El Velorio - Day of the Dead Event Nov. 2nd

A cultural "Day of the Dead" event, promoting the arts and giving back to the community with works by over 100 local contemporay artists and hosted by actor Jacob Vargas.

Los Angeles, CA - The City of Los Angeles is invited to immerse themselves in Mexico’s Day of the Dead at this year’s El Velorio 2013, a celebratory community Day of the Dead event hosted by actor Jacob Vargas featuring an art exhibition with over 100 works for sale by local artists, live musical performances, special screening of Kenneth Castillo’s film “La Guapa”, face painting, photo booth, food, cash bar and arts and craft vendors. El Velorio 2013 is open to the public and is $10 presale or $15 door entry (early arrival suggested) and proceeds will benefit LA’s only multidisciplinary community arts venue dedicated to serving the Eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Plaza De la Raza. El Velorio will take place on November 2, 2013 from 7pm – 1am at Plaza de la Raza’s beautiful cultural center for the arts located at 3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031. To purchase tickets or for more info visit: www.elvelorio.com.

El Velorio is curated by Antonio Pelayo and will feature an impressive exhibition featuring works that will be on display and for sale by over 100 local Contemporary emerging and established artists who will be interpreting the Day of the Dead’s long renowned aesthetics and history using various mediums and styles. This years artist line up includes Freddy Negrete, Nikko Hurtado, Diana Munoz, Melly Trochez, Alex Garcia, Ignacio Rodriguez, Miguel Felipe, Zoro Rodriguez, Johnny Quintana, Matt Hurtado, Asylum, Defer, Eye One, Man One, Jaime “Germs” Zacarias, Oscar Magallanes and many more as well as a special presentation of prints from the Modern Multiples Fine Art Premium Collection including prints by Shepard Fairey, Gajin Fujita, Richard Duardo, Carlos Almaraz, Chaz Bojorquez, Sage Vaughn and Sonia Romero. (www.modernmultiples.com)

A highlight to El Velorio, musical headliner performance by La Sonora Dinamita, a popular Colombian musical group that plays cumbia, performance by Cuicani, a musical trio whose sound mirrors the rich spirit of the music of some of the many cultures of the Andean regions of South America, and Plaza De la Raza’s Youth Mariachi Ensemble performing with youth musicians, ages 9-15 years. Additional music for the evening will also be provided by Coleman (Mochilla) and Enorbito (Mas Exitos). (http://www.sonoradinamita.com.mx/ , http://www.cuicani.com/)

Special screening to take place at year’s El Velorio of Kenneth Castillo’s La Guapa. La Guapa is a respected and loved salon owner in the neighborhood who is forced to be a murder for hire by her ex-husband, reputed drug dealer Cesar Figueroa. Having had an affair with Cesar's right hand man, La Guapa's penance is to take out every connection to Cesar's drug empire. All the while Cesar keeps La Guapa at a distance away from their daughter. The stakes are raised when neighborhood Det. Pensiero starts to put the pieces together which will eventually lead him to La Guapa. Award winning filmmaker Kenneth Castillo brings us another emotional tale set in the urban Latino world where loyalties are challenged and everything and everyone are connected. " It's not a small world, just a small neighborhood." (www. KennethCastilloFilm.com)

El Velorio 2013 Participating Artists: Adelbert Leynes, Alex Garcia, Alfie Numeric, Ameneh Zahedi, Antonio Pelayo, Asylm, Brandon Blain Schwebs, Carol Friend, Celerina Pelayo, Chavez Marie, David Flury, Defer, Delsy Sandoval, Denovo Dee, dfrnt, Diana Munoz, Dulce Lola, Edward De La Torre, Erica Cisne, Erica Friend, Eyeone, Freddy Negrete, Gennaro Garcia, Jaime “Germs” Zacarias, Gino Espinosa, Gladis Alejandre, Gregg Stone, Ignacio Rodriguez, Isaac Pelayo, J-Open, Javier Martinez, Jennifer Korsen, Jeo Villegas, Jesse Hinostroza, jessica pons, Joe Torres, John Anthony Tuason, John Paul Thorton, Johnnie Dominguez, Johnny Quintana, Johnny Quintanilla, Jose Zuniga , Julian Mendoza, Lauren Terese , Lekit, Lily Aanchez, Lisa Love Mendoza, Man One, Marcos Dorado, Matt Hurtado, Matteo Saucedo, Melisa Fairweather, Melissa Victoria Nebrida, Melly Trochez, Michael Ulrich, Miguel Felipe, Monica Russo, Nikko Hurtado, Noemi Duran, Oscar Magallanes, Oscar Ortiz, Pablo Damas, Paul Martinez, Paul Torres, Ralph Silerio, Ron Antonio, Sal Coria, Scott Kiche, Sergio "Doc" Rueda , Tania Zatikian, Uninanti, Walther Obando, Wendy Rivas, Zoro Rodriguez and more...

El Velorio is presented and curated by Antonio Pelayo. Sponsors of El Velorio include Brooklyn and Boyle, Jarritos, Titos Vodka, Downtown Muse, Santa Paula Distributors, Edgar Varela Fine Arts and Stella Rose. Food available by Mexicali Tacos, LA Tacos 2011 and 2013 Taco Madness winners!

El Velorio benefits the LA’s only multidisciplinary community arts venue dedicated to serving the Eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Plaza De la Raza.

The event is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased online at: www.elvelorio.com. Additional information on the event, vendor opportunities and more can be found on this website.

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About the Curator, Antonio Pelayo:
Inker, painter and Head of Special Effects for the Ink and Paint Animation Department for Walt Disney, Antonio Pelayo is a product of two cultures, both influentially and emotionally, the land of myth and legend, Mexico where he was raised for several years and America, The country he was born in, let and had returned to with an outsider’s view on the world. At the age of three he picked up a pencil and brought it to paper and a new universe was created for him to escape into. Totally self-taught as an artist, Antonio feels the strongest connection to his art when he does a portrait.

As a Curator, Antonio Pelayo is inspired by helping artists take off in their art careers and creates exhibition opportunities for artists to display and sell their artwork. El Velorio was started by Antonio Pelayo, four years back, for an opportunity to help artist and to give back to the communities art programs to enrich young artists.

To learn more about Antonio Pelayo visit him online at: www.antoniopelayo.com

About Plaza De La Raza:
Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts & Education is the only multidisciplinary community arts venue dedicated to serving the Eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Founded in 1970 by prominent labor, business and civic leaders as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, it offers affordable after-school, intergenerational arts education programs to nearly 5,000 children, teens and adults each year. Its mission is to foster enrichment of all cultures bridging the geographic, social, artistic, and cultural boundaries of Los Angeles, and beyond.

Throughout the year, Plaza presents more than 500 classes (beginning to advanced) that are taught quarterly by local artists and performers in theater, dance, music, and the visual arts. In addition, the center attracts more than 25,000 visitors each year with its free cultural programs, and manages almost 300 community volunteers. To learn more, visit www.plazadelaraza.org

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