10TH ANNUAL MOLE THROWDOWN

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Get your taste buds ready for one of the most deliciously unique fundraising events you will ever attended. The 10th Annual Mole Throwdown, hosted by Centro Cultural Aztlan, is a culinary experience blended with art to promote Chicano/Latino Art and Culture in an innovative way that benefits Centro Cultural Aztlan’s year-long programming.

Mole is traditionally prepared for special events, bringing together friends and families. Mole is a delightfully rich tasting dark sauce infused with the flavors of chili peppers, chocolate, and about 25 or more spicy ingredients, and then lovingly poured over turkey or chicken.

Indulgent mole dishes will be prepared and generously donated by local restaurants and local chefs for your taste buds to enjoy. Cerveza (beer) will be iced down and served to complement the meal. A tequila tasting bar will be provided by Salud Tequila Bar, and Tito’s Handmade vodka will be serving a cocktail to refresh your palate.  Patrons will be asked to vote for their favorite recipe, and a new winner will be announced!

In addition to the sampling of mole, there will be a Silent Art Auction featuring the works of artists who have supported Centro Cultural Aztlan for over three decades. These artists’ contribution is their way to show their gratitude to an organization, which focuses on promoting Chicano/Latino Art and Culture.

The 10thAnnual Mole Throwdown promises to be an exciting fundraising event sure to satisfy its patrons with good food and drink while promoting and contributing to an organization dedicated to supporting Chicano, Latino, and Indigenous art.

For more information please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-F, 9am to 5pm at 210-432-1896 or come by our offices located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.  Email – centroaztlan@sbcglobal.net

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10th annual Mole Throwdown



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El Gran Dia de los Artistas

Because of the overwhelming interest and attendance to our June 8th performance,  we will have an encore performance during  ” El Gran Dia De los Artistas” on June 24th at 3PM!!!

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Centro Cultural Aztlan will present El Gran Dia de Los Artistas to celebrate our 41thAnniversary on Sunday, June 24, 2018, from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Centro Cultural Aztlan was incorporated in June of 1977, and we are inviting you to help us mark this significant milestone by celebrating with us four decades of presenting valuable arts programs to the San Antonio community.  El Gran Dia de Los Artistas is a free community event and promises to be an explosion of creativity in the Deco District showcasing live music, poetry, theatre, dance, art demonstrations, and live painting.

The event will feature:

  • An encore performance of “El Laredito”, the forgotten neighborhood west of San Pedro Creek Ethnodrama at 3pm.
    • Live Performances by local bands and poets
    • Live Painting
    • Over 30 artists and artisans showcasing original and unique works of art
    • Children’s Craft Table.We hope that you will be able to join us in the celebration of this important milestone for our organization and our community.  If you are interested in participating as an artist vendor, food vendor or sponsor, please contact us at 210-432-1896, M-F from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Visit our website at www.centroaztlan.org to download an application, follow us on Facebook or drop by our offices located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103, San Antonio, Texas 78201. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Laredito – The Forgotten Neighborhood west of San Pedro Creek

In conjunction with San Antonio’s Tricentennial Celebrations, Centro Cultural Aztlan will present an original ethnodrama depicting the story of El Laredito, the forgotten neighborhood west of San Pedro Creek located in San Antonio, Texas.

Social anthropologist, Dr. Citlali Maria Zentella, will engage participants through an historical journey featuring El Laredito’s barrio experience covering the lives of three families, whose ancestors were among the original residents of San Antonio’s 300-year history.

On Friday, June 8, 2018, from 6-9 pm, residents as well as interested visitors will be able to enjoy a historical re-enactment of El Laredito written and narrated by Dr. Citlali Maria Zentella. The 300 years of EL Laredito will be recreated covering three periods beginning in 1718 and ending in the 1970’s when urban renewal demolished a once vibrant and thriving barrio.

In addition to the historical ethnodrama directed by Dr. Zentella, music of the period and original songs will be performed by Binisa, of Los Inocentes. Don Nuñez and Diana Rodriguez Gil will reconstruct the settings for El Laredito which includes: Una Noche en el Mercado, La Casa Navarro, and La Botanica.  Last but not least, participants will be able to taste and enjoy culinary creations that represent the traditional foods served at the Cenaduria tables at el Mercado by the famous Chili Queens.

