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Frannie Sheridan: Comedian, Author, Actress, Playwright

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FRANNIE SHERIDAN is the daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors but was brought up as a Catholic in Canada to protect her from imagined antisemitism. Her father was a successful ophthalmologist with three practices but was tormented by his experiences during the Holocaust. She has had careers as a successful playwright, comedian, author, and actress.

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Luiz Silva at Miami City Ballet

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LUIZ SILVA grew up in a small town in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and started dancing at age 15 at Escola de Dança Fundação Porto Real under the direction of Maria Angélica Costa. He officially joined Miami City Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer in 2016.

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Artist Sheila Elias

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SHEILA ELIAS: My work is about the layers of life and art history, seeking in it a connection between art aesthetics and social consciousness. American sensibilities have influenced my life, the hues of my country found in the colors of my art.

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Musician Etienne Charles Cannot Be Pigeon-Holed

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Trinidad born ETIENNE CHARLES is a performer, composer and storyteller, who is continuously searching for untold stories and sounds with which to tell them.
His lush trumpet sound, varied compositional textures and pulsating percussive grooves enable him to invoke trance, soothing and exciting listeners while referencing touchy and sometimes controversial subjects in his music.

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Violinist Samuel Marder, “Devils among Angels: A Journey from Paradise and Hell to Life.”

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SAMUEL MARDER was born in 1930 in Chernovitz, Rumania, now Ukraine. His music studies began at the age of six. At age ten he won a prize which made him eligible to study in Moscow. World War II interrupted Marder’s brilliant beginning, and life changed completely. Young Samuel and his family were soon deported to a Nazi concentration camp.

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