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Winter 2007 Classes February -April
Shaping Lives through Art, Education and Community Action

Art Share Los Angeles is a community arts incubator whose mission is to shape lives through art, education and community action. Operating out of a huge converted warehouse in the Artists' District, Art Share offers free art classes with incredibly talented artists. For nine years, Art Share has had inspiring results in creating a variety of programs that address educational and social needs by using the arts, counseling, mentoring and technology as tools for change.

Please call Ricardo Perez at (213) 687-4278 x19 to sign up for classes. He will provide you with the forms you need to fill out. All information received is confidential. If you have difficulty providing the necessary information, fill out as much of it as you can sign it and bring it in. No one will be turned away.

All classes are FREE to students Ages 13 to 22 from low income families. If you are over 22 and you would like to take a class, you can become a Student Mentor within the class of your choice.

All classes are held at Art Share Los Angeles which is located in the downtown Artists' District.

Huizar V. Parra: The Fallout and the Follow-up

Huizar Response to Article Prompts New Questions; New Details Emerge

By Edward Rivera

Last issue's article on 14th District Councilmember Jose Huizar ("Breach of Faith: Who is the Real Jose Huizar") elicited a bizarre response not only from the Council office, but a wide swath of  bloggers and callers who contacted the newspaper with more details. Calling some accusations "outrageous and blatantly false," the councilman responded with a letter to the Arroyo Seco Journal to address the major points of the story. The letter, sent by campaign consultant Parke Skelton, took issue with three allegations against Huizar leveled by his opponent Alvin Parra, and  subsequently investigated by the newspaper.

The three allegations were that: Huizar failed to act when Henry James Lugo, a convicted child molester was at a Council-sponsored event, in violation of his parole, even after Lugo attempted to molest a Huizar staffer's child; that Huizar failed to stop the expanded permit of a Boyle Heights toxic waste transfer station; and that he signed misleading documents while making illegal improvements to a home he owned in El Sereno. While addressing the charges, the letter raised new questions, and new details have emerged which contradict some of Huizar's responses.

(The full text of Huizar's response is available at )

In season at the Old LA (Highland Park) Farmers Market

By Seth Budick - -Cross-posted from NelaList

Farmersmarket_17 Strawberry season in Southern California is a pretty remarkable thing, being essentially endless.  While the summer certainly brings the greatest bonanza of berries, a dozen or so varieties are cultivated in the region, each with its own particular climatological preference, ensuring us a
constant supply of delicious fruit. So, even as production slows in the winter months, we're lucky enough to enjoy a source of sweet berries in the form of Santiago Farms.

While strawberries are fairly ubiquitous at local farmers markets, raspberries are a much rarer treat since they typically prefer the cooler temperatures of Northern California and hit their stride in the summer and fall. Once again though, Santiago Farms, from Nipomo, near San Luis Obispo, comes to the rescue, with wonderful raspberries and blackberries even in winter's midst. Both strawberries and raspberries are very high in vitamin C and fiber, as well as antioxidants, and both are associated with low blood pressure and cardiovascular health. A delicious way of combining these two fruits is to make a mixed berry sauce. Just puree 1C each of raspberries and strawberries and mix in 1/4C sugar; this sauce is perfect for pouring over pancakes, french toast, or ice cream.

For a list of what's in season at the farmers market, as well as recipes and nutritional information on everything you'll find there, take a look at And while you're at the market, enjoy fresh roasted corn and potatoes, tamales and honey pineapple chicken, as well as delicious breads and pastries from Ann's Bakery.

Please stop by the market for fresh, field-ripened, high quality produce from local farmers and spend time with your friends, neighbors and other community members.

The Highland Park Certified Farmers Market is located adjacent to the Highland Park Gold Line station at Marmion Way between Ave. 57 & 58 and operates Tuesdays from 3-7PM.

- Seth Budick

A Breach of Faith: Who is the Real Jose Huizar?

Exclusive to the Arroyo Seco Journal
by Edward Rivera

When Jose Huizar filed in 2005 to run for the vacant 14th District seat of newly elected mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, many political observers were as yet unaware of the surprising power the mayor could wield in seemingly "anointing" a successor. As Villaraigos's pick, Huizar overwhelmingly defeated incumbent Nick Pacheco. It was the first time that most could remember a sitting  Councilmember being defeated so soundly.

