SPORTS / DEPORTES: Dallas MAVS are the 2011 NBA Champions!

A Texas size CONGRATULATIONS to the Dallas Mavericks for defeating the Miami Heat & for being the 2011 NBA Champions!🙂

2011 NBA CHAMPIONS: Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks celebrate with the trophy after winning game six of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, June 12, 2011. The Mavericks won 105-95 to take the title

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SPORTS / DEPORTES: Dallas Mavs take a 3-2 lead over Miami Heat in the NBA Finals – who will win Game 6?

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DALLAS – In the aftermath of their loss to the Miami Heat in the 2006 NBA Finals, the Dallas Mavericks couldn’t stop making excuses. The Heat hadn’t so much won the title, Dallas decided, as it had been given to them, courtesy of poor officiating or the Mavs fumbling away the critical third game.

Eventually the whining so annoyed Dwyane Wade(notes), the MVP of that series, that he went right back at Dallas, right back at Dirk Nowitzki’s(notes) version of events, and blasted it all.

“Dirk says they gave us the championship last year, but he’s the reason they lost,” Wade told Miami reporters in 2007. It’s “because he wasn’t the leader that he’s supposed to be in the closing moments.

“At the end of the day, you’re remembered for what you did at the end.”

Nowitzki has said nothing during this series about those words, about that charge against him half a decade ago.

Whatever his failure then has been corrected. Dallas has taken control of these Finals, taken mighty Miami and its all-star crew to the brink, taken the veneer of inevitability and invincibility right off LeBron James(notes) and Co. because Nowitzki has turned into a leader for the ages.

Dallas beat Miami 112-103 here Thursday and the Mavericks are now up 3-2 heading into Sunday’s Game 6 back in Florida. And it wasn’t just Nowitzki’s game-high 29 points that made it so.

It was how he’s helped build up a supporting crew of castoffs and role players, how he’s demanded excellence from starters and subs alike, how he’s found the perfect balance of knowing when to take command of a game and when to defer to a better option.

The Heat are a collection of talent still searching for their roles, still seeking consistency and accountability and urgency. It’s LeBron trying to sunshine another loss with “we played good enough to win.” Dallas has turned into this machine that keeps coming and coming and coming, undeterred by talent, unwilling to compromise.

“Persistence is our game,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.

When six straight points gave the Heat a 96-95 lead with just 5:16 remaining, when America Airlines Center had gone from deafening to doubting, when it all seemed to be slipping away, there was the 7-foot German in the huddle during a timeout, pleading for exactly that persistence.

“Just stick with it,” he shouted. “Just stick with it.”

This was the series on the line. The Mavs had hit a million shots and were losing anyway. They were in the process of holding LeBron to another quiet fourth quarter (just two points) and were about to blow it still. So after Nowitzki was done talking – and after Wade had increased Miami’s lead with a 3-pointer – Nowitzki demanded the ball, got to the lane, got fouled and, of course, knocked down his free throws.

“Kind of settle everyone down,” he said. “I thought it was big of us not to shoot a bad jumper and they go down in transition again.”

He then stepped back and let his guys rise up. It was Jason Terry(notes), who Nowitzki had called out earlier in this series, draining two back-breaking 3-pointers. It was Shawn Marion(notes), previously benched in crunch time, producing a key steal. It was blue-collar Tyson Chandler(notes) delivering a huge block. It was Jason Kidd(notes) burying a 24-footer.

After his free throws, Nowitzki would never need to score again. Dallas would deliver a 17-4 knockout run, and the most clutch performer in these playoffs – hero of big shot after big shot – didn’t need to do all the scoring.

Nowitzki has the Mavericks exactly where he wants them – believing so fully in themselves that they’ve found a way to close out games that all of Miami’s heavy hitters can’t.

And yes, it’s his team. It’s unequivocally his Mavericks. There isn’t a debate here; no star-by-committee system. He’s taken a hold of this group the way he grabs the news conference microphone. Owner Mark Cuban has stopped talking to the media, seemingly lifting a mountain of pressure off his troops. Carlisle is comfortable deflecting praise onto the players and spends half his time crediting Dirk effusively.

After the game, Terry talked about one of his late, contested threes, and acknowledged he was so confident he probably would’ve taken it even if the shot clock wasn’t running down.

“Dirk don’t want to hear that,” Terry said.

Not Carlisle, the coach. Dirk, the leader.

This has been an impossibly tight series, every game coming down to the final minute, if not the final shot. Across the way the Heat are still fumbling with how to finish, wondering who should take the shot, who should step up on defense. They stand around and look at each other. Some won’t shoot. Some shoot too much. Some won’t defend. Some chase themselves out of position.

Until these Finals, the Heat were able to overwhelm opponents in the final minutes. They just swallowed up the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls. Now they’ve met an opponent with even more will, with an even greater killer instinct.

