The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center will host its traditional holiday festival soon. It’s called Hecho a Mano, and for a good reason. Everything there is...
“Made by hand.”
That’s Haydee Munoz from the Guadalupe. And yes, everything’s made by hand.
“Hecho a Mano is a three-day festival that offers fine art and handicraft artisan items by local and general artists. It’s a mixture between crafts, fine artists, we have jewelry designers, we have wood carving, we have a little bit of everything.”
A music and dance performance returns to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on Friday. It's called "Rio Bravo" and it was created and first performed in San Antonio twenty years ago.
“It brings to life dance and music on both sides of the Texas/Mexico border... from very primitive dance to present day Tejano, and everything in between," says Belinda Menchaca, program manager at the Guadalupe.
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She may be the most famous San Antonian you’ve never heard of. She’s Rita Vidaurri, an international singing star who was raised on the West Side of San Antonio and was a huge deal south of the border back in the 40s and 50s.
"I went to Cuba, sang with Nat King Cole. From Cuba I went to Costa Rica, Panama, all over Colombia," she said.
Vidaurri also sang on Mexico City’s radio XEW, and in nightclubs all over the country, with essentially all of the big names of the era.
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is reviving an old tradition called "La Carpa Guadalupe." La carpa is "the tent," and the event is like a traveling tent show.
“It’s a traveling exhibition that’s going to have different showings here in San Antonio," said Haydeé Muñoz de la Rocha, curator assistant at the Guadalupe. "It’s emulating the tradition of the early tent shows of the early 1920s. It’s a very interesting tradition that the Mexican-American culture has. They were usually owned by families.”
At 36 years old, CineFestival is the longest-running Latino film festival in the country. Beginning last Sunday, the celebration lasts until Saturday, March 1, and provides and important venue for minority filmmakers.
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center hosts filmmakers and actors from across the country, showing their work each night this week with accompanying panel discussions.
CineFestival is based out of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and began last week, running through Saturday.
"It’s been going for 36 years, so it’s the longest and original Latino film festival" said CineFestival Director Jim Mendiola. "First, it’s the only place in town you’ll see the latest and best independent Latino films and narratives and documentaries in one place. And it’s actually a place where you can actually meet the filmmakers because pretty much every major film that we show we bring the filmmakers in, so there’s a Q&A session afterwards."