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November guide to the arts at the U

View a list of arts-related events for this month, including a landmark musical at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, an evening of jazz at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, and a family-friendly art workshop at the Lowe Art Museum.
Theatre arts students perform at the Ring Theatre during dress rehearsal.
Theatre arts students strike a pose at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre during a dress rehearsal. “The Threepenny Opera” musical opens at the Ring Theatre on Nov. 10. Photo: University of Miami

Explore a roundup of events this month, including film screenings, book talks, exhibition openings, and musical and theatrical performances. Visit The U Creates for more information on the arts and humanities offerings at the University throughout the year.

The new pop art-inspired installation by artist John Miller at the Lowe Art Museum draws hungry crowds to feast their eyes on giant glass sculptures of food. Brightly colored, mouthwatering sculptures of crinkle fries, lollipops, and cheeseburgers are on display at the Lowe through Jan. 14, 2024. Find out how you can win your own mini version of Miller’s burgers “hidden” at various locations throughout Coral Gables. Plan your visit, which includes complimentary museum admission for the general public, and learn how to snag a 10 percent discount on burger menu items at the Rathskeller on campus—available through Dec. 5.

The Opening Festival for the Knight Center for Music Innovation continues through Sunday, Nov. 5. Learn ​​about groundbreaking work during the Frost Research Showcase and dive into Frost Tech Fest to explore the ways artificial intelligence and augmented reality are changing the musical landscape.

Jump to: Bill Cosford Cinema | Center for the Humanities | Jerry Herman Ring Theatre | Frost School of Music | Lowe Art Museum | School of Architecture | University Libraries | UM Art Galleries

Bill Cosford Cinema 

Saturday, Nov. 4, 5 p.m.

“Watching Movies with Connie Ogle: ‘Aliens’ (1986)

The School of Communication invites the University community to join Miami Herald food writer, Connie Ogle, along with Rene Rodriguez, manager for the Bill Cosford Cinema, for a screening of “Aliens.” The viewing will be followed by an in-person discussion with Ogle. Hosted by the Bill Cosford Cinema, this event series invites local thought leaders to select a movie and engage in conversation. Purchase tickets.

University students with a valid ’Cane ID can use code UMSTUDENT for complimentary tickets.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.

“NewsVision: Focus on the Everglades”

Join UMTV at the Cosford Cinema for a special presentation honoring the 75th anniversary of Everglades National Park. The program examines the history of the Everglades, investigates the biggest issues it faces, ongoing efforts to save it, and looks ahead at the future of the natural treasure.

5030 Brunson Drive, Suite 225
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Explore the Cosford Cinema’s events calendar, which includes a series of weekly film screenings this fall from the list of the 2022 Sight and Sound Greatest Films of All Time.

Center for the Humanities

Thursday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. 

“Polish-Estonian Relations and Their Importance in Current Events”

Part of The Lady Blanka Rosenstiel Endowed Program in Polish Heritage, Ambassador Aldona Z. Woś, president of The Institute of World Politics, will shed light on the essence of Estonian-Polish solidarity. Register to attend.

Kislak Center at the University of Miami
1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. 

During her talk, “Tequesta in Context: From Deep History to Downtown Redevelopment,” Traci Ardren, professor of anthropology at the College of Arts and Sciences, will explore recent archeological findings of the Tequesta people. This event is co-sponsored by HistoryMiami Museum; Miami Dade College; and the University of Miami’s Center for the Humanities, Lowe Art Museum, Native American and Global Indigenous Studies, and Libraries Indigenous Studies Group. Save a spot.

HistoryMiami Museum
101 West Flagler St.
Miami, FL, 33130

Monday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. 

Simon Evnine, professor of philosophy at the College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss his new book, “A Certain Gesture: Evnine’s Batman Meme Project and its Parerga!” Sign up to attend.

Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Explore the Center for the Humanities’ events calendar, including a series of book talks at Books & Books featuring University faculty members.

Jerry Herman Ring Theatre

Friday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 18

A landmark musical, “The Threepenny Opera” takes the stage at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre this month. Adapted by Simon Stephens (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”), the performance inhabits a dark underworld where the line between vice and virtue is always shifting. Featuring a sumptuous score with songs such as “Mack the Knife” and vividly drawn antiheroes, this satirical slap at the hypocrisy of capitalism remains eerily timely nearly 100 years after its debut. Purchase tickets.

University students can obtain free entry on Thursday, Nov. 16, by presenting a valid ’Cane ID.

Learn more about the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre and the Department of Theatre Arts.

School of Architecture

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 5:30 p.m.

