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Where are the Chicana/o artists this weekend/next week? 1.13.07

Confronting those that oppose Cultura y Arte...

By RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Published on LatinoLA: January 13, 2007


Where are the Chicana/o artists this weekend/next week? 1.13.07


Where Will the Chicana/o Artists Be???

The irony is that this newsletter originally started in response to the abrupt closing of Self Help Graphics & Art. Here we are a year and a half later and again the Chicano Arte Mundo is facing challenges here in LA. The following is an email In part from Luis Rodriguez of Tia Chucha's:

Tia Chucha's must move--but our Spirit, Creativity, & Unity are intact: Just after the holidays, Tia Chucha's Cafe & Cultural Center was served with a notice forcing us to move. We have to leave by February 28, 2007. A powerfully energized & thriving bookstore/cafe/performance space/ cultural center is to be replaced by high-tech laundry machines. The laundry company is apparently investing $8 million in the strip mall, something we can't compete with.

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Our strategy this year includes implementing a fundraising plan with a 5th Anniversary event at Tia Chucha's on February 17. We will also have another "Celebrating Words: Written, Performed & Sung" festival at Sylmar Park on May 19. & we have been approved to do a benefit event for Tia Chucha's at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood on July 29. Sign up for our e-mail newsletter here on our website up at the top, or call 818-362-7060 for more information.

--Luis J. Rodriguez Co-founder & Creative Director, Tia Chucha's Cafe & Centro Cultural

How You Can Help!!! *Come into the cafe & sign the petition!!! *Attend a community meeting held at Pacoima Beautiful located at 11243 Glenoaks Blvd, Suite 1, Pacoima, CA on Wednesday, January 17@ 12 noon. Voice your opinion & let the city of Pacoima know that you support Tia Chucha's & request that they consider us as a prospective bussiness for the new shopping center being built on Paxton St. on the old Price Pfister Factory site. *Volunteer!!! We will need assistance at our Anniversary Celebration & with the transition to our new temporary space. Interested volunteers can email Tia Chucha's at chuchamail@aol.com or call 818.362.7060 & ask how you can help!!! *Donate & re-invest in your community!!! Donations like yours will assist Tia Chucha's in it's struggle & continued survival. Silverio Pelayo, Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural www.tiachucha.com

And what is even more ironic, is that in that "oh so looong ago" moment, the first public meeting that was held about the issues at Self Help Graphics & Art, was at Avenue 50 Studio, another Chicano icon. And now, they in my own backyard in NorthEastLA, along with the Acorn Gallery of the Arroyo Arts Collective (AAC), are possibly in jeopardy of losing their space. At a recent board meeting (January 9) of the Highland Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) the following was on the agenda:

4. Certificate of Appropriateness & Certificate of Compatibility:
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C. 131-5 N. Avenue 50 - (Not Listed) DIR-2007-XXXX-CCMP; Returning from 12/12/06; Demolition of ex. bldg., consult w/Fire Dept. on access,egress for fire trucks. Sam Suliman.

After they had presented their case for need for demolition of building to comply with the needs of the fire department for access & egress, the public had their chance to speak. The first to pop up was Robert (Bob) Squires of Charlotta's Passion, another Chicano Arte gallery. He was very eloquent, however, the day (night) really went to Carmela Gomes, President, Highland Park
Heritage Trust. She presented the Trust's statement on the matter, speaking against the demolition as, though, the building is not listed explained at the meeting, that this building is of architectural importance to the community and should be considered a Contributing Structure. She then handed the Board the written version of the statement. The Board agreed that it should be a Contributing Structure. Others spoke about Avenue 50 Studio, but the Board can only deal with structural issues and so those comments were tabled before Brian Mallman, of NELAarts.org, could speak. Then the Board called upon by Justine Leong, a historic preservation architect of the Architectural Resources Group (ARG), Pasadena. She agreed with Ms Gomes regarding the preservation of the building. The Registrar and Representative for Recreation, Culture & the Arts, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, commented that the new owner, as a prudent buyer, should have been investigating these things during escrow & not confronting them now.

Luckily, for all concerned - the Board didn't have to make a decision at the moment - the owner didn't have to face not being able to demolish the building - the community will have a chance for input - hopefully, there can be a compromise as was suggested by both the Board & some of the commenters such as modifying the building plans to accommodate the structure - Gerald Gubatan, Chief Planning Deputy, First Council District (Ed Reyes), was asked to comment. His bottom line was that the decision should be tabled for 30 days while the parties have a chance to seek a compromise solution. Additional comments, from the Board & others, mentioned studies that were relevant to the issue, but not within the Board's purview. One important study could be an environmental impact one, especially as to traffic issues.

