“Mad Like the Devil” movie features local everything!

My timing is really off.  I recently saw “Mad Like the Devil” at Gallery 201 in its 2nd Laredo screening.  August 14, 2015 is the 3rd screening, also taking place at Gallery 201, 513 San Bernardo Ave, Laredo, TX, at 7pm.  What you need to know:

11222837_10207514680723755_3823705816733874316_o1) Local talent WITH super talent!
2) Locally shot
3) Locally shown – thanks Gallery 201!!
4) Young people with real determination and get-go did it
5) It’s a Western
6) Lots of sweat, tears & thought went into it for about 2 years
7) Makes you wish you had their determination and imagination
8) It’s bloody, with profanity, and shockingly – does not contain strong Laredo accents & a few unusual ones are intentionally thrown in… hmm…
9) Unexpected twists
10) If you don’t go to this one, you definitely should go to the next or consider hosting and supporting local Laredo efforts


My Laredo Likes

With all the loads of cool things going on, I figured I would sacrifice a little sleep to tell you the things that piqued my interest:

Big ups to the Laredo Borderslammers!! This intrepid group traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma, paying their own way to represent Laredo in the Southwest Shootout Regional Poetry Slam. And guess what? I know you are going to guess. If you have been to one of the border slam slams, I know you know what I am going to write…

The team that went to Tulsa, OK to compete – Crystal Ortiz, Julia Orduña, Beatriz Ceja and Armando X. Lopez. (not pictured, M. Robert “Chibbi” Orduña)

For their first time out, they got 3rd Place!!! YAY! The above photos was taken the day before they left as they prepared to have a poetry slam at Gallery 201 in downtown Laredo. This weekend really pushed Laredo Border Slam into a new category. I love when people follow their passion and explore their talents.

Of course, at the same time, the PORTICO Street Festival was going on. Despite being on the organizing side and being in the heat, I had a BLAST! Again we have another instance where people (in this case, neighbors) do something because they WANT to, not because it is their job, not because they will get paid, not because of ulterior motive other than to celebrate creativity and that which we already have and love.

In the ring with LWA and the leaders of St. Peter’s Historic Neighborhood Association

I only had the chance to snap a photo of the Laredo Wrestling Alliance (who also follow their wrestling passion, not because they have to or are making big bucks but because they want to!) while Cindy Liendo Espinoza and Jaime Canales were being recognized for having smoothed some of the wheels to help this group of neighbors put on a festival. Judge H. Liendo also assisted by providing the portable toilets, the Webb County Sheriff’s Reserve who were so helpful in providing security, Laredo Crime Stoppers who provided printing and chairs, Laredo Main Street who let us borrow their tables and chairs, Olivia Cotton who lent us her tremendous art talent, Cory la Payasita who let us borrow her Duck Train, Dr. Ike’s provided a great banner, not to mention all the other folks who displayed their talents in arts and crafts.

The big highlights were the volunteers with the professional wrestlers of the Laredo Wrestling Alliance, the Laredo Paranormal Research Society, the Ramos Family, Jesus Najar’s wildly popular architectural tours, the great singers organized by SIFE, Buitron Academy‘s Capoeira and Kenpo demonstration and Victor Mendoza who had everything go wrong with his screen-printing demonstration so he decided to sing instead!

A promising surprise is that the clean-out of the Beckelhymer Home has begun… or at least Parks & Leisure dedicated an initial first hour to it:

Beckelhymer Home on Chihuahua as the clean-up begins and the city takes responsibility for its repair.

We’ll be watching the progress from a distance. Of course, we will be watching a different kind of progress from further up close as PBS (KLRN in this area) hones in on South Texas culture with the documentary about to premiere, Mariachi High. Way to go Zapata, Texas!! The PBS website give this snippet:

MARIACHI HIGH documents a year in the life of “Mariachi Halcon,” a top-ranked competitive high-school mariachi band in the rural ranching town of Zapata, Texas. The program premieres June 29, 2012, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) as part of the PBS ARTS SUMMER FESTIVAL, a seven-part event anchored by films that highlight art, artists and performances from around the world.

I’ll be watching! I am excited to see so many pursue their hobbies with passion. Let’s see what other Laredoans have in store.

Dia de los Muertos at Gallery 201

I spoke too soon about Dia de los Muertos not getting its due beyond what each individual family is doing. Gallery 201 has an interesting event that I just received via email not more than 10 minutes ago: