Photographs of Lunar Eclipse in Miami Beach 12/21/10

Not really much to see here, but I figured I would share what I got. Hand-hend Canon G11 with no fancy lenses or anything.

Songwriter Night Hosted By Randy Singer And Dominique 12/26/10

Sunday, December 26 at 9:00pm
Van dyke cafe

HOSTED BY
Randy Singer and Dominique

performing
alicia
vic kingsley
sharina
joshua
linda noyes,
rina miranda
and other special guests

Event is sponsored by Jason H Klein CPA
Jason provides accounting and tax services for businesses and individuals. Many of his clients are in the music and entertainment world. Jason, who is a musician himself, has a great understanding of accounting and tax situations for musicians.

Van Dyke Xmas Jazz Jam Party 12/23/10

Thursday at 9:00pm
Van Dyke Cafe
846 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL

In celebration of the Christmas spirit and the love of music, Randy Singer, KCC Productions and the VAN DYKE CAFE present the third annual Van Dyke holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, from 9 PM -1 AM, featuring the Mike Levine Ensemble, with special guest vocalist Wendy Pedersen. All professional musicians are welcome to sit in and join us in performing a selection of holiday music backed up by the finest south Florida musicians. (Photo of Nicole Henry and Mel Dancy at the last one, Jaui Schneider at the piano. What a rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”!)

Human Being Talent Agency Launch and Underwear Fashion Show 12/26/10

HUMAN BEING Talent Agency Launch/Underwear Fashion Show
Sunday, December 26th 2010, 8pm: coctails/mixer. Show starts @9pm sharp.
Carlton Hotel
1433 Collins Ave.
(between 14th and Espanola Way)
for directions call:305-672-5858

*for bottle service/tables contact Khan at:310-359-3658

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Calvin Klein Reps
Papi Underwear Reps
VH-1 Hip Hop Honors Alumni
MAJOR Industry Professionals
and more are expected at this event.

For more info on the event of the year call 754-214-6024

Thick Thursdays BBW Ladies Night 2/3/11

Thick Thursdays (BBW Ladies Night!)
FEB 3rd 2011, 8pm-4am
Harvey’s By The Bay
6445 n.e. 7th ave miami,fl 33138
hoodhitzradio.ning.com

BBWS/SSBBWS Big Girls, Etc It’s Your Time To Shine!
A One Of A Kind Club Night 4 The big & Sexxy ladies & The Real Men! Who Love Them!
Ft:Gameroom:poker,pool,
monpoly,jenga,connect 4,bingo
We have 2 “dancer” poles be our guests.:)
Great food & drinks @ good prices $1-$10
Join us each month for our Queen Thickness Pageant
Hosted by Mf Cornbread The dade county cowboy
Music-Rap,80,s,90,s retro-hip hop,r&b, and dance.
New BBW Game Show Date Or No Date! (Tapeing Weekly)

NOTE: All volunteers, promoters, or talent(singers,poets,etc) call jabari 786-728-6702 let’s have fun:)

This party is weekly.

PGA Champions Tour Allianz Championship JM Lexus Opening Day Event Free and Open To the Public 2/11/11

PGA Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship to Tee off Friday, February 11th.
JM Lexus Underwrites Opening Day General Admission Tickets Making Event Free and Open To the Public
02/11/2011, 9:00 am
The Old Course at Broken Sound Club
2401 Willow Springs Dr. Boca Raton, FL 33496
www.allianzchampionship.com

The first round of championship play to take place for the three-day Allianz Championship – the first of the PGA Champions Tour’s tournaments in this year’s early-season Florida swing – brings the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated tournament and drives all net proceeds to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. This year’s roster includes champions Tour pros Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Fred Couples, Paul Azinger and tour rookies Kenny Perry, Mark Calcavecchia, and Steve Lowery who will compete for the $1.7 million tournament purse with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the Allianz Championship from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club.

*General Admission FREE: tickets generously underwritten by JM Lexus
*Partners Club Pass $50 (16th Green Tent Seating: good for any one day Friday through Sunday)
*Executive Skybox $175 (18th Green Tent with refreshments and VIP parking pass: good for any one day Wed- Sunday)
*Executive Skybox Week Long Pass $750 (18th Green Tent with refreshments and VIP parking pass: good for all days Wed- Sunday)

2010 Red Holiday Ball For Women at Lords of South Beach 12/25/10

Sunkissed Productions & South Beach’s New & Glamorous Gay Hotel Present: 2010 Red Holiday Ball For Women
Saturday December 25th
Doors at 10pm
Hotel Lords South Beach
1120 Collins Avenue
South Beach
No Cover With Rsvp
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www.lordssouthbeach.com

An Evening Of Elegant Yet Casual Sexiness

This Year’s Holiday Ball Will Be Held @ The Home Of Art, Glamour, Fashion & Enchantment, South Beach’s newest & hottest gay hotel: The Chaha Rooster Bar @ Hotel Lords South Beach

Yes We Finally Have A Glamourous Gay Hotel In South Beach & it is opening its doors to Miami’s Women community on Saturday December 25th
Lezzies & friends will imbibe delicious Cocktails & Beers in the super trendy, Cha Cha Rooster Bar.
DJs Girl Powerrr Zehno & Kiki with all kind of Hot beats
Sexy Miss Santa with Free giveaways
For women who love women & friends
Enjoy Miss Santa Cocktails, Beers, Wines & Light Bites While Dancing The Night Away In A Venue Unlike Any Other

Attire: Warm, Sexy & Red Or Scandalous ==> Yes We Have A Pool & A Jacuzzi @ The Outdoors Chacha Cabana Poolside & Bar

The newest Parties to hit the beach will also be just as over the top as the gold tiled walls surrounding the Cha Cha Rooster Bar at LORDS South Beach & Last season’s Bad Girls Club Crush Events for women. Ultra-hot spot: the comings, the goings, the night life, the good life. Conceptualized by gays for gays, the hotel provides a liberal, proud, playful experience, and a sense of community. At Lords South Beach, there’s always something, or someone, to see – while partying, dining, lounging, mingling, swimming, shopping or exploring

Invictus Haiti Unconquered Exhibit Closing 1/12/11

“Invictus: Haiti Unconquered” Exhibit Closing
Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 11:00 a.m.
ACND Gallery of Art
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School
4949 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
www.acnd.net

Carl Juste and Andre Chung’s “Invictus: Haiti Unconquered” at the ACND Gallery of Art
Closing Event Marks The One-Year Anniversary of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Exhibit Closing: Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Docent tours begin 9:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day until 2:30 p.m.
A Memorial Prayer Service will be held at 11:00 a.m.

Exactly one year after the Haitian earthquake, Wednesday, January 12, 2010 will mean a solemn day of personal reflection for the students, faculty, and alumni of Archbishop Curley Notre Dame. Their day will begin with prayers of remembrance for families and friends who perished and an extended hand of support for the displaced students who have found a new home at ACND. The community and media are welcome to participate in the day’s events and free docent led tours of Carl Juste’s and Andre Chung’s exhibit “Invictus: Haiti Unconquered” will be offered throughout the day beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Award-winning photojournalists of the Iris PhotoCollective, Juste (ACND alumnus) and Chung exhibit photographs from their latest project, “Invictus: Haiti Unconquered.” This series of images document the tragic unfolding of events following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Inspired by William Ernest Henley’s iconic poem “Invictus,” the last image presented titled “Leg Up” shows a man’s prosthetic leg at the foreground of the image as if tossed into the hands of the viewer while a leg-less man proudly shows off his handstand skills. An arid field of dead grass surrounds him. The country’s natural beauty of gray mountains and shadowy clouds, as seen in the image’s background, is very distant and seems blocked-off and separated by a row of portable outhouses, a concrete fence, and power lines. The focal point, however, is this man who finds happiness and liberation in a temporary moment. “Leg Up” signifies the poetry’s last stanza: “It matters not how strait the gate; How charged with punishments the scroll; I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

Formed in 1998, the Iris PhotoCollective is a project spearheaded by four like-minded photographers: Carl Juste, Andre Chung, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, and Clarence Williams. As artists of color themselves, they are each concerned with the way their communities are depicted in the media. Through a shared mission to explore and document the relationships of people of color to the world, their photographic projects create a record that is free of the influence of the dominant culture, while maintaining the integrity and principles of photojournalism. Their visual stories document their work from around the world.