It was supposed to be the Heat that could count on a committee at the end. It was supposed to be this purposefully assembled triumvirate that would cause the defensive chaos. Would Wade take the final shot? Would LeBron? Would they drop down to Chris Bosh(notes)? Was there any way to cover them all?

Instead it was Miami coach Erik Spoelstra who looked out of ideas, looked resigned to the fact that Dallas just won’t stop coming for the crown.

“It is not easy against this team,” he said.

When everyone thought it would be Nowitzki who would try to win it, he flipped the script and here came Terry, Marion and Kidd. Here, earlier in the game, came J.J. Berea, this 5-foot-9 blur seemingly out of a pick-up game at the Y, torturing the Heat with 17 gut-punch points.

“Nowitzki requires at least the attention of 1½ and often two guys,” Spoelstra said. “…A lot of actions involve Nowitzki.”

It all comes through Dirk now, here in this tightest of Finals, here in this endless parade of pressurized moments. Torn tendon. High fever. Double teams. Nothing is stopping him. Nothing is keeping him from doing exactly what Dwyane Wade roasted him about five years ago.

“At the end of the day,” Wade said back then, “you’re remembered for what you did at the end.”

It’s 3-2 Dallas now. It’s one game from everything for these Mavericks. It’s one win from answering that long-ago criticism for Dirk Nowitzki.

DALLAS: June Events @ the Latino Cultural Center

DALLAS The Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, TX


JUNE 2011 SCHEDULE-AT-A-GLANCE:
June 1, 10 a.m.
Cine de Oro screening of La Oveja Negra
June 4, 7:30 p.m.
Summer Flamenco
Showcase by Daniel de Cordoba
June 6 – July 1
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LCC Thriving Minds Summer Camp
June 10 & 11, 8 p.m.

¡Gaytino! Written & performed by Dan Guerrero

*LCC Summer Camp
June 6 – July 1, 2011
Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
!Hurry…a few spaces are still available!
The LCC will continue to register students until June 4, 2011 for its FREE Thriving Minds Summer Camp. Participants must be ages 11-14, reside in Dallas and must attend the entire duration of the camp. Enrollment is limited to 25 and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A $20 registration fee will be charged to reserve your spot.
Led by professional artists and instructors David Lozano & Tammy McNary, campers will explore the world around them and express their imagination through visual and performing arts. This year, the LCC’s camp will focus on photography and theater. Participants will receive lunch and a daily snack — For more information call / Para más información llame al: 214.671.0045.

*¡GAYTINO!
Friday & Saturday
June 10 & 11, 2011 @ 8 p.m.

The LCC is thrilled to present the regional premiere of the groundbreaking play ¡Gaytino!, written and performed by Dan Guerrero. Touching, hilarious and absolutely one-of-a-kind, Dan Guerrero brings his two disparate worlds together in one riveting show.
Described by the Washington Post as a “disarming twist on the triumph-of-the-human-spirit theme,” this one-man play takes us through decades of Chicano history and the gay experience from a unique and personal perspective. From Mariachi to Merman, Sondheim to César Chávez, this remarkable life journey takes the audience from East L.A. in the 1950s to New York’s Great White Way in the 1960s and 1970s, and back to Hollywood. A father/son relationship and a treasured boyhood friendship drive this 75-minute, autobiographical solo play with music.
Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/165287 or at the Latino Cultural Center. Early bird ticket buyers can save $5 online by using the code “tempranillo” through 6/3.

*TARGET SECOND SATURDAY
Saturday, June 11, 2011

The fluttering red ribbons atop the 28-foot tall poles of an authentic tipi call for a gathering at the LCC Plaza! Awe and anticipations are reflected in faces as they take in the majestic beauty of smoke flaps spreading like wings, and the graceful conical shape of the tipi. Once seated inside this canvas cocoon, the ancient traditions of storytelling begin. Visitors listen to entertaining and informative tales from diverse cultures. Whether age 3 or 103 there are tipi stories to tell and to learn from and enjoy
Target Saturday Schedule for June / Target Sabado Horario para Junio:
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Studio Creations with the Dallas Museum of Art
12 to 12:45 p.m. – Tipi Tellers in the Plaza
1 to 2 p.m. – Juegos y Rondas with Ollimpaxqui Ballet Co.
1 to 3 p.m. – Children’s Craft Workshop
2 to 4 p.m. – Dance Class
*Programs offered during Target Second Saturday are free thanks to the generous support of Target!

*IN THE GALLERIES: René Alvarado, Memories from El Manantial & ¡Lotería!
NOW through AUGUST 20, 2011
If you missed the opening last month, don’t let another day go by without checking out these two great shows!
Our annual Maestros Tejanos exhibition featuring the work of painter René Alvarado in Memories from El Manantial. Alvarado is a consummate painter and storyteller. His large, colorful paintings are layered with multiple details and a highly personal iconography that draws upon the rich cultural heritage of his native Mexico and his adopted West Texas home of San Angelo. Blogger Kent Boyer described it “as a colorful powerhouse of a show.”
In a suite of 20 amazing prints, Michoacán artist Guadalupe Anaya reinvents the traditional images of the loteria cards (the heart, the hand, the frog, the spider, the siren…). Anaya uses various printmaking techniques – etching, aquatint, drypoint and chine collé – to create highly original interpretations of the traditional images.

