Friday, January 28, 2005
SOLD OUT SINCE DECEMBER 04 The smooth crooner of Jazz and Big Band Blues is here. Venue: Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS Level 2, Tower 2, PETRONAS Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088, Kuala Lumpur Box Office: Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm (8.30pm on performance nights), Sun : 12pm-3pm (on performance Sundays. Date & Time: Feb 3 - 5, 2005 (8.30 pm) Tickets: RM295 / RM225 Ticket Contact: Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS Telephone: 603-2051 7007 Synopsis:Harry Connick, Jr. was a WW2 bomber tail-gunner in Memphis Belle (1990), a serial killer in Copycat (1995), and the voice of Dean McCoppin in The Iron Giant (1999). US Patent 6348648, a 'System and Method for Coordinating Music Display Among Players in an Orchestra', is registered under his name. He is also known for jazz.Mr Connick, Jr., an accomplished vocalist and pianist, won a Grammy for the soundtrack of When Harry Met Sally; in 1991 he was nominated for a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Emmy for various work in music entertainment. His styles encompass jazz, funk and blues. He will be playing for three special nights with the Malaysian Philharmonic . Orchestra. Links: http://www.malaysianphilharmonic.com www.harryconnickjr.com www.connick.com
Regenerate: A Tsunami Fundraiser @ KL Tower Saturday 29 January 2005 Let the music heal the souls of the recent tsunami victims. Join hands with the peeps at Tempo as it gives to charity through Regenerate. Come one, come all, and unite under the stars a good cause. Set in the open spaces of KL Tower, Regenerate: A Tsunami Fundraiser will bring about an inferno of intergalactic beats. First, get whipped into shape with DJ Sneaky. Doing DJ tours under the pseudonym, Fingathing, he was an original member of Rae & Christian's live crew and Co-producer for Mr. Scruff's Trouser Jazz album. Tonight, he brings his blend of dirty disco, hip hop, funk and soul to the KL masses. Don’t miss his nimble finga skillz as he begins proceedings at 8pm. So come early. Next, revel in the delights of local DJs Blink and Joey G, then prepare for some double trouble as Groovedoctor and Jungle Jerry, and Eugene and Ben Katana pair up for an attack on the decks with explosive results. Spare a little compassion and show your support. Regenerate: A Tsunami Fundraiser Date: Saturday 29 January 2005 Time: 8pm - 3amVenue: KL Tower Tickets: RM30* All cash proceeds and donations received will be presented to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society; with one case of water donated with every ticket sold via AMAN Malaysia's H2O For Life campaign. The DJs 8pm - 11pm DJ Sneaky 11pm - 12mn Blink 12mn - 1am Joey G 1am - 2am Groovedoctor & Jungle Jerry 2am - 3am Eugene vs. Ben Katana
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Date: 1 Feb 2005 Time: 2030 hours onwards Venue: Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil Ticket Prices: Platinum - RM470; Diamond - RM350; Gold - RM230; Ruby - RM130. Sting’s Sacred Love Tour will continue in 2005 with performances confirmed in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Australia, New Zealand & more to still be confirmed. The universally acclaimed composer, singer, actor and activist will bring his highly praised Sacred Love Tour to the Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil (Indoor) on Tuesday 1st February 2005. As a musician, Sting has remained at the forefront of public consciousness for over two decades and has written some of the most enduring songs of our time. His latest recording, Sacred Love – released to both critical and commercial success – is a perfect example. As an accompaniment to the album, Sting released Inside: The Songs of Sacred Love, a DVD, which allows viewers to join the artist for the very first time on his journey as he creates and performs his new album. Of equally impressive note is Sting’s tireless support of human rights organizations. In 1989, Sting, along with his wife Trudie Styler, founded the Rainforest Foundation to protect both the world’s rainforests and their indigenous peoples. Together, they have raised more than $18 million with 13 benefit concerts held to raise funds and awareness of our planet’s endangered resources. This year, Sting was presented with the prestigious “Person of the Year” Award by the MusiCares Foundation. In 2003, Sting was also named Billboard’s Century Award Honoree as recognized at the Billboard Music Awards. He’s been awarded 16 Grammys, two Brits, a Golden Globe, 3 Emmy’s and has received three Oscar nominations. He has also appeared in more than 10 films and starred in the Broadway play “The Threepenny Opera.” In addition to having released his tenth solo album, Sting has also published his memoirs, entitled Broken Music, which has remained on various Bestsellers lists since its release. The tour is presented by Clear Channel, Lushington & JoJo Entertainments, and produced by RZO Entertainment, Inc. Get your tickets now!!! Click on TicketCharge or call Hotline at 03-7726 2002 to get your tickets before the best seat are taken.
Sunday, January 23, 2005
In collaboration with Club Risk in Amsterdam, Passion is bringing you a double dose of Luvdancin. Started 3 years ago by Club Risk in Club Paradisco, Amsterdam, where New York garage purist met musical connoisseurs. Luvdancin' is one of the few club nights who represent all soulful currents with no boundaries. Always an eclectic mix of real House Music, US Garage, Broken Beats, Future Jazz, Disco, RnB and Hip Hop, the sound is truly unique. Soulful and Jazzy with a familiar sound of the likes of Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies and Incognito. Sounds that have the talented and melodic contributions from Kenny Dope, Louie Vega, Osunlade, Jazzy Jeff, Joey Negro, Francois K, Bugz in the Attic, Jazzanova, Frankie Feliciano and more.. Over the years, these past events have proven to be intense, addictive and to some, spiritual. It has been around the world including unforgetable events on the beach. Now for the first time!, Luvdancin.. comes to KL. Ooooooo.... Aaaaaaa.... As a special treat to all you luvely dancin people, we are inviting the first 50 people to email us latest by 3pm on Thursday 27th Jan, to exclusively be on the Ascension Smoove VIP guestlist. Each invitation permits entry for you and 1 friend on the Thursday night event only. Guestlist entry valid from 9pm till before 12midnight. The first 5 people to email us will receive the complimentary CD Invite which features 12 sensually funky tracks including the likes of Kyoto Jazz Massive, Jazztronic, Brother of Soul and more. Note: Entry for the Friday Night Luvdancin Soul Seduction is Free for ladies and RM 30 (incl. 1 Drink) for Men.
