WBEZ | Instituto Cervantes of Chicago http://www.wbez.org/content/instituto-cervantes-chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sones De Mexico Recital/Lecture- A Musical Geography of Mexico http://www.wbez.org/sones-de-mexico-recitallecture-musical-geography-mexico-106372 <p><p>&quot;Geografía Musical de México&quot; is a live music program presented by Sones de Mexico Ensemble.</p><div>Mexico&#39;s folk music and dance styles are very diverse and largely unknown outside of Mexico. There is &quot;son jarocho,&quot; &quot;son huasteco,&quot; &quot;gusto,&quot; &quot;son istmeño,&quot; &quot;chilenas,&quot; and over thirty other distinct styles. Different regions of the country have unique instruments, repertoire and techniques rarely heard outside these regions.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Let the GRAMMY&trade; nominated Sones de Mexico Ensemble, a specialist in these regional styles, be your guide in this special lecture/demo on Mexico&#39;s musical geography. They will speak about what to listen for in the major regional styles, give live demonstrations and take questions from the audience.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Geografía Musical de México&quot; es un programa de música en vivo presentado por Sones de México Ensemble.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Un programa que muestra la variedad de la música folklórica de México junto con sus estilos de baile, muchos de ellos desconocidos fuera de México, incluidos el son jarocho, son huasteco, gusto, hijo istmeño, chilenas, y más de treinta estilos diferentes. Las distintas regiones del país tienen instrumentos, técnicas y repertorios propios, que rara vez se escuchan fuera del país.</div><div>Sones de México Ensemble, una banda especializada en estilos mexicanos regionales y nominada a los premios GRAMMY, será su guía en esta presentación especial sobre la geografía musical de México. El grupo hablará sobre los estilos regionales más importantes dando demostraciones en vivo y responderán a las preguntas del público.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/363541">here.</a></div></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sones-de-mexico-recitallecture-musical-geography-mexico-106372 From Cuba to Chicago: Pedro Páramo and Havana Blue http://www.wbez.org/cuba-chicago-pedro-p%C3%A1ramo-and-havana-blue-106026 <p><p>Join artists from River North Dance Chicago, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Goodman Theatre and Cuba&rsquo;s Teatro Buendía as they discuss cross-border collaborations with dance, original music and theater that led to the world premiere productions of Havana Blue (music and dance) and <strong>Pedro Páramo</strong> (theater). Moderated by WBEZ&rsquo;s <strong>Tony Sarabia</strong>.</p><div>Panel:</div><div><strong>Raquel Carrió</strong>, Playwright, Cuba&rsquo;s Teatro Buendía<strong> Frank Chaves</strong>, Artistic Director, River North Dance Chicago <strong>Orbert Davis</strong>, Artistic Director, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic<strong> Henry Godinez</strong>, Resident Artistic Associate, Goodman Theatre <strong>Flora Lautén</strong>, Artistic Director, Cuba&rsquo;s Teatro Buendía</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Havana Blue is a co-commission between Auditorium Theatre, River North Dance Chicago and Chicago Jazz Philharmonic</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Pedro Páramo</strong> is presented by Goodman Theatre in association with MCA Chicago.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information on this event <a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/Tickets/calendar/talks-events/1213/From-Cuba-to-Chicago-Pedro-Paramo-and-Havana-Blue/">here.</a></div></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/cuba-chicago-pedro-p%C3%A1ramo-and-havana-blue-106026 The Mystery of Gascons' Christ http://www.wbez.org/mystery-gascons-christ-105460 <p><p>Nao d&acute;amores, a company with many years of experience in renaissance theatre, plunges into the passionate world of primitive theatre from a contemporary point of view. &nbsp;Their production of Misterio del Cristo de los Gascones (The Mystery of the Christ of the Gascons) is a recreation of the liturgical ceremony that was performed at San Justo&rsquo;s church in Segovia, Spain. The Romanic sculpture of Cristo de los Gascones (Christ of the Gascons) was made especially for that ceremony and is one of the most significant pieces of Segovia&rsquo;s artistic patrimony. Through a dramaturgy based on historic texts from diverse sources, and along with research into -and live performances of- the music that would have been part of such a ceremony, the resulting production combines live actors with puppets, approximating the likely origins of modern theater. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s a journey back to the final years of the Middle Ages, through a microcosm based on symbols and allegorical and metaphorical imagery, where each part functions for the whole.</p><div>Learn more on this event <a href="http://chicago.cervantes.es/en/default.shtm">here.