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OC Barrio Symposium

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Orange County Barrio History Symposium

Organized by the Mexican American Heritage and Cultural Center of Orange County

The Mexican American Heritage & Cultural Center of Orange County presents a full day of Orange County barrio history!

Keynote speaker Judge Fredrick Aguirre

Panel presentations by

  • Rosemary Vazquez-Tuthill: painter and daughter of Chicano muralist Emigdio Vazquez

  • @Chicanoism: using Instagram to document barrio street life

  • @Latinx_Diasopora Archives: using Instagram to connect Latinx narratives across the diaspora

  • Marisa Hicks-Alcaraz: curator, archivista, feminista

  • Atwood Mural Restoration Project

  • Mary Garcia, author of "Santa Ana's Logan Barrio: Its History, Stories, and Families"

  • Paul Guzman on the History of the Cypress Street Barrio in Orange

  • Luis F. Fernandez on the Doss v Bernal Housing discrimination case.

  • M. Guadalupe Espinoza, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the MAHCC of OC on the illegal forced deportation of American citizens of Mexican descent in the 1930s

Additional table presentations from

  • Harvey Reyes, with historic OC barrio photography

  • CSUF Digital Humanities graduate students on Santa Ana murals

Thank you to Kilson Street for recording!

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Santa Ana History

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On Friday, May 3 at 7:00 PM, we continue our compelling lecture series on Santa Ana History at Makara Center for the Arts. This month's lecture, "Little Texas: Black Identity in Santa Ana," will be presented by very special guest Kevin Cabrera, Executive Director of the Heritage Museum of Orange County. This program is free and open to the public.

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Celebrating Alex Odeh


“Celebrating Alex Odeh” on Saturday, April 6, 2019, will mark what would have been the 75th birthday of poet, activist, and Santa Ana resident Alex Odeh; as well as the 25th Anniversary of the statue dedicated in his honor at the Santa Ana Public Library.

Odeh’s story remains untold to many city residents, and this event intends to promote awareness of his work as a poet and human rights activist. The performance will feature newly translated readings of Odeh’s book “Whispers in Exile” in English, Spanish and Arabic, set to an original music score.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Project is supported in part by the City of Santa Ana - Arts & Culture Office.

Greg Camphire is an artist/musician and recipient of the 2018 Santa Ana Artist Grant. His multimedia project, Spooky Action Labs, combines percussion with computer software and synthesizers to create original compositions and improvisations. As a mobile, modular workspace for stage and studio environments, Spooky Action Labs invites listeners into an overall imaginative experience.

MIDI Sprout is a new form of technology that uses sensors to capture biodata from plant life, converting electromagnetic currents into musical sounds. This device will be applied to an olive tree—a universal symbol of peace and a specific symbol of Alex Odeh’s Palestinian homeland—to create a new musical backing for those who recite Odeh's words at this special event.

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Tarot & Tea

Tarot & Tea returns!

February 28, 2019

7pm - 8:30pm

Open discussion of tarot cards and their meanings, symbols, and everyday uses. Feel free to bring your own deck and books to share. Makara Library also has several decks available for reference including The Black Power Tarot, The Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot, Tarot of the Orishas, Pamela Colman Smith Tarot, The Afro-Brazilian Tarot, The Animal Totem Tarot, and many more sample cards courtesy of Llewellyn Books.

Please bring your favorite mug/thermos and/or bagged teas to share with the group. Hot water provided!

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Forgotten Hollywood: Manny Pacheco Book Discussion/Q & A

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February 27, 2019 | 7pm
Books available for purchase

Join us on February 27th as Los Angeles Arts Society presents award-winning author and broadcaster Manny Pacheco and his most recent book Road to Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History at Makara Center for the Arts!

The third entry in Manny’s critically-acclaimed Forgotten Hollywood series, "Road to Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History" continues in the footsteps of its predecessors by diving into the lives of classic character actors and explaining how their stories tied into American history and culture. Filled with interesting facts and Manny’s own keen observations, the book explores the careers of such talent as Casablanca’s Conrad Veidt, The Jungle Book’s George Sanders, and Bride of Frankenstein’s Elsa Lanchester.

Starting at 7PM, Manny will share choice bits of forgotten history he’s learned along the road in a lecture, followed by a Q&A and book signing! Admission is free and copies of all three Forgotten Hollywood books will be available for purchase on-site.

We would like to thank Manny for joining us, and hope you’ll join us on the 27th as well!

MANNY PACHECO is a radio and television personality from Orange County, California, with a career spanning almost four decades. He was a co-host of the Daytime Emmy-nominated, In Studio on KCOP 13 in 1989/1990. He also appeared on NBC’s Santa Barbara, and moderated public television pledge drives (KCET in Los Angeles). He had a principal role in the documentary, Karaoke Fever, which was featured at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2001.

Since 1980, Manny has been an on-air broadcaster, newscaster, and traffic reporter for stations in Los Angeles, including KRLA, KFI, KBIG, KKBT, KDAY and KLAC, and currently, on KNX 1070 News Radio as a weekend traffic anchor. He also hosts Forgotten Hollywood, a web-television podcast on TherapyCable Channel. He works in voice-over and commercial acting, and clients include FORD, GTE, ARCO, MILLER LITE, and HONDA.

A 34-year member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (now SAG-AFTRA), Pacheco wrote an article about his experiences at the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards that appeared in He is also a member of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.

Manny received his undergraduate degree at UCLA in Bachelor of Arts, Political Science. He has taught Advanced Radio Broadcasting at Fullerton College; and most recently, at Mt. San Antonio College. And, he is the award-winning author of the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. Pacheco is a resident of Cypress, California.

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