By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Due to its success last year, the City of Miami Beach is sponsoring a second Miami Beach “Culture Crawl” this year on Wednesday April 24th starting at 6PM in the evening until 10PM.
The event is part of an effort of the city to promote its diverse cultural activities and happenings and get local and tourists alike acquainted with what the community offers.
Organizers describe the event as highlight, “thirteen of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, cultural centers, and arts organizations – opening their doors for a lively night of special programming, live music, open studios, galleries, exclusive tours, night gardens and more.”
All events are admission free and a city trolley will also be offered to transport guests from event to event. Most events are happening at the same time, so it is important to plan the visit ahead. For example, for music, film and technology lovers the “New World Symphony Film and Tours”, might be the selection of choice.
A vintage film will be projected at 8PM in a gigantic (7,000 square feet) screen outside to watch in a collective picnic under the stars, while you can also tour the facilities before or after and learn about music and the technology the building was built with.
Also for music lovers the “Miami Beach Viola Hangout” brings together renowned musicians and FIU music students at the Miami Urban Studios for a night of music and fun from 7PM to 9PM.
Another celebration of music is the “Sundown at the Garden With Art and Music, “ taking place at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden from 6PM to 9PM. An exhibition of the works of artist Deryn Cowdy will take place at sunset including an acoustic guitar performance starting at 7PM by Will Thomas. Beverages are offered for purchase at this event.
For literature and poetry lovers, there are a couple of events. The Bass in partnership with O, host the event “Poems to Order,” where renowned poet Atena Sherry will “create keepsake poems in collaboration with visitors.” Guests will also be able to enjoy the museum’s exhibit by artist Sheila Campos.
The Wolfsonian at FIU is presenting a more romanticized celebration of the arts with “A Night of Poetry Under the Stars” to commemorate National Poetry Month. At this event, Miami’s Adam Schachner will create poems for the length of the celebration at the historic Bridge Tender House on Washington Avenue.
A mixologist will be preparing signature drinks in a 2-for-1 happy hour, and a ten percent discount will be offered at the arts and designs boutique.
Other events include guided tours at the Miami New Drama Colony Theater, while the crew rehearses their new play “Viva la Parranda!”
The Jewish Museum of Florida will also be presenting “Exhibitions and Kosher Wine at the Jewish Museum of Florida.” The Holocaust Memorial will be presenting free screenings of the award winning film “Survivor,” and a reception after featuring local Holocaust survivors.
The second annual Miami Beach Culture Crawl only lasts for four hours but with more success will hopefully be repeated next year.