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! Artwalk heats ups Old Town La Puente

On the 18th day of August  in Old Town La Puente, in spite of scorching heat, community, artists, business, vendors, classic car clubs, musicians, public officials, and poets came together to put together Un Poquito Mas Arte! (UPMA!) along 1st, 2nd, Main St. and Glendora Ave in La Puente.

UPMA! Old Town La  Puente Artwalk is a quarterly event in cooperation with the La Puente City Hall, the Old Town Business Association, Twin Palms Recovery Center, East Valley Boys and Girls Club, the La Puente Senior Center, La Puente Branch of the LA County Library as well as local businesses, and involved community members.

This 3rd edition of the La Puente Artwalk hosted a reported crowd of 0ver 500 attendees as the event unfolded across various venues in Old Town La Puente.

Here is a listing of events/galleries involved:


Arte Cabalturo Studio & Gallery
, the resident Old Town La Puente gallery curated by Art Lopez, hosted a themed group art show entitled “Troll Below Monster Bazaar”, an art show that hosted over 20 artists, oddity vendors, live music, and performances. Arte Cabalturo’s show featured the dark and light side of faerie and fantasy, with images evocative of such iconic films such as HellBoy and Pan’s Labyrinth.

 

Café Coco Na Dre Gallery, the coffee house that began the entire artwalk, hosted a group art show as well as house a featured art show with live entertainment. The open arts show will feature local community art submissions. The featured art show was an curated exhibit of the ongoing “Activate Vacant” art project organized by the South El Monte Arts Posse. Live music and entertainment played throughout the day and well into the night, as the cafe also housed artistic vendors.

 

 

RiT Center, a local non-profit focusing on the holistic wellness of the person, in cooperation  with Trunk Trends Fashions Boutique, collaborated with galleRoy @  to host an artistic event curated by Roy Anthony Shabla that housed a featured artist gallery, a live music and performance stage curated by Gabriel Armenta hosting over 10 bands, and interactive elements for an event entitled “I am Awake In The Garden of Dreams”. Folks attending were encouraged to dress up as their favorite deity, 50 gift bags were raffled off to various guests, and refreshments were provided. An after hours artwalk event also took place with DJs spinning and crowds dancing. 

 

 

Francisco’s Hall (formerly the Fabric Shop) sponsored a group art exhibition of SGV artists and LA wide concert tour that together, took part in creating an artistic space full of art, poetry, music, and other performances at the former Fabric Shop locale in Old Town La Puente. The group exhibition featured an interactive art installation and experience, live graffiti art, photography and mixed media, as well avant garde traditional art on canvas. Live music, as well as a tour stop for Poetry Palooza, a LA wide touring concert of poetry, music, and art organized by the ZZyZx WriterZ group.  This event featured local La Puente poets, artists, and musicians.

 


Blazin’ PC Computer Repair  hosted a solo art show  entitled Into the Mind of Mark Gleason, which featured an Art Gallery, live performances, and live art.

 

Tic Tac Restaurant,  an Old Town La Puente local restaurant, hosted the a solo art exhibition featuring the works of Kiki Reina.

 

 The La Puente branch of the LA County Library hosted a children’s sidewalk chalk art program that was organized by members of the La Puente Library and the East Valley Boys and Girls Club.

Rocket Roasters Coffee Company, an upcoming Old Town La Puente café, opened their doors and hosted a featured artist gallery that also hosted several live music and performance sets by local musicians and acts. Attendees and participants in this event will be filmed and broadcast via web podcast to make this event interactive for all present at the event, and those interested from afar.

One Hour Taxes hosted “La Puente’s Got Talent” a talent showcase and competition that put music, dance, and performance on display at the Twin Palms Recovery Center vendor/booth area.

The La Puente Senior Center housed an exhibition of art work submitted by La Puente Senior center attendees.

The Scrap Book Café hosted an interactive scrap book workshop that welcomed all walk ins to participate in creating unique take home art projects.

Vinyl Saurs Records hosted a bring your own vinyl event, where attendees who bring their favorite record will be able to play a side for common enjoyment as well enjoy additional discounts on records, t-shirts, and other memorabilia.

Twin Palms Recovery Center hosted over 20 vendors of arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, and other items. There was also DJ Mike Mercado who provided live music and on site broadcasting throughout the event.


UPMA! La Puente Artwalk ran from 1pm to 10pm on Saturday August 18th, 2012 in Old Town La Puente between Glendora Ave and Stimson Ave, along Main St, 1st and 2nd Streets. 

