“Yadira. Poor Yadira what cruelty brought you into this world to love so much …. and not know a similar love in return.” Luis Rodriguez Republic of East L.A. pg 159
Yeah, yeah, yeahâ€¦ I know Valentineâ€™s Day sucks. We donâ€™t need to designate a day to show love, itâ€™s commercialized, there’s too much pressure for couples, etc.
Despite these reasons, I still enjoy February 14th. I like silliness, candy and any excuse to wear red. I also like that Valentineâ€™s Day inspires artists to find creative ways to show love and appreciation for significant others, friends and family.
I also like handing out Rio YaÃ±ez’s cards. For the last few years heâ€™s made a set of 6 or 7 one-sided Valentineâ€™s cards similar to those you handed out in elementary school. His new cards feature LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Morrissey, Selena, Ugly Betty, and the Iraqi shoe thrower journalist. Oh, I can’t forget Frida. He makes a Frida card each year.
This Saturday, February 7, noon to 5pm come to La Botanica de Amor and find that someone special you have been looking for. You’ll have to start off with a limpia para el amor, a sangria punch, poetry for inspiration, Continue reading