The Smiling Spider will be taking a break for the rest of the summer but I wanted to leave you with a few shows worth seeing. First, the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors are taking over the city with their new sketch comedy “Bow Down to your Asian Masters”:

July 31th-August 23th. Thurs., Fri., Sat., & Sun. @ 8pm, 4 WEEK LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! (July 30th PREVIEW $5) @ THE COMPLEX (Dorie Theater) , 6476 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90038, (East of Highland Ave.) Reservations: 818-754-4500 (vm) or purchase tickets online at . Information: email or go to


At CASA 0101, you can enjoy the latest episode of EL VERDE, the super hero on an everlasting quest to discover what his super power is… August 7th-30th. For more information go to

closerthan ever

LODESTONE THEATRE ENSEMBLE, under the artistic direction of Philip W. Chung & Chil Kong, proudly presents CLOSER THAN EVER, a musical revue in two acts with words by Richard Maltby, Jr. and music by David Shire. Directed by Chil Kong. Music Direction by Akira Nakano. Starring: Sharline Liu, DT Matias, Blythe Matsui, Paul Na kauchi, Erin Quill, EJ Arriola, Jully Lee, Jiehae Park, & Miley Yamamoto.

An all Asian American revival of CLOSER THAN EVER, the classic 1989 musical revue which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and was nominated for multiple Drama Desk Awards. CLOSER THAN EVER features self-contained songs which deal with such diverse topics as aging, mid-life crisis, second marriages and unrequited love. This is the second mainstage production of Lodestone’s tenth and final “Beginnings and Endings” season.

Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. ALL THURS. SHOWS: 2-for-1 general admission tickets if you say the codeword “Doors” at box office. NOTE: Thurs., August 13 performance is SOLD-OUT. To RSVP: (323) 993-7245. For more more information, go to:


I would also like to acknowledge R. Ernie Silva whose solo show, Heavy Like the Weight of  A Flame, has been extended at  the Odyssey Theatre through September 5th. R. Ernie Silva prances about the stage with uncommon grace and power in this autobiographical journey written by Silva and novelist James Gabriel. The show is deftly choreographed and directed by Mary Joan Negro with special mention to Bosco Flanagan whose lighting design subtly evokes the dark places visited by Silva and reflected off of his unsually expressive face.

The following review was found on “Watching R. Ernie Silva in his autobiographical ‘Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame” is like listening to exquisite poetry, music both classical and jazz all wrapped in the true life experience of the urban jungles of New York. His movement, lovely guitar riffs and impersonations of the players in his life story add to a profoundly satisfying evening of performance art. This is special theater, well worth going to.” By mypetard.

Like El Verde, I hope Ernie Silva will treat us to more episodes of his identity quest. Click here for more information.



Consider taking a book on your ride to the Eastside. Josefina Lopez, CASA 0101’s artistic director and author of “Real Women Have Curves”  (the feature film started as a play which premiered at CASA 0101,) just published a novel with the tantalizing name of “Hungry Woman in Paris.”


Click here for an interview with Josefina Lopez about the writing of her first novel or search the web for reviews by bloggers and critics alike.

Now, be aware that taking the train to the Eastside might not be an option yet. According to this article found on LA.Curbed.Com, “it’s unlikely that the line will open in June.” You can check the MTA’s own Gold Line website for everything except an opening date. My favorite item on the site’s menu: the Eastside Flavors Map and the Station Overview. Each station artwork and design reflect the surrounding community. For example, at the Little Tokyo station, “the canopies represent a Zen archery bow” while at the Mariachi Plaza station, “the shape of the main canopy recalls the fans used by Mexican folkloric dancers” and that’s only two out of the eight new stations of the Gold Line extension to East Los Angeles.  

As far as I know, CASA 0101’s new play will open as scheduled on June 19th.



Alma is fifteen years old, and longs to escape the drudgery of a traditional quinceañera.
But when she prays for a chance to meet musical heartthrob Adán Sánchez, she accidently
conjures the spirit of Jesús Malverde: patron saint of Mexican drug smugglers. The result
is a coming-of-age adventure about loss and hope… and the magic of music.

Starring: (in alphabetical order) Joe Angeles (understudy),Michelle Castillo, Candace Daniels, Robert Fonseca, Ezequiel Guerra, Geo Hernandez, Arturo Medina, Xavi Moreno, Federico Patiño and Dalia Perla

Produced by Emmanuel Deleage, Xavi Moreno, Todd Silver and Lisa Pringle

CASA 0101 Theatre
2009 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

15 Performances Only!
Friday May 22nd through Sunday June 14th
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM
Sundays at 7 PM

Tickets are $15 general admission,
$12 Students/Seniors
and $10 Boyle Heights Residents
Group rates available

For reservations or information please call 323-263-7684 or visit

Click here for my recent interview with actor Xavi Moreno.


I will be attending Brooklyn & Boyle’s poetry night on Friday and reading a poem at Casa 0101’s on Saturday. Maybe I’ll see you there?

Happy Poetry month!!!


I just received two press releases I would love to share with you.

“Written by Peres Owino and directed by Ayana Cahrr, BEAUTY FOR ASHES is about a Kenyan woman who discovers her real self  while in America by breaking down society’s labels and redefining herself as we have just witnessed with another Kenyan, BARACK OBAMA, President of these United States!!”

You can experience the play that has been called “the most honest piece of theater” this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm @ Stage 52, 5299 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY. Reservations are strongly recommended. To purchase tickets call (323) 960-4429 or buy ONLINE:


Tamales de Puerco (Pork Tamales) tells the story of an undocumented Mexican woman who sells tamales and must maneuver through three cultures after learning that her son is deaf. While her husband is unable to cope and resorts to abuse and violence, she tries to overcome her own self-imposed handicaps so that she and her son can survive. An overachieving deaf woman trying to help them also discovers that she too must set aside some of her own self-imposed handicaps to finally achieve what she truly desires. Starring Oscar Basulto, Brian Cole, Mercedes Floresislas, Evelina Gaina, Fernando Gavaria, Royeric Gonzalez, Carlos Magaña, Diego Medina, Miriam Moses, Liana Velazquez, Carlos Zelaya.

Fri & Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 7pm, $15 general, $12 students & seniors, $8 Boyle Heights residents. Group rates available. Opening night reception on Friday, Nov 14.

Reservations are also strongly recommended. FOR TIX: or 323-263-7684. MORE INFO:,


My third pick is Cornerstone’s FOR ALL TIME, which I saw last weekend and highly recommend. A review shall soon follow.

See you at the theater!

My second recommendation for August, EL VERDE will be playing TWO WEEKENDS ONLY!!!! at CASA 0101, 2009 E. 1st Street, LA, CA 90033. Click here to read what I wrote about the episodes I saw at Casa 0101 last year. For more information go to