kuroda's five-hit shutout. Kuroda is a New York Yankees pitcher. 

The New York Daily News reports that was just part of tonight's story.

27 year old Wei-Yin Chen from Taiwan, a left-handed pitcher for the Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles matched Kuroda zero for zero over the first four innings tonight.

Read more here.  

Go catch a screening of "42" the new movie about baseball great Jackie Robinson which took top box office honors this weekend. Just released in theaters nationwide the movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, and Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey. 

Photo: Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Wei-Yin Chen

For the full story about the New York Yankees vs the Baltimore Orioles game tonight click here.

Actress Junie Hoang loses suit against IMDb

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 15 April 2013

Actress Junie Hoang loses suit against IMDb

April 12, 2013

Seattle

Photo: JunieHoang.com 

Actress Huang "Junie" Hoang has lost her lawsuit. She sued IMDb for refusing her request to remove her correct age from her IMDb Pro account. A federal jury in Seattle ruled against her lawsuit.  

Hoang, now 41, originally filed suit in October 2011 against IMDb.com and its parent company Amazon.com for revealing her true date of birth, which she said opened her up to age discrimination. 

In March 18, 2013, all of her claims against Amazon and all but one of her claims against IMDb were dismissed, and on April 12, 2013, a jury found that IMDb was not liable for the remaining claim for breach of contract.

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In Memoriam: Chi Cheng 1970-2013 Grammy winning bass guitarist of the Deftones

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 15 April 2013

Chi Cheng (1970-2013) Deftones Grammy-winning Bass Guitarist

Chi Cheng (1970-2013) Deftones Grammy-winning Bass Guitarist

Sacramento, California

April 14, 2013

Photo: OneLoveforChi.com  Chi Cheng (1970-2013) Grammy-winning American bass guitarist and Deftones band member  

 

www.oneloveforchi.com posted sad news today. It published a message from Jeanne Marie Cheng, mother of American musician and poet Chi Cheng that he passed away last night.

The website, originally started by a fan was dedicated to communicating updates and raising funds to aid in the recovery of Chi Cheng who was seriously injured in a car accident. It reported that a candlelight vigil is planned tonight, Sunday April 14 in Cheng's memory at 6:30pm at Cesar Chavez park in downtown Sacramento. 

Cheng, bass guitarist and co-founding member of the Grammy-winning alternative metal band Deftones died April 13, 2013 at age 42, after more than four years of medical care following a car accident in Santa Clara, California in November, 2008 which left him in a coma.  Born Chi Ling Dai Cheng in Davis, California, he grew up in Stockton and joined the Deftones shortly after it formed in a Sacramento garage. 

Updates on the website said that he was showing signs of improvement including regaining partial consciousness and moving his legs on command. By summer 2012 he returned home to further recover.  But he took a turn for the worse this weekend.

Cheng recorded five albums with the Deftones, debuting in 1995 with Adrenaline to 2006's Saturday Night Wrist. In 2000, Cheng released a collection of his poetry in a spoken word album titled The Bamboo Parachute.

Click here from the home page to the full story and Tribute Interview with Chi Cheng (1970 - 2013)
Credit: ArtisanNewsService on YouTube.com

His sister Mae reportedly sustained minor injuries and was wearing a seat belt in the 2008 accident. Chi's injuries were much more serious. He was in the passenger seat without...

NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams airs story on The Masked Marauders

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Saturday, 06 April 2013

NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams airs story on The Masked Marauders

April 6, 2013

Last night's television show Rock Center with Brian Williams aired a story about the 'super album' The Masked Marauders. 

The story included a clip from the movie Almost Famous of actor Terry Chen playing Ben Fong-Torres, former senior editor of Rolling Stone magazine, and author, Emmy award-winning broadcaster, and long-time columnist here.

News anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams has had a curiousity since childhood about a 1969 music album he bought called the The Masked Marauders - a record album touting that it was an album of music recorded in secret by a super group with the likes of John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan.

Now, after more than four decades of the album's original release, the television network news anchor with his own show got the chance to look under the mask of the infamous album.

He talked with The Masked Marauder's prankster Greil Marcus, today a noted author, music critic and journalist who was at the time of the hoax the record reviews editor for Rolling Stone magazine. Marcus wrote a review of the album under the pseudonym T.M. Christian in collaboration with another Rolling Stone record reviewer Bruce Miroff. 

Greil Marcus confirmed the truth to Brian Williams, that yes, the 1969 album was indeed a fake. There was no super group formed to record in secrecy. 

Despite disclosures years ago that it was a fake, the album has continued in the anals of rock history with a life of its own. In 2003, Rhino Records remastered the album and released a numbered edition of 2,000 copies of it .

Brian Williams also interviewed another co-conspirator of the album, Langdon Winner, another former writer and contributing editor for Rolling Stone. Winner sat at a piano to play some of the music he and Marcus concocted, and had hired a Berkeley, Callifornia...