Winter Events at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in a Bilingual Setting
Winter Events at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents a schedule of events for the whole family. The bilingual programming revels in the season of giving and the holidays with two Pastorela plays, an all-day Giving Tuesday fundraiser, and fan favorites like Holiday Saxophones. This year, La Gran Tamalada is moving to Market Square. The event has outgrown the Guadalupe Theater and shuttle buses will be available from the Guadalupe to the festivities. What holiday season is complete without shopping. Hecho A Mano returns with a unique cultural display of items for sale by local artisans and artists; and Chicana artists fill the Galería Guadalupe with thought-provoking photography and mixed media pieces about migration from a feminist perspective.
Hecho a Mano
Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Admission is $2 or a donation of 2 canned goods for Inner City Development| Galería Guadalupe
Hecho a Mano is a two-day event that offers the community and visitors a unique holiday shopping experience. This one-of-a-kind market features an array of fine art and handmade items by local artists that encompass both traditional and contemporary styles. For over 30 years, Hecho a Mano has celebrated San Antonio’s culturally unique and vibrant artisan community and this year’s mercado is sure to make your holiday season extra special.
Entre Orillas by Arlene Mejorado & Adriana Monsalve
Chicana Feelings by Sarah Castillo
Art Exhibitions Run: December 8, 2017 – January 26, 2018
Opening Reception: December 8, 6:00pm | Public Artist Talk: Sunday, December 10, 2:00pm
Exhibition, reception, and artist talk are free | Galería Guadalupe
Entre Orillas is a dual project created by emerging artist Arlene Mejorado, through the mentorship of master artist, Adriana Yvette Monsalve. Through a compilation of photography, text and multimedia they create a space for conversations around the borderlands and the many ways it manifests in our lives. An autoethnographic project, Chicana Feelings works to actualize a tactile reality of Mestiza Consciousness. A response to what has been rejected and embraced, it is the process of resolving conflict and loss in the context of mental health.
La Gran Tamalada
Sunday, December 10
Market Square 11:00am-4:00pm
Free Shuttle Service to and from the Guadalupe Theater and Market Square
This year’s event is larger than ever! We are moving the tamal-making workshop and festivities to Market Square. The Cortez Family, owners of the popular Mi Tierra restaurant, will share their love of family, tradition, and tamales. Participants take home both knowledge of and appreciation for the techniques that have been passed from generation to generation for many years. A free shuttle service will take visitors and community members to both locations throughout the day.
Sunday, December 10, 7:00pm
$15 – $25
Tickets can only be purchased in-person or by calling 210.271.3151, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm
This annual event gathers the best local and regional Saxophone players performing your favorite jazz tunes. The musical event has become a holiday tradition not only for audience members, but also for many of the musicians. Performers who have played at Holiday Saxophones include Richard Garcia, Frank Rodarte, Jan Halsema and multi-Grammy nominee Joe Posada on saxophone as well as drummer Kevin Hess, Al Gomez on trumpet and bass player George Prado. Other artists featured include Rene Sandoval, Larry Slezak, John Sheridan, Chuck Glave, John Magaldi, Richard Oppenheim, Aaron Prado and Henry Brun.
Viva Mi Cultura featuring the Guadalupe Dance Company
Wednesday, December 13, 10:00am
FREE for Schools by reservation, $5 General Admission | Guadalupe Theater
A lecture demonstration celebrating traditional Mexican Folkloric Dance.
Winter Academy Recital
Monday, December 18, 6:00pm
$5 suggested donation
The Guadalupe Academy showcases the talents of our Mariachi, Piano, Accordion and Visual Arts students who have prepared throughout the Fall semester to present this evening of art, music and dance.
The Guadalupe Dance Academy presents La Pastorela Folklorica
Friday and Saturday, December 15 and 16, 6:00pm
$10 admission | Guadalupe Theater
La Pastorela Folklorica is a fun representation of the traditional Shepherds play with a folklorico and flamenco flair. Written by Hiedi Cabral, this version highlights the Guadalupe Dance Academy performing beautiful traditional Mexican Folklorico and Flamenco music and dance throughout the evening. Under the influence of Lucifer, more experienced Academy performers do their best to distract the shepherds from their mission of welcoming the newborn king.
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center was founded in 1980 as a nonprofit, multi-disciplinary organization. Located in the heart of San Antonio’s westside, the Guadalupe is one of the largest community-based organizations in the US.
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center cultivates, promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary Chicano, Latino and Native American arts and culture through multidisciplinary programming.