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Celebrate the Feast Day of Changó
On Saturday, December 4, many Caribbean and Latin American families will celebrate the feast day of Changó. He is the orisha of drumming and dancing, and owner of the sacred batá drums. Changó is very popular with musicians and dancers.
The same sacred rhythms and dances have been calling our ancestors since the beginning of human time. In the Americas, they evolved into Rumba, Méringue, Merengue, Bomba, Bélé, Cumbia, Tambor, Festejo, Samba, Candombe, Tango, Salsa, Reggaeton and other popular music and dances of the Americas. So that dance move you like, may have been used to call Changó in West or Central Africa a thousand years ago. 🇨🇺🇭🇹🇩🇴🇵🇷🇹🇹🇨🇴🇻🇪🇵🇪🇧🇷🇺🇾🇦🇷🇺🇸
The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is one of the keepers of the traditions in New York City. Maferefún Changó. cccadi.org
Things to Do in NYC This Weekend
December 3-5, 2021
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is lit.
Slave Play opens at the August Wilson on Wednesday. slaveplaybroadway.com 🇺🇸
Torched! A People Ignited, by Rosalba Rolón, opens at Pregones PRTT in Concourse, The Bronx on Thursday. 🇵🇷
Mrs. Doubtfire opens at the Stephen Sondheim on Sunday. mrsdoubtfirebroadway.com
Dayramir Gonzalez tributes the Buena Vista Social Club with Gerardo Conino at Chelsea Table and Stage on Sunday. 🇨🇺
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Fall Season is at New York City Center in Midtown, for three weeks Dec 1-19. 🇺🇸
Benedetta, by Paul Verhoeven, opens at IFC Center in the West Village on Friday. 🇫🇷
The Hand of God, by Paulo Sorrentino, opens at IFC Center in the West Village on Friday. 🇮🇹
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Pedrito Martinez and Alfredo Rodriguez Play Cuban Jazz at Carnegie Hall
Pedrito Martinez and regular collaborator, Jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, play a “Yoruba Soy” concert at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 7:30pm. From $36. carnegiehall.org 🇨🇺
Pedrito is the world’s first call Cuban percussionist. Alfredo is a classically trained Cuban Jazz pianist. Pedrito’s Rumba and Alfredo’s Jazz fit together like a hand in a glove. Each seems to be inspired by the other. Together they are the essence of Cuba.
Christmas in New York is the World’s Most Popular Latin Holiday
New York City is one of the world’s best places to celebrate the holidays, all the holidays: Thanksgiving/Native American Heritage Day, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and Three Kings Day. “City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style…”
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Being a New Yorker is an art form unto itself.
Aurelio Martínez is a Leading Voice of the Garifuna, the Legendary Carib
Aurelio Martínez & the Garifuna Soul Band play Garifuna Folk for the World Music Institute with Wabafu Garifuna Dance Theater opening at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village on Thu, Dec 16 at 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). From $20. worldmusicinstitute.org 🇭🇳|🇧🇿🇬🇹🇳🇮🇺🇸
Garifuna culture is so many things. It’s Indigenous Kalinago of the Lesser Antilles. That’s Carib, but mixed with Taíno. The African Diaspora elements are familiar to many of us, but the language is Garifuna.
We may not understand the words, but everyone understands the drum and the smile. Aurelio’s music makes you laugh with hints of Antillean Calypso and Nigerian Afrobeat. Wabafu garifunadancecompany.com from the Garifuna community in Crotona, The Bronx, opens the show. They’re amazing. Aurelio’s a great dancer too.
This is Broadway!
It’s always showtime in NYC.
Slave Play, where things go south for three mixed couples on a plantation, opens at the August Wilson Thu, Dec 2 and runs to Jan 23, 2022. Ages 17+. From $39. slaveplaybroadway.com 🇺🇸
Mrs. Doubtfire, based on the 1993 Robin Williams comedy, opens at the Stephen Sondheim on Sun, Dec 5, and runs to May 8, 2022. Ages 8+. From $49. mrsdoubtfirebroadway.com
El Laberinto del Coco is a Puerto Rican Bomba Fusion Reactor
El Laberinto del Coco is the vision of Puerto Rican percussionist Héctor “Coco” Barez. It’s his solo project after Calle 13, a band that connected with young people across the Latin world and won more Grammys than anyone.
Coco brings that world of influences to El Laberinto, but rooted in Bomba Puertorriqueña. The chorus (“Las Musas”) and the Bomba dancers are amazing. The project is hard to pin down. It’s Bomba Jazz, Bomba Rock, Bomba Folk, and even Bomba Danza.
Whatever it is, it’s fun and very Puerto Rican. Come see this on island if you can. ¡WEPA! 🇵🇷
Harold Puente’s Añoranza de Colombia (Longing for Colombia) is at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside, Queens, Fri-Sun, Nov 26 – Dec 12 at 8pm (4pm Sun). From $37. 🇨🇴
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Fall Season celebrates Artistic Director Robert Battle’s 10th Anniversary and Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts at New York City Center in Midtown, for three weeks, Wed, Dec 1-19. From $29. 🇺🇸
AXIS Dance Company: Roots Above Ground streams Disability Dance from The Joyce in Chelsea, Tue-Sun, Dec 7-12. Free. 🇺🇸
The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular is at Radio City Music Hall in Midtown to Jan 2, 2022.
New York City Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is at the David H Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, Fri, Nov 26, 2021 – Sun, Jan 2, 2022. Ages 5+. From $45.
The Bomba Black & White Party is at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village on Sat, Dec 4 at 11pm. From $20.
Cosa Sería plays Japanese Puerto Rican Salsa for dancing at Gonzalez y Gonzalez on Sat, Dec 4 from 11:30pm – 2am. $20. 🇵🇷🇯🇵
James Sedano’s Brunchata, Bachata lunch is at Gonzalez y Gonzalez in Greenwich Village on Sun, Dec 5 from 1-6pm. $10. 🇩🇴
Latin Mondays at Taj is one of NYC’s favorite Salsa dance parties. The 15th Anniversary celebration continues with La Sonora Nuyorkina Featuring Osmay Calvo at Taj in the Flatiron District Mon, Dec 6, 7pm – 1am (5pm doors). From $10. 🇵🇪
Encanto, Disney’s Colombia adventure, opens Wed, Nov 24. 🇨🇴
Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci, starring Lady Gaga, opens Wed, Nov 24. 🇮🇹
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tick, Tick…Boom! is in theaters. 🇵🇷
Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, the Princess Diana story, is in theaters. 🇨🇱
MoMA Film tributes Spanish movie star Penélope Cruz, at MoMA in Midtown, Manhattan, Nov 19-30. $12. 🇪🇸
Dayramir Gonzalez screens his Juan Formell Los Van Van documentary at Ideal Glass Studios in the West Village on Friday, and plays Chelsea Table and Stage with Gerardo Contino on Sunday. 🇨🇺
The Klezmatics play a “Happy Joyous Hanukkah” concert of Jewish Klezmer for the World Music Institute at Peter Norton Symphony Space on Sun, Dec 5 at 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). From $35. ✡️
Nuyorican Surrealist Adál Maldonado Has Been Kidnapped By Aliens ~ Again
Adál was part of the Nuyorican Movement of the 1960s and 70s. He taught legendary New York photographer Robert Mapplethorpe how to develop and print photos.
Maldonado’s core thesis is that he was kidnapped by aliens, and he’s not kidding. The New York Times reported he passed away on December 9, 2020, but those who know, know what really happened.
Adál’s been kidnapped by aliens again. He’s using UFO technology to plant the Puerto Rican flag across the universe.
Have you seen Adál? Have you seen the Puerto Rican flag? It’s a sure sign he’s been there. Mark your pictures of the most beautiful flag with the hashtag #AdalLives 🇵🇷. We’ll publish our favorites. #AdalLives
Culture is the fabric of meaning we create to make sense of the eternal cycle of life and death.
We celebrate different ways, but being human, we do similar things around the world and across time.
In the Americas, Indigenous, African, Asian, Pacific and European traditions blend together as Latin.
No tradition is better or worse than any other. We are all human.
Hanukkah is all week. ✡️
Día de las Velitas is Tuesday. 🇨🇴
Immaculate Conception is Wednesday. 🇮🇹
Panamanian Mother’s Day is Wednesday. 🇵🇦
International Tango Day and Carlos Gardel’s birthday is Saturday. 🇦🇷🇺🇾🇫🇷
Las Mañanitas de La Virgen de Guadalupe is Saturday. 🇲🇽
Our Lady of Guadalupe is Sunday. 🇲🇽
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