Now, however, as Huizar faces an election challenge from his former field director Alvin Parra, and a loosely organized revolt from former staffers, it seems many in the district find themselves wondering exactly who it was they voted for.

An Arroyo Seco Journal investigation has revealed a wide dissension within the Councilman's Office, and has uncovered several new allegations. Among them: Huizar refused to act when his staff urged him to take action against a convicted child molester who had attempted to prey on the children of Huizar's own staff.

For the full story, go to

Maintenance - Please Stand By

We are updating and rearranging a few things here on NELALive.  So if the site looks funny, or acts dodgy, please don't worry, it is temporary.  Things will be back to normal shortly.

Where are the Chicana/o artists this weekend/next week?

Where are the Chicana/o artists this weekend/next week? 

This Chicana artist was in Baja California celebrating her 60th birthday, so no newsletter this week. So until next week… Shalom, RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina

Where will you be???


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La Tocada Latina: Free radio SAIC with La Veneno Cortes
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Fridays, 5 - 6p Chicago/Mexico, 3 - 4p LA
312.345.3805 carminacortes@... Freeradio@... 

Listen to Carmina Cortes, a local Chicana artist, as she broadcasts from art school in Chicago. Go to the website, click on Listen Now, then an orange box will pop up can send your hellos & even see Carmina on this little orange box.  She'll be playing music en espanol.  You can call her & be on the air as well.

Community Drum Circles
Sundays, 12:30p families, 1:30p adults only
Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove
323.222.4740 rockroseart@...

Drum Circle - Bring your own drum or percussion instrument or use one of those provided by the gallery.  Taught by Mr Blue, a versatile artist from New York.

Jazz Composers Workshop

Sundays, 3 - 5:30p
Rock Rose Gallery/Productions & Arroyo Books, 4108 N Figueroa St, Sycamore Grove
323.222.4740 rockroseart@...

Son Jarocho Classes 
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 6p
East Side Café, 5469 Huntington Dr N, LA, CA
Donations are accepted

Son Jarocho Classes! Learn to: Play Jarana: String Instrument from Veracruz; Dance Zapateado; Sing & compose Sones-songs; & Gain Knowledge of Son Jarocho music, Children, teens & Adults 

A Mic & Dim Lights

Thursdays, 9p

Cal Poly Downtown Center, 300 2nd St, Pomona (Arts Colony)

Door: 300 pennies


Free Salsa Dance Class with Miguel: 7 – 8p

Live Music: 9p - 1:30a

Steven's SteakHouse, 5332 Steven's Place City of Commerce, CA
323.723.9856 Fay@...

There are lots of great dancers & surprises. They hope to see you there soon.


Call for Posters-Subvertisements: Extended deadline February 2: The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) is asking artists, organizations, and activists for poster submissions for our upcoming exhibition entitled Subvertisements—Approaching Logos for Protest. This exhibition will feature posters that use well-known logos and advertising imagery to tackle ongoing struggles for social change at home and abroad.

CSPG’s newest exhibition is scheduled to premiere March 2007 at the California State University, Northridge’s Art Galleries. With over 32,000 expected audience members, your posters will impact and educate a large population on the important issues your organization promotes. CSPG encourages you to use this exhibition as an organizing tool to forward your mission and broaden your constituency. Branding has never been more pervasive. Adults and children alike are pressured to buy the latest products in the market. Consumption has become the foundation for cultural identity. Urban and rural landscapes are saturated with advertisements on billboards, in publications, on television, and even in bathroom stalls.

By combining familiar images with social critique, Subvertisements will use satire to draw attention to current issues and/or to expose illegal and inhumane infractions committed by prominent corporations. This exhibit will challenge viewers to rethink their roles as consumers and citizens, and inspire them to become active participants for social change. By donating your posters, they will become a part of CSPG’s unique archive that will be accessible to the general public and researchers for years to come.

Criteria for posters CSPG collects:

1. It must be produced in multiples such as silkscreen, offset, stencil, litho, digital output etc. CSPG maintains the largest archive of post-World War II political posters in the U.S., with more than 50,000 domestic and international posters in our collection. Through traveling exhibitions, online photo albums, internships, and volunteer opportunities, CSPG is reclaiming the power of art to inspire people to action.

2.The poster must have overt political content.

If you would like to submit posters, please contact: Center for the Study of Political Graphics, 8124 W Third St, Ste 211, LA, CA 90048-4309

The Chargers Will Win the SuperBowl

Okay, how stupid is that remark?

