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La Luna Nueva
Multidisciplinary arts festival
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage month
September 13-28, 2013

La Luna Nueva or, New Moon, is a phase in which the moon is between the earth and the sun, present but invisible to the eye. The beauty of the moon is unseen, waiting to be revealed…La Luna Nueva is also Milagro’s renowned festival that, night by night, reveals the beauty of Latino arts and culture from around the world!  Join us for evenings of spirited flamenco and tango, passionate Latin guitar and poetry, celebrations of Pablo Neruda and Frida Kahlo, a visual art exhibit, and fun events for the whole family!

PACO PADILLA & HIS BAND — Mexican folkloric singer/songwriter
8 p.m. • Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 • $27 advance, $30 door
The evening includes a post-show reception hosted by - Mayahuel Catering and K&M wine, sponsored by Garcia Seabold Investments, LLC!

Charismatic and insightful, Paco Padilla’s music represents the Mexican New Song movement, a fusion of traditional Mexican music with contemporary sounds that reflects both the profound and the everyday.   With a musical career spanning over 32 years, Paco Padilla’s lively music combines a critical eye with the strength and humor of popular Mexican culture. In this rare concert Paco Padilla performs with his band of talented musicians for the first time in Portland at the intimate Milagro Theatre stage. This performance is the centerpiece to a series of residencies in schools around the region, and launches Milagro’s fifth Luna Nueva Festival and 30th Anniversary Season! 
Get to know more about Paco Padilla’s magnificent music:

• “TRAVESURAS” — Flamenco
8 p.m. • Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
$25 advance; $28 door
Centuries ago in Andalucía, Spain, the cultural mix between the Romani and the Spanish yielded one of the most spiritual and passionate folk music in the world: Flamenco. Centuries later Ricardo Diaz was captivated by the art of flamenco in San Francisco, where he began his studies with renowned guitarist Jorge Liceaga.  After traveling around the world and performing with the finest artists and flamenco groups, Ricardo Diaz returns to Milagro bringing with him the mighty and moving repertoire of Travesuras, his majestic and sensual Flamenco performance featuring an all-male corps of dancers!

• “SOMTIR” — Gerardo Calderon
7 p.m. • Sunday Sept. 15, 2013 • $20 advance; $22 door
The evening includes a post-show reception hosted by Black Cat Cantina!
SPECIAL: 1st 20 patrons receive a complimentary “Somtir” CD*
Somtir means rhythm, the beat that will bring to Milagro the newest musical explorations by beloved local musician Gerardo Calderon. Calderon’s new musical compositions will take us around the world through a combination of Latin American, African and indigenous rhythms and sounds. This concert will include dances from Argentina, Peru, Mexico and Spain, and will move your body with rhythms meditational to upbeat!

Gerardo Calderon is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in Mexico City where he grew up surrounded by music, dance and culture, Gerardo is the musical director of Grupo Condor and Nuestro Canto. While living in Mexico City he studied classical guitar at the Escuela Superior de Música and then began his investigation of traditional Mexican music. Gerardo currently studies Music Therapy at Marylhurst University.  Gerardo’s first solo CD, “Somtir” features a blend of gentle string sounds and the soothing sounds of the pan flutes, and 20 copies will be distributed free to the first ticket buyers! Visit the Grupo Condor website to explore the Calderon’s fine original compositions:

Play Reading in Spanish – “QUE NO SE CULPE A NADIE DE MI MUERTE” by Humberto Robles
7 p.m. • Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 • FREE
In this unique one-woman tragicomedy, a woman contemplating suicide takes on a multitude of roles to understand her life!  Nurys Herrera takes on the challenge of performing the woman as a daughter, a student and a lover, during the most important times of her life, confronting encounters that cover the gamut of human experience. Facing abuse, discrimination, addiction, alcoholism and more, this modern, humor-filled criticism of contemporary Mexican society is a black comedy tour-de-force! Visit Milagro’s blog for the latest news about the play, author and cast:

• Play Reading in English – “MUMMIFIED DEER” by Luis Valdez
7 p.m. • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 • FREE
Directed by Olga Sanchez this passionate play is one of the newest works by the renowned founder of El Teatro Campesino, Luis Valdez. In this semi-autobiographical piece, the dominant, imposing Mama Chu, a heroine of the Mexican Revolution, must reveal the truths of her past to reconcile the identities of her family.  Luis Valdez is acknowledged as the founder of modern Chicano theatre and film of the U.S., with feature films like Zoot Suit and La Bamba. The reading is presented in honor of Lakin Valdez, Luis’ son, who received his theatrical training through El Teatro Campesino, and starred in the world premiere of Mummified Deer.  Lakin is currently directing Milagro’s upcoming Día de muertos production, Corrido Calavera! Visit Milagro’s blog for the latest news about the play, author and cast:

• “NOCHE DE NERUDA” — Los Porteños
7 p.m. • Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 • FREE • Bilingual
Join us for a night full of passionate words with the poetry of Pablo Neruda in celebration of Chilean Independence Day. Los Porteños is a multi-genre Latino writers group dedicated to raising awareness of their diverse languages, canons, stories and cultures. For Noche de Neruda, Los Porteños will share original multilingual poetry and prose written in response to Neruda’s works and then YOU are invited to share your favorite Neruda poem in an Open Mic!  Since its founding in 2006, the group has produced a number of annual readings including for Día de Muertos and Willian Stafford's birthday.  In collaboration with Literary Arts, Noche de Neruda is also proud to offer the opportunity to win a free registration to Literary Arts’ DELVE program, “Whitman and Neruda: The Empathic Imagination”!

• “CINESCOPIO: LUCHA LIBRE” — FusionArte & Joaquin Lopez
7 p.m. • Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 • FREE • Spanish
The first in a series of raucous Lucha Libre movie screenings from the Golden Age of Mexican movie-making! This series will bring to Portland and La Luna Nueva legendary movies inspired by the every-day Mexican folklore heroes of la lucha libre like El Santo, Blue Demon and many more!

FusionArte is an organization that commits to promoting Latin American arts and culture through educational programming and cultural events. Cinescopio explores Latin American culture through classic era films with a mission to connect today’s generation to yesterday’s Latin American golden films!

• “LATINO COMEDY NIGHT” — Stand-up comedy with Shane Torres & Friends • English
8 p.m. • Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 Advance $18 – Door $20BUY TICKETS!
Shane Torres, winner of 2013 Portland's Funniest Person Contest (Helium Comedy Club), and his friends throw a party guaranteed to make you roll out of your seat laughing!  Join this trio of the hottest young comedy talent in Portland: Shane Torres, Anthony Lopez and David Mascorro, in one of the two performances this Friday night, giving you more opportunities to start your weekend right!

Shane Torres is one of Portland’s favorite comics, performing locally and across the country for over five years. In the past six months Shane has competed in The Seattle International Comedy Competition, and performed at The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta. Shane also performed at “Comedy Central’s Comics To Watch” at Helium Comedy Club.

Anthony Lopez is part of an up-and-coming generation of Portland comedians who perform regularly at Down to Funny, a standup comedy night at the EastBurn bar in Portland. He has performed at Bumbershoot, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Seattle’s Comedy Underground, UCB East and opened for the Whitest Kids you Know. Hailing from Portland, Anthony Lopez started performing stand up in 2009, blending absurd humor with heartfelt stories from his life. Anthony was picked as one of the Portland Mercury’s “Ones to Watch.” 

David Mascorro: By channeling his extroverted style and charisma through the microphone David Mascorro has found a natural rapport with people and audiences in general. Being inspired to perform when his uncle gave him a Richard Pryor cassette tape as a young child, he began performing stand-up in Chicago. Half a decade later he has come a long way working at clubs throughout the country, including Zanies, the IMPROV and the Laugh Factory as well as alternative rooms and venues such as Upright Citizens Brigade, Chicago Underground Comedy, Lakeshore Theater and working with many talented acts among them Steve Byrne, Carl LaBove and Tim Meadows. All while studying at Second City and Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. He now lives in Portland, OR where he performs regularly all over the city and produces a monthly storytelling show called The Awkward Phase.

8 p.m. • Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 • $22 advance; $25 door
World renowned Peruvian classical guitarist Maestro Alfredo Muro returns to the city of Portland, to share  his great musical passion – the rich folkloric traditions and the signatures styles of Brazil, for an evening of passionate and vibrant music to stir the heart! Music by Jobim, Powell, Barrense -Dias, Tapajos, Pixinguinha and the opportunity to hear Alfredo Muro’s own compositions!
Enjoy an evening of fiery, sensuous, jazz-flavored playing by internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Alfredo Muro, playing from the subtle Bossa Nova, to lively Sambas, rhythmic Choros, romantic Samba-cancao, elegant Valsas Brasileiras (Brazilian waltz) and powerful  and dark AfroSambas!!!