Arts Crawl to have ‘Visions and Voices of the Valley’

The Nuvein Foundation, in association with the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, and the South Pasadena Arts Council are proud to present an event that highlights some of the artistic vision, lyrical melody, and poetic imagination that help build the SGV arts, music, and poetry scene.

Part music concert, improv, open mic, dance and theatre performance, and all fun, this event will unite multiple artforms to create an artistic showcase that is sure to delight, inspire, and awe audiences.

The showcase will unfold as part of the July 14th edition of the South Pasadena Art Crawl. Visions and Voices of the Valley will feature:

An interactive poetry open mic for poets and lovers of poetry hosted by Mike thePoet Sonksen. 6pm – 630pm

A double featured reading with poets representing the West and East portions of the San Gabriel Valley; with Don Kingfisher Campbell for the West SGV and John Brantingham for East SGV. 6:30pm – 7pm

A music feature by singer-songwriter Tisa Adamson,  a music and art prodigy of Greek and Mexican heritage, who has opened for Romeo Void, X, Motels, Fear and others. She went on to play as part of a duo with Ché Zuro for 15 years. Recently, Tisa has been writing, singing and performing with local musicians and friends Brie Darling and Randy Mitchell.  7pm-8pm

An improvisational performance by the Detour Comedy Improv from the Metamorphosis Theatre Company. The Detour Improv Comedy is the brainchild of Metamorphosis Theatre Company, resident company of the Fremont Centre Theatre. 8pm- 9pm

For more details go here for the Nuvein Facebook event page.
OR
here for the event description by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

 

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.

 

2011 Dia De Los Muertos – Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE SECOND ANNUAL EL MONTE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATES THE
FAMOUS DAY OF THE DEAD WITH A PAGEANTRY OF ALTAR CREATIONS,
COLORFUL TRADITIONS, ENTERTAINMENT AND MORE

EL MONTE, CA (September 2011) – The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts presents the 2nd annual El Monte Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, October 29 from 12 pm until 5 pm at The Valley Mall, 10933 Valley Mall in El Monte. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend the free Day of the Dead Celebration making it the largest event in El Monte’s history.

The all day, family festival will showcase more than 50 beautiful decorated altars created by local award-winning artists. Adding to the tapestry of color, calacas, paper mache masks, and papel picado displays will adorn the street showcasing the rich culture and mystic beauty of one Mexico’s most popular holidays.  Event attendees have the opportunity to purchase unique items to take home from some of Southern California’s most gifted artists.

In addition, a Galleria de los Muertos exhibit will explore the rituals of the Day of the Dead that venerates and celebrates the dearly departed.  Death was considered a passage to a new life to the indigenous people of Mexico.

Throughout the free celebration, attendees can enjoy a variety of dance performances including Aztec dances by Danza Cuautemoc Baldwin Park and Danza Azteca Kalpulli tlatekuhtli, as well as fusion hip hop by popular dance ensemble Studio Danza Dancers, and vibrant folklorico by Ballet Folklorico de Colores. Los Angeles emerging and established spoken word poets will add to the colorful celebration performing throughout the day.  The spoken word will also be showcased at the Poets Corner/Rincon de Poesia where poets will gather and read their richly colorful poems paying homage to the dead.

The festival will also host a large children’s area which includes various children’s arts and activities.  Gourmet traditional Mexican dishes will be sold, giving visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in Mexican cuisine.

The 2nd annual El Monte Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration for All Souls Day commemorates the spirit and memory of the dead; as well as the joy of living. The event is a high-spirited affair that celebrates local art, music, and dance. The focus of El Monte Dia de los Muertos is to provide a cultural platform that showcases art and is accessible to all.

For more information on the 2nd Annual El Monte Dia De Los Muertos visit:
http://nuvein.org/dia-de-los-muertos/
OR
call the Nuvein Foundation at 626.600.2780.

Event Day Highlights include:

  • Five-hours of culturally rich programming from top Southern California artists
  • Award-winning spoken word performances by: Mike the Poet, Radomir V. Luza, Rick Stepp-Bollin, Christopher Trevilla, and Kimberly Cobian
  • Over 50 artists showcasing unique art works, traditional songs, stories and dance highlighting Mexican culture including a Galleria de los Muertos
  • Over 50 Dia De Los Muertos – Paper Mache skulls created by local area middle school children

Artwork by Javier Hernandez.