There's lots of news on the Omar Rodriguez Lopez front, most of it movie related.
Auditions for his next film, "Nina y La Esperanza," will be from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Tricky Falls.
He'll direct the movie, about family members who must fend for themselves when their parents are stricken by a "manmade" disease, was written by Frontera Bugalu bassist and frequent ORL collaborator Ramon Villa-Hernandez.
They are looking for actors 18 and older for lead, support and extras.
Interested actors, and aspiring actors, need to email a resume and headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org, and bring them to the tryouts.
No word on when they'll start shooting or release it.
Meanwhile, ORL's 2010 film "The Sentimental Engine Slayer," in which he turned in a subtly powerful lead performance, is coming out on DVD on Jan. 25.
It's available for $15.99, with bonus footage and outtakes, at hellomerch.com, or in a bundle, including a poster and a choice of one of three t-shirts, for $35.
The t-shirts sell for $21 apiece.
Meanwhile, the guitar virtuoso's new band, Bosnian Rainbows, which played Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest last month, has announced a 12-city North American tour in February, including stops in Atlanta, Toronto, Detroit and Chicago, and a four-day run at Mexico's Foro Sol festival March 14-17.
The band features ORL on guitar, Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender on vocals, The Mars Volta's drummer Deantoni Parks and Parks' Dark Angels cohort Nicci Kasper on keys.
A new album is in the mixing stage, according to a retweet on Omar's site.
In other news:
• Speaking of Tricky Falls, the club partially owned by ORL's At the Drive-In bandmate Jim Ward, has booked a coheadlining tour stop by The Devil Wears Prada and As I Lay Dying for March 3.
The Color Morale will open the 7 p.m. show.
Tickets are $21, on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 21 at All That Music & Video, Bowie Feathers, Eloise, Maria's Closet and holdmyticket.com.
• Singer-songwriter Claudia Casillas will debut songs from an in-progress album at 10 p.m. Dec. 28 at Ardovino's Desert Crossing.
She described the new stuff as having "elements of down-tempo jazz and neo-soul."