Culture and Cuisine: CUBA | April 26

Culture and Cuisine Cuba April 2014

Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC) kicks off its newly branded fundraiser “Culture and Cuisine” Ethnic Dinner Series by featuring delicious food and engaging conversation with refugees from Cuba, on Saturday April 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sustainable Food Center in East Austin. Tickets are $50/person which includes a full Cuban dinner, drinks, a panel discussion from Cuban refugees, as well as a silent auction. Join MRC for this unique opportunity to learn more about Cuba. #Austin #ATX

Sustainable Food Center
2921 East 17th Street, Bldg. C
Austin 78702

Fresh Black Paint (2013): Memories of Cuba @ New East Art Gallery | Aug. 3 through Sept. 5

Art Exhibit Memories of Cuba Aug 3 2013

DiverseArts features the creatively playful, yet deeply thought-provoking work of the talented Cuban artist Luis Abreux in the New East Art Gallery. Opening reception forMemories of Cubatakes place Saturday, August 3,2013, at 7 p.m. A graduate of San Alejandro Art Academy in Havana, Cuba, Abreux earned his Master’s degree in Fine Arts in 1995. Abreux’s vibrant use of colors and candid style transfixes the imagination on the mental universe that is his homeland. He paints from his memories of Cuba – a place where painting is not luxury, it is surviving. Abreux currently resides in Austin, Texas.

New East Art Gallery
1601 East 5th Street, Suite 106
Austin, TX 78702

Salsa Night with “Los Típicos de Cuba” @ Esquina Tango Austin | Saturday, June 1

Esquina Salsa Night June 1 2013

Join Esquina Tango Cultural Society of Austin for Salsa Night with “Los Típicos de Cuba,” Saturday, June 1, 2013. “Los Típicos de Cuba” specializes in traditional Charanga sounds from Cuba. Doors open at 9 p.m. Mini Salsa class at 9:15 p.m. Music at 10 p.m. DJ on breaks. Admission $7 | Provide Your Own Beverage

Esquina Tango Cultural Society of Austin
209 Pedernales Street
Austin, TX 78702

Austin Ballroom Festival | May 11

Austin Ballroom Festival 2013

Dance International hosts the 14th Annual Austin Ballroom Festival, Saturday, May, 11, 2013, at the Ben Hur Shrine. Featured dancers include U.S. and World Salsa Champion Cristian Oviedo and partner Maria Zhukovskaya; Ryan and Tessa, professional Latin dancers from Dallas; and Gustavo Simplis and Veronica Quitalo from Esquina Tango in Austin. Afternoon dance workshops include the Waltz, Argentine Tango, International Rumba and Salsa. Vintage 15 plays music for dancing and enjoyment from 7-8 p.m. and a second set again after the performances (youth, adult and professional demonstrations). Evening attire is semi-formal.

Afternoon Dance Workshops:

12 p.m. | Stewart Yaros, Director of Dance International in Ballroom | Waltz
1 p.m.
| Gustavo Simplis | Argentine Tango
2 p.m. | Ryan and Tessa | International Rumba
3 p.m.
| Cristian Oviedo | Salsa

Order Tickets and Workshops

Ben Hur Shrine
7811 Rockwood Lane
Austin, TX 78757

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival | April 16-21

Cine Las Americas Film Festival 2013

The 16th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival runs April 16-21, 2013, and showcases contemporary films from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. Films made by or about Latinos in the United States or the rest of the world, and films by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate. The festival program offers the latest features, narratives, documentaries, short films, animation, youth films and more. All films are subtitled in English. Festival venues include the Stateside at the Paramount, Alamo Drafthouse Village, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and St. Edward’s University.


Esquina Tango Cultural Society of Austin Screens Latin Documentary “54 Street” – Sun., March 10

Esquina Tango Film Calle 54 March 2013

Join Esquina Tango Cultural Society of Austin for the screening of “54 Street” (Cuba | 2000) on Sunday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. Spanish with English subtitles. Doors open at 6 p.m. Suggested Donation $5 | Provide Your Own Beverage | Popcorn Provided

About the Movie:

Fernando Trueba presents his love affair with Latin jazz, his camera following 13 giants into the studio. Trueba drapes walls with single colors – red for Jerry González and the Fort Apache band, white for Tito Puente; his camera is close to faces, instruments, hands, and feet; bands’ colors contrast with walls or their leader’s clothes. Chucho Valdés does a pyrotechnic solo then joins his aged father Bebo for a subdued duet. Puntilla Ríos takes us to Africa, Chano Domínguez to a marriage of jazz and Flamenco, and Eliane Elias, her shoe-less foot on the pedal, to gorgeous and muscular elegance. With Paquito, Cachao, Patato, Chico, Gato, and Michel Camilo, we travel Calle 54.


