Lou Gargokken | EAST 2017

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As you may know by now, Lou is one of my favourite people in the world. Not only he’s super creative, but he loves sharing his ideas and art to the world, and that is something not everyone is willing to do… He shares his passion towards Art as a Professor, avid Instagrammer, traveller, and of course Artist and Architect.

“Humor and melancholy are an essential part of his composition. Earthy textures, exaggerated expressions, horns, wings and fangs resemble creatures from the mythological world… I guess these creatures are in some way the physical manifestation of my emotions, my madness and joy”.

Come and meet him this November 18th & 19th at the East Austin Studio Tour #95, you’ll be delighted, I swear 😉

 

 

Dougherty Arts Center

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You know how you open an email and open the newsletter and scan through it, then you click on a link, that takes you to an article that mentions something that seems interesting and you do a search and end up finding some really cool info?

That happened to me today. I ended up at the Dougherty Arts Center Website. I have passed by their building many times without ever wondering what goes on in there and boy am I happy I found their website!

As artists and performers, we are always looking for ways to stretch our money, heck, you don’t need to be an artist or a performer to want to save a buck! That’s why I’m sharing this tidbit of info in case you, like me, had not heard that the DAC now has a space where you can comfortably do your research (without the feeling you have to buy a coffee every hour to justify the use of the free wifi), meet with prospective clients or collaborators, or simply work in a comfortable place that is not your living room.

The Artist Resource Center at the Dougherty Arts Center provides with everything you may need to take care of the planning and production of your next project.

They have the basics: WiFi, charging stations and caffeine plus access to a resource library, TV with HDMI connection and even Adobe Suite. SWEET!

Best of all, you don’t need reservations, memberships or to succumb to the imaginary self-imposed pressure of buying something.

The space is open M-W 10 am to 10 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm.

For the dancers and actors in the bunch, the DAC also has rehearsal spaces available FOR FREE! For more info, send an email to DACInfo@austintexas.gov or contact the theater coordinator Lucy Miller-Downing at 512-974-4045

If you haven’t had the chance to check out the DAC, don’t waste another minute and hop onto their website or Facebook page. You’ll be amazed at all the other events, services and classes they have available!

The Doughminican <3

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I just realized I haven’t told you about my new favourite food truck in town!!!!! You HAVE TO try the Doughminican, it’s so ridiculously good!

As the name says it, it’s authentic Dominican food, yes Authentic as a Dominican Mom and Son cooking the meals 😉 + Dominican people coming, and almost crying right there because the empanadas, pasteles and every item tastes like Grandma’s ❤

This is my first time trying Dominican food and I was almost crying myself when I took a bite of that gorgeous meal, OMG I cannot put into words how delicious it is! The owner, Melvin, prepares them right there and then, so get ready for fresh ingredients handmade to order scrumptiousness ❤

Anyway, go visit them at 1403 East 7th St Austin Texas 78702 (they recently moved from E 5th).

They’ll be this weekend at the “Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K” treat yo’ self if you’re around 🙂

Enjoy!

I <3 LOLA

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A couple weeks ago, the outstanding Golden Hornet invited us to enjoy an event organized by them, Alamo Drafthouse, & LOLA; The event included a movie, a boat ride, and Opera! I was beyond INNNN! Oh and did I say something about the gorgeous cheeses from Antonelli’s & bread by Easy Tiger? Well, yeah, I had and loved a bunch of that too!

I have to tell you, I’m not opera literate at all, but it still sounded like a cool event. I decided to take my mom and sister along to this adventure. Boy was I entering another dimension!!! The movie showed was Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo: a fun movie about a guy that is obsessed with bringing an opera to the jungle. The piece is a must see, super entertaining and fun, but the boat ride… OMG, I cannot begin to explain how cool that was!

As I mentioned before, my knowledge of opera comes from exposure to it in unconventional places; I’ve heard them as soundtrack of cartoons or commercials and that’s about it. The singers were amazing and talented and not only did they sing for our delight by bursting into random songs, they explained the type of voice and piece and acted a little bit so the spectators had some context.

It’s difficult to express how much their “extra” effort added to the experience. Plus, if you include the fact that the pianist was practically dancing as he was playing, noiseeee! The sunset as the backdrop, and the boat swaying in the water, you end up with PRRRRRFECTION!

