#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – A Holiday Shopping Hail Mary


Procrastination is a disease that prays on the innocent worldwide but here in Miami, it plagues its victims at another level. Miami is a place where arriving on time means pulling up at least an hour late. It’s a place where everyone subscribes to “why get done today what can be done mañana“.  And, it’s a place where holiday shopping begins only a few days before the holidays.

Blame your half finished shopping list on the lack of snow or your busy social calendar this month – we don’t judge. As of Friday we were on the same boat so, on the contrary, we totally sympathize. Better yet, we come to you with a solution for your holiday hitch: an afternoon at The Falls. [Read more…]

Public Art Wednesday 12.17: BEST MURAL OF 2014









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Wynwood may be the heart of a growing global graffiti movement, but some of its murals are surprisingly soulless. Whether they depict a cool-ass dragon perched atop a mountain peak or cartoon characters committing acts of violence, many are brilliantly drawn but little more, like flashy wallpaper for warehouses. Few of the works strive to stir something inside passersby. On the southwest corner of NW Third Avenue and 27th Street, towering gold letters spell “I remember paradise” against a rainbow background. The mural, by Londoner Lakwena Maciver, is meant to invoke human longing for a lost era. “We all have this sense that there is something wrong with the world but that once there was something perfect,” Maciver told New Times. It’s a beautiful painting, and one that has formed the backdrop for Beyoncé Instagrams and glossy magazine spreads. But it’s actually the mural cater-cornered that makes us nostalgic. There, a heavily tattooed man holds a gorgeous woman in a tender embrace. A shuttered doorway is transformed into a birdcage. The mural, by Peruvian duo Entes y Pésimo (Beings & Dreadful), perfectly captures modern-day Miami: young, Hispanic, interracial, part tattooed thug, part tender romantic. The man’s face is pensive, his stance protective. The woman, unashamedly in love, stares straight out at you. How wonderfully disarming to walk through Wynwood on a weekend night, past posturing dudes and pretending chicks, and stumble upon such intimacy.

#ThankYouMiami for (Holiday) Fashion


Another holiday season, another round of parties at which to let your Miami fashion sense shine! This year we’re all about showcasing a subdued South Beach sexy. No, we’re not talking bandage dresses or sky-high heels so put those back in your closet immediately. Our style inspiration today comes in the shape of sheer blouses and kitten heels. More Audrey Hepburn, less Aubrey O’Day.

Our holiday outfit is based on two pieces we picked up during emergency fashion runs. So, if you’re behind on putting together your holiday outfits, there is hope for you yet! The first piece is a textured black blouse, which we found at Target on our way to last month’s Fashion Meets Fine Dining event. The second is a black A-line skirt from Forever21 that we purchased an hour before our cameo on The Ellen Show. We love both pieces because they are basics that are versatile and are flattering on most body shapes. Plus, as you’ll see below, the skirt is perfect for twirling!

The day we shot this look we were headed to a matinee showing of The Nutcracker so we chose to go with an all-black combo. However, if you’re inspired by the holiday spirit, feel free to choose a brighter or more festive color for either piece. You can also play around with the shoe color to find one that better suits the celebrations. We chose these particular Steve by Steve Madden heels because we love how this shade of blue contrasts with black pieces. “Irregardless” of what you choose, remember to have fun and enjoy the holidays – after all, they only come once a year!





Blouse – Target (similar here and here)

Skirt – Forever 21 (similar here and here)

Shoes – Steve by Steve Madden (similar here)

Photography – Brad Wells

Lique Miami-A Refreshing New Waterfront Dining By Betty Alvarez

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I arrived to this quaint restaurant in North Miami which I have only heard about, Lique. This waterfront dining spot is owned by restauranteurs Peter Cumplido and Alex Podolhy who are also behind Fort Lauderdale’s Sweet Nectar. This soon-to-be hot spot has Executive Chef Renalto Medeiros at the helm and I was about to embark on a never-before breathtaking dining experience in a chilly night but that did not stop me.

