Jun 28 - Jul 4, 2012 

The Greek chorus, reinterpreted
Photo by Alicia Lueras Maldonado

Performance Review

Speaking for the Silenced

Río de Lágrimas links imperialism, La Llorona and Juárez slayings

By Leigh Hile
For 20 years, the stories of women and girls killed in Ciudad Juárez have been silenced in their own country and largely ignored by the world. A wave of roughly 60 femicides in 2012 is receiving even less media attention as the untold number of deaths continues to grow. In Río de Lágrimas (River of Tears), a multilingual music and storytelling performance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the women of Albuquerque-based collective Las Meganenas nobly attempt to tell the victims’ stories.

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Jill-Michele Meleán headlines The Latin Comedy Jam.
Photo courtesy of The Latin Comedy Jam

Performance Preview

Comic, Comic, Comic Chameleon

Stand-up impersonator is all-over-the-place funny

By Sam Adams
Jill-Michele Meleán got started on her career path by humping her grandmother. "She would yell at me," says Meleán. "So I'd just start dry-humping her leg and then she'd start laughing. So I just kind of made the connection that if I make people laugh, they'll leave me alone.” At the tender age of 2, she picked up a lifelong habit of dealing with things through comedy.

Thirty years later, she's an acclaimed stand-up comic and established Hollywood actress. Her credits include roles as a cast member on "MADtv” as well as a recurring character on "Reno 911!" She's also a headliner on The Latin Comedy Jam, a touring act that hits the Kiva Auditorium on Saturday, June 30.

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“Down Stream” by Suzanne Marshall

Culture Shock

By Sam Adams

Agua Fresca

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