Caribbean


Latin night club Subrosa is closing ( for now )

Closing Party
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

“On Your Feet!” is leaving Broadway August 20 (Review)

Emilio and Gloria Estefan story
Marquis Theatre
210 W 46th St, Times Square
Tuesday-Sunday, June 2017

Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros is NYC’s best Cuban Salsa dance band

Subrosa
63 Gansevoort, Meatpacking
Saturday, June 10: Habana Nights
Tuesday, June 13: Closing Party

NKAME a retrospective of Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón is pure Cuban soul

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
East Harlem (El Barrio)
June 13 – November 5, 2017

uptown: nasty women/bad hombres

Artists who live or work in El Barrio, Harlem, Washington Heights, or Inwood
El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Ave, East Harlem
June 13 – November 5, 2017

Repertorio Español is Spanish-language Off-Broadway Theatre

138 East 27th St, Kips Bay
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
La Zapatera Prodigiosa (Spanish comedy)
Saturday-Sunday, June 17-18
Sin Wifi También Se Vive (Colombian stand-up)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2017 Transforms a Wall into a Connector

Dominican, Nicaraguan, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Wednesday-Sunday
June 14-18, 2017

Zoe Saldana is back as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Dominican-Puerto Rican star
Opened citywide May 5
Now playing
Friday, June 9, 2017

uptown: nasty women/bad hombres

Artists who live or work in El Barrio, Harlem, Washington Heights, or Inwood
El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Ave, East Harlem
June 13 – November 5, 2017

“Hamilton” is the most influential Broadway show of our generation

Lin-Manuel Miranda
New York Puerto Rican writer
Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 W 46th St, Times Square
Tuesday-Sunday, June 2017

The Museum Mile Festival is an open house into the diversity of New York City

Street party and free museum admission
Fifth Avenue
82nd Street to 105th Street
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2017 Tony Award for Santo Loquasto for “Hello Dolly”

Broadway awards
Radio City Music Hall
1260 Sixth Ave, Midtown
Sunday, June 11, 2017


South American


 

Dance Tango La Nacional with Maria Ines Bogado y Orlando Reyes

La Nacional
239 West 14th St, Chelsea
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Los Cafres Free Show at SOB’s

Argentine Reggae
Free show for PlayStation cancellation
SOB’s
204 Varick St
Hudson Square (SoHo)
Monday, June 12, 2017

Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo in American Ballet Theatre’s “Swan Lake”

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
Monday-Saturday, June 12-17
Misty & Herman
Tuesday, June 13 and Saturday, June 17

Argentina Soccer welcomes coach Jorge Sampaoli with a win over #1 Brazil

Next game, Singapore vs Argentina friendly
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Museum Mile Festival is an open house into the diversity of New York City

Street party and free museum admission
Fifth Avenue
82nd Street to 105th Street
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo in American Ballet Theatre’s “Swan Lake”

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
Monday-Saturday, June 12-17
Misty & Herman
Tuesday, June 13 and Saturday, June 17

Repertorio Español is Spanish-language Off-Broadway Theatre

138 East 27th St, Kips Bay
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
La Zapatera Prodigiosa (Spanish comedy)
Saturday-Sunday, June 17-18
Sin Wifi También Se Vive (Colombian stand-up)

NYC Dance Week free dance classes

Afro-Caribbean, Ballet, Capoeira, Flamenco, Parkour, Salsa, & Samba
Manhattan and Brooklyn
June 15-24, 2017

“On Your Feet!” is leaving Broadway August 20 (Review)

Emilio and Gloria Estefan story
Marquis Theatre
210 W 46th St, Times Square
Tuesday-Sunday, June 2017

A Bronx Tale is an Italian musical with a Colombian choreographer

Longacre Theatre
220 West 48th St
Times Square Broadway
Tuesday-Sunday, June 2017

The Museum Mile Festival is an open house into the diversity of New York City

Street party and free museum admission
Fifth Avenue
82nd Street to 105th Street
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Repertorio Español is Spanish-language Off-Broadway Theatre

138 East 27th St, Kips Bay
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
La Zapatera Prodigiosa (Spanish comedy)
Saturday-Sunday, June 17-18
Sin Wifi También Se Vive (Colombian stand-up)

