ATTENTION VENDORS: Sign-up for La Peña’s Holiday Craft Fair

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Sign-up for La Peña’s 4th Annual Tianguis/Anti-Mall Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, December 10, 2016   11 am – 4 pm

About: This year’s craft fair will be combined with a traditional Mexican marketplace, music in our lounge, an expanded space, improved lighting and lots of publicity. Work must be handmade by artist. For questions, contact

How to sign up:
1) Please sign up by filling out THIS FORM and emailing it to 
2) Please pay online at using the Donate button and forward the receipt you will be emailed to
3) Vendor Application & Payment Deadline: Monday, November 28, 2016
4) Send us photos so we can promote your beautiful items on the Tianguis/Craft Fair Facebook page!
Hope you can join us on Dec. 10 from 11am to 4pm at La Peña!



41st Anniversary Fundraising Campaign

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August, 4, 2016

Dear La Peña Supporter,

It is not too late to contribute to our 41st anniversary fundraising campaign.
As we approach the end of our fiscal year on Aug. 31, we are happy to report that our programming has increased and that there are more classes than ever. Furthermore we have made major investments to our sound system and we are planning to improve our website.

Your generous donations make our work possible:

This past July we concluded our immigration series “Beyond Dreams” with Quetzal of Los Angeles; commemorated the July 19th Sandinista victory over Somoza in Nicaragua; celebrated Aya de Leon’s book release of Uptown Thief; presented Lukas Avedaño, a Zapotec “muxe” performer from Oaxaca; a free salsa party with DJ Jose Ruiz; and class recitals with Maria Marquez’ Latin American Songbook workshop and the Bomba and Plena workshops.

Moreover we added more classes such as: Luna Tambor, Brazilian percussion; free yoga classes; capoeira Angola, Brazilian marital arts; Kizomba dance and much more. This is just a snapshot of our 200 annual activities, all made possible by you.

Your $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 or more makes it possible to continue our level of programming and classes as well as making improvements to our center.

Your contribution will further our mission of promoting peace and social justice through the arts.

La Peña Cultural Center’s 41-year commitment to social justice is what inspires and guides our work. We want to help artists and activists to be catalysts for cultural and social changes in issues that impact our communities: immigration as a human right; gender identity and equality; economic marginalization of the 99%; environmental justice that ensures equal access to resources; ending the mass incarceration and police killing of Black and Brown people; supporting the social movements that supports peace and social justice.

If you cannot donate, consider volunteering at the center and donating goods and services by contacting: 510-849-2568 or

In solidarity,

Paul Chin for La Peña’s Board, Staff, and volunteers

Chilean Ex-soldier Found Liable for 1973 Death of Singer Victor Jara

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THE INDEPENDENT NEWS SOURCE  Linda Cooper  and  James Hodge  |  Jun. 28, 2016

Nearly 43 years after the assassination of a famed Chilean folksinger, a Florida jury has found a former Chilean lieutenant liable for his grisly murder in the days after a U.S.-backed coup brought dictator Augusto Pinochet to power.

A six-member Orlando jury found Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez liable Monday (June 27) for the torture and murder of Victor Jara, rejecting the main defense argument that Barrientos never stepped foot in Chile Stadium where the folksinger was held with 5,000 others immediately after the coup.

Former Chilean soldiers under his command testified during the trial that Barrientos was stationed at the stadium, and one said that Barrientos repeatedly bragged that he had fired the two fatal gunshots into the songwriter’s head.

Barrientos — a Florida resident who lied on immigration forms about his military past to gain entry into the U.S. in 1989 — also claimed that until 2009 he had never heard of Jara, one of the most famous musicians in Chile at the time of the coup, who influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, U2 and Peter, Paul and Mary. Rolling Stone magazine voted him one of the top 15 protest artists of all time.

Jara — who was shot 44 times after his wrists and hands were broken in torture sessions at the stadium — had been a key supporter of the democratically elected Socialist President Salvador Allende, whom Pinochet overthrew on Sept. 11, 1973, ushering in a 17-year reign of terror. Jara’s politically charged songs about poverty and injustice were anathema to the dictatorship.

