Friday, January 15, 2010

LA's Mexican Consulate Cultural Events


Did you know that the Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles hosts a wide-variety of cultural events year round? Aside from the major festivities they sponsor across the city, they also host in-house events such as art exhibits, lectures, and film festivals. Last year they hosted Building Brides, an art exchange panel discussion with artists from the US and Mexico; Cuarteto Mexicano, string quartet; art exhibit by Lawrence J. Herrera; Viva Mexico LA kick-off reception; history of Mexican Cinema courses;  Candida Peña's "Piedras/Stones" exhibit; a Day of the Dead event called El Fieston de las Calavaras; Un Encuentro con Agustin Lara musical performance; and even children's events such as the screening of the film La Leyenda de la Nahuala and Q&A with the director.

Their next event is a look into the golden era of Mexican film with screenings of   Ahi esta el detalle (Juan Bustillo Oro, 1940) on January 21 and Historia de un gran amor (Julio Bracho, 1942) on January 28 both at 7pm at the Mexican Consulate. Each screening will be followed by a moderated discussion about the tecnical, historical, and artistic attributes of the film by Dr. Alejandro Pelayo. Popcorn and drinks will be served. Best of all it's free.

Where: Mexican Consulate, Sala Rafael de la Colina
2401 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Call: 213.351.6845
Email: Mariana Bermudez at mbermudez@sre.gob.mx Ask to be added to her e-mail list and receive notices of upcoming events at the Consulate and Consulate-sponsored events around town.
Their website is a little glitchy but you can check it out here: www.sre.gob.mx/losangeles

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January is LA Arts Month


Talk about the worst time to celebrate the arts, right after the holidays when everyone is spent, literally and financially. Luckily, there are many wonderful arts institutions that make visiting them easy and affordable. This year marks the first annual Los Angeles Arts Month’s to be held every January. Its mission is to raise awareness, appreciation, and participation in the arts in Los Angeles in all forms. It is an open invitation for all to discover LA's arts and cultural offerings. Long considered a haven for artists and creative expression, the Los Angeles art scene includes—world-class museums; concert halls and cultural institutions; gallery rows; theatres; public art complexes and renowned art; theatre, film, and design schools.  Los Angeles boasts the country’s largest creative workforce, which includes a world-renowned film industry, and employs nearly 1 million people throughout the region.

Below are a few websites with calendar of events during LA Arts Month. Clear Channel, Wells Fargo, and Univision will be doing ticket-giveaways or discounts to various shows and exhibitions. Not to be missed is the FADA LA Art Show. I've attended for the past several years and it is filled with wonderful, whimsical, and deranged art. Just how I like it.

LA Arts Month official website:
laartsmonth.laartshow.com
LA Arts Month Calendar:
laartsmonth.laartshow.com/calendar
FADA Los Angeles Art Show:
http://laartshow.com/
Museums LA:
http://museumsla.org/
Grand Performances blog:
blog.grandperformances.org/

LA Times article about the kick-off: latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster