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Miami Children’s Museum Awesome Drive-Thru Food Giveaway Presented by Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation 5/19/20

Miami Children’s Museum Awesome Drive-Thru Food Giveaway Presented by Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation in Partnership with Farm Share and Miami-Dade County
Tuesday, May 19th / 9AM – Noon
Miami Children’s Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway
Watson Island, Miami, FL 33132

While Miami Children’s Museum’s facility is temporarily closed to the public due to current Covid-19 restrictions, it remains dedicated to serving the community and fulfilling its mission by being a beacon for South Florida families. The Museum has joined with Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation and partnered with Farm Share, a leading statewide food profit, to help the less fortunate and hungry in our community with an Awesome Food Giveaway!

It is a contactless delivery system for a drive through pickup. Cars must enter the drive to the Museum and form a line. When it is their turn, they can pull up to the distribution point with their windows up and their trunks open. There will be food packages for up to 500 families on a first come first served basis. No walk ups will be allowed.

“When our sons were young, their favorite place was the Miami Children’s Museum. Our son Calder visited the Museum on the evening before he unexpectedly passed. The Museum is not only a happy place, but a sacred place for us. The Caleb and Calder Crane Factory in the Port of Miami exhibit dedicated to Mr. Awesome warms our hearts. We’ve long partnered with Deborah Spiegelman and her excellent team at the Miami Children’s Museum on numerous events. When we first heard about the incredible work of Farm Share, we became excited beyond measure to collaborate with them in feeding families and people in need with this Free Food Giveaway.” – Chris and Carla Sloan co-founders of Caleb and Calder’s Awesome Foundation.

“It is an honor for us to work with the wonderful Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation to bring some assistance to those most vulnerable in our community who are experiencing challenging times,” says Deborah Spiegelman, CEO and Executive Director of Miami Children’s Museum. “We are also excited to be working with Farm Share to fight hunger in our community.”

“Farm Share is beyond grateful for the opportunity to continue providing nearly 2 million pounds of fresh produce and nutritious food to thousands of Floridians every week across the state. Today’s event will provide hundreds of local families with 10-15 pounds of food for the week ahead,” said Stephen Shelley, Farm Share CEO.

Reflections of Taste Jamaica at #SoBeWFF on 2/21/20

This year for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, we attended the Friday night party at the National Hotel called Taste Jamaica. And, wow, we did! This was easily one of the best events we have been to in a long time. There was a good crowd, but the lines for food were not too long. It was plentiful and quickly served. All of it was so good, we could not pick favorites. Hopefully they will bring it back for next year!

River Of Art Show at Venture Café Miami #ThursdayGathering featuring James Brutus 2/20/20

River Of Art Show at Venture Café Miami #ThursdayGathering featuring James Brutus
Thursday, February 20, 2020
4:00pm – 9:00pm
Venture Cafe Miami
1951 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
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Life Is Art is excited to announce that we have joined with the immensely popular Venture Cafe Miami to expand the audience for local art and artists. Third Thursdays, Life Is Art will host a River Of Art Show at the Venture Cafe Miami #ThursdayGathering.

  • Art Exhibition 4-9
  • Artist Talk 6:30
  • Free Entry
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wine & Beer
  • Tons of great networking and interesting breakout sessions to attend!

Born and raised in Miami, FL. James Brutus earned his BFA Degree at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan. There, his focus geared towards Illustration and Fine Art.

James’ body of work focuses primarily on painting and portraiture where his reputation of powerful figures balance between meticulous brush strokes, dynamic loose energy, and an explosion of tropical colors. These figurative pieces question the social notion of nature and beauty; thus the age-old human longing for perfection.

James’ current work draws from his parent’s proud heritage and cultural influences of the country, Haiti. Now, James’ adopt Moorish style elements from the city of Opa Locka, FL, which were drawn from mosaic tile pieces and architecture facades.
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Reflections of Miami Rum Congress 2020 on 2/8/20

The Miami Rum Congress 2020 hosted more than twenty experts from the rum industry. There were seminars about the latest topics in the fields of distillery, premiumization, and cocktail culture. This is a show for real aficionados. The most exciting part, of course, was the grand tasting, where you could try dozens of different Rums from all over the world. Tastings are one of our favorite activities because it gives you a chance to find new favorites at minimal expense. We had an awesome time and definitely discovered some flavors we will be adding to our list! If you missed it this year, definitely keep an eye on Soul Of Miami for news about next year.

Second Annual Miami Rum Congress 2020 2/7/20 – 2/8/20

Second Annual Miami Rum Congress 2020
February 7 and 8, 2020
Ronald W. Shane Center
6500 Indian Creek
Miami Beach, FL 33141
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Ian Burrell – Global Rum Ambassador and Founder of Internationally Recognized RumFest – Returns to South Florida for the Second Annual Miami Rum Congress 2020. In collaboration with Federico Hernandez, founder of RumLab, the two-day event brings together connoisseurs, brand representatives, and lovers of the rum industry for a series of conferences, tastings, and educational seminars.

Ian Burrell, internationally known global rum ambassador and founder of UK RumFest in collaboration with The Rum Lab founder Federico Hernandez present the second annual Miami Rum Congress 2020. The Miami Rum Congress aims to educate about the spirit through educational seminars with renowned experts, direct access to brand representatives, and tastings of more than thirty brands of rum.

The Miami Rum Congress 2020 will host more than twenty experts of the rum industry in seminars designed to educate the public and rum connoisseurs about the latest topics in the fields of distillery, premiumization, and cocktail culture. From the Caribbean to the U.S. and beyond, the rum industry has grown exponentially in the past two decades as a major spirit in the world. The two-day event gives an opportunity to industry and rum aficionados alike to meet and learn from world renowned leaders in the field.

The growing lineup of industry guest speakers to present at the Miami Rum Congress includes:
Ian Burrell, global rum ambassador and producer of the UK Rum Fest
Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, author, leading rum expert, and wwner of Latitude 29
Raphaël Grisoni, general manager of Barbados Mount Gay Distillery
Karen Hoskin, owner and founder of craft distillery Montanya Distillers
Ben Jones, Managing Director, SPIRIBAM
Shannon Mustipher, Founder of Women Who Tiki and author of TIKI: Modern Tropical Cocktails
Matt Pietrek, Cocktail & Spirits Writer,
Ben Schaffer, editor and publisher of the Rum Reader
Richard Seale, master distiller and blender at Foursquare Distiller & R. L. Seal in Barbados
Roberto Serrallés, VP of Business Development, Destilería Serrallés

The Miami Rum Congress 2020 will host more than thirty Rum Distilleries, who will participate as part of the industry’s Rum Congress on February 7th and the VIP Grand Tasting on February 8th.

With over 25 years of combined expertise in the international rum industry, Miami Rum Congress founders Ian Burrell and Federico Hernandez have brought industry experts together for rum festivals and seminars in London, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and San Juan, P.R.

“This exciting annual spirit event continues to be a positive component in shaping the rum landscape as we know it today. After attending and hosting rum events for more than a decade, we decided to combine our experiences and expertise. We are pleased to bring consumers and tradespeople the finest rum event in the Americas the second year in a row,” said Burrell.

The Miami Rum Congress will take place on February 7th and 8th 2020 at the Shane Center, Miami Beach. Ticket prices run from $35 to $130, to purchase visit

Federico Hernandez founded The Rum Lab in 2006 in San Juan, Puerto Rico to teach the essence and history of rum, through a Rum Flight Experience. Today, the creative and production firm focuses on Rum Premiumization & Education. The Rum Lab produces Puerto Rico’s national Rum Fest – Taste of Rum Puerto Rico – as well as California Rum Festival, Chicago Rum Festival and New York Rum Festival.

