Friday, January 25, 2008

Saturday: Party Hearty

Plenty of parties to choose from this weekend in Orange County.

As previously mentioned, THIS SATURDAY UC Irvine celebrates Ngugi wa Thiong'o with an impressive line-up which includes Angela Davis, poets Simon J. Ortiz and Sonia Sanchez and many others.

One of the foremost contemporary African writers and an exile of Kenya and former political prisoner, Ngugi's work as literary figure, activist, and academic testify to his relentless passion and commitment to deliver much needed critique. In 2006 Ngugi published his first novel in nearly two decades, the critically lauded and lengthy The Wizard and the Crow, which went on to win the California Gold Award for fiction in 2007.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Crystal Cove Auditorium. ~FREE~ For more information: call: 949.284.9629 or email:

EARLIER IN THE DAY, across the county, another party at the MUZEO in Anaheim when Cheech Marin (yes, that Cheech Marin) hosts a book signing to launch the Chicano Art and Soul Exhibition at the MUZEO.

The first 500 visitors to the MUZEO during this special preview (10am - 1pm) will receive FREE ADMISSION to the Chicano Art and Soul exhibition. At this special preview, visitors will be able to experience the exhibition at no charge prior to the official opening on January 27th. Meet Cheech Marin as he signs his book: Papel Chicano, Works on Paper .

ARRIVE EARLY. Limited numbers of admission tickets and books will be available on a first come first served basis.

The exhibit includes artwork from 1969-2001, short independent films by renowned artists, including Culture Clash, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Lourdes Portillo and Gustavo Vazquez, an interactive exhibition designed to appeal to the young, salsa dancing lessons, a 57 Chevy and lots of other stuff - and did I mention Cheech Marin? And it's free!

Email MUZEO at or call them at 714-95-MUZEO (714-956-8936).

Muzeo is located at 241 S Anaheim Blvd - Anaheim, CA 92805.

I will be there.

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