By Raymond R. Beltran
Dr. Luna has lost his melody and he’s trying to find it!
Luckily, he knows an all star host of local musicians and other two-foot furry characters, like himself, to search his neighborhood.
Kiosko is his community and also the name and setting for a new children’s program being introduced by San Diego producers Miguel-Angel Sória and Alejandra Gomez.
The white-bearded elder, Dr. Luna, who speaks with a lovable Puerto Rican accent and is played by Genaro Bermudez, learns about ‘rhythm verses noise’ on his search throughout the show, which plays out as a music lesson for young viewers.
With a culturally diverse cast of characters, Kiosko’s first show, which screens this Sunday, April 29, at the International Children’s Film Festival, is a series of colorful skits introducing children to harmony, rhythm, melody y más, and a talented stream of puppeteers reminiscent of Sesame Street, only in the barrio.
“Our show is called Kiosko and it gets its name from the traditional kiosko’s in the center of the towns all throughout Latin America, a place where people come together to share music, stories and to create community,” says co-producer Alejandra Gomez, a UCSD grad and third grade Spanish Immersion teacher. “We wanted a show that celebrated our diverse communities and cultures.”
The shows main goal is to educate pre-kindergartners to primary grade school youth the fundamentals of music, giving respect to world cultures along the way with a special guest, talented flutist Lenon Honor.
“We are also very fortunate to have a local treasure, Kevin Green, be one of our production partners as well as the music director for the show,” says Miguel-Angel Sória, a USD grad and museum program director. “(He) created an array of music for the show, ranging from punk to Tejano to western classical music.”
Producers say that the cast, actors to puppeteers, were all local talent they were lucky to have tapped into, like visual artist Fernando Flores who, Sória says took on much of the design work.
Pink-haired character ‘Meme’ needs to learn to how to … well … learn, before she hollers “Me-me-me-me” when the question arises, “what is music?” Violinist Crystal Alforque has to teach ‘Aki’ to slow down and listen to the harmony of Itsy Bitsy Spider, and ‘Johnny Q. Loco’, played by Steven Hohman, has to hip his fellow factory workers to the game and show them how to put sounds into order, creating a rhythm.
In the end, all the characters find out a little something about music, but also about how they are related to the formula of music.
The show is filled with captivating graphics, colors, catchy tunes and attention grabbing scenarios. This one, titled “Missing Melody,” will be screened at this Sunday’s International Children’s Film Festival in the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, call the film festival at 760-470-2481, or visit Kiosko Productions online at www.kioskoproductions.com.
L.A. based ensemble Mojácar Flamenco blends traditional flamenco music and dance with contemporary Latin jazz. They will present an evening of fierce rhythms and passionate music and dance with Acoustic Music San Diego on Saturday, April 28th, at the Normal Heights Methodist Church (4650 Mansfield St) at 7:30 p.m. Cover. For more information, call 619-303-8176.
Support your local revolutionary students at SDSU for a Chicano Chicana Graduation. Bring your friends and family to Chevy’s Restaurant (1202 Camino del Rio North) in Mission Valley this Saturday, May 28th, between 4 and 9 p.m. and students will receive 25% from every dollar you spend. For a printed invitation to render the Chevy’s staff, contact Robert Maciel via email at email@example.com.
Divas Direct and the Media Arts Center’s Teen Producers Project showcase the work of the San Diego Women Film Foundation program, wherein talented teen filmmakers work on short flicks, including narrative and public service announcements. Takes place at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park on Sunday, April 29, at 3:15 p.m. Cover. All day passes available. For more information, call 760-470-2481.
Join students and professors of City College to demand full rights for immigrants. An 11:30 a.m. rally is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, at Gorton Quad in front of the cafeteria on campus (1313 Park Blvd) with speakers, a downtown march to Horton Plaza and a teach in.
The Lemon Grove Historical Society will present the annual lecture by Professor Robert R. Alvarez, son of Mexican American civil rights defender in the 1931 Lemon Grove Incident that led to school desegregation. He will discuss the political, historical and moral context of the U.S. Mexico border Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center (3205 Olive St) in Lemon Grove. Free to the public. For more info, call 619-460-4353.
A film that brought together factory workers and activists in Tijuana, Maquilapolis depicts globalization through the eyes of the women who live on its leading edge. To screen at City College (1313 Park Blvd) in Room A-213 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. Free parking in lots after 5 p.m.
This is the last week to submit: ¿Recuerdos de tus abuelitos? Los Bilingual Writers is accepting bilingual poetry, prose and narrative submissions for their next anthology. If your abuelos ever shared a piece of their history with you and you are a talented writer, submit no more than three pieces of work by next Tuesday, April 30, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hola Latin Music Fans! Last week’s jam had the most horn players come and sit in with Bill Caballero and his Latin Jazz Session at Voz Alta (corner of 16th and Broadway) in Downtown. Patrons were complimented fresh roasted coffee with homegrown Latin beats. Sessions are every Thursday, beginning at 7:30. For more info, call Bill at 619-628-8568 or visit him online at www.caballeromusic.com.
(Planning a noteworthy junta, event, or show that the San Diego Latino/Latina community should know about? Send it to La Prensa at email@example.com. Deadlines are every Tuesday if you plan to host on the following Friday.)