Civic Engagement Thursday: #PartyForACause for Jose’s Hands

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Welcome to the very first Civic Engagement Thursdays blog post! Every Thursday, we bring you the latest events that try to raise awareness and make Miami a better place. Tune in every Thursday to learn about how to get involved within our community.

Today from 6:00PM to 9:00PM, Jose’s Hands and TLS Lounge are teaming up to host #PartyForACause. Come down to TSL Lounge at the Wynwood Art District and help celebrate Jose’s Hands’ five year anniversary. All proceeds will benefit Jose’s Hands Medical Mission Trips. Jose’s Hands is a non-profit organization first created in 2009. Since it’s inception, has been raising money for medical trips to support those in need in the Caribbean and in Latin America. Thanks to generous donations, the organization has been able to attend eight medical mission trips and served thousands of people with no cost medical care. The theme of the night will be Latin Night and black attire is requested. So come, have a few drinks, party while raising money for those in need.

 

When: Thursday, October 16th from 7PM to 2AM

Where: TSL Lounge, 167 NW 23rd St, Miami FL 33127

Dress code: Black Attire (not black tie).

Price: $20 (for those arriving after 10PM) – $50 (food, 2 drinks from 7 to 10PM)

 

Buy your tickets here!

Learn more about Jose’s Hands!

 

– Lina Fahmy

Public Art Wednesday: Gil Green’s ALS Movie Project

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We’ve all heard of the infamous ALS Ice bucket challenge that has been invading our social media this past summer. People all around the globe filmed themselves as they poured iced cold water on themselves to raise awareness of the Lou Gehrig’s disease. The ice water is so cold that it paralyses us for only a couple of seconds, a feeling that those who suffer from the ALS disease must endure everyday.

It’s nice to see however, that Miami as a city can contribute and take a step to help those in need. In fact, Miami-based music video director Gil Green hopes to direct a short-film, which will be an ALS Battle focus movie. This film is based on a true-life story about a youth basketball coach at Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami. The coach is actually a close friend of the director and has been an inspiration to the storyboard of this short-film.

If you would like to support this movie, please help fund the project. A portion of the profits will be donated to the ALS Recovery Fund. It’s truly great to see how our community can make small but effective changes! Catch Green’s new movie this December at the Miami Borscht Film Festival.

Click here to help support this awesome project!

- Lina Fahmy

 Photograph: NBC News

Do you know of any art fairs or festivals coming up in Miami? Let us know on Twitter at @Loop305 with the hashtag #PublicArtWednesday

 

Photographs of Soul Of Miami and Life Is Art present the River Of Art 18 Pop-Up Social at Cocktail Collection on 9/23/14

Soul Of Miami and Life Is Art present the River Of Art #16 Pop-Up Social at Cocktail Collection, upstairs at Tobacco Road on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Featured Artists: Edilberto Aponte, Marcelo Salup and David Martins

Auditory Art by -UOM_

Featured Charities: OC IT! Detect Ovarian Cancer in Time

Cocktail Collection’ September Artist: Aaron Arroyave

Music by DJ Hank Justice

About the River Of Art Program:

The River Of Art is a monthly business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies and make connections, we create synergies to help promote business by including an amazing art show of local talent!

About Life Is Art

Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 no Add Median-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

Supported by Supported by Sweat Records – Fabulous Miami – Tony Major Events – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – PARK Project – You and I Are Love –  Soul Of Miami

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Batch Gastropub: New Fall Menu Excites by Betty Alvarez

The first time I’ve been to Batch Gastropub was to celebrate my friend’s birthday party. When I first went in, I was amazed about how casual but comfortable the restaurant is. It’s a gastropub where the menu was approachable and there was an expansive drink list. We celebrated during their happy hour and the placed got packed as soon as I got there. My girlfriends and I indulged in their wonderful happy hour menu and their regular menu. A memorable time for all!

This time around, I got the opportunity to preview their Autumn menu which I was excited to taste. I could not wait for the delectable surprises that this place that had brought my tastebuds into action.

First of all, I was greeted with a cornucopia of cocktail samplings. The one that stood out is the Green Pepper Mojito as I thought it was going to be super sweet but to my surprise it wasn’t. I could taste the green pepper flavor in my mouth but it was not overwhelming to sour my taste of the food that I was about to sample.

Batch gave us two types of menus to choose from for our tasting one that had the house made meatballs or the General Tso’s Cauliflower dish as the starter.