For more background, see our earlier story: Chilean ex-soldier stands trial for 1973 death of singer Victor Jara

The federal jury also awarded Jara’s family, which had filed the lawsuit under the Torture Victim Protection Act, some $28 million in damages. It is money the family never expects to see, however.

Barrientos had protected his assets in a trust before the trial where he was represented by Luis Calderon of The Baez Law firm. The firm has represented such clients as George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch coordinator acquitted of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed African American teen, and Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter.

During the trial, Calderon portrayed Barrientos as a poverty-stricken retiree who drives an old car and lives in a modest 2-bedroom house.

After the verdict, Joan Jara — the slain singer’s 88-year-old widow who testified about finding his tortured lifeless body in a morgue — said it was never about money, but justice and accountability that the family has been seeking for four decades.

“It has been a long journey,” she said. “Today, there is some justice for Victor’s death, and for the thousands of families in Chile who have sought truth.  I hope that the verdict continues the healing.”

C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability that filed the torture suit for the family in 2013, said the verdict “is a testament that justice can prevail, no matter how long it takes.”

It is not clear if the verdict will facilitate the extradition request by Chilean courts to have Barrientos sent back to Chile to face a criminal trial for murder. The U.S. government has yet to act on the 2013 request.

However, two former Salvadoran defense ministers have been deported and another high-ranking Salvadoran officer is awaiting extradition as the result of lawsuits brought by CJA, an international human rights firm based in San Francisco.

Former Salvadoran defense minister Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was deported in 2015 and former defense minister Gen. Jose Guillermo Garcia was deported this year. Both were tied to the rapes and murders of four U.S. churchwomen in El Salvador in 1980, among other war crimes. Both had been living comfortably for years in Florida.

Meanwhile former Salvadoran Col. Inocente Orlando Montano is awaiting extradition to Spain to stand trial for helping plot and carry out the murders of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador in 1989.

[Linda Cooper and James Hodge are the authors of Disturbing the Peace: The Story of Father Roy Bourgeois and the Movement to Close the School of the Americas.]

DíaPa’Son – Son Jarocho Artist Residency

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Artist Residency with workshops, fandango and concert!
May 31, 2016-June 12, 2016. Scroll down for schedule of events!

PAZ: Proyecto A Zapatear was a 2011 collaboration between master son jarocho artist Rubí Oseguera Rueda of Veracruz and local artist María de la Rosa of the Bay Area. In 2014, the pair invited additional master artists Patricio Hidalgo Belli and Felix José “Liche” Oseguera Rueda from Veracruz and additional local artists Artemio Posadas, Hector Lugo, Kamakshi (Tania Rodriguez), and Devin Valdez to form an artistic team that produced PAZ: Fandango Urbano. The team collectively created four new sones that are based on the contemporary Bay Area experience; have universal themes; are rooted in the son tradition; and are an invitation to others to add their voices to them over time. Their themes speak to the historical impact of the Gold Rush on the forming of the Bay Area; the expansive community efforts in the fight for food justice, the growing concern for quality care and safe neighborhoods for children and a whimsical look into the altered reality of the American dream through the eyes of recent immigrants to the area.

In 2016, you will witness the debut of four new compositions, this time created by local DíaPaSon artists!

PAZ: Fandango Urbano 2016 includes a two-week residency by DíaPaSon who will share a cross-cultural and cross-generational musical experience reflective of Bay Area urban fandango/son experience.

DíaPaSon artists, including invited artist and master son jarocho artist Tacho Utrera, will offer workshops in requinto, zapateado, jarana, leona (bajo), versada and percussion. These workshops are opportunities to re-visit traditional son jarocho repertoire, learn new sones developed by the PAZ: Fandango Urbano artistic team in 2014 and explore the rhythmic and cultural connection of son jarocho to bomba, its Puerto Rican cousin, all while giving participants an opportunity to expand their rhythmic skills and improvisational music vocabulary. Each evening of workshops culminates in a mini-lab where all participants have a chance to practice what they’ve learned in ensemble. Workshop participants will prepare some pieces to present at the Fandango on Friday, June 10. See full descriptions of workshop content in the ADDITIONAL WORKSHOP INFORMATION section below.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6-7pm Guitarra de son (requinto)
6-7pm Versada
7-8pm Beginning Jarana
8-9:30pm “Next Level” Jarana
Mini-Lab: 9:30-10:30pm

