Where to Be 7/31-8/6


Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!

Blue Full Moon Party at The National Hotel Miami Beach 7/31/15

Blue Full Moon Party at The National Hotel Miami Beach
Friday, 07/31/2015 – 09:00 pm –
Blue-Full-Moon-Party-Fire-DancerThe National Hotel Miami Beach
1677 Collins Ave.,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
None Link

It only happens once in a blue moon! Join us at The National Hotel Miami Beach for a Blue Full Moon Party this Friday, July 31st. Sponsored by Red Bull, the celebration is sure to be special as the next Blue Full Moon is not expected to appear again until 2018. The festivities will begin at 9:00 pm and feature an extended happy hour, a live capoeira performance, fire dancers, drummers, a mouth-watering BBQ and much more! The event is open to the public and valet parking is $15.



Miami Turns Down Free Art

Miami turns down free art. A city known for art and for culture suffers the absence of a $30 million investment to improve the city’s reputation as a capital for art in the US.

Originally posted in the Miami Herald editorial section. Click here for the original article.

It’s baffling when an opportunity arises for taxpayers to benefit from the generosity of a wealthy investor and art patron – and the city of Miami acts like it doesn’t care.

That appears to be what happened to Miami resident and successful hedge-fund manager Bruce Berkowitz, founder of Fairholme Capital Management.

Mr. Berkowitz wanted to build an Arquitectonica-designed office building, but not just any building — an area-unique, anvil-shaped 10-story headquarters for his business and also his foundation on a lot on 26th Street and Biscayne Boulevard in Edgewater. The exterior of the nearly windowless building will be a new type of concrete embedded with glass fiber optics that renders it translucent. At night, the building should glow. Yes, grandiose plans, but all privately funded.

The perk for the public was that it was Mr. Berkowitz’s intention to install in two massive sculptural modern art masterpieces by art stars Richard Serra and James Turrell, which the investment manager purchased and are valued at $30 million, in the lobby. The pieces could only improve Miami’s art cred.

All Mr. Berkowitz needed from the city of Miami was zoning approval. He was willing to bend, and to amend his architectural plans to conform to the Miami 21 zoning code. No problem. But Mr. Berkowitz told the Miami Herald he got the bum’s rush from the city. After months of willingly trying and failing to get a clear-cut response from the city as to whether he could proceed, a frustrated Mr. Berkowitz has pulled the plug on the project. “All work has been suspended,” he told the Editorial Board Thursday.

Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district includes Edgewater, is now taking a personal interest in rescuing the effort. “I don’t want to lose this project,” he said.

Mr. Sarnoff said the project’s cancellation would be a big loss. We agree. To miss out on being the city that displays these art pieces, especially during Art Basel, would be a mistake. Best of all, it would not cost local residents a penny.

“I think things will get back on track,” Mr. Sarnoff told the board. But Mr. Berkowitz vehemently disagrees. “There are no ongoing discussions and the only thing I’ve heard from the city is that I’ve been fined $300,000 for the way we cleared and secured the lot.”

If Miami wants to be a world-class city, it can’t commit a blunder like this. It should try to save this enhancement to the local art scene, not to mention beautification of Biscayne Boulevard.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article28475401.html#storylink=cpy

Why Everyone Wants to Settle Down in Miami

Obviously Miami is known for never fading sunshine, sandy beaches, and crystal blue water–but that’s certainly not enough to keep people in Miami. Miami has always been a gateway to Latin America, but now people from all over the US and Europe are coming, staying, and investing in Miami…and not for the beaches and sunshine. Miami boasts an environment ripe for entrepreneurship and opportunity, a one of a kind cultural melange, and a gateway to the globe. In his article featured in “Ocean Drive”, Jon Warech touches on the people who have decided to move to Miami and why.

The full article is below and can be found here.

When Dr. LaWrence Schiffman was an undergraduate at the University of Miami, he fell in love with this city for the same reason that most people do—the year-round sunshine, the glistening ocean waters, and the vibrant nightlife. A New Jersey native, Schiffman dreamed of returning and calling Miami his permanent home, but at the time, starting a successful dermatology practice in a vacation town seemed impossible. “I went back up north for all of my medical training, and when I finished my residency requirements, I looked into returning,” says Schiffman. “I knew that if I went to work for a group practice in New York or Philadelphia, I could make a lot more money, but I wanted more out of life.”

Schiffman’s thoughts might have been typical for professionals just a few years ago, but more and more people are deciding there’s no reason to wait to live in paradise. Schiffman himself headed south, worked for a group practice in Miami, and in July 2012, he broke out on his own and opened Miami Skin Doctor. “I set up shop in Doral, where there were very few dermatologists, and in three years the town has grown exponentially around me,” he says. “It’s expanding so much that I can’t even get into the office sometimes.”

Doral, which is home to corporate headquarters for Carnival Cruise Lines, Univision, the Miami Herald, and many other major companies, is just one area of Miami that is booming, and Schiffman’s success story of a practice that “is growing faster than I can keep up with” is one of many in a developing city where sun and fun are taking a backseat to entrepreneurship, big business, and a plethora of opportunities for people in all professions.

“No longer is Miami simply known as a place where the rich come to play,” says Alyce Robertson, executive director of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority, an independent public agency helping business boom downtown. “It has emerged as a sophisticated financial hub where real money is being put to work. Dozens of hedge funds and other financial firms are flocking to Miami’s urban core from New York, California, and parts of Latin America.”

Miami’s evolving design and culture scenes act as a magnet now more than ever. Santiago Smulevich’s family moved from Argentina to the Magic City more than a decade ago and opened AM Profile, a furniture and custom-closets store in the Design District. Smulevich moved back to Argentina after school, chasing what he thought was a better opportunity. But with the Design District morphing into one of the country’s top high-end shopping destinations over the past few years, he knew Miami was the place to be.

“I moved back here four years ago because Miami offered an opportunity to grow as a businessman in a way that Argentina did not,” says Smulevich, who now owns and operates AM Profile. “For South Americans, it’s a lot easier to be in Miami than anywhere else because of the language and the culture. We can be successful here without having to change too much of our daily lives.”

Though the Latin influence makes Miami an American city like no other, the growing cultural and intellectual landscape lends a gravitas that Miami lacked in decades past. The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the arrival of the Faena Forum, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, and even smaller projects like the Wynwood Greenhouse put Miami on par with any major US city. “Specifically in the art world, everyone is watching Miami,” says Leann Standish, who came here from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2011 to become the deputy director of external affairs at PAMM. “Everywhere I travel, people ask about the museum. Miami is in a very unique position in that it’s an important international city, yet it is also a young city that moves at an incredibly fast pace.”

While the quick advancements have more people planting roots in Miami, tourism is still going strong. New hotels continue to pop up all over town, and new restaurants are opening their doors on what feels like a daily basis, coming from Canada, Europe, South America, and, of course, New York. Celebrity chefs are either opening outposts of their famed eateries here or using the city as a launching pad for new establishments. Tourism is thriving, but now it’s no longer Miami’s only source of income. In fact, many of those tourists end up staying after their vacation. On average, 50,000 New Yorkers relocate to Florida every year. More than 537,000 people from all over the world moved here last year, according to 2014 Census figures, making Florida now the third-most-populated state in the country, behind California and Texas.

“People are shocked to learn that the tourism component of the Miami economy accounts for just 12 percent of employment—the third-largest sector of employment, behind professional and business services (16 percent) and education and health services (15 percent),” says Jordan Niefeld, a CPA, certified financial planner, and investment advisor at Raymond James in Aventura. “With companies like ExxonMobil, Sony, IBM, Cisco Systems, Caterpillar, and Johnson & Johnson locating their Latin American headquarters in Miami, that number will continue to shift.”

And, of course, there have been those rumors about Facebook setting up shop in Wynwood.

Miami’s development in recent years into a well-rounded city has attracted big spenders looking to get in on the action. The Knight Frank 2015 Wealth Report’s Global Cities Survey recently revealed that only two US cities ranked in the top 10 for global investment—New York and Miami, which, according to Jacob Roffman, principal of 13th Floor Investments, means that investment in Miami should remain. In fact, 28 of Florida’s total 42 billionaires list South Florida specifically as their primary residence, according to Forbes’s World’s Billionaires list of 2015. Billionaires tend to know something about where to live, invest, and work.

“Miami continues to mature as a city and is, today, far more than simply a gateway to Latin America—it is a gateway to the world, and a magnet for highimpact investment,” says Roffman. “Miami is a safe and secure place for foreign investors to put their money.”

On a small-business scale, though, Miami is a land of opportunity as well. Stacy Josloff, owner of Pure Therapy and designer of Inca Swimwear, opened a retail store in Miami Beach six years ago but planned to move back to New York after the first year. “One year passed. Two years passed. Now we’re on year seven,” she says. “I always thought that New York was the place that I’d live and die in, but in Manhattan, if your last name isn’t Rockefeller, it’s hard to be an entrepreneur. If you retain the work ethic and business mind that you had in New York and bring it down here, there is opportunity to grow and be successful.”

Dr. Schiffman echoes that sentiment. “In New York, you have 50 million dermatologists with their own skincare lines and TV shows,” he says. “You can be part of that, but you’re just one of many. Here, there is a sense that all goals can be achieved if you put your mind to it.”

In Miami, doctors, lawyers, artists, and businesspeople of all kinds are achieving career milestones that less than a decade ago seemed impossible. The idea of working where others vacation is no longer a pipe dream but instead a reality as Miami morphs into the city that Schiffman hoped it could be back when he was a college student. “My practice is growing at a phenomenal pace, I met the love of my life, and I’m on the water nearly every weekend,” he says. “It’s a pretty nice life.”

Which basically proves if you can make it here, you don’t need to make it anywhere else.

How we can use music to fuel the movement!

Happy Thursday All!

We wanted to just remind everyone that movement and dance are spaces that allow us to not only express ourselves but come together to create space between one another and create joy within that space! Be sure to applaud and celebrate the organizations and individuals who are holding this spaces.

The article below was shared from the Miami New Times.


As founder of one of Miami’s most popular Latin dance studios, Rene Gueits just might be the Magic City’s number-one salsa lover. But in 2001, Gueits took his pasión del ritmo and his dance company Salsa Lovers to another level by kicking off the Miami Salsa Congress.

“I attended the first congress in Puerto Rico in 1997,” Gueits recalls. “I was invited to teach Miami-style casino/Miami-style rueda around the world. I was in Holland with Albert Torres [coproducer of the global salsa congresses]. I told him I wanted to do the first Miami congress, and I asked him to help me out.”

One year into the new millennium, Gueits, Torres, and like-minded dancers from el mundo entero congaed their way to the 305 for the inaugural Miami Salsa Congress. Fourteen years later, MSC is still rumbiando its way through the city.

And for 2015, the five-day pachanga will take over the Deauville Beach Resort from July 29 to August 2 with 120 hours of nonstop rueda y son action, including dance workshops, tribute concerts to Cheo Feliciano and other salsa giants, a Club Mystique reunion, and a performance by legendary salsero Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta.

Salsa may be one of the first things that come to mind when people think of Miami, but as Gueits points out, with the number of salsa congresses that go down around the world, it’s obvious that el baile is a global phenomenon.

“There are [salsa congresses] in Bulgaria, South Africa, Sweden, Rome, Norway, Japan — it’s huge in India, Dubai, and Turkey,” he explains. “It has grown. After the salsa congress in Puerto Rico [in 1997], they started moving them around. Let’s say someone from Israel came to the conference; they would bring it to their city.”

Gueits credits the globalization of salsa (aside from its catchy beats and mesmerizing hip action) to Cuba’s Communist regime and the thousands of citizens who fled the island in search of political asylum: “There are a lot of Cubans who live in Europe. Since then, salsa started growing. It’s an explosion.”

The aforementioned Willie Rosario, who turned a sprightly 85 years old last month and will celebrate a half-century of música at this year’s MSC, has a different take on salsa’s expansion.

“The word ‘salsa’ is like an umbrella,” the timbales maestro explains. “It carries many rhythms. For instance, I used to play [different variations of salsa like] guaguancó, guaracha — those were classified individually, but they all originated in Cuba and fall under salsa. It’s one of those rhythms that are known all over the world.

“The question of change,” he continues, “there hasn’t been much. In [the mid- to late-’80s], there was romantic salsa — those, like Gilberto Santa Rosa and Rey Ruiz, who emerged from an orchestra as a soloist — but there isn’t much of a difference because the rhythm and percussion is the same.”

While Rosario believes salsa’s permanence has a lot to do with its commitment to el ritmo, he looks at the past to really understand its international reach.

“The Fania All-Stars helped a lot,” he says, “but in the era of mambo — which falls under that umbrella of salsa — Americans knew a lot about it. There was a famous club in New York, the Palladium. A lot of movie stars, like Marlon Brando, would all go there to see mambo,” thus turning it into a global trend, one that has never gone out of style.

But Gueits’ mission isn’t to find a textbook explanation for salsa’s global influence. Instead, his purpose is to keep salsa alive in the Magic City para la gente.

“People like ourselves who live in Miami, we take being Latin for granted,” he admits. “In Europe, they all wanna be Latino. At the congress, you’ll see a lot of Europeans wearing their guayaberas. We take salsa for granted. But salsa is very big. It’s a multibillion-dollar business.”

More than about el dinero, though, the MSC “is so much about keeping a culture alive,” Gueits says.

“Salsa is still kicking butt,” he laughs. “When I was a little kid, I used to dance at my family’s parties. They would put on Celia Cruz, El Gran Combo [de Puerto Rico], Willy Chirino — that’s always stayed in my blood. I have a passion for it. I’m keeping it alive.”

The 14th-Annual Miami Salsa Congress. Produced by Salsa Lovers. Wednesday through Sunday, July 29 through August 2, at the Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-865-8511;deauvillebeachresortmiami.com. Weekend party, workshop, and full-day passes cost $85 to $320 plus fees. Visit miamisalsacongress.com.

Great Exhibit to Put on your Calendar!


Hi Everyone, We love to create awareness around art that creates a platform for us to both celebrate the diversity in our community and the history and those that create new options and places & spaces for us all to come together


This article is Shared from Miami New Times:

Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in collaboration with Tico Torres

Few cities embody the American dream like Miami. For decades, Cubans seeking refuge have made Miami their own, leaving a lasting legacy enriched with culture from their homeland. A new exhibit at MDC Museum of Art + Design celebrates the nostalgia, success, and triumph of this singular immigrant experience. “Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the Lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in Collaboration With Tico Torres” inaugurates the new Cultural Legacy Gallery, a permanent space dedicated to the impact of Cuban culture on South Florida and throughout the world, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College (600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). The exhibit features iconic photographs of Cuban figures living away from the island, from performers and designers to writers and artists. “Cuba Out of Cuba” was shot over the past 20 years in Miami, New York, London, Paris, Florence, Venice, and Los Angeles. The photos and keepsakes highlight the legacies of Celia Cruz, Bebo Valdés, Gloria Estefan, Cristina Saralegui, Andy Garcia, Cundo Bermudez, Nilo Cruz, and Paquito D’Rivera, among other Cubans who have culturally influenced generations. “Cuba Out of Cuba” will be on display through August 30, 2015.


Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Call 305-237-7700 or visit mdcmoad.org.

Where to Be: 7/17-7/23

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!

Swashbucklin Swing Dance 7/17/15

Swashbucklin Swing Dance
Friday, 07/17/2015 – 07/18/2015 08:00 pm – 12:00 am
VK Dance
3363 NE 163rd St,
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $10 Advance, $15 At the Door

Come on out and dance with us on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month!

To celebrate this summer’s latest installment of our favorite pirate film series, we’re hosting a Swashbucklin’ Swing Dance! Dress up as your favorite pirate.

If you’ve never tried Swing dancing before, this is the perfect night for you! Take the lesson and let the dancing and merriment begin! No partner is necessary! We recommend that you wear comfortable footwear that won’t fly off your feet so you can dance with us all night.

Bring your own refreshments or donate $1-2 per refreshment.

8:00p-9:00p Introduction to Swing Lesson
9:00p-12:00a Social Dance
East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Blues

Bring your friends and make new ones! We’ll see you on the dance floor!


National Ice Cream Day at Concrete Beach Brewery 7/19/15

National Ice Cream Day at Concrete Beach Brewery
Sunday, 07/19/2015 – 02:00 pm – 06:00 pm
CBB-July-Events-FB-share-iceConcrete Beach Brewery
1000 Lincoln Rd,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link

We’re pairing 2 of your favorite treats- ice cream & beer!
You feel that summer heat? We do too! Head into Concrete Beach Brewery between 2-6pm on July 19th as we cool down with Ice Cream Beer Floats ($7). We can’t think of a better way to beat the heat!











Trivial Poursuit at Concrete Beach Brewery 7/23/15

Trivial Poursuit at Concrete Beach Brewery
Thursday, 07/23/2015 – 07/23/2015 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
cbb-weekly-events-trivia-shareConcrete Beach Brewery
325 NW 24 St,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link

Trivial Poursuit at Concrete Beach Brewery
Every Thursday
Brush up on your trivia while we pour you a pint! Do you have an endless supply of trivia knowledge? Grab your friends and head to Concrete Beach Brewery as Trivia Factory challeng-es your team every week to see who knows the most trivia. Prizes awarded to the winning team!

Overtown residents voice concern over Miami Worldcenter

There is an indelible struggle between city developers trying to develop, modernize, and raise the value of property and residents of these areas seek to maintain reasonable housing prices. The new Miami Worldcenter has received approval for a prelimenary funding of $1.7 billion. However there is a lot of negative response by residents–including jobs going to workers outside the neighborhood and city and rising property values. In an article by Ben Kennedy, more is explained about the benefits and negatives in the proposed Worldcenter.

Overtown residents voice concern over Miami Worldcenter

The Miami Worldcenter is one step closer to becoming a reality after Miami-Dade County commissioners gave the $1.7 billion project preliminary approval.

Overtown residents packed the Miami-Dade County government center Tuesday morning to voice their concerns with the project.

The nearly $2 billion project will transform the Magic City and connect Museum Park to the proposed downtown train station, 1 million square feet of retail space, new hotels and condominiums.

“It’s hard for people in the communities where these developments are happening to have more of a say,” said Phillip Agnew.

The commission will vote Tuesday on the community development district.

“It means that we are allowing the developer to charge the people that are going to be part of the development, whoever is renting it, etc. to have an extra fee so that they can pay for infrastructure,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “Today, Miami-Dade County is not giving any tax dollars to this developer.”

The project is set to create 20,000 construction jobs and thousands of full-time work.

Some residents want developers to lock down competitive wages that can sustain people in their community.

“What we want is in the contract that the permanent jobs will have quality wages and that they will be able to unionize,” said Agnew.

Jay Massirman on real estate, crowdfunding and savvy development strategies

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Jay Massirman has been in real estate for 30 years.

Starting in 1986, Massirman worked as a commercial broker at CBRE. Then, in 2008, when he saw a market ripe with opportunity, he became an investor and developer. His first focus was on fractured condo and single-family projects that went belly-up during the financial crisis.

His development firm, Rivergate Companies, today focuses on multifamily projects and building urban infill self-storage facilities. With partners Stephen Garchik and Steve McBride, Massirman runs Miami City Self Storage. The company has snapped up six plots of land across Miami-Dade County in the last two years for about $12 million.

Massirman has also formed a partnership with KW Property Management and Consulting to manage multifamily and commercial properties in Florida and North Carolina.

A big believer in the promise of technology to enhance real-estate development, Massirman has experimented with crowdfunding a rental project in Orlando. He answered questions from the Miami Herald on the future of his companies and South Florida’s real-estate market via email. Here is an interview by the Miami Herald’s Nicholas Nehamas. Article here. 

Q: What trends led you to believe that self-storage would be a good investment in Miami? What are your future plans for that area?

A: Having developed storage in the previous cycle, the timing felt right. My partners Steve Garchik and Steve McBride, veteran storage developers from D.C. and NYC, got together in early 2013 to form a joint venture to build urban infill, high-end self-storage facilities. We found that little self-storage building had taken place in the last 10 years. With the continued growth and expansion of South Florida, it was the opportune time to ramp up our self-storage effort. Currently, we have five deals under construction and 13 deals in process. Our plans are to build out the South Florida market with the best sites we can acquire. Our leading-edge designs have been favorably accepted by most municipalities we have targeted. We are in active discussions to scale our footprint beyond South Florida.

Q: You’ve expressed interest in crowdfunding real-estate developments. How successful has that innovation been?

A: We crowdfunded an apartment community in Orlando with EarlyShares and got a very strong reception from investors. I believe crowdfunding will continue to gain market acceptance for raising capital from both accredited and non-accredited investors. We will continue to explore this emerging marketplace.

Q: Genting has been extremely quiet about its plans for the old Miami Herald site. What do you think is the best use for that land?

A: The Genting land is located in the epicenter of Miami at the confluence of downtown, Edgewater and Miami Beach. The original plan was oriented toward gambling, but its timeline regarding legalization is unknown. I am sure they are working on the strategic plan for their holdings, which could encompass a resort, office, hospitality, condos, retail and beyond. The challenge will be how to integrate this into the competitive landscape with Worldcenter, Midtown, Design District, Brickell City Centre, to name a few.

Q: Where do you think we are in the current real-estate cycle?

A: The South Florida market has been at full tilt since the market reignited in 2010. First, it was the distress wave, which lasted a couple of years morphing into a robust development market for condominiums and luxury rental communities, which is reaching peak levels. Acquisitions are getting pretty tight due to cap rate compression. Current trends in development include mixed-use, urban infill development and high-street retail. It feels like we are in mid-cycle, and the fear of a rise in interest rates is looming. That said, we are truly a unique economy driven by international focus, the emerging tech industry, port expansion, convention center expansion and airport expansion, to name a few major infrastructure projects. Include the arts, professional sports, gentrifying urban markets, and it all spells a very exciting time to be a part of the globalization of Miami.

Q: What under-exposed neighborhoods should developers be targeting next? What kind of developments does Miami need more of?

A: We have seen frantic activity in Wynwood, Little River, downtown Miami, Miami River and Edgewater. I think sticking to these markets and looking for second-generation and backfill opportunities will be a viable strategy. We are in the process of rolling out a platform to explore these opportunities.

Q: Miami is one of the most expensive cities in the country for renters. Why are rents so high compared to incomes? And what can be done to help address this problem?

A: The main factors involved here are high land values, availability of prime sites for rental and construction costs. Couple that with the fact the condo developers have paid a premium on a per-unit basis for land and that we have seen a “land rush” in the last few years — it complicates matters. This makes building affordable rentals virtually out of reach. The affordable housing developers in town just can’t get enough tax credits allocated to meet the rising demand. Affordability is a significant issue in Miami-Dade County. There is a growing need for affordable, clean, safe housing for the people that make our economy function, including teachers, firefighters, police, restaurant, clerical, government, hospitality, retail and domestic workers as an example. These individuals make up the fabric of our economy, and it is a struggle for them to build savings when over half of their earnings goes to rent. Solutions include creating more workforce housing just outside the urban core on less expensive land. These projects will need subsidies to get the numbers to work inclusive of: tax-exempt bond financing, increased allocation of tax credits to urban Miami-Dade County, streamlining of the HUD 221-d4 program, and tax-increment financing, for instance.

Q: Why did you see an opportunity in property management, and where have you directed your resources? How pleased are you with the new venture?

