Caribbean


Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

BIG Salsa Festival

New York Hilton Midtown
Midtown, Manhattan
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Thursday – Monday
May 24 – 28, 2018

Cuban Jazz master Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland

Birdland
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Sundays, May, 2018

Bryant Park Dance Party ~ Colombian Cumbia & Vallenato Gregorio Uribe

Bryant Park
Midtown, Manhattan
Wednesdays
MAY 2 – JUNE 8
Colombian Cumbia & Vallenato
Gregorio Uribe
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
FREE

Dance the night away at the Dominican Day Parade Boat Ride

Dinner, music and dancing!
Skyport Marina
Kips Bay, Manhattan
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

BIG Salsa Festival

New York Hilton Midtown
Midtown, Manhattan
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Thursday – Monday
May 24 – 28, 2018

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

300 shows a year from 15 plays selected from repertory including world premiere productions. In Spanish with English titles.
Kips Bay, Manhattan

NEW PRODUCTION
Cuban drama ‘Exquisita Agonía’

Tuesday – Sunday
May 25 – 27, 2018

2018 New Museum Triennnial : Songs for Sabotage

Brazilian, Haitian, Mexican, Peruvian, Portuguese, & Spanish contemporary artists.
New Museum
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
February 13 – May 27, 2018

‘Boom for Real’, Haitian-Puerto Rican artist Jean-Michel Basquiat & NYC

Documentary about the City and people who formed the first international black art star.
OPENED May 11, 2018
NOW PLAYING
IFC Center
West Village, Manhattan
Friday – Thursday
May 11 – 31, 2018

‘Paradise Blue’ by Dominique Morisseau at the Signature Theatre

Jazz, gentrification, a sexy woman, and hard choices make ‘Paradise Blue.’
Written by Haitian-American Obie Award-winner Dominique Morisseau.
Directed by Puerto Rican Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson.
Signature Theatre
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
NOW PLAYING
Tuesday – Sunday
EXTENDED AGAIN to June 17, 2018

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

A Caribbean version of ‘The Little Mermaid’ wins hearts.
Circle in the Square Theatre
Times Square Theater District
Through December 31, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

BIG Salsa Festival

New York Hilton Midtown
Midtown, Manhattan
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Thursday – Monday
May 24 – 28, 2018

Miguel Zenón joins Guillermo Klein y los Gauchos at the Village Vanguard

Puerto Rican saxophone master joins the Argentine Jazz pianist’s band.
Village Vanguard
West Village, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
May 22 – 27, 2018

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

300 shows a year from 15 plays selected from repertory including world premiere productions. In Spanish with English titles.
Kips Bay, Manhattan

NEW PRODUCTION
Cuban drama ‘Exquisita Agonía’

Tuesday – Sunday
May 25 – 27, 2018


South American



Dance Tango to live music at Zinc Bar

Zinc Tango Trio
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Sundays, May 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Miguel Zenón joins Guillermo Klein y los Gauchos at the Village Vanguard

Puerto Rican saxophone master joins the Argentine Jazz pianist’s band.
Village Vanguard
West Village, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
May 22 – 27, 2018

Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango Jazz for dancing at The Django

The Django in the Roxy Hotel
Tribeca, Manhattan
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 New Museum Triennnial : Songs for Sabotage

Brazilian, Haitian, Mexican, Peruvian, Portuguese, & Spanish contemporary artists.
New Museum
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
February 13 – May 27, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Forro in the Dark is a Brazil Party

Nublu Classic
East Village, Manhattan
Wednesdays, May 2018

Tarsila do Amaral ‘Inventing Modern Art in Brazil’ at MoMA

Tarsila was deeply engaged in the 1920s Paris Cubist art scene. Back home she created a modernism that could only be Brazilian. Then she evolved a social consciousness that is a hallmark of the great Brazilian artists of the 20th century.
MoMA in Midtown, Manhattan
Daily
February 11 – June 3, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

‘Disobedience’ by Oscar-winning, Chilean director Sebastián Lelio

The latest by the Academy Award-winning Argentine – Chilean director of ‘A Fantastic Woman’ and ‘Gloria.’
OPENED April 27, 2018
NOW PLAYING
Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens
Friday – Thursday
May 23 – 31, 2018

FIFA Ranking

May 17, 2018: Top 10 are unchanged with Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, France, Spain & Chile.
Next update
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Queenie, female artists from El Museo del Barrio’s permanent collection

Hunter East Harlem Gallery
East Harlem, Manhattan
Tuesday – Saturday
March 21 – June 23, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Bryant Park Dance Party ~ Colombian Cumbia & Vallenato Gregorio Uribe

Bryant Park
Midtown, Manhattan
Wednesdays
MAY 2 – JUNE 8
Colombian Cumbia & Vallenato
Gregorio Uribe
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
FREE

Gregorio Uribe is NYC’s Colombian Cumbia Jazz King

Bryant Park Dance Party
Cumbia & Vallenato for dancing
Midtown, Manhattan
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
FREE

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

Classic Gabriel García Márquez story about how history repeats itself.
Repertorio Español
Kips Bay, Manhattan
Friday, June 1, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Museum Mile Festival 2018 is an Upper East Side open house street party

Second Tuesday in June
Fifth Avenue
From 82nd – 105th Street
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2018 free music, dance and spoken word

Damrosch Park & Hearst Plaza
Lincoln Center
July 25 – August 12, 2018

Celebrate Ecuadorian Independence Day

Criollo rebels took Quito on August 10, 1809
Friday, August 10, 2018

2018 New Museum Triennnial : Songs for Sabotage

Brazilian, Haitian, Mexican, Peruvian, Portuguese, & Spanish contemporary artists.
New Museum
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
February 13 – May 27, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Peru warms up for the World Cup in a friendly exhibition with Scotland

