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The First Art-Walk of 2012 begins at the New Coral Gables Museum

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Giants in the City, sculpture Velocity by Miguel Rodez at Art Basel Miami Cuban Latin American artist

On the first Friday of 2012, a night of fine arts and music awaits Gables art-walk enthusiasts at the new Coral Gables Museum’s Plaza, located just around the corner from Books & Books.

That is where the Art in the Breezeway Project led by Mike Thompson will present its monthly al-fresco art offerings. For years, the successful Art in the Breezeway Project has hosted established and emerging artists in a group show that is free to the public, yet manages to raise funds from voluntary donations to purchase art supplies for students.

Miguel Rodez will be the principal featured artist of the group show while the popular Hal Roland will be the night’s pianist.

Some may recall artist Miguel Rodez from the days when he served as Chair of Miami Dade’s Arts in Public Places during the mid-1990s; from his stint as Editor of Herencia Magazine; from a show at Coral Gables Domingo Padron Gallery this past year; or, from exhibits of his giant inflatables sculptures with the International Giants in the City exhibit. One of his “giants” was most recently exhibited at Bayfront Park during Art Basel Week 2011. Miguel Rodez is a comprehensive artist who expresses himself through an amazing variety of media. At the Museum Plaza, Rodez will exhibit paintings, drawings, fine art photography and two of his giant inflatable sculptures (“Lucky Link” and “Velocity”).

There is more in store for those who venture into the City Beautiful for that evening’s Art-Walk. Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason will be receiving his official portrait, created by artist Pery Franco pursuant to a commission by Mike Thompson. Several other fine artists will also have works gracing the night, including the following:

Henry Barnes
William Brito
Pery Franco
Rita V. Gaudry
Edgar Hernandez
Carole Hughes
Terry Jenssen
Sonia Kohler
Dawn Lovell
Miguel Rodez
Emilio Hector Rodriguez
Mike Thompson
Katrisk Toimil
Others

To RSVP click here

The First Art-Walk of 2012 begins at the New Coral Gables Museum

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Giants in the City, sculpture Velocity by Miguel Rodez at Art Basel Miami Cuban Latin American artist

On the first Friday of 2012, a night of fine arts and music awaits Gables art-walk enthusiasts at the new Coral Gables Museum’s Plaza, located just around the corner from Books & Books.

That is where the Art in the Breezeway Project led by Mike Thompson will present its monthly al-fresco art offerings. For years, the successful Art in the Breezeway Project has hosted established and emerging artists in a group show that is free to the public, yet manages to raise funds from voluntary donations to purchase art supplies for students.

Miguel Rodez will be the principal featured artist of the group show while the popular Hal Roland will be the night’s pianist.

Some may recall artist Miguel Rodez from the days when he served as Chair of Miami Dade’s Arts in Public Places during the mid-1990s; from his stint as Editor of Herencia Magazine; from a show at Coral Gables Domingo Padron Gallery this past year; or, from exhibits of his giant inflatables sculptures with the International Giants in the City exhibit. One of his “giants” was most recently exhibited at Bayfront Park during Art Basel Week 2011. Miguel Rodez is a comprehensive artist who expresses himself through an amazing variety of media. At the Museum Plaza, Rodez will exhibit paintings, drawings, fine art photography and two of his giant inflatable sculptures (“Lucky Link” and “Velocity”).

There is more in store for those who venture into the City Beautiful for that evening’s Art-Walk. Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason will be receiving his official portrait, created by artist Pery Franco pursuant to a commission by Mike Thompson. Several other fine artists will also have works gracing the night, including the following:

Henry Barnes
William Brito
Pery Franco
Rita V. Gaudry
Edgar Hernandez
Carole Hughes
Terry Jenssen
Sonia Kohler
Dawn Lovell
Miguel Rodez
Emilio Hector Rodriguez
Mike Thompson
Katrisk Toimil
Others

To RSVP click here

The Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, Florida

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Lunchtime JAZZ in the Gables
Janurary 11, 2012 – March 28, 2012
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Break up the work week with lunchtime concerts on the Plaza of the Coral Gables Museum located on Salzedo Street two blocks north of Miracle Mile in Downtown Coral Gables.

Every Wednesday beginning January 11, 2012,
through March 28, 2011, at 12:15 PM.

Box lunches for sale.
The music is free!

The Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, Florida

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Lunchtime JAZZ in the Gables
Janurary 11, 2012 – March 28, 2012
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Break up the work week with lunchtime concerts on the Plaza of the Coral Gables Museum located on Salzedo Street two blocks north of Miracle Mile in Downtown Coral Gables.

Every Wednesday beginning January 11, 2012,
through March 28, 2011, at 12:15 PM.

Box lunches for sale.
The music is free!

Spanish Broadcasting System’s PRESIDENT & CEO Raúl Alarcón Named One of the “Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics” by PODER Magazine « The Cuban Art Project

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Miami, FL. (December 21st, 2011)— Spanish Broadcasting System Inc., (SBS) (Nasdaq: SBSA) President and CEO Mr. Raúl Alarcón has been recognized by PODER Magazine as a Business Leader in the publication’s annual “Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics” list. The list includes the most notable figures from the political, business, science, education and entertainment sectors.
The December/January 2011 issue of PODER declares that “Mr. Alarcón has become a key player for Latinos in the business arena.”Among the accomplishments mentioned in the report are Mr. Alarcón’s contributions to the Hispanic market in the United States. The charismatic President, CEO, and Chairman of Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc., which owns and operates 21 Spanish-Language radio stations in the top Latin markets in the United States, has continued to expand the company’s reach with the growth of SBS Entertainment and MegaTV. The publication highlights Mr. Alarcón’s strategic vision of integrating radio, television, entertainment and online properties to seek out growth opportunities with a clear eye on capturing the U.S. Hispanic consumer.
The PODER Top 100 Influential Hispanics represent examples of the tremendous world-class talent that has emerged from the Hispanic community to serve in top leadership roles across all parts of America. Those in this year’s list come from almost every sector of society, including business, government and politics, media, sports, entertainment, and non-profits. They reflect the breadth and depth of U.S. Hispanic diversity.
“To be recognized by PODER Magazine is an honor which I would like to share with the millions of Hispanic entrepreneurs in America who are transforming our economy,” says Mr. Alarcón. “I am grateful and proud to represent the interests of the growing Hispanic business community around the nation.”

Spanish Broadcasting System’s PRESIDENT & CEO Raúl Alarcón Named One of the “Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics” by PODER Magazine « The Cuban Art Project

Raul Alarcon ©SBS

Miami, FL. (December 21st, 2011)— Spanish Broadcasting System Inc., (SBS) (Nasdaq: SBSA) President and CEO Mr. Raúl Alarcón has been recognized by PODER Magazine as a Business Leader in the publication’s annual “Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics” list. The list includes the most notable figures from the political, business, science, education and entertainment sectors.
The December/January 2011 issue of PODER declares that “Mr. Alarcón has become a key player for Latinos in the business arena.”Among the accomplishments mentioned in the report are Mr. Alarcón’s contributions to the Hispanic market in the United States. The charismatic President, CEO, and Chairman of Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc., which owns and operates 21 Spanish-Language radio stations in the top Latin markets in the United States, has continued to expand the company’s reach with the growth of SBS Entertainment and MegaTV. The publication highlights Mr. Alarcón’s strategic vision of integrating radio, television, entertainment and online properties to seek out growth opportunities with a clear eye on capturing the U.S. Hispanic consumer.
The PODER Top 100 Influential Hispanics represent examples of the tremendous world-class talent that has emerged from the Hispanic community to serve in top leadership roles across all parts of America. Those in this year’s list come from almost every sector of society, including business, government and politics, media, sports, entertainment, and non-profits. They reflect the breadth and depth of U.S. Hispanic diversity.
“To be recognized by PODER Magazine is an honor which I would like to share with the millions of Hispanic entrepreneurs in America who are transforming our economy,” says Mr. Alarcón. “I am grateful and proud to represent the interests of the growing Hispanic business community around the nation.”

AFP: Cuba a las puertas de reforma migratoria tras 50 años de restricciones

Cuba a las puertas de reforma migratoria tras 50 años de restricciones

Por Carlos Batista (AFP) – Hace 1 día 

LA HABANA — Una reforma migratoria, que los cubanos esperan que el presidente Raúl Castro anuncie el viernes en el Parlamento, eliminaría los engorrosos permisos de salida y entrada al país, así como la figura legal de “emigrante definitivo”, vigentes hace medio siglo.

