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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
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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 Budja@me.com.

Reflections of 2019 SoBe Seafood Festival Chef Showdown on 10/25/19

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The HEAT is on!

The iconic South Beach Seafood Festival, brought to you by Breakthru Beverage Florida and partners, along with the team from CI Management, kicks off Miami’s globally-recognized stone crab season every October in the best way that South Beach knows how!

Guest Article: The Centennial of the Women’s Right to Vote is Celebrated with a new “Unfinished Business” exhibit curated by Dr. Lynette Long In Miami Beach’s Miami Design Preservation League” by Angela Shlyakhov, President of Anzhelika Productions

“Anything you can do, I can do better.

I can do anything better than you.” – “Anything You Can Do” is a song composed by Irving Berlin for the 1946 Broadway musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”

And, indeed, through her tireless efforts for bringing Women’s achievements throughout the decades to our forefront, Dr. Lynette Long has. Dr. Long has celebrated women’s achievements by honoring women through Historical Markers and Statues.

Dr. Long is a licensed psychologist and former college professor. She has published more than twenty-five books and dozens of articles and has written two award-winning plays. A math education expert, she is particularly interested in the math achievement of young girls. Long coined the phrase “latchkey children” with her husband Thomas Long and wrote the bestselling “Handbook for Latchkey Children and Their Working Parents.” She is President and Founder of the not-for-profit: Equal Visibility Everywhere.

Dr. Long, with the help of her longtime creative assistant Connor Grill, have created the only South Florida exhibit that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. The passage marked the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country.

The exhibit is titled “Unfinished Business: The Fight for Suffrage & Beyond.” The educational and interactive exhibit will have a 3 month run from December 1, 2019 to April 1, 2020 at the Miami Design Preservation League located at 1001 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida.

Links:
womensexhibition.funraise.org/
youtu.be/dsYzCrblSn4

Q&A with curator Dr. Lynette Long

Q: What motivated you to create your “Unfinished Business” exhibit?
A. Dr. Lynette Long
Before the passage of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote women had a very limited ability to own property or to keep their own wages. They were barred from many colleges and professions. Most importantly women had no say in the laws that governed them. The suffragettes risked their lives, endured torture and imprisonment in their 72-year lomg fight for the right to vote. They deserve to have heir story told and to be honored.

Q. Why did you name your exhibit “Unfinished Business?”
A. Dr. Lynette Long
I entitled the exhibit “Unfinished Business” because the fight for women’s equality is far from over. Women are under-represented in Congress and there has never been a woman president or vice-president. Women are often paid less than men for the same work. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) which guarantees women equality was never ratified.

Q: Your daughter recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Sienna, your only granddaughter. What do you want Sienna to appreciate and learn from the these fearless women who gave up so much 100 years ago?
A: Dr. Lynette Long
I want her to learn never to give up fighting for what is fair and true. That a few brave women can change the world and to never settle for less that what is rightly hers.

Guest Article courtesy Angela Shlyakhov

***BAHAMAS RELIEF INFORMATION***

BAHAMAS RELIEF INFORMATION

Dear Friends, Family, and Fans,

As Hurricane Dorian devastates Bahamas, many organizations and people in the South Florida area have lept to organize relief efforts. Many people have asked us how they can help. Below is a short list of just a few of the many different individuals and organizations helping the Bahamian people.
#BahamasStrong

DONORS: Always remember to check out an organization before giving. We have provided names and web-links with as many as possible to aid your research.

WHAT TO GIVE: Different organizations have different needs. Most will have a list on their website or social media post. Or, you can contact them directly

ORGANIZATIONS: If your organization is also doing relief and is not listed, please feel free to post in comments and we will add it to the list as we can.