A: Rivergate Management started as a multifamily acquisition platform for its own assets, as well as third-party industry relationships in 2008. In early 2013, I was introduced to Robert White and Paul Kaplan, both CPAs and the founders of KW Property Management & Consulting. In just 10 years, they have built their condo-management business to 60,000 + units and are one of the leading service providers in that industry. They laid out their vision to duplicate their success on the rental side of the business, and Rivergate | KW Management was conceived as a separate entity. Currently, Rivergate | KW Management has close to 10,000 units in the management pipeline, including 2 million square feet of commercial. Our resources are focused on hiring the best people in the business to grow this company into an industry leader. I am very fortunate to have great partners in all of my entities.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/biz-monday/article26934190.html#storylink=cpy

Where to Be: 7.10.15 to 7.16.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!

Friday, July 10th

Environmental Impact Film Festival at Colony1 Wynwood 

Environmental Impact Film Festival at Colony1 Wynwood
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
10669216_494909147324494_1300123289158054586_oColony 1
550 NW 22nd St,
Miami, Florida 33127
Facebook Link
Cost: –

SIMA and Colony1 bring you:


July 10, 2015 – International Film Festival, SIMA, partners with local non-profit, Art of Cultural Evolution, to host SIMA MIAMI, a 3 day festival featuring award-winning impact films from around the world, July 10-12, 2015

With stories from Ghana, Cambodia, Mexico, Iceland, England and the US – SIMA Miami gives conscious citizens and documentary enthusiasts a platform to share and inspire ideas, mobilize support for causes, and generate discussions about global issues in their own community through the power film.

Saturday, July 11th

Learn about nutrition with Short Chef 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

short-chef-Arts-CalendarLauderhill Mall Branch Library
4257 Northwest 12th Street,
Lauderhill, Florida 33313
Webpage Link
Cost: FREE

Kids learn about new foods and vegetables from a culinary expert with a hands-on rewarding experience that creates new healthy eating behavior.

Sunday, July 12th

8th Annual Miami Takeover 2015

WK&F Group and VP Productions Travel Presents the 8th Annual Miami Takeover Experience

Like-Minded Urban Professionals Party with a Purpose
Miami, FL-The 8th Annual Miami Takeover Experience will take place in sunny South Beach from July 9-13, 2015. Attendees will enjoy seven signature events at Miami’s premiere entertainment spots. The host hotels for this year’s Takeover include the SLS South Beach, the Aloft South Beach and the Cantina Hotel & Beach Club.

Over 3,000 visitors from Pennsylvania, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia are expected to participate in Miami Takeover along with the 92,000 visitors expected in Miami that weekend. In the past, Miami Takeover has hosted notable personalities such as Trey Songz (R&B singer), Sanaa Lathan (Actress), Dave Chappelle (Comedian), Doug E. Fresh (Rapper/Celebrity Host) and MC Lyte (Celebrity DJ/Rapper), just to name a few.

Monday, July 14th

MAMP Labs Workshop

Art + Tech Connection: Leveraging the Power of Local Tech and Startups.

Join us for an interactive, forward thinking discussion on exploring ways in which we can connect local arts to the tech boom of Miami.

Tuesday, July 15th

A Taste of Haiti at NSU Art Museum Cafe 7/15/15

12:00 pm – 01:30 pm
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
None Link

A Taste of Haiti:
The Café at the NSU Art Museum has added new Danish and Haitian items themed to our newest exhibitions; War Horses: Helhesten and the Danish Avant-Garde During World War II and From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography. As such, the museum will introduce these news selections with two FREE tastings. Join us for a lunch tasting of A Taste of Haiti featuring the following dishes:
• Pain Patate (Haitian Sweet Potato Bread)
• Soup Joumou (Squash Soup)
• Haitian Passion Fruit Cupcakes

Wednesday, July 16th

“Starry Nights” at NSU Art Museum 

The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will begin offering free admission to the public every Thursday night starting July 2 from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Patrons are invited to come experience breathtaking exhibitions, thought-provoking lectures and fascinating films. The Museum Café will also be featuring two for one beer and wine specials as well as a light tapas menu.
Starry Nights is a reoccurring event that will happen every Thursday night through September 3. For additional information and complete list of summer events, visit nsuartmuseum.org or call 954-525-5500.

Thursday, July 17th

U.S. Brazil Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast

Date/Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel
1633 N. Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL 33132

Contact Person: info@multiculturaltourism.com

Phone Number: 954-792-2579




Miami Teens Breaking Down Social Silos

We are so excited to see our younger generations acting as leaders and role models in our city’s discussion about gender and equality. This article was release this morning in the Miami New Times. When leadership is taken on my youth it holds all of us more accountable for our actions.


Jazz Jennings, whose TLC docuseries I Am Jazz premieres Wednesday

Jazz Jennings, whose TLC docuseries I Am Jazz premieres Wednesday
Courtesy of TLC

There have been few stories as widely discussed in recent months as Caitlyn Jenner’s journey from Olympic gold-medal-winning male track star to transgender woman. In June, as Vanity Fair’s cover made its rounds online, South Florida native Jazz Jennings sensed her own life would never be the same. The 14-year-old transgender girl, who was assigned male at birth, is an activist for trans rights and a voice for trans youth. She says Jenner is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to the trans community.

“She’s opened her doors for others to learn by watching her,” Jennings says. “It’s certainly impacting my life. When I have to explain to people that I’m trans, I’ll just say I’m a younger version of Caitlyn Jenner.”

Jennings herself has been a face for the trans community since 2007, when, at age 6, she appeared as transgender in a20/20 interview with Barbara Walters. Now she’s about to go even more public about her journey, with a TLC show set to launch next week. I Am Jazz premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m.

The show will invite viewers into Jennings’ home and family life, introducing her parents Greg and Jeanette, sister Ari, and twin brothers Griffen and Sander. It will show Jennings’ typical teenage life, which includes a passion for soccer and art.

“I’m going to show everyone that I’m just like any other teenager,” she says, “except for the fact that I happen to be transgender.”

But it will also explore how she has battled the dark moments in her life and how she is fighting to change perceptions around trans youth.

Jennings was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at age 3. She first presented as a girl at age 5, but not everyone was immediately accepting. After the United States Soccer Federation would not allow her to play on girls’ teams, her parents fought a two-and-a-half-year battle, which resulted in the USSF changing its policies to allow trans students to play on their gender-identified team. And she has faced her share of harsh words and bullies.

“Over the years, I’ve tried to ignore the bullies at school,” she says. “I surround myself with friends who love and support me… I remind myself that what others think doesn’t matter.”

For her outspoken activism, Jennings was named one of Time‘s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014 and was the youngest person ever featured on Out’s Out 100 and the Advocate‘s 40 Under 40 lists. She is a spokesmodel for Clean & Clear’s “See the Real Me” digital campaign and the winner of Equality Florida’s 2014’s Voice for Equality Award. Last year, a children’s biographical picture book was published about her life. And she has her own mermaid tail company, Purple Rainbow Tails, which raises money for transgender children.

“I want other transgender kids to know that they aren’t alone and should be proud of themselves for having the courage to live as their authentic selves,” she says.

That’s her hope for I Am Jazz, which comes on the heels of unprecedented change in the LGBT community in the United States.

“It’s obvious now that things are improving for the LGBT community and that our country is more progressive than ever,” she says. “I truly hope the positive energy resonates with others who want to find out more about transgender youth too.”

Miami for Who?





Photo by Jason Sha’ul | MNT Flickr Poll

Today, Miami New Times released the article below focusing on the increase in the cost of living for Miami residents and the growing economic disparity in the city. As our city continues to allow ‘development’ via these luxury large scaled projects, we have to ask the question, Miami for who?

Read the full article below:


It should be well established by now that the single biggest economic issues facing average residents of South Florida is the fact that while rents continue to rise unabated, our paychecks remain relatively low. As a result, Miamians spend a higher percentage of their annual income on rent than almost all other Americans.

Recently, 24/7 Wall Street researched the most expensive city to live in each of the 50 states. It should be of little surprise that the Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach metropolitan area is the most expensive in the state. It also probably shouldn’t be too shocking that of those 50 cities, only the residents of three others make less on average each year than South Floridians.

To come to its conclusions, 24/7 Wall Street first looked at the cost of living in each state based on price level data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. This is expressed as an index in which 100 represents the national average. Miami’s is 105.1 (the index in all of Florida is 98.8). They also looked into the median income and the median rent paid.

Here’s what the site has to say about the Miami metro area:

 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida
> City cost of living: 105.0
> State cost of living: 98.8
> City median rent paid: $1,120
> City median household income: $46,946Compared to the national average price level, it costs about 5% more to live in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. The median rent of $1,120 is considerably higher than the state and national rents. Unlike many other expensive areas, incomes in the metro area are less than proportionate. More than 54% of renting households pay more than 35% of their income in rent. Statewide, 48.2% of renting households pay this much in rent — the highest percentage in the country. With some of the most visited beaches in the nation, many residents may be willing to pay a larger share of their income to live in the area.

Yep, though overall high costs of living may not be a statewide issue, residents paying a large proportion of their income on rent is a problem. And it’s much more pronounced in South Florida.

Oh, and, hint to 24/7 Wall Street: Having nice beaches nearby isn’t really making the working class feel better about the situation.

The problem becomes especially pronounced when you look at the median rent and the median household income in the other expensive metro areas. Only three have lower median household incomes than South Florida.
  • In New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana, the median income is just $45,981, but the cost of living is lower than the national average, and residents there pay, on average, just $908 in rent.
  • In Jackson, Mississippi, they make a median $43,611. However, Mississippi is the least expensive state in the nation in which to live, and median rent there is just $776.
  • The median household income in Charleston, West Virginia, is $45,251, but cost of living there is astonishingly cheap, and median rent is just $644.

The national median household income, by the way, is $52,250. In the report, 33 of the 50 cities listed have median household incomes higher than that.

This isn’t anything new.

We already know the average Miami household spends about 43.2 percent on rent, the second-highest rate of any major city in America.

If you want to rent a one-bedroom apartment in the City of Miami, it’ll cost you about $1,800 month.

You are also more than likely renting, because 65 percent of Miami households rent, the highest percentage anywhere in America.

Miami-Dade is also the fifth least affordable market for renters.

The county also leads the nation in millennials who still live at home (and it’s more than just because of a Latin cultural thing).

Of course, if you still want to live in some other fancy American city, you can find some comparative deals. Rent in the Atlanta area is only $947. Portland: just $969. You could try the other Portland, in Maine, too. It’s $902.

Where to Be July 3-July 9

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!

1940s USO Swing Dance 7/3/15

1940s USO Swing Dance
Friday, 07/03/2015 – 07/04/2015 08:00 pm – 12:00 am
3363 NE 163rd St,
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $10 Advance, $15 At the Door

Come on out and dance with us on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month!

Celebrate the 4th of July a day early at our 1940s Style USO Swing Dance. Dress in Red, White, & Blue, 40s style, or wear a uniform from your favorite branch of military service.

If you’ve never tried Swing dancing before, this is the perfect night for you! Take the lesson and let the dancing and merriment begin! No partner is necessary! We recommend that you wear comfortable footwear that won’t fly off your feet so you can dance with us all night.

Bring your own refreshments, or donate $1 or $2 per refreshment.

8:00p-9:00p Introduction to Swing Lesson
9:00p-12:00a Social Dance
East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Blues


Bring your friends and make new ones!!! We’ll see you on the dance floor!!!

Saturday July 4th

4th of July Barbeque 7/4/15

4th of July Barbeque
Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
invite4JULYNEWFresh American Bistro
17315 Collins Ave,
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Fresh American Bistro announces its 4th of Julycelebration with an all-American barbeque. The menu, curated by Fresh American Bistro’s Executive Chef Philippe Ruiz, offers a creative twist on all-American favorites including pork and beef sliders, Baby Back Ribs and macaroni and cheese. Guests will enjoy live music while watching classic American films screened on the projector. Additional fun will include a build-your-own strawberry shortcake bar and sparklers station. Jim Beam and will be serving up classic American cocktails including Bourbon Lemonade.





Thursday July 9th

Film: La Belle Vie: The Good Life 7/9/15

Film: La Belle Vie: The Good Life
Sunday, 07/09/2015 – 06:00 pm – 08:30 pm
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
None Link
Cost: Free with admission

La Belle Vie: The Good Life is a story about a Haitian-American filmmaker, Rachelle Salnave’s journey to discover her Haitian roots by examining the complexities of the Haitian society as it pertains to the overall political and economic dichotomy in Haiti. Using her own personal family stories interconnected with capturing the voices of Haitians and experts overall, this film chronologically uncovers the rationale behind its social class system but also how it has affected the Haitian American migration experience as well.

Free with admission. RSVP: email or 954-262-0204.

Art and Business. Cuba and Miami.

Often what happens in Cuba effects life 300 miles away in Miami. Nora Gamez Torres of the Miami Herald sat down with Jorge Perez to discuss the reopening of Cuba-US relations and how Miami’s and Cuba’s eminent art scenes will complement to each other and contribute to the growth of both epicenters of iconic art. See the article below to read the interview in full.

After trip to Cuba, Jorge Pérez talks art and business


Miami developer and arts patron Jorge Pérez, chairman of The Related Group, recently returned from the Havana Biennial art festival. It was his second trip to the island.

“We’ve been trying to open the gates of communication between Havana and Miami through art, which is apolitical most of the time: It doesn’t have anything to do with politics and is only an exchange of ideas,” he said in an interview with el Nuevo Herald.

Here is a translated excerpt from that interview.

Q. You’re helping Cuban artists “break the ice” in regards to U.S.-Cuba relations?

A. First, it’s magnificent for Cuban artists to be recognized internationally. Curators, museum heads, gallery owners from all over the world, attended the Biennial. The Galeria Continuo, an Italian gallery among the best in the world, is going to set up an office in Havana. They represent great international artists, also Carlos Garaicoa, who is one of the Cuban artists who has found the most success outside of the island. For Cuban artists, it’s very important. We bought several pieces for the PAMM, nothing political, very abstract.

Q. Stephen Ross, who co-founded The Related Group with you, made headlines upon his return to Cuba and his announcement that he didn’t see great investing opportunities there. Do you share this opinion?

A. Neither Steve Ross nor myself held any meetings with Cuban officials to decide or learn if they’re promoting real estate or not. Those were just impressions from what he saw in Havana. What Steve said is, it will be a long time before he invests in Cuba because the infrastructure is in such bad condition.

Q. What would have to happen so that a group such as yours would decide to invest in Cuba?

A. I have a somewhat different opinion from Steve Ross. I think that countries and cities can change in a very rapid way. That’s what’s happening in Eastern Europe. If they opened the Cuban market completely, there could be changes quickly. As of now, even if I tell you that it’s good or bad to invest, it’s impossible to invest because it’s illegal. If you’re an American company, you can’t invest because of the embargo and because the Cuban government doesn’t allow private investments in that sector. If I wanted to sell condominiums in Cuba, which I don’t, I wouldn’t be able to be the owner of the property, so I wouldn’t be able to sell them.

I can’t even buy a house, so to talk about investing is something that right now doesn’t make sense because many things have to happen: first, for relations to open completely — and they haven’t even opened embassies yet; after that, for laws to be created for American investments to be able to become a reality. I wish that could be done quickly, but the truth is that it’s not something I see in the near future.

Personally, what I would like the most is to work on a project that would aid the historic rehabilitation of Havana. It’s a shame and it gives me tremendous sadness to see the precious buildings, to see a city, which could be the most beautiful in Latin America, falling apart and with very little money for renovations. I’d like a nonprofit to do something to help in that rehabilitation, which is so necessary.

Q. Do you have any plan designed for that rehabilitation?

A. No, we go to Cuba to see art, to immerse ourselves in art and in the people. With all the difficulties that there are, the people have always been kind to us. They treat you in a spectacular way; you feel at home. You go to other places in South America and Asia — especially where there’s a lot of poverty — and you’re looking at a house and they immediately close the door. In Cuba, they tell you come inside and the houses are in a state of disrepair and people give you a cup of coffee. They’re so amicable and it makes me feel so much pride to have Cuban ancestry.

I would love to be able to help, once relations between the countries open up, to be able to help in Cuba’s development and do so without making any money.

Q. Would the luxury hotel industry have potential in Cuba?

A. I think that if they allowed it, it would end tourism in the rest of the Caribbean because it has beautiful beaches, a polite people, an exceptional landscape, some of the most beautiful architecture in the Americas. It has everything tourists want.

The embargo doesn’t affect the United States, not even minimally; all of Cuba’s economy is smaller than that of Miami-Dade County, and the ones who suffer the most are Cubans. If you talk to them in the street, they’re the ones most interested in the opening of a free market in their country.

Q. Have you thought about how you can help re-urbanize Havana?

A. Yes, I’ve thought about it a lot. Like I told one of my friends, “I wish they would let me be the developer for all of this. I think I could change Havana in 10 or 20 years.”

Q. Many people are concerned that populations will be displaced in the process of urbanizing Havana.

A. Every time there are investments, there will be those who lose out. But I’m a capitalist and I believe that free investments are the best way to generate jobs and regenerate Havana. If the government didn’t want to lose the properties, they could do a long-term lease. Whether they’re going to change laws to allow this, that I don’t know. I’m not involved in politics but I would love for it to happen. I’ve opposed the embargo for a long time. I think it doesn’t help anyone except for the Cuban government and certain political sectors in Miami. It damages the Cuban people.

Q. This is the second time you’ve visited Cuba. What were the greatest changes between your first trip in 2012 and your recent visit?

A. There’s good and bad. The good: a lot of private industry, more little places to eat, more little hotels. The bad: too much destruction. Visiting is both happy and sad at the same time, but I love to go, I love to go dancing there. We went to the House of Music, to a small but very impressive jazz place. There are problems in those places because there’s a slew of women standing outside them who I imagine that for a little amount of money … those are problems that happen in poverty.

Q. But with this level of poverty, luxury condominiums seem to be part of a faraway future?

A. If they opened things up and I could build a luxury condominium in Vedado, I would sell them in two hours here in Miami. Cubans in Miami would be the first to buy. In Miami, 80 percent of the people we sell to are foreigners. Havana is a city very similar to Miami. … There’s good music, good theater, good ballet.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/biz-monday/article25650241.html#storylink=cpy

Closing the Tech Gap between The Caribbean and Miami

There is a no doubt that a technology gap has long been established between the US and it’s close Caribbean neighbors. With only a few hundred miles of ocean between the US and the Caribbean, the technology gap seems like it is decades apart. Molly Duffy of the Miami Herald, writes about a conference that seeks to bridge technology gap between Caribbean and Miami.

Conference seeks to bridge technology gap between Caribbean, Miami


Entrepreneurs and businesspeople from Caribbean and African nations encouraged each other to drive the technological change their countries need at Miami Caribbean Code’s first Regional Tech Summit on Thursday in the Design District.

“Technology is just a thing that should be there to help us solve social problems, solve market problems, solve market demand needs,” said Natalie Cofield, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, during her keynote speech. She urged attendees to invest in their home countries and then “go home and do business.”

“If we don’t believe in our community enough to go back in and create a solution for them,” she said, “we’ll be upset that somebody else came and did.”

Billions of dollars travel from the U.S. to the Caribbean and Africa, Cofield said. “So why can’t it flow on distribution channels that are created by the very people who are putting billions into the system?”

The conference was designed to bring focus on the need for technology advances in the Caribbean, said Eveline Pierre, co-founder of Miami Caribbean Code, dedicated to bridging the technological gap between the Caribbean and Miami. About 75 attended.

Technology can address a myriad of problems — including government accountability, access to education, energy security and public health access — facing both South Florida and the Caribbean, said Brian Fonseca, director of operations for the Applied Research Center at Florida International University.

“The Caribbean has suffered for a long time from constant brain drain. Intellectuals leave the Caribbean and move into markets that have better quality of life. And that’s just sad because we lose this intellectual power that we should be sustaining in our own communities,” Fonseca said.

Panelists throughout the day discussed technology’s influence on education, social impact, connectivity and economies. Addressing the problems in these areas begins with more access to technologies, panelists said.

“We have not spoken about new technology that does not exist in the world,” said Nehama Bikovsky, president of Maritime Consulting Enterprise. “However, when we go to the Caribbean, oftentimes we see that this not-amazing-anymore technology is still not there.”

As some technology reaches Cuba, Jason Ibarra, chapter director of Startup Grind Miami, cautioned attendees to “be a little cynical” about the rate of progress there. Despite growing internet access, costs are still relatively astronomical, he said.

“I spend personally about 1 percent of my income on broadband internet,” Ibarra said. “If [Cuban citizens] spent 1 percent on broadband internet, they would have 10 minutes a month.”

Rent Through the Roof

Good news: Business is booming in South Florida. Bad news: housing prices are soaring. Comparitive to San Fransisco, Miami rental prices are very similar. But why? In an article published by NBC6, Jennifer Peltz summarizes a recent study conducted on rental prices across the US.

Is Rent Out of Reach? Study Shows How 11 US Cities, Including Miami, Stack Up

From Boston to Miami, New York to Los Angeles, more than half of tenants are paying what experts consider unaffordable rents, says a report by New York University’s Furman Center, which studies real estate and urban policy, and bank Capital One, which is a leading affordable-housing lender and financed the research.

While various housing experts have noted such trends, the study zooms in on 11 of the nation’s most populous cities. Overall, it’s a portrait of increasing competition and often slipping affordability, but the picture isn’t universally bleak and looks noticeably different from city to city.

“The study brings into light the limited options there are for renters,” Capital One community finance chief Laura Bailey says.


The study analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from 2006 to 2013 on the central cities of the 11 most populous U.S. metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.


As of 2013, most residents were renters in nine of the 11 cities, all except for Atlanta and Philadelphia, compared with five in 2006. At least 60 percent of residents are now tenants, rather than owners, in Boston, L.A., New York and Miami. Nationwide, about 35 percent of people rented in 2013, up from 31 percent in 2006, the Census Bureau says.

Experts trace much of the rise in renting to the 2008 mortgage and financial crisis, which left some people unable and others reluctant to own homes. And when rent becomes a stretch, leaving less income to save toward homeownership, “it’s a reinforcing cycle,” Furman Center faculty director Ingrid Gould Ellen says.

But other factors may include home-downsizing within the giant and aging baby boom generation and hefty college debt that slows some young people’s saving for a home purchase.


In each city, the amount of rental housing grew faster than any rise in owner-occupied homes. In fact, the data suggest some homes were converted to rentals.

Nonetheless, the vacancy rate declined everywhere except Miami and Washington, where increases were slight. San Francisco surpassed New York for the title of tightest rental market: New York’s 3.8 percent vacancy rate was the lowest in 2006, but by 2013 San Francisco had the floor with a mere 2.5 percent. New York, L.A. and Boston were hovering around 3.5 percent. Atlanta, meanwhile, had the highest vacancy rate of the cities in the survey, at nearly 10 percent.


Amid growing demand and tight supply, median rents rose faster than inflation in all the cities but Dallas and Houston, where they were nearly flat. Washington’s median rent shot up by 21 percent over the seven years, to $1,307 a month. New York’s rose by 12 percent, to $1,228. The calculation is in inflation-adjusted for 2013 dollars, includes utilities and encompasses market-rate, rent-regulated and subsidized housing.

New York has about 1 million rent-regulated apartments, perhaps helping explain why it has a lower median rent than Washington, San Francisco ($1,491) and Boston ($1,263). Meanwhile, median rents were under $1,000 everywhere else except Los Angeles ($1,182).

But rents don’t tell the whole story of affordability: Renters’ median household incomes varied widely over the years. Housing experts like to gauge affordability by the percentage of income that goes to housing costs, with anything over 29 percent being rent-burdened. Over 49 percent is considered severely burdened.

