Mourning and Scars : 20 Years After the War

A group exhibition by thirteen Salvadoran artists living in California and New York, including paintings, video, textile sculpture, and large-scale multimedia installations.

Mourning and Scars : 20 Years After the War
February 1 at 6:00pm until February 28 at 7:00pm

SomArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, California 94103
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Book a Week – About

Following a marathon of Netflix streaming television shows, I was left feeling a little empty.  While I appreciate the medium of television and film for storytelling, there is something about reading and imagining a particular story or topic that does not feel the same with visual media.  There was a time before meetings, writing deadlines, and teaching when reading felt like an escape, not another thing to do on a list.   Reading a book a week is a way to challenge myself to bring the joy back to reading.  Some might already do this regularly and I applaud you. For those that have fallen behind, feel like there is no time, or just gave up on reading for pleasure … join me.

For 2013,  I am challenging myself and YOU to read a book a week.

Join in and share with others what you are reading.
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Pablo Larraín’s ‘No’

Free Screening: No

Friday, January 25, 2013 | 7:30 pm

“Director Pablo Larrain concludes his trilogy on life in Chile under the dictatorial rule of General Augusto Pinochet with a haunting tale of hope and defiance through creativity. Having claimed total control of the country in a military-led coup d’etat in 1973, Pinochet only agreed to a national referendum on his leadership in 1988. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as a young advertising executive who is called by a consortium of political parties to oversee the television spots calling for Pinochet’s rule to end, the “No” campaign. Working in secrecy and under the nose of his own boss (a confidante of the general), Bernal and his conspirators are antagonized not only by the competition but also by menacing plainclothes agents. Rich in 1980s ambience and lilting to a bevy of jingles and slogans, the film’s period verisimilitude is intensified by Larrain’s bold choice to shoot entirely on U-matic tape, allowing for the real “No” and “Yes” TV ads to be interwoven seamlessly with the film’s fictionalized narrative, which was written for the screen by Pedro Peirano (The Maid). A masterful blend of noir-tinted tension and gallows humor, No transforms an archetypal David and Goliath tale into a colorful portrait of activism through mass media.”

Film Independent at LACMA
2012/color/118 min | Scr: Pedro Peirano; dir: Pablo Larrain; w/ Gael Garcia Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antónia Zegers.

Mexican Revolution Event and Exhibit

Mexican Art: Images of Protest from the Revolution & Beyond
Saturday, January 19, 2013
12:00PM to 2:00PM

View pictures and films from the Mexican Revolution and the artwork that followed.  Join the curator for a gallery talk. Enter a Diego Rivera mural on an interactive websirte. Visit Frida Kahlo’s blue house via the Internet. Play a game of Loteria based on photographs from the Central Library exhibit curated by the Getty Research Institute: A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed.

Central Library – Getty Gallery
630 West Fifth St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Ongoing Exhibit
A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed
Friday, July 8, 2011 to Saturday, February 23, 2013
Central Library, Getty Gallery

Diego Luna

Diego Luna
Shooting Reflections: Film and Social Change

Tue, Jan 29, 7:15 PM
Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library
ALOUD Library Foundation

Book a Week 1

Pancho Villa by Alejandro Quintana
CSUN Patrons –  ebook online
Community – Find at a nearby library

Pancho Villa

Los Angeles Events : Dec. 17th – Dec. 23rd

Loteria: An Interpretation of MOLAA’s Permanent Collection

December 16, 2012 – April 14, 2013
Permanent Collection Gallery
Curated by Gabriela Martínez, Curator of Education and Rebecca Horta, MOLAA’s Education Coordinator.

Event Website

Lotería, a game of chance that is popular in Mexico and resembles “Bingo,” relies upon the identification of symbols instead of numbers. The Lotería deck uses 54 images that are representative of the culture of the region in which the deck was developed. Popular images include the characters, flora, fauna and objects people see or use on a daily basis. While various decks exist, U.S. players are most familiar with the Gallo Pasatiempos deck, whose iconic images, including El Corazón (The Heart) and La Sirena (The Mermaid) are symbols that have become synonymous with Mexican identity.

In ¡Lotería!: Highlights from the Permanent Collection, the curators took objects from MOLAA’s Permanent Collection and identified what they interpreted to be their corresponding cards in the Lotería deck. Some, like La Sandía (The Watermelon) and El Valiente (The Brave One) are literal representations of the cards, while others are connected either by formal qualities or by concept. In creating a “deck” that is unique to MOLAA and its location, the curators have also identified some symbols that are representative of life in Southern California, including El Mickey (Mickey) and La Pistola (The Gun).


Check us out : Trans-Americanity

Trans-Americanity  : subaltern modernities, global coloniality, and the cultures of greater Mexico / José David Saldívar.Find at a library via

Available as an ebook for CSUN Oviatt Library Users

Check us out : From Indians to Chicanos

From Indians to Chicanos : the dynamics of Mexican-American culture / James Diego Vigil.

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Check us out : A quiet victory for Latino rights

A quiet victory for Latino rights : FDR and the controversy over “whiteness” / Patrick D. Lukens.

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