Wednesday, November 23, 2005

um, we don't do turkey, we do lechon.

...the true hollywood story behind charlotte's web...

i can't believe i found an issue of giant robot at my local borders. what is the chicago south side coming to?! how multicultural! or as my friend, (d)Eva likes to put it - "Viva La Raza!"

...and the icing on my little asian magazine find? the cover story is about seonna hong, one of my favorite artists. so, dude, GO, pick it up now!

anyway, i'm flipping thru and i stop on this hilarious little tidbit about the "asian american lunchbox". readers wrote in with their favorite lunchbox memories and included is a layout/diagram of what different lunchboxes would have looked like and contained - each labeled accordingly - the chinese-american, hawaiian, japanese-american. there's some pretty quirky stuff in them there lunchboxes even for asian peeps.

man, do i have filipino-american lunchbox stories.... y'know, i think everyone in my grade school remembers my lunchbox. without going into too much detail (because it plays a huge part in the book i'm suppossed to be writing. ha.), i had a large porcelain sugar bowl (or maybe it was a small soup tureen) for a lunchbox. my mother used to put my lunch in it and put a rubber band around one handle, over the top and the around the other handle. the stuff that she used to put in? let's see, it was usually a combination of any two of the below with rice:

raisins or prunes (my mother should have been a california raisin, she would have met the height requirement)
banana chips (ok, i admit i requested these...)
bagoong (fermented tiny shrimps)
longganisa (pork sausage)
sinigang bangus ('cause what's a school day w/o getting a fish bone caught in your throat)
jello (like the time, the jello melted and ran out of the aforementioned lunchbox)
fresh mango (i could eat mangoes ALL DAY LONG)
smoked chub (and i quote,"children, do you smell fish? i smell fish. where is that smell coming from?" mrs. turnoy, walking by my desk, nose in the air, nostrils flaring, 3rd grade.)

i remember begging and pleading to accept dinner invitations from friends. i would dream about pancakes, ice cream, tacos, pizza, Hi-C and gelatinous pasta from a can. all we had was filipino food - morning, noon and night. and on the holidays, it was no different. we didn't do turkey, we did lechon. i felt SO deprived, my KINGDOM for one measley funyun!!!!

it wasn't until i moved out of my mom's house (and into bohemian art school/shared space hell) that i realized how much i took for granted and how desperately i missed filipino food - its odd odors, funky colors, alien textures, otherworldy ingredients and most importantly its familiar, steamy, stewy comfort.

nowadays, i look forward to meals with my mom and my extended filipino family. more recently, i've pulled the "pregnant lady craving card" and begged my mom to cook/buy stuff and bring it over. my moms is so great. she brought so much stuff over i had to give some away. well, ya can't really refrigerate/freeze filipino food, it doesn't really like that....

this year, i'm making a few "american" sides for my husband and brother in law (whose families are very traditional when it comes to the holidays) so that they won't feel so left out (or like guinea pigs). but i was delighted to find these filipino thanksgiving recipes on, that offer up a fabulous filipino fusion thanksgiving feast:

pumpkin soup
coconut crusted rebosado
whole wheat pandesal
cranberry achara
sweet potato buco pie
longganisa cornbread stuffing
lechon turkey/pabochon
baby green beans w/ cashews

i may actually try these...

in a few years...

when i actually have a spare hand...

...or two - attached to my body, in some postapocalyptic experimental surgery designed to revolutionize/modernize the stay at home mom - sahm v11.0 (see, even i'll go to eleven.)

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

19 days to go... time to place your bets!


hey, i actually had a fake contraction on sunday night.

woo. hoo.

yesterday morning, i went in for a not so routine ultrasound to make sure that bellyzilla was actually head down because at my last appt, my midwife thought he sounded and felt like he was breech. there i was spreadeagled on the examining bed, determined to smack the daylights out of my soon to be born son.

i swear this kid better be worth the multitude of health problems his presence has caused - the myriad internal plumbing backups, the debilitating neck and backaches, the hormonal rollercoaster rides, the paralyzing fatigue, etc, etc... my MIL is trying to convince me that this can only mean that our son will be an absolute angel. hmm... maybe she's trying to convince herself too.

