South Florida Events Calendar JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2015

Happy New Year! Lots to do in South Florida between the months of January and February and I hope to have captured a little bit of everything to entice you into enjoying the things found in your backyard. Where to begin? Since it’s a new year, we’ll start with celebrating the year of the Sheep at Morikami’s Oshogatsu celebration (Jan. 11).  You’re in for a treat with various art and fashion shows; Art Synergy, in conjunction with ArtPalmBeach, makes a return and hosts several satellite art festivals throughout Palm Beach County, each celebrating the works of local artists.  Catch a performance by Zap Mama & Antibalas at either The Kravis Center (Jan. 23) or the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center (Jan. 24).  If you haven’t yet heard her voice, please run — don’t walk — and listen to this!

Then there’s the Fort Lauderdale Greek Festival (Feb. 6-8), Polynesian Cultural Festival (Feb. 21-22), Delray Beach Garlic Festival (Feb. 6-8), Ankara Miami Fashion Week (Feb. 19-21), the 10th annual African-American Film Festival (Feb. 4-25). Some free events such as a performance America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr at Hollywood ArtsPark (Jan. 17), Rhythmn Foundation’s Experience New Orleans (Feb. 14).  Alternatively, there’s nothing quite free like nature.

While I’m excited about pretty much everything on this list, a few months ago I watched the documentary Paris is Burning and now guess what I found?  Turns out there’s a monthly vogue scene at Grand Central in Miami (Jan. 24). Head over and read Miami New Time’s write-up on Vogue Culture.

Welp, that’s all she wrote for now. Connect with Cook Mix Mingle on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, or Instagram for more events and regular updates.

In the wise words of Apu, “Thank you, come again“.

The Clothesline Muse with Nnenna Freelon

JANUARY 10 & 11

The Clothesline Muse will transport you to a different world, where the onerous yet honorable task of washing clothes by hand is transformed into beautiful imagery that reflects the multitude of women who pulled their families up from poverty using only their clothesline.

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Oshogatsu: A New Years Celebration


Now in its 37th year at the Morikami, Oshogatsu — the traditional New Year celebratory festival — is celebrated with games and entertainment throughout the museum and gardens. The day’s activities include Japan’s customary rice-pounding, making mochi rice cakes, and sado tea ceremony, as well as omikuji, fortune telling. This year celebrates the Year of the Sheep for those born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015.

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La Bohème


Puccini’s passionate, gripping music captures the beauty of love at first sight, the magic of having good friends during tough times, and the heart-wrenching pain of an untimely death.

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Landau Eugene Murphy Jr Performs at ArtsPark


America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. salutes Sinatra with his Big Band. The Broward College Jazz Combo is directed under Prof. Jason Hainsworth. The group will perform jazz classics by such legends as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and many more.  Free.

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Unrealistic Film Screening and Talkback


This youth led film is a byproduct from the FACE (Film Art Culture Entrepreneurship) youth internship program. This film engages youth and community around the issues of homeless youth, bullying and how social and institutional barriers impact youth development.

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South Florida Beer Week


For the fourth consecutive year, South Florida Beer Week is out for delivery.  This week long event features local breweries from all over Florida.  Including special edition and hard to find beers as well as artisan brewers who normally are not featured in the southern part of the state, the seven day celebration is all about craft brewing and the greatness Florida breweries has to offer.

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Pompano Beach Arts Presents: The Bridge


A free concert in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. honoring the 50th Anniversary of the voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

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FOTOfusion 2015 is a 5 day event presented by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida. Around 70 of the best known photographers and instructor from around the country come to teach workshops at this event. Learn from various lectures/seminars, bring your camera and participate in FOTOshoots with master photographers, get hands-on experience in Photoshop®, Lightroom®, digital printing, Painter™, NIK filters, and more.

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ArtPalmBeach is Palm Beach County’s longest running fair dedicated to contemporary, emerging, and modern master works of art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Over 85 international galleries will be exhibiting paintings, sculpture, as well as functional and innovative design. Video, new technologies, performance art, art installations have become a unique feature offering collectors exposure to today’s emerging art trends.

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In conjunction with ArtPalmBeach, various county-wide art districts and local cultural institutions will offer exhibitions and events throughout Palm Beach County, creating a unique exciting region wide art week.  They include Antique Row, Boynton Beach Art District, CONTINUUM West Palm Beach, LULA Lake Worth Arts, Northwood Village, and Worth Avenue.

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Zap Mama and Antibalas

JANUARY 23 & 24

Collaborating for the first time ever, World Music powerhouse Zap Mama and Antibalas (the band from the Broadway hit FELA!) will come together to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music. From Afrobeat to Afro-Pop music, Zap Mama mixes African vocal techniques with European polyphony while Antibalas effortlessly seams Afrobeat with New York City Latin funk and traditional drumming of Cuba and West Africa.

More info: Jan. 23 (Palm Beach County) — Jan. 24 (Miami-Dade)

Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival


The MiSciFi Festival is a forum for inventive and imaginative filmmakers from all over to come and showcase their work. Fifty films created by U.S. and international independent filmmakers are scheduled to be screened.

