Performing Arts

Documentary ‘The Crossfire Kids’ spotlights precarious lives of young immigrants; airs Monday on WPBT2

“The Crossfire Kids” airs on WPBT2, recounting stories of young immigrants in the crosshairs of the national debate.
“The Crossfire Kids” airs on WPBT2, recounting stories of young immigrants in the crosshairs of the national debate.

The plight of young immigrants caught in the political crossfire over immigration policy in the United States is the subject of a new documentary, The Crossfire Kids, airing at 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Monday and at 11 p.m. Oct. 21 on WPBT2.

The documentary, directed and produced by Miami filmmaker Oscar Corral, follows the stories of several young immigrants who came to the United States as minors and find themselves limited by legal uncertainty. 

We meet Oscar Turcios, a Honduran boy who fled to the United States after his brother and father were killed by gang members in his village; Donatila Diego, a Guatemalan farmworker struggling to raise her deported sister’s three children; and immigration reform advocate Frida Barreto, whose undocumented status prevented her from attending college. 

Also featured in the film are interviews with several South Florida leaders, including Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Cheryl Little, founder of Americans for Immigrant Justice, and Al Cardenas, a GOP activist and chairman of the American Conservative Union who advocates for immigration reform.

The Crossfire Kids also offers a special web companion series and an exclusive online original mini-documentary available for viewing beginning Oct. 14 on WPBT2’s uVu channel, with new videos each week through October.


Miami Dade College’s Arts and Philosophy Department’s jazz series, Jazz at Wolfson Presents, brings super group World Music<TH>5 at noon, Wednesday, 10/15. World Music 5 is made up of some of South Florida’s premier jazz musicians, including two-time Latin Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dr. Ed Calle, multi-Grammy-winning violinist Federico Britos and members of the two-time Grammy-nominated Negroni’s Trio, featuring pianist Jose Negroni, drummer Nomar Negroni and bassist Josh Allen

The group, formed in 2011, performs a unique repertoire of music that fuses jazz with Afro-Latin American and Caribbean rhythms, world genres and European harmonies. 

The concert is free and open to the public at MDC Wolfson Campus Auditorium, Room 1261, 300 NE Second Ave. Miami.


The second annual Miami International Children’s Film Festival, presented by the Coral Gables Art Cinema in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival, takes place Oct. 17-19 at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave. The festival offers a blend of global “art house” films for children of all ages, as well as film workshops, parties and talks with visiting filmmakers.

The lineup is a showcase of films from around the world, with area premieres of works from France, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, Taiwan, Latvia and the United States. The opening-night screening will be of the French film Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants in 3D preceded by a reception with bites by Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and Whole Foods Market and special drinks for kids and adults. The event also features the U.S. premiere of Selkirk, the Real Robinson Crusoe with introduction and Q&A hosted by Uruguayan director Walter Tournier.

Along with the screenings, there will be hands-on animation workshops for kids and teens. Tickets are available in advance at the Cinema box office during all regular film screenings leading up to the Festival and online at


Actor and playwright Deborah Sherman will perform her solo show Frida: Unmasked as part of the Overheard Series at Broward College’s South Campus. The play explores the pain-filled, extraordinary life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, touching on her Jewish identity, her bisexuality and her complicated relationship with her husband, artist Diego Rivera.

The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Friday 10/17 at the campus’ Performing Cultural Arts Theatre, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Admission is free for students with a valid ID, $10 for the general public. For information, call 954-201-8719 or email


Fort Lauderdale’s Thinking Cap Theatre is launching a new play-reading series, Fall in Love With Theatre, featuring an event each month through December. First up, at 7:30 p.m. Monday during the company’s It’s Almost Halloween Party, is a reading of Freakshow by Carson Kreitzer. Christina Groom, Scott Douglas Wilson, Niki Fridh, Noah Levine, Jose Elosegui, Matt Stabile, Stephanie White and Casey Dressler are in the show, and admission to the performance and party is $25 (students pay $15).

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Thinking Cap will read In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks. Carey Brianna Hart directs a cast that will include Karen Stephens, McleyCQ Lafrance and Rachel Chin. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. On Dec. 8, Thinking Cap will read Radio TBS (Trailer Park Broadcasting Scandals) by Mark Landon Smith. Included in the 10-woman cast are Elena Maria Garcia, Sally Bondi, Niki Fridh, Sabrina Gore and Casey Dressler. The reading is at 7:30 p.m., with ticket prices still to be set.

All readings are at Art Serve, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For information, call 813-220-1546 or visit


Art | Bastion presents an exhibit of works by Cuban-born artist Renelio Marin at its new gallery space in Wynwood, 2085 NW Second Ave., No.104, Miami; 305-509-8338 or

Unscripted, a Bal Harbour Creative Project, is hosting New York-based artist David Brooks in conversation with Meredith Johnson of the renowned New York public art organization Creative Time. Brooks’ work investigates how cultural concerns and nature are connected. The pair’s presentation on spaces, species and situations starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Sea View Hotel, 9909 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. Free and open to the public with RSVP to For more information, visit

ArtCenter/South Florida continues its series On Location with Dimensions Variable with an exhibition including Nellie Appleby, Allison Matherly, and Cristina Lei Rodriguez at the Richard Shack Gallery, 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Dimensions Variable directors Adler Guerrier, Leyden Rodriguez-Cassanova and Frances Trombly are developing site-specific work during their residency at ArtCenter’s Project 924, 924 Lincoln Rd. Both shows are on view through Nov. 2. 305-674-8278 or

The Wolfsonian-FIU, in preparation for its next exhibition Myth and Machine: The First World War in Visual Culture, opening Nov. 11, presents the Howard Hughes film Hell’s Angels (1930) for free with museum admission, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 at 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-1001 or

Pérez Art Museum Miami is open on Monday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with free tours with museum admission at 11 a.m. (Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botanico); noon (architecture); and, 2:30 p.m. (Global Positioning Systems). 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000 or

Christine Dolen, Amy Reyes and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to (theater), (dance, pop and Latin music), (visual arts) or (jazz, classical music).