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Bowdoin Participates in Community's "Cuba Week"

Story posted March 09, 2004

"Cuba Week," a series of community events celebrating the Brunswick-Trinidad sister city relationship, will be held throughout the area between March 28 and April 3. Bowdoin College is participating in Cuba Week, and will host lectures, poetry readings, music, film and dance events.

Under the auspices of the Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Association, a nonprofit organization of citizens of the Brunswick area that promotes cultural exchanges between Brunswick, Maine, and Trinidad, Cuba, Father Concannon of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, accompanied by a group of community artists and musicians, visited Trinidad in early February. Father Concannon has visited Trinidad several times and has been instrumental in establishing the sister parish relationship.

During their recent visit, they met with the pastor of the St. Francis of Paula Catholic Church, Father Giovanni Paz, and distributed humanitarian aid to the parish.

The artists and musicians also gave art, music, and dance lessons to the community youth while learning more about Cuban music from local musicians.

"Cuba Week" has been organized to celebrate the recent visit and the sister parish relationship.

The following events will be held on the Bowdoin campus, and are free and open to the public:

Tuesday, March 30
Lecture: "Demon Rum: The Connection Between Slavery in the U.S. and in Cuba" by historian Wells Staley-Mays. 7:30 p.m. in Searles Science Building, Room 315.

Wednesday, March 31
Lecture: "Endless Antagonism: Cuba and the United States" by Avi Chomsky, Cuba scholar and professor at Salem State University. 7:30 p.m. in Searles Science Building, Room 315.

Thursday, April 1
Reading/Performance: Cuban poetry and music will be presented by Enrique Yepes, associate professor of romance languages and co-chair of Latin American studies, and Gary Lawless, poet. 4:30 p.m. in Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom.

Friday, April 2
Film/Discussion: The documentary Bay of Pigs will be screened at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., sponsored by the Bowdoin Film Society. A discussion with Allen Wells, Roger Howell Jr. Professor of History and co-chair Latin American studies, will follow the first screening. Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium.

Saturday, April 3
Dance: Salsa Dance, sponsored by Bowdoin's Latin-American Students Organization. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Jack Magee's Pub, David Saul Smith Union.

The following Cuba Week events will be held at other community locations:

Sunday, March 28: "Salsa on Sunday" with Jan and Marty Wilk, 4-6 p.m., Brunswick Cultural Center, 11 Pleasant St., second floor (formerly Treworgy Furniture).

Thursday, April 1: Music workshops for students with area musicians, Brunswick High School (time TBA).

Friday, April 2: Lenten supper at St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, from 5-7 p.m. Proceeds benefit sister parish St. Francis de Paula Church in Trinidad.

Friday, April 2: Music workshops for elementary school children with area musicians Sharon Pyne and Anne-Marie D'Amico, Brunswick High School (time TBA).

Friday, April 2: Concert celebrating Trinidad, featuring performances by musicians recently returned from Cuba. 7:30 p.m. in Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School. Admission free, donations welcome.

Saturday, April 3: Salsa aerobics with La Tremenda Brenda at the Maine Pines Racquet and Fitness Club, Harpswell Road, Brunswick. 8:30 a.m. Wear orange and admission is free. Also free for Club members.

Saturday, April 3: Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Association celebration and potluck luncheon, with talks by recent travelers to Trinidad. Morrell Room Curtis Memorial Library, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All are welcome.

All week, look for window displays in businesses and Cuban items on the menus at Henry and Marty's, Wild Oats, Scarlet Begonias, Bohemian Coffee House, and the Hardcover Cafe at Bookland. Also, check out the Cuban DVDs for rent at Bart and Greg's in the Tontine Mall, Maine Street, Brunswick.

For more information about Cuba Week call 725-4914.

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