2012 Dia de los Muertos Performance Schedule

Every year, the Nuvein Foundation works with the Downtown El Monte Business Association to create an event that highlights the traditions, culture, and artistic vision that defines the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead at the Valley Mall in Downtown El Monte, CA.

As part of the Centennial celebration of the incorporation of the city of El Monte, this event has secured acts that are deeply rooted in the Mexican, Chicano, and Latino traditions surrounding Dia de Los Muertos and are representative of the various regions of Mexico and Latin America that commemorate this event.

The 2012 Dia de Los Muertos organized by the Nuvein Foundation and sponsored by DEMBA is proud to present this years performers:

Event Master of Ceremonies and Host:
Kimberly Cobian  (11am-6pm)

Kimberly Cobian is multi-cultural and multi-talented artist hailing from North Whittier, CA. She is a bilingual poet & writer, belly dance instructor & performer, consummate performance artist, and event organizer.

Kimberly  is the president of the ZzyZx WriterZ Group out of El Serreno, CA.  Her group  coordinated and produced the Poetrypalooza Tour in August of 2012 to rave reviews and record attendances in venues all over LA County.

She also serves on the Executive Board of the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts.

 

Event DJ and Sound Systems Coordinator
DJ Quinto Sol  – Jesus Montoya  (11am-6pm)

Jesus Montoya (DJ Quinto Sol) is a premier entertainment and event producer hailing from Dana Point, CA. Jesus’ company, DJ Quinto Sol Entertainment, has been organizing and entertaining at events since 1995 all over CA and across the Continental United States.  DJ Quinto Sol is a member of the Orange County – Southern California chapter of the American Disc Jockey Association.

A proud and devoted father, avid entertainer, dedicated philantro-activist, DJ Quinto Sol will have everyone in the crowd energized and entertained during any event and setting. He is bound to ‘echarle sabor’ to any party/event and make even the most reluctant get up and dance.

 

Opening Performance (12pm-1245pm)
Danza Cuauhtemoc Baldwin Park

Danza Cuauhtemoc is a Aztec Danza group hailing from Baldwin Park. CA under the guidance and instruction of Chris Silva. They offer community classes in Aztec Danza for children, youth, and adults of all ages.

Danza Cuauhtemoc is committed to preserving the traditions of Aztec/Mexica culture. Danza Cuauhtemoc has performed at Dia de Los Muertos events all over LA/SGV. They have performed at all Nuvein Dia de Los Muertos.

 

Second Performance (1:15pm-2:00pm)
Mariachi Solecitos de Jose Hernandez

Mariachi Solecitos is a premier all adolescent and youth age mariachi group under the instruction of Jose Hernandez, director of the Mariachi Sol de Mexico, proprietor of Cielito Lindo Restaurant, and head of the Mariachi Heritage Society.

The Solecitos, like their acclaimed counterparts, have performed at venues, festivals, and concerts all across the country. The Solecitos mariachi group are instructed in the traditions and discipline of mariachi by the school run by director Hernandez and the Mariachi Heritage Society. Their performance is sure to amaze and delight one and all.

 

Third Performance (2:30pm-3:15pm)
Eugenio Torres & Grupo P.O.E.S.I.A.

Eugenio “Genio” Torres is a poet, singer-s0ngwriter with Mexican and Latin American roots that influence his compositions. His works speak of social justice, faith, love, loss, and the conflicts that tradition and progress create.

Eugenio and fellow Latino and Mexican-American poet(a)s, singers, and performers have formed Poetas Organizados en un Espacio Social, Intelectual, y Artistico (P.O.E.S.I.A.) a group that has toured all over California, parts of Mexico, and across the US, organizing great events for the Hispanic communities and its poetic voices.

 

Fourth Performance (3:45pm-4:30pm)
Bernard Garcia and the Cali-Caribe Cuartet

Bernard Garcia, also known as B.b. Garcia and his group of musicians fuse afro-cuban, tropical, and California folk into Mexican-Carribean stylings that have delighted crowds all across Los Angeles, as well as the La Puente Artwalk.

Bernard Garcia and the Cali-Caribe Cuartet have performed at venues such as the Yost Theatre at their “Noche de Boleros” event, and at various cultural events.  This year they will be touring Day of the Dead events across the San Gabriel Valley, specifically, in Uptown Whittier, Rose Hills, El Monte, and Alhambra. Their music will delight you in a joyful nostalgia.

Closing Performance (5:00pm-5:45pm)
Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Studio Danza

Located in Whittier under the direction of Luisa Macias since 2007, the various performance teams have participated and been recognized at competitions all across the United States.

Having expanded to include the Ballet Folklorico de Colores, Studio Danza has only served to offer youth, children, and adolescent dancers with opportunities to grow in this traditional Mexican dance form. The Ballet Folklorico de Colores has performed at events all across California at cultural and community events in Whittier, El Monte, Pico Rivera, Long Beach, and other communities.

 

We look forward to delighting our event crowd with these and other offerings of art, culture, music, poesia, and entertainment.

