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  • Party For A Purpose 11/14/19

    Party For A Purpose 11/14/19

    Thursday, 11/14/2019 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 am
    Lacoste
    1026 Lincoln Rd,
    Miami Beach, Florida 33139
    Please join us as we ‘Party For A Purpose’ and celebrate the partnership between Lacoste and The Everglades Foundation.
    Featuring cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, ...

  • Retra-Tablos: Reclaiming Culture and Ancient Textile Art 11/1/19

    Retra-Tablos: Reclaiming Culture and Ancient Textile Art 11/1/19

    Friday, 11/01/2019 – 11/01/2019 06:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Coral Gables Museum
    285 Aragon Avenue FL 33134 305-603-8067 | info@coralgablesmuseum.org,
    Coral Gables,, Florida 33134
    The Coral Gables Museum and Oolite Arts are pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Retra-Tablos: Reclaiming ...

  • 35th Annual Main Street Festival of Lights, brought to you by The Graham Companies and Main Street Merchants 11/30/19

    35th Annual Main Street Festival of Lights, brought to you by The Graham Companies and Main Street Merchants 11/30/19

    Saturday, 11/11/2019 – 05:00 pm – 09:00 pm
    Main Street
    6709 Main Street,
    Miami Lakes, Florida 33014
    The Graham Companies and the Main Street Merchants invite you to celebrate the kick-off to the 2019 holiday season on Saturday, November 30th ...

  • Fiddler on the Roof 10/29/19 – 11/3/19

    Fiddler on the Roof 10/29/19 - 11/3/19

    Tuesday, 10/29/2019 – 11/03/2019 08:00 pm –
    Adrienne Arts Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
    1300 Biscayne Boulevard,
    Miami, Florida 33123
    The original production won ten Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical ...

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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.

Ocean Drive 4th of July Ocean Drive Orchestra and Fireworks 7/4/19

Ocean Drive 4th of July Ocean Drive Orchestra and Fireworks
Thursday, July 4th – Sunday, July 7th
Ocean Drive
Lummus Park
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Free and open to the Public
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A great way to celebrate Independence Day is with a full 50 piece orchestra by Miami Classical Music Festival on Ocean Drive playing the 1812 Overture during the annual Fireworks display.

This year we are adding family-friendly activities with face painting, stilt walkers, art painting of the flag, ice cream and much more! The Artisan and Farmers Market start off the day with activities in the afternoon and the orchestra at 8:30 p.m. just before the 9 p.m. fireworks get started.

Enjoy the best view at one of the rooftop venues, or an enjoyable meal at one of the famous outdoor cafes then dance the night away!

The fun keeps going on Friday during the Red White and Blues celebration as Rachel Coba Blues Guitarist and Singer brings her band to Lummus Park. July 5th at from 5-6:30 with a second set immediately following at The Clevelander.

Make it a four day weekend at one of our many boutique hotels on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue in the South Beach District!

Erika Moon’s Burlesque Magnifique – Exotic Beats Edition 7/11/19 – 7/12/19


Erika Moon’s Burlesque Magnifique – Exotic Beats Edition
July 11-12, 9:00pm
The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
1700 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Tickets: $35 – $75
Eventbrite Tickets

A Cabaret, Burlesque, and Variety Show. Where French Cabaret Meets the Tropical Tease! By the New Times: Erika Moon, one of the best-known burlesque producers in South Florida.

Step into our world of swaying palm trees and sparkling oceans! Produced by Erika Moon, the “Exotic Beats” Edition of Burlesque Magnifique is a dynamic show that is sure to sizzle as it takes you on a trip across the tropics and beyond! Featuring a dozen performers, this 90 minute production includes both classic and neo burlesque, showgirls, comedy acts, and many special surprises. Our talented cast will be sure to make the temperatures rise for a truly entertaining experience! Whether it’s a night out with friends, or date night with that special someone, you’ll be sure to enjoy this memorable summer themed event, all without getting sand in your shoes!

