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Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 30- August
Admission: $40 per 3-hour workshop,
$20 per 3-hour drop in session
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Galeria Presents:

Summer SEW-Op: Sewing Workshops and Drop-in Studio Time

This Summer Get Your Stitch On at the Galeria de la Raza’s Sew-Op! Our abuelas often had the sewing machine in the kitchen, threads close at hand and a stitch at the ready; dresses, pants, even knitted socks could be had within a couple of days. This summer GET YOUR STITCH ON as the Galeria opens its doors to the DIY world. The Mission has long been the hub of pocket stitchers, knitters, crafters and makers of all veins. No longer a trendy throwback to a bygone era, we are finding that many a badass outfit, bag and belt come from the workroom of a local stitcher. We present a series of Sew-Op classes and open studio time to nurture, cultivate and energize the DIY spirit in each of us. In each session, you will come away with a completed project – beginning to end. We supply the know-how, the machines and the music…You come in and channel the CHANEL, the ABUELA and / or Project Runaway stitcher of your choice!

July Classes (August schedule coming soon)
Tuesday, June 30: 6-9pm Sewing Basics
Tuesday, July 6: 6-9pm Purse Making
Tuesday July 13: 6-9pm Hoodie Class
Tuesday July 20: 6-9pm Hoodie Class
Tuesday July 27: 6-9pm Hoodie Class







Date: Sat., June 13

2pm - 5pm: Son Jarocho Workshops
(This workshop is FULL.. Thank you! We received so many responses and appreciate all the interest!)
6pm - 6:45: Son Jarocho Lecture
7pm - 8:15: Encuentro
8:15 - 11pm: Fandango!

Admission: Free
If you would like to participate in the workshop, please send an RSVP to with number of people. Space is limited.

El Son Jarocho en California
Taller : Encuentro : Fandango

Program sponsored by the Galería de la Raza

2pm – 5pm Workshop(s) on the Son Jarocho

This workshop will lead participants through an exploration of each of three essential elements of the son—music and playing technique (with a focus on the requinto and jarana), poetry and dance. While the three elements will be integrated throughout the workshop, each hour will focus on one of the music, poetry or dance themes. Workshop participants will learn through hands-on instruction and conversation lead by the section leaders. New-comers to the son will be able to practice their developing skills while veteranos will be encouraged to stretch outside the traditional chordal structures and key signatures and develop new skills. The workshop will be bilingual and accessible for both English and Spanish-only speakers.

The workshop will be led by Russell Rodríguez (instrument technique), Sergio Omar Gutiérrez (poetry), and Laura Cambrón (dance). REGISTRATION – All workshops are FREE. Please send an email to to confirm your spot.


6pm - 6:45pm Lecture presentation on Son Jarocho by Russell Rodriguez

A presentation/discussion on the son jarocho in California will be made by Russell Rodríguez historicizing the practice of this form by Mexican American musicians in California and the current transnational dialogue between US born musicians and musicians from Southern Veracruz.

7pm - 8:15pm Encuentro Presentation by local ensembles that focus on son jarocho, including: Los Mosquitos Cascada de Flores Richmond Performing Center Ensemble La Colectiva (hosted by) Los Soneros del Este w/invited guest Laura Cambrón

8:15pm - 11:00pm Fandango!

Russell C. Rodríguez is a professional mariachi musician who has worked in various locations such as San José and Los Angeles, CA, Washington, DC, San Juan, Puerto Rico and in Guadalajara, Jalisco. He began his musical career playing son huasteco and son jarocho under the mentorship of maestro Artemio Posadas, with whom he also studied son styles of dance. He continues to play an active role in the transcommunal interaction between Jarocha/o artists of Southern Veracruz and Chicana/o artists of California, as a researcher, musician, and organizer of events. He is currently a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara working on an article “Transnational Co-production: Jarocha/o and Chicana/o Intercambios y Diálogos,” and his manuscript, Mariachi: Performing the Soundscape of Greater Mexico.

