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

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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

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