Latino Art Beat announced its 11th consecutive Hispanic Heritage art competition for 11th- and 12th-graders at the recent opening day reception of the Latino Art Beat retrospective art exhibit hosted by the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute presents the award winning novelist, Eduardo Lago on March 12, at 8 pm at Seton Hall University in the Chancellor’s Suite. Lago is the recipient of the Nadal Prize, Spain’s oldest and most prestigious literary award for his first novel Llamame Brooklyn (Call Me Brooklyn), and the 2007 National Critics’ Award.

HarperEntertainment, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced the acquisition of an autobiography by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya. To be called AMERICAN SON, De La Hoya's book will chronicle his rise as one of the most-talked about fighters in the history of boxing, a frank and touching memoir about his pursuit and achievement of the American Dream.

Editorial Campana, a Latino publishing company dedicated to promoting the talent of independent writers, announced the official debut of its 7 new titles. The event will take place on October 4, at 7:P.M at the NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center.

Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) announced that Alfredo Galván, the host of AMOR 93.1 FM’s “Amor Temprano en la Mañana,” will be moving production of the award winning “Zanahorias” to Puerto Rico, Galván’s home.

The Art Gallery of Knoxville is proud to present a national exhibition that examines the U.S. / Mexico Border and the lives of migrant farm workers and Appalachian families in rural TN.

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Latino International Theatre Festival of New York, Inc. announced the launch of TeatroStageFest, a two week theater festival showcasing the sights and sounds of award-winning theatre companies, performers, playwrights and directors from New York City, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain. The festival, which will run from April 30 through May 13, 2007, is expected to draw more than 5,000 theater-goers at seven venues in the emerging Fourth Arts Block of the East Fourth Street Cultural District and surrounding areas creating New York's own Calle Cuatro.

For the fifth consecutive year, Merrill Lynch will present arteaméricas, the premier exhibition of Latin American artists, showcasing more than 300 renowned and emerging talents from 70 of the most prestigious art galleries of Latin America, the United States and Europe.

In January, the University of Massachusetts Press published "Puerto Rican Poetry: An Anthology from Aboriginal to Contemporary Times," edited and translated by Roberto Marquez, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Latin American and
Caribbean Studies at Mount Holyoke College.

Comedy Jump Off, LLC in conjunction with Image Entertainment announced its DVD release of Comedy Jump-Off: The Latino Connection was released in stores nation-wide and online nationally on November 14, 2006. The DVD is the first of a three part series.

Beginning October 8th, Worcester Art Museum provides to its visitors with a wide-ranging overview of the three most important artists of Puerto Rico José Campeche y Jordán (1715-1809), Francisco Oller y Cestero (1833-1917) and Miguel Pou y Becerra (1880-1968). The exhibition titled Mi Puerto Rico: Master Painters of the Island, 1780-1952 was curated by Marimar Benitez, Director, School of Fine Arts, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Cheryl Hartup, Chief Curator of Museo de Arte de Ponce and comprises 47 works of art from public and private collections, of which 16 are form MAP.

HarperCollins Publishers and Grupo Planeta announced a co-publishing agreement to develop a line of Spanish-language titles that will be published in the United States by the Rayo imprint of HarperCollins.

After eight years as Los Angeles' premier Latin music club and cultural melting pot, the Conga Room, co-owned by Jimmy Smits, Jennifer Lopez, Sheila E. and Paul Rodriguez, closed following a star-filled bash which included club fans like Eriq La Salle, Cedric the Entertainer and Larenz Tate. The evening featured heartfelt performances by legendary conguero Francisco Aguabella, L.A.'s leading Chicano band, Quetzal, and salsa master Johnny Polanco. The Conga Room's owners plan to re-open the club in 2007 at the LA Live Entertainment Complex being built across from the Staples Center downtown.

This ground-breaking exhibition is a cornerstone of Bodies of Work: The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, the city's first-ever festival showcasing work by professional artists with disabilities.

Ford Motor Company's Mercury brand has signed on to sponsor "Terra Nostra: Solamente Salma," a series of actress Salma Hayek paintings by renowned film director Robert Rodriguez and accomplished muralist George Yepes. The exhibition features 16 acrylic on canvas paintings, each eight by five feet in size and will be on display at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, Texas, from April 7 until June 18, 2006.

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