SILVER CITY – Throughout November the Silver City Museum combines literature, culture, art and entertainment to present a series of bilingual virtual readings — perfect to capture the imaginations of all ages with important lessons on diverse cultures and traditions — as well as a virtual art exhibition.
Events kick off at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 with a bilingual reading of “The Spirit of Tio Fernando/El espiritu de tio Fernando” by Janice Levy. The story will be read in English and Spanish by local artist, youth leader, and shop owner Diana Ingalls-Leyba, and spiritual medium and Día de los Muertos expert Nena Benavidez. In the story, young Nando meets the spirit of his deceased Tio Fernando, for whom he is named. Sign up at www.silvercitymuseum.org or at the Zoom webinar registration page.
Events continue at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 with a bilingual storytime reading of “Thunderboy, Jr.” by Sherman Alexie, read by Ted Pressler (English) and Xochitl Hernandez-Moctezuma (Spanish). From New York Times bestselling author Sherman Alexie and Caldecott Honor winning Yuyi Morales comes a striking and beautifully illustrated picture book celebrating the special relationship between father and son. Sign up at www.silvercitymuseum.org or at the Zoom webinar registration page.
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On Tuesday, Nov. 20, visitors and locals can celebrate the art and culture of local Chicano artists with the fifth annual Arte Chicano Exhibit at the Silver City Museum. Featuring the work of Chris Alvarez and Buck Burns as curated by Diana Leyba-Ingalls, the exhibit will premiere virtually and will be installed in the Dodge Gallery to await in-person viewing when the museum is able to reopen to the public.
Blending history in a tale that shows how different cultures can work together peacefully and respect the land we all need, the final bilingual storytime of the month takes place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. “How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico,” by Rudolfo Anaya, will be read by state Senate candidate from Bayard Siah Correa Hemphill (English), and District 2 County Commissioner Javier Salas (Spanish). Late great New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya weaves a fanciful folk tale that helps explain the beautiful flowers that can be seen in all parts of the Southwest in the summer and fall. Escaping Herod’s wrath, Sueño, a near-sighted angel, takes the Holy Family to New Mexico by mistake. Sign up at www.silvercitymuseum.org or at the Zoom webinar registration page.
All Silver City Museum programs are free with a suggested donation of $5. For more information on museum programs, go to www.silvercitymuseum.org.
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