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Where are the Chicana/o artists this weekend/next week? 3.3.07

Heading up the 110 to be charitable...

By RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Published on LatinoLA: March 3, 2007


Where are the Chicana/o artists this weekend/next week? 3.3.07


Hola Todos ‘«Ű As I said last week, the 14th day of the Chinese New Year celebration should be for preparations to celebrate the Lantern Festival, which is to be held on the 15th night. And that we would speak more about the Lantern Festival next week. So, here it is next week, and time to talk about the Lantern Festival.

The Lantern Festival is a tradition that closes out the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival season. This observance falls on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Chinese lunar calendar, which the night of the first full moon of the lunar New Year, and changes each year. It dates back to shrouded legends of the Han Dynasty more than 2000 years ago. It is also known as Shang Yuan Festival or the birthday of the God of Heaven.

Some of the lanterns may be works of art, painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs & scenes from legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in temples & carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon. A popular component of some lanterns is lantern riddles. These are riddles that are stuck on the surface of lanterns for people to guess. The subjects of the riddles are often traditional Chinese songs, poems, stories or historical events.
In many areas the highlight of the lantern festival is the dragon dance. The dragon‘«Ųwhich might stretch a hundred feet long‘«Ųis typically made of silk, paper & bamboo. Traditionally, the dragon is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets.

Lantern Festival is also popularly referred to as Chinese Valentine‘«÷s Day. In the past, it was the only day of the year that a single woman could go out (chaperoned) and be seen by eligible bachelors. Now, many single people gather at the festival, and some play matchmaking games with the lanterns.

Lantern Festival is also celebrated by eating tang yuan or yuanxiao, round balls of sticky rice flour with a variety of fillings, including black sesame paste, tangerine peel, walnuts, meats, fish, and vegetables. It is an important practice to eat tang yuan during the lantern festival because they symbolize family reunion and unity, important values of the celebration, and their shape represents the full moon.

So where does one go here to touch a taste of this celebration? To El Pueblo, Olvera Street, of course. As we said before both the Chinese and the Spanish cultures of LA have ties to this area. The Chinese American Museum is hosting the Lantern Festival there. And, for some reason this is the weekend of some wonderful fundraisers, and, you should be able to make both: the Benefit Concert & Auction at Rock Rose Art Gallery and the Route 66 Art Auction at Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. And nearby you can see a new dance production, Perceptions, at Avenue 50 Studio. If you‘«÷re not in the NorthEastLA area and want to see some dance, there‘«÷s Origenes: Compa???°a Flamenca Rina Orellana at the Morgan-Wixson Theater in Santa Monica. For those in the Pasadena area you can make both Saints & Sinners XX Exhibit at The Folk Tree and Drive By at the Phantom Galleries LA. And for the politically-minded, there‘«÷s Breaking the Silence at Mercado La Paloma and The Ministry of Culture presents We Say No
Yo! at IMIX Bookstore, on Sunday.


And, if none of that appeals to you, look below for what else is going on this weekend.

And, so‘«™

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

This Chicana artist is still celebrating her 60th birthday and just got back from Baja, again. It‘«÷s the fish tacos in Puerto Nuevo‘«™ Shalom, RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina

Where will you be???

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

On behalf of the entire Tia Chucha's staff we'd like to thank everyone for their continuing support and solidarity. Thank you to everyone that came out on Saturday in celebration of our 5 Year Anniversary. The event was a complete success and it was a perfect way to culminate 5 years of community empowerment and cultural cultivation. Special thanks to everyone who has generously donated their time & money towards our efforts to re-locate and to continue to thrive in a new location. Thanks to you we have been able to acquire our next location situated at 10258 Foothill Blvd., Lakeview Terrace CA, 91342. Be sure to keep a look out for our Grand Opening coming soon!!! We are still currently seeking volunteers to assist us with the move to our new location. Any interested volunteer can email us at chuchamail@aol.com.

