Category: Arts & Leisure

¡Pa’lante, Siempre Pa’lante! The Young Lords

Iris Morales, 1996, 48 min In the midst of the African American liberation struggle, protests to end the Vietnam War and the women’s movement for equality, the Young Lords Party emerged, raising a militant voice for the empowerment of Puerto Ricans and other Latino/as in the United States. Through intimate conversations with former members and archival footage, the documentary surveys Puerto Rican history as well as the Young Lords’ political vision and legacy. Screening followed by a talk-back session with the film’s director, Iris Morales, highlighting her experience as the first female member of the Young Lords as well...

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Bongos And Congas – Drums With A Difference

  If you are interested in beats, then you are sure to be interested in other instruments besides the usual drums that can give you the right beats. Well then let us discuss bongos and congas from the family of drums. Bongo is a small version of drums. Actually it is a compilation of two open-ended drums. These two drums are joined with each other. Drum heads are normally made of animal skins, but plastic made drum heads are also available. The body is made of metal, wood and sometimes with ceramic also. Both the bongos are of different...

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Jose Campeche – Puerto Rico’s Best Rococo Artist

Jose Campeche is an 18th century artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico who earned merits for his country and the Puerto Rico flag for his works in the field of visual arts. Born to a former Puerto Rican slave, Tomas Campeche, and a mother native of the Canary Islands, Maria Marquez, he was a person with mixed roots – a mulatto. It might be said that his exposure to various cultures catapulted him into successfully becoming the first “known” visual artist of his country. Campeche’s inclination towards the arts started out early, and is often credited to his father,...

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10 Reasons To Dance Salsa

  By now, the Salsa craze seems to have hit every city, with clubs and dance studios popping everywhere. Popular television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars have sparked interest in an entirely new audience that, otherwise, would never have taken any kind of partner dance class. It just proves that we all have a dancer within waiting to come out. “What if I have absolutely zero dance experience?” you may be asking. Then Salsa is perfect for you. People of all ages and backgrounds, male and female, are taking classes to learn to dance Salsa. And mastering Salsa dance steps is not as difficult as you may think. The important thing to remember when dancing Salsa is that it’s not just steps, it is a feeling. The word “Salsa,” the Spanish word for sauce, was originally used to convey the hot and spicy “feelings” behind the movements. Nowadays, the word “Salsa” is recognized and widely accepted as the actual form of dance. People learn to dance for many different reasons. Some take dance classes with serious intentions of mastering the art form. Others take dance classes to stay in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Still others may join a class for fun or as a way to connect with others. Whatever your reason for learning to dance, you will...

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‘El Coqui Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom’

The comic book play looks at the societal expectations of Latino cultural identity through superhero fantasy and lots of comedy. BY Monika Fabian | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS For Latinos, cultural identity can be a minefield. They can gain or lose jobs for being deemed “too Latino” or not Latino enough. The comic book play “El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom” examines these societal expectations and turns them on their head with some superhero fantasy and lots of comedy. In “El Coquí,” a Nuyorican comic book artist struggles with claims that his work is “too Puerto Rican,”...

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