The weather’s finally starting to clear up! Here’s what’s happening in March — a little dance (Jabbawockeez!), a little music (Lea Salonga live!), and some dishes best served cold (courtesy of Korean hottie Won Bin).
The Bangerz “Jabbawockeez MUS.I.C.” album release
When: March 1
By now, everyone knows the Jabbawockeez, the winners of MTV’s hit dance show, America’s Best Dance Crew, who have single-handedly elevated Asian Americans to the top of the hip-hop dance world. But do you know The Bangerz, the six-man, mostly Asian American DJ and production team that produces all the original music for all Jabbawockeez’ performances? Better study up. ‘Cause they’re about to hit the big time.
Not only do The Bangerz produce the music for the Jabbawockeez’ current headlining Las Vegas show “MÜS.I.C.”, they’ve also been featured on the NBA All Star Game to Pepsi commercials. Now The Bangerz, in collaboration with the Jabbawockeez, are set to release their much-anticipated album “Jabbawockeez MÜS.I.C.” on iTunes beginning March 1. Building off the success of their first single, “Robot Remains,” which climbed to the number seven electronic song on iTunes after its release in October 2010, “Jabbawockeez MÜS.I.C.” will feature 14 original songs, including several tracks from their critically acclaimed show “MÜS.I.C.” at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino.
Take a listen here.
Elsa Monte Dance
When: March 1-6; 7:30 pm (times vary)
Where: The Joyce Theater at 175 Eigth Avenue , New York, NY
How: Tickets for $19-35 are available here.
Since 1981, Elisa Monte Dance has brought contemporary dance with Asian, Caribbean, Latin American, and African moves together on one stage. This March, EMD celebrates its 30th anniversary with the appreciation of EMD board member Denise Jefferson, and premiere of Monte’s Dialogue with Vanishing Languages. The Opening Night Gala performance will feature guest artists Sarita Allen, Francesca Harper, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, and Elizabeth Roxas, among others.
Lea Salonga Live
When: March 4; 8 pm (other dates can be found here)
Where: Pechanga Resort & Casino Showroom at 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA
How: Tickets starting at $100 are available here.
If you’re a high roller, then I bet you won’t regret watching Lea Salonga’s upcoming concert at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. The Broadway star and global issues advocate (featured on Audrey’s February 2005 issue) who has graduated from her days in Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Cinderella and more will go on a U.S. tour that will end in Indiana. The Filipina has collaborated with Avon Voices to be a celebrity judge, so catch her before she gets back to the music grind and travels abroad.
Bistronomics at BREADBAR
When: March 6 & 7, 6-10 pm
Where: BREADBAR 8718 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hosted by Thai-Cantonese American Chef Jet Tila of Wazuzu at the Wynn Encore in Las Vegas, Bistronomics brings a two-night, five course prix-fixe dining event of delicious mouth watering dishes to BREADBAR. For $65 per person, each dish will be prepared by Chef Alex Ageneau who is identified as a member of the “Generation C” (chefs who are highly trained and believes in making creative, modern and affordable cuisine). With a menu ranging from Butter Ball Potato and Smoked Cod with Crème Fraîche Sheet and Cucumber Dressing; Madras Curry Butter Halibut with Orange, Olive Oil, and Crispy Vegetables; to Skirt Steak with Cauliflower “Escabeche,” Cauliflower Cream, Brunoise of Calamari, and Squid Ink Hollandaise, no foodie will be able to resist.
The Man From Nowhere DVD Release
When: March 8
How: On Blu-ray, $26.98, and on DVD, $24.98, www.themanfromnowheremovie.com
Think The Professional, Korean-style, starring hottie Korean actor Won Bin (Mother, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War). It was, after all, South Korea’s highest grossing film of 2010. Written and directed by Jeong-Beom Lee (Cruel Winter Blues), the critically-acclaimed, international box office smash is a violent and yet somewhat heartwarming action-packed story of a reclusive ex-special agent, Tae-sik Cha, who gets drawn into the lives of his neighbors, a drug-addicted young woman and her neglected daughter. When the mother and daughter get caught up in a drug war and are kidnapped, Cha has no choice but to jump into the fray. The film comes both subtitled and in a brand new English-language dub. Bonus features include the in-depth, behind-the-scenes featurette The Making of The Man From Nowhere, as well as a reel of action highlights from the film.