RIVERSIDE — Juan Felipe Herrera will present his first public reading on May 4 of new work since being named California Poet Laureate by Gov. Jerry Brown in March. The award-winning UC Riverside poetry professor is known for chronicling the lives of Mexican Americans.

He will present his reading at UCR;s Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts,  3824 Main St., beginning at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Herrera will read from “Senegal Taxi: Mud Drawings,” his new book (forthcoming from University of Arizona Press); a performance-poetry text-in-progress, “Scream Love”; and a dance-musical-in-progress, “CUCA & EVA & The Boat of Illusion, a Variety Tour,” which is based on interviews from the last two living song-and-dance stars of radio theater in the post-revolution arts explosion of the 1930s in the Juarez/El Paso borderlands.

“I dedicate this reading to my parents, Lucha and Felipe, who gave me all of their kindnesses and their stories of struggle and transcendence — and to all,” he said.

The reading is followed by the Culver Center of the Arts regularll scheduled weekend screenings on Fridays and Saturdays.

On May 4 and 5, Culver will screen “Bill Cunningham in New York,” directed by Richard Press, at 7 p.m.. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style sections. Documenting uptown fixtures (Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. Bill Cunningham in New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

General admission for the film is $9.99 with tickets available online and at the front desk. Admission for students with I.D. is $5.00 with these discounted tickets available only at the front desk. For more information on this film, go to HYPERLINK “http://culvercenter.ucr.edu/film/?event-ID=3.2012.0003.0003”http://culvercenter.ucr.edu/film/?event-ID=3.2012.0003.0003

Additionally, May 4-5 will be the closing weekned of the MFA Thesis Show 2012 at UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, which will be on view prior to the reading, “http://sweeney.ucr.edu/exhibitions/mfa2012/”http://sweeney.ucr.edu/exhibitions/mfa2012/.