Summertime in Austin means movie lovers can enjoy the annual Summer Classic Film Series at the Paramount Theatre, which will bring films such as “The Graduate” and “Singin in the Rain.” But this year the beloved series, which has been running for 42 years and goes through Sept. 2, will also honor two iconic musicians – Loretta Lynn and Selena Quintanilla.
On June 20-21, fans of both women can catch a double feature of the 1997 movie “Selena” as well as the 1980 film “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Before the screenings on June 20, Selena fans will be treated to a special “Anything for Selenas” happy hour from 6-7 p.m. featuring live music by Austin-based Selena cover band Bidi Bidi Banda. Fans are encouraged to wear bustiers, which Selena wears in the movie much to her father’s dismay. “Selena” begins at 7 p.m., followed by “Coal Miner’s Daughter” at 9:25 p.m. General admission tickets cost $12. On June 21, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” will screen at 7 p.m. followed by a 9:25 p.m. screening of “Selena.”
Since the release of their self-titled album in 2012, the multicultural band has continued to gain buzz in the Latin alternative music scene for their bilingual global grooves that transcend borders. The group, which meshes everything from flamenco to rockabilly, recently released their third album “Mar Abierto” and have been touring across the U.S. and Mexico.
Jenny and the Mexicats, which is made up of English, Mexican and Spanish musicians, made their Austin debut at South by Southwest in 2016. At the time, vocalist and trumpet player Jenny Ball told Austin360 that “within the band we have so many musical influences, so it really doesn’t sound like anything else.” Ball has experience performing jazz and classical music, and has been a trumpet player since she was 7 years old. “I actually wanted to learn how to play the trombone when I was a little girl, but my arm’s weren’t long enough,” she joked.
As a trumpet player who also fronts the band, the British musician has been blazing a trail for female artists. She has said she feels a sense of “girl power” whenever she sees other female trumpet players take the stage.
Tickets for the 21 and up show cost $10 at the door. Jenny and the Mexicats will also perform in Dallas on June 9.
What’s it like to be a mother-to-be and an unauthorized immigrant? In “An Uncertain Future,” a new short film by Austinites Chelsea Hernandez and Iliana Sosa, the filmmakers follow the pregnancy of two Central Texas women – one who is an unauthorized immigrant and one whose husband is unauthorized – through President Trump’s election and inauguration. Both women in the film prepare for an uncertain future as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conduct raids in Austin and anti-immigrant sentiment rises across the country.
Join me Friday for a screening of “An Uncertain Future” at Atmosphere Cowork (2400 E. Cesar Chavez #208). After the film, I’ll moderate a panel discussion on the “Trump Administration’s Impact on the Latinx Community,” where the women featured in the film Ruth Guzman and Cristina Tzintzún will participate as well as: Martha Cotera, a Chicana feminist, historian and activist, Texas State University Assistant Professor of Philosophy Lori Gallegos and UT Austin Associate Professor of American Studies and Latino/a Studies Nicole Guidotti-Hernández.
“An Uncertain Future,” is part of a new Field of Vision and Firelight Media initiative called #Our100Days to produce and distribute 10 short films across the country that dive into issues ranging from immigration to LGBTQ rights.
When the Latino Comedy Project, a multimedia sketch troupe, returned with new material at the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin last fall, the one-night-only event quickly sold out.
In the midst of anti-immigrant rhetoric and rapidly changing local neighborhoods, Austin had missed the hilarious political satire and parodies that made LCP popular since its launch in the late 1990s.
Now, the comedy gods have answered our prayers. LCP will bring back its latest show “Gentrif*cked” for two nights on June 9-10 at the Spiderhouse Ballroom. The show, which includes a mix of live sketches, music and original videos, examines the “causes and consequences of gentrification in Austin and neighborhoods across America,” according to the troupe.
When it comes to presenting real-world issues via humor, LCP Artistic Director Adrian Villegas has said, “Comedy is a way to cut through the superficial differences.” Special guests include Austin’s only bilingual improv troupe Migas, as well as stand-up comedy by “Funniest Person in Austin” finalist Vanessa Gonzalez.
Each night features an 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. show. Tickets are $15 and available online at latinocomedyproject.com.