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Art in Motion

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"Art in Motion or AIM is a podcast that spotlights contemporary BIPOC artists and creatives. AIM is a space for creatives to share their journey, stories, and lived experiences from their own perspectives. Chapter 1: Taking AIM at Only in San José during the San José Constitutional Convention as residents take aim at amending their City Constitution. Each episode spotlights creatives who are working at the intersection of art and social justice with a relationship to San José, CA."

 

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2022

 

AAPI Heritage Month

It's Asian American Pacific Islander Month and I encourage you to seek out some amazing AAPI artists and creators and support them. If you're here and would like to support, please consider being a patron of mine and visit ko-fi.com/tasialabastro

May 2022

Show: VIETGONE

Mar 26th-Apr 24th, 2022

City Lights Theatre Company, CA - I've long desired to help share this story and I'm grateful to finally get a chance, and with an unbelievable team! "It’s 1975, Saigon has fallen, and Quang and Tong should be grateful they’ve made it to the United States. But he lost his wife and she lost her brother. And Arkansas is way too weird. In this irreverent comedy told in Qui Nguyen’s audacious style, these two Vietnamese refugees try to find their way home, wherever that is. In the process, they just might find each other. Modern hip-hop meets 1970s America in an exciting mashup of history and cultures."

Show: TWELFTH NIGHT the musical

Dec 1st-Jan 15th, 2022

SF PLAYHOUSE, CA - Catch me in a musical adaption of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as Fabian! I join this incredible ensemble of actors for a night of fun, music, and shenanigans! "Twelfth Night is a rousing contemporary musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy about mistaken identity and self-discovery. On the twelfth day of Christmas, shipwrecked Viola washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess and falls hard for a Duke. As she navigates the gender confusion in all her roles, she finds her true self and true love in the process. Featuring an original jazz-funk score by Shaina Taub, Twelfth Night is a soulful shake-up of a Shakespearean classic, perfect for the 12th night of Christmas or any day of the year."

A collage of Tasi in different costumes from various shows

Multiverse of Gladness

TASI ALABASTRO is an Asian Pacific Islander and award-winning artist residing in California. Of the many things he believes in, he believes boredom is an essential part of the creative process and is always looking to explore that topic. He holds a special place in his heart for helping people bridge the gap between their ideas and execution; better 'done' than 'perfect' fuels his waking hours. He’s comfortable on-stage, on-camera, behind the camera, and wherever he might fit. That being said, he's also gained some weight during the Pandemic and tangentially learned which pants are better for work. Answer: None.


Recipient of the Silicon Valley Emerging Artist Laureate (2018) and the Leigh Weimer’s Emerging Artist Award (2019), Tasi has also been featured in the Silicon Valley Arts & Culture Magazine, CONTENT, and is a proud alumnus of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI). His work with Red Ladder Theatre Company involves facilitating workshops with marginalized communities; this includes incarcerated men and women in California Correction Facilities, Children on the spectrum, and homeless and runaway youth, all of which have been featured on KQED and Theatre Bay Area Magazine.


Tasi has also enjoyed the heck out of making content on Youtube, Twitch, and various social media platforms. His content and community can be described as goofy warm, casual, and oft-surprisingly insightful. 


If you would like to connect with him on projects, please use the contact form below to slide into the DMs.

 
 
 
 

The Power of Collaboration

A few months ago I was offered an opportunity by a friend and colleague to write about my experiences and feelings in regards to working in the 48 Hour Film Projects. She wanted me to touch on my involvement with various teams within the community, highlighting the ups and downs. And while it took me some time to finally complete it (the article went on published without my contribution, you can read it here), I’d still like to share it with you all. Written for Dinah DeSpenz

To the Island! To the Tiki! To the Film Festival!

The sound of Tiki conjures up images of wild mangled wooden faces tied with Polynesian voodoo then coupled with the flair of western rock and roll music, boiled in a cauldron of rum. Hah..okay, maybe that’s too much—but a lot of it was true! When we arrived at the Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge for the Long Day Short Film Festival, the familiar sounds of surf musical and bar-banter tickled me directly in my happy place. How cool is this place, eh? A special thanks goes out to M

There were cookies and greenscreens!

It feels like we just finished a round of 48hrs film making and it’s largely due to the introduction of the 48 Go Green Film Competition which fell on February, and was new to us this year. Square Marden was right back in there for this past weekend’s San Francisco 48hr. Here’s our criteria/movie elements: Character: Dan/Danielle Sagan, Debt Collector Prop: Chalk Line of Dialogue: “Do you have any questions?” In typical Square Marden fashion, we settled in the evening with so

Unspoken longevity

When we started on our short, “UNSPOKEN“, I didn’t realize I’d be writing about it on numerous occasions. Often times our 48hr shorts refrains from poking its head in our business, but “UNSPOKEN“‘s success is greatly due to the support of a community that’s nurtured budding artists who promote their works on the web. And I think it’s because of that force that keeps it alive in people’s mind –as well it should be, I dedicated the short to everyone. It’s everyone’s baby, and w

Minna Tour

Close to the heels of its successful screening in Vegas (NAB), UNSPOKEN, was selected as one of three short films being screened at MINNA GALLERY: an arts organization event that spotlights independent creatives in visual arts, film, fashion, music, hair & make-up artistry, photography, models and performing arts (source). The event is called “RAW: Natural Born Artists” and the theme for the San Francisco based event was “INCITE“. Neat! All of this, of course, could not have

“UNSPOKEN”, seen and heard in Vegas pt. 3 of 3

The day finally came. I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself an uber-geek, but I do have moments when I geek out like no one’s business—especially with things related to video games, comic books, and gizmos and gadgets! The NAB Convention was…well…I don’t know how to describe it. So here are some pictures. Believe it or not, this was one of the smaller wings...there were like 4-5 total wings. Massive. Greenscreen magic. Moving into the future of broadcast... Then there were s

The weekend in digest, 02-19-2011

Before the next weekend starts, I want to recap highlights from last weekend! Friday • Auditioned at San Jose Repertory Theatre • Carpooled with @squaremarden family to San Luis Obispo • Received our 48hr Film Project criteria and collected and assembled ideas until Saturday morning, 5am Saturday • 8a, up and at em. Shower, breakfast and off to the first shot of the day in downtown San Luis Obispo • 11a, socks are soaking wet but first few shots are in the bag • 2p, still

48 is not my favorite number…

But it’s a constant in the year. For the past 4-5 years we’ve participated in the 48hr Film Project  and this year is no different. Except for the fact that it’s an eco themed challenge AND it’s earlier in the year then the usual summer based ones. While still in its infancy, the 48 Go Green Film Competition is already on its way to becoming a positive influence in both the global community and the independent filmmaker. And by “WE”, I mean the film team I’m a member of, Squa

 

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