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December 2009 Blog Posts (19)

See Our Family Stories DVD collage of Peace & Justice with cast of 1,000s Jan 13

Wednesday, January 13 2 shows: 12 noon and 7 p.m. Join the Fresno Center for Nonviolence for a special George "Elfie" Ballis event. “OUR FAMILY STORIES”, with a cast of 1,000s — one+ hour DVD of Elfie and Maia’s productions. Explore a sampling of the peace-social justice action docu-poems by the poet and guy who takes and records history in pictures and brings life to the hearts of many.

Elfie will be at both showings for… Continue

Added by George Elfie Ballis on December 31, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

AVATAR Movie Review


This movie in many ways is a metaphor for European colonial history but with a different outcome. If you are unaware of this history then this movie will open your eyes to one of mankind’s sadist chapters.

The “Na vi” live on the exotic world of Pandora where all living life forms are bound together as one. Then a natural resource is discovered by aliens from a different world (earth) which promises great wealth to those who mine it. The human’s who have… Continue

Added by Art Zocalo on December 29, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

TODAY New Years Red Road Pow Wow @ Convention Center

Place: Exhibition Hall 1, 848 M street, Convention Center, Fresno CA

You're cordially invited to bring in the New Year 2010 with the local native American community. TODAY January 1, 2010, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. This cultural arts event includes Native dance competitions and drumming, Arts and craft booths and food. It is free and open to all cultures. Attendees are encourage to bring their own folding chairs, stick around, make friends and get into the celebration! …


Added by Art Zocalo on December 29, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Brick Wall

The Fresno Folklore Society has a new office space at J A Photography 2003 N Van Ness Ave just north of Fresno High. We are using John Alden's studio space for acoustic music concerts beginning with the David Arthur Brown Show on Jan 7. John Martin III will be there on Jan 22nd at &:30 $10 advance/$12 day of show.

Here's Sue Wirt's piece in the FFS Newsletter.

Concerts At The Brick Wall

John Alden of JA Photography has made a small venue site available to FFS for… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on December 26, 2009 at 11:01am — 1 Comment

Happy Hmong New Year!

Blessings, Honor and a Prosperous 2010

The Hmong New Year is a three day family reunion that takes place in every Hmong home. It celebrates the completion of the rice-harvest; the years end and the beginning of a new cycle and New Year. During this celebration the wandering spirits of the family and the spirits of wealth are called home to be honored. A central part of the reunion is to “eat 30” or 10 dishes a day for 3 day s. In addition to the “30,”… Continue

Added by Art Zocalo on December 24, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Bono's Ave Maria

The romanticized sweet baby Jesus in the manger Christmas makes us feel good, and the commercialized holiday season make our family and friends feel good when they open the many gifts addressed to them.

But the kingdom Message of Jesus transcends us, the righteous and the blessed- It reaches out to the disadvantaged among us. The real Christmas spirit is about righting wrongs, compassion for the needy among us, sharing our blessings and making level the playing field;… Continue

Added by Art Zocalo on December 24, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment



Reprinted from the Spirituality & Art Group ** New members are welcome. Please consider joining!

900 years before the birth of Jesus, Isaiah the prophet said, “the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel,” Isaiah 7:14.In the Gospel of Luke we have the fulfillment of Isaiah’s… Continue

Added by Art Zocalo on December 24, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Patrick Contreras and Friends EMERGENCY concert at Audie's to help Fresno's Homeless Children

"OK Tomorrow night at Audie's Olympic at 8pm. I'll be giving a emergency concert to raise money for homeless kids, bring toys , blankets and flashlights to get in...none of them have to be new...I"m inviting all my music buddies to come and play and thrown down some jams for a great cause. ..lets get these kids something!!!"... Patrick Contreras (comment on Facebook) Hosted by Joey Fernandez aka Lola La Chola Special Thanks to Joe Osejo for the flyer Thanks to The Pancho Villa Riders for their… Continue

Added by Patrick Contreras on December 23, 2009 at 12:54am — 1 Comment

MET Closing ... Guess who's Eating the Loan ... duh

You and I, the tax payers of Fresno. What a Joke!

See Bee article at the link below!

Added by Art Zocalo on December 15, 2009 at 6:00pm — 19 Comments

Homelessness; An American Tragedy

Saying goodbye to a friend. A wall of death... This photo was taken under the bridge on G st. The blankets are a part of the tent that houses one of Fresno's many homeless human beings. I was compelled to shoot this, it grabs me and makes me feel so much compassion for the obvious loss that someone endured.

