SeaFair Miami Cruises

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SeaFair Miami Cruises

seafairDaily excursions Tuesdays through Sundays
Open to the public at dock
100 Chopin Plaza
Bayfront Park South Dock
Downtown Miami, FL

Ticket prices vary: Make Reservations Online Tell them Soul Of Miami sent you!

Sunset and City Lights Cruises
It is no secret, Miami truly comes alive after dark, and our City Lights Cruise is the quintessential Miami experience.
Friday and Saturday nights, 9PM to 11PM
Gourmet buffet or ala carte menu available. Visit website for pricing and details.

Brunch and Bay Cruises
What better way to top off the perfect Miami weekend or holiday than with a sun soaked cruise, shopping and gourmet buffet brunch aboard a luxury megayacht?
Saturday and Sunday, Embark: 10:30 AM, Cruise: 11AM-2:30PM, Disembark: 3 PM, (2 Brunch seatings, 11-12:30 and 1-2:30)
Gourmet buffet brunch or ala carte menu available. Visit website for pricing and details.

Afternoon Bay Cruise
Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Cocktails will be served at three bars and a tapas menu is available on the Sky Deck. Visit website for pricing and details.

Seafair Miami Dockside
For the land lover, SeaFair Miami offers dockside hours at Chopin Plaza.
Tues – Fri: 5-7pm & 11pm-midnight | Sat: 3-7pm & 11pm-midnight | Sun: 3-6pm
SeaFair is docked at Bayfront Park’s South Dock at Chopin Plaza next to the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami. Ample public parking is available within walking distance as well as free people mover access.

Cruise the crystal waters of Biscayne Bay on the $40 million MegaYacht for Dinner, Brunch, Holiday Celebrations, or just a lovely tour of the city lights.

SeaFair Art Galleries and Shoppes: While cruising browse the unique offerings of 20 art galleries and luxury boutiques. Local and internationally renowned artists, receptions, art performances and more. All on the MegaYacht Grand Luxe SeaFair.

Celebrate Miami: What better way to enjoy the Miami sunset than with cocktails on the Sky Deck followed by a gourmet dinner after dark watching the City Lights in the VIP restaurant? Enjoy family celebrations for Saturday and Sunday brunch on Miami’s only MegaYacht.

SeaFair offers a Miami experience like no other combining the best of intracoastal cruising, unique boutiques, and sophisticated dining. It is a truly memorable once in a lifetime experience for visitors and the ultimate venue for special occasions.

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SeaFair is the world’s first mobile megayacht venue and one of the ten largest privately owned yachts in the United States. The $40 million custom-built yacht was designed by internationally acclaimed yacht designer Luiz De Basto. At 228 feet and 2,800 international tons, it is the largest ship built for commercial operation on the Intracoastal Waterway and requires a draft of only 6.5 feet allowing it to dock at small yacht facilities in central city locations such as Chopin Plaza.

The well-appointed luxury venue features an impressive formal marble entryway, 28 individual exhibit spaces, a coffee bar, the Luxe Lounge, an open-air champagne and tapas bar on the aft deck, Sapore’, a formal glass-walled restaurant/club on Deck 3, Bistro360, an informal open-air restaurant and Bar360, a sky deck cocktail reception area.

Cruise, shop and dine aboard the uber-luxe 228-foot megayacht, SeaFair, offering the ultimate excursions where sea and sky converge with the glamour of iconic Miami.

seafairbanner1Enjoy four passenger decks with open-air sky deck dining, an elegant glass-walled club lounge, champagne and caviar bar and three decks of unique shops and galleries offering luxury must-haves including art, fine jewelry, designer trunk shows and more. International cuisine, tapas, fine wines and Champagne combined with live music ranging from jazz to island rhythms tops off this truly unique Miami experience.

Miami Record Store Days 1975-2000 at Grand Central 4/19/14

Miami Record Store Days 1975-2000
April 19, Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)
05-atlgGrand Central – Miami
697 N Miami Ave.
Miami, FL, 33136

Special presale tickets are $10 for general admission and $20 for early bird / VIP access to the record collector fair for best selection
purchase online

The event is open to all ages.

Records stores may continue to dwindle in number and vinyl may be going the way of polar ice caps, but that cannot stop the growing international phenomenon that is Record Store Day. This year, the wax aficionado holiday lands on April 19th and one of Miami’s top live music venues Grand Central will host an event to honor Miami’s great music mom and pop shops and chains past, as well as some of the more prominent acts to emerge from the area, including Nuclear Valdez, Charlie Pickett, Jim Camacho of The Goods and Forget the Name – all for a great cause.

“It’s ironic that as the number of records stores continues to fall, Record Store Day continues to gain more momentum,” says event co-organizer and music business mainstay Alex Jimenez. “I’m excited not only about continuing the legacy established by notable record stores like Peaches Music, Specs Music, Q Records, Yesterday & Today Records, Open Books & Records, Blue Note Records and others, but to help raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s disease and research.”

Jimenez was in part inspired by former Peaches executive and colleague Alan Jackowitz’s diagnosis and subsequent struggle with Parkinson’s.

Nuclear Valdez rose to regional and national acclaim in the late 80’s with the release of I Am I on Epic and the radio and MTV hit “Summer.” Axe man Charlie Pickett’s band The Eggs were hailed by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke as a “brawling-roots mix of Johnny Thunders, Sun Records and trailer park Lou Reed” and by R.E.M.’s Peter Buckas “one of the undiscovered giants of the late eighties.”

Singer / songwriter / playwright Jim Camacho first came to regional and national prominence with The Goods, who were signed to Polygram Records and were featured in the music doc Tom Dowd and the Language of Music. Forget the Name enjoyed a nine-year run during the late 80s and early 90s, developed a strong following in Miami, toured the east coast and released three full-length albums of material.

There will be a special music photography digital expo curated by yet another music insider, photographer and Dig Under Rock blog head Tony Landa. The works of Jill Khan, Mindy Hertzon, Karen Widen, Laura Kokus andTeajay Smith will be shown throughout the event.

A record collector’s “swap meet” will kick off the event with top dealers offering highly prized collectibles. “This sort of blows up the concept of the Saturday morning swap meet at an area hotel conference room bringing it into an environment that really suits it well,” states Jimenez. Interested record dealers please email alejim@aent.com to reserve your table now.

NEW DATE Oxenberg Art Grand Re-Opening Reception 5/1/14

Oxenberg Art Grand Re-Opening Reception
POSTPONED to Thursday, May 1st
oxenborgOxenberg Art
153 NW 24th St
Miami, FL 33127

Oxenberg Fine Art Grand Re-Opening Reception
Inaugural Gallery Solo Show: Maggie Génova-Cordoví “Soirée”

Oxenberg Fine Art is excited and proud to announce it will re-open its gallery doors. The gallery has moved to vibrant Wynwood Art District. The grand opening reception will feature Cuban-born artist Maggie Génova-Cordoví. Oxenberg Fine Art will be hosting a grand opening reception for the artist. The artist will be in attendance.

Artist Statement:
My passion for the Early Renaissance relates to the artists’ uses of profiles to depict these ladies in what they considered a modest and befitting pose; and the fact that these portraits were usually kept wrapped in fabric, and put away only to be viewed by a selective audience. When I work on the Early Italian Renaissance women, it is all about their serene demeanor. I refrain from the use of texture, and they are done as monochromatic drawings using only Indian Ink and a splash of Cuban coffee for color. The coffee is usually used as a symbolic veil that covers the lady, like the cloth on which these portraits were wrapped during the 1400s.

In the case of the Spanish Baroque ladies, their cage-like costumes, so befitting of the roles of women during this time, provoke me. In those paintings I tend to exaggerate their attire and cage-like effect of both their hair and dresses and often get carried away with their stories. I use tremendous amounts of texture and color to execute these paintings.

U-Doodle Live 4/4/14

U-Doodle Live
Doodle_LiveFriday April 4th, 6 pm – 8 pm
The University of Miami @ The Rock
1306 Stanford Drive
Miami, FL 33146

The Biggest Doodle Event yet…

If you want to doodle Bigger and Better than ever before, and do it with live performances backing you up, this is the event for YOU!

Special guests including Uprov, BisCaydence, and performers from Wesley Coffeehouse will all be there.

Come one, Come all && Invite all your Friends

Paul Mecurio Laughs for a Cause at CCFA 5th Annual Comedy Night 5/28/14

Paul Mecurio Laughs for a Cause at CCFA 5th Annual Comedy Night
Paul-MercurioMay 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Improv Comedy Club of Fort Lauderdale
5700 Seminole Way at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Show tickets are $25 with the purchase of a two-drink minimum.
Tickets Online.

Funds raised from this event will support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Take Steps Walk, which takes place on Saturday, April 5 at 9:00 a.m. at the Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale. For more information, or sponsorship opportunities, contact Sabrina Kurzman at 305-310-35507 or at SABS64@aol.com.

From the Daily Show to his own HBO show, comedian Paul Mecurio knows how to make someone laugh. He’ll be raising the laughs to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Take Steps Fort Lauderdale event. Everyone is invited to give the gift of laughter and help find a cure with sponsors, Paul B. Tartell, M.D. FACS, and the Memorial Hospital West Medical Staff.

“Paul Mecurio has kept audiences laughing on television, the Internet and through his stand-up. Everyone coming should be prepared for a night of sheer hilarity,” said event organizer Sabrina Kurzman, who is organizing the event with her children Samantha and Benjamin. “We are excited to host this evening of fun in support of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. CCFA supports efforts in finding new treatments for the painful and often debilitating digestive diseases. What better way to raise money and support the organization than a comedy night! We encourage the community to join us for an evening of laughter!”

11th Annual Miami Dance Festival 4/5/14-5/15/14

11th Annual Miami Dance Festival
danceApril – May 15, 2014
momentumdance.com
Full Schedule

Miami Dance Festival 2014 celebrates its 11th edition in honor of dance as an art form while encouraging innovation and presenting a diverse palette of dance works in an array of genres and styles. This year, the Festival will consist of eight events and one panel discussion (one of the events to be announced in March) with some of the nation’s most talented industry leaders. Established by the Founder & Artistic Director of Momentum Dance Company, Delma Iles, the Festival is a combined effort of her dance company and other dance companies such as The PGK Dance Project (San Diego, CA). Their combined mission is to move and inspire attendees with newly choreographed performances as well as the classics.

Momentum Dance Company will again perform last year’s hit High Tide, choreographed by Delma Iles. The jazzy, modern work demands high energy and stamina from Momentum’s dancers with fast footwork, unusual jumps and lifts as well as constant changes of direction. It premiered last February at the West Florida Dance Festival and made its Miami premiere on Momentum’s 2013 Spring Season at the Colony Theater.

Soloist Emily Noe is expanding her untitled work from last season to include a larger group of dancers, playing with ideas of ghosts and illusion. The exquisite music by Scriabin will be played by Dr. Alan Ngim, one of Iles’ colleagues at the Miami Dade College Department of Arts and Philosophy.

This year’s historic modern dance work is To the West, by modern dance pioneer Eleanor King. This powerful solo will be performed by Momentum veteran and principal dancer Barbie Freeman. It evokes a mountainous western landscape with high cliffs, and deep rivers. The human being is dwarfed and awed by its grandeur, but persists with a courageous pioneering spirit as she makes her way in this glorious new territory. Freeman is being coached by Dr. Andrea Seidel of FIU, who learned the work directly from its creator. King’s work is currently enjoying a renewed interest from dance writers and historians. The original piano score will also be played by guest artist Dr. Alan Ngim.

“Our goal is to showcase dance as an accessible art form,” Says Miami Dance Festival Founder Delma Iles. “We hope to inspire and move our festival goers through the movement of our incredibly talented dancers and industry heroes.”

April 3 at 6:00 p.m. – Family Friendly Pop-Up performance at Midtown Shopping Center by The PGK Dance Project. (Second Avenue at NE 36 Street, Miami) (Free Admission)

April 5 at 8:00 p.m. – Momentum Dance Company with Guest Company, The PGK Dance Project. (Byron Carlyle Theater 500 71st Street, Miami Beach) (General Admission / $25 in advance / $30 day of show / $10 Students & Seniors / Group rates available / For advance tickets, visit to www.momentumdance.com or call 305.858.7002)
Momentum Spring Season 2014: Premiere of new works by Delma Iles and Emily Noe. Historic reconstruction of Eleanor King’s To the West. Plus High Tide and Untitled. Guest Artist, Dr. Alan Ngim, piano.
San Diego’s The PGK Dance Project is known worldwide for their stunning, athletic performances, beautifully sculpted, well-crafted works by a variety of commissioned choreographers ranging from Contemporary/Modern, to Dance/Theatre to Contemporary Ballet. The company’s Miami debut will feature its 6 well trained dancers in new works by Geoffrey Gonzalez (formerly of Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Ballet), Donna Scro’s ‘Butt Rock’ inspired by the driving rock music of Dreamscape Theater ,(formerly of Nikolais/Louis) Kahmla Somphanh’s newest creation built around chaos and paranoia (formerly of ODC/DanceSF), Anjanette Maraya-Ramey’s ‘NO EXIT’ inspired by the writings of Jean Paul Sartre, Michael Nickerson-Rossi’s stunning work ‘Teetering’ (Nickerson-Rossi Dance, Philadelphia/LB), and Peter Kalivas’ ‘Tabla’, a thrilling duet for two men and ‘Stifling’ his signature solo work making its Miami debut performed by Heather Dale Wentworth. (Ailey II, The Jamison Project, Sean Curran Company/NYC, Malashock Dance, SD Ballet).

April 15 at 6:30 p.m. (Free Admission) – The Poetry Project co-sponsored by the MDC Wolfson Department of Art and Philosophy (Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 200 NE Second Avenue, Building 2, Building 6, Room 6100)
Momentum dancers invite the audience members to read poems by local poets that are written directly on to their bodies. The dancers’ movements show the audience the sequence of the poems. Poems curated by MDC faculty member Michael Hettich. This event is also part of the Department of Arts and Philosophy Arts and Letters Week activities.

April 27 at 3:00 p.m. – Afternoon of the Phoenix at Performing Art Network (PAN) Grand Re-Opening Celebration. (13146 West Dixie Hwy, North Miami) (Free Admission)
Afternoon of the Phoenix is a collage of performances in Dance, Music and Theatre from some of South Florida’s finest performing artists and companies. Like the legendary Phoenix, this North Miami treasure again rises from the ashes of the fire that virtually destroyed their facilities. As dancers, musicians, actors and mimes entertain and inspire you with samples of their work, food and drink will be provided by some of North Miami’s favorite restaurants.
Dance Now! Ensemble, Momentum Dance Company, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Kuyayky, Harmonic Motion, Children’s African Dance Company, Miami Urban Dance, Tango Axis and Voices United along with individual artists Nina Martin, Lela Lombardo, Pioneer Winter, Lara Tinari, Juan Maria Seller, Effy Polizogopoulus, Amy Deer, Lucian Williams and Eusebio Perez are just a few of the professional artists that have taught, rehearsed and performed at PAN throughout the years. In “Afternoon of the Phoenix”, they contribute their talents and energy to make this day an unforgettable experience of art and culture — giving students, audiences and artists an exciting glimpse into PAN’s future.

May 4 at 3:00 p.m. – Ritmo y Pasion, a World Premiere Flamenco event. (Performing Arts Network, 13146 West Dixie Hwy, North Miami) (General Admission / $20 in advance / $35 day of show / $10 Students & Seniors / For more information, call 305.899.7730)
Artists from the U.S, Latin America and Spain, led by the world renowned master teacher, choreographer, soloist and Artistic Director Ilisa Rosal, bring to this production the spellbinding and earthy power of Flamenco dance at its best. With its spectacular footwork, precise athleticism and vibrant energy, Flamenco is at once sensual and spiritual, raw and refined, and filled with both restrained passion and electrifying release, making it a powerful and passionate evening. This production will incorporate live music, created and arranged by guitarists El Sivi and Alex Jordan, along with singer Almudena from Spain, in collaboration with company dancers and choreographers. Choreography will include collaboration with legendary flamenco soloist and choreographer, Manolete, Artistic Director of La Chumbera, International Flamenco School in Granada, Spain. Ritmo y Pasion will delight the audience with pure Flamenco music and dance, in a range of rhythms and styles that will take you through dramatic, soulful, joyous, sensual and passionate moods with powerful vocals, electrifying footwork, and all of the grace and beauty that has made Flamenco so loved by audiences throughout the world. The excitement of authentic Flamenco will have you screaming “ole” and clapping with the rhythm.

May 6 at 7:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion on Dance Criticism with Artburst writers accompanied by informal performances. (Gables Public Library, 3225 Segovia Avenue, Coral Gables) (Free Admission / For more information, call 305.442.8706)

May 7 at 6:45PM – Festival Film Night screening of Fame (Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor, Miami Beach) (Tickets: $12, Students & Seniors $10, Cinematheque Members and Miami Dance Festival Contributors $9 / For tickets, call 305.673.4567)
ABOUT: Fame, starring Debbie Allen, tells the story of young performers studying at New York’s High School of the Performing Arts. Students from Miami’s own Fame school, New World School of the Arts, will be on hand to talk about their experiences and aspirations.

May 15 at 7:00 p.m. – An Evening of Water Ballet (National Hotel pool deck, 1655 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) (Free Admission / For information, call 305.858.7002)
Etude plus the premiere of a new water ballet.

Floanne FLA-FRA Concert 4/11/14

Floanne FLA-FRA Concert
FloanneBlastTFriday, April 11, 8-9PM
Miami-Dade County Auditorium (MDCA), On Stage Black Box
2901 West Flagler
Miami, FL
$20 General admission, $50 front row cabaret tables
Buy Online
Super easy free parking

Come early for crêpes, French wine and Culture Clicks by David Rohn & Adora, Niurca Marquez & Jose Luis Rodriguez and George Fishman.
Concert at 9PM

Be transported to a nightclub in Paris. French songstress Floanne brings her bewitching, sensual style to FLA-FRA in an evening of French chanson and American classics. This magnetic singer performs in NYC at Joe’s Pub, The Metropolitan Room, The Triad Theater, The Harmonie Club, Symphony Space and The New York Botanical Garden. Ian J. Macdonald accompanies her on piano.

Come to the Edge 4/5/14

Come to the Edge
ApollinaireBlastTSaturday, April 5, 10AM – 10PM
ArtCenter/South Florida
800 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Free

Come to the Edge is a 12-hour reading of the writings of Apollinaire, in partnership with the ArtCenter/South Florida and their monthly Studio Crawl. Twenty-four volunteers, one by one, will read the poetic works of this French poet, playwright, novelist and art critic throughout the day. Guillaume Apollinaire is considered the father of surrealism, having actually coined the term 100 years ago.

Culture Clicks by Carol Todaro and George Fishman will take place during this event.

Average Joe Art Sale, Back With A Vengeance edition 4/6/14

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Average Joe Art Sale, Back With A Vengeance edition
Sunday, April 6, 3:00pm – 8:00pm
averagejoeYo Space
294 NE 62nd St
Miami, Florida 33138
www.yo-miami.com

The whole idea behind these Average Joe sales was to make it possible for everyday people to be able to support their local artists by presenting art work in a laid back environment at affordable prices. After a brief hiatus due to weddings and related personal hecticness, we’re back and fresher than ever; we’re cleaning house and bringing in a completely new lineup of work!

We have a new batch of visiting artists, along with our Resident Artists selling everything from original works, to limited edition prints, and merchandise for any budget, from $5 all the way up to $500 (Disclaimer: Resident Artists may have more expensive work in their studios)

This month is your last chance to catch James Brutus Art’s featured artist Installation wall at the space!

Cog Nomen will be back with us this month, playing their electronic psychedelic tunes around 5-6pm and DJ ACKDADDY will be handling the decks in between sets.

Also just confirmed, Los Chamos Food Truck will also be making their triumphant return to Average Joe with their mouthwatering arepas and empanadas out front!

Resident Artists:
-Lorie Setton -Kazilla -Ivan Roque -Chy Tea Shoulin -Ramzi Adek

Visiting Artists:
-James Brutus -Eleazar Delgado -Nate Dee -The Fa1le -James Livingston -Ill Surge -Raul Santos -Jessica Schnur -Carlos Alejandro -J. Bellicchi (REMOTE) -8bitLexicon -Ernesto Kunde -Rei Ramirez Fine Art -Daniel Ferrer

So come support some talented local artists, or just come for the ping pong, old school video games, and good conversation; either way you’re bound to have a nice, fun, relaxing day.

AFP Member Mixer at Earls Kitchen + Bar 4/24/14

AFP Member Mixer
afp4/24, 6:30-8:30
Earls Kitchen + Bar
Suite 2510
Dadeland Mall
Kendall, FL 33156
Click here to register online.

Free to members and attractively priced – meet your fellow friendly philanthropic fundraisers at Dadeland’s hottest new spot, earls kitchen + bar. Collaborate and mingle with colleagues while enjoying complimentary appetizers and drink specials on the beautiful terrace overlooking South Miami. Looking for a job? Network with other professionals and find out why we strive to help our members!

See you @ earls kitchen + bar!

WhereBy Us: Delightful Commutes 4/8/14

WhereBy Us: Delightful Commutes
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30PM – 8:00PM
commutesfb_1_Miami Light Project Inc
404 NW 26th St
Miami, FL 33127
Register Online

The commute is one of few things in life that every single one of us experiences. It might be by car a hundred miles across the region, or a ride on the rail, or by bike or on foot or just across the house to a laptop— but we all have to get to work, and most of us spend an unfortunately large amount of time doing it. There’s a lot we can do in the long term to improve how we get around, but in the short term most of us can’t change how long it takes. So instead, we’re asking: How might we create more delightful moments during our commutes?

Join us for a community discussion and brainstorming session at Miami Light Project in Wynwood. We’ll hear from some fellow locals about their commute experiences, hear two experts share examples from other cities, and work together in small groups to create innovative ideas for making our commutes more awesome and enjoyable.

Best of all, we’re putting $3,000 on the table to make the best ideas happen (thanks to Miami Foundation and Knight Foundation).

Food, drink and excellent live music from Avocado Estate will be served.

Soul Of Miami Special: $100 off PhilanthroFest NPO Space

Soul Of Miami Special: $100 off PhilanthroFest NPO Space
philanthrofestflyerPhilanthroFest has opened up 25 more spaces and have extended a discount code to Life is Art and Soul of Miami supporters.
Get a $100 discount using the code “SOL” at check out.
NPO Registration
More info about PhilanthroFest

PhilanthroFest 2014 is taking place on April 12, 2014 from 10 am – 6 pm at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus.

At PhilanthroFest 2014 your organization has a chance to:
Showcase your mission
Build brand awareness
Sign up new volunteers
Promote your next event
Raise funds for your organization
Network with other non-profit professionals
Connect the community to your cause

The event is free to the public and organizations pay a participation fee ranging from $300-$1000 depending on the physical space they would like to have at the event. Soul of Miami members can use the $100 discount for any of the participation fee packages. Just use the discount code using “SOL” at check out.

Art Center Miami VIP Vernissage 4/4/14

Art Center Miami VIP Vernissage
49Friday, April 4th 2014, 7pm to 10pm
At: Art Center Wynwood
149 NW 36 St
Miami FL 33127
Dress Code: Business Casual
No entrance fee, be our guest RSVP info@artcentermiami.com

This particular exhibition is part of a Gallery Tour that was shown in Paris, Belgium and now to Miami.

Complimentary appetizers & drinks will be served

VIP Gallery Tour
Participating International Artists:
Veronica Amaya – Leonor Anthony
Virginia Hernandez – Ana Maria Hoyos
Miguel Lopez Salazar
Eliana Martinez – Ana Carolina Moreno
Yve Poucet – Gonzalo Sanchez
Yolanda Velazquez – William Villanueva

VeritageMiami 4/9/14-4/12/14

VeritageMiami
Wednesday, April 9, with a Craft Beer Tasting at Wynwood Walls
Thursday, April 10, Fine Wine Tasting at the Village of Merrick Park
Friday, April 11, Interactive Dinner at the InterContinental Miami
Saturday, April 12, Auction & Wine Dinner on the diamond at Marlins Park
www.veritagemiami.com

veritagemiamiVeritageMiami brings together more than 4,000 wine and food lovers for four days of culinary indulgence. Since its inception, VeritageMiami has raised more than $12 million for the community. All proceeds support United Way of Miami Dade’s work in education, financial stability and health.

VeritageMiami is proud to announce its presenting sponsor City National Bank and that five of Miami’s most talented chefs will headline its signature Interactive Dinner on April 11, at the InterContinental Miami. Considered one of the year’s most unique culinary experiences, guests will team up and cook a five-course meal under the tutelage of the distinguished chefs, recently deemed Miami’s culinary “New Guard” by INDULGE Magazine: Alberto Cabrera of Bread + Butter, Todd Erickson of HaVen South Beach, José Mendín of The Pubbelly Restaurant Group, Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House and César Zapata of The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions. The chefs will bring their unique flavors and backgrounds as they guide guests in preparing the different courses, with Johnson & Wales culinary students serving as sous chefs and sommeliers. All proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade.

“City National Bank is committed to giving back to the communities we serve, and United Way – because of its sustainable impact in the areas of education, healthy and financial stability – is the centerpiece of our efforts,” City National Bank President and CEO Jorge Gonzalez said. “As a community bank it is also great to support a festival that celebrates South Florida’s burgeoning food scene and these talented young chefs who have been hailed as the city’s new culinary guard.”

Alberto Cabrera is the executive chef of Bread + Butter in Coral Gables, where the Miami native embraces his Cuban-American roots – taking traditional dishes and revamping them by adding a modern spin, such as his Chicharron De Puerco with a truffle-black bean puree. Cabrera learned the art of cooking as he moved up the ranks at notable kitchens including Robbin Haas’ Chispa and the Miami extension of Madrid’s La Broche. At Bread + Butter, Cabrera infuses the carefree charm of Cuba’s mambo era with the modish slant of the modern American gastropub.
Todd Erickson is the executive chef of HaVen South Beach on Lincoln Road, a futuristic electric lounge offering innovative cocktails and some of the most refined food in the city. At HaVen, Erickson takes local, organic ingredients and transforms them into a variety of global small plates from crudos to duck sliders. Erickson got his culinary start at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and from there went on to open a catering company and three four-star restaurants in Dallas, Texas. After having such a successful start with HaVen, Erickson and the Haven Hospitality Group opened Huahua’s Taqueria just down the street. Erickson has also announced HaVen will be expanding this spring to include a full dinner menu.

José Mendín is the director of culinary operations for The Pubbelly Restaurant Group, the team who many Miami foodies credit for the local chef movement. Mendín, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, worked for many well-known restaurants including Nobu and Sushi Samba, before opening Pubbelly Gastropub in Miami Beach with his Pubbelly Group partners Andreas Schreiner and Sergio Navarro. Since then, the Pubbelly Group has experienced incredible success and has expanded to include four more restaurants – PB Steak, Pubbelly Sushi, Barceloneta and the newest, L’Echon Brasserie. In 2012 and again this year, Mendín was distinguished as a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef South, and most recently won Miami Cochon 555, a regional all-out pork cooking frenzy, and will compete in the Grand Cochon competition this summer.

Giorgio Rapicavoli is the executive chef of Eating House, the innovative pop-up restaurant turned Coral Gables mainstay. Rapicavoli burst onto the Miami food scene when he became the first Miami chef to win Food Network’s “Chopped” television competition. After winning the competition and $10,000 prize, Rapicavoli and business partner Alex Cassanova opened the Eating House pop-up. The venture was so successful that Eating House eventually opened as a full-time establishment at its original location in Coral Gables. In 2013, Rapicavoli was distinguished as a James Beard Award Rising Star chef semifinalist. Rapicavoli is also nominated for Culinary Innovator in this year’s ZESTtm Awards at Johnson & Wales University.

César Zapata is known as the “Stove Master and Pig Whisperer” of The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions. Before opening The Federal, Zapata changed the way South Floridians thought about food by opening Miami’s first pop-up restaurant, Phuc Yea!, in 2011. After its widespread success, Zapata and his business partner/wife Aniece Meinhold opened The Federal on Biscayne Boulevard. Since opening, The Federal has received praise from major publications such as Food & Wine Magazine and USA Today. As their next venture, Zapata and Meinhold are in the process of relaunching “Phuc Yea!” in a permanent location.

As of March 4, VeritageMiami sponsors include: Presenting sponsor City National Bank at the Gran Cru level; American Airlines and Marlins Park at the Vintner level; Bacardi USA, Bank of America, Carnival Foundation, Celebrity Cruises, Global Resources Registry, Greenberg Traurig and Village of Merrick Park at the Cellar Master level; BB&T, CBIZ, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Johnson & Wales University, Ryder System and World of Wine Guide at the Cooper level; Baptist Health South Florida, Cisco Systems, Deloitte Services, Ernst & Young, The Fairholme Foundation, Image Photo Services, Insight Direct USA, InterContinental Miami, LNR Property, Nestle Waters North America, Noven Pharmaceuticals, Northern Trust Corporation, World Fuel Services and Wynwood Walls at the Sommelier level. Media sponsors include: The Miami Herald – el Nuevo Herald, Indulge Magazine, WTVJ NBC 6, Wine Spectator, WLRN and Gables Magazine & CoralGablesRestaurants.com.

Soul Of Miami presents the River Of Art #13 Showcase and Networker benefiting Life Is Art at Burger & Beer Joint 4/22/14

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River Of Art #13 Showcase and Networker
RiverOfArtWeb13SOULTuesday, April 22, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Burger & Beer Joint
1766 Bay Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tickets: $10 with Advance RSVP using discount code “SOUL”
($20 regular price without RSVP)

Bringing People and Art Together
A dynamic social networker and artist show. Come enjoy a welcome drink, tasty food, good company, great art, meet the artists and support the community!

Featured Artists: Mauricio Madrid – Estudiomau, Kandayia Ali, Stefanie Caro

Featured Charity: Motivational Edge

Music Curation: DJ Hank Justice

Supported by Sweat RecordsFabulous MiamiTony Major EventsYOMiamiSocialMedia305PARK ProjectSoul Of Miami

The River Of Art is a dynamic business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies, make connections and find clients or suppliers, we create synergies to help promote business by including a breathtaking art show!

Art is an inspiring talking point, whether you like a piece or are puzzled by it, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community. Hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing. Some events include live performances and other surprises! These shows are also important fundraisers and help us continue our programs.

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Mauricio Madrid – Estudiomau
The yarn goes as follows… Colombian-American painter estudiomau (rhymes with cow ) is constantly bridging the space between conventional 2 dimensional and kinetic 3 dimensional works. The work often welcomes the viewer to experience each piece using multiple senses. His paintings employ layers of colors on a variety of substrates ranging from canvas to reverse painting on clear acrylic panels. He uses his years of experience in various mediums to separate and create multiple planes. The subject matter commonly includes abstracted figurative focal points broken down to organic shapes and forms, depicting images and people he has encountered. He uses the backgrounds to compliment the subject in an expressionist infusion of emotion, color and, texture. Keeping to a maximum of 6 principle colors and mixing and blending on the final painting or surface he creates a palette that reflects the colors that surround him.

