Archive | January, 2012

Highlights from the SAG Awards: “Yo soy Demián Bichir y Soy Actor Mexicano.”

31 Jan

Demian Bichir during the opening of the SAG Awards ceremony last Sunday night.

Last Sunday at the SAG Awards, Demián Bichir, our Academy Award Nominee (porque es nuestro nominado!!) had a few minutes of air time right at the beginning of the show. He told a cute story of how he went to NY to drive a Taxi like De Niro and make Guacamole (at Rosa Mexicano), but my favorite line was in Spanish: Yo soy Demián Bichir y soy actor mexicano.

Very Nice!

Glad to see ha had a chance to speak and have a little bit of fun, even though he did not win. I really believed he was going to get it, but it was the French actor Jean Dujardin who took home the prize for “The Artist”. There’s still hope Demián gets the Oscar, believe me, we’re praying to San Judas Tadeo, he deserves it!

Otra que se la pasó having fun toda la noche fue Sofía Vergara, who has this Hollywood fame thing down like a true superstar.

Su trabajo le ha costado, she’s earned this the hard way. We all remember when she started out in doing lame tv shows for Univision waaay back in the 1990′s and then she couldn’t get a break as an actress. But flash forward to 2012 and she’s winning awards as part of the Modern Family ensemble, and hobnobbing with A-listers like Meryl Streep and Glenn Close. Que tal? Never rule out a beautiful woman with talent and perseverance. Go Sofía!  Here’s a picture from her twitter account:

Aqui nomas con mis new bff's: Meryl Streep, Sofia Vergara and Glenn Close at the SAG afterparties. Photo from Sofia Vergara's Twitter feed. http://www.whosay.com/sofiavergara/photos/123044

Este heatwave in the winter ya fue mucho.

26 Jan

Ya mero llegamos al end of the month. Se nos fue el mes de enero y yo no sé ustedes pero yo tengo calor. Aquí en California tenemos todo el mes con los weather ups and downs and constant changes, from rain to cold to warm. But today it was around 84 degrees in Pasadena, and it’s not even Spring yet! I mean, don’t let the California palm trees fool you. We are not in the tropics. LA is usually coat country during wintertime.

It did not help my cause that today I erred on the side of caution and chose to wear botas, tights, a dress, a scarf, and a wool sweater. Since I ride the metro, I never know if it’s going to be cold during the transfers, so I come prepared. Yes, I know I can check the weather report on tv, but I’m very friolenta, so I take it with a grain of salt.  Today I came a little too prepared and regretted it all day long. I kept peeling the layers until I couldn’t any longer. Ever have that feeling when your clothes just bother you all day long? That was me today.

Yet a little freshness came my way later in the day. I just went for a supermarket run this afternoon and saw these paletas de nieve. Does anybody remember “La Michoacana”? They are a local chain of aguas frescas and paletas de hielo/nieve in Mexico. We had them in my hometown by the border. I doubt these are the same paleteros I grew up with, who knows,  but I was instantly enamored with the name and the presentation… Chocoberry anyone?

Maybe that will help me deal with this heatwave until we get our next storm watch, probably by next week at the way we’re going with these tipsy weather patterns.

Chocoberry, paletas de coco y paletas de otros sabores by "La Michoacana", made in Ceres, California, not Michoacan.

Felicidades Demián Bichir y Emanuel Lubezki, 2 Mexicanos nominados al Oscar

24 Jan

Hoy es una de esas mañanas en que da gusto ver que el talento mexicano es reconocido. A las 5 de la mañana anunciaron las nominaciones a los premios Oscar y como todo el mundo sabe, la sorpresa fue Demián Bichir por su actación en “A Better Life” (director Chris Weitz). Quiero que sepan que fue el primero que anunciaron de los cinco actores, por orden alfabético, así que brincamos de emoción. (Ver Video)

Oscar announcements this morning. Snapshot, ABC Video on YouTube.

Hace unos meses puse un link aquí de una entrevista que le hicieron a Bichir en el NY Times y por lo visto, tanto a la reportera como a su humilde servilleta nos cautivó su persona. Aquí esta el link de nuevo: http://lifeinspanglish.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/a-must-see-movie-a-better-life/…Ojalá que puedan leerla y que vean la película, aunque sí te parte el corazón.

Tomada de la revista US Magazine.

Lo mejor fue la reacción de Bichir, quien dijo:

“I’m overwhelmed for having my name among those incredible actors. Hopefully more and more people will jump into iTunes and Netflix to see our film. That will be the biggest reward we could get. I dedicate this nomination to those 11 million human beings who make our lives easier and better in the US.”

