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Latino Arts Festival is this week in Lancaster

The fifth annual Latino Arts Festival of the Susquehanna Valley will present three days of music, dance and theater at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, March 3 to 5.


The festival will open with a free family-friendly presentation by dance troupe Grupo Fuego of Philadelphia, at 6 p.m. March 3. Following the show, an adults-only professional networking reception with drinks and appetizers will be held in the lobby.


The Paloma Players, Lancaster’s newly-formed Latino theater company, will give a free performance of Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Anna in the Tropics” at 7:30 p.m. March 4. Set in 1929 at a Cuban-American cigar factory in Florida, the story chronicles the plight of workers who still roll cigars by hand. The play contains adult language and situations that are not suitable for children.

A “Talk Back” discussion, led by Latino Fest organizer Norman Bristol and Fran Rodriguez of the Lancaster County Community Foundation, will follow the show to introduce the Paloma Players.

The celebration then moves to Lancaster Cigar Bar, 25 W. King St., Lancaster, for more entertainment, networking and music.


Brazilian singer Kenia will be backed by a Harrisburg-based trio led by Steve Rudolph for a Jazz in the Sky concert. Kenia’s musical universe is rooted in samba, bossa nova and choro, heavily influenced by American jazz. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. March 5. Tickets are $25 and include beverage service which begins at 7 p.m. Small plate appetizers will be available for $15 each.

For tickets and information, call the Ware Center at 717-871-7018 or visit