Category Archives: Art Critics

Kush Mobile Sesh Party-

Come out and network with the 420 event, Friday, September 29, 2017 7pm to 12am. Located at Black Hollywood 8916 Western Avenue, Los Angeles California. With special guest DJ Choice One from 93.5 KDAY-Back in the Day Hits!

Live Graffiti Painting by KCC.

See You all there

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

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Sneak Peak of Upcoming Art Collection of Paul Daniel Garcia

Artist Paul Daniel Garcia is working on a new collection of art, more colorful and vivid than ever, its contrast combination of LA style, Contemporary and Native American traditional subject matter.

Stay tuned for an exclusive release of Art available at http://www.pauldanielgarcia.bigcartel.com
Support those that Support You
Much Love & Respect,
Monica Smiles Tobon

 

“From the West to the East” King Cre8 & Keo @ Espacio 1839

What’s Up Los Angeles! check out this special invite to a grand opening reception of works by OG King Cre8 & Keo. Come out and witness history in the making of 2 legendary artists  from Los Angeles early Graffiti Art scene, original style & skills. “King Cre8  & Keo  have exhibited their masterpieces in the Pasadena USC Pacific Asia Museum, California African American Museum, ESMOA, MOCA & the GETTY Museum Research Institute permanent collection to name a few. So you do not want to miss out on this evening.


The event will take place at Espacio 1839 East 1st. Street, Los Angeles, California 90033

See you this Saturday Sept. 9, 2017 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm.


Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

For More Information follow Cre8 at:  https://kingcre8.com/

Award Winning Documentary: Equal Means Equal (Igual Es Igual)

World Premiere of the award-winning documentary,

Equal Means Equal (Igual Es Igual)
Spanish Screening

Friday Evening
6:00 PM

Plaza De Coltura Y Artes
501 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join in for a night of film, dance, art exhibit, food, vendors and most importantly of all education and empowerment for the Los Angeles Latina community.

 To RSVP Please Click On the Link Below

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-premiere-of-the-award-winning-documentary-equal-means-equal-screening-in-spanish-tickets-37262996626

 

Fawksie1 & Dj Ethos//No Artificial Flavors//Album Release Party

West Up Los Angeles! So proud to announce our girl from the NELA Fawksie One debut a long awaited Album “No Artificial Flavors” Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at the Kaos Network located at 4343 Leimert Blvd. Los Angeles, Califas 90008. Hosted by Abstract Rude and live performances by Vel the Wonder.

Cd’s 20$ (portion of each purchase of the album will be donated to Maternal Mental Health Now an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to Postpartum Depression ♥)

5$ Donation at the door (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds) But we must support this community space!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon


The last project I put out was May 2012 //LOVE SICK// and before that //DON’T TAKE ME LIGHTLY// October 2010. I also have become a Mother in between this period of time suffered and survived a horrible postpartum depression… amongst other setbacks …anyway lol I’m back with mo fiyah! I really want to bring together the Hip-Hop community for this event combining the elements and basking in the beauty of it all as one! So come one come all MC’s, DJ’s, B-Boys & Girls, Pop lockers, Graffiti Writers, Beat makers and creative and conscious minds LET’S GET DOWN and celebrate my blood sweat and tears! FAWKSIE ONE


For more information, check out their Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1276811712436051/?active_tab=about

 

 

Chocolate & Art Show: Miami Edition

ARTISTS NEEDED for CHOCOLATE AND ART SHOW in MIAMI 2017
WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING ART of ALL MEDIUMS for SUBMISSIONS, and TABLE SPACES for VENDORS, and MUSIC BANDS.

MAY 18th and 19th, 2017.

Chocolate And Art Show, will take in our new Venue WYNWOOD WAREHOUSE PROJECT

Chocolate And Art show which is currently one of the biggest underground art shows in LOS ANGELES, with over 1500 people in attendance.

If you are interested in checking out the show go to our WEBSITE

Submit links and/or pics of your work for consideration ARTWORK SUBMISSION

Returning ARTISTS have a discounted price per piece that they submit.

THE ARTISTS SELL THEIR OWN ART WORK
AND TAKES 100% COMMISSION.

VENDORS: We only have 10 space available.

LA BULLA Presented by Antonio Pelayo Productions this May 6th!

 

Antonio Pelayo presents,
La Bulla -The Lucha Libre Experience
Live Lucha Libre-Art Exhibit-Concert
Featuring BLUE DEMON JR
Lucha Libre matches curated by Masked Republic

Hosted by
Denise Ruiz & Joe Diaz
Musical performances by
LA CHAMBA
SUBSUELO
Special performance by Alien dance Band
Art Exhibit curated by Johnny Quintana with special guest artist Mr Cartoon
Back Stage
Hosted by Calipso
Featuring DJ Thrives & DJ ChrisRox

Car Show-Vendors-Food-Drinks and more!

Sponsored by
AGUA LUCHA
BISHOP
CLEAN
EL JIMADOR
VEGA PRINTING
CALIFORNIA COMFORT

Powered by
Moby Arts

Media Partners
AlterLatino
Gypset Magazine
Sunset Eclectico
Bichuda

Get your tickets at the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-bulla-tickets-31640797477

For more information click on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/antoniopelayoprod/


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DISCLAIMER: All event attendees must be 21+ with a valid photo ID upon check-in. No in and outs are permitted. Upon entering our events, you are allowing our photographers and videographers to include you in video footage and photography. We reserve the right to use, reproduce and distribute any video and photography produced at our events. Solicitors are not allowed on the premises. Passing out flyers and/or promoting other events at or during our events is strictly prohibited and is grounds for removal. Ticket sales are final, no refunds.

