Friday, February 29, 2008

Just In

The Red CalacArts Collective presents our 4th annual

Home of Chelo y Brent of Calaca Press
502 Rose Dr.
National City, Califas 91950

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Help support Chicano Park's 38th anniversary!
Don't miss out on this once a year gathering to raise funds for our
beloved parque.

$20.00 per adult
Kids 12-17 $5
Kids under 12 free

Antonieta's Famous Menudo AND Posole
(Vegitarian available upon request)
Live Music

Firme sounds by:

Plus a fandanguito with SD area Jarocho musicians

Organized by the Red CalacArts Collective.
For more info call (619) 434-9036
or visit and

All funds raised, after expenses, go to the Chicano Park Steering
For more info on the CPSC visit

Directions to Calacalandia:
I-5 to Mile of Cars Way.
Go East.
Right on D Ave.
Left (after 2nd house) on Rose Dr.
End of block on right. 502 Rose Dr.

Rose is a dead end and parking is minimal.
Please park on D Ave and walk to Calacalandia.

And don't forget!
Chicano Park Day is Saturday April 19, 2008 from 10am-5pm.

Red CalacArts Collective
P.O. Box 2309
National City, Califas 91951
Coming Soon from the Redz:
BOLIVARTES: A Cultural Committee in Solidarity with the Bolivarian
The Red CalacArts Collective, a project of Calaca Press,
is a multidisciplinary arts and activist organization
that focuses on creating, publishing, producing, and presenting
Chicano, Latin American and indigenous related art focusing
on issues dealing with human rights and social justice.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Cancer Bullet

I've never seen them, but check it out: Cancer Bullet from Mexicali. Their show tonight is at La Cienega. My homeboys and I used to spend rivers of time there. Boom!

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Nearly finished with this beautiful memoir. Listen to an interview with Ron Padgett.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Daniel Gibson Featured

Read an interview with L.A.-based artist Daniel Gibson. We just finished our second poem-painting collaboration, and we're on our way to completing several more. If you look at one of the photos closely, you'll see the cover art for Death of a Mexican and other Poems and the skull painting that adorns the inside of the book.

Check it.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Palabras de Poder

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Palabras de Poder: Rebel Writers from the New Latin@ America at the San Diego Central Library. This event was a partnership between Calaca Press/Red CalacaArts Collective, UCSD's Chicano/ a Latino/ a Arts & Humanities Minor, the UCSD Center for the Humanities, and the San Diego Central Library. The reading and lecture was held on the third floor in a relatively small theater. I arrived 15 minutes late (because of parking) and got what I deserved--my back to a pared along the very back of the theater, because the place was packed, people. Packed, packed, packed for Poetry! Luckily, when I arrived, Brent Beltran of Calaca Press was just finishing up his introduction of Jorge Mariscal, UCSD Prof, and one of the organizers of this event. Mariscal, in his own introduction to the reading, talked about our current state of affairs, referring to the reign of the current administration over the last seven years as the "Dark Ages." I wish I had taken some notes, because I don't want to misrepresent his presentation, but some of the topics of the night included the war that has been waged not only against the innocent people of Iraq, but against the latino community as military recruiters and judges and wardens continue to welcome these young people with open arms. Other topics included the warped messages of the media, education, lesbian love, misguided, pseudo-activists, machismo, among others. Cesar Cruz recited a wonderful poem (from memory) about factions of the the hip hop generation whose main motivation is to acquire large mounds of bling, which consequently, sets up a twisted paradigm for the kids.

There were several poets. Here's the list: Irene Castruita, Cesar A. Cruz, tatiana de la tierra, Sara R. Eslava, Paul S. Flores, Olga Garcia Echeverria, and Leticia Hernandez-Linares

I'm not going to reflect on each of their readings, but I will say that I left the reading inspired and proud to know that these individuals have taken on the responsibility, with the greatest courage, I must add, (truth-seekers sacrifice self and are in constant danger--just think of Roque Dalton!) to carry the torch for our people through these "Dark Ages."

Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Mae Shi - Run to Your Grave

I heard a few Mae Shi songs playing on the sound system while Batwings was setting up for their show last night at Chasers. Mae Shi is one of those bands that is capable of making your hips move and ripping your ears off within five minutes time. Batwings played a wonderful set last night, by the way, displaying their own brand of "deep song."