Where Are the Chicana/o Artists This Weekend/Next Week?
Getting ready to go to Hawaii. . . Huh?!?
RuthAnne Talretz de Molina
Mothers' Day 2007
Published on LatinoLA: May 18, 2007
Hola Todos - With two computers crashing last weekend with one already crashed, its' been a long hall to catch-up on everything. This will be my last newsletter for a while as I'm preparing for an extended trip to Hawaii to be with my son Ano and need time to organize what I'm taking/leaving/throwing-out/need to do before I leave. So as they say in Hawaii, Aloha, RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
And, speaking of my son Ano who blessed me with a lovely email greeting for Mothers' Day, below are some thoughts on that day. Being Chicana has its' rewards as I get to celebrate two Mothers' Days. The first was May 10 as it is celebrated every year in Mexico. The second was Sunday, May 13 as it is always the second Sunday in May. Though many point to the celebrations in ancient Greece and Rome listed below as the first Mothers' Day celebrations, God tells us in His Holy Scriptures to:
16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. - Deuteronomy 5:16 Exodus 20:12 Matthew 19:19 Mark 10:19 Luke 18:20 King James Version
2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. - Ephesians 6:2-3 Colossians 3:20 King James Version
No special day was set aside as every day was to be one honoring his/her mother and father. To me, however, just as we set aside a special day for our birth, anniversaries, remembering deaths, so it is appropriate to set aside one day where one really focuses on their mother, then father (June). With all that said, here is some of the history of the day.
Mothers' Day is celebrated in many countries, including US, UK, Denmark, Finland, India, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. The day is used by children and husbands to honor mothers and grandmothers for all that they do in raising children. While many countries of the world celebrate their own Mothers' Day at different times throughout the year, there are some countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium that also celebrate Mothers' Day on the second Sunday of May, this year May 13, as is done here in the US. Mothers' Day is celebrated on May 10 in Bahrain, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and United Arab Emirates.
The earliest Mothers' Day celebrations are traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, wife of Cronus and the Mother of the gods and goddesses. In Rome the most significant Mothers' Day-like festival was dedicated to the worship of Cybele, another mother goddess. Ceremonies in her honor began some 250 years before Christ was born. This Roman religious celebration, known as Hilaria, lasted for three days - from March 15 to 18. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome. Some say the ceremonies in honor of Cybele were adopted by the early church to venerate the Mother of Christ, Mary. Others believe the Mother Church was substituted for mother goddess and custom began to dictate that a person visit the church of his/her baptism on this day. People attended the mother church of their parish, laden with offerings.
Early Christians celebrated a Mothers' Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent (also called Mid-Lent Sunday) in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. In England during the 1600s' the holiday was expanded to include all mothers. It was then called Mothering Sunday. As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed to honor the "Mother Church" -- the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm. Over time the church festival blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration. People began honoring their mothers as well as the church. After a prayer service in church to honor Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers.
During this time many of the Englands' poor worked as servants for the wealthy. As most jobs were located far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. Children as young as eight or nine would leave home to learn their trade as an apprentice or to become servants in the homes of the wealthy. These children usually were in neighboring towns, but transportation was hard to come by and expensive. For most of the year they did not get to see their family. During Lent, before preparations for the Easter feasts required them to be busy and back at work, servants, apprentices and other employees staying away from their homes would be allowed to return to their homes and families for a weekend to visit their mothers and honor them. This became known as "going a-mothering."
Traditionally children brought with them small gifts. They walked the roads picking spring wildflowers to give to their mothers when they arrived back at their homes. They often brought small gifts from the merchants or nobles they worked for as presents for the family and they brought a special fruit cake, called the mothering cake, or fruit-filled pastry called a simnel to provide a festive touch. Yugoslavs and people in other nations have observed similar days. Sometimes furmety was served - wheat grains boiled in sweet milk, sugared and spiced. In northern England and in Scotland, the preferred refreshments were carlings - pancakes made of steeped pease fried in butter, with pepper and salt. In fact, in some locations this day was called Carling Sunday. Another kind of mothering cake was the simnel cake, a very rich fruitcake. The Lenten fast dictated that the simnel cake had to keep until Easter. It was boiled in water, then baked, and was often finished with an almond icing. Sometimes the crust was of flour and water, colored with saffron.
The Sunday of their return the whole family would go to church and present gifts to the mothers and offerings to the church. This was a day of feasting when all of the restrictions of Lent were put aside for the day...in a way it was the Easter celebration for the working classes. This feast day became known as Mothering Sunday. After Mothering Sunday, the children would return to their labors and would not visit home again until Christmas time.
In the US the idea of official celebration of Mothers' Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe, an activist, writer and poet who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, as a day dedicated to peace. The cause of world peace was the impetus for Julia Ward Howes' establishment, over a century ago, of a special day for mothers. Following unsuccessful efforts to pull together an international pacifist conference after the FrancoPrussian War, Howe began to think of a global appeal to women.
She suggested that June 2 be annually celebrated as Mothers Day and should be dedicated to peace. She wrote a passionate appeal to women and urged them to rise against war in her famous Mothers Day Proclamation, written in Boston in 1870. She also initiated a Mothers' Peace Day observance on the second Sunday in June in Boston and held the meeting for a number of years. Julia tirelessly championed the cause of official celebration of Mothers Day and declaration of official holiday on the day. Her idea spread but was later replaced by the Mothers' Day holiday now celebrated in May.
"While the war was still in progress," she wrote, she keenly felt the "cruel and unnecessary character of the contest." She believed, as any woman might, that it could have been settled without bloodshed. And, she wondered, "Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?" Howes' version of Mothers' Day, which served as an occasion for advocating peace, was held successfully in Boston and elsewhere for several years, but eventually lost popularity and disappeared from public notice in the years preceding World War I.
Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948) is credited with originating the US Mothers' Day holiday. She never married and was extremely attached to her mother, Mrs. Anna Reese Jarvis. Mrs. Jarvis was a ministers' daughter who for 20 years taught Sunday School in the Andrews Methodist Church of Grafton, West Virginia. Miss Jarvis graduated from the Female Seminary in Wheeling, West Virginia, and taught in Grafton before moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the rest of her family. For Anna Jarvis, also known as "Mother Jarvis," community improvement by mothers was only a beginning. Throughout the Civil War she only twelve years old in 1878 when she listened to her mother teach a Sunday school lesson on mothers in the Bible. "I hope and organized womens' brigades, asking her workers to do all they could without regard for which side their men had chosen. And, in 1868, she took the initiative to heal the bitter rifts between her Confederate and Union neighbors. The younger Anna Jarvis was pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mothers' day," the senior Jarvis said. "There are many days for men, but none for mothers."
Anna Reese Jarvis died in Philadelphia in May of 1905. Still unmarried and left alone with her blind sister Elsinore, Anna missed her mother greatly. An activist and social worker, her mother used to express her desire that someday someone must honor all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions made by them. She had tried to establish Mothers' Friendship Days as a way of dealing with the aftermath of the Civil War. Two years after her mothers' death (1907) Anna Jarvis and her friends began a letter-writing campaign to gain the support of influential ministers, businessmen and congressmen to create a national holiday honoring mothers, and they were successful in their efforts. She poured out a constant stream of letters to men of prominence --President William Taft and former President Theodore Roosevelt among them-- and enlisted considerable help from Philadelphia merchant John Wannamaker. She felt children often neglected to appreciate their mother enough while the mother was still alive. She hoped Mothers' Day would increase respect for parents.
Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mothers' church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mothers' Day on the second anniversary of her mothers' death, the 2nd Sunday of May. Carnations, her mother's favorite flowers, were supplied at that first service by Miss Jarvis. White carnations were chosen because they represented the sweetness, purity and endurance of mother love. Today, white carnations represent a mother who has died, while red (and pink) carnations represent a living mother. By the next year Mothers' Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia. By 1911 Mothers' Day was celebrated in almost every state. Nowadays, flowers have become an almost universal way to send Mothers' Day wishes and strengthen family bonds.
The first Mothers' Day proclamation was issued by the governor of West Virginia in 1910. Oklahoma celebrated Mothers' Day that year as well. By 1911 every state had its own observances. By then other areas celebrating Mothers' Day included Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, South America and Africa. The Mothers' Day International Association was incorporated on December 12, 1912, with the purpose of furthering meaningful observations of Mothers' Day.
The House of Representatives in May 1913 unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the President, his Cabinet, members of Congress and all officials of the federal government to wear a white carnation on Mothers' Day. Congress passed another Joint Resolution May 8, 1914, designating the second Sunday in May as Mothers' Day. The US flag is to be displayed on government buildings and at peoples' homes "as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country." President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation making Mothers' Day an official national holiday. He asked Americans on that day to give a public "thank you" to their mothers and all mothers.
Unfortunately, Jarvis became bitter over the commercialization of the holiday. She filed a lawsuit to stop a 1923 Mothers' Day event and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a mothers' convention where white carnations were being sold. The custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday died out almost completely by the 19th century. However, the day came to be celebrated again after World War II, when American servicemen brought the custom and commercial enterprises used it as an occasion for sales.
Mothers' Day has endured. It serves now, as it originally did, to recognize the contributions of women. And Mothers' Day, like the job of "mothering," is varied and diverse. Perhaps it's the only appropriate for a day honoring the multiple ways women find to nurture their families, their communities, their countries and the world at large. On this day people reflect on the importance of mothers in their life and thank them for their unconditional love and support. Mothers and children in USA look forward to celebrate the day with each other. Besides, in US the national flag is hoisted on every house and important buildings on the occasion of Mothers' Day to honor motherhood and the mothers of the country.
Mothers' Day is celebrated in USA in a big way with a lot of enthusiasm and gaiety and continues to be a very commercial holiday. It is considered as the next big day after Christmas and Valentines Day. Flowers, candy and cards are typical gifts. Phone lines record a heavy traffic and card sales reaches its peak. Restaurants are filled to their maximum capacity as children don't want their mothers to cook on their special day.
At home children express love for their mother by treating their moms with breakfast in the bed or making a sumptuous lunch. Tradition of gifting flowers and gifts is also rampant. More commonly gifted flowers are carnations are these are the official flower of Mothers Day. People buy red or pink carnations for the mothers who are living and place white carnations on the grave of the mothers who are dead. Children also present skits, plays and song in honor of their mother. Some also make cards and gifts at home to show their gratitude for their mother.
The tradition in Mexico for Mothers' Day (May 10) is for all of the sons and daughters to come from different places to the house and on the day before (May 9). Children honor their mothers and thank them for their efforts in bringing them up. They shower their love and gratitude to their "Mama" for all their hard work and dedication to their family.
The day is celebrated with gusto as churches in Mexico organize a special mass. The highpoint of the event is the orchestra which plays "las ma??anitas". After, there is a celebration frequently with tamales, atole, flowers and presents. While the older children buy gifts from the store, the younger ones prepare handmade gifts to honor their mothers. In several schools Mothers' Day functions are organized where little ones present skits and songs to express their gratitude for their mothers and to entertain them. Children may write poetry or give their mothers artwork, flowers and cards and proudly invite them to plays, recitals and dances. Stores, movie theatres and supermarkets all give out little recuerdos, or remembrances, to the mothers who come in during the day. Its' a wonderful day when mothers feel very special.
While tamales and atole are the traditional early-morning meal, many people do not eat until mid-morning, enjoying a meal called almuerzo, which is the equivalent of brunch, and not lunch, as it is sometimes mistakenly translated. The range of food eaten at almuerzo is much wider than typical north-of-the-border breakfast fare, from grilled meats to hearty egg dishes and even moles and stews. Fresh seasonnal fruit, either sliced or juiced, is usually served first, with coffee, herb tea or Mexicos' beloved hot chocolate accompanying the meal.
