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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

POPUPHOOD


I don't even have to explain this project, just watch the video below, what a genius idea, more cities should do this. Big ups to el primo Alfonso "Kiko" Dominguez, founder of Popuphood and all the other homies involved in this project, so proud of Oakland right now... Shhhhaaauuuww!!!


Grand opening is this Friday Dec. 9th from 12-9pm, the farmers market will be happening all morning until 3pm also, so make it a day of fun the Old Oakland way... See you there homies!!!



The POPUPHOOD is a new urban initiative and small business incubator revitalizing Oakland, block by block. This is an innovative strategy for breathing new life into the city’s retail sector in downtown’s hip, historic Old Oakland neighborhood with a grand opening celebration Friday, December 9, 2011.  

This short film documents the founders and participants of POPUPHOOD, and was created by Oakland photographer Eva Kolenko  in hopes of introducing their inspiring stories to others and in some way improve the community in which she lives and loves.

POPUPHOOD retailers include: Manifesto Bicycles, Marion and Rose’s Workshop, Sticks + Stones, Piper + John General Goods, Turtle and Hare,
and Crown Nine.

All the music featured in this documentary was created by Oakland musicians, Beat Rock Music, Precipitate Records, Gummybear, and James + Evander


To learn more about POPUPHOOD visit
http://www.popuphood.com/

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

IN GUAD WE TRUST


San Diego where you at?!!! Got no plans this Saturday? Well now you do... check out this art show "In Guad We Trust" at The Roots Factory in Barrio Logan. So many talented artist showing their virginal reinterpretations in a holier-than-thou group show... be there or burn in hell! haha jast keedding...


Make sure to stop by for their Barrio Market going on every Saturday and Sunday for the month of December... please support local artist and handmade crafts/art, shop local and shop at independent businesses this Holiday Season... 



1878 Main St
(between Beardsley St & Crosby St) San DiegoCA 92113
Neighborhood: Barrio Logan


Monday, December 5, 2011

CHAZ BOJORQUEZ BOOK SIGNING



L.A. homies, make sure to check out this event...
 Mi Vida Boutique and IMIX Bookstore Presents: Chaz Bojorquez Book Signing & In Store Appearance. Come out and support your local Chican@ own businesses and Chicano artist...  I'm hella jealous right now, and wishing I lived closer so I can attend. We need to bring Chaz to the Bay Area cuz breezys be loving him up here... he's a man after my own heart, so amazing! So now you know, don't be a leva and show the man some love... c/s


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

WHEN YOU GROWN UP, YOUR HEART DIES.


I can't wait for artist Mitsy Avila Ovalles solo art show this Thursday, November 10th at Cukui in San Jo, Califas... The boo and I are huge fans of her work, she has a dope style, I love everything she makes... you must check out her website, she don't mess around!!!

Mitsy creates amazingly painted artifacts of Mexican, Chicano and American pop culture, drawing inspiration from a deep pool of imagery including b-list celebrities, sports, and pop music, as well as animal and consumer iconography. Her paintings are deeply layered and richly textured and often presented as part of larger murals and installations that include an array of narrative and personal artifacts, yet speak of a common cultural, generational and gender experience.

MItsy Ávila Ovalles was born in San José, California where she still lives and works. She received a BFA from the local university. Since then she has shown widely across the Bay Area, including FIFTY24SF, White Walls and Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco. Tropico de Nopal in Los Angeles and internationally at Lart23tres in Mexico City. Ovalles has also created album artwork, logos and designs for various clients. 


For more info visit
⊱ www.mitsyavilaovalles.com ⊰ 


On hand will be EL TACOBIKE ⊱ www.eltacobike.com ⊰ that aside from slanging tacos showcases some of Mitsy's handiwork on wheels

With delicious sweets by LittleMissCuppyCake
http://www.facebook.com/pages/LittleMissCuppycake/164702160209251 ⊰ 

I'll be there with El TacoBike... check me out eyyyy!!!


ES A PARTY TIME!!!


Last month I got a new lil tattoo by my homie Sal "Chamuco" Cortez, owner of Amor Eterno Tattoo here in Oakland, Califas... I wanted something different since most all my other pieces are cholas or skulls, this time I wanted something that said "es a party time", so I got me a lil burrito piñata... cute hu?! He needs a name, something like Panchito, Juanito or Pepito...hummm




Now here's some piñata videos I like... 





