This MONDAY Vancouver gets a full course of Filipino comedy at the third FRESH OFF THE BOAT COMEDY JAM. Not to be missed, this performance promises to be the best show yet. Think In Living Colour meets Eat Bulaga!, one of the most popular variety shows in Filipino TV history. Fresh of the Boat features the gut-busting improv (and digital shorts) of Chris Casillan, Dave Dimapilis (YouTube), VJ Delos-Reyes, and fly-girl performances by SVS DANCE CREW and uber-talented BOOMBOX SAINTS.
Monday, November 30, 2009 | 7:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Vancouver BC , 395 Kingsway, Vancouver BC
$5 in advance | $8 at the door
Also doubles as BOOM BOX SAINTS MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE PARTY and followed by DJ RELIK and LOKOBOY POST SHOW VIDEO DANCE PARTY!Posted by Alden | November 30, 2009 | Comments (0)
Last night's episode of GLEE was not just entertaining and nostalgic of Grease. Episode 11, titled "Hairography," took Kurt Hummel's crush on Finn Hudson and cleverly wove it into the already complex love-polygon that is the everyday life of McKinley High. From a media perspective, It fizzled away all the (wah-wah-wah) excuses heard from television producers around casting "of-colour-talent", and debunked an even bigger myth that people with disabilities can't be successfully portrayed in something as big as "the newest craze on TV." Perhaps in same way that Heroes has proven that American audiences will watch something with subtitles. Sure, the guest star was rapper, Eve. That has its draw. But stealing the show was the heart-felt rendition of John Lennon's Imagine, performed by a deaf choir. Ground-breaking for TV!
Trailer for Episode 11
Coming soon: watch online.
Synopsis for Episode 11 (from Fox.com):
Concerned that Sue is up to no good, Will pays a visit to an instructor of a competing Glee Club (guest star Eve) to see what information she might be leaking, which leads to the club getting a look at their hair-rising competition. Meanwhile, Kurt gives Rachel a makeover to impress Finn, but he may have ulterior motives in the all-new "Hairography" episode of GLEE aired Wednesday, Nov. 25.Posted by Alden | November 26, 2009 | Comments (0)
Cast: Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester; Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester; Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester; Lea Michele as Rachel Berry; Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson; Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury; Dianna Agron as Quinn; Chris Colfer as Kurt; Kevin McHale as Artie; Amber Riley as Mercedes; Mark Salling as Puck; Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina
Guest Cast: Eve as Grace Hitchens; Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez; Jennifer Aspen as Kendra Giardi; Michael Loeffelholz as Phil Giardi; Ben Freedman as Giardi Triplet #3; Ethan Freedman as Giardi Triplet #2; Aidan Freedman as Giardi Triplet #1; Heather Morris as Brittany; Telisha Shaw as Arcadia; Dawn Noel Pignuola as Jayelle; Michael Hitchcock as Dalton Rumba; Dijon Talton as Matt Rutherford; Harry Shum as Mike Chang
Fashion today is a reflection of our global mindset. Take a walk down any urban street, and you can find influences varying from British punk, to Indian sequins, to even African tribal prints. Fashion has always been the way that people express their moods, emotions, and outlook to the world. Like any artist, fashion designers take inspiration from their personal lives. For jewellery designer Melissa Clemente, it is the influence of her Philippine roots that absorbs her creative focus.
Since the first time we featured Melissa, her design line, Melissa Clemente Designs, has grown in fame and creativity. Though past collections have wandered across the seas to India and Africa, with her latest collection Melissa returns to the Phillipines as a muse. Epoch, the latest line, is inspired by the contrast of indigenous pagan costumes and the Muslim aesthetic of the people of the north Phillipines—all with a modernized twist.
The pieces of Melissa' first full-length collection are exquisitely constructed and feature lush, gorgeous details in a variety of natural materials. Feathers contrast with heavy gold chains, and swirling bronze coils dangle heavily from the ears. Melissa describes Epoch as:
... homage and a rebirth. It is a step forward while looking to the past. It is a celebration of life, tradition, and a future waiting to be discovered.
Discover Epoch for yourself when it premieres at The Cryptic Canvas, November 26 in Toronto.
Posted by Jordana Mah | November 26, 2009 | Comments (0)
(Manami Hara, Leina Dueck, Tetsuro Shigematsu in after the quake)(Photo: Ken Bryant)
Okay, I admit it. I have tried to read novels by Haruki Murakami...and just didn't get them. Do people really understand them, or do people pretend to understand Murakami because you're supposed to like him since you're perceived as an intellectual or a cool savant of post-modern lit if you do - and quite snubbed if you admit you have no idea what's going on. Okay, I have heard Norwegian Wood is much more accessible but I haven't read that (or at the very least, attempted to read it). Not to worry, Norwegian Wood is going to be made into a film starring Babel's Rinko Kikuchi...but I digres.
