Carols Caliente

Who says winter has to be cold?

Christmas is boring in this country. Always the same old tired carols, the fake corporate trees, the insufferable red sweaters with embroidered ornaments. Which is why I try to get the hell out of Dodge this time of year. When I lived in Guatemala, kids spent Christmas Eve lighting what they call bombas, firecrackers loud enough to rupture your eardrum. I also met a Jesuit priest there who was taking Spanish; I later saw him in a San Francisco gay bookstore with one of his hot young students. You just can't beat that. Which is why you should spice up your holidays Latin-style with some Andean flute tunes, Mexican mariachis and Caribbean hip-swingin'. Navidad Latinoamericana, a concert organized by the DFW International Community Alliance, will feature Christmas music from across Mexico and Latin America, including sweet jams from Chile, Brazil and Puerto Rico. The show is 7 p.m. Saturday at Northway Christian Church, 7202 W. Northwest Highway between U.S. 75 and Hillcrest Road. Tickets are $10; children 10 and under are free. Call 972-661-2764.
Sat., Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
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