mexican-americans http://kcur.org en Remembering Kansas Mariachi Pioneer, Teresa Cuevas http://kcur.org/post/remembering-kansas-mariachi-pioneer-teresa-cuevas <p>Mariachi&nbsp;musician and founder of a groundbreaking all-female mariachi band, Teresa Cuevas, died late last year at the age of 93.</p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/mariachi-mamas">Cuevas founded <em>Mariachi&nbsp;Estrella</em> with seven other women from her church choir in 1980</a>. They became a regional phenomenon, trading the mariachis' traditional black pants for long maroon shirts. The band played shows all over Kansas.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:20:02 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Briana O'Higgins 49170 at http://kcur.org Remembering Kansas Mariachi Pioneer, Teresa Cuevas From Musician To Community Advocate, The Lupe Gonzalez Orchestra http://kcur.org/post/musician-community-advocate-lupe-gonzalez-orchestra <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An exhibit opens this weekend at the <a href="http://kansascitymuseum.org/index.html">Kansas City Museum</a> about Lupe Gonzalez, a local musician who became an icon in the Latino community. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His name may not be recognizable, and that&rsquo;s likely because Gonzalez never received national recognition.</span></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:09:13 +0000 Esther Honig 45023 at http://kcur.org From Musician To Community Advocate, The Lupe Gonzalez Orchestra How Mexican-Americans In Kansas Built A Community Around Softball http://kcur.org/post/how-mexican-americans-kansas-built-community-around-softball <p>Mexican-American fast-pitch softball is a tradition that runs deep in Kansas and Missouri. For decades, families have passed on the tradition of playing baseball or softball, but the legacy has been poorly documented.</p><p>The game was originally introduced to Mexican immigrants in Kansas and Missouri in an attempt to shed them of their cultural identity.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But, that didn’t happen. The sport did nothing but help define and unite a new community.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>The experience </strong></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 17:22:34 +0000 Zack Lewandowski 39848 at http://kcur.org How Mexican-Americans In Kansas Built A Community Around Softball Low Rider Culture on Display http://kcur.org/post/low-rider-culture-display <p></p><p>Low rider cars aren’t the type of vehicles that drive by unnoticed. The low chrome rims, killer paint jobs, normally accompanied with a bumpin' sound system to go with it, sub woofers and hydraulics all grab attention of those it passes. These cars are o<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ften stigmatized as being related to gangsters, but on this Central Standard we learn about research that disputes that common misconception.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 35304 at http://kcur.org Low Rider Culture on Display