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e-culture newsletter, March 22, 2004

e-culture: Bayou City Blues, Easy Indian Cooking, Cesar Chavez, Caring Bears
March 22, 2004


Bayou City Blues
Foto Fest Continues
Easy Indian Cooking
Cesar Chavez Parade
Hispanic Experience
Global Forum on Water
The New Rulers of the World
Give Bears for Caring
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Please support these great events and important causes in Houston.

Bayou City Blues

Historian and author, Roger Wood, will give a lecture, "Making the Book Talk: Oral Histories and Narrative Text," on Tuesday March 23 at 7:00pm at the Museum of Printing History. The exhibit, "Down in Houston: Documenting a Blues Community," is presented by the Museum of Printing History in conjunction with FotoFest. Many of the images in this exhibit appear in the recently published book, "Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues" (University of Texas Press, 2003), featuring photography by James Fraher and text by Roger Wood. The exhibit will run from March 12 through April 13, 2004 at the Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay (two blocks east of Waugh Dr.).

Foto Fest Continues

FotoFest 2004 - "Celebrating Water - Looking At The Global Crisis" continues through April 12, 2004.

FotoFest 2004 explores one of the world's most important and least understood issues - WATER.

In addition to its exhibitions and installations, FotoFest 2004 is featuring a Global Forum on Water, and a Film and Video Series on Water. The 2004 Tenth International Biennial of Photography and Photo-Related Arts, takes place in over 120 venues, Friday March 12 - Monday April 12, 2004 in Houston, Texas.

Throughout history and across cultures, Water has been a stimulus for creative and spiritual expression. Water is also an endangered resource. To provoke new thinking about the state of Water in the world and projections for the future, FotoFest is making WATER the focus of the 2004 Biennial and four major new programs for 2004: The Global Forum on Water on The State of Water in the World, Re-visioning Water, and Designing Cities for a Sustainable Future, co-sponsored with Rice University, April 1-4, 2004; the Film and Video Series with 16 media arts events and 8 collaborating media arts organizations; FotoFest Exhibitions and Art Installations, 29 photography and multi-media shows on Water curated and commissioned by FotoFest; Student Projects on Water, a new school-based curriculum giving students hands-on experience with the properties of water.

In addition to FotoFest's water programs, there are 97 independent exhibitions and events presented by 89 participating organizations. FotoFest is the oldest, continuously operating international photographic arts event of its kind in the United States. It creates a platform for the intersection of art and social issues. It is known for its discovery and presentation of important artistic talent.


Easy Indian Cooking

Suneeta Vaswani, Author and Gourmet Guru, presents "Easy Indian Cooking."

March 23, 6:00 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Presentation
The Art Institute, Houston (1900 Yorktown)

Indian cooking is exhilarating and exotic - and now it's easier than ever. Suneeta Vaswani's repertoire of exciting and inspired recipes ranges from classic recipes from North and South India to favorites from her family and friends.

In keeping with traditional Indian cooking, Vaswani includes a significant number of vegetarian dishes. She also shares insightful cooking tips and her wealth of Indian cooking techniques. In addition, there are suggestions about where to find ingredients and spices and, if necessary, substitutions. Exploring the wonderful world of Indian cuisine has never been easier. Easy Indian Cooking features 125 recipes that are easy for beginners and appeal to experienced home cooks. The authentic flavor of these easy-to-prepare recipes will delight and amaze.

Suneeta Vaswani is a long time board member of the Asia Society Texas Board. She will discuss her passion for cooking and favorite recipes from her newly published book. Suneeta teaches at Draegers Culinary Centers in the Bay area, at Ramekins in Sonoma, Cooks of Crocus Hills in Minneapolis, at several Sur La Table locations and Central Market in 5 Texas locations amongst others. Suneeta has been featured in Bon Appetit and has written articles for several publications, including the Washington Post, Fine Cooking and the Houston Chronicle.

