January – February 2013 Events


Assembling the Pieces: Reconstructing Memory & Hybrid Identity 
New Work by Tessie Barrera-Scharaga and Samuel Rodriguez
 Exhibition | January 16 – March 16, 2013

MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana is pleased to present Assembling the Pieces: Reconstructing Memory & Hybrid Identity, featuring new work by San Jose-based artists Tessie Barrera-Scharaga and Samuel Rodriguez. The work presented in Assembling the Pieces address themes of transformation, identity, memory, and the human experience. Barrera-Scharaga and Rodriguez are among San Jose’s most industrious and innovative artists; this exhibition highlights their significant contributions to our artistic landscape. Gallery Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday, 12pm to 7pm
Friday & Saturday, 12pm to 5pm 
and by special appointment
Free Admission. MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana 
510 South First Street (in between William & Reed Streets) 
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 998-ARTE

Project One Gallery Presents:
BADASS : René Garcia, Jr. Solo Exhibition | January 2 – February 2

René Garcia, Jr. returns to Project One with a new collection of sensational glitter works that celebrate the iconography of awesomeness. “Badass” is an unmistakable state of being defined by attitude, audacity, and authenticity. It is a title hard- earned, reserved for the strong. Don’t be fooled by poseurs. By employing familiar, craft based techniques, René invites an immediate connection to his work through shared experience. That everyone, at some point in their lives, has made something fun with a little Elmer’s glue and glitter is the foundation upon which he expands his art. Employing a heavy dose of optimism and a penchant for the unquestionably awesome , René exploits proven gimmicks in an earnest attempt to dazzle. In a culture where reproduction is easy and accessible, he makes meticulously handcrafted work that is deliberately unique by design. His work demands interface and panders to the viewer. You might want to touch it. You may even want to lick it.René Garcia, Jr. is a full-time artist, father, idea man and all around bon vivant. As his work continues to gain popularity throughout the universe, San Francisco remains his home and primary source of inspiration. He has been a resident artist with Project One since its inception. Gallery hours:
11am—5pm. Location: Project One Gallery
251 Rhode Island
San Francisco CA 
94103. http://p1sf.com/events/badass-solo-exhibition-by-rene-garcia-jr/

smoke signals: viviendo pa’ la ciudad
| Now – February 7

William Cordova works in installation, performance, sculpture, film, photography, and drawing. He focuses on architecture and landscapes, and reconstructs, reconsiders, and reconnects past events to reveal their relevancy in today’s social climate. Creating ephemeral monuments, Cordova sees the visual arts as a platform for discussing our common experiences, needs, and struggles. Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
 701 Mission St
 San Francisco, CA 94103. http://ybca.org/william-cordova-smoke-signals#artist_bio

2013 Ella Program Application Submission | January 7- February 8

Are you, or do you know a young Latina age 18-­‐26 who wants to make an impact in our community? The Engaged Latina Leadership Activist (ELLA) program is designed to increase the leadership abilities of local Latinas and provide them with opportunities to learn about themselves and issues impacting Latinas locally and statewide. In 2013, the LCSV Board of Directors will select 16 applicants to participate in this one-­‐of-­‐a-­‐kind program that includes:
.Leadership Retreat in Ben Lomond, CA;
.Latina Action Day in Sacramento, CA;
.Series of Civic Engagement Sessions & Special Projects;
.and Latina Coalition luncheons and networking opportunities.This is a wonderful opportunity for young Latinas to gain valuable civic engagement knowledge and meet other Latina leaders from various walks of life who are making an impact in our communities today. ENGAGED LATINA LEADERSHIP ACTIVISTS 
To learn more about the ELLA Program or to download an application, go to 
 Application deadline is Friday, February 8, 2013

15th Annual Celebration Of Dia De Los Tres Reyes Magos | January 12 & 14

Join the fun at the Children’s Discovery Museum for a Three Kings Day party, complete with Rosca de Reyes bread, papel picado crafts, community performers, and appearances by the Three Kings. Sat: 10am-5pm Sun: 12pm-5pm. Location: Organization: Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose 95110. Ticket Information: Museum Admission: $11-$12. http://www.cdm.org/index.asp?f=1

Financial Planning Workshop Hatching A Nest Egg | January 16

Are you wondering about transitioning from asset accumulation to retirement distribution? Have you heard of sequence of return risk and how it affects your first five years of retirement? Do you know from what account to take distribution first in retirement, when to start taking Social Security and how to make sure your capital will last a lifetime? Attend this workshop to learn financial strategies. This workshop will be led by an experienced Certified Financial Planner, a member of the Financial Planning Association. Location: Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Avenue, Campbell 95008. Free. http://www.sccl.org/locations/hours-and-locations/campbell/news

Third Thursday: SJMade And GoGo Craft | January 17

For one night only, San Jose Made (SJMADE) will gather a small group of its independent makers in San Jose Museum of Art’s lobby for a SJMADE Mini Mart. Visitors may also make up-cycled cup cozies or t-shirt bracelets with the help of mobile crafting workshop GoGo Craft. Admission to the workshop and galleries is just $5 after 5pm (free for members). Admission to the SJMADE Mini Mart is free. GoGo Craft is a mobile crafting workshop that provides exciting and accessible make-and-take projects for participants at all skill levels. It will offer two different projects on January 17. Visitors will learn how to make a sweater into a cup cozy or to turn an old t-shirt into a new bracelet. Both projects are no-sew and designed for crafters of any level. Materials and instruction is provided. Visitors may bring their own t-shirt to up-cycle or use one provided. Location: San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S Market Street, San Jose 95113. Ticket Information: $5 SJMA Members: Free. http://www.sanjosemuseumofart.org

