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“La cultura une la familia y nuestra tradiciones continúan” Gladys Cepeda, Don Rafael Cepeda School of Bomba and Plena

International Tango Day

Wed, December 11, 2019
The world celebrates tango, the African-Uruguayan-Argentine social dance, on Carlos Gardel’s birthday

Carlos Gardel is the iconic Argentine tango singer

Wed, December 11, 2019
TOULOUSE, France ~ Charles Romuald Gardès, the iconic Argentine tango singer and world’s second Latin movie idol, was born on December 11, 1890

Las mañanitas a nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe

Wed, December 11, 2019
MIDTOWN EAST, NYC ~ Celebrate the birthday eve of Nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe with Don Jaime Lucero of Casa Puebla, and Mexican mariachi and folk dancers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass

Thursday, December 12, 2019
MIDTOWN EAST, NYC ~ Join New York City’s Mexican community in prayer

Our Lady of Guadalupe patron saint of Mexico

Thursday, December 12, 2019
MEXICO CITY, Mexico ~ This Marian apparition from December 12, 1531 blends Aztec and Catholic traditions into the icon of Mexican cultural identity

Myriam Phiro channels legendary French chanteuse Édith Piaf

Thursday, December 12, 2019
HELL’S KITCHEN, NYC ~ The French-Canadian actress and cabaret singer releases her “Phiro chante Piaf” tribute to Édith Piaf album at Birdland

Escena Sur Reading Series Mexican, Spanish, Honduran & Venezuelan theatre

Thu-Sun, Dec 12-15, 2019
THEATER DISTRICT, NYC ~ Readings curated by Chilean actors Berioska Ipinza and Pietro González (Law & Order) in Theater 54 at Shetler Studios

Tango La Nacional is NYC’s most traditional Argentine milonga

Thursdays
CHELSEA, NYC ~ Argentine tango dancing at NYC’s most traditional milonga (tango party) at La Nacional, the old Spanish social club

Cold Moon

Thu, December 12, 2019
NEW YORK CITY ~ This full moon is called the “Cold Moon” after the Indigenous American name for the December moon

Bárbara Martínez sings Tablao Flamenco

Friday, December 13, 2019
EAST HARLEM, NYC ~ The talented Argentine-Venezuelan New Yorker sings Spanish flamenco for Xianix Barrera’s monthly Tablao Flamenco El Barrio at El Barrio Artspace PS109

“Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas” by Calpulli

Sat-Sun, Dec 14-15, 2019
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK ~ After opening at The Apollo, New York City’s magical Mexican-American Christmas show by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is at the Queens Theatre

Willie Colón is “El Malo” the original bad boy of la salsa

Saturday, December 14, 2019
JEROME PARK, The Bronx ~ Celebrate Christmas with El Malo en Navidad at Lehman Center

Bulla en el Barrio sings Colombian Bullerengue of San Basilio de Palenque

Saturday, December 14, 2019
PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn ~ This Caribbean Colombian women’s singing and dancing tradition from San Basilio de Palenque, the first free African town in the Americas, is at Barbès

Xiomara Laugart is one of the legendary Cuban voices

Saturday, December 14, 2019
GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC ~ The famous Cuban nueva trova singer who was part of Yerba Buena and played Celia Cruz Off-Broadway, sings with her son, timba pianist Axel Tosca (Unity) at Zinc Bar

The All Night Milonga is one of America’s biggest Argentine tango parties

Saturday, December 14, 2019
NOMAD, NYC ~ Argentine tango dancing at one of America’s biggest tango parties with guest teachers and performers from around the world at Stepping Out Studios

“The Magic Flute” Met Opera

Dec 15, 2019 – Jan 4, 2020
LINCOLN CENTER~ Shorter family version of Mozart’s fairy tale opera in English is a New York holiday tradition at the Metropolitan Opera

Añoranza de Colombia a romantic journey through dance

Fri-Sun, Nov 22 – Dec 15, 2019
SUNNYSIDE, Queens ~ Colombian music and dance traditions come alive at the Thalia Hispanic Theatre

Los Pleneros de la 21

Sunday, December 15, 2019
EL BARRIO EAST HARLEM, NYC ~ Celebrate the holidays Puerto Rican style with live bomba, plena, parrandas and traditional Puerto Rican food and drink at Taíno Towers

Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cuban Jazz at Birdland

Sundays
HELL’S KITCHEN, NYC ~ Cuban jazz live music by this multiple Grammy winning band continues a Sunday tradition started by Chico O’Farrill in 1997

El Destino Argentine tango dancing at Solas

Sundays
EAST VILLAGE, NYC ~ Argentine tango dancing with NYC’s best dancers in an intimate room with one of New York’s best tango DJs

