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Bergdorf Goodman reveals its holiday windows

Fifth and 58th
Midtown, Manhattan
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Christie’s Fall 2017 Latin American Art auction

20 Rockefeller Plaza
49th St between 5th & 6th Ave
Rockefeller Center
Midtown, Manhattan
ONLINE
Monday, November 13, 2017
EXHIBITION
Saturday, November 18, 2017
AUCTION
Tuesday – Wednesday
November 21 – 22, 2017

Sotheby’s Latin American Modern Art Auction Fall 2017

Sotheby’s 1334 York Ave
between 71st & 72nd St
Upper East Side, Manhattan
EXHIBITION
Saturday, November 18, 2017
AUCTION
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Phillips Latin American Art Auction Fall 2017

Phillips
450 Park Ave at 57th St
Midtown East, Manhattan
EXHIBITION
Saturday, November 18 – 21
AUCTION
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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

Bergdorf Goodman reveals its holiday windows

Fifth and 58th
Midtown, Manhattan
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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

138 East 27th St
near Lexington
Kips Bay, Manhattan

Dominican drama ‘En el Nombre de Salomé’
Puerto Rican comedy ‘La Gringa’
Spanish drama ‘La Casa de Bernarda Alba’
Spanish Golden Age comedy ‘Valor, Agravio y Mujer’
Argentine comedy ‘La Fiaca’
Brazilian comedy Doña Flor y Sus Dos Maridos
Tuesday – Sunday
December 12 – 17, 2017

Three Kings Day (Dia de Los Reyes) is the Hispanic Christmas

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Joseph Rodriguez, photographer of ‘Spanish Harlem : El Barrio in the ’80s’

EXHIBITION
Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Ave
Melrose, The Bronx
Thursday – Sunday
November 11 – December 23, 2017
BOOK LAUNCH
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue & 103rd St
East Harlem, Manhattan
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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

New York Puerto Rican writer
Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 W 46th St, Times Square
Tuesday-Sunday 2017

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

138 East 27th St
near Lexington
Kips Bay, Manhattan

Dominican drama ‘En el Nombre de Salomé’
Puerto Rican comedy ‘La Gringa’
Spanish drama ‘La Casa de Bernarda Alba’
Spanish Golden Age comedy ‘Valor, Agravio y Mujer’
Argentine comedy ‘La Fiaca’
Brazilian comedy Doña Flor y Sus Dos Maridos
Tuesday – Sunday
December 12 – 17, 2017

‘The Immigrants’ at Howard Greenberg Gallery

Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 East 57th St, Suite 1406
at Madison Avenue, Midtown East
Thursday, December 14, 2017 – January 27, 2018


South American



Chimichurri Grill is NYC’s most elegant Argentine restaurant

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

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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

Phillips Latin American Art Auction Fall 2017

Phillips
450 Park Ave at 57th St
Midtown East, Manhattan
EXHIBITION
Saturday, November 18 – 21
AUCTION
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Carlos Copello and Victoria Gallotto

Tango La Nacional
La Nacional
239 West 14th St
between Seventh & Eighth Ave
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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

Bergdorf Goodman reveals its holiday windows

Fifth and 58th
Midtown, Manhattan
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sotheby’s Latin American Modern Art Auction Fall 2017

Sotheby’s 1334 York Ave
between 71st & 72nd St
Upper East Side, Manhattan
EXHIBITION
Saturday, November 18, 2017
AUCTION
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

45th International Emmy Awards 2017 honor international and non-English TV

New York Hilton Midtown
Monday, November 20, 2017

75th Golden Globes (2018) Latin Nominees ‘The Shape of Water’ and more

Beverly Hilton
Beverly Hills, California
NBC
Sunday, January 7, 2018

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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

Bergdorf Goodman reveals its holiday windows

Fifth and 58th
Midtown, Manhattan
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Christie’s Fall 2017 Latin American Art auction

20 Rockefeller Plaza
49th St between 5th & 6th Ave
Rockefeller Center
Midtown, Manhattan
ONLINE
Monday, November 13, 2017
EXHIBITION
Saturday, November 18, 2017
AUCTION
Tuesday – Wednesday
November 21 – 22, 2017

John Leguizamo teaches ‘Latin History for Morons’

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

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

Longacre Theatre
220 West 48th St
Times Square Broadway
Tuesday-Sunday, June 2017

Mariajose Ortiz Calpulli ‘Día de los Muertos’ Backstage

The Town Hall
Midtown, Manhattan
Sunday, 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