“Invictus: Haiti Unconquered” is the essence of visual poetry and a clear reminder of the importance of photojournalism and its power to draw people’s attention to the world. During an interview with Dick Gordon of North Carolina Public Radio in February 2010, Juste, still recovering from the dust and trauma associated with his recent departure from Haiti, manages to find deliverance for the country he has only come to know first-hand through his work. “During the earthquake the rich were impacted, the poor were impacted. No one was segregated and for the first time at least that I can remember, the plight of the Haitian became the plight of the world.” Juste concludes, “And maybe out of all of this pain and all this suffering, there is a rebirth, but not only a rebirth of a nation, of an island nation, but of ourselves.”

“Invictus: Haiti Unconquered”
ACND Gallery of Art
at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School
4949 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33137 (305) 751-8367, www.acnd.net
Closing Event: Wednesday, January 12, 2010 with docent tours beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Memorial Prayer: 11:00 a.m.
The Exhibit will be extended through Saturday morning, January 15, 2010
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. school days or other times by appointment

Free. Groups should call in advance.

Photo: “Leg-Up” by Carl Juste, Iris PhotoCollective

NYE Bash in the Gardens 12/31/10

NYE Bash in the Gardens
December 31, 2010, 9pm
Palm Gardens
2710 NW 167th Street
Miami Gardens, Fl 33054
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Join us Decenber, 31ST @ The Biggest Partyof the Year for The Grown & Sexy…
The Chic & Classy (so dress to impress)
Delicious Food Sexy Cocktails & Sexy Sounds By Dj Tight

Comp Party Favors
Champagne Toast At Midnight
$500 Balloon Drop
Best Dressed Contest
All Bottles $100 All Night

Dress Code Will Be Enforced

Tickets $20 In Advance $25 At Door

For Info & Table/Booth Reservations Contact: PhatLife Ent. 786-236-7985 or Email: phatlife305@gmail.com

Undy 5000 South Florida Colon Cancer 5k Run/Walk 1/22/11

Undy 5000 South Florida Colon Cancer 5k Run/Walk
Saturday, January 22, 2011, 7:00 a.m.
John Prince Park
2700 6th Avenue South
Lake Worth, FL 33461
www.undy5000.org

The Undy 5000 raises awareness of Colon Cancer, while raising desperately needed funds for local and national efforts to end the suffering caused by colorectal cancer. All participants receive a pair of specially designed boxers and are encouraged to run in their undies, boxers, or briefs to increase the awareness of the importance of Colon Cancer screening.

Registration Fees:
Adult: $30.00 pre-registration & $40.00 race day
Youth: $25.00 pre-registration & $35.00 race day

Online Registration Closing Date: Thursday, January 19th 2011 @ 5:00 PM

Onsite Registration Opens: Thursday, January 19th 2011 @ 6:30 AM

Entry Fee Includes: Each participant registered before race day will receive a specially designed pair of boxer shorts to enjoy or run in on event day. There will be an assortment of snacks available before and after the race. Plus award categories. See the web site for more details

Savor The Date for Charlee and the Chocolate Factory Fundraiser 2/27/11

CHARLEE and the Chocolate Factory
Sunday, February 27th, 2011
2 pm – 6 pm
Evelyn Greer Park
8200 SW 124th Street, Pinecrest, Florida 33156
Free Parking at Miami Palmetto Senior High School
7460 SW 118th Street, Miami, FL 33156
Click her to buy tickets.

Come indulge your senses in the decadent and delicious ‘CHARLEE and the Chocolate Factory’ annual fundraiser, where both children and adults can enjoy an assortment of sweet treats, games, and carnival fun!
Savor the Date!
Free trolley shuttles are available to and from Evelyn Greer Park!
Want to find out more? Click here to visit our Event Page on Facebook!

Sponsorship Opportunities are Still Available!
Help support this worthy cause and gain exposure for your company by making a donation to our event – different levels of sponsorship are available, and your participation will be listed in our program and signage of your support will be displayed at our event. If you are interested please contact Amy Simons at 305-662-8024 or adetailetc@aol.com

CHARLEE is a private non-profit agency that cares for children ages 0-23 years old in Miami-Dade County who have been placed in foster care due to abuse, abandonment or neglect. For every child we save today, we change the face of tomorrow’s community! To celebrate CHARLEE and raise funds, an amazing family centered event was created which attracted more than 1,000 people in its first year.

©2010 CHARLEE Homes for Children | 155 S. Miami Ave Suite 700 Miami, FL 33130

Diana Krall Broward Center for the Performing Arts 2/5/11

An Evening With Diana Krall
Saturday, February 5, 2011, 8pm
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW Fifth Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Tickets on sale Friday, December 17 @ 10am. For tickets call 954-462-0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org.

The Broward Center is located in the heart of the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District

Info courtesy of Jazz & Blues Florida www.JazzBluesFlorida.com.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas Movies On The Beach 12/25/10

How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Movies On The Beach
Dec 25th
Time: 8pm
Address: Bal Harbour Beach, behind ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa
10295 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour (305) 455 5400

Join us for a complimentary movie al fresco, right at the water’s edge on Bal Harbour beach. Linen couches topped with pillows and blankets will be placed on the sand with fresh popcorn and refreshments served throughout the night.

Public parking will be available at the municipal lot beneath Haulover Bridge and valet parking will be available at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa.

Summary: (2000) Based on the book by the famous Dr. Seuss. Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville where munchkinlike people called the Whos live. Christmas is the Whos’ favorite holiday, yet just outside of Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature who hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos. Despite his unfriendly nature, a young girl named Cindy Lou Who, tries to befriend the Grinch.

7th Annual Eve Party at W South Beach Wall and WET 12/24/10

The 7th Annual Eve Party.
W South Beach – WALL and WET
2201 Collins Avenue
South Beach, Florida

RSVP MANDATORY AT eve@h2cinc.com

Complimentary Ketel One Cocktails (9:00 PM to 11:00 PM)

Hosted By: Billy Goldfarb, David Goldfarb, Billy Warner, Brad Meier

Aaron Resnick, Hirsch & Evan Glassman invite you to the 7th Annual Eve Party Friday December 24th, 2010 at W South Beach. Party begins at 9pm. Complimentary Ketel One Cocktails From 9pm until 11pm. Doors to WALL open at 10pm. For table reservations only:rsvp@wallmiami.com

Non-denominational

A portion of the proceeds donated to charity.

The Art of Kristie Stephenson 1/1/11

The Art of Kristie Stephenson
January 1st, 2011, 7pm to 10pm
Dharma Studio
3170 Commodore Plaza
Coconut Grove, Florida
www.dharmastudio.com

Dharma Studio presents the Art of Kristie Stephenson on Saturday January 1st as part of the Coconut Grove Art walk.
Kristie’s work evokes universal themes of Peace, Goodwill & protection, exploring archetypes of the sacred feminine that have emerged in myth, legend & history, and that exist in our collective unconscious. Every piece is an homage to the empowerment of women, using universal symbols from cultures throughout the world to help unite us as a global community, and remind women of their role in history.

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Pinkroom Miami 12/31/10

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
Friday, December 31st, 10pm-7am
Pinkroom Miami
739 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach Fl, 33139
pinkroommiami.com

Ticket Link.

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Jazz Roots An Evening With Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock And Jack Dejohnette 1/21/11

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Larry Rosen present Jazz Roots: An Evening With Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock And Jack Dejohnette
January 21, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Knight Concert Hall
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
Tickets: $25 to $130
For tickets visit www.arshtcenter.org or call the box office at (305) 949-6722

Three American Jazz Icons!
Keith Jarrett, arguably the greatest jazz pianist on the planet
legendary bassist Gary Peacock
and drummer extraordinaire Jack Dejohnette

Keith Jarrett, multi-platinum-selling artist and Downbeat Lifetime Achievement Award winner, moves effortlessly as a virtuoso pianist between classical and jazz. Jarrett came onto the scene in the 1960s with jazz great Art Blakey and then with the iconic Miles Davis. He became a star in his own right with his historic solo performances and with his all-star jazz trio. This evening’s performance will feature the legendary Keith Jarrett Trio, with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer extraordinaire, Jack DeJohnette.

