Where Are the Chicana/o Artists This Weekend/Next Week? 2.16.07

Chicanos celebrate Chinese New Year, tambien

By RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Published on LatinoLA: February 16, 2007

Where Are the Chicana/o Artists This Weekend/Next Week? 2.16.07

Hola Todos - So you are asking, why are the Chicana/o artists involved with the Chinese New Year celebrations? In other cities besides Los Angeles it might not make a lot of sense. However, in LA it makes the most sense. Many know that LA began in the area now known as Olvera Street or Placita Olvera. What many do not know is that the Chinese occupied this area after the original founders. For the details go to the Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles website .

The Chinese New Year festival began this year on January 30 & traditionally lasts until the 15th day of the lunar month and ends with the Lantern Festival. Falling on the 15th day of the first month of the Lunar Year, the Lantern Festival, also known as Shang Yuan Festival, the birthday of the God of Heaven, takes place under a full moon & marks the end of Chinese New Year festivities. I‘«÷ll write more about the Lantern Festival and the 15 day celebration next week. (And I haven‘«÷t forgotten the 10 more lessons, that‘«÷s coming in a special newsletter this Sunday for Mardi Gras y mas.)

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4705 begins on February 18, 2007. There are three ways to name a Chinese year. The first is by an animal (like a mascot). 2007 is known as the Year of the Pig. There are 12 animal names, which are called the Chinese Zodiac, so by this system, year names are re-cycled every 12 years. The second is by its Formal Name (Stem-Branch). The new year is the year of Ding Hai. In the 'Stem-Branch' system, the years are named in 60-year cycles, and the Name of the Year is repeated every 60 years. 2007 is the 8th year in the current 60-year cycle. The third is by the number of years that have occurred on the Chinese Calendar. By this method the current year is Year 4704 by the Chinese calendar.

Pig personality traits: Intellectually curious, honest and tolerant, those born in the Year of the Pig can be relied upon for their loyalty and often make true friends for life. Those born in pig years tend to have excellent manners, often make and keep friends for life, work very hard & appreciate luxury. They are very loving and make loyal partners. Pigs are highly regarded for your chivalry and pureness of heart and will often sacrifice their own well-being for the greater good.. For pigs in 2007, any recent setbacks or obstacles can be overcome so look forward to a year in which to really shine, either personally or professionally. Pigs are affectionate, hard-working, brave, kind and innocent. They are always willing to help others and of all the animals, the Pig probably suffers most and may be treated badly. Pigs are talented and clever and love reading and learning. They make wonderful marriage partners.

The Pig can be very naive, however, and may easily fall victim to the unscrupulous who take advantage of their idealistic nature - as Pigs see everyone as loyal and caring as they are. Although forced to play the fool many times, they will just as likely hold fast to the notion that everyone is at heart decent and admirable.

Stubbornly optimistic, the Pig will not tolerate those with well-meaning advice on how to be a Pig, but since they dislike quarreling and discord their anger usually cools quickly. Sometimes looked upon as a snob, the Pig just finds it right and natural to exhibit good manners whenever possible. Their main goal in life is in serving others, and no matter how difficult circumstances become the Pig will never waiver or retreat, forging ahead in the sure knowledge that all will be well.

Pig people love to read, are generally thirsty for knowledge, and not readily talkative, but if presented with an opportunity to discuss topics of interest with like-minded individuals Pigs may find themselves talking non-stop for hours!

People born in the Year of the Pig are trusted associates in whatever career they happen to choose and often shine as entertainers, social activists or politicians.

Famous Boars: Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Humphrey Bogart, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Billy Crystal, Robert Dole, Phil Donahue, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Farrah Fawcett, Henry Ford, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Mahalia Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Chiang Kai-Shek, Stephen King, Henry Kissinger, the Dalai Lama, David Letterman, Jerry Lee Lewis, John McEnroe, Dudley Moore, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Marie Osmond, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Spielberg, RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina and Tracey Ullman.

So to start the celebration you can go to the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival in Old Pasadena on Sunday. More is coming next week and there‘«÷s Mardi Gras, too. To get a bit of Mardi Gras flavor Contratiempo is showing two short gypsy films. And, if you‘«÷re into films, head on over to the Pan African Film & Arts Festival for Ladones & Mentirosos on Saturday and Africanias on Sunday. And to be even more literary Jim Marquez is at Metropolis Books to launch LA Bitch IV: The Last Word. For a change of pace, there‘«÷s the 11th Annual Wildhorse Pow-Wow in Torrance.

