5 Interesting Facts About Latinos in Silicon Valley

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley is dedicated to inspiring community philanthropy and engaging people to invest in the educational achievement, leadership development, research, and convening and engaging the Hispanic community to improve the quality of life for Latinos and the Silicon Valley region. This past year, they published an informative Latino Report Card featuring Latinos in Silicon Valley.

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Loteria en Familia

Acompañenos en una noche del tradicional juego de Lotería Mexicana junto a su familia en nuestro jardín. Habrán muchas actividades y premios a ganar. Disfruten de un café de olla, chocolate, pan dulce y mucho mas. $5 a $7 por tabla.

Join us for an evening of Mexican bingo, bring the entire family and experience the traditional game of Lotería in the garden. Plenty of prizes to win. Enjoy traditional pastries such as Mexican sweet bread and churros accompanied by Mexican coffee and hot chocolate. $5 to $7 per playing card.

3PM-4PM
Haga su propia tabla / Make your own playing card
Actividades para niños / Kids activities
4PM-5PM
1er serie de juegos / 1st game set
Actividades para niños/ Kids activities
5PM-6PM
2da serie de juegos / 2nd game set
Actividades para niños / Kids activities
6PM-7PM
Musica con Sonido Clash / Music by Sonido Clash

Compra tu Tabla / Buy your Playing Card

*Event is free to attend, if you would like to play Loteria a playing card is required at $5/each + Individual games tickets at .50 cents/each sold the day of the event. Purchase a Lotería playing card now and save.

* El evento es GRATIS, si le gustaría jugar Lotería se requiere una tabla de $5/cada una + un costo por juegos individuales a .50 centavos/cada el día del evento. Compre su tabla ahora y ahorre.

#iPledgeSJ: July Events

Welcome back to #iPledgeSJ! If you missed the original post about what #iPledgeSJ is all about then I recommend clicking here first. We have selected an exciting line-up of events that we think represent and pay tribute to San Jose’s diversity.

The #iPledgeSJ events for July are…

 

July #iPledgeSJ Events

7/3 SONIDO CLASH: Maria y Jose + Thee Commons
RUIDOSON//PSYCH KUMBIA// Y MAS!!!

7/3 – ANYA AND THE GET DOWN performing live at the RITZ
Don’t miss this show! Anya has a VERY special announcement and she won’t be playing in San Jose for a long while after this one!

7/4 – 4th Annual Island Reggae Festival
Live music, fireworks, carnival rides, island dance competition, rugby 7’s tournament, and much more!

7/6 – Nerd Nite Silicon Valley: July Edition
informal gatherings where nerds (and non-nerds) get together to socialize, drink and learn something new.

7/8 – ImagineSJ Showcase #1 “San Jose Music”
A monthly event series that provides a platform for San Jose’s newest most innovative thinking, whether it be in the arts, technology, non-profit or small business. Through performances, presentations, and interactive audience engagement activities, the ImagineSJ Showcase will create a public platform for the introduction of new ideas and great thinking that San Jose needs to know about.

7/9 – 7/12 – * THINK AND DIE THINKING 2015 *
An All-ages D.I.Y Indie Punk Music Festival. A festival for and by gay, trans, queer, p.o.c., women, and allies.

7/10 – Glowing With The Moon
Come gather with different members of the community participate in open mic and various art projects that you can collectively create with other people.

7/11 – Silicon Valley S.T.E.A.M Festival
Hot San Jose Nights presents Silicon Valley S.T.E.A.M Festival returns to San Jose Reid Hillview Airport for a second great year!

7/11 – Writing Our Truths/Palabras de Verdad: Writing from Ancestral Memory
A writing workshop focused around identity and our [often multiple] places of origin.

7/11 – Emotional Alchemy:  Zine Making As a Coping Strategy
A hands on workshop and discussion on the zine making process and how it ties into the healing experience.

7/11 – SVRG Yard Sale
Come buy treasures donated by Silicon Valley Roller Derby (SRVG) skaters, plus SVRG merch on sale too! SPECIAL SUMMER DEAL: Tix to our August 22 bout 2/$20 and you get an exclusive SVRG tote bag!!!

7/11 – 7/12 – San Jose Obon 2015
Created for San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin

7/12 – TADT PANEL DISCUSSION: Marginalized Identities and the Current Climate of Punk:  A Multi-Perspective Discussion
Observe how punk is seen currently through multiple viewpoints and how it is defined behind these lenses.

7/12 – Strangers 16th Annual Car Show & BBQ
Enjoy the day viewing traditionally styled hot rods and customs, cooking up some BBQ with your friends, and checking out all of the original art and artists in vendor row.

