Culture Briefs: Mexican dance, Italian opera and human energy


In honor of Italian Heritage and Culture Month, the Italian Opera Company – which has been performing traditional Italian song for almost seven decades – is proud to present “A Celebration of Neapolitan Folksong” on Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue.

The evening affair is free of charge and will feature sopranos Nina Di Gregorio, Camille Simeone, Gloria Pandolfini, Florence Guida, Lucy Wussow, Angela Francavilla and Regina Celli, and tenors John Houlihan, Benny Togati, Erberto Modica, Vladinir Lokshin, Carlo Notaro,  Louis Vingelli, John Bottalico, Enzo Guarino, and John Gurrier under the musical direction of Thomas Siklos.

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Join youth members of the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company as they perform selections from different regions of Mexico-Jalisco for free at the Brooklyn Public Library as part of its event series for youth and families on Saturday, October 18.

The event, Folklore Mexican Dance, will take place at the Central Library’s Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza.

Outfitted in traditional costume, the dancers – whose mission is to produce dance-based programming incorporating live music to promote the rich diversity of Mexican and Mexican-American cultural heritage – will perform to Mariachi music.

This program is made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

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Be a part of the magic – and the electricity – on Saturday, October 18 as the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) hosts Project EATS’ Human Energy Hub from noon to 6 p.m. at the Plaza on Eastern Parkway.

Get a good workout and pedal a bicycle to generate power for future use by Project EATS. The all-day event is free and presented as part of the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition, Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and Beyond.

Project EATS is a program of the Active Citizen Project, and operates four working farms in the New York City area.

The event is weather permitting.

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