And, of course, other options are available from community celebrations to supporting Tia Chucha‘«÷s as they move to a new location.

And, so‘«™

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

This Chicana artist is still celebrating her 60th birthday. This time she‘«÷s off in Arizona for the Tucson Gems, Jewelry, Minerals and Fossils shows (45 in all). So, just to let you know I‘«÷m around, here‘«÷s what‘«÷s going on in NorthEast LA (NELA) this weekend. Many of the events feature Chicana/o artists, so this is for both of my newsletters this week. Back to normal??? next week. And, those 10 more pieces of advice that I promised. Shalom, RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina

Where will you be???


Action: Call LAUSD Board Members & Pe??a Cultural (2/16/07) & Charter Hearing (2/27/07)
Charter Hearing- February 27. We are only 2 weeks away from our charter hearing. We do not know the time but the hearing will take place at the LAUSD Board Room at 333 Beaudry Avenue . We need as many people present on this day with their green, ‘«£I support Academia Semillas Del Pueblo‘«ō t-shirts. If you plan to attend the hearing, notify us at support@dignidad.org
CALL LAUSD BOARD MEMBERS: We are asking as many people as possible to make calls and send emails/letter to all the 7 LAUSD Board members because they are the ones making the final decision on the Charter Renewal. Once you have made your call or send your letter/email please send an email to support@dignidad.org & let us know if you have called/emailed/sent a letter to the Board Members because we are taking a count of our support so far.

Pe??a Cultural: You are invited to attend our Cultural Pe??a on Friday, February 16, 6 - 8p, El Sereno Middle School, 2839 N. Eastern Ave, as we celebrate the accomplishments of the Semillas community and prepare for our charter renewal hearing. There will be:

Danza Azteca
An original Play performed by their parents & students that was written by Mario Rocha
An update on the charter renewal and how to support it
A Live Performance by Quinto Sol.
Don‘«÷t forget to send them an email and notify us of how you have supported to support@dignidad.org Please feel free to forward this message.
Thank you, Mixpe Ley, Community Organizer, Academia Semillas Del Pueblo
Below you will find a script you can use when calling the 7 LAUSD Board Members as well as the Superintendent and the Charter School Chief Adminstrator Officer.

Abajo encontraron un guion que pueden utilizar cuando hablen a los 7 representantes de LAUSD, el superintendiente y el administrator principal de las escuelas charters.

(Good morning, Good evening, Good day) My name is ___________ , I am a (parent, teacher, community member) and I strongly support Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter School because it increases academic opportunities for students by offering an international curriculum and multilingual education. I ask for your vote in favor of Academia Semillas del Pueblo‘«÷s charter renewal. Thank you.

(Buenos dias, Buenas tardes, Bueno dia) Mi nombre es ___________, soy (padre, maestra/o, miembro/a de la comunidad) y apoyo a la escuela charter Academia Semillas del Pueblo porque aumenta la oportunidad academica para estudiantes por ofrecer un curirculo internacional y educacion multilingue. Le pido que vote favor de la renovacion del Chater de Academia Semillas del Pueblo. Gracias.
7 LAUSD Board Members check off list: 333 South Beaudry Avenue, 24th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (All have the same address)
‘«ů Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte- District 1 (213) 241-6382 marguerite.lamotte@lausd.net
‘«ů M??nica Garc?°a- District 2 (213) 241-6180 monica.garcia@lausd.net
‘«ů Jon Lauritzen- District 3 (213) 241-6386 jon.lauritzen@lausd.net
‘«ů Marlene Canter- District 4 (213) 241-6387 marlene.canter@lausd.net
‘«ů David Tokofsky- District 5 (213) 241-6383 david.tokofsky@lausd.net
‘«ů Julie Korenstein- District 6 (213) 241-6388 julie.korenstein@lausd.net
‘«ů Mike Lansing- District 7 (213) 241-6385 mike.lansing@lausd.net
‘«ů Superintendent- David Brewer III (213) 241-7000
‘«ů Gregory McNair (Charter School Chief Admin. Officer) (213) 241-2665 gregory.mcnair@lausd.net

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


Dino Durand & Friends
Friday, February16, 9:30p
La Porte??a Restuarant, 16150 Nordhoff St, North Hills, CA
Cover Charge: $5 Reservations: 818.920.3894
818.988.3359 waysouth98@aol.com

