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  • Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

    Posted by AC Team

    Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave
    If you know Rain, BoA (shown left), and Sistar, then you already know K-Pop, Korea’s contemporary pop music and its artists. K-Pop music is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and along with Korea’s popular TV drama serials, films and comic books are a growing source of export revenue for Korea.   The growing global fan base of Korea's entertainment and...

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  • Nov. 15: Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor Hosts 1st Annual Varli Culinary Awards with Co-hosts Manu Narayan and Pooja Kumar in New York

    Posted by Lia Chang

    Manu Narayan Photo by Lia Chang After much-acclaimed success with Varli Magazine, the Varli Food Festival, and the Varli Cook-Off, the Varli brand continues to expand its reach with the first annual Varli Culinary Awards on November 15, 2012, at The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. in New York. The evening will be hosted by internationally acclaimed Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, along with Bombay Dream star Manu Narayan (The Love Guru), fresh from his electrifying turn as Richard Roma in La Jolla Playhouse’s revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, and Pooja Kumar (Vishwaroop, Man on A Ledge). Vikas Khanna (Photo by Lia Chang) The highly esteemed panel of judges includes celebrity judges, renowned food correspondents, and culinary experts such as Vikas Khanna, Jehangir M...
  • Mike Kai is right under the flight path as Space Shuttle Endeavour lands at LAX! (Click this link to see Mike's 32 second video!)

    Posted by AC Team

    September 21, 2012 Los Angeles   In life, its sometimes having the luck of perfect timing that counts! Mike Kai was on a flight today to LAX when the captain of his aircraft announces he is diverting his plane to make way for Endeavour's historic arrival. Mike could see Endeavour on the back of a Boeing 747 right outside his plane window.  As soon as Mike lands, he runs and jumps into a cab and asks the driver to take him to the South runway to watch Endeavour arrive. Mike shoots this 32 second video just in time as Endeavour lands!  ...
  • April 1 - 29: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Celebrates Hanami, the Cherry Blossom Season

    Posted by Lia Chang

    From April 1 to 29, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) celebrates Hanami, the Japanese cultural tradition of experiencing each moment of the cherry blossom season, from the first buds to the full canopy to the multitudes of falling blossoms blanketing the ground. Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Photo by Lia Chang) In Japan, long-established customs associated with Hanami include strolling among the trees and capturing falling cherry petals in open palms. Brooklyn Botanic Garden is the United States’ finest site to experience Hanami, with more Japanese flowering cherries in one place, and a more diverse collection of cherry cultivars, than anywhere in the world outside Japan. Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden: weeping Higan cherry, Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’. (Photo by Lia Ch...
  • Go out and bring in the New Year! YEAR OF THE DRAGON EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON begins January 23, 2012 with observances that continue 15 days. The Dragon is considered by many to be the most auspicous year in the twelve year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.Go out and bring in the new year! Read author and Feng Shui expert Angi Ma Wong's predictions here.  Here are just a sample of the many events celebrating the Year of the Dragon around the country, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Monterey Park, CA, New York City, Flushing, Queens, Vancouver, Portland, Oregon, Richmond, British Columbia, Toronto, Washington DC, Milpitas, Fremont, Palo Alto, Campbell, San Jose, Foster City, Redwood City, Saratoga, Cupertino, Newark, CA, San Bruno, and beyond!  (Compiled from news sources around the country. Ple...