Monday, July 28, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Rare holiday films celebrate the season

By
From page B7 | December 21, 2012 |

SACRAMENTO — La Raza Galería Posada, 2700 Front St., will screen two rarely seen film versions of La Pastorela, a centuries old Mexican.

La Pastorela is a holiday treat complete with devils, angels, shepherds and music. Pastorelas — stories about shepherds seeking the newborn Christ child — have been performed in Spain and England since the early days of Christianity. The tradition was brought to Mexico in the 16th Century and remains strong there and in the Southwestern United States.

These two films deliver a holiday message about the power of good to overcome evil. It is a perfect antidote to crowded malls and commercial madness.

It will bring the audience back to the true meaning of the holidays. These two screen versions offer Sacramentans two very different interpretations of the same tradition.

The screenings are free and donations are welcome.

“La Pastorela, A Shepherd’s’ Play” for families (1991) is Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.

It was written and directed by Luis Valdez, director and founder of El Teatro Campesino and writer/director of two well known movies: “Zoot Suit” (1981) and “La Bamba” (1987).

With Linda Ronstadt as Arcangel Miguel and comedian Paul Rodriguez as Santanas, plus appearances by greats Cheech Marin, Flaco Jimenez and Freddie Fender, Luis Valdez’s “La Pastorela” is a treat for the entire family.

Shot in the Central Valley of California, it was originally created in 1991 for PBS “Great Performances.” La Pastorela has only been available on VHS. Now, La Raza Galería Posada is screening the newly released DVD version.

It is the day before Christmas. Gila Diaz is a young adolescent girl, the oldest child in a large rural Tex-Mex family. She is frustrated with her family’s poverty and the drudgery of her life in caring for her many younger siblings. Gila’s parents drag her and the family to midnight Mass. They go to hear the Pastorela, a traditional play about the shepherds who are told of the birth of Christ and the triumph of the God’s angels over Satan’s diablos.

Gila is knocked unconscious by a prop and suddenly she is transported into the real story of the Pastorela and begins a frightening fantastic quest to Bethlehem to find the Christ Child’s manger.

This year’s live performance of “La Pastorela” will again be staged by El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista. For more information visit elteatrocampesino.com.

“Pastorela” for adults (2011) is Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.

“Pastorela” was released in 2011 and offers a contemporary Mexican film with a distinctly Mexican sense of adult humor. In Spanish with English subtitles, “Pastorela” will have it’s audience in stitches. It is by Mexican director Emilio Portes. “Pastorela” is a raucous romp in a colonia (neighborhood) in Mexico City where federal policeman, El Cochiloco (Joaquín Cosíoa) tries to regain his long held role as El Diablo in the neighborhood’s annual Pastorela performance.

On both nights, LRGP Director Marie Acosta, who performed the role Arcangel Miguel in the late 1970s with El Teatro Campesino, will offer a brief background of the Pastorela tradition.

Both screenings will include holiday refreshments, music and good cheer.

For more information call 916-446-5133.

Comments

comments

La Raza Galeria Posada

.

News

Sand Fire burns more than 4,000 acres

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Fatal accident in Camino

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
County’s chief lawyer: No Brown Act violation

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

General Plan workshop today

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

 
Two growth control initiatives get green light

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report released

By Ross Branch | From Page: A3

 
35 people displaced in Tahoe hotel fire

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A3 | Gallery

.

Opinion

Bee-ing silly

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
The balancing act: Toxic waste spreads

By Larry Weitzman | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
.

Letters

Want more water?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Refugee crisis

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Letter to Speaker of the House

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
GDPUD misinformation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

At the crossroads

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Camp experience is ‘priceless’

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Speedway races cancelled

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

El Dorado doubles up on Pro Players

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Under the Scoreboard: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Schedule: July 28 – Aug. 2, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Roundup: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Sports Scene: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
Local spiker shines

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

.

Prospecting

A beautiful day at Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm

By Cathy Barsotti | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Foothill gourmet: Things get corny

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

Bipolar Insights: From point A to point B

By Marcia Rose | From Page: B2

 
Cool time at Cowboys and Cornbread

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
As we were: Recreation district grows

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

Cantare names new director

By Cantare Chorale | From Page: B10

 
After 5 Club to meet

By Senior Day | From Page: B10

.

Essentials

Divorces

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

 
DUI Log: June 25-July 9

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Crime Log: July 14-16

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Horoscope, Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Monday, July 28, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

American Profile Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8