The Museum Mile Festival is an open house into the diversity of New York City

Street party and free museum admission
Fifth Avenue
82nd Street to 105th Street
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2017 Drama Desk Awards for Danny DeVito and Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Cuban, Ecuadorian, Italian, Mexican, and Puerto Rican nominees
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd St, Midtown
Sunday, June 4, 2017

10,000 Dancers to Dance, Dance, Dance Parade

Dance for Peace from 21st and Broadway, to 8th Street, to Tompkins Square Park for an afternoon DanceFest Sat, May 20, 2017

May Day or Worker’s Day is a public holiday in many Latin cultures

Celebrate Spring or Worker’s Day on May 1

Repertorio Español is Spanish-language Off-Broadway Theatre

138 East 27th St, Kips Bay
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
La Zapatera Prodigiosa (Spanish comedy)
Saturday-Sunday, June 17-18
Sin Wifi También Se Vive (Colombian stand-up)

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2017

2016 reservations opened July 11
July 24 – August 18, 2017

Sotheby’s Brings Pre-Columbian Antiquities to Market

Mexican, Peruvian, and Chilean antiquities are on sale in the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas auction, Mon, May 15, 2017

Terraza 7 is the heart of NY’s Latin American Jazz scene

World Jazz club and community center in the heart of Latin Queens


North American


 

The Museum Mile Festival is an open house into the diversity of New York City

Street party and free museum admission
Fifth Avenue
82nd Street to 105th Street
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rodrigo y Gabriela “Tenth Anniversary Tour”

Mexican Rumba Flamenco
Terminal 5
Friday, June 9, 2017

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2017

2016 reservations opened July 11
July 24 – August 18, 2017

2017 Drama Desk Awards for Danny DeVito and Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Cuban, Ecuadorian, Italian, Mexican, and Puerto Rican nominees
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd St, Midtown
Sunday, June 4, 2017


European


 

Celebrate Portugal Day on June 10

Parades and Street Fairs
Newark, NJ
Friday-Sunday, June 9-11, 2017
Mineola, NY
Sunday, June 11, 2017

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2017

2016 reservations opened July 11
July 24 – August 18, 2017

Real Madrid is 2016-17’s best with UEFA Champions League and La Liga wins

Real Madrid vs Manchester United
Peña Madridista NYC
Playwright Irish Pub
27 West 35th St, Chelsea
Sunday, July 23, 2017

SummerStage 2017 free concerts in NYC parks

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, and Venezuelan artists
June 21 – August 25, 2017
Fête de la Musique, June 21
Fado to Contemporary, June 24

Bebe siempre me quedara at Irving Plaza

Spanish pop
Irving Plaza
17 Irving Pl, Union Square
Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Museum Mile Festival is an open house into the diversity of New York City

Street party and free museum admission
Fifth Avenue
82nd Street to 105th Street
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo in American Ballet Theatre’s “Swan Lake”

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
Monday-Saturday, June 12-17
Misty & Herman
Tuesday, June 13 and Saturday, June 17

Concerts in the Parks by the New York Philharmonic

Free outdoor concerts
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Tuesday, June 13
Central Park
Wednesday, June 14
Cunningham Park, Queens
Thursday, June 15
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Friday, June 16
Staten Island
Sunday, June 18

The meaning of the word Latin changes with time. Today it generally refers to the Native + European + African mix of the Americas. However, the origins of Latin culture are the very foundation of Western civilization.

Like the Tree of Life itself, any honest examination of the human story leads away from branches of difference towards shared roots.

Our shared Western heritage is Greek. Greeks started the process of humanizing the gods and empowering the individual. This process continues today in a proverbial “two steps forward, one step back” dance across the ages.

Latin culture begins in Italy. Greek culture wasn’t copied, it was absorbed from Greek migrants in the boot of Italy and the shores of Sicily. Migrants still seek these shores today.

The Romans spread Latin culture around the Mediterranean (27 BC – 476 AD). Romans loved silk. Venice controlled the oriental trade and absorbed oriental influences.

When Rome declined, what is now Spain and Portugal did not decline as badly. French are a Germanic people who remained “Latinized” from their Roman period. The Germanic mind and the Latin heart in the French are an enviable combination when they work together.

For better or sometimes for worse, the Roman Catholic church was for a long time the last pillar of Western Civilization. The church’s influence on life and therefore culture was profound, even as it began dividing into Oriental and Eastern orthodoxy, and later Protestant religions.

