Arts and Culture have the power to connect, to heal, and to build communities. While Miami Beach Cultural Institutions have temporarily closed their doors to fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), our arts community remains committed to inspire knowledge, creativity, and ideas.
As part of Miami Beach Virtual Culture, we are bringing our residents and visitors a selection of the City’s vast cultural offerings, including virtual art-making activities, master theatre workshops, concerts by musicians from around the world, art salon programs, and online exhibitions.
Over the next few weeks, we'll continue to share the culture that enriches our lives and connects us wherever we are. You can follow Miami Beach Arts and Culture using the hashtag #MBArtsAndCulture or sign up for weekly newsletters at the bottom of our homepage.
In July, we launched the #MiamiArtStrong initiative - a collective effort from Miami-based arts institutions to strengthen the impact and ensure the longevity of the arts in Miami. Tag us at #MiamiArtStrong on social media to show us how you are using the arts during this time.
Until our buildings can reopen, explore your favorite arts institutions digitally. And for our locals, explore some of our public works already on view in the neighborhood.
The Pursuit of Abstraction
The Rhythm Foundation
Afrobeta Live Performance
Miami New Drama
MASTER MiND Classes
Virtual Tours at The Bass
With works ranging from monumental sculpture, neon, to sound and video, and participatory artworks, Art Outside is a public art exhibition initiated by The Bass that offers residents and visitors the opportunity to see and experience a network of public artworks throughout Miami Beach. In light of the socially distant world born from the COVID-19 pandemic, Art Outside takes the form of a curated parcours, expanding beyond The Bass’ Collins Park campus to multiple partner sites throughout the city.
Installed in Collins Park and around The Bass, artworks include permanent and temporary works from The Bass’ collection by Ugo Rondinone, Jim Drain, Sylvie Fleury, Lawrence Weiner, and Susan Philipsz, a temporary commission by Miami-based artist Karen Rifas, as well as artworks from the collections of the City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places, Miami Beach Urban Studios FIU, The Wolfsonian-Florida International University and the W South Beach.
Ballet Flamenco La Rosa will be streaming on Facebook three original Flamenco Ballets for the public to enjoy. We will have each work available to watch for 24 hours so that audiences may choose a time that works for them.
Please see below all information for each Facebook live stream:
Cleopatra y Cesar
an original Flamenco Ballet by Ilisa Rosal inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Caesar and Cleopatra’.
at 5:00 PM (USA) 11:00 PM (Spain)
Watch Here: Ballet Flamenco La Rosa
George Bernard Shaw’s classic play is taken into a new realm of expression in this Flamenco dance/drama with dynamic guest artists Leonor Leal from Sevilla, as Cleopatra, Gabriel Arango as Cesar, Jorge Robledo as Marco Antonio, Niurca Marquez as Ftatateeta and Jose Junco as Potiano, who give body and soul to the choreographer’s vision.
The music, composed and played by Special Guest Artist Guitarist Jose Luis Rodriguez and Guitarist/Singer Paco Fonta in collaboration with Joe Zeytoonian and Myriam Eli of Harmonic Motion Middle Eastern Dance and Music Ensemble, provides the musical canvas for this gorgeous work.
The combination of Flamenco with Egyptian and other Middle Eastern music and dance styles is extraordinarily effective in telling this story. The exceptional beauty of the music and choreography, coupled with the virtuosity of the musicians and dancers, makes for an utterly captivating theatre experience, flooding the senses with exquisite, ancient and ageless images and feeling.
an original Flamenco Ballet by Ilisa Rosal inspired by Shakespeare’s 'Macbeth'.
at 5:00 PM (USA) 11:00 PM (Spain)
Watch Here: Ballet Flamenco La Rosa
Under the direction of Ilisa Rosal, a stellar cast of international artists created the characters of Shakespeare’s tragic drama for the World Premiere of this work at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts as part of The Miami Dance Festival.
Featured Guest artists included the world renowned La Tati, along with dancers Pedro Cordoba, Cristian Almodovar, Antonio Arrebola, Ismael “El Cordobes”, Jose Junco, Alejandra Gudi, Aurora Losada “La Pipi” and Marina Sagardoy, guitarists Vacky Losada and Jesus Heredia, Flamenco singers Emilio Gavarre and Loreto de Diego, oud player and vocalist Joe Zeytoonian and percussionist Myriam Eli. The musicians created and arranged the music and lyrics, in some cases using spoken texts taken from the original work in order to retain the power of the language and imagery of some of the most important scenes.
There are few opportunities to see artists of this caliber collaborate in such an ambitious and important work. This consummate group of choreographers, composers and performers achieved the extraordinary with this amazing interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, magnificent and heavy with meaning
an original Flamenco Ballet by Ilisa Rosal inspired by Bram Stokers’ 'Dracula'.
at 5:00 PM (USA) 11:00 PM (Spain)
Watch Here: Ballet Flamenco La Rosa
This production features 12 dancers and musicians, including six top artists directly from Spain led by Special Guest Artist Pepe Flores, one of the most important artists of his time, in the role of Count Dracula. He was joined by guest artist dancers Agustin Barajas, Juan Mateo and Fran Bas from Spain, soloists La Emi from New Mexico, Maria Mercedes Perez from Cuba and Alessandra Torres from Venezuela, along with singer Luis Moreno and guitarist Miguel Aguilera from Spain, who created and performed original vocals and lyrics for the work.
The story and characters help audiences relate to what is being expressed by the music and dance, which becomes a universal language. It creates an exciting and inspiring theater experience. Generations of audiences have been enthralled by this quintessential myth of terror and temptation and the struggle between good and evil. It speaks to our search to understand the essence of strength, love, passion, seduction, loyalty, honor, heroism, the supernatural, the spiritual and the profane.
The Bass is now open!
The Bass is delighted to welcome you back to the museum with new exhibitions Open Storage and The Willfulness of Objects and returning favorites like Mickalene Thomas' Better Nights. We hope that art can bring you joy and spark creativity as our community works together to recover.
During your visit, receive a free reusable face mask designed by artist Carlos Amorales (while supplies last). Created in collaboration with designer Janet Martínez and the NGO WEIGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing), this project supports the family businesses of various sewing workshops in Mexico affected by the pandemic.
The Bass is committed to safety protocols such as reduced building occupancy, mask-only entry, physical distancing, temperature checks, rigorous sanitizing and much more. Walk-in visits are welcome, although if you prefer to purchase a ticket in advance, we have those options, too. For more information, visit our FAQs.
For members of our community who prefer outdoor and virtual experiences at this time, The Bass offers you multiple ways to engage with contemporary art. Go beyond our doors and explore our latest public art initiatives, Art Outside and Wandering Waves, or #Museumfromhome through The [Virtual] Bass.
Sunday, Oct 25
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Last Sundays, activities from 2-4 PM | FREE
Taking inspiration from the current exhibition Open Storage, explore your family heritage and create a one-of-a-kind mixed media artwork.