The UK RumFest was founded by Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell in 2007, who was keen to promote rum as a drink. The UK RumFest has led to the influence of rum festivals and fairs all over the world including the Berlin RumFest, Paris Rhum fest and the first rum festival in Mauritius. Today, the festival is UK’s only trade and consumer drinks experience for the rum industry and world’s largest rum festival. Founder Ian Burrell had worked in the trade as a bartender since 1990. In 1998, he began working with the Jamaican rum distiller, blender and bottler J. Wray and Nephew Ltd. Burrell subsequently worked for other drinks brands on an ad hoc basis and with organizations such as the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association. Being an independent rum expert, Burrell was named International Brand Ambassador at the 2018 Tales of the Cocktail.

The Adventures Of Bibi & Friends Celebrating 20 Years of Comic Book History 1/23/20

The Adventures Of Bibi & Friends Celebrating 20 Years of Comic Book History
Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 7-11 pm
Sagamore Hotel
1671 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida

Brigitte “Bibi” Andrade and “The Adventures of Bibi & Friends,” the iconic Comic Book Series, will celebrate its 20 Year Anniversary with an exclusive event for Bibi & Her Friends.

“The Adventures of Bibi & Friends” Comic Book Series “Where Bibi Goes, The World Follows”, will celebrate the comic book’s platinum 20th Anniversary. We will also preview our newest book featuring the life story of Overtown, Miami native, The Legendary SoulMan™ Sam Moore of the Grammy winning duo Sam & Dave.

The Adventures of Bibi & Friends Comic Book, which is produced & published by Brigitte Andrade and illustrated by Rodney Jackson of Rocko Rocket fame, has turned out to be a living history of Miami Beach, from its renaissance in the 1990’s through today and Brigitte has documented this Miami Beach history with her comic books. The books contain over hundreds of comic illustrations featuring those who built, work and play in Miami Beach, as well as celebrities such as Harrison Ford (Bibi’s first friend), Gloria & Emilio Estefan, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and other entertainers & pioneers from past decades. Bibi the character is our colorful 305 and now 786 area code historian, of the rise and fall of cultural centers, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, Miami Beach citizens, careers and the lives and deaths of some of our favorite personalities. B-roll will be filmed during the event, should the media need background B-roll for Miami Beach stories during Superbowl LIV week. Brigitte Andrade, Publisher, PR Guru, Artist, Writer and Fashionista, graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She launched her professional career as an agent and Managing Director of Beauty Bookings, an agency representing the best of Makeup, Hair and Photography in New York. She later branched out on her own with “Brigitte, Inc.” managing many international and local artists, specifically focused on beauty, photography and art.

Brigitte arrived on the shores of Miami Beach in 1993. In 1999, she created The Adventures of  Bibi & Friends Comic Book, which has been synonymous with everything cool in Miami Beach. The comic book has included some of the great international events including World Cup Soccer, the US Open, the Olympics as well as the annual Art Basel. Brigitte has been awarded countless awards for her colorful creative work including a Key to The City of Miami Beach in 2006, November 14, 2012 was proclaimed “The Adventures of Bibi & Friends Day” by The City of Miami Beach and in 2019, Brigitte received The Champion Medallion from The City of Miami Beach.

SoundCloud Creator Forum in Miami for Art Basel 12/3/19 – 12/5/19

SoundCloud Creator Forum in Miami for Art Basel
December 3-5, 2019
The Set
776 Northwest 21st Terrace
Miami FL 33127

The SoundCloud Creator Forum lands in Miami, taking over Wynwood creative space, The Set from Dec 3 – 5 for a three-day experience open to ALL creators. The Miami edition of the forum follows recent activations in Atlanta and Amsterdam, and is focused on helping creators build their brand. Events include artist and industry-led panels focused on branding and creativity with XXXTentacion Manager Solomon Sobande, Fine Artist Gianni Lee, Ashley Outrageous & much more!

SoundCloud will also hold writing and styling workshops in partnership with seminal British lifestyle magazine, The Face, and open sessions with music production software, FL Studio. The three-day lineup wraps with a musical blow out–the SoundCloud x Ate O’ Ate Art Basel Party, with guests including Ape Drums, Suzi Analogue, Paperwater, Jubliee, & very special guests TBA.

