Sunday, December 21, 2014


January 20, 2015
Kelsey Museum
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 

Words traverse our archipelagos and continents with memories, desires and aspirations. Literary and poetic forms serve as sites of encounter and transformation. Ann Arbor is a crossroads of geographies and experiences, with residents from across the Americas, including the U.S. Southwest and the greater Caribbean. Latinidad is expanded and redefined in this daily practice. 

Join the Latina/o Studies Program for readings of creative work (poetry and fiction) by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. With Aliyah Khan, Amy Sara Carroll, Candace Curtis-Cavazos, Francis Santana, Larry La Fountain-Stokes, and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Beautiful by Night and Forever's Gonna Start Tonight

Two remarkable documentaries about some of the performers at Aunt Charlie's Lounge in San Francisco, part of The Hot Boxxx Girls! Thanks to Fofé Abreu and Alexandra Rodriguez De Ruiz for the links!

Beautiful By Night from James Hosking on Vimeo.

See great article on Beautiful by Night published in Dangerous Minds here. This film features three aging drag queens: Donna Personna, Collette LeGrande and Olivia Hart.

Forever's Gonna Start Tonight is a portrait of the legendary Vicky Marlane.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Godard's Goodbye to Language: A Truly Fascinating Film

Jean-Luc Godard's most recent, Goodbye to Language, is a truly fascinating film. Very trippy! Very poetic. Very bizarre. Enormously refreshing even in its clichés. Godard at his best. A European perspective that is strangely constrained in its navel-gazing but that does not cease to wonder and make connections (old ones, new ones). Just the images and the sound editing make it worthwhile. (The 3D alone makes it explosive and delirious.) The philosophical meditations seem very appropriate for a 84-year-old director whose mind was marked by WW II and the profound experiences of the 1960s. The interest in animal-human relations was quite refreshing. The insistence on heterosexuality and female nakedness less so. I wish that instead of insisting on the Kinshasa/Che Guevara/Mao Tse-tung/Native American Apaches in the forest formulation of exotica and the global there had been a more profound acknowledgement of global migrations and imperialism, but perhaps that is asking for too much. And certainly, the insistence on the horrors of the Holocaust with no mention of contemporary horrors of Zionism is quite limiting. Worth seeing, nevertheless.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Catedrático en la Universidad De Puerto Rico, pasa de Luis Felipe a Lizza Fernanda

Interesante reportaje televisivo desde la República Dominicana sobre el Profesor Luis Felipe Díaz del Departamento de Estudios Hispánicos de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, también conocido como Lizza Fernanda.

Ver más sobre Lizza Fernanda aquí:

Lizza Fernanda (Luis Felipe Díaz): (Lola von Miramar, 19 de junio de 2013)