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January 2019

Inside Opera: María de Buenos Aires

5:30-7 pm
NHCC Library, History and Literary Arts Building

Opera novices and aficionados are invited to three free interactive presentations about  “María de Buenos Aires,” Astor Piazzola’s extraordinary tango-opera. Over three Wednesday evenings, poet Valerie Martínez and conductor Oliver Prezant will lead you on a magical journey through the story, the libretto, the music, and the staging of this evocative work, which tells the story of María, a prostitute born in a poor suburb of Buenos Aires, who sleepwalks through life, death, the afterlife, and is reborn into “innocence.” The music, by tango legend Ástor Piazzolla, is based on “nuevo tango,” a genre that Piazzolla revolutionized by infusing Argentine tango with elements of jazz and classical music. Those who attend all three sessions will receive a 50% discount on tickets to a performance of the show, which runs from February 17-24 in the Journal Theater.

Dates and Topics:

January 23: Story, Text, and Context, with Valerie Martínez

  • Maria’s Argentina: old tango bars, duende, crafting the libretto, signs and symbols, magical realism.

January 30: The Music, with Oliver Prezant

  • Astor Piazzola and Tango Nuevo, singing the story-setting the text, the music of character and situation.

February 6: Maria on Stage – “Operita” or Opera? with Oliver Prezant

  • Director’s choice: blocking, lighting, sets, costumes. Maria in the land of musical theater and opera.

Register for the workshops HERE.

Valerie Martínez is currently the Director of History and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Santa Fe’s second Poet Laureate, Valerie taught poetry and literature at the college/university level for 23 years. As a core artist and Executive Director of Littleglobe, Valerie worked in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera Community Engagement Program to co-create two community-based operas: Memorylines: Voces de Nuestras Jornadas (2008) and the Santa Fe Bus Opera (2010).

Oliver Prezant has presented lectures and education programs for The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Southwest. He is the Music Director and conductor of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and the Artistic Advisor to the ArtWorks Program, which provides arts education workshops for Santa Fe Public Schools students and teachers. He was on the faculty of the Contemporary Music Program at the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Writing Workshop: Fiction (All Genres)

6 pm, Wednesdays (eight weeks between January 16 and March 6)

The NHCC is committed to cultivating local writers and celebrating their work. In this workshop, writers read excerpts from books by Latinx authors, engage in a variety of writing exercises that build skills and generate new writing,. Each class gives a public reading as a culminating event. Instructor:  Brenna Gomez (UNM).

Deadline to register: Monday, January 14, 2019.

Workshop Fee: $250 (about $30 per class). Limit: 12 writers so register early!

Three Scholarships are available for $125 —first come-first served.

Register and pay here.

All fees must be paid prior to January 16th.

NHCC Book Club

5:30 pm

The NHCC Book Club meets once a month to talk about that month’s selected book. In January, the book will be Pat Mora’s House of Houses (memoir). Pat Mora also will be the keynote speaker/reader at the NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival on April 27, 2019.

To join the NHCC Book Club, register here. NHCC Book Club members who purchase their books through Bookworks get a 10% discount on that title.

Braceros Exhibit Opening Reception

6 pm

This exhibition features more than 30 black and white photographs of braceros taken by the photojournalist collective known as the Hermanos Mayo. It also uses narratives, video and artifacts to tell the story of the Bracero Program. The program grew out of a series of bi-lateral agreements between Mexico and the United States, bringing Mexican men to the United States as guest-workers on short-term, primarily agricultural labor contracts. In 1942, these workers came to remedy wartime production shortages by supplying much-needed labor during the early years of World War II.  The Bracero Program, which derived its name from the Spanish word for a manual laborer, “bracero” continued uninterrupted until 1964. During this extensive program, 4.6 million contracts were signed, with many individuals returning several times on different contracts, making it the largest United States contract labor program. An examination of the exhibition images, documents, and artifacts contributes to our understanding of the lives of migrant workers in Mexico and the United States, as well as our knowledge of immigration, nationalism, labor practices, and race relations.
This event is free and open to the public

Writing Workshop: Fiction (All Genres)

6 pm, Wednesdays (eight weeks between January 16 and March 6)

The NHCC is committed to cultivating local writers and celebrating their work. In this workshop, writers read excerpts from books by Latinx authors, engage in a variety of writing exercises that build skills and generate new writing,. Each class gives a public reading as a culminating event. Instructor:  Brenna Gomez (UNM).

