The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) proudly presents “Look Who’s Talking” | Cheech Marin, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Cheech Marin is back in Riverside to talk about his new memoir, Cheech Is Not My Real Name: …But Don’t Call Me Chong. This ticketed “Look Who’s Talking” fundraising event and book signing is moderated by Susan Straight, novelist, National Book Award finalist and Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside.
Premier tickets, which include a copy of Cheech’s memoir, a drink, and a place in the signing line, are $50 ($40 for RAM Members).
General Admission is $20. Line photo opportunities are time permitting.
All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Personalization and line photo opportunities are acceptable, time permitting. No memorabilia will be signed.
In Cheech Is Not My Real Name, Cheech candidly writes about being the wisecracking kid in south central Los Angeles, resisting the draft as a young adult, his chance meeting with Tommy Chong in Vancouver, and how he formed one of the most successful comedy acts of all time to ultimately break up and reunite over the years – and still tour to this day. Cheech will take you on an incredible journey with his famous storytelling. You will learn about how this son of a cop became the face of the recreational drug movement. How this potter-turned-magazine-reporter's first assignment was to interview Little Richard. Or about the time he won Celebrity Jeopardy! Just how he came to be the owner of the most renowned Chicano art collection in the world. Or even about the night that Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, asked him to dance.
"[This memoir is a] rollicking, plot-rich personal inquiry, in which Marin attempts to answer the question he has heard like a refrain over the nearly 70 years he's been alive, "What the hell are you?" A fascinating self-portrait and social and artistic history."
"Bookended by looks at his youth growing up poor in South Central Los Angeles
and his development as a now well-known collector of Chicago art, this memoir is fun,
wacky look inside Marin’s imagination."
— Publishers Weekly
“A mildly diverting, modestly charming memoir from a surprisingly multifaceted showbiz survivor.”
This “Look Who’s Talking” lecture coincides with RAM’s current exhibition, Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper, from the collection of Cheech Marin, which presents 65 artworks by 24 established and early-career artists whose work demonstrates a myriad of techniques from watercolor and aquatint to pastel and mixed media.