April 16, 2019
Hello Dear Readers:

I'm happy to announce that I have an official sponsor for the Chile Lindo newsletter! Gracias Fernando Olmedo, owner and founder of Vino Sur wine imports, for your valuable support.

After 24 years of building the brand, Chile Lindo is now an official brand ambassador (they say it takes 30 years to be an overnight success). Yes indeed, Spring has arrived to the northern hemisphere and it's time to flourish... to harvest... after many years of prepping the soil. What better way to start than with a wine sponsor?

Vino Sur distributes primarily--but not exclusively--Chilean wines. One of their main California imports is Casa Patronales . One of their most exquisite wines is Casa Patronales Carménère Reserva Privada.

The story behind Chilean Carménère is interesting as the Carménère grape was once mistaken for Merlot. For nearly 150 years, Carménère wine grapes were thought extinct worldwide due to the spread of phylloxera in Europe in the mid-1800s. However, phylloxera never reached Chile due to Chile's geographical isolation. In 1997, Jean-Michel Boursiquot, an expert in the study of grape classification, almost by chance, recognized the Carménère grape and the rest is history.

Following is an article from The Washington Post :

"However, the grape avoided extinction by jumping a ship for the New World shortly before the phylloxera crisis hit France. When vineyards were established in Chile between 1850 and 1870, much of the plant material was imported from Bordeaux, and Carmenere was included." Read more...

My first taste of Casa Patronales wines was at various Chilean cultural events sponsored by Vino Sur. Soon enough I noticed this excellent wine on the shelves of numerous local stores and--mind you--at a reasonable price. In fact, all this talk about wine has me ready to go buy a bottle right now at my corner store that carries the brand.

For special deals you can visit their online store here .

Remember that in Chile wine and empanadas go hand in hand, so when in California, do as the Chileans do and live-it-up with Chile Lindo empanadas and Casa Patronales wine. ¡Salud!

Paula Tejeda
Chile Lindo
Carménère Reserva Privada
Casas Patronales

Composition: 100% Carménère

And speaking of wine, check this out...
Inside the World's First Wine-Graffiti Festival in Valparaíso, Chile

I n Valparaíso, winemakers and street artists get together to launch the world’s first wine-graffiti festival—and to help change a neighborhood along the way. Read more...

La Nueva Gaceta Chilena is published in Spanish... I know that many of my readers love the opportunity to practice this Romance language. Did you know that 40% of the English language has its roots in Latin? So you should be able to understand 40% of this magazine.

La Nueva Gaceta Chilena

Produced by the
Centro Chileno Lautaro

Edited by Marci Valdivieso
Centro Chileno Lautaro President


Pueden acceder a la
Nueva Gaceta Chilena aquí:
6 PM – 8 PM
546 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Art exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Emiliano Zapata

Curator: Calixto Robles
Poesía : Walter "Huracán" Robles el panfletario de la Mission

This event takes place at Puerto Alegre, one of the few businesses left on Valencia Street that keeps its authentic Mexican character and serves excellent margaritas by the pitcher. The artists featured are the Mission District's aristo-cats from the heyday that shaped the hood's revolutionary spirit through art and poetry... ¡Órale! See you there.

Gracias San Francisco... City of Poets.

April: National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry which takes place each April, was introduced in 1996 and is organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

14th Annual Poems Under the Dome
Thursday, April 18th
5:30 PM – 8 PM

San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place
San Francisco

Here's how you can participate: http://www.poemdome.net

In over a decade of writing this newsletter I have never before published one of my own poems. I must say that I am happiest among poets. I admire their capacity to depict rawness with beauty and to live by a fatal sense of romance that, although it can be lethal, is yet what makes us immortal. I may not get a chance to read at Poems Under the Dome this Thursday, so I'll just publish the following here... dedicated to the sanctuary City of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Saint Francis’ City of Hope
By Paula Tejeda

On the backs of the hopeful,
fickle San Francisco,
twinkles and glitters,
cashing in on “ We the People.”

Its international charm,
trumpets musicians! Artists!
Stone-broke. Drinking.
A tip for mortals, begs madness.

Towering overhead
ominous cranes,
--erect crystal skyscrapers,
--crush misty horizons.

Elegant Painted Ladies:
postcard row Victorians,
splendor over drifters,
reenact the “Hungry Forties.”

Callous we walk
amidst the demented,
‘till a homie’s psyche

The poets howl:
 “Holy City Hall!”
“Let loose of the reins!”
“Stop strangling your subjects!”

