Cinco de Mayo Weekend at El Pueblo/Olvera Street. Kicks off Friday

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May 5
From 12Noon to 6pm– with free live musical & dance performances. Continues Saturday, May 6th & Sunday, May 7th with Cinco de Mayo Festival. Free cultural entertainment, food, & family activities. Time: Saturday 12pm-7pm & Sunday 9am–4pm. Olvera Street is located in Downtown LA- Across from Union Station. Take Metro trains or buses to Union Station & just cross the street.

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.

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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.

Comienzan Las Posadas Navideñas en la Placita Olvera

December 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Las posadas de navidad es uno de los más antiguos eventos celebrados por miles de católicos en conmemoración al viaje de María y José de Nazaret hacia Belén y su búsqueda por un lugar en donde pudiera nacer el niño Jesús.

En Los Ángeles uno de los principales lugares de celebración es la Placita Olvera donde a partir del 16 de diciembre y por nueve noches consecutivas los asistentes participarán en una procesión pidiendo posada.

Cada noche aproximadamente a las 7pm, los líderes de la marcha, por lo general niños, estarán vestidos como pastores, ángeles y María y José seguidos por decenas de fieles.

La procesión se extenderá por la calle Olvera terminando con la repartición de pan y champurrado y piñatas para los niños.

(EGP archivo)

(EGP archivo)

Para más información visite: http://www.olvera-street.com/Calendar/Las-Posadas/las-posadas.html

Opening Reception: Corazon de Los Angeles Annual Dia de Los Muertos Art Exhibit

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Saturday. Oct. 24

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6pm—Opening Reception Corazon de Los Angeles (Olvera Street) Annual Dia de Los Muertos Art Exhibit featuring more than a dozen artists, including George Yepes, Maria Kane, Michael Stubbs, Dave Sanchez, Oscar Castillo, and many others. Come early for festival & dinner. Corazon LA is located at W-19A on Olvera Street, Second Level: 624 N. Main St. LA 90012. For more info, call (213) 617-0227 or visit on Facebook.

 

Opening Reception Corazon de Los Angeles (Olvera Street) Annual Dia de Los Muertos Art Exhibit

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Saturday. Oct. 24

6pm—Opening Reception Corazon de Los Angeles (Olvera Street) Annual Dia de Los Muertos Art Exhibit featuring more than a dozen artists, including George Yepes, Maria Kane, Michael Stubbs, Dave Sanchez, Oscar Castillo, and many others. Come early for festival & dinner. Corazon LA is located at W-19A on Olvera Street, Second Level: 624 N. Main St. LA 90012. For more info, call (213) 617-0227 or visit on Facebook.

 

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 info@corazonla.com, call (213) 617-0227 or visit on facebook: Corazon de Los Angeles’s Corazon de Los Angeles’ Facebook page.

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Maria Kane

Master Chicano Artist George Yepes to Unveil New Work at Olvera Street

June 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a perfect match. 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.

Uniquely, this fine and folk art gallery and cultural marketplace, exhibits the work of well known veteran artists alongside emerging artists who reflect the beauty and depth of Latino history, life and culture.

In that spirit, for this show, Yepes will be part of a group exhibit with talented onetime students who completed his art academy, and are now accomplished artists in their own right: Juan Solis, Maria Kane, Gene Ortega, Saul Aguilera, Ricardo Estrada and Ulie Garcia,

Yepes is using every minute of his time to paint new work leading up to this show while coordinating the work of some of his former students. He is planning a surprise unveil that may include a new “celebrity” portrait.

(Painting by George Yepes)

(‘Adelita’  by George Yepes)

“We are very pleased that an artist as acclaimed as George Yepes will be showing his very latest work at Corazon de Los Angeles,” said co-owner Gloria Alvarez.

“The philosophy of our gallery, to showcase a blend of artists, is in complete agreement with his work to teach and inspire new artists,” said Alvarez, whose partners include husband Mike and cousins Pat Soto Lee, Debbie Soto Seanez, Manuel and Steve Soto-all longtime L.A. area businesspersons.

Corazon de Los Angeles has received high praise for being a welcoming place where people can be introduced to a range of authentic Latino art, whether they are longtime collectors or making their first art acquisition for a home.

“All of the artwork in our gallery tells a story, we provide an environment that is casual enough to allow our customers to imagine what the work will look like in their home. We offer a variety of items for art lovers on every economic scale,” Alvarez said.

“We can help our customers locate a fine art painting by a famous Master artist if we don’t currently have it in our gallery, or help them select a Mexican tapestry, pottery, jewelry imported from Peru, Mexico or by a local artisan. It’s all carefully selected and we pride ourselves in offering a kaleidoscope; a window into our wondrous diverse culture,” she said.

This attractive new venue, now celebrating its third anniversary, is providing a supportive space for artists to make their artwork available for purchase.

Yepes’ latest work is expected to be yet another milestone exhibit for the evolution of Chicano art with a new generation of artists who have been well schooled on technique and like Yepes, can say much with a paint brush.

