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Agenda Cultural: 7 February, 2024


By Roger Costa

@The Newark Museum of Art

Celebrating Brazilian culture, The Newark Museum of Art, 49 Washington Street, will host the 2nd annual Brazilian Carnaval with an electrifying line-up of dance and musical performances led by drumming-ensemble company Samba New York and Afro-Brazilian group Mambembe. Taking place on February 15th, from 7pm till 11pm, the Roger Costa’s curated large-than-life event is also honoring the legacy of Carmen Miranda with a drag performance by Isabella Rio, among other attractions. Partygoers will also enter many chances to win cool prizes, participate on contests, craft and customize their own headbands, sip on drinks and traditional Brazilian food, get creative with tribal body and face painting, and check on art galleries and vendors. Part of the Art After Dark series. Support by Prudential. INFO:


Looking for fun this Valentines Weekend? NJPAC, 1 Center Street, in Newark, has something special and fun for everyone, either lovebirds dates, family gatherings or artlovers explorations. On Friday, February 9th, at 8pm, the king os Salsa Oscar D’Leon hosts an evening of romantic hits and sensational dancing, sharing the stage with rising star Christian Alicea. On Saturday it is time for outrageous and laugh-out-loud comedy as a stellar ensemble cast of comedians take the stage in 2 different sets (7pm and 9:45pm) for “Valentine’s Day All Star Comedy Show” led by Bill Bellamy, Bruce Bruce, Capone and others. On Saturday and Sunday, at 2pm, the extraordinary and joyful company Nai-Ni-Chen presents their annual New Year celebration show, now honoring the “Year of the Green Wood Dragon”. It is a fun packed, visually thrilling and amusing show for the entire family. INFO:

@Film at Lincoln Center

The best films of the year start early as Film at Lincoln Center, 165 65th Street, Manhattan, hosts the annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema film festival, presenting the best in contemporary French cinema, and bringing its stars and directors to talk about them: Oscar winner Marion Cotillard is one of the highlights in presence. Co-Presented by UniFrance, the festival runs February 29-March 10 with in-person screenings at Walter Reade Theater. This year’s opening night is the highly praised drama and box-office hit “The Animal Kingdom”. The line-up includes Michel Gondry’s “The Book of Solutions”, Ladj Ly’s “Les Indésirables”, another raw look at racial and social conflicts; the sensitive and melancholic “Marguerite’s Theorem”, an affecting story about a young woman’s special gift and Héléna Klotz’s astonishing “Spirit of Ecstacy” which brings a breakthrough performance by singer-turned-actress Claire Pommet. INFO:


Showcasing the personal and exquisite work conceived by Picasso during his 1921 summer in Fontainebleau, where he created inside a garage, Picasso in Fontainebleau can be seen through February 17 on the 3rd Floor. The experience resulted in two of his most visually-striking works ever “Three Women at the Spring” and “Three Musicians”. These phenomenal and abstract paintings were created weeks apart from each other and express his compulsive and curiously strange pursuit for different art forms. The exhibition includes Photographs, pastels, documents, drawings and others. INFO:

@The Joyce Theater

Located at 175 8th Avenue, corner of 19th street in Chelsea, Manhattan, The Joyce Theater is the most active and supportive dance venue in the city. Outstanding, emerging and established dance companies from the US and from all over the globe perform here, on a weekly-basis or in two-week-engagements. Here is what’s next: Philadelphia’s PHILADANCO presents their African-American fusion thru Saturday, February 10th. Revolutionary choreographer TWYLA THARP returns from February 13 thru 25, with new works such as “The Ballet Master” with song by Vivaldi and “Brel” homage to the Belgian singer Jacques Brel and revivals. And brilliantly promoting the Afro-Colombian traditions and rituals, SANKOFA DANZAFRO presents their new work, “Behind the South: Dances for Manuel”, February 27-March 3rd. Tickets start at $10. INFO:

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