The University Record, September 18, 1995

Variety of events slated for Hispanic Heritage celebration

By Bernie DeGroat
News and Information Services

Members of New York’s Pregones Theater, a Latino touring company founded in 1979, will conduct campus workshops, present lectures and give performances Sept. 20–24 during the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Theater director Rosalba Rolon and associate director Alvan Colon Lespier, both King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Professors, will head the Pregones contingent during its five-day campus stay.

The group will conduct workshops on “Image Theater” at 1 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 20) and on “From Narrative to the Stage” at 1 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 21), both to be held in the Michigan Union’s Wolverine Room. Also, Pregones members will collaborate in a workshop with the Western Wayne Players, a prison theater group, at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Western Wayne Correctional Facility in Plymouth.

On Friday (Sept. 22), the Pregones company will perform “Cuentacuentos of the Caribbean” at 9:30 a.m. at Bach Open Elementary School in Ann Arbor; take part in a brown bag lunch at the American culture program at noon; present a public lecture on “Pregones and Latino Theater Today” at 4 p.m. in the Union’s Pendleton Room; and discuss the stage adaptation of selected works at 7:30 p.m. at Borders Books Shop.

The group will end its visit with a performance of “Translated Woman,” adapted from the writings of Ruth Behar, prof. of anthropology and of women’s studies, at 3 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 24) at the Mendelssohn Theater. For ticket information, call 763-8587.

In addition to the Pregones theater company visit, other campus events during Hispanic Heritage Month include:

  • Latino/a Student Welcome Picnic, 5–8 p.m. Sept. 24, Palmer Field.

  • Alumni-Student Interchange with local Hispanic leaders, 4–6 p.m. Sept. 29, Alumni Center. A dinner at 6 p.m. and entertainment gala at 7:30 p.m. will follow. For information, call 764-3292.

  • Huevas Rancheros Breakfast and Tailgate, 10 a.m.–noon Sept. 30, Crisler Arena parking lot. For information, call 764-3292.

  • Sol y Canto, a fiesta of contemporary and traditional Latin and Caribbean folk rhythms, 8 p.m. Sept. 30, The Ark. For information, call 671-1451.

  • Dia De La Raza/Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a walk-out demonstration in defense of affirmative action, noon Oct. 12, Diag.

  • National Association for Chicano Studies Conference, including the Noche De Cultura and Baile Final, Oct. 21–22, Michigan League. For information, call 741-7221.

  • Salute to Latinas, 7–9 p.m. Oct. 26, Michigan Union’s Kuenzel Room.

    For more general information on Hispanic Heritage Month events, call Multiethnic Student Affairs, 763-9044.