my first pregnancy was so wonderful that i'm convinced testosterone is pure f*cking biochemical evil to women. and that is why, children, the devil is usually pictured as a male.

so anyway besides placing a bet on bellyzillas day and time of birth, you can also pick a middle name! those of you who personally know me and popzilla know his first name. here's our growing list of middle names: pick one or feel free to offer up a suggestion (and no, henson beckwith is not a choice) just keep in mind that our last name starts with an O and his first name ends in an S.


oh and another thing... i'm not going to use the word "k*dzilla" anymore. it turns out its another word used to search for porn.

i know that kinda made me wanna vomit too...

Friday, November 18, 2005

just an fyi...

i am the only harry potter fan in chicago who is not going to be seeing the movie tonight. :(

i'm signifigantly put out and disappointed.

piffle and rot. :(

i'm so pouting right now.... did i mention it's playing on the IMAX screen at navy pier? :(

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

i can't believe it....


...i'm slightly hormonal right now, functioning on very little sleep and btw - my midwife mentioned at my appointment on thursday that i'm already dilated a fingertip....

so. any day now, people.... ANY. DAY.

and for those of you who are snowflake deprived you can always "make-a-flake" here.

mmmmm..... i *heart* "make a flake". i hate snow.

Sunday, November 13, 2005


popzilla shares his birthday with
producer-director-actor Garry Marshall
actor Joe Mantegna
actress Frances Conroy ("Six Feet Under")
actress Whoopi Goldberg
actor Chris Noth
comedian Jimmy Kimmel
basketball player Ron Artest

"IF NOVEMBER 13 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Happiness and prosperity are on the upswing for those born on this day. Jovial Jupiter will be in your zodiacal area all year and you may be able to reap a beneficial harvest of good will from others before your next birthday. People in general, however, may be too willing to criticize between now and late January, so hold off on crucial decisions and changes. Keep a low profile until August, when chances to improve your circumstances can arise. Set crucial plans into motion in October to enjoy permanent peace and tranquility."

Thursday, November 10, 2005

me and my "rowdy" child... *sigh*

no mama/no kid zone

not too long ago, i walked into the border's cafe with k'zilla in the stroller and the looks i got were so cold that i immediately felt unwelcome and guilty. it's actually a very familiar feeling, we've gotten the same looks boarding the L, waiting to board airplanes, etc...

i was already having a blue day. i needed a place to "be" ouside the home. i needed a warm drink and an unfamiliar set of four walls - just to break up the monotony of our shared day. i needed to remember what it was like to be around people my height.

i made sure that before entering the cafe section, i purchased a few magazines and a jumbo coloring book to support the bookstore and keep us entertained. yes, even i was skeptical but hopeful that k'zilla would use her "inside voice" and behave long enough for the both of us to have a snack and share a little "quiet" time.

to my delight, the little bambina shone like a star. she was very well behaved, used her inside voice, ate her snack and colored away (outside the lines :)). but, i know from ear splitting, gut wrenching, heartbreaking experience that she wouldn't have done so if it weren't for all the other times that she didn't behave properly and we had to teach her how to do so - in real time, in real places, in real life situations.

so, it's stories like the one printed in the NYT that strikes me so hard. i first caught a glimpse of it on chicagoist and again this morning on wgn tv. though many people see this issue as parents vs. non-parents, it's really about the intolerance and immaturity of people who should know better - with or without kids.

again looking back as a mother with a very loud and rowdy child, i remember how often i isolated ourselves from the world for fear of disturbing my fellow human's sensibilities. by virtue of who i am and what i look like, i always tried to blend in with my surroundings. all of a sudden, that anonymity was gone and with it my independence to a certain extent. i was lonelier than i had ever been in my entire life. that was part of the reason why i started blogging, in an effort to keep in "soundless" touch with the world outside.

finally, i got to meet other new moms and felt the courage to attend coffee and brunch dates. sometimes, k'zilla behaved and other times, we would have to leave. but again, k'zilla wouldn't know how to behave if i'd never gotten the chance to teach her.

