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Victor Varela’s The Fourth Wall

Saturday, April 7, 2012 @ 8 pm

Written and directed by legendary Cuban playwright Víctor Varela, founder of Teatro Obstáculo, The Fourth Wall is a play without words, breaking new new ground in experimental theater. Yet its 1986 opening in Havana unleashed such furor among members of the government’s cultural establishment, that it was censored and shut down. This New York City […]

Con mucha salsa… y Azuquita

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 2 to 5 pm

Thanks to the legacy of one of Cuba’s greatest entertainers, a legend among legends, salsa will forever live in the hearts of millions of fans of Cuban popular music the world over. Her authentic musical style, regal demeanor, and generous spirit have also inspired many talented singers, including María Rivas, better known as Azuquita, who […]

Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora: Setting the Tent Against the House

Friday, April 27, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

A unique Cuban art presentation by Andrea O’Reilly Herrera on the unconventional, multi-generational, itinerant, and ongoing art exhibit CAFÉ: The Journeys of Cuban Artists. In this New York City launching of her new book, Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora, Ms. O’Reilly Herrera, will focus on the CAFÉ project to explore Cuba’s long and turbulent history […]

An Evening of Cuban Ballet, featuring Alberto Mendez’s Muñecos

Thursday, May 3, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

An evening of Cuban ballet highlights, beginning with a panoramic overview of the Cuban school of ballet—inside and outside the Island—by Octavio Roca (author of the definitive book on Cuban ballet and distinguished music and dance critic for The Washington Post and other major newspapers throughout the country), placing it in the context of its […]

Tribute to Sarita Montiel: 55 Years After El Último Cuplé

Friday, May 4, 2012 @ 7 pm

Fifty-five years have gone by since Sara Montiel sang with her deep voice her famous “Fumando espero” in the 1957 film El Último Cuplé, followed by La Violetera in 1958, the year she would visit Havana for the third time and, indeed, conquer with her “gracia, talento y salero” the entire Island. From that moment […]

Women Travelers In Latin America Symposium:

Wednesday thru Friday, May 16 thru 18 @ 7 pm (itemized below), 2012

Panel Discussion Wednesday, May 16 @ 7 pm This opening night of the Women Travelers Symposium will consist of a panel discussion featuring scholars Claire Emille Martin, Vanesa Miseres, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, and Adela Pineda Franco. Adriana Méndez Rodenas will moderate. The panel will explore the contributions and legacies of four pioneering women travelers who wrote […]

Pope Benedict XVI’s Visit to Cuba: What I Saw and Heard

Thursday, June 7, 2012 @ 6 pm

First-hand accounts of Pope Benedict’s visit to Cuba, drawing constrasts and comparisons between his mass at Antonio Maceo Plaza in Santiago (pictured left), where an anti-government protester was beaten and arrested, and the service at  Revolution Plaza in Havana. The Pope’s message will also be discussed, most specifically its perceived effect on the faithful minority and the populace in general. Testimonials […]

La Mujer Cubana: Building and Changing the Nation

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 8:30 am to 7:30 pm

An unprecedented gathering highlighting the cultural and social legacy of Cuban women and their transcendental role in shaping the nation, from colonial times to the present. With artists, writers and scholars from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America. The all-day conference includes breakfast, lunch, merienda and a farewell toast, as well as a recital of traditional boleros […]

Aurelio de la Vega: A Celebration and a Tribute, “2012 Ignacio Cervantes Medal”

Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 7 pm

A concert in honor of Cuban composer Aurelio de la Vega, considered one of the greatest exponents of contemporary art music. Mr. de la Vega is the 2012 recipient of the Ignacio Cervantes Medal, the CCCNY’s lifetime achievement award for excellence in classical music. With Cuban pianist Martha Marchena and American soprano Anne Marie Ketchum. […]

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