Where are the Chicana/o artists This Weekend/Next Week?

Into so many varied things you would believe

By RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Published on LatinoLA: July 28, 2006

Where are the Chicana/o artists This Weekend/Next Week?


As I tried to think of a theme for this week?s newsletter, nothing came to mind. Usually the theme just jumps out at me either from the grouping of events going on or something external that?s happening or something internal that I?m going through or whatever. However, that seems to be the word for the day in my personal life as I?ll be teaching Koreans Jewish folkdance to Jewish songs done in Hebrew & Spanish with some English thrown in. Most of the Koreans are first & second generation youth, many of whom are mono-lingual English speakers. And then there?s the Hispanic youth to whom I?ll be teaching hip-hop. Huh! Well, I was doing that before these youth even were born & you all thought you knew me!!!

So what does this have to do with Chicana/o artists & art? It has to do with the fact that we?re not a monolith. We are all very different & so we?re off doing very different things this weekend / next week.

First, it seems to be a week for viewing films. There?s Cine Sin Fin Friday at Casa de Sousa Coffee House with films from the archives of the world renowned East LA Chicano Film Festival, the Salt of the Earth Classic Film at El Pueblo Historical Monument in front of the Biscailuz Building on Saturday, and International Film Night on Sunday at Antigua Cultural Coffee House.

For those into music & movement, like me, there?s FlatBlack Kings/ Kweens: a group exhibition with the closing FlatBlack Event at Rock Rose Gallery/ Productions & Arroyo Books for those of us into HipHop & all it?s related culture (you?ll find me there Friday night), Dino Durand & Friends, also on Friday at La Porte?a Restuarant, Maneja Beto from EL Paso Texas on Saturday at Blue Chips and Sunday at Rancho Cordillera del Norte, New Mission Theatre on Sunday for Summer Fandango Concert, one of the many Son Jarocho events this weekend. Actually on this weekend you have a wide range of choices of musical entertainment for your listening and/or dancing pleasure besides these mentioned here.

For those into spoken word you can go to Casa de Sousa Coffee House at Olvera Street for East LA Collage by Jim Marquez with Julio Ramos who will also be playing earlier in the day there on Saturday or down by the LA River GlenFeliz at Dover for LA River Poetry Reading on Sunday.

And for those who want a classic Chicano event, it?s off to listen to Magu & Patssi Valdez at Carlotta?s Passion where their artworks are on exhibition.

Other than the FlatBlack happening at Rock Rose on Friday, the event for the weekend that is all too multicultural is the Iron Pour & Fiesta at Spiraling Orchard Art Park. Since it goes until late you can catch a few other events earlier on Saturday & top them off with this one.

And, so?

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

This Chicana artist will be working this Saturday & every Saturday for a while ? what a crimp it puts in my style. And on Sundays I begin teaching a multicultural sacred dance class. Guess I?m putting my pliers & torch on hold for a season. Shalom, RuthAnne

Where will you be???


For a complete listing of this newletter go to www.LatinoLA.com or www.myspace.com/sarte_mex_jewelry where you'll also find Calls 4 Artists.


Mono Blanco with Los Cenzontles
Thursday, July 27, 8p
Skirball Cultural Center, Skirball Center Dr, LA, CA

This concert brings together two ensembles in a musical performance celebrating the traditional sounds of Mexico infused with contemporary influences. Mono Blanco performs son jarocho, the traditional music & dance of Southern Veracruz. It is a multi-generational ensemble whose families have played & danced the son for generations. The group features Don Andres Vega, a master musician and elder in the group, who is responsible for keeping the flame of this musical tradition alive.

Los Cenzontles is a music & dance ensemble who weave together centuries-old music traditions with contemporary sounds. Under the direction of Grammy-nominated Eugene Rodriguez, this versatile group presents authentic, traditional, popular & original music in the conjunto, mariachi, son jarocho, piruekas & sones de Michoacan styles.