VISIT THE LCC – SPECIAL JUNE HOURS:
Please note that from June 6-July 1, the LCC daytime hours will change due to our summer art camp.
Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and evenings for performing arts events
2600 Live Oak
Dallas, TX 75204
Tel: 214.671.0045
Website: www.latinoculturalcenter.org

If you live in the DFW area or plan to visit soon, make sure you check out the fun events @ the LCC. Have a great day! 🙂

SPORTS / DEPORTES: NBA Finals Game 1 Mavericks 84 Heat 92

2011 NBA FINALS: Dallas Mavs vs. Miami Heat

No explanation necessary. The Miami Heat are three wins from the reason why the Big Three came together in the first place.

James scored 24 points for his first win in five NBA Finals games, Wade scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half and the Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks 92-84 in Game 1 of the title series on Tuesday night — holding the Western Conference champions to their lowest point total of the playoffs after a dominant defensive showing down the stretch.

“Feels good because it’s the first game and we played well as a team,” James said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. … That’s one in the books. We’re excited about this game. Tomorrow we prepare for Game 2, and I see ways we can get better.”

Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points — tearing a tendon in the middle finger on his left, non-shooting, hand during the game and revealing afterward that he’ll likely wear a splint throughout the remainder of the series — and grabbed eight rebounds for Dallas, which got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Shawn Marion and 12 points from Jason Terry, most of those coming in an early flurry. It was Dallas’ fifth straight loss to Miami in Finals games, dating to the Heat rally for the 2006 crown.

Dallas held the Heat to 39 percent shooting, Miami’s second-worst showing of the playoffs.

Problem was, the Mavericks shot 37 percent — by far, their worst night of the postseason offensively.
“You hold a team to 38 percent shooting and 92 points, for us, that’s usually a victory,” Marion said.

Sure enough, Dallas had been 7-2 when holding teams to those kind of numbers this season. Game 2 is Thursday in Miami.

“We’re a veteran team,” said Nowitzki, who had a postgame X-ray on the finger that was injured when he was stripping the ball from Bosh. “You can’t get down with a loss. You’ve got to come back strong on Thursday. I’ve said it a couple times in this playoff run, if you’re the road team, you’re happy with a split. So we’ve got another opportunity on Thursday to get one. Obviously, we don’t want to go home down 0-2.”

Wade’s 3-pointer with 3:06 left put the Heat up 82-73, then the largest lead of the game for either team. The Mavs shaved two points off it on the next possession when Nowitzki hit two free throws, but James gave the Heat their first double-digit lead of the Finals a few seconds later.

He dribbled upcourt against Marion, crossed his dribble over and got clear for a dunk while being fouled. The free throw made it 85-75, and most in the sellout, white-clad crowd began standing in anticipation.

Even then, it wasn’t over.

Nowitzki made two more free throws — he was 12 for 12 from the line for the game — with 1:36 left, cutting the Miami lead to six.

A momentary blip.

“They have two very good closers,” Nowitzki said, “two of the best in the game.”

Wade grabbed a key defensive rebound, dribbled away from three Dallas pursuers and found Bosh for a dunk with 1:08 left that restored the 10-point lead. Another dunk by James came with 38.6 seconds left, sealing the outcome.

“For me, going into the fourth quarter, it’s winning time,” James said.

Sure was, and the Heat fans knew it, breaking into their now-traditional tossing of their white seat covers.

“By and large, we’ve got to play better, just overall,” said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, especially noting Miami’s 16-6 edge in offensive rebounds.

Miami outrebounded Dallas 46-36, got a gritty effort on both ends from reserve Mike Miller — who left with his left arm in a sling, but insisted he would be fine — and reaped rewards again from another strong fourth-quarter finish by Wade and James.

“That’s who they’ve been their entire careers,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Bosh scored 19 points and Mario Chalmers added 12 for the Heat. The Heat trailed by eight points early in the third quarter before pulling away, remaining unbeaten — now 9-0 — at home in these playoffs and snapping Dallas’ five-game road postseason winning streak.

Dallas had 51 points after 26 minutes. The Mavericks scored 18 points in the next 18 minutes and 33 over the remainder of the game, as Miami’s defense found another gear.

“That’s kind of the way we’ve been winning games, of late,” Wade said. “You’ve got stay with it. You can’t get frustrated because the ball’s not going in. There’s other ways you can dominate the game and we was able to do that tonight. I thought we did a great job in the second half of rebounding the ball, limiting them to one shot as much as possible.”

Take away the 2006 NBA Finals, and Dallas came into Game 1 having beaten Miami 14 straight times. The only team that has lost to any team more times consecutively is Minnesota, which finished with the NBA’s worst record this season. The Timberwolves have lost 16 straight to San Antonio and Portland, and 15 straight to the Los Angeles Lakers.

