Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
|Violeta se fue a los cielos|
(Violeta Went to Heaven)
The extraordinary story of the iconic poet, musician and folksinger Violeta Parra, whose songs have become hymns for Chileans and Latin Americans alike. Director Andres Wood (Machuca) traces the intensity and explosive vitality of her life, from humble origins to international fame, her defense of indigenous cultures and devotion to her art. Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize, 2012
This film will be showing soon at Media Arts Center San Diego's Digital Gym. I can't wait to watch it.
Note: I used the chorus from one of Violeta Parra's most famous songs in my new book. It's one of my favorite songs that gives me the shivers every single time I hear it.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
TIJUANA — On a recent Friday night along Avenida Revolución, dense crowds of club kids, college students and stylishly dressed maquiladora workers wandered past boisterous new bars, nouvelle restaurants, mod clothing shops and funky art galleries.
Nearby on Callejon de la Sexta (also known as Sixth Street), which not long ago was a wasteland of empty, sinister-looking storefronts, leather- and denim-swathed thirtysomethings spilled onto the sidewalk in front of La Mezcalera, a bar decked out like a cross between a Oaxacan bodega and a Chinese bordello that serves dozens of varieties of mescal.