Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Movie, mojo pork, flamenco dance, live music, and art: don't miss these Hispanic Heritage Month events

Save these dates for upcoming events (Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15):

Movie: Musica Campesina
Vanderbilt's Center for Latin American Studies and International Lens present Musica Campesina; 7pm; Sarratt Cinema. Filmed in Nashville in 2010 by CLAS Visiting Resource Professor Alberto Fuguet. Read Fuguet's description of the movie in this week's Nashville Scene.
Wednesday, September 7

A Latin Dinner
The Tin Angel, Nashville Originals Restaurant Week: Smoked Chicken flautas, Mojo pork with yellow rice/black beans and mango salad, and Mexican chocolate tart with habanero pecan candy
Through September 11

Dialogues on Racism
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24, Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212, $30 for the entire 6 evenings. For more information email
Register by Sept. 12

Dialogues on Immigration
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212, $30 for the entire 6 evenings. For more information email
Register by Sept. 13

The Cry: Voices of Mexico
An Evening of Mexican History, Literature, Song and Dance. Join gallery F. and the Foreign Language Acting Group (F.L.A.G.) for an evening celebrating Nashville's Mexican community. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 615.320.4651 or
For more info contact Jaz Dorsey at or 615-915-0891. 2 seatings @ 7p & 8:45p. Free & open to the public
Thursday, September 15

Conexión Américas’ RUMBA at
 ‘Live on the Green’ Opening for Los Lonely Boys Live On the Green is a free outdoor concert series every Thursday night in downtown Music City. The event highlights local acts along with national artists with a connection to Nashville. 6:30 p.m.Thursday, September 15

Conexión Américas’ 
Hispanic Heritage Fiesta
6:00 pm Reception & Awards Ceremony
7:00 pm to 12:00 am Fiesta
Historic Cannery Ballroom, 1 Cannery Row, Downtown Nashville. $40 per person. Don't miss our celebration featuring authentic Latin American food by local chefs, the hip-swaying rhythms of live Latin music by Kazique and Conexión Américas’ own band RUMBA, original artwork by local Latinas, cash bar, and more! Reserve your tickets here by September 12.
Friday, September 16

Latino Family Day at the Zoo
The Nashville Zoo will offer several docent interpretive stations, animal shows and keeper talks with Spanish translators available. The day will also feature a variety of entertainment and activities, including traditional music and dance, bouncy houses, games for kids and much more. To download a buy one, get one free coupon, click here.
Sunday, Sept. 18

The Long Struggle for Freedom in Latin America
Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies Teacher Workshop; 9am; Vanderbilt Campus. For more information and to register, contact
Wednesday, September 21

Gypsy Fire flamenco dancing, Great Performances at Vanderbilt
Spain’s flamenco superstar and former dancer with the National Ballet of Spain - a celebrated troupe of dancers, singers, and musicians showcase the art of flamenco. 7:30 p.m., Langford Auditorium, Vanderbilt University. “The public, on their feet, didn’t rip their shirts, but applauded to the point of exhaustion.” —El Pais, Spain
Thursday, Sept. 22

Storytelling on Afro-Latin America
11:30am; Downtown Public Library
Saturday, September 24

Brown Bag Lunch with Tony Brown "The Social Construction of Race in Brazil: Findings from the 2002 Belo Horizonte Area Study"
12pm; Vanderbilt University; Buttrick 123. Space is limited; please email to RSVP
Friday, September 30

José Torres Tama Performance Art, Great Performances at Vanderbilt
Aliens, Immigrants, & Other Evildoers – adult language; 7:30 p.m.; Student Life Center; Not for the faint of heart, the series launches with the radical Latino performance artist and writer who lives by his doctrine – make art that matters. “Torres Tama treads that dangerously vague turf of performance art gracefully … with dexterity and daring” —The Village Voice
Wednesday, Oct. 5

Nueva Vida, Nuevo Trabajo (translated as "new life, new work")
Highlights the work of professional and non-professional artists from Nashville’s growing and diverse Hispanic population including Orlando García Camacho, Antonieta Capdevila, Aida Costner, Yuri Cunza, Adolfo Dávila, Gladys Escobar, Gil Veda, Alba Gonzalez-Nylander, John D. Griffin, Megan Kelley, Zolita Mojica, Mario Moreno, Inés Negri, Jairo Prado, Mike Quiñones Gonzalez, Sandra Rivera, Kathryn García Smith, Liliana Vélez and Yenny Walker.  Metro Arts Gallery, 800 2nd Avenue South, 4th Floor, Nashville, TN.
Through October 7, 2011

Journeys: An Exhibit by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
In collaboration with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Vanderbilt's Center for Latin American Studies will welcome as Visiting Resource Professor María Magdalena Campos-Pons, whose work symbolically follows the African Diaspora from her family’s origin in Nigeria to Cuba, where they worked in the sugar industry, to present day Boston, where Campos-Pons now lives and teaches art.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
October 7, 2011-January 9, 2012

Exhibit Opening of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: Mama/Reciprocal Energy
Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery. Runs through December 8, 2011
October 13, 2011

Performance by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, October 14

Alfredo Rodriguez (Daniel Azoulay), Great Performances at Vanderbilt
Alfredo Rodriguez with Trio; 8 p.m., Langford Auditorium. Schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, this riveting pianist is informed by Bach and Stravinsky as much as his compatriot Chucho Valdés. “Without a doubt one of the best young pianists I’ve ever seen”
—Quincy Jones
Friday, Oct. 14

Fall Fiesta at Vol State
Celebration of Hispanic cultureon the Volunteer State Community College campus in Gallatin. The Fiesta runs from 10am-4pm and features food, music and fun. Best of all, it’s a free event and open to everyone. Once again we are hosting the Hispanic Alliance Cook-Off Contest. Cook your favorite Latin American dish or dishes and enter into the contest to win prizes! Diana Kiser is running the food contest again this year. If you are interested in participating e-mail her at:
Saturday, October 22

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