Where Are the Chicana/o Artists this Weekend/Next Week? 12.14.05

Christmas is coming! Great art still available!

By RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Published on LatinoLA: December 14, 2005

Where Are the Chicana/o Artists this Weekend/Next Week? 12.14.05

Well, this Chicana artist will be at Rock Rose Gallery for Las Posadas Gift Fair & Your Art Sings to Me Exhibit on Saturday & Sunday. On Sunday she'll be listening to a drum circle at 1:30p & a Jazz workshop at 3p. Starting at 4p she'll be munching down on goodies as part of a holiday party at Rock Rose.

Where will you be???


At this holiday season I thought it would be nice to pass on an email I received:

May the Peace of Christ be with all of us. And may we join others in prayer for the abolition of all war ...at all levels.... within ourselves (our own spirits) our families & communities & our earth. May we become instruments of Peace starting at a small level with our prayers.

Love, Cuca (Ruth Olivar Millan)


---The Foundation for Bilingual Arts presents:
Too Many Tamales
Through Dec. 30
Teatro Carmen Zapata, Foundation for Bilingual Arts, 421 N Ave 19, LA, CA
Tickets, $16 adults, $14 children under 12

Celebrate the holidays with the Foundation for Bilingual Arts and its ninth-annual presentation of Too Many Tamales, a neo-classic Christmas tale featuring plenty of masa mayhem. &, if the play, performed in Spanish & English, puts you in the mood for tamales, see the event below. Performances alternate weekly in English and Spanish. Call for more show information.

---La Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents
Cocina Connection: Art, Culture & Food
Food Presentation: Thursday, December 15, 7:30 - 9p
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, LA, CA 90012
Hellman/Quon Building (between Firehouse No. 1 & Sanchez Alley)
Co-sponsored by: Chinese American Museum, Mama's Hot Tamales Caf?, The Tamale Museum
Generously Supported by: Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
Limited seating. Reservations recommended: 323.932.5849 programs@lapca.org www.lapca.org

Celebrate the history & traditions of the tamale & its culinary counterparts. Preparing and consuming food is a common activity among all cultures. Other than the taco, no other dish in Mexican cuisine is better known than the tamale. In this new 4-part series, celebrate the cultural, culinary & historical traditions of the tamale and its culinary counterparts.

Join Chef John Sedlar (author, culinary historian & director of the forthcoming The Tamale Museum), Sandi "Mama" Romero (co-founder of the Institute for Urban Research & Development & Mama's Hot Tamales Caf?), Karen Frid (historian & founder of Imix Designs), & Teresa Lin (noted Chinese American chef & author) as they explore the connections between the Mexican tamale, the Chinese joong (Chinese tamale) & the Jewish holubtsi (stuffed cabbage). This program will conclude with a tasting from all three delicious foods.

The new exhibition presented by The Tamale Museum, Five Centuries of Cuisine in Los Angeles, will open this coming January 2006 at the Pico House.

---Third Annual What's in the Night Sky
Thursday, December 15, 7 - 10p
Talk: 7 - 8p, Wells Fargo Theatre
Campfire Tales: 8p & 8:45p, outdoors, Gathering Circle
Telescopes: 7 - 10p, outdoors, South Lawn
Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Wy, LA (5 & 134 freeways meet in Griffith Park)
323.667.2000 www.autrynationalcenter.org

Dr. Denise Kaiser of Citrus College will talk about the astronomical beliefs & practices of the Aztecs & other Meso-American peoples. Join us around a campfire for Michael Heralda's Aztec Stories - tales about the stars & other celestial objects. Take an up-close-&-personal look at the night sky as Friends of the Observatory (FOTO), Sidewalk Astronomers & the Los Angeles Astronomical Society provide an array of telescopes for public viewing.

