Volume XXVIII Number 52 December 30, 2004

FrontPage Stories

Interview with Mario Torero

Featured Painter

Cannon Art Gallery’s 2004 Invitational Exhibition

By David Avalos

Recently the William D. Cannon Art Gallery in Carlsbad changed its annual juried exhibition into a biennial. Starting this year the juried exhibition alternates with an invitational showcase of a select few of the artists whose work had been included in the previous juried show. Mario Torero had two paintings in the Biennial juried show and was selected to exhibit more works in the first Invitational Exhibition. In the words of gallery director and curator, Karen McGuire, the invitational allows audiences to view more of an artists’ work and thus “to get to know their work in greater depth.”


Maquiladoro (Love Conquers Hate). By Mario Torero.

Mario Torero is the only painter among the four selected artists. He is well known in the community as one of the original Chicano Park muralists, but may not be familiar to audiences as a studio artist. Six of his canvas paintings are featured in the Invitational. I had been asked by Karen McGuire to accompany her to Mario’s studio when she selected his works in preparation for the Invitational. I was intrigued by Mario’s thought process and decided to interview him for La Prensa’s readers.

Avalos: Mario, you say that the six paintings selected by Karen McGuire are all part of a single narrative. Could you please explain while referring to each painting?

Torero: My paintings tell a story with symbols and metaphors of a personal experience that belongs to a whole lot of cultures, migration. Coming back to this unfinished work begun thirty years ago I’m now able to decipher and finish the art because the instincts of 1974 have become much more clear and factual today. NO CORRAS, VUELA (THE SENDOFF) is a painted interpretation of my send-off from the depths of the Native American essence, the Aztec/Mayan and Incan prophesy of the spirit of the god Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent, returning as prophesized after a 500-year absence to the land of Aztlan. The shaman/jaguar, in ritual, surrounded by allies and using chant and smoke, directs the signals towards the goal and fortifies the journey of the brave.

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“Condo Conversion” a bad deal for residents
By Luis Alonso Pérez
There is a new housing trend in the San Diego area. Apartment buildings completely remodeled and sold as luxury condominiums, also known as “Condo conversions.” An excellent opportunity for families that can’t afford a half million dollar house.

La moda de los “Condo Conversions” en San Ysidro
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Hay una nueva moda de vivienda en toda el área de San Diego: Departamentos completamente remodelados para ser vendidos como condominios de lujo, mejor conocidos como “Condo Conversions”. Una excelente oportunidad para las familias que no pueden comprar una casa de medio millón de dólares.


Se unen migrantes en comité de apoyo a favor de candidato a la gubernatura del Estado de Guerrero
Ratifica el candidato a gobernador por Guerrero compromiso de crear Instituto del Migrante Guerrerense
IGUALA, Gro., 28 de diciembre de 2004.- En un evento sin precedentes en la historia política de México, se movilizan cientos de migrantes procedentes de diversas ciudades de la unión americana como son Dallas, Houston, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Atlanta, y Chicago, con el fin de manifestarle su apoyo al candidato a gobernador, de la coalición Todos por Guerrero, Héctor Astudillo Flores.


Voting Almost a Reality for Mexicans Abroad
By Juan Esparza Loera
Four years ago, when millions of Mexicans went to the polls to help Mexican President Vicente Fox end a seven-decade hold on the presidency by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), almost 2,000 Mexican nationals in the San Joaquín Valley voted too.



Stories

Waiting for a good job
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
In spite of the cold air at 6 a.m., dozens of journeymen meet daily at a corner on San Ysidro Blvd., near the Interstate 805 bridge and in front of Bank of America, looking for work..


Esperando por un buen trabajo
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
A pesar del frío que hace a las 6:00 horas, docenas de jornaleros se reúnen a diario en una esquina sobre el Bulevar San Ysidro, cerca del puente de la Interestatal 805 y del Bank of America, para conseguir empleo.


Why Not Teach Maya Creation Story, Too?
By Alejandro Murgía
In the raging debate about teaching Creation as a model of human origin in our public schools, why not include the very story that tells how men were created on this continent? The creation story millions of us know well is in the Popol Vuh, a version of Genesis that explains how people were created in the heartland of Mesoamerica.


Boxer Names Humberto Peraza Southern California Deput Director
San Diegan will also serve as Senator’s liaison to law enforcement and Latino community
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced that she has selected Humberto Peraza, Jr. as her Southern California Deputy Director. Peraza has been on Boxer’s staff for nearly four years, serving as her district director for San Diego and Imperial counties.

CV cheerleaders win national championship
By JD Hawk
“She landed on my head. My neck just cracked—I heard it crack!” said Aztec cheerleading coach Amelia Moran while remembering a cheerleading stunt that went wrong. “They cry, they get frustrated, they get mad, but when they place, it’s all worth it,” she said.


México del Norte
Jorge Mújica Murias
No los perdones, Señor.
La última semana de 2004, el periódico The Daily Herald tuvo la ocurrencia de preguntarle a sus lectores “cómo debían los Estados Unidos lidiar con la inmigración ilegal”. Algunas respuestas pecan de una ignorancia incomparable.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Ricardo J. Galarza
Consejos para cumplir sus resoluciones de Año Nuevo
Una costumbre muy sajona que adoptan los hispanos al llegar a los Estados Unidos es la de hacer interminables listas de resoluciones de año nuevo, para luego verlas incumplidas una a una. No estamos solos en eso, lo mismo sucede con la población en general. Según un estudio de la revista American Psycologist, 25 por ciento de las resoluciones de año nuevo son abandonadas la primera semana. Dos meses después, sólo el 60 por ciento mantiene sus resoluciones. Y para el mes de junio, apenas el 38 por ciento continúa cumpliendo con las metas planteadas a principio de año.


