Miracle Theatre Group Hosts 2013 LA LUNA NUEVA FESTIVAL, Now thru 9/18
Opening today, September 13, Miracle Theatre Group will present the 5th edition of "La Luna Nueva", the annual festival of Hispanic arts and culture from around the world, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Night by night, our renowned multidisciplinary arts festival will showcase the richness and diversity of Latin artistic expressions. Flamenco, Tango, Latin jazz, theater, play readings, comedy, homages to Pablo Neruda and Frida Kahlo and visual art, launching Milagro's 30th season!
The festival runs today, September 13-28, 2013, at El Centro Milagro, 525 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon. Admission varies; several events are FREE. All ticket events are reserved seating. Purchase tickets from 503-236-7253 or www.milagro.org.
• "TAPALACA" - Ceramic Art Exhibition
Exhibition open one hour prior to each festival performance • Sept. 13-28, 2013 • Free
Throughout the festival, art lovers can view original ceramic creations by Mexican artist Paco Padilla who brings his work from his studio is Tapalaca, Jalisco. Ceramic flutes created by Samuel Becerra will also be featured throughout the festival.
• PACO PADILLA - Mexican folkloric singer/songwriter
7 p.m. • Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 • $27 advance; $30 door
Part of the Mexican New Song movement with a musical career spanning over 32 years, Paco Padilla's unique style fuses traditional Mexican music with contemporary sounds. This exclusive Milagro Theater performance will be the public's only chance to see him and his band in Portland. This concert will be the opening event for Milagro's "La Luna Nueva" festival, launching Milagro's 30th anniversary season! Get to know more about Paco Padilla's transcendent music at: https://myspace.com/pacopadillaxaliscantos
• "TRAVESURAS" - Flamenco
8 p.m. • Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 • $25 advance; $28 door
Many "lunas" ago, in Andalucía, Spain, the clash of the Romani and Spanish cultures yielded some of the most spiritual folk music in the world: The Flamenco. Centuries later Ricardo Diaz was captivated by the art of flamenco in San Francisco, where he began his studies with guitarist Jorge Liceaga. After traveling around the world and performing with the finest artists and flamenco groups, Ricardo Diaz returns to Milagro bringing with him the mighty and moving repertoire of Travesuras, his majestic and sensual Flamenco performance featuring an all-male corps of dancers!
• "SOMTIR"- Gerardo Calderon
7p.m. • Sunday Sept. 15, 2013 • $20 advance; $22 door
Somtir means rhythm, the beat that will bring to Milagro the newest musical explorations by beloved local musician Gerardo Calderon. Calderon's new musical compositions will take us around the world through a combination of Latin American, African and indigenous rhythms sounds. This concert will include dances from Argentina, Peru, Mexico and Spain, and will move your body with rhythms meditational to upbeat!
Gerardo's first solo CD, "Somtir" features a blend of gentle string sounds and the soothing sounds of the pan flutes, and 20 copies will be distributed free to the first ticket buyers! The evening includes a post-show reception hosted by Black Cat Café. www.grupo-condor.com
• Play Reading in Spanish - "EL ORNITORRINCO" by Humberto Robles
7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, 2012 • FREE
Directed by Kolumba Hedzor, this delightful comedy, presented entirely in Spanish, examines the spectrum of sexual identity in the lives of four lovers. While the rest of the world wants us to choose between gay, straight and bi, for some it's a bit more challenging to self-identify! Like the platypus (el ornitorrinco) nature has created us with great variety that sometimes defies easy definition! For more information about actors and the play visit www.miracleinsider.blogspot.com.
• Play Reading in English - "MUMMIFIED DEER" by Luis Valdez
7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 • FREE
Directed by Olga Sanchez this passionate play is one of the newest works by the renowned founder of El Teatro Campesino, Luis Valdez. In this semi-autobiographical piece, the dominant, imposing Mama Chu, a heroine of the Mexican Revolution, must reveal the truths of her past to reconcile the identities of her family. Luis Valdez is acknowledged as the founder of modern Chicano theatre and film of the U.S., with feature films like Zoot Suit and La Bamba. The reading is presented in honor of Lakin Valdez, Luis' son, who starred in the world premiere ofMummified Deer. Lakin is currently directing Milagro's upcoming Día de muertos production, Corrido Calavera! Visit Milagro's blog for the latest news about the play, author and cast: www.miracleinsider.blogspot.com.