Kandayia Ali
Visionary, Self Published Author, Music Producer, Poet, PR Specialist, Ethics Trainer, Personal/Project Management, Marketing Specialist, Event Coordinator- Promoter, Abstract/Surreal Artist, Mom, Motivational Speaker and Community Activist are just some of the titles she’s recognized for holding. There will be many more to follow during her journeys in life. ‘There has been many words used to try to describe me and my style of art, music, ideas, methodologies and literature; honestly there aren’t any available that will give you a true idea of who I am and why I give some much passion and drive to whatever it is I have chosen to create. I have an undying love for all art forms- and I think that those who can use their minds and hearts to bring color and life to the world are phenomenal people indeed. I’m always looking forward to gaining opportunities that will allow me to add my vision and ambitious thoughts as a way of contributing the better parts of me to this world we live in.

Stefanie Caro
Recent graduate of FAU with a bachelors in fine arts. Have been an artist all if my life. Currently reside in coral gables area of Miami. Fl native. My work is never far from the narrative and seeks to raise questions towards our relationship with the natural world.

The Motivational Edge
The Motivational Edge was created to attract and motivate urban youth to build essential life skills and self-confidence, improve academic performance and cultivate creativity and individual talent. We do this by creating welcoming and inspiring programs that integrate culturally relevant arts into various programs as a motivational platform for inspiration.

RiverOfArtBanner13BAbout Life Is Art, Inc.
Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

BRIO celebrates Easter with Bunny Brunches 4/12/14-4/19/14

BRIO celebrates Easter with Bunny Brunches
Saturday, April 12, 9–11 a.m.
BRIO at The Falls
8888 SW 136 Street
Miami, FL 33176

Saturday, April 12, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
BRIO at The Village at Gulfstream Park
600 Silks Run, Suite 1205
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Saturday, April 12, 9–10:30 a.m.
BRIO at The Shops at Pembroke Gardens
14576 SW 5th Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33082

Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
BRIO at The Shops at Boca Center
5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 239
Boca Raton, FL 33486

Sunday, April 13, 10–11:30 a.m.
BRIO at CityPlace
550 South Rosemary Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Saturday, April 19, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
BRIO at The Gardens Mall
3101 PGA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

BRIO Tuscan Grille (BRIO) South Florida locations are welcoming springtime with their fun-filled Bunny Brunches for the entire family. Kids will spring into exciting Easter activities and a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny himself (don’t forget your camera!)

BRIO locations in South Florida are at The Falls in Miami, The Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, The Shops at Pembroke Gardens in Pembroke Pines, The Shops at Boca Center in Boca Raton, CityPlace in West Palm Beach, and The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens.

BRIO’s breakfast will be plentiful with delicious items for both adults and children. Dishes on the adult menu, all priced at $11.95, include Eggs, Home Fries & Bacon (scrambled eggs, bacon, brunch potatoes, and brioche toast – turkey sausage available upon request); Sicilian Omelette (Cherrywood smoked ham, bacon, Fontanini sausage, tomato compote, Mozzarella, Provolone and Parmesan cheeses, served with brunch potatoes); Berries & Cream French Toast (Mascarpone cream cheese stuffed French toast, honey, cinnamon, and berry compote with Applewood smoked bacon); and Ham & Biscuit Benedict (two poached eggs, Cherrywood smoked ham, housemade biscuit, and hollandaise, served with brunch potatoes).

Children’s entrees, all priced at $5.95, are scrambled eggs, bacon and fresh fruit; and French toast with bacon and fresh fruit.

All meals come with choice of coffee, tea, soda or juice; plus a yogurt & fruit parfait and house baked muffins.

Reservations are requested for the Bunny Brunch, and can be made by calling a local BRIO Tuscan Grille.

Miami Dance Festival Presents: Afternoon of the Phoenix at Performing Art Network (PAN) Grand Re-Opening Celebration 4/27/14

Miami Dance Festival Presents: Afternoon of the Phoenix at Performing Art Network (PAN) Grand Re-Opening Celebration
April 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM
PAN Performing Arts Network
131467 W Dixie Hwy
North Miami, FL
www.momentumdance.com
Free Admission

Afternoon of the Phoenix is a collage of performances in Dance, Music and Theatre from some of South Florida’s finest performing artists and companies. Like the legendary Phoenix, this North Miami treasure again rises from the ashes of the fire that virtually destroyed their facilities. As dancers, musicians, actors and mimes entertain and inspire you with samples of their work, food and drink will be provided by some of North Miami’s favorite restaurants

Miami Dance Festival Presents: The Poetry Project 4/15/14

Miami Dance Festival Presents: The Poetry Project
April 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM
MDC Wolfson Campus
300 NE Second Ave, Building 6, Room 6100.
Miami, FL 33132
www.momentumdance.com
Free Admission

The Miami Dance Festival will present The Poetry Project, co-sponsored by the Miami Dade College Wolfson Department of Art and Philosophy. Audience members will be invited to read poems by local poets that are written directly on Momentum Dancers’ bodies. The dancers will also interpret the sequence of the poems. The event is also part of MDC’s Department of Arts and Philosophy Arts and Letters Week activities.

Miami Dance Festival Presents: Momentum Dance Company with The PGK Company 4/5/14

Miami Dance Festival Presents: Momentum Dance Company with The PGK Company Showcase
April 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Byron Carlyle
500 – 71st St
Miami Beach, FL 33141
www.momentumdance.com
Ticket Information: $25 in advance $30 Day of Show, $10 Students and Seniors, Group Rates Available

The Momentum Dance Company and The PGK Company will be showcasing a variety of performances at the Byron Carlyle Theater. Delma Iles and Emily Noe will be premiering new works. There will be a historic reconstruction of dance pioneer Eleanor King’s To The West. Highlight performances from last year, High Tide and Untitled, will also be performed. Dr. Alan Ngim will be accompanying on the piano as a guest artist.

Square Hosts Miami Local Business Celebration 3/27/14

Square Hosts Miami Local Business Celebration
Thursday, March 27, 2014. 6:00 PM
Speaking program: 6:30 PM
Brisky Gallery
130 NW 24th Street
Miami, Florida
Square invites local business owners to RSVP to attend the free event. Follow the conversation on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and #SomosSquare.

Square celebrates Latino businesses in Miami with a free event featuring local business owners and information on Square’s new Spanish business tools.

Presenters:
Ernesto Casillas, Casillas Cigars
Damian Forneris, Che Grill
Natalie Preito, The Children’s Gallery and Arts Center
Ricardo Reyes, Square Executive

Today, Square launched a complete point of sale and suite of business tools in Spanish for the growing number of Latino sellers across the United States. Square will host an event to celebrate Latino sellers and communities in Miami. A Square analysis shows that 98.6% of businesses in Miami are small business, 22.4% of Florida businesses are Latino owned, and $19 million in Miami Latino small business revenue was powered by Square.

Square’s signature Register, dashboard of reports and sophisticated analytics, online Market, and mobile products give businesses powerful and affordable tools to start, run, and grow. The complete suite of products are now available in Spanish for Latino sellers across the United States.

Square’s free card reader and free software enable anyone to safely and securely accept credit cards and run a business from an iPhone, iPad or Android device. Square offers a simple, low transaction rate of 2.75% per swipe, with no hidden fees. Funds from swiped payments are available the next business day, eliminating the wait for cash flow.

Gay Mr. America and Impulse Group Ft. Lauderdale present Pumped at Rok Bar during Pride Weekend 2014 4/11/14

Gay Mr. America and Impulse Group Ft. Lauderdale present Pumped at Rok Bar during Pride Weekend 2014
IGFTL_PumpedFlyer[4x6]April 11th from 10pm-2am
Rok Bar in South Beach
1905 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33154
Purchase Tickets Online

The Most Prestigious Title In Amateur Bodybuilding teams up with Impulse Group Fort Lauderdale in collaboration with AIDS Heatlhcare Foundation to promote overall health and fitness in the LGBT community in a fashion that only Impulse can create…PUMPED: the Official After Party for the Gay Mr. America bodybuilding competition.

In a city where everybody takes pride in his or her body, what is the recipe to create the ultimate showcase? Sprinkle a little glitz and glam on top of sculpted, massive bodies and you get “PUMPED!” It will be raining men…and women of all walks of life as we get PUMPED for an unprecedented celebration! For the first time ever, The Most Prestigious Title In Amateur Body Building, Mr. America, will be hosting PUMPED to honor and celebrate the winners of the competition being held earlier that day at the Colony Theater on Lincoln Road.

The Official After Party for Mr. Gay America and Women’s Extravaganza Championships to benefit Impulse Group Fort Lauderdale!
This celebration will open up the doors to athletics in the LGBT Community as we acknowledge the dedication, sweat and perseverance of these Bodybuilding and Fitness competitors.  Broadening the audience of Bodybuilding/Fitness shows in the US will make it possible for members of the LGBT community to be honored in their Fitness, Bodybuilding and competitive dreams.

“Bodybuilding and fitness would not exist today if were not for the support of the gay community throughout the years.  In fact, the most coveted trophy is the Sandow, presented to the winner of the Mr. Olympia contest (the best of the best show.) Very few know that Eugen Sandow, a pioneering bodybuilder, was gay.
Now we will give the LGBT community the chance to stand out in the competitive world of fitness and bodybuilding with the first annual Gay Mr. America and Women’s Extravaganza Championships,” stated Bob Bonhan, Owner of Mr. America.

Who else but Impulse Group Fort Lauderdale to produce such a monumental after party for the bodybuilding competition? Impulse is known for producing phenomenal “pink carpet” events that blend glamour and swag with life-saving messaging about healthy living in a world with HIV. At PUMPED, a whirlwind of bodies in motion will encourage guests to get physical in every sense of the word! With a very sexy, sweaty, gym theme, dancers and performers will glisten with body paint in their designated work out zones, and the sounds of activist DJ Christian Salmonson will fill the arousing gym atmosphere. Fitness entrepreneur, Mikey Verdugo, will MC the event and drive home the message of a healthy lifestyle. If that is not enough fitness fun for guests to absorb, we will supply them with Impulse’s signature gym gear for future fitness endeavors.

O, Miami Poetry Festival Event Schedule April, 2014

O, Miami Poetry Festival
Confirmed Project List & Event Schedule
OMiami.org

Events

* Picnic in the Park/Poets Laureate in the Park (Sat., April 5)
O, Miami Poetry Festival partners with New World Symphony and the City of Miami Beach to present a new kind of live poetry reading in Soundscape Park. Former U.S. Poets Laureate Robert Hass and Kay Ryan will join National Book Award-winner Nikki Finney for an intimate reading inside the New World Symphony, while a crowd will watch the reading for free in Soundscape Park as it’s live-projected onto the 7,000 square foot wall of the symphony. From 5-8 p.m., enjoy free music and performances in the park. At 8 p.m., spread out your picnic blanket and enjoy the “biggest” poetry reading in the history of Miami.

*The Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club (April 1-30)
A partnership with The Related Group, the E.P.A.C. is a two-story house that O, Miami is transforming into a community wellness center for the month of April. Spiritually depleted? Physically lethargic? Come to the Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club during the month of April for poetry readings, water aerobics, yoga, meditation, zine fairs, and games of pick-up basketball.

* Poet-in-Residence at Gramp’s Bar (April 1-30)
Wynwood’s favorite watering hole Gramp’s will host thirty one-day residencies for poets. Miami-area poets may apply on-line with a short line of verse about booze. Each poet will be given the last stool at the end of the bar. For each poem written on a cocktail napkin, the poet will receive one free beer (limit three beers). At the end of the month, Gramp’s will create a zine from the month’s worth of poems.

* Pin-Up Poetry at ArtCenter/South Florida (April 1- 30th/Reading April 13)
Poets are invited to push-pin their poems onto the walls at the ArtCenter/
South Florida at 800-810 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Poets and all artists can do this with original poems or poems that inspire them (proper credit given). The poems can be on any kind of paper including post-its, photographs or drawings and put up with a push pin.

* A Funeral Procession for Juan Gelman (TBD)
To commemorate the death of Argentine poet Juan Gelman, artist Jordan Marty will drive through every single neighborhood playing a bilingual recording of a previously recorded reading by Gelman of a fictional American cowboy’s laments in (The Poems of Sidney West) poetry via a short-wave transistor radio.

* The Last Ride of José Martí (TBD)
An homage to the continued significance of the life and work of Cuban poet and revolutionary José Martí. Actor Ivan Lopez—dressed as Martí—will ride down Calle Ocho on the back of a white horse and distribute roses outfitted with Martí poems.

*Poetry Readings with
* Under the Influence with Cathy Bowman (April 2) Miami poet Campbell McGrath hosts a night of influences with visiting poet Cathy Bowman and UM’s Jawinder Bolina. Each poet will present poems that have influenced their work.

* Stephanie Strickland, Denise Duhamel, Julie Marie Wade (April 7) Poet Stephanie Strickland reads from her work and exhibits digital experimentations with web-based literature. Miami poets Denise Duhamel and Julie Marie Wade co-star.

* Poetry & Race with Jaswinder Bolina (April 10) A panel on the topic of race as it intersects with contemporary American poetry, with examples.

* Don Share (April 19)

* Cuban, Cuban-American, Spanish, and Chicano poetry
Readings, discussions, and workshops with:
* Pablo Neruda Ibero-American Poetry Prize-winner José Kozer (April 9)
* Spanish poet Elena Medel (April 16)
* Local Miami poet Yosie Crespo with Cuban poet Legna Rodríguez Iglesias in her first visit to the US discussing Generation Zero, a new crop of Cuban and Cuban-American poets (April 23)
* American Book Award-winner Jimmy Santiago Baca (April 27).

*Poetry Karaoke with Annick Adey-Babinski (April 12)
Come show off your poetry reading chops at Poetry karaoke, our night of off-the-cuff poetics. Even if you never memorized The Waste Land, our DJ has you covered with her lyric videos, so you’ll never miss a owr.d Read with the greats! Bust out your Shakespeare chops or go contemporary w/ a Plath poem, you choose from our Karaoke men. BYOB baby- it’s a house party!

*Speaktacular -Ashley M. Jones & Darius Daughtry (April 17)
Poetry. Music. Dance. Visual Art. All of these are elements of SPEAKtacular, a full-scale production that combines these art forms in a one-of-a-kind show. Youth poets from the Jason Taylor Foundation’s Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network will dazzle and inspire with their words as musicians, dancers, and visual artists create and express alongside them onstage. Event organizers and poets Darius and Ashley M. Jones.

*Free workshop for Miami student editors (April 19)
Don Share, Executive Editor of the largest circulating poetry journal in the country, Poetry magazine, leads a free workshop for Miami-area student literary magazine editors. Share will also read his own work the following night (April 19), in addition to his translations of the great Mexican poet Miguel Hernandez.

* Zine Fair (April 19)
Zines are magazines made by people who don’t have the money to make magazines. O, Miami honors the long tradition of D.I.Y. publishing in Miami with a day-time zine fair in partnership with Pages & Spreads and University of Miami Special Collections. Local artists and publishers will display, trade, and sell their zines. Perrier and KIND will distribute snacks, and the backyard pool at the Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club will be open.

* The First-ever LitCrawl Miami (April 26)
O, Miami drags the popular literary pub crawl series into the humidity. Bars and clubs on South Beach will host a variety of boozy performances by Miami-area writers from all genres and styles during a night that will test your Bukowskian pretensions. Leave your elitism at home, and bring along a designated driver.

* Forager Book Release (April 29) Brand-new Miami-based publishing imprint Jai-Alai Books unveils their first book: Forager: A Brief Guide to Miami’s Edible Plants. Co-presented with Edible South Florida.

Projects

* The Poetry Lottery (April 1-30)
Artist Agustina Woodgate and poet Mary Reufle have joined forces to create the Poetry Lottery: a scratch-off lottery ticket that works like an erasure poem in reverse. Use a penny or your fingernail to unveil the words of an original text by Reufle. Reveal the whole thing, or co-create a new poem with Reufle by picking and choosing which words to uncover. The tickets will be distributed only in Miami-Dade County during the month of April.

* #ThisIsWhere (April 1-30)
Co-created by O, Miami and WLRN, #ThisIsWhere is a poetry contest that asks South Floridians to write short poems about the places they care about. Beginning the last week of March, WLRN will accept submissions of short poems that include the phrase “This is where…” Every Friday, WLRN will announce the top ten poems of the week on their website. On April 23rd, a list of finalists will be announced who will read at a special event on April 30th. Some contributing poets will appear on WLRN radio and WBPT2 TV. Go to WLRN.org for more info on how to enter.

* Living with Poetry (April 1-30)
“Living with Poetry” draws inspiration from Nicanor Parra’s antipoesia and anti-poems in order to create an experience that draws from visual, literary, and spoken poetry. The project consists of a space created by the Guatemalan-based collaborative BIP (Bureau of Public Interventions) at O, Miami’s Edgewater Poetry and Athletics Club. BIP is a collaborative project by Stefan Benchoam and Christian Ochaita that originated as a direct response to the lack of public spaces and infrastructures for recreation and socializing in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The interventions and occurrences that they organize can be read as Situationist gestures that generate reflection and debate about their city.

* Fire Dreams- Matt Roberts and poet Terri Witek (April 1-30)
When we walk through cities, our bodies enter the dreams of other people who’ve walked there. New media artist Matt Roberts and poet Terri Witek map Miami by floating assorted “dreamers” over various metropolitan spaces. City wanderers then follow this walkable dream map via an augmented reality phone app. Along the way, they are offered chances to see a dream, hear dream-poem, text a dream-poem of their own, and perform various other transmittable acts. These become a poetic dream map of the city.

* People Poetry with Quinn Smith (April 1-30)
Mining the vastness of Twitter, to create poetic alchemy, the project starts by reviewing Twitter with a search term Miami, taking one posted picture & a series of tweets, and then arranging those tweets into a poem. Standard computer software is enough: 1). Place the poem on the pix w/PowerPoint 2). Create the image w/Microsoft Paint 3). Hashtag it #omiami w/credits for everyone who feeds that contribution. This project is open to anyone.

This is Just to Say…. Elena Errazuriz (April 1-30)
Passers-by during the midday pause at a college campus are invited to read The Red Wheelbarrow/This is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams. When ready by a variety of people, the poem is given the gift of each reader’s pitch, inflection, rhythm.

Poetry Spoke Cards – Elsbeth Pancrazi & Brett Fletcher Lauer (April 1-30)
A spoke card is a printed card suspended in the spokes of a bike wheel, historically to identity the cyclists’s participation in a street race. This unlikely platform has since been used to display small works of art to political endorsements. Award winning designer Gabriele Wilson will work w/ poets Brett Fletcher Lauer & Elsbeth Pancrazi to create spoke cards printed w/poetry to be distribute free at O, Miami events & local bike shows, & through participating cycling groups. The cards will be a badge to id poetry lovers, & an eye-catching unexpected encounter w/ poetry.

Home- Beyond Geography- Juana Meneses & Leila A. Leder Kremer (April 1-30)
Home: Beyond Geography is a participatory writing project created by interdisciplinary artists Juan Meneses and Leil Leder Kremer. The project explores the identity of our port city, mapping Miami’s resident’s personal histories. During the month of April, Juana & Leila will visit- armed with pens paper, maps- different Miami Dade neighborhoods with an opening line to poems around the themes of identity, home & mobility. Juana and Leila will prompt those they meet to respond to the poems, which will be collected, copied & distributed to residents during subsequent visits to other districts. The result- a poetry exchange between Miami Dade residents. A selection of the poems collected, and a map showing the participating neighborhoods, will be compiled into a zine to be available for free at the conclusion of the project.

Bite into Poetry – Willa Kaufman and Elizabeth Jacobs (April 1-30)
Mother/daughter team from New Mexico, Willa is a senior film & creative writing student at University of Miami, and Elizabeth is the founding director of The WingSpan Poetry Project in Santa Fe, which brings weekly poetry classes to the women residents at the Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families. Elizabeth taught for many years in public elementary schools as a teaching artist with ArtWorks. She is the author of Her Knees Pulled In, a book of poems.

Road Sage- P. Scott Cunningham (April 1-30)
Consistently ranked among the top 15 most congested cities in the country, Miami is a place where people are used to sitting in traffic. “Road Sage” is an O, Miami project designed to give those people something to read while stuck in their cars. The project has 2 main locations: 1). Biscayne Blvd & NE 22nd St & 2) NE 79th St and TBD.
The Biscayne location features a stanza from Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s “Sonnet XLIII) in the original Spanish, written on the windows of a building by a Haitian sign artist. “Sometimes my fiancé Christina is driving home on Biscayne Blvd,” says O, Miami Executive Director P. Scott Cunningham, and “she’ll honk as she’s passing beneath my office window. Most times, however, the honks I hear below me are expressions of anger, or “road rage”. So I decided to write a love poem to Christina on the window that could also serve as a general message for everyone on Biscayne stuck in traffic and trying to get home to someone they love.” The second location features a poem called “Flamingoes” by American poet Todd Boss that can only be described as “So Miami.”

Anonymous Letters- Christina Pettersson (April 1-30)
Much has been reported recently on the death of handwriting, in terms of hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, as a link between handwriting and learning ability, even creativity. For instance, handwriting has been proving as a better tool for imprinting words to memory that typing. In “_______” Miami artist Christina Pettersson will create a space where visitors can choose a poem from a book, copy it by hand onto stationary and then mail it to an unknown person in Miami-Dade chosen randomly out of the White Pages. “I do hope to reintroduce the beauty of knowing lines of poetry by rote, as people once did,” Pettersson says. “And what unexpected pleasure to receive such a letter in t he mail, lovingly conceived and written, certain to be remembered.”

Funkshion Fashion Week Miami 3/26/14-3/29/14

Funkshion Fashion Week Miami
funkshion2014March 26th -29th 2014
The Funkshion Fashion Tents
21ST and Collins Ave at Collins Park
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(Between the W and the Setai Hotels)

Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach celebrates its 26th SEASON!! As with every year, Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach, will fuse music and fashion and like no other city in the world does! This is Fashion Week – Miami Style!

Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach will utilize the fashion tents at Collins Park in Miami Beach as the location for all shows. Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach is a four day/evening long event that provide an intelligent, innovative platform for progressive and established designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers, and select style makers. The shows are geared towards designer diffusion collections and innovative lifestyle brands.

As with every season, since the inception of Funkshion, we allow the general public to attend free of charge. First 100 people to rsvp – per show.
Potential guests do need to officially rsvp at:
www.fashionweekmiami.com or www.funkshion.com
Twitter – @FunkshionFW
Facebook – www.facebook.com/funkshionfw

Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami
Fall/Winter 2014 Collections Runway Show Schedule

WED 3/26
9Pm – Joana Krupa collection for HOLT.
After-Party at Villa Azur (309 23rd street)

THU 3/27
Funkshion Loves Miami Desginers 7pm – 11pm
– Liliana Montoya
– Indie True
– Krelwear

FRI 3/28 7pm – 11pm
– Military Veterans show and launch of Prime Magazine
Hosted by Stephan Morris and Carpe Music Group.
There will be a runway show with a live band performance put together of Military Veterans.
– Sotto
– Juan Carlos

SAT 3/29 8pm
Endless Summer (1966) Movie Screening
With a mixed Show of surf-wear after the screening.
The night will be hosted by the main star of Endless Summer, Mike Hynson.

Special Thanks to:
Peroni, jetBlue, Temptu Makeup, Living Proof Hair Salon,and F Vodka

Winter Music Conference 2014 3/21/14-3/30/14

Winter Music Conference 2014
March 21-30, 2014
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Website

For 2014, WMC will deliver another 10 non-stop days and nights of music programming including two full weekends of events and parties. WMC’s Director of Operations & Development, Kirk Paskal, explains, “Last year’s WMC Week was a resounding success with over 2,100 artists and DJs performing at 133 venues in Miami Beach and Miami. As part of our longstanding mission statement, we strive to assemble electronic music’s most legendary and innovative artists and professionals from across the globe. Our program is all about building new inroads for the advancement of electronic music.

Featured presentations like last year’s Q&A with IDMA Lifetime Achievement recipient Nile Rodgers (in advance of the release of his epic new collaborations with Daft Punk and Avicii) along with young trailblazers like R3hab among many others are always an inspiring affirmation for what we do. We continually aim to raise the bar in service to the artists, industry and music enthusiasts that make electronic music one of the world’s most dynamic cultural communities.” WMC’s music industry panels and seminars will be presented March 24 – 28, 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) in the hub of South Beach’s vibrant art deco resort and clubbing district.

WMC will be expanding its music trade show and exhibit area centered on EDM trends, music and gear to be presented March 24 & 25, 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

DJ Sets, Live Performances & Parties: March 21 – 30, 2014
WMC Music Industry Program: March 24 – 28, 2014
WMC Trade Show & Exhibits: March 24 – 25, 2014
Club & Poolside Events: March 21 – 30, 2014

Third Annual PhilanthroFest 4/12/14

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Third Annual PhilanthroFest
philanthrofestSaturday, April 12, 2013, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
www.PhilanthroFest.com

Third Annual PhilanthroFest to Take Place April 12, Connecting Thousands of South Floridians to Over a Hundred Local Nonprofit Organizations and Community Agencies in a Family Friendly Festival

Free outdoor event promises day of family-friendly fun while raising nonprofit awareness, promoting civic engagement and connecting the community to nonprofit resources at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus

PhilanthroFest, the nation’s largest festival of its kind, is back and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Fulfilling the mission of its namesake organization, this year’s PhilanthroFest helps bridge the gap between local nonprofit organizations and members of the community – making it easier to get the help you need or give the help you can provide.

For Miami residents who are interested in donating time or money to help those in need, PhilanthroFest provides the opportunity to learn more about local nonprofits and meet the people behind them face to face. PhilanthroFest also serves as a nonprofit marketplace, raising awareness of the services and benefits that nonprofits and community agencies are able to provide.

Now in its third year, PhilanthroFest proves that community engagement can be fun. The outdoor festival is free and open to the public, and intended to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Festival attendees can enjoy a full day of art exhibits, musical performances, demonstrations, health screenings, a green market, food trucks, and an assortment of other activities that everyone in the family can appreciate, courtesy of PhilanthroFest’s community partners.

While taking part in the many activities, South Florida residents can learn about all kinds of nonprofit organizations representing all sorts of causes, including business and economic development; education; animal welfare; arts and cultural development; environmental issues; food, agriculture, and nutrition; civic engagement; health and disease prevention; youth activities, sports and recreation; and community improvement. For South Florida residents who have been looking for a chance to pay it forward, there is no opportunity like PhilanthroFest to find the nonprofit that’s right for you. Members of the community have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer or make a donation right on the spot.

And for those who may be in need of such services, nonprofits and community agencies are on hand to explain who they serve, what they do and how one can qualify for such services. It has never been easier to find out the wide array of services that South Florida community agencies and local nonprofits have to offer. PhilanthroFest is the largest nonprofit festival in the nation and the largest gathering of its kind.

Cancer Support Community Greater Miami 2014 Heart & Star Award Dinner 4/3/14

Cancer Support Community Greater Miami 2014 Heart & Star Award Dinner
April 3, 2014, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Coral Gables Country Club
997 North Greenway Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Contact: For sponsorship and ticket information contact: Danielle Spiegelman – CSCGM, Executive Director at 305-668-5900, Danielle@CancerSupportCommunityMiami.org
Cost: Table Sponsorship information available upon request.

Cancer Support Community Greater Miami will host the 2014 Heart & Star Award Dinner at the Coral Gables Country Club. Arthur H. Hertz and Candy & Rodger Popkin will be honored at this prestigious signature event. Hertz will be receiving the Champion of the Community Spirit Award for his outstanding philanthropic and community leadership; The Popkins, the Champions of the Human Spirit Award as a cancer survivor and caregiver. Mistress of Ceremonies will once again be Emmy Award-winning CBS4 Anchor, Cynthia Demos. Over 400 business and philanthropic leaders from the Greater Miami area will be in attendance for the event. Committee leadership for this fundraising event to date is comprised of the following; Carmen & John Arasi, Chanin & Adam Carlin, Maria Padron, Carmen Perez, Aida & Joseph Roisman, Lourdes Rosales, Debra Schottenstein, Edie Spiegel, Carole Wright and Joyce & Humberto Vega.

Honoring Women in Media, a Roundtable to Celebrate Women’s History Month 3/29/14

Honoring Women in Media, a Roundtable to Celebrate Women’s History Month
Saturday, March 29, 2014, Networking, 3 p.m.; Program starts at 4 p.m.
FIU Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 Street
North Miami, FL 33181
Bayview Ballroom (Wolf University Center, Room 221)
Cost: $15; $10 for SFBJA members; free for FIU students.

The South Florida Black Journalists Association (SFBJA) and FIU’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) will honor seven key women who have influenced the media and communications. “Women in Media,’’ a roundtable, will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151 Street, North Miami, FL 33181 in the Bayview Ballroom (Wolf University Center, Room 221). The honorees, who will share how they have navigated through the industry, include:
Trina Robinson, NBC6 Investigative Anchor;
Carolyn Guniss, managing editor for the South Florida Times;
Suzan McDowell, owner, president, and CEO of Circle of One Marketing;
Yvette N. Harris, founder and lifestyle strategist for Harris Public Relations;
Traci Cloyd, on air personality for WHQT-FM Hot105;
Julia Yarbough, author, media relations specialist for Julia Yarbough Media Group; and
Trenae Floyd, public affairs coordinator for Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan.

“These are women who have spent their careers delivering news or otherwise facilitating the storytelling process. While many are household names, they often toil without receiving the full amount of recognition they deserve. These women have been “leaning in” well before the best-selling book generated today’s buzzword about women and leadership, ” states SFBJA President Terrence Shepherd.

Each woman was chosen for her distinguished career accomplishments and contributions to the South Florida media landscape. Suzette Maylor will moderate the panel.

Ultra Music Festival 2014 3/28/14-3/30/14

Ultra Music Festival 2014
March 28 – March 30, 2014
ultra2014Bayfront Park
301 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33132
General Admission Tickets – $399.95
Website

The World’s Premier Electronic Music event Ultra Music Festival. An internationally renowned event that has taken place every March since its inception in 1999. Over the past 15 years, literally thousands of the world’s most iconic DJs, producers and live acts have mesmerized audiences with awe-inspiring sets. In 2014, Ultra continues to push the boundaries, bringing its unparalleled combination of cutting edge production and the world’s best electronic acts back.

‘Jack U’, the collaborative production project announced by OWSLA boss Skrillex and Mad Decent head honcho Diplo back in April 2013, will be at Ultra over the at Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami. As two of the biggest hitters in the world of bass music prepare to take to the decks, back-to-back, you can be sure that this particular performance will go down as one of the most memorable in Ultra Music Festival’s 16 year history.

