New York events. On its 10th Anniversary Celebrate Mexico Now! Bets on the Wonderful Paradoxes of the Cutting Edge Cultural and Artist Expressions of Today Mexico Scene, Dance, Indigenous Film, Great Literature and Music Figures that Challenge All Categories Together in Ten Days of Free or Low Cost Events. September 12 – 21, 2013.
For the last ten years Celebrate Mexico Now! -organized by CN Management- offers New Yorkers the chance to see, read and listen diverse cultural and artistic expressions of contemporary Mexico during ten days, September 12 through the 21. This year Celebrate Mexico Now! offers a program with mostly free or low cost events that include an array of concerts, dance, literature and workshops in association with central cultural institutions in the city.
The program is always surprising, presenting a mixed landscape of great figures in the world of literature, music and gastronomy along with members of the forefront of film, dance and multimedia. The festival´s guests are as important as the writer and journalist Elena Poniatowska, writer Michael Schuessler, playwrights Elena Guionchis, Bárbara Colio and Lydia Margules, writer Lorea Canales, super blogstars Sopitas and Krusty, author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh; and dancer and choreographer Geraldine Cardiel.
As well as a gastronomical feast with all the Mexican flavors from the ten most recognized Mexican restaurants in NY. It doesn´t stop there. There is also a film series curated by Ojo de Agua, an organization dedicated to teaching and production of Oaxacan Indigenous expressions. There will be the screening of the awarded films at the renown Morelia Film Festival 2012 as well.
In the music department, following the lines of previous years, the program is inclusive and daring, resembling the country it honors. Traditional and mestizo sounds, like Jarana Beat, Los Hermanos Villalobos and Radio Jarocho. Exploring sounds, like Acardenchados, Sweet Electra and Rana Santacruz. And the recovery of the Space Age pop late genious, Juan García Esquivel, in a homage done by Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica, the only band dedicated to this important composer.
“It fills us with joy to have seen throughout these ten years Celebrate Mexico Now! become the cultural choice during the autumn in New York. A space to acknowledge the rich Mexican culture, bringing together a community of artists, art lovers, chefs, musicians and culture lovers that believe like us that Mexico is a contradictory place with a deep cutting edge culture that goes well beyond the alarmist news of these times.” Said Claudia Norman, director and founder of the festival.
The festival opens on Thursday September 12, 7 pm at the Americas Society, with the talk back between writers Elena Poniatoswka and her biographer Michael Schuessler about literature and culture through the most representative Poniatowska’s works: “Leonora” inspired by the Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington.
Friday, September 13 at 7 pm, at the Center for Social Innovation, Mexican blog stars Krusty and Sopitas, tell us about the secret to their success, and the necessary tools to make it big in the web.
On September 14 there’ll be 3 events to take part on:
Jarana Beat in a free concert, At the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, 3 pm. Join their quest for new sounds in the fusion of traditional and contemporary Mexican music.
Dancer and choreographer Geraldine Cardiel premieres Genus at the Center for Performance Research, in Brooklyn, at 7pm. This piece is a collaboration with actress Maria Sandoval, a performing text based on contemporary Mexican women. This event will have a second performance on September 15 at 11 pm, same place.
Celebrabrando la Música Independiente Mexicana is a concert made to celebrate Mexico´s Independence Day. Four of the best Mexican bands in the New York area will come together to share the stage at Poisson Rouge. Rana Santacruz, Radio Jarocho, Los Hermanos Villalobos and Sweet Electra.
Monday September 16, 7 pm at the Instituto Cervantes, writer Lorea Corrales presents her book Los Perros, an extreme novel nourished by the newspaper articles that have shaken the country in the last years.
Wednesday September 18 at 7 pm at the NYU , Centro Rey Juan Carlos, three renown playwrights will get together to share experiences and talk about the process of writing and produce a theater play. Elena Guionchis, Bárbara Colio and Lydia Margules.
Thursday September 19, Celebrate Mexico Now! Starts at 6pm, at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, with a series of films produced by Ojo de Agua Comunicación, an organization dedicated to teaching and production of Oaxacan Indigenous expressions.
Next event is at 7:30pm, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, the New York premiere of Acardenchados: Tareke Ortiz, Leo Soqui, Juan Manuel Torreblanca and Juan Pablo Villa. Musicians that come from different styles and through their friendship explore the possibilities of Cardenche music. This popular genre uses “a capella” voice improvisations.
These two events are free of charge!
Friday, September 20, at 7 pm, at The School of Visual Arts, enjoy the screening of Morelia Film Festival 2012 awarded short films.
The Festival closes on Saturday September 21, with 3 events:
At 11 am the famous writer and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh will present his children´s book “Dear Primo” at La Casa Azul bookstore in East Harlem (El Barrio).
At 2pm, at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American India is the second part of the Ojo de Agua Comunicación film series.
At 7:30pm, at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts de Pace University we have one of the best shows this autumn: Sonorama, Esquivel´s lost sounds. Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica in concert, the only big band dedicated to the recovery of Juan García Esquivel´s lounge music or “Space Age pop”.
For more information go to http://mexiconowfestival.org
Celebrate México Now! Is a festival produced by CN Management, with the kind support of Non profit Organizations, donnors and individuals.