Saturday, Nov. 2
'Crosscurrents: Contemporary Selections from the Rodríguez Collection of Cuban Artists' will showcase 56 works by 19 different artists. All objects are from the private Rodríguez Collection, based in Miami.
Leonardo Rodríguez has amassed his collection over the past 20 years, and it represents a diversity of styles and media.
The art to be displayed at the Foosaner was curated by Carla Funk, executive director and chief curator of University Museums. Ms. Funk has chosen works that highlight the New Cuban Art movement that arose in the 1980s in the country’s capital, Havana.
'These artists make up the first generation to grow up after the Revolution of 1959,” Ms. Funk said. 'Ironically, the New Cuban Art movement flourished in spite of the increasingly oppressive control of cultural expression on the island.'
Artists featured in the Foosaner show include José Bedia; Ruben Torres Llorca and Rogelio 'Gory' López Marín; Ana Albertina Delgado; Ciro Quintana; Tomás Esson; and Angel Delgado.
After graduating from leading art schools including Havana’s San Alejandro Academy and the Higher Institute of Art, these artists banded together in the 1980s to explore new art forms that challenged the state-controlled narrative. Now living in the United States, they continue to push the boundaries of their unique Cuban and exile experiences, question the role of art, and influence their fellow artists at home and abroad.
There will be several events and opportunities to meet featured artists in conjunction with Crosscurrents.
The opening day, Saturday, Nov. 2, kicks off with a gallery talk by featured artist Henry Ballate, who is also the Miami-based curator in charge of the Rodríguez Collection.
'Crosscurrents: Contemporary Selections from the Rodríguez Collection of Cuban Artists' will remain on display through March 14, 2020. For more information, visit https://foosanerartmuseum.org/.
• To the Moon with JFK: An intriguing, exciting and free symposium, 'JFK’s Moonshot Mandate Explored' will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Florida Tech's Gleason Performing Arts Center.
The half-day symposium begins at 7:30 a.m. and a continental breakfast will be served. Panel discussions begin at 9 a.m., after the free breakfast and opening remarks. The symposium concludes at 2:30 p.m.
In 1961, John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to send astronauts to the moon and return them safely. Two years later, on Nov. 16, 1963, he visited NASA’s 'new Merritt Island launch area' to check on the progress of his bold mandate, speaking with James Webb and Wernher von Braun, touring launch facilities and viewing a submarine-launched missile.
Kennedy did not live to see his mission was was accomplished in July 1969.
Yet his recognition of the importance of exploration beyond Earth and his understanding of how doing so could unify a nation and supercharge technological discovery continues to thrive a half-century later.
But what is the historical and cultural significance of President Kennedy’s vision? How have various agents, from universities to politics, shifted and shaped that vision to reflect our modern times? And what does the future hold, as commercial space companies rise and lunar and Martian colonization inch closer to reality?
Presented by Florida Tech, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), the event will feature three panel discussions examining the past, present and future of space exploration in the shadow of Apollo 11, and a special screening of the Florida Today Apollo 11 documentary, People of Apollo.
Special guests include Apollo 15 astronaut and command module pilot Al Worden; John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Executive Director Steven Rothstein; and USRA President and CEO Jeffrey Isaacson.
Former CNN space correspondent John Zarrella will serve as master of ceremonies.
Panelists scheduled to participate are Andrew Aldrin, director of Florida Tech’s Aldrin Space Institute; Saida Caballero-Nieves, assistant professor, Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences, Florida Tech; and Alyssa Carson, astrobiology student at Florida Tech and the youngest person to graduate from the Advanced Space Academy.
Panelists also include Suzanne ‘Suzy’ Cunningham, strategy and integration manager for communication and public engagement, NASA Kennedy Space Center; Scott Henderson, vice president, test and flight operations, Florida site director, Blue Origin; Jeffrey Isaacson, president and CEO, USRA; David Kring, principal scientist, Lunar and Planetary Institute at USRA; Dwayne McCay, president of Florida Tech; Shawn Quinn, director of engineering, NASA Kennedy Space Center; Steven Rothstein, executive director, John F. Kennedy Library Foundatio; Winston Scott, former shuttle astronaut, NASA; Bob Sieck, former director of shuttle processing at Kennedy Space Center; Cynthia Simmons, deputy director of planning and business management operations, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Lee Solid, retired senior executive, Rockwell Space Operations; Al Worden, former Apollo astronaut, NASA.
