March 2, 2007

¡Tic Tac Tiempo!

Lila Downs en San Diego

Por Alma Delia Martínez

El año pasado también vino, pero para presentarse en el Humphreys, un agradable foro a la orilla del mar…

El año pasado no traía nuevo disco, pero adelantó algunas de las canciones que luego incluiría en “La cantina”, su más reciente producción discográfica…

Lo que seguirá siendo igual en esta presentación de Lila el próximo Viernes 2 de Marzo en el 4th & B de San Diego, es toda la energía, la sensibilidad, la ternura, la humildad, la fuerza y, por supuesto, la voz, la enorme voz de esta cantautora perteneciente a las dos riberas del Río Grande.

Heredera de dos culturas, la mexicana y la norteamericana, por la vía de su madre —una indígena mixteca oaxaqueña— y de su padre —un cineasta estadounidense—, Lila recupera y reinventa la música tradicional mexicana. ¿World Music? Ella acepta esta etiqueta en la medida en que también se aplica a la música de Madredeus, Cesária Evora o Marisa Monte. En cualquier caso, el canto indio mixteca, la ranchera, el corrido o el bolero adquieren en su voz —capaz de afrontar con la misma naturalidad un aria de ópera que un blues- una nueva dimensión a través de la fusión con instrumentos y arreglos procedentes de otros estilos musicales, como el jazz, el blues o el bossa nova.

Lila Downs se presentará en el 4th & B, del centro de San Diego (345 B Street), el Viernes 2 de Marzo. Invitadas especiales: Mariachi Flores mexicanas. Los boletos están entre $20 y $40 dólares.

Eventos

San Diego City College’s Cultivating Justice Conference is building a movement for a food secure future. In the L Building on campus, Saturday, March 3rd from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feature speaker will be co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Dolores Huerta, who will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Harry West Gymnasium. For more info, contact Elva Salinas at esalinas@sdccd.edu, or visit Cultivating Justice online at www.sdcity.edu/worldcultures.

California Statistics show that only 35% of our children have fulfilled the college entrance requirements. It’s time for parents to ring the alarm and be pro-active instead of reactive! Empowering Parents Organization presents the first annual San Diego Family March on Education this Saturday, March 3, at Sunset Hills Elementary (9291 Oviedo Way) at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.empoweringparents.org or call 858-484-9300.

Every year, 65,000 students graduate from high school and are not able to attend college because the cost is too high. Their immigration status disqualifies them from applying for aid. A demonstration DREAM Act Rally is scheduled for this Saturday, March 3, at Chicano Park between 12 and 3 p.m. to call attention to Assembly Bill 540, which many believe provides a solution for undocumented graduates. For info, contact Grecia at ucsdiversity@yahoo.com.

The 14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival begins Thursday, March 8, to Sunday, march 18. Organized by the Media Arts Center San Diego, films by directors from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Cuba, España, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and elsewhere in Latin American will be featured on the silk screen at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas (7510 Hazard Center Dr).

Only nine percent of Latinos, age 25 or older, in California have a bachelor’s degree or higher. The median income of adults with a bachelor’s degree is double that of high school graduates. Join Equality Alliance San Diego for a viewing of the short documentary, ARISE: The Battle Over Affirmative Action, followed by a brief presentation on the impact of Proposition 209 on Friday, March 2. For more info, call 619-269-2156.

Cada Semana

Expressions of Mexico Gallery is proud to invite you to Oaxaca’s Plastic Festival from February 17 to March 17, featuring: Takeda, Matus, Israel Nazario, Ixrael Montes, Rodolfo Morales and many more. The gallery is located at 1122 Cesar E. Chavez Parkway in Barrio Logan. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. For more info, call 619-232-1699 or email them at expressionsofmexico@gmail.com

Find out how to confront racial injustice against migrant workers every Wednesday at 7 p.m. with activist group, The Friends of Day Laborers. Meetings are held at Activist Center (4246 Wightman Street). For info, call 619-528-8383.


Proxima Semana

San Diego City College World Cultures Program presents the Red CalacArts Collective’s 7th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration: Pistolas y Rebozos, featuring the headliners Pistolera. This female infused cultural happening will take place next Friday, March 9, at 6:00 p.m. at the Saville Theater on the City College campus (14th & C St). The film, Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story, will precede the performances. For more info, contact Consuelo by email at consuex@hotmail.com or Elva at esalinas@sdccd.edu.

Gangs: Where Are We? The final forum on a four part seminar, hosted by the Catfish Club, will engage attendees in the impact of gangs on the San Diego community. What do we know about gang activity and what’s being done to curb violence. This event will be held at the Hall of Champions (2131 Pan American Plaza) in Balboa Park on Saturday, March 9, at 12 p.m. For more info, or to RSVP, call 619-266-7278.

(Planning a noteworthy junta, event, or show that the San Diego Chicano/Chicana community should know about? Send it to La Prensa at raymond.beltran@covad net. Deadlines are every Tuesday if you plan to host on the following Friday.)

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