Afrobeta, Alvin Risk, Aly & Fila, Amtrac, Andrea Oliva, Audien, Brillz, Bro Safari, Candyland, Cedric Gervais, Chance The Rapper, Clockwork, Cosmic Gate, Craze, Crizzly, Dannic, Danny Marquez, Danyelino, Dirtyphonics, Don Diablo, Dusky, DVBBS, Dyro, Fedde Le Grand, Figure, Goldfish, Gramatik, Gradtheft, Hardline, Henry Fong, Hugo Bianco, Infected Mushroom, Jochen Miller, John Digweed, John O’Callaghan, Julio Bashmore, Justin Oh, Kill Frenzy, DJ Koo, Laidback Luke, MAKJ, The Martinez Brothers, Mat Zo, Michael Brun, Ms. Mada, MOTi, Mykris, Myon & Shane 54, Paper Diamond, Pegboard Nerds, Rebecca & Fiona, RL Grime, Rony Seikaly, Sandro Silva, Sluggers, Stafford Brothers, Syn Cole, Thunderpony, Tommie Sunshine, Ummet Ozcan, Viceroy and Vicetone.

Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Carl Cox, Cirez D, David Guetta, Diplo, Hardwell, Jamie Jones, Kaskade, Krewella, Loco Dice, Luciano, Marco Carola, New World Punx, Nicky Romero, Solomun, Steve Angello, Tiësto, Zedd

2manydjs Live, Basement Jaxx Live, Chase And Status, Cut/Copy, Dizzee Rascal, Empire Of The Sun, Eric Prydz Presents Holo, Example, Gesaffelstein Live, The Glitch Mob, Mgmt, M.I.A., Netsky Live, Paul Kalkbrenner, Pusha T, Trentemøller, Sub Focus Live

12th Planet, 3lau, Adriatique, Adventure Club, Andy C, Andrew Rayel, Art Department, Baby Anne, Been Trill, Blasterjaxx, Blond:Ish, Borgore, Cajmere, Carnage, Cazzette, Claude Vonstroke, Cyril Hahn, Damian Lazarus, Danny Avila, Datsik, Dillon Francis, Dj Icey, Dj Snake, Dubfire, Flosstradamus, Fur Coat, Gaia, Gareth Emery, Goldroom, Gta, H.O.S.H, Isaac Tichauer, J.Phlip, Jon Rundell, Jonas Rathsman, Just Blaze, Justin Martin, Kill The Noise, Lee Burridge, Lee Foss, Maceo Plex, Martin Garrix, Monika Kruse, I See Monstas, Moon Boots, Nervo, Nic Fanciulli, Oliver, Paul Van Dyk, Perseus, Pete Tong, Ørjan Nilsen, Rac, Riff Raff, Riotgear, Sander Van Doorn, Showtek, Soul Clap, Stanton Warriors, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tale Of Us, Tjr, Tourist, Umek, W&W, Waka Flocka, Zomboy

Stolen Rum gives away 50 Sofas in South Miami 3/26/14

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Stolen Rum gives away 50 Sofas in Coral Gables
DIGITAL_stolen-sofaWednesday 3/26/2014 from 2PM- 5PM
Murray Park
5800 Southwest 66th Street
South Miami, FL 33143
RSVP on Facebook

Stolen is giving away 150 sofas across 3 countries, no strings attached.

Jamie Duff, Stolen founder, went to Otago University in Dunedin, NZ. While studying, having a good sofa was always of paramount importance to a good, homely flat; whether it was entertaining a party, having a ‘friend’ to stay the night, a lazy afternoon sharing a quiet drink with friends, watching sports – or, in those days, perhaps actually loading up your sofa and taking it to a sports game for viewing comfort. With these fond memories in mind, he decided Stolen would give back starting with the Stolen sofas giveaway making this year the year of spreading the love and keeping the memory alive across 3 countries: Sydney in Australia, Dunedin in New Zealand and Miami in the US.

Details: If you can take it, it’s yours! Stolen will drop off 501375755_10151920537249583_943557685_n sofas on a first come, first serve pick up. Stolen does not deliver.

In Attendance: 50 sofas, yours for the stealing

Guest Article: Outsmart ATM Fees and Give a Cool Toy to a Kid

Guest Article by Erin Mia

Outsmart ATM Fees and Give a Cool Toy to a Kid

A friend of mine recently shared an idea with me on how to outsmart ATM banking fees and get a cool toy at the same time. I thought it was so brilliant that I should share it, but I added my own twist and attached a little ‘Mitzvah Project’ onto it.

Most of us find ourselves in need of a little pocket cash every now & again so stopping at an ATM is what we all naturally do. Well, chances are, if you need cash NOW, your own bank’s ATM is miles away so you’re going to be charged a $3. fee to use another bank’s services. That’s a drag. Have you any idea how much profit banks make on convenience fees?

Here’s the constructive solution: Stop in to any local Walgreens or CVS (they’re on every corner) and purchase a Matchbox Car for about the same price as the out-of-network ATM fee and use your ATM card to purchase it. When the machine asks you if you’d like cash back, hit YES and get your $20. or $40. bucks that you need. Now you have your cash, ‘Big Banking’ doesn’t get their $3. fee and you have a cool miniature of one of your favorite cars.

NOW… let’s turn this project into a MITZVAH (a good deed).

Donate those Matchbox cars to Kids In Distress or any children’s charity, so that children who could REALLY enjoy a new toy that helps them explore their imagination, will also benefit.

EASY – WIN-WIN-WIN.
Spread a little sunshine and share this with your friends :)

With Love,
Erin Mia Milchman
Erin Mia Milchman, Inc.

Hispanicize 2014 4/1/14-4/4/14

Hispanicize 2014
April 1-4, 2014
InterContinental Miami hotel
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami FL 33131
Website Link

Now in its fifth year, Hispanicize 2014 (http://www.HispanicizeEvent.com) (#Hispz14) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, journalism, advertising, PR, music, film and innovation. Featuring U.S. Hispanic thought leaders and celebrities from across the country, the 5th anniversary edition of Hispanicize will be taking place at the InterContinental hotel in downtown Miami with several offsite events at major cultural venues.

Co-chaired by award winning journalist Maria Hinojosa of NPR’s Latino USA and Patricia Pineda, Group Vice President of the Hispanic Business Strategy Group of Toyota Motor North America, Hispanicize 2014 is expected to gather more than 1,700 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of blogging, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four full days.

The event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

In addition to Hollywood music and film icons, Hispanicize this year will reward several top Latinas with its coveted ‘Latinovators’ award. Three of the four recipients (one more is about to be named) include:
Shelia E, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/producer
Yoani Sánchez, Cuban dissident blogger
Maria Hinojosa, NPR’S Latino USA award-winning host

Social Media Boot Camp at The LAB Miami 3/31/14

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Social Media Boot Camp at The LAB Miami
Monday, March 31, 2014, 10:00AM – 1:00PM
socialbuzzThe LAB Miami
400 NW 26th Street
Miami, FL 33127
$99 pre-sale through Monday 03/30/14 at 5pm.
$79 for The LAB Miami members!
If event is not sold out tickets will be available at the door for $125.00
Register Online

Fact: “Social Media is over-throwing governments in the Middle-East, do you really have the audacity to think it’s not affecting your business?” –Gary Vaynerchuk

What is your brand doing with Social Media?
Are you using it to increase awareness of your brand?

Join SocialBuzzTV’s own Creator of Buzz and Social Media Strategist, Sebastian Rusk for our next Social Media Boot Camp for an in depth overview on the who, what, why and where of Social Media for your brand!

Space Is Limited To 10 Attendees And Will Fill Up Fast!

SocialBuzzTV is an integrated marketing solution that helps businesses build online communities using social media to create social buzz and local celebrity over their products and services which increases their online presence and word of mouth marketing so they have more customers and die-hard fans.

Miami Lighthouse’s 7th Annual Walk, Waggle & Stroll Dog Walk 3/16/14

Miami Lighthouse’s 7th Annual Walk, Waggle & Stroll Dog Walk
lighthouseSunday, March 16th from 9:00 a.m. to noon
Shops at Midtown Miami
3401 N. Miami Avenue
Click Here for Tickets

Join Romero Britto and strut your stuff at Miami Lighthouse’s seventh annual Walk, Waggle & Stroll Dog Walk, an exciting St. Patrick’s day themed dog walk dedicated to raising awareness for dog guides and service dogs of all kinds. This year’s grand prize winner for most participant pledges collected will receive a Romero Britto signed Azul dog sculpture.
 
The walk will include dog guides, other service animals and regular pet companions, on a walk to pledge support for Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This year’s event is hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitaries” Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, NBC 6’s Chief Meteorologist John Morales and Honoree World Renowned Pop Artist Romero Britto.
 
De‘tails’ include: Breakfast sponsored by McDonald’s at 9:00 am; the dog walk at 9:30 am followed by contest prizes for “Best St. Patrick’s Day Dog Costume” (remember to wear green!), “Dog-Owner Look-alike” and “Most Talented Dog” contests. Free parking is available in the PetSmart garage; on-site registration is $30, which includes a Britto “Azul” dog walk t-shirt and doggy bandana; the fee is waived for visually impaired walkers. Please click here to register.

Happy Hour Benefitting Dade Legal Aid 3/27/14

Happy Hour Benefitting Dade Legal Aid
Flyer_WorldOfBeerHH_mi_5March 27, 2014, 6-8pm
World of Beer
3252 NE 1st Avenue, Suite 112
Miami, Florida 33127
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Dade Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm that provides a critical safety net of civil legal assistance to qualifying low-income residents of Miami-Dade County. Our clients are predominantly disenfranchised women, children, teens, families, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking, victims of scams and unscrupulous landlords, the disabled, veterans, the defrauded, the elderly, the incapacitated, newcomers. non-profits and start ups.  For over 65 years, Dade Legal Aid has been at the forefront of representing disadvantaged individuals, families, groups and other populations with nowhere else to turn for legal services.

First beer free for the first 75 guests. No cover.
$3 Select Drafts and featuring a Law & Order specialty brew.
$20 suggested donation to Dade Legal Aid for Attorneys.
$10 suggested donation to Dade Legal Aid for Law Students.
YLS President Ethan Wall will be guest bartending!
Tips collected by Ethan will also be donated to Dade Legal Aid.
Generously sponsored by U.S. Legal Support, Inc.

Nicole Moudaber presents In the Mood 3/27/14

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Thursday, March 27, 12PM – 10PM
The Raleigh Hotel Pool
1775 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Advance tickets via Wantickets.com

Special Guest Carl Cox Joins ‘In the MOOD’ Miami Music Week Line-up
Nicole Moudaber
Danny Tenaglia
Lauren Lane
Tom Peters
ENDO

Good friends and artistic cohorts Carl Cox and Nicole Moudaber are set to release their very first collaboration, a sonic onslaught dubbed “See You Next Tuesday.” The two-track release (the original plus a deep mix) will drop April 7 on Moudaber’s MOOD Records. As expected from these bastions of techno, the tracks are perfectly executed, and aimed squarely at the dancefloor. To celebrate their forthcomng release, Cox will join Moudaber’s ‘In the MOOD’ takeover during Winter Music Conference aka Miami Music Week this year. The massive pool party on Thursday, March 27 at The Raleigh Hotel will feature Moudaber and Cox, alongside NYC house music legend Danny Tenaglia, Kompakt producer Tom Peters, Saved Records artist Lauren Lane, and Traktor master ENDO providing the soundtrack for this daytime affair.

Cox has been a supporter of Nicole from the outset, releasing her productions on his Intec label (‘One Day Later’ and last year’s ‘Roar’ EP), commissioning remixes of his originals (2011’s ‘Chemistry’), and inviting her to spin alongside him around the globe, at his Carl Cox & Friends festival stages and Space Ibiza residency. The “Tuesday” project was Cox’s idea: He reportedly handed Moudaber a zip drive stating, “Right, we’re doing a collab and we’re putting it out on MOOD, but all I have is the bass loop." A few email swaps later, the track was born.

The original mix of “See You Next Tuesday” is a no-nonsense techno gem that features a pulsating bass interjected by shimmering breaks and delicate snares. The middle section takes the listener deeper down the rabbit hole with haunting ethereal vocal cuts, before things get taken up a gear yet again. The deep mix is a groovier affair with intricate drum patterns and a warm bass line that balances the driving nature of the original, and demonstrates the pair’s ability to travel unexpected musical ground.

The release is the latest evidence that Nicole’s MOOD brand is building momentum: Her ‘In the Mood’ events series, for which she selects each artist, hits Miami this March. And Moudaber is set to play mega-festival Coachella in April. All told, it appears that Nicole is once again raising the stakes in 2014.

National Water Dance 4/12/14

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National Water Dance 2014174016Saturday, April 12, 4pm
Deering Estate at Cutler
16701 SW 72 Avenue
nationalwaterdance.org

30 States Dance Across America for Water on April 12, 4pm

Coming together on Saturday, April 12 at 4pmEST are 1500 dancers from across the country to perform a site-specific dance at a river, a bay, a lake, the ocean, or any water site nearby. From the University of Alaska to Miami Dade College, from the Dance Engagement Company in California to Bates College in Maine, students from colleges and universities, private dance schools, high schools and elementary schools, and dance companies will unite to celebrate Water.

“My desire in creating National Water Dance was to inspire young artists to go beyond the studio and the stage with their art; to connect with the environment and realize the power of art to bring awareness to environmental issues, particularly water,” said National Water Dance founder and artistic director Dale Andree. “Through the internet National Water Dance has become the community of artists/activists that I hoped it would.”

Founded by artistic director Dale Andree and produced by Daniel Lewis, National Water Dance has been created to bring attention to the power and fragility of the nation’s waterways. Bringing dancers and musicians together from across the country and using dance as a form of social activism is, according to Ms Andree, “a force that can create social change.”

The Miami performance of National Water Dance will feature 80 dancers and 50 singers at the Deering Estate at Cutler, as part of their Festival of the Arts, at 4pm on Saturday, April 12. The artists will perform to an original score performed by its composers Miami musicians Vicki Richards and Jeff Deen. Admission from 3:30pm on is FREE. Participating schools include New World School of the Arts, South Miami Community Middle School, Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts, RR Moton Elementary School and Miami Dade College/Kendall Campus under the direction of Michelle Grant-Murray, assistant director of the Miami-Dade portion of National Water Dance.

“It will be so exciting to see dancers from across the nation, talking about our environment and turning those ideas into a symphony of movement across the country,” said Daniel Lewis, founding Dean of Dance of New World School of the Arts.

The entire local and national event will be live streamed.

Additional Florida Events of National Water Dance:
* Composition Concert by Dr. Susan Epstein Garcia
April 8, Colony Theatre, Lincoln Road on Miami Beach
7:30pm, Free & Open to the Community
Featuring student composers from the New World School of the Arts performing new music in a program called New World: An Evening of Contemporary Original Compositions.
Information: 305 237 7855

* Free Showerheads provided by Earth Ethics Institute of Miami Dade College to anyone who brings in an old showerhead to the April 8th concert or the Main Event on April 12. The new showerheads are provided by Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department, and is part of their indoor water conservation campaign. Earthethicsinstitute.org

*Arts for Learning has worked with over 600 students from across the county in dance, music and visual art, culminating in performances to take place simultaneously at Shenandoah Park, Flamingo Park, Centro Mater East, Silver Bluff Elementary, The Barnyard and North Beach Elementary.

National Water Dance Partners Include:

  • Arts for Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing teaching an learning through the arts and community cultural resources. A4L connects the arts to other subjects to support academic achievement and child development.

  • Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College provides resources, workshops, and programs for the Miami Dade College community that encourage the integration of the knowledge, values and skills needed for a sustainable way of life into all practices and disciplines.

  • The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami.   This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation.  Visit www.deeringestate.org.

  • The Deering Estate Festival of the Arts, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, runs from April 11-13, 2014, celebrating the literary, visual and performing arts and artists of South Florida. Schedule includes The Lost Girls Playwrights reading, a Piano Master Class with Dr. Jose Lopez, the opening of the In Deep exhibit, the Poetry at the Fire Circle, the ‘Spark of Genius’ concert with Charles Castleman, among others events.

Participating Institutions in the National Water Dance (as of February 2014)
Alaska University of Alaska; Arkansas Henderson State College, Hendrix College; California Loyola Marymount University, Dance Engagements, Crenshaw Yoga and, Dance, Blackbird Dance Company, Karmagraphy, University of San Francisco, Beatriz Eugenaia 3-19 Dance Art Connecticut Wesleyan University Florida NOVA Southeaster University, University of Florida College of Central Florida, Northwest Florida State College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Midway Elementary School, New World School of the Arts, Miami Dade College/Kendall Campus/Jubilation Dance Ensemble, Broward College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College, University of Tampa, Pensacola State College, South Miami Middle Community School, Karen Peterson and Dancers, Arthur and Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory of the Arts, Florida Atlantic University, RR Moton Elementary, Florida State University Georgia University of Georgia Indiana Indiana University Bloomington Iowa Luther College Louisiana University of Louisiana at Monroe, Southeastern Louisiana University Dance Performance Project Maine Bates College Maryland Towson University Massachusetts, The Yard, Hampshire College Peanut Butter and Jelly Dance Company Mississippi University of Mississippi University of Southern Mississippi, Belhaven University Missouri Webster University Nebraska The Moving Company, University of Nebraska University of Nebraska/Lincoln New Jersey Georgian Court University New York Briarcliff High School, University of Rochester, NDEO Brockport Student Chapter Horace Mann School North Carolina The Dancer’s Extension, Bradley Middle School Ohio Kent State University, Antioch College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Denison University Oklahoma University of Central Oklahoma Oregon Southern Oregon University Pennsylvania DeSales University, Temple University, Muhlenberg College Slippery Rock University, Mercyhurst University Rhode Island JMW High School of the Performing and Visual Arts South Carolina Lander University, M.V. Riley Elementary School, Lady’s Island Middle School, Beaufort High School Tennessee Sewanee: The University of the South, Chattanooga Dance Projects, Chattanooga Ballet, Cleveland City Ballet, Mawre & Company Performance Troupe, Mary Holliday Dance Ensemble Virginia The Governors School for the Arts Washington Cornish College of the Arts Wisconsin University of Wisconsin, Madison Kennedy Elementary School Dance Education Center Stevens Pt., Moving from Within Wyoming University of Wyoming

Save Dade Champions of Equality 2014 Gala 5/9/14

Save Dade Champions of Equality 2014 Gala
savethedate3_13_no3Friday, May 9, 2014, 6:00PM – 9:30PM
Hyatt Regency Miami
400 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, Florida 33131
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As you may have heard, SAVE and the ACLU of Florida have announced the filing of a groundbreaking lawsuit on behalf of eight married couples to secure recognition from the state of Florida for same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

A pro-equality ruling would grant gay couples married in states that perform same-sex marriages access to many rights and benefits that Florida grants to opposite-sex married couples, such as Social Security survivor benefits and the right to include your spouse on your health insurance policy.

It’s our pleasure to invite you to SAVE’s annual Champions of Equality awards reception and gala, where we will honor the eight brave couples taking a stand for equality in court.

SAVE is also proud to honor State Representative David Richardson, County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, and filmmaker Joe Cardona.

We hope you will join us in honoring these trailblazers on May 9th. Buy your tickets today!

The Yoshitoshi Pool Party With Sharam and Friends at the National Hotel 3/23/14

The Yoshitoshi Pool Party With Sharam and Friends
yoshitoshiSunday, March 23rd, 12 PM – 10 PM
National Hotel
1677 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Rain or shine!

Miami Music Week continues with the Yoshitoshi Pool Party at the National Hotel. Taking place poolside at this historic resort, the Yoshitoshi Pool Party brings back one of the true legends of our scene, Sharam, along with a whole host of top-tier talent from his label, including Uner, Carlo Lio, Butch, Veerus & Maxie Devine, Anthony Attalla, and a special opening set by Hotel Garuda.

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo in The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller 3/22/14

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo in The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller
Saturday, March 22 at 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.
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1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets are $30 (plus fees) for general admission and $10 for MDC students with valid identification.
mdclivearts.org

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts presents Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Sam Green with venerated indie rock band Yo La Tengo for an enthralling hour-long “live documentary” on R. Buckminster Fuller, the inventor, architect, futurist, engineer, and author most famously known for his creation of the geodesic dome. As a progenitor of such issues as sustainability and conservation, Fuller was also a proponent of radical societal change through design and architecture.

MDC Live Arts will present two back-to-back performances of The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 22, at Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. Yo La Tengo will provide the live, sonically subtle and richly atmospheric, backdrop soundtrack for Green’s charismatic in-person cinematic narration as he delves deep into projecting film clips, photographs, letters, and blueprints from Fuller’s immense body of work.

“Fuller was ahead of his time, the values that his work and life encompassed are directly aligned with the global environmental movement of today,” said MDC Live Arts Executive Director Kathryn Garcia. “Whether or not people are familiar with him and his design legacy they will be fortunate to experience his life’s work through this captivating and creative reflection by Green and Yo La Tengo.”

A unique collaboration between two independent pioneers of film and music, The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller premiered May 1, 2012, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as a part of the 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival. The piece has screened exclusively at select art venues, including the Time-Based Art Festival in Portland, OR, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA.

Life Is Art presents Art/Work Connections #18: Instagram Tips with Anthony Jordon 4/15/14

Life Is Art presents Art/Work Connections #18: Instagram Tips with Anthony Jordon
AWC18-FlyerWebTuesday, April 15, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Eleazar Delgado Studio
111 SW 3rd St. 7th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
in the McCormick Place building
Map
Tickets $10 (pay at the door)
Please Pre-Register

Subject: Instagram Marketing for Artists
Speaker: Anthony Jordon
Photographer, Social Media Consultant

Schedule:
6:30-7:00, Registration
7:00-8:00, Seminar
8:00-9:00, Q&A Social Hour with complimentary Wine & Bites.

Art/Work Connections is a monthly series of seminars presented by Life Is Art featuring business professionals speaking on a variety of topics vital to the success of working artists. This month, Anthony Jordon, professional photographer and social media expert, will teach you all about Instagram, one of the fastest growing social media platforms.

As a primarily visual and aural medium, Instagram is an excellent promotional platform for artists, moviemakers, musicians and performers. It is also rapidly expanding in use among the younger demographic. Do you use Instagram to promote your work? Do you know how to gain new fans and make new connections? What are the best filters or add ons? How do you make great videos on Instagram? Can you make collages or other special effects? Now is your chance to learn to use this amazing and versitile platform.

Anthony Jordon is a Miami-based photographer specializing in engagement, destination wedding, event/social, and portrait photography. In 2013, Anthony organized two major international photography events in Miami; The Scott Kelby Worldwide photowalk, the first of its in Downtown Miami, and Help Portrait Miami, partnering with the Miami Rescue Mission. Anthony has been an online moderator for Cloak Inc.’s One 12 Haiti Solidarity Virtual March, as well as a guest speaker for Photovoice. Credits include Instagram Ambassador for Scope Miami 2012, Heineken Murals/Heineken Light Project Social Media Ambassador Miami and Washington, DC (2012-2013), photographer for Eleazar Delgado, JLPR, Red Bull, GLAAD, Absolut, and Muscle Milk just to name a few. Anthony’s work has also been published in the Miami and Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Miami Magazine, miamiartzine.com and he is a current contributor to Soul Of Miami.

Originally conceived at our home, Eleazar Delgado Studio has always been the artist’s creative space. The idea grew into a gathering place for our friends, mostly artists in their own rights, to showcase their current work and preview concepts. We made it official in 2010 when we opened a public space in Wynwood. Today in addition to being Eleazar’s personal art studio, we host local talents and leaders who need a professional environment to showcase, educate, and enrich the community at large.

About the Art/Work Connections Program
The Art/Work Connections program is a monthly series of business seminars held at galleries and art spaces around South Florida targeted at artists and those working in the arts. Everyone is welcome and can benefit from them. Business professionals are brought in to cover a wide variety of topics including health care, financial planning, contract negotiation, copyright law, portfolio development, social media, marketing and much more.

About Life Is Art, Inc.
Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

Mixed Media Happy Hour 3/19/14

Mixed Media Happy Hour
Wednesday, March 19th, 6pm – 9pm
mediamixerBatch Gastropub
30 SW 12 Street
Brickell Miami, FL

$15 includes two complimentary drinks & happy hour pricing all night!
Click Here To RSVP

Join us for a casual extended Happy Hour to socialize with those in the business of Media, Marketing, Public Relations & Production.

This is the perfect opportunity to mingle with those you might have met at the Miami Media Mixer luncheons and to meet & network with others in related industries.

Miami Boheme Premiere 3/19/14

Miami Boheme Premiere
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 7:00PM – 11:00PM
miamibohemeThe Stage
170 NE 38th St
Miami, FL 33137
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Buy Tickets Online

The hour-long PBS documentary, “Miami Boheme: An American Musical Journey” will be shown at a special event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St, in Miami’s Design District. Following the screening will be a live performance by PALO!, featuring special musical guests from the film. Andrew Yeomanson (DJ LeSpam) will be spinning rare vinyl throughout the night. Complimentary appetizers by THIS IS IT Food Truck.

“Miami Boheme,” directed by Joe Cardona and Ralf Gonzalez, is a documentary about Miami’s original Latin-fusion bands and the cutting-edge scene surrounding them. The film takes you to the clubs, where the beats of bands such as Spam Allstars, Locos Por Juana, Suénalo, PALO!, Elastic Bond and Afrobeta get you dancing.

The film is a bilingual mashup of rhythms and cultures. It is a one-hour jam session like no other: a fusion of sights, sounds and ideas that meld together to form the fabric of America’s most dynamic city, Miami.

NLC Miami Blueprint Conversation Series Why Cities Are Important 3/25/14

NLC Miami Blueprint Conversation Series Why Cities Are Important
adfbfc8861a45884c0_wrm6ib14nTuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00PM
Miami Center for Architecture and Design
100 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33132
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Event Topic: Innovative City Policy for Miami

Panelists
Carol Colleta – Vice President of Communities and National Initiatives – Knight Foundation
Manny Diaz  – Partner and Former Mayor of the City of Miami – LydeckerDiaz
Doors open promptly at 6PM. Beverages will be served.
 
In Collaboration With AIA Miami and The Miami Herald
 
About the Blueprint Conversation Series
The Blueprint Conversation Series is an initiative of the New Leaders Council of Miami designed to bring people together for discussion around big ideas & pressing issues. We endeavor to engage the public by inviting thoughtful, innovative and passionate community leaders to spark dialogue around issues that affect the future direction of Miami.

Miami-Dade Youth Fair 3/13/14-3/30/14

Miami-Dade Youth Fair
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Weekdays at 3 p.m.
Weekends at 12 noon
March 21–30, 2014, 12 noon daily.
Coral Way (SW 24th St.) at 112th Ave.
10901 Coral Way
Miami, Florida 33165
Website

General admission is $12
Children under 6 and seniors over 64: Free
The Pay One Price Unlimited Ride Card: $25 Mondays through Fridays and $35 on Weekends.
Parking is Free
Limited Preferred parking is available for $12 per vehicle.

Ride Prices:
· P*O*P (Pay One Price) Unlimited Ride Card – $20 for any day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday when purchased in advance at Sedano’s Supermarkets.
· P*O*P (Pay One Price) Unlimited Ride Card – $25 on weekdays and $35 on weekends when purchased at the gate on day of visit.
· 10 Rides Coupons – $12
· 22 Rides Coupons – $25
· 55 Rides Coupons – $60
· Single Ride Coupon – $1.25
· Express Access Pass- $15 (Gets you on all the rides faster!)

Now in its 63rd year, The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition is offering fairgoers more deals and ways to have fun and save than ever before, making The Youth Fair even more accessible to everyone in South Florida. The Youth Fair is also announcing this year’s entertainment line-up.

Free entertainment is included with admission and features:
· Juicy’s Outlaw Grill on the Main Street Midway (across from Kiddieland). For a special, one-time event on Friday, March 21, 5-8 p.m. Juicy’s will attempt to set a Guinness World Record by making the world’s largest commercially available hot dog
· Ma’Ceo presented by Cavallo Equestrian Arts in the E. Darwin Fuchs Pavillion
· The Nerveless Nocks Daredevils and Extreme Wheels Show at the Xtreme Zone
· The Future of Magic Show at the Main Street Stage
· World Record Balloon Stunt at the Main Street Stage
· Royal Hanneford European Circus with all-new performances featuring eye-defying quick-change acts plus side-splitting laughter with Grandma the Clown.
· Show-Me Safari Pig Races
· Petting Zoo
· Strolling entertainment including: The Future of Magic Show, World Record Balloon Stunt Show and Tadpole & Katie the Clowns

Fairgoers will also be able to enjoy these other new programs, including several at the World of Agriculture area:
· Cowtown – A hands-on, educational experience that will teach kids how to make ice cream, cheese, butter and soap. Guests will also get an up-close look at a real Texas Longhorn steer.
· Hen House – A display featuring the complete life cycle of the Youth Fair’s Poultry exhibit.

Special events and shows include:

Fridays The Fair Presents:
· Friday, March 14th – WWE Superstars of Wrestling Live
· Friday, March 21st – Contemporary Latin Artists Los 3 de La Habana and Timbalive

Saturdays LIVE @ The Fair Presents:
· Saturday, March 15h – Freestyle BlowOut with Cynthia, Rockell, Noel and TKA performing classic 90’s music.
· Saturday, March 22nd – Latin Music Sensations Willy Chirino and Albita
· Saturday, March 29thth – Christian Contemporary Artists Matthew West and SonicFlood
· Mr. Nice Guy Band- Performing on Opening Day and every Saturday at the Fountain Stage

The Youth Fair wants to make it easy for everyone of all ages to come and experience everything it has to offer by offering these amazing deals, including:
Opening Day Offers (March 13, 2014)
· $5 admission all day on Opening Day. No coupon necessary.
· Free admission all day on Opening Day with the purchase of an advance ticket at www.fairexpo.com or Sedano’s Supermarkets.
· Free School Spirit Uniform Day (FREE Admission all day on Opening Day for students wearing their uniform with school logo. School ID may be required for high school students.)
· $6 discount for active duty or retired U.S. military personnel and immediate family with military ID (up to 4 guests). Valid Mondays – Thursdays.
· Free admission for youngsters 5 and under and adults 65 and better on opening day and every day, all day.

$6 BEFORE 6 P.M. OFFERS
· $6 admission & $6 Fair Foods & Games. Mondays – Fridays BEFORE SIX (6 p.m.) at The Youth Fair with presentation of special coupon at Front Gate.
· Coupons are available at participating Pollo Tropical locations and online. Visit www.fairexpo.com for ways to save. Pollo Tropical is the official sponsor of the $6 before 6 pm discount offer.

