Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Crocker Art Museum to do 4-month exhibit of Chicano work

Exhibition: Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo (Testamento del espíritu: Pinturas de Eduardo Carrillo)
Venue: Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street, Sacramento, CA
Dates: June 24 – October 7, 2018

Above: Eduardo Carrillo, Testament of the Holy Spirit, 1971.Oil on panel, 47 3/4 x 60 in.
Crocker Art Museum Purchase with funds from the Maude T. Pook Acquisition Fund, 1972.24
Sacramento, Calif. – In June 2018, the Crocker Art Museum will bring to Sacramento an expansive exhibition of works by Eduardo Carrillo, a painter, teacher, and social activist known for advancing recognition of Chicano art and culture in California. His large-scale oil paintings have been described as mystical, surreal, and visionary, while his intimate watercolors reflect the artist’s daily life in self-portraits, still lifes, and images of people and places he held dear. Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo (Testamento del espíritu: Pinturas de Eduardo Carrillo) reflects on the artist’s relationship to his native California as well as to his Mexican heritage, his early religious upbringing, and the European tradition of art.
Eduardo Carrillo, Self Portrait, 1960 Oil on canvas, 84 x 132 in. 
Crocker Art Museum, Promised Gift of Juliette Carrillo and Ruben Carrillo.
This bilingual exhibition features more than 60 paintings and watercolors spanning nearly four decades of the artist’s production, from the late 1950s through the late 1990s. Works on view include a promised gift to the Crocker by members of the Carrillo family, as well as two works in the Crocker’s permanent collection.
Stated the Museum’s Executive Director and CEO, Lial Jones, "It is no coincidence that our exhibition title comes from the painting Testament of the Holy Spirit, which Eduardo Carrillo painted in his Sacramento home, and was acquired by the Crocker in the 1970s. We have long collected and exhibited works of art that reflect the diversity of our community, and I am pleased that we are able to present an entire exhibition of Carrillo's work, and highlight a bit of Sacramento's Chicano history."
Born in Santa Monica, California, Eduardo Carrillo (1937–1997) grew up in Los Angeles. In 1960, he studied for a year at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, where he also assisted with the restoration of a church altar. As he immersed himself in studies of the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, Giorgio de Chirico, El Greco, Diego Velázquez, and other European artists at the Museo del Prado, Carrillo found life-long inspiration that informed his own style and sense of aesthetics.
Eduardo Carrillo, Las Tropicanas, 1972–73. Oil on panel, 84 x 132 in.
Crocker Art Museum, Promised Gift of Juliette Carrillo and Ruben Carrillo.
After returning to the U.S. and earning a BFA (1962) and MFA (1964) from the University of California, Los Angeles, Carrillo taught at the University of California, San Diego’s extension program. He then moved to his paternal ancestral home in Baja, where he and his first wife, Sheila, founded El Centro Regional de Arte in La Paz, to help revive the area’s local art traditions. He returned to the U.S. in 1969, and joined the Chicano civil rights movement El Movimiento, advancing to the forefront of the cause. During this time, Carrillo collaborated with three other artists to complete the nine-paneled Chicano History (1970) for the Chicano Studies Research Center at University of California, Los Angeles—the first Chicano history mural to be painted at a university in the United States. After the violent events of the Chicano Moratorium of August 1970 in Los Angeles, Carrillo moved to Northern California to accept a teaching position at California State University, Sacramento, and was involved briefly in the Royal Chicano Air Force, an artists’ collective.
Said Crocker Art Museum Associate Curator Kristina Gilmore:
“Carrillo’s time in Sacramento was brief—just two years—but was truly a turning point, as it coincided with his growing interest in Chicano art and political activism. He took these passions with him to the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he introduced Chicano art into the curriculum and organized Chicano events and festivals."
In the early 1980s, working with Philip Brookman and Tomás Ybarra Frausto, he organized and directed the multiyear, statewide initiative, Califas: Chicano Art and Culture in California. This groundbreaking conference included lectures, exhibitions, oral histories, videos, workshops, and performances. The landmark event continues to inform and influence the way Chicano art and culture are considered and presented, just as Carrillo’s art sustains connection and continues to inspire.
Eduardo Carrillo, Untitled (Still Life with Santo Niño Candle), 1989.
Watercolor on paper, 15 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. Private collection, Davis, California.
“As seen in his artwork, teaching, and social activism, Carrillo never walked away from efforts to eliminate the racism that spurred the civil rights movement,” said Guest Curator Susan Leask. “He was an inspirational leader and visionary with ability to bring people together in collaborative and efficacious ways, as he addressed racism and injustice throughout his career. He was very passionate about creating programs and platforms that promoted greater awareness of Latin American culture, aesthetics, and social concerns, and that passion can be seen in his art.”
As this exhibition highlights the artist’s creative efforts and social importance, it features work created for three distinct realms: public, private, and museum. Viewers may see evidence of Carrillo’s appreciation for Renaissance and Baroque art, pre-conquest sculpture, and the artists and culture of Baja California, Mexico.
“Eduardo was beloved by all who were lucky enough to know him personally—he had a puckish sense of humor that is evident in many of his paintings," said Gilmore. I think visitors will have a great experience, especially those who take the time to look closely. In his larger works, they’ll find bold color and mysterious, dreamlike imagery, with frequent references to the history of art—like visual riddles. On the other hand, his smaller watercolors are often more subtle and down-to-earth; they offer a glimpse into Eduardo’s own life and charm.”
A bilingual video by Pedro Pablo Celedón, “Eduardo Carrillo: A Life of Engagement”, will be on view in the exhibition. Wall text describing the art and the artist, as well as labels for the individual works on view in the exhibition, will be offered in both English and Spanish. 
Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo (Testamento del espíritu: Pinturas de Eduardo Carrillo) is organized by Crocker Art Museum and curated by Guest Curator Susan Leask. It will be on view at the Crocker Art Museum June 24 – October 7, 2018.
This exhibition is accompanied by a full-color, bilingual catalogue with contributions by exhibition guest curator Susan Leask, Philip Brookman, Gilberto Cárdenas, Maureen Davidson, Michael Duncan, Tim Drescher, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Tere Romo, and Christina Waters. The catalogue will be available for purchase in the Crocker Art Museum Store.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sacramento Songwriters Showcase to Feature Performances

