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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.”

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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.

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Sam Cherry:Photographs of Charles Bukowski, The Black Cat, and Skid Row

Malcolm McNeill and William S. Burroughs:The Lost Art of Ah POOK

April 4th-May 2nd, Track 16 Gallery @ Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg C-1, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Telephone: 310-264-4678

Sam Cherry’s photographs take the viewer on an historical journey through intimate moments with Charles Bukowski, the 1940s Bohemian scene at The Black Cat Café (San Francisco’s creative hub), and Los Angeles’ Skid Row in the 1980s. The gallery also presents the west coast premiere of The Lost Art of Ah Pook IS HERE, paintings, drawings and prints from the unfinished collaboration between William S. Burroughs and artist Malcolm McNeill. Named LA Weekly’s Pick of the Week last week, these are two exhibitions not to be missed!

For more information, go to http://www.track16.com

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THEATRE UNLEASHED:

Continuing in its mission to explore new and original ways to present theatre for Los Angeles, Theatre Unleashed is excited to announce the launch of yet another new series. “Tales of an Unsettled City: Beginnings” marks the company’s first true venture into late-night theatre with 10:30 p.m. shows on four special Saturday nights—March 21, March 28, April 11 and April 18—at the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center in North Hollywood.

A collection of seven short vignettes that are cleverly intertwined with music and choreography, “Tales of an Unsettled City: Beginnings” explores both the comedic and dramatic adventures that follow once people take the risk (or fate decides to push them) to leave their comfortable surroundings and start a new journey in a new environment.

The show features seven original pieces: “Moving On” is a reflective poem about a young man on a bus trip having second thoughts about leaving his small home town. “Stateside Girls” features two siblings, one facing the fear of flying and leaving the Philippines, while the other looks forward to a new life in New York. “Once Upon an F’ing Island” is a comedic piece about how two opposites will get along now that they’re stranded on a desert island. “Blue Bikini” features a young man reminiscing about the one who got away while she reminisces about the one who never took a chance. “Just Another Night in Donegal” watches closely as a woman spends her final night in a cold, unfurnished home coping with the madness that is enveloping her. “Last Dance” follows a young man as he chases the girl he loved and lost only to see her finally find her true love…dancing. “Stuffed Grape Leaves” is a humorously poignant piece about how we deal with people who come from different ethnic and social backgrounds.

For more information, go to http://www.theatreunleashed.com.

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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 www.casa0101.org.

If this is not one incredible theater event!!! I just hope L.A. will come and support it.

“Edge of the World Theatre Festival, with generous support from the James Irvine Foundation, the Autry National Center and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, has commissioned six new plays about our city and its rich history. These plays will be presented as workshops by six of Los Angeles’ most exciting and innovative theater companies as part of EdgeFest’s ongoing Los Angeles History Project.

The event will be held at the Autry National Center on Sunday, July 13 & Sunday, July 20, 2008. All presentations are free of charge.

The schedule of works to be presented is listed below.

Sunday, July 13

11AM
Son of Semele Ensemble
Record Storm Spreads Ruin!
By Aaron Henne
Devised by Son of Semele Ensemble
Directed by Edgar Landa
A corrupt administration. A leader clinging desperately to his power. A devastating flood.
In 1938, Los Angeles Mayor Frank Shaw, on the verge of being ousted from power, broadcasts over the radio airwaves to a drowning city. His citizens, some living and some dead, converge on City Hall to offer him one last chance at salvation from his past deeds, before he is overtaken by a record storm.

1PM
Circle X Theatre Company
The Chinese Massacre (Annotated)
By Tom Jacobson
Directed by Marya Mazor
Based on historical incident, the The Chinese Massacre (Annotated) chronicles the first race riot in Los Angeles history, when 19 Chinese men and boys were lynched by a mob of 500 of “people from all nations.” Resonant with more recent racially motivated Los Angeles civil disturbances (the Zoot Suit Riots, the Watts Riots, the Rodney King insurrection), The Chinese Massacre (Annotated) brings to light the remarkable, culturally diverse 19th-century Wild West town that exploded into today’s metropolis.
Note: If you’d like to make a reservation for The Chinese Massacre please call 323-667-2000 x354 and leave a message

3:30
Lodestone Theatre Ensemble
My Man Kono
(Act One: The Chaplin Years)
Written by Philip W. Chung
Directed by Jeff Liu
The story of Toraichi Kono, who worked as movie star Charlie Chaplin’s personal valet for 17 years before being arrested as a Japanese enemy spy on the eve of World War II. This is a presentation of Act One of the play which covers Kono’s years with Chaplin.

What: EdgeFest Los Angeles History Project
When: Sunday, July 13, and Sunday, July 20, 11AM, 1PM, 3:30 PM
Where: Autry National Center of the American West, Griffith Park Campus, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90027-1462
How Much: Free
Reservations: Not required.
More Info and July 20th schedule: www.edgeoftheworld.org.

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