The Turkish Film Festival, Les Trois Dumas, Live Electronic Music From the Turn of the Century, The Art of Cuisine
The Turkish Film Festival
Some misty eyed cliché cook once wrote that the best things in life are free and that's certainly true when it comes to the best of Turkish films.
Starting May 29 you can spend three days in the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach watching six films highlighting the best of Turkish cinema and pay no admission charge, courtesy of Mr. Abdurrahman Celik, Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Director General Copyrights, and Pinema and the collaborative efforts on behalf of the Istanbul Center Miami and the Miami World Cinema Center.
“We are very excited to bring the best of Turkish Cinema to Miami,” says creator of the South Florida Turkish Film Festival, Pamir Demirtas. “This festival is about more than just watching a few great flicks, it’s also about discovering an ancient culture.”
The festival opens with Last Stop Kurtulus a “...dark, scandalous and entertaining plot filled with plenty of twists, turns and female empowerment...”, followed by the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Winner, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. Then comes “....the blockbuster hit comedy “Eyyvah Eyvah 2”, “God Faithful Servant: Barla”, a controversial religious animated film and “Lost Songs Of Anatolia”, an exquisite documentary on music. “
Wrapping up the festival will be a traditional Turkish Party, Wednesday May 30 at the Emanu-el Temple in South Beach.
For more information on show times and how to obtain your free tickets to attend the screenings and after-parties, visit Facebook.com/miamiturkishfilmfestival or www.MiamiTurkishFilmFestival.com or call 305-433-5848.
Les Trois Dumas
Also offering to entertain you for absolutely nothing is The Little Haiti Cultural Society when it presents Les Trois Dumas, a documentary centered on the life of Alexandre Dumas. You've read all his books and seen the movies. Remember The Three Musketeers? The Man In The Iron Mask? The Count of Monte Cristo? Of course you do. But did you know Dumas was the son of a Haitian slave woman and a French soldier?
It's Haitian Heritage Month and you can see this presentation at The Little Haiti Cultural Center,
212-260 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, Friday May 25 at 8pm. Admission is free. 305-960-2969
Live Electronic Music from the Turn of the Century
And this next one is free, if you're a member, and you should be, of WDNA 88.9FM Public Radio .
They're presenting Sergio Barroso with Live Electronic Music from the Turn of the Century--from Cuba and Canada on Saturday, June 2, 2012 8:30 p.m. Pianist Barroso will be playing at the WDNA Jazz Gallery, 2921 Coral Way. He'll be returning June 9 at 7.30 pm with Habanera and Contradanza.
Reservations are recommended. 305-662-8889.
General Admission to each event is $15. Free to WDNA Members.
The Art of Cuisine
Paula Deen, Losing Roundness and Making the Rounds
by Marguerite Gil
Well, our favorite Southern Belle is making the TV rounds again. After severe tongue lashings from chefs such as Tony Bourdain, who got scary threats for criticizing Deen’s fatty recipes last year, Paula is back on the small screen.
This week Chef Paula Deen made a guest-host appearance on the very popular, Emmy award winning ABC’s The View (theview.abc.com), at 11 a.m. followed by a cooking appearance one hour later on The Chew. She seems to have made a 180 degree turn around about including large doses of heavy creams, substantial pats of butter, lard and hefty cups of sugar in her home cooked Dixie recipes.
Last year the Queen of Southern Cuisine was diagnosed as obese and having type 2 diabetes but kept that fact under wraps while she continued to happily hawk fatty dishes on her weekly cooking shows.
Tuesday (5/21/12), she co-hosted along with Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and lamented about her medical revelations associated with consuming excessive junk food and diet drinks. Sporting a conservative black dress, black framed glasses and a silvery necklace, her tone was mostly apologetic and unusually reserved. The show’s theme today concentrated on the weight issues plaguing this nation and the consequences of overeating.
Later on The Chew (thechew.com), hosted by Chefs Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Michael Symon, Daphe Oz, daughter of Dr. Mehmet Oz and moderator Clinton Kelly, Paula resumed her bubbly persona, making friends with the audience, joking with the cooks and throwing in a bunch of “Ya’lls” for good measure. She prepared a dish for viewers, but contrary to past hi-caloric concoctions, made what she called a “humble” light, spicy chicken with tomato sauce and diced currants and served on a small portion of white rice. Kelly said, “Paula if you don’t mind my saying this, you’ve lost 30 pounds and it really makes you look a lot younger” to which she beamed and called him dumpling.
Paula and her husband, who she fondly calls Cap’n, are going to Key West for the upcoming Earnest Hemingway Look-alike competition. He’s one of the participants and hoping to win the yearly contest.
Expect to see much more of Deen this year with healthier preparations and of course her million dollar smile.
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