A free, monthly IDEAS program created to engage families with children of all ages in activities that encourage conversation, exploration and experimentation through art. Activities include a virtual family tour of the current exhibitions on view, an ‘Art Hunt’ to investigate our virtual galleries and an at-home ‘Design Challenge’ using common household materials.
Once the museum reopens, admission is FREE throughout the day to all visitors on the last Sunday of every month. Family Day activities will remain virtual through November 2020 or until further notice. Family Day is not held in December.
Thursday, Oct 29
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Recommended for ages 21+
Grab your favorite glass of pinot noir (21+) and delve into a cinematic scene while learning about charcoal drawing techniques, which can be applied to any observational drawing.
$30 per class
Members: $25 per class
Join us for a creative, virtual happy hour! Explore topics, techniques and themes in fine art through a series of monthly, art-making workshops. Classes are led by museum educators on Zoom and designed for all skill levels – whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist. Art materials are included with the cost of registration and can be picked-up from the museum, shipped through USPS*, or couriered locally via Uber Connect!*
Members save on all Creativity Center programs! Not a member? Join today. Museum members receive priority registration from August 21-August 30. General registration opens August 31 and closes on September 21 at 5 p.m. ET, or when classes fill. Space is limited and classes fill quickly.
*Shipping via USPS and Uber Connect services are available for additional fees
Selections from the Collection & Works on Loan
Open Storage presents over seventy works from the museum’s collection and works on loan, comprising recent contemporary acquisitions, objects on view for the first time in a decade, as well as works historical works from the museum’s founding collection.
Facilitating dialogues across time, Open Storage comprises contemporary works of varying media, including photography and painting, which draw connections with paintings and three-dimensional works from the 16th and 19th centuries. These works also span geographic areas between the North and South American, European and African continents. Installed in dense, salon-style groupings, the works explore themes pervasive throughout art history into the present day, including portraiture and the construction of identity, maternity and the divine feminine, and depictions connecting spiritual and everyday life.
TRACEY MOFFATT VIRTUAL OPENING
On Thursday, April 9, 6 p.m., The Bass and The New Tropic held a live virtual reception via Zoom to celebrate the opening of Tracey Moffatt’s exhibition Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015. Watch the pre-recorded reception that featured a talk between curator Leilani Lynch and The New Tropic’s Bruce Pinchbeck. Watch Here.
PASCALE MARTHINE TAYOU: BEAUTIFUL
Take a virtual tour of Pascale Marthine Tayou's exhibition Beautiful, previously on view at the museum from Oct 29, 2017 – May 20, 2018. The exhibition centered around an intervention with the museum’s permanent collection where Tayou presented his work alongside his own selection of objects from The Bass’ founding collection. Take a Tour.
COLORING PAGES FROM THE COLLECTION
Coloring is soothing for everyone, not just the kiddos. Explore unique elements of The Bass’ building and works from the collection through these free coloring pages. Print out a sheet for old-fashioned marker or crayon coloring, or get high-tech and use a tablet. Enjoy! Make sure to share your artwork with us @BassCreativityCenter and #BassCreativityCenter. Get Started.
Since 2018, the Curator Culture series at The Bass has brought together prominent artists and leading architects, scientists, journalists and influential leaders from many fields for public conversations about fostering creativity in a complicated world. The Bass has uploaded Previous Curator Culture conversations to view virtually!
On Aug 20, 2020 The Bass held a virtual member event featuring a conversation with artist Karen Rifas, gallerist Tyler Emerson-Dorsch (Partner, Emerson Dorsch) and curator Leilani Lynch discussing Rifas’ longstanding relationship with The Bass, her involvement in Art Outside and current exhibition on view at Emerson Dorsch.
Dance NOW! Miami has been working hard to keep you inspired, educated, and entertaine during the Coronavirus Crisis.
The essential workers on the frontline of this COVID-19 pandemic – in healthcare, in the postal service, in the supermarket, and all those keeping our countries running while so many of us are sheltering at home – are the heroes of today.
We at Dance NOW! Miami are sharing this video with you of Isadora Duncan’s powerful “Varshiavianka,” recorded at one of our rehearsals, as a tribute to all who fight. While the piece was originally inspired by the Russian Revolution of 1917, and choreographed by Duncan as a call for the impoverished Bolshevik workers to rise up against oppression, it is incredibly timely as the world is now: “at war” against the oppressive threat of a deadly virus.
Dance NOW! Covid(eos):
Creating Exciting Content for YOU
The company hasn’t been able to rehearse or perform together since the beginning of March, but they have continued to create exciting content for their audience. Check out their collection of COVID(eos) now!
VIRTUAL TOUR: ZACHARY BALBER - TAMIM
JMOF-FIU remains closed, but now you can view one of their most popular exhibitions online. In Tamim Zach Balber uses portrait photography to uncover the camouflaged identity (tattoos) of some of Judaism’s most unconventional Jews. Balber, Jewish himself, connected with the men he photographed while rediscovering his own heritage.
VIRTUAL TOUR: JUDITH LEIBER - MASTER CRAFTSMAN
Judith Leiber: Master Craftsman tells the story of a fearless woman ahead of her time. Leiber's innovative style is immortalized by her animal and her food themed minaudieres (small decorative handbags without handles), beloved by celebrities and first ladies alike, including Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Marnie Eisenhower, Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton and Barbara Walters.
COMPLIMENTARY GROUP TOURS:
Businesses, schools, and public institutions have closed their doors to comply with evolving city and state recommendations to stay home, leaving most South Floridians stuck at home and unable to partake in group gatherings.
While you continue to practice social distancing, take advantage of the many virtual programs we are offering, including our newly launched virtual tours—which you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Your group can virtually visit the Judith Leiber: Master Craftsman. The exhibition honors the Holocaust survivor-turned-mega-designer’s life, work and legacy and features photographs of Leiber, alongside a comprehensive selection of Judith Leiber’s bags, belts, pillboxes and glasses, from collectors in Florida as well as from The Leiber Collection.
Also available to tour virtually is Zachary Balber’s Tamim, a collection of compelling photographs of unconventional (tattooed) Jews. Each virtual tour takes about 30 minutes and will be lead by one of our professional staff members. For information, please contact Eva Shvedova or Nancy Cohen.
Upcoming Virtual Programs
Friday Family Funday Activities with The Jewish Museum of Florida!
Are you looking for fun and educational projects to do with your loved ones? Visit our Youtube channel for access to dozens of family-friendly activities and craft projects to fill your summer days. From collage and baking to scavenger hunts and paper crafts, we can't wait to see what you'll create with our Friday Funday videos.
See all the Friday Funday projects on our website.
Keys to the Collection
Keys to the Collection is a weekly virtual program led by JMOF-FIU docents and volunteers. Each program will highlight a person, place or thing that illustrates the diversity of Jewish life and the ways that Florida Jews have influenced the state's history and culture. Check out their website for a complete program schedule.
Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America
From Red to Black: the Changing Colour of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Hebrew University of Jerulsalem Professor Shalva Weil,presents this lecture that traces the perceived changing colour of Ethiopian Jews in Israeli society with a dual –etic (outsider) and –emic (subjective) perspective over a period of 50 years, from the time they first migrated to Israel, until today.
Black Lives in a Jewish Context: Tudor Parfitt
The Holocaust Memorial has reopened. Guests are asked to wear a mask and maintain six feet of distance between each other unless you’re in the same group. The Holocaust Memorial is open every day from 9 am to Sunset.
FILMS AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING
The Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach has created an expansive list of Holocaust films and documentaries that are free to stream at home. A password will need to be requested, but all films are free to the public through the Holocaust Memorial’s Video Streaming Collection.
The Miami Beach Community is invited to watch the premiere of Names Not Numbers, a special film created by 7th grade students from Fienberg-Fisher K-8. This project, now in its second year is sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach and features local Holocaust Survivors.
During this project, students learned the main aspects of filmmaking from journalists and filmmakers including research, interviewing techniques, filming techniques and editing, to interviewing the film Survivors themselves.
NO LIMITS FOR BRAZILIAN CINEMA
Largest and most important Brazilian film festival held outside of Brazil will stream more than 100 movies in the US.
United States, Sep.t 26 - Oct. 25 2020 ˗ For the first time ever, the Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival will stream more than 100 Brazilian productions in U.S. territories, from Puerto Rico to Alaska. This is the first time in the United States that audiences beyond Miami and New York will have access to the best films made recently in Brazil and explore the country’s culture through the art of cinema from the comfort of their homes. The program includes fiction and documentary feature films produced and released in 2019/2020, as well as short films, indigenous filmmakers productions, past festival winners and black films, all with English subtitles.
A pioneer in promoting Brazilian cinema all over the world, the Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival has been held for 24 consecutive years in cities such as Miami, New York, London, Vancouver, Rome, Milan, Frascati, Madrid, Barcelona, Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Bogotá. With a total of 84 festival editions, the circuit has shown more than 1000 films, connecting Brazilian audiovisual productions to an unbounded audience outside of Brazil.
This year, Inffinito is innovating by holding the Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival 2020 on the streaming platform www.inff.online, created exclusively by the company. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the outdoor screenings, a trademark of Inffinito festivals, will take place in Miami on September 26 in drive-in format, and in a park setting in New York on October 24 and 25 (location TBD), following all safety guidelines. Starting in November, after the festival, the platform www.inff.online will launch a catalog of Brazilian films available via VOD (video on demand) by monthly subscription in the U.S.
From September 28 to October 23, more than 100 films selected for the competitive screening, as well as hors concours titles will be available for American viewers, who will also be able to watch a special selection of films, including black films, indigenous films and movies by filmmaker Daniel Filho, Inffinito’s honoree 2020. "By streaming our festivals, we are contributing to the safety of our audience, industry professionals, and our entire team, in addition to creating a new opportunity to broadcast our productions throughout the United States", says Adriana L. Dutra, director and founder of Inffinito, alongside Claudia Dutra and Viviane Spinelli.
The 2020 edition of the Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival at www.inff.online will be held in 11 virtual theaters with eight exhibition theaters, one theater for talk sessions with film directors, one masterclass theater, one live streaming theater, as well as parties and awards night on Inffinito's social networks.
Visit www.inff.online for the full schedule of programs in the 2020 Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival. Enjoy a 50% discount on the full schedule with your code BANDSHELL50. (Sunday night's screening is free)
The 24th annual Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival is a highlight for all who love Brazilian culture. This year's selection includes competitive screenings (fiction and documentary), an homage to Daniel Filho, a special focus on indigenous filmmakers, filmmakers of color, short films, film chats and workshops.
The Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival is presented by Inffinito Productions.
2020 FILM SELECTION
MOSTRA OUTDOOR MIAMI – NY
CINE DRIVE-IN at Dezerland Park Miami
6:00pm – starts the event with DJ Lupa and films selection announcements
7:30pm - screening of the film Abe, by Fernando Grostein Andrade
Dezerland Park - 14401 NE 19th Ave, North Miami, FL 33181
NORTH BEACH BANDSHELL - Miami Beach (event online)
7:00pm - starts the event with DJ Lupa, local band and films selection announcements
8:00pm - screening of documentary A Journey Thru Rio’s Street Parade, by Adriana L. Dutra
Thursday - Sunday Click here to get tickets (required)
We will be welcoming visitors. Limited access timed tickets will be available for pre-purchase. Each two hour session will host 20 guests for a total of 40 per day. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite for $5 per person. The slots are Thursday through Sunday, session one at 11am -1pm & session 2 at 1:15pm - 3:15pm. Gaylord's Guided Garden Tour is back at 11am on Saturdays, for an additional $5 limited to 9. Upon entry you will receive a sticker valid for the two hour session you have registered for. You must exit promptly at the end of your time slot to allow the next group to enter. All social distancing and mask protocols will be enforced for the safety of others. View all the Garden's diverse collections, follow the self guided audio tour and have a peek (one at a time) in our Botanical Boutique & Garden Center, chock full of gift ideas and plants for purchase. Please no picnic lunches, pets or cash transactions...
Thursday - Sunday 11:00am - 1:00pm, 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Saturday 11:00am Gaylord's Guided Garden Tour
Discover the black experience in America and the powerfully significant contributions of African American filmmakers through decades of film history, via the MBC archive. From the first years of cinema, black filmmakers have been invaluable to the cultural fabric that makes up American film history and important voices in the struggles and problems in our society. Over decades lessons have been learned from these contributions, but continuing setbacks and deep flaws continue to prove the value of the works defining African American stories.
The archive is a work in progress and it continues to grow through many stages. Coming soon is the 1970s, an important decade of black history in America which included many works by independent African American filmmakers, blaxploitation and the L. A. Rebellion.
Robert Zuckerman's "Planet Portraits" captures the global collective experience of isolation in place orders mandated by governments throughout the world to combat the deadly Coronavirus Pandemic. While residing in a Miami rehabilitation center, Robert Zuckerman was able to photograph by proxy individuals from all over the world.
Friday Night Spotlights
This Bitter Earth
Fri, Sep 18 at 8pm
Available to watch online until Oct 18
Friday Night Spotlight is a moving pas de duex that fills the room and takes your breath away with its power and smoldering beauty. Don't miss world-renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's exquisite This Bitter Earth, available to watch from the comfort of your living room, tonight at 8pm until Sunday, Oct 18.
After the ballet, MCB dancers Rainer Krenstetter and Emily Bromberg join Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez for a conversation about their experiences with this work, and what it’s like to partner your best friend on stage.