It seems to be special to Mexico, and is celebrated with a mass at the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, where an orchestra plays "las ma??anitas" of the Virgin. It is a moving event, with the old-fashioned celebrations, which are so much more gracious (almost religious) than modern ones. This is not the Virgen of Guadalupe as a symbol of Mexican nationalism, but the Virgin as the symbol of motherhood.
And, so I ate my way through Mothers' Day on Thursday and Sunday, holding my red carnation and wearing my Indigenous beads that were gifted to me at a Mothers' Day After PowWow Celebration. So, with all that wonderful celebrating behind me, here's this week's newsletter early to make up for the one that wasn't (except for Second Saturday Gallery Night/Spoke(n) Art Ride info). . .
Where are the Chicana/o artists this weekend/next week?
This Chicana artist is still celebrating her 60th birthday this time by getting ready for a long vacation with her son in Hawaii starting June 6. Shaloha, RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Where will you be???
In a message dated 5/7/2007 7:39:11 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Dear Friends and colleagues:
With great disappointment and frustration, I am writing to notify you that Carlos Saldana, Gil Ortiz, Jesse Dena and myself have decided to cancel our art exhibit at Self Help Graphics for this Friday, May 11th, for lack of support and respect from the new SHG administration.
After Carlos tried at various times and dates to get the invitation and keys to the gallery, he was left waiting for hours at the parking lot. Phone calls were not returned and cellular telephones were turned off.
The new administration in SHG has demonstrated that unless you are a SACRED COW of the arts, they do not have any consideration to the artists and their work. All the principles of Sister Karen, whose intention was to support the artist first and always have evaporated from this organization.
Thank you for your understanding.
THE ARTISTS / LOS ARTISTAS
THIS WEEKEND/NEXT WEEK:
Friday, May 18, 9p - 1a
Eastside Caf?® Collective, 5469 Huntington Dr, El Sereno, CA
email@example.com http://eastsidecafe.revolt.org http://www.myspace.com/eastsidecafeechospace
-----Restoring the Balance.
Kim Maria Benefit Art Auction
Friday, May 18, 7:30 - 9:30p
La Luz de Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd, East Hollywood, CA
323.666.7667 firstname.lastname@example.org www.laluzdejesus.com
Artists to be announced. Gallery is accepting donations of paintings, signed prints, books, posters. Contact email@example.com
Recently, they learned that Kim Maria, of Revelation Studios, was diagonised with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the plasma cells that attacks bone marrow. Current treatments include bone marrow and stem cell transplants. This form of cancer is very painful and the complications of the disease are endless. There are new hopeful treatments on the horizon, yet very costly. Kim and her husband, artist Craig LaRotonda, have moved back to their hometown of Buffalo, NY where Kim is receiving treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Kim and Craig are artists who have exhibited at La Luz de Jesus under the name "Revelation Studios."
-----Flavia de Mellow & Dino Durand
Friday, May 18, 9p
Tango's, 1253 North Vine St, LA, CA
Reservations: 323.464.8260 WAYSOUTH98@aol.com
They will make you travel to Brazil for a couple of hours.
-----Revolutionary Mic Nite: RAWA/AWM Benefit Event
Friday, May 18, 7 - 11p
IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA, CA
323.257.2512 www.imixbooks.com firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.myspace.com/revolutionaryevents
Bleeding Afghanistan book Discussion and Slide Show
Saturday, May 19, 6p
El Centro Cultural de Mexico, 310 W 5th St, Santa Ana, CA
www.el-centro.org www.bleedingafghanistan.com www.afghanwomensmission.org www.rawa.org
Revolutionary Mic Nite will host spoken word, music performers, and political speakers. This is a benefit event for Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)/Afghan Women's Mission.
Spoken Word: Mujeres de Maiz and others
Dance: UCLA's Middle Eastern Dance Group
Speakers: Sonali Kolhatkar (KPFK Radio) and Jim Ingalls. Coauthors of the book "Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence"
Music: Pachamama (reggae, latin, ska) and L@s Cafeter@as (Son Jarocho music)
On May 18th and 19th, Afghan Women's Mission Co-Directors, Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls will discuss the escalating war in Afghanistan. Recent demonstrations in Herat and Nangarhar in opposition to the US occupation indicate that Afghanistan may be going in the direction of Iraq. Sonali and James will attempt to answer the following
- What are the effects of the US/NATO occupation in Afghanistan?
- Who has real political power in Afghanistan?
- How are ordinary Afghans coping with the return of war and fundamentalism?
- And what can Americans do to work in solidarity with Afghan people?
Join Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls, authors of the new book, Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords and the Propaganda of Silence for a presentation and slideshow. There will be copies of Bleeding Afghanistan for sale at both events. The authors will be available to sign books. Afghan crafts and other items from Afghan Women's Mission will also be available for sale. All craft sales and book proceeds will benefit the Revolutionary Association
of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA).
-----2nd Ever LA Old-Time Social
Concert: Friday, May 18, 8p
Tropico De Nopal, 1665 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA
Workshops: Saturday, May 19, 12noon
Documentary Screening: 6p
Square Dance: 8 - 10:30p
Farmlab, 1745 N Spring St, LA, CA
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.triplechickenfoot.com/laots www.tropicodenopal.com www.farmlab.org
The social kicks off tonight: Concert performers are the Iron Mountain Stringband, Tom and Patrick Sauber, Matt Kinman the Little Hobo, & Triple Chicken Foot.
The workshops include old time guitar, clawhammer banjo and old time fiddle. Space is limited. Register at the website.
Many, many thanks to Folkworks (www.folkworks.org), KCSN, CA Traditional Music Society, Tropico de Nopal and Farmlab for their support. Special thanks to Monica Howe for web design.
