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Where are the Chicana/o artists? - 12.20.05

Posadas / Navidad / Januka

By RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Published on LatinoLA: December 20, 2005


Where are the Chicana/o artists? - 12.20.05


Where are the Chicana/o artists this weekend/next week?

Well, this Chicana artist will very busy this week as a working artist on display at a popular destination. We have been invited to create our artworks for the public at this location along with some other artists. As you're about town shopping, you just might see us. Free newsletter to the person to spot us & let me know!!!

Where will you be???

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

I'm usually not political, but this hits me close to home as I'm a supporter of this organization, its principles & its activities, especially along the California / Baja border. Below is contact info for sending out letters of support. I sent my letters of support, why not do the same? It's easy to do. PEACE! SHALOM!

American Friends Service Committee

An urgent message from the General Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee

Dear (edited),

What I'm about to tell you is an outrage. This is an important update for the peace & justice community. Please share this message with all of your friends. You may have been following the breaking scandal that the Department of Defense has admitted spying on the American Friends Service Committee, our coalition partners & thousands of people like you.

Take action now! (http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=wjNyXnlob8ky9guWs_t1hw..) to tell your Congressional representatives that you want the government to stop spying on the people of this country.

Take action now! (http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=fcrm2Ed4Rl7PrfniLcVDMQ..) to see that history doesn't repeat itself.

Please, take action now! (http://support.afsc.org/site/R?i=vI4PN4n7PIAH5gV4THI4Bg..) .

In Peace, Mary Ellen McNish, General Secretary, AFSC

? 2005 AFSC American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

---THIS WEEKEND/NEXT WEEK:

---Congressman Xavier Becerra & his family invite you to attend
The 31st Congressional District's 13th Annual
Holiday Party & Toy Drive
Tuesday, December 20, 6:30 - 8:30p
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041
RSVP: 213.484.8961

Please bring a new unwrapped toy to brighten the holidays for a local child in need. Parking available on nearby streets & in Bank of America's parking lot (2263 Colorado Blvd).

---4th Annual Las Posadas
Tuesday, December 20, 2005, 6 - 8p
Los Angeles River Center, 570 W Ave 26, Cypress Park, CA 90065
Sponsored by Friends of Cypress Park Community Improvement Association
& Santa Monica Conservancy

Come & celebrate Las Posadas with them & enjoy some hot chocolate, coffee & pan dulce.

---Las Posadas at Olvera Street
Friday, December 16 - Saturday, December 24,6:30 - 8:15p
Entertainment & Pinata Breaking 6:30p
Procession: 7:30 - 8:15p
Olvera Street, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo De La Plaza, LA 90012
213.625.5045 213.485.8372 jherrera@mailbox.lacity.org www.olvera-street.com

The Olvera Street Merchants present the nine evening candlelight procession re-enacting the Holy Family's search for lodging culminating on Christmas Eve. This beautiful presentation of the nine day journey of Mary & Joseph's journey to Bethlehem is depicted each evening with singing & a candlelight procession. Enjoy pinatas, ballet folklorico & lively musicians. Join in the traditional procession & sing Christmas carols in English & Spanish. Complimentary champurrado pan dulce, hot punch & plenty of candy for all.

---5th Annual Las Posadas
Thursday, December 15 - Friday, December 23, 6p
Spiraling Orchard Park, 1250 W Court St, Temple-Beaudry, LA, CA
213.617.3877 213.462.4144

Join them during their fifth annual Las Posadas. Be a part of the community procession around the Temple-Beaudry neighborhood featuring songs, giant puppets, street theater, pi?atas & champurrado.

---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 +
562.434.1182

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.

---Soundz of the Ancient Americas Concert: Navidad en Aztlan
Friday, December 23, 7p
Chicano Perk - caf? y cultura, 129 25th Street, San Diego, CA 92102
562.713.2774 martinprehispanic@yahoo.com www.martinespino.com 619.338.0630 michel5@chicanoperk.com 619.702.5414 www.chicanoperk.com
Suggested Donation: $5-$7

Hear, see & participate with Martin Espino. Navidad en Aztlan is an interactive performance program. Martin will discuss little known seasonal facts related to ancient Mexico; tamales, the poinsetta flower, la pinata, nahuatl language & more. He will guide the audience using easy to sing along songs in native Mexican languages & allow the audience to play his vast collection of percussion instruments. You will learn, play music, laugh & feel good!

Directions: From I-5: exit Cesar Chavez Parkway; go north 1 mile; past intersection of Imperial Avenue; right after gasoline station on right-hand side.

---Xmas Day Peace Vigil
Practice What You Celebrate
Sunday, December 25, 9 - 10a
Veteran's Memorial, N Figueroa & York, Highland Park, CA
grizzwasmycat@yahoo.com

A one-hour peace vigil will take place on at the Veteran's Memorial in Highland Park. Signs, promoting peace, will include, "Thou Shalt Not Kill," "Who Would Jesus Bomb?" "Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Oil," & more. Participants may also bring signs of their own--& they don't have to be religious.

We also plan to have a vigil on New Year's Day. Same place. Time TBA.

---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
323-225-4044

Celebrate the holidays with the Foundation for Bilingual Arts & 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 & Spanish. Call for more show information.


---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 & 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 & 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 & the act of creating & revealing. OCCCA is devoted to the development & exploration of ideas in contemporary art in an atmosphere that promotes experimentation & risk-taking, without censorship.