Come and feel the energy‘«™that you won't forget. This Fridays‘«÷ Friends: Michael Falcone, Salvador Falcone, Flavia Ponce, Harmony Durand, Ruben Amarrillo, Gerald Matus, Eddie, Nico Barbalace, Rica Benavidez, Zebruno, Jorge Pareta, Missy, Pablo Medina & many more‘«™

2006 Calavera Fashcion Show Photos by Gil Ortiz
Artist‘«÷s Reception: Saturday, February 17, 7 ‘«Ű 10p
Tropico de Nopal Gallery, 1665 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA
February 17 ‘«Ű March 17
213.481.8112 nopalarte@earthlink.net www.tropicodenopal.com

Join them for Fashion - Art ‘«Ű Culture. The photographs were taken for Tropico de Nopal's Archives documenting the fashions created for the Calavera Fashion Show as part of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. They will be presented in large-scale digital format.

Contratiempo presents:
Two Film Shorts
Saturday, February 17, 5:30p
Sandpaper Books, 3706 N Figueroa St, LA, CA 90065
323.223.8020 www.contratiempo.org

They invite you to join them for an entertaining evening of discussion, tapas, drinks and fine films, this time two shorts in their on-going Flamenco & Romani themed film series.

Tao Ruspoli's El Cable (30 minutes). http://www.ruspoli.com The film is described as an "electrifying portrait of flamenco singer and dancer, and gypsy bohemian Rafael `El Cable.'" The documentary provides "an insider's glimpse into the Gypsy flamenco scene in Seville, with appearances by such legends as Juan Del Gastor, Juan
Camas, Martin Chico and many others."

Los Almendros-Plaza Nueva (30 minutes). A humorous look at the relations between a payo busdriver and the local Gitano passengers. A busdriver in an Andalucian city get more than he bargained for when he begins a new bus route through the Gitano part of the town. The cultural exchanges that ensue are humorous, contentious and ultimately, touching.

Contratiempo investigates and promotes the intersections between Flamenco and Romani/Gypsy culture through printed matter, film nights and special events.

Blood Sister Solo Exhibit by Jennybird
Artist‘«÷s Reception: Saturday, February 17, 7p.
Black Maria Gallery, 3137 Glendale Blvd, LA, CA
February 17 - March 12
323.660.9393 blackmaria_gallery@yahoo.com www.blackmariagallery.com

Jennybird Alcantara spent a childhood steeped in the fantastical mindscapes of the Brothers Grimm, "The Wizard of Oz," and zombie movies. Her fondness for the world of the imagination led to a serious interest in art, and she went on to study at the San Francisco Art Institute, receiving a BFA degree in 1995.

LA Bitch IV: The Last Word by Jim Marquez
Cover photo by Rick Mendoza
Book Launch: Saturday, February 17, 2 ‘«Ű 4p
Metropolis Books, 440 S Main St, LA, CA
213.612.0174 info@metropolisbooksla.com www.metropolisbooksla.com
323.691.9497 pokeyfraser@yahoo.com www.myspace.com/jimthewriter

Four (count 'em, four) authors:

Joan Del Monte will be here to sign her latest novel Yellow Thumb. A new mystery that has saffron as its core theme.
Bridget Morrow will be signing the next installment of her vampire series entitled Alex. It all started with Master.
Jim Marquez will debut L.A. Bitch IV, the newest in his continuing oeuvre of wicked tales about the city of angels....
Dana Johnson will be signing her works Break Any Woman Down and Flyover States.

11th Annual Wildhorse Pow-Wow
Saturday, February 17, 11a ‘«Ű 10p
Sunday, February 18, 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.,
North Torrance High School, 3620 W 182nd St, Torrance, CA

Grand Entry both days at 12noon. All Drums and Dancers are welcome. Native American dancing and singing. Native American Arts & Crafts.


The Pomona Community Congress presents:
A Community Cultural Event Honoring Cesar Chavez
Saturday, February 17, 10a ‘«Ű 6p
Pomona Community Congress 1041 S White Ave, Pomona, CA

Come to an all day cultural festival honoring Cesar Chavez:

10a Community Gardening Class
1p Los Cojolites, a Son Jarocho musical group direct from Veracruz, MX
4p Danza Mexica & Native American Ceremony

5-Year Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, February 17, 12noon - 11p
Author Reading: Saturday, February 17, 12noon
Tia Chucha's Cafe & Centro Cultural

This all day event will culminate five years of community empowerment & cultural cultivation. They encourage everyone to please attend as this will be the last and final event before they make our move to our next location. Live Performances, Presentations, Guest Speakers, Food, Raffles, Vendors, Book Sale

