Get Scrooged 12/16/10

Flagler Street Society Event: Get Scrooged!
Thursday, December 16 / 7 pm
The Betsy Hotel
1440 Ocean Drive, South Beach
Call 305-375-5356 or email:

Enjoy an exclusive rum tasting with connoisseur and author, Robert Burr, as you nibble on tasty hors d’oeuvres hosted by the Flagler Street Society, Hands on Miami and The Betsy Hotel.

General Admission: $25; $5 off with toy donation.

Holiday Season at Viernes Culturales 12/17/10

Enjoy the Holiday Season at Viernes Culturales
Friday, December 17
Where: SW 8 St. bw 13 & 17 Aves.
When: 7 – 11 pm
Cost: FREE

Events & Activities
Legendary local historian Dr. Paul George leads a tour of Little Havana. Meet in front of the Tower Theater (1508 8 St.) at 7 pm.

(rear of Domino Plaza, SW 15 ave & 9 St.)
7:10 pm Little Havana Community Choir
7:50 pm Fina Escayola & Her Flamenco Dance Students
8:10 pm Creativo Dance Studios (mix of styles) (website)
8:20 pm Rudolfo Nunez (Peruvian singer/songwriter)
8:50 pm Mercy Martinez (Cuban singer/songwriter)
9:30 pm Fusion 4 Band (MySpace page)

A Domino Competition in Domino Park (anyone can participate — and there are prizes!)

Street and sidewalk performers & activities

A mariachi band (in front of El Buen Sabor restaurant, between 15th & 16th Aves.), composer/guitarist Rudolpho Nunez at the corner of 16th Ave. & SW 8th, abd Uruguayan drumming near the east corner of SW 8th St. & 14th Ave.

Dozens of NEW local artists and artisans (including local authors) selling their wares in our outdoor Arts Fair

Restaurants & bars featuring Cuban, Thai/Sushi, Chinese, Uruguayan, Spanish and Mexican cuisine (and two new spots: Casa Panza Cafe & Quiereme Mucho … Morena!).

Beautiful art galleries & artist studios open for you to explore

Live music (and dance) in many of our local venues: flamenco, traditional Cuban music, Afro-Cuban rumba, more!

Unique stores selling locally made cigars (watch cigar rollers), Latin music CDs, gifts, guayaberas and more

Fresh tropical drinks at the fruteria on SW 8th St. before 13th Ave.

Free international phone calls with our Gold Sponsor Verizon (north side of 15th Ave. & SW 8th St.)

As you know, our monthly festival is usually on the LAST Friday of the month, but this December is different: Viernes Culturales is NEXT FRIDAY, December 17 — just in time for some last-minute holiday shopping!

Take a break from boring shopping malls. At our free street festival and art walk, enjoy hot chocolate and churros while browsing the work of our many artists and artisans.

Our stage lineup for this month includes popular local group Fusion 4 and their blend of salsa, merengue, cumbia and other Latin favorites, Christmas carols sung by the Little Havana Community Choir, and singer/songwriters Rudolfo Nunez and Mercy Martinez. Plus, enjoy dance performances by Fina Escayola’s flamenco students as well as students from Creativo Dance Studios.

And it’s all free? Sí! Plus, our free Little Havana tour, a domino competition (in Domino Park, of course) street performers, our many galleries, and all the other arts, food & culture activities that make us one of Miami’s favorite festivals.

See below for the details. Our website is under construction, so in the meantime please forward this email to your friends, Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest.

P.S. A shout out to the Yelpers who have been giving us 4-5 star ratings …

See you on the 17th!

CCEMiami End Of Season 2010 Party 12/16/10

Ccemiami New Year’s Eve Party – 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 7:30pm
Hoy Como Ayer
2212 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33135-4914
More Info.

Música Y Aparte

With Yo Soy el Son
Entrada gratuita l Free admisión
Confirmar asistencia, R.S.V.P 305-448-9677
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Entrada gratuita. Free admisión
Confirmar asistencia
R.S.V.P 305-448-9677

The season finishes. 2010 has been a year full of events at the CCEMiami. Lunes Literarios(Literature en Conferences), Música y Aparte (Music), Chicle (for children and youth), Descúbrete a ti mismo (for children) are only few of the names to remember. This party will be a good chance to summarize the good moments of the last year and take an appetizer of what 2011has to offer. We hope to see there to sat farewell to 2010

Whale and Star Lecture Project David Smith and/in the Landscape by Karen Wilkin 12/15/10

Whale & Star Lecture Project
Lecture 4: David Smith and/in the Landscape by Karen Wilkin
Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Whale & Star, The Studio of Enrique Martinez Celaya. 2215 NW 1st Place. Miami, Florida 33127
$5 Lecture Fee. RSVP: 305.576.6160

From 1940 until his death in 1965, David Smith lived in the hills above Bolton Landing, near Lake George, in upstate New York. The open landscape framed by wooded hills surrounding his home and studio, “Terminal Iron Works,” informs his work in subtle and often unpredictable ways. One of the best known images of Smith shows him seated on the terrace of his house looking at a field studded with his powerful steel constructions; studying his work against the Adirondack landscape was an integral part of his process. More surprisingly, Smith’s sculptures often allude directly to landscape, a theme not usually associated with work in three-dimensions. This talk examines the unexpected conversation between Smith’s potent abstract constructions in steel and the natural world.
Karen Wilkin is a New York-based independent curator and critic, specializing in 20th century modernism. Educated at Barnard College and Columbia University, she was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a Fulbright Scholarship, to Rome. Ms. Wilkin is the author of monographs on Stuart Davis, David Smith, Anthony Caro, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Giorgio Morandi, and Hans Hofmann, and has organized exhibitions of their work internationally. She is the Contributing Editor for Art for the Hudson Review and a regular contributor to The New Criterion, Art in America, and the Wall Street Journal.
Ms. Wilkin teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program of the New York Studio School and has lectured at such institutions as the National Gallery, Washington, DC; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Britain; the Ecole des Beaux-art, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and Glimmerglass Opera. Her exhibition, “Color as Field: American Painting 1950-1975,” organized for the American Federation of Arts, was seen on a year-long tour of the U.S. in 2008-2009. Ms. Wilkin is contributing editor, along with William C. Agee, of the Stuart Davis Catalogue Raisonn�, Yale University Press, 2007. Her current projects include a Jules Olitski retrospective for the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, (in collaboration with E.A. Carmean Jr) and touring exhibition, “The Four Musketeers of American Modernism: John Graham, Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Koon ing and their Circle,” for the Addison Gallery of American Art, Philips Academy, Andover, MA, (in collaboration with William C. Agee and Irving Sandler). A monograph, Anthony Caro: Interior and Exterior, was published by Lund-Humphries, London, this spring, part of a five volume series on Caro, which Ms. Wilkin edited.
Whale & Star, The Studio of Enrique Mart�nez Celaya
2215 NW 1st Place
Miami, FL 33127
Ph: 305.576.6160
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Happy Hour – Wine Down Wednesday – HistoryMiami – Brickell / Downtown – first Wednesday every month – 5pm to 8pm – $15 open wine & food bar $5 per glass

Happy Hour Wine Down Wednesday at HistoryMiami
Brickell / Downtown
first Wednesday every month, 5pm to 8pm
$15 open wine & food bar, $5 per glass
101 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

Don’t sit in rush hour traffic when you can be drinking wine, networking with other professionals, and listening to live music!

Join us every first Wednesday!

Abnormal Ariginals Refreshes the Miami Market with its Peculiar Original Factor

Abnormal Ariginals Refreshes the Miami Market with its Peculiar Original Factor
Miami Based Line Conquers the Streets with Its Fresh Take of Urban Chic

Welcoming abnormality and appreciating what is original, perfectly describes this new Miami based line. Inspired by pieces that reflect the minds of its designers, it brings out a sense of freedom in a crowded fashion industry of cookie cutters that lack any distinguishing characteristics.

Founded by De’Hollie Wood and Anthony Shaw, two young entrepreneurs with an immense amount of fashion potential, bring to life this new lifestyle brand. For the past couple of years, they have cultivated their ground and are finally ready to spread their empire, one step at a time. Abnormal Ariginals’ first introduction into the fashion industry is their latest collection of men and women’s T-shirt, with a vast variety of designs and graphics to choose from. They share one similar ingredient, originality, but in this case “ariginality”.

“People nowadays crave that IT factor, the one that sets individuals apart. There was a time when being “different” was not a good thing, you were considered an outcast and left in the dark. Abnormal Ariginals has replaced “what supposedly is” and taken it to a higher level of creation” states De’Hollie Wood, CEO of Abnormal Ariginals. Its present collection reflects the distaste of monotony apparel while offering a set of new and wearable proposals. Their first collection, titled Welcoming Abnormality, brings forth versatile personalities, as the youthful Phil, a slim fit shirt or Shades in the Sun, a v-neck T-shirt, both made from 100% cotton and each showcasing bright vivid colors with Abnormal Ariginals peculiar fun factor.

Abnormal Ariginals has set its eyes on the South Florida market with its own pristine goal of becoming the go to, urban chic brand within their respective market. Focusing on the brand’s distinctive outspoken and with no reservations designs, it offers its fans a fresh fashionable outlook. The time for fashion absolutism is over; we are in the period of singularity – no more “follow the leader” complex.

Abnormal Ariginals is a lifestyle brand that represents true originality! Founded by two young designers who believe in the need to speak out their unbiased minds through their outspoken designs. There was a time when being different was not a good thing, you were considered an outcast and left in the dark. Abnormal Ariginals has replaced “what supposedly is” and taken it to a higher level of creation. Being the same is not an option.

Annette Recommends Robert is Here

Robert is Here
9200 SW 344th Street Homestead,
FL 33034
(305) 246-1592

I just love going to visit Robert is Here. Robert is always there and willing to answer any questions you may have or help you pick out what you are looking for. Every time I go, I ask Robert to pick out a mango that will be ready to eat either that day or the next, and he has picked the perfect one every time.

One of the best thing there is the Good and Evil Pickles which is pickles, jalapenos and garlic cloves, and oh my gosh these are the best things ever. I can eat half a jar in one sitting, they are that good and a little spicy.

I have tried so many things and have pretty much love it all. They have great jams, jellies, honey, chutney, hot sauces and bar-b-que sauces. They have such a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and every time I go I have to buy a fruit I have never tried or even heard of. I could go on and on, but if you have not visited Robert is Here you really need to go, you are missing one of Miami’s greatest treasures.

Official AURA Music and Arts Festival Kick-Off Weekend 12/17-19/10

AURA Music Events & Brotherly Love Productions Presents the Official AURA Music & Arts Festival Kick-Off Weekend
Featuring Aquaphonics, Lingo, Papadosio, The Malah & DJ Craig Heneveld

AURA Music Events and Brotherly Love Productions are excited to present the official AURA Music & Arts Festival Kickoff Weekend December 17-18 with AURA favorites Papadosio, The Malah, Aquaphonics, Lingo and DJ Craig Heneveld. Lingo will also play the BLP Sunday Night Cookout on December 19. All five acts will be performing at the second annual Aura Music & Arts Festival set for January 14-16, 2011 at Crescent J Ranch in St Cloud, FL. Join us for an incredible weekend of music featuring the most exciting up-and-coming acts in the underground scene, jam and live electronic community. Band bios, venue addresses and additional info are below.

Friday December 17
Aquaphonics w/ Lingo
9pm / $10 / 21+

Saturday December 18
Papadosio w/ The Malah + DJ Craig Heneveld
9pm / $10 / 21+

36 SE 3rd St.
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Sunday December 19
BLP Sunday Night Cookout & AURA Pre-Party featuring Lingo
FREE BBQ 6-8 PM – FREE Music starts at 8:30 PM

Hurricane Bar & Lounge
640-7 E. Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach, FL

* Papadosio: This Asheville, NC live electronic act recently won a coveted spot on Jam Cruise 2011, solidifying their mainstay in this ever evolving market. Some music because of its originality, timelessness, mass appeal, or perhaps because it is just plain odd, will always be destined for the hallowed halls of cult classicism. No band fits this criteria better than Papadosio. In just four years, Papadosio has wowed crowds from Denver to NYC, Cleveland to Atlanta, shaking the earth at festivals and clubs alike.

* The Malah: This Greenville, SC based trio has been captivating ears with their malahdic electro grooves since December 2003. In an over-saturated “jam” market, The Malah are making their mark with finely-structured music that remains fluid and open to interpretation. By mixing rich, earthy atmospheres with electrifying rhythms, the Malah explore the meeting point of cutting-edge technology and ancient musical theory. The band has been making a serious impression on the jam-loving scene in the South and beyond by constant touring as well as hitting the festival scene with a vengeance. A Malah set will take listeners on a journey from beginning to end and their live shows are a spectacle not to be missed.

