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 

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 
Purchase Tickets Online

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
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

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.


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

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
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

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.
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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
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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

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

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).

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
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.

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

Fabulous Miami Multichamber of Commerce Event
Wednesday, February 5th 2014, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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

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

Soul Of Miami Highlight

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

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.

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)

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

Knight Arts Challenge logo
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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Crowdfunding Workshop with Crowd-sorceress Vann Alexandra Daly 2/20/14

Crowdfunding Workshop with Crowd-sorceress Vann Alexandra Daly
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 Northeast 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137
RSVP Online

As the arts community in Miami continues to grow, more and more organizations are turning to crowdfunding websites as a fundraising tool, with varying degrees of success.

In an effort to demystify this fundraising mechanism, Knight has invited ‘crowd-sorceress’ Vann Alexandra Daly to walk us through best practices and tips in crowdfunding. Ms. Daly has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars with 100% success for films including “Sex and Broadcasting,” “Changing the Game,” and “Dancing in Jaffa” (Sundance Selects, Tribeca Film Festival Premiere 2013).

Please join us for this informative and practical workshop, followed by Q&A and a cocktail reception.

Mark Leventhal Medical Fund Auction 1/28/14

Mark Leventhal Medical Fund Auction
leventhalTuesday, January 28th, 7pm-10pm
1237 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Mark Leventhal is gravely ill. He is in the ICU. He has an infection that is affecting his body and his brain and we are all praying for him. He’s had a rough go of it lately and any contribution you can make for him will help support his medical needs (he has no insurance) and his kids and other needs that come up. Please show your love.

Looking for local or national brand businesses to donate goods and services to be auctioned to benefit legendary DJ Mark Leventhal. The goal is to have a number of sexy, valuable products and services that people will actually bid upon or outright purchase. This auction will take place on social media AND at the fundraising event Tuesday at 7pm at Haven South Beach. To donate an auction item, please contact Dirk DeSouza at misterdirk@gmail.com

Cash Donations may be made directly here.

For more than two decades, Miami resident Mark Leventhal has been on the decks at some of the best venues and parties in South Beach. Today, Leventhal lays in a coma at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

His younger sister, Amy Leventhal, says that he went to urgent care last Wednesday because long-term pain in his back had become unbearable. They sent him to the hospital, where doctors found an infection in his body and brain and put him directly into intensive care (ICU).

Leventhal does not have health insurance so his sister started a fundraising page to help pay for his care. (courtesy Miami.com)

Special Reception for i-Miami & Eye to Eye 1/30/14

Special Reception for i-Miami & Eye to Eye
imiamiKiwi Arts Group
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 7pm – 10pm
117 NE 1st Ave., Ground Floor
Downtown Miami, 33132
RSVP to rsvp@kiwiartsgroup.com

An Evening of Art, Wine & Conversation

They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words, in which case ‘i-Miami 2013,’ Marc Schmidt’s debut photography exhibition, speaks volumes. Reminiscent of Walker, Vishniac, Atget, Lange and Arbus, Marc Schmidt’s photography is strong and thought-provoking, reflecting the zeitgeist of the postmodern World. Using the simplest of tools, his iPhone camera and his bicycle for transportation, Schmidt has created a poignant visual essay of the inner city and its denizens. Schmidt’s affinity and respect for his subject matter are evident in the narrative structure of his compositions and the intuitive poetic resonance of his imagery.

Marc Schmidt was born in Chicago and raised in Hamburg. A physician by profession, Schmidt has had a love affair with the art of photography since his teen years when he started documenting street scenes in Hamburg. Schmidt has traveled around the world capturing life in all its aspects for over a decade and has previously published his work only once; a photography essay on a refugee camp in Rwanda. He has been running a successful photo rental studio in Hamburg since 2001. In 2013 he opened CU-1 Gallery in downtown Miami and has been documenting Miami street life since April of the same year.

The Coral Gables Art Cinema’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser A Night at Our Cabaret 2/1/14

The Coral Gables Art Cinema’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser A Night at Our Cabaret
1138Saturday, February 1, starting at 7:00 pm
The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables
180 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Tickets are $250 per person and are available for purchase at gablescinema.com or by calling (786) 472-2249

The Coral Gables Art Cinema’s third annual fundraiser, A Night at Our Cabaret, takes place on Saturday, February 1, 2014, starting at 7:00 pm, at The Westin Colonnade on Aragon Avenue, one block east of the theater. Hosted by CBS4 anchor Eliott Rodriguez, A Night at Our Cabaret will feature delicious food, an open bar courtesy of Bacardi, music, performances, a silent auction, and other surprises. The goal of the evening is to raise funds so that this non-profit organization can continue to operate as the leading first-run art cinema and film arts center in South Florida. Steven Krams will also be recognized for his years of leadership as Founder and President of the Coral Gables Art Cinema.

The Coral Gables Art Cinema exhibits independent, international, and classic films, offering first-run, seven-day-a-week showcase presentations in both 35mm and true industry-standard theater quality digital projection. Cinema programs also include special events for families and children, film festivals and educational activities. It is located at 260 Aragon Avenue, across the street from Books & Books and the Coral Gables Museum, which is at 285 Aragon Avenue.

