Faking the Funk

The pundits say a new day has arrived for Miami's arts scene. Don't believe the hype.

Kulchur was in Havana during roughly the same period that Rodriguez was deploying his "extensive knowledge," and managed to catch Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives at the government-run Cine Yara, one of the city's largest cinemas. And afterwards, had Rodriguez joined Kulchur for a stroll up La Rampa and visited Cine Chaplin, he might have inquired about that movie theater's previous Woody Allen retrospective.

The roof, the roof, the roof es en fuego: DJ Le Spam and his Spam Allstars at work
Steve Satterwhite
The roof, the roof, the roof es en fuego: DJ Le Spam and his Spam Allstars at work

To be sure, there's plenty of censorship in Cuba. But with the Varela Project currently propelling that island to a state of political crisis not seen since 1994, now more than ever is the time for Miamians to be throwing off crusty illusions and reaching across the Florida Straits. Lazy journalism and wishful thinking don't do anyone -- here or there -- any favors.

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