BATGIRL TAKES THE A.L.S. ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE (WITH A VERY SPECIAL GUEST)
By Chris Sims
Since you are reading this on the Internet, I’m going to go ahead and assume that you’re already familiar with the Ice Bucket Challenge, wherein folks are being nominated by friends, fans and colleagues to dump buckets of freezing cold water on their heads on camera to raise awareness of (and money to combat) ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord — or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, as it is popularly known. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen plenty of famous folks taking the challenge, but now, it has busted right through the Fourth Wal, and all the way to Gotham City’s Burnside neighborhood.
This particular challenge was issued by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr, the creative team for the revamp of Batgirl, and the challengee is Barbara Gordon herself, who seems set on finding out just how helpful that new jacket is going to be in fighting off the cold.
Fletcher, Stewart and Tarr begin their run in October. Information on ALS and how to donate can be found at ALSA.org.
CREATORS AND RETAILERS REMEMBER COMIC BOOK FAN ROBIN WILLIAMS
Over the past two days, people have offered up countless examples of how actor and comedian Robin Williams, who died Monday at his California home, was, quite simply, a great human being. Here’s one more that will be of particular interest to comics fans, who for decades have been seen as a fringe community: Robin Williams loved comics, too.
It may not be that much of a surprise that the man who played a live-action Popeye that was so very close to the comics and animated versions of the character would love the medium, but back in 2010, Williams spoke with USA Today about how much he enjoyed DMZ by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli and the manga Tekkoninkreet by Taiyō Matsumoto, but that’s not the only evidence of how big a fan he was.
Throughout Monday and Tuesday, comics retailers and creators offered up their stories about having sold Williams some comics or hearing about him being a fan of particular series
And so ends another thrilling episode of El Verde! Thank you to everyone who came down to The Rosenthal Theater last night to show your support. We truly appreciate it. And a special thank you to Inner-City Arts for letting Kahlo show her wrath. But, what thrilling adventures await our hero? Tune in to find out.
Photos by Clarence Alford Photography.
AND WE ARE OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT!
Thank you to everyone who got their tickets. So, get ready you lucky 100 for the next thrilling episode of El Verde! We’ll see you at The Rosenthal Theater.
El Verde: The Wrath of Kahlo
part of Inner-City Arts Arena
Get ready boys and girls for another thrilling episode of El Verde! It’s the return of surrealist criminal, Frita Kahlo, and she has one thing on her mind: revenge.
After losing a grant to modern dancer, José Lemón, Frita is determined to show the world what true art looks like. But, Lemón isn’t the only one on her hit list. Frita has been eyeing a certain superhero in green and is ready to destroy his happy-go-lucky ways.
Can El Verde stop this visionary villain’s vendetta? Find out in this brand new adventure, El Verde: The Wrath of Kahlo.
Written By Anthony Aguilar
Directed By Alejandra Cisneros
Starring Oscar T. Basulto, Juan Enrique Carrillo, Estela Garcia, Deidre Lee, Karla Ojeda, Anthony Aguilar
With a Commercial by Deidre Lee
Choreography Marissa Herrera
Set Design Tatiana Kuilanoff
Light/Sound Design Anthony Aguilar
Graphic Design Luke Lizalde
Set/Prop Build Alejandra Cisneros
Original Frita Costume Design Magdalena Guillen
This is a FREE One-Night Only event but reservations are REQUIRED.
This event is made possible through the support of Inner-City Arts and East LA Rep.
Today, July 6, is Frida Kahlo’s birthday. Here, she stands beside one of her infamous paintings, Las Dos Fridas. Completed in 1939, Kahlo had painted the self-portrait shortly after her divorce from muralist, Diego Rivera. The woman on the right represents the Frida who was loved and admired by her former husband. Her heart is exposed, intact, with the vein leading to a small portrait of a young Rivera, which she holds in her hand. The woman on the left represents the Frida who has endured great pain. Her dress is torn open, exposing her broken heart, as she clamps the vein which spills onto her outfit. And unlike the Frida on the right, who is dressed in a more traditional Mexican manner, the Frida on the left is dressed in a manner which hints to a bride whose purity has been lost. Yet both Fridas hold hands and their hearts are connected to one another, sharing the bond that they are each others only companion.
Kahlo’s work has been a big inspiration to the El Verde productions and we cannot wait to bring that inspiration back to the stage. Just 12 days until showtime. Here we go…