Bryant Park’s “Dance Party” highlights different Latin genres with Live Music and Free Dance Classes

Bryant Park presents their spring / Summer series, Dance Party. A free outdoor event that features Live Music and Dance Classes for a unique experience each Wednesday evening. Learn the steps from 6pm-7pm and then test out your new moves to live music from 7pm-8:30pm. All ages are welcome to explore a different dance genre each week, including bachata, tango, salsa, and more.

Tangolandó: Wednesday, May 16, 6:00pm–8:30pm
Tangolandó is a new form of dance music that fuses tango with varieties of Latin and African rhythms. Learn the steps to this cross-cultural art form, and then dance to live music by the artists – Sofia Tosello and Yuri Juarez – who helped create it.

Cumbia and Vallenato: Wednesday, May 30, 6:00pm–8:30pm
One of the most well-known and acclaimed Colombian musicians in New York, Gregorio Uribe brings his powerful band to perform a show featuring two classics of Colombian folk music: Cumbia and Vallenato.

Bachata: Wednesday, June 6, 6:00pm–8:30pm
Beloved Bachatero Wilson Daniel and seven other talented musicians from the Dominican Republic come together to play bachata with a classical feel and rooted sound.

Latin Festival: Friday, June 8, 5:00pm–10:00pm
Latin Festival is the grand finale of Dance Party, a series hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo. Festivities start at 5pm and continue until 10pm.

An innovative exponent of Latin jazz, salsa and pop music for five decades, the Grammy-nominated New Swing Sextet plays Cha Cha and Boogaloo tunes that capture the excitement and turbulence of 1960’s New York. Renowned Venezuelan percussionist Luisito Quintero, whose 3rd Element project was nominated in 2015 for the Best Latin Album Grammy, infuses salsa music with Afro-Caribbean rhythms to create a fresh and dynamic sound.

Global Latin Superstar Juanes to Launch 2018 North American “Amarte Tour” with Fast-Rising Latin Alternative Star Mon Laferte

Latin Rock’s leading global ambassador and the most-awarded solo artist in Latin Grammy history, Juanes, today announces the 2018 North American “Amarte Tour” with Latin Alternative’s new leading-lady Mon Laferte. Produced by Live Nation and also including special guest Caloncho, the tour will kick off April 20 in Orlando, Florida and continue across North America for an additional 15 dates, wrapping May 20 in Temecula, California. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, December 8 at LiveNation.com.

The tour announcement follows closely behind recent Latin Grammy wins for both artists. Juanes’ critically-praised, and chart-topping Mis Planes Son Amarte (Latin Music’s first major visual album) received two new awards this year, increasing the Colombian superstar’s career tally to a staggering twenty-five combined GRAMMY & Latin Grammy Awards. With a rare five-star Rolling Stone review and pick as “One of the best albums of 2017,” Mis Planes Son Amarte also just earned a 2018 GRAMMY nomination for “Best Latin Pop Album.” Hailed by TIME as “one of the 100 Most-Influential People in the World,” and The New York Times as “Latin America’s soulful poet,” Juanes has built a distinctive sound that fuses his love of rock & pop, with multi-layered songwriting, and a deep reverence for the traditional folk and other indigenous rhythms of the continent. With eight multi-platinum albums to his credit, Juanes has notched eleven #1 Billboard singles, and holds multiple chart records. He is also one of Latin music’s leading social media voices and a dedicated global activist, with wide ranging charitable efforts.

Mexico City based, Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte is “One of the rising stars of the Latin music world.” Following the release of her new album “La Trenza,” MTV named Mon Laferte as this year’s Best Artist In Mexico, while NPR, All Music, The New York Times and more have also applauded the album. Most recently, “La Trenza,” received an impressive five Latin Grammy nominations, with Mon Laferte taking home the award for “Best Alternative Song”- recognizing “Amárrame,” her hit duet with new tour partner Juanes.

Juanes’ 2018 North American “Amarte Tour” Dates With Mon Laferte and Special Guest Caloncho:

Friday, April 20, 2018 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Saturday, April 21, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Friday, April 27, 2018 New York, NY The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Saturday, April 28, 2018 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
Sunday, April 29, 2018 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre
Thursday, May 03, 2018 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Friday, May 04, 2018 Houston, TX Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Sunday, May 06, 2018 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 El Paso, TX El Paso County Coliseum
Friday, May 11, 2018 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena at San Diego State University
Friday, May 18, 2018 San Jose, CA City National Civic
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl at The Palms
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Temecula, CA Pechanga Theatre

Connect with Juanes at: www.juanes.netTwitterFacebook, & Instagram

Connect with Mon Laferte atwww.monlaferte.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

We’re drooling over this new Wynwood Yard Jamaican-Latin fusion food spot

Wynwood’s favorite chill spot has introduced a new tasty reason for you to visit. Food Dude is the latest resident of the Wynwood Yard and their menu has us salivating.

