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Volume VII / MAY 2015
INSIDE Bullying Epidemic Pachanga Fest Paula Maya Cinco de Mayo
Bob Dylan’s odyssey bringing the bard back home
Announcing the Long Center Presents 2015–16 Season!
2 0 1 5 ! Robert Irvine LIVE ! Neil deGrasse Tyson ! Bob Schneider + Tosca String Quartet ! ArcA"ack! Austin Summer Stock Theatre Presents Tortoise v. Hare ! Sarah Koenig ! Frank Warren ! Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez ! Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club ! UB40 ! Spirit of India: Bollywood Masala Orchestra & Dancers ! Neil Gaiman ! Architects of Air ! Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical 2 0 1 6 I Am Big Bird : The Caroll Spinney Story ! Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo ! Riverdance: 20th Anniversary World Tour ! Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant: 50th Anniversary Tour ! Peking Acrobats 30th Anniversary North American Tour ! Sweet Honey in the Rock and Ladysmith Black Mambazo ! Vocalosity ! I Love Lucy—Live On Stage ! PostSecret: The Show ! Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage ! Where The Wild Things Are ! Jeanne Robertson ! The Sinatra Century, starring Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso ! The Wizard Of Oz: The Musical
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iACT to honor Michael Morton The Hope Awards celebration and fundraiser provides support for local non-profit iACT’s community service programs. This year’s honoree is Michael Morton, who was wrongfully convicted in 1987 in Williamson County for the brutal murder of his wife. His faith gave him the strength to endure hardship and the mercy to forgive. He will share his inspiring story in a conversation with Texas Tribune Editor Evan Smith. Tuesday, May 5, at the Four Seasons Hotel. Riverfront ‘talkabout’ The City of Austin will host a riverfront planning expert Wednesday, May 6, as part of creating a new master plan for the south shore of Lady Bird Lake. The event, “Remaking the Urban Waterfront,” highlights best practices and inspirational examples of waterfront planning and development. The featured speaker, Alex Krieger, is a global expert on riverfront planning. He will speak on the principles for creating vibrant, beautiful, and welcoming waterfronts. The free talk is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Fair Housing Conference The City of Austin Equal Employment/ Fair Housing Office and Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division will host a conference from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, May 8, highlighting the latest developments and trends in fair housing discrimination by leading speakers in the field. The theme of the conference is “Fair Housing in Austin: Past, Present, and Future.” The agenda topics are intended to assist professionals working in all areas of the housing industry to understand the laws and regulations of fair housing. The conference will be held at the Asian American Resource Center. Fee is $40. ‘Lakshmi’ screening Indie Meme (a local film distribution company) invites the public to a screening of a path breaking film from South Asia. “Lakshmi” is an
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award winning feature based on the true life story of a 14 yr old who is sold into prostitution. After much brutal torture, which would break the spirit of anyone, she is able to break free and take to court the perpetuators of the crime. Thursday, May 14, 7 p.m. at Southwest Theater Lakecreek 7. Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A.
March Against Monsanto in Austin On Saturday, May 23, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto, including at the State Capitol from 1-3 p.m. Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects. The U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds. Marchers in Austin will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Brush Square Park, 409 E. 5th St. TxDot motorcycle campaign As spring weather draws more motorcyclists onto Texas roadways, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching its “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign to reduce crashes and save lives. The campaign – part of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May – urges drivers to be extra cautious, because motorcyclists are more difficult to see and less protected than other motorists.
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This month marks our seventh year of publishing TODO Austin. Art Director Dave McClinton and I started this project with a mission to create a free journal that highlighted Austin’s expanding multiethnic communities. We were introduced by Louis Black of the Austin Chronicle and aided by staffer Mark Gates. Thanks to Louis, we’ve had the opportunity to throw our support behind the numerous endeavors of countless gifted people and worthy organizations.
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More than 400 writers, photographers, artists and activists have contributed to our editorial pages. Ranging from passionate millennials to baby boomers, their work has played a vital role in focusing attention on proactive social advocacy efforts in Austin. What future generations who come upon TODO Austin in the city’s libraries and history centers will make of the work of these citizen journalists can only be conjectured. What matters is that they are writing something worth reading. To that end, we’ve used a newsprint piece as our platform in hopes of reaching more consumers, though the notion of taking the product strictly online and saving a few trees has crossed our minds. It is costly going to press, but the expense is covered by our generous sponsors/advertisers. We believe they are doing their part to engage underserved communities of color in Austin, as do the owners of the 150 or so distribution outlets across the city that place TODO Austin on their shelves.
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Texas must do more to create inclusive affordable housing By Heather Way
The largest metro areas in Texas now lead the nation in terms of economic segregation. This is bad for Texas and our children. According to a report recently released by the Martin Prosperity Institute, the Austin-Round Rock metro area is the most economically segregated large metro area in the country. The metro areas of San Antonio, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth are also in the top 10. The economic segregation that plagues our largest metro areas inhibits economic mobility and capital formation. Deep class divides are ultimately associated with slower long-term economic growth, not only in inner cities but also suburban areas. But perhaps the most troubling aspect about the geographic isolation between the haves and the have-nots is the impact on our state’s children. The prospects for children moving out of poverty become more daunting in the face of this deepening economic segregation. Our public policies helped create our class divides and it will take a new generation of public policies to break down those divides and offer all of our children true opportunities at success. In particular, our state and local policymakers need to prioritize the creation of inclusive affordable housing opportunities in neighborhoods across metro regions. It is no coincidence that Texas’ largest metropolitan areas are among the most economically segregated in the country. These areas have a long history of exclusionary zoning, land use regulations and overtly discriminatory policies that fostered the geographic separation of the rich and poor. For decades, government-supported affordable housing in the Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin metro areas was segregated in low-income neighborhoods. Attempts to expand affordable housing opportunities into wealthier areas faced and still routinely face fierce opposition from residents and elected officials in those areas. And even court intervention has been necessary to introduce housing opportunities for lower-income families in places such as Sunnyvale in Dallas County. Children who are concentrated in low-income neighborhoods live in more dangerous conditions, in more unsafe housing, attend worse schools with higher drop-out rates, and have less access 04 TODO AUSTIN // MAY 2015 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
to neighborhood services and amenities than children living in higher-income neighborhoods. These conditions help shape a child’s quality of life and opportunities. The disparate access to high-quality public schools is one of the most disturbing byproducts of our metros’ economic segregation. Public schools are supposed to be one of the great equalizers of opportunity for our state’s children. But as metro areas have become more segregated by income, so have our schools, leading to large inequalities in educational outcomes for children. As a first step to start addressing economic segregation, the Texas Legislature should eliminate its limits on inclusionary zoning. This would give cities the ability to emulate programs such as those in Montgomery County, Maryland, that require the inclusion of privately developed affordable homes in residential developments throughout the county. The Texas Legislature should also reject new legislation filed this session that would prohibit cities from barring discrimination against tenants based on source of income. This state legislation was filed in direct reaction to an Austin ordinance that creates integrated housing opportunities for low-income tenants with federal housing vouchers. At a local level, Texas cities should adopt policies that provide for a “fair share” distribution of affordable housing throughout the city. In particular, cities need to overwrite their land use policies to eliminate exclusionary zoning policies that bar the construction of smaller homes and apartments. The City of Austin is starting to move in this direction through an overhaul of its land development code. Support should also be given to groups such as Inclusive Communities in Dallas that are working creatively to create more racially and economically inclusive communities in the Dallas metro area and throughout Texas. And when Texas cities fail to meet their federal legal obligations to provide integrated housing opportunities, they need to be held accountable by the courts.
