Tony Bennett’s Latest Album ‘Viva Duets’ Features Puerto Rican Artists

RPM/COLUMBIA RECORDS MARC ANTHONY

Legendary performer and 17-Time Grammy winner Tony Bennett will release his latest album Tony Bennett: Viva Duets, worldwide on Tuesday, October 23rd on Columbia Records. Viva Duets is the Bennett’s third duets-themed project following the platinum selling and critically praised Duets and Duets II albums. Viva Duets will featuring many of the top names in the Latin recording industry, including successful Puerto Rican artists Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Romeo Santos.

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Viva Duets will also include other celebrated artists including Miguel Bose, Robert Carlos, Ana Carolina, Franco DeVita, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernandez, Maria Gadu, Juan Luis Guerra, Dani Martin, Thalia and Vicentico, with additional duet guests to be announced. A truly international endeavor, Viva Duets features performances in English, Spanish and Portuguese with artists representing eight countries and three continents.

Working with this unprecedented list of Latin artist, many of whom he met for the first time in the recording studio, Bennett commented, “Each of these artists were so warm and welcoming that there was an instant rapport. Latin music has always been about melody and harmony and a lot of soul, so there was a very close artistic connection with each duet guest. I am absolutely thrilled about the record.”

Check out video footage of Tony Bennett and Marc Anthony in the studio, and more information about Viva Duets (track listing and how to pre-order Viva Duets) below!

Here is the current track listing for Viva Duets:
“For Once In My Life” with Marc Anthony
“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” with Miguel Bose
“The Very Thought of You” with Ana Carolina
“The Best Is Yet to Come” with Chayanne
“The Good Life” with Franco DeVita
“Who Can I Turn To?” with Gloria Estefan
“Return to Me (Regresa A Mi)” with Vicente Fernandez
“Blue Velvet” with Maria Gadu
“Just in Time” with Juan Luis Guerra
“Are You Havin’ Any Fun?” with Dani Martin
“The Way You Look Tonight” with Thalia
“Cold, Cold Heart” with Vicentico

Viva Duets can be ordered for pre-sale on Amazon now here: Viva Duets on Amazon.com

Source: PR Newswire

100,000 Documentary – Dogs in Puerto Rico

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Directed by Juan Agustín Márquez, the Emmy award winning film 100,000 documents a growing problem on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico – stray dogs. These abandoned feral dogs, also known as “satos” in Puerto Rico, are often seen roaming the streets and beaches of Puerto Rico and are growing in number. The 100,000 documentary offers eye opening views of the problem, as well as the stories of volunteers making an effort to alleviate the issue without receiving much support from the government.

View the trailer for 100,000, information about the film, where you can view the film, and information about how YOU could help below…


www.100000movie.com

After the film aired in 2010, director Juan Márquez collaborated with Purina of Puerto Rico and created a 20 school film tour. Students watched the educational documentary about this growing problem and made a pledge to help abused animals. Check out footage of the film tour in Puerto Rico below!

‘100,000’ tours Puerto Rico’s schools. from Juan Agustin Marquez on Vimeo.

There are many ways we can stop the overpopulation and abuse of animals in Puerto Rico. “We have to keep promoting spaying and neutering in Puerto Rico. We have to break down the ‘machismo’ barrier that has blocked this concept in the minds of so many. Education is key at an early age.” says director Juan Marquez.

Take the pledge along with thousands of others:

To decrease the overpopulation problem and promote the proper care of dogs, I pledge to:

– Educate myself about dogs and think hard about it before having one.

– Adopt, instead of buying.

– Spay/neuter my dog.

– Integrate my dog to my family for his/her entire life.

– Vaccinate my dog and take him/her to the vet when he/she is sick.

– Register my dog with the microchip.

– Bathe my dog.

– Walk my dog on a leash every day.

– Play with my dog.

– Educate others about the proper care of dogs.

– Report dog abuse.

