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Where Are the Chicano/Latino Artists This Week/Weekend, 12.22.06

Happy Holiday! Feliz Fiestas! A Prosperous New Year! Prospero A??o Nuevo!

By RuthAnne Tarletz
Published on LatinoLA: December 22, 2006


Where Are the Chicano/Latino Artists This Week/Weekend, 12.22.06


Happy Holidays! Feliz Fiestas!


I thought that I would write about Las Posadas this week, as I hadnt had time to do so before this. However, this wonderful holiday piece by Jim Marquez passed my way and it seems like the perfect sentiment to pass along. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And, if you like how Jim writes, you can find his books; such as East LA Collage & Bitch III at www.LuLu.com/JimMarquez The following is reproduced with the permission of the author.

Shopping for the Nephew by Jim Marquez

I was at ǣToys R Us the other day shopping for my nephew. Hes almost 11 years old. What the hell can you get an eleven year old these days? What? Another video game? Please, enough of the soul-obliterating substitute for a parent.

He was much easier to buy for when he was 5: Hot Wheels, Legos, picture books, first readers, anything with bright colors or cartoony characters was the ticket. The blithering joy on his face made me tingle and tear up, and he had more fun romping through the torn wrappings and scattered bows on the floor it seemed. So did I. He was my little Panzon (ǣchubby boy, as I once was).

But then its suddenly a half a decade later and that, ǣWow, Uncle Jimmy! has turned into, ǣWell, um, what does it do? Can I download this? Or, ǣI already have one. Or, my personal favorite: ǣWhere am I going to put this?

That is then followed by a forced smile while he places it off to the side in the pile of slippers, Spiderman PJs, and woolen bed sheets his Nana has given him. He then utters, sharply, ǣSo what else is there? Im bored.

And his father doesnt even think thats rude. Our dad would slapped the hell out of us for that kind of comment. And hed be right for doing so.

So, perusing the aisles here, being pushed and prodded and practically cavity searched by marauding and supremely spoiled 4th generation Latino kids (I was in the second wave to be born & raised here) I hear parents a decade younger than me (Im 37) utter one of the following lines as they ǣshop for toys this merry holiday season:

1) ǣBut what does it kill? It has to kill something!
2) ǣWho does it fight?
3) ǣHow many times can he die?
4) ǣThis is stooopid, its, like, for learning or whatever-A!

I made a conscientious decision a long time ago to never buy my nephew toy guys, toy soldiers, toy SUVs, play knives; nothing that blows up, destroys environments and contributes to terrorists organizations, or maims. I know my brother has probably never noticed this, but I try.

Being a writer, an educator, I try to get the nephew items of literary merit, science kits, artistic fair of some sort, sporting gear, or just some cool monsters. To work the body, the mind, the creative spirit, the things my parents barely could afford for us but always managed to pull off every Christmas. An event we looked forward to for that was the only time, really, when we could get our hands on such prizes.

Here in the store the most corrupt, most foul & wicked depictions of death and bloodshed on the outside packaging are snapped up with impunity. With no regards to price. The parents bring their 7 year olds and follow them down the aisle while the child brays, ǣI want that, I want this, I want that, I want, I want, I wantǪ

And without consideration their very young parents pile all this crap into sometimes two or three shopping carts, and at the checkout lines, homeboys, with the gang tats, the sneers, the raunchy dispositions, whip out obscenely large rolls of hundreds & fifties and twenties and toss them on the counter as if they were merely snatches of pocket lint.

I stand, gawking at this, my hands shaking, crumbling up the Sunday advertisement with the sales coupon for a toy thats $14.99. Making the kid in the red vest run to the back and scrounge like a rat for the very last hovering UFO they got in the joint. Hey, at the mall they want thirty bucks for this thing. Here they got it half price. Yes! Score! I would have loved that when I was 11. It goes 50 feet in the air!

I want to get him a wireless remote car, but naw. That make your own creepy crawlies oven kit looks great. At $16.99, even better. I had one as a kid too. Yes, freak out his mother. And a football. Yeah, my buddy suggested I get the nephew a football. A real one. Wilson. All leather.

