Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March 2, 2012 Salsa Caliente dance lesson and party at The Painted Bride Art Center

BYOB Cabaret and Dance Party
Learn/dance to Latin big bands live
Fri. March 2 | Dance Lessons: 9pm, Party: 10pm
$20 in advance, $25 day of event

“If you haven’t dance to a live Latin band, you haven’t danced salsa, embrace the heat!”
- Jesse Bermudez, Regional Latino cultural ambassador and Salsa Caliente co-producer

Philadelphia’s only BYOB cabaret concert and dance party series featuring two live Latin big bands returns for a second season at the Bride. Drawing from the buzz looming from last season’s wide appeal and diverse attendance, Salsa Caliente 2.0 continues its non-stop flight service from the fringes of Old City to the heart of Old San Juan alongside the hottest large music ensembles from the region such as Orquesta Herencia de Soneros and Papo Buda y Saboricua who performed last season. Plenty of room for dancers of all experience levels, each evening starts with FREE dance lessons from Flaco’s Dance Factory. Put some salsa on your sexy and come join the party!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

February 28, 2012 Lecture at Penn Museum:"Contemporary South African Performance"

Evening Lecture
Contemporary South African Performance
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
6:00 pm
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street, Philadelphia PA 19104 | (215) 898-4000 |

Dr. Carol Muller, Professor of Music (ethnomusicology), who has published widely on South African music, considers the relationship between music, gender and religious studies, migration and diaspora studies, and critical ethnography.

ADMISSION: Pay-what-you-want

Thursday, February 23, 2012

February 25 and March 3, 2012 1;00-2:30 PM Brazilian Samba Class with Angelica Cassimiro

Come learn Brazilian samba and then show off your new moves at PhillyBloco's Carnaval Show!
Performance Garage , 1515 Brandywine Street

Angelica is back in the area and ready to share some Brazilian Samba dancing with you.
Want to learn? Want to improve your samba?....Then come for a fun upbeat dance class! All levels welcomed!

WHEN: Saturday Feb. 25th
TIME: 1:00pm-2:30pm
WHERE: Performance Garage- 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia
COST: WELCOME BACK RATE $10 on 2/25: $15. on 3/3 (cash only)

*Come with comfortable clothes and be prepared to be barefoot

*The class starts with a 30-minute warm up that exercises basic isolation of the body, following by stretching and strengthening exercises. After the warm up, Angelica introduces the students samba no pé (basic samba step) and passo marcado (simple choreographies) typical of the Rio Carnaval. The whole class happens in the sound of the upbeat and irresistible Brazilian music.

Hope to see you soon and SAMBA SAMBA SAMBA!!!

Contact me with any questions
*About the Instructor: Angelica Cassimiro is a freelance Dance Artist, Performer, Instructor and Choreographer. She has a BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts and is a member of Actor's Equity Association. Her competencies in performance, choreography and instruction include: Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Samba, Hip Hop, Salsa and African Dance. Angelica just completed a 10month contract dancing with Disney Cruiselines and is back to teaching and performing with both PhillyBloco and Alo Brasil.

February 25, 2012 PhillyBloco's Brazilian Carnaval Spectacular at The Blockley 9:30 PM

Saturday, February 25, 2012
9:30pm until 12:30am

On February 25th PhillyBloco returns to The Blockley for our Brazilian Carnaval Bash!

Join us as we celebrate Carnaval, the biggest party on the planet!

The music, drumming and dancing will last all night long, so grab your dancing shoes and some friends and be a part of this very special event!

Doors: 8:00pm
Show: 9:30pm
Tickets: $12/$15 (adv/door)
Ages: 21+

February 25, 2012 Conjunto Philadelphia at World Cafe Live PHL 9:00 PM

Conjunto Philadelphia is a musical ensemble based in the Philadelphia area performing the music of Pre-Revolutionary Cuba. The group's main aspiration is to maintain the authenticity of the music while performing it in a way that pays homage to Cuba's deep and treasured musical history. Genres include Son, Cha-cha-chá, Bolero, and Danzón

Artist’s Website

Saturday, February 25, 2012 | Show 9pm | Upstairs Live


$12 + processing fees

Monday, February 20, 2012

February 24, 2012 7:00 PM Tertulia:"Cuba's African Roots" at Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas

WHAT: Tertulia: Cuba's African Roots

WHEN: Friday, February 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Old Crane School, 1417 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

(corner of North 2nd & Master Streets)

COST: $10 admission. Must be 15 years old to attend

In honor of Black History Month, Raíces' February Tertulia will highlight the African roots in Cuba's culture. The Tertulia presents Afro-Cuban music and dance.
Dorthy Wilkie, Artistic Director of the dance and drum ensemble group Kùlú Mèlé, will talk about Afro-Cuban dance Orisa and provide a demonstration.
Dorthy has studied a large repertoire of African and African Diasporas dance starting at the beginning of her formal career in 1955. She studies the genre as both an art form and an aspect of her spiritual practice as an Orisa devotee and initiate.