12noon ‘«Ű 5p *Children's Author Reading w/ Rene Colato Lainez * Teatro * Shadow Puppet Show * Children Songs

5 - 11p * Big joe Hurt * Alfredo Hidalgo *Noxdiei * El Vuh * Mezklah * Very Be Careful * Aztlan Unearthed * Hijos De La Tierra

On behalf of his collegue & friend, Claudia Llerena, author Rene Colato will be presenting & reading from her book titled Por Siempre El Salvador. Claudia visited the 14 Departamentos/States of El Salvador from corner to corner and in this book she describes the culture and spirit of this wonderful country. More than just a book, it is an encounter with Salvadoran cultural roots.

Li?Ůn Ensemble Concert
Saturday, February 17, 8p
Sunday, February 18, 3p
Getty Center , 1200 Getty Center Dr, LA, CA
Reservation: 310.440.7300 music@lianrecords.com www.lianrecords.com

The Li?Ůn Ensemble, Mahshid Mirzadeh, Houman Pourmehdi, and Pirayeh Pourafar, blazes a bold new trail in Middle Eastern music, fusing the traditions of mystical Persian music with the contemporary sensibilities of postmodern jazz. The six-member group of virtuoso multi-instrumentalists presents an exhilarating mix of melodies and musical styles played on traditional and modern instruments including flamenco guitar, Cuban box drum, and Middle Eastern lute and flute.

Tamayo: A Modern Icon Reinterpreted
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St, Santa Barbara, CA
February 17 ‘«Ű May 27
805.884.6430 805.963.4364 kcarl@sbma.net www.sbma.net

The first major U.S. exhibition in nearly three decades of the works of acclaimed Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), Tamayo: A Modern Icon Reinterpreted will make its worldwide debut. The first large-scale examination of Tamayo‘«÷s oeuvre outside of Mexico in 27 years, this exhibition of 100 extraordinary paintings seeks not only to present a comprehensive look at some of Tamayo‘«÷s finest works, but also to offer a contemporary reinterpretation of this world-renowned, modern artist‘«Ųfrom internationally-admired icon to polarizing figure in certain Mexican intellectual and political circles. In its exploration of the many facets of Tamayo, the exhibition offers new readings on his accomplishments and influences.

Tamayo: A Modern Icon Reinterpreted comprises Tamayo‘«÷s most significant paintings created during his prolific seven-decade career in Mexico City, New York and Paris. It presents works from his early, mature and late periods, spanning the 1920s to the 1980s. The largest section of the exhibition profiles the most notable period of Tamayo‘«÷s career, the 1940s and 1950s, when he developed a new form of abstract figuration that made him one of the most recognized and respected modern painters.

A comprehensive view of the artist‘«÷s achievements and innovations, Tamayo offers viewers a window onto the artist‘«÷s many geographic and creative trajectories‘«Ųtracing Tamayo‘«÷s artistic evolution from the earliest paintings he made‘«Ų impressionistic landscapes and Picassoesque portraits‘«Ųto his last works‘«Ųmeditations on his own mortality. The exemplary paintings on view conjure familiar images of Mexico‘«Ųits colors, textures and centuries of indigenous and hybrid culture‘«Ųthat demonstrate Tamayo‘«÷s emphasis on the aesthetic and philosophically symbolic aspects of art, rather than its narrative potential for conveying powerful messages about radical social change (favored by his peers Jos?ģ Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros). At the same time, Tamayo‘«÷s life and art mirror those struggles that Mexico fought in shaping the country it envisioned itself to be after its successful Revolution in 1920. The controversies that he and his paintings fueled were created by different views of modernism and modernity that emerged and were debated in Mexico as it attempted to define itself as a nation in the twentieth century.

The exhibition and accompanying publication have been made possible through the generous support of Larry and Astrid Hammett, Houston and Anne Harte, Jon B. and Lillian Lovelace, Eli and Leatrice Luria, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, The Challenge Fund, The Cheeryble Foundation, The Grace Jones Richardson Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, and an anonymous donor.

