by Abelardo de la Pena Jr.
- We’ve told you about the U.S. loosening its restrictions on travel to and from Cuba. Cultural aficionados are grateful beneficiaries.
- Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra ended a weeklong residency in Havana with a rousing finale, bringing onstage 15 Cuban musicians, including Dayrón Rodríguez, a 12-year-old bongo fiend (NYTimes.com, 10 October 2010).
- The New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre participated in Havana’s International Ballet Festival, reconnecting dancers and ballet lovers whom politics had put beyond reach (NYTimes.com, 11 October 2010).
- Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés reversed the exchange route by playing in New York for the first time since 2004, bringing with him a new CD, a fresh sound and a young son (NYDailyNews.com, 10 October 2010).
- Omara Portuondo, vocalist for the Buena Vista Social Club — whose success encompassed 6 million CDs sold, a hit movie and world tours — played at New Orlean’s Carnival Latino (NewOrleans.com, 10 October 2010).
- The all-female Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba paid its first visit to Chicago since 2003 with a performance fusing different kinds of choreography, including flamenco (ChicagoTribune.com, 10 October 2010).
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