of the first entertainers to be featured in Canku Ota was
Arigon Starr. I recently caught up with the Diva for an update on
what's been happening in her busy life.
Voices at the Autry is bringing Arigon back as The Wooden Indian
Woman in the world premiere of Joseph A. Dandurand's play!
Arigon Starr will return to the Wells Fargo Theater in March for
the three-week run of "Please Do Not Touch The Indians."
The latest production from Randy Reinholz and Jean Bruce Scott of
"Native Voices at the Autry" will preview on Thursday,
March 18th and officially open on Friday, March 19th in Los Angeles
at the Autry National Center. Tickets for the shows will be on sale
through the Autry and Ticketweb.com.
had to endure a couple of grueling auditions. They certainly didn't
hand me the part," said Arigon. "I am looking forward
to the challenge of bringing life and humanity to the Wooden Indian
Woman. The script by Joseph Dandurand is packed with lots of emotion.
But -- I promise you I won't chew the scenery! AAAY!"
also had a word of caution to our Canku Ota readers. "This
play might not be appropriate for younger audiences, as there are
some "dark" moments."
Arigon in the cast will be Andrew Roa and Uzziel Martinez, who were
also in the staged reading of the same play last November. Also
on board are actress Tontanzin Carmelo and actors Kalani Queypo,
Stephan Wolfert and musician Vincent Whipple. Randy Reinholz will
direct the play.
information about dates, times and ticket prices can be found on
National Center's website. Please Do Not Touch The Indians will
run at the Wells Fargo Theater from March 18 through April 4.
is a Winner!!!
Ed MacMahon didn't stop by to give her one of those oversized checks
you hear tell about. She has been recognized by Native American
arts organization First Americans in the Arts for her performance
as Martha Kakina in last year's "The Buz'Gem Blues." Arigon
will pick-up her trophy in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 20th.
"But isn't she ins the PLAY that weekend??" you cried.
Don't fret, Diva fans! She will do her evening performance in Please
Do Not Touch The Indians -- then head downtown to pick-up her trophy.
pronounced like arrogant without the t,"
grinned Kickapoo musician Arigon Starr. "People often mispronounce
my name, but they never forget it!"
vivacious and full of energy, Arigon Starr continues to defy the
odds of becoming a successful artist in the music business. Her
debut CD, MEET THE DIVA, earned an enthusiastic response from Native,
college and community radio stations plus a prestigious Native
American Music Award for "Best Independent Recording."
blend of pop, rock, country, punk and funk reflects her upbringing
as a military "brat." "We pulled up stakes about
every two years while I was going to school," she said. "Theres
an old country song that tells the story of a person whos
been everywhere, man and that describes my life. I was
born in Florida and have spent time in Tennessee, Maryland, New
Jersey, Oklahoma, New Mexico, California you name it."
The eclectic mix of scenery, music and people helped form her unique
approach to contemporary Native American music. "The music
must serve the song and help tell the story. Taking elements
of different styles of music and mixing them up seems to me to be
the most natural thing in the world."
To learn more about Arigon, visit her site at: