Nancy Flores

Features writer

Nancy Flores is a features writer who covers general assignments including Latino culture for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360. Find her monthly column, Cultura en Austin, every last Friday of the month in Austin 360. Follow her on Twitter @latinoculture.

Latest from Nancy Flores

‘Chavela,’ doc highlights tequila-drinking, rebel music icon
 Legendary musical icon Chavela Vargas. Photo ©Maj 
               Lindström The raw passion and profound suffering that came through in the songs she sang could easily cleanse the soul. Those who attended
            the performances of Mexican music legend Chavela Vargas often described her concerts like a therapy session...

Posted: 3 days ago

Legendary musical icon Chavela Vargas. Photo ©Maj  Lindström The raw passion and profound suffering that came through in the songs she sang could easily cleanse the soul. Those who attended the performances of Mexican music legend Chavela Vargas often described her concerts like a therapy session...
Widowed father of four children given a year’s rent in safer apartment
 When his phone rang in May about midnight, Rogaciano Ríos Marcial knew it couldn’t be good news. His wife had been hospitalized for several days shortly after Mother’s Day and fell into a coma. And even though doctors had warned him that his wife, María Lorena Suárez Escobedo, likely wouldn’t survive...

Posted: 8 days ago

When his phone rang in May about midnight, Rogaciano Ríos Marcial knew it couldn’t be good news. His wife had been hospitalized for several days shortly after Mother’s Day and fell into a coma. And even though doctors had warned him that his wife, María Lorena Suárez Escobedo, likely wouldn’t survive...
Hundreds of nonprofits lifted by Central Texans during Giving Tuesday
 Central Texans donated more than $700,000 for nonprofits around the world on Giving Tuesday, according to I Live Here I Give Here. The Austin-based nonprofit this year served as the Central Texas leader for the global campaign that occurs annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. I Live Here I Give Here, which also produces the 24-hour...

Posted: 9 days ago

Central Texans donated more than $700,000 for nonprofits around the world on Giving Tuesday, according to I Live Here I Give Here. The Austin-based nonprofit this year served as the Central Texas leader for the global campaign that occurs annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. I Live Here I Give Here, which also produces the 24-hour...
Central Texas surpasses Giving Tuesday goal
 Central Texans donated more than $700,000 for nonprofits around the world on Giving Tuesday, according to I Live Here, I Give Here. The Austin-based nonprofit served this year as the Central Texas leader for the global campaign that occurs every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In addition to monetary donations, I Live Here, I Give...

Posted: 9 days ago

Central Texans donated more than $700,000 for nonprofits around the world on Giving Tuesday, according to I Live Here, I Give Here. The Austin-based nonprofit served this year as the Central Texas leader for the global campaign that occurs every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In addition to monetary donations, I Live Here, I Give...
Immigrant families demand a ‘clean’ DREAM Act by caroling
 Dozens gathered at the Texas Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday night to demand the passage of a law in support of young undocumented immigrants using a unique approach — Christmas caroling. Austin families urged elected officials to act with kindness and generosity this holiday season as an estimated 800,000 immigrant youths brought...

Posted: 10 days ago

Dozens gathered at the Texas Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday night to demand the passage of a law in support of young undocumented immigrants using a unique approach — Christmas caroling. Austin families urged elected officials to act with kindness and generosity this holiday season as an estimated 800,000 immigrant youths brought...
Immigrants United demand a ‘clean’ DREAM Act by caroling
 Dozens gathered at the Texas Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday night to demand the passage of a law in support of young immigrants using a unique approach — Christmas caroling. Austin families urged elected officials to act with kindness and generosity this holiday season as an estimated 800,000 immigrant youths brought to the U.S...

Posted: 10 days ago

Dozens gathered at the Texas Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday night to demand the passage of a law in support of young immigrants using a unique approach — Christmas caroling. Austin families urged elected officials to act with kindness and generosity this holiday season as an estimated 800,000 immigrant youths brought to the U.S...
Capital Area Dental Foundation’s Dental Day gives families care
 For 19-year-old Lyric Wardlow, walking into the Rose Dental Group clinic Saturday morning meant taking the first step toward changing how she feels about herself. Wardlow, who is part of the Statesman Season for Caring campaign, has endured bullying since elementary school for an overbite that now has affected her self-confidence. She and...

Posted: 14 days ago

For 19-year-old Lyric Wardlow, walking into the Rose Dental Group clinic Saturday morning meant taking the first step toward changing how she feels about herself. Wardlow, who is part of the Statesman Season for Caring campaign, has endured bullying since elementary school for an overbite that now has affected her self-confidence. She and...
East Austin mural repainting starts new era for 12th, Chicon streets
 It’s been three years since artist Chris Rogers first found himself painting a mural on the corner of 12th and Chicon streets. At the time, Rogers sought to make his artistic mark on a city he had just began calling home. The intersection, too, was in search of an identity after years of drastic transformation in East Austin. On Friday...

Posted: 15 days ago

It’s been three years since artist Chris Rogers first found himself painting a mural on the corner of 12th and Chicon streets. At the time, Rogers sought to make his artistic mark on a city he had just began calling home. The intersection, too, was in search of an identity after years of drastic transformation in East Austin. On Friday...
Robert Rodriguez to celebrate 25th anniversary of ‘El Mariachi’
 Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will participate in a Q&A after the screening of his film “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” at the
                  AFS Cinema. With just $7,000, filmmaker Robert Rodríguez shot the 1992 indie classic film “El Mariachi,” which launched his career and
            set him on a trailblazing...

Posted: 16 days ago

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will participate in a Q&A after the screening of his film “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” at the AFS Cinema. With just $7,000, filmmaker Robert Rodríguez shot the 1992 indie classic film “El Mariachi,” which launched his career and set him on a trailblazing...
Cultura en Austin: Exhibición de las leyendas de la música tejana
 Desde superar las barreras laborales hasta crear temas del movimiento chicano, las leyendas de la música tejana han ayudado a elevar no sólo la música de Texas, sino la música de Estados Unidos. No obstante, a menudo no se les ha dado el debido reconocimiento a la música de fondo del país. &ldquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

Desde superar las barreras laborales hasta crear temas del movimiento chicano, las leyendas de la música tejana han ayudado a elevar no sólo la música de Texas, sino la música de Estados Unidos. No obstante, a menudo no se les ha dado el debido reconocimiento a la música de fondo del país. &ldquo...
Austin nonprofits fear donation dip from tax plan
 Austin nonprofit groups are bracing for a potential drop in annual donations if changes to the federal tax code become law and remove incentives for charitable giving. Both U.S. House and Senate bills propose a tax plan that would raise the standard deduction and as a result reduce the number of taxpayers who itemize. The proposed changes...

Posted: 19 days ago

Austin nonprofit groups are bracing for a potential drop in annual donations if changes to the federal tax code become law and remove incentives for charitable giving. Both U.S. House and Senate bills propose a tax plan that would raise the standard deduction and as a result reduce the number of taxpayers who itemize. The proposed changes...