*Lingo: Hailing from Marietta, Georgia, Lingo has been turning heads in the southeast for over two years. With their infectious blend of songwriting and jam, they continue to blossom into one of the premier live acts in the region. With their debut album released in January 2009, recorded by Athens producer, John Keane (Widespread Panic, R.E.M, B-52′s, Indigo Girls…Etc), with a guest appearance by Randall Bramblett, Lingo will continue to rapidly grow into a funky force to be reckoned with. Lingo garners a sound that remains un-definable, yet recognizable. Whether it is the mixture of the subtle acoustic guitar accompanied by the flair of the electric guitar, the unique vocals that capture your attention, or the prominent bass and percussion that add their own signatures to the Lingo sound, it is clear that Lingo’s music has tapped into something unique and special.

*Aquaphonics: Aquaphonics is a uniquely funky electro-soul indie band that is quickly gaining steam in their native South Florida. Derived from friends and jam sessions, Aquaphonics has boasted several different members and worn different skins, yet to this day retains its original, liquid, “Aquaphonics Sound.” The band is comprised of founding members, Jessiah Weston (drums) and Alan Martinki (keys), who have been melding their music since 2000, along with dynamic guitarist Steve Elmore and bassist Jim Dinsmore. Their edgy grooves and inspired song writing continues evolving and has recently earned them spots supporting Perpetual Groove and a set at Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival in November.

* DJ Craig Heneveld: Sliding his way into the innovative electronic artists coming out of the South is producer and DJ, Craig Heneveld. Craig combines a diligent work ethic in the studio with a passion for igniting the dance floor. Highlights of his career include opening for acts such as Mark Farina, EOTO, Perpetual Groove, BoomBox, Pnuma Trio as well as performing at Underground Sound 5, Trinumeral 2010 and AURA 2010. He is a set break staple for the freshest up-and-coming acts in the jam-tronica scene such as The Malah, ep3 and Papadosio. If there’s a national jam-tronica act coming through southern Florida, chances are Craig will also be on the bill.

Naila new luxury swimwear line to debut at Miami store Follow The Sun

Naila New Luxury Swimwear Line To Hit Miami Stores In December 2010
The collection is for the first time hitting USA stores starting with Miami newly chic opened
“Follow The Sun”
Miracle Marketplace, 3301 SW 22nd street, Coral Gables

Naïla is a new high-end swimwear line just launched last July 2010 at the Miami Swim Fashion Week. The men collection was presented at the Raleigh hotel and the full collection at the Swim Show.

Based in New York, the women collection is made with high-end Italian Lycra with UV protection, extra comfort, and chlorine resistance features for extra life. The collection is chic with Mediterranean looks. Charming and elegant, the line sparkles with harmony of solid bright colors and vibrant wild prints. From fully lined comfortable triangle, to laser cuts one piece, architectural monokinis, the collection targets a well educated and traveled women looking for quality, cuts and dazzling looks.

The men trunk short collection is made out of recycled eco friendly polyester produced with plastic bottles. The men line redefines luxury eco chic designs with European classic cuts and customized colorful stripes. Sport chic combining casual elegance with impeccable taste and quality, the collection offers two lengths options 8’’ inseam and 3’’ inseam, along with Italian lycra briefs and culottes. The collection also has the option to have boy’s shorts from 6 years old to 14 years old customized to match any of daddy’s eco chic shorts.

You can visit the links for our men Fashion Show at IMG Fashion week Miami in July:

The designer behind the line, Naïla Chbib, is Franco-Swiss and has studied at prestigious Parsons School in NYC. Enhanced by her academic experience as well as her investment with fashion industry leaders, Naïla did many internship in well known fashion house from Donna Karen, Allesandro’Dell Aqua and Liz Claiborne. Her creativity and love for the sea lead to create her own line launched in Miami last July 2010.

Miss Runway 2011 Recruitment Seminar 1/8/11

Miss Runway 2011 Recruitment Seminar
January 8, 2011, 1pm-4pm
Hampton Inn & Suites
10990 Marks Way Miramar, Fl 33025

Save the date January 8, 2011 for the recruitment seminar at the Hampton Inn & Suites 10990 Marks Way Miramar, Fl 33025 1pm-4pm for aspiring models ages 3-38 and models with curves sizes 12-24.

Are you the next Miss Runway in your age division?
Do you have a signature walk? are you able to rip the runway? are you able to showcase the best beach, creative/fantasy and evening wear? are you ready to win the title, crown, sash, trophy, all paid expense professional photo shoot, the opportunity to model in or attend New York Fashion Week, compete in Hairtopia Model Search Miami and DC, casting updates, entry in the perfect picture photo contest for mini, tiny and tween divisions, fabulous prizes and receive tons of exposure with some paid bookings?

Then send your name, age, contact number and two photos to and join the network site to receive updates on the current winners at

There is no fee to attend the recruitment seminar, however fees are required to enter the competition during the open casting.Fees will be discussed during the recruitment seminar or you may contact our office at 800-490-9632 Ext to speak with the Director Sunnie Morrison.

Good Luck and we will see you on the runway

You will meet and greet current and past winners, witness a fashion show featuring the winners, see video of miss runway 2010 and compete in runway wars to win a $20 voucher for the entry fee in the competition.

New Years Forever 2011 12/31/10

New Years Forever 2011
December 31st at 9:00 pm
GlassHaus Studios
8000 Biscayne Blvd.
Tickets starting at $150.00 per person

Make this New Year’s Celebration For You with Memories that Last Forever
Vitamin C hosts New Years Forever

Looking for the perfect way to bid farewell to 2010 and celebrate the arrival of the New Year? Vitamin C has the perfect dose of New Year’s excitement planned for you. Call your friends, mark your calendar and plan to attend NEW YEARS FOREVER on December 31st at 9:00 pm at GlassHaus Studios located at 8000 Biscayne Blvd. Tickets, starting at $150.00 per person, will guarantee you the ultimate celebration among friends, breathtaking views and enough excitement to make memories you’ll remember throughout 2011.

New Years Forever will offer top-notch entertainment featuring top 40’s and open format music by DJ Miguel G. (, live music by RIA (, fire and water shows, and fireworks display. Guests will enjoy six hours of Premium Open Bar (9pm – 3am), Robata Hor d’ourves (provided by Novecento) and a midnight champagne toast. VIP packages will also be available. And there’s more! Take part in a memorable countdown to 2011 complete with party favors all being captured by on-site event photographers.

Why choose New Years Forever? Vitamin C, a Miami-based marketing company (, has endured months of planning and spared no expense while preparing for this event. As a result, consider all the right components of a memorable event being handed over to you on a silver platter at one of Miami’s premier locations. GlassHaus Studios is part of Miami’s mid-century architectural (MiMo) inspired historical district. GlassHaus’s unique 2nd floor location includes 4,000 sq. feet of indoor space and an additional 7,200 sq. feet of outdoor space featuring a sun deck and a swimming pool.

In order to get your New Year’s plans underway and purchase tickets, please visit for complete details. Tickets are available for purchase at the Vitamin C Headquarters for no online surcharges by emailing To inquire about VIP packages, please call 305-375-0179.

How to prepare for New Years Forever? Bring out your best outfit, as proper attire (cocktail and semi-formal wear) will be enforced. Bring your friends or celebrate among hundreds of new friends and young professionals. And lastly and most importantly, leave your worries behind. Prepare for a night of top-notch entertainment, premium open bar and hor d’ourves. And remember… when the champagne runs out and the night is gone, the memories made at New Years Forever will live on!

For more information on this event, please email

NEON at BUCK15 12/17/10

12/17/2010, 10pm.-5am.
707 Lincoln. LN.North
Back door alley above MISS YIPS.

We’re bringing out our glow sticks & black lights!

On Friday, December 17, Buck15’s “Buck Where I Belong Friday” party presents NEON. Anyone dressed in neon colors receives $5 well drinks all night & priority at the door. Girls drink free until midnight.

Hosted by Ryan Evans.

Orange Drive’s Jam on the Sand New Year’s Eve 12/31/10

Orange Drive’s ‘Jam on the Sand’
New Year’s Eve, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
8,000-person amphitheatre being built on the sand
Ocean Drive, Sixth to Ninth Street

Orange Drive, jointly developed by Union Square Agency (USSE Corp., Pink OTC Symbol: UCRP) and the Orange Bowl Committee, today unveils its scheduled lineup for ‘Jam on the Sand’, a beachside soiree in an 8,000-person amphitheatre. The New Year’s Eve bash will make South Beach a hot destination to ring in the new year. The complete lineup is as follows:

• Grammy Award nominee Natasha Bedingfield, who recently released her highly-anticipated third album Strip Me. The British pop singer and songwriter is known as the UK’s biggest female pop star.

• Multi-platinum selling artist and three-time Grammy Award nominee Leona Lewis. The British pop and R&B singer/songwriter recently began working on her third album with collaboration from Ne-Yo, Dallas Austin, Ryan Tedder and David Guetta.

• Sounds will be provided by Miami Heat’s official DJ – DJ Irie. When DJ Irie is not getting Heat fans on their feet, the Miami DJ is recognized for turning tables with his custom mixes at various night clubs and private parties throughout South Beach.

Orange Drive, taking place alongside South Beach’s illustrious Ocean Drive, will stretch from Sixth to Ninth Street. Kicking off on New Year’s Eve day and extending through January 2nd, the street fest will host a dynamic array of events leading up to the Discover Orange Bowl Game.

Orange Drive is an intellectual property developed by Union Square Agency and the Orange Bowl Committee. The inaugural three-day festival will be kicking off on New Year’s Eve day and extending through January 2nd, alongside South Beach’s famed Ocean Drive. Orange Drive will host a dynamic array of events leading up to the Discover Orange Bowl game including a New Year’s Eve party; an En Vivo Latino festival; a Kid’s Countdown & Concert and Gridiron Bash Pep Rally. Orange Drive is partnering with local and national brands, along with media partners, to promote brand activation sites, entertainment pavilions and local merchants.

For more information about Orange Drive, please visit Become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @orangedrivefest for the latest information.

Spice Unwrapped 12/25/10

Spice Unwrapped
From Dec 25 To Dec 26 2010, From 11 pm to 5 am
One Ocean Drive
Miami Beach Florida 33139
305 538 1111

Join us for a special Holiday Edition of our quarterly Spice party featuring the best in upscale Reggae, Hip Hop and R&B. Please note that our dress code is strictly enforced. For more information please contact 305 538 1111 or 305-846-0624.
For VIP reservations email: VIP TABLES

New Year’s Eve at db Bistro Moderne 12/31/10

New Year’s Eve @ db Bistro Moderne
12/31/2010, 8:30pm
db Bistro Moderne
255 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33131

On the ground floor of the all new JW Marriott Marquis Miami Hotel.

More Info.

Ring in the New Year in style at the all new db Bistro Moderne inside of the fabulous new JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Your evening will include:
A delicious five course gourmet meal
Champagne toast at midnight
DJ spinning in the lounge after 10pm.
Dinner starts at 8:30
$199 per person
Call: 305-421-8800 to reserve!

Build A Bear Drive 12/17/10

Build A Bear Drive
Dec. 17, 7 to 10 p.m.
The Falls – Store A180

Build-a-Bear drive to benefit children in hospitals

Florida Earth Pageants is inviting the community to get into the holiday spirit by attending a Build-A-Bear drive on December 17 at 7p.m. at The Falls. The drive will allow everyone to build their own stuffed animals and then donate them to Recycle the Love, one of the pageant’s platforms.

“We are taking all donated bears and other toys to children who will be spending Christmas Day in the hospital,” said Brittney Ronda, 15, the reigning Miss Teen Earth Florida. “We’ll spend a few hours with the children, read stories, play with them and distribute all the donations collected.”

This is the second event in the month hosted by the Florida Earth pageants. Ronda organized an Ice Cream Social last week at Wall’s Ice Cream Parlor. “We had tons of people come and eat ice cream with us.” Ronda explained. “Wall’s is giving us 30 percent of all proceeds and we will be purchasing more toys and decorations for the Christmas party for the children.”

Florida Earth Pageants are preliminaries to the Miss Earth system, the only one in the world dedicated 100 percent to environmental education. Besides representing the State at the national and international competitions, Earth titleholders are active in their communities year-round.

“We invite everyone to give us a hand and contribute, so these children who for one or another reason are spending the holidays in a hospital, also have the opportunity to enjoy these days,” said Kelly Saks, 24, Miss Earth Florida.

