Welcome to our Cultural Events Calendar for 2020-2021! Our classes are remote for now and so are our events, which means that you can enjoy our great workshops and performances from your own home. We are excited to bring you a variety of dance, art, history, culture, and even cooking this year!
Links and any additional information for each event will be added as the event approaches, so be sure to check back often! Click here to sign up for email updates.
Cultural Events 2020-2021
FandangObon workshop will work with participants in a dialogue about all of our connections to each other and to the Earth. We work through dance in a virtual circle to remind all of us that together we are stronger, together we can make changes and that the synergy of our connections is what we need today more than ever to bring justice to our communities.
Live showing at Noon, replay at 7pm
Learn the Okinawan tradition of Bokashi composting! Bokashi ‘pickles’ your waste, stops rotting and smelly odors, and enriches your soil! Collect your food waste, sprinkle Bokashi on top and cover. During this one-hour demonstration you’ll learn about the problems with landfill dumping and begin to repair our broken food cycle using Bokashi.
Live showing at Noon, replay at 7pm
Esteemed altarista Ofelia Esparza is a Chicana artist from East Los Angeles whose stunning and deeply meaningful ofrendas over the past four decades have earned her recognition as an NEA National Heritage Fellow. Alongside her daughter artist Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, Ofelia has shared her knowledge and art about el Día de Los Muertos with communities nationally and internationally.
Rio Hondo is honored to have Ofelia Esparza and Rosanna Esparza Ahrens build an ofrenda on campus to honor those who have passed away in our community. From October 6th through October 8th, the process of building the altar will be filmed and posted online for all to enjoy. On October 8th at 7:30pm, Rio Hondo will host an artist talk with Ofelia Esparza about her work and the traditions surrounding el Día de Los Muertos
Altar build: October 6th- 8th, 2020
Artist talk: October 8th, 2020 at 7:30 pm
In this workshop we will create a kite exploring stories of resilience, courage and ancestry using maps and images exploring migration, memory and geographies. Looking at the cultural practices of Mayan communities in Guatemala, who create kites to honor their ancestors and family members who have passed during all saints day, we will honor our own legacies of migration and family members who have passed.
October 15th, 2020 at noon
As a part of our 3-day series with the Self Help Graphics Barrio Mobile Arts Team, SHG Legacy artists will lead two consecutive lectures discussing the history of Self Help Graphics’ tradition of celebrating Dia de Los Muertos in Los Angeles.
October 20-21st, 2020
Join us for the final installation of our 3-day series with the Self Help Graphics Barrio Mobile Arts Team. Self Help Graphic’s artists will facilitate an online Dia de Los Muertos workshop focusing on Papel Picado and the tradition behind it. Click here for the template.
October 22, 2020 at noon
Join Chef Jocelyn of Los Angeles based Todo Verde and author of La Vida Verde: Plant-Based Mexican Cooking with Authentic Flavor for an interactive online cooking class. We will be exploring a jackfruit carnitas recipe that can also be used as a quick and easy substitute for most dishes with chicken or pork.
November 5th, 2020 at 7 pm
Experimental music artist Joe Galarza, performing as Genetic Windsongs of Truth and Revolt creates music that raises questions and connects our technologically driven society with our relationship to mother earth. His expressive soundscapes remind us that we have become integrated into an industrial landscape. Galarza uses art and music as an educational tool to empower communities, fostering a dialogue about how we can shift our current reality into a better world suited for all human beings to exist as one.
November 12th, 2020 at 7 pm
Arts-based workshop that will facilitate a discussion of La Loteria, its History, and challenge current issues of race, class, and gender. Dr. Garcia will lead participants in the creation of a Loteria card that uses the working class occupations of our parents as tools to resist the hegemonic imagery that continues to exist in the game.
Live showing at Noon