Last week I had the multi-sensory pleasure of attending Unexpected Mexico here in NYC. The event, sponsored by Bohemia Beer, was a feast, literally, featuring three top Mexican chefs, drinks, and musica.
Upon entering Skylight Studio, an events space in West SoHo, I was greeted by modern Mexican art pulled from the vast FEMSA collection. Some of the artists featured included Ruffino Tamayo, Gerardo Murillo, Carlos Merida, Angel Zerraga and Pedro Coronel.
The features of the evening came via the chefs, Patricia Quintana, Rick Bayless and Monica Patino.
The food sampling were perfectly paied with the music of Mexican musical icon Eugenia Leon.
A boy who was interviewed about the Buckweed fire, which burned nearly 60 square miles and destroyed 21 homes in Los Angeles County, “admitted to playing with matches and accidentally starting the fire,” the county sheriff said in a statement.
The boy was released to his parents and does not yet face any charges.
Don’t forget that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to “hunt down the people responsible.”
Enrique Iglesias fans have a new virtual way to hang out with each other and with the fortunately talented son of papi Julio.
On the heels of his critically acclaimed eighth studio album, Insomniac, and the kick off of his 20-date international tour, Enrique Iglesias launched his exclusive online fan community, EnriqueFanClub.com.
The new online home, which is just as pretty as the singer, provides a place for Enrique to interact with his most enthusiastic fans and to connect his fans with one another. The site will feature up-to-the-minute Enrique news, tour information, interactive behind-the-scenes multimedia, journals, an extensive collection of photographs, monthly contests and giveaways, interviews and a members-only message board and chat room.
All of Spain and much of the world was waiting to see the sentences handed down against those accused of murdering 191 people and wounding more than 1,800 in the March 11, 2004, bombing of Madrid commuter trains. This morning Spain’s National Court handed down sentences stretching to tens of thousands of years to three men. The court found 18 others guilty of lesser charges related to the attacks, such as belonging to a terrorist organization.
The Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain is one of my favorite museums and today it opens a shiny new 237,000 square foot extension. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía attended the opening ceremony for the extention designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo at a cost of $219 million.
It was only a matter of time before someone tried to make a little baby reggaetonero. Something is a little scary and a liitle cute about this kid. The bling bling is scary as are the backup dancers but he’s a little kid! So he’s cute. You also have to love his suggestion at locking up all the rival reggaetoneros in a room to work out their drama.
Calle 13 wone three Latin Grammy Awards last year, and VL was there. This year VL will be there again to see if they win any of four nominations Residente o Visitante: Album of the Year – Best Urban Music Album – Best Urban Song (“Pal Norte”) and Best Music Video (“Tango del Pecado”). Even they don’t win (they likely will though), the duo will also be performing live in Vegas!
It was only a matter of time. The fires in Southern California have to be blamed on someone and who better than immigrants and Latinos. It may have been meant as a spoof originally, but the website (now offline) CNN HeadLIEne News ran a story saying that a “radical Hispanic organization had taken responsibility for the fires that raged through southern California this week”. Ha ha real funny no?
Dominican music legend Juan Luis Guerra is being sued by his producer, puertorriqueña Maritza Casiano for breach of contract. We’d love to give you the details, but I’m afraid there aren’t many. Apparently Casiano and Guerra have worked together for over 20 years, and something went wrong with a contract, so it’s off to San Juan’s Federal Court. The official statement reads:
“Casiano Group ni la productora Maritza Casiano emitirán declaraciones más allá de las que explica el documento presentado en el tribunal de la Corte federal”, indica la comunicación que recuerda “los más de 20 años de relación y el gran afecto entre las partes”.
According to Spain’s 20 Minutos, Casiano says she is “very affected” and prefers that the courts put an end to the dispute between her and Juan Luis Guerra.
Progressives around Colombia are celebrating today the triumph of the left in Bogota’s municipal elections. Samuel Moreno of the Democratic Pole party won the spot as mayor (a.k.a. the second most powerful man in Colombia) despite the theatrics of president Alvaro Uribe’s counter-campaign. Columnist María Jimena Duzán of Colombia’s El Tiempo lays out how Uribe’s antics actually ended up producing more support for Moreno:
The flattening triumph of Samuel Moreno in the elections for Bogota’s mayor, aside from consolidating the Democratic Pole as the premiere political force in the capital, demonstrates that we Bogotanos don’t like the president sticking his nose into our business and telling us whom we should vote for. His intervention was so crude that it ended producing the opposite effect. In the end, this strategy took votes away from Peñalosa [the candidate Uribe endorsed].