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Recently, the White House took historic first steps to end travel restrictions to Cuba. But until an epic Capitol Hill battle, which will likely end in blood, tears, and airline tickets, lifts the travel ban entirely, you’ll have to settle for swaying your hips to the conga drumbeat at the 12th annual Ifé-Ilé Afro-Cuban Dance Festival. This Saturday at 8 p.m., the festival, which celebrates the African roots of Cuban music and dance, will hold its gala performance at the Byron Carlyle Theater.

Witness live drumming as feet stomp and arms flail in the hopes that the Yoruban orishas will look down favorably upon us. Experience the melding of old rhythms and modern choreography as well as guest performances by Afro-Peruvian and Jamaican dance troupes. And when it’s all over, you can return home without having to sheepishly hand over your Cohibas to a scowling customs officer.
Sat., July 17, 8 p.m., 2010


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