This week at Delta College

Delta College’s book swap takes place today (November 4) until 3 pm in Upper Danner Hall. Bring a book, take a book.  There is something for everyone.

Also today (November 4) is KWDC’s Art Showcase from 11 am – noon. Artists Jocelyn Conde Hillyard and Carlos Marquez will be talking about the group Draw It Out and the Not One More exhibit.  Tune in at FM 93.5

Tomorrow join Terryl Whitlatch at the Tillie Lewis Theater from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm speaking about her work as a concept artist and creature designer.  Terryl is the Exhibition Juror for the Horton Gallery’s current exhibit “Imagine the Fantastic” closing tomorrow.  She has worked with many studios including ILM, Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Paramount, Universal, various zoos and natural history museums and acted as principal creature designer for Star Wars Episode 1 — Phantom Menace designing most of the alien characters and creatures, from concept to fully realized anatomies and stylizations. Following the talk there will be a reception at the Horton Gallery.

Tomorrow there will also be free preview screenings of the movie “Listen” at 1:30pm and 5:30pm in the West Forum Hall at Delta College.  Listen is a fictional feature film inspired by real stories about the struggles youth face dealing with mental-illness, self-harm, gang violence, racism, cyber-bullying, domestic abuse and suicide. Stay for a Q&A afterwards with Director Erahm Christopher and Producer Brooke Dooley. The event is co-sponsored by Sierra Health Foundation and the San Joaquin Delta College Cultural Awareness Programs Committee.

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Cambodian Mural Displayed At Anniversary Event

This afternoon is the 22nd anniversary celebration for the Park Village Apartments featuring Cambodian, Indian, Hmong, Mexican and Lao dance performances, a fashion show, a Cambodian short play, raffles and more.  The festivities take place from 3:30 pm – 6 pm at the Park Village Apartments, 3830 Alvarado Avenue, by Oak Park.  Be the first to see the new mural, displayed in the Apsara community center, about the Cambodian immigration painted by students from Jane Frederick High School and children from the Park Village Apartments under the leadership of artist Damon Gress. This event promises to be a beautiful fusion of the cultures of Stockton.

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Flor y Canto

Today is the 11th annual Flor y Canto event at 2:30 pm at the Haggin Museum featuring poetry, song and dance celebrating Mexican, Chicano and Indigenous culture hosted by Richard Rios.

The event is free with regular museum admission. Invited performers will be Juan Manuel Carrillo, RCAF artist and author, Esteban Villa, RCAF artist and musician, and Ballet Folklorico de Frank Zapata.

While at the Haggin make sure you view the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar on display through November 1.  This year the altar was created by Oakland artist Paco Garcia.  Hot chocolate and Pan Dulce will be served.

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Dare To Imagine

Artist Ernest Tomasi Dares To Imagine

Imagination Stations, places set up for the public to imagine their future in 2035, have been taking place throughout the country since October 10. Last night an Imagination Station was set up outside the Cal-Pine Barber Shop on the Miracle Mile.  Participants wrote messages of how they imagine their future and took photos with a backdrop.

Today there will be an Imagination Station at the Janet Leigh Plaza starting at 10 am.  I will be creating a chalk art design under the Regal dome based on my entry into the Brubeck Inspires My Imagination Banner Contest.  Activities include constructing a kaleidoscope signifying all the changes needed to improve the future of Stockton, sharing a Dare To Imagine haiku, writing FutureViews and letters to a descendant.

#DareToImagine is an effort by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture for the public to bring about the changes they envision through the arts. For more info, link here.

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Reflecting On Double Ten Day

Double Ten Day, held annually on October 10, is a holiday that commemorates the founding of the Chinese Republican Era celebrated in Taiwan and various cities worldwide with a flag raising ceremony and parades. Stockton’s Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) held a flag hoisting ceremony at the Confucius Church, on September 27, recognizing Double Ten Day.  The event was sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and the CBA.