7/12 – South Bay Expo
Clothing lines, jewelry, DJ’s, Graffiti, food trucks, sneakers, tattoos, music artist, and much more at the Santa Clara

7/12 – Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions
Brought to life by American Festival Orchestra performing all-new arrangements and carefully-timed visuals from recent and classic Pokémon video games, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions has become the must-see video game concert of the year, giving fans and newcomers of all ages a chance to experience the evolution of the Pokémon franchise like never before.

7/13 – Summer Hip Hop Conservatory
For youth ages 12-15, sign up for a two-week intensive camp where students can build skills in one of four Hip Hop disciplines: Rapping, Hip Hop Dance, Beatboxing, and Urban Art. For more info or to register please visit www.schoolofartsandculture.org

7/16 – PRAYERS & Xuxa Santamaria Live
Prayers are the first musicians/artists use the term Cholo goth to define their genre of music which lyrically explores the harsh realities of gang and street life over throbbing beats and swirling synthesizers.

7/16 – Maurizio ‘The NextOne’ + Workshop
FutureArtsNow! In Association With Style Elements, 1nspirationIsFree & Bobbi Vie Presents MAURIZIO ‘THE NEXTONE’ WORKSHOP. Maurizio ‘The NextOne’ began dancing in 1984. Widely considered a breaking legend, and hip hop pioneer in Italy, he is credited for the creation of many dance moves and for his straight bboy flavor.

7/17 – SALSA NIGHT at Music in the Park
Two of the Bay Area’s best Salsa band perform in this after work concert series – Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor and Pa’l Bailador. Plus a set break special performance by Bloco Del Sol courtesy of Future Arts Now.

7/17 – Frida 9.5!
Come fo the silent art auction, raffle prizes, the Ni Una Mas Scholarship Award, the Frida Kahlo Leadership Award, and look-a-like contest. Proceeds goes towards workers organizing such as wage theft issues, migrants rights work, women wellness particularly traditional/indgenous healing for womyn and supporting the work of La Red.

7/17 – July 17th – ROAD RAGE TOUR SAN JOSE, CA.
Featuring Andrew Bigs with Reef the Lost Cauze of Army of the Pharaohs, ADLIB, and I.L.A.M.

7/17 – SVRG Night at Aloha Roller Rink
Come skate with your favorite derby league, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls!Aloha Roller Rink is open for the summer, setting up shop at Roosevelt Community Center on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays all summer long!

7/18 – Original Gravity Public House 3 Year Anniversary!!!
Designed as a thanks to YOU the people and beer drinkers that have supported Original Gravity Public House throughout the first few years.

7/18 – South Bay Coffee Community Presents: SUMMER BARISTA SMACK DOWN
A Saturday night rumble between the best of the best in an ultimate show down of latte art skill. Proceeds go towards A pop-up street café that trains and employs individuals transitioning out of homelessness.

7/25 – San Jose Bike Party presents Ladies Ride 2015
Ladies, it’s time to ride!

7/25 – 1NFAMOUS 2015
Now in its 3rd installment, 1NFAMOUS is the brainchild of world renowned dancer, Raymond ‘NastyRay’ Mora. It is an annual event which attempts to break the norms of breaking competitions and raise the entertainment level and the true tenets of hip hop culture.

7/25 – FAME SS2015 + Lights, Camera, Fashion
Now in its 8th installment, FAME (Fashion, Art, Music, Exhibition) is a street culture marketplace by the people and for ALL the people.

7/26 – Shiny Side Up Bicycle Show
For bicycle enthusiasts of all kinds.

7/31 – San Pedro Square Block Party (Moveable Feast)
Moveable Feast is shutting down streets with a night time block party. The whole city is invited! Free admission.

7/31- 6th Annual Sabor del Valle Event 2015
Sabor del Valle is an annual celebration of local wine, food, art, music and the cultural richness of the Latino community, with proceeds benefiting three worthy nonprofits that provide social and educational services to individuals in need.

7/31 – All-Womyn’s Showcase @ Caffe Frascati
Showcasing emerging female artists within San Jose’s Arts and Culture.

 

ONGOING

The Changing Same Thursdays

Motown on MondaysMondays

Nomikai DJ Nights – Various Days
Assortment of nights featuring great DJ’s.

Future Arts Now Classes – M/W/TH

Pop Up Market – Whole Foods, The Alameda – 1st Saturdays

South First Fridays – 1st Friday of the month in the SOFA district

 


Know of an event that should be on the list? We are open to suggestions. Send us an email to info@Kooltura.com with the subject line “iPledgeSJ”, a description of the event, any social media accounts associated with the event, and a website link if possible.

Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where we will be sharing photos of those taking the pledge.

 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Garcia | Event: FAME SS2014

 

Sonido Clash – Clashing Sounds.

Growing up as a Mexican-American in California, I was exposed to a multitude of sounds and music. I remember my older sister doing her chores while listening to the radio. She pushed our old beat-up stereo to its limits by blasting music like; cumbias, musica norteña, musica de banda, and even the occasional romantica. My dad was the drummer and leader of a Mexican conjunto-norteño that called themselves “Los Chiveros” and held rehearsals with his band in our living room.

Latino music was a big part of my life but as I got older and met new friends through school and my neighborhood, my taste in music started expanding. Suddenly, I was listening to Rap, Hip Hop, RnB, Rock, and anything else my friends and I could download via LimeWire.

This type of exposure to music isn’t unique to myself. I know many people who could sing the lyrics to a Nappy Roots song just as well as the lyrics to something by Ramon Ayala. And, even though it was common to go to a party or family gathering and hear the playlist jump from one type of music to the other, there seemed to be a disconnect between the two. Almost like living in two different worlds.

Then, a movement started happening where a generation of people like me who were exposed to those different sounds started putting them together. A mixture of sounds, a clash of music. A Sonido Clash, which happens to be the name of a group of people who are great at doing just that. Clashing sounds.

 

Sonido Clash

It was in 2009 when a group of guys established themselves as a collective of talent as part of the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC). They called themselves, “Sonido Clash”. It was a more than appropriate name for a group of people who took it upon themselves to weave traditional, modern and futuristic Latin music together and share it with San Jose and the entire Silicon Valley.

The founding members of Sonido Clash include; Roman “Turbo Sonidero Futuristico” Zepeda, Angel “Mex Tape”Luna, and Thomas Ramon “Chatos1013” Aguilar. Together they took on the responsibility of gathering music many of us grew up with and combining it to create a unique sound that describes a generation. For a few years Sonido Clash had a monthly show at The Pagoda located inside The Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose.  Not only did they perform themselves, but had a steady rotation of featured emerging talent from different locations across the globe. Some of those guests included artists like Mexican Institute of Sound, Los Rakas, Ana Tijoux, Kubia Queers, and many more.

Anyone lucky enough to catch one of their shows knows just how memorable they are. If you’re not familiar with what a Sonido Clash sounds like, below is a taste directly from Sonido Clash Co-founder TurboSonideroFuturistico’s Youtube page. (May contain Explicit Lyrics)

 

So, who the heck are these people who make up the Sonido Clash collective? Allow us to formally introduce you.

sonidoclashcollectiveToday the Sonido Clash collective is composed of Roman “Turbo Sonidero Futuristico” Zepeda, a music producer known for blending rap and hip-hop with cumbia-sonidera from Mexico. He calls it “Tumbia”. There’s Elvis “EazyUno” Mendoza from Inglewood, California. He became a part of Sonido Clash in 2012. He is also known for founding Bombilla Party in Southern California where he is also a resident DJ. Another member is Angel “Mex Tape” Luna who connects hip-hop, electronic and cumbia music and adds a dash of his Oaxacan roots. Fernando J. “Tlacoyo” Pérez was involved early on as a community event organizer. If his name is familiar it’s probably because he wasthe Latin alternative music DJ and director at 90.5 FM KSJS. Thomas Ramon “Chatos1013” Aguilar better known for his brand, Universal Grammar, is an event producer. His sound as a DJ is described as having a global groove pallet of soul, funk, hip-hop, and electronic music. Last, but not least is Melinda Chacón. A San jose native who is the newest member of the group. Her specialty being event planning, she has put on numerous large events across the South Bay.

 
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Want to see them in Action?

As you have now seen, this is an extraordinary group of people. I can relate to their work and appreciate that they understand a large portion of San Jose’s culture. Here at Kooltura Marketing, we are happy to help Sonido Clash with branding and design services. Our latest request from them was a poster and flyer for their upcoming and much anticipated event: The INAUGURAL SELENA TRIBUTE PARTY which will take place Saturday, April 18th at the Back Bar SoFA in Downtown San Jose. If you haven’t been to a Sonido Clash event, this is the perfect one.

The event will celebrate the life and legacy of “La Reina De Tejano”, Selena Quintanilla-Perez. There will be two rooms of music featuring guest DJ’s Yo Yolie, Too Tall, DJ Abraham, ThatGirl, Jenicyde, and of course the Sonido Clash Residents. If you’re interested in purchasing presale tickets you can do so here

If it wasn’t yet clear, we are fans of Sonido Clash here at Kooltura and we like working with them and look forward to continue assisting them in their future projects. If you’d like to learn more about Sonido Clash and/or the work we do for them, don’t hesitate to reach out.

