One of New York City’s oldest and best-known Latino theaters is paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
Teatro LATEA on the Lower East Side is presenting a week-long series of affordable events that began Monday, Jan. 15 — the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader — with a panel discussion on King’s life and legacy, and ends Sunday, Jan. 21, with a guided tour of the “slave galleries” in St. Augustine’s Church on Henry St.
In between is a diverse selection of African American and Afro-Latino-oriented theater, music, dance, art, film, poetry and comedy celebrating King as well as the Latino culture’s deep roots in Africa.
“LATEA is short for ‘Latin American Theater Experience and Associates,’ and it stands to reason that one of the main strengths of Latin culture — the African strength — be highlighted in this heartfelt tribute to Martin Luther King,” says Miguel Trelles, co-director of LATEA, who curated the event with wurknprogress.com founder Rodger Taylor.
Following Monday’s discussion hosted by Taylor and Fred Jerome, co-authors of “Einstein on Race & Racism,” comes “Line Cross Between Us,” a solo show inspired by the “Me Too” movement written and performed by Carole Marie Webster (Tues., Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; $10).
That’s followed at 9:30 p.m. with a performance by saxophonist Miguel Zenón and pianist David Virelles ($15), who will blend Afro-Cuban music with electronics.
Wednesday at 5 p.m., the focus is on visual art with a free showing of local artists co-curated by Alexis Mendoza of Cuba.Please visit the Daily News to READ MORE