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  • CeFaan Kim, News12 reporter mugged in Yonkers - 4 Arrested

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    Photo credit: News12 | CeFaan Kim poses for a photo after being attacked earlier in the morning. March 20, 2013

    Yonkers

    March 20, 2013

    Cops arrested four teens for an attack in Yonkers that sent a News12 reporter to the hospital. CeFann Kim, 31, a former sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve said he fought off the assailants, who ran away after bystanders pulled thier cars over to help. 

    Kim was attacked on Odell Avenue near the Greystone train station shortly before 9 a.m., authorities said. The teens hit him about 30 times before fleeing. Kim suffered a fractured nose and injuries to his head.  Click here for the full story.

  • Christine Lin, Henry Godinez and Liz Griffiths Receive Halcyon Theatre’s 2013 Iris Awards

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    On Friday, March 8, 2013, the Halcyon Theatre Company honored actor Christine Lin; Henry Godinez, resident artistic associate at Goodman Theatre and the curator of the Latino Theatre Festival; and Liz Griffiths, immediate past Director of North River Commission’s (NRC) two economic development affiliates, the Lawrence Avenue Development Corporation (LADCOR) and the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce, with The Iris Award for connecting Chicago’s communities and arts, at Night of Flight, Halcyon Theatre’s first major fundraiser at Architectural Artifacts in Chicago, Il.

    Christine Lin was presented with The Iris Award for connecting Chicago’s communities and arts by Halcyon Theatre co-founders Jenn and Tony Adams, who is also the Artistic Director, at Night of Flight, Halcyon Theatre’s first major fundraiser at Architectural Artifacts in Chicago, Il, on March 8, 2013. Photo by Kan Chou

    Christine Lin, an actor, improvisor and engineering consultant, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and began her affiliation with Halcyon in 2008 as an Artistic Associate, appearing in the Company’s productions of Caridad Svich’sIphigenia…(a rave fable), Tony Adam’s Trickster, and Salman Rushdie’sHaroun and the Sea of Stories. She also directed Astrid Saalbach’s The Blessed Child in 2009′s Alcyone Festival. She has been a company and board member since 2011.

    Eric Lin and his daughter Christine Lin, who was presented with The Iris Award for connecting Chicago’s communities, at Night of Flight, Halcyon Theatre’s first major fundraiser at Architectural Artifacts in Chicago, Il, on March 8, 2013. Photo by Kan Chou

    Ms. Lin was presented with The Iris Award for connecting Chicago’s communities and arts by Halcyon Theatre co-founders Jenn and Tony Adams, who is also the Artistic Director.

    Ms. Lin shared, “I was delighted when Tony shared my first audition and production with Halcyon resulting in my first production in Chicago. And then I was...

  • Awards announced - San Francisco's CAAMFEST Celebrates Asian and Asian American Film, Food and Music

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    Linsanity by filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong was the opening night film at CAAMFEST

    March 30, 2013

    San Francisco

    Updates - CAAMFest winners announced:

    DEAD DAD is the winner of the Comcast Narrative Competition.

    SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE is the winner of the Documentary Conpetition.

    Aggie Ebrahii Bazaz received the Loni Ding Award

    The Emerging Filmmaker Award recipient is Ernesto Foronda of SUNSET STORIES.

    CAAM (The Center for Asian American Media) offers programs all year round.

    Visit CAAM's website at CAAMedia.org, and support its mission by becoming a member. 

     

    March 17, 2013

    San Francisco

    CAAMFest is in full swing! 

    The Center for Asian American Media has launched CAAMFest, an exciting new festival March 14-24, 2013. Formerly called the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the 31st annual event not only has a brand new name CAAMFest, and a brand new website CAAMFEST.com, the festival has branched out into food, music and digital media. 

    As CAAM's Executive Director Stephen Gong says, CAAMFest aims to present a world-class festival of Asian and Asian American film, music, food and digital media.

    Judging from what I saw in the first few days, CAAMFest's ambitious plans have succeeded. 

