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Festival Miami Kicks off its 32nd Season

The Festival’s 32nd season kicks off on October 16 when South Florida concert-goers will experience an unforgettable program featuring the music of three visionary American composers. The highlight of the evening will be the Billboard chart-topping piano sensation SIMONE DINNERSTEIN, who will perform the Florida premiere of Philip Lasser’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra – The Circle and the Child with the FROST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

An Interview with David Oyelowo

It’s no easy task to follow up an Oscar-nominated performance – especially when that performance is as big a role as Martin Luther King Jr. But such is the case for “Selma” star David Oyelowo. And it’s safe to say that his big-screen follow up role is as different as can be from MLK. In “Captive,” which is based on a true story that made headlines in 2005, Oyelowo stars as Brian Nichols, a man who breaks out of prison, killing 4 people in the process, which leads to him holding a woman named Ashley Smith captive in her own home over the course of 7 hours. I had the opportunity to sit down with the talented actor during a roundtable interview to discuss his performance, the true story the film is based on, and what it takes to play a convicted murderer.

Steve Driscoll Opening Reception in Wynwood

Steve Driscoll is a modern alchemist, who transforms the base materials of urethane and pigment into ecstatic visions of the Canadian wilderness. The artist captures various images he encounters in his native Canada — lakes and trees, sunsets and sunrises, moons and stars, cabins and campfires — creating a storehouse of visual expressive memories.

On Wednesday, September 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Rostad Edwards Gallery brings Steve Driscoll: Of Far Off Places to their Wynwood gallery located at 97 25th Street with an opening reception that will feature the artist. The exhibition runs from September 9 to October 3.

Miami International Film Festival Reveals GEMS Line-Up

Don’t want to wait until 2016 for your film festival fix? Thankfully, you don’t have to. From October 22-25, the Miami International Film Festival will be bringing back their mini fall season festival, this time under a new name: GEMS. Now set to be an annual event, GEMS is a mid-season festival that will showcase the best that international cinema has to offer, featuring some award-winning titles coming straight off the heels of their debuts at festivals like Cannes, Berlin and SXSW. Over the course of four days, GEMS will premiere 14 acclaimed films from all over the world, including Taiwan, Colombia, France, and Israel.

Highlights include Opening Night film “Brooklyn,” an Irish coming-of-age film starring Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleason, and Closing Night film “The 33,” which boasts a star-studded cast made up of Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche and Rodrigo Santoro in the cinematic retelling of the Chilean miners disaster that dominated the media in 2010.

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