The Latino Theater Alliance: LA’s 1st Annual Playwrights’ Nest Fest

Nest Fest, Latino Theater Alliance, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) will present the Latino Theater Alliance/LA’s (LTA/LA) first annual Playwrights’ Nest Festival, February 6–8, 2015 showcasing eight (8) directed readings of plays developed under the auspices of LTA/LA’s Writers Circle.

The Playwrights’ Nest Festival features diverse emerging Latina/o voices based in Los Angeles. The theatrical styles of the new works range from multimedia solo-puppetry, to contemporary absurdist tragicomedy, to epic family drama. The festival marks the culmination of the Writers Circle’s inaugural cycle introducing new works, new voices, and new Latina/o perspectives into Los Angeles’ cultural ecosystem.

The Latino Theater Alliance/LA launched the Writers Circle, a new works development lab, in early 2014 to foster the writing of emerging Los Angeles-based Latina/o artists. Eight playwrights were selected to generate new plays: Augusto Amador, Diana Burbano, Estela Garcia, Gabe Rivas Gomez, Kyra Huete, Israel Lopez, Sal Lopez, and Zury Ruiz. Facilitated by dramaturge Christina Hjelm (M.F.A., University of New Mexico), the playwrights developed their scripts over the course of seven months. The playwrights were provided workshop opportunities for their new plays with a variety of guest artists including Luis Alfaro, Evelina Fernandez, Tiffany Ana Lopez, Rose Portillo, and Alice Tuan.

Participating festival directors include: Dan Guerrero (writer/producer/performer), Dr. Jorge Huerta, Chantal Rodriguez (LATC), Jose Luis Valenzuela (Latino Theater Company), and more.

Festival Schedule

Friday, February 6

7:00pm Remedios Varo: La Alquimista, by Estela Garcia. Enter the dreams and nightmares of surrealist painter Remedios Varo. Time and space seizes to exist, as we know it—moons are caged like birds, owls and cats act as people. The play is a whimsical drama that spans 30 years from Europe in World War II to 1960s Mexico.

8:30pm This is a Man’s World, by Sal Lopez. This Is A Man’s World is a semi-autobiographical coming of age story. A celebration and exploration of masculinity that journeys through the lessons that shaped Sal’s life, taught to him by role models from pop culture icons to his father.

Saturday, February 7

1:00pm It Runs From the Family, by Kyra Huete. One generation after a family is brought to the U.S. from a revolution, a young girl has big dreams, but is torn between self-hood and blood. Young love is but a luxury. Trauma travels from parent to child, dramatic and silly.

3:30pm Fabulous Monsters, by Diana Burbano. 1977. The punk rock scene is in full swing. Two Latinas meet at a band audition at an L.A. punk club. After thirty years, life has taken them in different directions, drugs and hard living have exacted a brutal toll. They re-unite on stage and discover that two old broads can rock as hard as they ever did.

7:00pm Carnivores, by Gabe Rivas Gomez. Carnivores follows a group of children in a Los Angeles County Court waiting room while their fates are being decided down the hall. Reality and imagination bleed together as the children play with toys and art supplies to work through trauma.

Sunday, February 8

1:00pm Karina Played Pachanga Music (the dallas slasher marathon), by Israel Lopez. Karina Played Pachanga Music explores the underground world of techno-rancheras, poverty, and party crews in West Dallas. Karina must escape a manhunt and save her missing brother from a dark party crew rival.

3:30pm The Book of Leonidas, by Augusto Amador. The Book of Leonidas follows Lenny, a Dominican-American street corner hustler in Queens whose mother derides him for not living up to his crime-lord father’s legacy. Lenny is challenged to chase a better fate, when he falls in love with a white girl from Chelsea. Is it possible to escape the crimes of the father?

7:00pm Bottle Blonde: A Latino Tragicomedy, by Zury Ruiz. Not all of the Malcriado family thinks they’ve something to gain from dying their hair blonde. Sure, it might help with business or school popularity, but make them viral-video stars? In the end they must decide if blonde is worth it.

Full Festival Access with suggested $10 at-door donation

Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

In addition to the metered street parking surrounding The LATC, secured parking is available in five private facilities just south and east of The LATC. Parking charges are on average about $6 – $10 per vehicle.

Questions? Go to or call (213) 489-0994.



