Friday, July 16, 2010

Books and Music

New Book

Highly recommended (this is a beautiful, insightful, and important book):

Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives / Fronteras: Dibujando las vidas fronterizas
Steven and Reefka Schneider, Introduction by Norma E. Cantú
Spanish translation by José Antonio Rodriguez
Wings Press, 2010

From the publisher:
Borderlines/Fronteras brings together images and stories, sights and sensations, in an aesthetically beautiful series of bilingual poems and drawings that portrays the people of the borderlands as they are seldom seen, peeling back the layers of fear and mistrust to reveal an rich and vibrant culture.

From the Introduction by Norma E. Cantú:
The Schneiders have crossed the bridge with charcoal, pastel, and conte, and with words. And we are better for it. We peek into the lives of characters and learn how to look beyond to the stories. ... Through images and words, this book invites us to reflect, to consider the stories, the lives and the realities of life on the U.S - Mexico border. But it also impels us to dwell on our own work, asking us to tend to the wound that will not heal, to do work that matters.

Kathleen Alcalá:
These compassionate portraits, from the accordion player to the bead seller, show their everyday public lives, la gente decente on whose backs we have constructed the vast, complicated economy and culture that is the border today. In the discussions of walls, guns, drugs and abstract policies, we need to remember that ordinary individuals live here too, and always will.

Ed Conroy (review in the San Antonio Express-News):
At a time when Arizona's new immigration law has created an intensified national controversy over the value and worth of the people of our border regions, one new book has the power to make us pause to reflect on the stories and conditions of their lives. ... These faces come to life in the charcoal and pastel drawings of Reefka Schneider, who fascinatingly captures both the graphic details and emotional truths etched into faces young and old by the harsh social and natural realities of border life. And those faces breathe with life in the poems of her husband, Steven P. Schneider, crafted clearly with the intention of creating a narrative that captures a moment in life and its emotions for each person. ... The result of their work is a series of 25 poignantly moving vignettes of border people and their lives, expressed as a page of poetry in English and Spanish, and, opposite, the portrait that is integrally joined to the poem.

Voces Unidas Por America Concert

ALBUQUERQUE – With the backdrop of the impending controversial Arizona immigration law SB 1070 set to take effect, LULAC has called upon the Latino entertainment
community to unite and raise their collective voices through a star-studded concert with a cause, Voces Unidas Por Am erica or Voices United for America. The unprecedented concert will send a “collective and united” message to the state of Arizona.

Mexican balladeer king José José has announced his confir mation that he will join previously announced Top Latin recording artists Cristian Castro, Pee Wee and Ozomatli, Saturday July 17 at 7:00 pm at Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque to speak out against the proposed law which LULAC has stated is unconstitutional and un-American.

“The incredible talent will join together in echoing the sentiment and passion of the Latino community against the proposed law,” remarked Rosa Rosales, LULAC President. “Arizona has given Latinos an opportunity to stand up; an urgency and a sense of purpose to unite through
song as Americans voice their concerns with this unique musical event.”

Portions of the musical extravaganza and political outcry will be broadcast nationwide on a special, hosted by Vanessa Hauc on Sunday, July 25 from 4-5 p.m. on Telemundo Network.

Voces Unidas will be free to the community, but ticketed. Free tickets will be available only at the LULAC Convention and Exposition in the Albuquerque Convention Center from any of the following concert sponsor booths located in the NE Expo Hall: Astra Zeneca, MillerCoors, NBC/Telemundo and Univision Radio. The Expo Hall is free and open to the public through 4 p.m. Friday, July 16. For convention information log onto, or call 887-LULAC-01. The concert is produced by top Latin producer LatinPointe.

Reyna Grande Discusses/Signs at Corona Library

One of several events featured in the latest newsletter from the Latino Book & Family Festival is Reyna Grande's upcoming event at the Corona, CA library on July 24. Click on the image for a better view of the poster and details.

14th Annual Chicano Music Festival and Auction

Thurs. 8/5 7-9 p.m. Noche Tradicional - Chicano Music Hall of Fame $6

Fri. 8/6 6-9 p.m. Noche de Alma - Chicano Jazz and Soul $12
Sat. 8/7 6-10 p.m. Summer Pachanga featuring SONES DE MEXICO ENSEMBLE $18

Sun. 8/8 5-9 p.m. Mariachi Tardeada $15

Your favorite summer tradition is here!

DENVER, CO 80204303-296-0219

New Mexican Legend in Denver - Time to Dance

Click on the poster for a better look at the details of what should be a good time and a great show.

Summer time and the living is easy - enjoy it.


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