Latin is Indigenous + European + African

Indigenous

Cuban | Dominican | HaitianPuerto Rican

Argentine | Bolivian | Brazilian | Chilean | Colombian | Ecuadorian | Paraguayan | Peruvian | Uruguayan | Venezuelan

Costa Rican | Guatemalan | Honduran | Mexican | Nicaraguan | Panamanian | Salvadoran

FrenchFrench-CanadianItalian | Jewish | Portuguese Romani | Romanian |Spanish

African
NORTH AFRICAN | Moroccan | Algerian | Tunisian

WEST AFRICAN |Senegalese | Gambian | Guinea-Bissauan | Sierra Leonean | Liberian | Ivorian | Ghanan | Togolese | Beninin | Nigerian

CENTRAL AFRICAN | Cameroonian | Equatorial Guinean | Gabonian | Congolese | Angolan | Namibian


Latin was originally Italian. The Roman Empire and the Italian Renaissance are the foundations of Western Civilization. Romans loved silk. Marco Polo and the Silk Road connected Asia to the Latin world. Portuguese connected Africa. The Spanish and Portuguese Empires connected the Indigenous Americas and brought Africans. Since the European discovery, the Americas have been the land of opportunity, escape or slavery. So everyone is here.

At times for better and at times for worse, Roman Catholicism influenced it all, either directly or indirectly in opposition. That influence remains profound, but today we are also Santeros, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Athiest and every other idea under the sun. All seek to understand and explain the mystery of life.

New York Latin Culture Magazine sees the world through a Latin lens, but any honest examination of humanity leads to the same place. Africa is mother and we are all the same. Our “differences” are just one tenth of one percent of our DNA (0.1%). Difference is an illusion promoted by religions and politicians in the pursuit of wealth and power.

So this is who we are, people of the world, Mi Gente (My People). Knowing who we are, gives us the freedom to be anything. So whoever you are, and wherever your grandparents are from, Dios te bendiga (God Bless You).


 

Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu, Indigenous Chilean art in Brooklyn

May 18 – November 25, 2018
Wednesday – Sunday
~
Brooklyn Museum
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
~
New York-based Chilean artist resurrects an ancient Indigenous knotted cord writing and reading system of the Andean peoples.

Native American Heritage Month

November
~
We the people live with the land from the Alaskan/Canadian Arctic to Tierra del Fuego (Argentina/Chile)

David Rubenstein Atrium ~ Thursday Free Concerts

Thursday Free Concerts (some Fridays)
~
David Rubenstein Atrium
Lincoln Center, Manhattan
~
African, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Folk, Guatemalan, Indigenous, Mayan, Mexican, Puerto Rican & Spanish bachata, cumbia, merengue, salsa, and soukous music and dancing

DOC NYC 2018 ~ America’s biggest documentary film festival

November 8 – 15, 2018
~
IFC Center, SVA Theatre & Cinepolis
West Village & Chelsea, Manhattan
~
America’s largest documentary film festival presents over 300 films and events with 42 world premieres and 17 U.S. premieres
~
African – American, Brazilian, Honduran, Indigenous, Italian, Jamaican, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Spanish films

Alvin Ailey 60th Anniversary New York City Center 2018

November 28 – December 30, 2018
Tuesday – Sunday
~
GALA
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
New York Hilton Midtown
~
New York City Center
Midtown, Manhattan
~
Company premieres by Rennie Harris, Ronald K. Brown, Wayne McGregor & Jessica Lang.

‘Once on This Island’ at Circle in the Square, a Broadway musical about love

Through September 2019
Usually dark Thursdays
~
TONY AWARD
“Best Musical Revival”
~
CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE
Times Square Theater District
~
This Caribbean version of ‘The Little Mermaid’ wins hearts

David Rubenstein Atrium ~ Thursday Free Concerts

Thursday Free Concerts (some Fridays)
~
David Rubenstein Atrium
Lincoln Center, Manhattan
~
African, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Folk, Guatemalan, Indigenous, Mayan, Mexican, Puerto Rican & Spanish bachata, cumbia, merengue, salsa, and soukous music and dancing

Fall for Dance Festival 2018 at New York City Center

October 1 – 13, 2018
Monday – Saturday
~
New York City Center
Midtown, Manhattan
~
$15 seats to watch four world-class companies a night. African, Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, French & Romanian dancers or companies perform ballet, modern, contemporary and folkloric dances.


