Where are the Chicana/o Artists This Weekend/Next Week? 2.2.07

Out celebrating Candelaria or wishing they were in Veracruz

By RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Published on LatinoLA: February 2, 2007

Where are the Chicana/o Artists This Weekend/Next Week? 2.2.07

Fiesta de La Virgen de la Candelaria

Since it was my 60th birthday last week, I thought about writing on 60 life lessons. However, that would be overly long, so next week I'll write on the 10 I'm adding since I turned 50. This week will be devoted to the Fiesta de La Virgen de la Candelaria.

Perhaps you remember in the beginning of January that I wrote that in Mexico (& here) family & friends gather to celebrate the Epiphany. The one who finds the King has to please during the feast the one who finds the Baby & both have to make a party on February 2nd (Dia de la Candelaria or Candlemas Day), inviting all the guests that are present & offer them tamales & Mexican hot chocolate. Well, that day has finally arrived.

Dia de la Candelaria, the day of the Candle or Light, is also known as the Day of Purification. On that day, among other things, that the Nativity scene is put away with a party given as mentioned above. The person who found the Baby is responsible for making the christening gown for Baby Jesus.

"And when the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him (Jesus) to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;" Lucas 2:22, see Leviticus 12 for purification law.

If you want to celebrate it, visit Olvera Street for the Fiesta De La Candelaria on Friday, February 2, 6:30 - 8:30p where you can participate in presenting your own elaborately dressed Baby Jesus to be blessed.

And, if you want a taste of how this day is celebrated in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, Mx, you can check out www.tlaco.com.mx/tlacotalpan/index.htm where you can find information about the Programa del XXVIII Encuentro Nacional de Jaraneros y Decimistas. For a better idea of this time period you need to wait in LA until the 6th Annual Encuentro de Jaraneros around April 22.

Of course, this is only a taste because in Tlacotalpan the celebration starts in late January & runs for two weeks. It includes the Feria (fair) is made up of a carnival, bailes tropicales (salsa dances) & a very large tianguis (temporary market). This is just a warm up for what happens from January 31 - February 2 when both the religious & secular combine with the streets full of true believers & joyful revelers. Not only do the religious & the secular combine, but this is another one of those times when an indigenous celebration (for fertility), was merged into the Catholic time for blessings for a good harvest, lost of fish & good weather in general. This was done by the Orden de San Juan de Dios de Espana (the Order of Saint John of Spain).

The afternoon of January 31 begins with the Cabalgata. During the next three days there will be other parades including the Mojigang. There are regattas on the river, bailes, masses, presentations in the parque & lots of drinking of Toritos de Cacahuates. Besides el Encuentro de Jaraneros & el Corrido de Toros there is el Paseo de la Virgin.

The Papaloapan is a huge river that has in the past habitually overflowed its banks causing deadly flooding. El Paseo de la Virgen de la Candelaria is a supplication for protection against this event. February 2 is the birthday of the Virgen de la Candelaria. On this morning, a mass is held starting at dawn. Around 6a mariachi & the jaraneros enter the church for the playing of Las Ma??anitas & La Llorona. The procession of the Virgen follows with her being carried through the center of town & down to the malecon where a barge awaits her in order to take a paseo along the river.

& this is not just the end of the season of Winter Festivals, but also the beginning of the Spring Festivals which begins with Mardi Gras. So gear up for what is to come...

For the meantime where are those Chicana/o artists besides celebrating El Dia de la Candelaria?

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

This Chicana artist will be still celebrating her birthday in LA (& still catching up from her stay in Baja) before heading off to Arizona for the Tucson jewelry, gem & mineral shows. Shalom, RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina

Where will you be???