 

Celebrating Women Herstory Month: “Hija de la Chingada” by Cindy Crystal Gonzalez

“Hija de la Chingada Y Que”

            “Estas carnes indias que despreciamos nosotros los Mexicanos asi como despreciamos condenamos a nuestra madre, Malinalli. Nos condenamos a nosotros mismos. Esta raza vencida, enemigo cuerpo”. Gloria Anzaldúa

“Traidora, Traitor….” These were the words I heard from my tias when La Malinche would come up in conversation. I never understood why the mere mention of La Malinche provoked such anxiety. Anzaldúa tells us that La Malinche became La Chingada -the fucked one. Her name evokes mixed emotions to Chicanas, Mexicanas, and Pochas. She was Hernan Cortes’s interpreter and sexual object; su primer conquista. She is blamed for the destruction of the great Aztec People. In her complexity, she represents both innocence and guilt. La Chingada is our greatest Mexican contradiction, our most deep-(seed)ed confusion. For some, she deserved all that she endured under Cortes’s dominion because she was the whore that sold her people out, La Traidora. She provoked su conquista, She got what she deserved.

For others, she belongs on a pedestal of honor. They challenge the conventional beliefs around La Malinche and re-imagine her as a young innocent Indian wombyn who was sold into slavery and birthed our distinct Raza, La Madre del Mestizaje. Children of Mexico will either uplift her as a Mother or degrade her as La Chingada. This is the binary that Anzaldua both traces out and also teaches us to transcend. Her writing is incredibly relevant to me and to the children of Mexico because it is a chronicle, a retelling, and a transforming of our story and our identity. I am quite literally La Hija de la Chingada (daughter of the fucked one) historically, and presently this is my identity.

My mother stands 5 feet tall, canela skinned, with wavy opaque hair. Abuelita always called her prietita. She embodies the features of an India. Machismo and white supremacy team up in the Mexican experience against wombyn that bare indigenous features forcing them to become subservient and if one rebels, there is a price to pay. At an early age Ama worked in a bar as a dancer. In the thirsty eyes of the depraved men around her, she was sorted neatly into the whore category, deserving of any and all desecrations of her dignity. Without her knowing she was falling into the whore side of the long established virgin/whore dichotomy that has been constructed for Mexican wombyn.

“Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, Happy New Year!” My mom gave me a rambunctious hug and a big Brandy smooch and so began the year 1997. I was smiling in the smile-now-cry-later Pachuca Xingona tradition that raised me. For as long as I can recall, this is how my New Year’s Eve celebrations felt. Deep down there has always been a void in my person that my mom could not fill. It was the absence of a caring, protective ever-present Apa. This emptiness has hollowed my identity.

The year was 1997. I was 14 years old. It was the year I became determined to find my father, to give the Gonzalez along side my name meaning and to become whole. In truth, this is a journey all the children of colonial violence are on, one way or another. When I questioned my mother about my father, she would respond, “El no quiere nada que ver contingo”. At some point my mom finally reached out to Alvaro Gonzalez and demanded child support. He responded with a request for a DNA test. I was offended but I extended my arm with blind courage and pride. Some weeks later he showed up at my mother’s doorstep asking to take me out for lunch. I remember my mom being hesitant but she let me go with him and tio Victor. I had barely started to sip on my Jarrito as his apology began. “Perdoname Mija pero te tengo que decir que, Yo no soy tu Padre.” I was quiet. Everything was muted. I stared at him, “Pues quien es mi padre si yo tengo tu apellido?” It wasn’t long before the moment of truth. My mother nervously said, “Cindy… l was abducted and held hostage en un hotel in Mexico City for a long weekend. I was raped by a man. He is your father.” Tears raced down my cheeks as anger began to enter my heart. I felt betrayed, incomplete; it became painfully true to me that I was, una “Hija de la Chingada”- literally and metaphorically.

My mother is my people’s mother; she is La Malinche y La Chingada. Her truth resembled La Chingada’s experience with machismo and white supremacy. She was raped, belittled, and kept in captivity for the pleasures of a man who looked at her and said to himself India puta. As a result, she started to despise the indian in her. Ama hated herself entirely from the shame that was attached to her rape. She was bottling up a shame and hate in her heart that would spear head a shift in her sexuality. She transformed from an undocumented- indigenous looking wombyn that fell neatly into the virgin/whore dichotomy into a femme-lesbian who hated men for the next twenty years of her life and transcended the binary.

Anzaldúa, enlightens us of the classifications that wombyn who are descendants from Mexico fall into according to our culture. “For a woman of my culture there used to be only three directions she could turn: Church as a nun, to the streets as a prostitute, and or to the home as a mother”. While those are three options they amount to two directions, nuns and moms on the good side and whores on the bad side. My mother transcended into a third identity, one which challenges the limits for an undocumented Mexican wombyn’s sexuality by taking the power to define her sexuality outside of the norms. La Chingada, La Malinche is a metaphor for reclaiming our indian side as a practice of autonomy in a world of cultural domination. Many wombyn of color have similar stories, we continue to be affected by the cultural aspect of our identity, sexuality, and wombynhood. La Malinche is our ancestral mother therefore, firmly and resolutely I chose to embody La Hija de la Chingada as a practice of liberation from the shackles of machismo and white supremacy for myself and the forthcoming mothers and Hijas de la Chingada. For our Mother’s legacy is immortal!