The Crystal City walkout of 1969 was one of the defining moments of the Chicano movement, as students from the small South Texas town walked out of school in protest of the school district's poor treatment of the Mexican-American community. The students' struggle even earned the attention of lawmakers in Washington, D.C.--including Senators George McGovern and the late Edward Kennedy--and eventually the district was forced to end many of its discriminatory practices, which included racial quotas for cheerleaders and unethically maintaining an all-white school board, despite the fact that Crystal City's Latino population was by far the majority. The Cara Mia Theatre Company brings this historical event to life with Crystal City, 1969, onstage through December 19 at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. The play premieres 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, with a reception at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Additional showings take place at 8:15 p.m. on December 10, 12, 17, 18 and 19; tickets to these performances are $10 to $15. For more info visit caramiatheatre.com.
Wed., Dec. 9, 8:15 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 10, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 12, 8:15 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 17, 8:15 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 18, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 19, 8:15 p.m., 2009