(April 3, 2014) -- UTSA will celebrate Fiesta San Antonio with free, public events throughout April. This year, Fiesta runs from Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 27.
The month of events begins with UTSA's 15th annual NIUTSA from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 5 on the first floor of the Durango Building at the UTSA Downtown Campus. NIUTSA is UTSA's family-friendly, pre-Fiesta event with live music, food and activities sponsored by the UTSA Office of Student Activities and the Campus Activities Board.
Nashville-based Street Corner Symphony, runners-up of NBC's singing competition "The Sing-Off" and one of the preeminent a capella groups in the nation, and local mariachi musicians featuring UTSA students will perform. The theme of this year's NIUTSA is "Fiesta Fantasia." For more information, email Michelle Rocha.
UTSA's official Fiesta event will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 11 at Sombrilla Plaza on the UTSA Main Campus. Now in its 37th year, the event includes students offering food, activities and music with proceeds benefiting their student organizations.
Barbadian singer, songwriter and guitarist Philip 7 will open the event with a live performance at 11 a.m. Fiesta royalty including El Rey Feo LXVI Jimmy Green and King Antonio will arrive at 1 p.m. for the traditional Fiesta UTSA Royal Procession and onstage ceremony with President Ricardo Romo at 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact the UTSA Office of Student Activities at 210-458-4160.
UTSA's Party on the Paseo will be 6-9 p.m., Thursday, April 24 at the H-E-B University Center Paseo on the UTSA Main Campus.
The party, an unofficial Fiesta event, is geared toward raising awareness of the dangers of alcohol abuse. There will be free food, games and activities including a live performance by pop band The Well Reds. Local law enforcement agencies will be on hand to share the message of the importance of responsible alcohol use and the dangers of drunk driving.
Party on the Paseo is sponsored and coordinated by several UTSA student organizations and supported by the UTSA Office of Student Activities. Now in its sixth year, Party on the Paseo is a BACCHUS Network General Assembly Outstanding Creative Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program award-winning event, and is funded in part by a supporting grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information, contact the UTSA Office of Student Activities at 210-458-4160.
Running from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, July 6, the UTSA Institute for Texan Cultures' (ITC) newest exhibit, "Hats Off to Fiesta," is dedicated to the iconic, over-the-top hats that have become a staple of the Fiesta celebrations. The exhibit showcases nearly 50 Fiesta hats, crowns and tiaras of all shapes, sizes and colors.
In addition to the main exhibit, the ITC will feature several side exhibits and features commemorating Fiesta's long history such as "Colors of Fiesta," a student Fiesta hat exhibit prepared by the Academy of Career and Technologies Charter High School's fashion and design program; "A Night in Old San Antonio: A History in Photographs," a retrospective photo collage of Fiesta events, co-sponsored by the San Antonio Conservation Society; and a Fiesta Medal Mania! sash specially prepared for this year's Fiesta medals.
For more information, visit the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures website.
Join the Center for Military Families for a panel on Politics in the Service of Military Families, featuring Cedric Leighton, David Splitter, Steve Huerta, and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA Dance classes will take the stage and share their talents and passion for dance! Come support our growing dance program! $10 admission
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
This panel presentation will look at the history of the YWCA and the impact the organization has had on women in the San Antonio community.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.02.10), Main Campus
The Demography Lecture Series continues with Dr. Barbara Bird of American University. Her topic focuses on Insights Into a Hard to Find Population: Latino Entrepreneurs in Metro Washington, D.C. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the pay stall spaces of the Monterrey surface lot.
Monterrey Building (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
This video tells the story of four Latina lesbians who fought for exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 1990s.
North Paseo Building (NPB 1.114), Main Campus
Tejana/Indígena author Ire'ne Lara Ailva will read from her latest work and discuss her approach to reimagining Tejan@ myths.
Main Building (MB 2.404), Main Campus
Muralist Crystal Arias will discuss her current mural "Cultivate the Past to Prestige" at La India Herbs and themes she utilizes in her other works.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.26), Main Campus
The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a co-sponsor of the CARTA 19th Annual Conference. The group meets annually to exchange educational programs, ideas, and techniques and to network with other teachers of Russian. Registration required.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown San Antonio
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