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Culture Clicks

Five-minute Culture Clicks, popup events created by Miami-Dade artists, will take place throughout the month. Here is ths full schedule of Culture Clicks:

• Wednesday, April 2, 9:00 - 9:05 pm: Gustavo Matamoros

Composer Gustavo Matamoros will perform Plage de Miami (for Claudia Ariano) live. The piece consists of the sound of writing the words MIAMI BEACH both in English and French using French-style manuscript. Will be viewed on a large screen.

Audiotheque, 924 Lincoln Road | Studio 201, Miami Beach

• Saturday, April 5, 4:00 - 4:05 pm: Carol Todaro

In La Vertu Dans Le Vice, Carol Todaro will stand in the gallery of the ArtCenter/South Florida for five minutes and give away copies of her artist book entitled La Vertu Dans Le Vice, a piece both surreal and slightly naughty in the spirit of Apollinaire.

Art Center/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach

• Saturday, April 5, 7:00 - 7:05 pm: George Fishman

In Slow French, the artist will hand out cards with a QR Code that links to an audio site. The artist took the words "French" and "Brittany" and, while pasting them in sequence, sped them up and slowed them down. These distortions illustrate how we try to attribute meaning to spoken utterances. When the word "French" is sufficiently accelerated to become incomprehensible, we may "read" new words or phrases into the flow of sound. By contrast, the slowed-down versions reveal an array of component sounds that are "meaningless" but intriguing, much like a magnified newspaper cartoon that becomes an array of dot patterns, revealing a different kind of beauty.

Art Center/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach

• Sunday, April 6, 2:00 - 2:05 pm: Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon

For Send Our Love to France, Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon will lie on the shoreline and kiss passionately, while their bodies roll together in the surf. Their love will be carried by the North Atlantic Ocean into the Bay of Biscay and absorbed by bodies on the Western banks of France.
France has been traditionally liberal with LGBTQ rights. With same-sex sexual activity largely legal since 1791 in France, Send Our Love to France is in response to that sort of progressiveness. While France has many credits as a country of equality, Pioneer and Jared are concerned about recent incidents of racism and hate speech. Send Our Love to France is an act of sending love to all in France.

Shoreline, 12th Street Beach, Miami Beach

• Monday, April 7, 11:57 - 12:02 pm: William Cordova

In echo, eko, eco (extended improvisations in time), two local brass band students from Miami Central High School – trumpeters Duane Ingram and Michael Lightbourne – will perform Charles Mingus's Haitian Fight Song, 1957. One will be at Freedom Tower in downtown Miami and the other will be in an undisclosed historical Miami landmark location. The focus is on the concept of self-determination, revolution and freedom as a thread that binds different groups with common struggles. South American political leaders like Simon Bolivar, once a political exile in Haiti (1815-1820), liberated Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama and Bolivia from Spanish rule with full military support from Haiti. Charles Mingus, like many early Jazz musicians, sought deeper connections, roots with Haitian, Cuban, Mexican and Puerto Rican folkloric music that influenced and transcended throughout contemporary jazz and all other forms of American music. The Tigertail honorarium will be donated to the student and Miami Central Senior High School band directed by John McMinn.

Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd, and another undisclosed Miami location

• Thursday, April 10, 6:00 - 6:05 pm: William Keddell

In Napoleon's Hidden Hand, William Keddell will stand with his hand in his shirt in the same style and manner as the great general, consul and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The performance will be recorded as a stereo video. Throughout the duration, the artist will speak of the significance of this gesture – a secret Masonic sign, a fashionable painterly convention, mirrors – which hand?

Junction of Marseille Drive, Calais Drive and rue Bordeaux on Normandy Isle, Miami Beach

• Friday, April 11, 7:00 - 7:08 pm: Barron Sherer

Filmmaker/film historian Sherer will present his Rendevous Deux immediately preceding the François Truffaut screenings at Miami Beach Cinematheque. Sherer’s piece is a unique two-projector re-creation of Claude Lelouch's seminal 1976 short film Rendevous, a continuous take in which a camera is mounted on the front of a Ferrari racing from one side of Paris to the other in the middle of the night.

Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

• Friday, April 11

8:30 - 8:35 pm: George Fishman (see description above at April 5 listing)

8:35 - 8:40 pm: Niurca Marquez and José Luis Rodriguez

La Boheme Redux: We all know what happened when a Frenchman visited Spain and crossed paths with its music and its women, but what happens when the tables are turned? What happens when a Spanish composer, a traditional flamenco singer and a dancer, still trying to figure out who Carmen is, come together to reinterpret a staple of the French chanson, Charles Aznavour's beloved La Boheme? Rodriguez, Marquez and the voice of Manuel Gago will take liberties and borrow from a slew of characters to give shape to the eternal Spanish danseuse.

8:45 - 8:50 pm: David Rohn and Adora

These local favorites perform in the On Stage Black Box lobby prior to the performance. Adora will lip sync to La Vie en Rose, while performance artist David Rohn, dressed as the great mime Artist Marcel Marceau, will mime his way through Piaf's song interacting with Ms. Piaf and with the audience.

Miami-Dade County On Stage Black Box, 2901 West Flagler St., Miami

• Saturday, April 12, 7:00 - 7:08 pm: Barron Sherer (see description above at April 11 listing)

Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

• Sunday, April 13, 7:40 - 7:45 pm: Helena Thevenot

Love-Lock Cupid: Love-locks have adorned the bridges of some of the world's most romantic cities, most famously Paris. Miami will reference this expression of hope and humanity, connecting people around the world. Bring your love key, which represents a past, present or imagined sweetheart to symbolize the one thing that unites us all.

Miami River 5th Street Bridge, Miami River and NW 5th Street, Miami

• Wednesday, April 16, 5:00 - 5:05 pm: Elizabeth Doud

Paris When It Sizzles is a film shot at a pocket park on Normandy Isle, Miami Beach, where most of the streets were named after French cities and architectural landmarks by the developers. In this brief performance, the artist will do her best impression of Audrey Hepburn to tell the story of why she herself has never been to Paris. She will recount the ways in which Paris and other bits of French culture have shaped her destiny without her ever having stepped foot in the great French city, including her first French kiss, her flunking out of high school French, and her obsession with the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, written while the author and G. Stein were living in France.

On the 16th at 5:00 pm, go here to see the film (You can see it now, if you wish)

• Saturday, April 19, 8:00 - 8:05pm: Marissa Alma Nick

Dancer Marissa Alma Nick will perform 2 Les Girls and 1 French Bench with singer Jahzel Dotel in a homage to the women of France, inspired by iconic images of French women between 1920 and 2014.

Bay Front Park, 301 North Biscayne Blvd, southwest end on the cement platform behind the Tina Hills Pavilion

• Thursday, April 24, 10:00 - 10:08 am: Adler Guerrier

Untitled (Montauciel) by Adler Guerrier is a gestural homage to the experiments of the Mongolfier brothers. In a live demonstration at Versailles. On September 19, 1783, before King Louis XVI of France and Queen Marie Antoinette, the Montgolfier brothers placed a sheep named Montauciel (ascends to heaven), a rooster and a duck in a basket as passengers in hot air balloon flight that lasted 8 minutes. When the balloon safely landed, it proved the air was breathable at the relative altitude reached in flight.

Versailles Restaurant, 3555 SW 8th Street, Miami

• Friday, April 25, 8:25 - 8:30 pm: Heather Maloney

Choreographer Heather Maloney will perform a five-minute work to the sound of Eric Satie's Gymnopédies la 1ére. lent et douloureux in her head while dancing in the lobby of the On Stage Black Box.

Miami-Dade County On Stage Black Box, 2901 West Flagler St., Miami

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