Get the party started
Fans of Chicano art have been awaiting this announcement for years-seven, to be exact-the length of time a large part of San Diego's Chicano arts community has stayed away from Balboa Park's Centro Cultural de la Raza, the water-tower-turned-cultural-arts-center adopted by the Chicano arts community four decades ago. In 2000, when a new board of directors took the Centro in a direction the artists felt didn't honor its history as a place not only for art, but also political expression (among other grievances), the Save Our Centro Coalition started a boycott. The boycott ended in April after months of intense mediation with a new board.
Re: Union C/S ,the Centro's first exhibit since the boycott ended, kicks off Saturday, June 30, with a reception from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The list of artists whose work will be on display is too long to include here, but here are a few: Carlos Beltran, Mario Chacon, Patricio Chavez, Eloissa Leonna, Richard A. Lou, Bob Rob Medina, Victor Ochoa, Victor Payan and Sandra Sarmiento-Payan, Mario Torero and Perry Vasquez. Chunky y Los Alacranes and Quinteto Caballero will provide the music and Media Arts Center San Diego offers a selection of curated videos.
The exhibit runs through Aug. 12 and features a different event each weekend, like New York indie band Pistolera on July 7 and a live graffiti demo on July 14. Visit www.centroraza.com.