Friday, April 30, 2010

Red Lips and Roses

Funny how people treat you differently when you stop caring what they think and start doing your own thing. I'm not trying to write a cliche motivational speech, just an observation about the psychology of human behavior in reaction to things that are somewhat outside of the norm. Such is the case on those days that I remember to smear my favorite red lipstick on during broad daylight to accent my usual color pallet of red and black outfits, boots, scarves, and flowers. It's just lipstick but people treat me differently. I get more smiles from everyone, men, women, and children. People comment on my outfit as if it's the first time they've ever seen me wear it. They just can't seem to pinpoint why they feel the need to stare and speak. I get a kick out of it of course. I did spice it up even more today with an even bigger red rose pinned on my dress. When it's just the rose alone people know it's the rose they like but when it's the red lipstick, it's like they get hypnotized and thrown off. They have no clue but feel compelled to say something. I just smile and say thanks to whatever compliment  they conjure up at the moment. What really throws people off is wearing such a bold color at work or simply during the day. When did red get relegated to evening wear? Not in my book! Life is too short to not wear red I say. I've always loved the color red. In fact, I usually spell it in all capital letters because it's bold and should stand out. Three powerful letters R E D, for a powerful color. It's dramatic and beautiful, bold and gutsy. Maybe that is how I want to be on those days that I wear it. So here is to the color RED and all the smiles it brings out in people.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hola México Film Festival 2010

The HMFF is the largest tribute to Mexican film in the world and will again showcase the creativity, ingenuity and charm of Mexican cinema in six of the nation’s most influential cities: Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Following the success of the Hola Mexico Film Festival (HMFF) in the United States in 2009, the renowned international festival is back for the second year on US soil commencing in April 2010.  The Hola Mexico Film Festival is the largest tribute to Mexican film in the world and will again showcase the creativity, ingenuity and charm of Mexican cinema. The international festival will screen contemporary films like the 2009 LA Film Festival award winner, Los Que Se Quedan (Those Who Remain) alongside classic films like Sexo, Pudor Y Lagrimas (Sex, Shame and Tears), paying tribute to Mexico's biggest hits.

April 29 to May 4
General admission tickets range from  $8.00 - $14.00 and VIP tickets are available for $40.00.
Visit: www.holamexicoff.com
Hola Mexico LA webpage: www.holamexicoff.com/LA

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Ozomatli Day Los Angeles!

The City of Los Angeles officially declares April 23rd, 2010 as “Ozomatli Day” to celebrate and recognize the fifteenth year of the LA-based and Grammy-award winning band, Ozomatli. This celebration will include a special presentation of “Ozomatli Day” by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and Los Angeles City Council members at the Los Angeles City Hall.
I have followed Ozo for years, since I moved to LA in the early 90s. My college roommate was Rocio Marron who played with Quetzal. Our group of friends at USC's Latino Floor (residential housing) would follow Rocio around to all her gigs, see Quetzal play with Ozo and other LA bands like Aztlan Underground, Quinto Sol, Lysa Flores and other groups no-longer in existence like Mazzy Star. All very talented group of musicians and friends.Although I will always be a die-hard Quetzal fan, I can't help but feel an immense amount of pride for the Ozo boys. I've gotten to know them a little more in recent years being an official Ozohead. Membership to this non-exclusive club requires attending Ozo concerts (or not) and hanging out with fellow Ozoheads (even if it's just on-line in chat). Now that the message board on the www.ozomatli.com board has been removed, we keep in touch through Facebook and are finding other ways of staying connected. Of great importance, however, is meeting new fans and converting them into Ozoheads. We can go to almost any city where Ozomatli is playing and find a friend to greet us, and even a place to stay . . . and that is the beauty of this group.
Their music is high-energy, inspiring, and FUN, FUN, FUN.  When I see them perform, I just want to dance, jump, and sing at the top of my lungs. It's a wonderfully cathartic experience. They inspire people to bear nothing but love for each other, reach out a helping hand, and help each other celebrate life. Through Ozomatli, I have made many life-long friends that are so great, you forget you met them *gasp* on the internet!! You know that place where evil people are out to get you. So today, I celebrate the hard work, blood, sweat, tears, and electrocutions the boys of Ozomatli have gone through to bring us all beautiful music, a sense of humanity, and love. When I'm down, I just remember one of my favorite songs and just add a coma to remind myself that "Yaya, ya viene el sol." and everything is going to be alright.  Thank you Ozo!

Get Ozo's new album Fire Away on Amazon.com
Visit www.Ozomatli.com