Hu Hu Hu in San Pancho

Last night I escaped all of my stress and deadlines for an hour and a half by heading to see Natalia Lafourcade perform at Slims. Ms. Lafourcade was a magical Mexican munchkin that kept me enthralled for her whole set. I’ve been a fan of hers since I heard En el 2000 on the soundtrack of my favorite Mexican movie Amarte Duele.

As always I was quick to document the night with some animated gifs, video, and other media.

Peace,

Rio

The Day in Photos

Editing photos at 5:30 AM when I should be sleeping. I’m feeling very inspired tonight by friends, music, and the expressive modeling of Mayra Ramirez and Meli Burgueño. Photos from the shoot will be up very soon, I promise.

That’s me at 3 years old in 1983 celebrating Carnaval in the Mission District. The image is from a polaroid taken by my dad that is now on display at Galeria de la Raza as part of their 40th anniversary exhibit. More on that show soon!

The Mission District (and the whole Bay Area) is losing two vital journalists, artists, and activists this week. Amanda Martinez and Armand Emamdjomeh of Mission Loc@l are departing for New York and Los Angeles respectively. I’ve worked closely with both of them and wish them hella luck on their new careers. You guys make me proud!

Peace,

Rio

Las Bomberas de la Bahia at Bollyhood with Animated Gifs!

Last night was one of the greatest nights of my life. Galeria de la Raza’s 40th Anniversary exhibit was a profound and exciting experience for me (photos comin’ soon!). The evening was topped off by a trip to Bollyhood Cafe to see Las Bomberas de la Bahia. I was fortunate enough to meet Vanessa and Denise of the group during my purikura party a few weeks ago and it was a thrill to finally see them perform. While they were killin’ it I shot a series of animated gifs. Below are the results.

There were all sorts of amazing folks in the audience including some of my favorite people like Rosi Reyes, DJ Aztec Parrot, Sarah Guerra, Ester Hernandez, El Javi, and Emael. I managed to capture a few of them below:

Peace,

Rio

Photo Shoot: BEFORE

It’s midnight and I’m about to leave work. Here are some “before” pictures from Tuesdays Day of the Dead photo shoot.

Mayra and Meli

Mayra

Mayra

Meli

Peace,

Rio

On the Scene at Caralibro – With Podcast!

Caralibro went great! As I mentioned in my last post I was dying of curiosity to see an exhibit conceived and assembled completely via facebook. I thought the show was really solid and felt proud to be a part of it.

It was my first time at Sol Collective and I was impressed by the space. The attendance of the reception was a little light but I used the opportunity to record interviews with Curator/artist Xico Gonzalez and artist Crystal Galindo. Xico gave some good insights on the process of putting together Caralibro and Crystal talked about her amazing artwork and dropped some good science on macktivism. I’ve gotta say, seeing her work in person was so impressive. Crystal is an artist to watch for sure.

Careless Whispers Episode 5


Peace,

Rio

Pocha Catalana Adventures in the Mission – With Podcast

I wrote earlier about my excitement and anticipation in meeting poet and performance artist Rakel Delgado. Rakel hails from Spain but considers herself a Chicana and presents her own unique brand of Chicana poetry, identity, and aesthetics. Needless to say this challenging identity piqued my curiosity very quickly and when I found out she was coming to San Francisco to perform I jumped at the opportunity to meet her.

I had many great adventures with Rakel and gave her the official pocho tour of the Mission District. On her first day in the city my homegirl Robynn Takayama arranged for me to interview Rakel for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s official podcast. To read more about Rakel’s performance at the Mission Cultural Center CLICK HERE. Listen to the podcast episode below; not only does it include my interview with Rakel but a hilarious performance by Guillermo Gomez-Peña as well.

Deep Roots Episode #4


At the Floricanto event I shot a video of Rakel performing her Chicana poetry. Check it out below.

It was a fascinating pleasure to hang out with Rakel Delgado in San Francisco and hope she can make it back here soon. From one Chicano to another, homegirl is legit in my book. Watcha!

Peace,

Rio

CARALIBRO

This Saturday I will be in Sacramento for the opening of Caralibro: Chicana/0 artists utilizing facebook to create change. The exhibit was assembled entirely through facebook by curator Xico Gonzalez. This is a fascinating strategy to assemble an exhibit and something I view as the future of curating. Recruiting artists through social networking sites is a tactic I’ve utilized for my curatorial work but this is the first time I’m aware of an exhibit being entirely assembled via facebook. Come see the results this weekend at the Sol Collective gallery.

This is my first exhibit in Sacramento and I’m really excited to set foot as an artist in the state capital. I’ll be exhibiting alongside my good homies Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Favianna Rodriguez, and Lalo Alcaraz. I’m really excited that I’ll also be showing with artist Crystal Galindo. I’ve been following Crystal’s artwork recently and love her self portraits. The way she utilizes her own body in her work is so inspiring to me. Crystal’s work is featured in the promo image above.

Here’s the complete info on the show:

What: Caralibro: Chicana/0 artists utilizing facebook to create change

When: Opening Reception Saturday September 18th, 2010 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: Sol Collective 2574 21st Street Sacramento, CA 95815

http://www.solcollective.org

Hope to see ya there!

Rio

El Grito – With Podcast!

As I type these words I’m coming down with a fever and my head is throbbing. Fortunately I was well enough last night to celebrate Mexican independence with a few close friends at Cava22 in the Mission District. During the night I was able to have an insightful conversation with the one and only Katynka Martinez that resulted in the latest episode of my podcast. Check it out!

Careless Whispers Episode 4


Peace,

Rio