Get the kid outta the house for the love of God; peel him off the computer screen for a few minutes. Pretend to hear the roar of the crowd as you cut left and reach out with just your finger tips for the winning touchdown. But its too big for his little hands. The same little hands he used to explore my fat, red face for the first time I held him. Ok, maybe a "junior ball then. But it would have to be a UCLA football, boys and girls.

As I stood at the register with my check card in grubby mitt, happy as a loon for getting the nephews gifts out of the way, I realized, with a bit of shame, that I choose his gifts not for him but for me. I wanted that UFO, that creepy crawly set, that UCLA football. Oh, well, if he doesnt want any it Ill be more than happy to take them off his hands. I think I know a kid who might like them. Merry Christmas indeedǪ

*copyright Jim Marquez 2006-2007

Merry Freaking Christmas Charlie Brown! Love, Jim "the beast" Marquez
www.lulu.com/jimmarquez www.myspace.com/jimthewriter
www.editred.com/jimmyz www.jimthewriter.blogspot.com

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

This Chicana artist will be chilling it and visiting some of the local events. Shalom, RuthAnne

Where will you be???

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

For a complete listing of this newsletter go to www.LatinoLA.com or www.myspace.com/sarte_mex_jewelry or www.consafos.com/laevents .

THIS WEEKEND/NEXT WEEK:

Winter Solstice "Aztec Stories" Performance
Friday, December 22, 7p
Antigua Cultural Coffee House, 4836 Huntington Dr S, El Sereno, CA
323.539.2233 juan_villegaz@hotmail.com www.antiguacoffeehouse.com
Michael.Heralda@Mattel.com www.aztecstories.com

Join Michael Heralda & his son Chi who will be performing Aztec Stories readings with him that are educational and musically interactive. Come out, sing some songs (in Nahuatl) & play some hand-made instruments, theyll be plenty to share. And, dont forget to save room for some of Moms Tamales.

The Olvera Street Merchants present:
Las Posadas
Thru Sunday, December 24, 6 - 8p
Traditional Candlelight Procession: 7:30p
Avila Adobe, Olvera Street, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza
213.625.7074 213.485.8372 www.olvera-street.com

The traditional, community Christmas/Navidad Procession portrays the Holy Familys journey to Bethlehem. The nightly procession winds through Olvera Street with the Merchants leading the group singing traditional hymns and holiday songs in both English and Spanish. Champurrado & pan dulce are served each night following the procession. There is a festive pi??ata breaking for the children.

Las Posadas has been celebrated on Olvera Street since the 1930s. In Spanish, las posadas means ǣinns or ǣshelters and represents the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem and their search for shelter. For nine nights in December the procession stops at different shops on Olvera Street, each one representing a posada where the group asks to stay. Many of the founding Olvera Street merchant families continue to preserve this wonderful and beloved holiday tradition, sharing the joy of the season with their children and grandchildren.

The Lalo Alcaraz La Cucaracha Calendar
Friday, December 22, 6 - 9p
Luna Sol Books, 6755 Bright Ave, Uptown Whittier, CA
562.696.4250 www.lacucaracha.com www.gocomics.com

Join Lalo Lopez, creator of La Cucaracha, the only politically and Latino themed daily nationally syndicated comic strip in the US, for his last 2 signing events before Mexmas. Lalo Alcaraz 2007 Calendars, color prints, paintings, stickers, t-shirts magnets & snarky commentary will be available.


Winter Solstice Celebration 2006
Friday, December 22, 8p
5iftybucks Gallery, 233 E. 2nd Street, Antique Row, Downtown Pomona, CA

Celebrate Winter Solstice will continue with a show featuring Lux Nova Umbra Est (light is the new dark/dark is the new light).

The burning Yule log is symbolic of the light that will return after the dark days of early winter, and gives us an excuse to gather with family and friends before a roaring fire. The tradition is an old one, going back to the Druid custom of choosing a large log from an apple or oak tree, lighting it afire, and praying that it would burn forever. In England, the log was selected months before Christmas. Because it was believed that all who brought it in from the woods would be protected against harm for the ensuing year, everyone lent a hand, making the event itself a festive time. Custom also decreed that a piece from the previous year's log be saved to light the new log. As the Yule log burned, everyone danced and cavorted in its heat and warmth, safe in the knowledge that the evil spirits would stay away for another year.