– Help stray dogs.

– Be the hero that my dog thinks I am.

Spread the word so everyone in Puerto Rico makes this commitment. Make a difference and be a hero!

For more on the documentary 100,000 and how to view the documentary visit www.100000movie.com

More ways to help our beautiful island from these great organizations:

  • Save A Sato – Takes in homeless animals, provides basic care including vaccination shots and spay/neuter services, rehoming services and more.
  • The Sato Project – Rescue, rehabilitate and adopt abandoned dogs. They have partnered with Pets Alive in NY and you can also volunteer to be an escort to take an animal with you from Puerto Rico to New York so they can have a chance to be adopted in the states.
  • Island Dog Inc – Dedicated to building animal friendly communities in Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra. Rescue, rehabilitate abused and adoptable animals.
  • Second Chance Animal Rescue – Rescue, rehabilitate, and locate forever homes for abandoned and neglected dogs. Provides each rescue with food, shelter, medical care and attention. Due to extreme suffering on the streets, many go on to live out their lives as a part of their sanctuary family and receive long term care.

2011 El Dia De San Juan Festivals & Boricua Festivals

It’s about that time again! Spring is almost over and Summer is approaching which can only mean one thing – Puerto Rican Festival season!

Here is the information on all of the festivals going on from Northern to Southern California! There will be festivals in San Jose, Vacaville, San Dimas, Long Beach and San Diego!

* Page will be updated as new information arrives

El Dia De San Juan Festival: San Dimas, CA

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WHEN?
Sunday, June 12, 2011
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

WHERE?
Frank G. Bonelli Park
120 Via Verde
San Dimas CA 91773

HOW MUCH?
Advanced Ticket Price (before June 11): $25
Adult: $30
Senior 62 & Up: $25
Children 11-14: $15
Children 10 & Under: FREE
Parking: $10
* Buy tickets at www.fiestalegre.net

WHO?
Special Guests:
Frankie Vazquez
Michael Stuart
Ray de la Paz
Johnny Polanco
La Plena
MC Javier Suazo
DJ Willie
y mas!

The Unofficial Puerto Rican Facebook Fam & Friends Picnic: San Diego, CA

San Diego Puerto Rican Day Facebook Family Friends Picnic in the Park

WHEN?
Sunday, June 12, 2011
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

WHERE?
Dusty Rhodes Park
Nimitz Blvd. and Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
San Diego CA 92107

HOW MUCH?
Free!

This will be a bring your stuff kinda BBQ. Everyone will be responsible for themselves. We are however going to have a potluck of dishes for those that got that golden touch on some authentic P.R. food. inbox Ian or I with what you want to bring to the table.

Here is a list of things you should bring to make the day easy and problem free:
tent
BBQ grill
tables
coolers
charcoal
cooking utensils
trash bags for trash and recycling
blankets
change of clothing in case of weather change
food storage containers
ICE!!!!!
disposable plates, utensils, and cups.
I’m sure there will be a no open container rule along with the permit so please …. put it in a cup.

More info: Official Puerto Rican Day FB Friends Picnic in the Park

El Dia De San Juan Festival: San Jose, CA

WHEN?
Saturday, June 25, 2011
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

WHERE?
History Park
1650 Senter Road
San Jose CA 95112

HOW MUCH?
Advanced Ticket: $20.00
At The Door: $25.00

WHO?
Mylena Vega
Las Bomberas de la Bahia
Latin Rhythm Boys
Pa’L Bailador
Angel Lebron
Tabaco Y Ron
DJ Santos Lopez

More info: www.wrprc.org

El Dia de San Juan Salsa Festival: San Diego, CA

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WHEN?
Saturday, June 25, 2011
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

WHERE?
N.T.C. Liberty Station, Point Loma
2640 Historic Decatur Rd.
San Diego CA 92106

