Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day of The Dead Art

Calaca Cultural Center in partnership with Bragg’ Pie Factory Presents:
“Caminos de la Muerte”
Part of the CALACA Seventh Annual Dia de los Muertos
Calaca Community Gallery Project

When: October 7th, to November 18th, 2011

Opening Reception: First Friday October 7th 6pm to 10pm
Location: Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 NW Grand Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007 (12th Ave. and Grand)

Exhibition will also be open to the public on:
3rd Friday October 21st, (6-10pm)
1st Friday November 4th (6-10pm)
Closing Reception: November 18th (6-9pm)

About the Exhibition
“Caminos de la Muerte” - will showcase various depictions of Day of the Dead art, ofrendas, nichos, altars, installations and other type of art that depicts a traveling theme.

Featuring: visual artists, altar makers, nicho, cajita and retablo makers, including Dia de los Muertos animation videos. *Curators: Marco Albaran and Ruben Galicia.

Sponsors and Exhibit Partners: Bragg’s Pie Factory (gallery space), Zopilote E-News, El Quinto Sol and others.

For more information: info@calaca.com or check our web site www.calaca.org

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Art Show!

Calaca Cultural Center in partnership with Shemer Art Center and Museum Presents:
Part of CALACA Community Gallery Series
At the
Shemer Art Center and Museum
5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, Az 85018

Exhibition Dates:
October 27th to November 29th, 2011
*Opening Receptions: Thursday 3rd (7pm to 9pm)

About the Exhibition:
“Impresiones en Papel” – Prints from regional Latino and Chicano artists, including print collections of local and regional arts organizations such as: of Xico Inc., the ASU Hispanic Research Center, and Cuervo Studios. This exhibition will include a number of historic prints made in the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, and early 2000’s and will include current prints by local and regional Latino and Chicano artists. Some of these prints were created by renowned printmaking cooperatives such as Self-Help Graphics, the Royal Chicano Air Force and others.

Featuring Artists and Print Collections: Damian Charrette, David Manje, Martin Moreno, Reggie Casillas, Gabriela Munoz, Cristina Cardenas, Armondo Williams, Ruben Galicia, Oliverio Balcells, Lauren Yanez, Jesus Cruz, Diana Calderon, Cosme Cordova, and print collections from the ASU Hispanic Research Center, Xico Inc. Lenne Eller Collection, Tortuga Press and Studio, and Cuervo Studio.

Curatorial Team: is a collaboration between the CALACA Cultural Center and the Shemer Art Center and Museum. Exhibit Curators: Marco Albarran, Director of Calaca Cultural Center and Jocelyn Hanson, Executive Director of the Shemer Art Center and Museum, Co-Curator: Martin Moreno, master print maker and owner of Cuervo Studios.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kalimba Open House

Kalimba Magic Open Houses:
October 15 1-5pm, November 12 1-5pm , December 10 12-3pm

Here is a great paradox: Kalimba Magic has had 1.4 million video views on YouTube, and is the world-wide number one destination on the web for kalimba information, yet people in Tucson hardly know I'm still breathing!
The Kalimba Club
The Tucson Kalimba Club, c 2006
Tucson, Tucson, Tucson! Kalimba Magic is a huge resource for you!
I invite you to come by this Saturday, Oct 15, anytime 1-5pm. Why?

Impromptu Kalimba Lesson
See our Great New AMI Marimbas (see below)
Try on a kalimba for size
Early Christmas Shopping
Talk about African Music and Kalimbas
Jam and have fun!

Bring your guitar, your old out-of-tune kalimba (I'll tune it up for you), but do come! We are at 775 S Irving Ave, 85711, in Tucson. Call (520) 488-7641 if you need more info, or reply to this email.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Call for artists!


Mascaras del Muerto & Caminos de la Muerte
(**SEND ALL INFO INQUIRIES TO info@calaca.org)

Option #1 ( )
Seventh Annual CALACA Dia de los Muertos

“Mascaras del Muerto ”

*Art Exhibit Dates: September 30th to January 8th, 2011

DEADLINE to tell us if you are interested in participating: August 21st
(***Please send us your concepts, ideas, images of existing pieces by this day)

Where will the exhibition be??
at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park,
1300 N. College, Tempe, AZ (NW corner of College and Curry)

We are looking for Artists, and Community members that would like to participate by making depictions of Day of the Dead masks, mask making, mask art, inspired mask altars, nichos, and ofrendas. for our 7th annual Day of the Dead exhibition at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park. If you, or someone you know would be interested in participating, please make sure you submit all information by deadlines below. This year’s exhibition theme is Mascaras or Masks, We are accepting submissions on that theme only. Feel free to contact us for any questions related to this exhibit.