And to complete the experience, once again, Erika Moon and her cast will bring their knowledge to you as an extra special treat! Join members of the cast on Wednesday, July 10th, for a very special burlesque workshop that will teach you some of the seductive tricks of the trade! (Tickets for this specific workshyop are sold separated)

After returning from Cabaret Follies’ first successful tour in Texas, Erika Moon is excited to now share her Exotic Beats edition of Burlesque Magnifique, just in time for the summer!

Florida Supercon 7/4/19 – 7/7/19

Florida Supercon
Thursday, July 4th to Sunday, July 7th
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Tickets: $35 – $285
Tickets

Exhibition Hall Hours:
Thursday: 1pm To 8pm
Friday: 10am To 8pm
Saturday: 10am To 8pm
Sunday: 10am To 6:30pm

Convention Event Hours:
Thursday: 1pm To 1am
Friday: 10am To 1am
Saturday: 10am To 2am
Sunday: 10am To 8pm

Florida Supercon is July 4-7, 2019 at the Miami Beach Convention Center!

We’ll take you on an adventure through your favorite fandoms! Florida Supercon brings special celebrity and creative guests for fans of comics, superheroes, science fiction, anime, cartoons, video games, wrestling and more.

Get ready for the most fun you’ll have all year. Bring your friends or come with your family. Anyone at any age can find something to ‘geek-out’ about at Supercon!

Dress up in Costume or come as you are to Florida Supercon July 4-7, 2019 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

New Tropicana Party 6/7/19

New Tropicana Party
Friday, June 7 | 7–10pm
The Wolfsonian–FIU
1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Free and open to the public
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With his biting political satire, celebrity caricatures, and magazine and advertising illustrations, graphic artist Conrado Walter Massaguer (1889–1965) helped shape the visual culture of his native Cuba between the 1920s and 1950s. This installation of works recently gifted to The Wolfsonian Library by Vicki Gold Levi will bring forth Massaguer’s legacy through dozens of works, from images of the “New Woman” flapper ideal (the so-called “Massa-girls”) in his magazine Social to depictions of tropical paradise for the Cuban Tourist Commission. Massaguer’s transnational reach will be shown in his covers for Collier’s and Life, while cartoons of visiting dignitaries and Hollywood stars will reveal how he rubbed shoulders with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, and the King of Spain—all evidence of an artist at the center of Havana’s cosmopolitan culture in the decades before the Cuban Revolution.

Promise to Protect Training Tour Miami 5/11/19 – 5/12/19


Promise to Protect Training Tour Miami
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00pm – 6:30pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 9:00am -6:30pm
Florida International University Wolf University Center
Room 221
3000 NE 151st St
Miami, FL 33181
Register for May 11
Register for May 12

Frontline communities in South Florida have been fighting against exploratory oil drilling in the Everglades for years. Now the stakes are even higher: the case against Kanter Real Estate has made its way to Florida’s Supreme Court, and we have to take urgent action to stop them.

With Kanter doubling down on its efforts to drill in the Everglades, we’re not backing down or going away. In fact, we’re doubling down too: getting ready to fight harder and smarter, training, connecting, and growing the fossil fuel resistance right here in our community.

That’s why the Promise to Protect Training Tour is coming to Miami. The Promise to Protect was originally created to resist the Keystone XL pipeline, but now the promise has expanded nationwide to inspire organizers like us fighting for the Everglades in South Florida to stand up and refuse fossil fuel projects from entering our backyard.

Can you join us for one of the upcoming trainings?

The Promise to Protect Training Tour is an opportunity for us to learn from Indigenous leadership on how we can protect our threatened environment and frontline communities from toxic and destructive extraction that does nothing but harm people and our planet.

This training will share knowledge from Indigenous leaders on the frontlines of the Keystone XL fight that can share best practices on how we can unite to fight for the Everglades. You’ll learn about nonviolent direct action, support roles that make nonviolent direct action possible, protocols for mobilizing in Lakota territory, and how to carry this work forward as we challenge the higher court officials.

