April 3, 2009

Calendar of Events:

Rare Spanish Songs Go Online

More than 41,000 Spanish-language songs that go back to the early 1900s were placed online this week by the Chicano Studies Center, a research unit at the University of California at Los Angeles.

The recordings are from the Arhoolie Foundation’s Strach-witz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings, the Los Angeles Times reported. It is the largest repository of Mexican and Mexican-American vernacular recordings in existence. The early works, the archives say, are “the foundation for Latino music today, since the singers and musicians who made these records helped popularize and propagate a number of traditions, including regional Mexican, Tejano, Chicano, and Mexican-American music.”

If you are not physically at UCLA, however, don’t expect to hear all the music. Due to copyright restrictions, only campus computers get full access. Off-campus users can hear 50 seconds of each song, see images of the record labels, and read background information about the recordings.

Available at http://frontera.library.ucla.edu, the recordings are from the Arhoolie Foundation’s Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings and was released by the university’s Chicano Studies Research Center, according to a press release from the university.

Selections include some of the first known recordings of Lydia Mendoza and her family in 1928 and of accordion player Narciso Martinez in 1937. The collection includes music, speeches and comedy skits.

The music group Los Tigres del Norte, which donated $500,000 to the university in 2000 that helped digitize about 30,000 recordings made from 1905 to 1955.

Eventos en la Biblioteca de Carlsbad

La Biblioteca de Carlsbad Centro de Aprendizaje ofrece una serie de horas de cuentos gratis y divertidas para que los niños de todas las edades desarrollen destrezas en la lectura.

Estos eventos incluyen: Los Lunes y Los Martes - “Hora de Arte y Cuentos Bilingües”.

Cuentos en inglés y español seguidos de una actividad manual relacionada con la lectura.
10:00 a.m. - Edades 3-5 años

“Vamos a Leer y a Crear”
Cuentos en inglés y español seguidos de una actividad manual relacionada con la lectura. - 3:00pm - Todas las edades

Los Miércoles

“Cuéntamelo Dos Veces”

Cuentos en inglés y español seguidos de una actividad manual relacionada con la lectura.
10:00am - Edades 3-5 años

“All-Star Readers”

Club de lectura en inglés para después de escuela.
4pm - Grados 1-3
4:30-5pm - Grados 4-5

Los Jueves

“Puros Cuentos y Pan Dulce”

Cuentos en español con un pedacito de pan dulce Mexicano compartido al final del cuento.
4:00pm - Todas las edades

La Biblioteca de Carlsbad Centro de Aprendizaje, 3368 Eureka Place, Carlsbad, 92008. Para más información favor de llamar al (760) 931-4500.

Poetry Slam

Monday April 6th, 2009
James S. Copley Auditorium at the San Diego Museum of Art
6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7 p.m. Slam
Hosted by Michael Chung Klam and Christopher Wilson
Presented by the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of the Living Artist and the San Diego Poetry Slam
$5 general admission

SDMA, in collaboration with the Museum of the Living Artist’s Poetry and Art Series and The San Diego Poetry Slam, is proud to host a spoken word event in conjunction with the exhibition Black Womanhood. The spoken word, as an art form, has its origins in American and African American folklore as well as African oral traditions. It has been and continues to be a source of connection for members of the African Diaspora and today is an art form that is appreciated world wide. This program will feature special performances by New York based spoken word artist Aja-Monet. She will present works that, in part, explore some of the concepts and themes of Black Womanhood. This program also features an exciting competition among poets for the last spots on the 2009 San Diego Poetry Slam Team, which will represent San Diego in a national competition in Florida later this year.

Art for the Criminally Insane

Opening Reception April 4, 2009 at 7pm, “Art for the Criminally Insane” by Dickie Islands(Ricardo Islas) at Voz Alta Project. For Dickie, he wanted to create some art that was small and affordable. Raised in the height of the “punk era” he has always been inspired by the imagery on the album covers, where nothing is sacred, nothing has to make sense, you just do it because you wanted to do it. That is the approach he took with his latest series. Some of the work is fantasy based. I drew some of the other images from my culture, funny conversations between friends, religion, past, current and possible future events. Through April 25,2009

. Voz Alta Project is located at 1754 National Ave., San Diego, CA, 92113.

For more information and events calendar visit us at www.vozaltaproject.org.

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