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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 Harlem Stage

HARLEM Fri Mar 22; KIPS BAY Sat, Mar 23, 2019; Colombian off-broadway play in spanish ~ Jorge Alí Triana’s adaptation of the classic Gabriel García Márquez story about how history repeats itself

Ballet Hispánico gets up close and personal at The Joyce

CHELSEA; Tue-Sun, Mar 26-31, 2019; America’s leading Latino dance organization ~ Classic Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (Colombian) with Edwaard Liang (Chinese) & Bennyroyce Royon (Filipino) premieres

‘Birds of Passage’ an epic Colombian movie at Film Forum

HUDSON SQUARE; opened Feb 14, 2019; Indigenous Colombian movie ~ This epic ‘Godfather’-like crime drama made the 2019 Oscars shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film

“I am Latino” Saul Garcia at Repertorio Español

KIPS BAY; Sat-Sun Apr 6-7, Sat-Mon May 25-27, 2019, Colombian Off-Broadway standup comedy 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.

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

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 15 ~ A national celebration of our communal heritage and the contributions of Hispanic-Americans

La Novena de Navidad

NINE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, December 16-24 ~ This prayer cycle is a time to share holiday traditions with our children
#COLOMBIAN #ECUADORIAN #CHRISTMAS

Carnival, Carnaval, Carnevale

EPIPHANY to FAT TUESDAY (MARDI GRAS); Mon, Jan 6 to Tue, Feb 25, 2020, Catholic winter festival ~ This reversal festival is rooted in the seasonal norms of European agrarian society that spread around the world in colonial times

Puerto Rico Emancipation Day

PUERTO RICO; Mar 22, 1873 (Fri in 2019); Puerto Rican holiday celebration ~ The day Puerto Rican slaves were officially freed by the Spanish Parliament

Uptown Nights Curtis Brothers & Circa ’95 at Harlem Stage

HARLEM; Sat, Mar 23, 2019; African, Creole, Puerto Rican, Dominican Brazilian jazz hip-hop samba live music ~ The Curtis Brothers map the rhythms of the slave trade. Circa ’95 raps in Spanglish about what happened once we landed in El Barrio. For the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) and Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: the Making of America festival. ¡WEPA!

Socrates Annual Farewell Fête at Socrates Sculpture Park

ASTORIA, QUEENS; daily, Oct 7, 2018 to Mar 24, 2019; Dominican French Peruvian Puerto Rican sculpture ~ Annual outdoor sculpture show in the NYC park ends with a Farewell Fête. FREE

‘La Canción’ Puerto Rican Hip-Hop Musical at Repertorio

KIPS BAY, Sun Mar 24, Wed Mar 27, 2019 ~ Puerto Rican hip-hop musical theatre in Spanish. Playwright Cándido Tirado’s story about a Bronx kid who wakes up with a song in his head. Original music by Reggaeton legend VICO C.

Uptown Nights Curtis Brothers & Circa ’95 at Harlem Stage

HARLEM; Sat, Mar 23, 2019; African, Creole, Puerto Rican, Dominican Brazilian jazz hip-hop samba live music ~ The Curtis Brothers map the rhythms of the slave trade. Circa ’95 raps in Spanglish about what happened once we landed in El Barrio. For the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) and Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: the Making of America festival. ¡WEPA!

Forro in the Dark Brazilian Forro at Nublu

EAST VILLAGE, Weds, Live Brazilian forro music ~ Very danceable Brazilian party.

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

Brazilian Independence Day ~ Sete de Setembro

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL, SEPTEMBER 7, 1821 (2019, Sat) ~ Listening to his wife, Dom Pedro I declared independence from the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves.
#BRAZILIAN #INDEPENDENCEDAY

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

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

Ballet Hispánico gets up close and personal at The Joyce

CHELSEA; Tue-Sun, Mar 26-31, 2019; America’s leading Latino dance organization ~ Classic Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (Colombian) with Edwaard Liang (Chinese) & Bennyroyce Royon (Filipino) premieres

‘La Celestina’ Spanish comedy at Repertorio Español

KIPS BAY; Sun Mar 31, 2019; Classic Spanish comic theatre based on the Fernando de Rojas masterpiece (1499), adapted by Cuban New York playwright Leyma López

Black Friday opens the holiday shopping season

NOVEMBER 29, 2019 ~ Shopping for Chilean, Cuban, Dominican, French, Italian, Spanish or Venezuelan fashion

Socrates Annual Farewell Fête at Socrates Sculpture Park

ASTORIA, QUEENS; daily, Oct 7, 2018 to Mar 24, 2019; Dominican French Peruvian Puerto Rican sculpture ~ Annual outdoor sculpture show in the NYC park ends with a Farewell Fête. FREE

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

Peruvian Independence Day

LIMA PERU, JULY 28, 1821 (2019, Sun) Argentine revolutionary leader José San Martín declared Peruvian independence from Spain
#PERUVIAN #INDEPENDENCEDAY

Ballet Nepantla ‘Valentina’ Gala at 26 Bridge

DUMBO, BROOKLYN, Fri, Mar 22, 2019, Mexican contemporary ballet gala fundraiser ~ Support this young dance company who explores being “nepantla” (in-between) with grace and beauty

Queens World Film Festival 2019

ASTORIA, QUEENS; Mar 21-31, 2019; Film festival ~ Filipino, Jewish, Mexican, Romanian and many more movies.

Latin clubbing at La Boom

WOODSIDE, QUEENS; Latin night club dancing ~ Touring artists Fridays, Tropical dance party Saturdays, NYC’s big Mexican night Sundays

Mariachi Flor de Toloache Mexican Mariachi at Pregones

CONCOURSE, THE BRONX; Sat, Mar 30, 2019; Mexican mariachi women live music ~ 2017 Latin Grammy “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album”

Uptown Nights Curtis Brothers & Circa ’95 at Harlem Stage

HARLEM; Sat, Mar 23, 2019; African, Creole, Puerto Rican, Dominican Brazilian jazz hip-hop samba live music ~ The Curtis Brothers map the rhythms of the slave trade. Circa ’95 raps in Spanglish about what happened once we landed in El Barrio. For the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) and Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: the Making of America festival. ¡WEPA!

Socrates Annual Farewell Fête at Socrates Sculpture Park

ASTORIA, QUEENS; daily, Oct 7, 2018 to Mar 24, 2019; Dominican French Peruvian Puerto Rican sculpture ~ Annual outdoor sculpture show in the NYC park ends with a Farewell Fête. FREE

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

Nicky Jam to play United Palace

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS; Fri, May 10, 2019; Puerto Rican Dominican Colombian reggaeton ~ After three 2018 Latin Grammy nominations, Nicky brings his Intimo Tour uptown

Pedro Giraudo plays Argentine Tango at Barbès

PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN; Sat, Mar 23, 2019; Argentine tango live music ~ 2018 Latin Grammy “Best Tango Album”

Dance Argentine Tango at Tango La Nacional

CHELSEA, Thursdays, Argentine tango dancing ~ The most traditional milonga (tango party) is also the center of NYC’s tango community

Dance Argentine Tango at the All Night Milonga at Stepping Out

NOMAD; Sat, Mar 30, 2019; Argentine tango dancing ~ One of America’s biggest tango dance parties has great guest teachers and performers

Lucio Fontana ‘Spatial Environment’ (1968) at El Museo del Barrio

EAST HARLEM; Jan 24 – Apr 14, 2019; Argentine Italian post war art exhibition ~ El Museo reconstructs Fontana’s very last environment. See how his ideas influenced performance art and take a selfie