Stage Raw: Tombs of the Vanishing Indian

Stage Raw: Tombs of the Vanishing Indian

Photo by Rose Yvonne Colletta Tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m., the Native Voices at the Autry kicks off its tenth season as well as its "First Look" series with  a reading of Marie Clements' Tombs of the Unknown Indian, directed by Luis Alfaro. A chat with Clements, Alfaro and the actors follows the reading. 

Tombs was inspired by Clements' (Metis) visit to the Southwest Museum of the American Indian -- coupled with stories of the ways Indians often vanish in society. Three sisters who, along with their mother, were made to relocate to Los Angeles from Oklahoma only to find themselves "struggling with the choices they have to make, and the choices that have been forced upon them."

Admission is free.  Autry National Center of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462.  Call (323) 667-2000, extension 354, or visit here.


Carol Channing Raises the Roof on Sept 6th at 7:00 p.m., a local benefit to help the Altadena Community Church (, which will raise money for the much needed repairs to their church damaged by both earthquake and rains. (Fires are currently burn out of control in the nearby Angeles National Forest.)

Some of those scheduled to attend are Romi Dames (Hannah Montanna), Channing Chase (Mad Men), Rose Marie (Dick Van Dyke Show), Ilene Graff (Mr. Belvedre), Rip Taylor (Comedian), Kate Linder (Y&R)

The church is home to many childrens programs including a Childrens Music Camp and The Young Musicians.  For these reasons, Channing is offering a preview to the release of her new Gospel CD as a fundraiser.  The CD entitled "For Heaven Sake," includes many of the songs she came to know and love as a child. The CD features handpicked spirituals taught to her by her father. She will also perform some of her own historic Broadway tunes.

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