Where to Be:Â Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special â€œwhere to beâ€ 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 aroundÂ Miami!
Blue Full Moon Party at The National Hotel Miami Beach
Friday, 07/31/2015 â€“ 09:00 pm â€“
The National Hotel Miami Beach
1677 Collins Ave.,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
It only happens once in a blue moon! Join us at The National Hotel Miami Beach for a Blue Full Moon Party this Friday, July 31st. Sponsored by Red Bull, the celebration is sure to be special as the next Blue Full Moon is not expected to appear again until 2018. The festivities will begin at 9:00 pm and feature an extended happy hour, a live capoeira performance, fire dancers, drummers, a mouth-watering BBQ and much more! The event is open to the public and valet parking is $15.
Historic Virginia Key Beach Park official 70th Anniversary Party Celebration
Saturday â€“ August 1, 2015 from 11am to 7pm
Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
4020 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
To celebrate the rich 70 years of history of this once segregated â€œcolored onlyâ€ beach & park. Festivities include exciting time-line exhibits from the 1940â€™s to present day, classic car show, live music performances, 60â€™s Motown review featuring â€œMaryel Eppsâ€, Latin retro music, disco dancers, Junkanoo band, retro prices on most food & beverage items, unlimited free rides on the mini train and carousel and so much more.
August 1, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, this special beach located on Virginia Key, known as â€œBears Cutâ€ became an official â€œcolored onlyâ€ recreation site as a direct response to a bold protest, led by the late Judge Thomas. The community is invited to attend a day of celebrations, music, a classic car show, live performances, prizes and giveaways. Activities start at 11am. This is a free event for the community with an $8 vehicle entry charge.
â€œSouth Florida is in a new renaissance period of expansion and continued population growth,â€ shared Guy Forchion, Executive Director for the park. â€œItâ€™s important that we share the rich cultural history, contributions and historic locations that are the building blocks of our great diverse city. African-American pioneers and Bahamian settlers played a vitally important role in the creation of Miami and building the communities and neighborhoods we live in today. For Forchion, those achievements, contributions, struggles and successes must be recognized and honored. â€œWeâ€™re celebrating the 70th anniversary of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, a cherished, sacred place for Miamiâ€™s people of color and a symbol of segregation in the past that now welcomes everyone.â€
Throughout the day there will be a variety of entertainment with something for everyone. Community members who can remember the fun times they spent at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in the 40â€™s thru 70â€™s are encouraged to bring copies of pictures to the event and post them on the â€œMemory Boardâ€ for all to see. For those who have stories to tell of their experience during the â€œsegregated yearsâ€, they are invited to visit the â€œTime Tunnel Video Boothâ€ and record their stories for the parkâ€™s historic archives.
In addition to a Classic Car Show and Motown Review, there will also be a (best dressed) contest for those who can replicate the fashion of their favorite era in the 40â€™s through 90â€™s, winning prizes for originality.
Miami Marlins Billyâ€™s Birthday Party
Sunday, 08/02/2015 â€“ 01:10 pm â€“
501 Marlins Way,
Miami, Florida 33125
Lexus Legends Level: $25
You are invited to celebrate Billy The Marlinâ€™s birthday!
Limited-edition Birthday Billy item
Exclusive pregame celebration with Billy and his mascot friends
Marlins All-Star poster courtesy of Franklin Dodd Communications
Kids 12 and under can participate in Diamond Dash post-game
Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge Presents: Indie True by Cassandra Youngs Fashion Event & White Party 8/3/15
Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge Presents: Indie True by Cassandra Youngs Fashion Event & White Party
Monday, 08/03/2015 â€“ 07:30 pm â€“
Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge
150 Ocean Drive,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Join us at Cavalli as we host Indie True by Cassandra Youngs fashion event. The night begins with a fun spin on our famous Teddylicious Mondays party with White-themed party and a Teddylicious Boutique Popup experience at 7:30 PM. Following, guests can view the Indie True fashion show at 11:00 PM where the young designerâ€™s newest collection will be showcased. View and explore the innovative fashion trends of Indie True by Cassandra Youngs at Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge, the most fashionable spot in South Beach. Please come in white attire for the event.
