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April 16th, 2017 by Cherry

laapff banner.pngI’m so excited about the upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this April 27th with films that represent diversity from across the world. I’ve attended over the years and have always been impressed by the selection of films form comedy to documentary to drama that truly represent the diversity that often is overlooked in entertainment. I also recommend attendance of the C3 Conference that will focus on Future Forward a full day of panels with creatives from behind the camera talking issues that are important to those starting out in the business as well as established creatives. 

 

On my list to see:

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Colored Hearts

ROBIN JOHNSON, SOMLIT INTHALANGSY / USA / 2017 / 15 MINS

A modern day couple is forced to end their interracial relationship. This is a love story about an Asian American/African American couple inspired by a true story.

Plays In:
FilAm Creations: A Filmmaker Movement

Art Share L.A.
May 3, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

EVENTSSPECIAL PRESENTATIONTRANSMEDIA

FREE PROGRAM. “Bronzeville, Little Tokyo” sheds light on an overlooked moment in history when Japanese and Japanese-Americans were displaced and African-Americans moved into Little Tokyo. To honor this period, there will be a special two-day program featuring an interactive media installation, a 360° virtual reality presentation, and a live Jazz performance on Historic First Street North.

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Historic Nishi Building
April 29, 2017 3:00 pmFREE

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Historic Nishi Building
April 30, 2017 3:00 pmFREE

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Union Center for the Arts Courtyard
April 30, 2017 6:00 pmFREE

 

Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai‘i

CHRISTOPHER MAKOTO YOGI / SHORTS COMPETITION / USA / 2016 / 15 MINS

A film essay looking at 100 years of Hawai‘i in film, explores issues of representation and gender. This filmic deconstruction is a lively, often infuriating examination of Hollywood’s portrayal of the islands, highlighting the essential necessity of homegrown filmmaking.

Three Sassy Sisters

NIA DINATA / SPECIAL PRESENTATION / INDONESIA / 2016 / 124 MINS

Three sassy sisters: Gendis (32), Ella (28), and Bebe (19), are very passionate about running their family boutique hotel by the beach in the eastern part of Indonesia’s archipelago. Their grandmother, however, is frustrated because she is unable to find the ideal matches for her granddaughters. Grandma doesn’t give up. Her ultimate goal in life is to find suitable men for her granddaughters.

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Welcome To My Life

ELIZABETH ITO / USA / 2015 / 8 MINS

In this mockumentary short, a family of monsters tries to lead a normal American life.

Plays In:
Itsy Bitsy Shorts

Tateuchi Democracy Forum
April 29, 2017 10:00 am

 

Wexford Plaza

JOYCE WONG / NARRATIVE COMPETITION / CANADA / 2017 / 82 MINS

A slice-of-life dark comedy about a lonely female security guard, and the misunderstood sexual encounter that unravels her life.

WEXFORD PLAZA

Downtown Independent
May 1, 2017 7:00 pm

Who Is Arthur Chu?

YU GU, SCOTT DRUCKER / DOCUMENTARY COMPETITIONLAAPFF BEST OF THE FEST IN OC / USA / 2017 / 90 MINS

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! winner turned Internet iconoclast, Arthur Chu, as he struggles to reform society and himself in a seminal year.

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU?

Downtown Independent
May 1, 2017 9:30 pm Buy Tickets

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? (ENCORE)

CGV Buena Park
May 6, 2017 9:30 pm

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C3: Saturday – Motion Picture Editors Guild: “Editing for Animation and Stop Motion”

C3 CONFERENCE / PANEL / 75 MINS

A contemplative dialogue with the editors from some of the biggest box office animated/stop motion films in history – discussing the industry, their processes and their look into the future of animation. *Panels are not individually sold. The admission fee for one day will include all the panels on that day. The admission fee for both days will include all the panels of the C3 Conference.

C3: Saturday – Motion Picture Editors Guild: “Editing for Animation and Stop Motion”

Aratani Central Hall at JANM
April 29, 2017 1:45 pm

 

2017 LAAPF GALA PRESENTATIONS

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OPENING NIGHT FILM | BETTER LUCK TOMORROW | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN LIN

 APRIL 27 | 7:00  PM | EGYPTIAN THEATER

Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (co-presented by YOMYOMF)! The film premiered at Sundance amid controversy and is a benchmark for APA cinema. The Festival is screening the original Sundance cut, in glorious 35mm film. Director Justin Lin will present the film and joined by his cast for this anniversary celebration.

 

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CENTERPIECE FILM | GOOK | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN CHON

APRIL 29 | 8:00 PM | ARATANI THEATER

 Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.

