Ife Ile Afro-Cuban Dance & Music
IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance & Music

It’s summer in South Florida.  The temperature is averaging 90F.  Despite this, you yearn to explore your backyard.  Eggsellent!  Bring water, is my advice to you. So, what do we have going on?  Tons of art exhibits, for starters. I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America (thru Sept. 28), When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South (thru Oct. 12), definitely have to mention the African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival (Sept. 5-7), local artists are showcasing their talent at places like Lyrics Lab at Bailey Contemporary Art (Wednesdays), Imperial Open Mic at The Stage Miami (Tuesdays), the Lyric Live at Lyric Theater (1st Fridays), FAT Village Art Walk (last Saturday). You’ll also find food festivals — Key West Lobster Fest (Aug. 7-10), Feast of the Sea (Sept. 6), learn to grow and cook jackfruit (Sept. 6), take a lesson in Cuban dance with IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban (Aug. 14), or head to their 16th annual Afro-Cuban dance festival (Aug. 28-30). Have fun.

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ONGOING

FAT Village Art Walk

FAT Village Arts District Art Walk is a fun look at high-quality art that includes works that have been on museum exhibit and large art installations.  In addition to the varied collection of art, guests also can enjoy great food and music. Takes place the last Saturday of each month.

More info: http://bit.ly/1x3Dqaj

First Fridays Lyric Live

Hear some of South Florida’s greatest unsigned talent. Enjoy singers, dancers, rappers, spoken word artist, magicians, and more. Talented individuals will compete each month head to head, as the crowd determines who takes home the $500 prize.

More info: http://bit.ly/1qJCKSi

Imperial Open Mic

The Imperial is an open mic night infused with live music for the creative spirit and underground aficionados. The aim is to build a stable home for self-expression in Miami. It’s time for the rogues and vagabonds to become the king & queen that they know they are. Takes place every Tuesday.

More info: http://bit.ly/1uYweh9

Lyrics Lab | Poetry, Beats & Soul

Meant for the creative types – bring your latest rhymes, poems, songs, lyrics and beats and share in our intimate space hosted by Ian Caven, and accompanied by live music with Doug Carter on keys and Anthony Carter on drums.  Share your latest work, or just have a coffee and a cocktail while enjoying the performance. Takes place every Wednesday.

More info: http://bit.ly/1iZ98Ml

THROUGH AUGUST 17

The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring “In Pieces”

The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring In Pieces builds upon Sawaya’s previous body of work with ground-breaking LEGO® sculptures that are integrated into large-scale photographs by award-winning Australian photographer Dean West. This is the first time Sawaya’s collaboration with West, In Pieces, will be exhibited in Florida.

More info: http://bit.ly/1jSY1E3

THROUGH AUGUST 31

Samurai Culture: Treasures of South Florida Collections

The exhibition features an array of samurai suits of armor and weapons fashioned during the Edo period (1600 – 1868). Also displayed are a variety of paintings and prints depicting samurai life made during both the Edo- and Meiji period (1868 – 1912). Although the samurai class was abolished soon after the Meiji Restoration of 1868, many samurai families held on to priceless armor, swords, helmets, sundry other adornments, and paintings and prints in commemoration of one of the most illustrious warrior classes in the world.

More info: http://bit.ly/1tLkw87

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 12

Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks at Morikami

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens welcomes guests on select Friday evenings throughout the summer to experience and explore its Japanese gardens, cold drink in hand while enjoying drum performances by Fushu Daiko. Sip craft sake selections from Stacole Fine Wines – some sweet, sparkling, creamy, or even in a can – that you might not find anywhere else in South Florida.

More info: http://bit.ly/RpEowM

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 28

I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

A visionary who was equally comfortable in the realms of fact and fiction, Norman Bel Geddes (1893–1958) played a significant role in the 1920s and ’30s, shaping not only modern America but also the nation’s image of itself as innovator and leader into the future. Bel Geddes most famously expressed his dynamic vision of this American future—streamlined, technocratic, and optimistic—with his unforgettable Futurama exhibition at the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair. Bringing together some 200 never-before-seen drawings, models, photographs and films of theater sets and costumes, housing projects and appliances, airplanes and automobiles, the exhibition underscores that Bel Geddes sought nothing less the transformation of American society through design..

More info: http://bit.ly/1qTwxI8

THROUGH OCTOBER 12

When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South

When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South considers the category of “outsider” art in relation to contemporary art and black life. Situating itself within current art historical and political debates, the exhibition features work by self-taught, spiritually inspired and incarcerated artists, alongside other projects based in performance and social-engagement, as well as painting, drawing, sculpture and assemblage, that make insistent reference to place.

