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October 16th, 2017 Menu:
Hightlights : The Arts & Entertainment : Education : Business : Food & Drink : Health : Latina

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Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" Is the Longest-Running No. 1 By a Solo Female Rapper from remezcla.com

That means an Afro-Latina and dominicana is responsible for the longest-leading no. 1 song by an unaccompanied female rapper, an accomplishment that is historic for women in hip-hop. It’s obvious that women have faced longstanding challenges breaking into mainstream rap and battling sexism in the music business for equal exposure and radio play. But the achievement is even more commendable, given the continuing erasure of Afro-Latinas in pop culture, and particularly in hip-hop. Cardi’s accomplishment is one worth celebrating.

Video: 'We Are One Voice' ft. Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez | SOMOƧ LIVE! from youtube.com

Join Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez, DJ Khaled, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Nicky Jam, Romeo Santos, and more for Somos Live! Proceeds from the concert will be used to rush food, shelter, medicine, power, and communication to the areas affected by recent natural disasters through different charities including: American Red Cross, Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity International, Save the Children Federation, US Fund for UNICEF, and United Way of Miami-Dad.

Amado Muro - The Mexican Writer Who Wasn't from tpr.org

Amado Muro was a writer who told the stories of the downtrodden and forgotten. He is considered by some a great Mexican writer, despite the fact that Amado Muro was a white man from Cleveland – Chester Seltzer. He married a Mexican woman and adopted her name, Amada Muro, as a pseudonym. A newspaperman, Chester frequently traveled the U. S. and Mexico to live with the people whose lives he recreated on paper.

Yolanda Saldívar Admits Motive Behind Selena's Death from latina.com

Many of us know the events that occurred that fateful morning in the hotel of Corpus Christi on March 31, 1995, however, Saldívar herself has never admitted why other than to testify in court that it was an accident. According to a Televisa report through Univision, "She killed her because she wanted to feign an assault to avoid going to jail and, above all, not have to pay her the almost 200 thousand dollars she had stolen during her administration of clothing stores and the Selena fan club. " No video or audio recording has been aired by Univision as of yet.

What it looks like when the border wall with Mexico becomes an art installation from washingtonpost.com

On Sunday, the same day the Trump administration announced a slew of hard-line immigration proposals, an unlikely scene took place: A colossal dining table straddled the border with Mexico, connecting people in two countries for one shared meal. Neighbors shared the same food, the same water. Musicians from the same band positioned themselves on both sides of the fence, playing the same music. In the center of them all, atop the long table, was a massive image of the eyes of a “dreamer,” one on each side of the border, photographs show. Even from the air, the eyes looked sharp, piercing upward.

Mi Gente' & 'Despacito': First Double-Up of Two Non-English-Language Hits in Hot 100's Top 10 from billboard.com

Such a twofer had never before occurred in the Hot 100's 59-year history. On the latest Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Oct. 21), J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente," now featuring Beyonce, surges 21-3 after the first full week of tracking for its new remix. The song also dethrones Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, as the top Latin music hit in the U. S. , as the former (and record-tying) 16-week No. 1 falls 5-9. (On Hot Latin Songs, "Mi Gente" supplants "Despacito" after the latter's 35-week reign. )

Meet the Producer Who’s Changing the Game for Latinx Playwrights with Sol Project from playbill.com : New York

Trailblazer Jacob Padrón creates new space for artists of color in Off-Broadway’s theatrical institutions through his Sol Project.

14-Year-Old Latina Artist With Down Syndrome Tackles Stigma from nbcwashington.com : Virginia

A young Latina artist has become the creative director of her company at only 14 years old. But Sophia Pineda's age is not the only interesting part of her story -- she also has Down syndrome. Pineda creates her pieces in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Her family hopes her artwork will provide her independence and continued excitement, and that it will help reduce the stigma surrounding disabilities in the Latino community.

Pablo Allison Documents Graffiti Artists in South and Central America from juxtapoz.com : Latin America

Pablo Allison has been working to create a photo project that captures graffiti and street artists throughout Latin America, as they navigate some of the most violent cities and regions in the world. His project, titled Artists In Violent Contexts, seeks to give a voice to these artists, and to allow them to speak on the dangers and rewards of their craft. We've included a selection of Pablo's work, as well as an introductory piece written by Vittorio Infante, a former advisor at Amnesty International.

