Hispanic Heritage Month opens Wednesday

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Festivals, a film and folk medicine lecture highlight schedule.

By Alyssa Zapata


Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off Wednesday with an opening ceremony and reception 9-10 a.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

Dr. Jothany Blackwood, vice president of academic success, will speak, and Los Callegjeros de San Anto will provide musical entertainment.

The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee plans events to explore government policy, history and art.

“The committee sets up events to recognize Latino contributions and acknowledge Latino history,” said English Professor Patricia Portales, who has chaired the committee five years.

Events wrap up Oct. 23 with SACtacular, a block party with food booths, entertainment and a movie. The event targets all ages and is open to the community.

“Folk Medicine — Nature’s Healing Power” will feature English Adjunct Maria D. Salinas and English Professor Liz Ann Aguilar 9:25-10:40 a.m. Thursday in Room 120 of the visual arts center.

San Antonio attorneys Omar Cura Jr. and Alejandro Garcia will discuss immigration policy in the U.S. 1-2 p.m. Sept. 23 in Room 120 of the visual arts center.

“Immigration is an issue nationally and one that touches base here with our ethnicity,” Portales said.

Counselor David Rodriguez and his wife, Melissa Marlowe, co-wrote the play “La Luz de San Anto” that will be performed 1-2 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin.

“The play will be a mixture of music and theater because there will be a five-piece band, Barrio Blasters, with the three actors of the play,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez received a grant in October to play with his band in five venues. The performance at this college will be the last one, he said.

The Antojitos Festival 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 30 in the mall will feature an arts and crafts show with live music and food and Hecho a Mano Show.

The film “McFarland USA” with Kevin Costner will be shown 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin.

“The film won the Imagen Foundation award that recognizes positive portrayals in media,” Portales said.

The film is based on a true story of a Mexican-American cross country team from Southern California.

The film stars Ramiro Rodriguez, who will share his experiences 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 15 in the auditorium of McAllister Fine Arts Center.

Texas poet laureate Carmen Tafolla and San Antonio poet laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero will read poetry along with three other poets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Koehler Cultural Center, 310 W. Ashby.


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