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Bless Me, Ultima Live

Bless Me, Ultima

Ultima teaches Tony about nature.
Ultima teaches Tony about nature.
Courtesy of KiMo Theatre

I had the unusual privilege of meeting Rudolfo Anaya at his Albuquerque home in March. I was there to interview him about censorship. See, at the beginning of this year, Arizona dismantled a Mexican-American studies program. Books were yanked from public school shelves in Tucson, including Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima. As we spoke, it became clear the author was not surprised. In fact, he had dragged a cardboard box out of storage that was stuffed with articles and clippings from when various groups have tried to ban and censor Ultima over the 40 years since its publication. So as our neighbor to the West begins to learn its lesson about the enduring nature of this tale, celebrate Chicano literature, New Mexico and hometown hero Anaya by catching a performance of Bless Me, Ultima at the KiMo Theatre tonight. The production promises traditional song, dance and folklore from the llano. Tickets are just $5 to this all-ages show. Buy them at the KiMo Ticket Office or Doors open at 6:30 p.m. KiMo Theatre • 7:30 pm • $5 • ALL-AGES! •