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
7-8pm Beginning Zapateado
7-8pm Leona (Bajo)
8-9:30pm “Next Level” Zapateado
8-9:30pm Percusiones
Mini-Lab: 9:30-10:30pm

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Optional Field Trip to Sol Food Restaurant in San Rafael: an evening with La Mixta Criolla and street jams in Puerto Rican style jam session! no entrance fee
Restaurant menu

Monday, June 6, 2016
7-8pm Guitarra de son (Requinto)
8-9:30pm Percusiones
Mini-Lab: 9:30-10:30pm

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
7-8pm Versada
8-9:30pm Percusiones
Mini-Lab: 9:30-10:30pm

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
7-8pm Beginning Zapateado
7-8pm Beginning Jarana
8-9:30pm “Next Level” Zapateado
8-9:30pm “Next Level” Jarana
Mini-Lab: 9:30-10:30pm

Guitarra de son and Jarana workshops led by Tacho Utrera,
Percussion workshops led by Hector Lugo
Versada and Zapateado workshops led by María de la Rosa
Leona workshop led by Dominic Edward Garcia

Workshop instructors assisted by members of the DíaPaSon collective (and PAZ: Fandango Urbano 2016 Cast)

~$20 per individual workshop
~$10 discount for three workshops
~$100 package of seven workshops
~Youth who come accompanied by a paying adult receive 50% discount.
~Mini-labs free and open to public, $5 donation encouraged if you only attend the lab and not the workshop!

Friday, June 10, 7-11pm Fandango Jarocho, entrance free, donations welcomed! guest appearance and presentation by the workshop participants. DíaPaSon artists of the PAZ: Fandango Urbano 2016 cast will host the fandango which is open to the community to participate. Please bring your dancing shoes, instruments, and voices all warmed up!

Sunday, June 12, 2016
DíaPaSon presents PAZ: Fandango Urbano 2016
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
Featuring New Sones by DíaPaSon, Sones from the 2014 PAZ: Fandango Urbano project and traditional son jarocho repertoire. DíaPaSon’s guest artist from Veracruz, Tacho Utrera and other surprise (and not so surprise) guests will participate.

Percusiones talleres:
Bring your instrument(s): quijada, pandero, cua, maraca, drum (Puerto rican barril or conga preferred), cajon. In these talleres, participants will explore the connection between son jarocho and its Puerto Rican cousin, bomba through a comparative look at their respective basic rhythms (café con pan, café-café-café, holande, yuba, cuembe). Through this exploration, you will expand your rhythmic and improvisation vocabulary. All levels welcomed; ages 10-adult.
Led by Hector Lugo.

Guitarra de son (Requinto) talleres:
Bring your instrument. It is recommended that you have previous experience playing guitarra de son. Participants will work on traditional son repertoire as well as learn some figuras from the 2014 PAZ: Fandango Urbano repertoire.
Led by Tacho Utrera

Jarana talleres:
Bring your instrument.
Beginning level classes will focus primarily on traditional son jarocho repertoire. Ages 10-adult.
“Next Level” talleres will include traditional son jarocho repertoire as well as explore 2014 PAZ: Fandango Urbano repertoire. Ages 15-adult.
Led by Tacho Utrera

Zapateado talleres:
Bring dance shoes, skirts, paliacates, rebozos, and comfortable clothes to move freely in!
Beginning level highlights traditional sones jarochos, but may include a look at some of the 2014 PAZ: Fandango Urbano repertoire, depending on pace of participants. Ages 8-adult.
“Next Level” talleres will highlight 2014 PAZ: Fandango Urbano repertoire which draws from regional dance influences of different parts of Mexico; a look at the Puerto Rican holande rhythm that is the basis of the 2014 PAZ: Fandango Urbano composition “La abejita”; as well as some traditional son jarocho repertoire. Ages 12-adult.
Led by María de la Rosa

Versada talleres:
Bring writing journals and writing utensils as well as a jarana if you play jarana. This workshop will focus on the 2014 PAZ: Fandango Urbano composition “La abejita” which encourages the dialogue between youth and elders through poetic improvisation. Sones from the 2014 repertoire and traditional son jarocho repertoire will also be looked at depending on time. Youth who bring an accompanying adult receive 50% discount on their workshop fee. Ages 6 through adult.
Led by María de la Rosa

Leona (Bajo) taller:
Bring your instrument, previous experience playing bajo is recommended. Participants will work on traditional son repertoire as well as learn some bass lines from some of the 2014 PAZ: Fandango Urbano repertoire. Ages 15-adult.
Led by Dominic Edward Garcia.

