How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ has ral­lied Austin’s art com­mu­nity

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - THE PLANNER -

In just a few weeks, “Crazy Rich Asians” has be­come one of the big­gest rom-coms in more than a decade. Austin was one of the film’s strong­est pre­mier­ing cities, thanks to an ef­fort from lo­cal lead­ers, in­clud­ing Chris­tine Hoang of Color Arc Pro­duc­tions, to fill the­aters.

In this week’s “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Pod­cast,” Hoang, who is host­ing an Asian Pa­cific Amer­i­can artist meet-up at the Vor­tex on Sept. 29, and Austin co­me­di­ans Yola Lu and Santino Fer­nan­dez joined Ad­die Broyles and States­man mu­sic writer Deb­o­rah Sengupta Stith to talk about how the movie has ral­lied Austin’s Asian com­mu­nity. Lu and Fer­nan­dez also talked about their com­edy troupes, Y’all, We Asian and Hot Pot Com­edy, which host reg­u­lar im­prov and sketch shows, in­clud­ing a Sept. 20 event at the Fall­out Theater called “This Asian Amer­i­can Life.”

This month’s States­man Se­lects is Scott Von Doviak’s new book, “Charles­gate Con­fi­den­tial,” and in this week’s pod­cast, Austin360 writer Joe Gross in­ter­views the Austin writer about his fic­tion de­but, a noir set in three time pe­ri­ods in Bos­ton.

In this week’s Webb Re­port, Eric Webb joins co-hosts Omar L. Gal­laga and Tolly Mose­ley to ex­plain Matthew McConaughey’s usual recipe for mak­ing a mar­garita, and he also joined them for “A Toast,” where each per­son rec­om­mends some­thing they are into lately. Omar sug­gested a trip up to Top­golf, the pop­u­lar, multi-story driv­ing range that’s also a bar and restau­rant. On the heels of this year’s Burn­ing Man, Tolly re­vis­ited a 2015 ar­ti­cle in Ja­cobin Mag­a­zine called “Why the Rich Love Burn­ing Man,” about the so­cioe­co­nomic side of this week­long party in the Ne­vada desert. Af­ter at­tend­ing the All Gen­ders, Life­styles, and Iden­ti­ties Film Fes­ti­val, Eric’s rec­om­men­da­tion this week was “Wild Nights with Emily,” a movie about a love af­fair be­tween Emily Dickinson, por­trayed by Molly Shan­non, with an­other woman.

You can find out more about “I Love You So Much,” which is spon­sored by Hil­ton Austin, and lis­ten to more than 50 past episodes at austin360.com/loveaustin360. If you want to pitch an idea for the show or give us feed­back, send a note to loveaustin360@states­man.com, tweet at us at @loveaustin360 or leave a voice­mail at 512-445-3672.

AMANDA VOISARD / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Lo­cal Austin writer Scott Von Doviak has writ­ten his first novel, “Charles­gate Con­fi­den­tial.”

ALE­JAN­DRO MARTINEZ-CABR­ERA / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

In this week’s episode of “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Pod­cast,” Santino Fer­nan­dez, Deb­o­rah Sengupta Stith, Yola Lu, Ad­die Broyles and Chris­tine Hoang talked about the lo­cal re­ac­tion to “Crazy Rich Asians” and how the film is al­ready in­flu­enc­ing Asian artists in Austin.

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