Also, check our Facebook Page for updates https://www.facebook.com/LifeIsArtFest/

LIST

Alison Thompson, #ThirdWaveVolunteers, https://www.facebook.com/alisont/posts/10157231760526638, https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/hurricane-dorian-let-there-be-solar-lights
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Valencia Gunder, Miami-Dade Community Emergency Operations Center Bahama Relief, https://www.miamigov.com/Government/BAHAMASTRONG (see flyer), and The Smile Trust https://mthsmile.com
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Herb Sosa, Unity Coalition, https://unitycoalition.org/Hurricane.html (see flyer)
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David Grutman, Omar Rosario, Liza Santana-Piñeres, The Global Empowerment Mission, https://www.facebook.com/globalempowermentmission/ (see flyer)
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Shelly Sitton Tygielski, https://www.gofundme.com/f/Hope4HopeTown (see flyer)
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Ingrid Hoffman, https://www.instagram.com/ingridhoffmannofficial/, https://www.gofundme.com/f/bahamashurricane-dorian-relief
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Maria Lacayo, The Bahamas Consulate General (see flyer)
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Michael Góngora, Bee Zee, Clevelander Fundraiser on September 6, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hurricane-dorian-victims-fundraiser-tickets-71302193781 (see flyer)
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Sharon Greenfelt Kersten, https://neighbors4neighbors.org/dorian-relief
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Coral Gables Fire Rescue, https://nextdoor.com/post/122634087
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Lila Nikole Rivera Poteet, Mr Kream (see flyer)
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José Andrés, World Central Kitchen, https://twitter.com/chefjoseandres, https://twitter.com/WCKitchen


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Photographs – Stephen’s Deli Media Tasting on 8/27/19

For those that don’t know, the historic Stephen’s Deli in Hialeah has changed hands again, but the good news is, the new hands are good hands. The new owners are the folks who run LoKal, Kush and a bunch of other places you probably already like! We attended a media tasting there and were quite pleased with the atmosphere and the flavors we enjoyed (yes, it was free, no, that does not affect our review, though it does affect our decision to attend).

To be honest, I don’t know what “real New York deli food” should taste like, the last time I was in New York was 15 years ago, but I can say that the food here is quite good. We tasted the Classic Reuben, the Turkey Rachel, the Matzoh soup, and the Reuben croquetas. The menu is a fun mix of traditional fare alongside some Cuban and Latin fusion, like the croquetas. Definitely recommended. And, while you are there, you can take a look at all the murals in the adjoining Leah Arts District.

Guest Article: Will the Miami Marine Stadium Ever Be Restored?

Will the Miami Marine Stadium Ever Be Restored?

By Donald Worth, Co-Founder, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium and Restore Marine Stadium
and Angela Shlyakhov, Anzhelika Productions and producer of the “IF SEATS COULD TALK” Exhibitions

August 17, 2019

For well over a decade, everyone has been hearing about the restoration of the historic Miami Marine Stadium located on scenic Virginia Key Biscayne. To date, nothing has still happened. Therefore, the restoration effort must be just a crazy idea and, of course, the land could eventually be used for high end condominiums and hotels. It’s not hard to be cynical in Miami. In this article, we will lay out the “insider’s view” and history of the effort to restore the Miami Marine Stadium.

1963-2007: First, an Introduction
The Miami Marine Stadium (and Basin) were built in 1963. Originally created for boat racing-a popular sport at the time, the Stadium eventually expanded to include concerts on a floating stage, Easter Sunrise services, and even political events. Since it was built, the Stadium has been recognized as an architectural marvel-its concrete roof was considered the longest span of cantilevered concrete in the world. The concerts and events were legendary, and the Marine Stadium operated for 28 years. In 1992, after Hurricane Andrew, the Stadium was shut down.

But there were always problems. The City ran the facility and it often lost money on an annual basis. Beginning in the mid-80s, the number of events at the Stadium began to decline and the property was not maintained. At this point, developers began to approach the City, suggesting that the site could be better used for commercial purposes. After Hurricane Andrew, the City alleged that the Stadium was damaged and received $1 million in FEMA funding to demolish the building. Ultimately an engineering company hired by the insurers of the Marine Stadium conducted a study and determined that the Stadium was NOT damaged by the Hurricane and in fact was structurally sound. (Note: to this day, people have incorrectly stated that the Stadium was damaged by the Hurricane). The Marine Stadium sat idle decaying and in disrepair-a prime candidate for demolition by neglect.

