September 2013, Volume 17, Number 3

Cultural Spotlight

Dominating the Cultural Scene

The muses have found a new home at MDC’s Koubek Center. Under the umbrella of MDCulture, the Koubek Center remains steadfast as an epicenter of important cultural and educational events, meetings and discussions, lively entertainment and community-oriented programming.

The College recently celebrated the inauguration of the Center’s fully renovated theater with an incredible lineup of cultural entertainment. In collaboration with MDC’s Teatro Prometeo, it offered an evening of famous classic theater scene reenactments, poetry readings at the Center’s BookCorner library, musical offerings from the likes of local chanteuse Olga María Touzet Guillot, and rounded off the night with the gravitas of Capricho, a monologue by award-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, an MDC Hall of Fame alumnus and former member of Teatro Prometeo.

The Center’s ArtSpace gallery also introduced Viaje al centro de la escena (Voyage to the Center of the Scene), an exhibition showcasing the set- and costume-design creations of Jorge Noa and Pedro Balsameda.

With no intention of resting on its laurels, the Koubek Center has been off and running ever since, offering a full program of events for the fall season that includes a master class by Bolivian author Edmundo Paz-Soldán; Sigal Ratner-Arias’ presentation of her new novel 64; a Night of the Poets with Cuban poet, playwright and screenwriter Chely Lima and award-winning Cuban-American poet Carlos Pintado; author and professor Narciso Hidalgo’s discussion of his latest book, Choteo: Irreverencia y humor en la cultura cubana centered around the conspicuous presence of humor and mockery across Cuban idiosyncrasy and culture; a political round table with the Instituto Interamericano para la Democracia hosted by former Minister of Economy and Production of Argentina Martín Lousteau; and plenty more to keep those muses coming.

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— HP

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