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Love Lost on the 405

Love Lost on the 405

Former KoreAm Editor-in-chief Kai Ma has written and starred in a new short film titled “Love Lost on the 405.” The breakdown is that it shows us how driving can make you feel crazy. Set in Los Angeles, the film establishes Kai as a driver that descends into depression and madness because both her freeway and relationship are going nowhere. It premiered in August 2011 at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles for an exhibit by Rethink/LA.

If only freeways in Los Angeles could look like Running on Empty.

Love Lost On the 405

Help Fund The Benchmark EP by Lindsey Yung

Help Fund The Benchmark EP by Lindsey Yung

Singer-songwriter Lindsey Yung is putting together an EP and needs your help in order to make that happen. Her album will consist of very unique renditions of these well-known tracks, which include: Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell, The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel, Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) by Marvin Gaye, Fire And Rain by James Taylor, Nights In White Satin by The Moody Blues and Let It Be by The Beatles.

Lindsey’s campaign will go toward paying the brilliant musicians who are lending their talents to bringing these songs to life, the printing and packaging of the EP, paying for the mechanical licensing fees I have to pay since these are covers, and so forth.  Shooting for an early October release date, Lindsey is looking to raise $1,250, which is somewhat of a modest goal.

To learn more about her campaign, visit her Kickstarter page listed here.

Help Fund The Benchmark EP by Lindsey Yung

J-Town Summer Sessions 2011

JTown Summer Sessions

Our friends at Tuesday Night Project, in partnership with Glenn Suravech Mosaic Sound Recordings and Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, present: J-Town Summer Sessions: A Live Concert Recording and Celebration of Art + Community on August 6, 2011, which will be one week following the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple’s Obon Festival event.

The event will take place at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, 505 East Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

J-Town Summer Sessions will celebrate Tuesday Night Project’s thirteenth year of its 1st & 3rd Tuesday Night Cafe free public arts series with a concert featuring a number of musical artists from the Asian Pacific and Los Angeles community. In addition, music producer and recording engineer Glenn Suravech will be doing a live recording of the J-Town Summer Sessions concert and producing tracks of select pieces from each artist.

To purchase tickets online, please visit here.

$20 General Admission Presale  ($25 General Admission at the door)
$15 Student/Senior(60+) Presale  ($20 Student/Senior at the door)
Kids 12 and under FREE!
Presale ends at 11:59pm on Thursday, August 4th!

Sean promotes J-Town Summer Sessions 2011

Midnight Kids For Japan ( Japan Relief Compilation Album)

Midnight Kids For Japan ( Japan Relief Compilation Album)

Midnight Kids for Japan is a compilation album brought to you by KC.93 Records & Radio, the music label of international artist collective, Midnight Kids Academy.

The album consists of new and unreleased music by KC.93’s roster of over 40 musicians from different corners of the world such as the United Kingdom, Germany, China, and various regions of the United States. Each artist‘s contribution is unique and organically evolves to create a synergy allowing them to move in ways that would not be possible on their own.

All proceeds from the album will go towards GlobalGiving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

To stream and purchase the album, please visit here.

Jowin & Mark II – Hanami (花見)

Here’s more ways to support Japan through music: Secret Show for Japan with Linkin Park x B’z, Tsunami Relief: Download to Donate, Songs for Japan to benefit Japan Disaster Relief, We Pray For You : YouTube Japan Tribute, and Solitude (Tribute to Japan) by Francis Kang.

Lyrics2Go Japan Benefit Show

Lyrics2Go Benefit Concert

Lyrics2Go is a free, all ages concert series held at Bell City Skate Park in Bell, CA. This third installment of Lyrics2Go on May 6th, 2011 is dedicated to Japan relief efforts. 12 Hip Hop artists from all over Los Angeles will be performing live to promote the awareness of the Japan crisis and to represent the unity of the human race. Donations will be collected from the audience throughout the evening, and all funds raised at this event will go directly to Red Cross Japan. Featured artists include VerBS, Foci, Sonny_B, Versis & Seven Day, Mark II, Trey Beama, Diji, Limit Break, 2NAI Los Angeles (Warren Aguilar, Wesley Aguilar, Sam Garong), Tarikh Mizan & CPT, Diverse & Kid Lou. Up and coming clothing company Cut&Pace Collection will be selling merchandise and giving away gifts during the event.

For more information about the event, check below and visit to stay updated.

Date: May 6, 2011
Time: 7pm-11pm
Location: Bell City Skate Park, 4357 Gage Ave., Bell, CA 90201
Age: All Ages Admission: Free (donations will be collected from the audience for Red Cross Japan)

Lyrics To Go vol. 3 – Japan Benefit / FREE Hip Hop Show – ALL AGES – CM

Illuminate International Launch Party

Illuminate International Launch Party

For those of you who are in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles this Saturday (March 26, 2011), the launch party for a non-profit group called Illuminate International is going down from 6-8pm.

435 S. Molino St.
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday March 26, 6-8pm


Performances by:
Jayme Dee
Derrick Engoy
Dylan Byrne
Paul Dateh
Joshua Andrew Belida & Hannah Rae Sibert


ABOUT Illuminate International

lluminate International is a 501(c)3 non-profit, advocacy organization dedicated to achieving universal education by wholeheartedly investing in students around the world in their academic endeavors. Join us as we celebrate the launch of our brand new organization. Proceeds from this event will go directly into funding our partnership initiatives.

For ticket information, go to this link. Don’t forget to checkout the Facebook event page here.

Illuminate International