Saludos! Support Tia Chucha's & Attend Next Community Meeting: The meeting will take place on Saturday, February 3, from 10 am to 12 noon in room 8 of the Pacoima Community Center located at 11243 Glenoaks Blvd. Pacoima, CA 91331. There will be a discussion on how to maximize the community benefits that will result from the Price Pfister redevelopment occuring at 13500 Paxton Street in the city of Pacoima . It is out of this re-development that Tia Chucha's hopes to acquire its next permanent location & re-establish itself stronger & bigger than ever. Although we are making the greatest efforts to manifest this it is imperative that the community voice their support. We are asking our supporters to please attend this meeting & ask that Tia Chucha's be considered as a prospective business for this new development. For those who took petitions we ask that you please drop them off at the cafe some time before the day of the meeting or take them to the meeting if you are attending (please give to Tia Chucha's staff ). Peace & Thanks

Las Angelitas Docent Training at LA's Birthplace Starts February 13: New docent training classes for El Pueblo de LA Historical Monument will be held for eight Tuesdays from February 13 to April 3. Classes are offered by Las Angelitas del Pueblo that is the volunteer docent organization that leads the free walking tours of the "birthplace of LA." Classes will be held from 10a - 12:30p at Las Angelitas offices, located at 130 Paseo de la Plaza next to the Old Firehouse & directly across from Union Station. The classes feature multi-media presentations of historic photos & lectures from El Pueblo curators & area history experts. Las Angelitas consists of 70 men & women who are history buffs with a passion for the history of LA, according to the organization's president Frank Damon. "This is a wonderful group of volunteers who embrace LA history & want to share their knowledge with others," says Damon, who also leads the training classes.

The volunteer commitment is two weekday tours or one Saturday tour per month. The walking tours are 50 minutes long. Tours are provided in various languages, including Spanish. For more information, including the class agenda & to sign up for Las Angelitas docent training classes, visit www.lasangelitas.org & click "BE A DOCENT" or call Jeanne Conklin 310.398.0269.

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The Olvera Street Merchants present:
Fiesta De La Candelaria
Friday, February 2, 6:30 - 8:30p
Olvera Street, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo De La Plaza, LA, CA
213.625.7074 jherrera@mailbox.lacity.org www.cityofla.org/elp www.olvera-street.com

The La Candelaria celebratation will be in the plaza area of El Pueblo de LA Historical Monument. This final traditional event takes place 40 days after the birth of Christ & marks the end of the Christmas season by commemorating the presentation of Christ in the Temple. Everyone is invited to join the festive procession beginning at the south entrance to historic Olvera Street. Participants are encouraged to bring an elaborately dressed doll to be blessed in the plaza symbolizing the presentation of the infant Christ. Best-dressed doll winners will receive a prize. Enjoy complimentary refreshments & live entertainment as well.

This religious celebration marks the end of the Christmas festivities observing the birth of Christ. La Candelaria commemorates the day when Christ was presented in the temple by his parents, following Jewish practice. Mexican families celebrate by "raising" the Christ Child figure from the nativity scene. The Christ figures & icons are also brought to the church to be blessed. Finally the nativity set is put away until the beginning of the next season's Christmas celebrations.

First Fridays: Full House
Friday, February 2, 5 - 10p
Tour: 5:30p
Discussion: 6:30p
Music: 8p
Natural History Museum 900 Exposition Blvd , LA, CA
Admission: Adults $9, Students $6.50, Members Free

Once a month the Museum stays open late. Stop by for dinner, discussion, music & more... The evening begins by touring the diversity found in the California History Hall with curator William Estrada, curator & Head of History at the Museum. Plus new exhibit on view: Habitats through the lens of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, an exhibition of photographs representing humans' relentless push to live on the edge - the outer limit of the American habitat.

Brush up on technology & biodiversity with Margaret Wertheim, Dr. Charles Ofria & Hope Tschopik. Life on earth has been characterized by an astonishing range of natural organisms & cultural systems, as if there has been a built-in drive for novelty. This month's discussion topic considers certain "hot spots", places with an extremely high density of diverse species. With studies in nature often slow & data difficult to collect, how is digital technology - such as self-replicating computer programs or computer viruses that live, adapt & evolve - being used to simulate similar circumstances that can provide answers to questions about biodiversity? Margaret Wertheim, Hope Schneider, & special guest Charles Ofria, director of the Digital Evolution Laboratory (Devolab) at Michigan State University, will address this question & much more..

