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Music Icon Iggy Pop Joins 19th Annual Arts and Letters Day Event at MDC Kendall Campus April 5-6


Rock-and-roll icon Iggy Pop will be the keynote speaker at MDC's Annual Arts and Letters Day on April 5-6

Miami, March 21, 2011 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus will once again celebrate its talented faculty and students at Chaos, Conflict and Controversy, the campus’ 19th Annual Arts and Letters Day, being held April 5-6, 2011. This year, rock-and-roll icon Iggy Pop, known for his influential contributions to punk rock, hard rock, and other styles of rock music, will be the event’s keynote speaker.

An edgy and intellectual figure, Pop will discuss his life and career with a question-and-answer period to follow. College officials don’t expect the music icon to dive off the stage and into the audience. Other activities during Arts and Letters Day will include a music business workshop, performances by musicians, dancers, and poets, author discussions, a story contest with kid judges, a fashion show, and much more.

Arts and Letters Day was created to foster artistic expression and to take learning beyond the classroom experience. 

All activities will be held at MDC’s Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104 St., and are free and open to the public.    

For more information, contact Professor Marta Magellan at or visit 

The complete Arts and Letters Day Calendar of Events is as follows: 

Tuesday, April 5
10 – 11 a.m.
The Business of Music
Jeremy Harding, renowned artist, manager and producer, answers questions concerning the rewards and conflicts of the music business. Beat Café, Room K-413. 

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Now What? Chaos and Controversy in the Visual Arts
A panel of visual arts professionals discusses how experiences with chaos, controversy and conflict have shaped their productive international careers. Tony Chirinos, a photographer and professor, has exhibited his photographs in Miami, New York, California and Colombia. Rosie Gordon-Wallace, an arts administrator, curator and consultant specializing in contemporary art of the Americas, Caribbean, Africa and Asia, founded Diaspora Vibe Gallery and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator in Miami. Asser Saint-Val has exhibited his paintings in Miami, Puerto Rico, Haiti and Grenada. Mette Tommerup, an assistant professor of painting at Florida International University has exhibited her art in Miami, New York, Copenhagen, Berlin and London. Facilitated by Elisa Turner. Beat Café, Room K-413. 

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Last Lecture Series
Both before and after receiving his doctorate in musicology, Eugene Greco’s life was filled with the arts, from church organist at the age of 12, to studying Gregorian chants with monks in France, to chorister and choir director at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, as well as many more prestigious engagements. He is fluent in French, German, Italian and Latin and is working on Spanish. He travels regularly, particularly to Italy, and is an accomplished Italian cook and a silent partner in an Italian restaurant. He will present the lecture he would give if it were to be his last before retirement. McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120

2:05 – 2:45 p.m.
From Chaos to Success: How to Win Scholarships
Michael J. Gross and his family were impoverished, living in a basement in New Jersey. By knowing exactly how to find scholarships (and do well in school), he has received a free education from some of the most prestigious colleges in the nation. He will pass on his technique in this informative lecture. Beat Café, Room K-413 

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Kids’ Choice Fairy Tales and Fantasies
Bring your children (ages 5-12) to this story contest where the kids do the judging. Original stories by MDC students. Readers include The Good Witch of the South (Michael Vensel), The Evil Stepmother (Sylvia Orozco), Little Red Riding Hood (Monica Macklin), and Snow White (Nancy Yi Ortiz). Master of Ceremonies Princess Tiana (Rita Fernández-Sterling). Directed by Mary Poppins (Marta Magellan, children’s literature professor). Conference Center, Second Floor, Room K-422 

6 – 9 p.m.
Re Fashion Show
Interior Design Student Club, Y.E.S - Youth for Environmental Sustainability, professor of architecture and interior design Marcia Lopes de Mello, and Earth Ethics Institute Program coordinator Kimberly Blanco invite you to attend the Re-Fashion Show. Students will present original garments designed with recycled materials to bring sustainability awareness to our community. On the grassy area east of Building M

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Legendary Sax Man Arthur Barron
MDC’s Kendall Campus Honors Jazz Band under the direction of Jim Broderick performs, featuring Arthur Barron, jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer, bandleader, recording artist, music educator and a seasoned musician with a sound of his own. Influenced by both hard-bop and rhythm and blues, he is known for his passionate playing, powerful technique and eclectic flare for musical styles. Concert and interactive discussion on “The Art of Improvisation and Ideas.” Beat Café, Room K-413 - The Beat Café is in Room K-413 in the Conference Center.

