LATINOPIA APRIL EVENTS

APRIL EVENTS

LOS ANGELES

RETRATOS EN PLATA
LOS MARICHIS DE
BOYLE HEIGHTS
APRIL 1-20,2012
BROOKLYN & BOYLE
1866 EAST FIRST STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90033
INFO: (213) 321-71115

This exhibit of photography by Allan Barns focuses on the life of the mariachi musicians that congregate at Mariachi Square in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles.

 

BOYLE HEIGHTS POETRY SLAM
APRIL 6, 2012
SALON DE LA PLAZA
1866 EAST FIRST STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA90033
INFO: http://ww.casa0101.org

Casa 0101, The Roots and Wings Project and Salon de la Plaza proudly present Poetry Slam 2012. Hosted by Jesse Bliss and Josefina Lopez, the poetry slam unites veteran poets with up-and-coming poets in the heart of Boyle Heights.

COMEDY NIGHT WITH
RUDY MORENO

APRIL 1-MAY6, 2012
EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT 9-11pm
THE GRANADA THEATER
17 SOUTH FIRST STREET
ALHAMBRA, CA 91801

Comedian Rudy Moreno hosts a comedy night eevery Sunday at the Granada Theater in Alhambra, California. Check it out!

UNA NOCHE PARA
RECORDAR

APRIL 6- 29, 2012
FRIDA KAHLO THEATER
2332 WEST FOURTH STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90057
INFO: http://www.fridakahlotheater.org

The latest stage production by the ensemble at the Friday Kahlo Theater. No advance information given at this time. Check the website..

GUADALUPE & MALINTZIN
APRIL 7, 2012 3-5:30PM
AVENUE 50 STUDIO
131 NORTH AVENUE 50
HIGHLAND PARK. CA
INFO: www.avenue50studio.com

This exhibit explores the differences and similarities of these two iconic women symbols, looking at what each icon represents as the “virgin” and the “whore.” Exhibit includes over a dozen artists including Mita Cuardon, Paola Gonzalez, Isabel Martinez, Honorio Robledo, Suzanne Siegel, Rebekah Tarin and J. Michael Walker. The April 7th event is a discussion by therapists Barry Miller, Ph.D, Themis de la Pena Wing and Bradley A.TePaske on the symbols, theory and myth surrounding these two important feminine icons.

BLESSING OF THE
ANIMALS

APRIL 7, 2012 9AM -6PM
LA PLACITA AT
OLVERA STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

This is the annual blessing of the animals (the tradition began in 1930!) that takes place at La Placita in Olvera Street. Archibishop José H. Gomez begins the blessings at 2PM. Grab your dog, grab you cat!

HOW MEXICAN FOOD
CONQUERED AMERICA

GUSTAVO ARELLANO
APRIL 10, 2012 1-3PM
CHICANO STUDIES
RESEARCH LIBRARY
144 HAINES HALL
UCLA
LOS ANGELES, CA
INFO: http://www.chicano.ucla.edu

Celebrated nationally syndicated columnist Gustao Arellano (ASK A MEXICAN!) reads from his latest book: “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.”

 

GAYTINO!
DAN GUERRERO

APRIL 12, 19 & 26, 2012
MACHA THEATER
1107 NORTH KINGS ROAD
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069
INFO: http://www.plays411.com

Playwright, performer and producer Dan Guerrero returns with his inimitable performance of Gaytino! This is the story of Dan growing up the gay son of legendary Chicano songster Lalo Guerrero and finding success and fulfillment in the entertainment business. A one man tour-de-force, Consistently witty and insightful, the play is full of laughter and poignancy. Not to be missed! To see a preview of the play check out : Latinopia Teatro Gaytino!

PARIS ESCOBEDO
PROJECT

APRIL 13, 8PM
BROOKLYN & BOYLE
SALON DE LA PLAZA
1866 EAST FIRST STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90033
INFO: (213) 321-7115

An evening of Latin jazz featuring Paris Escobedo son of legendary west coast percussionist “Coke” Escobedo and his ensemble performing in the heart of Boyle Heights.

PALABRA MAGAZINE
PRESENTS
RIGOBERTO GONZÁLEZ

APRIL 15, 2012 2PM
RED CAT LOUNGE
631 WEST 2ND STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

Rigoberto Gonzalez is the author of three books of poetry and several young adult novels. He reads from his poetry and upcoming novel The Mariposa Club in a reading sponsored by the Palabra literary magazine edited by Elena Minor.

DOMESTIC DISOBEDIENCE
REDEFINING FEMININE SPACE

THROUGH APRIL 19TH
MESA COLLEGE ART
GALLERY
SAN DEIGO, CA
INFO: http://www.soniaromero.net

This exhibit brings together visual artists that forge a new space of Latina domestic defiance. Artists include Juana Alicia, Claudia Alvarez, Carolyn Castaño, Ana Teresa Fernández, Ester Hernández, Amalia Mesa Bains,  Deliah Montoya, Angelica Muro, Viviana Paredes, Isis Rodriguez and Sonia Romero.

THE VAULT
MARCH 29-APRIL 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES THEATER CENTER
514 SOUTH SPRING STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA
INFO:www.thelatc.org

This original work directed by Aaron García and Fidel Gómez and produced by the Latino Theater Company delves into the notion of what is the true value of money? Does it buy happiness? Love? Find out when you visit The Vault.

CAFÉ VIDA
APRIL 26-29, MAY 3-4, 2012
LOS ANGELES THEATER CENTER
514 SOUTH SPRING STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA
INFO:www.thelatc.org

Lisa Loomer’s play is about Chabela and Lisa, two rival homegirls ready to leave the gang life and begin anew at Café Vida, the only place in the city that gives young women and their shady pasts a second chance. The play is produced in partnership with Homeboy Industries and Homegirl Café. The play is directed by Michael John Garcés.

DOLORES HUERTA FDN.
ZOOT SUIT TARDEADA

APRIL 29, 2012 2-6PM
PLAZA DE CULTURA Y ARTES
501 NORTH MAIN STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
INFO: Jerry Velasco (323) 793-0284

Dolores Huerta celebrates her 82nd birthday (and the 70th anniversary of the Sleepy Lagoon Trial) at the new downtown Los Angeles cultural plaza (next to Olvera Street).

EVANGELINE, THE QUEEN
OF MAKE BELIEVE

ADVANCE WARNING
MAY 3-27,2012
BOOTLEG THEATER
2220 BEVERLY BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90057
INFO: (213) 389-3856

This is an original production of About Productions about a young Chicana set in 1960s East Los Angeles with original music by Louie Perez of Los Lobos.  Mark your calendar!

NHMC
WRITERS PROGRAM

ADVANCE WARNING
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
AUGUST 13, 2012
INFO: http://www.nhmc.org

The National Latino Media Council and the National Hispanic Media Coalition Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. To find out more information or apply contact the National Hispanic Media Coalition at the website above.

MUSIC & ART CLASSES
AT PLAZA DE LA RAZA

APRIL 16- JUNE 16, 2012
3540 NORTH MISSION ROAD
LOS ANGELES, CA 90031
INFO: http://www.plazadelaraza.org

Plaza de la Raza’s School of Performing & Visual Arts schedule is now online and open for registration for Spring classes. Classes include music, dance, theater and visual art. To find out more information or apply visit the website above.

SHARED VIEWS
LOCAL SCENES

APRIL 7-30, 2012
FREMONT GALLERY
812 FREMONT AVE.
SOUTH PASADENA, CA
INFO: www.fremontgallery.com

Local artists include Carlos Chavez-A, Damian Chavez, Susana Diaz, Diego Cardoso, Richard Valdes and others with landscapes of local Los Angeles and Pasadena environs.

REEL RASQUACHI
FILM FESTIVAL

ADVANCE WARNING
MAY 18-10, 2012
CASA 0101
EAST FIRST STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA
INFO: www.CASA0101.org

The long running Reel Rasquachi Film Festival, sponsored out of California State University at Los Angeles, returns this year at the newly expanded facilities of the Casa0101 in the heart of Boyle Heights. The CASA 0101 was founded by renowned playwright Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves). SUBMISSIONS OF FILM FOR THE FESTIVAL ARE BEING ACCEPTED THROUGH MARCH 12TH.  Contact the Film festival director John Ramirez at jramire4@calstatela.edu.com

AMERICAN NIGHT:
THE BALLAD OF
JUAN JOSE

MARCH 9 – APRIL 1, 2012
KIRK DOUGLAS THEATER
9820 WASHINGTON BLVD.
CULVER CITY, CA
INFO: www.centertheatregroup.org/theatres/douglas/

A fractured American history lesson bends the truth, boost the laughs and break your heart in this new production by the legendary Culture Clash comedy trio.

NALIP DIVERSE
VOICES, UNIVERSAL
CONTENT
APRIL 13-15, 2012
SHERATON UNIVERSAL
HOTEL
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA
INFO: http://www.nalip.org

This year’s NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) conference has as its theme Diverse Voices, Universal Content. Among the keynote speakers will be acclaimed motion picture director Roberto Rodriguez. Panels include The Million Dollar Screenwriting Workshop, Packaging your Documentary for Success, The Reality of Reality Television, Inside the Mind of the Investor, How to Break Into TV Commercial Industry, Behind the Lens: Latino Cinematagraphers and Women in Media, Women Who Lead!

CALL FOR
ENTRIES
IMAGEN AWARDS

18034 Ventura Blvd.
#261
Encino, CA 91316
INFO: http://www.imagen.org

The Imagen Foundation is accepting entries for the Imagen Awards to take place August 10, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

SAN JOSE

MACARIO
April 13,. 2012
TEATRO VISIÓN
365 S.MARKET STREET
SAN JOSE, CA
INFO:http://www.teatrovision.org

After its successful production of Solitude by Evelina Fernandez, the group at Teatro Vision prepares for another production later this year with an adaption of B. Traven’s classic story Macario, the story of a desperately poor woodcutter who makes an unfortunate deal with the devil. This is a reading of the first draft of the play.

SAN FRANCISCO

ALMA LLANERA
SPIRIT SOF THE PLAINS
APRIL 13 & 14, 2012  8PM
COUNTER PULSE
1310 MISSON STREET
AT 9TH STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104
INFO: http://ww.almallanera.eventbrite.com

This is the San Francsico premiers of Gema Sandoval‘s dance company production Alma Llanera-Spirit of the Plains.

TRIBUTE TO
MESTRE CARLOS
ACEITUNO

APRIL 7, 2012 7:30PM

LA PEÑA
3105 SHATTUCK AVE
BERKELEY, CA
INFO: www.lapena.org

CaribelinQ presents A Tribute to Mestre Carlos Aceituno. Spectacular night
of Performances.

LOUNGE RUMBA
COMMUNITY
PARTICIPATORY EVENT

APRIL 15, 2012 3:30-6PM
LA PEÑA
3105 SHATTUCK AVE
BERKELEY, CA
INFO: www.lapena.org

The Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, musical and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

MEXICAN TARDEADA
MEXICAN JAM SESSION

APRIL 22, 2012
LA PEÑA
3105 SHATTUCK AVE
BERKELEY, CA
INFO: www.lapena.org

The Tardeadas are informal family-oriented gatherings of musicians and Mexican music aficionados. Bring your Tejano/Norteño acordeon, guitar, bass, bajo, or percussion y aquí nos vemos!

SANDRA CISNEROS
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
ADVANCE WARNING

CHICANA LATINA
FOUNDATION
OCTOBER 12, 2012
WESTIN ST. FRANCIS
HOTEL
335 POWELL STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
INFO: www.chicanalatina.org

Chicana Latina Foundation is proud to announce that noted author Sandra Cisneros will be the keynote speaker at its 35th Anniversary celerbation to be held October 12, 2012 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

SAN DIEGO

HASTA LA BAHIA
ALL THE WAY TO
THE BAY
ONGOING THRU APRIL 21
CHICANO PARK
SAN DIEGO, CA

Artist and muralist Victor Ochoa lead a group of muralists that include Eddie Galindo, Mario Chacon, Hector Villegas, Bees Sanchez, Esteban Villa, Jose Montoya, and others in the restoration of murals in Chicano Park. The mural painting culminates with a celebration at Chicano Park on April 21, 2012.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

THIS IS TANGO NOW
APRIL 4 & 7, 2012
MAYNE STAGE
1328 WEST MORSE AVENUE
CHICAGO, IL
INFO: http://www.maynestage.com

“This is Tango Now: Identidad” explores three fascinating issues relatable to anyone: identity, will power, and passion. Who we are and our ability to act according to our own desires is what both makes us unique and binds us together.

