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Queens Bee: Biculturally Curious? Check Out The Thalia Spanish Theatre

Posted Thursday, May 14th, 2009 at 3:30 pm by alex in Cultural Bees. More in 11377


If you find yourself tired of the usual “dinner and a movie” and you just don’t have the extra cash lying about to either hang out in Manhattan (Kidding. That is so pre-recession.) or hire a double-jointed hooker (Also kidding. This course of action is ill-advised.), then consider checking out Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside. Yeah, they do it with a British spelling. Yes, that also annoys me for no real reason. Try and give them a chance anyway.

Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, NY, 11104

The theatre is a non-profit organization established in 1977 as Queens’ first – and only – bilingual, Latino theater. The venue hosts a number of recurring events, like its Festival de Thalia de al Aire Libre / Free Outdoors Festival, which consists of four free concerts every June. (Which, just in case you weren’t paying attention, are free. As in F-R-E-E. As in more money for ill-advised, double-jointed hookers.)

Currently, Thalia Spanish Theatre is playing Amor Latino (Latino Love Story) through May 24th. This totally engaging musical blends flamenco, jazz and tap to tell the story of two rival groups – one of which is Latino and from Queens, the other black, non-Latino and from the Bronx. The rivals are brought together over their mutual love of… Dance? Nope. Music? Nuh uh. Entomology? Close! Baseball. Baseball is the only thing that can bring two rival, tap-dancing gangs together. Baseball and toll money. Think of it as a new twist on West Side Story.

Amor Latino is only playing for a couple more weekends, so be sure to get your tickets (Satuday and Sunday $30, Friday $25) as soon as possible. The theater will also offer Ballet Fiesta Mexicana and its Mariachi Band beginning June 5th. (But can Mexican ballet and mariachi music bring rivals together? It is yet to be seen.) Be sure to keep an eye out for more upcoming event as well as for additional info on the Thalia Spanish Theatre’s Free Outdoors Festival.

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