Books and BBQ 3/28/15

Books and BBQ
Saturday, 03/28/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
BOOKS-BBQ-v2Magnolia North Community Park
2123 Ali Baba Avenue,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

OLCDC & Bookleggers Library are hosting a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon at the park, complete with FREE books and $5 BBQ plates! Everyone’s invited!

Bookleggers is a community mobile library based out of South Florida, setting up at rotating venues once a month and giving away free books to the public. As of 2015, Bookleggers Library operates with the generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
For those who are new to Bookleggers, the rules are simple:
1) Everyone gets one book for free;
2) We accept trades, a book for a book;
3) Each additional book is $2.

USHMM: Some Were Wives, Some Were Mothers: Female Perpetrators during the Holocaust 3/21/15

USHMM: Some Were Wives, Some Were Mothers: Female Perpetrators during the Holocaust
Thursday, 03/19/2015 – 03/19/2015 07:00 pm –
Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center
20400 NE 30th Ave,
Aventura, Florida 33180
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Cost: Free

Former Museum fellow Wendy Lower challenges the traditional picture of Germany’s women holding down the home front. In her compelling book, “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields,” she reveals new evidence that places them directly in the maelstrom of war: looting, plundering and even killing.

Learn about a generation of women swept up in the feverish nationalism of the Nazi party, many of whom traveled east with the expanding “frontier” –where they witnessed and participated in exploitation, persecution and murder.

City Theatre presents a free ‘Taste of Summer Shorts’ in the Lobby Lounge of Olympia Theater 3/4/15

City Theatre presents a free ‘Taste of Summer Shorts’ in the Lobby Lounge of Olympia Theater
Wednesday, 03/04/2015 – 06:30 pm –
suspicious2-1Olympia Theater at Gusman Center
174 E Flagler Street,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Cost: Free

City Theatre continues its 20th anniversary celebration with In the Lobby Lounge . . . City Theatre!, a special program presented by City Theatre and the Olympia Theater that features six directed readings of short plays that are in consideration for future production and/or are part of the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. This one-night-only free event takes place on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the Lobby Lounge of the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center.

Directed by City Theatre Producing Artistic Director John Manzelli, In the Lobby Lounge . . . City Theatre! will give audiences a first-hand role in the process that scripts go through on their way from page to stage. Audiences serve as critic and supporter, or even as actor, while also having a peek at what makes City Theatre a center for fresh, new works.

This year’s winning play of the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwrighting Contest is guaranteed a production in the 20th annual Summer Shorts Festival that will take place from June 4 – 28, 2015 at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, along with an incredible line-up of scripts penned by the country’s best writers. The playwright will also receive a $1,000 cash prize, royalties, and an invitation to Miami for the festival and to take part in the Citywrights: Professional Weekend for Playwrights from June 25 – 28, 2015.

The Olympia Theater’s “In the Lobby Lounge” series is sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, with grant funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

In the Lobby Lounge…City Theatre! is a free event that is open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the readings will start at 6:30 p.m. Cocktails will be available at the cash bar. Attendees are invited to enjoy a guided tour of the historic Olympia Theater during intermission.
For more information on City Theatre, call (305) 755-9401 or visit www.citytheatre.com.

The Big Read: Book Discussions 2/5/15 – 3/5/15

The Big Read: Book Discussions
Thursday, 02/05/2015 – 03/05/2015 10:00 pm –
center-facebook-header-851x3152Miami Dade Public Library
Miami Dade Public Library,
Miami, Florida 33137
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Cost: Free

The Big Read: Book Discussions
Discussions on When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka will take place at various branches of the Miami-Dade Public Library System. Visit www.thecenteratmdc.org or www.mdpls.org for exact information.

Follow The Center on Pinterest and check out the Big Read boards! They will be celebrating all things Japanese and much more. On Twitter you can also be a part of Big Read Twitter chats and get up-to-date info on all upcoming events. You can also join in on the fun on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr too! Hashtag #NEABigRead

Big Read Keynote Author David Mura on Japanese American Internment During WWII 2/25/15

Big Read Keynote Author David Mura on Japanese American Internment During WWII
Wednesday, 02/25/2015 – 06:30 pm –
center-facebook-header-851x3151Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33134
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Cost: Free

6:30 p.m. l Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
Big Read Keynote
Author David Mura on Japanese American Internment During WWII
David Mura is a writer, memoirist, poet and performance artist who brings a unique perspective to our multi-racial and multi-cultural society. A Sansei or third generation Japanese American, Mura has written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity. Mura’s second book of poetry The Colors of Desire, won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library.
Mura’s memoirs, poems essays, plays and performances have won wide critical praise and numerous awards. Their topics range from contemporary Japan to the legacy of the internment camps and the history of Japanese Americans, to critical explorations of an increasingly diverse America.

Road Trip To Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens 2/21/15

Road Trip To Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Saturday, 02/21/2015 – 02/21/2015 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
center-facebook-header-851x315Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Rd,
Delrey Beach, Florida 33446
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Cost: $8.00

Road Trip To Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Hop on the bus with fellow Big Readers for a trip to Delray Beach and a day of learning about Japanese culture and the history of the 100-year-old connection between Japan and South Florida, including an event related to the subject of this year’s Big Read title, When The Emperor Was Divine. In May of 1942, during World War II, farmland in the Yamato area still owned by Japanese settlers was confiscated by the U. S. government for a military installation.
Take a guided tour and experience the splendor of the Morikami’s six distinct gardens and the museum that complements them. The gardens, named Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew, were designed to be a living exhibit with abundant viewpoints that give you a chance to stop and enjoy your surroundings. The museum’s galleries play host to several exhibitions of Japanese art and artifacts throughout the year featuring different aspects of Japan’s rich and diverse culture. To learn more about the museum, visit www.morikami.org.

The Center will rent a motorcoach to provide FREE transportation, and will subsidize admission to the Morikami. All participants will receive a free copy of When the Emperor Was Divine.
Museum entry is $8 (Regular price of museum entry $15) l Space is limited to 38 people on a first-come, first-served basis.
Meet at MDC Wolfson Campus at 9:00 a.m. l Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, please call 305-237-3258.

Senator Marco Rubio presents his new book at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus 2/20/15

Senator Marco Rubio presents his new book at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
Friday, 02/20/2015 – 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm
rubio-social-mediaMiami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: Free

Senator Marco Rubio presents his new book at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone
When: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Auditorium
300 N.E. Second Ave (Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor)
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