Much has rightly been said and written about the cultural contribution and legacy of the Chicano poet, artist and activist José Montoya, longtime Sacramento resident who died at the age of 81 on Sept. 25. The tributes will come together on a night like no other when Montoya’s children host a memorial celebration of his life at the Crest Theatre on Thursday.
The event is called “¡La Locura Cura!” – “craziness heals,” a phrase Montoya turned by way of explaining the methods and madness of the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF), a collaborative group of artists he co-founded who were devoted to social justice through art and performance.
Tributes will come from the legendary Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Luis Valdez, writer and director of the films “Zoot Suit” and “La Bamba” and founder of El Teatro Campesino; and Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Edward James Olmos. Family members presenting include José’s sons, Poetry Unplugged founder Joe Montoya Jr. and Culture Clash co-founder, writer and actor Richard Montoya, along with poets Ana Castillo, Lorna Dee Cervantes and many others. Also participating will be a U.S. Veteran Honor Guard, Circulo de Hombres, RCAF and mariachi.
The Montoya Family Memorial Celebration in Honor of José Montoya is free and open to the public. 6-9 p.m Thursday. Crest Theater, 1013 K St., Sacramento.
Say it ‘Loud’
The writer and director Lisa Lacy writes and stars in the semi-autobiographical play “Livin’ Out Loud,” which receives its world premiere this weekend. The story of loss and rebirth was developed by Lacy and her friend Tico Wells (best known for his role as Choirboy in the film “The Five Heartbeats”). The production is directed by Lacy’s longtime colleague Thomas Whit-Ellis and co-stars the television and film actor Hawthorne James.
“Livin’ Out Loud” opens at 8 p.m. today and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 26 at the DDSO Parkway Theatre, 5051 47th Ave., Sacramento. Tickets: $15-$20. For information: (916) 428-1441, or www.imagestheater.org .
Broadway to Hollywood
Pianist Richard Glazier has turned a young boy’s fascination into a lifelong avocation as he continues to record and perform music from the great American songbooks.
Glazier has created two national TV specials from his themed CDs: “From Gershwin to Garland – A Musical Journey With Richard Glazier,” which was broadcast on PBS stations throughout the country in 2010, and “From Ragtime to Reel Time – Richard Glazier in Concert,” which began airing on PBS stations in March 2012.
Glazier not only plays piano transcriptions of famous songs and compositions, but also blends in historical anecdotes and adds multimedia elements by showing rare vintage images and film clips. Glazier’s new CD, “Broadway to Hollywood,” was recorded in Folsom at the Harris Center, and he returns there to celebrate the release. The new project includes music from Irving Berlin, an Ira Gershwin/Kurt Weill collaboration, Cole Porter’s “So In Love” from “Kiss Me Kate,” a “My Fair Lady” medley, and music from the Alfred Newman score to the 1931 King Vidor film “Street Scene.”
Glazier performs at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Stage 3 Scott-Skillman Recital Hall, Three Stages Folsom. Tickets are $29. Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway. For information: (916) 608-6888, www.HarrisCenter.net .