Get Your Car Checked, Take A Self-Defense Class, Start Celebrating Dia de los Muertos-Find Out Where On EGPNews’ Community Calendar

October 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Friday, Oct. 20

First of Two Free Women’s Self-Defense Workshops Oct. 20 (Koreatown) & Oct. 21 (Downtown L.A.) sponsored by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago. Learn how to protect yourself; discuss legislation on women’s issues. Locations: Koreatown-Olympic Community Police Station 1130 S. Vermont Ave. LA 90006); DTLA-Ketchum-Downtown YMCA 401 S. Hope St. LA 90071. For more info, call (213) 620-4646.

Saturday. Oct. 21

9am-1pm–Free Visual Car & Car Seat Inspection at the Highland Park Senior Center. Visual inspection includes lights, wipers, belts, hoses, vehicle battery & much more. Make sure your child’s car seat is safely installed. Senior Center located at 6152 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park, 90042. For more info, call (323) 255-7913.

3-9pm–Dia de Los Muertos Event at the East Los Angeles Civic Center, hosted by Sup. Hilda Solis, LA County Parks & Rec and Casa Cultural Saybrook. Enjoy live entertainment, altars, and artists. Center is located at 4801 E. 3rd St., LA 90022. Free admission. For more info, call (323) 260-2360 or visit

3-10pm–Dia de los Muertos Festival in El Sereno on Huntington Drive. Enjoy traditional procession, Taste of El Sereno, Altartwalk, artisanal vendors, children’s games & more. Free admission. For more info, email

Sunday, Oct. 22

12-2:30pm–Lost Cemeteries of Los Angeles, Walking Tour with the Barrio Boychik. Meet at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes – in front of “La Tienda” Bookshop: 501 N. Main St., LA 90012. For tickets & more info, visit Tickets by Eventbrite.

11am-2pm–Pet Care Fair sponsored by SEAACA & Bell Gardens Police Department at Veterans Park: 6662 Loveland St. Free Admission. Event includes a low-cost vaccination clinic, pet licenses and/or microchipping, pets for adoption, pet costume contest & parade. Prizes throughout the day. Free hot dogs for every person who gets their dog or cat vaccinated, chipped or licensed at the fair. For more info, contact Bell Gardens Police Det. Benson at (562) 806-7618; for information on animal adoptions, visit the SEAACA website at

Monday, Oct. 23

10:30-11:30am–Attend the Dedication of the Ruby Cedillo Breast Care and Imaging Center at the Arroyo Vista Family Health Center in Highland Park. Dedication is in conjunction with the observance of Breast Cancer Aware Month. Refreshments will be served. Arroyo Vista is located at 6000 N. Figueroa St, LA 90042. For more info or to RSVP, call Irene Holguin at (323) 987-2007 or email

Tuesday, Oct. 24

6-8pm–First of Two Open Houses to Review Boyle Heights Community Plan Update-Repeats Sat., Oct. 28. Open Houses will showcase the draft plan update and proposed zoning. Locations: Oct. 24 (6-8pm) at Roosevelt High School Cafeteria, 456 S. Mathews St. LA 90033; Oct. 28 at Boyle Heights City Hall (10am-1pm) 1st Fl. Meeting Rm, 2130 E, 1st St., LA 90033. For more info, visit .

Wednesday, Oct. 25

6pm–Opening Night-Free Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Novenario & Festival at Olvera Street in downtown LA. Nine consecutive nights of pageantry, featuring processions in traditional day of the dead dress, blessings, music, face painting, colorful public altars, dance & great food. Presented by the Olvera Street Merchants Assoc, & El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Day time & evening events. For more information & a schedule, visit


Ford Invites You to Share Your Love of the City Oct. 28 at the Dia de Los Muertos event at Forever Hollywood Cemetery. See new Ford vehicles, enjoy Day of the Dead activities, altars, music, food & much more. Time: 12pm to 12am. Forever Hollywood Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038.

Roybal: Man of the People – the Struggle Goes On

January 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Immigration, health care, civil rights, voting rights, jobs and war, all hot button issues today and the focus of a new exhibition exploring the legacy of Edward R. Roybal, a former Los Angeles councilman and congressman who first started working on these same issues in the 1940’s.

Presented by the Lucille and Edward R. Roybal Foundation and El Pueblo de Los Angeles, “Roybal: Man of the People,” opened Jan. 6 and runs through Jan. 30 at El Tranquilo Gallery on Olvera Street. An opening reception with the artists will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 5p.m. to 9 p.m., and admission is free.

“The exhibition is a tribute to Congressman Roybal’s legacy, but from the unique perspective of what’s happening today,” the show’s co-curator Jimmy O’Balles told EGP. An outstanding mix of artists are taking part in the mixed-media show and according to O’Balles, their works interpret the civil rights issues Roybal dedicated his life to in contemporary themes rooted in decades of struggle.

“With everything going on with [President-elect] Trump, we can see that the struggles are the same,” he told EGP.