Pan African Film & Arts Festival
Ladones & Mentirosos: Saturday, February 17, 10:20p
Africanias: Sunday, February 18, 8:30p
AMC Magic Johnson Theatres, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, LA
www.paff.org www.ladronesymentirosos.com

Poli Marichal is on her way to the 2007 Oscars. Her first feature film (details below) have won her (and her husband Ricardo Mendez Matta) the Puerto Rican Oscar for best Director and The Official Puerto Rican Entry to the 2007 Academy Awards ceremony. Ladones & Mentirosos (Thieves and Liars) tells the story of 3 Puerto Rican families who are affected by the corruption of narcotic trafficking which has converted their island into a doorway for cocaine traveling to the United States. Ultimately the elders observe the deterioration of truth and justice in their younger generations. Thieves & Liars stars Steven Bauer, Elpidia Carrillo, Daniel Lugo, Dennis Mario, Lymari Nadal and Magda Rivera. Written, produced and directed by Poli Marichal & Ricardo Mendez Matta

Africanias is a 30 min documentary by Rafael Rebollar that will be screened the next day. He‘«÷s back in Mexico, but he wants you to enjoy and comment on his film.

LA 18 KSCI-TV presents:
Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

Sunday, February 18, 10a ‘«Ű 5p
Parade: 10 ‘«Ű 11a
On Colorado Blvd. from Pasadena Ave. heading East to Raymond Ave.
Festival: 11a ‘«Ű 5p
Central Park, S. Fair Oaks Ave. & E. Dayton St, Pasadena, CA
310. 442.2712

Bring your family and friends to enjoy a day of fun, food and entertainment. Apl.de.Ap of Black Eyed Peas will preside as Grand Marshal over the 2007 Lunar New Year Parade, themed Year of the Boar. Joining him are prominent dignitaries, local news personalities, pageant queens and their courts, and top name Asian American celebrities. Some of the many celebrities riding in the parade are: The cast of Justin Lin‘«÷s new movie, Finishing the Game, Heroes‘«÷ James Kyson Lee, Miss Universe 1997‘«÷s Brook Lee, Desperate Housewives‘«÷ Alec Mapa and That‘«÷s So Raven‘«÷s Amy Hill. At the Festival, entertainment includes South Border, JIN, Far*east Movement, Quest, Supe and a myriad of ethnic Asian dance troupes.

NorthEastLA Galleries On-Going Exhibits:

The Arroyo Arts Collective presents:
Food from the Heart Images and Tastes of Divine Decadence
The Acorn Gallery, 135 N Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA
Thru March 4
323.850.8566 info@ArroyoArtsCollective.org www.arroyoartscollective.org

"The way to the heart is through the stomach - The way to the stomach is through the eyes" This is an exhibit featuring paintings, sculpture and prints by Sharon Romero, Deborah Thomas, Patricia Lee, Jennifer Murphy, Deborah Kashinsky, Suzanne Siegel, Tai Ling Wong, Deborah Krall & Radhika Hershey. As part of the reception, Collective Members will indulge your eye and pamper your palate with sweet "Food as Art" morsels. Come early, come often throughout the evening to experience this sweets inspired pot-luck with an artistic flare.

Closing Event
Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25, 11a - 5p
art studio c, 4121 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA, CA
323.256.6052 info@artstudioc.com www.artstudioc.com

art studio c maybe closing. Join them one last time with the current artists. See notice below.

Room Constructions: Blueprints and Models
Another Year in LA, 2121 N San Fernando Rd #13, Glassell Park, CA
Thru March 16
323-223-4000 info@anotheryearinla.com www.anotheryearinla.com

This exhibit features the 12 blueprint concept drawings created by Stephen J. Kaltenbach in 1967 as well as scale models of three of the rooms including two that were realized at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1967 and the Whitney Museum in 1969. These room construction blueprint drawings and actualized museum works pre-date his UC Davis classmate and fellow conceptual artist, Bruce Nauman‘«÷s corridor pieces by a couple years. The real history here is not that Kaltenbach did something before someone else; the moment was about his minimal discoveries.

Beautiful Deceptions: Erotica by Women; Curated by Poli Marichal
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA, CA
Thru March 4
323.258.1435 ave50studio@sbcglobal.net www.avenue50studio.com

The work exhibited deals with erotica in a tasteful and artistic manner. This is a show by women that doesn‘«÷t demean any sex. It features paintings, sculpture, assemblages, photography, video & prints from eight LA artists: Sonya Fe, Candace Metzger, Deborah Kantner, Candace Lin, Barbara Carrasco, Yolanda Gonzalez, Cristina Cardenas, and Poli Marichal. Ambiguous, dark, sexy, and symbolic aspects of erotica are explored in unexpected and striking ways. These women have conceived works that juggle with notions of sexual imagery in order to seduce and mesmerize, shock and impress the spectator. Most of the pieces feature women being unashamedly erotic, gloriously free of any self-conscious prudery or uncertainty. It is curious to note that the male figure is, in many of the works, the absent object of desire. This is a show by women about women‘«÷s erotica that, nevertheless, caters to both sexes.

