Newark Museum Presents Latino Heritage Family Festival On October 26
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, October 14, 2013, 07:47 PM EDT
The Museum’s festival offers an array of events. Jorge Estrada and his Trio performs Decima, the traditional music of the jibaro (the people) of Puerto Rico at 1 pm in Horizon Plaza. At 2 pm, ethnomusicologist Jose Obando and his musical group will perform using authentic instruments and dance rhythms to tell the story of the African roots of Caribbean music. Obando will also share stories of the slave trade to the Latin American colonies and its profound impact on contemporary American musical culture. Areas to be covered include: geography, history, anthropology, ethnomusicology, religion and African studies. Obando, salsa consultant for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Musical Instruments, is one of the founders of the Salsa Museum in Spanish Harlem, New York, as well as its former executive director.
Other events throughout the day include: Family Fun tours of the Museum’s exhibitions in English and Spanish; creative art-making activities; scientific discoveries and an afternoon of fun activities related to the family exhibit, Generation Fit: Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle; Planetarium shows (additional fee required); and adventures with a Solar Telescope.
The Blood Center of New Jersey Blood Mobile will be on site during the festival and everyone who donates blood will be entered into a drawing for tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII. As an added bonus, donors will receive two free tickets for the Planetarium show of their choice. Planetarium tickets may be redeemed at the Admissions Desk for available shows, November 1 - December 20, 2013.
To learn more about programs and events, visit newarkmuseum.org, or follow the Museum on Facebook at facebook.com/newark.museum or Twitter at twitter.com/newarkmuseum.