Raul Guerrero
Jul 29 · 4 min read

Rediscover the art of conversation over a glass of wine, or two. The Downtown Arts + Science Salon has an incredible fall program, including Artificial Intelligence, Climate Resilience Explained, History, and fun activities such a Tango Happy Hour on the stage of the historic Olympia Theater, and fencing.

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Photography Exhibit

Two photographers capture Miami from a micro and a macro perspective. One’s realm is the streets, an intimate portrayal of the city’s actors, while the other’s take is from up high. Two views juxtaposed.

A Literary Evening

Dramatic readings from Curiosities, Raul Guerrero’s new book, a collection of autobiographical essays on language, culture, and sex. A brief excerpt:

Learning a new language is like becoming a new person. –Haruki Murakami.

In the solitude of my days without the bookseller, I discovered infatuation, the prettier smitten, the semi-medical melancholy, the melodramatic I miss you to death, and the words tuna fishand lunch. In a class for accent reduction and rhythm, the professor, a jazz pianist, and her conga player-assistant, made us foreign students sit in a semicircle to do all kinds of crazy chants. One I remember, “Oh, my Goodness, or my Gosh, tuna fish, again for lunch.”

Memorized the chant, I walked into one of those great Broadway delis and waited in line. When my turn to order came, I pronounced in perfect musicality: “Oh, my Goodness, or my Gosh, tuna fish, again for lunch.” The Italian behind the counter didn’t think it funny and said what I now speculate must have been, get the weirdo out.

I have always been impractical that way, mastering words of little use for everyday communication. The assistant instructor, the conga player, a man from Puerto Rico, took me aside and taught me a lesson. “If you want to learn the language fast and properly, get yourself an English monolingual girlfriend.”

I put an ad in the school newspaper, “South American student looking for English conversationist. Preference: Girl not Spanish speaking.” I wanted to add long hair, expressive eyes, and nice breasts, but for such traits, the South American student learned the verb to hope.

A Tango Happy Hour

Dance, watch, drink, feel tragic, drink some more, flirt. Feel interesting… What a way to decompress after a long week of work. Find out why the Miami New Times elected DASS the best place in Miami to meet good looking and intelligent people.

Tango: A tragedy you can dance.

This Fall, Tango Happy Hour on the stage of Miami’s most beautiful theatre, the historic Olympia. Photo of a previous DASS Tango Evening surrounded by art. Photo, Marc Schmidt.

Climate Resilience Explained

Making sense of all those theories floating around. Do you sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed by so much information and opinions? We do at DASS and invited a scientist and communicator to translate and summarize in less than 60 minutes all that we need to know about Climate Resilience.

Artificial Intelligence and the Brain

​There’s a drive for enhanced intelligence, “but there will be a long period of coexistence in which there will be an ecology of intelligence. Humans will become enhanced in different ways. Younger people who interact with smartphones from childhood will be cyborgs from the very beginning. They will think in different ways than current adults do,” observes FRANK WILCZEK, Professor of Physics at MIT, recipient of the 2004 Nobel Prize in physics.

A provocative evening of science and technology.


The Art and Science of Fencing boils down to touching and not being touched, as Moliere defined it.

Grace Kelly, learning to fence in the film Swan. Photo by Corbis.
DASS Director fencing at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue.

Sword fighting goes back to the dawn of time, samurais, Romans, and, of course, the sword made it to America along with the cross, the Spanish language, and germs for which natives had no immunity. Zorro, the California noblemen we all know used the sword in duel after duel to soften the morality of nice Catholic women. “The ultimate immorality for women was sex,” from Curiosities, “even thinking about it was sinful, but Zorro undressed women with two or three swift movements of the wrist, yes, fencing is all in the wrist.” An unforgettable night of improvised duels.

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News, analysis and commentary on Culture, Science and Society. Bilingual Spanish and English. DASS BLOG by the Downtown Arts + Science Salon - dassMIAMI.com

Raul Guerrero

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Editor, Downtown NEWS. Director, Downtown Arts + Science Salon, DASS, (DASSMIAMI.COM). His latest book is Curiosidad/Curiosity.



News, analysis and commentary on Culture, Science and Society. Bilingual Spanish and English. DASS BLOG by the Downtown Arts + Science Salon - dassMIAMI.com

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