Buskerfest Miami Kick-Off Celebration 9/16/15

Buskerfest Miami Kick-Off Celebration
Wednesday, 09/16/2015 – 06:00 pm – 08:30 pm
BuskerfestLogo-new-snareThe Annex
44 NE 29th Street,
Miami, Florida 33137
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Cost: Free

Come celebrate with us as we officially announce this year’s festival date and open the call-to-artists/volunteer sign-up!

Whether or not you have worked with us before you are invited.

We will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about performing or volunteering at the 2015 festival.

The Annex is offering these great deals to help us celebrate!

5:00-7:00 PM $4 Margherita Pizza
5:30-6:30 PM Free Wine
6:30-8:30 PM Half off Wine bottles and glasses

All Night: Free Popcorn and $5 Drafts

Music by: Motown by Elliot Weeks till 8:30PM, followed by a DJ.

Free parking available in the lot between The Annex and Morgan’s.
Metered parking available on the street.

Yelp’s Big Bite in Little Haiti 9/17/15

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Yelp’s Big Bite in Little Haiti
Thursday, 09/17/2015 – 08:00 pm – 10:00 pm
201507_Miami_BigBite_300x300Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace,
Miami, Florida 33137
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Cost: Free

Something BIG is about to go down in Little Haiti.

On Thursday, September 17th from 8-10pm, Yelp’s Big Bite in Little Haiti will pit some of the city’s best local businesses against one another to battle for YOUR vote as favorite bite. In addition to this culinary clash, expect an array of liquid libations, live music, and plenty of yelpy surprises in store!

This event is completely FREE to attend, with a suggested $10 donation at the door to benefit Tradisyon Lakou Lakay (tllakayinc.com), a nonprofit organized to culturally and academically educate children, youth and adults in the community, through Haitian art, music, dance and literature.

To attend, RSVP is required on Yelp. Final confirmations will be sent via email.

Canvas: Paint Something Beautiful 9/11/15, 9/12/15

Canvas: Paint Something Beautiful
Friday, 09/11/2015 – 09/12/2015 06:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Artisan-Canvas-Show-Landscape-instagramThe Artisan Lounge
500 NE 1st Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: FREE

Our lives are like individual canvasses that show off our uniqueness and display our humanity. Each day we have the opportunity to create and express ourselves in a way for the world to see. It’s what makes us, us. This idea is what has inspired the next show in the Artisan Lounge. Join us Friday, September 11th for Canvas: paint something beautiful. Come and see spoken word artist Micah Bournes and contemporary singer/songwriter Stef Silva perform live in the Lounge. Also, come watch the art of others on display and join in on the interactive art experience this Friday during DWNTWN Art Days!

Also, join us for workshops on September 12th starting at 10am.

Bonnin and Bubbles The Spice Road 9/19/15

Bonnin and Bubbles The Spice Road
Saturday, 09/19/2015 – 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm
BA_email_header-copyBonnin Ashley Antiques
4707 SW 72nd Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33155
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Cost: Free

Bonnin Ashley Antiques invites you to celebrate the exchange of cultures, with Bonnin and Bubbles: The Spice Road on Saturday, September 19th, 2015. Enjoy complimentary champagne and appetizers from Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering while embarking on a journey to learn the cultural and historical influences that shaped 18th and 19th-century furniture from all corners of the world. The Bonnin Ashley Showroom will be transformed, featuring exotic pieces reminiscent of the original Spice and Silk Roads as cultures collide during Miami Spice Month.

Tours will be held 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

Pajama Party Swing Dance 9/4/15

Pajama Party Swing Dance
Friday, 09/04/2015 – 08:00 pm – 12:00 am
VK Dance
3363 NE 163rd St,
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160
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Cost: $10 Early Bird; $15 At Door

Put on your PJs and dance with us! Take the lesson and let the fun begin! No partner necessary! Wear comfy shoes that won’t fly off your feet, so you can dance with us all night. Intro to Swing Lesson at 8p, Social Swing Dance at 9p (East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Blues)

All Ages Welcome!

Bring your friends & make new ones! We’ll see you on the dance floor!

Motown Magic Swing Dance 9/18/15

Motown Magic Swing Dance
Friday, 09/18/2015 – 08:00 pm – 12:00 am
VK Dance
3363 NE 163rd St,
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160
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Cost: $10 Early Bird; $15 At Door

Dance to the Magical tunes of Motown in your favorite 1960’s era apparel. Take the lesson and let the fun begin! No partner necessary! Wear comfy shoes that won’t fly off your feet, so you can dance with us all night. Intro to Swing Lesson at 8p, Social Swing Dance at 9p (East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Blues).

All Ages Welcome!

Bring your friends & make new ones! We’ll see you on the dance floor!