Saturday, January 22, 2005
Thursday, January 20, 2005
In light of the recent publicity this matter has received since it was published in the Malay Mail front page and inside pages, we have made some additions to this original "you heard it here first" posting. Most of the accounts were true. There's more coverage on the ladies indecent dressing issue and with HAKAM offering their services to them (see below). For those who did get caught that night, tested negative and positive, released and got the pink slip to attend counselling. Please email us about it and we'll tell you what you need to do. We are going to help you contest it. You must move fast though. In future, if anyone of you gets caught in a police or religious authorities raid for alcohol consumption. These are some tips that may get you off the hook. Provided that you haven’t consumed 3 bottles of Mr. Jack or Miss Regal yourself. 1. If the lights come on in the club when it's not time to close, for god’s sake put that damn glass down unless you intend to get caught red handed. You know it’s a raid so start preparing your escape! 2. Go to the bar and ask for a pitcher or carafe of plain water. Drink the whole thing at once. Rule of thumb is to dilute as much crap in your system as fast as possible. 3. Go to toilet and piss. Repeat Step 2. If there’s no bar, then drink the water from the tap in the toilet. It may not be EvIaN, so what, don't be NaIvE, it's still water, H2O. We are still alive and well. Do this as frequent as you can without looking too suspicious, even when you're at the detention centre like every 30 minutes. Drink until you can’t stop going to the toilet. Flush it all out. If possible, try going to the toilet to drink 1-2 mugs full of water just 5 minutes before you get tested. 4. Take very deep and heavy breaths the entire time from the time they detained you till the actual test, to get as much alcohol vapours out of your system. Especially useful if you are hauled onto an open air truck and transported in the wee hours of the morning through town with fresh morning air around. Smoke the fresh air cigarette style. Not sure if actual cigarettes will help or make it worst. The more you breathe out, the less that remains in your body when the test is done, the higher the chances you don’t get detected. 5. Take your time, let others go before you. The more time you have, the more you can sober up and flush your system. 6. When breathing the breathalyzer, breathe out as normal as possible into the tube. Don’t force it and don’t make it too weak. They will detect you are up to something. 7. Cooperate at all times. You do not want to piss off people with more power than you when you are at a disadvantage. They have more power to screw you over ten folds. Let them make as many mistakes as they please to your advantage. Just note it down in your sophisticated phone and spread it to the media, human rights society and power political people in the country. That's when you have an open minded progressive society backing you up to your cause. 8. If all else fails.. Good luck.. ;) (discovered through logic) Additions.. For those of you planning to go out. These are the dates to be careful about. Jan: 20th, 25th, 28th Feb: 1st, 4th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 23rd, 26th. Almost a twice weekly affair. That was all i managed to see on the officers board (which is to the left of the cell in the picture). There was no mention which nightspots was targeted though. This may change if they know their dates have been exposed and compromised. The whole strategy behind these raids is not to deter people but rather, affect the businesses itself as the patrons will feel scared to go and hence affect sales and cash inflows. Sooner or later, due to dropping business and the disruptions, they close down. But history has thought us a few things. When there's a will, there's a way. More new places will mushroom up in place and people will still find ways to have a good time, law abiding or not. My only question right now is the ridiculous ceramah/lecture that we all who got caught have to be subjected to soon. When will these authorities and government training policy writers learn that, a few hours of words is not going to change the mentality of humans that has been programmed by the social environment over a longer period of time? It takes more than that to recondition the mind from its habit. It is a waste of public money and resources. This applies to those Khidmat Negara lectures too. And what was on their mind for doing the raid at 12.40am anyways??? People are still just arriving at that time! Duh?!! Fine, for those tested positive for alcohol, you are old enough to be responsible and accountable for own actions, sins and the repercussions that follows. We all grew up with our religious teachings so pretending to forget is not an excuse. Entertainment existed even in the time of our Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). It may have evolved today but that is natural progression. For those who were released and tested negative for alcohol (the cell in the picture is empty as most of the 70-80 people were already released after 5 hours of being locked up, under the wrongful assumption by the authorities, that we were guilty of drinking alcoholic beverages), then why are we forced to attend it mandatorily when we have committed no offense by law? What is the crime here? For being in a public premise? Hell, if that's the case, lock us up for being in KLCC then! What's the difference? Lets be a regressive society forget all the accepted norms, and be a narrow minded country that is the laughing stock of others around the world. I am simply questioning the interpretations of the Islamic teachings and laws by the authorities and the public who are inconvenieced by these questionable practicality of it. If i commit a sin, then it is between me and Allah. No where do i see any other person or state law being a party to it. Has the original logic and common sense applied in the original teachings been twisted, distorted and intepretations deviated by those in position to do so? The summons carry the ink stamp of "Jabatan Perdana Menteri". We were not caught in the act of drinking and neither is there any evidence. I enjoy dancing and i love music. I'm not taking drugs and other substances. I was there for a business meeting. Most of us there are there to meet friends and de-stress after a long day of work in good clean fun manner. If we are innocently standing and observing in that venue or even dancing, then please show me the law that prohibits Muslims from being there and doing such acts. I do not see a signage that says, "Muslims are not allowed to enter this premises". So why are we being forced and subjected to attend a religious lecture with the pink slip that was given to each and everyone of us. Why is there nothing written in the charges section of the slip? It was partially completed (see picture of summon). Under what offense are we being charged under? Blank on the slip. If we are released and free to go, therefore the conclusion is, we are innocent and have been wrongfully arrested and detained by the authorities right? Then why is failure to attend the lecture result in a court order? What? I demand justice. Syariah lawyers out there, please advise us our basic human and religious rights. My legal question remains unanswered. Do we still have to go for this lecture even when we have been tested negative? And if we don't go, what can they do? No crime, no punishment right? As a famous local Chef once said, "Tolonglah! Ia sebuah kelab tarian dan sudah tentu niat saya pergi ke sana untuk menari. Bagi saya itu tidak salah kerana niat saya untuk berhibur sambil bersenam. Bukankah menari satu daripada riadah seperti aerobik?" Your open minded comments welcomed. Click on the left comment boxes for the 1st letter received from Hakam (Human Rights Society) for those who need their help and this link for another article on this. A new valued response from Hakam. There are a number of ways where one can seek redress. The one which I recommend, esp. by those who were abused and humiliated is to pursue criminal charges against the offending person. To put it simply, the Syariah jurisdiction covers only very small areas and cannot 'bercanggah dengan' the laws of the land passed in parliament. And when it comes to being abused, or if there has been a dereliction of duties, then it becomes a state matter and the actual Courts cover these areas. One can file a police report and give a witness statement. With that, either the police or the complainant (or both) can go to the Attorney General's office to pursue a case of wrongful confinement, abuse etc. For example in the Penal Code, there are a few sections that their experiences constitute a crime eg. 'uttering any word or making any gesture intended to insult the modesty of a person' or even 'act caused by inducing a person to believe that he/she will be rendered an object of Divine displeasure'. The other is taking a civil suit. This is also applicable whether or not one was caught by Jawi or whoever. If you have suffered abuse in the hands of the state including wrong confinement, religious bodies, you have a case and entitled to damages. The basic point is that you and your friends passed the test, and are innocent. No reason why you have to be 'punished' any more than you have already endured. Speed is of the essence here. We should act fast. If you & your friends like, HAKAM can even arrange a meeting with those detained and members of the Human Rights Bar Committee if you want more detailed advice, or if you want more clarification of your rights. Hey don't forget you all are not alone. A lot of people are in support of all of you, and want to help out.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Monday, January 17, 2005
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Sunday, January 16, 2005
Push pres. Josh Wink @ Zouk Sat 01 Jan . 9pm DJ/Producer/Label Owner/Re-mixer and artist, Josh Wink has released yet another 2 dance anthems on Ovum Recordings, How's Your Evening So Far and more recently Superfreak. Not one to limit himself, expect a mix of house and techno so seamless and mind messing you won't know what hit you. RM30 before 11pm, ladies RM35, men RM40 aft., inc. 1 drink. Free entry for 1st 200 UOB Visa Mini Cardholders inc. 1 drink. Resolution featuring Special K and Groovedoctor @ Atmosphere 1st January 2005 Boys, start making your resolution and let the Doctor and Special K whip you into shape for 2005! PreSale: RM40 +1 Drink (only til 27.12.04) Door Cover: RM 45 +1 Drink Internet Booking: Spore$20. Log on to www.fridae.com or www.KL-iQ.com for more details. Groovetemple pres. Genesis @ Bar Blonde Fri 07 Jan . 9pm After throwing numerous private parties, Groovetemple go public. DJs Fariz, Kamil, Alam and Victor G combine smashing techno and house beats. No cover. Reincarnate (the Recovery & Charity Party) Sunday Sundae @ Zouk 2nd January 2005 Live your new resolution and let DJ Argo (Taiwan) and Leonard T (S'pore) regenerate your male senses for 2005! Specially for the benefit of Rumah Soleha (Home for the abandoned HIV +ve kids) Theme: Your Decision.. Your Reincarnation.. Door Cover: RM 35 +1 Drink Log on to www.KL-iQ.com for more details. Martin Solveig @ Bliss Fri 07 Jan . 9pm After producing dance anthems like 'Heart Of Africa' and 'Come With Me', artists like from Cunnie Williams to Soldiers of Twilight have been asking music enthusiast, DJ and Producer, Martin Solveig, to give their works a facelift. Thanks to Martin's magic fingers, Salif Keita's 'Madan' became a huge summer anthems with the remix featured in more than 60 compilations in over 23 countries. His latest tune, 'Rocking Music' on Defected, has shattered dancefloors around the world. Now he's ready to rock KL. RM40 inc. 1 drink. Passion pres. Jungle Jerry & Groovedoctor @ Atmosphere Fri 07 Jan . 10pm Two powers combine forces for a menacing night of techno anthems and tornado style beats that'll suck you in and spin you around the room. RM40 inc. 1 drink. For info, log onto www.twelvesi.com.my. Decode Celebration ft. Groove Armada @ Genting Sat 08 Jan . 7pm As part of its annual appreciation of its KCC members, the ciggie brand says thank you via a lineup of deck superheroes that'll have your clubbing legs turn to putty. Groove Armada, Smokin' Jo, Tim Sheridan, Thrillseekers and Gree are the dance music monsters making their way here, plus there's a surprise DJ act lined up that is sure to blow minds plus sizzling hot performances by the Phoenix Firedancers. Only the most hardcore KCCers get to go, so cross your fingers and start praying for that SMS invite. Brought to you by Kent. RM120 for 2 passes, inc. 4 drinks and 1 gift pack. Mambo Jambo 80s Revival Party @ Zouk Wed 12 Jan . 9pm If you're a big fan of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, and many other 80s chart toppers and one hit wonders, stick on th shoulder pars and backcomb your wet look hair and hit Leonard T's floor. If you've got that naff 80s look down pat, you stand a chance of winning RM300. RM30 inc. 1 drink. Sessions pres. Odin and Azran @ Velvet Underground Thu 13 Jan . 9pm A funky blend of tech-house, progressive and tribal house is what you're in for. RM20, RM 30 inc. crossover to Zouk, and 1 drink. Adam Beyer @ Zouk Fri 14 Jan . 9pm Adam Beyer's meteoric rise has been cited as one of the catalysts for Swedish techno's current influence and despite his young age, he has become one of techno´s leading figures. RM30 bef. 11pm, ladies RM35, men RM40 aft., inc. 1 drink. To Win One of 10 Passes to Adam Beyer @ Zouk, tell us why you love techno in 5 words or less. Type JC, ABY, your answer, your name, your IC# and SMS it to 36868 by Fri 7 Jan. Winners will be based on the most creative answers. Each SMS received will be charged RM1.00. SMS entries are open to Maxis (012, 017), DiGi (016) and Celcom (013, 019) users, aged 21 years and above only. Winners will be notified by phone on Wed 12 Jan, limited to 1 ticket/person. Passes must be collected at Zouk KL. Passion pres. Q-Hey @ Atmosphere, TwelveSI Fri 14 Jan . 10pm Japan sends more of their posse over for a night of uncontrollable madness on the decks. Masaya Kyuhei aka DJ Q-Hey is one of the top DJs in Japan. Owner of hard techno label Moon Age Recordings, as well as the main organizer of the monthly party Reboot at worldly renowned club Maniac Love in Tokyo. Arriving at KL, he sets down his samurai sword picks up his vinyl and sends sharp strokes of techno and electronica upon his dancefloor victims. He cuts and slices tunes on the wheels of steel like a butcher and his meat. He will not show mercy let alone allow anyone to stop. It's going to be a hard night. Be prepared. RM40, 1st 300 KCC bef. 1am RM20, inc. 1 drink. For info, log onto http://www.twelvesi.com.my/. Push pres. Aldrin @ Zouk Sat 15 Jan . 9pm With the success of Aldrin's second single, 'Maybe Tomorrow', on the Renaissance imprint stamping its mark on global dancefloors, and getting major support from the likes of John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo and Pete Tong, this South Islander (Singapore, lah) breaks it down in the Mainroom. RM25 bef. 11pm, ladies RM30, men RM35 aft., inc. 1 drink. Free entry for 1st 200 UOB Visa Mini Cardholders and 1 drink. Panasonic Party @ Cafe Flam Thurs 20th Jan . 10pm Panasonic party promoting their mobile X100 and X200 model. Passion pres. Technasia ft. Charles Siegling @ Atmosphere Fri 21 Jan . 9pm DJ/Musician, Charles Siegling has collaborated with Funk D'Void, Renato Cohen and John Tejada on tracks that have singed the floor of clubs. Teaming up with Label Manager, Amil Khan, producer of Technasia to tour, he drops his box in KL. RM40, 1st 300 KCC members bef. 1am RM20, inc. 1 drink. Delicious pres. Wetmusik ft. Simon Digby & Will E Tell @ Amosphere Sat 22 Jan . 9pm The partners who brought you Australia's premier techno label, Wetmusik, give you a reason to come out and play. RM40, 1st 300 KCC members bef. 1am RM20, inc. 1 drink. Ning Baizura @ Hard Rock Cafe or Planet Hollywood. Sun 23 Jan . 10pm The Sunday Nite Live 2005 sessions premieres with the incomparable Ning doing her stuff and rocking you with her latest songs from the new album "Erti Pertemuan". Full Moon Party @ Ko Phangan Thailand Sun 23 Jan - Thu 27 Jan Dance under the moonlight in UV paint and let your body lose control to the beat of waves and soundsystems. RM990 inc. 5 day/4 nights package of food, accommodation, air and road transport, travel insurance and a tour of Koh Samui. Bookings required before Fri 31 Dec. For info, call William at 019-3927887. Sessions ft. Ben Katana & Romel @ Velvet Underground Thu 27 Jan . 