The 8th Annual Latin American Cultural Week will take place November 14 – 25, 2013. Latin American Culture Week facilitates performances by many institutions and artists throughout New York City. Presentations consist of music, dance, film, theater, literature, visual and performing arts influenced by the diverse cultures of Latin America. Participants: American Symphony Orchestra, the World Music Institute, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Instituto Cervantes, Americas Society, Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano, and Repertorio Español.
The Village Voice presents Brooklyn Pour 2013, a craft beer festival located at Skylight One Hanson Place. Enjoy over 100 brews, beer talks and DJ sets by Marissa Paternoster and Joe Steinhardt. Date: Saturday, October 12th, 3pm – 6pm. Limited tickets available.
At the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment. This month, Saturday, October 5, the museum will feature ¡Viva Brooklyn!, which will highlight the Spanish American identity through music, curatorial talk, film, a pop-up gallery, a social justice forum and a book club. The day starts at 5pm and ends at 11pm. Free and kid friendly.
An evening talk with writer Malcolm Gladwell at 92|Y. Join Gladwell — author of the Tipping Point, Outliers, Blink, What the Dog Saw, David and Goliath — as he discusses the topic When Underdogs Break the Rules. Tuesday, October 1, 8pm. 1395 Lexington Avenue (92nd Street), Kaufmann Concert Hall.
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. The BBF is a hip, smart, diverse gathering that attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s literary marketplace. Sunday, September 22, 10am – 6pm. Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza. 209 Joralemon Street, BK.
On Friday, September 6, El Museo del Barrio and La Casa Azul Bookstore welcome award winning Dominican-American writer and author, Junot Diaz, for a reading from his latest book This is How You Lose Her, now available in paperback. He will open the floor to audience questions and will sign copies of this book and his other books (available for sale on-site) immediately following the program. General admission is $10. Students free. Location: 1230 5th Avenue. Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm.
On Friday, August 30, attend Three Open MIc, a live display of street originality presented by Street Poets NYC. Three Open Mic will consist of street poetry, musical performances, live art and painting. Sounds like a great way to tap into your creative senses and get inspired. 7pm – 2am with a $10 cover charge. Located at the Street Poets Den, 80 Vernon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
Join Books Beneath the Bridge on Monday, August 5, as they present Five Borough Blues, a book reading of writers each of whom represents a different NYC borough: Colson Whitehead (Manhattan) Victor LaValle, (Queens) Kevin Baker (Bronx), Alina Simone (Brooklyn), Binnie Kirshenbaum (Staten Island). Location: Granite Prospect Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, 334 Furman Street. Reading begins at 7pm.
At the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month, from 5 to 11 p.m. All evening long, the Museum café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. This coming Saturday, August 3, the museum is showcasing Caribbean-themed music, curatorial talks, film and art. The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway.
On Wednesday, July 24, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, El Museo del Barrio will host a neighborhood forum based on the documentary El Barrio Tours: Gentrification in East Harlem. The forum will explore arts & culture-related development, gentrification and how to make proposed developments more equitable.
El Museo del Barrio welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic and cultural landscape of the Caribbean and Latin America. It is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue (104th Street).