Songwriters perform original music at a free showcase, performances to be presented in South Sacramento
Sacramento, California - The Sacramento Songwriter Showcase will feature upcoming and established songwriters performing original music at a free showcase to the greater South Sacramento community public.
Each showcase presentation will featuring the hosting band and local songwriters & guest artists, each presenting a live 20-30 minute set of original Latin music and bilingual compositions in theater stage setting.
Hosted by Frank Lizarraga, Yesenia Fuentes and Ritmoz Latinoz band members with a grant by Creative Economy Pilot Program Grant Award.
March 29th 2018
Dinorah, RITMOZ Latinoz & Xochitl
Sound by DJ Bobby L
La Familia Maple Neighborhood Center
3301 37th Avenue Sacramento CA 95824
Supported by
La Familia Counseling Center, Caballo Mexican Restaurant
Franklin Boulevard Business Association
and Sacramento Presents
For information contact: Frank or Yesenia

Friday, May 19, 2017

Taco Festival will feature two of Sacramento's Best!

The 4th Annual Sacramento Taco Festival will feature Kings’ Dancer Isela Perez as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the day’s event, and Comedian Stephen B will Emcee the Chihuahua Beauty Contest.

Kings Dancer/Festival MC Isela Perez
SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento Taco Festival organizers have announced that this year’s main stage will feature King’s dancer and local entrepreneur Isela Perez, while top local comedian Stephen B will be special Emcee for the Chihuahua Beauty Contest portion of the day’s events.

Isela has been a Game Night Emcee for the Sacramento Kings, now in her fifth season as a Sacramento Kings Dancer. A graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Journalism, Isela boasts over 18 years experience in various dance styles including jazz funk, hip hop, lyrical jazz and ballet folkorico. In 2015, following her fourth season with the Kings Dancers, she relocated to Nicaragua for six months and continued to work remotely as a journalist for her family business, Latino Journal magazine. Upon her return home, she sought to continue her exposure to Latin America’s vibrant culture and joined Calidanza, a local Mexican folkloric dance company. In addition, she refocused on professional dance and created FemDANCE, Sacramento’s only choreography class and training space designed for aspiring and current pro-dancers. Isela’s dedication to performing arts, media and community advancement led her to co-creating Obra, a local innovative business combining creativity, art and technology.

Stephen B is a Sacramento stand-up comedian with more than 34 years of experience performing in
Comedian Stephen B
comedy clubs, corporate clients, and churches nationwide. He’s opened up for Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Weird Al and a host of other headlining musical acts over the years. He’s performed at Spirit West Coast and on the KLOVE Cruise and is the author of the book: The Road to Selfdom available on Amazon and through CrossLink publishing. Chihuahua Beauty Contest coordinator Larry Groves says “imaging...a stand-up comedian with 20 Chihuahuas in costume, laughs and fun for all!”

The Sacramento Taco Festival will be held on Del Paso Boulevard between El Camino Avenue and Arden Way, on June 3rd from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, and cohosted by City Council Member Allen W. Warren and the Del Paso Boulevard Partnership. Go to www.sactacofest.com for additional information and tickets.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


MASA Guiseria
The 4th Annual Sacramento Taco Festival is all about The Tacos!

SACRAMENTO, CA – Listed as the “first party of the summer” by Lyon’s Real Estate Guide, the Sacramento Taco Festival is featuring a huge variety of tacos from typical to tropical in a unique setting like no other event in Northern California.

This year’s vendors include some from last year’s festival and many new ones who learned of this wonderful event dedicated to tacos.