What: Foster a love of dance, musicality, and creative expression in your little one by enrolling your child in MCB School’s virtual classes for boys and girls ages 3-8. Tiny dancers will learn concepts of dance including beginning steps, terminology, musicality, focus, flexibility, and expression. Classes are taught virtually by MCB School’s world-renowned faculty in a nurturing environment, providing children with expert care and guidance as well as fun, creative, and mentally stimulating physical exercise, all from the safety and comfort of home.
Register your 3-8 year-old for virtual ballet classes at one of the premiere ballet schools in the country, today! Classes begin October 6th.
For more info visit miamicityballet.org/school or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Dance Classes for Everyone!
Miami City Ballet’s video classes are for all dancers; beginners to experienced. Take a class led by one of MCB’s dancers any time from the comfort of your home.
Our Ballet Basics class (in English and Spanish) covers the fundamentals. You need a chair or other stable support. For all ages, all levels. No experience needed.
BALLET STRETCH AND STRENGTHEN
A gentle, refreshing class to get your body moving and feeling good. Bring a towel or yoga mat, light weights if available. For all ages, all levels. No experience needed.
An intermediate barre class with some light center work. You need a chair or other stable support. For ballet students at the intermediate/advanced level.
FAMILY FUNDAY WITH HERMAN PAYNE (HIP HOP, JAZZ & BALLET)
Led by famed Miami-based dancer and MCB School faculty instructor, Herman Payne. Have fun and get moving at home with a Miami-infused Hip Hop class, Bob Fosse inspired Jazz class and a family-friendly ballet class that puts the ‘all’ in ballet. For all ages, all levels. No experience needed.
You can also join MCB live each Saturday as part of our weekly #MOVEWITHMCB Instagram Livestream classes. Find out more and view the schedule here.
Q&A with choreographer Twyla Tharp
"When I choreograph to lyrics, I am always aware of the rhythm of the lyrics and I’m always aware of the literal meaning of the words as well as the context...”
Q&A with MCB principal dancers Katia Carranza & Kleber Rebello
“You are literally throwing yourself towards him, sometimes blindly. It is tremendous risk-taking... it only works if the female dancer has complete trust in her male partner.“ Lourdes Lopez on the "That’s Life" pas de duex
Free Online Dance Classes
Join MCB Principal dancer Tricia Albertson for Ballet Basics this Saturday at 10am on Instagram.
Enjoy all our free classes any time on YouTube, including Ballet Basics (en español), Ballet Stretch and Strengthen, Intermediate Ballet, and our Family Funday series featuring Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet led by MCB School faculty and famed dancer Herman Payne.
The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) is proud to present Miami Beach's Art Deco Museum! The Museum allows tourists and locals to better understand the architectural heritage and community culture of Miami Beach. MDPL designed the museum to be educational and informational while reflecting the fun and glamour of Miami Beach.
The Art Deco Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Tuesday, face-masks and social distancing required while visiting the museum.
The Art Deco Museum is located at 1001 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.
CONNECT WITH US DIGITALLY - SOCIAL DISTANCING EDITION
Watch lecture recordings from the Miami Design Preservation League's Art Deco Weekend 2020 from the comfort of your own home. Click here to read their latest newsletter with a series of lectures celebrating "Women Who Made a Difference".
You can also visit the MDPL Archive for a closer look at their collection of documents, photographs, and collectables.
COLOR MIAMI - FREE COLORING BOOK!
BARBARA BAER CAPITMAN RETROSPECTIVE
VIRTUAL BACKGROUND IMAGES
The Miami Jewish Film Festival’s Virtual Screening Room includes a digital library of international Jewish interest and Israeli films available to rent that have all been selected and curated completely by the Festival. The online channel houses everything from hotly anticipated releases, acclaimed award-winners, rare gems, to indie darlings for rental. All the films in the Virtual Screening Room can be enjoyed with friends and loved ones on any internet-connected device, including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, iOS, Android, and smart TV, laptops, tablet, or smartphones.
The Miami Jewish Film Festival’s Virtual Speaker Series is a live discussion program that brings some of the most exciting voices in world cinema right into your home. In the Speaker Series, you are able to take a deep dive into a spotlight work of Jewish cinema and come face-to-face with filmmakers, actors, academics, and industry leaders in a virtual Q&A discussion.
The Speaker Series allows patrons to participate in a webinar for an in-depth talkback with film artists and other experts.
MasterMiND Master Class & Workshop Series
Get the most out of your time at home! Miami New Drama is continually finding new ways to expand their educational programming. They launched a NEW and FREE program: MasterMiND Master Class Series. Register for free digital sessions being offered by their expansive network of award-winning artists!
Soul Train award-winning singer and actress, Nicole Henry, joins the MasterMiND artists by delving into her career as an internationally acclaimed jazz singer, social activist and philanthropist, as well as her work with MiND where she originated the role of Alpha (Louis Armstrong's 3rd wife) in A Wonderful World. She will also offer insights and tips for performers and vocalists.
Since her debut, Nicole Henry has established herself among the jazz world's most acclaimed performers, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance.
Her passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma have earned her a Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance," and three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums. Heralded by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more, Ms. Henry tells real stories through peerless interpretations of repertoire from the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, popular standards, blues and originals.
She has captivated audiences in over 20 countries, headlining at venues in cities including New York, Tokyo, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Miami. Ms. Henry has also performed in more than 30 music festivals worldwide and in some of the world’s most famous venues including Blue Note; Jazz at Lincoln Center; Blues Alley; Arsht Center; Feinstein’s; Green Mill; Jazz St. Louis; Madrid Jazz Festival; the Regattabar; and Catalina Jazz.
She has recorded with some of today’s musical greats including Kirk Whalum, Julian Lage, Gerald Clayton and Gil Goldstein and has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and Michael Feinstein. In late 2019, Ms. Henry returned to the theatrical stage and garnered critical praise in the musical version of “The Bodyguard,” and in early 2020, she was cast in the world premiere of the new musical “A Wonderful World,” on the life of Louis Armstrong.
Growing up in a musical family in Bucks County, PA, Ms. Henry immersed herself in the arts early on, singing in school and church, and studying cello and ballet. After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Communications and Theatre, she launched a successful acting career, appearing in national commercial roles as well as a series of voiceover assignments. However, she directed her strongest passion toward the development of her full-time singing career which was quickly rewarded when the Miami New Times named Nicole “Best Solo Musician.” Since then, based on her various career accomplishments and active commitment to supporting non-profits such as Miami Music Project (Board Member), YoungArts and Miami Children’s Initiative (past Board Member), proclamations from the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County have named “Nicole Henry Days” in 2011, 2016 and 2017. Ms. Henry is also serving two terms on the Board of Governors of the Florida Chapter of the Recording Academy.
Did you miss a class? No problem! Each link below will take you to the archived class on YouTube!
