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October 2017

Copper Fest Celebrates Our Melting Pot

Irma put a damper on September, but the resilient Copper Fest is back on the calendar Wednesday, October 4, through Sunday, October 8, with most events at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terr.). The Copperbridge Foundation hosts this cross-cultural arts celebration with a lineup that includes group and solo art exhibitions; a full day of family fun at MOCA (770 NE 125th St., North Miami) with classes and workshops, followed by music from Agape with Nadia Harris, the Soul of Brass, and DJ Erick Paredes. And there’s more -- the Cuban modern dance company DanzAbierta performs Friday, October 6. For the complete schedule (most events are free; a few require an RSVP):


Ibero-American Cinemafest Turns Two

The second annual Ibero-American Film Festival features full-length films, shorts, documentaries, and animated and student films from Europe, the Americas, and Cuba. Colombian director and producer Sergio Cabrera serves as jury president. The festival takes place at Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center (2705 Southwest 3rd St.) and includes daytime events, as well as opening night Friday, October 6, followed by première night and awards night, Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. A tiered ticketing system, $25 to $300, is explained at


While You’re in the Neighborhood...

HistoryMiami offers a Petite Haiti Culture Walk on Saturday, October 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The tour sets off from the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (212 NE 59th Terr.), but not without a look through the center’s art galleries and Caribbean Marketplace. Participants also stop by Libreri Mapou Creole and French bookstore, the acknowledged heartbeat of the neighborhood. Don’t miss out on the area art and cooking. Members: $20, non-members: $30, children 12 and under: $10. Ticket includes admission to HistoryMiami Museum.


Aventura Hosts Foreign Film Series

The Aventura Foreign Film Series opens with the award-winning, darkly funny 2016 film The Teacher. Set in Czechoslovakia in 1983, a new schoolteacher comes to town who’s a poobah in the local Communist Party. But beneath her engaging demeanor beats a rapacious heart, and when she begins to leverage good grades for parental odd jobs and other “favors,” divisions erupt between those who will and those who won’t. The film screens Tuesday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.). Shelly Isaacs, founder of Café Cinematheque International, hosts. Tickets: $12 through or 877-311-7469.


Downtown Arts Days Is Looking Up

Let a little wind take the wind out of our sails? No way. Downtown Art Days has reset its calendar to run from Friday, October 13, through Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15. It’ll be brimming with events and activities, most of which are free. The Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD, at 100 NE 1st Ave.) serves as Art Days Hub. You can plan your days along themed tracks (e.g., exhibits, tours, talks, theater, films, music, indoor, outdoor, children’s, etc.); or cherry-pick from each day’s schedule. Whichever you prefer, details are a click away, as are venues, maps, apps, and more:


Project_305WallCastProject 305’s WallCast and the Music of Place

Don’t miss the New World Symphony’s Wallcast, with a subscription performance Saturday, October 21, in the concert hall that’s simulcast for free on the 7000-square-foot wall right outside in SoundScape Park, next to the New World Center (500 17th Street) in Miami Beach. The main work on the program is the première of Miami in Movements, a crowdsourced symphony-cum-video, with contributions from more than a thousand Miami-Dade residents who tried to capture the music of place. Composer Ted Hearne and filmmaker Jonathan David Kane are the lead artists on the work, born of a collaboration between the NWS and MIT Media Lab. Bring a picnic and arrive early for free tours of the center, exhibits, and performances by local artists. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.


Do_You_Love_the_MothDo You Love The Moth?

The Moth Radio Hour, that is -- the eerily intimate, heartbreaking, thigh-slapping, breathtaking hour of storytelling-on-a-theme that airs weekly on public radio? Now comes Miami GrandSLAM on Thursday, October 26, at 8:00 p.m. at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.), during which the winners of ten smaller Miami StorySLAMs compete before teams of judges selected from the audience. Judge for yourself whether you’ve emerged a Mothophile. Language and theme may be adult. Our notice says “champs tell tales of dog people versus cat people; fire versus ice; politic versus truth. Krispy Kreme versus tofu.”


This Cemetery May Hold Plot Twists

Historian Paul George has a working birthday Friday, October 27, leading both of HistoryMiami’s annual Ghosts of Miami City Cemetery Walking Tour. The first group departs, so to speak, at 5:30 p.m., and the second at 8:00 p.m. Miami City Cemetery (1800 NE 2nd Ave.) is the county’s oldest municipal cemetery; George will focus on early settlers and civic leaders, as well as the spooky endings that befell some of the site’s permanent residents. Park inside the cemetery front gate. For reservations and tickets (which include admission to HistoryMiami Museum): or 305-375-1492.


French with a Cuban Twist

Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz, the twin sisters of the musical duo Ibeyi, know music. Their father was the late Cuban conguero Angá Díaz, and their mother, Maya Dagnino, a French-Venezuelan singer. Classically trained, they sing in English, French, and Yoruba, and blend pop, hip-hop, electronic music, jazz, and soul with traditional instruments and Yoruba sounds. Ibeyi had their musical debut in 2015 and perform internationally, returning every year from Paris to Cuba. This fall, thanks to the Rhythm Foundation, they return to Miami as well, taking the stage Saturday, October 28, at 8:00 p.m. at the North Beach Bandshell (7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets: $30. or 305-672-5202.


Flamenco_Legends_Paco_de_Lucia_ProjectFlamenco Legends: Paco de Lucía Project

Flamenco guitar legend and Spain’s gift to the world, the late Paco de Lucía experimented often with the genre that brought him fame, and worked with jazz artists and classical arrangers as well. Javier Limón, a longtime record producer and collaborator of de Lucía’s (and winner of ten Latin Grammys himself), has brought together the musicians who toured with de Lucía in the final decade his career. They’ll perform one night only, Sunday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m., again courtesy of the Rhythm Foundation, at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St.). Tickets: $37, $47, and $57.


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