Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Cuban Culture Thursday (10/2)

Charanga Carolina, UNC's Cuban rhythm and string orchestra, will perform at Durham Academy (Ridge Road Campus) this Thursday (10/2), as part of a school cultural event that is open to the public.

Durham Academy's 3rd annual "Fiesta Latina" celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with music and dance performances, and a dinner of Latin American food. Food will be for sale starting at 5:30 pm. The free cultural program begins at 7:00 pm. Charanga Carolina will play the second hour of the program, from 8:00-9:00 pm.

Charanga Carolina is made up of a combination of UNC-Chapel Hill students and Latin musicians from the local community; some Durham Academy students will also sit in. Musical director David Garcia has won accolades for the project; read more about it in this story I wrote for the Independent Weekly.

Also Thursday: anthropologist, author and documentary filmmaker Ruth Behar speaks at Duke at 7:00 pm. A Sephardic Jew from Cuba, Behar has written a book about the Jewish community there and is a former MacArthur grant winner.

Might I suggest a soundtrack? Benjamin Lapidus' recent Herencia Judia.

See our calendar for more info on both of Thursday's events.

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