“We are proud to say that all our titleholders are truly committed to serve their communities and make a difference,” said Pageant Director Sandra Silva. “These are ladies as young as 14 going out there and getting the job done. We have donated over 2,000 books to local elementary schools, cleaned up local beaches, planted trees, and led educational activities for children in the last six months, just to name a few.”

The drive will be hosted by Miss Earth Florida, Miss Teen Earth Florida, Miss Earth Kendall, Miss Earth Weston and Miss Teen Earth Gulf Coast, from 7 p.m. until closing time. The Build a Bear Workshop at The Falls is located in store A180 at 888 SW 136th Street in Miami.

For more information on this and other fundraisers visit

Fourth Annual American Fine Wine Competition Gala Dinner 2/2/11

Fourth Annual American Fine Wine Competition Gala Dinner
February 12, 2011, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort & Spa
2301 S.E. 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

The Fourth Annual American Fine Wine Competition Gala Dinner, presented by Patriot Risk Management, Inc., will feature 600 wines from the competition and a five-course dinner prepared by Hyatt Pier 66.

Join Emcee Alan Kalter, announcer for the David Letterman show, and enjoy live entertainment by famed performance artist Michael Israel, who will create original works of art for the live auction. Other auction items include packages of wine bottles signed by the winemakers themselves. Entertainment will also include live music by Dayve Stewart and the Vibe and guests can enter to win a “bejeweled” Lexus IS

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and the live auction; and 100% of the silent auction will benefit the Diabetes Research Institute and the Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund.

Tickets are $200 per person. For additional information or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please visit or call Shari Gherman at 561.504.VINE (8463).

Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez-Talleres de Desarrollo Profesional 12/15/10

Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez-Talleres de Desarrollo Profesional
Ana G. Méndez University System-Professional Development Workshops
December 15, 2010, 6:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.
Ana G. Méndez University System Miramar Campus
Miramar Park of Commerce, 3520 Enterprise Way, Miramar, FL 33025

Don’t miss the opportunity to register for Ana G. Méndez University Systems’Professional Development Workshops!

To confirm your attendance, please call Ana G. Méndez University System’s Learning Resources Center at 954-885-5595 Ext. 8511

Noon Year’s Eve Countdown Hosted by Radio Disney 12/31/10

“Noon Year’s Eve” Countdown Hosted by Radio Disney
December 31st 2010, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Orange Drive Ampitheater
Ocean Drive between 6th and 9th Street, Miami, Florida

Radio Disney AM 990, part of the number one radio network for kids, tweens and families, will host a “Noon Year’s Eve” party that will fill a South Beach amphitheatre this year as families ring in 2011.

Families will have the opportunity to celebrate the “Noon Year” with games, prizes and music including Radio Disney’s top hits hosted by the Radio Disney Road Crew. The fun doesn’t stop there, Radio Disney will also have a Nintendo Wii videogame challenge featuring some of the newest games and other fun-filled activities for the whole family.

Live performance by Radio Disney’s season three winner of Radio Disney’s N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) Kicking Daisies!

To purchase your tickets, please visit: For more information about Kicking Daisies, please visit:

Cigar Concierge

Cigar Concierge
To learn about the Cigar Concierge, call us at 786-566-1550 or email

Gables Cigar Company Launches Concierge Shopping Services
Local Cigar Expert Will Help You Shop for the Men in Your LIfe

The Hotel Humidor Company (HHC) is proud to announce the launch of “Cigar Concierge”, its custom-tailored cigar service just in time for the holiday shopping season. Robert Caldwell, the 27-year-old president of HHC and a cigar aficionado, will manage the concierge services, assisting clients and hosting cigar pairings. Robert created the service primarily to help women shop for the men in their lives – assorted relatives, bosses and boyfriend(s).

Until now, HHC cigar services were exclusively available to a hand-selected group of top hotels and restaurants, including: The Four Seasons Hotel, Epic Hotel, One Bal Harbour, Bourbon Steak at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort, The Conrad Hotel and The Tides, just to name a few.

Now HHC staff will help clients select the perfect cigar as a gift, taking the guesswork out of the otherwise mysterious cigar world. Our Cigar Concierge services include the following:

In-home cigar tastings and pairings. Take a look at our exclusive brand, Hecha Humo.

Membership into our monthly cigar club (complete with a full menu that suggests time of day to smoke the cigars, liquor and beverage pairings, as well as a full description and history of the brand, blend and size).

Customized cigar selections. Call us and tell us about who the cigars are going to and we will find the right fit for his or her palate. Humidors, lighters, cutters and cigar flasks.

All of the cigars sold by HHC undergo a rigorous screening to ensure that only the finest cigars end up in your humidor. To learn about the Cigar Concierge, call us at 786-566-1550 or email

The Hotel Humidor Co. is based in Coral Gables, Florida and produces Hecha Humo Cigars. The Hotel Humidor Company offers hospitality and service-related businesses the opportunity to add cigar revenues to their retail sales. The company strategically places top selling cigars and humidors in restaurants, hotels and retail stores, boosting overall revenues. Visit

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Miami Beach International Fashion Week 3/3-6/11

Miami Beach Convention Center – Hall A
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, Florida 33319 USA
Buy Tickets Now.

Thursday, March 3rd – Opening Night – Shows Begin
5:00pm; Private Press Conference introducing the media to the designers showing tonight
6:00pm; General Press Conference
7:30pm; Fashion Show
9:00pm; Miami Style Showcase featuring Miami’s top designers Julian Chang, Petit Pois by Viviana G, Nicolas Felizola and Florida’s best emerging designers in the Opening Prelude including Erin Healy, Kimberly Hendrix, Arefeh Mansouri, Zula Khramov and Cesar Rosario
11:00pm; VIP Opening Night Party – TBA

Friday, March 4th
6:00pm; Private Press Conference introducing the media to the designers showing tonight
7:00pm; Fashion Show
8:30pm; Fashion Show
9:30pm; Fashion Show
11:00pm; Afterglow Party TBA

Saturday, March 5th
11:00am – 1:00pm; The Art of Fashion Styling: Seminar and brunch reception presented by Instituto Marangoni Details & Location: TBA
6:00pm; Private Press Conference introducing the media to the designers showing tonight
7:00pm; Fashion Show
8:30pm; Fashion Show
9:30pm; Fashion Show
11:00pm; Afterglow Party TBA

Sunday, March 6th
6:00pm; Private press conference for special guest designer
7:00pm; Designer Sample Sale at MIFW
8:00pm; Miami Moda & Music Awards® show with celebrity hosts featuring Special Guest Designer and a special live performance by international recording star. Details TBA.
10:00pm; Closing Night Cocktails at MBIFW

Miami International Fashion Week Returns To Miami Beach In 2011, Expected Attract Fashion Elite From Around The World

Annual World-Class Affair Featuring a Series of Fashion Shows and Special Events Will Be Rebranded Miami Beach International Fashion Week

Organizers for Miami International Fashion Weekâ„¢ (MIFW), the largest Latin American and international fashion event in the U.S., announced today that the annual event will return to Miami Beach in 2011 and will be rebranded as “Miami Beach International Fashion Week (MBIFW).” The stellar production drawing innovative designers from around the world is scheduled to take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center March 3 – 6, 2011.

Since leaving Miami Beach in 2006, the annual event has grown significantly in its global reach and has earned an influential role in South Florida’s garment, tourism, international business, and hospitality industries.

“During the 2010 shows at the Shops at Midtown Miami, we had more than 58 international designers from 22 countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Lebanon, Europe who unveiled their latest collections in women’s evening wear, prêt-a-porter, swimwear, men’s wear, jewelry and accessories,” said founder and President Beth Sobol. “Overall, it’s estimated that Fashion Week contributes about $14 million annually to the local economy as participants spend money on hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and transportation.”

MBIFW will continue several of it’s trademark events such as the exciting Miami Moda & Music Awards® show that takes place on the final night and presents honors and awards to pioneering designers and features live performances from electrifying recording stars.

“We are thrilled and excited” Bob Balsam, General Manager. “We anticipate that MBIFW will the best ever. The Convention Center is and amazing facility. Handle huge productions like fashion week.” – add something here about the space and transforming into a elegant atmosphere for sophisticated productions like fashion week.
About Miami Fashion Week

Beth Sobol, President of Sobol Fashion Productions, Inc., founded Miami Fashion Week® in 1999 following a successful career as an international fashion model. She has worked with some of the fashion world’s most influential designers and producers and launched Miami Fashion Week to provide a platform for designers from Latin America to gain international exposure. During the past 12 years, MFW has evolved into one of the world’s premier fashion events spotlighting designers from Europe, USA and Canada, the Caribbean, Middle East and Asia as well as the largest showcase of Latin American design talent in the United States.

The Miami Fashion Week Foundation, Inc. is a § 501(c)(3) independent, not-for-profit organization formed as the entity to generate funds and accept corporate and private contributions for charitable and philanthropic initiatives. Operating year-round, the foundation hosts a variety of fundraising events to raise scholarship funds that benefit the emerging designers and students studying fashion design, fashion photography, film and graphic arts involved with the Miami International Fashion Week™ competitions. Among other exciting prizes including mentoring and study abroad programs, the competition winners will receive a cash prize from the MFWF Scholarship Fund as part of their award.

© 2010 Miami International Fashion Week, Inc. All rights reserved. Miami International Fashion Week™ is a trademark of Miami International Fashion Week, Inc. Miami Fashion Week® and Sobol Fashion Productions® are registered trademarks of Sobol Fashion Productions, Inc.

Art Palm Beach 1/20-24/11

Preview Evening
January 20, 6 pm – 7.30 pm, First View (invitation only)
7.30 pm – 10 pm, Collectors’ Invitational

Public Fair Hours
January 20-24, 12 noon – 7 pm
til 6 pm on the 24th

Palm Beach Co Convention Ctr
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Click here for Complimentary Tickets for Two.

239 495 9834 or,

Lectures, conversations and book signings enhance the 14th edition of Art Palm Beach January 20-24, 2011

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Art Palm Beach and hope you will join us for this year’s insightful lecture series, book signings and myriad special events. This dynamic program along with prestigious international dealers make Art Palm Beach the most broad-ranging contemporary fair in the city.

As our special guest, the ticket link above provides you and a guest complimentary admission to the fair as well as admission to the Collectors’ Invitational from 7:30-10pm on January 20th.
Note: Lectures, book signings and exhibitions are complimentary with fair admission.
Please Visit Website For Complete Details And Times.

Friday, January 21
“Collecting Trends in the Ceramic Marketplace,” Kara Walker-Tome, curator & moderator; Elaine Mordes, collector; Michael Rush, curator. Prior to the lecture, Whitespace: The Mordes Collection will host a public viewing from 10am – 12 noon, 2805 N. Australian Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407. Further information at • • phone: 561.842.4131
“Albert Paley in the 21st Century.” Albert Paley
Lino Tagliapietra in Conversation with Jim Schantz
“The New Miami Art Museum at Museum Park” A presentation on the new Miami Art Museum. Thom Collins, Director of the Miami Art Museum

Saturday, January 22
“Art Now: The Convergence of Photography, Video and Contemporary Art.” Peter Held, Curator of Ceramics, ASU Art Museum, Ceramics Research Center
“The New Glass Studios: A Plethora of Potential for Artists and Collectors Alike” Davira Taragin, independent curator and author; Brent Cole, Associate Professor of Glass and Program Director of the Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass, Ball State University; Kelly Conway, Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art.
“A Conversation on Aboriginal Art” David Smith, Leslie-Smith Gallery Owner; Alison Anderson, Aboriginal Artist, Parliament Member

Sunday, January 23
“Collecting Chinese Photography” Chris Mao, Owner of Chambers Fine Art; Dale Anderson, Collector; Becky Mayer, Collector; Diane Krane, Collector
“Private Public Private” Howard Ben Tre, Artist; A lecture on how the artists’ work has been transformed by his explorations in public and private commissions. The Artist will discuss his innovative and historic use of glass in outdoor installations, seating, fountains and public spaces.
“Collecting post-Soviet Art: Navigating the Waters after Glasnost and Perestroika” Gary Krimershmoys from Quintessentially Art as moderator; Yevgeniy Fiks, artist; Yana Balan, Client Liason Russian and CIS, Christies
Thom Collins, Miami Art Museum “What’s Next for Miami Art Museum”

Monday, January 24
“Architecture and Art.” Gean Moreno
Campion Platt, Author of “Made to Order” lecture.
Book signing to follow.

