martes, 15 de abril de 2014

MACHETE - Kisumontao this April 26th!

Vengan a bailar salsa, bomba y plena con GeñaGloria Rodriguez Ransom y MACHETE - Kisumontao! El sitio tiene una vibra como de tasca española ...super chévere! Va estar buenísimo!


This is coming up in April 26th! I went to the Pittsburgh Winery for the first time and fell in love immediately. They use their wine barrels (filled with delicious wine) as tables. There's great sitting and standing room for all. The vibe takes you elsewhere...wherever you want to be... It's beautiful!

MACHETE - Kisumontao will have a few amazing special guests playing with us then too! It's going to be a fantastic night!

Buy your tickets ahead of time to save $$. Here's a link

Hope to see you all there! And thanks again for supporting local music!

Cariños Geña

jueves, 10 de abril de 2014

UPDATES for the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)~4/10/2014 to 4/19/2014

Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?  A Documentary Film by Heather Arnet

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Location: 3911 W.W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

In January 2013, Heather Arnet, Women and Girls Foundation CEO, traveled to Brazil to explore the changing political and economic roles women are playing in Brazil’s global leadership. The one-hour documentary explores how women are emerging as political leaders around the world, how Brazil came to elect its first woman president, Dilma Rousseff, in 2010, what impact her presidency is having on global markets, women’s rights and opportunities, and what American women and businesses can learn from the Brazilian experience.

A panel discussion will follow the screening and will include:

•Heather Arnet, CEO of Women and Girls Foundation and writer/director of the film;

•Erin Molchany, PA State Representative, 22nd Legislative District of Allegheney County and

•Dr. Gabriela Tarouco, Professor of Political Science, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, and Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Department of Political Science

Refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the Brazil Nuts Portuguese Club, the Campus Women’s Organization at Pitt, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and the University Honors College.



Social Movements and World-System Transformation: Political Economy of the World-System

38th Annual Conference

Dates: April 10-12, 2014

For conference program and information visit:

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES are Free and open to the public

“Dilemmas of Alter-Movements” by Immanuel Wallerstein (Senior Research Scholar, Yale University) Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Cathedral of Learning 324

Reception to follow

“Feminism as Counter-Hegemonic” by Sylvia Walby (Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research Group)

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Cathedral of Learning, Room G24



River Research Experience in the Upper Amazon Basin by Jorge D. Abad (Pitt School of Engineering)

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: 319 Benedum Hall

For more information:

 The Peruvian Upper Amazon is known as a hyperdiverse region (one of the most biodiverse regions of the planet) that presents world records in biodiversity per unit area and great concentration of endemic species (e.g reptiles, amphibious, trees, primates, and birds), of which only 2-3% are known so far.  Some of the theories to explain this high biodiversity rely on correlations with river dynamics. The seasonal increase and decrease of water discharge in the Amazon River produces large variations in the water stage, with concomitant river flooding, streambank erosion, navigation and shoaling issues, changes on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and in the long term, changes on the river’s planform and altimetric patterns.

The Amazon River is formed by the confluence between the anabranching Marañon River and the meandering Ucayali River at Nauta city, PERU. Even though extensive research has been dedicated to understand the modern Amazon River in terms of its ecology, biology, geology, among other disciplines, little is known about its physically-based morphodynamic processes and dynamics. Herein, this study is focused on the channel pattern variability and morphodynamics of the Upper Amazon system, where freely meandering channels (e.g. Ucayali, Nanay, Itaya, Yavari) and anabranching structures (e.g. Amazon, Marañon, Napo) are found. The anabranching structures are composed of a main channel and several secondary channels (herein named non-freely, non-developed meanders).

This study discusses planform dynamics of freely meandering channels and anabranching structures using state-of-the-art field instruments such as acoustic Doppler profilers and multi- and single-beam echo sounders combined with mathematical hydrodynamic and morphodynamic models. Insights on the flow structure, bed morphology and planform dynamics of the Upper Amazon Rivers are revealed.



The Poetics of Rediscovery: New Paths in Latin American Documentary

Documentary film screenings and Q&A, with Julio Ramos (Puerto Rico) and Alex Schlenker (Ecuador)

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion with University of Pittsburgh faculty from several departments

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

The following is a brief schedule of the event:

10AM-12PM: Julio Ramos and screening of Retornar a La Habana con Guillén Lándrian followed by Detroit's Rivera

2PM-4PM: Alex Schlenker and screening of Chigualeros

4PM-6PM: Round table discussion lead by professors John Beverley, Jennifer Josten, and Emily Pinkerton

There will be an introduction by each filmmaker and a question and answer period following each screening.