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

TIMELINE
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

---Artists & Vendors: 12th Annual De Colores Art Show & Festival! Santa Paula. The art show is scheduled to run at the California Oil Museum from April 2 through May 21. The festival is scheduled for Sunday, April 23. Xavier Montes & Carmen Guerrero, De Colores Arts Group, 590 West Main Street, #139, Santa Paula, CA 93060, 805.525.8961 Xavier, 805.890.0001 Carmen, cguerrero@DeColoresArtGroup.org DeColoresArtGroup.org www.XavierMontes.com

---SOON TO BE:

---Mojacar Flamenco
Wednesdays beginning December 28
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.

---Chanukah Party
Thursday, December 29, 6p
Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park & Eagle Rock, 5711 Monte Vista St, Highland Park, CA (2 blks W of Figueroa bet Ave 57 & Ave 58)
323.255-5416

Because this year is a leap year in the Jewish calendar, Chanukah comes during the week of Winter Vacation. They picked the 29th of December to avoid clashing with other holidays. Bring your kids-they'll supply dreidls & latkes. Come early if you want to help cook the latkes. Bring your friends, your children, your friends' children & your children's friends & show up at a party for Chanukah, our celebration of light in winter. Bring your Menorahs/Chanukah Lamps/ Chanukiyyas as they have plenty of candles. Bring food for potluck if you like - dairy only, please. Our Robert Czinner will play piano. Everyone is welcome.

---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

---ON-GOING:

---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
Rock Rose 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
www.folktree.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 ave50studio@msn.com 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.

---Streets of East Los Angeles Exhibition
Gallery 727, 727 S Spring St, L?, CA 90014
Call for closing date
213.627.9563 gallery727losangeles@yahoo.com

This multi-media exhibition will feature the works of Paul Botello, Diego Cardoso, Gronk & Ramon Ramirez. These artists have either lived or worked in the area. Concurrently in the project room street vendor research of Los Angeles Trade Technical College & Roosevelt High School will be on display.

---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.

---Angeles
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
2ndCity 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.

---Jos? Orozco
LA in Black & White: Roberto Gutierrez
Una Pagina Mas (One More Page): Gaspar Enriquez
Thru January 7, 2006
Patricia Correia Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., E-2, Santa Monica, 310-264-1760, www.correiagallery.com

A self-proclaimed "post-modern santero," Orozco draws from Mexican, Native American, Chicano & pop culture to create a variety of characters. New paintings by Los Angeles based artist, Roberto Guti?rrez draws the viewer into shifting, lived-perspective scenes of the city that bear the indelible marks of rapid industrial change & long-term civic stagnation. The San Antonio based artist Gaspar Enriquez's exhibit presents his powerful & seductive brand of realism unapologetically as pages from a visual novel, aspects of Chicano culture.

---The Mexican Consul in Oxnard & the Comit? Cultural Mexicano present
Dos Paises, Un Pueblo (Two Countries, One Village) (Mexico/USA)
Consul de Mexico, 3151 West Fifth Street, Oxnard
Thru January 9, 2006
gutierrezoxnard@yahoo.com

This exhibition by photographer Jess Gutierrez, shows the diversity of the Mexican Latino community of Ventura County and a people united through culture and language. Jess has been a photojournalist for over 25 years. The photos are from his extensive collection.

---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.

---Blueprints: Works on Paper by John Zender
Closing Reception: Sunday, January 29, 7 - 11p
Bluebird Art House, 6747 Bright Ave, Whittier, CA 90601
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.

---UP-COMING:

---Don't Talk About Religion or Politics, curated by Mark Vallen
Artists' Reception: Saturday, January 7, 2006, 7 - 10p
Artist's Forum on Art & Politics: Thursday, January 12, 7 - 9p
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA, CA 90042
January 7 - February 6, 2006
323.258.1435 ave50studio@msn.com www.avenue50studio.com

Avenue 50 Studio invites the public to a special art exhibition that focuses on questions of religion & politics. The exhibit features the works of artists: Sergio Hernandez, Gwyneth Leech, Poli Marichal, John Paul Thornton & Mark Vallen.

Someone famous once said "Religion is the sign of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world & the soul of soulless conditions." Those words certainly ring true in our own time, as countless individuals turn towards spiritualism for answers to life's great mysteries - their faith sheltering them from a pitilessly indifferent world. Yet at the same time societies everywhere are also being fractured by religious zealotry, bigotry & persecution - with religion itself seemingly a driving force behind war. The exhibition attempts a meaningful exploration of these contradictions & their political ramifications.

Don't Talk About Religion or Politics is also an age-old American axiom, an adage the participating artists of this exhibit clearly intend to ignore as they carefully examine the blurring between the sacred & profane. To celebrate the importance of spirituality in our lives & collective consciousness, the participating artists of this exhibition have come together to offer genuine visions of piety & devotion. But they are also unafraid to offer honest critiques of religion's darker side. It is to this duality of purpose that they dedicate the exhibition.

As part of the exhibition, Avenue 50 Studio will present an artist's forum where exhibiting artists & the public can discuss the meanings & motivations behind the works on display. Artist Gwyneth Leech will be flying to L.A. from her east coast home to participate in this exciting event, which also includes a slide presentation of artworks by participating artists.

---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.

---La Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents
Cocina Connection: Art, Culture, & Food
Family Art Workshop: Saturday, January 14, 2006, 12:30 - 3p
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

Bring your family to enjoy tamale-themed art making activities, including art made with corn husks & bamboo leaves.


About RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina:
RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina says for many it is a difficult time: far from friends/family or with few resources whether emptional, physical, spiritual, financial. Reach out to those around you in a meaningful way. Smile. Give a hug. Do something more.




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