Event Calendar May 2015


Featured Events:

Image courtesy of America Jimenez de Lara.

Image courtesy of America Jimenez de Lara.

“AMERICA TODAY” Artworks by America Jimenez de Lara | 5/21-6/14

America Jimenez de Lara was born and raised in Mexico’s beautiful countryside.A graduate from UC Berkeley with a BA in Arts with emphasis in mixed media (oils, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, photography) as well as creative writing and ceramics, America decided to leave the corporate world in 2012, to pursue her passion as an artist and become an advocate for Culture and Education. She launched and is CEO of Global America which promotes a “Cultural Renaissance”. Recently merging Global America with CandleLight to create a Gallery and Studio that will allow for a stronger growth and impact in the arts. America has also remained part of different Latino Organizations in the Bay such as UC Berkeley Chicano Latino Alumni Association, Hispanic Scholarship Fund; Alumni Mentor Program, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Alameda County, Las Comadres, World Trade Partners, ALPFA and is also the Director of Cultural Activities for LAM-NETWORK.COM. ARTIST RECEPTION 5/21/15 (6-9pm) PAYNE MANSION HOTEL (1409 Sutter Street SF, CA). Tickets are free, register at http://bit.ly/1KSPII0

Latina Success Network (LSN) – “The Power of YOU” | 5/30

LatinaSuccessNetworkLogoLatina Success Network (LSN): “The Power of YOU,” is a one day professional and self-development workshop that will bring together Latina professionals and entrepreneurs in a community of authentic learning and growth. In this very interactive workshop, tailored with your unique cultural needs for leadership and self-development, you will walk away with more confidence, get over your fear of failure and get real tools you can start implementing immediately, no matter where you are in your journey. Participants will also engage in a unique opportunity to connect with other Latina professionals and entrepreneurs, network and share their stories and journeys. From 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT). Tickets: Students $30, $69-$110. http://bit.ly/1zSzk9T

ZOOT SUIT a play by Luis Valdez | 4/23-5/2

It was written by famous playwright and director, Luis Valdez, a 1963 alumnus of the university, and will be directed by his son, Kinan Valdez. Debuting in 1979, Zoot Suit was the first Chicano play on Broadway.  The story shines a spotlight on a wave of racial injustice and disharmony that swept across Los Angeles in the early 1940s.   The plot is a fictionalized version of real-life events — sparked by the so-called Sleepy Lagoon murder trial — and centers around Henry Reyna, better known as the zoot suiter El Pachuco.  On his last night of freedom before beginning his Naval service, Reyna and his “gang” are accused of the murder of a rival “gangster” after a party. Unfairly prosecuted, the entire group is thrown in jail for a murder they did not commit. The play is set in the barrios of Los Angeles, against the backdrop of the tumultuous Zoot Suit Riots and World War II. SHOWTIMES:    All performances at 7 p.m. Location:  University Theatre, 220 E. San Fernando St., San Jose, Ca. 95192 TICKETS: Students   $10, General Admission  $20 Available on line at www.sjsu.edu/trft and at the door

Dia de La Chamba by Sonido Clash | 5/1

Location: San Jose Back Bar, 418 S Market St. Doors @ 9:00pm – 21 and over | Tickets $5/$10 @ the Door Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/649442311822605/

Trio Sol de Mexico – Concert on the Plaza | 5/1

The City of Mountain View Community Services Department proudly presents Concerts on the Plaza! The concert series will take place on the first Friday of the month. Join your friends and neighbors, and bring your blanket or lawn chair down to the Civic Center Plaza for a variety of musical performances. In addition to the music, there will be food trucks, a “Pop Up Park” area for children and for adults, beer and wine. This week features music by Trio Sol de Mexico. 6pm-7:30pm Location: Mountain View Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View 94040 Ticket Information: Free http://www.mountainview.gov/depts/cs/events/plazaevents.asp

ArtSpots Willow Glen | 5/2-5/3

Join us for the First Annual ArtSpots Willow Glen–a sidewalk art show along Lincoln Avenue. Stroll the tree-lined sidewalks of Lincoln Avenue between Willow and Minnesota, while enjoying the work of more than 60 high-caliber artists from throughout the state. Artists will showcase their creativity in a variety of mediums: fine art, ceramics, mixed media, glass, photography, jewelry, and much more. Hosted by the Willow Glen Business Association, this event will allow attendees to meet the artists, while browsing and purchasing unique and original works of art at this first-time event. Enjoy this celebration of art while strolling the streets of charming downtown Willow Glen, one of San Jose’s local treasures. Sat, Sun: 10am-5pm Location: ArtSpots Willow Glen, Lincoln Avenue and Willow Street San Jose 95125. Ticket Information: Free. http://www.mlaproductions.com/

