Mad Hatter Arts Festival 2014 11/15/14-11/16/14

Mad Hatter Arts Festival 2014
Saturday, 11/15/2014 – 11/16/2014 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
hatter_poster_fina_no_type1The Barnacle Historic State Park and Main Highway
3485 Main Highway,
Miami, Florida 33133
Webpage Link
Cost: Art Festival is Free Park Entrance Fee is $2.00

Come to Coconut Grove and join us in celebrating the TENTH year of The Mad Hatter Arts Festival on Nov.15 & 16th from 10-5pm. Enjoy Art, live music, drumming, D.J.,Specialty Foods, Contests and Tons of Fun for all ages. Costumes and crazy Hats are encouraged!!! Oh, there is also “Chalk it Up” a Street Art Interactive Event. and “Graffiti Grove”.

And if that isn’t enough on Saturday evening, The Barnacle will reopen its gates at 6:30 to allow people back into the park to for a special outdoor viewing of the original 1951 Disney version of the beloved “Alice in Wonderland” movie. You can bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the movie as you sit under the stars. This festival is always a well loved event. So “Get Grovey” and come join the fun.

Photographs of Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival on 10/25/14

Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival celebrates its 2nd year with an amazing seafood from local restaurants show off what they do best.

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I’m Not Gonna Move To L.A. November Edition 11/5/14

I’M NOT GONNA MOVE TO L.A. November Edition
Wednesday, 11/05/2014 – 06:30 pm – 09:30 pm
1620661_782207231838517_6989668787520267284_nO Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th St,
Miami, Florida 333127
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $10.00

It’s November already? Really? We can’t believe it either. On November 5th, Indie Film Club Miami invites all of South Florida’s fabulous creatives to the last I’M NOT GONNA MOVE TO L.A. of the year. Enjoy local music, comedy, films, and find out which director will be the final audience winner of 2014.

Want to see ALL the winning films of the year? Be sure to catch them all at Filmgate Interactive, where we will be screening the Best Of I’M NOT GONNA MOVE TO L.A. in February!
Alexander Beresford
David Chavez
Jonathan Cuartas
Eugenie Dufloo
Michele Gianelli
Ramiro Hernandez
Danielle Kipnis
Bert Oliva
Egon von Schirach
with special guest Comedy Troupe CAGE-FREE HUMANS
$10 in advance/ $12 at the door

Photographs of MIFFecito at The Tower Theater on 10/16/14

MIFFecito opening night at The Tower Theater on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

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It’s A Wrap! Miami International Film Festival’s MIFFecito, A Program Of Miami Dade College’s MDCulture,
Ends With Sold Out Screenings, Incredible Performances and Pomp

4-Day Mini Festival Run Gave Miami A Taste Of MiamiFF 2015’s Caliber Of Incredible International Programming

Opening Night Began With Director Ernesto Daranas’ Smash Hit BEHAVIOR (CONDUCTA), Continued In Spectacular Fashion at Neo-Cuban Hotspot Ball & Chain

Master Class Discussions On The Art Of Film Curation, Plus Impact of Film On Anti-Bullying Efforts, Got Audiences Thinking

MIAMI, FL – Local film lovers packed Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater this past weekend for the joyous new MIFFecito, the mid-season cinematic appetizer to 2015’s 32nd Miami International Film Festival’s (MiamiFF’s) main course taking place March 6-15, 2015. Festival organizers proclaimed the 4-day special prelude event to be successful beyond their expectations, with nonstop sold-out film screenings, exuberant visiting artists, and snazzy après-screening soirees. All MIFFecito screenings at the Tower Theater were generously presented by Viendomovies.

A jubilant MiamiFF Executive Director Jaie Laplante said, “Judging by the smile count, this autumnal run of MIFFecito was a programming initiative that truly paid off. It affirmed that the opportunity to deeply immerse one’s self in a rich, meaningful selection of superb new international cinema that is as yet undistributed in this country is profoundly desired. We’re thrilled and filled with anticipation for March!”

