About 3 years ago, I took my roommate at the time to see what I thought would be “a little play about the war.” I so was incredibly wrong. We escaped from Irvine for the night to see the Los Angeles Theater Ensemble’s Wounded. It was not just a “play,” it was an emotionally gripping experience that opened my eyes to a world I am not familiar with: the world of a wounded Iraq War Veteran.

Now, at a time of economic recession, the LA Theater Ensemble brings us Survived which is the follow up to Wounded, and the second play in what they are calling The War Cycle. As actor, Albert Meijer stated, “As artists, we are not ignoring the headlines that have been buried behind those concerning the economy, politics, and celebrity. We have chosen to bring the overlooked to light.”According to the website:


“Survived is inspired by true accounts of the families of soldiers fallen in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. It follows the lives of the Harper family as they prepare to scatter the ashes of 24 year old Lt. Michael Harper on the anniversary of his combat-related death in the Iraq War. A surprise visit from a soldier who served with Michael at the time of his death ignites a powder keg of emotion and throws the family into crisis as they strive to preserve their memories of Michael while learning to let go.”

The Ensemble holds “Talk Backs” after their Thursday shows where they make themselves available to engage in discussions with the members of the audience. The members of the LA Theater Ensemble are a very accessible group of individuals.  Survived will run through April 25th in Santa Monica, CA. For more information, please visit:


“This building is making me sea sick.”

by tatiana on April 6, 2009


Yes, I am finally updating about my trip to Chicago that happened over a month ago. Hey! Better now than never, right? I think so.

Looking through my photos, I realized I may have to make this a two parter. A series, if you will. In part one we shall embark on the historical gem that is… dun duN DUN… The Auditorium Building!


First of all, it was a Saturday. We had been in Chicago for one whole day so far, and my throat was starting to become sore. When I had looked out of my 5 star hotel window that morning and saw that the city looked just plain frozen, I knew it would be a painful trip to our destination. On the way to the subway, I ran into Starbucks to grab a banana for a quick breakfast. Usually one may experience a frozen banana defrosting in the hot summer weather and becoming a regular banana. My experience was the exact opposite (minus the chocolate and nuts of course)! Boy oh boy was it cold… and WINDY! Ain’t nothing worse than feeling your eyeballs becoming numb. Anyway, enough complaining…

We arrived at the Auditorium Building. A little background; as you may know, Chicago is filled with wonderous architecture that people from around the globe travel to marvel at. Amongst it’s many famous architects, the two who designed the Auditorium Building were Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. During our tour we learned that Frank Lloyd Wright was a junior architect at the time this building was being designed.

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It turns out, Bri and I were very lucky. Due to budget cuts we were on one of the last two tours of the building. According to our guide, the Auditorium Building was one of the first multipurpose buildings to be built in the United States. Built in 1889, the building housed a theater, a hotel and office space.

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But it was the theater that was the most fascinating. Sorry for the dim photos; flash photography was not allowed inside the building. Also, sorry there are no photos of the exterior. I was too cold to remove my gloves to take pictures outside, just use your imagination.

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The theater interior was absolutely gorgeous. So much detail and thought was put into this space. From the lightbulb placement, to the beautiful murals on either side of the theater, this place was awe inspiring. I love being in well preserved historical landmarks, such as this, because my imagination tends to run wild and I often imagine myself being alive during that time period and walking the same floors and hallways in a big fluffy gown waiting to see the National Ballet. Ahhh. Did you know that the Auditorium Theater was the first theater to allow women to attend an opera without a male companion?

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I very much enjoyed my visit to the Auditorium Building. These days, it is home to Roosevelt University, and you can still catch a show in their amazing theater. Oh! I forgot to mention, the building seems to be sinking due to lack of solid foundation. So, when walking around the theater, one may begin to feel a bit sea sick, like Bri did. The floor is very uneven, and it’s a really strange thing to experience. As Bri said at one point, “This building would have been a goner a long time ago if it were in California.” This is probably true. But I guess this is why we have to travel so far to experience living history.


World of WarCraft, minus the “War”

by tatiana on May 27, 2008

I’ve been thinking lately about how lucky I am to be friends with such creative and talented people. All in their own magical ways. They never cease to inspire or amaze me.

So, last night I got back into my knitting after trying to think of something to make a friend for her 24th birthday. She too knits and crochets. It’s always a little hard thinking of things to make for someone who can make anything they want themselves. (I feel like that last sentence had a lot of pronouns, sorry). Anyway, after perusing my roommate’s Stich N Bitch Nation book, I decided to make this:
I hope you’re not reading this right now Desi!

So far it’s coming out really well. I’m using a vintage-looking mustard yellow yarn. Homegirl will totally be able to pull this off, whereas I would probably not be able to. :o)

In other news, being in close proximity to yarn and new patterns makes me itch for bigger projects. I REALLY want to make an afghan. I was thinking of going to the library after work to check out some books but then it dawned on me… YOUTUBE. And I found all of my answers! The best video (series) I’ve found so far is this one. And not only does it show you how to switch up the colors… a man is crocheting. Yes, a MAN. I love it.

In other, more dramatic news, check out my friend’s play! Watch the video to get a better idea. The costumes look amazing.

I Gelosi

3116 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Now running through June 14th

How Much?
$20, or $10 with Student ID

I STILL don’t get it.
This may help.
Here’s the synopsis according to the website:
I GELOSI (“The Zealous Ones”), written and directed by David Bridel, tells the story of Italy’s first great traveling theatre troupe. In the late 16th Century the Gelosi company takes the provinces by storm, thanks to the beauty, wit and charm of Isabella Andreini, one of the very first women ever to play on the stage. Invited to perform at the Court of King Henri III of France, the Gelosi become the toast of Europe – until they risk the wrath of the Pope with a virulent theatrical satire. Hounded from the French Court, the company’s fortunes sink, despite the increasing brilliance of Isabella’s talents. Finally the company returns to the poverty from which it came.

Featuring masks, music, and costumes from the period, I GELOSI lovingly recreates the world of the commedia dell’arte and the actors whose life’s work consists of portraying the vivid archetypes Pantalone, Arlecchino, Il Capitano, and others. Yet dwelling beneath the glittering comedy of the play lies a vital question: is the theatre merely an entertainment, or is it a voice for the dispossessed?


Hola! Privet! Bonjour!

by tatiana on July 10, 2007

Hello, and welcome! I hope this blog will bring you entertainment, information, happiness, and hopefully will open your eyes to arts events you would have not heard about otherwise.

I love art. From the graffiti on the freeway overpass to Les Miserables. I mainly like to highlight events in the Southern California area, and on occasion, particularly cool events far far away that we should all travel to see.

We all should support the arts and those who are trying to enrich our environment with refreshing images and thought provoking ideas instead of brainwashing and stripping us of our imaginative capabilities. Visit an art gallery instead of doing those drugs. Go see a local band instead of watching MTV in your smelly apartment. Try out some new cafes instead of defaulting to the Olive Garden. (sorry Kendra) :o) (My roommate is addicted to Fettucini Alfredo.) Make your own clothes instead of looking like a clone. (Unless you’re one of those weird people who go out with their friends all wearing the same outfit… JUST STOP, you’re embarrassing me). And lastly hang out at the library and read more. (Shout out to the Huntington Beach Public Library!) Yeay knowledge.

If you know of some upcoming arts events or have recommendations (dance shows, theatre, gallery openings, concerts, books, films) shoot me an email: and i’ll try to make an announcement. Or leave me comments. I’d love to hear from you.


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What is it?
“ABSURD INSPIRATION” written by none other than my pal Mr. Rob Schow! (YEAY!)
When? The play runs July 27th til August 5th, Fridays @ 8PM, Saturdays @ 3PM and Sundays @ 7PM
Where? Hollywood Fight Club Theater, 6767 W. Sunset Blvd. Suite # 6, Hollywood, CA. 90028
I STILL don’t get it!? Join us on this journey with Walter McCormick as we see and experience his world as he searches for inspiration to write a new play. We track Walter as he watches his parents bicker over the price of a casket for his still living brother, a casket he is forced to try on for size. We follow Walter as he re-lives his school life holding a teacher’s pen for ransom for the right grade and fantasizing how wonderful life would have been if the classroom setting was more like a porno. Maybe if they had taught the right things in school he could hold on to a girl friend. Instead he is left holding conversations about masturbation, penis size, and the price of just having someone listen to you. This humorous, surprising, and touching story is filled with playful unorthodox story telling while still exploring serious questions of existence.
How much? $15.00, (323) 465-0800 Reservations are recommended due to limited seating and popularity of show.