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ALAC logoIIIALAC at the Herberger Theater, Phoenix, Saturday, October 11, and Changing Hands Book Store in Tempe, Arizona

...join us as we continue to Celebrate our Inaugural Festival and Celebration of Latino, Xicano, Indigenous Arts & Culture, bring your family & friends. The program activities; Art exhibition, Book signing, and live entertainment preceding the Plays is free & open to the public.

Felicidades! We have made history again in Arizona, the first Latin@ Consortium to launch a Latin@ Festival at the Herberger Theater. At this moment, I just wish to share a simple note to remind us ...that it is our spirit combined with our collective voices that will create the legacy that we envision in a Latino Cultural Center for our communities. Creating & investing in a Legacy for Latin@ arts & culture to develop the first Latino Cultural Center in the Valley of the Sun.Co-Directors Erlinda Torres and Jim Covarrubias - Advocates for Latin@ Arts & Culture Consortium, Inc.

En-Kanto, Live Latin Music
Carlos Urtubey, Jose Miguel, Scott Boozan, Ivory John, Alex Michel

Persons enjoying the evening join in and "Dance to the Music"

Inside the theater space a small visual arts exhibition was mounted for all to enjoy!

"Maria Felix" artist: Jose Antonio

"Rhumberos" artist: Victor Caldee

Latin@ Authors' Book Signing featuring:
Frank Barrios, José Burruel, Ph.D., Stella Pope Duarte, Zarco Guerrero, Kathy Cano Murillo, Santos Vega, Ph.D.

Master mask maker Zarco Guerrero Pelota" artist: Jorge Moreno

Opendance Company
Michele Ceballos Michot, Dashiell Cote, Eric Lopez, Vanessa Corona
Portray the legend of La Llorona

La Llorona ("lah yoh-ROH-nah", Spanish for "the crying woman"), sometimes called the Woman in White or the Weeping Woman is a figure in Mexican folklore, the ghost of a woman crying for her dead children that she drowned. Her appearances are sometimes held to presage death, and frequently are claimed to occur near bodies of water, particularly streams and rivers. There is much variation in tales of La Llorona, which are popular in Mexico and the United States (especially in Mexican-American communities), and to an extent, the rest of the Americas.

A weaving in dance of the old & the evolving cultures of the Latina(o) community

Saturday, October 11, 2008
Grease/Vaselina by Bru's Musical Theater
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM Performances

Directed by Gerardo Bru & Written by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey.

Ballet Folklorico Azul, SWHCA
Rafael Carranza, Sonya Carrera, Janet Cordero Marianna Parra

Earlier in the morning additional Latino events were occurring:


We invite you and family to attend and support the beginning of the Day of the Dead celebrations here in the valley.

CALACA, Changing Hands Bookstore, and Cultural Coalition Inc., Present:

“2nd Annual Casi Dia de los Muertos”

About the Exhibit:

Dates of Exhibit: October 1st to October 31st

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ

(South-West corner of Guadalupe & McClintock)

Event: Saturday October 11th(from 11am to 4pm)

About the event and exhibit:

In 2007, Calaca, Changing hands Bookstore and Cultural Coalition partnered to bring to the community the “Casi Dia de los Muertos” celebration and exhibit. This partnership strives to bring all aspects of the spirit of the day before the day. During the day of celebration or opening, the Casi Dia de los Muertos event will bring an art exhibit, poetry readings, teatro/performance, music, dances, kidzone, and more…it is a truly combination of the celebration through art.

Featuring Visual Artists: Ruben Galicia, Susana Valenzuela, Liliana Madero, Francisco Baňuelos and Marco Albarrran. For interviews on the artists or promotional photos, bios or any information please contact us at (October 1st to October 30th)

Featuring Performances by:

11am Calaca mask making workshop with Carmen Guerrero & Emily Costello
12 noon Introductions and Masked Storytelling by Zarco Guerrero
1 pm Powerpoint presentation on Dia de Los Muertos: Carmen DeNovais
2 pm Stella Pope Duarte and Liliana de Leon- Interpretando la Muerte

3 pm Musica de Los Muertos: Carmen and Zarco Guerrero

For additional information about the Calaca exhibit, please contact Marco Albarrán at 480-557-7195, e-mail or visit For general information on other CALACA events send e-mail to

For additional information about Cultural Coalition performances contact Carmen Guerrero at

It is vital in this changing world to give respect and honor to the cultures that weave us all together. This new awareness through engagement in community events and education about other ways of conveying one’s stories bring us closer together as we acknowledge that we are more alike than unalike!