Something funny this way comes!


Get ready to laugh at some of the best improv performers in the West Coast!

Our 31st season is full of new stuff, and this one is a biggie: Milagro is playing host to the first Stumptown Improv Festival! Fifteen of the best improv comedy teams have a date to entertain you starting tonight, August 14th and through the 16th in two shows per evening, at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. 


Teams include local favorites such as Brody Theater, as well as national and international outfits like The Sunday Service (Vancouver, BC), Belmonte (CA) and Ferrari McSpeedy (MN). Check out their website for the full schedule and to purchase tickets, and don't forget to check out their hilarious description of Milagro under "The Venue."

 For those wanting to get down and dirty with improv, there are also workshops being conducted Friday and Saturday, including some sessions with members of the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade (L.A.).

Get your tickets and see you at Milagro!

Get rewards for shopping and support Milagro!

Over the years, Milagro has relied on support from many sources to bring you innovative and unique arts and entertaiment, such as the upcoming La Luna Nueva Festival. Recently, we began receiving support through the Community Rewards program at Fred Meyer stores, "where shopping and giving meet."

If you are a Fred Meyer shopper with a rewards card - easy to get, if you don't have one yet! - simply link your rewards card  to Milagro (#83244 Miracle Theatre Group), and at the end of the next fiscal quarter, Fred Meyer will make a donation to the company (or the charity of your choice) based on your purchases, without affecting your discounts or gas rewards!

Fred Meyer has also been a sponsor of some of our programming with in-kind donations, and this is yet another great way they support their customers' communities.

Sign up and take advantage of this great way to contribute to your home for Latino arts and culture, and support all the great artistic and educational programming that Milagro brings you year after year!

The time for the new moon is coming


Portland's ONLY Latino arts and culture festival is back for its sixth year with live music, dance, theatre, and visual art, including two world premieres and a Portland premiere! 

Opening the festival the world premiere of  Andeam Dreams a presentation of Andean culture full of music, folklore and colorful Andean dances with choreography and costumes by Peruvian artist Luciana Proaño under the musical direction of Alex Llumiquinga with musical performances by Chayag;  the Portland premiere of Dreamscape,  hip hop theatre by award-winning Rickerby Hinds, directly from California,  where a young woman, “Myeisha Mills,”  dreams though the impact of the twelve bullets that kill her; and the world premiere of Words that Burn, by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, co-conceived with Frank Delgado, and directed by Gemma Whelan presented by Los Porteños, the show dramatizes the WWII experiences of William Stafford, Lawson Inada and Guy Gabaldón.

The festival is complemented by fabulous family events with the theatrical performances of the bilingual productions Sueños de Fútbol and El Niño Diego; a movie night celebration of Cantinflas, one of the most beloved and prolific Mexican comedic artists from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema; staged readings and visual art exhibitions are the perfect complement to these celebrations of Latino arts and culture! 

Tickets now on sale! at  503-236-7253 or  www.milagro.org

¡El único festival de arte y cultura latina en Portland regresa este año para su sexta edición presentando dos estrenos mundiales y un estreno exclusivo en Portland!
Música, baile, teatro y arte visual.

El estreno mundial de Andean Dreams, una presentación de la cultura andina llena de música, folclore y coloridas danzas con coreografía y vestuario creados por la bailarina peruana  Luciana Proaño, bajo la dirección musical de Alex Llumiquinga y con las actuaciones musicales del grupo Chayag; el estreno en Portland de Dreamscape, teatro hip-hop por el galardonado Rickerby Hinds, directamente desde California, que cuenta la historya de una joven, "Myeisha Mills," entre sueños y los impactos de las doce balas que le matan; y el estreno mundial de Words that Burn, escrito por Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, co-concebido con Frank Delgado, y dirigido por Gemma Whelan. Presentado por el grupo de escritores Los Porteños, el espectáculo dramatiza las experiencias de la Segunda Guerra Mundial de los laureados poetas William Stafford, Lawson Inada y Guy Gabaldón.

El festival se complementa con eventos familiares fabulosos con representaciones de las producciones bilingües Sueños de Fútbol y El Niño Diego; una noche de película celebrando a Cantinflas, uno de los artistas cómicos más queridos y prolíficos de la época de oro del cine mexicano; lecturas dramatizadas y exposiciones de arte visual son el complemento perfecto paraq ¡la fiesta mas grande de arte y cultura Latinoamericano en Portland!

