Posts Tagged ‘Ecuador’

Ecuadorian film festival

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

The Queens Museum of Art presents the third annual Ecuadorian Film Festival: Views from the Middle of the World this weekend.

medium_flag_of_ecuadorThe program runs from 7 to 10 pm March 13–14 at the museum in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park.

Friday’s program starts with 16 pieces of video art from Quito (or at least that’s the group title) by Ecuadorian filmmakers and continues with Este Maldito País, an hourlong documentary by Juan Martín Cueva about what traits can be said to define Ecuadorians, then wraps up with Pedro Andrade’s Trafficombo, a 36-minute documentary about immigrants.

Saturday’s program features six video artworks from Guayaquil, followed by Retazos de Vida, a drama by Viviana Cordero about three generations of women in Guayaquil.

All the features are in Spanish with English subtitles, and you can read more about them here. Suggested donation for museum entrance is $5.

Flag courtesy of Applied Language Solutions.

Passport to Ecuador (and India and Mexico)

Monday, August 4th, 2008

The Queens Museum of Art is once again having Passport Fridays, an international dance, music, and film series. The programs are free, outdoors in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park by the museum (in case of rain, program moves inside).

Three events are left this year:

August 8: EcuadorAndrea Haenggi and dancers from the AMDaT ensemble present PLAF, an homage to Jasper Johns involving business chairs and dollar bills; Inkhay plays the music of the Andes, using musical instruments with roots in pre-Hispanic civilization; and the film is Qué tan lejos (How Much Further) (Ecuador, 2006; English subtitles), the story of a journey from Quito to Cuenca.

August 15: IndiaPaul Singh and his dancers, Singh & Dance, perform a new work; DJ Rekha merges Bhangra with hip-hop, accompanied by a dhol drummer and Bhangra instructor who will teach the audience some moves; and the film is The Namesake (USA/India, 2006), a story of Indian immigrants and their American-born children.

August 22: MexicoLaura Peterson Choreography examines shifting audience perspective and Anthony Whitehurst presents an excerpt from a piece about post-hurricane New Orleans; Mariachi Oro de Mexico provides the music; and La misma luna (Under the Same Moon) (USA/Mexico, 2007; English subtitles) tells the story of a 9-year-old Mexican boy who makes his way across the border to join his mother in the United States.

¡Que rico!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

It was 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, and all we wanted to do was have a good, affordable lunch. We walked into Epocas in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a medium-sized room with a long bar decorated with football (soccer) balls & jerseys & scarves. And a little pot of bamboo and a bartop burbling stone fountain.

Their menu includes Italian and Mexican dishes, but their heart is Ecuadorian. We started with an empanada de queso ($2), which came sprinkled with powdered sugar. It was hot and fresh and filled with a mild, agreeable cheese. The arroz con camarones ($9.99; leftovers pictured above) was really good, suffused with a savory, oniony quality and topped with fried plantains. It was such a big plate I could eat only half, but it made for a delicious lunch on Monday. The encebollado mixto ($11.99; fish & shrimp with onion and cassava) was a hearty soup, with a tangy lemon accent and a rich, buttery quality as well.

The sangria, which we ordered by the glass ($4) and which came without fruit or ice, was excellent, ruby red, cold and fruity rather than overly sweet. Next time we’ll order a mini pitcher and linger a little longer, listening to Spanish pop. That is, if there’s no game on TV.

You can get a cheaper plate of rice in Sunset Park, but this was a good deal, and the waitress was friendly, even when she had to tell us that we couldn’t have arepas or cazuela. How do they compare with the Ecuadorian places on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens? I don’t know. All I know is it made me happy. And I wish I had a glass of that sangria right now.

Epocas restaurant (not to be confused with Epoca in Fort Greene) is at 6124 Fifth Ave, near 62nd St, (718) 748-3650. It’s just the edge of Sunset Park before you go under the BQE and emerge in upper Bay Ridge.