After the discussion stick around to explore a diversity of sounds. Groove to mash ups, bootlegs & waves old & new with Indie 103.1's DJ Paul V. Enjoy the live music of Aloe Blacc & Tussle whose sounds are both rooted in several sonic diasporas. Aloe Blacc's music is an energetic modern blending of latin, soul, hip hop & dancehall. Expanding on his history as an MC, Aloe Blacc's musical roots continue to surface in unpredictable ways. Then comes Tussle, a group whose myriad influences converge into an undeniable force of rhythm: throbbing dance grooves that challenge you not to move. DJ Paul V.'s trademark mashups will keep ears perked throughout the night.

First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, February 2, 5 - 8p
Claremont, CA

Many artists throughout the village displaying work...music...food...friends...yahoo!

Claremont Forum, 111 S College Ave, Claremont, CA

Their artist for February is Richard Inman who resides on the Central Coast. His work is filled with whimsical swirls of color that create abstract portraits that have a playful youthfulness. This art show will be hosted by Annaka Blomfield who is a friend of the artist.

Hearts & Flowers Exhibit XX
Valentine's Party: Saturday, February 3, 2 - 6p
The Folk Tree, 217 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA
January 20 - February 17
626.793.4828 626.795.8733 rfolktree@aol.com mishkinftc@aol.com www.folktree.com

The romantically inclined will not want to miss this exhibit, a wonderful blend of traditional folk art & contemporary expressions. The "art" of romance is held in honor of Valentine's Day. Love & its symbols are the focus of this show, which includes artwork in all media that includes heart & flower imagery. An array of related Mexican folk art is on view, including ceramic figures by the Aguilar family, repousse hearts cut from tin, paper & corn husk flowers, & journals from Chiapas made from flower petals.

In addition, approximately twenty local artists display their interpretations of love & romance. Small decorative objects are included, as well as significant works of art, both whimsical & emotionally-charged. Some of the artists represented are: Ulla Anobile (papier mache); Cathy Ashworth (paintings); Joseph & Chela Banuelos (mixed media/assemblage); Shari Beaubien (fiber); Claudia Galvan (ceramics, mixed media); Ellen Grim (mixed media); Outi Harma (paintings); Mavis Leahy (fiber); Jeffrey Manpearl (metal); Lucia Preciado (beaded jewelry); Maria Rendon (3D illustration); Lacey Waddell (sterling silver jewelry).

Artists' Reception: Saturday, February 3, 5 - 9p
Downtown Artwalk: Thursday February 8, 7 - 10p
Closing Reception: Saturday, February 24, 5 - 9p
Crewest Gallery & Shop, 110 Winston St, LA, CA
February 3 - 25
213.627.8272 info@crewest.com www.crewest.com www.myspace.com/crewest

Feb 3: All of our new secret agents for the year will be revealed.

Feb 8: Special live art band performance by Unification Theory.

Feb 25: DJ's & Live painting by Crewest artists.

Mitos y Leyendas/Myths & Legends
Closing Reception: Sunday, February 4, 3- 6p
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA, CA
Thru February 4
323.258.1435 ave50studio@sbcglobal.net www.avenue50studio.com

You are encouraged to join them for this closing event There will be a little wine, cheese, art & conversation. The 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.