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CATWALK: A Night of Vogue

JANUARY 24 (monthly event)

“Balls are a longtime honored tradition of the gay urban scene, which made its way to the mainstream gay community and somewhat beyond in part thanks to the 1990’s documentary Paris is Burning. With no other in the tri-county area, it’s a much-needed affair if you ask me. An eclectic affair at that, there is no reason to fit in at catwalk. All types of gays were there. Not just the voguing queens and divas but the women (and no I don’t mean the Drag Queens or Trans) were out too. Whites, blacks, Hispanics, everyone and anyone who just wanted to have a good time and experience the alluring world of a night of vogue.” – Gayosphere

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Galactic at Hollywood ArtsPark Experience


GALACTIC was formed eighteen years ago in New Orleans, and they cut their teeth playing the biggest party in America: Mardi Gras, when the town shuts down entirely to celebrate.  Part of a diverse community of musicians, they have the luxury of experimenting. So on their albums, they do something that’s unusual in rock but not so controversial an idea in, say, hiphop: they create something that’s a little like a revue, a virtual show featuring different vocalists (mostly from New Orleans) and instrumental soloists each taking their turn on stage in the GALACTIC sound universe.

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Dancing Divas featuring Srinwanti Chakrabarti & Sahana Balasubramanya 


Association of Performing Arts of India presents Indian Classical dance by Srinwanti Chakrabarti (Odissi Dancer), Sahana Balasubramanya (Thanjavur style of Bharatanatyam).

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African-American Film Festival


“The idea of this Film Festival is to counter the notion that African American film making is of recent vintage and only consist of a certain type of film that reflect a defined segment of current social conditions,” said founder James Drayton. “I select a wonderful series of films that are not only entertaining, but provide an educational experience.”

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion – for each other and for their homeland.

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Delray Beach Garlic Festival


Now in its 16th year, the Delray Beach Garlic has become an institution in Palm Beach County. Countless recipes and unique dishes have been created by professional chefs in the Garlic Chef cooking competition and by Gourmet Alley concessionaires including Garlic Ice Cream, Argentinean Garlic BBQ and Garlic Fest crab cakes.

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Fort Lauderdale Greek Festival


Experience authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; Greek music, traditional Greek dancing by all the ‘Palazakia’ and ‘Kamaria’ dancers; an indoor marketplace, games and more.

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Tropical Rum Fest


The 3rd Annual Tropical Rum Fest will be held at the Meyer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach. Authentic island cuisines such as jerk chicken, jerk pork, conch fritters & conch salad and many other dishes that truly reflect the taste and feel of the tropics will be available along with live performances by Third World Band, Spred The Dub, Causion and more.

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Florida Renaissance Festival


Browse through the enchanted crafts Village where over one hundred merchants and artisans demonstrate and sell their wares. Behold glass blowing, hammered pewter, wooden toys, unique pottery, clothing and a wealth of other riches. Applaud hundreds of performers all around you: sword fighters, minstrels, magicians, wenches and more. For all the world’s a stage. Cheer Battling Knights as they mount their steeds, lower their visors, aim their lances and charge at full tilt, thrice daily. Feast on Hearty Food fit for a King! Visit the Pub and toast to the Royal Court with a tankard of ale or cider. Hip! Hip! Huzzah! Play Games of Chance and games of skill which challenge both young and old alike… archery, the test of strength, Jacob’s Ladder and more.

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Shock Pop Comiccon


Shock Pop Comiccon aims to provide unique and thrilling experience for all fans of pop culture, especially comic books and animation.  The show will feature exhibitors, a huge artist alley, intriguing programming, special guests and tons of cosplay.

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Camille A. Brown & Dancers


The company’s work explores typical, real life situations ranging from literal relationships to more complex themes with an eye on the past and present. Featuring a preview of Black Girl which draws on Melissa Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen, the spellbinding photography of Carrie Mae Weems, the fantastical imagery depicted in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and Daniel Silberberg’s Wonderland: The Zen of Alice, to create a work to depict the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture. This work seeks to interrogate the full spectrum of the black female and how we negotiate ourselves in this racially and politically charged world.

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Celebrate Mardi Gras weekend with the sounds and flavors of The Big Easy. Featuring legendary Bayou performers George Porter Jr. and the Running Pardners, with an opening set by the Zydeco Cha Chas. Join the second line parade through the Downtown led by a brass band. Yes! There will be beads! Free.

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The Peking Acrobats


The Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control.  They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability.

More info: Feb. 19 (Palm Beach County

Ankara Miami Fashion Week


Ankara Miami showcases emerging & established designers from the African Diaspora and their use of Ankara, a well-known West African fabric, as well as other African prints.

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Lake Worth Street Painting Festival


Watch as over 400 Artists use the pavement as canvas – using only chalk – to transform downtown Lake Worth into a temporary outdoor museum of original art and masterpiece reproductions in styles that range from Renaissance classicism to Cubism and Pop Art. Street performers, strolling minstrels and Mainstage musical entertainment add to e creative atmosphere.

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Polynesian Cultural Festival


Featuring authentic Polynesian performances by hula dancers, fire and knife demonstrators, island music, hula contest, ukulele exhibition, South Pacific arts and crafts, food and more..

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Palm Beach Fine Craft Show


From exquisite glass to glistening porcelain and figurative ceramics, and sculptures made of wood, paper, metal and mixed media, the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show features 135 of the nation’s top contemporary craft artists, offering their latest celebrated works in a comfortable, indoor setting while offering a wide array of wearable art and jewelry.

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