February 2, 2007


San Diego Photographer
Anthony Mournian Pays Tribute
to Chicano Park History

San Diego photographer Anthony Mournian has been making a name for himself exhibiting his emotional and humanistic collection of black and white photos of last year’s immigration marches in San Diego. From the first annual Fiesta del Sol Festival in Sherman Heights to evening exhibits in Balboa Park, his photos have struck a chord in Latino families who, at times, find themselves the focal point of his lens.

This weekend, he’s introducing a collection of photographs dedicated to Chicano Park, a politically-charged, artistic jewel for the Mexican community of Barrio Logan.

“I want to honor those in the community who rose up to protest, demonstrate, and ultimately block the construction of the [California Highway Patrol] substation below the bridge, and who forced the construction of the park, which was promised to the people of the barrio by the State of California,” he said in a public letter.

Mournian, who is half Irish and half Mexican, is a native San Diegan, raised in National City, and has been highlighted as an apolitical photographer who captures the personal essence of his subjects, but his chosen themes whisper a sense of Chicano and Latino pride.

He studied law at USD and spent the last few decades of his life as a civil trial lawyer, but now retired, he has been able to delve into his passion for photography.

His photos are solely black and white, an approach he says captures the historical times Latinos are living in today.

Though they will be sight to see, none of the Chicano Park photographs will be sold.

“I, too, am sensitive to the issues of copyright,” Mournian says. “I want to respect the rights of every artist, whether they have registered their work or not.”

Copies are available for a $175 donation to the Fiesta Del Sol and Justice Overcoming Boundaries’ scholarship fund.

“I want to honor the muralists who have achieved a world class collection of art pieces commemorating different phases of Mexican history,” he says.

The exhibit Chicano Park at Chicana Perk will be held on Saturday, Feb 3, at 6:30 p.m. until closing at Chicana Perk Café (129 25th St) in Sherman Heights.


On Friday, February 2, 2007, at 7 p.m. Latino sororities and fraternities will host the annual Noche de Cultura at the Price Center Ballroom at UCSD (9500 Gilman Drive). They will strive to highlight the diversity of the U.S., Mexican, Latin American, and Caribbean regions with photography, dancing and spoken word. FREE. So, bring your mama, sister, abuelita, tia Concha, tio Lencho, and your neighbor too. For more info, call 805-746-1373.

Amnistía Internacional USA y el grupo Mexicano de rock Jaguares están patrocinando un foro comunitario ¡Los Derechos Humanos No Tienen Fronteras! para hablar sobre el crisis de los derechos humanos en la frontera. Los oradores incluyen Amnistía Internacional, El Comité de Servicio de Amigos Americanos, La Unión de Libertades Ciudadanas Americanas, Consejal Luis Natividad, entre más. Esto evento estará en Sábado, 3 de Febrero, a la 1 p.m. a 3 p.m. a Southwestern College en Mayan Hall Theatre (900 Otay Lakes Road). Para más información, llame a Sandra Pérez a 415-291-9233, ext 206, o por correo electrónico a sperez@aiusa.org.

Looking for an interesting book to read or tape to watch? Then check out the huge selection of used ones at the library book sale this Saturday, Feb 3, at the East Lake Branch (2250 Otay Lakes Rd). Videos, mags, fiction books, non-fiction, paperbacks, children’s and bestsellers are available. Sale begins at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info, call 619-656-0314.

Escondido Public Library’s First Tuesday Film series invites the public to watch a film that explores a controversial issue and join a moderator-led discussion. On Tuesday, Feb 6, at 6:30 p.m. the film Real Women Have Curves will be screened. This event is free and held at the main library (239 Kalmia St) in the Turrentine Room in Downtown Escondido.

Great shows are coming to town! Latin music lovers get ready for the sounds of Jaguares and Julieta Venegas at House of Blues (1055 5th Ave., San Diego). Jaguares live in concert, 8 p.m. this Friday, February 2. Julieta Venegas, Tuesday, February 6 and Wednesday, Feb 7, at 7 p.m. For ticket info, call (619)299-2583 or www.hob.com.

Latin jazz conguero Poncho Sánchez will be at the Belly Up Tavern (143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach) at 8p.m. on Thurssday, Feb. 8. This is sure to be a great time as Poncho always puts on a fabulous show!

Cada Semana

Find out how to confront racial injustice against migrant workers every Wednesday at 7 p.m. with activist group, The Friends of Day Laborers. Meetings are held at Activist Center (4246 Wightman Street). For info, call 619-528-8383.

Spoken word every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Chicana Perk Café (129 25th St), hosted by dub music/spoken word artist Ras Pablo Aztlán. For more info, call 619-746-2559.

¡A mover las caderas! Come on all you hip shakers, come out and dance salsa, bachata, and merengue at the Mambo Lounge, Mission Valley Resort (875 Hotel Circle South). Every Thursday and Friday starting at 8 p.m. Cover $7, students $5 with ID. (858) 735-4159 or www.themambolounge.biz for more info. See you on the dance floor!

Proxima Semana

UCSD’s New Writing Series presents Heriberto Yépez next Wednesday, Feb 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Performance Space. He is the author of several novels, collections of essays, and experimental poetry in Spanish and English, including Here is Tijuana? and Babellebab: Non-Poetry on the End of Translation. Some pieces have appeared in magazines like Tripwire and Chain. Most recently project Tépez collaborated with anthropologist Fiamma Montezemolo and architect Rene Peralta to explore and document the ever-changing and often fraught socio-cultural forms of Tijuana, where he currently lives. For more info, call 858-534-4618.

(Planning a noteworthy junta, event, or show that the San Diego Chicano/Chicana community should know about? Send it to La Prensa at raymond.beltran@covad.net. Deadlines are every Tuesday if you plan to host on the following Friday.)

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