The ESB-MACC is proud to produce annual signature events such as Viva México, Día de los Muertos, La Mujer, and Awards of Excellence. We host events focused on Education, as well as a variety of event collaborations which can be viewed below.
Thursday, June 13 – Sunday, June 16
Thurs - Sat 8:00pm, Sun 5:00 pm
Auditorium Tickets for RALLY start at $15, purchase at aadtrally.eventbrite.com
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Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre Presents: RALLY, a dynamic mix of live music, dance, story and song exploring our individual empowerment and collective strength. This new dance performance featuring original live music and conducted improvisation premieres June 13! Award-winning choreographer Andrea Ariel and her collaborators will present a new production in June at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. “RALLY” explores personal perspectives and collective experiences as the multidisciplinary artist-performers ask what drives our passions individually and socially in local and global communities, and what inspires us to rise up, unite, and rally.
This new work aims to resonate with our current tumultuous times, examining the catalysts for action and change. The performance combines choreographed dance with live, original music composed by Austin favorite Andrew Nolte. The audience is invited to take a deep dive physically, musically, and visually as each performance takes its own unique shape via a directed improvisation technique called Soundpainting, an ensemble conducting language used to compose dance and live music in the moment. No two shows are the same.
“RALLY” features an original score by Nolte, of Super Creeps, The Damned Torpedoes, Derrick Davis Band and about a dozen other musical groups. During RALLY, live music, both original pieces and covers of beloved protest songs, will be performed by Nolte (vocals, guitar, keys) with Claude McCan; (vocals, keys, electronics), Jason DeCuir (bass), and Garry Franklin (drums). The choreography by Ariel has been created in collaboration with performers Jun Shen (Sunny), Sandie Donzica, Ciceley Fullylove, and Rebecca McLindon. Andrea Ariel will conduct each performance’s Soundpainting composition.
The Bronze Community Band Research Workshop includes a research component and group band rehearsal. Come groove with the sounds and dig deep into the roots of Chicanx music and culture and dust-off your instruments from the shelves and take part in building your community's Bronze Band! The Bronze Band is a group of local seasoned musicians that perform this hot toe-tapping dance music known as “Musica Chicana”, a blend of Tex-Mex, Chicanx rhythm and blues, country-western swing, cumbias, and oldies Led by seasoned musician and music activist Robert Ojeda. For more information, email Robert Ojeda at Rrojeda2002@yahoo.com.
Resistance: Origin and Gender in the Zapatista Movement
Friday, June 21
6:00pm - 8:00pm Community Gallery
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The ESB-MACC and LUPE Arte proudly present "Resistance: Origin and Gender in the Zapatista Movement" and invites you to attend the opening reception on Friday, June 21 from 6-8pm. We will introduce photographer Paula Ramirez and hold a question & answer session on opening night. Paula is an artist and photographer based in Los Angeles. Her photography focuses on Latin America - primarily Mexico and Cuba - and encompasses a diverse range of subjects, from social and political struggles to intimate reflections of daily life. She has built an extensive body of work chronicling the Zapatista uprising that emerged in Chiapas, Mexico, from its beginnings in 1994 to the present day. The participation of women has always been fundamental in all aspects of the struggle for freedom, democracy, and justice worldwide. The prominence of women in the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) is unquestionable - from its origins in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, to the present day. The Compañeras have been a fundamental part of the organizational efforts within their indigenous communities of Chiapas as well as participants in the worldwide fight for women's rights. This glimpse of the war in Mexico is a once in a lifetime chance to experience what indigenous women of Mexico were forced to do to get the attention of the world. This exhibition comes at a time when many Americans are oblivious to what our neighbors to the south have endured. Paula covered the war in Chiapas as a photojournalist and connected to LUPE Arte to exhibit what Paula witnessed in Mexico.
Cine de Oro & Bronze Band, Film Screening & Live Music
Tuesday, June 25 9:30am | Auditorium | Free Admission
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Join us for a special screening of "Papa Hemingway in Cuba". Seniors will enjoy a healthy lunch provided by AARP immediately following the film. There will also be a performance by the Bronze Community Band Project. For groups larger than 5, please call to RSVP: 512-974-3777.
Cine de Oro
The Cine de Oro series brings Mexico's Golden Age of Cinema to seniors throughout Austin. These films include the inspiration of Cantinflas, Pedro Infante and Dolores del Rio, just to name a few. Cine de Oro is typically held at the MACC on the last Tuesday of each month. Classic films from Mexico's golden film era are screened for seniors, followed by a healthy lunch. Films are shown primarily in Spanish with English subtitles, which preserves the integrity of the original film and provides a fun way for language learners to practice their Spanish comprehension.
