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Guest commentary: Acuña Art Gallery @ Café to celebrate Día de los Muertos

October 30, 2014
Guest commentary: Acuña Art Gallery @ Café to celebrate Día de los Muertos

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Armando Vazquez / Guest contributor On Oct. 30, the Acuña Art Gallery @ Café is honored to host our Mixteco brothers and sisters as they prepare their altar. They will be working on the altar and celebrating el Dia del los Muertos from 2 to 9 p.m. Come by lend a hand and celebrate with us. The Acuña Art Gallery @ Café is at 438 S. A...
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Commentary: Día de los Muertos has arrived. Variety of events scheduled for 805 region

October 30, 2014
Commentary: Día de los Muertos has arrived. Variety of events scheduled for 805 region

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 You can almost feel it. That special time of year when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest. Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead is upon us with a number of community groups and organizations planning a variety of events during the coming days. Some events have already begun, such as the 24th annual Free Family Day — Día de los Muertos program held on Oct. 26 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Don’t fret if you missed that celebration. Plenty of new events have been added to our calendar....
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Bilingual commentary: The capacity to learn

October 28, 2014
Bilingual commentary: The capacity to learn

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor Recently I attended the Oxnard College Lecture Series and listened as OC Math Professor Mark Bates spoke about the learning process and our capacity to learn. His talk was truly inspiring. Many of us in the auditorium participated in written exercises that were then summarized for the entire audience. In general, we all agreed that learning something that we wanted...
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Guest commentary: Political Graffiti Part II — Latino groupies

October 27, 2014
Guest commentary: Political Graffiti Part II — Latino groupies

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Rodolfo F. Acuña / Guest contributor In this blog the term “political graffiti” is used in the context of a Harry Gamboa interview.  Harry, an influential Chicano essayist, photographer, director and performance artist, once said that some art has strong form or style but has a poor message while other art has a weak technique but a strong message. This statement recalls the importance of graffiti art...
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Author and human rights activist to receive UCSB’s annual Leal Award

October 23, 2014
Author and human rights activist to receive UCSB’s annual Leal Award

Stella Pope Duarte’s novels and short story collections address barrio life in the Southwest and the role of women in Chicano culture By Andrea Estrada / UCSB Author Stella Pope Duarte is this year’s recipient of UC Santa Barbara’s Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. The award will be presented during a ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Science Building. The event is free and open to the public. Duarte is the author of the highly praised novels “Let Their Spirits Dance and “If I Die in...
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CSU Channel Islands Professor Jose Alamillo honored for helping undocumented students

October 21, 2014
CSU Channel Islands Professor Jose Alamillo honored for helping undocumented students

CAMARILLO — Jose Alamillo, professor of Chicana/o Studies at CSU Channel Islands (CI), was honored for his work to help Latinos and undocumented students break barriers and excel in higher education. The Ventura County chapter of the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) presented Alamillo with its Access to Justice Award on Oct. 17. The award was one of two given to outstanding community leaders who promote the advancement of Latinos at MABA’s Annual Scholarship Dinner. “What is noteworthy about Professor Alamillo is that he is Mexican-born, he was raised here in Ventura County, he benefitted from the Educational Opportunity...
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Bilingual commentary: Without you I will “die”

October 21, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Without you I will “die”

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor The other day I was listening to the lyrics of a song composed in the 1920s. It caught my attention because of its perspective on love and dependency. Many romantic songs, unfortunately, promote the idea that without the other person, we are “nothing,” or “lost,” or “worthless.”  In this particular song, the singer proclaims that he or she can be...
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Acuña Art Gallery @ Café on A to hold reception for ‘Collective Voices-Abundant Years’ exhibit on Oct. 24

October 20, 2014
Acuña Art Gallery @ Café on A to hold reception for ‘Collective Voices-Abundant Years’ exhibit on Oct. 24

OXNARD — The Acuña Art Gallery @ Café on A will hold a reception for the “Collective Voices-Abundant Years” exhibit at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at 438 S. A St., Oxnard. The exhibit, continuing through Nov. 23, is curated by Jacquie Biaggi, Vanessa Acosta and Armando Vazquez. It will bring together some of the most important, creative and talented ceramists, sculptures and artists in area together for this historic arts exhibition, organizers reported in a media release. It is dedicated to Professor Vincent Flocco, who created and developed the Oxnard College Ceramics Workshop. It is also a tribute to...
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Inlakech Cultural Arts Center to present final free Día de los Muertos workshop on Oct. 25 in Oxnard

October 20, 2014
Inlakech Cultural Arts Center to present final free Día de los Muertos workshop on Oct. 25 in Oxnard

OXNARD — The Inlakech Cultural Arts Center will present the final free Saturday Día de los Muertos workshop on Oct. 25 in Oxnard. The workshop isin preparation for the 7th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Camarillo. The workshop will include finishing up craft art projects, altar design and construction, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center, 126 Amelia Court, Oxnard. The 7th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2052...
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present ‘Free Family Days — Día de los Muertos’ on Oct. 26