Fandango / Jarocho / Encuentro 09


Fandango / Jarocho / Encuentro 09
Russell Rodriguez



Date: Sunday, June 7
Time: 7:30p
Admission: $5 / Free with Food dish or Membership

Lunada Literary Lounge and Open-Mic
Featuring Myron Michael, Nafis, Josh Healey and Jari “Sojari” Bradley.  Curated and co-hosted by Melissa Lozano

Galería de la Raza closes out its Spring 2009 season of LUNADAS with an eclectic line up of phenomenal, accomplished spoken word poets.  Oakland based poetess, Melissa Lozano, long in the spoken word scene, curates a well rounded, outstanding program of award winning, published and highly recognized poets that will ensure the final LUNADA of the season ends with a bang!  Last but definitely not least, this Sunday evening of spoken word will be well worth the trip.  If you miss this one, you’ll have to wait until September when the Fall season of LUNADAS takes flight.

Featured Poet Bios:

Proprietor of Rondeau Records ( Myron Michael is a recording artist and writing instructor. He is a Cave Canem fellow and earned an MFA in writing from California College of the Arts. His songs are featured on Songs of Experience and Masters Thesis; and his words have appeared in Bees-wax, Words+Images, The Blink, Days I Moved through Ordinary Sound, Reverie, and Pluck! He lives in San Francisco where he curates HELIOTROPE: a monthly reading series, On the Road Again and TRANSIT BELONGINGS: an online installation of song poems (

Nafis is a local San Francisco performance artist and DJ who has been slamming since 1999 when she entered the scene in Oakland. She is known for her strength, honesty and delivery, giving life to her subjects in a way that puts you ringside. She is inspiring and captivating, often leaving crowds breathless and wanting more. She has performed at Stanford, CCSF, SF Pride, Oakland Pride, A Poetic Experience, and many venues throughout the Bay Area. She aspires to publish her poems in a collection, perform her works over the air waves on radio, and continue to be a driving force in the performance community.

Josh Healey is a writer, educator, and community organizer who strives to create beautiful solidarity. He is the author of HAMMERTIME (OMAI / First Wave Press), recently released to critical and popular acclaim. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Healey has performed and taught spoken word and populist poetry at high schools, universities, and festivals across the U.S. A two-time participant in the National Poetry Slam, he has been featured in the New York TimesWashington Post, and Wisconsin Public Television. Healey currently lives in Oakland, CA and works with Youth Speaks to empower young artists and activists

Jari "Sojari" Bradley is a young poet out of San Francisco,CA,born and raised. She is currently working with the non profit, Out-of-Site, located at City Arts and Tech high school, and is a poet-mentor for Youth Speaks. She is also working on a chapbook scheduled to come out this summer under Rondeau Records. Jari Bradley has also advanced in the Youth Speaks teen poetry slam finals and is now apart of the San Francisco slam team headed for Brave New Voices taking place in Chicago July 2009. This young poet is well on her way to establishing a name for herself.

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Date: Sat., Jun. 6
Time: 2-9pm
Admission: FREE
In Studio 24

Crucero Artero: A bi-monthly arts bazaar in Studio 24
Featuring; Itzpaplotl, Raul Aguilar, Frolick Jewelry, David Taffolla, Silly Dot, Irina Kendrova, Aydasara Ortega, Laura Campos

Crucero Arteros are a bi-monthly crossroads of art, livelihood, y comunidad (community) in the heart of the Mission.

Come support and discover local arteros(artists), designers, and crafteros doin their thing.  These artists  represent the Galeria's mission to support the work of local artists by providing a venue to show their arte. We are proud to host these bazaars and believe that the dazzling array of artistry speaks for itself.


