Florida Grand Opera would love to see you at the opera house! In hopes that we'll see you again soon, we'd like to offer you 25% OFF tickets to the final opera of our 2014-15 Season:
Gian Carlo Menotti's The Consul (May 9–16 at the Arsht Center)!
The Miami Herald listed it as a Top 10 Music Event of 2015!
Come and see why thisthrilling drama, which is presented in English with English and Spanishsupertitles, ran forover 250 performances on Broadway!
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In 1951, Robert H. Simpson lifted off in a specially-equipped plane, flying directly into the path of a storm that would send most people running for cover. For more than four hours he observed Typhoon Marge from its eerily calm eye, later describing it in The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society as “a coliseum of clouds whose walls on one side rose vertically and on the other were banked like the galleries in a great opera house.”
For Simpson this was just one of his many pioneering explorations of hurricanes and extreme storms. Over his decades-long career his research led to great leaps in our understanding of tropical meteorology and our approach to hurricane safety. He was the first director of the National Hurricane Research Project and the second director of the National Hurricane Center, though he may be best known as co-creator of the widely used Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, familiar to anyone who has heard a reporter use the words “category five.”
Simpson’s memoirs take readers from his experience with the Corpus Christi hurricane of 1919 to his travels to study weather across the globe. Along the way he crosses paths with other weather greats, including his trailblazing wife, meteorologist Joanne Simpson. Hurricane Pioneer is a riveting first-hand account at a revolutionary time in meteorology.
About the Author:
Neal M. Dorst is a meteorologist in the Hurricane Research Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
When is your culture bad for you? That is the question that weaves its way through Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You, a startling collection chronicling the lives of Cuban Americans from WWII-era Havana to contemporary times in "el norte." Whether they inhabit blue collar neighborhoods in the Northeast, the increasingly Latino-populated South, or Florida, the characters that populate this book—many of whom are the children and grandchildren of exiles, who have been raised in traditional Cuban homes but whose only homeland has been the United States—must decide what to take and what to leave from their upbringing.
About the Author:
Cecilia Rodríguez Milanéswas born in New Jersey to Cuban parents. Her debut collection of stories,Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles(Ig Publishing, 2009), was followed byEveryday Chica, 2010 winner of the Longleaf Press Poetry Chapbook award. She lives in Orlando, Florida, where she teaches literature and writing at the University of Central Florida.
August, 1943: Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. His life, in a brutal Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, is a daily struggle to save the men under his command. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever. A savagely beautiful novel about the many forms of good and evil, of truth and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.
About the Author:
Richard Flanagan's five previous novels—Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting—have received numerous honors and are published in twenty-six countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. He lives in Tasmania.
As I was looking at a black and white picture I could neither see nor understand whether those real lively colors did exist at the exact moment the photograph was shot.
I realized only later, talking to my relatives and friends, that, although the lack of colors gave the photo a look of antique, these colors were remembered only by the people who were present at the moment the photo was taken.
Staring at the picture, the impossible love of a desperate sailor for the beautiful Eneride began to take shape, to be then consumed in a lifetime. I could see in the traditions of a village, the Shipwrights that revealed to a few favorite the hidden soul of all their masterpieces.
The parallel story of Elpidio and Atanasio, the two leading characters who discover how important they are one for the other, comes out from the events taking place in that village deeply offended by constant bombing as well as by the effect of constant and ignorant gossip.
This is the story of the Shipwright and the Sailor.
About the Author:
Born in the hectic Parisian beauty, I discover my pencil at a young age, during a cold January.
From Paris to Brussels I arrived in Italy, in the area of Monte Argentario, where for a period of time I feel the earth under my feet, Porto Santo Stefano, which would become my home for over twenty years.
As a child I could breathe an international air and live unique experiences that I reported in the following years in my stories.
Travelling the world, crossing oceans, has always been a great passion of mine, which later transformed into a job.
About ten years ago, driven by the following - "There is no place in the world that can not be reached" - I decided to move to the United States, in Miami, where the colors and, of course, the tropical climate, make the writing take life permanently.
Writing becomes an incomprehensible, meditative must that fills my mornings with a unique energy.
Even today I am amazed when I understand how wonderful it is not to investigate about where thoughts come from!
Gene Baur, the cofounder and president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, knows that the key to happiness lies in aligning your beliefs with your actions. In this definitive vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle guide, he and Gene Stone, author ofForks Over Knives, explore the deeply transformative experience of visiting the sanctuary and its profound effects on people's lives. The book covers the basic tenets of Farm Sanctuary life--such as eating in harmony with your values, connecting with nature wherever you are, and reducing stress--and offers readers simple ways to incorporate these principles into their lives.
Living the Farm Sanctuary Life also teaches readers how to cook and eat the Farm Sanctuary way, with 100 extraordinarily delicious recipes selected by some of the organization's greatest fans--chefs and celebrities such as Chef AJ, Chloe Coscarelli, Emily Deschanel, and Moby.
Coupled with heartwarming stories of the animals that Farm Sanctuary has saved over the years, as well as advice and ideas from some of the organization's biggest supporters, Living the Farm Sanctuary Lifeis an inspiring, practical book for readers looking to improve their whole lives and the lives of those around them--both two- and four-legged.
About the Author:
Gene Baur is the cofounder and president of Farm Sanctuary and was named "the conscience of the food movement" by Time magazine. He has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal, among many other print outlets, and is a frequent guest on television. He lives in Washington, DC.
Gene Stone is the author of nine bestsellers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives. He lives in New York City.
Often recognized as one of the happiest countries in the world, Denmark, like its Scandinavian neighbors, is known for its progressive culture, which is also reflected in its national cinema. It is not surprising, then, that Danish film boasts as many successful women film directors as men, uses scripts that are often cowritten by the director and the screenwriter, and produces one of the largest numbers of queer films directed by and starring women. Despite all this, Danish film is not widely written about, especially in English. Inclusion in New Danish Cinema brings this vibrant culture to English-language audiences. Meryl Shriver-Rice argues that Denmark has demonstrated that film can reinforce cultural ethics and political values while also navigating the ongoing and mounting forces of digital communication and globalization.
About the Author:
Dr. Meryl Shriver-Rice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Arts & Philosophy at Miami Dade College. As an interdisciplinary scholar she has taught film studies, ethics, philosophy, humanities, gender and pop culture studies, American studies, and psychology at the University of Miami, Barry University, and Metropolitan College of New York in New York City. She has published on Danish to Hollywood film adaptations, the transnational legacy of Scandinavian sex films, women directors, queer Scandinavian cinema, and war trauma in film. Her work has been featured in Film International, The Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, and in an edited interdisciplinary collection on war trauma entitled Speaking the Unspeakable (2013). Her research examines the shared ethical themes that place Denmark at the forefront of utilizing film as a medium to negotiate cultural ethics and political values. When not watching extraordinary Danish films, she is also an archaeologist and works on urban rescue sites in downtown Miami.
Battle of the Books is a reading competition
that the Education Transformation Office (ETO), a region in Miami Dade County
School, has held over the past five years. We have relied on donations in order
to purchase novels for low income schools to create book clubs. Students then
keep the books in order to build a personal library of exceptional literature.
Schools chose six member teams to ‘battle’ their knowledge of the novels chosen
each year against other schools. Good sportsmanship along with a love of literature
is cultivated through this unique opportunity.