Tuesday, October 9, 2007

PRH invite: (the offish version)

Jiny Ung and Hanalei Ramos

As part of the Project Rowhouses 11th Annual Arts and Music Festival
OCTOBER 13-14, 2007(this weekend!)
12pm - 7 pm

2521 Holman (between St. Charles and Live Oak Streets)
Houston, TX
Phone: 713.526.7662

(click for the TEXASsized version!)

This weekend, (Sat 10/13 and Sun 10/14) an installation I'm working on with Jiny Ung will open as part of the Project Rowhouse thang in Houston's Third Ward. Basically, we had a row house and about one month to create an installation around the theme "RACE and CLASS." Please come if you are in the area, I will hi5 you IMMEDIATELY.

Thank you very much, friends. You are kind.


ps: it says i'm from DC, but i'm not.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

What the show is all about...

“Intertwined” asks if it is possible for individuals to survive in the same place, despite different histories. The installation specifically concentrates on migration and community building, creating a string of stories where matters of race and class become embedded within a larger nest. This project uses visual art and poetry to invite Third Ward to critically participate in the installation. As a result, this site-specific work documents the change within this space, and the unwritten stories of those who live here. This installation hopes that Third Ward will take ownership of this creative process, and redefine the role of the community and individuals have within efforts to initiate dialogue in areas affected by various forms of integration and cohabitation.

Hy Jiny Ung and Hanalei Ramos for Project Rowhouses

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Treehouse

has been plagued by robot spammers! AND COSTING ME BANDWIDTH! :(

so, here's the password for YOU. because we are friends, and you are not a robot. (i hope)


user: nospam
pword: emotree

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

i miss you.

this summer has been relentless, but productive. this isn't the sound of me complaining, just a little bit exhausted is all.

since april/may of this year, projects have lined up, and i have been lucky. either prepared for the opportunity, or willing to work my way to earning it. since returning to my hometown, i've been better able to gauge my personal growth. for this, i am grateful.

jiny ung and i have been named the round 27 fellows for Houston's Project Rowhouses. the interactive installation will open mid-October.

find us :)

i read an old diary of mine, and discovered that i still love the potential in people the same way did years ago. they are hand-selected. recently, i'm fighting inklings. when i begin to say "endearing" repeatedly, well, i believe you and i both know what that means. (as my facebook.com horoscope predictor is insanely accurate. which reminds me, i adopted a baby wallaby who i am training to be a champion racer. thanks, fbook!)

mmmmm! isn't public process tasty?!
i miss the people i love.
i will be reunited with them soon.
soon, i will be in the bay area for the first time in my adult life.

Friday, July 20, 2007


Life has been a whirlwind of activity! Some announcements soon! But until then, please please go to the SUMMIT! :)


Saturday, August 4
7pm: Community Showcase (open to the public)
@ Judson Memorial Church
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

i love my life. i mean that.

Friday, June 22, 2007

NAATF 2007

Thank you everyone for attending my show! :) Guns snd Tampons couldn't have been waht it was without you. So, THANK YOU, friends. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT! MY OWN SHOW!

I've been able to see some amazing shows as part of this festival:
Karimi and Castro!
Jude Narita
On the Island
Ill-Lit and Mush! (Mush is super sweet, y'all)
REgie and Aileen
Kristina WOng!
Big HEad! I wish I could find my copy of DEnise Uyehara' book, MAPS... :T
Pangea World Theater
And of course, Anida's SHOW!

I really urge you to take advantage of the remainder of the festival! This weeekend, I plan to see these shows:
Makoto and Roko
Edge of the World!
Refugee Nation (and i still have the tattoo on my hand!)
STrange Rain


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I love technology. Always and forever.

Tonight was exciting!

Los Angeles' Tuesday Night at the Cafe beamed us over, and we were live on a projection screen all the way from NYC duing their scheduled open mic! <3 Ryan and Traci found a reliable Starbucks connection and the laptop was handheld to show me and Regie kicking some pieces, plugging the APIA Summit, and the National Asian American Theater FEst! How awesome is that? The below pix are from Lainey, and show Traci, me, and Regie projected onto a screen 3,000 miles away at the Aratani Courtyard of the Union Center for the Arts! AND WE NEVER LEFT NYC! OGOMGOMG technologies! Pretty soon, all those rides at Epcot Center will be outdated, and in need of replacement.