Now celebrating its Fifth Anniversary Season, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Larry Rosen proudly announce a rare performance of one of the world’s most illustrious jazz trios for the next installation of Jazz Roots – A Larry Rosen Jazz Series: An Evening With Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock And Jack Dejohnette. World-renowned piano virtuoso and Grammy Award nominee Keith Jarrett — a multi-platinum-selling artist and Downbeat Lifetime Achievement Award winner — and his longtime collaborators, legendary bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, will perform on January 21, 2011 at 8 p.m. in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. Recognized as one of the premier working bands in jazz for more than 25 years, this all-star trio has garnered universal acclaim through its celebrated recordings and international tours. The trio’s improvised interplay on jazz standards, original tunes, and free playing has been described as “jazz at its finest” (Los Angeles Times).

“It is with great honor and excitement that we offer our South Florida community and faithful Jazz Roots concert-goers this special opportunity to hear three great American jazz masters – Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack DeJohnette — perform on our Knight Concert Hall stage,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “This stellar ensemble, known for its almost telepathic interplay and stunningly unique interpretation of jazz standards, is sure to present a mesmerizing evening of unforgettable sonic adventures!”

Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack Dejohnette Trio
Voted “Best Acoustic Jazz Group” in Downbeat Critic’s Poll (2008) and Jazz Times Reader’s Poll (2009) Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack DeJohnette formed their permanent trio in 1983, when Jarrett invited the other two musicians to join him in New York for a recording session dedicated to playing jazz standards. Those original sessions produced the trio’s first three ECM Records releases, Standards Vol. 1 and 2, and Changes, which were re-released as a special 3-CD box set in 2008 in celebration of the trio’s 25th Anniversary. For the past two decades, numerous “live” concert recordings have followed on ECM, each recorded in a different international city. The legendary trio has been nominated for many international awards, including several Grammy nominations, plus dozens of “Record of the Year” and Critics Prize Awards from U.S., European, and Japanese music press.

Keith Jarrett came onto the scene in the 1960s with jazz great Art Blakey and then with the iconic Miles Davis, later becoming a star in his own right with his historic solo performances as well as with his jazz trio, including Peacock and DeJohnette. He is regarded one of the most creative and uncompromising musicians of our times — universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical pianist of great depth, and as a composer. Among the pianist’s awards and distinctions include eight Grammy nominations, several French Grand Prix du Disque Awards, and in December 2008, he was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame.

Gary Peacock has served as an inspiration for several generations of jazz bass players, not content with the traditional bassist’s role of simple time-keeping and harmonic accompaniment. His ability to bring melodic and rhythmic freedom into any musical setting has been his trademark for 45 years in jazz. Throughout his career, Peacock has played with jazz greats Bud Shank, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, and Sonny Rollins, to name a few. Other major collaborations besides the trio with Jarrett and DeJohnette, have included dates and recordings with pianists Marc Copland, Paul Bley, and Marilyn Crispell, in either duo settings or in trio with drummers Paul Motian and Bill Stewart.

Jack DeJohnette is one of the finest drummers in jazz. His approach to the drums is that of a complete musician, exploring the varied colors and timbres of his varied percussion instruments. Early in his career, he joined the Charles Lloyd Quartet alongside the young Keith Jarrett, and later played with many of the greatest improvisers in jazz, notably Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and Thelonius Monk, before joining Miles Davis to record the quintessential jazz/rock fusion album, Bitches Brew. In addition to his work with the Jarrett-Peacock-DeJohnette Trio, his current touring projects include Trio Beyond with guitarist John Scofield and organist Larry Goldings and a new trio with pianist Danilo Perez and bassist John Patitucci.

Jazz Roots also features an in-depth educational partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools which will bring more than 900 music students to the Center for a unique behind-the-scenes experience, including a pre-concert sound check and a Q&A session with featured artists followed by a workshop with a local jazz expert that will highlight the music, the artistic process and the practical skills needed for a career in the arts. In addition, the Center has developed a curriculum which will be distributed to 800 music, English and social studies teachers throughout the MDCPS school system, potentially serving 24,000 children.

Randazzo’s Little Italy Restaurant Gives You a Pair for Proving You Have a Set of Your Own 12/16-23/10

We’ve Got Balls, Do You?
Randazzo’s Little Italy
385 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL 33134
www.RandazzosLittleItaly.com

Randazzo’s Little Italy Restaurant Gives You a Pair for Proving You Have a Set of Your Own

If you have the balls to watch Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale rumble in the movie Fighter, which premieres this week, then Randazzo’s Little Italy restaurant will give you a free pair of their own… meatballs that is.

Beginning the night that Fighter opens in theaters, on Thursday, December 16, through Thursday December 23, diners can exchange their Fighter movie ticket stub for a complimentary set of Randazzo’s famous softball-size meatballs. Simply stop by, show the ticket stub, order and indulge. With six golden globe nominations, Fighter is inspired by a true story about two brothers training for a historic boxing title.

For more weekly deals, discounts and to stay in touch with what’s going on at Randazzo’s, “like” the Randazzo’s Little Italy restaurant page on Facebook. For more information on Randazzo’s Little Italy visit www.randazzoslittleitaly.com.

Situated in the heart of Coral Gables, Florida, Randazzo’s Little Italy Restaurant serves authentic, southern Italian-American cuisine in a family-style setting. Owned by former boxer turned chef-restaurateur, Marc Randazzo, and partner, Jim Ferraro, it’s atmosphere fuses Little Italy with boxing, from the red and white checkered table cloths and menu “punch” lines, to playing classic mafia movies and walls adorned with photos of legendary fighters, many taken with Marc himself. More than just “excellent” food, as rated by The Miami Herald, Randazzo’s offers a truly unique dining experience. It’s not formal or fancy; they ‘are what they are’. From winning best seafood salad on NBC’s hit reality show, The Restaurant, to exceptional OpenTable and Zagat reviews, guests sit ringside to enjoy the freshest and finest homemade Italian food that guarantees a culinary knockout.

Second Annual AURA Music & Arts Festival in Florida 1/14-16/11

Second Annual AURA Music & Arts Festival in Florida
January 14 – 16, 2011
Crescent J Ranch
St. Cloud, Florida

Three days of live music including Papadosio, The Heavy Pets, The Malah & many more

Following the overwhelming success of the 2010 event, the second annual AURA Music & Arts Festival will take place January 14-16, 2011 at Crescent J Ranch in St. Cloud, Florida. AURA will present 34 bands on two juxtaposed stages with zero overlap and 20 DJs in the Rage Tent, offering 18 hours of musical bliss each day. Bringing together some of the best touring bands in the underground jamtronic scene and jam community including Papadosio, The Heavy Pets, The Malah and Zoogma, festivalgoers will be treated to a variety of musical styles from rock, funk and jazz to roots reggae, jam-tronica and deep house.

In addition to three days of epic musical performances, AURA presents numerous interactive attractions and activities including song writing, drum and yoga workshops; art installations produced LIVE to the beats and rhythms of your favorite bands; hooping and fire poi; food and vending areas; and onsite camping with a peaceful, intimate vibe.

AURA’s new site, Forever Florida, is a 4,700 acre wildlife conservation area with an average January daily temperature of 70 degrees. This pristine site boasts nine distinct Florida ecosystems and an endless array of flora and fauna including alligators, black bears and 200 species of birds. You can fly through the treetops on the Zipline Safari, enjoy a Wilderness Horseback Ride or just kick back and relax on a guided Coach Safari. Festival attendees can visit www.FloridaEcoSafaris.com for more information and mention promo code “AURA” to receive discounts.

More festival information and tickets are available at www.AURAMusicFestival.com. Please note that reduced price tickets are available through January 11, 2011 and all on-site ticket sales are cash only.

Bands: The Heavy Pets (plus sets by Lather Up! & Fat Mannequin) • Papadosio (2 sets) • The Malah (2 sets) • Zoogma • Gravity A • Sci Fi • Greenhouse Lounge (2 sets) • The Resolvers • The Burnin’ Smyrnans • Cope • Aquaphonics • Diocious • Fusik • Saltwater Grass • ep3 • Shak Nasti • Green Hit • Groundscore • Noise [Org] • Crazy Fingers • Damn Right! • Lingo • Sosos • Third Nature • Honey Henny Lime • Savi Fernandez Band • Under The Porch • Robot Ears • Nick Noyes • New Gravity • Chroma • Freq. • The Rooze • Klob

DJs: DJ Craig Heneveld • Aquarium (of the Malah) • Labyrinth (of The Malah) • Nala (of Papadosio) • C3 (of ep3) • Tom Foolery • DJ Lexxx • Min/Max • Steve Graham • Andy Mara • Butch Johnson • Arturo Alexandra • Rolls Royce • Pillform • Sean Fee • African Lung Fish & MP • D Roller • DJ Terence • DJ Travis Lindsey • DJ Scott Solomon • Ancient Intelligence

Dances for Non/FictionalBodies performing at Florida Dance Association’s WinterFest 1/28-29/11

Jess Curtis/Gravity
Dances for Non/FictionalBodies performing at Florida Dance Association’s WinterFest
Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28 and 29, 8:00 p.m.
Inkub8 Studio
2021 NW 1st Place, Miami

$18 (students/seniors), $25 (general)
Tickets on sale exclusively at www.tigertail.org

“Dances for Non/FictionalBodies,” by Jess Curtis/Gravity, co-commissioned and co-produced with Tigertail Productions as part of the 11th annual danceAble event.