Thanks also goes to Cheryl Johnson of Bob Taylor Properties, Inc, who first posted the notice of the hearing at the NortheastLA@yahoogroups.com as follows: "Avenue 50 Studio has been a leader in community outreach, and cross cultural understanding. The 1925 (2) masonry building leased by Avenue 50 Studio was recently acquired by a new owner, and plans have been filed to demolish the structure. Although the building is a recognized icon in the neighborhood, it does not have the protection of being listed as a "Contributing Structure" by the Cultural Heritage Commission. The next hearing before the Highland Park Historic Perservation Overlay Zone Board takes place Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 6:30 PM at Ramona Hall Recreation Center, 4580 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90065 (Beside Sycamore Grove Park). Here is a copy of the Public Notice of Hearing: http://www.nelalive.net/nelalive/files/131ave50.pdf" Without this notice many of us would have not known about the meeting and would not have been able to show our support.

As Bob Squires wrote in a recent email to nelalist@yahoogroups.com "Avenue 50 & the AAC may even benefit from a move to a different facility. What I perhaps find the most exciting is to realize that so many of the partipants in this discussion are willing to leave their computers & work & devote time & effort to help facilitate this difficult transition. That you are willing to do more than simply post your opinions, which is such an easy task, speaks volumes about your wonderful community spirit. ..."

So what do you do?

For starters this weekend is Second Saturday Gallery Night in NorthEastLA (NELA) and Avenue 50 Studio has a wonderful new exhibit opening called Mitos y Leyendas/Myths & Legends, which would be worth your while to visit and demonstrate your support of the two arts institutions housed in this culturally significant building. IF you live in the area to Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural Bookstore do what you can of the options they've suggested and/or visit there on Saturday for An Evening of Spoken Word w/San Diego's Best.

And, as long as your visiting Avenue 50 Studio, you can visit some of the other galleries on the tour, either by car or by bike as part of the Spoke(n) Art Bike Ride. The participating NorthEastLA galleries are Art Studio C, Avenue 50 Studio, Blue Chips, Cactus Gallery, Carlotta's Passion, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, David Patton LA, Future Studio, MorYork Gallery, Rock Rose Gallery, Space Ark Gallery, Sugarbutterbex, Toros Pottery &Young Art. Of special note are the Framed Fibers: A Study in Abstraction Exhibit at That Yarn Store, the Mind Made Housing: Ed Coolidge Solo Exhibit at Sugarbutterbex, the Coffee Mail Art Show: Curated by Ted Meyer, assisted by Omar Mejia at Future Studio and the Irene Carranza: New Works Solo Exhibit at Carlotta's Passion Fine Art. For a real fun time try either the Chistian Vega Rojo Going Away Party & Exhibit at Cactus Gallery & Gifts or Avant Garde Art, Music & Fun at Space Ark Gallery. And you just might run into me as I'm tooling along on my newly repaired Schwinn classic, just don't literally run into me, please.

Actually you can start on Friday with a preview of the NorthEastLA galleries at MorYork Gallery for Snapshot:NELA A Benefit Show & Party. If you are on the other side of town or if you like to run from one side to the other, you can make it to Extra??o Nuevo Mundo: Arte Y Dise??o Desde Tijuana / Strange New World: Art & Design from Tijuana at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA). It's a show, and I do mean show, not to miss. Make sure you've prepared your senses, all of them.

If you want to slow things down a bit on Saturday, start out with the Native American Genealogy Lecture & Workshop at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian and explore your indigenous roots. For the politically minded there's the Posters on the Myths & Realities of the Immigrant Experience at Self Help Graphics & Art. And to learn more about the founder of SHGA, Sister Karen, you could start out at the LA Women: A Record of Experience at
The Studio for Southern California History.

As usual, there are other venues and exhibits to be explored, so read on down to find out what they are.

And, so...

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

This Chicana artist will busy peddling her a** around NortheastLA for the Spoke(n) Art Bike Ride. Shalom, RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina

Where will you be???

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Edens Lost & Found: LA: Dream a Different City
Thursday, January 11, 10 - 11p
PBS (Channels KCET - 28, KOCE - 50 or KLCS - 58)
http://www.edenslostandfound.org/

Los Angeles was once known as the city of dreams. Can it be reclaimed from suburban sprawl and poor planning? Many of its citizens and Mayor Villaraigosa fervently believe so. Hosted by Emmy-awarding actor Jimmy Smits, Edens Lost & Found looks at how the most storied and modern of American cities is belying the stereotypes and making itself more sustainable.

The Topics:

TreePeople & the Vision of Andy Lipkis: Saving LA one tree at a time
Reviving the Olmsteds' Green Necklace: Parks, open space & environmental justice
Reclamation through conservation: Integrated Resource Management.
A Star on the Horizon: Assemblyperson Cindy Montanez & the search for environmental justice.
Friends of the LA River: the restoration of the LA River.
Transportation Lost & Found: Darrel Clark & the building of LA's Expo light rail line
Boyle Heights in Bloom: Girls Today Women Tomorrow & the creation of Proyecto Jardin

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:

Gallery Row Organization (GRO) presents:
Downtown Art Walk: 2nd Thursdays
Thursday, January 11, 12 noon - 9p (limited hours noted on the Art Walk map)
Gallery Row y mas, Downtown LA
213-842.8574 www.downtownartwalk.com www.galleryrow.org
Sponsored by: Pete's Cafe & Bar and 213 Ventures' Golden Gopher and Broadway Bar