SB 25 texting ban bill should pass By Senator Judith Zaffirini
Last month was Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and, unfortunately, we don’t have to look far to understand the terrible toll that distracted driving is taking on Texas families. In March alone, 15-year-old Delia Ramirez of Austin was killed when a distracted driver ran a red light and crashed into the vehicle she was riding in, and 87-year-old Helen Montfort of Corsicana was killed and her daughter seriously injured when a distracted driver of a pickup truck rear-ended their vehicle. The problem of distracted driving is getting progressively worse in Texas. In 2014 distracted driving was a factor in more than 100,000 crashes in our state, an increase of six percent from 2013. What’s more, these crashes were responsible for more than 3,200 serious injuries and 468 deaths. All were needless and could have been prevented, but for distracted drivers. Texting while driving increases the risk of a crash by at least eight times, and according to the Texas Department of Transportation, distracted driving is the cause of one in every five crashes in our state. A recent study by the AAA Institute for Traffic Safety indicates that distracted driving was the cause of nearly 60 percent of crashes in which teenagers were behind the wheel. There’s good reason to believe a statewide ban on texting while driving could make a real difference in reducing the number of deaths and injuries related to distracted driving. Researchers at Texas A&M University recently found that the number of car crash hospitalizations declined in states that instituted strict bans on texting while driving. No text is worth a life, and texting bans are worth it if they save even one life. More than 40 Texas cities have recognized this and passed their own
These policies will run against deeply ingrained beliefs held by those who want to preserve the status quo. Yet, if we care about creating opportunities for all especially our state’s children inclusive affordable housing policies must become a priority. Heather Way is a clinical professor of law and directs the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at The University of Texas at Austin.
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bans on texting while driving. This patchwork of local ordinances is better than nothing, but it can be confusing to drivers. What we need is one uniform, statewide rule. Like the well-known state law requiring Texans to buckle up, a statewide ban on texting will ensure drivers know they are prohibited from texting while driving on city streets and state highways. Accordingly, this legislative session Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, and I again have filed the Alex Brown Memorial Act, named after one of Rep. Craddick’s constituents who was killed in a single-car rollover crash on her way to school. She was distracted by text messages on her cell phone. It’s time for Texas to get serious about distracted driving and join the 44 other states that already prohibit texting while driving. The Texas House of Representatives already has passed the Alex Brown Act overwhelmingly, and it’s time for the Texas Senate to do the same. Passing the bill would send a strong message that our state is serious about saving lives and preventing unnecessary deaths and injuries. In the meantime, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of having a distracted driving crash. For example, you can put your phone in a place where you can’t see it and won’t be tempted to reach for it. Alternatively, you can put your phone in silent mode until you reach your destination, because the less you hear it, the less you’ll be tempted to reach for it. If you have a passenger, make him or her your “designated texter.” What’s more, there are many downloadable smartphone apps such as Live2Text and AT&T’s DriveMode that can help you stop texting while driving. Perhaps most important, the next time you see friends or family members start to send a text while driving, remind them that it can wait. Their lives—and yours—could depend on it. Senator Judith Zaffirini represents District 21 in the Texas Senate.
The Carver Museum invites you to a free community holistic health symposium, Mind, Body & Spirit: Your Health Depends on It!, moderated by Austin’s Food Justice Advocate Dominique Bowman. A panel of distinguished health and wellness professionals will address important health issues and the impact of the mind, body, and spirit connection on your health in today’s complex world. The symposium is 7-8 p.m. with a mix and mingle with healthy refreshments being served from 6:30-6:55 p.m. Topics Include: How do you overcome the obstacles that prevent you from having a healthy mind, body, & spirit?; How does leading a holistic lifestyle benefit you?; What steps need to be taken in order to shift our country’s view about health, prevention and sick care?; How can patients build trust in the holistic medical communities? Among the distinguished panelists who will participate in addressing these issues, as well as answer questions from the audience are Kazique Prince, Ph.D., Founder/CEO of Jelani Consulting, LLC; Jamie L. Guyden, MD, Founder/CEO of Evolve Integrative Care; Tonya Lyles, Lac, Founder/CEO Samadhi Divine Medicine. Attendance is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. May 28 Please RSVP at austintexas.gov/email/gaila.sims
Sat, May 9 & 16 Sun, May 10 & 17
Saturday, May 9, is the Award of Excellence ceremony. The award is to be granted as the highest distinction and celebration of lasting contributions by artists and community members. Cine de Oro is Tuesday, May 26, at 9:30 a.m. “Viva Mi Desgracia” is a film about a meek and mild young man who imbibes a magical concoction that counts tequila among its ingredients, which transforms him into a two-fisted brawler and ladies’ man. Free admission. The current exhibit through May 16 in the Community Gallery features rebozos, long shawls made to cover the head and shoulders, with photographs and stories about the women who owned them. The ESB-MACC would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Las Madrinas, Veronica Brondo Forsyth and Velia Sanchez-Ruiz. Rebozos and photographs courtesy of: Elvia M. Andarza, Patricia Núñez, Guadalupe Mendoza, Rose Ann Ortiz, Gloria M. Pennington, Elizabeth Castillo, Amalia RodriguezMendoza, Maria H. Gonzalez and Gena Kirby. The “Gently Fried” exhibit continues in the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery through June 13. Its main themes explore change, relationships, house/home and community and the rapidly changing face of Austin and the voices that are transformed by its growth.
Come join us at these upcoming events. Friday, May 8, 8:30-10 p.m. Disoriented Comedy. The first-ever (mostly) female Asian American stand-up comedy tour featuring nationally-touring Los Angeles-based writer and comic Jenny Yang and standup comedian, writer and actress Atsuko Okatsuka along with local up-and-coming Asian American comedians. Doors open 8 p.m., show begins 8:30 p.m. Tickets $8 pre-sale or $10 at door, available at disorientedcomedy.weebly.com Friday, May 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hidden Epidemic: Bullying and Asian American Youth Come for a brief presentation on bullying and panel of mental/behavioral health professionals who will provide reallife examples and lessons. This training also hopes to foster a discussion on how professional and community-based organizations can collaborate to address the issue. Breakfast & Networking 8:30-9 a.m. Training 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. $30 CEU Certificate available. Saturday, May 16, 2-4 p.m. Traditional Peking Opera. The Austin Peking Opera Club and Chinese Opera Club of Houston present this rare opportunity to see performed selected scenes from four classic Peking operas: “Into the Palace the Second Time,” “Farewell to My Concubine,” “Lady Mu the Marshal,” and “Mother-Son Reunion.” Chinese and English subtitles will be provided. Free.
ESB-MACC joins Big Medium to present the 4th West Austin Studio Tour! WEST is a free self-guided art event. See the artists’ work, learn about their tools, techniques, and inspirations, and explore the unique Community and Sam Z. Coronado galleries. Guest artists include (images
Odilon Merino Morales, Oaxacan weaver performing demonstrations as well as selling Amusgo’s Cooperative textiles.
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Bollywood meets Borscht Belt By Swapnil Dighe
Hindu Charities for America non-profit organization and the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin are coming together for the third year in succession for Bollywood meets Borscht Belt, an evening filled with multicultural fun, food and entertainment, all for a noble cause. The event is Sunday, May 31 from 4-7 p.m. at the Dell Jewish Community Hall, 7300 Hart Lane. The host for the evening is the world’s only Indian Jewish standup comedian, Samson Koletkar (aka Mahatma Moses), with some delightful performances from Rahul Nair (Tabla), Natyalaya School of Dance (Bharat Natyam), Yesh Rikhudh (Israeli Folk Dance), Monsoon Dance (Rajasthani Folk Dance, Dances of the Gods n more), Steve Adler (former drummer and co-songwriter of Guns N’ Roses), Naga Valli and a Mazel Tov cocktail hour.
to give-back to those in need and to those with a dream of education. In Mahatma Gandhi’s words: “be the change that you want to see in the world.” All proceeds from the event will go towards procuring back-to-school supplies for homeless children in the Austin metro area. Help fill the hundreds of back-packs.
The Grand Finale of the evening promises a perfect fusion of Bollywood and Israeli music involving kids and performers from Monsoon Dance and Yesh Rikhudh. There will be a wide array of Indian vegetarian culinary delights and Jewish desserts that will enlighten taste buds.