are there parents out there who don't pay attention to their children? sure there are. but before anyone goes judging them - they should walk a mile in their vomit & snot spattered shoes. i don't know any parent who willingly lets their kid(s) run ape sh*t in a public place - especially if it's a place that they visit daily or weekly.

just because we're parents doesn't mean there aren't those days when you want to leave your child in a park with a "free to good home" sign around his/her neck. but, you don't, you can either stay in your house and cry in a corner or maybe just maybe - go to a cafe/restaurant and calm down, take a breath and maybe catch a break, if not a little perspective.

ultimately, i think the sign at taste of heaven is humiliating - especially to spanking brand new parents.

i was surprised to read that other restaurants/cafes in other neighborhoods already had similar signage posted. and to add insult to injury, was the overwhelming postive response in favor of the restaurants & cafes.can restaurants/cafes post signs? by all means, yes. can they do it with a little more sensitivity? you bet they can. i don't care that the sign at taste of heaven says "...children of ALL ages..." - the sign is posted about 2 ft from the ground with kids handprints on it. if some vapid nimnull is raging on a cell phone, the last thing s/he is going to do is look at a sign posted 2 ft from the ground. that's funny, i haven't seen a sign like that in a restaurant, but it would be totally insensitive and intolerant of me to say anything about it, i suppose....

and does anyone give a sh*t that the owner of the bakery took insulting/lame potshots at the parents that do frequent his establishment. nope. if he insulted homosexuals or a whole race of people, the city would be up in arms, but hey let's sh*t on those parents. they made a "choice". yeah, who's having a toddler tantrum now? why can't the taste of heaven staff be as respectful as they expect others to be, instead of resorting to public humiliation?

after reading the NYT article, i also couldn't believe that women and children first bookstore had actually asked a woman to leave because she wouldn't stop breastfeeding. WTF?! and again, people wondered why parents were boycotting/complaining. HELLO!? the bookstore is f*cking called WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST.

i'll never forget stepping off a bus in san francisco years ago and thinking almost immediately how it seemed very un-family friendly to me. it was why among other reasons we decided to move to chicago and now this!?

imho - it's silly of those parents to boycott taste of heaven, toast or john's place. just go and support businesses in the area that do want you. easy peasy. i'm very lucky to have cafe luna near to me which actually has a kids menu and a kids area with kid size tables and toys.

all in all, it's kinda sad coz i used to work in an art gallery in andersonville for years in the 90s and i can remember when it was very residential, unhip and family friendly. years later, when i returned from san francisco, the neighborhood had definitely changed and was inhabited by the young and hip. i was so happy to discover a taste of heaven when it was still on foster. although i never sat in there with my nephews or nieces, we used to buy all of the family special occasion cakes at taste of heaven. i wasn't surprised but somehwat disappointed to see a cake from cafe selmarie at a party my sister hosted this past weekend. don't get me wrong, i love cafe selmarie, but it was just sad to not see a cake from taste of heaven.

anyway, the article follows...

The New York Times

November 9, 2005

At Center of a Clash, Rowdy Children in Coffee Shops


CHICAGO, Nov. 8 - Bridget Dehl shushed her 21-month-old son, Gavin, then clapped a hand over his mouth to squelch his tiny screams amid the Sunday brunch bustle. When Gavin kept yelping "yeah, yeah, yeah," Ms. Dehl whisked him from his highchair and out the door.

Right past the sign warning the cafe's customers that "children of all ages have to behave and use their indoor voices when coming to A Taste of Heaven," and right into a nasty spat roiling the stroller set in Chicago's changing Andersonville neighborhood.

The owner of A Taste of Heaven, Dan McCauley, said he posted the sign - at child level, with playful handprints - in the hope of quieting his tin-ceilinged cafe, where toddlers have been known to sprawl between tables and hurl themselves at display cases for sport.

But many neighborhood mothers took umbrage at the implied criticism of how they handle their children. Soon, whispers of a boycott passed among the playgroups in this North Side neighborhood, once an outpost of avant-garde artists and hip gay couples but now a hot real estate market for young professional families shunning the suburbs.

"I love people who don't have children who tell you how to parent," said Alison Miller, 35, a psychologist, corporate coach and mother of two. "I'd love for him to be responsible for three children for the next year and see if he can control the volume of their voices every minute of the day."

