Texas Wranglers Perform Tonight for CWV in Austin

TX Wranglers CWV public dance 8.23.2013

There is plenty of live music to choose from in the Capital City, but in case someone is looking for some Conjunto, mixed in with a bit of Country music and Tejano tunes, here is a last minute offering by the Catholic War Veteran’s Ladies Auxiliary, 4913 S. Congress in Austin [78745].

It is a dance open to the public, but the ticket price has not been provided. If interested, call 512.440.1533 for price and showtime.

For more information on Los Texas Wranglers, visit their website http://iconjunto.com/

Liz Lopez





Texas Parks Offer Fishing Classes Through This Fall

Fishing with the Ranger, a free catch and release instructional program, is offered every Friday of the month through October from 6PM–7PM and in November from 4PM–5PM. No reservations are required, but up to 30 participants are welcome and will meet behind the Park Store.

The program is free with the park entrance fee. The entrance fee is $6 per person for ages 13 years and older;  $3 for Seniors and free for children that are age 12 and under.

No fishing license is required while on state park property. The poles and the worms are provided.

picnic_Bastrop_SP--bryan_frazier Bryan Frazier, © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

School may be starting again soon, but Labor Day will soon be upon us and families may seek outdoor activities to pursue before the cold weather sets in. Some state parks are not so far away and the drive can also serve as a good getaway from the city streets.

To find more information on this and other state park events/activities (other than fishing – including fairs and festivals) near you, call 512.793.2223 or visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/fishing-with-the-ranger-4

Liz Lopez


Source: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/

Arthur Gonzalez Botello (formerly Buenteo) Passed Away

Los Bexareños sent the following information:

“On a sad note, Los Bexareños has lost another one of its own. Los Bexareños extends their sincerest condolences to the family of Art Botello.”

Published in Express-News on August 20, 2013

It is with great sadness that the family of Arthur Gonzalez Botello (formerly Buenteo) announces his passing after a brief illness, on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the age of 83 years. He was born on April 2, 1930 in Yoakum, Texas to Severo Solis Buenteo and Teresa V. Gonzalez. Arthur was a long time parishioner of San Francisco di Paola Catholic Church in San Antonio Texas. He served in the U.S. Army 147th Infantry during the Korean War. Art had a long civil service career as an Air Craft Mechanic specializing in composites with Kelly Air Force Base and retired from Lear Siegler Aerospace in 1995. He was a longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 4815 and Knights of Columbus Council 07016. Arthur had a deep passion for family history and was a member of Los Bexarenos Genealogical & Historical Society in San Antonio Texas. Arthur is preceded in death by his father, Severo Solis Buenteo and mother, Teresa V. Gonzalez; and mother of his children, and wife, Arlene Bicker Buenteo; his brothers, Adan, and Ignacio Buenteo; and sisters, Eva Tijerina and Eufemia Briseno. He is survived by his children, Severo M. and Raymond I. Buenteo , Elois B. White and Kathy A. Villa; brothers, Severo G. and Raymundo Buenteo; and sisters, Josephina Galan and Dora Castillo; grandchildren, Colby T. Buenteo, Jacob I. Villa, Severo N. Buenteo, Garrett M. White, Abram D. Jackson, Arthur Jackson, April Walker, Cecilia Ojeda-Collins, Delia De La Rosa, Natasha Jackson, Madelyne Buenteo; and great-grandchildren, Ryden, Ruari and Renzo Walker; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends who love him and will miss him. Visitation will be on Wednesday August 21, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Porter Loring on McCullough.


Interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

You are invited to sign the guestbook at http://www.porterloring.com

Music Benefit Scheduled for the late Armando ‘Kido’ Alba

Several members of the music industry in Texas have come together to host a benefit dance for a recently deceased musician, Armando ‘Kido’ Alba. www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary

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The benefit is to be held on Thursday, August 22nd, at the Austin Moose Lodge #1735, beginning at 8pm. The Moose Lodge is located at 2103 E.M. Franklin Ave, in northeast Austin off Manor Rd where the former Mueller Airport entrance used to be.

