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Wednesday, December 01, 2004
NMCAC December Event
For Immediate Release:
November 29, 2004
"El Second Weensdee" Christmas Celebration
& “Guadalupe” Opening Reception
WHO: Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center
WHAT: "El Second Weensdee" featuring Juan Lugo Y Chuy Villegas,
“Guadalupe” group art show opening reception
WHEN: Wednesday December 8, 2004 7:00 PM
WHERE: 225 E. Stenger Street , San Benito , Texas
NMCAC will close the year with the established “El Second Weensdee” featuring the center’s accordion instructor, Juan Lugo. A native of Zinaloa , Mexico , Mr. Lugo moved to the United States in the 1970’s and toured the entire Southwest region. He began his musical career at the age of 13 with his family’s group “Los Lobos del Norte.” Versatile with instruments and styles, Mr. Lugo plays the accordion, guitar and bajo sexto. He is known for his teaching ability and his ease in performing all styles of regional Mexican music, including Conjunto, Tejano, and Norteño. Mr. Lugo has resided in the Rio Grande Valley for eleven years and has taught accordion lessons at NMCAC for two years.
Mr. Lugo will be accompanied by bajo sexto player Jesus “Chuy” Castillo of Brownsville. Mr. Castillo is also a conjunto music veteran who performed with Narciso Martinez. Following in the northern Mexico “tambora de rancho” tradition, this ensemble will be accompanied by Alberto “Beto” Gallegos of Matamoros who will complete the trio with drums and vocals.
NMCAC accordion students will also have a brief recital.
“Guadalupe” is a themed group exhibit featuring the works of 15 South Texas artists. They are Douglas Clark: bronze sculptor, Ramon Barela: ceramic sculptor, Aleida Garcia: painter, Rene Z. Garza: photographer, James Hetherington: steel sculptor, Richard Hyslin: photographer, Jessica Salazar-McBride: mixed media sculptor, Elizabeth Puentes: steel sculptor, Paul Valdez: painter, Benjamin Varela: painter, Izel Vargas: painter, and Brian Wedgworth: steel sculptor. They were asked to create their own rendition of the Virgen de Guadalupe to celebrate her feast day. The exhibit runs Dec. 6 through Jan. 22, 2005 . Our Gallery Hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 am to2:00 pm, and by appointment.
The opening reception for the Guadalupe art exhibition will begin at 7:00 pm and will include a Christmas celebration with music, food and traditional matachin dancers. Admission is $3.00.
Director of Programming & Development
Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center
P.O. Box 471
225 Stenger Street
San Benito, Texas 78586
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