∞ Miguel A. X. Cid
Joaquín Canché Jr., also known as Junco the CPRA (Chicano Punk Rock Artisano), is set to visit Santa Ana, Saturday, November 5th to give a performance reading of his on-going series Politcal Platica at the Grand Central Art Center during the ArtWalk.
Having been to one of Junco’s recent readings, Santa Ana can expect a comedic, creative non-fiction performance that reflects the artist’s experiences as an upcoming—and a force to be reckoned with—Chicano satirical cartoonist.
The themes in Politcal Platica may include his trip to cover the Republican National Convention along side fellow satirical cartoonist, his nudges and run-ins with Joyce Brabner (widow to Harvey Pekar, American Splendor) and Lalo Alcaraz La Cucaracha comic (Pocho.com), punk rock counter- culture, the historic Chicano Park, #NODAPL, Chicano humor as well as the politics that come along with the “C” word.
Canché’s art has been part of a number of art shows, including Don’t Gentrify Us! Barrio Artists Contra Stadiums happening the same day as his Politica Plactica reading, in San Diego’s Barrio Logan at the art gallery, Galeria 1881 de Barrio Logan. He is one of the cartoonists for San Diego Free Press and has submitted work to and has been published in various news outlets including Pocho.com, La Prensa News, Southwestern College Sun, OC Weekly, as well our publication ElCoyoteOnline.org (That’s right! He was our head cartoonist and art editor).
Junco will be part of Santa Ana’s ArtWalk from 7-9, starting with live character sketches (free to the first 25 artwalkers) prior to his performance. If you’re in the OC or want to get away and check out fresh Chicano culture, visit Santa Ana this Saturday. Or if in San Diego, Galeria 1881de Barrio Logan will be hosting an art show, from 6 – 10, on the theme of gentrification in regards to the newly proposed chargers stadium which could devastate Logan Heights and Barrio Logan (home to Chicano Park), featuring work by the Chicano Punk Rock Artisano.