• Film: The Queen of Spain

    January 24

  • La Canoa: Outside the Recipes: the Sustenance of Story

    January 26

  • Inside Opera: María de Buenos Aires

    February 6

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January 2019

Inside Opera: María de Buenos Aires

5:30-7 pm
NHCC Library, History and Literary Arts Building

Opera novices and aficionados are invited to three free interactive presentations about  “María de Buenos Aires,” Astor Piazzola’s extraordinary tango-opera. Over three Wednesday evenings, poet Valerie Martínez and conductor Oliver Prezant will lead you on a magical journey through the story, the libretto, the music, and the staging of this evocative work, which tells the story of María, a prostitute born in a poor suburb of Buenos Aires, who sleepwalks through life, death, the afterlife, and is reborn into “innocence.” The music, by tango legend Ástor Piazzolla, is based on “nuevo tango,” a genre that Piazzolla revolutionized by infusing Argentine tango with elements of jazz and classical music. Those who attend all three sessions will receive a 50% discount on tickets to a performance of the show, which runs from February 17-24 in the Journal Theater.

Dates and Topics:

January 23: Story, Text, and Context, with Valerie Martínez

  • Maria’s Argentina: old tango bars, duende, crafting the libretto, signs and symbols, magical realism.

January 30: The Music, with Oliver Prezant

  • Astor Piazzola and Tango Nuevo, singing the story-setting the text, the music of character and situation.

February 6: Maria on Stage – “Operita” or Opera? with Oliver Prezant

  • Director’s choice: blocking, lighting, sets, costumes. Maria in the land of musical theater and opera.

Register for the workshops HERE.

Valerie Martínez is currently the Director of History and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Santa Fe’s second Poet Laureate, Valerie taught poetry and literature at the college/university level for 23 years. As a core artist and Executive Director of Littleglobe, Valerie worked in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera Community Engagement Program to co-create two community-based operas: Memorylines: Voces de Nuestras Jornadas (2008) and the Santa Fe Bus Opera (2010).

Oliver Prezant has presented lectures and education programs for The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Southwest. He is the Music Director and conductor of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and the Artistic Advisor to the ArtWorks Program, which provides arts education workshops for Santa Fe Public Schools students and teachers. He was on the faculty of the Contemporary Music Program at the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Writing Workshop: Fiction (All Genres)

6 pm, Wednesdays (eight weeks between January 16 and March 6)

The NHCC is committed to cultivating local writers and celebrating their work. In this workshop, writers read excerpts from books by Latinx authors, engage in a variety of writing exercises that build skills and generate new writing,. Each class gives a public reading as a culminating event. Instructor:  Brenna Gomez (UNM).

Deadline to register: Monday, January 14, 2019.

Workshop Fee: $250 (about $30 per class). Limit: 12 writers so register early!

Three Scholarships are available for $125 —first come-first served.

Register and pay here.

All fees must be paid prior to January 16th.

Film: The Queen of Spain

7 pm

In the second film in writer/director Trueba’s “now-franchise,” famous movie star Macarena Granada flees the glitz and glamour of 1950s Hollywood to return to her roots in Spain, where she has signed on to star in an epic period-piece musical as Queen Isabella.  In the previous film, The Girl of Your Dreams, Macarena and her collaborators were dealing with Naziism at a time when Spanish films were made in Germany; the sequel focuses on the filming of a Spanish-American film in 1956, when America had started to produce films in Spain with the blessing of dictator Francisco Franco.

Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series in partnership with Instituto Cervantes.

2016; Fernando Trueba; English; 128 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

NHCC Book Club

5:30 pm

The NHCC Book Club meets once a month to talk about that month’s selected book. In January, the book will be Pat Mora’s House of Houses (memoir). Pat Mora also will be the keynote speaker/reader at the NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival on April 27, 2019.

To join the NHCC Book Club, register here. NHCC Book Club members who purchase their books through Bookworks get a 10% discount on that title.