MIFFecito opened on Thursday, October 16th with Ernesto Daranas, the director of the sold out Opening Night film Behavior (Conducta), actor Hector Noas and the film’s art director Erick Grass, arriving for the film’s much anticipated red carpet premiere. Audiences had the pleasure of indulging in Latin treats from Tinta y Café’s pop-up café decorated with Las Tias furnishings in place just for MIFFecito. An electric question and answer session with the artists concluded the emotional Florida premiere of Behavior, and the festivities continued across the street at just-opened Ball & Chain, Little Havana’s retro, neo-Cuban hotspot which hosted MIFFecito’s Opening Night Party. Guests celebrated the electric night of live afro-Cuban sounds, gourmet Cuban tapas, and flowing libations from sponsors Bombay Sapphire and Stella Artois.

Friday night, MIFFecito kicked into full premiere gear, showcasing international hits by directors including Paco León with the North American premiere of Carmina and Amen (Spain),Matías Rojas Valencia withRoot (Chile),and director Sydney Sibilia’s I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Italy).Each filled-to-capacity premiere screened to laughing or deeply moved audiences.

Saturday afternoon, the festival changed gears to present an outstanding educational opportunity for the special master class The Art of Curation, presented by MiamiFF’s programming guru Thom Powers. Powers walked fascinated attendees through a process of engagement with audiences that goes far beyond simply choosing which movies to show. An intense discussion of connecting documentary cinema (Powers’ specialty) and audiences was opened up with the entire audience participating, with special discussion of Laura Poitras’ upcoming Citizenfour film used as a prime case study.

Saturday night, the evening crowds continued and the glamour unleashed, with cameras flashing as Mariana Chenillo, the director of Paradise (Mexico), and Roberto Sanchez, the lead actor of Lake Los Angeles (USA), appeared for the Florida premieres of their respective films. Also premiering that evening was Vara: A Blessing, directed by Bhutanese lama Khyentse Norbu, where guests were pleasantly surprised with an enchanting Bollywood dance team performance by Belly Motions.

Sunday afternoon, Moisés Kaufman, the celebrated director of The Laramie Project, was in attendance along with special guest moderator Dennis Scholl, Vice President of Arts for The Knight Foundation, for a very special retrospective screening of Kaufman’s groundbreaking film. Afterwards, an impassioned conversation ensued regarding the positive impact the film (and the original theater production) have had over the years since its 2002 debut. Kaufman took the opportunity to announce that, 23 years after forming his internationally celebrated Tectonic Theater Project in New York City, he will be forming a new Miami-based theater company with partners Gary Ressler and Michel Hausmann, in 2015.

The festival closed Sunday night with the East Coast U.S. premiere screening of director Emilio Martínez-Lázaro’s massive smash Spanish Affair (Ocho apellidos vascos), the all-time highest-grossing domestic film at the Spanish box office. Spanish Affair screened three times throughout MIFFecito, and every screening was sold out.

For MiamiFF membership opportunities or more information, please visit or call 305-237-FILM(3456). The Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.

Photographs of MIFFecito After Party at Ball and Chain on 10/16/14

MIFFecito After Party at Ball and Chain on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

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5th Annual Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival 10/25/14- 10/26/14

5th Annual Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival
Saturday, 10/25/2014 – 10/26/2014 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
2014-fest-front-1Biltmore Way
Biltmore Way from LeJeune Road to Hernando Street,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

The Fifth Annual Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival offers activities for the entire family, including a performance Main Stage with acts from diverse countries, an Art Boulevard, a Children’s Play Pavilion with bounce houses and facepainters, Consulates representing various countries, culinary artists and food vendors. An event highlight will include the special Bacardi Lounge, along with a wine and a cigar lounge. The Miami Marlins and the Miami Dolphins will also have a special area with activities.

The event is produced and hosted by the Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Foundation, Inc. This year, the festival is paying a special tribute to artist Emilio Sauma Jr. His painting “La Caribeña” is showcased as this year’s Official Festival Poster. In addition to performances throughout both days, the featured performer will be Latin Billboard & Latin Grammy nominee Aymee Nuvia, “La Sonera del Mundo”.

October 25 – 26, 2014, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. & Sunday, 10 a.m to 8 p.m
Biltmore Way from LeJeune Road to Hernando Street in Coral Gables, FL 33134
The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call the Festival Hotline at 305-667-0577.

7th Annual Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival 11/15/14

miamiriverwalk7th Annual Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival
Saturday, November 15, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Miami Riverwalk
100 S. Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131
Admission: Free

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