NewsSchool of Arts and Culture @ MHP. The contest will take place right after the performance of La Llorona - The Musical Drama. Registration will be from 12:30 - 1:30 on November 2nd. at the School of Arts and Culture. There will also be face painting and Day of the Dead vendors. The contest is free. To buy a ticket to see La Llorona or learn more, click here
Judges are actor Ugho Badu, Producer Gabriel Pardo of YouArt, and Loren Cruz(Consul for Cultural Affairs Media Relations at the Mexican Consulate of San Jose. Our MC is acclaimed visual artist Cristina Velazquez. Our honorary reina/queen for the Day of the Dead costume contest is actor/singer Laura Lopez.
UGHO BADU - Originally from Guadalajara, México, Ugho Badu has participated, both on-stage and off-stage, with Teatro Visión, Opera Cultura, Macla and Colectivo ALA. His previous credits include Bless Me Ultima, La Llorona, Placas, Secos y Mojados, Un Sueño en Cualquier Lugar, Divas a Belén, Sucedió en la Revolución, Macario. In México, he participated in different productions with Centro Integral de Ca- pacitación Artistica (C.I.C.A) and Ex Convento del Carmen. Ugho is also visual artist and an anime fan. He is currently performing in El Teatro Vision’s production of Macario.
LOREN CRUZ - Loren Cruz has a Master Degree in International Studies and Political Science from the Institut des Hautes Études et du Développement of Geneva, Switzerland. She is a member of the Human Development and Capabilities Association; member of the US-Mexico Network and associate of the Mexican think tank Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI). Previously, she collaborated at the Mexican Embassy in India and the Mexican Mission to the UN in Geneva. She is a member of the Foreign Service of Mexico and currently she is the Consul for Cultural Affairs and Media Relations in San Jose.
GABRIEL PARDO - Gabriel Pardo is the Executive Director at YouArt and executive producer of Mexico Extravanganza. Since 2009, YouArt has produced events throughout the bay area. As a producer, he develops and presents work that represent the vitality and essence of Mexican culture. www.youartsanjose.org
CRISTINA VELAZQUEZ - Cristina Velazquez, Visual Artist based in San Francisco. Born in Michoacan Mexico, with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts concentration Pictorial, from San Jose State University. Currently on exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center,Repurposed Black--Endless, an installation made from recycled VHS tapes knitted into over sized rebosos. Please visit her at www.cristinavelazquez.com
LAURA LOPEZ - Born in Mexico city, Ms. Lopez is best known for singing and acting. She has performed in Mexico and in the United States. She is also sought after for her work with events connected to Dia de Los Muertos. She takes great pride in creating designs and looks for this important event.