Things to Keep an Eye On – Issue 71

September 6-12, 2019
Edition 71

Minnesota Latinx Insights

This Weekly Newsletter shares local and national trends and events of interest to the Latinx community and those who feel Latinx.

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Los Dells Festival: Our Favorite Moments



Photos Credit: Joe Leute

More than 30,000 people from all over the country and abroad came together to celebrate the third edition of the biggest Latin Music Festival in the country. Ozuna closed the festival with a spectacular performance that surpassed all fan expectations; and co-headliner of the festival, American rapper Logic, thrilled a diverse audience that transcended language barriers with an amazing set that concluded the first day of the 2-day Los Dells Festival in Mauston, Wisconsin at the Woodside Festival Grounds.

Forty artists across all genres of the musical spectrum performed at Los Dells Festival on 5 stages in perfect weather throughout both days. Highlights included Carlos Vives, El Fantasma, Café Tacvba, Farruko, Natalia Lafourcade, Mon Laferte, CNCO, Sebastian Yatra and many other great artists, including up and coming acts such as Ambar Lucid, PJ Sin Suela, Y La Bamba and Inner Wave to name a few who were also part of the diverse lineup.
New attractions and eye-catching photo ops were present, including an artful pyramid: a giant structure that symbolized the Hispanic settlement for the weekend were all part of this year’s beautiful production. Camping was sold out and settled in a new beautiful area surrounded by the pristine forest and beautifully lighted all the way to the entrance of the festival, transforming it into a magic forest that featured after parties with a DJ every night. Flags from almost every country of the Latin community were seen and waved with pride throughout the grounds; a testament to the overall inclusive of the festival.
The magnitude of Los Dells Festival grew not only in audience, but also in the number of acts performing, number of stages, art, vendors, commodities, sponsors, meet & greets and many other aspects that makes this festival one of a kind– turning it into the biggest Latin Festival in the U.S. with full camping capacities and hotel. iFabuloso! Read more on additional performances from Carlos Vives, and more here.

Things to Keep an Eye On…

The next generation of entertainers is here and they’re all Latinx. Now more than ever, the Latinx community has a voice in Hollywood and in the entertainment industry and it’s because of a group of young Latinx stars who are at the forefront, speaking out and making a change in all industries. For HOLA! USA’s October issue, they gathered five prominent stars including Dora the Explorer star Isabela Moner and Peruvian Chef Franco Noriega to discuss Latinx representation in Hollywood and the future of the industry. ¡Fantástica!

Speaking of things to keep an eye on, President Donald Trump is building his wall, and Puerto Rico is going to pay for it. The Department of Defense released a list of 127 military construction projects that are being delayed as the agency moves $3.6 billion to pay for construction of fencing along the southern border, and the U.S. territory is one of the hardest hit by the move. The Pentagon is taking money from 127 projects in 23 states and three territories to build Trump’s long-promised wall along the southern border even after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria. It’s about to lose $400M more to Trump’s border wall. Read more here.

Speaking of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Rise Up, a female-led nonprofit organization based in Indiana, teamed up with schools in Puerto Rico including the Dr. Francisco Hernández y Gaetan Elementary School, to bring art and music workshops to students who continue to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in 2017. “The kids have learned to identify their feelings, to handle conflict in a healthier way and to express themselves in a way that is nonthreatening through dance, music and painting,” Caraballo said, chief executive of Puerto Rico Rise Up and a psychologist.

Let’s take a local look at Minnesota. Questions remain about the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Brian Quinones by suburban Twin Cities police officers over the weekend. Quinones was shot and killed Saturday night following a police vehicle pursuit through Edina and ending in Richfield. Edina police said in a statement that he confronted officers with a knife before they fired their weapons. Five officers from the departments are currently on paid administrative leave while the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office investigates the shooting. Nine people have been fatally shot by police across Minnesota since the start of 2019.

VisualizArte – Opening Reception & Poetry Night

Saint Paul, MN – CLUES is celebrating the opening installation of our Latino/a/x art gallery located in our newly expanded headquarters in Saint Paul. The VisualizArte Opening Reception & Poetry Night will be held September 12 at 5:00 pm.

For our first-ever art exhibit, VisualizArte, we called upon MN-based Latino/a/x artists to build community with us, co-imagine our collective future, and co-create our new casa (home) for Latino/a/x arts and culture in Minnesota. Thirty-one local visual artists responded to our call –with work ranging from folk art to fine art– in a wide variety of media, including painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Now we welcome the public, and especially Minnesota’s Latino/a/x community, to co-engage with us through this work, and help us envision and co-create a loving community — full of life, abundance, and joy.

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Venue: CLUES. 797 E 7th Street, Saint Paul. Minnesota, 55106
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Learn about CLUES new gallery and the VizualizArte exhibit here:

Culture Matters

Hispanic Heritage Month begins later this month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), and part of Mexican culture includes celebrating the life of the people who have died. “It’s a day when there is no lamentation,” Historian Bernie Sargent explains. “They are not feeling down because of somebody they lost.” Dia de Los Muertos is usually joyful and recognizes death as part of the human life process. It’s a tradition that originated mostly in Mexico and Central America, and has spread to the U.S. Read more on the holiday and ways to celebrate here. Don’t miss ways to support Hispanic Heritage Month in Minnesota.

If Thursday night’s regular-season NFL opener between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears didn’t excite you due to it’s low-scoring result…here are 13 seconds of baseball that were more exciting than the entirety of that game – which includes a magical moment from Puerto Rican Minnesota Twins star Eddie Rosario. In the final plays of the game, the Twin’s outfielder threw Rafael Devers out in a big play at the plate, helping the Twins in their 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox. ¡Increíble!

Did someone say sports? From two languages, two soccer balls and only one penalty-kick spot at sold-out Allianz Field’s south end, Minnesota United newcomer Thomas Chacon and teammate Ethan Finlay came to an understanding during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Mexico’s CF Pachuca. In any language, Chacon made himself known in an international friendly that wasn’t all that friendly: He wanted to take the penalty shot he created in the game’s 71st minute with his run on the ball that drew a foul inside the 18-yard box. “I couldn’t understand him too much,” Chacon said in Spanish through an interpreter afterward. “But I asked him if I could take it, and he let me.”


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