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Joz... sounds like "Jaws" jozjozjoz is an asian american gal who lives and blogs underneath the hollywood sign and who doesn’t clean her fishtank unless the fish starts to do the backstroke. she is also able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but cannot stop from bumping into door handles, cabinet doors, and anything else that protrudes or has a sharp edge. she does not run with scissors for this same reason. she can pet the fur off a dog but don’t ask her to go anywhere near a horse. or a moth. or a roach. her dealings with L.A.’s finest (aka the parking violations department) are legend, as are her giant sneezes. Other than the two too many joz’s, jozjozjoz is a perfectly normal, relatively sane individual who defies the odds, reaches for the stars, and carries moonbeams home in a jar. She’d rather be a fish… but not in her own dirty fishtank. aside from her personal blog at, she also writes at

Salastina Music Society debuts with soprano Elizabeth Futral and actor Seth Rogen

Everyone’s headed to the Hollywood Bowl this summer, but if you’re looking for a more intimate setting that involves a world celebrated coloratura soprano, accomplished musicians and that guy from Knocked Up and Superbad…well, here’s your chance.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra violinist Maia Jasper and violin soloist Kevin Kumar have created the nonprofit Salastina Music Society with a debut concert featuring soprano Elizabeth Futral and actor Seth Rogen in a program that includes a unique ensemble of classical and tango music, to a world premiere composition and a round of storytelling.

From Brahms to a Piazzolla tango to a world premier setting of Neruda’s poetry (sung by Elizabeth Futral of the Metropolitan Opera), the beauty and variety of music on the program is designed to keep the modern attention span engaged. The program also includes levity that is generally absent from the classical music scene. Says Seth Rogen of his participation in the event, “I’ve always been a huge lover of classical music. It is the only type of music that makes you seem smart just by listening to it. I will be reading Ferdinand the Bull, which will be a big moment for me, because I learned to read specifically for this event. I’m excited to be a part of it and hope the audience bears with me if I have to sound out a few of the longer words.”

Thursday, June 17th at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School*
Ernest Chausson: Chanson Perpetuelle, Op. 37 featuring Elizabeth Futral;
Johannes Brahms: String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111
Ástor Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña (“Spring” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
Three Neruda Arias, a world premiere by composer Jeremy Cavaterra featuring Elizabeth Futral
Alan Ridout: Ferdinand the Bull, narrated by Seth Rogen.

Friday, June 18th at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica
Ernest Chausson: Chanson Perpetuelle, Op. 37 featuring Elizabeth Futral
Johannes Brahms: String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111
Ástor Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña (“Spring” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
Three Neruda Arias, a world premiere by composer Jeremy Cavaterra featuring Elizabeth Futral
Aria TBA also with Elizabeth Futral.

Whether you’re a novice in the chamber music world, love listening to live music or want to support the Los Angeles music scene, these concerts are not to be missed! Tickets can be purchased online on the website or at the door.

*Mingle with the artists afterwards while enjoying complimentary mini-cones of Scoops ice cream. SCOOPS!

Gay Men’s Chorus of LA premieres their Harvey Milk Schools Project at Fairfax High School

I interrupt the blogging at Canter’s to pop in a quick post to mention why I had to leave at 6:30pm instead of hanging out with the crew. I walked up the block on Fairfax to the auditorium of Fairfax High School to attend the premiere of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) of Harvey Milk Schools Project which was co-presented by the Equality California Institute (EQCAI).

GMCLA premieres the Harvey Milk Schools Project

I was honored to be in the audience for the first ever public performance of The Harvey Milk Schools Project. GMCLA uses Harvey Milk’s life story to mix music and spoken-word to bring a message of equality to Los Angeles area high schools. The performance is compelling and poignant and brought the audience– which included State Senator Mark Leno— to its feet. As this program will be seen by thousands of students, I think this program is going to inspire and change the lives of young people! Huzzah, GMCLA!

What an amazing way to commemorate the first ever Harvey Milk Day (and what would have been Harvey’s 80th birthday). Other members of the audience included EQCA’s Executive Director Geoff Kors, Bruce Cohen (producer), and Dustin Lance Black (screenwriter) of the Academy Award-winning movie MILK.

If you know any schools which may benefit from the performance, here are just a few things GMCLA’s program offers at absolutely NO COST:

•Access to a live, on campus choral performance open to all interested students and faculty

•Historical information and education about various genres of music, composers, and important social issues such as racism, discrimination, civil rights, and human rights

•Lyric and music analysis experience

•Professional introductions from GMCLA’s diverse singing members about their careers, personal experiences with the chorus, and struggles as out, proud, non-stereotypical gay men

•FREE tickets and bus transportation to a main stage GMCLA concert

•A specialized, flexible program crafted to fit the scholastic and artistic needs of each individual school’s student body

•Master classes for choral students taught by GMCLA’s Assistant Conductor

GMCLA’s program engages students in the important work of comprehending and discussing the complexities surrounding human rights, civil rights, and the LGBT struggle for equality. This program actively promotes the reality that our community’s struggle for equal rights is not only universal, but an issue that has and can affect any group of people who find themselves in the minority.

