Dan Guerrero’s “¡Gaytino!” Brings Late Chicano Visual Artist Carlos Almaraz to Life!

¡Gaytino! A solo piece by childhood friend and acclaimed producer, Dan Guerrero.

East Los Angeles College Performing Arts Center, Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7 p.m.

“He always wanted to be an artist and I’m very proud that my collection of never-exhibited pieces will trace those early first steps. And I’m appreciative of all who have generously added their collections to the exhibition.” –Dan Guerrero

Photo Credit: Luther Orrick-Guzman
Monterey Park, CA- !Gaytino!, written and performed by producer Dan Guerrero, travels through decades of gay and Mexican-American/Chicano history and is driven by Guerrero’s life-long friendship with Carlos Almaraz and by Dan’s father, Chicano music legend, Lalo Guerrero.The autobiographical play with music and projections is performed in conjunction with the exhibition at the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) that honors Almaraz. Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled draws from those who cared for and knew the artist best. Visitors travel through Almaraz’s life from his earliest years in Mexico, childhood in East LA, travails in New York, an awakening to the Chicano Movement and participation in the local art collective, Los Four. Ephemeral materials offer a glimpse of Almaraz’s personal life as a friend, husband and father; his recognition as a rising Los Angeles studio art star; and AIDS victim. 

¡Gaytino! Mariachi to Merman. Sondheim to Cesar Chavez Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. -ELAC Performing Arts Center, P2 Proscenium Theatre, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterrey Park, CA 91754-6099 ¡Gaytino! has played to rave reviews at New York’s iconic Zipper Theatre, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and in more than a dozen cities from Miami to Santa Fe where Guerrero’s performance was introduced by Governor Bill Richardson. www.gaytino.com and www.danguerrero.com Tickets: $10 at www.elac.edu under “Upcoming Events”. At the door, $10. Theater Information; 323-415-5333.


Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled– Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) located on the East Los Angeles College (ELAC) campus Aug. 25-Dec. 8, 2012. http://vincentpriceartmuseum.org It is organized by Karen Rapp, museum director with Guerrero, and Elsa Flores Almaraz, acclaimed Chicana artist and Carlos’s widow. Cost: FREE “This is an historically important celebration that will document Carlos’s evolution as an artist beginning in our days growing up in East Los Angeles as Charles and Eddie,” said Guerrero.


Carlos Almaraz (b. 1941, Mexico City, Mexico – 1989, Los Angeles, CA) is a legendary figure in the Los Angeles art community, particularly within the Chicano art scene that developed during the 1970s. However, the social activist and practicing studio artist, transcended identification with one group.


Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled, features fine art paintings, drawings, and prints, as well as biographical materials including rare photographs, personal letters and journals. The exhibition consists of more than 100 selected artworks and ephemeral materials. Many pieces have never before been seen by the public.


Lenders to the show include personal friends and collaborators Elsa Flores Almaraz, Ken Brecher and Rebecca Rickman, Barbara Carrasco, Roberto Gil de Montes, Dan Guerrero, Judithe Hernandez, Louie Perez, Richard Read, Frank Romero, John Valadez, Lupe and Luis Valdez, among others. Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled is generously sponsored, in part, by Alta Med Health Services Corporation.


Additional support is provided by NBC4 Southern California. Arlene and Andy Hurwitz are sponsors of the educational panels.


Related Free Public Programs and Events:

Community Panels

The Artist as Friend Saturday, Nov. 10; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.-Lecture Hall, Vincent Price Art Museum Join Barbara Carrasco, Richard Duardo, Dan Guerrero (moderator), Frank Romero, and John Valadez as they reflect on Almaraz’s friendship and influence. The Artist in Context Saturday, Dec. 1; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.-Lecture Hall, Vincent Price Art Museum Join Max Benavidez (moderator), Karen Mary Davalos, Patrick Ela, and Suzanne Muchnic for a discussion on Almaraz’s career in critical context of the past and present.


Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) on the campus of East Los Angeles College (ELAC) has been open in its brand new facility for just over one year. At 40,000 square feet, it is the largest museum serving the San Gabriel Valley. And, as part the new Performing and Fine Arts Center on campus, VPAM is dedicated to the presentation of significant and wide-ranging exhibitions that directly benefit ELAC and its surrounding communities. Museum hours are Tues., Wed., Fri. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Thurs. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Open the Second Saturday of each month 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Mondays. Email: vincentpriceartmuseum@elac.edu | Web: http://vincentpriceartmuseum.org Tel: (323) 265-8841 | Fax: (323) 260-8173 | Admission is free.

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