U-SoA Tecnoglass Lecture Series featuring Kevin Daly

Architect and educator Kevin Daly will give a presentation at the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center Glasgow Hall with a reception to follow at the Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building. Daly’s firm—kdA (kevin daly Architects)—is an architectural practice based in Los Angeles and New York City. Get all the details.

Learn more about the School of Architecture events.

Frost School of Music

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. 

“Jazzmeia Horn and Frost Jazz Orchestra with The Dafnis Prieto Artist Ensemble”

Award-winning vocalist Jazzmeia Horn joins forces with Frost Jazz Orchestra, John Daversa, chair of studio music and jazz at the Frost School of Music, and the Dafnis Prieto Artist Ensemble for an evening of jazz. Purchase tickets.

Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Explore this season’s signature events as part of Frost Music Live—a series of concerts sponsored by the Frost School of Music. All live concerts can be accessed virtually. Find more events at the Frost School of Music.

Lowe Art Museum 

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m.

“Lowe Connects: The Indigenous Surrealism of Jorge Dominguez Cruz”

During this virtual program, Mexican Indigenous artist Jorge Dominguez Cruz will speak about his influences, which range from his Tenek-Huasteco roots and culture and the Mexican muralists, to Salvador Dali’s Surrealist style. This discussion will be led by Chrissy Arce, associate professor and director of American Studies. Tola Porter, Lowe Art Museum educator for academic and public programs, will open the program by contextualizing the connection between the artist and the Lowe’s collection. Save your spot.

Friday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m.

Organized by Lowe Art Museum student interns, “AI and the Future of Art” will explore how artificial intelligence is transforming the way we create, experience, and interpret art in museums and the broader world. Register for the virtual event.

Tuesday, Nov.14, noon

“Slow Looking with the Lowe: Indigenous Visions”

Attend a virtual program hosted by Tola Porter, Lowe Art Museum educator for academic and public programs. During this 30-minute mindful and interactive session, participants will explore the depth and complexity of Navajo and Inuit artists and their work. Register now.

Saturday, Nov. 18, session 1 at 10:30 a.m.; session 2 at 11:15 a.m

“Family Art Workshop—Glass in Focus”

Hosted at the Lowe’s Beaux Arts Classroom, experienced artists and curious beginners are invited to join museum educators for a fun and exciting artmaking experience working with various mediums, colors, and techniques. Part of a monthly program designed for intergenerational groups, this Family Workshop complements works displayed in the Lowe's Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts. Save your spot for the free event.

Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33124

Explore the Lowe's events calendar.

University Libraries

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1–5 p.m.

University Libraries and the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development present an in-person and online symposium for GIS Day 2023. Discover how geospatial technologies can help to make the world a better place to live. This year's theme, “Geography and Urban Justice,” will feature two interdisciplinary panels of speakers—one with University of Miami students and recent alums, and a second with local GIS professionals—who will share their experiences and help attendees expand their networks. Sign up to attend.

Otto G. Richter Library, Third Floor Conference Room
1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Thursday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m.

“One Brilliant Flame” with Joy Castro and Chantel Acevedo

During this book reading and presentation, author Joy Castro, Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies and director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will join Chantel Acevedo, professor of English for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. Register to attend.

Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion
Otto G. Richter Library, Second Floor
1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Thursday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m.

“River(s) of Grass: The Enduring Legacies of Marjory Stoneman Douglas”

This exhibition commemorates local author and environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas on the 75th anniversary of the publication, “River of Grass,” while exploring the ways her work underpins the continued efforts of local activist groups and collectives. During the opening reception, Eve Samples, executive director of Friends of the Everglades, will join in conversation with Cristina Favretto, head of Special Collections at the University Libraries. Register to attend.

Kislak Center at the University of Miami
1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Find a calendar of events—including weekly mindfulness sessions for health and well-being. Explore a complete list of current exhibitions offered by the UM Libraries.

University of Miami Art Galleries

On view Nov. 6–26

The University of Miami presents “Ripples,” an exhibition by Anthony Magnetti, a graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts program. The show involves a grouping of ceramic works focusing on secondhand clay-based materials sourced within a 10 mile radius from the artist’s studio. The materials are broken down, reconfigured, and fired beyond their stability. The resulting objects are fused, slumped, bubbled, and twisted similar to how geologic time changes and deforms rocks.  Learn more about the exhibit.

Attend the opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

University of Miami Gallery, Wynwood Building
2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 4
Miami, Florida 33127

The gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Get more information about the University of Miami Art Galleries and explore student and faculty exhibitions.