The Food Dude rounds off the 10 food options at the Yard with its Jamaican-Latin fusion. If dishes like arroz con jerk or jerk tostones sounds great to you, like they do to us, you might want to plan your trip to the Wynwood Yard ASAP.

You can get the Caribbean-Latin fare from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. Tuesdays though Thursdays, beginning at 2 p.m. and noon and open until late on Fridays and Saturdays, respectively; and from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays. It’s closed Mondays.

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How Peruvian cuisine has taken the UAE by storm

Ten years ago, had an intrepid eater embarked on a search for tiger’s milk, anticucho or tiradito, in even the most cosmopolitan, forward-thinking foodie capitals, their quest would more than likely have proven fruitless (or almost certainly ceviche-­less). A decade on, though, and Peru has staged its very own culinary invasion, infiltrating cities all over the world, establishing the country and its cuisine as not just a fleeting trendsetter, but as one of the leaders on the global cooking stage.

The UAE got its first real taste of Peruvian cooking at the tail end of 2014, with the launch of Coya Dubai, an offshoot of the London flagship. Others quickly followed, and almost three years later, the country boasts an ever-growing array of ­choices for Peruvian-­inspired eating. In Dubai, there’s Ceviche (another London original) in Emirates Financial Towers and Garden at the JW Marriott Marquis, as well as Inka, Mayta, Pollo Pollo, Ají and Waka. Those living in the capital are now well catered for thanks to both Limo Restaurant at the Bab Al Qasr Hotel and Coya Abu Dhabi.

This enthusiasm shows no sign of waning, here or internationally. With Virgilio Martínez as chef proprietor, Lima London was the first ­Peruvian restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star back in 2014 and Central, his restaurant in the Peruvian capital, was ranked at No 5 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year. Lima Dubai opened its doors in March this year.

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So what is it about Peruvian food that has proved so alluring? At a time when we are all increasingly aware of what we eat and how this affects our well-being, it certainly doesn’t hurt that, by its very nature, ­Peruvian food is generally healthy. There’s an integral lightness to the cuisine, along with an appreciation for ancient grains and a dedication to fresh ingredients that all tie in seamlessly with modern, health-­conscious approaches to eating. And while it might sound superficial, with social media – particularly Instagram – awash with beautiful food images, it helps that this style of cooking is very easy on the eye. As well as taste, texture and flavour, the colour and visual appeal of food has long been important to Peruvian cooks.

The diversity of the cuisine and the sense of authenticity that surrounds it is another major draw. While it’s not unusual to be able to trace the political, social and economic history of a country through its food, Peruvian cooking is the edible embodiment of this idea. From the continued use of indigenous produce (potatoes, corn, maize, chillies) as well as Inca techniques and traditions, to the way the cuisine has assimilated produce and ideas from migrant countries, notably Spain, Africa, China and Japan, this is fusion cooking of the highest order.

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Miami Fashion Week

Miami Fashion Week 2017, included as one of the CFDA’s Fashion Calendar Important Dates, will debut eight vibrant 2018 Resort collections from international designers with all runway shows taking place at Ice Palace Film Studios. Sustainable fashion is an approach to the design and sourcing of clothing that aims to create beautiful, high-quality pieces while minimizing the human and environmental impact of production. With the desire to communicate this message, Miami Fashion Week, in collaboration with MDC’s Miami Fashion Institute and the Knight Foundation, is proud to present the MIAFW Master Class program focused on sustainability. Top industry experts will lead classes in their respective fields while raising awareness about the importance of ethical manufacturing.  #MIAFW #MIAFW17 #MIAFW17BASH @MiamiFashionWk

Wednesday, May 31,
6:00PM Kick-Off Party at Saks Fifth Avenue Brickell City Centre *By invitation only.

Thursday, June 1,
7:00PM Silvia Tcherassi Runway *By invitation only.
8:30PM Designers Dinner at Delano South Beach *By invitation only.

Friday, June 2,
06:00PM Shantall Lacayo Runway
07:00PM Custo Barcelona Runway *By invitation only.
08:30PM Antonio Banderas Benefit Gala – BUY TICKETS

Saturday, June 3,
12:30PM Influencers Brunch *By invitation only.
6:00PM Fisico Runway *By invitation only.
7:00PM Yirko Sivirich Runway
8:00PM René Ruiz Runway *By invitation only.
9:00PM Miami Fashion Week Bash – BUY TICKETS

Sunday, June 4,
6:00PM Ágatha Ruiz De La Prada Runway *By invitation only.
7:30PM Ángel Sánchez Runway *By invitation only.
8:00PM Closing Party *By invitation only.

