Tuesday, September 27, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Lucio Fernándezshown at right, were featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (written and edited by 2016 HOLA Awards recipient Héctor Luis Rivera, also see below), where it highlighted that Fernández recently received the Illustrious Award from the Institute for Latino Studies at Rutgers University. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Kathy Tejada and A.B. Lugo are co-starring in Elena Garro's Un hogar sólido. Directed by 2016 HOLA Awards recipient Héctor Luis Rivera (also see above), the TEBA production will take place in October at the Broadway Blackbox Theater, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.

Caridad de la Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja), shown at right, in character, with Tito Nievesin the photo at left, was featured in a photo flash article on Broadway World, as a result of her co-starring role in the Pregones-PRTT musical production I Like It Like That. A jukebox musical of classic salsa tunes from the 1970s and 1980s (with additional original songs by musical director Desmar Guevara and others), the book is written by director Waddys Jáquez and David Maldonado. The musical is currently running at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. To read the article, click here.

Gualterio Alomar, through the Organization for Culture of Hispanic Origins (OCHO), is presenting an evening of art, literature, film and Hispanic culture. The evening will feature writer Jonathan Marcantoni with special guests Johanna Tolentino, Orlando Ferrand, and Nelson Antonio Denis, and a sneak preview of a new documentary. The event will take place Friday, September 30, 2016 at The Center, located in Manhattan's West Village. For more information, click here.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Iliana Guibertshown at right holding her award, is starring in the film Twice Upon A Time. Written by Guibert (who also executive produced) and directed by Paul Borghese, the short film, inspired by true events, is hitting the film festival circuit, winning awards along the way. The film won Best Local Film at the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City, where it screened in September in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Elizardi Castro
, shown at left, recently performed standup comedy sets at Comic Strip Live in New York City and Carmine's Comedy Club in Poughkeepsie, New York. For more information about his personal appearances, click here.

Lucio Fernández, shown at left, in the photo at right, with his wife Megan Fernández and their son, had a fantastic birthday when, on that day (Saturday, September 24, 2016), he received the prestigious Illustrious Award from the Institute for Latino Studies at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey (the alma mater of Fernández, also see below). In addition, both he and his wife, Megan Fernández, associate produced Chosun Opera Company's performance of Seonbi (conducted by Jahye Kim) on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at New York's world renowned Carnegie Hall.

Basil Rojas is directing Cindy Lou Johnson's play The Years. The production (by Sleeping Satellite Productions and Brazen Acorn Productions) will star Xandra Leigh Parker, Jesse Corbin, Tamra Paselk, Christina Moran, Jan Kutrzeba, and Jonathan Demar and will take place in October at the 4th Street Theater, located in Manhattan's East Village. For more information, click here and here.

If you are an 
HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Moisés Kaufman, Sandra Cisneros, Rodolfo Anaya, Luis Valdez Among the 2016 National Medal of Arts and Humanities Recipients

President Barack H. Obama presented the 2016 National Medals of Arts and Humanities on Thursday, September 22, 2016, in the morning in an East Room ceremony at the White House in Washington, District of Columbia.

Latinos/Hispanics who were awarded the 2015 National Medal of Humanities include author Rodolfo Anaya and chef/entrepreneur José Andrés. For more information, or to see the full list, click hereLatinos/Hispanics who were awarded the 2015 National Medal of Arts include writer Sandra Cisneros; musician Santiago Jiménez, Jr.; playwright/director/producer (and HOLA Awards honoree) Moisés Kaufman, shown at left; playwright/actor/writer/director Luis ValdezFor more information, or to see the full list, click here. To see the medal ceremony, click on the video below.

Friday, September 23, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Jesús E. Martínez, Soledad López and Ángel Gil Orrios were featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (edited by 2016 HOLA Awards recipient Héctor Luis Rivera) as a result of their participation in the Thalía Hispanic Theatre production of Apartment for Sale (tenant included)/Se vende apartamento (con inquilino)Written by Juan Carlos Rubio, the production co-stars López and Martínez and is produced, directed and designed by Orrios. The show will run in September and October at Thalía's eponymous theater located in the Sunnyside area of Queens. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here[Above left: Martínez; above right, left to right: López, Gil Orrios.]

