It’s been an exhaustive but enlightening world tour for East of Havana… so much positive dialogue from college students about “the new Cuba”. 4 years after it’s release, the big day we fantasized about is finally here. EOH’s lead protagonist rapper, Soandry, has been granted a visa out of Cuba and is visiting US. This is the first time we screen the doc with Soandry to an American audience with a concert afterwards. The event takes place in Pittsburgh on Thurs, October 21st through the weekend.


(Soandry, from East of Havana)

The following is a breakdown of activities of the week….

FOCUS ON CUBA: ART, FILM, AND MUSIC

“Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art—
A Conversation with Cuban Artists”

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

In this roundtable, several of the artists participating in the art exhibit Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art (www.queloides-exhibit.com) will discuss their participation in the project and issues of race and culture in contemporary Cuba. The exhibit was hosted at the Centro Wifredo Lam in Havana and opens at the Mattress Factory museum on October 15.
For more information: contact Alejandro de la Fuente (fuente2@pitt.edu).
Sponsored by the Humanities Center and the Center for Latin American Studies

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Screening of the Film “Roble de Olor/Scent of Oak”
(Director: Rigoberto Lopez, 2002)

Date: Thursday, October 14
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Frick Fine Arts Building Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive, University of Pittsburgh

Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano Fall 2010 Film Series
Cuban Eyes/Cubanize: Fifty Years of Cuban Cinema since the Cuban Revolution

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Some films are adult in nature and may not be appropriate for young audiences.

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Opening Reception for

“Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art” Exhibit

Date: Friday, October 15, 2010
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side
Cost: Anyone with a Pitt ID will be admitted free to the reception

“Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art” will run from October 16, 2010 until February 27, 2011
Regular museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., closed Mondays.
Regular museum admission: $10.00 (Adults), $7.00 (Students), $8.00 (Seniors)
Kids under 6 are FREE every day, Members FREE, CMU students get in FREE all year, PITT students get in FREE during Fall/Spring semester.

Visit WWW.MATTRESS.ORG/CUBA for more information and events.

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Screening of the Film “East of Havana”
with co-director Jauretsi Saizarbitoria

Date: Thursday, October 21
Time: 6:00 p.m.—refreshments; 7:00 p.m.—film screening
Location: Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side

The film will be introduced by Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, one of the directors, followed by Q&A, conversation, analysis and debate.
This alternately meditative and emotive documentary uses three Havana rappers as a vehicle in which to explore the struggles and frustrations of young Cubans
surviving amid a crumbling revolution.

Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano Fall 2010 Film Series
Cuban Eyes/Cubanize: Fifty Years of Cuban Cinema since the Cuban Revolution

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Some films are adult in nature and may not be appropriate for young audiences.

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Performance by Cuban Hip-Hop Artist Soandry
Presented by The Mattress Factory

Date: October 23, 2010
Time: 8:00pm
Location: New Hazlett Theater, Allegheny Square East

Cost: $12, MF Members plus one guest Free, Pitt & CMU students with I.D. $9 at the door.

The Mattress Factory is very excited to announce that Cuban hip-hop artist Soandry, formerly of the duo “Hermanos de Causa,” will be performing for the first time in the United States at the New Hazlett Theater on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn the stories of the struggles and the triumphs of a Cuban rapper. Known for being a passionate free-thinker who shares the realities of life in Cuba, Soandry, is a leader of the hip-hop scene in Havana. He shares a distinct socially conscious rap ethic that is uncommon in Cuba. His unabashed criticism of the Cuban government is audacious.

The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that exhibits room-sized works called installations. Created on site by artists from across the country and around the world, our unique exhibitions feature a variety of media that engage all of the senses.

Visit WWW.MATTRESS.ORG/CUBA for more information and events.

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Screening of the Film “Havana York”
with director Luciano Larobina

Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 6:00 p.m.—reception with refreshments; 6:30 p.m.—film screening
Location: Frick Fine Arts Building Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive, University of Pittsburgh

The film will be introduced by Luciano Larobina, the director, followed by Q&A, conversation, and discussion.

Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano Fall 2010 Film Series
Cuban Eyes/Cubanize: Fifty Years of Cuban Cinema since the Cuban Revolution

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Some films are adult in nature and may not be appropriate for young audiences.

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Soandry photos by Jason Florio