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Peter Romano is a Syrian-American Actor, Director, Musician and Teaching-Artist. Peter holds a BFA from NYU: Tisch, and earned his MFA in Acting from Columbia University. He has taught Acting at many training programs such as New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Columbia University and currently teaches for Hunter College. As an actor, he has worked internationally, on the African tour of Antigone in the World, and regionally in the American Premiere of Terror (Miami New Drama) both directed by Tony award winner Gregory Mosher. Off-Broadway: Fucking A (Signature Theatre), Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream (CSC) Yasmina's Necklace (Premiere Stages). Film/TV: "New Amsterdam" (NBC) “The Blacklist” (NBC) “The Week Of” with Adam Sandler (Netflix). Peter is the creator of the web series “The New Neighborhood." Peter-Romano.com. NewNeighborhoodSeries.com
Brynne McManimie is an actor, producer, editor, and teaching artist. She has an MFA in Acting from Columbia University, and a BA in Theatre from Cal State Fullerton. NY Theatre: Othello (Classic Stage Company), Twelfth Night (Four Words Theatre Co.). TV/Film: The Mysteries of Laura, Elementary, and Bull. She has produced and edited two web series, Small Parts, and The New Neighborhood, both of which have been accepted into many film festivals, and have been nominated for several awards. She recently produced a short film entitled Lessons From My Father which is currently in post-production. In addition to acting and filmmaking, she teaches music, acting and Shakespeare to students age 5-18, all over New York City. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Christopher Renshaw has directed operas, plays, and musicals all over the world and most recently directed A Wonderful World with Miami New Drama. In the West End he directed Hayley and Juliet Mills in Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels, Sir Brian Rix in Dry Rot, a television production of Ruddigore with Vincent Price, and Cafe Puccini, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh. Christopher’s Broadway production of The King and I won four Tony Awards. He himself won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony for Best Director. His production of Queen’s We Will Rock You played in London for 12 years and Taboo, which he co-conceived with Boy George, has played London twice and on Broadway. Other recent productions include The Gipsy Kings’ Zorro, Pure Imagination, Dr. Dolittle, and Carmen La Cubana, which he directed, conceived. Carmen la Cubana has so far played in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Shanghai and Berlin. Christopher makes his home in Miami Beach.
Winter Miller is a founding member of the Obie-winning collective 13Playwrights. She is a proud affiliate of New Georges and The Lark, and is the NYC Dramatists Guild Rep. A graduate of Smith College with Latin honors, Winter holds a Masters in Playwriting from Columbia University. Winter has written more than 70 articles for The New York Times, plus New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, Variety, Huffington Post, The Village Voice, and Ms. Magazine. Her first job out of college was an NBC Page. She never returned her uniform. She has worked in surprising places, like Fox News or writing with youth in war-torn Northern Uganda with a documentary. A former journalist, she once tailed Eliot Spitzer, spent a week with Elvis fans at Graceland, scoped out Scientology in Clearwater, chased a tornado in Alabama, and was on a murder stakeout in Queens.
Carmen Peláez is an award winning actor and writer whose play FAKE had its world premiere with Miami New Drama. She has performed her solo play Rum & Coke to raves in LA, Chicago, Off-Broadway at Abingdon Theater and shot it live at the Freedom Tower in Miami for Fall 2020 release.In 2012, she won the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival Short Film Competition with The Acting Lesson. She was a contributor for NBC Latino and has written essays for Marie Claire, Huffington Post and the New York Times. Carmen continues to proudly work on President Barack Obama's Cuba policy team.She’s appeared on Grown and John Leguizamo's Critical Thinking as well as The Words of Others at PAMM and Tino Segahl's Welcome to this Situation at MOAD. She was the Cuban advisor on the Netflix relaunch of One Day at A Time and Story Home's Juguetes Perdidos.Currently, she is developing her new play Besame and as well as her children’s play City Beneath the Sea.
Lana Gordon recently originated the role of Lil Harden in A Wonderful World. Recent New York credits include Hello Again with the Drama League, Velma Kelly in Chicago on Broadway, Soul Sister/Jesus Christ Superstar (2000 Revival) and the roles of Nala and Shenzi in The Lion King (Original Broadway Company). National/International Tours: Velma Kelly/Chicago, Dionne/Hair, Anita/West Side Story. In Europe: Carmen in Carmen Cubana, Velma Kelly/Chicago, Deloris/Sister Act, Kala/Tazan, inGerman. Regional: Shug Avery/The Color Purple (Portland Center Stage) The Acid Queen/Tommy (Gateway Playhouse) Lana danced with Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and Donald Byrd The Group. As a Vocalist, she has sung with Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar and Kaunas Symphony Orchestra. Lana toured the U.S. as a Spokesperson and Vocalist for TD Bank. TV: 52nd Annual TONY Awards (CBS), David Letterman (NBC) The Rosie O´Donnell Show (NBC). Film: Here Again, Harlem Town and Cabin. Instagram: @lanajeangordon
Joanna Hausmann is a Venezuelan-American comedian, writer and actor who gained popularity through her videos on YouTube and as lead writer/talent on Univision's bilingual digital platform "Flama". Her viral creations have garnered over 70 million views and have been featured in places like CNN, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, NPR, and the BBC. Her biweekly show "Joanna Rants" has collectively reached over 50 million views and has garnered an international fan club (as well as club that claims she looks like British explorer Bear Grylls). Her work won her "Best Comedian" and "Creator of the Year" in Hispanicize's 2016 Tecla awards. She was also honored by the National Hispanic Media Coalition with the 2018 award for “Best Online Storyteller.” Hausmann is a correspondent on the three season's Netflix's series "Bill Nye Saves The World" which premiered April 21st, 2017 and was named the shows "unlikely science star" by Inverse Magazine. She has written for television projects for networks including CBS and is currently an adjunct-lecturer at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Although (accidentally) born in the small town of Royal Leamington Spa in England, Joanna and her family are wholeheartedly from Caracas, Venezuela. Catch her performing as a house performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater or dramatically fumbling for her Metro Card right as the subway arrives at any station in New York. She hates wet socks almost as much as she disliked writing this in the third person.
Karin Valecillos. Dramaturga y guionista de cine y televisión, autora de más una veintena de obras entre las que destacan: Cuentos de Guerra para Dormir en Paz, Jazmines en el Lídice, Lo que Kurt Cobain se Llevó, fundadora de la agrupación Tumbarrancho Teatro, ha sido galardonada con el Premio Isaac Chocrón en su Primera Edición, Premio Municipal de Dramaturgia José Ignacio Cabrujas en dos ocasiones, Premio AVENCRIT y Premio Fernando Gómez. Sus obras han sido llevadas a escena en España, Argentina, México, Colombia y Estados Unidos. Para Miami New Drama escribió la exitosa pieza GENTE OCIOSA, una adaptación contempóranea del Tío Vania de Antón Chéjov. Como guionista ha recibido el Premio a Mejor Guión de la Mostra de Sao Paulo, Premio Argentores y Premio ACACV por el guión de “El Amparo”. Como escritora de televisión ha desarrollado proyectos para RCTV, RTI, TELEMUNDO, MTV LA, SONY y actualmente es parte del equipo de escritores de una exitosa serie de NETFLIX. Karin Valecillos es considerada una de las principales representantes de las nuevas voces de la dramaturgia venezolana.
