Baccanali Miami Labor Day Weekend Pool Party 8/30/14

Baccanali Miami Labor Day Weekend Pool Party
Saturday, 08/30/2014 – 12:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Baccanali-Updated-FlyerDream South Beach Hotel
1111 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $20-30

MegaCity Events presents BACCANALI Ibiza in Miami for a Labor Day Weekend Rooftop Pool Party at Dream South Beach (Hotel) featuring a Maria Lepe Swimwear Fashion Show with MegaCity Models and music by BACCANALI’s Bryan Peroni and MegaCity Events’ own DJ Tinello. Bites will be available onsite from Naked Taco

Celebrity Birthday for actress/singer Shar Jackson celebrating together with singer/actor LL Cool J, Alfredo Versace, Karlie Redd (Official Fan Page) & 1035thebeat’s T-Roy, to name a few.

Hosted by Luigi Lone, Jessica Rivero, Hanna Maldonado & Chris Anthony

Early Bird & Pre Sale Tickets

For more info & poolside VIP table reservations call or text 786-277-3703.

Event Partners / Sponsors:
KNT PRO Cosmetics / KNT Beauty Studio
She’Luxe Couture Accessories
DeJa Vu Entertainment Inc
The Collective
Executive Choice Agency Group
Heavenly Cakes by Sonia

Miami DWNTWN Art Days 9/19/14-9/21/14

Miami DWNTWN Art Days
September 19-21, All Day
dwntwnartdays Downtown Miami

Art Days is designed to bring together and promote the cultural community, in addition to facilitating and incentivizing art exhibitions and other cultural activities. In its third year, Art Days, supported by the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA), continues to provide free inspiring art activities across the Downtown cultural landscape. Working in partnership with a variety of arts and culture institutions, organizations and artists, Art Days is a three-day cultural exploration that incorporates countless free events and exhibitions for the community to experience and enjoy. Art Days offers something for everyone from family activities, panel discussions, international exhibitions, bike tours, walking tours and so much more!

Art Days is comprised of three components:
The Hub
located at MCAD, 100 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33132
The “hub” is the epicenter for information on Art Days. In 2013 over 130 events took place around Downtown Miami, so it’s worthwhile to take a moment and set an itinerary to make the most out of the weekend!
The hub is the place to…
…find someone to help you navigate through the vast amount of things to do.
…start most walking and bike tours.
…be creative and paint your own unique t-shirt.
…hang out and connect with your friends on social media.
…find people to welcome you to Downtown Miami.

The Fringe
The “Fringe” is a set of curated activations of Downtown Miami in the form of visual and performance art projects. The visual art projects are commissioned, site-specific public art installations, curated by a specialist contemporary art curator Amanda Sanfilippo, and located within a one-mile radius around the Hub for easy walkability. This year’s Fringe has been initiated in partnership with Miami Dade County’s Art in Public Places.

The Events
Throughout the three day weekend, over 60 different art organizations, culture organizations, non-profits and artists activate their spaces with exhibitions, performances, cocktails meet and greet, art talks, panels and more. New for 2014 is an increased family friendly programming and children activities to accommodate the growing number of families living in Downtown.
Realizing the lack of performing arts in last year’s mix of events, the Miami DDA, in collaboration with the Olympia Theatre, is debuting a series of performance pieces in public areas and venues all around Downtown
As a guideline, here is a schedule for the weekend:
Thursday: Media/VIP Preview of the Fringe and Art Days
Friday: School tours/ Exhibitions openings/ post -work cocktail activities
Saturday: Museum day; art tours and exhibitions
Sunday: Cultural activities/bike tours

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Miss South Florida USA and Miss South Florida Teen USA Pageant 11/9/14

Miss South Florida USA and Miss South Florida Teen USA Pageant
Sunday, 11/09/2014 – 05:00 pm – 08:30 pm
10492056_815971901770816_2591223746597850620_nMiami Elk Lodge
10301 Sunset Drive,
Miami, Florida 33173
Webpage Link
Cost: $15 in Advance, $20 at the door

Miss South Florida USA and Miss South Florida Teen USA pageants are official preliminaries to the state televised Miss Florida USA and Miss Florida Teen USA. Opening to contestants ages 14 to 27. Then annual event will take place on Sunday November 9 at the Miami ELk Lodge. Doors open at 4:30pm event starts at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Magnum Speakeasy – One Night Only 7/2/14