Deadline to register: Monday, January 14 2019.

Workshop Fee: $250 (about $30 per class). Limit: 12 writers so register early!

Three Scholarships are available for $125 —first come-first served.

Register and pay here.

All fees must be paid prior to January 16th.

Inside Opera: María de Buenos Aires

5:30-7 pm
NHCC Library, History and Literary Arts Building

Opera novices and aficionados are invited to three free interactive presentations about  “María de Buenos Aires,” Astor Piazzolla’s extraordinary tango-opera. Over three Wednesday evenings, poet Valerie Martínez and conductor Oliver Prezant will lead you on a magical journey through the story, the libretto, the music, and the staging of this evocative work, which tells the story of María, a prostitute born in a poor suburb of Buenos Aires, who sleepwalks through life, death, the afterlife, and is reborn into “innocence.” The music, by tango legend Ástor Piazzolla, is based on “nuevo tango,” a genre that Piazzolla revolutionized by infusing Argentine tango with elements of jazz and classical music. Those who attend all three sessions will receive a 50% discount on tickets to a performance of the show, which runs from February 17-24 in the Journal Theater.

Dates and Topics:

January 23: Story, Text, and Context, with Valerie Martínez

  • Maria’s Argentina: old tango bars, duende, crafting the libretto, signs and symbols, magical realism.

January 30: The Music, with Oliver Prezant

  • Astor Piazzola and Tango Nuevo, singing the story-setting the text, the music of character and situation.

February 6: Maria on Stage – “Operita” or Opera? with Oliver Prezant

  • Director’s choice: blocking, lighting, sets, costumes. Maria in the land of musical theater and opera.

Register for the workshops HERE.

Valerie Martínez is currently the Director of History and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Santa Fe’s second Poet Laureate, Valerie taught poetry and literature at the college/university level for 23 years. As a core artist and Executive Director of Littleglobe, Valerie worked in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera Community Engagement Program to co-create two community-based operas: Memorylines: Voces de Nuestras Jornadas (2008) and the Santa Fe Bus Opera (2010).

Oliver Prezant has presented lectures and education programs for The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Southwest. He is the Music Director and conductor of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and the Artistic Advisor to the ArtWorks Program, which provides arts education workshops for Santa Fe Public Schools students and teachers. He was on the faculty of the Contemporary Music Program at the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

February 2019

Poetry Writing Workshop

February 13 – April 10, 2019
Eight weeks, Wednesdays, 6 pm to 8 pm

Poetry Writing Workshop for intermediate-advance poets. Do you crave a community of fellow poets? Do you want to be inspired to write new work? This eight week poetry workshop, for intermediate-advanced poets, is writing-intensive. You will be inspired by readings of Latinx poets as well as by helpful and supportive workshops and discussions. The workshop culminates with a public reading at the NHCC where you share your new work.

Instructor: Valerie Martínez is an award-winning poet whose book-length poem, Each and Her, won the Arizona Book Award, received Honorable Mention in the International Latino Book Awards, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award,and The Ron Ridenhour Prize (among other awards).  Her work has been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies. Martínez was the Poet Laureate of Santa Fe from 2008-2010. She is also the Director of History and Literary Arts at the NHCC. Learn more:  www.valeriemartinez.net

Deadline to register: Monday, February 4, 2019
Workshop Fee: $250, about $30 per class
Limit: 12 poets so please register early
Three Scholarships are available for $125, first-come, first-served

Register and pay HERE
Info/Contact: valerie.martinez@state.nm.us

Writing Workshop: Fiction (All Genres)

6 pm, Wednesdays (eight weeks between January 16 and March 6)

The NHCC is committed to cultivating local writers and celebrating their work. In this workshop, writers read excerpts from books by Latinx authors, engage in a variety of writing exercises that build skills and generate new writing,. Each class gives a public reading as a culminating event. Instructor:  Brenna Gomez (UNM).

Deadline to register: Monday, January 14, 2019.

