Long Beach Playhouse Presents “Belly Buttons,” A new show by Gregorio Luke

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show by Gregorio LukeIn this show Gregorio Luke will discuss the significance of the navel in art and mythology and present images of the world’s most beautiful belly buttons from Venus and Aphrodite, Jane Fonda and Raquel Welch to Madonna and Shakira. Tehani world champion belly dancer will do live performances of Middle Eastern, Polynesian and Fusion dances. At 7:30 pm we will offer a reception in which we will serve exquisite Tortellini, this pasta is modeled in the form of Venus’s belly button. Don’t Miss This Great Evening, One Night Only.

Why Belly Buttons?
Ever since I found out that the word MEXICO in Náhuatl means “the belly Button of the Moon” I was fascinated. After years of research I was able to give this show in Cancun. Last year when I was named artist of the year in Long Beach, the lecture was mentioned and many asked about it. Now, thanks to the Long Beach Playhouse I present it next Wednesday, March 21 at 8 pm.

The belly button has been a sign of beauty in goddesses as different as Astarte, Venus or Aphrodite. Newsweek magazine has affirmed that we live in an age of “navel gazing.” We ask which is more beautiful, the perfectly round belly button of Jane Fonda or Raquel Welch’s grain of coffee navel? Every star from Madonna to Shakira proudly displays their belly button.

The belly button is also a powerful inspiration for dance and during my presentation belly dancing world champion Tehani will demonstrate Middle Eastern, Polynesian and Fusion styles. We will also serve Tortellini that, according to myth, recreates the form of Venus’ perfect belly button. Please arrive early and tell your friends. I promise you lots of fun.

  • “Gregorio gives the most extraordinary lectures that can be seen on earth…” – Elena Poniatowska
  • “Luke speaks as if he’s seen a vision. His listeners can’t help but see it too.” – Augustin Gurza, Los Angeles Times
  • “The wonder of Tehani’s performances is that they are so multi-faceted and, often, deeply moving. There is a depth, resonance, and rich complexity to her work…. She can move from stirring sensuality to transporting spirituality.” – Ken Capobianco, The Boston Globe

About Gregorio Luke
Gregorio Luke is an expert on Mexican and Latin American art and culture. Mr. Luke has presented over 1,000 lectures in museums and universities throughout Mexico, Europe and the United States in institutions such as the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, and Universities such as Harvard, Columbia, UNAM and Georgetown, among others.

He is the former Director of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, former Consul of Cultural Affairs of Mexico in Los Angeles and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C.

In 1995, Luke was honored with the Irving Leonard Award by the Hispanic Society of the Library of Congress. In 2005, The Ebell Club of Los Angeles honored him with a Life-time Achievement Award. In 2006, Luke received the El Angel Award by the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts and in 2007 he was recognized by CATE (California Association of Teacher’s in English) for promoting literacy in public schools.

Tickets: Priority $30 General $20 Students, Teachers and Seniors with ID will receive 10 % discount Order tickets online www.lbplayhouse.org or by phone (562) 494-1014

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