October 20, 2014
Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present ‘Free Family Days — Día de los Muertos’ on Oct. 26

SANTA BARBARA — The 25th annual “Free Family Days — Día de los Muertos” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara. The event includes music and dance performances by Conjunto Jardin, Folkloric Dance Group Quetzalcoatl, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments. Limited edition t-shirts and tote bags, with original, stenciled designs created by La Cuesta Continuation High School student artists, are also on sale as part of the celebration. The sale proceeds...
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CSU Channel Islands to hold sixth annual ‘Day of the Dead: Celebration of Life’ on Oct. 27

October 20, 2014
CSU Channel Islands to hold sixth annual ‘Day of the Dead: Celebration of Life’ on Oct. 27

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the campus and community to join in the sixth annual “Day of the Dead: Celebration of Life,” on Monday, Oct. 27, at the John Spoor Broome Library, the university reported in a media release. Presented by CI Intercultural Services, the Broome Library, and students of the Art program, the free public event features speakers, dancers, music, face painting, crafts, art exhibitions, and the opportunity to participate in creating a giant sand mural altar on the Library Plaza. Sand Mural Altar Installation – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., join...
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Guest commentary: Political Graffiti Part I — I am my sister and brother’s keeper

October 20, 2014
Guest commentary: Political Graffiti Part I — I am my sister and brother’s keeper

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Rodolfo F. Acuña / Guest contributor This week has been a mind blower. The news is filled with Ebola – the hysfrenzyteria around it reminds me of the HIV/AIDS. Homosexuals and Africans were said to have been punished by god. The kooks had a field day. The Ebola epidemic is eliciting a similar response, but not yet as open. Like the gang problem it was okay...
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Luis Alberto Urrea will be the guest speaker at the 10th annual Campus Reading Celebration at CSU Channel Islands on Oct. 16

October 13, 2014
Luis Alberto Urrea will be the guest speaker at the 10th annual Campus Reading Celebration at CSU Channel Islands on Oct. 16

CAMARILLO —  CSU Channel Islands (CI) will welcome award-winning writer Luis Urrea for the 10th Annual Campus Reading Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the Grand Salon, the university reported in a media release. The Campus Reading Celebration is an annual event that unites the campus, community and notable authors in a shared intellectual experience. This year, students nominated and selected Urrea’s 1996 non-fiction work, “By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border,” as the Campus Reading Celebration book. Fitting CI’s dedication to an interdisciplinary curriculum, the book touches on topics and issues...
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UCSB Multicultural Center to present ‘Arte Intimo, Arte Público: Spirit, Vision and Form / The Art of Judy Baca’ lecture on Oct. 16

October 13, 2014
UCSB Multicultural Center to present ‘Arte Intimo, Arte Público: Spirit, Vision and Form / The Art of Judy Baca’ lecture on Oct. 16

SANTA BARBARA — The UCSB Multicultural Center will present “Arte Intimo, Arte Público: Spirit, Vision and Form | The Art of Judy Baca” through Dec. 19 at the MCC Lounge. Baca, a world-renowned painter and muralist, community arts pioneer, scholar and educator, will speak at a lecture in the MCC Theater at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. Currently a professor of Chicano/a Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, Baca was the founder of the first City of Los Angeles Mural Program in 1974, which evolved into a community arts organization known as the Social and Public Art Resource...
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Bilingual commentary: The Brave Steeds of Helios

October 13, 2014
Bilingual commentary: The Brave Steeds of Helios

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor One recent morning, I found myself thinking about this radiant and mysterious orb that rises and sets every day and without which we could not live. It gives us warmth, but wrinkles and burns our skin; it energizes our food and blesses us with the weather that gives us crops, but it can also beat down on us mercilessly on...
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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! to present ‘Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater – Transforming the World Through Dance’ Oct. 17-19

October 13, 2014
¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! to present ‘Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater – Transforming the World Through Dance’ Oct. 17-19

SANTA BARBARA — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! will present Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater in free family performances and dance classes Oct. 17-19 in Santa Barbara County. Dedicated to transforming the world through dance and committed to making their work accessible to all, Contra-Tiempo will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road; at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo St.; and at Santa Barbara Jr. High at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Marjorie Luke Theater, 721 E. Cota St. The company will offer...
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Santa Paula Museum of Art to present opening reception of the 21st annual De Colores Art Show on Oct. 18

October 13, 2014
Santa Paula Museum of Art to present opening reception of the 21st annual De Colores Art Show on Oct. 18

SANTA PAULA — The Santa Paula Art Museum will present the opening reception for the 21st De Colores Art Show — “In Search of Magulandia,” from noon to 4 p.m Saturday, Oct. 18 at 117 N.10th St., downtown Santa Paula. The show is a tribute to the legacy of visionary Chicano artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján (1940 – 2011). The opening reception will feature music by Conjunto Los Pochos led by Magu’s eldest son, Otoño Luján. The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum will then hold a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at 926 Railroad Ave.,...
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Oxnard College Foundation to present Seventh annual Tardeada on Oct. 18

