NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival

10 am to 6 pm

Thank you to all who made our first NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival a success.  We had over 440 visitors, 19 authors/presenters/student storytellers/student poets and 18 vendors.

You can still order festival merchandise (t-shirts, water bottles and posters) with a logo/image by festival artist Zahra Marwan. The festival image (upper right) was recently shortlisted for the World Illustrator Awards and will be in an exhibit at the Somerset House Embankment Galleries in London. Congratulations to Zahra!

Check back on this page, starting in October, for information about next year’s festival.

For more information, please contact Valerie Martínez, Director of History and Literary Arts, National Hispanic Cultural Center: valerie.martinez@state.nm.us; 505-383-4724.

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Margaret Randall: Book Reading and Signing

Saturday, February 15, 2010
2 pm
Salon Ortega

In Voices from the Center of the World (Wings Press, 2020), Randall has selected and translated 25 poets born in Ecuador between 1926 and 1993. These include some cultural heroes of the 20th century and many of the voices that define political dissent in Ecuador. The collection also focuses on a new generations of poets, especially women and indigenous poets born after 1950.

Margaret Randall is a feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist. She is the author of over 50 books and a recipient of the 2019 Haydée Santamaría Medal from Casa de las Americas in Havana, and the prestigious 2019 Poeta de Dos Hemisferios, presented by Ecuador’s Poesía en Paralelo Cero. In 2017, she was awarded the Medal of Literary Merit by Literatura en el Bravo, Chihuahua, Mexico. The University of New Mexico granted her an honorary doctorate in letters in 2019. For more on Margaret Randall see her web page: http://www.margaretrandall.org

Inside Opera Workshop Series: Il Postino

6-8 pm
Tuesdays, January 21, 28, and February 4

Join us for our second year of “Inside Opera”—a workshop series presented by the NHCC in partnership with Opera Southwest.  This year the opera is “Il Postino” and each workshop will focus on a different element of the performance (see below).  Those who attend at least two of the three workshops will receive half-price tickets to the show.  Sign up for the workshops here:  https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/inside-opera-workshop-series-il-postino/

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Inside Opera Workshop Series: Il Postino

6-8 pm
Tuesdays, January 21, 28, and February 4

Join us for our second year of “Inside Opera”—a workshop series presented by the NHCC in partnership with Opera Southwest.  This year the opera is “Il Postino” and each workshop will focus on a different element of the performance (see below).  Those who attend at least two of the three workshops will receive half-price tickets to the show.  Sign up for the workshops here:  https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/inside-opera-workshop-series-il-postino/

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Inside Opera Workshop Series: Il Postino

6-8 pm
Tuesdays, January 21, 28, and February 4

Join us for our second year of “Inside Opera”—a workshop series presented by the NHCC in partnership with Opera Southwest.  This year the opera is “Il Postino” and each workshop will focus on a different element of the performance (see below).  Those who attend at least two of the three workshops will receive half-price tickets to the show.  Sign up for the workshops here:  https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/inside-opera-workshop-series-il-postino/

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Travel the Hispanic World this New Year’s Eve!

Noon – 2 pm

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the National Hispanic Cultural Center by touring 12 stations with interactive activities. Each station celebrates New Year’s Eve with a different tradition from a different country. In Brazil, eat seven raisins. In Mexico, pocket a handful of lentils. In Spain, eat 12 grapes and make 12 wishes. Tear up your 2019 calendars in Uruguay. In Colombia, create a little suitcase to celebrate adventures to come–and so much more! Visitors can also create a zine reflecting on the past and looking to the 2020 future.

FREE! KIDS & FAMILIES WELCOME!
For more information, contact cassandra.osterloh@state.nm.us; 505-383-4708

 

Los Pastores de Belén

3 pm

Los Pastores, the New Mexican Shepherds Play, was brought to New Mexico in 17th century from Spain. The play follows the adventures, antics, and battles of shepherds, angels, and devils. On their journey to Bethlehem to take their presents, the shepherds are waylaid by Demonio. The audience is amused by the mischief of Bartolo, the lazy shepherd, and the rhetorical prowess and swordplay of San Miguel.

Before it was revived in 1973, when a manuscript was discovered in a home in Las Nutrias, the last time that Los Pastores had been performed in this area was in 1929. Filomena Baca and a group of parishioners of Nuestra Señora de Belén have been performing the play ever since.

(taken from Enrique Lamadrid’s “Reflections on Los Pastores“)

Free public event

A discussion and Q&A session before the performance will be led by Filomena Baca and Dante Berry, one of the actors in the play, which has been performed by members of his family for generations.

La Canoa – Giving Baque: On Hemispheric Indigeneities and the Southern Border of New Mexico

2 pm – 4 pm

Building on and departing from the work of interethnic thought-leaders in New Mexico, Dr. Gregorio Gonzales will consider how competing logics of settler-statecraft and Native American nationhood operate in a place of both Native- and nuevomexicanx-led struggles for political autonomy and religious liberty. The current humanitarian crisis along New Mexico’s southern border demonstrates the urgency of Indigenous transnational existences as they transit and transgress the political integrities of settlerstates and tribal nations alike. Dr. Gonzales will discuss the significance of New Mexico in building bridges of critical understanding and alliance inside this vital thoroughfare between Native America and Latin America.

This is a FREE event OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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¡Iluminarte! 2019

4 pm – 8 pm

National Hispanic Cultural Center/Paseo del Bosque Trail/CABQ BioPark and Tingley Beach

¡ILUMINARTE! is a winter holiday celebration inspired by luminarias and farolitos—a New Mexico tradition.  This Sunday evening event includes storytelling, an illuminated bike parade along the Paseo del Bosque Trail, and performances by Story Riders–a bilingual after-school and bike-riding program for elementary school students—with Circo Latino, AirDance New Mexico and Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero. The event is free and open to the general public.

To participate in the Magical Light and Bike Parade, register here: https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/iluminarte-2019-parade-registration-form

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Book Reading and Signing: Norma Elia Cantú, Cabañuelas

2 pm

Norma Elia Cantú will read from her new novel, Cabañuelas (University of New Mexico Press, 2019), the successor to her award-winning Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, which chronicles her childhood experiences on the border. Nena leaves Laredo, Texas, and moves to Madrid, Spain, to research the historical roots of traditional fiestas in Laredo. Immersing herself in post-Franco Spain and its rich history, its food, music, and fiestas, Nena finds herself falling for Paco, a Spaniard. Nena’s research and experiences teach her about who she is, where she comes from, and what is important to her. As her work comes to a close, Nena must decide where she can best be true to her entire self: in Spain with Paco or in Laredo, her home, where her job and family await her return. After reading, Cantú will talk about the craft of writing a novel—in celebration of National Novel Writing Month (November).

This event is free and open to the public

Presented in conjunction with the University of New Mexico Press