Come groove with the sounds and dig deep into the roots of Chicanx music and culture and dust-off your instruments from the shelves and take part in building your community's Bronze Band! The Bronze Band is a group of local seasoned musicians that perform this hot toe-tapping dance music known as “Musica Chicana”, a blend of Tex-Mex, Chicanx rhythm and blues, country-western swing, cumbias, and oldies Led by seasoned musician and music activist Robert Ojeda. For more information, email Robert Ojeda at Rrojeda2002@yahoo.com.
Octavio Quintanilla in Austin- Exhibit & Reading
Saturday, June 29, 2019
5:30-7:00pm Exhibit and Reception
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This is a free literary event in collaboration with Octavio Quintanilla and renowned author ire'ne lara silva. The event is free and open to the public.
“Phone / Poem: A Writing Workshop” (10am-12pm)
In this workshop we will use our phone cameras to explore the world outside of us so that we may pay acute attention to the world inside of us. What will the photos we take reveal to us? How will these images spark poetic associations, memories, and stories? The possibilities are endless when we zero in on the details. The end result could be poetry, essays, photo poems, visual narratives, ekphrasis, or hybrids of these forms. Participants will be given time to photograph and time to write.
Exhibit & Reception: Frontextos (5:30-7:00)
Since January 1, 2018, Octavio Quintanilla has been creating and posting on social media daily Frontextos (Frontera + Texto), which combine text and visual images. Join us for an exhibit of a selected number of these original pieces.
Reading by Octavio Quintanilla (7:00-8:00pm)
Reading will be followed immediately by a book-signing. Books will be available for purchase.
The students of Caminos, a youth leadership program at the ESB-MACC, are hosting a youth photography exhibit that will be at the community gallery at the ESB-MACC from August 3 to October 5, 2019. The purpose of this exhibit is to promote and empower young photographers. The theme of the exhibit will be Examining Identity Through the Lens of Youth. This can include cultural identity such as what it means to be Latinx, but it doesn’t have to align with the cultural theme, and anyone 4-24 years of age is welcome to submit their photography. Caminos is made up of a group of Latinx teens and Latinx youth artists that are passionate and involved in the artistic community in Austin.
Youth Photography Submission Deadline: June 28, 2019
Opening Reception: August 3, 2019
There will be an opening reception in the Community Gallery from 4-6pm for all photographers, family, friends, and the general public. Live music will be produced by the Caminos students.
Cine de Oro is an ongoing film series that takes place at the MACC, usually on the last Tuesday of each month.
A celebration of women inspired by the first feminist of the New World, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, with food, art, and performances by women.
Awards of Excellence
Award Ceremony recognizing remarkable Latinx for the highest artistic excellence they bring to the cultural arts of Austin, TX. To see past awardees, please click here.
The day of Mexico's Independence from Spain is always remembered on the 16th of September. Our father of independence is Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, who started the revolt on the eve of the 15th of September.
Día de los Muertos
A day to remember our loved ones who have passed with offerings, music, food, and kids activities. Part of Mexican culture is learning from our ancestors and learning where they came from to guide our future.
COLLABORATE WITH US!
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is a vibrant arts center with 100,000 annual visitors. Since 2007, we have been offering countless cultural events and art classes focusing on performing arts, music, literature, film screenings, and the Latino Arts Residency Program. A collaboration is a one-time presentation that is co-produced with the ESB-MACC. It can be a panel discussion, music or theater presentation, film screenings or community engagement discussion. The ESB-MACC organizes year-round activities and also cooperates with a large number of partners who complete and strengthen programming through rentals and collaborations. For more information, download our collaboration request form.
Collaborators that we have worked with in the past are: AARP, ALMA (Austin Latino Music Association), Austin Community College Creative Writing, Austin History Center, Austin Museum Partnerships, The Austin Symphony, Ballet East, Bellas Artes Alliance, The Center for Mexican-American Cultural Arts (CMACA), Cine Las Americas, Conspire Theatre, Crossroads Events, Dan Guerrero, Daniel Llanes, El Corazón de Tejas, Flor de Nopal, Indigenous Cultures Institute San Marcos, KLRU-TV, Latinitas, LATINO Magazine & No Mas Hambre, Nuestro Grupo, PODER, Proyecto Teatro, Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance Company, Telemundo Austin, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Texas Folklife, Resistencia Bookstore, University of Texas at Austin CMAS, Univision
All of our events and programming are free and open to the public!
The ESB-MACC is located at 600 River Street in Austin, Texas along Lady Bird Lake.
Free parking is available to those attending our programs, galleries and special events. A temporary parking pass is available in the main office.