FlatBlack Fridays & Rock Rose Gallery present:
FlatBlack Kings/Kweens: a group exhibition by artists who painted live during FBFs
Closing Reception: Friday, July 28, 6 ? 8p
FlatBlack Event: Friday, July 28, 8p - 12midnite
Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St., Sycamore Grove
Thru July 30
323.222.4740 rockroseart@yahoo.com www.rockrosegallery.com
323.353.9501 www.flatblackclothing.com http://www.myspace.com/flatblackclothing
Co-sponsored by: Music & Strength, Milagro Entertainment, LA Styles, Art of Expression and many others.
Donation: $2 after 8p - Supports Youth Literacy, Art & Music Projects

This July 28th will be their last event. The time has come to say farewell to an event that opened the doors to Community hip hop and the arts. For the last 15 months Flatblack Clothing has been hosting an event every last Friday of the month, in collaboration with Rock Rose Gallery, Milagro Entertainment, Art of Expression and Music & Strength. They hope it will be their biggest event yet.

To all those that have been a part of our events on a regular basis (Jeckle, Frantick, Jerry, Dj Bubsky, Dj Shownuff, Graff artists & many others), thank you for all your support. To all those that have been wanting to perform or come by this is your last chance to be a part of this creative family.

Performing live: Stir-fry & the Hammerheads, Guilty by choice, Bizzart, Deleted, Reazn, Overkill Outfit, Boxy-Dee, Rhetoric, Bulla, Mnemonic, Tumbados & many others. With Dj Bubsky, DJ Steven Ankele, DJ Agape. Live dance performance by Stylicious. Gifts & Giveaways. Video presentation: "Spray Paint Beats" by: Shux files

This exhibit is a collection of all artists that painted live at this event at FlatBlack Fridays: Zender, Mig one, Shandu, Mozz, Jenkoh, Cre8, Chuck, Sherm, Spice, Ekura, Wram, Pesky, Cab and Scud one

Salt of the Earth Classic Film
El Pueblo Historical Monument in collaboration with California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA) presents:
At Work: The Art of California Labor, curated by Marianna Gatto & Shervin Shahbazi
Film Screening: Friday, July 28, 8p
Plaza Area (In front of Biscailuz Building/Mexican Cultural Institute), El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, LA, CA
Exhibit: 6 ? 8p
Pico House Gallery, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 424 N Main St, LA, CA
Thru August 14
213.485.8432 213.485.6855 mariann.gatto@lacity.org http://la.indymedia.org/news/2006/05/161617.php

This classic film was written, directed and produced by members of the original "Hollywood Ten" who were blacklisted when they declined to provide testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee. It is a 1954 film which tells the story of a long, difficult strike by Mexican-American miners against the Empire Zinc Company in Bayard, New Mexico.

The exhibit explores the artists and images of the Labor Movement in CA & examines the rich and tumultuous history of California's workers and their movements from the turn of the 20th century to the present. It displays the works of artists past & present who?ve documented the dignity and struggle of California?s labor movements, from the chaotic 20th century to the present. It is a combination of original artwork from contemporary artists & historical works by noted artists like Diego Rivera, Dorothea Lange, Tina Modotti & many others. The LA presentation of At Work incorporates the works of contemporary artists like Malaquias Montoya, Richard Duffy, Doug Minkler, Steve Wong, Ester Hernandez, Yolanda Lopez, Robbie Conal & over 50 others.

Cine Chicano on Main
Cine Sin Fin: Friday, July 28, 9p
Casa de Sousa Coffee House, 634 N Main St, LA, CA 90012

Screening the best of the best ? archives of the world renowned East LA Chicano Film Festival, powered by Tamales.

Dino Durand & Friends
Friday, July 28, 9 - 11p
La Porte?a Restuarant, 16150 Nordhoff St, North Hills, CA 91343
Reservations: 818.988.3359 WAYSOUTH98

Let?s sing & play together with Dino Durand & Friends

Julio Ramos & Company Conceptual Cabaret on Main
Acoustic Musical Performance: Saturday, July 29, 3:30p
East LA Collage by Jim Marquez
Live Performance: Saturday, July 29, 8:30p
Casa de Sousa Coffee House, 634 N Main St, LA, CA 90012
213.687.0363 323.691.9497 www.lulu.com/jimmarquez

Musical & Theatrical performance exposing our history in the art of "NOW" - bringing each other to a higher consciousness of our own existence. This week?s cabaret features Julio Ramos & Company - Acoustic Musical Performance.

The second event features Jim Marquez performing from his book with Julio Ramos singing songs in English & Spanish. There are new selections from the book & new music!

