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MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART
Multiple screenings May 1 - 4, 2016
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
www.mbcinema.com
Mainland master Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin) scales new heights with Mountains May Depart. At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, Jia's new film is an intensely moving study of how China's economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love. (In Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles)

Special Film Screening - Crescendo: The Power of Music
Sunday, May 1, 1:00 p.m.
New World Center, 500 17 Street
www.nws.edu
Since its inception in 1976, El Sistema, Venezuela's phenomenal youth orchestra program, has brought social transformation to several million disadvantaged children in that country. In addition to producing world class musicians like conductor Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema is now a rapidly expanding global movement, changing countless young lives worldwide. How will El Sistema work here in the USA? Our film is an in-depth, verité based look at three kids - two in West Philadelphia and one in New York City's Harlem - as they participate in a pair of Sistema-inspired youth orchestra programs. We watch as our kids struggle to master their instruments, confronting their fears along the way, and interacting with their talented, dedicated teachers. We witness the children evolving before our eyes. 

Royal Ballet: Giselle
Sunday, May 1, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
www.o-cinema.org
Giselle is the quintessential Romantic classic, a love affair that begins in the real world and continues beyond the grave. The ballet's title role also offers one of the great challenges of the ballet repertory, as Giselle transforms from an innocent peasant girl, duped into love, to a forgiving spirit who saves her lover from death.

Miles Ahead
Multiple Screenings May 1 - 5, 2016
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
www.o-cinema.org
Miles Davis was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Inspired by events in Miles Davis's life, Miles Ahead is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds-barred portrait of one of twentieth-century music's creative geniuses. Holed up in his Manhattan apartment, wracked with pain from a variety of ailments, sweating for the next check from his record company, and dodging sycophants and industry executives, Davis is haunted by memories of old glories, humiliations, and of his years with Frances Taylor, his great love.

Embrace of The Serpent
Multiple Screenings May 1 - 5, 2016
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
www.o-cinema.org
Tracking two parallel odysseys through the Amazon, this historical epic from the fiercely talented Colombia filmmaker Ciro Guerra offers ethno-botanical adventure, mysticism, and a heart-rending depiction of colonialism laying waste to indigenous culture. 

Purple Rain
Sunday, May 1, 8:30 p.m.
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
www.o-cinema.org
PURPLE RAIN is the semi-autobiographical tale of The Kid, a Minneapolis musician navigating the club scene while dealing with a romantic rival and a difficult family life. A massive hit upon release, it?s a showcase for Prince's otherworldly musical, visual and sartorial stylings, and introduced the world to the glory of "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," and of course, "Purple Rain."

SOUNDSCAPE CINEMA SERIES presented by CitiŽ: Ant-man FREE
Wednesday, May 4, 8:00 p.m.
Exostage @ Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 Street
www.mbculture.com
Enjoy free movies every Wednesday night! This week: Ant-Man (2015) Directed by Peyton Reed; with Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. The FREE SoundScape Cinema Series presented by CitiŽ encourages you to bring your blanket or beach chair and picnic! No glass please.

TALE OF TALES
Multiple screenings May 5 - May 15, 2016
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
www.mbcinema.com
Sea monsters, monarchs, ogres, and sorcerers: Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly star in this breathtaking Baroque fantasy from the visionary director of Gomorrah. Based on three spellbinding stories of magic and the macabre by 17th-century folklorist Giambattista Basile, Tale of Tales unleashes a barrage of mind-bogglingly gorgeous and fantastical imagery as it brings to life the (mis)adventures of three kings: in the kingdom of Darkwood, the King (Reilly) and his Queen (Hayek) attempt to conceive a child through very unusual means...Overflowing with surreal, dazzling surprises, this intoxicating cinematic spectacle is a delirious excursion into the dark heart of fairy tales. (In English)

Mommie Dearest
Saturday, May 7, 11:30 p.m.
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
www.o-cinema.org
The lavish, over-the-top MOMMIE DEAREST is the 1981 screen adaptation of Christina Crawford's best-selling memoir about growing up as the adopted daughter of iconic movie star Joan Crawford. The infamous book details Crawford's allegations of years of physical and mental abuse by her movie star mother. Faye Dunaway's performance in the film brought equal parts hosannas and derision by critics. Though the movie flopped with the mainstream public it was instantly enshrined as a camp classic and is revered by fans. 