Art Days 2015 9/11/15 – 9/13/15

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Art Days 2015
Friday – Sunday, 09/11/2015 – 09/13/2015 09:00 am –
artdaysMiami Center for Architecture & Design
100 NE 1st Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
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The Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD) in the heart of Downtown Miami’s historic district is once again this year’s Art Days Hub. Art Days staff will be on hand to help plan your itinerary and find the best routes to travel to each venue. There are also plenty of creative activities at the hub – design your own free Art Days T-shirt, discover Miami’s Art on historic film and video, and experience Exile Books’ newest exhibition, Listen to this Building.

Listen to This Building Opening Reception 9/3/15

LISTEN TO THIS BUILDING Opening Reception
Thursday, 09/03/2015 – 09/03/2015 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm
Listen-jpgMiami Center for Architecture & Design
100 NE 1st Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132
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The Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD) is proud to announce LISTEN TO THIS BUILDING, a collaborative project between MCAD and EXILE Books, a Miami-based, pop-up artist’s book store. LISTEN TO THIS BUILDING is a groundbreaking program that seeks to bridge the understanding between downtown Miami architecture, independent publishing, and accessibility, specifically addressing visual impairments. Opening September 3, 2015, the exhibition coincides with the 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act.

LISTEN TO THIS BUILDING will transform ten Downtown Miami buildings into a living, multimedia tableau via four main components:

The MCAD gallery will feature tactile relief works of selected downtown buildings with accompanying wall texts provided in braille.

The public, front steps of the Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD) will house the project’s central component: an outdoor audio piece that will share engaging stories about the Old U.S. Post Office and Courthouse (MCAD’s home) as well as surrounding downtown buildings. The audio installation will be accompanied by a large, vinyl, floor applique inviting passersby to “LISTEN” to the building.

To further enhance the exhibit, students from FIU’s College of Architecture + the Arts (CARTA) at Miami Beach Urban Studios will create models of selected downtown buildings using a 3-D printing process. These renderings will be displayed in covered boxes obscuring their visual properties so that audiences must feel the building to experience the architecture.

To commemorate the exhibition, EXILE Books will also produce an artist’s book in which the architectural narratives from the outdoor audio piece will be transcribed in braille. There will be no photographs or printed text in the publication, only tactile reliefs of each building, effectively compelling the viewer to experience Miami through new and distinct paradigms.

The exhibition is believed to be the first architectural exhibit designed to address accessibility for persons with visual impairments. MCAD and EXILE Books will co-host a slate of weekly events during the six-week exhibition to engage the public on issues of art, architecture, and accessibility. The exhibition will be on view from September 3, 2015 to October 17, 2015.

The exhibition, mobility tours, and braille artist book are made possible with the support of the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Support for EXILE Books is made possible through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Printing and consulting for the project generously provided by Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. Tactile illustrations offered by John De Salvo and Judith McBrien as featured in the Norton’s Pocket Guide to Miami Architecture. Programming partners include Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Ability Explosion, Florida International University’s College for Architecture + the Arts, and IlluminArts. Additional sponsorship provided by Thomas Printworks and SFCA isaw + Subtropics.

Free Back To School Haircuts By Beauty Schools Of America 8/22/15

Free Back To School Haircuts By Beauty Schools Of America
Saturday, 08/22/2015 – 08/31/2015 10:00 am – 03:00 pm
BACKTOSCHOOL-2Betty T. Ferguson Recreation, Complex Auditorium,
3000 NW 199th Street,
Miami Gardens, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

The new school year is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about textbooks, school supplies and making sure your children look new year ready!

Beauty Schools of America aims to give back to the community with an ambitious philanthropic goal as back to school approaches. They have been actively touring throughout the community on the weekends, donating their time and talents giving a total of 2,786 free haircuts to date. They aim to reach 4,000 free haircuts by the end of August.

They are calling out to all parents with children who need a new look or a simple cut before the new school year, for their biggest event yet at Betty T. Ferguson Recreation, Complex Auditorium. The mayor will be in attendance greeting the community supporting this amazing back-to-school family fair.

FREE HAIRCUT LOCATIONS August 22nd, 2015:

1) Back to School Event- Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Complex Auditorium (North Miami) 3000 NW 199th Street Miami Gardens

2) Goulds Church of Christ back to school event- 22800 S.W. 112 ave Miami, FL 33170 (Homestead campus)

3)The Hair Fair- 4765 NW 17th AVE Miami, FL 33142 (South Beach Campus)

DETAILS: Learn more about Beauty Schools of America at www.bsa.edu or call for information 305.824.2989

DWNTWN Arts Fair 9/12/15 – 9/13/15

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Life Is Art in partnership with Buskerfest, YO Miami, Kondoit, Indiegals, Celebrate Diversity Miami, Eat Your Poem, and Elwoods GastroPub Present
DWNTWN Arts Fair
Part of DWNTWN Art Days

