Looking for something to do this week? Audrey has got you covered with our roundup of the coolest events all over the U.S.
The Temper Trap
When: Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7:30p.m.
Venue: Club Nokia
800 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90015
Description: If you haven’t seen 500 Days of Summer, then you should still watch The Temper Trap perform live. Tickets are only $21.50, and just think about it, this alternative melodramatic pop band traveled all the day down under to meet you.
China Lite? How the West supports one party rule in Vietnam
When: Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Venue: Lindner Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, 6th Floor
Description: BBC senior broadcast journalist Bill Hayton and author of Vietnam: Rising Dragon discusses his book. It’s free admission, so RSVP by 12 p.m. on Oct. 25, here (https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=c53ec6)
EPITAPH (2007, Jung Brothers)
When: Thursday, Oct. 28, 7:30pm
Venue: Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Description: Snuggle up with a date and check out this horror flick where in a modern hospital in 1941, doctors witness weird events and learn DEATH is the sole healer.
*Screening is free and English subtitle is provided.
Old Town Haunt
When: Friday, October 01, 2010 to Sunday, October 31, 2010
Venue: 20 N. Raymond Avenue
Get your scare on at Pasadena’s award winning, scariest haunted house.
The Little Ones, The Henry Clay People, Andy Clockwise, We Barbarians, The Monolators, The Dig, Downtown/Union, Red Cortez (acoustic), Manhattan Murder Mystery (acoustic), Marvelous Toy (acoustic), The Steelwells (acoustic), Olin And The Moon (acoustic), The Hectors (acoustic)
When: Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Venue: The Echo (18+)
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90026
Description: Crystal Castles “Lovers Who Uncover” really took The Little Ones’ remixed single off the charts. This indie band has some of the sweetest and most nostalgic-inducing music makers. Tickets run from $10-12, which is basically a steal for all the other bands performing with them.
Journeys Abroad, Journeys Within: A Korean Adoption Film Festival
When: Friday, Oct 29 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA
Boston Korean Adoptees, Inc. proudly presents Journeys Abroad,
Description: Journeys Within: A Korean Adoption Film Festival, presented with the assistance of the Korean Ministry of Health & Welfare and the Asian American Studies Program at UMass Boston. The festival will feature the following films: “First Person Plural”, “Going Home”, ”Resilience”, and “In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee”. Directors Deann, Borshay Liem and Tammy Chu will also be in attendance for Q&A sessions following their films. Price: $15
When: Saturday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Venue: Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
(310) 999-9348 (Alvin Reyes)
This is a big one, the tweets have just come in and it says that 40 schools registered with an expected 6,000 atendees! Run by CSUF’s PASA Kaibigan, Friendship Games is all about friendly-competition through picnic games, entertainment and networking. Oh, and did I forget to mention the cultural food? Leave your picnic baskets at home, but don’t forget your good sportsmanship for this Filipino event.
List compiled by Katrina and Rachel. Got events you want Audrey to share with our readers? Email us at email@example.com
Far East Movement’s hit, Like A G6 has been blowing up everywhere! The catchy single is off the electro-hip hop –dance- rap quartet’s first album Free Wired, with major recording giant, Cherrytree/Interscope record label.
Most main-stream music lovers might assume Far East Movement’s (aka FM’s) only other hit was party anthem, Girls on the Dance Floor but us in-the-know peeps understand that this group, with original members Chinese/Japanese-American Kev Nish, Koreans Prohgress and J-Splif and the most recently added Filipino DJ Virman, have been around for a long time, paving the way for Asian American musicians everywhere.
To celebrate FM’s recent success on the charts, (#1 on iTunes chart and peaked at #2 on Billboard 100 last week!) we’re taking it back old school and introducing you to some of our other favorite FM jams.
Round and Round by Far East Movement & Storm (2006)
Part of the soundtrack for The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, this upbeat tune had just one message: to never stop having fun. The mixture of Storm’s higher pitch in the chorus and FM’s playful rap makes this an enjoyable listen.
Folk Music by Far East Movement (2006)
The title of this song definitely raises doubts in our minds. Folk music reminds me of cultural happy tunes with a basic instrumental arrangement; nothing mainstream. What FM means by folk music is definitely not as I described. Instead, they mean that this is a song for their folks, who they referred to as ‘homies’ and ‘homeboys’. This track is rapped throughout, but it has a really chill attitude.
Dance Like Michael Jackson by Far East Movement (2008)
It’s awesome that they honored the legendary Michael Jackson here. Different aspects of MJ can definitely be picked up, such as in the lyrics “man in the mirror” and “black or white.” Since this song is influenced by Michael Jackson, it’s not a wonder that you feel like getting up and grooving to the beat. The video is equally entertaining because it features the ultra-talented Quest Crew.
Fetish by Fast East Movement (2008)
I love the feel and beat of this song. The main tune of this track is relatively simple, but the distinctive musical phrase that you hear throughout the song in the background keeps it catchy. It definitely fits the party/clubbing theme of songs that are making the top hits recently. FM plays with stuttering in their vocals, such as ‘fe-fetish in these jeans’, a feature that seems to be increasingly prevalent.
3D by Far East Movement & Bruno Mars (2008)
This song is actually Bruno Mars’s first musical appearance as a singer. Who knew that the two fastest rising artists of these months had collaborated before? Once again, FM seems to use terms that bring up questions. What exactly is a 3D girl? Nonetheless, this collaboration is the perfect mix, blending Bruno Mars’s soulful voice and FM’s slurred phrasing to create this alluring track.
To check out more of Far East Movement’s tour schedule and music, click here.
For those who are still tuning in with Project Runway, I am sure you would agree that this season is filled with tension between the designers. But what makes this season exciting (at least for us!) is not only the drama but also the fact that there are two Asian-American contestants who both seem to be strong contenders.
It was definitely disappointing to see Korean contestant Ivy Higa eliminated from PR just three weeks ago. Fortunately, Andy South from Hawaii still remained in the competition, so Asian-inspired pieces continue to be represented on the runway. Surely he’s had his ups and downs, but who could ever forget the winning dress he made for the party store challenge, or the avant-garde look for the L’Oreal Paris make-up challenge?
In this week’s episode, South stayed true to himself and his point of view as a designer is really shining through. It was a little nerve-wrecking when his fellow contestant, Gretchen Jones, stated his design ‘looks like the mistress you’d pay a high, high price for to have her spank you.’ He even played off the joke and said he translated his inspiration to ‘the head waitress at this tea house who does happy endings.’ But he managed to ‘make it work’ (in Tim Gunn’s words) at the end and made a little black dress with lines that really flatter a woman’s body. I was ecstatic when Heidi told him he was going to create a collection. However, he is among four who were given the opportunity, but only three can show at New York Fashion Week. As much as I love South’s edgy warrior-woman looks, I’m hoping he’ll surprise us with something new in his collection! The judges are waiting for him to design something different as well. It’s been a while (since Chloe Dao in season two) that an Asian-American landed in the top three of Project Runway. Go Andy!
Don’t forget to catch the next episode (Finale Part 1) on Thursday, October 21 at 9pm on Lifetime!