In the Finals, it simply doesn’t seem to matter.
“We’ll play better. I’m very certain of that,” Carlisle said. “We had some opportunities. Shots we normally make, they didn’t go down. Look, it’s a long series. We’ll adjust.”

Wade — the hero of that 2006 championship — found himself with a couple extra minutes before tipoff because of an unusually long delay after the starters were introduced. So he went looking for inspiration. He screamed at his teammates, “Don’t say, ‘I wish I woulda,’ ” in the huddle before they took the court, his way of telling them not to leave anything in the proverbial tank during this series.

And then he slowly trotted to the other end of the court, pointed to his mother Jolinda in a baseline seat and gave her a hug as many in the crowd roared. He usually blows her a pregame kiss. On Tuesday, that wouldn’t suffice.

“We both said, ‘Here we go. We’re here again. We’re back,’ ” Wade said.

Both teams expect to ride defense in this series, and that was made perfectly evident in the opening 12 minutes. The teams combined to take 35 shots in the first quarter — and made 10.

Dallas led 17-16 after the first quarter, which was the lowest two-team output in the first quarter of Game 1 of a Finals in the shot clock era, according to STATS LLC. It tied the fourth-lowest total for any Finals quarter since 1955, bettering only the 30 points by the Magic and Lakers in Game 2 in 2009, and the 31 posted by the Jazz and Bulls in 1998’s Game 3 along with the Lakers and Celtics in 1969’s Game 4.

Everyone was struggling, maybe a little because of nerves, and mostly to do with the defensive intensity on both ends. James was 3 for 6 in the first quarter, while the rest of the Heat were 3 for 15. Half of Dallas’ four first-quarter baskets were 3-pointers by Jason Kidd, the team’s 38-year-old point guard searching for his first NBA title.

And the Mavericks had one — that’s right, one — 2-point basket in the game’s first 15:49, with 10 of their first 18 field goal attempts coming from 3-point range.

“We really didn’t play well at all tonight,” Terry said. “First quarter, 17 points and third quarter, 17 — that’s not our style of basketball. Give them credit. They disrupted our tempo and they finished at the end.”

Dallas opened the third quarter by scoring seven quick points, all on jumpers, the burst ending with DeShawn Stevenson’s 3-pointer with 10:03 remaining in the period — pushing the Mavericks’ lead to 51-43 and silencing a building that was still refilling after halftime.

“He had three days to shoot that and we didn’t get anybody near him,” Spoelstra said.

That was quickly fixed, and the rest of the third was largely all Miami.

“For the most part, we think we had chances to get a hold of this game,” Marion said. “And we let it get out of our hands.”

The Heat outscored Dallas 22-10 in the remainder of the quarter. Wade started the rally — just as he did in a series-saving effort for Miami in Game 3 of the ’06 Finals, giving the memorable “Nah, I ain’t going out like this” quote afterward — with two layups. And James beat the clock at the end of the period with an off-balance 3-pointer from near the Dallas bench for a 65-61 Miami lead.

“It’s one game, and that’s it,” Spoelstra said. “We’re already moving on.”
(via the AP)

SPORTS / DEPORTES: Andrus spiked in foot, out of lineup for Tuesdays game against the Rays

Andrus collided with Young when they both went to cover second base / Andrus chocó con Young cuando fueron a cubrir la segunda base

ENGLISH: Texas Ranger Elvis Andrus will not play against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday
Shortstop Elvis Andrus is not in the lineup for Tuesday’s game with the Rays after getting spiked in the left foot by second baseman Michael Young in the Rangers’ 11-5 victory on Monday.

Andrus, who did not play in the ninth inning, was limping afterward and had some swelling in the left foot.

The play occurred in the sixth inning. The Rays had runners on first and second with two outs when Sean Rodriguez hit a bouncer back up the middle. Both Andrus and Young went for the ball. Andrus got his glove on it but Young spiked him on a near-collision close to the base.

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Español: Elvis Andrus de los Rangers de Texas no jugará el Martes ante los Rayos
El campocorto de los Rangers de Texas se lastimó el pie izquierdo luego de chocar con Michael Young en el partido de ayer. Aunque el percance de Andrus no traerá mayores consecuencias, los rancheros prefirieron darle la jornada libre al criollo.

Elvis Andrus no estará en la alineación de los Rangers de Texas para el partido esta tarde ante los Rayos en el Tropicana Field de Tampa Bay, que comenzará a las 5:40 p.m.

Andrus se lastimó el pie izquierdo en el partido del lunes por la noche, cuando chocó con el segunda base Michael Young en la sexta entrada. No obstante, el criollo se las arregló para ver acción hasta el final del partido.

Aunque el percance de Andrus no parece traer mayores consecuencias, el manager Ron Washington prefiere darle la jornada libre y colocará al también criollo, Andrés Eloy Blanco, en el campocorto de los Rangers.

