Convivencia Miami, a project of the Arts at St. Johns, celebrates the medieval LA CONVIVENCIA period in Iberia (Spain and Portugal), which was a time when Muslims, Christians and Jews lived, created and worked together in relative harmony. The four-month project consists of 16 scholarly talks and 7 performances of dance, music, song and comedy.

Wednesday, March 11, 7 pm – Convivencia Comedy Night, with four comedians (each from a different tradition and culture) shares the joys, challenges and laughs of living in our polyglot, multi-cultural America. Arts at St. Johns calls it “edgy, irreverent, mind-expanding!”

M.C. Ralphy Love (aka Rafael Roig), of Cuban and possible Sephardic background, comments, “"Are you kidding me? I AM La Convivencia. My Muslim genes get along with my Christian genes. My Christian genes get along with my Jewish genes, and NONE of them fit in my skinny jeans!

Comedian Frannie Sheridan, raised as Catholic by Jewish parents, is the poster child for a Diversity Festival. Two Florida Mayoral proclamations salute her acclaimed show “Confessions of a Jewish Shiksa.” Her humor has been referred to as fierce, courageous and cuckoo.

Brian Kirk, conceived and coddled in suburban Cleveland's conservative Catholic cul-de-sacs, was called to comedy by the Creator to entertain the masses. Kirk just completed a feature film comedy called Sam & Me (which Kirk directed, wrote, and co-produced). His main pet peeve is alliteration.

Stand-up comedian Jamal Hattar hails from East Jerusalem and attended the Ramallah Friends School, which seeks to cultivate ethical, moral and spiritual values. Jamal, asked about his extremist views on religion, comments, “If you were attacked by a wild animal, would you try to pull its teeth out or kill it!” Claiming to be an atheist, Jamal recently posted a prayer, “Dear Allah, what does it take for your followers to embarrass you into action?”

Location: Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Ctr. Dr., Miami Beach 33139. Tix: $15, Seniors/students $10 – price includes modest food and beverages. Children under 10 and Military with I.D.s and their family – free entrance.

Info on the above performance: 305-613-2325,, and

More about CONVIVENCIA MIAMI - The scholarly talks have received a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. The organization receives funding from cultural affairs departments of the City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, and the State of Florida. The organization recognized as a City of Miami Beach Junior Arts Anchor.

The Arts at St. Johns is a nonprofit arts organization that opened 15 years ago at the St. John’s on the Lake church in Miami Beach. ASJ’s mission is to promote local artists and to utilize the arts as a means of encouraging intercultural understanding and dialogue. Additionally, ASJ upholds the arts as a vehicle to address issues of social justice and to promote social change and reconciliation.

Dr. Carol Hoffman-Guzman, PhD, DMin Arts at St. Johns & Convivencia Miami 305-613-2325