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¡Zarzuela Siempre!*

Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

Maestro Pablo Zinger takes us on an anthological journey to the origins of a most beloved musical genre, from its origins in 17th century Spain to the Cuban operettas of the first decades of the 20th century. Featuring numbers from popular favorites, like Luisa Fernánda, as well as songs by key composers of the Cuban […]


Friday, June 3, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

Featuring the most sought-after artists among collectors of Cuban art today, including the outstanding Carmen Herrera, as well as: Gustavo Acosta, José Acosta, Susan Bank, Guido Betancourt, Humberto Calzada, Chary Castro-Marín, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Enrique Cubillas, Arturo Cuenca, Liliam Cuenca, Ofill Echevarría, Nelson Franco, Florencio Gelabert, David Martínez, Manuel Pardo, Jesús Rivera, Baruj Salinas, Leandro […]

Gladys Triana’s The Observer

Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

A groundbreaking art film by painter and sculptor Gladys Triana, seeking to go beyond the aesthetic quality of the image to explore the fantasy of the unknown and the circle of existential meaning. With hauntingly abstract music and intervals of silence, and a striking interplay of light and movement, the film poignantly evokes the passage […]

The Journalistic Legacy of José Martí

Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

Marissa Ambio explores the many periodicals published by the Cuban community in exile during the Ten Years War (1868-78), reflecting the development of the Cuban national project during this period. Taking off on this tradition, Esther Allen explores the extraordinary journalistic output of José Martí as a foreign correspondent throughout the 1890′s and early 1990′s […]

Aimé Césaire’s Solar Throat Slashed

Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 7:00 pm

A discussion of the importance of Cuba and Cubans—including Lydia Cabrera and Wifredo Lam—in launching the career of Martinican poet Aimé Césaire (1913—2008) during WWII. Clayton Eshleman, Césaire’s foremost translator, and A. James Arnold, the leading editor of the poet’s French works, will read from their translation of Césaire’s Soleil cou coupe (Wesleyan University Press). […]

Cuban Overtures ~ from José White to George Gershwin*

Friday, April 29, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

Classical pianists Eric Clark (U.S.), Vitaly Popov (Russia) and Chiemi Nakai (Japan) play European masters and then pay due hommage to George Gershwin and classical Cuban composers from the 19th and 20th centuries, including José White, Alejandro García Caturla, Ernesto Lecuona and others. Featuring a stellar performance by Cuban bass virtuoso Carlos del Pino, artistic […]

José Triana’s Palabras Comunes

Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

A dramatic reading from Cuban playwright José Triana’s Palabras comunes (1979-86), translated by Joanne Pottlitzer as “Common Words.” Widely regarded as Triana’s most important work, “Common Words” is set in Cuba between 1894 and 1914, from the prelude of the Spanish-American War to the eve of World War I. Pottlitzer, a New York-based producer, director […]

La mala fama por Gina Montaner

Viernes 8 de Abril, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

La destacada crítica Perla Rozencvaig entrevista a la autora sobre su primera novela, una vertiginosa historia en torno a una mujer con ansias de redimirse por las malos caminos que ha tomado en su vida. Como ha señalado Armando Añel, se trata de “un recorrido que descubre al lector sus intersticios con elegancia y sobriedad; […]

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