Dougherty Arts Center

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You know how you open an email and open the newsletter and scan through it, then you click on a link, that takes you to an article that mentions something that seems interesting and you do a search and end up finding some really cool info?

That happened to me today. I ended up at the Dougherty Arts Center Website. I have passed by their building many times without ever wondering what goes on in there and boy am I happy I found their website!

As artists and performers, we are always looking for ways to stretch our money, heck, you don’t need to be an artist or a performer to want to save a buck! That’s why I’m sharing this tidbit of info in case you, like me, had not heard that the DAC now has a space where you can comfortably do your research (without the feeling you have to buy a coffee every hour to justify the use of the free wifi), meet with prospective clients or collaborators, or simply work in a comfortable place that is not your living room.

The Artist Resource Center at the Dougherty Arts Center provides with everything you may need to take care of the planning and production of your next project.

They have the basics: WiFi, charging stations and caffeine plus access to a resource library, TV with HDMI connection and even Adobe Suite. SWEET!

Best of all, you don’t need reservations, memberships or to succumb to the imaginary self-imposed pressure of buying something.

The space is open M-W 10 am to 10 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm.

For the dancers and actors in the bunch, the DAC also has rehearsal spaces available FOR FREE! For more info, send an email to DACInfo@austintexas.gov or contact the theater coordinator Lucy Miller-Downing at 512-974-4045

If you haven’t had the chance to check out the DAC, don’t waste another minute and hop onto their website or Facebook page. You’ll be amazed at all the other events, services and classes they have available!

La Vida Fácil de Aldonza

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Years and years ago (maybe not that many, but still…) I went on a trip to study French, I met really cool people, among them: Aldonza Velez, this crazy energetic actress that could talk for days without being boring for even a second. LOVED her instantly! 

After that intensive month of studying and being on an era where no social media existed, it was hard to keep in touch once we all went back to our homes; somehow we managed to email back and forth for years, and in 2009 we got to see each other again. She was an actress and part of the production of a film called “From Prada to Nada” that was going to be filmed in my hometown, she called me and we got to work together, it was crazy intense but great! I was so proud of seeing her not only as a grown person (around 10 years after we first met), but the fascinating woman she became! Same crazy energy, instincts and happiness, just way more focused and productive I guess haha.

We’ve stayed in touch and I’ve being following this amazing project she has, (the reason why I’m writing this post) “La Vida Facil de Aldonza” a video Blog where she talks about random things, recipes, experiences, family, etc. It is funny, blunt and so intimate! I love how she’s not acting, it’s just her, plain and clear. Among the themes that she digs deeper is beyond personal: infertility. What she has experienced in it, how it feels for her, what she has learned. I really admire how she’s able to share such personal details and offer support to whomever is willing to listen. Brave, authentic and honest, like always…    * All of this, talking 100 km/hr in Spanish so, be advised! 

If you understand Spanish, or wish to laugh and practice it, please give it a try; the “episode” themes vary a lot from one to another but all of them are funny and personal, kind of like having a pen pal but in video (See? Yes, that old! haha).

  • Here is her FB page too 😉