SPORTS / DEPORTES: MAVS vs. HEAT in Game 1 of the NBA Finals

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MATCHUPS: MAVS favored over HEAT at more positions

A position-by-position look at the matchups in the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks:

CENTER: Joel Anthony vs. Tyson Chandler. Chandler receives plenty of credit for giving the Mavericks an interior defensive presence they long lacked, and he can score some, too: He had 14 points and 17 rebounds in a Nov. 27 victory over Miami. Anthony can give the Heat a boost with a timely offensive rebound or blocked shot, but he provides next to nothing offensively. Miami’s best lineup probably has Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem playing together up front. Edge: Mavericks.

POWER FORWARD: Chris Bosh vs. Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki is having as good a postseason as anyone, scoring 28.4 points per game and shooting nearly 52 percent from the field. He had two 40-point games in the Western Conference finals and now has the chance to make amends for a low point in his career, when he shot only 39 percent in the Mavs’ six-game loss to Miami in 2006. Bosh occasionally found it tough understanding his role as the No. 3 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade but has it figured out now. He’s coming off an excellent East finals, averaging 23.2 points to earn a shot against his hometown team. Edge: Mavericks.

SMALL FORWARD: LeBron James vs. Shawn Marion. Quickly swept aside in his lone finals appearance, James has done everything it takes to give himself another shot, from clutch 3-pointers to timely defensive stops against the opponents’ top offensive player. The Heat know that if they keep it close, James can win it for him. The versatile Marion’s insertion into the starting lineup allowed the Mavericks to overcome the season-ending loss of Caron Butler in January, and he even delivered 26 points in the series-clinching victory over Oklahoma City in the last round. Edge: Heat.

SHOOTING GUARD: Dwyane Wade vs. DeShawn Stevenson. Wade wrecked Dallas’ first finals appearance, averaging 34.7 points and winning MVP honors as the Heat rallied from 2-0 down to win the series. He scored 42, 36, 43 and 36 points in the final four games. As unpopular as “The Decision” might have made James, Wade could hear the loudest boos when the series shifts to Texas. Stevenson is a good defender and will hit an occasional 3-pointer, but the Mavericks will have one of their reserves in here when they need to get anything done offensively. Edge: Heat.

POINT GUARD: Mike Bibby vs. Jason Kidd. Nearly was the point guard matchup in the 2002 finals, but Bibby’s Sacramento Kings lost Game 7 of the West finals to a Lakers team that went on to sweep Kidd’s New Jersey Nets. Bibby rarely has been a factor since joining the Heat during the season and lacks the speed to take advantage of the 38-year-old Kidd, who has perhaps lost a step on offense but has played terrific defense to give himself a third attempt at a ring. He has guarded Kobe Bryant and the much-taller Kevin Durant at times, and might get a crack at Wade in big spots in this series. Edge: Mavericks.

RESERVES: Mario Chalmers , Mike Miller , Udonis Haslem, James Jones, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Juwan Howard vs. Jason Terry , J.J. Barea, Peja Stojakovic and Brendan Haywood. With Miller and Haslem healthy after battling injuries most of the season, the Heat can put their best possible lineup on the floor at the most important time. Haslem defended Nowitzki well in 2006 and will get opportunities again. But the Mavericks can surround their All-Star with plenty of perimeter shooting off their bench by going to Terry or Stojakovic, and Barea’s penetration is a good change of pace from Kidd. Haywood provides a solid backup in the middle to Chandler. Edge: Mavericks.

COACHES: Erik Spoelstra vs. Rick Carlisle. Few coaches had tougher jobs than Spoelstra, who many thought wouldn’t be around at the finish even if the Heat were. But team president Pat Riley believes in him and so do the Heat’s superstars, whom Spoelstra built into one of the league’s best defensive squads. Carlisle brought a similar defensive-minded approach to a team that was previously offense first, and his calm demeanor here will be an upgrade over Avery Johnson, who lost his cool while the Mavs were losing control of the series five years ago. Edge: Even.
(By BRIAN MAHONEY,AP Basketball Writer)

If you’re a basketball fan, I hope you enjoy watching the NBA Finals! 🙂

FT. WORTH: La Gran Plaza

The Mercado includes hair salons, real estate services, sign/print shops, clothing/apparel, embroidery/tailors, health products, candy stores, party supplies and many other services.

You will find unique weekly entertainment and special events every month. Take time to check out the original artwork from local artists posted in key spots in the mall. Tour brochures are available in the mall office, Suite 2500, for your convenience.

It’s important for La Gran Plaza to provide a great experience for families by offering seasonal and cultural special events monthly as a major attraction to the community. It’s The Place to Be…Tu Plaza!

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MAY 2011 EVENTS / EVENTOS EN MAYO 2011:

Trío Romance

Date: Sunday, May 29
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Food court and El Mercado
Details: Enjoy this tender and romantic music by “El Trio de La Gran Plaza”, who have been delighting our visitors and customers for several years, as a part of our weekend events. Fall in love again and again.

