Olga Viso, currently deputy director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, has been named director, effective Sept. 1. Viso succeeds Ned Rifkin, who became director of the Hirshhorn in 2002 and has served concurrently as Smithsonian Under Secretary for Art since January 2004.

Latinologues, an award-winning comedy about life in America, will make its Broadway debut this fall at the Helen Hayes Theatre (240 West 44th Street) with performances beginning Tuesday, September 13. The official opening night is Sunday, October 23.

The city was founded in 1706 based “on a lie”… it’s the 15th largest Hispanic market in this country and the highest metropolitan city on the U.S. mainland … many of its important civic leaders first came as tuberculosis patients… it’s a leader in high-skill employment, supporting public art, care of zoo animals and non-profit blood banking… and it’s home to the world’s biggest hot-air balloon festival.

These facts and many more facets of Albuquerque’s unique characteristics and fascinating history are covered in Albuquerque, ¡Feliz Cumpleanos! Three Centuries to Remember” by Dr. Nasario Garcia (assisted by freelance writer Richard McCord). The publisher, La Herencia, has released the book this month to honor Albuquerque’s Tri-Centennial celebration.

“The Vigil of the Little Angels” narrates the way children celebrate the ancestral tradition of Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) at the island of Janitzio located in the state of Michoacán, México.

Will you let a sultry mermaid, a vigilant soldier or a wide-eyed frog give you advice in life? You will, if you listen to what Mario Bosquez has to say. New York City's first, full-time Chicano television anchor says a simple, yet colorful game of Mexican Bingo can point your way to success.

The University of Miami's Cuban Heritage Collection has received the Fulgencio Batista Zaldivar Collection, consisting of thousands of documents - correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, and books - owned by the former Cuban President. This invaluable part of Cuban history was donated by Batista Zaldivar's widow Martha Batista and his children. The Cuban Heritage Collection, at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion in the University's Otto G. Richter Library, is the largest repository of Cuban historical, literary and cultural materials outside the island.

A thorough and exciting account of the events leading to the daring, massive exodus of more than 125,000 people from Cuba's Mariel harbor in 1980, by Mirta Ojito.

Merrill Lynch arteamericas, the art fair devoted exclusively to art from Latin America, returns to Miami for its third year, from April 7 through April 11, 2005, at the Coconut Grove Convention Center, Miami, Fla.

Renowned landscape photographer and environmentalist Clyde Butcher will unveil photographs taken during three expeditions to the mountains of Cuba. The photographs will be shown at his Venice gallery from March 12 through April 30.

Mar-Tech Specialties announced a new web site, http://www.heroesamongus.org , asking Vietnam Veterans to put their thoughts

Rick Najera’s award winning comedy Latinlogues will debut in New York on Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. for one performance only at The Town Hall Theatre. The show will guest star some of the most recognized names in Latin entertainment and is performed in 99 percent English.

Venevision International and FonoLibro, a producer and distributor of audio-books, signed an agreement under which the distributing company of the Cisneros Group will become FonoLibro's majority shareholder, with the purpose of developing the market in the United States, Latin America and Europe

Rick Najera’s award winning comedy LatinoLogues will kick off its national tour Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. for one performance only at San Diego’s Spreckels Theatre.

Condorito, the star of the world’s most widely syndicated Hispanic comic strip, is about to become the top Hispanic star in the U.S., if his backers at World Editors, Inc. have anything to say about it.

Three Kings Day is celebrated on January 6th, twelve days after Christmas. It is often viewed as the last day of the Christmas season (the end of the 12 days of Christmas).

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