YMU Annual Spring Music Festival 5/25/19


YMU Annual Spring Music Festival
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Rácket
150 NW 24th ST
Wynwood 33127
Tickets: GA $25, VIP $100
Buy on Eventbrite

YMU will be returning to Racket in Wynwood to host our 7th Annual Spring Music Festival. Save the date and spread the news to help us reach our goal of $150,000 and give 1100+ students across Miami-Dade access to free music education for this coming 2019/2020 academic school year. We have prepared an amazing night of performances by our talented young musicians who have been working hard all year to show off their accomplishments. The Spring Music Festival is YMU’s largest fundraiser of the year and has been one of the most important contributing factors in the continued growth of our organization.

Performances By:

Arrowhead – Avalanche – Ripcord – The Rock Ensemble (MBSH)- Wynwood Jazz Combo – The Jazz Collective – Wynwood Community Jazz Band – Wynwood Rock Ensemble – Wynwood Pep Band – Lotus Jazz Quartet – Noah Billante – Sierra Hudson – Lily Kaplan – Steven Shapiro

100% of proceeds go to free music programming in Wynwood, Overtown, Little Haiti, Opa-Locka, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables.

YAA’s 30th Birthday Bash & Festival of the Art 5/18/19


YAA’s 30th Birthday Bash & Festival of the Art
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10am – 6pm
Young At Art Museum
751 SW 121st Ave
Davie, Florida 33325
Advance Tickets: $5
Buy Tickets on Eventbrite

Celebrate YAA’s 30th Birthday with $5 all-day admission to our biggest bash yet including the 2019 Festival of the Arts and Teen Film Festival.

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Explore the 2019 Festival of the Arts where you can see and buy artwork made by talented young artists all throughout the museum. All profits made go straight to each artist and awards will be given by a panel of judges to several exemplary kids and teens. If you or your child are interested in participating follow the link below for more information on how to register:
https://yaa_foa2019.eventbrite.com

TEEN FILM FESTIVAL
YAA’s inaugural Teen Film Festival is a free to enter competition that invites students (grades 7-12) to showcase their creative cinematic talents. View short films, animations and video art by local teens throughout the day in our screening room. Film submissions will be judged by a panel of accomplished local film makers and awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons and certificates. For more information on how to enter email: volunteer@youngatartmuseum.org

Sponsored by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation | Craig Zinn Automotive Group | FPL SolarNow | Children’s Services Council of Broward County Florida

PRESS RELEASE: No Cafe con Fracking Press Conference on 4/18/18

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release: Friday, April 12, 2019
Contact: Jackie Filson, 202-683-2538, jfilson@fwwatch.org

Elected Officials and Business Leaders Unveil Anti-Fracking Art Installation

Elected officials, Hialeah business leaders, and local artists will present an art installation at the Leah Arts District to demonstrate the threats of oil fracking

Hialeah, FL — On Thursday, April 18th, local South Florida elected officials, business owners, artists, and residents will gather at the iconic 20ft flamingo mural in the Leah Arts District to unveil a new art installation to demonstrate the threats of oil and gas development near the Hialeah aquifer. Concerned residents will also present sweeping support for banning fracking among local elected officials and business owners in Hialeah and Miami Lakes. A recent court approval to drill for oil in the Everglades sparked outrage over the prospect of drilling and fracking in the Everglades a few miles from Miami’s drinking water sources, leading to this public demonstration.

House Speaker José R. Oliva recently stated that he would vote in support of banning fracking. Residents will discuss the legislation to ban fracking that has been filed in the State Legislature. House Bill 7029 to ban fracking has passed multiple House Committees. Speakers will discuss the loophole present in the bill that would allow fracking using matrix acidizing.