JAVIER SICILIA
MEXICO’S NATIONAL
EMERGENCY

APRIL 17, 2012
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM
OF MEXICAN ART
1852 WEST 19TH STREET
CHICAGO , ILLINOIS

Javier Sicilia is a poet, essayist and journalist whose son was recently murdered by drug gang members in Mexico. After this tragedy, Sicilia became an activist and founded Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity.

ARTURO SANDOVAL
APRIL 7, 2012
PATRICK-STAIGER
CONCERT HALL
50 ARTS CIRCLE DRIVE
EVANSTON, IL
INFO: http://www.arteyvidachicago.com

Renowned Cuban trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval—winner of four Grammy Awards, six Billboard Awards, and an Emmy—joins the exciting Chicago Jazz Orchestra for an evening of big band jazz virtuosity.

CHICAGO LATINO
FILM FESTIVAL

APRIL 13-26, 2012
LANDMARK CENTURY
CENTRE CINEMA
2828 N. CLARK STREET
CHICAGO, IL
INFO: http://www.chicagolatinofilmfestival.org

The Latino Film Festival is one of Chicago’s biggest and most diverse international cultural events. The Festival is a jewel for the City of Chicago, and has contributed greatly to its positioning as a world-class city. For complete scheudle of films check out the website above.

GYPSY KINGS
APRIL 27, 2012 8pm
CHICAGO THEATER
75 NORTH STATE STREET
CHICAGO, IL 60601
INFO: http://www.arteyvidachicago.com

The best-selling French band in history, the Gipsy Kings are among the best-known non-English speaking groups in the U.S. (the band’s language is the Gypsy dialect of gitane). Since the 1987 release of the international hit single “Bamboleo,” the Gipsy Kings have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. Not  to be missed!

MESILLA, NEW MEXICO

OAXACAN MOLE
FESTIVAL &
SHAMANIC JOURNEY
APRIL 19, 2012
YANEZ HALL
SAN ALBINO BASILICA
MESILLA PLAZA
MESILLA, NM
INFO: www.borderbookfestival.org

A Special Mole Fest fundraiser will take place on April 19th with master chef, Pilar Cabrera who operates the famous La Olla restaurant in Oaxaca, Mexico. This is part of the Annual Border Book Festival which runs from April 19 through the 22nd. This is the 18th year of the festival created by acclaimed author Denise Chavez. Many curandera/healer/herbalists have been invited this year as part of the theme of Shamanic jounrey. They include Dona Enriqueta Contreras from Oaxaca, Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Yoruba priestess from New York, Carlaina Delgado Trunk, Papel Picado artist and Ester Yazzie-Lewis, Navajo Earth Activist.

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

BLESS ME ULTIMA
MARATHON READING
APRIL 23, 2012 8AM-5PM
WILLARD ROOM
ZIMMERMAN LIBRARY
UNIVERSITY OF NEW
MEXICO,
ALBUQUERQUE, NM
INFO: http://www.blessmeultimareading@gmail.com

Rudolfo Anay’s Bless Me Ultima turns 40 this year and to celebrate the English Department of the University of New Mexico is staging an all day reading of the entire novel. Authro Rudy Anaya will conclude the reading by reading the last page at about 5PM. You can participate by going to the website and letting them know what time you would prefer to read.

10TH ANNUAL
NATIONAL LATINO
WRITERS CONFERENCE

ADVANCE WARNING
MAY 16-19, 2012
NATIONAL HISPANIC
CULTURAL CENTER
ALBUQUERQUE, NM
INFO: http://www.nhccnm.org

Nationally prominent authors, agents and editors will present workshops and panel discussions in this Tenth Annual Conference on Latino Literature. Among the faculty to be present are: Jimmy Santiago Baca, Alisa Valdez-Rodríguez, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Tim Hernández, Cristina García Gary Keller and Michael Sedano.