ArtCenter and Miami-Dade County Unveil Art in Public Places Exhibit 1/8/11

Artcenter/South Florida Goes Public With Miami-Dade County’s Art In Public Places
Saturday, January 8
ArtCenter/South Florida
800 Lincoln Road at Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach
this exhibit is free and open to the public through February 20, 2011

Innovative Projects Recently Commissioned by Miami-Dade County Unveiled at Opening Reception January 8, 2011

ArtCenter/South Florida and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs join forces to present Not The Usual Suspects: [new] Art In [new] Public [new] Places, an exhibition introducing recently completed and upcoming public art projects. Showcasing design maquettes, digital renderings, drawings, photographs and videos, this show will feature more than twenty local and world renowned artists who are working to push the boundaries of public art and profoundly enhance the visual landscape of Miami-Dade County.

Not the Usual Suspects: [new] Art In [new] Public [new] Places is curated by Brandi Reddick, Artist and Communications Manager of Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places. Launching with a reception on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at ArtCenter/South Florida (800 Lincoln Road at Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach), this exhibit is free and open to the public through February 20, 2011. For more information please call 305.674.8278 or visit the website at

“Part of ArtCenter/South Florida’s mission is to provide access to the best contemporary art in our community,” said Jeremy Chestler, ArtCenter executive director. “Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program shares that focus and takes it to an entirely different level by commissioning important artwork. It’s our pleasure to help our residents and visitors gain a better understanding of how programs like this work.”

Not the Usual Suspects: [new] Art In [new] Public [new] Places includes monumental installation concepts, such as Daniel Arsham/Snarkitecture’s commemorative marker project for the new Miami Marlins Ballpark. The commemorative marker will be a tribute to the iconic Orange Bowl Stadium – a trademark piece of Miami’s history. Arsham replicates the marquee on the former football stadium to appear as if the letters have fallen off the side of the building, embedding themselves on the east side of the plaza of the new ballpark.

Visitors may also see a video display of artist Ivan Toth Depeña’s proposed installation for the Stephen P. Clark Government Center Lobby. Depeña will introduce an interactive mechanism whereby video panels can detect body movements, translating them into vibrant colors as people whisk through the lobby of Government Center.

Completed in May 2010, the Shadow Canopy project by Miami artist Michelle Weinberg adorns the entry plaza of the GSA Trades Shop Facility with patterned cement tiles to create a parody of nature’s shadows. Weinberg has also fashioned a unique, hand-woven rug to complement the tiles, which hang in the entranceway of the building.

“Over the past two years, Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places has completed and commissioned some of the most exciting and innovative public art projects currently being implemented in the United States,” said curator Brandi Reddick. “This exhibition will explore the new sites, fresh ideas and cutting edge technologies being implemented by this extraordinary group of contemporary artists who are working to redefine the visual landscape of Miami-Dade County.”

Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places is a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs responsible for the commission and purchase of artworks by contemporary artists in all media. One of the first public art programs in the country, Miami-Dade Art in Public Places was established in 1973 with the passage of an ordinance allocating 1.5% of construction cost of new county buildings for the purchase or commission of artworks, educational programs and collection maintenance. The Art Trust Fund is administered by a County Commission-appointed citizens’ board, the Art in Public Places Trust, in consultation with its Professional Advisory Committee. For more information about the Art in Public Places Program and the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, please visit and

Established in 1984, ArtCenter/South Florida (located at 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization that provides subsidized studio and exhibition space as well as teaching opportunities for emerging and career artists in their facilities at 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. The mission of the ArtCenter is to advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in South Florida while providing affordable programming and work-space for professional artists. ArtCenter/South Florida is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. For further information please call 305.674.8278 or visit the website at

Exhibitions and programs at ArtCenter/South Florida are made possible through grants from the Miami-Dade County Department of cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs council, the Miami-Dade mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The Children’s Trust; the City of Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council; the City of Miami Beach Community Development Block Grant Program; the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; the State of Florida, Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Arts Council; the Dade Community Foundation and the Chestler Family Fund at Dade Community Foundation; ArtéCity; Target and Walgreens.

BP Media Christmas Affair Toy Drive and Cocktail 12/22/10

BP Media’s 3rd Annual Christmast Affair
Toy Drive & Cocktail Event
Wednesday, December 22, 7pm-10pm
Crazy About You
1155 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami

Complimnearty cocktails by Brugal Rum, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Hors d’oeuvres by Crazy About You Restaurant & Lounge

Please bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Casimiro Foundation

Art Basel Day 6-Wynwood, a different kind of art with a bit of Design District By Betty Alvarez

It was my first time after a long time that I was on NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood. I have heard from my friends that it is a very cool place for art. I never knew the immense talented artists who displayed their works for that night.

The difference from the rest of the areas I have visited was the political artwork that was on display. A lot of artists were not shy in expressing their opinions through art. The many unique mediums on different types of platforms also amazed me. The location of many art installations were equally unique as some installations were displayed on murals, walls, etc. One example is the Wynwood wall. Located almost behind the newly opened Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, the walls served a gigantic canvases to the masterpieces that was presented in each wall.

One gallery that was notable to me was Claudia Calle Studio. In the studio, the artists unveiled ChinaMan, an interactive new media installation modeled after the iconic Pac-Man arcade game. She bluntly tackled lthe paradigm of global consumption using her installation as an allegory. ChinaMan illustrated how every day, individual actions contribute to facets of Chinese mass production and ultimately, to society’s collective waste.

Another notable gallery is the indistinguishable Miguel Paredes Gallery. Seeing his works on VIP Opening Night at The National Hotel made me eager to see his Wynwood gallery. Obviously, there were more of his works with grafitti artists. The gallery is a nice cozy place with ample room to see all of the current exhibitions in the middle of Wynwood. A very nice addition.

Speaking of graffiti artists, they made their presence known that night as they expressed their art in every colorful way. I event passed by the artists creating their own masterpiece, it was very intriguing how they could create their expression out of their head. It made me feel a great respect for these artists.

After my walk in Wynwood, I headed back to Design District where a great art party was already underway. Baltus Collection Showroom along with Miami Magazine was hosting their “Celebrity Pillow Fight” party. It was an evening of signature cocktails, culinary delights, lively entertainment
and a silent auction featuring Baltus throw pillows designed by celebrities including Sarah Pettiford, Prince Mario Max of Schaumberg-Lippe Austria, artists, designers and many more.

This year, I really enjoyed Art Basel and the many wonders it gave me as an art lover. I got to enjoy and photograph as many art galleries, art fairs and parties the best that I could. I felt that my need to see art has been satisfied. As I looked back at past years, Art Basel keeps getting better and better. Until next year!!

Photographs by Betty Alvarez

Photos with Santa at Hole in the Wall fundraiser for Paws 4 You 12/11/10

Saturday, December 11, 1:00pm-5:00pm,
Hole in the Wall
14421 South Dixie Highway, Palmetto Bay
Southeast corner of Kings Bay Shopping Center

Meet Santa “Sam” who is personally inviting you and your family, as well as your pet, to pose for a Holiday picture ($10).

Come enjoy your favorite sandwiches, chicken wings and beer with your friends at Hole in the Wall as we all celebrate the season.

Adoptable dogs will be available to walk, brush and play!
Lucy, Puppy, Summer, Fergi and Baxter

Moksha Family Tony Martinez Memorial Benefit 12/11/10

Moksha Family – Tony Martinez Memorial Benefit
December 11, 2010 – 8PM-2AM
7th Circuit Studios
228 NE 59th Street
Miami, FL
$10 admission 18+

Featuring performances by:
The Moksha All-Stars:
Buffalo Brown – Out Of The Anonymous
Smurphio – Afro-Beta
Rosevelt Collier – The Lee Boys
Omar – Pitbull
Leo Brooks – Pitbull
Nestor Prieto – Nag Champyons
Phil Maranges – Rosa Mora
Monkey – Just The Tip
Hunter Parmentier – Mountain Sounds
Bagga – Mountain Sounds
& many more

Drum Jam with Papayo & Friends
DJs FTG Helix & more

Live Painters
Eva Ruiz
Reinier Gamboa


Propulsion at CityLoftArt / European Art Gallery 12/11/10

Art & Design Night – Saturday, December 11th,2010 7-10pm,Design District
CityLoftArt / European Art Gallery, LLC.
61, NE 40th Street – Miami, Fl.33137

“Propulsion” in a brand new Platinum Jaguar XK or XJ and in my gallery with my exhibition „Light meets Color“!

Just four, but stunning, different & competent artists, brought together for you in this total harmony and in an exclusive ambiance of “wellfeeling”…

Beautiful live piano music entertainment with our cuban pianist Domingo Aragu.
Come and see how we translate and show LIGHT meets COLOR, subtly transported by
our media: Resin, Enamel, Laquer, Glass, Acrylic, Polycarbonate, Steel and Aluminium.

“PROPULSION” Size 55×71″ / 140x180cm
Original Painting by Elmar HUND, Germany
Acrylic on Cotton, Resin, Goldpowder 24ct

To feast even more your eyes, 2 spectacular looking 2011 Jaguars: the 510-horsepower XKR and The All-New Re-designed XJ compliments of Warren Henry Jaguar.

Art Basel Closing Party and Fusion VII Enlightened Synchronicities 12/11/10

Art Basel Closing Celebration and
“Fusion VII – Enlightened Synchronicities”
Saturday, December 11th, 7 -10 pm
Art Fusion Galleries
1 NE 40th Street, Suites 3, 6, 7
Miami, FL 33137

Complimentary Wine, Refreshments & Music by DJ Josh Nemcik
Valet Parking available by South Florida Parking.

Come join us at Art Fusion Galleries for a night of sophistication, glamour & art to celebrate the closing of Art Basel 2010, as well as our final exhibition of the 2010 art season. This group exhibition, titled “Fusion VII – Enlightened Synchronicities” will feature 32 dazzling, emerging, contemporary artists from around the globe. Be part of the energy that is captivating Miami!


This Time in America at Gallery I/D 12/11/10

This Time in America: Part I
Wynwood Gallery Night Saturday, Dec 11th 7:30–11pm
2531 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

Curators Giselle DeVera and Brenda Ann Kenneally
Juliana Beasley
Nina Berman
Sean Hemmerle
Tim Hetherington
Brenda Ann Kenneally
Gillian Laub
Randal Levenson
Emily Schiffer
December 2 – January 15

Gallery I/D is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, This Time in America: Part 1. The two-part series, co-curated by renowned photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally, highlights photographers who have turned their lenses on America. Part 1, which runs concurrently with Art Basel from December 2nd to January 15th, features award-winning photographers and photojournalists who captured diverse segments of American society. What they saw – a New York community of impoverished social outcasts, cowboys and urbanites, segregation alive and well in America, U.S. soldiers in slumber between wartime activities, the colorful frenzy of stock market charts and more – remind us not only of the unique nature of America, but of our fluctuating and transformative place in the civilized world.

Juliana Beasley’s The Last Stop: Rockaway Park is a series of photos taken over a four-year period in an area of Queens, New York named Rockaway Park. The last stop on the subway’s A train, Rockaway Park is home to lonely elderly people and folks on the verge of homelessness – a community living on the edge. Beasley has spent time with her subjects in the bars, diners and bedrooms of these troubled individuals. The effects of the proverbial hard life of confinement, years spent as barflies, and countless hours lived inside their heads are apparent in the lines on their faces, jagged teeth, and dire surroundings. Lapdancer, published in 2003, takes a look inside the world of professional nude dancing, which Beasley documented for eight years. Sete 10, her most recent photo essay is the product of a month long residency in the south of France. Beasley began her career as a printer for Annie Leibovitz. She was a nominee for the International Center for Photography Infinity Award and she was recently awarded an Aaron Siskind Fellowship Award.

Some photos in Nina Berman’s Hedge look like abstract jumbles of casino slot machines or ornate Japanese food packages at first glance. They are actually graphs and charts from desktop screens at a New York investment firm. One photograph is shot from the rear of a fund manager’s desk. You see a mirror-like image; four monitors that look like two. Dead center between them, a human eye peers out, a glaring reminder that there is no technology, no hedging, no losses or gains, without man himself. Berman is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in the American political and social landscape. She is the author of two monographs Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq and Homeland, both dealing with war and militarism. Berman’s work has been recognized with awards in art and journalism by the New York Foundation for the Arts, the World Press Photo Foundation and the Open Society Institute Documentary Fund. Her work has most recently been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art 2010 Biennial and the 2010 Milano Triennale.