The documentary screening is "Celebration of Community; Portland Old Time" by Walter Spencer in Parachute Theater; Interest in Old Time Music has been growing in Portland, Oregon and around this homegrown music combined with the traditional square dance a tight community has formed. Portland can boast of Old Time music being played at bars, clubs, dances, farmer's markets, festivals, weddings, parties, almost daily. Stringband classes, square dance calling workshops ensure that this tradition will remain vibrant.
This documentary explores the bonds between musicians and the importance and meaning of community. With interviews and performances by Foghorn Stringband, Governement Issue Orchestra, Flat Mountain Girls, the DIckel Bros, Pig Iron and many more.
Cabaret: Hi-Ho's, McDougall & Madame Pamita
Square Dance with Caller Susan Michaels kicks off with a Cakewalk; Bands: White Lightning & Hollywood Boll Weevils.
AND FAT TiRE BEER!
-----Prints Bite Exhibit
Grand ReOpening of La Mano Press
Artist's Reception: May 18, 6 - 9p
Prints Sale: Saturday/Sunday, May 19/20, 12noon - 7p
La Mano Press, 1749 N Main St, LA, CA
323.227.0650 email@example.com http://www.lamanopress.com
This is an exhibit of work by Artemio Rodr?¡guez featuring prints, illustrated books, skateboard decks, short animated films and the unveiling of MUERTO RIDER a customized 1968 Impala. This event will also feature the exhibit Graphic Reality: Mexican Printmaking Today. Organized by La Mano Press for International Print Center New York, and features prints by current Mexican printmakers.
A sneak peek at a work in progress: Gr?íficomovil: Mobile Center for the Graphic Arts.
-----Parfletch Tote Bag Workshop
Saturday, May 19
Workshop: 10a - 4p
Telescope & Dinner: 6:30 - 10p
Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center, Angeles Crest Highway (2) N of the 210 at La Ca??ada, 14 miles to the junction with Mt Wilson Rd, Angeles National Forest
RSVP: 310.663.4011 firstname.lastname@example.org www.haramokngna.org
Cost: $30 Workshop; $10 Dinner
Join them for a special workshop with Shawnee artist Sharol Graves, using modern materials to make an environmentally friendly parfletch tote bag to take on your shopping and gathering trips. Bring your lunch, and buttons, odds and ends to add to your tote bag. They will show an "Inconvenient Truth" during lunch, and discuss the native American perspective on the environment.
Please let them know you are coming so we can have enough materials on hand.
Added special bonus! Stay for dinner - hot dog BBQ - and look at the stars! Glenn Miller Jr, their own Tongva astronomer, is bringing his high power telescope - and for you get dinner and a chance to see Venus, Saturn, the moon up close and listen to Indian star stories and more.
-----Artists in Discussion: Brito, Noriega - Influences and Concepts
La Linea - The Line
Disscussion: Saturday, May 19, 2 - 4p
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA, CA
Thru June 3
323.258.1435 email@example.com www.avenue50studio.com
In support of their current exhibit, "La Linea - The Line" there will be hosting a panel discussion presenting Armando Brito and Ramses Noriega.
Ramses Noriega is one of the original Chicano artists from the 60-70's who united Chicano politics with art. His recent work reflects his personal interests in the inner qualities of the human condition.
Armando Brito's work on exhibit explores the combination of colorfields, gestural drawings and traditional Mexican folkloric concepts.
Our panel will be moderated by Armando Duron with Juan Gomez-Quinones, Rosalio Mu??oz and Raoul De la Sota. The artists will be present.
-----Echospace Poetry Collective at Eastside Caf?® presents:
Primavera Colectiva: A Collective Poetry Reading
Saturday, May 19, 4:30 - 6:30p
El Sereno Community Garden, 5400 E Huntington Dr @ Lowell St, El Sereno, LA, CA
323.229.8081 firstname.lastname@example.org http://eastsidecafe.revolt.org/Main/HomePage
The event features Teresa Antonia, Ron Baca, Roberto Leni, Laura Longoria, Don Newton, Ari Robles, Abel Salas, Antonio Sorcini and Mary Torregrossa. Echospace Poetry Collective is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Network evolving a diverse group of Artists, Poets and Writers.
Celebrating the Essence of Women
Artists Reception: May 19, 6 - 9p
Casita del Pueblo, 6738 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA
May 7 - June 1
562.693.2844 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.casitadelpueblo.com
This is an exhibit of recent paintings by the Women's Art Collective. Art . Music . Food . Great People
-----The Rosary Bowl: A World at Prayer Is a World at Peace?«: A Rosary Celebration
Pray for Peace / Pray for Peace in our Families
Saturday, May 19, 6 - 9p
Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA
800.874.0999 323.874.6633 email@example.com www.rosarybowl.org
Sponsors: Archdiocese of LA & Holy Cross Family Ministries
Gather with other faithful in massive numbers in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to pray the timeless prayer of the Rosary for peace in our world. This will be a dynamic celebration featuring music, prayer and cultural exhibitions. Come and participate in this public celebration of our Christian faith and dynamic display of unity of the Catholic faithful among the rich variety of races and cultures in SoCal.
Families around the world are harmed by many forms of conflict, particularly in war-torn areas, such as Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, Afghanistan, and families in the United States face a multitude of challenges to their spiritual lives and their unity.
El Monte, also is expected to broadcast the event, and also broadcast from a stage outside the Rose Bowl, Parking Lot H, on May 19 from 12noon - 6p and provide entertainment and free gifts for people who come early and picnic around the stage. The radio broadcasts are expected to provide simultaneous translations of the English speakers, so those persons who speak Spanish only are encouraged to bring portable radios and earphones to tune in to these stations.