Susie Hansen Latin Band
Friday, December 22, 10p - 1a
Mama Juana's, 3707 Cahuengua Blvd West, Studio City, CA
818.505.8636

Join them for Salsa dancing with their full band, come early for excellent Tapas dining. Reservations are recommended. They were the hit of the Monterey Hills Jazz Festival.

Mexican Cultural Institute's presents:
Last Minute Christmas Sale With Lalo Alcaraz
Bravo: Tortilla Art & Other Work by Joe Bravo
La Tiendita Sale
Saturday, December 23, 1- 8p
Mexican Cultural Institute's Downstairs Gallery, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Olvera St, LA, CA
323.624.3660

Join Lalo Lopez, creator of La Cucaracha, the only politically and Latino themed daily nationally syndicated comic strip in the US. He will be signing his "2007 La Cucaracha Calendar" in his only downtown LA appearance. Lalo Alcaraz 2007 Calendars, color prints, paintings, stickers, t-shirts magnets & snarky commentary will be available. Music & Refreshments & drinks will be served.

Joe will be selling his fine art, affordable prints, and t-shirts. Julie Soto will present her homemade Christmas ornaments and more. Posters, prints, Mexican crafts, books, some fine art prints, all at close out prices in La Tiendita. While you're there visit Olvera Street's merchants - food, gifts, art, clothes, crafts and more and participate in Las Posadas.

Mama's Birthday Party!
Saturday, December 23, 6:30 - 10p
Mama's Hot Tamales Caf?, 2122 W 7th St, LA, CA
213.487.4300 sromero@iurd.org www.mamas-hot-tamales.com

You're invited to Mamas birthday party. Everyone loves a good party so join them as they celebrate. In lieu of presents, bring yourself to the Caf? and order Tamales to support Mama's Hot Tamales Caf? & the work they do in the community.

Bob DeSerna Latin Jazz Band
Saturday, December 23, 9p 12midnight
Caf? 322, 322 West Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, CA
626.836.5414 Reservations recommended

NorthEastLA Galleries
Saturday, December 23, call for hours
Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Sycamore Grove
Maps/Information: www.NELAart.org

If you missed any of these galleries on Second Saturday Gallery Night or you just want to revisit them for your holiday shopping, browse below to make your choices. Call ahead to find our their hours during this holiday season.


Participating Galleries: Acorn Gallery, Avenue 50 Studio, Blue Chips, Cactus Gallery, Carlotta's Passion, Drkrm, Future Studio, MorYork Gallery, Rock Rose Gallery, Sugarbutterbex, Young Art.

The Arroyo Arts Collective presents:
Gifts & Treasures - Cash & Carry: An Open Members Exhibition
Saturday, December 23, 12noon - 4p
The Acorn Gallery, 135 N Ave 50, Highland Park, CA
Thru December 31
323.850.8566 info@ArroyoArtsCollective.org www.arroyoartscollective.org

This is a display of small works priced $100. & under, 12" x 12" in size. Art is hung salon style & sold off the wall upon payment. But don't worry if you miss that one special piece, another will soon go up in its place. Artists include: Edith Abeyta, Lynn Bennett, Beth Block, Paul August Bruinslot, Kate Burroughs, Carol Colin, Jack Fenn, Cicely Gilman, Heather Hoggan, Patty Sue Jones, Patricia Lee, Linda Lyke, Gregory Liffick, Karen Lockert, Heather McLarty, Gurdon Miller, Susan Moss, Jennifer Murphy, Connie Rohman, Benette Rottman, Dorothy Shepherd, Suzie Stroll, RuthAnne Tarletz, Deborah Thomas, Ted Waltz, Betty Phoenix Wan & many, many others.


