Caribbean


Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train is a timely dark comedy of faith and redemption

Signature Theatre Company
480 West 42nd St
Hell’s Kitchen / Midtown
Tuesday – Sunday
October 3-November 12, 2017

Cuba Caliente is the Gerardo Contino Cuban Salsa dance party

Delilah, Lower East Side
Friday, October 13, 2017
The Woods
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Celia Cruz is the Queen of Salsa and Latin music ¡Azúcar!

Celia Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba on October 21, 1925

Dizzy Gillespie is one of the fathers of Bebop, Modern Jazz, and Latin Jazz

John Birks Gillespie was born in Cheraw, South Carolina on October 21, 1917

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train is a timely dark comedy of faith and redemption

Signature Theatre Company
480 West 42nd St
Hell’s Kitchen / Midtown
Tuesday – Sunday
October 3-November 12, 2017

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

138 East 27th St
Kips Bay, Manhattan

Mexican-American drama
‘Blind Spot’
Friday, October 20, 2017

Argentine comedy ‘La Fiaca’
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 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

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train is a timely dark comedy of faith and redemption

Signature Theatre Company
480 West 42nd St
Hell’s Kitchen / Midtown
Tuesday – Sunday
October 3-November 12, 2017

‘Oedipus El Rey’ gets its New York Premiere at the Public Theater

Public Theater
425 Lafayette St
East Village
Tuesday – Sunday
October 3 – November 19, 2017

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

138 East 27th St
Kips Bay, Manhattan

Mexican-American drama
‘Blind Spot’
Friday, October 20, 2017

Argentine comedy ‘La Fiaca’
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017

El Museo del Barrio Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos Celebration

1230 Fifth Avenue
between 104th & 105th St
East Harlem
Wednesday – Sunday
Day of the Dead Celebration
Saturday, October 21, 2017


South American



Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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Chimichurri Grill is NYC’s most elegant Argentine restaurant

Homemade empanadas, meats, pastas and desserts
133 East 61st Street
Upper East Side

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train is a timely dark comedy of faith and redemption

Signature Theatre Company
480 West 42nd St
Hell’s Kitchen / Midtown
Tuesday – Sunday
October 3-November 12, 2017

American Ballet Theatre Fall 2017

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Tuesday – Sunday
October 18 – 29, 2017

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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Lincoln Center White Light Festival 2017 explores the art of spirituality

Lincoln Center and venues across Manhattan
October 18 – November 15, 2017

Eliane Elias from Bill Evans to Brazil

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Rose Theater
Broadway at 60th Street
Lincoln Square
Friday – Saturday
November 3 – 4, 2017

Bruno Miguel ‘Seduction and Reason’ from a Brazilian point of view

Sapar Contemporary
Tribeca, Manhattan
September 29 – November 5, 2017

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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Bergdorf Goodman is NYC’s most luxurious department store

Fifth and 58th
Midtown, Manhattan
Holiday Windows
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
through January 1, 2018

Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico in the World Cup, USA no

October 2015 – November 2017
Qualified
South America: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia
North America: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama
Europe: France, Portugal, Spain
Playoffs: Peru, Honduras, Italy
Qualifiers end Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Latin Grammys 2017 for music in Spanish or Portuguese

MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
Thursday, November 16, 2017

ColombiaFest Cultural Trade Fair

Penn Plaza Pavilion
401 Seventh Ave
(at 33rd St)
Chelsea, Manhattan
Saturday – Sunday
October 21 – 22, 2017

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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Lincoln Center White Light Festival 2017 explores the art of spirituality

Lincoln Center and venues across Manhattan
October 18 – November 15, 2017

John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons moves to Broadway’s Studio 54

Studio 54
254 West 54th Street
near Eighth Ave
Midtown, Manhattan
Previews Thursday, October 19, 2017
Opens Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Closes Sunday, February 4, 2018

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico in the World Cup, USA no

October 2015 – November 2017
Qualified
South America: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia
North America: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama
Europe: France, Portugal, Spain
Playoffs: Peru, Honduras, Italy
Qualifiers end Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Carnival is a Global Latin Party that ends on Mardi Gras

Septuagesima, Sunday, January 28, 2018
Venice Carnival, January 27 – February 13, 2018
Rio Carnival, February 9-14, 2018
Barranquilla Carnival, February 10-13, 2018
Mardi Gras, February 27, 2018