On that scale, the landscape is uneven. The percentage of rent-burdened tenants grew in six cities while dropping in the rest, and the findings were full of seeming contradictions. San Francisco had the highest median rent but the lowest percentage of rent-burdened tenants, 45 percent; Miami had a far lower median rent, but 68 percent of tenants were burdened.

One reason: San Francisco renters’ median household income was $61,200 a year, nearly 1.5 times what their Miami counterparts made.


In each city, apartments that had come open within the last five years were less likely to be affordable to low- and middle-income tenants than apartments that hadn’t.

Where to Be May 29-June 4

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!

Friday May 29

Casino Night at Rubi Lounge
Friday, 05/29/2015 – 05/30/2015 10:00 pm – 05:00 am
IMG_9133RuBI Lounge
141 SW 7th St,
Miami, Florida 33130
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Complimentary Admission on David Garay’s VIP List Before 12am
Dress to Impress

Call/Txt 786-985-3520

Venue Description:
The new lounge in Brickell. Come and see this beautiful place that everybody is talking about.

Saturday, May 30

Tango Undressed by Miami Contemporary Dance Company 5/30/15

Tango Undressed by Miami Contemporary Dance Company
Saturday, 05/30/2015 – 08:00 pm –
Screen-Shot-2015-05-20-at-6.09.15-PMThe Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater
1700 Washington Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: Ticket Prices Vary $25-$55

The secret is out. Back by popular demand, Ray Sullivan’s critically acclaimed Tango Undressed, returns after five years to seduce its audience once again. Sullivan created Tango Undressed in his own voice of contemporary movement, “undressing tango” by bringing together couples and situations that veer greatly from traditional tango themes, transporting audiences to new, unbound places that are at once seductive, provocative and vulnerable. This exclusive two-night-only performance will include costumes and sets designed by internationally acclaimed designer, Jorge Gallardo.

Saturday, May 30th, 8 p.m. & 11 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $25-$55, and are available online at www.fillmoremb.com or miamicontemporarydance.net. For group rates and special discounts, contact JohnM@MIamiContemporaryDance.net.
*Parental Advisory: Brief Nudity*

Sunday May 31

National Kidney Foundation Cornhole Tournament 5/31/15

National Kidney Foundation Cornhole Tournament
Sunday, 05/31/2015 – 05:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Updated-Cornhole-flyerBlackbird Ordinary
729 SW 1st Ave,
Miami, Florida 33130
Eventbrite Link

Compete against your friends for a chance at Cornhole glory at the The National Kidney Foundation of Florida’s First Annual Cornhole Tournament! Your generous donation enters your team of 2 to compete in the double elimination tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams. 1st Prize will receive a Happy Hour party for 20 of your closest friends at Blue Martini in Brickell (valued at $1000).

Pre-registration – $40/team
Day of Registration – $60/team
Tournament Details
Bring Your Own Partner
Prize Consolation bracket for 0-2 teams
Prizes for Top 3 teams!
Prize for Most Creative Uniform
Drinks Specials from 5-8pm
Free T-shirt
Other Cornhole Skill Contests

Hosted by South Florida Cornhole

Monday June 1

Jokes in the Grove Mondays 6/1/15

Jokes in the Grove Mondays
Monday, 06/01/2015 – 06/01/2015 09:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Moes_FL8_ESPNMr. Moe’s
3131 Commodore Plaza,
Coconut Grove, Florida 3131 Commodore Plaza
Webpage Link
Cost: Suggested $5 Donation: 0.00

Here’s how you can beat those Monday blues and add in some laughs with an exclusive drink and food special.

All the local comics gather round this event and showcase what they’ve got for your laughing pleasure!

Drink ALL U CAN DRINK + 1 food item all for just $20 bucks during showtime…This deal is only during showtime!
So bring your friends and add an extra option to your Monday nightlife, see what Miami Comedy has to offer.

We know you will have a blast at our shows, we offer a FUNNY BACK GUARANTEE: if you are not laughing out loud or having a good time at one of our shows, we will BUY YOU A DRINK. If this doesn’t get you in on the fun, we will refund any entry donation, 100% hassle free!
Seeya there!

Share this with #MIAMICOMEDY and help the funny get into our city!

Downtown Miami Leasing Open House 6/2/15

Downtown Miami Leasing Open House
Tuesday, 06/02/2015 – 02:00 pm – 06:00 pm
OF Squared inviteOne Flagler
14 NE 1st ave Suite 1205,
Miami, Florida 33132
None Link
Cost: FREE

We invite you to stop by our showroom to experience a renovated Miami Icon on Flagler Street. One Flagler is a Morris Lapidus designed building that has undergone amazing renovations and is ready to represent the best of the Miami’s past and future.

One Flagler boasts 15 floors of boutique office condos and office space in the heart of downtown Miami within walking distance to restaurants, colleges, bars and shops. This is one of the best locations to do business in Miami hands down!

Come by as we will host all who come to the 12th floor of the downtown Icon and have food and drinks on us.

Please RSVP at mz@benchmarkrg.com

or jeremy@benchmarkrg.com

Come to 14 NE First ave Suite 1205 from 2pm to 6pm

Wednesday June 3

Marketing Strategies Workshop 6/3/15

Marketing Strategies Workshop
Wednesday, 06/03/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Workshop-May-27thThe Artisan Lounge
500 NE 1st Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: FREE

Have you been trying to take your art career to the next level? Do you find it difficult to market yourself because you’re too focused on your work? Then this workshop, provided by BEART, is just for you. BEART is an art project that develops innovative concepts to bring art to multiple spaces. Its strength in marketing and public relations allows to promote its artists to different audiences and encourage community interaction with art.

BEART represents emerging contemporary artists whose ingenious artwork is highly sought after by collectors and appreciated by the general public.BEART works with vision and perseverance to continue conquering spaces and strengthen the artistic network: artists, promoters, museums, businesses, communities, and collectors. BEART principles are creativity, innovation, ethics, and empathy.

BEART is run by Karina Matheus, BS/BA Social Communications (Audiovisual), Marketing and Business Specialist, and who also studied Arts & Photography in different academies in Venezuela.

Join us Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm in the Artisan Lounge for a great learning experience.

Thursday June 4

Taste of the Gables kicks off 8th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week 6/4/15

Taste of the Gables kicks off 8th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week
Thursday, 06/04/2015 – 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm
8198-CGtasteLogoWestin Colonnade Hotel
180 Aragon Ave,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: General admission is $30 online and $35 at the door. VIP tickets are $55 online and $65 at the door.

Art of Business and the Business of Art

In 2013, Miami-based artists Loriel Beltran, Aramis Gutierrez and Domingo Castillo became increasingly frustrated with the city’s arts scene, primarily because of what they perceived to be a lack of representation and discourse from local artists at the institutions founded by the city’s most prominent collectors.

With limited resources, the artists opened a humble arts space in Little Haiti called GUCCIVUITTON. The name was a happy accident, blurted out by chance during a brainstorming session. But it happens to capture the essence of Miami’s consumerism, from the fixation on high-end luxury to the fake-it-till-you-make-it knock-off culture.

GUCCIVUITTON functions on an unusual model. The collective operates a for-profit commercial gallery, but profit is hardly on their minds. Although they say making a profit would be nice, they’ve sometimes staged exhibitions where little or nothing is for sale.

Since opening their gallery, the founders have churned out a slate of exhibitions that focus on the colloquial aesthetics of South Florida artists while at the same time challenging perceptions of what is expected from South Florida artists. Among those showcased have been cutting-edge talents like ART 404, a post-Internet collective who have collaborated with the hacktivist group Anonymous to take down the websites of major art galleries including New York’s Gagosian and David Zwirner.

On the other end of the spectrum, the gallery has also shown works by established names like Purvis Young, the late African-American artist whose racially charged works captured the tumultuous, harsh experience of being black in Miami and also caught the eye of prominent collectors like the Rubells (who lent works for the show).

Despite being open just two years, GUCCIVUITTON is the subject of a museum show at the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami in the Design District. It’s highly unusual, and nearly unprecedented, for an artist-run space to be the subject of a museum show. ICA Miami Deputy Director and Chief Curator Alex Gartenfeld, however, believes the gallery has proven itself worthy with its programming.

“I approached them to exhibit at ICA Miami based on my interest in artists who ask critical questions about the relationships between art and commerce, and art and life in the city,” Gartenfield said.

The show itself is a mammoth undertaking, featuring more than 100 works by 30 artists (nearly all local). Interestingly, almost every work on display was previously featured in one of GUCCIVUITTON’s exhibitions but did not sell. The irony in having castoffs from past gallery shows become the darlings of a museum show is unmistakeable.

If the show’s scope isn’t enough to stretch the imagination, the setting will. The entire show takes place inside the ICA’s atrium, a lofty indoor room four stories high with an intersecting grid dividing up the space. Its height, lack of wall space and narrow beams make it a precarious and extraordinarily difficult space to install and curate exhibits.

Designed by Miami-based designer Jonathan Gonzalez’s firm Office GA, the show installation is inspired by the infrastructure of art storage. The mesh screens on which many of the works hang are commonly used to store art; the setting borrows direct inspiration from the storage system at the nearby Rubell Family Collection.

While the show features works from nearly every past exhibition at the gallery, the founders of GUCCIVUITTON deliberately wanted to distance the show from the gallery and instead focus on the artists on view. Works are viewed not by chronological order but rather grouped by size, much as a registrar might catalogue works.

The intricate arrangement allows for a bird’s-eye view of not only GUCCIVUITTON’s curatorial vision but also offers a snapshot of the Miami arts scene on its A-game. Joseriberto Perez’s paintings are rooted in abstraction but also utilize a regional visual vernacular of lush colors and dense patterns.

Perez isn’t the only person in the show inspired by the South Florida landscape; several works came from a previous exhibition on that same topic. The most haunting of these is by Scott Armetta, who renders our landscape in brooding, gothic colors.

Others have take their concepts of Miami to more conceptual spectra. Multimedia artist Hugo Montoya showcases of what appears to be a cracked slab of earth — really a wall of clay that he sourced from a historically segregated blacks-only beach in Key Biscayne. GUCCIVUITTON co-founder Beltran also contributed a wall to the show, though his was sourced from an actual wall of the former Locust Projects location, a contemporary art space formerly located in Wynwood. Here he digs wavy lines into the drywall to reveal the past exhibitions at the space, including layers of paint or murals from previous shows.

Some of the strongest works are from a previous exhibition on Haitian artists called “The Look” that showcased both established and emerging artists from the island nation. Artist Guyodo showcases a selection of scrappy “idols” made from materials such as blenders and gaudy craft materials, while Georges Liautaud shows off intricate, flat metal sculptures (including one of a cat that appears to be walking along the steel beams).

Surprisingly, the most unusual part of the show has nothing to do with the works on display. In a bold move on GUCCIVUITTON’s part, everything on view in the show is for sale, and both the gallery and the museum have made no attempts to hide it. In fact, anyone can go towww.guccivuitton.biz to see the works available and purchase them straight from the website.

In a mindset where showy success equals sellout, the very fact that GUCCIVUITTON is the subject of a museum show leads to the question: Is it, too, now passe? Its founders seem unconcerned. They intend to keep up the work they are doing at the gallery and consider this exhibition to be a side note — albeit a significant one — to their ongoing practice.

In fact, even with this gigantic museum exhibition taking place, they continue to show at their own space, this time with Cristina Lei Rodriguez, a multimedia artist who explores the materiality of art and material culture through a new body of functional art objects. The show itself also has a schedule of programs that will explore various themes in her artist practice.

Said gallery co-founder Gutierrez, “We literally got to do a wunderkammer of Florida culture, from our perspective at least.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/visual-arts/article21623025.html#storylink=cpy

Putting the Red Light on Miami’s Economy: How Traffic is Slowing Down Miami

Cars, buses, and other vehicles come to a standstill on the northbound lanes of I-95 between the Northwest 135th Street and 151st Street exits during evening rush hour.

What chronic problem slows cities’ economies down and reduces the standard of living for every citizen? Sky high credit rates? Nope. Natural disasters? On extremely rare occasions. Traffic and paralyzing public transport? Bingo! Being stuck in traffic is the  bane of everyone’s existence and also a symptom of a larger problem. The issues of poor city planning and development are being exposed after the economic boom that has been happening in Miami. With companies relocating to the city to be closer to Latin and South America, the city has seen an influx in investment–of money and people–but how has the capital investment been used to scale for the amount of people? What has this cost Miami? Everyone from small business owners to executives of large multi-national corporations has been effected by the traffic jams in Miami, making it an issue that defies cultural and economic barriers. Nicholas Nehamas of the Miami Herald explores and dives deeper into this discussion in his article, “Business Slowdowns: Traffic Jams Up South Florida’s Economy“.

Fix it!

That’s the cry from South Florida business owners as backed-up roads take their toll on companies from Palm Beach County to the Keys.

A Miami Herald survey distributed through local chambers of commerce found that businesspeople overwhelmingly rate traffic here as “very bad,” saying it has gotten significantly worse in the last three years. More than half said employees at their company are “always or often” late because of traffic.

Though Miami’s traffic isn’t the nation’s worst — that dubious distinction goes to cities including Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin — the complaints aren’t the usual, idle grumbling.

Hard numbers back up the fact that local traffic is slowing to a crawl: Congestion in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties was up 21 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to a study by the global traffic solutions firm INRIX. Locals now waste an average of 37 hours per year stuck in traffic, seven more than the year before, meaning South Florida leapfrogged greater Washington, D.C., as the 10th-most congested metro area in the country, Seattle-based INRIX found.

From mom-and-pop shops to multi-national corporations, traffic is making it harder to do business in South Florida.

“Everybody knows our roads are really, really crowded and it’s impossible to navigate during the day,” said Mitchell Friedman, a partner at the developer Pinnacle Housing Group. “It’s making it much harder for people to commute to work.”

The reasons for the growing traffic nightmare are clear.

Congestion fell 30 percent nationally after the recession. Now that the economy is back on its feet, workers laid off during the downturn have found new jobs and are hitting the roads during the morning rush. South Florida’s population is booming as out-of-towners move in. Tourists are flocking to the beaches. Gas is relatively cheap.

All that means more cars on the road, especially in a city where many commuters can’t easily use public transit.

Development becomes a sword that cuts both ways if infrastructure can’t keep up, said Tony Villamil, founder of the Coral Gables-based consulting firm Washington Economic Group.

“The whole mark of a modern economy, especially a logistics-type economy like ours, is the ability to move people and merchandise quickly from one place to the next,” said Villamil, whose firm has conducted traffic studies for the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.

Making your way from South Miami-Dade or Broward into downtown Miami’s central business district can feel like a journey through Dante’s circles of hell, workers say.

On average, it takes workers in the United States 25.5 minutes to get to their jobs, according to U.S. Census data. But in South Florida’s more affordable suburbs, that number rises. Commuters in Homestead face a daily, one-way trip to work of 32.5 minutes. People who work in Kendall (30.5 minutes), Miramar (30.4 minutes), Pembroke Pines (29.9 minutes) and Weston (29.5 minutes) also face longer-than-average daily commutes, Census data show.

That means businesses in the urban core — where affordable housing is scarce — can lose out on employees.

“I had some job offers in Miami when I graduated college,” said Ashley Fierman, who lives in Cooper City and works in public relations. “But it’s no secret how bad traffic is in Miami. It’s like a parking lot. I couldn’t face that everyday.”

Fierman ended up taking a job in Plantation.

In the Miami Herald survey, businesspeople were clear that they think traffic is holding the local economy back.

About 86 percent of the 429 people who responded to the survey answered “yes” to the question: “Do you think traffic is hurting the economy in South Florida?” About 70 percent of those surveyed said traffic was hurting their companies directly.

They ranged from doctors and lawyers to restaurant owners, real estate agents and executives at major corporations.

Susan Sherr, an optometrist at an eye doctor’s practice in South Miami, says as many as a quarter of her patients run late to appointments because of traffic.

“The later-in-the-day appointments tend to be the trickiest,” Sherr said. “They’re hitting that people-coming-out-of-work traffic.”

Late patients mean longer waits for all involved.

“It throws off our whole schedule completely,” Sherr said. “I like to use every second of the time I’m given with people. If they come in 10 minutes late, it’s not fair to take 10 minutes from the next person.”

But Sherr said she knows it’s not her patients’ fault.

“It’s part of life around here,” she said. “I really feel for the patients who call and say they’re stuck in some kind of awful jam. I know it. I live it.”


Construction can be a particular pain for business owners. And these days it feels like every roadway in South Florida from the 826/836 interchange to Alton Road on Miami Beach is under construction — or blocked by the construction of some new tower.

“I hear complaints about traffic all the time from members,” said Jerry Libbin, president and CEO of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, where Alton Road has been under construction since the spring of 2013 to alleviate flooding. “Unfortunately, some members feel a lot more pain than others, particularly when there’s construction outside their business. It can be very frustrating when the lanes get narrowed and then the construction workers park on the swales and take up parking that could be used for customers.”

Tourists are also unhappy about the backed-up roads, according to a 2015 survey by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Traffic was the number one complaint from both domestic and international tourists.

As vexing as traffic can be, it’s not necessarily stopping businesses from moving to Miami — at least not yet.

South Florida has a variety of advantages for companies looking to relocate, including its proximity to Latin America, and Miami traffic isn’t as bad as in some other major cities, said William Hearn, a senior vice president at national broker CBRE’s corporate relocation group in Atlanta.

But if congestion keeps getting worse, businesses may think twice about the Magic City, Hearn said.

INRIX found that because of congestion, South Florida drivers take an average of 18 percent longer to reach their destinations than if they were driving in free-flowing traffic.

“Employers are paying more and more attention to average commute times and how easy it will be for their employees to get to work,” Hearn said. “Congestion is an issue that can definitely get you eliminated from a company’s list.”

And companies already based in Miami are looking more and more to set up shop near major roads and interstates, said Wayne Schuchts, a principal at Avison Young.

“They want to be near the turnpike, I-95 and I-75,” Schuchts said. “They need to make it easier for their employees to get to work.”

The cost of traffic is difficult to calculate, and economists warn that it is an imprecise science. But here’s one rough calculation: The average South Floridian wastes 37 hours a year in traffic. Multiply that by the region’s average hourly wage ($21.13) and you get $781.81 in lost productivity per year for every worker because of traffic. And that’s not counting gas.

INRIX has calculated that the four most congested stretches of road in South Florida (four segments of Florida’s Turnpike, the Palmetto Expressway and the Dolphin Expressway that total 31 miles) cost the local economy more than $97 million per year in lost worker productivity and wasted fuel.


Regardless of the true cost, traffic is a very real, daily frustration for a variety of local businesses.

Michael Góngora, an attorney who commutes from Miami Beach to Coral Gables, said worsening congestion has been a problem for law firms.

“Most attorneys are compensated for the time it takes to drive to the courthouse or meetings,” said Góngora, a former Miami Beach city commissioner. “So we end up billing our clients more and more to fight through traffic. Nobody is happy about that kind of billing situation.”

Góngora said he once had to conduct a court hearing on his cellphone as he sat in gridlock on I-95. “The call kept dropping and the judge was yelling at me to pull over, which is impossible on that road,” he remembered. “That is one experience I never want to repeat.”

Farther south, Rick LeMaire worries that frustrated customers may turn around and give up when they hit the jams that have become all too common near the car dealership he runs off the turnpike in Florida City.

“It used to be a seasonal phenomenon, seeing the turnpike get backed up with people going to the Keys,” LeMaire said. “But for the last three or four years, it starts like clockwork every Friday morning and lasts the whole weekend.”

There’s no question that cities experiencing an economic boom will suffer from traffic jams without proper planning, said Jim Bak, director of community relations at the traffic analytics firm INRIX.

The company, founded by former Microsoft employees, collects traffic data from government transit authorities, major commercial delivery companies, taxi cabs and other sources.

“Our infrastructure around the country has been at maximum capacity for some time,” Bak said. “There’s just no place for those cars to go.”

The greatest traffic crunch may be coming in the downtown and Brickell, areas that once emptied out after office hours. Now they are filled with luxury condo towers, popular restaurants and busy cranes.

“We’ve been going through a transformation of what the downtown looks like,” said Alyce Robertson, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, a semi-autonomous, publicly funded agency.

The downtown’s population has nearly doubled since the turn of the millennium, surpassing 80,000 in 2014, according to a DDA report.

“Urban sprawl is what got us here,” added Robertson, who said the DDA is pushing to increase public transit options in the downtown and encourage more walkable streets. “By repopulating the urban core, we can cut down on some of these traffic issues.”

In the meantime, businesses are left to struggle along. They have to adjust to South Florida’s new reality: gridlock.

“If you live in Aventura, you’re not really going to want to take a listing in Gables by the Sea,” said Danny Hertzberg, a real estate agent based in Miami Beach. “It takes too long to get there. That never used to be a problem but it is today, and it limits your market.”

Congestion is a problem for companies both big and small.

“We don’t keep hard numbers on traffic,” said Dan McMackin, a spokesman for UPS. “But anecdotally, any of our drivers can tell you that they have to budget more time than they did a few years ago for deliveries.”

And ever since the roads started clogging up, the Adrienne Arsht Center has sent traffic alerts to ticket-holders via email or phone.

“We tell them that your curtain is at 8 o’clock but there’s major construction or heavy traffic and we suggest taking this route or redirect them to alternative parking,” said John Richard, CEO of the performing arts center.

“But I’m getting worried that if things keep going the way they are, people won’t be able to access the downtown anymore,” Richard continued. “We have all these people who want to live here and be part of the new Miami. We can’t blow it.”

Robert Hill, general manager of the InterContinental Miami hotel in the downtown, agreed that Miami faces a tipping point in terms of traffic.

“When you look at the on-ramp to get on I-95 and out of the downtown, the traffic is blocked for four or five blocks,” Hill said. “And if the bridge at Brickell Ave. goes up, then nothing moves.”

Hill said the new condos, restaurants and big, mixed-use projects like Brickell City Centre and Miami Worldcenter will only attract more people into the already congested downtown. But once locals and visitors reach their breaking point with traffic, the area’s promise will quickly fade, he said.

“It doesn’t matter if we have great retail and shopping malls and restaurants around the downtown,” Hill said. “If people can’t get in because of gridlock, there’s going to be nobody here.”


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/traffic/article21125094.html#storylink=cpy


Where to be 5.22.15 to 5.28.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!


Friday May 22

Ball and Chain Presents Miami Boheme Fridays with Two-Time Grammy Nominated, Locos Por Juana 5/22/15

Ball and Chain Presents Miami Boheme Fridays with Two-Time Grammy Nominated, Locos Por Juana
Friday, 05/22/2015 – 10:00 pm – 03:00 am
Ball & Chain
1513 SW 8th street, 
Little Havana, Florida 33135
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Cost: FREE

live music performance THIS FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 at Ball & Chain as part of the Miami Boheme Fridays hosted by Joe Cardona. The TWO TIME GRAMMY nominated band, Locos Por Juana will take the Pineapple Stage at 10PM followed by a set by DJ Edward. (21 and over to attend, this event is open to the public, no cover).
For additional info on Locos Por Juana, please visit: http://www.locosporjuana.com/

Saturday May 23

Special ED’s B-Day Jump-Off w DJ ‘ Heron & DJ Exes 5/23/15

Special ED’s B-Day Jump-Off w DJ ‘ Heron & DJ Exes
Saturday, 05/23/2015 – 10:00 pm – 04:00 am
Will Call Miami
700 NE 2nd Ave, 
Miami, Florida 33132
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $10 Advance

Please Join us as we celebrate the Birthday of Mr Ed Archer aka Special ED.
ED is an American hip hop musician of Jamaican descent. Hailing from Brooklyn in New York City, and is identified with East Coast hip hop.
At Approximately 1:00 am Special ED will be performing at Will Call Miami in the Heart of Downtown, right across the street from the Miami Arena where the Miami Heat play. Music will be played by two of Miami’s hottest Hip Hop DJ’s Heron and Exes so make sure you bring your dancing shoes. We will be celebrating all night.

