Me Libere, Me Libere
Monday, June 14, 2021 ~ I’m Free, I’m Free. This week New York City celebrates being African American, LGBTQ+, fathers and the sun.
The Tribeca Film Festival continues. The Blue Note Jazz Festival opens Tuesday. The NYC Pride celebration begins with Pride Films on Friday. Saturday is the first Juneteenth NYC holiday. Sunday is both Father’s Day and the June Solstice (longest day in the North).
This week’s feature is a great interview with Latin Grammy Producer of the Year and Best Salsa Album winner Tony Succar. Unity!
This is a big deal. Juneteenth commemorates the day when the U.S. Army enforced the end human slavery in Texas – months after Texas lost the U.S. Civil War which should have ended the primitive practice.
The longest day in the northern hemisphere and longest night in the southern hemisphere is the most ancient root of celebrations at this time of year.
One of the most spectacular mornings in New York City is Paul Winter’s Summer Solstice Celebration is livestreaming from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights, Manhattan on June 19, 2021 at 4:30am ET. $20 live/$15 after
This is a big deal too. It’s both a time to acknowledge fathers and for fathers to acknowledge our own responsibilities. And let’s not forget stepdads. That is a real and important role. Stepdads are dads too.
Many of the problems in the world today can be traced to toxic masculinity. Real men are gentle and nurturing. Toxic masculinity is for boys who don’t know better. Being a father is one of the most fulfilling relationships you’ll ever have.
The Primary Election is Here
If you are tired of the nonsense in our city, state and country, the best thing you can do about it is vote.
In regions that usually vote red or blue, the primaries are the important elections because they decide the general election winner.
This election determines who leads the City out of the pandemic. Ranked-choice voting is a little different from before.
New York City is working towards a full September reopening. The City is already buzzing with energy. The great outdoors beckons.
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Un Verano en Nueva York
This summer in New York City is epic ~ it’s the special one. All the stars are gleaming for the next big thing, it’s growing in the street, right up through the concrete. “Si te quieres divertir…”
- Iván Argote “A Place for Us” is at Perrotin in the Lower East Side June 16 – Aug 13 🇨🇴
- Remember Francisco Oller, the impressionist painter (and teacher of Cézanne) born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on June 17, 1833.🇵🇷
- Miguel Cardenas “Beyond the Fence” is at Chapter NY in the Lower East Side, June 19 – July 31. 🇨🇴
- Arte del mar: Artistic Exchange in the Caribbean, an exhibition of Taíno and Carib art, is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park through June 27. 🇧🇸🇨🇺🇩🇴🇭🇹🇵🇷
- The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s “On Protest and Mourning” virtual exhibition ends June 30.
- Alice Neel: People Come First exhibition is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park through Aug 1. 🇨🇺
- The Julie Mehretu retrospective is at the Whitney in Meatpacking through Aug 8. 🇪🇹
- Gaudalupe Maravilla’s “Planeta Abuelx” is outdoors at Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens through Sep 6. 🇸🇻 FREE
- Dawoud Bey: An American Project is at the Whitney in Meatpacking through Oct 3. 🇺🇸
- Alex Da Corte “As Long as the Sun Lasts” is on the Metropolitan Museum of Art rooftop in Central Park through Oct 31.
- The National Puerto Rican Virtual Artisans Fair & Book Expo is at comitenoviembrevirtualfair.org through Nov. 🇵🇷
Broadway tickets are on sale now for June, August and September.
- Springsteen on Broadway returns to the St. James on Sat, Jun 26.
- Pass Over at the August Wilson previews Aug 4 and opens Sep 12.
- HadesTown returns to the Walter Kerr Sep 2.
- Hamilton returns to the Richard Rodgers Theatre Sep 14. 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷
- Chicago returns to the Ambassador Theatre Sep 14.
- David Byrne’s American Utopia returns to a theatre TBD Sep 14.
- The Lion King returns to the Minskoff Sep 14.
- Wicked returns to the Gershwin Sep 14.
- Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s “Lackawanna Blues” previews at the Friedman Sep 14 and opens Sep 28. 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷
- Six resumes previews at the Brooks Atkinson Sep 17 and opens Oct 3.
