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On Stage & Screen at La Biblioteca

Don’t miss these events at San Miguel’s favorite cultural spot!

La Biblioteca, Theater entrance Reloj 50ª or library entrance Insurgentes 25


One-woman performance

By René Guerra & Kalyana Valeur

The Venezuelan a one-woman theater/dance work Miss Gloria runs for one night only at the Santa Ana Theater. The show is performed by Eliana Santander and directed by René Guerra.

Theater: Miss Gloria. Sat, Jan 7, 8pm. Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Donations 80 pesos

Miss Gloria is an unusual, profoundly complicated, woman, whose only ambition is to become a great beauty. Gloria introduces the audience to the excesses and daily problems that confront a woman in her quest for the physical ideal.

She is an excessively self-critical nonconformist, who through multiple personalities delves into the psyche of a woman who is willing to change everything about herself in order to become the perfect example that the beauty business is looking for.

For Gloria, life is only worthwhile if she is the center of the universe, and no sacrifice is too great to achieve this end. Verging on the ludicrous, Gloria takes on different personalities, dances, sings, humiliates herself and criticizes everyone around her in a production where physical action is treated as a fundamental part of the exploration of character.

A production by Valeur & Baumgartner Lote Nueve Producciones.

“No Fracking Way”

By David Lippman

The word “fracking” refers to “hydraulic-fracturing,” a technique for extracting natural gas from deep within the earth, at times as much as two miles (about three kilometers) below the surface. At least 592 chemicals, some with demonstrated toxicity are involved in the process. The US Congress under the active promotion of then Vice- President Dick Cheney passed a special dispensation from environmental impact studies. Before assuming that position he was the chief executive officer of Halliburton, the corporation most involved with fracking operations today.

Film: GasLand (2010) Fri, Jan 6, 3pm. Teatro Santa Ana, Donations 60 Pesos

The movie, GasLand, a Docurama film by Josh Fox, describes how fracking works and documents its deleterious environmental and public health effects including the risk to the aquifers, which provide water to many areas of the United States including New York City. The New York Times had an editorial on fracking in early December of this year (2011) and The New Yorker magazine of November 2011 featured an article on this subject by the noted environmental writer Elizabeth Kolbert. In the documentary itself, perhaps the most compelling image is that of the filmmaker holding a lighted match to a faucet and watching it ignite the running water.

An open discussion follows the film.


Cuba: A Revolution in Motion

By Cliff DuRand

The Center for Global Justice presents a series of lectures and films. When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil in the early 1990s, the country faced an immediate crisis–feeding the population–and an on-going challenge: how to create a new low-energy society. Cuba transitioned from large, fossil fuel intensive farming to small, less energy-intensive organic farms and urban gardens, and from a highly industrial society to a more sustainable one–a transition we may all have to make as the world reaches peak oil. How did Cuba do it? For answers, see The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,

Lecture, Cuba: A Revolution in Motion. Wed, Jan 4, 11am, Sala Quetzal. 60 pesos

Global Justice Film: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. Tue, Jan 3, 3pm, Teatro Santa Ana, 60 pesos

¡Salud! Thu, Jan 5, 3pm, Teatro Santa Ana, 60 pesos

“Cuba: A Revolution in Motion” will be the topic of a talk by Cliff DuRand of the Center for Global Justice. For the last half century the Cuban Revolution has inspired both hope and fear: hope among the Latin American masses that there is an alternative to actually existing capitalism, and fear among the hemisphere’s elites of the good example of that alternative. The accomplishments in Cuba are impressive in areas of health, education, and sports. But there are also serious problems, as has been recognized by Cuba’s leaders. Long a student of Cuba, Dr. DuRand has visited and lectured there over 25 times and regularly leads educational trips to the island. His next trip will be April 8 to 18, 2012.

The film ¡Salud! takes you into the widely celebrated Cuban health care system.. Although the United States leads the world in biomedical research and high-tech medicine, Cuba scores comparably on many health care indicators at a fraction of the cost. How can such a poor country achieve infant mortality, immunization, and life expectancy rates at comparable levels to the U.S. and what lessons can we draw from that experience? Cuba has more doctors per capita than any other country, and has more serving in the Third World than the World Health Organization–100,000 since 1963.

Filmed in Cuba, South Africa, Gambia, Honduras, and Venezuela, ¡Salud! records the voices and experiences of Cuban medical professionals at home, highlights the Cuban approach to community-based care, and explores the country’s medical diplomacy program.

The flare of Flamenco guitar!

Don’t miss Sergio Basurto performing “Concierto en la Llanura” (Venezuela), “Cascada” (Paraguay), “La Paloma” (Cuba), “Cielito Lindo” (Mexico), among others on harp. And on the Spanish guitar: “Milonga” (Uruguay), “Galopa” Argentina), “Siboney” (Cuba), and ending with a demonstration of his mastery of the flamenco: “Soleares, alegrias, tangos and buleria”.

Concert: Traditional Folklore Harp & Flamenco Guitar w/Sergio Basurto. Mon& Thu,, Jan 2 & 4, 7:30pm, Sala Quetzal. Donations 150 pesos

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