Executive Director Aaron Lorenz steps down

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May 16, 2016


Executive Director Aaron Lorenz steps down

Dear La Peña Community,

It is with great regret that I must step down as Executive Director. We have come to the realization that the ongoing challenges that La Peña faces exceed my skills and experience. I will continue to support the center in any way that I am able through the coming transition.

I am enormously grateful to all of you for our shared commitment to La Peña’s mission and our belief that this center is greater than the individuals who comprise it. I encourage you to support the center in this time of change and to continue to provide the sense of continuity and purpose, which has been La Peña’s hallmark for so many years.

In Solidarity,

Aaron Lorenz


Statement from La Peña’s Board:

We are saddened to hear of Aaron’s departure.  In the year that he has been here, La Peña has witnessed a revitalization of our programming as well as improvements to the facilities.  Aaron has also worked diligently to improve our financial footing during these challenging economic times. 

The board of directors wishes Aaron well and deeply appreciate his contributions to the center.

Good luck, Aaron!

Paul Chin

La Peña Board President and Interim Executive Director

Chilean Politician with Family Ties to Pinochet Visiting UC Berkeley Campus

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In this letter we hear from Hector Salgado, a long-time La Peña community member who arrived to the U.S. after being exiled from Chile after being imprisoned at the age of 16 during the Pinochet coup. He represents many exiled Chilean’s opinion on Felipe Kast being invited to  UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business’s Latin America Conference on April 1, 2016

Berkeley, CA  –  I found appalling to see UC Berkeley extending an invitation to Felipe Kast from Chile. Mr. Kast is a former member of Pinochet’s political party UDI and his family, are all well known supporters of the Pinochet dictatorship.

I have included a link here (In Spanish) that connects Mr. Kast family to the massacre of 22 families in the South of Chile. Obviously, Mr. Kast can’t be responsible for the actions of his family. But, as a congressman and a former supporter of Pinochet, he has refused repeatedly to speak about this horrendous crime. After 40 years, the families of Paine are still looking for justice and their disappeared family members. It’s time he confronts this issue, especially in Berkeley where a great majority of the Chilean Exile Community settled after the brutal 1973 coup by dictator Pinochet .

During the last few days Mr. Felipe Kast has been involved in heated discussion in congress about the issue of abortion. One memorable intervention became a theme for all Chileans during the last few days: “No sé de dónde salió la idea de que la mujer tiene derechos sobre su cuerpo”. “I don’t know where did the idea that women have rights over their bodies came from “. That’s your guess for you!

He is also against: 1.Same-Sex Marriage 2.The emergency contraception pill 3.The regulation of life in gay couples 4.The adoption of children by gay couples and many more issues.

As far as we are concerned, the issues are not only about human rights, but also about the fundamental civic rights for our people. Rights that here in California and in Berkeley, in particular, are protected by law.

Therefore it is very hard for us to understand that an institution like UC Berkeley, which has been connected with La Peña Cultural Center and the Chilean Exile Community for the last 40 years, decides to invite such a divisive “politician”.

The Nazi background of his family, his political background as a member of UDI, the political party created by dictator Pinochet and his silence regarding the massacre of the 22 people of Paine on October 16, 1973 makes this person unfit to be a guess of UC Berkeley.

You can tell UC Berkeley’s school of business how you feel by contacting them here.


Why Millenials Are Flocking to Bernie Sanders

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In this op-ed, we hear La Peña intern Devenni Hernandez’s point of view of why millenials are flocking to support Bernie Sanders. She is a senior Political Science student at UC Berkeley. She has been interning at La Peña Cultural Center since August, 2015. Her interests include philosophy, journaling/ism, social and environmental justice, and Chican@ studies. 

