Friday, January 21, 2011

The Clampdown: A rocker speaks out about censorship in Cuba. AAH's Saturday in DTL highlights what's good in Cuba.

"That's something the government has taken from us; It's very difficult to play."

Communist regimes have had a nasty habit of censoring the arts. In this video, "Cuban Punk Rocker Gorki Aguila on Music, Life and Getting Led Zeppelin Records in Cuba," Gorki Aguila talks openly about conditions for arts that don't necessary follow party lines, and a police raid while they were recording. Yet, Cuban artists soldier on, because art is simply a part of what it means to be human.

Saturday night, Arts After Hours will present Sights and Sounds of Cuba. Come dance to Downbeat Magazine's 2008 Latin Jazz band of the year, La Timbisitica, accompanied by dance demos from Lynn's Divinity Dance Studios. Eat Cuban food from Fernando's. Drink beer and wine. View photographs from Cuba taken by artist Gretjen Helene and more. Opening artists reception at TLGUTS is 5-7pm, and AAH begins 7pm and runs 'till 9pm ($8 at the door), then we'll all head over to Turbine in Central Square for the official after party. And we'll do it all without fear of arrest or the confines of state censors.

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