Socrates Annual 2017 has work by Ecuadorian New Yorker Ronny Quevedo

Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, Queens
October 1, 2017 – March 11, 2018

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico in the World Cup, USA no

October 2015 – November 2017
Qualified
South America: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia
North America: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama
Europe: France, Portugal, Spain
Playoffs: Peru, Honduras, Italy
Qualifiers end Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Carnival is a Global Latin Party that ends on Mardi Gras

Septuagesima, Sunday, January 28, 2018
Venice Carnival, January 27 – February 13, 2018
Rio Carnival, February 9-14, 2018
Barranquilla Carnival, February 10-13, 2018
Mardi Gras, February 27, 2018

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

Celebrate Spring or Worker’s Day on May 1


North American



Calpulli ‘Día de los Muertos’ celebrates Day of the Dead at The Town Hall

Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Queens Theatre, Queens
Sunday, October 29, 2017
The Town Hall, Manhattan
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train is a timely dark comedy of faith and redemption

Signature Theatre Company
480 West 42nd St
Hell’s Kitchen / Midtown
Tuesday – Sunday
October 3-November 12, 2017

‘Oedipus El Rey’ gets its New York Premiere at the Public Theater

Public Theater
425 Lafayette St
East Village
Tuesday – Sunday
October 3 – November 19, 2017

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed

Central American artifacts
National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green
Financial District
Through December 2017

Carnival is a Global Latin Party that ends on Mardi Gras

Septuagesima, Sunday, January 28, 2018
Venice Carnival, January 27 – February 13, 2018
Rio Carnival, February 9-14, 2018
Barranquilla Carnival, February 10-13, 2018
Mardi Gras, February 27, 2018

UN General Assembly 72

UN Headquarters
Midtown East
General Assembly opens Tuesday, September 12, 2017
General Debate runs through Monday, September 25, 2017


European



Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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M. Butterfly is the perfect woman, but perfection isn’t always what it seems

Cort Theatre
138 West 48th St, Theater District
Previews October 7, 2017
Opening October 26, 2017
Open-ended run
Tuesday – Sunday

American Ballet Theatre Fall 2017

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Tuesday – Sunday
October 18 – 29, 2017

‘The Paris Opera (L’Opéra)’ backstage with the world’s best opera ballet

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Francesca Beale Theater or
Howard Gilman Theater
Thursday – Thursday
October 19 – 26, 2017

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

Watch the trailers of Catalan, French, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish-language entries

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train is a timely dark comedy of faith and redemption

Signature Theatre Company
480 West 42nd St
Hell’s Kitchen / Midtown
Tuesday – Sunday
October 3-November 12, 2017

American Ballet Theatre Fall 2017

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Tuesday – Sunday
October 18 – 29, 2017

Lincoln Center White Light Festival 2017 explores the art of spirituality

Lincoln Center and venues across Manhattan
October 18 – November 15, 2017

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

Watch the trailers of Catalan, French, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish-language entries

Cornell Tech is New York City’s technology incubator

2 West Loop Rd
Roosevelt Island

Les Contes d’Hoffmann is French comic opera at the Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera House Lincoln Center
September – October 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017

New York Jewish Film Festival 2018

Film Society of Lincoln Center
January 10-23, 2018

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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UEFA Champions League 2017 – 2018 is the top club soccer league

September – May
Group Stage Match Day 4 of 6
Tuesday – Wednesday
October 31 – November 1, 2017

Real Madrid Peña Madridista NYC Tottenham Hotspur vs Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League
Peña Madridista NYC
Playwright Irish Pub
27 West 35th St, Chelsea
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fernanda Fragateiro ‘a voice (not)’ sculptural and architectural interventions

Josée Bienvenu Gallery
529 West 20th St, Chelsea
September 7 – November 4, 2017

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

Watch the trailers of Catalan, French, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish-language entries

Lincoln Center White Light Festival 2017 explores the art of spirituality

Lincoln Center and venues across Manhattan
October 18 – November 15, 2017

Nilko Andreas world-Classical guitar and sweaty Rumba Flamenco Pop

LaMarNYC
Raymi
43 West 24th St, Flatiron District
Friday, October 20, 2017

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

138 East 27th St
Kips Bay, Manhattan

Mexican-American drama
‘Blind Spot’
Friday, October 20, 2017

Argentine comedy ‘La Fiaca’
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017

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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