Director/Writer and Actor Justin Chon and his cast and crew will be in attendance to present this film.

 

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CLOSING NIGHT FILM | COLUMBUS | DIRECTED BY KOGONADA

MAY 4 | 7:00 PM | DIRECTOR’S GUILD OF AMERICA

Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.

Cast and crew of COLOMBUS including JOHN CHO will be in attendance.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURE FILMS HIGHLIGHTS AT LAAPFF 2017:

COMPETITION NARRATIVES

  • CARDINAL X Dir.: Angie Wang

  • CHEE AND T Dir.: Tanuj Chopra

  • COLUMBUS Dir.: Kogonada

  • GOOK Dir.: Justin Chon

  • I CAN I WILL I DID Dir.: Nadine Truong

  • THE LOCKPICKER Dir.: Randall Okita

  • NORMAN JONES Dir.: Mike Sakamoto

  • WEXFORD PLAZA Dir.: Joyce Wong

  • WINDOW HORSES Dir.: Ann Marie Fleming

COMPETITION DOCUMENTARIES 

  • 95 AND 6 TO GO Dir.: Kimi Takesue

  • A TIME TO SWIM Dir.: Ashley Duong

  • FINDING KUKAN Dir.: Robin Lung

  • GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL Dir.: Shinpei Takeda

  • MELE MURALS Dir.: Tadashi Nakamura

  • MIXED MATCH Dir.: Jeff Chiba Stearns

  • RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE Dir.: Konrad Aderer

  • SAVE MY SEOUL Dir.: Jason Y. Lee

  • UNBROKEN GLASS Dir.: Dinesh Sabu

  • WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? Dirs.: Yu Gu and Scott Drucker

     

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

  • MOTHERLAND Dir.: Ramona S. Diaz

  • PLASTIC CHINA Dir.: Wang Jiu-liang

  • SMALL TALK Dir.: Huang Hui-Chen

  • TOKYO IDOLS Dir.: Kyoko Miyake

 

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURES

  • BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK Dir.: Anocha Suwichakornpong

  • DIAMOND ISLAND Dir: Davy Chou

  • KING OF PEKING Dir.: Sam Voutas

  • POP AYE Dir.: Kristen Tan

  • RESEBA – THE DARK WIND Dir.: Hussein Hassan

  • THE ROAD TO MANDALAY Dir.: Midi Z

  • SAVING SALLY Dir.: Avid Liongoren

  • THE SOUL OF THE TIGER Dir.: François Yang

  • THE SOWER Dir.: Yosuke Takeuchi

  • TAXI STORIES Dir.: Doris Yeung

  • TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT Dir.: Douglas Seok

SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATIONS

  • ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL – Dir.: Steve James
  • JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER – Dir.:  Joe Piscatella
  • YELLOW (20th Anniversary Screening) Dir.: Chris Chan Lee

 

For complete program information please visit  festival.vconline.org.

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August 3rd, 2016 by Cherry

A friend of mine told be about the premier of a new play called ‘As Straw Before the Wind‘ about a Filipina nurse in WWII, secrets and aging. I’m very excited that Felix Racelis’ play will be performed at the Ruby Theatre at the Complex in Hollywood (6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90038) directed by Lesley Asistio for four weekends. Premiering Friday, August 12th – September 4 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm)

We need to hear the stories of not only POC but WOC and see them not only on TV, movie, books and also the stage. I hope that all of you will support this new original play and support independent theater in Los Angeles.

As Straw Productions Presents The World Premiere Of
AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND
Written By:  FELIX RACELIS
Directed By:  LESLEY ASISTIO

Starring:
TITA PAMBID, MUNI ZANO, SARNICA LIM,
ANITA BORCIA, ROCHELLE LOZANO, DOAN NGUYEN & GABRIEL GARCIA

Four-Week Run:
The Ruby Theatre at THE COMPLEX
6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  90038

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.,
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
August 13 – September 4, 2106
Discounted Preview:  Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.



AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND stars Tita Pambid (Nene Santos), Muni Zano (Poncing Enrile), Sarnica Lim (Pilita Santos), Anita Borcia (Mildred Novak), Rochelle Lozano (Maria Enrile), Doan Nguyen (Loan Officer, Swing 1) and Gabriel Garcia (Mr. Martinez, Jr., Swing 2).

AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND recounts the story of Nene Santos, a Filipina nurse and enterprising owner/operator, of a fictionalized San Gabriel Valley convalescent home.  Nene has ambitious plans to expand her business, which she intends to leave to her daughter and primary assistant, Pilita, who has her own agenda.  So, what will become of the elderly and fragile resident patients of the convalescent home – Poncing Enrile, a retired Filipino American Army Captain, and Mildred Novak, a chain smoking retiree widow with Alzheimer’s Disease?  Nene confronts a string of setbacks and obstacles in her quest.  Flashbacks of the horrendous experience she and her family endured during WWII haunt her psyche and lead to a revelation of a long kept family secret.

“This is a very personal story for me, having grown up with survivors of World War II,” notes playwright Felix Racelis. “The majority of the women in my family, including my mother, were nurses, and one of my mother’s best friends was one of the nurses stationed on the island of Corregidor during the Battle of Corregidor in 1942.  ‘Nene’ is a composite character of many of these courageous women who survived the ordeal of the war, and who lived their lives with grace and stoicism.  All of them are now departed.  Their memories and spirit continue to both haunt and inspire me.  As a playwright it’s important for me to bring these stories to the stage and to a universal audience.”

“What you will see on stage is a series of wars:  a war between a mother and a daughter, between a convalescent home owner and a patient, between a loan officer and a potential borrower, and between the past and the present,” says director Lesley Asistio.  “As we weave through these battles with these characters, struggle after struggle, triumph after triumph, we ponder whether peace and success are truly possible, or whether we are simply tossed about as straw before the wind.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006, or online at http://strawbefore.brownpapertickets.com.  Tickets are $20 per person for General Admission and $12 per person for Students, Seniors and Groups of 10 or more. Discounted Tickets will be sold for $10 per person for a Preview performance of the show on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Street parking is available surrounding the theatre.  To learn more about the show, please visit the website, www.strawbeforewind.com and visit the show’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/AsStraw1/

This show is recommended for mature audiences.  Advance reservations are highly encouraged.  Tickets will be available for purchase at The Ruby Theatre Box Office at The Complex on performance nights on a cash only basis.  The Ruby Theatre Box Office at The Complex will be open one hour prior to show times on performance days only.

Production sponsors include:  FilAm Arts, United Bread & Pastry of Silverlake and the Oriental Medical Center.

About The Playwright, Director and Cast:
           Felix Racelis (Playwright/Executive Producer) of Silver Lake, is a member of Skylight Theatre Company’s PlayLab where he wrote Fault Lines last year.  AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND was developed in the David Henry Hwang Writers’ Institute of East West Players and at First Stage LA.  Also at First Stage he penned a dark comedy,Suicide Interruptus:  A Wild Ride from Paramus to DallasManimal Crackers, and Hollywood Walk of Shame.  Motherload – his evening of six short plays about mothers directed by Kaz Matamura, entertained audiences in May 2016 at the Missing Piece Theatre.  Nearly 30 of his one-act and ten-minute plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.  His Uncommon Threads won First Place in Fire Rose Productions’ Ten-Minute Play Festival, The Grand Can was the 2014 First Stage Playwrights Express Festival Winner, and Forever Fog was a finalist in Theatre Forty’s One-Act Play Contest.  Racelis is an M.F.A. Film/TV graduate of UCLA and a Nicholl Screenwriting Competition Quarter-Finalist.  JAC Publishing & Promotions has published Forever FogA Quintessential Evening:  Five Short Plays by Felix Racelis and two of his monologues.  Racelis is also a Board Member of the Skylight Theatre Company and of First Stage, and is a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Lesley Asistio (Director), of El Sereno, has been creating and producing theatre for over a decade.  Her directing credits include Lunch with “Friends,” The WritersScar, We Work Out, The Length of this Play has the Half Life of UraniumDay 41, The VirginMotherWhore Project, The Va-Jay-Jay Chronicles, The VMW 2009:  Image, GiRL7, andRegrets.  Asistio is also an actress, playwright, and solo performer.  She has performed her one-woman-show, Be: Jesus + Drugs = Beauty at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and at the ZooTown Fringe Festival in Missoula, Montana.  Recently, she was awarded a 2016 Puffin Foundation Grant to develop her latest solo show Nurse Asistio:  Living the Filipina American Dream.  Asistio serves as one of the Vice Chairs of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Tita Pambid (Nene Santos), of Historic Filipinotown, has more than 25 years of theater, television and film experience.  In addition to her extensive experience as an actress, Pambid holds a Ph.D. in Philippine Studies form the University of the Philippines, and currently serves as Lecturer in Filipino Language and South and Southeast Languages and Cultures at UCLA.  Pambid started her acting career in the Philippines when she trained under the Philippine Educational Theater Association-Central Institute of Theater Arts in Southeast Asia (PETA-CITASA) in 1972.  From 1979-1989, she did various roles for the yearly season and national tours of Bulwagang Gantimpala (Hall of Winners), then the theater arm of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).  She performed in several productions here and abroad, including I Want a Wife (1990) First Sino-American International Women’s Conference in Beijing, People’s Republic of China; Bakwet (Evacuation) (1991), Los Angeles Children’s Museum, City Hall; and Ramona Reyes of Forbes Park (1991) Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena.  In 1984, Pambid was a central actor in two popular television shows in the Phillipines: Roberta, a daily soap opera, and To Each His Own, a weekly television sitcom.  In 1991, to further hone her acting skills, she took a year-long full-time program in theater arts at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in West Hollywood.  Her work in film includes Ianfu, a 15-minute feature film on Filipino comfort women during World War II, where she was associate director, researcher, co-writer, and actor.  The film was shown at the Melbourne Film Festival in 1992.  It won first prize in the 1993 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video (CCP Award for Alternative Film) and a Special Jury Award for Short Narrative at the 37th San Francisco International Film Festival (1994).