I got shushed for describing what I was doing as “Putting up pictures of food porn”

But seriously, how else would you describe our photos?

This is my Pastrami Reuben sandwich on rye with fries. Look at that melty cheese!!!

I got shushed for describing what I was doing as "Putting up pictures  of food porn"

But for those who aren’t lucky to be able to dine like this at Canter’s we are collecting donations (cash and/or cans) for the LA Foodbank.

Come by, grab a bite, say hi and make a donation! We’re here until noon tomorrow (Sunday, 5/23/2010)

The first hand-off occurs at Canter’s Deli — electronic devices abound!

Joz arrives at Canter’s for her blog-a-thon session. 3 laptops right now!

Joz arrives at Canter's for her blog-a-thon session. 3 laptops right  now!

Technology report:
2 Verizon MiFis
1 laptop from LucindaMichele
1 laptop from Joz
1 netbook from Joz
1 iPhone from LucindaMichele
2 more cell phones from Joz
1 Flip video camera from Lucinda Michele
2 digitals cameras (1 each)
1 AT&T wireless card

1 outlet

Wish us luck!

Canter’s Deli
Fairfax District
Los Angeles, CA


Baldwin Park, home of first In-N-Out Burger, may place a moratorium on new drive-through businesses

The city which many believe to be the birthplace of the state’s first drive-through hamburger stand had planned to take a vote yesterday to temporarily ban new drive-through businesses. The ordinance would have placed a moratorium on new drive-throughs in Baldwin Park for 45 days, but would have no effect on existing drive-throughs. The council postpoined the vote but will take up the issue again at the June 2 meeting.

Though Baldwin Park was the home of the first In-N-Out Burger in 1948, which the company claims was the first drive-through hamburger stand in California, city officials said they are now looking in a different direction. The moratorium would allow the city to study the issue prior to updating the zoning code later this year, Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano said. [full story]

Learn how to survive a Friday night in Koreatown with ‘Ktown Cowboys’


This year’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) has played host to a number of sold-out/standing room only screenings. One of the most highly anticipated premieres was ‘Ktown Cowboys,’ which comes to us via director Daniel DPD Park, writer/funnyman Danny Cho and a team of amazing folks who debuted the first five webisodes of ‘Ktown Cowboys’ to the lucky folks at the screening. The unlucky folks who couldn’t get a ticket in will simply have to catch this online as they release new episodes every couple of weeks or so. (Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube to get notified of new episodes– I already did!)

My buddy Edward describes ‘Ktown Cowboys’ like this: “Imagine ‘The Hangover‘ but tak[ing] place in Koreatown. Hilarity ensues.” The producers of the upcoming (so-called) “Asian American Jersey Shore” might be kicking themselves after they realize they’ve been beaten to the punch for something that shows hot Asian/Korean Americans (boys and girls) drinking, partying, booking, karaoke-ing– and yes– fighting.

I love ‘Ktown Cowboys’ because it’s funny, made by Asian Americans who don’t mind being a little tongue-in-cheek, and it is shot in actual Ktown locations where you might see some of this stuff go down on any given Friday night. I shouldn’t have to tell you this is an exaggerated POV of Ktown, yet somehow, it is eerily accurate at the same time.

When John Kim (Lanny Joon) relocates from the comforts of his picket-fence, WASP neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia to the alluring city of Ktown Los Angeles, the land of sultry women, Booking Clubs, and late night taco trucks, his arrival immediately sparks the most epic night of his life. His cousin, Jason (Shane Yoon) introduces John to his audacious crew (Peter Jae, Danny Cho, Sunn Wee, and Bobby Big Phony Choy) who teach John the basic yet inventive ways on how to survive the perfect Friday night in Ktown. Special appearances by Justin Chon (Twilight) and Bobby Lee (Mad TV).

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) continues throughout this week in Downtown Los Angeles.

Free Screening of Bruce Lee’s ‘The Chinese Connection’ tonight at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

The legendary Bruce Lee, would have turned 70 years old this year. And while it may or may not be difficult to imagine him as a septuagenarian still beating down bad guys, what can’t be denied is decades after his passing, he remains as influential as ever.

In tribute to and in celebration of the martial arts, action film and cultural icon, the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (which opened last night at the DGA), in association with his widow, Linda Lee Cadwell and daughter Shannon Lee and their Bruce Lee Enterprises, are organizing a Special Bruce Lee Program at this year’s festival tonight (Friday, April 30) at sundown at the new Madang Center Courtyard in Los Angeles’ Koreatown with a free screening and other events throughout the weekend.

