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Life Is Art, Soul Of Miami, Buskerfest and the Opa-locka CDC present a very special River Of Art and Taste of Opa-locka on Tuesday, June 23, 2105.  Hosted at the brand new Opa-locka Art & Recreation Center, we have teamed up with the Opa-locka CDC and Buskerfest to produce our biggest River Of Art, yet! Featuring ten amazing local artists, a showcase of hot local bands and performers, and tastings by several Opa-locka restaurants, we guarantee this will be worth the drive. Entry includes complimentary tastings from Opa-locka restaurants and wine tasting sponsored by Papi Demi Sec.

* Visual Artists: Ivan Roque, Franklin A. Cedeno, Alfrena Moosa, Gary L. Moore, James Brutus, Paschal, Edwive Seme, Daniel Ferrer, Glenda Ramos, David Bulit

* Live Music and Performance Showcase: Gypsy Cat Band, Dangerfun, The Tribe, Najee Lee

* Restaurant Tastings: Jackson Soul Food, Country Meat Market, Crabman 305 and Leroys BBQ

* Drink Tastings: Papi Demi Sec

Bringing People and Art Together
The River Of Art is an exciting evening of business networking featuring an interesting show, excellent music, delicious cuisine tastings and refreshing beverages. The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists. Attendees may enjoy a complimentary welcome beer and tastings of the menu included with your entry. Hashtag: #RiverOfArt.

About Opa-locka CDC: The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) was established in November 1980 as a non-profit community development corporation to address the distressed unemployment conditions, particularly in the Opa-locka and North Dade County, Florida, communities. It began addressing conditions through community organizing and soon expanded to provide community services and develop housing. Over time, tackling the area’s lack of affordable housing became OLCDC’s major focus. Since 1980, OLCDC has developed and sold 145 single-family homes to low-to-moderate-income first-time homebuyers and, through partnerships with private developers, has built over 2500 units of rental housing.

About Buskerfest: Buskerfest Miami is a collaborative organization dedicated to improving civic life through public street performance. We strive for a connected, thriving urban core where the streets of Miami are active and enlivened with local performers, enjoyed by people of all ages and walks of life. We envision a joyous place that is reflective of the tropical urban landscape and attractive to locals and visitors alike.

About the River Of Art Program: The River Of Art is a monthly business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies and make connections, we create synergies to help promote business by including an amazing art show of local talent!

About Life Is Art: Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

About Soul Of Miami: The Soul Of Miami has become one of the most popular local community sites in south Florida. It includes an extensive calendar, listing all sorts of happenings from all over the area: charity, arts, happy hours, concerts, networkers, nightlife, fairs, festivals and so much more. Tens of thousands of active south Floridians visiting the site every month.

Premiere Sponsor: Spectrum Miami
Partners: Fabulous MiamiYOMiamiSocialMedia305Catalyst MiamiInTheLoop305
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

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A Very Special River Of Art and Taste of Opa-locka 6/23/15

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Life Is Art, Soul Of Miami, Buskerfest and the Opa-locka CDC present a very special River Of Art and Taste of Opa-locka
Tuesday, June 23, 6:00pm-10:00pm
The ARC – Arts & Recreation Center
RiverOfArtWeb-23SOUL675 Ali Baba Avenue
Opa-locka, FL 33054

$10 with Advance Purchase, Promo Code: SOUL
Register Here
$20 at the Door
Proceeds go to support the local arts.
Free Parking

Hosted at the brand new Opa-locka Arts and Recreation Center, this is our biggest River Of Art, yet! Featuring ten amazing local artists, a showcase of hot local bands, and tastings by several Opa-locka restaurants, we guarantee this will be worth the drive! Includes complimentary tastings from Opa-locka restaurants and wine sponsored by Papi Demi Sec. Free parking.

Featuring
Visual Artists: Ivan Roque, Franklin A. Cedeno, Alfrena Moosa, Gary L. Moore, James Brutus, Paschal, Edwive Seme, Daniel Ferrer, Glenda Ramos, David Bulit
Live Music and Performance Showcase: Gypsy Cat Band, Dangerfun, The Tribe, Najee Lee
Restaurant Tastings: Jackson Soul Food, Country Meat Market, Hammond’s Bakery, Crabman 305, Leroys BBQ, Miami Finga Licking, The Sweet Boutique and More
Drink Tastings: Papi Demi Sec

Bringing People and Art Together
The River Of Art is an exciting evening of business networking featuring an interesting show, excellent music, delicious cuisine tastings and refreshing beverages. The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists. Attendees may enjoy a complimentary welcome beer and tastings of the menu included with your entry.
Hashtag: #RiverOfArt

Premiere Sponsor: Spectrum Miami
Partners: Fabulous Miami – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – Catalyst Miami – InTheLoop305 – Arts & Business Council – Bakehouse Art Complex – Association of Fundraising Professionals – Social Media Club South Florida – The New Tropic
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

META 4: Endurance 5/31/15

META 4: Endurance
Sunday, 05/31/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
META-MAY-flyer-updated-SMLThe ARC
675 Ali Baba Ave.,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

In honor of Haitian Heritage Month, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC), is hosting META 4: Endurance, a film and visual arts exhibition at the Arts and Recreation Center (ARC) in Opa-locka. The Endurance exhibition celebrates Haiti’s remarkable contribution to humanity and features artists Asser Saint-Val, Guy Syllien, James Brutus and Nzingah Oniwosan in addition to filmmakers Dudley Alexis and Jason Fitzroy Jeffers. Those interested in attending should RSVP by: May 29, 2015.

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
More Info Link
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
Eventbrite Link
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
Eventbrite Link
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
Eventbrite Link
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