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Future dates: 2009, June 6, 2009, August 1, 2009, October 3, 2009, December 5, 2009






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Date: Friday, May 8
Time: 7:30p
Admission: $5 / Free with Food dish or Membership

Lunada Literary Lounge and Open-Mic
Featuring Yosimar Reyes, Kirya Traber and Dominique Jone
Curated by Tomas Riley

Taco Shop Poet, author and youth mentor Tomas Riley curates and co-hosts this incredible night of spoken word performance by the next generation of urban griots and inner-city mystics. If you haven’t experienced a LUNADA recently, this is the one to come to!

Celebrate the full blossoming of spring with good folks, good food and good stories. Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded spoken word artist. She has been featured at Robert Redford's Sundance Summit, the Bay Area Hip Hop Theatre Festival, the Living Word Festival, SanFrancisco's Lit Quake, The Stern Grove Festival, and the San Francisco Queer Arts Festival, among other notable stages. She is currently working as the Program Manager of Residencies at Youth Speaks where she develops and facilitates spoken word workshops for Bay Area teens. (
Photo credit: Bethanie Hines.)

Yosimar Reyes is a Two-Spirit Poet/Activist based out of San Jose, Yosimar’s style has been described as "a brave and vulnerable voice that shines light on the issues affecting Queer Immigrant Youth and the many disenfranchised communities in the U.S and throughout the world." He has performed from the Bay Area to New York City as a teen slam poet and holds the title for the 2005 as well as the 2006 South Bay teen Grand SLAM Champion. He is featured in the documentary 2nd Verse: the Rebirth of Poetry. He currently lives in East Side San Jose.

Dominique Jones A member of the Bay Area’s 2006 International Youth Slam Team Dominique Jones performed at the Apollo Theatre where the team won the national title. Currently, Dominique visits middle schools and high schools across the Bay Area spreading the message of literary arts. She co-founded the dynamic female emcee/singer duo CocoNique and works with artists like Will Bracy and I.D in her music production company ILL ONES, Entertainment.

Tomás Riley is an author, educator and a veteran of the Chicano spoken word collective The Taco Shop Poets. A finalist for the California Voices Award from Poets & Writers Magazine, his written work has been featured in several anthologies including Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Three Rivers Press), Primera Pagina (Scapegoat Press) and Chorizo Tonguefire (California Arts Council). His first book Mahcic debuted on Calaca Press in December 2005. Currently he works as Co-Executive Director of ArtsChange, an organization dedicated to arts and social transformation in Richmond, CA.

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Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: $10 general/ $8 Students/ Seniors/ Members

El Libro del Cuerpo
Book of the Body
The poetry of Adrian Arias: performance, music, video-poems & reading

A multimedia, interdisciplinary performance of poetry by Adrian Arias from his new book Libro Del Cuerpo/Book of the Body. Join Adrian Arias along with friends Rachel Bouch (percussion), Sonia Caltvedt (flute), Sandra Durand (flamenco dance), Ryan Garcia (guitar), Kata Miletich and Mamacoatl (vocals) and Nina Serrano (English translation) as they present the poetry of Arias through music, dance and video. With guests Rachel Bouch, Sonia Caltvedt, Sandra Durand, Ryan Garcia, Kata Miletich, Mamacoatl and Nina Serrano.

ADRIAN ARIAS is a Peruvian prize-winning poet, visual artist, curator and cultural promoter, working and living in San Francisco, CA since 2000, with more than 20 years experience in visual arts, video, photography, poetry and cultural promotion. His visual art, like his poetry, explores the absurd, the sensuality of elements, and the connection between reality and dreams. His four published books of poetry include: “Habits” (1984),“Dreams & Paranoia” (1996), “Divine Punishment” (1999), and “26-10-2028” (2000), as well as a collection of limited special editions from all his poetry readings. His poetry appears in anthologies in Peru, Spain and the US. Arias has participated in international poetry readings and congress of poets in Perú, México, Spain, and he has been invited to the Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia, in August 2009. His visual work was exhibit in individual and collective shows in Japan, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Peru and the US. Arias publishes a poem daily on his blog and an English version, translated by Nina Serrano