We’re offering all new users of SoundCloud 3 months of Pro Unlimited for FREE just for RSVP’ing AND checking in to our events on 12/3 & 12/4*

*offer valid for free SoundCloud users only, to be eligible, you must RSVP for the SoundCloud Creator Forum Miami on 12/3 or 12/4 and check in with the email used to RSVP to validate. One 3 month Pro Unlimited subscription per eligible user.

Reflections of the 31st Festival of Chefs at Jungle Island 11/13/19

We attended the 31st Festival of Chefs at Jungle Island on Wednesday, November 13th from 6:30 – 10:30. This was, by far, one of the best organized events we have ever attended. It was easy to move around the floor and get to the food tastings. Plenty of delicious food to try. Lots of delightful attendees of all ages, from young professionals to experienced executives. If you are choosing your fundraisers to attend for 2020, we can highly recommend adding this one to your list.

7th Annual Christmas Caroling On Lincoln Road 11/29/19

7th Annual Christmas Caroling On Lincoln Road
Nov 29th, 5pm to 7:45pm
Lincoln Road Eatery
723 Lincoln Ln N,
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Join us for our annual family friendly Christmas Singalong, as we bring songs of peace and love in our hearts and join in song together. All ages, professional or amateur, karaoke singers, opera singers, gospel and choir singers, All Are Welcome!

We will be the official entertainment for the Annual Tree Lighting at Euclid Circle on Lincoln Road and perform Friday, Nov 29rd from 7:00pm-9:00pm with media covering this major family friendly city event of us in front of the spectacular tree.

This year we have an amazing gospel choir director, Jerald Dorsett to conduct and coordinate the rehearsal and show. Learn more about Jerald Dorsett

Music And Rehearsal Schedule:

Main Rehearsal
Nov 27th, 7:30-10pm
9Beach Latin Restaurant
1628 Collins, Miami Beach

Pre-show gathering (Important)
Nov 29th, 5pm to 6:15pm
Lincoln Road Eatery
723 Lincoln Ln N,
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(Actually on Meridian between Lincoln Rd and 17th st)
Please bring your tambourines, shakers and lights and come dressed wearing something Red.
Happy hour at bar
Tag @Lincolneatery and hashtag #lincolneatery

Big Show
Between 6:30 – 7:45pm
Euclid circle

Singing After Party
9Beach Latin Restaurant
1628 Collins, Miami Beach

Reflection of The First Ever Public Showing from the NASA Original Photo Archive by Continuum and Rudolf Budja Gallery on 10/24/19

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The exclusive exhibit celebrates the 50-Year Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing with a global debut of forty never-before-seen photos from the historic missions between 1955 and 1994. Among the exhibition is the first and original photograph developed of the Neil Armstrong Footprint on the Moon. A private collector in Miami Beach has acquired the most complete vintage photo collection of original prints developed from the NASA lunar missions.

The month-long exhibition, entitled “Space-Time Continuum,” will be held at the iconic Continuum residences in Miami Beach, from October 24 to November 24. The exclusive exhibit is curated by one of the most private art collectors, Rudolf Budja, based in Miami Beach. The forty photographs have been selected from the complete NASA photo collection of 8,000 pictures acquired by Budja himself, that is now part of his personal archive at Rudolf Budja Gallery in Miami Beach. The complete collection obtained by Budja remains under copyright by NASA.

Each photograph in the collection includes the original typed description of the image by NASA on the back, the date the photograph was taken, the respective mission, together with a stamp of authenticity given by NASA administration. Thousands of photos that were not framed by NASA over the decades are under lock-and-key at Rudolf Budja Gallery, and contained within several dozen binders that were used by NASA to preserve the integrity of each image.

The “Space-Time Continuum” exhibition will be shown from October 24th to November 24th at the Continuum, located at 50 South Pointe Drive in Miami Beach, Florida. Viewing appointments may be made through Rudolf Budja Gallery by calling 786.556.6685 or by emailing