More info: http://bit.ly/1pyzQke

THROUGH OCTOBER 19

China’s Last Empire: The Art and Culture of the Qing Dynasty

The Chinese bureaucracy was composed of scholars who rose through the governmental ranks by their own erudition. The literati, as they were called, were skilled not only in governance but also in painting, calligraphy, and seal carving. This section of the exhibition will document their lives in Imperial time through the objects produced by and for this class, which include objects made for the scholar’s table as well as examples of the paintings and calligraphy produced from that table.

More info: http://bit.ly/1sjoQZj

THROUGH OCTOBER 26

Wheels and Heels: The Big Noise Around Little Toys

The exhibition takes a playful look at two iconic toys – the miniature car, epitomized by Matchbox and Hot Wheels brands, and the “teenage doll,” the most famous of which is Barbie. Wheels and Heels will fascinate audiences of all ages while exploring the history of these beloved toys. It features numerous editions of the toys, accessories, play sets, vintage advertisements, design drawings, television commercials, and marketing publications, as well as an interactive playroom..

More info: http://bit.ly/1rM6yC1

AUGUST 1-7

Snowpiercer [MOVIE]

The surviving members of humanity struggle to survive amidst a world covered in ice on a supertrain where the poor and the rich are constantly at odds in the English-language debut of filmmaker Bong Joon-ho.

More info: http://bit.ly/1niyvdc

AUGUST 7-10

Key West Lobsterfest: A Crustacean Celebration!

Events include a Thursday night lobster boil, Friday night Duval Crawl, Saturday street fair with lobster-inspired culinary creations and a free concert, and a luscious lobster brunch Sunday. The festive feast celebrates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season.

More info: http://bit.ly/1qTu3K7

AUGUST 9

Sultans of Strings

JUNO Award nominees Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves.

More info: http://bit.ly/1xViqQz

AUGUST 14

Mambo at the Museum Cuban Dance Lesson with IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban

Cuban dance originates from Spanish and African settlers who brought music and dances of their homelands with them to Cuba. Practice the Mambo, Cha-Cha, Bolero, Son, Danzón and more with instructors from IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance, the Miami-based organization dedicated to the preservation of Afro-Cuban culture through dance.

More info: http://bit.ly/1qTu3K7

AUGUST 15

Shleu Shleu, Ayabonmbe at Big Night in Little Haiti

Shleu Shleu has defined “Kompa Direk,” the beloved classic dance music of Haiti. The band which launched with dance parties in Haiti’s original golden age of konpa is still rocking crowds on the dance floor. The double bill also features Ayabonmbe. More than 20 traditional Afro-Caribbean rhythms form the beat for this vibrant ensemble, led by composer and founder Marc Joseph, and percussionist Patou Lindor.   Ayabonmbe is the war cry of the Arawak Indians, defending their sacred Caribbean homelands, and it remains today a leitmotif in the struggle for education and peace.

More info: http://bit.ly/1kgADY5

AUGUST 28

Quilting Bee with textile artist Michelle Polissaint

Long-ignored and conspicuously absent from many early accounts of American quilt history, African American quilting has become a growing area of study. Women on plantations and in other wealthy households also did spinning, weaving, sewing and quilting in addition to many household duties. Their surviving quilts provide a unique history of their lives and culture.

More info: http://bit.ly/1kxgJIN

AUGUST 28-30

The 16th Annual IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance

The festival will feature an exciting variety of dance workshops with live drumming, a street fair with lively performances by renowned artists in the tradition. The event culminates with a performance featuring guest artists and IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company.

More info: http://bit.ly/1nj8MBx

SEPTEMBER 1

Labor Day Native Bird Festival

Flamingo Gardens is for the birds this Labor Day, September 1st with the 5th Annual Native Bird Festival. Experience the birds that make Florida their home with live bird exhibits, birding classes, aviary tours and special live bird presentations. Visit with the Sierra Club, Audubon Society and other wildlife organization booths to learn more about Florida’s wild inhabitants and habitats.

More info: http://bit.ly/1s24XVw

SEPTEMBER 5-7

5th Annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival

Delou Africa Inc. continues their mission to honor a myriad of music, dance and drum traditions of Africa. The festival theme, Bridging Cultural Gaps, provides an opportunity to showcase the creativity and cultural resilience of the rich traditions of Africa. Guests will experience first hand the rhythm and beauty of traditional African music and dance..

More info: http://bit.ly/1knEy5C

SEPTEMBER 6

Cooking With Jackfruit

Sample several different Jackfruits. Learn how to grow and how to use the exotic giant fruits. Tasting several jackfruit dishes wil highlight this workshop. Seedling jackfruit will be given to participants.

More info: http://bit.ly/1xUVRvw

Feast of the Sea

Featuring popular seafood dishes from around the world through regionally themed areas. North American region will be celebrating with stone crabs and clam chowder, taste ceviche and paella in South America, watch dragon dance while eating sushi in Asia, explore the Pirate Corridor in the Caribbean through food and music, taste Italy, France, England and others in the Europe.

More info: http://bit.ly/1o3B4ou