CineLatino lineup, a cultural classic of the Sacramento Film Festival

The Sacramento Film Festival (SFF) is set host their Latin infused event on the Delta King in Old Sacramento 7pm this Sunday, April 21st. This cultural favorite of the Sacramento community will feature short films produced by Mexican filmmakers, Fran Guijarro’s Mexican Cuisine, El Invento- a Giovanni Granada film, as well as Gloria Moran’s, The Unique Ladies, "world’s 1st lady low-rider car club!" Professor Dr. Jorge Santana of CSU, Sacramento notes, "This event honors and shines light on the great aspects of the Latino community, a true favorite of mine." Since its establishment in 2007, CineLatino is going on its 5th year to reflect and celebrate Chicano, Latin American, and Spanish culture through film. It also features year-round events, with its most recent film of Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me Ultima making its premiere this past February. Check out this year’s CineLatino, a true cultural event you don’t want to miss. Tickets can be purchased at Sacramentofimfestival.com.   CineLatino lineup: La nuera de don Filemón La Patrona Andrea La Mina de Oro Mexican Cuisine El Invento The Unique Ladies Editor’s note: Every Thursday we deliver a local event guide straight to your inbox, right on time to make your weekend plans. Sign me up. Disclosure: Student discounts given

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La Raza Galería Posada: After 40 years, the name and place have changed, but the heart remains the same

If you had wandered on to the new site of La Raza Galería Posada (LRGP) on the morning of its grand opening celebration, you would have seen vendors setting up, an artist in the midst of an installation, and heard a sound check in progress. Near the stage was a small group that included a poet, a local café owner and former LRGP board member, and a young student (and occasionally a community reporter). This group was not planning a performance or discussing marketing strategy, they were blowing up balloons to draw traffic to the venue. Executive Director, Marie Acosta, was directing cars, among other things. That is the sort of teamwork that exemplifies the spirit of LRGP. This year marks the 40th anniversary of La Raza Galería Posada. It began as La Raza Bookstore, on F Street between 12th and 13th streets, as an effort by students from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), with help from their professor of government, Joe Serna Jr. Their mission was to make alternative writing and writers more available, especially pertaining to the emerging Chicano movement. It quickly became a social hub for students and meeting place for activists supporting the United Farmworkers. Because many of the young people — including Jose Montoya, a Sacramento Poet Laureate emeritus – crossed between activism and art, it was a natural progression […]

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La Raza Galería Posada to move to Miller Park

The 40-year-old La Raza Galería Posada Latino arts and culture center will leave its Midtown location next month, moving to a bigger facility in Miller Park that will allow for larger indoor and outdoor events. “We hope to have our inaugural event in early or mid June, and that will be a concert in Miller Park,” said Marie Acosta, executive director of La Raza Galería Posada. “It will also be an opportunity for us to introduce the public to the site and talk about building a new building or renovating the current building.” The building is an approximately 1,800-square-foot warehouse-style structure on Front street just south of Broadway. It is double the size of the center’s Midtown location at 1022-1024 22nd St. The new building is currently used for storage of maintenance equipment, and La Raza Galería Posada will share the space. Moving to Miller Park is a partnership with the city that will allow La Raza Galería Posada to use the space without paying rent – just utilities – which will cut costs by 75 percent, Acosta said. “We love Midtown, and it’s the center of our city, but the high rent in the small space affected our ability to raise money,” she said. “It’s not possible for us to run like a business in a high-rent area.” A recent funding drive finished earlier […]

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Take a look at “Miráme” at La Raza Galería Posada

At La Raza Galería Posada, they’re always thinking about what issues or art that’s important to Latino Americans and interests that the community would like to see, according to curator Ella Diáz. Their exhibit “Miráme,” which opened Friday, did just that. “Miráme”is about self-portraits of cultural representation. When Diáz set out to put together this exhibit, she was initially going to explore aesthetic mixtures as an allegory for racial and cultural mixture. But she said that seemed too serious of a topic — too serious for the lighthearted Diáz who brought in a DJ and a karaoke machine for the opening. Diáz’s inspiration instead shifted toward the great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who evolved the self-portrait and image of self. “She modernizes art across cultural borders with the self-portrait, and I still think she’s so relevant in the way that she would constantly reconfigure herself and others on the canvas,” Diáz said. In Diáz’s eyes, the self-portrait has further evolved with the proliferation of social networking. She said self-portraits in the 21st century can be meaningful or as meaningless as the blink of an eye or a Photoshop button, or through years of painting training. She said you can virtually be anything, and it’s there for the world to see. “There’s all these conversations that are happening about the loss of the social sphere, and […]

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