Upcoming Shows - In the Works:

January 29, 2012
Sunday 5-7pm
Latino Theater Company Play Reading
Los Angeles Theater Center
514 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

March 13, 2012
UCLA Asian American Studies 187A
Professor Valerie Matsumoto
"Exploring Ethnic Cultural Arts through Oral History"

March 29, 2012
Thursday 6:30-9:30pm
Break the Silence Open Mic held at
The Manazar Gamboa Community Theater
1323 Gundry Ave. Long Beach, CA, 90813

April 4, 2012
Wednesday 11-1pm
Cal Arts in Valencia
Theater History
Professor Chantal Rodriguez E108

Los Angeles, CA
Produced by TeAda Productions and The Latino Theater Company
May 31 - June 24, 2012
Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
General $30|Students/Seniors/Groups: $20
Los Angeles Theater Center
514 S. Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Fall 2012-Portland, OR
Fall 2012-Vermont
Stay tuned for times and locations.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

2 Days in Anchorage and we are part of the family

It's been two days in Anchorage and already we feel like part of the family. We've been welcome with warm smiles, hugs and hospitality unmatched beyond any expectation. In these two days so far, we have met more people, been filled with excitement and enthusiasm and gone to several happenin' events in Anchorage that it's like we never left home. Friends surround us in this most diverse city up along the tip of the Pacific Northwest.

Day 1 highlights include:
1. Mike and Toc's warm welcome at the airport, they kept telling us to keep an eye out for moose, they are camouflaged and you don't want to mess with the moose because they OWN the streets of Anchorage. But in the back of my mind I'm wondering, IF they are camouflaged how do I "see" them, hmmmm. In my mind I had pictures of military camouflaged moose marching madly in the streets of Anchorage. So far...I haven't seen any. I've got 15 more days to spot a camouflaged moose. Wish me luck.
2. Meeting May Lee Yang, our guest artist, who trekked her way from Minnesota. The cold didn't bother her while I was freezing my ass off! Big thanks to Ka Vang and Robert Karimi for such an excellent recommendation.

3. Eating at Thai House restaurant and meeting owner Simon and Malada. Malada looked at me while Toc introduced me and totally said I did not look Lao at all to her. Of course that changed after a bit of conversation and Simon and I had a Lao male-balding experience. Yes, it's okay to laugh!
4. Dia De Los Muertos celebration at Out North. Mike gave Thomas his technical director a vacation for a few days because ON was suppose to be dark, meaning no programming was schedule at the venue, but then..the Latino/a community called him up and wanted to do this event. So for the first time Dia De Los Muertos at Out North! I felt like I was back in Los Angeles.
Day 2 highlights include:
1. Humpy's, a Karimi recommended bar restaurant in downtown Anchorage where our friendly wait staffer Jason welcomed us to Alaska and drooled over Leilani's iPhone. We ate halibut! HAL LI BUT!!! Great food there. Leilani had the benedict, May Lee tried the reindeer sausage and I went with the classic humpy's benedict. Con Karimi spirit lives in Anchorage.
2. Toc's volleyball tournament at Cellular 1 where we got to watch her dig, dig and dig those balls! She kept making the digs so well that it frustrated the other team and made them lose. Hah, goes to show you can't underestimate the skill of a low to the ground, tiny, Lao sister! You go E-Lao! Lao pride baby!
3. Siam Cuisine visit. A Thai-Lao-Vietamese restaurant owned by the Kittivong clan. I got to finally meet the family (her maa/mom, her nasao/aunt and even her pah tao/grandfather) of my good friend now living in Chicago, Soudary Kittivong-Greenbaum. She was one of the first 1.5 Lao activist, sister and colleague I met who came from Alaska! We met in Oregon when she was in undergraduate and I was touring with hereandnow some 13 years ago!
4. Finally, last night the most amazing, diverse and literally fun-filled event we ever attended. Loy Krathong at the Senior Center. Loy Krathong is a Thai festival but heck the community invited everyone! There was food, kids, parents, politicians, monks, seniors, blacks, asian, latinos, native, immigrant, whites, artists, commoners, rich, poor, everyone! We were entertained by traditional Lao, Thai, Hmong dancers and singers AND ballroom, hip-hop, AND BELLY DANCING! Holy crap! We had singers and banjo players and in the mix of all that...Leilani and I did an excerpt of Refugee Nation! I think we sold more people to attend our show just from our little performance! Everyone is excited. I'm excited. We were so excited that after the event we actually went to the Sea Galley, a local hang and decompressed from our two days in Anchorage! Big thanks to Virgil, Toc's husband, a South Carolina Alaskan the sweet man that he is, who took care of the bill.

This is only the beginning...Alaska already memories to cherish.