It was a lot of fun. We couldn't stop playing with the new toy, and our 8 minute set became a 20 minute one!!! <3 So, I now leave you with this...

Friday, June 15, 2007

and so it begins!

thank you to the lovely AEP (Alter-Ego Promotions) for shooting my Philly show! :)

Thanks, Gary! (and Gayle!)

By Monday, it'll all be over, and my life will again be completely different...

ps: i am losing my voice :)

Monday, June 11, 2007

Goodbye, 1315 Cherry St.

There is something about the floors and the angles and the make up of walls that entangle you with familiarity and allow you to realize where you come from. Today marked what would probably be the last time I'd set foot in that space. I remember the first workshop I took at the AAI; the floors were still green, we pulled cushions from the couch, and sat in a circle. This was an introduction. Gary led the Something to Say workshop. I was 19.

After the Edge of the World show, I shared a balloon with John. We tied our wishes to the ends of the string, then let them fly out the window. I just thanked the space for the life it has allowed me to have. Not that the organization is dying. It is just moving. I reminded myself of this while I cried. Yes. The ugly cry. I remember Hazelnut, not that I ever took care of her, who is now in Chon's mother's care. I remember Lori's moving to California tag sale. I remember Lena's tshirts. I remember my newsletter shoutout. I remember how hilarious my collaborations with Behkyon were. I remember a corner desk. I remember 101project hugging after our first COMPLETE show. I remember green floors. greeeeen flooors. GREEEN FLOORS.

Tonight, Karimi djed via macbook and it was the first time I danced in that space. People drew on the walls and painted on the floors. I saw the distance in relationships with old friends, and the reassurance of friendship and faith in others. Kylene and I danced to some dancehall (because that is what girls from Jersey City do) and glistening with the sticky-sweat, we followed the ritual migration to a Chinatown dinner. From the ground floor, I saw the lights turned off. I imagined the beep of the security system. I turned around and knew that the burnt siennas and blues used to create the mural from the youth program were left untouched, waiting to crumble from the wrecking ball's kiss.

Together, we still have these places.

The Asian Arts Initiative is a large reason why I have all of this. It is how I met all of you. To show that I am grateful, I can only commit myself to the best of my ability to this community and to my artistic work.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

A Quadrant of my own

I was written up in the Philly Metro this weekend!

YES! I have amassed the support of the alt.weeklies!

show tonight!

life is great! <3

Saturday, June 2, 2007


is the amount I have so far spent on tampons for show props. I've been to wholesalers and retailers. The most inexpensive are the TARGET brand ones, at about $0.10 per piece.

This concludes my social investigation. Celebrate?

despite knowing my photogenic angles, i still manage to look like an asshole in this picture:

from the nytheatrecast.com site...

again, listen to the podcast here!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Bandwidth RULES my life

UGH! Sorry this site's been down for two weeks. That's pretty annoying. But Glad we're back up and running! <3 Please check me out in Philly on June 9th and in NYC on June 16 and 17! again, this show is the biggest deal of my lllliiiife! (more info when you scroll down!)

June is a horrendous month schedule-wise, and I am frightened and excited all at the same time. Juggling is hard, but the lovely remaining women of FiRE have been keeping me sane! (I love Kimmie and Val! -- I even have a sticker that says this.) I am waking up looking forward to my checklist! I can't complain about life. Sorry for being significantly UNMISERABLE. :) Looking forward to USSF and the Summit!

Please listen to my interview at http://www.nyte.org/pcast/nythpod123.mp3 ---- I come in around 10 minutes into the interview.


UPCOMING! June 9th Philly
Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know
Saturday, June 9, 7 p.m.

Asian Arts Initiative
1315 Cherry St. 2nd fl Philadelphia, PA
215-557-0455 for info or reservations
$10 admission, $25 weekend pass
20% discount for members

I am HONORED to be a part of the final showcase series at the AAI before it moves to its new location! Please check out these other great shows during NAATF Preview Weekend in Philly! Visit http://www.asianartsinitiative.org/ for more info!

a work-in-progress performance experiment
Sunday, June 10, 6 p.m.

