12th Chase Latino Cultural Festival Annouces Program for 2008

Aquiles Baez
Aquiles Baez
The 12th Chase Latino Cultural Festival has announced the schedule for the 2008 edition. The festival will be held July 23-August 3 at the indoor Queens Theatre in the Park. The 12th Chase Latino Cultural Festival showcases the veteran Latin performers who started it all side by side with performers striking out in new directions.


Grupo Afro – Peruano Caracumbe
Wednesday July 23rd @ 8:00 p.m.
Advance Price: $30 Day of Performance: $35
Caracumbe is an Afro-Peruvian group composed of thirteen dancers and musicians, many former members of the Peru Negro ballet. Director Marcos Napa shares the artistic legacy of his ancestors skillfully and passionately through music and movement that has endured the test of time.

El Perro – Film
Thursday, July 24th @ 8:00 p.m.
Free Performance – Reservations Required
(In Spanish with English subtitles)


In this warm-hearted and poignant road movie, a man and a dog embark on a delightful adventure across the stunningly beautiful Argentine Patagonia.

Corina Bartra
Thursday, July 24th @ 8:00 p.m. – Studio

This sophisticated, innovative vocalist from Peru, is the first singer to blend jazz with Afro-Peruvian music.

Tola and Maruja and the Elvirita Elvirulo conference
Friday, July 25th @ 8:30 p.m.
Advance Price: $20 Day of Performance: $25

Carlos Mario Gallego, Tola, and Luis Alberto Rojas, Maruja, two extremely popular performers from Colombia bring to Queens Theatre a fascinating and hilarious new show centered around a traditional “joke.” In the sketch, Tola and Maruja play two elderly sisters, gossiping about their lives, and waiting for a bus that never arrives. These brilliant comedians also examine the cultural significance of this historical joke, which was banned by the Catholic Church for many years.

Tango and Beyond: The Story of Argentinean Music
Inca Rose Duo
Saturday, July 26th @ 1:00 p.m.
Free Performance – Reservations Required

(Family performance) This duo brings to life the music and culture of Argentina from its earliest roots to the present day.

For Voice And Guitar
Inca Rose Duo
Saturday, July 26th @ 8:30 p.m. – Cabaret Room

The Inca Rose Duo – Annelise Skovmand and Pablo González Jazey take audiences on a musical journey combining traditional folk music, classical selections and popular songs from Argentina.

Jimmy Sabater
Saturday, July 26th @ 8:30 p.m.
Advance Price: $20 Day of Performance: $25

Musician, vocalist, songwriter extraordinaire, and the founder of the “salsa” genre, has performed all over the world, and recorded a vast, impressive catalogue of albums featuring major artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. With his versatile musical skills and his romantic, velvety voice, Sabater is a consummate entertainer.

Noche Flamenca
Sunday July 27th @ 7:30 p.m.
Advance Price: $30 Day of Performance: $35

Experience for yourself this acclaimed flamenco ensemble as they present their authentic presentation of this cathartic art form.
La Mujer del Mar was commissioned in part with funds from the National Dance Project’s Production Grant.

Open Mic – Hosted by Rich Villar
Wednesday, July 30th @ 7.00 p.m. – Studio
Free Performance – Reservations Required

Come jam at Queens Theatre’s open mic session of poetry and spoken word, hosted by poet/curator Rich Villar. Let your word be heard, speak your mind & bring your art. If you are interested in participating in this event please contact Gabriela Alcalá at 718.760.0686, ext 226 or galcala@queenstheatre.org. Each act is restricted to 10 minutes. Bilingual work (Spanish/English) encouraged.

World premiere commissioned by Queens Theatre
Camerino 4
Wednesday July 30th @ 8.00 p.m. @ Queens theatre in the Park, Thursday July 31st @ 8:00 p.m. at La Guardia Community College
Free Performance – Reservations Required
One of Mexico’s newest and most innovative companies presents an exciting program of contemporary dance inspired in part by “theater of the absurd.” An eclectic combination of influences – including playwrights Harold Pinter and Eugene Ionesco, the language of cinema, and Mexico City itself.

Aquiles Báez
Thursday July 31st @ 8.00 p.m.
Aquiles Báez is a multitalented Venezuelan musician – a performer, arranger, composer and master guitarist. His innovative, genre-defying pieces combine jazz, classical and folk music.

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