Adrian Arias

Dates: April 2 and April 5
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Marin Theatre Presents

A New play by Octavio Solis
April 12, 2009
Lydia is an unflinching, deeply emotional portrait of a Mexican immigrant family caught in a web of dark secrets. Lydia has amazed audiences and drew critical comparisons to Miller’s Death of a Salesman and O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night.  
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY: This play contains nudity and extreme situations.
SPECIAL OFFER: $10 off tickets for the following performances: Thursday, April 2 at 8pm and Sunday, April 5 at 7pm. Phone the box office and mention this code: “EPIC”. Limit 2 tickets per patron. Offer based on availability, offer not available online.
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LYDIA - A New play by Octavio Solis

Date: Thurs., Apr. 9
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: $5 or free w/food dish/ Galeria membership


Featuring Alejandro Murguía, Sandra Garcia Rivera and Theresa Perez.
Curated and hosted by Marc David Pinate.

April’s LUNADA channels the renewing energy of Spring with one of San Pancho’s most valuable literary treasures, the one and only, Alejandro Murguía, Boriqua poetess, Sandra Garcia Rivera, plus the enchanting melodies of East Bay songstress, Theresa Perez.

Alejandro Murguía was the editor of Tin-Tan Magazine, the first Chicano-Latino arts and literature magazine that established an international perspective for Latino writing. A founding member and the first director of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco’s Mission District, his books include Southern Front (American Book Award, 1991), Spare Poems (2001), and most recently This War Called Love (American Book Award, 2002), City Lights Books. In non-fiction, he published The Medicine of Memory: A Mexica Clan in California, University of Texas Press. In January 2003, the New Fiction Series in Los Angeles presented his stories turned into plays. He teaches in Raza Studies at San Francisco State University.

Sandra Garcia Rivera hails from New York City and is an award winning poet and singer who has captured audiences throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Great Britain, and Amsterdam, with her sensual style and blues inspired delivery. She has self-published two collections of poetry – Divination of the Mistress, and Shoulder High – and two art editions of her poem That Kiss (Ediciones Mixtas) whose book presentations evolved into the performance festivals “La Feria del Beso.” Her poems have appeared in Urban Latino Magazine, The Hostos Review, Promethean Journal, The Centro Journal of Hunter College,, and Galería de la Raza’s zine Manteca. Recently, she was a featured artist on the MUN2 show The Chicas Project, as well as in Rosie Perez’s documentary, Yo Soy Boricua Pa Que Tu Lo Sepa. Sandra has been producing events and artist showcases professionally for over a decade, and currently performs in the Bay Area as a solo artist, and with the Latin groove band Benito Cereno.

Theresa Perez was born to parents from the Dominican Republic. A graduate of the Berkeley College of Music, Theresa is a talented singer, guitarist and pianist. She has produced two CDs of her music, Boom Boom EP (2008) and her self titled debut album, Theresa Perez (2004). She has also sung background vocals on Michael Franti’s album, Yell Fire, Esperanza Spaldings, Esperanza and played piano on Turbo Tabla’s album, Bellydance Overdrive. Theresa is currently working on her next full-length album in conjunction with La Bohemia Productions and San Francisco Lounge Records.


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Date: Sat., Apr. 4
Time: 2-9pm
Admission: FREE
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Crucero Artero: A bi-monthly arts bazaar in Studio 24
Featuring; Itzpaplotl, Raul Aguilar, Txutxo Perez, Desfio Qutur (Maga Rincon), Coma and Cotto, Jamie Lau, Extra Fuerte, Frolick Jewelry, David Taffolla, Silly Dot, Irina Kendrova, Aydasara Ortega, Laura Campos

Crucero Arteros are a bi-monthly crossroads of art, livelihood, y comunidad (community) in the heart of the Mission.