I was relieved, wholeheartedly, when I was able to understand and enjoy watching the theatre production of after the quake, based on Murakami's collection of short stories of the same name, at Vancouver's Studio 16 (it's attached to Salade de Fruits if that helps you with the geographic bearings). After my experience watching the Canadian premiere of the play, I have the need to pick up a Murakami novel again. The story is compelling...and the set design is full-on fantastic; not to mention the cast (Manami Hara, Alessandro Juliani, Kevan Ohtsji, Tetsuro Shigematsu, Leina Dueck) and all the pieces that brought the play together. This, of course, is from my layman's point-of-view...I am no theatre critic nor a seasoned theatre-goer (*shameface*). Despite this, I urge you to see after the quake ... after all, honestly if a regular jane like me can be so enthusiastic about the play, then it's definitely accessible to your videogame-hollywoodblockbuster-realitytelevision mind.
For a better take on after the quake, please refer to our friend at Do Something Different BC for a proper theatre-loving review.
Now...for the synopsis of after the quake:
Rumble Productions and Pi Theatre present the Canadian premiere of after the quake, directed by Craig Hall and Richard Wolfe.after the quake | Nov 19 - Dec 5, 2009 (link) 8 pm Tue - Sat, Nov 19 - Dec 5 (opens Nov 20) 2 pm matinees on Nov 22, 29 and Dec 5 WHERE: Studio 16 (1555 W. 7th Ave)
In 1995, a disastrous earthquake hit Kobe, Japan, and the Tokyo subway was hit by deadly poison gas attacks. after the quake is based on bestselling author Haruki Murakami's stories about life in the wake of disaster. It takes its audience on a journey where magic and realism collide, in an exploration of disrupted reality. Junpei is a timid writer who enchants Sayoko, the love of his life, by conjuring up stories to soothe the anguish of her young daughter Sala, a girl who is having nightmares of the Earthquake Man. A talking bear makes the very best honey pies, and Katagiri, a bank loans officer, struggles to distinguish between what is real and what is not when six-foot Frog asks for help to fight off giant Worm for the future of Tokyo. Together, these stories explore the emotional aftershocks of disaster, and offer a message of hope and healing.
TICKETS: $15 HERE or call 604-629-VTIX (8849)
More: after the quake @ Rumble Productions (INFO) | after the quake @ Pi Theatre | Vancouver Observer | Georgia Straight | CBC | JCCA Bulletin | 10 Things You Need to Know About Haruki Murakami @ TimesPosted by Tamiko | November 22, 2009 | Comments (0)
"Throughout the Vancouver area, you hear many people saying how small Vancouver is or how everyone knows everyone. If this truly was the case, or even remotely, then you would have heard about all or most of the talented, innovative, and most of all, HYPED up individuals that riddle our cities. Clearly this is not the case for even a small portion of our population as there exists a large disconnect between impression and reality. Founder Alan Ng and co-founder Jenkin Au felt strongly about this disconnect and decided to feature what Vancouver has to offer in justalilhype!" - About section from justalilhype.com
Certainly these words ring true for any Vancouverite. We're a small fish when it comes to comparing to other larger and more glam metropolis' in the world, but from the POV of a non-born-and-raised Vancouverite, I can tell you that we are quite lucky. Vancouver is a gorgeous, clean city and it has a lot to offer culturally. Sites like Just a Lil Hype (and Schema of course *ahem*) seek to wake us up out of our whiny stupor and learn to not take our city for granted. You only need to look at Just a Lil Hype's current issue to get a glimpse of all the local talent Vancouver has: DJ Flipout, model Kathryn Gfellner, Vancouver Fashion Week, and the Vancouver Asian Hip Hop Summit to name a few.
Started just this year by founders Jenkin Au, and Alan Ng, this cool online magazine focuses on underground and local music, fashion, artists, and individuals. So, if you're an artist wanting some exposure, or just a person seeking something new in Vancouver, then click over to Just A Lil Hype to find all your answers.
