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Join Richard Diaz and his guest, Coach Jenny Hadfield as they discuss an exotic running vacation: The Havana Cuba Half Marathon. Due to the US embargo, Cuba has been restricted for US travelers. This is a unique chance to visit and run on the forbidden Island of Cuba.
Few Americans have had the pleasure of visiting Cuba since we blocked trade with Cuba as far back as October of 1960 back. Through the efforts of InsightCuba, a non-profit travel organization specializing in legal people-to-people travel to Cuba for Americans, runners from the US can legally visit Cuba to participate in this event.
This week, we're live from the new location of Group Therapy Open Mic, Havana Cigars in Tustin, CA.
Havana Cigars sells cigars and accessories and offers a smoking lounge for customers to sit and enjoy a variety of events. They carry a large selection of fine cigars with a huge walk-in humidor. Their cigars have been carefully selected to impress everyone from the most experienced cigar aficionado to first-timers looking for a new experience.
After the show will be Group Therapy Open Mic, where you can "work out your issues" on our stage. So come out and smoke and joke with some of Orange County's finest up and coming comedians.
We're also looking for singers, musicians and poets. Sign ups start at 7:30; the booked show starts at 8 and the open mic is right after. Acts will get to perform for 5 to 10 minutes on a first come, first served basis. If you're on a roll you can keep going, but if you're bombing, we'll gently help you off.
In 2003, Tiffany Madera aka “Hanan,” enraged her Cuban family in Miami by getting on a plane to Havana to participate in an artistic exchange that led to the formation of Cuba’s first Arabic dance troupe; Grupo Aisha Al-Hanan. The troupe founded by hanan was composed of eight women at the University of Havana’s History Department. A live band of musicians shortly followed from Havana’s colorful and diverse music scene. Guided by hanan, Grupo Aisha Al Hanan; quickly gained notoriety around Cuba despite its departure from State- Sanctioned Culture and Art models. A grassroots cultural movement ensued which had a profound impact on many lives across the globe.
For Hanan’s family, her returning to Cuba was like an act of support for the Communist Revolution that drove them from their island to Miami. Havana Habibi begins three years later following Hanan’s visit to Havana for the International Dance Festival and workshops with Grupo Aisha Al-Hanan. We meet the ensemble and see the sacrifices they make to create their art.
Havana Habibi looks at the cross cultural exchange and intermigration between Africa, Cuba, Spain and the USA; what it means to be a Cuban Bellydancer in Revolutionary Cuba as well as the Cuban Diaspora and travels throughout time, geography and space to tell the human story behind Revolution and geo-political Identity through the sensual metaphor of Bellydance.
Jason Bee Alafia joins me to discuss this critically acclaimed documentary film.
Graciela Chelo Lodeiro, author of "Cuando La Habana era La Habana".
Fausta Wertz Rodriguez, editor of Fausta's Blog.
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"Pulp Friction with Paul Levine" welcomes Libby Fischer Hellman to the studio.
Libby Fischer Hellmann writes “compulsively readable thrillers.” Her 2013 literary thriller, HAVANA LOST, takes place largely in revolutionary Cuba. Her other stand-alones, SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE (2010), goes back to the late Sixties in Chicago, and A BITTER VEIL (2012) takes place in revolutionary Iran. She also writes two crime series, one with PI Georgia Davis, the other with video producer and amateur sleuth Ellie Foreman, which Libby calls “Desperate Housewives” meets “24.”. Her short story collection, NICE GIRL DOES NOIR, was released in 2010. She has been nominated twice for the Anthony Award, once for the Agatha, and has won the Lovey Award multiple times. She lives in Chicago and claims they'll take her out of there feet first. More at www.libbyhellmann.com.
ABOUT THE HOST:
The author of 18 novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote more than 20 episodes of the CBS military drama "JAG" and co-created the Supreme Court drama "First Monday" starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. His most recent novel is "Last Chance Lassiter." Look for "State vs. Lassiter" in Fall 2013. More info at http://www.paul-levine.com
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BIO: LUIS GONZALEZ
Luis González nació en La Habana, Cuba, donde pasó los primeros siete años de su vida. Su madre, viuda y con tres hijos, huyó del estado comunista con sus niños en remolque. La familia se mudo a Culver City, California, un municipio de Los Ángeles. Aunque lejos de su patria, Luis se dio cuenta que llevaba a Cuba en el alma, en su sangre cuando en el sexto grado, hizo un reporte sobre su país y ahí comenzó una relación amorosa con su patria que continúa hasta el dia de hoy. Desde la edad escolar primaria, Luis supo que llevaba la escritura en su sangre. "Siempre me ha gustado escribir, desde niño y supongo que siempre he sido autor independient. Cuando estaba en el tercer grado, después de sólo haber estado en este país un par de años, escribí dos cuentos. Uno se llama Las Zapatillas Mágicas, el otro, Los Delfines. Tomé hojas de papel que doblé y grapé, y no sólo escribí los cuentos, sino los ilustré e hice la portada y todo por ellos. Todavía tengo estos dos primeros libros míos, y ahora que miro hacia atrás me digo, “De verdad que siempre fui escritor, por lo menos en mi alma." Hasta hoy esos dos libritos siguen siendo dos de mis posesiones más preciadas. Luis estudio y se graduó de UCLA con licenciatura en literatura inglés y una concentración en composición y literatura española. A Luis le inspira profundamente y es conmovido por la política, la religión y las artes, cuales forman hilos de la tela en su escribir.
