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MDC’s Koubek Center Offers a Myriad of Cultural Events and Classes


Miami, February 5, 2013 - A historic and cultural landmark, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Koubek Center is swiftly becoming a locus for the exploration and celebration of art, theater, readings, live performance, writing classes, and more. Don’t miss this month’s fantastic events and classes, starting Friday, Feb. 8!

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, author Reinaldo García Ramos presents his most recent book, Rondas y presagios, published by Editorial Silueta (2012). He will be accompanied by writer Juan Carlos Valls and editor Rodolfo Martínez Sotomayor, in the BookCorner bookstore. Free admission.

In the ArtSpace gallery, the Koubek Center presents the opening of Miami Visually Speaking exhibition at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. The exhibition and book presentation by Venezuelan photographer, Kiko Ricote, visually shows the richness of Miami and surrounding areas through 200 carefully selected photographs out of 14,000 shots taken over the course of two years. The exhibit is free and runs through Mar. 3.

In addition, inaugural classes will run from Feb. 12 – May 3 at the Koubek Center’s School of Traditions, a space dedicated to the study of different Iberoamerican artistic expressions offering a wide range of activities, from folk dances to singing with Mariachi music workshops. The cost for each 12-week course is $180 or a 3-course package for $400. A complete list of classes is available at

Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Koubek Center will kick off its Prometeitos after school theatre program in Spanish for children ages six to nine. Participants discover the world of acting using song and dance, while improving their Spanish language skills. The program will be available every Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 to 5:30 pm through May 16. The cost is $260 for the entire 14-week program. 

A variety of workshops in Spanish on writing, publishing and blogging will also begin on Saturday, Feb. 9. They include:

Create, Manage and Distribute a Blog

Saturdays, Feb. 9, 16 & 23, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Cost: $160

A workshop to create, manage and maintain a blog without losing enthusiam, from the platforms of Blogger & Wordpress led by Ivette Leyva  Martínez, with a master’s in journalism from City University in London. She has been a contributor to Reuters, Yahoo!, MTV & MSN, and is the founder of 

From Blog to Book and Electronic Publishing

Saturdays, March 2, 9 & 16, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Cost $160

This is a technical workshop, focusing on how to prepare newspapers, magazines, and books in print form using new techniques, as well as their equivalent on the web. This workshop also includes the production and distribution of eBooks in its different formats and basic knowledge of marketing on the internet through the creation of webpages and databases. Instructor Modesto Arocha is an electronics engineer-turned-publisher and founder of Alexandria Library, Miami publishing company founded in 1995.

How to write for the web

Saturdays, April 6, 13 & 20, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Cost $160

This workshop looks at the revolution that writing stirred online. Also, it will show how to determine the terms unsuitable for writing on the internet and the ones used frequently due to their nature in clarity and speed. Instructor Alberto Muller earned a degree from St. Thomas University in international studies. He has published seven books and was a columnist for Diario Las Américas for more than 21 years. In addition, he teaches ethics and journalism law and is the director of the webpage Para leer si queda tiempo. (There is always time to read).

The ABCs of writing

Saturdays April 27, May 4 & 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Cost $160

Debate and exercises centered on what to keep in mind in order to achieve a good writing style and what would prevent the writer from obtain it. Instructor Adela Junco, linguist, translator, and columnist, graduated from the Pedagogic Superior Institute in Cuba. She worked for press agencies such as UPI & Reuters, as well as for El Nuevo Herald and has taught Spanish and German for more than 30 years in Cuba, Germany & Miami.

Cost to register for all four Spanish workshops is $550. Ask about early registration discounts.  

 MDC’s Koubek Center is located at 2705 S.W. Third St. Valet parking available for $5.


For more information, please call 305-237-7750, or visit

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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