- Moulin Rouge! The Musical returns to the Hirschfeld Sep 24. 🇫🇷
- Tony Awards for the 2019-2020 season are live on Sep 26 on Paramount+ at 7pm with a Broadway song concert on CBS at 9pm ET.
Most dance theatre reopens in September. There are community dances.
- It’s NYC Dance Week (free dance lessons) at nycdanceweek.org June 10-19.
- Midtown Dance Free Outdoor Dance Classes with Talia Castro-Pozo. Take the Bachata & Merengue Challenge on Broadway Boulevard at Greeley Square Plaza near Herald Square on Tue, June 15 at 5:45pm. FREE 🇩🇴
- Midtown Dance Free Outdoor Salsa Dancing with Talia Castro-Pozo on Broadway Boulevard at Greeley Square Plaza near Herald Square on Thu, June 17 from 6-8pm. FREE with pre-registration. 🇵🇪
- Abya-Yala Arte y Cultura celebrates Inti Raymi (Inca New Year) at the Bronx Music Hall in Melrose, The Bronx on Sat, Jun 19 at 3pm. FREE with reservation (917) 557-2354 and Facebook Live @BxMusic 🇵🇪
- Do the Central Park Tango at the Shakespeare Statue in Central Park on Sat, June 19 at 6pm 🇦🇷
- Salsa Sundays at Orchard Beach is in Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx on Sun, June 20. 🇵🇷
Right now, we don’t expect any in-person parades this summer.
- Celebrate Juneteenth, when two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and two months after the end of our Civil War, the U.S. Army forced Texans to end human slavery.
- Happy Father’s Day on Sun, June 20!
- Celebrate the Summer Solstice (Midsummer), the shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere on Sun, June 20
- Celebrate St John’s Eve/Festa Junina, Latin midsummer on Wed, June 23.
- The NYC Pride Parade switches to broadcast on ABC and abc7ny.com on Sun, June 27. 🏳️🌈
- Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, patron saint of Haiti, on Sun, June 27. 🇭🇹
- Remember the Stonewall Riots on Mon, June 28. 🏳️🌈
- Celebrate National Ceviche Day on Mon, June 28. 🇵🇪
- Bocaditos Bistro in Inwood has an upscale presentation that is good for family gatherings 🇩🇴
- Mamajuana Cafe in Inwood has nice outdoor seating on Dyckman St 🇩🇴
- Republica in Washington Heights has a nice rooftop 🇩🇴
- La Cabaña Salvadoreña in Washington Heights makes delicious pupusas. 🇸🇻
- La Casa Del Mofongo in Washington Heights makes a great mofongo 🇩🇴
- La Fonda Boricua in El Barrio East Harlem makes good Puerto Rican food 🇵🇷
- Chuchifritos in El Barrio East Harlem makes good Puerto Rican food 🇵🇷
- Buenos Aires Restaurant in the East Village is one of NYC’s best Argentine restaurants. 🇦🇷
- Casa Adela in the Loisaida (East Village) makes great Puerto Rican food 🇵🇷
- Que Chevere at Essex Market in the Lower East Side makes Puerto Ricans feel at home 🇵🇷
- Sofrito in Battery Park City is one of NYC’s best Puerto Rican restaurants. 🇵🇷
- NYC Summer Restaurant Week is back July 20 – August 15
- Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the East Village is hosting Monday and Thursday night Online Open Mics. 🇵🇷
- The New York Public Library is reopening in phases. nypl.org
- The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem was founded by Harlem Renaissance Man, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. 🇵🇷
- The Instituto Cervantes Borges Library in Midtown East is NYC’s biggest Spanish-language library. 🇪🇸
- The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts in Midtown East is NYC’s biggest Portuguese-language library. 🇧🇷🇵🇹
- The Italian Cultural Institute in the Upper East Side is one of NYC’s biggest Italian libraries. 🇮🇹
- The FIAF Haskell Library in the Upper East Side is NYC’s biggest French-language library. 🇫🇷
- The Blue Note Jazz Festival is June 15 – Aug 15
- Pedrito Martinez plays Cuban rumba at Drom in the East Village on Fri, Jun 18 🇨🇺
- Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet plays Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Thu, June 17 at 7pm, and Barbés in Park Slope Brooklyn on Fri, Jun 18. The new album “Impulso Tanguero” just released. 🇦🇷
- The Queens Jazz Orchestra honors NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens on Fri, Jun 18
- Paul Winter’s Summer Solstice Celebration is streaming live and on-demand from the Cathedral of St John the Divine on Sat, June 19 at 4:30am
- Celebrate Juneteenth with Celisse, Ché Buford and mal sounds, and the Juneteenth Legacy Project at Joe’s Pub in the Public Theater in NoHo on Jun 19
- Flamenco jazz singer Barbara Martínez records a Direct-To-Vinyl concert live from Leesta Vall recording studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at 6pm. Enjoy the performance, then receive a 7″ record with a personal message. $25 Pre-Order Only
- The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance presents the Ivan Renta Quintet at Drom in the East Village on Thu, Jun 24 🇵🇷
- El Laberinto del Coco, Héctor Barez (Calle 13) plays bomba jazz live and streaming from Old San Juan on Sun, Jun 27 at 7pm. $20/$15 🇵🇷
- It’s peak whale-watching season in NYC waters.