Come support and discover local arteros(artists), designers, and crafteros doin their thing.  These artists  represent the Galeria's mission to support the work of local artists by providing a venue to show their arte. We are proud to host these bazaars and believe that the dazzling array of artistry speaks for itself.

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check out our Facebook and Myspace for pictures from February's Crucero

Future dates: 2009, June 6, 2009, August 1, 2009, October 3, 2009, December 5, 2009





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Date: Sat., Apr. 4
Time: 6pm
Admission: FREE

Deliberate Motion: Video Instillations by Mike Missiaen

Mike Missiaen is a local artist who works with video and film. For this exhibition he has gathered together three of his video instillations.

These works are varied and address different themes. One piece examines the anxiety induced by dealing with bureaucracy. Another looks at the inertia in our daily routines. The last appraises the beauty and grace of falling objects. The elements that link these disparate pieces are the use of carefully staged shots and slow motion to illuminate overlooked moments.







Date: Fri., Mar. 20
Time: 6-8pm
Admission: FREE
ages 15 and up

Paper Jam
Feat. Audiopharmacy
and a workshop/ presentation by Marc Pinate & St. John's Educational Threshold Center
In collaboration with SNAG (Seventh Native American Generation)



Re-enacting Community!

An exciting open workshop and dialogue, which explores issues of empowerment through education, performance and community. ACT-OUT is a skills-building workshop that will teach the basics of performance, creative writing and with a special presentation on college-access programs and the how to’s of getting into college. The paper jam will be lead by Jeff Feinman of St. John’s Educational Thresholds Center, Marc Pinate of Galeria de La Raza, Shadi Rahimi of Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG) and with youth from Galeria’s youth and media program.




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  Date: Thurs., Mar. 19
Time: 8pm
Admission: $5 - $10 Sliding Scale :: Members free 

Galería de la Laughter
Stand Up Comedy Showcase & Open Mic
Featuring: Norman Zelaya, Evert Zelaya, James Lontayao, Molly Sokhom, Darren J. De Leon, Karim Scarlata, Zappo Whiterabbit, Anuta Portillo, and more...

Conceived and Curated by Karim Scarlata


José Vasconcelos, beside being an influential educator, a great essayist and firme philosopher was also a joke writer for the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. You can google that, but the Illuminati controls the Internets. J.V. authored many zingers such as, "What do you get when you cross an Indian, European, African and Asian? Give up? The cosmic race! get it?" Suffice it to say, most of his jokes went unpublished, but he did keep his day job--which is awesome because he inspired generations of Latinos to be proud of this articulation of the fifth race, La Raza Cosmica.

The visionaries who started the Galeria honored that philosophy in the very naming of the venue, La Galeria de la Raza. In the spirit of the the revolutionary artists of the the 70's who invoked cultural pride, for one night, we would also like to honor José's little known joke writing abilities and his practically unknown articulation of La Raza Cómica. Tonight we will follow in Jose's footsteps of concocting jokes, stories and philosophies which unite all people in laughter (or deadening, cricket chirping silence). We invite all the races of the world to come and check out some of the Bay Area's up-and-comers appeal to the lowest common denominator in the philosophy of stand up comedy.






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Date: Tues., Mar. 10
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: $5 or free w/food dish/ Galeria membership

LUNADA: Mango Toast & Jam for International Women’s Day

Featuring Sharon Doubiago, Cherrie Moraga and Open Mic.
Curated and co-hosted by Lorna Dee Cervantes.

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Mission’s own, Lorna Dee Cervantes, curates and co-hosts one of the most incredible LUNADAs ever! A trifecta of feminine literary power, featuring Lorna Dee along with award winning, renowned writers Sharon Doubiago and Cherri Moraga. Lorna Dee brings back her “Mango Toast & Jam,” tradition in March.