Luz: una novela que amarra esos tres componentes pero al estilo cubano.
Join Emmy Award winning newsjournalist Victoria Gaither and Entertainment co-host Michael Kay when they chat with award winning and critically acclaimed writer/director Steve Silverman and Nashville's musical tour de force, Saints of Havana.
Fresh off the success of the award winning webseries PRETTY, Steve Silverman is working new magic on his new project THE INN. Still in the hush hush stages, THE INN is proving to be a departure from the comedic side to the creepy and macabre. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/theinntheseries
Then, with cowboy hats, rock guitars, flowing blonde hair and chisled abs, brothers Rey and Cesar Montecristo along with Aaron Shea make up Saints of Havana. Now calling Nashville their home, Saints is proving to be a group to watch, listen and crush on. Listen to samples of their music at www.saintsofhavana.com.
Cuban-American evangelist Augusto Perez and Rick discuss the Ebola virus outbreak, plagues and pestilences in the Last Days, and the mark of God on the Saints. Augusto also tells a true story about his Cuban uncle in the final days before Fidel Castro’s communist army captured Havana.
Dr. Jay Grimstead is the founder and director of the Coalition on Revival. He was called by God to hold the principles of the Bible up alongside the Church as a prophetic plumb line. His is the co-author of the new book “Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible”. He joins us today to talk about various elements of what it actually means to rebuild civilization on the Bible.
This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!
HAVANA, Cuba—On the margins of this isolated country better known for cigars and Castro, a vibrant heavy metal scene flourishes. The most iconic stars are the members of Zeus, the country's oldest heavy metal band. They've performed in Havana since the 1980s, when this American-influenced music was officially banned by the Castro government.
The long-haired rockers (called "freakies") were thrown in jail and concerts were broken up by state police. Thirty years later, rock music is tolerated, but barely. A government bureaucracy called the Agency of Rock controls Cuba's heavy metal scene. Every concert and every record must be cleared with the Agency’s director of Rock. It's a sign of the changing situation in Cuba, but it's also an absurd position for the country's heavy metal musicians.
To play their music, Zeus and their diehard fans must fight to be true to themselves within the confines set by the Cuban government. "People always listen to the hardest music because it is a way of reaffirming their passion and liberty against everything that is imposed on them," says Ivan Vera, the guitarist for Zeus. "That, I believe, is the reason for heavy metal." American filmmaker, Nicholas Brennan, has spent the past four years capturing Zeus's story and the broader history of heavy metal in Cuba in the feature-length documentary film, "Hard Rock Havana." With over 120 hours of footage filmed inside of Cuba, Brennan has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to edit the film and share this band's story. For an inside look at the Cuba's metal scene, see the film's Kickstarter page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nicholasbrennan/hard-rock-havana
This show is dedicated to: Sergeant Thomas Z. Spitzer, a team leader with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Bn., 7th Marines, was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25, 2014
Defending the Republic with Annie "The Radio Chick" and Dan Butcher of Pundit Press is an ongoing discussion of recent events, issues and the upcoming elections.
Special Guest: Roan Garcia-Quintana, is an American citizen who came to the US as a political refugee from Cuba. He was made in Havana (Cuba) and raised in Savannah (GA), a place that he calls home. He loves the South and everything for which it stands!
Mr. Garcia-Quintana was a research statistician for the SC Department of Juvenile Justice and the SC Department of Education, where he also was a psychometrician, in charge of constructing, analyzing and reporting the tests that are administered to the children who attend public schools in SC.
After working for the Reagan 1980 campaign as a pollster with the late Lee Atwater, he received a Presidential Appointment to the US Department of Education’s National Institute of Education, under President Ronald Reagan, where he was a Deputy Director.
He is Executive Director for the Americans Have Had Enough Coalition
It's a battle of Conservative values and principles in defense of our Republic!
Judy Wicks is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally based economy.
Her recent book Good Morning, Beautiful Business: the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer was published by Chelsea Green in March, 2013.
Judy’s speaking engagements focus on the topics of local living economies, responsible business, and the role of the feminine in building a new economy. She has addressed communities throughout the USA and Canada, as well as Berlin, Delhi, Havana, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Her keynote presentations at numerous conferences provide insight and inspiration concerning the deep connections between local food, ecology, economy and social justice. Judy is popular with students and faculty and has presented at many universities including the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, Keene State, the University of Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Yale, Harvard, Bryn Mawr and Haverford College, where she gave a commencement address and received an honorary decree.