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Breath of Fire opens Premiere of The Mexican OC Friday, April 28!

Breath of Fire Theater Company is pleased to announce the World Premiere of the ground breaking play, The Mexican OC, A California Story Fund Grant Project. This funny and poignant collection of stories seeks to entertain, educate, and eliminate the stereotypes of Orange County's Mexican community. We meet two forces: pocha real estate agent, Debi Murillo, and chicana crossing guard, Yolanda Gomez, who are our guides through the intersections of untold Mexican American heritage.

This show is Directed by BOFTC Artistic Director Sara Guerrero, Produced and Production Managed by BOFTC Executive Director Heather Enriquez, and written in collaboration with Apolonio Morales, Cristina Nava, Elizabeth Szekeresh, Heather Enriquez, and Sara Guerrero. The production opens Friday, April 28 and runs for a total of seven performances through Saturday, May 6 at El Centro Cultural De Mexico, 310 W. 5th St., in Santa Ana. Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 5:00 pm. One Thursday night show is scheduled for May 4 8:00 pm. A private fund raising performance is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 pm. Community Dialogs to follow each performance. Performances are free of charge, however donations are welcomed, and reservations are suggested.

The cast of twelve includes Breath of Fire Theater Company members Cristina Nava, Elsa Martinez Phillips, Lorena Billings, and Ronnie Alvarez, as well as El Centro community members Analy Garcia and Pedro Lopez. Making their El Centro Cultural De Mexico debut with this production are Alejandro Lara, Anthony Lucero, Jami McCoy, Keith Bennett, Maricela Lazcano, and Stephen O Young.

The tech team is headed by Stage Manager Jody Reeves, Lighting Design is by Oliver Huang, and Technical Direction is by Lonnie Alcaraz. BOFTC Members: Elizabeth Szekeresh is the Assistant Director, Angela Mauro is the Assistant Stage Manager, Costume Design is by Gina Davidson, Set Design by Andres Galvan, Set Construction by Bill Hilton and Randy Navarro, Sound Design by Apolonio Morales, Composition by Andy Mendoza, Graffiti Art by Eric Girten, and Video Direction/Production by Apolonio Morales and Elizabeth Szekeresh.

If you'd like to arrange an interview with the cast or director, would like more information, or to make reservations please call 714-785-0764 or send us an email at
(To make a donation, please contact: Fundraising Director, Andrea Ramirez by email: or by Phone: 626-665-8102)

"It is important to know where we have been, and where we are, to see where we are going. You have to remember, that's all I'm asking." Yolanda Gomez The Mexican OC

Breath of Fire Theater Company: Operating under the fiscal sponsorship of El Centro Cultural De Mexico since 2003, we are a nonprofit Theater ensemble, organized to support the work and enrich the lives of Latina artists in the Orange County community. The overall purpose of our organization is to nurture, celebrate and advance Latina performing arts. We will: promote solidarity and raise awareness of critical issues within our community through the presentation of original stage work, foster cross-cultural understanding by inviting artists from all cultures to join our forum, use performing arts as a tool for social change and spiritual healing, and expose all people to the cultural and social values of Latin American women.
El Centro Cultural De Mexico is an alternative space in Santa Ana where the community can find cultural, educational, and artistic activities that strengthen their identities, develop their talents and develop a sense of leadership in their community.

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Tomorrow evening

3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Event to be celebrated in Artist Village
Santa Ana, CA., --

El Centro Cultural de México will host Dia de los Muertos for the third year in a row on Saturday, November 5, 2005 from 5pm – 10pm. This free, community event will be celebrated at the Artist Village Promenade located on 2nd St. between Broadway and Main St. in Santa Ana’s Downtown District.
This year, Dia de los Muertos will have over 20 altars on display constructed by community members from Santa Ana and the greater Orange County. These altars are dedicated to deceased loved ones or bring awareness to a social issue. Altar space is still available and reservations are being accepted via email through Friday, October 28th.

Don’t Miss Out on Celebrating Both Dia de los Muertos and the Santa Ana Community Spirit!

Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) is an ancient tradition that dates back to prehispanic Mexico. Today, the tradition has been much transformed but its objective to remember and honor the dead and celebrate the continuity of life remains the same.
El Centro Cultural de México is an non-profit, alternative space in Santa Ana where the community can find cultural, educational, and artistic activities that strengthen their identities, develop their talents, and develop a sense of leadership in the community.

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Sharon Jones: Funk's Best Kept Secret

Friday, August 26; 8:30 PM; 18+
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (featuring members of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra) @ Echo (1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026)

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““You’ve got to feel it,” is the first thing that comes from the mouth of seasoned soul singer Sharon Jones when asked what makes great music. “You’ve got to feeel it! In your bones, your heart, in everything and everywhere!” Ms. Jones’s funk pedigree can be traced to her hometown of Augusta, Georgia, the same town that birthed the Godfather of Soul himself: James Brown. Moreover, it didn’t take long for the young Sharon to be encouraged to take the spirit from the gospel and apply it to a more secular setting. This setting was realized when as a teenager she moved with her family to Brooklyn, NY and soon found herself saturated with the pulse of funk and disco. Little time passed before she became a staple within the studios, doing often uncredited back-up work for gospel, soul, disco and blues artists. However, when the commercial music landscape began to radically change during the ‘80s, demand for singers such as Sharon waned, and she soon found herself working at Rykers Island Jail as a corrections officer. Fast forward to 1996. Sharon crosses paths with NYC’s great indie-soul & funk label Desco Records. Sharon’s first full-length album, 2002’s successful Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kingson Brooklyn-based Daptone Records, served to solidify her reputation as Soul Sister # 1. – Bio, Daptone Records

Hear clips from her latest album, Naturally with the Dap Kings featuring a special appearance with Lee Fields.

2005 Sunset Junction: Full Lineup, 3 stages, 2 days

Sunset Junction Performers 2005

Saturday, August 27
Bates Stage
Rilo Kiley
John Cale
The Walkmen
Jason Falkner
Black Mountain
Foreign Born
Something For Rockets
Run Run Run
Let’s Go Sailing
The Ettes

Sanborn Stage
Gravy Train!!!!
Hey Willpower
Domingo Siete
DJ Paul V

Edgecliff Stage
Richard Street (lead singer of The Temptations)
Former ladies of The Supremes
Freda Payne
Alma da Batucada
Bobby Matos

Sunday, August 28
Bates Stage
The New York Dolls
Suicide Girls
Eagles of Death Metal
The Gossip
The Weirdos
Burning Brides
The Leaving Trains
Rolling Blackouts
Viva K
The Willowz

Sanborn Stage
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Los Pinguos
DJ Sloe Poke
Dub Club DJs

Edgecliff Stage (3700 Sunset)
Jody Watley
Arthur Adams
Drums of Passion
Raks Majnoun
Ritmo Flamenco

Tickets available on TicketWeb.

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