2008-2014: Years of Advocacy, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium
In January, 2008, an informal group, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium (FMMS) was established under the umbrella of Dade Heritage Trust to advocate for restoration of the Stadium. This was a Don Quixote effort at its best. With the exception of (then) City of Miami Commissioner Tomas Regalado, every politician was either skeptical or hostile to the idea. Members of the Administration also thought it made no sense. After all, the Marine Stadium was damaged beyond repair and was really a “white elephant”, right?

Nevertheless, FMMS found strong public sentiment for saving the Stadium. Prestigious national organizations such as the World Monuments Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Express Foundation and Tourism Cares all became involved and lent support. There were numerous public events, lectures, even a comprehensive exhibition at the Coral Gables Museum and another at HistoryMiami Museum.

The Friends group began to make progress with the City of Miami, as well. The Marine Stadium (and Basin) were designated Historic by the City’s Historic Environmental and Preservation Board. At this time, Tomas Regalado became Mayor and he made restoration of the Marine Stadium a key priority. In July, 2013, the City of Miami entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, giving the organization 18 months to raise the money (estimated at $30 million) to restore the Stadium. Gloria Estefan became the spokesperson for the Friends group and the Stadium continued to receive national publicity-including ten editorials of support from The Miami Herald.

November 2014-Failure
Friends of Miami Marine Stadium did not raise $30 million. Instead, they proposed a development plan which was widely criticized as being unfeasible and included numerous conflicts of interest. The City Commission rejected it unanimously. Both Gloria Estefan and the National Trust for Historic Preservation-were enraged by this turn of events and completely dissociated themselves from the organization. After six years of increasing success, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, the lead group advocating for restoration of the Stadium, unfortunately collapsed.

2014-2018: Slow Progress
Ironically, what probably saved the Marne Stadium was the arrival of the Miami Boat Show. The Boat Show had to relocate because their former home-the Miami Beach Convention Center-was being renovated. There were few alternatives that made sense so they settled on the Marine Stadium location. The Miami Boat Show was actually part of the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium development proposal which was rejected. The City of Miami decided to bring the Boat Show to the Marine Stadium and negotiations commenced.

Moving the Boat Show to the Marine Stadium was and is controversial. But it has been beneficial to the Stadium for several important reasons. First, it “iced the site” and prevented full scale redevelopment (i.e. condos and hotels). Bringing the Boat Show-and its 100,000 attendees to the site, drew attention to the Marine Stadium. Finally, after six years of advocacy it seems that the political winds had shifted. The Miami City Commission began discussing how The City could take over the restoration of the project.

But the City moved at a glacial pace. In 2016, RJ Heisenbottle Architects was selected to begin restoration plans for the Stadium. In 2017, the City issued a Request for Letters of Interest from potential operators of the Stadium. In 2017, the Miami City Commission actually approved the sale of $45 million in revenue bonds to finance the restoration of the Stadium. This was big news but approval remains preliminary. It did not help that there was an election in 2017 and as Tomas Regalado was termed out, a new Mayor, Francis Suarez, was elected. It took a while for his Administration to find its footing.

During this time, advocacy efforts slowly revived. The National Trust for Historic Preservation resumed its long history of support and lit up the Stadium in 2015 for their annual meeting. A new grass roots group, Restore Marine Stadium was created in 2015 and introduced its Facebook page. The group now has over 3,000 followers. In the summer of 2016, Heineken launched a major crowd funding campaign for the Stadium. Its outstanding video of the Stadium went viral generating 39 million views-demonstrating in concrete (can’t resist) terms the enormous commercial potential of the Stadium. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io42_aXraxY)

2019: A Good Year for the Marine Stadium

Here is where we stand (so far):

-Comprehensive restoration plans by RJ Heisenbottle will be completed in the next several months.

-The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) approved a $1.2 million grant for restoration of the Stadium, subject to receiving applicable Federal and State permits. FIND may provide additional grants in the future to this project.

-The City of Miami has issued a Request for Proposal for an outside, professional operator for the Marine Stadium. Responses are due by the end of August and a number of qualified firms are bidding.

-Restore Marine Stadium and Anzhelika Productions introduced an exhibition of original Marine Stadium seats removed by Heineken and reimagined by artists during Art Basel 2018 at the Miami Dome in Little Haiti. On April 24, 2019, 12 of over 60 seat artworks were exhibited at the Miami Design Preservation League Welcome Center in Miami Beach. Our exhibition entitled “If Seats Could Talk runs through September 9, 2019 in collaboration with Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. All of the artist seats can be seen on the website, www.restoremarinestadium.org and are available for purchase.

