Arts & Culture
(Español) “No permiten que los hijos mayores de 14 años puedan estar con ellas, si es un refugio… y eso no anima a pedir el auxilio. A veces solamente la recepcionista es bilingüe, y su español no es muy bueno”. Esto sucedía en California, pero se dieron cuenta que en otras partes del país la situación estaba peor.
The iconic Latino neighborhood of The Mission District in San Francisco, a capital of Latino artists, is undergoing intense gentrification and increasing housing prices. This has resulted in the displacement of neighbors and artists who have made this district their home for decades. Our reporter Silvia Parra is one of a number of artists who are finding themselves forced to say goodbye to the Mission. For this reason, Silvia accepted an invitation from Teatro Arcoiris to participate in an innovative play about the death of cultural identity of the legendary Mission District. The play went on stage during the weekend of the Day of the Dead, that attracts tens of thousands of people to the district. Silvia Parra brings us this feature direct from the stage of Still Life Cabaret. This feature story is part of our series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.
November 1 and 2 are the Days of the Dead in Mexico, days which families spend building altars and decorating the graves of their loved ones. Valerie Hamilton visited the Ríos family as they decorated their family members’ graves in San Felipe del Agua, Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, as a group of musicians played a nostalgic song. Here is the “audio postcard” that Hamilton sends direct from the cemetery.
For many years, Ciudad Juárez on Mexico’s border, was known as the world capital of homicides, as a result of drug violence. The Mexican government invested copious resources into rebuilding the social network of the city, but many of these projects did not continue. Some civil organizations have taken the initiative to use culture to treat the traumas violence has left among youth and to show the community another way to live. Vladimir Flores reports from this border city.
The internationally famous Trio Los Panchos, perhaps the best known interpreters of classic-trio romantic boleros, talk about the beginnings of their unique music style, their most memorable themes, and the future of the classic trio sound. Guests: Gabriel Vargas, Jaime Islas y Taurino Vargas, Trío Los Panchos, Oakland, CA. For more information about Linea Abierta click here To [...]
The 29-minute program brings the stories of a young fan who used to be a play-by-play announcer of imaginary football soccer games, the broadcaster who broke all professional rules when his team went under, and the sinister soccer game in Pinochet’s National Stadium that made Chile qualify for the World Cup in 1973.
Native sacred sites along the Colorado River are facing the worst threat ever from off-road vehicles, vandals and most recently, solar power mega-projects, says veteran activist Alfredo Figueroa. He argues in a new book that thousands of petroglyphs, geoglyphs and images, as well as the Mojave and Chemehuevi oral tradition, relate these sacred sites to [...]
The legendary Norteño band Los Tigres del Norte and Mexican-American singer Lila Downs are headlining a free immigration reform concert at the National Mall in Washington DC on October 8th. Another event, on October 5th, seeks to mobilize demonstrators in more than 80 cities during the National Day for Dignity and Respect to push immigration [...]
Because of poor diet, alcohol consumption and obesity, American Indians have the highest diabetes rate among all population groups in the U.S. and one of the highest rates in the world. They die at three times the rate of the general population from the disease. In response, health and cultural organizations in California -home to [...]
(Español) Estaba tratando de hacer una actividad cultural para recordar el 11 de septiembre en Chile cuando a esa misma hora en la Peña de El Bronx en una actividad sobre nuestro 9/11, ocurre que al estar mirando en directo la televisión, vemos caer la torre, vemos chocar esos aviones… y a su vez en otra televisión estábamos viendo cómo en Chile estaban cayendo las bombas sobre el Palacio de La Moneda.