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DIVA NEWS ARCHIVE -- JANUARY 2005


January 10, 2005

Nick and Arigon in Phoenix!2005 IS STARTING OUT WITH A BANG FOR THE DIVA AND COMPANY!

Arigon has been invited to perform at the prestigous NAMM Show in Anaheim, while "The Red Road" is already getting rave reviews and radio airplay.

Good news from Divaville. "The Red Road" has been embraced by Native radio stations across the U.S. "Earthsongs" has already aired the track and both the American Indian Radio on Satellite's "Native Sounds, Native Voices" and XM Satellite Radio's show "Hand Of Grandfather" plan to add the song this week. For those of you that are members of Arigon's E-Mail list, you have probably listened to the song hundreds of times. The Diva offered the song as a Christmas present to her fans, pointing them to a "super secret" page on this website to listen to the full track. We are now happy to let EVERYONE hear the song, which can be found by clicking here. We encourage folks to sign up on our e-mail list because Arigon is always cropping up with new projects and late-breaking news that list members get FIRST. (There is a link to join the list at the top of this page!) You can also listen to Arigon live on the Wednesday, January 12th edition of KPFK 90.7 FM's program American Indian Airwaves. She will be interviewed live and plans to perform some new music for everyone. The show airs from 3:00-4:00 PM Pacific Time. You can listen on your radio or to KPFK's online stream. [That's Arigon and drummer Nick Peters doing their best "Sabotage/Barnaby Jones" cop pose outside the Heard Museum in Phoenix. The two wacky musicians were interviewed live on the NBC Affiliate prior to their show at the Heard!]


Arigon with Janet HolmbergNEW YEAR'S FUN IN JOSHUA TREE, CALIFORNIA

Arigon, Wacky Productions Unlimited's CEO Janet Miner and their hep San Diego pal Janet Holmberg headed for the Hi-Desert to enjoy a rockin' New Year's Eve in Joshua Tree. [That's Arigon with Janet Holmberg at the Water Canyon Coffee Company in Yucca Valley.]The girls gathered at the cool Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace to enjoy a performance by the Sin City All-Stars. The Sin City All-Star's feature Dusty Wakeman on bass and Chris Lawrence on pedal steel and guitar. They played tons of Gram Parsons' songs and were joined by some cool guest artists like Romeo Void's lead singer Debora Iyall and Duane Jarvis.

Some of you might remember Debora's cool tunes "Never Say Never" and "A Girl In Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing)" or maybe know her as a visual artist or poet. She's from the Cowlitz Tribe in Washington State and is a Diva fan! "We are hoping to put together some shows later in the year," said Arigon. For those of you who want to see Debora again -- she is playing on Saturday, January 29th at Pappy & Harriet's. Debora's flyer - January 29thDebora sang "Hickory Wind" and "I Can't Dance" with the band and had fun shaking a tail-feather with Arigon on the dance floor.

"Debora is a great artist. Her music comes from the soul and she performs with such authenticity. There is nothing phony about her! I'm hoping to get out to Joshua Tree to enjoy her performance," said Arigon. "She has always been a favorite of mine and I feel like the coolest chick on earth 'cos she digs my music!" smiled Arigon. You can visit Debora online at www.iyall.com.


TRADE SHOW A-GO GO

For those of you who are in the music business in the Southern California area, you can catch a special performance from Arigon, Nick Peters and Thaddeus Graham at the upcoming NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) Show on Sunday, January 23rd at 1:00 PM. It's a Trade Show and isn't open to the public, but we thought we should give you a heads-up anyway. They will be performing at the Dean Markley Strings Booth, thanks to Thaddeus Graham. If you're a NAMM member, come on down!


MORE GOOD NEWS!

Floyd Red Crow Westerman's condition continues to improve according to Rachael Waller Rondeaux. Also, Arigon's friends Joy Harjo, Annie Humphrey, Blackfire, Mary Youngblood, Jim Boyd and Joanne Shenandoah have received Native American Music Award nominations. You can vote online at the Nammys website. The awards will be handed out on Saturday, February 10th in Florida. Go vote for your favorites -- and good luck everyone!


January 5, 2005

Native Voices BannerIT'S AUDITION TIME FOR NATIVE VOICES AT THE AUTRY!

Arigon has joined the cast of "Kino & Teresa" -- and there are many other roles open for Indian actors. Auditions to be held January 8, 9, and 10!

Happy Aught Five! It's a new year and time for a new Native Voices at the Autry project. Those of you Starrwatchers on the e-mail list already know that Arigon Starr is a part of the cast of "Kino & Teresa." We wanted to make sure that you had the information you need to make your OWN break for stardom by auditioning for "Native Voices." Here is the scoop!


NATIVE VOICES AT THE AUTRY (Los Angeles) IS CASTING FOR IT'S MARCH PRODUCTION!

Posted on the Equity Hotline and in BackstageWest - Dec 2, 2004 - Jan 9, 2005

Seeking Native American Actors and Actresses for the Equity production of Kino & Teresa by James Lujan (Taos Pueblo)
Directed by Kenneth Martines (Pueblo)

Based on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
Set in 17th century Taos, New Mexico this beautiful and poignant romance provides a look into the hearts and minds of two warring communities - the Taos Pueblo and their Spanish conquerors. An exciting love story that demonstrates the need to create a new world - free from the political maneuvering of power-hungry leaders on an unwitting path to their own destruction.

Full details are printed below. We encourage all Native American actors and actresses who are available for this production to audition. You do not have to be an Equity member to be cast. If cast in this show you will have the opportunity to join Equity (but it is not required).

Please forward this to your fellow Native American actors!

Jean Bruce Scott
Executive Director, Native Voices at the Autry
Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
You can contact me with questions at jeanbscott@aol.com

Native American Actors who can't attend the scheduled auditions: Please send a photo & resume with a short note telling me your availability to the address above. Mark your envelope: ATTENTION: NATIVE VOICES CASTING

Note: While we do not have the budget to travel or house Native American actors from outside the LA area we do encourage you to audition (or send in your photos and resumes) for consideration - especially if you're planning on being in LA for the months of Feb/March for pilot season.

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Equity Theatre/Producer Job Notice
Notice/(Title of Show): Kino & Teresa by James Lujan

Type: Equity Principal

Audition City and State: Los Angeles, California

Producer: Native Voices at the Autry
Jean Bruce Scott & Randy Reinholz Executive Producers
Wells Fargo Theatre, Museum of the American West
Los Angeles, CA

Artistic team attending and title:
Randy Reinholz , Native Voices Artistic Director
Jean Bruce Scott, Native Voices Executive Director
Kenneth Martines, Director
Michelle Rousell, Stage Manager

Contract/(Salary, weekly min.):
EQUITY - HAT A at $311 per week for Actors, $379 for SM and $338 for ASM.

Seeking:
Don Diego de Vargas (The Prince), Governor of New Mexico
Juan de Vargas (Paris), adult son of Governor Vargas
Lorenzo Madrid (Capulet), Maestre de Campo of Santa Fe
Catalina (Lady Capulet), Madrid’s wife
Eladio (Tybalt), nephew of Madrid
Felipe Chistoe (Montague), Governor of Pecos Pueblo
Anieri (Lady Montague), wife of Chistoe
Nicolas (Benvolio), nephew of Chistoe and friend of Kino
Fray Olvera (Friar Lawrence), Franciscan
Medicine Man (Apothecary) from Pecos Pueblo
Fray Garcia (Friar John)
Watchman
Hernan, Spanish manservant to Governor Vargas
Mateo, an Indian soldier in the Pecos Pueblo auxiliary
Montoya, Governor’s right hand man

The following roles have been cast: Kino (Romeo), Teresa (Juliet), Cristobal (Mercutio) and The Nurse.

Date(s) of Audition:
January 8, 2005 Equity Members Only
January 9, 2005 Open Call - Equity and non-Equity members
Callbacks January 10, 2005 - By appointment only

Place:
Museum of the American West
Autry National Center
Wells Fargo Theatre
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Audition Time(s):
EQUITY ONLY January 8 10:00am - 4:00pm
OPEN CALL January 9 12:00am - 4:00pm

Appointments (where applicable):
Call Backs will be scheduled for January 10 9:00am - 5:00pm

Other Dates:
First Rehersal: February 7, 2005
Show Opens: March 4, 2005
Show Closes: March 20, 2005
Possible Extension: For 2 student matinees March 22 & 23

Preparation:
1-2 monologues demonstrating ability with classical language. If you don’t have a monologue there will be material provided at the audition to cold read.

DIRECTIONS TO MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST/AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER
Coming from the North (Interstate 5):
Take the I-5 South
Take the Western Ave. exit
Take the ramp toward CA-134/Ventura Fwy/Ventura
Turn Right onto Western Ave.
Turn Left onto Victory Blvd. (Victory becomes Riverside Dr.)
Turn Left onto Zoo Dr.
Turn Right onto Western Heritage Way

Coming from the South (Interstate 5):
Take the I-5 North
Take the CA-134 E/Ventura Fwy exit towards Pasadena
Take the Zoo Dr. exit
Turn Right onto Zoo Dr.
Turn Left onto Western Heritage Way

Coming from the West (CA-134):
Take the CA-134 East
Take the I-5 N/Victory Blvd. exit
Turn Right onto Riverside Dr.
Turn Left onto Zoo Dr.
Turn Right onto Western Heritage Way

Coming from the East (CA-134):
Take the CA-134 West
Take the I-5/Golden State Fwy exit toward Los Angeles/Sacramento
Take the CA-134 E/Zoo Dr. exit towards Ventura
Take the Zoo Dr. exit
Turn slight Right onto Zoo Dr.
Turn Left onto Western Heritage Way


Will Eisner's The SpiritSAYING GOODBYE TO TWO COMIC BOOK GENIUSES

Some of Arigon's faves -- artist Frank Kelly Freas (who did the marvelous cover of the Queen album "News of the World" in addition to being a cover artist for "Mad Magazine") passed away this week -- and so did comic book pioneer Will Eisner. "Both of them had influence on my writing and my artwork. I want to publish my own graphic comic novel someday and have really loved both of their work." You can see Freas' original "Amazing Stories" cover that was the basis for the "News of the World" cover on the November 2004 Diva News Page. Will Eisner collaborated with the ultra-cool Frank Miller on a series of comics called "Sin City" -- which will be out as a feature film soon. This is a priceless quote: "This medium lives with an undeserved stigma of being a comic book ghetto," Eisner told USA TODAY in 2000, "instead of being treated as a true art form and one of the oldest forms of artistic expression."


THINKING GOOD THOUGHTS FOR FLOYD WESTERMAN

Got this nice note from Arigon's friend Rachael Waller Rondeaux:

Just to let you know that we are all asking for your prayers. Floyd has been on the list for a lung transplant for several months now and last night was the surgery. He did very well in the surgery but it will be a few days before we really see what is going on in his body. It was extremely long and tiring for all. The surgeon said it was up to Floyd now to recover.
 
If any of you would like to send an email for him I will be happy to give it to him when he is feeling better. Out of respect Please do not try to contact him or go and visit at this time. I will keep you all updated as often as I can. We don't want to wear him out.
 
I will see him again tomorrow if all is well.
 
A-ho,
 
Rachael Waller Rondeaux



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