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Viva la Comida festival

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:45 am, Thu Sep 26, 2013.

The Viva la Comida festival is coming back to Jackson Heights.

For the second year, 82nd Street and Baxter Avenue will be filled with music, crafts, face painting, balloon animals and lots and lots of food. The event takes place on Friday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Last year, hundreds flocked to the inaugural festival that surrounds Dunningham Triangle, which was spiffed up in the months before the event.

The 82nd Street dance troupe from Mestizo Art Center performed, Nelson Idalgo and Maria Del Rosario belted out tunes and the NY Jazz Academy and the International String Duo entertained.

This year, the Hibridos Collective, a Jackson Heights artist group, will curate live art at the show. One artist will demonstrate live graffiti and the other will interact with peekaboo-kun, a series of life-size drawings of people from different countries.

The festival will open with Smidge Malone and his band and on main stage music from Christian & Jose, Maria Del Rosario, and Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros will be featured.

— Josey Bartlett

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