Fall Program News and Notes

Cuban film at the 2019 Boston Latino International Film Festival, BLIFF.orgBakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba –- Thursday,  September 26, 8:00, Harvard University, Tsai Auditorium at CGIS, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Documentary by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, 50 mins, that shows the technology, culture and landscape that shape this new genre of African-Caribbean fusion. Preceded by “Nowhere Bastards” by Mario González Jiménez, 11 mins, the story of three Mexican rappers who have found a shelter from adversity in hip-hop.

Music Workshop / Síntesis: Una visión de la herencia musical afro-cubana, Friday, October 4, noon, Harvard University, Library Theater in McKinlock Hall (Leverett House), 25 Mill Street, Cambridge. Síntesis, whose music pioneered the fusion of Afro-Cuban musical traditions with contemporary jazz and rock in the late 1970s, will be sharing their creative process.  This Music Workshop will be held in Spanish with consecutive translation and moderated by Yosvany Terry, Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Harvard Jazz Bands 

Saturday afternoon, October 5, 4:00Dr. Jourdy James Heredia, Subdirector, Global Economy Research Center in Havana, “An Economy Under Siege: Building Socialism and Solidarity with Cuba Today.” Witness for Peace “Solidarity Collective” tour, Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan. For the full schedule, see the tour events page. Note that an audio of Dr. James’ talk is available on our web site here.

“Meet the Real Cuba: Travel for the Adventurous and Creative, Laura Quincy Jones, Brookline Adult and Community Ed at Brookline High School on the Green Line, Thursday, October 10, 7:00-8:30, $6.00.

The National Network on Cuba (NNOC) is holding its annual conference Friday through Sunday, October 18-20, at the Institute for Policy Study with two additional days of Congressional visits and advocacy for those interested in meeting with elected representative and staff, especially around the new travel bills.  Basic overview here; updates available in the NNOC mailings archive.

Cuba Exhibition at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverlythrough October 12. Adrián Fernández Milanés built the massive multi-media installation “Pending Memories” over a recent two-week period.

“A Tuba to Cuba: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with Yusa and Special Guests,” Friday, October 25, 8:00 pm, Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, special program.

A few openings still available for the NNOC Oct. 30 to Nov. 5 trip to Havana for the Anti-imperialist Meeting of Solidarity, for Democracy and against Neoliberalism.  Info on the conference, agenda, and costs and other ways to attend available here.

Early November, presentation by Boston reps of this year’s Cuba May Day Brigade, Judy Freiwirth, Bob Mulcahy, and Aba Taylor. Details to follow.

Late 2019/early 2020 Witness for Peace “Solidarity Collective” trips to Cuba can be found here.

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