Friday, November 16, 2012

Events, Exhibits, Awards, Music

I'm busy, busy with pre-publication work on my new book, Desperado: A Mile High Noir, plus we're getting ready for a quick trip to the Big Easy. So, here's all I have this week - a few events of note for the culturally aware, be it music, art, or literature.

by D. Veasey
Western Union from the collection of Florence Hernández-Ramos

[from the Regis University website]

Mi Frontera Es Su Frontera, an exhibit by artist Tony Ortega, will be on display from Nov. 1-29 at the Regis University Dayton Memorial Library Hartman Art Gallery. 

Ortega, an associate professor in the University’s Fine and Performing Arts department, has long been renowned for creating paintings chronicling the Latino experience. Using a signature style of bold coloration, simplified forms, anonymous figures, and cultural icons, he explores community, family, street life, labor, entertainment, youth culture, popular culture, and cultural politics.

While in the past his work has been more focused on the sociological interactions of community than on identity politics, the influences of social movements, historical precedents, and a long tradition of visual representation are profound. To Ortega, the border is porous, with layered implications.

In Mi Frontera Es Su Frontera, through the use of monotype/silkscreens, charcoal drawings, hand-colored etchings, and a mural installation, Ortega offers a timely glimpse of the melding of histories, traditions, culture, and politics of the ever-expanding and diversified population.

The Hartman Art Gallery - Dayton Memorial Library gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 12:30-9 p.m.

The event, which is one of many Regis University Diversity Month activities, is sponsored by the Regis University Ignatian Collaborative for Service and Justice.

Hartman Art Gallery:  Regis University 3333 Regis Boulevard Denver, CO 80221-1099
1-800-568-8932 OR 303-458-4126

Tony Ortega's work can also currently be seen in the exhibit Sequences of Six, works by six local artists including Hunter Lawrence, Daniel Lowenstein, Clara Martinez, Sylvia Montero, Tony Ortega and Rebecca Rozales, through November 17 at CHAC (Chicano Humanities and Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Drive, 303-571-0440,

Also - Tony Ortega has a mural on the third floor of the historic McNichols Building for the Fuera de la Frontera/Outside the Border exhibition. Read more here.

Performance Date: 1/10/2013, 8:00 pm

This is the rescheduled performance for the canceled October 23 date. All tickets purchased for the 10/23 performance will be honored at the door. Will Call orders will be available for pick up day of show.

Thursday, January 10 at 8 pm
L2 Arts & Culture Center

71 East Yale Avenue
Denver, Colorado

David Hidalgo is the driving vocal and guitar force of East LA’s Los Lobos and Latin Playboys, the former of which took border-hopping cultural collisions onto the world stage with a series of chart-topping songs and albums.

Marc Ribot (ex Tom Waits ex Lounge Lizards and just plain excellent guitarist) is the ex leader of downtown NY’s "The Prosthetic Cubans" (Los Cubanos Postizos).

Their musical excursions across the borders between cultures, styles and genres were the perfect preparation for this ambitious new project. West Coast meet East Coast, Real meets Prosthetic, and guitar meets guitar in a rocking post roots pan Latin rave up/descarga. Together they have forged a unique partnership where immigrant neighborhoods meet intellectual nuance – creating truly new music to stir your heart, challenge your head and move your body. They’re accompanied by original Cubanos Postizos cohorts Brad Jones (bass), Anthony “The Professor” Coleman (keyboards), EJ Rodriguez (percussion), and drummer Cougar Estrada of Los Lobos.

"At times Ribot played with the wasp-like sting of the young, Bluesbreakers-era Eric Clapton, Hidalgo replying with legato lines rich in lyricism. At other times they reversed these roles or mixed them up. The result: a profoundly memorable evening.”"
- The Australian review at Sydney Opera House

$30 Advance; $32 Day of Show. $2 discount for Swallow Hill Music members


Novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times journalist Hector Tobar is the recipient of UC Santa Barbara's 2012 Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. The award was presented at a ceremony on October 31.

Tobar, a reporter, columnist, and book reviewer for the L.A. Times, is the author of two highly acclaimed novels –– The Barbarian Nurseries (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011) and The Tattooed Soldier (Penguin Books, 2000). The Barbarian Nurseries,which is set in contemporary Southern California, was listed among the best fiction of 2011 by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Boston Globe.

Tobar is also the author of "\Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States. This work of non-fiction examines Latino immigrants as "latter-day pioneers" who maintain their Latin American identities while embracing the opportunities made available to them in the United States.

"Hector Tobar is one of the most important social and political novelists of his generation," said Mario T. García, professor of Chicana and Chicano studies and of history at UCSB, and the organizer of the annual Leal Award. "His writings, including his novels, deal with the hidden lives of Latinos in Los Angeles and the United States. These are the people who live in the shadows due to their immigration status, and yet are very much a part of our contemporary American society. Tobar's characters reveal themselves as human beings who need to be accepted and integrated by the rest of us. Tobar is their voice." 

Read more at this link.

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Rolling Stone Announces First-Ever Latin Music Special Section
Pitbull appears on back cover; Section includes Latin Hot List and 10 Greatest Latin Rock Albums of All Time

New York, NY (November 9, 2012) – Rolling Stone announced today its first-ever Latin music special section, featuring a magazine back cover and a bilingual editorial package celebrating Latin artists and culture. The issue will be available on newsstands November 9, and received advertising support from marketing communications agency Lápiz.

Pitbull appears on the back cover of the magazine and is part of the Latin Hot List, along with other influential artists and performers such as Calle 13, Maluca and Junot Díaz. In true Rolling Stone style, the section also includes the definitive list of the “10 Greatest Latin Rock Albums of All Time,” topped by Café Tacuba’s Re. The special section and back cover are in both English and Spanish.

“This section was an incredible opportunity for us to dive deep into Latin music and culture, from Pitbull to Café Tacuba,” says Nathan Brackett, Rolling Stone Deputy Managing Editor. "We are thrilled with the results."

“Lápiz offered invaluable support to help bring this concept to life, and we are excited to partner with them on this special section,” says Matt Mastrangelo, Rolling Stone Publisher.

“As an agency, Lápiz takes pride in not only serving as experts in understanding the Latino consumer, but also enabling the intersection of cultures,” says Gustavo Razzetti, EVP, Managing Director of Lápiz. “This partnership with Rolling Stone is a great example of a platform that amplifies Latino influence on mainstream.”

Later. Feed the need to read.


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