Added by SIN on December 14, 2009 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Revive, Recall, Renew

Revive our inspiration Recall our truths Renew our actions For families, classrooms & individuals Special sale on our “SunMt Family” docu-poems now available on DVD. All 7 DVDs for $99 incld sales tax, ship Buy a set for your favorite school and/or student and/or teacher.

6 Minutes (2003)Inside giant (200,000) mellow, joyful San Francisco peace rally. Satirical, playful, incisive, instructive street theater. A gigantic lesson for… Continue

Added by George Elfie Ballis on December 12, 2009 at 10:19am — 1 Comment

Another year has almost flown by

Well, here we are almost at the end of another year. I look back on my goals and though I wasn't able to take the art class I wanted (I was pretty disappointed) the trade off wasn't bad ..... we were too busy with our work schedule to allow for the time. Being busy isn't a bad thing. We are fortunate that our metal fabrication business is still chugging along in this slow economy. We are heading into our 7th year so nothing to complain about here! We have had some great commissions this year… Continue

Added by Debra Montgomery on December 11, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments


I guess everyone realizes that this is a damn cold winter. I know how much it means to be warm. I visited some of my friends at their homes a few days ago. They agreed with me, it is really cold. I asked Reggie what he is doing to stay warm. He said, I crawl under all my blankets. "Once I get positioned just right and have the pile of blankets on me, then it is not too bad. It is cold though". I know Reggie was down playing it for my heart, but you know what, it is really cold. I am posting a… Continue

Added by SIN on December 11, 2009 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

The Art of Freedom

In societies of fear, like ours, people are discouraged from speaking their minds openly least they be persecuted by those in power. Usually its the artists who represent the aspirations of the oppressed. They speak through their art, between the lines of their texts and through subliminal images which only those who have eyes to see and ears to hear behold!

Obama receiving the Nobel PEACE prize today makes him histories biggest hypocrite. If he would have been…

Added by Art Zocalo on December 10, 2009 at 9:00am — 18 Comments

She Don't Know No Lover

Pull those shades down tight. There is a smile when the pain comes.
The pain is going to make everything alright.

She talks to angels.
They call her out by her name. her out by her name...she talks to angels...they call her out by her her out...don't you know that they call her her name...

You either understand it or you don't, it doesn't matter either way.

Added by SIN on December 9, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

"Christmas at The Revue" with Patrick Contreras FREE CONCERT!

Bring your whole family and enjoy a cozy night of Holiday music at the new "Revue Theater" in the The Revue Coffee House in Tower District. This Theater has been renovated to have a classical movie house look and complete with theater seating it's the perfect place to get a warm coffee, snuggle next to a loved one and listen to Patrick Contreras as he performs some of the most beautiful Christmas music written. Guitarist Steve Ono will be accompanying but be on the lookout for special guests of… Continue

Added by Patrick Contreras on December 8, 2009 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Elfie’s EndGame party

ENDGAME GATHERING Thanks to the team that helped set up, and the 150+ of you who braved the mountain roads and limited parking to honor and celebrate Elfie’s life with him. Several people who listened to the speakers, told us that they got new insight into the wide range and duration of his work. It was a great gathering of our extended family of the heart and just the party we were hoping for. It has taken a few days to recuperate, but his energy remains good. See photos & stories …


Added by George Elfie Ballis on December 2, 2009 at 9:52am — 5 Comments

The Fresno Met is Closed for ArtHop in December

Due to the multitude of Christmas celebrations hosted at the Museum, the Met will be closed for ArtHop on Thursday, December 3, 2009.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family. Thank you for your interest in the Museum and it's exhibitions of art and science. We hope you enjoy your holiday!

Museum Winter Hours:
Friday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm

Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Closed for most major holidays.

Added by Amanda Allen on December 1, 2009 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Christmas Art Show - Winning Pieces Will be Displayed at the Fresno Met Museum!!

The Kings River Arts Council (KRAC) wishes to invite all artists to enter in our First Annual Juried Christmas Art Show. Award ribbons will be distributed for Best of Show, First, Second, and Third Place winners. The exhibit will be displayed in the corner storefront windows at 1059 G Street, at the corner of 11th and G Streets, in Reedley, California, for public viewing.

This is the same intersection where Reedley places their City Christmas Tree.

The visibility for the… Continue

Added by Melanie Fountain on December 1, 2009 at 10:18am — 4 Comments

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