May We Have This Dance?

We are not totally crazy. Please keep this in mind when we tell you that Cinco de Mayo celebrates an actual battle (La Batalla de Puebla in 1862, ending the Mexican Imperial Monarchy). Apparently, some folks seem to think the day is about drinking heavily—sometimes until one vomits directly into the remains of a piñata—and watching Blood In, Blood Out repeatedly outdoors at volume level 9. But we have it on good faith that while this is what our neighbors did last year, it is not the general practice. Some truly honor the history. The Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, for instance, presents a riveting production of one family's experience during that historic battle using the traditional yet innovative techniques of folklorico to tell the tale. It's an educational, entertaining and emotional experience that could instill pride and open some eyes about a holiday that is often partied away without sentiment. Experience the Memories of May/Memorias de Mayo 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 3 and May 4 at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. Tickets are $5 to $10. Call 214-373-8000 or visit
May 3-4, 10, 11:45 a.m. & 7 p.m.