September 2016, Volume 20, Number 4


The Home of Culture

Through its numerous arts organizations and endeavors, Miami Dade College’s impact extends far beyond its role as the largest institution of higher education in the region and nation.

As it does each year, MDC will bring rich cultural experiences within reach of the entire South Florida community this fall, presenting a plethora of innovative, thought-provoking works by top artists, authors, dancers and musicians through its long-standing arts organizations, including Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, MDC Live Arts and MDC Museum and Galleries of Art + Design.

Don’t miss a moment of the excitement! Plan your fall arts itinerary around our seasonal calendar.

Miami Film Festival

GEMS 2016
Oct. 13-16, 2016

The 10-day cinematic smorgasbord that occurs each spring is still weeks away, but MDC’s Miami Film Festival throws hungry film lovers a bone in October with GEMS, a curated, four-day mini-festival at the College’s historic Tower Theater. Audiences will get a glimpse of new movies that are likely to dominate the awards season, allowing them to recharge with enough film fest energy to carry on through the long winter months that stand between them and the main event set for March 3-12, 2017. For more details, including ticket information, visit or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

Miami Book Fair
Nov. 13-20, 2016

Miami Book Fair celebrates its 33rd edition this fall, bringing top authors and book sellers to the heart of Downtown Miami. Each year, hundreds of thousands of book lovers attend the Fair’s myriad of literary events and author encounters and mill the Street Fair in search of new books to devour.

New to this year’s Miami Book Fair is ReadCaribbean, highlighting the region’s authors and topics at the heart of the Caribbean experience. Foodies will love The Kitchen, going big this year as an outdoor kitchen stadium featuring cooking demos by top chefs along with  culinary discussions for foodies. As always, the popular Evenings With, IberoAmerican Authors and Generation Genius programs will boast the best and most read authors of our time. For more information on the Fair, seet

MDC Live Arts

Oct. 14-15, 2016
Nora Chipaumire

MDC Live Arts performing arts series kicks off another vibrant season with Bessie Award-winning dancer-choreographer Nora Chipaumire. The former Urban Bush Women star examines race and gender through a colonial lens in a dance-struggle in a boxing ring with Senegalese dancer Ibrahima Ndiayeare, a fight against prejudice and the weight of history.

Nov. 4, 2016

Flamenco guitarist José Fernández Torres, better known as “Tomatito,” joins forces with electric dancer José Maya for what promises to be a spell-binding performance at the Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami.

Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2016
Steve Parker’s Traffic Jam

Instruments and vehicles make music as one in this quirky, free and interactive performance that explores composition and improvisation from an unconventional vantage point.

For tickets to MDC Live Arts events, visit

MDC Museum and Galleries of Art + Design

Sept. 8-Nov. 3
Ceramic League of Miami 66th Annual Members Exhibition

This exhibition at Kendall Gallery includes works by members of the Ceramic League of Miami, including pieces from archives and a special section highlighting works by Lisa Orr.

Sept. 12-Oct. 21
Silent Spaces/Lugares Mudos

The images of Nicaraguan-born photographer German Ruíz on display at Homestead Art Space depict sites in South Florida in a visual language that meanders between heightened reality and a somber dreamlike state. In his words, “ordinary settings become solemn narratives that we’ve seen but barely recognize.”

Sept. 21-Dec. 9
New Tapestries/Nuevos Tapices: Works by Raimundo Travieso

A thread runs (quite literally) through the works of Cuban-born artist Raimundo Travieso, whose tapestries on view at Hialeah Gallery feature lines that appear organically drawn rather than laboriously woven.

Sept. 21-Dec. 9
Paramo: Works by Ricardo Cardenas

Curated by Silvia Medina and presented at West Gallery in collaboration with Contemporary Art Projects USA, this sculptural exhibition of works by Ricardo Cardenas brings together elements of cubism, abstraction and figuration to convey his renditions of daily life and people.

Oct. 8, 2016-April 30, 2017
CINTAS Foundation Fellowship Finalists Exhibition

This exhibition will feature works by finalists of the CINTAS-Knight Fellowship in Visual Arts. The MDC Museum of Art + Design is home to the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection and facilitates the annual competition and exhibition recognizing artists of Cuban lineage.

For gallery hours, call 305-237-7700.

— MR

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