Where Are the Chicana/o Artists This Weekend/Next Week? 12.28.06

En casa con familia, casi todos

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

Where Are the Chicana/o Artists This Weekend/Next Week? 12.28.06

Happy Holidays! Feliz Fiestas!
A Prosperous New Year! Prospero A??o Neuvo!

Well, last week I didn't write about Las Posadas, and so even though they are ended until next year, this week's intro is about them. I find them interesting in two respects, both of which have to do with syncretism. One is the preHispanic history, the other is the Sephardic Jewish history. As usual, I realize many will disagree with my perspective, but then that's what it is, my perspective written from my very unique history and ethnic make-up.

1. And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5. To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke, 2:1-7 KJV

Las Posadas means "the inns" or "the shelters" in Spanish. A religious and social celebration that takes place for nine nights, from December 16 - 24, it commemorates Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter prior to the birth of Christ. Las Posadas is a reenactment of this difficult journey. The procession is led by children, followed by adults & musicians. They travel to a different house in the village or neighborhood each night looking for lodging. When they enter the designated house, they begin the evening with prayer; soon after, the celebration begins, full of music, fireworks, food, candy & treats for all. The Christmas season ends with the Feast of the Epiphany or Feast of Three Kings on January 6.

In preHispanic Mexico they celebrated the advent (arrival) of Huitzilopochtli (Dios de la Guerra - the god of war) in winter from December 17 - 26, which coincided with the European Christmas celebration. In order to replace the Aztec celebration a novena, or nine days of prayer, was introduced, perhaps, by St. Ignatius Loyola. The celebration further evolved in 1587, when Fray Diego de Soria, priest of the Convent of San Agustin Acolman, asked the Pope for permission to hold Yuletide masses outdoors, because the church could not accommodate the multitude attending the dawn services. Eventually it became the celebration we know today with a candle-lit procession stopping each night for nine nights at three different locations looking for a place to stay.

What is even more interesting is that it has traveled to LA has two different roads. The expected one is the one from Mexico as Las Posadas is a Mexican Catholic custom. What is the unexpected one is the one from the Philippines. There the unique Christmas celebration dates back to when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the first Spanish governor-general in the country, celebrated the first Feast of the Nativity in the archipelago. In following Pope Sixtus V's decree that dawn masses should also be held annually in the Philippines, the simbang gabi became a Filipino religious tradition in about 1660.

And then what did I see but two candles lit in the window. What's this? Oh, it's the first night of Januka, which comes somewhere in December, this year December 15 - 22. First night, yes. Januka lasts for 8 nights until 9 candles are lit by the window. And, in Mexico, yet! Oh, remember those Sephardic Jews who came along with Cristobal Colon, who were expelled from Spain, who fled the Inquisition, who went to the Philippines. If I were them (and some of my ancestors were), wouldn't it be a real coup to hide Januka not only within the Catholic traditions, but integrate First Peoples traditions so as to disguise what is being done. Ummm... Well, it's my thought.

But, whatever light it takes to get passed Winter Solstice, is fine with me. So I light my Januka candles and I participate in candle-lit Posadas. What do you do?

And, for some ideas of what to do this weekend, you can still stop by all the NorthEastLA galleries to see their holiday exhibits. And, if you're out Long Beach way, you can stop in for the closing of The Annual La Virgen Art Exhibit 2006 at Picture This Gallery, Since this is tiempo de familia (family time), things are fairly quiet. A good time to visit Olvera Street and stop in at Casa Sousa to see a movie either tonight or tomorrow night. If you are looking for something fun to do on New Year's Eve head on out to Ignite and join me at Nu Roots 07 and Hip Hop the year in.

And, so ...

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???


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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

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

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

December Sky - Beyond My Undocumented Life by Evelyn Cortez-Davis
Author Reading: Saturday, December 30, 6p
Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural Bookstore, 12737 Glenoaks Blvd #22, Sylmar, CA
818.362.7060 info@tiachucha.com www.tiachucha.com

Evelyn Cortez-Davis is a former undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who was legalized under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (Amnesty) of 1986. She graduated from UCLA and currently works as a Civil Engineer for the City of LA. Her autobiographical book "December Sky - Beyond My Undocumented Life" was published in 2005. December Sky is the true story of a 12-year old immigrant girl growing up in suburban LA in the early 80s, her years as an undocumented student and subsequent success, thanks to the 1986 Amnesty.

10 Year Anniversary Celebration: The Annual La Virgen Art Exhibit 2006
Closing Reception: Saturday, December 30, 10a - 2p
Picture This Gallery, 4130 Norse Wy, Long Beach, CA
Thru December 30
562.425.4861 picturethisgallery@gmail.com picturethisgallery@gmail.com

There are many faces of the Virgin Mary. Our Lady of Lourdes, La Macarena of Seville, the black Virgin of Czestochowa and many more can be seen in almost every part of the world. Not only is her statue in a church, she is also seen in murals, clothing, tatoos, cars, etc. La Virgen is a worldly icon. Our annual December show allows artists to display their own interpretation of La Virgen. Whether it be traditional or not, visual or musical, it is bringing people together through art.

Artists: Alan Papaleo, Michael McCormick, Chris Langlais, Shannon Jones, Jennifer Schichi, Helen Fallon, Ernie Guerrero, George Marshall, Jos?® Robledo, Carolyn Machado, Alex Ni??o Cort?®s, Augusto Marin, Matt Kotch, Patricia Varela, Andrea Dominguez, Arturo Sandoval Diaz, Matthew Stork, Roly Polly, Enrique Chiu, Eli

Special Thanks to our Jurors: Joe Flazh!, Arts Editor, metroG.com and Co-Owner, Flazh!Alley Studio, San Pedro, CA; Malady, Fine Artist, USA and other contributing jurors

Nu Roots 07
Sunday, December 31, 8p
Ignite, 11364 E Imperial Hwy, Norwalk, CA
After Party: The Node, 11723 Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA
Sponsored by: Ignite, My Place Magazine.net, The Node, Mi Amigo Clothing, Flatblack Clothing
www.Ignite-la.com www.nuroots.net www.flatblackclothing.com www.artsandliteracy.org

Performing live: Pigeon John, LA Symphony & Red Cloud. B.boy Battle - $150 cash prize. Spoken Word. Fashion & Art Show - Aerosol by Zender, Cab, TCA crew of arts and literacy.org. Door Prizes. Vendors. 3 Stages. DJ's Spinning on the 1's n 2's.

NorthEastLA Galleries
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?ívez, Catie Davis, Natalie Egnatchik, Domenico Foschi, Annie Fourguette, Viktoria Gaw, Eleonora Ghioldi, Deborah Green, Guadulesa, Jos?® ?üngel Hern?índez, 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, ?üngela Mar?¡a Ort?¡z S, Jason Schaper, Robert Selvaggio, Snow Mack, Jennifer Phiffer, Kelly Thompson, Mike Tracy, Ren?® Trujillo, Edwin Ushiro & Cristi?ín Vega-Rojo.

Bliss (pictured)
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 40's 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 show's 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 www.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.


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
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.


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:
?À 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.

About RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina:
RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina is an artist/jeweler/ activist who believes in helping other artists succeed.

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