For more information:


Coordinated by: Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano

The symposium will be a one-day event with a morning and an afternoon screening, each preceded by an introduction by the filmmakers and followed by both a question-and-answer session and a final round table, where University of Pittsburgh faculty from several departments will contribute their insights on the films. We will present two works by scholar and filmmaker Julio Ramos: the first on Afro-Cuban filmmaker and poet Guillén Landrián, the less-well-known nephew of Cuba’s national poet Nicolás Guillén, and the second an uncovering of the stories behind the murals Diego Rivera painted in the city of Detroit. The latter, titled Detroit’s Rivera, highlights the archival work required for the making documentaries. Rounding out the program will be Chigualeros, by director Alex Schlenker, the tale of the career of an Ecuadoran band and their struggles for sending their music out into the world beyond their community’s adoring fans.

Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies, School of Education, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Department of Instruction and Learning, Department of English, Film Studies, Humanities Center, and Department of Theatre Arts. 




University Center for International Studies – Joint Graduation Ceremony & Reception

African Studies Program – Asian Studies Center – Center for Latin American Studies – Global Studies Center

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (Graduation ceremony from 4-5 p.m., Reception from 5-6 p.m.)

Location: William Pitt Union Ballroom (Main Floor)

To RSVP, please visit:


All graduating students are invited to attend! Dress code is casual, and you are invited to bring guests if you wish!


** Do you have photos related to your international experiences? **

If you have photographs or images from your time at Pitt that reflect your travel or experiences related to your center (such as Study Abroad, research, or events), we would love to display them at the ceremony! Please send photos to Madeline Townsend at! (For very large image files, please upload them to an online photo album such as or and send the link for download.)



Festival Brasileiro – Brazil Nuts

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 6pm - 10pm

Location: University of Pittsburgh

For more information:

Sponsored by: Student Government Board, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Department of Hispanic Language and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh



Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)

University Center for International Studies

University of Pittsburgh

4200 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Pittsburgh, PA  15260

Office: 412-648-7392

Fax: 412-648-2199




martes, 8 de abril de 2014

Spain is different - Voice Performance

Spain is different

Daniel Arnaldos, Tenor

Lucas Barkley, Piano

Joanna Latini, Soprano

April 14th, 8pm, Mellon Institute

Daniel Arnaldos is a voice performance and composition grad student from Spain, studying at Carnegie Mellon School of Music. He will be singing a recital with Spanish art song and arias or the 20th century and inviting us. It's on April 14th at Mellon Institute (the entrance to the auditorium in on Bellefield). It’s free with reception to follow It is all very good Spanish poetry set to very good music, e.g., Bécquer, Campoamor, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Antonio Gala.

Siete canciones populares españolas (1914-1915)

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

1. El paño moruno


2. Seguidilla murciana


3. Asturiana


4. Jota


5. Nana


6. Canción


7. Polo


Pastoral (1945)

Frederic Mompou (1893-1987)

Poema en forma de canciones, Op. 19 (1918)

Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)

1. Dedicatoria.


2. Nunca olvida...


3. Cantares


4. Los dos miedos


5. Las locas por amor



Rimas de Bécquer (1889)

Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)

1. Besa el aura que gime blandamente


2. Del salón en el ángulo oscuro


3. Me ha herido recatándose en la sombra


4. Cuando sobre el pecho inclinas


5. ¿De dónde vengo?



No por amor, no por tristeza

Antón García Abril (1933)

Aria de Colón

   from Cristóbal Colón (1989)

Leonardo Balada (1933)

De este apacible rincón de Madrid

   from Luisa Fernanda (1932)

Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1982)

No puede ser

   from La Tabernera del puerto (1936)

Pablo Sorozábal (1897-1988)

Duet of Felipe and Mari Pepa

   from La Revoltosa (1897)

   Joanna Latini, Soprano

Ruperto Chapí (1851-1909)



sábado, 5 de abril de 2014



Join Cafe Con Leche as we celebrate the African roots in Latino culture.  African cultures have had tremendous influence on the economic, social, cultural, linguistic and racial identity of Latin America. This event will bring people together around good food while exploring the North and West African roots of Latin America.  Free and appropriate for all ages.


