Vladimir Ríos, shown at right in a "Despair" portrait, modeled for the photoseries "Despair" (photographed by Lester Blum). The photoseries will be on exhibit April 7-18, 2015 at the New Century Artists gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, and afterward, from April 28-May 30, 2015 in the Carter House Gallery, located in Redding, California. To see additional photos from the photoseries (and to buy prints), click here.
A plethora of HOLA members are featured in the latest entry in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (created and written by Héctor Luis Rivera). Titled "Chismorreo: Cantata de Primavera", the blog mentions the latest work and goings-on of Manny Alfaro, Denia Brache, Edna Lee Figueroa, Ramón Hierro, A.B. Lugo, Joel Luna, Carlos Navedo, Julio Ortega, Raúl Rivera, among others. To read the blog, click here (the blog is in Spanish).
Raquel Almazán's play La Paloma Prisoner will be produced by Columbia Stages in April. Directed by Charlotte Braithwaite and produced by Aaron Simms, performances will take place at the Ford Studio at the Pershing Square Signature Theater in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. The production will star Éric Avilés, Liza Fernández, Zoë García, Zuleyma Guevara, Clara Lopera, Mariana Newhard, Jay Santiago, Mônica Steuer and Teresa Yenque. For more information, click here.
Pablo García Gámez and Gonzalo Paredes read the work of the late Chilean writer Perdo Lemebel in a tribute to the writer, who recently passed away due to laryngeal cancer. The tribute was produced by Centro Cultural Barco de Papel and took place at La Librería Barco de Papel, located in the Elmhurst area of Queens. For more information, click here. To see García Gámez reading Lemebel's poem "Manifiesto (Hablo por mi diferencia)" (which is in Spanish), click on the video below (caution: some strong language).