The 2014 Youth Fair features nearly 100 thrilling rides, including the NEW BackDraft and 7D Cinema Experience, as well as those in KiddieLand and KiddleLand Too! 170 food concessions, 130 merchandise shops, over 40,000 student and adult exhibits and 50 games.

The Youth Fair also offers many amenities for families, including: stroller and wheelchair rental, lost & found, paved walkways, convenient sitting areas, lush landscape, diaper changing facilities/restrooms and more. Sponsors include Coca-Cola, KIA, and Sedano’s Supermarkets.

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition, known for generations as The Youth Fair, is a state of Florida chartered, private, not-for- profit organization that has donated well over $10 million in scholarships, awards and cash premiums to Miami-Dade County students and is dedicated to supporting education, showcasing youth achievement and promoting South Florida agriculture.

Bass Museum of Art A Night at the Museum 3/12/14

Bass Museum of Art explores couture fashion during A Night at the Museum
Wednesday March 12, 2014 from 8- 11pm
bassmuseumThe Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Admission to the fundraising event is $250 for two and includes a Rubens Level Membership to the Bass Museum of Art for one year.
RSVP Online call 306-673-7530

The Bass Museum of Art, one of Miami Beach’s key cultural landmarks, along with a select group of the city’s leading arts patrons, socialites and tastemakers will host its annual fundraiser, “A Night at the Museum,”. The event is expected to attract more than 500 guests who will receive a private preview of Vanitas: Fashion and Art.

While enjoying cocktails, refreshments and beats by Mauricio Parra, attendees will explore the institution’s new exhibition, Vanitas: Fashion and Art . Continuing its mission to “inspire and educate by exploring the connections between our historical collections and contemporary art” Vanitas: Fashion and Art explores the theme of vanitas as expressed in avant garde ready-to-wear and haute couture as well as in contemporary paintings, sculptures, industrial design and new media. The exhibition will include works by contemporary designers and artists. The installation will also highlight rare examples of the Bass Museum of Art’s remarkable collection of historic frames by incorporating them spatially in the installation to create a dynamic and interactive engagement of artworks and viewer.

The exhibition will include works by contemporary designers and artists such as pieces by Isaac Mizrahi, Manolo Blahnik and a velvet mirrored evening jacket by Elsa Schiaparelli will also be on display, alongside dresses by Yohji Yamamoto and Iris van Herpen, among others. Conceived as a kind of exoskeleton and created through the use of computer programs and 3D printing, Van Herpen’s polyamide dress gives the appearance of a skeletal form and was presented as part of the designer’s debut collection. These pieces from the world of fashion will be juxtaposed with film and video works by Sam Taylor-Johnson and Greta Alfaro, photographs from Pinar Yolacan’s Perishables series, and Ori Gersht’s Blow Up, a large scale photograph of an elaborate floral arrangement based on a nineteenth-century still-life by the French painter Henri Fantin-Latour, captured at the moment that it explodes.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction including art, experiences and luxury items.

Power of Design: Prophets of the Digital Age: Michael Chabon, Jaron Lanier, and Clive Thompson in Dialogue with Kurt Andersen 3/22/14

Power of Design: Prophets of the Digital Age: Michael Chabon, Jaron Lanier, and Clive Thompson in Dialogue with Kurt Andersen
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33130
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Dialogue co-organized by The Wolfsonian and Intelligence Squared (London)

free & open to the public with advance registration required

For better or worse? We’re talking technology and its effect on our lives and minds. We’ve gathered three of our most profound thinkers on the digital age for a dialogue chaired by Kurt Andersen, chief justice of the Complaints Court. Speakers: Michael Chabon, author of works including The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; Jaron Lanier, scientist, musician, visual artist, and author of Who Owns the Future?; and Clive Thompson, science and technology writer and blogger, author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better. Event takes place at Perez Art Museum Miami.

Mom’s Night Out Event 3/15/14

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Mom’s Night Out Event
logo_mno_sample copyMarch 15, 2014, 6:00PM – 11:00PM
Hangar Gallery
2235 NW 2nd Ave
Wynwood Arts District
The Mom’s Night Out event is open to the public.
General admission tickets are available for Free with pre-registration online
VIP tickets are $5.00 and include a gift bag.
www.EventsForMoms.com

South Florida moms prepare for the first Mom’s Night Out event. Mom’s Night Out (MNO) is an event dedicated to all mothers throughout South Florida. All women are invited to attend to shop special promotions from participating fine retailers while enjoying sips, snacks, a free beauty bar, dancing and giveaways.

MNO began late last year when two long time friends came together. After creating several events branded for other companies, they decided it was time to create an event honoring South Florida’s thriving community of mothers. Jessica Prieto, Founder of Mom’s Night Out and mother to a 19 month old, had a vision to create an event that would allow moms to bond, reward themselves and be pampered all while celebrating their hard work and efforts within an upscale happy hour atmosphere.

“Between diaper changes, work, dirty dishes, mommy & me classes, laundry, and everything else, I barely have time to sit down, much less spend time with my girl friends. Moms need, and most importantly, deserve a break. That’s what Mom’s Night Out is all about,” explains Jessica Prieto. “We bring the shopping to you, with stores like Wacoal, Benii Boutique and La Belle Mobile Boutique. You can get pampered for free by Mary Kay, Nail Bar & Lounge and Blo Blow Dry Bar. We will also be giving away some great prizes, including our grand prize provided by Juno Lucina. I want all moms to put on their sexy heels, shop, dance and have fun!” said Jessica.

Additional event sponsors include Frost Shot, Baby Signs, Thirty One, Origami Owl, ItWorks, All Over U Soaps & More, Paparazzi, Body By VI, Ricardo Amar Photography, DeliverLean, Dr. Vanessa Marino, Ready Freddie Studios, Heather Lopez Enterprises and Baby Tots Den.

Mom’s Night Out Event is a Soul Of Miami sponsor.
Please support the companies that support your favorite website.

The Multichamber event at La Mexicana Brickell 3/12/14

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The Multichamber event at La Mexicana Brickell
Wednesday, March 12th 2014, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
event1La Mexicana Brickell
1451 S. Miami Ave.
Miami FL, 33131
Cost: Members: $10 in advance, $20 at the Door
Cost at the Door: Non Members: $15 in advance, $25 at the door
www.multichamberevents.com
rsvp@fabulousmiami.com by Monday, March 10th 2014

Valet Parking: Parking Available
Dress Code: Business Attire

The Chambers of Bolivia, Camacol, Coconut Grove, Colombia, Chile, Downtown Miami & Brickell, Ecuador, Haití, Honduras, Junior Chamber International, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Poland, along with Brickell Rotary Club, invite you to celebrate the Monthly Multichamber of Commerce networking event.

Mix and mingle with local professionals, promote your business, share your ideas, expand your network and have fun!

Miami Domino Players Tournament in Brickell 3/15/14

Miami Domino Players Tournament in Brickell
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 2:00PM – 7:00PM
brickelldominotournamentHavana 1957 Brickell
1451 South Miami
Miami, 33130 33130

Miami Domino Players Tournament
1st Prize $250
2nd Prize $100

Domino Tournament to be held at Havana 1957 Brickell starting at 2 pm till we have our winner. Come join us for a fun afternoon of Drinks, Cigars, Music. So find your best domino partner and join us for this great family and traditional latin event.

Event Sponsors
Brugal 1888 & Famosa Beer

Bring your own Team Player! If you dont have one there always a good players hanging out.

The Domino Tournament Entre Fee is $30 includes traditional Cuban Foods and pastries, with free samples from of our sponsors.

Tournament Question Please call or email
Fermin Perez – 786-447-1118, email: ferminperezpa@gmail.com

Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge Community Meetings 3/5/14-3/26/14

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Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge Community Meetings
logo-psg-1024x350March 5, 6pm
South Dade Regional Library
10750 SW 211 St.

March 6, 6pm
West Dade Regional Library
9445 SW 24th St.

March 12, 6pm
Sherbondy Village Community Center
215 Perviz Ave.
Opa-locka

March 13
Caleb Center
5400 NW 22nd Ave., 4th Floor

March 20
Happy Hour! Perez Art Museum Miami

March 26
Miami Center for Architecture and Design
100 NE 1st Ave.

Come and learn more about the Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge

The Miami Foundation will accept idea submissions March 3rd through April 8th for the 2014 Public Space Challenge. The county-wide challenge will again seek to uncover the best ideas for creating and improving local public spaces. Ideas may be submitted at ourmiami.org/challenge by anyone, including individuals, groups, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. Community experts and professional placemakers will identify the top ideas; The Miami Foundation and Health Foundation of South Florida will invest $100,000 and $30,000, respectively, to make the ideas become reality. The program is part of The Miami Foundation’s Our Miami initiative, which fosters community by building attachment to the city, developing public spaces and retaining young talent in Miami.

News: The Miami Foundation and Health Foundation of South Florida 2014 Public Space Ideas Contest Deadline 4/8/14

The Miami Foundation will accept idea submissions March 3rd through April 8th for the 2014 Public Space Challenge. The county-wide challenge will again seek to uncover the best ideas for creating and improving local public spaces. Ideas may be submitted at ourmiami.org/challenge by anyone, including individuals, groups, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. Community experts and professional placemakers will identify the top ideas; The Miami Foundation and Health Foundation of South Florida will invest $100,000 and $30,000, respectively, to make the ideas become reality. The program is part of The Miami Foundation’s Our Miami initiative, which fosters community by building attachment to the city, developing public spaces and retaining young talent in Miami.

“Vibrant public spaces are essential to social engagement in our neighborhoods and Miami’s civic life,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. “During the inaugural 2013 challenge, this community generated incredible energy and awareness benefitting Miami’s public spaces. By allowing every resident a voice through our idea submission platform, we hope Miamians will take personal interest in creating a more appealing and connected city.” Last year, more than 250 ideas were submitted.
Public spaces are defined as parks, libraries, public buildings, markets, plazas, playgrounds or any place where people can convene and link up. Health Foundation of South Florida will again invest an additional $30,000 in the challenge to fund ideas promoting healthy, physical exercise activities and access to fresh food through gardens and farmer’s markets.

Shelly Baer, Brickell resident and 2013 challenge winner, had the idea to install benches along the Brickell Bay Drive walkway. Soon, local residents will be able to sit and chat with scenic Biscayne Bay as a backdrop. “I was overwhelmed with the community support for my idea,” said Baer. “It was such a simple way to improve the neighborhood and I’m glad the challenge empowered me to make it happen.”

Representatives from The Miami Foundation along with winners from last year’s Public Space Challenge will host training and information seminars throughout the submission period. Community experts and placemakers will evaluate all submissions and select finalists. These finalists will have professional support to develop full proposals, from which winners will be selected and announced in early summer.

The Public Space Challenge is part of The Miami Foundation’s Our Miami initiative, which aims to attract and retain young talent in Miami-Dade by fostering a greater sense of community and by building attachment to the city. “Public spaces shape the way we interact with our environment. These are the places we meet, relax, and connect with each other,” said Stuart Kennedy, senior programs officer for The Miami Foundation. “Everyone has the power to build a better Miami, and the Public Space Challenge allows us to invest in those ready to do so.”

The submission period runs through April 4th. For more information, help with developing ideas, or information about last year’s winners, visit ourmiami.org/challenge.

Miami Foundation will be hosting a series of Community Meetings for those interested in learning more.

3:05 Cafecito on #305Day at Versailles 3/5/14

3:05 Cafecito on #305Day at Versailles!
Wednesday, 3/05/14, 3:05 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
305Versailles Restaurant
3555 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135

Did you know this Wednesday (3/05) is #305day?

Celebrate your 305 pride at, Miami community landmark, Versailles restaurant for a dose of Miami nectar.

First 50 people will get a @305cafecito t-shirt and surprises from our partners
Free pastelitos de guayaba for everyone courtesy of @versaillesmiami!
Can’t make it? No worries! Share your cafecito moment with #305cafecito!

Immersion: National Theatre of Scotland’s Prudencia Hart

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Immersion: National Theatre of Scotland’s Prudencia Hart

MDC Live Arts and its audiences enjoyed a raucous run of the National Theatre of Scotland in The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart which ran for six performances from February 19th through the 23rd.

Soul Of Miami presents River Of Art #12 Showcase and Networker 3/18/14

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Soul Of Miami presents River Of Art #12 Showcase and Networker
March 18, 6:30pm-9:30pm
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La Mexicana Cantina
1451 S Miami Ave
Miami, Fl. 33131

Tickets: $10 with Advance RSVP using discount code “SOUL”
Register Online
($20 regular price without RSVP)

Bringing People and Art Together
A dynamic social networker and artist show. Come enjoy a welcome drink, tasty food, good company, great art and meet the artists!

Featured Artists: Ernie Novo, Gustavo Ramirez , Jennifer Maria

Featured Charity: Art Studio Miami

Supported by Sweat RecordsFabulous MiamiTony Major EventsYOMiamiSocialMedia305PARK ProjectSoul Of Miami

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The River Of Art is a dynamic business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies, make connections and find clients or suppliers, we create synergies to help promote business by including a breathtaking art show!

Art is an inspiring talking point, whether you like a piece or are puzzled by it, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community. Hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing. Some events include live performances and other surprises!

Ernie Novo
My practice is primarily concerned with universal aspects of the human condition. Statements which hold true to all people anywhere in the world at any time. I am interested in the essence of what it is to be a sentient being so as to inspire greater self-awareness and harmony.

Gustavo Ramirez
I am a self-taught artist that is deeply influenced by the American Abstract Expressionists (Gorky, Hoffman, Pollock, de Kooning, Rothko, and Newman), Post-Impressionist van Gogh and the Neo-expressionists (Guston, Schnabel, and Basquiat). I believe fine art should be available and affordable to the common everyday person.

Jennifer Maria
Jennifer Maria grew up painting and drawing before immersing herself into photography. She intended to use her photographs as references for her paintings, but ended up falling in love with the process of creating and capturing with a camera. She produces mostly digital photography, however, she also delights in creating with black & white film. She happily engages much time, love & care into creating silver gelatin prints in her darkroom. She continues to paint– primarily on canvas, though she also enjoys utilizing the human body as canvas. Jennifer Maria draws inspiration from many sources: her dreams, her loved ones, travels, the ocean and more.

Featured Charity: Art Studio Miami
The mission of Art Studio Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, is to empower young minds by providing a safe location where youth are inspired and guided by artists, teachers, professionals and mentors who support the student’s educational, personal and professional career development through creative-holistic art integration (C.H.A.I.) LIFE ARTS.

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Photography Exhibit benefitting Casa Valentina 3/14/14

Photography Exhibit benefitting Casa Valentina
269Friday, March 14, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
The Wirtz Gallery
First National Bank of South Miami
5750 Sunset Drive
South Miami, FL

Casa Valentina Invites You to The Artists’ Reception at the Janet Kelfer & Jerry Kelfer Photography Exhibit
Net Exhibit Proceeds benefit Casa Valentina, University of Miami Frost School of Music

The Photography Exhibit is Open March 4-31, 2014

Hotels Innovate 3/14/14

Hotels Innovate
Hi_LATEST Speaker Page3Friday, March 14, 2014, 1PM – 6PM
Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD)
Registration price: $220. Space is strictly limited to 150 attendees. RSVP Is Required.
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At a time when change is constant, the need for innovation and relevance permeates every aspect of business. The question is – do you see innovation and disruption as a threat or an opportunity?
On March 14, at Hotels Innovateâ„¢ we invite you to join in an invigorating discussion with change agents of the hospitality industry who have boldly taken on the challenge of innovation and created iconic products, services and brands. Hotels Innovateâ„¢ will feature two panels showcasing such innovators who are re-defining the hospitality experience. The focus will be on region-specific topics spotlighting key trends in the Miami hotel and real estate market. For more details, visit www.hotelsinnovate.com

Hotels Innovateâ„¢ is a series forum featuring cutting-edge discussions on design, branding and technology and creating bespoke guest experiences within the hospitality industry. This senior level forum is open to only 150 attendees, comprising of developers, owners and operators as well as architects, interior designers, tourism and travel companies and marketing and branding gurus.

Hearts and Stars 2014 Gala Presented by Credit Suisse and Warren Henry Automotive Group 3/15/14

heartsandstarsHearts and Stars 2014 Presented by Credit Suisse and Warren Henry Automotive Group
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Terra Veritatis

www.heartsandstarsgala.com.
For VIP tables, please contact Reed Nicol at Reed@thelittlelighthouse.org or 305.417.8553.
Proceeds from the Hearts & Stars Gala 2014: Beyond Macau benefit the Little Lighthouse Foundation.

The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s 5th annual Hearts & Stars Gala: Beyond Macau (“HS2014”) will be held at the $40 million Miami Beach estate of Bill Dean.

HS2014 tickets are for a limited time $175 and include unlimited premium cocktails all night (including Ketel One, Johnnie Walker, Don Julio, Ron Zacapa rum, Antica Fratta Franciacorta sparkling wine and Italian wines provided by Tita Italia Imports, as well as beer from Dos Equis and FIJI Water). There will also be Asian themed hors d’oeuvres from South Florida’s finest restaurants and caterers.

There are only a few remaining VIP tables remaining, available for $3,000. Tables include a VIP table for 8 guests and unlimited premium bottle service all evening.

At HS2014, guests will be able to enjoy the 2015 Range Rover Sport photo booths, displayed by long time LLF supporter Warren Henry Automotive Group, or hop on the new VanDutch Yachts luxury day boats for a specialty cocktail. Credit Suisse will be presenting the 2014 Shining Light award to LLF’s most impactful supporter over the past year.

Valet parking for the event is available at the Eden Roc for a reduced rate. Attendees MUST valet or be dropped off at the Eden Roc. Guests will be taken to the party from the Eden Roc docks via water ferry.

Philanthropy Miami 2014 – Synergy: New Directions, Creative Partnerships 3/21/14, 4/16/14

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Philanthropy Miami 2014 – Synergy: New Directions, Creative Partnerships
Friday, March 21, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 16, 11:30am – 5:00pm
Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, FL
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Connections + Solutions: Collaborate and network in intimate groups to solve problems.
Sectors + Trends: Where are we going and how will we get there? Analyze sector trends and opportunities for strategy development and future impact.
Content + Ideas: Peek behind the curtain with three national experts on philanthropy, leadership and collaboration.
Fundraising + Results: Revealed: the secrets to fundraising success from friend-raising to major gifts.
Partnerships + Creativity: The most clever creative collaboration wins Philanthropy Miami’s first Shark Tank competition!

BW_sunandwordsKeynote Speakers:
Stacy Palmer, Editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Trends Impacting the Philanthropic Sector
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor at Harvard Business School and global business consultant: How Vanguard Companies Create Social Good
Sherry Magill, President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund: Designing a Model of Collaboration

Speakers, Presenters and Facilitators”
Matt Haggman, Miami Program Director, Knight Foundation
Laura Bruney, President, Arts & Business Council
Deborah Margol, Deputy Director, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
Claudia Grillo, Chief Operating Officer, United Way of Miami-Dade
David Suarez, Lead Facilitator, Interactive Training Solutions, LLC
Steve Marcus, President, Health Foundation of South Florida
Marlene Marcos, Facilitator, Interactive Training Solutions, LLC
Matt Forman, Director, Himan Brown Charitable Trust
Nicole Kaufman-Glasglow, Senior Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, Florida International University
Linda Lecht, President and CEO, The Education Fund
Josh Gelfman, Deputy Director, Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources
Robin Reiter, President, Reiter and Associates
Ralph Rosado, Executive Director, South Florida Community Development Coalition
Charles Auslander,President and CEO, The Children’s Trust
Sergio Gonzalez,Senior Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs, University of Miami
Aaron Podhurst,Chairman, Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
Terrie Temkin, Ph.D.,Founding Principal, CoreStrategies for Nonprofits
Deborah Plutzik Briggs,Vice President for Marketing and Philanthropy, The Betsy-South Beach
Jennifer Gibbs,Senior Vice President, Development, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
Charisse Grant,Senior Vice President, Programs, The Miami Foundation
Penny Shaffer, Market President, South Florida, Florida Blue; and Bentonne Snay,President and CEO, The Snay Group, Inc.
Steven L Schwartz,Director of Estate and Planned Giving, Florida International University
David Halpern,Exceptional Organizations
Michael Hughes,Director of Development, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University
Doris K. Sipos, MA CFRE,Principal, Philanthropic Development Solutions, LLC
Charles Auslander,President and CEO, The Children’s Trust
Christine Brown,Manager of Advancement Services, Adrienne Arsht Center
Tracey Wiseman,Managing Partner, Partner2Impact, LLC
Steven Schwartz,Director of Estate and Planned Giving, Florida International University
Dania Gorriz,Vice President, Major Gifts, United Way of Miami-Dade
Charisse Grant,Senior Vice President, Programs, The Miami Foundation
Penny Shaffer, Market President, South Florida, Florida Blue; and Bentonne Snay,President and CEO, The Snay Group, Inc.

The Greening Of The Gables 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival 3/8/14

The Greening Of The Gables 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Scottish Festival 02 Mar 2013 699 marching band, wide shotSaturday, March 8, high noon till 6 p.m.
Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park
2800 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL
just five blocks south of Miracle Mile. 
free and open to all

The South Florida Irish Community invites everyone to join a traditional Celtic celebration. Entertainment will be provided by Avalon featuring the popular Irish singer and harpist, Tricianne Garrihy; The Paddy Kelleghan Band; Dan Fitzgerald with his Ballads and Blarney accompanied by Peter Fuchs; The Cool Old Dudes and by the St. Andrew Pipe and Drum Band. In addition, Irish dancers from the Breffni Academy of Dance led by Michael O’Hara will provide plenty of fancy stepping and gravity-defying leaps. Lovely participants of The Miss Colleen Pageant will be showcased on stage.
 
Holding to the belief that “Everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,” The St. Patrick’s Day Committee has combined family-oriented entertainment and a variety of palate-pleasing delectables such as traditional corned beef & cabbage, shepherd’s pie, authentic Irish Coffee, Irish soda bread, and whiskey cake as well as a wide array of spirits and other beverages including Irish whisky and Irish stout. The festival will also include many children’s activities, including a giant slide, the very popular rock-climbing wall and a merry-go-round. A wide variety of Irish crafts will be available for sale by high quality vendors.
 
This is the 14th year the Festival has been held in Coral Gables at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park. The site of the Festival is named for former Coral Gables Mayor, the late Fred B. Hartnett, a long-time member of The Emerald Society.
 
For thirty-five years, the St. Patrick’s Day Committee has organized a St. Patrick’s Day Parade or Festival. The event is produced by the St. Patrick’s Day Committee, Inc. with the support of the Coral Gables Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

Caption for Attached Photograph: Dancers from the Breffni Academy of Dance

Finnegan’s River Brickell Fest 2 Day St Patrick’s Day Celebration 3/16/14-3/17/14

Finnegan’s River for Brickell Fest 2 Day St Patrick’s Day Celebration
brickelfestSunday, March 16 & Monday, March 17, 12:00pm – 12:00am
Finnegan’s River
401 SW 3rd Ave
Miami, FL 33130

Buy Tickets Online
Use Promo Code: LUCKY

Come by Land or Come by Sea to celebrate with Bands, Bass, & Beer

Get Lucky this St. Patrick’s Day as Finnegan on the River goes Green!
Brickell Fest St. Patricks Day!. Enjoy all things, Good, Green & Gaelic with 11 Hours of Live Music, Leprachauns, Green Beer, and Whiskey Shots.

Equality Florida Miami Gala Voice For Equality Award to Actress Sharon Gless 3/16/14

Equality Florida Miami Gala Voice For Equality Award to Actress Sharon Gless
Sunday, March 16, 6 PM
Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL
Tickets are $150, with sponsorships beginning at $500.  For tickets or further information, go to www.eqfl.org/miamigala, or call (813) 870-3735.

On Sunday, March 16, Equality Florida Institute will present the Voice for Equality Award to multi- award-winning actress Sharon Gless and the six couples who have joined Equality Florida Institute as plaintiffs in a lawsuit to overturn Florida’s ban on marriage equality.  The awards recognize the recipients’ steadfast commitment to LGBT equality and will be presented at the Equality Florida Miami Gala at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Boulevard.
In a year that has seen many landmark milestones and victories, the Gala will provide the LGBT community and their allies a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the momentum that is building throughout the state and throughout the nation.
 
“My role in Queer as Folk was a life-changer for me,” said Gless.  “I thought I was totally aware of what it must be like to be gay.  I knew nothing.  Being ostracized; not being given the same rights that I enjoy.  It’s insane.  I knew then that I wanted to become active and do what I could to help. Everyone should be treated equally and be given the same privileges – including the right to marry.”
 
A part-time resident of South Florida for more than 20 years, multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner Sharon Gless has been a vocal advocate for the LGBT community for many years.  In 2013 she took a leading role in Equality Florida’s Get Engaged campaign, a statewide public education campaign to build support for marriage equality in Florida.  She served as Grand Marshal in the Miami Beach Pride Parade, received the Gay Icon Award at Philadelphia QFest, the PFLAG Ally award in Toronto and was honored by L.A.’s Gay & Elder Housing.  Norman Lear’s People for the American Way also recognized her for her unwavering support of human rights and she is an active participant in the ongoing struggle to prevent the overturn of Roe vs. Wade.
 
"There are many celebrities who call Florida home, and we call on them to join Sharon Gless in publicly expressing their support for equality," said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida. "We are at a tipping point in the movement for LGBT equality, and the voice of allies like Sharon Gless can make a huge difference in educating the public."
 
Following last summer’s historic Supreme Court decision on DOMA, Equality Florida issued a call for potential plaintiffs to join with Equality Florida in a lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Florida.  More than 1,000 people responded by signing on to GetEngaged.org.  Following months of vetting and personal interviews, the six plaintiff couples were chosen.  They are:  Catherina Pareto & Karla Arguello, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez & David Price, Vanessa & Melanie Alenier, Todd & Jeff Delmay, Summer Greene & Pamela Faerber, and Don Price Johnston & Jorge Isaias Diaz.
 
“These six couples have committed to a life in the spotlight, putting themselves and their families under intense scrutiny as the court case progresses,” said Nadine Smith.  “They are brave, and they are courageous, taking this important step so that they, and thousands of other couples in Florida, will have the right to marry the person he or she loves.”
 
As the community celebrates the milestones already achieved throughout the state, Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, will present perhaps one of the most significant State-of-the-State addresses ever, honoring those who have worked so hard to make these achievements a reality, as well as outlining the work that is yet to be done.
 
Guests will also enjoy sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, along with music from Grammy award-winning saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia, all taking place on the expansive terrace with panoramic views of Biscayne Bay.
 
Recognized as an “architectural tour de force,” the Pérez Art Museum is the ideal venue for the Miami Gala, which has blossomed into a “must attend” event that brings together nearly 500 of South Florida’s community and political influencers.

Borderland by Leah Brown at UM Wynwood Gallery 3/6/14-3/31/14

Borderland by Leah Brown at UM Wynwood Gallery
TreePersonMarch 6- March 31, 2014, 2pm to 9pm every second Saturday of the month, 12pm to 6pm on Fridays and by appointment.
University of Miami Art Gallery at the Wynwood Building
2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Suite 4
Miami, FL 33127

Admission is free and open to the public.

The University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences presents the Master of Fine Arts exhibition by Leah Brown at University of Miami Art Gallery at the Wynwood Building.
 
Borderland is a dreamlike, sculptural installation with sound where the exhibition is presented as both a metaphor for the unconscious mind and as an experience of an alternate reality where the viewer assumes the roles of actor and audience. Here, radially oriented objects appear to be simultaneously human, animal, and landscape.  The gallery walls are presented as a space becoming conscious of itself, personified as an oversized figure achieving lucidity. The audio in the space is a recording of Brown’s voice orating an automatic text created within the gallery as part of her process of inhabiting the realm between conscious and unconscious states.
 
Leah Brown is a sculptor and installation artist, whose object-oriented work questions the hierarchical structures imposed on reality. Brown was born in Washington DC, raised in the mountains of North Carolina, and currently lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She received her BFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is an MFA Candidate in Sculpture from the University of Miami. In 2013 she received the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship.  In addition to her studio practice, Leah is co-curator of the FATVillage Arts District in Ft Lauderdale, FL, where she oversees the curation of the FATVillage Projects Contemporary Art Space.
 
For more information on the artist: www.leahbrownart.com

Azul Merrick Park Hosts Kalla Flower’s First Pop-Up Store 3/14/14

Azul Merrick Park Hosts Kalla Flower’s First Pop-Up Store
March 14, 2014 from 5pm to 9pm
AZUL Merrick Park
360 San Lorenzo Avenue, Suite 2222
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(Located on the second level between Nordstrom and Banana Republic)
RSVP: Azul@therivieraagency.com

Azul Merrick Park is hosting an exclusive cocktail party and shopping event featuring Kalla Flower’s premier pop-up shop with 10 percent of the evening’s proceeds benefitting the Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Culter Bay chapter of Relay for Life.

Kalla, a one-of-a-kind luxury curated bouquet service, available exclusively in South Florida, is set to launch March 1. This innovative online boutique is revolutionizing the flower industry with a customized experience, bringing hand-crafted bold blooms to your door in a stylish case and captivating box with white glove service.

“The floral industry has become saturated with generic arrangements and an assembly line approach—particularly when it comes to online and mass market retailers,” says Kalla’s lead floral designer Addie Flynn. “We wanted to bring a hand-crafted, personal connection back to flower delivery—while at the same time offering products that are incredibly unique and modern.”

In addition to being amongst the first to partake in Kalla’s signature experience, guests will enjoy bites by SAWA Restaurant and Lounge, sips by Hill Family Estate Wines and sweet treats by Christopher Elbow Chocolates. Each visitor will also have the chance to enter a raffle to win exciting prizes from local retailers.

Christy Gast: Inholdings 3/8/14-4/12/14

Christy Gast: Inholdings
gastOpening Reception March 8, 7-10pm
Locust Projects
3852 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
www.locustprojects.org

Locust Projects is pleased to present Inholdings, an exhibition of new work by Miamibased artist Christy Gast. The two works in this exhibition, a full-scale textile replica of a Nike Hercules missile and a single-channel video entitled War Drums (Nuclear Clock), refer to the Hole-in-the-Donut region of the Everglades. The works in Inholdingsshift the focus between natural, cultural and desired histories by appropriating craft traditions to document a place.

CG2_War Drums Production Still 2014The missile sculpture, Gast’s largest textile work to date, is suspended in the main gallery as if stored in a hangar awaiting activation. It is constructed from botanical textile designed and printed by the artist, which overlays images of tomato bushes, Brazilian pepper trees and lovegrass. Remnants of agriculture, invasive species and native flora compete for surface space and reference particular moments of conflict in the landscape.