This is a self-guided tour of the many art exhibition venues in Downtown LA - commercial art galleries, museums & non-profit arts venues. Participants are the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Pico House Gallery at Olvera Street, LA Public Library, Grey Goose, LA Artcore Center, 2nd Street Cigars and Gallery, de Soto, M. J. Higgins, bank, Crewest, The Regent Galleries, Pharmaka, LA Center for Digital Art, El Nopal Press, Bert Green Fine Art, INMO Gallery, Red Dot Gallery, Niche.LA/Lounge 441, Kristi Engle Gallery, Art Murmur Gallery, 626 Gallery, Infusion Gallery, Gallery 727, The Hive Gallery, City Center Gallery, Gallery of Contemporary Art, IMG-81, Museum of Neon Art (MONA) &DAG (Downtown Art Gallery).

Under new management and now affordable apartments for artists and the like, The Alexandria Residences is yet another niche in the Downtown revival. In the heart of this building (on the corner of 5th and Spring) is a bar reviving the essence of truly creative and alternative music. Every 2nd Thursday at Charlie O's is the roots-rock, americana band Some Party & special guests. Starting at 9p. No cover & very low drink prices.

Magia / Magic
Artists' Reception: Thursday, January 11, 5 - 9p
Downtown Art Gallery DAG, 1611 S Hope St, LA, CA
January 11 - February 7
213.255.2067 juan@rosillo.com www.downtownag.com

This exhibit explores the capacity or ability of a human person to transform reality. Works by different Latin American Artists, including, among others Esau Andrade, Juan Rosillo, Mario Londono, Fernando de Szyslo & Rodrigo Pimentel & new Limited Editions by Zita Press.

The Downtown Art Ride meets at 5 pm at the Downtown Art Gallery the day of the art walk. Visit all the galleries that take part in the Downtown Art Walk (except MOCA Grand and the Library) by bicycle. Bring a lock.

La Ethos
Artists' Reception: Thursday, January 11, 6 - 9p
Pharmaka Art, 101 W 5th St, LA, CA
January 11 - February 28
213.689.7799 atelierzero@belairmail.net Pharmaka-art.org
This educational program supported in part by the Dale & Edna Walsh Foundation, the Joelson Foundation & Blick Art.

There are many questions that are raised when different publications announce that LA is the new center of the art world. Is there a definable "Style" for LA? Is there an underlying narrative or subject being explored by LA artists? What trends are apparent stylistically? What questions are LA artists asking themselves?

The walls of the gallery will be covered with canvas and LA artists will be asked to work, in public, on these walls, in response to the questions. The participating artists include: Fumiko Amano, Don Bachardy, Randall Cabe, Christopher Cousins, Stanley Dorfman, GERMS, Shane Guffogg, Patricia Howard, Tim Isham, Donald Krieger, Campbell Laird, Maureen Maki, Christopher Monger, Richard Montoya, Andy Moses, Michael Rosenfeld, Luke Rothschild, Michael Salerno, John Scane, Vonn Sumner, David Trulli & more.

The participating artists include: Fumiko Amano, Don Bachardy, Jeff Britton, Randall Cabe, Christopher Cousins, Stanley Dorfman, Tim Forcum, GERMS, Shane Guffogg, Laura Hipke, Doro Hofmann, Patricia Howard, Tim Isham, Donald Krieger, Campbell Laird, Heather Lowe, David Loyd, Maureen Maki, Christopher Monger, Richard Montoya, Ivan Morley, Andy Moses, Ana Osgood, Albert Reyes, Michael Rosenfeld, Robert Rossoff, Luke Rothschild, Michael Salerno, John Scane, Vonn Sumner, David Trulli, Alison Van Pelt, Alissa Warshaw, Daniel Wheeler, and more.

Eduardo Villacia: Smoking Mirror
Opening Reception: Thursday January 11, 6 - 9p
Bert Green Fine Art, 102 W 5th St, LA, CA
January 11 - March 24
213.624.6212 gallery@bgfa.us www.bgfa.us

This exhibit is a mock museum installation chronicling an alternative history in which the Aztecs conquer Europe in the year 1493 after encountering Columbus in 1492. Ecuadorian artist Eduardo Villacis posits an alternative history following the landing of Columbus on the shores of the Americas. Instead of a European conquest of Aztec culture, Villacis envisions Columbus taken prisoner, his navigational tools examined and used to embark on an adventure to subdue and colonize a new world which will be renamed "Amexica." This installation is a mock historical museum, complete with artworks, artifacts, and historical fragments of a vanquished people who once called their land "U-rop." With this ambitious project, Villacis reflects on racism and the manipulation of religious beliefs as ideologies of conquest and as tools of deceit.

