Events online and in D.C. to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

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Spend the next couple of weeks celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a lineup of in-person and online events around the District.

D.C. is hosting a handful of events celebrating Hispanic culture during the celebratory weeks, which run from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Take part in events like a Hispanic film festival and learn about traditional food, costumes and dances unique to the culture during the celebration. 

Sept. 22 to Oct. 28: Young Portrait Explorers National Portrait Gallery 

The Smithsonian museum arranged an online program for younger audiences to observe portraits of prominent Hispanic figures like Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, late singer-songwriter Selena Quintanilla-Pérez and author Sandra Cisneros. This event will teach attendees about the stories of people featured in these portraits with biographies of their lives. Some of the discussion will be offered in Spanish. 

Tuesday, Sept. 22 to Wednesday, Oct. 28. Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting at 11 a.m. For more information, visit the National Portrait Gallery’s Facebook page.

Sept. 19 to Oct. 10: La Cosecha Cena y Cine

La Cosecha Foundation, an organization dedicated to the education of Latin American culture and heritage, will host a movie and dinner at its merchant space near Union Market every Saturday to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. You can enjoy films like “Coco,” “Selena,” “Mi Familia” and “Stand and Deliver.” La Cosecha food merchants will also sell meals for purchase.  

1280 4TH St. NE, Saturday, Sept. 19 to Saturday, Oct. 10. The screening will begin by 6:45 p.m., but the doors will be open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit the La Cosecha website

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15: Dónde está mi gente? 

GW’s Latinx Heritage Celebration has prepared a month-long virtual program to enrich the University community on Latinx heritage and culture. You can tune into a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 in communities of color, a Netflix watch party of the show “Gentefied” and a conversation with alumnus Ivan Zapien, a former chief of staff in the House of Representatives and Senate and a lobbyist. The celebration will also feature a social media campaign encouraging members of the Latinx community to vote with posts on why people voted.

 Tuesday, Sept. 15 to Thursday, Oct. 15. Check the Multicultural Student Service Center to register for events. 

Sept. 28 to Oct. 9: D.C. Public Library Virtual Storytime

The DC Public Library will host both a Hispanic Heritage month Twitter chat Sept. 28 and a weekly Virtual Story time every Friday until Oct. 9. The Hispanic month Twitter chat will discuss Latinx-based young adult fiction like “Clap When You Land” by Elizabeth Acevedo. The virtual Storytime events will include a bilingual Facebook live stream starting on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Twitter chat: Monday, Sept. 28. Virtual Story time: weekly on Friday at 10 a.m. EDT until Oct. 9. Check the D.C. Public Library’s Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Oct. 1: Afro-Latinidad Panel.  

The Multicultural Student Center of the Illinois College of Lake County is hosting an Afro-Latino Panel through Zoom, which will concentrate on the Afro-Latino experience. 

Thursday, Oct. 1. For more information, visit its website.

Oct. 1: “¡Viva Broadway! Hear our voices”

Viva Broadway, an audience development partnership with the Hispanic community, will provide a musical event hosted by actress Andréa Burns for Latinx Heritage Month. The event will include musical and dance performances by Tony-winning artists and other renowned artists like actor Christopher Jackson and Antonio Banderas, playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda and singer-songwriters Gloria Estefan and Thalía. The show will premiere on Oct. 1 on Playbill.com, Playbill’s YouTube channel and on The Broadway League’s website and remain available until Monday, Oct. 5.

Premieres Thursday, Oct. 1. For more information, visit its website.

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