Aurora Picture Show Presents an Artful Evening of Food and Film
Join Aurora Picture Show and Food Writer/Producer Adán Medrano for "An Evening of Texas Mexican: Food, Film and Meaning" at Aurora Picture Show (2442 Bartlett Street) on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30PM. This special program will integrate a nine-course chef's tasting dinner served while the guests watch a showcase of avant-garde, lyrical and even horror art videos. The innovative art event explores how food and film aesthetically influence identity and relationships.
The sit-down dinner menu features the cuisine of the Texas Mexican American community including shrimp and crab from the Texas gulf coast, cactus with dried chiles, corn gorditas, and a variety of meats smoked with native Pecan wood and flavored with native herbs like Mexican oregano and the anise-scented Yerbaniz. The chef is Adán Medrano, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and an author whose book, "Authentic Texas Mexican Cuisine" is soon to be published by Texas Tech University Press. "This delicious food is enjoyed in Texas Mexican American homes but not very much in restaurants," says Medrano who is also a filmmaker. "Aromatic and subtle, this food is part of our identity."
As the meal is served in consecutive courses, a giant screen will show four Chicano art videos that are thematically linked to the food. The videos also explore the ideas of identity and relationships. Chicano refers to Mexican Americans, emphasizing cultural and political awareness.
The videos represent the wide expressive range of contemporary Chicano and Chicana cinema. With "Enlight Tents," Laura Varela historically links the Alamo with Native American history through a series of visual overlays. Ray Santisteban screens his new work that lyrically portrays the urgency and beauty of Sandra Cisneros latest book "Have You Seen Marie?" Adán Medrano's "I Work The Land" is a video meditation on the noble, arduous work of migrant farmworkers. And Willie Varela presents the avant-garde side of Chicano films in his at times gruesome, "Detritus."
Drinks from Republic Tequila and Saint Arnold Brewery will complement the contemporary food and film showcase. Seating is limited to 60 guests and advance purchasing is strongly encouraged. This screening is the first in our Open Screen Night series, where Aurora Picture Show seeks proposals from the community for screening and cinematic events.
WHEN AND WHERE
An Evening of Texas Mexican: Food, Film and Meaning
Curator and Filmmaker Adán Medrano in Attendance
Thursday, March 28, 6:30PM
Location: Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett
Aurora Members $40, Non-members $60
Visit www.aurorapictureshow.org or call 713-868-2101 for more information.
ABOUT AURORA PICTURE SHOW
Founded in 1998, Aurora Picture Show is a non-profit media arts center that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video. We are dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art. Aurora promotes a meaningful and community-oriented exchange between artists and audiences, and strives to not only be a launching pad for emerging artists but to create not-to-be-missed events for Houston.
Aurora Picture Show is funded by its stellar membership, Houston Endowment, Inc, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Brown Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Susan Vaughan Foundation, Target Corporation, Simmons Foundation, the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. Aurora Picture Show is also a proud member of Fresh Arts Coalition and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture.
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