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Asian Candy for the Eye (ACE): Chinese Lingerie Competition

From Mainichi Daily News:

Models in skimpy lingerie hit the runway during the “Ordifen Cup 2007 Lingerie Innovative Design Contest” held as part of China Fashion Week in Beijing, Nov. 6.

Click on the image for more.

‘Nuf said.

Photo source: Mainichi Daily News

Rhythms of Life with Vox & the On Ensemble

Vox Femina Los AngelesAs a former staff member of Vox Femina Los Angeles, the premier women’s choral group of our fine city, I regularly attend the concerts by this wonderful group. But I know choral music can be a hard sell, especially in this town of a million things to do.

That said, my guests and I had such a wonderful time at the Vox performance tonight, I wanted to share some of the highlights so that anyone interested might decide to catch the (final) performance on Sunday afternoon. If you like music with a great beat, world music, or taiko (drumming), then you should definitely catch this concert. The women of Vox sounded amazing; their voices blended beautifully; sometimes they were the percussion section.

On EnsembleBut the highlight of the performance was the Los Angeles based On (pronounced Ohn) Ensemble, a troupe of taiko drummers who bring a unique world fusion mix to the tradition of taiko. With musical experience ranging from centuries-old Kabuki music to jazz, rock and electronica, the On Ensemble features taiko drums in conjunction with turntable, western drum kit, bamboo flute, koto (Japanese zither), and Tuvan overtone singing.

That’s right. Turntable. And throat singing. By some really awesome taiko drummers. (Only in/from L.A.!)

I loved this performance not only because each ensemble was excellent in their individual sets, but because they came together at the end as two L.A.-based groups performing as one.

And you can still catch them downtown at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School of Performing Arts.
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Yay for the 7307 Takei Asteroid!

George Takei AsteroidGeorge Takei has had an asteroid named after him!

“I am now a heavenly body,” Takei said Tuesday, laughing. “I found out about it yesterday. … I was blown away. It came out of the clear, blue sky — just like an asteroid.”

You can look it up on the NASA asteroid database browser:

Rock on, Takei!

Photo: AP Photo
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The Sensuous Woman: Margaret Cho’s new work-in-progress

Margaret Cho - Sensuous WomanIf you’ve been following Margaret Cho’s blog for a while, you’ll know she’s really gotten into belly dancing and burlesque performances.

If you’re in L.A., you can catch her new work-in-progress prior to her New York Engagement as she presents workshop performances of her new show. (And of course, if you’re in New York, you can keep your eye out for this coming atcha soon.)

THE SENSUOUS WOMAN is being described as

a radical reworking of the classic burlesque/variety show. With a cast of renowned burlesque artists, along with hilarious stand-up and sketch comedy performers, The Sensuous Woman delivers a hilarious evening that presents a whole new ideal of beauty, laced with Margaret’s trademark take-no-prisoners wit.

In case you can’t read the poster, the cast is:
Princess Farhana, Kurt Hall, Ian Harvie, Ryan Huffington, Selene Luna, Liam Sullivan as “Kelly,” and Diana Yanez

The Sensuous Woman workshop performances
The Renberg Theatre at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center
August 10, 11, 17, 23 & 24
All shows 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25

The Asian/Asian-American Hollywood (AAAH) Report: Chow Yun-Fat and John Woo do NOT *heart* each other.

“Most things go in and out of style – that is with the exception of war of course.” –Johnny Wong, Hardboiled (1992)

A couple of months ago, I reported that Chow Yun-Fat was returning to John Woo’s Chinese epic BATTLE OF RED CLIFF in an unspecified role after having previously dropped out as the lead. reports today: CHOW YUN-FAT AND JOHN WOO ARE QUITS

Imagine if Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro suddenly decided they hated each other and would never work with each other again. In my mind, the apparently now-permanent break-up of John Woo and Chow Yun-fat is that catastrophic.

Producer Terence Chang is quoted as saying, “Chow is definitely out. His dropping out of our film caused us tremendous scheduling problems … If he rejoins us, I am afraid he might create ill feelings among all the crew and all the other main actors.”

I still have high hopes for the project… if it ever gets done with the casting musical chairs, that is.

And who knows… if the project is right (I guess it’s not this one), maybe we will still see a collaboration between Chow Yun-Fat and John Woo again.

(I can hope, can’t I?)

The Asian/Asian-American Hollywood (AAAH) Report: Variety “Players” this week

manns_chinese_theatre.jpgWelcome to the first The Asian/Asian-American Hollywood (AAAH) Report!

I’m not sure if this will be a recurring report, but I think I’ll try it out. I’m always reading the trades and taking note of the up & coming Asian/Asian American actors/actresses making it in mainstream Hollywood productions, so maybe I’ll try to keep up a little better and make this a regular thing. And I’ll try to pay attention to things that don’t aren’t just about actors and actresses, but various things that are related, too. But if people hate this report, I won’t bother.
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Los Angeles… land of ethnic film festivals

Subtitle MediaMy friend tipped me off about this upcoming (very short) Asian/Asian American film festival, Subtitle Film Festival, coming up later this week.

According to the Subtitle Media website,

The 1st Annual Subtitle Film Festival presented by Wells Fargo will showcase 9 cutting edge feature films from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Thailand. The festival will span from April 12-15, 2007 and will be hosted at the recently opened MPARK4 theatres in Koreatown, Los Angeles.

The films are as follows:
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Aaron Yoo brings down the house

aaron_yoo.jpgToday’s Daily Variety included the following blurb:

Aaron Yoo (“The Bedford Diaries”) has landed a lead role in Columbia’s “21,” about MIT students who take Las Vegas casinos for millions.

Thesp will next be seen in Par’s “Disturbia,” Warner Bros.’ “American Pastime” and Picturehouse’s “Rocket Science.”

Looks like Aaron is a very busy guy with so many upcoming major studio releases. “21” is supposedly based on the book “Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions”.

I can’t wait.

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