When I entered the restaurant I realized that I have been here before when it was Rouge Waterfront Dining where everything was red. But this time around, the restaurant is transformed into what it seems an enchanted garden with luxurious white decor furniture, greenery all over, the contemporary pieces that was all over. The decor is truly spectacularly very fresh and inviting. We sat down to our table to begin our journey.

Our dining experience was by candlelight. A nice touch for a romantic experience if you are dining with a loved one. In my case, I was dining with one of my best friends so that did not happen. LOL! I ordered a nice Pinot Grigio and she ordered a nice fruity tall glass drink that our waiter recommended. I was jealous as her glass was bigger than mine! When we were hended our menu it was unique as it was a wood platform wit the menu attached and the logo of the restaurant on the back. It was great as everything was on one page.

Appetizers and small plates is what we suggested therefore it did not disappoint. First serving was the Truffle Big Eye Tuna Carpaccio. I wanted something healthy but nice to start therefore the Tuna was a nice healthy alternative. What a delight! The truffle made the Tuna stand out as all my taste buds sky-rockted. It gave it a distinct flavor. Then came the Bone Marrow-a plate of 4 big oxtail bones filled with shredded beef with toasted bread besides each bone. A true delight to savor.

If the Bone Marrow is too much for you, the Beef Cheek Toast would be more appropriate as it has the same shredded beef on top of a toasted bread. Another real treat is the Escargot Tortellini. A plate of 4 tortellini smothered with creamy sauce with bits of bacon was the utmost satisfaction that we got. It was my first time in a long time that I tried escargot but it actually tasted like beef. Tasty and delicious!

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Lastly, we just had to have dessert therefore our waiter suggested the apple pie but this was not any ordinary apple pie. This was a Desconstructed Apple Pie. The pie was served with 4 fluffy pastries on one side, cinnamon ice cream in one jar and the apple filling in another jar. One had to place all of these items in the plate. It was delish and proved that by this time we were completely full.

Other than the plates we tried, the mediterranean-style cuisine also had more selections of tapas, raw seafood, and a sushi bar. One can sit at the dock area gazing as the marine boats pass by and enjoying a nice night out under the stars. A suitable place to dine with a loved one and/or with friends. A true gem!

Where To Be: 12.12 – 12.18

#WHEREtoBE in Miami


Friday December 12th

The Mad Zoo Winter Roadshow

The Mad Zoo Winter Roadshow 2014
Friday, 12/12/2014 – 11:00 pm –

Grand Central Miami
miami, Florida 33136
Webpage Link
Cost: $20

Mat Zo will be taking Mad Zoo on its first roadshow across North America this winter.

“This whole genres business is like the Berlin wall, and I’m there with a forklift and a wrecking ball” –


Saturday, December 13th

Eddie Essa this Saturday at Ivy NightClub – Miami Beach
Saturday, 12/13/2014 – 12/14/2014 11:00 pm – 05:00 am
Sat-Eddie-Essa-dec-13Ivy Nightclub
1045 5TH ST,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: Complimentary Admission on David Garay’s VIP List from 11pm-12am`

On DAVID GARAY’s VIP list: Complimentary Admission for Gentlemen until 12am

Dress to Impress
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“A Respect for Light: The Photography of Mario Algaze”

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until January 18, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until January 18
101 W. Flagler St. Miami, FL
Price: $8

A Respect for Light

Mario Algaze
“Cotton candy,” San Angel, Mexico, 1981

A Respect for Light

Carlos Suarez De Jesus

Mario Algaze is the rare lensman with an innate talent for harnessing the subtle interplay of light and shadow to capture his subjects in a poetic and timeless fashion. The prominent Cuban-American photographer is celebrating“A Respect for Light: The Photography of Mario Algaze” at HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St., Miami), which features more than 150 of Algaze’s attention-commanding images shot throughout Latin America and the Caribbean over the past 40 years. The sprawling show, which marks his most ambitious exhibit to date and his first retrospective museum exhibition in more than a decade, will also include some of the shutterbug’s early concert photography, offering a rare look at South Florida’s vibrant musical history. Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., you can catch Algaze’s intimate portrayal of life in Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Cuba, as well as other countries in the hemisphere, where Algaze has documented the people and places he’s visited soon after daybreak in the luminous conditions he favors. “The most important ingredient in my photographs is a very early-morning light, a magical light, which on most days only allows you about an hour to work,” Algaze explains. “There’s a certain quality before 9:30 in the morning, where light hits in a 45-degree angle and there are long shadows and soft light. If I could, I would light every scene, but I can’t. I have to rely on Mother Nature,” Algaze writes in the forward to his new book, A Respect for Light: The Latin American Photographs 1974-2008, which is being released in conjunction with the exhibition. Admission to the opening reception is free and includes complimentary wine, gourmet cheeses, and live music. Call 305-375-1492 or visit historymiami.org.

