Take Me to Cuba

By Richard C.

Even with tourism to Cuba increasing and relations warming, my bank account says I’ll still be getting my taste of Cuban food, fiction, and history the vicarious way. My favorite lately is the instant documentary – Spanish or English anytime, right!?

Find The Mojito Coast in the SPL catalogFind Havana Blue in the SPL catalogFind Havana World Series in the SPL catalog

After that it’s fiction. Crime fiction. In Havana Blue, it’s a troubled past catching up to Lieutenant Mario Conde when an investigation leads to the disappearance of an old friend. A sense of emotional authenticity and a detailed setting make this a quick and worthy summer read! Continue reading “Take Me to Cuba”

Latin Dancing in Seattle, Baile Latino en Seattle!

It’s August but autumn is right around the corner – yes?! – so keep your dancing feet warm by learning some salsa, cha cha, bachata, and merengue dance in Seattle! salsadancinglessonThere is a surprising number of options for Latin dancing in the Northwest, and Latin dance is one of the most accessible partner dances around. The gold standard for Seattle salsa dance is set by the Century Ballroom in Capitol Hill where Seattleites can take classes in salsa, tango, and swing dance. Beginning to advanced salsa dancers strap on their shoes and fill the Century every Thursday and Saturday night. Go to centuryballroom.com for details and class schedules.

In addition, Seattle salseros – salsa dancers – can enjoy free live music in town each week. On Wednesday nights, head to Babalu’s in Wallingford and try out Sunday nights at the Triple Door Lounge downtown.

The Seattle Public Library has resources for aspiring salsa dancers as well. Check out music by Celia Cruz, Tumbao, Tito Puente, and Gilberto Santa Rosa. musica rhythm of latin america 080509Enjoy dvds like Partner Dancing 101: Salsa and Samba. Gain inspiration through books like Salsa with Me by Roni Denholtz. Learn about the roots of salsa music through the non-fiction titles Musica! : The Rhythm of Latin America by Sue Steward or The Book of Salsa: a Chronicle of Urban Music from the Caribbean to New York City by César Miguel Rondón.

                             ~ Amy L, High Point