Wynwood pioneer Bakehouse Art Complex — home to 70 artist workspaces and two galleries — has launched the first giving campaign in its 25-year history. About 150 attended dual breakfast-lunch events kicking off the drive last week.
The goal, says Executive Director Arlys Raymond, is to raise $100,000 by year’s end for updates to the 90-year-old building that once housed a bakery. The center gets about 60 percent of its $525,000 annual budget from studio rentals, about 20 percent from grants and 20 percent from other contributions.
The numbers aren’t yet final, but Raymond thinks the launch events brought in around $30,000 in pledges. She and her husband, lawyer Mark Raymond, have agreed to match $25,000 in pledges, with an additional $25,000 match for multi-year pledges.
Members of the public can visit the complex, at 561 NW 32nd St., to watch artists at work any time. Most are on hand for the Bakehouse’s monthly opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. on the second Friday of every month.
In addition, the Bakehouse is hosting a four-session workshop series this fall and winter for emerging collectors, open to members for a reduced price. BAC’s annual raffle of artworks is Nov. 9, with tickets $45 in advance; backfl.org, 305-376-2828.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is holding auditions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for a girl between the ages of 15 and 18 to play the part of a literacy-advocating princess. The winner will host weekend performances of the Family Fun Series at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura. And take note, princess wannabes: The Aventura Center is where the auditions are being held.
Applicants should bring a resume and recent, full-length photo, and will be asked to recite a pre-curtain speech. Whoever is chosen to play Princess Reads-a-Lot will get community service hours or a $50 gift card for each appearance.
The Family Fun Series takes place on select Saturdays and Sundays from October through May; 877-311-7469, aventuracenter.org.
Theater artists Sandra and Ernesto Garcia are gearing up for the third edition of their celebration of South Florida’s Spanish-language theater. TEMFest 2012 will feature a free opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Miami-Dade County Black Box Theatre, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami. Artistic director Eduardo Corbé, actress Marta Velasco and playwright Jose Abreu Felippe will be honored that evening with the Baco Award.
Plays and storytelling events and book presentations featured during the festival are Ernesto Garcia’s Drume negrita at the Teatro en Miami Studio, 2500 SW Eighth St., Miami (8:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 5 p.m. Oct. 14); Una noche de cuentos del Miami cuenta at Teatro en Miami (8:30 p.m. Oct. 13); Raquel Carrio’s Leyenda at Hoy Como Ayer, 2212 SW Eighth St., Miami (8:30 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 5 p.m. Oct. 14); a book presentation on 3 Dramatur4gos, 3 Generaciones at Teatro en Miami (7 p.m. Oct. 18); Boris Villar’s No vayas a llorar at Teatro en Miami (8:30 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 5 p.m. Oct. 21); Santiago Serrano’s Dinosaurios at Havana Fama Theatre, 701 SW 10th Ave. (8:30 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 5 p.m. Oct. 21); Enrique Buenaventura’s La orgia at Havana Fama (8:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27, 5 p.m. Oct. 28); Rolando Moreno’s Retrato de Aura at Teatro en Miami (8:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27, 5 p.m. Oct. 28); and a free children’s theater day at 10 a.m. Oct. 28 at Centro Cultural Español, 1400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-551-7473, teatroenmiami.org.
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