Charlotte’s Web 3/28-5/9

Explore a magical barnyard world at the Arable farm, where animals talk and miracles happen. This story of courage and friendship, based on E.B. White’s touching novel of a lovable pig named Wilbur and a kind spider named Charlotte, has inspired readers for decades. This production is suggested for grades K-5.  Location: Sunnyvale Community Center Theatre, 550 E Remington Avenue, Sunnyvale 94087. Ticket Information: $15 at the door $13 in advance. http://www.ctcinc.org/YoungAudiencePerformances.html

Drop Dead! | 5/1-5/9

The Crystal Springs Players present this hilarious farce written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore and directed by Robert Berger. Impaired actors suffer in a murder-mystery-within-a-murder-mystery play. Chaos reigns. Location: Crystal Springs United Methodist Church,  2145 Bunker Hill Drive, San Mateo 94402. Ticket Information: $20 for regular $18 for seniors and students http://www.csumchurch.com/

Ho’oku’i Outrigger Canoe Club 1st Annual Luau | 5/9

Ho’oku’i Outrigger Canoe Club is pleased to be hosting our first annual luau! There will be Ono Hawaiian food, raffle prizes, instant luau photos, Hawaiian music, and hula and Tahitian performances. The entertainment line-up will include: Joel Dela Merced, soloist Hawaiian singer; Patrick Landeza, slack key guitarist; Vai Hau Nui, Tahitian halau; and Hula Halau O Pi’ilani. Location: Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View 94043 Ticket Information: $40 at the door $30 for pre-sale. Free for children under 3. http://www.hookuiocc.com/

2015 Wine Stroll Experience | 5/9

Local wine, sweet and savory gourmet bites, raffle and door prizes, and more are all yours when participating in the 2015 Saratoga Wine Stroll Experience. Over 24 local winery representatives will have tasting sites setup in a variety of businesses along Big Basin Way. Special wine tasting of reserve wines, free Saratoga chocolate truffles, a raffle prize, a door prize, and more make this event very special. 2:30pm-6pm. Location: Saratoga Village, Big Basin Way & 5th Street , Saratoga 95070. Ticket Information: $45 ($40 prior to 5/9) http://www.saratogachamber.org/

Haiku in the Teahouse | 5/9

Come enjoy a poetry reading of haiku and related forms. Featured poets are the current and past presidents of the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society. An informal, open reading of the same forms will follow. Free, docent-led tours of Kelley Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden will also be available before the event, between 11:00am and noon. Pre-event garden tours are available from 11:00am to noon. Location: Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose 95112. Ticket Information: Free

Evita | 5/1-5/16

Don’t miss Andrew Lloyd Weber’s rock opera based on the life of Eva Peron. This production is in collaboration with Christopher High School and stars professional actress Lexie Dorsett Sharp in the title role of Evita. Location: Gavilan College Theatre, 5055 Santa Teresa Boulevard, Gilroy 95020. Ticket Information: $20 at the door $15 in advance $12 for students and seniors http://www.gavilan.edu/pio/Theater.html

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 The Secret of the Ooze (1991) – Cult Movie Series | 5/14-5/16

The turtles find out where the Ooze, the substance which made them mutate, came from. Unfortunately, Shredder learns about it, too, and uses it to enhance himself. So the turtles have to prove again who’s the better ninja fighter. Directed by David Pressman, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” stars Paige Turco, David Warner, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden, Kenn Scott, Mark Caso, Kevin Clash, Ernie Reyes, Jr., and Francois Chau. This film is rated PG. Thurs: 9:30pm Sat: 12am. Location: Camera 3, 288 S 2nd Street, San Jose 95113. Ticket Information: $7.50 http://www.cameracinemas.com/midnight.shtml

MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana 25th Anniversary Celebration and Art Auction | 5/16 

