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.

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OLGA PERICET: MOSAIC at Repertorio Español


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:

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

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

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The Road To The Calle Ocho Festival 2019

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 Calle Ocho Festival which takes place March 10th, 11am -7pm.

Carnaval Miami 2019 officially kicks off on February 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 2019 with sponsored entry into the Miss Florida USA pageant.


Feb 17: Miss Carnaval Miami. More Info / Tickets
March 2: Cordials & Candy. More Info / Tickets
March 2 & 3: Carnaval On The Mile (FREE). More Info
March 2 & 3: Cork & Fork. More Info / Tickets
March 8: Carnaval Miami Live! Gala. More Info / Tickets
March 10: Calle Ocho Music Festival (FREE). More Info
March 10: Cubano Wars. More Info / Tickets
March 10: Domino Tournament (FREE). More Info
March 10: El Croquetazo (FREE). More Info
April 20: Soccer 5v5 (FREE). More Info

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 2019 sponsorship opportunities, visit

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.


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.


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


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

Festival brings Latin American culture to Seoul


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


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


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