Caribbean


Christie’s Fall 2018 Latin American Art auction

EXHIBITION
November 17-20, 2018
Saturday – Tuesday
AUCTION
November 20-21, 2018
Tuesday-Wednesday
~
Christie’s Rockefeller Center
~
Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Uruguayan and Venezuelan artists from the 17th century to the 2010s

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

Most Sundays
~
Birdland
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
~
Multi-Grammy winners carry on a tradition started by Cuban pianist Chico O’Farrill in 1997

Repertorio’s ‘La Canción’ is a Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, & Hip-Hop Romp

November 26, 2018, Monday
~
Latin Off-Broadway
Repertorio Español
Kips Bay, Manhattan
~
Original music by Reggaeton legend VICO C

St. Patrick’s Cathedral ~ Filipino & Nicaraguan Masses

December 1, 2018, Saturday
Simbang Gabi Sa Katedral Mass (Filipino)
~
December 2, 2018, Sunday
La Purisima Mass (Nicaraguan)
~
Sunday Spanish mass
~
Midtown East, Manhattan
~
Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Filipino, Italian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Spanish & Venezuelan masses
~
¡Dios te bendiga!
God Bless You

Repertorio Español is NYC’s Spanish-language Off-Broadway Theatre

November 12-18, 2018
Tuesday – Sunday
~
“El Quijote” Spanish comedy
“En el tiempo de las mariposas” Dominican drama
“La Cancíon” Puerto Rican Hip-Hop musical
“La Gringa” Puerto Rican comedy
“El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba” Colombian drama
~
Repertorio Español
Kips Bay, Manhattan
~
300 shows a year of new productions and 15 plays from repertory. (In Spanish with English titles)

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25, 1960 ~ The Mirabal Sisters were assassinated for working against the Trujillo dictatorship.
Sunday, November 25, 2018

Repertorio’s ‘La Canción’ is a Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, & Hip-Hop Romp

November 26, 2018, Monday
~
Latin Off-Broadway
Repertorio Español
Kips Bay, Manhattan
~
Original music by Reggaeton legend VICO C

Down These Mean Streets at El Museo del Barrio

September 13, 2018 – January 6, 2019
~
El Museo del Barrio
East Harlem, Manhattan
~
Latino photographers provide an intimate look at the street life in their own neighborhoods

‘Once on This Island’ at Circle in the Square, a Broadway musical about love

Through September 2019
Usually dark Thursdays
~
TONY AWARD
“Best Musical Revival”
~
CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE
Times Square Theater District
~
This Caribbean version of ‘The Little Mermaid’ wins hearts

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

November 8-11, 2019
Friday – Monday
~
Veterans Day is Monday this year

Mile-Long Opera, a biography of 7 o’clock, 1,000 singers, 100 stories

October 3 – 8, 2018
Wednesday – Monday
~
High Line
Meatpacking District & Chelsea, Manhattan

UN General Assembly 73 (2018) UNGA 73

GENERAL DEBATE
September 25 – October 5, 2018
~
UN Headquarters
Midtown East, Manhattan
~
Heads of state visit so Midtown East is blocked with security and traffic

Christie’s Fall 2018 Latin American Art auction

EXHIBITION
November 17-20, 2018
Saturday – Tuesday
AUCTION
November 20-21, 2018
Tuesday-Wednesday
~
Christie’s Rockefeller Center
~
Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Uruguayan and Venezuelan artists from the 17th century to the 2010s

Our Lady of Providence, patron saint of Puerto Rico

This Marion devotion represents the idea that “God helps those who help themselves.” November 19

Repertorio Español is NYC’s Spanish-language Off-Broadway Theatre

November 12-18, 2018
Tuesday – Sunday
~
“El Quijote” Spanish comedy
“En el tiempo de las mariposas” Dominican drama
“La Cancíon” Puerto Rican Hip-Hop musical
“La Gringa” Puerto Rican comedy
“El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba” Colombian drama
~
Repertorio Español
Kips Bay, Manhattan
~
300 shows a year of new productions and 15 plays from repertory. (In Spanish with English titles)

‘Hamilton’ is the most influential Broadway show of our generation

The playwright is a Puerto Rican New Yorker.
Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 West 46th St
between Seventh & Eighth Ave
Times Square / Theater District
Dark Mondays
Open-ended run


South American



Christie’s Fall 2018 Latin American Art auction

EXHIBITION
November 17-20, 2018
Saturday – Tuesday
AUCTION
November 20-21, 2018
Tuesday-Wednesday
~
Christie’s Rockefeller Center
~
Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Uruguayan and Venezuelan artists from the 17th century to the 2010s

Pedro Giraudo “Vigor Tanguero” Best Tango Album Latin Grammy nominee

November 15, 2018, Thursday
Latin Grammys on Univision
“Best Tango Album” nominee
~
November 20, 2018, Tuesday
Tango for dancing
The Django
Tribeca, Manhattan
~
One of the rare musicians who really knows how to play Argentine Tango for dancing