Tickets are nominally priced with kids 6-12 years $10, seniors over 65 years $15, and adult $25 which includes dinner sponsored by local Indian restaurants. Sponsorships are available at $150 (includes two reserved tickets, name in program listing, email marketing, website presence and Facebook marketing), $500 for reserved table for 10, invite friends, family, colleagues, customers (includes above marketing, if preferred).
Education being the cornerstone of success in our communities, the event provides an opportunity
For more information, visit ShalomAustin.com, Sulekha.com or HinduCharitiesForAmerica.org
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month The Asian American Resource Center COA invites the community to participate in CelebrASIA Austin: Asian Pacific American Food and Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This is the second year for the annual free family event which features an Asian food truck battle, education booths surrounding popular foods with coconut, along with cultural performances, heritage showcases, children’s activities, artisan marketplace and community outreach fair.
The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC) has announced the recipient of the
GAACC 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. William Wang, founder and CEO of VIZIO, Inc. will receive the prestigious award at the Ovation on Friday, May 29, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Austin. Ovation is held in May to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Wang’s entrepreneurial career and leadership spans over 20 years. After earning his degree in electrical engineering from University of Southern California, he started MAG Innovision, followed by the purchase of Princeton Graphic Systems, before launching VIZIO in 2002. Today, Wang oversees VIZIO’s strategic direction and is deeply committed to delivering visionary products at a great value. “I am grateful to be recognized by the Austin Asian chamber and the business community in Central Texas,” said Wang. “Austin is known for its high tech community and entrepreneurial environment, so it is a special honor to visit and receive this award. I hope my personal journey inspires the next generation of Asian Pacific American entrepreneurs to great accomplishments.” Asian Pacific American Heritage month events around the country can be followed on social media with the hash tag #APAEverywhere.
You are cordially invited to the Award of Excellence ceremony Presented by St. David’s HealthCare
The ESB-MACC recognizes the following individuals for their contributions to the arts in Austin:
Jaime Salvador Castillo
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. | JW Marriot Austin Featuring live entertainment by Lee Ann Womack
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Hidden Epidemic Bullying of Asian American students more prevalent than in other racial groups. National survey finds the rate increasing the most rapidly. By Manzhi Wu
Sonia Kotecha, co-founder of the Asian Behavioral Health Network in Austin, still remembers what happened in Vermont when she was a toddler. She was called “poop poop” on the playground just because she had darker skin. In kindergarten, she was teamed with another South Asian student to address teasing experienced by children of color in a school where they were in the minority. “As a kid it felt strange, I thought ‘why is a friend being imposed on me?’ It drew attention to the fact that something was different about me,” said Kotecha. When Kotecha was a child, her babysitter’s children, also South Asian, were picked on at school. “Growing up, I often felt like an easy target for teasing and bullying, because I was shy and came from a different cultural background than my peers at school,” Kotecha recalls. Statistics from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in 2013 almost one out of every five high school students in the United States reported being bullied on school property. Of that number, 21.7 percent were Asian American, 17.8 percent were Hispanic and 12.7 percent were African American. According to the Federal Office of Management and Budget, “Asian” refers to people from the Far East, Southeast Asia or the Indian subcontinent. Besides, the rate of Asian American students being bullied increased more than any other racial group over the previous two years, rising 6 percent. “Unfortunately, when it comes to Asian American and Pacific Islanders, they have the highest rate of bullying with very limited resources,” said Linda Phan, commissioner from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Dr. Richard Yuen, a clinical psychologist at Lonestar Psychological Services in Austin, said the effects of bullying can be so subtle that sometimes many people overlook them, but over time they can transform into something more severe for the victim. “There is increased chance of anxiety disorders, depression as well as low self-esteem that really cause me to concern for their overall adjustment to life,” Yuen said. However, the American Psychiatric Association found that among all ethnicities, Asian Americans 08 TODO AUSTIN // MAY 2015 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
and Pacific Islanders are the least likely to seek help for mental disorders. Experts say a cultural value of self-reliance and a fear of shaming the family may keep many of those being bullied from seeking assistance with emotional problems. “If parents are not supportive of students’ emotional health, then the students have no place else to turn, so they turn more inside,” said Vincent Cobalis, the vice chair of the City of Austin Asian American Quality of Life Commission. “The Asian culture is very reluctant to admit to mental health issues, then they don’t seek out help. We need to break out of that perception that dealing with mental health issues is negative.” Kotecha is now a social worker and her work touches on race, ethnicity and children and family support. She believes that parents can play a crucial role in addressing bullying and racism. “We don’t get a lot of protective messages from our parents about potential racism and discrimination in the mainstream society, because I think many of our parents who are immigrants don’t know the history of race in America; they don’t know how deeply rooted that is. They are coming here focusing on education, good quality of life. They didn’t grow up in the context.” Kotecha said she thought that parents should not simply try to avoid confrontation. “Many Asian parents just told their children to go to school, focus on studies and ignore everything else. They should know it’s more complicated than that. Kids have pressure to fit in and learn social skills, which can also be productive in the real world too,” she said. For Kotecha, it is all about education – educating teachers and students to be more attuned to bullying and to be more open to different cultures, races and ethnicities. However, in Texas, children from kindergarten to eighth grade don’t have UT students’ diversity dialogue, April 24.
many chances to learn about Asian American history. According to Noreen Rodriguez, a bilingual elementary teacher in Austin for nine years, she remembers the only times Asians are mentioned in textbooks are for the Chinese during the building of the transcontinental railroad and Chinese exclusion, and Japanese internment during World War II. “The two instances where you talk about Asian groups, it was a very long time ago,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez said she noticed when people talk about Asia now in school, it’s often through 3“F”s: Food, Festival and Fun. She thought that’s not enough: “You celebrate a holiday one time a year and that’s it. So what the students know is ‘Oh, the Chinese people have this holiday and it’s fun, and I made a lantern in school,’” Rodriguez said. She is now working closely with a historian at UT to develop a curriculum for kindergarten through eighth grade in Asian American studies and professional development training for AISD teachers. On Rodriguez’s bookshelf, there is a children’s book called “Paper Son,” which tells a story of Chinese immigrants. She hopes teachers can teach Asian American history using children’s literature, when there’s so little in textbooks. “It’s hard to teach the things you don’t know,” said Rodriguez, “I’ll expose them to these books and tell them about the history that is not part of what they themselves learned.” Anti-bullying campaign across the nation Tales of harassment and staggering statistics have prompted actions nationwide, including Austin, where a group was voluntarily formed to deal with the bullying of Asian Americans. The team was composed of Vincent Cobalis, the vice chair of
Austin Asian American Quality of Life Commission; Thao Phao, licensed professional counselor and therapist; Peteria Chan, research associate at the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at UT Austin; and Nicole Williams, a teacher from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. “There is expectation among Asian cultures that if the rule is there, then people should be fine,” said Cobalis, “But I don’t think that you can rely just on rules and policies. You have to get people to care about you.” In Austin, the team is trying to launch a mentorship program. “The idea is to get college students that have been bullied to talk about their experience and share their experience with high school students, and then high school students can share their experience with middle school students,” Cobalis said. Dr. Richard Yuen said this kind of communication is vital. “The first and foremost component of any antibullying measure is we have to have an honest, open and friendly dialogue about aggression and bullying behavior, ” Yuen said. He suggested that stakeholders including youth, parents, teachers and principals should all be involved. Right now, the White House initiative is holding listening sessions across the country, according to Linda Phan, commissioner in the initiative. A federal survey for those who interact with Asian youth is in process. The listening session was aimed at learning what the kids’ experiences are like. “When they are being bullied, who are they getting help from? Do they know where to get help? Do they think their teacher and parents are good sources?” Phan said. On April 29, the White House initiative came to Austin to team up with Canyon Vista Middle School for a listening session. The Asian Behavioral Health Network (ABHN) and the YWCA of Greater Austin are also organizing a workshop focusing on the impact and cultural implications of bullying. A panel of mental and behavioral health professionals will provide examples and lessons from real life experiences, as well as foster a collaboration to address the issue. The event will take place on Friday, May 15, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found at www.abhn.org. “Our hope for this training is to raise awareness about the hidden epidemic of bullying and Asian American youth, while discussing ways we can work together to prevent bullying in our schools and community,” Kotecha said.