More info at www.miamifasionweek.com

OLGA PERICET: MOSAIC at Repertorio Español

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Olga Pericet, who is celebrated worldwide for her brilliant footwork and creativity, returns this summer to Repertorio EspañolShe received “The Critical Eye Dance Award” in 2014 and in 2015 the “Max Award” for the best female dancer.

Olga Pericet has dazzled audiences worldwide–in Spain, London, China, and Australia among others–with her incomparable talent. This summer she returns to once again take Repertorio Español’s stage and offer audiences an unforgettable experience. Get ready to see a breathtaking performance that uses the elements of light and vivid colors to compliment the intricate choreography only Olga Pericet can create and perform!

“Who is Olga Pericet?, the answer keeps changing. Joined by three other performers…on the Repertorio’s small stage, Ms. Pericet, a compact powerhouse of a dancer, passes through many moods and modes of performance.” – Siobhan Burke, The New York Times

Tickets start at $35. Premium seats available. Recommended for adult audiences  – See more at: http://repertorio.nyc/#/event/a0SE000000PotCQMAZ

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:00 PM

Friday, August 18, 2017 8:00 PM

Saturday, August 19, 2017 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:30 PM

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 7:00 PM

Friday, August 25, 2017 8:00 PM

Saturday, August 26, 2017 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 27, 2017 2:30 PM

Monday, August 28, 2017 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 31, 2017 7:00 PM

Friday, September 1, 2017 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 2, 2017 8:00 PM

Sunday, September 3, 2017 2:30 PM

Oficina Latina: A Culinary ride down the Pan-American Highway [NYC]

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Oficina Latina, in Manhattan’s NOLITA neighborhood, is a tribute to the diverse charm of Latin America. Conceived as a culinary ride down the Pan-American Highway, the restaurant offers food and drinks that can be found from Mexico to Brazil.

The menu features Venezuelan arepas, Peruvian-style tilapia and chivito sandwiches from Uruguay, a smorgasbord of options that will leave your taste buds duly satisfied.

But most of all, the creative assortment of cocktails is what truly stands out at Oficina Latina. Their unique twist on the caipirinhas, piña coladas and mojitos, which are prepared with keen attention to detail, provide a visual treat before you wash down your food.

So if you’re looking for good food, tasty drinks and a Pan-American-style ambiance, Oficina Latina is the place for you.

Click here for more info on Oficina Latina

Peralta Project’s “Merengue Rock” Collection

“As a 1st born generation Dominican York growing up on the 80s/90s merengue is what blasted from the speakers from our house parties. Birthday parties went on till 7pm and then it was the adults time to party. The kids entered into the biggest bedroom to play and fall asleep on top of the coats waiting for their parents to pick them up to go home.

With this series I want to honor our icons and legends and make them cool and relevant in today’s times. When I hear that music it makes me think of family, togetherness, immigrants arriving to this country and having each other’s back. It was an innocent time when everything was new. A new life to make in Nuevo York with traces of the mother country through music”. – M.Tony Peralta

Visit the Peralta Project online shop at www.PeraltaProject.com

The Road To The Calle Ocho Festival 2017

Since 1978, Carnaval Miami has been organized by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana and is held annually between February and March.  Through the dedicated support of the club’s members, volunteers and dedicated corporate and community partners, Carnaval Miami has grown into one of the largest Latin cultural celebrations in the United States, culminating with the world-famous El Festival de la Calle Ocho (Calle Ocho Festival).

Here are some events leading up to El Festival de la Calle Ocho which takes place March 12th, 10am -7pm.

Carnaval Miami 2017 officially kicks off on Saturday, February 11th with the Miss Carnaval pageant. The pageant winner will not only be awarded cash prizes and scholarships, but the opportunity to be the face of Carnaval Miami 2017 with sponsored entry into the Miss Florida USA pageant.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

February 11 36th Annual Miss Carnaval Miami

Manuel Artime Theater

A pageant of elegance, beauty, talent and poise to select Miss Carnaval Miami 2017 and court. The winners become hosts of all Carnaval Miami 2017 festivities, and brand ambassadors for the Kiwanis Little Havana Foundation throughout an intense year of activities. Tickets available through Eventbrite. [link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/miss-carnaval-miami-2017-tickets-31430311909]

March 4 – 5 19th Annual Carnaval on the Mile

Downtown Coral Gables (Alhambra Circle)

A festival of art, jazz and funk, fine cuisine, cocktail pavilion and children’s entertainment all weekend long. Three concert stages, a mile of paintings, crafts, photography and jewelry of the highest caliber; one cultural experience for the enjoyment of all age groups.

March 4 – 5 2nd Annual Cork & Fork

Coral Gables, Miracle Mile [this will change. Pending meeting this weekend]

The food and wine tasting event will feature the hottest chefs, local restaurants and international wines combined for two days of unrivaled culinary tastings, intimate cooking demonstrations, exclusive book signings and live entertainment. Tickets available through Eventbrite. [link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cork-fork-carnaval-on-the-mile-tickets-29537702062?aff=es2}

March 7 36th Annual Carnaval Miami Cooking Contest

Aspiring chefs in three categories compete in one of the most popular food

competitions in South Florida. Culinary aficionados will have the opportunity

to showcase their creativity against other food enthusiasts and compete for a

variety of cash prizes

March 8 36th Annual Carnaval Miami Domino Tournament

Domino Park

A popular domino tournament for golden age seniors held in the heart of Little Havana.

March 9 36th Annual Carnaval Miami Golf Classic

Miami International Links

Connect with VIPs at this Carnaval Miami-flavored tournament to benefit the Kiwanis Little Havana Foundation’s scholarship awards.

March 10 Carnaval Live! Gala

Jungle Island

An upscale, black tie gala attended by executives of multi-national corporations in a world-class setting.

March 12 40th Annual Calle Ocho Festival

SW 12th to 27th Avenue

The culmination of it all! The world’s largest ‘Hispanic’ festival! Block after block of Little Havana full of musical stages, international food, dance, sampling sites and family entertainment to celebrate life and all Hispanic ethnicities. Tickets for a first ever VIP tour, limited to 100 spots, available through Eventbrite.

Carnaval Miami is organized annually by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. All proceeds benefit the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation’s youth development programs. For more information about the Kiwanis of Little Havana, or Carnaval Miami 2017 sponsorship opportunities, visit http://carnavalmiami.com and be sure to follow us on Twitter (@KiwanisKCLH) and Facebook (@KiwanisLittleHavana) for real-time updates.

Running with the Beef presents La Puesta del Sol

Inspired by Spain’s Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Running with the Beef returns on this Saturday, July 16th, with an all-inclusive evening of Mezcal and barbecue, all served up along Manhattan’s scenic East River.

PUESTA DEL SOL: MEZCAL Y BARBACOA

Our all-inclusive evening session will have a specially curated Mezcal tasting with both VIP (4:30-8:30PM) and GA (5:30-8:30PM) options. La Puesta del Sol –  Mezcal y Barbacoa will feature a great line-up of chefs from the following restaurants all working with D’Artagnan, Tortilleria Nixtamal and Danny Mena’s Mezcales de Leyenda:

  • Anthony Sasso for Casa Mono
  • Julian Medina for Toloache
  • Danny Mena for Hecho en Dumbo
  • Ivan Garcia for Mesa Coyoacan
  • Cosme Aguilar for Casa Enrique
  • David Navarro for Jimmy’s No. 43
  • Barbara Sibley for La Palapa
  • Ed McDevitt for Rosa Mexicano
  • With desserts by Fany La New Yorkina

Vegetarian options will include Corn on the Cob (Street Version), cheeses and breads (all food subject to change).

Puesta del Sol will also feature 20+ different Mezcal brands, including:

  • Mezcales de Leyenda
  • Fidencio
  • Koch
  • La Venenosa
  • Peloton de la Muerte
  • Jolgorio
  • Ilegal Mezcal
  • Marca Negra
  • Santa Pedrera
  • Del Maguey
  • Siembra Metl

DJ La Huaracaha will provide the tunes with Rana Santacruz providing additional entertainment, and each person will receive a commemorative Mezcal glass.

TICKETS ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE. UNLIMITED BEER, WINE, FOOD AND FUN! ON THE WATERFRONT! VIP AND GA OPTIONS.

Click here for tickets and more information

J Balvin Answers Fan Questions for Exclusive SiriusXM “Town Hall” Special

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Multi-award winning reaggaeton singer / songwriter J Balvin joins actress Dascha Polanco for SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series.

The “Town Hall” special features Colombian superstar J Balvin answering questions about his rapidly rising career, recently released album Energía, and famous collaborations.  The special will feature Orange is the New Black’s Dasha Polanco as special guest host.

“SiriusXM’s Town Hall with J Balvin” will air Thursday, June 30 at 1:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Caliente channel 158, Flow Nación channel 765, and Viva channel 763 and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

Festival brings Latin American culture to Seoul

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The Viva la Vida Festival invites people to learn more about Latin American culture beyond football and Carnival.

Unlike other festivals that usually take place outdoors with many tents selling crafts and food, this festival takes a different approach. The Viva la Vida Festival, which lasts until the end of this month, brings the events indoors.

One may wonder why an event dedicated to a region famous for outdoor festivals is being held indoors, but the move has a purpose. The organizers have chosen different shops and cafes that sell items or food inspired by Latin America as venues, so attendees can continue to visit even after the festival is over.

