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Hidden Histories August 2019
URBAN-15’s Hidden Histories Returns with
“Pan de Muerto, Pan de Vida”
From conchas to cuernitos, pan dulce—Mexican sweet bread—is a daily pleasure of San Antonio meetings and family gatherings. But how much do we really know about its deep cultural and historical roots, much less its thousands of varieties and names? In August’s episode of Hidden Histories, we speak with UTSA professor emeritus Ellen Riojas-Clark about her latest book project, which explores the cultural history of pan dulce, venturing into her kitchen to learn how it’s made and visiting panaderos at Bedoy’s Bakery. Episode also includes performance by and conversation with the San Antonio Steel Guitar Association.
Originally a part of the city’s Tricentennial arts activities, Hidden Histories is a monthly, magazine-format video series that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio and surrounding regions an inspiring cultural treasure. Now in its second season, Hidden Histories continues to premiere monthly screenings live in our studio, free of charge. Each screening uncovers important cultural histories of the region by featuring archival interviews with community leaders; significant performances by musicians, dancers and poets; interactions with working artists; lost documentaries; forgotten narrative films; and vintage discussions of important community issues.