Mr. McCauley, 44, said the protesting parents were "former cheerleaders and beauty queens" who "have a very strong sense of entitlement." In an open letter he handed out at the bakery, he warned of an "epidemic" of antisocial behavior.

"Part of parenting skills is teaching kids they behave differently in a restaurant than they do on the playground," Mr. McCauley said in an interview. "If you send out positive energy, positive energy returns to you. If you send out energy that says I'm the only one that matters, it's going to be a pretty chaotic world."

And so simmers another skirmish between the childless and the child-centered, a culture clash increasingly common in restaurants and other public spaces as a new generation of busy, older, well-off parents ferry little ones with them.

An online petition urging child-free sections in North Carolina restaurants drew hundreds of signers, including Janelle Funk, who wrote, "Whenever a hostess asks me 'smoking or non-smoking?' I respond, 'No kids!' "

At Mendo Bistro in Fort Bragg, Calif., the owners declare "Well-behaved children and parents welcome" to try to stop unmonitored youngsters from tap-dancing on the 100-year-old wood floors.

Menus at Zumbro Cafe in Minneapolis say: "We love children, especially when they're tucked into chairs and behaving," which Barbara Daenzer said she read as an invitation to cease her weekly breakfast visits after her son was born.

Even at the Full Moon in Cambridge, Mass., a cafe created for families, with a train table, a dollhouse and a plastic kitchen in a carpeted play area, there are rules about inside voices and a "No lifeguard on duty" sign to remind parents to take responsibility.

"You run the risk when you start monitoring behavior," said the Full Moon's owner, Sarah Wheaton. "You can say no cellphones to people, but you can't say your father speaks too loudly, he has to keep his voice down. And you can't really say your toddler is too loud when she's eating."

Here in Chicago, parents have denounced Toast, a popular Lincoln Park breakfast spot, as unwelcoming since a note about using inside voices appeared on the menu six months ago. The owner of John's Place, which resembles a kindergarten class at recess in early evening, established a separate "family friendly" room a year ago, only to face parental threats of lawsuits.

Many of the Andersonville mothers who are boycotting Mr. McCauley's bakery also skip story time at Women and Children First, a feminist bookstore, because of the rules: children can be kicked out for standing, talking or sipping drinks. When a retail clerk at the bookstore asked a woman to stop breast-feeding last spring, "the neighborhood set him straight real fast," said Mary Ann Smith, the area's alderwoman.

After a dozen years at one site, Mr. McCauley moved A Taste of Heaven six blocks away in May 2004, to a busy corner on Clark Street. But there, he said, teachers and writers seeking afternoon refuge were drowned out not just by children running amok but also by oblivious cellphone chatterers.

Children were climbing the cafe's poles. A couple were blithely reading the newspaper while their daughter lay on the floor blocking the line for coffee. When the family whose children were running across the room to throw themselves against the display cases left after his admonishment, Mr. McCauley recalled, the restaurant erupted in applause.

So he put up the sign. Then things really got ugly.

"The looks I would get when I went in there made me so nervous that I would try to buy the food as fast as I could and get out," said Laura Brauer, 40, who has stopped visiting A Taste of Heaven with her two children. "I think that the mothers who allow their kids to run around and scream, that's wrong, but kids scream and there is nothing you can do about it. What are we supposed to do, not enjoy ourselves at a cafe?"

Ms. Miller said that one day when her son, then 4 months old, was fussing, a staff member rolled her eyes and announced for all to hear, "We've got a screamer!"

Kim Cavitt recalled having coffee and a cookie one afternoon with her boisterous 2-year-old when "someone came over and said you just need to keep her quiet or you need to leave."

"We left, and we haven't been back since," Ms. Cavitt said. "You go to a coffee shop or a bakery for a rest, to relax, and that you would have to worry the whole time about your child doing something that children do - really what they're saying is they don't welcome children, they want the child to behave like an adult."

