As the vice president of arts for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Dennis Scholl mans the organization's national arts programming, including the Knight Arts Challenge and Random Acts of Culture. A man of many talents, Scholl has won multiple Emmys for producing, directing, and writing arts documentaries and is also noted for his continued contributions to the Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern, and Miami Art Museum. With such a busy and diverse arts season blossoming, we asked Scholl is to give us his list of most anticipated cultural events.
Art: Theaster Gates’ “Soul Manufacturing Corporation” Through Friday, December 21
“Theaster Gates is one of the hottest artists right now on the planet, and Miami has got him. His installation is currently on view at Locust Projects through December 21. [It] promises to be an artist-meets-civic-activist extravaganza.” 3852 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-8570; locustprojects.org
Cinema: The Borscht Film Festival Thursday, December 15, 8 p.m.
"The craziness continues on December 15 when The Borscht Film Festival returns to Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center. It is one one of Miami's hottest tickets—see stories about Miami, made by Miami filmmakers, for Miamians."1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org
Theater: Hamlet at GableStage Saturday, January 12 to Sunday, February 10
“Miami's homegrown and internationally-renown playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney reinterprets William Shakespeare's Hamlet and brings it to GableStage in January. Don't miss this one!” 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-445-1119; gablestage.org
Music: John Cage Tribute Series Friday-Sunday, February 8-10
“New World Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas take on the enigmatic works of John Cage with opera singer Jessye Norman as guest soloist." 500 17th St., Miami Beach, 305-673-3331; nws.edu
Poetry: O, Miami Throughout April
"Poetry rules in Miami—who'd have thought I'd ever say that? O, Miami Poetry Festival's stated goal is to expose every Miamian to a poem in the month of April." omiami.org