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Doane Events Mark National Hispanic Heritage Month

Doane will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with poetry, a Mexican buffet and music.  

Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15 - the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries -and honors the Hispanic American heritage and its influence.

Doane events in honor of the month include:

  • Thursday, Sept. 14 - A performance by poet Dominique Garay and Oscar Rios, founder of the multicultural ensemble "Kusi Taki, " beginning at 7 p.m. in the lower level of Perry Campus Center.

Garay is a Lincoln native who began writing and performing poetry in the early '90s.  In 2003, he was introduced to "slam poetry," becoming a member of the Omaha Slam Team that represented Nebraska in the 2003 National Poetry Slam in Chicago. Garay will team with Rios, a member of Kusi Taki, whose music originated in the Andes Mountains in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile. Together, they fuse traditional South American music with performance poetry.

  • Thursday, Sept. 21 - Doane will host an outdoor "Mexican buffet" and outdoor salsa dancing to the music of "Son Venezuela" from 5-7 p.m. in Cassel Open Air Theatre. Both are open to the public. There is a charge for the meal.

"Son Venezuela" got its start as a Latin American folk music ensemble, but made the switch from concert hall performances to dance floors. The group has brought salsa, merengue, cumbia, calypso and tamborera to Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma for the last 12 years, including a performance at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln in January. They also have performed nationwide. The nine (and sometimes 10) member band is known for "its sizzling sounds and packed dance floors."

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Wilma Jackson, director of Multicultural Support Services, at 402.826.8620.