Featuring Regie Cabico, John Castro, Royd Hatta, Robert Karimi, Traci Kiriyama, Dan Kim, Michelle Myers, Gary San Angel, Anula Shetty, Ryan Suda, F. Omar Telan, Kristina Wong. Conceived and directed by F. Omar Telan. Co-produced by Gayle Isa.

Part cabaret, part object d'art, part truth or dare. In a night of all new 5-minute-or-shorter "speed plays" asking and addressing the question of what Asian America wants, a rotating cast from around the country throw their lives onto stage full tilt and take you on a roller coaster ride of comedy, drama, serious reflection, and pure theatrical entertainment.

Cooking Con Karimi (Con Castro)
A live cooking show for your heart, mind, stomach & funny bone
Mero Cocinero Karimi and Comrade Cocinero Castro
Friday, June 8, 7 p.m.
Dinner / Reception Immediately Following

UPCOMING! June 16 - 17 NYC

the national asian american theater festival presents

SAT June 16th @ pm
SUN June 17th @ 3pm
SUN June 17th @ 8pm

@ the Abingdon Theater
312 W. 36th Street

Written and performed by Hanalei Ramos
Directed by Gary San Angel
Dramaturgy by Gayle Isa

3 shows only!!!! June 16 and 17 (Saturday-Sunday) @ 8 pm and special matinee !

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!! at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/5993 or to contact a sales representative, call 212.352.0255 or 866-811-4111
Tickets only $20/discounts for groups!!

Friday, May 18, 2007

This is what life's felt like:

Challenging! But exciting!

Greetings, friends! There's about one month left to my show! Jesus. Life seems to have become a series of countdowns! BUt I really enjoy the urgency and the idea of creating things out of nothing. It's either the artist or carpenter in me...I'm not sure. However, some folks and I will be planning the 2007 APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit! This is an unofficial announcement and all, but yes! So happy to have such wonderfully talented and able friends! They make my day <3

AND! I was asked to join Mango Tribe! How exciting is that?! I get the chance to join some really amazing women on stage AND behind the scenes! I get the ask in a couple of days, so send me some good vibes! :)

A PERFECT SEGUE INTO: tix to my show, which i share with a co-founder of mango tribe (anida youe ali), are now available for three different show times!

Now, onto important things, I am totally already missing my girl, Sandy, who will be moving to London to go to a really fancy school and join the upper eschelon of academia. She has been a monumental figure in the development of FiRE, and it is devastating to see her go! Because that is our girl, forreal forreal. I'll miss you Sunnnnnndeeeee! <3<3<3 But I am grateful for this time!

Here is a picture from the Stop the Killings benefit with Val and Sandy. And yes, I am holding a beer in that picture. Why? Because I'm a grown-ass woman who isn't ashamed of the part of me that likes teh chug. CHEERS2U! OMOGMGOMGOGM <3<3<3

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Rounding it out...

Some really tragic things have happened since our last exchange. With that, I've had to take a week off the show in order to regroup, and focus energies elsewhere. Fortunately, this has resulted in pouring a lot of myself into things and stuffs that have required my attention, but have been put off for reasons XYZ. (projects include a new "work" section!) So, now...onto some pictures of how the season rounded itself out for me:

Thanks to Deepa for the pizza and having our checks ready on delivery. That makes me feel good and not poor <3

This is Sham-E-Ali under the gorgeous and strange Haverford dorm basement. Did/do you have this at your college?

The great student body of the Haverford which hosted us and bought our merch! (They are dressed up because there was a killer dance at the cafeteria later that night.)

We had the wrong time for our departing regional rail train back to Center City, so Alison and Taiyo whipped out his guitar, and we did the hippie thing and played some Cranberries acoustic jawns. See here:

The basement space of Lolita Bar was packed! I had a great time with my friends, and thank you very much for coming out and watching me read. It was a great time, with great homemade lumpia. <3 I'm still missing this pretty funny picture of me and Anthem, but that will be sent eventually. Thank you so much to Emmy for having me! She did a great job organizing this event, and we even found that we have the same growth spurt condition on the same knee! We are Osgood-Schlatters Sisters <3

Randomly (or maybe not so randomly) hosted by my cousin Steph. My god. I run into her at the funniest times. Also, my teeth are currency in this pic. Do not play.

