U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

7 pm

Free and open to the public, ticket link available August 15, 2021

The National Hispanic Cultural Center/History and Literary Arts Program and the University of New Mexico/English Department present a reading, performance, and talk by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, attended the Santa Fe Indian School, and was a faculty member at the University of New Mexico. She is an award-winning writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. Her numerous publications include nine books of poetry, a memoir, a young adult novel, a children’s book, and five CDs featuring her poetry and music. Harjo will release her sixth CD, “I Pray for My Enemies,” on May 5, 2021.

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Film: Zonazine documental, Para la guerra

12 pm (MST)

Available for 48 hours

Instituto Cervantes Vimeo Channel HERE

Francisco Marise’s Para la guerra explores the combat memories of Mandarria,” a former Cuban soldier who is searching for the comrades who served in his last command. As Mandarriagoes through a series of exercises from a military manual, the director’s observation of his body and his gestures offers insight into his memories, his solitary life, and the invisible wound he still carries with him, 30 years after his final mission.

Cuba/Spain/Argentina; 2018; Spanish with English subtitles; 65 minutes; not rated.

Free community event

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Film: Zonazine documental, El cuarto reino: El reino de los plásticos

12 pm (MST)

Available for 48 hours

Instituto Cervantes Vimeo Channel HERE

El cuarto reino: El reino de los plásticos, by Adán Aliaga and Álex Lora, is set in a can collection and recycling center in a New York City neighborhood. At “Sure We Can,” founded by Basque nun Ana Martínez, homeless people can come to exchange recyclables that they have collected for a few dollars. Through René, an undocumented worker from Mexico who works and sleeps at the center, and the relationships he establishes with his peers, we explore the daily life of this “kingdom of plastics,” and a community that, in the face of its disillusionment with the American dream, transcends this reality to turn “el cuarto reino” into a sometimes surreal planet of its own.

Spain; 2019; Spanish with English subtitles; 82 minutes; rated G.

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AARP Brain Health Webinar: Conjunto Blues

2 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom with suggested donation. Click here to donate. You may also email marmijo@nhccfoundation.org to register for any of these events. We will send you the link to the performance.

Conjunto Blues, performance sponsor, AARP will offer a live webinar on brain health and the arts, including the intrinsic connection between music and memory, the lasting effects of music on the brain, and tools to assist in boosting brain health and wellness.

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Workshop: Conjunto Blues

2 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom with suggested donation. Click here to donate. You may also email marmijo@nhccfoundation.org to register for any of these events. We will send you the link to the performance.

Nicolás Valdez will present an hour-long workshop and discussion live from his home, revolving around specific themes drawn from pre-recorded interviews and historical documentary footage that he has compiled. This workshop will explore the complexity of conjunto music’s origins and evolution and its long-term impacts on the Mexican-American community, delving into topics including conjunto’s campesino origins, its stylistic evolutions, women and the recording industry, and pachucos and the nightlife, and including ethnographic interviews with prominent figures in the conjunto music scene. The crux of the conversation will be the way in which the evolution of conjunto music parallels that of the Mexican-American identity.

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Film: Del corto al largo (y viceversa), Antonio Muñoz Molina, el oficio del escritor

12 pm (MST)

Available for 48 hours

Instituto Cervantes Vimeo Channel HERE

Antonio Muñoz Molina, el oficio del escritor, a documentary produced by María del Puy Alvarado and directed by Álvaro Giménez Sarmiento, is a richly revealing portrait of Andalusian writer and professor Antonio Muñoz Molina. One of the great figures of contemporary literature and a former director of Instituto Cervantes’ New York office, Muñoz Molina has divided his time between Madrid and New York for many years.  

2014; Spanish with English subtitles; 60 minutes; not rated.

Free community event

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On-Line Albuquerque Premiere: Conjunto Blues

7 pm (MST)

The premiere performance will be on our Foundation YouTube page HERE

This performance, the Albuquerque premiere of Valdez’ critically acclaimed work, is made possible through the generous sponsorship of AARP.

In Conjunto Blues, playwright, actor, and musician Nicolás Valdez explores the social and historical conditions that led to the development of conjunto music as an expression of cultural resistance and liberation. Centering on Valdez’ personal experience growing up in the conjunto music scene, the work is loosely based on his relationship with his grandfather, also an aficionado of the music. Audiences are taken through a shifting landscape of memory and reflection that is highlighted throughout by traditional music performed live by Valdez and accompanied by musicians Luis Gonzalez on bajo sexto (12-string Mexican guitar), Sarah Rocha on tololoche (upright bass), and Joaquin Abrego on batería (drums). With a cast of colorfully poignant characters, Conjunto Blues is a deeply personal performance for viewers of all ages and backgrounds, and one that is sure to entertain as well as educate.

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Film: Del corto al largo (y viceversa), Pulse

12 pm (MST)

Available for 48 hours

Instituto Cervantes Vimeo Channel HERE

María del Puy Alvarado, often collaborating with director Álvaro Giménez Sarmiento, has produced films in a variety of genres. In Pulse, a thriller shot in Madrid but set in the Ukraine in late 2008, the body of 14-year-old Anna Skobalski is found on the outskirts of Kiev.

2013; Spanish with English subtitles; 17 minutes; not rated.

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Film: Del corto al largo (y viceversa), Nos hacemos falta

12 pm (MST)

Available for 48 hours

Instituto Cervantes Vimeo Channel HERE

In Juanjo Giménez’ first feature film, Nos hacemos falta, a prisoner granted leave to attend his mother’s funeral encounters an old friend, a newly discovered little brother, and a truck with a clandestine cargo. As the assorted characters travel through the desert in this “peculiar road movie,” they discover what unites them, as well as what keeps them apart.

2001; Spanish with English subtitles; 97 minutes; not rated.

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Film: Del corto al largo (y viceversa), Rodilla

12 pm (MST)

Available for 48 hours

Instituto Cervantes Vimeo Channel HERE

Several of Juanjo Giménez’ short subjects explore the world of soccer, and its emotional impact on fans. In Rodilla, a chance sighting of the legendary player Rodilla working as a cab driver leads a middle-aged man on a search for a missing trading card to settle childhood scores.

2009; Spanish with English subtitles; 16 minutes; not rated.

Free community event

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