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June 2018
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Interview with a Mexican

June 2
Wells Fargo Auditorium
1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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7:00 pm 

This event will be a stage reading of Interview with a Mexican, based on conversations with Gustavo Arellano, columnist and author of Ask a Mexican and Taco USA, as adapted for the stage by Anthony J. Garcia.

A carnival of conversations and random perspectives about what it means to be a Mexican, inside or outside the US.  Over the years, Gustavo Arellano has established himself as the authority on what it is to be a Mexican in his newspaper column Ask a Mexican. He challenged “gabachos” (his word) to come out of the closet and ask the obvious, ignorant, and sometime racist questions, which he met with derision and insult, but also with a tremendous amount of information. The ultimate Chicano nerd has placed his trust in making the transformation of his writings three-dimensional in the hands of Tony Garcia, Executive Artistic Director of Su Teatro in Denver. A 46-year veteran of sarcasm and cultural enlightenment, Garcia is inspired by the character of Gold Hat from the movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, a role long viewed as a stereotypical portrayal of the Mexican bandit.  However, what is often overlooked is the sly genius of Adolfo Bedoya, the actor who played Gold Hat.

The play, with musical accompaniment, is set to open in September at Su Teatro, and will return to the NHCC in its full version in November after a brief stop at MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americano) in San Jose, CA. An additional performance is scheduled at Colorado State University in Pueblo, CO, with other stops pending.

The reading is part of a process of development funded by the National Performance Network, which has as commissioning partners Su Teatro, MACLA, Colorado State University-Pueblo and the NHCC.

Participating actors include Lorenzo Gonzales, Chair of the Acting Department at Naropa University in Boulder, CO; Manuel Roybal, former Su Teatro company member and now a resident of Albuquerque; and the legendary Loren Poole, aka Lynette “La Burqueña.”

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Domingos en Arte: Son Como Son

7:30 pm

Son Como Son bills itself as “Salsa, Cuban Style.” Founded in 1993, it is unquestionably one of Albuquerque’s longest-standing and most popular salsa ensembles. They play regularly to packed audiences comprising highly animated and dedicated salseros at the NM Jazz Workshop’s Salsa Under the Stars series; at the Cooperage; and at special concerts, such as those at the Telluride Jazz Festival. They are directed by renowned trombonist, vocalist, percussionist, composer, and arranger César Bauvallet, who moved from Havana, Cuba to Albuquerque in 1992.

Domingos en Arte, a summer music and dance series presented by Melaza Music, AMP Concerts, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center is a family-friendly summer event on Sundays in NHCC’s charming Fountain Courtyard that features live music, drinks, and delicious Latin cuisine. The NHCC’s newest on-campus restaurant—La Fonda del Bosque—will be offering unique themed dinners before each concert and providing a cash bar and tapas throughout the night.

$11 in Advance, $14 Day of Show

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¡Baile!: Family and Friends & Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Classes

June 5

5 pm to 6 pm Family and Friends Dance Class – On Tuesday nights in June and July, the National Hispanic Cultural Center is offering Latin American and Hispanic dance classes at 5 pm for families and friends. These classes will foster an intergenerational learning atmosphere. Bring your kids! Bring your grandparents! Bring your neighbors! Learning about the history and culture of the dances will be included. Some dances that may be taught include salsa, bachata, merengue, Mexican ballet folklorico, chachacha, casino, and more. No experience necessary.
Instructors: Evelyn Mora and Norma Quiñones

6 pm to 7 pm Rueda de Casino Dance Class (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 Rueda de Casino Dance Class (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.

Rueda de Casino 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.
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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)

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¡HAH! Happy Arte Hour With Jessica Chao

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

On the first Thursday of the month, NHCC invites adults for artistic fun in a relaxed social setting, which includes snacks, refreshments, and beer & wine for sale from Pop Fizz. This is a great opportunity for friends to hang out, a unique date night option, or a place to come solo and connect with fellow art enthusiasts.

