Top Picks: Creating Change in 2017
• El Payaso at Milagro Theatre
In 1987 Ben Linder was killed by Contras in Nicaragua, during a war that was fueled by the Regan administration of the United States. 30 years after his death, his work is honored at Milagro Theatre in El Payaso.
Amidst chaos, confusion and war, an American engineer worked to bring electricity to rural villages in Nicaragua. “El Payaso” invites the audience to learn the story of an incredible man and the extraordinary people with whom he unexpectedly connected. The tale is told through the eyes of Elías, a Latino college student, traveling to Nicaragua thirty years later, to encounter the people who are still carrying on the work of the late Ben Linder. An engineer and a clown for a cause, Linder participated in rallies and health campaigns that brought vaccines to children. His memory lives on in the work of Clowns Without Borders and various environmental groups that are collaborating to bring this story to life. With red noses and humor, the performers will share the value of “thinking globally, while acting locally.”
El Payaso community partners include: Clowns without Borders, Verde, the Ben Linder Scholarship Fund, the Intertwine Alliance, and Friends of Trees. This show runs from Jan. 12 through Jan 21st, and is presented as part of the 2017 Fertile Ground Festival, an 11-day arts festival showcasing new work from local Portland artists. Get your tickets at milagro.org.
• We Demand Sanctuary Now! March
This march and rally in Hillsboro will bring Latinos and our allies together to demand sanctuary and fight for civil rights for all people. Join with other activists from Washco Solidarity to protect immigrants and refugees in Oregon in front of Hillsboro City Hall. 900 SE Maple St., Hillsboro. Jan 17., 5 p.m., free and open to families and activists of all ages.
• Latina Women in the Struggle!
Before you go to the Historical Women’s March and Rally in Portland, you are cordially invited to meet Latina Women in the Struggle for Human and Civil Rights in Oregon and support the work of Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario. Hosted by the Revolucion Coffee House, this group is honored to support the work of owner and Mexican immigrant leader Maria Garcia. To honor the work for social justice of Latina immigrants in Oregon, Maria will donate a percentage of the sales to the Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario organizing efforts with Latina Women in Oregon. Join these leaders and organizers from grassroots organizations while enjoying a delicious Mexican breakfast and traditional coffee. Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Revolucíon Coffee House, 1432 SW 6th Ave., Portland.
Bachateame Wednesdays are back in 2017 with DJ Tumbao. Dance lessons take place at 9:30 p.m. Aztec Willie’s Taqueria, 1501 NE Broadway St., Portland. 9 p.m., $7 cover.
Free citizenship test preparation courses are coming to Salem, starting Friday, Jan. 27. Join Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario for these courses which will prepare you for your test and your citizenship interview. To participate, please register first by calling (503)269-5694 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes take place Friday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 590 Elma Ave. SE, Salem.
Pa Gozar Salsa Saturdays are your chance to get your groove back, with bachata and salsa dance lessons at 9:45 p.m. Enjoy mambo, cha cha cha, bachata, and more courtesy of DJ Armando. Aztec Willie’s Taqueria, 1501 NE Broadway St., Portland. $7 cover.
• 2nd Thursdays
Celebrate Queer Latin Night every month, organized by PDX Latino Pride and the Portland Bi Brigade. Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison St., Portland. 8 p.m., free.
• 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month
Join Line’s Dance Academy in Hillsboro for their salsa and bachata social at their Hillsboro location. Sunday Salsa is an every-other-Sunday dance party and an opportunity to learn, share, and practice salsa while socializing. Entry is free for students and $3 for non-students of the academy. Lines Dance Academy, 230 E. Main St., Ste. K, Hillsboro. 6:30 – 10 p.m.
• Jan. 14
Tropitaal Desi Latino
Enjoy an amazing night of music with hosts and resident DJs Anjali and The Incredible Kid and special guests DJ Suavecito playing an all-vinyl set of cumbia and more. Other performers will include Adam McCollom on the Punjabi dhol drum. Goodfoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark St., Portland. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m, $5 cover, 21+ over.
• Jan. 15
Oregon Sanctuary Assembly
The Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice is gathering communities of all backgrounds and representatives of all faiths to come learn about sanctuary as part of the broader movement for immigrant justice. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/h3e384m. 1314 SW Park Ave, Portland, 3 to 5 p.m.
• Jan. 20
ON 2th Friday Night Mambo
Celebrate a night of Latin dance at Aztec Willie’s Taqueria, featuring salsa, bachata, and mambo all night long with DJ Tumbao – along with a free class at 10 p.m. courtesy of Line’s Dance Academy. Aztec Willie’s Taqueria, 1501 NE Broadway St., Portland. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., $7 cover.
• Jan. 22
Information Forum on Immigration and Your Rights
The community is invited for a special forum over the possible impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on immigration laws and policies. The discussion will also cover what organizations like Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario and others will do to prepare the community. Lawyers will be present to answer your questions. St. Peter Parish Center, 2315 N. Main St., Newberg. For more information, call (503)884-2679 or (503)269-5694.
• Jan. 27th
Enjoy a Latino community night at Pivot with a game of Loteria. Bring games, loved ones of any culture, age, or background, and some snacks or food to share should you choose! Pivot, 209 SW 4th Ave., Portland. 7 p.m to 10 p.m., free.
Colombian Dance Night
DJ CJ brings on the Colombian vibrations to the public. Aztec Willie’s Taqueria, 1501 NE Broadway St., Portland. 9 p.m., $7 cover.
• Jan. 28
Second Annual Latin@ Tech Fest
Hispanicpros’ 2nd Annual Latin@ Technology Fest will provide a platform for Technology companies and government agencies to engage 200+ Hispanic professionals with STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) backgrounds as well as college students interested in STEAM careers. This initiative is in its second installment of several to address the low percentages of diverse professionals working in the Technology Industry. Nonprofits and companies alike we be available, and visitors are urged to bring their resumés. Intel Farm Conference Center, 2111 NE 25th Ave., Hillsboro, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $10 – $20.