Ai Weiwei launches controversial public art project focused on immigration from theguardian.com

The artist has assembled a set of 300 installations around New York City, based around the concept of fences and borders, to showcase the ‘narrow-minded’ attempts used to ‘create some kind of hatred between people’

Carlos Alomar: The Puerto Rican Guitar Hero Behind Bowie’s ‘Fame’ from latinousa.org

Puerto Rican guitarist Carlos Alomar is no stranger to the music scene. He started to perform on Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in New York when he was just a teenager, and at around that time, he befriended R&B singer Luther Vandross. They started a band called the Shades of Jade, and Carlos also played with the Apollo Theater band Listen My Brother. They even appeared on Sesame Street in 1970.

Meet the Deportees Making ‘Fuck Trump’ Tees from racked.com : Mexico

After deportation, starting a new life can be difficult. The founders of Deportados are making their own way.

That is what we are': Conjunto pep rally at Martin High School goes viral from m.mysanantonio.com : Texas

Martin High School's pep rallies have been drawing a lot more eyeballs lately. Last Thursday, Martin Principal Guillermo Pro uploaded several videos to Facebook showing off the school's impressive student conjunto band and the huge crowd dancing along to the tunes in the gym. The videos - flooded with comments like "I'm moving to Texas & sending my kids to this school" and "I went to the wrong high school" - have been viewed over 500,000 times. Pro's post has been shared over 4,000 times.

Alt.Latino: A Spotlight On Playwrights With Lin-Manuel Miranda And Karen Zacarias from npr.org

The Alt. Latino team is so grateful for the positive feedback to our periodic "Music Magazine" shows — and now, we're happy to present the Fall edition. This week we put the spotlight on two playwrights, one of whom you probably know, the other someone you should.

Resurrecting 'The Route Of Friendship,' Mexico City's Forgotten Sculptural Trail from fronterasdesk.org : Mexico

She is talking about the current surroundings of "La Ruta de la Amistad" — "The Route of Friendship" — one of the largest sculpture trails in the world, with works from prominent international artists such as Alexander Calder and Todd Williams. "The Route of Friendship" was created for the 1968 Mexico City games to embellish the roads that connected the Olympic facilities. But little by little, the 22 sculptures were devoured by the growth of the city.

Mexico’s Fénix Ibero-American Film Awards Honor TV Series for First Time from variety.com : Mexico

In a nod to the exponential growth of quality TV series, Mexico’s Fenix Ibero-American Film Awards have included television content among the nominees this year. The selection is determined by Cinema23 which is comprised of 700 film professionals from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Denver Chicana Artist Arlette Lucero Talks Art Before Museo de las Americas Exhibit from westword.com : Colorado

The Chicano art community runs deep in Denver, and Arlette Lucero has been on the front line for decades, quietly educating children in the arts and illustrating storybooks, while also painting powerful women, using imagery rooted in mestizo culture with modernized focal points.

Latin American Father of Abstract Art De Szyszlo Leaves Behind Lasting Legacy from laht.com : Peru

Peruvian artist Fernando De Szyszlo died on Monday in Lima at the age of 92, leaving behind indigenous-themed masterpieces featured in prestigious museums worldwide. De Szyszlo was one of the most renowned painters of the 20th century and the main precursor to abstract art in Peru.

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Frida the Rescue Dog Now Has Her Own Mural in Mexico City from cntraveler.com : Mexico

Now, a large-scale, colorful mural of Frida has appeared in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, one of the areas of the capital hardest hit by the quake. Celeste Byers, the 28-year-old Californian artist behind the mural, tells Traveler that after the earthquake, “my friends were saying to donate. But I felt like if I gave $20 or $50, I didn’t really know what that was going to do. " When her friends Arturo Mizrahi and Liliana Carpinteyro, co-directors of contemporary art gallery Maia, contacted her with the idea of painting a mural, she jumped at the chance to help Mexico City the best way she knew how.