Gallery Row Organization (GRO) presents:
Downtown Art Walk: 2nd Thursdays
Thursday, February 8, 12 noon - 9p (limited hours noted on the Art Walk map)
Gallery Row y mas, Downtown LA
213.624.6212 downtownartwalk@bgfa.us www.downtownartwalk.com www.galleryrow.org
Sponsored by: Pete's Cafe & Bar & 213 Ventures' Golden Gopher & 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 in the Downtown Art Walk are The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles Public Library, Grey Goose, L.A. Artcore Center, 2nd Street Cigars & Gallery, de Soto, M. J. Higgins, bank, Crewest, The Regent Galleries, Pharmaka, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, El Nopal Press, Bert Green Fine Art, INMO Gallery, Red Dot Gallery, Niche.LA Video Art, Kristi Engle Gallery, Art Murmur Gallery, 626 Gallery, Infusion Gallery, Gallery 727, The Hive Gallery, City Center Gallery, Gallery of Contemporary Art, IMG-81, & DAG (the Downtown Art Gallery).

New in February: The Museum of Neon Art is temporarily closed for relocation, but is scheduled to return to the Art Walk in late 2007 at a new downtown location.

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

A Mic & Dim Lights
Thursdays, 9p
Cal Poly Downtown Center, 300 2nd St, Pomona (Arts Colony)
Door: 300 pennies

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.


They extend an invite to you to submit any LOVE inspired work you may have for the next NELA night - Saturday, February 10, 7-10p. All media welcomed. What is your interpretation of LOVE? Work must be in by Tuesday, February 6, so bring your work by soon (call first) or send jpegs to semastroianni70@yahoo.com. Spread the word. Peace, Sandra Cactus Gallery & Gifts, 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 323.256.6117 www.eclecticcactus.com

Call For Entries: Puppets, Puppets, Puppets: In May & June of 2007, the Arroyo Arts Collective will be hosting Puppets, Puppets, Puppets, a Puppetry Festival in Northeast Los Angeles: They are looking for puppeteers, artists who make puppets, teachers for puppetry workshops for children & adults & a teacher to give a talk on the history of puppetry. Thanks to generous grants from the City of LA, Department of Cultural Affairs, & the LA County Board of Supervisors through the LA County Arts Commission we are able to give modest honoraria to puppeteers & teachers for this event.

Here??s how to get involved:

1) Puppeteers with a puppet show they??d like to present: We are looking for about 10 puppeteers to put on puppets shows in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles during the weekends of June 1, 2 & 3 & June 7, 8 & 9, 2007. Shows on June 3 will be part of the Lummis Day Festival in Sycamore Grove Park. Shows on June 9 will be part of the NELA Second Saturday Art Walk in galleries in Highland Park. These shows will be selected by a panel of judges including Alan Cook, Curator of the Conservatory of Puppetry Arts & Susan Simpson, puppeteer & teacher in the Cotsen Center for Puppetry & the Arts, at the California Institute of the Arts. All chosen puppeteers will receive a honorarium of between $100 & $300, based on the needs of the individual show. The Collective's intention is to showcase in our neighborhood a representative sampling of the interesting new trends in contemporary puppetry. We??d particularly love to see shows about Los Angeles & its colorful characters, the Los Angeles River, & the diversity that characterizes our city. Multilingual shows are encouraged. We??re hoping for a nice blend of family friendly shows & more experimental works that would appeal to an adult audience. Our venues include outdoor performances in Sycamore Grove Park (a temporary stage will bbe available), as well as shows in the Acorn Gallery & other interior spaces. Ideally, shows will be short (under 30 minutes), self contained, or requiring short set up time, with modest lighting & sound requirements. We will also consider short films involving puppets.

2) Teachers who would like to teach a brief workshop on puppetry for children or adults: We are looking for workshop teachers to work with community members to teach adults & children puppetry skills. Our community includes artists, parents, school children, teachers & the curious. Last year we had great success making large street puppets with students & adults at Franklin High School, This was accomplished over three Saturdays prior to Lummis Day, & the puppets were carried in a parade from the Lummis Home to Sycamore Grove Park. We could do this again &/or have some shorter workshops (Example: a workshop to build a simple rod puppet, finger puppet or marionette ) at the Acorn Gallery or a local library. Teachers will receive honoraria appropriate to the project.

