Join us at Galeria E.V.A. on October 14, 2023 for a group art exhibition featuring 24 San Antonio (+1 Chicago) artists, an archival zine release published by Bisnieta Press, all-vinyl DJ sets, comida y bebidas, and an art mercado.
Your $25 catalogue pre-order
&/or generous donation of $100 -$??? (get your name or logo in the zine!)
will help raise funds
to print a high-quality, archival publication featuring:
36 works of art
by 24 San Antonio (+ 1 Chicago) artists.
10 in-depth artist interviews,
cover art by Linda Monsivais Hernandez,
& new essays by Bonnie Cisneros and Dr. Sylvia Mendoza
GRACIAS for supporting this dream project.
(7149 last four digits)
Q & A with Linda
September 12, 2020
(Leonard Peltier's 76th Birthday)
Q & A with Isabel
September 4, 2020
(Beyoncé's 39th Birthday)
Q & A with Joe
October 21, 2020
(Celia Cruz's 95th Birthday † )
On 10/15/20, Natasha Hernandez (DJ Heavyflow) and I presented at Northwest Vista College through Zoom on our processes of curating musical selections within the politics of identity, consciousness, and location. Here is a link to "Tejana Forever" my Spotify playlist curated to continue engagement beyond the presentation. Gracias to Dr. Lee Ann Epstein for inviting me to my FIRST academic panel ever.
Heartfelt gratitude and love to Regina for dreaming up this artwork to commemorate our presentation!
Link to video coming soon!
Almódovar Movie Poster Vibes
foto by Joan Frederick,
Saluté International Bar,
Q & A with Mary Agnes
February 7, 2021
(Sandra Bland's 37th Bday †)
@HelloReg closed out 2020 for us,
and that is cause for celebration!
My grandmother had a set of four Alphonse Mucha posters in her home that my mom bought for her when she was a teenager. My grandma was very glamorous and smart and sometimes very troubled, but I see this commision as a nod to her influence on me artistically and a tribute to the idea of INHERITANCE, both what we choose to accept and what we choose to let go.
That whole idea of intergenerational trauma vs. intergenerational joy? This poster is a tribute to the joy part.
For the 8th month of Siempre Verde @evergreengardentx I asked Lenzy Mora @penzlenz to reimagine the classic Agua de Florida bottle, South Texas style, to reflect what spinning records means to me: it’s a blessing, an offering, a sacred act. Bottled Agua de Florida anoints and refreshes and blesses, and in the 1800s, they advertised it as a perfume linked to the Fountain of Youth, but fuck that, I want a Fountain of Healing. Our beautiful borderlands, our magic Valley, our gorgeous San Anto. Healed.
Lenzy Mora is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.
May 6, 2021
(The Last Parade's Official Bday)
This month Jose Sotelo made my salsa garden dreams come true with this poster arte.
Salsa is a way to connect to our cultural/ancestral roots on a daily basis.
Making salsa is medicinal. It's a ritual. It's magic. Its pica is a pleasure even when it burns too much.
DJ Despeinada will spin all salsa records because she loves a theme.
Beto De León
Siempre Verde: Music for Feeling & Healing #11 has been a jubilant return to each other. Beto and I go way back to our San Anto Cultural Arts/El Placazo Barrio Newspaper days when I first got the coordinator job.
Another Incarnation of
Lunada for Feeling & Healing
September 10, 2022
From its inception in summer 2020, Siempre Verde has been a way we connect with community and cultivate creative collaborations amongst the beauty of Evergreen Garden. We are back at it celebrating the Harvest Moon in Pisces with a Lunada for Feeling & Healing
ft. the all-vinyl soundscapes of DJ Despeinada, fresh vegan eats n' drinks of Chef Rebel Mariposa's La Botánica,
ethereal poster art by Daryan Arcos,
and a mercadito de arte starring
El Puño y La Mano, Natazia Natazia, Frontera Pastelera, Corazón y Alma, Callejera Thrift & Prints, Monica Sosa, and Chula Dair.
DJ Despeinada Present
Música for Grieving & Healing, Vol. II
Plantita Offerings: Evergreen Garden
Sucia Q, Mexican Blackbird, SunnyBoy, ChaCha, XOEMIX
October 29-30, 2022
Migrants of the World
Reproductive Justice & Rosie Jimemez
Manuel Diosdado Castillo, Jr.
Siempre Verde XV:
Música para Sentir y Sanar
November 5, 2022
Sr. Edward Vela y Sra. Bonnie Cisneros cordialmente les invitan a celebrar Siempre Verde XV: Música para Sentir y Sanar
Saturday as we celebrate our 15th edition, nuestra quince, with pop-ups by @labotanicasa (corn cups, agua de jamaica for sale & Go Down Easy y Modelo by donation) + @frontera.pastelera with yummy vegan pan dulce + a lil art mercado ft. @elpunoylamano @transcendental.creativeco @corazonyalma.tx & of course Evergreen’s lovely gift shop and plants plants and more plants!