Photographer Sean Hemmerle, best known for his award-winning photos of post-industrial American wastelands, political hot-buttons like the U.S./Mexican border, and scenes from the 2002 sniper attacks in Washington, gives us Some Americans, his first foray into portrait photography. Hemmerle travels frequently for work and became curious about the power of the ordinary American. One photo, Cowboy, shows a well-dressed, pressed and confident-looking older cowboy type. He’s wearing a gold watch, a gold ring on each hand, and a white hat. His boots are clean and brown. In one shirt pocket he has a pen, in the other a cell phone (or maybe a pack of cigarettes). He looks like the new cowboys should look: proud, self-assured and in dark denim. This photo and others in Some Americans call to the mind the American can-do spirit and our strong sense of selves, no matter what situation we are in. Sean Hemmerle is a New York based photographer who bought his first camera with his signing bonus from the U.S. Army in 1988. He has been widely exhibited in places like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Houston Museum of Fine Art and the Pingyao Photography Festival in Pingyao, China among others. His photography has graced the covers and pages of many publications, including TIME, Metropolis, WIRED, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Documentary photographer Tim Hetherington’s photos take us to the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan where he spent time documenting the lives, combat and non-combat, of U.S. soldiers. The photo essay Sleeping Soldiers shows military men during sleep, a far cry from their battleground activities. One young soldier, Dockelso, sports a clearly visible tattoo of the word “combat.” His fetal position reminds you more of an infant than of a man trained in the art of war. Hetherington, a Vanity Fair contributor, spent 15 months in Afghanistan. His images, coupled with Sebastian Junger’s writing, were the basis of the documentary Restrepo, which showed war as the brutal but human-fueled entity that it is. Infidel, a book based on the duo’s experiences in Afghanistan, features Hetherington’s photos and was released in October. The Liverpool-born Hetherington is the recipient of numerous awards including a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, a Hasselblad Foundation grant, four World Press Photo prizes including the World Press Photo of the Year 2007, the Rory Peck Award for Features, and an Alfred I. duPont award.

Brenda Ann Kenneally has for many years brought to light the situation of poverty in America. Her latest installation which is part the Upstate Girls project, America: Love it or Else, features two multimedia pieces that play simultaneously. Each features images that Kenneally has captured during an eight-year period in Troy, New York. Troy, once an epicenter of industrialization, has fallen on hard times. And so have its residents, which is evident in the photographs and videos seen in the show. Part 1: I Love America, focuses on the inherent idealism of love of country that transcends the challenges of being an American. We see an annual celebration of the birthday of Uncle Sam, a folk character said to be based on a real-life resident of Troy. But this is America, and through Kenneally’s lens we discover that the citizens of Troy may just need a celebration, whether Uncle Sam really existed or not. Part 2: I Love You shows us love as a day-to-day coping tool. For the women in the City of Troy, “…romance is the best medicine if only in small doses of unrealized fantasy.” Many images in the video are of the female heads of household that make up much of Troy’s population. We see them kissing their babies, kissing their baby-daddies, some kissing their girlfriends. As Kenneally puts it, “The feminization of poverty in America has been commercially legitimized and its emotional deficit filled at the Dollar Store.” Judging from these photographs, you cannot help but agree with Kenneally. Brenda Ann Kenneally is a documentarian and interdisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn. Her long-term projects are intimate portraits of social issues that intersect where the personal is political. Her book and web publication MONEY, POWER, RESPECT; Pictures of My Neighborhood received numerous awards: The W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, a Soros Criminal Justice Fellowship and The Mother Jones Award. In 2004, Kenneally began photographing in Upstate New York, where she was born. The ongoing project, Upstate Girls is a look at the lower working class America that, despite sweeping technological advances, remains unchanged since Kenneally herself was a child there. Brenda Ann Kenneally is the co-curator of Gallery I/D’s This Time in America.

Gillian Laub’s photo essay, Southern Rites, takes us to prom night in Georgia. There’s a “tradition” in certain Georgia high schools that dictates that there be segregated proms – one for white students, one for black students. For years the students have protested about the separate affairs, but their complaints were no match for the residual customs of the past. During the school year the graduates attend classes together, play on the same sports teams, and date each other. One image shows a sullen prom queen – the black prom queen. She wears a pink gown and a crown. Across her torso is a homemade-looking sash denoting her title. Her cell phone rests on her lap. We never see the white prom queen; Laub wasn’t allowed inside. The 2010 prom, held this past May, was the first-ever integrated prom at Montgomery County High School. Gillian Laub graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in comparative literature before studying photography at the International Center of Photography, New York. She was selected for the World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass in 2003 and was the winner of Nikon’s Storyteller Award for her work in the Middle East. With the support of the Jerome Foundation, Laub’s first monograph, Testimony, was published by Aperture in 2007 to critical acclaim.

Photographer Randal Levenson focused his lens on the people and places of Tennessee in American Tennessee Valley. Levenson’s photographs show rugged and unapologetic Americans in remote work sites, smoking cigarettes down to the filter, shooting squirrels, and living in dwellings most of us would consider unfit for human habitation. One look at George, with his indoor fire pit, companion dogs and strewn-about garbage makes you wonder if this is the America our forefathers envisioned. But it’s America today, like it or not. Levenson has been exhibited in many galleries and museums in the United States and Canada. A book of his work, done while following carnivals and sideshows, In Search of the Monkey Girl, was published by Aperture in 1982, with a text by Spalding Gray. A master printer, he has worked with artists such as Richard Avedon, Josef Karsh, and Robert Frank. Randal has taught photography at the University of Ottawa in Canada and has lectured widely, most recently at his alma mater, Brown University.

The black and white photos in Emily Schiffer’s award-winning portfolio Youth on the Cheyenne River Reservation depict the ethereal notion of play. Children in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe were photographed hiding in gigantic rubber tires, jumping from tree limbs, practicing playground politics, and wading in ponds. They’re textured photographs that when seen up close invite you to almost touch them. In Blanket, you want to feel for yourself if the woolen throw in which the little girl rests is of the itchy kind. In 2005 Schiffer founded a photography program for these kids. That sense of closeness is evident in the way that although not shot up close, the photos embody a oneness, an understanding of their subjects. Schiffer was the recipient of a 2006-2007 Fulbright Fellowship in Photography, the 2009 Inge Morath Award, presented by Magnum Photos, and the Inge Morath Foundation, and was the 2010 winner of the PDN Photo Annual Personal Project Category.

Gallery I/D’s This Time in America: Part I opens on December 2nd and runs through January 15th, 2011. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, December 2nd. A closing reception will be held on Saturday, January 15th.

Dina Mitrani Gallery Exposures II Wynwood Gallery Walk 12/11/10

Dina Mitrani Gallery Exposures II
Wynwood Gallery Walk
Saturday, December 11, 7-10pm

November 13 – December 24, 2010
Mario Algaze
Pablo Cabado
Marina Font
Pompi Gutnisky
Roberto Huarcaya
Carlos Irijalba
Luis Lazo
Peggy Levison Nolan
Colleen Plumb
Alexandra Rowley
Kanako Sasaki
Guillermo Srodek-Hart

to view images of the exhibit

Museum Of The Americas Invitation opening 12/10/10

Invitation opening, Friday, December 10
Two art shows

The Museum of the Americas and Sir Mbonu Christopher Emerem cordially invite you and your guests to the opening of the exhibition “Pushing Back the Frontiers of Creativity” Contemporary Artists from Nigeria
Paintings, Photographs, Mixed Media, Weaving (Hand-crafted), etc.
featuring the following fine artists: Sir Mbonu Christopher Emerem, Toochukwu T. C. Anyachonkeya, Henry Ugonna Ike, Arinze Samuel Obiefule, Sir Samuel Nnamdi Emerem, Titus Chike Ezenagu, Felix Ndubuisi Ezejiogu, Obinna Anthony Ojiego, Isaac Ikechukwu Chukwura, Lady Jovita Chika Emerem, Samuel Onyinye Mbagwu, Amarachi Uchechi Emerem and Chiemerie Akaraugo Emerem

on Friday, December 10, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
The Museum of the Americas is part
of the “Social Fridays in Doral”
The free trolley leaves Doral Park Country Club,
5001 NW 104 Ave, Doral
at 8 PM ending the service at 11 PM.
It stops at art galleries and restaurants and at the Museum of the Americas the night of the opening of exhibitions
Free admission – Free parking
Exhibition ends on December 31, 2010.
Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11-5
Saturdays, 11-4 (by appointment only)

The Museum of the Americas, Creative Children Therapy (CCT) and Ms. Lee Cohen cordially invite you and your guests to the opening of the exhibition by CCT Artists
on Friday, December 10, 2010
from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Creative Children Therapy (CCT) artists are children with special needs with the most severe
physical disabilities, who are part of the A.R.T. (Artistic Realization Technology) program that allows them to bypass their physical limitations and liberate their creative minds. Creative Children Therapy (CCT) a 501 (c) nonprofit organization. The exhibition is a courtesy of the Museum of the Americas.

Exhibition ends on December 10.

2500 NW 79 AVE #104 and #108 – Doral, FL 33122
Tel. 305.599.8089 –

bakehouse art complex second Friday open house 12/10/10

Friday, December 10th 2010, 7-10pm
bakehouse art complex
561 NW 32nd Street

for our monthly second Friday open house!
BAC monthly events offer patrons a rare glimpse into the artists’ creative world and an opportunity for our audience to witness our diverse and talented community of over 70 contemporary artists!

Second Friday events are always FREE.
Driving? Plenty of FREE parking

BAC Resident Artist 5X7 Show
The BAC presents the second installation of the successful small works exhibition 5X7 in the Swenson Gallery. All of the work measures 5″X7″. The show will consist of a variety of media, from painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber art and more. Give the ultimate creative gift this year! Each orginal artwork is $100.00 each.

SIN! Is a national juried exhibition of original contemporary artwork inspired by the traditional concept of human transgressions. The exhibiting artists, chosen by a reputable panel of jurors, will display their works that are directly related to one of the seven deadly sins; lust, envy, gluttony, sloth, greed, wrath and pride. Each of the seven deadly sins is explored through a variety of media and styles from across the country.
The jury panel consists of some of the most influential museum and art professionals in Miami, each individually jurying a specific sin of their choosing that will come together for one dynamite show. The panel is as follows:

Greed: Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Bass Museum of Art
Lust: Brian Dursum, Executive Director & Curator, Lowe Art Museum
Envy: Jeremy Chestler, Executive Director, Art Center / South Florida
Gluttony: Bonnie Clearwater, Executive Director & Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Sloth: Peter Boswell, Assistant Director for Programs/Senior Curator, Miami Art Museum
Wrath: Carol Damian, Professor & Director and Chief Curator, Frost Art Museum
Pride: Cathy Leff, Director, The Wolfsonian

3rd Annual Holiday Extravaganza bazaar 12/10-11/10

3rd Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
Friday December 10th :: 9am to 6pm
Saturday December 11th :: 10:30am to 4pm
Fundraising Event for Ana Alicia Fernandez
Holiday Inn (across from UM)
1350 S. Dixie Hwy · Coral Gables, FL

Be our guest at the last bazaar for the 2010 year! It’s a great opportunity to shop from 30 vendors and get gifts for everyone on your shopping list…maybe a little something for yourself! Enjoy holiday music while you shop and maybe sip a Bacardi cocktail or two!

This will be a fundraising event for Ana Alicia Fernandez. Her mom Alicia’s booth is the Cuban corner, selling Domino tables, caja chinas and lots more for early Christmas shopping. They will also have a Mrs.Santa story telling and candy canes and face painting for children on Saturday.
**We kindly ask for a $2 donation at the door for the Ana Alicia Special Needs Trust Fund.

For more info about the event or to see some of the fabulous vendors please visit our site:

YoungArts for Performances on the Green Moved Indoors 12/10/10

Thursday, December 9, 7:30pm
ONE Kitchen at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa

Please Note That Due To Weather, Tonight’s
Performance Has Been Moved Indoors, To
One Kitchen, At One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa

YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, will showcase a 90-minute multi-sensory performance by its award-winning graduates. Catch the gratis show emceed by Christina DePaul, YoungArts President and CEO, at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa.

Public Parking: Available at the municipal lot beneath the Haulover Bridge and valet parking will be available at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa. 10295 Collins Avenue, (305) 455 5400.

Art Lounge Series at 1020 Music Boxx VIP Lounge at The Clevelander 12/10/10

Art Lounge Series, Fridays
This Friday, December 10, 2010 10pm-5am
1020 Music Boxx VIP Lounge at The Clevelander Hotel Southbeach

Directions- corner of 10th and Ocean Drive (Guests may enter through the Sports Lounge, side door on 10th)

HOSTED BY: Rod Pratt, Hito Mix & Art Publicist Caitlin Electra
Radio4by4 -Live Streaming- Visit:
MUSIC BY: Jason Perez, John Corradi, Sir Manta

Art Presented by The Michael Perez Pop Art Gallery Featuring Select Works from the Pop Artist Michael Perez “2010 Dream Series” and Special Guest Artist Angie Lagou and her “Techos” Series.
[Est. Fri, Dec. 3, ArtBaselMiami2010, Apple Graphics & Advertising, Inc. Group Miami]

With a new twist on the usual Friday night, this party is getting better each week. Due to cold weather we have moved from the rooftop to the 1020 Music Boxx Lounge inside @ the Clevelander Hotel. Come and join us for an evening of Art, Music & Drinks.

Enjoy the fantastic sound system in an absolutely beautiful venue complimented by a rare out-of-gallery showing of 2 must-see local artists.

For Press Registration or to request artist information or guestlist, please contact Publicist Caitlin E. Slayback at

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Michael Perez Pop Art Gallery
Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd.
[in the Target shopping plaza]
Midtown Miami, FL 33137

Unplug and Unwind presents SJ and Kimberly at the Clevelander C-Level Rooftop Terrace 12/10/10

Two Great Singer/Songwriters on 1 exciting evening…. “UNPLUG & UNWIND” presents SJ & Kimberly Kate (Nashvile) this Friday Night @ the Clevelander (C-Level RooFTop Terrace)

UNPLUG & UNWIND FRIDAYS is a music series that’s presented on the C-Level RooFTop Terrace of the Clevelander. This series has featured some of the top Singer/Songwriters in South Florida such asBrendan O’Hara, Cleaveland Jones, Angela Laino, Maria Zooroudis, and Joshua Stedman to name a few.

Using the Miami Skyline as the backdrop for the artists the guests are presented with a musical performance that’s as breathtaking as the visual scenery.

This week features two great artists that will present an acoustic set that will leave you wanting for more.
Dont miss an evening that will feature two outstanding Singer/Songwriters.
SJ ( & Special Guest Kimberly Kate (

No Cover……Just Great Music

The Unique Champagne Indulgence 12/10/10

Club50 FRIDAY The Unique “Champagne Indulgence”
Club 50
485 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL
Friday Dec 10th 10:00pm

The Unique and Original “Champagne Indulgence” event this Friday Dec 10th at Club50,

Complimentary Bubbles for ladies from 11-12:30am,

Groups of 6 girls receive a Bottle of Champagne courtesy of FABIAN,

DJ’s David G & Felipe Kaval

MAIN ROOM = International Music

POOL SIDE = House music.




Bejeweled Blowout Sale 12/8-22/10

Bejeweled Blowout Sale!
12/8/10-12/22/10, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Apparel sale
15481 SW 12th Street, suite 309
Sunrise, FL 33326

Bejeweled is having a blow out sale Monday-Friday from 9am -5pm right in time for the Holiday season.

Come in and take advantage of this unbelievable sale!

We have embellished and unembellished merchandise for the whole family!

Hurry In!

EuroCircle Happy Hour in the Heart of Brickell 12/11/10

EuroCircle Happy Hour in the Heart of Brickell
Saturday, December 11th, 2010, 7:00 pm
Le Kabob
Le Kabob – Lebanese and Mediterranean Fusion Restaurant
1250 Sout Miami Ave
Miami, FL

December is here and we’ll start celebrating at Miami’s newest and coolest Lebanese and Mediterranean Fusion restaurant.

This place not only boasts authentic flavors but also the yummiest red and white sangrias in town.

And for this occasion we are having a drink special where our second sangria is on the house!

Enjoy the company of friends and new faces while also enjoying the cool beats of a live DJ on a Saturday night.

Please ask for Gabriele or Gian, our Euro ambassadors; if you haven’t met us yet, please ask for us at the bar.

Launch Miami Market 12/11/10

Launch Miami Market
Saturday, December 11, 2010, 12Noon- 6pm-Free to the Public
Open Air Artists & Designers Market
Holy Cross Santa Cruz Church
121 NE 36th St. & NE 1st Ave
(across the street the midtown target mall)

Get your Holiday shopping on with selections of… .Jewelry/ Fashion/ Accessories/ Vintage Clothing/ Art/ handmade Leather Goods/ T-shirt Designers/ Paintings/ Home-decor/ One-of-a-kind rare finds and more…

Launch Miami Market offers the community direct access to the talented entrepreneurs who live and work in South Florida. From November through April, meet and browse the works of local Artists and Emerging Designers.

Your eat on: Jefe’s Original – Grab your taco!
Doggi Style – Serving you from all angles!
Ms. Cheezious – Melting your craving!
Juan’s Organic Guacamole -Made fresh while you wait! A must have!

Dessert: Dolci Peccati Gelato Truck – Satisfying your every sweet tooth!

Free to the public

Interested vendors email:

“Threading the community with local Artists and Designers”

NYE Party in Fort Lauderdale Co-Hosted by The Malcriado 12/31/10

1921 Underground / Private Club
1921 S. Federal Hwy in Ft Lauderdale
New Year’s Eve, December 31
Doors open at 9pm

Bands on the roof… The best DJ’s Spinning till 4 AM…
18 to Party, 21 to Drink
$10 SG Cover
$10 SG All U Can Drink Beer till Midnight
Full Liquor Bar
3 Great Local Bands on outside rooftop
3 Great Local DJ’s inside on the dancefloor
Special Ball Drop Viewing at Midnight
After Midnight – DJ’s play till 4am

*Co-Hosted by The Malcriado!

Hialeah’s Annual Toy Drive 12/10/10

Friday, December 10, 2009 from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m.
Wilde Community Center – Field – 1701 West 53 Terrace

Mayor Julio Robaina, the esteemed City Council and the City of Hialeah invite our friends from the media to join us at our massive Toy Drive held every year to aid underprivileged children enjoy the holidays to the fullest!

This year, over 400 children from 30 schools have been invited to Wilde Community Center for a morning of toys, shows and fun! Featured this year will be Santa and Mrs. Clause arriving in style on board the City of Hialeah’s antique fire truck with their friends Frosty & Rudolph. Entertainment for the kids will include demonstrations from the Hialeah Police Department’s K9 Unit and SWAT Team. Each child will receive lunch and a gift from Santa courtesy of the City of Hialeah Employees. We hope to see you there!

Miami Jewish Health Systems Toy Drive For Children Of Haiti Earthquake through 12/22/10

Miami Jewish Health Systems Launches Toy Drive For Children Of Haiti Earthquake
Toy Drive ends on December 22, 2010.

Please bring wrapped toys for children of all ages to:
Miami Jewish Health Systems – Hazel Cypen Tower lobby area
5200 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
Mondays – Fridays, 9am to 7pm

Toys will be handed out to children at MJHS’ annual Christmas party on December 22, 2010 with City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado.

Healthcare system’s staff, residents and families collect toys for victims’ first Christmas since devastating earthquake.

Miami Jewish Health Systems (MJHS), one of South Florida’s largest and most innovative providers of comprehensive healthcare, has launched a holiday toy drive to collect toys for children impacted by the Haiti Earthquake.

Miami Jewish Health Systems launches a holiday toy drive to collect toys for children impacted by the Haiti Earthquake – their first Christmas since the Feb 2010 disaster.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Leslee Geller at or call (305) 762-1365.

South Beach Full Moon Party 12/23/10

Full Moon Party
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Friday, January 21, 2011
DiLido Beach Club
1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL
starting at 8 p.m.

Surround yourself with the sultry South Beach sky and enter a state of moonlight merriment at Miami’s hottest Full Moon party, at DiLido Beach Club starting at 8 p.m. Sip on $10 Econo Chic cocktails and $5 beers and become captivated by exotic entertainment including complimentary flavored hookahs, high tech telescopes and a deejay spinning world lounge music. No cover charge!

Celebrate 2010 Year-End with Miami-Based Artist Carla Fache 12/18/10

“Transitions”- Solo Art Exhibition By Carla Fache
Celebrating 2010 Year- End With Miami-Based Artist,
At The Jazz Gallery, December 18th, 2010.

The Jazz Gallery, in conjunction with the WDNA Miami radio, is proud to present “Transitions“- Solo Art Exhibition of Miami based abstract artist, Carla Fache.

“Transitions” – Solo Art Exhibition, invites the viewer to experience what the artist describes as “ Emotional Mathematics”. Where color is the protagonist of the show, through its vibrations and inner light technique, and balance, through the conjugation of shapes and layers, the dance floor. “My imagination travels to non-existing dimensions that I best describe through a process of layering. When I paint, I feel I’m hypnotized by colors and textures, all of which will create soft, thin layers that hide or reveal a mark of an unspoken feeling, emotion, or thought.”

Mixed media, acrylic on wood, canvas and paper, are some of the works Fache will display in this color field exhibition. With this solo art show; Fache will culminate 2010 with an explosion of color, abstract expressionist, and style. Her show at the Jazz Gallery / WDNA will also feature news paintings that will also be available for sale.

“It is through the color where I release the energy of my dialogue; the frontier between the convex and the in-convex, the essential and the primitive, the engine of the full and the throttle of the eternal inner strength search … what thrills and transcends the essential.”

Fache’s works have been exhibited in leading galleries and museums throughout the world and are owned by numerous corporations and various international collectors. Come and discover the fascinating work of Carla Fache at the Jazz Gallery Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Closing Night Reception December 18th, starting at 7:30pm. Fache’s exhibition will continue at the Jazz Gallery/ WDNA through December 23, 2010.
For more information about ”Transitions”-Solo art Exhibition, please visit / or call 305-756-7975. Admission is free.

Come and discover the fascinating work of Carla Fache at the Jazz Gallery

Awarehouse Presents Twelve Young Artists and Pretty Please CD Release Party 12/11/10

Awarehouse Presents Twelve Young Artists Followed By The Pretty Please Cd Release Party
Saturday, December 11th, 2010
Art exhibit opens at 7:00 p.m.
CD Release party starts at 9:00 p.m.

The Awarehouse
550 NW 29th Street
Wynwood, Miami

Tickets at the door cost $5. An extra $5 includes the Pretty Please album.

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Miami’s hub for culture, music, art and conceptual events to host exclusive exhibition by twelve young artists during Wynwood + Design District December Art Walk
and post-exhibition CD release party for Pretty Please with special guests

Awarehouse, Miami’s multi-purpose performance venue and art gallery, presents an exclusive art exhibition and CD release party taking place at Awarehouse, 550 NW 29th Street, in Miami’s Wynwood district on Saturday, December 11th starting at 7:00 p.m., during December’s Wynwood + Design District Art Walk.

Luis Perez Galeria at Awarehouse, the hub for culture, music, art and conceptual events, will host a cutting-edge exhibition by twelve young artists that will be followed by a special post-exhibition CD release party, in association with WVUM 90.5fm radio, for Miami’s very own sugar-pop-distorted-estrogen-charged Art Rockers, Pretty Please, featuring special guests that will include Pocket of Lollipops and Space Between Words. Awarehouse will be home to this very special homegrown record launch, which aims not only to celebrate the efforts of one local band, but also the collaborative spirit of the many local artists and talents who participated in this highly anticipated release.

The twelve young artists will exhibit a range of contemporary and classic pieces from their respective home countries that will include works by: Claudia Calle, Fernando Sucre, Hermes Berrio, Ivan Rivera, Leon Trujillo, Luis Fernandez, Monica L. Travis, Nicole Soden, organicArma, Tata Navia, Tecne Collective and Zusel Escriba.

The current centerpiece of art at the Luis Perez Gallery at Awarehouse is by Jesus R. Soto. “Cubo Y Esfera Virtual,” created in 1994, is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece in aluminum and nylon, suspended in mid-air and priced in the high six figures. Energy is one of the most striking elements of Soto’s work and his experiments with optical effects are representative of some of the most successful of the Op Art-Kinetic Art movements. Soto’s work, however, surpasses the mere exploitation of optical effects and he presents in his paintings a concentration of energy that attain a point where the paintings become a mirage. Soto’s painting began to emerge and assume a sculptural dimension when he suspended wire and rods of metal in front of the background. This striping of the background seems to create the effect of attacking and partly absorbing the forms which are placed in front of it. Soto’s work established a concrete relationship with the viewer’s perception as disconcerting and fascinating as an optical illusion.

The event will be an artsy feast for all palates. Pretty Please will share the indoor stage with a handful of handpicked musicians. Artists, photographers and videographers will splash their art on walls, canvases and screens throughout the venue. Scattered across the yard outside, several artists will paint while sweet acoustic music provides a multi-sensory backdrop.

Pretty Please’s self-titled LP is also a reflection of the high premium Pretty Please places on homegrown artistry and includes contributions from some of Miami’s most revered musicians. Bianca Pupo (GhostMilk), Ferny Coipel (Humbert), Jorge Gonzalez (Jorges, Plains, The Brand), Omar Garcia (The Brand) and Geneva Harrison (Rachel Goodrich, and The Jean Marie) have all oozed some of their musical genius into this project. All of the media, glamour and art direction on the record and merchandise is also a collaboration of many local giants like KRELwear, Jipsy Nefarious, Jeffrey Dellanoy, Jessica Bosch, Jerry Morris, Ivan Rivera, to name a few.