My BFF since age 15, binkybianca! 2007 and still cute.

Circle of friends circa 2003. Omar is one of my faves.

My fellow FiRE founding member, Kimmiecakes! Getting her ASian blush on. I know I also have a picture of Sandy here somewhere... I loves me my FiRE folks.

And also, why does NO ONE EVER TELL ME THAT MY HAIR IS MESSY AS HELL at these events? I am mad at all of y'all.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

I return bearing gifts!

And hello! The site was down for a little bit, since I exceeded my bandwidth limit! It was surprising, the sudden jump in visitors I received in the last month! But I am not complaining. While the site was down for the last week, I negotiated and doubled my hosting package, and here I am. TA-DAA!

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Taken the exact same night the below video was taken!

So, from the comfort of my cousin, Lori's (pictured above with me in 2005!) home, I am blogging on her lovely Mac. I still owe you some pix from the Lolita and Haverford gigs, but that won't be til next week! I'll tell you this much, though...I had a great time (as usual.) In lieu of pictures from my end I will leave you with the link to Arkipelago's maarte.org where you can flip to the page where I am rocking some cute bone-white flats. (You actually FLIP through the album. It's super cute!) AND! Some recently uploaded video of a very rare collaboration that's only been performed once! It's Stephen and me from ECAASU 2004! Keep checking back for more videos in the coming weeks. Trust me. You want to see these videos.

and here's the link: http://one.revver.com/watch/253332


Happy May Day, y'all! Blogging from a rehearsal break, but I am with you in spirit at the march! I miss you FiRE folks! <3 May Day and the Dirty Dancing 20th Anniversary on the the same day: coincidence? I think not. Before I head back to the rest of my afternoon: here's some footage of me, Bev, and Cisco on my birthday!

oh, great times <3

ALSO! you can go ahaead and purchase tickets for Guns and Tampons in June!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

My Time in Philly <3


This building will be demolished sometime in the next couple of months. A lot of really great things have come out of the Asian Arts Initiative. Its support has been THE element propelling my artistic career, and for that, I am extremely grateful! Thank you so much to Gayle and Gary for all their work and committment to Guns and Tampons. THere really would be no show without either of them.


Because I was in Philadelphia, I HAD TO get the BEST falafels EVER. I mean EVER! On the corner of 16th and JFK, on any given weekday from 11 am to about 330 pm, you should go to the KIng of Falafel cart! I still haven't met another falafel capable of matching this one! I went twice this past week. For $3.75 you can get a baby-sized falafel with tabouleh! Ps: do not sleep on the lentil soup!


And this was the wonderful rehearsal space lent by Highwire Gallery! Thank you! Just being in this amazing loft space was a treat!


And the fruit of a week's worth of labor: my final show order. WOW. IT's just embarrrrrasssingly amazing to know that I have the backing of so many folks who genuinely believe in my work---the constant affirmation that I don't suck as a writer. To have started at 18 with a poem about my broken heart, and now...all this success? I am blessed. As I told Rohan on the drive over to Auburn, who would've thought that I'd be doing a one woman show?

I am a lucky gal.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

This weekend in CRAZY:

Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment just had their founding retreat, and BOY OH BOY, we got a lot done. Check us out on myspace and blogspot, please! KTHNXBYE!

other than that, facebook photos of the wonderful gig at SUNY: Albany via KPL have surfaced! Please find me on facebook and myspace and all that. <3 BUT! thanks again to the wonderful women of KPL and Spread the Word! I had a great time listening to your work, and couldn't have asked for better fajitas <3 Special thanks to Mieko for really working with me to get this show to Albany! And of course! To Jessie who did my Little Brown Fucking Machines/Pussy piece all those years ago! who read her work and referrrrrred me to her KPL SUNY ALbany sisters. Yay!

OH HEY LOOKIT! it's like i'm PART of the sorority!

they even got me flowers! isn't that sweet?

come back soon to some major updates all up in here! <3

Friday, April 13, 2007

Gig RoundUps!

