November 2017 Latin Culture

November brings the Day of the Dead, Latin American art auctions and preparations for Christmas, the world’s most popular Latin holiday.

November Highlights

Register to Vote

Mail or In-Person Registration ends Friday, August 18, 2017

Latin Grammys for music in Spanish or Portuguese

November 16, 2017

Sotheby’s November Latin American Modern Art auction

1334 York Ave
Upper East Side
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Day of the Dead ~ Dia de los Muertos

Aztec Mexican tradition updated
November 2

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Lighting ceremony Wednesday,
November 29, 2017
Lit through January 7, 2018

Christie’s November Latin American Art auction

Christie’s auctions Latin American Art in May and November.

Bergdorf Goodman

New York City’s most luxurious department store carries the world’s top designer collections including many Latin designers. Bergdorf’s holiday windows are up November 15, 2016.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Fall 2016 at New York City Center

World’s leading modern dance company
New York City Center
131 W 55th St, Midtown
November 30 – December 31, 2016

November Calendar

Wednesday, November 1

Celebrate the Christian holiday All Saint’s Day.

Celebrate the birthday of Colombian Salsa legend Joe Arroyo in Cartagena, Colombia in 1955.

Thursday, November 2

Celebrate the Christian holiday All Soul’s Day, or the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos).

Friday, November 3

Celebrate Panamanian independence from Colombia in 1903.

Josef Albers in Latin America, an exhibition of the artist’s travels in Latin America from 1935-1967, opens at the Guggenheim Museum in the Upper East Side. Through February 18, 2018.

All-star ensemble Nuevo Jazz Latino plays The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center Friday and Saturday, November 3-4, 2017. That’s pianist Elio Villafranca, saxophonist Yosvany Terry, drummer and MacArthur Award-winner Dafnis Prieto, and genius conguero-vocalist Pedrito Martinez – plus two native New Yorkers: trumpet powerhouse Mike Rodriguez and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist, composer, arranger, and educator Carlos Henriquez. Wow!

Saturday, November 4

Get ready for the presidential election in 2020.

Sunday, November 5

Daylight Savings Time ends so set your clocks back one hour.

Monday, November 6

U.S. Midterm elections will be November 6, 2018. It’s the first real chance to stop the madness in Washington. Your vote matters.

Tuesday, November 7

VOTE! New Jersey and Virginia have elect governors. New Jersey elects both houses of its legislature. Virginia elects its lower house.

Thursday, November 9

The New York Philharmonic performs “Bernstein and Don Quixote” at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm.

Rene Fortunato’s Dominican movie Patricia El Regreso del Sueño (2017) has its New York premiere at Symphony Space in the Upper West Side at 7:30pm. $20

Watch Russia vs Argentina an international friendly soccer exhibition.

Friday, November 10

Lord & Taylor revealed its holiday windows on November 10, 2016.

La Salsa Vive brings Salsa superstars Oscar D’León, La India, Tito Nieves, Andy Montanez, Richie Ray, Bobby Cruz, Isidro Infante and Ismael Miranda to Madison Square Garden at 8pm.

Saturday, November 11

The Salon Art + Design Show at the Park Avenue Armory was November 11-14, 2016.

Colombian Salsa legends Grupo Niche and Cuban-American singer Willy Chirino play New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark at 8pm.

The New York Philharmonic performs “Bernstein and Don Quixote” at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center at 8pm.

Monday, November 13

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer opens at the Met Fifth Avenue. Through February 12, 2018.

Tuesday, November 14

Tiffany’s revealed its holiday windows November 14, 2016.

Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale was November 14, 2016.

The New York Philharmonic performs “Bernstein and Don Quixote” at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, November 15

Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale was Nov 15, 2016 at 10am.

Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel revealed their holiday windows in 2016.

The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular opened in 2016.

Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale was Nov 15, 2016 at 7pm.

Thursday, November 16

Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Morning Sale was Nov 16, 2016 at 9:30am.

Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Afternoon Sale was Nov 16, 2016 at 2pm.

Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale was Nov 16, 2016 at 7pm.

Friday, November 17

Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale was Nov 17, 2016 at 10am.

Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper Sale was Nov 17, 2016 at 2pm.

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction was Nov 17, 2016 at 7pm.

The Latin Grammys were Nov 17, 2016 at 8pm on Univision, 7pm red carpet.

Saturday, November 18

Watch the Madrid Derby, Atlético Madrid vs Real Madrid, with Peña Oficial Atlético de Madrid en New York at the Football Factory in Chelsea or Peña Madridista NYC at Playwright Irish Pub in Lower Midtown.

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction was November 18, 2016 at 10am.

Barneys and Macy’s opened their holiday windows on November 18, 2016.

Tuesday, November 21

Bloomingdale’s revealed its holiday windows in 2016.

Wednesday, November 22

Celebrate the Feast of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians.

Sotheby’s European Art auction was Nov 22, 2016 at 10am.

Phillips Latin America auction was Nov 22, 2016 at 11am.

Christie’s Latin American Art evening sale  was November 22, 2016.

Sotheby’s Latin America: Modern Art auction was November 22, 2016.

Thursday, November 23

Celebrate Thanksgiving!

Sotheby’s Latin America: Contemporary Art auction was Nov 23, 2016 at 10am.

Christie’s Latin American Art day sale was Nov 23, 2016 at 12 noon.

Friday, November 24

Celebrate Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. Be safe.

New York City Ballet opens George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. Through December 31.

Saturday, November 25

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women marks the murder of the Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic in 1960.

Sunday, November 26

Celebrate the birthday of early Tango bandleader Francisco Canaro in San José de Mayo, Uruguay in 1888.

Monday, November 27

Celebrate Cyber Monday and buy something online.

Amazonas 2017, an annual series of Latin American classical music featuring Colombian classical guitarist Nilko Andreas is at Carnegie Hall at 7pm.

Tuesday, November 28

Celebrate Panamanian independence from Spain in 1821.

Grammy nominations are announced November 28, 2017.

Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square holiday festival opened Nov 28, 2016 from 5:30-8:30pm

Wednesday, November 29

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time with performances from 7-9pm. Through January 7, 2018

Thursday, November 30

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater opened its Fall season at New York City Center November 30, 2016.

Latin things to do in NYC December 2017

Atlético Madrid Peña Oficial Atlético de Madrid en New York

Football Factory at Legends
La Liga Season Opener
Girona vs Atlético Madrid
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Nilko Andreas and LaMar NYC world-Classical guitar and sweaty Rumba Flamenco Pop

Classical music from South America
Amazonas 2017
Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Ave
Midtown, Manhattan
Monday, November 27, 2017

New York Philharmonic transitions from Gilbert to Van Zweden

Season Premiere Film Concert
Star Wars: A New Hope
Friday, September 15, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
David Geffen Hall
Lincoln Center

Ismael Miranda “El Niño Bonito de la Salsa” is a FANIA All-Star legend

La Salsa Vive
Madison Square Garden
November 10, 2017

Grupo Niche is for Cali Pachangueros

Colombian Salsa legends
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, NJ
November 11, 2017

Pedrito Martinez is the world’s first-call Cuban rumbero

With Nuevo Jazz Latino
Jazz at Lincoln Center
November 3-4, 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

Django Reinhardt NY Festival keeps the Gypsy Jazz legend alive

July and November
315 West 44th St
Hell’s Kitchen
July 4-9, 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

A Bronx Tale is an Italian musical with a Colombian choreographer

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

NKAME a retrospective of Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón is pure Cuban soul

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
East Harlem (El Barrio)
June 13 – November 5, 2017

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer

Italian Renaissance
Met Fifth Avenue
1000 5th Ave, Upper East Side
November 13, 2017 – February 12, 2018

Christie’s is the world’s leading art business

Latin American Art auctions in May and November are pillars of NYC’s Latin art scene


This 122-foot-long dinosaur skeleton from Patagonia, Argentina is so big, the head pokes through the door of the hall. American Museum of Natural History through Jan 1, 2020

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

Met Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

The Christmas Tree and Nativity made with Neapolitan Baroque Crèche is a New York City holiday tradition. It’s at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Nov 22, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017

Christmas in New York City

November and December is a time of glittering windows, Rockettes, Christmas trees, lights, parades, masses, and shopping, lots of shopping.

New York City Ballet George Balanchine The Nutcracker

David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
On Sale September, 2017
November 24 – December 31, 2017

Latin things to do in NYC December 2017


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