Athens, Ga. – Members of the UGA and Athens community have organized an impressive array of events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2013. The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI), an area studies unit of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, will sponsor and/or promote all of these activities. The month-long, nationally recognized celebration is observed from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 and honors the contributions of Hispanic Americans in the United States while highlighting the diverse heritage and cultures of Latin America.
The celebration begins with the Annual LACSI Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta, held on Friday, Sept. 13, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in its location at 290 South Hull St. The Fiesta will include live music performed by the Athens Tango Project, Aztec dance and music performed by Chicahua Yolotli, a Capoeira martial art demonstration, and traditional Brazilian food. Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 posters will be available at the event, and all activities will be found on the LACSI website at www.lacsi.uga.edu. The event is sponsored by LACSI, the UGA Office of the President, Multicultural Services and Programs, the Department of Romance Languages, the Portuguese Flagship Program, and Jittery Joe’s Coffee.
Throughout the month-long celebration a film festival, lectures, and other cultural events will take place at UGA and throughout the community. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public:
Saturdays, September 7 to October 12
The Athens-Clarke County Library presents the Bilingual Family Reading Program Cuentos para la Familia. Saturdays at the ACC Library, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. For additional information contact Denise Davila: email@example.com
Friday, September 13
Annual LACSI Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta. Kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month with live cultural performances, food and drink. 3 – 6 p.m. at the LACSI House, 290 South Hull Street.
Saturday, September 14
The Mexican Independence Day celebration, Fantasia Mexicana: Que Bonita es mi Tierra, takes place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA. Featuring the Mariachi Universitario and Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad Veracruzana. Program begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/event/que-bonita-es-mi-tierra/.
Wednesday, September 18
Discussion of Immigration Reform and Higher Education sponsored by Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Hispanic Student Association, and Young Democrats. Location and time TBA, contact Lambda Theta Phi’s Curtis Rau for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, September 20
Opening reception for ¿QUE BOLA? Contemporary Cuban Prints exhibition at Lamar Dodd School of Art, 270 River Road, Athens, GA. Reception from 7 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition on view from September 19 to October 2, 2013.
Tuesday, October 1
Pinewoods Library and Learning Center will hold a Hispanic Heritage Month fiesta from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The event will include live music and readings at the Pinewoods Library, 1465 Hyw 29 North, Lot G-10, Athens, GA. For information contact Branch Manager Aida Quiñones: 706-613-3708
Saturday, October 5
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the UGA Hispanic Student Association presents its annual event, Noche Latina, featuring approximately 10 Latin American music, dance and other artistic performances. 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. Dinner from Latin America is included. $8 for students, $10 for everyone else. Students: this is a Blue Card event.
Lambda Theta Phi’s Lambda Week. Events to include Latin dance lessons, a percentage night fundraiser and a field day with the local Hispanic community. For detailed information on these events please contact Lambda Theta Phi’s Curtis Rau: email@example.com
Saturday, October 12
The 4th Annual LatinoFest (LatinoFest 2013) pays tribute to the many contributions of the Hispanic community in the Athens area. Performers this year include Incatepec, Jorge Linan, Athens Tango Project, Tonali, Estrellitas, The Fact, and more. LatinoFest 2013 will take place at the J and J Flea Market (aka La Pulga) on Hwy 441 (11661 Commerce Road) about 5 miles N of Athens. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 16
Casa de Amistad brings you, Paisajes. Celebrate Latino culture from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the historic Taylor-Grady House – 634 Prince Avenue Athens, GA 30601. Wine tasting, art show, live music and more! All Latin American inspired! All proceeds will help Casa de Amistad continue providing free emergency, education and social services to our community. Contact Alex Borges at (706) 206-2087 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. $10 Regular Admission and $25 for VIP. Like them on Facebook (facebook.com/AthensAmistad) or find them on the web (athensamistad.org) for updates and more information.
Monday, October 28 – Friday, November 1
Day of the Dead Alter Display at Pinewoods Library and Learning Center. Monday – Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 1465 Hwy 29 North, Lot G-10
Latin American Film Festival 2013 – Latin American Dance Performance Films
Location: Tate Student Center Theater
Sponsors: Portuguese Flagship Program, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Department of Romance Languages, LACSI, the Department of Theater and Film Studies, Institute for African American Studies, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.
This year’s Latin American Film Festival at UGA will feature films that focus on dance performance in Latin America. Please join us for this series of cultural films featuring English subtitles and a discussion after each screening. All three events in the series are free and open to mature audiences. Students: these are Blue Card events.
Wednesday, October 16 – Danzón (1991), Dir. María Novaro, Mexico and Cuba. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Presenters: Diego del Pozo and Susan Thomas
Monday, October 21 – Bar “El Chino” (2003), Dir. Daniel Burak, Argentina. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Nielle Navitski
Tango party 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Monday, October 28 – Noel, Poeta da Vila (Noel, the Samba Poet) (2006), Dir. Ricardo Van Steen, Brazil. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Presenters: Richard Gordon and Leslie Feracho
Performers: Samba party 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.