Javier Vidal. Dramaturgo venezolano, actor, periodista, director de teatro y televisión. Licenciado en Comunicación Social de la Universidad Católica Andrés Bello y Magister Scientiarium en teatro latinoamericano de la Universidad Central de Venezuela. Profesor Asociado de la UCAB de Radiodifusión, Televisión, Teatro y Periodismo audiovisual (1975 - 1998). Profesor de post-grado en la UCAB: La telenovela (1996-1998); y en la UCV con Teatro Latinoamericano I, II, III. Coordinador Académico y profesor del Instituto Universitario de Teatro (1991-2001). Profesor del Diplomado Isaac Chocrón de dramaturgia audiovisual de la FHE/UCV. Productor teatral y director de su compañía teatral JOTA CREATIVA desde 2014. Productor y director de su propio programa de radio Julie & Javier en la Romántica 88.9 FM CENTRE desde 2000. Ha escrito 25 obras de teatro y ha dirigido 51 obras. 30 de sus ensayos y novelas han sido publicados. Como actor ha realizado alrededor de 60 producciones teatrales, 13 películas, 44 telenovelas desde 1974. Uno de sus papeles más importantes en su carrera como actor fue Oscar Wilde en Gross Indecency de Moises Kaufman dirigida por Kaufman-Michel Hausman. Con Miami New Drama participó en calidad de actor como Alexander en Gente Osiosa, adaptación de Karin Valecillos de Tío Vania de Antón Chéjov.
Pablo Gershanik. Actor, director, pedagogo teatral. Graduado de la École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. Ha sido actor en las compañías Cirque Eloize, Compagnie Philippe Genty, Compagnia Finzi Pasca. Se desempeñó como Profesor de la Licenciatura en Artes Escénicas de la Universidad de San Martín, Fundador y Director de la Diplomatura en Realización e Interpretación con Máscaras de la Universidad de San Martín. Es Artista del Cent Quatre Paris y de la Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris y creador de la metodología de Maquetas Intimas.
David Schrader is the founder and president of Murray & Kean LLC, an entertainment consultant. He currently serves as a Board member for Miami New Drama, the Sjogrens Foundation and the 29th Street Neighborhood Association, and previously served as Board Treasurer for BCT Brooklyn Children’s Theater. After earning a CPA and working in public accounting at Ernst & Young, David built a career as an entertainment industry financial professional including 20 years at The Walt Disney Company. From 2009 to 2016, he served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director for the theatrical production division, leading domestic and international strategy and business development as well as finance, human resources, sales, publicity, marketing, touring, licensing, merchandising and facilities. Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and other finance roles. During his time at Disney, the company produced ten Broadway shows as well as touring and international companies, growing from a start-up into one of the world’s largest stage enterprises. David was a member of the Broadway League from 2012-2017 where he served on the Finance Committee and as a Tony Awards voter from 2013-2016.
Rogelio Martinez is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been workshopped and produced in theaters across the country and abroad. Martinez was born in Sancti-Spiritus, Cuba and came to this country on the Mariel boatlift in 1980. His Cuba Trilogy (Illuminating Veronica, Arrivals and Departures, and All Eyes and Ears) are published by Broadway Play Publishing. He has just returned from Germany where a workshop of his play, Born In East Berlin, was performed at the Stasi Museum, Berlin in both English and German. The play had its world premiere at the San Francisco Playhouse in February 2020. He teaches graduate level playwriting at Columbia University and Goddard College. He teaches undergraduate playwriting at NYU. Martinez is a recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, a Princess Grace Award, and a Mid-Career Fellowship at the Lark Theater Company. After being awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Science and Technology Initiative Grant by the Denver Center, Martinez went on to write When Tang Met Laika, a post Cold War space exploration play; which was subsequently produced by the Denver Center. Martinez’s plays include a Cold War trilogy, Ping Pong (Public Theatre & published by Broadway Play Publishing), Born in East Berlin, the second play, (workshopped at the Atlantic Theater Company and has since been translated into Hungarian, Romanian, and German), and the trilogy’s conclusion Blind Date (commissioned by the Denver Center Theater Company, Goodman Theatre director Tony nominee Robert Falls, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award), Illuminating Veronica, Arrivals and Departures, and All Eyes and Ears (all published by Broadway Play Publishing). Martinez has been workshopped and commissioned by various theaters across the country including the Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Atlantic Theater Company, Arden Theater, Asolo Repertory, and Ojai Theater Company, and many more. His newest play is Come As You Are, a play with music commissioned by Shadowcatcher Productions.
DeWitt Fleming Jr. is a world renowned Tap Dancer. He has toured the world as a featured tap dancer with Riverdance, Cirque Du Soliel, danced with Grammy award winning artist Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, and was featured on the HBO Emmy Award winning show Boardwalk Empire. New York Times says he is a “non stop source of rhythmic variety and surprise….sparks seem to fly from those shoes!” Dewitt has taught all over the world and has choreographed for numerous productions. Prior to his role as Stepin’ Fetchit in Miami New Drama’s A Wonderful World, DeWitt played the lead role of Jelly Roll Morton in the National Black Theater Festival’s production of Jelly’s Last Jam, where he was the tap choreographer as well. Most recently DeWitt made history by releasing the first jazz album recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Jazz at Lincoln Center with tap dancing; Sax and Taps INTERSPLOSION! (Live at Dizzy’s Club) DeWitt is also an actor, singer, and percussionist/drummer. Some of his favorite theater credits are Scottsboro Boys (Ozie/Ruby), Sophisticated Ladies (Lead), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon). As a percussionist, DeWitt has played on MTV, at the Legendary BlueNote NYC, and PlayStation Theater Times Square. DeWitt is the owner of the tap microphone company DeW It Right Tap Mics. It is the only company in the world dedicated specifically to creating microphones for tap dancing. To find out more visit his website www.dewittflemingjr.com or follow him on Instagram @dewittflemingjr
Claudio Tolcachir es actor, director, docente y dramaturgo. Como actor participó en más de treinta obras con directores como Daniel Veronese, Norma Aleandro, Carlos Gandolfo y Roberto Villanueva, entre otros. Como director fundó, junto con su grupo, la compañía TIMBRe4, con la que montó Chau Misterix, Orfeo y Eurídice, Jamón del diablo, Lisístrata, La omisión de la familia Coleman, Tercer cuerpo, El viento en un violín, Emilia y Dínamo, estas últimas cinco piezas de su autoría. También dirigió obras como Atendiendo al Sr. Sloane, Agosto, Todos eran mis hijos, Buena gente, Tribus, Ay amor divino y La mentira, entre otras. Por sus trabajos recibió los premios ACE, Clarín, María Guerrero, Teatro del Mundo y Teatro XXI, y fue nominado al premio Konex como uno de los mejores directores de la década. Sus obras se representaron en más de veinte países y fueron traducidas a seis idiomas. Desde 2001 dirige, junto con su grupo, el espacio cultural TIMBRe4.
