I telling you man I am a lucky one. On Wednesday August 26, 2015. I had the good fortune to attend a very emotive and inspirational installment of Rick Najera’s Latino Thought Makers series hosted at Oxnard College. The Latino Thought Makers Series is an important initiative designed to engage, educate and entertain students of Oxnard College, the city of Oxnard and greater Ventura County communities. The successful series has showcased the careers of the most prominent Latinos in Hollywood including actors Edward James Olmos, Esai Morales, the family of Cesar Chavez, the creator and cast of Hulu’s East Los High and more. Award-winning writer-director Rick Najera is Artistic Development Director for the third consecutive season of the Oxnard College Institute for Latino Performing Arts. Rick Najera is a writer-director-producer-speaker and author working in all forms of entertainment. Currently, Najera is a staff writer on Hulu’s hugely popular show, East Los High and director of the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase for the 11th consecutive year which has developed more breakout television and film stars in the industry than any other network today under his tutelage. Najera also speaks nationwide on a variety of topical issues including themes from his […]
Celebrating Latino Art and Culture via the theme of Lucha Libre. On Saturday April 11, 2015 @ 7:00p Plaza de la Raza Los Angeles, CA Antonio Pelayo brings us La Bulla. La Bulla is Antonio’s latest installment of art and cultural events. For more then five years Antonio has been responsible for bringing to fruition El Velorio A Day of the Dead art event at L.A.’s renowned cultural arts center Plaza De La Raza. Continually evolving his perspective and community involvement as well as his commitment to sharing his love of culture and art with the public at large. Antonio manages to marry art, music, lucha libre (Mexican wrestling), food, and the whimsy of camp in this event properly titled La Bulla (loosely translated: BIG FUN FUSS). Participants include event curator Dan Madigan. Madigan’s credits include best selling book “Mondo Lucha A Go-Go”, published by HarperCollins, hailed as THE definitive book covering all aspects of lucha libre. In the world of pro wrestling Madigan has gained international notoriety for writing and directing the shows “RAW” and “Smackdown” for Vince McMahon and the WWE. As writer/director he’s been responsible for creating some of the most memorable and “envelope pushing” […]
The “El Velorio” (funeral wake/vigil) event is being brought to us by award winning artist and Los Angeles native Antonio Pelayo who is also the head of special effects at Disney studios, as founder and director of “El Velorio” Antonio’s vision is to create a space were artist can come together to celebrate and share their art around the central theme of the Day of the Dead whose origins trace back not just to Mexico but to very heart of this continent and its pre-Columbian ancestry. Since its beginnings in 2010, “El Velorio” has gained momentum steadily growing each year. Dedicated to showcasing up and coming artist and talent, “El Velorio” is a multicultural event that celebrates the cultural traditions of Day of the Dead featuring an art exhibition, live music, an altar installation and much more. “El Velorio” @ Plaza De La Raza 3540 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles, Ca. Saturday Nov 8th @ 7p. DON’T MISS IT!!!