Contemporary Nacimientos: Paintings Sculpture Nativities
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Ave 50, LA, CA
Thru January 7
323.258.1435 ave50studio@sbcglobal.net www.avenue50studio.com

This exhibit features art interpreting and reinterpreting the nativity story. The artists invited to participate bring to the nativity story their personal and political perspectives be they traditional, contemporary or impious. Participating artists are Linda Arreola, David Botello, Barbara Carrasco, Carol Colin & Ted Waltz, Raoul De la Sota, Heather Hoggan, Pola Lopez, Jos? Lozano, Poli Marichal, Isabel Martinez, Andr?s Montoya, Suzanne Siegel & Annie Sperling

Minatures Showcase / Murals
Blue Chips, 5505 N Figueroa, Highland Park, CA
323.550.1400 karlalopezart@yahoo.com www.bluechipshlp.com

Their mural has been repainted by Eyeone & Yem. Currently they have life-size installation/murals of 15 LA artists who have worked internationally & nationally. Together with the artists they have embarked on the Blue Chips clothing line, which is a collection of work by the artists that is available for purchase. Come by Friday night & custom design your own t-shirt outside in the back.

Blue Chips has monthly miniature exhibitions showcases the 15 featured artists: Zender, Germs, Yem, Timoi, Antonio Pelayo, Oscar Magallanes, Raul Baktazar, Mon-'SteR, Solomon, Omar Ramirez, Daniel Gonzalez, Peter Carrrillo, Joe Bravo, Emi Motokawa, Pazadaword, Fandomist ... These featured artists will have their installation/murals up until the end of 2006 when the next selection of feature artists will install their murals.

Tiny Treasures
Cactus Gallery & Gifts, 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA
Thru January 4
323.256.6117 semastroianni70@yahoo.com www.eclecticcactus.com

This is an exhibit of small scale works done on canvas, wood, paper, glass & recycled objects. Participating Artists: Jason Cardwell, Jena Cardwell, Henry Ch?vez, Catie Davis, Natalie Egnatchik, Domenico Foschi, Annie Fourguette, Viktoria Gaw, Eleonora Ghioldi, Deborah Green, Guadulesa, Jos? ?ngel Hern?ndez, Jos? Herrera, Maricruz Huerta, Merle Keller, Brooke Kent, Gregory Liffick, Heather Lloyd, Sophia Louisa, Janice Markham, Ginger Mayerson, Candace Metzger, Miss Mindy, Andrea Monroe, Melissa Moss, Mario Ocampo, ?ngela Mar?a Ort?z S, Jason Schaper, Robert Selvaggio, Snow Mack, Jennifer Phiffer, Kelly Thompson, Mike Tracy, Ren? Trujillo, Edwin Ushiro & Cristi?n Vega-Rojo.

Bliss
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA
Thru January 7
323.259.1563 rs@carlottaspassion.com www.carlottaspassion.com

The works are as diverse as the artists experiences and their chosen media of expression. Participating artists: Maria Elena Castro, Martin Charlot, James Osorio, Ramon Ramirez, Sergio Rebia, Frank Romero, Sharon Romero, Sonia Romero, Hector Silva, J. Dudley Slay III, Gregg Stone, Otto Sturcke, Ruben Trejo, Linda Vallejo & Mark Vallen.

Low Brow Xmas Show
Closing Reception & Art Auction: Saturday, January 6, 7 - 11p
drkrm Gallery & Lab, 2121 San Fernando Rd Ste 3, LA, CA
Thru January 6
323.223.6867 626.825.2442 drkrm@mac.com www.drkrm.com www.artistbound.com

The Low Brow culture represents the revitalization of the 40s hot rod era when hot rods, pinup girls and rockabilly music flourished in America. This show features over 30 artists from around the world. The exhibition will feature works by Keith Weesner, Coop, Skratch, Chip Foose, Max Grundy, Dennis McPhail, Mitzi Valenzuela Cardenas, Rikki Rockett, Tom Kelley, Dan Collins, Tiffany Collins, Makoto ( Japan ), Grimb, Tingler, Dennis Ricklef, Jeff Allison, Mr. G (Japan), Rob Struven, Sid, Mike Pike, Jo-Jo, Robert Hamilton, Nick O Teen, Sara Ray, Matt Antone, Tick One, Broadview Graphics, Mike Dorman, Nigel, Dan Guilday, Ric Frane, edFox, and other artists. The show offers a variety of mediums including illustration, photography, pinstriping, tattoo work and more.