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Ruben Ramos performing at the Poteet Festival in April 2013 – Photo Credit: Liz Lopez

Featured musical artists include Augustin Ramirez, Ruben Ramos, Joe Bravo, Gilbert Alba, Johnny Degollado, Los Texas Wranglers, West Side Horns (San Antonio) and others.

The event is open to the public for a $10 cover charge. The proceeds from the benefit are to assist the family with Mr. Alba’s medical and/or funeral costs.

Kido_Alba [comm fundraiser]-page-001This article (above) is about Armando ‘Kido’ Alba, written by fellow musician, Jesse Hernandez, was provided in a press release by Marcelo Tafoya, Austin based music historian who recently had some of his archives stolen.

For more information on the event, contact Austin Latino Music Association board member,  Isidoro Lopez, at 512.563.3697.


By Liz Lopez

Source: Isidoro Lopez, Marcelo Tafoya

TONIGHT Women in Latin Music Showcase to be held at the Moose Lodge


The Women in Latin Music showcase is hosted by the Austin Latino Music Association (ALMA) and returns for the 4th annual celebration on August 2nd, 2013 at the Moose Lodge #1735, 2103 E. M. Franklin Avenue, Austin, Texas 78723. The showcase features diverse musical genres and artists by Austin based artists.

ALMA is proud to present gifted music artists that write and perform lovely and powerful music. Featured artists include:

Lauren Silva [58]

Austin-based R&B, soul and pop singer-songwriter Lauren Silva has an original single, Hurt, that was nominated in 2012 for Best Pop Song in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

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Recording artist Leticia Rodriguez will perform from her debut album, La Americana and is from a family of musicians, including her aunt, Eva Garza.

Miranda Gil [website]

Pop singer songwriter, Miranda Gil, created her debut EP, Take It or Leave It

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Luz V. Zamora, a vocalist with wide variety of styles of music, is lead vocalist for a local rock band and won the Youthcast Choice Award 2013 and scholarship from the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Among the special guests invited to perform are female contestants from around Texas that are auditioning for the 2013 Austin Tejano Music Coalition’s CANTA vocal competition, performing music from this genre that has been around for decades and is continued by some very young artists this year.


Sarah Lara is a 2012 CANTA contest Top 5 winner scheduled to perform among other contestants, including last year’s contest winner, Anani Rhames.

Live music performances begin at 7pm with the Austin Tejano Music Coalition’s vocal competition contestants, followed by the featured performers until midnight. For ticket price and advance purchase, please call 512.799.0815 and visit the ALMA Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/49636672931/

Liz Lopez


3rd Annual SXSW Eco takes place October 7-9 So Register Now

The 3rd Annual SXSW Eco takes place October 7-9. Last year’s conference included several great panels on local food and farms, and several were up for vote this year in the panel-picker through May 27th. This event connects systems influencers in tech, design, behavior change and more.
There is exciting programming to be announced on June 20 and there is time to apply to Place by Design, the new public space design competition, through July 31.
Two of the Distinguished Speakers to this year’s conference are Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, and Daniel Katz, Co-Founder and Board Member of the Rainforest Alliance and Senior Program Director at The Overbrook Foundation. Both of these men are experts and advocates in human rights and social justice and are sure to make an impact in October. Daniel will also be a Judge of the Social Impact category of the Startup Showcase. More speaker announcements are anticipated this month.
Register by 6/28 and Save on SXSW Eco 2013. For more informtion, visit sxsweco.com.
Liz Lopez

Free Community Screenings Offered Monthly at the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin is host to free community screenings the last Tuesday morning of each month. The screening begins at 9:30 am and it is recommended to arrive by 9:15am.

The films are special screenings featured from the Golden Era of Mexico’s cinema.  Seniors will enjoy a healthy lunch immediately following the film.

For more information, or to R.S.V.P. groups of 4 or more, contact Linda Crockett at 512-974-3789.

Angelitos Negros [898]

For June, the feature film is Angelitos Negros directed by Joselito Rodriguez and is in Spanish with English subtitles.

About the film: Ana Luisa is a beautiful blonde woman, José Carlos, a famous singer, both Caucasian. But the product of their love is a beautiful black girl. Ana Luisa blames her husband and rejects the child, who suffers the injustices of racism. The Nanny that raised Ana Luisa holds the secret that will change everyone’s lives forever.

Source: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Liz Lopez