Arts & Culture
In his work with the legendary Teatro Campesino, in the public schools, in street theater, one of his goals has been to mobilize the audience to social action using comedy or drama, and to make the stage a place for the stories of the whole community.
California poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera is completing his two-year poetry project titled “The most incredible and biggest poem on unity in the world” inviting everyone to submit a word, phrase, poem or corrido. Poems will be displayed in a mural during thefiesta de la unidad. A son of migrant farmworkers and university professor, Herrera is […]
The new feature documentary This Ain’t No Mouse Music! tells the story of roots music luminary Chris Strachwitz, founder of independent label, Arhoolie Records. Premiering this week on the U.S. West Coast, the film includes segments of legendary accordionist Flaco Jiménez and other storied indigenous maestros whose work is threatened by commercialist pop music. Guest: […]
Young members of the movement of string bands known as jaraneros, talk about the growing presence of Son Jarocho in California and the U.S., and the power of this music to build community around festive gatherings. Members of the Grammy-nominated group Los Cojolites, they also talk about their cross-border collaboration. Guests: Jacob Hernández, marimbol player, […]
Teachers and parents seek to inspire their students using the best books and music in Spanish. Clara Roig Medina visited an author who writes books in Spanish for children, and a wellknown bilingual musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, to understand better how children’s music and books can encourage a love for language and bilingualism. This feature is part of our series Raíces: Los Maestros.
Migrant students from the San Francisco Bay Area are painting murals to document the stories of their communities through art. Led by an accomplished muralist, the group of migrant youth is painting stories about the risky border crossings by undocumented migrants, overcoming fear and loneliness, their dreams for the country, and in the process, their […]
He goes by the name of Unique Derique, and off stage, he teaches this art to children, so this legacy of African-American cultural resistance is not lost. Our reporter Fernando Andrés Torres visited Unique Derique in Oakland, California, and has this story. This feature story is part of our series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.
Eritrea, and other countries. They got together to start a cooking class, where they show their daughters how to cook the recipes they learned from their own mothers and grandmothers, both to take care of their health and to take care of their culture. Manuel Ocaño visited one of these community cooking classes and has this story. This feature report is part of our series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.
An interview with two great exponents of Afro-Latino music, who come together in San Francisco, CA, with other giants of Salsa and Latin jazz to support El Tecolote, a storied community newspaper with a focus on Latino popular culture. Five-time Grammy nominee John Santos is a renowned percussionist who has performed and recorded with masters […]
Grammy winner Mexican-American singer Lila Downs is releasing a new CD in collaboration with Soledad from Argentina and Niña Pastori from Spain. Titled “Raíz,” the new recording includes arrangements of musical styles from their home countries, such as boleros, chacareras, tangos and huapangos. In coincidence, Downs begins a tour in the U.S. Guest: Lila Downs, […]