The Northwest's premier Latino arts and culture organization
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Portland OR 97214
This time of the season — the days leading up to Día de los muertos — are always the most thrilling at Milagro. On any given day, there’s something to celebrate during this holiday season. We just opened Raíz, this year’s Day of the Dead show, along with our companion exhibit of Day of the Dead altars and an art exhibit featuring the work of José Carlos, Maria Luisa Baragli, Pepe Moscoso, Alejandro Ceballo, Jaime Sanchez Nava and Roberto Herrera. If it looks like Adrienne has her hands full in this picture, it’s because there’s a lot going on!
But just as the Día de los muertos holiday reminds us, it’s important to pause now and then to remember what brought us here. We were reminded of that Tuesday when the Oregon Cultural Trust shared a video about its recent visit. Milagro has received multiple grants from the Trust, and now we were chosen as one of only a dozen or so organizations from around the state whose important work is featured in a new series of videos. Olga Sanchez, Enrique E. Andrade and Pablo Saldana each share their personal relationship to the theatre and the impact the organization has had on their lives. You can watch the video online here.
This year’s Day of the Dead is a lively experiment
“It was amazing!!!” — Jennette Hall on Facebook
“Spectacular!! So many of the scenes still resonate with me.” — Laura Stegner Pessolano on Facebook
“All the culture of Día de los muertos is seen in a lively and spirited way. You’ll feel the drum beating under your feet, and really become a part of the show itself.” — Maya Barbon, reviewer for PDXKidsCalendar.com
“This year's offering, directed by Arturo Martinini, is rooted in the notion that ‘life is a dream, and death is a passage to an awakening consciousness of reality,’ as the director's notes put it. These lofty themes are presented via three interlocking stories … The most engaging moments in Raíz are provided by Zoe Rudman and Enrique Andrade as a pair of Charlie Chaplin-inspired clowns; Rudman, in particular, demonstrates a huge gift for physical, nonverbal comedy. … Those scrappy clowns are delightful.” — Alison Hallett, reviewer for Portland Mercury
Watch for another review any day now on Portland Stage Reviews and next Wednesday in Willamette Week. Meanwhile, check out these links:
Don’t be late for dinner
For this special event, Milagro couldn’t be more excited to have our friend Javier Hurtado of Cha Taquería catering the four-course meal. Javier has had a lot of success with his restaurants, part of which is due to his strong fiscal management that he owes to his background in finance. However, the real secret to his success as a restaurateur is the fresh, locally sourced food he serves. Javier has his own cattle ranch in Estacada and is hoping to expand the ranch and also raise their own produce. He also has his own private label wine in partnership with Eola Amity Vineyards. From the farm to the table, you always know that your meal at Cha is as fresh as it can be, and the prices are great, too.
Throughout the evening, you’ll have also have the opportunity to bid on unique Day of the Dead-themed artwork, and enjoy the camaraderie and hospitality of friends old and new as we celebrate the holiday Milagro style. Plus, we have a few surprises planned, too! So don’t miss out — call today to get your tickets! Only $75 per person with proceeds to benefit Miracle Theatre Group. Call 503-236-7253 today!
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In the news: "A cultural gem"
A cultural gem
There were fewer than 100 people in the audience, and yet the cheers and clapping at the end of the performance were so loud and persistent that we were gifted with three encores.
This is our second year of attending a selection of festival performances as part of La Luna Nueva, an annual two-week festival of Hispanic arts and culture. Last year we saw Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You! a one-man show worthy of Broadway.
With all the articles on what there is to see and do in Portland, we cannot believe this little gem of theater does not receive more coverage.
Thanks, Nancy, for your support of the Miracle. With dwindling arts coverage in print, it's been increasingly difficult to share news about all the wonderful and exciting cultural opportunities at intimate venues like Milagro. We encourage consumers of not only The Oregonian (which, incidentally, was a media sponsor of La Luna Nueva as well as our Day of the Dead celebration Raíz and next spring's production of Guapa) but all media to express their desire for greater and deeper editorial coverage of arts and culture in Portland and around the state.
Incidentally, if you missed Alfredo’s concert in September, you have another chance to hear his amazing music when Portland Classic Guitar presents Alfredo and Victor Villadangos in concert at the First Congregational Church on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. For more information, call 503-654-0082.
Program Partners: Grand Avenue Florist and Equal Exchange
One day at Miracle Theatre, I came into the office with the usual felicitous stride and unbeknownst to me an elaborate vase of quartz, beige, vibrant red colored flowers had been placed on my table. What was going on? Was it my birthday? No, can’t be that because that falls on April 25 (hint, hint). I gazed at the calendar that read September 14, opening night of La Luna Nueva. Bingo! La Luna Nueva. Shucks, it was sort of pleasant surprise to receive a garden of magnificent flowers. I bet if muralist Diego Rivera gave more of these to Frida Kahlo, their rocky relationship would have been better. If you watch Frida, un retablo, onstage in January at Milagro, you will understand what kind of torrid relationship they had. Moral of this story: Get flowers from Grand Avenue Florist, which has been family-owned for 60 years and going, and a patron of Milagro for many seasons.
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Every year, the dead have been commemorated in Portland’s longest-running Día de los muertos celebration. This season, a cabal of Aztec gods, having fallen out of favor in the modern world, seek to revive their relevance by reuniting a young clown with his departed partner, Augustina. Time turns backward as we unearth the interwoven roots of pre-Hispanic customs and traditions found at the juncture of life and death. Are we but dreaming and awake only when we die? Through music, dance and legend, we explore that thin veil that separates our world from the realm of our indigenous ancestors.
Raíz plays through Nov. 11 at the Milagro Theatre (525 SE Stark St.). Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $30 and can be purchased from 503-236-7253 or 425 SE Sixth Ave. weekdays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., or online anytime from www.milagro.org.
Special Day of the Dead Activities
See Raíz for free — Be a volunteer usher!
A different kind of holiday gift
“You can totally make that!”
Sugar skull decorating with Estela Robinson
Flautas de calavera with Samuel Becerra
Want to know more? Visit our blog to read more details about the classes and the instructors. Advance registration required: Sign up now by calling 503-236-7253 or visiting our offices at 425 SE Sixth Ave., Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Prepayment or credit card guarantee required at time of registration.
Turkish Star Wars … ¿en español?
El 26 de octubre a las 7 p.m., Filmusik presentará la Guerra de las Galaxias a la Turca, una película de ciencia ficción de bajo presupuesto, filmada en Turquía. Traducida al español, esta película será doblada, musicalizada con orquesta y proyectada con efectos especiales, todo en vivo. Con subtítulos en inglés, esta producción en español de Filmusik es producción de nuestro pariente de La Bonita Joaquín López; y con la participación de José González del Miracle Theatre Group, Mauricio Carvajal de Univision y Sofia May-Cuxim actriz y interprete. Para más información y boletos, visite www.filmusik.como www.turkishstarwars.com
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