An Evening of Traditional Korea Music and Dance

Anevening of traditional Korea music and dance, performed by the Korean Traditional Music Orchestra of the Blind.  This orchestra continues the age-old tradition of blind musicians serving in the Korean Court Music Institute where thy performed at many royal ceremonies and rituals.

The performance is on Tuesday,October 30, at 7 pm in the Smith Recital Hall, SDSU.  The event is free and open to the public, and free parking is provided in Parking Structure 5 (on the corner of Montezuma and 55th street.

For a campus map showing the location of Smith Recital Hall, go to:  https://sunspot.sdsu.edu/map//display.cgi?scaleFrom=medium&zoom=low&zoomX=1120&zoomY=1178

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KCON 2012

Kpop group VIXX!
Danny from the old school kpop group 1TYM!
Kpop group NU’EST!
Kpop group B.A.P !
Simon and Martina from Eat Your Kimchi!

B.A.P on stage!
VIXX on stage!
EXO-M on stage!!

For those who don’t know, KCON was an all day kpop convention held at the Verizon Wireless amphitheater in Irvine, California on October 13th. The event started at 10am and they had all kinds of booths, contests, competitions, and food for everyone to enjoy. There were celebrities everywhere! Security was super tight because there were screaming fangirls everywhere. I had a great day at KCON, and the concert was especially phenomenal. The entire concert lineup was VIXX, NU’EST, B.A.P, EXO-M, 4Minute, and G.NA. There were so many special guests around such as kpop producers, choreographers, and singer/songwriters. KCON tried their best to get us as close to artists as possible. I was freaking out a bit myself seeing VIXX and B.A.P so close that I could take pictures of them! KCON was an amazing day and they even said that KCON is going to be an annual event, so you can bet I’ll be going next year as well!

Behind The Scenes with “MISSION COMPLETE”!

Some of these faces oughta be familiar to you guys. I’m lookin’ at Natalie and Eunyee.

-Francis

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I just had my first experience as a scriptwriter for a variety show today.  And it went really well.  Like awesome.

Right now, I’m part of a crew that’s making a korean-ish variety gameshow called “MISSION COMPLETE”.  We filmed it at my taekwondo dojang, and wrapped up in the afternoon.  When can you see it?  Hopefully in mid-november.  Big ups to the cast:
Eunjae
Keith
Natalie
Rita
Eunyee

and the crew:

Mark
Ivan
Edward
Jose
Johnathan
Wesley
Andrew
Joshua
Mario
Richie

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“What is the K in K-pop?” Discussion by John Lie at UCSD

“The Culture Industry, Soft Power, and Cultural Transformation in South Korea”

School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UCSD

Friday, November 2, 2012 12:30pm-2:00pm

As part of the Korean wave, K-pop has been sweeping Asia and most recently even America and the whole world. With PSY’s record hit of his music video, Gangnam Style, and his “horse dancing”, there is a growing interest in the K-pop among Americans. Professor John Lie will give an interesting and insightful discussion of culture industry, soft power and cultural transformation in South Korea, which are represented by K-pop.

John Lie (pronounced “Lee”) was born in South Korea and grew up in Hawaii. He received A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Currently he is C.K. Cho Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Center for Korean Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

If you are interested in attending this discussion, RSVP at http://kpop.eventbrite.com/!

[Now Listening] 닐리리맘보(NILLILI MAMBO) by 블락비(Block B)


One of my favorite groups is back! Block B just released their new album called Blockbuster and their title song is called NALLILI MAMBO. Their last single was called NANRINA and I honestly don’t know where they’re getting these names from, but I don’t really care because the songs are amazing anyways. So this was just released, like, a few hours ago and I love it already. I have been with Block B since the day they debuted and I have loved every single title song and album they have come out with. They never disappoint me. Block B consists of members P.O., Zico, Park Kyung, U-Kwon, B-Bomb, Taeil, and my favorite, Jaehyo. They do hip-hip and rap very well and in this music video it looks like they’re pirates or something. Check it out, and enjoy~

[Flashback Friday] Shinhwa – Hey! Come On! (and spike your hair)

One of these guys is a 3rd degree black belt in TKD.

Oh Shinhwa.  With your stylish hair, slick dance moves, and rugged good looks, it’s no wonder why you’re still active even today.  This song dropped on June 28, 2001.  This group and this song are credited as one of the starting ripples of the Hallyu.

And before you ask, yes, I did spike my hair like those guys.  It didn’t work.

However, people in Taiwan got a hold of this song and decided to make their own version.  I think the term “copyright infringement” doesn’t translate well into Mandarin.

Girlfriends and Football

See if you can find the tidbits of K-pop within this article…without looking at the tags.

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                                                                                                 RG3 has some anime fans…

Football season is here!!!, which means it’s time for me to get religious on Sundays. Let me go ahead and drop some knowledge on you ladies out on the blogosphere…Let me be VERY clear: Root against your mans team and consider us done. We’ll call you in the off-season.

To me, there is no bigger slap in the face than when a woman purposely roots against a man’s team. I’m perfectly fine with a woman having a team of her own, if she’s rooted for the team her whole life. But if she’s the type…

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