Siempre Verde: Música for Holiday Feeling & Año Nuevo Healing
ft. @labotanicasa & @frontera.pastelera + a lovely mercado de arte with @elpunoylamano @transcendental.creativeco @callejerathriftandprints @happyapple.tx @corazonyalma.tx @casarahcasarah @kingabels.satx , my mom with her cute crochet art, and the lovely Evergreen garden and gift shop.
We are also honored to welcome yerberx @betotzin who will be generously sharing their “Winter Remedios”—a hybrid workshop/demo/zine debut of tips, tricks, and wisdom for thriving & healing this season
Poster arte by Josè Cosme, a painter and muralist from the Westside of San Anto, who has shown his work extensively and been at the helm of several @saca_mural_art projects over the years.
Music for Feeling & Healing
Valentine's Mercado de Amor
February 11, 2023
Raisa Melendez @dura_pura_vida has this to say about her dreamy garden illustration/memory:
“This flyer illustrates my little slice of heaven back in Puerto Rico. This is mi Abuela Tato's house in Yauco. She is my mom's mom. Anytime I knew we were going to visit, my life would light up. I love my Abuela so much. So when we had to move to the United States, it was pretty much traumatic for me. I left behind everything I loved. When I think about my grandmas house I think about all the cousin's bdays and holidays we celebrated. The delicious food she would make for those occasions. Every morning she would wake up before anyone else and make cafe de olla. The coffee used was picked by her own hands, which she would bake in the sun on top of the house's roof, toasted then grinded for the family to enjoy. I hope one day to go back to visit and have another slice of heaven to add my memories.”
for Feeling & Healing
in San Antonio, Texas.
October 14, 2023
Q & A with Sheila
March 4, 2021
(Berta Cáceres's 50th Birthday † )
After ten years DJ-ing professionally and prolifically, Linda Monsivais Hernandez designed the logo of my dreams!
SHOP HER BIG CARTEL HERE.
Frijoliz is the pseudoname for an illegalized person, propagandist/cultural worker who touches on themes of migration, motherhood, queerness and liberation.
Digital portrait based on a photo by Sandra Garcia at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, circa 2014.
San Anto Archives, Altars, Art, & Autohistoria
in the Digital Age y Después.
or: Antidotes to Amnesia.
(my mom calls it “save in queso emergency”)
Bonnie Ilza Cisneros
Dr. Sylvia Mendoza
Mexican American Studies Research / Feminist Research Methodologies
University of Texas at San Antonio
April 1, 2021
ZOOM / 6 PM - 7 PM
Aretes in the Alley:
Music for Earring & Hearing
by Linda Monsivais
Centro San Antonio's Peacock Alley Friyay Series ft. DJ Despeinada, Handmade Earring Vendors: El Puño y la Mano, Lenzy Mora, Phresh Baked, Very That, and Nopallady & La Botánica Cocktails Served by Denise Hernández.
MUERTOS FEST 2021
San Anto, Texas
... a two-day ofrenda of all-vinyl sonidos to inspire ancestral memory and healing vibes at Muertos Fest 2021.
The nicho installation, handmade by Sarah Castillo and crowned with plantita offerings by Evergreen Garden, was tucked on historic Hemisfair porch. Festival guests heard songs of love & death from all eras with roots in San Antonio, South Texas, and Latin America.
DJ Despeinada gathered a soundtrack for our lost loved ones called Missing Our Muertos community playlist published on Spotify for Muertos Fest 2021.
CENTRO SAN ANTONIO
DJ DESPEINADA x NATAZIA NATAZIA
CITRUS ZEST FEST
Officially joining creative forces for the first time, DJ Despeinada and Natazia Natazia curated a citrus-centric brunch in Peacock Alley celebrating the healing power of comadre cultura and ancestral remedies in San Anto, Texas.
Local moms, m’ijas, señoras, tías, and besties have worked so hard for their familias during the pandemic, and they deserve to dress up and meet up downtown to experience a joyous mélange of zesty treats that includes:
Música. Aesthetics, Vegan Brunch,
FREE hand-squeezed mimosas La Botánica, Art Market, Raffle, Regalitos bag curated thoughtfully with lots of love.
CENTRO SAN ANTONIO
TEJANA SUMMER JAM
ft. All-Vinyl Selections by
DJ Despeinada & DJ Heavyflow
Marfa Public Radio / Mi Tesoro Hour
DJ Despeinada Guest Show Listening Party!
