When: Sun., June 25, 4-6 p.m. 2017
The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center is a true San Antonio staple, hosting a variety of events advocating cultural diversity and the arts, and tackling social justice issues since 1987. The center’s strong, historically feminist background has paved the way for local artists and musicians like cherished local singer-songwriter Azul Barrientos, host of the Esperanza’s monthly Noche Azul series. This intimate café-inspired presentation centers each event on a different theme and musical lineup to explore its cultural impact on the Afro/Latino/Indigenous communities. Performing traditional Mexican songs in the styles of boleros, rancheras, jazz, tango and more, Azul highlights the interconnections of these styles with the referenced theme. This month’s Noche Azul honors the life and comedy of Mario Moreno, commonly known as Cantinflas — one of the greatest Latin American comedians in history. Dubbed the “Charlie Chapman of Mexico,” Cantinflas was a pioneer in Mexican cinema and an international advocate for oppressed demographics. Azul will customize her wardrobe, musical styles and multimedia presentation to imitate the styles of the beloved comedian and spokesperson as well as reference his historical and cultural importance to all communities.