The first time I traveled to Oaxaca City about 10 years ago, I ended up folk dancing on a festival stage after the performers invited me and other audience members to join them. It was my introduction to Guelaguetza, a celebration and cultural exchange that honors the diversity of traditions within the various regions of the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
For the first time, Austin will have its own Guelaguetza festival presented by the local Mexican folkloric dance company, Oaxaca Arte en Movimiento (Oaxaca Art in Motion), as well as other community partners. The series of events throughout July includes a free textile exhibit and conference at 2 p.m. July 15 at the Benson Latin American Collection.
On July 16, maybe you’ll get your chance to dance on stage at the Guelaguetza Oaxaqueña event featuring folkloric dances from eight distinct regions of Oaxaca state. Check out the free event at 7 p.m. at the hillside amphitheater of the A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center.
“Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights” Film Screening & Discussion at Monkeywrench Books at 6:30 p.m.
The latest installment of KLRU-TV’s Austin Revealed series, an oral history project launched in 2014 that aims to encourage discussion about the city’s future, focuses on the Chicano Civil Rights Movement in Austin and weaves together the compelling stories of trailblazing Austinites who were part of an era that helped shape today’s Austin.
A Q&A will follow with filmmaker Joe Rocha and some of the documentary’s featured trailblazers.
Echocentrics “Echo Hotel” Album Release at Parish Austin from 8-11 p.m.
Check out what Austin360 music writer Deborah Sengupta Stith had to say about the latest album in a roundup of “Best of Austin Music.”
“It’s been five years since Austin super-producer Adrian Quesada released an Echocentrics album, but it’s certainly been worth the wait. Though songs are fleshed out with a live band and guest vocals from Alex Maas (Black Angels), James Petralli (White Denim), Jazz Mills, Tita Lima and Natalia Clavier, this is Quesada’s creative vehicle to stretch out and explore. The result is a richly textured scrapbook featuring the best of his signature sounds, from the psychedelic ramble of album opener “Canyon” to the dramatic passion that always sounds better in Spanish, “Muerto En Vida.” — D.S.S.
Enanitos Verdes and Hombres G at Coliseo Austin at 8 p.m.
Two of Latin America’s rock en español legends perform together for what should be a must-see show.
Eastside Soul Session showcase at Sahara Lounge at 7 p.m.
Austin Vida features a night of multicultural sounds with its Eastside Soul Session showcase, which is billed as a night of Afro-soul meets Chicano soul. Featured artists include Austin hip-hop, soul and funk band Afrofreque as well as Big Band Tejano, which will bring its 1960s and 1970s Chicano soul grooves to the party. Doors for the $8 show open at 7 p.m.
B Scene: ¡Viva España! at the Blanton Museum of Art from 6-10 p.m.
The Blanton Museum of Art’s party series pairs its current exhibit “Goya: Mad Reason,” which features works by Spanish painter Francisco de Goya with a Spanish-style celebration. The soiree will feature tapas, sangria, flamenco performances, Latin jazz music, DJ El Canoso, and more. Free for members, who also have access to the member lounge with live paella cooking demonstrations and wine tasting, and $12 for the general public.
¡Cine Resistencia! Summer Film Series at Resistencia Bookstore at 6:30 p.m.
Check out selected footage from the documentary “Woman of the Water” directed by local filmmaker Tahila Xicahuamazatl Chavez Mintz. The free screening gives the audience a chance to offer feedback about the work-in-progress documentary, which features powerful women leaders from indigenous communities across the Americas.
Light refreshments will be provided. Donations or book purchases will be accepted.
Celebration of Life for Danny Camacho at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center from noon-3 p.m.
As an unofficial historian of Mexican American history in East Austin, Danny Camacho touched the lives of many Austinites. Camacho died in April of a heart attack. He was 70. Family, friends and community members will gather for a celebration of his life and accomplishments. In 2010, the Statesman’s editorial board selected Camacho as one of its “Heroes” for bringing Austin history to the forefront.
The celebration is open to the public and will feature remembrances and special remarks by several guests including former Austin mayor Gus Garcia. Free parking and refreshments will be available.
León Larregui at Emo’s Mexican musician, singer, composer and filmmaker León Larregui, who is best known as the lead singer of the band Zoé, performs at Emo’s on June 10. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets cost between $30-35. Visit emosaustin.com for more information.
Salsa & Heritage Festival
The Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance and Cultural Center presents its annual Salsa and Heritage Festival from 6:30-11 p.m. on June 11 at the Asian American Resource Center. This semi-formal event features performances by folklore masters, salsa dancing, Puerto Rican food and handicrafts. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door for adults; $5 for children 12 and younger. For ticket information, visit prfdance.org/tix/celebrando2016.
“Borderlands” Film Screening
Catch a free screening and Q&A discussion of the film “Borderlands” from 4-7 p.m. on June 11 at Resistencia Bookstore (4926 E. Cesar Chavez St. Unit C1). “Borderlands” tells the story of a 74-year-old Mexican American woman as she attempts to keep her dysfunctional, neurotic family together. The event, which is presented by the nonprofit organization Allgo, will also feature filmmaker Hector Bojorquez and lead actress Sandra Bojorquez. View the film trailer here.
Los Rabanes at Flamingo Cantina
Panamanian ska-rock fusion band, Los Rabanes, will perform in Austin on June 11 at Flamingo Cantina. The Latin Grammy award winners, who are on their North American tour, have worked with producers such as Emilio Estefan and Ruben Blades. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $15-40.
Expo Mujer 2016
The free Spanish-language women’s expo at the Palmer Events Center on June 12 features everything from personal and professional development workshops to fashion and beauty events.
“El Jeremías” Film Screening
If you want to extend the weekend fun into Monday, check out the screening of what looks like an adorable comedy called “El Jeremías.” Rising Mexican director Anwar Safa brings us the story of an 8-year-old boy from a poor family who finds out he’s a child prodigy. The movie won the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival, and the special screening at 7 p.m. on June 13 at the Alamo Drafthouse Village is part of AFF’s Audience Award series. Cine Las Americas is co-presenting the film.