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The CCCNY presents its Winter/Spring Calendar 2016

OFRECIMIENTO A MARTÍ EN SU NATALICIO

Thursday, January 28, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

We open our Winter/Spring calendar season with our annual tribute to José Martí on his birthday. As in past years, we will gather in front of his iconic statue in Central Park (pictured above). Those attending should bring a white rose to lay in our traditional basket. The legendary songss, El Mambí and Clave a Martí, […]

GEANDY PAVON’S ‘THE CUBAN AMERICANS’

Thursday, February 4, 2016 @ 7 pm ~ Opening and Reception

The Cuban-Americans, a solo photo exhibit by Geandy Pavón, one of the most critically acclaimed Cuban-American artists of his generation, opens a month-long program of Cuban culture events at Manhattan’s Cervantes Institute. For this series, Pavón follows in the tradition of Robert Frank, whose seminal book, The Americans, unveiled a more nuanced and certainly less congratulatory view […]

UN GUAJIRO EN NUEVA YORK

Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 7 pm

Yuniel Jiménez, hailed as one of the best Cuban treseros to explode into the city’s music scene in recent years, will present a unique concert spanning the rich stylistic nuances of el punto cubano, Cuba’s música campesina or country music. This Cuban guajiro, a native of Santa Clara, arrived in Manhattan via Havana and Barcelona, […]

VINTAGE PAQUITO

Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 7 pm

Want to travel down memory lane with one of the indisputable giants in Cuban music? Come share an evening with 14-Grammy Award-winner Paquito D’Rivera, who will speak live about his life and times during a career than spans six decades! A master narrator in his own right, Mr. D’Rivera will give the audience an inside […]

UNA CHARLA CON YOANI SÁNCHEZ

Monday, February 22, 2016 @ 7 pm

A conversation with distinguished Cuban journalist Yoani Sánchez, founder of the independent digital journal 14ymedio, and one of the most followed bloggers worldwide through Generación Y  (translated into more than 17 languages and reaching over 14 million people), where she continues to express her views on the problems faced by Cuban society under the present regime. Generation Y was chosen by CNN […]

JAZZ EN CUBANO

Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 7 pm

Experience an unforgettable journey through Cuban music—from the traditional contradanza to syncopated mambo—featuring world renowned composers, from Sindo Garay to Chucho Valdés… all through the prism of Carlos del Pino’s Sonidos de Cuba, the most dynamic jazz ensemble this side of Havana! Joining artistic director and bass virtuoso Carlos del Pino will be Tomás Estrada (percussion […]

GLADYS TRIANA’S ‘REFLECTIONS OF SHADOWS’

Thursday, March 3, 2016 @ 7 pm ~ Opening and Reception

  A unique exhibit by internationally acclaimed and multi-faceted Cuban artist Gladys Triana, who during her long career has excelled in painting, sculpture, etching, and photography. This solo exhibit, Reflections of Shadows, includes a video trilogy, as well as a selection of four of her photography series since 2008. Throughout her artistic trajectory, Triana has […]

LAS MUJERES EN ‘CECILIA VALDÉS’

Friday, March 4, 2016 @ 6 pm

We continue our celebration of Women’s History Month with an illustrated presentation by Ana María Hernández, author of a newly published annotated critical edition of Cecilia Valdés, Cirilo Villaverde’s anti-slavery classic, considered paramount among 19th century Latin American novels. Villaverde’s work is particularly important to our celebration because it also reflects the growing interest in […]

NUEVA YORK Y LAS CUBANAS: LA INDEPENDENCIA EN TRES TIEMPOS

Friday, March 11, 2016 @ 6 pm

  A groundbreaking presentation by historian Raquel Vinat on the pivotal role played by Cuban women during colonial times and the early decades of the 20th century, featuring archival photographs and documents shown in public for the first time. Prof. Vinat focuses on three women —Ana Josefa Agüero, Emilia Casanova Rodríguez, and Evangelina Cosío Cisneros— […]

A BAROQUE CONCERT: MUSIC FROM THE CATHEDRALS OF 18TH CENTURY CUBA

Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 6 pm

The Cuban Cultural Center of New York caps its celebration of Women’s History Month witha keynote lecture by the distinguished Cuban musicologist Miriam Escudero, recognized worldwide as the foremost authority on Cuba’s most important baroque composers, Esteban Salas and Cayetano Pagueras. Prof. Escudero’s illustrated lecture will be followed by a unique concert of Salas and […]

JOSÉ RAÚL CAPABLANCA: LEGEND AND REALITY

Thursday, April 7, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

José Raúl Capablanca was a child prodigy surrounded by legends. During his best times he was considered to be unbeatable, and he is still considered by many to be the greatest chess talent of all time. Born in 1888 in Havana, he became Cuban champion at 13; in 1909 he sensationally defeated Marshall and was thus catapulted […]

CUBAN CINEMA CYCLE: TRILOGÍA DEL AGUA

Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 6 pm

The New York City premiere of three shorts by young Cuban filmmaker Eliecer Jiménez Almeida. Under the umbrella of Trilogía del agua, these 2012 films—La faz de las aguas, Verdadero Beach (a nod to Almendros), and Malyebao—are all suffused with the symbolism of water as the potential for man’s transcendence and purification, where the mediocrity and oppression of […]

JORGE VALLS Y LA FILOSOFIA DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS

Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

An analytical profile of the life and legacy of prominent Cuban intellectual Jorge Valls Arango (1933-2015) by historian Rafael Rojas, who will reconstruct Valls’ humanist philosophy through the vantage point of Valls’ lifelong civic activism, as well as through his writings, including his books, Donde estoy no hay luz y está enrejado, Veinte años y […]

EL OLIMPO VACÍO

Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

El Olimpo Vacío is a powerful Argentine political film revolving around the figure of an outsider intellectual, Juan José Sebreli, but manages to transcend it. Sebreli becomes a touchstone to go through Argentina and its dilemmas, and questions almost everything it should be ashamed of. Through national icons like Gardel, Evita, Che, and Maradona, the […]

EL SURGIMIENTO DEL PRIMER PRESIDENTE DE CUBA

Friday, May 20, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

The New York City launching of Margarita García‘s Antes de “Cuba libre,” a groundbreaking historical profile on the life of Tomás Estrada Palma, the first president of the Republic of Cuba, before taking office and facing “an ocean of difficulties” (as George Washington described the task before him days before being sworn in as first […]

BACK TO THE FUTURE: CUBAN SCI-FI NOW

Wednesday, May 25, at 7 pm

Discover the world of Cuban science fiction at a bilingual reading with Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro, Erick J. Mota, and Yoss, whose far-out work is featured in the May issue of Words without Borders edited by Esther Allen and Hillary Gulley. Deji Olukotun (Nigerians in Space) will moderate a discussion about this exciting literary frontier that adds new dimensions […]