If there was ever a time to kick off your shoes and get a bit saucy it is now. Temple’s Latino Cultural Expression, a celebration of Latino Heritage Month, takes place throughout October. For all the students who love Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Santana, this is the ultimate time to discover these artists’ musical and cultural history.
One of the most popular Latino dances and music is Salsa, which means “the sauce.” The Salsa is a rhythm that incorporates Cuban, Brazilian and Afro-Latino sounds. The “Salsa Dance Class,” presented by Professor Merian Soto, will be held on Monday, October 16 from 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Pearson Hall.
For those who prefer listening, rather than dancing, the Ambler Latino Heritage Month Committee is sponsoring “Salsa Night” with a grand selection of Salsa music played by the Nuevo Elemento Band. The event takes place 7:30 p.m. at Bright Hall Lounge at Ambler Campus, Tuesday, Oct. 17. The celebration also brings the spicy sounds of the Dominican Republic. Alto Calibre will be performing Dominican music with members of Raices Culturales at 12:45 p.m., at the Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall on Thursday, Oct. 26.
Not only do Temple’s celebrations give you a taste of Latino heritage through music and dance, there will also be wonderful Latin art on display. Tyler School of Art is sponsoring two exhibits through Oct. 14. “Copper, Stone and Fire” is located at Temple Gallery/Old City 45 N. 2nd St., while “Symphasis, Simultaneous Appearance” can be found at Tyler Gallery, Elkins Park. Tyler will also hold a Latino Student exhibition titled “Latin Heritage” held at the Penrose Gallery and Lobby at Tyler through Oct. 28.
Dr. Robin Moore and his student ensemble will perform at noon at the Bell on Friday, Oct 27. Moore is approaching his fourth year of music teaching at Temple. Expect to hear famous Brazilian songs “Samba de Orfeu” and the “Manha de Carnaval.”
Temple’s Latino Cultural Expression features many more events that cannot be missed. Get a complete calendar of events from the fourth floor of Anderson Hall.