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DIVA NEWS ARCHIVE -- FEBRUARY 2006


February 26, 2006

Burt Poley with Arigon Starr at KUYICOMING SOON TO A RADIO NEAR YOU...SUPER INDIAN!

Arigon's comedy script has been selected for production by the Native Radio Theater Project -- AND watch Arigon talk about Native Voices at the Autry online!

Just when we thought it couldn't possibly get more exciting here in Diva-Ville. Arigon's wacky radio script will come to life at the National Audio Theater's workshop this June. Plus, Arigon shot a special video for the Autry National Center's website (www.autrynationalcenter.org) this week which went live on Friday. The video is right on their front page -- and you'll need Quicktime to take a look at it. The segment is short -- under 45 seconds -- but gives you an idea of Arigon's passion for the Autry and how they are helping to enhance the Native American Community in Los Angeles.

Friday also brought an excited phone call from the Native Radio Theater Project's John Gregg. "Super Indian," the comic tale of a Reservation Super Hero will be produced by the Native Radio Theater Project during the NAT's workshop taking place in Missouri. "I am thrilled to bits," smiled Arigon. "I've always been a big fan of Marvel and DC Comics and always felt there was room for a Native Super Hero. However, my goofy take is closer to the "Batman" TV Series from the 1960's," said Arigon. "What's also really exciting is that two of my other Native gal pals here in Los Angeles will also have their scripts produced. I'm planning on attending the conference -- I wouldn't miss witnessing my script come alive!" Here's the press release from the Native Radio Theater Project. Note that YOU Starrwatchers are invited to apply to the conference as well. We hope you'll consider joining the Diva and friends for this awesome conference. [That's Burt Poley and Arigon Starr back in 2002 when he was still at KUYI-FM in Keams Canyon.]

Native Radio Theater Project Announces Script Winners
February 24, 2006, Lincoln NE

Three scripts have been chosen by a panel of judges for the radio theater workshops at the National Audio Theater Festivals in West Plains, MO beginning in mid June.

The original works chosen from a field of 23 entries are "The Best Place to Grow Pumpkins" by Rhianna Yazzie (Navajo), "Super Indian" by Arigon Starr (Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma) and "Melba's Medicine" by Rose Yvonne Colletta (Lipan-Mescalero Apache). The entry’s were reviewed and critiqued by a panel of professionals in a "blind voting" process to ensure that the selection process would be based on merits of content, length and quality of writing, and adaptability to radio production.

The three artist/writers will split a prize of $1000.00 and the plays will be the workshop scripts used for training new talent at the NATF workshops in West Plains, MO June 18 - 24.
(www.natf.org)

The Panel of Judges
Sue Zizza Owner SueMedia - She is a writer, director, producer and sound designer specializing in live (foley) effects for audio and the stage. Her clients have included the SciFiChannel's Seeing Ear Theatre and USA Productions. Sue is a member of the adjunct faculty at the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she teaches recording and sound design.

Muriel Miguel is Kuna and Rappahannock. She is a founding member and Artistic Director of Spiderwoman Theater, the longest running Native American women’s theater group in North America, touring internationally for 28 years.

William Partlan (Artistic Director, Triple Espresso) directs each presentation of Triple Espresso worldwide. He has directed off-Broadway, regional and international premieres over the last 25 years.

Michael Horse, of Yaqui, Mescalero Apache and Zuni descent, Michael is a jeweler, actor, stunt man, sculptor, painter and activist. As an accomplished actor, Michael has appeared in numerous television shows, movies and cartoons (his personal favorite), including Twin Peaks, Passenger 57, and the Native Canadian series, North of 60. www.michaelhorse.com.

Camille Lacapa (Hopi-Tewa/Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe) has produced programs for AIROS including Regional Editions of the award-winning Native American music series “Native Sounds - Native Voices” and specials such as “WOJB's Hand Drum Contest”. Lacapa is currently Associate Producer for the nationally syndicated talk radio show “Native America Calling” distributed by AIROS. www.nativeamericacalling.com

Scholarships for Native artists to attend the workshops are still available at the website www.nativeradio.org Deadline to apply is March 1st. Applicants chosen by Native Radio Theater Project in Lincoln will be trained by, and work alongside established actors and producers in the art of audio theater. Skills such as direction, acting, voice lessons, recording, and sound design will be taught as well as topics on writing and editing.

