The exhibit runs Sept. 6 through Oct. 27 at the CCE. Admission is the exhibit is free, and the center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. A free opening cocktail reception is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.
The free films will be:
- Wednesday, Sept. 11: 7 p.m. at the CCE. ”The Accordion Kings: The Story of Colombian Vallenato Music.” The 2008 documentary, produced by Alan Tomlinson and Smithsonian Networks, is about the annual battle among musicians in a Colombian village for the title of “Accordion King,” at the Vallenato Kings Festival. Included in the documentary are professors of the Turco Gil Academy, which teaches the instrument to more than 2,000 children, and a young woman who became the first woman to win the competition in more than 40 years.
- Wednesday, Sept. 25: 7 p.m. at the Olympia Theater at The Gusman Center. Calle 54, directed by Fernando Trueba, features performances by 12 great Latin musicians or bands, including Timbalero Tito Puente (10 weeks before he died), Chico O’Farrill, father-and-son pianists Bebo and Chucho Valdes, pianist Michel Camilo and saxophonist Leandro “Gato” Barbieri. The Gusman Center is at 174 E Flagler St. Miami, Fl 33131
- Wednesday, Oct. 9: 7 p.m. at the CCE. Si Sos Brujo (If You know Magic). The film, directed by Caroline Neal, follows band leader Ignacio Varchausky as he organizes a tango orchestra school in Argentina and brings Emilio Balcarce, then 82, out of retirement to conduct.
- Wednesday, Oct. 23: 7 p.m. at the CCE, Caetano in Bahia, directed by Juan Mandelbaum, follows Caetano Veloso during a visit to his small hometown, Santo Amaro, in Bahia, and to Salvador.
The films are in Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles.
CCE is also presenting several free concerts in conjunction with the A Tres Bands exhibit.
The Centro Cultural Espanol at 1490 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132.