This book is a self-published book of true-life stories about Jim's East LA & its surrounding communities. Tales of death in the family, racism in the work place, a young woman caught in a bad mariage, community tragedies; everyday life in a multicultural city that is LA. Revised edition of the book is available for purchase & signing featuring all an new essay + an exclusive interview with Superstar Chicano / Downtown LA / International artist: GRONK!!!!

Maneja Beto from EL Paso Texas (pictured)
Saturday, July 29, 9 - 11:30p
Blue Chips, 5505 N Figueroa, Highland Park, CA 90042
323.550.1400 karlalopezart@yahoo.com www.bluechipshlp.com www.manejabeto.com
Door: $7, Students $5

Maneja Beto plays rock en espanol that is a fusion of cumbia, indie rock, full of life, vibrant with sounds & colorful lyrics of life. Great Vocals - Talented Musicians. If you like Hot Stuff don't sleep! If you like Fuga, Queztal, Very Be Careful or Ozomotli you'll love this group.

AcLA (Art . . . Community . . . Land . . . Activism) presents:
Iron Pour & Fiesta
Saturday, July 29, 6p - 12midnight
Spiraling Orchard Art Park, 1246 Court St, LA, CA
213.481.8013 tward@artscorpsla.org www.artscorpsla.org

For the past two weeks, young people in their summer program & the broadest segment of the Temple Beaudry community surrounding Spiraling Orchard Art Park have been creating designs to memorialize themselves & their families on 4? square sandstone scratch blocks. Two hundred scratch blocks will be filled with molten iron in a dramatic night-time art event featuring the Iron Pour by Texas sculptor & ironsmith, Meredith Jack.

Foundry practice is an exciting event for both participants & observers. The flow of molten metal seems magical & has a ?frisson? of danger. In some cultures foundry practitioners are revered as shaman &, along with blacksmiths, are considered the foundation of the society. They are the ones who can make something useful out of seemingly nothing. Modern western cultures have industrialized & taken much of the mystique out of the process, but there seems to remain a shared ancestral memory.

AcLA organized the Iron Pour as part of its initiative to work with community members to combat looming gentrification & displacement of existing residents in the Temple Beaudry neighborhood where land prices have risen over 300% in the past twelve months. Each scratch block will represent the presence of a member of the community and create a lasting legacy in the art park. The 200 completed 4? metal tiles will be installed throughout the park in stair faces, retaining walls, and walkways.

The Enchanted Worlds of Patssi Valdez & Mag?
Meet the Artists: Saturday, July 29, 7 - 9p
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA
July 1 - 30
323.259.1563 rs@carlottaspassion.com www.carlottaspassion.com

Refreshments and beverages will be served at this Meet the Artists event that is offered in conjunction with "The Enchanted Worlds of Patssi Valdez and Magu" exhibit.

In this exhibit, Ms. Valdez presents works on paper (numerous gouaches, lithographs, and serigraphs) that depict spellbinding domestic interiors and gardens. Her subject matter includes animated objects engaged in energetic whirling, implying a recognition of multiple planes of reality and consciousness. This symbology further reflects Valdez?s private history and long journey towards self-realization. Valdez is well known for her highly charged, emotional color schemes. Each still life reflects the passage of daily life and memory and one wonders at who might have inhabited the environments laid to view.

Mr. Luj?n offers sculptures and works on paper. Luj?n?s color usage reflects the bold primary hues of Mexican art. His themes focus on iconic cultural and political references, the latter more coaxing than vexing in nature. The elements of barrio life, including low-rider cars and graffiti, anthropomorphic characters, puns and other forms of humor, are at the core of ?Magulandia.?

Alhambra Summer Jubilee: The Icons of Music
Saturday, July 29, 6 - 10p
S Second St bet Main & Commonwealth

Is everybody ready for a Hot Summer? Dancing in the streets & local hand-crafted goods, games for kids & the best musical entertainment. This week: The Fab Four (Beatles Tribute), Fantastic Diamond (Neil Diamond Tribute), Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones Tribute), Pleasant Valley Sunday (Monkey's Tribute)

Rock en Espanol with Zagal
Saturday, July 29, 9 - 10:30p
Antigua Cultural Coffee House, 4836 Huntington Drive S, LA, CA
323.539.CAFE [2233] juan_villegaz@hotmail.com www.antiguacoffeehouse.com