We began with a snack: Salmon Crudo comprised with the House Cured Faroe Island Salmon on top of Florida peaches with Truffled vinaigrette and maldon salt. This small snack was a different experience as I never tasted a salmon on top of a slice of peach before. The salmon taste came to my tastebuds first and then complimented it with the sweet peach infusing both into a nice sweet and delectable light bite.

Then came the starters, the house made meatballs of duck, short rib and pork belly on a sweet potato puree and Serrano ham gave me great delight. The meatballs were warm, soft to chew and the sweet potato puree gave it a good additive to my palate.

The next starter was the Tuna Poke-Peanut Butter “Crumble”, wonton, scallion, and crispy ginger. Although I did not taste the peanut butter but the scallion and the crispy ginger is what stood out of my mind. It was delicious.

For the veggies part, a Batch Kale Salad was served. Now I never had Kale in my life so I was delighted and nervous at the same time in trying this salad comprised of raw kale, hearts of palm, peanuts, strawberry vinaigrette, and parmesan. To my surprise, I loved it. The kale was not overpowering and the vinaigrette made everything come together. Definitely will have to try that salad again next time I go to Batch Gastropub.

Now the main course: The Drunken Short Rib which is a whiskey braised short rib with Vanilla and Sour Mash, Creamy polenta and Cinammon roasted carrots on the side. The meat was so tender that it was falling out of the bone. I could taste the whisky a bit but my memory was the warm, soft, juicy meat that these ribs had. Other than the cinnamon that covered the carrots it was also mixed with a coffee flavored sauce which had a distinctive taste.

The sweets that culminated our experience is the Carnival Donuts-fried dough, powdered sugar, with a warm chocolate ganache and Kahlua syrup. Now these round donuts were the best and my favorite was dumping it in the Kahlua syrup rather than the chocolate ganache. It was so taste was so much richer to my palate.
A very sweet experience to end this preview tasting.

All in all, I can’t wait for this autumn menu to be announced to the general public as Batch Gastropub wants to exemplify the farm to table concept as it is healthier option for everyone but with full of taste. Kudos to Batch Gastropub!

Soul Of Miami, Life Is Art and In The Loop 305 present the River Of Art 18 Pop-Up Social Event 9/23/14

Soul Of Miami, Life Is Art and In The Loop 305 present the River Of Art 18 Pop-Up Social Event
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
RiverOfArtWeb18SOULCocktail Collection, upstairs at Tobacco Road
626 South Miami Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33130
Tickets: $10 with Advance RSVP using discount code “LIA” ($20 regular price without RSVP)
Ticket Link
PARKING: Cheap parking in the lot, enter via 7th Street. Plenty of metered street parking nearby.

Bringing People and Art Together
The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, changemakers, activists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and artists.
Instagram Hashtag: #RiverOfArt

Featured Artists: Edilberto Aponte, Marcelo Salup, David Martins
Auditory Art by -UOM-
Cocktail Collection’ September Artist: Aaron Arroyave
Featured Charity: DOC IT! Detect Ovarian Cancer in Time
Music by DJ Hank Justice

Supported by Fabulous Miami – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – PARK Project – Catalyst Miami

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. Cocktail Collection is providing a complimentary welcome drink and light bites! The modest $10 door fee goes to support Life Is Art’s mission.

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 be sure to bring plenty of business cards and an open mind!

About -UOM-
UOM was originated in early 2007 as a multi-disciplinary project with emphasis in non- traditional, Vintage and electronic instruments, and performance technique.
-UOM- primal energy is often in direct superposition with more sophisticated forms of sound production, such as cutting edge real-time recording and looping and the use of current and vintage electronics.
This all-embracing approach has taken the project through a path of collaboration with the visual and performing arts. We have performed in Art Centers and galleries, during exhibition openings and artists performances. We have improvised music during video installations, contemporary dance performances and played in artist-designed sets.

About Edilberto Aponte
My pieces evoke critical views of social, political and cultural issues. I journal my life’s perspectives and experiences in pencil, ink, and paint-using the canvas as an abstract mirror to reflect my mental images and convey my emotions. The communion of words, lines, or shapes meld on canvas into one-becoming the allusion of my personal reality.
My art consist of abstract drawings in pencil, color, acrylic and ink. My anxious imagination has been inspired by nostalgic memories of my poignant life events, native metropolis of San Juan Puerto Rico and South Florida.

