Teatro Vivo presents free play for teens inspired by true story


Teatro Vivo presents “Sangre de un Ángel,” a play by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, directed by Si Mon’ Emmett, and presented at the Oswaldo A.B. Cantu Panamerican Recreation Center. Photo contributed by Teatro Vivo

When East Austinite Adam L. Chapa Sr. was shot in his driveway in 1998 by a teen gang member, his family’s life forever changed. But Teatro Vivo’s latest production “Sangre de un Ángel” (Blood of an Angel) now aims to encourage young adults with Chapa’s story.

The play by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce of “Mariachi Girl” is directed by Chapa’s cousin Si Mon’ Emmett. The free performances June 1-3 at 8 p.m. with an additional 4 p.m. performance June 2 will be at the Hillside Theatre at the A.B. Cantu Pan American Recreation Center (2100 E. Third St, Austin, Texas), near Chapa’s home.

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Sangre de un Ángel tells the story of a rebellious teenager who seeks the approval of his troubled friends. But when his auto mechanics teacher gives him the opportunity to rebuild a classic 1957 Chevy, he’s encouraged to go back to school. Just as he’s looking forward to a hopeful future, trouble follows him home.

“Teenagers, teenagers of color most importantly, don’t often see themselves represented in professional theater in a way where we can see the multiple elements of their lives influencing their decisions,” Emmett says. “Their stories are important.”

For more information, visit teatrovivo.org.

Celebrate June, Brazilian style

Fans dance along to the music on Brazilian Samba Funk night at the Sahara Lounge on June 2014.  Photo by Martin Do Nascimento
Fans dance along to the music on Brazilian Samba Funk night at the Sahara Lounge on June 2014. Photo by Martin Do Nascimento

In my latest Cultura en Austin column, which highlights upcoming Latino cultural art happenings, I highlighted several must-see events including some of the month-long festivities celebrating Brazilian culture.

In Brazil, the month of June means honoring various saints with food, music and dancing. On June 6, celebrations kick off here in Austin at Esquina Tango at 9 p.m. Local forró band Seu Jacinto, which plays traditional Northeastern Brazilian music, will lead a mini forró class at 9:30 p.m. DJ Pererê will also play on breaks.

The BYOB party costs $8, and costumes are encouraged. Brazilian street food truck, Boteco will also be on site. For more information, visit esquinatangoaustin.com.

Celebrations continue this summer at the Brasil Grooves Summer Series, which starts June 20 at the Spider House Ballroom. Featured bands include psychedelic pop band Suns of Orpheus and Brazillian pop/rock band Fusca XR3. The showcases, presented by Austin Vida and Austin Brazil, will be at 9 p.m. every third Saturday from June-August.  Cover is $10.

Check out the full Cultura en Austin column for more cool June events here.