Since completing the album a few months back, Pretty Please has been busy test-driving their baby and turning heads, rocking faces, shocking the unsuspecting, and even offending a few in venues like Bardot, Vagabond, Love Hate, Kill Your Idol, Electric Pickle and a few others. Pretty Please has poured all of its love into this record and it’s about damn time they shared the wealth.

2nd Annual Have A Heart Toy Drive and Happy Hour 12/10/10

2nd Annual Have a Heart Toy Drive
Friday, December 10th from 6-11pm.
The Surfcomber Hotel located
1717 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach

The holidays are a magical and whimsical time, especially for children. This holiday season, help a local child experience the whimsy of receiving a gift you have chosen especially for them. Please bring an unwrapped toy to 2nd Annual Have a Heart Toy Drive, being held at The Surfcomber Hotel located at 1717 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, this Friday, December 10th from 6-11pm.

All toys will be donated to The Children’s Home Society of Florida.

**To find out more about sponsoring a child this holiday season, please visit

Generation ñ will be joining us at this event, so I welcome you all to please visit their website

As we “wrap up” the toy drive on Friday evening from 6-11 pm. We invite you to join for drink specials, complimentary hors d’oeurves and music by DJ Vidal & DJ Foxx, The Smack Brothers.
A Special Guest appearance by Saxophonist Leon Morley or as I like to call him “Leon the Sax Man.”

$10 Reduced valet parking, too!

It will be a great opportunity for networking with local businesses, bring lots of business cards.

Paredes Fine Art Gallery celebrates Art Basel success during Art Walk 12/11/10

Local Artist Miguel Paredes To Celebrate Art Basel Success During Wynwood Arts District’s 2nd Saturdays’ Art Walk
Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Paredes Fine Arts Studio
2311 NW 2nd Ave. Miami, FL. 33127

Urban realist to host cocktail reception at Paredes Fine Art Gallery following a series of hit Art Basel exhibits and events

On the heels of a successful run during Art Basel Miami Beach 2010, local pop and multi-media artist, sculptor and urban realist Miguel Paredes will host a cocktail reception at Paredes Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. during the “2nd Saturdays Art Walk” in the Wynwood Arts District.

In celebration of Paredes’ hit exhibitions and events during the famed Art Basel festivities – including two at the Wynwood studio that attracted more than three thousand visitors in total – Saturday’s reception will offer guests the opportunity to view pieces Paredes debuted only a week ago, such as those from his popular Los Ninos, Boroughs and Pulgha & Birds series, a sculpture version of Miguel’s painting “In the Name of America” and his all-new series, Elements of an Artist. Also still available for viewing are works by Graffiti Artists SKI and 2ESAE of UR New York and celebrated pop/rock photographer Danny Clinch. In addition to mingling with Paredes in his post-Art Basel glow, guests will enjoy complimentary a signature cocktail, The Sapphire Dhiva, sponsored by Bombay Sapphire.

Paredes was born in New York and is of a Latin American descent. He is an artist who combines the exhilarating sense of New York City’s graffiti art with the skill and perceptiveness of a true exceptional artist. Growing up on 72nd Street in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Paredes exuded early signs of artistic ability and accepted an invitation to New York City’s prestigious Fiorello La Guardia High School of Music and Art – immortalized in the musical and movie Fame – in the early 1980s. His studies at Fiorello coincided with the explosion of street culture in the city. Paredes drew inspiration from notorious pop artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring and plunged into the world of graffiti and pop art taking the name “Mist” as his moniker.

Another influential figure in Paredes’ artistic career is his mentor Ronnie Cutrone. Cutrone was Andy Warhol’s immediate assistant at the Factory during the notorious pop artist’s most productive and prestigious years. To Paredes, his mentor’s paintings are the essence of pop: colorful, lively and highly accessible. Cutrone’s constant use of bright and fluorescent colors not only influenced Warhol’s return to such hues, but shaped Paredes’ color palette choices as well. Paredes’ piece “Ronnie is that you?” pays homage to Cutrone and features one of Paredes’ sons painted on a vintage Mickey Mouse bed cover. The child represents the artist looking for Ronnie.

In the late 80s, Paredes left New York to come to then burgeoning Miami Beach, FL. in search of new inspiration. He fell in love with the city and immediately submerged himself in its thriving art community. Almost 20 years later, Paredes remains a Miami resident and has established himself as a respected artist. In addition, he is owner and CEO of one of the most successful printing companies in the U.S., PK Graphics, and is happily married with three children which are his most current muses.

At Paredes Fine Arts Studio, the artist will also exhibit select pieces and sculptures from collections such as Los Niños, Urban Dreams and Pulgha & Birds.

With Los Niños Paredes has taken what he calls “the best masterpieces I have ever created in my life,” his children, and made them the subjects for his revealing drama about the timeless hopes of all parents and the resolutions needed to face the unknown battles of the future. The entire experience of these paintings is shockingly honest, risky and flies in the face of three decades of neo-Pop and post-modern ideas that no image is truer or deeper than the next.

In the artist’s Urban Dreams series, Paredes explores the parallel spectrums of color and tone and modifies the urban landscape, while combining photographic realism with the rich graphic elements of floating vines, flowers and leaves. Paredes animates New York’s brownstone crayons by darkening the darkest corners, layering one vanishing point across the other, squeezing streets and alleys into exaggerated vertical tunnels, and balancing brick, grit and white space into an ambiguous and deceptive surface.

Paredes’ Pulgha & Birds Digital Art Series showcases his most recent invention, Pulgha, and its colorful world of Birds, Geishas and puckish, child-like tricksters. Paredes’ admiration of Japanese anime is apparent in this collection, however, the artist’s imaginative hands re-create this specific language and re-enchant the original concerns – all through his Latin and urban sense of digital mysticism and narration. Pulgha means flea in Spanish, but there is nothing small or itchy about this rebellious character. Instead, Pulgha and Co. are creative emissaries, seeding innovation, luring younger generations of anonymous house-bound gamers and online exiles out into a public world of human interaction and community. Paredes donated one of his latest pieces “Pulgha World” and created a mural in the Wynwood Arts District near his new gallery.

Paredes Fine Arts Studio is located at 2311 NW 2nd Ave. Miami, FL. 33127. An additional holiday 2010 Pop-Up Gallery is located at 412 Lincoln Road. For more information, please visit

Deco Bike Green Carpet Event and Mixer 12/9/10

ECOMB – Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches
The Green Carpet Event & Mixer
Thursday December 9th @ Shore Club // 8-11PM
All Guests That Would Like To Attend Must Rsvp:
(please include name, organizations/company and telephone number)

Drinks + Music + Entertainment + Exhibits // RSVP Mandatory

Deco Bike Event
Please join us for this exciting event that will impact hotels, businesses, residents, visitors & all those who live, work or play in Miami Beach! Mingle with decision makers and business owners while learning about this innovative concept. Going GREEN has never been so easy or so much fun… Find out how you are already involved..

Decobike, City Of Miami Beach, Miami Beach Chamber Of Commerce, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, & Greater Miami & Beaches Hotel Association

The Decobike Lifestyle Video feat. Dwayne Wade, Playmate Francesca Frigo, Udonis Haslem & more… Check it out:

Ketel One Win a Mixologist to Host the Ultimate Home Holiday Party

Win a Ketel One Mixologist!
Go to the Ketel One Facebook Page
click your city and then you will be instantly notified if you won a reservation. You will then have 60 seconds to accept. You must be 21 to enter

John Lermayer
Gabriel Orta
Paul Sevingy
Elad Zvi

Instead of hosting the same old annual get-together, Ketel One is giving consumers everything needed to host a suped-up holiday celebration. Through an online reservation system, Miami residents can reserve a “Mobile Mixologist” who will personally come to at-home gatherings and equip them with everything needed to host a real holiday party. They will supply personally crafted cocktails, a catering staff serving gourmet food and a fleet of chauffeured SUVs to get their guests home safely.

At random, 4 reservations will be offered and the events will occur on December 10th-11th and 17th-18th- two of the busiest party weekends in December.

We have top Miami mixologists participating, including Gabriel Orta of Bar Lab and John Lermayer from the Morgans Hotel Group.

W Fort Lauderdale and Bliss Spa Holiday Shopping Event and Gift Card Kiosk 12/15/10

W Fort Lauderdale & Bliss Spa Holiday Shopping Event and Gift Card Kiosk
Bliss Spa at W Fort Lauderdale (third floor)
401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
**Bliss Spa holiday gift card kiosk is located at the valet

Bliss Spa holiday shopping party
Wednesday, December 15
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Bliss Spa holiday gift card kiosk
Monday, December 20 – Thursday, December 24
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

W Fort Lauderdale and Bliss Spa are hosting a holiday shopping party on Wednesday, December 15 from 7-9 PM. Guests are invited to shop for holiday gift cards for friends, relatives, co-workers or anyone deserving of pampering time, while enjoying mini spa treatments, champagne and spa bites. Just in time for holiday party prep, Bliss is also offering 20% off any treatments booked during the event.

For last minute gifting solutions, Bliss Spa will have a kiosk in the valet area at W Fort Lauderdale with gift cards ready to go for quick pick up, even on Christmas Eve. Stop by after work Monday, December 20 – Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) from 5:00 – 9:00 PM.

CBS4 Jeff Berardelli and Natalia Zea Host Holiday Hope Fundraiser at De Rodriguez Ocean 12/10/10

CBS4’S Jeff Berardelli and Natalia Zea Host Holiday Hope Fundraiser at De Rodriguez Ocean
Guests to Gather at Top Seafood Restaurant for Date Auction in Support of Neighbors 4 Neighbors
Friday, December 10th, 8-11PM
De Rodriguez Ocean
Hilton Bentley South Beach
101 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
A $20 donation at the door will benefit those in need in the Miami community.

CBS4’s Jeff Berardelli and Natalia Zea invite guests to embrace altruism this holiday season with a special date auction at De Rodriguez Ocean in support of Neighbors 4 Neighbors, Adopt-A-Family and Operation Elf Toy Drive Programs. On December 10, guests will have the opportunity to bid on dates with CBS4 anchors Lisette Gonzalez and Jawan Strader at the new beachfront seafood-centric eatery. Attendees will not only be entered in a raffle but also have the opportunity to bid on a variety of auction items. Poolside cocktails? And hors d’oeuvres from Chef Douglas Rodriguez’s newest outpost will be served.

About De Rodriguez Ocean: James Beard award winning Chef Douglas Rodriguez introduces De Rodriguez Ocean, a 200-seat, beachfront restaurant tucked off the lobby of South of Fifth’s posh Hilton Bentley hotel. Since opening its doors in October 2010, De Rodriguez Ocean has seen immense acclaim for the chef’s forward-thinking cuisine and trademark Nuevo Latino menu featuring bold and colorful flavors, 15 signature ceviches and a wide variety of seafood-centric appetizers, entrees and side dishes. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, a chic 25-foot ceviche and raw bar, two full bars, including one pool side, and an extensive cocktail list created exclusively for Miami’s most discerning palates, boasting fresh tropical fruits and purees. Incorporating natural sea elements and Chef Rodriguez’s ‘ocean’ concept, the restaurant’s interior features hand-carved wooden mermaid sculptures, reclaimed wood repurposed for the ceilings, cork walls and subtle amber lighting creating a seductive dining experience. In support of the sustainable seafood movement, De Rodriguez Ocean provides diners with responsible seafood options supplied by environmentally responsible fisherman and fish farms. De Rodriguez Ocean is open seven days a week, from 6PM to 11PM Sunday to Thursday, and 6PM to 1AM Friday-Saturday. 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 305.673.3763 |

Full Moon Party 12/21/10

Full Moon Party
Tuesday, December 21, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
One North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Come to the city’s only spectacular full moon party Tuesday, December 21 and enjoy a glamorous party like no other, suspended over the ocean on a 7th floor tropical pool deck. Join your friends at this one-of-a-kind soiree to enjoy specially priced $7 appetizers and cocktails, move to the city’s best DJ and watch the moon rise out of the Atlantic Ocean through enormous telescopes. Casual, chic and sensual, these Full Moon parties are open to the public with no velvet ropes, no cover charge and reduced valet parking.

This month’s party will feature Ketel One Oranje mixing Full Moon Fizz, South Florida Sunset, Man on the Moon Mojito and more…. Receive a complimentary cocktail for your donation of an unwrapped toy for children ages 2-18 benefitting SOS Children’s Villages of Florida, supporting foster children of Broward County.

