META 3 The Third Eye Art Exhibition and Panel Discussion 4/26/15

META 3 The Third Eye Art Exhibition and Panel Discussion
Sunday, 04/26/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Digital CameraThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Ave.,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

The 3rd edition of the META art exhibition series features artists Asser Saint-Val, Loni Johnson, Juana Valdes, T. Eliott Mansa, and Robert McKnight. In addition to the artwork, there will be a panel discussion featuring Derek Davis, Robert McKnight, Nzingha Oniwosan and Denise Credle. META is a monthly art series meant to engage the Opa-locka and greater South Florida communities with unique and transformative art, leading up to OLCDC’s annual Art of Transformation in November and December. The Third Eye is open to the public and free to attend. People interested in attending must RSVP by April 24, at http://www.meta3.eventbrite.com/. More information can be found at www.opalockaart.com.

OLCDC Community Paint Day 4/18/14

OLCDC Community Paint Day
Saturday, 04/18/2015 – 07:00 am – 05:00 pm
Ali-Baba-Avenue-designThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Ave.,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

With the help of more than 200 volunteers organized by Miami Rise, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) under the guidance of renowned artist and landscape architect Walter Hood, will transform a main corridor from a barren, uninviting stretch of asphalt into a vibrant corridor featuring colorful geometric patterns. The project, Site/Cite, is the first phase of Hood’s vision for Opa-locka, and is a major part of the dramatic changes in one of Miami’s most iconic and storied neighborhoods.
Art enthusiasts, volunteers, and those with an interest in sustainable development are invited to participate in the reimagining of Ali Baba Avenue during the Community Paint Day. Materials including paint, brushes, a T-shirt and meals will be provided to hundreds of people participating in painting the avenue, surrounding sidewalks and street furniture, during one of the largest and most iconic participatory public art displays in South Florida.

META Art Series Event 2 3/29/15

META Art Series Event 2
Sunday, 03/29/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
META-march-flyer-Judy-Sayfie_smallThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Avenue,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

The March edition of OLCDC’s new art series META is in honor of Women’s History Month and doubles as the opening of “Forces of Nature: Bounce and Flow” featuring artists Elaine Defibaugh, Sheila Elias, Judy Sayfie, and Hattie Mae Williams. The multimedia art exhibition will be a visual feast full of color, fantasy, creative power and energy. The March 29 opening will also include a panel discussion on the transformational value of art, co-moderated by META curator Ludlow Bailey of CADA Conversations and Mikhaile Solomon, Director of Public Art for OLCDC and Founder/Director of PRIZM Art Fair.

Panelists include:
Dr. Carol Damian, Professor of Art History at FIU
Evelyn Pierre, Director of the Haitian Cultural Museum
Marie Vickles, Education Manager for Outreach Programs at the Perez Art Museum Miami / Curator-in-Residence at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex

FREE and open to the public!

“Forces of Nature: Bounce and Flow” will be on display at The ARC from March 29 – April 15, 2015. Exhibition hours: Monday – Friday 10 AM – 5:30 PM. Weekends by appointment only.

META is a monthly art series is meant to engage the Opa-locka and greater South Florida communities with unique and transformative art, leading up to OLCDC’s annual Art of Transformation in November and December.

Third World Film Festival Film Noir vs Neo Noir 3/28/15

Third World Film Festival Film Noir vs Neo Noir
Saturday, 03/28/2015 – 12:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Third-World-Cinema-Project-Film-Festival-UpdatedThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Avenue,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

ABOUT THE FILM FESTIVAL

This one-day film festival will explore cinema’s stylish film noir and neo-noir genres in the developing world. Film noir from the 1930s-1950s is characterized by stark, angular shadows; conflicted anti-heroes; chiaroscuro lighting; determined, beautiful, scheming women; obscured scenes; and isolation in modern cities. Neo-noir addresses philosophical questions about the essence of human nature, guilt, redemption, and problems of knowledge, memory and identity, while blurring the lines between right and wrong, good and evil. Two films per genre will be screened to introduce and expose the art of stylized filmmaking and foreign films in Opa-locka.

FREE public event. Viewer discretion is advised as some films may not be suitable for children.

