Highlights for National Hispanic Heritage Month: Week 2

Hispanic Heritage Month Festival continues and we’d like to share more of the unique and festive activities. From music to a corn cooking demonstration, we’ve got our picks for the week.

One of the events we’re looking forward to is the corn cooking demonstration with Mexican chef and food historian Zarela Martinez. Maize, or corn, is Mexico’s lifeblood, as the country’s history and identity are entwined with it. The mainstay of the Mexican diet was, and still is, the tortilla, made from corn. The tradition continues today with little change. The kernels are cooked with lime to remove the husk and then ground on a stone slab with a grinding stone. The dough is formed into little round balls and then patted out by hand into thin round cakes or wrapped in a corn husk, the tamale, to then fill and eat. The versatility of the tortilla as a wrapper in endless. They are used for tacos and enchiladas, among native Mexicans, tortillas are commonly used as eating utensils, as a plate as in a tostada, and much more. We’re looking forward to learning (and tasting!) more this week.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
After a four-year absence from New York stages, superstar Shakira returns to the Big Apple with her latest hits, “She Wolf” and “Waka Waka,” and never-tiring hips.
Madison Square Garden, 8 p.m., $10-$150

Zarela’s Mexican Corn Kitchen
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Mexican chef and food historian Zarela Martinez explores the relationship between Mexico’s indigenous cultures and corn with this lecture and cooking demonstration. A tasting of four featured dishes, catered by Zarela’s Restaurant, will follow the demonstration.
Smithsonian National Museum, 1 Bowling Green, 6 p.m., free admission with reservation: NMAI-NYprograms@si.edu

Issac Delgado
Friday, September 24, 2010
Cuban salsa singer Issac Delgado presents his new album, “L-O-V-E,” which fuses Afro-Caribbean rhythms with elements of bolero and jazz as he re-creates of Spanish hits recorded by Nat (King) Cole in Latin America.
Concert Hall, New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St., 8 p.m., $35-$55.

Ely Guerra
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Mexican alt-rock icon Ely Guerra returns to NYC with her newest album, ‘Hombre Invisible,’ she’s collaborated with 30 Seconds to Mars and La Ley, been on the cover of Time with Julieta Venegas and has become an alt-rock icon in Latin America.
Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, 7 p.m., $25

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