Muni Zano (Poncing Enrile, Ino), of Los Angeles, is a SAG/AFTRA member and veteran actor of stage, film and television.  On stage he has performed in Savages at the Mark Taper Forum and in its reprise at Seattle Rep, No Smile for Strangers and Pinoys in Space at East West Players. Other plays include:  Manilamen at Loyola, Portrait of the Artist as Filipino at the Zephyr Theatre, Barefoot in the ParkCan We Talk About it Now? at Harman Avenue Theatre,Chomolongma (Mt. Everest) at the Zigurat Theatre and The Romance of Magno Rubio at the (Inside) Ford Theatre, to mention a few.  Zano wrote and performed the one-man play Ninoy, The Uncommon Tao on tour, produced and directed by Dom Magwili, under the auspices of the LA Cultural Affairs Department. Film credits include: Universal’s McArthur” and Medallion Films/New World Pictures’ “Fire in the Night” and “Price of Glory.”  He has performed in several films made for TV, including: Stanley Kramer’s Judgement:  Trial of Gen. Yamashita, Once an Eagle, Infidelity,and Hallmark’s The Lost Valentine.  He played several recurring roles in episodes of television series such as Baa Black Sheep, The Masters, Unsolved Mysteries, and St. Elsewhere.  He did voice-overs for the film No Way Out.  As a member of Manila Actors’ Studio and Dulce Capadocia’s Silayan Dance Company, he performed intermittently in various productions of musical plays such as America is in the Heart and dramatic dance concerts like Mai Lost and Song for Tatay of the respective companies, presented in different venues from California State University, Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, Loyola Marymount University to Temple University in Philadelphia.

Sarnica Lim (Pilita Santos), of Pasadena, is a Japanese-Filipino actress and artist whose theatre credits include:  The Sex Show (Highways Performance Space), Young Explorers League (Christ Church of the Valley), Shinsai: Plays for Japan (Japanese-American National Museum), Tohubohu! Total Improv (Rachel Rosenthal Theatre Company), Site Specific Work for Opera Del Espacio and numerous appearances at California State University Los Angeles, including:  Couplings Dance Concert, Home Schooled, Moving Dance Images, Gun In A Metermaid’s Hand, Girl 7 and Machinal. Independent film credits include:  X-8Misconception, Goddamn It, I Love You, Do It Yourself and The Calling.  Lim holds a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts and Dance from California State University, Los Angeles.

Anita Borcia (Mildred Novak), of Studio City, began her theatrical career as a child in Chicago’s Yiddish Theatre, and grew up to perform a wide range of leading and character roles on Chicago stages.  Since moving to California, the film capital of the world, Borcia has been seen on screens of various sizes. Highlights include features,The Scent of Harvest and Monday Morning; short films, including leading roles in A Modest Stillness, Hit Squad, Sugar, Butterscotch, and The Gran’ Scam of Things. The most recent, When A Flame Stands Still, is screening in film festivals globally.  Borcia has been seen on television on Scary Tales (3-D television series) and All Worked Up (Tru-TV); the Internet in The Immoral Dr. DickerFunny or Die, and Thee Old School; and in music videos, PSA’s, and commercials. Onstage, she has appeared in The Book of Esther, Avery (Animals), and numerous staged readings. A member of First Stage, Borcia has previously appeared in Felix Racelis’ Forever Fog.