Sanctuary city of Saint Francis,
mounting high-rise of refuse,
a fragile heaven for the destitute,
a prophetic omen for our Nation.

 Celebrate Earth Day All Week

San Francisco Earth Day Festival 2019
Saturday, April 20th
11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Valencia Street between 19th & 20th Streets

"An environmental street fair that educates, informs, and inspires people to action for a more sustainable future."

Is there anything today that is more consequential than rendering homage to Mother Earth? Thank you Douglas Kolberg for keeping this annual event going... in spite of the storms!

Event on Facebook


San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week International

"San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week International is committed to bringing professionals creating trust worthy products & services in the sustainable fashion and chemical free industries. And, we are committed to promote those business and organizations working to protect the health of people and preserve our beautiful planet."

The Director of the City of San Francisco Department of the Environment will open the Conference.--Sandra Acevedo Hanns, founder and organizer.

I met Sandra Acevedo Hanns when we volunteered for Sylvia Perel's International Latino Film Festival. She's from Santiago, Chile, so naturally we've stayed in touch.

Sandra is the founder of iGreen Media Group. She is also the founder and organizer of San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week International (SFSFWI) .

In a recent e-mail she announced: "The great news is that I am starting a partnership with the United Nations for environmental preservation and fashion. The issue is so big that they adopted Sustainable Fashion as an initiative. Finally!"

Congratulations Sandra!

An Eco-Fashion show will be part of the program on
Earth Day San Francisco taking place on Valencia Street.

San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week International: Fascination Fashion Show
Sat, April 20, 2019
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Valencia Street
19th & 20th Streets
San Francisco, CA

Check out Sandra's TALK...
Apple Store, Union Square
S.F. 4/22 @ 3pm

Here's 5 upcoming events you can check out:

Rupa & The April Fishes

with Flamenco Gypsy Jazz Barrio Manouche

The Chapel
777 Valencia St, San Francisco
California 94110
Friday, April 26, 2019
8:00 PM

Growing Upw ard Album Release Show!

Visuals by MONA CARON
Special appearance by Guillermo Gomez Peña

The band consists of drummer Aaron Kierbel, cellist Misha Khalikulov, trumpeter Mario Alberto Silva, electronics artist/duduk player JHNO, bassist Daniel Fabricant, violinist Matt Szemela and guitarist/vocalist Rupa.
Here she is... Mona Caron! A self portrait by the extraordinary Swiss-born, San Francisco-based artist. Over the years, her work has been inspired by weeds growing through the cracks of cement and flourishing. She has created the visuals and album cover for Rupa and the April Fishes.

Please, dive into Mona Caron's beautiful revolution https://www.monacaron.com/
Rupa started slinging her guitar around the Mission at the Mission Cultural Center and the Red Poppy Art House. Look at her now! Wow. What an extraordinary journey. Congratulations Rupa and the April Fishes.

Rupa and the April Fishes drummer Aaron Kierbel
Chicano performance artist Guillermo Gómez Peña

Anita Tijoux

French-Chilean Rap, Hip-Hop, Neo-Soul, Funk, Pop MC, Songwriter, Singer, & DJ
The Ritz
in San Jose, CA.

Save the Date! Fifth Year Anniversary!
Flower Piano 2019
July 11 - 22

Piano Sculpture by Mauro Ffortissimo
It was a privilege to attend Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday celebration; it proved that San Francisco's youthful spirit is rooted in those over 50. Grey hair and colorful skirts, jackets, and scarves were the fashion statements of the day. You can't fake authenticity... and the North Beach stretch outside City Lights was the real deal on Sunday, March 24th, 2019.

One of my proudest event production moments was when I organized a fundraiser called "Poets for Chile," after the 2010 devastating earthquake. The event took place at Sara Powell's performance space in the Mission, Kaleidoscope: Free Speech Zone.
"Poets for Chile" would not have been possible without the support of the North Beach artists and poets, specifically Agneta Falk Hirschman, wife of Poet Laureate of San Francisco Jack Hirschman and a poet and painter in her own right. She rallied the troops, and the donations of paintings by San Francisco artists was remarkable. One such painting was donated by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. It was a day that San Francisco's poets, from North Beach to the Mission, were allied with Chile's historical poetic identity.

Thank you Sara for hosting "Poets for Chile" at Kaleidoscope and thank you Aggie for being the force behind organizing the artists and poets that made it possible. The auction raised $1,000--a significant sum for a fundraiser created and attended by poets.
Now it's time for Chile Lindo empanadas and Vino Sur wine. ¡Salud!

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