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Janet Yang is Elected President of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Sunday, 09 October 2022

Janet Yang is Elected President of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
August 2, 2022 Hollywood by Suzanne Joe Kai   Janet Yang has been elected President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences by its Board of Governors! This is an epic, historic moment recognizing the first Asian American to become President of the Academy in its 95 year history. She is only the second person of color and the fourth female elected as the Academy's President.  Ms. Yang began her first term as president August 2, 2022, and continues in her second...

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Forbes 30 under 30: Energy - Innovators include Danielle Fong, Zizhou Zhou, Eden Full, Javier Fernandez-Han, Alexis Ringwald

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Forbes 30 under 30: Energy - Innovators include Danielle Fong, Zizhou Zhou, Eden Full, Javier Fernandez-Han, Alexis Ringwald

Forbes Magazine has released its "30 under 30" for 2011. 

Distruptors and Innovators in the field of Energy include Danielle Fong, Zizhou Zhou, Eden Full, Javier Fernandez-Han son of Peter Han, the president of NGO, Inventors without Borders, Inc., and Alexis Ringwald. Congratulations! 

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 on Monday, 01 October 2012

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


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 Mehta, Monica Bhide, Rajesh Bhardwaj, Prasad Chirnomula, Hari Nayak.

This revolutionary concept will be the first global awards event honoring the best culinary talent in an array of categories related to Indian cuisine. “It was time to give credit where credit’s due. We really wanted to recognize and applaud the contributions and amazing achievements of Indian chefs, restaurateurs, and key influencers on the international culinary stage,” says Varli Singh, founder of the Varli brand.

In continuation of Varli’s mission to universally promote Indian cuisine, contestants spaning the U.S., India, Middle East, and Europe will compete in numerous categories including “Best...

Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 06 January 2012

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 cultural offerings, known as "Hallyu" or the "Korean Wave" feels more like a tidal wave in some countries. In France, for example, fans mostly in their youth sold out a concert in Paris reportedly in fifteen minutes. Several hundred fans who missed out on tickets held a rally and danced to K-Pop music in front of the Louvre Museum campaigning for a second concert. They got their wish for a second concert which also sold out in minutes. Aflash mob as witnessed by this YouTube video shows hundreds of fans from all ethnicities crowding the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris last June, 2011 to welcome their favorite K-Pop artists. (image right)

On December 31, 2011 Korea's Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Choe Kwang-shik announced a 2012 policy to expand support of Hallyu, to help keep the wave of Korean pop culture surging across its borders. The Korean government also hopes to attract more Hallyu fans into the areas of food, tourism, fashion and other cultural and entertainment offerings.

Leaders from Hollywood and S. Korea’s entertainment industry and academia convened in...

Jefferson Starship to perform landmark 2,000th performance in SF this month

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 03 January 2012

Jefferson Starship to perform landmark 2,000th performance in SF this month

An exclusive interview with Jefferson Starship creator Paul Kantner will be posted soon - stay tuned! - AC Team

Jefferson Starship is set to perform its 2,000th concert!

Hear the music artists who helped defined a generation foused on civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-war activism.

Don't miss this rare, once-in-a-lifetime event at the Rrazz Room, San Francisco's Premier nightcub January 25-29, 2012. 

Paul Kantner, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Jefferson Airplane creator will perform with David Freiberg, a former Jefferson Airplane member and co-founder of Quicksilver Messenger Service. The original band members will be joined by Grammy nominated lead vocalist Cathy Richardson who starred on Broadway in "Love, Janis," and keyboardist/bassist Chris Smith who joined the band in 1998 after years with The Supremes.

Kantner and Freiberg, descended from Jefferson Airplane, performed at Monterey, Woodstock, and Altamont with the Rolling Stones, sharing the bill with the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin.

Kantner says that surprise artists will be added to the concerts to celebrate this historic occasion.  

Raul Aranas, Aaron Lazar, Kate Baldwin, P.J. Griffith Set for Giant at the Wyly Theatre, 1/18-2/19/12

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 03 January 2012

Raul Aranas, Aaron Lazar, Kate Baldwin, P.J. Griffith Set for Giant at the Wyly Theatre, 1/18-2/19/12
Raul Aranas, Aaron Lazar, Kate Baldwin, P.J. Griffith Set for Giant at the Wyly Theatre, 1/18-2/19/12

on Tuesday, 03 January 2012. Posted in Backstage Pass

Aaron Lazar


Raul Aranas, Kate Baldwin, P.J. Griffith, Dee Hoty, Aaron Lazar and Katie Thompson are set for Giant, a co-production of the Dallas Theater Center and The Public Theater, which runs at the Wyly Theatre located in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2400 Flora Street in Dallas, from January 18 – February 19, 2012. Opening night is Friday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Three-time Tony nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Grey Gardens, Next to Normal) helms Giant, the sprawling, epic love story with larger-than-life characters and Texas-size musical numbers, written by Michael John LaChiusa (music and lyrics) and Sybille Pearson, and based on the classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber.

Kate Baldwin Photo by Peter Hurley


Aaron Lazar, who has appeared in seven Broadway productions including A Tale of Two Cities,ImpressionismThe Light in the Piazza, and the recent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, stars as Texas cattleman Bick. Lazar was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his role in the revival of Les Miserables and can now be seen in Clint Eastwood’s film J. Edgar.

P.J. Griffith


Kate Baldwin, a Tony Award nominee for Finian’s Rainbow, plays his socialite wife Leslie. Baldwin has appeared on Broadway...

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