“What I like about exhibiting at Corazon de Los Angeles is that the gallery, true to its name, is located in the heart of Los Angeles. Olvera Street, the oldest street in Los Angeles, the birthplace of the city of Angels, and the center of a giant in the art world where East L.A. begins,” said Yepes.

“It’s Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano history is deep. It attracts people from all over the city, and tourists from all over the world. So I liked the idea of bringing my art to new audiences, and exposing people to Chicano art.”

Yepes, originally from East Los Angeles has exhibited his work throughout the United States and internationally, but he is passionate about this venue which “brings him home.”

“The word is getting out that Chicano painters in Los Angeles should be exhibiting at Corazon de Los Angeles Gallery at Olvera Street … The heart of Los Angeles is a world art center, like New York, London, and Paris.” Yepes said.

“People from all over the world come to Olvera Street. Art Collectors from New York and other parts of the country visit Corazon de Los Angeles to buy my paintings.”

“Also, art collectors from Phoenix and San Francisco now fly in to L.A. to buy artworks at the gallery. After my exhibit last year my paintings were shipped to collectors in Mexico, London, and New York.”

In a career now spanning forty years, Yepes’ work has taken him from East L.A. to Princeton, NASA, Dubai, and Hollywood’s Silver Screens.

His paintings are in forty museum collections. He has always been an ambassador for Chicano art, from his early days as one of the original East Los Streetscapers to being sought after for the powerful images seen in feature films.

His 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.

“The first time I stood in front of a Chicano painting – it was George Yepes’ Amor Matizado – I had the same feeling as when I first heard a tune by the Beatles,” Marin said.

Painting by Gene Ortega

“Redux” by Gene Ortega

Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Antonio Banderas, Eva Longoria, Carla Gugino, Marley Shelton and Patricia Arquette have modeled for several Yepes paintings. Since the year 2000, Yepes has collaborated with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino on numerous projects including Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003; the double feature Grind House 2007; Machete 2010; and the 2014 Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller movie, Sin City 2  “A Dame to Kill For”.

“George Yepes is the rarest of talents,” said Director Robert Rodriguez. “I own several of his paintings, and whenever someone walks in and sees them for the first time, I have to stand close so I can catch their jaws before they slam into the ground. 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,” Rodriguez said.

Central to all of Yepes’ work continues to be what he calls, “the prevailing winds of the Chicano movement that sweeps inland from the coast of California, through the American Southwest, across Chicago, and New York.”

(Painting by Sal Aguilera)

(Painting by Sal Aguilera)

“All are welcome to experience that ‘wind’ with Yepes and his former students at our exhibit at Corazon de Los Angeles,” said Alvarez.

The exhibit runs through July and is free and open to the public.

For more information on George Yepes upcoming exhibit go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Corazon-de-Los-Angeles-at-Olvera-Street/. For The Academia de Arte Yepes and mural projects contact George Yepes at www.georgeyepes.com or the Academia de Arte Yepes at: http://www.georgeyepes.com/academia-de-arte-yepes/

Corazon LA is located at the historic Olvera Street Marketplace –W19A (upstairs)/634 N. Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Community Calendar: June 11, 2015 – June 17, 2015

June 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Friday, June 12

9:30am-1:30pm—Sign-up for Medi-Cal & CalFresh at the Eagle Rock Library. Eligibility specialists from the LA County Department of Public Social Services will help sign you up for Medi-Cal, Covered California, CalFresh, and other government assistance programs. Bring personal identification, verification of incomes/assets/expenses, and verification of residency. Library is located at 5027 Caspar Avenue, LA, 90041. For more info, call (323) 258-8078.

8pm—Red67 Presents The Kabong Show at Heche En Mexico in El Sereno. Join an evening of laughter and entertainment with a new hybrid variety/game show with live music. Doors open at 8pm at Hecho En Mexico: 4976 Huntington Dr. LA, 90032. For more info, call (323) 767-6619.Derby Dolls,

Saturday, June 13

2-3pm—Family Storytime at Bell Garden Library. Children 5 & up can listen to stories & do art activities. Library located at 7110 S. Garfield Ave. Bell Gardens 90201. For more info, call (562) 927-1309

4pm–Los Angeles Derby Dolls, Sirens vs. Tough Cookies. Watch a game of Women’s track roller derby at 4900 Alhambra Ave, LA, 90032. For more info, visit Derbydolls.com/LA.

Monday, June 15

1-2:30pm—Free Parent Workshop: Choose Health L.A. Kids at Eagle Rock Library. Workshop will focus on the importance of early nutrition & physical activity for children 0-5 years old. Library: 5027 Caspar Avenue, LA 90041. For more info, call (323) 258-8078.

Tuesday, June 16

2-3pm—Sandy Lynn’s Musical Barnyard Extravaganza Comes to the East LA Library. Enjoy musical, educational & interactive show with live animals. Library located at    4837 E. 3rd St. LA  90022. For more info, call (323) 264-0155.

