What Did I Miss? (April 8th-14th)

Appearances

GEEK SHOW: BINDLECON Opens In San Francisco This Weekend – In his write-up about the (now playing) theatrical production “The Geek Show 2: BindleCon” for YOMYOMF, Offender Dominic briefly acknowledges my involvement in the show.

BBC World Book Club, Celeste Ng – I can be heard asking author Celeste Ng a question regarding her New York Times Bestselling novel, Everything I Never Told You, at one point during this conversation with her for the BBC World Book Club. The lead-in to my question starts at 17:22.

Published Works

Review of Crystal Chan’s All That I Can Fix – In exchange for an ARC of her second novel, for Goodreads, I provide my thoughts about how well written and, at times, mysterious, this novel was.

What Did I Miss? (March 4th-10th)

Published Works

Ruby Ibarra Celebrates Filipino American Women in “Us” Music Video – For YOMYOMF, I shine a light on rapper Ruby Ibarra’s empowering music video for her song, “Us.”

Interviews

CSUEB alumna co-writes SF productionThe Pioneer‘s Sierra Perales talks to Thomas Paras and I about Bindlestiff Studio’s upcoming production of “The Geek Show 2: BindleCon.”

Appearances

The Geek Show 2: BindleCon – I received a shout out as the This Filipino American Life podcast help promote “The Geek Show 2: BindleCon” on their website.

What Did I Miss? (Feb. 25th-March 3rd)

Published Works

Asian American Broadway Actors Join the Cast of NBC’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE!– For YOMYOMF, I briefly highlight the two Asian American Broadway actors who’ve recently announced as cast members of NBC’s upcoming East Sunday live broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Bindlestiff Studio Presents THE GEEK SHOW 2: BINDLECON– For YOMYOMF, I present the official press release for the theatre production I’m currently serving as a writer and marketing coordinator for.

Special Friday Post: Announcing “The Geek Show 2: BindleCon”

Hey everyone!

I’m writing a day ahead of my weekly blog post with a very special announcement. As I have briefly indicated in previous blog posts, I’m currently involved in the making of the upcoming second iteration of “The Geek Show.” For those who need a refresher, “The Geek Show” is both a love letter and critique to contemporary geek culture; explored by way of sketch comedy, dramatic pieces, and other mediums appropriate for the stage. Continue reading “Special Friday Post: Announcing “The Geek Show 2: BindleCon””

4 Years of Lola By the Bay/ 2017 Year in Review

I don’t know about anyone else, but this year came and went uneasily fast. Now it wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for everything that has happened throughout the past eleven months, and it also doesn’t help that I just generally feel exhausted and not myself at this time of year. But with the fact that not only is the year about to close out, but also that two days ago marked four years since the establishment of this blog, it’s only right that I close the year out with my annual year in review. Continue reading “4 Years of Lola By the Bay/ 2017 Year in Review”

Looking Back and Forward at Collaborations

A year ago, I spoke of how I was ready to do creative collaborations. I even spoke of the ones that have already started happening then. Merging into the first quarter of 2017, I learned quite a bit about what it means to collaborate, as well as creating guidelines for myself to abide by; particularly when it came to projects where it was evident that they would not work out. Now, with a few weeks remaining of the year, I look back on the collaborations that have happened. Continue reading “Looking Back and Forward at Collaborations”

Playwright’s Commentary: “She’s Strong With the Force” and “Fractals”

If you’ve been keeping up, then you probably know by now that the show that I’ve served as a writer and producer for, “The Geek Show,” is currently playing at San Francisco’s Bindlestiff Studio. This duality of both a love letter and critique about the geek culture has been a labor of love for everyone who has been involved, and so to finally be putting it on for audiences is quite a thrilling feeling indeed.

It’s been a minute since I’ve been involved with a play at all, and it’s been 12 years since I last wrote something for the stage. “The Geek Show” gave me the opportunity to test out my stage writing for the first time in that long, and it made for quite the experience. It also helped that I would be drawing on interests of my own as a geek, and fuse it in a way to make something special. Continue reading “Playwright’s Commentary: “She’s Strong With the Force” and “Fractals””

Special Friday Post: Tune in this Sunday for My First TV Interview!

As if the title of this blog post doesn’t already give it away, allow me to re-iterate: This Sunday, my very first TV interview is going to air. I recently had the pleasure to be interviewed for “Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa;” a weekly half hour talk show that discusses newsmakers, events, and other unique perspectives of the Asian American community here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I sat down with Robert to talk about both my novel, An Absolute Mind, and about “The Geek Show.” Continue reading “Special Friday Post: Tune in this Sunday for My First TV Interview!”

Special Thursday Post: Last Days of “The Geek Show” Indiegogo Campaign (FOR REAL This Time)

Hey everyone!

We are down to the final days of our Indiegogo campaign for “The Geek Show.” This time, I mean it, for we can no longer extend it than need be. Within the additional three weeks added to the campaign’s duration, we are now about 70% of the way to our goal. Therefore, these last days are absolutely crucial to get as many people donating as possible.

So once again, if you are able to, we’d really appreciate it if you’re able to donate. Whether it be as little as $5 or as much as $100 (or $250 as was the case with one contributor), I mean it when I say that every little bit counts. We’d also highly appreciate it if you can spread the word about it, for the more people who know, the better. The campaign ends this Saturday, so if you’re going to donate, click here to get to the campaign page.

In addition, if you are going to be in the Bay Area from April 20th-29th, I hope you’ll consider attending one of the performances for “The Geek Show.” You can buy your tickets here.

That just about does it for now. I’ll be back on Saturday with my regularly scheduled blog post.

-Lauren

UPDATE: “The Geek Show” Indiegogo Campaign Has Been EXTENDED!

I definitely wasn’t expecting to write for a third consecutive day, but this latest change in the Indiegogo campaign for “The Geek Show” is, for sure, one that needs to be shared. So contrary to what I had said in yesterday’s post, as of today, the length of the campaign has been extended for about three more weeks. We are a little over halfway to our goal, and so this was a necessary decision to make, to allow ourselves more time to really aim to reach our it.

Crowdfunding is no cakewalk, for it takes a village to make it succeed. If you are able to, we’d really appreciate it if you could contribute to it. Otherwise, sharing the link with others will be equally as helpful. All the details can be found here.