---La Tocada Latina: Free radio SAIC
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Fridays, 5 - 6p Chicago/Mexico, 3 - 4p Los Angeles
carminacortes@hotmail.com Freeradio@artic.edu 312-345-3805 www.freeradiosaic.org

Listen Carmina Cortes, a local Chicana artist, as she broadcasts from art school in Chicago. You can call in or email her with LA info. Uniting the Raza & sharing information wherever we are found. If you want to send out hellos over the radio, e-mail her.

---Viernes de Trova
Viento y Agua Caf?, 4007 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA
Fridays, 8p - midnight +

Listen, dance &, perhaps, join in with Arturo Martinez, Ernesto Merino & Ismael Garcia of Trova accompanied by Arturo Jr & Anita Kunkin. Featuring Musica Nuevo Canto & Son Jarocho. The Mexican folk & protest music of this group is just the touch to liven your Friday nights. Look forward to meeting you on the dance floor.

---The Spirit of a Mexican Christmas
Friday, December 16, 7:30p
The Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90815
Tickets: $20 per-sale, $25 at-door
323.359.1527 www.carpenterarts.org

The Spirit of a Mexican Christmas is presented by Ressureccio Ballet Folklorico. The Spirit of a Mexican Christmas is comprised of Mexican cultural dances with a Christmas theme.

---Both Sides of the Border Exhibit: Fine Latin American & Chicano Art
Lecture: Friday, December 16, 8 - 9p
Meet the Artist Series: Saturday, December 17, Mark Vallen 8p
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd, LA,CA
Thru January 7, 2006
323.259.1563 rs@carlottaspassion.com www.art-for-a-change.com/border.htm

The exhibit focuses on original & limited edition works of art by Latin American & Chicano artists. During Both Sides of the Border, Carlotta's Passion will offer educational presentations & activities. This week is the lecture The Influence of Identity on Chicano Art by educator Diane Valarde-Hernandez & artist Mark Vallen. Vallen's lecture will include an exciting slide presentation on the aesthetics of socially conscious art.

---Avenue 50 Studio & the Arroyo Arts Collective present a:
Holiday Sale
Saturday, December 17, noon to 6 pm
131 & 135 N Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042
323.258.1435 www.avenue50studio.com www.arroyoartscollective.org

That all-important last minute chance to buy presents & something for yourself at a holiday sale of original and affordable art. Support our local artists & galleries, including: Deborah Barnett, Benito Campos, Yareli Cobian, Ruth De Nicola, Renee Dominique, Jack Fenn, Cicely Gilman, Roberto Gutierrez, Kevin Hass, Ron Llanos, Jose Lozano, Pola Lopez, Sherry Miljoner, Heriberto Luna, Jose Orozco, Gisel Vincent-Osuna, Sergio Rebia, Sharon & Frank Romero, Jaime Zacarias (Germs) & others. Music, spiced cider & holiday refreshments throughout the day

---Blueprints: Works on Paper by John Zender
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 17, 7 - 11p
Closing Reception: Sunday, January 29, 7 - 11p
Bluebird Art House, 6747 Bright Ave, Whittier, CA 90601
December 17 thru January 29, 2006
562.696.9493 www.bluebirdarthouse.com

An in-depth look at the formation & development of John Zender's Biblically inspired work. Live music by Rebirth.

---Caracol Marketplace
Saturday, December 17, 10a - 3p
Proyecto Jardin Community Garden, 1718 Bridge St, Boyle Heights, CA (bet State & Boyle, behind White Memorial Medical Plaza I)
caracolmarketplace@yahoo.com www.myspace.com/caracolmarketplace

Join them working together to build an independent economy. Books, clothes; jewelry; natural body care; art; herbs; healthy, delicious food; workshops; live music; Aztec danzantes?