Art by Joe Bravo

“Roybal: Man of the People” includes works by more than two dozen artists, including many well-known and respected artists such as John Valadez, Margaret Garcia, Joe Bravo, David Botello, Ignacio Gomez, Wayne Healy, Leo Limon, Oscar Castillo, Jose Antonio Aguirre and J. Michael Walker to name a few.

Many of the works have a definite reference to Los Angeles politics, including images reflecting and highlighting Roybal’s time on the city council and years as a member of Congress representing East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights and other predominately Mexican American communities on the eastside.

O’Balles says it’s important for the community to know that there is deep history in the movement and about the people, like Roybal, who dedicated their lives to many of the same issues still confronting us today.

Roybal was “the nation’s champion for public health and social justice … [and] the first Mexican-American politician from East Los Angeles to attain national recognition,” writes Elsa S. Greno in her essay “Edward R. Roybal’s Legacy for Latinos in the United States” that is being circulated as part of the outreach campaign to promote the exhibition.

He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights in 1934, studied business at UCLA and law at Southwestern University and served in the Army during World War II.

He was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1949, becoming the first Latino to serve on the council in the 20th Century. He held the position for 13 years: another Latino would not serve on the council until 1985. He would help create the Community Service Organization (CSO) and the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA), two groups that registered more than 145,000 Latinos to vote and worked diligently to give them a voice on issues at home and in the nation’s capitol.

Roybal was elected to the Congress in 1962, making history again by becoming the first Latino in the 20th Century to represent California in Washington D.C. He would go on to serve 30 years in congress, becoming a nationally known advocate on bilingual education and bilingual court proceedings, defunding the war in Viet Nam, healthcare for veterans, including Mexican Americans in the Voting Rights Act, outlawing age discrimination, challenging the unfair and unequal treatment of Latinos in immigration and naturalization laws, funding for programs to help elderly and poor Hispanics, changes to the 1980 Census to b more responsive to Latinos and the introduction of National Hispanic Heritage Week, among many other issues of importance.

At a press conference Wednesday, President-elect Trump restated his commitment to building a wall to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and stop people from entering the U.S. illegally. A piece in the Roybal exhibit by Jose Antonio Aguirre titled “No Comments: Siempre LoMismo,” stands as a strong statement in response to what many call the hardline and militarized enforcement of the border: a family running with guns pointed at the target on their backs.

It is just one of the many pieces that ties the past to the present and begs the question: “Why are we still fighting these same issues?”

O’Balles told EGP that many of the pieces are for sale but prospective buyers will have to wait until after the show to make the purchase because El Pueblo does not allow items to be sold at the city-operate venue. However, purchases can be made through the nonprofit Roybal Foundation, which will receive 40 percent of the proceeds to support its local programs.

El Tranquilo Gallery is located at 634 N. Main St. in downtown Los Angeles. (Entrance located at W-19A on Olvera Street). The exhibition is open daily during regular gallery hours. For more information, visit El Pueblo’s Facebook page.

Opening Reception Corazon de Los Angeles Anniversary Show Featuring Chicano Master Artist George Yepes

June 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 


(Painting by George Yepes)

“Adelita” by George Yepes

Master artist to the stars, George Yepes will unveil his latest work at Corazon de Los Angeles, historic Olvera Street’s newest gallery on Saturday, June 27, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The aptly named gallery is located in the heart of Los Angeles, at El Pueblo Historical Monument in Downtown Los Angeles, the city of L.A.’s birthplace. Corazon de Los Angeles is celebrating it’s third anniversary with new works by the world renown Chicano artist who grew up in East Los Angeles and was a significant contributor to Los Angeles’ most iconic murals and the growth of Chicano art to popularity and acclaim beyond Los Angeles.

Yepes’ paintings are in the personal art collections of Hollywood’s most cutting edge actors and filmmakers including Sean Penn, Madonna, Patricia Arquette, Nicolas Cage, Cheech Marin, Anthony Keidis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez.

“George’s work grabs you by the lapels and makes you feel as if you’re discovering art for the first time. He’s a master painter in the best sense, the art comes through him not from him. That is rare,” Director Robert Rodriguez said.

Joining Yepes in the exhibit – which runs through July 19 – are several former students of his art academy, the Academia de Arte Yepes at Academia de Artes Yepes : Juan Solis, Maria Kane, Gene Ortega, Saul Aguilera, Ricardo Estrada and Ulie Garcia, Ben Morales – all now accomplished artists in their own right.

"Redux" by Gene Ortega

“Redux” by Gene Ortega

Meet the artists and enjoy some light refreshments, music. Free admission. Corazon LA is located at W-19A (2nd level above La Golondrina Restaurant)) on the historical Olvera Street marketplace. (634 N. Main St.) L.A.

For more information, email, call (213) 617-0227 or visit on facebook: Corazon de Los Angeles’s Corazon de Los Angeles’ Facebook page.

Maria Kane

Maria Kane

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