SPECTRUM Miami and ArtSpot during International Art Week Miami 12/3/14-12/7/14

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SPECTRUM Miami and ArtSpot during International Art Week Miami
Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, 6-10pm, Opening Preview
spectrum-logo-miami-webThursday, Dec. 4th, 1pm-9pm
Friday, Dec. 5th, 1pm-9pm
Saturday, Dec. 6th, 1pm-9pm
Sunday, Dec. 7th, 12pm-6pm
3011 NE 1st Avenue at NE 30th St
Miami, FL 33137
www.spectrum-miami.com
Opening Preview + 5 Day Show Pass > $25
VIP Special Events Evening Pass – Includes special events & drinks (Dec. 4, 5, 6 – beginning at 6pm) > $10
General Admission > $10
Students/Senior Admission > $7.50
Children under 15 > free
Buy Tickets Online
Percentage of all ticket sales go to benefit Life Is Art, a local Miami based charity.

The Five-Day Art Experience Features Local Partnerships and Performances from
Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, Life Is Art, Yo Miami and a Specially Curated Art Labs Series

Redwood Media Group, today announced the return of its celebrated fine art show, SPECTRUM Miami featuring ArtSpot International Art Fair, from Wednesday, December 3 – Sunday, December 7 in the heart of the Wynwood Art District during Art Week Miami. SPECTRUM is more than an art show — it’s a 5-day fine art experience featuring top galleries and artists from across the US and around the world, along with live performances, curated Art Lab projects and Late Night parties drawing crowds from all corners of the city.

New to this year’s show is a special curated Art Labs series, featuring educational projects and seminars by leading Miami-based art institutions and industry leaders. One such project—[mi.ami][inter.play], by local nonprofit partner Life Is Art—will be an artistic collaboration within the community. Another, Yo Miami, will be a live, invitational mural painting endeavor involving both experienced artists and up-and-comers.

Other surprises include a partnership with the Cirque du Soleil show, Amaluna, which includes performance art and ticket giveaways throughout the show. There may also be a dramatic photo shoot with dancers by international bookseller and world-renowned photographer Jordan Matter!

The show’s signature VIP opening preview party, SPECTRUM After Dark, takes place from 6 – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3, and includes artist unveilings, performance art, music and DJ, a full cash bar, complimentary cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. The following nights, from Thursday, December 4 – Saturday, December 6, features Late Night parties from 7 – 9 p.m. daily.

Housed within the SPECTRUM tent for its 2nd year is the independent show, ArtSpot International, organized by Aldo Castillo. ArtSpot presents modern and cutting-edge galleries exhibiting contemporary art, including photography, works on paper, sculpture, and installations from emerging and established artists. The show merges a range of international art with strong Latin American influences. Castillo, the show curator and director, is one of the most respected authorities of modern and contemporary art and has overseen the direction of more than 250 international art exhibitions.

The juried show of contemporary art features original paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, glass and limited edition prints. By catering to high-end collectors, buyers and art enthusiasts, SPECTRUM Miami offers gallery owners, designers, architects and collectors extraordinary works by innovative and established artists and galleries from around the world.

About Redwood Media Group
Redwood Media Group has a long history serving the global fine art community. The company’s full suite of fine art services includes fine art exhibitions, art business education, fine art publications, fine art mentoring, marketing and social media, and more. Redwood owns and produces fine art shows and conferences including Artexpo New York, SPECTRUM New York, SPECTRUM Miami, [SOLO] and DECOR Expo Showcase and the National Artist Conference & Art Show (NACA). The company also owns and publishes Art Business News magazine and DECOR magazine. For more information, visit: www.spectrum-newyork.com, www.spectrum-miami.com, www.artbusinessnews.com, www.artexponewyork.com, www.artexponewyork.com/solo, www.artexponewyork.com/decor-expo and www.nationalartistconference.com.

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

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

 

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!