Bob Dylan’s odyssey brings it all back home to shadow of the Texas Tower
Bob Dylan with Austin’s Charlie Sexton. Christopher Polk photo, Getty Images
By Tom Palaima
Bob Dylan’s odyssey—Dylan’s devoted fans think of the last quarter century of Dylan’s performance career wishfully as the “never-ending tour”—began in 1959 when Dylan, then Robert Zimmerman, was about as old as Telemachus, the collegeage son of Odysseus, is at the opening of the “Odyssey,” Homer’s unsurpassed amalgamation of folk songs about the long, hard roads traveled by a fully human and world-weary hero who— this might come as a surprise—happens to be an accomplished guitarist songster himself. Odysseus longs to return home from a distant war to his wife, son, father, dog and loyal household, but he also is “much-turning” and “much-tuning,” recording deep in the sound isolation booth of his lonesome soul the experiences, good and bad, life gives him. Odysseus sings out songs about his own exotic, erotic, perilous and never-ending adventures in “Odyssey” books 9-12, a three-hour concert for the assembled crowd at the court of Alcinous, king of the idyllic island of Phaeacia. Odysseus leaves us with the sense that he could go on and on singing, in varied styles and narrative personae, about all 10 TODO AUSTIN // MAY 2015 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
that he has taken in about men and women, how they behave, think and feel in the many towns he has traveled through and in the many songs he has heard in those towns. Like Dylan at the end of “Tangled Up in Blue,” all these people must have seemed to Odysseus like illusions, dream figures, phantoms. He, too, must have wondered, “how it all got started and what they’re doing with their lives.” If Odysseus at the momentary end of 20 years of passionate wanderings is the prototype of an itinerant folk and blues singer of heroic stature, the first ethnomusicologist of the human condition, Dylan is his modern counterpart. Just about to turn 74, with 55 years of recorded performances in his and our rearview ears, he is still exploring how to make old things new. Three months ago, Dylan released “Shadows in the Night,” 10 personal realizations of jazz-era standards in the mode of Tony Bennett, Perry Como and Vaughn Monroe, but all sung by Frank Sinatra ,and notably with the exception of “Stay
With Me” (1963), all during Dylan’s formative years, between the ages of 4 and 18. These songs were an education for youngsters Dylan’s age in the mysterious ways of human hearts. They were truly popular, because, for better or worse, love takes us and shakes us all, on all rungs of the social ladder, paupers and peasants and princes and kings alike. These songs have a tinge of nostalgia, literally in ancient Greek the universal human ache to get back home where our hearts can be content. They convey some of the heart-rending feeling that suffuses Dylan’s early folk-song masterpiece “I Was Young When I Left Home.” Still, if the songs on “Shadows in the Night” evoke remembrances of things past, they are not stuck there. In “Chronicles Volume One,” Dylan writes that “a song is like a dream and you try to make it come true.” Dylan and his band, including Austin’s Charlie Sexton, give these 10 songs to us as dreams come true again. They please our ears and soothe our souls, whether we heard them long ago when we were young or are hearing them for the first time as listeners who are not merely young at heart.
Take “Lucky Old Sun.” Made a big hit by Frankie Lane in 1949, it has since been recorded between 1957 and 2007 by Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Brian Wilson, and more recently still by Chris Isaak. Dylan himself performed “Lucky Old Sun” live in concerts in 1986, 1991 and 2000. The song shares real and simple truths about working hard, day in day out, fussing with your spouse and doing it all for your kids. Meanwhile the lucky old sun just “rolls around heaven all day.” The song conveys the wistful, that’s-whatlife-is resignation of Dylan’s own “One Too Many Mornings.” Dylan’s return to Austin is a homecoming of sorts, given the affinities Dylan has long had with local musical greats like Doug Sahm (recording sessions in New York City October 1972), Charlie Sexton in 1983 and 1996 and from 1999 onward, Denny Freeman (Dylan’s lead guitarist 2005-2009), and his longtime friendship with Willie Nelson (notably co-writing and performing together the deeply
moving song “Heartland” on Willie’s “Across the bite himself, and that when the prof said that Dylan Borderline” CD). But it also marks a new arrival “preferred isolation from the world,” it was “like he of sorts. told them that I preferred being in an iron tomb with my food shoved in on a tray.” He lets his friend In all his times playing in Austin (from Austin David Crosby’s comment as they drove away from Municipal Auditorium: 1965 to The Backyard: 2010), the event sum things up: “bunch of dickheads on Dylan has only made music on the Forty Acres of auto-stroke.” Dylan’s gift to us distilled from all the University of Texas at Austin for two days in 1993 his personal bad feelings is his song “Day of the when taping for KLRU the television special “Willie Locusts” on “New Morning” (1970), with a nod to Nelson: The Big 6-0” in the old ACL studio on the Nathanael West’s 1939 classic novel of nearly the corner of 26th and Guadalupe, as Louis Jordan same name about how an artist can feel way out would have put it, way on the outskirts of campus. of place. Now he will perform in the heartland of campus, center stage at the University of Texas at Austin’s Another irony is that it took so long to bring it all Bass Concert Hall on Wednesday, May 6. back home to UT Austin. Dylan revered music ethnographer Alan Lomax, who was a relentless There are two ironies in this. One, of course, is pursuer of real music, to his core intolerant of Dylan’s expressed dislike of being pigeonholed, intolerance, a champion of cultural equity for categorized, reduced to a type, or made into an people of any race or creed, and a collector and espouser or practitioner of causes, philosophies, preserver of the truths sung by common people. musical styles, often all at once, by university and In the fifties and early sixties Dylan was influenced college professors. by the music Lomax collected and took note of the vital reverence that Lomax applied to his chosen I am probably doing some pigeonholing here of my path in life. Lomax was a graduate of UT Austin own, but a conspicuous case is Dylan’s own account (1936 BA Philosophy, summa cum laude), just like of the ceremony granting him an honorary degree his father John A. Lomax, who co-founded the at Princeton University in 1970. The professor Texas Folklore Society. charged with reading the proclamation declared that Dylan “preferred isolation from the world” and At an outdoor concert in Virginia in late August 1997, remained “the authentic expression of the disturbed Dylan took a break to say from the stage, “There is a and concerned conscience of Young America.” distinguished gentlemen here who came … I want Dylan writes that he felt “tricked once more” into to introduce him – named Alan Lomax. I don’t being presented as the spokesperson for American know if many of you have heard of him. I used to youth, that this made him so angry he wanted to know him years ago. I learned a lot there and Alan
… Alan was one of those who unlocked the secrets of this kind of music. So if we’ve got anybody to thank, it’s Alan. Thanks, Alan.”
BOB DYLAN DATES IN AUSTIN
Dylan pointed to the truths in blues and folk songs unlocked by Lomax in his set between “Blind Willie McTell” and “Highway 61,” both cases in point of what he did with those secrets. In “Blind Willie McTell,” Dylan sings about how the songs of the Piedmont (Georgia) blues singer get across to him the human meaning of slavery and racism in Texas: “I traveled through East Texas / Where many martyrs fell / And I know no one can sing the blues / Like Blind Willie McTell.” In the second song, Dylan, electric and electrifying, tells his own metaphorical truths, distilled from the blues, along the highway that winds and stretches 1400 miles linking the remembered and forgotten dreams of Louisiana and Mississippi with those of Dylan’s native state of Minnesota.