The featured groups are Zagal.
Author Reading & Book Signing with Michelle Serros
Saturday, July 29, 4p
Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural, 12737 Glenoaks Blvd #22, Sylmar, CA
818.362.7060 info@tiachucha.com www.tiachucha.com

Michelle Serros will be presenting & reading from her book Honey Blonde Chica. Evie Gomez is one chill chica. She & best friend Raquel hang with the Flojos, a kick-back crew named for their designer flip-flops. And their habit of doing absolutely nothing. But the return of long-lost amiga mejor Dee Dee wrecks Evie & Raquel's Flojo flow. A few years in Mexico City have transformed their shy, skinny, brunette Dee Dee into a Sangro nightmare. Dee Dee has reinvented herself as "Dela," complete with tight designer threads, freaky blue contacts & that signature blonde hair. When Raquel wants precisely nada to do with the new Dela, Evie finds herself caught between two very different friends. At heart, is Evie a Cali-casual Flojo chick or a sexy Sangro diva? How's a chica to choose?

El Centro de Artes Mexicanas de Los Cenzontles presents:
Encuentro de Jaraneros/Fandango
Saturday, July 29, 11a ? 5p
Museo Oakland, 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA
510.233.8015 fabiola@loscenzontles.com www.loscenzontles.com

Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center invite groups and dancers to participate in this event, which is in commemoration of 29 years of Grupo Mono Blanco ? with Mono Blanco, direct from Veracruz. Features film premiere: Fandango, Searching for the White Monkey. This 65 minute documentary features music and interviews of regional musicians Grupo Mono Blanco, Antonio Garcia de Leon, Esteban Utrera, Unidad Indigena de Santa Rosa Loma Larga, Los Cenzontles & fandangueros in Veracruz & California.

11:30a Film screening ? James Moore Theater
1:00p Encuentro ? Great Court Gardens
2:30p Fandango ? Great Court Gardens

LA River Poetry Reading
Sunday, July 30, 12:30p
GlenFeliz at Dover, following the signs, its by the yoga park

Not only is there a poetry reading, but also there?s vegetarian potluck & a social discussion. Remember my experienced with the snuffed chickens, a lady emailed me & told me that I had to meet her, I did & she didn't even snuff me (see I'm here writing this email), & she did a cleansing ritual, so the river is literally & figuratively clean, for now....

Bring food or just eat, bring poetry by someone else or just your own, stay for the whole thing or just a little bit of it. Do you have questions, comments, want to go, but are still confused, want to be my friend. MTA 181 or 180 will get you there, get off at Glen Feliz.

Wells Fargo & Company presents:
Summer Music Festival 2006: Exitos del Ayer (Blast from the Past)
Sunday, July 30, 1 ? 5p
El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de La Plaza, CA, LA 213.485.8372 Jessie.Herrera@lacity.org www.olvera-street.com

This event features four bands and a different musical theme each week. This week is the Exitos del Ayer (Blast to the Past) program that features the retro rock sounds of the Undercover Girls.

1 - 2p Aziz Musical
2 ? 3p Undercover Girls
3 - 4p Aftermidnite
4 - 5p Jose Palazzo y Los Pasteles Verdes

Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Funkin Dance Party: Sunday, July 30, 6p
Casa de Sousa Coffee House, 634 N Main St, LA, CA 90012

A multi-media artist dance party: a dash of the past, a pinch of the future & a tall cup of the NOW - Dining, Film, Music & Dance with LA's real underground movement, taking it back to the birth place of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

International Film Night
Sunday, July 30, 7p
Antigua Cultural Coffee House, 4836 Huntington Drive S, LA, CA
323.539.CAFE [2233] juan_villegaz@hotmail.com www.antiguacoffeehouse.com

Films to be determined.

Councilman Greig Smith (12th District) & Friends of MCMAFN present:
Summer Fandango Concert
Sunday, July 30, 4p
Rancho Cordillera del Norte, New Mission Theatre, 9015 Wilbur Ave, Northridge, CA
Reservations (required): 818.998.0326 www.elisabethwaldomusic.com www.mcmafn.org

Featuring The Elisabeth Waldo Ensemble with Guest Artists: Carlos Velasco, Spanish Guitar soloist; Michael Fleming, New West Singer-Guitarist & Fandango Dancers.


Comedy Night
Sabor Y Cultura Caf?, 5625 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
Thursdays, 7:30p
323.466.0481 info@saborandcultura.com www.saborycultura.com www.saborandcultura.com

Catch up-and-coming Hollywood comedians tear up the night as this weekly series continues with host Rich Pierre-Louis.