Vegan Eats & Creative Cocktail Mixers: La Botánica (sponsored alcohol is 21+)
Mini Market: Evergreen Garden, Callejera Thrift & Prints, Green Phoenix Rising, Transcendental Jewels
Flower Friends: Monica Sosa
FREE Pastry Art: Bec Flores
Foto Documentation: Karen Gutierrez
Flyer & FREE Postcard Arte: Daryan Arcos
Klub Komadre is a roving sanctuary featuring exquisite vinyl DJ sets, storytelling & chisme, Tejana soul and ambiance, remarkable markets, sips n' nibbles, and community workshops/talleres for feeling & healing!
MARFA PUBLIC RADIO
MI TESORO HOUR
CENTRO SAN ANTONIO
Marfa Public Radio / DJ Despeinada guest show on DJ Tear Drop's Mi Tesoro Hour broadcasting on marfapublicradio.org at 9 PM and archived at the station's Mixcloud thereafter!
"Texas is Heaven to Me" radio show contains recordings of archival vinyl from DJ Despeinada's top shelf collection + an array of contemporary, indie músicos from Texas + heartfelt info and storytelling that she recorded in her closet!
The show was mixed and mastered by Jeremy McCord-Longoria at Hot Box Studios in Lockhart, Texas!
“Take a Trip, but Come Home Soon” is the finale in a trilogy of radio shows I made for historic freeform 📻 @wfmu 📻 and their pandemic-induced guest DJ program, Radio Row. 🚗 🚗 🚗
I commissioned artwork from Rafael Delagarza @rafael.delagarza to celebrate and close out the trilogy, but never coulda imagined that he’d make a rasquache, poignant, adorable, heartfelt, ingenious animated video on a scroll of paper and use his own hands to set it in motion.
That’s me, I believe, in the passenger’s seat of a Fear and Loathing-esque convertible going from Texas thru the SW, up the CA coast and into OR and WA and ending up in Vancouver, or walking around D.F. & SF & NOLA & Sydney with Rich & Rome with ms. Ash. 🚗
And that’s me, looking within and to the skies, fully recognizing my privilege and the idea of sacrifice, and the fact that you don’t need to leave to go somewhere.
🚗 Thanks to Sheila B, Olivia, Ash, Carlos, Mom, Rich, Lila & Lunita, and the entire Sosa Delagarza crüe.
All three shows in the trilogy are archived forever on Radio Row at www.wfmu.org!
I've never traveled to the east coast/NYC, but with these three shows, it’s kinda like I have! 😭
JANUARY 9, 2022.
The first in a new outdoor DJ residency at Jaime's Place in the heart of San Anto's historic Westside.
Zodiac-themed, each show features vinyl DJs and poster artists born under the astrological sign. A curated art market (pulguita/"little flea") and special themes and guests will appear throughout the one-year series.
FEBRUARY 20. 2022
MARCH 13, 2022
Presenting! Style Files: Ancestral Aesthetics of South Texas—Ayer, Hoy, y Siempre, my latest guest lecture for Dr. Sylvia Mendoza’s class @utsa celebrating Women’s History Month 2022! The presentation morphed into my latest project to document and archive our South Texas ancestors, their style, and ourselves. 🧵 Please join me for an online lecture/presentation on Wednesday, 3/9, from 10-11:15 AM (link in comments) where I’ll be sharing research and telling stories about cultural expression, adornment as self-care, remixing thrifted textiles, and how we express beauty and joy in a long line of South Texas fashion plates. 🧵👗👠👢You are also invited to submit a photo of one of your stylish ancestors and have your portrait taken at Pisces SolDay Sunday @jaimesplace on Sunday, 3/13, from 2 - 5 PM where iconic photographer Antonia Padilla @studiolightsa will take your portrait (you can wear an item you inherited from an ancestor or something in homage to their style). Antonia has photographed Selena, so in a way you’ll be part of that legacy too. 📷 The photos will be published in an archival zine designed by AnaKaren Ortiz Varela @earthly.details who also designed this BEAUTIFUL poster of my dreams after so much thoughtful communication and beautiful collaboration over the past weeks. 🪡
AnaKaren Ortiz Varela
APRIL 10. 2022
Poster Art: Cloud Cardona
Local Word Nerds/
that Live in their Bones.
Viktoria Valenzuela, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Jonathan Treviño, SG Huerta, Jacinto J. Cardona. Bianca Perez, Rose Rodriguez, Scarlett Cerna, Eli. G. Rodriguez, Marilyse Figueroa, Miryam Bujanda, Marisela Barrera, Dennise Frausto, Linda Monsivais, Vincent Cooper, Marisol Cortez, Bonnie Cisneros, Cloud Cardona + (INSERT YOUR NAME HERE)
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