Sunday, November 6, 2011

EH-SO EH-SPICY


My homegirl Carmelita (Frankie Quiñones) just came out with a new music video, and I'm one of her video ho's, check it out ayyy... pero watcha with your eyes cuz she's so eh-spicy!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

LOW LIFE- TREVOR TRAYNOR


This Thursday November 3, 2011 will be the SF opening reception of "Low Life" a new photographic series by the homie Trevor Traynor at Peek Gallery en La Mission... It will be a night full inspiring photography, beautiful ranflas, and great times with the homies. I've been looking forward to this for months, can't wait!  



Opening Reception
Thursday, November 3 2011
7pm-midnight


Special Guest DJ's
spinning Lowrider oldies
VIN SOL (RRR/Fools Gold)
PRIMO (Oldies Night/Nightbeat)
THE AMBASSADOR (Wax Poetics/KZSU/Soul Spectrum)

Exhibition Runs
November 3 - December 1, 2011

Venue
Peek Gallery at the Summit SF
780 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA. 94110

http://www.trevortraynor.com/
http://www.peekgallery.thesummit-sf.com/
http://www.caughtinthescramble.com/ (John Coyne)



San Francisco, CA – On Thursday, November 3 2011, Peek Gallery proudly presents LOW LIFE, a photography series by photographer & artist, Trevor Traynor. The opening reception will feature motion visuals by John Coyne and live deejays playing low rider oldies.

Trevor Traynor has spent years documenting hip-hop culture, having shot everyone from Pete Rock, T.I., KrsOne, E-40, N.E.R.D., Redman, Mos Def and so many more. But after a chance encounter with a Lowrider car club, Traynor has now turned his lens toward this historic subculture. Last Cinco de Mayo he jumped in the back of a flan colored 69 Buick Skylark convertible and documented his first cruise. Capturing what he notes as "the passion and pride" that come with living in the Lowrider culture, Traynor accurately depicts the owners and their families in a way that is only deserving of the iconic culture that they are a part of. Continuing to research the different chapters and car clubs throughout the country, Traynor takes his talent of documenting the rawness of the open road and brings the "low life" into the public eye, in all its breathtaking yet forthright nature. Trevor elaborates, “My goal is to showcase the riders and their cars, the passion and the pride that are a part of low rider living."

In addition to Trevor’s limited edition prints, a limited run of LOW LIFE wood engraved pins, stickers, and posters will be available. Not to mention a handful of car club appearances that will make the opening reception of LOW LIFE truly memorable.


 Meet Trevor Traynor...



Video below is a time lapse of the "Low Life" opening reception in San Jose...



Hope to see many familiar faces... 
Until then homies!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

GIRLS GOT KICKS SF BOOK RELEASE


This Thursday, October 20th will be the book release party for my homegirl Amanda Lopez new book "Girls Got Kicks"... the book was a collaboration between Miss Lopez and Lori Lobenstein of Female Sneaker Fiend. They have been traveling the country for different book release parties, and they're finally coming to SF, held at Dark Side Initiative sneaker store from 5-8pm. If you love sneakers, and ladies with mad swag then this is where you'll wanna be... Congratulations ladies, keep doing your thing!!! 
I can't wait, see you there!!! 


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

SOMARTS DIA DE LOS MUERTOS SHOW 2011


Here is one more event to add to this Fridays party list... Somarts annual Dia de Los Muertos art show will be having their opening reception. This is one of my favorite art shows of the year, and always look forward to it... if you're around stop by and support Somarts and the many artist showcasing their arte and beautiful altars. Check me out on the flyer again this year... the theme is Illuminations, and the homies Rio and Renne Yañez curated the show, and hook me up with the gig, Gracias and Congratulations on another year of Dia de los Muertos greatness!!! 


What: Illuminations: Día de los Muertos 2011
When: October 8–November 5, 2011
Where: SOMArts Bay Gallery, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
How Much: Free admission.
Gallery Hours: Tues–Fri, 12–7PM, Sat 11–5PM, Sun 11–3PM


El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, provides a way for people to embrace the beauty of life and to honor the spirits of the dead. Intricate, traditional altars and complex art installations created by more than 80 Bay Area artists  from a breadth of cultural backgrounds are on display in Illuminations: Dia de los Muertos 2011. Altars and installations range from deeply personal to political and many invite contribution or interaction from visitors.
Attend the opening reception ($10 suggested donation) on Friday, October 7 from 6PM to 9PM to enjoy music, interactive performance and the unveiling of over 30 altars and installations. The evening includes a special performance by Herbert Siguenza, of Culture Clash fame. Siguenza will perform and live paint as renowned artist, Pablo Picasso.

Below are a few shoots from the photo shoot I had with Rio for the flyer... Shhhaaaauuuwww!!!