They are in need of volunteers to get the Center ready. Can you help? Haramokngna will open on Saturday, March 31 with an honoring of their Forest partners, a potluck, music & high hopes for the coming year - technically their 10th since the concept of Haramokngna started forming.

Congratulations to Joe Bravo who has been nominated in the category ‘«£Play With Your Food: Artwork With an Edible Twist‘«ō of the Food Network Awards, http://www.sobewineandfoodfest.com/2007/events_info.php?id=21 . The show will air nationally on April 15. He has also taped an interview for The Insider Exclusive TV show, which can be viewed at http://insiderexclusive.com/insider.html . Scroll down and click ‘«£Watch‘«ō where Joe Bravo‘«÷s name appears. The short video is also posted on YouTube; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RHxHaQtnk0 .

Martin Espino added his Mexican indigenous sounds to Tony Humecke's music composed music for El Muerto, a scary Latino comic strip turned movie where. It will be shown at the San Diego Latino Film Festival on Friday, March 17, 8p. www.elmuerto.com

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:

Benefit Concert & Auction
Saturday, March 3, 8 - 11p.
Rock Rose Art Gallery, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove, CA
323.222.4740 323.823.8601 rockroseart@yahoo.com www.rockrosegallery.com www.myspace.com/groovesession
Donation: $5

This is an evening of music, friends and food for the Kids. The Rock Rose Art Collection to be auctioned includes work by: Yreina Cervantez, Carol Colin, Lino Santiago Martinex, Lillian Mejia, Zachery Miller, Efren Parra, Leo Politi, Linda Vallejo, Lynette Yetter, John Zender. and more including Wired Glasswork and other sharp objects by Rosamaria.

The concert features:

The Pretentious Pidgins blend an array of musical styles ranging from Jazz to Punk, into an organic groove centered new genre they call Junk that often has a satirical commentary on politics and everyday life. The Pidgins are constantly stretching perceived "musical limits" into nights where whole sets become improvised and the audience become Pidgins themselves. They are an outgrowth "the Rock Rose Jazz Workshop". The Pidgins are sharing their art and ideas with the people and gaining new "Pidgins" everyday.

The Groove Session which plays Jam Band / Rock / Nu-Jazz will be there direct from Ontario, CA. The group includes: Manny Sanchez - Drums, Vocal; Ronnie Sanchez ‘«Ű Bass; Greg Lesondak - Guitar, Vocal; Daniel Delgado - Trumpet, Vocal.

5th Route 66 Art Auction
Saturday, March 3, 7 - 11p
Members‘«÷ Only Preview Reception: 6 - 7p
Silent Auction: 7p
Live Auction: 9:30p
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA
323.226.1617 erccc@hotmail.com www.centerartseaglerock.org
General Admission: $20; Membership $35, admit 1; Family Membership: $45 admits 2

Join them for their largest fundraiser and annual membership drive and best party of the year. Proceeds from the auction support the festivals, arts programming and exhibitions of Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. This year they have 200 pieces of art providing a wide variety of work insured that there was a piece to suit every attendee‘«÷s taste, desire, and budget. No-Host wine and Martini bar provided by Colombo's. Hors D'oeuvres courtesy of Minx. Pageant Queens of Historic Route 66 will be on site with tiaras to assist at the auction. Raffles will take place over the course of the evening.

Perceptions
Saturday, March 3, 7 - 10p
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA, CA
323.258.1435 ave50studio@sbcglobal.net www.avenue50studio.com
Suggested Donation: $10

Time freezes, senses are awakened and the environment is observable, letting the audience be a voyeuristic part of the performance experience. Directed and conceived by Dorcas Roman, this is a movement performance piece in which the idea of erotica is investigated. With the participation of Dana Berk, Lyndsay Brill and Jennifer Jackson, these performers embark in an exploration of body images and ideas of erotica and what it means to them. With different aesthetics and interpretations of what woman find sexy and erotic, themes of fantasy, desire, creation of different personas and movement landscapes will be investigated during the evening. Post performance reception with Puerto Rican refreshments and wine.

