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Event Alert: Galveston Cajun Crawfish Festival

CAJUN FESTIVAL SET FOR FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND, JUNE 16-18, ON GALVESTON ISLAND

 

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The entertainment lineup for the second annual Galveston Cajun Festival, which is set for Father’s Day weekend, June 16-18, will feature some of the best musical entertainment that the Houston-Galveston area has to offer. Along with the musical entertainment, the festival will have succulent crawfish, all sorts of festival foods from a variety of vendors, a crawfish eating contest and more.

Set to kick things off from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 16, will be The Pee Wee Bowen Band.

On Saturday, June 17, Big E & The Lowdown and King Baby will perform; and on Sunday, June 18, Madalyn Hernandez, Grupo Fuerte and Monico Cortez, will all be performing as a part of the Grey Goose Lounge, one of the sponsors of this year’s event (check website for exact times).

Admission this year is free and open to the public, so bring the entire family out for all things Cajun — Father’s Day weekend on Galveston Island!

No coolers, outside foods, drinks, alcoholic beverages, radio’s, bicycles, pets and/or weapons will be allowed inside the venue.

For information, visit galvestoncajunfestival.com or call 409-359-3045.

 

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Showcases Local, National, and International Leading Latino and Native American Artists This Summer

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The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center brings local, national and international artists to San Antonio’s westside with its summer series of public events.  As one of the largest multi-disciplinary community-based organizations in the US, the Guadalupe seeks to cultivate, promote and preserve traditional and contemporary Chicano, Latino and Native American arts and culture. The cultures represented in this summer’s line-up highlight the diversity found within the community and include Colombian roots music, Spanish flamenco dance, Panamanian street art, Native American theater, and San Antonio contemporary culture.
Under the direction of new Executive Director, Cristina Ballí, the Guadalupe continues its long tradition of serving the San Antonio arts community. “The arts are a vital component to the city’s landscape and is what makes us unique from other cities across the country,” said Ballí. “I hope to continue the Guadalupe’s legacy of celebrating community and showcasing captivating contemporary artists at our westside campus.”

All performances take place in the historic Guadalupe Theater which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in July. The Guadalupe Theater is located at 1301 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207. The Gallery Talk and Art Exhibitions are held in the Guadalupe Galería located at 723 S. Brazos, San Antonio, TX 78207. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm | Free Admission
For tours and group visits, call 210.271.3151 or email info@guadalupeculturalarts.org

Summer Series

Cumbia Roots Festival
Sunday, June 18 at 3:00 pm
$15 – $25 | Guadalupe Theater

Musician Kiko Villamizar will host performances and workshops by Elders direct from Colombia for an afternoon celebration of the roots of Cumbia music. Paito y los Gaiteros de Punta Brava and national cumbiamba champions Trapiche de Colomboy will bring the richness and variety of Colombian rhythms such as porro, puya, gaita, merengue, chalupa, bullerengue, tambora, cumbia and vallenato to the Guadalupe stage while sharing stories and the beauty of this seldom heard music.

Sin Fronteras/Without Borders
A New Flamenco Dance Production by the Guadalupe Dance Company
June 23-25 | Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm | Sunday at 3:00 pm
$15 – $50 | Guadalupe Theater

This Flamenco production is a celebration of life with all its trials and tribulations and the meaning of family and community. With theatrical elements, live music and the powerful choreography of Flamenco master Miguel Vargas, the Guadalupe Dance Company will take audiences on an emotional journey of life through the art form that is Flamenco.

75th Anniversary Celebration of the Historic Guadalupe Theater
Friday, July 7 at 7:00 pm
$5 | Guadalupe Theater
Take a trip back to the 1940s with us as we celebrate 75 years of the Guadalupe Theater with a classic Variedades featuring film shorts, teatro, dance, and music. Audiences will have a chance to share their memories as well at this once in a lifetime event.