The Sour Side of Sugar: Education Leads to Diabetic Prevention
By Tracy Nelson
Marnyce McKell, an African American woman, knew her family’s health history included diabetes. But until one Saturday morning in October, she had no idea that her family’s history would become a part of her current lifestyle.


¿Quién dejó de escuchar un cuento cuando fue niño?
Por: Paco Zavala
En nuestra niñez es muy raro saber de alguien al que no durmieron contándole un cuento o por las tardes, después de jugar la “roña”, los encantados, el cinto escondido o jugar la ronda o cantar la pájara pinta, o de disfrutar de un juego infantil, al llamarlo a la merienda, después de tomar el chocolate, la leche, el té o el café acompañándolos del sabroso pan de la abuela, no le contaron un cuento, creo que a muy pocos.


HSHPS/CDC Student Internship Program
We would like to announce, Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) are now accepting applications for the 2005 HSHPS/CDC Student Internship Program.


Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program Announced
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will offer summer internships to as many as 10 outstanding undergraduate and graduate students under the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Program. Applications must be postmarked no later than Jan. 21.


Grossmont College Adult Re-Entry Dares Future Students to Dream January 4
EL CAJON - New and potential students interested in learning more about the realities of college life as ‘re-entry’ adults are invited to attend a free orientation titled “Dare to Dream” Tuesday, January 4, 9:30 – 12:30 p.m. on the Grossmont College campus.


Decisiones Inteligentes Para Pequeños Negocios: Como Ahorrar Dinero en su Factura de Energía
Conviene Usar la Energía de Manera Eficiente – Financiando la Eficiencia Energética
¿Cómo puede lograr una ventaja competitiva en su industria, ahorrar dinero, reducir costos operativos y mejorar el servicio al cliente?


Editorials

Editorial
Adios Año 2004 ~ Welcome Year 2005
The Year 2004, in many ways has been a year that has been most disappointing, and disheartening. Year 2004 has done more to alter our perceptions as to just what kind of society we Americans are.


Editorial
District 4: Special Election January 4, 2005
On January 4 the residents of District 4, which include the communities of: Oak Park, Webster, Encanto, Mount Hope, Chollas View, Emerald Hills, North and South Encanto, Jamacha, Lomita Village, Mountain View, Lincoln Park, Valencia Park, Broadway Heights, O’Farrell Park, Knox, Paradise Hills, Alta Vista, Greater Skyline Hills, Skyline Hills, North and South Bay and Ridgeway will go to the polls to elect a representative to serve the remaining two years of Charles Lewis’ term, who passed away last August.


Comentario
Un aumento salarial diario de un peso con setenta centavos para el trabajador mexicano para el próximo año 2005
Por: Paco Zavala
En México hay muchas maneras para expresarse, tomando como referencia la riqueza del idioma español, en el que existen más de 7 millones de palabras para expresarnos, pero que lamentablemente usamos un promedio de cien palabras en nuestra comunicación diaria y además las desvirtuamos pronunciándolas o escribiéndolas mal, además de mezclarlas con términos provenientes de otra lengua, pero estamos tan mal orientados que todo es posible.

Etc. Etc. Etc.
Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits


Expressions of a Mexican Art Gallery
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
When Dr. Carmen Velasquez moved to Baja California from the state of Veracruz in 1973, she wasn’t very impressed with the Mexican art that was sold in Tijuana’s tourist sector.


Expresiones de una Galería de Arte Mexicano
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Cuando la Dra. Carmen Velásquez se mudó a Baja California del estado de Veracruz en 1973, ella no se impresionó mucho con el arte mexicano que se vendía en el sector turístico de Tijuana.


Tirya “El Complot del Nilo”
Por: Paco Zavala
Dentro del ámbito conceptual de las letras, pocas oportunidades se tienen de leer novelas ubicadas en épocas muy remotas y casi creo que existen estas lecturas en este momento, perdonen mi ignorancia, pero a la fecha muy poco he leído sobre novelas con éste carácter.


VAMOS AL CINE
La oscuridad te va a comer
Darkness juega con lo oculto en el alma y en el closet
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Darkness es todo lo que promete. Una película de terror y suspenso de esas que se estrenan por Halloween, su distribuidora apuesta entre la abultada oferta de películas de navidad como especie de “Contraprogramación” de películas de navidad.


Wrestling a Family Affair for Sweetwater’s Ibarra
By John Philip Wyllie
Wrestling is in Mark Ibarra’s blood. Every time this 112 pound Sweetwater High School wrestling captain steps on to the mat, he is carrying on a family tradition. His uncles wrestled at Bakersfield High School in the late sixties. His father, Joe, reached the state tournament for Sweetwater before graduating in 1973. More recently, his brothers Anthony and Frank were league and CIF champions respectively. Needless to say, when Mark Ibarra arrived on to the Red Devil campus four years ago, he did so amidst grand expectations. He has more than lived up to them.


El Estilo Audaz De Manu Ginóbili
Probablemente haya sido la mejor adquisición en la historia reciente de la NBA. El 30 de junio de 1999, Manu Ginóbili tuvo que esperar que los gerentes generales de la NBA eligieran a cincuenta y seis jugadores para que llegara su turno. En poco más de dos temporadas, el argentino de 27 años no sólo hizo que muchos de estos gerentes lamentaran su decisión, sino que demostró desde el primer minuto que iba camino a transformarse en una de las principales revelaciones de la NBA. Los Spurs no podrían haber previsto semejante talento... Imposible.

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