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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.

 
 
 
 

2013 in review, according to you and WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete report. #Annualreport #postaday2013 #SanFranciscocablecarsystem #WordPress #postaday

May 2013 in Photography

1) We applied tarp to our rehearsal space for Jack Rabbit by Peter Hsieh (SJREAL). This is a shot of Eva, played by Hannah Rose, after she’s been beaten to a pulp by a Vampire Hunter. Don’t worry, we had a fight choreographer on site and no one was hurt…for the most part. 2) The San Jose Repertory Theatre had a production of Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, and part of the production were shadow puppets. Gina Marie Hayes was in charge of those dev

Mi, or so I call her…my mother.

A smile can stir a whole Universe, and its value can never be underestimated. Even if it takes the fury to get there. By example you taught me that faith in self is just as important as faith in others. That sometimes to find your way, you’ll have to brave the tempests of the Heart. That sunshine is power, and moonbeams can be used for the soul to travel with finesse. And finally, that action without passion is like a planet without gravity. Thank you Mom. #postaday2013 #musi

April 2013 in Photography

1) I re-visit Las Vegas, and this time for a family wedding. I definitely appreciated it more this time around. Despite sinning less on this trip, it was surprisingly more rewarding altogether. 2) On nights when I’m not able to carpool after rehearsal, I resort to having to take the very last train back down to San Jose (from San Francisco). Normally I’m dog tired and am able to sleep through most of it. 3) In Berkeley, I saw a show called The Language Archive by Julia Cho. I

Listening

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a poet. If poetry is the manifestation of the mind’s abstraction, plotted like a garden on a fertile page, Coaxed to grow, with lofty intent… Then no, I am no poet. But if poetry were a byproduct of listening- -to Heart -to Earth -to You And the words glowed in your mind, Like stardust And refreshed, Like lilac dew And the result was an anchored breath on a rippling soul… Then I am alive.  Alive. Alive. Tasi Alabastro 2013 #stars

Lovecraft Magic Drift

What started off as a search for the right words to describe these tectonic states, evolved into a 3am dance, to music I didn’t hear, but felt. Be chill, my molten Heart. LOVECRAFT MAGIC DRIFT There’s a kind of magic that lingers where the Sand, Ocean and the Sun’s fingertips meet. On that holy property of Mother Nature is where, with any reasonable guess, all love craft is drawn. Why else would I be a ship wrecked on a free Spirit’s wind? Beached and unable to transcribe

Grasp

GRASP There is a vastness in self-reflection. The ground saturated with doubt, The air, rife with the weight of worries, past and future And above, the sky painted as a collage of could’ve, should’ve and would haves… But for those who remain steadfast A well-spring of Hope nurtures an Oasis. And luckier still, are those who find someone there to share the stories. Tasi Alabastro, 2013 #selfdiscoveries #selfreflection #postaday2013 #DigOutYourSoul #Oasis #poetry #poem #poems #

March 2013 in Photography

1) Carina captured looking wistful in two mirrors backstage. 2) Just a quick doodle of myself. 3) Weslei backstage going over his lines. Bindlestiff Studio’s backstage offers a few nocks and crannies to hide and focus. 4) During one of our breaks, I visited a local coffee shop and happened across this couple decompressing. 5) In between the full time job and doing a show in San Francisco, I try to find balance by playing some video games. This was the midnight release of Bios

My thoughts on A Kind of Sad Love Story

A KIND OF SAD LOVE STORY is a well paced, if not mirrored composition of what memories are under the duress of a painful, but necessary, breakup. Often times the show reminds us of the fragility of relationships when words are left unspoken, and actions undefined. At the core of it are these individuals who, despite their best efforts in continuing their personal endeavors as a unit, find themselves in a precarious position.  The play hits on so many points. Worth noting are

February 2013 in Photography

February was a month of travel. I did a lot of train commuting from San Jose to San Francisco for rehearsals for A Kind of Sad Love Story. Without fail, I came out with a handful of photos that represented the month quite well. Lone commuter waiting for Caltrain. On the beat. Sixth and Howard, San Francisco. Actor, Weslei Cabrillo, in rehearsal for A Kind of Sad Love Story. Location: Bindlestiff Studios, San Francisco #photography #postaday2013 #publictransportation #monthinp

A Kind of Sad Love Story

Okay- this post really isn’t about a personal kind of sad love story. In fact, it’s about a happy story about being cast in Jeffrey Lo‘s (not so unfamiliar to this blog) A Kind of Sad Love Story. The entire cast (minus one) were there for the table read. Twelve in all. Yup. Twelve. Twelve to be divided into two casts- A and B. The direction the creative team is taking with this (World) premiere is to present the play with two casts! That’s right- while I haven’t completely wr

 

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