Art Deco tour reveals a treasure trove of Havana buildings from cnn.com : Cuba

Cuba's capital, Havana, boasts one of the world's most significant but frequently overlooked treasure troves of Art Deco architecture. Successfully integrating architecture, interior design, fashion and visual arts, this decorative trend had a wide-reaching influence on the Caribbean island. Spanning the Roaring '20s and extending into the Depression-ridden 1930s, Art Deco came to epitomize all the glamor, opulence, freedom and hedonism of the post-World War I Jazz Age.

New video: 'Mezcalero Feliz' by Montreal's Boogát from soundsandcolours.com

Canadian-Mexican MC Boogát is on tour in support his new album, San Cristóbal Baile Inn ( released on Maisonette Music, 6th of October 2017), and the lead video for the record is about all things mezcal. Shot at Santa Catarina Minas in Oaxaca, Mexico, it features the musician rapping on the agave ranch of Maestro Eduardo Lalo Esperanza (the mezcalero) as we’re shown footage of this beautiful farm and some of the workers who help produce the smoky alcoholic beverage.

Eñye: The Product Of N And Ñ from huffingtonpost.com

Ñ. That letter in the Spanish alphabet with the weird squiggly line above it. While this letter may seem insignificant or perhaps strange if you didn’t grow up among Latinx’s, it has become a bridge for American Latinx’s to connect and finally feel understood. Latina filmmaker, Denise Soler Cox took on the courageous task of uniting people by talking about it — discrimination. Founder of Project Eñye, Cox created a multi-media platform for “Ñ” people to share their stories with discrimination as first-generation Latinx’s and to create a space for community.

The 15-Month Journey of a Lucha Libre Photographer Across Mexico from fstoppers.com : Mexico

It was supposed to be a quick trip in Mexico to cover the Lucha Libre World Cup for Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine. But Photographer Jerry Villagrana, based in Detroit, eventually spent the next 15 months in the country shooting Mexican wrestling both for major promotions in 18,000 seat arenas as well as local neighborhood areas with dirt floors. Here is his story.

Mexican Actor Slaps Univision Reporter On Red Carpet from people.com

Mexican soap opera star Eduardo Yáñez lost his temper during a red carpet interview in Hollywood and aggressively hit a Univision reporter in the middle of an on-camera conversation. The actor got violent during an interview with journalist Paco Fuentes from the Spanish-language television program EL Gordo y La Flaca (Univision) on the red carpet of an event held Tuesday in Los Angeles. Yáñez was bothered by the journalist’s personal questions about his relationship with his son Eduardo Jr, with whom he has a fraught relationship. Recently, his son described him as “a drug addict, racist [who] abuses women. ”

California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820 at Laguna Art Museum - October 15, 2017 to January 14, 2018 from lagunaartmuseum.org : California

Artistic and cultural exchange between California and Mexico has flourished since the time when California was part of the United States of Mexico. The exhibition highlights this vital aspect of the state’s history through a panorama of works by artists on both sides of the border, from scenes of mission and rancho life through images of romantic Old California, to the emergence of a cross-border modern art scene. This exhibition is curated by Professor Katherine E. Manthorne, The Graduate Center, CUNY, assisted by Professor Alberto Nulman, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Jennifer Lopez Produces ‘Rosarito Beach’ U.S./Mexico Legal Dramedy CBS from deadline.com

CBS has put in development Rosarito Beach, a comedic drama from Jennifer Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas’ Nuyorican Productions and Universal Television.

Latinopia Art Carlos Almaraz Car Crashes from vimeo.com : California

Renowned Chicano artist Carlos Almaraz (1941-2017) was honored with a retrospective of his works at the Los Angeles County Museum of Artin 2017. The exhibit, Playing with Fire:Paintings by Carlos Almaraz features many of his iconic and widely celebrated "car crash" paintings. Elsa Flores Almaraz, Carlos’s widow, explains how the car crash paintings came about and their meaning.