West Side Story Broadway 2019 retells a classic American story

PREVIEWS Dec 10, 2019
OPENS Feb 6, 2020
TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT ~ One of the great love stories, one of the great New York stories, ‘West Side Story’ comes to the Broadway Theatre. “I want to live in America”


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Magazine Features

The most important thing you can do for your family today is Register to Vote (vote.org is an NGO)

“Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas” by Calpulli

Sat-Sun, Dec 14-15, 2019
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK ~ After opening at The Apollo, New York City’s magical Mexican-American Christmas show by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is at the Queens Theatre

La Posada Christmas caroling Mexican style

December 16-24
These uniquely Mexican caroling parties blend Christmas and Aztec winter solstice traditions

Christmas Holidays

November-January
NEW YORK CITY ~ One of the world’s great places to celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s and Three Kings

El Museo’s Three Kings Day Parade finds the true spirit of the holidays

Monday, January 6, 2020
EL BARRIO EAST HARLEM, NYC ~ Camels, iconic giant puppets, parrandas (Puerto Rican Christmas carols), music, dancing and the Three Kings share the true spirit of the holidays at El Museo del Barrio


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¡Get the Latin World!

Latin culture is originally Greek. Romans absorbed it from Greeks in southern Italy and spread the culture around the Mediterranean. When Rome fell, the culture survived among Christians, Jews and Muslims in Spain. The Renaissance made it a pan-European culture.

There were other great civilizations in Africa, Asia and the Americas.  Spices and silk, then sugar and slavery brought us together. In the Americas we mixed into our Latin thing and New York City is our capital. ¡Azúcar!

INDIGENOUS

CARIBBEAN
creole | cuban | dominicanhaitianpuerto rican | trinidadian

CENTRAL AMERICAN
costa rican | guatemalan | honduran | mexican | nicaraguan | panamanian | salvadoran

SOUTH AMERICAN
argentine | bolivianbrazilian | chileancolombian | ecuadorian |
paraguayan | peruvian | uruguayan | venezuelan

NORTH AMERICAN
french-canadian | usa

AFRICAN
ghanan | nigerian | senegalese

EUROPEAN
french | italianjewish | portuguese | romani | romanian | spanish


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Continuing

In ‘Pain and Glory,’ Almodóvar shows how one begets the other

Opened Fri, October 4, 2019
GREENWICH VILLAGE & HELL’S KITCHEN, NYC ~ Antonio Banderas won Best Actor at Cannes starring in Almodóvar’s loosely autobiographical triptych about the life of an aging movie director. Penélope Cruz plays the young filmmaker’s mom. Opens at the Angelika and Landmark 57.

Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ with De Niro, Pacino and Pesci

Wed, November 27, 2019
TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT, NYC & NETFLIX ~ Martin Scorsese’s latest and best in years, stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino in a telling of the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance is at the Belasco Theatre and on Netflix

‘La Celestina’ is social criticism inside a story of romantic love

Friday, December 13, 2019
KIPS BAY, NYC ~ Cuban playwright Leyma López renews the classic Spanish tragicomedy by Fernando de Rojas (1499) whose critique of the moral rot of medieval Spanish society can also reflect contemporary times

‘Filomena Marturano’ is a play about marriage Caribbean style

Saturday, December 14, 2019
KIPS BAY, NYC ~ Cuban director Leyma López created a Spanish adaptation of Eduardo de Filippo’s classic Neapolitan comedy for Repertorio Español

‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ is the funnest show on Broadway

Oct 2, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT ~ Lin-Manuel Miranda brings one of his early projects, a Latin hip-hop improv show, back to the Booth Theatre

‘Hamilton’, written by a Puerto Rican, is the Broadway hit of our generation

Open run. Dark Mondays
TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT, NYC ~ Puerto Rican New Yorker Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) wrote the Broadway hit of our generation at the Richard Rodgers Theatre

The original leading ladies of ‘Chicago the Musical’ were Puerto Rican and Italian

Dark Wednesdays
TIMES SQUARE, NYC ~ Chita Rivera originated the role of bad girl Velma Kelly. Liza Minnelli played good girl Roxie Hart in the original production. It was Liza vs Chita.