---Celebrate the Fiestas of December
Las Posadas Gift Boutique &
Your Art Sings to Me Exhibit
Saturday, December 17, 11a - 6p
Boutique, Exhibit, Live Music & Party
Sunday, December 18, 11a - 8p
Community Drum Circle: 1:30 - 3p
Jazz Workshop: 3p
Holiday Party: 4 - 8p
RockRose Gallery & Arroyo Books, 4108 Figueroa, LA, CA 90065
323.222.4740 www.rockrosegallery.com

For that special person who deserves a unique gift, come to Las Posadas Gift Boutique where you'll not only find one-of-a-kind gifts, but you can special order an original jewelry artwork for the most cherished on your shopping list. You'll encounter paintings, prints, wood carvings & boxes, ceramics, photos, candles, plant arrangements & planters, wearable art plus the artworks from the exhibit Your Art Sings to Me. Note some artists will only be present on Sunday. Live Music Sunday Only.

Featured Artists: Benito Campos, Debra De La Cruz, Flor d'Maiz, Dolores Gonz?lez Haro, Sergio Hernandez, BarujBraja de Molina, Don Newton, Lucia Perez, Eduardo Rocha Soto, Julie Soto, Alberto Varela, & Others with hand-crafted Mexican imports by Alejandro de La Oaxaquena.

---A Christmas Season Event
Saturday, December 17, 6p - 12a
Sunday, December 18, 12p - 6p
Consuelo's Downtown Studio, 201 S Santa Fe Ave, Loft 208, LA, CA 90012
323.222.4740 www.rockrosegallery.com

Featured Artists: Consuelo Campos, Jewelry; Tokie Robinson, Gourmet Preserves; Monica Hernandez, Jewelry; Eduardo Rocha Soto, Jewelry; Judith Duran, Etchings & Lino Cuts. Plus a variety of odds & ends to buy. Spirits & holiday treats will be provided.

---Arts & Crafts Boutique
Saturdays/Sundays, December 17/18, 11a - 5p
2438 Axtell St, LA, CA 90032
Joy 323.687.6743 lunakul@yahoo.com

Unique artists, designers, crafters & musicians will to participate in a weekend celebrating local artists & designers. This is an opportunity support community artists, find cool & unique gifts & avoid the malls during the holidays!

---LA League of Photography presents
1st Annual Photography Sale
Sunday, December 18, 1 - 6p
The Brewery, Bruce Brown Studio,604 Moulton Ave, LA, CA 90031
323.697.4097 dschulman@lalop.org www.lalop.org

Fashioned after the legendary Photo League from New York, the LA League is a group of some of the best street photographers in Los Angeles, as well as the U.S. Their First Annual Sale will benefit their great friend & member Frank Jackson, who has been quite ill & is experiencing financial difficulties due to the exorbitant medical expenses related to his illness. Please join them for this special event, where you will find great photography at reasonable prices, while at the same time, supporting Frank & participating in the real meaning of the holidays.

---El Puente's Anti-Mall Winter '05
Sunday, December 18, 11a - 3p
South Central Farm, 41st & Alameda, entrance on Long Beach Blvd, LA, CA
Garden Tours: 12p, 1p, 2p

Come & be a witness to these 350 families in their just struggle to work this land. Help Anti-Mall's Mission of Recycle Your Money. For all you Conscience Consumers come & recycle and invest your money into people and projects that are committed to a more just society. Purchase your holiday gifts from artists, cooperatives & small businesses that are part of cour communities & their struggles. You'll find unique hand crafted items, books & CDs, community grown fruits & vegetables, one of a kind jewelry, collectable prints & art, health & beauty supplies, ceramic art, cards & candles, artiesania from cooperatives in Chiapas, Sonora, Chihuahua & Oaxaca, original & vintage clothing, over 10 South Central Farm food vendors & more?.

---Danza Floricanto/USA & The Ruth B Shannon Center for the Performing Arts @ Whittier College present:
The Reprisal of Navidad en Whittier
Sunday, December 18, 7p
The Shannon Center, 6760 Painter Ave, Whittier, CA 90601
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 seniors/children
562.907.4203 www.shannoncenter.org
626.796.2403 floricanto@earthlink.net www.danzafloricantousa.com
Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts' Traditional Arts Program
Supported by Whittier College's Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts

The Reprisal of Navidad en Whittier is a Traditional Celebration of Las Posadas, Pinatas & the Holiday Spirit. Floricanto presents its tribute to the company's Mexican traditions during the Christmas Holidays with Navidad en Whittier, an evening of dance, music & song inspired by the rich traditions of the Mexican community. The traditional music & dance styles from Mexico are celebrated through the memories of an "abuelita" (grandmother) who wants to make sure these traditions are passed on to her children. The evening ranges from singing of the traditional posadas, conchero dancing in honor of the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe, to schotises, polkas & waltzes of the turn of the century. It explores the holiday season as celebrated in various regions of Mexico, such as Tabasco, Yucatan, Chiapas & Jalisco &, finally, newer contemporary dance pieces that have come to form part of Mexican Folk dance & compositions created by Danza Floricanto/USA. The evening ends with the traditional breaking of the pi?ata


---Art Exhibition Proposals requested: The Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock Exhibition Committee is currently accepting proposals from artists, curators & art organizations for 3 exhibition slots in the second half of 2006: June-July, August-September, November-December. Proposals for exhibition must have a strong concept & fit within the Center's mission of providing innovative & multi-cultural arts programming. The Center is a historical landmark & multi-use space. All artworks must be made to be moved or placed on movable gallery walls. For information on the Center's gallery please visit www.centerartseaglerock.org The proposals must include:

- 150 word maximum description of the proposed exhibition.
- Bio/Resume/CV's of curator &/or a mission statement of the art organization/collective.
- Bio/Resume/CV's of proposed artists.
- Visual material of proposed artwork for exhibition. (jpegs, slides, sketches, etc.)

Deadline for submission is February 1st, 2006. Please submit proposals to: Lui Sanchez, Program Director, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA 90041 or email to
lui@centerartseaglerock.org www.centerartseaglerock.org

Deadline for submissions for the 2007 season is June 30th 2006.

---Call for Entries for its Confessions exhibition at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA). The exhibition is open to all artists in all media. The OCCCA is located in the heart of the Artists Village, 117 N. Sycamore (at Second Street), Santa Ana, CA 92701, 714.667.1517 occca@sbcglobal.net www.occca.org

Jurors' Statement: Confession is often a reference to wrongdoing or the concept of "sin," but in the broader context, confessions can be any revelation. We are looking for work that discloses or reveals something about the creator, or perhaps about the process of confessing. The "act" of confession allows one to examine something that has been hidden. We hide things because we feel ashamed or inadequate and this causes psychic blockage. By re-introducing them later in our lives we can re-examine experiences with maturity - hopefully to release them & the stress they cause.

Jurors Nancy Harlan and Pamela Grau Twena invite artists to submit work that might not be able to be shown anywhere else. The jurors are hoping to see work that speaks to the personal, to the artist and the act of creating and revealing. OCCCA is devoted to the development and exploration of ideas in contemporary art in an atmosphere that promotes experimentation and risk-taking, without censorship.

Download prospectus at http://www.occca.org or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to OCCCA.

Slide/Fee/Entry Deadline: February 22, 2006
Artwork Delivery: Shipped work must arrive by March 24, 2006
Hand Delivered: March 24 to 26, 2006 12 - 3p
Exhibition: April 1 through 30, 2006
Reception: April 1, 2006, 7 - 10p


---Mojacar Flamenco
Wednesdays beginning December 21
Dinner seating: 6:30p
Show: 8p
El Cid Restaurant, 4212 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90029
Reservations: 323.668.0318 www.elcidla.com
626.403.7489 mojacar@earthlink.net www.mojacarflamenco.com
Dinner: $29.95 Cover Charge without Dinner: $15