The single channel video installation War Drumswas shot in one of the few existing stands of pine forest in Dade County. The camera pans the horizon in a continuous circle once per minute, moving like the second hand of a clock. At 12 o’clock the camera passes a woman playing traditional Afro Cuban rhythms on a conga. At 6 o’clock, the camera pans another drummer playing snare cadences, military drumcorps style. Embodying the cultural conflicts of the Cold War, the drummers pass beats between themselves as the listen deeply to, and interpret, the sounds of the forest.

Hole-in-the-Donut, the site Gast examines for Inholdings, is marked by invasions and colonizations, both ecological and geopolitical. It is a deforested pine rockland in the Everglades that was plowed for tomato fields in the early 1900’s. A HM69 Nike Missile base located there housed three nuclear warheads and was on high alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The base closed in 1979; the farms foreclosed decades earlier. Brazilian pepper invaded the fallow fields, and eradication required scraping the fields to the fossilized limestone bedrock. Lovegrass is the first native plant to recolonize this moonlike terrain.

Gast’s work stems from extensive research and site visits to places she thinks of as “contested landscapes,” which exhibit evidence of conflict in human desires. She traces, translates or mirrors those conflicts through her art practice.

March 8 – April 12, 2014
Conversation with the artist: March 8, 7pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

Facade Exhibit Opening and Books Signing 3/7/14

Facade Exhibit Opening & Books Signing
Friday, March 7, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Miami Center for Architecture & Design
100 NE 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
Free
RSVP Online

The Facade book and exhibit celebrate the early 20th Century architecture and development of Miami’s city center. Join us to hear Arva Moore Parks discuss downtown Miami’s history and meet author, Damir Sinovcic.

The first 100 guests to RSVP receive a free copy of the Facade book at the event!

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind’s Walk, Waggle & Stroll Dog Walk 3/16/14

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind’s Walk, Waggle & Stroll Dog Walk
waggleSunday, March 16th from 9:00 a.m. to noon
Shops at Midtown Miami
3401 N. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL
Please click here to register.

Strut your stuff at Miami Lighthouse’s seventh annual Walk, Waggle & Stroll Dog Walk, an exciting St. Patrick’s day themed dog walk dedicated to raising awareness for dog guides and service dogs of all kinds at the Shops at Midtown Miami. This year’s grand prize winner for most participant pledges collected will receive a Romero Britto signed Azul dog sculpture.
 
The walk will include dog guides, other service animals and regular pet companions, on a walk to pledge support for Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This year’s event is hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitaries” Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, NBC 6’s Chief Meteorologist John Morales and Honoree World Renowned Pop Artist Romero Britto.
 
De‘tails’ include: Breakfast sponsored by McDonald’s at 9:00 am; the dog walk at 9:30 am followed by contest prizes for “Best St. Patrick’s Day Dog Costume” (remember to wear green!), “Dog-Owner Look-alike” and “Most Talented Dog” contests. Free parking is available in the PetSmart garage; on-site registration is $30, which includes a Britto “Azul” dog walk t-shirt and doggy bandana; the fee is waived for visually impaired walkers.

MIA Music Summit 3/24/14

MIA Music Summit
mmsMarch 24th, 9am-9pm
New World Center
500 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Website

Tickets are available until March 9 for $199; $299 thereafter.
Students with a valid ID can purchase tickets for $99.
www.mms.co

The MIA Music Summit will bring together innovative music and tech entrepreneurs, record executives, music journalists, hackers and musicians to share and build new ideas in the digital music space. MIA Collective will host the event with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The inaugural event will be held at New World Center in Miami Beach. The conference aims to establish Miami as a hub for digital music startups by connecting the South Florida technology and music communities with each other and global leaders. In addition to Knight, the event is supported by Gold Sponsors Senzari and Choose Digital, and Silver Sponsors .CO, SESAC Latina and Mobile Roadie.

“The MIA Music Summit is another reflection of the diversity of budding entrepreneurs contributing to the momentum of Miami’s startup community,” said Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation program director for Miami. “By showcasing and fostering local talent, the event provides an incentive for further growth, while attracting new ideas to this emerging space.”

The summit will host speakers from prominent companies including Cory Ondrejka, vice president of engineering at Facebook; Martin Varsavsky, founder of Fon; Eric Sheinkop, co-founder and CEO of Music Dealers; Mahbod Moghadam, co-founder of Rap Genius; Marc Zimet, Viacom vice president of music and talent; and Alfonso Perez-Soto, senior vice president at Warner Music. Discussions will address topics at the intersection of music and technology, such as crowd funding, Big Data, social media, music and branding, music licensing and next generation music hardware. Some of the hottest music startups from around the world, such as Splice, Wahwah Networks and Jukely, will also demo their projects. In addition, there will be high-tech music performances by Nagual Sounds, winners of Midemlabs 2014, and Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

“We are beyond thrilled to have been able to gather such an amazing lineup of speakers in the first edition of the MIA Music Summit,” said Demian Bellumio, a partner at MIA Collective. “I’ve been developing Senzari into a globally recognized digital music leader from Miami, so it is very important to do everything I can to help this ecosystem evolve. There are a lot of building blocks in the community already, from tech entrepreneurs looking for big ideas, to record executives searching for talented engineers, and the MIA Music Summit could be the place where the right collisions can take place to spark creation of other future startups.”

The MIA Music Summit will also host the MIA Music HackDay from March 22-23, which is open to technologists, engineers and programmers. The music hackathon will be held at The LAB Miami in Wynwood, which is a co-organizer of the event. Special prizes for the best use of APIs will be awarded from Choose Digital, MusicGraph, Senzari and 3scale. The hackathon will close with Miami’s first “Startup Battle of the Bands,” in which local startups will showcase their digital musical talents. Live music performances from a variety of Miami artists and others can be expected throughout the weekend.

Derrick Ashong of Fusion, the Miami-based Univision-ABC channel, will emcee the event. Ashong has joined forces with “Made in the Lab,” a new Miami-based advisory service for tech startups, and Stan Jakubowicz, an award-winning filmmaker, to create THINC (Technology in Harmony with Narrative and Creativity), a multiplatform series of town-hall conversations with leaders, artists and innovators. THINC’s first guest will be Cory Ondrejka, who will be interviewed by Ashong at the event in a town-hall conversation format, which will be webcasted live. In addition, THINC will document Ondrejka’s experiences as he visits Miami—from judging the hackathon and interacting with the local developer community, to the in-depth town-hall conversation.

Support for the MIA Music Summit forms one part of Knight Foundation’s efforts to attract talent and create new opportunities by strengthening Miami’s emerging community of entrepreneurs, startups and makers.

About MIA Collective
MIA Collective is comprised of a group of Miami entrepreneurs, angel investors and professionals active and committed to fostering the growth of Miami’s media, art and technology ecosystem. The goal of MIA Collective is to develop thought-provoking events that support the growth of this ecosystem by educating, inspiring, and facilitating networking opportunities for members of the community.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

unite4:good Non-Profit Networking Luncheon with Founder Anthony Melikhov 3/5/14

unite4:good Non-Profit Networking Luncheon with Founder Anthony Melikhov
RSVPu4gMiamiWednesday, March 5th, 2014, 12:00-2:00pm
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Ave., Bldg 3, Room 3210
Miami, FL 33132
This invitation is exclusive to non-profit organizations and free (parking is free, also) with an RSVP. Time is short and Space is limited, so we highly encourage you to RSVP here now!

unite4:good Founder, Anthony Melikhov together with PARK Project abd Miami Dade College Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy invite you to attend a highly informative networking luncheon for non-profits to learn about the global movement for humanity and technology-based solutions created just for you.

You’re personally being invited because you joined us for the launch of unite4:good at Day of Unity Miami and because of your active involvement and extensive reach in the community. We humbly ask that you please invite other non-profits in your network that will benefit from this event!

The Next Social Marketing Revolution 3/4/14

The Next Social Marketing Revolution
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 5:00PM to 7:30PM
McCormick Place
111 SW 3rd Street
Miami, FL 33130
Cost:    Complimentary
RSVP by 2/28/2014, this is a limited capacity event.
RSVP Online

Attendees will be eligible to receive a copy of Ed Keller’s award winning book, "The Face-to-Face: Why Real Relationships Rule Even in a Digital Marketplace" 

The Keller Fay Group, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, & Telemundo Invite you to An Executive Briefing: The Next Social Marketing Revolution New insights into how to drive brand advocacy and grow your business

Join us for an insider’s look into ways to tap the power of consumer conversations and turbocharge your marketing investment. You’ll hear from three leaders in the new social marketing revolution, Ed Keller, CEO of the Keller Fay Group, Carter Nance, Executive Vice President of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, and Gregg Liebman, Senior Vice President with Telemundo.

Ed will challenge you to think about whether you are engaging fully with today’s social consumer, or are you limiting yourself .  He explains why real relationships still rule, even in today’s digital age, and why all media are social.  Ed will share eye opening case studies about word of mouth success stories from his newest book,   The Face-to-Face Book, recently named 2013’s Best Marketing Book by the American Marketing Association.

Carter will share insights into the Crispin Porter process and how the agency incorporates word of mouth from the starting blocks. Participants will take away new ideas and strategies for designing successful social marketing programs.

Gregg will look at the role Hispanics play in a paid, owned, and earned media world. He will also introduce us to Los Influyentes, or the Hispanic Influentals.  He will show how Hispanics engage in word of mouth and the impact TV advertising has on their conversations and brand recommendations.

Whether you’re interested in raising your brand awareness, turbocharging sales and ROI through social influence, or want to network with your media and marketing peers, you won’t want to miss this eye-opening event.

Miami Arts Marketing Project What Counts in Corporate Sponsorship 2/25/14

Miami Arts Marketing Project What Counts in Corporate Sponsorship
mampTues, Feb 25, 9am-12pm
The Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL

Lisa Merritt, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Perez Art Museum Miami
Etain Connor. High Tide Initiatives, MAMP: Facilitator
Stephen Belth, Arts Marketing Netwok, MAMP: Facilitator
George Neary, Greater Miami Convention & visitors Bureau, MAMP: Master of Ceremonies
Aubrey Swanson, AUBOOM Media
Noelle Galperin, Galperin Associates, Inc.
Lourdes Balepogi, Chispa Marketing
Suzette Espinosa, Adrienne Arsht Center

Hosted by Arts & Business Council of Miami
Laura Bruney, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Miami
Sonia Hendler, Manager of Programs & Communication, Arts & Business Council of Miami

Fashion Happy Hour at Red Bar Gallery 2/28/14

Fashion Happy Hour
Friday, February 28, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Flyer_General_NDRed Bar Gallery
52 Southwest 10th Street
Miami, FL 33130
Register Online

Come after work this Friday 28th to enjoy the best Happy Hour in Miami! Have a drink with the most fashionable people in Miami and shop till you drop.

Fashion Happy Hour is a monthly event that brings bloggers, boutique owners, designers, and fashion enthusiasts together to network while having a great time. Expect great music, drink specials, lots of fashion, and many surprises every time you go to a Fashion Happy Hour.

Feeding South Florida Hosts Club FSF Appreciation Event for Volunteers, Sponsors and Supporters 2/21/14

Feeding South Florida™ Hosts “Club FSF” Appreciation Event for Volunteers, Sponsors & Supporters
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 7–10 p.m.
Feeding South Florida Headquarters
2501 SW 32nd Terrace
Pembroke Park, FL 33009

Feeding South Florida, the largest Feeding America® food bank in the state, will give back to its volunteers, sponsors and supporters by hosting “Club FSF,” a night of festivities highlighting the organization’s past successes and kicking off another year of continued progress in ending hunger in South Florida.

Following an hour of sorting donated products in Feeding South Florida’s warehouse, guests will enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music and dancing, including a performance and video broadcast of the new Feeding South Florida anthem “Come to Me.” Presented by entertainment producer and educator Mike Sipe, the song will be performed by local talent and the song’s co-creators DJ Andre Xavier, Jessie Malie, Alexander Star and Daniel Valencia. Guests must be age 21 or older to attend “Club FSF.”

For more than 25 years, Sipe, president of Mike Sipe Entertainment, Events & Productions, has been a premier South Florida entertainment producer and main man behind the scenes for some of the region’s largest events. His many talents include creating and producing original music in collaboration with acclaimed local musicians and performers. In 2012, Sipe received the prestigious Entertainer of the Year Award from NACE (National Association of Catering Executives).

KIND Celebrity Date Auction Benefiting the Irie Foundation 3/2/14

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KIND Celebrity Date Auction Benefiting the Irie Foundation
Miami_DateAuctionSunday, March 2nd from 5pm to 9pm.
Blue Martini Brickell
900 South Miami Ave. Second Floor
Miami, 33130

Attendance is complimentary! We just ask that you RSVP through our Eventbrite page no later than February 28th.

KIND Healthy Snacks, Blue Martini Brickell & the Irie Foundation are joining forces to bring you the first-ever KIND Celebrity Date Auction!

Bid your way to a date with one of South Florida’s hottest celebrities offering one-on-one time and spectacular packages, from wine tastings and private cooking classes to sports tickets and spa credits. All the action’s taking place on Sunday, March 2nd from 5 pm until 9 pm at Blue Martini in Mary Brickell Village, located at 900 South Miami Avenue.

The best part? All proceeds will support the Irie Foundation, a nonprofit organization that empowers South Florida’s at-risk youth to lead productive lives through mentorship programs, cultural experiences and scholarship opportunities. By following the young people it serves from middle school through high school, the Foundation’s ultimate goal is to inspire and encourage students to graduate high school, pursue higher education and develop into successful adults.

Hosted by Kelly Blanco of NBC 6, this awesome and charitable event features a complimentary welcome cocktail and half-price drink specials as well as the opportunity to network with our elite group of celebrity daters. Don’t miss this unique chance to spend time with some of your favorite chefs, musicians, athletes and entertainers while also supporting a wonderful cause!

If you’d like to be one of our celebrity daters or know someone who might, please see the attached application. KIND Celebrity Date Auction Application (PDF). Once complete, you can submit applications via email to mader@kindsnacks.com or Joaquin@ProviderDesign.com. We’re accepting applications through February 23rd.

Pérez Art Museum Miami Presents New Works By Miami-Based Artist Edouard Duval-Carrié

PRESS RELEASE

Edouard Duval-Carrié: Imagined Landscapes
On view March 13, 2014 – August 31, 2014
Conversation with Edouard Duval Carrié and Tobias Ostrander, March 13 at 7pm

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will present a solo exhibition of new works by Haitian-born, Miami-based artist Edouard Duval-Carrié from March 13 to August 31, 2014. Generated over the past year, Imagined Landscapes features a series of mural-sized paintings and chandeliers, conceived as a single installation, depicting lush tropical scenes executed entirely in black and silver glitter. The exhibition will open with a conversation between Duval Carrié and PAMM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander on March 13, 2014 at 7pm.

“Edouard Duval-Carrié has produced a very exciting new body of work with his dark “Imaginary Landscapes,” said PAMM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander. “This suite of sparkling paintings and sculptures dialogue dynamically with the characteristics of the gallery space at PAMM, as well as with the context of tropical Miami as a Caribbean city. This series intriguingly reveals the strong influence of his recent pan-Caribbean research and outlook.”

Edouard Duval-Carrié is known for his innovative adaptions of traditional Haitian iconography, which he engages in order to address contemporary social and political conditions. Contrasting his signature use of strident colors, this new project presents works executed entirely in black and silver glitter. Involving extensive research, Imagined Landscapes presents lush tropical scenes that reference specific 19th century paintings executed in the Caribbean and Florida. These paintings, by artists such as William Heade and Frederick Church, were commissioned as part of Colonialist interests in promoting economic development of these areas of the world. The artists used pictorial effects, imagination and fictions to present the Caribbean as the “New Eden,” a fertile land of possibility. Duval-Carrié’s works translate these historical images into his own contemporary aesthetic language, in order to address the manner in which the tropics of the Caribbean and Florida continue to be sold as tropical paradises, in ways that often obscure traditional economic and social disparities that continue to be perpetuated in these contexts.

Edouard Duval-Carrié: Imagined Landscapes, organized by PAMM, is part of a season of presentations and programs focusing on Caribbean art, and celebrating Miami’s position as a Caribbean capital. On Friday, April 18, 2014, PAMM will open Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, an unprecedented juxtaposition of historical and contemporary works. Duval-Carrié’s Le General Toussaint Enfumé (General Touissant Wreathed in Smoke, or Pretty in Pink), 2003 is on view in Caribbean. Also opening April 18 is a large-scale work by Simon Starling, Inverted Retrograde Theme, USA (House for a Songbird), a recently-acquired installation that traces the paradoxes of modernist architecture in the Caribbean. A large scale installation by artist Hew Locke, a British artist of Guyanese descent, For Those in Peril on the Sea, hangs in the museum’s front entrance. For more information about upcoming programs, visit pamm.org/calendar.

About Pérez Art Museum Miami
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. Designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, the museum’s new facility, a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming, opened in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013. The facility features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with sprawling galleries, shaded outdoor verandas, a waterfront restaurant and bar, a museum shop and an education center with a library, media lab and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Support is provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional support is provided by the City of Miami. Pérez Art Museum Miami is an accessible facility. All contents ©Pérez Art Museum Miami. All rights reserved.

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Goya Foods to Serve as the Official Latin/Hispanic Foods Sponsor of the 2014 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented by FOOD & WINE

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Goya Foods to Serve as the Official Latin/Hispanic Foods Sponsor of the 2014 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented by FOOD & WINE

This will be Goya’s Third Year participating at the Festival
Miami Beach, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2014) – Goya Foods of Florida announced today that for the third year in a row it has joined the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s (SOBEWFF) roster of sponsors. The 13th annual edition of America’s favorite and largest wine and culinary extravaganza will take place Feb. 20 through 23, 2014, to benefit Florida International University’s (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.

Festival attendees will have the opportunity to sample a variety of Goya products throughout the weekend event. Goya will once again participate in the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village from Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23; the Fun and Fit as a Family sponsored by Carnival featuring the Goya Kidz Kitchen hosted by Robert Irvine on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23; and the Goya Foods’ Swine & Wine hosted by Michelle Bernstein on Sunday, Feb. 23. To offer guests a one-of-a-kind opportunity to savor the brand’s authentic Hispanic flavors at each one of the events, Goya’s Executive Chef, Fernando Desa, will showcase recipes with SOBEWFF-inspired fare. Goya has also partnered with a line-up of celebrated chefs including; Chef José Mendin, Chef Richard Ingraham, Chef Richard Plasencia and Chef Sean Brasel.

“Goya products have been a part of Hispanic homes for generations, and today, the most demanding chefs in the business value the versatility of our food line,” said Frank Unanue, president of Goya Foods of Florida. “We’re proud to be the Festival’s Official Latin/Hispanic Foods Provider for the 3rd consecutive year, and we look forward to showcasing our authentic products as must-have additions to any kind of cuisine.”

Chef José Mendin, executive chef of Miami Beach’s Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi and Pubbelly Steak, will be at Goya’s outpost at the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village on Saturday, Feb. 22, to prepare Soft Polenta with Roasted Mushroom and Goya Huitlacoche all made with Goya Foods products and condiments. As one of the most celebrated chefs in South Beach, Chef José Mendin’s daring culinary approach showcases his talent for updating traditional recipes with modern techniques. His non-conventional tactics and distinct style have positioned his gastronomic creations as a “must-try” on Miami’s food scene.

Also joining the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23, is Goya’s Executive Chef Fernando Desa. Chef Desa, who is responsible for the research and development of new products and recipes for the company, is recognized for incorporating Latin American flavors that can easily be applied at home. This year, he will be serving an array of dishes including Asian Steamed Buns with Pulled Pork and Sofrito with Black Beans and Arugula, Crispy Aji Tuna Tartar Tacos with Aji Crema and Guava Reduction, Stuffed Sweet Plantain with Creamy Shrimp and Chorizo topped with Smoked Pimenton Aioli and Empanada a la Gallega Purse with Pineapple Soy Glaze.

“We’re thrilled Goya Foods has returned for a third year as our Official Latin/Hispanic Food Provider,” said Festival Founder and Director, Lee Brian Schrager. “The support of quality brands like Goya allows us to continue presenting the nation’s leading culinary event and gives our attendees an unmatched experience.”
For some of the younger food connoisseurs, Fun and Fit as a Family sponsored by Carnival featuring the Goya Kidz Kitchen hosted by Robert Irvine on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23, which will offer the ultimate family-friendly fun including healthy food tastings, physical fitness activities and star-studded healthy cooking demonstrations. Chef Richard Ingraham will showcase healthy alternatives to children’s favorites, such as Black Bean Sliders and a healthy twist to Arroz con Leche. Joining him will be Executive Chef, Richard Plasencia of Baptist Health South Florida, who will be in charge of serving the sweet fare, sharing his passion for healthy seasonal recipes. Chef Plasencia will be creating a refreshing Plantain Ginger Flan.

To end the four-day festival, Goya will take over the Biltmore Hotel for the Goya Foods’ Swine & Wine hosted by Michelle Bernstein, on Sunday, Feb. 23. Chefs Fernando Desa and Sean Brasel will be teaming up in an all-star collaboration to prepare different variations of pork. As co-owner and Executive Chef of Meat Market in Miami Beach, Chef Brasel is known for his passion, skill and creativity. Under his culinary vision and direction, Meat Market has quickly become a Miami Beach hot spot, serving steakhouse classics with a sexy, NYC-inspired vibe.
For the Swine & Wine event, the duo will be serving a “Caja China” Pork with Potato Cakes and Asian Steamed Buns with Pulled Pork and Sofrito with Black Beans and Arugula. Chefs Ingrid Hoffman and Douglas Ródriguez will also join the occasion to showcase their signature glazes, rubs and secret blends, for a mouthwatering swine feast.

Tickets for these select events and others are available at www.sobefest.com, and via phone at 877.762.3933. Fans who want to follow Goya Foods online can do so on Facebook at Facebook.com/LaGranFamiliaGoya Twitter at @GranFamiliaGoya using #GoyaSOBE

About Goya Foods
Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages and distributes more than 1,600 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit www.goya.com.

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Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science 2014 Galaxy Gala 3/15/14

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science 2014 Galaxy Gala
Saturday March 15, 2014, 6:30 PM
JW Marriott Marquis
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL
More Info

The Museum’s Twelfth Anniversary Gala will create an unforgettable evening designed to usher guests into the future to experience the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. The opening date for this 250,000 SF, $275 million project with a state of the art aquarium and the world’s first gulfstream tank will be announced at the Gala.

2014 Corporate Philanthropy Award: Presented by JP Morgan Chase to an Upward Bound Program Participant

Vanguard Award: Paula & Bob Brockway, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay

Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science Award: Mitchell Less

The Fourth Annual Big Bang After Party for the 2014 Galaxy Gala 3/15/14

The Fourth Annual Big Bang | After Party for the 2014 Galaxy Gala
BB_2014Saturday March 15, 2013 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM
The JW Marriott Marquis
255 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami, FL 33131
Purchase Tickets Online

Coinciding with the Galaxy Gala is the Museum’s Big Bang after party. Targeted at young professionals ages 21+, Big Bang begins at 10:00 pm with a cocktail hour and at 11:00 pm the doors will open to the main event where attendees will join gala goers and “crash” the party. The gala transforms into a darker, nightlife inspired event with a DJ, dancing, special performances, open cocktail bar sponsored by Bacardi, hors d’oeuvres, late night coffee bar and more!

Models and Celebrity Chefs Volleyball Tournament 2/20/14

Models & Celebrity Chefs Volleyball Tournament
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
8th Street & Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL
Open to the public

On Thursday, February 20th at 12:00 PM on the beach at 8th Street and Ocean Drive, Spike Mendelsohn and an all-star roster of chefs and food personalities will team up with with the stunning models featured in the upcoming 50th Anniversary edition of the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue for a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle of food, fashion, and fun.

Playing for the Armed Forces Foundation (www.armedforcesfoundation.org), an organization that offers vital assistance to active-duty and retired military personnel, National Guard, Reserve Components and military families.

Participants from the AFF will also be on site to help officiate the matches and celebrate with the players.

Participating chefs include: Pat LaFrieda, Marc Murphy, Victor Albisu, Michael Symon, Spike Mendelsohn, Paul Denamiel, Alon Shaya, Harold Moore, Chris Santos, PJ Calapa, Harold Dieterle, Bob Truitt, Jeff Mauro, Thomas Griese, Josh Capon, Todd Erickson, Hugh Mangum, Charlie McKenna, Franklin Becker

PAMM open for Presidents Day with free exhibition tours and free admission with Metromover ride 2/17/14

PAMM open for Presidents’ Day / Offering free exhibition tours and free admission with Metromover ride
Monday, February 17, tours at 11am, 11:30am, 2pm and 2:30pm
Perez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
*Anyone who takes the free Metromover to PAMM on Monday, February 17, will receive FREE museum admissionIn honor of Presidents’ Day, Pérez Art Museum 
Free tours with museum admission: Adults $12 / Seniors (62+ with ID), Students (with ID) and Youth (ages 7-18) $8 / Members, Children (under 6) and Active U.S. Military (with ID) free

Self-parking on-site as available ($2/hour) / Metromover: Museum Park station / pamm.org/parking

In honor of Presidents’ Day, Pérez Art Museum Miami will offer free exhibition tours at 11am, 11:30am, 2pm and 2:30pm. The tours are led by trained museum guides and last 45 minutes.   Space is limited-first come, first served.

Pérez Art Museum Miami opened in December 2013 in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. The Museum is focused on collecting and exhibiting modern and contemporary art that represents Miami’s cultural diversity, while providing progressive educational and community programming. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the new, cutting-edge facility will provide room to showcase growing collections, expanded exhibition space to bring more world-class exhibitions to Miami-Dade County, and an educational complex. For more information, please visit pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).

Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce Networking Cocktails 2/26/14

Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce Networking Cocktails
Wednesday, February 26th from 5:30 to 8 pm
34The Mutiny Hotel
2951 South Bayshore Drive
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Admission:
$10 for Chamber members
$15 for future members
RSVP:  GroveChamber@CoconutGrove.com

Includes welcome drink and hors d’oeuvres  with additional drinks at Happy Hour Prices

Lots of great raffle prizes! (Raffle Tickets $5 each or 3 for $10 at the door)

Social Justice Weekend 2/21/14-2/24/14

Social Justice Weekend
Friday, February 21 – Monday, February 24, 2014
Register Online

2/21 Miami-Dade Regional Asset Mapping For Community Change, 9:30AM-3:00PM
Where: Temple Israel, 137 NE 19th St, Miami, FL 33132

What is it? Our Florida is changing. New immigrants, women, youth, Latinos, Blacks and communities of color represent the changing face of changing demographic. We hope to come together, bridge sectors and silos, and connect our strengths with our opportunities to realize the power this changing majority.
This event will be a powerful space to bring community organizations, social service providers, government, artists, health and education professionals, faith leaders, labor and other allies together to connect our different strengths with opportunities.  Asset Mapping challenges the idea that our communities are filled with only deficits by looking at what is working and to provide a resource map for new and deeper collaboration. We hope that all of our” organizations, institutions, and individuals will be more empowered and informed to move our efforts, campaigns, and projects.
Who is it and why? You have been invited because we believe that your institution and or you as a leader are an important asset in Miami-Dade County.  Your experience, networks, and knowledge are an important contribution to the overall ‘map’ that we’re trying to develop together.  We know that there is also power in our connectedness.  The diversity of Miami’s communities are our strengths:  African-American and Caribbean communities, Latinos, Women, Newer Immigrants, and Young People.  These constituencies are the bedrock of our communities in Miami Dade, and we will together begin connecting the dots of how are differences and commonalities can connect, combine, and converge.  Join with faith, service, government, culture, labor, youth and community organizations to connect our community’s assets with opportunities, help to bridge silos and work across sectors towards creating a new Miami.
Hosted by Florida New Majority, Catalyst Miami

Co-sponsors of Miami-Dade Asset Map for Community Change, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Diana Marie Lee, Sweet Livity LLC, Office of Senator Dwight Bullard, One Miami, Switchboard of Miami, Miami Workers Center, South Florida Voices for Working Families, Power U Center for Social Change, Curly House of Style, INC, Restaurant Opportunities Center
 
2/21 Social Justice Table Kick-Off Party, 3:00PM-6:00PM
Where: City Hall The Restaurant, 2004 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Come celebrate the launch of the Social Justice Table, an initiative funded by the Allegany Franciscan Ministry that seeks to create a a synergistic and collaborative community of social justice organizations.
 
2/21 Freedom Flicks: Fruitvale Station, 6:30PM
Where: Catalyst Miami, 1900 Biscayne Blvd Ste 200, Miami, FL 33132
Screening of Ryan Coogler’s critically aclaimmed film. This follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina, who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana, their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.
 
2/22 Rethinking the Florida Narrative: A Provocative Communications Training with Subhash Kateel, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Where: Catalyst Miami, 1900 Biscayne Blvd Ste 200, Miami, FL 33132
This communications training will be led by Subhash Kateel, Deputy Communications Director of 1Miami and radio show host of Let’s Talk About It!. Subhash was a community organizer in immigrant communities for over twelve years. Subhash writes extensively on issues ranging from immigration and criminal justice to mental health, economic justice and gun control. When he isn’t writing or talking on the radio, Subhash is helping emerging leaders in Miami to develop their voice and leading workshops around the country to help social justice leaders communicate effectively.
 
2/22 County & State Legislative Overview: Connecting the Dots with Karen Woodall, 2:00PM-5:00PM
Where: Catalyst Miami, 1900 Biscayne Blvd Ste 200, Miami, FL 33132
This workshop will be co-facilitated by Karen Woodall, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, and Francesca Menes, Policy and Advocacy coordinator at Florida Immigrant Coalition.  
Karen Woodall has over 30 years’ experience in supporting, developing and advocating for programs to improve the conditions of working families, children, seniors, people with disabilities, rural families, migrant and seasonal farm workers, immigrants and other vulnerable populations.  She has strong ties to labor and social advocacy groups throughout the state and has been noted in the past as one of the few voices advocating a broad and fair system of state taxes and against the continued use of tax breaks for narrow corporate gains.  She was appointed by the Senate President to serve on the Services Tax Commission in 1987, where she learned first-hand of the inequities of Florida’s tax structure.  She is a recognized expert in the area of health care, especially for children.  She has been a member of the Kidcare Coordinating Council since its inception. She has worked with the Children’s Defense Fund for years and was the recipient of the Lawton Chiles Award for child advocacy in 2007.
Francesca is from Miami’s Little Haiti community. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Florida International University and was also a McNair Scholar. She is pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration. With FLIC, she has coordinated the Wage Theft Task Force, coordinated a national network campaigning for Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, built the capacity of Afro-Caribbean membership, and conducted strategic legislative targeting and policy analysis. She is the FLIC representative to the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition, the Black Immigration Network, and the States Voices Civic Engagement Table. Francesca served on the South Florida Jobs with Justice Board of Directors and was appointed by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman to the Commission for Women.
 
