Hello everyone!! Hope all are well. I’m emailing all
of you for help. Some friends of mine, Lowriders for
Education, and myself are setting up a fundraiser at
Sherman Heights Community Center on June 21st in order
to raise money for a scholarship for students from Our
Lady of Angels School. The event is going to be from
5pm-12pm with performances by Pachuco José y Los
Boogie Boys, Chunky and Company, Atomic three, Los
Niños De La Tierra as well as some… Continue
Added by Selina Calvo on May 29, 2008 at 4:59pm —
As I reread the lives of the sucias, I am struck by the wonderful writing style that Alisa uses. I love the fact that we get to know each of our characters as they know themselves and how they see each other. What appears to be security and being together in one, is, in reality, a hidden bravado. What appears to be in control to others, is a thin veneer about to break. After reading the first chapter from Lauren’s point of view, who is your favorite character and why? Which character are you… Continue
Added by Zulmara Maria on May 28, 2008 at 6:33am —
I was first introduced to the Sucias in 2003 on a trip to Mexico City. I needed a book to read on the plane and I was looking for a ‘tina writer. I had already read all of Esmeralda Santiago, Sandra Cisneros, and Julia Alvarez, so I was looking for a new voice and a friend introduced me to Alisa Valdes Rodriguez and said, “You will love this book.” I was not a chic lit sort of reader, so I had my doubts…but then again, a plane read should be fun,… Continue
Added by Zulmara Maria on May 26, 2008 at 6:42pm —
The Dirty Girls Social Club is a great story about 6 Latina friends that are about as diverse as Latinas can be…they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds. What they do have in common is a shared heritage of being Latina in America, highly educated, not living in poverty, and sharing a common bond of friendship that cannot be shaken, no matter what trials and tribulations life brings them.
Alisa uses a very unique style for telling us the story that is sure to charm some… Continue
Added by Zulmara Maria on May 25, 2008 at 6:29am —
Las Sucias Regresan
The sequel to DGSC will be coming out on July 8, and for those of us who read and fell in love with the 6 sucias, here is a chance to discuss the first book as we get ready to find out what has happened to our beloved sucias...I will be posting questions and quotes and reflections for all of you who need a "remembering" of who our girls were and why we loved them so much.
Added by Zulmara Maria on May 24, 2008 at 7:59am —
Join us this year in San Diego, July 12-15, 2008!
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is thrilled to host the 2008 NCLR Annual Conference in San Diego, a city with Latin flare, rich history, and world-class attractions.
Your attendance at Conference will enable you to not only explore the beautiful city of San Diego, but will also give you an opportunity to network with fellow attendees in one of the largest Hispanic communities in the… Continue
Added by Zulmara Maria on May 23, 2008 at 6:23am —
Growing up is hard to do
In the movie, How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer
, America Ferrera (Real Woman Have Curves) plays the role of the 17 year old daughter/granddaughter…and is she AWESOME!! She gives a beautiful performance of coming of age, trying to find out who she is, breaking with tradition and keeping with tradition and discovering for herself, who she is and who she wants to become. Like the typical girl in transition, sometimes she is very grown-up and at… Continue
Added by Zulmara Maria on May 22, 2008 at 6:33am —
Hey everyone! Check out the new mini-video series about me "in therapy," discussing my reason for writing "Dirty Girls on Top," the sequel to "The Dirty Girls Social Club"....seems my imaginary friends are all a little too real to me.
Hope you like them. There are about 6 of them coming.
Check these two, and if you like 'em, come back for more baby!
http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=Gvl2snEPM4w
http://www. youtube.… Continue
Added by Zulmara Maria on May 21, 2008 at 5:55am —
OMG…I went to see HOW the GARCIA GIRLS SPENT THEIR SUMMER and was totally charmed, I laughed so much at this warm and beautiful rendition of 3 generations of Latinas who are living and breaking the stereotypes that we all know so well and that we all love. The movie traces a summer of love, growth, understanding, and caring of three women related by blood, church, religion, and traditions…and what happens when our traditions no long serve us? And how does one deal with a mother’s awakening…and… Continue
Added by Zulmara Maria on May 18, 2008 at 7:35am —
JanRae Gallery 2008 Call for Artists.pdf
Click on PDF to view CALL For ART for Latin@ artists in the Bay Area. There are several shows coming up.
Added by Maria Sanchez on May 13, 2008 at 3:00pm —
Foothill College Latino Heritage Month
Semans Library at Foothill College, Los Altos - CA
Art will be on display for May 1 - May 30th.
(Thank you Prof. Jose Arenas)
Library Hours are: Mon – Thurs: 8 am to 9 pm Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Closing reception:Thursday May 29th, 1:30 - 2:30pm
in the library courtyard
Here are few pictures from installation… Continue
Added by Maria Sanchez on May 13, 2008 at 10:25am —
You Are Invited!
10th Annual International
Latino Book Awards • May 29
First up on the Latino Literacy Now 2008 calendar of events is the International Latino Book Awards (ILBA) to be held in Room 308AB at the Los Angeles Convention Center at 4:30pm on the afternoon of May 29. Each year the awards ceremony is held in conjunction with BookExpo America, the country's largest book publishing industry trade show.
The nominating process has concluded, the judges have… Continue
Added by Zulmara Maria on May 12, 2008 at 9:47pm —
As we honor our mothers today, I want to share a poem about the debt we owe our ancestors. We are a proud culture with a strong ancestry to back us up...
ADELANTE y Feliz dia a todos...
In the hearts of my ancestors
I find the seedlings of my
Dreams, hopes, wishes, and ambitions
In the minds of my ancestors
I find the source of my
Knowledge, personality, thoughts,… Continue
Added by Zulmara Maria on May 11, 2008 at 7:56am —
i was commissioned by a friend to do a belly cast for her. i had NO clue what this meant, but after she explained that she had already made the cast and all i had to do was decorate it, well, that seemed interesting. i knew she was a fan of frida kahlo and after giving me complete artistic license, it took me [oddly enough] nine months to come up with this:
Added by julie zarate on May 6, 2008 at 10:33pm —
this is a preview of the second silk scarf. i was going for a coral sort of color but instead ended up with something more along the lines of dusty rose. the camera is misbehaving [can't seem to get the flash working, so i'm letting the battery charge, just in case], but i’m mainly having trouble with warm tones in warm incadescent light. i may need to switch out my light… Continue
Added by julie zarate on May 6, 2008 at 9:18pm —
When I came home today, my SISTA SAMPLER box was at the house. You cannot imagine my excitement when I saw the box and realized it had actually come…ALREADY!!!
What a treat…so I proceeded to open it and what wonderful surprises there were in the box…what a delight for the senses…it was AWESOME!!! What a total delight for all the senses. For the eyes, what pretty packages, it is like a Christmas stocking filled with great little… Continue
Added by Zulmara Maria on May 6, 2008 at 7:58pm —
If you are in So. Cal...here is a do not miss event...
Presents and Signs/Presentación y Firma de Libro
"Mujer Sin Límite"
May 10/10 de Mayo
Librería Martínez - Lynwood
Added by Zulmara Maria on May 3, 2008 at 8:12am —
On April 22, 2008, I was interviewed by a radio station in Lanhan, Maryland. Don't ask me how they found me. I just got a request in my e-mail. It was nice because they asked for 12 questions in advance, 6 about me & 6 about my book, CHOOSE ME
; therefore, I had the answers prepared. However, the host did ask me a couple of questions that came out during the interview that I had not sent. Though I had been interviewed on the radio before, I was nervous, especially because I… Continue
Added by XENIA on May 2, 2008 at 10:44am —