Award winning Mojacar Flamenco brings its explosive, unique blend of Flamenco, Latin & Jazz to the famous El Cid Restaurant, LA's longest running flamenco nightclub! The ensemble, led by guitar virtuoso Stephen Dick & dance dynamo Katerina Tom?s, merges flamenco music & dance with jazz harmonies & Latin rhythms, weaving guitar music, percussion & footwork together in tight interplay. Joining Moj?car Flamenco on stage include the brilliant, beautiful flamenco dancer Rocio Ponce, Latin & Flamenco percussion wizard Johnny Sandoval, & Brazilian bass guru, Paulo Gustavo.


---Tres Mundos: Tres Expreciones: Paintings by Emigdio Vasquez, Roberto Rosique & Gregg Stone
Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center, 300 W Second St, Pomona, CA
Thru December 17
909.469.0080 www.pomona.edu/downtowncenter/

---Lost Angel(es) Photography By Alex Thamer
Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural, 12737 Glenoaks Blvd #22, Sylmar, CA 91342
Thru December 19
818.362.7060 info@tiachucha.com www.tiachucha.com

The exhibit features shots of the impressive vistas that can be seen & felt in our rugged, nuanced, gothic & grand city. He pays homage to his Latino roots with Calacas on Parade , a series capturing calacas or bones/skeletal images associated with Dia de Los Muertos.

Workers of the World: A Juried Exhibition
A Shenere Velt Gallery, Workman's Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S Robertson Blvd, LA
Thru December 30
310.552.2007 gallery@circlesocal.org www.circlesocal.org

The exhibit presents 53 artworks by 28 different artists that depict the theme of workers, from their struggles to survive to their labors of love.

Your Art Sings to Me! Group Art Show
RockRose Gallery & Arroyo Books, 4108 Figueroa, LA, CA 90065
Thru December 31
323.222.4740 www.rockrosegallery.com

Curated by artist Richard Valdes, the exhibit features K.A. Blue from New York & Los Angeles artists Ernie Herrera, Gus Becerra, Dolores Gonzalez Haro, Patricia Lazalde, Angel Santana, Steven Fujimoto, Felix Herrera, Oscar Castillo & Leka Im. Photographers included are Oscar Castillo & April Yanell. Artistic & cultural jewelry by RuthAnne Tarletz & Eduardo Rocha Soto. All the artists featured each represent years of experience in their respective techniques.

---19th Annual International Nativities Exhibition - Folk Tree
Ornaments & Adornments Exhibition - Folk Tree Collection
Folk Tree, 217 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
Folk Tree Collection, 199 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
Thru December 31
Kathi Oshima, The Folk Tree 626.795.8733
Gail Mishkin, The Folk Tree Collection, 626.793.4828,mishkinftc@aol.com

Colorful & richly varied nativities made by artisans from Mexico & other parts of the Americas, Africa, India, Europe & elsewhere are also on display that is a very personal interpretation of the nativity & the characters comprising this traditional scene.

---Internal Contrasts
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA, CA 90042
Thru December 31
323.258.1435 www.avenue50studio.com

Abstract Work by 4 Los Angeles Artists: Magda Audifred, Jos? Lopes, Ana Marini Genzon, Deborah Thomas.

---Reciprocal Cultura: A Redefinition of Indigenous Arts
IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA, CA 90041
Thru December 31
323.257.2512 www.imixbooks.com

Douglas Miles, SanCarlos Apache/Ahimel O'oddham, grahpic artist, & Leslie Gutierrez Saiz, Los Angeles Native/Chicana graphic artist, collaborate, through an indeigenous ingenuity, by combining both the skateboard & hip-hop cultures with their won to redefine their indigenous arts.