Magnum Speakeasy – One Night Only
Wednesday, 07/02/2014 – 07:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Magnum-Speakeasy-edited-FinalMagnum Restaurant and Lounge
709 NE 79th St.,
Miami, Florida 33138
Facebook Link
Cost: Free- No Cover ; Table Reservations Strongly Recommended

Join us on Wednesday 7/2/14 at 7:30pm @ Magnum Restaurant and Lounge, as Mr. Show Business himself, Maestro Bill Campbell turns back the clock to the roaring twenties for a night of scandalous fun and frolic! Prohibition is in full force, and we’re ‘breaking the law’ in a big (and fun) way! Join us for this period musical cabaret co-starring Henry Perez, Charlotte Libov, David Kessler, Raymond Estrella, Antonio Stark, Rick Jazzed, Antonio Divine, Gus Briand, Neil Kolner, Marilyn Reitman, Hannah Lasky, Amy Arlo, and Claudine Faifer. Specialty cocktails, great food, secure parking. **No open-mic tonight** ; Period attire preferred. RESERVATIONS STRONGLY SUGGESTED- Call (305) 757-3368. See You There!

Bare Bones by Carlota Pradera 6/13/14 – 6/28/14

Bare Bones by Carlota Pradera
Friday, 06/13/2014 – 06/28/2014 08:00 pm –
BARE_BONES_byAlexeyTaran-8Miami Theater Center
9806 NE 2nd Ave,
Miami Shores, Florida 33138
Webpage Link
Cost: $20

An experimental movement-based performance that employs unfamiliar language, confusing scenarios, and absurd chaos to analyze power dynamics among individuals and cultures.

Young Performers Light Up the Night for Young Talent Big Dreams Finals 5/3/14

Young Performers Light Up the Night for Young Talent Big Dreams Finals
Saturday, 05/03/2014 – 07:00 pm –
DSC_29101Actor’s Playhouse at Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile,
Coral Gables, Florida 33143
Webpage Link
Cost: $10

Young Performers Light Up the Night for Young Talent Big Dreams Finals
By Michael R. Malone, The Children’s Trust

Before beginning his original spoken word piece for the Young Talent Big Dreams finals, David Woodward paused in front of the microphone and closed his eyes, seeming to disappear.

Then he opened his eyes and launched his emotional performance, a fusion of words and gestures that spoke of the frustration and sometimes fury of the many boys and young men in Woodward’s Little Havana neighborhood who seek to rise above their poverty and shatter the stereotypes that weigh against them.

For his originality and creativity, Woodward, a 16-year-old junior and one of the top writers in his AP English course at SLAM Miami Charter Middle/High School, was named the overall Grand Prize Winner of Young Talent Big Dreams. This year marked the fourth and most ambitious rendition of the countywide talent contest, coordinated by the Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre and sponsored by The Children’s Trust.
The cadre of judges, all professional artists or art critics, chose Woodward over a host of amazingly talented young musicians, dancers, composers and wordsmiths performing in a range of categories, both individual and group. For the top prize, Woodward received $500 in cash and a free trip for two – air fare, hotel and passes – to attend the live American Idol finale in Los Angeles, CA, courtesy of WSVN CH7.
Woodward, who’s been rhyming, rapping and creating original poetry since elementary school, credited his English teacher, Crystal Espinosa, at SLAM for helping him craft his award-winning performance piece. With her guidance, he revised the piece more than twenty times, working steadily on it for more than a month.

“Though I like to write, I wasn’t much of a reader before. The experience of competing in YTBD really taught me about perfecting my writing craft,” said Woodward, nicknamed the “silent assassin” by his classmates for the riveting power and precision infused in his work.

Winners were chosen for each of the categories, and 27 acts competed in all in the finals held Saturday, May 3 at the Actor’s Playhouse. These contestants were selected from the hundreds that participated over the past four months in the total seven auditions held at venues around the county.

“Every year the talent gets better and better, and the dreams get bigger and bigger for this competition,” said Charles M. Auslander, president and CEO of The Children’s Trust, adding that “The Trust is dedicated to helping to encourage the dreams of the children of Miami-Dade County.

