March 10, 2006

Calendar of Events:

Arte Latino! 2006 Opening Reception and Arte Workshop! Reviving the Encaustic Technique


Please join us for the Opening Reception for the 3rd Annual Arte Latino exhibit to be held in conjunction with the 13th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 9-19, 2006).

Arte Latino! will kick off with an Opening Reception Hosted by 24K Realty on Friday, March 10th from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at the Historic Barrio Haus Building at 1616 National Avenue, San Diego.

Guests will see a wonderful sample of the artwork being displayed at participating galleries throughout the City of San Diego, plus a very special glass installation piece by Hugo Heredia.

Live entertainment, food, complimentary drinks, artwork, opportunity to meet and greet participating artists, and mucho más!


Please join Arte Latino! 2006, as we welcome special guest artist Saul Castro from Oaxaca Mexico. Mr. Castro will be providing a rare workshop Saturday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Voz Alta (1544 Broadway, San Diego).

The encaustic technique dates all the way back to Ancient Egyptian times. Some of the funeral paintings were sealed in this pigmented wax. Today, few people prepare this laborious mixture of bee’s wax, solvent and tree resin. However, Saul Castro believes the encaustic process is worth the effort, because one can achieve beautifully profound paintings by applying layer upon layer of translucent color. The total effect is penetrating and calming. 

In his workshop, “Reviving the Encaustic Technique,” Saul well reveal his formula for preparing and applying the encaustic, and he well share his personal concepts of value, harmony, and aesthetic.

Needed Class Materials: Although the workshop will have ‘some’ materials, it is strongly encouraged that each student have the following materials to be in the workshop: 3 spatules, 6 papers for painting (Fabriano / Arches), Oil paintings, Flowers, Pencils, pastels, papers, ribbons, and anything else to do a collage.

Registration Fee: $20 Donation to support the annual San Diego Latino Film Festival’s on-going Arte Latino! exhibits.

Political and Artistic Expression of Chicano Car Clubs

The San Diego Automotive Museum presents “Political and Artistic Expression of Chicano Car Clubs in the San Diego – Tijuana Border” on Thursday, March 16th at 7:00 PM. This lecture is part of the current exhibit, Bajito y Suavecito... Lowriders of Southern California.

Ochoa and Reyes will discuss the past five decades of lowriding, the traditions of car clubs, the lowrider as a form of self-expression, and the interaction of lowriding and Chicano Movement.

Victor Ochoa is a local artist/muralist and professor of cross-cultural studies of Chicano and Mexican art history. Rigo Reyes has been in the local lowrider car club scene for the last few decades and has been a leader in the San Diego Lowrider Car Club Council since its inception.

The lecture is free for museum members and just $5.00 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

The museum is located at 2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. Website is

Southwestern College Presents “Living Out”

New Play on Stage at Mayan Hall March 16-18 and March 23-26

WHAT: The complicated relationship between a Salvadoran nanny and her Anglo lawyer boss comes to the Southwestern College stage during “Living Out,” a new play written by Lisa Loomer.

“Living Out” explores the similarities and differences between the two women and how both women deal with the issue of race, class, and Ana’s undocumented status. The play also looks at the misconceptions and stereotypes between Anglos and Latinos. This play contains adult language; viewer discretion is advised.

WHEN: March 16-18, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.; March 23-25, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.; March 26, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: SWC Mayan Hall Theatre, 900 Otay Lakes Road

MORE: Tickets for “Living Out” are $10 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors, Limited seating is available; doors close at 7:30 p.m.

3rd Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Guacamole Bowl to benefit Special Olympics

On Saturday, March 18, 2006, law enforcement officers and firefighters from throughout San Diego County will square-off at the Balboa Park Club. The purpose for this gathering is to determine the answer to that often asked question: Who makes the best Guacamole, Police Officers or Firefighters?

The third annual “Guaca-mole Bowl” will pit, (excuse the pun,) San Diego’s Finest (police) against San Diego’s Hottest (firefighters) in a good old fashioned cook-off. First prize will not only include bragging rights for a year, but the winning team’s name will be permanently engraved on the highly coveted, “Guaca-mole Cup.” There is also a ‘civilian’ division, Special Olympics Family & Friends, who compete against each other.

The event is open to the public with sampling and judging taking place from 11am – 1pm. In exchange for a $5.00 donation, they will receive a bag of tortilla chips and all the guacamole they can eat. Final rounds of judging will begin at 1pm.

San Diego Police Officer Matt Weathersby came up with this unique fundraising idea as a way of supporting the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. According to Officer Matt, nearly ½ ton of fresh avocados will be used by the teams during the competition. “If you like good guacamole, then Balboa Park is where you should be”. Along with the police & firefighter teams, the guacam-ole making competition will also include teams from the Special Olympics family, supporters and friends.

Calavo Growers Association will provide the avocados, Moceri Produce will provide additional veggies and Mission Foods will provide the chips. The event is co-sponsored by San Diego Park & Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation Services.

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