Tuesday, October 4, 2011

CHICANO BATMAN IN OAKLAND


Ahhhh, there's so many things going on this Friday, Oct. 7th... I wish I could be at five places at once. One place I will be for sure is at Era Art Bar here in Oakland for the Chicano Batman show!!! El primo Kiko is co-owner of Era, and a few months back the boo introduced him to Chicano Batman, and of course he thought they were the bomb.com, so he booked them for his b-day party this Friday... I'm beyond excited, it's gonna be hella tight!!! The homies, and Latin Soul Brothers, Joe Quixx and Wonway Posibul will be spinning the jams all night... Shhhhaaaauuuwww!!!


Check out this video of Chicano Batman on LatinNation, this aired a few weeks back...

Monday, October 3, 2011

VISUAL MECHANICS 4


This Friday, Oct.7th, will be the Visual Mechanics art show in Salinas, Califas... the boo, El Angel will have a few pieces showing along with a bunch of other really dope artist... 
Cruise by for a good time!!!
The following day, Sunday Oct 8th is the Rod Powell's Car Show, also in Salinas... so make a weekend out of it and come chill with the homies... if you love ranflas, lowriders, and kustom cars this is where you'll wanna be!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

OAKLAND CRUISE NIGHTS 2011


This Friday, Oct. 7th is the last Oakland Cruise Night of the year... I'm hella excited, it's gonna be a good one!


Check out some flickas of 2011 Oakland Cruise Nights...


The homie Roman chilling with the Mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan... she keeps it real!!!




Breezys like cars, the cars that go Boom!!!







The boo made this lil video of us cruising Oakland with his Uncle Jose and cousin Lil One, The Midnight Cruisers Ride Again!!!

Friday, September 30, 2011

DOING IT IN THE PARK 2011


Last month was Doing It In The Park at the Golden Gate Park. I love chilling en el parque, it's probably one of my favorite things to do... I mean, how can you not have fun when enjoying some bbq, dope jams, beautiful surroundings, and good homies!

Breezys like to do it in the park...

Breezy y Los Rakas... Always good to see them.

The Boo being cute and shit...

The homie Franklin celebrated his cumpleaños too... Cake Boss!


Now you know not to miss it next year... 
Bay folks know how to have a good time!!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

CHICANO BATMAN


My boo has great taste in music, and even though I give him shit and tell him he doesn't, I must admit he's introduced me to some dope artist... like the band I'm currently obsessed with,  Chicano Batman, Yeah I said it, Chicano Batman... I hope they play in Friscolandia soon, I'll be there in my Catwoman suit y todo!!!




They have this sound that I can't quite breakdown... I hear a hint of  Thee Midnighters, Los Angeles Negros,  some sort of tropicalia, 70's style, whatever this sound is called, I'm a fan for sure... La Breezy is down, I'm ready to be saved, where's the Batmo-Ranfla?!!! Pick me up ayyy, I wanna cuise to some Chicano Batman!!!




Friday, August 26, 2011

XICANA MORATORIUM 2011


This Sunday, August 28th, 2011... The 32nd Annual Xicana Moratorium is coming back home to Oakland!!!


Aqui Estamos Y No Nos Vamos: Luchando por Gente Tierra Y Libertad!
Join us for another great year at XMD as we bring it back to Oakland, Ca.
Free Concert at the Park!

San Antonio Park in Oakland (on Foothill between 16th Ave. and 18th Ave.)
Vendors, Arts, Food, Community Speakers, Resources for the community, Live Art, Activities for Kids, Dance Contest and off course live MUSIC!
Danza by Grupo Xitlalli

Special guests:
Tamborazo Costa Allegre
Cihuatl Ce
DJ Agana
Brwn Bflo
The Hip Hop Soul Project Band
Favi
Bambu
Sonido Galion
and much more

Sunrise Ceremony begins at 5am at San Antonio Park!

No Colors No Drugs No Drama


Sunday, August 28 · 12:00pm - 5:00pm

San Antonio Park in Oakland, Califas
1701 E 19th St (between 17th Ave & 18th Ave)
Oakland, California


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

BARRIO MASSIVE


Orale Tejas homies!!! If you live in San Anto, or around the area and you like to have a good time and get down to some firme cumbia, then you need to be at this Barrio Massive dance party... Come out and support the homies of Bombasta BarrioBigBand who will be playing along with Master Blaster Sound System and Peligrosa All Stars... y no mames guey, check me out on the flyer, don't be a leva, come out in support of your local Raza bands or I will cut you!!!