See you all on October 27th!

 

 

2012 Dia de Los Muertos Event Map

As we count the days to our great Dia de Los Muertos event at the Valley Mall on October 27th, we at Nuvein are sharing our event lay out with you our friends, supporters, and general public.

Event info can be found here.

We will be handing out maps to the event the day of for new guests at the Nuvein Foundation Booth.

 

Poet’s Corner/Rincon de Poesia returns at DDLM 2012

As part of the celebrations at the Nuvein Foundation’s 3rd Annual Dia de Los Muertos event in El Monte, entertainment will again this year include the addition of poets/poetas from all over Southern California. The event will have spoken word artists from LA, OC, and SGV.

The event will feature poetry,  prose, and spoken word at the Poets Corner/Rincon de Poesia where poets and writers will gather and read their richly colorful poems paying homage to the dead and the living, as well as showcasing the several works of poetry and poetic groups and organizations from across Southern California.

Among the groups to be featured at the event will be the members of the ZZyZx WriterZ  group from Los Angeles; members of the Whittier Poetry Group; members of the South El Monte Arts Posse; as well as members from the San Dimas Coffee House Writer’s Group, and many more!

Poets and writers, as well as writing/poetry groups interesed in taking part will be offered free table space to display their works and engage the local El Monte and SGV community at Dia de Los Muertos 2012.

An hosted open mic will be held in conjunction with the hosted space for poets and writers, and will be hosted by well known local Los Angeles poet(a) with SGV roots.

For more information on how to participate, email Christopher Trevilla of the Nuvein Foundation at ctrevilla@nuvein.org

 

Dia de Los Muertos events take root in the San Gabriel Valley

Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a celebration of the memory of those that have passed, and a rejoicing in the legacy of tradition, wisdom, joy,  and love that they leave behind to family, friends, and community.

This celebration is commemorated by Hispanic and Latino communities all across the San Gabriel Valley throughout the month of October and early November.

The Nuvein Foundation is happy to be a part of that celebration for the sister city communities of El Monte and South El Monte. Especially due to the centennial celebration of the founding of El Monte, and the storied and rich cultural, artistic, and historical contributions of Mexican Americans and other Hispanic and Latino communities to the growth of El Monte.

In the spirit of sharing all known Dia de Los Muertos events across the San Gabriel Valley, here is an incomplete but extensive listing of events known (thus far) to be organized and take place this October and early November.

 

Enjoy!

For information on the Nuvein Dia de Los Muertos, click here.

 

Pasadena ARC Dia de los Muertos
November 2nd and 3rd, 2012

1158 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
$20 General Admission
For info call (800) 838-3006

Organizer(s): ARC Pasadena, Danza Floricanto USA

Website(s): here

 

Rose Hills 3rd Annual Dia de Los Muertos Cultural Festival
Sunday October 28th, 2012
11am to 5:30pm

3888 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
Entrance Gate 1 – (Follow signs to SkyRose Chapel)
Whittier, CA 90601

Organizer(s): Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary
Website(s): here

 

The Folk Tree 29th Annual Day of the Dead Altars and Ephemera Show
October 6 – November 4th, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 6, 1 – 6 PM
Hours are: M-W, 11-6; Th-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5.

217 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

For more information, call 626/795-8733 or 626/793-4828.

Organizer – The Folk Tree
Website(s): here

 

Baldwin Park Dia De Los Muertos: Fiesta Del Alma
October 1st – November 3rd
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

14403-B East Pacific Avenue
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(626) 214 – 1601

Organizer: Baldwin Park – Arts and Recreation Center (ARC)
Website(s): here

 

Cal Poly Pomona 18th Annual Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Friday November 2nd, 2012
5pm

Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education
Building 95
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

Organizer(s): Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education, Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department.

Website(s): here and  here

 

Covina Dia de Los Muertos 2012
Saturday, October 27th
5-10 pm
Covina Park
301 N. Fourth Ave.
Covina, CA 91723

Organizer(s): Covina Cultural Arts Advisory Commission, Covina Parks & Recreation Department

Website(s): here
 

Monrovia Public Library – Dia de Los Muertos
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
1:00 pm

321 S Myrtle Ave,
Monrovia, CA  91016

Organizer – Monrovia Public Library
Website(s): here

 

7th Annual Uptown Whittier Dia de Los Muertos Art & Music Festival
Sunday, October 14th, 2012
10am – 5pm
13100 Philadelphia St.
Uptown Whittier, CA 90601

Organizer – Casita del Pueblo

Website(s): here

 

Alhambra Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
1pm-5pm

San Gabriel High School
801 S. Ramona St.
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Organizer(s): Alhambra Latino Association

Website(s): here

Call for performers for Dia de Los Muertos

UPDATE: We now have found all performers for the main stage at our Dia de Los Muertos event this year.

We would like to thank all interested parties and performance groups for their inquiries.

We at Nuvein value all local performance artists and look forward to putting on events to highlight all styles of performance. Stay tuned amigos!

The Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of life and death against the background of traditions cultural, spiritual, and artistic that help to highlight the joys of community life, the importance of family, and help one remember with honor, joy, and reverence those that have departed.

El Monte is a San Gabriel Valley (SGV) city rich in the contributions of many cultures and in its centennial year, there is much to celebrate. Certainly, one of the contributors towards the development of El Monte has been the Hispanic and Latino communities.

This year at the Nuvein Foundation’s 2012 Dia de Los Muertos Celebration we wish to highlight these contributions and showcase them to a anticipated audience of over 5,00o eager and excited children, adult, and youth from El Monte, and surrounding SGV communities at our annual premier El Monte event.

The Nuvein Foundation thus issues an open call for the following type of performers:

  • Aztec Danza – Aztec Dance group
  • Mariachi y/o Conjunto – Mariachi and/or Hispanic Folk Music Group
  • Arte Teatrico y/o Teatro Hispano – Performance Art and/or Hispanic Theatre
  • Ballet Folklorico y/o Danza Hispano – Folklorico Dancers and/or Hispanic traditional dance

These would be compensated performances, and each performer/performance group would recognized by the foundation, the Downtown El Monte Business Association, the City of El Monte, and be given media exposure.

For more information, to express interest, and to discuss details, please contact the Dia de Los Muertos 2012 performance and entertainment director, Kimberly Cobian, Nuvein Executive Board member, at Kimberly@nuvein.org

3rd edition of Dia de Los Muertos returns to the Valley Mall in El Monte

On Saturday, October 27th, 2012 The Nuvein Foundation in partnership with the Downtown El Monte Business Asssociation will organize the 3rd annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration at the Valley Mall, in Dowtown El Monte. The event will run from 11am to 6pm.

Nuvein’s  Dia de Los Muertos will take place at the Valley Mall along Valley Blvd and Valley Mall Blvd. The event will boast a curated art gallery entitled ‘Callejon, Calacas, y Cultura’ along the Valley Mall, artists and artisans vending their traditional art, crafts, and wares in an outdoor Mercado facing Valley Blvd, a stage hosting traditional performance of mariachi, musical conjuntos, flamenco and ballet folklorico, poet(a)s and poem(a)s, as well as Aztec Danza between both avenues, as well as an arts installation by Arturo Lopez of Arte Cabalturo Studio in La Puente.

Nuvein’s Dia de los Muertos began in 2010 and drew a crowd of over 3,500 El Monte and SGV locals, and the 2011 year rose that number to just under 5,000. As the event enters its third year, both the Nuvein Foundation and the Downtown El Monte Business Association estimate the number to increase  as the event gains momentum over time.

The event this year is of remarkable note, as it takes place during El Monte’s Centennial year. For this reason,  the Nuvein Foundation happily offers any success in this event as a shining example of the Hispanic community’s many contributions to El Monte’s storied history, proving that a common tradition among all cultures is the celebration of life, even after death.

All of us here at the Nuvein Foundation hope to see all of El Monte’s community members, and all of you wonderful gente at our annual event this October.

See you there!

Nuvein Dia de Los Muertos
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
11am – 6pm
Valley Mall- El Monte, CA

Event FB page

For information on getting a booth at Dia de Los Muertos 2012, go here.

For information on performances for Dia de Los Muertos 2012, go here.

For information on the event layout/map of the Dia de Los Muertos 2012 event, go here.

For information on the Art Exhibition at Dia de Los Muertos, go here.

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.

 

El Día de los Muertos—¡Un Día Feliz!

El Día de los Muertos, que se celebra el 2 de noviembre, es una de las fiestas más populares en México y en varias partes de los Estados Unidos. Data de la epoca pre-hispánica.   Para las culturas mexicanas (la olmeca, la maya, la azteca, etc.) “la muerte” era un concepto primordial, según el cual, los difuntos tenían que viajar a “Mictlán.” Su jornada era muy peligrosa. Tenían que pasar un río hondo, subir altísimas montañas y luchar contra animales salvajes.

No hubo ni premios ni castigos para la mayoría de los muertos, excepto que algunos difuntos dependiendo de su manera de morir, se convirtieron en dioses.  Los guerreros valientes resucitaron como aves con el deber de acompañar al sol en el alba o en el atardecer.

En el Día de los Muertos, muchas familias visitan los cementerios, adornan las tumbas, ponen flores (zempasuchil o maravillas) y enciendan velas.  Es una ocasión de gozo.   Se prenden velas, se preparan aguas de frutas y atole.  Se adornan “Panes de Muerto” con huesos de dulce arriba, y con azúcar roja para representar la sangre.  Hay una gran cantidad de galletas, dulces de calabaza, calacas endulzadas y conservas de fruta.

Se ven esqueletos y calaveras por todas partes.   Las celebraciones incluyen música, La Danza de los Viejitos y el Baile del Pescado Blanco.

¡El Día de los Muertos es una gran celebración de la vida en sí!

Profesora Esthela Torres de Siegrist, ABD, UNAM
David Siegrist, ABD, USC

Image Credit: Flickr – Glen’s Pics

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