Havana Nights Film Series: Week-End in Havana
Sunday, May 8, 5:00 p.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
The Wolfsonian-FIU and Miami Beach Cinematheque have partnered to bring you the best in art and film inspired by Cuba! Join us for an intimate guided tour of Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction at The Wolfsonian at 5pm, followed by a classic Cuba-themed film across the street at the Cinematheque at 6pm. Help us kick off the series with this 1941 Twentieth Century Fox musical romance focused on two couples: a vivacious entertainer and her womanizing, gambling-addicted manager, and a steamship company executive tasked with making sure a department store salesgirl thoroughly enjoys her vacation in Cuba. $11, $9* for students and seniors // Free for MBC and Wolfsonian members. *Optional tour of Promising Paradise at The Wolfsonian is included in the film admission price.

SOUNDSCAPE CINEMA SERIES presented by CitiŽ: Little Fockers FREE
Wednesday, May 11, 8:00 p.m.
Exostage @ Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 Street
www.mbculture.com
Enjoy free movies every Wednesday night! This week: Little Fockers (2010) Directed by Paul Weitz; with Ben Stiller, Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. The FREE SoundScape Cinema Series presented by CitiŽ encourages you to bring your blanket or beach chair and picnic! No glass please.

The Meddler
Opening May 13, 2016
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
www.o-cinema.org
With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. 

HIGH-RISE
Multiple screenings May 13 - 29, 2016
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
www.mbcinema.com
High-Rise stars Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building's eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Miller), his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Moss); and Mr. Royal (Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.

Bram Stoker's Dracula
Saturday, May 14, 11:30 p.m.
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
www.o-cinema.org
Based on Bram Stoker's classic 1897 novel, this film from Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter James Victor Hart offers a full-blooded portrait of the immortal Transylvanian vampire. The major departure from Stoker is one of motivation as Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) is motivated more by romance than by bloodlust. 

SOUNDSCAPE CINEMA SERIES presented by CitiŽ: Forrest Gump FREE
Wednesday, May 18, 8:00 p.m.
Exostage @ Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 Street
www.mbculture.com
Enjoy free movies every Wednesday night! This week: Forrest Gump (1994) Directed by Robert Zemeckis; with Tom Hanks and Robin Wright. The FREE SoundScape Cinema Series presented by CitiŽ encourages you to bring your blanket or beach chair and picnic! No glass please.

NO HOME MOVIE
Multiple screenings May 20 - 26, 2016
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
www.mbcinema.com
"At the center of Chantal Akerman's enormous body of work is her mother, a Holocaust survivor who married and raised a family in Brussels. In recent years, the filmmaker has explicitly depicted, in videos, books, and installation works, her mother's life and their own intense connection to each other. No Home Movie is a portrait by Akerman, the daughter, of Akerman, the mother, in the last years of her life. It is an extremely intimate film but also one of great formal precision and beauty, one of the rare works of art that is both personal and universal, and as much a masterpiece as her 1975 career-defining Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles." -New York Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center

Creepshow
Saturday, May 21, 11:30 p.m.
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
www.o-cinema.org
Two of the most venerable names in the horror field, author Stephen King and director George A. Romero, present this anthology of original twisted tales inspired by the E.C. horror comics of the 50's and 60's (themselves a more direct basis for the popular Tales from the Crypt TV series). The five stories are framed within the pages of a comic book which a boy's insensitive father has thrown in the garbage.

SOUNDSCAPE CINEMA SERIES presented by CitiŽ: Independence Day FREE
Wednesday, May 25, 8:00 p.m.
Exostage @ Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 Street
www.mbculture.com
Enjoy free movies every Wednesday night! This week: Independence Day (1996) Directed by Roland Emmerich; with Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum. The FREE SoundScape Cinema Series presented by CitiŽ encourages you to bring your blanket or beach chair and picnic! No glass please.

SUNSET SONG
Multiple screening May 27 - 31, 2016
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor
www.mbcinema.com
Sunset Song is Terence Davies' intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. A young woman's endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, told with gritty poetic realism by Britain's greatest living auteur. The film takes place during the early years of the twentieth century, with the conflicts and choices a young woman experiences reflecting the struggle between tradition and change; a struggle that continues to resonate today. Set in a rural community, Sunset Song is driven by the young heroine Chris and her intense passion for life, for the unsettling Ewan and for the unforgiving land. The film is at once epic in emotional scale and deeply romantic at its core, given power by Terence Davies' unflinching poetic realism.

Demons
Saturday, May 28, 11:30 p.m.
O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street
www.o-cinema.org
Italian horror auteur Dario Argento produced and co-wrote (with director Lamberto Bava) this gory, nightmarish horror film set almost entirely within the "Metropol," a huge, cathedral-like Berlin cinema showing an invitation-only screening of a rather lame slasher film. 

