Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Eastside Weekend: Closing out La Boheme; “Piñata Dreams” at Casa 0101; Margaret’s story at Bootleg Theater


Suzanne Santos (left) &  Jose A. Garcia in “Piñata Dreams” at Casa 0101 Theater. | Photo by Ed Krieger


In the play “Piñata Dreams,” J.J. is fascinated with the whimsical nature of piñatas and alebrijes. All he wants is to make piñatas just like his parents, but as the art becomes overtaken by corporate wholesalers his dreams might be more difficult to attain. Written by Josefina López, with direction by Corky Dominguez, “Piñata Dreams” is a family friendly story in time for the holiday season. Playing now at Casa 0101 Theater until December 28.

Odd happenings in the universe could be called coincidences. Take the scrapbook of Margaret Rucker that was found in a dumpster by storyteller John Rinald. After years of showing it to people, musician Jason Webley piped in to say that he knows where the woman is buried. Born in 1907, Margaret Rucker is the focus of an album of music performed by Webley, Eliza Rickman, Shenandoah Davis and more. Sunday, December 21 at The Bootleg Theater.

Teenagers are the worst, right? They’re super sarcastic half the time and the rest of the day they’re complaining about how their life is the worst. Around the holidays you can’t really get them to do anything, so why not take them to The Unique-One-of-a-Kind Handmade Ornament Show  filled with quirky, edgy works of craft by talented people. And then the teen’s heart will grow three sizes. At iam8bit in Echo Park until December 21.

Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn is reenacted for nine days throughout Spanish-speaking regions of the world. Sometimes real donkeys are involved in the mix with people dressed as angels and shepherds. There is no guarantee if any real animals will be involved in the East Los Angeles or Downtown Las Posadas. Those attending can expect piñatas and musicians in the procession through El Pueblo de Los Angeles at Olvera Street. There’s also a score of other processions in Spanish-speaking neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, including Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. Festivities are nightly through December 24.

This Sunday’s La Palabra poetry session will feature three unique voices, including Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez, musician Hector Flores, and author of “Bless the Ashes” Peter J. Harris. The series also offers an open mic for any braves souls willing to share their poetry with a captivated audience. Sunday, December 21.

Guatemalan rock group Radio Viejo took a chunk out of the pop charts back in the 1990s. Their brand of music could be compared to say U2, but with a beer and a dash of humility. L.A. Christmas Rock Tale at Club Los Globos will give Angelenos a chance to catch the band with Alma de Jade and Corazon Atomica, Saturday, December 20.
Photo by Martha Benedict

Photo by Martha Benedict

What is culture but a mirror held up to society? So it’s only fitting that the modern take on the Italian opera ‘La Boheme’ with hipsters had such a successful run at the Highland Park Ebell Club. Think of it as an updated version of an Italian drama, but with nods to Northeast Los Angeles and that drama. The show has its closing night, December 20.

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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