By Jenny Alvarez
Photos By: Alfonso De Elias
This show has the greatest cast of freestyle motocross, trials and quad riders ever assembled, including recent X Games 2012 medalists Ronnie Faisst, Mike Mason, Taka Higashino and Winter X Games gold and silver medalist Colten Moore. The tour also includes former gold medalists Adam Jones and Matt Buyten as well as award-winning freestylers Derek Garland, Brody Wilson, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Wes Agee, Nick Dunne, Geoff Aaron, Keith Wineland and Marco Picado in this action-packed freestyle performance of pure danger and raw combat.
Freestyle acrobatics on road machines. To say that this show was “energy on steroids” is putting it mildly! Action packed, never ending excitement, pyrotechnics and stunts you would not believe. Set in the year 2150 in war-torn Los Angeles, there are two tribes of Nuclear Cowboyz: the Soldiers of Havoc and the Metal Mulisha and they’re being threatened with takeover by the Cyborg Army. The battle of good versus evil ensues through a back and forth of fearless and insane stunts on everything from motocross bikes to four wheelers and it’s all set to heavy metal and alternative music (heart thumping, really — I was totally rocked out.) The whole performance was fantastic, and very organized professional run. Two thumbs up!
The Korean Cultural Center LA and Korea Tourism Organization LA are proud to present the US premiere of “2012 Korea in Motion – Dance Musical ’Sachoom’” at the Ford Amphitheatre on September 8, 2012 at 8pm. “Sachoom” is the popular Korean dance phenomenon that has been captivating audiences since its debut in 2004 with its nonverbal, ALL DANCE approach to telling the coming of age story of three brothers, Jun, Sun and Bin. The ALL AGES show is the follow-up to last year’s electrifying KCCLA production, “Rhythm and Passion of Korea,” which was nominated for a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for its airing on KCET.
Since the first stage performance opened in 2004, “Sachoom” has had over 1,900 performances to date throughout Asia, Russia and England. It continues to gain tremendous popularity as it makes its way to new regions. The musical was also the first Korean production to perform at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August 3-25, 2008) and garnered various international award nominations.
“Sachoom” will feature 14 of Korea’s top up-and-coming dancers performing elaborate choreographed numbers over a pulsating soundtrack. The entire stage will be filled with movement as the story comes to life in this dance spectacular. The production will undoubtedly capture the hearts of Americans from all cultural backgrounds as it makes its way for the first time to the great melting pot of the West: Los Angeles. Integration of popular dance genres, including hip-hop, jazz, contemporary dance, break dancing and dynamic music, will allow audiences from all generations and cultural backgrounds to connect with the engaging yet simple storyline. Vibrant visuals and uplifting musical numbers seamlessly transcend language.
Review by Jenny Alvarez
Photo By Alfonso de Elias.
Eva Mendes plays Grace, a single mother working two jobs who has no time to help her daughter grow up. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Harford, to give her daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad’s English teacher, Ms. Armstrong, introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker, Mission Impossible (Eugenio Derbez), Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita, to plot her shortcut to “adulthood”. But as her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing-up means acting your age.
This movie is something you don’t see every day, She is a parent with good intentions that fails to exhibit good behavior. Ansiedad researches adolescent rites of passage and maps them out on her bulletin board, planning to demonstrate potential and blow it and infiltrate the popular crowd and betray her best friend and lose her virginity in the course of a couple weeks.
The good thing is this movie is full of talented young actors and tell a smoothly structured, easily digestible story with an emotionally satisfying climax. Ansiedad will break your heart especially with her emotions and feelings.
Review by Jenny Alvarez
Koichi (Koki Maeda) a twelve-year-old boy lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke (Koki’s real-life brother Ohshiro Maeda) lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated by their parents’ divorce and Koichi’s only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open, linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed. With help from the adults around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle that will improve their difficult lives.
A delightful tale of childhood desires and imaginative adventures, I wish will open on May 11 in Los Angeles, with a national rollout to follow. Faces show up in supporting roles as adults, including Jo Odagiri as the deadbeat father and a struggling musician and Hiroshi Abe as a strict teacher.
This movie gives the story a timeless, dreamlike quality and illustrates life as it is. Some landscape shots featuring the live volcano next to Kagoshima are particularly breathtaking. But some of the scenes seemed as though the cuts were put together very sloppily. In fact, if any wish gets preferential treatment, it’s that of Koichi’s friend Makoto, who quietly mourns and accepts the devastation of mortality during the adventure. It’s about family in a changing society full of life, heart, and funny little details about daily existence. Two thumbs up!
The “New Girl” actress Zooey Deschanel is to play Loretta Lynn on broadway. Loretta Lynn who is 80-years-old said ”It’s a long way from Butcher Holler to Broadway in New York City, I never imagined I’d see ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ on a movie screen, and now I can’t believe it’s going to be on a stage for people to see.” Lynn is excited to have Zooey play herself. Lynn plans to sit front row and watch how a poor Kentucky girl grow to be the first female country singer on broadway. In 1972, Lynn was the first woman named “Entertainer of the Year” by the Country Music Association and has released 70 albums.
The New York City rock club CBGB is planning a city wide music festival. The CBGB festival will occur July 5th-8th. The Rolling Stones reported that it will “include 300 bands at 30 locations across New York, from Central Park’s Summerstage to the Highline Ballroom to clubs like Lit Lounge.” Stage performers include Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Cloud Nothings, Baseball Project (a supergroup started by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn) and New York Dolls member David Johansen will also be making an appearance. CBGB will also be showing film screenings of classic rock films and documentaries. CBGB was last closed in 2006. For all those attendees, good luck using the restroom.
Lady Gaga revealed in an interview that her past drug use was due to loneliness. She admitted that at 19-years-old she had mental and emotional problems. “I would go back to my apartment every day and I would just sit there. It was quiet and it was lonely. It was still,” said Gaga. “It was just my piano and myself. I had a television and I would leave it on all the time just to feel like somebody was hanging out with me.” This lead to cocaine use and dependency on the drug. “It was like the drug was my friend. I never did it with other people,” she said. “It’s such a terrible way to fill that void, because it just adds to that void, because it’s not real.” Lady Gaga had an epiphany and realized that the “white devil” was destroying her. She then decided to focus on her music.
Adam Yauch, 47, dies of unknown causes. He was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer in 2009, but it is not confirmed that cancer was the cause of his death. Ever since his diagnosis, he has gone through therapy and treatment. Yauch has a daughter and wife. The Beastie Boys have won multiple Grammy’s and were in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.