Meet the artist behind this colorful new mural in San Jose

A virtual event on Thursday offers a detailed look at the colorful new mural in downtown San Jose: “Do you know the way to the Guadalupe River Trail in San Jose?” Kristina Micotti.

The 6pm online reveal will include a short film about the process of creating the 2,550-square-foot mural on the Guadalupe River Park Trail at Santa Clara Street Bridge – the second piece to build an “art walk” in Downtown River Park. It is made by Pow! Wow moderated! San Jose director Juan Carlos Araujo and Chopsticks Alley founders Trami Cronwho also talks about Southeast Asian artists in the arts and leads a panel with women artists from the PWSJ team and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.

Artist Kristina Micotti in front of her mural: “Do you know the way to the Guadalupe River Trail in San Jose?” Near the Santa Clara Street Bridge in downtown San Jose. (Courtesy photo by Lan Nguyen)

After the zoom panel, attendees can join the monthly Art Boutiki Drink and Draw, a free evening of vinyl music and drawing for all ages that starts at 7pm. You can find the link at artboutiki.com/drink-and -zeichen.

GROUP FUNDRAISING EXPENSES: Three Santa Clara nonprofits are pooling resources to raise funds for their respective causes with a single auction and raffle starting this week.

The three groups that are joining together are the Santa Clara Women’s League, the Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara, and the Employer-School Council. Each group has their own goals for the fundraiser. The Santa Clara Women’s League was founded in 1983 and with all of its proceeds supports the health and wellness program of the Santa Clara Senior Center in the Santa Clara Senior Center. The Santa Clara Historic Preservation Society primarily focuses on the Harris Lass House Museum and the Historic Preserve on Market Street, a structure dating back to 1865 that is the last farm site in Mission City to open to the public in 1991. Founded in 1973, the school council has awarded scholarships to students at New Valley High School in Santa Clara, a secondary school, and Wilson High School, a school of alternative education.

The auction starts on Friday and lasts until March 25th. Items are available for collection on March 27th at the Santa Clara Women’s Club Adobe. To check out the offers, go to Charityauction.bid/scwomensleague.

LUNAFEST RETURNS: Lunafest, the first traveling film festival by and about women, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year – and the San Jose Woman’s Club is celebrating its 10th anniversary as hosting the event. Of course, the film festival is not “traveling” this year, but is practically taking place on March 26th.

When going online, attendees will not be able to enjoy dinner, drinks, and other festivities at the Woman’s Club. However, this does not mean that the series of award-winning short films lack a sense of community. Mosaic America, formerly Sangram Arts, will host a live chat session following the films (see www.lunafest.org/filmmakers for a list).

Tickets for the 7pm festival are $ 12.50 for members of the San Jose Woman’s Club and $ 25 for everyone else. Proceeds will go to the club’s efforts to improve its heating and air conditioning, as well as Mosaic America, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, and Chicken and Egg Pictures, who support female storytellers. You can buy tickets at lunafest-sj.eventbrite.com.

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