Nuevo Teatro: A Festival of New Works
July 15 – Aug 19 | $5 – $20 | Guadalupe Theater
Nuevo Teatro is San Antonio’s newest summer theatre festival featuring original performance work by contemporary theatre artists. From emerging voices to established artists, this festival will showcase the cultural and artistic diversity of the Latin@, Chican@, Native American and South Texas experience. With over 15 performances, dozens of artists, and offerings for youth, families and adults, Nuevo Teatro: A Festival of New Works will have something for everyone.
July 15 -16: 100% NDN (Naturally Designed Natives) written by Isaac Alvarez Cardenas (Apache/Comanche)
-July 28:  Gaytino written and performed by Dan Guerrero (Los Angeles, CA)
-July 21: Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name written and performed by Irma Herrera (South Texas/Bay Area)
-August 4-6: Ruby Reds, Big Birds and Burras written and directed by Marisela Barrera (Rio Grande Valley, TX) and performances by Grupo Animo the Guadalupe’s resident youth theatre company.

Artist Talk by Victoria Suescum
Saturday, July 29 at 2:00 pm | Free
Exhibit closes Friday, August 4 | Free
Join us Saturday afternoon as artist Victoria Suescum shares her artistic process behind her solo exhibition Mi Museo está en la calle: An abbreviated Retrospective. A Panamanian native, Suescum’s exhibit draws inspiration from motifs lifted from the streets of Panama and the United States — including motifs one may find on the Westside of San Antonio. This event is for all ages and light refreshments will be provided.

Ana Fernandez: New Portraits works by Ana Fernandez
Narratives Invented works by Ruth Buentello
Opening Reception | Friday, September 1 | FREE
6:00 – 9:00 pm | Galería Guadalupe
Ana Fernandez (Corpus Christi, TX), and Ruth Buentello (San Antonio, TX), exhibit side by side and present all new works this summer in the Galería Guadalupe. Skilled painter Fernandez explores portraiture via city location and Buentello creates narratives that focus on the complexity and emotion of relationships. Included in the exhibition will also be works from Elizabeth Rodriguez-Trevino, Junye Butler, Marcy McChesney and Rosa Fernandez.

[Photos Courtesy of:  GuadalupeCulturalArts.Org]

No Ban, No Wall Rally at the Texas Capital

This is Who We Are

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This past Saturday, I was very honored to speak at the #NoBanNoWall rally on behalf of those that feel as they have no voice and for those that are currently in fear of the policies enacted by the current administration.

Thousands gathered at the front steps of the Texas capital to protest the current ICE Raids, Trump’s border wall and the refugee ban. U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) and Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) headlined the rally organized by Muslim and immigrant rights groups. Some of the speakers included immigration attorneys and activists, DREAMERS, and refugees from Muslim communities.

To honor my family and to those that have suffered and continue to suffer under the policies of the current administration, I hope that my words spoken at the rally made a difference (if even a small one).

“This Is Who We Are”

“Many if not all of us here today have recited the pledge of allegiance, giving our thanks to a piece of fabric stitched in identity that speaks to many of the slogans that have echoed throughout time: Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness. As a Latina, I have witnessed how those words have turned into something so out of reach for us. But still, we hope and we strive, not only for ourselves but for our families as well. BECAUSE THIS IS WHO WE ARE!

Every success we have achieved and every contribution we’ve made in this America, OUR America, is being overshadowed being by the current policies in place that have made us out to be the enemy.

We are the enemy when we’re condemned to the belief of being rapists and murders. We are the enemy because much like any minority, the actions of a few become representative of a whole. We have become the target of ICE raids because it has been determined that because we are brown, we are committing a crime just by being here. Because we are brown, we are to be feared. But indeed, they should be scared, because we are tired – tired of being ignored, tired of being stereotyped, tired of being marginalized and tired of being treated like second-class citizens. And today, you WILL hear us!

We are not illegal. The Declaration of Independence, the very document that is the foundation for this country determined that all men are created equal. And that includes us Latinos. We’re the fighters, we’re the persecuted, and we’re the survivors who have only wanted one thing – the opportunity for a better quality of life. THIS IS WHO WE ARE!

I am the child of a migrant farm worker. My mother spent the majority of her childhood working the fields from sun up to sun down. Although she did not graduate high school, my mother elevated herself from working for minimum wage cleaning offices at night to the successful career woman she is today – a self-taught, resilient woman.

As a child, my father worked the cotton fields. And throughout his entire adult life, has worked outdoor construction, laying the foundation for the highways and roads we use day in and day out. At the age of 62 he was diagnosed with cancer. At 63, he beat cancer. And at 64, he once again put on those work boots and headed back to work, waking up at 4am to go to a job that no one else wants to work. Why? Because all he wants to do is earn his living, respectfully, and in peace. Because THIS IS WHO WE ARE

I am the mother of two beautiful biracial young men – one of them is gay. And although many out there spew their hate against their race, their nationality, their sexual orientation – they stand strong and I stand with them because THIS IS WHO WE ARE

I have watched as Aleni, a young woman I met 8 years ago while she was in high school endure the struggle of wanting a higher education, wanting to become successful, all while fearing her undocumented status. A high academic achiever, decorated high school soccer player, homecoming queen – all that and she couldn’t qualify for scholarships or financial aid because of her status. Today, because of DACA, she works full time and pays for her college education herself with no assistance. In spite of it all, in spite of EVERY obstacle and set back she’s had to face, her determination has never faltered. THIS IS WHO WE ARE.

You often here from the opposition, those who hate, those who don’t care to understand, “why don’t you get your papers”? They know nothing of the struggle. They know nothing about someone like Aleni enduring a Twenty-year fight just to be a naturalized citizen.

When you see people who look like me in you in the fields, on the construction sites, in restaurants working to provide a better life despite a pitiful wage, we stand strong and proud. Because THIS IS WHO WE ARE. We are not rapists, we are not thieves. And we will NOT be used as talking points for political gain. We Are Providers. We Are Fighters. We Are Survivors.
And that, is who we are.

WE STAND STRONG. THIS IS WHO WE ARE. “

Ghostbusters Day at the Children’s Museum of Houston

Who you gonna call? The Children’s Museum of Houston is calling on the Ghostbusters! Help the Ghostbusters gang investigate and capture pesky ghouls and save the Museum from ectoplasmic chaos during Halloween Monster Mayhem. Don’t forget to bring your camera! I ain’t afraid of no ghost!

 

Ghostbusters Day, Oct. 22, 2016                

*Activities, events and times subject to change.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Ghostbusters Character Appearances: Meet some of your favorite characters from the Ghostbusters!

Event Time:   10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Brown Auditorium.

Houston Area Ghostbusters: Your friendly neighborhood Ghostbusters will be on alert and onsite.

Event Time: Throughout the day inside Museum.

ON-GOING ACTIVITIES:

  • Ghost Doll: Design a spooky ghost doll that will follow you home at Junktion.
  • Slimer Mask: Become everyone’s favorite pizza eating ghost at Junktion.
  • Ecto Goggles: Fashion your own pair of Ecto goggles to perceive the unknown at Junktion.
  • Monster Slime: Ooze with ickiness with a gooey concoction of monster slime at Science Station.

HOURS/COST:

  • MUSEUM HOURS: Tues. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m.
  • General Museum admission: $12 per person and $11 for seniors 65+ and for active duty military personnel. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
  • For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

HOUSTON BALLET NUTCRACKER MARKET TICKETS ON SALE

It’s official, tickets go on sale October 17 for the 36th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market set for Nov. 10-13 at NRG Center. Due to tremendous popularity last year, general admission tickets will once again be available for purchase online through Ticketmaster in addition to Houston-area Randalls locations. For many in Houston, the Nutcracker Market is the Super Bowl of shopping events and marks the start of the holiday season.

“Our shoppers responded well to the convenience in being able to purchase tickets online last year, so we are bringing that option back in 2016,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. “Pre-purchasing general admission tickets through Ticketmaster or Randalls is the easiest way to avoid lines and gain the fastest entry to the Nutcracker Market.”

