Latin American Cultural Week
Arts & Entertainment
by Mario Vergara, Remezcla.com contributor, 11/09/2010
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Hispanic Heritage Month is over, but non-profit group PAMAR continues to honor Latin culture in the City this November 10–17 with the fifth annual Latin American Cultural Week. Plays, art exhibitions and concerts abound throughout NYC—from the Pinta Art Fair to performances of literary classics at Reperterio Español. Here are a few events that you won't want to miss.
Pinta Art Fair
Over 50 select art galleries from the United States, Latin America and Europe join forces at Pier 92 to exhibit the best of Latin American modern and contemporary art in the Pinta Art Fair. Highlights include a discussion with Mexican visual artist Pablo Vargas Lugo, a tribute to Peruvian artist Fernando Bryce and displays from the likes of Cuban artist Gustavo Acosta and Brazilian sculptor Iole de Freitas. All work is for sale through their respective galleries and coincides with art auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's. For more info, visit pintaart.com.
The Sounds of Spain: Mar Sala and Dientes de Caramelo
November 12 at 8pm
Mar Sala and Dientes de Caramelo, two Brooklyn-based bands whose members hail from Spain, play Astoria, Queens’ Centro Español. Mar Sala's sound ranges from Brazilian bossa nova (à la Maysa Matarazzo) to Cuban son, while Dientes de Caramelo mix modern indie rock (think Minus the Bear) with acoustic guitars and flamenco vocals. And, of course, both showcase contemporary musical influences from their native Spain—which makes this show perfect for fans of electronica. For more info, visit Remezcla.com.
Nuevo Latino: Una Fiesta de Música
November 12 at 8pm
Nuevo Latino is a contemporary rock showcase of three Spanish-language, NYC-based bands at
Gabriel García Márquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold
November 13 at 3pm; November 16 at 11am
Nearly everyone with a general knowledge of literature has heard of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez, but for most people, their knowledge of his work is limited to One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. One of the Colombian novelist's often-overlooked works, Chronicle of a Death Foretold (or Crónica de una muerte anunciada), tells the story of Santiago Nasar, who is murdered by two brothers who wrongfully believe him to be the man who has taken their sister's virginity. Adapted for the stage, the folks at Repertorio Español bring this gripping tale to life. For more info, visit repertorio.org.
World Music Institute presents ¡Flamenco Festival Gitano!
November 13 at 8pm
Sevilla native Pepe Torres, grandson of legendary singer Joselero de Morón and nephew of guitarists Diego de Morón and Diego del Gastor, is renowned for his superb dance skills. The ¡Flamenco Festival Gitano! celebrates Torres' famous family by presenting a night of unforgettable flamenco footwork set to the music of his ensemble, Son de la Frontera. The event takes place at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. For more info, visit worldmusicinstitute.org.
Jorge Amado’s Doña Flor and Her Two Husbands
November 13 at 8pm; November 14 at 2:30pm
When Doña Flor's husband, the frivolous and carefree (but great lover) Vadinho, passes away, she remarries the respectable (but boring) Teodoro. When Vadinho's ghost returns to see his wife, she finds happiness living with both men. Originally a novel by Jorge Amado (Doña Flor y sus dos maridos), then adapted into a very successful Brazilian film (perhaps due to copious scenes involving nudity), an internationally broadcast novela and now a play, this classic story set in ‘40s Bahia, Brazil is told in Spanish with English translations at Repertorio Español. For more info, visit repertorio.org.
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