Performers and collaborators: Dana Berk, Lyndsay Brill, Jennifer Jackson; director and choreographer: Dorcas Rom?Ūn.


The Chinese American Museum presents:
6th Annual Lantern Festival 2007
Saturday, March 3, 12noon ‘«Ű 7p
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Chinese American Museum, 425 N Los Angeles St
213.486.8567 www.camla.org
Sponsored by: City of LA Council District 14, SoCal Edison, LADOT & El Pueblo de LA Historical Monument

Come with your friends and family to enjoy a day filled with exciting live entertainment, including lion dancers, acrobatics, musical, and dance performances. Featuring: Live music, lion dancing and martial arts, Lantern and Kite making, Children‘«÷s Lantern Contest, Feng Shui and Acupuncture workshop, Chinese Arts and Crafts, Guided museum tours and much more

Saints & Sinners XX Exhibit
Artists‘«÷ Reception: Saturday, March 3, 2 ‘«Ű 6p
The Folk Tree, 217 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA
March 3 ‘«Ű April 7
626.793-4828 626.795.8733 rfolktree@aol.com mishkinftc@aol.com www.folktree.com

This is their annual Easter season exhibit featuring old and new Latin American religious folk art and artifacts, primarily from Mexico, that are displayed alongside pieces by area artists that more generally deal with issues concerning "the sacred and the profane." Approximately twenty-five artists are included, represented by painting, ceramics, printmaking, fiber work, assemblage, collage, drawing and mixed media. The exhibit highlights traditional devotional objects as well as contemporary pieces with symbols of Christianity and related themes in both worldly and spiritual contexts. Theists and secularists alike will appreciate the variety of work on view.

To commemorate this season of Easter and Lent, the exhibit presents large processional pieces from Oaxaca (calendas) depicting religious symbols or figures and made of tiny multi-colored "everlasting flowers;" a variety of retablos (late nineteenth and twentieth century religious paintings on tin or wood); santos (polychrome wooden carvings of saints); and milagros (miracle offerings). Also shown are mixed media portable home shrines, small wooden boxes in which paper, plastic or wax flowers are combined with colored foil and wooden carvings of Christ or other religious figures. These anonymously created pieces are interpretations of the Christ‘«÷s crucifixion and resurrection.

Many local artists are represented, working in a variety of media. Kina Crow, a self-taught clay artist, includes one of her devilish figures. Janice Lowry, a graduate of Art Center College of Design, shows assemblages. Metal, paper mache, mixed media and clay crosses are on view, including pieces by Roberto Reyes, Candy Butler and Dee Marcellus Cole. Angel Lopez contributes prints and ceramics, and Mavis Leahy, Janet Ghio And Anne Huskey-Lockhart show their fiber work. Artist Cynthia Cook, of Mexican and Irish heritage, works with found and recycled materials to create intimately scaled ‘«£icons‘«ō with the goal of ‘«£inspiring a renewed sense of the sacred within the oft-overlooked mundane debris of contemporary life.‘«ō


Drive By
Artists‘«÷ Reception: Saturday, March 3, 6 - 10p
Phantom Galleries LA, 680 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
March 3 - April 30
213.626.2854 liza@phantomgalleriesla.com www.phantomgalleriesla.com

This is a group show featuring Bruce Gray, Richard Godfrey, Barbara Kaleta, Karen Kauffman, Farzad Kohan, Anelia Lazaroff, Matt MacFarland, Stuart Rapeport, Michael Salerno and Rachel Welch whose works are diverse and engaging.

Chapinas Unidas: Guatemalan Social Network for Peace & Justice present:
Breaking the Silence
Saturday March 3, 2 - 5p
Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Ave, LA, CA

Presenters for this afternoon of information sharing and discussion are:

Claudia Hernandez Cruz, survivor from Guatemala and spokesperson for ‘«£Sobrevivientes‘«ō. The ‘«£Sobrevivientes‘«ō association initially began in 2001 as a youth justice center for victims of sexual violence.

