Rum & TuKola

Fresh takes on what happens in Havana often stay in Havana, except when they appear here.

Clinton Position On Cuba Signals New Political Era

ne of the few revelations in Hard Choices, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s new book about her time in the Obama administration, is that she urged President Obama to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba.

Paintings with sculptural sensibilities: Heróicas Eróticas en Nueva York at the Galerie Lelong in NYC

Cuban born artist Zilia Sanchez’s exhibit Heróicas Eróticas en Nueva York, is comprised of minimalist paintings with sculptural sensibilities. The collection includes works created over a period of 50 years, and conjure up various organic and bodily themes using her signature technique of stretching canvas over wooden sculptures. Super neat artist who takes painting beyond the wall. Go check this out in New York before June 21st!

11th Havana Biennial draws a large an diverse crowd

For Cuba, the biennial — which opened on May 11 and runs through June 11 — is a chance to experience international culture and show off the country’s own artistic evolution. The event has filled Havana’s exhibition halls, galleries, theaters and streets with sculpture, painting and street and performance art by 180 artists from 45 countries…

"Ser de Sol" by Descemer Bueno with Israel Rojas

I have a deep soft spot for nueva trova pop star Descemer Bueno, as well as Rojas’ duo Buena Fe and their (yes, cheesy; yes, wonderful) harmonies. One of the amazing things about Havana is how much free, live music is provided, especially to students, even by pop stars. When I left sociology class one afternoon in college, I saw, as I walked out to the university steps, that a stage had been set up at the bottom. Buena Fe pulled up in a van, and we watched them from the quad, Old Havana dominoing out in sepia tones behind them, everyone dancing, everyone, at least for the brief moment, happy.