What: No Cafe con Fracking Press Conference
When: Thursday, April 18th at 11 AM
Where: Leah Arts District, 1000 E 15st Hialeah, FL
Who: Hialeah Councilman Paul B. Hernandez, City of Hialeah
Sara Britto, The Art Experience
Salome Garcia, Food and Water Watch

NOTA DE PRENSA
Para difusión inmediata: Viernes 12 de abril de 2019
Contacto: Jackie Filson, 202-683-2538, jfilson@fwwatch.org

Funcionarios Electos y Líderes Empresariales Develan Instalación De Arte Anti-Fracking

Funcionarios electos, líderes empresariales de Hialeah y artistas locales presentarán una instalación artística en el Distrito de Artes de Leah para exponer las amenazas del fracking

Hialeah, FL — El jueves 18 de abril, funcionarios locales electos del sur de la Florida, dueños de negocios, artistas y residentes se reunirán en el icónico mural de flamencos de 20 pies en el Distrito de Artes de Leah para presentar una nueva instalación artística que expone las amenazas de los procesos para el petróleo y gas cercanos al acuífero de Hialeah. Los alarmados residentes también mostrarán el extenso apoyo con que se cuenta entre los funcionarios locales y los dueños de negocios en Hialeah y Miami Lakes para prohibir el fracking. Una reciente aprobación judicial que considera la perforación y fracking en los Everglades, a pocos kilómetros de distancia de las fuentes de agua potable de Miami, causó indignación y condujo a esta manifestación pública.

El presidente de la Cámara, José R. Oliva, declaró recientemente que votaría a favor de prohibir el fracking. Los residentes también discutirán la legislación para prohibir el fracking que se ha presentado en la Legislatura del Estado. El Proyecto de Ley de la Cámara de Representantes 7029 que busca prohibir el fracking, ha sido aprobado por varios comités de la Cámara. Los oradores discutirán el vacío presente en el proyecto de ley que permitiría el uso de está técnica utilizando la acidificación de la matriz.

Qué: Conferencia de Prensa No Cafe con Fracking
Cuándo: Jueves 18 de abril a las 11 AM
Dónde: Distrito de Arte Leah, 1000 E 15st Hialeah, FL
Quiénes: Concejal de Hialeah Paul B. Hernandez, Ciudad de Hialeah
Sara Britto, The Art Experience
Salome Garcia, Food & Water Watch

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Reflections of MIU Style ’19 Annual Fashion Show Featuring Student Collections on 4/4/19

The latest collections from the Miami International University of Art & Design Associate of Arts and Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fashion Design students. More than 20 fashion design students presented their collections during the show and I have to say, WOW. I’m fairly particular about fashion, but most of these were quite impressive. Flattering to the body, beautiful colors, interesting materials, and some real innovative lines in this collection. Congratulations to all the students, I look forward to seeing more in the future.

Photographs from Robin Schulz & Friends | Spinnin’ Hotel Miami 2019 on 3/28/19

Had the opportunity to roll through Robin Schulz & Friends at the Spinnin’ Hotel last night. We got to see Robin Schulz himself, as well as a few of his friends. Despite a little bit of rain, the party was popping. The staff at the hotel was awesome (something not always true at MMW parties).

I actually think that in more than a decade of covering Miami events, I have never been in the Nautilus hotel. It is a beautiful place, right between the Shore Club and the Shelborne. The Spinnin’ Hotel goes all weekend, so if you are looking for a good party in Miami Beach, I can definitely recommend it.

Reflections of WMC 2019

Winter Music Conference was March 25-28 at the Faena complex in Miami Beach.

So, I went to check out the new WMC this year. Gotta say I loved it. The new location is beautiful. The vibe was positive and buzzing. Maybe I’m biased because I love being around music biz people, but that is certainly how it felt to me.

It was definitely smaller than back in the heyday, but I heard quite a few people remark that they hoped it would grow in its new home. It does seem like there is still a desire for a professional industry gathering, which is good.

It was well organized. The signage was plentiful and clear, something I am a real stickler about. The staff was polite and helpful, something that is not always common.

They had a nice variety of workshop sessions, including a few that covered more uncomfortable, but necessary, topics, such as mental health issues. There were demos and tutorials, and the modest exhibit hall had quite a bit of gear that attendees could test out.

I think the one thing I missed the most was a talent showcase. I like those a lot. Also, the networking at the Tree of Life was too loosely organized. I would have like to have seen some better management of that. Making connections is really one of the most powerful aspects of a conference, and they let it slide by the wayside this year.

All in all, it seemed a positive and upbeat restart to the brand. I look forward to future iterations as they grow. Below are a few photos of the various spaces and the IDMA after-party.