Jim Marquez Book Signing
Thursday, January 11, 6 - 9p
Metropolis Books, 440 S Main St, LA, CA
213.612.0174 info@metropolisbooksla.com www.metropolisbooksla.com
323.691.9497 www.LuLu.com/JimMarquez www.myspace.com/jimthewriter
www.jimthewriter.blogspot.com

Jim Marquez will be hovering around this new bookstore right next to the Regent where the Black Dahlia exhibit & film will be showing! This will be a great chance for you to grab a signed edition of LA Bitch III: The Writer Strikes Back! (featuring the unedited interview of International / LA artist Emmeric James Konrad). These are the last copies in the city because L.A. Bitch IV: The Last Word! will be having its world premiere launch February 17at Metropolis Books.

The Lost Weekend (art/film/historic tours)
Thursday, January 11- Tuesday, January 16
Downtown LA Laemmle Grand Theaters, 345 S Figueroa St, LA, CA
Regent Galleries, 446 S Main St, LA, CA
St. Regent Theater 448 S Main St, LA, CA
Biltmore Hotel, 506 S Grand Ave, LA, CA
www.myspace.com/thelostweekendlosangeles www.myspace.com/blackdahliamovie www.theblackdahliamovie.comwww.1947project.com

Art, Film, Music and History Collide to Honor The Black Dahlia's 60th Anniversary.

On January 15th, 1947, Elizabeth Short's mysteriously severed body was discovered by LAPD, and subsequently created Hollywood's most unforgettable unsolved murder. Now 60 years later, a musical ceremony featuring music from Ramzi Abed's "Black Dahlia Movie" will serve as a seance, while the following day, January 16th, in memory of Miss Short, the long-anticipated "Black Dahlia Movie" will receive its official LA premiere in downtown LA, where Miss Short was last seen.

The Lost Weekend: 60 Years of LA's Black Dahlia, featuring screenings of Ramzi Abed's "Black Dahlia Movie," "Her Name Was Elizabeth" art exhibit, live "Requiem For a Dahlia" cabaret and 1947project's Real Black Dahlia Crime Bus Tour. See websites for details.

Snapshot:NELA A Benefit Show & Party
Friday, January 12, 7 - 10p
MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA
www.nelaart.org/snapshot
Media Sponsor: The Arroyo Seco Journal
All proceeds from the event support NELAart's marketing/outreach efforts.

This is the first anniversary celebration and inaugural fundraising event for NELAart. The evening will feature original work from the galleries and art spaces in Northeast Los Angeles, great raffle prizes from local galleries, food and drinks from Camillo's, Auntie Em's and Highland Perk and music by DJ My Little Pony. If you enjoy the arts in Northeast LA, come celebrate the community and meet local artists and gallery owners.

Carlotta's Passion Fine Art is contributing a spectacular range of free raffle prizes throughout the evening, ranging from limited edition, signed Robbie Conal silkscreens; a late 19th Century Tibetan pigment and watercolor thangka of Mahakala; a California Plein Air oil painting; a Kosta Boda artglass vase; a hand-knotted Persian Balouch pillow; and a humorous, contemporary retablo, among others.

Tickets to "Snapshot NELA" are available for $25 from NELAart members. Tickets may be available at the door, however, capacity at the Gallery is limited, and those purchasing tickets in advance will have priority for admittance. For more information contact: Brian Mallman, bmallman@nelaart.org moryork@hotmail.com

Extra??o Nuevo Mundo: Arte Y Dise??o Desde Tijuana
Strange New World: Art & Design from Tijuana
Artists' Reception: Friday, January 12, 7 - 9p
Members' Preview: 6 - 7p
Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), Bergamot Station G1, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica
January 13 - April 7
310.586.6488 info@smmoa.org www.smmoa.org www.mcasd.org/strangenewworld
Sponsored by Altria Group, Inc

The opening party celebrates Tijuana's cutting-edge electronic music scene with contributions from some of the city's top DJs & VJs. There will be music from globo-pop master DJ Rafa Dro, Radio Global mixologist DJ Wero & cumbia masher DJ Chucuchu, plus the super-charged demolitions of Tijuana's most in-demand visual collagist, VJ Sal.

"Some people call it the happiest place on earth/but they say it's a dangerous place/it has been the city of sin/but you know I don't care/all I care about is to see you again/& to dance that song/to the record that I love so much...so much...so much/Tijuana makes me appy/BANG! BANG! -Tijuana Makes Me Happy, lyrics by Pepe Mogt, from the Strange New World/Extra??o Nuevo Mundo catalog

This is the first major traveling exhibition to explore & celebrate the vibrant interdisciplinary art scene in Tijuana, Mexico, one of the world's leading crucibles of cultural innovation. The exhibit features over fifty works by twenty of Tijuana's most important contemporary artists, architects, designers & filmmakers. Their bold, cutting-edge work embodies the powerful creative energy of a city transformed by crosscurrents of globalization, media & issues of migration & identity.
Whether as the subject or the actual physical source of the materials used to create works of art, the City of Tijuana is at the core of everything in this exhibit.