Tuesday, December 16th

Andrew Hamilton Quartet at LILT Lounge

Andrew Hamilton Quartet at LILT Lounge
Tuesday, 12/16/2014 – 09:00 pm – 12:00 am
Screen-shot-2014-12-09-at-4.28.26-PM4Lilt Lounge
270 Biscayne Way Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link

Having played in the biggest jazz venues in Chicago and with Grammy Award-winning Brian Lynch, Trombonist and Composer Andrew Hamilton will be showcasing his rich jazz tunes and Latin-influenced pieces. LILT Lounge brings the first high-design lounge to downtown Miami with nightly live music curated by Kristian Caro and creative cocktails by Dean Feddaoui. Lounge opens at 7p.m. with social bites by acclaimed executive chef Wolfgang Birk including charcuterie & cheese, oysters & caviar, lobster cocktail and tuna tartare gazpacho.


Wednesday, December 17th

Italiany by Alexo Wandael 12/4/14 – 12/17/14

Italiany by Alexo Wandael
Tuesday, 12/04/2014 – 12/17/2014 09:00 am – 09:00 am
Wandael_Collage_MiamiThe James Royal Palm
1545 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Italian fine art and fashion photographer Alexo Wandael will launch the latest chapter in his project ITALIANY, on Dec. 4 at The James Royal Palm Hotel, coinciding with the Miami Art Basel festival. The exhibition is in partnership with Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Italy’s No. 1 premium beer as the first part of the brand’s two-year Storie di Stile campaign that spotlights stories of talented Italians in the United States and their impact on style and culture.

ITALIANY is a visual celebration of influential Italians in the United States, manifested through a series of bold black-and-white portraits.

Some of the Miami identities that Wandael has captured include hotelier Miky Grendene of Casa Tua, founder of Del Toro accessories Matthew Chevallard, hospitality icon Nicola Siervo, Wolfsonian curator Silvia Barisione, style leader and heir to La Perla Martina Borgomanero Basabe and photographer Luca Artioli.

Ladies of Manure 2015 Calendar Launch Party

Ladies of Manure 2015 Calendar Launch Party
Thursday, 12/18/2014 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
J-eflyer1Nugbrand Clothing Co. Store
2324 North Miami Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33127
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

Join us for the launch of the Ladies of Manure Calendar for 2015!

It’s been a long road and we finally made it! We’re ready for the New Year with 12 months of beautiful eco-conscious women spreading the message of turning waste into treasure.

Enjoy FREE drinks and fun tunes hosted at the NugBrand Clothing Co. store located at 2324 North Miami Ave.

Meet the ladies behind the poop and get your copy ($20) for the new year!

All proceeds benefit Fertile Earth Foundation.

Civic Engagement Thursday: 12.11 #BlackLivesMatter

Miami protesters shut down traffic on I-195

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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article4301592.html#storylink=cpy

Hundreds of protesters marched through Miami streets Friday evening and onto Interstate-195, jamming the highway, Midtown and Wynwood for hours as part of a national response to police-involved killings.

The Shut It Down rallies, which broke out this week from coast to coast, followed the recent decisions of grand juries in New York and Ferguson, Mo., not to indict police officers who killed unarmed black men. In Miami, protesters also remembered local teen and graffiti artist Israel “Reefa” Hernandez Llach, who died more than a year ago when he was Tasered by Miami Beach police following a foot chase.