5:00p Doors open
6:00p Praise and Worship, Songs, Keynote Speakers:
Bishop Oscar Solis, Vicar for Ethnic (Multi-cultural) Ministries for the Archdiocese of LA, and the first Filipino-born U.S. bishop;
Immacul?®e Ilibagiza, Rwandan genocide survivor and author of "Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust;"
Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Commander, Knights of Columbus, who leads the worldwide Catholic men's fraternal benefit society.
Music: Mario Reyes, virtuoso guitarist and recording artist and a member of the Reyes family of the Gipsy Kings fame; Rosary Bowl choir, 200 members
7:15p Banner Procession
7:20p Eucharistic Procession
7:30p Adoration begins, Praying of the Glorious Mysteries, Homily by Cardinal Mahony, Benediction
-----5 Year Anniversary Exhibit & Cinco De Mayo Celebrations - All Month Long
Hip Hop: Saturday, May 19, 7 - 10p
Book Signing: Saturday, May 26, 6 - 10p
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 2, 6 - 10p
Gallery Crewest, 110 Winston St, LA, CA
Thru June 3
213.627.8272 firstname.lastname@example.org www.Crewest.com
Hip Hop performances by: Shorty Loka, Cadalack Ron, Alpha MC, Alwayz Prolific, Silencio, Maestroe The Mad Monk, Dj Memory and live painting by Crewest artists.
Book signing event: "Graffiti LA" - this new book by Steve Grody provides a historical and interesting documentation of LA graffiti with over 900 images. Mr. Grody and select artists will be on hand for a one of a kind book signing at the gallery. Live music and painting as well (artists TBA)
Closing reception hosted by: Chocolate Bar NYC, as we help launch their new Graffiti Bars to the LA area, including limited edition signed box sets. Live DJ's.
Artists: Edgar Hoill, Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca, Vyal, Dave Kawano, Gregg Stone, Erick Rodriguez, Man One, Ritzy Periwinkle, Patrick Martinez, Surge, Cope2, Rukus, Overton Loyd, EMI, Codak, Kofie, Fernando Lara, Astek, Alonys Art, Eriberto Oriol, Neila, Sear, Sherm, King157, Estevan Oriol, Antonio Pelayo, Ash Hudson, Fatoe, Joel "Rage" Garcia, Syndrome Studio, Dabs, Myla, and many many more....
Special Art Installation By: WERC
-----Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore presents:
2nd Annual Celebrating Words: Written, Performed & Sung Festival
Saturday, May 19, 12noon - 7p
Sylmar Park, 13109 Borden Ave, Sylmar, CA
818)896.1479 email@example.com www.tiachucha.com
This is the first and only literacy and art festival in LA City's 7th Council District. Featured musical groups include Quinto Sol, El Vuh, Mezklah, Noxdiei, Cihuatl Tonali, Inner City Dwellers, Big Joe Hurt, & 5th Battalion. Also featured will be Temachtia Quetzalcoatl, their resident Aztec dance group, as well as poetry by the Poets of the Round Table and Enlightenment Project, theater performers. Vendors and community service groups will be on hand to sell books, food and provide public service information to the community. The event is hosted by award-winning author and cofounder/creative director of Tia Chucha's, Luis J. Rodriguez.
-----Forces of Nature: A Feminine Perspective
Artists' Reception: Saturday, May 19, 6 - 9p
Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), 685 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA
May 19 - June 8
310.822.9560 x10 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sparcmurals.org
This is a group show of the Venice Art Forum lead by SPARC tenant Linda Jacobson. The work in the exhibit explores the internal and external aspects of life force energy and how the inner and outer natures parallel one another.
-----The Studio for Southern CA History presents:
Story Symposium for: LA Women: A Record of Experience
Reception: May 19, 12noon - 5p
National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 1 N Central Ave, LA, CA
213.229.8890 email@example.com www.socalstudio.org
This event is intended to be a broader conversation between scholars, experts, students and the general public regarding the role of women in SoCal history. In honor of Mother's Day (the previous Sunday), those who bring their mom or daughter to the Story Symposium will receive a flower while supplies last.
The Story Symposium for LA Women: A Record of Experience will include a special reading by Susan Suntree, two moderated panels & presentations by historian Lois Banner, photographer at large Victoria Bernal, art therapist Lucia Capacchione, political scientist Regina Freer, photographer Gloria Lin, historian Peter La Chapelle, photographer at large Gloria Lin, historian Vicki Ruiz & artist Linda Vallejo. Among other subjects, the Story Symposium will cover Charlotta Amanda Bass, Sister Karen Boccalero, Sister Mary Corita Kent, Marilyn Monroe, Womanhouse (1972) and the myth and representation of LA women over time.
-----Moving Past Present
Panel Discussion: Saturday, May 19, 2 - 4p
Claremont Graduate University, Burkle 16, 1021 N. Dartmouth Ave, Claremont, CA
Thru May 25
Presenting Doug Harvey, Sara Cochran, and Henry Krips - Moderated by David Pagel. Reception to immediately follow. Visit our website for up-to-date information.
Claremont Graduate University's Masters of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management Program (MAACM) will be celebrating the first year of its Exhibition Methods Practicum course with this exhibit. It is the cumulative event of a year-long exploration that has provided a trans-disciplinary, hands-on approach for twelve MA and MFA students. The CGU students were responsible for all aspects of the exhibition-including the concept, construction and final show.
Drawing from both historical and contemporary works of art from the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College and the Pomona College Museum of Art collections, along with works from local area artists and LA galleries, the exhibit explores liminal space created by moments of uncertainty, ambiguity, and rapid structural change. By bringing together the singular and combined energies of over 30 visual works, produced across a range of mediums, It is an endeavor to open a dialogue regarding the intersection between personal and cultural conditions and how this transition might be understood as a contemporary Zeitgeist.