Lucia Munoz, founder of Mujeres Iniciando en Las Am?ģricas (MIA), that is a campaign against gender bias and domestic violence in Guatemala.

Azalea Ryckman, executive director of Hecho A Mano (the culture store), a store specializing in handmade Mayan arts and crafts from Guatemala.

Maria Guardado, a Salvadoran political refugee, in her late 60‘«÷s, has been living in LA since1983 and the subject of a 2001 documentary film entitled ‘«£Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story‘«ō.

Canceptual [v.2]:
Artists‘«÷ Reception: Saturday, March 3, 5 - 9p
Downtown Artwalk: Thursday, March 8, 12noon - 9p
Closing reception: Saturday, March 31, 5 - 9p
Crewest Gallery & Shop, 110 Winston St, LA, CA
March 3 - April 1
213.627.8272 info@crewest.com www.crewest.com www.myspace.com/crewest

A huge group exhibition showcasing original works created on actual spray paint cans. Some of the globe's hottest artists recycle old and rusty aerosol cans into unique and exquisite pieces of art. DJ's and Live painting by select artists.

Native Voices at the Autry presents:
The Berlin Blues: a play by Drew Hayden Taylor
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 8pSat
urday* & Sunday Matinees: 2p
*No 2 pm performance, Saturday, March 24.
Bernie Pearl Pre-Show Mini-Concert: Sundays, March 4 & 11, 1:30p
Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Wy, La, CA
March 1 - 25
323.667.2000, ext. 354 www.autrynationalcenter.org www.nativevoicesattheautry.org
www.myspace.com/nativevoices
Tickets: $25; members: $15 Thursday nights: pay-what-you-can.

This is a new comedy by Drew Hayden Taylor (Ojibway), directed by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw), executive producers Jean Bruce Scott and Randy Reinholz. A German conglomerate descends upon a quiet Canadian reserve with visions of building the world's largest Native theme park, "Ojibway World". The zany plan comes complete with bumper canoes, a laser-beam dream catcher & Dances With Wolves: The Musical!

Starring: Gil Birmingham, Ellen Dostal, Michael Matthys, Adeye Sahran, Delanna Studi, and Robert Vestal. Featuring Blues Guitarist, Bernie Pearl.

Origenes: Compa???°a Flamenca Rina Orellana
Saturday, March 3, 8pm
Morgan-Wixson Theater, 2627 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
310-977-7332 http://origenes.eventbrite.com www.rinaorellana.com
General Admission: $26.50 advance, $30 door (cash only)

Share the debut of an exciting, new dance company dedicated to el arte del flamenco puro. This production is the roots of a personal journey through the stirring and exhilirating world of flamenco puro y el arte hondo (pure flamenco and profound art). Rina Orellana, artistic director & choreographer; Kai Narezo, guitarist; Gabriel Osuna, singer; Gerardo Morales, caj??n; Briseyda Zarate & Richard Chavez, special guest dancers; Helena Piet Nu??ez, Lorena Santiago, Victoria Romero & Aurelia Bonora, company dancers.

The Ministry of Culture presents:
We Say No
Yo! What Happened to Peace? Poster Exhibit
Artists‘«÷ Reception: Sunday March 4, 12noon - 4p
IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA, CA
March 4 - April 1
323.257.2512 imixbooks@sbcglobal.net www.imixbooks.com www.ministryofculture.org www.yowhathappenedtopeace.org

The activist video project, "We Say No" is a participatory concept in which anyone who wishes may voice their opinion on the 700-mile long proposed border fence between the US and Mexico. Attendees are encouraged to step into a video booth and have their opinions recorded about the proposed dividing fence. The two-minute statements from this project will be used in a
documentary made in collaboration with The Ministry of Culture, Imix Books and Patricia Cunliffe. All participants under the age of 18 must have written permission of their parents or guardians to appear on camera.