Elizabeth Sayre, the Program Specialist at the Philadelphia Music Project, will discuss Afro-Cuban percussion during the event, while the performance group Timbalona provides the percussion rhythms.
Elizabeth is a musician and ethnomusicologist. As a percussionist, Elizabeth has apprenticed with masters in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and West African drumming in Philadelphia; New York; Middletown, Connecticut; San Francisco; and Havana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, and Santiago in Cuba.

Timbalona is a folkloric Latin American dance and music group located in Philadelphia established in 2011. Andrés Cisneros from Venezuela, George "Pupy" Castellanos from Cuba,
and Christian Noguera from Argentina form the group. Timbalona's mission is to create awareness for and promote Afro-Cuban art through classes, workshops, and presentations. The group has provided Rumba classes at Raíces Talentos Studio and will begin registration for Orisa classes beginning in March.

A brief presentation will be made by the Headlong Theater during the Tertulia to introduce the "This Town is a Mystery" project that Raíces is partnering with the theater company to produce.
The same evening, Raíces will present the exhibit "Voces y Colores" [Voices and Colors] featuring Colombian artist Erika Gomez Henao. Erika paints the people and vivid landscapes that she remembers from her childhood on the Pacific coast of Colombia. She is currently studying art at Community College of Philadelphia and is working for the Mural Arts Program. Erika is no stranger to Raíces, as she was one of several artists who participated in a Phoenixville exhibit coordinated by Raíces. Her artwork will be on display at Raíces from February 24- March 2012.

On the last Friday of the month, Raíces presents a Tertulia. This event - for people over 15 years of age - is one of Raíces' most popular programs and presents monthly lectures and discussions on cultural topics. During each Tertulia, after the invited guests' presentation and open public discussions, the microphone is opened to any individual or group who would like to share their talents in music, poetry, dance, etc. Raíces calls this cultural encounter in the café atmosphere "a retreat for the soul."

Please note, much of the speaking is in Spanish, but English translation will be available.

Come and learn about Afro-Cuban music and dance!

Kùlú Mèlé

Saturday, February 18, 2012

February 22, 2012 6:00 PM Voices of Africa Concert and Workshop at Penn Museum

Imagine Africa Evening Event
Voices of Africa Concert and Workshop

Join us for an evening of music featuring Voices of Africa, curated by Gina Renzi, Director of The Rotunda ( This internationally acclaimed ensemble presents a complete and unique experience of a cappella harmonies and traditional West African percussive rhythms. Voices of Africa share music that spans the African Diaspora, with traditional African and African-American songs, message music, gospel, and inspirational percussive rhythms.

Free with Museum admission.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

February 18, 2012 PhillyBloco New York City Carnaval Bash 10:00 PM-1:00 AM at Drom

Join PhillyBloco as we return to The Big Apple to celebrate Brazilian Carnaval!

After PhillyBloco's TWO FULL SETS of Live Samba, Funk, Reggae and more, keep dancing the night away with DJ David Medina!

"RSVP to this Event to be automatically added to the $12 discount list*

Doors: 9:30pm
Show: 10:00pm
Tickets: $12/$15 (adv/door)
Ages: 21+

See you there!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 17, 2012 Art After Five presents Ralph Peterson Featuring the Curtis Brothers 5:45 PM

Ralph Peterson is one of the most distinctive drummers in jazz, his talents as a musician, composer, arranger, and bandleader setting him apart as a master. The Curtis Brothers present modern Latin jazz with a social and political consciousness.
5:45 6:45 PM and 7:15-8:15 PM
Free aftrer museum admission ($16.)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

February 18, 2012 10:00 AM-5:00PM Imagine Africa Free Community Day at Penn Museum