2/23 Picnic with john a. powell, 12:00PM-3:00PM
Where: Blue Marlin Fish House, 2500 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Join us to socialize, relax, and enjoy a delicious lunch in the company of john a. powell and fellow social justice collaborators.
 
2/24 Imagine Miami: Racing to Justice with john a. powell, 2:00PM-5:00PM
Where: UM, Bank United Center, 1245 Dauer Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Please join us for a conversation around ethical and practical considerations to build an inclusive society. This event will be led by Dr. john powell, internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties.

Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank Seeks Solutions to Community Needs, Winning Proposal to Receive $5000 – Submission Deadline 3/3/14

Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank Seeks Solutions to Community Needs, Winning Proposal to Receive $5000
Submission Deadline: 3 p.m. Monday, March 3.
More Information.
Email submissions to elau@chasemiami.com
Download Application Form PDF

Ever drive down a Miami street and wonder “why don’t they …”?

Leave A Legacy of Miami Dade on Tuesday launched the Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank, a community competition that offers the opportunity to be the change we seek. Instead of a business challenge, this shark tank seeks ideas to fulfill a community need through partnerships developed between nonprofits, businesses and/or individuals.

“Anyone or any organization or business can submit their ideas. But they can’t go it alone,” said Teresa Weintraub, co-chair of Leave A Legacy©. “Our goal is to encourage creative thinking and the creation of new collaborations and approaches to move our community forward. In other words, people have to work together.”

The process is simple: each team must submit a 500-word description about their idea by 3 p.m. Monday, March 3. A panel of pre-sharks (local business and nonprofit leaders) will select the top 10 ideas. Attendees at the Philanthropy Miami Conference on Strategic Thinking on Friday, March 21 at Jungle Island will select the top five.

The five with the most votes will move on to the final round at Philanthropy Miami Conference Day of Dynamic Ideas on Friday, March 21 at Jungle Island. The finalists will present their ideas to the Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank, a panel of five business and nonprofit executives.

The winning team and their proposal will be announced that day and be awarded $5000 to set their idea in motion.

“In the past, we focused our efforts solely on the nonprofit community. But we’ve seen wonderful collaborations between non-profits and for-profits. It really doesn’t matter who teams up, because in the end the community profits,” Weintraub said.

Philanthropy Miami is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Bank of America; Wells Fargo; Baptist Health South Florida Foundation; Florida International University; Peacock Foundation, Inc.; and SunTrust

Shark Tank Specifics
What: Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank, a competitive showcase of new ideas to solve community needs. Individuals, non-profit organizations and businesses are invited to submit a 500-word description of the synergy that will result from a new strategic partnership and idea to help solve a specific need in our community.

Submission Tips
Please demonstrate through your idea:
A new collaborative partnership
Demonstrate an approach to solving problems
How the partnership will benefit the community
The project will be evaluated by the following criteria:
Unique connection of the partners
Compelling and creative project
Community impact
How will you measure success?

Finalist Selection: A panel of Pre-Sharks will review the entries and select 8-10 finalists, which will be voted on by attendees at Philanthropy Miami, Day 1 conference on Friday, March 21. The top five move on to the final round.

Final Round/Winner Selection: The Shark Tank panel will hear from the five finalists and select a winner at Philanthropy Miami, Day 2 on April 16 at Jungle Island.

Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank
Joelle Allen, Executive Director, Peacock Foundation, Inc.
Fernand Amandi, Managing Partner, Bendixen & Amandi International
Gretchen Beesing, President and CEO, Catalyst Miami
Jodi Engelberg, Founding Member, The Value Web
Miguel Milanes, Regional Vice President, Miami-Dade, Allegany Franciscan Ministries

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50th Anniversary Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2/16/14-2/18/14

50th Anniversary Coconut Grove Arts Festival

Titled “Paraiso” (Portuguese for “paradise”), world-renowned artist Romero Britto created the Coconut Grove Arts Festival 50th Anniversary Poster.
Titled “Paraiso” (Portuguese for “paradise”), world-renowned artist Romero Britto created the Coconut Grove Arts Festival 50th Anniversary Poster.

February 16-18, 2013, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Coconut Grove, Florida.
McFarlane Road down South Bayshore Drive
$10 per person per day
$5 for Coconut Grove Residents
Children 12 and under are free.
www.CGAF.com

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival® will celebrate 50 years of history and tradition in the arts, featuring internationally acclaimed Brazilian Artist Romero Britto as this year’s poster artist. The Arts Festival will host more than 380 international artists, all exhibiting their finest work. In addition to world-class art, entertainment will include live musical performances by pop sensation Cris Cab and culinary demonstrations by local chef favorites such as Giorgio Rapicavoli of Miami’s Eating House.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival® celebrates 50 years of culture and tradition this President’s Day weekend by enticing and satisfying Miami’s imagination and appetite for visual, culinary and performing arts. The 50th anniversary three-day event promises to bring the most talented and creative artists from all over the world to Coconut Grove on February 16-18, 2013. In honor of the festival’s half-century milestone, the festival committee has selected world-renowned Brazilian artist Romero Britto to create the official poster for the 2013 festival.

“Coconut Grove was home to my very first studio in Miami, and I am truly humbled to be a part of the 50 year celebration of one of Miami’s oldest tradition in the arts,” said Britto. Despite being an international sensation, Britto is no stranger to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. In 2007, Britto first collaborated with the festival by creating its official poster. His work, “Coconut Grove Bay,” was inspired by the city of Miami‘s beauty, beaches, and tranquility. The painting serves as a token of Britto’s appreciation to the vibrant city and artistic culture of the area.

“Our festival is truly a celebration of the all forms of the arts, introducing masters in all mediums and genres,” said Monty Trainer, president of the Arts Festival. “Locals and visiting guests alike will appreciate the internationally celebrated visual, musical and culinary collections.”

Complementing the visual arts on display will be the musical talents of Miami-native pop-star Cris Cab, who will perform his fusion of pop, reggae and soul on the main stage in Peacock Park. At only 19 years old, Cab’s recent accolades include being the mentee of internationally acclaimed producer Pharell Williams, recording alongside Wyclef Jean and supporting acts like O.A.R. Matisyahu, T-Pain, and Gym Class Heroes. He was also recently named by MTV as one of “The Most Criminally Overlooked Artists of 2012,” with his recently released full-length mix-tape “Echo Boom” receiving more than 300,000 downloads last year.

In addition to the entertainment, festival attendees can also satisfy their appetites for gourmet cuisine in the popular Culinary Pavilion. This area of the festival invites nationally renowned chefs to prepare their famous specialty dishes. This year’s chefs will represent the hottest restaurants and hotels from South Florida, including popular local chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, founder of the pop-up restaurant Eating House, and winner of The Food Network’s “Chopped”. Chef Douglas Rodriguez of de Rodriguez Cuba, Chef John Richards of TUYO and the Short Chef™, among many others, will also be participating in this year’s festival.

Poetry Buffet presenting Diego Quiros 2/10/14

Poetry Buffet presenting Diego Quiros
Monday, February 10, 2014, 7-9 pm
CrepeMaker Café
76 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables
Please RSVP at dclocicero@gmail.com and include your phone number. If you RSVP, but cannot attend, please let us know. If you have any questions or suggestions, contact Cara at readpoemswithme@gmail.com.

“You need not be a poet to attend, just a writing enthusiast!”

Join us in celebration of a New Year at The Poetry Buffet, as we present poet, artist, and photographer Diego Quiros. Diego was born in Havana, spent his early childhood in Spain and traveled to the United States to the United States by himself at age 10. As a teenager he was drawn to photography. His interest in chemistry, optics and electronics led him to study physics and math, which eventually led to an Engineering degree. His photographs have been featured in the Miami New Times, Google Earth, Yahoo Weather, and most recently, on a six-page interview with South Florida Opulence Magazine. He has taken part on solo and collaborative installations in Miami, Chicago and New York. Diego is also an accomplished writer, he published a collection of poems under the title “Alchetry” in 2009. The book had a run of 500 copies, which were mostly sold at local bookstores and online. He has also read his poetry on public radio, the New World Symphony, and at various local venues.

Admission to The Poetry Buffet includes a complimentary glass of wine and fixed price menu with a choice of:

Small Entree & Dessert Crepe Combos still only $12.99/pp with a small drink.
or
Regular-size Entree & Dessert Crepes $15.99/pp, with a large fountain drink or coffee/tea and chips.

Megacity Events and Vitamin C present Red Art District: Charity Art Showcase benefiting Life Is Art and Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival Kick-Off Party with YOMiami inside Red Room at Shore Club Hotel 2/15/14

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redartMegacity Events and Vitamin C present Red Art District: Charity Art Showcase benefiting Life Is Art plus Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival Kick-Off Party with YOMiami
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 10pm
Shore Club Hotel – Red Room
1901 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: $25 (a portion of tickets donated to Life Is Art)
Purchase Tickets Online
Save $5.00 with code “soulofmiami” for a limited time!

VIP Reception with Complimentary Drinks 10-11 PM
Bring your business card to register to win free tickets to the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival!
Dress Code: Wear Red

Art Showcase by YOMiami and Life Is Art Featuring
Ivan Roque
Rei Ramirez
Ernesto Kunde
Jay Bellicchi (Remote)

Live Entertainment: DJ Tinello

Social Media Handles: @MegaCityEvents @LifeIsArtFest @GrassrootsMiami
Event Hashtags: #RedArtDistrict #YOmiami

E11even Miami Introduces Executive Happy Hour 2/7/14

E11even Miami Introduces Executive Happy Hour
E11evenExecFlyerMonday-Friday from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
E11even Miami
29 NE 11th Street
Miami, FL

RSVP:  executivehappyhour@11miami.com

Half Price drinks, elaborate gourmet buffet, valet parking, and world class entertainers. E11EVEN MIAMI presents EXECUTIVE HAPPY HOUR, an indulgent experience of sight, sound and taste without an indulgent price. Guests can enjoy a gourmet buffet provided by celebrity Chef Carla Pellegrino of Touche’ Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant. The complimentary experience runs every Monday-Friday from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m. starting Grand Opening week with your business card ($35 without business card). Click here for more information.

2014 Singles for Switchboard Annual Bachelor Auction 2/7/14

2014 Singles for Switchboard Annual Bachelor Auction
img-bigFriday, Feb 7, 6:00pm until 9:00pm
Conrad Miami
1395 Brickell Avenue
Miami, Florida 33131
Click this link to purchase your ticket

Switchboard of Miami’s Women’s Leadership Council and Brickell Magazine invite you to join us for this fun and unique fundraising event, featuring a live auction where women bid to go on dates with South Florida’s most eligible bachelors!

Enjoy food, drinks, music and prizes at one of Miami’s most prestigious venues.

Space is limited so register today!

Marina Font Opening Reception for the artist 2/6/14

Marina Font Opening Reception for the artist
1bcaa1c40cd62535e9d365b9_440x196Thursday, February 6th at 7pm
Dina Mitrani Gallery
2620 Nw 2nd Avenue
Miami Florida 33127

Marina Font:  Dark Continents
February 6 – March 29, 2014

Dina Mitrani Gallery is proud to present Marina Font’s third solo exhibition in the gallery. Her newest series consists of photo-based, mixed media works that exemplify the artist’s continued exploration of the issues of gender, identity, and the woman’s body with all its shapes, forms, cycles and capacity.  Having grown up in Argentina, a patriarchal society that placed much importance on psychoanalysis, Font learned that “Dark Continents” was how Sigmund Freud described female sexuality.  This exhibition, which includes small and large format pieces as well as installations, illustrates the many facets, scientific and emotional, of women.

Font’s photographs of the woman’s physique are printed on poly-cotton and then embroidered with thread and yarn in symbolic patterns and mounted on wooden surfaces.  At times, Font uses found objects such as doilies and buttons to represent the traditional roles of women in the home. The laborious manual application of fabrics and embroidery represent the artist’s expression of her emotional experiences.  There are various works that are a series of photographs, or installations that refer to a woman’s cycles of fertility and how the biological phases are in constant shifting evolution. In her statement, Font writes, “Through this body of work, I am interested in unveiling metaphorically the truth beneath our surface, deeper than the external body, exploring and re-tracing what was once felt by it, as well as the complex relationship between reality and the memory that lives within.”

Marina Font was born in Cordoba, Argentina in 1970. She studied at the Escuela de Artes Visuales Martin A. Malharro, Argentina. She spent the summer of 1998 studying photography at Speos Ecole de la Photographie in Paris, and earned her MFA in Photography from Barry University, Miami in 2009.  She recently had solo exhibitions at The Consulate of Argentina in New York, The Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami and at Gato Gallery, Barry University. She has participated in group shows at The BOCA Museum of Art, The MoCA, North Miami, The Appleton Museum, Ocala, the Museum of Florida Arts, Deland and the Miami Center for the Photographic Arts. She was recently invited to participate in a Night at the Museum at The Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Spring Fling at Locust Projects and Abracadabra at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL. Her work is included in the Bunnen Collection, Atlanta, The Girl’s Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami and various important private collections.

Dina Mitrani Gallery opened in November 2008 and specializes in international contemporary photography. The gallery represents emerging and mid-career artists, offers artists talks and lectures as well as photo-based objects and books. The gallery is committed to promoting its artists, as well as working with independent curators to produce unique group exhibitions.

images: Untitled, 2013-14, mixed media mounted on wood panel, 16x12x1.5 inches each.

FACC Florida presents YEE Club Networking Event at Baoli 2/4/14

FACC Florida presents YEE Club Networking Event
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM   
1004Baoli
1906 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach
Members $10,       Non Members $20
Register Online

Young Entrepreneurs & Executives Club

All you need to know about Local Marketing Retail, PR and Branding. Case Study: Trendy Paris-Based Pastry Shop Hugo & Victor opening in South Beach by Virginie Vinson, Hugo & Victor.

Presentation will promptly start at 6:45 PM   

Complimentary Drink
Complimentary Appetizers

The Kitchen Hop | A Restaurant Hop Experience 2/8/14

The Kitchen Hop | A Restaurant Hop Experience
The_Kitchen_Hop_5x7_genericSaturday, February 8, 2-8pm
901 S Miami Ave
Brickell Miami, FL
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The Kitchen Hop "The Foodies Crawl"
This Saturday  The Kitchen Hop will take over the Mary Brickell Village area with a restaurant crawl of epic proportions. The delectable event will feature more than 10 of the area’s best spots, including Oceanaire, Dolores Lolitas, Toscana Divino, Fado Irish Pub & The Confession Box, Burger & Beer Joint, Balans, Taverna Opa, Tapas Benidorm, Blue Martini, and Brother Jimmy’s BBQ.

Attendees will bounce from one kitchen to another, sampling chef-selected appetizers or entrees at each stop. Live entertainment and DJs  will be jamming from 4 to 8pm. You’ll also enjoy drink specials throughout the afternoon to wash everything down ($3 Modelo Beer, $5 Three Olives Cocktails). Come evening, you’ll head to the after party at Blue Martini for a complimentary welcome cocktail and some more live entertainment. The Kitchen Hop is sure to be this winter’s tastiest event.

Hypnotic Pop-Up Exhibition by Speedy Graphito Cocktail Reception 2/15/14

Hypnotic Pop-Up Exhibition by Speedy Graphito Cocktail Reception
Mirror_prediction2014_120X120cm_web_Saturday Feb 15, 8-11pm
L.M.N.T. Midtown
59 NW 36th Street
Miami, FL 33127
Please RSVP to : rsvp@castaniergallery.com

On View February 14-18

Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to announce HYPNOTIC, a pop-up exhibition in Miami by renowned contemporary urban artist Speedy Graphito, February 14 – 18. The exhibition is co-organized by FAAM, Fine Art Auctions Miami, the leading fine art auction house in Florida since 2011. This exhibition is part of a series of events organized in conjunction with FAAM’s major Street Art auction on February 18. HYPNOTIC is also being presented in partnership with  SANDOW, which builds innovative, design-driven brands and businesses across luxury, design and beauty. The host of this exhibition, SANDOW’s Chairman and CEO Adam I. Sandow, has long supported the contemporary art and design communities and has been instrumental in helping to introduce Speedy Graphito’s work in the United States.
 
HYPNOTIC will feature all new work by Speedy Graphito, works that explore the transformation of images we see in the media and popular culture. The artist has created paintings, sculptures, video installations and more for this exhibition and will perform live during HYPNOTIC’s opening reception. Parallel to HYPNOTIC, Speedy Graphito will be featured at the Art Wynwood art fair on Fabien Castanier Gallery’s booth, Booth #B30. In addition, he will perform live during the VIP opening night of the art fair, February 13th.
 
For the past three years, Speedy Graphito has developed a strong presence in the U.S., beginning with his first U.S. solo exhibition, Freeway, in Fall 2011 at the Fabien Castanier Gallery. Since then, he has exhibited at numerous major art fairs, including Scope New York, Context Art Miami, and the Los Angeles Art Fair. Speedy Graphito held his second solo exhibition in the U.S., NEWWORLDS, at the Fabien Castanier Gallery in 2013, which garnered international attention. His paintings and sculptures, as well as large-scale installations and murals, have been acquired by private collections across the country and his influence on the American art market continues to grow.

One Night Stand: To Know You Is To Love You 2/15/14

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Saturday, February 15, 8-11pm
Locust Projects
3852 North Miami Avenue
Miami Fl 33127
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"Through fantasy, we learn how to desire." – Slavoj Žižek
Please join us at Locust Projects for To know you is to love you, a One Night Stand creative social event hosted by Alan Gutierrez in conjunction with the final iteration of his Project Room exhibition, Nobody knows me better than you. Featuring an experimental DJ set and atmospheric elements, the party will become a part of the exhibition itself.

Pérez Art Museum Miami presents Cortadito 2/6/14

Pérez Art Museum Miami presents Cortadito
Thursday, February 6, 7-9pm
Perez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
Self-parking on-site as available ($2/hour) / Metromover: Museum Park station / pamm.org/parking

Pérez Art Museum Miami presents Cortadito, a traditional Cuban Son ensemble that performs music from the 1920-50s. Influenced by the sounds of Son Montuno, Boleros and other early Cuban musical styles, this dynamic group brings you back to a time when Trio Matamoros and Ignacio Piniero ruled the airwaves. Enjoy dancing under the stars, a rum bar on the terrace, and see paintings by Cuban modernist Amelia Peláez along with other works on views in the galleries.

Miami Habitat Blitz Build 2/7/14-2/23/14

Miami Habitat Blitz Build
February 7 – February 23, 2013 (See daily build schedule attached)
Habitat Landings Logo 2014Habitat Landings
20400 SW 119th Avenue
South Miami Heights, FL 33177

The launch of the Blitz Build Campaign, a yearly accelerated construction event where ten new homes will be built in two weeks.

Friday, February 7, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami launches its yearly accelerated construction project Blitz Build 2014 presented by Baptist Health South Florida. Between February 7th and the 22nd, more than 1500 volunteers will work alongside Habitat partner families and sponsors in completing ten new Habitat homes.

The ten new homes are the second phase of Habitat’s newest South Miami-Dade community, Habitat Landings, a 45 home community slated to be completed by the end of 2015.

“Blitz brings sponsors, volunteers and our partner families in a wonderful way,” states Mario Artecona, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. “To see so many people from so many walks of life working in tandem to help a family is very inspiring. It is our favorite project of the year. The energy is palpable. ”

Blitz Build is made possible through the generous support of corporate and institutional donors who sponsor individual homes. This year’s sponsors include: Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, Assurant, Baptist Hospital South Florida, EverBank, Faith House, The Ortega Foundation, Publix Supermarket Charities and WSVN Channel 7 as well as Co-Sponsors Bank of America, G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Perry Ellis and Presbyterian Churches of America.

Blitz Build 2013 will conclude on February 22nd with a dedication ceremony celebrating the partner families who will be purchasing and residing in the recently completed homes.

Volunteer opportunities are always available with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. No construction experience needed, just a willingness to help families in need of a decent, affordable place to live. Volunteers will be served breakfast and lunch and will be given t-shirts and mementoes of their participation.

Viva Paris International Show2/14/14-2/15/14

Viva Paris International Show
VivaParisFriday 14th @ 9Pm and Saturday 15th @ 9.45Pm
Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139 
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Presented by Erika Moon Productions

Be transported from the Celebrated cabaret "Moulin Rouge" to the stages of the colorful and exciting Las Vegas "Jubilee" style Shows ! This stunning performance will take you through the true European Cabaret experience. The show includes acts from Feather Show Girls to can-Can Dancers, Acting and Comedy Sets, Variety Acts and a pinch of sophisticated Burlesque. This dynamite show dazzles with its stunning costumes and elaborate choreography, embodying the authentic french cabaret style of the ages.

"Viva Paris" will feature a full talented team of 20 Artist and Production crew, presenting a colorful variety of acts that will dazzle and seduce the audience. The imaginative cabaret dance sets celebrate the feminine spirit with class, elegance and sophistication. A perfect opportunity to celebrate your Valentine’s days with your special guest. This event will take place also during the International Miami Boat Show.

Which Way Out Personal Thoughts Made Public 2/21/14

Which Way Out – Personal Thoughts Made Public
Friday, February 21, 2014Which Way Out invitation
7:00pm – 10:00pm – Opening reception
7:45pm – Performance by The Original Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, Musical and spoken word performance by the Gay-Straight Alliance Club             
Studio 18 in the Pines
1101 Poinciana Drive
Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

The exhibition Which Way Out – Personal Thoughts Made Public, curated by Jill Slaughter showcases the compelling work of seven established artists who each interpret the struggle over sharing or keeping information private. Artists include Nestor Arenas, Randy Burman, Jacqueline Gopie, Donna Haynes, Philip Ross Munro, Lori Nozick, and Sara Stites.
 
Because members of the LBGT community must at some point make the decision to “come out” the exhibition also features the Homecoming Project. The city will partner with Live Out Loud, the New York gay rights support organization to host the project at the Pembroke Pines Charter High School. 
 
The Homecoming Project enables successful members of the LGBT community to return to middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country to share their own coming out stories, and personal life lessons. Dialogues are sparked, and speakers offer inspiration to the next generation following in their footsteps. 
 
The Gay-Straight Alliance club will welcome Davie native Tracy Wise, an accomplished advertising executive now living and working in New York City to speak at the charter school. Visual and/or literary work by the students will also be exhibited in Which Way Out.

Design Night at the EnduraColor Showroom in the Dania Beach Design District 2/7/14

Design Night at the EnduraColor Showroom in the Dania Beach Design District
Kareem_PiperFriday, Feb. 7, 2014, from 6-9pm
The EnduraColor Showroom
1944 Tigertail Boulevard
Dania Beach, Florida 33004.

Miami Art Scene is proud and excited to present Design Night at the EnduraColor Showroom. Featuring the work of Miami-based artists Kareem Piper and Andrew Soria on display.
Design Night takes place every first Friday of each month with rotating artwork and exhibits.  Meet and greet the artists, mingle with designers, network with South Florida’s creative movers and shakers while enjoying the ambiance with hor d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Ankara Miami 2014 – Africa Meets the Runway 2/22/14

Ankara Miami 2014 – Africa Meets the Runway
Ankara_Miami_2014_Flyer_2.22.14.1Saturday, February 22, 2014
Red Carpet | 7:00 pm
Runway Fashion Show | 8:00 pm
FIU Roz & Cal Kovens Conference Center
3000 NE 151st Street
North Miami, FL 33181 
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Ankara Miami is back again! South Florida’s First & Largest celebration of African fashion!! Our featured designers are traveling from throughout FL, NY, LA, TX, and Ghana to showcase the latest in African inspired apparel & accessories.
 
African Fashion
Red Carpet Entrance
Live Art
Vendors
Giveaways 
 
Thanks to our  Official Sponsors:  Macy’s, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inglot Cosmetics, & Natural Trend Setters.
Come ready to bid on 2 Round Trip Tickets to Africa, courtesy of Official Airline Sponsor, Arik Air. Don’t miss out on this tremendous opportunity. (Tax/fees apply. No Black Out Dates)
 
Stay connected  IG: @AnkaraMiami, #AnkaraMiami2014

Brisky Gallery Presents: Rendering Thoughts, Sublime Interpretations Of The Mind 2/11/14

Brisky Gallery Presents: Rendering Thoughts, Sublime Interpretations Of The Mind
Opening reception February 11th at 7Pm-11pm
rendering thoughts flyerBrisky Gallery
130 NW 24 Street
Miami, Fl 33127

Tuesday, February 11th through Saturday, March 29th, 2014.

Brisky Gallery Miami is proud to present Rendering Thoughts: Sublime interpretations of the mind; an exhibition curated by Luis Valle, Brisky Gallery’s Director.

The exhibit will feature works by over 19 artists both local and international. As Brisky gallery Miami is now in its second year, the portfolio has expanded to include some new faces met during the galleries tenure and Art Basel. Rendering Thoughts is a group exhibit that will showcase some of the galleries’ regular lineup along with some new artist picked up along the way. With an ever growing portfolio Brisky gallery strives to present fresh new work to the Wynwood art scene.

The artists’ mind is a curious enigma, which onlookers ponder. Who, What, Why, Where and How did the artist get to this creation are questions asked by the viewer. Each artist in the show takes a unique approach to manifesting his or her creation. The artist vision first starts as a feeling or a thought, which must then be molded and formed with physical materials in order to be born.

The show will feature a large range of photography as well as many works in painting, sculpture and new media.

2014 Riverwalk Blues & Music Festival 2/13/14-2/16/14

2014 Riverwalk Blues & Music Festival
riverwalkFebruary 13 -16, 2014
Esplanade Park
401 Himmarshee Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312 
 
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL 33432
 
The Poorhouse
110 SW 3rd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
 
The Dubliner
210 SW 2nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.riverwalkblues.com

We are happy to announce the 24th Annual Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival will be held at the Esplanade Park on February 15, 2014 thanks to the generous sponsorship of Mosher Street Records and their new compilation Showcasing The Blues Vol. 4, and the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale!
 
Performances by: Johnny Sansone, Eric Lindell, Satan and Adam, Albert Castiglia, Samantha Fish, Tinsley Ellis, JP Soars and The Red Hots, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Soulfonic featuring Betty Padgett, Famous Frank Ward, Ernie Southern, Dr Lee and The Regulators.
 
February 13th The Funky Buiscuit hosts our Will Call party featuring performances by Hadden Sayers and The Riverwalk All Stars.
 
Friday Feb 14th enjoy our Kick off Party at the Poor House in downtown Fort Lauderdale with Tinsley Ellis and The Regulators.
 
Saturday we party like rockstars at the Esplanade Park with the already famous All Star Jam afterwards at The Dubliner.
 
And Sunday we present The 3rd Annual Florida Blues Film Festival, a Free event showcasing the best video productions of the year in Film related to Blues, as recognized by the Blues Foundation.

Information courtesy www.JazzBluesFlorida.com

Pinkberry Miami Beach Opening Pep Rally benefiting Miami Beach High Graduation Fund 2/7/14

Pinkberry Miami Beach Opening Pep Rally benefiting Miami Beach High Graduation Fund
pinkberry_altonroad_f&fThursday, Feb 6th: 7-10 PM Friends and Family Celebration, Free pinkberry (evite attached)
Friday, Feb 7th: 11 am-1 am Grand Opening; Pep rally with Miami Beach High Band and Cheerleaders from 2-4 pm
1523 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Easy for Miami Beach residents to enjoy the frozen treats.  The store will officially open on Friday Feb. 7th at 11 a.m, with standard store hours Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

  Pinkberry, a global yogurt retailer, announced today it will open its fifth store in South Florida on Feb. 7th  The new store, located at 1523 Alton Road, will make it easy for Miami Beach residents to try Pinkberry’s one-of-a-kind, handcrafted yogurt experience that offers uncompromising quality and freshness.
 
“We are excited to arrive at Alton Road,” said Ron Graves, CEO of Pinkberry. “We are happy to serve and become a local favorite of the community in South Florida with our one of a kind experience and light and refreshing taste.
 
“The Ocean Drive and Midtown Pinkberry stores are off to a great start and we are excited to arrive at Alton Road,” said Ron Graves, CEO of Pinkberry. “We are happy to continue to serve communities in South Florida and will look for more opportunities to develop stores in the state.
 
Pinkberry takes pride in serving the perfect cup of yogurt with a dedication to quality and freshness the residents of Miami will taste. Pinkberry’s handcrafted yogurt bar offers a variety of irresistible fresh and frozen yogurts expertly crafted to complement its thoughtfully selected toppings to create one-of-a-kind taste experiences. With a passion to help people discover new ways to enjoy yogurt in their daily routines, Pinkberry assists every customer in pairing yogurts with the perfect toppings, blending them into smoothies or creating delicious parfaits.

pinkberry_altonroad_friday_evite ·         Pinkberryfrozenâ„¢ yogurt is the perfect treat. It’s made with non-fat RBST milk and non-fat yogurt, it is light, refreshing with a clean finish. There are over 15 different flavors that rotate based on the season. 
·         Pinkberrygreekâ„¢ fresh, not frozen yogurt is the perfect protein rich snack. It’s an all-natural, nonfat yogurt with a clean finish offering 15g of protein per 5oz with no added sugar. Pinkberrygreek can be traced back to happy and healthy cows that live on a sustainable farm. The farm fresh milk creates a signature silky smooth yogurt that is both highly nutritious and delicious.
 
·         The taste of these specialty yogurts is unbeatable when combined with selected toppings like fresh daily hand-cut fruit, never frozen or in syrup, premium granolas and nuts, specialty chocolates and sweets as well as finishers like cinnamon honey, organic vanilla agave and strawberry puree that customers can choose from to personalize their yogurt experience. Pinkberry offers a topping bar that is 100 percent free of transfats, hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup so every topping is a good choice.
Pinkberry currently has four locations in South Florida: The Prado, 8737 SW 136th Street, Miami, FL, 33176 and Aventura, 21211 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, FL, 33180, South Beach, 1144 Ocean Drive, Suite 106A, Miami Beach, FL 33139 and Midtown, 3401 N. Miami Ave., Suite 122, Miami, FL 33127, which are operated by David Beall.  Pinkberry’s newest Alton Road location will be open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
 
For more information on store locations visit  www.pinkberry.com, like Pinkberry on  Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or download the Pinkberry App on iTunes or Play Network.

Horn Please Documentary film on Indian Truck Art

hornpleaseHorn Please Documentary film on Indian Truck Art
Saturday, February 8, 6-9pm
NWSA Artseen
2215 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL

Horn Please will be presented at NWSA Artseen, New World School of the Arts’ BFA studios and exhibition space, located in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Film screenings will begin every 30 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. with the final screening at 8:30 p.m.

