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Gabriel García Márquez exhibit to open at UT’s Harry Ransom Center

Nancy Flores,
The University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center will display the first major exhibition of Gabriel García Márquez’ personal archive. [Miguel Tovar / Associated Press]

Life was never quite the same for Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez after his pivotal novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” published in 1967. His multi-generational family saga gripped the world, catapulted magical realism writing to the fore and changed literature forever.

Today, more than 50 years since its release, the novel — which has sold over 47 million copies around the globe in more than 40 languages — remains a literary treasure. But how did the former journalist who struggled to launch his fiction writing career become a Nobel Prize-winning author?

Fans of “Gabo,” as he’s affectionately known in Latin America, can now delve deeper into the world of the literary giant by visiting the bilingual exhibit “Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer” beginning Feb. 1 at the University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center.

The traveling exhibit, which is on display through July 19 before heading to Mexico City, marks the first major exhibition of the late author’s personal archive, which includes manuscripts, photographs, videos and personal items.

In 2014, the center paid $2.2 million to acquire the archive that’s now available for research. Exhibit highlights include the original “One Hundred Years of Solitude” manuscript, never-before-seen documents and García Márquez’s Smith Corona typewriter.

For a deeper understanding of García Márquez’s life and creative process, join exhibition curator Álvaro Santana-Acuña for his talk “The Man Between the Lines: The Life and Art of García Márquez at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Ransom Center.

Exhibit tours at the Ransom Center happen every day at noon, as well as 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Check out Spanish-language tours at 1 p.m. every Saturday.

El Tule releases vinyl album

In their latest single release, “Tranquilo,” Austin Latin music makers El Tule tell us to do things our own way, just as we like it, as long as it’s original.

The longtime party instigators teamed up with Grammy Award winner Beto Martinez of Grupo Fantasma, Money Chicha and Brownout to produce an analog recording at Leche House Studio.

“There’s no electronic production wizardry here, just true analog Latin soul coming through in high fidelity,” the band says.

Join the vinyl record release party Feb. 8 at Hotel Vegas on East Sixth Street. Doors open at 9 p.m. Other performers include DJ Albert and Plan Sonidero.

In the vinyl record’s B side, El Tule pays homage to Latin music master Rey Barretto of Fania All-Stars with the song “Acid,” which Barretto recorded in the 1970s.

For years, El Tule has been making deep Latin rhythms accessible to new generations across all cultural backgrounds. They’re one of the city’s many musical gems that you need to make time to check out.

Celebrate 50 years of UT’s Center for Mexican American Studies

When Chicano students at the University of Texas in the 1960s demanded that Mexican American topics be included in the university’s curriculum, it led to the launch of UT’s Center for Mexican American Studies in 1970. Américo Paredes, a noted writer and border-life folklorist often described as one of the seminal Mexican American scholars of the 20th century, became the center’s first director.

The center celebrates its 50th anniversary with an exhibit and staged reading looking back at its origins and the legacy of Latino representation at the campus. On Feb. 13, "CMAS at 50: A Legacy of Scholarship, Teaching, and Service" opens at 4 p.m. at the second-floor gallery of the Benson Latin American Collection, followed by a reception. The event also marks the opening of the center’s archive at the Benson.

A staged reading will bring to life the controversy behind the center’s launch, including student group demands, “impassioned correspondence between faculty” and editorials from the Daily Texan, according to the university.

The exhibition comes on the heels of a recent report that Hispanic faculty members at UT lag behind their counterparts in salary and leadership positions.

Cultura en Austin is a monthly column highlighting Latino-related cultural events in Austin. Look for it in Austin360 on the last Friday of the month.

Nancy Flores grew up in the Texas border town of Eagle Pass and has been covering Latino culture for the American-Statesman and Austin360 since 2011. Before that, she covered Latino issues as a journalist in Mexico City. Send tips or suggestions to