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The Festival in Brief: Who to see when

Wednesday, July 26, 8 P.M.
Opening Night: Noche Flamenca

The pure, fierce spirit of flamenco emanates from dancer Soledad Barrio who leads this acclaimed company, founded by her husband, artistic director Martin Santangelo. Noche Flamenca will present its latest work, which continues the celebrated Spanish ensemble’s engagement with the passion and intensity of flamenco song and dance.Day of Show: $35, Advance: $30.  Three or more shows:  $28

Thursday, July 27, 8 P.M
Eva Ayllón

Without a doubt, Eva Ayllón is one of today’s most successful and well-loved South American singers. Her powerful voice and skilled interpretation of a wide range of styles—from waltz to lando—have carried Afro-Peruvian music across borders. But no matter where Ayllón performs, audiences relish her enduring and endearing song to the beauty of life. This year will mark Ayllón’s fifth performance at the Festival. Day of Show: $35, Advance: $30.  Three or more shows:  $28

Friday, July 28, 7 P.M & 10 P.M – Main Theatre
“The Golden Key” Alfredo De la Fé and Fruko

The godfather of “hard salsa,” Colombian percussionist Julio Ernesto “Fruko” Estrada has more than 30 years of stunning music under his belt. Together with his long-time friend, Cuban-born violinist Alfredo De la Fé, these two master salseros will pay tribute in two exclusive Queens performances to charanga, the elegant, spirited music made popular by great orchestras across Latin and South America. Day of Show: $30, Advance: $25.  Three or more shows:  $22

Friday, July 28, 8 P.M. – Studio Theatre
“MaTRIX Inc.” LaMicro Theater Company

This wild comedy tells the tale of birthday girl Gloria, who decides to give herself the ultimate present and turns to the only agency in the world that rents substitute mothers to the emotionally needy. Written by prominent Argentinean playwright Diana Raznovich and directed by Martin Balmaceda, this English-language performance features actors Roberto Camberio, Pietro Gonzalez and Berioska Ipinza. Day of Show: $15, Advance: $10.  Three or more shows:  $10

Matinee. Sunday, July 29, 1 P.M.
Foncho Castellar y Los Alegres de Colombia

Colombian musician Foncho Castellar is best known for his masterful accordion, but he is equally heartfelt on the piano, guitar and various percussion instruments. In this family-oriented presentation, he will open up the world of virtuoso accordion and the beauty of Colombian music to listeners of all ages. Come ready to get involved and learn the nuts and bolts of Colombian vallenato. Free

Saturday, July 29, 8 P.M. – Main Theatre
Candido Camero

Born in Havana in 1921, Candido started playing the bongo at age 4. Today, after 65 years of making music, Candido is a living legend of Afro-Cuban jazz and still going strong. Come celebrate his 85th birthday along with a roster of special guests that reads like a who’s-who of Afro-Cuban jazz. Day of Show: $30, Advance: $25 Three or more shows:  $22

Matinee. Saturday, July 30, 1 P.M. – Main Theatre
“Clave: A Rhythmic Journey from Africa to the New World Bobby Sanabria

Grammy-winning percussionist Sanabria is also a respected composer and music educator. In this entertaining and educational show for family audiences, he will let the percussion instruments do much of the talking and will take listeners on a musical journey to the roots of the clave and Afro-Cuban music. Free

Sunday, July 30, 7 P.M – Main Theatre
Multicultural Music Encounters: Improvisation Across Cultures

Directed by pillars of New York jazz Ray Santos, Bruce Purse and Frank London, the MMO pays free-wheeling tribute to Latin jazz from just about every cultural angle possible. The Festival performance will feature special appearances by jazz great Eddie Palmieri, Papo Pepin, Olu Dara, Donald Eaton and Margot Leverett. This event is made possible with the support and funding of NYSCA and produced by Multicultural Music Group and MAT Productions Day of Show: $30, Advance: $25.   Three or more shows:  $22

Monday, July 31, 8 P.M.
Bolivar soy yo. Director: Jorge Ali Triana. Colombia (Spanish w/ English subtitles).

This award-winning, razor-sharp satire chronicles the adventures of the star in a Colombian television series about the life of legendary general Simon Bolivar. When the show’s script starts departing from history, the actor takes matters into his own hands and the Bolivarian dream to its ultimate conclusion. The result is an irreverent, ironic look at life in 21st-century Latin America. Free

Wednesday, August 2, 7 P.M. – Studio Theatre
Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night will provide a platform for young and upcoming spoken word artists and poets from Queens to share their work. The evening is hosted by poet and performer Emanuel Xavier, whose raw yet refined writing brought him to the forefront of the neo-Nuyorican poetry movement. Free

Wednesday, August 2, 8 P.M. Main Theatre
Grupo Krapp

Created in 1995 by three young choreographers at the prestigious dance workshop of the National University of Cordoba, this modern dance company from Buenos Aires takes its name from one of Samuel Beckett’s seminal characters. Its acclaimed performers and musicians explore where theater meets dance, pushing the envelope of both. The Festival has commissioned this innovative ensemble to compose a new work, which premiers tonight. Day of Show: $20, Advance: $15.  Three or more shows:  $12

Thursday, August 3, 8 P.M. – Main Theatre
Latina New Sounds

Three emerging young female singers and songwriters–MiMa (Puerto Rico), Luca Mundaca (Chile-Brazil) and Valentina Gonzalez (Mexico)–unite for one night only to share the vibrant songs that make them musicians to watch out for in the Latin alternative scene. Though they all feel their roots, they are women of the world, freely mixing jazz, funk and electronica with tradition. Day of Show: $20, Advance: $15.  Three or more shows:  $12

Friday, August 4, 8 P.M. – Main Theatre

When Cuban performer Albita began singing in a little restaurant in Miami, she created an uproar that led to rave reviews in national press and a contract with a major label. Almost a decade later, Albita’s voice and dynamic stage presence continue to draw listeners to her rich reinterpretation of songs from the Cuban countryside, leaving audiences wanting more. Day of Show: $35, Advance: $30.  Three or more shows:  $28

Saturday, August 5, 8 P.M. – Main Theatre
Inti-Illimani with special guest soloist, Joe Vasconcelos

One of the most recognized and creative groups of the Chilean New Song movement, Inti-Illimani, returns to New York for its debut Festival performance. Inti-Illimani will give listeners a sampling of some of the gems from the group’s innovative and long career, songs inspired by Andean traditions. Day of Show: $30, Advance: $25.  Three or more shows:  $22

Sunday, August 6, 3 P.M. & 8 P.M.Main Theatre

The performers of Peru Negro set out 35 years ago to revive the fading oral traditions and dances of African descent in their homeland. Today, the group continues to celebrate this priceless heritage and set the tone for Afro-Peruvian music at large. The perfect cultural ambassadors, Peru Negro’s passionate songs and vivid dance make for an unforgettable evening. Day of Show: $35, Advance: $30.  Three or more shows:  $28

July 26-August 6 – Queens Theatre
It is More Than Cha, Cha, Cha...

This photo exhibit will give festival-goers a chance to see the work of up-and-coming Colombian-Venezuelan, New York-based photographer Diana De La Pava, whose lens has captured artists such as Ana Gabriel, Juanes, Shakira, Cesaria Evora, Luca Mundaca and Noche Flamenca in performance over the last seven years. Free

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