Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Fruit Trees, Music and the Art of Creation

Since I'm prone to side with long-time camarada Jimmy Mendiola and heave an exasperated sigh with respect to all the Democratic party South Carolina side show antics. He rightfully and insightfully defers to a brilliant take by Roberto Lovato for New America Media which was reposted over at Huffington. Add to that the endoresment of Hillary by the UFW and I won't even begin to bother. Rafael Childress, my lifelong friend and a former child actor on a bilingual educational PBS series called Carrascolendas (created by Chicana TV pioneer Aida Barrera) sent a text from Texas or New York or wherever he's got himself to recently about how César Chávez must be rolling over in his grave. Como se llama?! Se llama Obama and go tell that to yo mama!!! According to the poorly equipped and eerily under-informed pundits in the mainstream media we are "overwhelmingly" supporting a former Goldwater republican and the daughter of an old school racist/segregationist because of an alleged animosity against blacks. Give me a frackin' break! Check out these fotos from the aforementioned TV show that ran for eight years in the 70s for a look at where the Rainbow Coalition was actually born. No, mis queridos lectores. Best leave well enough alone. Even if I have been tapped to do a little sribblin' about Mr. Paul, the charmin' lil' old doctor feller from Tay-haas for a local mag. Instead, I'll jump up and down beside myself with pride and glee because my El Sereno neighbor and righteous Zocaloc artist Pete Carrillo is curating a bang up exhibition right under everyone's nose at the Sony Pictures Entertainment Studios in Culver City. With music as a thematic thread, the exhibition features work from Poli Marichal, Timoi, Eriberto Oriel, his sun and Jokerbrand kingpin Esteban Oriel as well as Sandy Rodriguez (these are just the folks whose work I know and admire) among many others. The show includes photos, paintings, mixed media, and art created on musical instruments. House that for subversive knocking on the White House back door in the middle of the night? Can't wait to check it out tomorrow mañana. Should be a good party.

And as an antidote to all of the madness and chaos nosotros los pobres poetas are so eager to embrace while railing against it at the same time, there's comadre Daisy Tonantzin, mujer caracol, supervising the great fruit tree giveaway at Proyecto Jardín, the Boyle Heights community garden that continues to thrive in spite of everything. If you're around, head over there between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to help out. Proyecto Jardín is located at 1718 Bridge Street in BH just behind White Memorial Hospital. Urban farming... get with it. Support the garden, Tree People and Girls Today, Women Tomorrow, a leadership mentoring program for young women in our community.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the call out,presence and support. It is great putting together a Exhibition of such great artists in a place that appreciates the arts and are willing to make a investment. Finally we can make some money on Art that is created from the heart. Much respect and admiration..
Peter Carrillo