Fridays by The Fountain
Hollywood & Highland Center, Central Courtyard
Friday, June 30, 12noon - 2p

Take a musical lunch break this Friday. Take the Red Line - and have lunch there. If you call ahead and order your lunch, they'll have it waiting for you. For more information on the concert series and on how to order lunch: http://www.hollywoodandhighland.com/friday-fount.html

La Tocada Latina: Free radio SAIC with La Veneno Cortes
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Fridays, 5 - 6p Chicago/Mexico, 3 - 4p LA
312.345.3805 carminacortes@hotmail.com Freeradio@artic.edu www.freeradiosaic.org

Listen to Carmina Cortes, a local Chicana artist, as she broadcasts from art school in Chicago. Go to the website, click on Listen Now, then an orange box will pop up ...you can send your hellos & even see Carmina on this little orange box. She'll be playing music en espanol. You can call her & be on the air as well.

Susie Hansen Latin Band
Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30p
Thru September 29
Radisson Hotel Whittier, 7320 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier
562.945.8511 e-mail@susiehansen.com www.susiehansen.com

Come & dance with them--enjoy a night of great Salsa dancing. This is their 13th summer of "Dancing Under the Stars." Buffet grill dinner available.

Summer Season of Short Plays
Fridays, 8p
Sabor Y Cultura Caf?, 5625 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
323.466.0481 info@saborandcultura.com www.saborandcultura.com
Admission: $10

Fridays in July they present along with COFAC (Border Council of Arts and Culture) & Cruazarte (Mexico-USA Bi-National Arts Project) a series of short plays by writers and performers from both sides of the border. The first play, which is in Spanish, is written by Edward Coward & directed by Emmanuel Marquez.

Flamenco por la Playa with Cuadro Flamenco Rina Orellana
Saturdays, 7 & 8p
Top Shelf Restaurant & Nightclub, 403 N PCH, Redondo Beach, CA
www.randmmusic.com www.rinaorellana.com
Cover: $10 after 7p (Avoid the cover by coming for dinner early!)

Join Cuadro Flamenco Rina Orellana every Saturday night for a tablao show of flamenco puro. Please check www.rinaorellana.com for upcoming lineups of musicians and dancers. Enjoy delicious international fare with an electrifying flamenco performance followed by salsa.

Musical Odyssey
Sabor Y Cultura Caf?, 5625 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
Saturday, July 22, 8p
323.466.0481 info@saborandcultura.com www.saborycultura.com www.saborandcultura.com

This musical series is hosted by Hector Marquez every other Saturday. He brings local & international musicians to perfomer music from various Latin American regions & styles.

Community Drum Circles
Sundays, 12:30 families, 1:30p adults only
Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove
323.222.4740 rockroseart@yahoo.com www.rockrosegallery.com

Drum Circle - Bring your own drum or percussion instrument or use one of those provided by the gallery. Taught by Mr Blue, a versatile artist from New York.

Jazz Composers Workshop
Sundays, 3 - 5:30p
Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove
323.222.4740 rockroseart@yahoo.com www.rockrosegallery.com

Open Mic Poetry Jam Session
Sabor Y Cultura Caf?, 5625 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA
Sunday, July 16, 7:30p
323.466.0481 info@saborandcultura.com www.saborandcultura.com

Giovanni hosts local talent during an open mic. Arrive early to sign-up. The series continues every other Sunday.

Son Jarocho Classes
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6p
East Side Caf?, 5469 Huntington Dr N, LA, CA
Donations are accepted

Son Jarocho Classes! Learn to: Play Jarana: String Instrument from Veracruz; Dance Zapateado; Sing & compose Sones-songs; & Gain Knowledge of Son Jarocho music, Children, teens & Adults welcome!

Free Salsa Dance Class with Miguel: 7 ? 8p
Live Music: 9p - 1:30a
Steven's SteakHouse, 5332 Steven's Place City of Commerce, CA
323.723.9856 Fay@charangoa.com www.charangoa.com

There are lots of great dancers & surprises. They hope to see you there soon.

About RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina:
RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina is a Chicana artist/jeweler/
activist who is trying to adjust to have a DAY JOB - ugh. As someone said, keep your eye on the goal.

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