Havana Nights Film Series: A Lady Without Passport
Sunday, May 29, 5:00 p.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
Our celebration of classic Cuba-themed film continues! After an intimate guided tour of Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction at The Wolfsonian at 5pm, join us for the second installment of our film series across the street at Miami Beach Cinematheque at 6pm. In this 1950 film noir, a U.S. immigration agent goes undercover to infiltrate a human trafficking ring in Havana. There, he struggles with his sense of duty and feelings of love when he encounters a beautiful concentration camp survivor desperate to enter the United States. $11, $9* students and seniors // Free for MBC and Wolfsonian members. *Optional tour of Promising Paradise at The Wolfsonian is included in the film admission price.


FESTIVALS

MIAMI MUSEUM MONTH
May 2016
www.miamiandbeaches.com
During May, visitors and locals can take advantage of "Buy One, Get One Free admission," a "Join One Museum, See Them All" and other special offers at participating museums during Miami Museum Month. This is an incredible opportunity to museum hop and experience Greater Miami's uniquely diverse cultural scene. Don't miss out!

Jewish American Heritage Month
May 2016
Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Avenue
305.672.5044 www.jmof.fiu.edu
May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), a national commemoration of the contributions American Jews have made to the fabric of our nation's history, culture and society. Initiated by the Jewish Museum of Florida, with the effort led by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and enacted by the 109th Congress, President George Bush signed a resolution in 2006 that each May would be Jewish American Heritage Month. Each May, the President of the U.S. issues a Proclamation for JAHM. 

MiFo LGBT Film Festival
Continues through May 1, 2016
Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue
Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road
Regal Cinemas, 1100 Lincoln Road
www.mifofilm.com
The MiFo LGBT Film Festival is committed to its mission: to inspire, entertain, and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video, and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.

5 De Mayo Reggae Fest
Saturday, May 7, 2:00 p.m.
North Beach Band Shell, 7275 Collins Avenue
www.northbeachbandshell.com
Latin Roots & Live Music! Miami-based Bachaco blends feel-good Reggae Music with conscious lyrics and party jams to the beat of their own Afro-Caribbean Roots Rock inspired by new and classic sounds. They are joined by other top artists for a celebration of 5 de Mayo: Rabanes - direct from Panama, and Johnny Dread. Delicious ital meals from the newly reopened roots treasure, Naomi's Garden! Much more fun all day! $25 presale

Miami Piano Festival Discovery Series
May 12 - 15, 2016
Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road
305.434.7091 www.colonytheatremiamibeach.com
The Discovery Series presents extraordinary international pianists, selected from the numerous musicians who have submitted resumes and recordings, aspiring to perform for The Miami International Piano Festival. The final concert features a wonderful marriage of piano and opera.

12th South Beach Photomarathon
Sunday, May 15, 2016 
Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive
www.fotomission.com
Fotomission and Tropicolor will host at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden the 12th South Beach Photomarathon, an exciting event that is open to all those who enjoy photography. Participants will be assigned six topics to photograph on South Beach over a period of five hours. The topics will be kept secret until the event day and are purposefully vague to give the contestants plenty of room for self-expression. The best photos from each topic will be selected, and from those, the first, second and third place winners, as well as honorable mentions will be awarded prizes. All the contestants' images will be exhibited permanently on Fotomission's site.

Chardavoine's Creole Jazz Project FREE
Sunday, May 15 2:00 p.m.
Collins Park, 2100 Collins Avenue
www.globalartsproject.org
Global Arts Project, Inc. presents Chardavoine's Creole Jazz Project, in honor of Haitian Flag Day. There will be a special performance by the Haitian Arts for Children Dance Troupe. There will be a farmer's market provided by The Market Company. Dr. Ed Calle's Student Jazz Ensemble will open the show.

Food Truck Music Fest FREE
Wednesday, April 27, 5:00 p.m.
North Shore Park Band Shell, 7275 Collins Avenue
www.mbculture.com
The popular Food Truck Festival will feature a selection of dining treats along Ocean Terrace. 6:30pm - 9pm. On Ocean Terrace, check out performers from the Front Yard Theater Collective, and inside the Bandshell, meet some artisan craft vendors and other fun activities.

 

OTHER CULTURAL EVENTS

Yom Hashoah Observance: From Holocaust to Homeland
Sunday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.
Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, 1933-1945 Meridian Avenue
www.holocaustmmb.org
In these challenging times, the program will honor those who survived the Holocaust, remember the six million who perished, stand with the people of Israel, and recognize the Israel Defense Forces and U.S. military who serve and protect our Jewish homeland and our country every day. By remembering the lessons of the Holocaust, we are all guardians of "Never Again." Click here for details. In case of rain, proceed to Temple Beth Sholom 4144 Chase Avenue, Miami Beach

Miami Museum Month Kickoff Event
Monday, May 2, 6:00 p.m. 
Art Deco Museum, 1001 Ocean Drive
www.mdpl.org
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau in partnership with the Art Deco Museum and the Miami Design Preservation League would like to invite you to the official Miami Museum Month Kickoff Event! Come enjoy light bites, drinks and an exclusive preview of their new exhibit: A Walk Down Memory Lane - South Beach Photos from the Late 1970's to Early 1980's. Municipal parking garage available on 7th and Collins.