Situated at the most heavily trafficked international border in the world, Tijuana lies almost directly adjacent to San Diego, forming a metropolitan region with a population exceeding 5 million people. Tijuana's newfound wealth, rapid growth, & haphazard expansion inspires the broad range of artistic production represented in the exhibition - from painting to conceptually-driven installations; from street-level digital video to ambitious photo-documentation, filmmaking, & political work; from sophisticated architectural proposals to product design. The city has also emerged as the center of the internationally renowned "Nortec" musical movement. Both in homage & as critique, the artists in this exhibit have discovered new visual, verbal, & audio forms to manifest their experience of the rapidly changing interconnected realities of the local urban & global environments.

Strange New World/Extra??o Nuevo Mundo features the work of: Mely Barrag?ín, Bulbo, Alida Cervantes, Enrique Ciapara, Hugo Crosthwaite, Teddy Cruz, Einar & Jamex de la Torre,
Salom??n Huerta, Ana Machado, Julio C?®sar Morales, Julio Orozco, Ren?® Peralta, Marcos Ram?¡rez ERRE, Salvador V. Ricalde, Daniel Ruanova, Giancarlo Ru?¡z, Jaime Ruiz Otis, Aaron Soto, Torolab & Yvonne Venegas.

Support for the Santa Monica Museum of Art's presentation of this exhibition has been provided by Eugenio Lopez & The Joy & Jerry Monkarsh Family Foundation. Additional support has been provided by: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Rockefeller Foundation; anonymous donors; the Government of Baja California; Amelia & Kenneth Morris; UBS AG; Cultural Contact, the U.S.-M?®xico Foundation for Culture, Inc; The James Irvine Foundation; The Nimoy Foundation; the Consulate General of M?®xico; the City of Tijuana; the Institute for Museum & Library Services, an independent Federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating & sustaining a nation of learners; the City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture; the County of San Diego; & the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Native American Genealogy Lecture & Workshop
Saturday, January 13, 1 - 4p
Southwest Museum of the American Indian, 234 Museum Dr, LA, CA
323.221.2164 www.autrynationalcenter.org

Trace your Native American heritage during this lecture & workshop. Learn about several Los Angeles tribes with David Bartosz from the West LA Family History Center.

NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night

The Bike Oven & Locos Armadillos 42 Bike Club present:
Spoke(n) Art Bike Ride
Saturday, January 13, 6 - 11p
Meet at: Flagpole, Figueroa/York, 6p
Leave at: Flagpole, Figueroa/York, 6:30p
Sponsored by: The Outreach & Recreation, Culture & the Arts Committees of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
626.831.7970 sarte1mex@aol.com 310.902.5439 ubrayj02@yahoo.com

Come to the Spoke(n) Art Bike Ride. It meets at the corner of Figueroa & York (at the flag pole). North East Los Angeles has two dozen galleries & art houses in a two-mile radius & they'll travel to a selected group of them so that one can spend quality time at each stop. This ride is an entire evening worth of bikes, art & fun.

The ride will wind its way around the Eagle Rock, Highland Park & Sycamore Grove areas, stopping at selected galleries open that night as part of NELAart's ongoing 2nd Saturday Gallery Night. The galleries will generally be open from 7 - 10p & run a wide spectrum of different genres & styles. If you get lost, or want to meet up with the ride, call (310) 902-5439 or 626.831.7970 for directions.

Rock Rose Gallery, 4108 N Figueroa, will be the last gallery on the ride. After that you can head over to the Bike Oven, 130 W Avenue 42, for the after-party. Both are close to Gold Line train stations (SouthWest Museum & Heritage Square) & several all-night bus lines that run on Figueroa.

Gallery itinerary available the week of the ride on-line & at the flagpole. Maps will be provided at the flagpole & can also be picked up along the route.

Gallery itinerary is as follows: Flagpole: gather 6p - leave 6:30p ?á That Yarn Store ?á Cactus Gallery ?á Art Studio C ?á MorYork Gallery ?á David Patton LA ?á Sugarbutterbex ?á Space Ark Gallery ?á Future Studio ?á Avenue 50 Studio ?á Rock Rose Gallery ?á Bike Oven

NELAart presents:
Second Saturdays Gallery Night
Saturday, January 13, 5 - 10p
Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Sycamore Grove
Maps/Information: www.NELAart.org

Second Saturday Gallery Night with local galleries & arts organizations open until 10p. Join them in celebrating the arts in Northeast LA! Complete gallery information & printable maps can be found on the website.

A bicycle tour is also available, see above.

Participating Galleries: Art Studio C, Avenue 50 Studio, Blue Chips, Cactus Gallery, Carlotta's Passion, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, David Patton LA, Future Studio, MorYork Gallery, Rock Rose Gallery, Space Ark Gallery, Sugarbutterbex, Toros Pottery, Young Art.

Art Studio C ?á
Live Exhibit
art studio c, 4121 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA, CA
323.256.6052 info@artstudioc.com www.artstudioc.com

Guests can view asc's artists work in progress & purchase finished pieces.