Sunday May 24

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa and Miami Dance Festival Present “El Padre” with special guest artist Carmela Greco 5/23/15 – 5/24/15

smallMiami Dade County Auditorium
Miami Dade County Auditorium, 
2901 W Flagler St, Miami, FL, Florida 33135
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Cost: $33 VIP $28 Advance $23 Seniors/Students

Monday May 25

Remembering Our Heroes 5/25/15

Remembering Our Heroes
Monday, 05/25/2015 – 11:00 am – 
Woodlawn Park Cemetery
3260 SW 8th Street, 
Coral Gables, Florida 33135
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Cost: Complimentary

The Greater Miami Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee honors Veterans with a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony. Those wishing to honor our fallen heroes are invited to a Wreath Laying Ceremony featuring presentations by the singing Miamians, a parade of color guards, and special remarks by BG General Kurt L. Sontag, US Army, Commanding General, Special Operations Command South. Those participating include Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10212 Commander Oswaldo (Ozzy) Perez, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 620 President Luis E. Lalama, The Cuban American Veterans Association President Marco Gorrin, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10212 Auxiliary President Miriam C. Molleda, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 346 President Irma R. Montes, American Legion Post 346 Commander Jorge L. Montes, and Chaplain FR. Luis Fernandez, Major USAF (Ret.) Light refreshments, courtesy of Woodlawn Park Cemetery, will be served following the ceremony.

Tuesday May 26

Soul Of Miami presents River Of Art #22 Business + Arts Social Event at La Gloutonnerie 5/26/15

Soul Of Miami presents River Of Art #22 Business + Arts Social Event
RiverOfArtWeb-22SOULTuesday, May 26, 6:30pm-9:30pm
La Gloutonnerie
81 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: $10 with Advance Purchase, Promo Code: SOUL
$20 at the door.
Buy Advance Tickets Now Advance Ticket sales end at 2:00pm on May 26th
Includes complimentary tastings and drink specials courtesy of La Gloutonnerie.
Proceeds go to support Life Is Art’s mission of supporting the arts and community.
Hashtag: #RiverOfArt
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Bringing People and Art Together
Life Is Art & Soul Of Miami present the River Of Art with an exciting evening of business networking featuring an interesting show, excellent music, delicious cuisine tastings and refreshing beverages. The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists. Attendees enjoy complimentary tastings and drink specials with entry.

Visual Artists: Sandra R. Epps, Theresa Echeverry, Courtney Einhorn
Charities: No More Tears, Best Buddies
Music: DJ Hank Justice

Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make new connections, showcasing local businesses and charities, while providing a fun break during the work week.

Art is an inspiring talking point, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community and hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing, so attendees are encouraged to bring plenty of business cards and an open mind.

Premiere Sponsor: Spectrum Miami
Partners: Fabulous Miami – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – Catalyst Miami – InTheLoop305 – Arts & Business Council – Bakehouse Art Complex – Association of Fundraising Professionals – Social Media Club South Florida – The New Tropic
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Wednesday May 27

Charmed by Charity Soiree at Alex & Ani 5/27/15

“Charmed by Charity Soiree” at Alex & Ani
Wednesday, 05/27/2015 – 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Alex & Ani
1012 Las Olas Blvd, 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Fort Lauderdale’s hottest new retailer, Alex & Ani, is inviting everyone out for an evening of shopping and the chance to make a difference in the lives of millions when they host a “Charmed by Charity Soiree” in the newly-opened store to benefit Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. 15% of all sales during the event will be given back to the organization whose mission is to find a cure for digestive diseases and to improve the quality of life for the sufferers. The sparkling night will include small bites and delicious sips and is free to the public. For more information please contact Robin Cartwright at rcartwright@ccfa.org or 561-218-2929.

Thursday May 28

The Education Fund’s For the Love of Art Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration presented by Ocean Bank 5/28/15

The Education Fund’s For the Love of Art Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration presented by Ocean Bank
Thursday, 05/28/2015 – 05/28/2015 06:00 pm – 09:15 pm
Invite-cover-imageDouglas Entrance
806 S. Douglas Road, South Tower Penthouse, 
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: $125 per ticket, sponsorships available

The Education Fund to auction 180 pieces of original student, teacher art at the annual For the Love of Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration

6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at Douglas Entrance South Tower Penthouse in Coral Gables

WHAT: The Education Fund’s For the Love of Art Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration presented by Ocean Bank, will showcase more than 180 original pieces of artwork created by Miami-Dade County public school students and teachers. This Children’s Trust sponsored event showcases artwork crafted from materials found at The Education Fund’s Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials, a warehouse with donated supplies where teachers can pick up free materials for classroom projects and for their students.

For the Love of Art features the Sapoznik Insurance Public School Alumni Achievement Awards, which honors 30 extraordinary community leaders who graduated from public schools.

In addition, the auction will feature more 120 luxury items, performances by the New World School of the Arts Alumni Jazz Combo, special drinks by Bacardi, and catering by the 2015 Teacher of the Year Chef Myrna Betancourt and her students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

EVENT TITLE: The Education Fund For the Love of Art Annual Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration

BENEFITTING: Miami Dade County public school art programs and The Education Fund’s Ocean Bank Center

WHEN: Thursday, May 28
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Douglas Entrance, South Tower Penthouse
806 S. Douglas Road
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Valet and self-parking available

WHY: The annual charity event supports and raises funds for The Education Fund, which has acted on the belief that the quality of public schools must be the top priority for our community. Working with the private sector for 26 years, The Education Fund has raised more than $50 million to support and improve public schools with an emphasis on designing and implementing innovative initiatives. The goal is to ensure that every child learns, graduates and succeeds.

Tickets are $125 per person. Available at EducationFund.org and at the event.
Call 305-558-4544, ext. 107

CONNECT: The Education Fund Website: www.educationfund.org
Like The Education Fund on Facebook at www.facebook.com/educationfundmiami.
Follow us on Twitter @EducationFund. The event hashtag is #edfundart

Civic Engagement Thursdays: Expensive Street & Economic Gaps


Indian Creek Island Road is the only road on Indian Creek

Indian Creek Island Road is the only road on Indian Creek
Google Maps

When you’re rich, the only information on your driver’s license that really matters is your address. Real estate says everything, and there’s no more exclusive street to have on that ID in the entire United States of America than Indian Creek Island Road right here in Miami-Dade. Zillow crunched the numbers and found that the average home on the street is worth $21.4 million dollars.

That’s considerably more expensive than second place Beverly Park Circle out in Beverly Hills, California where celebs likes Eddie Murphy and Denzel Washington live in a comparative shanty town where the average home is only worth $16.2 million.

Of course, its not exactly a secret that the island village of Indian Creek right off of Miami Beach is a multi-millionaire and billionaire haven. Billionaire businessmen like Norman Braman and Carl Ichan call it home, as do both Iglesiases, Julio and Enrique, and Sabado Gigante host Don Francisco. In fact, four of America’s 500 richest people have homes (or at least second homes) on the island.

If you want a peek at an example of a typical home on the island, here’s a look at one that sold for $47 million back in 2012. It broke records as the most expensive residential real estate transaction in Miami-Dade history.

Arvida Parkway is the main road in the Gables Estates neighborhood

Arvida Parkway is the main road in the Gables Estates neighborhood
Google Maps

Though, it’s not the only Miami-Dade street in Zillow’s top ten. Arvida Parkway in Coral Gables comes in at 10th place with an average home price of $11.2 million. That’s the main road through the Gables Estates, and is apparently much fancier than its nearly parallel sister street Leucadendra Drive. Former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning and Heat President Pat Riley use to own homes on the street but have sold them in recent years. Other resident’s names aren’t quite as A-List, but they probably prefer it that way tucked all the way down there in Coral Gables.

Nearby Tahiti Beach Island Road, also down in Coral Gables, came in 14th. Homes there go for $10.3 million. Residents there include NFL player and University of Miami alum Jonathan Vilma and equity fund manager Bruce Berkowitz.

No other Florida streets were in the top ten.

Talk About it Tuesday: Creatives Activating Miami


Carlos Miller is suing to fight a Jacksonville judge's restrictive media definition.

Carlos Miller is suing to fight a Jacksonville judge’s restrictive media definition.
Courtesy of Carlos Miller

For the past eight years, Carlos Miller has operated the Miami-based website Photography is Not a Crime (PINAC), a nationally-known free speech and media advocacy blog with roughly a million visitors a month. But recently a Jacksonville judge ruled the organization couldn’t film the trial of its own correspondent because the site doesn’t fit the court’s definition of a media organization.

Now PINAC is fighting back by filing a lawsuit to get the right to film in courtrooms.

“The laws are very clear,” Miller tells New Times. “But now, in this case, the judge does not want us to record…because they don’t like our organization.”

The case revolves around the trial of Michale Hoffman, a reporter for PINAC who is being charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor, for holding signs outside a local airport.

At Hoffman’s first hearing last October, another PINAC reporter requested to film the court proceedings and was allowed. But for a subsequent court date, Miller says, the court threw in a hurdle, forcing PINAC to apply for media credentials, then repeatedly denying its application.

In March, Judge Mark Mahon finally issued an order outlining a narrow definition of what constitutes media: traditional print and broadcast organizations that “reach or influence people widely”; and digital media that posts original news, has an editor review all stories, and can prove it has regular online visitors.

All kinds of blogs, or citizen journalists, would be effectively excluded, especially PINAC — even though the website’s viewership numbers roughly compare with those of the top news sites in Jacksonville, where the trial is taking place, Miller says. Throughout the process, Miller says, PINAC has repeatedly tried to comply with the requirements, but the judge keeps “moving the goal post” — adding in restrictions like a nonsensical mandate that to be authorized to cover the judicial system an organization has to have already covered the judicial system for six months. “He’s just trying to put all kinds of obstacles in front of us,” Miller says.

But Miller is confident the law is actually on his side. In Florida, he says, in order to bar the filming of a trial the court in effect has to prove there’s a good reason for a camera not to be present, which usually is that it compromises a fair trial for the defendant. But in this case the party seeking to film is also the defendant, so the argument is ridiculous. And the judge’s restrictive media definition, Miller contends, will also ultimately be swiftly thrown out.

“The First Amendment says there’s freedom of the press,” Miller says. “It doesn’t say, ‘there’s freedom of the press if you run a newspaper.'”

Where to be: 5.8.15 to 5.14.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!

 Friday, May 8th

Boston College Nelson Chair Roundtable Discussion

OvertownUnityWalk_022715_bw-17University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park
1951 NW 7th Ave,
Miami, Florida 33136
Webpage Link
Cost: Free


Saturday, May 9th

L.A. Boudoir Miami 5 Year Anniversary Celebration 5/9/15

6:00 pm – 12:00 pm
life-1958-prom-congaL.A. Boudoir Miami
6900 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33138
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

Your invited to celebrate our 5 year Anniversary with us and Via Verdi.
Sat May 9 starting at 6pm

Perfect way to start your Mothers Day weekend.
This years theme is 1950’s Prom.
We highly encourage everyone to dress in theme as we will have a photographer snapping some pictures.

Enjoy FREE “Spiked Punch” at Via Verdi
– Jello Shots (located in LA Boudoir)
– Dj playing hits of the 1950’s
– Drink specials at Vezzoli69 Italian Martini Bar
– Retro Cars
– Classic prom movies

LA Boudoir will have 10% off all purchases made during our celebration.
This event is open to all and feel free to share with friends.

PLEASE RSVP at laurenarkin@gmail.com

Sunday, May 10th

Mother’s Day Brunch at Fresh American Bistro 
















Monday, May 11th


May 15 – 17, 2015

Arnold Hall Reilly Coliseum Fuchs Pavilion

May 15 & 16: 11AM – 11PM
May 17: 11AM – 10PM

Admission: Adults – $12
Under 12 Years Old – $6

Attractions & Highlights
– A celebration of Cuban culture
– Exhibits
– Art
– Music
– History
– Memorabilia
– Food

Phone: (305) 856-7595
Fax: (305) 857-0027


email: info@cubanostalgia.org

Link – www.cubanostalgia.org

– See more at: http://www.thefair.me/thefair/calendar.php#sthash.hdlSm0UG.dpuf

Tuesday, May 12th

Maker Hour: A Primer on the Maker Movement 5/12/15

MakerHour_Flyer03The New Tropic
7230 NW Miami Ct #5,
Miami, Florida 33150
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $10 For Members of The New Tropic

Join us for a maker happy hour with snacks, drinks, and an introduction into the world of the maker movement with topics including 3D printing with live demonstrations, virtual reality with the Oculus Rift, an overview of coding, and demos on rapid prototyping along with much more!

You’ll have chances to get your hands on some of the latest technology and learn from our very own Wynwood Maker Camp founders, Nelson Milian & Willie Avendano. We’ll have break out groups throughout the evening with chances to win drinks for best projects.

Cost is $10 for Members and $15 for Non Members. Admission includes your first drink free and snacks.


Wednesday, May 13th

Aqua Girl: A Party for a Cause

Aqua Girl® traces its beginnings to the year 1999. That year, Alison Burgos and NYC’s legendary women’s producer, Shescape, gathered a committee of like-minded women from around South Florida to produce an exciting one-night event to benefit breast cancer. The event, Sweet Charity, was an extraordinary dance event bringing together over 800 women and raising over $15,000 for two local breast cancer organizations, Cancer Link and Gilda’s Club.

Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Cost: $25.00
Aqua Girl
Phone: 305-576-2782

Venue: Radio South Beach | 814 1st Street, Miami Beach, 33139 United States

In 2000, Sweet Charity grew into an entire weekend of events and Aqua Girl® was born. The goal was to create a dynamic national fundraising weekend celebrating women and the issues that affect them. Women descended on Miami from all over the world and the first year of this spectacular weekend of events was a huge success.

We can’t believe how time flies. Now in its sixteenth fabulous year, Aqua Girl® continues to attract women from all corners of the country, the Americas and around the globe. The week continues to grow with an ever-expanding variety of events that enhance its appeal and have created what is now the hottest women’s festivals in the country.

As the largest charity women’s week in the country, your participation in Aqua Girl® contributes to a very good cause. In fact, 100% of the proceeds from Aqua Girl® benefit the Aqua Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit foundation whose primary mission is to serve as the funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender wellness and equality in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives.


Thursday, May 14th

Miami Dance Festival 2015 4/4/15 – 5/24/15

Miami Dance Festival

St. John’s on the Bay
4945 Pinetree Drive
Miami Beach
Free Admission

Arts at St. John’s On the Lake United Methodist Church, a collaborative improvisational program with Guest Artist J.J. Freire, percussionist.


April & May 2015
Various Locations

Community Action Thursdays: Keep It Clean


Fireworks and ravers at Bayfront Park during Ultra Music Festival.

Fireworks and ravers at Bayfront Park during Ultra Music Festival.
Photo by George Martinez/gmartnx.com

Bayfront Park is polluted. There is lead, arsenic, and other toxins in the soil. This contamination was actually discovered during last year’s survey of the City of Miami’s 112 public parks, which followed the discovery of poison ash in Coconut Grove at the former site of the Old Smokey municipal trash incinerator, since used as a training center for the fire-rescue department. But now, finally, the cleanup is being planned.

Opened in 1925, Bayfront was created by filling a 62.5-acre piece of land with mud pumped up from the bottom of Biscayne Bay. This is perhaps how the tainted dirt ended up at park. However, it had been previously used as a shipyard by the Florida East Coast Railway for years. And there was also a landscaping redesign in the 1980s that could have brought toxic soil to downtown Miami’s most prominent green space. But at no time in the 20th century was the earth tested, and city officials have no idea how it became polluted.

Of course, Bayfront, now 32 acres, is only one of Miami’s so-called “poison parks.” As the city has surveyed its green spaces, lead-, arsenic-, and barium-laced toxic ash from Old Smokey and other toxins have been found in the dirt of many other parks, including Blanche Park and Merrie Christmas Park, as well as Douglas, Curtis, Southside, Brothers to the Rescue, and Billy Rolle Domino parks. Even the former Bicentennial Park, now the location of the Pérez Art Museum Miami and once the site of Port Miami docks, was discovered to be contaminated in 2010.

So far, cleanup of Miami’s parks has cost millions of dollars. And money is predictably the major point of contention in the current negotiations between Miami-Dade County environmental regulators, the City of Miami, and the Bayfront Park Management Trust over how — and even whether — to remove Bayfront’s lead- and arsenic-tainted soil.

The Bayfront Park Management Trust makes much of its yearly revenue from Ultra Music Festival.

The Bayfront Park Management Trust makes much of its yearly revenue from Ultra Music Festival.
Photo by George Martinez/gmartnx.com

At a meeting this week of city officials and the trust, the Miami Herald reports, the price of cleaning up Bayfront (as estimated by consultants from SCS Engineers) was said to be several hundred thousand dollars to over $1 million. The most expensive method would be total removal of the tainted dirt. This sort of approach took 18 months and $1.2 million at Merrie Christmas Park in Coconut Grove.

The Bayfront Park Management Trust, the controlling agency responsible for all Bayfront-related business, insists it has neither the funds, nor the time for a pricey and lengthy cleanup. The trust is also perturbed about paying the bill on its own without contributions from the city.

“The whole issue has been moving along extremely slowly,” trust chairman and Miami city commissioner Frank Carollo said, according to the Herald. “The only city park that the city has not been paying for any of the work, and where there is no plan for the remediation, is Bayfront Park. This is expensive, especially for an organization that doesn’t receive any money from the city of Miami.”

Certain trust board members, including Carollo, even suggested the removal of the toxic soil is unnecessary, because the pollution is low enough to not actually pose a public health risk.

As quoted by the Herald, trust member Nathan Kurland said: “You would have to literally ingest the dirt to get sick. I want the park to be a safe place for people to be. But we’d like to see some kind of sanity involved in this.”

(Found in lower concentrations than at other Miami parks, based on the results of city tests, Bayfront’s lead and arsenic is present in soil along Biscayne Boulevard between NE First and Second streets, an area that’s currently restricted and cordoned off.)

Still, despite the trust’s objections and the seemingly less dangerous levels of contamination at Bayfront, city officials insisted on a cleanup and threatened to close the park, just as the since-reopened Merrie Christmas was shut down, if the trust refused to cooperate.

In the end, Carollo, Kurland, and the other dissenting trust members relented, voting to contract consultants for a cleanup plan. The fee for those services will be $100,000.

Another, probably more serious cost concern for the Bayfront Park Management Trust is the potential loss of funds generated over the coming year from leasing the park to event organizers.

The Bayfront Park Amphitheater was just recently rebooted by Live Nation, which announced an ambitious spring/summer schedule featuring eight major concerts by acts like Nicki Minaj, Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson, and the Culture Club. But it seems unlikely that any cleanup would interfere with these live-music shows, because the polluted patch of dirt is all the way on the other side of the park.

However, with 11 months till Ultra 2016, the trust’s most lucrative weekend of the year may be at risk. And that’s why, as board members even admitted to the Herald, they really can’t afford an 18-month cleanup.

Public Art Wednesday: Industrial Maker Spaces

We are so excited for Maker Space and expansive thinking!


From Herring's Raku demonstration during the Innovation and Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.EXPAND

From Herring’s Raku demonstration during the Innovation and Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
Courtesy of James Herring/World Red Eye

Miami has no shortage of artists and creative types. While there are a lot of homegrown talents living and working here, there is also a large community of transplants looking to evolve artistically in this newish mecca for the arts. With many high-profile events and institutions taking place and hold within this community, it’s easy to lose focus on the nurturing aspects of the arts and the basic elements of creation. “Makerspaces” anyone?

“What we are trying to do here with this collaboration between Miami Industrial Arts and MADE at The Citadel, is nurture creative thinking,” explains master potter James Herring. “These two groups are formed to bring together artists, designers, engineers, craft practitioners, programmers, and makers of every level from amateur to professional in an environment that will foster collaboration, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Herring, the exhibition manager at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, is a well-known practitioner and advocate for pottery. As a man who has worked artistically and professionally with his hands, he understands the necessity for a makerspace in Miami.

A makerspace is an easy solution for those, amateur and professionals alike, who are looking to get back to basics, but can’t afford the tools and hardware that creation necessitates.

James Herring at the wheel during the Innovation and Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.EXPAND

James Herring at the wheel during the Innovation and Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
Courtesy of James Herring/World Red Eye

“Experiencing the joy of creating is clearly as fundamental to being human as is eating and sleeping,” says Miami Industrial Arts (MIA) founder Paul Thomas. “All across the United States, a revival of the maker identity is taking place. [..]Makerspaces are public workshops, where you can have access to tools and machinery, as well as the knowledge and skills to fuel your learning and creativity.”

MIA is the first makerspace in South Florida and as such is leading this charge with its 6,000 square feet warehouse housing a fully equipped wood shop, metalworking tools, ceramics area and instructional space for workshops and demonstrations.

What makes a makerspace unique and an attractive option is the ready-made infrastructure that it provides. With membership packages ranging on a dependence on time commitment, MIA offers a great yearlong membership for $110 a month with prices increasing to $150 per month depending on monthly commitment. Even at $150 for a month, the access to tools in a rent-free space is a mere pittance.

MIA’s goal to provide the community a fully operational and funded makerspace can only occur through membership fees and fundraisers. Many in the community have already come aboard and made donations, like Swampspace’s Oliver Sanchez who donated woodturning chisels, and MADE at the Citadel who have joined in creating a Raku evening benefitting the fledgling ceramics studio within MIA.

From Herring's Raku demonstration during the Innovation and Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.EXPAND

From Herring’s Raku demonstration during the Innovation and Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
Courtesy of James Herring/World Red Eye

“This Raku night is a way to introduce people to ‘learning through making,’” says Herring. “Raku is a traditional Japanese glazing and firing technique first devised in the 16 century to satisfy the needs of the tea masters to the Shogun who was the de facto leader of that nation. The Japanese Tea Ceremony was designed to focus the attention of the participants on the beauty of everyday objects and to remove class distinctions.”

The  Raku lead event will help fund the ceramics department.There will be ready-made pots for purchase at $15 (or two for $25) that will be glazed, raku-ed and ready to take home that night.

As introduction to the benefits of a makerspace in a community, I’m hard-pressed in thinking of a better one that marries artistry and neighborhood empowerment with the grace of the collaborative spirit; ensuring Miami’s continued vitality as a nest and destination for creative types at any skill level.

Herring puts it best into perspective, “this is a way of bringing people to the space, to raise some funds for the ceramics program and maybe have someone walk away with an object they actually helped create. Often people just need something to get them past the idea that they are incapable of making anything.”

Raku Night at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at Miami Industrial Arts, 300 NW 73rd St., Miami. Call 305-772-5043.

Where to Be: 5.1.15 to 5.7.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!

Friday, May 1st

Scars and Stripes: The Immigrant’s Story 5/1/15

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Art-Walk-mAY-1st-Web-Banner-addThe Artisan Lounge
500 NE 1st Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: FREE

The Artisan Lounge proud to present Scars & Stripes: The Immigrant’s Story. The show is about the struggles and victories that people have had in transitioning to America. Many have experienced both the woes and successes of moving to America in search of a better tomorrow.

Join us for this cultural experience featuring work by local Miami artists, Artisan Lounge artists and works by Oscar Fuentes aka The Biscayne Poet.

