Friday, March 26, 2010


La Carpa de los Rasquachis, written by Luis Valdez, directed by Anthony J. Garcia

Su Teatro
stars in the regional premiere of Luis Valdez's classic farm worker tale of an everyman immigrant told in rollicking corridos and performed in the classic Mexican tent-show style.

Written 45 years ago, La Carpa de los Rasquachis toured the world and gave birth to the Teatro Chicano movement.

If you ever liked anything Su Teatro has performed, come see the play that started it all.

March 19 - April 17 - Thursday, Friday and Saturday - 7:30 p.m.

The Denver Civic Theater -721 Santa Fe Dr.
Tickets - $18 general - $15 students and seniors
Groups of 12 or more people $12 each
Special promotional rates available upon request.

John Moore in the Denver Post gave the play three stars:
" Best of all, Su Teatro has come home to the westside neighborhood from where it was long ago displaced, along with much of its community, for the Auraria campus. A historic move calls for a historic production, and Luis Valdez's La Carpa de los Rasquachis, considered by many the masterpiece of the Chicano theater, qualifies."

La Voz Femenina 7 - an east end live art production
March 28th, 5 pm Café Flores 6606 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX 77023 $ Free

Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) is pleased to announce the second installment of its spring 2010 East End Live Art series, La Voz Femenina 7. Each year VBB collaborates with Arte Público Press to celebrate International Women’s Month. This year’s show includes films, art exhibits, open mic, and discussion, featuring Erica Fletcher, Liana Lopez, Delilah Montoya and Brian Parras. VBB’s Founding Director, Sehba Sarwar, will host the evening. “La Voz Femenina, now in its seventh year, is a powerful tradition of collaboration with Arte Público. VBB was founded by women, and to celebrate and recognize women’s struggle is an integral part of what we do,” says Sarwar.

La Voz Femenina 7 is cosponsored by Arte Público Press, Houston Institute for Culture, KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, and Café Flores. The program is curated by Samina Mahmood, Gunjen Mittal, Selina Pishori, and Jacsun Shah.

Bits and Pieces

Renee Fajardo writes, at

"The César Chávez Peace & Justice Committee of Denver
commemorates César Chávez with its annual event on March 27. The Chávez commemoration will begin with a 10am Mass at St. Joseph's Church (6th Ave. & Galapago). Immediately following the mass, a march will proceed to El Centro Su Teatro (7th Avenue & Santa Fe Dr.), honoring the spirit of César Chávez and recognizing his peaceful and nonviolent ideals.

"Awards presentation, poetry, art, music and food will add to the spiritual gathering, to remember one of the world's greatest leaders of peace. This year's Leadership Awards recipients include: Raymond Ayon, Ara Cruz, María López and Nick Vigil."

I'll add my own note: this year's winner in the Organization category is the Migrant Farm Worker Division of Colorado Legal Services. I work for CLS and can say that the attorneys, paralegals, and interns in the Migrant Farm Worker Division are some of the most dedicated legal workers in the state - they take seriously the notion of affirmative advocacy on behalf of their clients, who are farm workers, sheepherders, the unemployed, and the discarded. I've seen it all firsthand and know that this award is well-deserved. Congratulations.

The Dylan Thomas Prize is for writers under the age of 30 who publish in English. Check out the submission requirements and rules of eligibility at this website. The prize is £30,000.00 (about $45,000, I think) and the deadline is April 30. That prize money could do a lot for tuition.


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