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The Year of the Rat By Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Sunday, 11 April 2021

The Year of the Rat By Ben Fong-Torres
By Ben Fong-Torres San Francisco The Year of the Rat Being an older Chinese American, I am no longer, as Roy Orbison sang, “Running Scared.” I am walking scared, constantly looking around and behind me.  Stop AAPI Hate, the advocacy group, knows of nearly 4,000 cases of violence against Asian Americans since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s time to stop the beatings and shootings, the blaming and finger-pointing.  For me, it’s also...

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4 Wedding Planners’ Director Michael Kang at Screen Actors Guild panel in New York

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 17 September 2012

4 Wedding Planners Director Michael Kang speaks at Screen Actors Guild panel in New York Photo by Lia Chang


4 Wedding Planners (formerly Knots), written by and starring Kimberly-Rose Wolter, and directed by Michael Kang, has been a fan favorite at film festivals across the country, and is now available on Video on Demand, Digital Download, amazon.com and Itunes. (See below for a full list of providers.)

Island Film Group's 4 Wedding Planners, a charming “UN-romantic comedy”, is a witty take on the lives and loves of a family of Honolulu wedding planners. 

Kimberly-Rose Wolter and Sung Kang in Knots. Photo courtesy of Island Film Group/Knots Production

The film also features Illeana Douglas (Cape Fear, “Entourage”), Sung Kang (The Fast & The FuriousBetter Luck Tomorrow), Mia Riverton (Red Doors), Janel Parrish (Bratz: The Movie, “Pretty Little Liars”), Christopher Taloa, Henry Dittman and Cathy Foy (Battleship, “Lost”, “Hawaii 5-0”).

Cathy Foy-Mahi and Kimberly-Rose Wolter in Knots. Photo courtesy of Island Film Group


In 4 Wedding Planners, Kimberly-Rose Wolter tells the story of thrice divorced matriarch Miriam (Illeana Douglas), with one daughter born from each husband. What ensues is a recipe for comical family strife as the daughters finally reach the breaking point of addressing feelings repressed thanks to mom’s poor choices in men.

Michael Kang, Illeana Douglas, Nick Sakai and Kimberly-Rose Wolter. photo by Lia Chang

When eldest daughter Lily (Kimberly Rose-Wolter) rejects her boyfriend’s...

Oct. 26-Dec. 2: Raul Aranas is in all-star cast for New York Premiere of GIANT at The Public Theater

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 17 September 2012

Raul Aranas is in all-star cast of New York premiere of GIANT Photo by Lia Chang

Raul Aranas is in all-star cast for GIANT at New York's Public TheaterRaul Aranas, Kate Baldwin, Brian d’Arcy James, P.J. Griffith, Bobby Steggert and Michele Pawk are set for the New York Premiere of GIANT, an epic love story with book by Sybille Pearson and music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa.

GIANT is a co-production of The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Patrick Willingham) and the Dallas Theater Center. 

Brian d’Arcy James (Photo by Lia Chang)Directed by Michael Greif, GIANT begins previews Friday, October 26 in The Public’s Newman Theater at its Astor Place home and will run through Sunday, December 2, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 13. Single tickets, beginning at $75, are on sale now. Click here to purchase tickets.

Directed by Michael Greif, GIANT begins previews Friday, October 26 in The Public’s Newman Theater at its Astor Place home and will run through Sunday, December 2, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 13. Single tickets, beginning at $75, are on sale now. Click here to purchase tickets.

Two-time Tony Award-nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Sweet Smell of Success, Shrek, “Smash”) stars as Texas cattleman Bick Benedict. Brian d’Arcy James has also appeared on Broadway in Next to Normal, Time Stands Still, The Apple Tree, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Lieutenant of...

Oct. 23 - Dec. 2: David Henry Hwang’s award-winning Golden Child to open in New York

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Playwright David Henry Hwang and Actress Jennifer Lim Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang and Jennifer Lim Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang’s 1997 Obie Award-winning and 1998 Tony nominated Golden Child is set to open Off-Broadway in New York City this Fall. 

Leigh Silverman will direct the Tony award-winning playwright's Golden Child, which  is the first show in Signature Theatre’s Residency One: David Henry Hwang Series, with performances from October 23 through December 2, 2012 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues) in New York.  A new production of his play The Dance and the Railroad, directed by May Adrales, and the new play KUNG FU, directed by Leigh Silverman, will also be part of this series.

Inspired by his own family history, Hwang's Golden Child explores the often-painful process through which change comes to people and cultures.

Greg Watanabe (MyNetworkTv's "Watch Over Me") leads the cast as Eng Tieng Bin, a Chinese businessman, who after three years working abroad, returns home and sets off a dangerous power struggle in his polygamous Chinese household among his three wives.

Greg WatanabeGreg Watanabe (MyNetworkTV’s “Watch Over Me”) leads the cast as Eng Tieng Bin, a Chinese businessman, who after three years working abroad, returns home and sets off a dangerous power struggle in his polygamous Chinese household.

Julyana Soelistyo, a Tony award nominee for her magical turn playing...

Mike Song's Mom can Dance! "Gangnam Style" Dancing Mom and Son!

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 20 September 2012

Mike Song's Mom can Dance!

After his Mom asked him to teach her the dance moves, hip-hop dancer and choreographer Mike Song taught his 60 year old Mom to dance to PSY's hit single "Gangnam Style." Then he uploaded the video "Gangnam Style Mom/Umma Gangnam Style" on his Youtube channel for fun.

Now, millions of hits later here's Mike and his Mom dancing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to 'Gangnam Style' the 2012 Korean hit pop single by rapper/dancer PSY.

Not only is Mike Song a great dancer, his Mom Laura's got the moves down, too!

Mike Song is a University of California Irvine grad, and was the director of a dance group called Kaba Modern which made it all the way to the finals on MTVs "America's Best Dance Crew."

TV show Road Trip Nation Live interviewed Mike Song a few months ago in Costa Mesa, CA.

We look forward to more from Mike Song, his Mom, and the South Korean rapper/dancer/singer-songwriter Park Jae-Sang, who goes by the stage name PSY the creator of the hit song and viral video "Gangnam Style."

PSY has also appeared on numerous television shows including The Today Show. PSY taught his dance moves to Britney Spears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and made an appearance on Saturday Night Live during a skit on 'Gangnam Style." 

Park Jae-Sang grew up in South Korea, went to Boston University and Berklee College of Music before starting his career as a South Korean singer-songwiter, rapper, dance musician and record producer.

Check out Mike Song and his Mom Laura's Youtube...

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 on Friday, 21 September 2012

Mike Kai watches right under the flight path as Space shuttle Endeavour arrive at LAX

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! 

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