DwntwnArtsFairFlyer4September 12 – 13, 2015
Saturday 12:00pm – 10:00pm,
Sunday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
NE 3rd Avenue between NE 1st and 2nd StreetDowntown Miami, FL
The show is free and open to the public.
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A family-friendly street fest filled with art, music, crafts, and performance, the Dwntwn Arts Fair is truly a cultural showcase that everyone will enjoy. Brought to you by a team of grassroots organizations with strong ties throughout our local community, our goal is to foster the growth of all the different artistic elements that make up our city’s culture.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:
* An art exhibition of local artists curated by Life Is Art.
* Live music and performances organized by Buskerfest.
* Local urban artists and live painting showcase by YOMiami & Kondoit.
* Photo-voice activities by Celebrate Diversity Miami.
* Social-issues brainstorming meal with FoodSpark: Miami.
* Pop-up Artisanal Tienda of arts & handcrafted works by Indiegals.
* Pop-Up Poetry Station with Eat Your Poem.
* A skyscape installation by Elwoods Gastro Pub.
* Massages by Freshly Squeezed
* Food and drink specials by local participating restaurants.

MUSIC PERFORMANCES
At the Buskerfest stages:
Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band
GPS Quintet
Funky Serve Bots
Pocket of Lollipops
Celestial and Liam Brien
Gypsy Cat Band
Bows and Ties

ARTISTS
At the Life Is Art booths:
Geno Jaramillo
Virginia Hanley
Chris Costa
Glenda Ramos
Amanda Madrigal
Jovan Karlo Villalba
Kristen D Borrego
Midalia Rosales
Nancy Campos
Star Trauth
Gary Fonseca
Christovedo Art
Jackie Colome
GusColors
Mohammed
Arboleya-Moreno Art
Ana Rossi
At the YOMiami booths:
Rei Ramirez (live painting)
Teepop (live painting)
Jessica Schnur (display)
Claudia Labianca (live painting).

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
Miami Herald
Downtown Development Authority
DWNTWN Art Days
Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
Miami Made Concert Series at Trinity Cathedral
Waste Management
Miami Parking Authority
Tropicult
Urban Tour Host
Shake 108
Downtown Miami Partnership

BIG HUG TO OUR DONORS
Patricia Lamar
Naomi Ross
Guy Hoyle
Joshua Kingston
Rochelle Berman
Michael Valdes-Fauli
Angela Terrell
Anthony Jordon
Jonathan Rose
Alessandro Abate
Alice Billman
Brittany Janes
Ted Van Cleve
Greg Romanelli
Jon Ridley

PARTNER INFORMATION

Life Is Art
Life Is Art is presenting a number of excellent local artists showcasing a wide variety of visual art styles.

Yo Miami & Kondoit
A hub for local artists, Yo Miami has grown since 2011 into an ecosystem where creatives can get access to resources & contacts to help them reach the next level of success in their careers. By working with businesses, nonprofi t & community organizations we are able to foster a network which enables us to create opportunities throughout the year for artists to demonstrate their talents in ways that add value to our neighborhoods. With several monthly events at various venues around Wynwood, we continually o ffer a platform where emerging artists can reach a wider audience. At the same time, we show business owners the benefits associated with incorporating arts programming into their operations, & help foster the growth of our local communities through this synergy. For Dwntwn Arts Fair we will be hand picking a lineup from Miami’s top artists. These artists will be live painting and displaying their work throughout the weekend. We encourage you to stop by our booth to meet these up and coming talented creatives to discover what inspires and motivates them, and watch them work live and in person.

Buskerfest
We strive for a connected, thriving urban core where the streets of Miami are active and enlivened with local performers, enjoyed by people of all ages and walks of life. We envision a joyous place that is reflective of the tropical urban landscape and attractive to locals and visitors alike.

Celebrate Diversity Miami
Celebrate Diversity Miami’s 2015 Photo‐voice Exhibit focuses on celebrating the diversity of our greater Miami community with a unique array of large-scale photographs. It features 60 beautiful, vibrant images submitted by residents, schools, and organizations from across Miami-Dade County. Join us in celebrating our incredible culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Give a #DiversityMiami shout-out with a picture or postcard, and share what makes the place you call home awesome!