This 11th annual danceAble event presents an interdisciplinary mixed-ability performance company utilizing artists from Germany, France, Italy, England and the United States. “Dances for Non/Fictional Bodies” is a performance-based project that combines installation, cirque arts and forward-thinking, new performance techniques uniquely set in a studio that examines the roles of imagined societal ideals as a kind of “fictional body” that disables individuals in terms of their ability to see others and to be seen as beautiful, empowered and autonomous people. The company in residence for a week will offer workshops and discussions for able and non-able individuals. Call 305-310-8080 for a schedule.

More on Florida Dance Festival and WinterFest: Established in 1974, Florida Dance Association is Florida’s statewide arts/dance service organization that has built a national reputation for excellence in both educational programming and quality of performances presented throughout the state. WinterFest is a high-performance event exposing audiences to outstanding contemporary dances from Florida and throughout the country.

Kate Weare performing at Florida Dance Association’s WinterFest 1/22/11

Kate Weare performing at Florida Dance Association’s WinterFest
Saturday, Jan. 22, 8:00 p.m.
Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
$15 (students/seniors)
$20 (general)
Tickets can be purchased online or call 305-310-8080

Nationally and internationally acclaimed modern dance companies will take the stage for Florida Dance Association’s third annual WinterFest, Dec. 27-Jan. 28, in various venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach.

For the first time in Florida, the critically acclaimed Kate Weare Company will perform “Bridge of Sighs,” a physically and emotionally charged quartet of women and men, looking at both reckless and wise instincts that drive love; and “Bright Land,” a series of unpretentious dances that speaks to the human experience set to a score of old-time, soulful music by The Crooked Jades, one of the most talked-about string bands in the country. www.kateweare.com

More on Florida Dance Festival and WinterFest: Established in 1974, Florida Dance Association is Florida’s statewide arts/dance service organization that has built a national reputation for excellence in both educational programming and quality of performances presented throughout the state. WinterFest is a high-performance event exposing audiences to outstanding contemporary dances from Florida and throughout the country.

Arch Dance Company performing at Florida Dance Association’s WinterFest 1/15-16/11

Arch Dance Company performing at Florida Dance Association’s WinterFest
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15 and 16, 8 p.m.
Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
HOW MUCH: $15 (students/seniors) $20 (general)
Tickets can be purchased at: www.floridadanceassociation.org or call 305-310-8080

Florida Dance Association’s WinterFest

Nationally and internationally acclaimed modern dance companies will take the stage for Florida Dance Association’s third annual WinterFest, Dec. 27-Jan. 28, in various venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach.

Hip hop company Arch Dance will address the “Uncomfortable Truth” with their new work that is an adventure of seven women reclaiming their personal power by looking at their own relationships with their mothers and coming-of-age experiences. Jennifer Archibald, founder and artistic director, is known internationally for her hip hop repertory and teaching. www.jenniferarchibald.com

Miami Dances performing at Florida Dance Association’s WinterFest 1/7-8/11

Miami Dances performing at Florida Dance Association’s WinterFest
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 7-8, 8 p.m.
Byron Carlyle Theatre
500 71st Street, Miami Beach
$10 (students/seniors) $15 (general)
Tickets can be purchased on the website or call 305-310-8080

Nationally and internationally acclaimed modern dance companies will take the stage for Florida Dance Association’s third annual WinterFest, Dec. 27-Jan. 28, in various venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach.

Showcasing the work of Miami-Dade County Choreography Fellowship winners. Invited performers include Heather Maloney, whose work addresses global issues and social change; native Brazilian performer, Augusto Soledade, founder and artistic director of Miami’s Brazz Dance Theater; choreographer Letty Bassart; and the wild and zany Octavio Campos. www.brazzdance.com
www.camposition.org

More on Florida Dance Festival and WinterFest: Established in 1974, Florida Dance Association is Florida’s statewide arts/dance service organization that has built a national reputation for excellence in both educational programming and quality of performances presented throughout the state. WinterFest is a high-performance event exposing audiences to outstanding contemporary dances from Florida and throughout the country.

Gerri Houlihan Retrospective performing at Florida Dance Association’s WinterFest 12/30/10

Gerri Houlihan Retrospective performing at Florida Dance Association’s WinterFest
Thursday, Dec. 30, 8:00 p.m.
New World School of the Arts
25 NE 2nd Street, Miami
$10(students/seniors)
$15 (general)
Tickets can be purchased at: www.floridadanceassociation.org or call 305-310-8080

Florida Dance Association’s WinterFest

Nationally and internationally acclaimed modern dance companies will take the stage for Florida Dance Association’s third annual WinterFest, Dec. 27-Jan. 28, in various venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach.

A retrospective concert of admired choreographer Gerri Houlihan, who directed Houlihan & Dancers in Miami throughout the 90s. Guest artists from New York City, Paul Matteson and former Houlihan dancer Jennifer Nugent, will also be featured. Both dancers currently perform with one of the hottest modern dance companies in the United States, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

More on Florida Dance Festival and WinterFest: Established in 1974, Florida Dance Association is Florida’s statewide arts/dance service organization that has built a national reputation for excellence in both educational programming and quality of performances presented throughout the state. WinterFest is a high-performance event exposing audiences to outstanding contemporary dances from Florida and throughout the country.

House of Frost Grand Opening Celebration 12/18/10

Grand Opening Celebration
12/18/2010, ALL DAY
House of Frost
3111 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, Florida 33133
www.houseoffrostcupcakes.com

Cupcakes never tasted so good!

House of Frost, Coconut Grove’s newest sweet spot promises to be anything but your typical cupcake shop. With a tremendous amount of respect for the traditional cupcake, we kick up those warm and fuzzy feelings and leave you craving more. Whether you’re a Lemon Lover, a Guava n’ Cheese fanatic or a Caramel aficionado our cupcakes will make your taste buds go crazy!

House of Frost is owned and operated by Francys Reyes who is a Miami native. She has shared her love of baking with her two girls and now wants to share her tasty treats with the rest of Miami.

House of Frost’s Grand Opening celebration is Saturday, December 18, 2010. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to sample the vast array of flavors and tastes.

Stop into our new location at 3111 Commodore Plaza in Coconut Grove and enjoy one of our moist gourmet cupcakes. You are sure to come back for more.

Breakfast With Santa Toy Distribution and Brunch 12/19/10

Economically Disadvantaged Haitian-American Children to Receive Holiday Cheer at the Fourth Annual Breakfast With Santa
December 19, 11:00AM – 2:00PM
J.W. Marriott Hotel
1109 Brickell Ave. Miami, FL

Dedicated Haitian-American Business Leaders, J.W. Marriott, and Loyal Supporters Sponsor the Event for More than 300 Children

“Breakfast With Santa,” an annual Holiday event, much-anticipated by underprivileged Haitian-American children, is scheduled for Sunday, December 19 from 11:00AM – 2:00PM, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1109 Brickell Ave. Miami, FL. Children (ages 5 to 12) from Little Haiti and other areas with a concentration of Haitian immigrants, will be treated to a delectable brunch, receive new toys, and take home cherished photos with Santa and his elves.

Haitian American professionals, business owners, and sponsors volunteer hundreds of hours of their time and provide financial resources to assist some of Miami-Dade County’s most disadvantaged children, whose plight has been worsened by the nation’s economic downturn.

According to the U.S. Census (2000), the poverty rate in Little Haiti is over 44%, more than three times the average rate of the Miami Fort Lauderdale Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) (14%). The average income in Little Haiti is $15,277. With Florida having one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, these families are experiencing especially acute hardship. Because of this, the 2010 BWS event will be is particularly special and necessary.

