5 events to check out include Frankie Ruiz tribute, Afro-Latino film festival

From a Frankie Ruiz performance tribute, to a Caribbean-American celebration to a Waterbury Afro-Latino Film Festival, Connecticut has a series of Latin events coming up that appeal to various interests.

Here are five in-state events you can add to your May and June calendars. 

Stamford library hosts Spanish storytime

Stamford — South End Branch Library, located 34 Woodland Ave. inside the Lathon Wider Community Center, is hosting its weekly Spanish-language storytime and accompanying activity on Thursday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to noon. The experience will feature stories, music, movement and fun for babies and toddlers between the ages of 1-4, with an accompanying caregiver. The event promotes native literacy and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Josephine Fulcher-Anderson, the South End Branch Library and bookmobile supervisor at 203-351-8281 or through email at janderson@fergusonlibrary.org.

Meriden restaurant hosts Latin night

Meriden — Dominican restaurant, the Xolo Bar & Lounge, located 466 Colony St., will host Lo’ Maximo Saturdays this weekend. The opening will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 27. The inaugural Latin night will feature DJ Type R playing Latin music including merengue, salsa, bachata, reggaeton and dembow. This weekly event is free and a great way to get out, listen and dance to Latin music. 

Hartford cultural center hosts Caribbean-American celebration

Hartford —The West Indian Social Club of Hartford is hosting a Caribbean American heritage celebration on Monday, June 5, from 5-7 p.m. at 550 Main St. The West Indian Social Club of Hartford is a cultural center of education, entertainment and a migrant resource of West Indian and Caribbean-American culture. The cultural celebration will feature food, live performances and music. The event is free and open to the public.

Frankie Ruiz Jr.performs tribute to ‘El Papá de la Salsa’ 

Harford —  Frankie Ruiz Jr., the son of Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Frankie Ruiz, and his orchestra will perform his father’s songs on Saturday, June 10, at 8 p.m. on 79 New Park Ave. The event is hosted by Zayas Law Firm, a personal injury attorney in Hartford. Ruiz Jr.’s  father is known as “El Papá de la Salsa” by the Latino community and spearheaded the salsa romántica subgenre, which was popular throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. Tickets range from $30 to $200 and can be purchased on the Eventbrite website.

Palante Theater Company to hostfirst Afro-LatinoFilm Festival 

Waterbury — Afro Caribbean Cultural Center’s Pa’lante Theater Company will host its first-annual Afro-Latino Film Festival from Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, at Seven Angels Theatre, located 1 Plank Road.

The inaugural festival will celebrate and showcase the stories and people of Afro-Latino communities and culture through short films, music videos, documentaries and fictional films. 

The first day of the festival will be on June 16 with a screening at 7 p.m. It will continue on June 17 with screenings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and will conclude on June 18 at 2 p.m. Guests can purchase a weekend pass for $40 and individual screenings are $15. The festival is open to everyone and guests can purchase tickets on the Afro Caribbean Cultural Center’s website.

If you know of any local event that interests and is relevant to our Latino communities, please share it with us via email: RJLatinos@record-journal.com.


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