Kids who grow up in heavily ethnic households often find themselves split between worlds, an issue Kal Penn explored in The Namesake, a transparent attempt to get the Golden Globe The Rise of Taj so richly deserved. Merging the halves of his childhood for your amusement, the artist behind Space Loteria.
Debuting Sunday at T-Bird Coffee, SL's the work of an ATX music scene vet who's whimsically married his youth's twin passions: Mexican Loteria cards, and the far, far away Star Wars universe -- apparently, the parallels go way beyond vaguely offensive cantina scenes. Traditionally, the cards are scripted with random riddles ("Growing he went up to Heaven, and because he wasn't a violin, he had to be a cello"), but since the artist didn't Lucas-ize any text, here're some real examples coupled with ad hoc Mexi-koans:
The Siren/The Princess: This siren's song makes Jabba dizzy with passion, but is a constant reminder that chains are the only way he's ever getting Leiad.
The Shrimp/The Jedi Master: Attempt to de-vein this shrimp and you'll earn a Force-ful smack from his cane.
The Dandy/The Calrissian: This sharp dresser bends to the will of Vader, but redeems himself and Landos a position as a General in the New Republic!
To lubricate the opening, T-Bird will be slinging $2 Mexican beers, and the artist's live sing-along band Karaoke Apocalypse will host an open mic -- Rise and sing poorly, and someone will Sultan of Snatch the mic right out of your hands.