Things To Do in South Florida SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2015

This month in South Florida, catch performances by Stromae, D’Angelo, Anthony Hamilton, BélO, explore the history of Japanese food in a 4-part film series presented by the Consulate General of Japan, head over to Miami for the inaugural Afropolitan Miami — a monthly mixer for progressives & cultural enthusiasts living in South Florida.  Looking for food?  Stop by the 2nd Annual Feast of the Sea in downtown West Palm Beach.  There are tons more, just take a look around and stay connected with Cook Mix Mingle on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ for regular updates.

Awakening Jamaica


In 1891, Jamaica’s economy was in the doldrums. In response, a group of Jamaican businessmen hired the studio of Valentine & Sons of Dundee, Scotland to create a photographic portrait of the island as a commercial and tourist paradise. Valentine & Sons, in business since 1851, was a prominent maker of landscape photographs and travel views.

This exhibition features more than 50 of these prints. Visitors will learn about the creation and impact of the images, featuring urban and rural views of the island in the late 19th century. Also on display will be archival items related to the studio of Valentine & Sons and the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

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Niña | Pinta | Santa Maria

SEPT. 3 – OCT. 30

A collection of art pieces that celebrate the distinct, vibrant and rich traditions of Hispanic Heritage. Artists include Joan Belmar from Chile, Aimee Perez from Cuba, Francisco Pazos from Spain, and Octabio Cuellar, who is Yuoslabian/Cuban.

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Destination Friday – Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands

SEPT. 11

Come dressed in Hawaiian shirts and loose clothes (grass skirts are optional)! Taste the complimentary appetizers and enjoy our signature Hawaiian Paradise drink. Dance to live island music and learn to hula. A grand prize will be awarded to the best hula dancer! Take a virtual trip to Hawaii and learn about Polynesian attire. Channel your inner child and try your hand at the ukulele. Enjoy a simmering Tahiti drum and dance demonstration.

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Stromae North American Tour Continues in Miami

SEPT. 11

With his guttural R’s and raw emotion, Stromae has earned comparisons to iconic Belgian singer Jacques Brel — but he seems embarrassed by such talk and uncomfortable with his rising stardom. “I’m just part of the people,” he says. “It’s all about telling our stories.”

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Tsunami, a docudrama about transformation and hope

SEPT. 12 – OCT. 3

Tsunami is a poignant docudrama that introduces the resilient people behind the front-page horrors of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster. These transformative stories, presented by a variety of actors from different cultures, portray unforgettable tales of survival, magic, and a heightened reverence for life.

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Japan: Food in Film presented by the Consulate General of Japan

SEPT. 14 – 18

RAMEN SAMURAI: Hikaru (Dai Watanabe) receives news that his father passed away. Deciding to take over his father’s ramen shop, he quits his job at a design company and returns to his home town of Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture. However, Hikaru has problems recreating his father’s recipe. He thinks back to when he was a child and how his father believed Hikaru never used his imagination. Relying on his memories, Hikaru attempts to recreate his father’s recipe.

THE GOD OF RAMEN: To ramen lovers, Kazuo Yamagishi – owner of Taishoken – is a god. His recipe may seem like the traditional Tokyo-style ramen, but there is great depth in his culinary practice. Since the shop’s debut 50 years ago, Yamagishi managed to create his distinct and unique flavor. On a typical weekday, customers from all over Japan would queue outside the shop until they were served – a ridiculously long wait of over two hours. Yamagishi-san is also jolly chef with a joyful outward disposition, but deep inside is a sad man who is married to his work and carries the legacy of his deceased wife. Eventually, this takes a toll, and as his health declines his apprentices open competing businesses. In the end, “The God of Ramen” is a chronicle of one man’s life and his impact on the community and the art of ramen itself.

MOURNING RECIPE: Ryohei (Renji Ishibashi) is a grieving widower who, in his depression, loses the will to live. After the sudden death of his wife Otomi, he is visited by his daughter, Yuriko (Hiromi Nagasaku), who’s going through a frustrating and painful divorce. Two weeks after Otomi’s death, Imo (Fumi Nikaido), a quirky young woman, delivers a book containing the “recipes for happiness” left behind by Otomi. She stays to assist with the household chores during their period of mourning, and soon the three are joined by Haru (Masaki Okada) as they follow Otomi’s recipes over 49 days.

A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: Haru has an excellent sense of taste and surpassing skill in the kitchen, but she and her first husband divorced after just one year of marriage because of her impetuous character. One day Dennai Funaki, samurai chef from Kaga, proposes that Haru should marry his son and heir. The Funaki family serves the Lords of Kaga not with the sword but with the kitchen-knife and have been renowned as “Kitchen Samurai” for generations. But Haru’s new husband Yasunobu, wields a kitchen-knife with no skill whatsoever. In order to save the Funaki family name and its position as kitchen samurai, Haru decides to teach Yasunobu the art of cuisine. The story is inspired by a real-life family in Kaga which has survived countless upheavals with its cuisine.

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TroubaJazz – Dony Felix and BélO

SEPT. 17

BélO is scheduled to be at Fusion Cafe renamed REBAR on September 17th, 2015 at 8 PM to serenade you with his inspirational tunes of Jazz, rock, reggae and Afro-Haitian traditional rhythms.

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Autumn Casey: Waiting in Purgatory but at Least There’s Chairs and it Feels Musical

SEPT. 19 – NOV. 1

Autumn Casey presents an installation featuring new video, sound, and sculptural work. Casey mixes personal relics with found materials to provoke reactions, emotional responses and existential uncertainty.

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Afropolitan Miami (Inauguration)

OCT. 2

The largest and most diverse Afro-Caribbean mixer in Washington DC and New York now launches in Miami, a monthly mixer where African Diaspora professionals can unwind and enjoy a great selection of Afro-Caribbean music. The movement is for progressives & cultural enthusiasts living in South Florida’s Tri-County region and seeking to connect, socialize and collaborate with other like-minded individuals.

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D’Angelo and the Vanguard at Fillmore Miami Beach

OCT. 6

His first album of new material in 14 years, Grammy-winning R&B singer and guitarist D’Angelo will perform with his band, the Vanguard, at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Oct. 6. The impact of “Black Messiah” was immediate as it landed at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and No. 5 on the Top 200 list.

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Anthony Hamilton, Ginuwine, Dru Hill, Baby Face to Perform at BankUnited Center

OCT. 17

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Miami radio station Hot 105 brings live musical performances from R&B’s best. Anthony Hamilton, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Ginuwine, 112, and Dru Hill to the Bank United Center. Hosted by Tom Joyner.

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2nd Annual Feast of the Sea

OCT. 24

The 2nd Annual Feast of the Sea returns to the waterfront of downtown West Palm Beach With over 35 seafood vendors, 60 art vendors, an interactive family area presented by South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, great musical performances and more. Your favorite Palm Beach County restaurants and chefs will be showcasing their best seafood recipes and cuisines for you to enjoy.

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