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UCR Festival Focuses on Art of the Border


UCR Festival Focuses on Art of the Border

(April 18, 2000)

Four days of film, poetry, prose and performance art will combine to create "The Border Literary Festival," scheduled for Tuesday, May 2 through Friday, May 5 at venues that include the University of California, Riverside campus, Zacatecas Cafe and the Canyon Crest Towne Center.

Seven different UCR entities joined forces to sponsor free readings from recognized writers and poets, a film premiere, performance art and an "open mike" opportunity for student writers, said Carlos Morton, professor of theatre and interim associate director of UC MEXUS (UC Institute for Mexico and the United States). Festival sponsors are UC MEXUS, Chicano Student Programs, Hispanic Studies, Ethnic Studies, Creative Writing, Native American Student Programs and the Center for Ideas and Society.

"This is a way to celebrate the cultural diversity of the border," said Morton. "Some readings are in English. Others are in Spanish. We even include a discussion of the cultural significance of Cinco de Mayo."

The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, with the premiere of Evelina Fernandez's new feature length film, "Luminarias" at the Towne Centre Cinema in Riverside, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive. Cost is $10.

On Wednesday, May 3, several recognized writers will give free readings, in Commons Terrace Room A. They include Ignacio Solares (Spanish only), Eliud Martinez, Juan Delgado and Simon Silva. At the same event, Gary Soto, award-winning poet and distinguished professor of creative writing at UCR, will read from his work.

That night at 8 p.m., Mexican writer Carmen Boullosa is the featured artist, reading her work (Spanish only) in room 1501 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building. Raymond Williams, professor of Hispanic Studies at UCR, calls Boullosa "one of the most engaging writers today."

On Thursday, May 4, the festival moves to Zacatecas Cafe, 2472 University Ave., where Chicago poet Carlos Cumpian will read his work. Afterward, Los Delicados of San Francisco will present a performance piece entitled "Guayaberas by the Pound." Student writers are welcome to perform during an "open mike" time at the restaurant, said Alfredo Figueroa, director of Chicano Student Programs.

At 2 p.m. Friday, May 5 in Room E of University Extension, Professor Gustavo Pena, professor of history at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (National Autonomous University of Mexico), will deliver a lecture in Spanish on the meaning of Cinco de Mayo. Following that speech, will be readings from writers Carlos Cumpi?, Federico Patan (Spanish only), Luis Arturo Ramos, and Gordon Johnson, a columnist for The Press-Enterprise newspaper.

John Phillip Santos, a Mexican-American Rhodes scholar from San Antonio, Texas and recipient of numerous literary awards, is scheduled to speak at 5 p.m. "The Border Literary Festival" will end with a reception 6:30 p.m. Information about the event is available from Maria Talamantes at (909) 787-4773.

BORDER LITERARY FESTIVAL/FESTIVAL FRONTERIZO

"A CELEBRATION OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY"
Riverside, California
May 2000

Tuesday, May 2
Towne Centre Cinema
6 to 9 p.m. EVELINA FERNANDEZ: "Luminarias," feature length film. Cost $10.

Wednesday, May 3
UCR Campus
Terrace Room A
3 to 4 p.m. IGNACIO SOLARES* and ELIUD MARTINEZ
4 to 5 p.m. JUAN DELGADO and SIMON SILVA
5 to 6 p.m. GARY SOTO
Humanities Room 1501
8 p.m. CARMEN BOULLOSA*

Thursday, May 4
Zacatecas Cafe
6 p.m. CARLOS CUMPIAN

LOS DELICADOS: "Guayaberas by the Pound," performance art.

"Open Mike" to STUDENT READERS

Friday May 5
University Extension, 1200 University Ave., Suite E

2 p.m. GUSTAVO PENA: "Cinco de Mayo"*

3 to 5 p.m. CARLOS CUMPIAN
GORDON JOHNSON
FEDERICO PATAN*
LUIS ARTURO RAMOS*
5 to 6:30 p.m. JOHN PHILLIP SANTOS
6:30 p.m. RECEPTION

*Readings in Spanish


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