Tango La Nacional is NYC’s most traditional Argentine milonga

Thursdays
~
La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
~
The center of NYC’s Argentine Tango community

Barcelona at Atlético Madrid ~ Penya FC Barcelona NYC

November 24, 2018, Saturday
~
La Liga
Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona
~
SPANISH LA LIGA
August – May
Big games in October, November, March & April
~
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
September – December
~
Penya FC Barcelona NYC supporters club
Smithfield Hall NYC
Chelsea, Manhattan
~
Currently the top of Spain’s “Big Three” soccer clubs

Christie’s Fall 2018 Latin American Art auction

EXHIBITION
November 17-20, 2018
Saturday – Tuesday
AUCTION
November 20-21, 2018
Tuesday-Wednesday
~
Christie’s Rockefeller Center
~
Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Uruguayan and Venezuelan artists from the 17th century to the 2010s

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Top 10 include France, Brazil, Uruguay

NEXT UPDATE
November 29, 2018, Thursday
~
October 25, 2018 ~ Eleven of the top 20 are Latin: France, Brazil, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Italy & Peru

St. Patrick’s Cathedral ~ Filipino & Nicaraguan Masses

December 1, 2018, Saturday
Simbang Gabi Sa Katedral Mass (Filipino)
~
December 2, 2018, Sunday
La Purisima Mass (Nicaraguan)
~
Sunday Spanish mass
~
Midtown East, Manhattan
~
Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Filipino, Italian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Spanish & Venezuelan masses
~
¡Dios te bendiga!
God Bless You

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

November 8-11, 2019
Friday – Monday
~
Veterans Day is Monday this year

Christie’s Fall 2018 Latin American Art auction

EXHIBITION
November 17-20, 2018
Saturday – Tuesday
AUCTION
November 20-21, 2018
Tuesday-Wednesday
~
Christie’s Rockefeller Center
~
Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Uruguayan and Venezuelan artists from the 17th century to the 2010s

Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu, Indigenous Chilean art in Brooklyn

May 18 – November 25, 2018
Wednesday – Sunday
~
Brooklyn Museum
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
~
New York-based Chilean artist resurrects an ancient Indigenous knotted cord writing and reading system of the Andean peoples.

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Top 10 include France, Brazil, Uruguay

NEXT UPDATE
November 29, 2018, Thursday
~
October 25, 2018 ~ Eleven of the top 20 are Latin: France, Brazil, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Italy & Peru

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

November 8-11, 2019
Friday – Monday
~
Veterans Day is Monday this year

Repertorio Español is NYC’s Spanish-language Off-Broadway Theatre

November 12-18, 2018
Tuesday – Sunday
~
“El Quijote” Spanish comedy
“En el tiempo de las mariposas” Dominican drama
“La Cancíon” Puerto Rican Hip-Hop musical
“La Gringa” Puerto Rican comedy
“El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba” Colombian drama
~
Repertorio Español
Kips Bay, Manhattan
~
300 shows a year of new productions and 15 plays from repertory. (In Spanish with English titles)

‘El coronel no tiene quien le escriba’ Colombian drama at Repertorio

November 21, 2018, Wednesday
~
Repertorio Español
Kips Bay, Manhattan
~
The classic Gabriel García Márquez story about how history repeats itself.
Adapted and directed by Jorge Alí Triana

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Top 10 include France, Brazil, Uruguay

NEXT UPDATE
November 29, 2018, Thursday
~
October 25, 2018 ~ Eleven of the top 20 are Latin: France, Brazil, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Italy & Peru

Native American Heritage Month

November
~
We the people live with the land from the Alaskan/Canadian Arctic to Tierra del Fuego (Argentina/Chile)

Christie’s Fall 2018 Latin American Art auction

EXHIBITION
November 17-20, 2018
Saturday – Tuesday
AUCTION
November 20-21, 2018
Tuesday-Wednesday
~
Christie’s Rockefeller Center
~
Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Uruguayan and Venezuelan artists from the 17th century to the 2010s

St. Patrick’s Cathedral ~ Filipino & Nicaraguan Masses

December 1, 2018, Saturday
Simbang Gabi Sa Katedral Mass (Filipino)
~
December 2, 2018, Sunday
La Purisima Mass (Nicaraguan)
~
Sunday Spanish mass
~
Midtown East, Manhattan
~
Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Filipino, Italian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Spanish & Venezuelan masses
~
¡Dios te bendiga!
God Bless You

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

November 8-11, 2019
Friday – Monday
~
Veterans Day is Monday this year

Mother’s Day

December 8, 2018, Saturday
Panamanian Mother’s Day
~
Most countries celebrate the second Sunday in May. Others celebrate on different days in May, June, August, October & December. Love you Mom!

