So much to watch and do tonight…
Of course, the most anticipated show is A&E’s Bordertown: Laredo. Anticipated, not because of the new knowledge is brings you or the gripping drama, noooo… anticipated because we can’t wait to see our quiet little town on the boob tube. Maybe we will catch a glimpse of our neighbor or our favorite taqueria.
Roker recently said (see previous post) what was attractive about Laredo was the amount of drugs that cross through this part of the border and the Latino-heavy law enforcement teams fighting the flow. We’ll ignore all the other federal, state and county agencies that also play a part for the sake of entertainment in a “reality” show.
But if you want to see other kind of Latino-infused entertainment, the OTHER side of “reality” is showing at TAMIU’s Recital Hall where the documentary The Harvest/La Cosecha will be shown. Local students of Mexican descent who are farm workers in their young age are featured.
This is the description from the flyer:
Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida’s tomato fields to follow the harvest.
From the Producers of the Academy-Award® nominated film, WAR/DANCE, Acclaimed Filmmaker U Roberto Romano and Executive Producer Eva Longoria, this award-winning documentary provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America.
Or… if you are media, you can get all Chicano-ized by previewing the Teatro Chicano de Laredo original plays at the Laredo Little Theatre tonight. Opening night is on October 14th but you have to wonder… early Chicanismo promoted women and equity, what happened to the blossoming voices that we had seen in past Teatro Chicano original plays?? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad local talent actually wrote and directed the two plays but this year, the Teatro just has a different feel. I don’t recall seeing any ads or call outs for those interested in participating in the writing experience offered during the Summer – of which these plays are the result. It’s a tough year, I’ll chalk it up to the economy and not other reasons :P.
So Chicano, Latino, Hispanic, Mexican or whatever you want to call the majority group in Laredo, it’s seems to be the focus for tonight’s shows.
Maybe I won’t go to see any of the above, maybe I will be just watching the latest South Park episode making fun of the current popular topic of entertainment – “Meheecans” – and watch Texans vs Mexicans. De veras que estamos fregados, sigh.Vodpod videos no longer available.