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02/21/95

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Comedy, dance to be featured at César Chávez commemoration

STANFORD -- The second annual César Chávez Commemorative Celebration at Stanford will feature the comedy/theater group Culture Clash, as well as performances by Stanford¹s own Ballet Folklórico and Teatro Xicano. The free event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium.

In addition, winners of the César Chávez essay and art contest for local middle school and high school students will be presented.

The first commemoration of Chávez was held last year shortly after his death, as an effort by the Stanford Chicano/Latino community to celebrate the life and contributions of the late United Farm Workers leader. It drew more than 800 people, which inspired the mostly student organizers to make it an annual tradition. The student groups hosting the event include El Centro Chicano, MEChA and Derechos (Chicano/Latino pre- law society).

This year¹s event will feature a multimedia skit in honor of Chávez by Culture Clash, a group whose critically acclaimed 1992 PBS show, ³Bowl of Beings,² provided the springboard that led to the group¹s Fox television network show, ³Culture Clash,² and a forthcoming movie, Gomez, Gomez and Gomez. The group got its start under Luis Valdez¹s Teatro Campesino.

Because seating is limited, organizers suggest those who want to attend should arrive early. For more information, contact El Centro Chicano at 723-2089.

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