The festival aims to give locals an experience similar to travel, such as having to find a restaurant serving regional cuisine using a mobile map application. Although the venues are spread out across Seoul, most can still easily be found because they are either in the Hongdae area in northwestern Seoul or in Gangnam District in southern Seoul.

The festival offers tango and salsa classes, survival language classes for travelers, music concerts, and even the chance to visit the homes of people from Latin America in Seoul to learn more about how ordinary people cook and eat at home.

“Just like you plan out your own trips, you can cherry pick time and content you want to customize your own festival,” said the festival organizer.

Many of the interesting events of the festival kick of this weekend. On Saturday, those interested can participate in a tango class or go enjoy a home-cooked meal at the home of a Mexican who has lived in Korea for more than 10 years. To keep events small enough for more intimate experiences, most of the events are open to a limited number of people. The first-come, first-serve home-cooked meal is open to five guests, while the tango class is inviting up to 15. The class is at local dance studio El Tango, so anyone who gets hooked after one class can sign up for a regular program.

An art class on Sunday invites people to bring in any artifacts people have kept from their visits to Latin America, or any objects that remind them of the region. For about two hours, participants will get to decorate a notebook with bus tickets or any other small souvenirs they might have hesitated to throw away but don’t have much value other than nostalgia. And the skills learned at the session can definitely be used again to commemorate future travels.

A movie night on Sunday is welcoming more guests than other events as it can hold up to 20. Two movies will be screened tomorrow at Glory Pub and Cafe in Mapo District, northwestern Seoul. The Brazilian movie “The Second Mother,” which was released here in November, and the 2010 documentary “Maids and Bosses,” which shows the social strata in Latin America through a relationship between a live-in maid and her employer, will be shown. By juxtaposing the relatively better known and lesser known movies back-to-back that show different aspects of Latin American family and social values, the festival hopes to inspire in moviegoers more in-depth interest in the prevailing issues of the countries.

One of the events being widely promoted to public is the Sofar Sounds concert. Although the concert series never releases information about the artist line-up until the concerts begin, the concert has agreed to feature Latin American music for its April 29 show as part of the festival.

The festival has been created not only to show the diversity of Latin American culture, as well as to shed light on those who need help. It was organized by Craftlink, a social venture set up to provide financial help to women and children in Guatemala and other nearby countries.

“There are many contents that go beyond Mexican food or popular travel destinations such as Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flat and Peru’s Machu Picchu, but those are still lesser known,” said Martin Ko, the founder of the company. He became familiar with Latin America during his travels in 2012, and became aware of many things people there lack. He now brings bracelets made by women in Guatemala to Korea, and includes the stories behind the items and color patterns. These bracelets are also available at shops during the festival.

“A little thing I can do here now is to spread the word on fun cultural contents I got to enjoy and hope such joy can turn into more financial gains for locals there.”

All the proceeds of the festival will be donated to nongovernment organizations in Latin America.

Source: KJD

Celebrating the Hispanic Diaspora with BALLET HISPANICO

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Last week, Ballet Hispanico continued its 45th anniversary tour with their spring New York season at The Joyce Theater, April 5-10, 2016. This time around, the company chose to honor the past by bringing back some old favorites from their repertoire.

The evening opened with the New York premiere of a fun piece entitled Flabbergast. With choreography by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, the dance tells the story of someone coming to a place for the first time through the humor of stereotypes and preconceived ideas about new and foreign places. I loved the way the dancers moved with such fluidity, strong technique, and great musicality. They also really got into character as you could hear giggles throughout the audience. What an enjoyable piece! The dancing was entertaining, the music by Juan Garcia Esquivel was upbeat, and it looked as though the dancers were having fun which is always a nice bonus. I also loved the nice blend of ballet and Latin flare.

Next was Bury Me Standing, a work choreographed by Ramón Oller that tells the story of the Gypsy culture or “Roma” people, a marginalized group with strong communal bonds, sensuality, and oppression. The opening scene was so powerful with the lighting and fog as the dancers climbed on top of each other as if they were trying to reach something, but couldn’t. It was absolutely beautiful. You can see the influence of flamenco in the choreography with the presence of the intricate footwork, the claps (palmas), and lovely arms. I particularly loved the all-men section. There is something about seeing men dance on stage that’s wonderful and exciting.

The program concluded with the delightful Club Havana. The piece brings you back to the glamorous Havana of the 1950s during the heyday of Cuban music, dance, and nightlife. Choreographer Pedro Ruiz, a Cuban native, takes you on a journey of a reimagined nightclub with the exhilarating sounds and rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha. The dancers were absolutely stunning. I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage. In the end, the piece closed with confetti coming down as they danced the night away. It is performances like this that make Ballet Hispanico such a cultural gem. Definitely a crowd pleaser!

I love Ballet Hispanico. The company does an excellent job showcasing the cultural diversity of the Hispanic Diaspora. And it’s great to have them based here in New York! As one not of Latin descent, I truly appreciate what this company does and will continue to do.

