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Colleges Celebrate Latin American Culture

Poet, actor and activist Enrique Aviles to perform at annual Extravaganza

(March 2, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.—The Latin American Organization (LAO) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges cordially invites everyone to attend the Sixth Annual Cultural Extravaganza from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 6, at Winn-Seeley Gym. This year’s featured performer is Enrique “Quique” Aviles, who presents “Latinhood,” a one-man show that looks at the realities and challenges facing Latinos living in the United States.

The show is primarily in English, with a few sections performed bilingually. The performance lasts about 25 minutes and is followed by a discussion with the audience.

Born in El Salvador, Quique has been performing in the U.S. for more than 20 years. In l985, after graduating from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, he founded and directed the LatiNegro Theater Collective, an ensemble of black and Latino young artists that brought its work to theaters, schools, prisons, universities and communities. Through LatiNegro's work, Quique has developed a writing and performance style that is unique for its boldness and frankness in dealing with touchy subjects such as race, identity and the plight of the poor.

Also slated to appear that evening are the Colleges’ a cappella groups, the Hobartones and Three Miles Lost, and dancers performing the tango. An after party follows, from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. in the Barn.

Tickets for Extravaganza, available at The College Store, are $5 for HWS students and $7 for non-HWS students.

The Latin American Organization serves as a social and cultural resource for students interested in Latin American issues. The group’s mission is to raise awareness of the Latino issues, culture and history. Extravaganza began in 1999 with the presentation of awards to students who made significant contributions within the community.

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