Arts & Culture

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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, […]

Posted in Arts & Culture, Youth, Latinos, Línea Abierta |
Jorge Argueta es poeta y autor para niños. Foto: Clara Roig Medina.

Inspiring Love for Language

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.

Posted in Arts & Culture, Special Edition: Public Education, Education, Homepage Feature |

67 Sueños (Dreams.)

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 […]

Posted in Arts & Culture, Immigration, Youth, Latinos, Línea Abierta |
DeMarcell y Esperanza Funes, y Unique Derque

Hambone: A Rhythm of Resistance

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.

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Culture Through Recipes

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.

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Masters of Caribbean Son. 

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 […]

Posted in Arts & Culture, Línea Abierta |

Lila Downs: Raíz.

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, […]

Posted in Arts & Culture, Latinos, Línea Abierta, Mexico |
Aquí se observa como Ashley, también hija de Patricia observa a su mama y su hermana tejiendo

Deshilado: An Art Alive in California’s Central Valley

(Español) Recientemente María y su mamá fueron becadas por la Alianza de California para las Artes Tradicionales, ACTA, un programa que ayuda a artesanos como Patricia a preservar y transmitir sus conocimientos artísticos a la nueva generación.

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The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón.

That’s the title of a book that tells the tragic story about the experiences and ideology of Mexican revolutionary Ricardo Flores Magón and militants of his transnational movement in the U.S. and Mexico. It also gives insights into the collaboration between the Mexican and U.S. governments to persecute and imprison Mexican exiles in the early […]

Posted in Arts & Culture, Línea Abierta, Mexico, Política, Politics & Elections |
African Soul Intl

Weat African dance and drums in Los Angeles

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she moved three years ago to Los Angeles, where she teaches dance class, but also inivites other masters of Afircan dance to the city. Our correspondent in Los Angeles, Rubén Tapia, visited some of her energetic rehearsals, and he has this story. This feature story is part of our series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.

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