The New Times:
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.   

Florida Literary Review:  ​

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. 




-The impact the media has on downtown as it becomes a full-fledged neighborhood with one hundred thousand residents.

-Schools, noise pollution, homelessness, walkability, parks, transit, traffic and government.

-Collaborative approaches between media and downtown institutions for more insightful coverage. 

-Technical innovations, including enhanced and virtual reality, to help residents navigate an increasingly congested city. Apps to integrate coverage with businesses and residents. 

Nancy Ancrum / Miami Herald, Editorial Page Editor. New York University.
David Smiley / Miami Herald, Downtown Beat Reporter. Florida International University.
Martin Mittner / MDC’s Professor of Animation, and Designer. Carnegie Mellon University.Francis Suarez / City of Miami Commissioner and Mayoral Candidate. University of Florida.

Thursday May 4, 2017 I 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Auditorium, Building 1.

300 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, Fl. 33132. RSVP

Participants had to Say

Patricia Engel

Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of the salon and for such a lovely evening. It was a beautiful experience to watch such talented actors and musicians bring our stories to life in a new way.

Debra Lieberman

Thank you so much again for the wonderful invitation. A great time and am glad folks enjoyed the discussion.​

Women Loved Dr. Böll is a wonderfully written satire set in Downtown Miami… It explores the zaniness and insanity Miamians love and endure.” The Huffington Post.

Raúl Guerrero recreates the exuberance and chaos of Miami in unsettling intimacy, while probing the ambivalence of love, sex, betrayal, relocation, greed, art and language.

The Author: Raúl Guerrero authored numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, notably the historical novel INSOLENCE and Crónica del corazón, a mini encyclopedia of the heart. He collaborates with publications and encyclopedias worldwide. 

DASS Members receive a 20 percent discount at Code: Q 7RRG 747. 

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​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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