The Mediterranean Sea is essentially a big lake. Phoenicians (Lebanese), Greeks, and Jews settled around its shores. Their cultures added important elements to the mix.

The Moorish conquest of Spain between (711 and 1492) and Sicily (827-902) added Islamic influences. When they worked together, Christians, Jews, and Muslims created the most advanced civilization of their time and resurrected the ancient roots of Western Civilization.

The Italian Renaissance (circa 1300s – 1500s) began to bring light back to Europe. The Renaissance is the foundation of contemporary Western civilization.

The Portuguese began exploring the African coast  in 1419. They eventually made it to the Orient.

The Ottoman takeover of Constantinople (1453) closed ancient trade routes. This pushed traders to the sea looking for another way to the Orient.

The Spanish Golden Age (1492-1659) brought Europeans, and forced Jews and Africans to the Americas. The conquistadores planted the first orange trees in Florida. The Spanish conquest of the Aztecs (1521), the Incas (1572), and the Maya (1697) folded Native American cultures into the mix.

Cuba was the main port of the Spanish transatlantic trade in plunder and slaves. There African and Spanish mixed into what we now think of as Latin. This culture spread across the Spanish-speaking Americas.

In 1524 Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano discovered New York Bay for a French king.

The first African slaves arrived in what is now New York City in 1626. There was a slave market on the east end of Wall Street. New York slaves came from Cuba.

The French coined the term “Amérique latine” (Latin American) while trying to conquer Mexico in the 1830s. Latin American leaders adopted the term because of its connection to the great military and cultural power of the time.

Colonial power in the Americas led Latin Americans to look to European culture as the best. Colonization left diverse and rich cultural blends. It also left dysfunctional political and economic structures which are still unwinding today.

Jazz became recognizable in African communities at the turn of the 20th century. Jelly Roll Morton’s “Spanish tinge” was Cuban. The ferry ran twice a day between New Orleans and Havana.

The main wave of Italian immigrants to New York City came between 1900-1910. They first settled in East Harlem.

In 1940, Cubans Mario Bauzá and Machito Grillo formed the Machito and his Afro-Cubans orchestra. They created Latin Jazz as we know it and caught the ear of Dizzy Gillespie.

World War II (1939-1945) moved the world’s cultural center from Paris to New York.

In the 1950s Celia Cruz popularized Cuban music across Latin America. Tito Puente and others popularized Cuban music in the United States. Since the 1950s, Latin has meant Latin American, or the countries south of the United States.

The “Great Migration” from Puerto Rico to New York City in the 1950s gave “Latin” a Puerto Rican meaning. East Harlem became known as “Spanish Harlem” or “El Barrio.”

In the 1970s, Cuban music played mostly by New York Puerto Ricans went global out of New York City. It was called Salsa. That music and dance went everywhere and has spawned endless variations.

Latin culture is so popular now that even people who aren’t Latin by birth are part of the culture.

Mexico is the global center of all forms of Spanish-language publishing. Mexican-Americans are the Hispanic majority in the United States. So Latin is beginning to mean Mexican-American.

Most Hispanic immigration to New York City is now coming from the Caribbean (Dominican) and South America (Ecuadorian and Colombian).

Mexico has the world’s largest Spanish-speaking population. The United States is second. Brazil has the largest Portuguese-speaking population. France and Canada are the second and third largest French-speaking countries.

There are large Middle Eastern and Asian communities in Central and South America.

The global icon of New York City, the Statue of Liberty, is French.

So who is Latin? Whatever you are, we are all a little bit Latin.

Central America is actually part of the North American continent. Central America is a cultural concept like the distinction between Europe and Asia. There is no divide except in the minds of some politicians.

In fact about one-third of the United States was Mexico until gold was discovered in California. Then we cooked up a war to take the land. There is an old saying that, “We didn’t cross the border. The border crossed us.”

Central America is the ancient home of the great Olmec, Maya, and Aztec cultures.

Mexico City, the ancient capital of the Aztecs, was the old Spanish capital of North America. Later Central America was controlled from Guatemala.

Panama was originally part of Colombia and was considered part of South America. Then we convinced the Colombians to give it up so we could finish the Panama canal started by the French.

The amount of silver taken by the Spanish out of Mexico paid for those beautiful old buildings in Spain and created financial imbalances around the globe. It’s an old story, but it is incredible to think that globalization has been going on for hundreds of years.


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