The Miami event began at about 5 p.m. in Midtown at Northwest 36th Street and First Avenue, where a mostly young, multi-cultural crowd of dozens, some in Guy Fawkes masks, silently gathered and then grew in numbers and volume. A crowd numbering several hundred walked down the street, onto an on-ramp and up into traffic on Interstate-195, which leads to and from Miami Beach.

“Shut it down! Shut it down!” they chanted.

Waving “Brutality” banners and signs bearing Hernandez Llach’s face, they stood arm-in-arm and blocked east- and west-bound lanes, the latter clogged for miles back onto Miami Beach. One man with a sign that said “Black lives matter” pressed his sign up against idle car and bus windows as he passed by.

A cadre of Florida Highway Patrol and Miami police stood by and watched in the blue and red of flashing police lights.

Earlier in the day, another graffiti artist had been taken to the hospital after being struck by a police car during a chase.

Friday’s march was the first incident of post-Ferguson protest in Miami, a city known more for cocktails and parties than activism, at least in recent years. The rally, organized on Facebook, drew national media attention along with rallies in Washington D.C., New York and Chicago, where traffic was also intentionally gridlocked. In terms of garnering attention, it was perfectly timed to disrupt Miami amid Art Basel and scores of satellite fairs.

The rally was embraced by some who were inconvenienced.

“I understand it. I agree with it,” said Betty Hechavarria, who was late for a nail appointment and running out of gas.

After about an hour, the group marched briskly back onto Biscayne Boulevard and again through Midtown, continuing to block traffic while chanting “Reefa lives.” Marchers mostly shut down Midtown and then Wynwood, where bemused Baselers snapped photos and gallery owners watched from their shops.

In front of a BET party, the group shouted “Hands up, don’t shoot,” a phrase that emerged after Michael Brown was shot dead in a conflict with a Ferguson officer. Around 8 p.m., scores simply laid down on North Miami Avenue in silence for close to five minutes.

“We’re out here to let people know that there are people here who care about this issue,” said Ernisha Randolph, an African American and director of social action for the Woodson Institute in Miami. “It’s only a matter of time before this situation hits home for us.”

Hashim Benford, a member of the Power U Center, addressed the crowd as the protest ended, saluting the large turnout.

“Miami has never been shut down like we shut it down,” Benford said. “Tonight we shut down Art Basel.”

He added: “Tonight is not the end. If we’re satisfied with this [showing], there will be more Reefas, more Michael Browns, more Trayvons.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article4301592.html#storylink=cpy

Public Art Wednesday: 12.10

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Envisioning a Museum, the Sky’s the Limit

In Miami, the Bramans Plan the Institute of Contemporary Art

MIAMI — Norman Braman, the auto dealership magnate, has just uttered the words every contractor dreams of hearing: “Whatever the cost is, we will be building it, period.”

Sitting with his wife, Irma, on the patio of their Indian Creek Island home, off Miami Beach, he has been outlining their plans to single-handedly fund the design and construction of South Florida’s newest major museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. It could be a cultural game changer in a city crowded with four significant private museums, two more on the way and three public ones all focused on contemporary art.

With Mrs. Braman as co-chairwoman of its board, the plan is to build the museum on a lot in the Miami Design District donated by the real estate developer and fellow art collector Craig Robins, occupying 37,500 square feet across three floors. It will also have an adjoining 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden created by the Bramans’ purchase (and imminent razing) of three neighboring homes. Its opening is timed for the Art Basel Miami Beach fair in December 2016, with the promise of significant art loans from the Braman collection. Just don’t ask to see an actual budget.

“We haven’t even priced out the fire extinguisher system yet, because it doesn’t use water so it won’t damage the art,” Mrs. Braman said. “It’s still a bit of flying blind.”

This might be cause for taxpayer alarm, but Mr. Braman, a fixture on Forbes’s “400 Wealthiest Americans” list — which estimates his current net worth at nearly $2 billion from his auto dealerships, his former ownership of the Philadelphia Eagles, and one of the most impressive art collections in the country — insisted that “not one cent of taxpayer dollars are going into the construction, or the acquisition of properties for the sculpture garden, or anything.”

With estimated annual operating expenses of $5 million, the Bramans say they already have commitments from other private backers to ensure the museum’s first decade of operation. Mr. Braman waves off concerns about funding an endowment. “If an institution has not made it after 10 years, it shouldn’t be around anymore,” he said.

