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Dos Pocitos: A Play in San Antonio

23 Jun

courtesy of Atta Girl Productions

It’s 2026 in “Texaco”, the ungoverned, lawless territory formerly known as South Texas. Here a few struggling residents remain, constantly embattled with drugcartels, military and occasional interlopers. With a nod to the past, and an eye to the future, Dos Pocitos is a comedy about this place, and the place it represents for all Latinos. – www.dospocitos.com

courtesy of Atta Girl Productions

Uile (played by Rupert Reyes) is the wise beekeeper who stayed behind and keeps hope that his lost son, Salvador, is still alive. His insight and metaphors of “Raza Bees” set a tone of what this place means to Latinos today. Bees are like Mexican people, they are expected to make life better. Worker bees work all day long. And no one cares as long as they get the honey. (Paraphrased)

courtesy of Atta Girl Productions

Adam (played by Mateo Barrera) and Abel (played by Mario Rivera) travel back to “Texaco”. Abel is a Latino scholar who is researching what happened in Texaco.  Adam is his ‘alpha-male’ cousin tagging along in hopes to visit their hometown “Dos Pocitos”. To them it was home, a place that holds all their childhood memories and their innocence. Traveling there isn’t just a trip down memory lane and fun like Adam had hoped. They must deal with reality of what is there today and all those that are not there. They question if they even belong there anymore. Together, Rivera and Barrera are talented and captivate the audience with their humorous banter and intense dialogues. Plus, they do a great rendition of Def Leppard’s  “Rock of Ages” 🙂

courtesy of Atta Girl Productions

Zulema and her husband are two of the few people that did not leave Dos Pocitos. They are firm in that this is their home and no one will make them leave. They will do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs, especially their tienda that  is there for no one to shop because they’ve all left Dos Pocitos.  Any married couple will see bits of their own marriage in this comedic couple. Zulema, played by Erica Saenz, is fantastic in her role and shines as the only female. She is funny, sexy and strong in the I-am-Latina-hear-me-roar kinda way!

Raul Garza’s writing provokes thought about universal themes of not belonging, protecting what is yours and mourning the loss of what once was. Just as important, Garza looks at what could happen to South Texas if nothing changes in the drug wars in Mexico.

I asked Raul, “Why did you choose to write this story in the future?”

“You can’t debate about the future. There are people that I have seen and met and I wonder what would they think about what’s going on in 20 years. … I also hope it’s a lesson to pay attention to what it is we are letting go of today.”

The play is performed in English and Spanglish and un poquito Español. My good friend who doesn’t understand any Spanish could follow the storyline perfectly and she gave the work two thumbs up.  As do I. ¡Bravo!

This humorous and intense production is directed by Estevan J. (Chuy) Zarate; written by Raul Garza; and is a production of Atta Girl Productions.

Show times and dates are:

June 21 – July 1 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.
Say Sí Theater, 1518 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio Texas, 78204.
For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/255072 or call (210)535-4641

Special Thanks to NewsTaco. They offered free tickets to opening night. I registered on their website to receive those tickets.

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Do It Anyway!

21 Jun

As part of a fabulous Twitter party last night about Latina Leadership, one question that was asked was:

Being Latina and being a woman, makes it challenging to be a leader. What should we do?

My answer: DO IT ANYWAY!

photo from sxc.hu/biewoef

Then, I had to look at my own life and see what I wasn’t doing anyway. I already knew the answer because I had been trying to see ‘around’ it for a while. I want to go to grad school. It is a huge goal, one that is hard-to-imagine-it-really-happening goal, you know the kind that makes you want to throw up! Yep, that’s when you know it’s a good goal. I don’t even want to blog about it because … ay Dios, … what if I don’t do it?! You all will know.

I’m taking my own advice and I am going to do it anyway. Well, I’m beginning the process anyway. (Don’t worry, many blog posts to come about my grad school journey.)

Mujeres, okay, hombres también, you know how easy it is to give advice to others than to take it for yourself? Well, I asked myself, “what if my best amiga said she wanted to accomplish an I-wanna-throw-up goal?”

Here’s what I would tell her:

DECIDE. – what it is you want and then, decide to start.

BE DETERMINED. – distractions will appear butAND stay determined.

DEDICATE. – yourself to your goal, dedicate yourself to you!

Courage is fear that said it’s prayers. -unknown

Thank you to New Latina (@NEWLATIINA) and National Hispana Leadership Institute (@NHLI)  for hosting the Twitter Party. Bicultural Mom‘s website has a list of all the co-hosts of the chat #latinaleadership. Thanks Chantilly, (@MFAMMAG)!

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San Antonio’s Mariachi’s Got Talent

5 Jun

A dear friend of  mine loves the NBC show America’s Got Talent. She says it is so inspiring to see people completely go for their dreams. I agree!

And now, an amazing voice is all the buzz around this show and that voice is from San Antonio, TX! I’ve not ever met Sabastien De La Cruz but I have seen him perform and his voice blows me away – every. time. It was no surprise when Sabastien received a standing ovation and praise from all three AGT judges, Howie Mandell, Sharon Osborne and Howard Stern. My favorite part is at the end when he says, “My whole family … they love music. I love my family and they give me the music.” He’s not only a big voice but such a gentleman!

When I read Mariachi’s Music Blog that the group behind him are mostly current and former Texas State University – San Marcos students, my heart burst with pride! My alma mater! Ever since I was a student, I have admired Texas State’s Latin Music Program. (This isn’t the first time Texas State University students have been on America’s Got Talent stage. In 2008, the Texas State Stutters reached the semi-final round. Eat ’em up Cats!)

In 2011, Texas State University won 1st place in the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio and Sabastien De La Cruz won 1st place in Elementary School – Vocal Competition Category.

Best wishes to you Sabastien and Mariachi Sur del Oro!

¡Viva Sabastien! ¡Viva Texas State! ¡Viva Texas!

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