The community is invited to participate in the inaugural Latin American Arts Festival April 23-30 at Boise State University. All events are free and open to the public.
The Latin American Arts Festival seeks to provide an educational and comfortable atmosphere to learn about Latin American art and to raise awareness among the campus and community about cultural, social and linguistic aspects of Latin American cultures.
Saturday, April 23
Art Exhibition. Alaska Building, 1020 W. Main St. 6 p.m. Featuring the works of Alejandro Anastasio, Jim Budde, Luz Camarena, Julio Cantu, Allison Corona, Migel Delgado, Maria Carmen Gambliel, Christina Garcia, Bobby Gaytan, Alma Gomez, Arin Lindstrom, Concepcion Yeng Chi Martinez, Valerie Mejer, Lupita Rodriguez, Veiko Valencia, Lucia Venegas, Danielle Walsman and Chi E. Shenam Westin..
Monday, April 25
“La Zona.” Special Events Center. 7 p.m. Actress Marina de Tavira (Mexico) will give an introduction to the film, “La Zona,” in Spanish with subtitles. The star of “Efectos Secundarios” is a television, film and stage actress. “La Zona” is about residents of an enclosed neighborhood in the middle of Mexico’s federal district who are shocked by a violent crime. One resident encounters the lone child who escapes and is hiding out within the neighborhood. Free tickets available at the Student Union Info Desk beginning April 16.
Wednesday, April 27
Bilingual Poetry Reading. Ron and Linda Yanke Family Research Park. 7 p.m. Featuring poet Raúl Zurita (Chile) and Mac Test, assistant professor of English. Zurita is one of the most important Latin American poets today. He often is called Chile’s new Pablo Neruda.
Thursday, April 28
Bilingual Poetry Reading. Ron and Linda Yanke Family Research Park. 7:30 p.m. Featuring poet Valerie Mejer (Mexico), poet Raúl Zurita (Chile) and Mac Test, assistant professor of English. Mejer’s first of five books of poetry won a major prize in Spain.
Saturday, April 30
Master Class. Student Union Student Diversity Center. 11 a.m. Guitarist Gil Gutiérrez (Mexico) and violinist Charlie Bisharat (Palestine) will give a master class to interested musicians, followed by lunch with attendees and student leaders. RSVP to Yeng Chi at email@example.com.
Music of Latin America. Special Events Center. 7 p.m. Featuring guitarist Gil Gutiérrez (Mexico), who recently played at Carnegie Hall with Doc Severinsen, and Grammy Award-winning violinist Charlie Bisharat (Palestine). Free tickets available at the Student Union Info Desk beginning April 16. Following the live performance, the concert will be aired on Boise State Channel 95 and TVCTV Channel 11.
Sponsors of the festival include the Associated Students of Boise State University, Multilingual Student Advisory Board; English Majors’ Association; Theatre Majors’ Association; the departments of English, Modern Languages and Literatures, Political Science and Sociology; colleges of Arts and Sciences, and Social Sciences and Public Affairs; Extended Studies; International Learning Opportunities; Division of Research; The Legacy Corps; Multicultural Student Services; the Alaska Center; and the Mexican Consulate.
Media Contact: Kathleen Tuck, University Communications, (208) 426-3275, firstname.lastname@example.org
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