Photographs of The Motivational Edge Student Showcase at The Stage on 8/8/14

The Motivational Edge Student Showcase at The Stage on Friday, August 8, 2014.

The Motivational Edge Mission Statement:  “The Motivational Edge is a 501(c)(3) organization that utilizes culturally relevant arts as a motivational platform to inspire youth towards academic achievement, increased self-confidence and the building of essential life skills.”

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Design District Sale at Anima Domus 8/16/14-8/30/14

Design District Sale at Anima Domus
Saturday, 08/16/2014 – 08/30/2014 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
SoulofMiami_Gazelle_DramaticAnima Domus
101 NE 40th Street,
Miami, Florida 33137
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Starting at 10 am on Saturday, August 16th, we’re having our biggest sale on modern Italian furniture ever. Enjoy substantial, rare discounts on floor samples, overstock and discontinued items direct from Milan. And it’s all ready for delivery.

Come sip espresso and shop the sale of your dreams.

Then after August 30th, follow Anima Domus to our pop-up location in Wynwood, while we construct our state-of-the-art 7,000 SF showroom on Biscayne Boulevard.

The Motivational Edge Student Showcase 8/8/14

The Motivational Edge Student Showcase
Friday, 08/08/2014, 05:00 pm – 10:00 pm
MEPHOTOThe Stage Miami
170 NW 38th St.,
Miami, Florida 33137
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Cost: Free

The Motivational Edge will present its second annual Student Showcase of Arts Excellence on Friday, August 8th from 5PM – 10PM. This event is free and open to the public to see the achievements of these students. This year’s event will be taking place at The Stage in Midtown Miami, located at 170 NE 38th St. Miami, FL 33137. The bold and spirited students will be showcasing original music pieces; including spoken word, rapping, singing, etc. These extremely talented boys and girls from Miami-Dade’s inner-city have been working tirelessly to hone and polish their performances and art pieces. Many of the presenting students come from our Lyrical Expression and Audio Recording classes, which is available to them because of a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; all taking place at our Irie Foundation Allapattah Music and Literacy Center.

Distinguished local artists and celebrities will be present and performing at this crowning event which is being offered with support of the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

Witness live mural paintings by The Motivational Edge’s Teaching Artists and win fantastic raffle items that further highlight this artistically inspired evening! Guests will be provided with complimentary KIND Snacks and will learn about their STRONG and KIND Campaign, and have access to the VIBE 305 Food Truck.

Paint and Sip 9/21/14

Paint and Sip
Sunday, 09/21/2014 – 02:00 pm – 04:00 pm
PaintingTwistPainting with a Twist
7657 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33138
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Spaces are limited. Reserve today!
Cost: $35 donation
Passcode: PARTY

Paint and Sip!
Enjoy a step-by-step art class while helping homeless animals.

With your $35 donation join Caring About The Strays at Painting with a Twist to create your own personal masterpiece.

You can bring your favorite bottle of wine or other beverage. We will have Onli Beverages and appetizers to add to your pleasure.

A portion of the proceeds benefit Caring About the Strays, a non-profit animal rescue group.

MIAMI Magazine Presents To Live & Dine 7/30/14

MIAMI Magazine Presents To Live & Dine
Wednesday, 07/30/2014 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
liveThe Moore Building
191 NE 40th Street,
Miami, Florida 33137
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Cost: 50

Experience the best of Miami’s culinary scene at the sixth annual “To Live & Dine” foodie fete celebrating MIAMI magazine’s July/August Restaurant Issue in the historic Moore Building. The signature affair entertains the city’s culinary elite with mouthwatering fare from 20 of the top restaurants and chefs featured in “The Fifty Finest.” Tastemakers flow from experience to experience, indulging in decadent bites while sipping creative cocktails from Bombay Sapphire, VOGA Italia, and Onli Beverages, seeing the latest models from Pines Lincoln, trying the “Choose your Brew” Keurig station, and taking their photo in the Perry Ellis iPic Photobooth. Plus, for the first time ever, restaurants from past events will return in our “Hall of Fame.”

For the third year, MIAMI magazine will join forces with Chapman Partnership to give guests the chance to eat up and give back! Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the onsite food drive and 100% of proceeds from an on-site raffle featuring restaurant gift certificates, getaways, and a new K65 special edition Keurig will benefit the organization.