Juan Downey’s Art Questions How Humans Interact With Tech and Nature from hiplatina.com : California

What do interactive electronic sculptures, a bee terrarium, an energy absorbing robot, and a motion activated machine that flashes data have in common? At first glance I thought, nothing – and this combo is weird. But I learned that there has been much artistic debate and exploration about the relationship between art, technology and nature. When we go to an art gallery, most of the time we’re expecting paintings, drawings, photographs and maybe a sculpture or two, but Juan Downey’s exhibit is different than anything you’d expect.

Lilliam Rivera’s debut novel highlights love for YA genre - The Education of Margot Sanchez from themonitor.com

Margie Longoria was immediately drawn to the cover of “The Education of Margot Sanchez,” which features a young Puerto Rican girl looking serious with her arms crossed and big curly hair. Longoria, a Mission High School librarian, picked up the Young Adult novel during a visit to a bookstore and read the author’s name — Lilliam Rivera.

Contemporary Artists Help Redefine the ‘Icons & Symbols of the Borderland’ from sacurrent.com : Texas

With more than 100 works by about 25 artists from El Paso to Brownsville and including several from San Antonio, “Icons & Symbols of the Borderland,” on view through December 17, is the first touring show presented by the Department of Arts & Culture at Centro de Artes (in the Market Square space formerly known as Museo Alameda). Organized by the El Paso-based JUNTOS Art Association and curated by Diana Molina, the show debuted in 2015 at the University of Texas at El Paso Centennial Museum and traveled to Austin’s Mexic-Arte Museum last fall. Molina, who earned a computer science degree from the University of Texas at Austin, worked as a software engineer for IBM before shifting her focus to photography and journalism.

Chifladas y Chingonas - Local DIY zine outlet releases 3rd volume from paisano-online.com : Texas

Local DIY zine outlet releases 3rd volume this Friday at La Botanica. Local magazine, Chifladazine, is celebrating the release of its latest volume this Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 p. m. at La Botanica off of St. Mary’s St. Four poets will read at the event and there will be a performance by a Kumbia DJ group, which will include visuals from a projector ranging from images of Gloria Anzaldúa to Kumbia dancers, a singer and lastly, a reading by author Rios de la Luz, who is in the midst of a tour for her book Itzá.

Latinos in Space: 'The Last Jedi' brings Two to The Big Screen from aldianews.com

However, I should note that this headline is a tad misleading. Yes, del Toro and Isaac are Latinos, but they are not necessarily Latinos in Space, given that the humans in Star Wars have all been non-ethnic. Angelica Jade Bastién, wrote two years ago in The Atlantic that while “color-blind casting (link is external)” is an incentive that technically diversifies film and television with the inclusion of POC talent, it can also hinder the main objective of diversifying media- representation -by erasing ethnicity or being preferential to hiring more ethnically or racially “ambiguous” stars.

Lit & Luz Festival to celebrate Chicago-Mexico City exchange from chicagotribune.com : Illinois

Founded in 2014, the Lit & Luz Festival is a cultural exchange between writers and visual artists from Chicago and Mexico City. Produced by MAKE Literary Productions, which also publishes the long-standing Chicago-based MAKE magazine, the festival kicks off Tuesday with an earthquake recovery fundraiser at Ace Hotel Chicago, plus performances and lectures at venues and universities all over the city. It will culminate Saturday at Co-Prosperity Sphere, in Bridgeport, with “Belonging: A Live Magazine Show Extravaganza” debuting new collaborative work created by teams of artists from both cities. The festival moves to Mexico City this winter.

Junot Díaz deconstructs the complexity of identity from kenyoncollegian.com

For Junot Díaz, our current political climate — beginning with the election of President Donald Trump — gives him “muchísimo para pensar. ”“These, as you’re more than abundantly aware, are both disturbing and profoundly unsurprising political times,” he said during his talk at Kenyon.

Hamilton' Fans, Get Ready: Mandy Gonzalez Made New Music With Lin-Manuel Miranda from huffingtonpost.com

“I feel like my voice is synced with Lin after doing so many projects together, so I just called him,” she said. “I said, ‘Lin, I’m putting together an album, here’s what I’m thinking, and I wouldn’t want to have my voice out there without something written by you. ’ His heart and soul is in everything he writes. ”The result is “Fearless,” a pop and R&B-tinged anthem inspired, in part, by a social media effort Gonzalez launched in May after she posted a photo with her “Hamilton” co-stars with the hashtag #FearlessSquad on Twitter and Instagram.

