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2012 Latino Cultural Festival Events

Thursday, Aug. 16

Opening Night: Tango Y Vida II — Experience classical tango at its best. In a seductive performance, these international artists embody the heat, energy and controlled abandon that is the Argentine tango. Led by renowned composer Frank Valiente, “Tango Y Vida II” showcases the passion and precision of the Argentine tango with a live orchestra. Ticket holders are invited to attend the opening night party immediately following the performance. (Mainstage)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $40

Friday, Aug. 17

Bachata Night — Superstars of Bachata — Andy Andy, Henry Santos and 24 Horas — come together for one special performance. (Mainstage)

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $40

Afromantra — Headed by Chilean-Cuban drummer/composer Alejandro “Alex” García (Chile), Afromantra performs original compositions that combine rich harmonies and powerful rhythms with Cuban, American and South American traditions and influences. (Studio Theatre)

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $25

Saturday, Aug. 18

For Children: La Cencienta — When Cinderella’s cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the royal ball, she gets some unexpected help. The classic story of Cinderella is performed in Spanish by a talented and up-and-coming New York City-based theater company. (Mainstage)

When: 1 p.m.

Cost: $12

Corina Bartra & Orchestra/Gregorio Uribe Big Band — Experience world music in Latin style when Peru and Colombia share the stage in one special night with Corina Bartra (Peru) and Gregorio Uribe (Colombia). Bartra opens the night with her Afro-Peruvian-inspired contemporary jazz followed by the traditional Colombian music, flavored with Afro-Cuban rhythms and funk grooves, of Uribe’s 16-piece big band. (Mainstage)

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $30

Villalobos Brothers — Internationally known for their classical fusions of traditional Mexican music, the Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of musical brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awakens the senses as it redefines the notions behind the music. (Studio Theatre)

When: 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25

Hugo “El Gordo” Cadelago — The local comedy legend and nationally-renowned radio DJ/personality Hugo “El Gordo” Cadelago (“The Fat One”) will have audiences laughing all night with his side-splitting stand-up comedy act in Spanish. (Cabaret Theatre)

When: 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $20

Sunday, Aug. 19

Queens Theatre Short Film Festival — A selection of short films by local Latin directors and writers. A panel of international actors and directors will select the grand prize winner. (Mainstage)

When: 3 p.m.

Cost: $20

An exhibition of the work of Puerto Rican-born and New York-raised artist Ray Rosario will be on display throughout the festival.

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