Civic Engagement Thursdays: Halloween Gala Benefit for Fridge Art Fair

Seeing as Halloween is tomorrow, today’s civic engagement post is fittingly related to the spooky festivities. The Third Street Garage will be hosting an inaugural fine art Gala to benefit the Fridge Art Fair. The organisation was first created to bring to the Miami audience an amalgam of cultural art coming from all around the region. Artists will also be present to open up a dialogue, which is promised to be equally thought provoking and entertaining.

The events will kick off with an opening reception for “Pairs and Other Lovers” in the Allen Ginsburg Project Room. These exhibitions will feature Linda DiGusta’s drawings of pears, collaborations with the late abstract painter Mark Wiener and even Ginsburg’s critically acclaimed dog paintings. Within the next month, Third Street Garage will also open its doors to the “Freezer Pops” exposition, showcasing masterpieces by artists from Miami and New York.

All proceeds of the Halloween Gala will support these talented artists and will give the opportunity for rising talent and dealers to grow and expose their visions to the public. The aim of this gala is to create a safe haven for art lovers to communicate, interact and mingle. So make sure you check it out!

When: October 31st 2014 – November 23rd 2014

Where: : 300 SW 12th Ave, Miami, FL (On the corner of SW 12 Ave. & SW 3rd St)

Price: $40 (Presale tickets are $10!)

The event is open to the public, anyone and everyone is welcomed.

Buy your tickets here!
For more information, click here!

– Lina Fahmy

Civic Engagement Thursdays: Domestic Violence Awareness at Miami Hamilton

For the next upcoming week, Miami University Hamilton will be hosting two different events to raise awareness about domestic violence. All events are free and open to the public.

Event #1
Panel Discussion: Domestic Violence Issues and Resources

The first one includes a panelists who will offer both tips as well as an understanding of the social and psychological implications that could be involved in domestic abuse. The panelist includes Glenn Muschert, professor of sociology; Jennifer carter, instructor in Sociology; Byron Miller, assistant professor of sociology and Black world studies; and Becca Getson, sexual assault response coordinator. These guests are professionals in this field and will discuss the various types of help available for victims of domestic violence and their families.

Event #2
Film screening: “Sin by Silence” (2009)

The second event is a screening followed by a discussion of the award winning documentary “Sin by Silence” which was directed by Olivia Klaus. The documentary is an insight of the lives of women who have had to face some of the worst-case scenarios of domestic violence. The film depicts the survivor’s daily lives and struggles of admitting to needing help. Most of the survivors are actually members of Convicted Women Against Abuse created by inmate Brenda Clubine in 1989. The 50-minute documenrary will be followed by a discussion where viewers can talk about the different struggles as well as solutions there are for women in these unfortunate situations. Watch the trailer here!

Make sure you check at least one of these two events. Help get the word out!

Discussion: Monday, October 24th at 1:00 pm
Film Screening: Wednesday, October 29th at 1:00 pm

Where: Harry T. Wilks Conference Center.

Price: Free

These events are sponsored by the Miami Hamilton Diversity Council. For more information, call Sree Subedi at 513-785-3266. Miami Univeristy Hamilton is located at 1601 University Boulevard. For more information, click here.
– Lina Fahmy

Public Art Wednesday: Downtown Hollywood Mural Project

Check out the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project, located in Downtown Hollywood, Florida. This project has been underway for two years now, and it is finally beginning to be widely known in the community. The mission is “to beautify and add culture to the Downtown area one wall at a time,” adding to the street art that has made Miami’s Design District such a vibrant, visually appealing place in the past few years.

Check out the Facebook page here:

Where To Be: 16/10 – 23/10

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, October 17, 2014 8:00pm – 12:00am

Monster Masquerade

Miami Zoo

12400 SW 152nd St

Miami, FL

Cost: $60 (for members) | $65 (for nonmembers)

Tickets here!

Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:30pm – 7:00pm


Peacock Park 

2820 McFariane Road,

Coconut Grove, Florida

Cost: $40­­

Eventbrite Link

Sunday, ­­October 19, 2014 10:30am – 11:30am

Yogamusic Master Class Fundraiser for Buzzy Kids 

Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park (Community Center)

1725 NE 135th St,

North Miami, FL 33181

Cost: $15 – $60

Eventbrite Link

Monday, October 20, 2014 5:00pm

Insanity Live

Ocean Fitness LLC – Margaret Pace Park

1775 North Bayshore Drive

Miami, FL 33132

Cost: $10

Eventbrite Link

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:00pm

Inaugural Exhibition, “Amerika”

David Castillo Gallery

420 Lincoln Road

Miami Beach, FL

Cost: Free

Miami News Times 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Effective Presentation Skills Workshop

TALK Miami Language Center

1390 Brickell Ave, Suite 105

Miami, FL 33131

Cost: Free


Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Wine Class: Rediscover Bordeaux, World’s Famous Wine Region

Total Wine & More

1470 Biscayne Boulevard

North Miami, FL 33181

Cost: $20



Civic Engagement Thursday: #PartyForACause for Jose’s Hands


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

Young Patronesses of the Opera celebrated their 59th Annual Gala Cocktail Reception at The Betsy Hotel By Betty Alvarez

The Betsy Hotel, La Fenice Prosecco, Leatrice Damus, Maria-Rosa Lopez-Munoz & Barbara Reese hosted a Swanky evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the downstairs B-bar of the The Betsy on South Beach on October 5th, to celebrate the wonderful benefactors snd underwriters of the upcoming 59th Annual Young Patronesses of the Opera Gala “Hat Spats & Pearls… A Toast to the Roaring 20’s.” Guests received a favor of Satin Glow Gold dust by Prestige Cosmetics to carry the sparkle of the evening with them.

The annual YPO Gala – now in its 59th year – is considered among Miami’s oldest and most prestigious black tie affairs. This elegant soiree, organized by Lisa Wheeler, President of YPO and Gala Chairs Laurel Auerbacher, Amal Kabbani, Patty Scerpella, Lori Thomas and Lise-Marie Wertanzl, will feature a silent auction, live entertainment, dancing, and a three-course meal to raise funds for YPO’s music education programs.

The Gatsby-style party will evoke the excitement of the era and many spirited YPO members and guests will forego traditional ball gowns and black-tie for imaginative designs which reflect the era of flappers, starlets, gangsters and aristocrats. During a cocktail hour guests will enjoy an inspired silent auction, followed by dinner, dancing to the 8-piece band, Manhattan Music, and entertainment by the internationally-acclaimed singers Poperazzi.

Founded almost 60 years ago in 1955, YPO is a volunteer group of 100 dedicated women who advocate for music and opera education to children in South Florida. Proceeds raised at Hat Spats and Pearls will be used to fund 100% of YPO’s music and opera educational programs. Every year, YPO presents a workshop for more than 500 Girl Scouts, and a professional development Teacher Workshop on opera in the classroom for Miami-Dade and Broward County teachers. YPO also brings professional children’s opera performances to more than 30,000 elementary students annually. This year, YPO will expand its musical outreach program to children who are hospitalized. In addition, YPO also presents a national voice competition for aspiring young opera singers. This year it is slated for April 16-18 at the colony Theatre on Miami Beach.

For Tickets, sponsorship and underwriting information for Hats Spats and Pearls, please contact Lisa Wheeler at [email protected] or at 305-794-1761.

Photography by Betty Alvarez


Photography by Betty Alvarez

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