¡Bravo Demián!
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En la categoría de fotografía,  Emanuel Lubezki  fue nominado por su cinematografía de la película “Tree of Life” (el tema “Life” parece amuleto de la buena suerte, no?) del director Terence Malick.
El “Chivo” Lubezki (como le dicen de cariño) lleva varias nominaciones, y para mi que es el mejor fotógrafo de cine que hay. Claro que lo digo con orgullo porque veo sus películas desde que fue fotógrafo de “Solo con tu Pareja” (1991,  director Alfonso Cuarón). Ojalá que este sea su año.

Emanuel Lubezki trabajo con Terence Malick en "Tree of Life". Foto tomada del blog "Below the line" http://www.btlnews.com/awards/contender-director-of-photography-emmanuel-lubezki-the-tree-of-life/

Los premios Oscar son el 26 de Febrero. Prendamos veladoras y rezémosle a San Judas Tadeo amiguitos. Ya es hora que los mexicanos nos llevemos más premios y reconocimiento por hacer cine, algo que hacemos muy bien! Y estas nominaciones son muy bien merecidas. Felicidades a todos los nominados.

New Spanish TV Network debuts in the fall: MundoFox

23 Jan

Big news in TV Land today…en Español!

According to a press release today by the AP, MUNDOFOX, a new Spanish broadcast television network is launching in the fall. It will be the Spanish version of FOX (owned by Rupert Murdoch, ya saben que no tiene la mejor presencia en los medios lately) and it will try to appeal to the Hispanic viewer. Ya ven como sí nos quieren mucho en este país y el español no se está acabando, como muchos creen.

Pues let me tell you one thing, Mundo Fox: lest you change your tone on politics and your own political agendas pushed by NewsCorp., I won’t be that tempted to watch. But if you have smart, modern and well produced shows that don’t feature morning tv hosts doing dance numbers with Mambo and ChaCha, or scripted sitcoms that don’t follow the recent fiasco of “Rob” (sorry Eugenio Derbez, I really wanted to like you on this show) then maybe that will lure us in.

They are partnering with los productores colombianos RCN, which made Betty La Fea (only like one of the best telenovelas EVER, which I used to watch religiously and blog about) among other smash hits. So it should be interesting to say the least.

Here’s the press release. Click to read. Let’s see what happens and how Telemundo and Univision react.

News Corp plans US Spanish-language broadcaster:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_NEWS_CORP_MUNDOFOX?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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Wordless Weds: Not Cool, SOPA. Not cool.

18 Jan

Wordless Weds: Not Cool SOPA.

Joining the Protest!

This is Google's page today.

End Piracy, Not Liberty! Tell Congress. https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

Great Maps of LA exhibit at the Central Library in downtown

13 Jan

I’m always amazed at the sprawling, extensive size of the City of Los Angeles. This city I love está toda spread out, es enorme, llena de tráfico y luces, y freeways y mini-malls. What’s not to love?

So it was such a nice surprise to run into a very interesting exhibit of old Los Angeles maps at the Central Library in Downtown LA called “As The City Grew.” These maps are from the 184o’s to more recent ones from the last century. They all are amazing to look at just for the fact that they portray the gradual growth and initial distribution of el pueblo de Los Angeles.

This is one of the texts from the exhibit:

“The historical maps here trace Los Angeles’ challenges and illustrate its evolution into the metropolis we know today. The maps tell a story about a Spanish pueblo settled by eleven families that, in just 130 years, was to become the second largest city in America. From a Wild West frontier town that lived mostly outside the law, the city grew more sophisticated, surviving periodic cycles of “boom and bust” and doubling its population every decade, from a meager 5,000 at statehood to over a million by 1930.”

I’m always intrigued by the transformation of a place, of how things used to be and how people used to live before.  Did they ride horses? Can you imagine LA without freeways? How did people get to Santa Monica? What was life like here? These maps give you an idea of how LA transitioned into the place we live today.

So it’s worth a visit, and you may also want to check out some books at the library too! Everything is GRATIS, as you know, so take a trip soon if you can.

DTLA Central Library at 5th and Figueroa hours are Monday, Wed, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5:30 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm. It is closed  Sundays and will be closed next Monday due to Martin Luther King’s Day.

LA Maps exhibit at Central Library hallway, 1st floor.

Map of the City of Los Angeles, 1884, by Henry J Stevenson.

Birds Eye View of Los Angeles in 1909. Shows LA growing fast and becoming one of the nation's major cities. Population is 300,000.