Avenue 50 Studio ?á
Mitos y Leyendas/Myths & Legends
Artists' Reception: Saturday, January 13, 7 - 11p
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA, CA
January 13 - February 4
323.258.1435 ave50studio@sbcglobal.net www.avenue50studio.com

This exhibit features sculptures by Tom?ís Owen & Drawings by J. Michael Walker. If myths & legends are the stories that have been passed down for generations, Owen & Walker have created new - & reconfigured other - legends & myths. A mixing of real & imaginary characters, places & events populate the gallery & draw us into an atmospheric world of fantasy & supernatural beings.

Tom?ís Owen sculpts moody yet playful characters in ceramic stoneware. In one piece, the mythological satyr, Tom?ís recreates this icon, energizing its classical form with movement & almost perceptible sound.

J. Michael Walker's drawings assemble mythic imagery & tradition to offer atmospheric, imaginary worlds. In "The Old Moon Remembers" he builds a magical castle in a mysterious landscape; careful reflection informs that this is Cholula, where the Spaniards built a great cathedral atop a pre-Colombian temple. The full moon as indigenous visage gazes over lands once possessed, still affected.

La Palabra - Open Mic Reading
Sunday, January 14, 2 - 4p
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA, CA
Thru November 6
323.258.1435 ave50studio@sbcglobal.net www.avenue50studio.com
Co-hosts: Laura Longoria & Don Newton

Welcome in the New Year at this monthly poetry event. Everyone is invited. An afternoon of poetry, art, & friends resumes today. Calling all community poets, from nine to 90! You are invited to bring your work for open mike readings before & after the featured poets.

Minatures Showcase / Murals
Saturday, January 13, 7 - 10p
Blue Chips, 5505 N Figueroa, Highland Park, CA
323.550.1400 karlalopezart@yahoo.com www.bluechipshlp.com

The the mural 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.

Cactus Gallery ?á
Chistian Vega Rojo Going Away Party & Exhibit
Saturday, January 13, 5 - 9p
Cactus Gallery & Gifts, 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA
323.256.6117 semastroianni70@yahoo.com www.eclecticcactus.com

Help them give our friend Cristian Vega Rojo a fond farewell. He is leaving the US for good, not to
return for many years. Cristian has been an integral part of the Cactus family; he is irreplaceable as a friend and his positivity and light will be missed by many. Spread the word and bring something to share.

Irene Carranza: New Works Solo Exhibit
Artist's Reception: Saturday, January 13, 7 - 10p
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA
January 13 - February 18
323.259.1563 rs@carlottaspassion.com www.carlottaspassion.com

Perhaps no other Latina artist in Los Angeles is so visible & invisible at the same time. Perhaps no other is so commercially viable & not commercial. And perhaps no other artist is as important to the expression of being Latina in a multicultural world without treating the paintbrush as a political hammer. On the contrary, whatever "it" is, she nails it. Although the color and strokes convey a world somewhere between Diego Rivera and Edvard Munch, a world between Marc Chagall's and Georgia O'Keefes', that world is distinctly Carranza's. She creates her works using oil, acrylic, charcoal & pastel on canvas, paper & wood. Since 1997, she has developed a body of work that is connected by the notion of feminine mystique & the interpretation of what makes a human "feminine". They are tales with allegorical references to death, beauty, innocence, wisdom & strength.

End of the Year Giving
Reception: Saturday, January 13, 7 - 10p
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA 90041
323.226.1617 erccc@hotmail.com www.centerartseaglerock.org

David Patton LA ?á
A Good Chance at Some Point Exhibit: Paintings by Jonathan Kroll
Artist' Reception: Saturday, January 13, 7 - 10p
David Patton LA, 5006 1/2 York Blvd, LA, CA
January 13 - February 10
323.478.1966 info@davidpattonlosangeles.com www.davidpattonlosangeles.com

This is an exhibit by the Berlin based artist Jonathan Kroll. His work was last seen in these parts in 2005 in "Everything in Particular" at ACME. As part of this exhibit, Kroll has produced a limited run silkscreen poster - a commemorative of sorts.

Future Studio ?á
Coffee Mail Art Show: Curated by Ted Meyer, assisted by Omar Mejia
Reception: Saturday, January 13, 6 - 10p
Future Studio Gallery, 5558 N Figueroa St, LA, CA
323.254.4565 futurestudio@sbcglobal.net www.chickenboy.com homepage.mac.com/futurestudio

Art on the theme of coffee has been mailed in from all around the world. They have nearly 100 entries from all over the world. All entries are displayed. Snack items being served include coffee, coffee milk (the official drink of Rhode Island), coffee jello, coffee cake & if you time it right, homemade coffee ice cream.

MorYork Gallery ?á
Snapshot:NELA A Benefit Show & Party
Reception: Saturday, January 13, 7 - 10p
MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA
www.nelaart.org/snapshot

This is the exhibit from first anniversary celebration and inaugural fundraising event for NELAart that features original work from the galleries and art spaces in Northeast Los Angeles.

