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Classical and Flamenco Guitar & Austin

With its new FlamencoAustin 

series, ACG aims to take us “from Austin to Andalucía at the speed of sight and sound,”

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Your vacation guide to Puerto Vallarta

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Amelia Morán Ceja of Ceja Vineyards and the story behind the label
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Amelia Morán Ceja of Ceja Vineyards and the story behind the label

Meet Amelia Morán Ceja, co-founder of Ceja Vineyards based in Napa and Sonoma, California. When she was named the Ceja winery’s president in 1999, Ceja became the first Latina vintner in California’s history, and the Ceja family’s groundbreaking success has helped to pave the way for many Latinos in the wine industry.

In a state known for the prominence of Mexican migrant labor in its wine production, the Ceja is one vineyard going against historical grain. Today, harvesting grapes from the vine over a picturesque 100 acres, Ceja Vineyards produces about 10,000 cases of wine a year for distribution across the country.

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The Art of Giving Series with David Garza & John Hogg
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The Art of Giving Series with David Garza & John Hogg

Alongside his parents, Austin radiologist John Hogg grew up in northeast Texas doing service work and civic projects. It never seemed like work because he always enjoyed it. Meanwhile builder David Garza, Hogg’s partner and an Austin native with roots in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, grew up surrounded by a large, extended Hispanic family who instilled the values of spending time together and taking care of each other.

“Being embraced and nurtured was the greatest gift from my parents and relatives,” Garza says. “I always felt loved and cared for.”

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Meet Flamenco Dancer and Teacher, Pilar Andújar

Meet Flamenco Dancer and Teacher, Pilar Andújar

 …I’m sure that I have this passion in my genes from my mother…Her passion is the music, and you can see her eyes illuminated when she is listening to a song that she loves…

Pilar Andújar is a treasure.  We are so fortunate to have her in Austin – and I feel especially lucky to have been collaborating with her this year on our FlamencoAustin productions.

As a teenager I saw an unforgettable flamenco show in Granada, Spain.  I’ve never forgotten it – and when we started dreaming up FlamencoAustin my hope was that we’d recreate the energy and intensity and richness of that evening I experienced.

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Designer Teresa Valenzuela Basa: Inspired by Life and Born to Design

Designer Teresa Valenzuela Basa: Inspired by Life and Born to Design

Prior to launching her new line, coined “Vento e Sole” (Wind and Sun), that benefits Ballet Austin and Safe Place, Popular Hispanics had an opportunity to sit down with Austin’s newest fashion designer, Teresa Valenzuela Basa, to talk about her life, spring fashion, her influences and her new spring designs. 

Where are you originally from and can you tell us about your city?

I’m originally from Chile and born in Arica, the northernmost part of Chile. I was raised near the ocean; the sunset was always incredible in my hometown.  Although surrounded by the sea, Arica is situated next to the Atacama Desert, the most arid desert in the world.  

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Cooking From the Heart: Alma Alcocer-Thomas – El Alma Café & Cantina
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Cooking From the Heart: Alma Alcocer-Thomas – El Alma Café & Cantina

As far as she can remember, Alma Alcocer always wanted to cook. She attended the Cordon Bleu culinary school in France right after high school. Her family was always very supportive, and she spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Although her mother didn’t cook, both of her grandmothers did. She loves food, and she especially loves the process of creating something.

Back then, no one she knew went to culinary school. Now it’s popular, and people see it as a rock star life. “It’s a very physically demanding job,” she says, “and you’re always having to reinvent yourself.”

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THE ART OF GIVING

THE ART OF GIVING

The people in the Austin Hispanic community have a significant history of creating positive change, whether it’s as advocates for social causes, as political activists, as educational reformers, as artists and musicians, as successful business owners or as community leaders.

Yet up until recently, we have not heard much about Latinos in philanthropy, particularly here in Austin. But there is a rising group of philanthropic leaders, such as Michael Torres with Worldwide Maniac Foundation, who are giving in new and innovative ways.

For Torres, the journey to philanthropy was a spiritual transformation.

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