Source: BroadwayWorld

Photo: Martina Calcagno and Mark Gieringer in CLUB HAVANA

Miami to be Major Gateway for U.S.- Cuba Commercial Flights

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Miami has been eyed as the first major gateway for commercial flights between Cuba and the US. Aviation officials from both countries are still working on the specifics, but regular air travel service is expected to commence no later than June 2016.

The US Department of Transportation will soon announce how airline companies can apply for Cuban routes. If everything goes according to plan, Havana will receive 20 US flights per day, while another 10 air routes will be opened in nine Cuban cities, MiamiHerald reported.

“We still believe we’ll be flying scheduled service to Cuba within the first half of 2016,” said American Airlines executive Howard Kass. “We’re optimistic that DOT will move swiftly to permit U.S. carriers to offer scheduled service.”

With only 230 miles of water separating the two of them, Miami is the nearest US city to Havana. But for the last five decades, crossing the Florida Strait has been anything but standard operating procedure. Commercial flights to Cuba were generally banned, and only expensive charter flights were allowed.

CBSNews pointed out that President Obama has recently asked Congress to lift the Cuban embargo. Obama’s plea comes two year after he moved to restore diplomatic ties with the Communist-ruled nation. Even though the embargo is still in effect, Obama’s fervent meetings with Raul Castro have led to the loosening of travel restrictions between both countries.

When the current aviation agreement is enacted, tourists will no longer spend $500 to $700 for one hour’s worth of charter air travel. Instead, they will likely pay a fraction of those prices, while having the freedom to choose what flight schedule suits them best.

Back in May 2015, the Obama administration granted several American companies the license to resume ferry travel between Florida and Cuba. But due to the ongoing embargo, only Americans with special travel permits can go to Cuba, as per BBCNews.

Meanwhile, Havana has been preparing for the onslaught of American tourists scheduled to arrive later this year. The upcoming demand for Cuban goods and delicacies has forced the city to stack up on supplies.

Janet Moore, a travel operator in Cuba, admitted that Havana still doesn’t have enough hotel rooms and tourist guides to accommodate the inevitable pouring of American visitors.

“If you came to me and said, ‘Janet, I need a hotel room tonight.’ I’d have to say, ‘I cannot get you one’,” she said. “There is not a hotel room to be had tonight in this city.”

Other US cities that will eventually offer commercial flights to Cuba are Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

 

Source: LatinOne by Arvin Matthew Paculaba

Chefs Richard Sandoval and Jose Garces Cut the Ribbon on Latinicity [Chicago]

The food options in Downtown shopping complex Block 37 are about to get a lot more tempting. Yesterday marked the grand opening of Latinicity, chefs Richard Sandoval and Jose Garces’ massive Latin food complex, located on the third floor.

The 22,000-sq.-ft. food hall is divided between 12 food stalls, a restaurant, market, cafe and wine bar. While early word compared it to Eataly, it more closely resembles a curated mall food court, where each booth specializes in a different prepared food type — the Burgersa serves twists on the American classic such as a chili con carne burger, while the sushi stall offers Japanese-Peruvian fusion rolls. Other options include Saladero Latin Grill with assorted fired meat and housemade sausages; Chufa, or Peruvian stir-fry; the Torta stand fills flatbread with carne asada, braised short rib and more; and Mariscos specializes in seafood of the fried, grilled and raw variety.

The market, which sits in the entrance before the hallway of food stalls, is stocked with the best Latin America and beyond has to offer. Cured meats and imported cheese fill the cooler, while spice rubs and chile powders line shelves. A thoughtful wine selection ranges from Argentinean reds to Chilean whites, while wicker baskets are filled with hard-to-find Spanish cookies, Mexican chocolates and Portuguese crafts.

Spoils from the stalls or the market can be enjoyed in a 200-seat dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook The Loop. Hanging plants, blue-and-white tiled columns, leather booths and mismatched chairs prevent the space from too closely resembling your run-of-the-mill cafeteria, while a U-shaped wood bar serving beer, wine, cocktails and sangria adds additional finesse to the space.

For a more formal experience, diners can visit Pata Negra, a full-service tapas restaurant opposite the market. The menu ranges from assorted cured meats and cheeses to an entire section devoted to Iberico, the restaurant’s namesake. Tapas lean toward the traditional with spiced meatballs, smoked Marcona almonds, tortilla Espanola, patatas bravas and bacon-wrapped Medjool dates. An open kitchen sears Wagyu sirloin and calamari to be served a la plancha. Its polar opposite, a quick-service concept designed to feed commuters fresh-cut salads, tacos and breakfast items called Loncheria, is located on the first floor.

Latinicity opens to the public tomorrow. It will be open Monday though Saturday from 11 AM to 8 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM.