Cynthia Fleischmann Bodypaintography Opening Reception 2/8/14

Cynthia Fleischmann Bodypaintography Opening Reception
cynthiaSaturday, February 8, 2014 – 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Artist’s talk: 8:30 p.m.
University of Miami Wynwood Art Gallery
2750 NW 3rd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

February 4, 2014 – February 21, 2014
Preview: Thursday, February 6, 2014 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Artist’s talk: 8:30 p.m.
Opening: Saturday, February 8, 2014 – 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Artist’s talk: 8:30 p.m.
Closing: Friday, February 21, 2014 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The University of Miami is pleased to present Bodypaintography: An exploration of Sentiment, Composition and Body Language by Cynthia M. Fleischmann. Her exhibition will feature naked individuals formally painted and photographed into various environments to create and capture a dialogue between body and place. Her photography encourages the natural human form to be seen as a work of art, highlighting colors, patterns and messages that are found in the world around us that she paints onto the form, finalized with red hands.
 
Cynthia Fleischmann grew up in Küsnacht, Switzerland until she was 10, spending most of her time outdoors observing, playing sports, running around naked and drawing. Her appreciation for photography developed from her father’s love for American pioneer photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Paul Strand, whose works lined the walls of his gallery Galerie Zur Stockeregg. Moving to Dover, Massachusetts, with her mother and three older sisters imposed a new culture in which English became her prominent language. She was passionately involved in creating sets for school musicals and was nominated as most artistic in her high school. Cynthia has a drive for experimenting, and in 2009 she manifested her painting and photography passions into one art form she calls Bodypaintography. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Miami in 2010 and is completing her MFA in photography. This is her MFA Graduate exhibition.

http://bodypaintography.com

MDC Live Arts and the National Theatre of Scotland present The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart 2/19/14-2/23/14

MDC Live Arts Presents National Theatre of Scotland’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
PrudenciaWednesday, February 19 – Sunday, February, 23
Wednesday – Saturday, February 19 – 23: 7:30pm
Saturday, February 22 & Sunday, February 23: 3pm
Bar 337 (formerly PAX)
337 SW 8 Street
Miami, FL
General Admission $30 (plus fees) and MDC students (w/ valid id): $10
mdclivearts.org

Pull up a chair and wet your whistle for an evening of anarchic theater, live music and strange goings-on as Miami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts takes the theater into a favorite Miami destination: the bar. A runaway hit of the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe, National Theatre of Scotland’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart immerses audiences in a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. The show is filled with rhyming couplets, whiskey shots and wittily wild karaoke as Prudencia’s story unfolds among and around them. This story of love, music and the Devil takes up residence for six performances at Bar 337 (formerly PAX), a bar at the intersection of Little Havana and Brickell from Wednesday, February 19 through Sunday, February 23, 2014.

One wintry morning, Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in the Scottish Borders, the region of Scotland that borders England. As the snow begins to fall, she finds herself trapped in a secluded bar with strangers, only to be swept away on an enchanting, dream-like journey of self-discovery full of magical moments and devilish encounters.

Winner of the Herald Angel award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, “The Scotsman” gives it five stars and “The Herald” declares, “You shouldn’t miss this show for the world….(it’s) rambunctiously life affirming and touchingly beautiful.” The National Theatre of Scotland’s company of actors and musicians indulge audience in an evening of supernatural storytelling, music and theatre inspired by traditional Scottish Border Ballads, Robert Burns and the poems of Robert Service that “subverts the traditional poetic form” according to Scotland’s The Guardian.

MDC Live Arts Executive Director Kathryn Garcia was drawn to the unconventional production in 2012 after seeing it live in Washington DC. “It’s one of the top theater experiences I’ve ever had,” she said. “The show literally happens all around you. The cast – which serves as both the actors and the musicians – engages the audience with such inventiveness and fun that you can’t help but be swept up in its magic.”

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is the product of a weekend visit to a Kelso pub in the Scottish Borders by playwright David Greig, director Wils Wilson and composer Alasdair Macrae. What began as simple research on Scottish Border ballads soon became the inspiration for the show. Border ballads are a collection of songs from the region where England meets Scotland, a place with a long tradition of balladry. The Border ballads are usually sung unaccompanied and with no chorus, but with repeating motifs and recurring themes, often about the supernatural.

Miami Art + Design 2/14/14-2/18/14

Miami Art + Design
February 14 – 17 from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. and on February 18 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Bayfront Park
301 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami
Tickets are $15 per person for a one-day pass; $25 per person for a multi-day pass.
Purchase tickets online.
Valet parking at Chopin Plaza and self-parking are available. Bayfront Park is also accessible via the Miami Metromover and Water Taxi Miami.

Miami Art + Design (MA+D) has added the cultural symposium “Collecting Your Own Hermitage Museum” by Alexander V. Kruglov, Ph.D., to its Saturday, February 15 schedule. Kruglov’s lecture, taking place at 4 p.m., will explore how Catherine the Great’s passion for collecting established The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia 250 years ago. Kruglov joins featured renowned fine and contemporary art lecturers Agnes Monplaisir, Michael Goedhuis, Wendy Maruyama and Jennifer Guerinni-Maraldi in sharing expert insights at the inaugural debut of MA+D taking place during President’s Day Weekend, February 13 – 18, 2014.
 
MA+D will showcase more than 40 prominent international art and design galleries featuring fine and decorative arts from Old Masters, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism to Post War and Pop Art offering collectors an opportunity to view and purchase treasures rarely seen outside major museum collections. MA+D is produced by International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) in collaboration with the SNA, the organizer of the prestigious Paris Biennale and co-organizer of New York’s Salon: Art + Design.
 
MA+D will open with a Vernissage benefit for the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum on February 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Museum will also conduct special tours in conjunction with the fair. Tickets for the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum Vernissage benefit on February 13 include a First View from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for $250 per person and a Collectors’ Invitational from 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. for $150 per person. Cocktails, canapés and live entertainment will be available throughout the evening. To purchase tickets, please contact Ximena Gallegos at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at 305-348-2254 or xgallego@fiu.edu.
 
Attendees will view museum-quality artwork in a spectacular and custom-built 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, air-conditioned circular pavilion surrounding the Isamu Noguchi-designed Fountain at Bayfront Park. The event will also feature an ultra-contemporary beach bar on the sands overlooking the bay on the northeast corner of the pavilion where guests may enjoy live popular island beats, cocktails and panoramic views of Miami. Live musical performances will also take place on additional stages. Daily lunch and cocktails will be served in the fair’s well-appointed glass-walled restaurant, The Bistro, overlooking Biscayne Bay.
 
Featured works on display include Pablo Picasso’s “Le peintre,” Josef Albers’ 1964 “Homage to the Square: Midsummer” and Alfred Sisley’s “Printemps à Veneux” from Richard Green Gallery (London); Jean Dufy’s “Le port de l’île d’Yeu” 1928,  “Place de la Concorde” 1926 and Renoir’s “Mademoiselle Paule Gobillard,” red chalk on paper, circa 1885 from Galerie Jacques Bailley (Paris); unique wood sculptures from Agustín Cárdenas including “Colonne de mémoire” 1974 in African Teak and “The Rooster” 1957 from Galerie  Vallois (Paris), Bicci di Lorenzo’s  “The Man of Sorrows with the Virgin Mary and St. John The Evangelist” tempera on panel and Giovanni di Ser Giovanni Guidi’s (Lo Scheggia) “Scene of an Antique Triumph” tempera on panel from Moretti Fine Art (Florence+London+New York); Federico Beltrán-Masses’ “Mme. Bonnardel (Madeleine de Montgomery, Mme. Jean Bonnardel)” oil on canvas and his “La Reina de Saba” (The Queen of Sheba) c. 1921-23 from Stair Sainty Gallery (London); Lucio Fontana’s “Rosario de Santa Fe 1899 – 1968 Comabbio” Concetto Spaziale, 1956 from Toninelli Art Moderne (Monaco); Agostino Bonalumi’s “Oro 2013 (gold)” oil on stretched canvas from Robilant + Voena (London+Milan); Colombian textile artist Olga de Amaral, Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj and Greek sculptor Manuela Zervudachi from Galerie Agnès Monplaisir (Paris); Jingdezhen Porcelain Panels by Zhu Di and paintings by Zhang Guojun from FitzGerald Fine Arts (New York+Beijing); a K’iche Two-Part Urn from the Southern Maya Highlands Late Classic Period circa A.D. 650-850 and a Mayapan Figural Censer from the Lowland Maya Late Post-classic Period circa A.D. 1200-1450 from Ancient Art of the New World, Inc. (AANW) (Miami) and a variety of African, Oceanic and Northwest Coast American art from Tambaran Gallery (New York).
 
Galerie Alain Marcelpoil (Paris), Galerie Dumonteil (Paris), Giangola & Menser (Miami), Peter Finer (London), Phoenix Ancient Art (Geneva + New York), among others, will also be participating in the show.

Lectures Schedule:
Friday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m. – “Olga de Amaral: The Mantle of Memory” by Agnes Monplaisir
Monplaisir looks at the work of this famous Colombian artist, now 82 years old, who has been at the forefront of Latin-American abstraction since the 1960s. Her work is in many major museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Renwick Gallery of the National Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Saturday, February 15 at 2:30 p.m. – “Contemporary Chinese Brush Painting” by Michael Goedhuis
For the last 20 years, Michael Goedhuis has been at the forefront of the popularization of contemporary Chinese art. Goedhuis will examine that tradition, its relevance today, and how new works can be combined with ancient material. Goedhuis has held many exhibitions on the new Chinese brush painters, most recently at the Saatchi Gallery in London in 2013.

Saturday, February 15 at 4 p.m. – "Collecting Your Own Hermitage Museum" by Alexander V. Kruglov, Ph.D.
Kruglov, present curator of Phoenix Ancient Art (Geneva + New York) and past associate curator of Classical Antiquities at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, will share how Catherine the Great’s passion for collecting inspired the significant establishment of the museum 250 years ago. Beside paintings and gems, Catherine acquired drawings of classical ruins and antique sculptures helping to assemble one of the most spectacular Neo-Classical ensembles in Europe of the Enlightenment. During his lecture, Kruglov will explore what masterpieces from today’s art and antiquities market might attract Catherine the Great’s discerning eye.

Sunday, February 16 at 2:30 p.m. – Wendy Maruyama: Art + Design as Advocacy
Maruyama has been making furniture/art since 1970. Her work is often inspired by extended residencies and visits to various countries such as France, England, Japan, Korea and China. Born in Colorado to second-generation Japanese American parents, her work vacillates between creating works that emulate and satirize contemporary Japan, among other cultures. Her newest work, “Executive Order 9066,” is influenced by personal and family history and addresses the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in 1942.

Monday, February 17 at 2:30 p.m. – “Discovering an Ancient Culture through the Contemporary Art Movement of Australia’s Aboriginal People” by Jennifer Guerinni-Maraldi
While travelling in Australian in the early 1990s, Guerinni-Maraldi and her husband purchased a major work by Freddie Timms “Sugar Bag,” acrylic on canvas, painted during the artist’s time working with Frank Watters (Watters Gallery) in Sydney. This magical painting was the catalyst that spurred Guerinni-Maraldi to begin exhibiting and selling contemporary art in London in the new millennium. Each year, she travels to Australia visiting remote indigenous communities, curators, collectors and artists. Her efforts in the United Kingdom aim to establish a greater awareness of high quality indigenous work and to build a stronger market for ethically sourced, contemporary
Australian indigenous fine art.

MA+D joins the prestigious roster of fairs organized by IFAE including the18th edition of the American International Fine Art Fair in Palm Beach being held this February 4 – 9, the 5th annual Miami International Art Fair (MIA), the 17th annual Art Palm Beach (APB), as well as many boutique fairs and events aboard SeaFair, the megayacht venue.

International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) founders David and Lee Ann Lester have pioneered more international fine art fairs than any global fair organizer since 1991, having established Art Miami in January 1991, The Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair (now AIFAF) in 1997, Art Palm Beach in 1998 and MIA in 2010. They have organized more than 90 international art fairs, worldwide, in New York, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, London and Hong Kong.

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship 3/5/14-3/9/14

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
March 5-9, 2014
Trump National Doral Miami
4400 Northwest 87th Avenue
Doral, FL 33178
www.CadillacChampionship.com

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship announces Carolina Herrera Fashion Show Hosted by Ivanka Trump, live concert performance by Gym Class Heroes’ front man and solo star Travie McCoy.

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship officials announced today new fan  enhancements to the 2014 tournament that will include a Carolina Herrera fashion show hosted by Ivanka Trump and a live concert performance by Gym Class Heroes’ front man and solo star, Travie McCoy.  Building on the momentum of the 2013 tournament that included its first-ever fashion show and concert, the 2014 Cadillac Championship, taking place March 5-9 at Trump National Doral in Miami, promises to deliver a heightened level of fan engagement that merges the worlds of golf, fashion, music and entertainment to create one of South Florida’s premiere social events.
 
This year’s Cadillac Championship will be highlighted by a March 7 runway presentation of the Carolina Herrera Spring 2014 collection, hosted by Ivanka Trump. Following the completion of the tournament’s second round, tournament ticketholders will be invited to move to the outdoor Trump National Doral’s Blue Monster Village venue, adjacent to the first tee and the Cadillac Performance center, for the fashion show.
 
On Saturday, March 8, Travie McCoy will headline a concert, also set to take place at the Blue Monster Village, following the completion of the tournament’s third round. As a solo artist, McCoy caused a multi-format commotion with his debut album, LAZARUS, and its lead single – the twice RIAA platinum, top five smash hit, Billionaire (featuring Bruno Mars) -  selling more than 3.4 million copies to date and recording nearly 150 million official YouTube views. Most recently, McCoy released Rough Water (featuring Jason Mraz), the first single from his new solo album scheduled for release this summer. McCoy’s success follows that of Gym Class Heroes, the band that rocketed to global stardom in 2007 with the #1 hit, Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast In America, and whose most recent album – 2011’s The Papercut Chronicles II – scored a trio of chart topping singles including the #1 multiplatinum smash Stereo Hearts (featuring Adam Levine).
 
“I’m so excited to be teaming up with the PGA TOUR for the festivities at this year’s Cadillac Championship,” said McCoy.  “Miami definitely knows how to get down.  This will be a party you don’t want to miss!”
 
Access to both the Carolina Herrera fashion show and Travie McCoy concert is complimentary to all Friday and Saturday tournament ticket holders, respectively, with additional VIP opportunities available for purchase.
 
“We are thrilled to partner with Carolina Herrera for ‘Fashion Friday,’ as the brand of elegance, sophistication and modern glamour align perfectly with the new direction of the Cadillac Championship,” said Cadillac Championship General Chairman Butch Buchholz. “The decision to be the showcase of our day of fashion programming is proof that this tournament is quickly transforming from ‘just a golf tournament’ into a must-attend social and entertainment event in South Florida.”
 
The fashion show will anchor the tournament’s larger Fashion Friday programming that will include fan contests, social media engagement and additional appearances by Ivanka Trump as well as the reigning Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler, and select cast members from Bravo’s Real Housewives series. Additionally, before and after the fashion show, fans will be entertained with music by DJ Irie of the Miami Heat.
 
In addition to the fashion show and concert, the Cadillac Championship will make additional improvements to the tournament that are centered around an elevated culinary and hospitality experience, including the one-of-a-kind Escalade Lounge on the 16th hole, social media specials for fans who follow the tournament’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, and much more.
 
“This year’s Cadillac Championship is going to be bigger and better than ever,” Buchholz said. “Fans aren’t only going to see a transformed Trump National Doral resort and Blue Monster Course, but also a transformed Cadillac Championship.”

Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon celebrating the 51st Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2/7/14

Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon celebrating the 51st Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival
35Friday, Feb. 7th, 12-2 pm
Sonesta Coconut Grove Hotel
2889 McFarlane Road
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

$30 for Chamber members and $35 for future members.
Register Online

Enjoy a delicious lunch – plus unlimited networking!

GMCVB Partnership Networking Luncheon 2/13/14

GMCVB Partnership Networking Luncheon
Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
EB Hotel Miami
4299 NW 36th street
Miami Springs, Florida USA 33166
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GMCVB networking events offer a great opportunity to meet hospitality and industry peers and became part of our partner-to-partners business referral network! You are encouraged to bring promotional gifts and door prizes for additional exposure.

GMCVB Partnership Networking Mixer 2/27/14

GMCVB’S Partnership Networking Mixer
Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6-8:00 p.m.
Sabadell Bank
1111 Brickell Avenue
Miami, Florida 33131 USA
Click here to register.

GMCVB networking events offer a great opportunity to meet hospitality and industry peers and became part of our partner-to-partner business referral network! You are encouraged to bring promotional gifts and door prizes for additional exposure.

Electric Beach Music Festival 3/22/14

Electric Beach Music Festival
Sat, March 22electricbeach
Nikki Beach Club
‎1 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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All your favorite DJs together in one place / Nikki Beach Miami 
DVBBS * Sick Individuals* Harry Choo Choo Romero
The Cube Guys * My Digital Enemy * Plastik Funk * Jose Nunez * Armand Pena * Sydney Blu * Miss Nine * Roland ClarK * Saeed Younan * Mekki Martin and more!
 
Electric Beach Music Festival prides itself on being just that, a colorful beachside playground! With rides, neon décor, and more inflatables than anyone knows what to do with, Electric Beach derives its success and loyal following from the unique, playful energy created at each event.

Now entering its fifth year in Miami, Electric Beach is held semi-annually to celebrate the opening of Winter Music Conference and Labor Day Weekend the right way…with beach, bikinis and bass!

So join the world’s most beautiful people as they hype up and strip down for an all-out, all-day party with over 40 house DJs to keep it going till dawn.

E11even Miami Grand Opening Weekend 2/7/14-2/9/14

E11even Miami Grand Opening Weekend
14.01.27_GRANDOPENING_640[17]Feabruary 7-9, 2014
Elleven Miami
29 N.E. 11th Street
Miami 33132
www.11miami.com

Redefining Entertainment Through Innovation

A unique, one of a kind 24-hour International Cabaret, Dayclub, Nightclub, and After-hours experience that features beautiful entertainers, E11EVEN-STYLE THEATR11CS® and exotic acts to tempt the senses.

E11EVEN MIAMI catapults the nightlife scene in South Florida to new heights with 25,000 square feet of social entertainment coupled with five-star hospitality and state-of-the-art technology in an environment that is as sexy as it is sophisticated.

It’s exactly what you think it is…

A Very Musical Studio Crawl 2/1/14

A Very Musical Studio Crawl
artcenterArtCenter / South Florida
800-810 & 924 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

ArtCenter’s Studio Crawl, held every first Saturday of the month, invites visitors to wander throughout the ArtCenter’s three buildings, exchange with our artists in their studios and view our current exhibitions.

This month, we have several musical treats. Starting at 7:30pm, Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS) performs at Project 924. You can catch their performance and preview our newest exhibition, One Out of One Thousand curated by visiting curator Cristina Anglada. Then, at the Richard Shack Gallery, you can check out the Improv Unbound Ensemble at 9pm. They perform within the exhibition In His Own Likeness curated by Marivi Veliz featuring Othón Castañeda, Rocío García, Eny Roland and Mario Santizo.

Learn How to Raise All the Money You Can from Laura Belcher National Director, power2give.org 2/10/14-2/11/14

Learn How to Raise All the Money You Can from Laura Belcher National Director, power2give.org
Monday, February 10th – 2:00 PM
Ziff Opera House, Next Generation Green Room

Tuesday, February 11th – 10:00 AM
Knight Concert Hall, Peacock Education Center

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL
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Big news! For a limited time, you will pay $0 in administrative fees when you use power2give.org. With no fees to pay, now is a great time to use power2give.org to raise money for your next project!

Learn about power2give.org, hear success stories from other site affiliates, and learn best practices and effective fundraising strategies directly from the site’s National Director, Laura Belcher. Laura will be on-hand to take your questions and demonstrate the site’s latest upgrades and enhancements.

Since the launch of power2give.org in Miami, over $250,000 of private sector support has been raised for 120 projects. Learn how power2give.org can help diversify your reach into private sector support.

What is power2give.org?
power2give.org is an online “cultural marketplace” designed to connect a donor’s passion for the arts with cultural projects in need of funding. The site allows arts organizations to post and promote projects, and invites donors to contribute directly to the projects that are most intriguing to them.

Who can post a project?
To post a project, your organization must:
have obtained a determination of tax-exempt status with the IRS under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code;
have received a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs in the last five (5) years;
have obtained a Charitable Donations Registration number with the State of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; and
be located in Miami-Dade County; and post projects that are arts, science, history or heritage based and have a cost less than $10,000.

GMCVB Miami Romance Month Offers and Happenings February 2014

GMCVB Miami Romance Month Offers and Happenings
www.MiamiRomanceMonth.com

Romantic Tempting Options for 2014 Trips to Greater Miami and Beaches…
Miami Romance Month is part of the GMCVB’s increasingly popular Miami Temptations program, which takes a thematic focus on the best that Miami has to offer throughout the year at attractive prices.

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is celebrating its fourth Miami Romance Month, sponsored by MasterCard’s Priceless Miami program. Cupid’s arrow has moved Miami Romance Month from June to the month of February this year offering visitors and locals value added deals to inspire romantic getaways and activities. Dedicated website, www.MiamiRomanceMonth.com, provides a comprehensive guide to the destination and calendar of events to reference for couples’ and groups’ planning a little lovin’.

From cruise giveaways to promotional performances and events, save the date for:

Love Song Serenades at Brickell:
Officially kicking off Miami Romance Month on Thursday, January 30, 2014, local singer and pianist Brendan O’Hara will surprise Mary Brickell Village diners with romantic love song serenades featuring tunes from one of Broadway’s most celebrated and Tony Award winning plays, “Once.” The traveling show will come to Miami (February 4 – 9) at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. During the event, those who snap a romantic photo and share it on Instagram using #MiamiRomance and #OnceMusical will be entered for a chance to win two tickets to “Once” on February 4th at the Arsht Center.

Love Sets Sail:
From February 1, the Visit Miami Facebook page www.facebook.com/visitmiami will host a ‘Miami Romance Month Norwegian Getaway Giveaway’ giving fans the chance to enter to win a seven-day cruise for two aboard Miami’s Ultimate Ship â„¢, Norwegian Getaway, and a two-night stay in Miami pre-or-post cruise. Simply click on the Cruise Contest tab and enter to win!

Wedding Inspiration for Brides and Grooms to Be:
What has now become an annual Miami Romance Month event, the It’s So Miami Wedding Showcase (hosted at the Coral Gables Country Club on February 4 from 5:30-8:30pm), will be an informative and fun-filled evening for couples considering a destination wedding. From delicious sweets and savory samples, to top tips from premier local wedding planners, designers, florists and caterers, having a wedding in Greater Miami could go from dream to reality. Attendees will also have the chance to win a cruise for two on Norwegian Getaway.

“Recently recognized as one of the top three most romantic cities in America by Amazon.com, Greater Miami and the Beaches continues to solidify itself as a leading destination to fall in love and celebrate romantic milestones – engagements, commitment ceremonies and weddings, anniversaries, honeymoons, you name it!” said GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. “As we welcome more visitors each year, we’ve seen our Temptations Program thrive and Miami Romance Month is one people thoroughly enjoy and take advantage of.”

Other programs include Miami Cruise Month, Shop Miami Month, Miami Sports Month, Miami Museum Month, Miami Film Month, Miami Spa Month, Miami Spice Restaurant Month, Miami Attractions Month, and Miami Live Month. For more information on the Temptations programs please visit www.MiamiTemptations.com.

Miami Dade College’s MDCulture Miami International Film Festival 31st Edition 3/7/14-3/16/14

Miami Dade College’s MDCulture Miami International Film Festival 31st Edition
March 7 – 16, 2014

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), a program of Miami Dade College’s MDCulture, is proud to announce the films selected to screen during its 31st edition of the annual 10-day event. Premiering at this year’s Festival will be 93 feature films and 28 short films from 38 countries, participating in competition and non-competition categories.

“The programming team of Miami International Film Festival believes the selection of films showcased in the Festival this year is a reflection of our passion for film, and we hope that it will strengthen our community’s love and appreciation for the art of filmmaking,” said MIFF Executive Director Jaie Laplante.

“We’re very excited about bringing the 31st edition of MIFF to our community,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, MDC’s president. “A forerunner in Miami’s cultural scene, the Festival remains very fresh, creative and timely. It distinguishes itself from the world’s other major film festivals because of its heavy emphasis on education through its special screenings and seminars. I invite everyone to attend and enjoy its rich program.”

Friday, March 7, 2014
Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
CINEDWNTWN Opening Night Film presented by Miami Downtown Development Authority and Patron 3-D Opening Night Party
The Festival will open with the North American premiere of Elsa & Fred directed by Michael Radford. Radford previously attended MIFF in 2008. Oscar winners Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer play the titular characters originated by China Zorrilla and Manuel Alexandre in this remake of the beloved 2008 release of the Argentine/Spanish film of the same name. Also in the cast are Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden; as well as George Segal, Chris Noth, James Brolin, Wendell Pierce, Jaime Camil and Osvaldo Rios.
A “Patron 3-D” Gala Party at the Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building will unfold after the Opening Night screening of Elsa & Fred.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
CINEDWNTWN Awards Night Film presented by Miami Downtown Development Authority with Pyrat Gold: The Awards Night Rum Party
The Festival‘s annual Awards Night gala will culminate with the World premiere of Rob the Mob directed by Raymond De Felitta and starring Andy Garcia. De Felitta and Garcia previously collaborated on the 2010 hit film City Island, which also premiered at MIFF. Rob the Mob also stars Michael Pitt, Ray Romano, Burt Young, Griffin Dunne, Frank Whaley, Cathy Moriarty, Aida Turturro, Yul Vazquez and Nina Arianda.
Pyrat Gold: The Awards Night Rum Party will be hosted at the Historic Freedom Tower after the Awards Night screening of Rob the Mob. The Lexus Audience Awards for feature and documentary will be announced at this event.

Sunday, March 9, 2014
Career Achievement Tribute Award, presented by 88 RUE DU RHONE – presented to John Turturro
This year’s Career Achievement Tribute will be presented to actor and filmmaker John Turturro. Turturro, a double Cannes winner (as Best Actor for Barton Fink in 1992 and with the Camera d’Or as Best First Feature Film director in 1993 for Mac) will present his latest directorial achievement, Fading Gigolo, as part of the CINEDWNTWN presented by Miami Downtown Development Authority program. Fading Gigolo also stars Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara.
A “Career Achievement Tribute” Party in John Turturro’s honor, also sponsored by 88 RUE DU RHONE, will be hosted by Area 31 Restaurant in the stunning Epic Hotel after the screening.

Festival Competition Categories:
The Knight Competition, open to dramatic works from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, as well as Latino-themed works produced in the United States, will feature 10 films eligible to receive $40,000 in achievement recognition from the Festival, courtesy of James L. & John S. Knight Foundation. The 10 films competing in this category are:
All About The Feathers (Por las plumas) (Costa Rica, directed by Neto Villalobos) *US Premiere
Asteroid (Asteroide) (Mexico, directed by Marcelo Tobar) *World Premiere
Club Sandwich (Mexico, directed by Fernando Eimbcke)
The Man of the Crowd (O homem das multidões) (Brazil, directed by Marcelo Gomes and Cao Guimarães) *North American Premiere
Memories of the Desert (Romance policial) (Brazil / Chile, directed by Jorge Durán) *World Premiere
Natural Sciences (Ciencias naturales) (Argentina, directed by Matias Lucchesi) *North American Premiere
Séptimo (Spain / Argentina, directed by Patxi Amexcua) *North American Premiere
To Kill A Man (Matar un hombre) (Chile / France, directed by Alejandro Fernández Almendras)
We All Want What’s Best For Her (Tots volem el millor per a ella) (Spain, directed by Mar Coll) *North American Premiere
A Wolf at the Door (O lobo atrás da porta) (Brazil, directed by Fernando Coimbra)

Both All About The Feathers and The Man of the Crowd received support from MIFF’s industry development program Encuentros in previous Festival editions. Mar Coll (Three Days With The Family, MIFF 2010), Marcelo Gomes (I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You, MIFF 2010) and Cao Guimarães (Accident, MIFF 2007) have previously competed in MIFF competition categories. Argentina’s Ricardo Darín, a popular MIFF star, appears in Séptimo.

Knight Documentary Competition, open to engaging and thought-provoking feature-length documentaries created by international filmmakers that examine social issues, diverse cultures, icons and inspiring people, will feature 10 films eligible to receive $10,000 in achievement recognition from the Festival, courtesy of James L. & John S. Knight Foundation. The 10 films competing in this category are:
The Art Rush (France, directed by Marianne Lamour) *North American Premiere
The Dog (USA, directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren)
Europe in 8 Bits (Spain, directed by Javier Polo)
Finding Vivian Maier (USA, directed by Charlie Siskel and John Maloof)
Ivory Tower (USA, directed by Andrew Rossi)
Locations: Looking For Rusty James (Locaciones: buscando a Rusty James) (Chile, directed by Alberto Fuguet)
The Notorious Mr. Bout (USA / Russia, directed by Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin)
The Overnighters (USA, directed by Jesse Moss)
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (USA, directed by Mike Myers)
Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger (USA, directed by Joe Berlinger)

Joe Berlinger (Under African Skies, MIFF 2012) and Andrew Rossi (Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times, MIFF 2012) have previously competed in this category. Mike Myers is one of the world’s most popular entertainers (Austin Powers, Shrek, Wayne’s World), and Supermensch is his directorial debut. As previously announced, every film in this category will additionally be preceded by a world premiering 5-minute documentary directed by Bill Bilowit, each film from THE CHICAGO PROJECT X Fashion Outlets of Chicago series.

The Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition for first-time feature filmmakers emerging from Spain, Portugal and Latin America will feature four films eligible to receive $5,000 in achievement recognition from the Festival, courtesy of Lexus; and an additional $5,000 in achievement recognition for screenwriting from the Festival, courtesy of Jordan A. Ressler Foundation. The four films competing in this category are:
Here’s the Deal (Somos gente honrada) (Spain, directed by Alejandro Marzoa) *US Premiere
Mateo (Colombia / France, directed by Maria Gamboa) *World Premiere
Stockholm (Estocolmo) (Spain, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen) *US Premiere
We are Mari Pepa (Somos Mari Pepa) (Mexico, directed by Samuel Kishi Leopo)

Papi Shorts Competition presented by Macy’s will present 10 accomplished short films from around the globe, eligible to receive $1,000 in achievement recognition from the Festival, courtesy of Papi and Macy’s. The 10 films competing in this category are:
A Big Deal (特殊交易) (China, directed by Yoyo Yao) *US Premiere
Blue (USA, directed by Justin Malone) *World Premiere
Chub (USA, directed by Samuel Albis) *World Premiere
Flamingo (Venezuela, directed by Carl Zitelmann)
Grace (Graça) (Brazil, directed by Anna Clara Peltier) *North American Premiere
The Phone Call (United Kingdom, directed by Mat Kirkby)
Skin (France, directed by Cédric Prévost) *North American Premiere
Shirt Out, Game Over! (Switzerland, directed by Eric Paternot) *World Premiere
Unicorn (Unicornio) (Bolivia, directed by Rodrigo Bellott)
Xenos (United Kingdom / Greece / Denmark, directed by Mahdi Fleifel) *North American Premiere

Cédric Prévost previously won this category in 2012 with his short “Catharsis”. Mahdi Fleifel (A World Not Ours) was selected as one of MIFF’s 4 World Directors to Watch in 2013. Samuel Albis is a Miami-based filmmaker and “Chub” is additionally part of the Festival’s Florida Focus program. Current Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) stars in “The Phone Call”.