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1965 9/24 Austin Municipal Auditorium 1978 11/25 Frank Erwin Center 1986 6/21 Frank Erwin Center (w/ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) 1990 9/9 Palmer Auditorium 1991 10/25 City Coliseum 1993 4/19 KLRU studio (Willie Nelson: The Big 6-0 TV taping) 1993 4/20 KLRU studio (Willie Nelson: The Big 6-0 TV taping) 1995 11/4 Austin Music Hall 1995 11/5 Austin Music Hall 1996 10/26 Austin Music Hall 1996 10/27 Austin Music Hall
Back home at Bass Concert Hall this month, 1999 9/15 Frank Erwin Center (w/ Paul Simon) other secrets will be unlocked and the ghost of 2002 2/24 Frank Erwin Center Odysseus will be happy for a while. 2003 4/19 The Backyard Author Tom Palaima, a MacArthur fellow, is Armstrong Centennial professor of Classics at UT Austin. He teaches and writes about how human beings respond creatively in songs, stories and other ways to suffering, particularly experiences of war and violence, including the economic and social violence of poverty, wealth disparity, discrimination and racism.
2003 4/20 The Backyard 2007 9/15 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre 2007 9/16 Zilker Park ACL Fest 2009 8/4 Dell Diamond (w/ Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp) 2010 8/4 The Backyard 2015 5/6 Bass Concert Hall
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Paula Maya releases her sixth studio album, ‘Iluminar’ Set to embark on a Brazilian tour this month By Liz Lopez
Keyboardist and singer/songwriter Paula Maya has been an Austin resident since 2011 and in that period has placed in the top ten of the Austin Music Awards World Music category (2013-2015). She was also a featured artist last summer at the 5th annual Women in Latin Music showcase hosted by the Austin Latino Music Association (ALMA). The full time musician is set to release her sixth studio album, “Iluminar,” on May 4.
Maya liked the idea of doing the production locally. “One, I know how talented Austin is in every sense of the word. Two, I like being involved in the community. Three, when you can get support, it is better. I compared prices with going out of state and found that it was the same price. Why not go local?” As music producer of “Iluminar,” Maya received support from every direction. “I had a meeting with Alex Vallejo at the Austin Music Foundation (Creative Media Center/Director). He was instrumental in kicking my ass – to keep going (on the production) while it was fresh!” She added that Vallejo was great in helping her keep on schedule.
Prior to embarking on a Brazilian tour in late May, a hometown record release party is set for Thursday, May 7, at the One-2-One Bar at 7 p.m. Maya initially arrived in town under the radar, but it wasn’t long before she was noticed. I was told by several musicians who’d performed as guests in her band about her and they enthusiastically responded, “you should meet her.” I took that opportunity and learned of her recording history and work in Seattle, as well as her aspirations and determination to produce another CD. It took all of 2014 to do so. “I am so proud of my new CD,” Maya told me recently. “It is completely different. For one, I produced the record. That meant I made the final decision on everything. Also, it is all produced inhouse; all made in Austin.” “Iluminar” was recorded at her record label studio, Yellow House Records, in South Austin with Lefty and Robert Wyatt, mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova, and manufactured by Matt Eskey’s Any and All Media.
“Iluminar” is deeply inspired by and heavily influenced by her roots (she is originally from Rio de Janeiro), as well as Austin. Maya went to Brazil to visit her old friends and family in 2011 after a cold, short stay in Connecticut, and after attending SXSW. Her re-connection with her Brazilian roots at a deeper level, couple with her new love of Austin and her partner were all inspiration to perform and record her new songs. “This is 90 percent in Portuguese and has eight songs; one is instrumental, five are completely in Portuguese, one is bilingual Portuguese/English and one is all in English.” Singing and recording in Portuguese is a first for her and the focus of ““Iluminar” is on Brazilian music, jazz and world inspired rhythms. Her previous releases featured a mix of pop, rock, classical and electronica. “(Iluminar) is the first CD I can send to Brazil for shows– it has several Brazilian rhythms.” This is also her first time to return to perform in Brazil in seven years. “I want to play for Brazilians – I think they will like my music, as they want to hear the new stuff.” When asked what would be her “favorite” of the compositions, she became thoughtful and quiet. “‘Baião de Cabo Frio.’ It is an interesting story related to my family. Cabo Frio is a beach town, one which my grandfather, Paulo Burle, helped make changes to develop it. We had a family compound then where we would spend three months there, with all my cousins/families. It has been sold off, little by little. I captured some of the memories (in this song).” She added that during a visit for her mother’s 80th birthday, she sang and played it with only a keyboard. “The few people in my family who heard it cried. They cried, not just my generation, but the elders, too.” lluminar, which means “to shine” in Portuguese, is definitely what she reflects with her Austin debut as a producer. Shine on!
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To Do Música
RECOMMENDED SHOWS Son de Rey is releasing their first full-length album, “Ojos Azules,” produced by Grammy winner Fabian Hernandez, on Saturday, May 2, at Spider House Ballroom (2906 Fruth St). It is a compilation of remixes from the EP of the same title, along with new tracks. The release party will feature musical groups Oh Antonio & His Imaginary Friends (9 p.m.), Como Las Movies (10:15 p.m.) and Son de Rey (11:45 p.m.). Order tickets through TicketFly. -------------ICMCA presents Sitar Virtuoso - Niladri Kumar (son and disciple of the legendary Sitar Maestro Pandit Kartick Kumar), accompanied by Aditya Kalyanpur on the Tabla. Sunday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Austin Waldorf School (8700 South View Rd.). For more information go to www.icmca.org -------------!Cinco De Mayo! Puro Party with Conjunto Los Pinkys is Tuesday, May 5, 4-7 p.m. at Abuelo’s, (2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy). -------------Punk and Garage join forces this May as Piñata Protest and The Copper Gamins/Los Niños de Cobre will hit the road together. They’ll swing into Austin on Saturday, May 16, at the Continental Club (1315 South Congress). -------------Alfredo Antonio Guerrero and Omar Phoenix are among the roster of performers at the Austin Jazz Festival to be held Sunday, May 24, at Circuit of the Americas Amphitheater. For more info go to www. AustinAreaJazzFestival.com
By Liz Lopez
BROWN SOUND NEWS Leticia Rodriguez announced her dream came true, as she was invited to perform in Holguin, Cuba, at the international festival, Las Romerias de Mayo, May 2 – 8. She will be singing the music her international recording artist Aunt Eva Garza (1917-1966) had previously sung and recorded, including the song Sagüita al Bate, composed in Cuba and recorded by both musical artists. She stated she will be the first American invited to the festival to perform. Los Texmaniacs is currently in China for the Big American Music Show (a festival of country, conjunto and jazz), from April 27-May 2, as part of their Americano Groove World Tour 2015-16. Their new album, “Americano Groove,” to be released on May 5, features Kevin Fowler, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Rick Trevino, David Hidalgo and Steve Berlin (producer). They’ll perform in Austin at the Long Center Concert Club on Wednesday, May 6, at the Rollins Studio Theatre 7:30 p.m. The Austin based Country/Outlaw/Americana band, Crooks, will be releasing a new record, “Wildfire,” early next summer according to a Facebook post by band member Anthony Ortiz Jr. (accordion/ trumpet). The first single, “Fork in the Road,” will be hitting the radio in early May. Their next scheduled show in Austin is Monday, May 25, at the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards Hundreds of local high school students, teachers, fans, and Austin media gathered at the Long Center’s Dell Hall in April for the Second Annual Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards (GAHSMTA). Months of rehearsing, local productions, and hard work came to a head as representatives from Ballet Austin, ZACH Theatre, the University of Texas, the Long Center, Austin Opera, and the Austin Symphony announced the winners for the Second Annual GAHSMTAs. The April 14 awards ceremony featured a variety of performances from the nominated casts. The ceremony included a medley showcasing lead actors and actresses; musical numbers performed by lead, supporting and featured actors; a finale including a male and female from each participating school; a select ensemble chosen through auditions; and performances from each of the nine Outstanding Musical nominees. “Once again, the Austin arts community came together to recognize the sheer talent and passion of our students. It was truly a night that will be remembered and relived by all involved for years to come,” said Jamie Grant, President and CEO of the Long Center. The GAHSMTA is the highly anticipated product of the first-ever partnership including the Long Center, the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts and ZACH Theatre. The Winners included Best Production, Bowie High School, “Evita”; Best Direction, Dripping Springs High
School, “Annie Get Your Gun”; Best Choreography, Cedar Ridge High School, “Bring it On”; Best Musical Direction, Bowie High School, “Evita”; Best Orchestra, Bowie High School, “Evita”; Best Scenic Design, St. Andrews High School, “Sweeney Todd”; Best Lighting Design, Cedar Ridge High School, “Bring it On”; Best Costume Design, St. Andrews High School, “Sweeney Todd”; Best Technical Execution, Leander High School, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”; Best Ensemble, St. Stephens High School, “Cabaret”; Best Actor in a Leading Role, Wolf Williams (Marble Falls High School) “Fiddler on the Roof”; Best Actress in a Leading Role, Lena Owens (Cedar Ridge High School) “Bring it On”; Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Milo Tucker (Dripping Springs High School) “Annie Get Your Gun”; Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Gemma Dimon (Round Rock High School) “She Loves Me”; Best Featured Performer (tie) Harmon Gamble (Hendrickson High School), “Les Miserables,” Eden Keig (St. Stephens High School), “Cabaret”; Student Design, Stephen Hamilton (Cedar Ridge High School) “Bring it On,” Mary Lancaster (Vista Ridge High School) “Beauty and the Beast” Scholarship recipients were Christopher Washington, Taylor King, Nolan Whitely, Kaila Burrit, Jordan Rodriguez, Martha Ruby Clark, Chloe Berlinger, Rebecca Urban, Mickey May and Jenna Scott School Grants went to McCallum Fine Arts Academy, Crockett High School, Rouse High School, LBJ Theatre, Del Valle High School
KLRU celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with special programs
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS broadcast 18.1, cable 9 klru.org
INDEPENDENT LENS KUMU HINA
SOUL OF A BANQUET
Monday, May 4, at 9 pm
Monday, May 11, at 10 pm
Kumu Hina tells inspiring story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian teacher and cultural icon who brings to life Hawaii’s traditional embrace of māhū — those who embody both male and female spirit.