“Breakfast with Santa” is a labor of love. “Everyone involved truly believes that this year is even more poignant and essential due to the number of Haitian families who have lost their homes, jobs, and security, as well as for the many who have also lost loved ones in the January earthquake,” said Judith Joseph, one of the chairpersons and founders of the event. “We want to make sure that these children and families know that we are thinking of them and that we care.” Learn more at www.BreakfastWithSantaSF.org.

Kimberly Bacardi’s Good Karma Group has been instrumental in collecting thousands of toys at various events and through personal outreach to individuals and companies throughout South Florida as part of the Breakfast With Santa efforts. In addition to collecting toys for Miami’s underprivileged Haitian children, GKG, which has actors Vincent De Paul and George Lopez as prominent members and has deep roots in the charitable community, will also visit Haiti very soon to distribute new toys to that nation’s children, a blessing many of them would not otherwise receive. Learn more at Facebook.

While previous sponsors may be feeling the pinch of a weak economy, their commitment to the children in the targeted communities remains strong for the 2010 event. In addition to the JW Marriott, the following individuals and companies have sponsored the event for the past four years:
The Haitian Chamber of Commerce of Florida
The Haitian American Leadership organization
Foodman & Associates, PA
Le Chic Events Design & Production
Dr. Ranley & Carine Desir
Dr. Reginald Pereira,
Dr. Joseph & Loydee Lemaire
Dr. Bernard Miot
Dr. Herold Merisier
Dr. Rudolph & Mirjam Moise
Dr. Dominique & Pierre Saliba
Dr. Angelo & Marie-May Gousse
Dr. Marie Denise Gervais
Dr. Myriam Pereira
Dr. Winie Robin
Dr. Cassandra Blot Simon
Dr. Joelle Thevenin
Dr. Elizabeth Phillippe
Dr. Rosemay Seide
Dr. Gardy Marcelin
Dr. Gislaine Malette Marcelin
Mr. Patrick & Judith Joseph
Mr. Munir & Carline Mourra
Mr. Jean Philippe & Josette Cantave
Mr. Anthony Box, Esq.
Ms. Sabrina Salomon, Esq.
Ms. Michelle Baker, Esq.
Ms. Kathleen Apaid
Ms. Judith Audain
Ms. Michael Vorbe
Mr. Charles & Anssie Blot
Ms. Tamara Beliard Rodriguez
Mr. Richard Rodriguez
Mr. Fred & Hermine Beliard
Ms. Patricia Pilorge Alemdar
Ms. Claudia Apaid
Ms. Christina Allien
Ms. Manoucheka Thermitus
Mr. Schiller Jerome
Ms. Bolina Salomon
Ms. Guilaine & Patricia M. Chevalier
Ms. Love Pun
Ms. Elizabeth Gardere
Ms. Paola Pierre
Ms. Mildred Gilot
Ms. Wilhelmina Michel-Dumas
Ms. Josianne Demostene
Ms. Nathalie Vertus

Breakfast with Santa has also gained new corporate and individual sponsorships. New corporate sponsors who supported the event this year include:
SUNSHINE STATE Health Plan, Continucare, Corp. Inc., Walgreen’s, ITT Corporation and Citibank, Green Family Foundation, Nopin Long Distance, Centuric, LLC, Cupcakes by Hilda, Promodivers, Haiti Shipping Lines Inc. Haiti Shipping Cargo Services LLC, I & B Associates, Inc. and M-Three Production New individual sponsors are: Kimberly Bacardi for Good Karma Group, Dr. Alie Darbouze Brutus, Dr. Smith Joseph, Dr. Michel Dodard and Dr. Nancy A. Calixte, Regine Jose, Marie Claude Fleurima, Thedy and Carline Brezault, Dr. Mogin & Mrs. Nancy Antoine, Egerton Bullock, Wendy Goodyear Costigan, Don A. and Suzan J. D’adesky, Kristopher and Pascal Baker Lemke, Sasha Leon, Carmen Riviera.

Solé On The Ocean Hosts Sexy Burlesque New Year’s Eve Party 12/31/10

Solé On The Ocean Hosts Sexy Burlesque New Year’s Eve Party
Friday, December 31, 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM
Solé On The Ocean
17315 Collins Avenue
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
786.923.9300
www.soleontheocean.com

On Friday, December 31, 2010, the beautiful and seductive Alba lounge at Solé on the Ocean Hotel in Sunny Isles Beach will host a very naughty tease and burlesque New Year’s Eve party, featuring special performances by Sugar Shack Burlesque, and music by The Hep Cat Boo Daddies and DJ Soul Man. General admission is $200 and includes open bar from 10 PM to midnight, buffet-style signature dishes by Alba with a special ceviche bar, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Located directly on the beach, revelers will enjoy follies and dancing under the moonlight until 4 AM; guests can complete their Solé On the Ocean experience by taking advantage of a $225 discounted room rate on hotel suites. Notable attendees confirmed for the soiree include Miami natives and Major League Baseball stars Mike Napoli of the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Morris of the Washington Nationals.

Ticket sales are reaching capacity and guests are encouraged to reserve their spots in advance by calling 786.923.9300.

New Year’s Eve Table Service Packages:

Gold Package – $600.00
Table for 4
2 Bottles Premium Liquor
1 Bottle Champagne

Platinum Package – $900.00
Table for 4
2 Bottles Ultra Premium Liquor
1 Bottle Champagne

Photographs of The Motivational Edge Holiday Party on 12/17/10

The Motivational Edge Holiday Party at the Doubletree Surfcomber on Friday, December 17, 2010.  The Big Bounce with Brendan O’hara and Komakozie!, Jordan Robinson and Studio MAC Jam Band!! performed and they were amazing, they had everyone up dancing and singing.  Special performance by Henry Isasi-High Sky and live painting by FANE.

Motivational Edge provides vidal opportunities for children in our community, in the lower economic sector with access to free or reduced tutoring, musical mentoring and recreational programs oriented toward enhancing social skills.

They also introduced South Florida Association of Nonprofits, initiated by Ian Welsch, Founder and CEO of The Motivational Edge and Erica French, COO of Educate Tomorrow, helps nonprofits and its members increase awareness, donations and referrals, while also targeting cost effective services for all involved, bettering the communities of South Florida.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Crazy About You and Dolores Lolita 12/31/10

Join Crazy About You Restaurant & Lounge this New Year’s Eve for a night of fine dining and champagne under the stars and fireworks.
Celebrate 2011 with a rhythm experience at Dolores Lolita after party, “Danza”.
rsvp@bpmediapartners.com

DINNER PACKAGES
Classique $125
Includes Dinner, glass of Champagne and grapes.

Elite $150
IncludesDinner, Bottle of Chandon Bubbly and grapes.
Limousine Ride to After Party at Lolita.
Free entry to Danza at Lolita.

Première $175
Includes Dinner, Bottle of Moet Chandon Champagne and grapes.
Limousine Ride to After Party at Lolita.
Free entry to Danza at Lolita.

New Year Eve at Marivana Home 12/31/10

12/31/2010 8:30pm
Marivana House 600 – 88st Miami Beach FL 33154
Parking: park lots in Collins ave with plenty spots (please don’t block intersections and neighbours drive ways)
Welcome!
www.marivana.com
FREE
Self-hosted (pot luck), please bring a dish or drink to share! It is preferred that ladies bring food dishes & gentlemen bring inebriating elixirs (alcohol). Chefs of any gender may compete to delight us with their great specialties.

The Honor & Privilege of Your Unique & Wonderful Presence is Desired to last & first Best Blast of the Year ……the Funniest Fest everybody is waiting for…
New Year Eve Party @ Marivana’s House!!!
Get ready to share the warmest tradition of celebrate in the luckiest way…with Beloved Friends & Family!
The More The Merrier!
Yes indeed! You can bring your Friends & Family …just forward this invitation to the funniest and cutest people you love…
….is time to share & multiply the best for all…as usual Ladies bring preferred Dishes & Gentlemen bring preferred Bottles… (as always chefs of any gender may compete to delight us with their great specialties…)
Dress Code : Mandatory Seduction!

South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Donates Toys to Children at Miami Rescue Mission 12/20/10

South Florida Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce To Donate Toys To The Resident Homeless Children Of Miami
Toy Donation: Monday, December 20, 2010 beginning at 10:30 AM.
Miami Rescue Mission’s Center for Women & Children
2250 NW 1st Avenue Miami, FL 33127

Toys will be given out to the resident homeless children at the Miami Rescue Mission

The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be giving toys to the homeless children who currently reside at the Miami Rescue Mission’s Center for Women and Children.