More: official sitePosted by Jordana Mah | November 23, 2009 | Comments (0)
It was sunny! Lucky Toronto. Glad to have left the soggy, grey, rainy west for a few days. Arrived just in time to get ready and head out to Bloor Cinema for the Opening Night Gala Premiere of Reel Asian with its Canadian premiere showing of Hong Kong's Overheard.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Terry Ting @ Reel Asian Flickr)
Damn, a must-see film. What's not to love? - Suspense! Corruption! Greed! Money! Daniel Wu! Okay, I admit that I have no idea what makes a good film for the general masses, but I sure do know what I like and don't like and Overheard makes it on My Good List. Overhead is the latest feature from the folks behind the Infernal Affairs trilogy (which was, of course, remade by Hollywood as The Departed). Yeah, the write-up pretty much had me with "Infernal Affairs" - had to see it.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Terry Ting @ Reel Asian Flickr)
After bypassing the lineups due to my much cherished media-pass (thank you Reel Asian!), I snagged a seat with the lovely Lisa Marie Chen of Blink and her crew...and after a thankful dinner (yes, sadly) of Kernels popcorn, courtesy of Lisa, I sunk back into my seat to enjoy the film.Posted by Tamiko | November 15, 2009 | Comments (0)
Hong Kong's very own romantic fantasy web series LUMINA makes the jump from the little screen to the big screen! On November 14th and 15th, over 3,500 festival attendees got the chance to catch the first webisode of LUMINA on the big screen at the Clockenflap Music & Multi-Media Arts Festival held at Cyberport, Hong Kong.
With over 30,000 views online from word of mouth and grassroots marketing, it is no wonder that Clockenflap, a huge supporter of local artists and filmmakers, supported LUMINA in transitioning over to the big screens. In the last month, 30% of all LUMINA viewers on YouTube were females between the ages of 13 and 17; the next largest demographic (15%) were males between the ages of 25 and 34.
The entire nine part first season of LUMINA is now available to view on
Lumina Series as well as on LUMINA's American distribution partner's website, KoldCast TV. A special DVD release with behind the scenes footage and bonus material is on the way.
White on Rice
USA, 2009, 85min
DIR Dave Boyle
Every family has one - the dorky, loser single uncle with a dead-end job who lives with some sort of relative. In White on Rice, the uncle in question is Jimmy. Jimmy is 40 years old, recently divorced, has no career, and freeloads off his sister, her young son Justin, and her very disapproving husband. Everyone in Jimmy's life is set on hooking Jimmy up with a new wife, however finding love is difficult - especially since Jimmy has the unfortunate habit of saying just the wrong thing at the wrong moment. Enter Ramona, the gorgeous niece of Jimmy's brother-in-law, Tak. Jimmy sets his sights on wooing Ramona, but he has competition in the form of Tim (James Kyson Lee, Heroes), his hunky buddy who just happens to have a past with Ramona.Posted by Jordana Mah | November 10, 2009 | Comments (0)
Don't bother trying to shorten it with TRAIFF, this film festival goes by Reel Asian and in its 13th year the lineup has seen 49 East/Southeast Asian titles from 14 countries shown in a 5-day whirlwind - including its last day, tomorrow, Sunday, November 15th (don't forget to bypass the Santa Claus Parade).
Reel Asian was founded in 1997 by producer Anita Lee and journalist Andrew Sun, as a means to foster cultural and artistic exchange, provide a public forum for homegrown Asian media artists and their work, and fuel the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.
This year's selection of films include 12 World Premieres, 7 Canadian
Premieres, 17 Toronto Premieres and over 35 guests in Attendance. Oh, and those 14 countries? : Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia,
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Singapore, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, and the United States of America.
It's not too late to support Reel Asian! Come out tomorrow for the rare screening of A Schoolgirl's Diary from North Korea (that's not a typo...yeah, NORTH Korea, DPRK); the Toronto premiere of the Indonesian film Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (is that character really eating firecrackers to expel ghosts? for real?); the world premiere of the Canadian supernatural tale The Ache (support the homegrown talent, y'all!); and the Toronto premiere of South Korean director Yang Ik-June's film Breathless (it's won a bazillion awards already).
For times, locations, and all else, click away to Reel Asian's homebase HERE.
More: ">Reel Asian | Reel Asian Twitter | Reel Asian Blog | Reel Asian 2009 @ CBC | Reel Asian 2009 @ CTV | Reel Asian 2009 @ Globe & Mail | Reel Asian 2009 @ Toronto Star | PHOTO CREDIT: Nancy Kim for Reel AsianPosted by Tamiko | November 14, 2009 | Comments (0)
The People I've Slept With
USA, 2009, 86min
DIR Quentin Lee
Angela Yang does something we've seen a lot of in mainstream films and television - she has a lot of sex, with a lot of different people. The fact that she is a young Asian-American woman hypersexual is probably meant to put a sort fresh spin on a familiar idea - that people like this - 'sluts' and 'lotharios' - will eventually have to grow up or become sad cautionary tales. In Angela's case, an unintended pregnancy sends her down the unavoidable road to maturity. She doesn't know who the daddy is, but, thanks to her penchant for making post-coital polaroid baseball cards of her conquests, she can narrow it down to 5 possible men.Posted by gloria | November 10, 2009 | Comments (0)
Los Angeles based hip-hop group The Far East Movement (FM) are featured in the nation-wide Party Rock Tour, with headliner LMFAO, the electro-hop DJs, along with Paradiso Girls and Space Cowboy (Lady Gaga's DJ).