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Fellow performers, if the Asian Student Association of Auburn University hollers at you, take the gig! They know how to treat a lady <3 One of the nices bunch of folks in the history of ever, and they are all on facebook to KIT post-gig. Surrriously, all these ppl at the table are BFFsfoLYFE! Thank yous to Gayatri, Suresh, Rohan, and Erin Kelly! Really appreciate the hospitality and warmth; makes me all in luuurve with the Souf.

Here's another photo courtesy of Sri Devi! Again! Thank you! I had a wonderful time with you all,and it was great to hang out with Stephen and Ill-Lit. If you have any pix you'd like to submit, please do! I am thisclose to adding a portion of my site called "audience participation" where all of OUR pix will be posted! <3

I'm just an idea machine over here. SO, send those pix (or their uploaded links) to me at girl@hanaleihanalei.com !

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The South and Petitions

Please show your support for two very important causes. While I've listed the state/city where these mobilizations are based, giving our support to these women on a inter/national level is one of the most important things we can do as a collective.

MN: University Village Rape
"Three University of Minnesota football players have been arrested for raping an 18-year old girl at University Village, which is campus housing. Various members of the Athletics Department, including the football coach and a number of players, told the media that they support the men accused of rape. The victim-survivor has not yet received public support.

This is a petition that is being forwarded about the incident. The people who wrote the petition are seeking signatures and support nationwide so that this situation doesn't turn into one where the victim-survivor is shamed into silence."

NYC: Fely Garcia Campaign
The mysterious death of Felisa "Fely" Garcia, 58, a Filipina domestic caregiver found dead by an alleged suicide in her bedroom last March 14 in the Bronx, NY has prompted the Filipina domestic workers support network known as KABALIKAT, an organizing project of the Philippine Forum, to aggressively seek justice for Fely Garcia.

We mourn the tragic death of Fely Garcia. However, we aim to fight for her life. We will not dwell on the lack of her presence next to us today. Rather, we will fight for the justice that she did not see in her lifetime. We must collect our voices and let our demands for justice be heard!

Sign on the the Justice For Fely Garcia! Campaign! Join the many Filipino community members, here in New York and globally, in our campaign for a fallen sister!

PS: I am looking for fried green tomatoes in Alabama! HAAAAAY NOW! Hanging out in Atlanta was really gorgeous yesterday. More on that later...

Friday, April 6, 2007

The Rain Made it Emo.

the most questionable recipe in the history of ever. SPAM SWISS PIE. Nummy NummmmmmZ!

AND FORWARD! a photo by DJ Boo:

Thank you to all who trekked it through the rain and made it out to the Bowery Poetry Club. It was an honor for me to share the stage with such an amazing line-up: the Kundiman folks, Tak, Jason Joseph (who I guilted into giving me a free cd.) A great night with amazing energy, and as every SULU Series ends, Regie dancing, a final tableux with his ass up in the air.

I am really looking forward to perfoming for the students at (4/10) Auburn University's Poetry Jam (I'M GOING TO ALABAMA! i am pretty excited) Also featuring will be iLL-Literacy and a friend I am blessed to have, Stephen Bor. WHOSE BIRTHDAY IS COMING UP! <3

Also! I will have another feature later that week in upstate New York-- (4/12) SUNY: Albany's Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority Charity Benefit . Please come support! These women have been working hard and have been GREAT to me! All proceeds will go toward a couple of really great activism and arts causes in the New York City area.

My next NYC gig upon my return is this via Arkipelago!
Fri, April 27th // 730p

Lolita is located at 266 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002, between Allen and Orchard Street.

Phone: (212) 966-7223.

The F/J/M/Z at Delancey and Essex is the closest subway stop, but several other stops are accessible, such as the F/V at Second Avenue (Allen and Houston) and the B/D at Grand and Chrystie.

then on 4/28 I'll be back in Pennsylvania doing a show for Haverford College! TBA on the details.

in other news, let's all wish the lovely <3 rOBIn! <3 a speedy recovery! <3<3<3 FIRE misses you, lady!

(wtf! my hands are HUGE! ugh. embaaaarrrrraaaassssssing!)

