Sunday, October 26, 2008

Spir-To Breathe

Besides my father, who is currently in month 3 of his 35th year in public education, Tomas Rivera is the other whose actions and example continue to inspire me to become a better teacher.

Take a look:
After the Rain: Tomas Rivera the Legacy and Life

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Redz 6th Annual Dia de los Muertos Commeration

The Red CalacArts Collective presents
and the
Centro Cultural de la Raza hosts

The Redz 6th Annual Dia de los Muertos Commemoration

An evening of performance honoring those that have passed

Sunday November 2, 2008 @ 7pm
Centro Cultural de la Raza
2125 Park Blvd.
San Diego, Ca. 92101

$7 general admission
$5 students, seniors and Centro patrons

Featuring Word & Song by:
Francisco J. Bustos
Bill Caballero
Teresa E. Caballero
Esteban Cardoso
Irene Castruita
Elizabeth Cazessús
Sara R. Eslava
Maria Figueroa
Manuel Paul Lopez
Jim Moreno
Gerardo Navarro
Memo Nericcio
Jim Ruland
Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Mariajulia Urias
Manuel J. Vélez
and others…

A living altar performance by endy. With altar design by Chelo.

Organized by the Red CalacArts Collective and hosted by the Centro Cultural de la Raza.

For more info contact:
Red CalacArts Collective: (619) 920-1713 or
Centro Cultural de la Raza: (619) 235-6135 or

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.

The Centro Cultural de la Raza’s mission is to create, preserve, promote and educate about Chicano, Mexicano, Latino and Indigenous art and culture.

Visit us on the web:

Mister Lonely

I just finished Harmony Korine's "Mister Lonely." It's a magical, disturbing, beautiful film. Many of the images are going to stay with me for a long time. Here's Harmony talking about the film.

Diego Luna does a fantastic job. Tender, tender button. Has anybody else seen this film?

the Chinese Stars Live @ the Che Cafe October 17th 2008

We were at this show last Friday and had a blast. I like to do my lips like 1:52 while I'm in the shower.

Seriously though, their song "TV Grows Arms" from Listen to Your Left Brain really gets my blood moving. All those cats on Madden Nation should take note of the lyrics.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Check it out! I'll be reading at Cal State, Chico next Tuesday night. It's going to be lots of fun. Come out and come!

Friday, October 17, 2008


Shows, Shows, Shows

My wife and I will be at the Che Cafe tonight at UCSD to check out the Chinese Stars. I also need to return the shitload of overdue books I have from the UCSD library. Those damn return dates are unreasonable. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to the show. Need to get back to this business of revising poems because the spirit doth lead.


This has always reminded me of Gronk's "Tormenta" series.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Montoya and Quintana

I was recently fortunate enough to see Malaquias Montoya's new art opening at Mesa College. The new exhibition is entitled Premeditated: Mediatations on Capital Punishment. The exhibition is an intense look into some of the lives that have been condemned.

Here's a quote from the Mesa College flier:

This project was conceived during the presidential election of 2000; President George W. Bush was then governor of Texas and the media focused its attention on the state’s capital punishment practices. Montoya continued to ponder on this issue while working on a poster design for the Mumia 911 day. These experiences inspired him to express his opinions and objection to the death penalty. Montoya asks: "Why do we kill, what happens to our humanity and to us, as a culture?"

Following the exhibition was a presentation by Montoya. There was a good crowd in the lecture hall that night, but more importantly, one that appeared engaged as Montoya walked us through an amazing, personal history of art, protest and resistance. The night was inspiring, to say the least, and I left the venue that night thinking, thinking and thinking.

Another highlight for me that evening was meeting Leroy V. Quintana who was also in attendance. He was amazingly genuine and warm as I shared with him how much his work has meant to me over the years.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


from Wind Powered
for Denis Johnson

The Aztecs
were tripping their balls off.

by Jennifer L. Knox


Malaquias Montoya at Mesa College! Hope to make it.

Monday, October 6, 2008


It appears that this computer of mine is on its last leg.

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Saw Marisela Norte and Jimmy Baca Friday night. Sat next to Brent Beltran of Calaca Press and Lorna Dee Cervantes.

Saw Helena Viramontes, Reyna Grande, and Li-Young Lee on Saturday. Rushed up to say a few words to Li-Young Lee but could only manage: "Man, you're amazing!" "Thanks," he said.

Purchased Falling Angels: cuentos y poemas and asked Lorna Dee to sign my copy of Drive! First time meeting her and it sure was nice.

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Shopenhauer said that we buy/borrow/gather so many books because we think that we're buying the time to read them. I've blasted through several titles, some purchased and some overdue, and it feels good. A standout's been "Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell" by Charles Simic, a book at times reminiscent of his "The World Doesn't End."

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Meant to mention the "Arab on Radar" DVD release party a couple of weeks ago. Several years later and the band still sounds fresh. The ideas, I mean. Completely missed "We Are Wolves" Friday night but I'm only half pissed.

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Can't link anything because I am currently experiencing technical difficulties.

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Was recently asked to write an essay on a cool topic.

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New poem in special double issue of Blue Mesa Review. There's one in there by Lyn Lifshin, the ever prolific.