Latin

Latin is originally Italian and southern European. In the Americas we are Indigenous, European and African, the melting pot of humanity.

Indigenous + African

FrenchItalian + Jewish + Portuguese + Romani + RomanianSpanish

Cuban + Dominican + HaitianPuerto Rican

French-CanadianMexican

Costa Rican + Guatemalan + HonduranNicaraguan + Panamanian + Salvadoran

BrazilianColombian + Ecuadorian + Venezuelan

Argentine + Bolivian + Chilean + Paraguayan + Peruvian + Uruguayan


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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 the Latin world to Asia. The Portuguese connected Africa, South and SouthEast Asia. The Spanish and Portuguese Empires connected the Indigenous Americas and brought Africans to the Americas. Since the European discovery, the Americas have been the land of opportunity, slavery or escape. So we are all here.

At times for better and at times for worse, Roman Catholicism influenced it all, either directly or indirectly in direct opposition. That remains a profound influence on us, but today we are also Santería, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist, Athiest and every other idea under the sun. All seek to understand and explain the mystery of life. Life itself is the miracle that binds us all together.

New York Latin Culture Magazine sees the world through an Latin lens, but regardless of where you start, any honest examination of humanity leads to the same place. Africa is mother and we are all the same.

Our physical “differences” come from just one tenth of one percent of our DNA (0.1%). If you visualize all of humanity as your ten fingers, our physical difference is equal to about the white of one fingernail. Differences are an illusion promoted by religions and politicians in the pursuit of wealth and power.

So this is who we are, one people of the world with countless cultures. Knowing where we come from offers the freedom to be anything we can dream of. Whoever you are, and wherever your parents, grandparents or ancestors came from, Dios te bendiga (God Bless You) in whatever way that works for you.


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“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

Mateo López “Play” Colombian art at Casey Kaplan

CHELSEA, Tue-Sat, Jan 11-Feb 16, 2019 ~ Sculpture, paper and film exploring play as a means of transformation
# colombian contemporary art exhibition

“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.
#COLOMBIAN #OFFBROADWAY #STANDUP #COMEDY #INSPANISH

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!
#CHRISTIAN #WINTER #FESTIVAL

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!
#CHRISTIAN #WINTER #FESTIVAL

Mother’s Day 2019

1st May Sun (2018: 5) Portugal, Romania & Spain
May 10: Mexico, Guatemala & El Salvador
2nd May Sun (2018: 12) U.S. & many countries
May 15: Paraguay
Last May Sun (2018: 26) Dominican Republic & France
May 27: Bolivia
May 30: Nicaragua
Aug 15: Costa Rica
3rd Oct Sun (2018: 20) Argentina
Dec 8: Panama

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

NOVEMBER 11, (Weekend, Fri-Mon, November 8-11, 2019) ~ Honors all who serve our country and commemorates the end of World War I
#HOLIDAY

‘Crown of the Andes,’ Colombian art at the Met Museum

UPPER EAST SIDE, Daily ~ The legendary Colombian religious icon from Popayán contains the Atahualpa Emerald which belonged to the last Inca emperor.
# colombian colonial art exhibition

5,000 years at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory

UPPER EAST SIDE, Opening night Thu, Jan 17, Show Jan 18-27, 2019, daily ~ African, French, Haitian, Italian, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Spanish antiques, art and design. The show benefits East Side House Settlement which provides educational programs to families in the South Bronx and Upper Manhattan.
# antiques fair bronx philanthropy

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

“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.

Forro in the Dark Brazilian Forro

NUBLU CLASSIC, EAST VILLAGE, Weds ~ Very danceable Brazilian party.
#BRAZILIAN #FORRO #LIVE MUSIC

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

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!
#CHRISTIAN #WINTER #FESTIVAL

Mother’s Day 2019

1st May Sun (2018: 5) Portugal, Romania & Spain
May 10: Mexico, Guatemala & El Salvador
2nd May Sun (2018: 12) U.S. & many countries
May 15: Paraguay
Last May Sun (2018: 26) Dominican Republic & France
May 27: Bolivia
May 30: Nicaragua
Aug 15: Costa Rica
3rd Oct Sun (2018: 20) Argentina
Dec 8: Panama