Works by: Enrique Chagoya, Steve Comba, Boris Deutsch, Connor Everts, Claire Falkenstein, Viola Frey, Wendell Gladstone, Ken Johnson, Joe Jones, John Paul Jones, Vassily Kandinsky, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Suzanne Klotz-Reilly, Billy O'Brien, Robert Rauschenberg, Fritz Scholder, Pascual Sisto and June Wayne.
-----Religion, Politics and Society, Martha Mitchell, Curator
Artists' Reception: Saturday, May 19, 6 - 9p
Lake Arrowhead Gallery and Museum of Art, 28561 Highway 18, Sky Forest, CA
May 19 - July
909.337.8606 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lagma.org
This is an exhibition of paintings, showcasing the personal reflections of Artists on issues that defy neutrality. The show includes well known talent from LA, along with local emerging artists who approach the themes with a broad range of dramatic and poetic interpretations.
Painting remains one of the last art forms where a single individual's opinion can connect with, and make an impact upon others. At a time in history when break-neck conclusions about religion and politics are spoon fed to us by electronic media outlets and agenda waving activist groups, a visit to an art gallery makes for a refreshing alternative: it provides viewers with the old-fashioned opportunity to form their own opinions about ultimately sacred, private topics.
The presenting artists are: Mark Vallen, John Paul Thornton, Paul Batou, Dolores Guerrero, David Ross, and Victoria LaVers. Local emerging artists participating in this show include Nancy Van Buskirk, Lisa Cook, Maria Britzman, Claude Robert, Willma Van Mierlo, Jasmine Helm and Colleen Kindlon.
-----Life and Works of Carlos Almaraz
Panel Discussion: Sunday, May 20, 5 - 7p
Flying High with Francisco Toledo
Thru June 3
Three Chicanarte Greats: Carlos Almar?íz, Gilbert "Mag??" Luj?ín & Jose Lozano
Thru May 27
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art, 2012 Colorado Blvd, LA, CA
323.259.1563 email@example.com www.carlottaspassion.com
They are pleased to host a panel discussion on the life and works of Carlos Almaraz.
Carlos Almaraz (1941 - 89) was a member of Los Four, the internationally famous Chicano art collective. In later years, he worked independently both on public projects and on profoundly introspective pieces he created in his studio. Almaraz's brilliant moody works blend his personal and cultural sensibilities, European symbolist and impressionist influences, and the Fauve's color palette. Almaraz's works also reflect the rich legacy of his complex, emotional odyssey. In his lifetime, Carlos achieved international fame and great critical acclaim. His status in the international fine art world continues to elevate to this day.
The discussion panelists include the following long-time friends and associates of Carlos Almaraz:
Max Benavidez: Writer, art historian, and independent scholar. Author of Gronk, the new book on the LA artist, published as part of UCLA CSRC/University of Minnesota Press's new Latino art series, A Ver.
Patrick Ela: Former museum director. Independent art consultant and art appraiser.
Dan Guerrero: Independent producer of diverse television programming and major live award shows and concert events with special expertise in the U.S. Latino and Latin American markets.
Gilbert "Magu" Lujan: The founder of Los Four and an ever popular sculptor, muralist and painter. The design principal for the Hollywood & Vine station on the Red Line, Magu uses his Mesoamerican heritage, as well as current popular art and cultural folk sources for his Chicanarte.
Robert Squires, the gallery owner and director, will act as facilitator.
-----Susie Hansen Latin Band
St Benedict's Spring Festival
Sunday, May 20, 4 - 6p
St Benedict's Catholic Church and School, 217 N 10th St, Montebello, CA
323.721.3348 firstname.lastname@example.org www.susiehansen.com
The festival will be happening throughout the entire weekend, Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20 with lots of great bands and exciting entertainment.
-----Councilman Grieg Smith (12th District) and MCMAFN (Multicultural Music and Art Foundation Northridge) present:
Sunday, May 20, 4p
Rancho Cordillera del Norte, New Mission Theatre, 9015 Wilbur Ave, Northridge, CA
Reservations: 818.998.0326, state the number of guests in your party; www.mcmafn.org www.elisabethwaldomusic.com
The concert will feature Elisabeth Waldo's Ensemble of Musicians, Singers and Dancers and Carlos Valaso,
Spanish Guitarist as they present an exciting program. Ms. Waldo explains that the word "Fandango" was a dance form from Spain, transplanted to the New World, but in Rancho days in CA, it was used to describe any
kind of event of a festive nature.
-----The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts presents:
Thursdays/Fridays, 8p; Saturdays, 4p & 8p; Sundays, 3p
Teatro Carmen Zapata, 421 N Avenue 19, LA, CA
Thru May 20
323.225.4044 email@example.com www.bfatheatre.org
Tickets: $35 Opening Night: May 4 English; $35 Closing Night: 20 de Mayo Celebration; $28 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; $27 Thursdays; $20 Preview: May 3 English; Discounts for seniors, teachers, students and groups of 15 or more.
Join them for the hilarious Cuban comedy. The production is directed by BFA Artistic Director Margarita Galb?ín and the cast features Manolo Travieso, Ernesto Miyares, Marie Curie, Michelle Gil, Ray Michaels Quiroga, and Luisa Chavez, with Nancy Victoria, Manuel Ravadeneira, Yaquelin Di Crystal, Ra??l Avila, Froylan Cabuto, Ana Alfonso, Alejandro Jimenez, Nallely Cardona, Hecmar Lugo, Heliodoro V. Garc?¡a, Henry Madrid and Norma Soto.
The play is based on the film by Eliseo Alberto Diego and Tomas Gutierrez Alea, who said about their work: "The story is based on fact. We did not invent the absurd situations; they are part of our everyday reality."
------The Jewish Federation in collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission presents:
Continuing the Latino Tradition: Ditte Wolff, Curator
Gallery Talk: Tuesday, May 22, 12:15p
Channing Peake Gallery, County Administration Bldg 1st flr, 105 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara
Thru July 20
805.568.3994, firstname.lastname@example.org www.jewishsantabarabara.org
This talk features Curator Ditte Wolff, with guest artist Rafael Perea de la Cabada.
