Yanelys Nuñez’s Diary

Lazaro Saavedra Receives Cuba’s National Fine Arts Award

November 20, 2014 | No Comments »

While heading to work on a bus, I saw an elderly gentleman reading a newspaper and, out of the corner of my eye, caught a glimpse of a note on the artist Lazaro Saavedra and an award he had won. I couldn’t help but smile at the thought.

A New Look for Cerro, Havana

November 13, 2014 | 1 Comment »

A project is currently underway on one of the blocks of Havana’s Cerro district. A group of artists are covering the facades of buildings located on Romay Street, between Monte and Zequeira streets, with their graffiti, paintings and sculptures.

A 3D Film Screening in Havana

October 13, 2014 | No Comments »

The 3D Film Screening was one of the highlights of the 6th Contemporary Cuban Art Exhibition held in Havana’s Center for the Development of Visual Arts from September 12 to 25 this year. Cuba’s popular, privately-operated 3D home theaters had been shut down less than a year ago.

Havana’s G Street and its “Magic Grass”

September 22, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Some good friends of mine refer to the spot on Havana’s G avenue they habitually sit at “The Magic Grass.” It’s the only affordable and desirable place where an entire night can be spent with a guitar and a bottle of wine?

Chong Chon Gang, Cuba y Palestine

August 15, 2014 | 1 Comment »

“As a gesture of solidarity with the Palestinian people, Cuban artist Luis Manuel Alcantara made a gift to this nation through that country’s embassy in Havana, consisting of a group of home-made weapons collected from different neighborhoods around Havana.”

Two Exhibitions To See in Old Havana

August 14, 2014 | No Comments »

Heading down to the Fototeca de Cuba to attend the opening of a photo exhibition, I ran into an acquaintance who told me of another exhibition that was opening on Old Havana at the same time, that of a Japanese illustrator named Seiichi Hayashi.

A Saturday Night of Unpredictable Turns

August 11, 2014 | No Comments »

A friend of mine who is fairly well informed about concerts, parties, exhibitions and other cultural activities around town (these being his last vacations before becoming a working man) told me David D’OMNI would be holding a concert in Guanabacoa.

Havana’s Villa Manuela Gallery Celebrates 10th Anniversary

August 5, 2014 | No Comments »

Recently, the gallery looked back on its 10 years of operation and, to celebrate the occasion, opened a joint exhibition showing until the end of August. Titled “10 Years, 95 Exhibitions”, the exhibition gathers works by some of the 198 renowned artists who have displayed their works at the gallery between 1996 and 2014.

Chekhov’s Uncle Vania Staged by Cuba’s Argos Teatro Co.

July 24, 2014 | 1 Comment »

For some time now, I have been attending only those plays about which I have heard something positive. I’ve had some bad experiences and try not to make chance decisions anymore. However when a theater company of some prestige stages a new play, I try not to miss it.

“Sex Shopping”: An Innovative Art Exhibition in Havana

July 21, 2014 | 1 Comment »

When young Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara spoke to me of an exhibition he organized last year (titled Shopping de sexo, “Sex Shopping”), I regretted not having attended. The works on display included a broad range of items related to the sexual and erotic practices of Cubans. (7 photos)