Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Events with an el lay flavor

Michael Sedano

Some great art and literature events upcoming. Dare I eat a peach or fly a Toledo kite? Out of towners will want to book a trip into El Lay after July to catch Culture Clash in extended performance. Finally, recent Premio Aztlan winner Reyna Grande reads from her novel along with Malin Alegria from her second novel.

Kite sale in Eagle Rock

Culture Clash Zorro in Hell

email re:Alegria and Grande readings

Carlotta's Passion Fine Art Presents
"Flying High with Francisco Toledo"

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, May 12th - Jun 3rd
Opening: May 12th 7:00PM - 10:00PM
An edition of fifty art kites hand signed by Francisco Toledo, Mexico's greatest living artist, will be available. The art kites are etched from a stencil drawn and cut in Arches Paper by Francisco Toledo, and then executed at the Taller Arte Papel Oaxaca in San Agustin Etla. His stencil is pressed into a hand made sheet of paper and hand colored. When separated, a magnificent contrast results! Some kites are hand sprayed with dyes.

Each art kite is an exquisite work of art, rich with the thematic and aesthetic sensibilities of Francisco Toledo.

Many original etchings by Francisco Toledo will also be available during this exhibit.

Francisco Toledo's Los Angeles representative, Fernando Marquez Ortiz, will attend the opening. We await your questions regarding Francisco's Toledo and his works.

Famed Chicano artists Gilbert "Magú" Luján and Jose Lozano will also be present to discuss their artworks.

About Francisco Toledo
Painter, printmaker and sculptor Francisco Toledo is regarded internationally as Mexico's greatest living artist. He was born in 1940 in Juchitán in the State of Oaxaca in Mexico. Toledo’s art draws on human, animal and mineral life and explores indigenous, Zapotec and worldwide cultures. He began working in Mexico City in the Engraving Free Workshop in the School of Arts, dependent of the National Institute of the Fine Arts. By the time he reached nineteen years of age, he had already exhibited in Mexico and in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1960, he went to Europe, where he studied and worked for five years with Stanley William Hayter in Paris.
In 1965, Toledo returned to Mexico, working extensively in sculpture, painting, graphic art, ceramic and designing tapestries in collaboration with the artisans from Teotitlán del Valle. During the late 1970s, he went to New York, where he lived briefly, before returning to Mexico, living between Mexico City and Oaxaca, until the mid-1980s. Toledo had an exhibition at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY in 1978 and in 1980, a retrospective of his works was shown in the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City. An exhibition of his graphic works was shown in 1984 at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, traveling later to La Havana. During the same year, a second exhibition of Toledo’s graphic works was shown in the Mexican Center Museum of Fine Arts in Chicago.

Toledo has illustrated a number of books based on ancestral stories, among them, “Chilam Balam”, “Guachi” and “Sahagún”. In 1993, he helped to establish the Museo de Arte Contemporeáno de Oaxaca (MACO) and to restore some locations in Santo Domingo to found the Centro Cultural Santo Domingo in Oaxaca. In 1998, he received the National Prize from Ernesto Zedillo and the following year, he exhibited a new series of etchings in Casa de la Cultura de Oaxaca and in Galería Juan Martín. Later, the show traveled to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Spain. Toledo now lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Satire, sight gags, word play, wild hilarity. Did somebody say Culture Clash?

Culture Clash brings Zorro in Hell to Hollywood's Ricardo Montalban Theatre in an extended run that begins in July. Tickets went on sale May 5th.


The Missionaries of Mayhem (Culture Clash) arrive at the historic Ricardo Montalbán Theatre for the Los Angeles premiere of ZORRO IN HELL! Set in simpler times when our Gringo Amigos terrorized whom ever they pleased as they struggled with Mexican Immigration, Hispanic Girlie Mans, Indian Casinos and a foreign born governor with a thick Austrian accent! Culture Clash rips Zorro from the pages of pulp fiction to take on Hollywood’s image machine while blasting though borders and stereotypes. Culture Clash remakes the Masked Hero so that he may truly represent the oppressed peoples everywhere including The West Side! Rise up Californians! Rise up for justice! Rise up for Zorro in Hell!

Visit our MySpace page at: www.myspace.com/zorroinhell

Novelists to share readings at Tia Chucha's and IMIX

Hola Gente,

Hope you're all well. I wanted to let you know about two chingona authors
who'll be reading in Los Angeles the weekend of May 26-27.

Malin Alegria, author of the hilarious Latino coming-of-age story
"Estrella's Quinceañera," and Reyna Grande, 2006 Premio Aztlan Award
recipient for, "Across a Thousand Mountains," will be reading together for
one weekend only in Mayo. Malin will be celebrating the new release of her
latest novel, "Sofi Mendoza's Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico," a tale of
life, love and the US-Mexican border. For more information on the authors
check out their websites: www.malinalegria.
com and www.reynagrande.com.
Catch this fabulous duo while you still can!

Saturday, May 26th 3PM
Tia Chucha's Cafe
10258 Foothil Blvd.
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
Phone:(818) 896-1479
Fax: (818) 896-1489


Sunday, May 27th 3PM
5052 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

There you have them, three great events! Unlike Culture Clash, it's be there or be square, now you see them then you don't, during the kite show or the readings. It's great that Culture Clash has committed itself to making its work accessible to a wider audience. See you next week.


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