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About the documentary: U.S. Army Private Felix Longoria sacrificed his life so that others could be free, yet those same freedoms he died fighting for were denied him in his home town of Three Rivers Texas. The Three Rivers soldier was killed in action in the Philippines. After the war his body was shipped to his home town and was refused admittance to the only funeral home in Three Rivers simply because he was an American of Mexican descent.
The Longoria Affair documentary film is available for sale on DVD, if you would like to have information on how to purchase the DVD, please contact Dan Arellano at Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin 512-826-7569 firstname.lastname@example.org For MACC events visit www.ci.austin.tx.us/macc
1st Annual Tequila Tasting at Mexic-Arte Museum
Many enjoyed a nice evening of relaxation with tequila shots and margarita mixes at Mexic-Arte Museum1st Annual Taste of Tequila. Taste Blanco, Reposado and Añejo varieties presented were sponsored by Pepe Zevada owner of Austin’s premium 100% agave Z-Tequila. Iron Cactus, known for creating bold, unique and flavored dished took part in the contemporary cuisine buffete provided at event. Guests were also delighted to view the premier of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage with Miss Universe, Ms. Ximena Navarrete and listened to the sounds of live music performance by Grupo Gruvo. Current Mexic-Arte’s exhibit Colors on Clay was displayed during event at their downtown location on 419 Congress Avenue. For more event information visit www.mexic-artemuseum.org.
Emilio Zamora’s book signing event at ACC’s Riverside Campus
The Latino/Latin American Studies Center Austin Community College and the Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin presenteds a book signing and lecture event by the renowned author Dr Emilio Zamora. Dr. Zamora spoke on his new book"Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs, Mexican Workers and Job Politicsduring WWII." Dr Zamora is a professor and teaches at the University of Texas at Austin with his specialty in Mexican American History.
National Hispanic Professionals Organizations of Austin mixer and membership drive at Mexitas Restaurant
Austin’s Chief of Police Art Acevedo in city's downtown parade
Austin’s Chief of Police Art Acevedo participated in the 22nd Annual Chuy’s Children giving to Children parade in downtown Austin last November 27. Operation Blue Santa which was started by APD provide assistance to and share the Christmas experience with less fortunate residents of Austin.
Tejano music band Los Texas Wranglers also participated in city's downtown parade
21th Annual Feast of Sharing Dinner at the Palmer Event Center
Friends, family members and neighbors came together to celebrate HEB’s 21th Annual Feast of Sharing Dinner at the Palmer Event Center last Tuesday, November 22. More then 13,000 showed at this year’s free turkey dinner event where everyone enjoyed a delicious thanksgiving meal as well as live music entertainment sponsored by H.E.B. stores of Austin. For more information on event visit www.heb.com.
Texas State Representative Eddie Rodriguez at reelection Campaign fundraiser
On Thursday Sept. 25, State Representative Eddie Rodriguez held an Early Vote and Launch Party fundraiser at Nueveo Leon Restaurant in East Austin. Friends and community members were present to show strong support for the reelection of State Representative Eddie Rodriguez, District 51. One of the emcees/presenters at the fundraiser event was former Texas State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos who expressed his support and praised the orderly manner in which Rodriguez has served in the Texas Legislature’s seat. Visit www.EddieforTexas.com for more campaign information.
Primero Health "Feria de La Cultura" first annual kick off event at Fiesta Gardens
Primero Health "Feria de la Cultura" kicked off with their first annual event last Sunday, Sept. 26 with a nice evening reception party at a very well known East Austin’s community Fiesta Gardens building and party hall room. Paul Tovar event coordinator was happy to see the support for the prosperity of Hispanic health in Austin from many interested members, including the presence of our Congressman Lloyd Doggett, the Hispanic Physicians Association, longtime East Austin advocate groups and many other gathered at event. Added to the event was a complimentary dinner plate and music entertainment by Austin’s Mariachi Estrella. (www.austinmariachi.com) For more information on the event visit www.primerohealth.org
Talented Houston bassist player Nick Gaitan gave a fantastic performance at Jovitas
Also knowna as "The Umbrella Man’ Nick Gaitan from Houston visited and performed his talented music sounds to friends and fans at Jovitas Austin Music Venue on Friday, August 20. Many were stunned and entertained by his performance styles:charisma, magnetic attraction and unique style of playing his bass instrument. His friends from LUPE’s Art, an Austin Latino Artist organization (www.lupearte.org) attended event and helped the band with its CD sales and promotion at this south Austin music venue. For more information on events at Jovita’s visit www.jovitas.com
Austin Artist painting and photo artwork exhibition at La Peña Downtown Art Gallery, La Peña was host of an exhibition reception party for David de Lara’s "Dessonance", a collection of paintings and photo based artwork exhibition . For the past decade David has created portraits and figurative work of women. The women in his paintings and drawings are usually not based on anyone in particular and are used like dolls to symbolize the human condition. The images of the women he photographs are often distorted digitally or by hand to blur the line between the reality and surrealism of life. You may view more of De Lara’s art work ww.lostdreams.org or visit www.lapena-austin.org for more art exhibits info La Peña Gallery.
