Weekender: TANA Opens Friday with New Exhibition; and more

Water is Life, Acrylic
"Water is Life" is an acrylic that will be on display at TANA's exhibition opening Friday.

Cosmic Matriarchs, at TANA, features the work of three artists, Dalila Paola Mendez, Lilia “Liliflor” Ramirez, and Suzy Hernandez, who through their respective works honor the earth, sacred elements, life-givers, and generations of birthing, healing, and love that align with ancestral rememberings. The exhibition opens Friday, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and runs through May 1. Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer , or TANA, 1224 Lemen Ave., Woodland.

This exhibition highlights matriarchal lineages, the feminine, and femme roots in a contemporary historic moment when the tenets of patriarchy, particularly heteronormative cisgendered patriarchal formations, are embedded in corporate capitalism, colonialism, genocide, racism, xenophobia, and transphobia, among other harmful logics and present-day realities that are destructive to our communities—from elders to youth, the earth, and generations to come.

In these images the viewer finds representations of the cycles of life and death, rebirth, regeneration, queer love, and an honoring of the earth as a life-giver of sacred resources, such as water, air, land, and fire, that are often "disrespected, commodified, and currently out of balance due to climate injustice. The spirit-centered visuals these artists offer return the viewer to a humbleness and reverence for all that is sacred, especially life, breath, and our madre cosmica, as a pathway for healing and transformation."

  • Dalila Paola Mendez is an indigenous Guatemalan/Salvadoran queer artist born and raised in Los Angeles. She was raised in an Armenian/Arab/Guatemalan/ Salvadoran household. She credits Barnsdall Art Park classes for igniting her love for both photography and painting.
  • Lilia Ramirez “Liliflor” is a cultural art educator championing youth in the arts, using art as a tool for healing and transformation. Since 1994 Lilia has been at the forefront of the Los Angeles youth movement; as co-founder of the Peace and Justice Center (PJC) in 1995, an innovative youth run center in Los Angeles.
  • Xicana artist Suzy Hernández, is “a radical tenderness bruja passing as a multidisciplinary artist living in Davis.” Hernández has created works in performance art, fashion, pen-and-ink drawing, experimental audio and video, photography, and installation art for about two decades.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Mondavi: Eileen Ivers and JigJam

Mondavi Center is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day celebration with music. The evening starts with a pre-concert beer tasting in the Yocha Dehe Lobby, and then the celebration ramps up with the Mondavi Center debut of JigJam. This powerhouse quartet from the heart of the midlands blends traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana for a concoction all their energetic own. Next up is Grammy Award–winner Eileen Ivers, one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and world music genres. Her list of accomplishments is dizzying and her stage show “electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing” (The Irish Times). Sunday, March 17, 7 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets here.

‘When We Were Colored’ and ‘Charlotte’s Web’ round out capital events

The Capital Culture List, produced by UC Davis' Soterios Johnson, offers a podcast and blog highlighting events throughout the region in the next two weeks.

The blog is here.

And the podcast follows.


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