Miracle Theatre Group Announces Classes, Workshops, and Street Fair, Beg. 7/10

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Miracle Theatre Group, the Northwest's premier Latino arts and culture organization, will opening the doors of its community space, El Zócalo, for "JAM: July at Milagro" - three weeks of free creative classes for adults led by Miracle artisans, followed by a Sunday street fair for the whole family.

Informal hands-on classes and intensive weekend workshops will help participants explore a new interest in a fun way. This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Southeast Uplift, Southeast Examiner, and many neighborhood business partners and nonprofit organizations. Classes and workshops are free, but pre-registration is required; registration closes one week before class starts. Classes will be primarily in English, though most instructors are bilingual. To register, call 503-236-7253 or contact malan@milagro.org (be sure to include full name, phone number and name of class(es)).

The schedule includes:

EN LA COCINA (cooking) • Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
July 10 • Salsas: Develop your own signature salsa when you combine juicy tomatoes, garden-fresh onions and a variety of other secret ingredients. Led by Dañel Malan

July 17 • Ensaladas: Put away the iceberg lettuce and learn to create fresh salads with a Latin American twist - a light and healthy choice for hot summer nights. Led by Dañel Malan

July 24 • Tortillas: Learn the tricks of the trade to making corn tortillas and then pair them with salsas and ensaladas from the first two classes. Led by Dañel Malan

HECHO A MANO (crafts) • Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
July 11 • Calaveras (sugar skulls): Try your hand at making traditional sugar skulls and you'll be ready to honor your loved ones on Día de los muertos. Led by Estela Robinson

July 18• Codices (Aztec bookbinding): Create an Aztec-inspired codex, or accordion book, ready to fill with images and glyphs that share your story. Led by Tim Krause

July 25 • Papel Picado (Cut Paper): Explore Mexican folk art when you create holiday banners in the style of papel picado, or designs of cut paper.

BAILES YUCATECOS (dance) • Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
July 12, 19, 26 • Raíces Unidas por Yucatán fills Milagro's Zócalo with folkloric music and dance of Mexico. Watch demonstrations and practice steps before sharing what you've learned in a short presentation for friends and family. Each week builds on the previous class, so plan to attend all three sessions.

TALLERES INTENSIVOS (weekend workshops) • Fridays 7-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

July 13 & 14 • Música andina: On Friday night, enjoy a demonstration of the zampoña, one of the oldest wind instruments of South America, performed by one of Miracle's favorite musicians, Gerardo Calderón of Grupo Condor. Then on Saturday, craft your own zampoña to play at an informal student recital.

July 20 & 21 • El teatro invisible de Boal: Join Teatro Milagro actor Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi for an interactive workshop based on the work of Augusto Boal, founder of Theatre of the Oppressed. Learn how Image Theatre and Invisible Theatre can be taken to the streets to tell stories, culminating with a performance in public.

July 27 & 28 • El circo y la comedia: Enjoy a dazzling showcase of circus and commedia dell'arte performance styles by Danny Moreno of Teatro Milagro and CarlosAlexis Cruz of Pelú Theatre Friday night. Then on Saturday, try your own hand at juggling, flagging, tumbling and acrobatics to create a unique student showcase.

¡FIESTA EN LA CALLE! SUNDAY STREET FAIR • July 29th – 12 noon-4 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of food, drink, live music and dance as artists and students, nonprofit organizations and neighborhood businesses, all come together to celebrate the vitality of our community.

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