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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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6:30 PM18:30

SAGE: Workshop #2

**The first 3 workshops of this series are FREE and open to all.**

This project is designed and facilitated by Adriana Sánchez Alexander, a writer, educator, and cultural worker from Santa Ana, CA.

The Santa Ana Grants Equity project launched May 20, 2019 at Makara Center for the Arts. SAGE is a monthly workshop from May-July, culminating in a five-week SAGE Intensive in August. Participants will also get a certificate of completion and access to "Grants Office Hours" for the remainder of 2019.  

The SAGE Project will help participants identify funding opportunities, write successful grant narratives, determine and measure outcomes, and get on a path towards creating sustainable revenue for their project. The goal is to get participants truly submission-ready for 2020, with practical advice and direction on a pathway that fits their idea.  This project is intended for artists, individuals, or organizations/collectives who are working in arts and culture in Santa Ana, who come from communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in terms of grants funding, and who have a project idea they would like to work on.  Participants do NOT need to have nonprofit status as their goal; this workshop series is also for people that want to make it work as a non-non-profit. 

 In considering who is "traditionally underrepresented," we will consider language, socioeconomic status, immigration status, disability, age, and/or LGBTQ+.

Program Dates:

SAGE Workshop #1: May 20, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Workshop #2: June 17, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Workshop #3: July 22, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #1: July 29, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #2: August 5, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #3: August 12 20, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #4: August 19, 6:30PM - 8PM

SAGE Intensive #5: August 26, 6:30PM - 8PM

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Surreal Tea Party featuring Margaret Carson

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We are so excited to welcome Margaret Carson to Makara Center for the Arts! Dr. Carson will share a stunning presentation of Remedios Varo’s paintings, accompanied by excerpts of the newly translated Letters, Dreams, and Other Writings. Join us for an afternoon of tea, fine desserts, and marvelous discoveries.

For fans of translated literature, alchemy, surrealism, painting, and cats — you don’t want to miss this event! Floral and fantastic attire encouraged.

Limited seating. Admission is free but RSVP is required:

Remedios Varo (1908–1963) was a Spanish-born painter who entered the Surrealist circle in Paris before the German occupation forced her into exile to Mexico at the end of 1941, where she would stay until the end of her life. Her dream-infused, allegorical work combines the elements of classical training, alchemical mysticism, and fairy-tale science.

Margaret Carson investigates and writes on issues in literary translation, gender and translation, visualities in writing, and women surrealist artists/writers in the Americas. She has published widely as a literary translator from Spanish to English. Authors translated include Sergio Chejfec (Baroni, A Journey, Almost Island Books and My Two Worlds, Open Letter Books), Remedios Varo (Wakefield Press), Teresa Ralli (HemiPress), Jose Tomas de Cuellar (Having a Ball, Oxford UP).

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7:00 PM19:00

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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1:00 PM13:00


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Tarot Fest | March 24, 2019 | 1pm - 5pm
Discover a new way to read the world around you! Join us at Makara Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 24 for an afternoon exploring the history, practice, and cultural impact of tarot cards. Featuring discussions, interactive activities, readings, and unique vendors.


Presentations and activities include:
Choosing the Right Tarot Deck for You
DIY Tarot Spreads
Tarot in Literature
Astrology and the Major Arcana

Zines, candles, unique jewelry, crystals, and tarot books available for sale from Adrienne, Eva the Sea Witch, Arte Sana, The Hype Priestess, and the Makara Shop.

Akashic records reading by Crystals of Altamira.
Tarot card readings and unique gifts by Angela Mary Magick, The Hip Witch, and Zen Bruja.


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6:00 PM18:00

Santa Ana History

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In celebration of the city’s 150th anniversary, Manuel “Manny” Escamilla continues his fascinating lecture series exploring the history of Santa Ana.

In March, we will explore the history of booze in Santa Ana and will be joined by historian Dylan M. Almendral.

Special thank you to THE GOOD BEER COMPANY for their generous donation of tasty craft beer brewed right here in Santa Ana! Guests 21+ years can enjoy craft beer and wine before and during the presentation.

  • Doors: 6pm

  • Presentation: 7pm

Coin-metered street parking is available on Main Street and surrounding side streets. Meters accept coins only

Makara has capacity for about 60 people. Please arrive early/on time to secure a seat. Entrance is first come, first serve.

100% of proceeds will support the Makara Library and free arts education programs.

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7:00 PM19:00

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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6:00 PM18:00

Cochinilla Codez Workshop with Chilo!

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Using Cochinilla & Other Natural Pigments: A Hands-On Painting Workshop

Wednesday, June 6, 6pm-8pm @ Makara Center for the Arts

Traditional cultures have created art from natural pigments for thousands of years, using materials that can literally be found in your own backyard.  For example, the cochinilla insect was used by the Aztec and Maya peoples to make intense red and purple colored dyes, and this insect continues to make its home on prickly pear cacti throughout Southern California.  Culture, history, and art come together in this workshop where participants will learn to gather and use natural materials to make paint pigments while creating their own codex to take home.

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6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk with Carlyle Nuera!

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Makara is so excited to host artist and Mattel toy designer Carlyle Nuera on April 25! Carlyle's mission is to design Barbies "that let people feel represented and seen, that bring joy to people's lives," including his custom dolls of A Wrinkle in Time characters played by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling; style icon Iris Apfel, and the gorgeous Mutya Barbie inspired by Carlyle's family, culture, and Filipino ancestry.

Free event! All are welcome.

Carlyle Nuera Artist Talk

Parking: Coin-metered street parking available on Main Street and surrounding side streets.

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6:30 PM18:30

Leonora Carrington 101

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Limited tickets available, RSVP required

This special arts & culture program celebrates the life and legacy of renowned artist and writer Leonora Carrington on what would have been her 101st birthday. Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about this marvelous artist from our honored guests and founders of the Leonora Carrington Foundation: Dr. Harold Gabriel Weisz Carrington, son of Leonora Carrington, and his son, Daniel Weisz. This intimate gathering is free but there is limited seating and a ticket is required. RSVP today to ensure you don't miss this once in a lifetime celebration. 

Learn more about the Leonora Carrington Foundation:

✶Dr. Harold Gabriel Weisz Carrington holds a Ph.D from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, a MA in English Literature, and a BA in Theater and Literature. He received a Fulbright for doctoral studies in Columbia University and NYU, and he worked as a teacher and researcher in Mexico, United States, and Paris. In 2003, he also received another Fulbright to do research and lecture in San Diego State University. He is co-founder of the Leonora Carrington Foundation along with his son and wife.  

He has authored several books on his own poetry, drama theory, art literature and anthropology: The Dark Book, a collection of etchings by Leonora Carrington and his poems; Rostro de la Bestia, 2012; and Rituales Literarios, Mexico, 2013, to mention a few. As an educator, he has taught at SDSU, Washington University, Paris, Columbia, and Mexico, and he has lectured in Paris, Brazil, Moscow, Israel, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and England. 

✶Daniel Weisz is the secretary and co-founder of the Leonora Carrington Foundation. He helped curate her exhibit in 2017 in Mexico City and holds a bachelors degree from the University of Alberta in international relations and a masters degree from SDSU in political science. He is currently pursuing his PhD in political science at UC Irvine. Mr. Weisz has presented at conferences for ACLA and at the University of Alberta and has previously worked for lobby groups and foundations.

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