Italian Tea With A Twist Saturdays 12/11,18/10

Italian “Tea” With A Twist
Saturdays, December 11 & 18, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami
3300 SW 27th Avenue
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
$35 adults
$16 children
*reduced valet parking

at The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove
To Benefit Children’s Home Society Of Florida

Celebrate the season with afternoon tea (actually, a grand espresso bar), complete with Italian tea sandwiches, mini pizzas, prosciutto, panini, plus Italian cookies, torrone, crostini and a scoop of house-made gelato, all set in an Italian villa-style hotel.

The price includes two holiday teddy bears, one for you to keep. The other we’ll donate to a child in need at Children’s Home Society of Florida.

Additional teddy bears can be purchased for $20 and will be delivered to the Children’s Home Society in Miami. Proceeds from the teddy bear purchases will provide school supplies for deserving children at Citrus Grove Middle School.

For additional information or reservations please contact Stephanie Hart at (305)644-6480 or

Annette Recommends Alma Mexicana on Miami Beach

We went to Alma Mexicana on Washington last night for a late dinner.  I ordered the pastor (pork) sandwich, it was on flat bread, and it was the most delicious sandwich ever.  We also order the smothered green chili burrito with rice and beans, I was so amazing this is a must order.  The last thing we order was a pastor burrito and it was really good, not quite as good as the smothered burrito but really, really good.  They have a salsa bar and I tried all of them and they were all awesome.

Alma Mexicana is a wonderful affordable, delicious, authentic Mexican restaurant.  It is on Washington between 13th and 14th right next door to Juice and Java.  The staff is so friendly and the service was fast.

Alma Mexicana
1344 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-0880

Hialeah Santa Snow Blast 12/11/10

Hialeah’s Santa Snow Blast
Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.
Goodlet Park, 4200 West 8 Avenue

Mayor Julio Robaina, the City Council and the City of Hialeah, invite everyone to come and join us for Hialeah’s Annual Santa’s Snow Blast!

Come and join us this Saturday as Santa visits Hialeah and brings with him 50 tons of snow! Children of all ages are encouraged to come with their parents for carnival rides, games, food , live entertainment and of course, the chance to play in the snow. Inside Goodlet Theater, kids will have a chance to visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus and have their picture taken. Come and be a part of this extraordinary event that’s fun for the whole family!

Entrance & parking is free and unlimited ride wristbands are $5.

Dancing In Miami At Nikki Music Every Sunday Night 12/12/10

Dancing In Miami At Nikki Music Every Sunday Night
From Dec 12 To Dec 13 2010, From 7 pm to 5 am
Nikki Beach Miami
One Ocean Drive
Miami Beach Florida 33139
305 538 1111

Every Sunday Night From 7pm to 5am Our most recent addition, Nikki Music, is our weekly Sunday night party providing you with the freshest tracks and entertainment. This week line up features a Special Guest Dj DIAGA, Residents DJ Felipe Kaval, DJ Bruno and DJ Armand Pena, For more information or to book your reservation call 305.538.1111 For reservations table and bottle reservations:

Playing the Game of Life Winter Mini Camp 12/20-24/10

Playing the Game of Life Winter Mini Camp!
December 20-24th, 2010, 9 am-1 pm
7144 Byron Ave., Miami Beach FL 33141
Playing the Game of Life
7144 Byron Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33141

Playing the Game of Life (PGL) is offering an innovative and fun-filled mini-camp, where children will enjoy different arts-based activities while learning to respect one another and treat the world with kindness and compassion. Camp activities will include: environmental art; music; nutritional education and organic cooking; and stress reduction through yoga. Cost is $175 for the week. Visit to register or call 305-864-5237.

Svedka Master Mixology fete at STK 12/13/10

STK at Gansevoort
2377 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Monday, December 13, 7:00 PM

Join us for an interactive cocktail experience! Sample handcrafted SVEDKA Vodka libations and vote for the nights best cocktail alongside out panel of experts.

Special Guest Judges:
Aniece Meinhold, Food & Drink Blogger,
Jackie Eisen, Director, Friends of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Maria Arguello, Community Manager,

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Toys for Tots Event benefiting the Miami Children’s Hospital Annual Toy Drive 12/10/10

Toys for Tots Event benefiting the Miami Children’s Hospital Annual Toy Drive
Friday, December 10, 8pm-11pm
Temple House
1415 Euclid Avenue in Miami Beach
Followed immediately by the official after party
Bar 721
721 Lincoln Lane North
Bring an unwrapped toy as admission.

This year, Bar 721 is proud to be the official after party for the Annual Toys for Tots benefiting Miami Children’s Hospital . This charitable event brings big smiles to disadvantaged children all over South Florida. Attendees are required to bring an unwrapped toy which will go directly into the hands of a needy child this Christmas. Moreover, the private reception will be held at the ultra-luxurious Temple House in Miami Beach.

Hosting the Toy Drive will be some of South Florida’s most notable personalities including: Omar Gonzalez, Vice Mayor Michael Gongora, Louis Aguirre, Dan Sehres, Cynthia Acosta, Chrissy Morales, Christopher Ciccone, Craig Stevens, Dr. Julio Galo, Jochy Ortiz, Edison Farrow, Tony Ferro, Lauren Martin, and Janet Jorgulesco.

-Bar 721 Helps Spread Holiday Joy and Cheer to South Florida’s Disadvantaged Youth-

This Christmas help bring a smile to South Florida’s disadvantaged children at the Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive benefiting Miami Children’s Hospital. This year’s event will take place at the renowned and luxurious Temple House on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 1415 Euclid Avenue in Miami Beach; followed immediately by the official after party at Bar 721, an upscale lounge on 721Lincoln Lane North.

The primary goal of this private reception is to make sure no child get’s left behind this Christmas. Special guests will donate an unwrapped toy and enjoy a night of upscale elegance while bringing joy to a child this Christmas. With last year’s event generating over 500 toys for local children, attendees can be assured that each donation will go directly into the hands of a needy child. The official after party will be held at Bar 721, South Beach’s premier lounge.

Hosting the Toy Drive will be some of South Florida’s most notable personalities including: Omar Gonzalez, Vice Mayor Michael Gongora, Louis Aguirre, Dan Sehres, Cynthia Acosta, Chrissy Morales, Christopher Ciccone, Craig Stevens, Dr. Julio Galo, Jochy Ortiz, Edison Farrow, Tony Ferro, Lauren Martin, and Janet Jorgulesco.

The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program ( aims to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Over its 18 year life span, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has supplemented local toy collections with more than 81.3 million toys valued at more than $487 million.

For more information on the official after party at Bar 721 please visit or and for more information on Toys for Tots visit .

Photographs of Toast To The Season at The Mediterranean Mansion on 12/8/10

Toast To The Season at The Mediterranean Mansion on Wednesday, December 8, 2010.  What a really cool event, the place is beautiful and they put art work in every room turning the place into one big gallery, it was awesome.  The artist included: Yoa Paneque, Gonzalo Penaranda, Jamie Martinez, Joseph Rivera of 305 Photography, Lizzie Easton Photography, Trek Six, Pedro Rodriguez, Jamie Tamburo, Jefreid Lotti and MANO Nogueira,

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A Tasting Event Introducing Xowii Thin Beverage 12/16/10

A TASTING EVENT- Introducing Xowii THIN Beverage & Energy Drink
Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Avenue 29
19004 N.E. 29th Ave.
Aventura, FL 33180
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Start your New Year Resolution early! Turn Heads This Holiday! Join the NEW YOU CHALLENGE!
On Thursday, December 16th, XOWII THIN BEVERAGE will be introduced to the masses in Aventura’s Avenue 29 19004 NE 29th Ave.

Guest Speaker: Bill Sickert
Bill Sickert is XOWii’s Chief Science Officer
Bill brings over 25 years of diverse health care and nutra-ceutical experience to XOWii as Chief Science Officer and has held top executive positions with major supplement companies including PhytoPharmica, Enzymatic Therapy, Barleans and Garden of Life just toname a few. Bill is TRI credentialed in Business, LAW and Nutrition and has worked in highly regulated FDA, and medical delivery systems. In person, Bill inspires people to take health and wellness to a new level including athletic accomplishments that rival athletes half his age.

Come join us for tastings, prizes, and challenges. Guests will all have the opportunity to taste XOWII THIN Beverage, a lightly carbonated, 8.4 ounce all-natural weight management blend, served with complimentary hor’derves

XOWii Thin™ is a nutrient-dense, natural nourishment. Thin fuels your body’s metabolism while suppressing your appetite, enhancing your mood and boosting your energy and delivering all the energy you want without the spikes and crashes of traditional beverages.

This event will have a blend of Mix and Mingle, while being Educational and Informative on health and wellness.

~Guest can participate in our The Biggest Loser THIN CHALLENGE and get a chance to win cash prize for the holiday~

Guests are FREE
Member $10.00

Raffle prizes: Enjoy 3 Days & 2 Nights Vacation Gift Certificate
6 cans of XOWii THIN
2 (2oz sample of Ultimate vitamins)

Have Fun. Mix and Mingle
Informative presentation on Health and Wellness
Participate in Xowii Thin Challenge and get a chance to win
cash prize for the holidays.
Great Prize -$5 Raffle
Tasting of Xowii Thin Beverage served with complimentary hor’derves

Bring Plenty of Biz Cards! Networking @ 7:00pm

Heart Menders Fundraiser at Loft 168 12/10/10

Loft 168 in Downtown Miami.
168 SE 1st Street
We have an open bar from 8-10p
raffles for 2 nights at the Fontainebleau Hotel, DoubleTree, and more.
Ticket Donations are $20 and raffle tickets 1 for $5 or 3 for $10.

Caribbean Heart Menders is a group of volunteers that perform miracles for children needing heart surgery in the Caribbean Islands and Central and South Americas. The last medical mission trip was to Panama in August of 2010. This event is a major fundraiser for the organization.

There will be complimentary cocktails, raffle prizes, Leanddro Ekkoz, and a DJ spinning all night!

A $20 donation will be accepted at the door. If you cannot attend the event, please consider making a donation. We accept all donations no matter how large or small! Every little bit helps!

There will be raffles from Fontainebleau Hotel, DoubleTree, and more!

The Panelists Opening Reception 12/11/10

Opening Night Reception: December 11th, 7-11pm
Harold Golen Gallery
2294 North West 2nd Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33127

THE PANELISTS, is a group show featuring 16 artists who each created a continuing comic book story. Artists include KRK Ryden, Mitch O Connell (whose work has appeared in Newsweek and the New York Times as well as advertising campaigns for McDonalds and Rolling Stones), Anthony Ausgang (who recently designed the cover of MGMTs Congratulations record). Other artists showing work include Niagara, The Pizz, Spain, Mats?!, Mark George, Zoey Stevens, Luster Kaboom, Janelle Hessing, Rus Pope, Robin Footitt, Jon Haddock and Joshua Ellingson.

Photograph of Art Basel Events on Miami Beach on 12/5/10

Art Basel Miami Beach and other art fairs and events on Miami Beach on Sunday, December 5, 2010. First we visited Ink Miami an really awesome show.  INK Miami is a contemporary art fair held annually in December during Art Basel Miami Beach. The Fair is unique among Miami’s fairs for its focus on contemporary works on paper by internationally renowned artists.

Then we headed over to ZOOM Contemporary Art Fair, its Inaugural Showcase Of Contemporary Art From The Middle East
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Shamim M. Momin Event Establishes an Alternative Framework for Art Fairs.

Next we visited Aqua Art Miami, Aqua Art Miami return to the fair’s original location – the Aqua Hotel, this boutique hotel was transformed into a hub for innovative contemporary art programming, represented by the 43 galleries exhibiting there this year.

Our next stop was Verge Art Fair,

We finally make it to Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center,  the ninth edition of the most prestigious art show in the Americas.

Then we headed over to Design Miami which was right next door, the sixth edition of Design Miami was the most dynamic yet. An eclectic, international mix of participating galleries.

Then we headed over to see the  Mr. Brainwash’s installation Under Construction. This was an amazing event,  the art work so cool, I just loved the pink paint covered elephants.

We headed to the Shore Club for Kehinde Wiley Fish Fry with Sam Talbot, oh my gosh the food was amazing (I love fish).  They had the best cole slaw ever.

Our last stop for the night and Art Basel was the Pool Art Fair,  one of my most favorite fairs.  Frere Independent is proud to present the sixth edition of the PooL Art Fair in Miami Beach at the Carlton Hotel, PooL is the only exhibition to present great, unrepresented artists during Art Basel Miami Beach.

I had such an amazing time during the week of Art Basel, looking forward to next year to see.  Now to get some sleep! :-)

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