Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Art Deco Weekend Festival starts this Friday through Sunday (January 16-18) here in South Beach, FL. This is one of my favorite festivals in Miami. Why? Where else can you enjoy lectures, films, exhibits and musical and dance performances for FREE! That's right. This event, organized by the Miami Design Preservation League is run by volunteers, including me!

The theme this year is the Argentine Deco period of the 1930's. Known as the "Paris of the South", Buenos Aires emerged as a sophisticated city with its own identity in the arts especially that of evocative music and sultry dances mostly in the form of the well known TANGO dance.

The Festival takes place between 10th and 12th street on Ocean Drive. Start with a stroll down Argentine Way with street side cafes. Then travel in time to learn how viticulture and wine-making techniques evolved in the countries of Argentina and Chile through one of the free lectures. From lectures to films, catch a classic movie with famed Betty Grable and the Brazilian wonder--Carmen Miranda.

A popular feature for locals is the third annual ARF Deco Promenade. Bring your dog dressed in a stylish costume and enter the contest for great prizes. What will Mon Cherie wear? Not sure--I may have to work!

Speaking of work, moi is offering walking tours. To better appreciate Art Deco, it helps to learn the basics of this classic period. Take my tour and you'll learn the origins dating back to Paris, the architecture and all other influences of that time period. My $7 walking tour is only offered Saturday (January 17) at 10:30am and 1:00pm. Space is limited for this group tour so make your reservation now!

Bring the family, kids, dogs, drink some wine, and immerse yourself in the Argentine classic period of the 1930's. See you at Art Deco Weekend Festival!

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