This program is FREE and open to the public. There will be a sampling of appetizer's from the Easy Indian Cooking during the reception. Mrs. Vaswani will sign her books after the presentation. The Asia Society is America's leading institution dedicated to fostering an understanding of Asia and communication between Americans and the people of Asia and the Pacific.

Cesar Chavez Parade

The Tejano Association for Historical Preservation presents a parade in honor of Cesar Chavez.

Saturday, April 3, 9:00am
Magnolia Park, Cesar Chavez Blvd. (formerly 75th) and Texas
Directions: On I-45 South (south of downtown), exit on Wayside; Go north to Harrisburg Blvd; Take Harrisburg Blvd. approximately six blocks east of Wayside Dr. to Cesar Chavez Blvd.

Cesar Chavez was a champion of civil rights for migrant laborers in the United States. In 1962, he began to organize farm workers and later established the union of United Farm Workers.

During the Great Depression, Chavez attended more than 30 elementary schools, as his family sought back-breaking work in the fields of the southwestern United States. After following his family's footsteps into the fields through the Dust Bowl, Chavez employed the nonviolent tactics of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. to fight for social change and improved living conditions for the migrant families.

Using the slogan, "Boycott Grapes," Chavez effectively mobilized 17 million American households to support the cause of the workers by boycotting California grapes and wines, as well as lettuce harvested by the migrant workers. Cesar Chavez is one of the most important and recognized figures in American cultural history today.

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Hispanic Experience

We present two great new resources in our Hispanic Experience section.


By Donna S. Morales and John P. Schmal

If you would like to read more, or even contribute features or personal experiences to this effort, please see:

Please contact mark@houstonculture.org.
Global Forum on Water

April 1-4, 2004. Free and open to the public. Registration required.

The public forum brings together science, technology, public policy, urban design, ethics, philosophy and art. The purpose of the Global Forum is to present new information and thinking about Water as well as the state of Water in the world, and projections for the future. The goal of the forum is to provoke new ways of looking at the relationship of human society and Water - and what Water itself needs to perform and sustain its life-giving functions on earth.

The Global Forum is bringing together leading U.S. and International scientists, policymakers, activists, religious leaders, and creative thinkers. The Forum is co-sponsored by FotoFest and inter-disciplinary research centers at Rice University - Environmental and Energy Systems Institute and Shell Center for Sustainability, and the Center for the Study of Environment and Society. More information:

The New Rulers of the World

In conjunction with the Houston Peace and Justice Center's conference, "Winners and Losers: The Impact of Globalization," we will present the John Pilger film, "The New Rulers of the World."

In order to examine the true effects of globalization, investigative journalist Pilger turns the spotlight on Indonesia, a country described by the World Bank as a model pupil until its globalized economy collapsed in 1998. The film examines the use of sweatshop factories by famous brand names, and asks some penetrating questions. Who are the real beneficiaries of the globalized economy? Who really rules the world now? Is it governments or a handful of huge companies? The Ford Motor Company alone is bigger than the economy of South Africa. Enormously rich men, like Bill Gates, have a wealth greater than all of Africa.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004, 7:30pm
Rice Media Center, Rice University
University Blvd. Entrance 8

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The film screening is in conjunction with "Winners and Losers: The Impact of Globalization," a conference on global justice with keynote speaker Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange. We will present a workshop on "The Case for Localism in Media, Business, Culture, Economy."

The conference will take place on Saturday, April 24, 8:30am to 5:00pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St., in Houston, Texas.

Bears for Caring, and Para Los Niños

Riding in an ambulance can be a terrifying experience for a child. A stuffed animal can provide security in the arms of a child who is unexpectedly being transported to an area hospital. We are seeking donations of teddy bears and other stuffed animals in new condition for the Houston Fire Department to provide to ambulance drivers. If you would like to help organize this effort, or contribute stuffed animals and small toys, please contact

We will also provide stuffed animals and small toys, "Para Los Niños," to medical missions being conducted by Houston doctors and pharmacists on the U.S. - Mexico border, in the colonias near Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

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Historical Perspective on Globalization
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