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Yes, it’s that time of the year again, and I hope that you’ll join me, La Palapa, Mexican Cuisine & Mezcal Bar and LACU – Latin American Cultural Union and Carnegie Mellon Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences for these events. I’ll also be making my 1st public return as DJ Gringa Morena since the beginning of the pandemic for the event on the 2nd. In addition, there are still a few more events coming up with my longtime friends and associates at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Pitt! After the enormous exodus of Souls lost in the past 18 months, I think we can all agree that trying to honor everyone as they deserve is an impossible task, but nonetheless, we must try, and your participation and help with this is so appreciated. Ordinarily I have always bought all of the materials and flowers for my ofrendas, but after an expensive and difficult year, I’m asking that anyone who is able to bring live marigolds, mums, sunflowers or calla lillies (extra points for adding pink cockscombs or purple irises!) to contribute to the beauty of our ofrendas to drop them off at La Palapa on the 30th or the 31st if you attend the LACU – Latin American Cultural Union Meet and Greet. Don’t forget your small photos as well if you want them to be a part of the ofrendas. It will be so good to see everyone again after missing last year for safety reasons. xoxoxxoxoxo’s

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Frida in Mexican Folk Art: a virtual exhibit in conjunction with the Frick Pittsburgh

Click here to register for Frida in Mexican Folk and Popular Art,
a virtual event I am doing in conjunction with the Frick Pittsburgh on May 11, 2021at 7:00 PM! Cost: Free for members; $5 students; $10 non-members; advance registration required. I’ll have special guest, my dear friend designer Maria Belen, and you don’t want to miss what she is going to show you!

Giving Tuesday

Cinco de Mayo has always been important to me for two reasons: The Battle of Puebla that it commemorates was significant for the ways in which it lit a flame of realization in the hearts of indigenous people at the mercy (or lack thereof) of foreign oppressors occupying their sacred lands. Fighting against all odds, in that pivotal moment, they realized that they had the power within themselves to begin to forge their way toward a revolution that would eventually lead to Mexican Independence. Cinco de Mayo was also the anniversary of the opening of the store that I had on Murray Avenue from 2004-2017.
Oppression and aggression still abound and those in our local Latino communities need our support more than ever. I’m grateful for Casa San José for all that they do, but especially now with their Covid 19 initiatives. On this #GivingTuesday, I’d like to give #Pittsburgh an opportunity to step up to the plate while also creating beauty and staying safe. I’ll be making some videos with ideas for you to use as you #helpthehelpers ? They too, are fighting against all odds.

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Join me for Tzompantli: Dia de los Muertos Commemoration

A Father’s Day Surprise

I’m featuring this wonderful monkey parent by Armando Jiménez Aragón and Antonia Carrillo Hernández to send love to all of the fathers whom we will honor tomorrow: those of our past, present and future. I’ve activated the shopping cart on the new improved website at last, in celebration of the completion of 61 individual pages of woodcarvings. Still so much work to do here, and many, many categories to go, but it’s a beginning. It would not have been possible without the devoted help of my sister Diana DiGioia, my bestest best friend forever.

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Join me at La Palapa, 2224 East Carson Street, Saturday February 9th, between 4-8 PM for a relaxing and enjoyable pre-Valentine’s Day shopping experience. Valentine’s Day needn’t be just for lovers, but rather for anyone that wants to express their love for another! 

La Alegria de la Joyeria ~ The Joy of Jewelry

Holiday season is upon us in earnest, and so I’ve scheduled two days of jewelry shopping opps for you! I’ll bring a little bit of everything to the upper room at La Palapa this coming Sunday December 2nd and Saturday December 8th, from 3:00  to 8:00 PM both days. You’re sure to find something wonderful! Before, during or afterwards, you can enjoy some lunch, dinner, snacks and/or drinks. If you have special requests, feel free to call or message me.

Juntos Otra Vez ~Together Again: a Dia de los Muertos Commemoration