On June 7th, 2016, the presidential primaries will arrive in California and La Peña will be an official polling site.  There has been much to talk about in this year’s 2016 presidential race. We have been bombarded by the rhetoric on both sides, and there has probably never been a presidential election such as this in our nation’s history.

Let’s begin with Donald Trump. He has executed his campaign strategy precisely by sucking all the media attention out of any room he enters. This, nonetheless, has enabled a dangerous man to stay in the race.

We can definitely place the blame on the media, they glorified him, but at this point could we really expect anything else from the mainstream? Part of the issue has been our receptiveness to all his media attention. At the core, his campaign race has been nothing more than an embarrassment to the American people, one comparable to a freak-show. Perhaps I am no better for writing this, but this piece is not about Drumpf (Watch John Oliver’s video to understand the reference: No, this is about the real contenders in the race, and one in particular.

On February 27th, I had the chance to attend a rally for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, which began in the Oscar Grant Plaza of Oakland, CA. If you are following the election you know that Sanders is running as a social democrat and is adamantly anti-establishment. This appeal has generated the support of millennials and the many disenfranchised. At the rally, Bernie supporters held signs that read, #feelthebern and “A Future to Believe in”, with messages that portrayed free healthcare and education, along with support to address climate change. These issues highlight obvious and fundamental concerns. Bernie’s campaign platform is set to combat the influence of the elite and corporations on politics and policy. For many independents and progressives, Bernie represents a viable choice set apart from the status quo. Given the state of political affairs today, it is no wonder.

So, why Bernie, and what sets him apart from Hilary? Many democrats believe that Hilary is the ideal candidate, given her husband’s career as former U.S. president, with the experience necessary for the presidency. Truth be told, though support for Hilary is reasonable, Bernie’s experience in professional politics far outweighs that of Hilary’s. Millennials are flocking, in record breaking numbers, to support Sanders in the presidential race, not because of how he appears on paper, but because of past political activism. Thus, not only does Bernie have more professional political experience, but a history of political activism that goes back to his college years.
Most notably, Sanders participated in the civil rights movement, having marched to Washington with MLK Jr. to hear his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. This resonates with today’s millennials, who recognize that past associations matter. Bernie is not just some politician trying to get to the white house, no, he exemplifies a true political activist.

As the 2016 presidential primary nears, I remind you of the weight your vote carries (in more ways than one). The community at La Peña is familiar with the atrocities that occurred in Chile after the coup. For this reason, I urge you to abstain from any thought to vote for Trump, for he himself represents oppression and fascism. While La Peña does not publicly endorse anyone, and I am speaking of my own free-will, I do say that we go to the polls this June and vote Bernie Sanders. If nothing more, this will send a message to our government that we are, in fact, ready for a social democracy.

The best part is, come June 7th, La Peña will be an official polling site, making it easy for the community to come turnout the vote. Remember that California holds semi-closed primaries, meaning that you must be registered as a democrat or ‘no party preference’ aka independent, in order to vote for Bernie Sanders.

The history of U.S. involvement in foreign governments, fighting democratically elected socialist leaders, must come to a halt. As leaders of the free world, we are late to follow the steps of many of our contemporaries in the developed world- on a path toward social democracy. The United States is ready.


José-Luis Orozco – Bilingual Family Concert

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Dear La Peña Community,

La Peña is proud to present bilingual children’s musicians: José-Luis Orozco, Andres 1-2-3, and Quetzal in concert Saturday, March 26 at 3pm! 


José-Luis Orozco is an old friend and supporter of La Peña and he was recently nominated at this year’s Grammy Awards for his new album ¡Come Bien! Eat Right. His songs for and with children are alive with delightful melodies, tips for smart nutrition, and good humor. 

jose luis orozco with childrenHe is a bilingual educator, children’s author, and recording artist who has dedicated his life to creating quality bilingual music, books, and videos for children. He encourages learning of the Spanish language and promotes Latin American culture through his art.

Each year, he shares his music in live performances for over 100,000 educators at education conferences nationwide, who then integrate his music into their classroom curriculum. 


