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Congrats to Our Coachella Ticket Winners!

Big yay for Jack B. of Temecula and Kika D. of Sherman Oaks. The two of them each won a pair of tickets to Coachella!

Thank you’s go to Goldenvoice for the tickets, and to everyone who wrote in to recommend their friends or who tweeted at us. Your enthusiasm will be remembered in subsequent contests.   :)

Photo of Girl Talk live @ Coachella '09 by vonlohmann on flickr via a Creative Commons license

It’s almost over: the final week of L.A. Comedy Festival

The LA Comedy Festival has been presenting sketch, improv, standup and film since April 30, but is wrapping up this coming week, ending on May 17.

I am personally excited about the awesome performance tonight of two Asian American comedy groups– OPM Comedy and 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (plus Matt Knudsen) in the same block at the ACME Comedy Theatre at 7:00pm. This 75 minute show shared is by all 3 acts, and both OPM and 18MMW have promised all new material for the performance.

opm-fistsoffunnyOPM brings “FISTS OF FUNNY,” an all-new ass-kicking melee of sketch comedy featuring the Economy, Kim Jong-Il, a tribute to the late, great Bruce Lee… and more. (My buddies Ewan Chung and Randall Park are in this, along with Lanny Joon, Charles Kim, John Lopez, Lee Sherman, Jae Suh, Rodney To, and Dave Wilder.) If you can’t make this show, you can still catch OPM at the LA Comedy Fest on May 15 and 16, as well.

18mmw-bowdownTrue to their style of poking fun at hot topics, 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors presents the World Premiere of “AVATAR: The RACE BENDER,” (see Moye’s previous 8Asians post: White-Washing Avatar: The Last Airbender?) which also includes a sketch about Korean cannibalism (you’ll have to go to find out what that’s about!). Starring funny men Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Peter J. Wong, and Greg Watanabe, this is your last chance to see 18MMW at the LA Comedy Fest.

lacfAlso up before the festival is over:
Those Girls, Mark Daviau, Big Game Hunters, The Josh and Tamra Show, The Sarah Cornell Show, Slave Leia, Lou Santini, The Knights of Comedy, Sex Ed with Sex “Ed” Vincent (w/Paul Brittain), Carla Collins, Improperetta, The Waterbrains, Lisa Robinson, Stephen/Scott, Elvis in East Peoria (a film by Eric Burdett — L.A. premiere feature documentary), Versailles (a short film by David Hunt starring Fred Willard, David Hunt, Eve Gordon with Q & A to follow), Kerri Lendo, The Riot Act, Nestor Rodriguez, SketchComedyShow.com, BADA BING!, Ron & Edie: 85 Years of Laughs, LA Women, BAM, Teenager of the Year, 25th Century Heroes, Ryan James’ Ponies, Freedom Snatch, Geoff Lott, Michael Cornacchia

Los Angeles Comedy Festival
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May is API Heritage Month: “Asian American Arts Stimulus Package” giveaway

As April is coming to an end, we head on into May — nationally designated as Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month. API Heritage month commemorates and recognizes the diversity of API languages and cultures and celebrates of the achievements and contributions of API communities in America. In that spirit, 8Asians (another blog I contribute to) is celebrating Asian Americans in the arts with an “Asian American Arts Stimulus Package” giveaway (deadline: Friday at noon) to one lucky winner who will be the recipient of a pair of tickets to THREE amazing events in the L.A. area. Although you’re free to enter the giveaway, I wanted to note that just about all these shows have availability for low-priced tickets, too.

laapff-20091) The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival: 2009

Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacifc American media arts center, established the Los Angeles Asian Pacifc Film & Video Festival in 1983 as a vehicle to promote Asian and Asian Pacifc American cinema. The Festival has grown from its humble beginnings as a weekend-long series into a major annual showcase presenting the best of Asian Pacifc American and Asian international media in the United States. As of 2008, the Film Festival is known by its permanent iteration The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

tentolifeimage2) Lodestone Theatre Ensemble: Ten to Life

A Census agent exposes a family’s perverse, hidden secret…A desperate loser turns to experimental surgery to seduce his high school crush…A happy homemaker struggles against an ancient evil that lurks in plain sight…A controlling psychologist must protect his life’s love from her memories. Lodestone kicks off its final season with four twisted one-acts touching on the bizarre and unnatural. It’s been ten years… Time to pay.

ewp-marrymealittlethelastfiveyears3) East West Players: Marry Me A Little & The Last Five Years, an evening of 2 one-act musicals!

MARRY ME A LITTLE: A compilation of songs, composed by Stephen Sondheim for many of his Broadway musicals but for various reasons didn’t make it into the final stage, are woven into a simple tale of two lonely people during one evening in their small, one-bedroom apartments. Featuring Mike Dalager & Jennifer Hubilla
THE LAST FIVE YEARS: There are two sides to every story…Jamie and Cathy’s 5-year old relationship is coming to an end, and through the funny , sweet and heart-breaking songs, you hear both versions of what happened–from beginning to end, and from the end to beginning. Featuring Michael K. Lee & Jennifer Paz

Over the years, I’ve attended events put on by each of these organizations and always come out feeling lucky that L.A. has such a vibrant Asian American arts scene. Why not take some time out in the month of May to do something for API Heritage Month, like attending one of the shows listed above? If you do, I’d love to hear what you think.

It’s MAFA, not MoFo, Silly!

Check it out – Featured Artist: FRANK ZGONC!

You may not know it, but that’s our very own Frazgo – too shy to toot his own horn, but me? I’m all about shameless promotion, so here’s the dirt on the 45th Annual MOFO MAFACelebrate the Arts” festival, hosted by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.

This year’s event is October 11 & 12 in the Monrovia Community Center, 10AM to 6PM daily, and features the work of 65 artists representing various media, with a focus on oil, acrylic and water color painting. Additionally there will be limited numbers of photographers, digital artists and jewelry artists.

Besides honoring Fraz, this year’s Celebrate the Arts is having a casual dress opening night reception in the Community Center from 7-9PM. A tax deductible donation of $25 per person gets you music, hors d’oeuvres and hosted wine bar (don’t forget to tip the volunteer bartenders).

Monrovia Community Center
119 West Palm Avenue
Monrovia CA 91016
Map link HERE.

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Bangladesh Day Parade March 29-30

442985204_54fcbc37f0.jpgI love cultural festivals, because it always means being introduced to new sights, sounds, and tastes. As we all know, Los Angeles is home to many different communities, such as the approximately 50,ooo Bangladeshi-Americans who live in the city. This coming weekend, they’ll hold their second annual “Bangladesh Day Celebration with Parade,” which is really a weekend-long festival featuring stuff like authentic food and music, cultural programs, parades, speeches, and dancing. Curious about Bangla music? This is your chance to hear popular singer Momtaz (who has an awesome voice) perform live. The event is being organized by the Bangladesh Unity Federation of Los Angeles and taking place at the Shatto Rec Center and on Vermont.