Sunday June 17, 2018

El Chacal: “This is Music Without Borders”

Ramón Lavado Martínez—better known as “El Chacal” ("The Jackal”)—is one of Cuba’s hottest reggaeton artists. He recently toured the U.S. with Havana’s Gente D´Zona, perhaps the definitive group in Cuban reggaeton (also known as “Cubaton”). Fresh from the experience, El Chacal spoke with Cuban Art News about his first U.S. tour and the growing acceptance of this musical genre.

“Long Distance” Premieres in New York City

“A low budget is no excuse to make a mediocre movie,” Esteban Insausti told a packed audience this past Saturday as his film, Larga Distancia (Long Distance), had its formal international premiere at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Rachel Weiss: “It Was the Force of the Work that Really Got My Attention”

Rachel Weiss is a professor of arts administration and policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who has been traveling to Cuba, and writing about Cuban art, since 1986. Her book, To and From Utopia in the New Cuban Art, was published earlier this year by the University of Minnesota Press. Cuban Art News recently spoke with Weiss about the book, and about contemporary Cuban art in general.

Fundación Grantees Nurture Cuba-U.S. Cultural Exchanges

In late 2010, Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde, the sponsoring organization for Cuban Art News, made its first grants to U.S. arts organizations with projects about Cuban art and culture. As the Fundación heads into its second funding season, Cuban Art News checks in with the 2010 grantees.

Verónica Lynn: An Actress and Her Characters

In a conversation with Cuban Art News, this essential figure in Cuban film, theater, and television talks about directors she’s worked with, actors she admires, and the greatest compliment she ever received from a fan.
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