           Rochelle Lozano (Maria Enrile), of North Hollywood, is working with director Lesley Asistio for the fourth time on this production.  Her theatre credits include: The VirginMotherWhore Project, Vagina Monologues and Scuba Lessons.  She appeared as a Protester in the film Milk.  Lozano is a 2009 graduate from the University of San Francisco with a Media Studies major and Performing Arts minor.  She moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue her dreams in the media and the pageant world.  She has performed in various theatres in Hollywood, and in April 2015, she competed in her second statewide pageant and was crowned the winner as Miss California Icon.  She hopes to continue promoting her platform of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis awareness, perseverance, and positivity through pageantry.

Doan Nguyen (Loan Officer, Swing 1, multiple characters), of Encino, was born as an only child and raised in Vietnam until he was 13.  His parents then moved to the U.S.  He studied at Cleveland State University.  He then moved to New York and studied at Stellar Adler Theater for several years.  Nguyen moved to Los Angeles in 2007.  He quickly joined several acting schools like The Playhouse West Theater.  His film and television credits include:  Deadliest Warriors, TwiHarder, Wax Off and Travis McFairland Club. Theatre credits include appearances in Fool on the Roof, Ninjacal, Soldiers Don’t Cry, Tea House of the August Moon and South Pacific.  Recently, Nguyen was cast as the lead in a short film call Names on The Wall about a friendship between two soldiers on opposite sides during The Vietnam War.  Doan Nguyen’s passion for acting was inspired by his Uncle Dung Tien Nguyen who won Best Actor Vietnamese Audience Choice Award in 1996 for leading roles he played in several Vietnamese TV drama series.

Gabriel Garcia (Mr. Martinez, Jr., Swing 2, multiple characters), of Koreatown, is a California-native actor.  His theatre credits include appearances in One Kind Thing, Valentine’s Day, Bugs, Flor, Goodnight Monster, Three Amigos Present, Art, the Laramie Project, News Kid, The Talking Stick and Hotel Paradiso.  His recent credits include:  Life’s a Bitch And So Am I at the Hollywood Fringe Festival; The Sex Show at Highways Performance Space; Young Orlando inHopscotch, The Industry’s groundbreaking first mobile opera staged in the streetscape of Los Angeles and Cornerstone Theatre’s tour of California as Trinculo in The Tempest.  Garcia obtained his B.A. degree in Theatre from California State Bakersfield in 2012. His passions include film, puppets and children’s theatre.

The production team includes:  Felix Racelis, Executive Producer and Playwright; Lesley Asistio, Director and Co-Producer; Jim Niedzialkowski, Technical Director and Stage Manager; Alejandro Chavez, Assistant Stage Manager; Ken Short, Artistic Advisor; Michael Helms Photography, Pre-Production and Production Photographer;Janis Blackschleger, Graphic Design Artist and Webmaster; Steve Moyer, Steve Moyer Public Relations and Diana Martinez, L.A. Media Group, Press Representatives.

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As Straw Productions Presents The World Premiere Of
AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND

WHO & WHAT:
As Straw Productions presents the World Premiere of AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND, a new play that shares the story of Filipina nurse who survives the trauma of World War II, only to discover that her war is not yet over.  Written by Felix Racelis,
under the direction of Lesley Asistio, the production stars Tita Pambid, Muni Zano, Sarnica Lim, Anita Borcia, Rochelle Lozano, Doan Nguyen and Gabriel Garcia.

Sponsors include:  FilAm Arts, United Bread & Pastry, and the Oriental Medical Center.

WHERE & WHEN:
Performances of AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND will be presented for four weekends at the Ruby Theatre at THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90038 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.and on Sundays at 3:00 p.m. from August 13 through September 4, 2016.  Saturday, August 13, 2016 marks the World Premiere Opening Night of the play.  A Discounted Preview performance will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.  
A one night benefit will be held; details to be announced.

HOW:
Tickets can be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006, or online at http://strawbefore.brownpapertickets.com.
  Tickets are $20 per person for General Admission and $12 per person for Students, Seniors and Groups of 10 or more.  Discounted Tickets will be sold for $10 per person for a Preview performance of the show on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.  Street parking is available surrounding the theatre.  To learn more about the show, please visit the website, www.strawbeforewind.com or visit the show’s Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/AsStraw1/
@AsStraw1
This show is recommended for mature audiences. Advance reservations are highly encouraged.  Tickets will be available for purchase at The Ruby Theatre Box Office at The Complex on performance nights on a cash only basis.  The Ruby Theatre Box Office at The Complex will be open one hour prior to show times on performance days only.

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December 15th, 2015 by Cherry

Yes some random guy decided to drop that ‘truth bomb’ on me because I didn’t want to shake his hand as I was walking down Hollywood. Now I want to be clear he was dressed Christmas Spiderman so was one of the people who get tips from tourists for posing with them. So in my mind politely declining was no big deal usually they walk on to another mark but not this guy. 