 
 
In the mean time, dust off those dancing shoes, practice that washing machine dance, and we’ll see you at the Back Bar in Downtown San Jose this Saturday. After all, it’s an #iPledgeSJ selected event.

#iPledgeSJ: Do you?

If you live in San Jose, chances are you’ve asked or heard someone ask, “What is there to do in San Jose?” Or, perhaps you’ve heard, “I wish more people would hear about these events,” or “Why don’t more people attend these events?” Being an advocate for San Jose can be challenging. We know that there is always something to do in San Jose How do we let others know?

Enter #iPledgeSJ. San Jose is a complex and diverse place with a mix of different cultures, subcultures, and creative individuals. The result is a beautiful array of options for things to do. The challenge we have as advocates of San Jose is how best to create awareness about San Jose’s artistic and cultural vibrancy.

#iPledgeSJ’s purpose is to engage San Jose’s community members to encourage greater, active participation in our City’s artistic and cultural scenes. Truly there is a space for every one of us. The Kooltura team will curate a selection of events that are unique to San Jose and representative of its culture. We will share our curated list of events through a monthly blog-post that showcases #iPledgeSJ events.

Interested in taking the pledge?

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Here’s what you do.

  1. Attend at least one event once a month.
  2. Bring a friend…or two to the event!
  3. Post photo to Twitter or Instagram using #iPledgeSJ

 
 
 

By taking the pledge, you commit to attend at least one event that is unique to San Jose and to bring at least one friend with you to share the experience. During the event, take a photo and post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #iPledgeSJ. It’s that simple — we promise.

Below is the first list of events to choose from to launch your pledge.

Take the pledge!

 


 

MARCH

3/19 Book Launch Party for The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy by Gary Singh
Join author Gary Singh, a San Jose native and lifelong fan, as he recounts the Earthquakes’ legendary story in vibrant detail.

3/19 – Drink and Draw at The Art Boutiki
Art Boutiki hosts its first ever Drink and Draw. Come on out with us and bring your art supplies and draw to the sounds of our guest DJ Thirdeye Shrine.

3/20 – The Commons presents “The Vernal Equinox”
Join the Commons at the Circle of Palms to welcome the Spring season with an evening of performance featuring the acclaimed torch singer, Jackie Gage.

3/20 – Metalachi, Mokahete, & Total Badass
METALACHI, MOLKAHETE, TOTAL BADASS live at the Back Bar in the SoFA District.

3/22 – San Jose Challenge 2015
The San Jose Challenge urban scavenger hunt adventure race.

3/23 –  SV Creates Board (DOT) Impact
Silicon Valley Creates is partnering with Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN) and BoardSource to help increase capacity of the cultural ecosystem to bring you a day long Board Development Conference called Board(dot)Impact. 

3/28 – Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative March
Memorial Mass and Commemorative march will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. 2020 East San Antonio Street San Jose, CA 95116. 

3/28 – SJMAG Girlfriend Appreciation Day
In honor of Women’s History Month, the San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild and Tabia African American Theatre Ensemble present Entertainment, Audience Participation, Vendors, Raffles and much more!

3/28 – iBecome
Andre Hart holds his last one man show in San Jose. The show is titled “ iBecome”. The artist will be showcasing his new style in painting.

3/23-4/19 – M. Butterfly, by David Henry Hwang
A haunting tale at City Lights Theater Company of a French diplomat’s gradual, inevitable submission to the charms of a Chinese opera star who personifies his fantasy vision of submissive oriental sexuality. 

3/31 – 14th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Breakfast
Join the Chavez Family Vision, Inc. in celebrating the 14th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Breakfast.

 

ONGOING

MoTown Mondays – Mondays
A weekly dance party. Spinning originals, remixes, & close relatives of your favorite Motown songs.

The Changing Same – Thursdays
A weekly excursion keeping time with the future of Soul, RnB, and Jazz every Thursday. With guest DJ’s, live performances and dancing.

Nomikai DJ Nights – Various Days
Assortment of nights featuring great DJ’s.

FutureArtsNow! Open Sessions – M/W/TH
Open funk, house, and break dance sessions at the Edenvale Community Center.

 


 

Know of an event that should be on the list? We are open to suggestions. Send us an email to info@Kooltura.com with the subject line “iPledgeSJ”, a description of the event, any social media accounts associated with the event, and a website link if possible.

Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where we will be sharing photos of those taking the pledge.

 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Garcia | Event: FAME SS2014