This long-running and popular auction of the best contemporary art from Bay Area, national, and international Latino artists coincides with the celebration of MACLA’s 25th anniversary as one of the leading community arts centers in the West Coast. This year’s auction reflects the breadth of visual arts media for which MACLA is known. It includes New York-based photographers Remy Amezcua and Dulce Pinzón; multi-media/mixed-media artists Carmen Argote, Cristina Velásquez, Linda Vallejo, and Yvonne Escalante; muralists Juana Alicia and Wayne Alaniz Healy; Bay Area printmaker Melanie Cervantes; glass artist Jaime Guerrero, and much more. The auction welcomes both experienced and first-time collectors and consists of a Loteria (a raffle of donated art pieces at the gallery) and a live auction of selected work. Auction proceeds support MACLA’s programs in the visual arts, performing & literary arts, youth arts education; and, community development through the arts, which reach over 30,000 people annually.  Collectors can preview the artwork on sale during gallery hours. The preview is free and open to the public. For more information: (408) 998-2783 6 pm Doors open; 7 pm Live Auction; 8:15 pm Loteria; 9-11 pm Celebration. Location: MACLA, Downtown San Jose. Tickets on sale at http://bit.ly/1EMrtXT

Juerga Flamenca | 5/23

The Flamenco Society of San Jose will host “Juerga Flamenca” (Flamenco Jam Session) with arrangements composed of dance, song, guitar, and percussion, highlighting the passion and beauty of flamencos. A great cast of flamenco artists will be showcased, including: Koko de la Isla, dance; Roberto Zamora, singer; and Ricardo Diaz, guitarist. There will also be special guest apperances by various other artists. Location: Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose 95126 Ticket Information: $12-$19. http://www.theflamencosociety.org/

Bomba Workshop with Live Music | 3/18-5/27

MACLA hosts Aguacero’s artistic director Shefali Shah as she teaches this exciting Bomba class. Bomba originated in Puerto Rico and is a high energy dance with a strong relationship to drumming and rhythm. Students will learn traditions, basic steps, postures, and musical executions or “piquetes” of Bomba dance and rhythms from the Santurce and Loiza regions of Puerto Rico. The series also introduces partner dancing and connecting percussion and song, as they are interconnected and inseparable from Bomba dance. The classes are enhanced by live music by Bay Area percussionist Ali “Choco” Luna. Location: MACLA, 510 S 1st Street , San Jose 95113. Ticket Information: $15 for a single class $120 for the 8-class series.http://maclaarte.org/programs/community-arts/

Jose Clemente Orozco (art exhibit) | 4/28-5/31

One of the esteemed Los Tres Grandes Mexican muralists, José Clemente Orozco (1881 – 1949) is best known for monumental fresco cycles that present dramatic, epic narratives.Yet throughout his life, Orozco was also an avid draftsman who had a masterful understanding of the musculature and the inherent expressiveness of the human body.This exhibition includes twenty-three figure studies generously loaned by the Michael Wornick Collection. Many of them have never been exhibited before. Location: 110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113, Cost: $ 5.00 Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 AM–5 PM. Adults: $8; Student, senior, youth: $5; Free for SJMA members and children six and under. http://sjmusart.org/exhibition/orozco/introduction

17th Annual Latino Art Now! Exhibit | 4/29-5/31

This long-running and popular exhibition, a survey of the best contemporary art from Bay Area, national, and international Latino artists, coincides with the celebration of MACLA’s 25th anniversary as one of the leading community arts centers in the West Coast. This year’s exhibition reflects the breadth of visual arts media for which MACLA is known. It includes New York-based photographers Remy Amezcua and Dulce Pinzón; multi-media/mixed-media artists Carmen Argote, Cristina Velásquez, Linda Vallejo, and Yvonne Escalante; muralists Juana Alicia and Wayne Alaniz Healy; Bay Area printmaker Melanie Cervantes; glass artist Jaime Guerrero, and much more. Hours: Wednesday & Thursday: 12—7 p.m.,Friday & Saturday: 12—5 p.m.
And by special appointment. Free admission. Location: MACLA, 510 South First Street, San Jose http://maclaarte.org/programs/visual-arts/

Existe lo que Tiene Nombre: Contemporary Photography in Mexico | 4/29-5/31

Guest-curated by Sergio de la Torre and Javier Ramírez Limón, featuring the diverse work of 22 contemporary Mexican photographers, both emerging and established. It addresses the question of how photos influence our understanding of reality, photographers in this exhibition explore the central issue surrounding photographic representation of the subject. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm, and on Sundays from 12pm-5pm. Location: 2857 24th St (At Bryant), San Francisco, California 94110 http://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2015/04/13/many-stories-to-tell-in-contemporary-mexican-photography/