“Years ago when I lived [in the Mission] and was running my press, I would have these ‘Mango Toast & Jam’ events. I'd invite poets from all over for pot-luck spin-the-bottle readings. Over 60 people in my little one bedroom house and yard.” –Lorna Dee Cervantes. 

Lorna Dee Cervantes is the author of Emplumada, From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger, and Drive: The First Quartet.  She has received the American Book Award, Paterson Prize, Latino Literature Award, two Pushcart Prizes and the prestigious Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fellowship.  Her poems have appeared in hundreds of anthologies and collections.

Sharon Doubiago is the author of numerous collections and book-length poems including Hard Country, South America Mi Hija - which was twice nominated for the National Book Award, The Husband Arcane: The Arcane of O, and Love on the Streets: Selected and New Poems. Doubiago holds three Pushcart Prizes for poetry and the Oregon Book Award for Psyche Drives the Coast. She has been nominated twice for the National Book Award.

Cherríe Moraga is playwright, poet and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition, including a Theatre Communications Group Theatre Artist Residency Grant in 1996, the NEA's Theatre Playwrights' Fellowship in 1993, and two Fund for New American Plays Awards. Moraga has also published extensively as an essayist and poet. She is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986, and was re-released in a twentieth anniversary edition in 2002. She is the author of Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Pasó Por Sus Labios (1983) and The Last Generation (1993).

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Date: Fri., Feb. 20
Time: 5pm
Admission: FREE
ages 15 and up

Paper Jam
Feat. Audiopharmacy
and a workshop/ presentation by the Community Justice Network for Youth
In collaboration with SNAG (Seventh Native American Generation)

Galería invites youth, their families, and the general public to the February Paper Jam Session! This Paper Jam will include video screenings, music by Audiopharmacy, discussions, and open mic, and a workshop/exploration of the Prison-industrial complex (PI). A presentation by the Community Justice Network for Youth will focus on detention reform. Audiopharmacy will host a beautiful open improv jam session. The Paper Jam Session will be recorded and accompanied by presentations and performances by youth attending Galería’s Youth Media Program.

The Paper Jams are an open studio and media laboratory consisting of lectures, music and hands-on art-making workshops taught by professional artists and educators from Galería’s Youth Media arts education program. The sessions take place every third Friday of each month.



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Date: Mon., Feb. 9
Time: 7:30pm
Admission:$5 or free w/ Food dish



Featuring: Raquel Gutierrez (L.A.), Aida Salazar, Leticia Hernandez, Tomas RileyGuest curated by Vickie Vertiz


The Bay Area’s longest running lunar literary and performance gathering kicks off its 2009 spring season with a breathtaking line up of SoCal poet-performers, including a special sneak peak of L.A. based Raquel Gutierrez’s (Butchlalis de Panochtitlan) solo show, MALATHION: Low Human Toxicity.  Curated by writer and CCA instructor Vickie Vertriz. 
















Date: Sat. Feb. 7
Time: 2p.m.
Admission: FREE

Galeria's Arts Bazaar Features-
Raul Aguilar, Isaias Rodriguez, Maga Rincon, Miriam Martinez, Laura Campos, Vera Acosta, Txutxo Perez, David Tafolla, Irina Kenderov, David Tafolla

Window installation by Txuto Perez

Galeria has started a new old tradition of regular Arts Bazaars. These bi monthly bazaars are a way for more artists to exhibit and prosper in an established space. Studio 24 is our mutable space that transforms into a mini bazaar space for local artist, designers, crafteros, and Galeria to feel some comunidad y apollo. Each artist represents the Galeria's mission to support the work of local artists by providing a venue to show their arte. We are proud to host these bazaars and beieve that the dazzling array of artistry speaks for itself. Come by and select from Latin-American flavored handmade crafts, t-shirts, jewelry and other DIY-inspired pieces.






