It’s that time of year again, as you’ve probably noticed from today’s Diez y Seis (or is it dieciseis?) event posts. And here’s another one, this one is PBS’ In Performance at the White House in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The one-hour show will be live streamed at WhiteHouse.gov on Monday, 16th of September at 7pm, but the show itself will be on PBS on October 8th.
This year’s line-up has some familiar names.
The evening will feature artists Natalie Cole, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Raul Malo, Ricky Martin, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Marco Antonio Solís. (Program subject to change.) The one-hour television special is part of the long-running In Performance at the White House series, now in its 36th year.
Note to PBS: Since the program is subject to change, I would suggest at least ONE Tex-Mex band, in this case, Los Texmaniacs. And maybe the little Mariachi dude from the Spurs games. Just sayin’.
But I am glad to see Raul Malo on the list.
Some more cool stuff below the fold.
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The good folks at Moyers Media sent the link to show off to all. Thanks to them!
http://player.vimeo.com/video/56012865 (for big screen)
The life and work of Junot Díaz contains many worlds. His books, including National Book Award finalist This Is How You Lose Her and Pulitzer Prize-winner The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, journey between the old and the new, and between the America that was and the America we’re becoming. Born in the Dominican Republic, but raised in New Jersey and American to the core, Junot Díaz is a spotter of the future, a curator of the past, a man of the here-and-now.
Díaz joins Bill to discuss the evolution of the great American story. Along the way he offers funny and perceptive insights into his own work, as well as Star Wars, Moby Dick, and America’s inevitable shift to a majority minority country.
There is an enormous gap between the way the country presents itself and imagines itself and projects itself and the reality of this country,” Díaz tells Bill. “Whether we’re talking about the Latino community in North Carolina. Whether we’re talking about a very active and I think in some ways very out queer community across the United States. Or whether we’re talking about an enormous body of young voters who are either ignored or sort of pandered to or in some ways, I think that what we’re having is a new country emerging that’s been in the making for a long time.”
Click on the link to find out about a live chat with Diaz on Thursday.