Reading & Booksigning: Diana Silva, Molé Mama; A Memoir of Love, Cooking and Loss

2 pm to 4 pm

Join author Diana Silva for a book reading and signing of Molé Mama; A Memoir of Love, Cooking and Loss about the intimate journey of Diana’s mother’s final thirteen months. She cooks her mother’s heirloom Mexican recipes every weekend while Rose presides from her nearby hospice bed and completes taste tests to ensure that Diana has perfected her favorite dishes. Rose also uses this precious time to help Diana understand the secrets to a good life: forgiveness, love, faith, and gratitude for every moment. The book includes some of Rose’s most cherished recipes, Chicken mole, Spanish rice, chili beans, enchiladas, guacamole and others. Diana Silva is a San Francisco-based author, radio host, video blogger and home chef. Her Molé Mama Recipes YouTube channel celebrates family recipes, cooking delicious meals at home and adding love to every recipe. Diving into her Latina roots, she uses her magical molcajete, and other tools and techniques that make her food taste like grandma used to make back in Mexico.
Free community event

La Canoa: Under the Canopy of the Cottonwoods of Alameda

2 pm

Dr. Jerry Gurule, Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Spanish and Portuguese UNM will present us with a vivid look at the community of Alameda.

Join us on a journey of discovery of the community of Alameda explored through history and anecdotes. Alameda was vitally linked to the Río Grande that supplied the essence of life to it and its sister communities of Los Ranchos, Corrales and Sandía Pueblo. This is, in part, a visual journey of the past and present interwoven among the “alamos” of the area. These were communities filled with their share of rapscallions and heroes, but communities we fondly referred to as “mi gente,” a people with a deep appreciation of the space they occupied.
This is a free public event

NHCC Library Latin Dance Book Collection Open House

4 pm to 6:30 pm 

The NHCC Library would like to introduce you to its recently acquired Latin Dance Book Collection, made possible through a grant from the New Mexico Library Foundation. Join us Tuesday December 5th from 6:30-8:30 pm to view the books, make free photocopies from the collection, and enjoy a dance demonstration by the Rueda505 dancers at 6:45 pm. Refreshments will be served. Or on Thursday, December 14th 4-6 pm, when once again you will be able to peruse the books, make free photocopies of pages, and enjoy refreshments.
Free public event

NHCC Library Latin Dance Book Collection Open House

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The NHCC Library would like to introduce you to its recently acquired Latin Dance Book Collection, made possible through a grant from the New Mexico Library Foundation. Join us Tuesday December 5th from 6:30-8:30 pm to view the books, make free photocopies from the collection, and enjoy a dance demonstration by the Rueda505 dancers at 6:45 pm. Refreshments will be served. Or on Thursday, December 14th 4-6 pm, when once again you will be able to peruse the books, make free photocopies of pages, and enjoy refreshments.
Free public event

Reading & Booksigning, Borderless: The Art of Luis Tapia

2 pm to 4 pm

Join us for a panel discussion and book signing celebrating Borderless: The Art of Luis Tapia, a new book that documents pioneering Chicano artist Luis Tapia’s 45-year career in art. The first full-length study of Tapia’s work, Borderless delves deep into his artistic legacy as a celebrated and influential figure in Chicano and New Mexican art, from the early 1970s to today. Leading art historians, curators, and literary figures consider Tapia’s refined craftsmanship and insightful commentary to be visual and social touchstones for a tradition in transition. Contributors include Dana Gioia, Charlene Villaseñor Black, Lucy R. Lippard, Denise Chávez, Edward Hayes, and Director and Curator of the NHCC Art Museum, Tey Marianna Nunn.
Free with a suggested $5 donation to the museum

La Canoa: Legacy Talks: The Myth of Tri-Cultural Harmony: Ethnic/Sexual Personas in the Tri-Cultural Land of Enchantment

3:30 pm

Join us for an examination of New Mexico’s public ideology of tri-culturalism, which holds that the state consists of three separate ethnic groups living together in harmony.

Chris Wilson, Professor of Cultural Landscape Studies at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning will discuss the myth, developed in the 1880s as part of the campaign to make New Mexico a state, and crystalized in the early 20th century with the rise of mass tourism. The primary visual expression of this rhetoric—found in both public art and tourism promotional literature—is a set of ethnic personas. Occupying the middle ground between racial stereotypes and mythic archetypes, these popular cultural types—like the iconography of the saints before them—are recognizable through attributes of costume, arts and crafts, skin color and facial type, tools and modes of transportation. When linked to assumptions about technological progress, occupational status and, above all, gender roles, these images also encapsulate and endorse a particular vision of social hierarchy.
This is a free public event

Reading & Booksigning: Irene Blea, Beneath the Super Moon

2 pm to 4 pm

Join author Irene Blea for a reading from her book Beneath the Super Moon.

The third book in Blea’s “Suzanna” trilogy, Beneath the Super Moon follows Suzanna Montoya from the mid-1960s, in the early days of the Chicano Movement, as she has settled in the city, developed a critical consciousness, and begun to address urban concerns about race, class, and gender. Suzanna’s analytical gift provides a colorful voice as she takes action to address the manifestations of racism, sexism, and class discrimination where they happen—in her life—all while she seeks to reunite with the sons she left behind when she ran from her abusive husband.
Free public event