I suppose its part and parcel that a lot of men believe that women/females of all ages exist for the sole purpose of amusing them but sorry nope. I have a right to wear a cute outfit and not expect to be bothered by crazy guys in bad cosplay. I must admit that I spend my life avoiding confrontation from my style of dress to behavior I try to stay under the radar. Of course being a wallflower means that nice guys don’t notice me either so am working walking a fine line.

Over the next year I have decided (again) to find a good guy so am back on dating sites and asking/telling everyone to set me up with SANE guys. The proof of the pudding is if I find my Han Solo to my Princess Leia (I’m spunky, feisty, willful and will NOT be tamed) so want a guy with a little swagger and a heart of gold. 

I plan to practice with my internet dates so have decided to cut most of them major slack. Unless I think they are married or looking for a NSA and than a big NOPE! I am going to meet one guy for coffee this week but he is already at a deficiet since I had to ask HIM if he wanted to meet for coffee after he sent a passive aggresive text saying ‘I suppose you aren’t interested’ which is true I don’t want  a wimp since I’ll walk all over him. Am hoping he will step up and impress my low requirements <ha ha>.

Other than that am working on figuring out what I want since I am very clear about what I do NOT want!

Anyon else trying to end the year with a NYE date?

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December 11th, 2015 by Cherry

So am driving today and got reminded that dating is freaking hard as hell in Los Angeles! Two riders got in the car and was talking about one girls midweek date. She had gone and met the OKCupid date at his apt (first mistake of online dating) but had been mislead by the zip code only to realize that he was rent control. So she announces it is the WORST date ever (and I thought your young wait till  ytour over 30!) and than starts to list the creepiness of his trying to mack her into the bedroom. I agreed after she repeated his compliment of ‘you have such beautiful eyes they remind me of my dead sister’s eyes’ <scream> yoinks I can not believe she didn’t run screaming out of his apartment! She than drops a few more fact bombs about how he’d just gottend out of jail after serving six months for stealing his ex-girlfriends violin out of spite unluckily for him she was a cop and ‘wasn’t willing to tolerate his mess’. Everytime I talk to other singles over 30 the stories of what is left out here gets worse execpt for when someone finds a diamond (than I’m overcome with jealousy … just kidding). 

I always say to meet someone in a public centrally located place and to use a google voice number until you decide you are comfortable with them having your real number. It is awful to have to decide rather to dump your number after some nutjob decides to harass you over the phone. It has happaned to me and I just deal with it since I refuse to give up my phone number. But sometimes the crazy calls I get from some random douche posting my email/phone number on NSA sights gets me pretty upset. 

Just another day as a Uber driver where people act like they are in a self driving car. I am just happy that nobody has tried to have sex yet.

Uber Sex in the city – #1

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April 26th, 2015 by Cherry

Temporary Space LA Joins LACMA & The Craft & Folk Art Museum for 
Art Weekend LA Mid-Wilshire Tour on May 3rd

Art Weekend LA, the biannual exploration of art fairs, galleries and museums across Los Angeles, will host a tour of Mid-Wilshire tour on Sunday, May 3rd.  The tour will begin at LACMA, continue on to the Craft and Folk Art Museum and close with an artist talk at Temporary Space LA.  This event is free of charge. For additional information or to RSVP, please visit www.artweekendLA.com or email rsvp@artweekendLA.com.

Art Weekend LA Mid Wilshire Tour Schedule:

1pm – LACMA
Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East
Larry Sultan: Here and Home

2pm – Craft and Folk Art Museum 
Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video
Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters

3pm – Temporary Space LA
Walk-through with the artist:  Richard Shelton, 50 Years of Painting on view through 6/20
Artist talk and preview of the upcoming exhibition, Signs and Alarms: The Art of Margaret Nielsen and Scott Grieger, 1970-2015

Temporary Space is an alternative exhibition platform to the traditional art gallery model.  Unlike the traditional gallery model, Temporary Space will not represent artists. Instead of showcasing the art of developing or emerging artists, Temporary Space will exhibit the art of mid-career and late-career artists, with particular emphasis upon artists who have been under-appreciated, both critically and economically, by the art establishment.

About the artists at Temporary Space LA:
Richard Shelton’s paintings have been displayed in the Smithsonian Art Institute’s Hirshhorn Museum and other museums in the United States and are in numerous private collections. Praised by critics for his technique and intensity, each of Shelton’s emotionally charged paintings offers a snippet of social commentary on life in the modern world.