MECA's 4th Annual Multi-Cultural Career and Opportunity Expo
Downtown - Mexic-Arte is currently hosting the 15th Young Latino Artists (YLA): Consensus of Taste exhitition (by Curator-Claudia Zapata, M.A.) which features the current visual artwork of artists from the past fourteen YLA exhibitions. This year’s reception was held at their downtown location on Friday, July 16, where many of the artist gathered and spoke about their own art exhibit with public and friends. Sylvia Orozco, the Museum’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, originally based the YLA exhibition concept and structure after Mexico’s El Encuentro Nacional de Arte Joven (ENAJ), an annual exhibition of selected artists 30 years old and younger working in all forms of media. For more informationo on this exhibition visit http://www.mexci-artemuseum.org
Accordion player AJ Castillo and the A-T Boyz at Austin Tejano music Radio station weekly eventNorth - On Wednesday evenings, the Austin Tejano Music Radio station 95.1 FM is host to weekly radio/music events at the Baby-Acapulco Restaurant on IH35/290 in north Austin. The events brings d.j. music/entertainment, live music, and prizes. Fans and guests can participate with d.j.’s trivia games and win cd, event passes and gifts offered by radio station event. In last week’s event they enjoyed the visit of Tejano music singer and accordiion player A.J. Castillo and Latin/Reggaeton music band The A-T Boyz. AJ Castillo signed poster & posed for photos with the public, his group also sold artist t-shirts and cds. The A-T Boyz, a young kids group band delighted the audience with thier entertianing Latin/Reggaeton and Hip Pop music performances and their great connection with the public.
Austin Tejano/R&B Lead Singer Birthday Bash at Nuevo Leon RestaurantCentral East Austin - Tejano/R&B Music Austin Band lead singer Frank Gomez celebrated his birthday with a huge party bash on the backyard of Nuevo Leon Restaurant at its Central Austin Location on East 6th Street. Many enjoyed the fabulous music played by the Frank Gomez band, drank lots of margarita mixes and danced to the band’s music. The Frank Gomez band is best known for their musical diversity, genres represented include classic rock, old school R&B, soul, disco, funk, country, Texas blues and latin music. The band is also known for their own original compositions included in their latest CD "Under the Influence" which has received airplay worldwide. The event was sponsored by Nuevo Leon Restaurant, Mike’s Formal Wear and Big Boys Collision Center. To know more about the Frank Gomez band visit www.FrankGomez.com
Tejano Music Tribute at the MACC
Tejano Music Legends inducted in Austin Music Memorial ceremony at the Long Center
Family and friends of Tejano Music Legends gathered at the Austin Music Memorial ceremony that took place last Sunday July 11 at the Long Center. This year’s Tejano music inductees were tejano music legend Luis "Louie" Guerrero and Austin radio announcer Lalo Campos. Holding the honored plaque on picture is Sergio Guerrero son of inductee Luis "Louie" Guerrero, along with brothers (l) Louie Jr. Guerrero and (r) Ramon Guerrero. Plaques will be at display on the City Terrace at the Long Center and will be accessible to the public 24 hours a day. Sergio Guerrero is also a board member of the Austin Latino Music Association (ALMA), an organization that produces various latino music events by local musician. For more information in the Austin Music Memorial and to see a complete list of 2010 inductees, please visit city’s website at www.ci.austin.tx.us/music/memorial.
The Mexican-American Cultural Center hosted the 2010 Trail of Tejano Legends, a tejano music tribute event presented by the Austin Latino Music Association (ALMA). The event is a project that provides recognition to several local Latino musicians who were an integral part of Austin’s music scene in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Everyone enjoyed a nice evening with friends, fun and music. Photo is lead singer of "Badd Meddizine", a Tejano /R&B music band that participated in this year’s event. Other live music at event was performed by Mariachi Jalisco and Alfonso Ramos y su Orquestra. Visit www.austinlatinomusic.com more information on ALMA’s upcoming tejano tribute events.