Fuerza Chile
By Angie Romero | 05/28/2010 - 18:00

It’s so easy to forget about natural disasters after they happen, especially when they occur so far away from you. While in Chile this week, I’ve realized that there’s still so much work to be done in terms of rebuilding this wonderful country. As you know, on Feb. 27, a massive 8.8 earthquake rattled Chile for over two minutes (and in some areas, for over three minutes!), causing widespread devastation. In the southern part of the country, the quake, which was the largest to hit Chile in over 50 years, also triggered tsunamis.

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An Ode to Vallenato
By Angie Romero | 05/25/2010 - 18:00

You can always count on our friends at Cinema Tropical to bring us the best of Latin cinema. This time they’re outdone themselves by pairing up with the Consulate General of Colombia in New York to screen Ciro Guerra’s award-winning Los Viajes del Viento on Thursday and Friday, May 27 & 28, 7pm at 92YTribeca.

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Sugar & Baseball
By Angie Romero | 05/21/2010 - 18:00

The other day I watched a short from the Columbia University Film Festival about baseball players in the Dominican Republic called The Ballplayer, which, in turn, reminded me of another film which I still rave about to this day: Sugar.

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El General
By Angie Romero | 05/20/2010 - 18:00

No, not that General from Panama (remember Tu Pum Pum?) I'm talking about a new film from director Natalia Almada about the dictator who shaped the Mexican Revolution. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s US Directing Award for a documentary, El General screened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on Sunday, May 16 and will reprise on Friday, May 21 at 7 p.m. as part of the Creative Capital exhibition. Almada will introduce the film on both dates.

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Own a Piece of Cantinflas!
By Angie Romero | 05/13/2010 - 08:00

This is for those die-hard Cantinflas lovers, and I know there are lots of you out there.

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Honoring The Women of Juarez
By Angie Romero | 05/07/2010 - 18:00

Cinco de Mayo is great and all, but we can’t forget to honor the women of Juarez. If you’re in the NYC area, stop by the exhibit Flor de Tierra. Homage to the Women of Juarez" from Mexican-born, New York-based artist Andrea Arroyo, which will be on view May 6-June 18, 2010 at Women’s eNews (6 Barclay Street, 6th fl, New York, NY 10007, between Broadway and Church).

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Extra Lean with Mario Lopez
By Angie Romero | 05/04/2010 - 18:00

So the summer is creeping up on us and the one question most of us are asking ourselves is: Are we ready for that bikini yet? Personally the answer is no; but I’m working on that. And I’m really hoping Mario Lopez (yes, Mario Lopez) will help me via his new book, Extra Lean: The Fat-Burning Plan That Changes The Way You Eat For Life (Celebra, $24.95). Lopez isn't a first-time author (I greatly enjoyed his children’s book, Mud Tacos).

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Allende’s Long-Awaited Return
By Angie Romero | 04/27/2010 - 18:00

As I mentioned some weeks back, it's been four years since Isabel Allende wrote a novel, and some of us—including myself and my dad, who is arguably her biggest fan—have been waiting impatiently for Island Beneath The Sea ($26.99, amazon.com).

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Who Really Owns Inca History?
By Angie Romero | 04/23/2010 - 20:00

Who's right: The government of Peru or Yale University? It's hard to say, but a new book aims to answer the question.

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Cerati’s Two Nights in the U.S.
By Angie Romero | 04/20/2010 - 18:00

Atención: Soda Stereo lovers! Or should I say, Gustavo Cerati loyalists, since he recently announced that, sadly, the seminal band is a thing of the past. In any case, the former frontman and rock en español god, whose latest solo project is titled Fuerza Natural, is treating his U.S. fans to just two shows as part of his world tour: April 28 in Los Angeles (Nokia Theater) and May 7 in Miami (The Waterfront Theater at the American Airlines Arena). Don't expect him to play any Soda songs, though.

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