SXSW 2012 is going on now!
‘Seeking Asian Female,’ a documentary directed by San Francisco-based filmmaker Debbie Lum, will world premiere at the festival on Monday, March 12.
Watch the trailer for the eccentric modern love story about Steven, an aging white American man who finds Sandy from China online after considering hundreds of other Asian brides. Lum narrates with skepticism and humor as she documents the early stages of Steven’s search, Sandy’s first steps onto U.S. soil, and the good, bad, and ugly, a year into the tumultuous marriage.
I’m sure that most of you, especially those college students from the California area, have been following Janet Liang’s story. Janet is a 24-year-old UCLA graduate student who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2009.
Currently, Janet has until June 2012 to find a bone marrow donor to reverse her condition or she will lose her fight against cancer.
Because Asian Americans make up only 7% of the total bone marrow registry, the pool of donors that Janet has to choose from is very limited. However, we can change this by registering, which only requires filling out a short questionnaire and taking a completely painless oral swab test.
Please visit: http://helpingjanet.tumblr.com/how-to-register to find out where and how you can register.
And update from Janet can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NDgv1K26EM&feature=player_embedded
I’m always super excited when great musicians come together to share their talent on one stage while benefiting a good cause. Join some of the top YouTube artists on Wednesday, March 21st for the fight against human trafficking while enjoying some amazing music! Some of my favorite YouTube stars will be performing that night, including Boyce Avenue, Jayesslee, Clara C, Joseph Vincent, Satellite and Tournament of Hearts. The concert, which will take place at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, aims to bring awareness to the fight against modern day slavery and human trafficking. This special evening will be hosted by YouTube Vlogger/Comedian David So.
Purchase your tickets by March 14th and get 20% off with promo code: Audrey321NFS
Can’t make the event? Those not able to attend in LA now have the opportunity to watch a live stream of the event from anywhere in the world. The live stream is available with a $5 donation to support the campaign. Those who sign up for the live online broadcast will also have access to the recorded version and special footage for up to one week after the event. Plus you will automatically be entered into a raffle to win one of 6 autographed guitars signed by either Boyce Avenue (2), Jayesslee (2), Clara C (1) or Joseph Vincent (1). Winners will be announced the day of the concert and all net proceeds of the event benefit the Not for Sale Organization.
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In our Spring 2012 issue, we feature Six Taste, the largest and highest rated food tour company in Los Angeles founded by USC alum Jeff Okita. Our writers got mushy on their Valentine’s Day tour and a pipin’ hot Thai Town tour. Now’s your chance to check out their “Shamrocks and Green Shots” tour, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
On March 16, from 5 to 10 pm, stroll Little Tokyo/Arts District (who knew the area was so Irish!) with a group of friends ready to imbibe. Check out green tea donuts from Cafe Dulce, pesto pasta from Fat Spoon, and the green tea pudding at Aburiya Toranoko. Drinks include Green Sangria, Green Iced Plum Wine from Izakaya Fu-Ga or green draft beers from Xlixe and District.
Update: A winner has been chosen. Thanks to all who participated!
It’s Daylight Saving this Sunday, and that means more fun in the sun! Have you found the perfect pair of shades yet for this summer? If not, take a look at Derek Cardigan’s bold, yet subtle, stylish, vintage inspired line of eye wear. This pair of wayfarer style shades in brown tortoiseshell acetate with brown polarized lenses and flexible spring hinges would look great on you! Available at eyewear e-boutique Coastal.com for SRP $99 , these shades also come in a classic cat-eye style and are one of many others in the line.
We are giving away a pair of sunglasses to five (5) lucky Audrey readers who will pick their favorite pair from the Derek Cardigan page of coastal.com. Read on to enter to win!
I don’t know if you all are ready for this one!
Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal present the YTF Concert Giveaway! We are offering an exciting Grand Prize VIP Ticket Package to any one of YTF’s six upcoming Spring 2012 shows!
What’s YTF, you say? YTF is the new media celebrity group made up of a talented group of the biggest YouTube stars today, such as Ryan Higa (“NigaHiga”), Kevin Wu (“KevJumba”), Victor King (from Quest Crew), Chester See, JR Aquino, Dominic Sandoval (“D-Trix”), and Andrew Garcia.
This spring concert series will consist of live shows that feature singing, dancing, and sketch comedy performed by the YTF, as well as guest performances by local, rising artists from the online community.
The prizes for this contest are insane!
One (1) Grand Prize Winner: Two (2) VIP passes to the concert of your choice, including backstage access! (value: $250)
One (1) First Place Winner: One (1) official YTF Varsity Jacket! (value: $135)
Two (2) Second Place Winners: Each will win one (1) YTF T-Shirt and wristband! (value: $30)
Winners will be chosen randomly by the YTF Crew. Winners will be announced on KoreAm and Audrey‘s Twitter and Facebook pages on March 20 and will receive a direct message from the crew with further information.
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During the night of the Oscar’s, an award was given for a film not too familiar to the general public. Pakistan’s “Saving Face”, a 40-minute documentary focuses on the senseless acid attacks against women in Pakistan, was this year’s winner for Best Documentary Short.
After the film’s victory at the Oscars, a first for Pakistan, co-director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, 33, gave a stirring speech in which she dedicated the film to “all the women in Pakistan who are working for change.”, and adding, “Don’t give up on your dreams.”
Obaid-Chinoy is Pakistani, and was born in Karachi to Urdu speaking parents. She graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government, and from Stanford University with a master’s in International Policy Studies in 2003, and a master’s in Communication in 2004.
Web interest in the film immediately jumped after the Oscar win. Yahoo! searches for the film surged an astounding 3,362%, demonstrating that people are clearly interested in learning about the history and reasoning behind these horrifying acid attacks.
“Saving Face” is set to air on March 8th on HBO.
You can catch the article on the talented star of Spartacus: Vengeance published in the Audrey Magazine spring issue featuring cover girl Hannah Simone.
Audrey Magazine: Who is the best ass kicker on the show?
Katrina Law: I would have to say Oenomaus. He’s played by Peter Mensah. He’s physically a freak of nature. Nobody should be chiseled like that, it’s unreal. Peter brings an intensity to his character, and when he kicks ass, you just believe it. I think he’s the baddest bad ass on our show.
AM: Who has the best costume on the show?
KL: Probably Lucretia, [played by] Lucy Lawless. She gets beautiful costumes, and the colors and richness. I remember in season 1 [Spartacus: Blood and Sand], the slaves… would all be standing there jealous. We had this ongoing joke- we’re all going to sneak back in and steal all of the clothing. She gets these beautiful wigs, they’re all different colors, and fun ensembles. You just get a little jealous.
AM: Describe a day in your life.
KL: It depends on the schedule for that episode. Most days, I wake up at 4 in the morning, go to the gym by 4:30. Around 6 I would head toward set [and spend] an hour and a half in hair, makeup and wardrobe. And then hurry up, wait, hurry up, wait… get home around 7:30, 8 o’clock. Not all days were spent physically active. There’s a lot off waiting in this industry. You get paid to wait.
AM: How would you describe the cast culture?
KL: Lots and lots of very naughty jokes. I know more about men and their anatomy and what they do with their anatomy than any woman should. It’s just unreal, [spending] 14 hours a day with testosterone filled, half clothed men. It made for some funny conversations. Eventually, you have to join in, because it’s too much fun not to.
We know you love yourself some Jin Akanishi, so pick up Audrey’s Spring 2012 issue with our exclusive interview with him. Also catch him live for his U.S. album, Japonicana, debut and Five City Concert Tour.
Fri. March 9 – Los Angeles- Club Nokia
Sat. March 10 – Vancouver – Centre for Performing Arts
Mon. March 12 – Honolulu – Hawaii Theatre
Thurs. March 15 – New York – Best Buy Theatre
Sat. March 17 – *Venue Change*- San Francisco – The Regency Ballroom
INFO: Please visit www.jinakanishiusa.com for more concert tour information.
We called spoken word poet Sarah Kay an articulate force of nature in our Spring ’12 issue but you don’t receive the ultimate punch of her words until you hear and see her perform it for yourself.
The 23-year-old NY native, with her head full of curls and sunny dimpled grin, sucks us in the moment she speaks. She’s been a hit at 2011′s TED Conference and her hits keep coming. Check it out:
Hope her words leave you feeling inspired today!