Irina Pino’s Diary

Background Music in Cuba

April 27, 2015 | No Comments »

Recently, a friend was telling me about how hard it is to find a restaurant where you can eat while listening to agreeable background music. What you hear most at these establishments are dance pieces or catchy songs with tasteless lyrics.

On Charles Chaplin’s Birthday

April 20, 2015 | 4 comments

I haven’t met anyone who is immune to his charms, who isn’t drawn into his stories, peopled by simple, flesh-and-blood characters, who doesn’t laugh and reflect at the same time. It is a unique experience, stepping into the skin of Charlot or any other character Chaplin played.

Pre-Fabricated Canons and Sexual Experiments in Cuba

April 8, 2015 | 3 comments

Of the articles I’ve read recently, one dealing with the plastic surgery procedures that both women and men undergo in Spain to aspire to better jobs as companies prefer to hire “young, beautiful” people that can attract customers and make business dealings more successful.

A Film on Transgender Issues

April 3, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I believe it is important that films dealing with different sexual orientations be made. The independent US film Transamerica (2005) should not be missed by those who support LGTB rights.

On Tomas Gutierrez Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment

March 19, 2015 | No Comments »

A number of taboo issues, such as poverty, homosexuality and transsexuality have been tackled in some of Cuba’s most recent film productions. It is encouraging seeing how many closed doors are being opened…

On International Women’s Day in Cuba

March 10, 2015 | No Comments »

International Women’s Day was celebrated on Sunday, March 8, a date in which the media here made a point of underscoring the unique values of Cuban women, emphasizing their achievements in all spheres of society.

The Dead Daisies in Havana

March 2, 2015 | No Comments »

On the night of February 25, The Dead Daisies played at Havana’s rock-and-roll venue the Maxim Rock. The much-awaited performance began at 9:30 pm. and the band was welcomed with euphoric screaming and thunderous applause.

Farewell to Havana’s Chaplin Cinema

February 19, 2015 | 3 comments

Days ago, I received the sad news that Havana’s Charles Chaplin Theater had ceased to be Cuba’s Cinematheque. The cinema operated as such for over fifty years and, in my view, fulfilled its task.

About Bob Dylan

February 10, 2015 | 2 comments

In 1985, at the end of a party, a friend invited me over to listen to a Bob Dylan album. At first, the music surprised me. Then I felt that it was something different. The songs, played with a guitar and a harmonica, were endless.

A Documentary on Euthanasia on Cuban TV

February 4, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Last night, while channel surfing, I put on Pasaje a lo desconocido, a show aired by Cuban television. Though I don’t make a habit of watching the program, I did this time because the issue addressed was both interesting and controversial: euthanasia.