Monday - Dec 17, 2018

“Imprisoned” benefit screening in support of Puerto Ricans in Action


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by the El Reportero‘s news services

An Imprisoned Benefit Screening in support of Puerto Ricans in Action (PRiA) will take place, to raise funds for Hurricane Maria relief efforts through donations made at this star-studded, red carpet event.

The Imprisoned Benefit Screening presented by OPENING showcase, in association with the American Cinematheque, will be hosted by Esai Morales and Lisa Vidal and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 at the American Cinematheque’s historic Egyptian Theater.

A portion of the proceeds raised from the event will be donated to Puerto Ricans in Action, an organization formed in 2016 with the sole mission to ensure the vibrant future of the Puerto Rican people by strengthening Puerto Rican identity, communities, and connection with Puerto Rico .

Cuban musician Chucho Valdés to be honored at La Musa Awards

Cuban musician Jesus ” Chucho ” Valdés will be honored on Thursday at the 6th edition of the annual La Musa Award due to his career and contributions to that event throughout his 50-year career.

The awards, presented by Spotify and directed by American Broadway producer Richard Jay-Alexander, highlight the development of Latin music and the global association of composers who, as Valdés, contributes so much to contemporary music.

The renowned pianist will also receive the Latin Grammy Award for Musical Excellence 2018 during a gala on Nov. 13 in Las Vegas, the United States.

Neruda case awaits response from Chilean government

Highly revered in Madrid and Barcelona, Pablo Neruda is a prominent figure in the world of letters, but in his homeland, Chile, he still waiting for a more preponderant place in society.

There are many awards on his name, but there is no street named after him, or a memorial to remember his career, including a Nobel Prize for Literature. There are justified doubts about the true causes of his death.
On the 45th anniversary of his death on September 23, 1973, there were just a few tributes in Chile to remember Neruda. However, I was highly honored in other countries.

A few days ago, the Sweden-based Pablo Neruda Committee sent a letter to Chilean President Sebastian Piñera to express ‘deep concern’ about the government’s failure to pay the international laboratories that are investigating the writer’s death. Prestigious experts from Canada, France, the United States, Spain, Denmark and Chile are investigating the cause of death of Ricardo Eliecer Neftali Reyes Basoalto, his real name.

In the letter, the Committee said that it had learned that the Chilean State had informed Special Judge Mario Carroza that it lacks the funds to pay for the services from the laboratories.

The debt, which amounts to some 38,000 dollars, prevents Canada’s Mac Master Laboratories and Dr. Niels Morling, from Denmark, to continue the investigation, and the reports were already handed over to the panel that met here in 2017.

‘We consider that this situation should be resolved soon by the State of Chile in order to continue the progress of the investigation, whose expecting advance we observe from Europe,’ the letter said.