This weekend: Mexican traditional dances
"When I dance, I feel like a different person," teen América Osorio said when receiving the Emma Barrientos scholarship that will keep her studying at the Roy Lozano Ballet Folklorico de Texas dance school. She got the award during the school’s 30-year gala celebration in July.
The strong cultural bonds between Mexico and Texas are visible through the colorful dances performed by the students of the school and the company of professional dancers. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Austinites will have a chance to see a free show at the Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive (bring blankets and lawn chairs).
The company started by dancer Roy Lozano is still going strong, 19 years after his untimely death when he was almost 40 years old. In that time, artistic director Jesús Antonio "Chuy" Chacón has continued the legacy of his friend and mentor. There are now three generations of dancers who started as children and are part of the adult company.
"Has it been easy? No. Has it been impossible? No", Chacón said during the gala at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. They started as an informal folklorico dance group led by a dozen South Austin mothers who launched it as a summer activity for their children, but Roy Lozano dreamed big and wanted a real company with authentic costumes. With the help of former Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos and his family, and with the help of hundreds of volunteers and supporters, Roy Lozano Ballet Folklorico de Texas continues to thrive.
Chacón travels every year to research a new region of Mexico and brings its costumes, history and legends, down to the significance of each bow and ruffle, back to his dancers. Seamstress Juanita López has sewn innumerable costumes for the whole company from samples provided by Chacón.
"My mother told me we didn’t have enough … that I might have to quit dancing," Osorio said through tears. But now, thanks to this scholarship, she’ll be able to pursue her dream of dancing.
Find more information about Saturday’s show and the school and company at www.balletfolkloricodetexas.com.
— Liliana Valenzuela, ¡ahora sí!
Tickets on sale
With the Austin City Limits Music Festival expanding to two weekends this year, there has been much speculation about what the week in between the two fests would look like. We got the answer this week when C3 Presents released the roster of "Late Night Shows," which this year includes concerts in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Tickets for most of the shows outside Austin are already on sale, with the Austin gigs on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (many had presales for email subscribers Thursday).
Many of the biggers acts, including Vampire Weekend, Queens of the Stone Age, Local Natives and Silversun Pickups, are playing Zilker Park — and aftershows out of town.
In Austin, check out: the Haim show on Oct. 4 at Antone’s; Wavves with King Tuff and Jacuzzi Boys on Oct. 10 at Antone’s; the Burgerama Tour on Oct. 12 at the Parish featuring the Growlers with Foxygen, the Cosmonauts, Gap Dream and Pangea; and the Oct. 4 show at the Parish with Wild Nothing and Autre ne Veut.
Portland electronica act STRFKR are not on the bill for the festival proper but have a gig at Emo’s on Oct. 11 with Bear Mountain and Chrome Sparks. Grouplove plays Emo’s on Oct. 4, Phosphorescent on Oct. 10, Toro Y Moi on Oct. 9 and Franz Ferdinand on Oct. 12. Austin acts Bright Light Social Hour (Oct. 3) and the Black Angels (Oct. 5) also play Emo’s.
The National, Eric Church and Austin resident Patty Griffin are all playing the outdoor stage at Stubb’s. Shouting Matches with the Blind Boys of Alabama will headline the annual Waller Creek Conservancy benefit at Stubb’s. The Blind Boys of Alabama will play gospel brunches at Stubb’s both weekends, although oddly they are not programmed on Sundays. On the inside stage at Stubb’s you can take in the new project from Ghostland Observatory singer Aaron Behrens (the Midnight Stroll) on Oct. 3 and Bhangra/NOLA mashup act Red Baraat on Oct. 12. L.A.-based female rock duo Deap Vally also play the indoor stage alongside local rockers Ume on Oct. 4.
See the full lineup and buy tickets at www.c3concerts.com/latenight.
— Deborah Sengupta Stith
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