Rock Rose Gallery ?á
Everything But the Kitchen Sink
Reception: Saturday, January 13, 7 - 10p
Rock Rose Gallery, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove, CA
323.222.4740 rockroseart@yahoo.com www.rockroseartgallery.com

Selected pieced from various artists who have exhibited their works in this wonderful gallery space over the last few years. For the electic collector.

Space Ark Gallery ?á
Avant Garde Art, Music & Fun
Artists' Reception: Saturday, January 13, 7 - 11p
Space Ark Gallery, 106 S Avenue 58, Highland Park CA
323-256-2777 olivaresmandato@yahoo.com

The Space Ark Gallery invites you to welcome in the New Year with Avant Garde Art, Music and Fun. You're invited to take part in this creative happening. Art by Miguel Olivares, Ulises Ramirez, Julio Morales & Chris Wallace. Performances by T'sha, Universe, The Number 9 Noise Ensemble and More. Snacks, Art & Games are available for everyone.

Sugarbutterbex ?á
Mind Made Housing: Ed Coolidge Solo Exhibit
Artist's Reception: Saturday, January 13, 7 - 10p
Sugarbutterbex, 5110 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA
January13 - 26
323.255.0021 information@sugarbutterbex.com www.sugarbutterbex.com

This is an exhibit of drawings and prints by Edward Coolidge.

That Yarn Store -->
Framed Fibers: A Study in Abstraction
Artists' Reception: Saturday, January 13, 7 - 10p
That Yarn Store, 1578 W Colorado Blvd, LA, CA
January 13 - 21
323.256.9276 that@thatyarnstore.com www.thatyarnstore.com www.thatyarnstore.blogspot.com

Framed Fibers features works by local artists that incorporate the fiber arts -- knitting, crochet, felting, weaving, etc, -- with an emphasis on color and texture. Featured artists include Regina Vorgang, Cameron Taylor-Brown, Sadonya Antebi, Drewcilla Annese, Babajan, Amy Bouse, Karen Lockert.

Pottery Plus Gallery
Toros Gallery, 4962 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA, CA
323.344.8330 info@torospottery.com www.torospottery.com

Paul Forney Exhibit
Young Art, 747 N Avenue 50, LA, CA
Thru January 13
323.344.1322 info@youngartgallery.com www.youngartgallery.com

This exhibit is of new paintings by Paul Forney.

EastSideProjects Gallery at Galer?¡as Otra Vez presents:
Posters on the Myths & Realities of the Immigrant Experience
Artists' Reception: January 13, 6 - 9p
Atelier 47: Love in the Time of Terror
Self Help Graphics & Art, 3802 Cesar Chavez Ave, East LA, CA
January 13 - February 18
323.269.8442 info@selfhelpgraphics.com www.selfhelpgraphics.com www.politicalgraphics.org
Funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of LA

An exhibition from The Center for the Study of Political Graphics shown alongside ten new serigraphs by Shizu Saldamando, Rafael Navarro, Sherm, Asyl'm, Lalo Alcaraz, Lora Norton, Carlos Salda??a, Erika Cho, Javier Hernanadez & Douglas Miles; Jose Alpuche, Master Printer

Give me your tired, your poor; Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . .The enormous disparity between the eloquent promise of the Statue of Liberty & the recent attacks against immigrants is enormous. Immigration to the United States varies broadly-who comes, why, from where & when is emphasized in posters that speak to ongoing efforts to make immigrants' reality closer to Emma Lazarus's aspiration. Yet from the Irish & Chinese in the nineteenth century to the Mexicans & Middle Easterners of the twenty-first centuries, discrimination based on race, class, language & culture has unfortunately been consistent. Whether the reason for migration is to escape war, seek asylum from persecution, or pursue better economic opportunities, leaving one's family, friends & home is never easy & the posters in this exhibition present the human side of this wrenching experience.

LA Women: A Record of Experience
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 13, 4 - 9p
The Studio for Southern California History, 525 Alpine Street, Suite 103, LA, CA
January 13 - May 31

Inspired by the countless women who have shaped & continue to make local history, this exhibit celebrates women who have made a difference in the history of So Cal through struggle, innovation & compassion for her fellow human beings. Sister Karen Boccalero will be remembered & honored in this exhibition of women who made a difference in the history of So Cal.

LA Women profiles activists & pioneers who challenged the status quo in order to bring social justice or appreciation of the world around her. This exhibit borrows photographs & video from local & national archives as well as oral histories from the Studio's collection to illustrate the powerful & often under-acknowledged sphere of women's history.

It features a 30' Community Quilt composed of blocks created by local residents. Each block represents a significant contribution to local women's history. In addition to traditional blocks, the Community Quilt includes multimedia blocks that integrate the Studio's oral history collection. The Studio for So Cal History is intended to be a participatory space & there are ways for visitors to write their own personal history or other items into their Timeline that includes global, national, state & local women's history.

LA Women celebrates the 35th anniversary of the 1972 art installation Womanhouse; through an Interactive Doll House that asks viewers the same sorts of questions artists grappled with in the piece's original incarnation. Have issues changed for girls & women today? What would 2007's Womanhouse express?

