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Essential Culture: Weekend of August 3, 2012

What to watch, read and enjoy this weekend in Latino USA.

Theater

Hidden Realities at the GALA  (Washington, DC)

 Check out this bilingual play produced by participants of GALA’s Paso Nuevo and Summer Youth Program. The program nurtures 15 teens from the DC area who are showcasing their very own original work in a free presentation this Friday.

El Ultimo Color Del Silencio at the Frida Kahlo Theater (Los Angeles, California)

Written and directed by Mario Zapién, this riveting play is presented by Teatro Tatalejos.

Museums & Art Exhibits

The Retablo of Cuidad Rodrigo at the University of Arizona Museum of Art (Tucson, AZ)

 Panels from the revered altarpiece of Cuidad Rodrigo – an iconic painting created in 15th century Spain – is on display in this dynamic, historic exhibit.

 La Raza Cómica: A celebration of the Latino-American Experience in Comic Arts at the Cartoon Art Museum (San Francisco, California)

This art exhibit focuses on Latinos in comics with an introspective look at their dynamic contribution to the colorful world of zines, comics, graphic novels and webcomics.

Music & Dance

Miró Quartet with Jorge Caballero at The Long Center for the Performing Arts (Austin, Texas)

Award-winning Peruvian guitarist Jorge Caballero will team up with Miró Quartet for a classically-focused program including Mozart, Bach, Paganini and others.

 J.A.M Sessions at East L.A Civic Center – Samba Dance Party (Los Angeles, California)

 Viver Brasil will deliver a sexy, dynamic show of music and dance that is sure to transport viewers to sultry Brazil. Check out the show – and then stay for the free movie to follow at the L.A. Civic Center amphitheater stage.

Movies

13th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival at the Media Arts Center (San Diego, California)

Escape the heat with a good ‘ole zombie flick that’s going to kick off the 13th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival. That’s right: Cuban zombies are the star in “Juan of the Dead,” a subtitled flick that takes the current fascination with the walking dead to an entirely new level.

“The Watch” (Now in theaters nationwide)

Sure, Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn may be the headliners in this big-budget film, but actor Mel Rodriguez delivers belly-busting laughs with his performance as “Chucho.”

Cultural Events

The 28th Annual Ecuadorian Day Parade (Queens, New York)

Wear your finest yellow, red and blue – the colors of Ecuador’s flag – out to Queens, New York this Sunday to celebrate Ecuador’s independence with food, fun and great music.

The Sabor Festival at the Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver, Colorado)

Food, drink, music, vendors and plenty of activities against the backdrop of lush gardens are the star of this Latino festival highlighting international Hispanic culture.

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