Noche Latina: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Friday, September 28th
University Center Wean/Kirr Commons
Join us for fun, food, and salsa dancing! Mix and mingle and win prizes! Hasta pronto!
Featuring the live band Azucar!
Hosted by Student Affairs & CMARC with support from SHPE, SALSA and the Latino Graduate Student Association!
Tuesday, October 9
Kresge Theater, CFA
Dessert Reception to follow in the CFA Lobby
Free Ticketed Event
(Tickets Available beginning 09/27/12 at Info Desk or to RSVP for tickets please call 412.268.2075 or email M. Shernell Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Los Valientes (The Courageous Ones) is a live music theatre work for singing actor and onstage music trio of cello, piano and percussion. Based on the lives of three heroic Latinos, the show celebrates Mexican painter Diego Rivera, martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and Mexican-American outlaw Joaquin Murrieta - some say the Zorro character was based on this historical figure. The music ranges from traditional Latino folk and popular songs sung in Spanish to instrumental works by Latin American composers.
“Latinos in/on Film” Festival 2012
Every Week in Porter Hall 100 @ 7:30 pm
Sponsored by the Latin American Cultural Union
Thursday, September 20th
“…y no se lo tragó la tierra” (Severo Pérez, 1995, United States). This landmark of Chicano cinema is an adaptation of Tomas Rivera’s 1971 novel of the same title. Told from the perspective of Marcos, the 12-year-old son of migrant Mexican-American farm workers, the film follows their travels over the course of a year, each of its 12 sections linked to a month of the calendar. The family starts off in Texas at the beginning of harvest season. Their hardscrabble journey takes them across the length and breadth of the Midwest (NY Times)
Wednesday, September 26th
“El Súper” (León Ichaso, 1979, United States). A slice of life look at Roberto and Aurelia, Cuban exiles living in New York City with their 17-year-old daughter Aurelita. It is based on Ivan Acosta’s play of the same title. It’s February, 1978; the winter is harsh, and for ten years Roberto’s been the super of an apartment building, firing up the boiler, repairing windows, moving bags of garbage. He’s homesick for Cuba, stuck in repetitive conversations about the Bay of Pigs, Castro, and life back home (IMDb).
Wednesday, October 3rd
“La guagua aerea” (Luis Molina Casanova, 1993, Puerto Rico ). Humorous but poignant chronicle of a particular kind of diaspora situation in which Puerto Ricans have been increasingly involved since the 1960s, and which consists of an incessant switching back and forth between the island and the United States. The ‘airbus,’ with its constant commuting between these two locations, traverses carefully guarded national airspaces, carrying people, identities, symbols and languages horizontally across nations (The Commuting Island).
Saturday, October 6th
“Nueba Yol” (Angel Muñiz, 1995, Dominican Republic)
An immigrant struggles to make a new life in New York City, the Dominican Republic. Amiable, big-hearted Balbuena, grieving over the recent demise of his much loved wife, decides he needs a change and so listens to the exciting pie-in-the-sky talk of his buddy Fellito who suggest that Balbuena leave the island and move to Nueba Yol (Dominican slang for the Big Apple). (Rotten Tomatoes)
Friday, October 12th
“A Day Without a Mexican” (Sergio Arau, 2004, United States) “A Day Without a Mexican” ponders the potentially catastrophic results that would occur if California-based Mexicans, who make up over a third of the state’s population, were to suddenly disappear. A series of characters show the apparent statistical impact of Mexicans on California’s economy, law enforcement and education systems as well as the resulting social unrest. (IMDb)