| Mar 28, 2012
| 11:51 AM
Havana, Cuba -- Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in Havana's Revolution Plaza Wednesday, steering clear of political statements but saying that "Cuba and the world need change."
The pope said that such change can come only if "each one is prepared to...
| Apr 3, 2012
Megalyn Echikunwoke lives in Venice Beach, Calif. — a long way from the Navajo reservation in Chinle, Ariz., where she grew up. "There really is nothing like it," says the actress, whose resume includes TV roles on "House of Lies," "24" and "CSI:...
| Apr 10, 2012
It may have been Easter, not Christmas; but South Florida Catholics -- especially the Cuban-Americans among them -- got a gift when the church declared Father Felix Varela "venerable," one of three steps toward possible sainthood.
Varela, a 19th...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 7:42 AM
Afro-Cuban music enjoys an evolutionary advantage over the rest of the jazz world. Like other points on the spectrum, it changes and grows over time, gaining in harmonic and formal complexity as it expands to incorporate a wide range of contemporary...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 9:21 AM
MIAMI - On a breezeless downtown day, the Miami Art Museum seemed like an obligatory stop. Until I got there, and realized that a big chunk of the space was closed for installation. After a quick spin through an exhibit on the influence of the vinyl...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 9:31 AM
Havana -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived Monday in Cuba for surgery just days after saying his cancer had returned.
State-run VTV showed Chavez embracing Vice President Nicolas Maduro and other top Venezuelan officials before his plane took off...
| Nov 22, 2012
Last weekend, during a presentation of the book "Cubans: An Epic Journey," which Sam Verdeja and I co-edited, a man in the audience asked the most expected question: "Why doesn't the United States lift the embargo on Cuba?"
My response had little to...
| Nov 18, 2012
At last count, there are more than 160 tour operators with licenses from the Treasury Department to run people-to-people Cuba trips. Here are three:
Insight Cuba, (800) 450-2822, http://insightcuba.com/cuba-tours. I was on the Classic Cuba trip, with...
| May 14, 2012
| 6:39 AM
SANTIAGO, Cuba — Norma Arias Puente has been learning the hospitality business for more than a decade from a perch overlooking this city's Parque Cespedes and the Cathedral of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion with its statue of a trumpeting archangel....
| Oct 22, 2012
| 8:24 AM
Havana -- Cuba has stepped up efforts to douse speculation over the health of its former leader Fidel Castro by publishing an article under his name in state-run media in which he scoffs at recent rumors and those who circulated them.
| Oct 23, 2012
| 11:57 AM
In the past, once a year I deviate from my usual Community & Clubs column for the Thanksgiving Turkey of the Year column and with this column, I will deviate again.
A trip to Cuba
I was among a group of 65 who flew on a charter flight from Los...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 8:19 AM
It might be the first Cuban restaurant to come to the Williamsburg area.
Centro Havana Cafe has opened up in the Market Place Shops in the Kingsmill area. Owned and operated by Sulee Lugo and her son, Adonis, who came from Cuba and have been living in...