SeaFairMiami Cruises Launches 4/26/14

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SeaFair Miami Cruises

seafairStarting April 26th
100 Chopin Plaza
Bayfront Park South Dock
Downtown Miami, FL

Ticket prices vary: Make Reservations Online Tell them Soul Of Miami sent you!

SeaFair will Launch Miami’s first luxury daily scheduled Dinner and Weekend Brunch Cruises. Cruise the crystal waters of Biscayne Bay on the $40 million MegaYacht for Dinner, Brunch, Holiday Celebrations, or just a lovely tour of the city lights.

SeaFair Art Galleries and Shoppes: While cruising browse the unique offerings of 18 art galleries and luxury boutiques. Local and internationally renowned artists, receptions, art performances and more. All on the MegaYacht Grand Luxe SeaFair.

Celebrate Miami: What better way to enjoy the Miami sunset than with cocktails on the Sky Deck followed by a gourmet dinner after dark watching the City Lights in the VIP restaurant? Enjoy family celebrations for Saturday and Sunday brunch on Miami’s only MegaYacht.

SeaFair offers a Miami experience like no other combining the best of intracoastal cruising, unique boutiques, and sophisticated dining. It is a truly memorable once in a lifetime experience for visitors and the ultimate venue for special occasions.

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SeaFair is the world’s first mobile megayacht venue and one of the ten largest privately owned yachts in the United States. The $40 million custom-built yacht was designed by internationally acclaimed yacht designer Luiz De Basto. At 228 feet and 2,800 international tons, it is the largest ship built for commercial operation on the Intracoastal Waterway and requires a draft of only 6.5 feet allowing it to dock at small yacht facilities in central city locations such as Chopin Plaza.

The well-appointed luxury venue features an impressive formal marble entryway, 28 individual exhibit spaces, a coffee bar, the Luxe Lounge, an open-air champagne and tapas bar on the aft deck, Sapore’, a formal glass-walled restaurant/club on Deck 3, Bistro360, an informal open-air restaurant and Bar360, a sky deck cocktail reception area.

Cruise, shop and dine aboard the uber-luxe 228-foot megayacht, SeaFair, offering the ultimate excursions where sea and sky converge with the glamour of iconic Miami.

seafairbanner1Enjoy four passenger decks with open-air sky deck dining, an elegant glass-walled club lounge, champagne and caviar bar and three decks of unique shops and galleries offering luxury must-haves including art, fine jewelry, designer trunk shows and more. International cuisine, tapas, fine wines and Champagne combined with live music ranging from jazz to island rhythms tops off this truly unique Miami experience.

Daily excursions are available Tuesdays through Sundays. For the land lover, SeaFair Miami is also open to the public while the yacht is docked.

Sunset and City Lights Cruises
It is no secret, Miami truly comes alive after dark, and our City Lights Cruise is the quintessential Miami experience.
Tuesday through Sunday, Embark: 7:00PM, Cruise: 7:30PM-11PM
Gourmet buffet or ala carte menu available. Visit website for details.

Brunch and Bay Cruises
What better way to top off the perfect Miami weekend or holiday than with a sun soaked cruise, shopping and gourmet buffet brunch aboard a luxury megayacht?
Saturday and Sunday, Embark: 10:30 AM, Cruise: 11AM-2:30PM, Disembark: 3 PM, (2 Brunch seatings, 11-12:30 and 1-2:30)
Gourmet buffet brunch or ala carte menu available. Visit website for details.

Seafair Miami Dockside
For the land lover, SeaFair Miami offers dockside hours at Chopin Plaza.
Tues – Fri: 5-7pm & 11pm-midnight | Sat: 3-7pm & 11pm-midnight | Sun: 3-6pm
SeaFair is docked at Bayfront Park’s South Dock at Chopin Plaza next to the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami. Ample public parking is available within walking distance as well as free people mover access.

