Cultural Events Spring 2009
1) Movies In Spanish
SIN NOMBRE by Dir. Cary Fukunaga
Opens on Friday April 3rd @ Kendall Square & Independent Coolidge Corner Theatre 2
Watch trailers here:
To read an article from March 29, 2009 from the Boston Globe:
2) Suffolk University
A) 1/23 to 4/17
Weekly Tertulia (Spanish Conversation Table). Language Lab Annex in Fenton Building 5th floor. 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Do you want to learn how to Salsa? This week, salsa lessons will be held on Tuesday and Thursday.
If you don’t feel like dancing, you can come and watch instead!
Dates & Location:
*Tuesday, March 24th from 1 to 2:15 PM in the C. Walsh Theatre
*Thursday, March 26th from 6-7 PM in the Donahue Cafe
*And on Friday, bring your salsa skills to the dance floor to Noche Caliente
Salsa lessons brought to you by Suffolk University Hispanic Association and the Program Council
Omar Sierra, Consul General for Venezeula (and a sociologist) will be speaking to the Sociology of Globalization students. The title of his lecture is: Challenging Corporate Globalization: ALBA (Bolivarian Alternative for our America) and Venezuela’s Policies for Regional Integration. ALBA is an emerging economic and political organization which many leftist Latin American countries are joining (I believe there are now five member states).
They are in the process of developing a currency, the Sucre. Please join us to hear more! The lecture is on March 27th at 11:00 in Sawyer 1134.
E) “Enemies of War” Film Screening and Discussion with the Filmmakers: presented by the Moakley Archive and Institute
Come to a screening of the film “Enemies of War” and meet the filmmakers Esther Cassidy and Rob Kuhns. The documentary filmed on location in El Salvador, Mexico City and Washington, D.C., examines El Salvador’s brutal civil war, US Congressman Joe Moakley’s investigation into the murder of six Jesuit priests and the struggle of El Salvador’s people as they try to pick up the pieces after the war’s end in 1992.
More about the film: http://www.pbs.org/itvs/enemiesofwar/
Where: Donahue Building Room 311
Date: Friday, April 3rd
Free event, pizza and soda will be provided
Hope you can make it! — Julia
F) Blood Wedding
April 2-5, 2009
Saturday & Sunday 3PM
In a new translation/adaptation by Melinda Lopez, Marilyn Plotkins directs Federico Garcia Lorca’s classic drama of desire and repression. The production will include original music by Claudio Ragattzi.
G) Integrating Immigrants and Refugees in Massachusetts: Policy Dilemmas
A lecture by Eva Millona, MA Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Monday, April 13, 2009
The Philosophy Department’s Boston Forum Series along with SOULS presents “Integrating Immigrants and Refugees in Massachusetts: Policy Dilemmas,” a lecture by Eva Millona, Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Free Pizza and soft drinks will be available.
3) Cutler Majestic Theatre
Located in the Theatre district. Contact SUHA. They usually have group rates to attend the Flamenco Festival.
“Tango: Historias breves” Jan 30-Feb 1st, 2009.
“Flamenco Festival 2009: Isabel Bayón” Friday Feb 13th, 2009.
“Flamenco Festival 2009: Noche flamenca and Soledad Barrio” Feb 14-15, 2009
4) Regatta Bar
Located in Cambridge
It has a lot of concerts with musicians from Spain and Latin America such as: 1) Obbini Tumbao (March 7).
Located in Cambridge
It has a lot of concerts. You can also take dance lessons/ salsa lessons. (Students enrolled in SPAN 302 can also attend Brazilian Jazz concerts)
Located near Suffolk on Winter Street
It has some concerts and you can take dance lessons/ salsa lessons.
7) Museum of Fine Arts
Check the calendar they always show movies and documentaries from Latin America and Spain (such as La Leon and Empty Nest in Jan and Feb & Art of the Americas Tour in April). Also they have some art of ancient Latin America in their collection as well of paintings from great Spanish masters.