108 N. State St., third floor; 312-795-4444

Source: Zagat.com

Musician Gregorio Uribe Masters Authentic Sound

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Gregorio Uribe has been pursuing his love of music since childhood, having spent his early years traveling and performing on the streets and beaches of South America. His appreciation for the traditional sounds of his native Colombia was later heightened by studying jazz arrangements at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Uribe took those two musical passions and created an authentic blend of his own, leading a 16-person big band that fuses Colombian rhythms. His unique sound has led to performances with artists like Ruben Blades and Grammy winner Carlos Vives, whom Uribe considers an idol and credits with inspiring his love of Colombia’s music.

Check out Uribe’s musical production ‘Cumbia Universal‬’. Available on iTunes: https://goo.gl/Iyg5Iy, Amazon (physical): http://goo.gl/mxMwzx and at his live shows.

While for many New Yorkers the performances are a completely new experience, Colombian listeners will also enjoy the distinctive mingling of their traditional music and jazz.

El Barrio’s La Casa Azul spreads the word

Aurora Anaya-Cerda, La Casa Azul Bookstore, El Barrio - Spanish Harlem

For countless years, Latino authors have been creating beautiful stories that has captured diverse audiences. Gabriel García Márquez, Paulo Coelho, Isabel Allende and Junot Díaz are names recognized across many borders.

However, there are many other Latino writers who are also creating remarkable work yet aren’t being distributed in mainstream bookstores. La Casa Azul in East Harlem is filling that gap.

BEGINNINGS
The bookstore’s founder, Aurora Anaya-Cerda, says she recognized a void existed for providing access to unknown Latino authors and artists and worked to make La Casa Azul the “literature hub in the neighborhood” of East Harlem.

“I needed something like this to exist for myself because I recognized very early on how books impacted my life in general,” said Aurora. “All books shaped me but then learning about books that reflected my culture and my language and my history – that had a very different impact on me.”

In 2011 Casa Azul launched a successful $40,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund a permanent home for the bookstore, which was a true labor of love for Aurora. Six years had passed from the store’s beginnings as an online store to its storefront ribbon-cutting ceremony, as Aurora labored to raise her presence through community board meetings and other events.

CREATING COMMUNITY
In a time when major booksellers are shutting their doors or downsizing, community-driven efforts like Casa Azul are flourishing precisely because of the relationships they’ve built and nourished.

As Aurora says, “in an era of digital everything, I think people still want and need that space to come together and just talk.”

While La Casa Azul is first and foremost a bookstore, it does much more than just sell books. Averaging around 20 different events a month, the bookstore has recently held a crowdfunding workshop along with more traditional events such as book clubs and writer panels.

La Casa Azul is also embracing its future and has expanded to include a coffee shop in its space on 103rd Street and rented a space this past summer with East Harlem’s La Marqueta, a food market that is revitalizing the area. This partnership gives them further visibility and allows them to connect with the greater East Harlem community.

GAME-CHANGER
Leading the way in a cultural renaissance, La Casa Azul is shaping future generations. It serves as a reminder about the permanency of the Latino experience by not only giving rising stars a voice, but by also creating a community that embraces them.

“It’s wonderful that people like Junot are getting recognition for their talent and it’s well-deserved.  But it shouldn’t be that next year we don’t talk about any other Latino writer,” says Aurora. “In fact, there are other very talented young writers that are out there and that’s where Casa Azul comes in.”

CONTACT INFO:
Website: www.lacasaazulbookstore.com
Address: 143 E. 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029
Tel: (212) 426 – 2626

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FREE Latin Events at SummerStage 2015