Check it out, they made this lil video to show you what they're all about... Familia, Amigos, Raza, Cumbia, Good Times, Puro Bombasta all the pinche time, Watcha!!! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

CALIFAZ CULTURE



Hell Yeah, It's finally here!!! This Saturday, Aug. 6th is the opening reception for my homie Felipe R. Vazquez's solo photography show at Secret Sidewalk Art Gallery. I've been waiting months for this show, and I'm hella proud and happy for him! Felipe and I have been working together for a few years now, and he has taken some of my favorite pictures of me. He's a young talented photographer, and a down-ass homie who's definitely showing peeps what the Califaz Culture is all about...

Check out the pics below of the shoot I had with Felipe last month... he's hella dope right?! Watcha!!!




You are cordially invited to the solo exhibition of photographer Felipe R. Vazquez opening reception at the Secret Sidewalk Art Gallery. The is a FREE show including live music, food, drinks, and limited signed prints!

The exhibition will showcase photos taken from cameras from the 50's and 60's allowing film photography to be showcased as an art form. The exhibition will include photographs depicting the California Chicano Culture with a modern twist.

This is an event you will not want to miss! Hope to see you all there and thank you for all of your support!

The show will be curated by Amanda Sofia Villalobos, with custom framing by Ryan Espinoza.

For more information about the show please email newarkcalifaz@aol.com, and visit: 
www.felipevazquezphoto.com. For more information about the venue and directions visit: www.secretsidewalk.com.


See you there Homies!!!



Friday, July 22, 2011

THE DEATH OF RADIO BANDIDO: A CHICANO MYSTERY


I need your help!!! My homie, filmaker Pepe Urquijo is making a documentary about a friend of his Oscar Gomez, an Oldies DJ from UC Davis in Sacramento, Califas who was mysteriously killed in 1994. Please take a look at the trailer below...


Here is where you can help... the project is in need of funds to help finish the film, they have 9 days to raise a little over $18,000 in order to fulfill their KickStarter goal of $22,000. I know, I know we are in an economic crisis, and unemployment is high but I'm pretty sure you can spare a few bucks, donations start at $1, that means you can donate a few bucks or more if you can afford it only by not buying a soda today, or buying one less drink at the club tonight, or instead of spending $15 at the theater to watch some stupid mainstream movie you can donate to this film. I know I have a few thousand readers of my blog, imagine if each of you donated a few dollars we can easily come up with half of what's needed to fund this project. By doing so you will be helping so many people who have worked very hard to put this project together, and helping to spread the word around about Oscar's story in order to open up his unsolved murder case... Oscar needs justice, his family needs justice, we need justice!!! So Please Please Please take a minute and click HERE to go to the KickStarter page and donate, I promise it only takes a minute!
I feel like we always complain how we don't have enough films depicting the Chicano/ Latino experince here in the US, well here is your chance to help... please do so by donating mula, and spreading the word around, if you have a blog or website please post it, post it on Facebook, Tumblr, post it everywhere, I feels good to help... Lil Brown Baby Jesus will pay you back ten folds!!! Si Se Puede!!!

Check out this dope poster the homie Ernesto Yerena made... he's down for the cause, are you?!!!


R.I.P Oscar "Bandido" Gomez

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

SOULEROS BALL 2011




SOULEROS BALL REVUE – PD SOUNDZ Presents

Official Summer Soul Music Festival AFTER PARTY

SOULEROS BALL "UNDER THE STREETLAMP"

SAT. JULY 23
8:00PM-'TIL THE NEEDLE BREAKS!

JACK'S PIZZA
1600 MONTEREY HWY
SAN JO, CA 95112

COVER CHARGE: $15 - Kids 12 & Under FREE
*BRING YOUR RANFLA SAVE $5! SHOW PROOF OF SUMMER SOUL FESTIVAL PURCHASE SAVE $5!
*Discount only applies to Driver & Passenger

*OLDIES DANCE*
*RARE OLDIES/SOUL 45'S*
*DRESS UP CONTEST FOR THE BADDEST CHOLA, VATO & COUPLE*
*LOWRIDER SHOW N' SHINE*
*RECORD SWAP - BUY - SELL -- TRADE*
*BAR*



PERFORMING LIVE FROM TIMMION RECORDS
*MYRON & E*
"I CAN'T LET YOU GET AWAY"
"IT'S A SHAME"

MEET & GREET (Tentative)
SOUL LEGEND JIMI CONWELL
“UNDER THE STREET LAMP”
“LET IT ALL OUT”
“I’M SO GLAD”

GUEST SPEAKERS
MARIA PEREZ
BROWN BERETS OF WATSONVILLE

BOOK SIGNING
TITA PARRA AUTHOR OF BOOK “THE TOWN I LIVE IN”
A REAL LIFE STORY OF OLD SAN JO &
SISTER OF ART RODRIGUEZ AUTHOR OF “EASTSIDE DREAMS”

DRESS CODE STRICTLY ENFORCED!
COME DRESSED TO IMPRESS! SUITES & DRESSES ACCEPPTED!

