Friday, May 12, 2006

chicago filipino events/opportunities

1) Chicago Filipino American Film Festival Committee
Festival Planning Meeting, Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 7:00 pm
at Sweet Thang, 1921 W North Ave, Chicago, IL

If you’re interested in joining the committee,
just show up to one of the meetings. Volunteers are always welcome!

2) Audition Notice

Arts and Education Foundation
Presentation Cast

Date: Saturday, May 20th
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
to schedule an appt. call Trish at 630-879-0244
Location: Chicago Academy for the Arts
1010 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Requirements: Roles are available for all types between the ages of 14 – 23 who can act, and/or sing and/or dance.

Auditionees should dress to move and will a learn dance combination.
In addition, bring a headshot or photo of yourself and a resume if you have it…
if not that is okay! If you act, prepare a dramatic monologue that does
not exceed 2 minutes in length. If you sing, bring 16 bars of both an up
tempo song and a ballad with a CD musical accompaniment if available.

Performers must be available to participate in a provided summer cast
training/show development program that will be held June 12 – July 28.
Cast will be paid a modest stipend. $500.00

The show created will address issues such as prejudice, substance abuse,
violence, peer pressure and more. For more information visit REdI foundation

3) Northwestern University's Kaibigan PRESENTS

The Pinoy Show 2006: "The Case of the Missing Identity"

"In their 4th annual cultural show, Kaibigan embarks on a search
for their missing mascot, Paolo -- a mystery that takes the group
and the audience on a exploration of Filipino heritage through a
variety of modern and traditional performances."

Sunday, May 21. at 2 p.m.
Norris McCormick Auditorium (1999 Campus Drive. Evanston, IL 60201)
Tickets $5, parking is free.

For more information go to kaibigan

Contact: Louie Pascasio/Lani Montreal

CIRCA launches Drama Incubator Project

The Center for Immigrant Resources and Community Arts (CIRCA)
explores new heights of storytelling through a drama laboratory program
that incubates skills in acting, writing and directing. The incubator project
aims to unearth talents and voices from the community as well as to provide
a much needed venue to articulate and dramatize stories from within our
midst waiting to be told and awakened. The laboratory project includes
workshop sessions on acting, playwriting and directing. Each session is
scheduled once a week, 7-10pm, for 10 weeks from June 13 to August 15, 2006.
The workshop will build up on a two-weekend performance showcase on
September 7-10 and 14-17. No workshop fee is charged but articipants
are required to fully commit to the workshop and performance dates.
So if you have ideas or stories in mind wanting of expression, or if the acting
bug has bitten you but you don't have that space to enjoy the itch and explore
your creativity, come join our drama lab. No previous experience required
but a spirit of adventuresome is most welcome. There is a registration fee
of $45 per participant to cover photocopying expenses for scripts.
To register, call (312) 222.-1551 or (312) 451-6974 or email

5) Help support Asian American Naisy Dolar and her campaign for Alderman
of the 50th ward. We are helping to organize a phone survey that will take place
the week of Monday, May 15. The purpose of this project is to help build Asian
American political power by surveying registered voters in the 50th Ward to
uncover voter issues & concerns regarding their community.

Are you or anyone you know interested in volunteering for the phonebank?
We need volunteers ASAP!

Here are the details:
When: Monday, May 15 - Friday, May 19; Sunday, May 21
Times: 6-8:30pm each night
Location: TBD (they will be various community-based organizations around Chicago)
** The Thursday, Friday, and Sunday will be at the DePaul Steans Center - 2233 N. Kenmore**
If volunteers can commit to 1 day or more out of the above 6 dates, that
would be extremely helpful. Here is a link to an interesting article, which
may help everyone put into perspective the need for an Asian American
alderman in Chicago: a place in racial politics

6) Dear Prospective Research Participants
Are you…..
- Asian or Asian American?
- Fluent in English?
- Between the ages of 20 and 35?
- Available May 13, 2006 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm?
at UIC Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St. Room 603
Chicago, IL 60607

If your answer is YES to all the above questions, then you are the ideal
match for a research study being conducted in the Chicago area!!!!!!

This research project aims to explore the attitudes towards mental health,
psychological distress, and seeking help in the Asian American community
of the U.S. Participants will be asked to take part in a 90-120 minute focus
group with members of Asians Understanding Mental Health (AUMH).
AUMH is a project of the Leadership Center for Asian Pacific American's
Community Leaders Program and is working in partnership with the Asian
American Suicide Prevention Initiative. There is minimal risk and guaranteed
confidentiality for participating in the focus group. You will receive a $5
Starbucks gift card as compensation, but there is no obligation to participate
in the study.

Please contact Jyoti Garg at 312-933-0475 or
if you are interested in participating in this research study.

7) sari sari shots

"Sari sari" is Tagalog for "various kinds" and describes the diversity of items you can find in those ubiquitous sundry stores that abound in the Philippines. SariSariShots is my photographic "take" of the word - images of Pinoys everywhere and how they have adapted to the faraway places they now call "home". SariSariShots will feature some of my commercial assignments as well as personal images and that of my friends and colleagues. This website is dedicated to all Pinoys; in celebration of the Filipino diaspora, our resilience, our joys and continuing struggles.

Dahil sa inyo.
Armand Bengua-Frasco

1 comment:

Armand said...

Salamat for the mention. Love your blog!


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