---La Virgen
Picture This Gallery, 4130 Norse Wy, Long Beach, CA 90808
Thru December 31
562.425.4861 picturethisgallery@gmail.com

Various artists display their interpretation of La Virgen through art. Join them for this growing annual event. Works by: Arturo Sandoval Diaz, Malady, Reuben Munoz, Merrilee Adler, Mike Schelly, Molly South, Ana Rashida, Oliverio, Lisa Naruko, Meggan Marenco, Linda McCracken, Marc Anthony Ramirez-Cruz, Ricardo Perez, Monica Lascano Contreras, Felipe Miguel Sanchez, Enilde Ginger Ingels-Van Hook, Randi Tolksdorf, Valerie Johnson, Christy Meaker, Jean Casey, Patricia Varela, Luddy Magallon, Yvette Mangual, Valerie MacRae, David Arthur Martinez, Velia Garcia-Martinez, Karen Dittman, Michael S. McCormick, Rachel Zuniga, Ron Libbrecht, Marisol, Lateefah Wright, Thomas Zear Beyrooty, David Ingham and more! Thank you to S? Reed & Steve Irsay for all your support.

---Spirit Express Benefit Art Exhibit
American Friends Service Committee Gallery, 980 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA
Thru January 5
Dorothea Harrington or Karen Hayes 626.791.1978 pasadena@afsc.org Khayes@afsc.org www.afsc.org

Noted artists, including Monika Steinhoff, Sandra Place, Rivian Butikofer & Wendy Lang, will exhibit art works to benefit the global peace, justice & humanitarian service work of the American Friends Service Committee.

Latino Art Museum, 281 S. Thomas St Ste 103, Pomona, CA 91766
Thru January 6, 2006
909.620.6009 latinoartmuseum@msn.com www.lamoa.net

Featuring Roberto Munguia, Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin, & other great artists.

---See Gilbert Lujan (Magu) artworks at NewTown Presents
Whose/Who's California: Golden State x10
Armory Center for the Arts, Mezzanine Gallery, 145 N Raymond, Pasadena, CA
Thru January 6, 2006
626.398.9278 newtownart@charter.net

---In the Name of All that's Holy
2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space, 435 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Thru January 6, 2006
562.901.0997, 2ndcitycouncil@earthlink.net, www.2ndcitycouncil.org

In the Name of All that's Holy features twenty artists, from throughout the State of California, who explore this timely subject.

---Both Sides of the Border Exhibit: Fine Latin American & Chicano Art
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA
Thru January 7
323.259.1563 rs@carlottaspassion.com www.art-for-a-change.com/border.htm

The exhibit focuses on original & limited edition works of art by Latin American & Chicano artists.

---TransFOURmations Curated by Pat Gomez
18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St, Santa Monica, CA
Thru January 20, 2006
310.453.3711 www.18thstreet.org
Supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The 18th Street Arts Center presents a group art show with artworks by Linda Arreola, Ricardo Duffy, Susan Elizalde-Holler & Poli Marichal. The show opens & runs simultaneously with the photo exhibit, What We Think Now, with photos by Jonathan Hollingsworth.


---Flat Black Fridays
Friday, December 30, 7 - 11p
RockRose Gallery & Arroyo Books, 4108 Figueroa, LA, CA 90065
323.222.4740 www.rockrosegallery.com
At the Door: $2 all ages

The last Friday of every month * Representing all elements of Hip Hop * Live performance * Open Mic

---Mental Menudo Meeting
Friday, January 13, 7:30 - 8:30p
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA 90041
Peter E Carrillo 818.621.3234 pecart68@yahoo.com, Oscar Magallanes 626.665.0688 nimexica@hotmail.com, Magu 909.629.8240 magu4u@hotmail.com

NOTE LOCATION CHANGE. Everyone is cordially welcome to attend. Once again we thank you for your participation in bringing the "Raza" together & your donations for the website. Without your support & dialog the Mental Menudos could not be possible. In order to make these meetings effective we need to spread the word & let the people about the Mental Menudo meetings. Any guests are welcome. Contact Peter or Oscar to be put on the mailing list.

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