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.
If being a singer is something you’ve kept low-key, well here is your chance to do so online and your chance to shine. Avon, the company for women, is calling women from all over the world to sing, write and vote! (Men can enter in the songwriting competition, too.)
In celebration of its 125th anniversary, Avon, along with Intereo, launches Avon Voices today to ignite a global movement through its inaugural international online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for men and women.
More than 60 countries are qualified to participate, around 2,000 contenders will move on to the next round, and only two winners will have the chance to record a professionally produced album.
The contestants will be judged by a diverse group of well-respected musicians who include Fergie, Diane Warren, Natasha Bedingfield and Filipina singer and actress Lea Salonga, among others.
Even though Avon has historically been known for selling cosmetic products through its catalogs, Avon has also given back to a variety of global causes. The Avon Foundation for Women’s global campaign to end violence against women and girls has donated more than $30 million to violence prevention and awareness programs.
“For 125 years, Avon has empowered women to find their own unique voices as they work to make their dreams come true. We are thrilled to now give women the opportunity to share their voice, their song and their story through this unprecedented global talent search,” said Andrea Jung, the Asian American CEO and chairman of Avon Products Inc. “Avon Voices will celebrate Avon’s heritage and our future, as we raise women up through beauty, inspiration and song.”
For more information and official rules, please check out: www.avonvoices.com
We’ve got some updates to The Vagina Monologues: Filipinas 2010 show set for Sunday, April 25 at the Aratani Theater of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, get them now.
In addition to Tia Carrere, Jennifer Paz, Lea Salonga, Tamlyn Tomita and others we told you about last week who would be performing in The Vagina Monologues, there are also some exciting additions to the lineup, including:
* Recently appointed acting Lieutenant Governor for California Mona Pasquil
* Actress Leslie-Anne Huff (Disney’s “10 Things I Hate About You”, “CSI:NY”, “Greek” and performer with comedy troupe RoomToImprov)
* Producer and host of L.A.’s only daily Filipino talk show “Kababayan L.A.” Jannelle So
* Up and coming musical theatre actress and vocalist Lara Avengoza (The King and I, A Kid’s Life)
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It’s that time of the month! The Vagina Monologues are back, this time with the Filipinas version, taking the stage on Sunday, April 25 at the Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.
Presented by Ted Benito/PAE Live! and TDRZ Productions, Inc., the inaugural show of PAE Live!’s features an all-Filipina cast for a one-night only benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues, the award-winning play based on V-Day founder and playwright Eve Enslers’s interviews with more than 200 women. The stories are funny, touching, raw and very real, celebrating the sexuality and strength of women everywhere. For the past 12 years, through the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives.
This year’s cast of The Vagina Monologues: Filipinas 2010 pulls together iconic Filipinas from the world of entertainment, including:
* Tia Carrere (actress and Grammy award winning artist for Best Hawaiian record Ikena)
* Actress Jennifer Paz (double Ovation award nominee for Miss Saigon (winner) and The Last Five Years, and starring in the upcoming Road to Saigon)