Textile on Canvas: Latin American Masters Gallery Showcases Olga de Amaral's Innovative Textile Paintings from smmirror.com : California

The Latin American Masters Gallery in Unit E2 of Bergamot Station will be exhibiting works by artist Olga de Amaral through Oct. 10. Her works, which were created for the exhibit, combine textiles, acrylics and paint into multimedia tapestries that don’t fit into a neat categorization. The opening of this exhibit, which is part of the Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time” initiative, which showcases Latinx and Latin American art all over Southern California, coincided with that of an exhibit at the Getty titled “Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas. ”

The Artist Behind 'Veteranas y Rucas' Talks About Her Place In Boyle Heights' Battle Against Gentrification from wearemitu.com : California

Boyle Heights, a neighborhood just east of downtown Los Angeles, is the epicenter of a gentrification battle that shows no signs of letting down. For years, the tight-knit community has fought tooth and nail against developers who they believe are only interested in installing high-priced residences and businesses in the area, which would lead to higher rents and a more expensive cost of living, resulting in the displacement of many people who live currently there. Activists have protested against the development of luxury apartments, a trendy coffee shop and retail/medical buildings near Mariachi Plaza.

Somos Live!' Benefit Concert: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez Top Moments from billboard.com

For the first time in Spanish-language television history, rival networks Telemundo and Univision -- plus NBC -- joined forces to simultaneously broadcast Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez’s telethon concert to raise funds for hurricane victims in the southern United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean nations. Millions from around the world tuned in Saturday evening (Oct. 14) to witness the historic event in honor of victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which together wreaked havoc on Houston, South Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and many other neighboring islands. Somos also aired across other English-language networks like VH1 and MTV, and even streamed live on social media platforms like Facebook.

The Happiest Show in the World': Argentina's Los Caligaris To Hit North America to Celebrate 20th Anniversary from soundsandcolours.com

The story behind Córdoba, Argentina’s own Los Caligaris is one of rampant celebration and laughter. Founded 20 years ago, the band exhibits a brand of brass-filled ska that’s well rooted in Argentinian murga, a traditional carnivalesque culture which was effectively redefined and powered in South America’s Southern Cone back in the 90s, thanks to the work of well known acts such as Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Los Auténticos Decadentes and Los Calzones Rotos. Consisting of 12 members, the project’s name pays homage to a legendary clown who literally laughed until the verge of his death. The latest instalment of the band’s live tours was baptised “The World’s Happiest Show”, and it’s been widely celebrated in nearly 10 countries across Latin America.

On Columbus Day, Move4Mexico Dance Group Raises Money for Indigenous Earthquake Victims from nbcnews.com : New York

While thousands of proud Italian-Americans will march Monday through towns and cities nationwide to celebrate Christopher Columbus as a hero of their heritage—and others will protest and reflect on the destruction that befell Native Americans after the arrival of European settlers—a small group of dancers in New York will use the holiday to launch a campaign for the victims of two devastating earthquakes that rocked Mexico in September, particularly the indigenous communities.

Strolling Mexican trios surviving at places like Mi Tierra from expressnews.com : Texas

Almost since the founding of San Antonio, when the Spanish crown granted residents of Bejar a plaza where they could gather, trade and entertain themselves, musicians have found listeners, paying customers and a place in the city’s history.

Bomba Estéreo Celebrate Breaking Free – and Skating - in New Music Video ‘Internacionales’ from soundsandcolours.com

Bomba Estéreo have teamed up with Danish director Torben Kjelstrup for the new video for “Internacionales”, the latest single off their acclaimed new album Ayo. The band have previously worked with Kjelstrup on the video for ‘Soy Yo’, which saw a young, bespectacled girl walking through the streets of New York with defiance, attitude and flair. “Soy Yo”’s positivity and encouragement to celebrate self-uniqueness made the video a viral hit, with over 27 million views on YouTube. The video is nominated for a Latin Grammy and its 11-year old star, Sarai Gonzalez, has since become something of an icon, with the New York Times dedicating an Arts Cover Story about the power of the video in empowering Latinas.