ABOUT THE FILMS & SCREENING TIMES

12:00 PM – The Goddess (“Shennü” – 1934, China) – 85 minutes, drama, PG
Street walker by night, devoted mother by day, a woman fights to get her son an education amid criminal and social injustice in China. Dismissed as immoral by scholars during the Cultural Revolution, it is now one of the best known films of China’s cinematic golden age. Directed by Wu Yonggang.

2:00 PM – Three Monkeys (“Üç maymun” – 2008, Turkey) – 109 minutes, drama, unrated
This strange detective story set in Istanbul traces the journey of a family struggling to stay together and ignore responsibilities by not seeing, hearing, or talking about the truth. Won Best Special Effects at the Golden Orange Film Festival, Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Golden Anchor Competition Award at the Haifa International Film Festival. Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

4:00 PM – Bob the Gambler (“Bob Le Flambeur” – 1956, France) – 98 minutes, drama/thriller, PG
A tribute to classic American gangster films and inspiration for French New Wave filmmakers, Bob Le Flambeur is about an aging gangster and gambler in Paris who navigates the treacherous world of pimps, moneymen and naïve associates while plotting one last score: the heist of the Deauville casino. Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville.

6:00 PM – How to Steal 2 Million (2011, South Africa) – 84 minutes, drama/action, ages 16+
A dark crime drama set in gritty, unforgiving city streets, the film follows a robber who gets out of jail and finds that his partner, who never got caught, has married his former fiancée. Desperate for cash, he agrees to help his partner out with a deviant plan in this South African homage to film noir. Won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Achievement in Editing at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards. Directed by Charlie Vundla.

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Presented by:
-Florida International University Honors College Third World Cinema class (https://honors.fiu.edu/)
-Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (www.olcdc.org | www.opalockaart.com)

For more info, contact: Nina @ [email protected] | 954.830.4949 or Aileen @ [email protected] | 305.687.3545

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.

META Forces of Nature Bounce and Flow 3/29/15

META Forces of Nature Bounce and Flow
Sunday, 03/29/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
META-march-flyer-Sheila-EliasThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Ave.,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

The event features a multi-media art exhibition that highlights the visual and performance artistry of Judy Sayfie, Elaine Defibaugh, Sheila Elias and Hattie Mae Williams. The event will also include a panel discussion on the transformational value of art. This event is the second of a four-part META series— a free monthly cultural event designed to engage the South Florida community with unique and transformative art experiences. The exhibition begins on March 29, 2015 from 1-4 PM and runs until April 15, 2015. Curator, Ludlow Bailey, says, “Forces of Nature: Bounce and Flow is a visual feast, full of color, fantasy, creative power and transformational energy.

3rd Annual Art of Transformation: Grand Finale 12/12/14

3rd Annual Art of Transformation: Grand Finale
Friday, 12/12/2014 – 12/12/2014 07:00 pm – 07:00 pm
ClosingARC (Arts & Recreation Center)
675 Ali Baba Ave,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

The 3rd Annual Art of Celebration is a celebration of the revitalization plan of Opa-locka presented by, the non-profit, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation. Now in its third year, the Art of Transformation has grown into a county-wide series of arts events further celebrating Opa-locka’s historic past, promoting the present, and envisioning its future. The series of events will take place from Wednesday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, and feature a performance by sound and performance artist Pamela Z, the In Plain Sight Art Exhibition (including sculpture artists Nari Ward and Karyn Olivier, photographer Renee Cox, and installation artist Yashua Klos), an Art, Food & Music Street Festival, a showing of Michelange Quay’s film Eat, for This is My Body, a performance by dancer and choreographer Nora Chipaumire, and workshop by visual artist Emmanuel Pratt.

The Grand Finale of the 3rd Annual Art of Transformation will feature a screening of Renee Cox’s new short film “Sacred Geometry,” which premiered at Art Basel/Miami Art Week, and local talent as closing festivities for the In Plain Sight exhibition (featuring Cox, Yashua Klos, Karyn Olivier, and Nari Ward) and the entire Art of Transformation series of artistic events celebrating the revitalization of Opa-locka, Fla.