October 13, 2014
Oxnard College Foundation to present Seventh annual Tardeada on Oct. 18

OXNARD —  The Oxnard College Foundation will present the 7th Annual Tardeada at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Building, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. The event will be followed by the Latino Thought Makers Series’ presentation of Grammy-winning Chicano Rock Band Quetzal at 7 p.m. at the auditorium. Tickets for both the tardeada and performance are $25 general admission, $20 for students. General admission for the tardeada only is $15. Admission for Quetzal performance only is $10 general admission, $5 for students. Sponsored by the Oxnard College Institute for Latino Performing Arts. Call 805-986-5813...
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‘Tres Vidas’ with story lines featuring Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Rufina Amaya to be presented by CLU’s Chamber Music Theatre on Oct. 10

October 6, 2014
‘Tres Vidas’ with story lines featuring Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Rufina Amaya to be presented by CLU’s Chamber Music Theatre on Oct. 10

THOUSAND OAKS —  ‘Tres Vidas’ with story lines featuring Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Storni, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks in the Samuelson Chapel. Presented by CLU’s Chamber Music Theatre, the work marries theatrical narrative with chamber music. The performance celebrates the lives, times and work of these three Latin American Women: artist Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Amaya of El Salvador and poet Storni of Argentina. Actress Denise Estrada portrays multiple roles while interacting with the onstage musical trio of Ju Young Lee, cello;...
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October cover story: De Colores Art Show honors Gilbert ‘Magu’ Luján

October 1, 2014
October cover story: De Colores Art Show honors Gilbert ‘Magu’ Luján

Exhibit at the Santa Paula Art Museum celebrates 21st year in the city For the 21st year, Santa Paula will play host to the De Colores Art Show, an event that brings together the works of artist from throughout Ventura County and elsewhere in Southern California and the Southwest. However, this year’s event will feature the theme “In Search of Magulandia,” with the opening with a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Featuring works by more 30 artists, the show is a tribute to the legacy of visionary Chicano artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján (1940...
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Día de los Muertos time is rapidly approaching

October 1, 2014
Día de los Muertos time is rapidly approaching

Workshops already in progress to prepare items for Day of the Dead celebrations throughout the region By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 Soon the aroma of marigolds and copal incense will waft through the air, beckoning spirits to cross over the thin veil between life and death. Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead is upon us with a growing number of celebrations planned for the 805 region. It is a time for Hispanic families to prepare their ofrendas / altars — collect the photos of the dearly departed, make sugar skulls, create some of their loved...
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Local

October 1, 2014
Local

SANTA BARBARA — Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is seeking produce donors and volunteers for the Foodbank Backyard Bounty Day on Saturday, Oct. 25. Foodbank is calling out to community members with harvest sites (orchards or gardens) in south Santa Barbara County, and volunteers to help harvest, with the goal of harvesting over five tons of produce, the organization reported in a media release. Backyard Bounty Day is an opportunity to enjoy harvesting produce at ranches, historic estates and backyards in the region, while helping Foodbank serve one in four people throughout the county, the organization reported. “We are...
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Commentary: As Hispanic high school dropout rates fall, 4-year degrees lag

October 1, 2014
Commentary: As Hispanic high school dropout rates fall, 4-year degrees lag

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 Given all the news that funding for public education continues to suffer from the “Cut government spending” crowd, it is surprising that a new Pew Research Center report indicates that Hispanics and blacks are leading the trend of reducing the overall high school dropout rate. In a report written by Richard Fry based on newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s dropout rate for 18-to-24 year olds reached a record low of 7 percent in 2013, down from 12 percent reported in the year 2000. While Hispanics still have the...
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Guest commentary: From Selena to Cristela: Our moment is now

October 1, 2014
Guest commentary: From Selena to Cristela: Our moment is now

By Miguel Orzoco / Guest contributor Nearly 20 years ago the Latino community lost one of its greatest performers. Selena Quintanilla Perez, the embodiment of our aspirations and dreams, was tragically taken away. She was only 23 years old. We lost not only one of our brightest stars, but also someone who was like family. We knew her. We connected with her … she was us. At the time of her passing, Selena was starting to cross over to English-language radio — finally, one of our own would be one of the greatest ever, in both Spanish and English,...
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Bilingual commentary: Trust, permission and sales

October 1, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Trust, permission and sales

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor As I continue studying digital marketing (I plan to launch a marketing blog in the near future), I am becoming intensely aware of the changing philosophy behind salesmanship. Whereas in the past (and unfortunately to the present day) people in sales were trained to “convince” prospects to buy, and counter their every objection with something clever, and sometimes practically humiliate...
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