    I counted at least 100 films and events representing more than twenty countries, held in ten venues mostly in San Francisco, with some events and film screenings at the Oakland Museum of California and Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive Theater.

    There's still time to take in a screening or an event.

    Click here to CAAMFest's schedule of events.

    Linsanity, Evan Jackson Leong's documentary about NBA player Jeremy Lin was CAAMFest's opening night film     Linsanity, Evan Jackson Leong's inspiring documentary about Jeremy Lin was the opening night film to an enthusiastic sold-out audience. Linsanity has received rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the SXSW Film Festival, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival this month.

    Filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong, who had been documenting Jeremy Lin's career since 2010,...

  • David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and The Railroad at Signature Theatre

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    Playwrights Edward Albee and David Henry Hwang Photo by Lia Chang

    New York City

    The Dance and the Railroad is extended through March 24, 2013.

    Click on the title link above to go to the full story.

    Tony award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) celebrated Signature Theatre’s revival of The Dance and The Railroad starring Ruy Iskandar as Ma and Yuekun Wu as Lone, and directed by May Adrales, which opened February 25, 2013.

    Renowned playwright and multiple Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?") was among Hwang's honored guests to attend the opening night performance. The play is at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street in New York. 

    Ruy Iskandar, David Henry Hwang and Yuekun Wu. Photo by Lia Chang

    The Dance and The Railroad premiered as part of a commission by the New Federal Theatre in 1981, and had its professional debut on July 16, 1981 Off-Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater. It was directed by John Lone, with Lone and Tzi Ma in the cast. The Dance and The Railroad is set on a California mountaintop in 1867 near the Transcontinental Railroad where two Chinese workers struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for a 1982 Drama Desk Award. The Dance and The Railroad follows the twice-extended Golden Childas the second production in the Residency One: David Henry Hwang Series.

    Ruy Iskandar, David Henry Hwang and Yuekun Wu. Photo by Lia Chang

    The design team includes Mimi Lien (Scenic Design), Jennifer Moeller (Costume Design), Jiyoun Chang (Lighting Design), Broken Chord Collective (Sound Design), Huang Ruo (Music), Qian Yi (Chinese Opera Consultant), Leah Loukas (Wig Design) and Grace Zandarski (Vocal Coach). Casting by TELSEY + COMPANY, William Cantler CSA. Cole P. Bonenberger is Production Stage Manager.

    May Adrales and David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia...

  • Mar. 21: Dian Kobayashi, Emily Kuroda, Sharon Omi, and Jeanne Sakata in A Cage of Fireflies Reading at Tateuchi Democracy Forum

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    Los Angeles

    East West Players, in association with the Japanese American National Museum, presents a Writers Gallery reading of A Cage of Fireflies by Daniel Akiyama. A Cage of Fireflies is his first full-length play which was developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab.

    The reading of A Cage of Fireflies stars Dian Kobayashi, Emily Kuroda, Sharon Omi, and Jeanne Sakata, on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM, at Tateuchi Democracy Forum, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 North Central Avenue in L.A.

    Phyllis S. K. Look directs, with assistant director/stage manager David Johann Kim. Admission is free. Click here to RSVP. Click here or the blue headline above to the full story.A Cage of Fireflies tells the story of three elderly sisters of the kibei generation: sent as children to be raised in Okinawa, then returned to live and work in Hawai‘i. Two of the sisters confine themselves to their Honolulu apartment where they enact the rituals of daily life and dream of one day returning to Okinawa. The third, charged with running their family’s orchid nursery, embraces the modern world and disrupts her family’s fragile traditions. As long-hidden hopes, resentments and regrets surface, the sisters must confront the nature of their love for each other. A Cage of Fireflies, which recently premiered at Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu to critical acclaim and a sold-out, extended run (1/24/13-3/3/13), explores the tug-of-war between progress and preservation, the selfish and the selfless.

    Tateuchi Democracy Forum, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy111 North Central AvenueLos Angeles CA 90012Admission is FREE!Click here to RSVP.

    Daniel Akiyama

    ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:Daniel Akiyama was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. A Cage of Fireflies, his first full-length play, was developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab and was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National...

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