About Marcelo Salup
1. Began professionally as a concert photographer for Vibraciones magazine in Madrid, Spain.
2. Switched to international advertising and lived in half a dozen cities: Madrid, London, New York, Mexico City, Santo Domingo, San Juan and Buenos Aires
3. Specialize in portrait photography

About David Martins
I was born in Boston, then raised mostly in Miami.I am currently in school to become an anthropologist with my main focus on shamanic studies. I chose this path because I love to learn and teach and therefore enjoy studying the original teachers; the shamans from around the world. I have been drawing,sketching, and painting my whole life. My art has always been and always will be a way for me to record the path of my thoughts and feelings at any particular point in life. My pieces are reflections of symbols and archetypes that connect us all. Creations that speak to the subconscious mind as well as the vibratory senses

About DOC IT! Detect Ovarian Cancer in Time
DOC IT’s primary mission is to help find a screening test and/or cure for ovarian cancer. Our proceeds go to medical facilities dedicated to hoping that one day soon we can create proper screening for ovarian cancer, because unfortunately pap smears and regular GYN check-ups usually do not detect it until is too late. As a matter of fact, ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women.

About the Cocktail Collection at Tobacco Road
Cocktail collection is the new “hidden” cocktail lounge located above Tobacco Road at the old upstairs room. We feature a rotating original cocktail menu, great music and a monthly showcase of a local artist. The cocktails are one of a kind and the atmosphere encourages conversation.

About the River Of Art Program
The River Of Art is a monthly business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies and make connections, we create synergies to help promote business by including an amazing art show of local talent!

About In The Loop 305
In The Loop 305 is an emergent space seeking to revolutionize our city’s creative economy. Building on the amazing work already happening throughout the city, In The Loop 305 will advocate for new talent and businesses, curate an events calendar that helps reduce silos and push Miami to be a hub for collaboration, innovation and culture.

About Life Is Art
Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

About Soul Of Miami
The Soul Of Miami has become one of the most popular local community sites in south Florida. It includes an extensive calendar, listing all sorts of happenings from all over the area: charity, arts, happy hours, concerts, networkers, nightlife, fairs, festivals and so much more. Tens of thousands of active south Floridians visiting the site every month.

Where to be: 8/29-9/4

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Here at In The Loop, 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! Have something coming up that you’d like to see here? Tweet us @Loop305 using #WhereToBe hash tag!

Friday, August 29, 2014 10:00am – 5:00pm

“Hurricanes” Category 5 Science

Miami Science Museum

3280 S. Miami Ave.

Miami, FL

Cost: FREE- $14.95

Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:00am – 4:00pm

Mastering Your Mental Experience Retreat

Pamuya Healing Santuary

298 NE 87th Street,

Miami, Florida 33138

Cost: $100

Eventbrite Link

Sunday, August 31, 2014 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Brickwall Sessions Comedy Showcase

Moonchine Bistro Lounge

7100 Biscayne Blvd,

Miami, Florida 33138

Cost: $5 online

Webpage Link

Monday, September 1, 2014 10:00pm

Good Monday

Haven

1237 Lincoln Road

Miami Beach, FL

Cost: FREE

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 9:30am – 4:30pm

Butterfly Conservatory

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Road

Coral Gables, FL

Cost: $18 for seniors (65+) $12 for kids (6-17)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 5:00pm – 9:00pm

News Lounge Happy Hour

The News Lounge

5580 NE 4th Ct.

Miami, FL

Cost: $3 – $5

Thursday, September 4, 2014 2:00pm

Revisiting the Balsero Crisis and its Aftermath Twenty Years Later: A Symposium

FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus “Graham Center (GC)”

11200 SW 8th Street

Miami, Florida 33174

Cost: FREE

Webpage Link

 

 

Music Monday: Gloria Estefan holding Auditions for Upcoming Production

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Miami’s very own Gloria Estefans’ musical, On Your Feet, will be holding auditions at the Arsht Center in Miami on September 21. The On Your Feet musical will tell the story of Gloria Estefans journey to the United States and how her and her family became international music sensations. The musical will show all sides of the Estefans life, exploring the best of times to the worst of times.

The On Your Feet musical has began an international search for the next Gloria via twitter, #ReachGloria! Think you have what it takes? Follow this link and submit your audition video to productions website!

 

-Samantha Wagner

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