Braceros Exhibit Opening Reception

6 pm

This exhibition features more than 30 black and white photographs of braceros taken by the photojournalist collective known as the Hermanos Mayo. It also uses narratives, video and artifacts to tell the story of the Bracero Program. The program grew out of a series of bi-lateral agreements between Mexico and the United States, bringing Mexican men to the United States as guest-workers on short-term, primarily agricultural labor contracts. In 1942, these workers came to remedy wartime production shortages by supplying much-needed labor during the early years of World War II.  The Bracero Program, which derived its name from the Spanish word for a manual laborer, “bracero” continued uninterrupted until 1964. During this extensive program, 4.6 million contracts were signed, with many individuals returning several times on different contracts, making it the largest United States contract labor program. An examination of the exhibition images, documents, and artifacts contributes to our understanding of the lives of migrant workers in Mexico and the United States, as well as our knowledge of immigration, nationalism, labor practices, and race relations.
This event is free and open to the public

Mundos de Mestizaje

January 26January 27
NHCC Torreón 1701 4th street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States

12 pm to 5 pm

A Vision of History through Fresco…

Mundos de Mestizaje by Frederico Vigil is a mural housed in the Torreón on the campus of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This monumental fresco depicts thousands of years of Hispanic history highlighting diverse cultural connections between people and places from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas. The 4,000 square foot painting is one of the largest frescos in North America.

The digitized imagery of the painting ensures that this culturally significant work can be a sharing and learning experience for students and families anywhere. We invite you to explore the imagery, history and complexities of the Mundos de Mestizaje mural.

Discover on your own by clicking the link HERE.
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La Canoa: Outside the Recipes: the Sustenance of Story

January 26

2 pm

Querencia as defined by Nuevomexicano scholar Juan Estevan Arellano is “love of place.”  Please join Dr. Patricia Perea as she presents a talk on the articulation of querencia to speak directly with the writings and experiences discussed in this lecture. These writings include Fabiola Cabeza de Baca’s The Good Life: New Mexico Traditions and Food (2005), Denise Chávez’s A Taco Testimony (2006) and The Pueblo Food Experience: Whole Food of Our Ancestors (2016).  Each of these works connect the texture of food, the complex ties of family, and the starkness of geography to the experience of ancestral memory and belonging. In addition to discussing these narratives, Dr. Perea will also include her own experiences on the road home through community and story.

Dr. Patricia M. Perea currently teaches at the University of New Mexico in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. She completed Ph.D. in American Studies in 2010. Her dissertation and graduate work focused on Mexican American autobiography and visual culture. She is a published poet and continues familial traditions that include weaving and traditional colcha embroidery. Her most recent project was the publication of the cookbook: The Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook: Whole Foods of Our Ancestors. Her future projects include continuing work on recent Mexican American autobiography and the histories and experiences of Mexican Americans in the Texas Panhandle.

La Canoa is a monthly series (August-May) that features talks by Hispanic/Latino academic and community researchers with long-standing and distinguished records of research and teaching about New Mexico and the region.

This event is free and open to the public


Juan Gabriel: The Tribute (Rental)

January 26
Albuquerque Journal Theatre 1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States

6 pm

Invicto Promotions presents Juan Gabriel: The Tribute with live mariachi!

Gold VIP: $40; VIP Balcony Suite: $35; Orchestra Level: $35; Mezzanine Level: $30

For tickets visit invictopromotionsticket.com. For more information call 505-508-9200.

  • The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.

Share Your Stories: People’s State of the Union

January 27

2-4 pm

In January of most years, the President delivers a State of the Union Address. It’s a broadcast from one to many. As a complement, we invite you to participate in a story circle at the NHCC, an opportunity to listen to each other about the state of our union. Who are we as a people? What touches our hearts and minds?What does democracy mean to us?

This event is a partnership between the NHCC and the US Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), a grassroots action network inciting creativity to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.  Each year in January, the USDAC hosts story circles in over 300 communities across the US.  With permission, stories are uploaded to the People’s State of the Union (PSOTU) portal and become part of a “Poetic Address to the Nation” that is presented, nationwide, in March.

This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome; please bring family members, friends and colleagues. Please RSVP to help us plan your participation: https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/s1hu81pb0rsihj8/.

High Spirit Dance Recital Dancing For Jesus (Rental)

January 27
Albuquerque Journal Theatre 1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States

4 pm

A ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dance recital featuring children, young adults, and professional dancers—an exciting ensemble of students and teachers bringing today’s music to life in high-quality dance productions.
$12, $15, $17

  • The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.
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