Friday, October 05, 2007

More Bounty

Manuel Ramos

Chicana and other lesbians are needed to make submissions to a publication on Latina Lesbians to be edited by Chicana lesbian writer Juanita Ramos and published by the nonprofit Sinister Wisdom, a journal by and for female-born lesbians. With a focus on how Latina lesbians define activism and other issues, submissions can be a poem, song, letter, essay, short story, interview, journal entry, photograph, art work, etc., in Spanish and/or English. You can submit up to five entries, including written pieces and art work. Each written entry must not exceed 2,500 words. Submissions are due no later than November 1. For details, send an email to Juanita Ramos at

The Center for the Studies in Beckett and Contemporary Theatre Practice (Colorado State University) will present Samuel Beckett's play, Catastrophe in English and Spanish in Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado, including at El Centro Su Teatro on October 8 at 8:00 PM. The plays are directed by Eric Prince and José Luis Suárez-García. La Bloga has a special affection for Beckett, as shown by some of our previous posts, and this bilingual presentation of this particular play should be an excellent event.

Earlier this year an arson fire destroyed the auditorium at Garfield High School in East L.A. On October 14, Los Lobos will perform a benefit concert to raise funds for the reconstruction of the auditorium. The school sustained an estimated $30 million in damage. The band, whose original four members are all Garfield graduates from the early 1970s, will headline a bill with other Chicano artists including Tierra, Little Willie G of Thee Midniters and El Chicano. The event at Gibson Amphitheatre will also feature the Tex-Mex band Little Joe y La Familia and Upground.

I got the following info from Denver artist Jerry Vigil. Jerry also let us know that some of his most recent art can be seen in I Want Your Skull Fanzine, Issue Three, now on sale. Click on the links to find out more about Jerry or the magazine.

Face 2 Face in a Frenzy is especially geared to schools and prevention programs. It is an educational tool that addresses the many problems facing our youth today. Master Mask Maker Zarco Guerrero brings ancient archetypes to life in this freaked out and extremely funny folly featuring a curious cast of hand carved characters. Face 2 Face reveals the power of the mask to transform. The artist miraculously metamorphoses before our very eyes into multi personalities. Each masked character delivers a passionate and provocative monologue laced with poetry and song. The issues of diversity, discrimination, aging, substance abuse and nonviolence are but a few of the important themes addressed in this most artistic adventure. Face 2 Face is a maniacal one man masked melodrama that mirrors the mystery of the heart and mind in a myriad of fantastic faces. It's family friendly, and suitable for all audiences.

October 31st, 2007, Doors open - 6:30 pm
Performance: – 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Ricketson Auditorium, 2001 Colorado Blvd
Free but call to reserve tickets: 303.322.7009 or 1.800.925.2250

The Hudson Valley Writers Center
will host Chicana Night on October 28, beginning at 4:30 PM. Sergio Troncoso, who is on the board of this prestigious institution, told La Bloga that this year's event includes Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Helena María Viramontes. The writers will read and answer questions, and their books will be on sale. Suggested donation to attend is $5.00. Go here for all the details.

This press let us know that it has several new books including Papi Chulo by Carlos T. Mock, previously discussed here on La Bloga by Lisa. The message said:

"Floricanto Press's new releases include books in the Latina Series, and our new Gay Latino series. It also includes books about contemporary socio-political discourse, social commentary, and colonial literature (1600). Floricanto Press is definitively presenting a diverse view of Hispanic and Latino culture, including multiple voices of the literary and social spectrum to be found in the Latino community."

Click here for more about this press and its books.

Speaking of Lisa Alvarado -- she posted some of her fine poetry on her website and let us know that selections from her latest poetry volume, Raw Silk Suture, will be featured in the upcoming Ocho 15, edited by Francisco Aragón. You owe it to yourself to read Lisa's moving and powerful words.

The International Accordion Festival kicks off October 12 at 6:30 PM at the Arneson River Theatre in La Villita in San Antonio, TX, with Santiago Jiménez, Jr, Chango Spaziuk, and Brandan. $5.00 admission. The Festival continues through October 14 featuring renowned artists from around the world playing just about every kind of accordion music you can imagine. Click here for details.

I have a couple of reading events coming up that I should mention: On October 11 at about 7:00 PM I'll speak at a gathering of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, at the Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC). Wine has been promised. On October 20, around 6:00 PM, I will join Emma Pérez for a reading and program presented by El Laboratorio, the literary collective organized by Professor John-Michael Rivera. The reception includes food and drink, in addition to mingling with the authors.
CHAC - 772 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 303-571-0440
The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar, 404 S. Upham St., Lakewood, CO 303-934-1777



Lisa Alvarado said...

Manuel -- thank you so very much for the kind words about my poetry. Raw Silk Suture is both a work of love and sudor and what you've written means lot.

You've got to send my jpegs of this foto and last week's --they're gorgeous!

And your notices about performances makes me want to buy a plane ticket and come out and see for myself.

Manuel Ramos said...

I mean every word -- and I know you will impact our readers with your poetry. I hope they check out your site. I'll get the fotos to you, no problem. And although they look pretty, those chiles were dangerous. I'm proud of my little babies, sabrosos y picosos. If you show up at my reading, I'm sitting down and the stage is all yours.

Lisa Alvarado said...

M -- I swear I'll come back to your note on those days where I feel like I need a boost, personally and creatively.

If I can ever get myself to your neck of the woods, don't sit down! I'd miss that chance to hear YOUR wonderful words.