Celebrando Raíces, Celebrating Roots

May 9, 2016

Yuyi-Morales-illustrationThe Altadena Library has been celebrating Latino culture and the arts for over a year. On May 14, come to the grand finale with “Celebrando Raíces, Celebrating Roots.”

Thirty artists and craftspeople are participating in a craft fair, activist and writer (and Hometown Pasadena contributor) Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin will tell stories, José-Luis Orozco and members of Quetzal are scheduled to perform, as are Ballet Folklórico. Food and drink are available for purchase and the day closes out with the evening “Second Saturday” series beginning at 6:30 p.m. and featuring the band Tremoloco.



Assemblyman Chris Holden opens the event with a welcome at 12:30 p.m. and master of ceremonies is East Los Angeles native mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán. Illustrator Yuyi Morales will be on site (one of her images may be seen top right). She’s a Caldecott Honor-winner and illustrator of Sherman Alexie’s children’s book Thunder Boy, Jr.



Celebrando Raíces, Celebrating Roots: Latino Cultural Festival
Saturday, May 14th, noon-8 p.m.
Altadena Library, 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena
Free event; food and drink for purchase
For details, visit


José-Luis Orozco

José-Luis Orozco


Festival Schedule:
12:30-1 p.m.: Assemblyman Chris Holden, welcome
1-2 p.m.: Vibiano Aparicio-Chamberlin, storyteller
2-2:45 p.m.: José-Luis Orozco & Quetzal
2:45-3:15 p.m.: Yuyi Morales, illustrator
3-4 p.m.: Ballet Folklórico
4-5 p.m.: José-Luis Orozco & Quetzal
6:30-8:30 p.m.: Tremoloco, live music and dancing




A Sonnet
by Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin

Mestizo come, America, you call.
Amniotic oceans Pacific join,
break through the virgin hymen, wailing wall
from the fluids of her earthen loins.

Tender eyes burn with the new day’s fire.
Bullets shatter your bones, your flesh torn on
border fences electrified barbed wire.
Knives slash and puncture the sight of the dawn.

You are spewed out, volcanic bloodied birth.
Darkest rupture imploded then screamed out
erupted from moist entrails of madre earth.
Wails of the heart burst purple veined brow.

Desire from the depths, takes new day’s flight.
America with stars of shattered light.




Illustration by Yuyi Morales

Illustration by Yuyi Morales



Page from Thunder Boy Jr., illustrated by Yuyi Morales





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