Imagine Africa Free Community Day

Drums African music, dance, and diverse cultures take center stage on Saturday, February 18, from 10 am to 5 pm (with special programming from 1 to 4 pm), when the Penn Museum offers a free community day, part of the ongoing Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum gallery project and public programming initiative that runs through January 2013.
Philadelphia radio station 100.3 WRNB is sponsor of the free day, and on air personality Lady B broadcasts live from the Penn Museum between 11 am and 2 pm. Guests will also enjoy performances by the Women's Sekere Ensemble and the Neo-African Drums 'n Dance ensemble from La Salle University. Special guest presenters from seven African countries join the afternoon with show and tell tables, sharing information about their countries' cultures and traditions and providing related activities geared to families. Members of AFRICOM, the Coalition of African Communities in Philadelphia, share information about Liberia (Mr. Wayétu Moore) and Ghana (Dr. Samuel Quartey). Dr. Mary Osirim, a Sociology professor at Bryn Mawr College and co-editor of Global Philadelphia, Immigrant Communities Old and New, talks about her book, which includes a chapter she authored on the city's African community.

Museum admission is free all day. Bring the whole family for this celebration of African culture!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

February 17, 2012 6:30-8:30 PM Film Screenings "We of the SAYA" and "Cuban Roots"

Film Screening

Friday, February 17, 2012

6:30-8:30 p.m. Episcopal Cathedral, 3723 Chestnut Streets
Admission $11.24 ($10. plus $1.24 fee)
Tickets on sale only through February 16

We of the SAYA, by Sisa Bueno: An insightful and uplifting documentary that crosses
personal stories of Afro-Bolivians as a grassroots movement to achieve
community recognition as a legitimate ethnic group is organized across the country.

Q & A with Sisa Bueno

Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories
Documentary, 57 minutes
Spanish & English subtitles
Directed by Pam Sporn
Edited by Rafael Parra
Original score by 2005 Grammy winner Oscar Hernández

Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories highlights the historical journey of a black Cuban family, revealing that the Cuban-American experience is more complex racially and ideologically than is popularly understood. Pablo Elliot Foster, the son of Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants, narrates Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories. After his father returns to Cuba for the first time after 33 years in the US, Pablo decides to explore his own Afro-Latino identity. Pablo’s guides are his father, aunt, and uncle, who emigrated from Cuba as children in1962. Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories is the visual autobiography of one family that confronts questions of diaspora, class, immigration and identity.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February 11, 2012 Shakoor Sanders and Vince Turnbull "A Night in Havana" at Chris' Jazz Cafe 11:30 PM - 2:00 AM

Don't Miss This Night of Music

The group will be playing a variety of music featuring:

Shakoor Sanders (percussion)
Maria Grand (Sax)
Zaccai Curtis (Piano)
Luques Curtis (Bass)
Khary Shaheed (Drums)
Vince Turnbull (Trumpet)

Playing Originals, Afrocuban & Afrocuban standards, as well as music from the Curtis Brother's New CD!

215 568 3131 for reservations
Gen Ad $10

February 11, 2012 Alô Brasil Carnaval Party 7:30 PM and 10:30 PM at WCL PHL

Alô Brasil, consisting of twelve Philadelphia musicians spanning three generations, was born out of a passion for Brazilian music. Accompanied by stunningly costumed dancers, the band draws audiences into a "tornado of rhythm and sound" (Philadelphia City Paper) — an irresistible, full body-and-soul experience. Whether parading down Broad Street, opening for gala events or awards ceremonies at Philadelphia's top venues, or captivating hundreds of revelers at local nightspots, Alô Brasil never fails to enchant. The band's repertoire is rooted in African influenced rhythms (samba batucada, samba reggae, pagode, maracatú, ijexá), and others, from many different regions of Brazil.

Saturday, February 11, 2012 | Doors 6pm | Show 7:30pm | Downstairs Live

Floor/Loge (Reserved Seating): $25 ($20 ticket + $5 processing fee)
Mezzanine (Reserved Seating): $35 ($20 + $15 premium service*/processing fee)*priority seating and VIP amenities/service. Click here for more info.

Saturday, February 11, 2012 | Doors 10pm | Show 10:30pm | Downstairs Live

Floor/Loge (Standing Room): $25 ($20 ticket + $5 processing fee)
Mezzanine (Reserved Seating): $35 ($20 + $15 premium service*/processing fee)*priority seating and VIP amenities/service. Click here for more info.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

February 10, 2012 Art After Five presents Marco Pignataro Trio Featuring Bassist John Patitucci 5:45 PM

5:45-6:45 PM and 7:15-8:15 PM
Saxophonist/composer Marco Pignataro is a member of the Eddie Gomez Quintet and the leader of the Marco Pignataro Jazzet. He has performed with Danilo Pérez, Arturo Sandoval, and Paquito D’Rivera, among others. With Pérez, he leads the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music, Boston.
Free after museum admission ($16.)