75th Anniversary Celebration of Guadalupe Theater July 7 will be 1940s Themed Event
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is having their 75th anniversary celebration set to a 1940s theme and the public is invited.
What: 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Guadalupe Theater
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center invites the public to travel back to the 1940s and celebrate the 75thAnniversary of the Guadalupe Theater. A classic Variedades show will feature film shorts, playful skits, mambo and pachuco boogie dance performances, and live music. Oral histories of audience members will be captured. The public is asked to dress to impress in 1940s zoot suit and vintage hair styles. Classic cars of the era, vintage movie posters, and WWII uniforms will be on-display.
Participants include: Guadalupe Dance Company; Guadalupe Academy mariachi and dance students; Lackland Airforce Base’s Airman Heritage Museum; Hector Martinez classic cars; and the Pachuco Boogie Dance Company who will be available for photo opportunities with the audience. The MC for the evening is musician and actor, Nicolas Valdez.
When: Friday, July 7, 2017 |$5 donation at the door
Doors open at 5:30pm for photo opps with Pachucos and viewing of displays
Celebration begins at 6:00pm with food and beverages available for purchase
Variedades program begins at 7:00pm
Event ends with Birthday cake at 8:45pm
Where: Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207
About the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center was founded by a group of San Antonio artists who were determined to play a critical role in shaping the artistic and cultural experiences of San Antonio’s residents and visitors alike. Nearly thirty-four years ago this band of artists formed a pro-active group called the Performance Artists’ Nucleus (PAN). They represented different organizations that were seeking municipal funds to support their work and to preserve and promote the rich traditions of Latino culture.
PAN’s tireless efforts was an effective force to widen the lens for the general public who began to understand that cultural traditions were disappearing and to realize that vital decisions were being made for the Latino community without their input. PAN’s activism was its strength.
The original artists’ commitment to preserve and promote Chicano culture by securing municipal funding marked the beginning of the Center as it operates today: a multidisciplinary cultural arts center with six disciplines and among the nation’s first Chicano organizations to collaborate with Mexican artists and cultural institutions, commission and present new works and to pioneer in community cultural education. As a result, the Center is one of the City of San Antonio’s five major cultural organizations.
Since its inception, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has either introduced, showcased or fostered the talents of almost every major Chicano/Latino visual artist, filmmaker, playwright, actor, writer, folkloric dancer/choreographer, or Chicano musician in the United States today. The Center, unique among Latino organizations for its scope of interests, its communlty education classes, and its encompassing humanities and arts programming, was unrivalled in the U.S.
Today, inspired by the Guadalupe, other Latino centers have taken root across the nation, however the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center remains a national model, still unequalled in Texas and the Southwest.