Arts & Culture
One of the earliest pioneers of the Chicano movement, Reies López Tijerina passed at the age of 88 in El Paso. Founder of La Alianza Federal de Mercedes, Tijerina spearheaded the cause of land-grant restoration in the 60s. He gained international fame after leading an armed raid on a courthouse in Tierra Amarilla, NM to […]
Renowned Mexican poet and author Homero Aridjis comments on his most recent novel, Ciudad de Zombis, which pictures Mexico’s current reality of violence, corruption, impunity, and indifference. A leading champion for the environment and social justice in Latin America, Aridjis is coming to California to speak about the challenges that the power of organized crime […]
Mexican-American singer, composer and playwright Agustín Lira talks about his music and comments on social issues. Lira is co-founder with Luis Valdez of El Teatro Campesino and winner of the lifetime honor of the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. This is a repeat edition to mark the celebrations of Martin […]
Fernando Torres visited this master muralist in one of her classes and in her workshop in West Berkeley and reports she involves the whole neighborhood when she paints a mural. This feature is part of our series “Raíces: Los Maestros. Stories About Artists Who Pass On Their Art to the Next Generation”.
An interview with young, accordion virtuoso Dwayne Verheyden. Born in The Netherlands, Dwayne grew up listening to Tex-Mex music. He created his own band, “Dwayne and the Texmexplosion,” and eventually got to perform with Flaco Jiménez and other legends of Tejano music. This year, Dwayne created a sensation at the Tejano Music Awards in San […]
The townspeople honor St. John the Evangelist with a mass, followed by a traditional dance with giant figures called “marmotas”. Juan Santiago, who is from Coatecas Altas and was one of the first organizers of this event, brings us this story from this year’s Fiesta del Pueblo. This feature is part of our series “Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.”
This Holiday edition features an interview with young accordion virtuoso Dwayne Verheyden. Born in The Netherlands, Dwayne grew up listening to Tex-Mex music. He created his own band, “Dwayne and the Texmexplosion,” and eventually got to perform with Flaco Jiménez and other legends of Tejano music. This year, Dwayne created a sensation at the Tejano […]
The Pasatono Orquesta, a band in the traditional style of the highland villages in Southern Mexico, recently toured the largest US metropolis, promoting their new album. The album, Maroma, was named after a popular travelling circus, and recreates the sounds of Gypsy marches and the ambience of clown performances. Pasatono’s brand mixes festive music with […]
The mariachi world lost an icon this year. Mariachi pioneer Natividad “Nati” Cano died at age 81, leaving in the US a legacy of excellence in mariachi music and authentic sound of traditional mariachi. For more than fifty years, he was the leader of Grammy-winning Mariachi Los Camperos. In 1990, Nati was awarded a National […]
With migration to the North, this tradition was established in Los Angeles more than a decade ago. Our correspondent Rubén Tapia reports from this year’s celebration. This feature is part of our series “Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists”.