World Famous “Old Spice Guy Visits Miami to Teach Young Guys How to Scent Responsibly 4/15/14

World Famous “Old Spice Guy Visits Miami to Teach Young Guys How to Scent Responsibly
Tuesday, 04/15/2014 – 01:30 pm – 03:30 pm
old-spice-man-isaiah-mustafa_510University of Miami
1300 Memorial Drive,
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Isaiah Mustafa, “The Old Spice Guy”, and Old Spice are going on the road across the U.S. on a “Smellcome to Manhood” tour to further Old Spice’s “scent responsibly” mission, which aims to end the overspraying epidemic once and for all.

Overspraying continues to be a major issue in the U.S. According to a recent national Old Spice survey, 90 percent of students (male and female) have been bothered by too much body spray at school. Even more revealing – 68 percent of young guys say they were not properly taught how to use body spray.

At 1:30 p.m., Old Spice will host a pop-up pep rally at the University of Miami with a live performance by the Sunsations, UM’s resident dance team, product giveaways and selfie photo opps with Mustafa.

A former wide receiver for the NFL, Mustafa gained sudden and substantial fame as the result of his Old Spice viral/TV campaigns, which garnered hundreds of millions of online hits and transformed Mustafa into a widespread sensation that culminated in an Emmy win for “Best TV Commercial.” In January 2014, Mustafa made his triumphant return as “The Old Spice Guy” for a series of digital “Internet-ventions”, designed to end the most embarrassing male mistakes.

Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance 2/20/14-2/23/14

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Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance
Thursday, 02/20/2014 – 02/23/2014 09:00 am – 02:00 am
miami-logo-final-4Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
4020 Virginia Beach Dr,
Miami, Florida 33149
Webpage Link
Facebook, Twitter & Instragram: @GrassRootsMiami.
Tickets are very moderately priced, with day passes ranging from $25-$40.
Adult 4-Day Tickets are $100 in advance, $120 at the gate.
Youth ages 13-15 are just $20 per day or $50 for 4-Days, with Kids 12 & under Free.
Tent Camping Passes are $25 per night or $50 for 4-Nights. Vehicle Camping Passes, which include a tent pass are $50 per night or $100 for 4 Nights. Any vehicle larger than 21ft and cars towing campers are considered RVs and priced at $150.
Volunteer opportunities are still available in trade for free tickets.

Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music, Art & Dance has unveiled this year’s line up! The GrassRoots Festival will be returning to Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami, Florida, February 20th – 23rd, 2014. The festival will be celebrating its third anniversary with the most impressive and diverse lineup to date. The Festival will also feature a Sustainability Fair, Yoga, Tai Chi, Live Art, Music Workshops, Dance Workshops, and Children’s Activities .

4 days, 4 stages, and over 50 bands.

Onsite camping is available.
A limited number of tickets are available now for $90. See website for camping options.
Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival Artist Announcement:
ChocQuibTown
The Del McCoury Band
Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits
Sie7e
Donna The Buffalo
MC Yogi
John Brown’s Body
Monsieur Periné
Locos Por Juana
Suénalo
Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band
Spam Allstars
Toubab Krewe
…and many more!

Returning for its 3rd year, The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art & Dance presents its most ambitious and diverse program lineup yet. The 4-Day Festival offers something completely different than any other festival or event in Florida. Highlights include performances from over 50 bands from across the globe, yoga & healing arts workshops, a huge Kids Village, live art & installations, music & dance workshops, camping on the beach, and much more. From February 20th through February 23rd the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park sets the stage for an interactive event filled with participatory experiences for all ages to enjoy.

An incredibly diverse and culturally rich musical lineup creates the Festival’s foundation. The programming includes Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro-Colombian group ChocQuibTown, Zimbabwe’s national treasure and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits, The most awarded Bluegrass legend of all time The Del McCoury Band, Latin Grammy Award-winning Best New Artist Sie7e, Trail-Blazing Americana mainstay Donna the Buffalo, current Reggae chart toppers John Brown’s Body, plus tons of hometown heavy-hitters like Spam All-Stars, Locos Por Juana, DJ Bill Kelly, Suenalo, and Elastic Bond. A full listing of bands ranging in genre from Cajun to Electronic, Roots Rock, Latin Pop, Country, Hip-Hop and beyond can be found at http://virginiakeygrassroots.com/music-art/performer-lineup

The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival is full of activities for kids and families. The Kid’s Village offers free art projects, musical workshops, story time, kids’ yoga, a playground, games and all kinds of creative exploration all day long! Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the festival for free.