World #11
Peru vs Scotland
Monday, May 28, 2018

Bryant Park Dance Party ~ Colombian Cumbia & Vallenato Gregorio Uribe

Bryant Park
Midtown, Manhattan
Wednesdays
MAY 2 – JUNE 8
Colombian Cumbia & Vallenato
Gregorio Uribe
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
FREE


North American



2018 New Museum Triennnial : Songs for Sabotage

Brazilian, Haitian, Mexican, Peruvian, Portuguese, & Spanish contemporary artists.
New Museum
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
February 13 – May 27, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Mexico warms up for the World Cup in an exhibition with Wales

World #17
Mexico vs Wales
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Sunday, May 27, 2018

New York Mets vs Miami Marlins at Citi Field ~ New York Latin Culture Mag

Citi Field Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens
MARCH – SEPTEMBER
Mets vs Chicago Cubs
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

September 15 – October 15

Hispanic Day Parade 2017

Fifth Avenue
44th to 69th Street
Midtown / Upper East Side
Sunday, October, 8, 2017

Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed

Central American artifacts
National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green
Financial District
EXTENDED
Through October 2018
FREE


European



Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

France warms up for the World Cup in a friendly with Republic of Ireland

World #9
France vs Republic of Ireland
Stade de France in Paris, France
Monday, May 28, 2018

François Morellet a systematic French approach to geometrical abstraction

Dia:Beacon upstate
Dia:Chelsea
535 West 22nd St
Chelsea, Manhattan
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – June 2, 2018

NYCFC vs Orlando City Major League Soccer Yankee Stadium Third Rail

Yankee Stadium
Concourse, The Bronx
MARCH – OCTOBER
NYC vs Orlando City
Yankee Stadium, The Bronx
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

‘Othello’ Free Shakespeare in the Park by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

The great Puerto Rican – African – American director tells the story of the Moor of Venice.
Delacorte Theater
Central Park, Manhattan
May 29 – June 24, 2018

St. Patrick’s Cathedral ~ National Puerto Rican Day Parade Mass

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Fifth Ave between 50th/51st St
Midtown East, Manhattan
Spanish mass, Sundays
PUERTO RICAN PARADE MASS
Sunday, June 3, 2018

‘A Bronx Tale’ is an Italian musical with a Colombian choreographer

Longacre Theatre
220 West 48th St
between Seventh & Eighth Ave
Times Square / Theater District
Tuesday-Sunday
THROUGH June 24, 2018

‘Disobedience’ by Oscar-winning, Chilean director Sebastián Lelio

The latest by the Academy Award-winning Argentine – Chilean director of ‘A Fantastic Woman’ and ‘Gloria.’
OPENED April 27, 2018
NOW PLAYING
Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens
Friday – Thursday
May 23 – 31, 2018

Museum Mile Festival 2018 is an Upper East Side open house street party

Second Tuesday in June
Fifth Avenue
From 82nd – 105th Street
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

‘A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection’ at Hauser & Wirth

This Brazilian collection is a like a good museum of modern, post-war and contemporary art.
MUST SEE
Hauser & Wirth
Chelsea, Manhattan
Tuesday – Saturday
April 26 – July 27, 2018

Rosh Hashanah 2018 starts the Jewish Year 5779 ~ L’shanah tovah

L’shanah tovah
Wednesday-Friday
September 9 – 11, 2018

2018 New Museum Triennnial : Songs for Sabotage

Brazilian, Haitian, Mexican, Peruvian, Portuguese, & Spanish contemporary artists.
New Museum
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
February 13 – May 27, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Portugal warms up for the World Cup in a friendly with Tunisia

World #3,
Portugal vs Tunisia
Monday, May 28, 2018

FIFA Ranking

May 17, 2018: Top 10 are unchanged with Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, France, Spain & Chile.
Next update
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

FIFA Ranking

May 17, 2018: Top 10 are unchanged with Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, France, Spain & Chile.
Next update
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Museum Mile Festival 2018 is an Upper East Side open house street party

Second Tuesday in June
Fifth Avenue
From 82nd – 105th Street
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

World Ballet Day 2017 behind the scenes with the world’s great ballet companies

Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, & San Francisco Ballet
www.worldballetday.com
October 5, 2017

Veterans Day Weekend

Friday – Sunday
November 9 – 11, 2018

Celebrate International Romani Day

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

Ballet Hispánico is America’s leading Latino dance company

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

Dorantes Flamenco meets Jazz at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Flamenco Festival
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Lincoln Square, Manhattan
Thursday – Saturday
March 22 – 24, 2018

2018 New Museum Triennnial : Songs for Sabotage

Brazilian, Haitian, Mexican, Peruvian, Portuguese, & Spanish contemporary artists.
New Museum
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
February 13 – May 27, 2018

Celebrate French & Dominican Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in May
Sunday, May 27, 2018

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

300 shows a year from 15 plays selected from repertory including world premiere productions. In Spanish with English titles.
Kips Bay, Manhattan

NEW PRODUCTION
Cuban drama ‘Exquisita Agonía’

Tuesday – Sunday
May 25 – 27, 2018

Bryant Park Dance Party ~ Colombian Cumbia & Vallenato Gregorio Uribe

Bryant Park
Midtown, Manhattan
Wednesdays
MAY 2 – JUNE 8
Colombian Cumbia & Vallenato
Gregorio Uribe
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
FREE

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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