Cheech Marin is an actor, director, writer, musician, art collector, humanitarian, and a multi-generational talent.
Widely acknowledged as a cultural icon, he is perhaps best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent, satirical, counterculture comedy duo Cheech & Chong, which found commercial and cultural success with their stand up routines, studio recordings, and feature films.
In addition to a successful life in entertainment, Cheech Marin is recognized today as a prominent advocate for Chicano art. In the mid-1980’s, he began developing what is now arguably the USA’s finest private collection of Chicano art. In addition to artwork loans to numerous institutions, this notable collection has been featured in over a dozen exhibitions organized and shown at more than 50 museums in the U.S. Comprising mostly paintings, followed by drawings, prints, mixed-media artworks, sculptures, and photography, the collection now serves as the core of the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of Riverside Art Museum, which opened in June 2022 in Riverside, California.
Cheech was born Richard Marin in South Central Los Angeles and was an Angeleno until a move to Canada, where he serendipitously met Tommy Chong. He moved back to Los Angeles with Chong and their comedy duo proved entertainment gold. Six of their albums went gold, four were nominated for Grammys, and their Los Cochinos won the 1973 Grammy for Best Comedy Recording. The critically acclaimed duo made a fluid transition to films, starring in eight features together. Their first — Up In Smoke — was the highest grossing comedy of 1978, topping $100 million at the box office.
What: Cheech Marin LIVE
When: Thursday, March 09, 2023
Where: Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE (both in-person and virtual livestream)
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