Tequila is good for Milagro


Come be part of a sensational summer tequila tasting, and help Milagro make a little cash at the same time! Portland’s first annual Tequila Fest is taking place Friday, August 22nd from 5pm-10pm, through Saturday, August 23rd from 4pm-10pm, at the World Trade Center Outdoor Plaza (121 SW Salmon).

Taste dozens of tequilas from around the world, have a tequila-based cocktail, sample Mexican food from Sandoval’s Tequila Grill, and enjoy the sound of Mariachi music by the Portland waterfront!

Not only is this a fun new Portland event full of all the things we love, but it’s also benefitting Milagro! Buy your ticket using the promotion code: “MILAGRO,” and you’ll not only get $5 off the price, but Milagro will receive %5 of the total ticket sales profits! Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.tequilafestpdx.com/ Don’t forget to input the code!

Plus! If Milagro provides 3 volunteers each day of the event, we will receive $500 extra dollars!

We still need 3 volunteers on Saturday night from 7-10pm! Commit to a few hours helping organizers make sure everything runs smoothly, and you’ll get a FREE PASS to experience the event on Friday! Sign up here! http://vols.pt/y9E3Ld

We will see you there!

Photo of the Day: a blast from the past!



Today we received a visit from an old friend: Rachel Anderson, who served as Production Manager (among several hats worn at Milagro) back in 2003-4. A graduate of Reed College, she began as an intern before going on to collaborate on at least 4 productions.

As she was reminiscing with José and Dañel we got to learn she is now a professor at Franklin & Marshall College, teaching directing. Thanks for dropping by, Rachel, it was great to see you!

Photo of the Day: 'Burguesa goes to work

Just another day of work, as Ajai Terrazas Tripathi and the juicy hamburguesa from Sueños de Fútbol head for another performance. (Photo courtesy A.T.T.)

The touring show about Candi, a young girl who discovers her inner champion as she learns ancient Mayan tales, continues making its way to community centers and summer programs around the region. If you are interested in catching a public performance or bringing one of our performances to your community, contact Alida Holguín Wilson-Gunn or call 503-236-7253.

Coming to La Luna Nueva: Luciana Proaño






It is less than two months before the launch of our annual arts festival celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, but the line-up of La Luna Nueva 2014 is already stirring up the excitement. This year's edition, like almost the entirety of our 31st Season, brings to Portland something seldom (or never!) seen before with a series of premieres. (Visit www.milagro.org after Aug. 1 for full schedule of events.)

La Luna Nueva features local and international artists with traditional and innovative perspectives on Latino arts, and the opening weekend (Sep. 12-14) brings back to Milagro one of these talents from our very own city: Luciana Proaño. The renowned dancer and choreographer has collaborated with us in a few productions, beginning with the Touring and Education production, Mi Gente, Mi Vida in 1995. Learn more about this engaging artist in the following excerpt from LUCIANA PROAÑO, THE ARTIST IN SPRINGTIME by our own Olga Sanchez, which originally appeared in El Hispanic News, March 5, 2014:
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One of Luciana Proaño’s earliest memories is hearing The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky’s modern classic, on her father’s record player.  She was three years old, living in her native Peru, and Stravinsky’s fragmented music with its unpredictable rhythms stirred her to dance immediately. Again and again, whenever The Rite of Spring was played (which was often as it was her father’s favorite music), she would be moved to dance.  These childhood impulses launched a lifelong relationship with dance, music and art.  She went on to study classical and indigenous forms of dance: ballet and modern, Andean and Afro-Peruvian, as well as anthropology.  She spent years living in different regions of Peru, learning as much as she could about its thousands of classified dances and their history.  
 

These experiences have formed the foundation of Proaño’s work. Over the years she has generated more than 40 dance performances, each with distinct concepts and styles, drawn from her life events, often inspired by literature that she has distilled and reshaped. She is an eclectic creator, not unlike Stravinsky, this spirit of improvisation and spontaneity remains very much at the center of her creativity influencing not only the dance, but her costumes and scenic design. […]
 

Proaño finds it interesting that for an artist who is so committed to working in the present moment, her investigation is grounded in the repetitiveness of the life cycle. She explains this as a paradox. 'Our life wouldn’t make as much sense if we only thought in linear time,' she says.  'Our sense of hope might not exist. The past is a validation of the future, but this validation can only happen in the present.' […]
 

Proaño enjoys reviewing the effects of history.  In Lima she experienced a rich cultural education but also 1000% inflation. She knows that the US has never experienced anything similar.  In circumstances like that, she says, 'all you have is your education and your imagination. You learn to live in the moment.  It doesn’t justify suffering but it teaches you how to survive by being present to opportunities and truth'.  Working close to the renowned Peruvian theatre company Yuyachkani reinforced her philosophy, 'Work with what you have.'
 