Through the years José-Luis has been honored to receive awards and recognition from high-level organizations. In 2003 and 2005 he was invited to participate in the National Book Festival organized by the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady, Laura Bush. During the festivities in 2003, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C. honored Mr. Orozco. In the spring of 2009, José-Luis received recognition and was honored by the Association of Bilingual Directors affiliated with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). Most recent were the 2011 Latino Spirit Award presented by the California Latino Legislative Caucus, and the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award presented to him by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
José-Luis Orozco is an acknowledged expert in children’s music and is a featured speaker and presenter at educational conferences and seminars for teachers, parents, librarians and childcare providers who seek to use music as an important learning tool in multicultural classrooms. He continues to perform for children throughout the country and world at concert halls, libraries, bookstores and schools.

José-Luis Orozco is the father of four and grandfather to two children. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

La Peña Resident Artists

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For Immediate Release

February 22, 2016

Contact: Natalia Neira, Communications Manager at La Peña 


Berkeley, CA – La Peña Cultural Center announces their new Artists-in-Residence for 2016! With a recent change in leadership, La Peña opens its doors once again to fresh ideas and deep collaborations with the internationally traveled DANCE MONKS, Rodrigo Esteva & Mirah Moriarty and EDELO Migrante, a nomadic arts collective directed by Mia Eve Rollow & Caleb Duarte. The 2016 La Peña Artists-in-Residence program with DANCE MONKS is made possible by a Building Demand for the Arts Implementation grant award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

DANCE MONKS’ project Tlaoli (Nahuatl for Corn) is an interdisciplinary look at corn as essential to Mexican cultural identity: the mythic relationship between people and plants, traditional sacred farming, foods and agricultural rituals. In poetic response to current US anti-immigration politics and the infamous big business takeover of agriculture with GMOs, DANCE MONKS invites the public to a series of workshops and powerful interdisciplinary artistic events through the end of 2016.

Honoring the needs of the Mexican immigrant community in the East Bay area, the Tlaoli process asks essential questions regarding cultural displacement and amnesia while looking at the potential of the arts to restore soul memory. During times of forced or voluntary migration, what happens to the ancient stories and traditions that bind the people with the land? How can artists and cultural centers create temporary refuge or fertile ground for this wisdom to continue to grow for future generations?

As part of the year-long residency at La Peña, DANCE MONKS will “curate” a series of community gatherings in the form of Open Houses at La Peña Cultural Center. These free, open-to-the-public gatherings celebrate the migration of people and their daily living cultures with delicious authentic Mexican food, street performances, family workshops by La Peña artists and invited guests, art and traditional crafts.

The Open Houses are scheduled on Saturdays April 23, June 18, September 24, October 29 from 10am-4pm, and the Day of the Day altar is scheduled for November 1, 2016.

In addition to the DDCF’s Open Houses programming, Dance Monks will have a three-day-long performance installation of Tlaoli.  The performance, made possible with additional funding from the Kenneth Rainin and Zellerbach Family Foundation, includes dance, video and visual installation and is one weekend only, June 24-26 at 8pm at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley.

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The Arts Program of DDCF focuses its support on contemporary dance, jazz and theatre artists, and the organizations that nurture, present and produce them. For more information, please visit 


EDELO, a Spanish acronym for “Where The United Nations Used to Be”, is a nomadic art collective originating in Chiapas Mexico created by artist Caleb Duarte and Mia Eve Rollow in 2009. As collaborating artists with DANCE MONKS, EDELO Migrante artists will participate in the residency at La Peña Cultural Center utilizing “Urgent Art” as a practice of immediate investigation; developed in response to the cultural, social, and political climate, that occurs within La Peña’s geographical context. EDELO Migrante will establish a temporary nomadic art studio at La Peña Cultural Center and use public intervention, sculpture, performance, painting, and installation to poetically approach stresses in regards to current refugees. Arte Urgente will collaborate with unaccompanied immigrant refugee minors from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala (also known as the Northern Triangle), currently living in homes around Oakland California while applying for asylum. Arte Urgente offers students workshops that use artistic tools for individual and collective expression to navigate through concerns related to living in an unfamiliar environment. Through writing, painting, sculpture, lively discussion, field trips, film screening, and sculptural performances; we revisit the ritualistic aspects of migration in a theatrical form and use it as a vehicle for a magical realism to take place, transforming often tragic situations of migration into opportunities for healing.

