Yjastros: A Nuestro Aire, A Celebration of 20 Years

8 pm—Friday & Saturday
2 pm—Saturday

Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company presents A Nuestro Aire, A Celebration of 20 Years, celebrating peerless choreography and the two-decade artistic journey of the incredible company. This season reprises classic works by Artistic Director Joaquin Encinias, A Nuestro Aire and Caravana de los Zincalí, and premieres new works from master artists and choreographers Mercedes Ruiz and La Popi. A unique treasure in the American cultural landscape, Yjastros brings the creative visions of world-renowned flamenco artists to the American public, while cultivating the living art of flamenco in the United States.

$30, $40, $50, $60 w/ $5 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members

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

Día de los Muertos: Despedida

5 pm – 7 pm

Free Community Event

The National Hispanic Cultural Center will hold its annual Despedida (Farewell) to celebrate Día de los Muertos with music, poetry, and hands-on art at this time-honored community gathering. This is a great event for all ages. Tour the ofrendas around the NHCC campus and enjoy music, poetry, traditional hot chocolate mexicano, pan de muerto, and the sharing of heartfelt memories.

Día de Muertos is an annual traditional holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and many Hispanic communities. Join the NHCC and experienced, knowledgeable local artists to learn about the meaning of this celebration, the traditional arts and crafts associated with the celebration and development of ofrendas that honor families and individuals.

For more information please call 505-246-2261.
Free community event

Día de Los Muertos: Lecture and Book Signing with Ann Murdy

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Free

You are invited to a special lecture and book signing!

Join artist and author, Ann Murdy, for a discussion of her book, On the Path of Marigolds: Living Traditions of Mexico’s Day of the Dead / En el camino de los cempasúchitles: Tradiciones vivas del Día de Los Muertos de México with Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn, Director of the NHCC Art Museum. The discussion will be followed by a book signing with the author.

About the Author

Ann Murdy is an award-winning photographer who has been taking pictures of México’s Day of the Dead and other celebrations since 1991. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the photo archives of the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. She has a B.A. from Chapman University in Orange County, and also B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Film: Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!/Não Devore Meu Coração

7 pm

On the turbulent border of modern-day Brazil and Paraguay, marked by the waters of the Río Apa, a war is brewing between rival gangs on either side. Caught in the middle of it all, Joca, a Brazilian boy of 13, has fallen in love with Basano La Tatuada, an indigenous Paraguayan girl living on the border, and is determined to win her over regardless of the consequences. As Joca’s brother Fernando becomes heavily embroiled in the hostilities, and Basano is threatened by the unwanted affections of an older boy in her village, Joca is forced to confront where his own loyalties lie. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

2017; directed by Felipe Bragança; Portuguese with English subtitles; 106 minutes; not rated.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show