For painter Margaret Nielsen, the journey has been a recurring theme in her artwork. The painter travels through her work and her own psyche, portraying aspects of life with a universal commonality and delving into the mystery of the human condition. Through the use of recurring imagery such as birds, the four elements, and other natural motifs, Nielsen connects the private, intangible world with the external, physical world. Her paintings, often small, jewel-like, and intimate, evoke Jung’s notion of the collective unconscious in that they touch upon experiences common to us all in the journey through life.

Since the beginning of his career, Scott Grieger has sought to question and challenge assumptions of art and culture. He uses his art to communicate the ironies he observes, juxtaposing conventionally disparate art historical periods, media, imagery, and ideas. Humor and satire are used to question dominant positions, both hidden and implied, often through both text and image. The scope of Grieger’s work has been vast, from combining the signature style of Donald Judd with the body of a guitar to placing the Venus of Willendorf on a bucolic wooden sign next to her husband, Mr. Willendorf. As Grieger states, “free thought is the goal, and in humor there is insight.”

For more information about Art Weekend LA, discounted tickets for particular art fairs, benefits, and VIP events, visit www.artweekendla.com. To help navigate your art weekend, a complimentary art weekend LA program guide will be available for download.

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January 4th, 2015 by Cherry

So I read this story in the New York Times and found it amusing. Who doesn’t want to feel special? Who doesn’t want to find love? I know I do even when I shout from the rooftops that I give up. I haven’t since I’m a romantic at heart. I’m not like the woman who wrote this since I’ve met enough men of Craigslist, Match, Plenty of Fish, OK Cupid and other sites that I now look at them side eyes but I haven’t give up on  meeting someone. I am fighting the fantasy of ‘meeting cute’ from the romcoms that I watched when I was young but still would love to meet my other half, prince charming and love but you have to keep your antenna up since people lie. I’ve found watching ID TV with all the horrors of ‘my date from hell’ that reminds everyone you have to be careful. One of the big things I’ve learned is NEVER let someone pick you up at your place till you know them enough to feel comfortable. I’ve learned that the HARD way with situations that left me feeling uncomfortable, intimidated and scared. So NOBODY comes in my place till I’m sure they are trustworthy. Just the same when men start to say really soon after meeting me that ‘they want kids’ or ‘want to get married’ well I’ve found that’s usually them manipulating me to parrot my deeply held dream of a family.  I’m not saying to not date or fall in love you have to be careful. It doesn’t matter if your in a small town in Minnesota or the big city of Dallas people are the same. Some are good. Some are bad. Some are honest and some … well you get the picture.

What have you learned dating? Leave a what NOT to do or TO DO below …

Photo

Credit Brian Rea

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December 28th, 2014 by Cherry

Studio Sequin Party Dress ChampagneUrghh I was really hoping for a major fun party this NYE and even had my dream dress in mind from Eloquii that’s all about my ‘stand out from the crowd’ sexy up my style! But alas no plans for NYE so am going to be home in sweatpants in front of Plus size lounge active sweatshirtmy new LG SmartTV. Phooey! Ah well no date is about on par for my year. My mind has been full of figuring out my next career steps so I’m INTERESTED in meeting a guy but was just too busy to get my heart in the right place. Now 2015 is shaping up to be a year of dating since I’m feeling more steady and focused on my life plan (find a new job, get in shape AGAIN .. urghh, date/relationship). I’m really enjoying working at USC (LOVE LOVE that school) and am looking to stay but still have feelers out for the perfect job (I feel like Goldilocks … mmm CURLYlocks tee hee).  Over the past 2 months as I emerge from my cocoon have had a little flirtation with a couple of guys. Now nothing came of it since I’m just practicing by dipping my toe in the water but can feel my mind/heart finally on the same page to open up and try another relationship. I’ve taken sage advice from my friend and am ‘making room’ for someone so am in the process of clearing out my apartment as well as old memories of past relationships. I’m not trying to make a Frankenboyfriend ala the best bits of guys I dated nope I’m ready to leave my ‘type’ alone since that’s never worked out the way I planned.

What’s your New Year Eve Plan?? Let me know (comments) maybe I’ll join you!

 

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October 6th, 2014 by Cherry

It’s the beginning of the week and I’m still trying to catch my breath.  Part of the problem is it’s TOO DAMNED HOT in LA right now! Yes we are having global warming and it’s wreaking havoc with my life. I have no AC in my old building and last night was so hot I couldn’t sleep.  If that’s what hot flashes feel like I want to die young .. egad!

