Archive for the ‘Arts’ Category

SECRET REBEL

Cuban immigrant Loreta Velazquez once disguised herself as a man just so she could fight in the Civil War. We speak to writer and director María Agui Carter about her film, “Rebel,” premiering nationwide on PBS.

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MariaMaría Agui Carter emigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador, grew up an undocumented “Dreamer” in New York City, and graduated from Harvard College. A filmmaker and scholar, she has won the George Peabody Gardner, Warren and Rockefeller Grants and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and Tulane. Her work has been shown at film festivals and has been broadcast internationally. Based in Boston, she is an advocate for Latino and social issue filmmakers. She currently serves as the Chair of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.

 

 

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Chorus Lines

The world premiere of a choral piece called “Santos” opens in California. The star singers: the teenage girls of the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Radio Bilingüe’s Farida Jhabvala Romero reports.


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Farida-Jhabvala-Romero-reporting-in-Mendota-CA-broccoli-field-150x150Farida is a reporter for Radio Bilingüe, the National Latino Public Radio Network. She regularly covers health and the environment. She also contributes stories on California traditional artists for Radio Bilingüe’s series Raíces: Reportajes sobre Artistas del Pueblo. Prior to joining Radio Bilingüe, Farida worked as a reporter for El Mensajero, a San Francisco weekly, and other publications. She has a bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Alameda, California, with her husband Eric and 2-year old daughter Devika. She can be reached at farida@radiobilingue.org.

“Violeta Went to Heaven”

Chilean folksinger Violeta Parra helped revive her country’s traditional music and introduced the Nueva Canción genre to the world. “Violeta Went to Heaven,” a film about the life of Violeta Parra, is now playing in major U.S cities. Latino USA producer Andrés Caballero spoke to the film’s director, Andrés Wood, in New York City.


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Wood.photoAndrés Wood is the director of “Violeta Went to Heaven.” He is also known for “Machuca,” “The Good Life” and “Football Stories.” Wood is an Economics graduate from Universidad Católica de Chile (1988). He also studied film at New York University.

 

 

After the Prize

Quiara Alegría Hudes won the 2012 Pulitzer for her play “Water by the Spoonful,” about a Puerto Rican vet who returns to family strife in Philadelphia. It’s the second in a trilogy, and Maria Hinojosa speaks to the playwright just before the opening of the third play, “The Happiest Song Plays Last.”


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HudesQuiara_288x375Quiara Alegría Hudes is the author of “Water by the Spoonful,” winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. “Water by the Spoonful” is the second in a trilogy of plays. The first, “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. She wrote the book for the Broadway musical “In the Heights,” which received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and was a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist.Hudes received a B.A. in music cum laude from Yale University and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown, She was recently inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame–the first Latina and among the first group of women to receive this honor since the school’s founding in 1836. She now lives in New York with her husband and daughter.

Frida & Diego in Their Own Words

An exhibition at the High Museum in Atlanta portrays Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in a new way. Along with their paintings, there are quotes from each artist about their tempestuous relationship and the tumultuous times they lived in.


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Rich Halten2Rich Halten has had a nearly life-long love affair with radio. It started when he was 13, hanging around a station in his Florida hometown. By 16 he was spinning records after school and weekends at the station. He went on to work in radio and TV through college and even during his Army hitch, serving at the American Forces Network in Europe. After a successful career in advertising, Rich returned to his radio roots. Following a stint as a producer at an Atlanta Sports/Talk station, he segued to public radio. In the past five years he’s produced short and long-form pieces that aired on NPR stations around the country, as well as Radio National Australia, and were featured on-line. He continues to be guided by the belief that the pictures ARE better on the radio.

News Taco: Who’s Latino?

Is Jorge Bergoglio, aka Pope Francis, Latino? Does it matter? Why did Bruno Mars drop his Puerto Rican father’s surname? And who is the new Obama staffer Miguel Rodriguez? Latino USA guest host Felix Contreras gets the answers in conversation with Victor Landa, editor of the site News Taco.


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Victor-150x150Victor Landa is the founder and editor of NewsTaco, a website that provides news, analysis and critique from a Latino perspective. He worked as a writer and editor for 30 years, mostly with Telemundo and Univisión. Landa also contributed to the San Antonio Express-News, and he is an adviser on media strategy, message crafting, storytelling and public speaking.

Piñata Protest

The San Antonio band mixes punk and traditional Mexican music to wow the crowds at SXSW. Lead vocalist Alvaro del Norte talks to Latino USA guest host Felix Contreras about the similarities of punk and conjunto.


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Alvaro photoAlvaro del Norte is the vocalist and accordion player for the San Antonio Texas based band Piñata Protest. Their new album, “El Valiente” is due out in May.

BEBO

LUSA guest host Felix Contreras offers a short tribute to Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes, who died recently at age 94 in Sweden. Valdes was an important part of Cuban musical history for at least five decades.


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“THE GIRL”

A Texas single-mother turned coyote and the Mexican girl who flips her plans upside-down are the subjects of director David Riker’s new film, “The Girl.” Latino USA host María Hinojosa speaks to film blogger Christine Davila for a review.