Wayne Wang, director of The Joy Luck Club, takes us into the world of Cecilia Chiang, who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961, and went on to change the course of cuisine in America.
For a complete list of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month programs go to klru.org
Also This Month on KLRU
Community Cinema: Limited Partnership
Stories of Service
Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple fell in love and took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage equality.
This documentary profiles several children of migrant farm workers living in a small community just east of Silicon Valley. Part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. Learn more at klru.org/americangraduate
From May 21-28, KLRU presents several programs on veterans and current military service personnel issues including Arts In Context: In Their Words on the Songwriting With Soldiers project.
Sunday, May 3, at 4:30 pm; Thursday, May 7, at 9 pm
Please go to KLRU.org for a complete lineup
Free preview screening takes place May 5 at 7 pm at Windsor Park Branch Library
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Texas’ biggest Pachanga adding diversity to pop culture landscape By Alejandra Cueva
The greatly anticipated Latino-themed music festival, Pachanga, is back for its eighth edition on Saturday, May 16, at Fiesta Gardens. And this time the festival will be mobile as it traverses across Texas, touring two other cities on the same weekend. “We are expanding across the state, adding shows in Houston and Dallas leading up to the Austin festival” said Pachanga founder Richard Garza. Pachanga will be opening new doors in Houston on Thursday, May 14, at Warehouse Live and then travel to Dallas on Friday, May 15, for a concert at Gas Monkey Live. The tour will expand the brand while allowing more fans to experience the unique event closer to home. Pachanga is dedicated to showcasing Latin artists within a wide range of musical genres for all ages. “We are incredibly excited about the talented and diverse mix of artists on this year’s bill,” said Garza. The Austin music impresario Garza created the festival at a time when there was a void in Austin’s Latin music scene, “to celebrate Latin music and culture with all people.” Garza explained that he and his team decided to coordinate a tour because “it’s important to add diversity to the pop culture landscape. Texas is a majority-minority state where the Latino population makes up over a third of the state. Many parts of the state are even bigger than that, so we want to make sure that we are represented and we want to be ambassadors to the rest of the population.” This year, the festival will incorporate the “KUTX + Alt. Latino” stage to the event at Fiesta Gardens. This new addition is a collaboration between the festival, NPR’s Latin music program, Alt.Latino, and KUTX 98.9. “We are excited to be part of Pachanga Fest this year,” Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras expressed. “Here at Alt.Latino, my co-host Jasmine Garsd and I work very hard to present the best in Latin Alternative music, and doing that live from a stage connects these fabulous musicians with a wonderful audience. It’s really what Alt.Latino and NPR Music are all about!” Starting last month on April 22, KUTX began hosting a social media contest that will provide the opportunity for new acts to get the chance to showcase at the Pachanga festival. The 2015 “KUTX + Alt.Latino” stage will feature the electronic Afro-Columbian collective, Palenke Soultribe; Mambo big-band, Orkesta Mendoza; the PanLatin American cumbia band, Dos Santos AntiBeat Orquesta; and singer-songwriter Irene Diaz. These and other Pachanga artists will be playing to upwards of 5,000 fans at Fiesta Gardens.
Pachanga’s 2015 main stage will be shared by top-shelf artists including iconic Mexican altelectronic group, Kinky; former Mexican childactress and current singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana; pop rock band, Motel; Latin Grammy Award-winning Spanish hip hop singer, Mala Rodríguez; contemporary Mexican rock band, Enjambre; Compass: Mexican Institute of Sound & Toy Selectah, a collaboration between producer Camilo Lara and legendary Mexican hip-hop pioneer Toy Selectah; Latin Grammy nominee, Ceci Bastida; María del Pilar, former lead singer of Los Abandoned; and Selena’s Austin tribute band, Bidi Bidi Banda. Headliners for the festival events in Houston and Dallas include Kinky, Compass: M.I.S + Toy Selectah and Ceci Bastida.
The VIT pass will also be back this year. Pachanga VIT, aka “Very Important Taco,” ticket holders will be able to experience a unique complimentary five-taco tasting during the festival. The tasting will be sponsored and showcased by local Austin restaurants from 3:30-7:30 p.m.as ticket holders will not only have access to the taco tasting, but also have access to a salsa bar, paletas heladas, aguas frescas and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages throughout the event. VIT members will also have access to VIP amenities that include a private patio area, indoor restrooms and an air-conditioned lounge from 2-9 p.m. in Austin.
Pliego Villa, bass player for Kinky, commented on the excitement the band members have in anticipation of their return to Austin after their SXSW showcase at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Villa said Kinky is bringing “a set featuring a mix of our new MTV Unplugged album mixed with our alternative electronic music which we are known for.” He also mentioned how he is eager to share the stage with some of his music friends knowing that the audience will as always be entertained by their beat with none leaving the festival without blisters on their feet and sweat drenched clothing after dancing.
