Upcoming Salons

An Evening of Books & Opera  

A reading from the novel WOMEN LOVED DR. BÖLL, followed by a recital of the world's best loved arias by the Magic City Opera.  

About the novel WOMEN LOVED DR. BÖLL: "Raúl Guerrero recreates in his latest novel the exuberance and chaos of downtown Miami in unsettling immediacy. Through the chronicle of a of German cardiologist turned photographer, he probes the ambivalence of love, sex, betrayal, relocation, greed, art and language." Art and Science Magazine.

​December 13, 2016. 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Books & Books at the Adrienne Arsht Center.  Click to RSVP.


Car dependence reigns supreme despite tens of thousands of dwelling units being built in what should be a walkable urban core. Because Miami grew up in the car age, its commute times are among the longest in America. Something has to give. A conversation with architect and urban designer Juan Mullaret

The Historic Ball and Chain Club in Calle Ocho, Little Havana.

Read Article by Juan Mullaret at SalonEspanol.com.

A conversation with distinguished Miami historian Arva Moore Parks on Miami historic architecture, and a reading from her latest book, recounting George Merricks's quest to distinguish himself from the many developers interested only in profit. 

Books & Books at the Adrienne Arsht Center. 


​Raúl Guerrero uses biography as a clinical story to explore the causes for his heart-attacks with former Chairman of Medicine at the University of Miami, and current Chairman of Medicine at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD., Dr. Mauro Moscucci. A fascinating conversation covering from risk factors to treatment, including scientifically proven life-style strategies to prevent, control and revert heart disease. 

​The Mind WareHouse, downtown Miami. 


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​ Salon DASS  

​Molded after Ted Talks and a local social club, DASS is about intelligent conversation. We host salons in topics ranging from archaeology and cardiology to urban planning and psychology, from the novel to the opera. And hands-on stuff like fencing, wine-tasting and tango. Miami media rated DASS: "Miami's bests place for intelligent conversation." Salons take place at Downtown iconic cultural venues. Join the Conversation. 

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The Florida Literary Review on DASS Literary Salon with Jazz 

March 2016. Miami's literary community gathered at the opulent Olympia Theater, long a mainstay of the city's small but dedicated creative class. The event, hosted by the Downtown Arts and Science Salon (DASS), drew hundreds of patrons for a dramatic reading of works by four local authors, accompanied and interpreted by an experimental jazz quartet. 

DASS's curator, author Raul Guerrero, says this is exactly the kind of "intellectual flirting" its members enjoy every month. Drawing on the concept of the salon, which flourished during the European Enlightenment and enjoyed a heyday during the Parisian jazz age of Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, DASS functions as a local social club that discusses themes ranging from science and innovation to literature and music. 

This Wednesday offering produced a conversation among many different art forms: literature, drama, music, and architecture, housed under the Olympia's gilded dome.​ Full Review.


Modeled after the New York Public Library's Conversation Series and the wildly popular TED Talks, DASS' events are designed to build a downtown community by putting young, intelligent, and — as often as not — attractive people together. The best place in Miami for intelligent conversation. The New Times