Happy Birthday, Rita!

HEY,YOU GUYS!  The iconic Rita Moreno turned 81 this week (December 11)!

If you know what that line is from that’s probably one of the first times you saw Rita. She screamed the opening line of the Electric Company, the PBS children’s show that aired from 1971-1985. Rita is a singer, dancer, and actor with many credits to her name in film, tv, stage, and music. You probably have seen her in West Side Story (1961) as Anita, the role for which she is best remembered and which earned her an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.  If you’re a fan of cable programming, perhaps you saw her on HBO’s OZ,  the prison dramatic series where she played Sister Pete, a psychiatrist nun counseling prisoners. She’s currently on TV Land’s “Happily Divorced”  where she plays Fran Drescher’s mother.

Rita is entertainment royalty. She’s part of an elite small club of artists that have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.  She was also honored with the National Medal of Arts in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

Happy birthday & many more, Rita!


Pan’s Labyrinth, the musical!?!

The news is out that Guillermo Del Toro is bringing it to the stage and adapting it as an English language musical.  Writer Jeremy Ungar, Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolla (Babel, Brokeback Mountain) and lyricist Paul Williams (The Muppets, The Love Boat) make up Del Toro’s team. Drama, fantasy, and fascism on stage- I can see it now.

Back in 2006, Pan’s Labyrinth was universally acclaimed for its originality and went on to win Oscar’s in art direction, make-up, and cinematography- and nominated in three other categories including Best Foreign Language film. It also received honors from film organizations around the world including Ariel Awards (Mexico), BAFTA Awards (England), Goya Awards (Spain), among others.


Fundraiser Dec 9- San Francisco Produced Feature Film – The Other Barrio

Shot on location in San Francisco, “The Other Barrio” tells the story of housing inspector Roberto Morales (Richard Montoya) as he investigates the suspicious circumstances of a fatal fire in a residential hotel in the Mission and finds himself face to face with corruption at City Hall and a beautiful flame (Veronica Valencia) from his past.  This is SF Noir at its best, a tale of greed, murder, corruption and justice.

Join the cast, crew and special guests for an evening of edgy SF entertainment to raise funds to complete the film.
Brava Theater, SF www.brava.org
Sunday December 9, 2012
Doors open at 7:00pm-Show 7:30pm

General Admission: $25
Students with ID: $10

Or at Brava Theater Box Office: 415.641.7657

5:30-7:00pm: $50 per person
Meet and hang out with the cast and crew
Includes food, drinks, and reserved seats


With special appearances by:
-Jerry Gonzalez, award winning, Latin jazz great trumpeter and percussionist.
-Alejandro Murguia, San Francisco Poet Laureate, whose Noir short story of the same name is the basis of the film.
-Film clips and live musical performances
“The Other Barrio” is a production of SF Noir Films.

Produced by Louis F. Dematteis and Dante Betteo
Directed by Dante Betteo
Director of Photography Andrew Crighton
Production Designer Rene Yanez
Sound Design by Greg Landau
Based on a Short Story by Alejandro Murguia