Music and humor make for a memorable Valentine’s celebration in “Love and Laughter”, featuring singer and comedienne Mitch Valdes and the Route 70 Band, on February 15, at the Filinvest Tent, away from the maddening and mood-killing traffic and crowds. Reminisce with your dates, friends and/or family to the sounds of love with the best of 70s and 80s music.
“Love and Laughter” will offer a blend of nostalgia music, retro pop, and laughs, as one would expect from ace performer Mitch Valdes. She has had successful runs of musical comedy shows, as well as theater productions, including the original staging of the musical “Katy”.
Ed Sheeran may have been introduced to local audiences when iTunes made three of his songs available for free download last Christmas (live versions of The City, Drunk, and Small Bump) but Team MJ was first introduced to this English singer-songwriter through his video of Lego House, which features a very familiar face.
Ten points to Gryffindor.
Team MJ also really likes the video for his song, Give Me Love.
On Saturday, January 19, six of some of the hottest acts in K-pop were in town for the Dream Kpop Fantasy Concert — Girls’ Generation, U-KISS, EXO-M, Tahiti, Tasty, and Infinite. Most of them performed in Manila for the first time. Fans couldn’t stop tweeting about the DKFC even days after.
Chef Sharwin Tee (@chefsharwin), host of Lifestyle Network’s Curiosity Got the Chef and MangoJuiced columnist, has made it a mission to get people to see Filipino food in unique and fun ways. Last weekend, he got the opportunity to show that off some more when he hosted a dinner for Dia Frampton (@diaframps, The Voice Season 1) and friends. The challenge? Guest of honor Dia is a vegetarian — and Pinoy food is notoriously meaty.
A week after the very successful screening for Academy members of Tom Hooper’s hotly-anticipated film of ”Les Miserables,” and Team MJ is happy to report that we’re firmly in the tank for this musical adaptation. (Seriously, send us tickets and find out.)
What’s not to love, really? It’s the director of the lovely, perfectly-calibrated “The King’s Speech,” working with a revolutionary idea: having the entire cast sing “live” on film with on-site accompaniment, instead of allowing them to mime to prerecorded tracks. It is rumoured that 90% of the shots feature live singing, which, we’re sure, will bring the earnestness of the musical’s numbers to life.
There’s also the incredible cast, headed by Tony-winner Hugh Jackman, who finally finds himself in a role that befits his (rather extensive) range of talents, as well as Oscar-winner Russell Crowe as Javert. Then there’s Anne Hathaway as Fantine, who, according to rumor, is well-placed for an Oscar win for her scene-stealing rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream.” Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras and Samantha Barks as Eponine round out the main roles, with Colm Wilkinson, Jean Valjean from the original Broadway production, contributing a cameo as the Bishop. Would that they had a spot also for the mighty Roger Allam, the original London cast’s Javert, or Terence Mann, who played Javert on Broadway, but them’s the breaks.
The thing is that fans have been waiting for this movie since the 1985 London production and the 1987 Broadway production. And so have performers, as the massive popularity of the stage production has brought a lot of the songs into the mainstream.
Here’s a small sampling, good or bad, of the many Les Miserables cover versions out there. And we’re serious about sending us tickets to an advanced screening.
Team MJ acclaims and acaplauds the acapella movie Pitch Perfect starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Skylar Astin. Directed by Jason Moore, and written by Kay Cannon from the book by Mickey Rapkin, it is a story about finding your voice and following your heart. Through music that you make with your mouths.
Beca (Anna Kendrick) wants nothing more than to be a DJ and make music but her dad asks her to give college a chance. She ends up joining The Bellas, an all-girls a cappella group whose repertoire is frozen in the 90s. The Bellas compete against the Treble Makers, their all-boys counterpart which has fresher song choices. The Treble Makers also have attractive and sensitive Jesse (Skylar Astin) who charms Beca into lowering her defenses. Beca and The Bellas end up helping each other find and appreciate each other’s strengths and transform their group in time for the a cappella regional finals.
Music lovers celebrated their first night of good weather by going to the Tears for Fears concert, featuring Per Sorensen of Fra Lippo Lippi, in droves. Smart Araneta Coliseum was packed to the rafters.
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Sharwin Tee is chef and host of Lifestyle Network’s Curiosity Got the Chef, which airs every Wednesday at 930 pm with replays on Saturdays at 6 pm and Sundays at 1030 am. He is also a personal chef and culinary instructor. Find him on Twitter (@chefsharwin) and Facebook (Chef Sharwin Tee). More »
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