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

DIA DE LOS LIBROS
CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY
APRIL 30, 2012
NATIONWIDE
SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO
INFO: http://www.patmora.com

Sante Fe author Pat Mora started Dia De Los Libros,  Children’s Book Day 16 years ago and it is still going strong. The goals of the community-based family literacy initiate is a daily commitment to honor children, promote literacy, honor home language and culture, involved parents and promote library collections. For more information check Pat Mora’s website: www.patmora.com

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

SAN ANTONIO
FILM FESTIVAL
ADVANCE WARNING
JUNE 18-24, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
INFO: http://www.safilm.com

The San Antonio Film Festival is still accepting submissions. Late deadline is March 9, 2012. Contact the website above.

PALABRA PUNCH
POETRY READING

APRIL 7, 2012
GUADALUPE
ARTS CENTER
1300 GUADALUPE ST.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
INFO: www.guadalupeculturalarts.org

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts center celebrates National Poetry Month with a poetry reading by local poets including Norma Cantu, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Celeste Guzman, Deborah Paredez and San Antonio’s newly appointed poet laureate,
Carmen Tafolla.

31ST TEJANO
MUSIC FESTIVAL

ADVANCE WARNING
MAY 15-20, 2102
GUADALUPE THEATER
& ROSEDALE PARK
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
INFO: www.guadalupeculturalarts.org

The 31st Annual Conjunto Festival will launch on May 15th for a week. Make your plans now!

DENTON, TEXAS

11TH ANNUAL MEXICAN
AMERICAN LECTURE
DR. GILBERT GONZALEZ
April 4, 2012 4-6PM
WOOTEN HALL
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
DENTON, TEXAS
INFO: (940) 565-3197

Dr. Gilbert Gonzalez of UC Irvine will deliver the keynote address “The Centrality of the United States in a Century of Mexican Migration,” and will screen the film he produced about the 1940s bracero program, “Harvest of Loneliness.” This is a powerful documentary, a clip of which is available for screening at Latinopia.com, see Harvest of Loneliness.

HOUSTON, TEXAS

EVENING WITH
ALEJANDRO  SALVIA
APRIL 20,2012
MECA DOW SCHOOL
AUDITORIUM
1900 KANE STREET
HOUSTON, TX 77007
INFO: www.meca-houston.org

A native of Cuba, tenor Alejandro Salvia is an emerging voice in Houston’s music and arts scene. His concert will be the first in an on-going MECA faculty recital series.

CHILDREN’S SUMMER
ART PROGRAM

REGISTRATION
APRIL 2, 1012
1900 KANE STREET
HOUSTON, TX 77007
INFO: www.meca-houston.org

Registration now open for MECA’s popular summer arts program.

PONCHO MARTINEZ
FAREWELL

MUSEO GUADALUPE
AZTLÁN
APRIL 28, 2012 10AM
HOUSTON COMMUNITY
COLLEGE-CAMPUS NORHTLINE
ROOM 115
8001 FULTON,
HOUSTON, TX
INFO: chano6@hotmail.com

The community of Houston bids farewell to premiere Mexican musican and singer Ildelfonso “Poncho” Martinez who has completed his artist-in-residence at the Museo Guadalupe Aztlán.

DALLAS, TEXAS

THE DESERT PRAIRIE
OF TEXAS
ADVANCE WARNING
JULY & AUGUST 2012
CARA MIA THEATER
COMPANY
INFO: www.caramiatheatre.com

The Dallas-based Cara Mía Theatre Compajny and the Laboratorio de la Máscara from Mexico City will present a collaboration titled  The Desert Prairie of Texas; it is a new work based on texts in Memory of Fire by Eduardo Galeono The play to be directed by Alicia Mártinez Álvarez

EL PASO, TEXAS

CEREMONY IN MEMORY
OF CÉSAR CHÁVEZ
APRIL 23, 2012
CENTRO DE TRABAJADORES
AGRICOLAS FRONTERIZOS
201 EAST NINTH AVENUE,
EL PASO, TEXAS
INFO: (915) 532-0921

The Centro de Trabadores Agrícolas Fronterizos will hold a ceremony honoring renowned farm labor organizer César Chávez.

MIAMI, FLORIDA

HISPANICIZE 2012
APRIL 11-13, 2012
MIAMI, FLORIDA
INFO: http://www.hispanicizeevent.com

This events brings together national and international media, Latino bloggers, innovators, marketers, celebrities and filmmakers in a creative environment best described as SXSW with a Latino focus. The website tells all details
about the event registration, program and lodging.

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