HOW MUCH?
Advanced Tickets: $20.00
At The Door: $30.00
Kids 12 & Under: FREE

WHO?
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Conjunto Costazul
J.D. All Stars
Areito Borincano Bomba & Plena Group
Family Fun Zone & Drum Circle

* Buy tickets at www.ticketweb.com

Festival de la Isla: Vacaville, CA

WHEN?
Saturday, August 27, 2011
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

WHERE?
Pena Adobe Park
1 Pena Adobe Road
Vacaville CA 95687

HOW MUCH?
In Advance: $20.00
At the Front Gate: $25.00
*Buy Tickets Online at www.festivaldelaisla.com

WHO?
Direct from Puerto Rico, Jerry Rivera!
Orquestra America
La Fuerza Gigante
Orquesta Avance

*More information at www.festivaldelaisla.com

Boricua Festival: Long Beach, CA

WHEN?
To Be Determined

WHERE?
Queen Mary Events Park
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach CA 90802

Arroz Con Gandules Recipe

Arroz Con Gandules Arroz Con Gandules (rice with pigeon peas) is Puerto Rico’s national dish. It is a combination of rice, pigeon peas, and pork and has become very popular throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Arroz con gandules can contain any type of meat – even NO meat for the vegetarians out there! Some examples of types of meat you could use are pork, ham, turkey, bacon or chorizo.

There are many great Arroz con Gandules recipes out there and here is one of them compliments of LaGasse. Check out the recipe below, or better yet, watch the video below the recipe to see how it’s done! Now you can cook the national dish of Puerto Rico right in your very home!

Ingredients:
1 ounce of achiote oil
1/4 cup of chopped onion
3 ounces of sofrito
2 1/2 cups of water
2 cups of fresh gandules (pigeon peas), or
1 (15 ounce) can of gandules
4 ounces of tomato sauce
2 cups of white rice
14 – 16 manzanilla olives
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
pinch of black pepper
pinch of oregano
2 beef bouillon cubes

Optional ingredients:

1 ounce of salted fatback (tocino)

Procedure:
1. On medium flame, bring the the achiote oil and the salted fatback to a simmer in a medium-sized saucepan. Since the fatback is optional, if you are not using it, simply heat the oil and proceed to step 3.

2. Simmer the fatback for 2 -3 minutes until you see it getting golden colored.

3. Add the chopped onion, and simmer approximately 1 – 2 minutes, until onion is translucent.

4. Add the sofrito.

5. Simmer until the sofrito starts to thicken – this could take up to 3 to 10 minutes, depending upon the heat of the stove, and whether your sofrito is at room temperature, or still slightly frozen. Notice the simmering action in the video, and adjust your heat accordingly.

6. Add the rest of the ingredients, starting with the water.

7. Let everything come up to a simmer. You may increase the heat to Medium-HI.

8. Once simmering, stir once, while scraping the rice on the bottom of the pot (to prevent sticking).

9. Allow the liquid in the pot to evaporate- notice the section in the video that shows the difference between almost ready, and actually ready!

10. Lower the flame to LOW. Cover, and let simmer approximately 20 minutes.

11. After 20 minutes, uncover the pot by quickly flipping the lid- this will catch the water that’s under the lid, instead of it falling back into the rice. Discard the water.

12. Carefully stir the rice as follows: with a large serving spoon, take a spoon of rice from the furthest side of the pot, and scoop it into the middle. Turn the pot a little, and repeat. Do this until you’ve turned the pot once completely around (about 4 or 5 times).

This process is called ‘moviendo el arroz‘ in Spanish – literally meaning ‘moving the rice’.

13. Cover and simmer another 20 minutes on Low heat.

14. After 20 minutes, again uncover the pot carefully, and take some rice out with a spoon. Taste the rice:
a) If it’s still a little hard, cover and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes. Then test it again.
b) If it’s a little sticky, cook uncovered for another 5 – 10 minutes. Then test it again.

15. Remove from heat, and serve.