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June 2018
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Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto and Baracutanga

June 23
Albuquerque Journal Theatre
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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7:30 pm

Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, a traditional folkloric cumbia group from Colombia’s Caribbean region, has been active since 1940. Their music preserves the traditional rhythms and sounds that are the product of a mixture of Indigenous, Spanish, and Afro-Colombian heritage. Dating back at least to the time of Bolivar, gaitero music is played on two flutes (gaitas) and a maraca, both of Indigenous origin, and drums of African origin, through the descendants of the many African slaves who passed through the country’s Caribbean coast. The group’s founder, Antonio “Toño” Fernández, is credited with paving the way for modern cumbia’s enormous popularity throughout the Americas by being the first to successfully put words to gaitero music. The group is currently headed by four of the original members, who perform with a new generation of gaiteros. Thanks in large part to them, gaitero music has become one of the most influential traditional styles in Colombian popular music today.

Baracutanga, a New Mexico-based seven-piece band representing four different countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and the U.S.), prides itself on arranging traditional South American rhythms in new and interesting ways, such as mixing huayño and cumbia with Middle Eastern darbuka, or Afro-Cuban batá and Afro-Peruvian festejo with Andean zampoñas, among other combinations. This kind of experimentation, blending ancestral traditions with a modern sensibility, results in an exciting, distinctive Latin flavor that is all its own. Lyrically and musically, Baracutanga proposes to build bridges between the south and north, finding common ground in creating songs that cross linguistic and cultural barriers and promoting cultural experiences that empower Latinos with a message of self-affirmation. Baracutanga will be celebrating the release of their latest single and video “Cuida Tus Espaldas.
$22, $27 w/ $2 off for NHCC Members

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Jugamos Juntos: Bailando Con Familia

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


HLA Book Sale: Grab a Great Book (or 5) and More!

June 23
10 am – 3 pm | Salon Ortega | $1 Admission
Door Prizes/Refreshments, and More
Once or twice a year, the NHCC History and Literary Arts program hosts a great book sale. We are lucky enough to receive plenty of book donations, and we have some treasures. If you are a history or literature buff, you’ll be especially pleased. We also have a wide range of other finds, including catalogues from our previous exhibits, and posters. Come by (earlier is better) and browse books at terrific prices. Door prizes, too! All proceeds go toward History and Literary Arts programming, which enables us to bring you events, workshops, readings and more.
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On Point Dance Studio: Throwin’ It Back In Time (Rental)

June 24
Albuquerque Journal Theatre
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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6 pm

On Point Dance Studio presents our 2018 Summer Recital. Students will perform routines they have learned during the spring semester—a combination of folklorico, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and contemporary dance.
$17, $22, $27

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

June 26

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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Film: Welcome to Shelbyville

7 pm

June screenings in the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series initiate Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on our Immigration Experience. This six-week series is a project of City Lore, a cultural center for the arts and humanities based in New York City. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of NEH’s Community Conversations initiative, and features documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is one of 24 organizations selected nationwide to participate in the Becoming American project. The scholar/moderator for the screenings and discussions at the Center is Dr. Gabriel Sanchez, Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico. The theme for Unit Two, presented on June 28, is “Promise and Prejudice.”

The powerful documentary Welcome to Shelbyville focuses on a small Tennessee town in the heart of the Bible Belt as it grapples with discrimination in the face of changing demographics. Shelbyville’s long-time residents are challenged with how to best integrate the recent arrival of hundreds of Somali refugees of Muslim faith, hired by the local Tyson chicken-processing plant. As the town erupts in controversy, we hear from all parts of the community: Latino workers grappling with their own immigrant identity; longtime African American residents balancing perceived threats to their livelihood against the values they learned from their own civil rights struggles; the Somali refugees attempting to make new lives for their families and maintain their dignity in a hostile new land; and white civic and church leaders who are attempting to guide their congregations and citizens through a period of unprecedented change.
2010; directed by Kim A. Snyder; English; 66 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

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Summer Institute Performances: Circo Latino

June 28June 29
Albuquerque Journal Theatre
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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Thursday at 5 pm
Friday at 10 am

The NHCC’s Summer Institutes—Circo Latino, the Manoa Project, and Voces— come see young artists, ages 8-13, present an original show featuring trapeze, juggling, stilting, acrobatics, clowning, live music, and more.
Free event with a suggested donation of $5

Deep gratitude to our sponsors who make the program possible: Nusenda Credit Union, Pacific Dental Services, City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Fund, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.

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Summer Institute Performances: The Manoa Project

June 28June 29
Wells Fargo Auditorium
1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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8 pm both days

The NHCC’s Summer Institutes—Circo Latino, the Manoa Project, and Voces—join the Manoa Project Teen Ensemble for a stirring performance of a fully produced original show written and created by a group of theatre students who have trained and worked together over four weeks.
$10 w/ $2 discount for students

Deep gratitude to our sponsors who make the program possible: Nusenda Credit Union, City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Fund, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.

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Summer Institute Performances: Voces

6 pm

The NHCC’s Summer Institutes—Circo Latino, the Manoa Project, and Voces— students from the Voces writing program will perform selected pieces from their month of intensive writing that explore their own inner voices.
Free public event; suggested donation $5

Deep gratitude to our sponsors who make the program possible: Nusenda Credit Union, City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Fund, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.


Mundos de Mestizaje

June 30July 1
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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