Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and what better way to start the celebrations than by participating in ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! From the mariachi lands of Guadalajara, Mexico, a group of 11 women have gathered in Santa Barbara to showcase their traditional sound during three family concerts starting this Friday, April 28, at Isla Vista Elementary School.
Only four years ago, Ángel Martinez visited Santa Barbara with ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! and founded this powerhouse group of women, Mariachi Femenil Nuevo Tecalitlán, which upholds a strong reputation as one of the world’s best, sharing stages with Vicente Fernández, Marc Anthony, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Joan Sebastian and many others. Under the direction of Lupita Martinez, these 11 young women have performed in festivals throughout Mexico and the United States, and even travelled to London in 2010.
During the last days of April, various concerts and events are being held to celebrate and embrace the art and music of the Spanish culture. Before the Mariachi Femenil Nuevo Tecalitlán takes the stage at Isla Vista Elementary School (6875 El Colegio Rd., Goleta) on April 28 at 7 p.m., Franklin Elementary School (1111 E. Mason St.) hosts a FREE community mariachi class on Thursday, April 27 from 6:30– 8:30 p.m.
The women will also get the party started at Guadalupe City Hall (918 Obispo Street, Guadalupe) on Saturday, April 29, at 7 p.m., and the rock the house of Santa Barbara Jr. High’s Majorie Luke Theatre (721 E. Cota Street, Santa Barbara) on Sunday April 30, at 7 p.m.
Also on Sunday, April 30, hear the women as they crowd the Studio at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art at 2 p.m.
In addition to an inspiring performance by this group, Museum Teaching Artists lead an art project influenced by Maria Helena Vieira da Silva’s Cite Lacustre (1957), currently on view in Highlights of the Permanent Collection.
Say adios to April by participating in this fun-filled weekend with Mariachi Femenil Nuevo Tecalitlán and ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!