Tomas Rivera Tribute in Riverside

Film festival and community celebration at University of California, Riverside, October 27 - 30, 2016

By Roberto Tijerina
Published on LatinoLA: October 24, 2016

Tomas Rivera Tribute in Riverside

Welcome to CHICANO HIGHLIGHTS with your Host, Roberto "El Beto-man" Tijerina broadcasting from KUCR 88.3 FM Radio Aztlan and The East LA Revue Internet Radio.

On this show, El Beto-man interviews three special guests, Dr. CARLOS CORTES writer and performer of "Tomás Rivera: A Tribute"; Dean MILAGROS PENA (award-winning author and current Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences); and CONCHA RIVERA (Tomas Rivera surviving spouse).

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The interview is a short overview about the guests' back-grounds and about the up-coming Film Festival and Tomas Rivera Tribute in Riverside, California on October 27 – 30, 2016. The (4) four days of events are free and open to the public, and made possible with the support of the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, and the UC Riverside College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

On Thursday October 27th, 2016, 7 PM – 8:30 PM the "TOMAS AND THE LIBRARY LADY" play, written by Pat Mora, Adapted to the stage by Jose Cruz Gonzalez will be featured at UCR ARTS Block Culver Center of the Arts at 3824 Main Street Riverside, CA 92501. This production is for the young audiences based on the classic children's book Tomás and the Library Lady, we follow Tomas and his family as they conquer the many challenges facing Mexican-American migrant farm workers in the 1940s and 50s.

As part of the 28th Annual Tomás Rivera Tribute, this performance will bring to life both the magic and the struggle of Dr. Rivera's childhood, how he overcame those challenges, and went on to become an accomplished scholar, author, and Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside.

The festivities start with a Gala Event and film CINEMA CULTURA 3rd ANNUL & THE TOMAS RIVERA 28th ANNUAL TRIBUTE Friday, October 28, 2016 @ Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave. Seating is limited, and on a first come, first served basis. Parking in downtown Riverside is free after 5 PM. The 95 minute Director Celso Garcia titled "The Thin Yellow Line/La Delgado Linea Amarilla" will be screened.

On Saturday, Oct 29 at the Riverside City College, Digital Library Auditorium @ 3:30 pm a 88 minute Documentary by Director Trisha Ziff. The film is titled "The Man Who Saw Too Much / El Hombre Que Vio Demasiado" and @ 7 pm an 88 minutes by Director Julio Hernández Cordón titled "I Promise You Anarchy/Te Prometo Anarquía".

On Sunday Oct. 30 at Riverside City College, Digital Library Auditorium; screening at 3:00 pm - Mini Cinema Culturas, Life in Motion, A Tribute to Tomás Rivera. Screening of film created by students in film workshops offered by Cinema Culturas: "Imagination Part II, Reading, Writing, and Filming", reflecting the life and legacy of Tomás Rivera. Followed (at 4:15 PM) by a screening of student film competition award winner "Tomás Rivera: A Tribute" written and Performed by Dr. Carlos E. Cortés. And at 5:30 pm – "The Beginning of Time/El Comienzo Del Tiempo" *Winner, Best Latin American Film, Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2015; Best Picture, Beijing International Film Festival 2015.

About the 28th Annual "Tomás Rivera Conference": From 1979 through 1984, acclaimed poet-novelist Tomas Rivera served as Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. As the first minority Chancellor in the history of the University of California system, Rivera became a national figure in higher education.

The annual Tomás Rivera Conference, initiated in 1988, honors the legacy of Tomás Rivera by providing an international form for reflection on the contributions of Chicanos and Latinos in the worlds of the arts, literature, creative writing, culture, business, medicine, and education. The Conference is purposefully cross-disciplinary, bridging the disciplines to highlight and explore the diversity of issues and concerns that are important to the Latino community as well as the community at-large. Recording Time 29m 5s

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