Option #2 ( )

“Caminos de la Muerte ”
In conjunction with the Second Annual “Viaje de los Muertos” Dia de los Muertos Exchange Project
Featuring Artists from: CALACA and Division 9 Gallery (Riverside, CA)

October 7th to November 18th, 2011

DEADLINE to tell us if you are interested in participating: August 27th
at info@calaca.org (***Please send us your concepts, ideas, images of existing pieces by this day)

Where will the exhibition be?:
Bragg’s Pie Factory 1301 Grand Ave., Phoenix, Az (12th Ave and Grand)

We are looking for Day of the Dead artists and participants that would be interested in making depictions of art for this year’s CALACA theme at the Bragg’s Pie Factory location, “Caminos de la Muerte (Roads of the Dead)” exhibition. That includes depictions of art of all mediums, installations, altars, nichos, retablos, ofrendas, and other types of art that would have a traveling theme to it. *Feel free to contact us for any questions related to this exhibit at info@calaca.org .

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Call for Artists!


for our
Seventh Annual CALACA Dia de los Muertos

“Mascaras del Muerto ”

*Art Exhibit Dates: September 30th to January 8th, 2011

Reception: Friday September 30th (6pm to 9pm), 2011
Where?? at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park,
1300 N. College, Tempe, AZ (NW corner of College and Curry)

We are LOOKING FOR ARTISTS, that means YOU!!!
We are looking for Artists, and Community members that would like to participate by making depictions of Day of the Dead masks, mask making, mask art, inspired mask altars, nichos, and ofrendas. for our 7th annual Day of the Dead exhibition at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park. If you, or someone you know would be interested in participating, please make sure you submit all information by deadlines below. This year’s exhibition theme is Mascaras or Masks, We are accepting submissions on that theme only. Feel free to contact us for any questions related to this exhibit.

DEADLINE to tell us if you are interested in participating: August 21st
(***Please send us your concepts, ideas, images of existing pieces by this day)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Agree or Disagree...At Least Someone Is Taking Action

Come Celebrate Baja Arizona With Start Our State

Tucson, Arizona - June 14th, 2011 - On Saturday, July 2nd, the southern Arizona independence initiative called "Start Our State" will host the first annual Baja Arizona Independence Day celebration with live music, food, voter registration, petition signing, and informal information sessions so that voters can learn what the effort is all about.

Scheduled to perform at the event are local standouts Gabe Sullivan and Taraf de Tucson, Tom Walbank, Silverbell, Seashell Radio, and Yardsale Heart.

Attendees can also expect various speakers, including Start Our State's chairs Paul Eckerstrom and Peter Hormel, along with voter registration and information on the Start Our State movement. We will also be collecting signatures to get our initiative on the Pima county ballot for the November 2012 elections.

Things get started at the Rialto at 5:00pm, with a suggested donation of $10, or $5 for new registrants/petition signers.

For more information, please drop a note to startourstate@gmail.com or check the Start Our State website (http://startourstate.com/) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/startourstate)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Expect a tear jerker...

Sat. May 28th 7:30pm
at The Trunk Space

WHO: A Moment of Light by Perry Allen
WHAT: Examining a year in the life of a family with 2 children, one dying from Cancer.
WHERE: The Trunk Space, 1506 NW Grand Ave. 602-256-6006.
WHEN: Sat. May 28th. $6 per person.
WHY: In an exploration of life, thru tragedy.

Cally's older brother is dying and her ninth birthday is in April. Only three years old when Killian was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Cally does not remember a life without her brother's illness. Moment of Light balances between a projection of the film maker's own childhood sibling loss and that of the subject. For one year, we are invited into Cally's world; a place where imagination and expression challenge loss, and the bonds of family and community allow laughter in the face of tragedy.