8) Harvard University
There are always talks, movies, and other cultural events that are open to the public. Most of them are also free. Please check out the Spanish Film Series. There are many films and talks offered throughout the semester.
Events calendar for all activities:
9) Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
It has several exhibits on ancient art of the Americas. Check their schedule, there are certain days and times where admission is free.
These are some of the events for the fall. Also check the permanent collection:
Lecture on March 19th @ 5:30 p.m. “Itza and Kowoj: Conflicts and Factions in the Last Maya Kingdom”
10) Berklee College of Music
Here are some of the concerts:
Thursday, January 29, 8:00 p.m., Calderwood Pavilion
A composer, arranger, and saxophonist, Florencia Gonzalez is inspired by the rhythms of her native Uruguay to create a visionary style of jazz-infused bossa nova that evokes Leonard Bernstein’s score for West Side Story. She performs two shows, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Read more.
Tickets: $15, $10 with Berklee I.D.
**Note only for SPAN 302 STUDENTS- Marcus Santos and Bloco AfroBrazil / The People’s Republic
Thursday, January 29, 8:00 p.m., Cafe 939
Brazilian percussionist Marcus Santos and his group Bloco AfroBrazil will tear the roof off Cafe 939. This 20-piece percussion ensemble guarantees a spectacular show combining traditional Brazilian grooves like samba and axé with rock, jazz, and even hip-hop. Santos has been featured in the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival and PASIC, and has played all over the world. His debut CD Batukaxé will be sold at a special discounted price. The slammin’ funk band the People’s Republic opens the show.
Tickets: $10 general admission, student discount available at Berklee Performance Center box office
Monday, February 23, 4:00 p.m., Berklee Recital Hall
All the way from Argentina, vocalist Silvina Moreno will present original songs and covers in English and Spanish. Her main influences are tango, pop, rock, and blues. Band members include Jorge Reygadas, Carlos Ricaurte, Alonso Bentin, Giancarlo Castillo, Santiago Uribe, Magda Giannikou, Juan Andres Ospina, Tit Garcia, and Tais Alvarenga.
Wednesday, March 4, 4:00 p.m., Berklee Recital Hall
Drummer Arturo Pena presents a repertoire of original compositions with a touch of the Dominican rhythm and jazz.
11) The Museum of Science
Amazon ***Note*** Only for SPAN 302 students
Opens Friday, February 13, 2009Add to Trip Planner Visit the Amazon websiteBuy tickets in the online store
Follow the Amazon River from its source in the high Andes, through the rain forest, and into the majestic Amazon basin. Witness two “medicine men” in their quest for both the medicinal properties of the plants and the plants’ curative applications by the indigenous people. Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary/Short Subject (1997). Please note: Film contains nudity.
February 13, 2009: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 8:00 pm
February 14, 2009: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm
February 15, 2009: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 6:00 pm
February 16, 2009: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
February 17, 2009: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
February 18, 2009: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
February 19, 2009: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
February 20, 2009: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 8:00 pm
February 21, 2009: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 8:00 pm
February 22, 2009: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
February 23, 2009: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
February 24, 2009: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
February 25, 2009: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
February 26, 2009: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
February 27, 2009: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 8:00 pm
February 28, 2009: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 8:00 pm
March 2, 2009: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm
March 3, 2009: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm
12) The Jazz Club at the Multicultural Arts Center
Check out the concerts:
***Only for SPAN 302 STUDENTS “The Anita Coelho Brazilian Ensemble” on Feb 13th @ 9:30 p.m.
Marta Gómez on April 10th @7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
13) Spanish Conversation table @ Schoenhof’s Bookstore
2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. (76A Mt. Auburn ST, Cambridge).
14) UMass, Boston
A) Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum to Speak at UMass Boston
Chancellor J. Keith Motley announced today that the University of Massachusetts Boston, in partnership with the Organization Maya K’iche, will host an address by the Indian-rights activist, 1992 Nobel Prize laureate, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Rigoberta Menchú Tum on April 6. Organization Maya K’iche represents thousands of members of the Maya K’iche ethnic group now residing in New Bedford that fled Guatemala in the 1980s and 1990s due to the imminent dangers of civil war and genocide.
Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum – who is also a world-renowned author, presidential candidate in 2007 for the Encounter for Guatemala party, and the head of her own international foundation – will address students, faculty, and staff at UMass Boston from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Ball Room, located in the third floor of the Campus Center. She will speak on recent events in the areas of indigenous rights, ethno-cultural reconciliation and citizen participation in environmental issues in the Americas.
Dr. Menchú is known worldwide for encouraging collaboration among local, national, and international human rights organizations in order to denounce human rights violations committed against Native American populations. During her presentation, she will also discuss the treatment of hundreds of members of the Maya K’iche community (to which she belongs in Guatemala) after being detained during an immigration raid executed by U.S. government-enforcement agencies on the Michael Bianco factory in New Bedford in March 2007.
To reserve a seat for Dr. Menchú’s address, send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-287-7132.
B) TWO BILINGUAL READINGS WITH MEXICAN POET
April 1, 2009
BILINGUAL READINGS WITH MEXICAN POET DAVID HUERTA
David Huerta will read from Before Saying Any of the Great Words: Selected Poems of David Huerta
with his award-winning translator, Mark Schafer, at Jamaicaway Books and Boston University.
Huerta is one of Mexico’s most important living poets. He is the author of 19 collections of poetry, a
professor of literature at the Autonomous University of Mexico City, a columnist, scholar, and cultural activist.
Schafer has translated the poetry, novels, stories and essays of many Latin American writers. He is also a visual artist and co-coordinator of the Spanish/English Certificate Program at UMass Boston.
Saturday, April 11
Location: 676 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA
(between Burroughs St & Seaverns Ave)
Contact: Valerie Stephens
Tuesday, April 14
Location: CAS, Room 200
725 Commonwealth Ave.
(”B” Green Line, “BU Central” stop)
Contact: Dept. of Romance Studies
These readings are made possible with support from the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston, the Romance
Studies Department and the Geddes Lecture Series at Boston University, the Mexican Cultural Institutes of New
York and Washington, D.C., the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Secretaría de Relaciones
For more information on Huerta, Schafer, or Before Saying Any of the Great Words, visit www.beforesaying.com
16) More Flamenco
Mavi Dance presents
“Flamenco Blood on Tour” (Sangre Flamenca en Gira)
Boston in the middle of winter may be one of the coldest times of the year, but come January 2009, experience the fiery passion and heat of Flamenco as the show Sangre Flamenca En Gira (“Flamenco Blood On Tour” in spanish) comes to town presented by Clara Ramona and Co…with guest artists Isaac and Nino de Los Reyes. This is no ordinary flamenco show but a significant one, as the title indicates, as this phenomenal mother and sons’ team shares their lifelong family heritage in dance.
Tickets: $40, $30 students/seniors (call 617.358.2500)
More artist info: http://www.clararamona.com
The show promises not only to entertain but to celebrate both a homecoming and a reunion. This will be first time Clara Ramona and her sons will share the stage together again in the United States since 1996, nearly 12 years ago. Since then, they have traveled and performed around the globe, individually acquiring international recognition. But now that journey has been brought full circle to bring them back to their roots again.
A fact probably not well known in Spain’s flamenco scene is that Isaac and Nino are native Bostonians, both born and raised in our own backyard. And their mother, Clara Ramona, herself took her “first steps” in flamenco back at the Boston Conservatory. So the city of Boston can take much pride in such homegrown talents that have gone on to earn global acclaim.
Sangre Flamenca En Gira will showcase an array of authentic and traditional Spanish dances and Flamenco, with a brilliant cast of gifted and multi-talented musicians and Clara Ramona’s dancers.
Flamenco dance workshops at MIT
The MIT-Spain program is sponsoring a serise of IAP Flamenco Workshops on Friday January
More information regarding the event can be found here: http://student.mit.edu/searchiap/iap-8184.html