The exhibit honors the Latino artist, whose community, like the Jewish people, has the shared experience of immigrating to the United States and having to build bridges across all of American society. The exhibition includes the work of 20 artists including: Abel Alejandre, Armando Baeza, Joe Bravo, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Susan Elizade-Holler, David Flury, Lalo Garcia, Ana Marini Genzon, Ci Ci Segura Gonzalez, Wayne Healy, John de Heras, Sergio Hernandez, Pola Lopez, Vanessa Martinelli, Frank Martinez, Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein, Raoul de la Sota, Eloy Torrez, Linda Vallejo, George Yepes. The United States, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Cuba are among the countries represented. The works include painting, sculpture and works on paper.
Capturing the vitality and energy of the Latino artists working and living in CA today has been the focus of this exhibit. Continuing the Latino Tradition presents emerging, as well as established artists, in a variety of materials and traditions; from using the landscape as a metaphor for a people - to a single image of a woman representing the struggle of womankind; as well as references to the Pre-Columbian cultures and the struggles of the Latino people. The colors, the symbol as metaphor, the stroke of the brush, and the intuitive love of the graphic image seems to resonate throughout the Latino art world. "The images are both emotional and intellectual. The rich fabric of the culture brings a sense of humanity, pathos, love and sensitivity to our visual world," said Ditte Wolff, curator.
This exhibit is funded in part by the Community Arts Grants Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and the County Art in Public Places committee. Additional funding provided by Greater Jewish Federation of Santa Barbara, Gail Berkus Fund for the Arts, The Towbes Foundation, Darwin Bahm, Susan Bower, Shelley & Herbert Cole, Canzu Clark, Barbara & Jon Greenleaf, Eva & Yoel Haller, Faith Henkin & Dr. Melvyn Lane, Joann C. Holderman, Fredda and Harris Meisel, Ethel & Howard Scar, Travis Shannon and Clay Williams.
-----"Feminicidio" La Violencia y Las Mujeres
Miercoles, 23 de Mayo, 6 a 9p
Salon Acapulco, 1921 S LA St, LA, CA
El comit?® de mujeres, patricia Mar?¡n te invita...A una pl?ítica: Mujeres con Voz, Mujeres con dignidad... ?ílas queremos VIVAS! ?íAlto a la Violencia Contra la Mujer! ?íNi Una MUERTA Mas!
Judith Galarza de FEDEFAM (Venezuela)
Chapinas Unidas (Guatemala/LA)
Comite de Mujeres Patricia Marin (Mexico/LA)
Video: "On the Edge" Juarez y NAFTA
Proyecto para los ninos huerfanos de Juarez
Endorsado por: Uni??n del Barrio, El Comit?® Pro-Democracia en M?®xico, Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, Raza Graduate Student Association of UCLA, Coalicion Pro Derechos de la Raza, LA
-----The Church of the Epiphany & the Chicano Movement
Stories of LA Chicano Movement Activists
Presented by Fr Will Wauters
Thursday, May 24, 7 - 9pm
Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2808 Altura St, LA, CA
323.227.9931 http://www.calhum.org/programs/story_epiphany.htm http://www.calhumevents.org/Public/Events_Search_Detail.aspx?E=688
A community forum sponsored by the CA Council for the Humanities
Join Fr Will Wauter and local youth that has been collecting oral histories from Chicano movement activists from the 60s and 70s. Father John Luce opened the doors of the Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights and let the revolutionary spirit of the Chicano movement catch fire. From the "Walkouts" from East LA high schools, to the publishing of La Raza newspaper in the basement, to the founding of the Brown Berets, to the housing of Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers for the Bobby Kennedy Presidential Campaign, the Church was home to the creative energy of the young leaders who sought to change the unjust conditions oppressing La Raza in the 1960's. This project funded by the CA Humanities Council has collected Oral Histories from 13 of those early leaders who reflect on their roles in the momentous events of those days and their relationships with Epiphany and its courageous clergy. The evening will combine a multimedia presentation and followed by audience discussion with some of the contributors to this project.
-----Susie Hansen Latin Band
Thursday, May 24, 7 - 10p
Spaghettini Italian Grill and Jazz Club, 3005 Old Ranch Pkwy, Seal Beach, CA
562.596.2199 email@example.com www.susiehansen.com
Join them for great Latin Jazz and dining at this renowned restaurant as they return for the second time after nearly three years away.
ChUSMA, Tia Chucas Centro Cultural & the City of San Fernando present:
ChUSMA Community Empowerment Teatro Workshops
Saturdays, May 26 - June 30, 2 - 4p
Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, 10258 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA
818.429.6083 firstname.lastname@example.org www.chusma.com www.myspace.com/teatrochusma
This will be a series of performance art workshops in Chicana/o Theater. Learn to use Teatro & Comedia to empower yourself and your community (and have alot of fun too!). Signup for all workshops as ChUSMA gets you on your feet and takes you through the steps of creating TEATRO from improv to writing to performance. Register now as spaces will be limited. Applications will be available by email: email@example.com
Please forward to others who may be interested: youth, community, students young@heart.
-----Susie Hansen Latin Band
Friday, May 25, 8p - 12midnight
Cavallino Ristorante & Jazz Bar, 8052 Adams Ave, Huntington Beach, CA
714.536.6665 firstname.lastname@example.org www.susiehansen.com
Join them there for fine gourmet Italian dining and great jazz.
-----Active Arts presents:
Samba: Friday, May 25, 6:30 - 10p
Salsa: Friday, June 8, 6:30 - 10p
Music Center Plaza, 135 North Grand Ave. LA, CA
213.972.3660 ActiveArts@musiccenter.org www.musiccenter.org
Dancers of all levels are encouraged to attend. The evening features live music or DJ and complimentary beginners' dance lessons. Dance Floor provided. Food and beverages available for purchase. No food or drinks on the dance floor. In case of rain, events will be cancelled.