Throughout the finals night as he has at all the auditions, emcee Earl Maulding kept the audience caffeinated with his infectious good humor as he sang the high praises of the performers who were competing and those who auditioned over the past few months.
¨These kids are just beyond believing. For many of them this contest is the first time that they walk onto a stage for an audition, but to hear and see them – you’d never know it. Their talents – and courage – are just off the charts,” commented Maulding, who directs the Young Audiences Theatre at Actors’ Playhouse.

Individual first-place winners in each category received $200. Ysabella Reyes, a 10-year-old who studies dance at Dance Hall and who dreams of becoming a ballroom dancer and choreographer wooed judges with her Individual Dance performance. Abdias L. Armenteros, a 9th grade student at Miami Union Academy took top prize in Individual Musical Instrument with his spirited saxophone performance. In the relatively new category for Individual Original Composition, Javmar Perez-Contreras, a 14-year-old pianist who attends Pinecrest Preparatory Middle High School, won first prize in stiff competition.

Carolina Rivero, an 8th-grader at St. Thomas the Apostle, delivered a spirited rendition of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” to win Individual Vocal Pop/Rock/Rap. Judges awarded top prize for Individual Vocal Theatre/Jazz/Classical to Amanda Gonzalez-Piloto, a freshman vocalist at the New World School of the Arts, who delighted the audience with her version of “Taylor the Latte Boy.”

In Bands competition, One Love, comprised of five young musicians – Carina Ubinas, 15, Joshua Paulus-Rosenow, 15, Carlos Ubinas, 14, Michael Ubinas, 11, and Gabriela Ubinas, 9 – who’ve been performing together just a few months, took top prize. Each musician received $50. In Group Dance, Monica Delgado, an 8th grader at Coral Way K-8, and Anne Wright, an 8th grader at Westminister Christian School, won top honors and $100 each. Both are dancers with the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet. Imani Coker, 16, and Naya Schere, 17, won top honors for Group Musical Instrument for their viola duet. Both are musicians in Coral Reef Senior High’s Orchestra Magnet. The two also received $100 each.

All category winners received master classes taught by local professionals and opportunities to attend a range of professional performances over the coming year; a pair of subscriptions to the Actors’ Playhouse 2014-15 Mainstage Season; local restaurant certificates; and professional headshots for their portfolios from Alberto Romeu Photography. The Individual Dance Winner also received a full scholarship to the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet.

Judges for the finals performance included: David Arisco, artistic director at Actors’ Playhouse; Lynn Martinez, WSVN CH7 News Anchor; Mary Carmen Catoya, Principal Dancer, Miami City Ballet; Howard Cohen, Features Writer, The Miami Herald; Natalie Lewis-Schere, Co-Founder and Executive Director of PATH; and Joel Someillan, Award-winning musical producer of Nickelodeon’s Dora The Explorer and Go Diego Go! TV shows.

Early in the evening, Actors’ Playhouse executive producing director Barbara Stein welcomed local dignitaries and graciously thanked the many event sponsors. At the end of the night, the stage was filled with beaming contestants, purple Finalist medallions swinging at their necks. Stein’s welcome words still echoed in the confettied air.

“This has been the most amazing competition, one that inspires the dreams of so many and that we’re so glad to be a part of. Nobody’s leaving here tonight who’s not a first-class winner.

South Florida Palm Society Show & Sale 5/3/14 – 5/4/14

South Florida Palm Society Show & Sale
Sunday, 05/03/2014 – 05/04/2014 09:30 am – 04:30 pm
SONY DSCFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road,
Coral Gables, Florida 33156
Webpage Link
Cost: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children 6-17. Free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.

The South Florida Palm Society will hold its annual spring show & sale featuring the world’s largest sale of rare and exotic palms. Each visitor can take home a free palm seedling while quantities last. Vendors and members will be available for advice and to answer any questions on the proper methods for growing a variety of palms. While there, stroll through the 83 acres of Fairchild and enjoy the world-class collection of palms and cycads.

The public is also invited to attend South Florida Palm Society general meetings held at Fairchild at 7:00 p.m. on the first Monday of every even-numbered month. The next meeting is June 2.


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