La Parranda Christmas caroling Puerto Rican style

November 19 to January 6
Christmas caroling parties Puerto Rican style with aguinaldos, cuatros, lechon, pastelles, arroz con gandules, and coquito

Alex Sensation is New York City’s top Latin DJ

Mon-Sat La Mega FM 97.9
Friday, December 20, 2019
WOODSIDE, Queens ~ Sensation joins J. Alvarez and De la Ghetto for Reggaeton Fridays at La Boom

Lee Quiñones is an iconic New York City graffiti artist of the 1970s

Wed-Sat, Nov 6-Dec 20, 2019
LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ One of the living legends of the ‘Wild Style’ era shows pieces of his creative past at James Fuentes

Vincent Desiderio Recent Paintings

Monday-Saturday
Nov 26-December 21, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Ten new oil on canvas works from the last two years are at Marlborough Gallery

The Argentine Titanosaur

Through January 1, 2020
UPPER WEST SIDE, NYC ~ This cast of the 122-foot-long skeleton of an Argentine dinosaur from Patagonia is so big, the head pokes through the door of the Dinosaur Hall

Winter Village holiday shopping, ice skating and dining for the family

Daily Oct 31, 2019-Jan 5, 2020
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Great place to take your family to do holiday shopping and have some fun in Bryant Park

NYC Ballet Nutcracker

Fri Nov 29, 2019-Jan 5, 2020
LINCOLN CENTER, NYC ~ NYC’s classic christmas holiday ballet features the first Clara of color at the David H. Koch Theater

Chris Botti is the biggest-selling instrumental artist in the U.S.

Dec 9, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC ~ The Italian-American jazz trumpet player who is the best-selling American instrumental artist riffs through his 15th annual holiday residency at The Blue Note

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater New York City Center 2019

Tue-Sun, Dec 4, 2019- Jan 5, 2020
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Three world premieres that capture the zeitgeist, two company premieres, two new productions and more Revelations at New York City Center

Zilia Sánchez: Eros

Tuesday-Saturday
Nov 21, 2019 – Jan 18, 2020
CHELSEA, NYC ~ The Cuban artist’s new freestanding work and her first marble and bronze sculptures at Galerie Lelong

Leading Latin American art foundation commissions resistance through art

Wednesday-Sunday
October 30, 2019-Feb 2, 2020
EAST HARLEM, NYC ~ The Foundation of the world’s leading collection of modern and contemporary Latin American art shows its 2019 commissions at El Museo del Barrio

Mexico is Mexico: Contemporary Mexican Design

Oct 24, 2019 – Feb 8, 2020
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ A century after the first exposition of Mexican folk art, contemporary design objects show the diversity and the unity of contemporary Mexican culture at Henrique Faria Fine Art

Socrates Annual, the sculpture of history, landscape and community

Daily
Oct 5, 2019 – Mar 8, 2020
ASTORIA, Queens ~ The annual exhibition of work by emerging artists created during a summer residency at Socrates Sculpture Park

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla

Wednesday-Sunday
Nov 20, 2019-Mar 22, 2020
EAST HARLEM, NYC ~ The touring retrospective of the Cuban artist whose sensual abstractions broke the picture plane before standing on their own is at El Museo del Barrio.

‘Crown of the Andes,’ Colombian art at the Met Museum

Daily
Colombian Ecuadorian Peruvian Indigenous Inca art
UPPER EAST SIDE, permanent collection ~ This Marian crown from Popayán, Colombia contains the legendary Atahualpa Emerald which belonged to the last Inca emperor

Locobeach Venezuelan psychedelic cumbia rock

Monday, December 16, 2019
PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn ~ Venezuelan psychedelic cumbia disco rock band makes fun at Barbès

Celebrate La Novena de Navidad, the Christmas Novena

December 16-24
This nine-day prayer cycle is a Colombian, Ecuadorian and Venezuelan Christmas tradition

New York Philharmonic “Messiah”

Tue-Thu, Dec 17-19, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ This European Christmas holiday tradition is at David Geffen Hall

Babalú-Ayé

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
SANTIAGO DE LAS VEGAS, Cuba ~ Followers make a pilgrimage to El Santuario de San Lazaro just outside Havana

Big Band Holidays Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Wed-Sun, Dec 18-22, 2019
COLUMBUS CIRCLE, NYC ~ The holidays swing with Wynton Marsalis and Carlos Henriquez at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Opera singer Andrea Bocelli has one of the world’s most beautiful voices

Wed-Thu, Dec 18-19, 2019
CHELSEA, NYC ~ The Grammy-nominated Italian opera singer entrances Madison Square Garden

Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration 2019

Thu-Sat, Dec 19-21, 2019
MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, NYC ~ The Paul Winter Consort jazz band, gospel singer Theresa Thomason and the Forces of Nature Dance welcome back the sun in this Christmas holiday spectacular at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

“La Canción” VICO C’s Puerto Rican Hip-Hop Reggaeton Musical

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
KIPS BAY, NYC ~ Puerto Rican playwright Cándido Tirado’s musical about a Bronx kid who wakes up with a hip-hop song in his head and wonders where it came from, features music by reggaeton legend VICO C at Repertorio Español

Trinity Church “Messiah”

