I Go On Singing – Paul Robeson’s Life

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

In honor of Black History Month — The Aurora Fox and GranDesign, Inc. present — Anthony Brown performing LIVE — “I GO ON SINGING” —  Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words & Songs —  by Andrew Flack | Directed by donnie I. betts — February 28 – March 9 Tickets:  $26/adults | $22/students and seniors — The Aurora Fox Arts Center | (303) 739-1970 | — See announcement… for times, description and...

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TEA Casting Call

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Theatre | 0 comments

NOTICE FROM THEATRE ESPRIT ASIA CASTING CALL – LOOKING IMMEDIATELY PLEASE REPLY IF INTERESTED TO: This is an AMAZING opportunity…working w Jose Mercado and working w lead singer of Ozomatli.  They need one Asian male 16-30 for the part of an Asian dream activist.  Does not have to be professional or even amateur actor for the right person, he’s willing to work with the person.  Schedule: Feb readings w/ director.  Rehearsals in March, 4 days/week 6-9pm. Performances on Feb 21, 22 at North High School. Dreaming Sin Fronteras Stories of Immigration and American Identity Adapted & Directed by Jose Antonio Mercado Music by Shawn King, Raul Pacheco & Ceci Bastida  Dreaming Sin Fronteras is a multicultural stage production with live original music and narratives from actual Dreamers. Actors perform the narratives and Grammy winning and nominated professional musicians perform the music. The world premier production in Denver will feature Los Angeles vocalist Raul Pacheco of the Grammy Award winning Ozomatli and Grammy nominee Ceci Bastida of Tijuana No, the first Mexican punk band.   In addition to performing, Ms. Bastida and Mr. Pacheco, both pioneers in the music industry, will conduct student workshops on contemporary Latino music. Dreaming Sin Fronteras will work actively with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s Office and Denver Public Schools, the nation’s fastest growing urban school district, and their Office of Multicultural Outreach to ensure students outreach. Mercado has a remarkable track record with marketing as his work has been featured in the Denver Post, Westword, 5280 Magazine, Denver Business Journal, 9News, Telemundo, Univision and KCRWs Colorado Matters. Artist Bios Jose Antonio Mercado (Director) is a professor at CU Denver where he’s directed Blood Wedding, All in the Timing, and The Comedy of Errors.  Prior to CU, Mercado ran the theater program at North High School, directing Zoot Suit, the first high school to play at the Buell Theatre.   He was named one of 150 Colorado Unsung Heroes and nominated for the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.  Appointed by then Mayor John Hickenlooper, he served five years as Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and has served on several panels for the NEA and the President’s National Endowment for the Humanities. Shawn King is perhaps best known as the drummer and trumpeter of DeVotchka, who in 2006 composed the lush score for Little Miss Sunshine, earning a Grammy nomination for Best Soundtrack.   Amidst a busy touring schedule in the US and Europe, DeVotchka is approaching the release of a new studio record. Raul Pacheco is an East Los Angeles native Chicano that sings and plays guitar for Three-time Grammy Winning “Culture Mashers” Ozomatli.  The proud Papa of two left a promising career as an author specializing in Chicano political history.  Mr. Pacheco, as enjoys mixing politics with music and vice a versa.  He has sung his songs in 47 countries as an official US State Department Cultural Ambassador and recently delved into the world of movie, TV and video game composition. Ceci Bastida is a Grammy nominated vocalist, formerly of Tijuana No!, the famed Mexican ska, rockand punk band. Ceci is now embarking on her first project as a solo artist, for which she has recorded demos with producer Jason Roberts (Control Machete, Plastilina Mosh), Grammy nominated guitarist-songwriter Marthin Chan (Volumen Cero, JDNatasha) and Grammy-winning bassist Wil-Dog Abers of...

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Holiday Review

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Dance, Food, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

  The holidays are over, but the fun and memories linger…  Just wanted to some photos.  Members of the Partnership Steering Committee and Friends enjoyed an evening of Indian cuisine at Jai Ho while enjoying the friendship at the Partnership’s Holiday Tea & Dinner.   Co-Chair Duane Wong was in the holiday spirit as emcee (photo by Chuck Hahn).       Maria Cheng, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of TEA ( did an outstanding performance from her one-woman play “Spirit & Sworded Treks”, based on her early childhood football memory of rooting for the Colts and the “great Johnny Unitas”!  Such a fun story retold as if we were there (photo by Annie Guo).     To end the evening, guests enjoyed a wonderful belly dancing performance by Khadijah (, an international artist of Middle-Eastern dance, music and beyond.  A gift exchange of ‘tea and cookies’ concluded a very nice evening.  Special thanks to the planning sub-committee.  Please plan to join us next year; we sure do appreciate all our Friends and enjoy getting to know each of you better (photo by Annie...

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CPR: “Aurora celebrates the holidays with its Asian Pacific American community”

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 in Arts & Culture, Dance, Food, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

Friend of the Partnership Gil Asakawa,  Manager of Student Media for Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Colorado, submitted an article to Colorado Public Radio about the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership’s annual Holiday Friends Gathering held this week.  In keeping with the theme of Holiday Tea, Maria Cheng, the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of TEA ( presented a monologue from her one-woman play “Spirit & Sworded Treks” — a vignette based on her early childhood football memory of rooting for the Colts and the “great Johnny Unitas”!  Such a fun story retold as if we were there.  Khadijah was the beautifuil belly dancer, an international artist of Middle-Eastern dance, music and beyond (  To read the article, please follow this...

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