Cuban Celebration to Offer Music, Dance and Film Screenings

A Celebration of Cuban Arts and Culture featuring film screenings, live music and dance will be open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11 at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester.

The free cultural festival will allow visitors to experience Cuba through the arts; it will offer Afro-Cuban salsa music and salsa lessons; performances choreographed to the music of Cuban composer, conductor and classical guitarist Leo Brouwer; and discussions of films about the Cuban Revolution.

The event begins at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 in Murphy Recital Hall with a presentation by Magaly Lavadenz, Ph.D., director of LMU’s Center for Equity for English Learners and distinguished professor of English learner policy, practice and research. The talk will feature clips from the 1999 PBS documentary film, “Crossing Borders: A Cuban Returns,” which follows Lavadenz on her first trip back to Cuba since she left at age 3.

Other weekend highlights include a screening of the 1960 drama “Historias de la Revolución” (“Stories of the Revolution”); a screening of “Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution,” which was directed by LMU School of Film and Television Professor Glenn Gebhard; and a discussion of Gebhard’s film with SFTV faculty members and film industry professionals. Ricardo Lemvo will perform Afro-Cuban salsa music and KXLU-FM radio DJ Jose Cristobal will entertain visitors.

The event is sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, School of Film and Television and Division of Student Affairs.