Gimme Some Love Exhibit
Cactus Gallery & Gifts, 4534 Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA
Thru March 7
323.256.6117 semastroianni70@yahoo.com www.eclecticcactus.com

More than 20 local artists display their take on love, romance, the flip side of love & the symbols which exemplify Valentine's Day. Artists include Douglas Alvarez, Lernie Beuler, Jena Cardwell, Gwen Freeman, Mark Gelvoria, Jos?ģ ?Łngel Hern?Ūndez, Javier Herrera, Lisa Ingalls, Patricia Krebs, Heather Llyod, Sophia Louisa, Miss Mindy, Lorraine Scognamillo, Robert Selvaggio, Ingrid Sundberg, Kelly Thompson (acrylic and oil paintings). Mosaic items du amore: birdhouses,
vases, and picture frames by Mary Clark Camargo. Photography by Johnny Garcia, Eleonora Ghioldi, Cidne Hart, Kevin Haas, Annie Fourguette and ?Łngela Mar?°a Ort?°z S. Assemblage by Claudia Galvan, Greg Liffick and Jon Grauman. Collage by Matthew Cramer and Patrick
Haemmerlein. Drawings by David J. Vanderpool and Lee Ann Goya.

Irene Carranza: New Works Solo Exhibit
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA
Thru 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.

Performance and Man Who Fell To Earth Photo Exhibit featuring the work of Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg
drkrm. Gallery & Lab, 2121 San Fernando Rd Ste 3, LA, CA
Thru February 24
323.223.6867 626.825.2442 drkrm@mac.com www.drkrm.com www.artistbound.com

This exhibit is of interest to fans of Mick Jagger and of course the movie Performance. They have assembled a collection of rare and unseen photographs from Performance (1970) & The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), two legendary films directed by Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg. Now recognized as classics, both films were, upon their release, met with a hostile critical reception that rejected their dazzling, kaleidoscopic use of montage as well as a daring mixture of sadism and eros -- the juxtaposition of images of sex and violence. Both films starred famous British rock stars, Mick Jagger in Performance and David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth. They pay tribute to the boldness of directors Cammell and Roeg with this exhibit of images from their greatest works, whose daring & strangeness remain undiminished to this day.

The show consists of 20+ photographs, none of which have been shown in a gallery setting, most never seen by the public. Though there were six years between the two films, the photos share a strikingly similar quality; both depicted the collision of alien worlds that featured Jagger and Bowie as odd, androgynous, reclusive yet brilliant misanthropes. All of the photos from Performance & most from The Man Who Fell to Earth exist only in black and white, adding to their haunting, other-worldly quality.

Dissolution: solo exhibit by Jessica Swanson
MorYork Gallery, 4959 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA
Thru March 7
323.376.4428 bmallman@nelaart.org w ww.claregraham.com/MorYork.html

Jessica Swanson examines human ideas about the wild. Her sculptures offer views of nature with a focus on scenic vistas or burnt out landscapes with glimpses of animals. Swanson's sculptures describe the toxic and wasted lands due to apathetic neglect or outright exploitation yet show hope as life forms continue to persist in these spaces.

Jessica Halonen and Emily Joyce: PLOT [plot]
Artists‘«÷ Reception: February 10, 7 ‘«Ű 10p
Park Projects, 4755 York Blvd, LA CA
Thru March 2
323-445-4015 323.719.8158 www.parkprojects.org http:/ /myparkp r ojects.org/

This is a two-person exhibit of new site specific works. It includes a mural sized wall painting by Joyce and a sculpture installation by Halonen. Although working with vastly different materials and processes, both artists use poetic gestures to navigate current global issues. By including trees and images of other natural life forms a garden-like environment is created. These works can be seen as a celebration or a resignation of our present condition.

Miles Jopling Exhibit
Artist‘«÷s Reception: February 10, 7 ‘«Ű 10p
Young Art, 747 N Avenue 50, LA, CA
Thru March 3
323.344.1322 info@youngartgallery.com www.youngartgallery.com

Drawings and installation by Miles Jopling. Music and drinks.

Blues on my ceiling
all over my head
run down the walls
across the floor
under my bed

light across the street
blinking off and on

ill never get out of these blues alive


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?ģ, 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 ‘«Ű 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: 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 ‘«Ű 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 ‘«Ű 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 ‘«Ű 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.

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