Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Deportation Nation: History Repeats
A cultural series highlighting the issue of deportation in America
January 31 – March 8, 2009
Opening reception Saturday, January 31, 2009 7pm FREE
Centro Cultural de la Raza 2125 Park Blvd, SD, CA 92101
Art exhibit addressing the issue of deportation featuring work by Berenice Badillo (SD), Doris Bittar (SD), Chikle (SD), Isaias Crow (SD), Celeste De Luna (Harlingen, TX), Gerardo Quetzatl Garcia (San Antonio, TX), Xochitl Gil-Higuchi (Tucson, AZ), Nuvia Crisol Guerra (SD), Ricardo Islas (SD), Gabriel J. Vélez (Scottsdale, AZ), and other artists tba. Curated by Cal A. Vera of Calaca Press. Opening reception music by Gabriel J. Vélez.
Thursday, February 5, 2009 6pm FREE
USD Mother Rosalie Hill Hall - Warren Auditorium @ Soles
5998 Alcala Park, SD, CA 92110
Movie and lecture by filmmaker Isaac Artenstein and his work: Break of Dawn. Break of Dawn depicts the story of Los Angeles musician, radio personality and activist Pedro J. Gonzalez and his deportation for speaking out against the mass deportations of Mexicans in the 1930's. Introduction by SD Mesa College Chicano Studies chair Mike Ornelas.
Friday, February 6, 2009 7pm FREE
SD Central Library Auditorium 820 E St., SD, CA 92101
Poetry and Spoken Word related to the experience of deportation and migration. Featuring: Francisco J. Bustos (San Diego), Olga Garcia Echeverria (Los Angeles), Ken10 (San Diego), Viet Mai (San Diego) and Amalia Ortiz (Los Angeles). MC’d by Cal A. Vera of the Red CalacArts Collective. A small collection of poetry and prose called Deportation Nation will be given away free to the first 150 Deportation Nation: Spoken Migrations attendees.
Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 8-10pm FREE
USD University Center 5998 Alcala Park, SD, CA 92110
Musical program featuring Los Alacranes, Quino and Son Sin Fronteras playing the songs of Pedro J. Gonzalez and others related to deportation, including a jam session with all musicians playing the Woody Guthrie classic Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee). MC’d by USD Ethnic Studies professor Jesse Mills.
Organized by USD Ethnic Studies, Calaca Press and the Red CalacArts Collective.
Sponsored by the Centro Cultural de la Raza, SD Central Library, USD AChA and USD MEChA.
Financial support provided by the USD Trans-Border Institute.
Deportation Nation graphic by Chikle.
For more info contact Brent E. Beltran: firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 920-1713
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tonight, a hand-painted and
haloed cherub is watching
over you as you drift off.
It is the same angel that
inhabits the candle's shadows,
the spirit that dwells
in your glass of warm milk.
It is also the protector
of good art and the speaker
of all romance languages,
as well as the guardian of
your dreams and little wishes,
and the keeper of each dark
secret you swore you would
take to the grave, but which
you have given up this time
around--your second and final
chance. So turn away from
the light. Sleep. Let go
of every unknown answer and
explanation. When you wake,
you will own your own life.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Stopped by my favorite newstand in Hillcrest (S.D.) last night and picked up new ZYZZYVA. It's gorgeous! I love this newstand because it's always stocked with a decent variety of lit. mags. Scanning the shelves, however, I realized how much I really miss Long Shot. Man, those issues used to pop. It's a shame that it fell. If it's still in existence, someone please wake me from this nightmare.
I received Dear Jack by Scott Inguito with an intro by Craig Santos Perez yesterday as well (thanks F.A.). The cover art looks great, and I love Inguito's self portrait. I can't wait to read it!
Also in Hillcrest, I picked up Tomaz Salamun's A Ballad For Metka Krasovec and John Yau's My Heart is that Eternal Rose Tattoo. I was really there for some more David Lee books, but hey, you know how it goes.
On our way to our favorite restaurant in Hillcrest, called Mama Testa (great fuckin' name-eh?), my wife and I were stopped during our walk by a couple of hair stylist standing outside of their salon. They offered us two discount coupons for a total hair makeover. "Recessionary tactics," homeboy told us. Wow, I thought, when the stylist has been moved to drop his prices after refusing to shear my dome for no less than 40 bucks in the past, must mean some serious shit in Denmark!
Tonight is the night. De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao. Never thought I'd see this one. New possible titles for the dynamic writing of Kevin Gonzalez: The Night Oscar De La Hoya KO'd Manny Pacquiao, or, The Night Manny Pacquiao KO'd Oscar De La Hoya. Which should it be? A ver, no?