They promise The Party Rock Tour is not just a show; it's a completely new concert experience! Expect a non-stop party of continuous music open, with Million $ Mano spinning in between sets so the party never stops.
The 31-city national tour has only one Canadian stop on Tuesday, November 10 at Vancouver's Gossip Nightclub. Yeah, yeah, it's a Tuesday night...but the next day is a holiday (Remembrance Day) so you have no excuse to check them out! (Get tickets here)
Nothing better than LMFAO's "I'm in Miami Bitch" live...
More: Party Rock Tour | Party Rock Tour Schedule (other cities) | Far East Movement featured @ Schema | Far East Movement | Far East Movement MySpace | Far East Movement Facebook | LMFAO | Paradiso Girls | Space CowboyPosted by Tamiko | November 7, 2009 | Comments (0)
Children of Invention
USA, 2009, 86min
DIR Tze Chun
In Tzu Chun's debut Children of Invention, single mother Elaine Cheng is having a rough time. Her savings have been sucked into a 'vitamin' pyramid scheme, and, after defaulting on her mortguage, she and her kids are getting kicked out of their house. A kind realtor friend lets the homeless family squat in a nearby condo development while it's being finished. It's clean and they have electricity and water, so things could be worse. He also encourages Elaine to get her realtor's license - a well-intentioned but somewhat misguided bit of advice given the climate of the real estate market. Unfortunately, Elaine needs money now. In between showing houses and answering phones at the real estate office, Elaine combs through newspaper classified ads for money-making 'network marketing opportunities'. Though the audience sees the family's impending disaster coming from a mile back, Elaine is too desperately in need - and, as an immigrant, unable to work legally in the U.S. - to change course.Posted by gloria | November 6, 2009 | Comments (0)
It's that time of year again! The Vancouver Asian Film Festival is now in it's 13th year, making it one of the longest running festivals of its kind. VAFF 2009 takes place at Tinseltown Theatres from November 5-8th, with 14 selected program screenings covering over 40 films.
Every year, SchemaMag.ca has provided you with ongoing in-depth coverage of all your favorite films, but this year we've partnered with the Asian Canadian Cultural Organization (UBC) and VAFF to bring you a special film-themed iWriteAboutMe.ca.
Come check out a screening of Mighty Asian Movie-Making Marathon 2008 shorts tomorrow, Nov 4th from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the Victoria Learning Theatre in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and stay for iWriteAboutMe.ca, featuring JENNIFER THYM, visionary Writer and Director of LUMINA (for more info see Matt Tsang's blog post here). We will be giving away free tickets to the Vancouver Asian Film Festival at the event!To RSVP, visit NAAAP Vancouver.
The Vancouver Asian Film Festival kicks off this year with CHILDREN OF INVENTION, the humorous and heartbreaking feature film debut from Tze Chun, which has been acclaimed as one of the most-awarded and best-reviewed films of the year.
Schema's VAFF Ticket Contest
Don't worry, we haven't forgotten our faithful readers. You have a chance to win one of 3 pairs of tickets to the film of your choice. Simply answer the following question:
Which VAFF film won the Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival this year?
Simply email the answer to email@example.com by 7:00 pm on Wednesday Nov 4th. Check out the Vancouver Asian Film Festival website for more info. We'll announce the winner on opening night, Thursday, November 5th!
Stay tuned for more exciting reviews and interviews, coming your way!Posted by Alden | November 3, 2009 | Comments (0)
North Hollywood filmmakers, it's time to mark your calendars.
The Vancouver Asian Film Festival is right around the corner and films from award winners all around North America are going to be screened, with several directors and producers in attendance. From crowd pleasers like "The People I've Slept With" to hard-hitting dramas like "Children of Invention", you're bound to find something you like.
The festival goes from November 5th to 8th. Purchase tickets at the VAFF website.Posted by Matthew Tsang | November 3, 2009 | Comments (0)
I have had this love affair with Indian culture for some time now. Everything from Indian cuisine, to Bollywood films and music, to its traditional attire, I always have something Indian-related on my mind (Palak Paneer!) So I was really intrigued when I came across Vibgyor while watching the Fashion Channel spotlight its recent runway show at Toronto Fashion Week.
