Thursday’s Music, Words, and Art

Jazz is in the air… well, maybe that has more to do with the strong winds we have been experiencing and my proximity to Laredo Community College. I must have been hearing the Performing Arts Department practicing for the presentation on Thursday, March 22, 2012. Check it out.

Pero, jazz is not the only cool event taking place on this same Thursday, Texas A&M International University’s Writing Center has an author visiting earlier in the day. “The Voices in the Monte” (I could have sworn it was “Voices en el Monte,” but regardless…) speaker’s series is hosting Heather Herschap:

Heather Herschap, author of a children’s book that focuses on diversity and human kindness, “My Friends and I,” will lecture at Texas A&M International University Thursday, March 22.

Herschap’s appearance is part of the “Voices in the Monte Speaker’s Series” hosted by the TAMIU Writing Center.

She will offer a Reading and Talk on Craft at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. respectively in the TAMIU Writing Center in Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall, room 203.

There is no admission fee and the public is welcome to attend.

In addition to her reading, Herschap will discuss her writing process and address the challenges she has had to overcome since being diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Herschap holds a Master of Divinity from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, is a native of Laredo and a graduate of Alexander High School. She has done voluntary mission work in India.

She spends much of her time volunteering at local churches as well as traveling across the country as a lecturer. Herschap also oversees work with youth and disabled communities and strives to encourage the acceptance of others by recognizing inner beauty.

But if you don’t feel like sound art, written art, how about visual art?

The Instituto Cultural Mexicano de Laredo, a nonpfrofit that works with the Mexican Consulate, will host a photograph exhibit titled “Los que se Quedan.” The exhibit opening will be from 7:00pm – 10:00pm at the Laredo Center for the Arts. The description is in Spanish but here it is in its entirety:

Exposición de fotografías a color basada en la película “Los que se quedan” de Juan Carlos Rulfo y Carlos Hagerman. Dichas fotografías describen imágenes de los familiares que permanecen en México mientras otros miembros de la familia emigran a Estados Unidos en buca de nuevas oportunidades. “Los que se quedan” es la historia de los sentimientos y de los secretos que todos llevamos dentro. La fragilidad que nos une cuando extrañamos a alguien y la fuerza y la vitalidad que nos empuja a vivir cuando queremos vivir porque la vida no se detiene. Un retrato de nostalgia, espera, identidad, memoria; pero sobre todo, de sueños y amor. Una exploración sobre la cotidianidad de la ausencia que genera la migración.

In essence, it is a photography exhibit based on a movie by the same title, which means “Those Who Remain,” by Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman. The photographs describe images of family that remain in Mexico while other members immigrate to the United States in search of new opportunities. It is a visual story of their innermost emotions and secrets that we all carry inside. The fragile link that unites us when we miss loved ones and the strength and vitality that push us to live when life continues no matter what. A photograph evokes nostalgia, hope, identity and memories; but above all, our dreams and our love.

What a busy Thursday in Laredo :).


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