On August 5 of this year, Chavela Vargas—the queen of the Mexican song—died at the age of 93. A November 27 tribute to the renowned singer at Carnegie Hall forms the cornerstone of the 2012 Celebrate México Now festival, an annual celebration of contemporary Mexican art and culture throughout New York City.
Over her long and tumultuous life, Vargas transfixed Mexico and the world with her gut-wrenching performances of Mexican rancheras, as well as with her fearless and indomitable personality. As the Spanish film maker Pedro Almodóvar—who was closely associated with Vargas in her later years—wrote, "Chavela Vargas turned abandon and desolation into a cathedral within which we all fit."
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