The Bruce Lee celebration kicks off with a free outdoor screening of THE CHINESE CONNECTION and after party tonight and continues the tomorrow at noon with a special screening of ENTER THE DRAGON followed immediately by a panel discussion entitled, “How Bruce Lee Influenced Pop Culture” featuring daughter Shannon Lee, directors Reginald Hudlin (HOUSE PARTY, THE BOONDOCKS) and Brett Ratner (RUSH HOUR, X-MEN 3: THE LAST STAND), ENTER THE DRAGON co-star Bob Wall and musician Joseph Hahn from the rock band LINKIN PARK.

For the celebration’s finale, a special panel discussion entitled, BRUCE LEE: THE FAMILY MAN featuring Linda Cadwell and Shannon Lee and Goddaughter Diana Lee Inosanto takes place 4 p.m. Sunday at The Directors Guild of America. This event is free.

THE BRUCE LEE 70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION is part of the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, which also features 170 films from over 20 countries beginning April 29 and ending on May 8, 2010. For more information on the film festival go to:

More continuing quakes/aftershocks in Southern & Baja California

Magnitude 5.1 – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – 2010 April 04 23:15:20 UTC (1 mile south/southwest of Imperial, Calif)

Magnitude 4.5 – BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO – 2010 April 04 23:09:49 UTC (32 miles west/southwest of Mexicali)

UPDATE: Revisions below:

Magnitude 4.8 – BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO – 2010 April 04 23:09:38 UTC

Magnitude 5.2 – BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO – 2010 April 04 23:15:14 UTC

Magnitude 5.4 – BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO – 2010 April 04 23:25:09 UTC

Magnitude 4.7 – BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO – 2010 April 04 23:37:32 UTC

Magnitude 5.1 – SONORA, MEXICO – 2010 April 05 00:07:11 UTC

L.A. folks, did you feel the 6.9 7.2 quake?

-According to @ABC7: Disneyland security reports that all rides are shut down and some people are trapped in elevators after the quake.. UPDATE: Disneyland rides still shut down but no one stuck in elevators as initially reported

On-air and live streaming coverage on ABC7

Here’s an updated quake map/screenshot as of Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 06:34:26 PM (PDT) – Pacific

6.9 7.2 Earthquake in Baja California

Felt it here in L.A. as a slow shaking. (I was busy playing Wii and didn’t realize there was a quake until Yoshi told me twice that the building was shaking. And it wasn’t until I stopped playing and stood up that I realized that we were STILL swaying.)


Screenshot taken from USGS:

UPDATE: USGS Upgraded the quake from 6.9 to 7.2
Here is the preliminary quake info:
Magnitude 6.9 7.2 – BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

Magnitude 6.9 7.2

* Sunday, April 04, 2010 at 22:40:39 UTC
* Sunday, April 04, 2010 at 03:40:39 PM at epicenter

Location 32.093°N, 115.249°W 32.128°N, 115.303°W
Depth 32.3 km (20.1 miles) 10 km (6.2 miles) (poorly constrained)

* 26 km (16 miles) SSW (211°) (225°) from Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico
* 6160 km (38 miles) SW (227°) (165°) from San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, Mexico
* 6462 (40 38 miles) SW (225°) (233°) from San Luis, AZ
* 173 167 km (108 104 miles) ESE (106°) 105° from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 5.8 km (3.6 miles); depth +/- 21.1 km (13.1 miles) horizontal +/- 2.4 km (1.5 miles); depth +/- 31.6 km (19.6 miles)

As always, here’s the shake map and intensity map for this event and don’t forget to fill out the survey if you felt it.

Jeff and Erin’s Epic LA Wedding “Save the Date” Video

If you’ve been to as many weddings as I have, then you’ve also received your fair share of “Save the Date” notices. Though I’ve seen some really creative ones cross my desk, I’ve never seen a “Save the Date” as EPIC as Jeff & Erin’s!

Jeff Wong & Erin Martin met while they were in college in SoCal in 2000, but their love has landed them down-under– Sydney, Australia. Ten years after they first met, they are tying the knot in the Los Angeles area, and they’ve created a wedding website, a “teaser poster” and a “wedding trailer” to lead up to the wedding date. Since Jeff did some video production in college, they “started with a simple idea that was going to be a weekend project.” But then, in their own words, they “just got a little carried away.”

With all the attention that they are getting on this trailer– they’ve been written up in HuffPo & Boing Boing— I am guessing there are going to be high expectations for their wedding. (No pressure, guys!)

I’m also guessing that they’re going to have to lockdown parts of their website which was originally started just for their friends and family. The site is already being innundated by visits from strangers who are congratulating them — and wanting to know where this wedding is going to be so they can crash it– who is with me on this one!?!? (Kidding!)

Anyway, congrats to Jeff and Erin and best wishes on their big day!