This year’s line-up includes:

1826 Restaurant & Lounge
Area 31 (Hall of Fame Restaurant)
BLT Prime
Bocce Bar
DB Bistro Moderne (Hall of Fame Restaurant)
DiLido Beach Club (Hall of Fame Restaurant)
Earls Kitchen + Bar
Florida Cookery (Hall of Fame Restaurant)
Il Sole at the Villa
Khong River House (Hall of Fame Restaurant)
La Mar by Gaston Acurio
Lorenzo Miami
Michael Mina 74
Palme D’Or
Siena Tavern Miami
The Dutch (Hall of Fame Restaurant)
Toro Toro
Via Verdi Cucina Rustica

Note: Tickets are non-refundable. This is a 21+ event.

Photographs of Tech Cocktail’s Miami Startup Mixology Book Launch Celebration at The Stage on 7/9/14

Tech Cocktail’s Miami Startup Mixology Book Launch Celebration at The Stage on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. We enjoyed a special Tech Cocktail Sessions event with the book launch of Startup Mixology, by Tech Cocktail’s Founder and CEO, Frank Gruber.  

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DNA Entertainment + DJ Fabio Soul Present Ed Motta Live at The Stage Miami with Batuke Samba Funk 8/7/14

DNA Entertainment + DJ Fabio Soul Present Ed Motta Live at The Stage Miami with Batuke Samba Funk
Thursday, 08/07/2014 – 08:00 pm –
10352596_718704968176295_7639416030093312529_nThe Stage Miami
170 NE 38 Street,
Miami, Florida 33137
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Cost: $25 – $35

Ed Motta long-ago established himself as a force in the world of Brazilian pop, soul and funk. His latest set AOR, released in 2013 by Lab 344, proves he is still vital within the realm of Musica Popular Brasileira and The Stage Miami is set to host him along with Batuke Samba Funk and DJ Fabio Soul on Thursday, August 7, 2014. General admission tickets are $25 in advance (available online at, $35 on the day of show.

“We have been trying to bring Ed Motta to The Stage for quite some time now and we are excited about the opportunity to showcase him and his amazing live band” says Johann Torres, The Stage’s talent buyer and CEO of DNA Entertainment, one of the night’s presenting sponsors. “We feel that pairing him with one of our favorite local acts in Batuke Samba Funk is ideal and look forward to a special evening of Afro-Samba, Brazilian pop and soul.” The evening will also feature sets by DJ Fabio Soul, the evening’s other presenting sponsor.

Singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist and producer Motta scored early with the Brazilian soul/funk hits “Manuel”, “Vamos dançar”, “Baixo Rio” and “Um love” from his 1989 WEA Latina self-titled group debut Conexão Japeri. Subsequently, he embarked on a solo career, releasing 10 studio recordings to date, highlighted by 1993’s Entre e Ouça , Manual Pratico Para Festas Bailes e Afins, Vol.1 (1997), 2003’s Poptical and 2009’s Piquenique, plus a live album Ao Vivo (1993). AOR represents Motta’s most intricate work yet, featuring contributions from guitarists Chico Pinheiro and David T. Walker plus lyrics from Chico Amaral, Adriana Calcanhotto, Rita Lee, Dante Spinetta and wife Edna Lopes.

Batuke Samba Funk are a bilingual (Portuguese / English), high-energy Brazilian band that mixes rhythms such as funk from the 70′s with Afro-Samba, Brazilian big band, Batucada, soul and R&B. Formed in Miami in 2008 by bassist, composer, producer and Rio de Janeiro native Diogo Brown, the sextet also features guitarist Cezar Santana and is often augmented by a three-piece horn section. The goal of Batuke is to “Brazilianize” American sounds and “Americanize” Brazilian sounds in a perfect balanced fusion. The band is currently promoting its latest single “Mas Que Moça Bonita,” a smooth Brazilian pop number that sounds like a modern-day take on Sergio Mendes Brasil 66.

The Stage is located in Midtown at 170 NE 38 Street, Miami, FL 33137. 21 and over welcome; doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, visit or call 305.576.9577.


The area’s premier live music venue The Stage Miami is nestled in the heart of the city’s resurgent Design District. The Stage aims to celebrate art and culture and the basic elements of artistic expression, the marriage of song, cinema, literature and theatre – all packaged seamlessly and coupled with a polite, caring staff, friendly management and ultra-clean facilities.

The Stage was recently named one of three finalists for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Top Minority Business Awards in the “That’s So South Florida” category. Host to local, regional and national musical acts, the space is also available for private and corporate events and now offers free WiFi service.

The Stage is located at 170 NE 38th St, Miami, FL 33137. For more details, call 305.576.9577 or visit


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