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‘Festival of Bones’ performance celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


Through its Talking Stories/Cuentos que hablan, the Children’s Reading Alliance (CRA) brings people together through literature to share values and traditions and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a Zoom presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.

El Paso actor and musician Jonathan Contreras will perform “The Festival of Bones/El Festival de las Calaveras” by Luis San Vicente, with a story, music and audience participation in both Spanish and English “to explore the rich family traditions of the Borderland,” CRA said in a news release.

After the performance, the audience is invited to share their family traditions and participate in intergenerational conversation, CRA said. Participating families receive a copy of Vicente’s book.

The program is free and open to the public.

Talking Stories/Cuentos que hablan brings quality children’s literature to Doña Ana County, CRA said. Each month, families are invited to Zoom with a different local performing artist to share a story together and participate in a discussion.

The Oct. 15 presentation is the ninth story in a 10-part series of Talking Stories/Cuentos que hablan, told by local performers, produced by CRA and sponsored by the Las Cruces Bulletin, New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To participate in the program, visit https://cutt.ly/skep9er or email TalkingStories2021@gmail.com.

Contact Jennifer Alvarado at jalvarado@cra.org and 575-644-4645 and Rorie Measure at 575-522 4804 and rmeasure@gmail.com.

 Visit www.childrensreadingalliance.org.