The Ultimate Super Bowl Pulled Pork

BO LogoOh dude!  We got this in the mail and had to share it immediately so that you could do some quick shopping and get online with this better-than-nosh Super Bowl Sunday man-chow!

Skip your typical M.O. – chips and a jar of salsa.  Boulder Organic! ( has you covered with a kick-ass, three ingredients only, recipe for the kick-off: Souper Easy Super Bowl Pulled Pork!  Bonus: In three easy steps, this slow cooker recipe can be thrown in the crockpot in the morning and will be hot and ready by game time.

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LARRY CLARK $100 Photograph Sale


THU 29 JAN – WED 4 FEB 2015
CURATED BY Leo Fitzpatrick | HOSTED BY Ooga Booga Chinatown


Beginning on January 29th, 2015, a large selection of unique Larry Clark photographs will be on sale to fans and followers of the artist’s work at Ooga Booga in Chinatown, Los Angeles.

The photographs date from 1992 – 2010, and were taken by Clark on or around the locations of his films from that time – including Kids (1995), Bully (2001), Ken Park (2002), and Wassup Rockers (2005), among others. The pictures document the people, kids and friends he was interacting with during this period, many playing leading roles in his films. The collection of photographs also includes outtakes from a calendar shoot for the street brand Supreme, as well as many unique portraits, self portraits and various snapshots. Printed mainly at pharmacies and one hour photo shops by Clark, these unique 4 x 6 in. and 5 x 7 in. colour prints will be sold at $100 each for one week only.

Larry Clark Photograph Sale



Ooga Booga – 943 N Broadway, Suite 204 (upstairs), Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Having recently turned 71, Clark found himself faced with the question of what to do with the thousands of unique prints he had accumulated over the years. Instead of gifting to museum archives, or selling at auction, Clark has decided to distribute a large portion of his archive to the friends and fans that have played a central role, sometimes literally, in his career to date. In his words, the sale is for “…all the kids that come to my shows in thousands and could never afford 10 to 15 thousand dollars for a print (…) this is a pay back to all the skate rats and collectors who would like a souvenir so I can die happy.”

Clark’s plan was first realized in early 2013, when thousands of his photographs were on view and for sale at Home Alone 2 gallery in the Lower East Side, New York. Under the supervision of the gallerist, his actor friend Leo Fitzpatrick (who made his debut in Kids), throngs of Clark fans were given the unique opportunity to rummage through this archive in a quest to select that perfect souvenir.Similarly in Los Angeles, a large wooden crate set in the centre of the gallery space, stacked neatly with these one-of-a-kind photographs, will be presented to a Los Angeles audience. Represented in the photography collections of many major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, this is a rare opportunity to gain access to the photographer’s vast archive while also having the potential to walk away with a piece of it. Viewers will generously be let to flick through handfuls of snapshots at a time, gaining new insights into his working method as well as having the opportunity to come away with an original Larry Clark.

About Larry Clark

Larry Clark was born in Tulsa in 1943, he lives and works in New York and Los Angeles. In 1995 Larry Clark released his first feature film at the Cannes Film Festival, Kids which was lauded as an instant classic. Other film projects include Another Day in Paradise (1998), Bully (2001), Ken Park (2002), Wassup Rockers (2005), his recent feature Marfa Girl which premiered November 2012 at the 7th Rome Film Festival won the Golden Marcus Aurelius Prize, and his newly released The Smell of Us (2014). Larry Clark’s work is represented in the photography collections of many major museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich. Key solo exhibitions include: Larry Clark, Museet for Fotokunst Brandts, Odense, Denmark (2012); Larry Clark, CO Berlin, Berlin (2012); Larry Clark: Kiss the Past Hello, Musee d’Art modern de la ville de Paris, Paris (2010); Larry Clark Retrospective, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (2009).


Pearl and The Beard and YOU

Pearl & the Beard

Currently touring across the country with fellow indie poppers Wild Child, Pearl and the Beard also put out their new indie-pop dance track….”YOU”

Pearl and the Beard passionately intertwine three distinct voices amidst a powerfully delicate orchestra of cello, guitars, keyboard, bells, and percussion, offering songs that speak to joy and sorrow, love and loss. ​

Check the website for more information!