“Pachanga Ganga” GA and VIP ticket prices are: GA, $39; and VIP, $79. On the May 16 showdate, prices will increase to $50 for GA and $89 for VIP. The festival is also offering a limited number of “H-E-B Family 4-Pack” ticket packages. The 4-Pack includes four GA tickets to the festival for $117, making it a “buy 3 get one free” deal. GA Tickets for Pachanga Houston are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. Pachanga Dallas GA tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. The Pachanga festival will take place rain or shine. Children twelve and under will be admitted free into the event with a ticketed adult. For more info go to pachangafest.com
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Austin Latino New Play Festival By Tatum Price Teatro Vivo is kick-starting the summer with their fifth annual Austin Latino New Play Festival. In collaboration with Austin’s playwright-driven organization, ScriptWorks, Teatro Vivo will host three nights of new work by promising new playwrights. The ALNPF is May 14-16 (8 p.m.) at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The event will bring playwrights and audience members together to explore the cross-cultural themes, modern dilemmas and the entertaining lifestyles of Latino culture. “Basilica or The One with the Roosters” by Andrew Valdez, will be the opening night production on Thursday, May 14, at 8 p.m. Valdez is a student at the University of Texas at Austin, studying biology and pursuing a position in Pediatrics and Theatre Arts. With a focus in Theatre for Young Audiences, Andrew’s hope for the future is “to nurture children with the medicine of the stage.” His latest play, “Basilica or The One with the Roosters,” follows a Mexican family who seeks to enrich their lives by moving to the U.S. When the father decides to make a “deal with the devil” in order to live in
Helms, Illinois, it’s up to his children to atone for his sins. On Friday, May 15, the second night of staged readings will continue with “La Carpa Garcia” by Adriana Garcia. As an award winning artist, muralist and scenic designer, Garcia has traveled the world and created pieces of work along the way. From receiving her B.F.A at Carnegie Mellon University to studying fine arts in Valencia, Spain, Garcia has exhibited work in multiple cities and at numerous national conferences. In her play, “La Carpa Garcia,” we travel with Garcia’s grandfather, Don Frito, as he recounts the adventures of his family’s traveling tent show. Ya Llego Ya esta aquí! La Carpa Hermanos Garcia, un gran función de acrobáticos, variedad, magia, revisitas cómicas y mucho mas!
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After each night of plays, Teatro Vivo will invite the
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admission “pay what you wish” or $15 dollars each evening for reserved seating. Audience members who plan to attend all three nights can purchase a $40 festival pass. For more information about the Austin Latino New Play Festival, visit teatrovivo.org.
Closing the festival on Saturday, May 16, is Jelisa Robinson’s play “The Stories of Us.” Robinson is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and her work explores Afro-Latino identity. Robinson, a writer of many talents, also shares her experiences of Afro-Latino culture on her blog “Black Girl, Latin World.” In her latest play, “The Stories of Us,” Robinson depicts new themes of African Americans and Latinos, African diaspora identity, and Afrolatinidad. Robinson’s work has impacted the stage as well as social justice groups. Her writings bring new movement, and create a space for people of color to use the arts and empower themselves.
New French Cinema Weekend Known for identifying the very best emerging European filmmakers before they are household names, the Premiers Plans Festival of Angers, France lands in Austin, Friday-Sunday, May 1-3. Presented together with Austin Film Society, New French Cinema Weekend will premiere three of the French film festival’s best new films in Texas with its French filmmakers and programmers in attendance. Now in its 28th year, Premiers Plans has fostered the careers of globally-renowned auteurs such as Arnaud Desplechin, Abdellatif Kechiche, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Fatih Akin, all of whom were early discoveries of the festival and their lab program, “Les Ateliers d’Angers,” cofounded by Jeanne Moreau. Supported by Austin Angers Creative, a program of the Sister Cities initiative between Angers, France and Austin, the three-day presentation will feature various events. These include three premiere screenings with special guests, as well as a special Moviemaker Dialogue and wine reception/meet and greet with both the filmmakers and the programmer of Premiers Plans and Cannes Director’s Fortnight. Each film has been specially selected by the Premiers Plans Film Festival programmers for the Austin audience. Some of the special guests from France in attendance to include: Marianne Tardieu, director
audience to participate in a talkback session with the playwright and director. The fifth annual Austin Latino New Play Festival will engage, challenge, surprise and bring great insight to the Latino experience. Tickets can be purchased by a general
Children’s Book Drive North Austin Influencers and SOS Leadership will host a children’s book drive during a May Networking Mixer at the Rutland location of Chase Flooring on May 28h from 6-8 p.m. The books are to be distributed through The March of Dimes– Austin Division, which has partnered with Dell Children’s Medical Center. The neonatal intensivecare unit (NICU) Family Support program provides free children’s books to parents and siblings to read to the baby during their NICU stay. Attendees are asked to bring new preschool or under reading level book (no used books due to risks of infection) in English or Spanish. Board books are preferred. Chase Flooring Group will have a drop-off box for the book donations starting in May for
of “Insecure”; Iaonis Nuguet, director of “Spartacus & Cassandra”; Xavier Massé, Deputy Director, Premiers Plans; Arnaud Gourmelen, programmer/ selection committee of Premiers Plans and Cannes Director’s Fortnight. A series pass is available for purchase, which includes entrance to all films screening in the New French Cinema Weekend, as well as the Saturday reception and Moviemaker Dialogue.
anyone not able to make it to the mixer. March of Dimes’ mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes– Austin Division has partnered with Dell Children’s Medical Center to offer support and education to families experiencing the hospitalization of a baby. The NICU Family Support program provides free children’s books to parents and siblings to read to the baby during their NICU stay. Scientific data has shown that the parent’s voice is stimulating and comforting to the baby. Your book donation will ensure that families have continued access to materials that will offer support and comfort to siblings and NICU babies. For more information on this event visit: www.meetup.com/ NORTH-AUSTIN-INFLUENCERS/
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Adventures in Awareness
is most widely known as “The Funny Rocket Scientist.”
By Monica Peña
By Monica Peña
As with all women, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Hispanic women in the U.S. In fact, more women die of heart disease each year, over 400,000, which is more than all forms of cancer combined. However, on average, Latinas are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanic white women. And, a mere 44 percent of Latinas know that heart disease is their greatest health risk, compared with 60 percent of white women.
Getting clear about beliefs is paramount to getting past limiting beliefs. Often, individuals will get “motivated” to: lose weight, be more positive, or break a habit only to find that the chocolate cake, the bills and the snooze button have a sort of superpower over motivation to change and get better. Awareness expert Shayla Rivera will host a seminar on May 16 at the Girl Scouts of Central Texas on Adventures in Awareness for Women. Rivera explains, “The reason is simple. Motivation stands behind you outside the musty, scary, messy attic door of your beliefs and encourages you to believe that you can change, but when you say, ‘okay motivation, I am ready, let’s go!,’ motivation says, ‘Oh no, no, I don’t step in there with you, I cheer you on from out here,’ then motivation usually walks away.” Rivera is a former Aerospace Engineer with NASA in Houston turned keynote speaker, TV host, humorist, comedian, emcee/host, actor, writer, producer and awareness expert. She
“It might get scary but it will be fun,” promises at her daylong seminars. “Awareness not only goes into the attic with you but it also holds your hand letting you know that you are much more powerful than any old belief in there. It helps you sort out and keep only what you want. Your greatest adventure awaits you within your own self and the best news is that you are in complete charge and have the ultimate decision. You will encounter beliefs that haunt you like ghosts, to some that disgust you like rats, to the ones who will just make you smile like a funny kitten video. Ultimately, however, you will laugh at all of them and be saved.”