Gallery Show

Future Studio Gallery, 5558 N Figueroa St, LA, CA
323.254.4565 futurestudio@sbcglobal.net www.chickenboy.com

I Heart Everything Sweet
Sugarbutterbex, 5110 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA
323.255.0021 information@sugarbutterbex.com www.sugarbutterbex.com

This show includes small, whimsical drawings dealing w/baking, fashion and eating. as well as, some yummy baked goods to be included with the shows opening.

Shared Vision: a collaboration of Ruth DeNicola & Cidne Hart
MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA
Thru January 6
323.258.5446 323.258.6873 ourfinca@aol.com 233.376.4428 bmallman@nelaart.org w ww.claregraham.com/MorYork.html

This is a collaborative exhibition of assemblage by Ruth DeNicola and collages by photographer Cidne Hart with by installation by Clare Graham. These two Los Angeles artists are neighbors on a hill in Highland Park, and this exhibition is an outgrowth of that proximity--in space and in vision. They share a passion for expressive personal statements using the human face and figure. The unspoken depth of emotion evoked by manipulating effigies in art can remove us from time and place, reminding us of the eternal human issues.

Virgen de Guadalupe Exhibit and Altar
Rock Rose Gallery, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove, CA
323.222.4740 rockroseart@yahoo.com www.rockroseartgallery.com
Sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council

Come to an art exhibit honoring the Virgen de Guadalupe featuring the Virgen in various media including paintings, prints, wood carvings & boxes, ceramics, photos, wearable art. Featuring the following artists: Monica Hernandez, Heather Hoggan, Leo Limon, Karen Lockert, Juan Olazaba, Rachel Rifat, Eduardo Rocha Soto, RuthAnne Tarletz & Alberto Varela.

Paul Forney Exhibit
Young Art, 747 N Avenue 50, LA, CA
Thru January 6
323.344.1322 info@youngartgallery.com www.youngartgallery.com

This exhibit is of new paintings by Paul Forney.

Cultural Cinema on Main
Foreign Film Dinner Screening: Thursday, December 28, 6:30p
Casa de Sousa Coffee House, 634 N Main St, LA, CA 90012
213.687.0363

This is an eclectic, intercontinental cinematic dining affair.

Cine Chicano on Main
Cine Sin Fin: Friday, December 29, 9p
Casa de Sousa Coffee House, 634 N Main St, LA, CA 90012
213.687.0363

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

EVERY WEEKEND/WEEK:


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.

Community Drum Circles
Sundays, 12:30p 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


Son Jarocho Classes
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6p
East Side Caf?, 5469 Huntington Dr N, LA, CA
323.583.5113
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!

Charangoa
Thursdays
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.

CALLS FOR ARTISTS/VOLUNTEERS:

Call For Entries 2007 Silver Lake Film Festival LA: The 7th Edition of Los Angeles' Leading Independent Film & Arts Showcase Unspools May 3-12, 2007. The organizers of Silver Lake Film Festival, LAs' leading showcase for independent film and multi-media, have announced its seventh annual edition will be held May 3-12, 2007 at venues throughout Los Angeles' Eastside, including sites in Hollywood, Silver Lake, Echo Park and Downtown. Silver Lake Film Festival uses Without a Box (http://www.withoutabox.com/ ) for its registration process.

The deadlines for submission of films are:
? Feature films December 31st

Silver Lake Film Festival proudly embraces the work of independent filmmakers; in fact, the greater Silver Lake area is home to the largest community of independent filmmakers in the world. Alternative and experimental film and video -- features, shorts and documentaries -- are the festival's focus. The primary programming goal is to provide access to films that would not necessarily be available to the public. A portion of each year's programming line-up is reserved to showcase the distinctively alternative style of local filmmakers.

The 2007 annual Silver Lake Film Festival will present an expanded MP4Fest, the digital content program that debuted at the 2006 festival. Also returning in an expanded format is MusicFest, the festival's music documentary and live-musical performance program. www.silverlakefilmfestival.org .



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Image: ǣVirgin De Las Americas
*copyright Julie Soto 2006




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