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Christine.photo Christine Dávila is a first generation Mexican-American born and raised in Chicago. Her passion for discovering original and underrepresented voices led her to pursue a career in film festival programming.  She started to screen films for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival where she is currently a Programming Associate, and also evaluates projects for Sundance Institute’s International Screenwriters lab.  Davila has also been an Associate Programmer for The San Francisco International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Morelia International Film Festival.  She programs a monthly screening series in LA’s Downtown Independent theater.  A regular volunteer at Centro Del Pueblo, a non-profit community service center for at risk youth in Echo Park, she also writes, not as frequently as she’d like to, on her blog, Chicana from Chicago, a forum where she tracks, interviews and covers US Latino films and filmmakers.

This is Bushwick

It’s a web comedy series about a group of friends living in the fast changing Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. The new season of “East Willy B” premiers March 20th. Host María Hinojosa speaks with producer and actress Julia Grob about the “new generation Latino” sensibility of the show.


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JuliaGrobHeadshot Julia Ahumada Grob is an actor, writer, and creative producer of Chilean and Jewish heritage. She is the co-creator and lead actor of “East WillyB.” Named one of 25 emerging theater artists by Kevin Spacey, Julia has appeared on screen opposite Rosie Perez, Andre Royo (“The Wire”), Jaime Tirelli (“Girl Fight”) and onstage opposite Kathy Najimy, Billy Crudup, and Jason Biggs. Julia is a 2011 Fellow of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), Latino Producers Academy and Latino Artist Mentoring Program. Julia holds a BA from Brown University and has studied acting with the Labyrinth Theater Company, Steppenwolf Theater Company and at Upright Citizen’s Brigade.

GIRLS OF CONJUNTO

Meet the Garza sisters. Playing Tex-Mex Conjunto music publicly used to be the sole domain of men…till sisters Lala and Marcella took up the accordion and the drums. They’re back on the scene after many years. Delaney Hall brings us this story from Stories from Deep in the Heart.


Click here to download this week’s show. This story was reported by Arlette Flores, Jennifer Gonzalez, Roberto Hernandez, and Steven Ugalde and produced by Delaney Hall. It was originally produced for Stories from Deep in the Heart, a project of Texas Folklife

DelaneyHallDelaney Hall is a radio producer and multimedia reporter in Austin, TX. She’s the lead producer of the Austin Music Map, a community documentary project based at KUTX and produced in collaboration with the Association of Independents in Radio and Zeega.

A TASTE OF HELADO NEGRO

Ecuador-via-Florida musician Roberto Carlos Lange, aka Helado Negro, just released his latest record Invisible Life. Hear about his family life, musical philosophy, and meanings behind the new tunes in his own words.


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HeladoNegroHeadshot From the room he grew up in, in South Florida, to his apartment in Savannah, where that restless tropical silent partner, humidity, continued to creep in, and now in his current home in Brooklyn – Roberto Lange of Helado Negro has never not made music. Tones whittled out of these places, memories, time and all its impressions, Invisible Life is Helado Negro’s third full-length album. Like captured light, it is a reflection of Helado Negro’s refined love affair with synthesis, sampling, and his own strengthening voice.

NORTEÑO ACADEMY

In Salinas, California, a budding classical music star comes home to teach local kids how to play something quite different…Tex-Mex norteno music…for free. Radio Bilingue’s Farida Jhabvala Romero reports.


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Farida Jhabvala Romero reporting in Mendota, CA broccoli field Farida is a reporter for Radio Bilingüe, the National Latino Public Radio Network. She regularly covers health and the environment. She also contributes stories on California traditional artists for Radio Bilingüe’s series Raíces: Reportajes sobre Artistas del Pueblo. Prior to joining Radio Bilingüe, Farida worked as a reporter for El Mensajero, a San Francisco weekly, and other publications. She has a bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Alameda, California, with her husband Eric and 2-year old daughter Devika. She can be reached at farida@radiobilingue.org.

BLESS ME, MIRIAM

The new film Bless Me, Ultima based on the Rudolfo Anaya novel is out now in theaters. Maria Hinojosa speaks to actor Miriam Colon, who stars as the curandera, Última.


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Miriam Colon Valle is known as one of the pioneers of the Hispanic Theatre movement in New York City. She came to the United States with a scholarship through the University of Puerto Rico and later became the first Puerto Rican to be accepted at the Famed Actor’s studio. She was appointed to serve as the New York State Council for the Arts by former Governor Nelson Rockefeller. As the president and founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Company Inc., she produced more than 100 plays.

 

A PIECE OF A FALLING STAR

New Mexico poet Carlos Contreras works teaching inmates and writes about addiction and poverty in his community. He reads an excerpt from his poem “Falling Star.”


Click here to download this week’s show. Image courtesy of Just Write. See Carlos Contreras performing another poem here.

 Carlos Contreras is a twenty-six-year-old poet who competed on the team that brought the National Poetry Slam Championship home to his native Albuquerque. His many other awards include the New Mexico Hispanic Entertainers Award for Poet of the Year in 2007. As a high school student, Carlos was accepted into the Voces program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, a month-long workshop in poetry composition and performance. The next year he returned as an intern and mentor. Today, with a degree in English and Sociology from the University of New Mexico, he is the lead coordinator of the program. He has published poems in several anthologies, and a book, A Man in Pieces: Poems for My Father. Contreras performs solo and in groups around the state and the nation. Bio and headshot care of El Palacio.

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