The event is in many ways a ‘lifestyle festival’ with a holistic approach to entertainment that engages all of the senses. In partnership with the Zen Village of Coconut Grove, the Festival’s Healing Arts Area offers daily workshops in various lineages of Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, traditional dance, healing drumming, and more wellness practices. Practitioners of various healing modalities such as massage, Reiki, reflexology, and more offer their services throughout the day in a lovely shaded grove along the water.

Festival-goers have the opportunity to engage with legendary musicians and instructors at numerous Music and Dance Workshops. Musical workshop highlights include; World Drumming, Banjo & Fiddle, and Native Flute. Dance workshops for all levels take place prior to performances in the 10,000 square foot wood floored Dance Tent, including Bachata, Salsa, and Zydeco instruction. At Miami’s Scratch DJ Academy Booth, participants of all ages can try their hand at DJ-ing with instruction from world-renowned DJs and teachers.

Environmental sustainability and ecological preservation are at the heart of the event. The Sustainability Fair & Expo is an interactive model of engagement between South Florida businesses and festival attendees. Over the course of the weekend Green Businesses, featuring sustainable services and products work alongside non-profits to promote a sustainable future for Miami. There will be solar demos, bio-diesel education, urban farming workshops, and more. The Festival also has a mission of creating Zero Waste, with recycling and compost stations setup throughout the event. Biking to the festival is encouraged! Half-priced Sunday tickets are available for all who arrive by bicycle and numerous bike-centric activities are offered throughout the weekend.

The GrassRoots organization is deeply committed to building relationships in the community. The cornerstone of these local partnerships is the Roots in the Schools collaborative outreach program. In the week leading up to the event, The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival brings musicians into local schools for musical performances, classroom presentations, workshops, hands on experience and cultural enrichment. The program’s goal is to promote the creative health of young people, foster arts appreciation, and provide an opportunity for them to connect with the inspiring world of music. Please take a minute to view a short highlight video from last year’s program offerings; http://youtu.be/8eTbyKStR_0

Held on the pristine sands of the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, camping is available on the main festival grounds, just steps from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Virginia Key is a short ride from downtown Miami, but is quiet and secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city, creating the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind festival. Tent camping and Vehicle Camping are available. Campers can come stay for single nights or all 4 nights of the festival.

Vixen Workout: The Concert 11/16/13

Vixen Workout: The Concert
Saturday, 11/16/2013 – 11:30 am – 05:30 pm
photoSTORY Nightclub
136 Collins Ave,
South Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost:

The Vixen Workout is the latest workout to hit the dance fitness scene from Miami, FL. Inspired by today’s biggest hits, creator Janet Jones puts the moves you see in night clubs, music videos and live stage shows into a killer 60-minute fast paced cardio session. Class participants are encouraged to wear sneaker wedges, which intensifies their workout by 40%. Janet Jones will be hosting another event for MIAMI this weekend! Can you believe it’s been a year since we began the Vixen Workout? To celebrate, we’re shutting down STORY Nightclub on South Beach! Event begins at 11:30am to shop among local beauty and fitness brands. Workout begins at 1PM following a celebration party for all attendees with sounds by DJ Stevie J! Hope to see you there.

Thanks for everything! #vixenarmy

HighWaterLine Bicycle Ride 11/17/13

HighWaterLine Bicycle Ride
Sunday, 11/17/2013 – 04:30 pm – 06:00 pm
HWL-Bike-Ride-Flyer-Web-SmallMagic City Bicycle Collective
1100 N. Miami Ave.,
Miami, Florida 33136
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

Miami is the #1 most vulnerable city to sea level rise. Miami’s HighWaterLine Project in partnership with the Magic City Bicycle Collective are organizing a bike ride through the streets of Miami to tour our future waterfront considering 6 feet of sea level rise projected by the end of the century. Arrive 30 minutes early if you need your tires pumped, or if you need minor bicycle adjustments.

