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Multiple screenings September 1 - 4, 2016
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
Alfonso is an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his son, who is gravely ill. He rediscovers his old house, where the woman who was once his wife still lives, with his daughter-in-law and grandson. The landscape that awaits him resembles a wasteland. Vast sugar cane plantations surround the house, producing perpetual clouds of ash. 17 years after abandoning them, Alfonso tries to fit back in and save his family. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

A Tale of Love and Darkness
Multiple screenings September 2 - 8, 2016
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
A Tale of Love and Darkness is based on the memories of Amos Oz, growing up in Jerusalem in the years before Israeli statehood with Arieh, his academic father and Fania, his dreamy, imaginative mother. They were one of many Jewish families who moved to Palestine from Europe during the 1930s and 40s to escape persecution. 

Multiple Screenings September 2 - 29, 2016
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (Viggo Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.

International Ballet Festival Film Series: PINA in 3D
Saturday, September 3, 7:00 p.m.
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
Special 3D Screening for International Ballet Festival! The boundless imagination and physical marvels of the work of the German modern-dance pioneer Pina Bausch leap off the screen in this exuberant tribute by Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire). A long-planned film collaboration between the director and the choreographer was in preproduction when Bausch died in 2009. Two years later, Wenders decided to go ahead with the project, reconceiving it as an homage to his late friend. The result, shot in stunning 3D, is a remarkable visual experience and a vivid representation of Bausch's art, enacted by a group of staggeringly talented dancers from her company, the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Pina is an adventurous work of cinema that highlights the bold legacy of one of the world's true creative visionaries.

International Ballet Festival Film Series: DANCER
Sunday, September 4, 7:00 p.m.
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
Ukrainian-born "bad boy of ballet" Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later - at the height of his success - he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely. Steven Cantor's Dancer tracks the life of this iconoclastic virtuoso, from his prodigal beginnings in the Ukraine to his awe-inspiring performances in the U.K., Russia, and eventually the U.S., where he went viral after David LaChapelle filmed him dancing to Hozier's "Take Me to Church." Yet beyond celebrating the raw talent and wild ambition of Polunin, whose sights are now set on Hollywood, Dancer considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity.

The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare's Globe
Sunday, September 4, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 p.m.
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatizes the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, justice and mercy, while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theatre.

Multiple Screenings September 9 - 22, 2016
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her beloved mother's illness progresses, and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant. Characteristically self-reflexive and autobiographical, Moretti's latest speaks to the poignancy of human transience, how we process loss and how we gain strength through humor. (In Italian and English with English subtitles)

Caesar and Cleopatra: Stratford Festival
Sunday, September 11, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m.
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA is a witty and seductive comedy about the relationship between a veteran Roman political strategist and an enchanting Egyptian teenage queen.

Thursday, September 15, 6:30 p.m.
The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Drive
The movie is a collage of narratives and photographs of Auschwitz survivors who were tattooed during their incarceration. After the film participate in a conversation with the grandchildren of a local Holocaust survivor to learn about their own connection to the number tattoo.

Saturday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
In 1978, America's premier film critic David Thomson (The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies) livened up a Dartmouth College film class with an ingenious 2-screen projection of Vincente Minnelli's The Clock (1945) that simultaneously ruptures and enraptures the viewers take on Hollywood, Judy Garland, and all that is awe-inspring to us in the movies. A 16mm print was split into equal halves and played forwards and backwards at the same time in a side-by-side format, where the end meets the beginning in the middle. The visual-aural surprises play well today in the newly restored digital version produced by Bruce Posner in concert with The Department of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth College. 

Multiple screenings September 23 - 29, 2016
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux's animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags' oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence. (In French with English subtitles).

Ernest & Célestine: Family Film Series
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, September 25, 11:00 a.m.
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer - and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.

Saruday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
DANNY SAYS is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and "culture" of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. DANNY SAYS follows Fields from Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to "punk pioneer" and beyond. Danny's taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. DANNY SAYS is a story of marginal turning mainstream, avant-garde turning prophetic, as Fields looks to the next generation.

Richard II: Shakespeare's Globe
Sunday, September 25, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 p.m.
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
A unique opportunity to see Richard II and other summer season productions transported to our beautiful indoor candlelit Playhouse. Experience these exciting productions in this intimate setting. Dazzlingly eloquent and ceremonious, Richard II invests a weak and self-dramatising man with tragic status and represents Shakespeare's most searching exploration of the meaning of kingship and the rising powers that can destroy it.

Hyperstition FREE
Thursday, September 29, 7:30 p.m.
ArtCenter/South Florida, 924 Lincoln Road
Hyperstition film screening and conversation with theorist Armen Avanessian.