The San Diego Chargers are the absolute best team in the NFL.  They had the best record, had the best offense, and had a top-ranked defense; all the statistics say that they are the best team.

The Chargers lost in the first round of the playoffs.  Thus, they are ineligible to play in the Super Bowl. 

The Chargers would have been the best team if they stuck to their game plan against the Patriots.

Allright.  Let's stop this inane conversation right here.

The Center For Responsible Lending says that one in five homes with a non-prime loan, obtained in the past five years, will end up in foreclosure.  They released the report "Losing Ground" in December. 

Gosh, that sounds more unrealistic than the Chargers winning the Superbowl.

They say that real estate prices are plummeting, people got risky loans where they didn't have to prove their income, and subprime borrowers are deadbeats that never get ahead in life.

Hmmm...what about the fact that over 90% of non-prime loans DO prove the ability to repay the loan?


How about the fact that California is predicted to have a severe housing shortage by 2010?  Prices rise when supply can't keep up with demand.

Okay...but those deadbeats...

...who bought their home in 2004 with a non-prime loan (because they had no downpayment) in Northeast Los Angeles are some $200,000 richer.  That's one RICH deadbeat.

But the Center for Responsible Lending says that the equity will just evaporate! Ha!

Okay, win...want to bet the Chargers don't win the Superbowl this year?

MORAL:  Anyone can call themselves a "Center" and spook you with funny numbers; don't believe the hype.

In season at the Old LA (Highland Park) Farmers Market

By Seth Budick - -Cross-posted from NelaList

Farmersmarket_16 If you're like me, you might have had trouble sleeping last week, with images of icicle encrusted citrus dancing in your head. Well so far, it looks like our farmers came out more or less ok, though we'll know more in the next few weeks as pickers evaluate all the fruit. In the short term at least, there's certainly no shortage of any of your favorite fruit, so don't let that stop you from coming down to the market this week.

There's probably no more humble vegetable at the winter market than broccoli. So ubiquitous that you might look right past it, especially if you're one of the small, but vocal minority that isn't enamored of this Italian native. But perhaps those doubters have never tasted broccoli as fresh as what's available right now at the market from Santiago Farms. If you've ever grown it in a backyard garden, you know that the flavor of broccoli, like that of virtually every fresh vegetable, decays rapidly after picking. That's why garden or farm fresh broccoli has a vitality, a flavor that I think of as "greenness" that disappears virtually overnight after harvest. I don't need to say it, but this is yet another reason why we're so lucky to have this market in our collective backyard, because we can enjoy the freshness of just-picked vegetables without that pesky downpayment on our own tractors.

Broccoli is actually cousin to about half the vegetables at the farmers market, being a member of the cabbage family. The resemblance to cauliflower, its paler and more tightly bunched sibling is clear, but broccoli is also related to cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi and collard greens. And like most of those vegetables, broccoli is almost ridiculously good for you; rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, fiber and folate (especially important for pregnant women), and more minerals than you could shake a stick at. As far as cooking goes, broccoli, steamed or sauteed, loves garlic of course. It can be easy to get into a rut though with broccoli, so why not try this recipe for an easy (30 min or less) and scrumptious cream of broccoli soup, perfect for a cold weeknight dinner. Just add 1lb (about 2 bunches) of broccoli florets to a pot of 4 cups of vegetable broth (Trader Joe's has a good one) along with 4 cloves of garlic and a roughly chopped and skinned russet potato. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Puree the vegetables and broth in a blender and add 2 tsp. salt and 1C, in descending order of indulgence, of cream, half & half, or (shudder) milk and warm again. This soup is great the second day, so don't worry about not finishing it, and thank Mark Bittman for the idea.

The usual winter suspects are all in season, take a look at for a list, as well as recipes and nutritional information for everything available at the market. As always, if you have a recipe involving market produce that's so good you'd like to share, please send it to sbudick @ And if you're not the greatest cook, that's alright too as honey pineapple chicken, fresh tamales, roasted corn and potatoes are all available for dinner. And don't forget about the tempting and delicious fresh breads, cheeses and fruit preserves also available at the market.

Please stop by the market for fresh, field-ripened, high quality produce from local farmers and spend time with your friends, neighbors and other community members.

The Highland Park Certified Farmers Market is located adjacent to the Highland Park Gold Line station at Marmion Way between Ave. 57 & 58 and operates Tuesdays from 3-7PM.