4-4:45pm—Annie Banannie Balloon Show at the Anthony Quinn Library. Comedy and storytelling mixed with amazing balloon twisting at library: 3965 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. LA 90063. For more info, call (323) 264-7715.

Wednesday, June 17

2:30-3:30pm—Good Sleep Workshop at Montebello City Library. Learn the importance of healthy sleeping habits. Library located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd., For more info, call (323) 722-6561.

 

Upcoming

Mariachi High Presents Point of View Film Program June 18 at the Montebello Library. Film follows a year in the life of the mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas. Time: 2-3pm. Library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd Montebello, 90640. For more info, call Beth Krupsaw (323) 722-6551.

Teatro Urbano Presents Detective Sanchez: The Ortiz Case a Chicano Mystery June 19.  Entertaining theater for everyone. Time: 8pm. Location: 2005 East 1st St. Boyle Height, LA, 90033. For more info & to RSVP, call (909) 286-7613.

Corazon de Los Angeles Celebrates 3rd Anniversary Show June 27 Featuring an Exhibit of original works by George Yepes and Juan Solis, Gene Ortega, Maria Kane, Saul Aguilera, Ricardo Estrada, Ulie Garcia, and Ben Morales. Opening reception from 6-9pm. Meet the artists; light refreshments, music. Free admission. Corazon LA is located at W-19a (upstairs) on the historical Olvera Street market place. (634 N. Main St.) L.A. For more info, email info@corazonla.com, call (213) 617-0227 or visit on facebook: Corazon’s Facebook page.

Real Estate Community Expo June 27 at Ross Hall in Bell Gardens, 10am-3pm. Learn the house buying process & about your buying power in 30 minutes. Ross Hall: 6662 Loveland St. Bell Gardens 90201. For more info, call (562) 806-2355.

El Sereno Independence Day Parade on June 27th begins at 10am on Huntington Drive & Van Horne Ave. and ends at El Sereno Park. Concert begins at 4pm at the park. Fireworks show begins at dark. For more info, CD 14 Deputy Julio Torres at (323) 226-1646.

Wednesday, July 15

7pm- A Noise Within Theatre Announces Free Summer Reading of The Dresser by Ronald Harwood, 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. RSVP via phone to 626-356-3100 x1 to reserve your seat.

Announcements 

City of Vernon Looking for Interns. Non-paid interns will gain valuable on-the job work experience in one of the city departments. The program asks for a minimal commitment of 8 hours per week and provides flexibility to accommodate to student’s college schedule. Program is open to college students. For info, call (323) 853-8811 ext. 166 or visit www.cityofvernon.org

To submit an event to the Community Calendar, e-mail calendar@egpnews.com. All submissions are subject to space availability. Paid advertising available for guaranteed calendar placement. For more information, email advertise@egpnews.com or call (323) 341-7970. 

 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Olvera Street!

April 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

May 2-3

11am-8pm—Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Olvera Street! El Pueblo and COFEM’s Free two-day weekend festival will feature traditional music, dancers, children’s activities and great authentic Mexican food. A health fair and booths providing immigration assistance are an added bonus. Corazon de Los Angeles, W-19 (upstairs) is offering 15-40% off on products made in Mexico. For more information, visit the facebook page of El Pueblo or Corazon de Los Angeles. Take Metro to Union Station.

 

‘Pottery As Art’ Opens Saturday at Corazon LA

April 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Traditional and not so traditional Mexican pottery have been given a new look and will be featured in a new exhibit opening Saturday at Corazon de Los Angeles gallery, home decor and cultural gift store at the historic Olvera Street Marketplace.

Artists from the greater Los Angeles area have created beautiful new art pieces using Corazon LA’s imported Mexican pottery for the store’s 2015 Spring Showcase.

Traditional terracotta planters, designer vases, ceramic wall hangings, vases, candelabras, have been transformed with colorful brush strokes, creating new, one-of-kind pieces.

The exhibit will also include new paintings and multi-media pieces. Many of the artists will be stopping in throughout the day and will be available to discuss their pieces.

Richard Valdes will be doing live painting from 1-4pm. Exhibit open Noon-8 p.m. Runs through May 30.*

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Featured artists include George Yepes,  Richard Valdes,Roger Trivinos, Richard Martinez, Maria Kane, Saul Aguilera, Oscar Castillo, Ivan Godinez, Mauricio Lopez, Melody Smith, Sergio Hernandez, Claudia Cox, Elza, Violeta Moreno, Lorena Rivera, Rebecca Lozano.

This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase original art that fits right into your home.

As an added bonus, Corazon LA is offering 20% off all pottery in the store (original art excluded).

Check Corazon LA facebook page for details. Corazon LA is located at 634 N. Main St – W-19A (Upstairs) on Olvera St. LA 90012. For more info, call (213) 617-0227 or email info@corazonla.com .Follow us on FB, Twitter, Instagram.

* Art on display subject to prior sale.

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