Christie’s Fall 2018 Latin American Art auction

EXHIBITION
November 17-20, 2018
Saturday – Tuesday
AUCTION
November 20-21, 2018
Tuesday-Wednesday
~
Christie’s Rockefeller Center
~
Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Uruguayan and Venezuelan artists from the 17th century to the 2010s

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Top 10 include France, Brazil, Uruguay

NEXT UPDATE
November 29, 2018, Thursday
~
October 25, 2018 ~ Eleven of the top 20 are Latin: France, Brazil, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Italy & Peru

St. Patrick’s Cathedral ~ Filipino & Nicaraguan Masses

December 1, 2018, Saturday
Simbang Gabi Sa Katedral Mass (Filipino)
~
December 2, 2018, Sunday
La Purisima Mass (Nicaraguan)
~
Sunday Spanish mass
~
Midtown East, Manhattan
~
Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Filipino, Italian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Spanish & Venezuelan masses
~
¡Dios te bendiga!
God Bless You

NYCFC ~ New York City Football Club

Around January 3, 2019
2019 season announcement
~
REGULAR SEASON
March – October
3rd Place Eastern Conference
~
Argentine, Costa Rican, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Spanish and Venezuelan players


North American



Christie’s Fall 2018 Latin American Art auction

EXHIBITION
November 17-20, 2018
Saturday – Tuesday
AUCTION
November 20-21, 2018
Tuesday-Wednesday
~
Christie’s Rockefeller Center
~
Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Uruguayan and Venezuelan artists from the 17th century to the 2010s

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square 2018

November 26, 2018, Monday
~
Upper West Side, Manhattan
~
Dante Park Christmas Tree Lighting
Free entertainment, family fun, outdoor food tastings and more

Met Opera’s “La Bohème” 2018 stars Nicole Car & Vittorio Grigolo

Thursday, November 29, 2018
~
2018 – 2019 SEASON
September – December 2018
~
Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
~
Puccini’s Italian opera is the world’s most popular opera. Mexican – American soprano Ailyn Pérez and Italian – American tenor Michael Fabiano play Mimi and Rodolfo.

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Top 10 include France, Brazil, Uruguay

NEXT UPDATE
November 29, 2018, Thursday
~
October 25, 2018 ~ Eleven of the top 20 are Latin: France, Brazil, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Italy & Peru

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

November 8-11, 2019
Friday – Monday
~
Veterans Day is Monday this year

DOC NYC 2018 ~ America’s biggest documentary film festival

November 8 – 15, 2018
~
IFC Center, SVA Theatre & Cinepolis
West Village & Chelsea, Manhattan
~
America’s largest documentary film festival presents over 300 films and events with 42 world premieres and 17 U.S. premieres
~
African – American, Brazilian, Honduran, Indigenous, Italian, Jamaican, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Spanish films

Mother’s Day

December 8, 2018, Saturday
Panamanian Mother’s Day
~
Most countries celebrate the second Sunday in May. Others celebrate on different days in May, June, August, October & December. Love you Mom!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

September 15 – October 15
~
Celebrate our communal heritage and the contributions of Hispanic Americans.


European



NYCB 2018 Nutcracker

November 23 – December 20, 2018
~
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
~
New York City’s big Nutcracker is a real sugar plum

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square 2018

November 26, 2018, Monday
~
Upper West Side, Manhattan
~
Dante Park Christmas Tree Lighting
Free entertainment, family fun, outdoor food tastings and more

Met Opera’s “La Bohème” 2018 stars Nicole Car & Vittorio Grigolo

Thursday, November 29, 2018
~
2018 – 2019 SEASON
September – December 2018
~
Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
~
Puccini’s Italian opera is the world’s most popular opera. Mexican – American soprano Ailyn Pérez and Italian – American tenor Michael Fabiano play Mimi and Rodolfo.