Proaño has been called an Intellectual Dancer for exploring themes of life’s meaning and life’s cycles in her works.  She says, 'I do not perform to be admired, I perform to let you into a new possibility, I dance to open a door.' […]
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Luciana Proaño will be collaborating on a fascinating exploration of the history of the Andes from Inca times and beyond, which will be performing during the opening weekend of the 2014 La Luna Nueva festival of Latino arts and culture. Call 503-236-7253 or go online to order your passes for this season and don't miss all the exciting events starting September 12!

Flashback Friday: Who wore it better?

Whew! Just finished with JAM: July At Milagro, our first program in our '14-15 Season!

But today we wanted to go back and kick it old school with this shot from our award winning production in the '11-12 season, Oedipus El Rey, contrasting Nick Ortega and his vatos locos with some hip and stylin' guys from Bangkok who've adopted the Mexican gangster look becoming what our Identity Bootcamp moderator called "identity hoppers", and creating a very interesting subculture.
 So what do you think? Who wears the Mexican Cholo look better? Let us know in the comments, and also take the opportunity to sound off on our 30th season with this simple survey (available in Spanish also)!

¿Qué te gustó más? Dínos ¡y gana!

Por favor, conteste nuestra encuesta.

JAM: Julio en Milagro es el comienzo oficial de nuestra trigésimo primera temporada y ¡tenemos tanto preparado! Pero hoy queremos recordar algunos de los mejores momentos de la temporada pasada, y de paso, ¡pedir tu opinión!

Aún si participaste en todos o te perdiste alguno de nuestros eventos y presentaciones, dános tu opinión y ayudanos con esta breve encuesta. Podrías ganarte dos entradas a uno de nuestros siguientes espectáculos. Y claro, siempre nos puedes contactar en Facebook.

Nuestra Trigésima Temporada presentó producciones que conquistaron a público y crítica por igual:

    • La celebración anual celebration del Mes de la Hispanidad, La Luna Nueva (este año comienza Sep. 12)
    • Corrido Calavera, la producción de Día de los Muertos escrita y dirigida por Lakin Valdez (quien regresa este mes con un taller extraordinario)
    • La conmovedora obra de Milagro Tour, Cuéntame Coyote por la Directora Fundadora Dañel Malán
    • Ardiente Paciencia que trajo al escenario la vida y poesía de Neruda
    • La irreverente comedia que arremete contra los prejuicios con carcajadas, Learn to Be Latina

    También organizamos varios eventos especiales:
    • Exhibiciones de arte y actividades de conciencia cultural en el vestíbulo del teatro durante las presentaciones
    • JAM '13 que incluyó clases para hacer piñatas y máscaras, cocina mexicana y colombiana, y una clase de tango
    • Mujeres, nuestra fiesta y show para conmemorar el Día Internacional de la Mujer
    • Posada, la celebración comunitaria de Navidad al estilo latinoamericano
    • Degustaciones de vinos y mezcal
    • Visitas a los altares y exhibiciones de arte para grupos escolares

    Todo esto y mucho más fue parte de tan sólo un año en la vida de Milagro. Nos encantaría saber cuál fue tu parte favorita, y como hacerlo aún mejor durante la temporada '14-'15.  Y no te olvides seguirnos también en  Facebook, Twitter y Pinterest!

    What did you love the most?

    Please take the 30th Season Survey!

    JAM: July at Milagro officially kicks off our 31st season and there is so much in store! But today we want to take a look at some of the biggest events in the past year, and of course, hear from you!

    Whether you participated in all or missed some of our events and performances, let us know and help us by taking this short survey. It could mean two tickets for you to one of our shows! Of course, you can always contact us through our Facebook page!