Muñekitas Fantasia Children's Show

Date: Sunday, May 29
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: metroPCS Stage
Details: The children will be living a special moment at the La Gran Plaza, this children’s show features characters from Toy Story, The Princess, Mickey Mouse and many more, bring your children and relax, this is their show.

Mariachi Mexicanisimo

Date: Sunday, May 29
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: metroPCS Stage
Details: Every Sunday, our house mariachi fill the La Gran Plaza with traditional music and fun, they are the stars of the Sunday’s shows, in their gold embroidered and studded charro outfit,making your visit a memorable experience.

Alex Flores Karaoke Show

Date: Sunday, May 29
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: metroPCS Stage
Details: Would you like to sing in the stage at the La Gran Plaza? This is the time to be the main star, Alex Flores has over 10,000 tracks ready for you to choose the genre of your choice.

MALL INFORMATION / INFORMACION DE LA PLAZA:
4200 South Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76115
Tel: 817-922-8888
Website: www.lagranplazamall.com

MALL HOURS / HORAS DE LA PLAZA:
Monday-Saturday 9a.m. – 9p.m. / Lunes-Sabado 9a,m. – 9p.m.
Sunday 10a.m. – 8p.m. / Domingo 10a.m. – 8p.m.
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JUNE EVENTS / EVENTOS EN JUNIO:
June 4, 2011
* Saturday, June 04: Trío Romance
* Saturday, June 04: Mariachi Aguilas de México
* Saturday, June 04: Gustavo Sauceda
* Saturday, June 04: Rocio Alvarez

June 05
* Sunday, June 05: Trío Romance
* Sunday, June 05: Academia Infantil de La Gran Plaza
* Sunday, June 05: Mariachi Mexicanisimo
* Sunday, June 05: Alex Flores Karaoke Show

June 11
* Saturday, June 11: Trío Romance
* Saturday, June 11: Muñekitas Fantasia Children’s Show
* Saturday, June 11: Carolina Imperial
* Saturday, June 11: Grupo Pakal Danza Maya

June 12
* Sunday, June 12: Trío Romance
* Sunday, June 12: Mago Gus – Magic Show
* Sunday, June 12: Mariachi Mexicanisimo
* Sunday, June 12: Alex Flores Karaoke Show

FT. WORTH: Teatro Artes de la Rosa / Rose Marine Theater

TEATRO ARTES DE LA ROSA / ROSE MARINE THEATER

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MISSION / MISIÓN:
Artes de la Rosa is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and interpreting the art, culture, lives, and history of the Latino community by: (1) establishing a venue for Latino art and cultural performances; (2) offering educational art/culture programs to the community including youth in low-income neighborhoods; (3) providing opportunities and support for established and emerging artists and performers; and (4) serving as the central support organization and resource center for Latino art and culture in the City of Fort Worth.

HISTORY / HISTORIA:
Artes de la Rosa, formerly Latin Arts Association of Fort Worth is the non-profit organization that manages the historic gem of Fort Worth ‘s Northside – The Rose Marine Theater, and Fort Worth’s only Hispanic theater company – Teatro de la Rosa. Artes de la Rosa obtained its non-profit status from the IRS in November, 1999, and though still a young organization, has quickly managed to become an award-winning organization receiving praise for its children’s programming and critical acclaim for its productions. The Rose Marine Theater, the home of Artes de la Rosa, opened as a movie house in the 1920s and has operated under three names, and has a legacy of presenting Spanish language films to generations of the Northside’s ever increasing Hispanic population. The theater is listed on the National Register of Historic places. Today, the Rose Marine Theater has a seating capacity of 254 seats and provides an intimate setting with excellent acoustics for any type of performance. Adjacent to the theater is a gorgeous outdoor plaza and art gallery, both of which provide ample space for performances and receptions.

PRESS / PRENSA: KERA TV Airs “The Rose: A Sense of Place”

youtube Video: I am Artes de la Rosa / Yo Soy Artes de la Rosa

youtube Video: Kiss of the Spiderwoman The Musical / Beso de la mujer araña El Musical

FOR MORE INFORMATION / PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN:
Artes de la Rosa / Rose Marine Theater
1440 N. Main Street
Fort Worth TX 76164
Tel: 817.624.8333
Fax: 817.624.8258
Website:www.rosemarinetheater.com
General Inquiries:info@rosemarinetheater.com

Support the Arts – if you live in the DFW area, try to attend a play at the Artes de la Rosa Theater, or if you ever decide to visit the DFW area and are looking for something interesting to do, visit the website for event information.

I hope you’re having a good weekend my friends! 🙂

DALLAS: Mavericks win West title, but mission not yet complete

A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to the Dallas Mavs for winning the Western Conference Championship and for advancing to the NBA playoffs – hoping the best for them @ the NBA playoffs!🙂

Dallas owner Mark Cuban, left, hoists the trophy, as Dirk Nowitzki and other Mavericks cheer after the final buzzer in Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Finals

The Western Conference Finals ended the only way that was fitting on Wednesday Night. With Dirk putting the Mavericks in the lead. Again.