Speaking of FiRE campaigns, please sign the following petition:

A domestic worker named Felisa "Fely" Garcia, 58, was found dead in her closet by her landlord last March 14, 2007 in the Bronx, New York. Garcia had left four suicide letters in an envelope in the kitchen for her landlord to find. In one of the letters, Garcia describes she faced "abuse and harassment" from her employer, who remains unnamed. The petitions demands the Philippine Consulate to do the following:

Acting on behalf of the Garcia family in the Philippines, we, domestic workers, Filipino community members, community organizations, women’s advocates, and allies demand a:

1. full and unbiased investigation from the New York Police Department of all parties involved in Fely Garcia’s death ;

2. complete disclosure of details of the case, investigation and autopsy from the New York Police Department and the Philippine Consulate to Garcia’s legal advisor, Attorney Arnedo Valera, and the Garcia family;

3. total financial support of necessary expenses for Garcia's medical procedures, transportation costs back to the Philippines shouldered by the Philippine Consulate;

4. concerted initiative from the Philippine Consulate to assist the Justice For Fely! Campaign in pursuing a second investigation for the death of Felisa Garcia; and

5. an allocation of resources from the Philippine Consulate to collaborate with local community-based and grassroots organizations to create a long-term task force to research, understand, analyze and support Filipino domestic worker issues.


Tuesday, April 3, 2007


Tomorrow night, i'll be here:

SULU SERIES @ The Bowery Poetry Club

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2007 / 7-9:30 PM / $6 for AAAS
Conference Participants / $8 for General Public
Regie Cabico, Kelly Tsai, Saraubh Tak, Lisa Ascalon, Vinh Hua, Marlon Unas Esguerra, Hanalei Ramos, R.A.Villanueva, Jason Joseph, Koba, and more!

308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
(foot of First Street, between Houston & Bleecker
F train to Second Ave, or 6 train to Bleecker)

Hosted by Regie Cabico, curated by Artistic Director Taiyo Na, with music by resident crowd mover DJ Boo, and brought to you by the Sulu Artist Network, the
Sulu Series is a monthly showcase featuring established and emerging Asian American artists in music, spoken word, video and multidisciplinary performance from the local and national scenes. http://www.myspace.com/suluseries

AAAS Conference @ Columbia University -

Please come. <3 And now, I leave you with this:
Otters holding hands

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Chicago People! It's Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

What a great event! I really wish I was in Chicago to attend and get my nerdy on and take notes. If you are in the Chicago area, please attend and raise awareness around sexual assualt. You may not know it, but it's still quite challenging to be a woman in these times (sorry for restatingthe obvious.) Fore more info: click here!

She Speaks Volumes Poetry Poetry Slam & Panel Discussion
Presented in collaboration with Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College, Chicago

The She Speaks Volumes poetry slam and panel discussion fuse art and activism to impact social change. In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the event gives voice to the silence surrounding this issue. The event uses music and the arts to encourage young people to speak out against sexual violence and become activists for change in their local communities.

Featured artists, Diva Diction, are three of the most powerful female poets both on page and on stage. Bassey descends from Nigeria, Amalia Ortiz from Mexico and Ishle Park from Korea. Their unique native roots may have originated from different countries but their cultured personalities blend powerfully together. All three women have competed in the National Poetry Slam and have been featured on Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO.


When: April 26, 2007

Where: HotHouse
31 E. Balbo
Chicago, IL 60605
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Volunteer: For volunteer opportunities, contact us at events@ywcachicago.org

Tickets: Tickets for the event are $15. Click here to purchase tickets online. For VIP pricing, contact Tanisha Pleasant at 312.762.2743.

Contact: Tanisha Pleasant at 312.762.2743 or events@ywcachicago.org.


Join the artists for an afternoon discussion, "Where do we draw the line? Creative Expression vs. the Perpetuation of a Rape Culture."

April 26, 2007
Columbia College
Conaway Center
1104 S. Wabash, 1st Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
12 p.m.
Free admission
Register here

Sunday, March 25, 2007

I'm Offish!

click the logo to check out mah grilllllz <3 (c/o TEAM AGUADO!)

