Victor Rivas, 22, born in Cuba’s Isla de la Juventud, is one of the nearly 200 Cuban baseball players trying their luck in the Dominican Republic, hoping to make the leap to the Major Leagues with his talent, effort, the help of some friends and, most importantly, a lot of luck.
Cuban photographer Yuri Obregon (1979), a graduate from the Higher Institute for the Arts (ISA), returned from his first trip abroad a few days ago. In his brief interview for Havana Times, he shared his impressions on this first “collision” with a different world, as well as his thoughts on Cuban contemporary art.
Following news of the sexual abuse and rape charges brought against the country’s leader by Elvia Junieth Flores Castillo and Patricia Jeannette Ortega Prado, Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo, the adoptive daughter of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, decided to offer statements describing the sexual abuse she claims she suffered at the hands of the man who raised her and continues to be married to her mother, Rosario Murillo.
One of the many building collapses that have become common in Havana today took place at the intersection of Oquendo and Carlos III. Once the rubble had been cleared, an empty, 900-square-meter surface was left behind, clamoring to be used. The spot would finally come to be occupied by Mislenis Gil Gomez, who gathers hundreds of children every afternoon with an inflatable park.
Manolito Simonet y su trabuco, a much-acclaimed Cuban salsa band created in 1993, will be performing in several Latin American countries as preamble to a major tour of the United States and Europe and the launching of Hecho en Cuba (“Made in Cuba”), a music project recently begun in collaboration with Argentine-English musician, composer and producer Dominic Miller.
In Old Havana, caricaturist Luis Pereira captures the faces of common and famous people passing through the old town, a trade that has opened the doors to important galleries in the city. (6 photos)
Four years ago, she traded the heat of the tropics for the icy temperatures of Switzerland. Her name is Susana Orta Lopez and she is the lead singer of Siga Volando (“Keep On Flying”), a band treating the European country to Cuban and Latin American rhythms through traditional Cuban charanga.
The winner of numerous awards at different international events, Wilma Alba is one of the young musicians currently at the vanguard of Cuba’s composition scene. We interviewed her on her efforts.
The loneliness of the long distance runner is one of the harshest. This what we read in Alan Sillitoe’s story, but it is also a reality the millions of people around the planet who undertake this noble activity face every day, in an unequivocal show of strength, will and limitless endurance.
How long can a world-renowned chef who has won the Michelin Star (among other awards) content himself with running a bakery in Havana? We’re not talking about any bakery. We’re talking about Salchipizza, whose owner, chemical engineer and master chef Alberto Gonzalez makes the kind of bread that hasn’t been prepared in Cuba for a long time, making the Sylvain and Pain de Paris local chains look like amateurs. (21 photos)