Wednesday, April 6
8 – 8:20 a.m.
Contra Tempo
Mother and daughter writers Carolina Hospital and Nicole Hospital-Medina reprise their poetic duet. Beat Café, Room K-413

The Kendall Campus Hunt Begins!
The Kendall Hunt is a scavenger-hunt-type puzzle based this year on the novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. A great first prize will be awarded to the winner. Pick up your program and the list of clues at the Beat Café. Louis Molina, the Hunt’s creator, will offer extra tips on how to win. The list of clues will be available all morning until noon, or until they run out. Beat Café, Room K-413 

9 – 9:50 a.m.
The Music of Mandolin Maestro Bill Walach
Back by popular demand, Bill Walach, musician extraordinaire, weaves together diverse musical styles with Fernando Subirats. Come see why they were such a hit with the audience last year. Beat Café, Room K-413 

9 – 11 a.m.
Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival
Attention all art lovers! The Visual Arts Organization and art professor Alberto Meza invite you to bring your creative selves to work on your own masterpiece in Fred Shaw Plaza, with free chalk provided, and great prizes in juried categories. Sponsored by VASO. Fred Shaw Plaza, located west of Building 9 

10 a.m. – Noon
Folk Art Fair: Arts and Crafts for Sale
Take a stroll and look around at handmade jewelry and other arts and crafts. Coordinated by Christine Robinson. Under the breezeway in front of the Kendall Koffee Shop 

10 – 10:20 a.m.
Howling at the Animals That Roam Beyond Our Lives: What Makes a Poem a Poem?
Michael Hettich will illuminate both what poetry means and why the practice of poetry can enrich our spiritual, emotional and intellectual lives. He has published a dozen books of poetry, including Flock and Shadow: New and Selected Poems, Swimmer Dreams, Like Happiness and The Animals Beyond Us. Recipient of two fellowships from The Florida Arts Council and The Tales Prize, his poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. Beat Café, Room K-413 

10 – 11 a.m.
Focus on Dance
Discover the new and innovative choreography by Michelle Grant Murray, coordinator of the Jubilation Dance Ensemble, which includes all Miami Dade College Kendall Campus dance majors. Room 6120, Auditorium

10:25 – 10:50 a.m.
Quality Quartet
The lively Commercial Music Department Faculty Ensemble performs jazz standards, featuring: Ed Calle, saxophone; Bill Kreitner, drums; Steve Quinzi, piano; and Richard Rose, bass. Beat Café, Room K-413

11 – 11:25 a.m.
The Fine Line Between Chaos and Creation: Beat Mythology
Michel de Benedictis, professor of contemporary literature, revisits the roots of postwar artistic expression, accompanied by bassist Richard Rose and drummer Bill Kreitner. Beat Café, Room K-413

11 – 11:50 a.m.
The Men’s Choir and the MDC Jazz Choir
Hear music meant for the human voice: The Men’s Choir, conducted by Eugene Greco, and the MDC Jazz choir, conducted by Tim Buchholz. Cafeteria Plaza

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.
Dixieland Strings
The uncle and nephew team of Marcus and Marc Magellan play Dixieland jazz on guitar and banjo. Mood elevating music guaranteed. Beat Café, Room K-413

Wednesday, April 6
Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Flash Mob
If you’ve never seen a flash mob outside of YouTube, here’s your chance to experience one. But don’t be late! It’ll come and go in a flash. Directed by Deborah Mello. Fred Shaw Plaza Patio Area

