Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection at Museum of Monterey
- When: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Where: Museum of Monterey, Monterey
- Cost: Free - $10
- Age limit: Not available
- Categories: Art (ongoing), Art (opening), Lectures, Museum exhibits
Back in the '70s, when Cheech & Chong (Richard "Cheech" Marin, Tommy Chong) were underground and overground sensations of iconic stoner counterculture comedy movies like Up in Smoke and Cheech & Chong's Next Movie, who knew where the paths of the hairy comedy duo would take them (or that they would spawn the next generation of racially diverse duo of stoners, Harold and Kumar). . Chong got in trouble over a bong business with the U.S. government, and later popped up in recurring roles as a mind-blown hippie in That '70s Show and Dharma & Greg. Cheech, though, has had a circuitous and interesting Cheech and Chong after-life, including a minor Bruce Springsteen-inspired hit song "Born in East L.A., TV shows like Nash Bridges and Lost, animation voiceover work like The Lion King, film work, most notably with director Robert Rodriguez, best-selling children's albums and more. But this show is of a different caliber. Cheech is a leading collector of Chicano art and brings small works from 26 artists from his collection to bear in this exhibit, preceded by a visit from Cheech on opening Dec. 10, and up through April 2.
Sat Dec. 10 opening reception: 4-5pm for museum members, 5-7pm public reception; regular hours: 10am-5pm Tue-Sat; noon-5pm Sun. Musuem of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $10/general; $5/student, military, senior; free/first Tue every month. 372-2608, www.museumofmonterey.org.