Forget catered parties and swank affairs. Homemade eats and casual conversation are where it's at these days. This weekend, art enthusiasts can get a little bit of both at the Miami Light Project's (MLP) cozy Community Supper.
The group is hosting a BYOF (bring-your-own-food) potluck this Saturday at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. Attendees will mingle with fellow locals, get a sneak preview of the MLP's upcoming season - and nosh on some homemade grub.
"We had a lot of success with our friends' dinner last year, as well as with this amazing choreographer Radhouane el Meddeb. [His show] had a community feeding aspect to it because he cooked this amazing meal. So we really wanted to create a moment that was about fellowship and welcoming and really have an opportunity for the community to come to the Lightbox and share something together," said Rebekah Lengel, Managing Producer with the MLP.
The community supper, as it's dubbed, is limited to 100 people, and each attendee is asked to bring a savory dish or baked good that feeds eight to 10 people (so now's the time to break out your gram's legendary potato salad recipe).
MLP is a non-profit organization that works to support the arts in South Florida by sponsoring live performances, helping local artists and hosting educational programs. Basically, they help the 305 up its culture quotient.
Supper attendees will also be able to buy tickets to the season's shows before sales go live on the website on October 14.
"We have a really exciting lineup -- a great mix of music, theater and dance this year," Lengel says.
"We kick the season off in December with a fabulous choreographer named Dayna Hanson . Her work is called Gloria's Cause, and it's an ensemble dance theater piece. She calls it a rock and roll retelling of the Revolutionary War. It's got an incredible rock band in it and George Washington dancing -- it's just a really fun piece." Lengel says.
The season continues with Japanese choreographer Kota Yamazaki, the annual Here & Now program showcasing local artists, and performer Rudi Goblen.
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Lengel adds: "This is a really fun way for people to get to know their own community. It's a way for them to appreciate art and culture by meeting their neighbors, who are also fans, in a setting that's really casual and encouraging to conversation."
The supper takes place on Saturday, October 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 404 NW 26 Street. The event is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP on MLP's website and bring an edible goodie to share.