Workshop Fee: $250 (about $30 per class). Limit: 12 writers so register early!

Three Scholarships are available for $125 —first come-first served.

Register and pay here.

All fees must be paid prior to January 16th.

Inside Opera: María de Buenos Aires

5:30-7 pm
NHCC Library, History and Literary Arts Building

Opera novices and aficionados are invited to three free interactive presentations about  “María de Buenos Aires,” Astor Piazzola’s extraordinary tango-opera. Over three Wednesday evenings, poet Valerie Martínez and conductor Oliver Prezant will lead you on a magical journey through the story, the libretto, the music, and the staging of this evocative work, which tells the story of María, a prostitute born in a poor suburb of Buenos Aires, who sleepwalks through life, death, the afterlife, and is reborn into “innocence.” The music, by tango legend Ástor Piazzolla, is based on “nuevo tango,” a genre that Piazzolla revolutionized by infusing Argentine tango with elements of jazz and classical music. Those who attend all three sessions will receive a 50% discount on tickets to a performance of the show, which runs from February 17-24 in the Journal Theater.

Dates and Topics:

January 23: Story, Text, and Context, with Valerie Martínez

  • Maria’s Argentina: old tango bars, duende, crafting the libretto, signs and symbols, magical realism.

January 30: The Music, with Oliver Prezant

  • Astor Piazzola and Tango Nuevo, singing the story-setting the text, the music of character and situation.

February 6: Maria on Stage – “Operita” or Opera? with Oliver Prezant

  • Director’s choice: blocking, lighting, sets, costumes. Maria in the land of musical theater and opera.

Register for the workshops HERE.

Valerie Martínez is currently the Director of History and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Santa Fe’s second Poet Laureate, Valerie taught poetry and literature at the college/university level for 23 years. As a core artist and Executive Director of Littleglobe, Valerie worked in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera Community Engagement Program to co-create two community-based operas: Memorylines: Voces de Nuestras Jornadas (2008) and the Santa Fe Bus Opera (2010).

Oliver Prezant has presented lectures and education programs for The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Southwest. He is the Music Director and conductor of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and the Artistic Advisor to the ArtWorks Program, which provides arts education workshops for Santa Fe Public Schools students and teachers. He was on the faculty of the Contemporary Music Program at the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Writing Workshop: Fiction (All Genres)

6 pm, Wednesdays (eight weeks between January 16 and March 6)

The NHCC is committed to cultivating local writers and celebrating their work. In this workshop, writers read excerpts from books by Latinx authors, engage in a variety of writing exercises that build skills and generate new writing,. Each class gives a public reading as a culminating event. Instructor:  Brenna Gomez (UNM).

Deadline to register: Monday, January 14, 2019.

Workshop Fee: $250 (about $30 per class). Limit: 12 writers so register early!

Three Scholarships are available for $125 —first come-first served.

Register and pay here.

All fees must be paid prior to January 16th.

Writing Workshop: Fiction (All Genres)

6 pm, Wednesdays (eight weeks between January 16 and March 6)

The NHCC is committed to cultivating local writers and celebrating their work. In this workshop, writers read excerpts from books by Latinx authors, engage in a variety of writing exercises that build skills and generate new writing,. Each class gives a public reading as a culminating event. Instructor:  Brenna Gomez (UNM).

Deadline to register: Monday, January 14, 2019.

Workshop Fee: $250 (about $30 per class). Limit: 12 writers so register early!

Three Scholarships are available for $125 —first come-first served.

Register and pay here.

All fees must be paid prior to January 16th.

Writing Workshop: Fiction (All Genres)

February 27 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm

6 pm, Wednesdays (eight weeks between January 16 and March 6)

The NHCC is committed to cultivating local writers and celebrating their work. In this workshop, writers read excerpts from books by Latinx authors, engage in a variety of writing exercises that build skills and generate new writing,. Each class gives a public reading as a culminating event. Instructor:  Brenna Gomez (UNM).

Deadline to register: Monday, January 14, 2019.

Workshop Fee: $250 (about $30 per class). Limit: 12 writers so register early!

Three Scholarships are available for $125 —first come-first served.

Register and pay here.

All fees must be paid prior to January 16th.