I'm working with my dramaturg and director today for the National Asian American Theater FEstival version of Guns and TAmpons! (Calm yawself. That is really my necklace.) PS: I need a tan badly. :*(

Other than that, here is my official blurb:

Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know is the new work written and performed by Hanalei Ramos. In her first multi-media solo show, Hanalei has staged a series of performance pieces based on the experiences of several women who consider themselves victims and survivors of abusive relationships with family, lovers, and friends. By staging portraits of some of the most intimate moments of any woman's life, Guns and Tampons challenges our assigned definitions of womanhood and violence and how it is warped by cultural expectations, societal conditioning, and the more subtle forms of violation experienced by women.

The work features a myriad of characters assembled across generations and circumstance. Guns and Tampons touches on the found stories of a high school senior's found diary entries, the lost interviews of an undocumented college student, a couple caught in the cyclical dance of violence, the language of assault, and the many people who are yearning to understand how they function while maneuvering through love. Guns and Tampons questions what it means to be a survivor and victim of violence, and exposes their muddled boundaries. However, the work serves as a hopeful narrative threaded by themes of shared isolation, patterns of love, and the chances we take toward the secret hope of self-understanding. Ultimately, the patchwork testimony of several individuals transforms itself as the story of all women, and becomes a compelling glimpse into a world of survival and strength.

Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know was produced by Gayle Isa and directed by Gary San Angel. The show was created through the generous support of the Asian Arts Initiative.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


What a great time to be reminded of how wonderful my friends are. Pix to follow (as I am not as proficient with Mac-usage as I would like to be.)

Thank you to
- all the folks who made it through the slush and sleet to attend the STK fundraiser for the People's Tribunal! GMA WAS FOUND GUILTY! THank you to Geologic for spearheading this campaign, SAndy for all the work she put in, and BAYAN USA for letting me be a part of this event!

- all the folks who attended the combined AnakBayan / Bayan / FiRE workshop on feudalism. Seems like a great time was had by all as WE. BUILT. SPARTA! and Casper-tonia. (hello! d5! you are still my faves!)

- Matt Pana and JOhn Violago for helping me out during my set. You guys were great!

- all of Kylene's friends who recognized me and buying Robin's siopao dolls! (Mine, sadly, did NOT sell.)

- Steve and Cling for hosting the fine folks of FiRE (Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment.) We had a great time!

- and of course, the lovely ladies of FiRE. It was amazing to spend this time with y'all, and I am looking forward to more funtimes as we build this community.

UNRELATED: So. I really dislike when artist blogs are not friendly and kinda focus on HOW DEEPER THAN THOU they are. It makes me uncomfie. As someone who has learned to manage INTERNET FAME (ha!) I like keeping it real by not faking it. (Redundant.) I would love to keep this blog just very light and invite y'alls to converse with me a little.

ALSO! MORE GIGS TO BE POSTED! Those flyers are coming in...and it's April, y'alls! GIG SEASON is upon us.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Brand new heavies.

COME OUT TO FIND AND THE Stop the Killings SHOW! I am really excited to share the stage with some dope folks.

NYC // March 17 fri - STOP THE KILLINGS: NYC EDITION @ M1-5 Bar
NJ // March 18 sat - FIND @ Ramapo College

Might be a good starting point for those of you who work with younger Asian-Am youth who are interested in learning what to unlearn.

Check it out, let me know.

Thursday, March 8, 2007


Here are some of my upcoming gigs:

NYC // March 17 fri - STOP THE KILLINGS: NYC EDITION @ M1-5 Bar
NJ // March 18 sat - FIND @ Ramapo College
NYC // April 4 wed - Sulu Series @ the Bowery Poetry Club
NY // April 5 Thu - SUNY: Albany
AL // April 10 Tue - Featuring with Stephen Bor and iLL-Literacy @ Auburn University
NYC // April 27 fri - 2nd Avenue Poetry reading series --- @ Lolita

and a new piece i wrote and performed at the KABALIKAT workshop at Philippine Forum:

Miles Away
By Hanalei Ramos

On the days her body knows
She is now used to snow
And accustomed to a wind chill factor
She envisions the warmth
Of her mother's smile
Whose second death anniversary she
Will commemorate with a novena.

