2016 Cuba Week Comes to Brunswick
The Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Association [BTSCA] is a non-profit organization that promotes creative and constructive non-political interactions with the people of our sister community in Trinidad, Cuba. “Cuba Week” is sponsored annually by BTSCA in Brunswick, celebrating the diverse cultures and commonalities of the two communities. 2016 Cuba Week, March 28th -April 3, offers an exciting array of activities for those interested in Cuban culture. This year’s events planned for Cuba Week involve a community wide effort to promote education and appreciation..
Local restaurants will be saluting Cuban cuisine with selected items during the week of March 28 through April 3. Sample the chef’s creations at Big E!, Big Top Deli, El Camino, Frontier Cafe, Gelato Fiasco, Henry & Marty, Little Dog Coffee Shop, Scarlet Begonias, and Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe.
The Curtis Library will feature an exhibit of Cuban books, art, crafts, and memorabilia in a showcase at the Curtis Memorial Library throughout the month of April.
The Gulf of Maine Bookstore on Maine Street will offer a selection of Cuban literature and gladly offer anecdotes of Cuban observations.
Tuesday March 29th, George Lopez, Artist in Residence, Bowdoin College will be playing a piano concert of Cuban composers and themes at the Main Lounge of the Moulton Student Union on Bowdoin Campus. He will provide commentary of the composers and his recent trip to Havana. The concert will begin at 7:00 and donations are accepted.
Friday April 1 Primo Cubano plays at the Frontier Cafe as a special event. Primo Cubano is well known for their traditional dance music. The Cafe will rearrange their tables for lively dancing to the Cuban beat. Tickets for this event are only available by phone to the Frontier 725-5222. As space is limited for dining and dancing, advance purchases are recommended. The concert will begin at 7:30 although doors for limited dinner seating will open at 5:00.
Saturday, April 2nd will feature a group discussion from Susan and Brooks Stoddard of the University of Maine, Augusta. Their Cuban Studies program culminated with a trip to Cuba with Maine students and was summarized in an exhibit- “Cultural Understanding Between the Arts”. BTSCA members will present the particulars of an upcoming trip to Cuba and will welcome audience questions and participation. The discussion will be held in the Morrell Room of the Curtis Memorial Library from 2- 4:00 and is open to the public free of charge.
On Sunday April 3 the Frontier Theater becomes the location for a Cuban Film Festival. Two films will be shown offering a wide scope of insight for those interested in our Cuban neighbor.
“Cuba: the Accidental Eden” will be shown at 2:00 and 6:00. (60 minutes long) This film, suitable for the entire family, features the rich and unusual Cuban landscape and its stunning biodiversity. It explores the impact the new and massive influx of tourism will place on this natural environment. Admission $5.
The second movie offers a perspective of a human nature. “Great Day in Havana” centers on
musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, and filmmakers who reflect on their African heritage, the ironies of tourism, and how to live with dignity in the face of the US embargo during the early ’90’s…..with English subtitles. 2001. 73 minutes. A discussion to follow the film and questions are encouraged.. One showing will take place at 8 pm; $5.
For more details, information about Cuba Week, please check out the BTSCA website http://www.brunswicktrinidad.org/ or like us on Facebook- Maine to Cuba Connections.
Cuba Week- March 2015
The Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Association [BTSCA] is a non-profit organization that promotes creative and constructive non-political interactions with the people of our sister community in Trinidad, Cuba. We experience Cuban culture and share ours with them, recognizing and appreciating both the differences and the similarities in our two cultures. Several outreach projects have been undertaken, including collecting and donating books in Spanish to the Trinidad Municipal Library, poetry exchanges and hosting people-to-people delegations from Maine to Cuba.
With the development of improved relations between the United States and Cuba, the 12th Annual “Cuba Week” celebration promises to be a jewel of an occasion for educational opportunities as well as interactive cultural experiences. Cuba Week 2015 offers an exciting array of activities for those interested in Cuban culture. These events are free of charge unless otherwise noted.
• The Gallery at 11 Pleasant on Pleasant Street in Brunswick hosts a large outdoor mural, The Dance of Two Cultures, by Christopher Cart, the first community art project of the BTSCA in 2008. [http://christophercart.com/portfolio/dance-of-two-cultures/] This year the Gallery within the building will feature a free exhibit of Cuban art and photography from recent visits to the island. Local artists and adventurers who have traveled to Cuba are sharing their art and creativity with purchased or created works. If you enjoy travel, cars, architecture, history, and culture, this show will be sure to amuse, delight, and leave you questioning what you thought you knew. The Cuban visual arts will be on display from March 9 until April 3 and will be open business hours free of charge. Also at the Gallery will be an information table and literature to peruse.
• On Tuesday, March 24th at 7pm at The Gallery, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, George Lopez will be featuring a piano recital showcasing the Cuban composers Lecuona, Cervantes and others. George Lopez, Bowdoin’s Robert Beckwith Artist in Residence, has been a dedicated and dynamic performer, educator, and lecturer for over 20 years. Donations are accepted for the 7:00 concert.
• On Friday, March 27 at 7pm at the Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Room, recent visitors returning from Cuba will offer an audio-visual presentation on their experiences there.
• On Saturday, March 28 5-6pm salsa lessons with Vanessa Gutierrez at the Gallery at 11 Pleasant St., $8.
• On Saturday, March 28 at 8pm at the Frontier Café & Cinema, 14 Main St., Brunswick, Primo Cubano, will be playing a lively concert. Tickets are $15; call 725-5222 or www.explorefrontier.com
• On Sunday, March 29, at 2,6 &8pm, Frontier Café & Cinema will be featuring Havana Curveball. Tickets are $8. This movie is the coming of age project of an American with Cuban roots regarding the interaction of baseball between cultures, bridging cultural differences with the love of the game. This film is funded in part by a generous donation from the Jewish Alliance of Southern Maine. Check these websites http://www.havanacurveball.info and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re3uKb1GaK4 for more information regarding this film.
• The week of March 22-29, local restaurants will feature specials of Cuban cuisine to celebrate their anticipation of cross cultural exchange. Stop by our culinary partners, Henry and Marty’s, the Frontier Cafe, Big Top Deli, El Camino, Gelato Fiasco, Little Dog Coffee Shop, Scarlet Begonias, and Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe and try their delicious creations.
For more details, information about the mural, to become involved, and more, please check out the BTSCA website http://www.brunswicktrinidad.org/ or like us on Facebook.
You may also be interested in:
“The Road Forward for Cuba after Normalization: Risks and Rewards”
Valerie Wirtschafter ’12, Research Associate at the Council of Foreign Relations, assesses the opportunities and challenges that the recent normalization of relations between Cub and the U.S. presents for the Cuban government and its people.
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Hazleton Room, Kanbar Hall, 109