This Friday Fundraiser event for Fawksie One & Family

Come and show your support to our friend, sister, and fellow Underground Hip Hop MC this Friday May 1, 2015! Located at 410 Bamboo Lane, Los Angeles, Ca. 90012.

 

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

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Hats off to Dr. Seuss Exhibit @ EC Beverly Hills Gallery

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!” In honor of Dr. Seuss 75th anniversary of the book “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins”. EC Gallery in Beverly Hills will exhibit a rare collection of never before seen works of Dr. Seuss as well as his extravagant hat collection! Find us there tomorrow April 24, 2015 at Exclusive Galleries located at 229 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

This is so exciting! Frida and I will be there to witness this special occasion.

Please click on the link below to find out more info

http://ecgallery.com/events/hats-off-dr-seuss/

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

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Matt Small- Sentient Closing Reception this weekend!

Join me this Saturday April 25, 2015 at the Wall Street Gallery located 300 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048. For the closing reception of London based artist Matt Small.

It is always exciting to learn about new artists and new forms of mediums used to create such masterpieces as the ones Matt Small is exhibiting to Los Angeles. I must admit I had not seen this type of exquisite art in so long, therefore looking forward to enjoying it presence of works in person. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to connect with beautiful Jackie Arzu, friend of talented London based artist Matt Small . Thank you Jackie and see you at the Wall Street Gallery!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

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Fawksie One: Please Donate & Share

FAWKSIEThe worst events that could happen to any parent trying to make the right choices for their children is to have everything fall apart before their eyes. And that is exactly what is happening to Underground Hip Hop Female MC, sister, and fellow loyal contributor to our Arts & Music communities; Fawksie One.

Due to unseen circumstances, Fawksie One lost all her assets and has left her and her daughter living in hotel rooms with limited resources. It really breaks my heart that she is paying some high consequences for trying to leave a life behind that was not positive for the well-being of her daughter.

Fawksie One is one those performers that cares so much for her fans, her city; her music is explicit and has shared this gift with us all for over a decade. She has offered so much of her time and dedication in helping others execute successful events, art shows as well as fundraisers. With all that being said and in this time of her misfortune I ask of you to show your support. It is said that hard times reveal loyalty and genuine support to those that support you! Therefore, this is your chance to help Fawksie rebuilt her home for daughter Violet and herself.

Just click on the link below:

http://www.gofundme.com/s73ucg8?fb_action_ids=10202699881538035&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_ref=undefined

 

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

 

 

 

 

Recap of La Bulla Art Exhibit & Cultural Event

La Bulla executed such an astounding evening this past Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Plaza de la Raza which is located at 3540 North Mission Road, Lincoln Heights, California. I would like to congratulate the entire team behind this successful event and give thanks for a unique cultural experience for us Chicanos/a. What a great way to represent our traditions in Lucha Libre; the art was exquisite as well as the live entertainment and activities throughout the event.

The tickets sold fast and a lot of my friends were participating artists for this show so it was a must for me to show my support and document once more current events within the arts in our communities. And thanks to Natily Gonzalez for allowing me to come in as Press Staff to cover La Bulla, so I was really excited to partake in press coverage. Much love and respects for this hard working lady as well as Antonio Pelayo.

As I approached the location; the line for admission was wrapped around the building! Insane, it was not even time to open the doors yet. Low-rider cars were at the entrance as you walked in just as if they were welcoming you to Lincoln Heights. As I entered the event, the vendors and entertainment was in full effect; which led me straight to the art gallery. I had to take pictures before it got really packed later on that night. The layout of the exhibit was mind blowing, such a great job on design and layout and all the art was so unique and extraordinary! I was so excited to see so many familiar artists under one roof sharing their art for a good cause. There was art work by Shepherd Fairy, Phowl SKA, Roten, my good friend Defer, Raul Orozco, Raul Frame, Jackie Boy, Ezra One, Germ Izm, George Labrada and so many other great artists on display. I think I must have gone inside several times throughout the night just to take in all that art.

