Arts & Culture
An ensemble of accomplished jaraneros from California took the son jarocho music tradition to the nation’s capital, where they performed as part of the Homegrown Music Series. Masters of this music tradition, rooted in the Mexican state of Veracruz, filled the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with festive music, dance and poetry. Hosted in English, […]
A conversation with Mexican-American singer, composer and actress Carmencristina Moreno, recipient of NEA’s National Heritage Award, the nation’s top honor for master folk and traditional artists. Carmencristina, heir of a rich family musical tradition, talks about her book “My Father and the Mexican Revolution,” where she shares memories of her parents, Luis M. and Carmen […]
In this Holiday edition, 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. Guest: Agustín Lira, Master Folk Singer, Composer […]
The Pasatono Orquesta, a band in the traditional style of the highland villages in Southern Mexico, tours the US. Pasatono mixes festive music with traditional Mixtec instruments. Their new album, Maroma, was named after a popular travelling circus, and recreates the sounds of Gypsy marches and the ambience of clown performances. Leaders of the band […]
(Español) Tras dedicar tooda una vida a la música vernácula e interpretar la trompeta para figuras como Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete y el Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, y de aparecer en más de cien películas, publicó su autobiografía titulada, “Mi vida, mis viajes, mis vivencias: siete décadas en la música del mariachi”.
On the day the nation marks the Thanksgiving holiday, this is a conversation with Roberto Rodríguez about his book “Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother.” In his newly-released book, Rodríguez submits that corn has been central to the traditional diet of Mexicans since ancestral times and, despite attempts by Spanish conquerors and modern-day assimilationist forces, […]
A documentary about a group of tomato pickers in Southern Florida who battle the powerful supermarket industry is being released in theaters around the nation this week. The film, whose leading team includes actress Eva Longoria, exposes the human cost of our food supply and the complicity of global fast food and supermarket chains in […]
The film is also a call to action, to improve working and living conditions for the immigrant workers around the country who harvest the food at our tables. Our correspondent, Rubén Tapia, was at the premier of Food Chains in Los Angeles and has this story.
The city declared the third week of November as restorative justice week. A group of students, teachers, and leaders of different communities met to highlight the Native American roots of the method. Fernando Andrés Torres reports.
It was the biggest meeting of Latino theater-makers in more than 25 years, and the organizers hope the event becomes a landmark to begin to recognize the importance of Latino theater in the United States. Our correspondent in Los Angeles, Rubén Tapia, witnessed the historic event, and has this story. It is part of our Raíces series.