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LRT Invitation to 2015 Aztlan exhibit events at dA Center for the Arts

The dA Center for the Arts is proud to present the 2015 Aztlan with their community pARTner Latino/a Round Table 
Working together to build a better Pomona

Join us please for more art experiences at the dA Community Celebration de los Muertos y los Vivos
November 1st, 2015 from 3-7pm 

 With much enthusiasm and excitement, the Latino and Latina Roundtable and dA, invite all to join us in an afternoon of celebration of our loved ones and role models who have passed and celebration of our lives.  The Community Celebration de los Muertos y los Vivos will include an interactive alter, crafts for the whole family, music, story sharing and food. We hope to teach each other through sharing about celebrating life, death, and family.   Please bring a picture or recuerdo (an item that symbolizes) of a loved one to add to the alter.  (All pictures and items will be returned).

Lessons from an Activist Intellectual by Jose Zapata Calderon, co-founder of the Latino/a Round Table
Forum and Book Signing
Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7 pm Free 

This book provides examples of how an academician can combine the roles of teacher, researcher, and activist with a community-based critical pedagogy for democracy and empowerment.  This book discusses the interconnections made between José Calderón’s pedagogy and his history as an immigrant, student, social movement leader, researcher, professor, and community organizer. At the same time, it provides examples of an interactive, intercultural, and interdisciplinary pedagogy that involves both students and community participants as both teachers and learners in social change projects. This style of pedagogy has a particular salience for historically excluded individuals from diverse racial, class, gender, and sexual orientation backgrounds, for whom the educational experience can be both an alienating and empowering experience.


Teatro Urbano presents

Detective Sanchez: The Ortiz Case

Tickets $15 if you can. $12 for seniors, students, & Pomona Residents 


“Los Angeles in the 1950’s was a smog filled city, but there was an air of innocence…”
Those are the words that open the Chicano Detective story. “Detective Sanchez, The Ortiz Case” written by Rene Rodriguez and Produced by Rosemary Soto Rodriguez and Ricardo Lopez.

The play opens to the sound of the Blues with a narration that sets the mood and rhythm by Raul Lopez, a onetime middle weight contender, who owns and operates,  La Mecca, a bar in Boyle Heights.

Lopez quickly begins to tell the story of his friend and drinking buddy, Rudy Sanchez, or better known in the barrios of Los Angeles, Detective Sanchez. In the hot summer of 1950, Lopez defends a woman with a problem.  Her son, Chuy Ortiz has been accused of murder. Sanchez has to prove the innocence of this young man, but one problem Sanchez is a drunk…le gustaba la borachara, as Lopez points out.

Support Theatre in Pomona  !


November 21, 2015  5 pm  Free 


Gallery Talk with
Artist / Activist Paul Botello 

Paul has murals all over LA County including Pizter College and Ceasr Chavez Park in Pomona. He is a font of  knowledge for the subject of art and activism.
Please join us ! 

Closing Aztlan Reception 6 – 8 pm




Film and Speakers on “Fighting For Our Lives”

This Friday, September 18th (beginning with an introduction and pot-luck) at 6 PM at Bellas Artes Gallery (244 S Garey Ave, Pomona, California 91766), United Pomona Valley M.E.Ch.A. The Latino/a Roundtable of the San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valley and the community will be showing an Oscar nominated portrayal of the UFW’s 1973 strike where grape workers making history by walking off the job from Coachella to Fresno to fight for a UFW contract. A moving testimony to the bravery of the farm workers in their non-violent struggle against police brutality on the picket lines. Our group Unity in the Community seeks to bring dialogue about historic issues that are still affecting us today. We will be watching this film and will have presenters who were part of the UFW and grape boycott – leaders Jerry Ryan and Roberto de la Cruz – discussing the film afterwards. Everyone is welcome.

This will be a potluck style event so bring something delicious to share, and don’t forget to bring your friends and family!

The Dog’s Will Opens – April 23rd

Dear Friends and Family,

In March I had the great pleasure of directing a staged reading of Stand and Deliver at Pasadena City College (PCC) presented in partnership with the Pasadena Playhouse.   It was a great evening of theatre performed by a talented cast comprised of PCC students and professional actors.  I’d like to thank President Miller, Dr. Jimenez y West and Dr. Olivo at PCC and Sheldon, Seema and Victor for offering me the opportunity to launch your initiative Mi Historia/Mi Manera with Stand and Deliver, a play close to my heart.

My next project, that I hope you can attend, is the classic Brazilian comedy The Dog’s Will Ariano Suassuna. I’m very excited about this play that throws open a wide door to a Latino culture that we know little about and reinforces the fact that to be Latino/Hispanic is not a monolithic moniker. The play is a very broad, bawdy and raucous comedy that cloaks a sharp critique of class and racial hierarchies in Brazil. These prejudices are revealed in the final act when the characters, all killed by the bandit Severina of Aracaju (See attached costume concept), are judged by Jesus and Mary. 

My Director’s Notes, that I’ve attached, explain more in-depth my rationale for selecting this play.

I hope you can attend!



Alma Martinez, MFA, PhD


Member, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Member, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences


In the round! 


The Dog’s Will by Ariano Suassuna

A satire on Human Frailties in the Form of a Miracle Play

Based on Ballads and Folk Tales of Northeastern Brazil.


The University of La Verne Theatre is proud to present the highly-acclaimed classic Brazilian comedy The Dog’s Will for seven performances, opening April 23rd. Written by renowned playwright Ariano Suassuna, and called Auto da Compadecida in Portuguese. The play is a broad comedy in the style of commedia dell’arte and a vigrousus and biting Marxist satire of the translator, the late Dillwyn F. Ratcliff has preserved with extraordinary skill the vigorous humor and biting satire of this remarkable Brazilian play.


The play features the lives of the audacious men of the backlands of Northern Brazil, who live by cattle raising and farming. The chief character is John Cricket (Alvaro Renteria), a petty thief, a crook, and especially a very fast talker. John Cricket and his friend Chico (Aaron Avalos) contrive a plan to acquire some money. After some twists and turns the play culminates in murder and a mass trial. Being the fast talker that he is, Cricket takes upon himself the task of defending the group of rogues before the amiable deity and in so doing achieves his own moral salvation.


Direction is by renowned artist and University of La Verne faculty member Alma Martinez, who brings her vast experience and love for theatre to this production. Martinez got her Ph.D. in Drama from Stanford University and has over 100 credits including Broadway, off Broadway, regional theatre and Mexican and European stages.


This is an opportunity to see a great play at an affordable price. The engaging performance shows 

April 23rd to 25th at 7:30 PM, April 30th at 7:30 PM, May 1st and 2nd at 7:30 PM and May 3rd at 2:00 PM. 

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and faculty and $5 for students. 

Reservations can be made at (909) 448-4386 or at

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