UPMA! La Puente Art Walk on May 26th

The Nuvein Foundation, in partnership with the Twin Palms Recovery Center, East Valley Boys and Girls Club, parent volunteers from La Puente High School, members of both the Concerned Citizens Coalition of La Puente and the Old Town Business Association, La Puente LA County Public Library, La Puente Senior Center, local Old Town Businesses, and with endorsement and support of the La Puente City Council have prepared a great community arts event set to take place Saturday, May 26th, from 1-10pm in Old Town La Puente.

The Nuvein Foundation will be hosting a booth space to offer guests maps of the event, information about the foundation’s work and projects, and will have a donation box accepting any and all gifts to help it continue its charitable work of connecting cultures, communities, local organizations, artists, and business to improve SGV society one community at a time.

The Nuvein Foundation invites all to  join us in the second edition of a quarterly celebration of local Community and Art in Old Town La Puente (along Main St and 1st St).

The following is a itinerary and description of this event:

SIX GALLERIES OF ART!!! 3pm – 10pm

Arte Cabalturo (w/live music)  3pm-10pm     (event information here)

Cafe Coco Na Dre  3pm-10pm      (venue information here)

Ecclectic Art gallery (w/live music)  5pm-8pm
(at upstairs Hall behind Francisco’s Halloween Shop)

One Hour Tazes (w/ live music) 5pm-10pm

La Puente Senior Center               5pm-8pm (venue information here)

Trunk Trends Fashions                  3pm-10pm (venue information here)

 

THREE WINDOW ART DISPLAYS!!!  3pm-10pm

J&A Formal Wear                           3pm-10pm (venue information here)

El  Manantial                                     3pm-10pm

Main Line CG                                     3pm-10pm (venue information here)

 

FAMILY AND KID ACTIVITY! 2pm -4pm

Sidewalk chalk program for kids and families at the La Puente branch of the LA County Library organized by the East Valley Boys and Girls Club and volunteers from La Puente High School.

For more information on the library, including contact information, go here.

 

OUTDOOR BAZAAR & BBQ AREA!! 3pm-10pm

3pm-6pm BBQ

3pm-10pm vendors

Featuring vendors of various arts and crafts, as well as a FREE community bbq for artwalk attendees and La Puente residents at the Twin Palms Recovery Center. Venue information here.

 

OUTDOOR BAZAAR & STAGE FOR MUSICAL AND DANCE PERFORMANCES!!! 3pm-10pm

4pm-3:30pm live dance/music
6:30pm-8pm live dance/music

3pm-10pm vendors

Featuring vendors of various items and crafts, and an outdoor stage to have Belly dance, Zumba Demonstration, Live Bands, and more! At Trunk Trends Fashions lot.

For more information on performers and entertainment please go here.

 

VINYL SPUN VERSES
POETRY/SPOKEN WORD FEATURE AND OPEN MIC 8pm-10pm

Featuring and hosted by David Romero at Vinyl Saurs Records.
Event information here,  venue information here, and host information here.

 

CROP & SHOP SCRAPBOOKING WORKSHOP 7pm-10pm

Walk ins welcomed at the ScrapBook Cafe. Venue information here.

 

Day of the Dead – A Happy Day

The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 2, and is one of the most popular holidays in Mexico and in various parts of the United States.  It takes place on November 2, and dates from pre-Hispanic times.  For ancient Mexican cultures (the Olmecs, the Mayas, the Aztecs, etc.) “death” was a major concern, according to which, the dearly departed set out for “Mictlan.” Theirs was a dangerous journey. The deceased had to ford a deep river, climb the highest mountains, and fight savage beasts.

There was no reward or punishment for most of the dead, except that some departed souls, depending on how they died, were reincarted as gods.  Brave warriors were reincarnated as winged birds, whose duty was to accompany the sun at dawn or at dusk.

On the Day of the Dead, many families visit cemeteries, where they adorn grave sites, place flowers (the zempasuchil or maravillas) and light candles.   It is a joyous occasion.  Candles are lit.  Fruit drinks, and atole are prepared.  Traditional “Day of the Dead” breads with bones on top, are adorned with red sugar, to symbolize blood.  Cookies, pumpkin-based candy, skulls of sugar, and fruit preserves abound.  Skeletons and skulls are seen everywhere.   Celebrations include music, the Dance of the Old Men and the White Fish dance.

by Professor Esthela Torres de Siegrist, ABD, UNAM
David Siegrist, ABD, USC

Image Credit: Flickr – Señor Codo