Don’t even ask about naming rights. “It’s the I.C.A. Miami, it’s not the Braman I.C.A. or anything like that,” Mr. Braman said, in a not-so-subtle swipe at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, a public-private partnership which led to the renaming of the city’s Miami Art Museum in honor of contributions from the developer Jorge M. Pérez, and which just celebrated its first year in its new waterfront home.

The Bramans’ insistence on footing the bill contrasts starkly with the shaky fiscal health of several local museums. While the Pérez’s attendance and museum memberships have exceeded initial projections, according to Michael Spring, director of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs — who called the museum’s first year “a rip-roaring success” — its endowment stands at $14 million, well below its announced target of $70 million. The museum operates with a reduced staff and a permanent collection often seen as lackluster.

This fall, the Pérez museum requested additional county funds to raise its annual subsidy to $4 million from its current $2.5 million, a request that fell on deaf ears amid a county budget crunch that saw both public librarians and the police facing layoffs. Critics noted the $100 million in construction money already provided by the county, as well as the marquee site donated by the City of Miami. Wasn’t that enough?

“The vast majority of cultural institutions in this community are supported through a blend of public and private funds,” countered Thom Collins, the museum’s director. “This is because they offer a broad public benefit, and people understand that.”

To be sure, money continues to pour into Miami’s real-estate-focused economy, as do prominent art world figures, including the New York über-dealer Larry Gagosian and the Russian art patron Maria Baibakova, who both have homes here.

Yet while many arrivals are quick to pose for Art Basel photographers, some museum trustees say these newcomers turn shy when it comes to writing checks to public museums. “The wealth in Miami, by and large, is used more for self-aggrandizement than civic support,” observed Lang Baumgarten, a Miami Beach developer and former Miami Art Museum trustee who said that he donated $400,000 and artwork before its renaming. “I wish the real money would step up to the plate.”

A lack of financial support led to the creation of the Institute of Contemporary Art, whose board previously managed the Museum of Contemporary Art, owned by the City of North Miami. After voters in the largely Haitian-American community rejected a $15 million bond issue to expand the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012, its director, Bonnie Clearwater, left to head the Nova Southeastern University Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. The fight over naming her successor mushroomed into bitter turmoil between museum board members and City Hall. A legal settlement last month ended with an entirely new city-appointed board at the museum.

“The team that’s reconstituted itself at MOCA seems to be going in a good direction,” said Mr. Robins, who is providing the Institute with temporary rent-free exhibition space while doing double duty as a Pérez trustee. “I hope the I.C.A. will motivate the people behind PAMM to do even better,” he said, adding that he hoped to see more donations to support world-class art purchases.

Mr. Spring denied any disappointment with the pace of fund-raising. “They’re hitting their marks,” he said.

Still, the Pérez may be in danger of being overshadowed: Art lovers craving an encounter with contemporary masterworks mostly absent from local museums — where even 1980 often feels like ancient history — may find the Institute more to their liking. The Pérez recently trumpeted a donation of a Jasper Johns print. The Bramans own his seminal 1962 painting “Diver,” as well as blue-chip works by de Kooning, Rothko, Warhol and what is called the finest array of Calders still in private hands.

The Bramans said that they look forward to lending many of their works to the institute. “If the curator and director of the museum want to have a show on the New York School of Artists, we’d be very happy to cooperate,” Mr. Braman said, referring to a hallowed era of Abstract Expressionists they’ve avidly collected. He also dangled the possibility of donating some paintings “in the future.”

Now 82, Mr. Braman recalled that he and his wife “said to ourselves: ‘What’s success all about? What’s philanthropy all about? Let’s think of our legacy, following in the footsteps of some great Americans like the Carnegies and the Mellons who used their wealth for quality purposes.’ ”

Mr. Collins was asked if the Pérez had sought its own modern-day Mellon. Why not tap Ms. Baibakova, whose recent Art Basel party featured white truffles, which fetch roughly $200 an ounce? “If you could make those introductions for me, it would certainly take a lot of pressure off,” he replied.