“We are so proud of the continued success of the Gables Cinema,” said Director Robert Rosenberg. “Our Cabaret fundraiser will help us to continue to grow and deepen our programs, with key community support.” A Night at Our Cabaret is expected to attract over 200 attendees who will come together in support of the film programming and educational activities of the Gables Cinema.

“A Night at Our Cabaret will be our biggest, most glamorous and fun annual fundraiser ever,” said Board Member and Event Chair of the Coral Gables Art Cinema Maritza Jacobson. “It’s an homage to both the film world and the arts community of South Florida.” Tickets for the event are $250 per person and are available for purchase at www.gablescinema.com or by calling (786) 472-2249.

Supporters for the evening include Bacardi, Continental Film & Digital Labs, FOX International Channels/Nat Geo Mundo, HBO Latin America, and Magna-Tech Electronic Co., Inc.

Funding for the Coral Gables Art Cinema comes in part from the City of Coral Gables; the Coral Gables Community Foundation; the Knight Foundation; Steven Krams and Midge Blumberg-Krams; Bacardi; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the many businesses, individual donors and members who contribute to the Cinema’s work.

Walk like MADD and MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale Kick-Off Annual Fundraiser 3/5/14

Walk like MADD and MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale Kick-Off Annual Fundraiser
Wednesday, March 5, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
AutoNation Headquarters
200 SW 1st Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Cost: $25 per person

WALK like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) celebrates its annual signature walk event with a kick-off party sponsored by AutoNation and La Croix. In more than 60 cities around the U.S., thousands of participants will walk – or dash! – in 5K events to bring awareness to the perils of drunk-driving. The Fort Lauderdale MADDchapter and donors will lace up their sneakers on Saturday, May 4 at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale. In preparation of the big day, a kick-off party on Wednesday, March 5 will include a presentation on upcoming MADD events, a silent auction, a raffle, light bites and “mock-tails” created by La Croix.

News: ACLU of Florida Statement on Marriage Equality Lawsuit Filed January 21, 2014


MIAMI – Today, six same-sex couples announced the filing of a lawsuit in Florida state court to challenge the state’s ban on marriages for same-sex couples.
The following statement on today’s announcement is from Daniel Tilley, LGBT rights staff attorney for the ACLU of Florida:

“Marriage equality is inevitable and coming soon for Floridians because brave couples are demanding the dignity under the law that marriage provides. We are hopeful that the court hearing this case will agree with courts across the country that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be permitted to marry.

Following our victory last June in the Windsor case at the Supreme Court, which largely ended federal marriage discrimination, including for Floridians, the ACLU has been organizing legislative and ballot initiatives and also building lawsuits across the country—so far in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and Oregon—to ensure that the case that reaches the Supreme Court next leads to the nationwide solution we are all working so hard for. Just as Floridians benefited from the Windsor case and the case of Loving v. Virginia before that, we are confident that our work and the work of our fellow LGBT organizations will lead to finally bringing marriage equality to all fifty states, including Florida.”

About the ACLU of Florida
The ACLU of Florida is freedom’s watchdog, working daily in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. For additional information, visit our web site at: www.aclufl.org.

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Catalyst Miami’s Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception 2/5/14

Catalyst Miami’s Welcome & Farewell Cocktail Reception
590Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove
2985 South Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL 33133
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ARTcycle Exhibition Bikes Become Art at Coral Gables Museum Exhibit Opening and Artist Reception 1/23/14

ARTcycle Exhibition Bikes Become Art Exhibit Opening and Artist Reception
artcycle-evite_2Thursday Jan. 23rd, 2014
6:00 – Museum Members & Ford VIP Preview
7:00 – General Public
Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

On View: January 23- February 22, 2014
ARTcycle merges the Miami art scene with the Miami bike movement with an exhibition of bicycle-related artwork and sculptures made with bikes. This innovative exhibit furthers ARTcycle’s mission to raise awareness, respect and tolerance for cyclists, promote cycling and reduce the number of bike-related accidents in our city.

Bike Planning Presentation by David Henderson
Wednesday Jan. 29th, 2014, 7pm
Do you hate Miami traffic? Do you wish Miami-Dade County was doing more to promote biking and walking? They are! David Henderson is paving the way! Free with Museum admission.

Gallery Night Live!
Friday, Feb. 7th, 2014, 6-9pm
Free admission to temporary exhibits ARTcycle and Urbanism: Perceived and Interpreted, as well as live music on the Plaza and a cash bar!

Family Day
Saturday, Feb. 8th, 2pm-4pm
Families will learn about bike safety and digital animation with special guests from ARTcycle,
FarmToonz & Andy Toonz Studios and Erika Boom, author of her book “Oliver and his BOOM Bike,” and enjoy a 3pm concert by Coral Gables Music Club Scholarship Students. Free admission.

Bike Tour – Literally!
Sunday, Feb. 16th, 11am
Join ARTcycle and Books & Books owner and Coral Gables legend Mitchell Kaplan on this tour of literature in the Gables. $10; $5 for Museum members and children under 12. Space is limited. Please RSVP to 305.603.8067.

Curators’ Tour
Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 1pm
Don’t miss this chance to view the exhibit through the eyes of its curators Giselle Delgado and TachiLlamas. Free with Museum admission.