This was one of the more elaborate maps, very colorful and showing different ethnicities.

The Old Spanish and Mexican Ranchos of Los Angeles County, 1937. Shows LA in the years 1784 to 1849. "The Ranchos as they were called were sometiems as large as 48,000 acres."

Yes people, WE were here first. Se les olvida quien formó esta ciudad.

Hollywood star maps, version 1937. But I doubt they had any paparazzi then.

Hey, with this map you could go look for Cary Grant, Marion Davies and Gary Cooper. Their head drawing was used as the pin point for their house!

Wordless Wednesday: Tengo a San Antonio puesto de cabeza.

11 Jan

One of my stocking stuffers this Christmas from one of my sisters...

...ahí para quien se le ofrezca.

Ooops! I think La Reina del Sur lost it. El escándalo de Kate del Castillo en Twitter.

10 Jan

This morning  el Twitter Universe de los Latinos is going berserk with retweets of a rant from Kate del Castillo, alias “La Reina del Sur.” And now I’m going to have to resort to my voice in Spanglish. Porque no me explico why the heck she thought it would be a good idea to give the whole world her unsolicited opinion on life. For example, she does NOT  believe in marriage, monogamy, in religion, in the Pope nor in government, pero que dice que sí cree en el sexo, en sentir su cuerpo, en las emociones fuertes y en uno de los delincuentes mas famosos de México, el Chapo Guzman. Hasta le dio una lista de ideas para hacer el world a better place, empezando con llevar alcohol a los asilos de ancianos. “No estaría padre que empezara a traficar con el bien?“… pregunta. What??

Con todo respeto, because I think she’s a wonderful actress and a professional, I would beg to differ.

¿Kate, qué te pasó? Tú que casi nunca dabas escándalos, y hoy todo el mundo te está mandando tweets medio groseros… You did not need this, especialmente ahora que estás saliendo más en la television gringa. Tanto trabajo que te ha costado. Is this a publicity stunt? Porque ya sabes que dicen que “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Maybe that was the plan?

Aqui está un poco del tweet. You can read it entirely here: http://twextra.com/a4t17t

I don’t get it. Not that my opinion matters anyway. I just think it’s a shame for an accomplished actress (si no es que la mejor de México) to go off on a rant about things that nobody cares about, diciendo puras incoherencias, tarnishing her image… Maybe she wants to do away with her “nice girl”  in real life? Quien sabe. I guess tomorrow it will be old news.

Or maybe it has to do with the year 2012 and all those predictions. Some people think this might be a cue to go off on a liberating storm and having their honest voices heard once and for all. Maybe they think “What the hell! If it’s all going to end, I might as well go down with a bang.”

It’s never too late: Vivian Maier, the most amazing photographer we never knew until now.

8 Jan

Last year around this time in January, almost to the day, I heard the beautiful story of Vivian Maier in the NY Times Lens section and was enthralled with her  photographs and her life story, as well as the effort to make a documentary about her. I even posted a link to the video here.

Surprise, surprise! This morning I read the LA TIMES Arts&Books section and found a feature article on Vivian Maier! And even more joy followed when I read that there is a current and brief exhibit here in Los Angeles at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery. This news made me literally dance in my pijamas. I love women photographers who do street photography along the style of Lola Alvarez Bravo, Tina Modotti, Ruth Orkin, and Margaret Bourke-White.

Great surprise this morning tor ead about Vivian Maier in the LA Times.

You can read the article here. 

Vivian Maier was a nanny who lived in Chicago, and in the 1940′s took up street photography in her spare time. She produced the most beautiful black and white street photographs for the rest of her life.  She was never published, never discovered, and never famous, until in 2007, when a locker with undeveloped film rolls was auctioned off. A young guy by the name of John Maloof bought it for $400 dollars, for thousands of film rolls, not knowing the story nor images behind it.

Once he saw the images, he realized the treasure he had, and started researching her life, only to find out she had died a few days prior to buying her rolls of films. ( AAAH! It has all the elements of a wonderful movie, so it’s just lovely and absolutely necessary that they make a documentary about her life!) Afterwards he started a blog, and she was finally introduced to the world, even if she was no longer in it. Imagine that! Her life’s vision would have been unknown but for the guy who bought the film rolls, and yet you know how some things are meant to be. It was her destiny not be Anonymous.

Rosca de Reyes time. ¿Qué les trajeron los Reyes Magos?

