Film: Bless Me, Ultima

5:00 – 7:00 pm: Reception & Cash Bar 6:00 pm: Levi Romero Pre-Film Talk 7:00 pm: Screening Rudolfo Anaya’s beloved and iconic Bless Me, Ultima returns to the NHCC with Carl Franklin’s screen adaptation. Bless Me, Ultima is set in the 1940s in rural New Mexico, and tells the story of a young boy and the mysterious healer who opens his eyes to the wonders of the spiritual realm. As the entire world is plunged into war and Antonio Marez grapples with the harsh realities all around him, his life is (more…)

Prophets, Pyramids & Paños

1:00pm – 4:00pm Explore music and performance art in various areas of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) on Saturday, October 28th. The brainchild of composer Nathan Felix, this exploratory, immersive production titled, Prophets, Pyramids & Paños, showcases an array of local talent that will come together to create a surrealistic musical world at the NHCC where attendees can walk through various locations on the NHCC campus including the pyramid and Torreón to see these different site-specific presentations. Free Community Event

Guerrilla Opera: A Discussion with Composer/Director Nathan Felix

6:00pm A discussion with composer/director Nathan Felix about his guerilla approach to opera and staging unconventional classical music performances in non-traditional spaces and how it relates to his collaboration with NHCC. Felix will also give a retrospective insight into his process and inspiration behind his imaginative works such as ‘6 Pianos in Surround Sound’, ‘Opera on a Bus’ and ‘Immersive Operas’. Free Community Event

Art Museum Reception: Into the Hourglass: Paño Arte from the Rudy Padilla Collection.

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Join us for the opening reception of Into the Hourglass: Paño Arte from the Rudy Padilla Collection. Into the Hourglass: Paño Arte from the Rudy Padilla Collection is an exhibition celebrating paños as an art form and the contributions of incarcerated artists to the broader fields of Chicano and American art. The exhibition features over 100 paños or pañuelos (Spanish for cloth or handkerchief) amassed by the late collector and community advocate, Rudy Padilla, as well as artworks by New Mexican artists (more…)

Opera Southwest: Carmen – en español!

2:00 pm Sundays 7:30 pm Wednesday, Friday & Saturdays Head to the National Hispanic Cultural Center for one of the most popular operas of our time! Opera Southwest and the NHCC present Carmen – en español! “Habanera” and “Toreador” are well-known arias that linger in your mind long after the performance is over. The controversial themes of rebellion, immorality, and the tragic death of the main character shocked French audiences when it was initially performed. The opera’s popularity and the main character’s notoriety left lasting impressions on audiences for (more…)

Opera Southwest: Before Night Falls

February 25, March 1, & 3 2:00 pm Sundays 7:30 pm Friday A poet in love with the moon. Opera Southwest & the NHCC present Before Night Falls. Before Night Falls by Jorge Martín is based on the autobiography of Reinaldo Arenas, a gay Cuban novelist, poet, playwright, political dissident, and prisoner. The story follows his childhood in Cuba, his time in prison, and his escape to the United States. Arenas is determined to stave off death to finish his work “Before Night Falls.” This opera will be produced in (more…)

Afro Mundo: Maestra

7:00 pm: Social Justice Film Screening, Panel Discussion to immediately follow. In 1961, over 250,000 Cubans joined their country’s National Literacy Campaign and taught more than 707,000 other Cubans to read and write. Almost half of these volunteer teachers were under eighteen years old, and more than half were women. Free Community Event

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