Women Profiled: Ethel Percy Andrus (1884 -1967) educator, Modesta Avila (1867 - 1891) farmer, Charlotta Amanda Bass (1874 - 1969) newspaper publisher, Karen Boccalero (1933 - 1997) artist, Lucia Capacchione (1935 -) art therapist, Aurora Castillo (c.1901 - 1998) environmentalist, Mayme A Clayton (1923 - 2006) preservationist, Helen Gahagan Douglas (1900 - 1980) actor & politician, Jackie Goldberg (1937 -) educator & politician, Frances Kazuko Hashimoto (1945 -) entrepreneur, Dorothy Ray Healey (1914 - 2006) labor organizer, Minerva Hoyt (1866 - 1945) preservationist, Mary Corita Kent (1918 - 1986) artist, Louise Leung Larson (1905 - 1988) journalist, Aimee Semple McPherson (1890 - 1944) evangelist, Bridget "Biddy" Mason (1818 - 1891) midwife, Olive Percival (1868 - 1945) writer & book collector, Carolyn Severance (1820 - 1914) suffragist, Iva Ikuko Toguri (1916 - 2006) patriot, Toypurina (1761 - 1799) Tongva shaman & many others.

Art Through Sports...Marc Smith & Travis Craven
Artist's Reception: Saturday, January 13. 6 - 10p
jFerrari Gallery, 3015 Glendale Blvd, Atwater Village, CA
January 13 - February 3
323.877.5542 jazmin@jferrarigallery.com www.jferrarigallery.com

Americans grow up knowing they have choices & many of them choose to follow their passions. However, there are those who have many passions & the choice is not an easy one to make. Luckily for artists Travis Craven & Marc Smith synergism was their first choice. Marc & Travis have known & encouraged each other for 15 years. Both coming from childhoods strongly influenced by team sports, they immediately connected with one another's desire to express the feeling of sports & athletics in their art. It is important to these two artists that there is not a literal reproduction of athletics painted on a canvas or sculpted. They enjoy a beautiful synchronization of their passions for art & the human form in athletics & are excited to share their newest expressions of art form at their two-man show. Marc Smith will debut his "Colortree of Poetree" series of paintings & Travis Craven will exhibit new stone carvings.

Jim Thomson, Founder & Executive Director of PCA, will be speaking at the opening. A portion of the proceeds from art sales on the evening of the reception will be donated to Positive Coaching Alliance. PCA is a non-profit organization based at Stanford University with the mission to transform youth sports so sports can transform youth.

An Evening of Spoken Word w/San Diego's Best
Saturday, January 13, 7p
Tia Chucha's Cafe Cultural Bookstore, 12737 Glenoaks Blvd #22, Sylmar, CA
818.362.7060 info@tiachucha.com www.tiachucha.com

Join us for a night of poetry with some of San Diego's best poets: Ant Black ~ Collective Purpose;
Sharon Elise ~ 1st Place San Diego Slam; Theresa F ~ Poet, Activist; Dolores Fisher ~ Poet, Musician; Jihmye ~ Founding Member, African American Writers & Artists; Angela Kinlaw ~ Langston Hughes Poetry Circle; Jim Moreno ~ Langston Hughes Poetry Circle; Sylvia Telefaro ~ President, African American Writers & Artists & Lalo Velasco ~ Vietnam Veteran, Musician.

Susie Hansen Latin Band
Wednesday, January 17, 10p - 1a
Monsoon Caf?®, 1212 Third St Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
310.576.9996. www.susiehansen.com.

They will be playing Salsa. Join them on the westside for Salsa dancing. Fabulous food, come early for dinner.

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 Female Visual Artists: Women's Music, Art, Dance and Word Festival: Entry Deadline is Sunday, January 21. Open media except film and video. Open subject matter. 2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space, 435 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802, 562.901.0997 2ndcitycouncil@earthlink.net www.2ndcitycouncil.org In recognition of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, the 2nd City Council (2cc) Art Gallery + Performance Space is please to announce its call for female visual artists from California for its 6th annual Women's Music, Art, Dance and Word Festival. The exhibition opens on March 3 - April 12 with the Festival being held on Saturday, March 10, 11a - 6p. The juror is Sara Cochran, PhD Assistant Curator Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Entries can be submitted by slides or photographs/digital prints (5" x 7" minimum size). We are in the process of implementing a new procedure for email submissions that should be ready in time for our next call for artists. Entry Fees are $10 per entry for members & $12 per entry for nonmembers. Cash awards $500, $300, $200, $100 plus the infamous Eye Opener Statue. For a complete prospectus: www.2ndcitycouncil.org For questions, 2ndcitycouncil@earthlink.net The exhibition and festival are supported in part by Arts Council of Long Beach. Next Call News: A exploration by California's artists of topics that are in the news or should be. Thank you, Cheryl Bennett

About RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina:
RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina is an artist/jeweler/art activist who hates injustice and supports helping others to fight same.




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