Noon – 1 p.m.
Iggy Pop – Explorations on the Edge
Edgy and intellectual, keynote speaker Iggy Pop remains a controversial and driving force in music, film and literature. He will discuss his life and career with a question-and-answer period to follow. Note: He will not be stage diving. McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120 

12:15 – 1 p.m.
The Controversial Side of Marketing
Should you spend $1,500 each year on bottled water? Is tap water as good as bottled water? Attend this panel discussion including Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department officials and then decide for yourself. Free gifts to first 50 attendees. Facilitated by Barbara Rosenthal of the Business Department. Beat Café, Room K-413

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Open Mike: Music and Spoken Word
André Henri directs this showcase of spontaneous talent. Bring your instruments and play your original composition or recite your spoken-word poem under the trees. Kendall Koffee House stage           

1:25 – 2:15 p.m.
Percolatin’ Jazz at the Koffee House
Listen to the award-winning Kendall Campus Jazz Band directed by Matt Bonelli with Down Under saxophonist Troy Roberts, guest artist. Stage at the Kendall Koffee House

1:25 – 2:15 p.m.
From Chaos to Structure: Writing Workshop with Story Mapping
National best-selling romance, magic and mystery author Annette Blair presents her “Story Mapping Workshop,” teaching writers how to create story structures for a mystery or romance using a fill-in-the-blanks format. Room 2208

1:25 – 1:40 p.m.
Latin Flair
Daysi Cecilia, award-winning musician and MDC student, performs her original music with a Latin flair. Beat Café, Room K-413 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Debate: World of Chaos
The Kendall Campus Debate Team will engage in a lively and maybe even controversial debate. Their premise: It is better to live in a world with chaos, conflict and controversy. Moderated by Bill Todd, advisor. McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Last Clue to the Kendall Hunt
This is it! Get your last clue and win an iPod. The Moondogs - Louis Molina, Richard Rose and Marc Magellan – will entertain. The winner will be announced on the stage. Beat Café, Room K-413

2:20 – 2:50 p.m.
Music Without Chaos
Steve Quinzi performs his own compositions, guaranteed not to be chaotic, controversial, or conflicting with any other show. Beat Café, K-413

3 – 3:45 p.m.
Second Chance Open Mike
Missed our earlier open mike? Bring your best poem, spoken word composition or musical number. Not a performer? Take a break and see what your fellow classmates are creating. Bring a copy of your work (maximum three poems or songs) to Master of Ceremonies Bryan Aguilar 10 minutes before starting time. Hosted by the Writing Center and the student staff of Miambiance magazine. Writing Center, Room 2207 

3 – 5:30 p.m.
Film Presentation
Presentation of La Grande Bouffe. After the movie, join cinema buffs Michel de Benedictis and Cary Ser for a discussion. Beat Café, Room K-413

Wednesday, April 6
4:15 – 5:05 p.m.
Romance and Mystery Novels: An Intimate Conversation with Annette Blair
In a cozy living-room setting, Annette Blair discusses the professional life of a writer. Conference Center, Second Floor, Room K-422

5:45 – 6:15 p.m.
Improvisation Workshop
Learn to improvise. All instruments, styles and abilities welcome. Have fun with some of Arts and Letters Day’s musical luminaries. Beat Café, Room K-413

6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Piano Plus
Piano music by students and faculty of Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. Coordinated by Wayne Bumpers. Beat Café, Room K-413

7 – 10 p.m.
Rehearsal and Talk Back
Join director Brad Beckman and the cast of The Front Page for a rehearsal, followed by cookies and coffee. This comedy helped create the modern stereotype of a reporter. Building M, Studio Theater in the Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts 

7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Closing Act: Miami City Brass
Miami City Brass represents some of the finest brass soloists in the region, featuring Brian Neal, trumpet; Jeffrey Kay, trumpet; Domingo Pagliuca, tenor trombone; and David Brubeck, bass trombone. They will interpret music from the key brass epochs. Beat Café, Room K-413

Thursday, April 7
6 – 9 p.m.
Opening Reception 43rd Annual Student Exhibition
Enjoy works by Kendall Campus students. Art Gallery, Room M-123

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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