9pm 1st runner-up in Heineken's Juice DJ Quest, Romel steps up and partners one of Malaysia's most prominent techno DJs, Ben Katana. Combining forces, they release a streak of deep tribal house fused with tough techno and electro sounds. RM20, RM30 inc. crossover to Zouk and 1 drink. Palash of 'Saeed & Palash' @ Zouk Fri 28 Jan . 9pm Native Bangladeshi and Washington DC citizen, Palash, has been pushing his twisted tribal progressive house, lending his studio talent to the likes of Jimmy Sommerville, Celeda, Luzon and Steve Lawler, and causing a stir among top dogs like Danny Tenaglia, Sasha and Digweed and Deep Dish. Following his partner, Saeed's, mind blowing set, it's Palash's turn to turn it tribal. RM30 bef. 11pm, ladies RM35, men RM40 aft., inc. 1 drink. To Win One Of 10 Passes to Palash @ Zouk, tell us what you would name your DJ duo in 5 words or less. Type JC, PSP, your answer, your name, your IC# and SMS it to 36868 by Fri 14 Jan. Winners will be based on the most creative answers. Each SMS received will be charged RM1.00. SMS entries are open to Maxis (012, 017), DiGi (016) and Celcom (013, 019) users, aged 21 years and above only. Winners will be notified by phone on Wed 26 Jan, limited to 1 ticket/person. Passes must be collected at Zouk KL. Heineken Green Room Sessions pres. DJ Krush @ Velvet Underground Fri 28 Jan . 10pm Japanese turntablist and Producer, DJ Krush, is one of the few island nation throw-ups to be embraced by the global hip hop world. Releasing material through Sony in Japan, Mo'Wax and Virgin in the UK, Krush's heady brand of experimental, instrumental hip hop has been praised by music rags like Rolling Stone and Spin. While his Japanese debut mixes elements of r 'n' b and acid jazz with the breakbeat backbone of mid-tempo hip hop, Krush's work has since tended toward the abstract with heavy effects, ambient textures and inventive scratching. You'd be a fool to miss it. RM35 bef. 11pm, ladies RM40, men RM45 aft., inc. 1 Heineken. Heineken has 10 pairs of tickets to the Japanese maestro's Velvet Underground set to give away. To sort yourself out with some, log onto www.Heineken.com/Malaysia, answer a few simple questions and cross your fingers. Regenerate Tsunami @ KL Tower Sat 29 Jan . 10pm Come in full force to support the Tsunami victims. Each entry ticket bought will go towards purchase a small crate of mineral water for donation to Amal Malaysia. Glam pres. Shanghai Tang @ Velvet Underground Sat 29 Jan . 9pm From the Shanghai Bund and Shanghai Triads to the unforgettable fashion of Shanghai Tang, they all come together in the second instalment of the Glam series. Dress in your most glamorous cheongsams or trench coats and celebrate the mystique of Shanghai Tang. RM30 bef. 11pm, ladies RM35, men RM40 aft., inc. 1 drink. Complimentary tickets with purchase of Johnnie Walker products 2 weeks bef. the event. Bits and pieces RnB artiste Sharizan and actress Sofia Jane are now hosting a parenting show on TV3 called 123 every Sunday, 12noon. Sharizan is also hosting InterZone (3rd Season) 9pm Live every Wednesday on TV2 (RTM). He's also on "Down Memory Lane" with Nat King Cole's Greatest Hits. Friday night, January 21, 11pm, TV2 PROMUDA Careers Xpose TV Series will be broadcast on NTV7 every Sunday 12.30pm-1pm beginning, 23rd January 2004. Kindly lookout for the publicity for this 52-week programme in New Straits Times. and we like Kakiseni's bitchy review of Carmen the Opera. Arts and Stuff Contributed by Kakiseni Tsunami Aid Concerts National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan: Held at Istana Budaya, and Dewan Sri Negeri, Alor Setar, this was originally a charity concert for Yayasan Sultanah Bayihah. But chairman Tunku Intan now says that proceeds will go the tsunami victims of Kedah, care of the state government. The orchestra was formed in 1984 from the National Taiwan Academy of Arts. Tsunami MERCY Humanitarian Concert at Alexis Ampang: Hosted by Paula Malai Ali and Jit Murad, this concert will feature Harith Iskandar & friends, Afdlin Shauki, Jason Lo, singletrackmind, Reefa, Pacai & Aji, and The Dr Ruban Blues Band. Money goes to the MERCY Humanitarian Fund for Asian Tsunami Victims, an aid drive by MERCY Malaysia. The Backyard Initiative: Featuring performances by Viji & Fasy, David Gomes & Junji Delfino, Rafique Rashid, Karen Nunis Blackstone, 360 Degree Head Rotation, Albert Sirimal & Vijay David, The Corn Cake Kings, Peter Hassan Brown & Markiza, as well as Julian Mokthar’s band, The Saturday Night Specials. The pub will donate its entire net collection for the evening. Half of the money goes to Mercy Malaysia in aid of victims in Sumatra; the other half in aid of victims in Sri Lanka. Charity Concert at Paul's Place: This charity concert is in aid of the Malaysian Tsunami Fund. Featuring Karen Nunis Blackstone, Julian Mokhtar, Chris Hoskins, Daddy Peet, Ariff, among others. Meanwhile, contributions to the International Response Fund may be sent to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society via The Star, or you can make a secure online contribution by visiting https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp (International Response Fund). 2004 Review of the Scene.. In the Year of the Tsunami - Pt. 1 by Pang Khee Teik Malaysian arts in 2004: Theatre, Music, Dance & Malaysians Abroad... and In the Year of the Tsunami - Pt. 2 by Pang Khee Teik Malaysian arts in 2004: Film, Art, Courses, Books, Talks, Elsewhere, and Kids Stuff Sounds of 2005 Showcase Jan 7, 2005 (7 pm) Come and checkout exciting new bands BAU, d-Va, Seven Signs and Indrani (Ratu), performing hits from their recently released debut albums,... The Backyard Initiative Jan 9, 2005 (6 pm) The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake has a death toll of 158 000 so far, with a final number estimated at... 100 Years Of Abdullah Ariff Dec 16, 2004 - Mar 13, 2005 (10 am - 6 pm) Known widely as the first significant Western influenced Malay artist, Abdullah Ariff (1904 – 1960) has contributed illustriously to the... Class Of '84 Jan 20 - 23, 2005 (8.30 pm); Jan 23, 2005 (3.00 pm) Presented by the Actors Studio and Mumbai's Rage Productions, Class Of '84 is a rollercoaster ride about friendship, depicted with... Mr. Kong And Mr. Kay Jan 26 - 30, 2004 (26 to 28 January 2005 - Wed to Fri @ 8,30 pm, 29 to 30 January 2005 - Sat & Sun, matinee only @3.00pm) Monti and Logi, who slapped you with the slapstick Bolehman in Bolehland, is back with Mr Kong and Mr Kay Avanti Friday Nite Jazz (Jan 21, 2005) Jan 21, 2005 (10 pm) Smooth, funky jazz nights return for a third season at the Avanti Italian-American Ristorante at Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel, with... Farid Ali + Friends at Alexis Ampang Jan 21 & 22, 2005 (10.30 pm) Farid Ali is one of the finest jazz guitarists in the region. An 'old soul', at a tender age of... MPO 18th Century Elegance - Tamas Vasary Jan 22, 2005 (8.30 pm); Jan 23, 2005 (3 pm) The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra plays: Gioacchino Rossini's Overture to "La scala di seta"; Wolfgang A Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21 in... Jazz & World Music Series - Discovering the Secrets of Chinese Opera: Introduction and Performance Jan 24 & 25, 2005 (8.30 pm) China's leading artists from the Shanghai Peking Opera Theatre and Shanghai Kunqu Opera House present different opera forms - Jing... MPO Chamber Concert - Handel, Schubert Jan 26, 2005 (6 pm) The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Players play: George F Handel's Sonata No 5 in G for two oboes and basso continuo,... Avanti Friday Nite Jazz - David Gomes Jan 28, 2005 (10 pm) Smooth, funky jazz nights return for a third season at the Avanti Italian-American Ristorante at Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel, with... Happy People Quintet at Alexis Ampang Jan 28 - 29, 2005 (10.30 pm) The Happy People Quintet are: Julian Chan on saxophone; Eddie Wen on trumpet and flugelhorn; Justin Limon on keyboard; Nazrin...
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
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Johan Nasir or “JD” as he is affectionately known, is the main man of the advertising group Ascension Media Communications and Cradle Investment Programme, a former DJ and now self-confessed metro entrepreneur, tech geek and senior investment consultant as well as being quite the man around town and .... JD has the magical ability to be at a few places at the same time and yet to be seen without his trusty Nokia 9500 Communicator and laptop, working or partying even when he’s fast asleep. Arvind Pasricha, the publisher, is still the driving force behind the magazine. His degree in fine arts notwithstanding, his mind is a hurricane of ideas, always brimming with new plots and plans and twists to bring you the best we can offer. Dave Avran is a twisted, wicked, sarcastic, single, dirty old man who has 24 years experience in the hospitality, entertainment and publishing industries. He’s been involved in the management of just about every club in the Klang Valley and loves to people watch. This gives him a unique insiders’ perspective and the seeming ability to write knowledgably about his pet subjects. Or so he’s been telling us. Stephan Vergara is a lecturer by day and smoovepinch’s Penang head honcho by night. He bravely prowls the island’s alleyways and backstreets in search of the best hawker food to bring to your salivating taste buds. Of course, he also checks out the latest nightspots for…err…spots. His shoot from the hip take no prisoners writing style has won him many regular followers. Mike D, a well-known name and figure in the news and clubbing circles, contributes in his own subblog. He too has a large following and his fans will be glad to know that they can now interact with Mike directly. Abdul Ketot is back! This dynamite and very popular writer with the imagination of Gene Roddenberry on steroids is back to write on the cinema and related subjects. Please put your tray in the upright position and buckle your seatbelts, Captain Ketot is preparing for launch. Our very own Miss Inquisitive Kelvina is also back to poke her nose where it doesn’t belong and report the deliciously scandalous results in detail to you. Her innocent looking demeanor and girl-next-door looks gets her into the tightest nooks and crannies much to your delight. Sha and Ravin, two very naughty party girls send us content from Singapore. Some of their pictures are too explicit to print, especially with our heart condition. We've also got a bunch of other wacky contributors who cheerfully and freely donate information and gossip on what's hot and not.. and we’re on the lookout for talent to represent us in Ipoh, Johore and East Malaysia, so if you think you’ve got the smoovepinch groove, do drop us a line or simply link us on your blog. Home: www.smoovepinch.net.ms
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Dear Drivers, Riders and Fans of Motorsports, On behalf of Sepang International Circuit, I would like to invite all of you to come join all motorsports enthusiasts at SIC on Sunday, January 16th, 2005. We will be having a trackday, open to all who wish to help the tsunami victims. We hope to have a bevy of superstars, superbikes, sportscars, supercars, racecars and everything that goes on 2 and 4 wheels joining us on the day. Highlights will be Proton Time Attack Team (cannot make it), Drifting Demo (TBC), track driving, taxi rides, car wash, lunch, circuit tour and Safari, and making friends with like-minded people. All proceeds of the day either from gate collection, car wash and taxi rides will go to the National Disaster Recovery Fund. To all those who love strutting their stuff, you may be asked to "sell" taxi rides in your sportscar to those willing to pay for the ride. It's all for Charity!!!!! Bikes will be on the track from 9am till noon, then lunch. Cars will be on track 2pm till 5pm. Please be at the Circuit before noon as the cheque presentation will be held at 12:30pm sharp!!!! Please be properly attired for track driving. See you on January 16th! Speed Safe. Mokhzani Mahathir Update: The Proton Team cannot make it for the Time Attack but for those who've always wanted to to try out "Drifting" we have cars and drivers and the guests can be passengers for RM 100.00 minimum donation - courtesy of Hypertune& Drift.Com YAB Tun Mahathir will be driving 9 people who (highest bidders) join the taxi ride session in his Porsche Cheyenne. YAB Tun will be handing over SIC's contribution to YAB Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Partners for this event can use this platform to contribute their donation (cheques only) to YAB Datuk Najib. p.s: To know more about the orgasmic Carrera GT, click on this and this.
Monday, January 10, 2005
These Promotions are exclusively for you, our loyal readers. There's more to come soon :) Jacklyn Victor @ Poppy Wednesday 12th January Showcase at 10.30pm and Smoove RnB Soul Seduction under the stars after. Jacklyn Victor, Malaysia's 1st Malaysian Idol and the first preview of her very first album called Gemilang Call Lyn or Joanna at 03-21418888 to book and get the exclusive CD Invite for entry. Each CD entitles entry for 2 persons. First Come First Serve basis. Editor's Note: We were at Poppy's last week Thursday for Reshmonu's Repackaged Album launching and he rocked the show with the live band and guests artists! Oooooweeee! Jacklyn is not to be missed! "12th Street" RnB Night @ Bliss, TwelveSI, Jalan Sultan Ismail. Wednesday 12th January An Exclusive Invitation to You and Your Friends (maximum of 5 guests per person). Join Dj's Nesh and Angelo at 12th Street, the new Wednesday Smoove RnB nites at Bliss. If you wanna be on Ascension's Smoove VIP guestlist for this event, sms to 012-3712312 or email email@example.com with your full name and the number of guests you wish to bring in with you. by 6pm Wednesday 12th January. Free Entry strictly by invitation only. Check for your name and number at the Bliss door for entry before midnight. Assume that your name is confirmed on the guestlist even if you don't hear from us. We will only SMS and inform those who do not make it on the guestlist after 7pm Wednesday. Limited to the first 100 SMS only. Late SMS's will not be entertained. Above 18 Years.
We invite you to dine at our restaurants to raise money for the tsunami disaster relief effort. Following the tsunami there is much need for fresh water in the devastated regions, thus Indochine, Cochine and Bar SáVanh have partnered with La Bodega and Telawi Street Bistro to raise money to purchase a Hydromaster; a state of the art filter that will provide clean water for everyday use for the people in Bandar Aceh, Indonesia. (For more information visit www.hydromaster.org
From now until Saturday, 22nd January a set charity menu priced at RM 100 net per person is available in each of the restaurants and every Ringgit will be donated to buying and shipping, with the assistance of The Red Cross, the water filter from Singapore to Bandar Aceh.
We hope to see you in the next two weeks, there's US$10,000 to be raised and here's a big thank you in advance for your kind support!
You can call one of the following numbers to make a reservation and enquire about the special menu.