Why suffer such scorn, the mothers said, when clerks at the Swedish Bakery, a neighborhood institution, offer children - calm or crying - free cookies? Why confront such criticism when the recently opened Sweet Occasions, a five-minute walk down Clark Street, designed the restroom aisle to accommodate double strollers and offers a child-size ice cream cone for $1.50? (At A Taste of Heaven, the smallest is $3.75.)

"It's his business; he has the right to put whatever sign he wants on the door," Ms. Miller said. "And people have the right to respond to that sign however they want."

Mr. McCauley said he had received kudos from several restaurant owners in the area, though none had followed his lead. He has certainly lost customers because of the sign, but some parents say the offense is outweighed by their addiction to the scones, and others embrace the effort at etiquette.

"The litmus test for me is if they have highchairs or not," said Ms. Dehl, the woman who scooped her screaming son from his seat during brunch, as she waited out his restlessness on a sidewalk bench. "The fact that they had one highchair, and the fact that he's the only child in the restaurant is an indication that it's an adult place, and if he's going to do his toddler thing, we should take him out and let him run around."

Mr. McCauley said he would rather go out of business than back down. He likens this one small step toward good manners to his personal effort to decrease pollution by hiring only people who live close enough to walk to work.

"I can't change the situation in Iraq, I can't change the situation in New Orleans," he said. "But I can change this little corner of the world."

Gretchen Ruethling contributed reporting for this article.
accessed 11/10/05

Sunday, November 06, 2005

will someone explain to me...

"the throne" - world's most expensive loo - made of 380kg of gold & 6,200 pieces of pearls and gemstone.

what IS the deal with men and their fascination with toilets & humor involving toilets?

popzilla and i were at the grocery store yesterday. personally, i rarely use public restrooms. but, hey when ya gotta go...

anyway, we walked by the grocery's restroom door and this guy (soooo south side - btw) walks out and says smiling/sheepishly to the other guy waiting patiently outside, "dude, ya better hold yer nose before ya go in there."

of course, i'm mortified and disgusted. and i tell popzilla what "south-side-internal-plumbing- issue dude" said when he's finally out of sight/ear shot and popzilla totally starts laughing and has trouble stopping... wtf!?

ok, i guess even i can see the humor (somewhat) of the situation but C'MON! THAT'S JUST TOTALLY GROSS AND TRASHY!!!!

i was telling popzilla that i was going to blog about this and i wake up this a.m. to these news stories about toilets...

man glued to toilet seat, sues store

black toilet paper is rolling in

and just when you thought it was safe to potty train, Boy Finds Large 'Flesh-Eating' Lizard In Toilet.

y'know this totally reminds me of that tv show, jackass (insert guitar twangs here). almost every guy i know loves that tv show and the movie. i've never seen/met so many men willing to explore/expose their fascination for poo and porta-potties (poo hug, poo poo platters, poo cocktails, turning porta-potties over, making porta-potties explode). it's amazing to me that the vast majority of men, who are so enamored with fecal material, are chicken sh*ts when it comes to dealing with dirty stinky diapers.

i dunno... this is just one of the many mysteries surrounding the archipelago of men in my life.

oh, and another thing... whatever you do, don't do a googe image search for toilets. *SHIVERS*

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Chicago Pinoy Update

i get these update emails about pinoy happennings in chicago and i hate to admit it but they get lost in the melange of emails and spam. so, i figure i should park 'em here. they're really packed full of stuff re: the goings on of chicago pinoys. if you'd like to receive the updates contact edwin directly at

NOVEMBER 3-6, 2005


Slow Jam King (U.S.; 2004; 109 minutes)
Dir: Steven Mallorca
Making its festival return to Chicago, this comic road movie features Jojo,

a self-styled "Filipino Warrior" whose dreams of street credibility find him
on the run from the law with his best friend Devaun and a traveling perfume
salesman named Vance. Award-winning filmmaker Steven Mallorca and his
New York-based musical group, P.I.C., wrote and performed all of the film's
hip hop, country, and slow jam tracks.

Preceded by new videos from Chicago's own Pacifics and an award-winning

video by P.I.C.