5 Jan

La tradición del Día de Reyes (or The feast of the Epiphany if you’re a Catholic and know the story about the “magi from the east” following the star and traveling to pay homage to Baby Jesus) is alive and well in Los Angeles. This year it falls on the first Friday of the month so it’s bound to be celebrated en grande.

If you still don’t have your Rosca de Reyes purchased, and if you’re in the downtown LA area on Friday, may I recommend a panadería right smack in the middle of the Grand Central Market? It’s called La Adelita and they still have a few Roscas available. They range in price from 7 to 20 dollars, depending on the size. They can also add as many monitos as you want, but you have to special order it. Standard roscas come with 2 monitos only, but waiting to see who gets the monito is what the fun is all about, so knock yourself out. ¡Pónganles muchos! I say the more, the merrier.

(Yes, you probably know this, but anyone who gets a monito needs to organize a party on February 2nd, el Dia de la Candelaria… preferably with Tamales and champurrado. Rarely anybody follows through, but we just want to believe we can keep the parties going.)

If you're in Downtown LA on el Dia de Reyes and you need a Rosca, head over to La Adelita panaderia inside the Grand Central Market on Broadway. They open from 9am to 6pm.

This is the $7 dollar Rosca with 2 monitos included. But I say add more!

While you're at it, you may want to shop around Grand Central Market. It's a great place to browse and take pix. It's also one of the locations used for the movie "City of Angels" (way back in the 90's.)

Post Holiday Clean-Up. It’s over, people.

5 Jan

Ran into Rudolph this morning on his way to storage in an alley in Pasadena. Pobrecito. Time to stay locked in for the next 11 months.

Rudolph rumbo al almacen. Hora de guardar todo lo navideño.

And so it ends, my friends. At least mañana we have the Rosca de Reyes, the last festivity of the Season para los mexicanos y latinos. Better get to la panadería tonight before the big lines tomorrow.

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UPDATE- 6PM Apparently, Downtown LA did not get the memo that the party was over, and they’re still going strong with the ‘Downtown on Ice’ skating rink at Pershing Square. Walked past it this evening and they had a party rocking, even with the balmy 73 degree weather. Skating is 8 bucks a pop and I believe this is the last weekend.

Skating on a "summery" night in January at Downtown LA's Pershing Square. Jan. 5, 2012.

 

Well, Hello There Mr. 2012!

4 Jan

Happy New Year Everybody!

My five readers have been wondering where the heck I’ve been hiding, since it’s been A WHILE since my last post. Don’t worry, I’m still around, although I needed a few days to recoup after the Christmas break with LA FAMILIA. And then all of a sudden, the New Year crept up on me and the ball was dropping in Times Square on TV. Not to worry, I have some posts to elaborate on in the next few days, so you can see what your pochita friend was up to.

I must confess, I’m also having a bit of a blog existential crisis, as I have been going through some PROSPECTION (the act of looking forward in time or considering the future) which may or may not have to do with an upcoming birthday in February.

“Why?” you may ask. Well, it’s a big one and I won’t elaborate until I’m closer to the date. Yet somehow it has permeated a bit into “Life In Spanglish” and made me consider which material may be suitable enough for posting. I can be trite and trivial, but I do worry about the content and how to keep it fresh. You may not know this about me, but writing this blog for almost 3 years, and working on everything I post here, has been a unique joy- self serving, indulgent, mainly concerned with my own interests- and yet I am extremely surprised when I see a new reader, a comment or a follower. So of course I’m concerned with what to do next and how to keep you coming back for more.

On that note, here’s a promise to get more creative, to get more Spanglish, and to get more informative. The year 2012 looks and feels like the kind of year that will have lots to blog about. I sincerely thank you for sticking around and reading. It means the world to me.

I wish you all the best for this Año Nuevo, may it be a wonderful year for us all.

(Que no nos asusten las proyecciones de los locos, las amenazas “doomsday” y la gente que solo quiere infundir el miedo. Let’s work to make it a good year, shall we?)

Here’s a glimpse into the days I was out and about, truly a beautiful Christmas, one which yet again made us realize how blessed we are to live in Los Angeles, California. ¡Gracias Diosito por todas mis bendiciones!

The Lamps at LACMA are a great photo op. Here's a shot as the early evening progressed on one of the last days of 2011.

I'm going to need my Cinderella shoes for 2012 and all the "festejos" I need to get to. Hopefully this pair of glitter pumps from Kate Spade eventually goes on sale so I can celebrate my birthday in style.

I said it before and I'll say it again. I LOVE LA. This shot of the Miracle Mile with a pink sunset makes me wanna pinch myself. Can you believe this weather? 78 degrees throughout the day, thank you very much.

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