• Tertulias Literarias

    Tertulias Literarias: La muerte de Artemio Cruz

    5927

    Wed Sep 5th, 2018 • 7pm to 8:30pm
    Free • La Salita (2nd floor)

    In coordination with the Public Library of San Francisco, MCCLA presents a book club for the community.

    Book of the month: La muerte de Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes. (reading in Spanish)

    For more information please contact Ramon Hernandez at Ramon.Hernandez@sfpl.org or call 415-355-2800.

  • Sin Nombre

    Cine Con Cultura: Sin Nombre

    5736

    Wed Aug 29, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    We are exploring many different layers of Cinema, this month we are presenting Busqueda! Documentaries and films about the search for missing persons, the search for better life opportunities, and the search for oneself. Movies with subtitles in English.

    Sin Nombre. Cary Fukunaga. 2009

    Willy, nicknamed El Casper, is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang and lives in Tapachula, a Mexican town near the border with Guatemala. He introduces a young boy into his gang, and the boy is given the nickname Smiley after a violent initiation. Casper later helps Smiley to complete this initiation by helping him execute a rival gang member. Casper is romantically involved with a girl, Martha Marlen. Fearing for the girl's safety, he keeps the relationship a secret from his gang, but his double life causes his gang to doubt his loyalty. When Martha follows Casper to a gathering of his gang, the gang leader, Lil Mago, escorts her out, despite Casper's misgivings. Mago attempts to rape Martha and accidentally kills her. Later, he blithely tells Casper that he will find another.

    Shortly afterward, Mago brings Casper and Smiley to La Bombilla, a location along the train tracks where potential illegal immigrants stow away on passing trains on their way to the United States. Among the immigrants is a Honduran family introduced earlier consisting of the teenage girl Sayra, her father, and her uncle, who are on their way to relatives in New Jersey. Lil Mago, Casper, and Smiley rob the passengers for any money they have until Lil Mago spots Sayra and attempts to rape her. Casper intervenes, killing Mago and then sending Smiley off.

  • La Jaula de Oro

    Cine Con Cultura: La Jaula de Oro

    5737

    Wed Aug 22, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    We are exploring many different layers of Cinema, this month we are presenting Busqueda! Documentaries and films about the search for missing persons, the search for better life opportunities, and the search for oneself. Movies with subtitles in English.

    La Jaula de Oro. Diego Quemada Diez. 2010

    The 1987 film, and the song, the plot concerns immigration to the United States from Latin American countries. However, unlike the earlier film that concerned itself with a successful and middle-aged Mexican immigrant, the plot of this film deals with younger undocumented immigrants.

    Samuel, Sara and Juan, three teenagers from Guatemala, decide to leave poverty by going to the United States. After crossing the Mexican border by boat, they find another immigrant, a Tzotzil native called Chauk who does not know Spanish but is able to befriend Sara. When they arrive in the town of Chiapas, they busk for money to eat and drink but are later caught by Mexican Immigration Police agents, who steal Juan's boots and threaten Chauk with a gun, before deporting all of them back to Guatemala

  • Memoria del Silencio en el País de la Eterna Primavera

    4687

    Aug 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25, 2018
    First floor theatre • $25 • 7pm

    Memory of Silence in the Land of Eternal Spring: a new play by Linda Maria Girón.

    Set in the land of eternal spring, in a town where the ghosts sing with the living, roses grow larger than cattle and nearby villages have gone missing; young Mari's quest to find her father's ghost becomes a desperate fight to restore her aunt's fading memory.

    Together, la familia Noguera must face the boundaries of love when tested by the realities of life—aging, war and illness.

    About the author: Linda Maria Girón is Guatemalan-American actor and playwright born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She holds BA in Theater and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley where she was awarded the Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize for Acting and Playwriting and Michael Mansfield and Randy Sweringen Social Justice Award for her play, Memoria del Silencio en el País de la Eterna Primavera.

    Her short play, white iris, received its first premiere at Pianofight's Shortlived VI. Linda has performed in various companies across the Bay, including the New Conservatory Theater Center, BATCO, Brava Theater Center, Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley, The Utopia Theatre Project and FaultLine Theater where she is also an associate artist. She is honored to receive her first theatre residency with MCCLA to stage Memoria del Silencio’s world premiere.

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  • Desierto

    Cine Con Cultura: Desierto

    5732

    Wed Aug 15, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    We are exploring many different layers of Cinema, this month we are presenting Busqueda! Documentaries and films about the search for missing persons, the search for better life opportunities, and the search for oneself. Movies with subtitles in English.

