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Lucio Fontana, Argentine-Italian modern art at the Met Breuer

UPPER EAST SIDE, Tue-Sun, Jan 23 to Apr 14, 2019 ~ The minimalist abstract artist mixed painting, sculpture and architecture in ways that foretold performance art.
# argentine italian modern art exhibition opening

Black Comic Book Festival 2020 at Schomburg Center

HARLEM, Fri-Sat, Jan 17-18, 2020 (unconfirmed) ~ Harlem is Wakanda this weekend. Buy, sell, learn, watch or show your stuff at this family festival.
# african comic book festival cosplay

Schomburg Center is NYC’s African Culture Research Library

HARLEM, Mon-Sat ~ Grew out of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary collection of Afro-Puerto Rican Arturo Alfonso Schomburg.
# african puerto rican library

Carlos Fuentes was Mexico’s most celebrated novelist

November 11, 1928
Carlos Fuentes Macías was born in Panama City, Panama
Mexico’s most celebrated novelist is known for “The Death of Artemio Cruz” (1962), “Terra Nostra” (1975), “The Old Gringo” (1985)

New Yorker Festival 2018

October 5 – 7, 2018
Friday – Sunday
African, French, Italian & Mexican thinkers

See Phantom or Chicago during NYC Broadway Week

JAN 21 – FEB 10, 2019 ~ 2-for-1 tickets to popular Broadway shows are on sale now.
# broadway #theatre #sale

“Hamilton” Puerto Rican Broadway at the Richard Rodgers

TIMES SQUARE, Open-ended run. Dark Mon ~ The Broadway hit of our generation was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (“In the Heights”), a Puerto Rican New Yorker.
# puerto rican broadway musical

“Phantom of the Opera” Broadway at the Majestic Theatre

MAJESTIC THEATRE, TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT, Dark Sundays, Ongoing ~ The Paris Opera House is haunted

“Chicago the Musical” Broadway

AMBASSADOR THEATRE, TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT, Dark Wednesdays, Open-ended run. ~ Puerto Rican Broadway legend Chita Rivera originated the role of Velma Kelly. Italian-American Liza Minnelli added her style.

“El coronel no tiene quien le escriba” Colombian Play at Repertorio

KIPS BAY, Sat, Jan 26; Fri, Feb 1 ~ Jorge Alí Triana’s adaptation of the classic Gabriel García Márquez story about how history repeats itself
# colombian off-broadway play in spanish

“I am Latino” Saul Garcia

REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL, KIPS BAY, Fri-Sun, January 4-6, 2019 ~ Colombian comic opens his new stand-up comedy show in Spanish. Saulo has a clever understanding of how Anglos and Latinos react to each other. He’s really funny. It’s good to laugh at ourselves.

“La Canción” ~ Puerto Rican Hip-Hop Musical, Spanish Off-Broadway

REPERTORIO ESPAÑOL, KIPS BAY, Friday, February 1, 2019 ~ Puerto Rican playwright Cándido Tirado’s musical about a Bronx kid who wakes up with a song in his head. Original music by Reggaeton legend VICO C.

“Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas” by Calpulli

THALIA HISPANIC THEATRE, SUNNYSIDE, QUEENS, Fri-Sun, November 30-December 16, 2018. NYC’s leading Mexican dance company premieres a new Off-Broadway holiday production

Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

JANUARY 27, 1945 (Sat in 2019) ~ When Soviet soldiers opened the gates of the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau, nobody in their right mind could again deny what happened. Never forget or it will happen again.
# jewish romani lgbt human rights commemoration

Valentine’s Day 2019

FEBRUARY 14 (2019, Thu) A Christian feast that honors a Roman saint who got associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages

President’s Day Weekend 2019

THIRD MONDAY IN FEBRUARY, Fri-Mon, February 15 – 18, 2019 ~ National holiday commemorates the birthdays of presidents Washington and Lincoln

Carnival, Carnaval, Carnevale

EPIPHANY to FAT TUESDAY (MARDI GRAS), Sun, January 6 to Tue, March 5, 2019 ~ This reversal ritual is a Christian winter festival rooted in the seasonal norms of European agrarian society that spread around the world. What can you say? It’s a Latin party!

NYC Ballet dances neoclassical ballet masterpieces at Lincoln Center

LINCOLN CENTER, Thu, Jan 24; Sat, Jan 26 & Fri, Feb 1; Sat, Feb 2, 2019 ~ Balanchine’s neoclassical ballet masterpieces “Apollo,” “Orpheus” and “Agon” set to Stravinsky.
# french ballet dance

Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular 2020

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, MIDTOWN, Daily, November 8, 2019 – January 5, 2020 (unconfirmed dates) ~ A New York holiday classic

Los Hijos del Director Cuban Contemporary Dance at The Joyce

CHELSEA, Tue-Wed, January 15-16, 2019 ~ One of Cuba’s most daring contemporary dance makers, George Céspedes, makes his U.S. debut at the Joyce Cuba Festival.
# cuban contemporary dance festival

Dance Argentine Tango at Tango La Nacional

CHELSEA, Thursdays ~ The Argentine center of NYC’s Tango community is also the most traditional milonga
# argentine tango dancing

Dance Argentine Tango at the All Night Milonga at Stepping Out

NOMAD, Sat, Jan 26, 2019 ~ One of America’s biggest Tango parties has great guest teachers and performers.
# argentine tango dancing

VolvoTango LIC Landing outdoor milonga (Tango)

Warm Tuesdays
April – mid-November
LIC Landing
Long Island City, Queens
(Ferry from Manhattan or Brooklyn)

VolvoTango outdoor milonga, tango on Pier 45

Warm weather Wednesdays & Sundays
April – mid-November
Pier 45
West Village, Manhattan
Roofed open-air Argentine Tango dancing with romantic river views

Carolina Herrera Venezuelan Fashion

UPPER EAST SIDE ~ Dress like a first lady at Carolina Herrera and CH Carolina Herrera.

