Viernes Cultural/Cultural Friday 1/27/12

Fri., January 27, 2012, from 7 to 11 pm
Viernes Cultural/Cultural Friday
SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) between 13th and 17th Avenues

Miami’s best arts and music festival on the last Friday of every month

Domino Plaza, at SW 15th Ave & 8th St.
Join us in celebrating the first Viernes Cultural/Cultural Friday of 2012! Little Havana’s popular art and culture festival is a great event for the whole family. Enjoy music and discover works by local artists and artisans in and around our iconic Domino Plaza on SW 8th Street and SW 15th Avenue, and behold contemporary and historic artworks at our many fine art galleries along Calle Ocho. Finish off your fabulous Friday night by savoring a delicious dinner at one of our various restaurants, boasting cuisine from all over the world. Come dance, eat, shop and enjoy a delightful evening in Little Havana!

Walking Tour of Little Havana
Legendary local historian Dr. Paul George leads a walking tour of Little Havana each month. Learn the fascinating details about Little Havana’s history, people and places.
This month’s tour will focus on Historic Shenandoah neighborhood. This special tour is educational, interesting and absolutely free. Learn of when Calle Ocho was a dirt road known in some parts as Orange Gable Road. See the site of historic Blecher Homestead and the historic brigade 2506 museum, among other fascinating landmarks.
Where: Meet in front of the Tower Theater (1508 SW 8th St.)
When: 7 pm
Cost: FREE

Daniella Viotti
The Living Statue Performer, has been mesmerizing crowds at Viernes Culturales for many years. Daniela is a statue and award winning sculptor. She loves performing as a Living Statue at Viernes Culturales and giving so much positive energy to all that stop and pose with her!

Film at the Tower Theater
To all cinema lovers: We would like to invite you to discover one of Miami’s best-kept secrets, the historic Tower Theater. Enjoy top-quality foreign or independent films, film premiers, and even an art exhibition. To top it off, screenings have English (or Spanish) subtitles and prices are just $8 for general public and $7 for students and seniors! Can it get any better than this?

Viernes Culturales Presents
Penner Studio Opening Reception
Friday, January 27 2012 7 pm – 10 pm
Futurama Building, 1637 Calle 8, Miami FL 33135
Live Jazz Band
Growing up in South Florida has influenced Katey Penner’s artistic style. The exciting collision of culture, color, and customs has converged into art to create canvases which express these diverse elements. Using a palette knife and a wide array of acrylic paint colors, Katey creates pieces that resonate with passion and life. It is her desire to bring a unique sense of color, imagination, and perspective to each waiting canvas.

Agustin Gainza Fine Art – Exhibition of works by Agustin Gainza
Cremata Gallery – Exhibition of works by various artists
Havana Nostra – Exhibition of works by various artists
Malagon Gallery – Exhibition of work by William Malagon
Marta G. Ismail Fine Art – Exhibition of works by Marta G. Ismail
Maxoly /Latin Art Core – Exhibition of works by Cuban Masters
Mildrey Guillot Fine Art -Exhibition of works by Mildrey Guillot
Molina Fine Art – Exhibition of works by Luis Molina
Natalie Nauta Gallery – Exhibition of works by Natalie Nauta
Obrapia Fine Art Restoration & Framing – Exhibition works by various artists
Pance Art Gallery – Exhibition of works of Cindy Pance
Penner Studios – Exhibition of works by Katey Penner
Unzueta Fine Art – Exhibition of works by Ramon Unzueta

2B Asian Bristo – Alfaro’s – Azucar Ice Cream – Casa Panza Cafe – Cuba Ocho – Domino’s Pizza – El Cristo Restaurant & Cafeteria – El Pub – El Exquisito Restaurant – I Love Calle Ocho – Kamazoo – Little Havana to Go – Salsa Art Dance Studio – McDonald’s Restaurant – Oriental Restaurant – Pizza Hut – Catharsis Restaurant – Subway – Tower Theater – Tutti Frutti Ice Cream

Art District Cigars – Cuban Cigar, Co. – Cuba Tobacco Cigar, Co. –
Little Havana Cigar Factory – Top Cigars

We’re happy to announce the recent launch of — the most comprehensive, updated guide to Little Havana you can find online, and free! It has more than 100 multimedia articles and mini-guides on what to do, where to go and how to explore the neighborhood. Most articles in the Discover section are like mini-guides, with topics including cuisine (Cuban, Central American, Spanish, seafood, bakeries and lots more), cigar buying, cigar stores and factories, theaters, clubs, galleries, botanicas, parks, events and much more. There are also glossaries to help you learn about Latin music and dance, tropical juices, tropical fruits and vegies, etc.

A Visit & Stay section shares advice on how to get to the neighborhood (by car, bike, public transit, etc.), where to stay, local tours, and tips for prospective residents. The Cafecito talk section has testimonials from neighborhood fans, photo and video galleries, a link to the site’s discussion board, facts and tips, and fun content like “You Know You Are From Little Havana When …” We like the Engage section, too: It shows you how to get involved in the neighborhood by volunteering, reducing litter, patronizing small businesses, etc.

Join us in welcoming our newest sponsor, UnitedHealthCare to Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays. Stop by their booth, located just East of the Tower Theater, at the entrance of Domino Plaza for lots of helpful information on their organization.
Thank you to Coca-Cola Refreshments for providing this month’s entertainment.
Dozens of NEW local artists and artisans (including local authors) selling their wares in our outdoor Arts Fair
Restaurants & bars featuring Cuban, Thai/Sushi, Chinese, Spanish and Mexican cuisine
Traditional fruteria at 13th Ave. & SW 8th St.
Beautiful art galleries & artist studios open for you to explore (some featuring live music)
Live music (and dance) in many of our local venues: flamenco, traditional Cuban music, Afro-Cuban rumba, more!
Unique stores selling locally made cigars (cigars rolled in person), Latin music CDs, gifts, guayaberas and more!

Viernes Culturales is made possible with the support of our sponsors the James L. Knight Foundation, 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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