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Whitney Biennial 2019 shows the diversity of American art today

May 17 – Sep 22, 2019, Closed Tuesdays
MEATPACKING DISTRICT, NYC ~ The survey of the latest developments in U.S. art includes work by artists with an Argentine, Colombian, French, Indigenous, Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage

Carlos Fuentes was Mexico’s most celebrated novelist

Monday, November 11, 2019
PANAMA CITY, Panama ~ The author of ‘The Death of Artemio Cruz’ (1962), ‘Terra Nostra’ (1975), and ‘The Old Gringo’ (1985) was born on November 11, 1928

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

Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian Nobel Prize winning author

Friday, March 6, 2020
ARACATACA, Colombia ~ The Nobel Prize-winning author and leading writer of Magical Realism was born on March 6, 1927

Celebrate World Poetry Day

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings (UNESCO)

‘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

Open-ended run. Dark Wednesdays.
TIMES SQUARE, NYC ~ Puerto Rican Broadway legend Chita Rivera originated the role of bad girl Velma Kelly. Italian-American Liza Minnelli played the good girl Roxie Hart in the original production.

The Paris opera house is haunted by the ‘Phantom of the Opera’

Ongoing, dark Sundays
TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT ~ The longest-running show in Broadway history is at the Majestic Theatre

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”

‘Filomena Marturano’ is a play about marriage Caribbean style

Sunday, September 8, 2019
KIPS BAY, NYC ~ Cuban director Leyma López created a Spanish-language adaptation of Eduardo de Filippo’s classic Neapolitan comedy which inspired the movie ‘Marriage Italian Style’. At Repertorio Español.

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

Friday, September 20, 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

Colombian comic Saul Garcia’s ‘I am Latino’ makes us laugh at ourselves

Sat-Sun, September 21-22, 2019
KIPS BAY, NYC ~ Colombian stand-up comic Saulo makes us laugh (in Spanish) at being Latin AND American of the United States

En el Ojo de la Aguja

September 7-22, 2019
HELL’S KITCHEN, NYC ~ A Colombian director and his theatre company explore how in the age of the internet and social media, actually communicating has become harder than threading a needle. In Spanish with English subtltles.

Labor Day 2019

Monday, September 2, 2019
This U.S. holiday celebrates organized labor and is the unofficial end of summer

Labor Day Weekend 2019

Fri-Mon, Aug 30 – Sep 2, 2019
The long weekend that celebrates the U.S. labor movement is also the unofficial end of summer

Brazilian Independence Day ~ Sete de Setembro

Saturday, September 7, 2019
SÃO PAULO ~ Brazil’s national day celebrates Dom Pedro I’s declaration of independence from Portugal on September 7, 1821

Our Lady of Charity is patron saint of Cuba

Sunday, September 8, 2019
El COBRE, Cuba ~ La Cachita is a beloved symbol of the Cuban people

NYC Ballet opens the 2019-20 season with Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’

September 17-21, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ NYC Ballet opens its 2019-20 season with the first full-length abstract ballet. Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds were never so lovely at the David H. Koch Theater.

NYC Ballet Fall 2019 Season

September 17 – Oct 13, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER ~ New leadership, Lovette and Liang premieres, a centennial tribute to modern dance legend Merce Cunningham, and Brazilian Soloist Jovani Furlan at the David H. Koch Theater

Gerardo Contino y los Habaneros are NYC’s best Cuban dance band

Friday, September 6, 2019
EL BARRIO, EAST HARLEM, NYC ~ It’s a special edition White Party at Artspace PS109

Tango La Nacional is NYC’s most traditional Argentine milonga

CHELSEA, NYC ~ Argentine tango dancing at NYC’s most traditional milonga (tango party) at La Nacional, the Spanish social club that is New York’s oldest social club

Do the Central Park Tango

Saturdays, June-September
CENTRAL PARK, NYC ~ Argentine tango dancing in the summer is so romantic! FREE

VolvoTango Argentine Tango Dancing on Pier 45

Wednesdays & Sundays, April-November
WEST VILLAGE, NYC ~ Argentine tango dancing on a pier with romantic Hudson river views

Louis Vuitton New York ~ French handbags and fashion

Midtown East (Flagship)
SoHo & Battery Park City stores
Bloomingdale’s, Upper East Side
Macy’s, Garment District
Saks Fifth Avenue, Midtown East

Givenchy the French couture designer who defined 1950s elegance

Hubert de Givenchy passed away near Paris on March 10, 2018.
Givenchy New York
747 Madison Avenue
(at 65th St)
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Open daily

Oscar de la Renta amazing lace

772 Madison Avenue
(at 66th St)
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Closed Sundays


Upper East Side
Midtown East
Legendary Italian fashion

Celebrate National Chocolate Day

Monday, October 28, 2019
Chocolate, made from cocoa, is native to the upper Amazon of Colombia and Venezuela. It was domesticated in Guatemala and Mexico. Spanish priests took it to Europe.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day ~ Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!

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

Celebrate Malbec World Day 2020 with a good glass of Argentine wine

Friday, April 17, 2020
Argentine wine
A global celebration of the popular Argentine red wine

Celebrate National Rum Day

Sunday, August 16, 2020
Enjoy the spirit of the Caribbean with Cuban, Dominican or Puerto Rican rum

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is Lincoln Center’s summer festival

Wednesday-Sunday, July 24 – August 11, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER & CONCOURSE, THE BRONX ~ Lincoln Center’s summer festival includes African, Cuban, Dominican, Honduran, Indigenous, Jewish, Mexican, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, & Spanish music, dance, film and word for FREE

West Indian Day Parade 2019 NYC’s Labor Day Carnival

Thu-Mon, Aug 29-Sep 2, 2019
Reggae Afrobeats Soca
Summer Jam Youth Fest
Junior Carnival Parade
Panorama Steelband Championship
Dimanche Gras Carnival Sunday Party
VIP Breakfast
CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ The Brooklyn Museum and the Parade on Eastern Avenue turns the neighborhood into a Caribbean Carnival

Gerardo Contino y los Habaneros are NYC’s best Cuban dance band

Friday, September 6, 2019
EL BARRIO, EAST HARLEM, NYC ~ It’s a special edition White Party at Artspace PS109

Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango for dancers

Saturday, September 7, 2019
PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn ~ Winner of the 2018 Latin Grammy for “Best Tango Album” plays Argentine tango at Barbès

Guantanamera Xiomara Laugart is one of the legendary Cuban voices

Saturday, September 7, 2019
GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC ~ The famous Cuban nueva trova singer who was part of Yerba Buena and played Celia Cruz Off-Broadway, is in duo with timba pianist Axel Tosca (Unity) at Zinc Bar

New York Mets vs Philadelphia Phillies baseball rivalry

Fri-Sun, September 6-8, 2019
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, Queens ~ Major League Baseball with Dominican, Italian, Puerto Rican & Venezuelan Mets

US Open Tennis 2019

Daily, Aug 26 – Sep 8, 2019
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, Queens ~ Reigning champion Djokovic is still the man to beat. Nadal challenges. Osaka is favorite over Halep.

New York Yankees vs Angels

Tue-Thu, September 17-19, 2019
CONCOURSE, The Bronx ~ It’s the last weeks of the regular season

New York Red Bulls celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night

Sunday, September 22, 2019
HARRISON, New Jersey ~ Watch Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer at Red Bull Arena