Southern Oregon University will host a weeklong roster of events to celebrate the anniversary of its relationship with the Universidad de Guanajuato and the city of Guanajuato in Mexico, which is Ashland's sister city. Unless noted, most of the events are free. Call 552-6093.
Here are dates and times of the events:
Monday, April 13
- 11 a.m. — Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre, a local Mexican folk dance troupe known for authentic costumes and choreography, will perform in the Stevenson Union courtyard.
- 6:30 p.m. — "Like Water for Chocolate," a romantic drama directed by Alfonso Arau, will be shown in the Stevenson Union arena. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. SOU alumnus Eric Buenrostro will lead a discussion after the film.
Tuesday, April 14
- Noon — The SOU Percussion Ensemble will present marimba music from Chiapas and other parts of Mexico at the Hannon Library.
- 6:30 p.m. — "A Day Without a Mexican," a comedy and fantasy directed by Sergio Arau, will be shown in the SU arena. SOU Spanish instructor Viola Olsen will lead a discussion.
Wednesday, April 15
- Noon — Information about studying at the Universidad de Guanajuato will be available in Room 319 of the Stevenson Union.
- 6:30 p.m. — "Amores Perros," a thriller directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, will be shown in the SU arena. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. A discussion led by SOU Spanish instructor Brian Sullivan.
Thursday, April 16
- 11:30 a.m. — Estudiantina Callejoneada, a group of roving musicians made up of SOU students, will lead audiences from the Stevenson Union courtyard to the Hannon Library and Cascade Residence Halls. The students follow the tradition of the Estudiantina in Guanajuato, who lead their audiences through hilly, narrow streets of the city.
- 1:45 to 5 p.m. — A symposium, "Envisioning Mexico and the United States in the 21st Century," will be presented in the Meese Auditorium of the Center for the Visual Arts. The keynote speaker will be Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, the director general of the Mexican Consejo Nacional de Ciencia Y Tecnologia and former governor of the state of Guanajuato.
Friday, April 17
- 8 p.m. — An Estudiantina Concert will be presented at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Admission is $5. Saturday, April 18
- 8 p.m. — Flamenco guitarist Rafael Cuen Garibi will perform in the Music Recital Hall at SOU. Admission is $15. Garabi is a professor of music at the University of Guanajuato. SOU Music Department Chair Terry Longshore will accompany Garibi on the cajón.