Check out this library of virtual interviews, talks, and workshops featured during past years of Fiesta Cultural.

Bilingual Storytime Online
Presented by Eugene LRCS
Online: Eugene Public Library’s YouTube (

Join Toña Aguilar online for fun stories, songs, and rhymes in Spanish and English. She is an experienced local teacher and currently coordinates the Nutrition Services Program at The Village School. She was born and raised in the Willamette Valley; her father was an activist for migrant farmworker rights and her mother was a bilingual elementary school educator. Enjoy this video anytime on Eugene Public Library’s YouTube ( Information: 541-682-5450 or

Lane Arts Council Artist Happy Hour featuring Antonio Huerta
Lane Arts Council’s Facebook

Join this special Live Stream Happy Hour as Fiesta Cultural grabs hold of the ropes! Jill Torres interviews Antonio Huerta, who practices Charrería. Charrería is an art form involving the use of ropes in horsemanship and cattle work, dating back to the 1500s. Learn more about the history of this sport, as well as some of the other work Antonio has done in the community during this Happy Hour.

Comunidad y Herencia Cultural

Lane Arts Council Artist Happy Hour featuring Erick Wonderly Varela
Lane Arts Council’s Facebook

Erick Wonderly Varela’s work is inspired by his experience working in a fish market, an appreciation for food illustration, his Honduran family background, and his love of the natural world. His preferred medium is gouache paint. As a cartoonist/illustrator, his work is bright and colorful with subject matter that evokes both whimsy and dreamy adventurism.

Erick Wonderly Varela on Instagram erick_ink

Lane Arts Council Artist Happy Hour featuring Fernell López
Lane Arts Council’s Facebook

Fernell López started his musical journey over 40 years ago in México City. He has been an artist and educator in Eugene since he arrived in 1984. He currently works as a Human Services coordinator at Kelly Middle School and teaches Mariachi Music at the Shedd Institute. Grab a beer, wine, cocktail, soda or seltzer – and join us for this special Fiesta Cultural Happy Hour Takeover with host Jill Torres!

Lane Arts Council Artist Happy Hour featuring Jessica Zapata
Lane Arts Council’s Facebook
or YouTube

For this Fiesta Cultural Livestream Happy Hour, Jill Torres interviews Jessica Zapata!  Jessica Zapata was born in Mexico, a wonderful country extremely rich in culture, traditions, legends, music, art, architecture, literature and gastronomy. Currently based in Eugene, Oregon, she is a fervent cultural promoter and manager, architect and educator and has facilitated an extensive cultural promotion link between Mexico and various cities in the Northwest United States. In 2007, she founded Eugene Arte Latino, whose mission is to promote the music, dance, art, and values ​​of Mexican and Latin American traditions in a warm and vibrant environment for the entire Lane County community. Jessica is also a mentor for several organizations and several Spanish-speaking youth. She offers monthly bilingual art workshops for Spanish-speaking children and youth and mothers. 

Eugene Arte Latino

Lane Arts Council Artist Happy Hour featuring Lalo Lira & Pamela Garcia 
Lane Arts Council’s Facebook
or YouTube

Pamela Garcia & Lalo Lira are dancers visiting from Mexico! Jill Torres interviews the artists to learn about their current creative projects, how they got here, and their artistic collaborations.

Lane Arts Council Artist Happy Hour featuring Marina Hajek
Lane Arts Council’s Facebook

For this Artist Happy Hour, Jill Torres interviews sculptress and art restorer Marina Hajek.  Marina recently had a show at the Adell McMillan Gallery.

Marina Hajek,

Lane Arts Council Artist Happy Hour featuring Mary Sollo
Lane Arts Council’s Facebook

Host Jill Torres welcomes Mary Sollo, who is a cultural promoter and producer, artist, dancer, radio personality, musician, and a voice of indigenous women and her community.

Lane Arts Council Artist Happy Hour featuring Michael Garcia of Dominican Delights  
Lane Arts Council’s Facebook

Michael is the owner of Dominican Delights, a local business that has been part of this city for 6 years!

Dominican Delights,

Puerto Rican Cooking Online
Presented by Eugene LRCS

Eugene Public Library’s YouTube

Sara Cintron demonstrates Puerto Rican cooking in “Nice Urban Spice, Lesson 1.” Learn how to make two traditional dishes, mofongo and tembleque, to satisfy both savory and sweet tastes. Explore a new way to cook with plantains, coconut, and the spices of Puerto Rican cuisine for a rich and tasty cultural experience. Enjoy this English-language video anytime on Eugene Public Library’s YouTube.

Windfall Reading Series: Amalia Gladhart
Presented by Eugene LRCS
Watch online

Join Lane Literary Guild and Eugene Public Library for a livestream of the Windfall Reading Series, a monthly gathering highlighting local and regional writers. As a part of Fiesta Cultural, this Windfall featured Amalia Gladhart: translator and writer, reading her translations from Spanish and her original stories.

The event begins with Gladhart’s translation of Angélica Gorodischer (Argentina, 1928-2022), a renowned voice in feminist and speculative fiction throughout Latin America, whose inventive, troubling works explore power differences based on gender, and the poetics of writing. Gorodischer’s many books include novels, short story collections, and essays. Her national and international awards include the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Gilgamesh Prize, and the Dignity Prize for work on behalf of women’s equality from the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights (Argentina).

Gladhart reads from her prize-winning translation, Jaguars’ Tomb: a novel that presents both an intriguing puzzle and a meditation on how to write about, or through, violence, injustice, and loss. The selection of Gorodischer’s novel in Spanish, Tumba de jaguares, is read by Marina Peñalosa Montero (doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon, specializing in Latin American literature and culture).

Amalia Gladhart then reads from her own witty, often satirical short fiction (written in English). Her work has been widely published in journals including The Common, Cordella Magazine, Saranac Review, and Portland Review’s anthology, Unchartable: On Environmental Unknowns. Her Detours is a collection of prose poems, and Best Laid Plans, a novella set at the (perhaps?) fictional Flagship U., appears online at The Fantasist: A Magazine of Fantasy Novellas. Gladhart is Professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She has translated two novels by Alicia Yánez Cossío (Ecuador), The Potbellied Virgin and Beyond the Islands, and two by Angélica Gorodischer, Trafalgar and the recent Jaguars’ Tomb, the newly announced winner of the prestigious Queen Sofía Spanish Institute’s Translation Prize 2022, for best English translation of a work written originally in the Spanish language.

Amalia Gladhart,

Windfall Reading Series: Carlos Castro Jo and Ana-Maurine Lara
Presented by Eugene LRCS
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Join Lane Literary Guild and Eugene Public Library for a livestream of the Windfall Reading Series. The first half is in English and Spanish, and the second half is in English.

Poet and sociologist Carlos Castro Jo writes in Spanish, “mostly about people I know, like my neighbors and friends, real people who live their lives freely and fully, but are nearly invisible to the dominant Mestizo heterosexual paradigm of Nicaraguan society.” Allyson Lima will present her English translations of his poems.

Award-winning poet, novelist and Black feminist scholar Ana-Maurine Lara reads from her new novel, “Injured Stone” (in English). A longtime LGBTQ advocate, she writes poetry and prose suffused with poetic evocations of Black and Indigenous freedom.