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Ticket To…Colombia

Ticket To...Explore the World with the Alignist Book Club

Originally Aired: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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Get a taste of a faraway place right here in our intimate studio space. Using a novel as a launching pad, Ticket To explores a nation through its history, cuisine and culture.

This month, we travel to Colombia through the eyes of Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Sound of Things Falling with host  Beenish Ahmed, founder of The Alignist book club and subscription service. She’ll talk with Vásquez about his portrait of a young academic in Bogota.

The evening will also include:

  • A conversation about the rise of drug smuggling in Colombia and the violence that followed with Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, author of There Are No Dead Here and former co-director of the Americas Program of Human Rights.
  • A cultural discussion and improvised musical/dance performance with Pablo Mayor, composer, musician and founder of Folklore Urbano; actor Germán Jaramillo (Narcos), who is also director and founder of Teatro Libre in Colombia and ID Studio Theater in the Bronx; and dancer/choreographerDaniel Fetecua of Limon Dance Company, and founder of Pajarillo Pinta’o Dance Company.

  • A performance by indie pop band Salt Cathedral, whose music fuses island summer sounds with distinct electronic beats.

Reading the assigned novel in advance of the event is highly recommended, but not at all required to enjoy the show.

A box is available from The Alignist with novel, related information, Colombian fair trade items and recipes here. Use offer code GREENE15 for 15% off until the event.

Can’t make it to the show? Livestream it, starting at 7 pm!

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