Cheech Marin at The Broad Stage
DIESEL, A Bookstore, in partnership with The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, is pleased to welcome Richard "Cheech" Marin, who will be discussing and signing his new memoir, Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong on Friday, March 30th at 7:30pm. Joining him in conversation will be Carolina A. Miranda of the Los Angeles Times.
Tickets are available by contacting The Broad Stage at 310-434-3200.
Cheech Marin came of age at an interesting time in America. He became a self-made counterculture legend with his other half, Tommy Chong. This insightful memoir delves into how Cheech dodged the draft, formed one of the most successful comedy duos of all time, became the face of the recreational drug movement with the film Up in Smoke, forged a successful solo career with roles in The Lion King and Jane the Virgin, and became the owner of the most renowned collection of Chicano art in the world.
Cheech Marin is primarily known as an actor, a director, and a performer and he has developed what is arguably the finest private collection of Chicano art.
A third‐generation Mexican American, Cheech has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of Latinos, including the 2000 Creative Achievement Award from the Imagen Foundation. In 2007, he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts for his contributions to the creative arts from Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, and received the inaugural Legacy Award for Arts Advocacy from the Smithsonian Latino Center. He serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
As an actor, Cheech is familiar to many as one‐half of the hilarious duo Cheech and Chong; together, they made eight feature films. He has since appeared in more than 20 films and television shows. In 2005, Cheech directed the Broadway production of Latinologues, a collection of comedic and poignant monologues revealing the Latino experience in America.
Cheech is also an author. His children’s books include Cheech and the Spooky Ghost Bus, Captain Cheech, and Cheech the School Bus Driver. His art books include Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, Papel Chicano: Works on Paper from the Cheech Marin Collection, and Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge.
Photo Credit- Allan Amato
Carolina A. Miranda is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she covers art, architecture design and music for the Culture High & Low blog. Prior to this, she served as staff reporter at TIME magazine, as well as an independent journalist, contributing stories to ARTnews, Fast Company, Architect, Art in America, National Public Radio, New York Public Radio and L.A. public radio affiliate KCRW.