Date: Sat., Feb. 7
Time: 8pm
Admission: $12 General | $10 Students Seniors | $6 Members

Los Palabristas
with special guests Las Manas Tres & video shorts by Haldun Morgan

From Minneapolis, Minnesota, Los Palabristas, have taken the Midwest spoken word and slam scene by storm.  Now Galería de la Raza is proud to present their first west coast appearance.  Brought together by a common thread of defiance and a sense of social justice, Los Palabristas, bring a cultural mixture that includes El Salvador, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala and Puerto Rico.  Urgent words from poets as they straddle the divides of language, culture, politics, economics, education and opportunity.

Artist Bios:

Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria
  (PALABRISTAS) is a writer and spoken word poet of Peruvian heritage. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and an involved activist in the Latino community. In 2006, he was a member of the poetry collective, “Found In Translation,” which was commissioned for the Minneapolis Mosaic Festival and one of the recipients of the 2005 SASE VERVE Spoken Word Grant.

Lorena Duarte (PALABRISTAS) is a poet, playwright and journalist born in El Salvador and raised in Minnesota. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Romance Languages and Literature and now lives in Minneapolis.She has contributed to and co-edited several books including her own Abandon Poems; ¿Under What Bandera? Anti-War Ofrendas from Minnesota y Califas (Calaca Press), which won the Resource Center of the Americas Book of the Year 2004; and is featured in Telling Tongues (Calaca Press/Red Salmon). 

Brandon Lacy Campos (PALABRISTAS)  is a 31 year old, queer, mixed, poz, poet, journalist, organizer, policy wonk, Tweeter, blogger, life commentator, actor,  bad movie aficionado, lover, friend, and magic bean buyer. He was born in Duluth, MN and grew up in Minneapolis, Kansas City, and the Phillipines. He has held two Many Voices Residencies at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, has performed poetry in NYC, Albuquerque, San Francisco, Oakland, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. He received a Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership Grant to produce his play Dividing Lines, which was also taught at Macalester College.

Las Manas Tres are Maya Chinchilla, Cruz Grimaldo and Milta Ortiz. They are hybrid poets bringing the fierce flava, heating the heart and melting the mind from the Bay to L.A. Their style is characterized by a mixture of theater, spoken word and movement, centered around themes of social justice, sexuality, motherhood and the relationship between first and third world women.

Haldun Morgan
is a videographer and filmmaker from San Antonio, TX.  He is a founding member of Reset Collective and Madmedia. A satirist to the core, Haldun’s recent work pokes fun at Xicano stereotypes and institutions of power with such titles as EL CHORRO, CHOLO YOGA and POCHO.





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Date: Fri., Feb. 6
Time: 7:30pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb. 6 - Apr. 2

An ephemeral exhibition celebrating new beginning and creative economies


Galería’s new exhibition welcomes the Strange Hope of a new era. In honoring creativity and resourcefulness, we invited 41 artists to produce 8.5” x 8.5” works on paper that will respond both to the hopeful aspirations as well as to the uncertainty of these times. Through its collective message of transformation, renewal and collectivity, Strange Hope seeks to bring about unexpected artistic messages to motivate us through the coming times.

Featured Artists:
Pilar Aguëro-Esparza, Raúl Aguilar,Juana Alicia, Jesus Barraza, Charles Beronio, Sylvia Buettner, Monica Canilao, Tân Khánh Cao, Victor Cartagena, Melanie Cervantes, Jaime Cortez, Rudy Cuellar, Ali Dadgar, Andy Díaz-Hope, Verónica Duarte, Ana T. Fernández, Colleen Flaherty, Tirso González, Pato Hebert, Giovanni Higuera,Jason Jägel, Jody Jock, Sahar Khoury, John Leaños, Juan Luna Avin, Sean Mcfarland, Scott Mcleod, Julio César Morales, Michelle Muennig, Angélica Muro, Mabel Negrete, Txutxo Pérez, Johanna Poethig, Silvia Poloto, Juan Carlos Quintana, Rigo 23, Artemio Aodríguez, Favianna Rodríguez, Jenifer Wofford, René Yañez, and Rio Yañez


Jennifer Wofford Intersected, 2003






Date: Sat., Jan. 10
Time: 7pm
Admission: $15 General | $5 High school students w/ ID

Black and Brown Visions: A World Without Borders f/ Mystic

Benefit Show for Sistas Take Back The Mic!