Afro Roots World Music Festival: Chicago Afrobeat Project, Aurelio Martinez
Saturday, September 3, 5:00 p.m.
North Beach Band Shell, 7275 Collins Avenue
This line-up is a treat for world music lovers! The Chicago Afrobeat Project was one of the first nationally touring US-based Afrobeat bands, and the 8-member band continues to set the standard for Fela's beloved rhythm. The schedule also includes Garifuna bandleader Aurelio Martinez, one of the hottest world music bands touring today. Opening sets by DJ Moses, and Miami-based latin funk group Uma Galera. The show also includes food and drink vendors, crafts and other special activities. Advance Tickets $15+

XXI International Ballet Festival of Miami
Saturday, September 3, 8:00 p.m.
Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road
A powerful cutting edge performance of South American Contemporary ballet companies from Colombia, Chile & Venezuela never before seen in the US, and a Miami company. XXI International Ballet Festival of Miami 2016 will present: For the first time in Miami Ballet Nacional Chileno (Chile). Presenting two original works created by their director and Choreographer Mathieu Guilhaumon Ballet Folklorico de Atioquia (Colombia). With the original contemporary work "Naciste Vos" a tribute to Gardel and the Tango influence in Colombia Compania Dramo (Venezuela). Original work created for the Festival based on Verdi's 'La Traviata" Dance Town (Miami). The Festival wants to showcase the talent of the upcoming stars born and raised in our city of Miami.

Escribe Aquí 2016 Festival Kick Off FREE
Wednesday, September 14, 7:00 p.m.
The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Drive
The Betsy - South Beach kicks off its 2016 Escribe Aquí Festival with a night of celebration! Featuring a new exhibition by Ricardo Cavolo in B Bar, Keynote Author Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, and local authors Carlos Pintado and Patricia Engel. Performances by Peter London Dance Company and jazz vocalist Roxana Ahmed. The Betsy's weekly (mostly jazz) Live Music continues after the event, in the Betsy Lobby from 10pm to 11pm. Free and open to the community.  ESCRIBE AQUÍ: Escribe Aquí is an annual festival that honors the diversity of writing in various languages by hosting authors across cultures and languages for events and residency in The Writer's Room.  They convene to salute their own diversity; thereby transcending the notions of a dominant society that mistakenly perceives them as having 'one' voice. 

20th Brazilian Film Festival
September 17 - 24, 2016
Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 Street
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road
Festival Circuit celebrates 20 years of Brazilian culture and films in the international market kicking off on September 17 with the US premiere of Enchanted (2014), Tizuka Yamasaki's love story centered in the mythical world of the Caruanas, at New World Symphony - SoundScape Park. Director Yamasaki will attend along with film main subject, tribe's medicine woman "Pajé Zeneida", who will be giving her blessing on this magic night. The Festival continues from September 18 to 20 at Miami Beach Cinematheque with two programs: Special Documentaries and the Brazilian Female Film Directors' Screenings, the latter with a focus on women's achievements in the audiovisual generating debates on women equality in contemporary society. The Competitive screenings will be hosted once again by the wonderful art deco-style Colony Theatre from September 21 to 24. Films in competition are premieres in Miami and represent a diverse panorama of the latest Brazilian productions. The Crystal Lens Award will be given to the best feature film voted by audience at the Festival’s closing night.

Miami Fashion Film Festival
Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
Miami Fashion Film Festival "SHORTS" Screening. Offering a close and colorful look at the creative and fast-paced world of the fashion industry, the 4th Annual Miami Fashion Film Festival celebrates the films and filmmakers that creatively examine the art, culture, and business of fashion, both locally and internationally. The 29-featured films include narratives, experimental shorts, artistic in scope, by brands and filmmakers who use their expressive lens to showcase the art of fashion and filmmaking.

Food Truck Music Fest FREE
Wednesday, September 28, 5:00 p.m.
North Beach Band Shell, 7275 Collins Avenue
The popular Food Truck Festival will feature a selection of dining treats along Ocean Terrace. Inside the Bandshell, meet some artisan craft vendors and other fun activities. Dinner and a show! This month we have Miami-based Gummdrops bands Korea and Hunters of the Alps!


Book Club: Tender Is the Night FREE
Friday, September 2, 7:00 p.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
Take a mental journey to the French Riviera with the Wolfsonian Book Club as we share our takes on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1934 tragic romance about the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. Free for members and first-time participants // Join or RSVP by emailing

MiMo on the Beach Walking Tour
Saturday, September 3, 9:30 a.m.
SE corner of 73 Street and Collins Avenue
Want to learn more about Miami Modern architecture? The Miami Design Preservation League has joined forces with North Beach Development Corporation to bring you this ninety-minute guided walking tour. You’ll learn how to identify the many unique traits of MiMo architecture by visiting a number of different public and private buildings. Payment by cash or check ($25.00) will be taken at the start of the tour. MDPL members may participate at no charge.

Discovering Design Family Day: Building Blocks FREE
Saturday, September 3, 1:00 p.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to build your own city? Team up with artist Alex Zastera and explore the depths of urban planning by building a room-sized city with recycled materials.  Free for children and accompanying adults // RSVP here.