HOMEBOYS COME IN YOUR BEST DRESSED....
DERBY JACKETS, BRIMS, ZOOT SUITS
SANFORD WHITE TEES, MILITARY CREASED PENDLETONS
STACY'S, WINOS, WALLABEES
CREASED, BUTTERFLIED & BABY CUFFED BEN'S, FRISKOS & 501'S

HOMEGIRLS COME IN YOUR BEST DRESSED....
MARY JANES, HOLTER TOPS, CHOLA BANDS
FEATHERED HAIR, CAT EYES & ARCHED EYE BROWS

INFO & VENDORS:
(408) 449 1566
(408) 806 4548
THEHOMEBOYMAD@GMAIL.COM
FB SEARCH: SOULEROS BALL REVUE


SEE YOU THERE HOMIES!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

TIERRA & AGUA


The homies, Miss Amanda Lopez and Trevor Traynor will be having an opening reception for their new photography show TIERRA & AGUA. They're mad talented and Hella Bossy, so come out and support them on their new project and cop yourself a special edition issue 1 T & A zine... I'll be there chillin with the homies, holla at yo girl long time!!!


Opening Reception
Aug. 5th, 2011 6pm-11pm

Pictoria
1300 66th Street
Emeryville, CA 94608

A BETTER LIFE




Awww man, this movie hits home... and not only for me but for so many Brown folks trying to have a better life in the good ol' US of A (Aztlan). All these fucked up laws like SB1070 try to make it so hard for us to work, go to school, to drive, to travel, and pretty much makes racial profiling legal... the seemingly overwhelming anti-immigration sentiment going around can feel scary, but the reality is only a small percentage of the US population feels this way, the bad thing is they have the money and resources to spread the hate around. What we have to do is not fall victim to these assholes, and keep fighting for our rights as human beings, and as rightful residents of this land. Don't be scared, because you know that deep inside these racist jerks are more scared than us... scared that our numbers are growing and we will soon take back what's ours. Try to stay out of trouble, try to break the stereotypes, show them wrong, let them see that we work harder than they do, that we live honest lives, and that we have compassion for people as they should too... and always speak up for injustices, we have a voice and a strong one at that...  La Lucha Sigue!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

DEADEND MAGAZINE CRUISE NIGHT


This Friday, July 8th in San Jose, Califas... Don't be a chavala and come kick it with the homies of Deadend Magazine...



See you there homies!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

CAMINARE


I wanted to share this powerful video my homegirl Favi just came out with for her song Caminare featuring Big Dan from Brown Buffalo, Oakland's very own Chicano hip-hop crew... 
Check it out eyyy!!!


I got mad love for Favi cuz she's a homegirl who talks the talk, and walks the walk... she just don't sing about the issues and injustices our gente face everyday living in the hood, but she's actually out in the streets at most rallies, marches, and community gatherings putting in work for our community, and I respect that... plus she's got hella love for the bay, and just like like me will rep it til the end!!!

H.A.M.B. DAY IN THE PARK


Tomorrow!!! 
Best way of spending a Sunday afternoon 
is by chilling in the park...


For those of you who are not familiar with 
THE H.A.M.B.it's probably one of the best, and more popular hot rod and custom car forums on the interwebs... So you know there's gonna be some dope-ass rides there, some cool peeps, and the weather is gonna be hella nice!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

HAIGHT & SOUL PRESENTS: ORDINARY GUY


I can't wait for this event... 
I'm gonna be doing the Latin Strut all night long!!!



Friday, June 24 2011

HAIGHT & SOUL PRESENTS :: ORDINARY GUY MEET & GREET WITH JOE BATAAN 

FREEEEEEEEE!!!!

I'm very excited to announce on Friday June 24th the "King Of Latin Soul" "Mr. Ordinary Guy" Joe Bataan will be at Milk Bar (SF) for a rare Meet & Greet appearance, one night only! This event will be from 6 PM -10 PM. There will be Merch boths to purchase items, plus you can also bring in those vinyl records to sign. Arrive early for LIMITED EDITION poster designed by P.R.O.P.S. plus FREE food catered by Papalote for the first 100 people .

Latin Soul Sounds by Sweater Funk DJ's & Soulero Familia's.

DJ's:
*Vinylrichie
*Guillermo
*Allan Thayer
*The Souleros

Music
-Chicano, Modern, Rare Soul


Location:
Milk Bar
6 PM -10 PM