Remaining Tour Dates:

*supporting Wild Child

Jan. 27, 2015- Syracuse, NY / The Westcott *

Jan. 29, 2015- Brooklyn, NY / Rough Trade –  Headline show

Jan. 30, 2015- Pittsburgh, PA / Rex Theatre*

Jan. 31, 2015- Chicago, IL / Lincoln Hall *

Music We Missed in 2014: Audra Isadora “Creature of Desire”


Arctic Zero Choices for Staying Fit and Diet Friendly

Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The MoveARCT_Orange-Dream_003_OP

I gave this product the ultimate taste test – my dad – a milk, cheese and ice cream loving,  late Silent Generation (1925-1946) guy with a serious sweet tooth, who knows barely anything about gluten-free and doesn’t actually care.

He was into it.  Here’s how the dialog went from opening the Strawberry container purchased at my local West Hollywood, CA Whole Foods to finishing the sample:

“Dad would you try this with me?

“What is it?”

It’s kind of like ice cream but not really.  It’s a gluten-free dessert, like, for someone who can’t have milk. So it’s gonna taste a little different.”

“Ok yeah, I’ll try it.  You got a spoon?”

“What do you think?”

“It’s not bad.  It’s not sweet.  It doesn’t taste like ice cream and not really yogurt.  And it tastes a little powdery.  You know, I think it would be better with blueberries or strawberries.  I like it but it’s not something I would go out and buy.”

“Well, what if you couldn’t eat the other stuff, would you  be ok with it?”

“Yeah.  I’d eat it. It wasn’t bad.  It was satisfying.”

I’d have to agree on every point but one.  I myself would go out and buy it, especially if I was lactose or gluten intolerant and was looking for something fat-free and diet friendly.  The subtle flavors lean toward what an Asian palette might enjoy rather than overbearing sugary American tastes.  The light sweetness for me is a big invitation to do what my dad was hoping for – adding extra variety and nutrition with a berry or other favorite fruit.  Based on that alone I’m giving this product a thumbs up.  Arctic Zero is definitely and option for maintaining any dieting goals, clocking in at only 150 calories for an entire pint (35 calories/serving).

What we also like at Gia On The Move is the claim:

ARCTIC ZERO is made with premium, GMO-free ingredients, including the finest quality whey protein and antioxidant-rich monk fruit. Every pint is fat free, offers 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, and includes no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors.  We are also very very cool with the fact that it is a low glycemic food! So it’s going to fit into a lot of people’s different dietary needs.

One caveat:  ARCTIC ZERO IS NOT A VEGAN FOOD.  It does contain whey.

ARCTIC ZERO’s Creamy Pints are available in ten great-tasting flavors—Vanilla Maple, Purely Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cappuccino, Cookie Shake, Hint of Mint and Simply Strawberry, as well as three new additions, Orange Dream, Salted Caramel and Toasted Coconut.

ARCTIC ZERO is available for a suggested price of $4 to $5 at natural and traditional grocers nationwide, including Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Walmart and Whole Foods Market, as well as online at

BONUS!!!  The folks over at ARCTIC ZERO also forwarded an awesome cocktail recipe:

Creamy 007 Orange float

This for-adults-only float is sweet and frosty – just the right creamy cocktail to enjoy during the warm weather. The citrus flavors are a vibrant addition to this float made with Orange Dream ARCTIC ZERO.

Serving Size

Makes one float (12-ounces)


  • 6 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 2 ounces vodka (use orange-flavored vodka for added flavor)
  • 2 scoops Orange Dream ARCTIC ZERO
  • Orange slices as garnish


  1. Add the orange juice, lemon-lime soda and vodka to a 12-ounce glass and stir.
  2. Float 2 scoops of Orange Dream ARCTIC ZERO over the other ingredients.
  3. Serve with an orange slice, straw and spoon.

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Fratelli Rossetti Men Are Falling in Love with Glitter



Lately we’ve been all about the guys in the fashion genre.  So when Fratelli Rossetti sent over this men’s Valentine’s Day sensation, we imagined a jealous Dorothy in a desperate attempt at online shopping via a makeshift Tin Man hotspot, in order to nab a pair. Walking the yellow brick road all the way to the Emerald City in heels had to hurt just a little.  Motivation to get the Wicked Witch’s broom!  But alas, these are for Guys Only. We can drool.

Shine this Valentine’s Day with the new limited edition Fratelli Rossetti Dandy, the derby shoe without laces.  $610

Un certo mondo cammina Rossetti.