She leaves gray thumbprints
with haloes of steamed sweat
on the glistening black of lacquered wood
beside the miniature cluster of clouded fingerprints
belonging to children who are not her own
but is paid to mother
in the absence of absence of absence.
In the last fifteen years,
It has become a pastime to
search through the desert mirages
that move like the waved surface of heat
through the high-end end concrete of the Upper West Side

The pearl that hangs off a fingernail
Digs into the seedy pulp of a tomato
Her hands see rows
Of just the bellies of fish
The smell of stewed coconut milk
Popping out between a table's
urgent panoply of reds and oranges.
She hears the neighbor's children fight over the lechon tail
her mouth waters for tamarind
and the contrast of green mango and shrimp paste

On the freshly cleared breakfast table,
Across from her, she sees the familiar face of her son,
still 8 years old after all this time
asking permission to play basketball
fully knowing he is not allowed to do so in his tsinelas,
fully knowing that he is the spitting image of his father
fully knowing that she will say yes as long as he helps clear the table.
She cannot even imagine what his life must be:
Him in a white smock maneuvering through
physical therapy school,
engaged to a classmate from Davao
whom she has never met.
He doesn't know it yet,
but she has already bought the wedding rings on her son's behalf.

she tries to imagine her daughter at the upcoming wedding.
But she can't picture a face
Outside of the still profile
in a tattered photograph
her daughter who she left an infant of 8 months after her husband died
her daughter who has learned to recognize a mechanical dilution
of a voice thousands of miles away
her daughter, who finds the only imprint of her mother in a queue
at the Western Union
in the center of Paranaque.

In trying to avert her memory
She wonders why
everyday here begins like this:
The battle between expectation and prayer
The hopes of her family
Living in her hands
To the point where
She looks into a mirror
And no longer sees her reflection
Instead, it is replaced by the amalgam image
of the family she has left behind for fifteen years:
the bellies of fish, her son in his smock,
and the daughter she has nurtured and advised in her imagination only
who will be here in about five years.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

2006 Recap!


Allow me to begin this update with the usual apology. I'm sorry, but the last couple of months have been a whirlwind (I think I've overused that term in these updates...) Overall, 2006 has been my most productive year artistically! I have been blessed to have been surrounded by such amazingly supportive family, friends, and mentor-types.

I hope you've all been having a stellar new year! It seems to be TEH YEAR to make things happen; many of my peoples seem to have some AMBIIIIITIOUS goals! I can't wait to see you all pull through! In the meantime, I will be your #1 cheerleader. <3 (I love adding <3<3<3<3 to anything.)

I've neglected this site since I've been developing my show and I found myself in Chicago for an extended period of time. So....drumrolllll PLEASE!

Hanalei Ramos
Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know
Friday, February 9, 8:30 p.m.
$10 admission, $5 for members
Asian Arts Initiative, 1315 Cherry St, 2nd Fl, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know is the debut of new work by spoken word artist and writer, Hanalei Ramos. In her first multi-media solo show, Hanalei has created one act plays based on the experiences of three women who are victims and survivors of domestic violence. By staging portraits of some of the most intimate moments in a woman's life, Guns and Tampons challenges our working definition of womanhood and examines how it is warped by cultural expectations, societal conditioning, and subtle forms of violence. Ultimately, the patchwork testimony of several individuals becomes the story of all women, and a compelling glimpse into a world of survival and strength.

GUNS AND TAMPONS: A History of Violence Against Women I Know will be debuted in its entirety 3 days before my 25th birthday! How exciting is that? I've been solidifying the writing and memorizing my lines! So, let's do this Rockapella!




Quick Bio

Hanalei Ramos is a very nice person and a stereotypical aquarius. FACT: while it is a common misconception that “aquarius, the water bearer” is a water sign, it is not. It is actually an air sign! Other than that, she is a proud founding member of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment, a mass-based organization for Filipinas in the NYC area. Hanalei has also toured around the country as a performer and is the author of Foiled Stars, Letters to Martha, and the one-woman show, Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know. Hanalei currently lives and works in her native Jersey City, NJ. For more information about her, please visit www.hanaleihanalei.com

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