Clean Green Machine

Boulder, which already hosts the annual Conference on World Affairs, one of the greatest interdisciplinary symposia of all time, proved last year that it was also a good fit for the Americas Latino Eco-Festival. Today, ALEF, which bills itself as “a Latino South by Southwest,” rolls into the college town for its second year, this time with the theme “A New Shade of Green” and starting with a pan-American art exhibit at the Dairy Center for the Arts and a concert with Grammy-winning L.A. group La Santa Cecilia at 7 p.m. at the University of Colorado’s Macky Auditorium. After that, it’s anything goes, with a full schedule of panel discussions, keynotes, food events, film screenings, live music, art, dance, theater and more at locations throughout Boulder and in Denver, too.

“The festival is inspiring an awakening of our community’s longtime interest and natural roots to public lands, clean air, natural foods and water stewardship, as we call our colegas [colleagues] ‘home’ to dialogue, discuss, debate and share issues related to environ-mental justice,” says Irene Vilar, founder of Americas for Conservation + the Arts, the festival’s producer. To that end, high-profile guests such as actor Edward James Olmos, Pati Ruiz Corzo of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, human-rights advocate Bianca Jagger and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau will keep the programming lively from start to finish.

ALEF runs today through September 15; for more information, a complete schedule and tickets (event prices vary, and many programs are free), go to americaslatinofestival.org.
Sept. 11-15, 2014

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