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Top 10 include France, Brazil, Uruguay

NEXT UPDATE
November 29, 2018, Thursday
~
October 25, 2018 ~ Eleven of the top 20 are Latin: France, Brazil, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Italy & Peru

Our Lady of Providence, patron saint of Puerto Rico

This Marion devotion represents the idea that “God helps those who help themselves.” November 19

Met’s “Tosca” stars Jennifer Rowley and Wolfgang Koch

March 18 & 23, 2019
Monday & Saturday
~
Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
~
“Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore” (I lived for art, I lived for love)

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks are NYC’s Hot Jazz Band

Monday & Tuesdays
~
Iguana New York
Times Square Theater District, Manhattan
~
Italian-American specialist in Jazz Age music

Met Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

Daily November 20, 2018
to Sunday, January 6, 2019
~
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Upper East Side
~
The Met Christmas tree decorated with traditional figurines from Naples, Italy where the nativity tradition began

Celebrate Día de las Velitas, the Colombian Christmas tradition

December 7, 1854
~
Families in Colombia, and especially Medellín, light rows and rows of candles to commemorate anticipation of the Vatican’s proclamation of the Immaculate Conception.

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

November 8-11, 2019
Friday – Monday
~
Veterans Day is Monday this year

Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass

November 9 – 10, 1938
~
Nazi paramilitary forces and civilians attacked Jewish communities across Germany
~
It can happen again, so we must never forget

Jorge Drexler “Telefonía” Song of the Year, Record of the Year

February-April 2019
Silente Tour
~
November 15, 2018
Two Latin Grammys, five nominations
~
The philosopher king of Latin music gets the recognition he deserves

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Top 10 include France, Brazil, Uruguay

NEXT UPDATE
November 29, 2018, Thursday
~
October 25, 2018 ~ Eleven of the top 20 are Latin: France, Brazil, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Italy & Peru

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

November 8-11, 2019
Friday – Monday
~
Veterans Day is Monday this year

Latin Grammys 2018 ~ the biggest night in Latin music

November 15, 2018, Thursday
~
Las Vegas, Univision
~
Jorge Drexler (Uruguay), Luis Miguel (Mexico), and Rosalía (Spain) were 2018’s big winners. Click to watch videos of all the winners.

Mother’s Day

December 8, 2018, Saturday
Panamanian Mother’s Day
~
Most countries celebrate the second Sunday in May. Others celebrate on different days in May, June, August, October & December. Love you Mom!

FIFA World Soccer Ranking ~ Top 10 include France, Brazil, Uruguay

NEXT UPDATE
November 29, 2018, Thursday
~
October 25, 2018 ~ Eleven of the top 20 are Latin: France, Brazil, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Italy & Peru

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

November 8-11, 2019
Friday – Monday
~
Veterans Day is Monday this year

Mother’s Day

December 8, 2018, Saturday
Panamanian Mother’s Day
~
Most countries celebrate the second Sunday in May. Others celebrate on different days in May, June, August, October & December. Love you Mom!

Guggenheim Museum is one of the great Modern art collections

Closed Thursdays
~
Fifth Avenue
Upper East Side, Manhattan
~
One of the world’s great Modern Art collections of French, Italian, Jewish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish artists

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

November 8-11, 2019
Friday – Monday
~
Veterans Day is Monday this year

Celebrate International Romani Day

Celebrates Romani (Gypsy) culture
April 8
Monday, April 8, 2019

Ballet Hispánico is America’s leading Latino dance company

167 West 89th St
between Amsterdam and Columbus
Upper West Side, Manhattan

Django Reinhardt NY Festival keeps the Gypsy Jazz legend alive

Birdland
Hell’s Kitchen
Tuesday – Sunday
July 10 – 15, 2018

Rosalía, the Millenial Flamenco Pop star, gives le petite mort new life

The “Millenial Flamenco” Pop darling who blends Flamenco tradition with youth culture is the most interesting Latin musician to rise up in 2018.

Olga Cerpa y Mestisay play Canary Island folk music

November 20, 2018, Tuesday
~
World Music Institute at
David Rubenstein Atrium
Lincoln Center
~
One of the most popular bands in the Canary Islands visits our island
~
FREE

Repertorio Español is NYC’s Spanish-language Off-Broadway Theatre

November 12-18, 2018
Tuesday – Sunday
~
“El Quijote” Spanish comedy
“En el tiempo de las mariposas” Dominican drama
“La Cancíon” Puerto Rican Hip-Hop musical
“La Gringa” Puerto Rican comedy
“El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba” Colombian drama
~
Repertorio Español
Kips Bay, Manhattan
~
300 shows a year of new productions and 15 plays from repertory. (In Spanish with English titles)

Barcelona at Atlético Madrid ~ Penya FC Barcelona NYC

November 24, 2018, Saturday
~
La Liga
Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona
~
SPANISH LA LIGA
August – May
Big games in October, November, March & April
~
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
September – December
~
Penya FC Barcelona NYC supporters club
Smithfield Hall NYC
Chelsea, Manhattan
~
Currently the top of Spain’s “Big Three” soccer clubs

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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