For more information you can contact us M-F, 9am to 5pm. Our center is located in the historic Deco Building, 1800 Fredericksburg Rd., 103, San Antonio, TX 78201.

This Tricentennial Celebration is free and open to the public and is brought to you by the generous support of the City of San Antonio/Department of Arts & Culture, Humanities Texas, and the many friends of Centro Cultural Aztlan.

40th Annual Dia de los Muertos

PrintCelebrate one of the most meaningful and recognizable Mexican traditions with Centro Cultural Aztlan!
Since 1977, Centro Cultural has welcomed tourists and residents to take part in the one of the biggest and oldest Dia de los Muertos Celebration in San Antonio paying tribute to this special tradition.

Centro Cultural Aztlan celebrates the Annual Dia de los Muertos with a group exhibition of Altares y Ofrendas on November 2nd. Community artists are invited to create altares in our gallery and help facilitate a dialogue examining the history and traditions of this cultural festivity. The event illustrates the artistic, cultural, and religious facets of this popular pre-Columbian/Mexican tradition where death is seen as a natural part of life. Every aspect of this event and tradition is to celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have passed on. Photographs of loved ones alongside offerings like food and drink grace the alters commemorate their time on earth while offering things for their journey to the next life. Marigolds incense, and candles celebrate life. The entire gallery is transformed into a giant installation revisiting loved ones and celebrating life.

Altar artists include:, Andy Villarreal, Don Nuñez, Maria Isabel Aguilar, Pat Jimenez, Sylvia Lozano, Sylvia Sanchez, Diana Martinez and S.O.L.O.S., Survivors of a loved One’s Suicide., Minerva Ortiz, JD Morera, Holy Cross Spanish Class Students and students from St. Anthony High School.

A fabulous Catrina runway show by Designer Henry de Leon. Body painting by Oscar Galvan and Beyond the Canvas!

Opening reception Thursday, Nov. 2nd from 6-9pm. Suggested admission: $3. Kids and students are free.

View our exhibit of “Altares y Ofrendas” by community artists and students, enjoy pan de muerto, ponche de frutas, and other treats as you visit with friends. Shop for special Dia de los Muertos creations from some of San Antonio’s most talented artists and artisans in our “Avenida de los Muertos”.

Be prepared to dance when the drum rhythms of the Carnaval de San Anto dance troupe arrive to lead us in danzas choreographed for the festive occasion! Suggested admission: $3

Exhibit can be viewed Monday-Friday 9am-5pm until Nov. 10th, 2017.

For more information please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-F, 9am to 5pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s offices located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.
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9th Annual Mole Throwdown

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Get your taste buds ready for one of the most delicious fundraising events you have ever attended. The 9th Annual Mole Throwdown is a culinary, Art-filled experience that blends together our efforts to promote Chicano/Latino Art and Culture in an innovative and creative way that benefits Centro Cultural Aztlan’s year-long programming.

Mole is traditionally prepared for special events, which bring together friends and families. Mole a rich tasting delightful dark sauce is infused with the flavors of chili peppers, chocolate and about 25 or more, spicy ingredients, then married with turkey or chicken.

This succulent dish will be prepared and generously donated by local restaurants and local chefs for your delicate palate that is sure to ignite the taste buds. Cerveza (beer) will be iced down and served to compliment the meal. Patrons will be asked to vote for their favorite, and a new winner will be announced!

In addition to the sampling of mole, there will be a Silent Art Auction featuring the great works of contributing artists that have supported Centro Cultural Aztlan for over three decades. These participating artists’ contribution is their testament of pride and accomplishment, and their way to show their gratitude to an organization, which focuses on promoting Chicano/Latino Art and Culture.

The evening promises to be an exciting fundraising event sure to go down as one of the most creative ways to unite Arte, Cultura, Musica y Comida in a venue that truly supports the Chicano, Latino and Indigenous traditions such as Dia de Los Muertos, Virgen de Guadalupe Exhibit and the Lowrider Festival.

General Admission tickets for the event are only $40.00 per person. Other donation levels are available.

For more information please call the center M-F, 9am to 5pm at 210-432-1896 or come by our offices located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.
Email: centroaztlan@sbcglobal.net.