In addition to toys being passed out, local McDonald’s owner Yoyi Rodriguez will be on hand to pass out Happy Meals with toys for the children as well.

The Miami Rescue Mission provides food, shelter, clothing, education, job training, spiritual directions and long-term rehabilitation to the homeless population of South Florida.

“The ongoing relationship between the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Miami Rescue Mission is something that we cherish. It is wonderful to see a donation like this the week of Christmas so that we may be able to provide smiles for those children in our community who need it the most,” said Melissa Singh, Community Development Associate of the Miami Rescue Mission.

Since 1922 the Miami Rescue Mission (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) Centers have served the homeless and needy men, women, and children of Miami. Every day the organization provides food, shelter, clothing, education, job training, spiritual direction and long-term rehabilitation programs in Miami, Hollywood and Pompano to nearly 1,000 homeless on a daily basis. The mission also has at-risk after-school and summer day camp youth programs. The Miami Rescue Mission started reaching out to the homeless in Broward County in 1992 and in 1997 the Broward Outreach Center in Hollywood was opened. Then in 2002 the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano Beach was opened to serve the homeless in the north end of Broward.
For additional information go to: www.browardoutreachcenter.com or www.miamirescuemission.com

Dear Bar 721, I Love You.

Bar 721
721 Lincoln Lane North
Miami Beach, FL
www.bar721.com

By Talmage Thornhill
Please bear with me while I get very excited. Bar 721 makes me unreasonably ecstatic. It is the best bar in Miami Beach, hands down. My enamorment with this establishment is fueled by several crucial factors I shall outline here.

Smoke free? Check!
Amazing happy hour? Check!
Friendly staff and clientele? Check!
Appealing, full liquor cocktail menu with exotic drinks? Check!
Comfortable couches? Clean venue? Nice Decor? Check, Check, Check!
WELCOMES MY DOG!?!?!?!? CHECK!!!!!

So while I calm myself down I’ll also point out that while this is a gay friendly establishment, there has been a mixed crowd every time I’ve visited. It’s large enough to feel spacious but small enough to be manageable and cozy. Music differs from night to night but at times they bring in DJs in the later evening hours. TVs are there and usually on if you would like to watch sports, but no food is served. Friendly staff usually allows you to bring in to-go stuff from local eateries, though.

721 is in the space that used to be the “Laundry Bar.” Please do not let this scare you. There is not a hint of this venue’s former self present any more. Everything has been gutted and it doesn’t resemble the old dive at all. Cheers!

This is a shot of some friends and me celebrating Halloween 2010 at Bar 721, our favorite neighborhood hangout.

Photographs of WebCityGirls Social Fundraiser Holiday Party on 12/16/10

WebCityGirls and Twitter Friend @Miamitude for a Social Fundraiser Holiday Party benefiting the Children’s Home Society of Miami at the Bleu Moon Sports Bar on Thursday, December 16, 2010.  They raised raised $2,740 for the Children’s Home Society of Miami.  Congratulation on such a wonderful and successful event and thanks for letting us be a part of it!!!  We had a such a wonderful time, and it was so great to see everyone.  Happy Holiday to everyone and to a Wonderful New Year!! :-)

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It’s Prime Time for Pork at Sobe’s Pubbelly

Pubbelly
1418 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
pubbelly.com

By Talmage Thornhill
Mmmm… I’ll be dreaming about those pork belly dumplings for weeks!

You must go into this place knowing they use very bold flavors. Some things work beautifully, where some would benefit from a little tweaking. Note although the prices are low on each item, you should expect to spend about $75 per person if you want to order freely and have a drink with the meal. The beverage list follows the creative vibe of the food menu, which may be good for some but was a little frustrating for us as we just wanted a simple beer we knew we would enjoy. I did like very much the Siesta Malbec as a match with the food.

The service was great. We were greeted by one of the owners, who was a bit stressed but gave us his undivided attention and personal recommendations as he seated us after a brief wait. Our server(s) were attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. The venue itself is decidedly trendy but not in an obnoxious way. The communal table in the middle makes for a friendly, neighborhood feel that is quite lovely.

What they do right, they do perfectly. Pork belly (with butterscotch & pumpkin), dumplings, home made olives, stuffed mussels (and I don’t like mussels) all were phenomenal. Pork belly is their specialty, so I recommend focusing mainly on the dishes that include it. It truly is the best I’ve ever had: perfectly cooked with a pin point accurate balance of fat and meat. The duck dumplings were good, but I have to reiterate how amazing the pork belly dumplings were. The combination of flavors and textures blew my mind. I can’t remember the last time I tasted something so memorable, unique and perfectly delicious.

Some stuff missed the mark for me. The “country ham” was not prepared properly (traditionally). Country Ham was a staple in my southern home growing up, and it’s served warm and thickly cut. Pubbelly served it cold and sliced thin, like lunch meat. It was ok, but should be called something else because anyone who knows what Country Ham is will expect a different product.

I didn’t care for the Short rib Carpaccio. The sauce was made with boquerones, which are like anchovies, so there was an overwhelmingly fishy taste to the dish. I tried to isolate the actual meat to get a feel for its flavor, but the other ingredients lingered and still overpowered the taste. Salt & Pepper Squid was good; the meat was tasty and well cooked but the breading was lacking a certain crunch I was hoping for. We also tried the dates with chorizo, which were tasty, but not a must-have (more chorizo, perhaps?). I was disappointed in the brownie with bacon. Soft serve vanilla ice cream with small pieces of brownie on top and a miniscule crumble of bacon does not an intriguing dish make. I couldn’t taste the bacon at all, even when I isolated it. The pieces were too small and the flavor of the bacon itself was simply weak.

Bottom Line: I shall return to Pubbelly an educated orderer. I’ll take fellow pig product aficionados with me and celebrate in all that is pork belly.

Oxygene Bal Harbour’s exclusive preview reception for the Loree Rodkin trunk show 12/17/10

Friday, December 17, 7pm
Oxygene, Bal Harbor Shops
9700 Collins Ave

rsvpmiami@modernluxury.com

Undertow (Contracorriente) Opens at the Coral Gables Art Cinema 12/17/10

Feel the “Undertow” Starting Friday December 17
Red Carpet Opening Night With Special Guest Co-Star Manolo Cardona
260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
info@coralgablescinemateque.org
www.gablescinema.com

Peru’s submission for this year’s Foreign Oscar, the acclaimed feature film Undertow (Contracorriente) opens Friday December 17 for its exclusive Florida theatrical release at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, and has a seven-days-a-week run in 35mm through December 23. A moving romantic film it is also the best ghost story of the year!

Screening times for Undertow are:

Friday 12/17 – 7:30 & 10:00 pm (6:30 to 10:00 pm Red Carpet Opening Night complimentary reception with special guest Manolo Cardona)
Saturday 12/18 – 4:00, 7:45 & 9:45 pm
Sunday 12/19 – 3:30, 7:15 & 9:15 pm
Monday 12/20 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday 12/ 21 – 6:30 & 8:30 pm
Wednesday 12/22 – 8:30 pm
Thursday 12/23 – 7:30 & 9:30 pm
Undertow (Contracorriente) (Peru., 100 min., 35mm unrated, Dir. Javier Fuentes-Leon)

Tobacco Road Best Deal In Miami For New Years 12/31/10

Tobacco Road
626 South Miami Avenue
98th Annual New Years Eve Party

#1 Best New Year’s Deal in Miami comes from Miami’s 1st ever and Oldest Bar in History!
Open Premium Bar From 9pm 5am!

With Live Performances:
The Helldorados
Bandalized
Dj Oski

Tickets $40 @ 305-374-1198
(For just $10 more per person, seats and tables can be reserved!)

Samari Rolle and Stockar Mcdougle Host Miami All-Stars Toy Drive at De Rodriguez Ocean 12/21/10

Miami All-Stars Toy Drive
Top NFL Stars Gather To Give Back 1st Annual Holiday Toy Drive & Hosted By Samari Rolle and Stockar Mcdougle
Tuesday Dec 21st, 2010
De Rodriguez Ocean Restaurant Inside The Hilton Bentley on South Beach
How To Attend: Tickets are $25 with an unwrapped toy (no stuffed animals, please). Purchase tickets online at www.miamiallstar.eventbrite.com.

