Fashion is art and designer Trina Turk joined forces with The Decorative Arts and Design Council (DADC) of LACMA on May 23rd to raise funds for the acquisition of new items for the museum.
In recent years, Asian American designers have come to the forefront of the fashion industry. Trina Turk, whose Japanese mother taught her how to sew at a young age, was ahead of the curve. Founding her fashion company in 1995 along with her husband, photographer Jonathan Skow, Turk’s first line was immediately picked up by major department stores such as Barney’s New York and Saks Fifth Avenue. Since then, her company has expanded to 11 deliveries per year, including a men’s line and home décor.
I’m Chinese so there’s no denying it …
I love getting goody bags when I attend events.
And let’s face it, a good goody bag is hard to receive. A lot of times, they’re just stuffed with advertisements, half-broken frisbees, and lip glosses in shades I would only wear during Halloween.
Project by Project, a national 100% volunteer-run org. with chapters in LA, NY and SF, selected a beautiful summer Saturday evening to hold its 9th annual Plate by Plate Tasting Benefit.
Imagine the biggest potluck by some of the best chefs you’ll ever come across with plenty of ladies and gents dressed to the nines, a fun photo booth, an expensive entrance fee and you get Plate by Plate.
Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal invites you to a special advanced screening of The Hangover II on May 24th in LA.
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CAPE, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment’s holiday party felt a little like a company shindig-that is, if your co-workers were James Kyson Lee, Archie Kao or Carrie Anne Inaba. Oh yea, and if the party was held at the swanky Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles. Celebs, awards, schmoozers and free-flowing alcohol was all here as the esteemed organization recognized two movers and shakers in the industry, actor/comedian Ken Jeong took home the prestigious New Horizons Award and industry exec Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, won the Visionary Award. Here are 10 Things that I mused about the soiree.
1) Lots of peer love going around.
Forget the whole stigma that actors are always catty and competitive with each other. If anything, CAPE is an organization that demonstrates exactly how much Asians are supporting one another in the industry. As one of my good friends once said, “when one of us gets an opportunity like a part in a movie or show, it just moves us as an entire race, forward.”
2. I can get starstruck.
My gig as assistant editor of Audrey Magazine is pretty sweet. I get to talk to celebrities on a regular basis through interviews and parties like this. So it’s been a while since I got starstruck. But the fan-girl in me totally came out when I saw Keiko Agena on the red carpet. Gilmore Girls is forever my favorite show and I told her so the first chance I got. I think I scared her a little. Yea, having a 5’9″ asian girl in a flowery cocktail dress come up to you exclaiming, “I love your work and your show and your character and YOU” is a little scary, I suppose.
3. There is no classy way to eat chicken wings.
I tried. I really did. You just can’t make eating chicken wings at a soiree look classy. But they sure were delicious.
4. Pageant queens are a hit at parties.
As part of the Miss LA Chinatown court this year, I got to relish the attention at parties and gatherings when I’m in my crown and sash like no other. Apparently, looking like royalty is quite the conversation starter. CAPE was smart in including on their guest list two sets of pageant girls; former Miss California USAs were on hand (right) as well as the current Miss LA Chinatown court. (I’m not in my royal attire because I just wanted to be a normal civilian for one night!)
5. A church is a cool place to get down.
The Vibiana in Downtown LA is such a sweet place to throw a party! The sound system is a little tough to bear but with the classic interior and great lighting, it’s definitely a spot I’d frequent again.
6. And the outdoors is not bad either!
7. Ken Jeong is DA MAN.
He can joke, he can act, he can dance, he can make the best acceptance speeches. If I had an award to give out, I’d give it to Jeong too. (Congrats on winning the New Horizons Award!)
8. I swear I’m not an alcoholic.
But free-flowing booze like the sake shown above definitely made it easier to enjoy the evening. (Not that I wasn’t enjoying it already.)
9. Photobooth is fun!
10. People with a whole lotta heart made this event possible.
It’s to a group of very dedicated individuals that have made CAPE as successful as it is today. So cheers to you, Jennifer Sanderson, Ken Choy and company!
Thanks to CAPE Press and Carmen Chan for providing all the photos and making me look like a photo hog.
It’s Halloween weekend and if you’re not in the mood to dress up or surround yourself with slutty pumpkins and screaming kids hopped up on sugar everywhere, make some time to check out these events and happenings! No costumes required (or hey, better yet, dress up and go!)
CAM: Hollywood Chinese – The Arthur Dong Collection
When: Saturday, Oct. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 7
Venue: Chinese American Museum
425 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Description: This is a groundbreaking and significant display of nearly 200 pieces collected during the 10-year research for Arthur Dong’s award-winning documentary, Hollywood Chinese. You can expect an archive of over 1000 items: a vibrant selection of posters, lobby cards, stills, scripts, press materials and artifacts dating from 1916 to the present-day.
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