Fri-Sun, Dec 20-22, 2019
FINANCIAL DISTRICT, NYC ~ The New York Times says NYC’s “most touching Messiah” is the one by Trinity Church Wall Street

Alex Sensation is New York City’s top Latin DJ

Mon-Sat La Mega FM 97.9
Friday, December 20, 2019
WOODSIDE, Queens ~ Sensation joins J. Alvarez and De la Ghetto for Reggaeton Fridays at La Boom

Mano a Mano Posadas y Pastorelas

Saturday, December 21, 2019
JEROME PARK, The Bronx ~ Celebrate Christmas Mexican style with a posada workshop, a posada (caroling), a shepard’s play and a piñata party at Lehman College

Ismael Miranda is “El Niño Bonito de la Salsa”

Saturday, December 21, 2019
MONTCLAIR, New Jersey ~ Miranda is joined by Tito Rojas, Ray de la Paz and Willie Alvarez & his orchestra for a Danceable Salsa Concert at the Wellmont Theater

Tito Rojas “El Gallo Salsero”

Saturday, December 21, 2019
MONTCLAIR, New Jersey ~ Rojas joins Ismael Miranda, Ray de la Paz and Willie Alvarez & his orchestra for a Danceable Salsa Concert at the Wellmont Theater

Winter

Dec 22, 2019 to Mar 19, 2020
NEW YORK CITY ~ The coldest time is also the least expensive time to visit the City

Hanukkah

December 22-30, 2019
NEW YORK CITY ~ Miracles await those who fill their time with the light of faith, hope and work. Hanukkah Sameach! (Happy Hanukkah)

Winter Solstice

Sunday, December 22, 2019
The longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere

La Posada Christmas caroling Mexican style

December 16-24
These uniquely Mexican caroling parties blend Christmas and Aztec winter solstice traditions

Christmas Eve 2019

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
NORTH POLE ~ Here comes Santa Claus…

Merry Christmas, Navidad, Natal, Natale, Noël, Craciun!

Wed, December 25, 2019
The world’s most popular Latin holiday blends winter traditions from around the world
¡Feliz Navidad!
Feliz Natal!
Buon Natale!
Joyeux Noël!
Craciun Fericit!
Merry Christmas!

Carlos Henriquez is New York City’s most important Latin jazz musician

December 26-31, 2019
COLUMBUS CIRCLE, NYC ~ The most important Latin Jazz artist in New York City (Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) rings in the New Year at Dizzy’s Club

Kwanzaa

Thu-Wed, Dec 26, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020
This African-American holiday tradition contemplates seven principles from our communal African heritage

New Moon

Thursday, December 26, 2019
NEW YORK CITY ~ Your best chance to see stars over the City

Pedrito Martinez is the world’s best Cuban rumba percussionist

Thursday, December 26, 2019
HARLEM, NYC ~ The world’s best Cuban rumba percussionist plays Ginny’s Supper Club at the Red Rooster

Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet

Friday, December 27, 2019
GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC ~ NYC’s top Peruvian jazz band plays Zinc Bar


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Latin Culture Calendar

“La vida te da sorpresas, sorpresas te da la vida”
Ruben Bladés Pedro Navaja (1978)

january | february | march | april | may | june | july | august | september | october | november | december

December 2019 New York Latin Culture Calendar

1 Portuguese Restoration Day
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2 Cyber Monday
2 Advent
2 Winter’s Eve street fair
3 Giving Tuesday
4 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
4 Alvin Ailey
5-8 Art Basel Miami Beach
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11 International Tango Day
11 Las Mañanitas
12 Our Lady of Guadalupe
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16 La Posada / La Novena
19 Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice
22-30 HANUKKAH
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24 Christmas Eve
25 CHRISTMAS
26-1 KWANZAA
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31 New Year’s Eve

January 2020 New York Latin Culture Calendar

1 Haitian Independence
3-5 PBR Professional Bull Riders
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6 Three Kings Day Parade
9-18 Winter Jazzfest
10-14 APAP
12 globalFEST
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17 MARTIN LUTHER KING WEEKEND
17-18 Black Comic Book Festival
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20 Martin Luther King holiday
24-2 Winter Antiques Show
25-1 Master Drawings
26 Grammys

February 2020 New York Latin Culture Calendar

Black History Month
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Cinema Tropical film festival
New York Fashion Week
8-11 Westminster Dog Show
10 ~
MoMA Doc Fortnight
14 Valentine’s Day
14 Presidents Day Weekend
17 ~
17 PRESIDENT’S DAY
Film Comment Selects
International Children’s Film Festival
21 Carnival weekend
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25 Mardi Gras
26 Ash Wednesday
26 ADAA Art Show
Neighboring Scenes Film Festival
Broadway Week
Off-Broadway Week


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