A selection of artwork from the Yo! What Happened to Peace? Poster Exhibit is on display in conjunction with this event The exhibit is of contemporary pro-peace, anti-war & anti-occupation posters, designed to spread the message of non-violence and showcase the beauty of hand-crafted printing. After traveling to Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, Milan, Rejkyavik, Washington D.C., Boston and Chicago, the "Yo!" show is making a return to its hometown of Los Angeles before heading back to Europe for a series of exhibitions. Selections include works by Chaz Bojorquez, Bughouse, Freddi C, Robbie Conal, Emek, Shepard Fairey, Karen Fiorito, Brandy Flower, Forkscrew Graphics, Man One, Gustavo Garcia Vaca, Favianna Rodriguez, Mear One, Spectr and many others. A limited number of prints will be for sale during the exhibit.

Tamayo Community Celebration
Tamayo: A Modern Icon Reinterpreted
Sunday, March 4, 1 ‘«Ű 4p
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St, Santa Barbara, CA
Thru May 27
805.884.6430 805.963.4364 kcarl@sbma.net www.sbma.net

The plaza behind the Museum‘«÷s Park Wing entrance will come alive with the colors and sounds of Mexico as we celebrate the exhibition Tamayo: A Modern Icon Reinterpreted. Enjoy art activities, traditional refreshments, the pre-Columbian rhythms of Luis P?ģrez, folkloric music of Oaxaca and Veracruz with Cascada de Flores, and regional dances of Mexico performed by Quetzalcoatl.

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.


Worldly Roots and Local Healers: Bot?Ūnicas and Herbal Medicine in LA
Thursday, March 8, 6p
Big Sur Educational Gallery, CA Endowment Center for Healthy Communities, 1000 N Alameda
March 8 - July 6
RSVP www.calendow.org

The exhibit uses art to explore the healing traditions and vibrant artistry found in local bot?Ūnicas. Part alternative health care facility and gathering place and part spiritual center, the bot?Ūnica offers a hybrid of Afro-Cuban, Mexican and Central American approaches to health and healing. Refreshments will be served.

Telling Our Stories Through Film Festival
Thursday, March 8, 8p: The Canary Effect: Kill the Indian, Save the Man
CSU, Long Beach University Theater
Friday, March 9th, 8p: By Any Means Necessary
CSU, Long Beach Daniel Royce Theater
csulb_nasc_alumni@yahoo.com www.aisc.ucla.edu
Co-sponsors: CSULB American Indian Studies & Film & Electronic Arts Depts; City of Long Beach Corporations for the Public Arts; KPFK FM 90.7 LA, FM 98.7 SB & American Indian Airwaves

The Canary Effect takes an in depth look at the devastating effect that US policies have had on the Indigenous people of America. Using beautifully crafted imagery it presents a chilling case to what many believe is an ongoing genocide of the American Indian. Featuring interviews with some of the leading scholars and exponents of Indigenous struggles, alongside revealing insight from those who work and live on reservations today, The Canary Effect creates a link between the past and present in a unique way never before explored on film (http://www.myspace.com/thecanaryeffect).

"By Any Means Necessary‘«ō tells the story of the Buffalo River Dene Nation, a First Nation located in Saskatchewan, Canada, and their current legal battle with the government of Canada. In 1994, when two hunters were arrested for trespassing and illegally hunting within a government-controlled facility, the community of Buffalo River rose to the defense of the hunters. Band elders asserted that the land in question was part of their traditional lands and the treaty signed with Canada in 1906 gave them the right to use that area. Through a series of cases and appeals, a guilty verdict was finally handed down by the Canadian legal system. Determined to clear the name of the hunters, the Buffalo River Dene Nation is now attempting to charge Canada in the International Court of Justice with the breaking of their 100 year-old treaty (www.myspace.com/indianofilms ).

NorthEastLA Galleries On-Going Exhibits:

The Arroyo Arts Collective presents:
Food from the Heart Images & 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 & 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 & 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.

Room Constructions: Blueprints & 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 & the Whitney Museum in 1969. These room construction blueprint drawings & actualized museum works pre-date his UC Davis classmate & 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 & 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, & Poli Marichal. Ambiguous, dark, sexy, & symbolic aspects of erotica are explored in unexpected & striking ways. These women have conceived works that juggle with notions of sexual imagery in order to seduce & mesmerize, shock & 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 & oil paintings). Mosaic items du amore: birdhouses,
vases, & picture frames by Mary Clark Camargo. Photography by Johnny Garcia, Eleonora Ghioldi, Cidne Hart, Kevin Haas, Annie Fourguette & ?Łngela Mar?°a Ort?°z S. Assemblage by Claudia Galvan, Greg Liffick & Jon Grauman. Collage by Matthew Cramer & Patrick
Haemmerlein. Drawings by David J. Vanderpool & Lee Ann Goya.

Pictures in My Head: Mark Bryan Solo Exhibit
Artists‘«÷ Reception: Saturday, February 24, 7 ‘«Ű 10p
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA
Thru April 1
323.259.1563 rs@carlottaspassion.com www.carlottaspassion.com www.artofmarkbryan.com

Possessing the intense, irrationality of a dream, Mark Bryan's intuitively created images evoke emotions which are curiously tempered by a comic quality. Like all images which derive from the subconscious they are ambiguous; yet even with their incongruous nature, they hint at deep underlying thoughts & anxieties.

Alicia Beach - Transparent
David Patton LA, 5006 1/2 York Blvd, LA, CA
Thru March 17
323.478.1966 info@davidpattonlosangeles.com www.davidpattonlosangeles.com

Alicia's work, mindfully fabricated, meditative & absorbing, has been exhibited in numerous solo & group shows & we are honored to present these new pieces.

The S-Word: Part II: Sacred Byzantine & Coptic Icons: A Living Tradition
Main Gallery, Judson Stained Glass Studios & Gallery, 200 S Ave 66, Highland Park, CA
The S-Word: Part I: The State of Spirituality in Contemporary Art
Hall Gallery, Judson Stained Glass Studios & Gallery, 200 S Ave 66, Highland Park, CA
Thru March 31
800.445.8376 info@judsonstudios.com www.judsonstudio.com

Part II features artworks by contemporary artists Fr. Ilie Dantes, Adrian Iurco & Dr. Stephane Ren?ģ. It is curated by Prof. Ronald E. Steen, Art Historian & Art Educator.


This exhibition celebrates the sacred art of the Orthodox Church in its many forms & demonstrates that iconography is still practiced today, & to some extent, experiencing a renaissance in countries like Egypt & Russia. Even in our own overwhelmingly materialistic society, interest is growing for this sacred art form, not only for its aesthetic & artistic qualities, but for its profound spirituality. These works have been created for devotional & sacred environments.

Part I is a mini version of the group exhibition held over by popular demand of work exhibited in SoCal by contemporary artists from 1979/1980 to the presented created not for sacred environments. Works by Lynn Aldrich, Sandow Birk, Rob Clayton, Einer & Jamex de la Torre, Daniel Martin Diaz, Mark Ryden, Fred Stonehouse, Ruth Weisberg & Patty Wickman. A catalogue accompanies this exhibition.

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 & wasted lands due to apathetic neglect or outright exploitation yet show hope as life forms continue to persist in these spaces.

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 & installation by Miles Jopling. Music & 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 & on

ill never get out of these blues alive

EVERY WEEKEND/WEEK:


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

Arana Music Lessons
Tuesdays, 6 ‘«Ű 8p
IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA, CA
323.257.2512 imixbooks@sbcglobal.net www.imixbooks.com

For beginners to experts music lessons focusing on the arana and Son Jarocho, presented by C?ģsar Castro - El Jarochelo.

Son Jarocho Classes
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6p
East Side Caf?ģ, 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

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

Charangoa
Thursdays
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.





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