Start off your year with a lot of hope and optimism.  Black and Brown Visions, a community-building event and benefit show for all that will address issues concerning our Black and Brown communities. This 2nd Annual multimedia group show will include visual art, artist vendors, poetry and hip-hop performances by conscious women of color emcees.  Curated by mexica queen.  The show will be from 7:30-10pm at Galería de la Raza. Proceeds will benefit the program Sistas Take Back The Mic!, a summer workshop series and rap competition for young women of color aspiring emcees (ages 16-25).



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Date: Wed., Jan. 28
Time: 7pm
Admission: FREE

Featuring Award winning Director / Producer Lourdes Portillo and
Ana T. Fernandez

Multidisciplinary artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and award winning filmmaker, Lourdes Portillo, known for her video Señorita Extraviada, engage in a conversation about their artistic practices, inspirations and relationship to the tragedies of Juarez.

Lourdes Portillo

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and raised in Los Angeles, Lourdes Portillo has been making award-winning films about Latin American, Mexican, and Chicano/a experiences and social justice issues for nearly thirty years.  Since her first film, After the Earthquake/ Despues del Terremoto (1979), she has produced and directed over a dozen works that reveal her signature hybrid style as a visual artist, investigative journalist, and activist.  

Portillo’s fourteen completed films include the Academy Award® and Emmy® Award nominated Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (1986), La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead (1988), Columbus on Trial (1992), The Devil Never Sleeps (1994), Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena (1999), My McQueen (2004), and her new short film, Al Más Allá (2008). Her most recent feature-length film, Señorita Extraviada (2001), a documentary about the disappearance and death of young women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, received a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Havana International Film Festival, the Nestor Almendros Award at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and an Ariel, the Mexican Academy of Film Award.

Lourdes Portillo
Lourdes Portillo
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Date: Wed., Jan. 14
Time: 7pm
Admission; $5-10 Sliding Scale | Members FREE


Reading with Achy Obejas and Dorothy Allison

Pulitzer prize winner, Achy Obejas (Days of Awe, This Is What Happened in Our Other Life) and Robert Penn Warren award winner, Dorothy Allison (Trash, Bastard Out of Carolina), start the new year with a special, exclusive reading at Galería de la Raza.  Ms. Obejas will read from her forthcoming novel, RUINS, published by Akashic Books.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Achy Obejas is an award winning journalist, novelist, translator and poet.  She is currently the Sor Juana Writer in Residence at DePaul University.
Dorothy Allison (Trash, Cavedweller) grew up in Greenville, South Carolina.  A self described “working class story teller,” Allison was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award for her novel Bastard Out of Carolina which won the Ferro Grumley prize, an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, became a best-seller, and was made into an award winning movie.


Achy Obejas
Achy Obejas

Achy Obejas



Date: Sat., Jan.17
Time: 2pm
Admission: FREE


An evening discussion with Ana Teresa Fernandez about the  year-long process of developing material relating to the atrocities of Juarez and her work leading up to this point.

Ecdisis [ecdysis], an exhibition of sculpture-based works by Ana Teresa Fernández. Working with a new medium, Fernández’s sculptural works offer a compelling interpretation of the plight young women living in border towns by overlapping imagery inspired by urban and religious vernacular, as well as coming-of-age narratives and symbols. Fernández is one of the most interesting emerging Latino artists working in the San Francisco Bay Area today. In her brief career, she has achieved significant recognition from the field, such as the 2007 Tournesol Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts; a 2006 Headlands Residency; and a 2005 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA, among others.

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Ana Teresa Fernandez


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