</a></div></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/mystery-gascons-christ-105460 Medea's Got Some Issues! http://www.wbez.org/medeas-got-some-issues-105283 <p><p>&ldquo;Emilio is one of the great assets of contemporary Spanish theater, and he has been able to connect perfectly with the bicultural Hispano-North American reality, which is the present and the future of the United States. Remember his name!&rdquo; &nbsp;-<strong>Ignacio Olmos</strong>, Director, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Euripides&#39; Medea reinvented as a laugh-out-loud farce? Once again, playwright <strong>Emilio Williams</strong> presents an irreverant and madcap dark comedy, this time inspired by that classic tragedy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Medea&#39;s Got Some Issues&quot; is the English version of the hit parody from Spain. The title character is an unemployable Latina Diva who -more than 2,400 years after the premiere of the original Madea and without inhibitions- presents the mitigating and sordid factors surrounding her infamous case, from the sexual haste of her husband, Jason, to the misogynistic and xenophobic environment of classical Corinth.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This performance at Instituto Cervantes is an encore presentation of the play. &quot;Medea&#39;s Got Some Issues&quot; previewed at Teatro Luna in September 2012, and recently won &quot;Best International Show&quot; at United Solo Festival, Off Broadway.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/324167">here.</a></div></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/medeas-got-some-issues-105283 NY Flamenko in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/ny-flamenko-chicago-105254 <p><p>FLAMENKA NY is an ongoing project to capture images of contemporary female flamenco artists who live, perform or teach in New York City. These dancers illuminate the traditions of Flamenco. <strong>Angelica Escoto</strong> is a New York-based artist who photographs her love for flamenco culture, dance and music.</p><div><div>Free &amp; open to the public. Wine reception following. RSVP at http://flamenkanyinchicago.bpt.me</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div>For more information please click <a href="http://www.arteyvidachicago.com/events/flamenka-ny/">here.</a></div></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/ny-flamenko-chicago-105254 Conference & Closing: Tribute to Carlos Fuentes, with Julio Ortega http://www.wbez.org/conference-closing-tribute-carlos-fuentes-julio-ortega-104206 <p><p>Physical borders, as well as mental and metaphorical barriers, abound in <strong>Carlos Fuentes</strong>&rsquo; work as much as in his intellectual biography. His work is an art of breaking borders, but also a critique of the proliferation of new limits and, not infrequently, a celebration of the undoing of frontiers.</p><div>Fuentes writes that the border between the US and Mexico is &ldquo;a scar.&quot; But it is also a crossroads, a painful place, and a shared destiny. Fuentes&rsquo;work offers a border-crossing map, open and creative, where literature is the permanent construction of an open space in language and dialogue.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Please <a href="http://chicago.cervantes.es/">join&nbsp;us</a> for this exceptional event.</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/conference-closing-tribute-carlos-fuentes-julio-ortega-104206 A Tribute to Sara Montiel http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-27/tribute-sara-montiel <p><p>There is no denying the cultural and artistic achievements of <strong>Sara Montiel</strong> during her extensive career. She has been an icon, diva, and mythical figure in Spanish cinema and pop culture since the 1950s. After crossing cultural and geographical borders during the Spanish Civil War and becoming the first Spanish woman to work in Hollywood as an actress for Warner Brothers, she returned to Spain and her fame continued to grow. With the unexpected success of her first two films, <em>The Last Couplet</em> (1957) and <em>The Violetera</em> (1958), Sara revitalized the Spanish film industry in the middle of Franco’s dictatorship, solidifying her presence as an acclaimed actress and singer in both Europe and Latin America. Sara’s leadership and fame at this stage of Spanish cinema, along with her sensuality and artistic power, make her one of Spain’s few living legends. Sara Montiel will discuss her famed career with <strong>Aureliano Salgado</strong>. The discussion is followed by an intimate performance. Purchase tickets for this event at <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/234430">http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/234430</a>.</p></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:47:30 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-27/tribute-sara-montiel Restoring the Future: A Conversation Between Daniel Innerarity and Paddy Woodworth http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-09/restoring-future-conversation-between-daniel-innerarity-and-paddy-woodworth <p><p>To mark the inauguration of the Koldo Mitxelena Chair at the University of Chicago, the Basque Institute, Instituto Etxepare, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, and the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago have organized a series of free, public events throughout the month of April.