Chus Burés Spanish jewelry at El Museo del Barrio

EAST HARLEM, Wed-Sun, Nov 14-18, 2018 ~ The iconic Spanish jewelry designer of La Movida Madrileña hosts a pop-up exhibition.
# spanish jewelry exhibition


Upper East Side
Midtown East
Legendary Italian fashion

Fashion donated by celebs, socialites & designers benefits Women Together

November 8, 2018, Thursday
Museum of Arts and Design
Midtown, Manhattan
This sale of gently or never used items donated from NYC women’s wardrobes benefits social development in Colombian, Dominican and Mexican artisanal communities by Women Together

Try new restaurants with friends during NYC Restaurant Week

Jan 21 – Feb 8, 2019 ~ 2-course lunches for $26 and 3-course dinners for $42.
# african brazilian cuban french italian mexican latin & spanish food


July 7
World Chocolate Day
October 28
National Chocolate Day (USA)
Cocoa, from which chocolate is made, is native to the upper Amazon of Colombia and Venezuela. Domesticated in Guatemala and Mexico, Spanish friars took it to Europe where the addition of sugar made it popular.

National Rum Day

AUGUST 16 (2019, Fri) ~ Enjoy the spirit of the Caribbean

Beaujolais Nouveau Day ~ Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!

November 21, 2019, Thursday
Taste the fruit in this season’s Beaujolais by drinking it chilled right after it is bottled

“The Heiresses” Paraguayan movie at Film Forum

HUDSON SQUARE, Jan 16-29, 2019 ~ “A coming of age story for a 60-year old woman.” A critics pick.
# paraguayan movies women

Who will write our history? A global movie event in 55 countries

FACEBOOK LIVE, Sun, Jan 27, 2019; GREENWICH VILLAGE through Thu, Jan 31, 2019 ~ This unprecedented screening of the award-winning documentary at 350 venues in 55 countries and Facebook Live marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Not Jewish? It’s even more important to watch.
# jewish documentary movie

“Green Book” earns 5 Oscar Nominations (Review)

CITYWIDE, November 16, 2018 ~ When people who might seem different, actually live and work together, we discover our common humanity.
OSCAR NOMINATIONS Best Picture, Lead Actor, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Film Editing
GOLDEN GLOBES Best Picture Musical or Comedy, Supporting Actor, Screenplay
# italian african movies

“A Star is Born” earns 8 Oscar Nominations (Review)

CITYWIDE opened Oct 5, 2018 ~ Lady Gaga follows Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland in one of the great love stories.
OSCAR NOMINATIONS Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Mixing & Original Song
GOLDEN GLOBE Best Original Song
# italian american movie

Eddie Palmieri “Mi Luz Mayor” Puerto Rican Jazz & Salsa

GREENWICH VILLAGE, Jan 15-20, 2019, Tue-Sun ~ Palmieri celebrates his new album “Mi Luz Mayor” at the Blue Note.
# puerto rican live music jazz

Alexandra Jackson Brazilian Bossa Nova

CITY WINERY, THE LOFT, HUDSON SQUARE, Mon, January 7, 2019 ~ A tribute to 60 years of bossa nova by a powerful blues and jazz singer with a band of great guest artists

“The Magic Flute” Met Opera

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE, LINCOLN CENTER, Closes Sat, Jan 5 ~ This shortened family version of Mozart’s fairy tale in English has become a New York holiday tradition

Chris Botti, Italian-American Jazz

BLUE NOTE, GREENWICH VILLAGE, Nightly, December 10, 2018 – January 6, 2019 ~ The best-selling American instrumental artist riffs the holidays

Watch Internazionale vs Juventus (Derby d’Italia) at the Football Factory

KOREATOWN, Sat, Apr 27, 2019 ~ Watch the giants of Italian soccer battle their rivals in Milan in the Derby of Italy.

New York Red Bulls 2018 Supporters Shield Champions

RED BULL ARENA, HARRISON, NEW JERSEY, around January 3, 2019 ~ 2019 season announcement. Supporters clubs are the Viking Army (Official), Empire Supporters Club and Garden State Ultras.

NYCFC ~ New York City Football Club

YANKEE STADIUM, CONCOURSE, THE BRONX, Around January 3, 2019 ~ 2019 season announcement ~
Argentine, Costa Rican, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Spanish and Venezuelan players

Peña Oficial Atlético de Madrid ~ Atlético Madrid vs Real Madrid

FOOTBALL FACTORY AT LEGENDS, KOREATOWN, Sat, February 9, 2019 ~ Madrid Derby