General admission tickets are $18 at Randalls locations throughout Houston, or $18 plus fees and surcharges through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will be available for $20 at the door during Market hours.

From humble beginnings in a community church in 1981, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown to become the second-largest charity event at NRG Park and this year will mark its 36th year. More than 300 merchants will travel from across the country to participate in the 2016 Nutcracker Market selling everything from unique gift items, home décor, to gourmet food, clothing, toys, jewelry and more! New vendors will join familiar favorites like the Texas Tamale Co. and the ever popular Donne Di Domani marinara sauce, plus home decorative accessories from Paul Michael Co., ornamental metal accessories from The Round Top Collection, and holiday decorations from Clutter Yule Love.

As is the tradition each year, the Market takes on a new theme and this year’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was carefully selected by Market chairman, Mary Alice Parmet. The theme celebrates the shopping spirit of the holiday season, and the camaraderie the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market creates among shoppers and the Houston community.

Proceeds from each admission and special event ticket that you purchase, plus 10% of all the merchandise you buy, goes back to Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy and Scholarship Programs.

MARKET DATES/HOURS

Thursday – Friday, November 10 and 11, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, November 12 and 13, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

ONE DAY PASS
Tickets are good for one day admission only during November 10-13, 2016. No repeat admission.

– $20 each at Market
– $18 each at Houston-area Randalls beginning October 17
– $18 each (plus surcharge) online at Ticketmaster beginning October 17
– Half-price admission is available daily, three hours prior to closing
– Children under 5 are free
– Group Rate: Groups of 20 or more will receive a $2 discount off regular admission price (must purchase in advance)

FOUR DAY PASS
Tickets are good for repeat admission all four days and early 9:00 am admission Thursday and Friday.

– $50 each at Market or order over the phone by calling 713-535-3231 prior to November 4, 2016

Complimentary stroller, cart, rolling bag and wagon checkroom is provided as they are not permitted inside. Wheelchairs and walkers are permitted. Pets are not allowed.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Special Event tickets are good for repeat admission all four days and early 9:00 a.m. admission on Thursday and Friday.

Wells Fargo Preview Party
Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $250

Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon
Thursday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $135

Macy’s Fashion Show and Brunch
Friday, November 11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $135

For more information, call 713-535-3231 or visit www.NutcrackerMarket.com

East End Street Fest to Launch an Educational Program for Low-Income Students

The Navigation Esplanade will once again host the East End Street Fest to be held October 15th, 2016 from Noon to 10:00pm. This year’s highlight will be the implementation of an educational program for local students interested in the entertainment and arts industries.

Houston’s East End is known for its colorful art expressions and rich Latino history. The average household income in the area is $47,000 and only 9.5% of those living in the neighborhood hold a college degree or higher. Most students cannot afford more than $2,000.00 to travel and attend national entertainment conferences and festivals such as South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. To address this issue, the East End Street Fest committee will introduce an educational program for high school and college students interested in careers in Entertainment, Media, and Arts.

The educational program will be held at Talento Bilingue de Houston on October 15 between 10:00am and 2:00pm. The goal is to nurture the next generation of creative minds in the East End community and also work with local universities and community colleges to allow participating students to receive academic credit.

East End Street Fest committee members hope that this initiative will make the East End a national destination to discover emerging Latino talent and to cultivate the next generation of entertainment and media professionals.

The East End Street Festival 2016 will open its doors to the public at noon with a music lineup that includes national, regional and local music artists such as the psychedelic music band from California, Chicano Batman and the Texas Latino rising star, AJ Castillo. Other rock, Tejano, cumbia, electronic and indie music artists include La Diferenzia and their legendary Tejano style, El Dusty with his revolutionary cumbia-electronic music and Atlanta’s Xavier BLK with his high energy underground party music and many other local music artists.

