by Tracie Morales
LATINO THEATER: Performers from Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the United States will unite in New York City April 30-May 13 for the first annual TeatroStageFest. It will feature plays and concerts with talented Latinos such as the Tony-award-nominated actress and singer Daphne Rubin-Vega, who will perform May 4. Other concerts will include Grammy-nominated artists such as Latin pop singer Frankie Negrón and Danny Rivera, both performing May 7. For more information visit www.teatrostagefest.org.
LATINOS IN HOLLYWOOD: Films such as Sin City and his latest endeavor, Grindhouse, have established Mexican-American director Robert Rodríguez as a Hollywood pioneer. The San Antonio native has included Hispanic actors such as Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas and Jessica Alba in starring roles. His latest project, Grindhouse, is no exception. Actors Rosario Dawson, Freddy Rodríguez, Carlos Gallardo, Danny Trejo, Marta Mendoza, Elise Tarantino collaboration, in theaters now, features two 80-minute films, Planet Terror and Death Proof, which are reminiscent of 70s and 80s style horror flicks.
SHAKE IT SHAKIRA: Residents of Aguascalientes, Mexico, will celebrate May 11 alongside Colombian singer Shakira for the Feria Nacional de San Marcos 2007, April 14-May 13. More than 20,000 fans are expected. Shakira’s Oral Fixation tour will land in various cities throughout Mexico. The stops include Culiacán, May 9; Mexico City, May 13; Querétaro, May 16, Veracruz, May 18; Puebla, May 20; Torreón, May 23; and Monterrey, May 30. For more information visit www.feriadesanmarcos.com or www.shakiramedia.com.
SALMA LA EXITOSA: Expectant mother and Oscar-nominated Mexican actress Salma Hayek graces the cover of the May issue of Easy Living magazine. She reveals that her appearance has resulted in discrimination because they don’t reflect industry standards. She pointed out that her look doesn’t fall under the tall, blond and blue eyed category. “I’m dark, have brown eyes and brown hair and I’m short,” she said in Easy Living. The 5-foot-6-inch beauty added, “Mexicans are not the most welcome outsiders in America. I know the only reason I haven’t had good parts is because I’m Latin.” Hayek, executive director of Ugly Betty, a remake of the Colombian telenovela, Yo soy Betty, la fea, will reprise her role as Sofia Reyes on the upcoming season of the ABC hit-comedy.