Dionne Figgins began her career as a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem, under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, dancing lead roles in Serenade, Four Temperaments, Agon, and Concerto Barocco. She also appeared as a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Broadway credits include Hot Feet, Memphis, Leap of Faith, and Motown the Musical. Regional/Off-Broadway credits include Trip of Love, Chicago, and Smokey Joe’s Café. Film/TV credits include Power, Flesh and Bone (Yasmine), Bolden. She is the co-founder of Broadway Serves, a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect theater professionals to community service opportunities. Proud member of AEA/SAG. @ddfiggs
Miami New Drama Artistic Director, Michel Hausmann, shares his journey to creating the company and his vision for why theatre? why Miami?
Enjoy this candid presentation.
Christopher and Justin Swader are New York-based scenic designers. Recent designs include collaborations with: Two River Theater, Everyman Theatre, Miami New Drama, Lincoln Center Education, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Abingdon Theatre Company, John W. Engeman Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, The New School for Drama, Luna Stage, IBEX Puppetry, National Black Theatre, Sotheby's, 3LD, Cherry Lane Theatre, La MaMa, Manhattan School of Music, Park Avenue Armory, Trusty Sidekick, Mason Holdings, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Bristol Valley Theatre, The Orchard Project, Shadowland Stages, Columbia Stages, Company One, SpeakEasy Stage Company, ArtsEmerson. Collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Sotheby’s, Big Apple Circus, National Geographic. http://www.cjswaderdesign.com
Len Schiff’s musical SIGNS OF LIFE (music by Joel Derfner, book by Peter Ullian) opened off-Broadway in 2010 at the Marjorie S. Deane Theater and went on to a run at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater. THE GOLEM OF HAVANA (2015 Independent Reviewers of New England Nomination, Best New Play; music by Salomon Lerner, book by Michel Hausmann) premiered at Barrington Stage’s New Musicals Lab, later enjoying a record-breaking run in Miami; it will next play the Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis. Other works include the musicals ÆTHERNITY (music: Chris Sidorfsky) ZACH IN PROGRESS (music: Georgia Stitt) and the one act opera USHER FALLING (music: Randall Eng). Current projects include a rock biography of Daniel Ellsberg with composer David Mallamud, an adaptation of the Ellen Kushner novel SWORDSPOINT with Joel Derfner and Peter Ullian, and an adaptation of G.K. Chesterton’s THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAYwith Chris Sidorfsky and Austin Grossman. Len holds an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theater Advanced Workshop. He lives in Little Neck, NY with his wife, their son, and entirely too many board games.
Salomon Lerner has an M.F.A. from NYU's Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. He studied Film Scoring at the Berklee College of Music and Composition at the Ars Nova School of Music (Caracas). At The Colony Theatre, he was Composer/Orchestrator/Music Director of The Golem of Havana (2016), Our Town (2017) Queen of Basel (2018) and Puras Cosas Maravillosas (2018). Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, he is currently an active composer in New York City. www.salomonlerner.com
Formado con grandes directores como Juan Carlos Gené, Enrique Porte, Levy Rosell y Ugo Ulive. Basilio Álvarez se ha convertido en uno de los referentes principales dentro del teatro venezolano, no solo como actor sino también como director, teniendo en su haber más de 40 montajes teatrales dirigidos tanto con su grupo “Skena” como con otros grupos productores de gran prestigio. Ha recibido los premios teatrales más importantes en venezuela: el Marco Antonio Ettedgui, el Premio Nacional casa del artista y en varias oportunidades ha sido reconocido por los premios municipales de Caracas como mejor actor, productor y director, así como también el Ministerio de la Cultura lo ha distinguido con las órdenes mérito al trabajo en bronce y plata. Entre sus trabajos más destacados como actor recordamos su participación en los montajes de: Esperando a Godot, Art, La cena de los idiotas, El dia que me quieras, La revolución, Ay Carmela, La Ola, Hamlet, Chicago, Enemigo del pueblo, I.D.I.O.T.A., y su última e impactante actuación como Rothko en la versión venezolana de “Rojo” de John Logan. Basilio Álvarez se desempeña también como dramaturgo y escritor no sólo de obras de teatro juveniles e infantiles, sino también de telenovelas y seriados para television con Radio Caracas Televisión en Venezuela, Telemundo en USA, R.T.I. en Colombia, TELEVISA y ARGOS en México. Como actor también ha incursionado la Televisión y el Cine Venezolano. Pero por sobre todas estas actividades, su principal labor sigue siendo el estímulo y la proyección de la formación teatral para los jóvenes, habiendo desarrollado durante 35 años un método de formación teatral para adolescentes único y de gran importancia en su país y el exterior, teniendo como principal objetivo con su grupo Skena, mucho más allá de la capacitación profesional y técnica, el crecimiento del individuo como ciudadano y ser sensible ante la sociedad que lo rodea.
TUESDAYS - NWS TALK TUESDAYS WITH THE CURIOUS MUSICIAN, 3PM
Every Tuesday at 3 p.m., NWS alumnus, principal trumpet for the Columbus Symphony, Mark Grisez holds a live Instagram conversation about making music, inner growth, and what it means to be a musician in these times. This Tuesday, April 13 he will be chatting with Phoenix Symphony principal clarinet and NWS alumnus, Alex Laing. Tune in here.
THURSDAYS - ARCHIVE+
Every Thursday, a new episode of Archive+ will be available here. Archive+ features an archived NWS performance with new video commentary from MTT and special guests.
MTT discusses Hector Berlioz’ Romeo and Juliet with NWS alumni Philip Payton (NYC Freelance Artist, NWS Fellow 1998-02), and current NWS Fellows Stephanie Block (viola) and Arno Tri Pramudia (trombone).
MTT discusses Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird with NWS alumni Eugene Izotov (Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Symphony, NWS Fellow 1994), Adèle-Marie Buis (National Association of Schools of Music and Freelance Musician, NWS Oboe Fellow 2015-18) and Brenton Foster (Freelance Musician, NWS Bassoon Fellow 2015-18).
MTT discusses Robert Schumann’s Third Symphony with NWS visiting faculty member Sarah Willis of the Berlin Philharmonic and Horn Fellows Roy Femenella and Corbin Castro.
Thus Thursday’s (April 16) Archive+ will feature a performance from the New World Symphony’s Cage Festival.
FRIDAYS – LIVE FROM OUR LIVING ROOM , 7 P.M.
Each Friday at 7 p.m., the fellows of the New World Symphony present a chamber concert on Facebook Live. NWS Fellows will play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach. This weekly series is broadcast via Facebook Live and previous episodes are available to stream on-demand..
