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Opera Norma
VICENCIO BELLINI
Mon Feb 12, 4pm 161 Minutes
70 pesos
Orchestra of the TeatroRegio di Torino.With: Montserrat Caballé, Jon Vickers. Conductor: GiussepePatané.
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Center for Global Justice presents:
Film: “Citizen Four” (Edward Snowden)
Feb, Wed 14, 11am Teatro Sana Ana 70 pesos
“Big brother is watching you.” That is no longer just the theme of a dystopian novel. It is the reality of today’s national security state. And it was Edward Snowden who opened our eyes to the extent of surveillance over our daily lives by the National Security Agency (NSA). In retaliation against this citizen whistleblower, Snowden is now “the most wanted man in the world” and living in exile in Russia.
The Academy Award nominated film “Citizen Four” documents the inside story of Snowden’s release of a treasure trove of information about NSAs illegal and nefarious spying on the public. The film is directed and produced by cinematographer Laura Poitras, whom he had first contacted anonymously under the name Citizen Four. She reveals her interviews with Snowden as he first tells her of what now the whole world knows.

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Center for Global Justice presents Panel: “Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth” with Susan Goldman, Cliff DuRand, and Roberto Robles
Feb Thu 15, 11 La Biblioteca Sala Quetzal 70 pesos
As we struggle to find our way out of our present morass, we need a vision of where we want to go. Historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz has been building institutions for a better society forover 40 years. His vision is set forth in his little book Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth which is available free on-line. This vision will be discussed by Center for Global Justice members Susan Goldman, Cliff DuRand and Roberto Robles.

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Documentary
Moctezuma
Sat, feb 17, 2:30 pm Teatro Santa Ana Reloj 50
English Language Spanish subtitles $70 pesos
Dan Snow journeys to the ancient heart of Mexico in search of the lost civilization of the Aztecs and their last and greatest ruler, Montezuma II (1502–1520). Montezuma inherited an empire of five million people, stretching from present-day Mexico to Nicaragua, from his uncle. His rule was marked by incessant warfare. Enemy states were growing more powerful and conquered tribes were becoming more rebellious. Within months of taking the throne in 1502, he changed from a man of good reason into a pitiless autocrat who declared himself a god, believing that fear and ruthlessness were the only ways to stop the empire falling apart. Yet it was at the hands of Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors that Montezuma met his downfall. But what was his relationship with Cortes, and why did such a ruthless leader submit to his captors with such relative ease? As Dan Snow visits the ruins and picks through current excavations, he pieces together the evidence of a gripping story: a divine tragedy of errors, the clash of civilisations, the end of a world - and a very human God.

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Film
The Mistery of Picasso
Sat, Feb 17 , 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana English subtitles 70 pesos
The Mystery of Picasso (French: Le mystère Picasso) is a 1956 French documentary film about the painter Pablo Picasso, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, and showing Picasso in the act of creating paintings for the camera. Most of the paintings were subsequently destroyed so that they would only exist on film, though some may have survived. The film begins with Picasso creating simple marker drawings in black and white, gradually progressing to full scale collages and oil paintings. It won the Special Jury Prize at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival[2] and was shown out of competition at the 1982 Festival.]This famous art movie wasn't the first documentary showing Picasso painting images on glass plates from the viewpoint of the camera. The Belgian documentary film Visit to Picasso (1949) did it almost seven years earlier.
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Documentary
Robert Cenedella Sun 18, 12pm
Teatro Santa Ana English $70 pesos
this documentary about Robert Cenedella is an American artist. He became well known for several of his paintings, including commissions by Bacardi, Heinz, Absolut Vodka and Le Cirque.
Early life Robert Cenedella was born in Milford, Massachusetts in 1940. He attended the High School of Music and Art in New York, but was expelled for writing a satirical letter about the atom bomb drill to the school’s principal. Cenedella continued to receive his formal education at The Art Students League of New York, where he studied under the late German satirical painter George Grosz. In 1988, he took over the George Grosz Chair at The Art Students League and presently teaches three courses. Career Following a tradition in art established by the likes of Pieter Brueghel, George Bellows, Marcel Duchamp, Honore Daumier, William Hogarth and George Grosz before him, Robert Cenedella's works are known for their pictorial satire, humor and fantasy. His art chronicles the changing rituals and myths of society in contemporary America. In the last 20 years, Cenedella has amassed considerable international praise as well as inclusion in numerous public and private collections. His commissions include works for the Bacardi Int’l,Absolut Vodka, a theater piece for Tony Randall and two paintings for the Le Cirque 2000 Restaurant in New York and Mexico City.Cenedella’s “Le Cirque — The First Generation” still hangs at the restaurant’s entryway and is featured in the book “A Table at Le Cirque”

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Documentary
The Mexican-American
War Sun, feb, 18, 1:30pm
La Biblioteca Sala Quetzal
English $60 pesos
The filmmakers at the History Channel investigate what many historians claim to be among the most unjust wars ever waged in this look at the Mexican-American War hosted by boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya. Launched in April of 1846, "Mr. Polk's War" was an attempt by America to expand its border to the Pacific Ocean. In doing so, it took almost half of Mexico's territory. In this film, viewers are offered the chance to view this conflict from both sides of the battlefield. Mexican and American historians come together to ask why war was initiated, examine how it was fought, and reveal why it ended in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Archival materials, vivid reenactments, and newly captured location footage help to paint a vivid picture of the controversial war that involved such noted historical figures as Zachary Taylor (who would later become president), Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee. Discover why the Mexican-American War was one of the most crucial conflicts in North American history, and how it forever changed the relationship between the two neighboring nations.

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