Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates the Hispanic and Latino American heritage and culture. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. These five countries all declared independence on September 15, 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively. Join Lewis & Clark as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the following events:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
La Guitarra en Latinoamérica: Appropriations and Transformations
Miller 105 l 3:30-4:30 PM
Hispanic Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement presents this musical presentation that traces the history of the classical guitar and its different transformations following its arrival to Latin America. Some of the featured instruments include: Spanish Vihuela, Mexican Jarana, Venezuelan Cuatro, Andean Charrango, & Colombian Tiple.
John Merry (Chile-USA) is a critically acclaimed concert classical guitarist and recording artist. John is currently on the music faculty of Lewis & Clark College and Portland Community College where he is the Chair of the Music and Dance Department. Freddy Vilches (Chile) is a multi instrumentalist who has performed with a variety of Latin ensembles throughout Latin America and the U.S. Freddy is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at Lewis & Clark College.
Please join us and watch two Lewis & Clark faculty give a musical performance and lesson on the history of the classical guitar and its Latin American roots!
Sunday, October 20, 3013
The Dream Is Now
Akin Hall Lounge l 8:00 PM
Gente Latina Unidad is presenting, The Dream is Now. Released in April 2013, The Dream is Now is a compelling 30 minute documentary by Academy Award-winning director David Guggenheim (Waiting for ‘Superman,’ An Inconvenient Truth). The Dream is Now gives voice to and puts a human face on the undocumented children of immigrants who are desperate to earn their citizenship and give back to the only country they’ve ever called “home.” The issue of immigration is an issue that affects all communities and in particular, the Latino American community. Both moving and thought-provoking, The Dream is Now brings this pressing issue to America’s attention, where we can all debate, discuss, and decide for ourselves what is right, what is fair, and what is best for our nation.
Wednesday, October 30, 3013
Teatro Milagro: FRIDA, un retablo
Council Chambers l 7:00 PM
Teatro Milagro’s critically acclaimed work about the artistic life of Frida Kahlo returns by popular demand after a six-year hiatus. The newly envisioned work performed to sold-out houses during its Portland run and received rave reviews from audience members.
In Tehuantepec dress with eyebrows taking flight like the wings of a raven, Frida Kahlo is legendary for her numerous affairs, self-portraits and an independence that inspired generations of feminists around the world. Frida Kahlo is a sorrowful heroine whose obsession with death provided her with an unquenchable thirst for life. Born a Mestizo of European and Mexican parents, her dark braided hair and distinctive bird-wing brows are immortalized in over 200 self-portraits. From the streetcar accident that left her crippled, to her torrid relationship with muralist Diego Rivera, life and art intertwine in this story of one of Mexico’s most acclaimed visual artists.
In this newest rendition of FRIDA, un retablo, three Frida’s take the stage, Tricia Castañeda-González as Frida, Dañel Malán as the spirit of Frida and Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi as Old Frida. Daniel Moreno portrays Diego Rivera and the ensemble shares various other roles from Leon Trotsky to André Breton. Come see the show!
Written by Dañel Malán, direction by Gabriela Portuguez, musical composition by Rory Merritt Stitt, and Milagro’s signature mural was designed and painted by Tomás Rivero. The 2013 tour of FRIDA, un retablo is made possible in part with grant support from Juan Young Trust, Bloomfield Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, and The Ventura Group, Inc.