Arts & Culture

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‘Hippie Mexicana’ digs up laughs

‘Hippie Mexicana’ digs up laughs

Picture a small farm in Arizona, circa 1972. At the intersection of two prehistoric canals, members of the Rios family come across an unexpected archeological find that unleashes a series of events, transforming their laid-back lifestyle forever. Borderlands Theater offers its first full production, Hippie Mexicana, a comedy by Evangeline Ordaz, at Beowulf Alley Theatre, […]

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Latin art gallery opens

Latin art gallery opens

Another bridge to art in the Americas will open to fans this month in Scottsdale. The Latin American Art Gallery, 7610 E. McDonald Drive, Ste. C, opens its doors April 21 in the Stable Galleria. Owner Sharon Figarelli specializes in contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography by innovative Latino artists from Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Venezuela, […]

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TEJANO king in Tucson

TEJANO king in Tucson

Two decades of music, food and entertainment has made Chicanos Por La Causa’s ¡VIVA! Tucson Latino Music Festival an annual rite of spring and this year is no exception. And for those who adore conjunto, there’ll be mucho music to swoon over the course of the two-day event. At LPM Vibe press time, performers scheduled […]

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CPLC dinner honors 5 for achievements

CPLC dinner honors 5 for achievements

A schoolteacher, a government official, a small business banker, a justice of the peace, a longtime activist and an insurance corporation are among honorees at Chicanos Por La Causa’s annual dinner. The event is scheduled April 26 at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. For information, call (602) 257-0700. Nevitt Elementary schoolteacher […]

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Lessons to learn

Lessons to learn

By Anita Mabante Leach Whether you realize it or not, it’s a “multi-culti” world in which we live and Juana Bordas is happy to point out the best qualities those cultures have to contribute to American leadership. That includes serving as well. But first, a bit of background, both of Bordas and of our country. […]

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Rock goddess

Rock goddess

By Anita Mabante Leach Sophia Ramos never actually auditioned to land the part of the late Janis Joplin in the stage adaptation of the book, Love, Janis. Rather, the Puerto Rican beauty’s success story seems ripped from the pages of a Broadway script. In July 2003 a tribute show to Joplin to mark her 60th […]

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A Night Out with Najera!

A Night Out with Najera!

By Marcos Najera A year ago this month. That’s right, one year. That was when Latino Perspectives announced the first ever Najera Nites poetry contest. Never run a contest for Brown divas if you are on deadline. Scheduling takes 12 months. That said, CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!  I love you!  Misty Cisneros of the Phoenix Sister […]

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Legendary Chita Rivera twirls, kicks through ‘Dancer’s Life’

Legendary Chita Rivera twirls, kicks through ‘Dancer’s Life’

By Anita Mabante Leach Chita Rivera has danced in Broadway’s footlights for more than a half-century, creating a legendary career that includes two Tony awards, seven Tony nominations and accolades longer than a Rockettes chorus line. Rivera owes her Broadway calling to an audition at which she hadn’t intended to perform. Then 17, she had […]

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Blues in the night

Blues in the night

The Gila Monsters, one of our favorite local blues bands, fronted by Big Nick Riviera, will shake up the foliage at Desert Botanical Garden’s Ullman Terrace on March 23 as part of the facility’s Jazz in the Garden concert series. Tickets: $14 members, $20 non-members. Info: visit the garden’s online box office, www.dbg.org or call […]

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ASU carnival puts ‘art’ in party

On March 31 the ASU Art Museum will succumb to carnival fever – and that’s a good thing, especially for readers of Latino Perspectives. “Carnaval do Rio – Oba!” is the museum’s inaugural fundraiser infused with Brazilian cultura, including live music, gourmet appetizers, libations and loads of dancing to make guests feel like they’re struttin’ […]