Ramblin' Jack Elliot at the Colony Cafe

It’s a muggy late August evening in Woodstock. The scent of hours-old summer rain breathes new life into the earth around the Colony Café. As I walk up to the Spanish-style façade of the club I see a group gathered in the alley. They’re standing around a smallish man recognizable by his large, white cowboy hat. It’s Ramblin’ Jack Elliot.

Havana: Cuban and American Actors Stage Shakespeare Play

A group of Cuban and American theater actors will premiere 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream,' by William Shakespeare, on Friday night at the Bertolt Brecht cultural complex in Havana.


The Man Who Knew Too Much

Early this summer another Black man died with needle marks in his veins. It's not that I was shocked when I heard the news that Michael Jackson had passed. I was really surprised he lived this long. Sure, like many others I became misty-eyed.


Budd Schulberg, Could Have Been a Contender

Hollywood screenwriter Budd Schulberg passed away Wednesday at the age of 95, and the press is filled with obituaries noting his work and commenting on his most famous off-screen moment — as a 'friendly witness' before the House Un-American Activities Committee 'naming names' in the early 1950s. 


Hemingway Was Forced to Leave Cuba by US Embassy

American writer Ernest Hemingway was forced to leave Cuba suddenly on July 25, 1960, by the US ambassador in Havana, asserted a Cuban expert on the work of this outstanding figure of American literature.


New Radio Show for Blue-collar Intellectuals, an Interview

I am the host of StarTalk. I’m an astrophysicist, and I have a co-host, Lynne Koplitz, who is a professional standup comedienne. I had seen her work and saw how creative and progressive she was in her commentary about life, politics, social mores, and the like.


Benicio del Toro Receives Award from Cuban Artists and Writers

Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro received on Thursday the Tomas Gutierrez Alea Award, granted by the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC). The award, consisting of a work by painter Agustin Bejarano, was given to del Toro by UNEAC president Miguel Barnet, in a ceremony held at the Martinez Villena Hall in this institution.