Leave It to Chance (U.S.; 2005; 100 minutes)
Dir: Bernard Badion
Chicago Premiere. Special Appearance by Bernard Badion and other Cast and Crew
College students Charlie and Kailin are taking a little time off. While Charlie's

friends try to get him back in the game during a wild holiday break, Kailin wonders
if time off is what she really wants. Twenty-two year-old filmmaker Bernard Badion
directs this relationship comedy in which the Filipino and Asian American characters
step out from the background and into the spotlight.

10:00 p.m.
Blue Hour (U.S.; 2005; 81 minutes)
Dir: Francisco Aliwalas
Shot for under $1,000 in the streets of New York City, Francisco Aliwalas's Blue

Hour is a neo-noir amnesia thriller reminiscent of The Manchurian Candidate and
Memento. When John volunteers for a medical experiment to pay off his best friend's
gambling debts, he soon discovers he has more to fear than some ruthless loan sharks,
and finds himself in a world of paranoia and conspiracy.

Preceded by:

Bampinay (U.S.; 2003; 21 minutes)
Dir: Matthew Abaya
The festival classic Bampinay follows a Filipina vampire hunter on the trail of an

"Aswang," the traditional vampire of Filipino folklore.


Bloodlines (U.S.; 2004; 53 minutes)
Dir: James Espinas and Timothy Kiley
In 2003, filmmakers James Espinas and Timothy Kiley followed the Philippine

Medical Society of Northern California on its six-day mission to the central providence
of Ioilo, Philippines, to provide medical services to a community lacking even the
most basic healthcare needs. Note: While the film captures the mission and its many
profoundly inspirational moments, some viewers may find the depictions of serious
medical conditions and surgeries to be difficult to watch.

Presented with:
Manila BaYou: Filipinos of Louisiana (U.S.; 2004; 57 minutes)

Principal Dir: Harold Kekoa Bayang
While many are familiar with the Filipino communities on the East and West Coast,

and here in the Midwest, Manila BaYou offers a fascinating glipmpse at one of our
nation's oldest Filipino communities, and the descendants of laborers on the
Spanish galleons and other Filipino immigrants who found their way to Louisiana
as early as the late 18th Century, establishing a community that continues to thrive.


La Visa Loca (Philippines; 2005; 105 minutes; English and Tagalog with English subtitles)
Dir: Mark Meilly
Director Mark Meilly's follow-up to the 2004 hit Crying Ladies, La Visa Loca follows

the story of a limo driver struggling to get his U.S. work visa. Robin Padilla turns in
a critically acclaimed performance in the role of Jess as he takes a famous television
host on a guided tour of the idiosyncrasies of Filipino culture. Sharon Cuneta is the
executive producer of this satirical comedy.

Co-presented by Pintig Cultural Group


Panaghoy Sa Suba (Call of the River) (Philippines; 2004; 120 minutes; Visayan

with English subtitles)
Dir: Cesar Montano

Filipino superstar Cesar Montano directed and starred in Call of the River, a wartime

epic set on the island of Bohol during the turbulence of the Japanese Occupation.
Montano, who made a memorable Hollywood debut in The Great Raid, has earned
awards in the Philippines for his acting and his direction in Call of the River which
was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005.

Preceded by:

Spotlighting (U.S.; 2005; 30 minutes)
Dir: Josh Diamond and Justin Lin

Directors Josh Diamond and Justin Lin (director of Better Luck Tomorrow and

the upcoming Annapolis) document the real-life adventures of The Sunspots, a
Filipino pop group who chased the American Dream, until they ran into the British
Invasion. Spotlighting follows the group from their days playing American bases
throughout Asia, to a whirlwind tour through the U.S. during the 1950s and '60s,
to their recent years as a Vegas lounge act. Funny and inspiring, Spotlighting
tells the story of a legend that almost was.


Cavite (U.S.; 2005; 80 minutes)
Dir: Neil De La Llana and Ian Gamazon

An independent thriller shot on location in the Philippines, Cavite follows the

story of Adam, a young Filipino American Muslim, in a dangerous journey
through the streets of Cavite that challenges his identity, his family loyalty,
and his faith. Winner of the Special Jury Award at the South By Southwest Film
Festival and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

Co-presented by FAAIM and the Chicago Asian American Showcase

Pinoy/Blonde (Philippines; 2005 100 minutes; Tagalog with English subtitles)
Dir: Peque Gallaga
Boy2 Quizon star in this wildly imaginative film by veteran Filipino filmmaker

Peque Gallaga. Packed with Tarantino-style references to Hollywood and Filipino
cinema, Pinoy/Blonde follows the comedic misadventures of two film school
dropouts sent on a mysterious errand into the criminal underworld. The soundtrack
includes songs by Bamboo, Radioactive Sago, and many other popular bands
from the Filipino rock scene.

