Check out the latest Oblivious Interview with Mark Villegas!
Oblivious meets Mark Villegas
Mark and I were once co-directors for the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC). I think he was just starting his Ph.D program and I remember thinking HOLY CRAP, that's a lot of school. More power to this brother for pushing through and being almost done with his program! Mark is a co-editor with Kuttin Kandi and Rod Labrador of the recently published, "Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipino/a America" The book sounds awesome and I can't wait to pick up a copy. Mark will be at the SCPASA Summit at UC Riverside this Saturday. SCPASA Summit participants get a 10% discount on Empire of Funk.
Check out the latest Oblivious Interview with Mark Villegas!
Oblivious meets Jenny Yang
Today on Oblivious Interviews it is birthday lady, Jenny Yang! In my honest opinion she's a total bad ass funny lady. If you would like to greet her on her birthday you can do tonight at the dis/oriented comedy show called Pumpkin Everything. It's at Echoes Under Sunset, 1310 Glendale Blvd, Echo Park, LA. She's awesomesauce and if I wasn't in meetings tonight I would be there.
Happy Birthday Jenny Yang!
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Oblivious hearts C.Wang
On this edition of Oblivious Interviews I get to know my favorite rapper turned scientist slash fancy chair collector slash target of TEAM GAROSS shenanigans Chris Wang! He is 1/3 of the Asian American hip hop group Mountain Brothers. Chris aka Peril-L is a part of CHOPS' latest project Strength in Numbers. If you can you should definitely check out the kickstarter campaign!
Enjoy this week's Oblivious Interview with Chris Wang!
Oblivious Interviews: Joel Quizon is a rad person. I know I say this word a lot. It's one of my favorite words. But I say it because it's TRUE!
He's a dj. His mixes on mixcloud hit the spot. He's a filmmaker and producer with Form follows Function, which tells stories about LA. And if you are in the Bay Area he'll be spinning some filipino tunes at Make Your Own Revolution. Definitely check it out!!
Many thanks to this busy man for this Oblivious Interview!
When I met Sean he was a kid who wore really baggy hoodies, trucker caps tilted to the side, and baggy pants. He most likely had some kind of social conscious t-shirt on and liked to talk about Asian American issues. The kid was a spitfire. This was way back in my grad school days, which I can sadly say was a long ass time ago. Now Sean is the current holder of the Mr. Hyphen title and a producer of Tuesday Night Cafe. The guy seems to always be running around from some workshop to another meeting all while trying to choreograph a dance routine. Check out the latest Oblivious Interview with Sean Miura who is one reason why the #keepTNfree campaign exists and challenges YOU, yes you, person under 35, to donate to this campaign!
Happy Strawberry Farm Boy Day!
Today is Strawberry Farm Boy Mike's 33rd bday. I called it his "jesus" birthday since that's the age jesus did that whole dying for our sins business. Other folks have called it "Kareem" birthday for the great legendary Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It's been Mike birthday month.
I consider our DC confercation his birthday trip. We did dinner at Blue Bayou at Disneyland last Saturday. He had the Steak Strip and I had the Herb Crusted Rack of lamb. We both agreed my entree won for yummy-ness. In fact we were supposed to share, but then I didn't want to share anymore. That's how good this rack of lamb was.
Thanks to Game Stop trade ins, coupons, and some cash from me, Mike picked up the latest Google Nexus 7 tablet. He had been debating on picking it up, but we also have an ipad mini and an hp tablet in the house. In the end a boy wants his toys, so I indulged him. Also it meant that the ipad mini is now officially my new toy, so score for me! I can read, write, and gallivant with me. I shouldn't say gallivant, since it really is supposed to assist me with my writing productivity, but if I'm being completely honest I use it for reading and facebook. :-p
What do you get for the guy who typically buys everything he wants before you can surprise him? Well tshirts that he didn't know exists!
So the three shirts I picked up from Red Bubble were a power glove from The Wizard.
"I love the power glove. It's so bad"
Rad Racing from the movie RAD. Full disclosure. I find this moving appalling. The old hifi roomie Paolo and Mike shared a love for this movie that I could not understand. I hated when this movie was on the tv. I hate the song "Send Me An Angel" because of this DUMB SCENE. Yes that's Lori Loughlin bmx bike dancing with the lead of the movie. UGH
And finally a shirt from Mike's most favorite video game of all time, Earth Bound. He actually just bought it for Wii U and was playing it recently. I knew that I had found the perfect shirt when I saw this design. And he can wear it to Dodger games because I got it in Dodger blue!
Another part of his gift was something I put together where his friends and family could share memories and give him birthday greetings that I put in a green moleskin notebook. It was the "card for his present." Mike does so much for so many people that I wanted to be able to let those folks share how much he means to them.
As the founder of Sessions LA, Mike has been there in some way to support the program in some way shape or form. Sessions LA has hit their goal of $5k in one month, but how about you help them raise a little more? In honor of Mike's birthday donate what you can here: SESSIONS LA Summer Institute Campaign.
Also today's Oblivious Interview is with the current Director of Sessions LA Phatrick Huang aka DJ Phatrick! Support good music. Support the youth. Support Sessions LA!
On Oblivious Interviews meet Ali Bhai. He's an instructor for Sessions LA! Sessions LA is currently in the middle of their Summer Institute indiegogo campaign. They need to raise $5k in 1 month. Can they do it? With your help they can!
Support Art. Support Youth. Support Good Music. Donate Here: Sessions LA Summer Institute
On Oblivious Interviews meet Jackie Huang. She is this crazy talented paper art magician. Yes MAGICIAN! She makes magic out of paper. The things she creates are beautiful!
I met Jackie when I was a grad student at USC. She was an undergrad working as the graphic designer for USC's Career Planning and Placement Center and I was a graduate intern trying to figure out how to review resumes and cover letters. For throwback thursday here is a picture of Jackie and I during our tenure at CPPC.
If you are going to San Diego Comic Con you can see her work in person. Jackie will be on the main floor at Table F9 selling prints, pop-ups and original artwork. Say hello since I
Oblivious Mondays & Interviews
The Monday after a long holiday is always rough, but this Monday is an exciting day. Why? Because it's the day The Park's Finest BBQ will be featured on Diner's, Drive-In's and Dives!!
Pretty soon we won't be able to get a table at the restaurant, but it's all good because it's the culmination for all their hard work!
I'm also excited because my 2nd Oblivious Interview has gone up! Oblivious meets Edren Sumagaysay. When we first met we were fellow valley folks who knew the same Filipino kids. He didn't really like me then, but it's probably because I was an annoyingly earnest college student. Since then we've become friends and I've gotten to know him. He's a cool dude.
Edren helped push me to embrace my identity as a writer. Before our conversations I was someone who dabbled in writing. I am now the writer I am today through his strong words of encouragement aka our many "JUST WRITE" conversations. Well here I am writing and here is Edren Sumagaysay!
The idea for Oblivious Interviews came about through my many random daydreams. In the past year or two I've been happily surprised with the work of several St. Gen's Alum. Seeing kids I knew back then pursuing their dreams with their artistic and business adventures is all kinds of awesome.
The inaugural Oblivious Interview is with Amy of CozyReverie! Amy shares her lifestyle/DIY blog CozyReverie, what her life is like now, and other fun facts.
Oblivious Interviews is me learning more about folks who have gone on to do crazy, cool, inspiring things and sharing it with you!
If you know of someone who's doing something really rad and would be willing to be featured on Oblivious Interviews let me know! Send a message my way to obliviousnerdgirl [at] gmail [dot] com.
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