Monday, October 27, 2014

Another Oscar's Farewell

                                This is sad news out of the Dominican Republic


A fortnight ago, 22-year-old star in the making Oscar Taveras hit a tying home run for the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series – a sign, many said, of the greatness that was to come from him in the future.
His fluid swing with upper-cut power had baseball people making comparisons to the great batting style of Ken Griffey Jr.
Today, two weeks later, baseball is in mourning over the loss of Taveras who was killed in a car accident Sunday in his native Dominican Republican.
Taveras played in seven of the Cardinals’ nine postseason games this month, going 3-for-7 in seven pinch-hitting appearances.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lovely Latin

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Farewell To A Legend


Oscar de la Renta dressed generations of the world's most iconic women, from former first lady Jackie Kennedy to lawyer Amal Alamuddin, bride to modern Hollywood royal George Clooney.

He died at home in Connecticut on Monday, surrounded by friends and family. He was 82 and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
Tributes poured in on Tuesday for the Dominican-born designer, who moved to New York in the 1960s and defined American fashion over five decades, creating a multi-million-dollar fashion house.
"He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms," said step-daughter Eliza Bolen and son-in-law Alex, executives at his company.
"While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us," the pair wrote, in a handwritten note posted on the company website.
"Through Oscar's example, we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Flashback

This is a current glimpse of a familiar face from the old Latino Fan Club label.
Can you remember his name?
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Friday, October 10, 2014

A Thing Of The Past?

It displeases me that the Conde has lost its allure. As with so many cities, business follows the money into suburban areas. Then it cycles back into the city core as young professionals want to live closer to work and be centrally located. I suppose we must wait on that to happen in Santo Domingo since there is an obvious lack of motivation on the politicians behalf to be proactive with a real plan to invest in that area for the sake of the city, its history and its culture.

I suppose I am simply venting due to uncertainty of one of my favorite things. I enjoy sitting at Paco's with a limonada or limon froze and having the chicharron de pollo with papas fritas. The Dumbo's Restaurant variation is adequate, but the view and the buzz at Paco's is much better.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bruno Mars at Festival Presidente



The Presidente Beer-sponsored Festival Presidente this year goes global and multi-genre. This year there will be pop, electronic music, R&B, rap and other urban music beats together with the Latin beats of salsa, bachata, merengue. On the list of performing artists is US singer-songwriter Bruno Mars. Franklin Leon, president of the Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana, announced that coming for this year's event, set for 3,4 and 5 October 2014, are Daddy Yankee, Mana (Mexico), Gilberto Santa Rosa (Puerto Rico), DJ Tiesto (Holland), Calle 13 (Puerto Rico) DJ Duck Sauce (US/Canada), Victor Manuelle (US), Wisin y Yandel (US), Prince Royce (US) and Daddy Yankee (US). Participating from the DR are Yiyo Sarante, Alex Matos, Hector Acosta, among others. 

The calendar is: 

Friday, 3 October: DJ Tiesto, Calle 13, Duck Sauce, Don Miguelo, Vakero, Mozart La Para. 

Saturday, 4 October: Bruno Mars, Daddy Yankee, Prince Royce, Chiquito Team Band, Sexappeal, Yiyo Sarante, Alex Matos, Hector Acosta, Miriam Cruz 

Sunday, 5 October: Mana, Wisin y Yandel, Anthony Santos, El Mayimbe, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuelle. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

50 Years Of Fashion


Oscar de la Renta: 50 Years at Bellas Artes. Do not miss the exhibition on Oscar de la Renta and his influence and impact on fashion and design over the past 50 years. Opening Thursday, 18 September 2014 through 15 November 2014 at the National Gallery of the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo.