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National Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off this week
Places and happenings you should know about.
National Hispanic Heritage Month begins this week with celebrations tied to Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16). The festivities continue through Oct. 15, featuring fiestas, music, movies and art events. Here are some highlights.
FREE OPENING RECEPTION: “CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF PRESERVING MEXICAN AMERICAN HISTORY IN DALLAS” The Dallas Mexican American Historical League opens a new exhibit featuring photos and other memorabilia that document its decade of work in researching and preserving the Latino experience in Dallas. Light bites and beverages will be offered. After the reception, the exhibition will be on view through Oct. 13. Sept. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas. lcc.dallasculture.org.
FREE MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY AT THE MARKET As you shop the Grand Prairie Farmers Market on Sept. 15, enjoy Latin music and other performances from 10 a.m. to noon. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through mid-december and features locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, tamales, salsas, dips and more. It’s at Market Square, 120 W. Main, Grand Prairie. gptx.org/businesses/farmers-market.
MUTTS AND MARGS/MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION On Sept. 15, the Carrollton restaurant El Rincon hosts Stray Dog Ranch animal rescue with adoptable dogs on the patio. Purchase a $10 ticket and receive a house margarita and half off any entree. All ticket sales benefit Stray Dog Ranch. On Sept. 16, Rincon celebrates again with specials from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. including a $5 house marg. Sept. 15 and 16 at El Rincon Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar, 1114 S. Elm St., Carrollton. facebook.com/ Elrincontx.
FREE FIESTAS PATRIAS The Latino Cultural Center and Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts collaborate to present an evening of music, folklorico dancing, artisanal arts and crafts, workshops and a traditional grito in celebration of Mexican Independence Day. Sept. 15 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas. lcc.dallasculture.org.
FREE VIVA MEXICO The consulate general of Mexico delivers the traditional grito declaring the 208th anniversary of Mexico’s independence. The festival includes live music by La Energía Norteña and Los Compas SN and performances by ballet folklorico troupes Mexico Lindo and Sima. Sept. 15 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St., Dallas. consulmex.sre.gob.mx/dallas.
FREE FAMILY TOURS IN SPANISH Interactive docent-guided tours in Spanish will explore Spanish and ancient American masterpieces in the Kimbell Art Museum’s permanent collection. The 45-minute tours, offered during Hispanic
Heritage Month, are free and open to the public. Sept. 16-Oct. 14, on Sundays from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at the Kimbell, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. kimbellart.org.
KNON MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND Join community radio station KNON for a day of live music on indoor and outdoor stages, a vendors’ marketplace and more. Scheduled to perform are Grupo Stampede, Monica Saldivar, Grupo Pression, Sonia Kilo and Sertified Music. Sept. 16 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Lola’s Saloon, 2735 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth. $15. facebook.com/knon893 (then click “Events”).
MY SPANGLISH HIP HOP STORY Houstonbased artist and poet Marlon Lizama tells his family’s coming-to-america story through words, music, dance and media. Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas. $10. brownpapertickets.com.
CHAYANNE The Puerto Rican pop star brings his Desde El Alma tour to D-FW. Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie. $59. verizontheatre.com.
QUINCEAÑERA FASHION SHOW Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Dallas Arboretum with fun cultural activities, food, demos, vendors and a Quinceañera Fashion Show emceed by Telemundo 39 host Adriana López. Festivities include performances by Ballet Folklorico Hispano Dallas. Grab a bite from Hispanic food and drink vendors including Empanada Cookhouse, Tamales Over Texas, Topo Chico and La Princesa Paletas. Entertainment is included with admission. Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. $10-$15. dallasarboretum.org.
FREE HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION: CUBA Guests can meet Havana-born children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy, listen to Cuban music performed by Chaché and sample Cuban pastries. Sept. 22 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Irving’s East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving. cityofirving. org/1054/library.
TEXAS RANGERS HISPANIC HERITAGE NIGHT It’s Hispanic Heritage night at the ballpark as the Rangers take on the Mariners. Festivities include performances by Mariachi Nueva Era and Mariachi Damas before the game. Sept. 22 at Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the first pitch is at 7:05. Ticket prices vary. texasrangers.com/themenights.
FREE BOOK IT! COCO FIESTA The fun includes a mariachi band, Latin-inspired snacks, crafts, face painting and a screening of the Disney-pixar film Coco. Sept. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving. cityofirving.org/1054/library.
FREE LA PULGUITA: ART MERCADO Latino artists and artisans will display and sell their work at a festive flea market. Sept. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas. lcc.dallasculture.org.
MICHAEL SALGADO The Latin Grammywinning artist brings his Tejano/norteño sound to the Chevrolet Main Stage at the State Fair of Texas. Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. Free with fair admission. bigtex.com.
SAVOR MEXICO: TOLUCA Enjoy an elegant evening sampling the flavors of Toluca, the capital of the state of Mexico. A three-course menu by Toluca-born chef Christian Muñoz Tapia highlights the event, which also includes imported wine and beer, craft cocktails and margaritas from Desperados Mexican Restaurant, host of Savor Mexico. Oct. 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. at 3015 at Trinity Groves, 3015 Gulden Lane, Dallas. $75-$100. savormexico.org.
FREE ARTISTS RECEPTION: “DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS: MEMORIES WRITTEN IN VERSE” Local, regional and international artists display their works honoring people, things and ideas that have passed on. Poetry is the theme for the 32nd annual Día de los Muertos exhibition, which opens with a free reception and continues through Nov. 10. Oct. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas. bathhouse.dallasculture.org.
Head to the Latino Cultural Center on Sept. 15 for a free Fiestas Patrias celebration marking Mexico’s Independence Day.
Puerto Rican pop star Chayanne will perform at the Theatre at Grand Prairie on Sept. 21.
The Disney-pixar film Coco is the centerpiece for a Sept. 29 fiesta at the South Irving Library.