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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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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’ […]

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Greek tragedy ‘Iphigenia’ set in a rave

Greek tragedy ‘Iphigenia’ set in a rave

The name of Latina playwright Caridad Svich’s play is Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart. The work’s complexity runs parallel to its title. The play, based on the original Greek character created by Euripides, centers on a young woman who learns she is to be sacrificed for her […]

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Hispanic hotties to rock Paper Heart

Hispanic hotties to rock Paper Heart

¿Que? You might think a Latin rock/folklorico band based in Brooklyn wouldn’t be authentic, but that would be before hearing Pistolera. Lucky for you, there will be two chances for you to do just that. Both Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Tucson and the Paper Heart Gallery, 750 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, will be […]

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Chicano artists ready to pass mantle on to younger generation

Will Chicano art survive the deaths of its practitioners? Arizona culturistas asked themselves just that after Cheech Marin’s visit to the Valley last month. Chicano artistas dotted the audience at Marin’s talk at Southwest Arts Conference. Luis Gustavo Mena, the Tucson muralist; Zarco Guerrero, Mesa’s contribution to the art world; Martin Moreno, Laveen-based printmaker and […]

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A new me

A new me

By Marcos Najera Happy New Year. This year I will re-invent myself. New Year means new Marcos. It’s not that I have a big problem with myself. But I do think it is time for a change. A different haircut, a different style, maybe even an attitude re-adjustment. Something. I need life renewed for some […]

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Chisel in hand

Chisel in hand

Art enthusiasts will have several chances to watch sculptor Francisco Ochoa carving a monumental work at the new Latin American Gallery compound Jan. 2–4, and 19–23, March 2–6 and 16–20. The gallery, part of Figarelli Fine Art, 7610 E. McDonald Drive, Ste. D, Scottsdale, is hosting Ochoa’s open-air studio work. Info:  www.figarellifineart.com or (480) 609-7077.