The Last Jewish Gangster with Myron Sugerman
Wednesday, January 29, 7:30 pm
The history of the Mob and the history of Jews in America are intertwined. Myron Sugerman’s memoir, “The Chronicles of the Last Jewish Gangster: From Meyer to Myron,” is an enthralling account of the author’s six-decade career as an international outlaw in the field of slot machines, jukeboxes, gambling machines and casinos, as part of the Jewish Mob. He rubbed shoulders with such legendary figures as Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, and Tony Bananas Caponigro.
The History of Discrimination in South Florida with Seth Bramson
Monday, February 3, 7:30 pm
You may have heard some of the myths and stories dealing with the history of discrimination in South Florida, including signs that said “No Jews/No Dogs” in front of the famous hotels. But what are the facts? Professor Seth Bramson, America’s single-most published Florida history book author, will tell the real and true story about Jim Crow, segregation and restricted clientele.
The Vice of Miami during the 80’s with Pedro Medina León
Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 pm
It was the first half of the 1980’s and Miami was the city with the highest murder rate in the United States and the center of operations of the drug cartels. It was no longer the tourist destination it once was. Then in 1984, “Miami Vice” debuted on television. León will discuss how this iconic show redefined the style of the city and saved it from further downfall.
Miami Beach Comedy: A Cavalcade of Stars with Ira Epstein
Friday, February 7, 1:00 pm
The state of Florida and particularly the city of Miami Beach, have long served as source material for many of the great comedians. Join us as we sample some classic routines by comedy stars Myron Cohen, Jack Carter, Alan Sherman, Jerry Seinfeld and others who find humor in the sunshine state. Early bird special, anyone?
The Art Deco Architecture of Miami Beach with Sharon Koskoff
Monday, February 10, 2:30 pm
“Art Deco” architecture was a movement which first began in Paris. During the 1930’s, almost 200 hotels and 500 apartment buildings were built on Miami Beach in the “deco” style. Uncover these architectural treasures and the influence the past makes on the future.
Film Double Feature: Where Neon Goes to Die and Irene Williams; Queen of Lincoln Road
Friday, February 14, 1:00 pm
Where Neon Goes to Die explores South Beach’s vibrant Yiddish community, created by Jewish immigrants and retirees after WWII. It looks behind the pastel glitz of Miami Beach to a distinct and unique culture that was ultimately destroyed.
In Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road, like so many others, Eric Smith fled the New York City winters for quick weekend getaways to South Beach where he meets Irene Williams and her wild and colorful handmade outfits that immediately caught his eye.
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