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
Website
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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

PRESS RELEASE

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
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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
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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
For tickets 
Use Promocode:"Zevents" for  more than 50% OFF your ticket.
For discounted parking, pre-purchase here

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
Click here for tickets

"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.