COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO PIONEERS
The Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy has published Hispanic Pioneers in Colorado and New Mexico, and is celebrating with a reception at the Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, on December 9 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. More details at the Society's website.
PROPS FOR A HOMEBOY
Congratulations to Denver writer, director, musician and activist, Tony Garcia. Here's the press release:
"El Centro Su Teatro Executive Artistic Director Anthony J. Garcia has been awarded a $50,000 fellowship from the newly established United States Artists (USA).
Garcia, who was nominated by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), is among the 50 fellows chosen by USA from over 300 nominees. USA selects fellows based on the nominee’s artistic quality, creativity, innovation, and risk-taking.
Garcia has been a member of Su Teatro since 1972 when he joined the company as a guitar player and singer. Garcia’s plays have garnered much critical acclaim including the Denver Post’s Ovation Award, the Denver Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, and the University of California, Irvine Chicano Literary Award. Garcia also received a directing fellowship from Theatre Communications Group in 1989, which allowed him to visit theatre groups across the country and solidify his standing as one of the Southwest’s preeminent theater visionaries.
According to USA, 96% of Americans value art in their communities and their lives; however, only 27% value artists. This paradox is one of the main catalysts for USA’s inception. Through this unparalleled fellowship program, USA hopes to encourage creative output in the United States in order to invigorate the economy and celebrate our most talented creative thinkers.
Garcia received his honor at a public reception at the Lincoln Center in New York on Monday, December 4. For more information please call El Centro Su Teatro at (303) 296-0219."
LUMINARIAS DE SANTA FE DRIVE
December 8: 13th Annual Luminarias de Santa Fe Drive. Get in the holiday spirit by joining this popular cultural event that will focus on the history, tradition, and architecture of Santa Fe Drive, also known as the "Gateway to Denver." Marvel at the Luminarias light bags adorning storefronts, traditional Mexican dancers, and local carolers while viewing art in more than 30 galleries and artists' studios.5-9 pm. Free. Santa Fe Dr. area between 5th and 10th Avenues MAP.303-534-9740
Daniela Capistrano tells me that she is a Chicana Associate Producer and avid reader of La Bloga, both of which sound cool to me. Daniela also says that she thinks the NYC folklorico band Pistolera delivers "strong, positive messages," that they just finished a West Coast tour, and that they will be touring Europe and the Southwest in the spring. Daniela shot a performance clip at a recent Pistolera CD release party, which you can watch here. The band does Cazador, a song that deals with immigrants and immigrant rights. Again, cool. Daniela will direct the band's first music video this month. Check out the clip, watch for the band.
Sorry, not much from me this week-- winter-like weather and winter-like blues slowed me down.