Baltimore Ravens cornerback and 12 year NFL Player Samari Rolle and Rolle With Me Foundation are hosting a toy drive and donating toys to children in need from:
The Woman of The Wail
Antioch Church
Grant A Wish
Foundation’s Vision Statement: To Lend A Helping Hand To Families In Need

100% of the event proceeds will go to the Rolle With Me Foundation to help children in the community

Auction for NFL footballs and autographed Player Jerseys including the NFL’s #1 jersey from Tim Tebow
Confirmed players include Former NFL Players Samari Rolle, Stockar McDougle, Edwin James, Miami Dolphins Ronnie Brown, and many more

Some Event Partners Include: CelebEvents, Inc, FedEX Kinkos, and Spirit Airlines
Note: Strolling Dinner Will be Served
We look forward to seeing you at the event

Launch Miami Market 12/18/10

Launch Miami Market
Saturday, December 18, 2010, 12Noon- 6pm-Free to the Public
Open Air Artists & Designers Market
Holy Cross Santa Cruz Church
121 NE 36 St. & 1st Ave
(across the street from midtown mall)
www.launcharte.com

Final weekend to get your Holiday shopping on. Shop: .Jewelry Designers/ 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
Ms. Cheezious
Montaco
Dolci Peccati Gelato and Sugar Rush.

Also in the house Mark’s Ribs2Go

Free to the public

Interested vendors email: reservations@launcharte.com

“Threading the community with local Artists and Designers”

emporium and friends holiday sale and soiree 12/20/10

2606 ponce de leon blvd., coral gables, fl 33134 786.268.0689

join emporium for its first annual sipping & shopping event of the season “emporium & friends holiday sale & soiree” on monday, december 20th from 1 to 8 p.m. look for fabulous finds in $5, $10 and $20 bins as well as items marked up to 70% off. it’s perfect for last minute gift shopping. see you there!

Normandy Gym 1st Annual Fitness Fair 1/3-10/11

Normandy Gym’s 1st Annual Fitness Fair
January 3-10, 2011, 7am-9:30pm
Normandy Gym
1145 71st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Evite.

One Week of Free Health Screenings, workshops, training and amazing information that could change or save your life! Though most of the events are FREE, you MUST Register for online to reserve your spot as space and time limited! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!!See you at the Fair!

Our 1st Annual Health Fair- focuses on the seven dimensions of TOTAL fitness- 1.)physical, 2.) financial, 3.)nutritional, 4.) emotional, 5.) intellectual, 6.) social, and 7.) spiritual. All these areas in your life have to be working for you to be balanced, totally fit. New Year’s resolution time is just around the corner-time to start thinking about your health and goals for the new year!So please Join us the week of January 3rd thru the 10th for an incredible schedule of self defense, CPR Training, Pet First Aid, even the University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Health Care Unit-FREE!credit repair workshops, Nutrition Seminars, Healthy, Organic Cooking Classes, Stress Management Courses,FREE Blood and Health Screenings, Intro to Reiki & Healing, Blood donor drives, cancer screenings and donor opportunities, Zumba Master Classes, Weight Training 101, and MORE!!!

Starlent Performing Arts Hosts Auditions for New TV Show at Miramar Cultural Center 12/20/10

Starlent Performing Arts Hosts Auditions for New TV Show at Miramar Cultural Center
Monday, December 20, 2010, 5:00PM
Miramar Cultural Center
2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025
www.miramarculturalcenter.org

Starlent Performing Arts is holding auditions for a new TV show that will be filmed at the Miramar Cultural Center, seeking performers between the ages of 8 to 24. Celebrity-judged casting auditions for main and supporting characters will be held on Monday, December 20 at 5 p.m.

Performers are asked to prepare a minute and a half (90 seconds) of one or more of the following based on talent and preference: *Monologue (Prepare two monologues showing contrasting characters if you are not singing/dancing) Song or Dance.

The judges are as follows.

• Vice President of Slip N Slide Records Julian Boothe who represents Rick Ross, Plies, Jagged Edge, and many more.
• President of Time Is Money Records Sean Kingston
• Recording artist Black Dada whose hit singles are “Imma Zoe” and “My Baby.”
• Grammy-nominated composer and music producer J-Vibe with hit records “Heaven Sent” by Keyshia Cole and “Come Over” by Estelle featuring Sean Paul among others.
• Renowned vocal coach and vocal producer Anita Wilson who has been featured on Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman and Regis & Kathie Lee for her work with Whitney Houston, Betty Wright, John Secada, Backstreet Boys and Gloria Estefan.

The cast of the 13-week series will change every 13 weeks and show topics will focus on teenage issues including: Bullying, dating, peer pressure, and more. The focus is on the kids with teachers and parents as their guides.

For more information, visit miramarculturalcenter.org or starlent.org.

Hialeah Police Cadets Host Shop-With-A-Cop Event 12/18/10

Hialeah Police Cadets Host Shop-With-A-Cop Event
Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. Santa arrives escorted by Hialeah SWAT
Wal-Mart 9300 NW 77 Avenue, Hialeah Gardens

Hialeah, Florida -Mayor Julio Robaina, the City Council, the Hialeah Police Department and the City of Hialeah, invite members of the media to Shop-With-A-Cop. In honor of the season for giving and keeping others in our hearts, the Hialeah Police Department will once again proudly participate at this worthy event aimed at making every child’s holiday season special.

The City of Hialeah has selected 100 lucky children from area elementary schools to participate in a special holiday breakfast. They will later be joined by Santa, who will arrive escorted by the Hialeah Police SWAT Unit, and will be distributing $4,000 in Wal-Mart gift cards, courtesy of the Hialeah Police Department Law Enforcement trust fund. Later, accompanied by members of the Hialeah Police Department, the children will then be free to go shopping for holiday gifts.

Pedro Miguel Morales en Concierto 12/17/10

Pedro Miguel Morales en Concierto
12/17/10, 10:30pm
The Place of Miami
833 S.W. 29th Av.
Miami Fl, 33135

www.theplaceofmiami.com

El cantautor Pedro Miguel Morales interpretando sus mejores obras acompañado de una banda de músicos espectaculares. A todo esto se suma la magia de “The Place” considerado como uno de los lugares mas selectos de la ciudad de Miami ubicado …en la legendaria Calle Ocho.

Pedro Miguel Morales ha escrito y producido para grandes exponentes de la música latina y en este año lanzó con mucho éxito el album AMOR ACUSTICO.

Ven y comparte con nosotros una noche mágica llena de música exquisita, un ambiente acogedor, cocina gourmet y full bar junto a la voz y el sentimiento de Pedro Miguel Morales.

www.pedromiguelmorales.com

Inf. 954-665-4378

Reservaciones: 305-642-6994
reservaciones@theplaceofmiami.com

Get Styled Give Smiles Announces Official Closing Party At Ra Sushi In South Miami 12/18/10

Get Styled Give Smiles Announces Official Closing Party At Ra Sushi In South Miami!
December 18th, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm
RA Sushi South Miami, 5829 SW 73rd Street, Miami, FL, 33143

Aily V Footwear in partnership with Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, MOD Media, and RA Sushi in South Miami.

Join us as we celebrate the 2nd Annual GET STYLED, GIVE SMILES campaign with a fabulous closing party at RA Sushi in South Miami. In honor of the amazing success and support from each community’s local boutiques, vendors, and restaurants we invite all participants as well as supporters of the foundation for an evening of cocktails and THANKS! All guests that bring in a new unwrapped toy to the RA Sushi in South Miami location will receive a complimentary appetizer card to be used for next visit. The GET STYLED GIVE SMILES Campaign is the collaboration between Aily V Footwear and Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation where local boutiques, restaurants, and vendors offer a 20% discount to all customers who bring in a brand new, unwrapped toy. The campaign launched on black Friday, November 26, 2010 and will run until December 17th.

For those who cant make it out to the various locations and would like to make a donation via text message, they can text “CHILD” to 85944 and send a $5 gift of health to Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. **

The 20% off discount is available at the following locations until December 17th, 2010: Miss Pepper Boutique, Saavy Girl, Lady Lux Boutique, MM Couture, Essence in the Gables, Soul Mate, Dressing Room, MSC Boutique, Electric Couture, The Electric Boutique. You can also visit our website for up to date boutiques and vendors participating in this amazing holiday event! www.getstyledgivesmiles.com

Tren’D International, Inc. is a Miami based fashion house consisting of three unique women shoe lines: Aily V: Made in Brazil, Cristofoli by Aily V, and Primp & Proper by Aily V. All shoes are made in Brazil and are carried in resorts, specialty stores, and boutiques. Providing stylish shoes to women of all ages (ranging from 18 to 60), Tren’d International shoe lines offer many styles and selections for the female shopper. Consisting of fashionable yet functional shoes, each collection offers a variety of high-heeled wedges, low-heeled wedges, and flats making its appeal IDEAL for every boutique and consumer.