The residencies will be held by Caleb Duarte Feb 9 – April 23 & Mia Eve Rollow, March 1 – June in collaboration with Fremont High School Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Program, Oakland Youth Alliance, La Peña Cultural Center. Tuesdays and Thursdays adolescents who arrived at the US border on their own will be attending regular workshops with the artists as part of a holistic program that uses the arts for healing trauma, leadership development, and advocacy.

IMAGES: To download high-resolution digital images, please visit our websites at


There is neighborhood parking for all events, however the public is encouraged to take public transportation, walk, roll or bike. The closest BART station is Ashby. The event is wheel chair accessible.

The Artists:

Rodrigo Esteva & Mirah Moriarty (Choreographers, Dancers) are the co-founding directors of DANCE MONKS (Mexico City/SF) an environmental, interdisciplinary dance company founded in the year 2000. They have over twenty years of professional experience as dancers, teachers and choreographers.  Rodrigo and Mirah have performed extensively with renowned companies in major festivals, universities and venues including with: AXIS Dance Company (Oakland), Pearson Widrig Dance Theater Company (NY) and David Dorfman Dance (NY), among many others.  They have performed and taught throughout the United States and Mexico as well as in Peru and Holland, including at the University of Veracruz in Xalapa (Mexico), The Joyce Theater (NY), The Kennedy Center (DC), The Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival (NY), Bates Dance Festival (ME), Middlebury College (VT), Bard College (NY), IberoAmericana University of Mexico City, and many others. As choreographers, Rodrigo and Mirah are moved by the art of transformation.  They are often drawn to interdisciplinary collaborations with artists of diverse cultural origins whose work delves in to the relationship between people and nature.


CALEB DUARTE PIÑON migrated from the northern states of Mexico into the farming communities of California. He began to paint at an early age and began his studies at Fresno City Collage and continued at the San Francisco Art Institute and at the Graduate Sculpture department of the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Art LTD magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, SPARK public television, and others. He has exhibited his work at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF, Red Dot Art fair in NY, The Sullivan Galleries in Chicago, Jack Fisher Gallery in SF, Gallery 727 Los Angeles, The California Museum of Art in Oakland, the Fresno Art Museum and The Utah Museum of Modern Art. Duarte has created public works and community performances at the World Social Forum in Mumbai India, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, El Pital, Honduras, Mexico City, and throughout out the US. Duarte was founder of EDELO (Where the United Nations Used To BE) a house of art in movement and an intercommunal artist residency of diverse practices in Chiapas Mexico. The space invited participants of diverse practices to live and create with in a period of time. Residents were from PHDs to jugglers, contemporary artist, activist, educators, rural farmers, and community members of autonomous communities of rural Chiapas. He has given talks about his work in places such as the De Young Museum, SF, the Mexican Museum, SF, The University of the Dirt, Chiapas MX, the University of Social Science in Tuxla MX, at the California Institute of Integral Studies, SF, 18th street Artist residency in Santa Monica and at the 2012 Creative Times Summit in New York amongst others. Website:

MIA EVE ROLLOW was born in Chicago 1984.  At an early age she acted out community interventions, installations, performances.  Later while receiving her masters degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Sculpture, she was in an explosion that rendered her half paralyzed.   She returned to school within 6 months, and began to use her body as a means to delve deeper into the human spirit.  She found herself acting out a circus of body performances based on suffering and need; functional theatrical actions of self inflicted false and lively hopes for cures. These isolated performances soon became community performance extending into larger social, political and spiritual investigations.     In 2009 Mia Eve co-founded EDELO (En Donde Era La Onu/Where the United Nations Used To Be). Edelo was a community art space in Chiapas Mexico, a cross-cultural residency and laboratory of collaborations between people from all backgrounds.  At Edelo we had community sculptural performances, a safe house, children’s program, community studios, ceremonies, multimedia exhibitions events and art festivals and much more.   Her work has been reviewed in The Guardian, Mission Local, the SF Chronicle, KPOO San Francisco, Koman Ilel Radio Chiapas, Mirada Sur Chiapas MX, Chiapas Al Dia MX, Diario De Chiapas MX.   She has presented at The Hemispheric Institute of Perfomance and Politics NY, Sullivan Galleries Chicago, Hillyer Art Space Washington DC, La Galeria Chiapas MX, University of the Dirt Chiapas MX,  Amate Prison Chiapas MX, Cirvantino Festival Chiapas MX, Sinacantan Chiapas MX, Campain against Femicide Chiapas MX, ExTeresa Mexico City, Pina Palmera Rehabilitation Center Oaxaca MX, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong, IHMC NASA Robotics Lab FL, Festival Bestias Danzantes Chile, SomArts CA, The Red Poppy Art House CA among others. Website:




