September 2008


THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY IN EACH ELECTION IS 15 DAYS BEFORE THAT PARTICULAR ELECTION

Remember:  

  •  You need to re-register if you have moved, changed your name or wish to change your political party affiliation;You may request that an Affidavit of Registration be mailed to you by calling the Registrar of Voters’ general information telephone numbers: (562) 466-1310 or (800) 481-VOTE, 24 hours a day; 
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For more information go to www.lavote.net.

The Smiling Spider has been noticeably absent the past weeks and will be for the next few weeks as she is volunteering for an undisclosed candidate.

Five immigrants pay the ultimate price, trying to cross, illegally, the border into the United States.

Inspired by recent events, EL VAGÓN OF THE IMMIGRANTS, performed in English and in Spanish, discusses the pros and cons of the immigration debate.

Written by Silvia Gonzalez S.
Adapted and directed by Ruben Amavizca Murua

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 6 PM@ the Frida Kahlo Theatre, 2332 West Fourth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057. For information and reservations call: 213-382-8133.

General Tickets $15. $12 Every Thursday. Special $11 Previews Sep 25, 26, 27, 28.

Albert Camus planted seeds in me. My rocks look like seeds. He taught me you have to question everything.” Gronk

According to our Lady of Wikipedia, Gronk “may refer to an artist, a supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe, a slang term with a variety of meanings, and an alien race from the 2000 AD universe.” Oddly enough, this unlikely combination is a perfect metaphor for East LA native Gronk’s new show inspired by the works of superauthors in the European Literary universe: Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” and Albert Camus’ “Le Mythe de Sisyphe.”

Quoting from the impassioned introduction to the exhibition by Max Benavidez, author of the book “Gronk,” the artist deploys “his urban hieroglyphics to create a pictorial discourse on our anxious moment in history.” I believe this was written before Pro-Life/Pro-Gun Sarah Palin entered our not so comic presidential campaign.

“There is a time when one must choose between contemplation and action. It is called becoming a man.” Albert Camus.

My teenage self underlined this sentence in the French copy of “Le Mythe de Sisyphe” I still own. I approached Gronk during the show to tell him at 18 Camus’ book never left me. I needed to understand the meaning of my existence on this planet and what role I was to play in it. I was a very young woman wanting to “become a man,” wanting to fight for what was right. I identified with outspoken authors like Camus and Arthur Koestler who fought fascism and totalitarian regimes during World War II with both words and action – Camus was a member of the French Resistance fighting the Nazi regime and Koestler joined the British army. It’s as if I was hoping World War III would come so that I would have to take sides, test my courage and earn my right to live.

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Luna Playhouse, presenta por primera vez la obra teatral “La Casa De Bernarda Alba,” completamente en español.

DIRECTORA: Maro Parian/ Directora artística de Luna Playhouse

ELENCO: Blanca Araceli (Bernarda), Carla Valentine (Poncia), Marisella Ibarra (Angustias), Deborah Edwards (Magdalena), Dalia Perla (Amelia), Cristela Saravia (Martirio), Sahily González (Adela), Laura Palacios (Adela), Javiera Torres (Criada).

PRESENTACIONES: Jueves, Viernes y Sábados a las 8:00 pm.

TERMINA: Septiembre 20 a las 8:00 pm.

LUGAR: Luna Playhouse

3706 San Fernando Rd. Glendale, CA 91204

(Esquina con la calle Brand Blvd. Estacionamiento gratis en Harley Davidson y Rally’s)

BOLETOS: Admisión General: $15.00 (Descuentos para estudiantes, mayores de 65 años y grupos)

RESERVACIONES: Por Internet en www.itsmyseat.com o por teléfono (818) 500-7200

ADICIONAL: La historia comienza después de la muerte del Segundo marido de Bernarda Alba. Una madre extremadamente estricta y ruda, impone a sus cinco hijas que estén de duelo por ocho años. Las hijas luchan en contra de dicho control. Mientras la hija mayor esta comprometida a casarse con Pepe el Romano (el hombre mas guapo del pueblo), la hija menor termina siendo su amante—un secreto que al revelarse traerá trágicas consecuencias.