    Desierto. Jonás Cuarón. 2016

    A group of Mexican migrant workers seek a better life by crossing the US border illegally; when the truck carrying them breaks down in the middle of nowhere, the driver points the migrants and his partner Mechas in the direction of the United States and wishes them luck. Moises (Gael Garcia Bernal) is also a member of the migrants and follows as the group splits in two while trying to pass the border.

    Sam (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is a merciless, rifle-toting vigilante who, with his faithful but vicious Malinois dog, Tracker, hunts for rabbits near the border and notices the group trespassing; with the help of Tracker and the use of his M1 Garand rifle, Sam kills most of the group, including Mechas and leaves Moises and Adela (Alondra Hidalgo) as the sole survivors after a long chase. Unable to follow the last two, Sam decides to continue his hunt the next day and leaves with Tracker.

  • Paseo Artistico

    Paseo Artístico – Every Child Is Blessed: Niños Unidos

    5730

    Sat Aug 11th, 2018 • 3 to 4 pm
    Lobby (first floor) • Free

    Paseo Artistico, the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District Free Community Arts Stroll event will promote the safety and creative opportunities for children in the Mission District and beyond through fun youth arts activities featuring youth and adult artists who also claim heritage from Mexico and Central America.

    The August 11 event aims to raise awareness about children and their families at the US-Mexico border detained by the current administration, as well as highlight the value of our children in the community through a dynamic display of artists and artistic disciplines.

    Live music and dance from Latino, indigenous, Hip-Hop, and tropical artists, poetry and literary arts from Central American authors and writers, as well as indigenous food demonstration, interactive arts and crafts workshops for all ages will be presented for free to the entire community.

  • Frida Kahlo: Herstory

    Frida Kahlo Herstory: Wings To Fly – Alas Para Volar

    5719

    Sat Aug 4th, 2018 • 5:30 to 8:30pm
    Theater (1st floor) • $10

    Frida Kahlo: Wings to Fly - Alas para volar is an interactive and interdisciplinary lecture in which Dr. Gloria Arjona addresses the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, through texts, media, music and Tableaux Vivants or living pictures.

    The title of this presentation refers to the maxim "Feet, what do I need you for, if I have wings to fly?" that Frida adopted after the amputation of her right leg to gain confidence. In using this quote, Dr. Arjona emphasizes how Frida used language, music, and painting to sublimate her constant physical and emotional suffering.

  • Tertulias Literarias

    Tertulias Literarias: En el Tiempo de las Mariposas

    5729

    Wed Aug 1st, 2018 • 7pm to 8:30pm
    Free • El café de la Muerte (2nd floor)

    In coordination with the Public Library of San Francisco, MCCLA presents a book club for the community.

    Book of the month: En el Tiempo de las Mariposas by Julia Alvarez. (reading in Spanish)

    For more information please contact Ramon Hernandez at Ramon.Hernandez@sfpl.org or call 415-355-2800.

  • Matria: Documentary Screening

    5460

    Thurs Jul 26th & Fri Jul 27th, 2018
    $12 • Theater (1st Floor) • 7 to 9 pm

    Screening and discussion panel with director Fernando Llanos.

    Matria is a documentary film about Mexican charros against Nazis, around the Second World War. Antolin Jimenez fought alongside Pancho Villa, represented the state of Oaxaca in Congress, and was the president of the National Charro Association. In 1942, as rumors spread of a Nazi invasion of Mexico, Jimenez formed and trained a group of 100,000 fighters to repel the attack.

    Exploring two universes—the personal and the recent history of our country—is a great challenge and achievement of Matria, the cinematographic project, in which Fernando Llanos, better known for his plastic and visual work than his cinematographic career, entrains the spectator to unravel the past of his family, while he reveals us aspects that are little-known, but always indispensable for learning and reflecting our history. It is undoubtedly a work that merits further consideration and that seems to set the starting point of a promising trajectory of this talented Mexican artist in search of new discourses and narratives.

    Program for Thursday 26th:
    7:00 Doors open
    7:15 Music by Mi Reyna
    8:00 Performance by Adrian Arias
    8:15 Movie
    9:20 Q&A

    Program for Friday 27th:
    7:00 Doors open
    7:15 Music by Mi Reyna
    8:00 Special Presentation by Guillermo Gomez-Peña and Balitronica Gomez
    8:15 Movie
    9:20 Q&A

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  • Short Films Para Frida

    Short films para Frida

    5472

    Wed July 25th, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    Cine Con Cultura Presents Fiestas Fridas! Different documentaries and films tell us the life of Frida Kahlo: her circumstances, challenges, and the vision of a great artist.

    Movies with subtitles in English.

    Short films and artists:
    Frida in the Mirror (Adrian Arias)
    Shit Happens (Lita Cabelut)
    The life and Death of Frida Kahlo (David and Karen Crommie)

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