3) Puppetry Historian: We need one special person to give a presentation on the history of puppetry. This would occur a few weeks prior to June 3, at a gallery, library or other community space in Highland Park. It would be wonderful if this presentation had a hands on component (Example: A puppet petting zoo?) An honorarium will be given for this presentation.

If you are interested in putting on a puppet show, teaching a workshop or giving a presentation on the history of puppetry, please complete the following: Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email.

Please give a brief description (250 words) of your show, workshop or presentation. Be sure to tell us if this show is for adults or families, if it can be performed outdoors & what is needed for lighting & amplification. If you have supporting materials such as reviews of your work, photos or sketches, please include these with your application. Please send your application to The Arroyo Arts Collective, P.O. Box 50835, Highland Park, California 90050-0835 (or by email to puppets@arroyoartscollective.org) by March 1, 2007. If you need further information, please contact us at puppets@arroyoartscollective.org.

We will notify winners of these competitions by March 31, 2007.

Artists Who Make Puppets: The Arroyo Arts Collective will have an open show, entitled Puppets on the Wall, in our Acorn Gallery. We are looking for artist made puppets of all types. We hope that artists from all media will create work for this show. There are no entry fees but entrants MUST BE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE ARROYO ARTS COLLECTIVE. Please email your intention to participate to the Arroyo Arts Collective (puppets@arroyoartscollective.org). A separate entry form for Puppets on the Wall will appear in the next edition of the Arroyo Arts Collective newsletter.

The Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts announces its 3rd Annual Call for Entries exhibit: The Exhibition will begin June 9 - July 21: An artists' reception will be held on Sunday, June 10, 3 - 5p. Participation is open to any living SoCal artist 18 years or older. All entries must be original works of not more that two years old (2004 - 2007). Submissions limited to two pieces maximum. There is a participation fee of $10 for one piece & $15 for two pieces to help defray the cost of installation & publicizing the exhibition. We will accept cash or check payable to the City of Pico Rivera. Slide submissions are due by March 5 at 5:30p. Accepted entries will be notified by March 12. f there are any questions, please call the Centre for the Arts at 562.801.4300.

Call for Artists Postmarked 2007 Third Annual International Art Envelope Fundraiser Exhibit & Silent Auction April 4 - 8: Requesting your original art envelopes for display & sale to raise funds for The Claremont Forum's Prison Library Project, which sends thousands of books free to inmates throughout the country. Hundreds of volunteers package books (donated to the Project by our local community), which are then mailed in response to inmate letters requesting reading material while incarcerated. Please join us for this international event. Your art envelope may be painted, stamped, collaged, printed, &/or otherwise decorated or constructed. It may be any shape & size that will go through the mail & receive an official postmark. It may get worn or torn through the mail, but the handling process is an important part of the theme. You may include any message or premium inside the envelope, which will be opened ONLY by the person who purchases the art envelope, & not beforehand. You may submit as many envelopes as you wish, & begin sending now. Please address your art to: Postmarked 2007 Prison Library Project, 112 Harvard #303, Claremont, CA 91711. Submissions must arrive by April 1. Exhibit: April 4 - 8, 111 S College Ave, Claremont, CA Hours: noon - 4 daily. Artists' Reception: Friday, April 6, 5 - 9p; Auction ends Sunday April 8, 5p. For more information please contact Anne @ Art Work Studio 909.624.8424 or anniearts2003@yahoo.com

Dear Quilters/Fiber Artists: Please start working on your pieces for submission to our 2007 Sense of Fiber Show in Pomona! Welcomed are quilts & fiber art of all sizes & shapes. We would also like to invite you to teach a workshop during the run of the show. Dates of the exhibition will be April 4 through May 19. Email or call Chris Frausto Christina_Frausto@pitzer.edu 909.607.8184 or Madeleine Wilhite mwilhite@pitzer.edu with questions. We look forward to your work.

About RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina:
RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina is an artist/jeweler/art activist who has been blessed to be re-elected to the post of Recreation, Culture and the Arts Representative on the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council.

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