Join the Hyde Square Task Force for a discussion on Nov. 18th with playwright and author Octavio Solis on his new play Quixote Nuevo, an exceptionally poetic adaptation of the classic novel. Solis will also read excerpts from his book, Retablos: Stories of a Life Lived Along the Border, a memoir of his life growing up in El Paso, Texas. The book will be available for sale and signing following the discussion. The discussion will be moderated by WBUR’s Cristella Guerra and begins at 7 pm.
Get dressed in your best costume for a parade and trick-or-treating on Centre Street in Boston's Latin Quarter on Halloween. Then enjoy a free Halloween Festival with games, a haunted house, crafts, treats, and more! Parades:
There will be two parades, with one meeting at Jackson Square MBTA Station at 4 pm, and the other at the Connolly Branch Library (433 Centre St.) at 3:30 pm. Both parades will be led by percussionists down Centre Street and stop at local businesses for candy. The parades will end at the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (631 Centre St.) for the Halloween Festival.
A new documentary "Boston's Latin Quarter," which takes a close look at the Hyde and Jackson Squares neighborhoods, is debuting in Jamaica Plain on August 12. Colombian filmmaker Monica Cohen, a Jamaica Plain resident, spent much of the last year producing and directing the 30-minute, bilingual documentary. The film looks closely at how the Hyde-Jackson Square neighborhood on the border of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury has transformed during the past three decades and recently received the designation of being Boston's Latin Quarter from the Massachusetts Cultural District. In the documentary, the director examines issues such as the strengths of the immigrant communities, Latinx entrepreneurs, the role of Afro-Latin Arts/Culture, place-keeping, and problems of crime, violence and gentrification. Following the film, a panel including Cohen; Celina Miranda, Executive Director of Hyde Square Task Force; Damaris Pimental, owner of Ultra Beauty Salon; and Elaine Mondy, a Boston Latin Quarter residents, will discuss the issues raised in the film.
Create a macaw mask, grab some popcorn, and then move inside to watch a free screening of "Rio" on August 7. Oh, don't forget there will be free J.P. Licks ice cream! "Rio" is a G-rated movie about the story of Blu, a domesticated macaw, who goes on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force's Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series. The crafts will start at 6 pm on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (631 Centre St.), and then move inside for the movie. For more information, please contact Sarah at email@example.com or 617-318-6610.
Jóvenes en Acción is bringing arts to the street during a free event on August 7th. The festivities will begin at 6 pm with an evening filled with performances and food on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St. There will also be free ice cream from J.P. Licks. This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force's Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series. For more information, please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-318-6610.