The Festival also unveils a number of films in non-competitive categories:

Cinedwntwn Galas Presented By Miami Downtown Development Authority
Brazilian Western (Brazil, directed by René Sampaio)
Deep City: Birth of the Miami Sound (USA, directed by Marlon Johnson, Dennis Scholl, and Chad Tingle)
The Devil’s Violinist (Der Teufelsgeiger) (Germany / Italy / Austria, directed by Bernard Rose) *North American premiere

Special Presentation: Work In Progress From Cuba
Filmmaker Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel) will attend the Festival for a “Work in Progress from Cuba” presentation. He will present clips from his forthcoming feature documentary Havana Motor Club, about Cuba’s top underground drag racers of classic American cars, and a quest to mount the first official car race since the Revolution’s ban on the sport. Perlmutt will discuss the issues and plans for shaping the final film.

Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema presented by Plymouth Gin
Brasserie Romantique (Brasserie romantiek) (Belgium, directed by Joël Vanhoebrouck)
Final Recipe (Fa-i-neol re-si-pi) (Republic of Korea / Thailand, directed by Gina Kim)
Food for Love (Greece, directed by Marianna Economou), preceded by the short film “Impromptu” (Canada, directed by Bruce Alcock)
Jadoo (United Kingdom, directed by Amit Gupta)
Le Chef (Comme un chef) (France, directed by Daniel Cohen)

These titles join the preview to this program, the previously announced Soul of a Banquet (USA, directed by Wayne Wang), which screens on February 23rd at the New World Soundscape as part of Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Florida Focus
Cherry Pop: The Story of the World’s Fanciest Cat (USA, directed by Kareem Tabsch)
Ectotherms (USA, directed by Monica Peña) *World Premiere
International Noise Conference 2013 (USA, directed by Ronnie Rivera)
Strike: The Greatest Bowling Story Ever Told (USA, directed by Joey Daoud)

Other Florida Focus films announced in other categories are the CINEDWNTWN title Deep City: Birth of the Miami Sound (USA, directed by Marlon Johnson, Dennis Scholl, and Chad Tingle) and the Papi Shorts Competition presented by Macy’s title “Chub” (USA, directed by Samuel Albis).

Mayhem
Coherence (USA, directed by James Ward Byrkit)
In Darkness We Fall (La cueva) (Spain, directed by Alfredo Montero) *North American Premiere
The Sacrament (USA, directed by Ti West)

These 3 films join Witching and Bitching (Las brujas de zugarramurdi) (Spain / France, directed by Álex de la Iglesia), previously announced in this category.
America the Beautiful
The Immigrant (USA, directed by James Gray)
Memphis (USA, directed by Tim Sutton)
War Story (USA, directed by Mark Jackson) *Stars Catherine Keener and Ben Kingsley
Visions
The Congress (Israel / Germany / Poland / Luxembourg / Belgium, directed by Ari Folman)
Wetlands (Feuchtgebiete) (Germany, directed by David F. Wnendt)

REEL Music
Serrat & Sabina: Two for the Road (Serrat y Sabina: el simbolo y el cuate) (Spain, directed by Francesc Relea) *North American Premiere

In addition, the Festival will soon announce 10 selected music videos that will compete in the MTV/TR3S Music Video Art Competition. The Festival is partnering with MTV and Tr3s to present the program and the videos will be reviewed by a panel of MTV Latin America judges.

CINEMA 360° PRESENTED BY VIENDOMOVIES
Two films have been added to the Cinema 360° presented by Viendomovies program, joining those previously announced on January 14th. The two newly added films are:
Dom Hemingway (UK, directed by Richard Shepard) *Starring Jude Law and Demian Bichir
I’ll Follow You Down (Canada, directed by Richie Mehta) *Starring Haley Joel Osment and Gillian Anderson

I’ll Follow You Down is Richie Mehta’s second film in this year’s Festival. It joins the previously announced Siddharth.

Close-Ups on National Cinemas: China (presented By Byejoe), Germany and Mexico
This year, the Festival has created special CLOSE-UPS on national cinemas, China, Germany and Mexico. Each of these prolific film-producing nations is represented in a variety of the Festival’s programs.

Close-up on China presented by ByeJoe
American Dreams in China (中國合伙人) (China, directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan)
Bends (Hong Kong / China, directed by Flora Lau)
Trap Street (Shuiyin Jie) (China, directed by Vivian Qu)
Web Junkie (Israel / USA, directed by Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia)

Close-up on Mexico (all titles previously announced as part of other Festival sections)
The Amazing Catfish (Los insólitos peces gato) (Mexico, directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce)
Asteroid (Asteroide) (Mexico, directed by Marcelo Tobar)
Club Sandwich (Mexico, directed by Fernando Eimbcke)
Heli (Mexico, directed by Amat Escalante)
La jaula de oro (Mexico, directed by Diego Quemada-Díez)
We Are Mari Pepa (Somos Mari Pepa) (Mexico, directed by Samuel Kishi Leopo)

Close-up on Germany (all titles previously announced as part of other Festival sections)
The Devil’s Violinist (Der teufelsgeiger) (Germany / Italy / Austria, directed by Bernard Rose)
Fack ju Göhte/Suck Me Shakespeer (Germany, directed by Boar Dagtekin)
Global Player (Global Player – Wo Wir Sind Isch Vorne) (Germany, directed by Hannes Stöhr)
Wetlands (Feuchtgebiete) (Germany, directed by David F. Wnendt)

A From The Vault special presentation in collaboration with Miami Beach Cinematheque this year will feature a 45th anniversary screening of John Schlesinger’s Oscar-winning classic, Midnight Cowboy. The screening will be preceded by the footage of the original screen tests that Jon Voigt made to win the role, presented by the late Schlesinger’s partner Michael Childers. Miami Beach Cinematheque will also present a photo exhibit of Childers work as part of a month-long tribute to Schlesinger.

The previously announced categories Cinema 360° presented by VIENDOMOVIES and Doc-You-Up are also part of the non-competition films slate at this year’s Festival. Cinema 360° presented by VIENDOMOVIES is one of the Festival’s most extensive categories this year with an array of films from around the world.

All of the above titles will be eligible for the Lexus Audience Awards (Feature & Documentary), as voted on by the public during the Festival. Lexus is the Official and Exclusive Automobile Sponsor of the 2014 Festival.

Other notables Highlights during the Festival week include:
Masterclass Seminars include:
“A Very Bright Future: The End of Movies As We Know Them,” presented by noted author and filmmaker Alberto Fuguet
“A Brief History of CGI presented by Spaz Williams” (Oscar nominee for The Mask) hosted by Kreative Kontent

KODAK/Pro8mm “Do A Shot Miami!” workshops are back by popular demand.
The coveted Lexus Audience Award is presented to the feature film and the documentary that receive the most votes from audience members. Prior to viewing eligible films, ballads are dispersed to audience members in order to cast their vote for their favorite film. The award was presented to two films at last year’s Festival, Gideon’s Army by Dawn Porter and 7 Boxes (7 cajas) by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori.

Miami + Shanghai CinemaSlam is a competition which aims to discover, showcase, and celebrate the work of undergraduate and graduate students in Miami and Shanghai film schools. Florida participating schools include Barry University, Center of Cinematography, Arts & Television Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Miami International University, New World School of the Arts (University of Florida), St. Thomas University and the University of Miami. Shanghai schools include East China University, East China Normal University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai Theatre Academy, and Shanghai University.

Miami ENCUENTROS presented by Moviecity: The purpose of this competition is to facilitate completion of feature films produced partially or entirely by Latin-American based production companies, or from US Hispanic filmmakers, that are currently in post-production and will not be completed by March 2014. Miami ENCUENTROS aims to propel these projects towards their eventual debuts on the international stage. MIFF ENCUENTROS and Moviecity will be awarding a pre-sale contract offer worth USD$ 35,000 to the winning project as selected by a jury of industry professionals. The program finalists will be announced in February.
ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen) Co-Production Lab is a three-day workshop, supported by MEDIA and MIFF’s VeoMiami industry program, that will bring together over 30 European and Latin American film industry professionals to develop opportunities for artistic and financial cooperation between these territories. The project-based workshop will consist of case studies, pitching sessions, panels, one-on-one meetings and networking events. The program finalists will be announced in February.

MIFF’s screening venues are as unique as the films themselves, reflecting the communities MIFF serves through film. One of the theaters is a historic landmark, Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts which is a grand movie palace evoking the golden age of Hollywood, tailor-made for major red carpet events. The Festival will also screen films at the Paragon Grove, O Cinema, Regal South Beach Cinemas, Miami Beach Cinematheque and Coral Gables Art Cinema. Special event venues include Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College, The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building, and New World Center.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 14th. For membership opportunities or more information, please visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM(3456). The Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.

Miami Light Project and FUNDarte present 7th Annual Global Cuba Fest featuring Danay Suarez and Dafnis Prieto 2/7/14-2/8/14

Miami Light Project and FUNDarte present 7th Annual Global Cuba Fest featuring Danay Suarez and Dafnis Prieto
fundarte_globalcuba14_1Danay Suarez in Concert – February 7, 2014 8:00pm
Dafnis Prieto in Concert – February 8, 2014 8:00pm
Far Away Multimedia Exhibition – opens Friday, February 7, 6:00pm, open daily through GCF
The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse
404 NW 26 Street
Miami, FL 33127

For Tickets:
February 7, 2014 with Danay Suarez, $30 General Admission, $50 VIP (includes VIP seating and drink ticket)
February 8, 2014 with Dafnis Prieto, $30 General Admission, $50 VIP (includes VIP seating and drink ticket)

Weekend passes are available for $50 and include one general admission ticket per night, per pass.
Tickets available online

For the first time in Wynwood, Miami Light Project and FUNDarte are proud to present the 7th Annual Global Cuba Fest at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, featuring two of contemporary Cuban music’s most energizing performers, Danay Suarez and Dafnis Prieto, February 7-8, 2014

This weekend of diverse Cuban music celebrates the roots of Cuban music and the genre’s funkiest innovations exploring jazz, son montuno, bolero, trova, timba and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Global Cuba Fest kicks off on Friday, February 7, with singer/song writer and rapper Danay Suarez and concludes on Saturday, February 8, with a spectacular performance by Jazz percussionist, Dafnis Prieto.

Rounding out the weekend is a special multimedia interactive exhibition, Far Away, by composer Sage Lewis. Far Away is a video installation about the relationship between the US and Cuba told from the perspective of the youngest generations from both nations. Two virtual children’s choirs, one from Los Angeles and the other from Havana, sing together from across the ocean. The work was designed by artist Sage Lewis who interviewed the National Children’s Chorus (Los Angeles) and Coro Diminuto (Havana) about their thoughts on nationality and friendship. The children’s answers became the libretto that Lewis used to compose a ten-minute a cappella choral work. In the gallery, their images are life-size projections onto hanging scrims that face each other. Only being able to encounter each other through technology and music, the children transcend the political, geographic, and communication barriers that have divided their cultures for over 50 years.

Danay Suárez, self-taught Cuban singer of jazz and hip hop, began her music career through the Cuban rap movement. She could rap “with perfect flow and compelling, conscious lyrics” and she could also sing jazz, soul, reggae, blues, and more, with the same ease. By fusing elements of hip hop with jazz and traditional Cuban music, Danay has been celebrated around the world as an impeccable vocalist and poignant storyteller.

From 2008 until 2010 she was the lead singer of Cuban fusion group X Alfonso, and performed on stages in Panama, Mexico, Germany and Spain, and was featured in a special concert in honor of London’s Royal Ballet, London, at the British Embassy in Cuba. Her collaborations as a Havana Cultura solo artist tours to Europe introduced her to renowned British DJ Gilles Peterson, who, along with Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca, produced her debut CD Danay Suárez, Havana Cultura Sessions, her first foray into the world of jazz, and which gives a new twist to her career by fusing elements of hip hop with jazz and traditional Cuban music. Her follow up CD, CD Polvo de la humedad, is living tribute to the underground musical culture in Cuba, which passes new music by hand to the audiences at live concerts. In 2012, she accompanied British musician, DJ Mala, on a European tour to promote the CD Mala in Cuba and is currently recording her new album Palabras Manuales.

2011 MacArthur “Genius” Dafnis Prieto’s arrival in the U.S. from Cuba has been compared to that of an asteroid hitting New York. A Grammy and Latin Grammy nominee, Dafnis Prieto is easily the most impressive young drummer to come on the jazz scene during the past decade. Possessing awesome virtuosity and astonishing versatility, his compositions are elaborate compositions melding Afro-Cuban rhythms and modern jazz harmonies into music that is ecstatic and intelligent.

A resident of New York since 1999, he has already worked in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdez, Claudia Acuña, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron and Andrew Hill, among others. He has performed at many national and international music festivals as a sideman and as bandleader including various of his own projects and music. Since 2005, he has been a member of the NYU Music Faculty.

Dafnis Prieto is the founder of the independent record company Dafnison Music. As a composer, he has created music for dance, film, chamber ensembles, and most notably for his own bands, ranging from duets to his “Small Big Band” and including the distinctively different groups featured by five acclaimed recordings as a leader: About The Monks, Absolute Quintet, Taking The Soul For a Walk, Si o Si Quartet- Live at Jazz Standard, and Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio. He has received new works commissions, grants, and fellowships from Chamber Music America, Jazz at Lincoln Center, East Carolina University, and Meet the Composer.

Viernes Cultural/Cultural Friday 1/31/14

Viernes Cultural/Cultural Friday
January 31, 2014, 7 to 11 pm
Domino Plaza, at SW 15th Ave & 8th St.

Miami’s best arts and music festival on the last Friday of every month, from 7 to 11 pm on SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) between 13th and 18th Avenues. Join us Friday for a fun filled evening!

Join us in celebrating another Viernes Cultural/Cultural Friday. Little Havana’s popular art and culture festival is a great event for the whole family. Enjoy music and discover works by local artists and artisans in and around our iconic Domino Plaza on SW 8th Street and SW 15th Avenue, and behold contemporary and historic artworks at our many fine art galleries along Calle Ocho. Finish off your fabulous Friday night by savoring a delicious dinner at one of our various restaurants, boasting cuisine from all over the world. Come dance, eat, shop and enjoy a delightful evening in Little Havana!

Artevivo Dance Academy – 7:00
Panamerican Youth Dance Group – 7:30
Rescate Mundial Dance Group – 8:00
Canovas Jazz Trio 8:30

Viernes Culturales Gallery
@ Futurama Building
1637 SW 8th St, Miami 33135
History of the Miami Police Mounted Patrol Exhibit
Come celebrate the 77-year history of the Miami Police Mounted Patrol with current and former members of the Unit. View Historic photos, antique police cars, horses and other Mounted Police memorabilia from around the world.

Walking Tour of Little Havana
Viernes Culturales brings you the 13th anniversary of Dr. Paul George’s history walking tours of Little Havana. This month view the home of the powerful, benevolent Atkins Family. See the home and hear the tales of A.H. Ramsey. Experience historic Cuban Memorial Blvd. Be dazzled by the former home of Miami’s first mayor and the stunning homes nearby on SW 11th St. Join us for a night of history.

Ask Dr. Paul George about his latest Little Havana book.
Where: Meet in front of the Tower Theater (1508 SW 8th St.)
When: 7 pm Cost: Free

Fabulous Miami Multichamber of Commerce Event 2/5/14

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Fabulous Miami Multichamber of Commerce Event
Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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1450 Brickell Ave.
Miami FL, 33131
Cost: $10 in Advance for members, $15 in advance for non-members
Cost at the Door: $20 for members- $25 for non-members
rsvp@fabulousmiami.com by Monday, February 3rd 2014

Valet Parking: Available
Dress Code: Business Attire

he Chambers of Bolivia, Camacol, Coconut Grove, Colombia, Chile, Downtown Miami & Brickell, Ecuador, Haití, Honduras, Junior Chamber International, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Poland, along with Brickell Rotary Club, invite you to celebrate the Monthly Multichamber of Commerce networking event.

Mix and mingle with local professionals, promote your business, share your ideas, expand your network and have fun! Members $10 in advance and $20 at the door (cash only) Non-members $15 in advance and $25 at the door (cash only)

Includes: A complimentary drink courtesy of Ron Barcelo and appetizers for an hour.
Bring your Business card to participate in raffle to win surprise prizes.

I HEART Fashion I HEART Kids: Empowering Youth One Runway at a Time 2/1/14

I HEART Fashion I HEART Kids: Empowering Youth One Runway at a Time
360February 1st, 2014
Miami Airport Convention Center & Doubletree Hotel (Macc2)
777 NW 72nd AVE
Miami, FL 33126
Website

Presented by Balloon Rush! Fashion Designers Expo in association with Youth of America produce “I HEART Fashion.I HEART Kids”. Fashion Designers Expo presented the first “I HEART Fashion I HEART Kids” in 2012 to empower youth around the globe using their love for fashion as the tool.

“I HEART Fashion.I HEART Kids” has featured over 200 kids and teens, strengthening their Self Confidence, Self Esteem, Self Worth, as youth while encouraging them to dream big. The goal is to let youth know that they can do anything they put their minds to. They can make a difference in their community, their nation, and even their world!

Special guest appearances have included NFL Pro Player Kennard Cox, Founder of Outside the Huddle Foundation, Inc. which invests in the future of our youth across the country, Kesha Nichols from VH1’s Basketball Wives Miami. Kesha made a special presentation to Hear the Runway Foundation, Inc. during the Runway Show, and Miss Kimmy from WEDR 99 Jamz.

“I HEART Fashion.I HEART Kids” also focuses on anti-bullying. Bullying has become a very sad issue in our school system for years and has caused more and more suicides. “I HEART Fashion.I HEART Kids” is taking a step towards positive change by using fashion as the tool to empower our youth; building up their self esteem and equip them with the strength and confidence to face the challenges of life.

Moonlight and Music Valentine’s Day Concert featuring Nicole Henry 2/14/14

“Moonlight & Music” Valentine’s Day Concert featuring Nicole Henry
moonlightFriday, February 14, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
The Deering Estate foundation inc.
16701 SW 72 Avenue
Miami, FL 33157
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Tickets are $20 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional $2.50 fee or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233.

Please note: Tickets are non-refundable, rain or shine. For support with purchasing tickets online, please contact the Customer Help Desk at 1-888-695-0888 (USA), 877-251-2364 (Canada).

The 2014 Concert will feature Nicole Henry. Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has captivated audiences while establishing herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists. Her expressive, soulful voice and uplifting energy has earned her three top 10 albums along with international accolades from Moscow to Madrid. Adding to her vocal talents, Nicole’s beauty and on-stage rapport, combining confidence, sincerity and a touch of sass, have beguiled fans in over 15 countries.

On her sixth album So Good, So Right: Nicole Henry LIVE, Henry demonstrates her gift for sublime interpretation as well as her love for the emotionally tinged soul, pop and rock songs that were staples of the 1970s. The 13-track live album, which was recorded at Henry’s sold-out performances at Feinstein’s in NYC in May 2012, showcases her soulful, inspired interpretations of some of her favorite classic hits of the decade from iconic artists including Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, The Commodores and Gladys Knight.

The Valentine’s Day Concert at the Deering Estate offers couples the opportunity to celebrate their love at a romantic, outdoor concert under the stars, on the edge of Biscayne Bay. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. No coolers are permitted. Limited refreshments and food will be available for an additional fee.

Chef David Schwadron Catering and Joanna’s Marketplace are the official picnic providers for the Deering Estate at Cutler and can be contacted directly for preordered meals. To order please call: 305-238-5881. To order please call: 305-661-5777.

First Free and Publicly Accessible Electric Car Fast-Charging Station in South Florida Opens 2/4/14

First Free and Publicly Accessible Electric Car Fast-Charging Station in South Florida Opens
Tuesday, February 4, 5 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road.

The first free and publicly accessible electric car fast-charging station in South Florida has been installed in the Pinecrest Gardens’ parking area. The station can charge an electric car in a fraction of the time it takes to charge with a regular charging station. For example, a Nissan LEAF can be charged from zero to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes. Other vehicles may take more or less time to achieve a similar charge.

Mayor Cindy Lerner and Village Manager Yocelyn Galiano Gomez will drive one of the Village’s Nissan LEAFs to Pinecrest Gardens for the first official use of the fast-charging station.
The fast-charging station is located in the northeast area of the parking lot. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Road.

“We have a significant focus on sustainability, improving access to energy efficiency and renewable energy,” said Mayor Lerner, who added that her next car will be an electric car.

Pinecrest Gardens attracts over 150,000 visitors each year and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in October 2011, making it historically significant on a local, state and national platform.

“Because of its popularity and the Village’s commitment to conservation and sustainability, Pinecrest Gardens is the ideal location for an electric car fast-charging station,” said Galiano. “One can visit the Gardens, take a class in the community center or go to the library while charging the car.”

The fast charger is capable of charging at 44kW, compared to regular charging which runs at approximately 6kW. The fast-charger can be used by drivers of Nissan, Mitsubishi and Tesla electric cars. Tesla electric car owners need an adapter in order to charge.

Pinecrest Gardens is a premier venue for the arts, education and environmental conservation and preservation. On any given day one can catch an arts performance, tour the 14 acres of native forested wetland, tropical hardwood hammock and native cypress slough hammock or take a class in horticulture, archeology and botany.

Chemistry The Science of Dating and Relationships 2/12/14

Chemistry: The Science of Dating + Relationships
chemistryWednesday, February 12, 7:00PM – 11:00PM
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
3280 S Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
$35 bucks in advance, $40 at the door
Purchase Online
Or get a Big Bang for your buck and purchase a combo ticket for Chemistry and our Big Bang event on 3/15 for $100. Visit ypbigbang.eventbrite.com for event details.
For more information: events@miamisci.org

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science Young Patrons are seeking human test subjects for their latest experiment, Chemistry.

Single? Come mingle! The evening will consist of expert dating advice, behavioral psychology and of course, speed dating exercises led by Dr. Lisa Paz!

Not single? No problem! The night includes hours of networking and fun.

Cocktails and lite bites will be served. 21+

Build Champions for Your Cause Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Network 2/19/14

Build Champions for Your Cause Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Network
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 8:30AM – 11:30AM
Newman Alumni Center, University of Miami
6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Registration fee: $25.00 per workshop *includes a continental breakfast*
Register Online

“Build Champions for Your Cause” is the second event in our 2014 Spring Networked Nonprofit Workshop Series and will take place on Wednesday 2/19/14. Learn how to tell your story through effective PR and creative marketing.

Featured Speaker: Bruce Turkel – Turkel Brands

This year’s workshops follow the themes from the groundbreaking book “Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits.”

We have a limited number of scholarships available for individuals and organizations with smaller budgets. Please contact Kristine Singer at KristineS@CatalystMiami.org or 305-576-5001 Ext. 12 for more information.

Gala In The Garden Fundraiser Celebrates 75 Years Of Fairchild 2/1/14

Gala In The Garden Fundraiser Celebrates 75 Years Of Fairchild
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156
Individual tickets start at $600, and tables for ten can be reserved for $6,000. To purchase tickets, please contact Susannah Shubin at sshubin@fairchildgarden.org or call 305-667-1651, ext. 3375.

An enchanting evening awaits guests of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s annual Gala in the Garden fundraiser. This year’s black-tie event is co-chaired by Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa and honors Fairchild’s 75th anniversary of opening to the public. Enjoy a cocktail reception, bid on luxury items at the Silent Auction, dine on an exquisite feast by Le Basque Catering, and dance by the moonlight surrounded by the lakeside marquee’s breathtaking décor.

With all proceeds supporting programs in conservation science, education and horticulture, the fundraiser will keep Fairchild moving forward while staying true to the original vision of the founders – to provide a beautiful tropical garden for all to enjoy.

Indochino Menswear Opens First Miami Pop-Up 2/8/14-2/16/14

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Indochino Menswear Opens First Miami Pop-Up

February 8-16, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. weekdays, Saturdays 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
indochinoMcCormick Place
111 SW 3rd Street
Miami, FL 33130
Make an Appointment Online

Indochino, the leader in custom online menswear, is coming to Miami for the first time in creating this season’s premier shopping event, the Indochino Traveling Tailor. Traveling Tailor will be in Miami for one week to provide men a VIP shopping experience as they suit up with stylish and affordable custom menswear.

Traveling Tailor provides a cool and effortless opportunity for men to discover the modern take on custom suiting. Over the course of a thirty-minute free consultation guys will:
Get measured
Get styled
Discover customization options
Feel fabric samples and see the collection in-person
Build a custom suit
Book Your Appointment Online

Indochino suits and shirts are custom-made to order.
Indochino suits have 6 standard and 14 advanced customizations.
Indochino shirts have 4 standard and 4 advanced customizations.
Indochino custom suits start at $449, and custom shirts start at $79.
Shop Indochino from your desktop, mobile or tablet, or visit a Traveling Tailor pop-up store.
Indochino offers free shipping worldwide.

“Indochino is all about helping guys get dressed to look and feel great,” explains Kyle Vucko, Indochino Co-Founder and CEO. “Miami is an art hotspot and a cultural melting pot, and we’re excited to see the flair Miami men can bring to our custom suits.”
Make an Appointment Online

Indochino was founded in 2007 by two guys who couldn’t find a suit that fit. By leveraging technology to update tailoring, Indochino has since created custom clothing for more than 120,000 guys around the world. Indochino’s suits are as memorable as their customers, made to individual measurements and fully customizable from monograms to vent slits. The result: Great fitting clothing that guys want to wear every day. To learn more about Indochino, visit www.indochino.com. To receive updates, join us on Facebook or on Twitter and Instagram at: @indochino.

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Life Is Art presents Art/Work Connections 16 Email Marketing with Alex de Carvalho 2/11/14

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Life Is Art presents Art/Work Connections #16: Email Marketing with Alex de Carvalho
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
AWC16-Flyer2Gallery 212
2407 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
Tickets: $10
We ask that you RSVP so that we can have enough chairs and refreshments. You can pay at the door.

Speaker: Alex de Carvalho of Constant Contact and Social Media Club South Florida

Learn strategies to get more impact out of your email promotions, higher open rate and better response rate.

An accomplished public speaker, Alex de Carvalho has spoken nationally and internationally to a variety of audiences from C-Level industry executives to high school students. Alex is the Regional Development Director, South Florida, for Constant Contact, where he helps businesses connect and engage with their customers. He organizes regular South Florida web and technology meetups, including The Startup Forum, BarCampMiami, MobileMondayMiami, Social Media Club South Florida, Ignite Miami, and he is a founding member of RefreshMiami. He is also the co-author of “Securing The Clicks: Network Security in the Age of Social Media“, which provides companies with knowledge and actions they can put to use immediately to harden corporate networks against social media attacks. Read more here…

Gallery 212 Miami is a cutting-edge contemporary warehouse gallery and multi-media studio in the heart of Miami’s hottest growing art neighborhood; the Wynwood Art District. An innovative, by-artists-for-artists approach to gallery management is taken with a board of directors from New York and Miami. Gallery 212 Miami’s founders are made up of professionals with successful backgrounds in areas of art and gallery management, advertising and marketing, writing, entertainment, business and publicity.

SCHEDULE:
Registration, 6:30-7:00
Seminar, 7:00-8:00
Social Hour / Q&A, 8:00-9:00

Knight Arts Challenge Community Q&A Sessions 2/3/14-2/11/14

Knight Arts Challenge Community Q&A Sessions
Knight Arts Challenge Q&As-M,D,BMonday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m.
YoungArts, Jewel Box
2100 Biscayne Blvd.
free parking under the YoungArts building

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Black Box Theater
10950 SW 211th St., Miami

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m.
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami

Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University
One East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Monday, Feb. 10, 1 p.m.
Marathon Government Center
2798 Overseas Hwy. (Mile Marker 48), Marathon

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.
Frost Art Museum at Florida International University
10975 SW 17th St., Miami
(free parking in the Blue Garage)
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As a way to recruit ideas from South Florida’s many neighborhoods, Knight Foundation will host a series of Community Q&A sessions from Marathon to Fort Lauderdale. The events, taking place Feb. 3-11, will offer tips on preparing applications, information on the challenge timelines, and a chance to talk to past winners on what gave their submissions an edge. The schedule is below.
“In recent years, we’ve seen a growing number of great ideas from our many neighborhoods—ideas that are bringing the arts into people’s everyday lives,” said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation’s vice president for arts. “We want to help ensure that there is art wherever you go in South Florida.”

The Community Q&As will be cohosted by: Bas Fisher Invitational, Cannonball, Miami Light Project, Sweat Records, WPBT2, Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, ArtSouth, M Ensemble, Black Archives History and Research Foundation, Opa-locka Community Development Corp., Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miramar Cultural Trust, Broward Cultural Council, Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida Keys Council of the Arts, and Florida International University’s music, art, art history and creative writing departments.

Knight Arts Challenge Grants Open for Applications 1/27/14-2/24/14

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Knight Arts Challenge, seeking best ideas for the South Florida arts, opens for applications, January 27 – February 24, 2014.

Application Link

Beginning Jan. 27, South Floridians can apply for the Knight Arts Challenge, which funds the best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts. The deadline for the contest, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is Feb. 24.

The challenge is open to everyone: artists and artist collectives of all types, businesses, established arts institutions, and any individual who has a great idea for the arts. The initial application, which will be available at KnightArts.org consists of just two questions and is deliberately designed to be simple to encourage nontraditional applicants.

There are only three rules for the challenge:
1) The idea must be about the arts.
2) The project must take place in or benefit South Florida
3) The grant recipients must find funds to match Knight’s commitment (within a year).

“This contest is about ideas—big ideas, innovative ideas, authentically Miami ideas,” Scholl said. Knight has received more than 7,500 ideas from the South Florida community since launching the challenge in 2008. In total, 193 projects have received almost $22.1 million in funding.

Since 2006, Knight Foundation has invested $86 million in South Florida’s cultural community. Those funds have launched a new media program that includes the signature “Wallcasts” at the acclaimed New World Symphony campus, helped present Ibero-American films at the Miami International Film Festival, and will bring every Miami-Dade third grader to the new Pérez Art Museum Miami, among other projects.  The approach is two-pronged: Knight Foundation aims to help open up institutions to more South Floridians with large grants, while the Arts Challenge ensures that smaller, grassroots efforts fuel and refresh the arts scene.

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