IndoChine Crowne Plaza Mutiara KL, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur Tel: 03-21463816
CoChine Lounge & Restaurant KL, Asian Heritage Row, 64, Jalan Doraisamy, 50300 Kuala Lumpur Tel: 26971180
La Bodega Tapas & Bistro, 14-16 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 KL Tel: 22878318
La Bodega KL, 31 Tengkat Tong Shin, 50200 KL Tel: 21426368
Telawi Street Bistro, 1-3 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 KL Tel: 22843168
For those who have spent the last long decade hopping around, nothing can be better. With the combination of breakbeat & drum n bass by DJ Acid & Low, "Lompat" has finally landed at the newly refurbish Bliss Lounge @ Twelve Si. The monthly series party happens on every 2nd Thursday of the month together with local most hard sell Dirtstyle MC's Nicky C & Spyda. Wicked or Dope? ** 13th January 2005 is the Grand Launch for Lompat ** Date: 13th January (Every 2nd Thursday of the month) Time: 9pm (free entry) Venue: Bliss Lounge @ Twelve Si Dress code: Come in style Info: www.twelvesi.com.my, www.loopscollective.com Contact & Reservation: +603-21459198 or +603-21433440
Sunday, January 09, 2005
As news on the Tsunami disaster fades away in the U.S. many in the music industry refuse to forget and are pledging their support in big ways and in far away lands to help in the long-term rebuilding of regions affected by the Tsunami. Several international artists – including Black Eyed Peas, Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean – will perform live at the Force of Nature Concert for Tsunami Aid to be held on March 18, 2005 at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Force of Nature Concert for Tsunami Aid is the first initiative of the Force of Nature Aid Foundation, a non-profit organization in Kuala Lumpur, that is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the victims of natural disasters. This is not just a one time event, but rather the commencement of a long-term fundraising program to help rebuild the affected communities; rejuvenate the livelihoods of those who have lost so much; and empower and motivate individuals and corporations around the world to continue supporting aid and educate a world-wide audience about the effort. “Forces of nature comes in many forms, some beautiful, others devastating, but one is more extraordinary than them all, mankind’s overwhelming impulse to reach out to those in need. The more people unite under this common human instinct, the greater its power. In the end, the consortium hopes to create a Force of nature that can change the world,” said Mr. Razali Ismail. The Foundation’s campaign titled “I am a Force of Nature” is a global movement created with the mission of empowering people from all over the world to get involved over the long-term in assisting with aid efforts for countries affected by natural disasters. Mr. Razali Ismail, the Appointed Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of Malaysia’s Tsunami aid efforts and former Malaysian UN President, is spearheading the Force of Nature Aid Foundation. Force of Nature Concert for Tsunami Aid is being underwritten by a consortium of Malaysian private enterprises. This support allows 100% of the proceeds from the concert to go towards the long-term regeneration of Malaysia’s neighbors, so devastated by this catastrophic event. A prestigious committee of celebrities and industry heads including: Harvey Weinstein, Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh have come on board with Mr. Ismail as members of the working committee to spread the word about this unprecedented event. The Force of Nature Concert for Tsunami Aid was developed and is being produced by Intersection Entertainment, a branded entertainment production and marketing company based in Los Angeles. “While aid to help fund the immediate, urgent issues of Tsunami affected countries is pouring in from around the world, it is essential that we do our part to raise funds for the long-term recovery of the Tsunami affected regions. Force of Nature is the first step on the path towards helping victims of this tragedy discover prosperity and independence once again,” said Scott Kramer, Creator and Executive Producer of Intersection.
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Know anyone who would be interested to be part of Formula One Grand Prix? The Marketing Communications Department is currently looking for Temporary Staff to help us organise PR activities during the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix 2005. Details are as follows : Duration-Mid January '05 - End March '05 Age -18 and above Job description: To assist in the coordination of the following, 1) Opening Ceremony of Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix 2005 2) VIP Hospitality 3) Signing Ceremonies 4) F1 Cocktail Reception 5) Office administration Qualification /Skills required: 1) Good communication skills (English & Bahasa Malaysia) 2) Computer literate 3) Plesant personality 4) Able to work weekends and long hours 5) Able to work with minimum supervision Salary: RM 800 plus overtime Location: Sepang F1 Circuit If you are interested or you know anyone who would be interested, give us a call. Interviews will start on Monday 10 January 2005. If somehow, you cant get thru Fyreen's line at 03.85262048, try calling Azizi at 03.85262043. Marketing Communications Department Sepang International Circuit Sdn Bhd
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
What causes "cold feet"? The term "cold feet" originally meant "without means or resources". In Ben Jonson's play "Volpone" in 1605, it literally meant a person who was too poor to buy shoes. Then in Fritz Reuter's novel in 1862, a character backed out of a card game because of "cold feet" and the term evolved. It is now defined as "anxiety and uncertainty about an undertaking to the point of withdrawing". So why the epidemic of pre-wedding jitters? Robert Butterworth, PhD, a Los Angeles trauma psychologist reports, "It is not uncommon for brides to experience anxiety, fear, stress, and even panic as the day draws near." At times, this stress can be so overwhelming that the bride feels trapped and decides to literally "run away." " Les Parrott, co-director of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University offers this explanation, "When someone does something that drastic, stress and the pressure to please is a factor. She is so concerned of not wanting to hurt anyone's feelings, she just doesn't know any other way to cope." Isn't it natural to have concerns? Getting married is one of the biggest decisions most people face in their lives. Of course, there will be a time of reflection and even self-doubt that one is making the right choice. However, Susan Heitler, PhD, a clinical psychologist and family therapist from Denver believes that "jitters, which are basically anxieties, come up because there is something going on that merits attention." What do you do when wedding anxiety strikes? Kate Wachs, PhD, a psychologist and author of Relationships for Dummies suggests, "You may want to discuss premarital misgivings with a trusted friend, priest, minister, rabbi, or therapist", but she cautions on discussing it with your fiancé. "If you decide to talk with your partner, make sure he understands your doubts do not necessarily mean you want to call off the wedding." You may be able to calm your fears, or it may be necessary to postpone the wedding for a while. Carol Kleinman MD, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at George Washington University Medical School, believes that postponing it may be a viable option. "Many times, if it (the wedding) is meant to be, it will go forward anyway, but a little further down the line. If the other person can't tolerate that then maybe it's not meant to be." Anxiety Disorders The five anxiety disorders are identified as: Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Phobias (including Social Phobia, also called Social Anxiety Disorder). Anxiety disorders are categorized as: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is characterized by excessive, unrealistic worry that lasts six months or more; in adults, the anxiety may focus on issues such as health, money, or career. In addition to chronic worry, GAD symptoms include trembling, muscular aches, insomnia, abdominal upsets, dizziness, and irritability. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In OCD, individuals are plagued by persistent, recurring thoughts (obsessions) that reflect exaggerated anxiety or fears; typical obsessions include worry about being contaminated or fears of behaving improperly or acting violently. The obsessions may lead an individual to perform a ritual or routine (compulsions)-such as washing hands, repeating phrases or hoarding-to relieve the anxiety caused by the obsession. Panic Disorder. People with panic disorder suffer severe attacks of panic-which may make them feel like they are having a heart attack or are going crazy-for no apparent reason. Symptoms include heart palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, sweating, trembling, tingling sensations, feeling of choking, fear of dying, fear of losing control, and feelings of unreality. Panic disorder often occurs with agoraphobia, in which people are afraid of having a panic attack in a place from which escape would be difficult, so they avoid these places. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD can follow an exposure to a traumatic event such as a sexual or physical assault, witnessing a death, the unexpected death of a loved one, or natural disaster. There are three main symptoms associated with PTSD: "reliving" of the traumatic event (such as flashbacks and nightmares); avoidance behaviors (such as avoiding places related to the trauma) and emotional numbing (detachment from others); and physiological arousal such difficulty sleeping, irritability or poor concentration. Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia). Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is characterized by extreme anxiety about being judged by others or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or ridicule. This intense anxiety may lead to avoidance behavior. Physical symptoms associated with this disorder include heart palpitations, faintness, blushing and profuse sweating. Specific phobias. People with specific phobias suffer from an intense fear reaction to a specific object or situation (such as spiders, dogs, or heights); the level of fear is usually inappropriate to the situation, and is recognized by the sufferer as being irrational. This inordinate fear can lead to the avoidance of common, everyday situations.
