Mexico

Day of the Dead

By Carrie Gleason

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Day of the Dead -- Smiling skeletons -- Aztec Mexico -- Honoring the dead -- Getting ready -- Altars and offerings -- Food for the feast -- Little angels -- Dia de los Muertos -- Let's dance -- Americans celebrate.
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El Día de los Muertos = The Day of the Dead

By Mary Dodson Wade

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Explains how Mexican families celebrate the lives of their deceased loved ones, including sharing pictures and stories, preparing feasts, and lighting candles in the graveyard on November 1, The Day of the Dead.
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The Festival of Bones = El Festival de las Calaveras: The Little-Bitty Book for the Day of the Dead

By Luis San Vicente; translation by John William Byrd & Bobby Byrd

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"San Vicente lets children join the celebration as they watch the skeletons rock, rattle, and roll those long old bones as they get ready for the biggest event of their social calendar. A short and fun essay, directed toward young readers, will explain this important Mexican holiday. The works of Mexico City artist Luis San Vicente have been exhibited in Mexico, Venezuela, Europe, and the United States. He has won UNESCO's prestigious NOMA Encouragement Concours Prize for Illustration, and UNESCO honored his work (1997, 1998, and 1999) in their prestigious Youth and Children's Catalog of Illustrations."

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On Mexican Time: A New Life in San Miguel

By Tony Cohan

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When Los Angeles novelist Tony Cohan and his artist wife, Masako, visited central Mexico one winter, they fell under the spell of a place where the pace of life is leisurely, the cobblestone streets and sun-splashed plazas are enchanting, and the sights and sounds of daily fiestas fill the air. On Mexican Time is their vivid portrait of San Miguel as well as an irresistible journey of discovery and transformation.

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Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, With Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies

By Laura Esquivel

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Despite the fact that she has fallen in love with a young man, Tita, the youngest of three daughters born to a tyrannical rancher, must obey tradition and remain single and at home to care for her mother. (Catalog summary)
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The Story of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day-- that's September 16. Cinco de Mayo, the 5th of May, celebrates an incredible victory by native Mexican soldiers over the imperialist French who tried to rule them way back in 1862.
The French wanted to collect their debts from Mexico and, rather than making a deal with Mexican government, decided to put into power a new French emperor, Maximilian. Most native Mexicans were furious.

The Mexican leader, General Zaragosa, ordered Colonel Diaz to attack the flanks of the French army with his excellent cavalry. The French chased them, and were defeated. Those French forces that remained were ordered to attack. They charged through mud, a thunderstorm, and a stampede of cattle stirred up by Native Americans armed only with machetes. They, too, were defeated.

Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

By Hayden Herrera

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This engrossing biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose sensual vibrancy came straight from her own experiences: her childhood near Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution; a devastating accident at age eighteen that left her crippled and unable to bear children; her tempestuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera and intermittent love affairs with men as diverse as Isamu Noguchi and Leon Trotsky; her association with the Communist Party; her absorption in Mexican folklore and culture; and her dramatic love of spectacle.

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Salma Hayek delivers one of the best performances of her career in Frida, a vividly imaginative film based on Herrera's biography of the fascinating Frida Kahlo.

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Art Film Screening Tomorrow: Art & Revolution in Mexico

Artist Diego Rivera

We'll be screening Art and Revolution in Mexico (51 min., 2005) on Tuesday, April 5, 7pm, Headquarters Library theater.

Mexico has an unmatched legacy of painters who have recorded history in a most outspoken way. Rivera, Siquerios, and Orosco among others, produced some of the finest examples of socio/political art in their famous murals and frescoes.

This film is recommended for high school age students and up.

Art Films in the Library are offered In partnership with the Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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Art Film Screening Tomorrow: Frida Kahlo

Great Women Artists: Frida Kahlo

Come learn about the life of Frida Kahlo, one of the most fascinating artists of the 20th century. Frida began to paint in 1925. Today Kahlo's work is critically and monetarily as prized as that of her male peers, sometimes more so. Learn more about this cultural icon.

This film is recommended for high school age students and up.

We'll be screening Frida Kahlo (45 min., 2006) on Tuesday, March 22, 7pm, Headquarters Library theater.

Art Films in the Library are offered In partnership with the Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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Frida

By Jonah Winter

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The life story of revered Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is presented in this age-appropriate biography. Suggested for ages 4-8.
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