photo of Teri (seated), her caretaker Irma, great friend Dorine and son, Ryan by Brian Feinzimer
Teri Rudin the effervescent mother of our Downtown Inc. BID Manager, Ryan Smolar, passed away last Sunday night after sufferring a long, disabilitating bout with a rare disease called Cerebellar Ataxia. Though Teri became affected with the disease around the same time Ryan started working with Downtown Santa Ana, the two remained very close, visited often and even collaborated on some of downtown's favorite events like Savor Santa Ana and Celebrate DTSA.
"I'll never forget in 2016 when my mom helped deck out the Spurgeon Promenade for Savor Santa Ana," says Smolar. "She was buzzing around the area in an electric wheelchair commanding an army of volunteers and event staff."
Hours later, the Promenade was transformed into an outdoor venue like we haven't seen before: there was luxurious, upholstered seating provided by Chameleon Chair Collection, fancy linen tabletops by Classic Party Rentals and Latin Marimba music and theatrical entertainment arranged by friends at the Santa Ana Business Council.
photos above of Savor Santa Ana 2016 by Brian Feinzimer
The night was a total smash and it served as an early precrusor for the growing activation of the Promenade, a long-time idea of the Arrellanes family, owners of Mega Furniture. They have continued to activate the Promenade with "Dancing on the Street" attracting unbelievable crowds to the DTSA 1st Saturday Artwalk.
photo of Dancing on the Streets by Matthew Martinez, June 2017 during DTSA 1st Saturday Artwalk
Before becoming an iconic designer in the professional events industry, Teri honed her skills by throwing childhood parties for her son, Ryan. Recognizing a talent for making events special, Teri entrepreneurially opened a woman-owned party planning business in her garage. She went on to run the specialty linen department for LA-based Regal Rents and finally partnered with an architect and her ex-husband to open her next company, Chameleon Chair Collection.
The impact of her designs are far-reaching: Teri’s Chameleons continue to be featured prominently in most of the major wedding and events industry publications, and at an amazing array of events from weddings, to major Las Vegas Events, Hollywood award shows, and film premieres, and a long list of social, charity and corporate events.
"I loved getting to bring my mom into my communtiy work," said Ryan, "she brought world class event professionals and designs to help us on the simplest of street fairs."
Teri Rudin will be remembered for her great sense of joy, welcomeness, laughter, creativity and unique talent. "Many people are telling me her qualities live on in me," said Ryan, "and that gives me a great sense of purpose in continuing to share her work ethic and her embracing warmth with others."
In lieu of sending flowers, please consider donating to the National Ataxia Foundation (https://ataxia.org/donate), the organization researching the disease that took Teri from us too soon. For information about upcoming memorial services, please contact us.
DTSA Cinco de Mayo:
This area features 20 artisanal artwalk vendors, an Adelitas photography station, papel picado, pizza by the slice at Pizza Loca, an art show at GCS, paleta ice cream at La Michoacana and a Libromobile.
Additional entertainment as scheduled:
RGL Collective + MLTN LAVA take over Calle Cuatro Plaza
6pm-10pm, 325 E 4th St
6pm-10pm, 325 E 4th St
ARTS & ACTIVITIES
"Messenger of Dreams" SAUSD art show at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
In connection to the Wings of the City and our downtown business district, through a district-wide student exhibition, entitled Messenger of Dreams, at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA).
6pm-10pm, 117 N Main St
Free screenings of Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla at The Frida Cinema
5:30pm and 8pm, 305 E 4th St
On May 5, The Frida will be joining businesses and cultural centers throughout Santa Ana in celebrating Cinco de Mayo by screening writer-director Rafael Lara’s award-winning 2013 epic Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla, free-of-charge at both 5:30pm and 8pm!
Women of Art - Grand Opening Reception hosted by Photonic Playground
7pm-10pm, 305 E 4th St (upstairs)
A DISPLAY OF DIGITAL AND TRADITIONAL PERSONAL ART BY WOMEN WORKING IN FILM, TELEVISION, VIDEO GAMES, ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION. This is the first joint gallery show with Photonic Playground, at its new location, and The LGBT Center Orange County. It's our biggest show yet, featuring 27 inspiring local artists.
Heaving Pulp, Beautiful Bodies at Basement Projects
6pm-10pm, Santora Arts Building, 207 N Broadway
A group show based loosely on images of the body that become distorted,hyperbolized and re-envisioned through processes of drawing, sculpture, reproduction (in this case xerox) as well as images of bodies that have been recontextualized/ mutated in media images.
Tristan Cruz Presents at McFadden Public Market
7pm-12am, 515 N Main St
The stars will align as we celebrate my birthday during Cinco De Mayo which happens to lands on a Saturday during the Santa Ana Artwalk.
