Tuesday, November 05, 2019

News 'n Notes

On November 22-24, the Art History Department, the Chicana/o Studies Department, the LGBTQ Studies Program, and the Herb Alpert School of Music (with a small contribution from the Center for Mexican Studies) present Juana: The Opera, performed by Opera UCLA, and based on an adaptation of Prof. Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s (Chicana/o, English and Gender Studies) historical novel on Mexico’s most famous nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

On November 22-23, scheduled in tandem with the opera, Professor Alicia Gaspar de Alba (Chicana/o, English and Gender Studies) and Professor Charlene Villaseñor-Black (Art History and Chicana/o Studies) have organized a two-day symposium on Sor Juana’s life and work, which will provide much-needed historical and cultural context for the opera.  The title of the symposium is “You Imagine Me and I Exist” The Afterlives of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.  

Find time and location details on the symposium and the opera here (link).

Latino Theater Company Brings Teatro Para La Gente To Them. And Free.

Los Angeles' most creatively programmed professional theatre, Spring Street's Latino Theater Co., is taking professionalism seriously, working for free and in local spaces. Here's how the Company explains the event. Spaces & Places await confirmation, check this link for updates.

The Latino Theater Company, in collaboration with UCLA School of Theater Film and TV and East Los Angeles College Theater Arts Department, is going to the heart of our community with an urgent and timely production of a cornerstone in the canon of Chicano Theater, La Victima. In 1978, members of the Latino Theater Company performed the play, and now, in 2019, when anti-immigrant rhetoric is at a fever-pitch, the play is more relevant than ever. A new generation of Latinx artists from UCLA and ELAC are performing La Victima in a production directed by Latino Theater Company Artistic Director, Jose Luis Valenzuela, that will tour Los Angeles to bring vital theater to the heart of our community. 

The production will be performed for no admission fee.  

Given the current national climate, the Latino Theater Company feels the responsibility to bring theater to the people--the community under attack, and fulfill their mission to create a place where the convergence of people, cultures, and ideas contribute to the future. 

Created in 1976 by the theater collective El Teatro De La Esperanza, La Victima could not be more relevant.

At this point in the history of the U.S., immigration is still a hot-button issue, with certain political factions calling for the repeal of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees citizenship rights to those born on U.S. soil. As the nation's Latinx community is attacked by ICE and scapegoated by the rhetoric of the president, it is crucial to oppose the historical and ongoing oppression of Latinx in the U.S.A. and set a precedent for the future. 

The LBJ Presidential Library event comes Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2 p.m. The LBJ biblioteca is located at 2313 Red River St., Austin, Texas 78705

Voces invites Facebook (click here for link to Voces/Face) users to a live streaming on the celebration. The stream flows at 2.

1 comment:

jmu said...

The free performances of La Víctima will be announced only if LA Theatre Center finds "community partners to showcase this crucial piece of theater to share with the people of Los Angeles for no admission fee." Or so says the text at thelatc.org.

As always, con dinero baila el perro and There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

After all, the bills have to be paid because the personnel has to eat, pay rent, etc., right? right?