Carnaval is coming up… #wishiwasthere
— if Alan Gross’ story is any indication — is a pretty crap deal. See Tracey Eaton’s amazing analysis, here at Along the Malecón, of the shady dealings that he signed up for, which subsequently got him put in jail and abandoned there by the U.S. government. Here’s hoping that a second Obama term will hold only good things for U.S.-Cuban relations, and nothing like the Bush-era strategery outlined here.
This young piano maestro figures in the book I’m writing about youth culture in Havana. Check out one of his compositions.
For the heavy metal-inclined traveler heading to Cuba this winter: Brutal Fest will rage on stages around the country in February. A mini-mini video preview here.
Brutal winter Fest, February 14 to 24
. thursday 14: concert in Habana (@Maxim Rock)
. friday 15: concert in Habana (@Maxim Rock)
. saturday 16: concert in Cienfuegos
. sunday 17: concert in Santa Clara (@Plaza Sandino)
. monday 18: off
. tuesday 19: concert in Camagüey (@CEPMI)
. wednesday 20: off
. thursday 21: concert in Holguin
. friday 22: off
. saturday 23: concert in Matanzas
. sunday 24: closing date concert in Habana (@Maxim Rock)
“It was interesting to observe how in Cuba, a country isolated largely by the U.S. embargo, people have no access to foreign publications, and their international exposure is very limited. However, Cuban artists are quite well informed. They have a long tradition of sharing the information they do have, and of distributing among themselves books and magazines that become community objects. ”
- Gabriel Orozco on visiting the Havana Biennial.
Within a broad conversation printed in Art In America — between Orozco and fellow Mexican conceptual artist Damián Ortega — there are interesting tidbits on the differences between the Cuban and Mexican art contexts. Check it out here.
Tough to imagine anyone perreando to lyrics about holding hands, but that’s what they’re going for: Cuban officials have announced they’ll start fining reggaeton’s filthier lyrics.
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