    Our 30th Season featured productions that won over audiences and critics:
    • The annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, La Luna Nueva (this year's starts Sep. 12)
    • Corrido Calavera, the Day of the Dead production written and directed by Lakin Valdez (who's returning this July with a unique workshop)
    • The touching production from Milagro Tour, Cuéntame Coyote by Founding Director Dañel Malán.
    • Ardiente Paciencia brought to the stage the life and poetry of Neruda
    • The irreverent race riot that had everyone gasping and laughing, Learn to Be Latina


    We had also had many special events:
    • Art exhibits and cultural-awareness activities in the lobby for every performance
    • JAM '13 included piñata- and mask-making, Mexican and Colombian cooking, and a tango class
    • Mujeres, our late-night Ladies' Night celebrating International Women's Day
    • Posada, a community Christmas celebration in a traditional Latin American style
    • Wine and Mezcal tastings
    • Art and Altar visits for school groups


    All this and so much more were part of just one year at Milagro. We would love to hear what you thought, what your favorite part was, and how we may make our '14-'15 Season even greater! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

    This summer, have a taste of Colombia!


    One of the best parts of a multicultural society is without a doubt the food, and sharing it with friends makes it so much better! July At Milagro is bringing you a chance to pick up some delicious hot weather recipes from south of south of the border! Sign up for the Colombian Cooking class offered by our own Julieth Buri and get ready to set the table South American style!

    The cuisine of Colombia is made up of delightful combinations of fresh, tropical ingredients and techniques developed in indigenous, Spanish, African, Arab and Asian kitchens throughout history. Although it features some unique and unusual offerings such as hormigas culonas and chuncullo (roasted ants and chitterlings, respectively), the dishes are just as delicious as their international counterparts while enhanced with the wonderful fruits, vegetables and legumes that thrive in the lush and colorful land of "El Dorado."

    Summer refreshments, however, make the most of fruits whether whole or juiced, and the variety available in the South American country has spawned a plethora of cool and nutritious treats. Some favorite ingredients are bananas (in several different varieties), zapote, passion fruit, guanábana, guava and noni, and the much less exotic strawberry.

    Join Marketing Director Julieth this Thursday July 17 and learn how to prepare some of her own Colombian summer favorites!

    There is much more JAM for you though; check out the full schedule of classes and sign up - including the exciting Fun Family Day, with free admission for children under 12!

    Whet your apetite for some Mexican specialties!

    There's so much fun and learning during JAM with its craft classes and the performance/workshop during Family Fun Day! But don't forget there's also great food to go with the great times!

    Erubiel Valladares, who's currently getting ready to present Sueños de Fútbol on July 12, will be teaching a one-night class for you to learn his secrets in preparing two delicious and popular Mexican dishes, quesadillas de flor de calabaza (squash blossom quesadillas) and ceviche. Read on to learn more about these platillos, and sign up today for this and the rest of the activities during JAM!

    About quesadillas:
    Although the quesadilla is a staple of Mexican cuisine - and how could the simple combination of tortilla and cheese not become one? - there are lots of variations for every taste. 
    Emerging into history during Mexico's colonial period, this XVIII Century invention quickly found itself adapted to the different climates and seasons throughout the country, much like the pre-Columbian enchilada (the native groups did not consume dairy products). In the central regions, the half-moon nest made by tortilla and cheese opened to welcome squash blossom, an aromatic and nutritious part of traditional diets. Although the female blooms of the curcubita pepo turn into the calabacita (or calabacín) fruit, it is the male flowers that produce the best flavor, and are a great source of potassium, calcium, folic acid and Vitamin A.

    About ceviche (also spelled cebiche, seviche):
    Ceviche is far from unique to Mexico, but the regional variants set them apart. In fact, the origins of the dish are marinated in mystery just like the seafood it's made with is steeped in an acidic substance. Although the true roots may be tied to the Polynesian migration to South America or even the Moorish cuisine of Spain (the name cebiche might be derived from either the Latin cibus or the Arabic sakbaj), the common denominators are the cured fish or seafood and the chopped spiced vegetables. From Perú (where the dish first probably made landfall in the Americas) to California and beyond, this delicious and easy-to-prepare concoction, every region has made ceviche its own, and why not?

    Join us for JAM and prepare to delight your family and friends with your new culinary skill, and while you're at it, take a craft class or enjoy a bilingual show! Call 503-236-or write for more information!