Dinner, Movie and A Show

Three great things you can do this weekend in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, I can’t, but definitely not out of lack of desire — just lack of time. But if you have time and desire, you should definitely check these out.

FIRST COURSE:

My man Ron Oda’s film Asian Stories is opening theatrically at the ImaginAsian Center. It’s a charming little character comedy that stars James Kyson Lee (Heroes). It won the Audience Award at VC Asian Film Festival last year. Don’t let it slip by; it’s only around for a week.

Where:
ImaginAsian Center
Downtown LA
251 South Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

SECUNDI:

After an early movie, you can head over to Project By Project‘s annual tasting benefit. This is an amazing event. I have been fortunate enough to have served as a guest “celebrity” sous chef at a couple of these events in the past and I can attest that it is definitely a steal for any foodie. Lots of good food and drink and cool folks. And on top of that, it’s for a good cause! This year, Project by Project’s partner is the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE),
a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization whose mission
is to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American
community.

When:
    Saturday, July 26, 2008
    6:00-7:00 PM VIP reception
    7:00-10:30 PM

Where:
    Wallis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center
    700 State Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90037

AND FOR DESSERT:

After you’re done stuffing your face, you can head over to Tangiers to dance off those extra calories. My man Woody Pak just joined a new band called “The Cool Table.” If you are stuck in the 80’s like me, you will definitely dig this. Self described as “We’re a bunch of late 30 somethings keeping young and pretending to be rock stars.  We’re all about mashing up stuff LIVE! We’ll be doing our usual wild mashing up of familiar songs… because the only thing better than Michael Jackson is Michael Jackson mixed with Nirvana and Boston.”

When:
9 PM Saturday, July 26

Where:
Tangier
2138 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Feliz, 90027

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This Is Awful

From Chosun Ilbo:

A South Korean tourist was shot dead by a North Korean soldier in the North’s Mt.Kumgang on Friday morning. South Koreans have died in accidents and from illness since tours to the scenic resort began in 1998, but this was the first death by North Korean gunfire.

The incident could prove disastrous for inter-Korean ties.

Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Ho-nyoun said Park Wang-ja (53) from Seoul’s Nowon district died around 5 a.m. while taking a stroll on the beach near the hotel where she was staying. She had left the hotel at 4:33 a.m.

Quoting what North Korean authorities told tour operator Hyundai Asan, Kim said Park strayed into an off-limits military area and, instead of stopping when a North Korean soldier asked her to, fled, and the soldier fired. According to the North, Park wandered 1 km northward into the restricted area. Soldiers repeatedly asked her to stop and fired a warning shot, but she ran away.

Danny Cho Is Hilarious

Attention LA peeps! You should definitely check out this show. One, because Danny Cho is frickin’ hilarious. And two, because you will be part of recorded history by being in the audience for the live taping of his first comedy DVD. Definitely go!

From DannyCho.com:

Come One …Come All to a One Night Only extravaganza. Support one of
the funniest Comedians today… His new release “Breaking The Rules”..
This Event will be held at the David Henry Hwang Theater located at 120
N. Judge John Aiso St. Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Also Added to the Event is Far East Movement(FM)
Continue to also vote for “Lowridin” on your local radio station…and visit http://www.fareastmovement.com

info contact and Tickets:
TO PUCHASE AND ATTEND THIS EVENT GO TO WWW.DANNYCHO.COM AND PURCHASE YOUR TICKET.. ONE NIGHT EVENT ONLY …

After party Blue Velvet…. for information .. Contact any of House of Glam’s promoters…

Brian Li
brianli81@gmail.com
562-881-1619
www.dannycho.com

Reel in the Vote 2008

Another great opportunity from a great organization:

REEL IN THE VOTE” IN 30 SECONDS – PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT CONTEST
WIN $1000 AND AN HD CAMCORDER!

DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2008!!

If you have access to a video camera and a great idea, here’s your chance to take action in 30 seconds! The San Diego Asian Film Foundation is challenging YOU to submit a 30-second public service announcement that promotes civic responsibility and democratic participation in the electoral and public policy processes. In other words, your PSA should help encourage voter registration and participation in the APIA community. Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and message.

PRIZE:   $1000 and a Sony HDF-FX1 HDV Camcorder (worth $3700), plus bragging rights – the winning PSA will be screened before all film programs at the film festival.

DEADLINE:  Entries must be postmarked by July 31, and no more than 30 seconds in length.

RULES & ENTRY FORM AVAILABLE ONLINE AT  WWW.SDAFF.ORG

REEL IN THE VOTE is a non-partisan campaign launched by the San Diego Asian Film Foundation to encourage more Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) to participate in the democratic process during this crucial election year.  Questions?  Please visit http://www.sdaff.org/reelinthevote.php or contact George Lin, george@sdaff.org.

Wooed

Saw this on Ain’t It Cool News. I have been a longtime fan of John Woo, but I don’t want to get too excited about his new film “Red Cliff” because he has let me down so much in the past decade (those of you that have been longtime readers will remember my “Dear John Letter.”) Also this new movie is a period piece before there were guns… John Woo, no guns? Not to mention all the set-backs this production has had including on-set deaths! Let’s just say I am cautiously excited about “Red Cliff.”

Check out the trailer for yourself:

And also this long-ass compilation of footage without subtitles: