14th Annual Latino Expo March 8 & 9 @ the CT Convention Center

The 14th Annual Latino Expo will be held at the CT Convention Center on March 8th and 9th, 2014. This Latino Expo brings together the general market and Hispanic business owners,  families, corporations, higher education,  government programs, health care information and many other resources.
The Latino culture stage features 40 different performances over 2 days. Performance showcase native, folkloric, traditional and contemporary music and dance.
Free admission, free prizes, free samples and fun for everyone!


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Dates: March 8 and 9, 2014
Times: 12 noon to 5 pm
Admission: Free
CT Convention Center
Hartford, Connecticut
Contact: Deby Gould at latinoexpo@cox.net or by phone at 860-563-5028


Film screening: Los peloteros – March 5th, 2014 @ 7 PM


​The Department of Fine Arts at Trinity College is pleased to present “Jack Delano: Photographer (1914 – 1997): A Centennial Celebration Exhibition,” running from Feb. 6 – Mar. 14, 2014, at Widener Gallery in Trinity College’s Austin Arts Center.
In conjunction with Jack Delano’s photography exhibition there will be a screening of two films on Wed., Mar. 5, at 7 p.m. in Boyer Auditorium, Life Sciences Building, Trinity College:
Autógrafo: Jack Delano, is a short biographic sketch of Mr. Delano, produced in 2009 by Autógrafo TV, San Juan, Puerto Rico.  It is in Spanish with English subtitles.
Los Peloteros (1951), a classic of Puerto Rican cinema, is a feature film directed by Jack Delano, with original music composed by Delano. This film is in Spanish but a plot summary provided in English.
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The films will be introduced by Pablo Delano. The screening is co-sponsored by the Latin American & Iberian Film Festival and the Hispanic Studies Program at Trinity College.

Poetry Reading in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month – TOMORROW, Tuesday, Oct. 22nd @ 1pm

    Award-winning poet BESSY REYNA, will present a reading of her poems and conversation with the students and general public from 1-2:00pm. The reading will be followed by a presentation from 2-3:00 pm of “Poetry as Memoir” a reading and discussion of poems by Richard Blanco, Sharon Olds, Patricia Smith and others in which the poets’ personal experiences are presented as poems.
The program is free and open to the public.
For more information contact 860-906-5000

Film Here and There / Aquí y Allá – Oct. 9th, 2013 @ 7 PM


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Antonio Méndez Esparza / USA, Spain, Mexico / 110 min / 2012 / Spanish with English Subtitles
AT 7:00 PM in the Boyer Auditorium – Life Sciences Center

Guest speaker: Prof. Ramsey Tracy
Free Admission

Antonio Méndez Esparza’s directorial debut radiantly captures the complex homecoming of a loving father. In an unexpected take on the traditional immigrant story, Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico, after years of working in New York. He finds his daughters older and more distant than he imagined; his wife still has the same smile. The villagers think this year’s crop will be bountiful and there is work in a growing city nearby. But the locals are wise to a life of insecurity, and their thoughts are often of family members or opportunities far away, north of the border.


Antonio Méndez Esparza / Estados Unidos, España, México / 110 min / 2012 / En español con subtítulos en inglés
A las 7:00 PM en el Auditorio Boyer – Life Sciences Center
Orador invitado:
 Prof. Ramsey Tracy
Entrada libre

Con este debut como director, Antonio Méndez Esparza captura el regreso a casa de un padre cariñoso. En un giro inesperado a la tradicional historia del migrante, Pedro regresa a su pequeño pueblo en las montañas de Guerrero en México después de haber pasado años trabajando en Nueva York. Pedro encuentra a sus hijas más crecidas y distantes de lo que él imaginaba; no obstante, su esposa aún tiene la misma sonrisa. La gente del pueblo piensa que la cosecha será buena y hay trabajo en la ciudad cercana; sin embargo, la gente se ha acostumbrado a una vida de inseguridad y piensa a menudo en sus familiares o en las oportunidades en el lejano norte de la frontera.

Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support of Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

Eastern Connecticut State University to Present Hispanic Heritage Music Events – Oct. 11-12, 2013

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Eastern to Present Music Events in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

     Willimantic, Conn. – Eastern Connecticut State University’s music program will present “The Music of Latin America and Spain”—a series of three events—on Oct. 11-12 to honor Hispanic Heritage Month.
The student brown bag recital will take place at noon on Oct. 11 in Shafer Hall Auditorium. The concert will feature music students performing works by composers from Latin America and Spain. Bring your lunch and join us for this informal concert. This event is free and open to the public.
Guest lecturer Diana Sáez will present “Choral Music of Latin America” at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the Student Center Theatre. This interdisciplinary lecture will focus on the development of choral music in Latin America and Sáez’s own experiences in using music to strengthen communities and bridge gaps in cultural understanding. The lecture will be followed by a reading session of repertoire appropriate for choirs of varying levels of ability. The event is free and open to the public.
The faculty recital “Ritmo y Melodía: The Music of Latin America and Spain” will take place at 3 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the Shafer Auditorium. Faculty artists include Rebecca Calissi, piano; Jeff Calissi, marimba; Okon Hwang, piano; Eric Ouellette, piano; Emily Riggs, soprano; and David Ballena, piano. The program will involve audience members as a celebration of the rich folk song tradition of Latin America. This event is free and open to the public.

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     Eastern Connecticut State University is the state’s public liberal arts university and serves approximately 5,400 students each year on its Willimantic campus and satellite locations.
It is the policy of Eastern Connecticut State University to ensure equal access to its events. If you are an individual with a disability and will need accommodations for this event, please contact the Office of University Relations at (860) 465-5735.

Poetry and Art in and around Hartford Oct. 2nd – 6th, 2013

Arts for Healing Festival
Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, New Haven
Wednesday, October 2nd, 6 pm through
Sunday, October 6th, 4:30pm
At the Arts for Healing Festival the arts and humanities are used as tools to help patients, caregivers and community members understand the perceptions – and misconceptions – surrounding illness. Join us at this special CTH-funded event exploring illness and resilience through art and discussion. The festival begins with keynote poet Ekiwah Adler-Belendez on October 2nd and will include daily performances by Social Change Theater along with a workshop with the festival artists on October 6th. Patient artwork will be on display for the duration of the event. For more information visit our cultural calendar.
University of Saint Joseph
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
University of St. Joseph has an exhibit including works by artist Imna Arroyo (http://www.imnaarroyo.com/contact.html) and others. Contact dvalencia@usj.edu or nschwan@usj.edu for more information.

Eastern Connecticut State University
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Also on Oct. 3rd, Imna Arroyo (arroyo@easternct.edu) and others will be talking at ECSU about their recently published book with texts and poems based on Yoruba religion.

Manchester Community College
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, 12:30 to 1:30pm
Poet and journalist Bessy Reyna will be reading from her poetry collection at Manchester Community College. Great Path, Commons Room. The event is open to the public.


Film Marimbas From Hell / Las marimbas del infierno – Oct. 2nd, 2013 @ 7 PM


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Julio Hernández Cordón / Guatemala / 75 min / 2010 / Spanish with English Subtitles
AT 7:00 PM in the Boyer Auditorium – Life Sciences Center

Guest speakers: Prof. Anne Lambright
Free Admission

Don Alfonso plays the marimba (xylophone) for a living but as his traditional music is seen as increasingly old-fashioned, he finds himself without a job. When his glue-sniffing godson introduces him to Blacko, an old heavy-metal legend of the Guatemalan underground, they decide to do something radical and fuse the sounds of the marimba with heavy metal. This innovative—some might say bizarre—idea sparks the beginning of an unexpected collaboration.


Julio Hernández Cordón / Guatemala / 75 min / 2010 / En español con subtítulos en inglés
A las 7:00 PM en el Auditorio Boyer – Life Sciences Center
Oradores invitados:
 Prof. Anne Lambright
Entrada libre

Don Alfonso se dedica a tocar la marimba (xilófono) pero, conforme este tipo de música tradicional va siendo considerado cada vez más anticuado, se queda sin trabajo. Cuando su ahijado, adicto a inhalar pegamento, le presenta a Blacko, una leyenda del heavy-metal de la resistencia guatemalteca, deciden juntos crear algo radical fusionando los sonidos del la marimba con los del heavy metal. Esta innovadora –y tal vez loca– idea inspira el principio de una colaboración inesperada.

Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support of Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

Film Wilaya – Sept. 25th, 2013 @ 7 PM


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Pedro Pérez Rosado / Spain / 97 min / 2012 / Spanish and Arabic with English Subtitles
AT 7:00 PM in the Boyer Auditorium – Life Sciences Center

Guest speakers: Prof. Thomas S. Harrington
Free Admission

Born into a Sahrawi refugee camp before being sent to live with foster parents in Spain, Fatimetu returns to her Saharan birthplace following the death of her mother and, despite having been absent for sixteen years, finds herself expected to resume family duties. With unprecedented access to the Sahrawi community, who are still waiting for status under international law, Wilaya is Pedro Pérez Rosado’s poetic evocation of being caught between two worlds.


Pedro Pérez Rosado / España / 97 min / 2012 / En español y árabe con subtítulos en inglés
A las 7:00 PM en el Auditorio Boyer – Life Sciences Center
Oradores invitados:
 Prof. Thomas S. Harrington
Entrada libre

Nacida en un campo de refugiados Saharaui antes de ser enviada a vivir con sus padres adoptivos a España, Fatimetu regresa a su lugar de origen después de la muerte de su madre. A pesar de haber estado ausente por dieciséis años, su familia espera que asuma sus responsabilidades familiares. Con un acceso sin precedentes a la comunidad Saharaui, que aún espera la decisión sobre su estatus bajo la ley internacional, Pedro Pérez Rosado evoca poéticamente en Wilaya el estar inmerso en dos mundos.

Presented as part of The Spanish Film Club series with the support of Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

Trio Tremonti’s Debut at Trinity TONIGHT, SEPT. 19th @ 7:30 PM

Trio_Tremonti_2Trio Tremonti, a new collaboration by violinist Saul Bitrán, cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws, and pianist Sally Pinkas, will make its Connecticut debut in a concert presented by Trinity’s Department of Music in Hamlin Hall tonight, September 19th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Featuring contemporary and classical works, the program includes Passing Puntos, composed by Dan Román, assistant professor of music at Trinity and an alumnus of the Hartt School of Music, and Princess Nicotine; or The Smoke Fairy, composed by Matthew Malsky, a professor of music at Clark University in Worcester, MA.
In Passing Puntos, Román mixes the natural reiterations, overlaying patterns, and offbeat accents of the Bomba and Plena, Afro-Caribbean genres found in his native Puerto Rico, with the style of contemporary post-minimalism.
Trio Tremonti has become a sought after ensemble in New England and beyond following its January 2012 debut performance on WGBH, Boston Public Radio. (For a music video, visit www.wgbh.org/articles/Drive-Time-Live-Trio-Tremonti-Plays-Dvoraks-Trio-No-2-in-G-minor-Op-26-Scherzo-6802.) Last fall, the trio was appointed ensemble-in-residence at the Cambridge School of Weston. All three musicians have enjoyed international careers as soloists.
Bitrán was born in Mexico City to Chilean parents. He is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, Israel, where he studied with Yair Kless. In 1986 he joined the Cuarteto Latinoamericano as first violinist, recording extensively with the group (which earned a 2002 Grammy nomination and won a 2012 Latin Grammy) and touring worldwide.
Müller-Szeraws’ musical journey has taken him over three continents as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Since his early debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción he has performed frequently as a soloist with orchestras in Chile, Germany, and the United States.
Following her London debut at Wigmore Hall, Israeli-born pianist Pinkas has been heard in recital throughout Europe and the U.S. She has toured Russia, China, and Nigeria as half of the Hirsch-Pinkas piano duo, and has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, Jupiter Symphony, Aspen Philharmonia, and the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra.
Román’s compositional style integrates elements of Caribbean folkloric music with the mechanics of minimalism and the aesthetics of postmodern art. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1974, he completed a B.A. in classical guitar performance at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, and obtained a master’s degree and Ph.D. in composition from the Hartt School.