With the winter season just around the corner, and cool air on its way, things are just beginning to heat up on the cultural scene here in sunny South Florida.
Fort Lauderdale Film Festival
Starting with tonight’s Opening Gala at Gulfstream Village, the fabulous Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) launches its 27th season of cutting edge films, documentaries and shorts from around the globe. From downtown Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful Cinema Paradiso Theatre to the Bahamas and back to Sunrise Civic Center and Muvico in Pompano Beach, the venues are as varied as the events and films. With so many locations and offerings, there’s no excuse not to take a “Vacation From Ordinary Film” this year.
Miami Book Fair
Only two weeks after FLIFF, the nation’s largest and most prestigious literary gathering opens November 11th with its 28th edition of Miami Book Fair International at Miami College’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami, bringing hundreds of authors from around the world. From the popular Evenings With… beginning on Sunday evening to an expanded series of children’s activities, storytelling, arts & crafts and comics, the Fair offers something for all ages and interests. The Ibero-American program features Spanish speaking authors and literary personalities from Peru, Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico and Cuba. And the Miami Writers Institute Fall edition will offer writing workshops with the likes of Teresa Dovalpage and Margot Livesey. For our many Massachusetts guests, you may remember reading Margot’s columns in the Boston Globe, and you also may be familiar with her husband, Eric Garnick, a prolific abstract artist, living with his wife in Cambridge. The Fair will also have its share of great food with an expanded food court area and for all of us foodies, programs in conjunction with the MDC Miami Culinary Institute. Yummmm!
If you are not deliriously happy about the cultural season yet, take a short breather and head on to Art Basel Miami Beach-2012, December 6 – 9th on Miami Beach and in downtown Miami. All of Miami rolls out the red carpet for thousands of artists from around the world for the 11th edition of this world-renowned exhibition. The many venues include the Design District, Wynwood, Miami Beach and Downtown. Once again, art and activities for all ages and interests will be featured. Over 250 exhibitors will feature the works of new, cutting-edge talent to world-renowned artists of the 20 and 21st century. You will be able to walk through and experience public space installations, and, if your looking for that special creation for your living room wall or empty space in your back yard, you’ll find works on sale from reasonable to millions of dollars.