Everyone congregated in the Confucius Hall and proceeded outside the building for a group photo.  Each person held American and Taiwanese flags.  The Sun Yat – Sen statue, given to the CBA by his granddaughter, was a focal point of the celebration taking center stage in the hall while speeches were made and songs were sung.  Note: Sun Yat-Sen was the first president and founder of the Republic of China.   The event concluded with lunch.  I would like to thank Val Acoba who invited me and the CBA for their gracious hospitality during the event.

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Cece’s Art Studio Celebrating 25 Years

Cece Working On A Portrait During The First ArtSplash In 2012

Cece’s Art Studio, located at 2324 Grand Canal Boulevard #10, celebrates a milestone achievement this evening from 4 pm – 7 pm.  The public is invited to an opening reception to view 25 years of favorite works.  Music and food are provided.  If you can’t make it tonight the display runs through November.  To learn more about Cece and her work link here.

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Taft Filipino Festival

The Taft Community Center/Park, 389 W. Downing, is having their 2nd Filipino Festival today from 10 am – 4 pm.  The festival honors Larry Itliong’s legacy of improving the lives of workers. Morning activities take place inside the Taft Community Center starting at 10 am with opening remarks and the film “Delano Manongs” at 10:30 am. Guest speaker Anita Bautista, Former President and Vice President of the Filipino American National Historical Society, Stockton Chapter shares insights about Filipino culture from 11:30 am – noon followed by lunch.

Afternoon entertainment starts at 1:30 pm in Taft Park.  Activities include youth games/contests for ages 8 – 10, Filipino folk dances, Hawaiian dance and line dancing until 3:50 pm when there will be closing remarks.

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Planter Or Sundial?


The first step to relocating the spire, rescued from the demolition of the Hunter Square Fountain, is for the public to cast its vote for what the spire will become – planter or sundial.  Voting continues through the end of September.  To learn the history of the project, see plans being considered and to cast your vote, link here.

Once voting has concluded the Save Downtown Stockton Foundation, who has adopted the Hunter Square spire relocation as its 2015 project, will lead a fundraising campaign to raise funds to place the spire as a new feature in the fountain area of Martin Luther King Plaza.

The spire remains one of my favorite Stockton memories. One First Night (a family friendly celebration of the arts taking place on New Year’s Eve in numerous cities) everyone gathered at the south end of the Hunter Square Fountain spire at midnight and looked to the sky seeing firework bursts launched from the San Joaquin County Courthouse to bring in the new year. What a magical sight – water cascading from the spire illuminated by colored firework light!

It is time for the spire, a treasured part of Stockton’s past, to find a new home so that it can be part of new memories.  Since the spire is public art being relocated in a public park, the public has the right to choose – planter or sundial.  Please cast your vote.

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“The Anatomy Of A Community Activist”

What motivates community activists?  Why do they fight the fights that others ignore?  Ernie Johnson attempts to answer these questions in his new play entitled, “The Anatomy Of A Community Activist” based on the life of Ralph White taking place tonight at the Valley Brewing Company, 157 W. Adams Street at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the door only – $10 Adults, $5 Students.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

This promises to be an evening not to be missed.  Ernie is the consummate storyteller weaving narrative and music together with charm, humor and insight.

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Grant Meetings

Lead Artist Dolly Sellars With The San Joaquin Street Mural That Received A Stockton Arts Commission Grant

The Stockton Arts Commission is holding two informational meetings discussing how to apply for an art grant this year.  Anyone wanting to apply for a Stockton Arts Commission grant must attend one meeting.  Meetings will be held at the Oak Park Senior Center, 730 E. Fulton.  The first meeting is scheduled for tonight (Thursday, September 10) at 5:30 pm and the second meeting takes place this Saturday, September 12 at 9 am.

The grant program has created dozens of exceptional art projects since its inception.  If you need funding for an art project please attend a grant meeting.  Grant applications are due no later than October 5, 2015, at 4 pm. Mail or deliver your application to the Community Services Department, Cesar Chavez Library, 2nd Floor, 605 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton, CA 95202.

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