Colorado Navidad

The title of Á Colorado en una Noche de Navidad (To Colorado on a Christmas Night), a musical-theater piece by El Centro Su Teatro that debuts tonight, is drawn from a new version of singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa's "From Texas for a Christmas Night" — and writer/director Anthony J. Garcia, who collaborated with Hinojosa on the production, notes that tweaking the tune for a new location was simple. As he points out, "the lyrics talk about snow," a phenomenon that's not exactly common throughout Texas. "So once you put Colorado in there, it sounds like a perfect Colorado song."

Garcia has known Hinojosa since the early '90s, and she's been a longtime friend of Su Teatro; she was the featured artist during the inaugural year of the organization's long-running Chicano Music Festival, and she appeared in The Westside Oratorio, co-written by Garcia and Daniel Valdez, which debuted two years ago. As for Navidad, it incorporates numerous Hinojosa numbers into a tale that celebrates "traditions that pass from family to family and how they have to be adapted in a contemporary world, where our feelings are so commercialized." Garcia says. In his view, the show reinforces the idea that Christmas is about much more "than any gift, or whether there are batteries included."

Navidad gets under way at 7:30 p.m. at the Eugenia Rawls Theatre in the King Center on the Auraria campus and runs through December 23. Tickets are $18 for the general public, $15 for seniors and students. Learn more at 303-296-0219 or
Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Dec. 13. Continues through Dec. 23, 2007

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