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Alfredo Jaar : The Temptation to Exist opens with a reception at Galerie Lelong on Fri, May 13 from 6-8pm. 🇨🇱
Hélio Oiticia : Subterranean Tropicália Projects: PN15 by Americas Society is at Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens, Sat, May 14 – Aug 14, 2022. 🇧🇷
The Modern and Contemporary auction exhibitions are at Sotheby’s, Fri, May 6-17.
Ballet Nepantla “Valentina”
a Contemporary Ballet Tribute
to the Women of Revolutionary Mexico
Ballet Nepantla dances “Valentina,” a Contemporary Ballet about the strength and resilience of women in Revolutionary Mexico, at Symphony Space in the Upper West Side, on Fri, May 27 at 8:30pm. From $20. 🇲🇽
“Valentina” is a collection of stories that speak to the strength and resilience of women during Revolutionary Mexico.
What New York City Ballet’s George Balanchine did with the folkloric dances of his native Russia, Ballet Nepantla is doing with the folkloric dances of Mexico.
Ballet Nepantla’s “Valentina” rewrites the story of what it means to be a Mexican woman.
By fusing contemporary ballet with traditional Mexican folkloric dance, “Valentina” tells stories of wealth and power, hope and despair, struggle and loss, and triumph.
Tony Award nominations were announced May 9, 2022. tonyawards.com
Hamilton is at the Richard Rodgers. 🇵🇷
Moulin Rouge! The Musical is at the Hirschfeld. 🇫🇷
¡Viva el Tango! is a new Argentine Tango show at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside, Queens at 8pm. From $40. 🇦🇷
¡Americano! is at New World Stages in Hell’s Kitchen to Jun 19. americanothemusical.com 🇺🇸
Jersey Boys is at New World Stages in Hell’s Kitchen to May 22. jerseyboysinfo.com 🇮🇹
Spanish Harlem Orchestra celebrates the release of their new Latin Jazz album “Imágenes Latina” at Drom on Fri, May 20. 🇵🇷
Monk Con Clave by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra directed by Carlos Henriquez and featuring Pedrito Martinez is at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Fri-Sat, May 20-21. 🇵🇷🇨🇺
Ricardo Arjona brings his Blanco y Negro Tour of Guatemalan Pop to Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Fri, May 20. 🇬🇹
Cosculleula raps Puerto Rican at La Boom on Fri, May 20. 🇵🇷
Los Mismos (formerly Los Bukis) play Grupero Regional Mexican Rock at Sabor Latino on Sat, May 21. 🇲🇽
The Frank Vielma Venezuelan Collective featuring Jeremy Bosch plays the Venezuelan Song Book at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Mon, May 23. 🇻🇪
Ama Rios “PICC Flow Suite”
Goes Straight to the Heart
Check out Ama Rios PICC Flow, the lead single of the “PICC Flow Suite” by the Puerto Rican percussionist, composer and leader who was Puerto Rico’s first Bomba lead drummer.
[By the way, Bomba means pump in Spanish. We pump the barril (rum barrel). Interestingly a PICC is also a pump, it pumps medicine to your heart.]
In Bomba, there is only one primo lead drummer. Changing genders in a flirting dance, in a traditional culture, was a very big deal. Ama is the primo primo.
Ama is now finding her way through chemotherapy for Leukemia. She is responding really well, but the treatments are expensive and hard. So Ama is making music from her hospital bed – literally in between treatments. It’s some of her best work yet, and an inspiration for anyone going through a medical situation.
Ama means love. She is a great musician and one courageous Caribbean woman. She is respected and loved across Puerto Rico’s drum communities. Ama t-shirts are some of the hottest gear in Puerto Rico right now.
Let’s find Ama a bone marrow donor. The donor must be Latino. Find out how you can help Ama recover at amariosmusic.com 🇵🇷
Discover Puerto Rico
“Tintorera del mar … que sea comido Americano” 🇵🇷
(“The female blue shark that ate the American” is a classic Plena. LOL.)
Plena de Tito Matos
At a time when social media is replacing traditional cultures, La Casa de la Plena Tito Matos is keeping Puerto Rican traditions alive by training the next generation of Pleneros Wednesdays at Taller Comunidad La Goyco in Santurce, San Juan. 🇵🇷
“Soy humana, soy humano” ~ Ama Rios 🇵🇷
Culture is the fabric of meaning we create to make sense of the eternal cycle of life and death. Traditions vary a little, but people do similar things around the world and across time.
In the Americas: Indigenous, African, Asian, Pacific and European traditions blend into Latin. No tradition is better or worse than another. We are all human.
It’s the time of late-spring festivals.
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