If sports fairy tales came true, then that would mean that we would be assured a happy ending in the Dirk Nowitzki trip around the basketball world in a few weeks’ time. In the same category in the fairy tale section as the John Elway Super Bowl victory, everybody had assumed the window had shut on his chance. His greatness as a whole had been pushed down a spot or two when discussions were had after playoff disappointments. Surely, he was not of “championship quality”. Surely, he is to blame for his team falling short in the playoffs. In a star-driven sport, the Dallas Mavericks have a real nice player, but not one of those great ones that win trophies.

We don’t know how this sports story will end when basketball season is over. But, we know about last night’s chapter. The one where the team was down almost 47 minutes into a 48 minute game. The Mavericks were trailing 94-92 with 90 seconds to play when they reacquired the ball on a steal by Dirk. Russell Westbrook thought he saw an open Nick Collison down low, but Dirk stepped in the path of the ball and was able to get his right hand on the pass and the Mavericks had the ball back.

The first priority as they crossed half court was for Jason Kidd to find Nowitzki on the left wing against Collison on another isolation sequence that we have seen over and over in this series. This time, Dirk gets the edge on Collison and heads to the hoop where the Thunder defense collapse on the star. He sees Jason Terry in the corner for a go-ahead 3, but his pass is deflected out of bounds as the Thunder are trying to cover everything.

Inbounds play with 1:24. Jason Kidd will pass it in as all 4 Mavericks start the play at the free throw line. As Kidd looks for options, first Terry and then Tyson Chandler screen Collison as Dirk drops back behind the 3-point line. Because of the double screen, Dirk is free for a split second. Kidd puts the ball in the German’s hands and the arena gasps with excitement as the shot leaves his hands and a swish is forthcoming.

But, it doesn’t go in. It rims out. And Westbrook grabs the carom as he battles Chandler down low. But, in the scramble, Westbrook loses his balance and as he is falling to the ground (with Chandler’s foot helping to knock him over) he tosses the ball back in play and what he hopes is to his teammates. However, in another stroke of fortune, he basically rolls the ball to Jason Terry. Terry goes cross court to Marion. At the point Terry gets the ball, Dirk had already dropped back on defense and was actually on the time-line. He reversed his direction back into the front-court.

Marion sees Dirk rushing back to the play and finds him right as the Mavericks leader was back in position for another try. This time, there is no screen and Collison challenges the shot. But, this time, there is no mistake. The ball rips through the cords and the Mavericks have a 95-94 lead. The 20,000+ expresses their extreme gratitude in a massive sound explosion.

Like the 3-pointer he hit on Monday night in the historic Game 4 rally, his 3-point shot in Game 5 was the moment the tides finally turned all of the way.

On the next possession, the Mavericks buckled down hard on defense and forced an airball from Eric Maynor from the paint and Nick Collison collected the rebound as he was falling out of bounds. With no other option, he also attempted to send the ball in the general direction of his teammates and hope for the best. And like Westbrook’s attempted blind pass, the results for the Thunder were not what they had hoped. Like so many moments in this series, when the Mavericks needed a 50/50 play to go their way, it did. Terry and James Harden both leaped for the ball and somehow it tipped over to Shawn Marion – a player that always seems ready to go get the loose ball when they are needed the most.

Marion had nothing but open court ahead of him and was about to make a 1-point lead bigger. As he is heading down the court with 52 seconds to play, you can see Durant trying to chase him down. For a split second, Jason Terry pulls another veteran move and blocks Durant’s path for a step. This gives Marion all the space he needs and not only does he get the dunk, but he also is fouled as Durant still tried a desperation block that was called for contact. The place again explodes. The end is near.

It took one more offensive rebound to salt the game away, but in the end it was a familiar theme in this series against the Oklahoma City crew that appears so promising in the years to come. It was the grit and know-how to make the plays in the games final moments that won it for Dallas. They appeared superior in very few ways, honestly, for most of these 5 games. But, in the last 5 minutes of the 5 4th Quarters, the Mavericks outscored the Thunder by 24 points. And that, quite simply was the only difference there was.

Dallas knew how to make shots. How to get stops. How to make free throws. How to get a loose ball. Not all of them, just the ones that really mattered and determined the winners of these games.

It was veteran know-how versus youthful confusion. All of that extra energy did not help them deal with the composed execution of the guys who have been on this road before. There is a ton of resolve on the Mavericks roster. The other 3 teams in the Conference Finals could all discuss their bright futures and the ideas that they could be in a position to be back at this point of the playoffs many, many more times before it is said and done.

But, Dallas knows that they have an urgency that the others don’t have. They know that their window is open right now. In a few weeks, it may slam shut for them forever. Many of these players know that they have been in thousands of practices and flights and hotels and games and the only thing they are missing is the right to be NBA Champions.