Things that will be at such event
• Some of the hottest bands in music (TBA)
• Over 20 vendors (TBA)
• 80’s arcade
• Face Painting (maybe)
Cog*Nate Collective Conversation #3 Whose Streets? at CSUF Grand Central Art Center
6pm-7pm, 125 N Broadway
Throughout the exhibition Regionalia, Cog-nate Collective and Grand Central Art Center will be hosting a series of conversations around citizenship and belonging, central topics explored through the projects on view. For each conversation, the artists will propose a guiding question as a point of departure and invite local scholars, community members, musicians and activists to open the conversation with their responses and thoughts. Afterward, they will open the conversation, inviting all those in attendance to share their own responses.
PTSD: People's Trauma Showings Daily
6pm-9pm. 404 W 4th Street, Suite K (upstairs)
The work of Shasha Dothan, second year MFA student at UCLA and Gerald Sheffield, recent Yale MFA 2017 graduate, represent more than just an artistic interpretation of recurring military conflicts in the Middle East. Sheffield and Dothan have created works that seek to evoke candid discussion about what they continually struggle to reconcile; their history.
J. Fredric May Solo Exhibit at California Center for Digital Arts
5pm-9pm, 310 W 5th St
Photographer J. Fredric May invented a unique form of photography inspired by his acquired, askewed vision after suffering a stroke. He owes his life to his cat whom he fell from a tree while trying to rescue. It was at the hospital from this cat-astrophe where he discovered he had an aortic aneurysm and was able to get immediate help to save his life.
FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS
Irenia Join is on Saturday May 5th for specialty margaritas and DTSA Artwalk. We'll have a special menu of magnificent margs and the art of Hector Munoz. A self-taught painter and resident of Santa Ana for nearly 20 years, Munoz's paintings depicting the Latino experience will be on display Saturday at 5:30pm and remain on display through the month. 400 N Brodway
The Copper Door When it's 5th De Mayo meets The Copper Door turning 5, we throw the BIGGEST party in the block. Mark your calendar and get your ticket now to be part of this weekend celebration. POWER 106 DJ Ever is taking over the, celebrate this BIG day with us. Expect lights, co2 blast, confetti cannon and lots of dancing!! 21+ only // Eary Bird ticket and Table Reservation recommended because it's going to be a madhouse.
225 N Broadway
The Good Beer Co. and Cafe Calacas are partnering for a day of good food, good beer and great games! Specialty beers on tap inspired by the flavors of Mexico, including sangria-inspired, michelada, paloma-inspired, and fresca beers with food delivery from Cafe Calacas and Loteria, a fun game of chance, free to play/prizes for winners!
309 W 4th St
The Barrel Room is hosting classic guitar virtuoso Ashun one of the only musician in the world who can play Jazz, Classical, Flamenco & Rock music. He will be playing Flamenco and Jazz at the Barrel Room from 8pm - 10pm. Ashun is a guitarist, who has served many celebrities seen with stars such as Deepak Chopra, Dick Clark, Mel Gibson, Pamela Anderson, Dr Phil, Ken Starr, ex LA mayor Dick Riordan, members from Duran Duran, Eddie Van Helen and many others! There will be a special menu as well.
324 W 4th St
Doors to the Esports Arena the whole day with a community art show inside to behold. They welcome all members and anyone that wants to check out the unique space a chance to meet and play games as well as check out the different community work. There will also be custom drinks, lighting, and themes to celebrate.
120 W 5th St
Enjoy specials at El Mercado Modern Cuisine including Mixiote Dish, which is a lamb dish steamed with an Agave Leaf, seasoned with Pasilla and Guajillo sauce, Escabeche veggies and served with a side of Blue Corn Tortillas. Their bar has an array of specialty made margaritas with house made liquors. The featured cocktail for the night will be the LOBO BLANCO made with Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, Peach Bitter and agave leave smoked. Then walk next door and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a twist at Sake de Mayo at the brand-new Kaizen Shabu!
301 N Spurgeon
At the Gypsy Den Cafe for Cinco De Mayo, they are doing 3 for $5 street tacos for happy hour from 3pm - 6pm. They will have chicken, carne asada, and soyrizo and veggie. The tacos will be available till they sell out. They will also be featuring a fresh cilantro margarita and a pineapple one as well. Montejo and Estrella Jalisco bottles withh be 5$ all night, till they sell out!
Go the traditional route -- hey, it’s Cinco de Mayo. Across the country, Cinco de Mayo is a day wherein folks regularly celebrate by indulging in authentic Mexican fare, and enjoy all the amazing Mexican tastes and drinks that are and irreplacable part of Southern California cuisine. Stop by one of these classic latin restaurants for a taste.