Text “CHILD” to 85944 and send a $5 gift of health to Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. A one-time donation of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Messaging and data rates may apply. You must reply YES to the confirmation message in order to complete the donation. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation by the Mobile Giving Foundation and are subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. You may unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to short code 85944; Reply HELP to 85944 for help.

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, an upbeat, unconventional sushi bar, opened its first location in Scottsdale, Ariz. in October 1997. RA is best known for successfully combining distinctive sushi with a trendy, hip atmosphere. Fresh sushi is served sliced to order along with outstanding Japanese-fusion cuisine in a fun, energetic environment. The result is a place that is both unpretentious and fashionable.

RA Sushi in South Miami is located at 5829 SW 73rd St. across from The Shops at Sunset Place. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 3 to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 3 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Sunday. Happy Hour food and beverage specials are offered Monday through Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m., and the bar remains open until 1 a.m. or later. RA Sushi’s Flying Fish Lounge is the perfect place to catch some fresh fish and drink specials. On Sunday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight, RA-goers visiting the Flying Fish Lounge will find Happy Hour specials on sushi and drinks.

For more information, visit RA online at www.RAsushi.com or on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers Help the Homeless and Needy Celebrate Christmas 12/24/10

Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers Help The Homeless And Needy Celebrate Christmas
Christmas Eve: Friday, December 24th, 2010
Miami Rescue Mission: Center for Men 2020 NW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33127
Miami Rescue Mission: Community Activity Center 2025 NW 1st Avenue Miami, FL 33127
Broward Outreach Center: Hollywood 2056 Scott Street, Hollywood, FL 33022
Broward Outreach Center: Pompano 1700 Blount Road, Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers plan on biggest
Christmas Celebration to date for the Homeless and Needy of South Florida

Miami Rescue Mission – Beginning at 8:30 AM, over ninety volunteers from Aramark, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and other individual volunteers will start the day by providing coffee, fruit and pastries for those in attendance. Aramark, State Farm, Toy Town and other community organizations also have helped supply and collect toys for the needy children of Miami. The Christmas event will last from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM with entertainment including the Regeneration Singers (a group of the formerly homeless) as well as performances from the formerly homeless residents of the Miami Rescue Mission’s Center for Women & Children. The Christmas meal will be served at 11:00 AM with singles being served at the Center for Men and families being served at the Community Activity Center (directly across the street from the Center for Men); the celebration is expected to draw 1,000 people.

Broward Outreach Center: Hollywood – Beginning at 9:00 AM, the Christmas party will begin with over fifty volunteers helping celebrate with formerly homeless men, women and children. Live Entertainment will include performances by Apostolic Hands, Pentecostal Tabernacle, Island Faith Ministries and the formerly homeless residents of the Broward Outreach Center. Before the meal is served at 11:00 AM, families will receive Hope Tote bags filled with hygiene products and Christmas gifts that were donated from various corporations and individuals in the community.

Broward Outreach Center: Pompano – Beginning at 9:00 AM, over thirty individual volunteers will help give over 200 gifts to the children in attendance and at 10:00 AM, Santa Claus will arrive. All adults will receive a Hope Tote bag filled with hygiene products and clothes. A Christmas feast will be served at 11:00 AM, with wonderful music and festivities.

Rev. Ronald Brummitt, President of the Miami Rescue Mission and Broward Outreach Centers says, “It is a privilege and a blessing to be able to help provide meals and gifts to those in our community who need it the most. We want our homeless to know that they are not forgotten and that we love them. We also want to thank all of our donors and volunteers who help us make this wonderful day an awesome celebration for those that otherwise would have nothing or very little for Christmas.”

Since 1922 the Miami Rescue Mission (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) Centers have served the homeless and needy men, women, and children of Miami. Every day the organization provides food, shelter, clothing, education, job training, spiritual direction and long-term rehabilitation programs in Miami, Hollywood and Pompano to nearly 1,000 homeless on a daily basis. The mission also has at-risk after-school and summer day camp youth programs. The Miami Rescue Mission started reaching out to the homeless in Broward County in 1992 and in 1997 the Broward Outreach Center in Hollywood was opened. Then in 2002 the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano Beach was opened to serve the homeless in the north end of Broward. For additional information go to:
www.browardoutreachcenter.com or www.miamirescuemission.com

Holiday Toy Drive at Mia at Biscayne 12/17/10

Holiday Toy Drive – Friday, Dec 17 (5-9pm)
Benefiting the Voices for Children Foundation

RSVP for Cocktail Reception: happyhour@miabiscayne.com

also featuring HEAT vs KNICKS watch party at 7pm!

Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2/19-21/11

Coconut Grove Arts Festival
February 19-21, 2011
from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
It runs along the streets of McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive.
$10 per person per day. Children 12 and under, Metrorail Golden Passport and Patriot Passport holders are free.
www.CGAF.com.

The 48th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival will showcase the works of 360 nationally recognized artists along the scenic streets of Coconut Grove, February 19-21, 2011. The Festival recently announced the list of artists selected to participate during Presidents’ Day Weekend.

Artists from more than 35 U.S. states and Canada were among the 1,232 applicants who submitted samples in mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood. Applicants included 19 local artists from the Miami area and more than 100 from Florida.
“Our arts festival brings the most talented and creative artists from all over the world to Coconut Grove,” said Monty Trainer, president of the Arts Festival. “South Floridians have a great appreciation of the arts, and every year we are proud to welcome artists who exhibit for the first time.”

Complementing the visual arts on display is the popular Culinary Pavilion which invites world-renowned chefs to prepare their famous dishes and explain their specialties. This year’s chefs will represent successful restaurants and hotels from South Florida, including some nationally recognized authors.

Earlier this year, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival was named one of the top three fine arts festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The Arts Festival was voted one of the best fine art shows for the seventh year and remains the top fine art event in the history of the magazine’s 200 Best.

The 48th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival® will be held Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 19-21. Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission to the Arts Festival is $10 per person, per day. Children 12 and under are free.

Residents of Coconut Grove in the 33133 zip code can enjoy the Festival for a reduced admission of $5 (proof of residency required).

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is produced by the non-profit Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association. Proceeds help fund year-round arts programs and benefit a building fund that will create a permanent home for the Arts Festival. The association also maintains the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery and presents special exhibitions throughout the year from its location at the Shoppes at Mayfair.

Since its inception in 1963, the association has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs in local schools.

Are You Ready For Some Football? 12/16-20/10

The Clevelander, 1020 Ocean Drive, Miami, 33139
With your Rockstar Rewards card, enjoy $10 pitchers of Budweiser & Bud Light, $5 Jack Daniels and $0.50 Buffalo Wings during every live game.
Thursday 12/16
San Francisco @ San Diego (8:20p)
Sunday 12/19
Cleveland @ Cincinnati (1p)
Washington @ Dallas (1p)
Houston @ Tennessee (1p)
Jacksonville @ Indianapolis (1p)
Kansas City @ St. Louis (1p)
Buffalo @ Miami (1p) *** Rockstar Rewards Members receive a free Jack Daniel’s 50 mL bottle & Basket of Fries and a raffle for a $300 Cleve Cash***
Detroit @ Tampa Bay (1p)
Arizona @ Carolina (1p)
N Orleans @ Baltimore (1p)
Philadelphia @ NY Giants (1p)
Atlanta @ Seattle (4:05p)
NY Jets @ Pittsburgh (4:15p)
Denver @ Oakland (4:15p)
Green Bay @ N England (8:20p)
Monday 12/20
Chicago @ Minnesota (8:30p)

Watch The Miami Heat Games At The Clevelander 12/15-20/10

The Clevelander, 1020 Ocean Drive, Miami, 33139
Check out all of the Miami Heat games on any of our 40 HDTVs, inside or out. Every time the Heat takes the court, try our Habanero “Heat” wings, accompanied by a “LeBroshAde” cocktail.
Wednesday 12/15
Cleveland @ Heat (7:30p)
Friday 12/17
Heat @ New York (7p)
Saturday 12/18
Heat @ Washington (7p)
Monday 12/20
Dallas @ Heat (7:30p)