Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Museum Members: $15, Non-Members: $25
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Sip of History delves into South Florida’s past and present through moderated conversation with artists, activists, and community stakeholders from a variety of disciplines. Hosted by a HistoryMiami staff, each conversation will explore a different topic centered on the diverse stories of our local communities. Each conversation will be paired with a Miami inspired cocktail for participants to try at home.
Cocktail recipes will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the program. All recipes can be adapted to a mocktail version if preferred. Drink recipes can be found in Miami Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of over 100 Recipes Inspired by the Magic City by author Gabriel Urrutia.
Join Neri Torres, artistic director of IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company, in conversation with Folklife Curator Vanessa Navarro as they delve into the history, traditions, and customs that are integral to Cuba’s Afro-Cuban identity and its influence in today’s Miami.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Neri holds an MFA in dance with a minor in film from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also studied at Instituto Superior de Artes and Escuela Nacional de Instructores de Artes in, Havana. Neri is the founder and artistic director of IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company, based in Miami, which repertoire combines traditional and contemporary fusion dance works. The company founded in 1996 has performed worldwide in tours, commercials and films, and also produces the IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival every summer in Miami, FL, since its creation in 1998. The festival contains an academic component that features local and international scholars among them the late Dr. Katherine Dunham in 2004. Neri is the editor of Perspectives on Dance Fusion in the Caribbean and Dance Sustainability: Rituals of Modern Society distributed by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Her research focuses on dance and migration, cultural appropiation, multimedia performances and hybridization in popular culture. Currently, Neri is a Visiting Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso.
As Folklife Curator, Vanessa Navarro Maza directs HistoryMiami Museum’s South Florida Folklife Center, the department dedicated to documenting, presenting, and supporting the region’s traditional arts and cultural heritage. She curates exhibitions in the museum’s Folklife Gallery and conducts fieldwork and collecting projects such as the What Makes Miami, Miami Project research initiative commissioned by the Florida Folklife Program and the Miami Street Culture Project, resulting in the exhibition Avenues of Expression: Street Traditions in Miami, curated by Vanessa. She also develops educational programs, manages the museum’s artist-in-residence project, and established the museum’s Cultural Encounters series and CultureFest 305 folklife festival. Additionally, Vanessa creates media products about local folklife and assists the region’s traditional artists. She studied Anthropology at the University of Florida and Ethnomusicology at Florida State University where she conducted her thesis project, “Aché, Music, and Spiritual Experience: The Concept of Aché and The Function of Music in Orisha Spirit Possession.”
Gabriel Urrutia brings over 17 years of hospitality experience all based in the city of Miami. In his previous roles, he has conducted more than 150 training sessions for bartenders, while drawing on his creativity and knowledge to develop over 100 fresh and exciting cocktail menus. Gabe was also a finalist for St. Germain’s Can Can competition in 2011 and winner of the National Dekuyper Challenge in 2016. Born in Miami to parents from Cuba and Chile, Gabe embraces his Hispanic roots in everything he does. In 2004, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida International University, an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Nova Southeastern University in 2014, and also attained the BarSmarts Advanced certification as well as the Certified Spirits Specialist certification from the Society of Wine Educators. He is also Level 1 from Court of Master Sommeliers and WSET Level 1. At the age 28, he was nominated and shortlisted for “Young Achiever of The Year” at the London International Wine Fair 2009 by The Drinks Business. He was the only nominee from the United States. In 2019, he was selected as one of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 under 40 Tastemakers of America and most recently started a podcast, Miami Accent, chatting with anyone and everyone in the beverage world locally. Also in the same year, Gabe wrote Miami’s first cocktail book in history, Miami Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of Over 100 Recipes Inspired by the Magic City. Miami Cocktails was nominated in 2020 for the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for best new book.
Captioning is available for this program.
Must be 21 or older. Capacity is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note there are no refunds or exchanges.
By purchasing a program ticket registrants will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a copy of Miami Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of over 100 Recipes Inspired by the Magic City by Gabriel Urrutia. 3 copies will be raffled.
Must be 21 or older to enter. One entry per Zoom registration. Drawing will be held the following day, Friday, October 16th. Winners will be contacted via email and will need to confirm no later than Thursday, October 22nd. If there is no response, a new winner will be chosen.
Image: Comparsa dancers, 1952. Group of Afro-Cuban Comparsa dancers move to the beat on a street in Cuba, probably Santiago de Cuba. Three men hold farolas, which are elaborate handmade lanterns. Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami, 1995-277-2909.
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