As the night progressed, enjoyed cumbias sabrosas and some ska music as well. La Lucia Libre wrestling was hilarious (in its adult humor content) other than that, they held a good show and kept the crows pumped; which is so important because we all feed off of each others good vibes. Now aside to meeting paths with old friends, Graffiti artists and colleagues; I was on a personal quest to finally meet the mysterious artist and talented make up artist Susie Cue. Now, I have known her for over three years over social media, have even linked in gigs together but I had never met her in person! I kept on asking for her where the area for face painting was at. And when I almost gave up and went back to the gallery; there she was, really cool and humble in person. No worries Susie Cue, we will collaborate on something soon. I also was able to hang out with dear friend Eriberto Oriol and his beautiful wife Angelica as well as Nuke UTI, Wendy Random Chavez, Chee UTI, and the SKA Crew family whom I love so much. Shout out to Jez, Neer, Kause, Dras, Phowl, Roten, Vert and all the lovely ladies that were on the dance floor with me all night.

Anuh was my dancing and partner in crime throughout the entire event. We drank a few Jimador shots of tequila which made it smoother to get on that dance floor like pros. Great times are spent with extraordinary people. And I think this was the best way to end our night, on the dance floor! The DJ Gargamel played some good music, from Old School & Hip Hop to Cumbias and Punta; the characters on the dance floor made it all worthwhile to see.

I must say; it was a “Mas Firme Que Wow” night! Live music, tequila, Lucha Libre and great art; this is a classic Lincoln Heights night. What best way to represent ourselves, our low riders, our Art and being of Mexican decent to those outside our culture. We take pride in who we are and I was glad I was able to be a part of that at La Bulla.

So much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

 

 

Ms. Unique @ BATTLEGROUNDZ Graff Expo Event!

MAAC Community Charter School is presenting the BATTLEGROUNDZ event; which will consist of a Graff Expo, BBoy/BGirl Battle and Sticker Swap. So you know we will be San Diego bound on  May  2, 2015! This will take place at 1385 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, Ca. 91911. Early Birthday Celebration Road trip for myself and friends.

Lets roll and support our San Diego Graffiti Family! I think the last time I was out there was last year when we hosted the Silver and True Blue Battle San Diego in which our brother Zane WCA West Coast Artists took the winning title. The San Diego Graffiti family welcomed me with open arms and haven’t been able to return and show support to their events, so I am really looking forward to this trip down the 5 Sur Freeway.  Check out the line up of Graff Artists such as my friend Ms. Unique One; I had actually met her out there in San Diego and ever since our connection we have stayed in touch and support one and other in all we do. Women Rise Together!

No excuses Ms. Unique, see you at the BATTLEGOUNDZ!

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

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La Bulla Art Exhibit & Cultural Event @ Plaza de la Raza this weekend!

I am really excited about the event that will take place in our beautiful city of Los Angeles this weekend; yet another reason to feel so Brown & Proud and take part of such an inspiring and enriched Cultura. The most anticipated art exhibit, lucha libre and concert of the year is about to take place this Saturday April 11, 2015 at Historical Plaza de La Raza which is located at 3540 Mission Road, Los Angeles, California. 90031. From 7:pm 1:00am. As many of you know, I am always supporting our local artists as well as organizations working towards a good cause and what else but a good pachanga that represents our Hispanic Cultura y Sabor. For this and so many other reasons I encourage you all to come down to La Bulla and be a part of this amazingly organized event. Aside to the sick line up of sponsors, Lucha Libre wrestlers and celebrities; so many of my friends and family will partake on this glorious night such as Ed Gutter, Susie Cue, Germizm, Shepard Fairy, Atomik Art, and so many other artists whom I am a huge fan of!

Proceeds to this event will work towards more cultural events and concerts for Plaza de la Raza which will benefit our Lincoln Heights community!

To all my International followers, please stay tuned for a Dope Recap of La Bulla Event!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Tickets are being sold fast! You can easily purchase your ticket to La Bulla at the link below:

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You can also find out more about La Bulla, sponsors, partners as well as the entire team behind this exclusive event at: http://www.labulla.org/index.html La-bulla 1506673_637571893043208_4690608669742485482_n