Feb 7, 2019
Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin, a collection of poems that seduce with history, folklore, and sensory detail—grilled meat, golden habañeros, and burnt sugar—before delivering clear-eyed and eviscerating insights into power, deceit, relationships, and ourselves. Presented with the Center for Literary Arts at San José State University at the San Jose Museum of Art on Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 7-9pm. More info at sjmusart.org.
Comida y Cultura: Colectivo Felix
Join MACLA and Chef Diego Felix for a Food Tasting on Sat, Feb 16, 2019!
Colectivo Felix invites you to celebrate Latin American Culture through cooking and eating as acts of appreciation. Since 2007 Chef Diego and his team have created spontaneous, unrepeatable dining experiences that highlight the importance of edible biodiversity and the necessity of small scale, ecological food producers. Be a part of this intimate and artful dining/tasting experience on Sat, Feb 16, 2019! Tickets at macla.eventbrite.com.
Image courtesy of Colectivo Felix
Apr 12-14, 2019
Developed by Teo Castellanos, Music by Brimstone 127, Performance by the Combat Hippies
A new commissioned theater piece, AMAL delves into the impact of war on both combatants and noncombatants as people of color and explores the search for meaning, purpose, and identity through enlisting in the military, as well as Puerto Rico’s cultural and military heritage.
We Can Be Heroes
We Can Be Heroes
Aug 16-18, 2019
Developed by Baruch Porras Hernandez
Join us for the unveiling of new 5 new LGBTQ Latinx Super Heroes and a hybrid theater piece created by queer artists who put these superheroes right in the center of their own storylines.
MACLA and Baruch Porras Hernandez, (writer, performer, gay Mexican comic book nerd) are putting out a call to creators for a new Latinx Superhero project.
We Can Be Heroes will spotlight 5 brand-new LGBTQ Latinx superheroes and YOU have a chance to be one of the creators!
We invite you to submit your original Latinx queer superhero creation for a chance to be a participating artist on this project. Winning short stores will be published and designed by a real comic book artist! All of this will culminate into a large comic book anthology/graphic novel with your character’s story, in which all new queer, Latinx superheroes meet at the end, and save the day!
Past Season Events
Noches de Baile: In Lak'ech Dance Academy
Noches de Baile: In Lak'ech Dance Academy
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, 8pm-12am at MACLA
Dance, watch, learn and play with In Lak'ech Dance Academy and DJ Wonway Posibul!
Club MACLA hosts an evening of salsa and bachata dance lessons by Angélica Medina and Jahaira Fajardo | performances by In Lak'ech Dance Academy Salsa and Bachata Teams | music provided by GRAMMY nominated DJ Wonway Posibul.
Salsa/Bachata Dance Workshop: 8-9pm
Dance Party: 9pm-12am
Performances: 10pm & 11pm
- GENERAL ADMISSION $20
- AT THE DOOR $25
- STUDENT GENERAL ADMISSION $15
- STUDENT AT THE DOOR $20
About the Artists:
IN LAK´ECH IS A LOVE-CENTERED DANCE ACADEMY WHERE DANCERS COME TOGETHER TO GROW AND HEAL IN COMUNIDAD.
The mission of In Lak’ech Dance Academy is to co-create a community of queer and trans dancers to celebrate our resilience, nurture our collective strength and heal from oppression. Through visibility and artistic expression In Lak'ech Dance Academy are redefining the Latin dance community as a safe and affirming space for all gender identities and sexualities.
Co-founder | Bachata & Salsa Director
Angelica is a queer chicanx from Los Angeles, CA. In 2012, she moved to San Francisco to pursue her graduate studies in Drama Therapy and began to train with the prestigious salsa dance Company, Salsamania. During her time with Salsamania, Angelica placed 2nd in 2014 and 3rd in 2015 under the Amateur Salsa Team division at the World Latin Dance Cup. In 2015, Angelica began her Bachata training with Inessence Dance Company. Angelica continues to perform in various dance festivals/congresses in San Francisco, Reno, L.A. New York, D.C., Paris, Mexico, India, and Miami.
Co-founder | Bachata Director
Jahaira was born to Dominican parents in Washington Heights New York City. Bachata, Bolero, Merengue, and Salsa were a constant musical element in her youth. In 2000 she moved to San Francisco CA to pursuit graduate studies and in 2013 Jahaira joined the prominent and highly regarded Inessence Dance Company. Under the direction of Bryon Stroud and Sammantha Arias, Jahaira learned how to dance Bachata in the Leader role. Soon after she began to perform at local events and festivals.