• “EL NIÑO DIEGO” — Teatro Milagro’s Family-friendly World Premier. Bilingual
2 p.m. • Sunday Sept. 22, 2013 • $8 advance; $12 door
El Niño Diego follows the real life story of painter Diego Rivera as a boy, sent to live with a curandera because of his poor health. Travel to Mexico and see within the childhood of a man who became one of Mexico most emblematic artists of all time!
It’s 1913 as young Diego navigates the balance between his responsibilities to his education and his desire to create art. Dreams and reality collide when the Aztec Goddess, Coatlicue, bequeaths Diego with a magic paintbrush. Diego learns very quickly that with great power comes great responsibility as El Director and La Profesora try to use Diego’s gifts and his eagerness to help his community, for their own selfish gain.  Filled with humor while asking important questions about la vida, young audiences will love the accessibility to Diego Rivera.  This world premier is the latest in Teatro Milagro’s ‘Aventuras’ series which produces educational and magical-story theater pieces for the whole family.

• Play Reading Bilingual – “MACHOS” by Vicente Guzman-Orozco
7 p.m. • Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 • FREE
“Machos” is a comedy about the trials and tribulations of urban gay Latinos.  Ricky’s life is turned upside down and inside out when his little brother decides to visit him in the big city.  Unfortunately, Ricky’s apartment is so small, there’s no room for a closet!

Vicente Guzman-Orozco is a longtime collaborator with Milagro.  As resident playwright from 1995 to 1998, he penned eight plays for Teatro Milagro’s touring company. This past season he returned to the company to perform in Dance for a Dollar.  He was last seen in Milagro’s Entre Villa y una Mujer Desnuda in 2010. Other memorable shows from Vicente’s many years at Milagro include The Shrunken Head of Pancho VillaHeroes and Saints, and Te llevo en la sangre. Other favorite productions include the premiere of Cupid and Psyche (Stark Raving Theatre), ¡Entusiasmo! (Do Jump!), A Streetcar Named Desire and Take Me Out (Artists Repertory Theatre).  Celebrate the return of Vicente Guzman-Orozco’s work to Milagro and his first play in La Luna Nueva! See Milagro’s blog for the latest news about the play, author and cast:

• RICARDO CÁRDENAS – Latin American Guitar
7 p.m. • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 • $17 advance; $20 door
Chilean guitarist Ricardo Cardena will fill the Milagro Theatre with his extraordinary and colorful variety of classic and folkloric music presented in his unique personal style.  His engaging repertoire includes music from composers such as Heitor Villa-lobos, Antonio Lauro and Agustin Barrios among others. The evening will include Cardenas' arrangements and interpretations of Chilean songs.
Ricardo Cárdenas was born in Punta Arenas in the Patagonian region of Chile. He began studying traditional Latinamerican music and classical guitar with Fernando Bargetto, later continued his studies in the University in his country.  Cárdenas has participated in workshops and masterclass with musicians such as: Claudio Guimaraes, Nicolas Collins, Eduardo Eguez among others, and for five years taught classical and electric guitar at Music Academy in Santiago.   He also successfully trained music students seeking acceptance to the Academy.  In the U.S., he has taught guitar at Lane Community College and privately at his studio in Eugene, Oregon serving numerous students since 2005.
In the U.S.,Ricardo has played with musicians like: Mark Schneider, Maria Jette, Thomas Mapfumo, Carlos Zapien, Joe Power, Rebecca Oswald, Tyler Abbott, Kristin Halay, P. Thomas, Richard Crandell and he recorded with Grammy award-winning band Cherry Poppin Daddies. Cárdenas is the founder and producer of “Quibit Sound”, electronic music on NetLabel. 

As composer Ricardo has written music for guitar, jingles, theater and documentary videos.   He recently composed the music for an independent documentary film on the Guatemalan indigenous community (title TBD).  He is currently composing the music for Milagro’s upcoming production, “Ardiente Paciencia” which celebrates the life and history of the renowned Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda.

• Play Reading in Spanish – “MADE IN LANÚS” by Nelly Fernandez Tiscornio
7 p.m. • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 • FREE
Made in Lanús is one of Argentina’s most successful plays. With tremendous simplicity and sensitivity, it describes the struggles faced by those who think about leaving their country, and by those who have left and returned. Since its debut in 1986, it has received numerous productions around the world and was made into a movie under the title, Made in Argentina.  The play has received numerous awards including Best Foreign Play, Mexico, 1988.