And how was that best demonstrated last night? You could certainly argue the game’s final moments. But, I prefer to dwell on the Western Conference trophy presentation. Sure, there were a few moments of jubilation allowed as Dirk showed the trophy to the fans.

But, as Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle were being interviewed, the cameras caught Dirk first getting a blank stare on his face, and then saw him turn around, and leave the arena. Nobody understood where he was going when it happened. But, then it clicked. And it gave chills to anyone who has every pulled for that guy to get that title that drives him.

He was done with this moment. He was happy, but he wasn’t interested in giving anyone the impression that his mission was accomplished. He was ready to move on. And he wasn’t even going to wait for his coach to end his interview with ESPN.

Instead, he left. And his teammates didn’t need anyone to instruct them what to do. They do what they have done this entire playoff. They followed their leader. In moments, the entire team had exited the stage. Even though they have days before they engage in the final battle of the war, they were heading back to the room to symbolically move on, too. It was a moment in time that will not be forgotten. It was the moment that best demonstrates how much Dirk has changed over the years. The unassuming fellow who just loves the sport has grown into the leader who is driven by victory and for the moment to personally vanquish his enemies. He has grown into that William Wallace figure that his detractors said he could never be.

Dirk said it last night. He has been this far before.

“We talked about it after the game. This is a great moment and we can enjoy it for a day. But, we got one of those trophies already and it didn’t mean anything at the end. I think once you get to the Finals, there is no 2nd place finish. I was already thinking about the Finals. I’m going to stay in the moment, obviously. Like I said, this is nice for a day, but we said our goal in October was to win it all so we haven’t done that yet.”

The story has unfolded. 3 rounds of basketball have been completed. The Mavericks have won 12 of 15 games. They have won the series in a fashion that has allowed for rest between each round. They have taken all challengers. And they await their final opponent.

They are so close. They are so determined.
Their time is now.
Will the fairy tale have a happy ending? We will know very soon.
(By Bob Sturm / Special Contributor dallasmorningnews.com)

HELP TORNADO VICTIMS: In Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas & Oklahoma

WHETHER IT’S BY GIVING MONETARY DONATIONS, PROVIDING VOLUNTEER SERVICES, OR KEEPING THE VICTIMS OF THE DEVASTATING TORNADO IN PRAYER – LET’S DO OUR PART TO HELP!

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HOW TO HELP:
The American Red Cross has opened shelters in Missouri and Minnesota. The shelter in Joplin is located at Missouri Southern State University, and the Red Cross is working to provide transportation to the shelter for those in need. The Red Cross is also distributing food, cleanup supplies and comfort kits, and sending health workers to provide immediate care.
Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or visit the website to donate, give blood or volunteer.

AmeriCares has sent disaster-relief personnel to Joplin, and it’s working with Access Family Care Clinic to help victims. This expands AmeriCares’ tornado relief operation, which has been assisting various Southern states as they recover from their own recent tornado outbreak.
Donations to AmeriCares can be made online or by phone at 1-800-486-HELP.

The disaster-response team with Convoy of Hope is heading to Joplin with a truckload of water, snacks and ready-to-eat meals. It is coordinating with local officials to determine what additional supplies should follow and at what locations they can provide essential supplies.
Those wanting to help can text the word “CONVOY” to 50555 to make a $10 donation. You can also donate online or by calling 1-417-823-8998.

The Heart of Missouri United Way has established the Tornado Relief Fund to help victims.
Text “JOPLIN” to 864833 to make a $10 donation, or call 1-573-443-4523.

Heart to Heart International has sent volunteer medical professionals and their mobile medical clinic to the devastated communities in Kansas and Missouri.
Heart to Heart also sends hygiene kits for people displaced by the storms, and their care kit assembly instructions can be found here.
You can donate or sign up to be a volunteer online or by phone at 1-913-764-5200.

The Salvation Army has mobilized four feeding kitchens in impacted areas of Joplin. It is also providing relief to other cities that were hit by the weekend tornadoes in Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas and Oklahoma.
The Salvation Army’s disaster-relief efforts in Joplin can be supported by texting “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. You can also donate through their website or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Samaritan’s Purse is providing assistance to survivors in Joplin. Its first volunteer team is on the ground, and it is asking for more volunteers to join their effort to remove trees and fallen debris and help make repairs on damaged homes.
Details to volunteer and donate can be found online and by calling 1-828-262-1980.

World Vision is now expanding its tornado relief to include the Joplin area. It has sent a team there to determine the most urgent needs.
Text”‘TORNADO” to 20222 to give a $10 donation. You can also donate online or call 1-888-511-6443 to support World Vision’s effort.

Disasters serve as a reminder to be thankful for all the things that we have, like family, close friends, good health, food, and other things that we value. Have a good day & let’s do our part to help!! 🙂

“If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” Arabian Proverb
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James

“Let me do all the good I can, to all the people I can, as often as I can.” John Wesley