Following the panel discussions, guests are invited to view a presentation of People of Apollo, the special Apollo 11 50th anniversary documentary from Florida Today that looks at the Apollo program through the eyes of people who worked on the program. Tim Walters, who produced, wrote and edited the film, will offer a brief introduction prior to the screening.
'I focus on painting what interests and fascinates me,' Mr. Cielukowski said. "I also try to promote awareness of animal welfare issues with my feral cat and farm animal paintings.'
Mr. Cielukowski donates his work to local organizations such as The Brevard Achievement Center, and The Space Coast Feline Network, as well as national organizations like Farm Sanctuary for their fundraising efforts.
Mr. Cielukowski received a BA in Fine Arts from Montclair State University in New Jersey. He studied at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and The Art Students League in New York City. Mr. Cielukowski is a founding member of the Studios of Cocoa Beach.
He is also an active member of the Central Brevard Art Association (CBAA), where he is one of the Directors of their Art in Public Spaces program.
A print of Mr. Cielukowski’s painting 'Red Star Express' will be the prize in the Studios monthly giveaway. To enter this free drawing, visit the Studios any day in November. Mr. Cielukowski’s work can be viewed during the Studio’s regular hours. Located at 165 Minuteman Causeway in downtown Cocoa Beach. Hours are: Monday and Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about exhibits, artists and workshop schedules, call the Studios at 321-613-3480 or visit www.studiosofcocoabeach.org.
• Cocoa Village presents: The 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held from 6-9 p.m., Friday Nov. 8 at Riverfront Park. Chili cookers will be competing for cash prizes totaling $1200. For admission fee of only $5 (kids under 12 are free), you can sample & judge some of the best chili around. Beer donated by our local Cocoa Village brewery, the Dirty Oar Beer Company.. The Acoustic Ramblers will be live on stage to entertain you. As always, we are kid- & pet-friendly. For more information call 321-631-9075.
Friday, Nov. 8-Saturday, Nov. 9
Whether you are looking for seasonal decor, or gift buying, you will find everything necessary to get you in the holiday spirit. More than 30 artists will display basketry, jewelry, laser engraving, crochet and knitted items, woodwork, crystal design shirts, Christmas trees and ornaments, tasty jams and much, more. Gift baskets will be raffled off with proceeds going to Relay for Life. And don’t miss the many varieties of handmade chocolates with proceeds benefiting local charities.The Artisan Market is held inside the Plantation Manor at 145 Plantation Drive. Tell the security gate attendant that you are going to the Artisan Market. For information, contact Pat Thomas at 321-360-2542 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, Nov. 16
Dance is taught and a partner not needed. The lesson is at 7 p.m., the dance starts at 7:30. Join us for loads of fun and smiles. Wear cool, comfortable clothes and non-marking shoes. We have snacks to share at the break. Please refrain from wearing perfume and cologne. When bodies heat up on the dance floor, fragrances are more rapidly dispersed and quickly become overpowering. For information, contact Catie Geist, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Masquerade Ball tonight: The ball will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd in Cocoa Beach. The cost is $75 per person, $550 for a table of eight..
This fun, fancy evening features a masquerade theme, live music from the Vince Reed Band, dancing, games, auction (live and silent), taste of Cocoa Beach-inspired station style dining, cocktails, keepsakes, raffles and community support. Event is open to all adults 21+.The Masquerade Ball benefits Get On Track, a community initiative led by Cocoa Beach Kiwanis to replace the busted, broken old track at Cocoa Beach High School, and help pave the way for the next generation of great, young athletes. For more information, call Marlene White at 321-288-5388.
Thursday, Nov. 28