The scholarships are made possible by the FORD Foundation for the Native Radio Theater Project, a co-production between Native American Public Telecommunications in Lincoln, NE. in partnership with the “Native Voices at the Autry” in Los Angeles, CA.

~ Contact: “Kutchiak” John Gregg NRT Project Coordinator 402-472-0497 ~


THE DIVA HITS THE AIRWAVES THIS WEDNESDAY

The promo efforts for "The Red Road" play and CD are just getting started. This Wednesday, March 1st you can hear some of the new CD and hear Arigon talk about the play. The first appearance will be on KPFK 90.7 FM's weekly show "American Indian Airwaves." As most of you know, Arigon's song "California Indians" is the theme song for the program and she's a regular visitor. Arigon will be joined by one of the talented cast of "Stone Heart," Thirza Defoe. The show airs in Los Angeles from 3:00-4:00PM. Then at 5:00 PM, she'll be live via phone on KUYI 88.1 FM. KUYI-FM broadcasts from the heart of the Hopi Reservation in Arizona -- and they'll be the first Native radio station to broadcast some of the new music from the new CD. KPFK-FM does have a live stream -- unfortunately, KUYI doesn't offer that service -- yet. We hope you'll have time to tune in -- and let us know what you think of the new music!


SPEAKING OF RADIO -- HERE'S A COOL HEADS-UP!

One of the coolest stations in Los Angeles will be presenting a live, on-air concert featuring Arigon and the band. Jana Pendragon, the host of KXLU 88.9 FM's program "Happy Trails" invited Arigon to be a part of her amazing music show that features some of the best traditional and cutting edge country music. The show will air live on Thursday, April 13th. As most of you know, Arigon will also be performing "The Red Road" at the Autry the same evening. How can she be in two places at once? No worries -- the show airs at 11:00 PM. More to come about this appearance and Jana's show. It's gonna be "goot" one.


WE'LL MISS YOU, BARN!

Sorry to hear to the passing of comic genius Don Knotts. He's been one of Arigon's fave comedians since the beginning of time. Arigon had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Knotts back when she used to work at Viacom Productions. "He was a gentle, special man. There is something about the actors from those times. So many of them were decent, personable, warm and genuine. Definitely a class act," said Arigon. We encourage your to enjoy those old Andy Griifith Show reruns -- but take some time and enjoy "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" or "The Incredible Mr. Limpet." Aaaahhhh, genius! Our condolences to all of Mr. Knotts family and friends.


February 21, 2006

Steven Tyler at the AutryRIPPED FROM THE PAGES OF TIGER TEEN MAGAZINE! AAAY!

 

Rockers Aerosmith visit the Autry National Center and Native Voices at the Autry's "Stone Heart." You heard it here first!

In Native Voices at the Autry’s upcoming production of Arigon Starr's The Red Road (opening Thursday, March 30 at the Autry National Center) a punk rocker pulls his tour bus up to Verna Yahola's All Nations Cafe in Sapulpa, Oklahoma in search of Native America. Described as "a leather clad vampire,” punk rocker Danny Dacron emerges triumphantly from his bus into the world of Verna and the All Nations Café.

In a moment stranger than fiction, the rock band Aerosmith’s tour bus pulled up to the Autry National Center on Sunday, February 12th. Lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry sprang from the tour bus for a quick spin through the Museum of the American West!

Both rockers poked their heads into the Wells Fargo Theater to discover rehearsals for Native Voices at the Autry's current offering - Stone Heart - in full swing. Native Voices Technical Director Craig Dettman pitched the show to Steven who said it sounded great. As Tyler and Perry departed with show postcards in hand, a quick thinking crew member grabbed a camera and caught everyone standing in front of Gene Autry's statue!

Aerosmith at the AutryAnd you thought things like this only happened in fairy tales or Native American comedies!
[That's Robert Greygrass, Craig Dettman, Joe Perry and Steven Tyler in front of Gene Autry and the Wells Fargo Theater.]

Don't miss Native Voices at the Autry's World Premiere of STONE HEART by Diane Glancy (Cherokee), Directed by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw). STONE HEART opens at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles, California on February 17, 2006 and runs through March 12, 2006 before moving to New York and Washington DC to play in the theaters at the National Museum of the American Indian April 6 through the 11, 2006.