‪#‎artist‬ ‪#‎artdealer‬ ‪#‎picoftheday‬ ‪#‎downtownmiami‬ @cfmiami @miamidwntwnarts

Saturday, May 2nd

Mayweather vs Pacquiao Watch Party 5/2/15

Saturday, 05/02/2015 – 08:00 pm – 01:00 am
PaquaioMayweatherMayfair Hotel Rooftop
3000 Florida Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33133
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: Use Promo Code MEGACITY for $5 Off

Join us on the rooftop of the Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove for Mayweather vs Pacquiao. Purchase your tickets at www.fightnightmia.com and use promo code MEGACITY for $5 off each ticket!

For VIP tables/cabanas (only few available), call or text 786-277-3703.

Sunday, May 3rd

Special Olympics Sponsor and Athlete 5k

8:00 am – 10:00 am
Gulliver Preparatory School
6575 North Kendall Drive,
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
Webpage Link
Cost: $25

The open-to-the-public, charitable event, presented by Pure Formula’s, will feature a certified 5K run/walk course, family activities and live entertainment. Funds raised will go towards the mission of the Miami-Dade chapter of Special Olympics Florida, an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Monday, May 4th

Cinco de Cleve-o 

Cinco de Cleve-o
11:00 am – 11:59 pm
500x650NT_eblast_cinco_mayoClevelander South Beach
1020 Ocean Drive,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link

Cinco de Clev-o is back-o! Looking for the biggest party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Look no further than Clevelander South Beach as we bring you five days of non-stop partying! From May 1st through 5th, join us for $5 drink specials all day, every day on 1800 Tequila, Perfect Margaritas, Deco Peach Famous Frozen Margarita, Corona bottles and Corona Light draft! Play all day and dance all night on our world-famous POOL+PATIO with Cinco de Mayo themed dancers, stilt walkers, games and contests!

Tuesday, May 5th

Tea Tuesday: Mother’s Day 5/5/15

Tea Tuesday: Mother’s Day!
Tuesday, 05/05/2015 – 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm

Sprout Miami

2545 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127,
2545 N Miami Ave, Florida 33127
Webpage Link

We’ll be making bouquets for those special moms in your life and you will get free shipping and free tea sampler pack with your bouquet when you sign up for shyp! We’ll have wine and tea cocktails as well!

Wednesday, May 6th

Rachel Deahl Publishing 101 

Rachel Deahl Publishing 101
MDC-Logo3Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 NE Secon Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132

Course will take place at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
Writing is solitary work – publishing takes a team. This crash-course aims to shed light on the ABC’s of publishing, both via traditional houses and self-publishing. The first half will focus on navigating the realms of traditional publishing, starting with an explanation of the Big 5 houses, mid-size players and independents, and how they all tend to operate. We’ll explore fundamentals such as what is covered in your contract, how to get an agent and what to expect of them, how the buying of rights works, and what to expect from a publisher once you land a deal.
The second half of the course will be dedicated to the basics of self-publishing. We’ll discuss the biggest self-publishing platforms and how to choose the right one for your work, how and when to consult outside professionals before you self-publish, how to monetize your self-published work, and finally, the importance of branding and how to market your work.
Rachel Deahl is a writer and editor with more than ten years of experience covering book publishing. As news director at Publishers Weekly she writes about business trends, technology, self-publishing and rights. She also writes a weekly column about book deals (called Deals), that details the hottest projects being acquired at the major publishers. She is the author of the Publishers Weekly original e-book, Publishing 101, and has been a speaker at various conferences, including SXSW, BookExpo America, Miami Book Fair International and The Frankfurt Book Fair.


Thursday, May 7th

Remember to print this flyer out and bring it with you to:


Little Haiti Cultural Center


We wanted to take today to recognize the incredible work and education that is taking place at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

There are always a plethora of events taking place here in our city, but often cultural facilitators and educators are not highlighted enough.

We hope that you can all take the time to participate in their programming.

You can find their event calendar listed here

Using Cartoons & Art to demonstrate the changing faces of our neighborhoods

We loved this project that was created four years ago. What if we made this a yearly ongoing exhibition that worked to highlight Miami’s Local Culture – the historic and changes faces of our neighborhoods?


If ever you’ve wanted a sketch of yourself that wasn’t an outrageous caricature, or even wanted to try your hand at sketching, now is your chance. Sketchy Miami is having alaunch party at Lester’s this Thursday.

Sketchy Miami features portraits, or sketchys as they call them, of people from all over the Magic City. It’s a project by the folks at BeachedMiami with the mission statement” “The goal of Sketchy Miami is simple and impossible: to create a portrait of every person in Miami.”

Residents submit their photos to the blog, which artists then turn into portraits. And by “artist,” they mean anyone who wants to participate.

Laura of Miami by Nicolette

Laura of Miami by Nicolette
Sketchy Miami

“The relationship between portraitist and portrait subject is one of the

strongest in the history of art, and we want to facilitate that

relationship between as many Miamians as possible,” said Robby Campbell,

who runs Sketchy Miami. “Portraiture is traditionally a stuffy genre, but, as you can see on the site, it doesn’t have to be.”

Tony Dandrades by Nadyia Duff

Tony Dandrades by Nadyia Duff
Sketchy Miami

To submit a photo of yourself, or a sketch of someone else, just click on the corresponding tab at the top of the site and enter your information along with the image. The sketchys are then featured on the blog for everyone to see.  They would like to eventually exhibit the sketchys offline, but have no concrete plans at the moment.

The upcoming party will feature local artists ready to do quick portraits of guests, “particularly those with handsome moustaches and/or adorable ears,” says Campbell. Artists include Ximena Prugue, Elizannette Blanco, Brian Butler, Annie Blazejack, and Carrie Sieh.
Lester’s is discounting beer 25 percent for the first hour, and Joey’s is

serving up free pizza. And in keeping with the local theme, Miami-born

singer Sam Friend will perform.

Leah Weston by Ximena Prugue

Leah Weston by Ximena Prugue
Sketchy Miami

“This is not a curated

project and we aren’t trying — and don’t expect — to get a thousand

Mona Lisas. We’d prefer to get a million different Sketchys that show

how creative and diverse a city Miami really is,” said Campbell.

Attend a Sketchy Party, presented by BeachedMiami, this Thursday at Lester’s (2519 NW Second Ave., Miami). The party begins at 8 p.m. and is free.

Follow Cultist on Facebook and Twitter @CultistMiami.

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Where to Be: 4.24.15 to 4.30.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!

Friday, April 24th

Emerge Amadlozi Gallery Exhibition

6:00 pm – 09:00 pm

EmergeAfrican Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 Northwest 22nd Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33142
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

The Amadlozi Gallery presents, Emerge. This exhibit will showcase Miami’s most esteemed, visual artists and rising stars: Donald McKnight, Johnnie Bess, Marc Janllwi, Uta, Loni Johnson, Nadia Desjerdan, Nadine Anderson Cheng and Julia Polonyi . Curated by Robert McKnight, the opening reception will be held on Thursday April 24th, 2015 at 6pm with curatorial presentation at 7pm. Light bites will be provided by Northwestern Culinary Academy.

Saturday, April 25th

Children’s BookFest 

10:30 am – 4:30 pm

ChildrensBookFest-2015-full-Page-FlyerAfrican-American Research Library and Culture Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Children’s BookFest is a FREE festival which is centered on Children’s Day/Book Day. It is multi-cultural-event, which the emphasis is on literature-based shows (through storytelling, musical groups, theater groups, music, drama, dance or other artform). BookFest will continue its tradition of putting a book into the hands and homes of the first 1,000 children who attend, through the Big Book Giveaway.

Sunday, April 26th

The Ultimate Pro-Audio Sound Lab 

Sound-Flier_Final-01O Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th St,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: $45 Early Bird, $55 at the Door

As all filmmakers would agree, you can’t make a good film without good sound. Take your upcoming project to the next level by learning from the pros at Professional Sound Services. This hands-on lab will not only cover all the essential equipment and techniques you will need to know for independent and documentary film, but the interactive portion also gives participants the opportunity to put their newfound knowledge to the test. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your skills, and expand your creativity!

This workshop will cover:
“My problem is your problem”
Location scouting
Location problems and situations
Types of mics/mic-ing distanceAudio Sync
Boom, wireless, camera
When to use each
Audio Sync
Audio Levels
Going Wireless:
Mic-ing basics
Lectro vs. Sennheiser
Audio Sweeting
20%, levels, room tone, sound design, post

The workshop is limited to 35 people. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

Monday, April 27th

This Thursday, O Cinema Wynwood & ArtCenter/South Florida invite you to the opening reception of Foundations, Parameters and Volumes, a solo exhibition by Babette Herschberger. With a focus on minimal composition, process, surface and color, Herschberger’s paintings transform the banality of the original materials into subtle intersections of plane and form. This new series of paintings begins with collaged paper as its foundation and she uses them as studies or sketches for larger works. This work aims in every way to become a graphic distillation of her longstanding painting practice and a body of collage work created from informal materials including product packaging and cardboard. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 28th

Rose Max & Ramatis Trio at LILT Lounge

9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Screen-shot-2015-03-30-at-4.48.00-PM11LILT Lounge
270 Biscayne Way Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Highly recognized in the Brazilian, Hispanic and American communities, Rio de Janeiro natives Rose Max & Ramatis will be producing Brazilian classics like Bossa Nova and Samba at LILT Lounge. LILT Lounge brings the first high-design lounge to downtown Miami with nightly live music curated by Kristian Caro and creative cocktails by Dean Feddaoui. Lounge opens at 6 p.m. with social bites by acclaimed executive chef Wolfgang Birk including charcuterie & cheese, oysters & caviar, lobster cocktail and tuna tartare gazpacho. Happy Hour runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes fine champagnes from $7 per glass and a daily selection of oysters at $1.

Wednesday, April 29th

Miami Dance Festival 2015 4/4/15 – 5/24/15

Miami Dance Festival

April & May 2015
Various Locations

April 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Coral Gables Public Library
3443 Segovia Street
Coral Gables
Free Admission
Delma Iles, Rob “Wild Boar” Moore, Ilisa Rosal, Marilyn Skow Artists in Collaboration panel and brief performances.

Thursday, April 30th

SunFest 4/29/15-5/3/14

SunFest-10West Palm Beach Waterfront
100 Evernia Street,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Webpage Link
Cost: $40

SunFest–Florida’s largest music, art, and waterfront festival is held along the scenic Flagler waterfront in West Palm Beach, FL. SunFest features 50 bands, on three stages, for five days.

One of the most well recognized events in the southeast, SunFest presents a range of music from legends to up-and-comers. 3 stages, 5 days, 50 bands. The Juried Fine Art and Craft Show (Friday-Sunday) showcases the work or more than 130 artists including paintings, sculptures, photos, and more.


To piggyback off of our Tuesday blog post we wanted to highlight the article that was released a few years back around the arrests made of restaurant owners in Wynwood. To the community we will ask, has this type of policing been set to rest or will this conversation rear its head agian.


Wynwood Bar Owners Say There's a Conspiracy to Kill the Neighborhood

The “blowjob shots” were just beginning. It was after 3 a.m., and Shots Miami was living up to its name. Hundreds of customers sucked down slugs of brightly colored booze — some from between each other’s legs. All night long, partiers had flocked to the neon-painted bar on NW 23rd Street to don costumes and play drinking games. Like the rest of Wynwood, Shots was booming.

Amid the revelry, no one paid much attention to two men sidling up to the bar. They were clean-cut, in their 30s, and dressed in jeans and button-down shirts. After checking their watches, they ordered a pair of Red Stripes.

Moments later, Shots owner Oscar Zapata glanced at the surveillance cameras in his office and saw squad cars pull up. The 31-year-old raced outside. Cops were everywhere, pushing patrons out. When Zapata explained he was one of the owners, police slapped handcuffs on him and sat him next to the three bartenders who had served the undercover officers their beers. Zapata was hauled to jail, where he spent 15 hours — all for selling booze at 3:10 a.m.

Zapata and his bartenders weren’t the only ones busted. Eleven other Wynwood bar owners or employees were arrested in February and March during Operation Dry Hour, when cops raided or inspected 17 establishments. Half a dozen were shut down. At least one has yet to reopen.

To Wynwood’s bar owners, the crackdown was a strategic assault against the up-and-coming neighborhood arranged by their competitors — the 24-hour downtown clubs. It’s more than an idle conspiracy theory: Those megaclubs have a cozy relationship with police thanks to a half-million bucks they’ve paid to off-duty officers for security in the past two years, not to mention political clout with Commissioner Marc Sarnoff.

“This whole operation isn’t about safety; it’s about pursuing certain clubs,” says Aaron Goldstein, whose club, Villa 221, was shut down by police. “The entertainment district is behind it. But fuck it. If Space and Mekka want to bully everybody out of the game, they are going to get an eye-opener.”

Those downtown clubs, though, counter that they just want their competitors to play by the rules. Miami police, citing illegal all-night warehouse parties, argue that Wynwood needs reining in.

“Wynwood is out of control,” says Michael Slyder, Mekka’s co-owner. “The law is the law. It’s black-and-white.”

One things is clear: Wynwood’s wild days are over. The neighborhood that made its name with edgy, all-night partying suddenly must deal with a new reality. And it’s not yet clear whether it will survive the shock.

Twenty-three years ago, the neighborhood faced much different problems. Then mostly poor and Puerto Rican, Wynwood exploded into flames and riots December 3, 1990, after Miami police officers were acquitted of fatally beating local drug dealer Leonardo Mercado.

Over the past decade, however, developers led by SoBe savior Tony Goldman bought empty warehouses and invited in art galleries. Art Basel’s satellite fairs brought investors. In 2008, the first fancy restaurant, Joey’s, moved in. Then came graffiti murals, bars, gentrification, and the ever-increasing madness of Second Saturday Art Walk.

By 2012, Wynwood was again exploding — not with riots but with crowds of rich and hip visitors. The New York Timeseven christened it “the next Meatpacking District,” after the swanky Manhattan neighborhood.

Zapata wanted in on the action. The half-Cuban, half-Colombian whiz kid comes from a family of entrepreneurs in Kendall. After studying computer engineering at Florida International University, he began designing cooling systems for local gaming company Alienware. But the pay sucked, so Zapata returned to FIU for a business degree. David Estrada, another ex-Alienware employee, had visited a bar in Medellín where customers had to dress up or do stunts with each shot. Soon the two friends were scouting for a location of their own.

With cheaper rent and a mellower vibe than downtown, Wynwood was an easy choice. Initially, Zapata and Estrada thought they could start the bar with just $40,000. “It was a quick reality check,” Zapata says with a laugh. Instead, the duo ended up investing nearly half a million dollars into Shots. But it’s more than money on the line for the young entrepreneur. With an infant daughter, he can’t afford to fail.

Shots opened December 4 at the height of Art Basel. Police and code enforcement officers arrived just three days later with warnings. “They gave us a laundry list of things to do,” Zapata says. “And we did them.”

So Zapata was shocked to find himself in the slammer February 24. He doesn’t deny that Shots was selling booze past 3 a.m., but he says everyone was doing it. “They never enforced this shit before,” he says.

Indeed, beginning in early February, cops inspected more than a dozen other Wynwood bars as part of Operation Dry Hour. Some, like Bardot on North Miami Avenue, were forced to close at 3 a.m. despite having a 5 a.m. liquor license. “It’s annoying,” owner Amir Ben-Zion says. “The wrong name was written on some document somewhere. I wish they would be more flexible and treat us like businesspeople.”

Zapata wasn’t the only bar owner led out in handcuffs, either. At Ricochet, cops arrested the manager and a bartender for selling booze just minutes after 3 a.m.

“The truth is that it’s political,” says Alan Roth, then the owner of Ricochet, which has since been sold. “There is energy and action happening in this area, and now they want to crack down?”

At least one club, the Electric Pickle, has yet to reopen after the arrests. When it was raided February 3, co-owner Tomas Ceddia was taken to jail for selling liquor outside of his license. And Goldstein, Villa 221’s owner, says he lost more than $200,000 when cops arrested him and shut down his club March 24 during Ultra. He spent all week trying to secure proper permits, so when police arrived at 3:30 a.m., he figured they wanted to see his papers again. Instead, a cop placed him in handcuffs.

“What kind of police work is this?” Goldstein says, arguing that cops should have booked his wayward bartender instead. “If somebody decided to be a loose canon and serve a drink [after 3 a.m.], my personal opinion is arrest that motherfucker.”

Half a dozen clubs complained to New Times that the crackdown came without warning. Police say they held a training session February 20 to discuss ramped-up inspections. The only problem: None of the Wynwood businesses was invited.

“That was a miscommunication,” admits Wanda Mendez, one of the officers leading Operation Dry Hour. “We apologize for that.”

But Wynwood bar owners’ complaints go beyond the Miami Police Department’s shock-and-awe tactics. Instead, they believe the neighborhood is being singled out by cops at the behest of their biggest rivals: 24-hour clubs downtown that are losing business to Wynwood.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this is happening now because clubs in Park West are complaining,” Zapata says.

Those fears aren’t without some basis. In 2000, Miami commissioners voted to create a special “entertainment district” along North 11th Street downtown where booze could be sold 24 hours a day. Following a rising tide of crime and code violations in 2010, several 24-hour clubs formed a nonprofit called the Miami Entertainment District Association (MEDA). Miami PD doesn’t allow off-duty cops to work for individual clubs, so MEDA began hiring police to patrol the area.

According to Mekka’s owner, Slyder, who is also MEDA’s president, the nonprofit has spent nearly $500,000 on off-duty cops in the past two and a half years. Last month, MEDA paid for more than 700 hours of police patrols downtown.

The nonprofit also has some political clout. During the past election cycle, MEDA donated the maximum $500 to Commissioner Sarnoff, and Slyder says he regularly speaks with Sarnoff’s staff.

But both the police and MEDA deny any type of collusion. MPD points out that 43 percent of clubs checked during Operation Dry Hour were downtown, including six MEDA members, although it appears no arrests occurred there. “This is about ensuring safety all across Miami,” says MPD Commander Lázaro Ferro.

He says police began receiving complaints about illegal warehouse clubs in Wynwood last year. In September, cops shut down a pop-up club at 550 NW 29th St. that didn’t have any permits. “Nobody wants another nightclub fire like in Brazil,” Ferro says, referring to the inferno that killed at least 241 people this past January.

Slyder also insists MEDA has no influence over police operations. He points out that his business partner was once arrested for a noise violation. “We don’t get special treatment,” he says.

But Slyder does admit that MEDA has asked police and Sarnoff to clamp down on Wynwood clubs serving liquor after 3 a.m. (Ferro, the police commander, also says he’s discussed Wynwood clubs with the commissioner. But when called by New Times, Sarnoff denied any knowledge of Operation Dry Hour. “I don’t get involved in police business,” he said.)

Bizarrely, police are now encouraging Wynwood businesses to join MEDA or at least establish a similar organization to hire off-duty cops.

On April 9, Ferro organized a meeting among police, Wynwood bar owners, and MEDA at Shots. But the only Wynwood owners who showed were Zapata and Estrada.

(“I’m not going to negotiate with terrorists,” another bar owner, who did not attend the meeting, said of MEDA.)

At the meeting, Slyder slammed Zapata’s neighbors, calling Wynwood “the Wild, Wild West.” He emphasized, however, that he’d called the meeting to dispel rumors about MEDA, not to recruit new members. But Zapata remained suspicious. Slyder had spoken repeatedly about fairness, but the entertainment district’s 24-hour exception was itself an unfair advantage, Zapata said.

“Everything that is happening is by the book,” he said while sitting at the bar. “But even if it’s legit, do you really want to be forced to comply with the group that is behind the complaints? They are having police enforce the rules, but that’s because the rules work for their concept [of 24-hour clubs].”

At the moment, Zapata is caught between police officers who say they are cleaning up Wynwood and bar owners who think cops are killing it. While Ferro wants him to organize the owners, Zapata just wants to keep Shots — and his family — afloat.

“It bit us in the ass at first,” he said of the arrests before pausing to sip a Red Bull. “But what it shows is that they are starting to feel the pressure over in Park West. Wynwood is growing. And it’s going to be a player.”

Miami Beach Moves To Ban Late Alcohol Sales As Mayor Calls Ocean Drive A “Cancer”

This article was shared via NewTimes Miami on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The question that we want to ask is: What do we as a community want to see become of Ocean Drive. What was the original culture of the area and space? How do we work to preserve our original cultural blueprint of our commercial and tourist areas that make them accessible for community members and visiting parties?

Miami Beach Moves To Ban Late Alcohol Sales As Mayor Calls Ocean Drive A “Cancer”

A proposal would ban outdoor  alcohol sales on Miami Beach after 2 a.m.

A proposal would ban outdoor alcohol sales on Miami Beach after 2 a.m.
Photo by chensiyuan via Wikimedia Commons

Ocean Drive could be about to see last call.

At yesterday’s Miami Beach city commission meeting, mayor Philip Levine proposed banning outdoor alcohol sales throughout the city after 2 a.m — meaning no more late night $40 margarita bowls and $19 mixed drinks at bustling sidewalk restaurants or outdoor bars on the tourist strip.

Levine wasn’t shy about why he’s pushing the change: He thinks Ocean Drive is a drunken, disgusting mess. Addressing commissioners, Levine said Ocean Drive was “turning into a Bourbon Street,” he told the commission. “It’s turning into a terrible place that’s become a blight, a cancer that spreads to our entire city.”

Sounds like Levine isn’t a fan of Mango’s?

After yesterday’s discussion, which centered on Ocean Drive, Miami Beach’s city attorney is set to draft an ordinance, which the commission will then consider in May.

South Beach, among the most famous tourist destinations in the world, has long coexisted as a friendly beach destination by day and wild party spot by night. Any limit on alcohol sales, of course, is sure to rankle area business owners, but Levine told NBC6 his goal wasn’t to kill the South Beach party.

“We want to have a great party atmosphere,” he said. “But a controlled party atmosphere. A safe party atmosphere.”

A recent string of embarrassing crimes on Ocean Drive surely hasn’t helped the iconic strip’s image in City Hall, including a Miami Beach cop caught getting plastered while working off duty at Mango’s and a shooting just off the strip that wounded two visitors during Spring Break.

Where to Be: 5.1.15 to 5.7.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!

Friday, May 1st

eMerge Americas 5/1/15 – 5/5/15

eMerge Americas
emergeamericasMay 1 – May 5, 9:00am – 10:00pm
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr
Miami Beach, Florida 33139

eMerge Americas will once again shine a spotlight on the leading innovations impacting industries across the Americas. Over 10,000 entrepreneurs, global thought leaders, business titans and tech enthusiasts are expected to return to Miami Beach for an even bigger and better seven-day experience that is uniquely Miami.

Saturday, May 2nd

Art and Artisan Expo- Haitian Cultural Month

11:00 am – 04:00 pm
Haitian-Cultural-Month-flyer-final-04142015Kasa Champet
7920 Pines Blvd,
Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Welcome to the Arts and Artisans Expo celebrating Haitian Cultural Month,
at the elegant, new and beautiful Kasa Champet in Pembroke Pines, May 2, 2015 from 11 AM to 4 PM. Bring your friends and family-Free Admission, Delicious Haitian Buffet for
$ 10.00 inclusive. Browse some of the most authentic Caribbean Artists and Artisans. Performances on stage by Mecca, Saskya Sky and Olanie J. For further information- 305-416-6868.

