Digital twist on the Mexican Independence Day celebration in San Jose

The School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose is unable to host their traditional Mexican Independence Day celebration this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. But with “Chile, Mole, Pozole”, a virtual Sunday event that includes performances and cooking demonstrations, the tradition is kept alive.

“As administrators of the Mexican Heritage Plaza, our team recognizes our responsibility to preserve and preserve the rich history and heritage of our community, especially in times of crisis,” he said Jessica Paz-Cedillos, Manager of the School for Art and Culture. “Chile, Mole, Pozole” is a platform for the school to raise
rich diversity of our Mexican community. “

It sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon too. Held on Facebook Live from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the celebration includes performances by Los Lupeños de San José, Calpulli Tonalehqueh Aztec Dance, Mariachi Azteca, and El Mariachi Trio. The culinary folks at Veggielution, the community farm in Emma Prusch Park, offer cooking demonstrations for both mole – an aromatic sauce common in Oaxacan dishes – and pozole, a spicy soup that is a Sunday morning tradition in many Mexican-American households is.

As an incentive to viewers, the school will be giving away $ 1,000 total gift certificates to restaurants in the San Jose area.

The event commemorates Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16 – that’s right, it’s not Cinco de Mayo – which traditionally begins the evening before with “El Grito” or the call for independence and the next day with food, music and parades is continued. If you want to try it out in the comfort of your home, visit www.schoolofartsandculture.org/events for more information.

ANNO DOMINI CELEBRATES 20 YEARS: The move from Santa Clara County to the state’s “red” tier for coronavirus restrictions, which allow indoor museums to open at partial capacity, couldn’t have come at a better time for the Anno Domini gallery in San Jose.

The SoFA gallery, started by Cherri Lakey and Brian Ederis celebrating its 20th anniversary this year celebrating street art, subculture and the vibrant artists whose work lives on the cutting edge and sometimes beyond. An anniversary exhibition that opens on Friday evening and shows almost three dozen artists whose work was shown from 2000 to 2010.

It will take place on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 9pm until October 17th at 366 S. First St. (A “second decade” exhibition opens on November 6th.) In addition, the Outsider is hosting an outdoor event. Local artists and creatives will continue on Friday evening from 5pm to 9pm in the parking lot next to the gallery.

NEW FACE IN THE CLUBHOUSE: Steve Wymer will take over as the new CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs in Silicon Valley on September 21, after a decade of community-based collaboration with TiVO, Nextdoor.com and eBay.

Wymer, father of four, is excited about the role he can make a difference for the more than 3,000 young people at the 14 Boys & Girls Club locations in San Jose, Morgan Hill and Gilroy.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to have my job do my job,” Wymer said in a statement. “I plan to humbly challenge our community leaders, my friends and colleagues in the business world, and myself every day to play an even greater role in supporting BGCSV’s mission, empowering and equipping
young people in need. I’ve never been so excited to make a difference. “

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