El 1° de agosto Raúl Castro adelantó que se “avanza en la reformulación y elaboración” de la política migratoria, para acabar con restricciones que perduraron “innecesariamente”.

Esto será “una contribución al incremento de los vínculos de la nación con la comunidad de emigrantes”, agregó Raúl, en referencia a una comunidad de dos millones de cubanos y sus descendientes que viven en otros 40 países, 80% de ellos en Estados Unidos.

Académicos señalan que Raúl prevé eliminar los permisos de salida (para los cubanos en la isla) y de entrada (para los emigrados), cuya obtención es engorrosa y cara, así como la condición legal de “emigrado definitivo”, al que se le confiscaban sus bienes y se le denegaba la vuelta definitiva al país.

El tema migratorio fue desde que triunfó la revolución de Fidel Castro, en 1959, uno de los de mayor rispidez entre La Habana y Washington y lo sigue siendo.

“Ello se debe a que el principal país receptor de emigrados era también el principal antagonista político”, dijo a la AFP Antonio Aja, experto en migración que dirige el Centro de Estudios Demográficos de la Universidad de La Habana.

“Aunque Cuba ha tratado de ir despolitizando el tema, no creo que estas medidas (que prepara Raúl) terminen con su utilización política”, acotó.

Un grupo de expertos de Cuba y Estados Unidos opinó en un reciente estudio patrocinado por el Cuban Research Institute, que un cambio migratorio en la isla tendría acogida favorable en Washington.

“Una normalización de este tipo facilitaría, a su vez, que el Gobierno de Estados Unidos regularizara los procesos migratorios con Cuba”, afirman.

La eliminación del permiso de salida es una demanda de la población, la Iglesia Católica, intelectuales y artistas, como los trovadores Silvio Rodríguez y Pablo Milanés.

El permiso, otorgado por 30 días, es renovable 10 veces y puede ser denegado. Si se prolonga la permanencia con permiso vencido, la persona es declarada “desertor” y, junto con sus bienes, pierde posibilidad de retorno.

La permanencia en el exterior sería prolongada de 11 meses a dos años, renovables, sin perder sus bienes y con la posibilidad de retorno, lo que elimina de hecho el estatuto de emigrante definitivo.

“Una normalización de las relaciones de Cuba con la emigración pasa por eliminar todos los aspectos restrictivos”, dijo el académico Jesús Arboleya en reciente entrevista publicada por la revista católica Espacio Laical.

Los emigrados, aunque se hayan nacionalizado en otros países, deben viajar a Cuba con pasaporte cubano y una costosa autorización expresa, pasible de ser negada.

En recientes reformas, Raúl Castro autorizó a quienes emigran a vender o donar sus bienes, eliminando tácitamente las confiscaciones.

Al anticipar la reforma, Raúl dijo que se buscará preservar “el capital humano creado por la revolución”, lo que implica ciertas restricciones para profesionales -sobre todo médicos-, quienes tendrían que seguir solicitando autorización para cada viaje.

Los médicos cubanos fueron atraídos por EEUU en los años 60, como medio de perjudicar al gobierno castrista, y sólo 3.000 permanecieron en el país, lo que hizo colapsar el sistema de salud. Hoy hay más de 76.000.

En 2006, Washington decretó que cualquier médico cubano enviado a otro país, recibiría permiso de ingreso a Estados Unidos y derecho a reclamar a su familia.

Cuba impuso entonces a los médicos las mayores restricciones de viaje, no sólo para preservar el sistema de salud, sino también porque sus servicios en otros países son la mayor fuente de divisas local, unos 6.000 millones de dólares anuales.

Se espera que en el caso de los profesionales, esas restricciones los afectarían un período después de graduados, tras lo cual quedarían en iguales condiciones que el resto de la población.

Con 11,2 millones de habitantes, Cuba tiene algo más de un millón de graduados universitarios.

A fines de los años 70, La Habana permitió a los emigrados visitar la isla -con excepción de involucrados en actividades políticas y armadas contra la revolución- y en 1993 autorizó el envío de remesas de dinero a sus familias.

Sin embargo, el complejo problema migratorio y de los lazos de Cuba con su comunidad en el exterior parece difícil de resolver con una reforma, a juicio de especialistas.

“Esto está caminando, veremos hasta dónde llega…”, dijo Jesús Arboleya.

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