March 2019

Writing Workshop: Fiction (All Genres)

6 pm, Wednesdays (eight weeks between January 16 and March 6)

The NHCC is committed to cultivating local writers and celebrating their work. In this workshop, writers read excerpts from books by Latinx authors, engage in a variety of writing exercises that build skills and generate new writing,. Each class gives a public reading as a culminating event. Instructor:  Brenna Gomez (UNM).

Deadline to register: Monday, January 14, 2019.

Workshop Fee: $250 (about $30 per class). Limit: 12 writers so register early!

Three Scholarships are available for $125 —first come-first served.

Register and pay here.

All fees must be paid prior to January 16th.

NHCC Book Club

5:30 pm

The NHCC Book Club meets once a month to talk about that month’s selected book. Book for March TBD.

To join the NHCC Book Club, register here. NHCC Book Club members who purchase their books through Bookworks get a 10% discount on that title.

La Canoa: Daniel Webb “Mapping the Apachería”

2 pm

This monthly series (August-May) features talks by Hispanic/Latino academic and community researchers with long-standing and distinguished records of research and teaching about New Mexico and the region in February, hear Daniel Webb talk about “Mapping the Apachería.”

This event is free and open to the public

Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Graphic Workshop for Teens

2-5 pm

To celebrate the lives, activism and legacies of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, teens will begin creating their own graphic novel tributes to Cesar Chavez and/or Dolores Huerta in this hands-on workshop for teens ages 13-16. Teens will learn to conceptualize projects by way of storyboarding and character design. Novels will start to come to life through illustrations and comic strips highlighting the students’ created stories and characters.

Workshop fee: $50. Scholarships available. Spaces are limited so register early: cassandra.osterloh@state.nm.us.

April 2019

NHCC Book Club

5:30 pm

The NHCC Book Club meets once a month to talk about that month’s selected book. Book for April TBD.

To join the NHCC Book Club, register here. NHCC Book Club members who purchase their books through Bookworks get a 10% discount on that title.

NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque will host its first annual NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival. Coinciding with National Poetry Month, Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Arbor Day, and Semana Cervantina/Poesía eres tu, this festival will celebrate children’s books written in Spanish and English and Native languages and English.

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May 2019

NHCC Book Club

5:30 pm

The NHCC Book Club meets once a month to talk about that month’s selected book. Book for May TBD.

To join the NHCC Book Club, register here. NHCC Book Club members who purchase their books through Bookworks get a 10% discount on that title.

June 2019

NHCC Book Club

5:30 pm

The NHCC Book Club meets once a month to talk about that month’s selected book. Book for June TBD.

To join the NHCC Book Club, register here. NHCC Book Club members who purchase their books through Bookworks get a 10% discount on that title.

August 2019

NHCC Book Club

5:30 pm

The NHCC Book Club meets once a month to talk about that month’s selected book. Book for August TBD.

To join the NHCC Book Club, register here. NHCC Book Club members who purchase their books through Bookworks get a 10% discount on that title.

September 2019

NHCC Book Club

5:30 pm

The NHCC Book Club meets once a month to talk about that month’s selected book. Book for September TBD.

To join the NHCC Book Club, register here. NHCC Book Club members who purchase their books through Bookworks get a 10% discount on that title.

October 2019

NHCC Book Club

5:30 pm

The NHCC Book Club meets once a month to talk about that month’s selected book. Book for October TBD.

To join the NHCC Book Club, register here. NHCC Book Club members who purchase their books through Bookworks get a 10% discount on that title.

“Lost Places”–Día de los Muertos Writing/Art Show

October 25November 15

This curated exhibit features community-created ofrendas/works of writing and art that remember beloved, lost places—whether a lost region of the Amazon, Chaco Canyon, or an abuela’s kitchen. Deadline for submissions: Friday, September 27, 2019. Opening reception: Friday, October 25, 5:30-7 pm. The show will run from October 25-November 15, 2019.

November 2019

NHCC Book Club

November 21 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm

5:30 pm

The NHCC Book Club meets once a month to talk about that month’s selected book. Book for November TBD.

To join the NHCC Book Club, register here. NHCC Book Club members who purchase their books through Bookworks get a 10% discount on that title.

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