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January 2019

Writing Workshop: Fiction (All Genres)

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

Do you love reading good fiction—whether historical, popular, literary or sci-fi? Have you always wanted to write stories or novels? This eight week workshop is designed for writers who want to try writing fiction or those who need inspiration (and skills) to write more.  Inspired by fiction by Latinx writers, you will write new work, develop your narrative skills and receive valuable feedback for revision from your fellow writers. The workshop culminates with a public reading of your new work at the NHCC.

Instructor:  Brenna Gomez is adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where she teaches composition, creative writing, and in the freshmen learning community program. She received her MFA in fiction from UNM in 2016 and served as Editor in Chief of UNM’s national literary magazine, Blue Mesa Review. Her fiction has appeared in Prairie Schooner and is forthcoming in StoryQuarterly. Brenna was the recipient of a 2017 Hedgebrook residency and the 2015 Hispanic writer award for the UNM Summer Writers’ Conference in Santa Fe. She is also a staff reader for Recommended Reading at Electric Literature and hosts author events Bookworks in Albuquerque.

Deadline to register:  MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019

Workshop Fee: $250 (Limit: 12 writers so register early!)

Three Scholarships are available for $125

Reserve your spot at the NHCC website: https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/w8vb0wz09z746l/

Info/Contact: valerie.martinez@state.nm.us

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.

Colcha Community Stitch-Along

9:30 am – 12 pm

Join our monthly gathering for colcheras of all skill levels led by Annette Gutierrez Turk. If you are beginning or advanced in the traditional New Mexican style of embroidery, bring your current colcha project along and enjoy these monthly, informal, community work sessions to share ideas, resources and encouragement!

For more information, call Elena at 505-246-2261 or e-mailing elenad.baca@state.nm.us.
Free event

Facilitated by Sandia Mountains Chapter-EGA

Mundos de Mestizaje

January 19January 20
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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Free

¡Baile! Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Class

January 22

6 pm to 7 pm Beginning and Intermediate – This class is geared for teenagers and adults. Come learn footwork, partner skills and choreography. No experience necessary.

7 pm to 8 pm Intermediate and Advanced – In order to participate in this class, dancers must know how to keep time, closed position calls, dame, enchufla, and outside turn.

Dance classes taught by Sarita Streng, Nick Babic, Adam “El Caballo” Metcalf, Larry Heard, and Rueda 505 Friends.

In the meantime, a fun video from Rueda Con Ritmo Dance Group who was just in Cuba Rueda con Ritmo with Jorge Luna Roque in Holguín.
Click Here.

There is no need to pre-register. Just show up in comfortable clothes ready to dance! For more information, contact elsa.menendez@state.nm.us or 505-246-2261 ext.34744
$5 – $10 per class (pay what you can)

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.

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.
(It may take a moment to load.  Microsoft Internet Explorer is NOT recommended.  Best experienced with Safari, Firefox or Chrome.)
Free

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

 

¡Baile! Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Class

January 29

6 pm to 7 pm Beginning and Intermediate – This class is geared for teenagers and adults. Come learn footwork, partner skills and choreography. No experience necessary.

7 pm to 8 pm Intermediate and Advanced – In order to participate in this class, dancers must know how to keep time, closed position calls, dame, enchufla, and outside turn.

Dance classes taught by Sarita Streng, Nick Babic, Adam “El Caballo” Metcalf, Larry Heard, and Rueda 505 Friends.

In the meantime, a fun video from Rueda Con Ritmo Dance Group who was just in Cuba Rueda con Ritmo with Jorge Luna Roque in Holguín.
Click Here.

There is no need to pre-register. Just show up in comfortable clothes ready to dance! For more information, contact elsa.menendez@state.nm.us or 505-246-2261 ext.34744
$5 – $10 per class (pay what you can)

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.

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.

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