“Everybody loves tacos,” says Mina Perez, the Sacramento Taco Festival’s coordinator and cofounder. “We have returning vendors like JimBoys Tacos, MASA Guiseria and Azteca Street Tacos, and we also have newcomers like Texas Street Tacos, Louisiana Heaven, and Kado’s Asian Grill.”

The Festival, which is held on Del Paso Boulevard between El Camino Avenue and Arden Way, is celebrating its fourth year and co-hosted by City Council Member Allen W. Warren. It is filled with continuous live entertainment, arts and crafts, kids activities, desserts, informational booths, and a beer garden.

“Our community is one of the most diverse in terms of ethnicity and culture in the nation,” says
Council Member Warren who also serves as the Chair of the Festival. “The Taco Festival is an event that brings us all together to share a food we all enjoy.”

The 4th Annual Sacramento Taco Festival is planned for Saturday, June 3rd, from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. Admission is $10 per person, children 10 and under enters free. Taco prices and drinks are not included in the admission fee.

Friday, March 3, 2017

TEATRO ESPEJO PRESENTS: "Welcome to Arroyo’s"

A hip-hop theatre coming-of-age story by Pulitizer Prize finalist, Kristoffer Diaz

March 17 – April 9, 2017 California Stage, Sacramento, CA
Preview: Friday, March 17, 2017
Opening Night: Saturday, March 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Teatro Espejo, Sacramento’s longest running Latino theatre company, opens their production of Welcome to Arroyo’s by Kristoffer Diaz on March 18, 2017, with a preview on March 17. The play runs through April 9 at California Stage. Welcome to Arroyo’s is a modern-day tale of love, loss and family bonds told through a lens of hiphop and youthful energy.

Alejandro Arroyo owns the newest (and cleanest) bar in New York City's Lower East Side. He insists it’s a “lounge” and works non-stop to try to make it the hottest spot in the LES. His younger sister, Molly, has a nasty habit of writing graffiti on the back wall of the local police precinct. Officer Derek, a recent NYC transplant with something to prove, has a series of run-ins with Molly. Lelly Santiago, a socially awkward college student who calls herself “a nerdy little Puerto Rican girl,” may have discovered that the Arroyo siblings' late mother was one of the founders of hip-hop music.

Two fresh and funny DJs, who call themselves the “TripNel Cartel” – a play on words off their real names – and who Diaz uses as narrators in the style of a Greek chorus, spin the story, rewind scenes, and create community in this hip-hop theater coming-of-age story.

New York playwright Diaz was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, which won a 2011 Obie Award for Best New American Play. Welcome to Arroyo’s, one of his early plays, is an homage to hip-hop that daringly writes women into the narrative of the foundations of hip-hop.

The play has a feminist bent, with a talented female graffiti artist whose late mother may hold a significant place in hip-hop history; and a highly enthused female grad student, whose love for (and research about) hip-hop has no boundaries.

The play is directed by Nicole C. Limón a long time member of Teatro Espejo. Music direction is by Adam Freas, with Mike Brim and DJ Jonathan Reyes of local hip-hop education organization, The Low End Theory Collaborative. The cast includes Ruben Oriol-Rivera as Alejandro Arroyo, Jezabel Olivares as Molly Arroyo, Bardo Gonzalez as Trip Goldstein, Ike Torres as Nelson Cardenal, Devin Valdez as Lelly Santiago, and Rhett Richardson as Officer Derek.

Welcome to Arroyo’s is produced by Teatro Espejo, Manuel José Pickett, Artistic Director.
March 17 –April 9, 2017 Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 2pm California Stage, 2509 R Street, Sacramento
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students with I.D. (Tickets for March 17 Preview, $12.50) www.Arroyos2017.brownpapertickets.com Group Sales of 10+ contact: teatroespejo@hotmail.com

Friday, March 4, 2016

'We Like It Like That' Documentary Now Available

We kept hearing, 'Before Latin boogaloo, I wasn't really into Latin music. It was my parents' music.' - Mathew Ramirez Warren
If you were a child in the 1960s, you're probably familiar with Latin boogaloo. It was one of the countless music crazes that defined the decade.  But for many Hispanic people — then and now — it was much more than just a fad. It was an entry point to defining their unique identity in Canada and the U.S.

The genre's rise and fall is the subject of a new documentary called We Like It Like That. Director Mathew Ramirez Warren talks to Shad about the film and how boogaloo helped shape the American identity of Latin youth.   

We Like It Like That is a feature-length documentary film about Latin boogaloo, a colorful expression of 1960s Latino soul, straight from the streets of New York City.  Starring Latin boogaloo legends like Joe Bataan, Johnny Colon and Pete Rodriguez, We Like It Like That explores this lesser-known, but pivotal moment in Latin music history through original interviews, music recordings, live performances, dancing and rare archival footage and images.  From its origins to its recent resurgence, it is the story of a sound that redefined a generation and was too funky to keep down.  For more information on the film go to latinboogaloo.com.