During this event, Jessica Chao, an artist from the NHCC Art Museum exhibit Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM will lead the workshop.

Please pre-register using the link HERE (so we know how many materials to prepare)

For more information please call or email Elena Baca at 505-246-2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us
Free, $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists & purchase supplies

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REZARTX 2018

June 8
NHCC Campus
1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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4 pm to 11 pm

The 3rd Annual REZARTX Festival, produced by the non-profit REZILIENCE Organization, is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases the work of Indigenous professionals and organizations from across the country through music, arts, interactive activities, and more. Led and run solely by a community of Indigenous peoples that works to support Indigenous arts and culture programming in North America, it promotes positivity and creativity while encouraging awareness and education about Indigenous peoples and communities.

The theme of REZARTX 2018 is “Living in Cultivation,” with activities designed to allow participants to share efforts that invite abundance of knowledge, self, and community. This year’s event focuses on performance—music, dance, and poetry—with an evening show featuring seven acts and all-new video and mural installations. Other positive and enjoyable experiences for all ages include the opening Rio Rez Run, art activities, food vendors, and a vendors market featuring a variety of traditional and contemporary Indigenous art.
$20 Early Bird (by May 15);
$25 in advance;
$30 day of show;
$2 discount for NHCC members;
children 7 and younger free with a paying adult
Group Rates available through the NHCC Box Office

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Mundos de Mestizaje

June 9June 10
NHCC Torreón
1701 4th street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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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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Jugamos Juntos: Cantando la Cultura

10:30 am to 12 pm

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is pleased to offer free children’s programming during the summer. During June, July, and the first two Saturdays in August, families will be able to come to the Center on Saturday mornings for a new activity every week.

Please pre-register (so we know how many materials to prepare): https://goo.gl/forms/1mk0uGSN0fqV8pSr1.

Free, $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists & purchase supplies

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“The Work of Fighting for New Mexico’s Future”

11 am

This talk by Javier Benavidez, long-time community organizer in Albuquerque, is part of educational programming related to People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements. Javier works works in race-forward, social justice-oriented progressive causes aimed at reversing New Mexico’s long history of racism, colonization, and exploitation. His background includes directing the Southwest Organizing Project and also serving as speech writer for then-Congressman (now U.S. Senator) Martin Heinrich.

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Sunday in the Museum With Artist Corey Pickett

2 pm to 3 pm

Enjoy a tours of the NHCC Art Museum exhibit Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM led by Corey Pickett, who has a piece in the exhibit.

Free with NHCC Museum admission

Artwork credits: Clockwise from upper left: Corey Pickett, Las Mujeres (1 of 3), 2018. Wood, foam, fabric, repurposed purses. Approximately 83” h. x 108” w. x 6” d; Zahra Marwan, The desert knows me well, the night, the paper, and the pen (1 of 2), 2018. Watercolor and ink on paper. Two panels, approximately 11” h. x 15” w. each; Erin Currier, New Mexico Guadalupe, 2018. Mixed-media collage and acrylic on panel. Approximately 48” h. x 36” w; Ehren Kee Natay, Listening, 2018. Digital photography and  dye-sublimation on aluminum. Approximately, 30” h. x 24” w.

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¡Baile!: Family and Friends & Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Classes

June 12

5 pm to 6 pm Family and Friends Dance Class – On Tuesday nights in June and July, the National Hispanic Cultural Center is offering Latin American and Hispanic dance classes at 5 pm for families and friends. These classes will foster an intergenerational learning atmosphere. Bring your kids! Bring your grandparents! Bring your neighbors! Learning about the history and culture of the dances will be included. Some dances that may be taught include salsa, bachata, merengue, Mexican ballet folklorico, chachacha, casino, and more. No experience necessary.
Instructors: Evelyn Mora and Norma Quiñones

6 pm to 7 pm Rueda de Casino Dance Class (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 Rueda de Casino Dance Class (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.

Rueda de Casino 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)

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