WHAT: Indie True by Cassandra Youngs Fashion Event at Cavalli
WHEN: August 3 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge
150 Ocean Drive
Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew â€œMy Rise 2 Fameâ€ Book Release
Tuesday, 08/04/2015 â€“ 05:30 pm â€“ 08:30 pm
Streets of Wynwood
NW 2nd Ave at 23rd St,
Miami, Florida 33127
â€œMy Rise 2 Fameâ€ is the autobiography and explicit untold story of Christopher â€œFresh Kid Iceâ€ Wong Won, the historic co-founder of hip hopâ€™s most infamous group â€œTHE 2 LIVE CREW.â€ Chris is a first amendment freedom fighter, Supreme Court Victor, independent music pioneer, and hip hop icon. This book features his all true stories of sex, more sex, and the music business, making gold and platinum albums, and a legendary lawsuit from Floridaâ€™s governor, who tried to ban the group and take away their first amendment right to free speech. Itâ€™s a historic ride through one of the worldâ€™s favorite cult genres: â€œMiami Bass,â€ and a thrilling memoir that also features the Top 10 Strip Club Cities in America, what happens at a freakshow, and how to pull a caper. The past, present, and future collide in dramatic fashion as the rollercoaster highs and lows of a life on the road bestow their pleasures and take their tolls. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and raised in Brooklyn, Christopher Wong Wonâ€™s journey through life as a Chinese Afro-Caribbean immigrants reflects the hopes and dreams of America today. From overcoming the adversity of a life altering injury, introducing Southern hip hop to the world, bringing sex and rap together in songs that are still played and imitated today, selling platinum, shocking and offending, and then watching an empire come crashing down around him in a hail of lawsuits through graft, mismanagement, greed, and thievery, Fresh Kid Ice has seen it all. Learn about the man and the group, whose music is featured in the movies Boyz N The Hood, Friday, Twins, New Jack City, Project X, and the videogame Grand Theft Auto in a deeply graphic book that reveals never before told stories that will leave you breathless and amazed. In â€œMY RISE 2 FAMEâ€ you will discover that Fresh Kid Ice and the crew inspired legendary Rap acts such as NWA, Cash Money Records, and so many more.
Iâ€™m Not Gonna Move to L.A. â€“ August Edition
Wednesday, 08/05/2015 â€“ 06:00 pm â€“ 09:30 pm
O Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
Iâ€™m Not Gonna Move to L.A. (NOLA) is a monthly short film competition series that gives local artists the opportunity to network, and provides a platform to showcase their work. This month, FilmGate Miami will feature five dramatic shorts; from war heroes, to mermaids, to experimental, this NOLA is not one to miss. Donâ€™t forget to network after the screening with local filmmakers, actors, and other creatives along with our esteemed guest judges, Andres Castillo of Miami International Film Festival and Sandy Lighterman of the Miami-Dade County Office for Film and Entertainment.
Billy Corben â€“ Collision Course
Carlos Londono â€“ All Wars End
Barrett Dennison, Luis Galves, & April Dobbins â€“ Black Card
Italome Ohikhuare â€“ The Mermaid
Brian Deutzman â€“ Funkshion Fashion Week
Melissa Gomez â€“ Sundays Are the Worst
THE PERCOLATOR â€“ 6:30 â€“ 7:00 PM
Starting at the beginning of every NOLA, â€œThe Percolatorâ€ is an open platform for storytellers to pitch their projects to their creative peers; from films, to music, to art installations, and even comic books, our goal is to connect artists to start turning visions into realities. So pour yourself a cup of coffee, and be an active member of your creative community- you never know who will be listening!
What you will need to know to prepare for the Percolator:
-The Percolator will take place from 6:30 â€“ 7:00 PM
-Each participant gets 1 minute to pitch, and 1 minute for audience questions
-You must sign up to pitch upon entering the theater; Pitching is based on a first-come-first-served basis, so we encourage participants to come early to reserve their spot.
Reserve your tickets here: http://goo.gl/PLGdsK
AWAKENING JAMAICA Photographs by Valentine & Sons, 1891
Thursday, 08/06/2015 â€“ 11/01/2015 10:00 am â€“ 05:00 pm
101 West Flagler Street,
Miami, Florida 33130
Cost: Free on the Second Saturday of Each Month
In 1891, Jamaicaâ€™s economy was in the doldrums. In response, a group of Jamaican businessmen, calling themselves the â€œAwakening Jamaicaâ€ committee, hired the studio of Valentine & Sons of Dundee, Scotland to create a photographic portrait of the island as a commercial and tourist paradise. Valentine & Sons, in business since 1851, was a prominent maker of landscape photographs and travel views.
This exhibition features more than 50 of these prints. Visitors will learn about the creation and impact of the images, featuring urban and rural views of the island in the late 19th century. Also on display will be archival items related to the studio of Valentine & Sons and the 1893 Chicago Worldâ€™s Fair.