Director’s Statement:
Since I was a child it was expected that everything I produce should explore my grief, which was necessary for my development in dealing with the death of my brother's death. Unfortunately, however, due to this expectation, I was never able to produce anything true. There was such an emphasis on how my brother’s death was intertwined in all my work that the work itself was always left half-realized.
If I have done anything with "Moment of Light," it has been an attempt at dissecting my personality, constitution, and identity to use my art honestly. For two years I have studied child psychology, sibling development, death in society, and artifacts from my own brother’s illness. I have interviewed historians, doctors, cemetery caretakers, and other bereaved siblings, trying to understand how this particular form of grief affects the individual. But now I don’t know if I am any wiser. I may have more questions than I started with.
The main component of this undertaking was to a film a documentary about childhood sibling bereavement. In the fall of 2008, a New York based charity agreed to help organize a way for me to incorporate a camera into the lives of a suffering family. We ultimately agreed that I would follow expressive arts therapist Rebekah Near on her rounds of in-home therapies. The following two years were vastly different than I expected and all my pre-conceived notions of art, family, and self ultimately had to be reevaluated.
I ended up filming mainly with one family, for a total of one year. The Mansfield family is Barbara and Phil, their son Killian and daughter Cally. Cally was three years old when her brother was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Now eight years old, she has few memories of living without a terribly sick older brother. From behind my lens, I began a connection with Cally. Though I did see myself in her, I was not ready for the heartache that comes when watching a young girl’s innocence fade. In August
2009, after six months of filming, Killian died.

Moment of Light:
Though the family initially betrayed all preconceived notions on how a family grieves, no story can be too sweet. As winter rolled in, I videotaped as Cally started to realize the finality of death and its effect on her family. The bitterness of the freeze did not make any of it easier.
I feel sometimes this project has been difficult on my physical and emotional stability. In analyzing this family, I have questioned much about myself and must have learned something. But what? In January 2010, I attended my fourth funeral – that of a fellow student. I had never been to the funeral of a peer and have been troubled since with how to comprehend his suicide. It has been trials like these that have made this project a total experience.
The greatest challenge in filming Moment of Light was my role in Cally’s life. I was privileged enough to be allowed into the home of a grieving family – there is an intrinsic moral question there. When constantly guarded by a video camera it is easy to remain unattached. You do not completely feel present in the situation because you are just documenting it. I feared getting to know Cally outside of the lens. Even now, I am always unsure what to say to her because our relationship has been defined by the presence of the camera. This detachment allowed me to justify the main ethical issues of my piece: the boundaries of exploitation, the nature of consent, and a child’s right to privacy. There is no denial that my presence altered Cally’s therapies and her grieving. Though it is impossible to say whether the effect was negative or positive, I am horrified to picture an aerial view of her therapy sessions – a complete stranger across the room with a trained video camera in his hands. I have spoken with the Mansfield family directly about this, but even their undying support does not always quell these thoughts.
Have I fulfilled my initial goal to strip down pretense and create something true? Not nearly…but it’s better than all my previous attempts. To think I have completed a project that rings completely true would mean I have nothing more to learn and explore. Only in a few years will I be able to see the making of Moment of Light with some perspective.
I am incredibly grateful to the Mansfield family because, selfishly, existing in their world helped to make more sense of my own. There have also been so many people who have kept me sane and helped foster my ideas into an hour-long film. It would not have been possible for me to do it alone. With their help, I have experienced how the act of creating can shake one to the core. I can only hope that as a viewer, we can share in that experience.

A MOMENT OF LIGHT is scheduled to screen Saturday May 28th at 8pm at The Trunk Space. Tickets are $6 per person, and profits will go to a family who need financial support taking their child to NYC for doctor consultations.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

If you're into this sort of thing....


Hopefuls Can Record and Submit Video Auditions
at MyStudio Locations Nationwide

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Followed by Studios in Nashville, Anchorage, Kansas City and Denver

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Sun: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

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5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir.
Tempe, AZ 85282
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Sun: 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

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1800 Galleria Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067
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Mon-Sat: 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM

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Mon-Sat: 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sun: 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

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Mon-Sat: 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sun: 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

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Sun: 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

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Monday, April 4, 2011

This looks like probably the most exciting event in quite some time!!


An Evening of Science, Music, and Connection!

PHOENIX, Arizona— On April 16th, join Dr. Bohr at THE TRUNK SPACE to learn about the latest advances in connection science! You will witness live experiments, build a connect-o-matic accelerator, meet robots, enter another dimension, and encounter intergalactic law enforcement.
An interactive performance art / theatrical / dance / musical experience, Dr. Bohr’s Secret of the Mind is a wacky, pseudo-scientific documentation that shows and explores what it means to truly connect. Informed by Sociological and Psychological examinations of loneliness and separation, it seeks to address, briefly and humorously, loneliness and connection in the human experience.
Come experience the POWER OF SCIENCE!
But really!
Admission is only 6 dollars, with all profits supporting local community service initiatives.

APRIL 16th, 7:00 pm
The Trunk Space
1506 NW Grand Ave
Phoenix, AZ