-Heineken is back with another promotion. This involves a contest to place your name on a sculpture to be located in front of the Stadium, a series of “Marine Stadium Sessions” (concerts at local clubs) and an upcoming promotion with Publix.

-All these efforts have re-energized momentum, public awareness and press coverage, with recent articles in Ocean Drive Magazine, the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, on WLRN Radio, Excitement Radio, with lots more to come.

So What’s Next?

The next twelve months are key. The Miami City Commission will be considering several final approvals for the Marnie Stadium-approval of an operator and approval of a construction contract. If the City Commission approves, then the restoration process will begin (construction should take 18-24 months).

It will be necessary to mobilize support to the Miami City Commission at that time. In the past, we’ve been able to generate over 1,000 individual emails to City Commission and this has been a key to our incremental success. To be kept informed about the Stadium, join the facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Restoremarinestadium

Restore The Stadium: Will We Do It And What Have We Learned?

We are cautiously optimistic. The Administration is moving forward and we believe with proper public support at the right time, the Commission will be with us. Challenges remain-such as allocating time and use of the site between Marine Stadium operations and the Miami Boat Show, but there is clearly positive momentum.

However, in Miami nothing is assured and it’s taken almost 12 years to get to this point. So what have we learned?

-Don’t give up!! This has been a grass roots project from the beginning. If it wasn’t for the undying spirit and hard work by many, the Miami Marine Stadium would have been demolished years ago.

-It’s vitally important to have political leadership. In fact, without the support of at least one elected official, our years of advocacy would be history. Mayor Tomas Regalado was a leader when no one else was. His successor, Mayor Francis Suarez has warmed to the challenge and is now a strong supporter. District Commissioner Ken Russell has shown leadership as well. Marc Sarnoff, Commissioner from 2007-2015 was skeptical of the Stadium but nevertheless was willing to advocate for a practical path forward.

-If you are a grass roots organization, it helps to have the support of strong, outside organizations to provide credibility and resources. We have been extremely fortunate to have the following organizations in our corner: The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the World Monuments Fund, Tourism Cares, the Getty Foundation, the American Express Foundation and locally the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau have been important supporters of our effort.

-Try to be realistic, fact based, and not emotional. Carefully consider the arguments of people who may disagree with you. Don’t be afraid to compromise. Always remember, “the perfect” is the enemy of “the good”.

-Don’t forget the press! Stories on television, newspapers, radio, web publications can greatly increase our reach and effectiveness. We’ve also been fortunate here; the story of the Marine Stadium is attractive from a number of angles and we’ve gotten local, national and international press, including a long article in the New York Times, three major stories syndicated nationally by the Associated Press, and a 7 ½ minute spot on the PBS News Hour.

-Sometimes, you have to get lucky. When Friends of Miami Marine Stadium collapsed, the whole site was vulnerable to massive commercial development. But the Miami Boat Show arrived at the right time to preserve the site.

While it is easy to be cynical, especially in Miami, that accomplishes nothing. We’ll end with two quotes from one of America’s greatest entrepreneurs:

“I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work”
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.”
-Thomas Edison





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(Disclaimer: This article is guest authored by the above credited authors and may not represent the opinions of this institution.)

Art in the Rotunda | Noche Social by Andres Conde 7/11/19


Art in the Rotunda | Noche Social by Andres Conde
Thursday, July 11 from 7 to 10pm
Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables
180 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, Florida  33134

Lovers of art are invited to attend this special exhibit at the historic Hotel Colonnade, now an Autograph property.
Featuring delicious complimentary libations available for consumption, this event will feature works by incredibly talented artists.
The renowned Conde Contemporary is delighted to exhibit a selection of figurative works from their collection at this storied hotel. The gallery, located at 204 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, specializes in contemporary works by a group of imaginative and technically skilled international artists, including José Bedia, Darian Mederos, Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio, Ruben Torres Llorca, Andres Conde and Ernesto Capdevila.