- Watch UEFA Euro 2020, the European soccer championship, at your favorite NY soccer bar, June 11 – July 11, 2021
- Watch Copa America, the South American soccer championship, at your favorite NY soccer bar, June 13 – July 10, 2021
- Yankees are playing Major League Baseball at Yankee Stadium in Concourse, The Bronx. The Subway Series is July 2-4.
- Mets are playing Major League Baseball at Citi Field in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. The Braves rivalry is June 21-23.
- NYCFC are playing Major League Soccer at Yankee Stadium in Concourse, The Bronx.
- NY Red Bulls are playing Major League Soccer at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey (Newark).
- The US Open tennis grand slam is scheduled at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, August 30 – September 7.
The 92nd Street Y, Caribbean Cultural Center, Ballet Hispánico and Hostos Center, all host wonderful talks.
- Elegance Bratton discusses his documentary film “Pier Kids” (2019) with Major Nesby on cccadi.org Tue, June 15 at 6pm ET. 🏳️🌈 FREE
- Zafer Tawil & Dum Tak Quartet talk with Bobby Sanabria about about the Arab drum on The Bronx Music Heritage Center’s Facebook channel @BxMusic, Wed, June 16 at 8pm ET. Free
- In the spirit of Juneteenth, Aja Monet rhymes over musical undertones by Cvgebird at cccadi.org on June 19 at 7pm ET. FREE
- The digital exhibition “On Protest and Mourning” closes in discussion with photographer Nadia Alexis (What Endures), curator Zainab Floyd, and exhibition curator Grace Aneiza Ali at cccadi.org on June 24 at 6pm ET. FREE
- The 92nd Street Y celebrates Pride Month with a free series of talks from the archive on YouTube
There is more Latin theatre Off-Broadway and in community theaters.
- Repertorio Español is streaming greatest hits at repertorio.nyc $10
- Stage Garden Rumba, pop up theatre in NYC’s community gardens, begins at Pregones Garden in Mott Haven, The Bronx on Jun 19 🇵🇷
- Bringing Tobacco & Cedar from the Indigenous Women Artists Residency at Pregones PRTT streams for free on Jun 22-24 🇵🇷
- The Tango Gotham tango show is the Thalia Spanish Theatre’s and New York Tango Community’s goodbye to bandoneón Maestro Raúl Juarena on his home stage in Sunnyside, Queens, weekends May 28 – June 27. Tickets 🇺🇾
- Shakespeare in the Park presents “Merry Wives” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, July 5 – August 29
In the Latin world, TV is bigger than film. La vida es una telenovela.
- Selena: The Series will make you fall in love with her again on Netflix from May 4. 🇲🇽
- High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America opens on Netflix on May 26.
- Awake starring Gina Rodriguez as a mother who can save the world, opens on Netflix on June 9. She is really tough. 🇵🇷
- The Latino Experience premieres on PBS Tuesdays, July 6-20 at 9pm. What this really shows is the diversity of us.
These are some of the amazing artists who help us understand the Latin world.
Wish You Were Here in NYC
Now is one of the best times to visit New York City. The weather is great. In June, New York transitions into its summer rhythms, but it’s not hot yet.
Wish you were here in NYC! Don’t you?
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