LA PEÑA OPEN HOUSES & TLAOLI MARKETPLACE: Free Workshops by La Peña artists and invited guests, Mexican food and art marketplace that honors local immigrant’s heritage and traditional knowledge.

TLAOLI PERFORMANCES: Internationally traveled contemporary dance company, DANCE MONKS, performs an interdisciplinary site-specific performance, Tlaoli (Nahuatl for Corn). The work focuses on the ancient links between cultural identity and agriculture.



Saturdays April 23 in collaboration with EDELO

June 18 in collaboration with EDELO

September 24

October 29


November 1: Day of the Dead altar



3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705







The public is encouraged to take public transportation, walk, roll or bike. The closest BART station is Downtown Berkeley and the BIKE station is open on Saturday. The event is wheel chair accessible.   There is no reserved parking for this event, however, there is ample street parking.







3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

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Press Release: La Vida Vence La Muerte

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February 18, 2016


Psychologist, tireless advocate for justice and human rights, and burn victim and survivor of Pinochet reign, Carmen Gloria Quintana, to visit the Bay Area.

Carmen Gloria Quintana will attend the encore performance of the cantata La Vida Vence a la Muerte / Life Triumphs Over Death, on Saturday, March 19th, at Berkeley’s La Peña Cultural Center. She will be in the Bay Area, March 18th, 19th, and 20th, and will be available for one-on-one interviews on those dates.

Contact Information:
Chilean Exiles B
ay Area: Victor Martinez 510-333-3294 <>
La Peña Cultural Ctr: Aaron Lorenz 510-849-2568 <>
La Peña Community Chorus: Lichi Fuentes 510- 593-3706 

Berkeley, CA  –   On the morning of July 2, 1986, during a two-day national strike and protests against the military rule of General Augusto Pinochet, two teenagers, Rodrigo Rojas de Negri, 19 year-old, and Carmen Gloria Quintana, 18, were cornered by a military patrol brutally beaten, doused with petrol and set them on fire. The patrol then dumped them in a ditch alongside a deserted road on the outskirts of Chile’s capital city, Santiago.

Rodrigo, a photographer who lived in Washington, DC, with his exiled Chilean family, died four days later from his injuries. Carmen Gloria, severely disfigured by burns on over 62 percent of her body, survived to became a symbol of the struggle for democracy in Chile. The case was one of the most notorious human rights abuses committed by the Pinochet regime following the U.S.-backed military coup of September 11, 1973.

On July of 2015 – 29 years after this event – the case was revisited when a Chilean judge ordered the arrest of the seven officers involved. One of the perpetrators, Fernando Guzmán, told Judge Mario Carroza that Lieutenant Julio Castañer, the patrol’s commanding officer, gave the deadly order.

Denouncing the event and saluting the resolve of Carmen Gloria, La Peña’s then Artist-in-Residence, Fernando Torres, wrote seven poems and a narration which musician Leonardo Cereceda set to music, embracing various folk rhythms and styles. Out of this collaboration, the cantata La Vida Vence a la Muerte / Life Triumphs Over Death, was born. In the spirit of Nueva Canción, and a testament through poetry and song to the ability of the human spirit to overcome terrible treachery, the cantata was premiered at La Peña in April of 1987 by an ensemble of musicians from a class taught at La Peña by La Peña Community Chorus’s director, Lichi Fuentes. On Saturday, March 19th at La Peña, Carmen Gloria will hear the cantata for the first time.

What:  Cantata: La Vida Vence a la Muerte performed by the La Peña Community Chorus
When: March 19 @ 8pm
Where: At La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, Ca. 94705

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Available online: