Event calendar / July 2014
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Art Opening
“A Ribbon Around A Bomb” by Suhaly Bautista, The Earth Warrior
Friday, July 11, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Frida Kahlo’s art was once described by André Breton, surrealist movement founder, as reminiscent of “a ribbon around a bomb.” Breton’s description serves as the motivation behind this photographic document / portraiture series, which examines the myriad of dualities featured in Frida Kahlo’s life and work and mirrors them against womyn featured in the work as political revolutionary and feminist. The series contains 21 color portraits and the accompanying written reflections of womyn who Bautista considers vivacious, unapologetic, passionate and courageous –all qualities shared with the legendary Kahlo. It is an ode to the femininity and grace Frida embodied, coupled with the strength, pain, aggression and revolution, which were unvarying constants in her life.
Presented in partnership with the LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference) celebrating 15 years in 2014!

Family Day: Music by ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!
Saturday, July 12, 2014, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Andrés Salguero’s ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! presents an interactive celebration of Latino culture for kids and families.  Dance with us to salsa, bachata, plena, mariachi and more! Free event, perfect for families with children ages 2-8!
Presented in partnership with the LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference) celebrating 15 years in 2014!


3rd annual Frida Kahlo birthday celebration!
Saturday, July 12, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

This year we will be celebrating the Mexican artist with our annual look-a-like contest with contemporary inspiration. If Frida Kahlo were alive in 2014 what would she look like? Come with your best modern Frida inspiration and show her spirit still lives on!
Event will include music, photo booth, and art inspired by Frida. Can’t come with flowers in your hair? No problem! You will be able to create your own flower head piece at our art-making station.
$10 fee per person, advance ticket purchase recommended.

YA panel
Breaking the Mold: Male Characters in Latino Young Adult Literature
Saturday July 19, 12pm – 1:30pm 

Join us as we explore the role of Latino male characters in Young Adult (YA) literature. A discussion will be lead by bookstore staff and will include a panel of local male YA authors Torrey Maldonado and Matt de la Peña, recent recipient of the 2014 Pura Belpre Honor Award. We will discuss what makes the protagonists relatable to teens today, why it is important to keep writing more Latino male leads in the future and how we can encourage our young men to be active lifelong readers. A Q&A session will follow in addition to a book signing by authors.


Summer concert series at La Casa Azul Bookstore featuring Radio Jarocho Saturday, July 19, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 
Radio Jarocho plays son jarocho music fashioned after the towns, musicians, and swampy countryside that created it in Veracruz, Mexico. They also write their own songs and tailor them with assorted influences, creating a contemporary repertoire that captures the spirit of the traditional style.
Tickets: $10, if pre-purchased online via eventbrite.
$12 at the door (cash only) Free for children under 4 years or age.

Music and poetry with Mahina Movement                                 
Saturday, July 19, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Join Mahina Movement, the phenomenal women trio (Gabriella Callender, Lorena Ambrosio and Vaimoana LItia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu) and Friends for this homecoming event. Based in NYC, Mahina Movement create music and poetry tied to flesh and bone, straight from the heart. Mahina taken from the Tongan word for Moon and from the Spanish word imagine, Mahina Movement are World Citizens who come from Peru, Ireland, West Africa and Tonga. Mahina Movement have performed on over 500 stages including having performed with Angela Davis, Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Hillary Clintom and countless others. Spend an exhilarating evening of music and poetry by Mahina Movement and friends and come share food and drinks in celebrating home, family and community!


Book Party for Land of Love and Drowning 
by Tiphanie Yanique
Wednesday, July 23, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Music, food and drinks — reading at 6:30pm 
Tiphanie Yanique has been listed by BookPage as one of the 14 Women to watch out for in 2014. Her first novel, Land of Love and Drowning, has been praised by Edwidge Danticat who says “it will astound you and leave your breathless” and by Tayari Jones who calls it “a tour de force.”
Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35. Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands and teaches at the New School.