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.
Welcome to The Last Parade:
Experimental Essay in Seven Parts
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 and immediately partnered up Placazo community into mentor/mentee pairs.
Beto and Mary Agnes Rodriguez were a dream team during that halcyon time!
For this collab, Beto and I envisioned a botanical illustration, a reference guide/handy educational resource in the style of a spread we published in the first issue of El Placazo I coordinated in September 2010 entitled "Edible Plants of South Texas."
In the meantime, though, our dear friends Mona and Tone published a beautiful zine called Immunity with ball-point botanical illustrations, completely serendipitously, so Beto decided to think again, to flow and adapt, and turned the idea upside down.
They crafted bees and wildflowers out of crepe paper, and made an altar-poster on the very petate upon which they married Manuel Davila.
The silver tail flower cutter is the star of the show, a bee that makes its home in South Texas out of flowers.
Beto's sweet offering to the Siempre Verde series is truly a balm on my scorched soul during a time when I could succumb to defeat/rejection.
May this artwork "bee" the balm you need too.
This is the grand finale,
our Siempre Verde One-Year Anniversary
in Remembrance of Those We Lost
& in Celebration of How We Are Altered Forever.
David Zamora Casas is going to crown off the series.
And then we'll transform otra vez.
Q & A with Sheila
March 4, 2021
(Berta Cáceres's 50th Birthday † )
After ten years DJ-ing professionally, prolifically, and with panache, I decided I needed an official logo.
Linda was the obvious choice, and I am always so honored when she says YES to my commissions.
Yet again, we worked so well together. She listened to my vision, made it her own, and then gracefully included my revision suggestions such as the cloudy sky motif on the vinyl record (it was gray at first).
I had holographic stickers printed immediately.
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
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