February Cultura Guide: Indigenous Healing, Laughing in Spanglish

Plus, don’t miss Mexican textiles exhibit

February Cultura Guide: Indigenous Healing, Laughing in Spanglish

Plus, don't miss Mexican textiles exhibit

Healing y más in this month of amor y amistad


I’m writing this greeting from a South Austin coffee shop. Like many of you, I’ve been without power during this ice storm. The recovery will likely take awhile and we’ve been sharing community resources on our Austin Vida social pages.

In times like these, I’m grateful for our comunidad and how we come together. I hope y’all continue to look out for one another in this month of love and friendship. And as the weather warms, know that you can find community in the curated cultural happenings we bring you via our monthly Cultura Guides.

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Nancy Flores, Austin Vida Editor & Publisher

February Newsletter Highlights:

Sí Se Puede: Check out which local chefs are James Beard semifinalists.

 CommUNITY + Cultura News: Don’t miss our story on the powerful exhibit at the Bullock featuring Mexican textiles. It closes this month. Plus, we share an Austin American-Statesman story on the passing of a trailblazing Latino athlete and community leader.

Austin Vida Chisme: Get all the behind-the-scenes Austin Vida chisme when you scroll down to the bottom.

Online bidding for La Peña art gallery’s annual Toma Mi Corazón auction runs from Feb. 5-11. Folks can bid on the heart-shaped wooden art pieces created by artists and community members. Funds raised will benefit the gallery’s art and educational programs. Visit the gallery to see the hearts in person and enjoy the fundraiser celebration on Feb. 11. Learn more details by clicking image of the heart above. Photo by Nancy Flores

What’s in the February Cultura Guide?

3 Comedy shows centering cultura.

✊ Ways to honor Black History Month.

Which can’t-miss concerts to catch, from Brazilian-style Carnaval to regional Mexican bands.

Where you can take an Indigenous Healing workshop.

Where you can meet photographer behind new book highlighting Mexican culture on both sides of the border.

How Resistencia Books can help you build your dream reading list.

CommUNITY + Cultura News

Catch up on the latest Austin Vida articles plus some other reads that caught our attention. Got a news tip? Is there a story you’d like to see in Austin Vida? Email news@austinvida.com.

Power of Mexican Textiles Shines at Bullock Museum Exhibit

The "Hilos de Tradición: Dresses of Mexico" exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum showcases dresses from all states throughout Mexico. Catch it before Feb. 26. Every first Sunday of the month is free. Next free admission day is Feb. 5.Read more.

Albert Almanza, Texas basketball star and two-time Olympian, dies at 86

Former Texas basketball player Albert Almanza died Friday. He was the first Longhorn to play in two Olympics, representing the Mexican national team, and created a group called the Chile Relleno Society of Austin Read more (Austin American-Statesman).

Sí Se Puede

Did you or someone you know receive an honor? Let us know by emailing us at news@austinvida.com for newsletter consideration.

Photo by Pina Messina/Unsplash

✨ We’re so excited to see that the James Beard Foundation – which awards top honors in the culinary world – has recognized several of Austin’s Mexican food restaurants and Latinx chefs as semifinalists for their awards.

Felicidades to:

Baker Mariela Camacho of Comadre Panadería earned a semifinalist spot for "Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker."

La Condesa in downtown Austin earned an "Outstanding Restaurant" nomination.

Suerte in East Austin earned an "Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program" nomination.

Let’s cheer them on both on March 29 when the finalists will be announced and on June 5 during the awards ceremony in Chicago.

Austin Vida Chisme

Austin Vida Editor & Publisher Nancy Flores (right) and Austin Vida intern Kessly Salinas (left) chat all things Austin Vida with folks during a fall community engagement event.

Austin Vida Editor & Publisher Nancy Flores will participate in a national pitch competition hosted by Las Comadres Para Las Americas, an international and national network empowering Latinas. Gracias to all comadres who are supporting Austin Vida’s mission-driven work. We’re committed to amplifying, informing and celebrating Latinidad in 2023 in a BIG way. Send good vibes before the competition!

️ We’re excited to welcome back St. Edward’s University intern and College Assistance Migrant Program Scholar Kessly Salinas to the Austin Vida team. She served as Austin Vida’s fall 2022 intern and now you’ll see her work throughout our newsletter, guides and site this spring semester too.

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