The event is generously supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation,
The Ahmanson Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, and the James A. Doolittle Foundation. Corporate sponsorship provided by U.S. Bank. Dancing Bull Wines is Presenting Sponsor of nce Downtown.
-----Joint Book Reading: Malin Alegria y Reyna Grande
Saturday, May 26, 3p
Tia Chucha's Caf?® Cultural, 10258 Foothil Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA
818.896.1479 email@example.com www.tiachucha.com
Sunday, May 27, 3p
IMIX Bookstore, 5052 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA, CA
Malin Alegria, author of the hilarious Latino coming-of-age story "Estrella's Quincea??era," and Reyna Grande, author of "Across a Thousand Mountains," will be reading together for one weekend only in Mayo. Malin will be celebrating the new release of her latest novel, "Sofi Mendoza's Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico," a tale of life, love and the US-Mexican border.
-----Susie Hansen Latin Band
Dancing Under the Stars
Fridays, 6:30 - 9:30p
Radisson Hotel Whittier, 7320 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA
June 1 - September 28
562.945.8511 firstname.lastname@example.org www.susiehansen.com
This will be their 14th great summer of Salsa dancing around the pool on Friday nights and there's always a nice buffet grill for your dinner. Join them early, right after work!
-----A Day at the Circus, Robert Palacios, Curator
Artists' Reception: Saturday, June 2, 2 - 6p
Folk Tree, 217 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA
June 2 - June 30
626.793.4828 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.folktree.com
Palacios' own work is often inspired by childhood memories of the circus - the performers and pageantry, the colors, sounds and laughter. The artists he selected for this show each present their own "spin" on the theme. The show includes paintings and prints by Daniel Gonzalez, Jos?® Lozano, Jaime "Germs" Zacarias and the curator himself, as well as mixed media kinetic "toys" by Jos?® Orozco.
Palacios' fascination with the spectacle of the circus and its characters has found its way into the subject matter for his paintings and prints and uses a vivid palette.
Daniel Gonzalez says of his work, "My life has been shared between two countries, the United States and Mexico. I've experienced the hard rural life of my parents in Mexico and the dangerous and fragmented life of the inner city. . .My work is inspired by the folk stories that my parents and grandparents have passed on. I have a desire to invent and share my own narratives and vision through printmaking. . .(and) also touch on the allegorical and universal experiences shared by the many."
Jose Lozano influences range from Arshile Gorky to Willem DeKooning. In an interview with Mike Hicks from "Art in the Vault," Lozano says, ". . . I like images that are so funny and absurd that they border on tears." He favors gouache as a medium and usually works in a series, focusing on themes such as Mexican wrestlers, Mexican movies, clowns, loteria and floating figures.
Jose Orozco is the creator of kinetic one-of-a-kind mixed media "toys." "The cultural hybrid that I am is reflected in the hybrid nature of my Kochinadas Kineticas. They are made from the detritus of capitalist production, shaped by the fading memory of my childhood and inspired by the iconography of the Catholic Church." These mechanized objects are Orozco's playful way of making social and political commentary. "The toys are a synthesis of the electric flash, noise and kinetic vitality of the Chinese toys (encountered in childhood in LA) with the soul of the Mexican toys." The handmade toys produced by Mexican artisans out of papier-mache, clay, wood, and other materials "never failed to amaze and delight me as a child."
Jaime "Germs" Zacarias has a talent in art became evident at a very young age, and art teachers in high school helped direct and support him. "My artwork is truly spontaneous and unplanned. I trust my instincts, and when I want to create something, the image appears. . .I use narrative imagery, graffiti art and found surfaces. I work in an audience-friendly style that allows the viewer to experience the piece."
The artists share a similar cultural background and a drive to present socially relevant critiques and personal revelations through narrative imagery that incorporates humor and irony.
-----The Great Wall of Chinga, Gregg Stone and Barbara Thompson, Curators
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 N Sycamore, Santa Ana, CA
June 2 - June 28
714.667.1517 email@example.com www.occca.org
The US Mexico border separates to types of Latin art: on the US side the work is created by Chicanos, Americans of Mexican heritage, much of the art work was born out of protest and racial prejudice often incorporating images from ancient warriors of Mexico. The Mexican artists on the border are living on the outskirts of old Mexico, and far from their cultural capital of Mexico City, in this area art work can be influenced by a transient society on its way to work in America, coupled by all the vices border cities are known for. They bring you 13 artists from each side of the border as well as 4 sculptors, separated by an almost impenetrable barrier of the US border. Come and see how their artwork is similar and how it is different.
American Chicano Artists: Sergio Selgado, David Rosales, Richard Islas, Sonya Fe, David Flury, Man One, Werc, Ricardo Duffy, Magu, Sergio Hernandez, Carlos Callejo, Ernest Saenz, Guillermo Bejarano.
Mexican Artists: Cuauhtemoc Rodriguez, Ramon Carrillo, Fernando Garcia Revas, Victor Larios, Luis Alberto Curiel, Pablo Castaneda, Fernando Corona, Ismael Castro, Rogelio Perez Cano, Eduardo Zowie Bermudez, Israel Carrillo Madrid, Juan Francisco
Quitero Sculptors from both sides of border: Eduardo Kintero, Omar Escobedo, Marina Alanis
-----Zebulon Projects presents:
2007 Music at the Court
Jazz: Saturday, June 9, 8 p
Jazz: Sunday, June 10, 7p
Marjorie Branson Performance Space, Boston Court, 70 N Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA
626.683.6883 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bostoncourt.org
There's something for everyone with an exciting lineup of jazz, classical, blues, folk and doo wop. The series continues with Larry Karush Jazz Combo, Saturday, and Trimotif, Sunday.