Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sara Garcia

I was watching an old Antonio Aguilar film the other day and thought how wonderful the film was because Sara Garcia was in it. I know her best playing the loving and often hilarious granny in Pedro Infante films. Another thing that made me think about her was buying the Mexican chocolate Abuelita recently at Vallartas for a coworker who wanted to make some at home. I had some made for a special occasion and it was delicious. Very comforting on a sunny but cool day. It's nice to introduce a new convert to the sinfully rich decadence of Abuelita. Now I'm not sure if that is in fact Sara Garcia on the Abuelita box but it sure does look like her and Wikipedia says it's so. And who better to be on that box of warm, yummy goodness than a warm, fuzzy, spitfire of a granny. She seriously does not get enough credit. Without her in those Infante and Aguilar films, the story lines would all be about macho men on horses singing to delicate flowers of women. But with Sara Garcia in the mix, you can see the vision of what most of us women would like to become in 50 years, silver haired, walking-cane holding, take no BS from anyone type of strong, funny, charming and ever-loving old lady. My favorite part of El Caballo Blanco (with Joselito) was when she was bailed out of jail for beating up the local cops whom she felt were not doing enough to find her lost grandson. Once the grandson was found and bail was posted, she ordered them to double her fine for the second round of beatings she was about to deliver to the entire police station. Hilarious! If I have another daughter I would have liked to name her Sara in her honor but unfortunately her name is too common. Then you wind up answering questions about Sarah with an "h" or Sara without the "h". At least it's not Barbara or Barbra. That means "trouble-maker" in Spanish and in English, well, I don't like the idea of having "bra" in a girls name. Or even the Hawaii version of "bra" isn't cool for a girl since it means brother. Or Dolores. Now that's a downer, "pains". Of course, you could always bring on Remedios, she holds the cure all. But I digress.

For more information about Sara Garcia, google her online.
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sara_GarcĂ­a
Cine Mexicano shows tons of great films from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema on cable: http://www.cinemexicano.tv/
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0306497/bio

Check out this YouTube clip. She doesn't say much but she still rocks the scene with her cigar and grito. God bless her!





 . . . or in this clip where she sets Pedro Infante straight. Watch her light up that bad boy. Too funny!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Black History Month in LA

Everyday is a day to learn about Black history and culture. I don't think you can realistically separate it from "American" culture, but alas, I think it continues to be of importance despite the progress we've made to be colorblind. We still need to be mindful of how every culture, every person, and every region contributes to society and how it affects-- and is very much a part of-- our daily lives. Perhaps the best way to pay homage to the Black community's contributions is to spotlight things that are already out there to do in and around LA that will expand your knowledge of African American history and culture. You don't need a specific festival or event in February to learn about it although you can find them and participate this month and year round. Check out these links below and create your own learning experience.

Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum: http://www.claytonmuseum.org/
St. Elmo's Artist Village: http://www.stelmovillage.org/
The Huntington's Central Avenue and Beyond exhibit: http://www.huntington.org/
ExperienceLA: http://experiencela.com/
Fowler exhibit: 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA: http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/
Craft and Folk Art Museum: http://www.cafam.org/
Angelique Kidjo at the LA Phil:  http://www.laphil.com/
Japanese American Culture and Community Center feat. Jero in concert and Harimaya Bridge: http://www.jaccc.org/
Futa Toro and Got Rhythm at the Music Center: http://www.musiccenter.org/
Watts Towers: http://www.wattstowers.us/
Catalina Jazz Club: http://catalinajazzclub.com/
KJAZZ 88.1FM: http://www.jazzandblues.org/
Towne Street Theatre: http://threeamsoundnorth/townestreet/
Music Untold: http://musicuntold.com/
LA County Library, Freedom Child performance: http://www.colapublib.org/
And I just had to add this one in for fun. Check out the happy hour at Lucille's! Chocolate Festival: http://www.belmontshore.org/