Watch: Agave: The Spirit of a Nation Takes An Artful Look at the Land of Mezcal and Tequila from pastemagazine.com

Agave: The Spirit of a Nation is an artful and vivid look at the land of mezcal and tequila, from its origins to the story of how a once-obscure Mexican spirit has become the fastest-growing spirit in the world. Rural producers struggle to meet demand while fighting to stay true to the spirit’s heritage; larger brands work to create a premium global market. The film explores the modern explosion of growth and the newfound appreciation that the millennial Mexican generation has found for the spirit. The film is a cross-cultural co-production that takes a deep look at the relationship between people, plant and place. The film premieres in February 2018. Meanwhile, check out the teaser below.

Residente to 'Despacito': Latin Grammy Noms Capture a Diverse Moment from billboard.com

The nominations for the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards recognized a wide swath of musical genres and sensibilities, honoring both projects based on traditional Latin-American styles and cutting-edge recordings. In the field of nominees announced Sept. 26, collaborations and stylistic fusions were the major trends. And, while the show has a history of honoring art over commerce, there was no chance the Latin Grammys would snub “Despacito,” the smash hit from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

Dominican Producer Kelman Duran Is Building a Sanctuary for Afro-Caribbean Rhythms in LA from remezcla.com : California

Over the phone, Kelman Duran speaks with subdued confidence. For the Dominican multimedia artist with impressive production credits and a collection of impactful short films under his belt, steady self-assurance is the product of a life spent navigating choppy waters. Duran explains that his approach to production stems from nostalgia “for where [he’s] from and being a lil’ badass kid in 7th grade hitting house parties” in Manhattan’s Washington Heights. In his personal New York, where the sounds of the Caribbean blared from apartment windows and DJ Playero mixtapes were prized possessions, Duran’s career as a producer started like thousands of others.

Nathalie Kelley On Playing a Latina on 'Dynasty' Reboot from remezcla.com

In 2017, Dynasty has returned on the CW — with a newly diversified cast that includes Blake Carrington’s gay son, Steven (James Mackay), as well as black actor Sam Adegoke playing chief Carrington rival Jeff Colby. Most intriguingly, Krystle is now Cristal Flores, a Venezuelan director of PR for the Carrington Atlantic energy empire. As played by Nathalie Kelley, a Peruvian-Australian veteran of shows like Unreal and The Vampire Diaries, Cristal is smart, savvy, confident and mysterious. In other words, she’s a soap star.

In a sold-out L.A. show, J Balvin keeps the crowd on its feet with fluid reggaeton beats and a message of unity from latimes.com : California

As soon as the lights dimmed at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday night, the screaming began. And it lasted — at varying levels — for practically the entire two-hour run of J Balvin’s sold-out show. The Colombian reggaeton supernova is a household name over much of the Western Hemisphere. But even if you don’t know him by name, you likely have heard his voice. Perhaps on this year’s danceable single “Hey Ma,” featuring Pitbull and Camila Cabello, which appears on the soundtrack for the blockbuster racing flick “The Fate of the Furious. ”

George Lopez booed off stage after Trump jokes flop at gala from pagesix.com

Comic George Lopez was booed off stage at a gala for juvenile diabetes in Denver last week, over an anti-Donald Trump routine that fell flat with the crowd. We’re told the flap began when Trump backer and Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei donated $250,000 but requested that Lopez cool it with the anti-Trump jokes at the Carousel Ball.

4 Latinx Authors That Inspire K. Arsenault Rivera from torforgeblog.com

So much of literature over the past hundred years has been forged by Latinx authors. We hear Latinx voices in the rise of Magical Realism, often emulated but rarely mastered; in the long, rambling lines of postmodern authors unafraid to take their time. Certainly, these stories have left their mark on me, as well. In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, here are four authors to whom I return again and again.

