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Lia Chang Photos: André Braugher, Ami Brabson, Christine Toy Johnson, Antoinette LaVecchia, Richard Topol, Victor Williams, Nikkole Salter, Elizabeth Van Dyke at Oni Faida Lampley’s Tough Titty at the Paradise Factory

The New York premiere of the late, award-winning playwright Oni Faida Lampley’s play Tough Titty, will be presented by actress/producer Ami Brabson and her husband, Emmy and Obie Award-winning actor Andre Braugher, April 23 – May 11 at the Paradise Factory in the East Village in New York.

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Lia Chang: Garth Kravits, Suzzanne Douglas, Erin Dilly, Gavin Lee and More Set for “From Carousel to Kinky Boots”, Bickford Theatre Guild’s Annual Fundraiser on April 26

Garth Kravits, Suzzanne Douglas, Erin Dilly, Gavin Lee and More Set for “From Carousel to Kinky Boots”, Bickford Theatre Guild’s annual fundraiser on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Bickford Theatre on Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ.

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Tony Award Winning Playwright David Henry Hwang Receives $275,000 Doris Duke Artist Award

Tony Award Winning Playwright David Henry Hwang Receives $275,000 Doris Duke Artist Award.

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Apr. 26-27: Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s 33th Annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) cherry blossom festival, Sakura Matsuri— returns for its 33rd year on April 26 and 27, 2014.

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Lia Chang Photos: The George Gee Swing Orchestra at SWING46; Launches Indiegogo Campaign for New CD, “Swing Makes You Happy”

On the first Tuesday night of April, dancers are in full swing to the sounds of The George Gee Swing Orchestra at NYC’s SWING46 Jazz & Supper Club in Times Square. I’ve come to take a twirl on the dance floor with birthday boy George Gee who holds court every Tuesday night at the club with his Orchestra, and to chat about the Indiegogo Campaign for his new CD, “Swing Makes You Happy”.

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André De Shields, Mary Zimmerman, Among 4 Elliot Norton Award Nominations for Huntington’s World Premiere of The Jungle Book, a co-production with The Goodman

Congrats to André De Shields, Mary Zimmerman, Among 4 Elliot Norton Award Nominations for Huntington’s World Premiere of The Jungle Book, a co-production with The Goodman, Miss Saigon’s Francis Jue and More

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Apr. 23-27: Joel de la Fuente Stars in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths at PlayMaker’s Repertory Company

PlayMakers Repertory Company is presenting Jeanne Sakata’s critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway one-man show Hold These Truths starring 2013 Drama Desk nominee Joel de la Fuente, April 23-27, 2014.

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Jun. 22 – July 27: Richard Thomas and Kristen Connolly Set for Old Globe Debut in OTHELLO

Emmy Award-winner Richard Thomas and Kristen Connolly will make their Old Globe debuts starring as Iago and Desdemona in Othello, the first show of the Globe’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival.

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Lia Chang Photos: AALDEF Honors Mari Matsuda, Aasif Mandvi, and John Chou in 2014 at 40th Anniversary Celebration

Mari Matsuda, Professor of Law at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Aasif Mandvi of “The Daily Show,” and John G. Chou of AmerisourceBergen Corporation were honored with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) 2014 Justice in Action Awards on March 25, 2014, at AALDEF’s 40th Anniversary Celebration held at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in New York.

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Apr. 17-May 18: Tonya Pinkins and Roscoe Orman Lead the Cast of New Federal Theatre’s Off-Broadway Production of The Fabulous Miss Marie

Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Tonya Pinkins and Roscoe Orman (“Sesame Street”) lead the cast of Ed Bullins’ The Fabulous Miss Marie, Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre revival of the second play of “The Ed Bullins Project” at Castillo Theatre, 543 W 42nd St (between 10th Ave and 11th Ave) in New York, April 17 – May 18.

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Lia Chang Photos: Bryan Cranston, Peter Jay Fernandez, Roslyn Ruff, Brandon J. Dirden, Denise Burse, Tamara Tunie, Leslie Uggams, Ruben Santiago-Hudson Celebrate All The Way Opening Night

Celebrating the opening night of All The Way with Bryan Cranston, Peter Jay Fernandez, Roslyn Ruff, Brandon J. Dirden, Denise Burse, Tamara Tunie, Leslie Uggams, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and More

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Mar. 1- Apr. 21: The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary at The New York Botanical Garden

Last year’s Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Garden was such a hit with me, that I can’t wait to check out The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary, NYBG’s 12th annual exhibition of orchids, which opened on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

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Lia Chang: Q & A with Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play’s Garth Kravits

I sat down with Garth Kravits to chat about his latest gigs – singing at Joe’s Pub this summer in I Could Use a Drink; appearing in Gettin’ The Band Back Together at George Street Playhouse this Fall; and Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play.

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Lia Chang: Celebrating my mom – AN ACTIVE VISION: BEVERLY UMEHARA…LABOR ACTIVIST…1945-1999

It’s been fourteen years since my mother died and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss her. I wrote this article shortly after her death, highlighting her achievements as an Asian American Union Activist.

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Lia Chang: Empire State Building on a Crisp Winter’s Night

Lia Chang: The Empire State Building at Dusk

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Lia Chang: Inside the fiery furnace of glass sculptor and painter Arlan Huang

I’ve trekked to Scanlan Glass in Brooklyn to experience glass sculptor Arlan Huang at play.

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Grace Park, Daisuke Nakazawa & Alessandro Borgognone, and Ming Chen Hsu Honored with Apex for Youth 2014 Inspiration Awards

Grace Park, Actress, Daisuke Nakazawa, Chef and Owner & Alessandro Borgognone, Restaurateur and Owner, Sushi Nakazawa, and
Ming Chen Hsu, Former Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission; J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation, Trustee; Committee of 100 Member, were presented with Apex for Youth 2014 Inspiration Awards at the Annual Gala Benefit Black Tie Dinner on April 23, 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

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