Sunday, May 3rd

Gulliver Hosts Special Olympics Sponsor An Athlete 5k Run/Walk 

Start Time: 8:00 am 
Gulliver Preparatory School
6575 North Kendall Drive,
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
Webpage Link
Cost: Registration for this event is priced at $25.00 per participant in advance or $30.00 on the day of the race

Gulliver, in partnership with Special Olympics Florida, is set to host its annual
“Special Olympics Sponsor an Athlete 5k Run/ Walk” on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

The open-to-the-public, charitable event, presented by Pure Formula’s, will feature a certified 5K run/walk course, family activities and live entertainment. Funds raised will go towards the mission of the Miami-Dade chapter of Special Olympics Florida, an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Monday, May 4th


10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily
free – $14.95


Miami Science Museum

3280 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL  33129

Florida is a simple state: gators, citrus, Walmart shoppers. It’s also a perennial target of hurricanes. And although Miami hasn’t been hit hard by any cleverly named storms in the past several years, it’s inevitable that one will come blowing through our backyard before too long. So what better time to learn more about Mother Nature’s offspring than during the calm before the stormy summer? Hit up the “Hurricanes” exhibit at the Miami Science Museum (3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami). Visitors can climb aboard a full-scale P-3 hurricane-hunter aircraft, sharpen survival skills with the Hurricane Preparedness game (hint: stock up on booze), and — in true three-little-pigs style — design, build, and test a model house to hold up against hurricane-force winds. And at the center of the storm, there’s the Magic Planet, an interactive display that lets guests explore the connection between climate change and hurricanes, and track any budding storms. We expect advance notice of your findings (so we can plan an epic hurricane party, of course).

Tuesday, May 5th

Cinco De WallBrawl presented by El Jimador Tequila 5/5/15

Cinco De WallBrawl™ presented by El Jimador® Tequila
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, starting at 6pm
1884 Bay Road
Miami Beach

The premier gathering of Miami street artists known as WallBrawl™ and Mexico’s number one 100% agave tequila, El Jimador® Tequila present Cinco de WallBrawl. The live art competition will host Miami’s top artists including: Akim Graff, Aquarela, Claudia La Bianca, ill Surge, Ivan Roque, Nate Dee, Registered Artist, Renda Writer, and Vago, all producing one-of-a-kind works of art in 90 minutes, with the audience determining the winner.

Attendees will be able to enjoy complimentary El Jimador® Tequila cocktails, live music and light bites during the competition.

Wednesday, May 6th

Rachel Deahl Publishing 101 5/6/15

MDC-Logo3Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 NE Secon Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132

Course will take place at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus Writing is solitary work – publishing takes a team. This crash-course aims to shed light on the ABC’s of publishing, both via traditional houses and self-publishing. The first half will focus on navigating the realms of traditional publishing, starting with an explanation of the Big 5 houses, mid-size players and independents, and how they all tend to operate. We’ll explore fundamentals such as what is covered in your contract, how to get an agent and what to expect of them, how the buying of rights works, and what to expect from a publisher once you land a deal.

Thursday, May 7th

"Global Positioning Systems"

Jonathan Hernandez
Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until August 15


Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL  33132

Don’t confuse the new GPS display at Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) with a cloud-based art-tracking system that captures real-time data about its expanding collection. Instead, PAMM’s “Global Positioning Systems,” curated by Rene Morales, corrals works from the museum’s permanent holdings and loans from private collectors to explore the intersection between globalization and history. The thematic group offering features a cross-generational, multinational cast of talent, whose diverse works raise questions about how the past is recorded and remembered. Morales has organized the exhibit into six related parts — History Painting, Visual Memory, The Uses of History, Urban Imaginaries, The Contested Present, and Forms of Commemoration. The sections combine to deliver an insightful overview of how the international art world has been transformed by the heightened state of global integration since the collapse of the Cold War era in the 1980s. Visitors will discover that the Magic City plays a pivotal role in the show’s focus as a nexus for art-making in the region. With Miami’s proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean, the city’s cultural, social, political, and economic growth has been affected by the events unfolding in countries across the Western Hemisphere. “It is a city poised at multiple geographic and temporal thresholds, a condition from which it draws much of its dynamism and potential,” according to a PAMM statement.

Where to Be: 4.17.15 to 4.23.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!


Peter Hook and The Light 

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

10848884_885958904787909_8383442576345985985_oGrand Central
697 N Miami Ave.,
Miami, Florida 33136
Webpage Link
Cost: $25

In May 2010, Peter Hook, legendary bassist of both Joy Division and later New Order, decided to honour the outstanding work of his first band and the undoubted genius of the late Ian Curtis by giving people the opportunity to hear both of Joy Division’s masterpiece albums, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’, live and in their entireties. Backed by his new band The Light, Hooky first played ‘Unknown Pleasures’ at the Factory club in Manchester on May 18th & 19th 2010 in order to celebrate the life of Ian – one stand alone sold out night quickly became two, and due to phenomenal worldwide demand, Hooky then began taking the show on the road with headline gigs & major festival appearances throughout Europe, a full tour of Australia & New Zealand as well as the band’s first tour of the United States in December which culminated in Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell appearing live with the lads in Los Angeles to sing ‘Transmission’.


Hey Everyone want to give you a good reference to a homegrown site that documents historical events and folks.

A Message From The Founder/CEO


Hubert A. Gaddy, Jr.

Hello Everyone:

I want to say THANK YOU and WELCOME to the BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES ONLINE RESOURCE CENTER FOR BLACK HISTORY AND CULTURE website. I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit and are inspired and empowered as you view these  pages.

As I begin each work day, I can look at the photographs  that hang above my desk and see generations of wisdom in the face of theenslaved African, the stern, watchful eyes of  Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Frederick Douglass’ imposing dignity, that moment of connection forged by a single handshake between Malcolm and Martin, the quiet, yet resolute defiance of Rosa Parks and Jesus with the elders (all of whom look like me), sitting at the table for the last supper.

These defining images (and others) occupy an almost spiritual atmosphere from which I draw inspiration and focus on a  daily basis. I’m compelled to make proud, my African and Black American ancestors. I’m infused with their spirit and humbled by the legacy of greatness they have bequeathed to me.

As Black Americans we stand upon the shoulders of men and women whose experience in this country was unlike that any other ethnic group. They were kidnapped from their homeland, enslaved, tortured, terrorized and murdered — all in the name of White supremacy. Yet, the strength and power of the Black spirit endured and prevailed.

It is because of my profound admiration for OUR TRIUMPHS  and  GENUINE LOVE for OUR HISTORY and THE PEOPLE IT PRODUCED, I created  the BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES RESOURCE ONLINE CENTER — adding the mantra: “Celebrating Who We Are By Honoring Who We Were.”

I strongly believe that Black people have a responsibility and obligation to continue the legacy of greatness we’ve inherited. We do that by creating positive, unique stories within our own lives. I say everyday that In order for Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It –that’s the message we need to give our children.

Please use this website as a source of information and inspiration.  It is my sincere hope that this will be a useful tool that  will help anyone interested in promoting and teaching Black History and Culture, more effectively. Encourage your family, friends and associates to visit, too. I’ve tried to create a virtual forum that will get you EXCITED ABOUT BLACK HISTORY and enable you to Channel That Excitement Into Positive Action That Will Enhance Your Life. In the words of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, “The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself.”

Again, THANK YOU for your interest in BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES. We value your patronage and look forward to hearing from and serving you.

Peace & Blessings,
Hugh Gaddy, Jr.

Talk About It Tuesday: Study finds that Racism is Pretty Prevalent in White Florida

In Light of continued conversations about race in our community. We felt that it is important to share some facts about current white sentiments against people of color in our communities.



Study: White Floridians Are Pretty Racist

Some white people seem to think the only way to be racist is to wear a KKK hood while shouting the n-word. That’s not the case, and often racism is more subtle and codified. So much so that a racist may not even know how racist they’re being.

Project Implicit, as the name would suggest, seeks to explore implicit biases, and over 2 million people have taken their Implicit Association Test which measures people’s hidden biases — negative associations based on skin color the taker might not even know they have.

Turns out that white people in Florida tend to be amongst the most implicitly racist in America.

The map above, via the Washington Post, shows each state’s white population’s implicit biases against black people.

Florida scored a 0.436 (1 would represent totally racist, 0 would be totally not racist). Granted, that’s slightly less racist than the stretch of deep south state from Louisiana to South Carolina just above us, but its nothing to be proud of. We’re more racist than Texas!

Though, the Post notes the data is not based on a random sample, and rather based on people who voluntarily took the test: “which may actually mean they are less biased than average. (After all, at least they wanted to know how biased they are.)”

“These volunteers are younger, more educated, more politically liberal, and more female than the U.S. population as a whole,” the creator of the test, psychologist Anthony Greenwald of the University of Washington, told the paper.

Which is to say that this really isn’t a perfect measure of Florida’s racism, but it does tell us that any notion that racism is somehow less prevalent in Florida than it is in the cultural deep south is a lie.

If you’re interested in finding out about your own implicit biases, you can do so here.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Where to Be: 4.10.15 to 4.16.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!


Miami Watercolor Society Spring Exhibition 2015 

6:00 pm – 09:00 pm
spring2015The Wirtz Gallery South Miami
5750 Sunset Drive,
South Miami, Florida 33143
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

MWS – Miami Watercolor Society
the First National Bank of South Miami
present the 42nd Annual Spring Exhibition at
The Wirtz Gallery.
5750 Sunset Drive, South Miami, Fla.
Join us for the exhibition opening and light refreshments.
Exhibition runs
Wednesday, April 2 through
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 10, 2015
Bank hours: Monday – Thursday 9-4 pm
Friday 9-6 pm


Orchestra Miami’s Free Family Concert 

3:15 pm – 04:15 pm
Red_Goldy-1Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Avenue,
Coral Gables, Florida 33143
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Orchestra Miami is pleased to present a Free Family Concert, a chamber music concert designed for children ages three to eight.

“Story Time with Orchestra Miami” will feature two magical musical compositions: Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears with music composed by Bruce Adolphe. Perfect for the attention spans of our young audience, this fun and engaging program will last approximately 45 minutes.

The performance will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 3:15 PM at the Coral Gables Museum, located at 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134. This event is a part of Family Day on Aragon, so please be sure to check in with the Coral Gables Museum to view the other activities available for your family. www.CoralGablesMuseum.org


Bali Hai Party at The Kampong 4/12/15

05:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Screen-Shot-2015-03-06-at-2.12.25-PMThe Kampong
4013 South Douglas Road,
Miami, Florida 33133
Webpage Link
Cost: $175 for Classic Ticket, $350 for VIP, $600 for VIP + Preview Party

The 21st Annual Bali Ha’i Party – presented by The Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health – is a rich tradition of South Florida’s culinary history. Highlighting some of Miami’s most talented chefs & their exquisite cuisine, Bali Ha’i takes place at The Kampong in Coconut Grove. James Beard Award Winner, Michael Mina, will serve as this year’s guest of honor. This annual garden party features an afternoon of fabulous food and handcrafted cocktails. Silent and live auctions feature items especially curated for this event. Bali Ha’i is chaired by Cynthia Seaman and Jocelyn Tennille and features Chef Norman Van Aken as the Culinary Event chair. All proceeds from the event benefit The Kampong, part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Monday, April 13, 2015 – 3:00pm to Friday, April 17, 2015 – 8:00am

April 13-17, 2015 – 4 Nights/5 Days Aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas

Prices from $429 per person!  Includes all meals, special events & private beach party!


We are excited to announce that for the first time the Pride Cruise features the gay friendly destination of Key West as well as a new ship, the beautiful Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas.     Of course, we’re continuing the great tradition of celebrating pride  at sea with exclusive parties, events, entertainment, and excursions.  With this great value, it’s no wonder that previous Pride Cruises have sold out early, so call us today at 888-768-7238 or email reservations@sourceevents.com

Don’t let us sail without you

Source Events is the official producer of the Miami - Pride Cruise.  Book directly with Source Events and experience VIP treatment, with the following special Pride Cruise events: 

  • Hosted Free Cocktail Hours at exclusive private Pride Cruise events
  • Special Welcome Bag which includes Pride T-Shirt, gifts from sponsors & lanyard pass for VIP admission to all exclusive Pride Cruise Events!
  • Welcome Cocktail Party
  • Sail Away Tea-Dances
  • Special group excursions
  • Tropical Fantasy Party
  • Exclusive Gay Movie Screening at Sea
  • Private parties with our own Pride Cruise DJ
  • Special party in gay friendly Key West
  • Our own Gay Beach Party on the private island of Coco Cay
  • Royal Caribbean special entertainment and comedy show


Wynwood South: Fashion and Art Fusion Block Party in the Heart of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District 

07:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wynwood South
Between 20th and 21st NW 2nd Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Wynwood’s dynamic fashion, design, culinary and art community will be hosting an art walk and block party to celebrate the launch of “Wynwood South,” the Arts District’s newest, official street block of hybrid fashion, food and art stores.

Live entertainment, complimentary cocktails, Miami food trucks and an Art Walk will kick off the celebration taking place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 14th. The event is free and open to the public.

Wynwood South’s participating stores hosting the party include: Art Bastion, an international art agency and gallery founded by world renowned art collector and curator, Sebastiano Varoli; D-Koncept, a French concept store featuring a unique collection of European brands, designers, and artists; Cassianu, a décor and furniture store that renovates spaces through a unique exchange-consignment program; ICL Studio, custom design services for functional-art objects to harmonize with your living spaces; and Lee & Marie’s Cakery, a dynamic bakery/café hybrid or “cakery,” owned by social entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrea “Andy” Travaglia.



Jean Caze Trip at LILT Lounge 

Jean Caze Trip at LILT Lounge
Wednesday, 04/15/2015 – 09:00 pm – 12:00 am
Screen-shot-2015-03-30-at-4.48.00-PM1LILT Lounge
270 Biscayne Way Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Jean Caze, one of today’s most exciting voices in jazz and Michael Buble’s famed trumpet player, will showcase his lyrical tone with his quartet at LILT Lounge. LILT Lounge brings the first high-design lounge to downtown Miami with nightly live music curated by Kristian Caro and creative cocktails by Dean Feddaoui. Lounge opens at 6 p.m. with social bites by acclaimed executive chef Wolfgang Birk including charcuterie & cheese, oysters & caviar, lobster cocktail and tuna tartare gazpacho. Happy Hour runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes fine champagnes from $7 per glass and a daily selection of oysters at $1.

Public Art and Access Wednesday: PAMM Fund for African American Art – Become an Ambassador 









Are you familiar with the PAMM Fund for African American Art? If not check them out and think about how you can support their cause.
​The PAMM Fund for African American Art was initiated with a $1 million grant, funded equally by Jorge M. Pérez and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, for the purchase of contemporary art by African American artists for the museum’s permanent collection. Through the fund, the museum first acquired works by Al Loving, Faith Ringgold and Xaviera Simmons. These pieces joined other significant PAMM collection objects by artists such as Leonardo Drew, Sam Gilliam, Rashid Johnson, Lorna Simpson, James Van Der Zee, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley and Purvis Young.

Join Pérez Art Museum Miami as an Ambassador for African American Art, and your participation will help PAMM acquire and exhibit major works by African American artists for years to come. 

Join Ambassadors

Advocate $250
Steward $1,000
Guardian $2,500

90% of each gift is fully tax deductible and is fully directed toward the fund.


Support the Fund with a donation of $250 or more. Enjoy Dual museum membership including free admission for 12 months and 10 percent discount at the PAMM Shop and the waterfront Verde Restaurant. You will receive invitations to quarterly Ambassadors’ events and name recognition in PAMM’s e-newsletter and on PAMM’s website.


Make a contribution of $1,000 or more and you will also receive a complimentary invitation for two to PAMM’s official Miami Art Week/Art Basel celebration, plus select talks and tours with art connoisseurs and curators throughout the year.


With a contribution of $2,500 or more receive all benefits listed above, plus four complimentary guest passes for friends and family and an invitation to a special recognition event.

PAMM Fund for African American Art Advisory Committee: To support the planning and selection process, the museum has put together an advisory committee, led by PAMM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander, comprising of renowned curators, art historians,and artists. Advisory group participants are: Thom Collins, director of PAMM; Tobias Ostrander, chief curator and deputy director for curatorial affairs of PAMM; Naomi Beckwith, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Adler Guerrier, Haitian-born artist living and working in Miami; Carole F. Hall, former editor-in-chief of African American interest books at John Wiley & Sons; Tumelo Mosaka, contemporary art curator at the Krannert Art Museum in Urbana-Champaign, Ill; Toni Randolph, Miami-based art collector; Dennis Scholl, Vice President / Arts for the Knight Foundation; Lowery Stokes Sims, curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York; and Michele Wallace, professor of English at The City College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

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Talk About It Tuesday: KKK Hate Messages Spray-Painted Around Miami Gardens

This article is shared from the Miami New Times article that was published on February 19, 2015.  This type of behavior is deeply worrisome and problem that effects all community residents!

One of five sites around Miami Gardens hit with hateful graffiti yesterday.

One of five sites around Miami Gardens hit with hateful graffiti yesterday.

Miami Gardens, the city that’s home to Sun Life Stadium and one of Florida’s highest crime rates, has had a wrenchingly difficult week. Days after police fatally shot a mentally ill man armed with a broom, city leaders are now dealing with an apparent hate crime.

Yesterday, someone spray-painted “KKK” symbols — along with phrases like “move out” — around Miami Gardens. City leaders and civil rights activists this morning are calling for justice.

See also: Internet Won’t Let Lavall Hall, Mentally Ill Man Shot by Miami Gardens Police, Be Forgotten

“We condemn this vandalism,” Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Florida Regional Director Hava Holzhauer said in statement to New Times. “We urge law enforcement to investigate this as a potential hate crime, as well as for all members of the community to publicly denounce this hateful vandalism.”

The graffiti was found in at least five locations around Miami Gardens, a predominantly African-American city.

Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson told reporters that the department is treating the graffiti as a grave crime. “Prank or no prank, we are going to be treating this very seriously,” he told the media.

A police spokesman told New Times this morning that no new information has emerged in the case.

The ADL, though, says that whoever left the graffiti had one goal in mind: intimidating residents in their own homes.

“[It was likely] someone within the community who seeks to instill fear in a particular group with the intent of pushing them out of the neighborhood,” Holzhauer says.

The crime comes as Johnson scrambles to deal with outrage over Monday’s shooting of Lavall Hall, a schizophrenic man whose mother had called police for help during an episode. Hall was shot and killed when he used a broom handle to attack two officers.

Anti-police-violence activists have seized on the death as the latest in the #BlackLivesMatter campaign on Twitter and Facebook, while Johnson has been quick to defend the officers involved.

Where to Be: 4.3.15 to 4.9.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!

Friday, 4.3.15

Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure at Jungle Island

Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure at Jungle Island
Friday, 04/03/2015 – 04/05/2015 10:30 am – 04:00 pm
Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Hop over to Jungle Island for three days of egg-citement as South Florida’s favorite landmark attraction debuts a thrilling Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure. Each day, Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure will feature continuous egg hunts with goodie bags for every child, plus acres of bounce houses, rides, arts & crafts, music, and appearances by the Easter bunny. It is all happening at Jungle Island, home to some of the world’s most rare and fascinating animals.

Sponsored by Publix, Coca-Cola, Pet Supermarket, Miami Family Magazine and The Miami Herald, Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure at Jungle Island is free with paid park admission. Visit any participating South Florida Publix to pick-up a $7 off admission discount coupon to Jungle Island. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Saturday, 4.4.15

Miami Dance Festival 2015

Miami Dance Festival
April & May 2015
Various Locations

When: 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Where: Colony Theater | 1040 Lincoln Road Miami Beach
General Admission $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Students & Seniors $15. Groups of 10 or more $12.

Festival Opening Event
Momentum Dance Company Spring Season Premiere. Guest Artist Dr. Alan Ngim, piano. World Premieres by Artistic Director Delma Iles and dancer Emily Noe, plus Anna Sokolow’s historic Poems of Scriabin, and Not Go Gently, Untitled.

Sunday, 4.5.15

Easter Sunday Brunch at Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen

Easter Sunday Brunch at Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen
8:30 am – 12:00 am
JMKVenue21Jalapeno Mexican Kitchen
530 Ocean Dr,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: varies

Celebrate Easter Sunday at Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen with a special menu by Executive Chef Miguel Faget.

In addition to its regular menu, Easter additions include Red Sauce Chilaquiles Benedict, Molletes, Huevos Rancheros, Apple Walnut Capirotada and Bloody Mary with Serrano Infused Tequila.

Dine with the family while enjoying views of the water and traditional Mexican cuisine. For reservations or more information, please call 305.532.4747 or visit www.jalapenomexicankitchen.com

Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen is located at 530 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.


Monday, 4.6.15

Rootsy Juicy Reggae

Where: Purdy Lounge | 1811 Purdy Ave. Miami Beach, FL  33139

When: 9pm

It’s Monday night. The work day is over and you’re still sobering up from the weekend. Lucky for you, there’s always a place where you can unwind after ending the crappiest day of the work week: Purdy. The SoBe watering hole has been the go-to underground Monday night reggae party for almost a decade. Jean P. Jams plays the marimba and DJ Icue mixes tracks all night. The best part: $4 Prestige beer. Yeah, mon

Tuesday, 4.7.15

A Picture & Poem Can Voice a 1000 Wrongs

Where: Bakehouse Art Complex | 561 NW 32nd St.Miami, FL  33127

When: 12pm – 2:30pm

University of Miami Intensive English Program presents an afternoon of bilingual poems to highlight issues of social justice.

Wednesday, 4.8.15

Ecommerce For Beginners Workshop

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
ECom_WSCenter for Social Change
2103 Coral Way, Suite 202,
Miami, Florida 33145
Webpage Link
Cost: $35 early registration $45 at door

Have you finally decided to launch your ecommerce startup to take your products online? Do you have an online store that needs fine-tuning to make managing easier and generate more sales? Let us help you get started with an overview of the basics and discover the essential components and structure necessary to successfully operate and maintain an online store. Covering the best available ecommerce platforms, branding tips, best format for showcasing products, as well as how to drive traffic, taxes, shipping and fulfillment, we’ll help you form a foundation specific to your needs.

Thursday, 4.9.15


When: Open to Close

Where: Coral Gables Museum | 285 Aragon Ave. Coral Gables, FL  33134
Miami’s bike scene is on the rise, which is why an exhibition dedicated to the art of bicycles is wholly appropriate. Aside from the usual spiel of promoting a healthier lifestyle and a more sustainable form of transportation, the focus of the exhibit “ARTcycle” is the beauty and grace of not only the bicycle but also the person riding it. The exhibition features both local and international artists working toward one common theme. The theme for this year’s exhibit is “cyclist matter.” According to the museum’s website, “ ‘ARTcycle’ aims to promote awareness, respect, and tolerance of bicyclists to motorists who are not accustomed to or educated in how to share the road.” “ARTcycle” will be on display at the Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) for three months beginning this Friday. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission costs $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for children 6 and older; children under 6 and museum members get in free. Call 305-603-8067 or visit coralgablesmuseum.org.

Civic Engagement Thursday: Revisit to ‘Police Officers React to the Bad Behavior of Cops in Miami Gardens’

This event and commentary was put out by The Atlantic back in February of this year. Seeing, we have had a few months to reflect. What are your thoughts and reactions? What has changed? What remains?

Police Officers React to the Bad Behavior of Cops in Miami Gardens

Correspondence from readers in blue
Carlo Allegri/Reuters

After highlighting a scandal in Miami Gardens, Florida, where police officers arrested a man for trespassing dozens of times even though he was at his place of employment, I solicited insights from law-enforcement personnel in my readership. What did they make of the story? How did they explain the fact that the abusive behavior continued for so long? What did they regard as an appropriate punishment? How would they guard against similar abuses elsewhere? How would they react if they encountered colleagues treating a man that way?