Elio Villafranca plays Mingus at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

BELMONT, THE BRONX, Sun, Jan 27, 2019 ~ The jazz composer of the African diaspora plays Charles Mingus with Mary Ann Sweeney & Bronx Arts Ensemble
# african cuban jazz live music

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

HELL’S KITCHEN, most Sundays ~ Multi-Grammy winners carry on the Sunday tradition started by Chico O’Farrill in 1997
# live cuban jazz

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

Pedrito Martinez Cuban Rumba at the Red Rooster

HARLEM, Thu, Jan 31, 2018 ~ The world’s best Cuban rumba party is in residency at the hottest joint in Harlem.
# cuban rumba live music

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!
#CHRISTIAN #WINTER #FESTIVAL

Socrates Annual at Socrates Sculpture Park

ASTORIA, QUEENS: Daily, Oct 7, 2018 to Mar 11, 2019 ~ Annual outdoor sculpture show in the NYC park founded by Italian-American abstract expressionist sculptor Mark di Suvero. FREE
# dominican french peruvian puerto rican outdoor sculpture

Verdi’s “La Traviata” Italian Opera

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE, LINCOLN CENTER, Fri, April 5, 2019 ~ Michael Mayer’s new production of Verdi’s beloved Italian opera. “Sempre libera degg’io” and “Addio, del passato.”
#ITALIAN #OPERA #LIVE MUSIC

Mother’s Day 2019

1st May Sun (2018: 5) Portugal, Romania & Spain
May 10: Mexico, Guatemala & El Salvador
2nd May Sun (2018: 12) U.S. & many countries
May 15: Paraguay
Last May Sun (2018: 26) Dominican Republic & France
May 27: Bolivia
May 30: Nicaragua
Aug 15: Costa Rica
3rd Oct Sun (2018: 20) Argentina
Dec 8: Panama

Latin clubbing at La Boom

WOODSIDE, QUEENS ~ Touring artists Fridays, Tropical dance party Saturdays, Mexican night Sundays.
# latin night club dancing

5,000 years at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory

UPPER EAST SIDE, Opening night Thu, Jan 17, Show Jan 18-27, 2019, daily ~ African, French, Haitian, Italian, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Spanish antiques, art and design. The show benefits East Side House Settlement which provides educational programs to families in the South Bronx and Upper Manhattan.
# antiques fair bronx philanthropy

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

Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” earns 10 Oscar nominations (Review)

WEST VILLAGE & NETFLIX, Nov, 21, 2018 ~ Best movie of the year in any language. See it in a theater so you can really hear it too.
OSCAR NOMINATIONS Best Picture, Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Foreign Film, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design
GOLDEN GLOBES Best Foreign Film, Director
CRITICS CIRCLE Best Film, Director, Cinematographer
VENICE Golden Lion
# mexican movies netflix tv in spanish

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!
#CHRISTIAN #WINTER #FESTIVAL

Socrates Annual at Socrates Sculpture Park

ASTORIA, QUEENS: Daily, Oct 7, 2018 to Mar 11, 2019 ~ Annual outdoor sculpture show in the NYC park founded by Italian-American abstract expressionist sculptor Mark di Suvero. FREE
# dominican french peruvian puerto rican outdoor sculpture

Mother’s Day 2019

1st May Sun (2018: 5) Portugal, Romania & Spain
May 10: Mexico, Guatemala & El Salvador
2nd May Sun (2018: 12) U.S. & many countries
May 15: Paraguay
Last May Sun (2018: 26) Dominican Republic & France
May 27: Bolivia
May 30: Nicaragua
Aug 15: Costa Rica
3rd Oct Sun (2018: 20) Argentina
Dec 8: Panama

Veterans Day Weekend 2019

NOVEMBER 11, (Weekend, Fri-Mon, November 8-11, 2019) ~ Honors all who serve our country and commemorates the end of World War I
#HOLIDAY

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

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

Isabel Leonard stars in Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” at the Met

LINCOLN CENTER, Fri, Jan 25; Thu, Jan 31 ~ Debussy’s only French opera is a slice of tragedy.
# french opera argentine star

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