Flamenco, folk music, food
mark Hispanic Heritage month
Wendy Clinard, a Flamenco dancer, gives a performance with Las Guittaras de Espana, one of the groups that will perform as part of Fermilab's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Spain, Mexico and other Hispanic countries are thousands of miles from Batavia, but during the next month, a series of events will bring Hispanic music, dance, art and food to Fermilab.
The events are part of Fermilab's celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, and is sponsored by the Diversity Council.
Activities begin at lunch Wednesday in the atrium with solo guitarist Dave Byron, who plays guitar in Spanish and Flamenco styles. From 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., his music will complement Mexican and Caribbean cuisine served at the cafeteria.
An 8 p.m. performance Saturday will feature Flamenco and Mexican folk music and dance as well as a Puerto Rican musical performance featuring a singer and a nine-piece orchestra. General admission tickets to the performance costs $22 and tickets for ages 18 and under cost $11.
A lecture on Spanish and Latin American art is scheduled for next Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. in Curia II with Terah Walkup, a Kress Foundation Fellow. Lecture attendees will receive two free general admission passes to the Art Institute of Chicago.
During lunchtime from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, members of The Marimba Ensemble will play Mexican and Caribbean music using marimbas, an instrument similar to the xylophone.
A performance by Chilean singer and guitar player Nelson Sosa, scheduled at 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 8 in Ramsey Auditorium, will conclude Fermilab's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Attendees can sign up to win one of three gift baskets, a cookbook, a CD and other prizes at information booths set up during Hispanic Heritage Month events. The drawing for the raffle will take place after Sosa's Oct. 8 performance.
-- Chris Knight