Esquina Tango Cultural Society of Austin
209 Pedernales Street
Austin, TX 78702

New Year’s Eve Fiesta with Cuban Music @ El Sol y La Luna – Dec 31

New Year 2013 El Sol y La LunaCelebrate the New Year with great Cuban music, great drinks, and delicious food at El Sol y La Luna, Dec. 31, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Charangueros of Tipicos de Cuba are devoted to bringing the traditional sounds and styles of Cuban music to Austin. The project originated with the band Guacanayabo founded in 2004 by bassist and Tres player Sebastien Ane whose passion for the Charanga tradition has guided the band through these years of growth and musical discovery.

El Sol y La Luna
600 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701

EL FLAMENCAZO 2012 — November 9-11

Not enough flamenco in Austin, you say? Well get ready for EL FLAMENCAZO 2012. Tonight, Illeana Gomez and Chayito Champion perform at Copa Bar & Grill, 217 Congress Avenue.They will be accompanied by Austin’s most exciting flamenco troupe, Flamencura.  Illeana Gomez is one of America’s most in-demand, up-and-coming young flamenco dancers. Don’t miss her unique brand of flamenco fire Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, from 8-12 p.m.  Admission $12 at the door.

This special event kicks off a weekend series of Special Flamenco Music Workshops at Flamencura Music & Dance Studio, including a FREE Adult Beginner Flamenco Dance Workshop on Saturday Nov. 10, at 12 Noon.  Additional workshops include Guitar Workshops with Jose Manuel Tejeda from Havana, Cuba;  Percussion Workshops with Flamencura’s Pepe Gaytan; and Cante (singing) Workshops with Isaí Chacón. All activities are held at Flamencura Music & Dance Studio, 7113 Burnet Road, Ste. 111 unless otherwise noted. Schedule and prices available at

Copa Bar & Grill
217 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Flamencura Music & Dance Studio
7113 Burnet Road, Ste. 111
Austin, TX 78757

Austin Music and Culture Festival

Celebrate the many diverse cultures of Austin at the Music and Culture Festival, June 9-10, 2012, at The Utopia Theater, School of Social Work Building, UT Austin.  Saturday performances include Chinese traditional and fusion music and dance, Indian subcontinent traditional music, music from the British Isles, and Russian folk music.  Sunday’s lineup includes Czech music and folk songs, Middle Eastern world music, Latin and South American music, and African traditional music.  (See complete schedule below.)  Free AdmissionPark Free in Lot #12 on Martin Luther King between Trinity and San Jacinto, and walk one block north to the Social Work Building on San Jacinto Blvd.

Image Credit: Austin Chinese Arts Association

Saturday, June 9th

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Chinese Traditional and Fusion Music and DanceAustin Chinese Arts Association

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Indian Subcontinent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) Traditional Music featuring Ustad Amzad Rahman and Company

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and English Music featuring The Blue Buckskin Winchers

4:45 – 6:00 p.m. Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, and Balkan Music featuring The Flying Balalaika Brothers

Image Credit: The Flying Balalaika Brothers

Sunday, June 10th

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Czech Music and Folk Songs featuring The Czech Melody Masters and the Austin Happy Czech Singers

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Middle Eastern World Music (Turkey, Iraq, and Iran) featuring Atash

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Latin and South American Music (Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, and Ecuador) featuring Zafra with Javier Jara

4:45 – 6:00 p.m. African Traditional Music featuring Zoumountchi

The Utopia Theater, School of Social Work Building
The University of Texas at Austin
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78712


The Music and Culture Festival is presented by the Texas Music Museum and co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin.  This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division.

15th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

Each year, the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival brings together Latino and indigenous filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters from all over the world, including Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Peru, Canada, the United States, and more.  The 15th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival runs April 24-29, 2012.  Films are subtitled in English and include features, documentaries, and short films.   Festival passes and general admission tickets are available.  All screenings presented at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and at St. Edward’s University are free and open to the public.

Festival Venues