Co-presented by Pintig Cultural Group

3:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. La Visa Loca (Repeat) Co-presented by Pintig Cultural Group

7:00 p.m. Pinoy/Blonde (Repeat) Co-presented by Pintig Cultural Group

9:00 p.m. Cavite (Repeat) Co-presented by FAAIM and the Chicago Asian

American Showcase

eFYI: For more info, please check out

To purchase tickets, go to


THURSDAY, NOVEMER 3, 2005 /// 9:00PM
The Seminal presents....
The PACIFICS & Outerlimitz
@ Bill's Blues - 1029 Davis Street [Evanston, IL]
$5 cover / 18 & over
For more info:

By now, we hope you've seen the online clips of the videos, but just in case

you haven't, here they are:




Gypsy and 2004-2005 Jeff Award Nominations

Hi everyone,

Sorry for this mass email but I needed to get the word out about Porchlight's

most recent accomplishments and promote our newest hit.

We have received 10 Jeff Award Nominations for our 10th anniversary season,

the fourth most next to Marriott, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, and beating
the Goodman, Lookingglass, Northlight, among others. More remarkably, we are up
against Wicked, currently playing at the Oriental in downtown Chicago! For those of
you who don't know what the Jeff Awards are (, they are Chicago's
Tony Awards for professional Equity theatre.

Production, Musical - Sweeney Todd; Ensemble - Closer Than Ever; Direction,

Musical - L. Walter Stearns, Sweeney Todd; Direction, Revue - Nick Bowling,
Closer Than Ever; Principal Actor, Musical - Michael Lindner, Sweeney Todd;
Principal Actress, Musical - Rebecca Finnegan, Sweeney Todd; Supporting Actor,
Musical - Peter Polhammer, Sweeney Todd; Actress, Revue - Rebecca Finnegan,
Closer Than Ever; Musical Direction - Eugene Dizon, Closer Than Ever;
Musical Direction - Eugene, Sweeney Todd

Here is the link announcing the awards:

Also, we are currently running Gypsy, which has received rave reviews.

I hope you can come see our show. We run thru November 6th -
Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:45pm, Sundays @ 3:00pm.

Directed by L. Walter Stearns

Musical Directed by Eugene Dizon

Starring the two-time Jeff Award nominee and two-time

Jeff Citation receipient, Rebecca Finnegan as Momma Rose.

Hope to see you soon.



Subject: Philippine Christmas Bazaar

Pasko sa Nayon: A Christmas Bazaar at the Rizal Center

Saturday, November 12th
11am - 4pm
Jose Rizal Heritage Center
1332 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago IL


In the Philippines, the Christmas season is already underway!

On November 12th, the Rizal Center comes alive with holiday spirit

during Pasko sa Nayon: A Christmas Bazaar at the Rizal Center! And it
all begins with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11am.

Bring your family and friends to our festive bazaar where you'll have

the opportunity to purchase distinctive gifts (parols, jewelry, candles,
toys, handicrafts, etc...) while enjoying good food and entertainment!

There will be a Children's Booth where the kids can kids

make crafts while you shop.

RETAIL VENDORS: Showcase and sell your products!
AUTHORS: Autograph and sell your books!
RECORDING ARTISTS: Autograph and sell your CDs!
ARTISTS: Showcase and sell your work!
CRAFTERS: Showcase and sell your handicrafts!
REAL ESTATE AND INSURANCE VENDORS: Introduce yourself to potential customers!

(Booths only $35 -- limited space, so please reserve early.)

For more information, please e-mail us at:

All proceeds donated to the Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago

for the upkeep of the Rizal Center (


From: Lani Montreal


Hey guys,

I was wondering if you'd be interested to perform for a cause and help us

raise funds for our youth theater arts program. Please see attached flier.
If you're interested, please email me and I'll send or email you the pledge
forms and other info.