Please wear as much blue as possible on this ride. We will be filmed from the air for a short video on climate change resilience in Miami. Your participation in this event will communicate to our elected officials that you care about this issue.

The ride ends at Blackbird Ordinary, where all cyclists wearing blue can partake in free food and beer.

The HighWaterLine Project is a public art project that brings awareness of climate change by chalking the future sea level line. Chalking the line in Miami will occur on November 13, 14, and 17 in the morning. Go to https://www.facebook.com/ResilientMiami for more information.

Dwntwn Art Days 2013 Free Walking Tours 9/20/13-9/22/13

Dwntwn Art Days 2013 Free Walking Tours
6LR_2pdhSeptember 20 & 22, 2013
Tours are FREE. Space is limited to 15 per tour.
Please register at: downtownarthouse@gmail.com with tour title in subject.

Conducted by T. Wheeler Castillo
During Dwntwn Art Days

With anticipation building toward the second annual DWNTWN Art Days, a three-day celebration of unique cultural experiences, the Miami Downtown Development Authority commissioned artist T. Wheeler Castillo to curate a series of FREE walking tours showcasing the burgeoning downtown art scene. Wheeler Castillo has threaded relevant conversations in contemporary art through four immersive experiences of key subjects within the neighborhood.

Walking Tours will feature a variety of subjects specific to downtown Miami, including Architecture and Art Spaces. Walking Tours no. 2 and 4 titled: An Object, A Craft, and An Idea – are curated experiences exploring the various stages of pieces of art, including each medium’s history and craft, and how each is related to current debate and practice. Tours are open to all Downtown visitors, and will include visits to respective historical and culturally relevant buildings, private collections and artist studios and spaces, either on foot or via the Metromover.

Tour Schedule
Walking Tour no.1: Three Buildings, September 20, 2103, 11:00 A.M.
Meeting: The Freedom Tower – 600 Biscayne Blvd.
We will visit The Dupont Building, The Freedom Tower, a public installation contemplating development.

Walking Tour no.2: An Object, A Craft, and Ideas (CRAFT), September 20, 2013, 2:00 P.M.
Meeting: The Wolfsonian-FIU Downtown Study Centre – 21 SE 1st Ave.
This walking tour begins at a private collection turned study center, a visit with Frances Trombly, and then we contemplate Terrazzo.

Walking Tour no.3: Art Spaces, September 22, 2013, 11:00 A.M.
Meeting: Downtown Arthouse – 100 NE 11th St
Three variations of art spaces, including artist-run exhibition spaces, a live/work space for South Florida-based artists and short-term residencies, and a larger space that houses studios, galleries, and lounges that foster community.

Walking Tour no.4: An Object, A Craft, and Ideas (PRINT), September 22, 2013, 2:00 P.M.
Meeting: Downtown Arthouse – 100 NE 11th St
Second installation of this curated series, this time with a focus on Printmaking.

Miami Culinary Tours in South Beach-Great experience for tourists as well as locals alike By Betty Alvarez

I have always heard of Miami Culinary Tours as lovers of food who are new or old to the area walk to different restaurants to taste a piece of Miami’s gastronomic delights. It was not until recently that I got to join this savory tour that really opened my eyes on Miami and its rich culinary history.

First stop: 660 at the Angler’s- I arrived late at the first stop. The restaurant served fresh ceviche and tiradito. For my fellow walkers, it was a great start as it refreshed them as we walked in the hot Miami sun.

2nd Stop: Bolivar Restaurant. We stopped by this Colombian restaurant where each table in our area already had a Reposo cocktail mixed with Colombian beer and a small plate with one empanada colombiana (a deep fried crunchy corn Colombian patty stuffed with shredded beef and potatoes) and Patacones de Pollo (deep fried green plantains topped with shredded chicken with a hot sauce on the side. The sauce was a little bit too much to handle given that I am Peruvian and thank goodness the cold cocktail made it better. However for my fellow table foodies they preferred to be without it. But it was all good and tasty. Our tour guide Anna explained the various other Colombian cuisines that included la bandeja paisa; a typical fusion cuisine Colombian dish containing an oversized amount of food and the wide variety of ingredients, which prevent it from being served on a single regular plate, so it must be served in a platter or a tray. Yum!