I’m sure you can figure out the enthusiasm I am feeling while typing this; that is only a fraction of the excitement LOLA was gifting us that evening. Turns out LOLA (Local Opera, Local Artists) are a group committed to spread opera everywhere and give a different, more approachable perspective of this type of art. Kudos to all involved! These events change people’s minds for sure. I can confidently say this experience gave me a different appreciation for what this group of talented artists do and I love it!

I highly encourage you to follow them online and to go to any event they have next. Based on what I saw, felt, and heard, I can guarantee you’ll have a refreshed view on this music genre.

Oh! And before I forget! Still speaking about opera, check Joseph Keckler out; I saw him during Fusebox Festival and whatever I can tell you about him is an understatement of how much of a fan I am! He rocks and will make you laugh. What else do you need in life?!

Cheers!

 

Panel Cultural @ Casa Mexico

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Tuve el placersazo de asistir a un Panel Cultural organizado por el consulado de México en Austin, Tx. para la 2da edición de “Casa Mexico”, en SXSW.

En este panel se contó con la presencia de 3 artistas Mexicanos buenísimos que actualmente están trabajando en Austin Tx: el comiquero “Nava” de “Latino Toons”, el quasi científico-loco Victor Pérez-Rul y muralista extraordinaire Héctor Reez Ruiz. La #CuradoraItinerante mas trendy/siempre en ruta, Leslie Moody Castro fue moderadora y la responsable del vibe mas relajado, honesto y divertido que he visto en un panel tan oficial.

En la mesa se discutieron varios temas: las disciplinas de cada uno de los artistas,  importancia de la cultura y producción artística en tiempos como estos, el bizarrismo del love/hate affair de EU con México y sus productos, entre otros.

Varias cosas resaltaron, y me pegaron fuerte, cabe mencionar:

1. La experiencia de Nava en Marfa, Tx, donde se ha acogido tanto la imagen de Pancho Villa que es básicamente estandarte de la onda festivalera en esa ciudad, mientras que los mexicanos, está tan fuera de la escena como sus hogares… Nava se preguntaba si esta imagen tan fuerte, asertiva de “macho macho men” sería bienvenida en este país en realidad. Que curioso, no? Imagínense a la gringada feliz rodeada de posters de Pancho Villa, canciones, hologramas, tomándose selfies y demás, ahora imagínate donde se les aparezca en vivo, tome algo bruscamente, o les hable golpeado, no no no!.

2. Victor nos platicó de su experiencia trabajando con materiales no tan tradicionales, y como es difícil a veces transportar sus piezas de arte a EU. Nos platicó que en una ocasión le detuvieron unas partes de su obra por ser “Contundentes”(!!!¿?) así es que los aduaneros no lo dejaron abordar al avión con los objetos. Contundente? neta?! jaja digo, a todos nos ha pasado algo bizarro en la cruzada, pero esto de los objetos “contundentes” estuvo especial…

3. Héctor desde el principio nos advirtió que el no era tan platicador pero igual nos compartió varias anécdotas, entre ellas, nos contó como ahora que estuvo pintando el mural en Mexic-Arte a la gente le llamaba mucho la atención que fuera mexicano y pareciera blanco, el les aseguró que los mexicanos venimos en todos colores y sabores. También nos platicó del oficio y tradición mexicana del muralismo y como utiliza esta técnica para expresar sus posturas en estos tiempos tan eclécticos.

Anyway, nos divertimos mucho, Leslie mantuvo el panel super ligero e interesante, incluso hizo que Nava sacara unas calcomanías que traía en la bolsa y las pasara a la audiencia, claro que las pobres calcas tardaron menos en pasar por todo el auditorio que en regresar a las manos de de Nava jaja, pero si llegaron. Tarde pero seguras jaja!.

Un orgullo enorme ver que como Victor, la tecnología e invención siguen fuertes y contundentes en México; como a Héctor las raíces le llaman y le gritan fuerte; y como Nava tiene la misión-visión de un México mas unido a Latinoamérica y más aun cuando estamos fuera de nuestro país, cuando la unidad y la producción cuentan más.

Gabriel Santiago * Traveler

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Gabriel Santiago is ready to launch his 10th album “Traveler“! He just needs a bit of help to bring it to life and tour with it 🙂

Please go on to this link and find out how to pre-order, pledge, and get some amazing perks while supporting our extraordinaire local Jazzanovic Gabriel Santiago ❤

Fan Heartbreak

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I came to the Day for Night festival for many things, one in particular made the sale, Björk. I have been a fan since I can remember, starting from Sugarcubes and going through almost every phase/album/project. I’ve never seen my idol perform live so even when it was going to be a DJ set I couldn’t be more excited.