ART TALK: A Walk Down Memory Lane
Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.
Art Deco Museum, 1001 Ocean Drive
www.mdpl.org
Take a walk down memory lane on May 4th at the Art Deco Museum. In the late 70s three photography students practiced their photography skills in South Beach. The result is a nostalgic exhibit hung on the walls of the Art Deco Museum capturing a time in history so beautifully told by images of people, buildings and beaches. Join MDPL and the artists on May 4th to discover this story of three friends, their cameras and South Beach back in the day. Artists: Susan Jordan, Sereta Russell and Nancy Rohan. $5 entry (FREE for MDPL members)

Studio Crawl FREE
Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.
ArtCenter South Florida, 924 Lincoln Road
www.artcentersf.org
ArtCenter's Studio Crawl has been moved to Wednesdays! Studio Crawl invites visitors to wander throughout the ArtCenter and exchange with the artists in their studios.

#ParaísoCubano! An Open House for Promising Paradise FREE
Friday, May 6, 10:00 a.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
Be among the first to see our stunning new exhibition Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction! With free admission all day, happy hour specials in the café after 4pm, and tours led by collector Vicki Gold Levi and the exhibition?s co-curators, Frank Luca and Rosa Lowinger, you couldn?t pick a better date to rumba back in time to early 20th-century Cuba.

Book Club: Living Well is the Best Revenge FREE
Friday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
Curl up with Calvin Tomkins' now-classic 1971 account of the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy, two American expatriates who formed an extraordinary circle of friends-including Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemmingway-in 1920s France. Then, join us to rehash the story among our own group of lit-loving friends at the Wolfsonian Book Club. Free for members and first-time participants // Join or RSVP by emailing bookclub@thewolf.fiu.edu.

MiMo on the Beach Walking Tour
Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m.
SE corner of 73 Street and Collins Avenue
www.mdpl.org
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.

Family Film: Tomorrowland FREE
Saturday, May 7, 12:00 p.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
"Every day is the opportunity for a better tomorrow." Take a glimpse into a future created by inventors of all ages, with George Clooney as your guide! Pop by for a family-friendly showing of Disney's Tomorrowland (2015), enjoy treats provided by BrownBag Popcorn Co. and complete the adventure by exploring the special exhibition Margin of Error using our Caution: Designers at Play family gallery guide. Free for children and accompanying adults // RSVP here.

Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour
Saturday, May 14, 11:00 a.m.
Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive
305.672.2014 www.mdpl.org
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.

Open Mic #14 FREE
Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.
Miami Beach Urban Studios, 420 Lincoln Road
305.348.7500 mbus.fiu.edu
The Open Mic series is intended to provide a forum for self-expression to members of our community, to foster and nurture empowerment and self-esteem. Occurring monthly in the Main Gallery, this is a safe zone for expression and sharing. You can pre-register to perform - any thing you'd like at the Mic. Be it Spoke Word/Poetry, Rap, Prose, Narrative, Monolog, Comedy, Song, Dance or other, all are welcome, encouraged, accepted and safe here. Please come, join and support. Your presence is appreciated and honored, and genuinely lifts the spirit of our community.

#ArtMuseumDay @Wolfsonian FREE
Friday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
One day. Free admission. Special perks. Every year, The Wolfsonian joins hundreds of AAMD member institutions by waiving admission and inviting everyone to enjoy art and design at no cost. For 2016, we're upping the ante-enjoy a 10% discount in our shop and café AND become a member at 25%-off the Popular and Dual/Family levels. Plus, show us a little love on Instagram, and we?ll throw in a free coffee and super stylish Wolfsonian mug (yup, it?s worth it). #Wolfsonian

The New Tropicana FREE
Friday, May 27, 8:00 p.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
The New Tropic is taking over The Wolfsonian! Celebrate our special exhibition Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction with Cuban music, drinks, and dance-all in a special "paradise under the stars" inspired by Havana's legendary Tropicana nightclub.

Sketching in the Galleries FREE
Friday, May 27, 7:00 p.m.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
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
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
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
Ongoing
Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive
All tours take approximately 90 minutes. Prices vary.