The Wong Sans Wheels Chronicles Archive
June 15th, 2011
Tonight I’m performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade in LA! The show is already sold out online! I hope my friends who brave the stand-in line get in. The show goes up in full in San Francisco in July.
I’m not sure that anyone even reads my blog anymore unless I’m being dissed by James Franco. But at any rate, if you are still out there… I’m happy to report I’ve been doing well. Still busy, still stressed out from overcommitment, but I have to say I’m really finally living the life! I’m enjoying a nice flow of work and great opportunities flow my way. I’m surrounded by good people. And I’m spending my days writing for different magazines and publications. I’m getting ready for the home video release of Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest this Fall. I’m enjoying my home. It’s a good life. Sitting on the laurels of having worked my ass off last year. And I’m really feeling blessed.
I got a few great press mentions this week include Good Magazine and Persephone Magazine.
THE BEST NEWS! American Public Media’s Marketplace show contacted me about doing a commentary for them for July’s “Carmageddon” (the weekend shutdown of the 405 freeway). Yes, seems that almost dying in a car fire is the best thing to happen to my career!
In my newest eco-experiment, I’ve been co-raising chickens in a yard in Highland Park. They are adorable. Their names are Pilpel (Hebrew word for “Pepper”) and Lovely. And it’s nice to just enjoy them, watch them, I don’t even mind cleaning the coop. They haven’t laid eggs yet, but I learned that by putting a “fake egg” in the coop, it helps induce their egg laying. So far, they have not been inspired by the hard boiled egg I put in there. But any day now it will be free range eggs for everyone!
I’ve been also preparing for this summer’s visionquest to Southeast Asia. I have no idea what to expect so I’ve been watching “No Reservations,” “Bizarre Foods,” and what documentaries I could find online which were all about sex trafficking or undetonated “bombies” in Laos… now I’m more confused what I’ll get. It will definitely be an experience.
But I’m excited that the trip I regretted never taking out of college I can finally do now. I need to go to a travel clinic and get shots done. It’s going to cost a few hundred dollars just for that and knowing my history with bugs, I’m going to get eaten alive! You can find me in Southeast Asia this summer. I’ll be the one walking around with an electronic bug zapper.
I guess I’m so happy because I also figured out, even with my artist income and artist salary how to set aside money every year to do an overseas vacation each year:
Basically the formula is this: Don’t own a car, put that money in a savings account earmarked as a vacation fund, and sublet my home when I’m gone (which builds equity while I’m on vacay)– viola! Overseas vacation money!
So this will be the first of many visionquests about the world. Believe it.
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Category: artist life., Blog, The Wong Sans Wheels Chronicles, veggie oil car
March 11th, 2011
Thanks to Jezebel picking up the wee little story I thought I was just sharing among cyberfriends, I’ve gotten a lot of unexpected attention! I even got a few writing offers from some major magazines who spotted the story. Seems James Franco dissing me is the best thing to ever happen to my non-career. Thanks James! I need more A-list celebs to diss me ASAP!
While I still have the attention of strangers, I wanted to share the new trailer of my show Going Green the Wong Way which I premiered last November in Miami. Mike Closson did a fabulous job with the trailer! The show is ready to book y’all!
My show CAT LADY premieres in two weeks in Houston. Also, my Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest DVD (for home use only) is available on pre-order!
In the meantime, if you can donate blood, please do and help out our friends in Japan. They need our prayers and help now.
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Category: artist life., cat lady, hollywood wong, The Wong Sans Wheels Chronicles
November 9th, 2010
Assume what you will about the Miami theater scene here but my experience thus far working with MAD CAT Theater Company (the company producing my show here) has been tight.
LA Theater has nothing on the resources here. First off! People and space! And the people are not flakes or disrespectful (at least not yet)! Where did all this space and people come from? We went into our first rehearsal yesterday with the company members who will be supporting the production of my show in two weeks and I think I counted at least ten people at the table yesterday… all there to support my SOLO SHOW.
Ann, is the most amazing board member of MAD CAT. She’s not an actor, just someone who makes sure all the business is taken care of so we can focus on making the best show possible. Is this real?! You mean, I don’t have to simultaneously write a grant and my play?! WOW!
Then there Elaine, the stage manager who has built a model of the stage with the set design. She sends “stage manager reports” after rehearsals. I got said stage manager report in an email later that night and read each thorough detail of what happened in the time we were working and was like, “WOW! What’s this?”
Folks who do theater right will tell me, “Well, Kristina, that’s how it’s supposed to work.”
Exactly. Not rehearsing in living rooms. Not being berated by flaky directors or actors. Not doing it all by yourself. In theory, that’s how is is supposed to work. But I get a dose of how it’s supposed to work hardly ever (says the martyr). And so, I’m really enjoying being taken care of, staying in a house that’s a short bike ride from the beach. And editing and punching the heck out of this script so it looks tight as a pair of lycra leggings next week.
My big Miami fun this weekend was that I went to Lil’ Wayne’s “Free Weezy” party. What’s more Miami than going to a stripclub/nightclub/barbershop/BBQ called “King of Diamonds” where rappers throw themselves big party after going to jail for weapons possession?
Like a KISS concert, I did up my face with my fave Lil’ Wayne face tatts and headed over!
It was $150 to get in, so we had to settle for hanging out with the parking attendant. Enjoy!
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Category: artist life., Blog, miami, the quiet i am screaming for, The Wong Sans Wheels Chronicles, winnings
September 17th, 2010
The Comedy Central Stage Show went unbelievably well. I had been working in such a cocoon the last few weeks that I forgot how much more alive I become with an audience. I was dragging my performance artist self into the show left and right and really testing the boundaries of what “Comedy” at the “Comedy Central Stage” should look like. I started crying onstage unexpectedly as I talked about almost dying (but didn’t let it get too precious), tramped my politics through the joint, I was personal and took my sweet time to talk story, I threw in this political performance art ending. I guess I just stopped caring at a certain point in the rehearsal process about wooing the industry and just ran with my instincts. I’m glad of it. That’s all we have time left for on this planet to do…. run with it. And from what I can tell, the audience was with me and listening.
I’m really pleased to share that my concert film of Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has a great write up in FILM THREAT. In the interview, I talk about the adaptation of stage work to film and compare the two worlds…
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Category: Blog, press, The Wong Sans Wheels Chronicles, veggie oil car
September 13th, 2010
I’m psyched! Two days to go and I’m sold out at the Comedy Central Workspace. Sure, it’s a free show, and my audience tends to be 99% cheap mofos, who won’t shell out for a $5 show. But SCREW IT! Nothing sounds more awesome than to call the Comedy Central reservation line and hear you are a big ass sell out.
I am mostly posting this for my parents who are on vacation now and check my blog to make sure I’m alive. They are proud of me I bet.
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