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Did you know that Cheech—which is not his real name—is also the owner of the most renowned collection of Chicano art in the world? He also grew up the son of a cop. He even crushed Anderson Cooper on Celebrity Jeopardy! In his long-awaited memoir, this counterculture legend writes candidly about coming-of-age as the wisecracking kid in 1960s Los Angeles, resisting the draft as a young man, and many other surprising journeys along the way of creating one of the most successful comedy acts of all time. Join us for a spirited evening as Cheech reflects on his incredible career in conversation with L.A.’s own Marisol Hernandez, lead singer of the GRAMMY award-winning La Santa Cecilia.

Cheech Marin

Primarily known as an actor, a director, and a performer, Cheech Marin is also an avid art collector. His collection of Chicano art is lent to art institutions worldwide, and he has authored numerous books inspired by his collection. In addition to art books, Marin is also an author of three children’s books. His work on behalf of Latinos has been recognized with the 2000 Creative Achievement Award from the Imagen Foundation and the 1999 ALMA Community Service Award from the National Council of La Raza and Kraft Foods.

Marisol Hernandez

Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and she is the lead singer in the Mexican-American band La Santa Cecilia. The band brings inspiration from all over the world, using Pan-American rhythms like rumba, bolero, cumbia, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer music, to sing about love, social justice, loss and life . For their full-length studio album, Treinta Dias, the band won a GRAMMY for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album in 2014. They recently released Buenaventura, also nominated for a GRAMMY in 2017.

This program will take place at the Aratani Theatre of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, at 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Parking is available in multiple lots around the theatre. Note that many lots are cash only. Click here for specific lots and directions.

Will Call
6:30pm – Will call opens

7:00pm – House opens

7:30pm – Program begins

Photo I.D. required to pick up tickets at will call. All tickets are non-refundable.

Copies of the featured book, Cheech Is Not My Real Name…But Don’t Call Me Chong! will be available for purchase via The Library Store, at the program. You must show a valid proof of purchase from the Library Store in order to enter the book signing line.

Main image: Cheech Marin Credit: Hector Levya @sugarmillstudios

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