Open Studios

Rene and I will be exhibiting some recent works at SOMArts this Saturday and Sunday from 11:00AM to 6:00PM. We’ll be serving up some wine and snacks, come one by and hang out with us.

Hope to see ya there!


KPFA Adventures with Animated Gifs!

This past Saturday, after recovering from opening night for our Day of the Dead exhibit, I ventured to KPFA in Berkeley to hang out with DJ Rosi Reyes and DJ Aztec Parrot.

I was there to shoot some promo photos for Rosi and had a great time listening in on her show Ritmo de las Americas. While I was there I decided to shoot some animated gifs as well.

I had lots of fun and Rosi was kind enough to take my request to play my current musical obsession: Clorofila’s BabyRock Rock.

That’s it for now, this is Rio signing off!


Day of the Dead Opening Reception Animated Gifs

Wooohooo! It’s been a crazy last 72 hours leading up until tonight. I’ve felt a lot of love and support these last few days as I’ve worked my tail off to get the show up. Tonight was a dream come true. As I type these words it’s almost midnight and I’m still at SOMArts, facing the monumental task of turning off all the multimedia components of the exhibit. To stall for a moment I thought I’d share these animated gifs that I shot tonight.


Meligrosa dancin' like a superstar



Ms. Rosi Reyes and the Calitexican



DJ Aztec Parrot in the house



Yawning and Earrings



ADM! Calitexican and Meligrosa!






Amongst the Clouds




Social Media Swoon on the Nortec Tip

To say that Clorofila’s “BabyRock Rock” is my jam of the moment is an understatement. I am completely obsessed with the song and have been looping it on my ipod whenever I go out for a walk. It’s one of those songs that I know I’ll associate with this phase of my life for years to come.

In one of my dorkier moments of artistic crushing I sent a friend request on facebook to the song’s vocalist Fernanda Karolys. She accepted and much to my surprise she “liked” my link to a live version of the song. It made my night. *Le sigh.*

Here is the live video I shared the link to. It’s truly a masterpiece in my humble opinion.

Peace and Nortec,


Podcast Episode #8: The Sunnyside Gardener & River Rio

Two weeks ago I was a guest on KPFA’s Ritmo de las Americas. Alongside Professor Katynka Martinez (AKA The Sunnyside Gardener) we had our playlists broadcast by DJ Rosi Reyes. It was a great night of music, cheap beer, and delicious chile rellenos cooked by Rosi. Episode 8 of my podcast is our segment on the show, give it a listen below.

Podcast Episode #8: The Sunnyside Gardener & River Rio


CuCu Diamantes & Los Tucanes de TijuanaEl Burrito (Nortec Panoptica Remix)

Up, Bustle & OutCumbion Mountain (Chico Sonido & Toy Selectah Remix)

Up, Bustle & OutBlue Night / Mavi Gece

Ivo Meirelles & Funk’n LataBaile Funk Medley

La Santa CeciliaChicle

The Armenta BrothersMiss Jenny

You can listen to Ritmo de las Americas every Saturday from 7:00PM – 9:00PM on KPFA 94.1FM.



Podcast Episode #7: They Were Listening to Elvis

As I wrote about earlier Girl in a Coma were pulled over by Alabama Border Patrol agents (originally reported by Jim Mendiola at Ken Burns Hates Mexicans). In response I pulled a Commissioner Gordon and quickly shone the Chicano Bat signal to assemble a round table discussion on the incident. Joining me for episode #7 of my podcast are DJ Rosi Reyes, Professor Katynka Martinez, and Korean pop culture expert Lola. Listen in as we discuss Girl in a Coma, the migration of Elvis Presley, and the she devils of the immigrant rights movement.

Careless Whispers Episode 7



Honoring Revolution with Visions of Healing


Dia de los Muertos 2010

Dedicated to the centennial celebration of the Mexican Revolution

and to Maria de la Asuncion Lopez

SOMArts Cultural Center

934 Brannan Street (at 8th) San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 863-1414

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12:00PM-7:00PM Saturday, 12:00PM-5:00PM

Rene Yañez and Rio Yañez CURATORS




Mara Barenbaum, John Cowan, Robert Ige, Jurgen Kosmann, Zach Slater, Eric Svedas, Ed Varga TECHNICAL PRODUCTION


Sally Douglas Arce PUBLICITY


Mayra Ramirez, Meli Burgueño MODELS


Friday, Oct. 8th / 6:00PM-9:00PM / $5.00-$10.00 Sliding Scale

Featuring Contemporary Chicano Music by singer Liliana Herrera & guitarist Jose Roberto plus a special performance by Tania Llambelis & the Oakland Improv Collective. Artist Market of Dia de los Muertos crafts and art for sale in our Lobby.

TICKETS: and at the door


Saturday, Nov. 6th / 5:00PM-7:30PM / $5.00-$10.00 Sliding Scale


8:00PM-9:30PM / $50.00 (General Admission)

TICKETS: and at the door

Join SOMArts for a very special benefit concert and help us

reach our fundraising goal of $8,000! To help us out, the San

Francisco Symphony will present Quinteto Latino in a special

Dia de los Muertos program of classical music performed by

the sumptuous voices of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and

bassoon. $50.00 tickets include a $25.00 tax-deductible

donation. Only 100 seats are available for this performance.


Become a SOMArts supporter by joining in our campaign to raise $8,000 by the closing reception on November 6th. Donate online at and receive thank you goodies, or buy a ticket to the benefit concert.


Patricia A. Montgomery

Elizabeth Addison

Alegandra Aguin

Susana Aragon

Adrian Arias

Miranda Bergman

Nathaniel Bolton

Carla Caletti

Victoria Canby

Hersalia Cantoral

Martha Castrillo

Alicia Cruz-Hunt

Rick Darnell

Lucinda DeNatale

Lanell Dike

Irene Dogmatic

Annamarta Dostourian

Jimi Evins

Candi Farlice

Juliet Flower MacCannell

deCoy Gallerina


Penny Green

CJ Grossman

Bjorn Heinbach

Judy Johnson-Williams

John Leaños

Steven Leyba

Gina Lim

Amanda Lopez

Bruno Lopez

Ytaelena Lopez

Dean MacCannell

Marin Primary & Middle School 6th Grade Class

Jeff Marshall

Susan Matthews

Mary Molly Mullaney

Jane Norling

Antjuan Oden

Carla Oden

Rick Palazolo

Laura Prives

Brenda Rasmussen

Denise Richards

Andrew Samuels

Jos Sances

Anne Schnake

Shizue Seigel

Malik Seneferu

Judy Shintani

Carol Stewart

David Tafolla

Lia Tealdi


Manuel Trujillo

Wilton Woods

Rene Yañez

Rio Yañez

Victor Mario Zaballa

Cruz Zamarron

and others

Girl in a Coma vs. The Alabama Border Patrol

Holy shitloads of fuck!

Driving through Alabama yesterday while on tour, Texas indie rock band Girl in a Coma got pulled over by la Migra. Their crime: Driving While Brown. Seems the Border Patrol agents stopped the band  because they saw two Latinas in the front seats, the van had Texas plates, and was “full of luggage.” It was one in the morning. The agent asked them for their papers.

Read the whole story at Ken Burns Hates Mexicans.

I’m trying to meet up with Professor Katynka Martinez to record a podcast discussing the significance of this event. This is BIG and I want to put it in its proper context. Don’t sleep on this one.



Ps. Jimmy Mendiola is my hero.