<br><br><strong>Paddy Woodworth</strong>, an Irish journalist and expert on Basque issues, will present his work-in-progress, <em>Restoring the Future</em>. He'll discuss his research with Basque philosopher <strong>Daniel Innerarity</strong>, director of the Instituto de Gobernanza Democratica and author of <em>The Future and its Enemies: A Defense for Political Hope</em>. The two writers will deliberate on the need for greater civic engagement and why citizens should take political, social, and environmental issues seriously again.</p></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:39:36 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-09/restoring-future-conversation-between-daniel-innerarity-and-paddy-woodworth Giancarlo Mazzanti on Colombia: Transformed / Architecture = Politics http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-16/giancarlo-mazzanti-colombia-transformed-architecture-politics <p><p>The Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, in collaboration with MAS Studio, is proud to present the American premiere of the groundbreaking architecture exhibition Colombia: Transformed / Architecture = Politics. In this lecture, architect <strong>Giancarlo Mazzanti</strong> explains the exhibition's significance in contemporary Colombia. He is introduced by <strong>Vladimir Belogolovsky</strong>.<br><br>The exhibition traces ten recently built projects by five leading voices in contemporary Colombian architecture: Daniel Bonilla and Giancarlo Mazzanti from Bogota, and Felipe Mesa, Juan Manuel Pelaez, and Felipe Uribe from Medellin. These visionary and socially conscious works—daycare centers, kindergartens, schools, a sport complex, and a library, mostly winners of architectural competitions, which has become the norm for public building projects in Colombia—reflect significant social shifts that are taking place in Latin America today. They demonstrate ideas of social inclusion as well as innovative architectural forms and spaces that have been steadily transforming Colombian cities and the nation.<br><br>Thanks to political, economic, and social reforms, in concert with a belief by local politicians in the transformative power of architecture to bring identity and higher visibility to various parts of towns, create new, dignified, and attractive public spaces for interactive learning and leisure. Most importantly, these spaces uplift the spirits of residents of the poorest neighborhoods. Engaging buildings, convenient public transportation, iconic landmarks, plazas, and parks improve the quality of urban space, transform the mindsets of the inhabitants, and enhance their lifestyles.<br><br>The projects are explored through photographs, slides, drawings, and film footage that celebrate how these buildings are appropriated by the public.</p></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:27:30 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-16/giancarlo-mazzanti-colombia-transformed-architecture-politics Opening Reception for "Colombia: Transformed / Architecture = Politics" http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-03/opening-reception-colombia-transformed-architecture-politics <p><p>The Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, in collaboration with MAS Studio, is proud to present the American premiere of the groundbreaking architecture exhibition Colombia: Transformed / Architecture = Politics.<br><br>This exhibition traces ten recently built projects by five leading voices in contemporary Colombian architecture: Daniel Bonilla and Giancarlo Mazzanti from Bogota, and Felipe Mesa, Juan Manuel Pelaez, and Felipe Uribe from Medellin. These visionary and socially conscious works—daycare centers, kindergartens, schools, a sport complex, and a library, mostly winners of architectural competitions, which has become the norm for public building projects in Colombia—reflect significant social shifts that are taking place in Latin America today. They demonstrate ideas of social inclusion as well as innovative architectural forms and spaces that have been steadily transforming Colombian cities and the nation.<br><br>Thanks to political, economic, and social reforms, in concert with a belief by local politicians in the transformative power of architecture to bring identity and higher visibility to various parts of towns, create new, dignified, and attractive public spaces for interactive learning and leisure. Most importantly, these spaces uplift the spirits of residents of the poorest neighborhoods. Engaging buildings, convenient public transportation, iconic landmarks, plazas, and parks improve the quality of urban space, transform the mindsets of the inhabitants, and enhance their lifestyles.<br><br>The projects are explored through photographs, slides, drawings, and film footage that celebrate how these buildings are appropriated by the public.<br><br>The exhibition's opening reception features a lecture by <strong>David Escobar</strong>, who is introduced by <strong>Fernando Villa</strong>.<br><br>The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register for this event at <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/230496">http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/230496</a>.</p></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:16:54 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-03/opening-reception-colombia-transformed-architecture-politics