Hmm well this horoscope isn’t hitting me square on the forehead since I’m boyfriendless (but at least am flirting/dating) and my professional life going really well.  I’m loving USC and am so happy that my friend M. thought of me (chuck one up for Junior League Los Angeles networking).  I do have to say that I’m  taking M. advice and practicing my flirting with a new dating app Jswipe (it’s a Jewish matchmaking site yes I know I’m not Jewish but am willing to halfheartedly convert).  I flirted hot and heavy with a cute all weekend but its way to hot to meet someone right now. I’m literally melting so won’t be looking my best.

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(June 21-July 22):This is an ah-ha week! Something cathartic will happen inside of you, which will help make sense of your time and how valuable it truly is. This could literally be at work and getting a raise, or in your relationship, where you stop avoiding opportunities to be more romantic. Whatever it is, the chore aspect of life will fade, as a revelation of gratitude happens.Best Lay Day: Monday, September 8

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August 18th, 2014 by Cherry

Normally the match ads just pass over and are the usual bland not well done schlock you see all the time.  But this ad just rubs me the
wrong way on so many levels.  From the man who says a ‘girl I was interested in’ and the douche host shaking his fists urgh just makes me want to yell at the TV and say first of all I’m HOPING your dating women you look like your in your mid to late 30s so .. grow up and date a damn woman and not a girl!  Just the same as the ‘conversion’  <scream> conversion is just another word for a Peter Pan who doesn’t want to grow up and get in a relationship to justify playing  the field.  I watch this commercial and the entire time all I can think of is that this guy has this woman on hold as he keeps her as a ‘friend’ stringing her along as he decides rather he can ‘do better’.  By the time he realized NO she’s the best he can do she decided to stop wasting her time and looked around for someone who would choose her the way she choose him.  Not as someone who’s a backup or contingency plan or to be settled for .. rather that’s the impression they wanted to give it’s what I got from this commercial.  Or am I looking through LA Peter Pan dating eyeglasses?  Leave your thoughts below!

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June 8th, 2014 by Cherry

I ALMOST missed an opportunity to flirt because well it’s a lazy no makeup/grunge Sunday aka I just roll out of bed, take a shower and toss on clean clothes kind of weekend.  So I have to say that I spent this weekend just tired after weeks on the phone with ATT Uverse/Cell Phone trying to set up new account and asking about cell phone upgrade.  It was like purposely running into a brick wall where staff told me to switch service (YES told me to switch service and asked me if I wanted to disconnect service) and the final straw was when a disgruntled customer service staff member deleted me out of the system!  It took DAYS for them to schedule someone to rehook up my WiFi and new TV service.  Really beyond frustrating so despite my excitement at starting a new job (yahoo) I was just tired and needed to deflate after spending hours on the phone (thank goodness for unlimited minutes!) and wanted to just spring clean/catch up on sleep and relax.

But the weather was so nice in Sunny Los Angeles that I decided to walk to the Grove for people watching, dog petting and checking out the newest science fiction/fantasy releases at Barnes and Noble.  As I was perusing the books looking at old favorite authors and new intriguing covers (LOVE feminist/poc friendly covers!).  I as usual smiled at people and moved out of the way cutting through the aisle.  Just a regular lazy day at the bookstore with people chatting, grabbing coffee and talking books (so among my people).  So imagine my (meet cute fantasy romantic) happy surprise when I see a really cute guy walk up and start to look at books in MY section!  I’ve ALWAYS wanted to ‘meet cute’ a guy in the science fiction/fantasy section of the bookstore.  so I looked at him out of the corner of my eye as he slowly drifted towards me looking at books.  I had zeroed in on a bright book cover (orange … so sunny that it just appealed to me viscerally) and as I was reading the description the man came right by me and reached for the newest Orson Scott Card novel.  I had fallen in love with A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton that appealed to my mood for fantasy to take with me to San Diego Comic Con long train ride and since it’s all about fairies living in the modern world of crazy Los Angeles … well I’m all in!

Ooops got distracted by my love of reading from my ‘meet cute story’ well anyway he had put the book back and I smiled.   I said aloud ‘I haven’t read Orson since I was a kid .. he got to rapey for me!’ and we both laughed.  We chatted for about 10 minutes about favorite books from childhood to the authors we’re reading now.  Sadly he left to see a movie and didn’t ask for my number but it was still nice to get a little flirtation on with a good looking guy that shares common interests.  Maybe I’ll see him again and we’ll exchange numbers or more likely will never ever see him again unless he’s with his significant other (hence not asking for my number).

Ah well you have to take every opportunity to meet someone.  Always remember to smile and strike up a conversation with people.   You never know if you’ll meet someone.

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