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Cinco de Mayo Celebration 
With Carlos Cortés 
Ballet Folklorico • Book Sales • Typewriter Fun

Arts Walk at the Riverside Public Library 
Free • Thursday, May 5 • 6:00 PM 
3900 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside

On Thursday, May 5, start your Arts Walk on the right foot with Carlos E. Cortés at Riverside Public Library! With plenty of free parking in back (enter from University Avenue), RPL is the perfect place to kick off your evening – and celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the same time.

The event will start with Ballet Folklorico Cultural dancers from the Inland Empire, followed by a performance by Carlos Cortés of his acclaimed monologue— now available in book form— “A Conversation with Alana”. Also on hand will be independent booksellers in the open arcade area at street level, poetry writing on analog typewriters with Typewriter Muse Bob Marshall, and other book-related vendors, plus an open mic. 

A Conversation with Alana is a one-hour, one-person autobiographical play written by Cortés: “[At the request of my daughter Alana, I began writing family sketches — mini-bios, recollections, anecdotes, memorable incidents –- in the form of letters to her”. In his play, Cortés presents his story of growing up as a young man of mixed ancestry in racially segregated, religiously divided, class conscious early post-World War II Kansas City, Missouri. The son of a Mexican Catholic immigrant father and an American-born Jewish mother, whose parents came from Austria and Ukraine, Cortés had to learn to navigate Kansas City’s rigid racial, ethnic, and religious fault lines, while simultaneously dealing with the internal conflicts of his own divided family.

Dr. Carlos E. Cortés is the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor of History and currently co-director of the School of Medicine Health Equity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism initiative at the University of California, Riverside.  He has served as Scholar-in-Residence with Univision Communications and was the Creative/Cultural Advisor for Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go!” Cortés is the author of the memoir, Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before Its Time and the award-winning poetry collection, Fourth Quarter: Reflections of a Cranky Old Man.

To register for the open mic:

To register as an Indie Bookseller:

This event is supported in part by the City of Riverside, the Riverside Public Library, Friends of the Library, and the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at

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