Maraming, maraming salamat!

Lani T. Montreal-Bermudez



For the past four years the Center for Immigrant Resources & Community Arts (CIRCA)

has been providing creative arts workshops for immigrant and at-risk youth in
Chicago through its Youth Theater Arts Program. Held throughout the year,
the program brings together children and young adults, ages four to 18, from
various communities in Chicago to learn more about their culture and those of
others as well as develop leadership skills through drama, music, creative writing,
visual arts and movement. They learn from professional artists in the community --
actors, directors, musicians and writers -- who have a genuine love for and dedication
to working with youth and children. In the past, the program has culminated in
outstanding productions that highlight the participants' honed performance skills
as well as feature the design, directorial and writing talents of awesome immigrant artists.

This year, you'll have the opportunity to participate in this amazing community

endeavor by supporting CIRCA’s 2005 Fall Fundraising Perform-A-Thon!

Here’s how you can help…

1. Volunteer as a performer (or performers if you're a group or a band). Sing, dance,

read a monologue or poetry, do stand-up comedy, or contribute art for auction.
Artists pledge to raise money by performing during CIRCA’s Arts for Youth
Perform-a-thon event on December 10, Human Rights Day.
(We're hoping $250 per performer or at least $100.)

2. Support a performer with a pledge of any amount. All donations are

tax-deductible as fully allowable by law.

3. Jam at CIRCA’s Arts for Youth Perform-a-thon on December 10, Human Rights Day.

4. Enjoy an evening of thought-provoking entertainment by fabulous Chicago artists.

Donation is $25 per person at the Montclare United Church of Christ,
6935 W. Medill (hors d’oeuvres and complimentary drink provided).

5. Sponsor a community youth with a donation of $250. All sponsors will be invited

to all CIRCA events including main fall production.

Subject: Chicago Community Forum: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005

Great opportunity to gain skills and network.

Presented in collaboration with the Asian American Institute

Chicago Community Forum:

Saturday, November 5, 2005

Sponsored by Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP), the event

Will discuss leadership development in the Asian Pacific American (APA)
community from several different perspectives.

Date: November 5, 2005
Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: DePaul University, DePaul Center
Download Forum Flyer
Download Registration Form
Download Forum Agenda


Workshop Descriptions

Morning Sessions

Understanding Yourself & Others:Explore the differences in communication

styles, and how they affect our personal and professional relationships.

Managing Across Generations: A panel of former and current non-profit staff

talk about the transitions in community work between older and younger generations.

Involvement in Non-Profit Boards: Non-profit boards are always on the look

out for board members- particularly those with skills, knowledge and resources
from the corporate sector. Learn how to get involved!

Afternoon Sessions

Understanding Your Cultural Values: Explore how your cultural values affect

how we interact with others, and how it shapes others’ perceptions of us.

Balanced Scorecard: For non-profits, the Balanced Scorecard is a proven

method of evaluation that also serves as a tool for fundraising purposes.

Adding Value: Making the Most of Your Corporate Affinity Groups: Corporate

affinity groups are a great way to network with APA professionals. Learn how
these affinity groups are also a good connection to the community.

CONTACT: Jade Agua,, (213) 485-1422 ext 4107

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

like music to his ears...

i was just reminded of a conversation i had with popzilla not too long ago:

PZ: y'know, how you think i don't listen to what your saying?
MZ: you mean how you never remember anything i tell you?
PZ: yeah. well i just heard that womens voices are like music to mens ears. so, it's not that i'm not listening to you, it's that i'm processing your voice like music. maybe it goes in one ear and out the other?
MZ: really. and where did you hear this little tidbit of news?
PZ: the *mumble mumble* show
MZ: the what show?
PZ: i heard about it on howard stern.
MZ: *rolls eyes*

well, i was curious and so i googled and the news story/research did actually come up...
yeah, good effort, guyville, but no cigar...

on a related note, did you know that charlie brown's teacher's (mrs. donovan) "waw-waw-waw" voice was actually made with a trombone?


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