NWS Guided Tours
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, September 6 - 30, 2016
New World Center, 500 17 Street
In-person docent-led tours of the New World Center are offered regularly. Docent-led tours are the perfect way to experience Frank Gehry's only Florida commission, a cornerstone of artistic activity at the intersection of architecture and music. Tours are limited to the first 20 patrons for $5 per person, and reservations are required. All tours begin in the atrium, and last approximately 30-45 minutes. Group tours for groups of 10-50 may be scheduled in advance. Private group tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance due to scheduling and program considerations. Group tours are offered at a fee of $10 per person. Additional information may be obtained by emailing

Resident Night FREE
Wednesday, September 7, 7:00 p.m.
ArtCenter South Florida, 924 Lincoln Road
Held every first Wednesday of the month, invites visitors to wander throughout the building, exchange with our artists in their studios and view our current exhibitions.

Book Talk: A Story of Early Hollywood
Wednesday, September 7, 7:00 p.m.
Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Avenue
Susan Fox Rosellini, the great-granddaughter of William Fox, presents a fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes workings of early Hollywood and the power plays that led to the downfall of one of Tinsel-Town's brilliant pioneers and founder of Fox Films which evolved into 20th Century Fox. The story of Fox's rise and fall is an eye-opening look at the cutthroat dealings of everyone from Fox's close business associates to the telephone companies who worked together to force the founder of Fox Films out of his own company. Members receive a signed book from the author! $5 JMOF-FIU Members; $10 Non-Members

Shakespeare in Miami - A Breakfast Arts Salon FREE
Wednesday, September 7, 9:00 a.m.
The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Drive
Shakespeare's In Miami! The Betsy Writer's Room welcomes James Sutton, Ph.D., Associate Professor for the Department of English at FIU for a Breakfast Arts Salon. Dr. James Sutton holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies from Yale University.  As a professor at Florida International University, Dr. Sutton teaches Renaissance English literature - Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Wednesday, September 7, 7:00 p.m.
Art Deco Museum, 1001 Ocean Drive
Join the Miami Design Preservation League for the opening of their Fall Art Exhibits at the Art Deco Museum featuring world famous artist Cheyco Leidmann and the 2016 Official Art Deco Poster Artist, Sergey Serebrennikov. Enjoy the art, meet the artists and mingle with other guests! Refreshments will be served.

Jewish Food Walking Tour
Thursday, September 8, 11:00 a.m.
Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Avenue
Learn the history of the SoFi neighborhood and the staple Jewish-owned restaurants in the area past and present, and taste samples of foods from Jewish restaurants. This Walking Food Tour is a fun adventure for locals and visitors alike - and your taste buds will thank you! Advance reservations are required. 20 people max per tour. No refunds. Tours go on, rain or shine. The Jewish Food Walking Tour will last approximately 2-3 hours. Tour distance is approximately 2 miles. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing! Cost: Museum members $36; Non-members $46 - includes museum admission and exhibit tour.

Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour
Saturday, September 10, 11:00 a.m.
Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive
The Miami Design Preservation League has joined forces with the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring you this ninety-minute guided walking tour on the second Saturday of each month. Tour departs from MDPL's Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive at 10th Street. Reservations are not required. Tickets are $20. MDPL and MDGLCC members may participate at no charge.

Deborah Levitt: Animation and the Medium of Life FREE
Thursday, September 22, 7:30 p.m.
ArtCenter/South Florida, 924 Lincoln Road
ArtCenter/South Florida is pleased to present Deborah Levitt: Animation and the Medium of Life in conjunction with the exhibition An Image. Her talk will address our contemporary image ecology through what she calls the age of the animatic apparatus. The animatic apparatus marks the emergence of animation as the dominant medium of our time coinciding with developments in the biological sciences that open possibilities for producing living beings.

Think and Drink: Fascism, Communism, and Cocktails (oh my!) FREE
Friday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
Terms like "fascism" and "communism" are oft-heard, but what do they really mean? Not to brag, but The Wolf knows a thing or two about 20th-century politics, and we're here to set the record straight. Join a Wolfsonian curator and an outside expert to tour the collection, grab a drink, and get to the bottom of the -isms. Free and open to the public.

(Human) Learning Reading Group (Part 1 of 3) FREE
Saturday September 24, 11:00 a.m.
ArtCenter/South Florida, 24 Lincoln Road

Sketching in the Galleries FREE
Friday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
Seeking a creative outlet? Come sketch at The Wolfsonian! We will provide drawing materials, gallery stools, and professional instruction to participants of all ages and skill levels. Instruction in English and Spanish. Free and open to the public. Space is limited; materials provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday Evening Guided Tours FREE
Weekly on Fridays, 6:00 p.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
Learn more about The Wolfsonian collection and related art and design themes during a 45-minute, free guided tour of the permanent collection or temporary exhibitions.

Guided, Private and Self-Guided Tours of the Art Deco Historic District

Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive
All tours take approximately 90 minutes. Prices vary.