Several were generous enough to share their thoughts.

One correspondent has spend roughly a decade at a federal law enforcement agency. He writes:

I came across your article coincidentally after a colleague and I were discussing the This American Life podcast you referenced. We in law enforcement are feeling a little underappreciated these days, but to answer the question you pose at the end of your article regarding how I feel about the behavior of the Miami Gardens police department, in a word, I am sickened.
I feel every bit as outraged as I imagine anyone listening to the account was, as does everyone in law enforcement that I have discussed this with. This behavior undermines the credibility and perceived legitimacy of law enforcement everywhere, and bolsters the narrative that so many in the media and elsewhere are trying to push today: that police are biased and trampling the rights of citizens everywhere. I have no statistics at hand to prove that the Miami Gardens case is an anomaly, I only have my own experiences and observations. Every day when I go to work, I see people in Federal, State and Local law enforcement working together to try to make a difference, trying to treat all people they encounter with respect and dignity, and trying to make the world a better place. Do we get a little cynical at times? Sure. Are we sometimes frustrated by a lack of cooperation we get?  You bet. Are there times when our jobs feel completely futile? Too many, but at the end of the day, can we look ourselves in the mirror and say with conviction that we did something to make things a little better? The answer is yes.
In any profession or large population, there are going to be examples of misconduct. In a country with thousands of arrests, there are going to be some that go wrong, or could have gone better. These should absolutely be investigated. Procedures should be reformed. Personnel should be disciplined (or prosecuted) if called for. But to taint an entire profession, built around the “to serve and protect” ideal, by viewing them only through the lens of the Miami Gardens case or other examples of police misconduct is wrong.
One of the most frustrating things to listen to in the This American Lifepodcast came in Part 1, Act 2, when the Milwaukee police responded to a shooting, and did by all accounts a thorough, professional and respectful investigation, which resulted in the arrest of the perpetrator. Despite this, the complainant, Trina, stated that she still didn’t trust the police. That was tough to hear. I’m not sure what other experiences Trina had to make her feel like that, or what environment she was raised in that may have affected her trust in the police, but from the perspective of law enforcement it is very disheartening. It’s somewhat like being a waiter or waitress and really busting your butt to provide great service to a client and getting stiffed on the tip, except that you’re not a waiter, you’re actually doing something where you’re putting yourself in physical danger at times on behalf of the people you serve.
What bothered me most about the This American Life piece was not the Miami Gardens segment itself (I actually thought the piece was well done and informative, a story to be shared and learned from) but the fact that the segment was broadcast under the heading “Cops See it Differently,” intimating that all cops see the behavior discussed in the segment as acceptable, appropriate, or defensible. It most certainly is not any of those things. It represents a leadership failure, and if the allegations are true, a failure of personal integrity and violation of public trust for many of the officers involved.
Cops are entrusted with a lot of responsibility and need to be held accountable. Body cameras could be a potential solution, but with body cameras has to come the recognition that law enforcement is a tough job, often involving the need to make split second decisions, potentially having life or death consequences, based on limited information. Body cameras need to come with the understanding that cops are human and cannot be perfect 100% of the time, although they need to strive to be. Oh and they also need to come with the understanding that someone needs to pay for them.
Thank you for the opportunity to vent.  I’m glad someone actually asked for an opinion. Understand that all of the above represent my opinion as a private citizen and are not associated with any government or law enforcement agency.

Here’s another note that begins with the correspondent giving a brief synopsis of his career:

I’ll begin by letting you know that I’m a former Law Enforcement Officer who retired after 27 years of service. My career began in 1980 in the South Bronx as a member of the NYC Transit Police Department before it merged with the NYPD. My career coincided with a very turbulent and violent period in the history of New York City: the crack cocaine epidemic of the 80s and homicide rates that can best be described as astronomical. During these times, New York City was not a very safe place to live, work, or visit. I truly believe that my fellow officers were men and women who cared about the city and its people, who held a deep and sincere sense of caring that transcended the color of a person’s skin, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation.
There was a time when I viewed the world in which I lived and worked in as just black and white. There were good guys and bad guys, and no one in between. Fortunately that was a phase in my career that lasted for only a few years (this is attested to by a plaque I received from members of my unit  wishing “the liberal” luck upon his transfer to the narcotics division). What had happened to cause this change in my ‘good guy, bad guy’ philosophy? It was the realization that I could be a good cop without having to conform to that ‘good guy, bad guy’ mindset. That was a mantra that was embraced by many back then, and unfortunately, that still is true today, for a number of reasons.
It is hard for me to comprehend why a police officer would not investigate further to substantiate or disprove his claim that he was an employee of the Quickstop. It seems very simple and effortless. ‘Excuse me sir, does this individual work here?’ When empowered with the authority to take a man’s freedom you have a moral obligation to ensure that you do the right thing. It is clear that these police officers were not interested in doing the right thing. We all carry implicit biases with us, police officers included. And to deny that prejudice and racial bigotry may have played a role in Mr. Sampson’s sixty or so arrests is to be naive to say the least. Some may argue that neither prejudice nor racial bigotry on the part of the police had anything to do with Mr. Sampson’s plight. That this theory of ‘implicit bias’ is nothing more that liberal mumbo jumbo. To those I say, then why? Why was this man repeatedly arrested for a crime he did not commit? Why didn’t any of the police officers involved in his arrest have the common sense to have asked a question or two at the scene? I feel I’ve already rambled on too long, but I do feel strongly about this as someone who takes a great deal of pride in my profession.
A third correspondent has spent decades in Louisiana law enforcement. Female police officers from that state who read on will be glad to know that he is retired. He writes:
I grew up with many state troopers living nearby as a kid and I guess it’s what made me want to be a cop. First let me say this about Florida: It is one weird state as far as law enforcement goes. I know you will say to yourself, what, Louisiana is great? Well, there are problems everywhere these days, for sure. But over there, even different agencies in the same counties are often at each other’s throats, arresting each other’s officers for various things from misdemeanors to true felonies. That said, I find the story from Miami Gardens heartbreaking and terrible at once. I am the parent of a mentally challenged adult child and I would be destroyed if my son was dealt with in this same manner.

When I became a deputy, the job was pretty much political in that the sheriff faced re-election every four years. We never had any serious challengers in and often were returned to office with no one registering to run against our sheriff.  But it being political, we did not go out of our way to make people’s lives a problem or punish them abnormally because we had to deal with them.

Far from it, we gave rides to people who needed one or tried to be neutral arbiters, if possible, in disputes. We tried pretty hard NOT to have to arrest people. We just didn’t want to do it. We weren’t “badge heavy,” throwing our weight around or whatever.  If we had to take care of business, we did so, but there was none of the stuff I see so much in the news these days. We did not have tasers. We had a revolver (and were warned to NEVER pull it unless our life depended on it), cuffs, and a nightstick, which we often just left in the cruiser.
But when someone refused to go we simply had to put hands on them and MAKE them go. This, I think, is where these cops of today are so messed up. It used to be that they were fast to pull that Taser. Now it’s the gun. And if the Taser doesn’t work they SHOOT the gun! I read one story and saw the video where one cop in Montana, in less than 8 years on the force, had already killed two people for being trigger happy. That is someone who wants the job but is terrified of everything that moves in my book. It’s unconscionable!!

Women in law enforcement are a joke as well in my book. They do not have the physical size and power of a male and they just simply lose in any physical confrontation. That and they get their male counterparts hurt for having to lookout for them and do all the work if any physical restraint is called for. A suspect being questioned in the Jacksonville, Mississippi, headquarters by a female officer had her weapon taken from her by the subject who then used it to shoot and kill two male officers in a shootout in the HQ. It’s all PC to hire them and everything but they get others and themselves hurt.

A big problem is that the officers they have hired in the last 20 years or so are of the PlayStation or video game generation. They grew up playing these violent games killing digital foes, and then they think current day technology will make a Buford Pusser out of tiny women and men too cowardly to put hands on the people they must arrest. It just DOES NOT work. It’s the only reason I can see for the videos that have surfaced where male officers shoot an unarmed or lighly armed (that is to say, a rake, stick, or a stone) subject.  We met the force of resistance to arrest with just what it took to overcome it. No more, no less.

I was fortunate to pull my sidearm out on only three occasions in 18 years. Two were in assisting with surprise arrests of potentially armed subjects and the third was the emergency movement of inmates from a jail facility that we thought was on fire.
That’s it. I never pulled it during an average arrest, wrestling with someone or a traffic stop.

I loved being a law enforcement officer, but near the end of my active years, I used to wonder what I might do in the spur of a moment that lawyers and judges and DA’s would have years to Monday morning quarterback me on. I could lose my livelihood, my possessions and my LIFE if something went wrong.

That said, the treatment of the subject of the article is inexcusable, the deafness of police administration to the man’s employer to cut it out and the fact they did not want to stop it is beyond shameful. Those are not cops. They are bullies using Gestapo tactics and too enamoured of admiring themselves in mirrors. I am no lawyer, but I would say each and every one of those activities are violations of the man’s civil rights and he should SUE the dept and the individual officers in question. If Holder wants to put a stop to police BS why isn’t he looking into THAT?!?  Something truly real and truly wrong?

But I feel things are not going to get better and I don’t know why. One of the best things I ever heard was something to the effect that “common sense is the most un-common thing.” That is what seems so sorely lacking in today’s police environment. Maybe it’s just a few bad places, or bad apples and the 24/7 news cycle finds these things and vomits them up no end. Maybe we were no better back then, it’s just that we were more separated from each other pre-internet.

(For a more positive assessment of female police officers, see here.)
That wasn’t a selection of the responses emailed to me—it was all of them, very lightly edited for concision. If you’re a police officer whose perspective wasn’t represented, or who wants to take a crack at any of the questions I posed that remain unanswered, more correspondence to conor@theatlantic.com is encouraged. I’m eager for anything that will help my readership to better understand cops. Once again, I’ll publish emails without names unless otherwise requested.

Talk About It Tuesday: Tàpies: From Within – A Must See


Feb. 6th to May 3rd


Tàpies: From Within is a major historical survey that features a selection of more than 50 large-scale paintings and sculptures, representing diverse moments from throughout Antoni Tàpies’ (b. 1923, Barcelona, Spain; d. 2012, Barcelona, Spain) career. These include early examples from 1945 through to recent works created in 2011—the year prior to his death. The exhibition explores the Spanish artist’s use of unusual materials and forms and the development of his unique visual language, which earned him an international reputation as one of the most successful abstract painters of his generation.

Curated by former Tate Director Vincente Todolí, this retrospective offers a unique view into Tàpies’ groundbreaking practice, which fused impoverished materials with symbols of Eastern and Western culture to create dense works covered with graffiti-like gestures. His alchemical practice mixed spiritual and existential questions with unique material investigations of surface, mark-making, and found objects. The exhibition presents an intimate and unusual view of his oeuvre, through a selection of works drawn exclusively from his own private collection and that of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies.


Where to Be: 3.27.15 to 4.2.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami!


Friday, 3.27.15

Represent Drum & Bass WMC 2015

Represent Drum & Bass WMC 2015
Friday, 03/27/2015 – 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
10845678_1073392252676729_4079694958280726912_oLiquor Lounge
1560 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Facebook Link
Cost: FREE

Represent Drum & Bass Returns for WMC | MMW

Friday March 27, 2015

No bs, no dress code, no cover, just vibes

All Drum&Bass!

Confirmed guests…
*Ben Soundscape of The Insiders
*Sopheye Sofly

Saturday, 3.28.15

3rd Annual Florida Derby Party at Tongue & Cheek

3rd Annual Florida Derby Party at Tongue & Cheek
Saturday, 03/28/2015 – 04:00 pm – 12:00 am
TC_FloridaDerbyTongue & Cheek
431 Washington Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: varies

Join Tongue & Cheek and watch the races at the 3rd Annual Florida Derby Party!

Live race broadcast on two 50 in. screens will start at 4 p.m. with a special derby happy hour. Beachside BBQ menu available for $25 per person and Classic Florida Mojitos for $5.

Contests for guests with the “Best Hat” and “Best-Dressed Man” to win a free dinner for two with a bottle of wine.

Tongue & Cheek is located at 431 Washington Ave. For more details, please call 305.704.2900 or visit www.tandcmiami.com

Sunday, 3.29.15

Cherry Wood Chxp Rich Culture

Cherry Wood Chxp Rich Culture
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
3301 College Ave,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314
Webpage Link
Cost: $15 online $20 at the door

EXPERIENCE RICH CULTURE:: www.versatileimage.org

Cherry is easy to work, fine textured, strong and fairly durable. The richness of cherry wood is the essence of being an artist. Be free, remain a fine grade, be strong and not easily bother by the lack of acceptance by others. Come experience culture in its purest form!

All proceeds will be donated to the “Brown Ballerina Movement”.

Line up:

@CrownMeRoyalXO (Screening of Brown Ballerina)
@_Markq (Fashion Show)
@TamikajMusic (Musical Performance)
@Queen_Me_Lovely (Modern Dance)
@XaliUnknwn (Musical Performance)
@BombChelz (Poetry)
@JayBurna (Musical Performance)
@MonhandWorks (Photography Exhibit)
@MisterBrooks_ (Beats & Cypher)
@MaryannArnita (Live Ballet Dance)

Monday, 3.30.15

The Atlantic’s Start-Up City: Miami 3/30/15

The Atlantic’s Start-Up City: Miami
Monday, March 30, 2015
StartupNew World Center
500 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: $99.00
Online Registration

From the sharing economy to online education and groundbreaking communications tools, the start-up landscape is booming in South Florida. On Monday, March 30, The Atlantic’s third annual “Start-Up City: Miami” will answer the question “what’s next?”—bringing together local and national business leaders to forecast the emerging trends and technologies that are shaping start-ups across the globe. The full-day program is presented in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and will be held at the New World Center. Tickets are on sale now.

Among the featured speakers and attendees are Tom Colicchio, a five-time James Beard winner, chef and owner of Crafted Hospitality, Top Chef judge and restaurateur with a new venture in Miami Beach; Jim McKelvey, Co-founder of Square and LaunchCode, who is transforming the way people and tech connect; Vikram Dendi with Microsoft Research, whose just-launched Skype Translator is poised to break down communication barriers by giving users the ability to speak with anyone around the world, regardless of language; Veronica Juarez, director of government relations for Lyft, who will address the mobile-first car service’s goals in Miami and across the country; Bastian Lehmann, co-founder and CEO of Postmates, the so-called “anti-Amazon” delivery app; and Bill Macaitis, chief marketing officer of Slack, one of the fastest-growing startups in history.

More confirmed speakers include:
John Ciancutti, Chief Product Officer, Coursera
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, CEO, Radical Partners
Jon Goiser, Investor and Data Scientist, Third Cohort Capital
Hal Gregersen, Director of the Sloan Leadership Center at MIT and author of “The Innovator’s DNA”
Ricardo Herrero, Executive Director, #CubaNow
Natalia Napoleon de Bens, Co-Founder, Lemon City Tea Co.
Tracy LaFlamme Ortega, Founder and CEO, PREPWORKS
Jason Saltzman, Founder and CEO, AlleyNYC

Tuesday, 3.31.15

Eat. Drink. “O” Cinema

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cafe-Prima-Pasta-InteriorCafé Prima Pasta
414 71st Street,
Miami Beach, Florida 33141

In the spirit of awards season, pair a film at the new “O Cinema” in Miami Beach with a supper of Italian substance at Café Prima Pasta featuring half off deals from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Patrons can enjoy select dinner favorites, as well as cocktails, at 50 percent off the regular menu price.

Choose from signature dishes such as Carpaccio di Manzo ($6.48), slices of filet mignon, virgin olive oil, lemon, and Parmesan cheese; Carpaccio di Salmone ($6.48), slices of salmon with olive oil, lemon, capers, rucola and tomatoes; Black Linguini Seafood ($10), squid ink pasta with fresh seafood in a creamy lobster sauce; Chicken Parmigiana ($9.50), NBA legend Michael Jordan’s favorite Café Prima Pasta dish of breaded chicken topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella, a Seasonal Fish Special ($14), fresh catch of the day; Tagliata Di Manzo ($9.98) , slices of carved steak with French fries served with an arugula salad; Tiramisu ($4), Mama Carla’s recipe of an Italian classic; Cheesecake ($4), homemade with hand whipped cream and Flan Cream Caramel ($4), served with Argentinean Dulce de Leche ice cream.

“O Cinema” is a cutting-edge, non-profit, independent cinema that manages, curates, and present screenings of art-house, independent, classic and family-friendly films. Show times begin in the evening and the Miami Beach theatre is located just steps away from Café Prima Pasta, at 500 71st Street in Miami Beach.

Wednesday, 4.1.15

I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. April Edition

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
NOLA-black-1-copy-smaller-copyO Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th St,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: $10 Online, $12 at Door

I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. (NOLA) is a local short film competition that provides Miami filmmakers a platform to showcase their work. As April NOLA falls on April Fools’ Day, we’ve designated April NOLA to Comedy short films.

In addition to showcasing local filmmakers, we also will be showcasing a Comedic Act, Musicians, 3 notable guest judges, and Wynwood Brewery. I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. is the longest running filmmaker networking event in South Florida, facilitating filmmakers, creatives, artists, musicians and more to connect and continue creating in South Florida.

Learn more & buy your tickets here: http://goo.gl/4iWO9I

Thursday, 4.2.15

Margarita Madness at TeQuiztlan

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
sobelocal-eblast-02Tequiztlan Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar
1000 Lincoln Rd,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: Complimentary admission and bites; $5 Margaritas

Complimentary admission and bites; $5 Margaritas

Talk About it Tuesday: Testimony from campus police chiefs riles NRA lobbyist

This article is being shared from Naked Politics via the Miami Heeald. Let’s remind ourselves to be vigilant about conversations involving our young people and conversations about violence and lobbying attached to violence and our youth.


After university police chiefs testified against the so-called campus carry bill (HB 4005/SB 176) earlier this week, the National Rifle Association’s Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer sent an alert to NRA members and friends.

“State university campus police are using your tax dollars to lobby against the Second Amendment rights of Florida citizens,” she wrote.

Hammer said two Democratic lawmakers who oppose the bill had asked the chiefs to testify before the Senate Higher Education Committee on Monday and the House Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Wednesday.

“All of these chiefs filled out appearance cards and said, in writing, that they are AGAINST SB 176,” Hammer wrote to her members. “That clearly is lobbying -– they were there to influence the votes of legislators.”

What’s more, she said, the police chiefs were on the clock when they spoke.

Hammer urged NRA members to write House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, to oppose “state funds — your tax dollars — being used to lobby against your constitutional rights.”

But Andy Pelosi, president of the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus, called the move hypocritical.

“It’s interesting to note that when law enforcement [officers] like sheriffs, for example, testify in opposition to a gun violence prevention bill, that’s okay with the gun lobby,” he said.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2015/03/testimony-from-campus-police-chiefs-riles-nra-lobbyist.html#storylink=cpy

Motivate Monday: Speaking in French Cinema at MBC Tues. 3.23

This is a great performance taking place tonight that we recommend you all attend. Its a great way to start off the week.

When: March 23, 2015
Where: Miami Beach Cinematheque | 1130 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 33139 FL

The Miami Beach Cinematheque presents the first edition of Speaking in Cinema series of 2015, IN CONVERSATION WITH THE STARS OF GIRLHOOD, hosted by Miami Film Critic Juan Barquin, in the presence French actresses Karidja Touré and Assa Sylla, and L.A. Weekly Chief Film Critic Amy Nicholson on March 23.
The film “Girlhood” by Céline Sciamma  (2014) will be screening at the Miami Beach Cinematheque from March 20th to March 29th. The French Embassy Cultural Services Miami Office will be co-hosting a welcome reception for the stars of the film on Saturday March 21 at 8:20pm, between the 6:30pm and 9:10pm shows.

KARIDJA TOURÉ and ASSA SYLLA are the stars of Céline Sciamma’s GIRLHOOD. Both young students living in Paris, it is their first acting role in a long-feature film. Karidja Touré was nominated for a César Award for her performance in the film.

AMY NICHOLSON is chief film critic for L.A. Weekly. She co-hosts the weekly Voice Film Club podcast. Her first book, Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor, was recently published by Cahiers du Cinema.

JUAN BARQUIN is co-founder of the website, Dim the House Lights, which focuses on long-form film criticism and essays. He is also a freelance writer for the Miami New Timesand YAM Magazine.

The SPEAKING IN CINEMA series presented by the Miami Beach Cinematheque is a series of events giving an in-depth look at the intricacies of the art of filmmaking led by local and visiting film critics. With filmmakers, artists and international specialists as guests, the series is an ongoing and inclusive celebration of the art of cinema, the “Seventh Art”, which brings together all of the other six. SPEAKING IN CINEMA explores cinema’s past, present and future as the medium that encompasses spatial, temporal and visual aspects of art. The series provides a platform for continued engagement with a video library of the events to be released soon on the MBC website. Past editions have included guests such as Daniel Patrick Carbone, director of « Hide your smiling faces », starring actor (and son of the director)  Brontis Jodorowsky of « Danza de la realidad » ,  director of « Child of God » James Franco, among others…

This edition of Speaking in Cinema Series in sponsored in part by the French Embassy Cultural Services.


Where To Be: 3.20.15 to 3.26.15

Friday, 3.20.15

PreMoney Miami Investor Conference 3/20/15

PreMoney MIAMI Investor Conference
Friday, 03/20/2015 – 09:00 am – 07:30 pm
PreMoney-Miami-750x400EPIC Hotel
270 Biscayne Blvd Way,,
Miami, Florida 33131
More Info Link

Featuring Dave McClure (500 Startups), Scott Kupor (Andreessen Horowitz), Mark Suster (Upfront Ventures), Fabrice Grinda (OLX) + more, PreMoney MIAMI investor conf. will bring together folks from Silicon Valley, NYC, Miami, LatAm, Europe & beyond to explore the changes underway in venture capital and how those changes are affecting emerging markets around the world.

Saturday, 3.21.15

The 10th Annual Jazz In the Gardens Music Festival 

The 10th Annual Jazz In the Gardens Music Festival
Saturday, 03/21/2015 – 03/22/2015 03:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Jazz-In-The-Gardens_2015_Miami_FlyerSun Life Stadium
347 Don Shula Dr.,
Miami Gardens, Florida 33056
Webpage Link

The City of Miami Gardens presents its 10th Annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival on March 21st and 22nd, 2015, at Sun Life Stadium (347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens, FL 33056). The 2015 music festival will be hosted by celebrity comedians and now radio personalities D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley. Patrons will enjoy live performances by Maxwell, R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxton, RUN DMC, Men of Soul, Sheila E., Brian Culbertson, and local artists. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
Saturday, March 21st (Doors open at 3 p.m.)
– Local Band
– Local Band
– Sheila E
– Men of Soul (featuring Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson)
– Toni Braxton
– R Kelly
Sunday, March 22nd (Doors open at 3 p.m.)
– Local Band
– JITG All Star Jazz Band (featuring Roy Ayers on vibes, Lonnie Liston Smith on keyboards, Ronnie Laws on sax, Tom Browne on trumpet)
– Brian Culbertson
– Run DMC
– Erykah Badu
– Maxwell

Sunday, 3.22.15

The Seven Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch
Thursday, 02/19/2015 – 03/22/2015 08:00 pm –
1000x300_v2Miami Theater Center
9806 NE 2nd Ave,
Miami Shores, Florida 33138
Webpage Link
Cost: $35

The Seven Year Itch
by George Axelrod
Adapted by Stephanie Ansin & Fernando Calzadilla

Directed by Stephanie Ansin
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Loneliness. Temptation. Lust. Feel the summer heat aggravate the anxiety and desire of one man’s mid-life crisis in this irreverent interpretation of the 1950’s stage comedy that inspired the iconic Hollywood film.