In between some stops our tour guide talk about some of the historic buidings of Miami Beach such as the architecture of the Art Deco Hotel and one of the most famous photographed places in the world, the Versace Mansion while we all cooled off in the shade.

3rd Stop: David’s Cafe. This is one of the famous historic Cuban quick stop in Miami Beach. We were greeted by Pastelitos de Guayaba (Guava Pastries) and the famous Cafecito Cubano (Cuban Coffee). It was delish and for my fellow tour friends who were from Ohio it was nothing that they never tasted before. They never had Cuban coffee therefore it was great to see them enjoying a taste of Miami and Cuban history.

4th Stop: Larios on the Beach. After our tour guide Anna told us the history of Cardozo Hotel and how the Estefan Family built their empire in the culinary world, we strolled to Larios on the Beach Pop Up location inside the Cardozo Hotel. Their old location on the 800 block of Ocean Drive is currently being remodeled. Their smaller but yet popular place still serves the same delicacy. Due to the fact that we were all hot from our walking tour our waiter quickly severed us a tall glass of water while some of the fellow foodies ordered cocktails. A good basket of Cuban flattened bread served out of the oven was also brought to our table. Minutes later a small tasting plate of Ropa Vieja (shredded beef), Platanos Maduros (Sweet plantains), Arroz moro (White rice mixed with black beans) came to our table. Delish! This good serving of food was the highlight of our tour. It was overwhelmed with the array of flavors.

As we were going to our fifth stop, we headed to Deco Drive Cigars where Anna was explaining the history of the store as the Cuban cigar maker was sitting inside near the window for everyone to see how he made the cigars. Some of my fellow friends even went inside to buy them. To cool off from the dreaded heat, the rest of us headed almost next door to the Z hotel as we saw a good game of human chess in a lounge area located directly below the pool. If you look up you can see the pool area where some the kid swimmers said hi to us as they had some fun swimming in the depths of the pool.

5th stop: Jerry’s Famous Deli. Haven’t been here for over 2 years, the place has not changed. Formerly the gay disco nightclub Warsaw Ballroom in the 90′s, this deli came to be one of the famous pit stop for a good deli sandwich or meal. A sweet treat was served to us: Raspberry Rugala which is a delicious Jewish pastry.

6th Stop: Blocks Pizza Deli. Located in Washington Avenue, this small and quaint family-owned pizzeria makes delicious pizzas one “block” at a time. They only allow the freshest ingredients, organic seasonal produce, all natural deli meats sliced before you and homemade sauces to top the delicately baked crust. Other than pizzas, they cover all sorts of other cravings with home baked Blocks Pockets and freshly made Salads that also come in a delicious crispy Pocket. For our group experience the owner himself made the Sun-dried Hippie Block Pocket made out of sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, baby Spinach, basil pesto, and Kalamata olives. It’s like eating a pocket sandwich. Delish! All healthy and organic. Just the way I like it.

7th and last stop: Milani Gelateria. We headed to the beautiful and lovely Espanola Way where we strolled through the pedestrian walkway looking at all the quaint restaurants until we hit our last stop of the tour, Milani Gelateria. Authentic Italian Gelato. They showed off their gelato machine that contained the sweet and cool treat featuring a pinwheel of different flavors. OMG! We were all hot and could not wait to try a taste of heaven. I had the tropical gelato and it was sweet and creamy. It was a great ending to a hot day where we all learned great things during the food tour.

All in all, we hit seven stops, tried food from all over the country, mingled with people (mainly tourists) from all over the world, and as a local, I felt like a tourist. What a great afternoon and a great experience! I recommend that you should try it out!

For more information about Miami Culinary Tours please visit: www.miamiculinarytours.com

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