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Giant Robot Podcast with Artist Beau Sia
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September 01, 2011 04:15 PM PDT
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It's been over a decade since the documentary film, SlamNation expanded the Slam Poetry movement. Today, the world of poetry might be larger, yet it's also smaller at the same time. In the late 90s, Beau Sia was a Black Cat brick of firecrackers with a mic in his hand. His energy sucked up everyone's oxygen and his words and cadence both expanded minds and dropped jaws. The sheer power he projects in the many Def Poetry Jam videos on Youtube is monumental.

A few years later, Sia's Rosie O'Donnell video in response to her "Ching Chong" comment went large and she apologized. It was a big deal. He appears occasionally in films like Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married. He does performances based on special events of occurrences like the Alexandra Wallace video, Asian in the Library, or a special for Fred Korematsu day. His explosiveness now appear in new ways, it's via intellect, dialogue and understanding. As he says in his sincere and sometimes comical voice, "I'm still dangerous."

Currently, he's working on various projects from music to writing and spends plenty of time thinking.

In our talk, Beau Sia explains his past work and where it comes from, hip hop, current projects, insecurities, and his future. His words are thoughtful and his explanations are detailed.

Giant Robot Podcast with Actor Leonardo Nam
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August 24, 2011 09:20 AM PDT
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In casual conversation, Leonardo Nam sounds Australian. In movies, he plays anything and anyone. Currently in his early 30s, Nam lives in West Hollywood and is currently one of the "go to" young Asian American actors. In the past decade or so, he's played an array of roles from a supreme pothead in The Perfect Score, an evil rice rocket gangster in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift, to the heart of gold boyfriend in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The Aussie raised Asian American, also enjoys his travels, he's been around the globe and always has plans to keep on going.

The plan for this podcast was to hear about the gap between time from his interview in Giant Robot Magazine to now. Naturally, we conversed about work, how the economy affects a young actor and his new directions, and relationships. It turns out, Nam is also a "go to" relationship guy for his friends and even folks in the Twitterverse. Perhaps it's from his nice guy role in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, especially part 2 that's led to some random solicitations for advice and he's been giving it in 140 characters.

Giant Robot Podcast - Lynn Chen
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August 22, 2011 09:00 AM PDT
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Lynn Chen shows up casually in a hoody with earbuds in at the Larchmont Bungalow cafe. Her hair is straight and long and she's her normal friendly self.

I first saw Chen opposite Michelle Krusiec in Saving Face, a Sony Pictures Classics feature film in 2005. A huge indie that was grasped by Asian American, LGBT, and indie film fans everywhere. She got her earlier start in Law and Order and and All My Children before her move to the west coast. Since then, she's consistently worked in both films in "the industry" including indies like White on Rice, People I Slept With and Surrogate Valentine.

Chen's also writer and started a food blog, the Actors Diet to address her past eating disorder. It's a saturday morning and she assures me that she needs to be home by 12 since she's going to the Asian Eastside for shave ice and Taiwanese breakfast. We meet early and find a quiet place to conduct a "podcast".

Giant Robot Podcast with Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP
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July 29, 2011 12:28 AM PDT
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July 30 – August 24th, 2011
Reception: Saturday, July 30, 6:30 – 10:00 pm

GR2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Giant Robot is proud to host While You Were Away, new works by Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP

Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP lives near Tokyo and will be at this exhibition in person.
After living in LA for 16 years, moved to Tokyo where he works as freelance illustrator / designer. he’s worked on projects for Kenzo perfumes, Guardian news paper, music video for Yo Gabba Gabba! , and murals for Weller Court in LA, Hotel Tomo in San Francisco JR Tokyo station in Japan.

A few words from Kitazawa explains the exhibition, “While You Were Away is about loneliness – being alone, feeling alone, and communicating/coping/befriending with our loneliness. We all feel lonely sometimes. it doesn’t matter if we are living happily with family, friends, virtual friends, cats and dogs included, loneliness sneaks in like ants and mosquitos in my apartment.”

But loneliness is not necessary bad, because we can only face ourselves in our loneliness, and it’s the only way to better understand who we are. so these are the results of my loneliness, but by sharing them with you, i no longer feel alone.”

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