Schizophrenia.. What Is It?? Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disease. Approximately 1 percent of the population develops schizophrenia during their lifetime – more than 2 million Americans suffer from the illness in a given year. Although schizophrenia affects men and women with equal frequency, the disorder often appears earlier in men, usually in the late teens or early twenties, than in women, who are generally affected in the twenties to early thirties. People with schizophrenia often suffer terrifying symptoms such as hearing internal voices not heard by others, or believing that other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. These symptoms may leave them fearful and withdrawn. Their speech and behavior can be so disorganized that they may be incomprehensible or frightening to others. Available treatments can relieve many symptoms, but most people with schizophrenia continue to suffer some symptoms throughout their lives; it has been estimated that no more than one in five individuals recovers completely. This is a time of hope for people with schizophrenia and their families. Research is gradually leading to new and safer medications and unraveling the complex causes of the disease. Scientists are using many approaches from the study of molecular genetics to the study of populations to learn about schizophrenia. Methods of imaging the brain's structure and function hold the promise of new insights into the disorder. Schizophrenia As An Illness Schizophrenia is found all over the world. The severity of the symptoms and long-lasting, chronic pattern of schizophrenia often cause a high degree of disability. Medications and other treatments for schizophrenia, when used regularly and as prescribed, can help reduce and control the distressing symptoms of the illness. However, some people are not greatly helped by available treatments or may prematurely discontinue treatment because of unpleasant side effects or other reasons. Even when treatment is effective, persisting consequences of the illness – lost opportunities, stigma, residual symptoms, and medication side effects – may be very troubling. The first signs of schizophrenia often appear as confusing, or even shocking, changes in behavior. Coping with the symptoms of schizophrenia can be especially difficult for family members who remember how involved or vivacious a person was before they became ill. The sudden onset of severe psychotic symptoms is referred to as an "acute" phase of schizophrenia. "Psychosis," a common condition in schizophrenia, is a state of mental impairment marked by hallucinations, which are disturbances of sensory perception, and/or delusions, which are false yet strongly held personal beliefs that result from an inability to separate real from unreal experiences. Less obvious symptoms, such as social isolation or withdrawal, or unusual speech, thinking, or behavior, may precede, be seen along with, or follow the psychotic symptoms. Some people have only one such psychotic episode; others have many episodes during a lifetime, but lead relatively normal lives during the interim periods. However, the individual with "chronic" schizophrenia, or a continuous or recurring pattern of illness, often does not fully recover normal functioning and typically requires long-term treatment, generally including medication, to control the symptoms. Making A Diagnosis It is important to rule out other illnesses, as sometimes people suffer severe mental symptoms or even psychosis due to undetected underlying medical conditions. For this reason, a medical history should be taken and a physical examination and laboratory tests should be done to rule out other possible causes of the symptoms before concluding that a person has schizophrenia. In addition, since commonly abused drugs may cause symptoms resembling schizophrenia, blood or urine samples from the person can be tested at hospitals or physicians' offices for the presence of these drugs. At times, it is difficult to tell one mental disorder from another. For instance, some people with symptoms of schizophrenia exhibit prolonged extremes of elated or depressed mood, and it is important to determine whether such a patient has schizophrenia or actually has a manic-depressive (or bipolar) disorder or major depressive disorder. Persons whose symptoms cannot be clearly categorized are sometimes diagnosed as having a "schizoaffective disorder." The World of People With Schizophrenia · Distorted Perceptions of Reality People with schizophrenia may have perceptions of reality that are strikingly different from the reality seen and shared by others around them. Living in a world distorted by hallucinations and delusions, individuals with schizophrenia may feel frightened, anxious, and confused. In part because of the unusual realities they experience, people with schizophrenia may behave very differently at various times. Sometimes they may seem distant, detached, or preoccupied and may even sit as rigidly as a stone, not moving for hours or uttering a sound. Other times they may move about constantly – always occupied, appearing wide-awake, vigilant, and alert. · Hallucinations and Illusions Hallucinations and illusions are disturbances of perception that are common in people suffering from schizophrenia. Hallucinations are perceptions that occur without connection to an appropriate source. Although hallucinations can occur in any sensory form – auditory (sound), visual (sight), tactile (touch), gustatory (taste), and olfactory (smell) – hearing voices that other people do not hear is the most common type of hallucination in schizophrenia. Voices may describe the patient's activities, carry on a conversation, warn of impending dangers, or even issue orders to the individual. Illusions, on the other hand, occur when a sensory stimulus is present but is incorrectly interpreted by the individual. · Delusions Delusions are false personal beliefs that are not subject to reason or contradictory evidence and are not explained by a person's usual cultural concepts. Delusions may take on different themes. For example, patients suffering from paranoid-type symptoms – roughly one-third of people with schizophrenia – often have delusions of persecution, or false and irrational beliefs that they are being cheated, harassed, poisoned, or conspired against. These patients may believe that they, or a member of the family or someone close to them, are the focus of this persecution. In addition, delusions of grandeur, in which a person may believe he or she is a famous or important figure, may occur in schizophrenia. Sometimes the delusions experienced by people with schizophrenia are quite bizarre; for instance, believing that a neighbor is controlling their behavior with magnetic waves; that people on television are directing special messages to them; or that their thoughts are being broadcast aloud to others. Substance Abuse Substance abuse is a common concern of the family and friends of people with schizophrenia. Since some people who abuse drugs may show symptoms similar to those of schizophrenia, people with schizophrenia may be mistaken for people "high on drugs." While most researchers do not believe that substance abuse causes schizophrenia, people who have schizophrenia often abuse alcohol and/or drugs, and may have particularly bad reactions to certain drugs. Substance abuse can reduce the effectiveness of treatment for schizophrenia. Stimulants (such as amphetamines or cocaine) may cause major problems for patients with schizophrenia, as may PCP or marijuana. In fact, some people experience a worsening of their schizophrenic symptoms when they are taking such drugs. Substance abuse also reduces the likelihood that patients will follow the treatment plans recommended by their doctors. · Schizophrenia and Nicotine The most common form of substance use disorder in people with schizophrenia is nicotine dependence due to smoking. While the prevalence of smoking in the U.S. population is about 25 to 30 percent, the prevalence among people with schizophrenia is approximately three times as high. Research has shown that the relationship between smoking and schizophrenia is complex. Although people with schizophrenia may smoke to self medicate their symptoms, smoking has been found to interfere with the response to antipsychotic drugs. Several studies have found that schizophrenia patients who smoke need higher doses of antipsychotic medication. Quitting smoking may be especially difficult for people with schizophrenia, because the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal may cause a temporary worsening of schizophrenia symptoms. However, smoking cessation strategies that include nicotine replacement methods may be effective. Doctors should carefully monitor medication dosage and response when patients with schizophrenia either start or stop smoking. · Disordered Thinking Schizophrenia often affects a person's ability to "think straight." Thoughts may come and go rapidly; the person may not be able to concentrate on one thought for very long and may be easily distracted, unable to focus attention. People with schizophrenia may not be able to sort out what is relevant and what is not relevant to a situation. The person may be unable to connect thoughts into logical sequences, with thoughts becoming disorganized and fragmented. This lack of logical continuity of thought, termed "thought disorder," can make conversation very difficult and may contribute to social isolation. If people cannot make sense of what an individual is saying, they are likely to become uncomfortable and tend to leave that person alone. · Emotional Expression People with schizophrenia often show "blunted" or "flat" affect. This refers to a severe reduction in emotional expressiveness. A