A fashion label based in Mumbai, India, Vibgyor (which is the acronym for the colours of the rainbow) offers more than a splash of colour to the gloomy Canadian fall weather. Unique, eccentric, eye-catching, and playful, Vibgyor's collection is a fun way to spruce up any old closet! With a focus on textures, prints, and colours, the designers show that they are capable of producing clothing that does not only rely on "looking good".
Vibgyor originated in April 2008 as a passionate joint collaboration between Simone Khambatta and Roma Narsinghani.Their goal is to "garb the 'international woman' who travels and experiments with fashion". Both Khambatta and Narsinghani have an impressive background to the fashion industry, both eventually ending up in London to perfect their skills as fashion designers.
Vibgyor made its debt in Canada at the LG Fashion Week in Toronto this past October.Posted by Jocelyn Gan | November 24, 2009 | Comments (0)
People around North America are scrambling to get their precautions against the H1N1 virus, also known as Swine Flu. What makes those in Asia any different? One thing, a whole new level of paranoia that has inspired an innovative way to prevent the virus from harming men.
We've seen people in Hazmat suits to protect themselves from hazardous materials, but now you can wear that level of protection in style! Check out this snazzy new anti-flu suit designed for the Asian businessman: this suit was designed for Japanese businessmen to fend off swine flu.
This suit was ingeniously created by the Japanese apparel company, Haruyama Trading Co. This sleek and sharp suit designed to break down and kill any traces of the virus found withing the wooven fabrics of the outfit itself. Shinto Hirata, vice director of merchandising at Haruyama, says the suit is proven to kill 40 percent of the latest flu virus in about three hours.
The suit is coated with the chemical titanium dioxide, a household ingredient in a few household items such as toothpaste and cosmetics. This chemical compound reacts to light to break down and kill the virus when it comes into contact with the suit. Haruyama Trading Co. has been developing said suit for the past year, around the same time as the global outbreak. The World Health Organization confirmed more than 340,000 cases worldwide and around 4,100 deaths.
The suit is found in a few different types of colors and styles such as medium grey, charcoal, navy and a grey pinstripe and costs around $US590. The company guarantees that the suit will retain its flu-neutralizing properties after a few washes.Posted by Nick Y. | November 3, 2009 | Comments (0)
In partnership with the IKBLC, NAAAP Vancouver, the UBC Asian Canadian Cultural Organization and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival:
Schema Magazine is proud to present Jennifer Thym, visionary Writer and Director of LUMINA, an original nine-part web series "characterized as a dark, densely woven fantasy set against the sparkling backdrop of Hong Kong" (stars JuJu Chan, Michael Chan and Vince Matthew Chung).
Wednesday November 4, 2009 | 6:15 - 7:30 PM.
Victoria Learning Theatre | The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre | University of British Columbia (directions and address below)
Free Event. RSVP required as seating is limited. Please visit NAAAP Vancouver to reserve a seat.
Originally from New York and Virginia, and now based in Hong Kong, Jennifer Thym followed her childhood dream to make film—leaving behind a successful career in the financial banking industry, and a previous life as a lawyer. Jennifer will be sharing her story of creating this beautifully shot episodic series—from writing the script and using the RED One digital HD camera, to raising the money and rethinking the business plan in today's economy. She will also share her personal perspective on the business model for Asian American and Asian Canadian filmmakers. Determined to create highly entertaining films that "make meaning" and showcase a breadth of Asian characters, Jennifer's passion for filmmaking will inspire you. For a synopsis of LUMINA, see Matthew Tsang's post on SchemaMag.ca.
+ This workshop is preceded by a special screening of films (5:00 PM - 6:00 PM) from Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon 2008, presented by the Asian Canadian Cultural Association (UBC), in partnership with the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.
This special event is part of iWriteAboutMe.com, a monthly series of web writing workshops and speakers, featuring some of the most pioneering, innovative and ethnic cool voices on the Internet.
iWriteAboutMe.com is presented in partnership with: the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (University of British Columbia), the North American Association of Asian Professionals Vancouver (NAAAP), theTyee.ca, Fresh Media (Vancouver), the Office of Learning Technology (University of British Columbia), and the Museum of Vancouver. Sponsored by The Laurier Institution. Jennifer Thym's talk is sponsored in part by the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. For information on upcoming workshops, please visit iWriteAboutMe.comPosted by Claudia Ho | November 2, 2009 | Comments (0)