Admission to the East End Street Fest is FREE for kids 12 and under. Adults can purchase their tickets for $10.00 online ($12 at the gate). The location is the East End Esplanade at 2600 Navigation. The time is 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm. For volunteer, vendor or sponsorship opportunities visit www.eastendstreetfest.com or call, 713.926.3305. Some of the event proceeds will benefit the Houston Firefighters Association.

Sensory Friendly Day At Children’s Museum of Houston

The Children’s Museum of Houston will host a culture-friendly Sensory Friendly Day on Dec. 14 in celebration of our Seasons of Sharing exhibit which commemorates holidays around the world.
Sensory Friendly Day is an opportunity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore the Museum.
Doors will be closed to the public. There will be no music and sound-reducing headphones will be available. Outside food and drinks will be allowed (Fresh Café will be closed).

DON’T MISS:

·  Music Therapy Activities: Move and groove to therapeutic music in   Tree Top Discovery Room
· Obstacle Course: Race through a fun and challenging obstacle        course in PowerPlay
· Hands-on Specialists: Engage in fun sensory activities with  Board Certified Speech Pathologists and Behavior Analysts.
· Interactive Story Time: Enjoy an interactive story time adventure  in Parent Resource Library
· Mehndi Hand Art: Design traditional Hindu hand art at Alexander  Art Academy.
· The Great Migration: Take flight with monarch butterflies in inEcoStation.
· Macaroni Menorah: Light a candle in celebration of Hannukkah at Junktion.
· Rangoli Revelry: Create Indian-inspired folk art at Junktion.

Sensory Friendly Day, Dec. 14, 2015
***Activities, events, and times subject to change.

Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004

HOURS/COST:
• SENSORY FRIENDLY DAY SPECIAL HOURS: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Special Sensory Friendly Day Admission: $5 per person. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
• Pre-registration required. Please contact Lydia Dungus at ldungus@cmhouston.org or call (713) 535-7238 to make a reservation.
• For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

City of Houston Announces Business Plan Competition for Women

The City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity, Small Business Administration of Houston and the Houston Community College System partner locally to provide training opportunities for women interested in participating in the InnovateHer Business Plan Competition for a chance to win $40,000.

Women entrepreneurs have been critical to growing businesses and creating jobs in Houston. Women entrepreneurs can be seen in the medical field, information technology and in the construction industry. Locally the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity is pleased to partner with Houston Community College and the SBA to provide training opportunities so that women entrepreneurs in the Houston area are given the chance to compete nationally for a chance to win cash prizes to launch their businesses. The InnovateHer competition is open to any women who has an idea to impact the lives of women and families.

Criteria: Contestants must develop a product or service that meets the following requirements:

Has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families
Has the potential for commercialization and
Fills a need in the marketplace
Must be a citizen or permanent U.S. resident who is at least 18 years of age
Must maintain a primary place of business in the U.S.

To learn more about the competition and the trainings available in the Houston area interested contestants can visit www.hccs.edu/innovateher

Free Immunizations Through May 2016 At Children’s Museum of Houston

Children’s Museum of Houston to offer free vaccinations through May 2016

Free immunizations at the Children’s Museum of Houston every second Thursday of the month during Free Family Night from 5pm to 7pm beginning now through May 2016 for children ages 6 weeks to 18 years. Committed to creating a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will administer free immunizations through the Vaccines for Children Program to the first 40 children to arrive. To qualify, parents and guardians must bring their child’s immunization records. No need to pre-register. Children must qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program. For questions about eligibility, please call (832) 824-6780.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: Flu shots will be offered exclusively in November to the first 200 children to arrive. After this month, flu shots offered along with the standard vaccinations to the first 40 children to arrive.

• Oct. 8 (standard vaccinations – limit of 40)
• Nov. 12 (Flu shots – limit of 200)
• Dec. 10 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• Jan. 14 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• Feb. 11 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• March 10 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• April 14 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• May 12 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)

WHERE:
Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004
***Activities, events and times subject to change.

MUSEUM HOURS:
• Free Family Night every Thursday 5 – 8 p.m.
• For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

[Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Houston]