Perfect execution… No lights, no projections, people leaving, while others asked when and where Björk was coming up (when she had already been playing on the stage right in front of them for more than 30 minutes).

The stage was practically submerged in a jungle. All the plants looked cute but covered her and all her greatness completely.

I was in the 2nd row, not even 6 meters from HER, and I still couldn’t see much. Even if you could find a gap in the vegetation, she wore an enormous yet gorgeous headpiece that covered the majority of her face. I even began to wonder if it was even her.

I’m not trying to speculate but honestly, it was that weird. Yes the music was as weird as I expected (not party like at all) and the goddess looked heavenly. Something was off, the screens for example :/

We couldn’t see HER.

When you pay $150+ extra for her, it is very very disappointing not being able to even recognize her.

I get and love every quirk, weirdness and whatnot but this experience, waiting this long, definitely heartbreaking.

I was lucky enough to go backstage, where I got to see a bit of her moving to the music, I bowed, waved “Bye” and I still wasn’t sure it was really Björk.

Regardless, I can’t wait for what’s next for #DayForNight, hopefully we’ll get more Art, Lights, Music and presences; as of Björk, sadly I don’t expect much more from her in this festival. 😦

Last minute Xmas Shopping, Thanks y’all, Day for night, n’ stuff…

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Well, the holidays are almost here and we’re grateful for being able to share with you our work and now our absence Lol. We’re a bit tired but happy about all that we accomplished during this bizarre year…
I’m beyond excited ’cause I get to see Bjork Today at the Day For Night Festival!!! Wish me luck, I don’t want to pass out like a Justin Bieber fan, but the excitement I assume is similar, so who knows what will happen!!!!

If you still haven’t bought gifts, we have Art and Merch at the Online Store, if you live in Austin Tx or Monterrey Mx we might be able to drop it off just in time for Xmas, so if you like something but are not sure if it’ll get to you in time, write us to info@theprojecto.org with what you want and address.

We expect great things for next year, so stay tuned! I’ll try to give you my two cents on the festival and I’ll keep posting random stuff as usual.

Happy weekend, talk to you soon!!!

Art, Music & Giving, this weekend in Texas

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After a very happy EAST, a quick trip to Monterrey, Cancun and an extremely fun Wedding, we are ready to tell you what’s next (near future speaking) 😀

Friday DECEMBER (Can you freakin’ believe it?!) the 2nd, San Antonio Tx: Our very own Chido Machine will be pairing amazing music with the Coolest Art at Presa House Gallery  for the “Borderwavve” Opening Reception, where some of our local favs: Gerardo Arellano & Aldo Fabian Ramos will be showing their thaaang 😉 next to the really cool, well known artists, Cande Aguilar & Jorge Puron. Should be a treat for your ears, eyes and ❤

Saturday December the 3rd, Austin Tx: #TheProjecto will be present at “Austin’s very Own” a new event series that’s part art show, part hip hop showcase, full fire.     YEAH!        In there we’ll be displaying Art and our brand new T-shirts, so if you had your eye on something made by our artists on EAST but didn’t have the chance, now is the time baby 😛  The event will feature Music, Art, Vendors, a very nice unapologetic attitude, plus part of your cover fee goes to 1 of 4 charitable organizations ❤

Tuesday December the 6th, Austin Tx: “Jumpstart your Success” an event that benefits “Dress for Success” an organization that supports women to get better jobs through clothing, training, & other important things 😀 … I belong to this amazing group called “Power Heels” where we look to grow and make stuff happen for women professionally. This will be our first event so we’re super excited 😀 Can’t wait to see you there!!         Please bring clothes to donate, it must be clothing that you would use for a job interview! Oh almost forgot! #ChidoMachine will be performing and giving the attendees the chill pumped up music we deserve so yayyy!!! Plus the always present Tito’s Vodka, JuiceLand, TopoChicoLick Ice Cream, Jets Pizza and more awesome local spots will be sponsoring YUMMERS!!!! *Don’t forget to RSVP!!!!!!

Hope to see you at one of these amazing events yayy!