On Saturday, October 4, the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center (922 San Pedro, 228-0201) will host representatives of the Jolom Mayaetik (Mayan Women Weavers) Chiapas Weaving Cooperative. Their beautiful, intricate artesania serves as their source of income, especially during times of economic hardship. As a collective they raise awareness of the rights of women and indigenous peoples, and contest the ever-increasing spread of globalization by working toward greater control of their community's resources. Join them for a plática about economic justice, the impact of fair trade on Mexican indigenous communities, and the leadership of women in fair trade cooperatives. The reception begins at 6 p.m.; work by the cooperative will be available for purchase afterwards.
— Alejandro Pérez
James Walton's "Layman Reaching" exhibit closes at Sala Diaz on Saturday, October 11. The New York-based collage artist fabricates complicated narratives tinged with both pop culture and mythological reference. His "bio-epic" images definitely merit a thoughtful gander. Sala Diaz is located at 517 Stieren and is open by appointment only. Curator Hills Snyder can be reached at 695-5132.
Culture Jammers unite! Break out the ski masks and stencils! Sharpen your surly wit! November 28, Buy Nothing Day 2003, is just around the corner. BND 2003 is the 12th installment of Adbusters Magazine's flamboyant, Situationist-style global crusade. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based publishing compendium cleverly harnesses the communicative power of visual and graphic art to raise public awareness about the dangers of rabid consumerism. Through BND, Adbusters encourages those disgusted with our binge-and-purge economy to funnel their collective frustration into non-violent acts of creative, visual, and conceptual rebellion. Such acts have, in the past, run the gamut from clandestine interventions (like reconfiguring bar codes and liberating well-placed billboards) to temporarily discarding paper currency for equally arbitrary notions like emotional value, history, taste, love, and sentiment. Adbusters is looking for a few good soldiers to organize and report on any local actions. To sign up or to simply connect with Jammers in your area, go to adbusters.org or e-mail campaigns manager Tim Walker at email@example.com.
— Anjali Gupta