person with schizophrenia may not show the signs of normal emotion, perhaps may speak in a monotonous voice, have diminished facial expressions, and appear extremely apathetic. The person may withdraw socially, avoiding contact with others; and when forced to interact, he or she may have nothing to say, reflecting "impoverished thought." Motivation can be greatly decreased, as can interest in or enjoyment of life. In some severe cases, a person can spend entire days doing nothing at all, even neglecting basic hygiene. These problems with emotional expression and motivation, which may be extremely troubling to family members and friends, are symptoms of schizophrenia – not character flaws or personal weaknesses. · Normal Versus Abnormal At times, normal individuals may feel, think, or act in ways that resemble schizophrenia. Normal people may sometimes be unable to "think straight." They may become extremely anxious, for example, when speaking in front of groups and may feel confused, be unable to pull their thoughts together, and forget what they had intended to say. This is not schizophrenia. At the same time, people with schizophrenia do not always act abnormally. Indeed, some people with the illness can appear completely normal and be perfectly responsible, even while they experience hallucinations or delusions. An individual's behavior may change over time, becoming bizarre if medication is stopped and returning closer to normal when receiving appropriate treatment. What Causes Schizophrenia? There is no known single cause of schizophrenia. Many diseases, such as heart disease, result from an interplay of genetic, behavioral, and other factors; and this may be the case for schizophrenia as well. Scientists do not yet understand all of the factors necessary to produce schizophrenia, but all the tools of modern biomedical research are being used to search for genes, critical moments in brain development, and other factors that may lead to the illness. Is Schizophrenia Inherited? It has long been known that schizophrenia runs in families. People who have a close relative with schizophrenia are more likely to develop the disorder than are people who have no relatives with the illness. For example, a monozygotic (identical) twin of a person with schizophrenia has the highest risk – 40 to 50 percent – of developing the illness. A child whose parent has schizophrenia has about a 10 percent chance. By comparison, the risk of schizophrenia in the general population is about 1 percent. Scientists are studying genetic factors in schizophrenia. It appears likely that multiple genes are involved in creating a predisposition to develop the disorder. In addition, factors such as prenatal difficulties like intrauterine starvation or viral infections, perinatal complications, and various nonspecific stressors, seem to influence the development of schizophrenia. However, it is not yet understood how the genetic predisposition is transmitted, and it cannot yet be accurately predicted whether a given person will or will not develop the disorder. Several regions of the human genome are being investigated to identify genes that may confer susceptibility for schizophrenia. The strongest evidence to date leads to chromosomes 13 and 6 but remains unconfirmed. Identification of specific genes involved in the development of schizophrenia will provide important clues into what goes wrong in the brain to produce and sustain the illness and will guide the development of new and better treatments. Is Schizophrenia Associated With A Chemical Defect In The Brain? Basic knowledge about brain chemistry and its link to schizophrenia is expanding rapidly. Neurotransmitters, substances that allow communication between nerve cells, have long been thought to be involved in the development of schizophrenia. It is likely, although not yet certain, that the disorder is associated with some imbalance of the complex, interrelated chemical systems of the brain, perhaps involving the neurotransmitters dopamine and glutamate. This area of research is promising. Is Schizophrenia Caused By A Physical Abnormality In The Brain? There have been dramatic advances in neuroimaging technology that permit scientists to study brain structure and function in living individuals. Many studies of people with schizophrenia have found abnormalities in brain structure (for example, enlargement of the fluid-filled cavities, called the ventricles, in the interior of the brain, and decreased size of certain brain regions) or function (for example, decreased metabolic activity in certain brain regions). It should be emphasized that these abnormalities are quite subtle and are not characteristic of all people with schizophrenia, nor do they occur only in individuals with this illness. Microscopic studies of brain tissue after death have also shown small changes in distribution or number of brain cells in people with schizophrenia. It appears that many (but probably not all) of these changes are present before an individual becomes ill, and schizophrenia may be, in part, a disorder in development of the brain. Developmental neurobiologists funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have found that schizophrenia may be a developmental disorder resulting when neurons form inappropriate connections during fetal development. These errors may lie dormant until puberty, when changes in the brain that occur normally during this critical stage of maturation interact adversely with the faulty connections. This research has spurred efforts to identify prenatal factors that may have some bearing on the apparent developmental abnormality. In other studies, investigators using brain-imaging techniques have found evidence of early biochemical changes that may precede the onset of disease symptoms, prompting examination of the neural circuits that are most likely to be involved in producing those symptoms. Meanwhile, scientists working at the molecular level are exploring the genetic basis for abnormalities in brain development and in the neurotransmitter systems regulating brain function. http://www.schizophrenia.com/
Future Shock - United Kingdom Futureshock. A Brummie duo, Alex Tepper and Phil Dockerty, known to raise pulses skywards on dancefloors from Bedrock to Bugged Out! with their genre-defying music, not only through remixes for Underworld, Moby and the Chemical Brothers but also their own mighty productions “Sparc” and “The Question”. Since touring with Underworld in 2002, Futureshock have continued a gruelling schedule of DJ sets and live performances all over the globe including Leeds and Reading Festivals, Homelands, Gatecrasher, Dance Valley, and Glastonbury. Their ‘Dex n FX’ show at Recharge@ZoukFest will be a tribal, tech funk, and acid house journey that shouldn’t be missed! Filterheadz - Belgium In the beginning, Bert and Maarten were kids of the seventies. But by 1998 remixes for Hooj, Platipus, Nebula & Deviant appear and they quickly establish their name as “first call” remixers. Filterheadz now stands for progressive, but with tough beats and a very sharp edge, though not above releasing techno on Headroom labels and their smash record ‘Sunshine’ on Intec. More remixes follow, including Green Velvet “La La Land”, Bedrock “Emerald”, and further mixes for Tiësto and Oliver Lieb, to name a few. “Tribalicious”, their debut mix CD on N.E.W.S. is a collection of tribal monsters, tech beats, spacious overtones and some downright offbeat stuff, all to be showcased at Recharge@ZoukFest! ATFC - United Kingdom Aydin Hasirci (pronounced Hass-er-jee) aka ATFC (Aydin The Funki Chile) has the potential to be big, really big. Even with three UK top forty hits under his belt and a number of top underground tunes and remixes, Aydin is still a DJ before anything else with 15 years experience under his slipmats since organising his own block parties at the tender age of 16. “In and Out of My Life” was his first UK hit for Defected Records and allowed him to play at Defected nights across Europe since 1997. His second hit “Bad Habit” had the distinction of being played four times in a single night at the Miami Winter Dance Conference’s Magic Sessions. Recharge@ZoukFest will now show you just how funky ATFC can be! Jon Cutler - United Kingdom Jon’s dedication started when he was a clubbing teenager, DJing mostly at local neighbourhood house parties before spinning at clubs and producing at an independent record label. Starting Distant Music in 1996, he displayed his evolving talent with productions such as “You Groove Me”, “Fluttie Pebbles” and various remixes. In 2001 Hardsoul - Netherlands Hardsoul consists of Holland's number one garage and house DJ Roog (Rogier van Bueren) and his brother Greg. With innumerable productions for various European and American labels under their belts, they shot to dance music stardom with the huge 2003 anthem “Back Together” with Ron Carroll. This has not diminished their passion for DJing, however, as Roog played the main stage at Sensation in the Ajax Soccer stadium to 40,000 people. He regularly performs on the Defected nights at El Divino in Ibiza and holds a residency New York's hottest club Cielo (no. 1 US Club, Dancestar Awards). Catch the energy and fervour of Hardsoul at Recharge@ZoukFest! Fluke & Simon Sez - Australia DJ Fluke and Simon Sez has been laying down hip hop beats at clubs across Australia to Jakarta. While Fluke had a long stint with Salt Melbourne, Simon held residencies at Melbourne’s most high profile hip hop/R&B night clubs. Pairing up ,they both Dj’ed at after parties for hip hop elite, including Ja Rule, Naughty by Nature, Ashanti, De La Soul, Black Eyed Peas and Crypress Hill. Back by popular demand from KL’s R&B sceme, the blazing duo will grace the deck’s once again. Back to Zouk Fest Back to Main