FoodSpark
By way of delicious food and great conversation, FoodSpark Miami will provide a fun, interactive gathering space for diverse groups of greater Miami residents to connect with one another, discuss key social issues with fellow citizens, and figure out how we can collaborate to improve the quality of life in our local neighborhoods. FoodSpark Miami is made possible in part by the 8-80 Cities Emerging City Champions 2015 Fellowship, which is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Indiegals
Every indie needs a hand, and we¹ve partnered with artists from all over to bring a uniquely curated expo of artisanal goods, earthy designs, and conscious driven showcases. We¹ve connected with the indigenous tribe from Valle de Sibundoy in the Alto Putumayo region of Colombia, to bring the tribe’s delicately handcrafted jewelry, organic essential oils, and raw incense, led by the tribe¹s artist Yolimar Loreto & the tribe-women. Also from Colombia, we present for the first time in the U.S Hagakure Home a small company based in Medellin whose home décor is derived from organic materials, raw fabrics, and designed with earthy elements. We¹re bringing goods for the home and lifestyle. Then a young, hip, and hippie indie group of artists called Gypsy Halos will be dancing around our tent expressing their love and spirit through flower crowns, leafy jewelry designs, and airy fashions. This movement is not just focused on the younger generation. We¹ve connected with our baby boomer warrior woman who¹s love for mother Earth has helped her develop an artistic eye for floral designs; Esperanza (Hope) will bring to our expo her creative orchid, succulents, air flower gardens. Last but not least, our tent will feature an art showcase called Monsterz, an Anti-bullying picturesque story created by Miami’s local Tuli. We will feature other random goodies, our farmer friends may stop by with organic goods, or maybe we¹ll have a pop-up artist color us alive! This is what Indie Gals does, we dig deep into the roots and help elevate indie creatives so that we can all break through the noise. Everyone deserves to feel the sunshine of success on their face.

Eat Your Poem Pop-Up Poetry Station
Your belly growls for a poem “to-go!” Words to feed the heart and soul! Eat Your Poem believes in the nourishing, potent power of words and this inspires us to the act of spontaneous, intuitive writing and sharing. Perched behind our vintage typewriters we create improvisational poems for you! Stop by our Pop-Up Poetry Station and take home a poem, created just for you. Yum! Poems are offered by donation and all proceeds go to Eat Your Poem’s “Poetry with a Purpose” Program. This community outreach branch of EYP brings poetic programming to women’s shelters, recovery centers and organizations that reach “at-risk” youth. Poetry with a Purpose is completing 14 sessions at Women in Distress in Broward County and we are slated to bring the program into Camillus House Shelter starting in mid-August.

Elwoods
The local public house with gastronomical food served with great beer and wine.

Photographs of Florida Supercon Celebrates A Decade of Comics and Pop Culture in South Florida on 6/25/15 – 6/28/15

Florida Supercon Celebrates A Decade of Comics and Pop Culture in South Florida at Miami Beach Convention Center on June 25- June 28, 2015.  Had such an amazing time, they just keeping getting better every year.  Supercon is Miami’s largest comic, anime, gaming and pop convention.

Mark your calendars for next years Florida Supercon at the Miami Beach Convention Center on July 1-4, 2016.

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Arts & Drafts with Renda Writer 8/27/15

Arts & Drafts with Renda Writer
Tuesday, 08/27/2015 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
ArtsDraftsRENDAThe New Tropic
7230 NW Miami Ct #5,
Miami, Florida 33150
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Cost: $5.00 – $ 45.00, RSVP, Free to Attend

Join us for a night of getting crafty and enjoying delicious beverages at The New Tropic. This time we’re bringing in local artist and poet Renda Writer to show us the magic of his work! We’ll get to work with Renda and create your very own written art. Check out some of Renda’s work over at his instagram. Food trucks on hand to feed those creative munchies.

Cost: FREE to attend (seating is limited) pre-purchasing your supplies here reserves your spot.

Single Canvas Panel: 1 – 9″x12″ canvas panel for $5.00

Triple Canvas Panel Package: 3 – 9″x12″ canvas panels for $12.50

Single Stretched Canvas: 1 – 16″x20″ stretched canvas + 1 free drink for $15.00

Date Night Special: 1 – 24″x36″ panel + 1 bottle of wine (red or white) $45.00

Seating is limited so reserve your spot now!

Doors at 7:00pm Classes begin promptly at 8:00pm

Beautiful Decay Art Exhibition 9/18/15

Beautiful Decay Art Exhibition
Friday, 09/18/2015 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
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675 Ali Baba Ave,
Miami, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

Spend the evening at the Arts and Recreation Center in Opa-locka. The Beautiful Decay art exhibition will take you on an architectural exploration into the viability of current methods of habitation. Both real and speculative, the selected projects explore sceneries and scenarios that tackle the issues facing our ever-changing landscapes.

African Wardrobe Festival 8/29/15

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African Wardrobe Festival
Saturday, 08/29/2015, 12:00 pm – 06:00 pm
African-wardrobe-Festival-broward-100African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311
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Cost: 29.99

The African Wardrobe Festival is a fashion festival to promote African attires, arts & craft, jewelry and literature.

This a fashion festival where the attendees are the models and everywhere they go is the runway. The purpose of the festival is to promote African attires and #wardrobes. The festival features the finest African clothes, arts & craft, and literature. This festival appeals to men, women and children alike.