Thursday, January 18, 2018
Izziban Sushi and BBQ


Philippine Christmas Lanterns

Bauan, Batangas – Philippines – I recently visited the small town of Bauan, Batangas per the invitation of a friend Cecille Cordero-Diaz, a former member of the world-renowned Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company and now Director and Choreographer of the Philippine fold dance group called “Sining Kumintang” currently one of the best folkdance group of the Philippines, based in Bauan, Batangas. Cecille invited...

Preserving the Philippine Traditions

Manila, Philippines – In today's generation, many of our youth are slowly losing their Asian identity when it comes to preserving the traditions and customs of their parents or grandparents. But not in the province of Batangas particularly in the small towns of Lemery and Bauan in the Philippines. I recently visited these two small towns about 2 hours from Manila. A...


Couture Korea
NOV 3, 2017 — FEB 4, 2018 Discover the past, present and future of Korea in this first U.S. exhibition to consider Korean fashion as an expression of social and cultural values. Couture Korea showcases historical Korean fashion and its modern reinterpretations at a moment when young Seoul-based designers are making the leap to the global stage and international haute couture is finding...

The Asian Art Museum: We’re Growing!

The Asian Art Museum
We’re growing! The Asian Art Museum is making a $90 million investment in its future, one that will transform public engagement with the museum’s world-renowned collection, exhibitions and cultural programs. In early 2018, construction will begin on the centerpiece of this transformation: a new, 13,000-square-foot exhibition Pavilion and Art Terrace added to the east, Hyde Street side of the museum’s Civic...

“In Search of Perfect Consonance” – A Chat with the Director

Last month at the Global Peace Film Festival, I watched the short documentary "In Search of Perfect Consonance". I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with Director Ruby Yang and she spoke about the making and inspirations for the film. The film was first released in 2016 and follows the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) as they journey through friendships, difficulties and cultural fusions...

Duke Energy Supports United Arts for a Fourth Year of Diversity Outreach

ORLANDO, FL. — October 02, 2017 — United Arts of Central Florida has been awarded a $50,000 grant for diversity and inclusion initiatives from the Duke Energy Foundation, making this the fourth year in a row that Duke has supported these efforts. The grant provides “seed money” for cultural groups to create programming that will appeal to a wide...

Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics

A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (OCTOBER 18, 2017–APRIL 1, 2018) Opening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), on October 18, Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics juxtaposes paintings and sculptures by one of the most imaginative artists working today with treasures from the MFA’s renowned collection of Japanese art. The exhibition reveals how Murakami’s contemporary vision is...

Black and White: Japanese Modern Art

calligrapher Inoue Yūichi
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017–JUNE 3, 2018   Centered around a newly acquired, large-scale work by calligrapher Inoue Yūichi (1916–85), a new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), showcases a selection of avant-garde works in the monochrome aesthetic shared widely in Japan and beyond during the postwar period. This monochromatic sensibility is rooted in Zen Buddhism, which values simplicity and austerity,...

Meet the Global Peace Film Festival’s Executive Director

First established in 2003, Nina Streich was hired to create the Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF) here in Orlando. “The festival started in 2003 - the year the Iraq War began and the motivation for it was in response to the war," Streich said. "However, from the beginning, I wanted to present a positive vision of working for peace rather than...


United Arts
ORLANDO – September 5, 2017 – United Arts of Central Florida announced the recipients of its February cycle of Mini-Grants and of Arts Learning Mini-Grants. Twelve organizations were awarded $17,000 in the first cycle of Mini-Grants and five organizations were awarded $11,500 for the Arts Learning Mini-Grants. Mini-Grants United Arts reaches out to grassroots and multicultural organizations through its Mini-Grants program....
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