VO LU N TE E R SPOTLIGHT Lucy Velazquez is a mother of two teenage boys, a full time criminal justice student at Texas State University, a hair stylist and a CASA volunteer. In school, she’s studying crime prevention and is focused on removing the opportunity for youth to commit crimes. Being a hairstylist gives her the flexibility to go to school and be involved in her sons’ lives. Lucy grew up in Mexico City, moved to Texas in her 20s and moved to Austin just a few years ago. She has been volunteering since she moved to the U.S. at places like nursing homes and her sons’ schools. She has encouraged her sons to volunteer as well. “We try to be good members of society, giving back what we have received from the community.” She now advocates for babies as part of CASA’s Family Drug Court program and has worked on three cases with a total of five kids since she started volunteering in 2013. “I’m a part of something amazing in the world, caring for children. We are there for them when someone who was supposed to love them the most is doing something wrong. We care for and work for the wellbeing of children. I’m grateful for having the privilege to be involved with CASA.” 18 TODO AUSTIN // MAY 2015 // TODOAUSTIN.COM
Vestido Rojo raises awareness of heart disease
In an effort to raise awareness within this atrisk population, the American Heart Association launched Go Red Por Tu Corazón (GRPTC), a bilingual heart-health movement for Latinas that
Taco Flats a home away from home By Rose Di Grazia
Next time you are out driving along Burnet Road and you’re getting hungry do like I did and stop on in for a taco at Taco Flats on the 5500 block, next to Peached. This place reminds of a beach bar or a bar in Mexico. The bartenders are always very warm and welcoming. If you pop in an hour or two after lunch, you will have your pick of places to sit. I prefer the bar area where the service is great. Happy hour begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. The happy hour is great for a $1 off your tacos, $2 off your wine or $1 off your beer. What a deal! Order two tacos as I did and get a free queso and chips. The place has a stainless steel spotless look. Tacos are served up in a little cardboard carton box with a side of salsa. Tacos range in price from $2.50 up to about $6. This is my preferred lunch spot for a quick and tasty bite to eat that is very affordable. On my first visit, I indulged in the Al Pastor. This taco was filled with pork, onion, cilantro and pineapple. I also had the Pollo Asado filled with chicken, cabbage, pico, avocado and cheese. Two tacos and a beer or glass of wine makes for a perfect quick lunch. Taco Flats offers a huge assortment of beers on tap, beers in a can or bottle and all kinds of signature cocktails. All tacos are served on homemade tortillas. This is one place you do not feel uncomfortable if you dine alone. The bartenders are always kind and talkative and make you feel
is raising awareness of heart disease and helping these women make healthy eating choices for themselves and those they love. GRPTC promotes a heart-healthy lifestyle by building on Latinas’ strong ties to family and cultural traditions and on the influence that they have within their families to help prevent risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, high cholesterol levels and obesity. An AHA event in April, Vestido Rojo, included free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index. Bilingual presentations covered heart disease risk factors and prevention, heart-healthy cooking and nutrition, a survivor passion speaker, CPR and an Ask the Doctor panel discussion. Attendees were also served a heart healthy lunch, followed by a Zumba demonstration. For more information go to heart.org
right at home. The only problem I have at this new joint is that it is so comfortable you might find you want to stay a while and just order one drink and taco after another and chill. It’s almost too comfortable where you start thinking “now if only they had a couch where I can sit and drink and stay a while.” Comida is served daily 11 a.m. to close. Let this be your new flat. It is mine. Don’t worry about putting down an expensive deposit here. Just put your rear down on one of the stools and wash your cares and relationship or work blues away with a drink and a darn good taco!
CINCO DE MAYO
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The Pecan Street Festival, no longer referred to as “Old,” Saturday-Sunday, May 2-3 on E. 6th St., is one of the largest and longest-running arts/crafts and music festivals in the nation. Featuring over 300 original artisans, three stages of live music, a wide variety of ethnic and regional food, children’s workshops, a petting zoo, magic shows, interactive installments and more. pecanstreetfestival.org Combine a hefty helping of Tex Mex conjunto, simmer with several parts Texas rock, add a dash of wellcured blues and R&B riffs, and you’ve cooked up the tasty Los Texmaniacs groove. Long Center Concert Club presents the group Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. in the Rollins Studio Theatre. Founded by Max Baca, Texmaniacs are a product of his wide-ranging experience. thelongcenter.org
Austin’s Latino community sees Cinco de Mayo as a source of pride that can be shared with other ethnic groups. Here’s three events among the many to observe the date. Fiestas Patrias of Austin holds its 10th annual “Cinco de Mayo Fiesta” on Sunday, May 3, at Fiesta Gardens. Featured in the program is the 25th anniversary of the Tejano Conjunto Festival. Performers include Conjunto Aztlan de Juan Tejada, El Chief de San Antonio Santiago Jimenez, Boni Mauricio y Los Maximos de Corpus, Flavio Longoria and the Conjunto Kings, Johnny Degollado y Su Conjunto, Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers and Los Fantasmas del Valle. Check cincodemayoaustin.com for more info. Mexic-Arte Museum celebrates the unique culinary arts of Austin and Mexico with “Taste of Mexico 2015” on Cinco de Mayo, Tuesday, May 5 at Brazos Hall (204 E. 4th St.), 6-9 p.m. Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisine and beverages from over 30 of Austin’s most eclectic restaurants and flavorful innovators includes authentic dishes and creative delights to support Mexic-Arte Museum’s Arts Education Program. With music by DJ Sonora of Peligrosa, DJ Terpsi, and Mariachi Chavez Inspiration. Tickets are $65 for museum members/$75 for general admission. La Condesa hosts the seventh annual “Cinco de Mayo Downtown Block Party,” presented by Univision, on Tuesday, May 5, 5-9 p.m. The festival, which covers the block of West Second Street between Guadalupe and San Antonio, celebrates the rich heritage and culture of Mexico with food, beverages, and entertainment for all ages. This year’s party showcases food/drink, live performances by Mariachi Relampago, Celsius, Gina Chavez, Bidi Bidi Banda & Cilantro Boombox, plus face painting and a photobooth. Entry is free.
Ballet East Dance Company presents Echoes of Past and Present at the Dougherty Arts Theater, May 7-10. The troupe, an Austin treasure, will highlight choreographers Melissa Villarreal, Julie Nunan Bohn, Juan P. Flores, Mary Katherine Ochoa, Stephen Mills, Regina Larkin and introduce Miguel Marroquin. With special guests, Martin Middle School Ballet Folklorico. balleteast.org The eighth annual Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, its rebrand, May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch with a line-up featuring The 13th Floor Elevators (celebrating their 50th anniversary reunion), The Flaming Lips, Tama Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels and more. Camping and weekend passes are available in advance. austinpsychfest.com Mother’s Day weekend is perfect for the exquisite, iconic classic that’s Swan Lake. Ballet Austin’s presentation of the timeless tale of love and loss is on everyone’s “ballet bucket list.” The love story, infused with magic and intrigue from the innocence of the lovely Odette to the passion of Black Swan, Odile, provides all the magic of the world of ballet. May 8-10 at the Long Center. balletaustin.org Considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” John Prine is a rare talent who writes the songs other songwriters would sell their souls for. An American treasure, his accolades include two Grammys and the distinction of being one of the few songwriters honored by the Library of Congress and U.S. Poet Laureate. Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m. at Bass Concert Hall. texasperformingarts.org India Fine Arts presents Padmasri Shobana’s enchanting ballet, Krishna, Sunday, May 24, 5:30 p.m. at Manor High School’s Fine Arts Theater. This English version by noted India actress/dancer Shobana, playing the role of Krishna accompanied by a group of 16 artists, is a symphony of various dance forms ranging from ancient classical forms to Bollywood film dances. austinIFA.org
CELTIC WOMAN LONG CENTER Global music sensation Celtic Woman brings its 10th Anniversary Celebration to the Long Center on Wednesday-Thursday, May 13-14, 7:30 p.m. This enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs in the group’s distinctive signature style. The 10th Anniversary Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women – three angelic vocalists and a dazzling Celtic violinist, Máiréad Nesbitt – with a full band, plus the Anotas Choir, bagpipers and Irish dancers all under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes. Conceived and created in 2004 by Sharon Browne and Downes, a former musical director of the Irish stage show Riverdance, the unique musical ensemble emerged as both a spectacular commercial success and a genuine cultural phenomenon. Named Celtic Woman in order to represent the essence of a Celtic female performer, the group is comprised of vivacious, sublimely gifted young Irish women. The lineup of performers has rotated since the group began, but the signature sound of Celtic Woman has never changed. A series of Celtic Woman concert specials on PBS have been consistent ratings successes. Nine albums have been released under the name “Celtic Woman”: “Celtic Woman” (2006), “Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration (2006),” “Celtic Woman: A New Journey” (2007), “Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey” (2008), “Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart (2011),” “Celtic Woman: Lullaby” (2011), “Celtic Woman: Believe” (2014), “Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas” (2014) and Celtic Woman: Emerald” (2014). The group has undertaken a number of world tours and cumulatively, their albums have sold over six million records worldwide. The beloved ensemble’s evocative, uplifting music has transcended national and cultural borders to touch the hearts of a devoted fan base that spans the globe. Catch a true celebration of an incredible 10-year journey that has already captivated millions. TODO AUSTIN // MAY 2015 // TODOAUSTIN.COM 19
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