The Colombian Film Festival kicks off
The Colombian Film Festival in New York returns to its face-to-face format, after the pandemic, and will take place from this Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 1, at the Cinépolis Chelsea (260 W 23rd St). The cinematographic sample will have more than a dozen films and will open with “Te Lleva el Diablo”, by David Covo Camacho, a tribute to the Gaiteros de San Jacinto, a group that preserves the traditional music of bagpipes and drums, while the closing will be in tribute to the victims of the Bojayá massacre, on its 20th anniversary, with the film “Songs that flood the river”, by Germán Arango, in its debut in the United States. For the full agenda and to purchase tickets, visit: https://colfilmny.com/
Nonprofit brings its party to NYC
This Saturday, April 30, the “Masters en Parranda” arrive directly from Colombia, the renowned non-profit band, who will be the main show in the cycle of Latin events “Bomba Party” in “Le Poisson Rouge”. The group brings a new version of their classic “El Parrandero” that they recently released together with Carlos Vives and Jbot & Tuti, and that in the 90’s was one of the anthems of Tropipop, a Colombian musical genre. In 2006, Sin Ánimo de Lucro surprised with the release of their album “Máster en Parranda”, and songs like “El Parrandero”, “En Mis Sueños” and “Solo por Tenerte” were number 1 on the main radio charts in Colombia, and that success led them to make more than 130 concerts in national territory and very important tours abroad. Now, 12 years after their separation, Juan Felipe Samper and Camilo Riverade SADL get together to make more music. At (Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St). Doors open at 11:00 am. Tickets: https://www.bombaparty.com/BuyTicketsNYC.php
Cristian Castro and Natalia Jimenez at United Palace
Ballad lovers will party this Saturday, April 30, when the voices of Mexican singer Cristian Castro and Spanish singer Natalia Jiménez meet on the stage of the United Palace (4140 Broadway and 175th St). Songs like “Azul”, “Por Amarte Así” and “Vuélveme a Quiero” will sound in the acclaimed voice of Castro, while Jimenéz will bring his best rancheras and hits like “Creo en Mí” and “El Destino”. Starting at 8:00 p.m. Information and tickets at: https://www.ticketmaster.com/
A night of hip hop at the Lehman Center
The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts (250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx), in association with Sal Abbatiello of Fever Records, will celebrate a night of the best of the hip hop genre, this Saturday, April 30. The Hip Hop Fever concert, honoring former Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr., will feature performances by Slick Rick “Mona Lisa”, Melle Mel & Scorpio from The Furious Five “The Message”, Sugarhill Gang “Rappers Delight”, Nice ‘N Smooth “Hip-Hop Junkies”, Rob Base “It Takes Two”, Brand Nubian “All for One”, Black Sheep “The Choice is Yours”, GrandMaster Caz “Fresh Fly Wild and Bold”, T- SkiI Valley “Catch the Beat”, Playgirl Ari “Why did you do me wrong”, among others. At 8:00 pm. For tickets and information visit: https://www.lehmancenter.org/freestyle14 or call (718) 960-8833.
Melle Mel & Scorpio of The Furious Five. /Courtesy Lehman Center
Programming of ‘Boundless Theatre’
Boundless Theater’s program is run by female theater designers and color designers, a rare practice in an industry where companies are run primarily by actors. In their programming they explore themes that challenge our social agreements, elevate humanity and honor the human condition, for all.
The company runs several Spanish and bilingual programs that support the diversification of the theater industry. These include Boundless Exposed, an annual workshop and mentoring program for emerging theater designers of color, culminating in a final performance of an original play this Friday, April 29 at the Julia de Burgos Performance and Arts Center (1680 Lexington Avenue). The workshop allows theater designers to explore the heart of a text and the limits of their own artistic processes. At 8:00 pm. Tickets in www.boundlesstheatre.org
Maelo Ruiz and Raulín Rosendo in La Boom
This Friday from 10:00 pm, at La Boom (56-15 Northern Blvd. 11377, Queens), there will be a real salsa party with performances by Puerto Rican Maelo Ruíz, who is celebrating his 30-year career, and Dominican Raulin Rosendo. The stage will serve for Ruiz to delight those present with songs such as “It will be so”, “Give me a night”, “Tell me”, “No one like you”, “My world belongs to her” and “Tell your owner ”, among others. Rosendo will perform hits like “Uno se cura” and his famous versions of “Lady Laura” and “Dueño de Nada.” Tickets and information: www.laboomny.com
Los Rabanes in SOB’s
The Rabanes return to New York on a special date; on Thursday Cinco de Mayo, when they will perform at the legendary SOB’s (204 Varick St., New York, NY 10014). Winners of the Latin Grammy for best Alternative Rock album (Kamikaze) and recognized by the specialized press as a cult band in its genre, the group starts a tour after the pandemic that had kept them away from the country’s stages.
Rabanes brings to the city his greatest hits from his 15 studio albums, three live albums and two compilations, which include dozens of collaborations with great artists including; Ruben Blades, Thalia, Don Omar, El Tri, Los Auténticos Decadentes, Jessy y Joy, Beto Cuevas, Los Caligaris, Los Pericos, among others. Starting at 8:00 p.m. Tickets available at:ticketmaster.com
Immersive “Star Trek” exhibit
The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52nd Street) Opens this week, “The Visionary Universe of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” immersive exhibition, celebrating the latest incarnation of Paramount+’s groundbreaking “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” franchise, and the acclaimed series that has wowed audiences for years. decades. Throughout the celebration, the Paley Center will present special screenings, opportunities to view costumes and artifacts from various series, photo opportunities in the Captain’s chair, weekend programs for children and families with the original children’s animated series from Paramount+ Star Trek: Prodigy, and much more. Open until May 29. For more information visit: https://www.paleycenter.org/
Premiere of “A Strange Loop”
Meet Usher: a black and queer writer who writes a musical about a black, a queer writer who writes a musical about a black, queer writer… That is the invitation and, at the same time, the explanation about the plot of “A Strange Loop,” Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, exposes the heart and soul of a young artist struggling with the desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes.
With Jaquel Spivey, in her Broadway debut, as Usher, and a small cast of six wonderful actors, the new musical takes the audience on a two-hour ride during which they will laugh, embarrass and even suffer with the thoughts and experiences of this aspiring musical writer in the Big Apple, who struggles with his own insecurities and the beliefs and rejection of his family.
Directed by Stephen Brackett, choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly and produced by Barbara Whitman, in conjunction with Page 73 Productions, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company and Playwrights Horizons. At the Lyceum Theater (149 W 45th St). For more information: https://strangeloopmusical.com/
Jaquel Spivey (center) in her Broadway debut. Courtesy: Marc J. Franklyn Photos