Robo-kid’s dream comes true in epic ‘bank robbery’


This kid’s RoboCop fantasy came true. Watch as 10-year-old Gaige Pike — dressed in a silver sci-fi robot costume — helps law enforcement stop a staged bank robbery in Orlando, Florida. The local Make-A-Wish Foundation worked with the sheriff’s office to pull off the elaborate scenario, complete with SWAT team, news reporters and bank employees….


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Victor Manuelle’s concert to close Salsa Festival in Cuba


Havana, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) With a concert by Puerto Rican singer Victor Manuelle, the 5th International Salsa Festival will end on Sunday in Havana.

The Jose Antonio Echeverria recreational complex’s Club 500, the main venue of the festival, will host the performance by the renowned musician, who will sing for the first time in Cuba accompanied by his orchestra.

Victor Manuelle, who has a vast musical career and is known in Cuba for hits such as ‘Tengo ganas’, ‘Como se lo explico al corazon’ and ‘Dile a ella’, has released more than 20 albums and has collaborated with renowned international singers.

On the last day of the festival, there will be parades of comparsas (dance groups) and electronic music sessions, as well as concerts by Haila Maria Mompie, Lazarito Valdes y Bamboleo, and El Niño y la Verdad orchestras.

Presided by musician Maykel Blanco, the Salsa Festival brought together 19 local high-caliber orchestras for six days, including Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, Alain Perez, Los Van Van orchestra, and Alexander Abreu y Havana D’Primera.

As every year, the festival featured dance workshops on different genres of Cuban music and visits to places related to musical performances such as recording studios and conservatories, among other attractions.


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Ballets of Cuba and Mexico to honor Alicia Alonso


Mexico, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) The National Ballet of Cuba directed by Viengsay Valdes and the National Dance Company (NCD) of Mexico will pay tribute to the Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, with three performances of ‘Giselle’ at the Palace of Fine Arts.

The version of ‘Giselle’ to be performed is the one created by Anton Dolin in the ’30s and ’40s, the first that Alonso danced in 1943 when replacing Alicia Markova in the American Ballet Theater, said Cuauhtemoc Najera who heads the NCD along with Elisa Carrillo.

He said that on Viengsay Valdes’ recent visit to Mexico she had explained how Cuba would celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the famous dancer’s birth and anticipated that she sought to make a great international tribute and asked the National Institute of Fine Arts to join.

During the rehearsals, Najera, who is also the artistic director, noted that three first dancers of the National Ballet of Cuba will perform the new version of the ‘Giselle’ danced by Alicia in the American Ballet Theater.

In total there will be 57 dancers on stage, among them the first dancer of the Cuban National Ballet Rafael Quenedit, who will be the unfaithful Prince Albrecht, the Mexican Ana Elisa Mena will be Giselle, and Daniela Gomez, also a first Cuban dancer, will play Myrtha, the Queen of the Willis.

The performances will be on Thursday, February 27, Sunday, March 1 and Tuesday, March 3, all in the main theater of Fine Arts.


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Afro-Cuban version of Lorca’s work will be presented in Cuba


Matanzas, Cuba, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The House of Bernarda Alba will be presented at the Sauto Theater of this western city on February 26 and 27, with a version of the Yoruba ceremonial of this Spanish play by the Macubá Theater Studio.

Based on the original work of Federico García Lorca (1898-1938), the aforementioned company brings a different proposal to the Spanish social reality of its time, confirmed today here from the public relations department of the Matanzas Coliseum.

The house … is a piece in three acts written in 1936 by the poet, dramatist and prosecutor from Granada, which dispenses male characters on stage, and was premiered in 1945 in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.

Under the artistic and general direction of Fatima Patterson, National Theater Award 2017, the artistic group Macubá (1992) was founded and maintains its headquarters in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, the second largest in the island.

Macuba Theater Stage uses in its presentations formal elements and the scenic movement of Cuban folklore collected by santeria, the living oral traditions of Palo Monte and traditional Caribbean poetry, according to specialists.

Lorca is the most influential and popular bard of twentieth-century Spanish literature and is also considered one of the tops of the Iberian theater of that century, along with Ramón del Valle-Inclán and Antonio Buero Vallejo.


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Samba school parade at Sao Paulo carnival


Brasilia, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) With the Barroca Zona Sul, the Special Group samba school parade begins on Friday in Sao Paulo carnival, where race, culture and faith are the major aspects.

According to the organizers, the 2020 Sao Paulo Carnival will take more than 30 samba schools to the Sambadrome, architectural ensemble made for parades, where there will be samba parades from February 21 to 24.

Parallel to these parades, Sao Paulo will also have the biggest street carnival in history and one of the main ones in the country.

According to sources, the city council will authorize about 678 parades, 38.5% more than in 2019, in which there were 490. About 15 million people are expected to visit Sao Paulo until March 1, which could leave an economic benefit of about US$500 million.

For the first time, street carnival will be extended to 32 Sao Paulo sub-prefectures.

The Rio de Janeiro carnival is one of the most emblematic in the country, but other states, such as Salvador, Recife, Olinda, Florianopolis and Sao Paulo, annually perform their masquerades with the characteristics of their regions.


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Viña del Mar song festival shows a different face


Santiago de Chile, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) The Viña del Mar Song Festival is about to begin, the organizers are now betting on austerity, with strong security measures and fear that Quinta Vergara could become a grandstand of protests against the government of Chile.

The celebration of the event, considered here the greatest of Latin music, was in doubt after Chile’s social and political crisis led to the suspension of international events as important as the summits of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and the United Nations COP 25 on climate change.

Finally, the authorities opted for the celebration of the festival, which will begin next Sunday 23 with the presentation of the Puerto Rican stars Ricky Martin and Pedro Capó and the Chilean humorist Estefan Kramer, and which is transmitted live to numerous countries.


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Quirino 2020 awards: Argentina and Brazil lead for Latin America


Madrid, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) Argentina and Brazil are at the top of the nominees from Latin America at the Quirino Iberoamerican animation awards, to take place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, in April 18th.

Portugal and Spain are at the top of the list by number of full-length films, with 10 and seven, respectively, while for Latin America Argentina has six, Brazil (4), Colombia (2), Bolivia (2), Chile (1), Mexico (1) and Paraguay (1).

The Quirino Awards go to the categories of school works, visual development, animation design, sound and original music, and videogames animation, which is new for this edition.

Created in 2018, the awards honor the memory of Quirino Cristiani, director of ‘The Apostle’ (1917), the first full-length animation movie in history.


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New York Museum Highlights the Artwork of Zilia Sánchez – Cuban American Artist


The Cuban American artist has long been a creative force. Now she’s having her big moment—in her tenth decade.

Being an island is something strong,” says the artist Zilia Sánchez, a singular, if long overlooked talent. “It’s not about being self-centered. The things I want to do, I want to do them by myself.” The 93-year-old’s first museum retrospective, “Soy Isla” (or “I Am an Island”), on view through this month at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan, explores island life both literal and figurative. Born in Cuba, Sánchez lived for a time in New York City, then moved to Puerto Rico in 1971. Despite wide acclaim there, she was in her late 80s before the international art world began to notice her undulating three-dimensional canvases, which she shapes over wooden armatures to suggest the female form, otherworldly landscapes and the shifting sea. Sánchez lost much of her work when Hurricane Maria ripped the roof off her San Juan studio in 2017, but she rebuilt and continues to work every day, compelled, she says, by a stronger inner force. “That’s how the art is. It is in my soul. I have to go to the studio.”


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