Monday, 3.23.15

April GoLightly Hosts Girls Night Out at HSI Professional HAIRBAR 3/23/15

April GoLightly Hosts Girls Night Out at HSI Professional HAIRBAR
Monday, 03/23/2015 – 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
HSI-Girls-Night-Out-EVITE_AGLHSI Professional HAIRBAR
8888 SW 136th St.,
Miami, Florida 33176
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Kick off the week with a social celebration and join blogger April GoLightly at HSI Professional HAIRBAR for a Hair Happy Hour. The ultimate starting spot for girls night out, HSI is serving up complimentary champagne, professional make-up applications, discounted $20 blowouts and 15 minute deep conditioning treatments as courtesy add-ons to any blow outs in the HAIRBAR’s ultra-feminine, chateau-inspired salon. In addition, customers will receive exclusive discounts including a 10% discount on all retail purchases made that evening and any follow-up appointments scheduled that night.

Tuesday, 3.24.15

River Of Art #20 Business + Arts Social Event at Tongue & Cheek 

River Of Art #20 Business + Arts Social Event
RiverOfArtWeb-20SOULTuesday, March 24, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Tongue & Cheek
431 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
PARKING: Metered street spaces, garage at 4th St. & Euclid, lot at 4th St & Collins, municipal garages at 525 Collins, 137 Washington and more.
Use the Miami Beach Parking App.

Tickets: $10 with Advance Purchase using Promotional Code: SOUL
$20 at the Door
Ticket Link
Includes complimentary light cuisine tastings and drink specials courtesy of Tongue & Cheek.

Wednesday, 3.25.15

Incorrect Music Wmc 2015 Showcase

Incorrect Music Wmc 2015 Showcase
Wednesday, 03/25/2015 – 01:00 pm – 05:00 am
INC-instagramSTEAM Miami
30 NE 14th Street,
Miami, Florida 33132
Facebook Link
Cost: 20.00

Steam Miami welcomes Detroit-based Incorrect Music for a monster showcase that will take audiences through a full day and night of techno from the industry’s heavy-hitters. Featuring music by Incorrect Music label boss, Anthony Attalla along with an overflow of sought-after names including Carlo Lio, Chus & Ceballos, Cocodrills, Coyu, Ivan Pica, Luigi Rocca, Marco Lys, Nathan Barato, Pirupa, Prok & Fitch, Ramon Tapia, Simone Vitullo, Supernova, Teenage Mutants and Uto Karem, this colossal line-up will have the walls, both inside and out shaking well into the early hours of the following day.

Thursday, 3.26.15

Hard Rock RISING – Miami Beach 2015

Hard Rock RISING – Miami Beach 2015
Thursday, 03/26/2015 – 05:00 pm –
Miami100Eigth Street and Ocean Drive
Eigth Street and Ocean Drive,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

The City of Miami Beach is marking its 100th anniversary with a centennial weeklong celebration that culminates with an iconic music festival. Sponsored by Hard Rock International, The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., the all-day oceanfront music festival is located on the sand at Eighth Street and Ocean Drive. Gates open on Thursday, March 26 at noon for an afternoon beach party with the temporary amphitheater opening at 5 p.m. for the evening’s performances.The lineup includes: Andrea Bocelli, Barry Gibb, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Diego Torres, Wyclef, Flo Rida, Afrobeta, Cabas, Dave Mason, DJ Irie, Evan Charles, Fantine, Javier Garcia, Kevens, Ky-Mani Marley, Mann Sisters, Mariana Vega, Marlow Rosado, Melina Almodovar, Nicole Henry, Raquel Sofia, Tavo Botero, Terrell Cater, The Beethose Band, and Third World.


The article below was borrowed from the Miami Hurricane. Be sure to be paying attention and sharing these conversations.

Black Lives Matter protest sparks conversation about on-campus racism

The Black Lives Matter rally held Wednesday has sparked an online conversation about racial issues on campus, involving the University of Miami’s Black student population, opponents of the protestors and even President Donna E. Shalala.

The demonstration included a ‘die-in,’ in which students dropped to the ground in unison to represent lives lost to police brutality, and a march around campus in protest of the grand jury decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown.

SEE ALSO: Dramatic ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstration gives voice to voiceless

During and after the event, racist comments were posted on the anonymous social media app Yik Yak and other online outlets. (See screenshots attached in the embedded Tweets below.)

Shalala sent a university-wide Dialogue email Friday in response to comments like these, saying that “all members of the community have the right to respond and share their thoughts and beliefs.”

“Respectful dialogue, even between opposing sides of the same issue, remains an expectation at the University of Miami,” Shalala added.

President Shalala's Dialogue email sent Friday.

Junior Rhyssa Beckford, who was a participant in the Black Lives Matter event, originally reached out to Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Whitely about the issue Thursday, hoping for a university-wide email to be sent out that would discourage this behavior.

President Shalala then responded to Beckford with her own email, expressing her support of the demonstration and “outrage” at the detractors. (Whitely was out of town.) Beckford posted a screenshot of Shalala’s email on Facebook.

Shalala's response. // Screenshot courtesy Beckford

Soon after the Dialogue email was sent Friday, Beckford expressed her dissatisfaction with the administration’s response on Facebook.

Rhyssa Beckford's response. // Screenshot courtesy Beckford via Facebook

Beckford also wrote that the email was “sugar coated” and “didn’t truly address intolerance” in a Facebook message to The Miami Hurricane.

Some students also posted anonymous reactions to the UMiami Secrets Facebook page, arguing that the protest was an ineffective way to go about asking for change and that “lives matter as a whole, not just black lives.” This also led to discussion online. The comments can be seen in the embedded posts.

While the topic has angered many, sophomore Andrea Vorlicek urged her peers on Facebook not to let the opinions of a few taint their perspectives of the whole.

Vorlicek, who also participated in the march, wrote that the Black population at UM should not focus on the comments on Yik Yak and other social media outlets. Instead, she hopes that her peers work to educate others who are not aware of the prejudices that exist, in order to create a better on-campus environment.



Featured image courtesy The All-Nite Images via Flickr.

Talk About It Tuesday: American Dreams – Whose Dream?


The article below was taken from Miami New Times. What we are requesting that you all consider are the questions of: how does the mall affect our local economy? How does this mall go to benefit our local communities?

American Dreams Miami Mall Will Include World’s Largest Ski Dome, Art Deco Village, Water Park, Coral Reef, and More

Announced yesterday as the largest mall in America, American Dreams Miami is being dubbed by developer Triple Five Group as the “largest entertainment attraction in the world.”

Yes, the mall will end up being much more than a mall.

Triple Five tells New Times plans are expected to include:

1. Planet’s largest ski dome, year-round “powder” in the heat of summer.2. 7-acre covered lake supplying cool water for the country’s largest water park.

3. A separate 7-acre submarine lake where self propelled subs built in the Atlantic explore a live Caribbean reef.

4. An Art Deco Village of gourmet restaurants, live theater, and a Tivoli garden.

5. A London size Ferris wheel with views at the top from the Everglades to the Ocean.

6. Ice stadium for ice ballet, figure skating, and hockey instruction for children and young adults.

Triple Five
American Dreams Miami will feature a similar water park.

All of this is in addition to the Legoland theme park, minigolf, and sea lion show attraction that were reported yesterday.

Triple Five says the mall will “capture the very best elements” of its other properties. Those include the continent’s largest mall, the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada; the Mall of America in Minnesota; and the under-construction American Dreams Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, near the stadium where the New York Jets and Giants play.

The mall is planned to be built near the intersection of Florida’s Turnpike and I-75 in Northwest Miami-Dade. The project will be within the Urban Development Line, and no county money will be used to build the mall.

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Where To Be: 3.13.15 to 3.19.15

Friday, 3.13.15

W.O.W. (Women of the World) Event

W.O.W. (Women of the World) Event 2015
Friday, 03/13/2015 – 09:00 am – 11:30 pm
WOW-flyerHyatt Regency Coral Gables
50 Alhambra Plaza,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: registration: $150

First Ever W.o.W. (Women of the World) Event to Kick Off in Miami on March 12, 2015

Training, networking and pampering will be three pillars of the multicultural event for working female professionals

The first ever W.o.W. (Women of the World) event is scheduled to take place right here in Miami—an unparalleled experience offering tools, tips and hacks for female entrepreneurs and leaders to take their skills to the next level. From workshops and panel discussions to coaching sessions and professional development, #wow2015 will take place to coincide with International Working Woman’s Day and National Women’s History Month.

Slated to kick off on Thursday, March 12, 2015 with an opening welcome reception, the first ever #wow2015 will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables with power panels, inspiring keynotes, lively debates and many surprises.

Saturday, 3.14.15

The Will Calhoun Trio

The Will Calhoun Trio
Saturday, 03/14/2015 – 08:00 pm –
Will-CalhounPinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road,
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
Webpage Link
Cost: $25 and $30

Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to be Grammy Award winners and contribute to so many genres; jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on film and continually pushing the envelope. Will Calhoun has this creative vision, and he is doing an extraordinary job keeping music a spiritual and motivating force in his life. Famous for his work with the groundbreaking hard rock group Living Colour, including two Grammys, Will has recorded and/or toured and performed with diverse artists including Mick Jagger, Mos Def, Oumou Sangare, Marcus Miller and Wayne Shorter.

Sunday, 3.15.15

YoungArts: Dance, Music, Theater & Voice Performance |Directed by John Heginbotham 

YoungArts: Dance, Music, Theater & Voice Performance | Directed by John Heginbotham
Sunday, 03/15/2015 – 03:00 pm – 06:00 pm

The Colony Theatre

1040 Lincoln Road,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $5-$15

Come check out our homegrown talent during YoungArts Miami, where the next Ricky Ubeda, Kerry Washington and Hernan Bas will showcase their creativity through performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings. These emerging artists, ages 15-18, were selected from 11,000 applications. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the next generation of incredible talent in the country’s hottest emerging arts region.

Monday, 3.16.15

Jokes in the Grove

Monday, 03/16/2015 – 03/16/2015 09:00 pm – 11:00 pm
IMG_47671Mr. Moes
3131 Commodore Plaza,
Miami, Florida 33133
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: 5.00

Get your laugh on every Monday at the Grove to start off your week!

Mr. Moes in Coconut Grove
3131 Commodore Plaza
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Be there by 8pm to start the show on time!

+Food Item
For just $20!

Tuesday, 3.17.15

St. Patrick’s Day @ JohnMartin’s

Tuesday, 03/17/2015 – 12:00 pm – 03:00 pm
St.Patricks-Day-CalendarListing-FlyerJohnMartin’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
253 Miracle Mile Coral Gables,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: FREE

Everyone is welcome to join the genuine pub & restaurant as they party all day long. There will be all day entertainment starting at Noon with live music by Paddy Kelleghan and a bagpiper. Da Infamous DJ Q will keep the party going from 8p.m. until close.

Wednesday, 3.18.15

Biz To Biz Spring Business Expo 2015

Biz To Biz Spring Business Expo 2015
Wednesday, 03/18/2015 – 03:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Marflyer2015Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
Webpage Link
Cost: FREE

Showcase Your Business at the Biz To Biz Spring Business Expo on Wednesday, March 18th at The Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward Convention Center. This is a great opportunity to reach thousands and promote your business, services and products. Exhibitor Space starting at $175.00. Free Admission to Attend. 175+ Exhibitors | Free Seminars | 3pm – 8pm. Register at: http://www.biztobiznetworking.com


Thursday, 3.19.15

Rooftop Unplugged with Robby Hunter Band 

Rooftop Unplugged with Robby Hunter Band
Thursday, 03/19/2015 – 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm
unplugged1Filling Station Lofts
MIAMI FL 33132, Florida 33132
Facebook Link

Miami we are stoked to host another epic #RooftopUnplugged Concert Series with the talented Robby Hunter Band! Join us as WLRN Public Radio and Television’s Michael Stock hosts a very special audible evening with free liquid vibes from PBR as well as yummy organic bites from 221 Cafe.

Be sure to RSVP as it will be strictly enforced due to capacity. Rsvp to attendrsvp@aedistrictmiami.com

Public Art Wednesday: Applications for PULSE


What is PULSE?

PULSE Miami Beach returns to Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, with new dates, from Tuesday, December 1 to Saturday, December 5. For more information including hours, directions and to purchase tickets, please see our Visitors page.

Since 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair has been the premiere satellite fair for the discovery and acquisition of cutting-edge contemporary art. With annual editions in Miami Beach and New York City, the fair cultivates a supportive environment for its international community of galleries and provides a platform for their growth and expansion in the contemporary art market. From its inception, PULSE has presented thoughtfully-curated exhibitions and ever-evolving programming that reflect the fair’s commitment to making the visitor experience a dynamic one.

Click here to apply to PULSE Miami Beach 2015.

Tuesday, December 1 – Saturday, December 5, 2015

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is pleased to announce new dates for its Miami Beach fair, which returns to Indian Beach Park at 46th Street and Collins Avenue. PULSE Miami Beach will be open from Tuesday, December 1st through Saturday, December 5th, 2015, beginning the week with its signature Private Preview Brunch on Tuesday from 1pm-4pm, followed by an Opening Celebration with special programming from 4pm-7pm, and ending with a Closing Celebration on Saturday, December 5th, from 5pm-7pm.

“After speaking with a number of collectors, many of whom now to travel to Miami earlier in the week, and consulting with our core community of exhibitors, it was clear we needed to change our dates,” states Director Helen Toomer. “We look forward to offering our visitors additional time to discover great artworks at PULSE Miami Beach and also provide a chance for our exhibitors to enjoy all that Miami has to offer, with a day off on Sunday.”

In response to PULSE’s success at its new home on Indian Beach Park, the fair is expanding its footprint to over 50,000 square feet of beachside exhibition space, spanning two tents and hosting over 80 local and international exhibitors. Each tent will embody a distinct style – the main structure will house both PULSEand IMPULSE exhibitors, juxtaposing curated group shows by PULSE galleries next to solo artist presentations by IMPULSE galleries, the latter of whose artists will be nominated for the PULSE Prize. In a space adjacent to this, POINTS exhibitors will be showcased within the new POINTS Pavilion. This will provide a smaller and more affordable platform for alternative models, non-profits, first time exhibitors and galleries who wish to present a project, which they have not yet been able to realize within their gallery space. Core and memorable programming will return to PULSE Miami Beach, including PROJECTS, PERSPECTIVES and PLAY, which will be integrated throughout the fair.

After a full day of commencement festivities on Tuesday December 1st, PULSE Miami Beach will be open to the public from 10am-7pm daily from Wednesday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 5th, 2015, ending with a Closing Celebration on Saturday, December 5th, from 5pm-7pm.



PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is comprised of three types of exhibitors, PULSE, IMPULSE and POINTS. PULSE and IMPULSE exhibitors are integrated throughout one tent and POINTS exhibitors will inhabit a new connected space – the POINTS Pavilion. The majority of the fair is made up of PULSE exhibitors, who are local and international, emerging and established galleries. IMPULSE exhibitors each exhibit a solo artist presentation within their booth. Each of these artists will be nominated for the PULSE Prize, a cash grant awarded directly to the artist and each nominee will receive extensive coverage in the lead up to, and at the fair. Booths within the adjacent POINTS Pavilion provide a smaller and more affordable platform for alternative models, non profits, first time exhibitors and galleries who wish to present a project which they have not yet been able to realize within their gallery space.




If you have questions regarding your application, please contact Vanessa Seis or call +1 212 255 2327

Talk About It Tuesday: Art on the Underline


This March we want to take some time to focus on concepts of mobility here in Miami. Below you will find a recent article from New Times Miami talking about the proposed “Underline.” The question that we want to pose to everyone is how much community input will be involved in the planning and building process. Also, how much the local artist community will be involved in the build out.

Designer of New York’s High Line Park to Design Miami’s Underline


When New York City opened the first phase of its High Line park in 2010, Miamians naturally said, “Oh, we want something like that.” The High Line is 1.45-mile linear park built atop an abandoned elevated railway.

Miami’s answer was to propose a 10-mile linear park underneath an active railway, the Metrorail, and dub it “the Underline.”

Naturally, when the designer of the High Line was one of 19 firms to bid to design the Underline, he was the one who won out.

James Corner Field Operations, a New York-based landscape architecture firm, was officially announced as the winner of the contract by Miami-Dade County. Corner is also working on the new Lincoln Road masterplan and also did work for the PAMM and Frost museums. It beat out four other finalists, none of which were local firms. Preliminary plans for the park had been designed by University of Miami architecture students with assistance from Arquitectonica’s Raymond Fort.

The Underline will follow underneath the Metrorail, from the Miami River to Dadeland South, creating an uninterrupted 10-mile path to be enjoyed by joggers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Courtesy of Anna Baez/Underline
The proposed 10-mile Underline park

A timeline for competition has not yet been set. The park’s website notes that similar parks have taken more than a decade to complete. Funding comes from the cities of Miami, Coral Gables, and South Miami and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Miami Foundation, the Health Foundation of South Florida, and the Mitchell Wolfson Foundation. However, the park is also soliciting private donors with hopes of speeding up the process.

Now, before you complain too much about Miami ripping off New York wholesale, know at least two things:

One of the first big artistic exhibitions on the High Line was an installation of then Miami-based artists FriendsWithYou’s Rainbow City project. That project had previously been exhibited in the Design District during Art Basel.

The High Line itself wasn’t even its own original vision either. It was in turn inspired by the Promenade plantée, a 2.9-mile elevated park in Paris. Nothing is truly original anymore.

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Where to Be: 2.20.15 to 2.26.15

Friday, February 20th

Misa E’ Gallo, Cubita Da Poet and 3CO @ Jazid 

10:00 pm – 5:00 am
1342 Washington Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: $10

3CO @ 11pm
“On tour from Puerto Rico
Misa E’ Gallo @ 12am
Cubita Da Poet @ 1AM

RSVP Here!


Hip-Hop Flavor upstairs with DJ Fiyah Vibez til 5am.

21&up. $10.


Saturday, February 21st

Arts for Learning Lewis Arts Studio Pop-Up Family Arts Days 2/21/15

A4L LAS PopUp Flyer Virrick 5x7 5x7 FINALElizabeth Virrick Park
3255 Plaza Street,
MIAMI, Florida 33133
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

Join us for Arts for Learning’s Lewis Arts Studio Pop-Up Family Arts Days!
Free Dance classes for the whole family, featuring A4L Teaching Artist, dancer & choreographer Marisol Blanco!

Dance sessions will be held every Saturday from
January 31st – March 7th from 12:30 – 2:30 pm at
Elizabeth Virrick Park (3255 Plaza Street, Miami, FL 33133).


Elevate – A day of workshops and activities for being Nicer

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
ELEVATEFBadMiami Beach Botanical Garden
831 Ninth Street,
Miami BEach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: $30 in advance.

A day of Lifting your mind, body, spirit and social well-being.
Being A Better Person – through what we eat, how we take care of ourselves, how we treat ourselves and how we treat others. Many of us find some, most or all of these topics difficult to follow in our daily lives. Add the pressures of family, peers, ageing, economy and surroundings, and it often becomes overwhelming.
Join Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, the first and only organization for the Latino|Hispanic|LGBTQ Community since 2002, for a Day Of Being Nicer.

Attendees may choose from a variety of 1 and 2 hour workshops and activities throughout the day, including:
Guest Speaker: John J. McNeill | Father John McNeill was expelled from the Jesuit order for being openly gay, was a prisoner of war during WWII, co-founder of SAGE and with partner for 49 years. Sharing excerpts of Taking a Chance on God (a documentary about his life).
Welcome breakfast and healthy lunch, courtesy of Whole Foods
– Yoga and Meditation in the Garden with Joseph Armstrong
– Health and Wellness Fair | Agencies, organizations and vendors will have tables in main room to promote their services.
– Nutrition and You, sponsored by Care Resource, with nutritionist Rogoberto Ng
– Choose Your Life Choices – Quantumly with and Gus Briand
– Tools For Being Happier and Less Toxic with life coach Thea Sommer
– Painting in the Garden with David Sexton
– Personal Growth Through Poetry with Caridad Moro
– Socializing and Dating 101 with David Kessler, LCSW
– Trans Understanding and Support with Aryah Lester and Arianna Lint
– Annie Appleseed Project | Healthy ways to reduce Cancer risk, reduce recurrences, toxicities of conventional therapies and to introduce alternative treatments
– Spirituality, Faith and being LGBT with Harold Sloan-Marrero (Miami Beach Community Church), Rabbi Tom Heyn (Temple Israel) Lazarus Miles (olorisha) ordained Lukumi priest, and other faith leaders discuss what different faiths say, and don’t say, about homosexuality.
– Reiki and Kigong with Tony Salvetti
– Urban Habitat | Learning and caring for native plants with Howard Tonkin
– Creating Cocktails from the Garden with Hiro
– Elevate Tea Dance with DJ Miik – 8o’s music – easy listening, socializing)

Monday, February 23rd


JAN 23 2015 – FEB 27 2015
Art of Black

6161 NW 22ND AVE.
MIAMI, FL 33142


The Black Life Experience is part of “Sankofa: Looking Back, Going Forward,” a year-long series of events and performances that bring alumni back to the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center to inspire the next generation of talent, in celebration of the Center’s fortieth anniversary with funding support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

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Over the past century, African American life, history and culture have become major forces in the United States and the world. African Americans have influenced music, art, literature and politics and continue to evolve. Miami-Dade County residents and visitors are invited to take part in the events planned throughout the destination.

The City of Miami Gardens 2nd Annual Heritage Bowl

heritagebowlFlorida Memorial University Lou Rawls Auditorium
15800 NW 42nd Avenue,,
Miami Gardens, Florida 33056
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Miami-Dade senior high and middle school students demonstrate their
mastery of Black History facts in efforts to win monetary prizes and the coveted Carter G. Woodson Achievement Award. The structure of the Bowl is an academic quiz style tournament designed to increase and test student’s knowledge of Black History. Schools have the opportunity to form teams of 6 students who will compete in a round-robin tournament against neighboring schools.

Wednesday, February 25th

Pleasure & Intimacy

pleasureintimacybanner1Your Big Picture Cafe
5935 South University Drive,
Davie, Florida 33328
Eventbrite Link
Cost: 95

If surrender, and being fully present in your body during sex and intimacy, and being able to ask for what you want and receive a man, and being able to tune into and know a woman’s body like a magician is of supreme value to you, this is a unique and intimate experience that will cultivate your skills and richen your real-world experiences.

Thursday, February 26th

Alexis Caputo: “Afro-Diaries” 

Alexis-Caputo-Original-Sent-to-Lamar-LovelaceBroward College South Campus – Performing Cultural Arts Theatre
7200 Pines Boulevard,
Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024
Webpage Link
Cost: Free for students with valid ID; $10 for general public

“Afro-Diaries” identifies and embraces the stories of women, with excerpts from Caputo’s portfolio of solo and collaborative performances, which include “Spit Boxing,” “The Waiting Room,” “The Lynching Eye,” “Raw Footage,” “Souled-Out,” “Truths Carved from the Belly,” “Women of the Drum,” “The Proud Pilgrim”, and “Deconstruction & Deliverance.” The production is a powerful exploration of women, politics, issues of gender, race, equity and equality in society. Visit alexiscaputo.com.