Since its inception in 2015, Nu Deco Ensemble has exploded onto Miami’s eclectic musical scene captivating audiences, holistically engaging with its community and fusing innovative, genre-bending orchestral performances and collaborations with the highest levels of musical artistry. Nu Deco is reimagining a fresh vision of what an orchestra can achieve in the 21st century.
O Cinema's new virtual theaters will allow them to continue sharing curated, cinematic gems with you by bringing the art house film experience directly into your home and allowing you to continue supporting O Cinema.
These are some of the latest and greatest in independent cinema. Check them out from the comfort of your own home!
Now Playing: The Fight (2020)
Now Playing: Martin Margiela: In His Own Words (2019)
Now Playing: Mr. Soul (2020)
Co-presented by O Cinema and Oolite Arts, Art Films presents a FREE virtual live screening of AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY on Wednesday, September 23rd @ 7:00pm, followed by a post-film discussion with director Cheryl Haines & Oolite Arts President/CEO Dennis Scholl.
Human rights become profoundly personal when Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous artist, transforms Alcatraz Island prison into an astonishing expression of socially-engaged art focused on the plight of the unjustly incarcerated. At the core of the installation, called @Large, were portraits of prisoners of conscience coupled with the opportunity to write letters of solidarity to the imprisoned.
In her impassioned and powerful film, director Cheryl Haines captures this monumental exhibition from conception to fruition, and as well visits current and former prisoners, including American whistleblower Chelsea Manning, to learn how these letters were vital to their survival.
To join the post-film Q&A (via Zoom) you’ll need to go HERE as soon as the film ends.
“One of the great films of the year! A near-perfect look at Weiwei’s art installation that took place on Alcatraz Island. Truly magical…a must-see!”
– UNSEEN FILMS
“Powerful! A moving cinematic experience and so wide-ranging a project that it is likely to appeal even to those who might not think they are interested in the famed artist.“
O, Miami builds community through literature. They produce a poetry festival, a publishing imprint, an educational program, a podcast, and other initiatives that expand access to literature in Miami and re-think the role of the literary arts in society. O, Miami features a variety of ongoing, virtual programming:
Presented in partnership between O, Miami and The Wolfsonian–FIU
Poetry Telephone is an open call for poetry in partnership between O, Miami and The Wolfsonian—Florida International University. The Wolfsonian library collection contains many volumes of poetry, some of them beautifully illustrated or connected to art objects in the museum. Listen as Wolfsonian founder Micky Wolfson reads excerpts from his favorite poems, view artwork that illustrates those texts, and then create your own poems inspired by the same artwork! When you’re ready, share your poem here to complete this game of Poetry Telephone.
O,Live Garden: Poems & Recipe pairings
“O, Live Garden” is a place where poems and recipes come together at one shared table. Each pairing was prepared by a professional poet. Their skills in the kitchen have not been verified. As we like to say, “If you’re here, you’re famished.”
Oolite Arts is offering virtual programming to the community to help everyone better understand, and create, contemporary art. Oolite Arts is constantly adding new programming, art classes, and Connect sessions. Check out Oolite Arts Event Calendar to stay up to date on all of their offerings!
Join us for Close Quarters Commissions, an online film festival showcasing 12 Miami filmmakers and their short works created in quarantine.
Commissioned by Oolite Arts, the filmmakers worked with little to paint the vast, emotional landscape of this moment in time. Their works – both documentary and narrative – are wide-ranging in topic. Filmmakers commissioned for this project include: Ronald Baez, Rachel Benjamin, Valerie Brooks, Alexa Caravia, Juan Castaneda, Avram Dodson, Anton Forbes, Pamela Longsword, Christopher Lopez, Frantzy Moreau, Carmen Pelaez and Gabriela Serra.
Miami Filmmakers, how would you persuade our community to wear a mask during COVID-19? Oolite Arts is offering a share of $12,500 to filmmakers to create a Public Service Announcement that encourages people to mask up to flatten the curve. Submit an idea by Sept. 8 at oolitearts.org/mas
Oct. 21, 2020 7 - 9 p.m. ET
On YouTube - Free
Named after Oolite Arts’ Founder Ellie Schneiderman, The Ellies are Miami’s visual arts awards, created to celebrate and elevate the careers of the city’s artists. Join us for a virtual celebration to meet the 2020 honorees and to learn more about their winning projects.
Oct. 28, 2020 6 p.m. ET
A conversation discussing the use of declarative phrases, questions to the viewer, and statements in the practices of Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Nick Mahshie, and Sasha Wortzel moderate by curator and Director of Programming, Laura Marsh. Emphasizing themes of isolation and
exoticism, phrases include: “How would you like for me to exoticize myself for you,” Fuenmayor, “This is not political,” Mahshie, and “We have always been an island,” Wortzel.
Curated by Oolite's Director of Programming Laura Marsh, Idioms and Taxonomies features
work by our resident artists, whose practices investigate the dual roles of personal and cultural histories.
Nov. 11, 2020 7-8 p.m. ET
On Facebook Live - Free
Join Locust Projects and Oolite Arts virtually for a conversation with Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator, Public Art Fund, New York.
Nov. 18, 2020, 7 p.m. ET
Co-presented by O Cinema and Oolite Arts, Art Films presents the best of films by and about artists, followed by a post-film discussion. This edition will feature an online free screening of “Aggie,” followed by a post-film discussion with director Catherine Gund & Oolite Arts President/CEO Dennis Scholl.
Live Stream Virtual Event Only
Join us for a Brazilian forró livestream concert by Cravo & Canela. The band brings the beloved accordion-fueled party music of Northeastern Brazil to South Florida. The group, led by Gabriella Lacombe (vocals) and Eduardo Veronez (percussion), began playing together in 2016. They quickly became one of the most popular Brazilian bands in Florida, recently winning “Best Band” the Brazilian Press Award.
This no-audience concert is recorded for livestream at the North Beach Bandshell, as a continuation of the City of Miami Beach’s 3rd Thursday Culture Crawl. It is presented in partnership with Brazilian Nites Production.
The Wolfsonian-FIU will also spotlight digital experiences produced over recent years, including:
- Art of Illumination, a Knight Foundation-supported initiative that commissions thought-provoking video art pieces from contemporary artists, designers, and collectives.
- Two online exhibitions, which give life to the golden age of Cuban–U.S. tourism (Promising Paradise) and early 20th-century spiritual art (The Pursuit of Abstraction) through texts, lectures, interviews, and virtual and collector-led tours.
- Recorded programming, allowing art lovers to enjoy past Wolfsonian talks from home.
- The museum's digital catalog, offering collection access at visitor’s fingertips. The digital catalog provides access to 95,000 collection records and almost 130,000 images from the combined Objects Collection and Rare Books Library.
"For us—and for museums around the world—opening up our collection for the community is a public service and an ethical responsibility. These are the moments when art's comforts and delights are most needed. If we can inspire a laugh, spark a new thought, or create a sense of solidarity, we consider that a success. We'll bring The Wolfsonian to you,” - Tim Rodgers, director of The Wolfsonian-FIU.