DJ Wonway Posibul
Wonway Posibul is a GRAMMY nominated songwriter and emcee, DJ, radio host, and actor. Behind the turntables, Wonway has established himself as one of the most sought after DJ’s in the Bay Area. His diverse playlists can range from HipHop, Funk, Salsa, House, Samba, Jazz, Dancehall, and Future Soul all in the same set. His “Makossa Classics” series and many of his other mixes have been featured on numerous influential websites such as Okayplayer, Remezcla, The Couch Sessions, and URB Magazine. Most recently, Wonway was recognized for his work with Alphabet Rockers being nominated for “Best Children’s Album” at 2018's 60th Annual GRAMMY awards.
Interview with a Mexican
MACLA Presents ¡Interview with a Mexican!
Fri-Sat, Nov 9-10, 2018: 7pm Doors Open | 8pm Performance
Sun, Nov 11, 2018: 1pm Doors Open | 2pm Performance
Adapted for the stage by Anthony J. Garcia based on conversations with author Gustavo Arellano and excerpts of his books ¡Ask a Mexican! and Taco USA.
Interview with a Mexican uses satire, humor and political incorrectness to examine stereotypes, anti-immigration politics and misconceptions that outsiders hold about Mexican culture. Revealing and humorous, Interview a Mexican explores the clichés of lowriders, busboys, and housekeepers; drunks and scoundrels; heroes and celebrities; and most important, millions upon millions of law-abiding, patriotic American citizens and their undocumented cousins who represent some $600 billion in economic power. Interview with a Mexican confronts the boogeymen of racism, xenophobia, and ignorance with humor.
Stick around after the performance on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 for a Q&A session with Anthony J. Garcia, Gustavo Arellano, and the cast of Interview with a Mexican!
Gustavo Arellano is the publisher and editor of Orange County’s alternative weekly OC Weekly, and the author of the column ¡Ask a Mexican!, which is syndicated nationally. Arellano has won numerous awards for the column, including the 2006 and 2008 Best Non-Political Column in a large-circulation weekly from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the 2007 Presidents Award from the Los Angeles Press Club and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 2008 Latino Spirit award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus.
The columns were collected in book form in 2008 as ¡Ask a Mexican! Arellano has published two further books: Orange County: A Personal History, and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.
Anthony Garcia has been the Executive Artistic Director of El Centro Su Teatro since 1989 and has been a member of Su Teatro since 1972. He received his BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Denver. Tony has received numerous awards and accolades for his artistic vision, including the 1989 University of California, Irvine Chicano Literary Award, a 2006 United States Artists Fellowship, an artist residency at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and was named the Denver Post 2010 Theatre Person of the Year. Most recently, he received the prestigious Livingston Fellowship from the Bonfils Stanton Foundation. Tony is a past faculty member for the National Association of Latino Art and Culture (NALAC) Leadership Institute as well as a past board member, he is a peer trainer for the Colorado Creative Industries’ Peer Assistance Network, and a member of the Western State Arts Federation’s (WESTAF) Board of Trustees. Tony is also an adjunct professor at Metro State College in Denver.
Please call box office 408.998.2783 for wheelchair and/or other accomodations. Production is presented in English with some Spanish and contains mature language. Recommended for ages 16+. 100 minutes, with intermission. Online ticket sales end at 4pm on Friday and Saturday; 11am on Sunday. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.
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MACLA, Castellano Playhouse, 510 South 1st Street, San José, CA 95113
Supported by the National Performance Network (NPN).
This presentation of Interview with a Mexican was organzied by MACLA. MACLA is a participant in Leveraging a Network for Equity (LANE), a program of the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network in partnership with the Nonprofit Finance Fund with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Support provided by Applied Materials Foundation, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Castellano Family Foundation, a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, SV Creates, and MACLA donors.
Image by MTCA
We Have Iré
We Have Iré
Sat, Dec 8, 2018, 8pm
7pm Box Office Opens
7:40pm Community Jam Session (*updated from 7pm)
8pm Performance Starts
Experience excerpts of a new multidisciplinary theater performance by award-winning poet, performance artist, and playwright Paul S. Flores who explores the complex discourse around Cuban-American identity. Developed with jazz composer Yosvany Terry, DJ Leydis, choreographer Ramón Ramos Alayo, and director Rosalba Rolón.
Blessings (iré) as well as curses (osogbo) plus the triumph of establishing one's voice in a new country is at the center of this work-in-progress.