1 The art of chorro!
La dama, el catrín and el borracho are characters well known among Latinos whove spent nights and holidays sitting around the dinner table with family and friends, putting raw beans on bingo-style cards emblazoned with the characters faces and yelling out Chorro! when they get four of them in a row.
These characters, beloved in Latino culture, and the memories they produce, serve as the inspiration for The HeART of Loteria, a group exhibition themed on Loteria, a Bingo-like board game played in Latin-American countries.
I think its our pastime, organizer Ruben Torres says. Its what we did as family time. Its part of the glue that brought people together. We didnt have laptops and smart phones or Netflix. Family night consisted of Loteria.
Roughly 100 artists will show one to two pieces of Loteria art. Among them is 5-yearold painter Osmar Hernandez and famed Chicano Park muralist Mario Chacon, whose piece is pictured here. Therell also be live painting and work on view from a wide array of artists, including Vallo Riberto, Surge and Shocker, whos currently serving a life term in prison.
Were not discriminating in terms of the art, Torres says. It doesnt matter if youre a kid or a prison inmate. Its about the art. I want to expose it.
The atmosphere will be turned up a notch thanks to live sets from Cumbia Machin and Gavachillo, a side project of members of Ozomatli. Therell also be people dressed as Loteria characters wandering around the space and a Mexican mercado selling handmade crafts, fresh fruits, aguas frescas and other food and drink.
The HeART of Loteria opens at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Centro Cultural de la Raza (2004 Park Blvd. in Balboa Park). Heart of Loteria on Facebook.
2 Movies on wheels
The State Theatre was one of San Diegos finest movie houses. It entertained many a moviegoer from the 1940s through the 1970s and later served the neighborhoods Vietnamese community after being reopened as the Trieu Thanh Theater in 1980. The City Heights venue was demolished in 1987, but its legacy will live on through Drive-By Cinema, a project, headed by Pacific Arts Movement, that will be launched on Friday, Feb. 15. The organization has outfitted an old truck with equipment to show movies in public places, and from 5 to 7 p.m., itll stop at the site of the State (4712 El Cajon Blvd.) and play a film from the theaters Asian period. Therell also be free snacks and an after-party at Til-Two Club (4746 El Cajon Blvd.). drivebycinema.com
OK, Balboa Parks Mingei International Museum has been featured in this space two weeks in a row. So what? Its not our fault that they hold rad events. Last week, it was the opening of an exhibition of folk art by Bill Traylor. This week, its the launch of Mingle @ Mingei, a series of concerts by the chamber ensemble Camarada, which, on Sunday, Feb. 17, will perform the music of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla, known for creating nuevo tango—sort of a jazzier version of tango. Show up at 5 p.m. to see the museums current exhibitions, including Make Your Own Kind of Music, where Scott Paulson (Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra), will demonstrate the theremin. Camaradas performance begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $30. mingei.org