Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with these cultural events – The GW Hatchet
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Watch a film about the 1991 protests that took place in DC after police shot Salvadoran local Daniel Gomez at Art All Night, the district’s annual arts festival in Mount Pleasant.
Thursday marks the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, ringing in a cultural celebration of food, music and fierce social change that will last until mid-October.
A mix of dynamic events on campus and across DC pay homage to the characteristics of Hispanic culture that have shaped DMV communities for generations. Celebrate Hispanic culture on campus, learn how to cook a traditional Mexican meal at the National Museum of American History, and learn about the history of discrimination that has targeted the Hispanic community throughout the region.
To make the most of what Hispanic Heritage Month has to offer, don’t miss these events:
All Month: Multicultural Student Services Center Latinx Heritage Celebration
Each year, the MSSC selects a theme that guides the month-long celebrations for the cultural mosaic on campus. MSSC Graduate Studies Coordinator Keyla Ruiz said this year Latin American student-run organizations like GW Alianza and the Organization for Latin American Students have partnered with MSSC to reveal the 2022 theme. , “Community united, cannot be divided”. She said the theme reflects the collaboration between Latin American organizations and the MSSC to plan the month-long celebration, in addition to the difficulties of recent years that have broken communities. To kick off the celebrations this month, Ruiz said OLAS is hosting “Meet the Familia” on Thursday for the GW Latino community to come together in the first of a series of events. She said student cultural performances, guest lectures and educational sessions will take place throughout the month, including a conversation on gun violence that will be hosted by Lambda Pi Chia Latina-based sorority at GW.
Learn more about the annual list of celebrations here.
Saturday, September 17: Cooking History: Celebrating Comida Chingona and the Low-Rider Lifestyle
Feast your eyes on a free cooking demonstration with Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, who strong points Mexican-American culture as she prepares her signature smoked cochinita pibil – a traditional Mexican dish made with pork and vegetables grilled in banana leaves – at the National Museum of American History. Esparza honors his legacy through the food at his Phoenix-based restaurant and create its own distinctive versions of traditional dishes. She will share her interest in lowrider cars that young Mexican American men in the Phoenix area would like conduct. Known as “pachucos,” these men are said to have clashed with law enforcement and defended Hispanic civil rights since the 1950s. Esparza will explain how the long-standing lifestyle that accompanies these customizable vehicles is tied to culture Phoenix food.
1300 Constitution Ave. NW, between 12th and 14th streets. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Find more information here.
Sunday, September 18: Latinx Caribbean Heritage Panel – Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa and Carmen Rita Wong
Listen to a panel of Latin Caribbean authors in an intimate conversation about their heritage, culture and upbringing at Political and Prose Library near Chevy Chase. The event will feature two distinguished writers, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa and Carmen Rita Wong, who will discuss their shared Caribbean heritage. Much of Llanos-Figueroa’s work revolves around her education in rural Puerto Rico and the influence of the stories that the older women in her family shared. Wong is the founder and CEO of media company Malecon Productions, LLC and the author of two best-selling financial advice books. The panel will explore what it means to be a Hispanic professional using literature as a form of cultural expression, both as a writer and a teacher.
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 3 p.m. Free, first come, first served. Find more information here.
Friday, September 23: Screening of La Manplesa: An Uprising Remembered
Watch a movie about the 1991 protests which took place in DC after police shot Salvadoran local Daniel Gomez at Art All Night – the district’s annual arts festival in Mount Pleasant. The local Latino community rose up against law enforcement in protests after the shooting, torching police cruisers and fleeing tear gas in the streets. “La Manplesa” explore how the protests took shape and pays homage to lesser-known stories of police brutality that have affected Hispanic victims. The film preserves the experiences of the Salvadoran community during the protests and highlights their contribution to social change. Hear testimonies, songs and poetry from activists and advocates, who capture the adversity faced by racial minorities in DC as you watch the film in the same neighborhood where the uprising took place.
Address not yet available. Mount Pleasant. Free. Find more information here.
Saturday, September 24: Hispanic Heritage Month Comedy Show – “I SURVIVED LA CHANCLA”
Enjoy a comedy night on the intimate stage at Simple Bar and Grill, one of DC’s local venues for Sunday comedy shows. This month, the stage will spotlight a range of Latino comedians, including Gabriel Rojo, Roxette, Hector Castro and Elena Torres who have performed at popular venues like DC Improv and Broadway Comedy Club. The title of the show refers to the shared punishment of immigrant Latin mothers who use “la chancla”, the slipper or the flip-flop. A cheeky yet authentic tribute to the Hispanic experience, the show is a lively way to support and honor Hispanic creatives.
Simple Bar and Grill, 5802 Georgia Ave. NW. 7 p.m. Admission is $10. To buy tickets here.
All Month: alt.Latino: NPR’s Latinx Arts and Culture Broadcast
Tune into NPR’s alt.Latino show to listen to podcasts covering the Latino music scene through creative storytelling within the Hispanic community. By delivering compelling stories every week, alt.Latino ensures that Hispanic voices are heard on one of the biggest news stages. Listen to the program throughout the year and hear NPR’s Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre sit down with Latino artists to discuss historically Hispanic genres – old and new – in the history of Latino artists and the gender and racial implications related to Latin culture. Music and storytelling, as the epicenter of Hispanic culture, remains a vital way to express Latino heritage and experience, so explore the weekly podcast to honor those traditions.
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