Teatro Espressivo brings message of peace to National Theater anniversary from ticotimes.net : Costa Rica

For starters, it’s taking place under the roof of what is arguably the country’s most iconic building, its National Theater, which this month turns 120. But the theater’s anniversary celebrations also showcase this country’s generations of international residents. Its rich yet accessible artistic traditions. Its historic commitment to peace. And coffee, coffee everywhere, the influence of the “golden bean” permeating the event: from the coffee barons who were instrumental in erecting the theater in the first place, to Steve Aronson, the former Café Britt president who founded Teatro Espressivo and was the architect of the anniversary’s centerpiece, a special presentation of Peter Brook’s “Battlefield. ” The acclaimed work will take to the National Theater stage on Oct. 18 and 19, leading up to the official anniversary celebration on Oct. 20.

Frida Kahlo's Life Comes Alive In This New Children's Book from hiplatina.com

Who did Frida Kahlo paint, aside from herself? Her pets! Frida’s artwork is filled with images of adorable pets, from monkeys to parrots and cats. Now someone has turned the spotlight on Frida’s pets into a children’s book. Writer Monica Brown released “Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos,” a book featuring a young Frida with her animals. The book also features the illustrations of John Parra.

Qué Funny: The Fun and Challenges of Doing Comedy When Latinx from secondcity.com

Qué funny: the fun and challenges of doing comedy when Latinx! A seasoned group of LatinX performers will share about their experiences in comedy. In this candid discussion they will share about moments of triumph but also challenges, the opportunities they see and the path forward for POC in show biz, especially LatinX.

One Book, One Community Hosts Play Based on Local Latin/x Experiences from news.uark.edu : Arkansas

In conjunction with the University of Arkansas’ One Book, One Community initiative, the Latin/x Youth Theatre Project will present two performances of an expanded, encore production of its play, FOLLOW ME@TIO SAM. The play will be performed at 7 p. m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, on the corner of East Avenue and Dickson Street in Fayetteville; and at 7 p. m. Friday, Oct. 20 in the Fay Jones School of Architecture Auditorium on the U of A campus. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Film Showing Highlights Experiences of Latina Performers from thedickinsonian.com

Filmmaker Raquel Cepeda told the Dickinson community that many Latinxs are abandoning their own heritage roots while trying to assimilate to a new culture at the screening of the documentary “Some Girls. ”During a Q&A session at the end of the movie, filmmaker and journalist Cepeda, who, according to her personal website, was born to Dominican immigrant parents in New York, noted that many Latinxs she met or saw on TV tried to alter their identity in an attempt to fit into the new society.

Venezuelan Alt-Rock Band Los Mesoneros Will Tour South America from billboard.com

Now, alt-rock band Los Mesoneros will be next as they prepare to promote their latest LP, Caiga La Noche, on their newly announced South American tour. The band announced their upcoming travels through an invitation posted to their Instagram account, stating "Latin american brothers! The #CaigaLaNocheTour extends to South America! We will be visiting Chile, Argentina and Perú. We will be revealing more details! Mention your friend in that country. "

TRAILER: Kate del Castillo's Netflix Docuseries ‘The Day I Met El Chapo’ from remezcla.com

emember that time a few months ago when you dropped your favorite coffee mug at work because the white dude from accounting came up to you to talk about Kate del Castillo and El Chapo? I know! We were all shocked. For a brief moment in time, worlds collided and del Castillo became known to white America. La Reina del Sur was hanging with a real-life cartel boss – the most elusive and wanted of them all – and brought Oscar winner and self-proclaimed radical thinker Sean Penn along for the ride. You can’t make this kind of thing up.

It's Time We Talked About The Term "Pelo Malo" from refinery29.com

Straight, blown-out, bouncy, lightened, long, smooth, relaxed, shiny: If you had been told for years that this is the only acceptable way to wear your hair, wouldn't you start believing it? Maybe it'd prompt you to spend hours in the bathroom with your flatiron growing up; or beg your mom to book you recurring Keratin treatments; or duck from photos on days your curls looked especially "unkempt. "

Latinas & Libros Event in November from modernlatina.com : California

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pmLocation: Wiegand Room, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053

Catalina Maria Johnson » Latin Grammy Nominations – Some of our Faves! from catalinamariajohnson.com

It’s time to celebrate the Latin Grammy nominations! This hour of Beat Latino shares just a taste of what is nuestra música – with a selection of the wild and wonderfully eclectic sounds from all over Latin America and Spain nominated in some of 47 categories for the Latin Grammy Awards. All winners in our point of view! But we will get the final results on November 17!

