Thursday, November 03, 2011

Three Louies, Artists, and a Day of the Dead

[from the Latin Playboys website]

The iconoclastic comedy group known as The Three Louies will perform at the Vincent Price Art Museum on November 12 at 4:00 pm as part of the activities scheduled for the huge arts and performance exhibition titled After the Gold Rush: Reflections and Postscripts on the National Chicano Moratorium of August 29, 1970. The museum is located at 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez in Monterey Park, on the campus of East Los Angeles College.

Several art exhibits, panel discussions and performances will be presented to examine the impact and significance of the August 29 National Chicano Moratorium which marks a pivotal watershed in the Chicano movement for social justice and civil rights. It was a huge rally in East Los Angeles in 1970 which erupted into violence amid charges of police brutality.

The Three Louies will begin their three-legged comedy and social satire routine with a look back at the August 29 National Chicano Moratorium.

Three guys from East LA who all happen to be named Louie (or a version thereof.) Three guys who faced formidable obstacles (hey, didn’t we say they came from East LA?) but overcame them and became professionally successful in their chosen endeavors. Each was inquisitive and eager to explore. And willing to apply some time, focus and diligence to the task of “getting somewhere.”

“At least we’re not making license plates,” quips one of the Three Louies.

Three Louies from Los Angeles’ Eastside who made their way in the world. One is a world class musician. One is a poet, novelist and political activist. One is a journalist and author who has been accused of having a sense of humor. They are The Three Louies and they are planning to “put on a show” at a venue near you, the next one will be at the Vincent Price Art Museum.

They are: Louie Pérez, one of the founding members of the world renowned roots-rock band Los Lobos; Luís J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running — La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA; and Luís Torres, award-winning broadcast journalist from CBS Radio and author of the forthcoming book The Man Who Empowered Students and Parents. They have taken leave of their senses and formed The Three Louies, or Los Tres Louies, depending on what neighborhood you live in.

And just what do these three do in front of an audience? You have to see it to believe it. Humor, juggling, a little music, interaction with the audience and reminiscences about growing up and striving and thriving in East Los Angeles, the Chicano capital of the world.

In many respects, The Three Louies are representative of the the arc of the Chicano experience in America. They were all distilled in the cauldron of strident activism of the 1970s. They all made their way through public schools that generally regarded Mexicans as somehow unworthy and incapable. They learned how to get the most out of education. And they all made a dent in the fields they entered, always remembering to smile and make others do the same.

More subtle than the Three Stooges, more bilingual than the Three Musketeers and funnier than Manny, Moe and Jack — The Three Louies will make you laugh, will make you cry, will make you remember and maybe provide just a tiny bit of insight into the wacky world that is the human condition.

An evening of fun and maybe even some frolic. The Three Louies.

More information on this event can be found here.

A Room of One's Own

CHAC is pleased to announce A Room of One’s Own : Urban Narrations, an exhibition of visual art by Denver area artists Meggan DeAnza, Hunter Lawrence, Clara Martinez, Sylvia Montero, Tony Ortega, and Eugene Stewart-Huidobro. Working in various and mixed media, these artists address the tension between the richness of urban life and the challenges of working in sprawling and crowded spaces. The exhibition runs from November 4th through November 19th. The opening reception is Friday, November 4th, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. CHAC, 772 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 303-571-0440

Regis University’s O’Sullivan Art Gallery will feature an exhibit by professional visual artist Maria Lopez Oct. 25 through Dec. 9.

An opening reception for the artist is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and a gallery talk by Lopez is at 7 p.m. Nov. 10.

As a classically-trained visual artist, her range is wide and she paints both realistic and abstract paintings. She paints still-lifes, landscapes on-location, figure work and drawing and is avidly interested in religious art.

The native of Pueblo, Colo., earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a master’s degree in painting from Boston University. She has worked for The Museum of Modern Art in NYC in the Office of the Chief-Curator-at-Large. She has shown her work nationally and internationally. She is a part-time Art History and Studio Art instructor at Colorado State University in Pueblo.

Among her awards are: Museum of Modern Art Twelve-Month Internship 2001-2002; Boston University Women’s Art Council Scholarship 2000-2001; Constantin Alajalov Fellowship 1999-2001; Colorado Council on the Arts Grant 1999; and the Matheson Scholarship 1998.

She is a wife and mother of two children and is currently painting full-time.

To view more about Lopez visit

Art Gallery hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Robert St. John, O’Sullivan Art Gallery and Studio manager, at 303-964-3634.


Flo's annual Dia de Los Muertos dinner was another great family affair. This one was dedicated to Flo's mother, who passed away twenty years ago. Food, drink, and beautiful stories filled the night with memories of a woman who made a lasting and loved impression on her children and grandchildren, and anyone connected to her family. Flo's special cake (from Le Bakery Sensual) was based on a photo of "Dora" that you can see in the picture of the cake below. More Day of the Dead cakes can be seen here, including several of Flo's.

Flo's altar - the photo does not do it justice
Nunca te olvidaré


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