Eduardo Galeano- Talk & Book Signing- May 21- Oakland

An Evening with EDUARDO GALEANO

“Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History”
Hosted by Miguel Guerrero
Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 pm

In 2010, we had a wonderful documentary that a few of you had a chance to see “Eyes Wide Open, A Voyage of South America Today”. The filmmaker, Gonzalo Arijon, was inspired by his countryman’s book The Open Veins of Latin America, a groundbreaking work by author Eduardo Galeano. This is the same book that Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez presented to President Barack Obama when they first met.

One of Latin America’s most distinguished writers, journalists and historians, Eduardo Galeano is the author of the Memory of Fire Trilogy, Open Veins of Latin America, Days and Nights of Love and War, Walking Words, Soccer in Sun and Shadow, The Book of Embraces, Mirrors, and many other works. Born in Montevideo in 1940, Galeano lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for many years before returning to Uruguay. His work has inspired popular and classical music composers from all over the world. He was the recipient of the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom, the Casa de las Americas Prize, and the First Distinguished Citizen of the region by the countries of Mercosur.  His admirers include Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Subcomandante Marcos, Howard Zinn, Naomi Klein, and of course Hugo Chavez.  Eduardo is a man of truly progressive principles.

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland- 2501 Harrison Street at 27th St., Oakland

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“Rita Moreno: A Memoir” in Bookstores & Online

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Whenever you hear the song “America” from West Side Story, no doubt Rita Moreno comes to mind. Moreno’s ‘Anita’ won her the Oscar and stardom. She is in the exclusive club of artists that have won the grand slam of arts awards including an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony…plus a Golden Globe and the National Medal of Honor.

At 80, Moreno is still singing, dancing, acting and writing.  Performing since the age of 7, Rita was discovered by Louis B. Mayer, the famed filmmaker of old Hollywood who remarked upon seeing her that she looked like a ‘Spanish’ Elizabeth Taylor.  Moreno was in her late teens/early twenties when she was rubbing shoulders with the greats of old Hollywood- Clark Gable, Yul Brynner, Gene Kelly, Marlon Brando- and yes, Elizabeth Taylor, too.

Last year Moreno starred in her autobiographical one-woman show, Life Without Makeup, to rave reviews at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Earlier this month she released  Rita Moreno: A Memoir.  Born Rosa Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, her mother moved the family to New York City when she was 3. She takes us on her life journey once again- as an immigrant, as a starlet, and as a heartbroken young woman. To say she was involved with bad boy Marlon Brando is an understatement; infidelity, an unwanted pregnancy, and a suicide attempt made for good tabloid fodder publicly but privately it was a source of much pain.

Get the book and read all about Rita.

@SFLucho

Book Signing & Film Tour – It Calls You Back

 

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Author Luis J. Rodriguez ­– Named one of LA Weekly’s People of the Year 2012, will be in the Bay Area for Book/Film Tour and Healing event.  Mr. Rodriguez will be presenting his book “It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing”. This will also be the Bay Area premiere film screening of “Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts are Transforming a Community.” Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival is the community co-presenter. 

WHEN/WHERE:

Tuesday, July 10, 6-8pm  – Cesar E. Chavez Branch Library, 3301 E 12th Street, Suite 271, Oakland, CA 94601. Books available for purchase.

Wednesday, July 11, 12-3pm – SF Public Library, 100 Larkin St (@Grove). Koret Auditorium, lower level, SF, CA 94102. 

Thursday, July 12, 6-8:30pm –  826 Valencia, 826 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110.

 June 2012, San Francisco – Luis J. Rodriguez, will read from his latest book, his long-awaited sequel to his bestselling memoir Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. Now in paper back, and a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing details the intense struggles Luis has had as a writer, father, husband, revolutionary, and healer, including dealing with addictions, family abuse, and a son who did a total of fifteen years in prison.

“In this brilliantly jagged sequel to the gang-life classic, Always Running (1994), acclaimed journalist, poet and fiction writer Rodriguez… chronicles his struggle to leave behind a drug- and crime-ridden world that always threatened to ‘call him back.’ An acute political consciousness and powerful love of the written word ultimately saved the author from the lurking dangers of the street and the ‘nothing life’ to which most Latinos in East Los Angeles were automatically condemned… Raw, searing reading from start to finish.”–(Kirkus Review)

“Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts are Transforming a Community” is both a book and film. Economic restructuring during the 1970s decimated the once numerous local aerospace and manufacturing jobs in the San Fernando Valley leading to widespread unemployment and street gangs. Truly a wasteland, there were no bookstores or art galleries in Pacoima or Sylmar until Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore opened in 2001. The multi-media community space quickly became a mecca for performances, workshops, a publishing imprint and a youth empowerment project.

“Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts are Transforming a Community” is a new book documenting the positive changes occurring in Pacoima and Sylmar because of the emerging community arts. Co-edited by Luis Rodriguez and Cal State Northridge Professor Denise Sandoval, it includes essays, poems, paintings and photos from over a dozen contributors on the vibrant arts community at Tia Chucha’s and at events like the annual literary festival “Celebrating Words.” It includes essays by teachers, leaders, youth activists, artists, poets, and others as well as photos, art images, poems, histories, interviews, and more. It is a 9 x 9 table top book, beautifully designed by Tia Chucha Press’s designer Jane Brunette.

Filmmaker John Cantu has also made a documentary film in tandem with the book. Cantu is an independent film maker, writer, and editor. The book will be available for sale and the film will have its Bay Area premier screening. The book is distributed by Northwestern University Press and the film will be distributed at a future date by Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural.

For more info about Luis J. Rodriguez please visit: http://www.luisjrodriguez.com/index.htm