Sunday, August 18, 2013

Actor and Art Collector Cheech Marin to Visit UW

August 16, 2013 — Well-known entertainer Cheech Marin, who has gained additional acclaim as a collector of Chicano art, is scheduled to visit the University of Wyoming campus and present two public programs on Sept. 6-7.

Marin will speak about “Chicano Art: Cultivating the Chicano Future” at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in the Wyoming Union Ballroom, followed by a book signing. On Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m., he will give an informal gallery walk-through at the UW Art Museum. Both programs are free and open to the public.

An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition is planned Friday, Sept. 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the UW Art Museum. This event also is free and open to the public.

While on campus, Marin also will meet with faculty members and students from the Chicano Studies, American Studies, Art and History departments.

Marin, who is best known for his work in movies, television and improvisational comedy, has been acquiring art for more than 25 years and has amassed arguably the most renowned collection of Chicano art in private hands.

“Cheech Marin’s efforts as a collector of and advocate for Chicano art have made this important art genre visible and accessible to main street America,” says the UW Art Museum’s director and chief curator, Susan Moldenhauer. “His public lecture will illuminate the importance of this art and explore its connections to the broader genre of American art.”

A selection of paintings from Marin’s private collection will be on view at the UW Art Museum Sept. 7-Nov. 23. “Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection” features paintings all under 16 by 16 inches, and showcases 26 established and emerging Chicano artists. The painting styles include photo-realism, abstraction, portraits and landscapes.

“’Chicanitas’ is drawn from Marin’s most recent interest in collecting works that explore the personal lives and daily routines of the Chicano experience,” Moldenhauer says. “Smaller in scale than the large canvases that Chicano artists have used to convey the political and social realm of their experience, the paintings in the exhibition offer more personal yet powerful perspective of their lives.”

The exhibition and Marin’s visit are made possible in part by the Wyoming Humanities Council, Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, Wyoming Arts Council through the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, UW Chicano Studies, UW Multicultural Affairs, UW Student Activities Council, UW Art Department, Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, ASUW, MEChA, UW National Advisory Board Endowment, and UW Art Museum Gala funds.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit and the museum’s blog at, or follow the museum on Facebook at

Through its “museum as classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cheech and Chong are Coming to Tacoma

On November 16th, the Cheech and Chong: Joint Venture tour is coming to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.

Don't be confused with the Up in Smoke tour which includes the bands WAR and Tower of Power.  This is just Cheech and Tommy.  It's actually better because it's just  comedy, instead of bouncing back and forth between comedy and music.  The other format was confusing.

The KJR-FM pre-sale is tomorrow, August 14th at 10am local via the ticket link above.  We don't know the passcode so listen to the station or go to their site to find out.  The general sale is Friday.

Friday, August 09, 2013

TOMMY CHONG to Star as “Gawd”

Los Angeles – 8 August 2013 – Wow and Flutter Media Group announced today that Tommy Chong, one-half of the legendary comedy duo Cheech and Chong will star in the feature comedy, “It’s Gawd!”

“Desperate to save the world, (and his job), the creator of Earth journeys to the planet to reconnect with mankind- via an internet variety show.” Billed as an irreverent comedy with a heart, the film offers an entirely fresh interpretation of the divine. “It’s a rebellious call to action that endeavors to inspire a troubled world through humor and music”, said Gerald Brunskill, the film’s writer and director. He credits, Neale Donald Walsch’s best-seller, Conversations with God as the inspiration for writing the script.

The movie also stars Rebecca Mader of ABC’s Lost fame who recently appeared with Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3. The movie is written and will be directed by first-timer Gerald (Jerry) Brunskill and will be produced by Brunskill’s Wow and Flutter Media Group which he helms with Partner and Producer Ryan Rees. Rees will Produce along with Adam O’Connor. Ruchir Garg will Executive Produce and Jennifer Birn is casting and co-producing.

It’s Gawd! marks Chong’s first full-length feature since 1984’s, “Cheech and Chong’s the Corsican Brothers” and will be the first time that he appears in a starring role without his long-time partner, Cheech Marin.

“I guess you could say I had my spiritual awakening while I was in Prison. I liked (Jerry’s) take on God combined with the comedy” said Chong. “If you look at the world today as it is, you gotta think only a stoner could’ve put that together.”

Chong, who spent nine months in a federal penitentiary for selling bongs and marijuana pipes was last featured in “aka Tommy Chong”, a documentary film that chronicles his experience and is critical of the prosecution of Chong by the U.S. federal government.

“There was never anybody else for this role.” offers Brunskill. “Tommy Chong is the perfect blend of whimsy, wisdom, and counter-culture. I think people are going to fall in love with him all over again when they see this movie.”

Brunskill, also an accomplished musician and film composer, came up with the idea while touring with Neale Donald Walsch, author of the wildly popular book series, Conversations with God. “I found the trials of integrating and observing a spiritually conscious lifestyle from a tour bus hysterical. Ultimately it served as the perfect inspiration with which to share these sorts of messages with an audience that wouldn’t normally be exposed to them.”

“This movie is going to surprise and resonate with a lot of people,” Chong ads. Cameras are set to roll in September of this year in Los Angeles.

About Tommy Chong
Thomas B. Kin Chong is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, writer, director, activist, and musician. He is well known for his marijuana-themed Cheech and Chong comedy movies with Cheech Marin, as well as playing the character Leo on Fox’s That ‘70’s Show.

About Gerald Brunskill
Gerald Brunskill is a writer, director, and composer. He has scored hundred hours of episodic television and has also written and directed several television pilots. He is currently involved in multiple projects in both the scripted and non-scripted space. This will be his first full-length feature as director.

About Wow and Flutter Media Group
Wow and Flutter Media Group is a full-service production company that Brunskill and Rees launched in 2006. WFM has been involved in the production of over 30 films including, “The Wackness” starring Ben Kingsley and Josh Peck, “Tyson”, a documentary about Mike Tyson, and “World’s Greatest Dad” written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and starring Robin Williams.