SummerStageheaderOur Latin Thing / DJ Afro
In association with The Latin Alternative Music Conference
Where: St. Mary’s Park, BX – SummerStage
When: Tuesday, July 7 at 7pm
FREE
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Compass / Systema Solar / Helado Negro
In association with The Latin Alternative Music Conference
Where: Central Park, MN – SummerStage
When: Wednesday, July 8 / Doors at 5pm
FREE
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Ismael Miranda
Where: St. Mary’s Park, BX – SummerStage
When: Wednesday, July 8 at 7pm
FREE
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Cano Estremera
Where: St. Mary’s Park, BX – SummerStage
When: Thursday, July 9 at 7pm
FREE
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Vicentico / Ximena Sariñana / No Te Va Gustar
In association with The Latin Alternative Music Conference
Where: Central Park, MN – SummerStage
When: Saturday, July 11 / Doors at 2pm
FREE
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Cesária Évora Orchestra / Mayra Andrade / Dino D’Santiago
Where: Central Park, MN – SummerStage
When: Sunday, July 12 / Doors at 2pm
FREE
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Family Day: Mister G / Soul Street Dance / DJ ASHO
Where: St. Mary’s Park, BX – SummerStage
When: Sunday, July 12 at 4pm
FREE
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Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros / Screening: Celia: The Queen
In association with ImageNation
Where: St. Mary’s Park, BX – SummerStage
When: Sunday, July 12 at 7pm
FREE
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Jorge Drexler / Diego Garcia / Danay Suárez
Where: Central Park, MN – SummerStage
When: Sunday, July 19 / Doors at 6pm
FREE
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Jose Peña Suazo y la Banda Gorda
Where: Highbridge Park, MN – SummerStage
When: Saturday, July 25 at 7pm
FREE
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TKA / Flaco Navaja and the Razor Blades / Tony Touch
Where: Clove Lakes Park, SI – SummerStage
When: Saturday, August 1 at 7pm
FREE
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Nação Zumbi / Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan featuring Cha Wa / DJ Vinil Pompéia
In association with Brasil Summerfest
Where: Central Park, MN – SummerStage
When: Sunday, August 2 / Doors at 2pm
FREE
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The Felix Hernandez: Rhythm Review / Screening: Get On Up
In association with ImageNation
Where: Clove Lakes Park, SI – SummerStage
When: Sunday, August 2 at 7pm
FREE
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Tito Nieves
Where: East River Park, MN – SummerStage
When: Tuesday, August 4 at 7pm
FREE
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The Felix Hernandez: Rhythm Review / Screening: Our Latin Thing
In association with ImageNation
Where: East River Park, MN – SummerStage
When: Sunday, August 9 at 7pm
FREE
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The Brazilian Film Festival of NY: Live Performance by Baby Do Brasil / Screening: Samba & Jazz
Where: Central Park, MN – SummerStage
When: Saturday, August 15 / Doors at 6pm
FREE

Robert Rodriguez Launches Latino-Focused Diversity Council

 

Made up of members from leading national Latino advocacy organizations who have collaborated with El Rey Network, the group aims to provide the entertainment industry with guidance and leadership when it comes to employment, procurement, programming and community outreach. The group will be spearheaded by El Rey Network’s Dawn Holliday-Mack and Theresa Vargas Wyatt.

“It has been my personal commitment from the beginning for El Rey Network to not only set very high standards for the kind of quality entertainment we provide our viewers, but also to set industry standards and high benchmarks for diversity both in front of and behind the camera,” commented Rodriguez. “As a creator of content, I feel an obligation to our community to advocate for inclusivity. This group will creatively approach issues, build a community of like minds and big ideas, advocate for change and work diligently to have our voices heard.”

The news comes a few days after Lifetime announced Broad Focus, an initiative aimed at finding more roles for women creatives behind the scenes.

Source: Variety.com | Whitney FriedlanderTV News Editor@loislane79

McDonald’s Honors Latin Music Legend Juan Luis Guerra

Juan Luis Guerra McDonald's

McDonald’s NY metro announced today the kick-off of the second edition of “Celebrando Nuestras Leyendas” an annual initiative celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month that pays tribute to Hispanic musical legends and cultural icons from September 15, 2013 to October 15, 2013. McDonald’s will engage their customers through a series of fun and surprising digital and interactive components at its restaurants and on its website. All during this month-long celebration that will end with a surprise concert to be announced at a later date in New York.

After a successful first edition of “Celebrando Nuestras Leyendas” in 2012; honoring the legacy of super star Celia Cruz and benefiting the non-profit efforts of the Celia Cruz Foundation, there were very high expectations for this year’s celebration. To match that, for its second edition, McDonald’s “Celebrando Nuestras Leyendas” will honor a living legend, one of the most influential figures in world music, the one and only, el Maestro Juan Luis Guerra.

“The Hispanic Heritage month celebration, Celebrando Nuestras Leyendas has great meaning for McDonald’s”, said Jessica Meléndez, McDonald’s Regional Marketing Manager for the New York Metro Region. “It’s about honoring our Hispanic consumers, celebrating diversity, recognizing the impact of legendary Latinos and giving back to our community. Juan Luis Guerra has an extraordinary career that is an inspiration to all of us”, added Meléndez.

The Dominican singer, composer and producer who has sold over 20 million records around the world possesses an incomparable talent and heart. His “Bilirrubina” has gotten people around the world to dance, regardless of nationalities. His professional, cultural and philanthropic accomplishments make him an exceptional humanitarian that deserves to be honored. Juan Luis Guerra exemplifies the influence of Hispanic culture in the United States and around the world. “It’s a great satisfaction to be recognized as a Hispanic legend by the McDonald’s 2013 “Celebrando Nuestras Leyendas” program”, said Juan Luis Guerra. “I appreciate the love and support from McDonald’s New York tri-state area owner/operators to the children of my foundation”, added Guerra.

Link to dedicated page: http://www.mcdonaldsnytristate.com/es/juanluis

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