“Mexican Wrestling Macbeth” (Photo/courtesy The Chicago Mammals Theatre Company)

Essential Culture: Weekend of June 29, 2012

Theatre

Rio de Lagrimas at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

This performance – in English, Spanish and Nahuatl—gives voice to the story of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés journey in Mexico and his complex relationships through which the mestizo race was born.

 “Mexican Wrestling Macbeth” at The Chicago Mammals Theatre (Chicago, Illinois)

Mexican wrestling gets a dose of classical Shakespeare in this production about a director who, in need of funding, casts popular luchadores in his pet project – yielding hilarious results.

Museums & Art Exhibits

“An Early Maya City By the Sea: Daily Life and Ritual at Cerros, Belize” at the Florida Museum of Natural History (Gainesville, Florida)

The ancient Maya in Belize lived in an environment rich with flora and fauna, providing abundant inspiration for this exhibit featuring river artifacts from the Corazal Bay coast line.

Con Ojos Propios/ With My Own Eyes at EL Museo Latino (Omaha, Nebraska)

This curated exhibit at El Museo Latino showcases the work of Mexican photographer Jesús Sánchez Uribe, whose lense captures abstract black and white urban landscapes.

Music

La Sardina de Naiguata at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Washington, D.C.)

This Nicaraguan band will be drawing from African drum influences and Venezuelan parrandas in celebration of South American creativity as one of two Smithsonian Folkways evening concerts on Friday.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival at Mears Park (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Latin jazz ensembles including Francisco Mela & Cuban Safari and Araya Orta Latin Jazz Quartet will be featured in this lively gathering of all-star artists in one of the Midwest’s largest jazz festival.

Cultural Events

Circo Hermanos Vazquez at Bicentennial Park (Miami, Florida)

Very few appeals to children like the joy and delight of a circus, and the Hermanos Vazquez Circus (founded in 1969) delivers with a lineup of clowns, acrobats, trapeze artists, animal shows and much more.

Pasados del Presidio: Afternoon fun for kids and family at the Golden Gate Club (San Francisco, CA)

Escape with California history made alive through exhibits, crafts, storytelling, music, food and dance in this jam-packed educational event for kids.

Dance

Limon Dance Company at Central Park Summerstage (New York, New York)

For many New Yorkers, attending a Summerstage concert in Central Park is a highlight of their summer. This weekend, experience the sensual, modern dance moves of the Limon Dance Company, which was founded in 1946 by Mexican choreographer José Limón.

Samba Night in the Heights (A Tribute to Elis Regina) at the Brazilian Cultural Center (Houston, TX)

Explore the vibrant warmth of Brazilian culture through samba rhythms in this fun night of social dance and performances at the Brazilian Cultural Center.

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