Cynthia Bastidasshown at left, above, modeled clothing from Jennifer López and Rock and Republic on the fourth hour of NBC's "Today" (hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb).

Johanna Tolentinoshown at right, abovebooked a guest-starring role on "The Blacklist" (NBC).

Alicia Kaplan and 2016 HOLA Awards recipient Alfonso Rey were both featured in separate articles in the New York weekly newspaper Impacto Latin News, where the former was highlighted for her recent tour of Colombia with the Danisarte production of Soliluna (created and directed by Kaplan) and the latter was lauded for his recent win of the Monologando Contando Ando festival for the solo show #Popular (written by Marcos Purroy and directed by Rey). To read the articles, which are in Spanish, click on the image at above right.

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.


2016 HOLA Awards recipients Soraya Padrao and Mônica Steuer, shown above, left to right, co-starred in the film Cassanova Was A Woman (written by Jezabel Montero and directed by Kevin Arbouet). The feature film, which stars Montero, Margo Singaliese and Paolo Andino, is available for pre-order via iTunes. To order, click here (if in the USA) or here (if in Canada). For more information on the film, click here.

Gilbert Cruz
 is co-starring in Betty Shamieh's play Fit For A Queen. Directed by Tamilla Woodward, the Classical Theatre Company world premiere production is taking place in October at 3LD Art & Technology Center in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood. For more information about the production, click here.

Patrick Michael Valley, shown at left, is co-starring in the short film Sasha (written and directed by Dana Schoenfeld, who also stars in the film).

Rénoly Santiago is directing Mathilde Dehaye's Free Your Mind, Free Yourself. The double bill of one-act plays (Prejudice and Ride) will take place in September and October at the Producers' Club Theatre, located in thetheater district of midtown Manhattan. The production stars Dehaye, 2016 HOLA Awards recipient 
Úrsula Tinoco, Fiona Robert Kapacinskas and Reza Salazar. For more information, click here.


If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

2016 HOLA Awards recipient Jeannie Sol, shown at right, will be performing on a double bill with entertainer Harmonica Sunbeam on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Club Feathers in River Edge, New Jersey.

Hernando Caicedo is co-starring in the short film Illegal Mezcal (written and directed by Stephanie Gardner), which just wrapped up principal photography.

Rénoly Santiago co-starred in an episode of "Difficult People" (Hulu).


Vanessa Verduga just released the music video for "Owner of My Heart", the leadoff single off her debut album Soy Mujer. To see the video, click below.



If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Monday, September 19, 2016

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Cristina Noya, shown at right, co-wrote and directed the short film Happy Birthday Mr. President. Adapted by Noya from the stage play of the same name written by José Luis Useche, the film is in post-production and is expected to hit the film festival circuit soon.

Elizardi Castro will be performing in El Show de "El Lucio". An evening of standup comedy/solo theater with a live band (Orquesta Afinke), the show is produced by Mike Oquendo (of Mike Oquendo Events) and will feature special guest Sara Contreras. The production will take place in November at the White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) in White Plains, New York. For more information, click here or here.

Joe Ortizshown at leftis co-starring in the short film Javi's Heist (written by Matthew Thomas Burda and Eric T. Ford and directed by Ford), the film is the third of the Javi series (the first two being Where's Javi? and Javi Can't Hide). Javi's Heist (produced by Hayride Films) has just completed principal photography in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. For more information, click here or here.

Mónica Delgado danced with the Colombian folk dance troupe Pajarillo Pinta'o (under the direction of 2016 HOLA Awards recipient Daniel Fetecua) and R.Evolución Latina at the Danza Heights Festival in September at Highbridge Park, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. For more information about the festival, click here. A portion of the performance can be seen in the video below.


If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?