Venetian Arts Society presents
Venetian Arts CAFÉ SOCIETY at WMODA/Gallery of Amazing Things
WMODA – Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts
Presents LEESA RICHARDS & TRIO
481 South Federal Hwy
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Inside the Gallery of Amazing Things
April 11, 2019 6:00PM – 9:00PM
VAS/JKV $35.00   General Public $50.00

Café Society is yet another of the innovative 21st century concepts of experiencing the arts in, socializing, and challenging our intellect…all simultaneously and in a more complete fashion!

Taking once again from history, we reach this time into late-19th century and draw from a culture characterized by continual socializing in bistros, coffee shops, and night clubs. These were sometimes extravagantly frivolous and sometimes intensely intellectual in nature, but always high spirited and exhilarating! The socialites who regularly frequented these fashionable night spots became known as Café Society.

VAS is honored to partner with the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, a world-class collection of ceramic art and studio glass in South Florida. Our galleries showcase the finest British and European pottery and porcelain from the last two centuries, including Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Lladró. Our glass collections feature stunning studio glass by Chihuly and Lalique.

 

Leesa Richards is a treat for the eyes and ears, and many of her fans might also say the soul.

The songstress with the model’s good looks and the sultry, full voice has been on South Florida’s music circuit for years bringing class and elegance to whichever stage she graces.

Her masterful cover of Stormy Monday is remarkable and her soulful rendition of India. Arie’s Strength, Courage and Wisdom really and truly inspires listeners to become stronger, more courageous and wiser.

The South Florida Times caught up with the busy singer to find out what she’s up to and about her plans for the future.

SFT: When did you know that singing was your passion?
LR: Singing sort of snuck up on me. My initial training in the arts was as a dancer. Early in my career in New York I auditioned and was chosen to go with a group of performers to Monte Carlo for the summer. We did a variety of musical theatre productions and in one of them I was given a solo, Somewhere from West Side Story. It was my very first solo and I was terrified but it was really well received and led me to further explore singing as a career.

SFT: What has been the highlight of your career?
LR: That’s hard to say because each experience has been so new, different and important to who I’ve become as an artist. I toured as a dancer with Whitney Houston and as Mary Magdalene in the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.
When I moved to Miami, I was immersed in the Latin music scene thanks to tours with Julio Iglesias, Jon Secada and Gloria Estefan. Several years ago I was called to do a recording session that Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees was producing for Barbra Streisand and was later asked to be a part of his band when he began touring. These and many other experiences, including collaborations and gigs with really amazing Miami based musicians have been important developments. I would have to say the most exciting was writing and producing my own CD Mother’s Child several years ago. Even with those great experiences, I honestly don’t believe I’ve hit THE highlight because there’s so much magic yet to create!

SFT: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
LR: I’ve just begun writing material for a new CD and hope to do some touring with my own band in the near future. I have also become involved in advocacy for the rights of music creators through my position as a board member for the Florida Chapter of the Grammy Organization. I plan to continue working for fair compensation for musicians and other issues that are important to both the local and national music community.

SFT: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?
LR: Yes! We live in a city with world class musicians and singers in a variety of styles. It’s something special about South Florida that we tend to take for granted. Please go out and explore and support your local artists! You won’t be disappointed!
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Welcome to the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, a world-class collection of ceramic art and studio glass in South Florida. Our galleries showcase the finest British and European pottery and porcelain from the last two centuries, including Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Lladró. Our glass collections feature stunning studio glass by Chihuly and Lalique.

Café Society is yet another of the innovative 21st century concepts of experiencing the arts in, socializing, and challenging our intellect…all simultaneously and in a more complete fashion!

Taking once again from history, we reach this time into late-19th century and draw from a culture characterized by continual socializing in bistros, coffee shops, and night clubs. These were sometimes extravagantly frivolous and sometimes intensely intellectual in nature, but always high spirited and exhilarating! The socialites who regularly frequented these fashionable night spots became known as Café Society.

In 1938, a brilliant cultural visionary named Barney Josephson opened a restaurant/night club at 1 Sheridan Square in New York City’s Greenwich Village that he called Café Society. The club prided itself on treating black and white customers equally, unlike many venues, such as the Cotton Club, that featured black performers but barred black customers except for prominent blacks in the entertainment industry. The club featured many of the greatest black musicians of the day, from a wide range of backgrounds, often presented with a strongly political bent.

Venetian Arts…Café Society is based upon all of this and more! We continue to strive to fulfill our mission statement of highlighting the multi-cultural diversity of our community in order that we may bring people of all these wonderfully rich and diverse cultures together as One… to look at our world from the same perspective as opposed to having the restrictions of ethnic and cultural barriers…and have fun at the same time!


Venetian Arts Society (VAS), a not-for-profit tax exempt 501©3, is a membership-based organization that highlights the multi-cultural and inter-generational diversity of our community through a celebration of multi-disciplinary arts in intimate and interactive art salon settings. The goal is to synthesize the total artistic, social, and educational experience and to enrich the individual lives of all in our community through meaningful and purposeful artistic presentations… evoking the vibrancy, energy, and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together.
The Venetian Arts Society’s Grand Salon begins with a wine reception at 6:00 pm to give the opportunity for our guests to socialize and enjoy and artistic and educational experience creating an atmosphere of “art complimenting art.”
At 7:00 pm, students and guests will move into the theater for Salon Concert for the performance art with our guest artist. Our goal is to offer everyone in our community, whether novice or connoisseur, the rare and extraordinary chance to observe and interact with major international artists.

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Date/Time
04/11/2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue
Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts
481 S. Federal Hwy, Dania Beach, Fl, 33004


Bookings

Ticket Type Price Spaces
General Public $50.00
VAS/JKV/WMODA Members $35.00