Posts Tagged ‘Mexico’

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.

¡Hola Mexico! peliculas

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

A raunchy comic romance (Llamando a un ángel) and a fiesta kick off the ¡Hola Mexico! film festival Wednesday night (July 23) at the Quad Cinema in Manhattan. These new films range from a documentary about an armless harmonica player and beloved father (Nacido sin) to a drama about extramarital passion among Mexican Mennonites (Stellet licht) to a comedy about trying to reform a rebellious teenage girl (Niñas mal). I haven’t seen any of them, and they have nothing to do with immigration, but I thought you should know.

The festival runs through Sunday, July 27, at the Quad, 34 W. 13th St.