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Teen Smart: A look on Intimacy

Posted on 31 January 2011 by Michelle Reed


In the Teen Smart opener, intern Kalon Pleasant focuses on explaining the definition of intimacy from a teenager’s perspective.

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The Concert, Pink Ribbons, Living Smart and Celebrating Life!

Posted on 25 January 2011 by Patricia Gras

Here is a link to one of the songs by Barandua on January 22nd at University of St. Thomas. You can find almost all the songs on You Tube under Barandua.

It was one of the most unforgettable nights we have ever experienced as a band and as human beings. Everyone participated. There were people there from all over the world and since music is universal, they seemed to have felt the music. They cried, laughed, danced and stomped with us. The benefit for Pink Ribbons project which supports breast cancer survivors through the arts was a great success. Many survivors stood up and declared with us we were going to beat this disease together.  The songs elevated all of us and we are so grateful for such a magical night.  I don’t know if we’ll ever do it again but we did have to turn away many who didn’t buy their tickets online. The theatre was sold out by Saturday afternoon.  We want to thank all the media outlets who helped us get the word out. The Front Row, KUHF, KPFT Pacifica, Semana News, Houston Chronicle La Voz, Rumbo, Examiner Papers, Fox Ch. 26 and Univision   and so many who told their members. Casa Argentina and Pink Ribbons truly stepped up to the plate and everyone worked very hard to make this possible.We want to thank our family and friends who came and shared with us and finally all who came for being part of this great cause. Your generosity, presence and participation made the event the most successful we have ever done. Thank you so much.

It so happened we finished recording Living Smart last week. All the shows are strong and the experts sensational! We covered overcoming addiction, managing your career, preparing for a career change and job fulfillment, the beauty of different and the value of tolerance.  We discussed healing conversations, balancing your life, cancer and heart prevention, emotionally intelligent marriages, living with disabilities, and much more.

What I learned this week

In the same month, I lost a friend to cancer, fulfilled one of my life missions, raised money for breast cancer survivors and sang my heart out.

Life is thus full of ups and downs, laughter and tears, excitement and disapointment. I learned that I have to live with all of it always looking upwards and thanking my creator for it all.

What I am grateful for

My family and my friends are always there for me no matter what.  They were there to share one of the most important evenings of my life.

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My Music

Posted on 16 January 2011 by Patricia Gras

This is my band,

“Los Mareados” Tango
Our band members are María Francisca González Rimbau (cantante, guitarra (singer,musical director, guitarist), Carlos González Rimbau (cantante, guitarra, singer, guitarist), Luis Montes de Oca (zampoña, percusión, pan flutes, percussion), Guest Musicians: Martín Whittaker (bajo, bass), Fernando Diego Ledesma (percusión), Gonzalo Quisbert (charango, vientos, guitarra charango, wind insturments and guitar), and, finally, myself (cantante, percusión, lead singer, percussion) y (accordion) Pedro Gemin. I’ll post updates here as we perform, and be sure to check us out on YouTube!

This was my favorite song of the concert Un Vestido y Un amor

Oh Que sera Que sera

Barandua dedicates this song for victims of the earthquake
This song was written by Argentine Victor Heredia. He lost family members during the military diectatorship for his songs of protest and in favor of indigineous rights.
We dedicate this song to Japan after suffering the worst earthquake in its history.
This song invites listeners to rise up. It is a song of hope.

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Concert to Celebrate Life! and the senseless Arizona shooting

Posted on 11 January 2011 by Patricia Gras

I hope to see you there to dance, sing, laugh and cry! but most importantly I hope to see you there to honor LIFE!

When: Saturday,  January 22nd

What: Pink Ribbons (Breast Cancer) Benefit Latin Music Concert

Where: University of ST. Thomas Jones Hall, Houston Texas

When: 8pm

Tickets: $20

Get them online to reserve seats


By  Patricia Gras

I went to Thunderbird in Arizona. While going to graduate school there I never imagined the state would eventually become known for its controversial immigration law and the harsh, violent language that ensued as a result.

If you are like most americans you may  feel confused, angry, distraught and sad about the shooting this past Saturday. No one can deny we are living in interesting times. Our nation is facing an unpredictable recession, unemployment, a lack of ethics in the political and financial sector and unprecedented bickering between the two major (and could say) only parties.

I am not an expert on whether hateful speech and rhetoric caused the disturbed young man to kill as many people as possible including a politician who is fighting for her life and is in my prayers. I do know for a fact that we have less civility in this country than in the past 50 years. That is why I chose to do a show with Cassandra Dhanke, Co Founder of the Institute of Civility based in Washington DC.

It is worth watching to understand how we can talk to each other with respect and  understanding.

Articles covering the overall debate: By Christina Rivera

Articles covering the overall debate

“Weight of Words in focus after Arizona Shooting”

This article discusses the overall sentiment in Washington. Lawmakers agree that the rhetoric has been aggressive. The article also focuses attention on the possibility that rhetoric didn’t directly cause the shooting but that harsh rhetoric used may have had some effect.

“Florida conservative radio host Joyce Kauffman took heat after remarking at a Tea Party rally, “If ballots don’t work, bullets will.””

“Biting language has also come from those on the left, with Democrats and President Obama pegging Republicans as” hostage takers.””

“Gifford’s email: Need to ‘tone our rhetoric and partisanship down’”

This is a blog post by CNN Political Producer; the post highlights the email that Giffords sent to Republican Trey Grayson the night before the shooting calling for discussions on how to improve rhetoric used on both sides.

Right Wing Examples:

Gabrielle Giffords shooting reignites row over rightwing rhetoric in US”

Left Wing Examples:

“Sarah Palin is not to blame for shooting of Gabrielle Giffords; left-wing rhetoric just as vicious”

Read more:

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Our family loss and what I learned

Posted on 07 January 2011 by Patricia Gras

What I am grateful for:

I got to spend time with a dear friend who transitioned last night before she passed.

What I learned this week:

Remember to love people while they are alive.

I lost a dear friend last night. She died of pancreatic cancer. It took her in three months. We were dancing together on my birthday. She picked the food and the perfect party was practically her doing. One day full of life, the next on a hospital bed. How does that happen? Why does it happen? These are questions we live with every day, and everyone finds their own way of coping. Mine was to visit her and love her in whatever place or situation she found herself.  I didn’t want her to care that I saw the deterioriation. I didn’t want to project my own experience to her or her children. I didnt’ want her to feel that I was there more for me than for her. I just wanted her to know that I was there for both of us and that I was grateful for her friendship and most importantly for allowing me to be with her when I am certain she was so uncomfortable and afraid of the unknown.  I am very lucky because I believe in an after life. I believe we are here for a purpose. It is none of my business but I saw how she raised her three children. I saw one of her many life purposes. How many of us can say we did at least one very important thing well such as raising our children to be whole human beings?

Her children gathered around her and stayed with her for almost three months. Their dedication, love and commitment to their mother was exemplary. They are all very successful professionally but they gave it all up to be with her.  What was beautiful to watch was their compassion, commitment and love for her. I told her what a great job she had done with them and she smiled in her own quiet way. My friend lived a purpose driven life you see and I am so very lucky I got to know her in this life time.

I think she is better off, but who cares what I think. What matters is that our friendship stood the test of time and that I was so blessed to be with her a bit of time while she was afflicted by this unexpected, heartless, agressive killer.

If there is a life lesson I learned from this, I have to say, friendship is the most underated relationship there is, yet in my book.. the most important.

From now on, whenever I sing, I will sing for you my friend. Farewell and wait for me. I hope to see you in heaven.


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Posted on 01 January 2011 by Patricia Gras

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