Multicultural Arts and Entertainment News

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Feature Article: "Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway"

An Indigenous Australian didgeridoo player and a maracas shaking ensemble dancer sharing a Broadway stage with the gold lame wearing song and danceman movie star: it's "Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway." Travel through the life and loves of Hugh Jackman over a thoroughly entertaining and engrossing 2 hours and 20 minutes as he shares with the audience his favorite musical numbers in song (and tap dance) from movies he loved as a child (or starred in), pays tribute to his wife and his father through childhood and family stories, and honors the Aboriginal heritage of his beloved Australia. "Luck Be a Lady," "Singing in the Rain," "I Go to Rio," "Mack the Knife," and "I Got Rhythm," are just a few of the numbers that had us snapping our fingers (at his request) and clapping along. He told tales from his work in movies as Wolverine in the X-Men series, Kate & Leopold, and Happy Feet musicals The Boy from Oz  and Carousel. As he described his experiences living in the Outback during the filming of Baz Luhrmann's  Australia, down the aisle and onto the stage come Clifton Bieundurry a vocalist and foundation artist for Nomad Two Worlds who performs in his traditional Walmajarri language;  two didgeridoo payers, Paul Boon,  from Western Australia who also owns and curates a gallery specializing in sales of Indigenous Australian art, and Nathan Mundraby a descendant of the Yidinji rainforest people and Lama Lama tribe of Thaypan Country in Queensland;  and Olive Knight, a  vocalist who Hugh Jackman introduced as an Aboriginal Treasure. It was she, he said, who was invited by the Prime Minister of Australia to attend the "Apology" in 2008 for 200 years of mistreatment of the Aboriginal peoples by the Australian government. Tickets (performances now through Jan 1, 2012) and info at by Lisa Skriloff    Read more >>

At MoMA NYC: Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now. October 5-23

 The Museum of Modern Art in New York City and ArteEast present the second annual installment of Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part II, running October 5-23, 2011, in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. The three-year film series aims to map a largely unknown heritage of personal, artistic, and sometimes experimental cinema from the Arab world. The works selected for the second edition of Mapping Subjectivity hail from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Qatar, and the UAE, and they reflect a diversity and richness of voices and of imaginative visual languages. Mapping Subjectivity is co-organized by The Museum of Modern Art and ArteEast, and is curated by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, MoMA, and Rash Salti, Senior Director, ArteEast and presented in association with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. For more information, visit    Read more >>

Ricky Martin to Perform Nov 26 at Fontainebleau’s BleauLive Performance Series

Fontainebleau Miami Beach, having hosted celebrated performers from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to Jackie Gleason and in more recent years Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, announced the launch of BleauLive, performance series that bring today’s top recording artists and acts to the resort for one of a kind vacation experiences. Pop sensation Ricky Martin will be the resort’s next headliner, performing one last time over Thanksgiving Weekend before he heads to New York City to star as Che in the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Evita.” BleauLive officially launched this past Labor Day weekend with a performance and meet and greet by hip hop artist Pitbull. The November 26 weekend packages start from $329 per night; VIP Packages are available as well with inclusive of Meet & Greet with Ricky Martin on November 25.  BleauLive crafts a fully immersive weekend where, in addition to attending a performance, guests will be offered a number of “surprise and delight moments” including special events in the resort’s entertainment venues including LIV and Arkadia along with special opportunities for exclusive interaction with the featured artist. “The launch of our new BleauLive performance series is an organic extension of the rich history the resort has had hosting top artists,” noted Jeffrey Soffer, Executive Chairman, Fontainebleau Miami Beach. “The continued success of this new program will help to solidify Fontainebleau Miami Beach in entertainment history while also propelling the resort to the top of the ‘must stay’ list in the country.” Room packages can be obtained by booking online at or by calling 800-584-8886.   Read more >>

The Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents Latinbeat Film Festival 2011

The Film Society of Lincoln Center presented the 12th edition of Latinbeat, the oldest (and first) Latin American film festival in New York City, from August 10th through August 24th, 2011. Featuring films from 11 different Latin American countries and just as abundant an array of genres and styles, Latinbeat continues to follow the latest trends of filmmaking in Latin America by showcasing both up-and-coming directors and internationally recognized filmmakers. Films ranged from romantic comedies, classic thrillers, coming of age stories, animation and documentaries. This year’s program also featured two special screenings with live musical accompaniment: The Stoessel Expedition and Mojica Marin’s This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse. There was also a Panel Presentation entitled, “Central American and Caribbean Cinema Today,” where Latinbeat filmmakers discussed innovative and hybrid forms of film production in the region. Notable films included Mount Bayo, Norberto’s Deadline and Querida Voy a Comprar Cigarrillos y Vuelvo. For more information visit: Read more >>

Harlem Stage’s Fall Film Series: Harlem Stage on Screen

Harlem Stage, one of the country’s leading producers and presenters of film and performances by artists of color, presents a slate of provocative and insightful films as part of its Fall 2011 Season that spotlight issues of global and local import.  Each night in the series offers a short film, followed by the feature presentation and then a Q&A with the filmmaker. The films reflect political, sexual, ethnic and racial issues that affect people of all ages all over the world. “The films we’ve chosen to premiere at Harlem Stage this season offer cultural critiques with the capacity to transform the way we think about ourselves and each other,” says Harlem Stage Executive Director Patricia Cruz. For 30 years Harlem Stage has been one of the nation’s leading arts organizations, having achieved particular distinction through commissioning and presenting innovative works by artists of color and facilitating a productive engagement with the communities it serves through the performing arts. Its education programs each year provide 10,000 New York City children with access to a world of diverse cultures through the performing arts. Harlem’s Stage’s Fall 2011 Season begins September 22- December 7th. To view the film schedule visit  or call the Box Office at 212-281-9240 ext. 19 or 20 to purchase tickets.   Read more >>

The New York International Latino Film Festival

The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) 12th edition took place from August 15-21, 2011 in New York City. NYILFF presented over 100 features, documentaries and short films in English and Spanish, which reflect America’s cultural diversity. Hollywood stars who were invited and expected to attend include: Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Jennifer Exposito, Danny Glover, Yareli Arizmendi, and many more. The film festival kicked off with Cinema Under the Stars, a free outdoor screening on Monday, August 15. The NYILFF’s mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. For more information visit:  Read more >>

Providence Latin American Film Festival (PLAFF), September 15-18

In its 19th year, the Providence Latin American Film Festival (PLAFF) is scheduled from September 15-18, 2011, in Providence, RI. As the first Latin American Film festival to present juried awards, PLAFF offers residents of and visitors to the Northeast an introduction to a variety of Hispanic films.  Throughout the years, PLAFF has screened more than 650 feature films, shorts, documentaries and animations, many of which have gone on to receive national awards. A cultural organization that believes in teaching understanding and appreciation of the Latin American experience through film and culture, PLAFF offers photo exhibits, media workshops for children and youth, music and dance performances, and many other events. The 2011 PLAFF will feature more than 15 films with admission to each film only $7.00. For more information on the film festival or hotel package, visit    Read more >>

Tribeca Film Institute and Tribeca All Access Award Winners and Heineken Voces Grant Partnership Announced

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced several program award winners and grantees at the TFI Awards Luncheon at Riverpark NYC during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Two winners of the Tribeca All Access (TAA) Creative Promise Awards presented by Time Warner; seven new TAA alumni grants and fellowships; four winners of the Latin America Media Arts Fund; and four grantees supported by Insurgent Media for the inaugural TFI Documentary Fund were all presented today, totaling $125,000 in funds.  Now in its eighth year, the Tribeca All Access Program continues its success of fostering and nurturing relationships between film industry executives and flourishing filmmakers. This year, twelve filmmakers were selected from a pool of more than 376 submissions to participate in this year’s awards. This expanded program is meant to encourage women and minority filmmakers to showcase their talent in the industry.  Additional information can be found at  Read more >>

The New Victory Theater’s El gato con botas

After directing 33 Variations, Moisés Kaufman knew he wanted to direct an opera next.  “I’ve staged classical music before, and it's unlike directing anything else,” he said. So when Gotham Chamber Opera came to him and his company, Tectonic Theater Project, with the opera Puss in Boots (El gato con botas), he fell in love with it immediately and jumped at the chance to direct the production.  “Montsalvatge is one of the great Spanish composers of the last century, and Puss in Boots not only has depth and sophistication, but it's also very funny and witty.  The best way to describe this music is like looking at a building from Antonio Gaudi! It has the same charm, humor and daring,” Moisés said. Making Puss in Boots even more exciting for Moisés and Gotham Chamber Opera is the chance to work with London’s Blind Summit, one of the best puppet companies in the world today.  All three artistic powerhouses are in love with Montsalvatge's spirit, mischief and playfulness. What is it like for Moisés to direct a production for young audiences?  “Liberating!  Children's imaginations are so active.  The task is to make sure we use that to our greatest advantage.” Two performances were in Spanish. All other performances in English. All performances supertitled in English. For more information about Puss in Boots (El gato con Botas), visit

New-York Historical Society and El Museo del Barrio Join Forces for Nueva York Exhibition

In an unprecedented collaboration, the New-York Historical Society and El Museo del Barrio presents Nueva York (1613-1945), the first museum exhibition to explore how New York’s long and deep involvement with Spain and Latin America has affected virtually every aspect of the city’s development, from commerce, manufacturing and transportation to communications, entertainment and the arts. Organized by the two institutions, Nueva York will be on view through January 9, 2011, at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street). Bringing together the resources of New York’s oldest museum and its leading Latino cultural institution, this exhibition will span more than three centuries of history: from the founding of New Amsterdam in the 1600s as a foothold against the Spanish empire to the present day, as represented by a specially commissioned documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns. Nueva York will bring this story to life with hands-on interactive displays, listening stations, video experiences and some 200 rare and historic maps, letters, paintings, drawings and other objects drawn from the collections of the two museums, as well as from many other distinguished institutions and private collections. According to Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, “The topic we address in Nueva York is so vast—spanning centuries and continents—and has so much to tell us about present-day national issues such as immigration, education and language.” Julián Zugazagoitia, outgoing Director and CEO of El Museo del Barrio, stated, “The tremendous impact of Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment to the Supreme Court has helped awaken people around the country to the integral, complex and powerful presence of Latinos in New York. But most people, including Latinos themselves, still do not appreciate how deeply our roots are sunk into this city, or how widely the branches of Latino cultures’ influence have spread. We are thrilled to be telling this story at last, and telling it with all the depth and expertise at our command.” Lead sponsorship of Nueva York is provided by Cablevision. Visit   Read more >>