Latin America literature celebrated at Salihara festival from thejakartapost.com : Indonesia

Originally published in 1955, Pedro Pâramo by Juan Rulfo is one of the most popular pieces of classic Mexican literature. It narrates the story of Juan Preciado, who is asked by his deceased mother to search for his father in her hometown in Comala, which turns out to have become a ghost town. The novel is brought to life at "Xalisco Performative Exhibition: Juan Preciado," the result of collaboration between Ines Somellera, a Mexican artistic platform director for art projects at Empu Sendok Arts Station (ESAS), and Hanafi, an Indonesian artist.

Spanish-language music is more versatile than you think from depauliaonline.com

Spanish-language music covers several genres including everything from punk rock to bachata and reggaeton, and more recently, a bouncy, dope Latin trap. Artists across both Latin and American trap are actually collaborating more and more, with Karol G’s “Ahora Me Llama,” featuring Migos’ Quavo, which indirectly led Cardi B to following her lead and create a track with him as well — which is yet to come. With artists like Bad Bunny and Bryant Myers having the style and talent necessary to make hits like “Despacito” go global, it’s possible that Latin trap can be the next big thing.

Cafe Tacvba Brings a Latin Mix of Rock and Hip-Hop to Denver's Ogden Theatre from westword.com : Colorado

Denver's vibrant Mexican immigrant community makes the city a fun place fun to play, says Diaz. But he also likes to see other people from other cultures at the shows — people who might not understand every intricacy yet who are eager to learn. That interest, he says, is vital, and not only for music — though it does mean that a whole heap of people are discovering the band and the Jei Beibi album. “It’s the first of a new era," Díaz says. “We’re finding how fast music travels, how easy it is for people to get close to a new thing. Music doesn’t sell, of course. But it’s fun to see how every five minutes it’s changing. That’s the challenge for a band and the industry. As long as we have good ideas and an audience, then we’ll keep playing. The shows are doing great, and the places are crowded. ”

THEATER REVIEW Quixote: On the Conquest of Self from windycitymediagroup.com : Illinois

Quixote: On the Conquest of Self gives theater veteran Henry Godinez a rare opportunity to be a clown, and Godinez—who generally plays serious roles ( when he takes time from directing and teaching )—is worth the ticket price all by himself. I don't mean he's funny ( although he's brilliantly funny ), but that he embraces the profound physical, emotional and philosophical depths of great clowning and the human comedy. Godinez is a masterful comedian because he is a masterful actor.

Latinopia Art Naiche Lujan on Magu on Vimeo from vimeo.com : California

Tracking Magulandia is an exhibit of the works of legendary Chicano artist and social activist Gilbert "Magu" Lujan (1940-2011) at the Craig Krull gallery in Santa Monica. Here, Naiche Lujan, Magu's son, reads a poem he wrote about the legacy of his father. This video was produced, is owned and copyrighted by Barrio Dog Productions, Inc. and is posted on vimeo and Latinopia. com with permission.

Jorge Drexler to Tour U.S. in February 2018 from billboard.com

Jorge Drexler will play a string of concerts in the United States early next year, opening with a Feb. 8 show at Miami’s Fillmore Miami Beach. The tour follows the recent release of the Uruguayan singer-songwriter’s album Salvavidas de Hielo.

This Latina Tattoo Artist Is Taking On A Male-Dominated Industry And Killing It from latina.com

Meet Michelle Santana. Whether you've been looking for your next tattoo inspiration or simply scrolling through your Instagram feed, chances are you've probably seen some of Michelle's amazing tatts. Her portfolio boasts an eye-catching collection of delicate lines and lettering that pleases our aesthetic-loving corazones.