Nelly Fernandez Tiscornia was born in América, a small town west of Buenos Aires.  For 30 years she was a professor of mathematics. In the 1960s she wrote a series of works, including the prize-winning novel La Juana Díaz (Editorial Planeta de Barcelona Prize).  Her work includes over 100 television and film scripts. Visit Milagro’s blog for the latest news about the play, author and cast:

• “WHAT THE TANGO?!” – Including members of the Alex Krebs Tango Sextet and featuring Vicente Griego
8 p.m. • Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 • $25 advance; $28 door
International tango performer Alex Krebs and flamenco powerhouse Vicente Griego together at the Milagro Theatre like you have never seen them before!  Modern Tango and Flamenco meet Jazz and Rock – turning these genres back into their “popular” forms.  This concert and dance performance will transport your spirit to South America and Spain, with the rhythm of the bandoneon and Griego’s powerful voice.

Argentine Tango started off as a popular music form in Buenos Aires.  This show will present tango in a modern popular music light, combining it with influences of jazz, rock and flamenco.  The show will also feature traditional flamenco as well as flamencos arranged in a tango style. Tango and flamenco dancing will also be featured.

Alex Krebs has been teaching Argentine Tango internationally for the past 16 years, playing the bandoneon and directing various groups for the last 12 years and has run the all-tango dance school “Tango Berretín” in SE Portland for the last 12 years. 

Vicente Griego “El Cartucho” from Dixon/Embudo, NM, has devoted his life to the study of Cante Flamenco, the art of flamenco singing. In 1992, Vicente began touring the US, Canada, and Latin America with the Jose Greco II Flamenco Dance Company, where he was mentored by Caño Roto singer Alfonso Gabarri, “El Veneno” of Madrid, Spain.

• “FRIDA, UN RETABLO” Bilingual
8 p.m. • Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 • $18 advance; $20 door
In Tehuan­Tepec dress with eyebrows taking flight like the wings of a raven, Frida Kahlo is legendary for an independence that inspired generations of feminists around the world. From the streetcar accident that left her crippled, to her torrid relationship with muralist Diego Rivera, life and art intertwine in this story of one of Mexico’s most acclaimed visual artists.

The play’s third time on national tour is inspired by constant requests from Milagro followers and will make a special stop for La Luna Nueva before continuing its tour around the country!

• “FOR THE DISENCHANTED” — Joaquin Lopez
8 p.m. • Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 • $22 advance; $25 door
Inspired by Mexican folklore and the Latin American bolero, Joaquin Lopez delivers a world of musical nostalgia and elegant melancholia. He’ll perform lush ballads and melodies underscored by the acoustic beauty of the classical guitar, violin and harp featuring musicians Gerardo Calderon, Paul Engler and Antonio Centurion incorporating the digital artwork of Hampton Rodriguez and Marcos Aguirre through projection.

Joaquin Lopez is the oldest son of the Lopez Family; the Lopez family who brings us one of Portland’s popular eateries —La Bonita in the Alberta Arts District and Overlook neighborhoods. Raised in Beaverton, Oregon, Joaquin attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland. At 19, he landed his first acting job as 2nd Young Man in Blood Wedding at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he was introduced to the poetry and drama of García Lorca and subsequently become greatly influenced by Lorca’s work. Following in his father’s footsteps, Joaquin picked up the guitar and began writing songs. In 2003 he met flamenco player Stan Olmsted and started a musical collaboration performing the poems of Lorca. Throughout the years he’s developed his own approach to songwriting and often collaborates with different organizations and communities creating and recording songs as a group experience. Joaquin commits himself to promoting Latin American Arts and Culture and producing cultural events—Sabor a Mexico/Taste of Mexico at the Portland Art Museum, Spanish Language performances for Filmusik, and Voz Alta with Portland Latino Gay Pride.


• “TLAQUEPAQUE” – Ceramic Art Exhibition
Exhibition open one hour prior to each festival performance •
Sept. 13-28, 2013 • FREE
Throughout the festival, art lovers can view original ceramic creations by Mexican artist Paco Padilla who brings his work from his studio in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco.  In addition, ceramic flutes created by Samuel Becerra will also be featured throughout the festival.

In addition, ceramic flutes created by Samuel Becerra will also be featured throughout the festival, beginning the evening of Sunday, Sept 15 with a special reception.

September 13-28, 2013


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