By Ray Rodriguez

HAY FESTIVAL comes back to life all November with music, art, dance, theater, cuisine, and a musical equestrian performance bringing community members together to celebrate Mexican culture. The series of events is designed to foster a sense of belonging and cultural understanding. “We want to keep reaching out to community, building community, letting all people know they are welcome,” expressed Terry Taylor Castillo, Executive Director of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. “When I worked in education, we saw so many problems, but they can often be solved by getting to know each other’s cultures and why things look a certain way.”

The invitation to HAY FESTIVAL! reads “The people of Aztlan invite you…” with Aztlan representing the mythical/original/creation lore for people of Mexican decent, including culture, geography, and eternal life. Yet there is nothing mythical about HAY FESTIVAL. It is right here and right now, and with continued community support, will continue to thrive for years to come. BIEN ECHO, Y SALUD!

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November 2, Thursday 5:00pm, The Sanctuary at the Retreat Center, Free Admission/Donation Mariachi Coachella (5:30), Machin (7:00)
Community Altar, Tacos y Champurado, Pop up Mercado, Face Painting y mas!

November 4, Saturday 7:00pm, doors open 6:30, Sanctuary at JTRC
Presented by Latina Dance Project Traditional music by Rebizor

CAMINANDO is a poignant and heart-felt evening length dance work by Phoenix choreographer, Liliana Gomez. It is based on stories of childhood, music at family gatherings, the food at the fiestas and the nostalgia of home. It’s an all Latina cast performing to a beautiful live soundtrack by singers Marivel & Jesse Simms of Revizor, who will also do a music set before the concert. The show is narrated by Ricky Araiza of Teatro Bravo, who joins the cast on stage, reading personal narratives of love, migration and of the matriarch of the family. The title is inspired by the lyrics of Los Caminos de La Vida, the journey of life in which Ms. Gomez thanks her parents through dance, live music and spoken word, for traveling across borders for their family!

Sanctuary at JTRC Tickets $10, $20, $30
www.jtrc.org or hay-festival.com
Direction and choreography by Liliana Gomez
Music by Revizor
Narrator: Ricky Araiza
Cast: Erik Canales, Martha Patty Hernandez, Zarina Mendoza, Steven Redondo, and Daniela Prieto

November 5, Sunday 1:00 pm
Family film fun – Bring the kids to a FREE afternoon movie, and enjoy this family fun event on a new 18” x 10’ screen! Wearing character attire is encouraged!
There will even be a free prize drawing for Encanto character costume dresses, courtesy of local business owner Erin Campbell of LoverDovers. Must be present to enter the prize drawing.
Sunday, November 5, 1pm, Free Admission/Donation
Location: Sanctuary building at Joshua Tree Retreat Center
Screen use donated by Latina Dance Project
For more info, go to www.jtrc.org or hay-festival.com

November 5, Sunday 3:00pm, Food for Thought Café
Learn or practice your tamale making with award winning Chef Gustavo Delgado. Traditional music plays while you first enjoy and then create tamales from traditional to the exotic.
Adults $20/Children $10, This fun and educational event sold out quickly last year. For more info, go to www.jtrc.org or hay-festival.com

November 10 and November 12, 7:00 pm both days, doors open at 6:30, The Sanctuary
Latina Dance Project presents:
Slumber of Reason / El Sueño de la Razon
Based on Goya’s “Los Caprichos” (1799) these graphic images are controversial and enigmatic – created in a time of economic crisis and social unrest in Spain. Goya used his art to denounce social abuses and superstitions. The Latina Dance Project uses these powerful images to create a physical theater work exploring how these images created over 200 years ago are still pertinent today! Like Goya they use humor and satire to explore contemporary demons like immigration (Inquisition), racism (class inequalities), technological alienation (conspiracy) and war! LDP uses haunting video, movement and text (spoken and sung) to bring to life Goya’s absurd and biting social criticism of superstition and social abuses!
Cast: Alicia & Jason Adams, Jose Garcia Davis, Licia Perea & Yarrow Perea
Tickets $10, $20, $30 www.jtrc.org or hay-festival.com

November 11, by invitation only

Wednesday, November 15, doors open at 6:30, film starts at 7pm Sanctuary building at Joshua tree Retreat Center, Free Admission
Come see this FREE feature documentary about legendary Mexican songstress Chavela Vargas. Not wellknown outside of Mexico, you will wonder why you’ve never heard of her once you learn about her outspoken and pioneering influence in music, culture, sexuality, fashion, and feminism. Since she was known for wearing traditional Mexican ponchos, we invite everyone to celebrate by wearing their favorite poncho (traditional or not!) We will even have some ponchos available for sale, selected by Susie Thorp from Elemental Treasures/The Artful Bookstore. (If we will be offering food or drink for purchase I’d like to add that here.)

Afterwards, there will be a live remote Q&A with codirector Daresha Kyi, moderated by ¡Hay Festival! Film Curator, Christy Addis-Gutierrez.
Technical assistance: Chris Musgrave (this hasn’t been confirmed)
Screen use donated by Latina Dance Project
For more info, go to www.jtrc.org or hay-festival.com
Christy Addis-Gutierrez, ¡Hay Festival! Curator
Christy has also been the Program Director for the Fine Arts Film Festival in Venice, CA for the last four years.

November 19, 4:00pm, Sanctuary Parking lot and the Sanctuary, Concert at 5:00, See website for tickets.
Las Chorizeras features traditional sounds with contemporary flair, alternately enchanting and exciting music for all ages. This Los Angeles based band is a must-see show.
The captivating horsemanship, lasso skills, dazzling costumes, and singing of traditional Mexican Charros, the original cowboys, kicks off the show at 4:00 in the parking lot, so arrive early to enjoy this unique pairing of extraordinary talents.
For more info, go to www.jtrc.org or hay-festival.com

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