Native Voices at the Autry's World Premiere of Arigon Starr's one-woman extravaganza ~ THE RED ROAD opens March 30, 2006 and plays through April 30, 2006 before starting it's world tour!

STONE HEART ~ At the Autry National Center
February 17 - March 12
Fridays & Saturdays - 8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday Matinees - 2:00 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday Student Matinees - 10:30 am

THE RED ROAD ~ At the Autry National Center
March 30 - April 30
Thursdays - 8:00 pm
Sunday Matinees - 2:00 pm

Tickets: General $20, Autry Members $12
Groups of 10 or more save 20%
Call TicketWeb for reservations at 866.468.3399, www.ticketweb.com
For group sales please call 323.667.2000, ext.391

To book the touring show of STONE HEART or THE RED ROAD in your theater contact:
jeanbscott@aol.com


February 8, 2006

Arigon at the AutryROCKIN' ON THE RED ROAD!

 

Arigon wows them at San Diego State University's "Theater of the World" Festival!

Every once in a while -- we get an actual "missive" from the Diva herself. [That's another of the awesome photos taken by Maria Ventura of the Autry National Center yesterday!] Arigon has been working morning to night on "The Red Road." As you know, it's a play and a CD, all written and performed by Miss Starr. Here's the latest, straight from the Desk of The Diva:

Hey y'all! It's been a crazy couple of weeks. When I last left you, I was mixing songs for "The Red Road -- Original Cast Recording" with Eric Corne over at Mad Dog Studios.

I took a little detour and did some theater gigs down in San Diego. You probably read about it here! San Diego State University hosted a cool festival for kids and folks who enjoy live theater [The 9th Annual Theater of the World Festival] on their beautiful campus in San Diego, California. The festival also included a performance at Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine, California. Jean Bruce Scott directed our short version of the play, which is known as "Postcards From The Red Road."

Jean and I rehearsed like crazy on Wednesday over at my Mom's church in Chula Vista. Was awfully nice of those folks to open up their doors for us to do our craziness! "Postcards" has some of the characters and songs from the full play -- and seems to take as much energy (or more!) as performing the full show.

The 8th grade kids in Alpine really enjoyed the show. They laughed loud, clapped along with the songs and asked lots of great questions after the show. It was a challenge to set up the PA and put on a full show in a high school gymnasium -- but luckily for me, it's not the first time I've performed on a basketball court! Kinda rezzy, ennit? AAAY!

On Saturday, Randy Reinholz joined us at San Diego State University for two back-to-back performances of "Postcards." We staged the show in a dance studio. Again, it was another rise to greatness to get the PA set up and soundchecked in under an hour. We had a lot of help -- from Janet Miner, Holland Givens, Melissa, Jean, and Jay Sheehan.

Craig Dettman, who's done many set design for Native Voices at the Autry, had built elements of the set that will be used in the full production in LA. I'd never had the fun of working with a real diner booth -- a hat rack that doubles as a wall phone....and of course, Clyde Chupco's (a Creek Indian DJ who's a big part of the play) spinning prop table.

There were a lot of familiar faces at the first show (thank you Mom, Gay, George, Andy, Janet, Pam, Heather, Randy, Danny, Marie, Jeffrey, Nancy Davis and Bill Partlan!!), which helped me take the edge off the jitters! Yes, I still get nervous when I stop onstage! I don't think I ever will stop! The second show went even better, thanks to the row of kids who plopped down on the floor mats right down front. Jean Bruce Scott told me that there was a wave of laughter that went through the room for the whole show. See, the kids took the jokes one way -- and their parents laughed at completely different things.

I was happy and relieved that "The Red Road" made folks laugh, forget about their troubles and that they heard some good country music. The other thing was proving to myself that I could get up there and put out 150% energy for over 90 minutes. Believe me, if you see Mick Jagger or Gwen Stefani up on stage shaking their heinies for two hours -- it don't come easy! I think I might be ready for a marathon by the time the LA Run of this show is finished! AAAY!"

Arigon is continuing to rehearse "The Red Road" for the big opening on March 30, 2006 at the Autry National Center and will finish up work on the CD next week. Oh! The joy! We hope to have some preview tracks up for y'all very, very soon. Stay tuned for more excitement from the Diva's Camp.



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