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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

La Novena de Navidad is a Colombian – Ecuadorian Christmas Prayer

Saturday – Sunday
December 16 – 24, 2017

Three Kings Day (Dia de Los Reyes) is the Hispanic Christmas

Saturday, January 6, 2018

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

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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

Phillips Latin American Art Auction Fall 2017

Phillips
450 Park Ave at 57th St
Midtown East, Manhattan
EXHIBITION
Saturday, November 18 – 21
AUCTION
Tuesday, November 21, 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

Josef Albers in Mexico makes Aztec, Maya, and Inca art contemporary

Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
between 88th & 89th St
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Friday, November 3, 2017 – February 18, 2018


North American



75th Golden Globes (2018) Latin Nominees ‘The Shape of Water’ and more

Beverly Hilton
Beverly Hills, California
NBC
Sunday, January 7, 2018

Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show in Broadway history

Majestic Theatre
247 West 44th St
between Seventh & Eighth Ave
Manhattan’s Theater District
30th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, January 24, 2017

Mariajose Ortiz Calpulli ‘Día de los Muertos’ Backstage

The Town Hall
Midtown, Manhattan
Sunday, 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

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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

Three Kings Day (Dia de Los Reyes) is the Hispanic Christmas

Saturday, January 6, 2018

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



75th Golden Globes (2018) Latin Nominees ‘The Shape of Water’ and more

Beverly Hilton
Beverly Hills, California
NBC
Sunday, January 7, 2018

‘The Parisian Woman’ stars Uma Thurman hustling power in Washington

Hudson Theatre
145 West 44th St
Times Square – Theater District
between Sixth & Seventh Ave
Previews
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Opening
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Closing
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Usually dark Mondays

‘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

Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show in Broadway history

Majestic Theatre
247 West 44th St
between Seventh & Eighth Ave
Manhattan’s Theater District
30th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, January 24, 2017

75th Golden Globes (2018) Latin Nominees ‘The Shape of Water’ and more

Beverly Hilton
Beverly Hills, California
NBC
Sunday, January 7, 2018

‘Farinelli and the King’ is a comic play about a Spanish king’s Italian castrato

Belasco Theatre
111 West 44th St
between Sixth & Seventh Ave
Midtown, Manhattan
PREVIEWS
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
OPENS
Sunday, December 17, 2017
CLOSES
Sunday, March 25, 2018

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

Longacre Theatre
220 West 48th St
Times Square Broadway
Tuesday-Sunday, June 2017

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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

75th Golden Globes (2018) Latin Nominees ‘The Shape of Water’ and more

Beverly Hilton
Beverly Hills, California
NBC
Sunday, January 7, 2018

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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

Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights

Tuesday night
December 12 – Wednesday, December 20, 2017
LIGHTING CEREMONIES
Grand Army Plaza
Manhattan & Brooklyn

‘The Immigrants’ at Howard Greenberg Gallery

Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 East 57th St, Suite 1406
at Madison Avenue, Midtown East
Thursday, December 14, 2017 – January 27, 2018

75th Golden Globes (2018) Latin Nominees ‘The Shape of Water’ and more

Beverly Hilton
Beverly Hills, California
NBC
Sunday, January 7, 2018

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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

Art Basel Miami Beach in December is America’s big art fair

Miami Beach, Florida
Wednesday – Sunday
December 6 – 10, 2017

‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ (Marriage of Figaro) is a day in a Spanish house

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
December – January
Friday, December 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

Phillips Latin American Art Auction Fall 2017

Phillips
450 Park Ave at 57th St
Midtown East, Manhattan
EXHIBITION
Saturday, November 18 – 21
AUCTION
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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

Celebrate Spring or Worker’s Day on May 1

The Museum Mile Festival is an open house into the diversity of New York City

Fifth Avenue
82nd Street to 105th Street
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

‘Farinelli and the King’ is a comic play about a Spanish king’s Italian castrato

Belasco Theatre
111 West 44th St
between Sixth & Seventh Ave
Midtown, Manhattan
PREVIEWS
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
OPENS
Sunday, December 17, 2017
CLOSES
Sunday, March 25, 2018

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

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

Bergdorf Goodman reveals its holiday windows

Fifth and 58th
Midtown, Manhattan
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach in December is America’s big art fair

Miami Beach, Florida
Wednesday – Sunday
December 6 – 10, 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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