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August 2019

Breathe, Barelas, Breathe: A Staged Reading of a Trilogy of One-Act Plays

7 pm
Orpheum Arts Space
500 2nd St, SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

This will be a staged reading of the entire trilogy (90 minutes). Arrive early to see a photo exhibit about Barelas. Followed by refreshments.

This trilogy of one-act plays is written by Barelas resident playwrights Raúl Garza, Leonard Madrid and Mónica Sánchez, and inspired by the history, dreams and musings of one of Albuquerque’s oldest neighborhoods. This trilogy has been developed with the support of Artful Life’s El Puente/Barelas project and in partnership with the NHCC and Homewise.

Two additional readings of the plays are below:

Sunday, July 28, 6 pm at B. Ruppe Drugstore parking lot
807 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Free food and drink followed by a reading of excerpts from the trilogy.

Wednesday, July 31, 7 pm at the NHCC Wells Fargo Auditorium
1701 4th St, SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Staged reading of the entire trilogy (90 minutes) followed by refreshments.

The playwrights: 

Raúl Garza is a Barelas-inspired playwright who tells stories that resound with culture, identify, and sense of place. His full-length play, Fantasmaville, received the National Latino Playwriting Award. When not writing, Raúl explores kundalini yoga, devours pop culture, and travel beyond his means. www.theraulito.com.

Leonard Madrid works as a designer, actor, playwright, and educator in Albuquerque. His plays, Tecolotito, Perla, and Aurora, have received a Kennedy Center’s Award for Latino Playwrights. Other plays have received readings and performances around the nation. www.leonardmadrid.org.

Mónica Sánchez has followed her bliss toward a life in the theatre and the theatre of life. She has been a professional theatre maker for the last three decades and happily resides in Barelas. This fall she will join the faculty at Colorado College as Assistant Professor of Playwriting and Performance. www.dramatista.com.

Breathe, Barelas, Breathe Flyer HERE

Monthly Speakers Program for the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of NM (Rental)

August 3
Wells Fargo Auditorium 1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States

10:30 am

Dr. Joseph Sanchez and he will continue his lecture series on the History of New Mexico.

The sixth lecture in this series is:

Revolt and Reconquest: New Mexico and the Camino Real.

Dr. Joseph Sanchez is an author, historian, and former Director of the National Petroglyph Monument. Internationally recognized he was awarded the Medalla de Acero al Merito Historico Capitan Alonso de Leon by the Sociedad Nuevoleonesa de Historia, Geografia y Estadistica, Monterrey, Mexico in 2000. In 2005 he was inducted into the prestigious knighthood order of the Orden de Isabel la Catolica by King Juan Carlos of Spain.  Please welcome Dr. Joseph Sanchez.

Qué Chola Farewell Party

2 pm – 5 pm

Join us for a final chance to view the exhibition, Qué Chola! Museum admission will be free, there will be curator tours of the exhibition, food trucks, a fashion show, music, vendors, and more!

Free event

Free museum admission for the first Sunday of the month (recurring)


Domingos en Arte: The Juani de la Isla Quartet

August 4

6 pm

Domingos en Arte, the summer music and dance series presented by MelazaMusic and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, is now in its fourth season, with concerts scheduled through August. We have invited a wide range of Latin artists for family-friendly summer Sundays that feature live music, drinks, and delicious Latin cuisine in the NHCC’s enchanting Fountain Courtyard.

On August 4, the new cross-cultural musical ensemble The Juani de la Isla Quartet, founded by acclaimed flamenco guitarist Juani de la Isla, explores the fusion of rhythm and melodic junctures among flamenco, Latin music, and Latin jazz in a genre-spanning performance. Juani de la Isla, highly praised in Spain as a flamenco accompanist and soloist, has recorded over 150 albums with artists worldwide. The ensemble also features Latin jazz pianist and violinist Dr. Mariano Morales, from Puerto Rico; Cuban-born bassist Yosmel Montijo; and Latin Grammy-winning percussionist and cajón player Diego “El Negro,” from Venezuela.

$15 w/ $2 discount for NHCC members; free for children 12 and younger

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

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¡Baile! Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Class

August 6

6 pm to 8:15 pm

6 pm to 7:15 pm—Beginning and Intermediate Class.
No experience is necessary to participate in this class.

7:15 pm to 8:15 pm—Advanced Class
In order to participate in this class, dancers must come to at least one 6 pm class and be familiar with the vocabulary and movement introduced in these classes.

Dance classes are taught by Larry Heard and Rueda 505 Friends.

There is no need to pre-register; just show up in comfortable clothes ready to dance! For more information, contact Elsa Menéndez at elsa.menendez@state.nm.us or 505-246-2261, ex. 34744.

$5 to $10 per class (pay what you can)

Educator Community Gathering

August 7

5:30 to 7:30 pm

All teachers, administrators, parents, & artists are invited to join us to view the fresco mural, Mundos de Mestizaje, enjoy appetizers and beverages, and participate in discussions about curricula and community needs.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center and AmeriCorps VISTA are seeking partnerships with schools, educators, parents, and artists to develop a curriculum for as many K-12 students as possible. Our first focus is creating content incorporating Mundos de Mestizaje.


Film: Los amores cobardes

7 pm

In August, the Center continues its partnership with Instituto Cervantes to present films in the organization’s current Espacio femenino series. Instituto Cervantes has offered this series since 2010, presenting contemporary work by women filmmakers and focusing on women’s concerns and issues.

When Eva, a young, independent cartoonist, returns home to Málaga for the summer holidays to spend time with her mother and her best friend Gema, she unexpectedly encounters an old boyfriend. She has had no contact with Rubén since he broke off their relationship, with no explanation and no farewell, six years earlier. While reflecting on the past, Eva will have to make decisions about the future. Presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

2018; Carmen Blanco; Spanish with English subtitles; 92 minutes; rated PG-13.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Live Pop-Up Salsa: Son Como Son and Ivón Ulibarrí & Café Mocha

August 9

7 pm

MelazaMusic and the National Hispanic Cultural Center present a live pop-up salsa event with Son Como Son and Ivón Ulibarrí & Café Mocha. This family-friendly event, also featuring drinks and delicious Latin cuisine, will be held in the NHCC’s enchanting Fountain Courtyard.

$12 w/ $2 discount for NHCC members; free for children 12 and younger


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Salud y Sabor Celebrates Venezuela: Strength in Culture

11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Salud y Sabor is a free late morning/early afternoon of food, art, health, culture, and entertainment that celebrates our communities and connects families with nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles, and play. Once a month, community members gather for cooking demonstrations using fresh, locally grown ingredients, fun art and movement activities for kids and adults, health screenings, cultural exchange, and live entertainment.  Join us for free samples of local produce and special recipes. All activities emphasize traditional Latin American and Indigenous food and culture, basic information/free screenings from local Western and alternative health practitioners, and a vibrant atmosphere with art activities, storytelling, and live music.

This event is presented as a partnership between the NHCC, Agri-Cultura Network and Street Food Institute.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor UNM-Health Sciences Center!

This event is free and open to the public

Mundos de Mestizaje

August 10August 11
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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