In The Heights | January 17 – 19

“In the Heights” tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood–a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. “In the Heights” is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals. Location: Santa Clara High School Performing Arts Center, 3000 Benton Street, Santa Clara 95051. Ticket Information: General admission: $15 for Adults $10 for Children (8th grade and under). http://www.startingarts.com/programs/dream-team-dt2/

My Beloved World – Sonia Sotomayor, Author And Supreme Court Justice | January 28

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. Sonia Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1976 and from Yale Law School in 1979. She worked as an assistant district attorney in New York and then at the law firm of Pavia & Harcourt. From 1992 to 1998, she served as a judge of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and from 1998 to 2009 on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; she assumed this role on August 8, 2009. Join her for an unforgettable evening. 7:00 pm. Location: Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City 94063. Ticket Information: $20, http://www.foxrwc.com

Suzanne Vega | February 9

With seven studio albums, a Grammy Award, and three additional nominations to her credit, Vega is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation. She has created an international sensation with poetic lyrics and exquisite melodies. She opened the door for a new cohort of neo-folk singer-songwriters, such as Tracy Chapman and Sarah McLachlan. Her latest album, “Beauty and Crime,” is a love letter to her hometown of New York City. Location: Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga 95070. 8pm. Ticket Information: $33-$42. http://www.montalvoarts.org

Program One Don Quixote Ballet | February 15-17

Ballet San Jose’s Program One is the company premiere of “Don Quixote.” Based on an episode from Miguel de Cervantes’ famous novel, “Don Quixote de la Mancha,” the story follows its title hero, a middle-aged country gentleman absorbed with tales of chivalry, who sets out to defend virtue and punish those who violate the code of honor. With his servant Sancho Panza as his armor-bearer, he travels to Barcelona, only to mistake Kitri, an innkeeper’s daughter who is in love with a barber, for his dream-lover Dulcinea. A dance-packed feast of comedy, drama, romance, intrigue, betrayal, and fantasy, Minkus’ rousing score endows each scene with rich atmosphere. Fri: 8pm Sat: 1:30pm, 8pm Sun: 1:30pm. Location: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose 95113. Ticket Information: $21-$105. http://www.balletsj.org/index1.html

Laughing Matters With The Second City | February 16

In this time of economic uncertainty, political gridlock, and reality TV run amok, laughter has never mattered more. The Second City, Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy troupe, is here to bring some much-needed silliness to a world in serious need of comic relief. “Laughing Matters” features some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from The Second City’s fifty-two-year history. 8 pm. Ticket Information: $36-$45. Location: Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga 95070. http://www.montalvoarts.org

George Lopez Comedy Show | February 16

George Lopez
 At The Warfield, San Francisco. Show time: 8:00pm
Door time: 7:00pm
Age: All Ages+. TICKETS: 

Alma De Mexico Featuring Los Lupenos De San Jose – Music And Dance Concert | February 16

Alma de Mexico is a collage of dance and music illuminating the tapestry of the Mexican celebratory tradition. The concert marks the return of Dr. Susan Cashion, company co-founder, as Co-Artistic Director of the Lupenos with Marco Chavez, after an absence of thirty years.The Lupenos will perform dance suites from the states of Veracruz and Jalisco, as well as the famed Danza de los Viejitos from Pascuaro. All of these dance suites will be accompanied by the Mariachi Alegre directed by Esteban Zapiain and el Conjunto Jarocho DiaPa’Son directed by Maria de la Rosa. Grupo Folklorico Luna y Sol de San Jose State directed by Itza Sanchez and Los Lupenos Grupo Juvenil directed by Malena Vega will also join in the celebration by presenting works from the north of Mexico–Tamaulipas and Chihuahua respectively. 2pm, 8pm. Location: School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Plaza, San Jose 95116. Ticket Information: $7.50-$20. http://www.mhcviva.org/events/detail/2013-02-16-Los-Lupenos-Showcase-Performance.html

Cristela Alonzo | February 22-24

Once upon a time, Cristela Alonzo started doing stand up in Dallas, TX. She moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and got her first break in 2006 when she was hired to write for a Comedy Central show. In 2007, she was featured on Comedy Central’s “Live At Gotham.” She was also a semifinalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2010. Alonzo appeared on Showtime’s “Legally Brown,” a stand-up special featuring a diverse collection of comedians, and was on Gabriel Iglesias’ “Stand Up Revolution” on Comedy Central. Aside from stand-up, you might have also caught her on an episode of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.” Alonzo has also won awards for short films she’s written, including Best Film at the Boston Comedy Festival for “TGIF: The Musical” and had one of her sketches named Latina.com’s “Five Funniest Sketches Of The Decade.” Fri: 8pm, 10pm Sat: 7pm, 9pm Sun: 7pm. Location: Improv Comedy Club, 62 S 2nd Street, San Jose 95113. Ticket Information: $15-$17 Two-item minimum Ages 21+. http://sanjose.improv.com/showListCalendar.cfm

Cinequest Film Festival | February 26 – March 10

Located in San Jose, California, Silicon Valley. Named a Top 10 Film Festival and Best Digital Film Festival by the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, Cinequest provides the finest discovery bastion of international film premieres, breakthrough technology, artists and innovators. http://www.cinequest.org/film-festival