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An Evening of Texas Mexican Food, Film and Meaning
Curator and Filmmaker Adán Medrano in Attendance

Thursday, March 28, 6:30PM
Location: Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett
Aurora Members $40, Non-members $60 SOLD OUT

Join us for a unique evening that integrates film and dining with Houston’s own food and film aficionado, Adán M. Medrano.  The program explores and celebrates the aesthetic ways in which both film and food serve to promote Latino, Mexican American, Chicano* identity, contestation and invention.  

Video art will be integrated with a 9-course Chef’s Tasting dinner.  But these art videos are not for watching passively while you savor food.  They are from acclaimed Latino, Chicano video artists, Ray Santisteban, Laura Varela, and fellow artists.  We will also premiere new works by pioneer avant-garde artist, Willie Varela.

The dinner menu showcases the cuisine of indigenous Texas Natives who over time became today’s Mexican American community.  A fact not widely known: this cuisine has roots dating back over 9,000 years in and around Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande Valley.
Join us for an innovative dining and viewing experience.

*Chicano is the name that is selected by Mexican Americans as a statement of self-identity.  Among its many connotations is one that affirms being culturally distinct while at the same time being at home in this land. It was used during the Chicano movement of the 1960′s and 1970′s and is associated with political action that improves the economic, social, educational and cultural lives of the Mexican American community and wider humane community. 
Adán M. Medrano is the founder of the San Antonio CineFestival, the first and currently longest-running Latino film festival in the US.  An award-winning documentary producer, he is also a trained working Chef and a participant in the Leadership Forum, “Latin Flavors, American Kitchens,” convened by the Culinary Institute of America.  

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