A Live performance of Yemaya, the Yoruba goddess of the sea. Yemaya moves flawlessly to the sacred sound of the bata drums, luring her audience with playful laughter and her jubilant energy. This Afro-Cuban dance is aesthetically charming and powerful. Teanna Medina, Afro-Cuban descent, is the daughter of Yemaya and a strong believer of the African goddess. Each tap of the drum for her represents the beat of life.

BOMBAZO! Gena y Calle Bomba will perform live Puerto Rican Bomba music.  Bomba combines West African, Taino and Spanish music traditions to create a dance that is based in the creative relationship between dancers, percussionists, and singers.  For more information on Gena, please visit her website,

Special Guest: Sha-King Cehum will be interviewed by Genevieve from The AP Collection.  Sha-King is a native Pittsburgher & child of Puerto Rican "jibaros". A former musician, Sha-King now directs his energy into social entrepreneurship with his love for food, alongside his love for Caribbean/Latin American history & culture.

During the event Genevieve Barbee from The AP Collection will be recording interviews with the evening's performers and attendees. Visit her website, to learn more about The AP Collection podcast and listen to past interviews (also available on iTunes). You can follow her on Twitter @apcollector.

Sweet Peaches will be making dessert! Sweet peaches is a catering company & cafe located in the neighborhood of Allentown.  The deceptively simple food focuses on seasonal ingredients & playful takes on family and cultural favorites.


All dishes served will reflect various African ingredients and cooking styles common in Latin American and Spain.

Arroz y Habichuelas (rice and beans - veg)

Mollejas Guisadas (chicken gizzard stew)




Dessert by Sweet Peaches!


Sunday, April 6th, 12-3pm

Most Wanted Fine Arts

5015 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh 15224

This is a FREE event!



Latin American Cultural Union

P.O. Box 19403, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

412-301-LACU (5228)

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jueves, 3 de abril de 2014

In the Heights": Stage Production and Research/Practice Symposium (Symposium program)

In the Heights”: Stage Production and Research/Practice Symposium

In the Heights—musical-theatre production

Dates: March 27 to April 6, 2014

Location: Charity Randall Theatre, University of Pittsburgh main campus

For times and tickets:


Public Praxis: Performing, Race, History

A free public interdisciplinary symposium featuring a variety of presentations and lectures, some done as performance. Artists, scholars, and members of the general public are invited to gather at Pitt’s Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland, to discuss how race issues are portrayed in live performances and what that means in the larger context of our daily lives.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

3:30—3:45: Welcome
Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, University of Pittsburgh; Jeanmarie Higgins, UNC Charlotte

Session I: the stakes of embodiment: power, performance, publics

"Bodies and/of Evidence: Martha Graham's Imperial Gesture 1935/2013"
Jeanmarie Higgins, UNC Charlotte
Kim Jones, UNC Charlotte

“Afro-Latina Choreographies: Feminist and Queer Movements in 'Doggy Style' ”
Ramón Rivera-Servera, Northwestern University
Respondents: Adriana Helbig, Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh
Megan Monaghan Rivas, School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon University

Session II: In the Heights

8-10:30pm: Performance of In the Heights
Location: Charity Randall Theatre, University of Pittsburgh

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Session III: Round table: (in)visbilities, recuperations and body politics in/of the (global) americas

10:30 am—12pm
Symposium speakers, respondents and attendees
Moderators:     Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, University of Pittsburgh
Staycee Pearl, STAYCEE PEARL Dance Project

SESSION IV: blooded thought, embodied engagement, critical practice

“Trauma and Transcendence: Death in Rickerby Hinds' Dreamscape”
Stephanie Leigh Batiste, UC Santa Barbara
"Pacienca y Fe: Casting In The Heights"
Brian Herrera, Princeton University
Respondents:Yolanda Covington-Ward,Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Kenya C. Dworkin y Méndez, Hispanic Studies, Carnegie Mellon University

Session V: Critical Embodiment: Critical Practices

Moderators: Jeanmarie Higgins and Lisa Jackson-Schebetta

 Sponsored by the American Society for Theatre Research and the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies, Cultural Studies Program, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Department of Sociology, and Department of Theatre Arts






miércoles, 2 de abril de 2014