Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Just wanted to share with my 426 million readers that I'll be off to the lands of Shakespeare and Co., Venus de Milo, and Shelley's grave. But before I leave, I wanted to share this with you--for better or for worse. With much love and respect for this man's work, I covered and recorded Andres Montoya's "Star struck" recently. Take a listen, but promise me that all 426 million of you will use headphones. The sounds level out a bit better that way. If anything, take in Montoya's words and wisdom and ignore my voice. "What, homes?" You know what I mean.

For those who have never read Montoya's work, read it now! It may save your a%# some day.

Out

Saturday, June 27, 2009

SDRE

I've never been a fan of reunion tours, but I just landed tix for this band who will be performing at the House of Blues in Anaheim this October as part of their n. American tour. Nostalgia?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Music

I'm currently into Sunset Rubdown's new album, Dragonslayer. I love "Silver Moons!" Do you?

Cigars

My pop's just bought me a new subscription for cigar aficionado. What a guy, no? In the latest issue is a piece on Jay-Z. Here's a quote that struck me:

"Obama represents so much hope for blacks and latinos. the hope he represents is bigger than any of the huge problems he could possibly correct. When you have positive role models, you can change your life for the better. The day Obama got elected, the gangsta became less relevant." jay-z.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Harold Norse Dies

Harold Norse is gone. I just found out today, which is extremely strange, because I was reading his collected last night and was seriously thinking about posting his poem "At Cafe Trieste" on this blog.

Norse left such beautiful, beautiful work behind.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

This just in from Chicago poet and homeboy, Eduardo Arocho. Take a look and make some plans to visit.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mexicali Rose

Mexicali Rose is a grass roots communitarian organization dedicated to providing free access to artistic media for the lower income community youth of Mexicali, Baja California. Mexicali Rose Media/Arts Center is located in the neighborhood of Pueblo Nuevo, one of the city’s oldest and most vibrant areas historically and the area closest in physical vicinity to the U.S./Mexico border. The organizers were brought up and are based in this region and recognize a real need for different options for the youth of this community.

The purpose of this project is to give bordertown youth an avenue to express themselves and reflect their environment creatively and positively through art. By giving this craft to communities who might not otherwise have any media-related voice or capabilities, the project could serve as a positive alternative to a new generation. Through art, kids can express and affect the issues that they are undergoing as young people in a place as culturally diverse and challenging as the U.S./Mexico border.

The target age for the children involved in this artistic community is 13-18 years of age.

Mexicali Rose Media/Arts Center is equipped for the following:
• Documentary Filmmaking courses (including computers with editing software)
• Fine Arts courses
• Community Gallery
• Free computer/internet access to community students (Amongst other possible workshops & courses)

There is a strong desire to maintain a trans-cultural interchange by hosting filmmakers/bands and welcoming them into Mexicali with open arms and admiration for the sharing and development of a mutual craft.

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE OF CHARGE TO THE YOUTH OF MEXICALI

IF ANYONE IS COMING FROM THE STATES... PLEASE BRING YOUR PASSPORTS...the u.s customs are not your friends...

NO DIBUJES ASI
exposicion de arte gratuita!

mostrando el trabajo de:
Daniel Gibson
Mike Bertino (www.mikebertino.com)
Ken Garduno (www.kengarduno.com)
Sergio Gonzalez
Adly Maldonado
Rod
Ielow

Invitados Musicales/Artistas:
Chango Rey www.myspace.com/changoreyhisbrokenheartbeat
Viaje en Bici www.myspace.com/viajeenbici

acceso gratuito
galeria comunitaria mexicali rose
ave. colima 1436 colonia pueblo nuevo
mexchicali, bajo california

visita:
www.myspace.com/rosademexicali
para obtener mas informes

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Carlos Monsivais Visits San Diego, California

I am totally pissed that I missed Carlos Monsivais' lecture at the University of San Diego last Thursday night. I can't beat myself up too much, because business insisted that I miss Carlos Monsivais' lecture at the University of San Diego. A good friend of mine attended and reported that the turnout was dismal, compared to Monsivais' typical gatherings in Mexico, where standing room only is the norm no matter the capacity of the venue. Monsivais' talk was on Mexican poetry and beyond, often quoting long stanzas or passages from memory, while spending an extended amount of time discussing Dario's significance to 20th century Spanish literature.

This is where I'll stop. What I will do, however, is ask my friend, A, to report on the event in his own words. I'm also hoping he has photos from the event.