Where to Be 7/31-8/6


Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!

Blue Full Moon Party at The National Hotel Miami Beach 7/31/15

Blue Full Moon Party at The National Hotel Miami Beach
Friday, 07/31/2015 – 09:00 pm –
Blue-Full-Moon-Party-Fire-DancerThe National Hotel Miami Beach
1677 Collins Ave.,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
None Link

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.



Miami Turns Down Free Art

Miami turns down free art. A city known for art and for culture suffers the absence of a $30 million investment to improve the city’s reputation as a capital for art in the US.

Originally posted in the Miami Herald editorial section. Click here for the original article.

It’s baffling when an opportunity arises for taxpayers to benefit from the generosity of a wealthy investor and art patron – and the city of Miami acts like it doesn’t care.

That appears to be what happened to Miami resident and successful hedge-fund manager Bruce Berkowitz, founder of Fairholme Capital Management.

Mr. Berkowitz wanted to build an Arquitectonica-designed office building, but not just any building — an area-unique, anvil-shaped 10-story headquarters for his business and also his foundation on a lot on 26th Street and Biscayne Boulevard in Edgewater. The exterior of the nearly windowless building will be a new type of concrete embedded with glass fiber optics that renders it translucent. At night, the building should glow. Yes, grandiose plans, but all privately funded.

The perk for the public was that it was Mr. Berkowitz’s intention to install in two massive sculptural modern art masterpieces by art stars Richard Serra and James Turrell, which the investment manager purchased and are valued at $30 million, in the lobby. The pieces could only improve Miami’s art cred.

All Mr. Berkowitz needed from the city of Miami was zoning approval. He was willing to bend, and to amend his architectural plans to conform to the Miami 21 zoning code. No problem. But Mr. Berkowitz told the Miami Herald he got the bum’s rush from the city. After months of willingly trying and failing to get a clear-cut response from the city as to whether he could proceed, a frustrated Mr. Berkowitz has pulled the plug on the project. “All work has been suspended,” he told the Editorial Board Thursday.

Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district includes Edgewater, is now taking a personal interest in rescuing the effort. “I don’t want to lose this project,” he said.

Mr. Sarnoff said the project’s cancellation would be a big loss. We agree. To miss out on being the city that displays these art pieces, especially during Art Basel, would be a mistake. Best of all, it would not cost local residents a penny.

“I think things will get back on track,” Mr. Sarnoff told the board. But Mr. Berkowitz vehemently disagrees. “There are no ongoing discussions and the only thing I’ve heard from the city is that I’ve been fined $300,000 for the way we cleared and secured the lot.”

If Miami wants to be a world-class city, it can’t commit a blunder like this. It should try to save this enhancement to the local art scene, not to mention beautification of Biscayne Boulevard.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article28475401.html#storylink=cpy

Why Everyone Wants to Settle Down in Miami

Obviously Miami is known for never fading sunshine, sandy beaches, and crystal blue water–but that’s certainly not enough to keep people in Miami. Miami has always been a gateway to Latin America, but now people from all over the US and Europe are coming, staying, and investing in Miami…and not for the beaches and sunshine. Miami boasts an environment ripe for entrepreneurship and opportunity, a one of a kind cultural melange, and a gateway to the globe. In his article featured in “Ocean Drive”, Jon Warech touches on the people who have decided to move to Miami and why.

The full article is below and can be found here.

When Dr. LaWrence Schiffman was an undergraduate at the University of Miami, he fell in love with this city for the same reason that most people do—the year-round sunshine, the glistening ocean waters, and the vibrant nightlife. A New Jersey native, Schiffman dreamed of returning and calling Miami his permanent home, but at the time, starting a successful dermatology practice in a vacation town seemed impossible. “I went back up north for all of my medical training, and when I finished my residency requirements, I looked into returning,” says Schiffman. “I knew that if I went to work for a group practice in New York or Philadelphia, I could make a lot more money, but I wanted more out of life.”

Schiffman’s thoughts might have been typical for professionals just a few years ago, but more and more people are deciding there’s no reason to wait to live in paradise. Schiffman himself headed south, worked for a group practice in Miami, and in July 2012, he broke out on his own and opened Miami Skin Doctor. “I set up shop in Doral, where there were very few dermatologists, and in three years the town has grown exponentially around me,” he says. “It’s expanding so much that I can’t even get into the office sometimes.”

Doral, which is home to corporate headquarters for Carnival Cruise Lines, Univision, the Miami Herald, and many other major companies, is just one area of Miami that is booming, and Schiffman’s success story of a practice that “is growing faster than I can keep up with” is one of many in a developing city where sun and fun are taking a backseat to entrepreneurship, big business, and a plethora of opportunities for people in all professions.

“No longer is Miami simply known as a place where the rich come to play,” says Alyce Robertson, executive director of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority, an independent public agency helping business boom downtown. “It has emerged as a sophisticated financial hub where real money is being put to work. Dozens of hedge funds and other financial firms are flocking to Miami’s urban core from New York, California, and parts of Latin America.”

Miami’s evolving design and culture scenes act as a magnet now more than ever. Santiago Smulevich’s family moved from Argentina to the Magic City more than a decade ago and opened AM Profile, a furniture and custom-closets store in the Design District. Smulevich moved back to Argentina after school, chasing what he thought was a better opportunity. But with the Design District morphing into one of the country’s top high-end shopping destinations over the past few years, he knew Miami was the place to be.

“I moved back here four years ago because Miami offered an opportunity to grow as a businessman in a way that Argentina did not,” says Smulevich, who now owns and operates AM Profile. “For South Americans, it’s a lot easier to be in Miami than anywhere else because of the language and the culture. We can be successful here without having to change too much of our daily lives.”

Though the Latin influence makes Miami an American city like no other, the growing cultural and intellectual landscape lends a gravitas that Miami lacked in decades past. The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the arrival of the Faena Forum, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, and even smaller projects like the Wynwood Greenhouse put Miami on par with any major US city. “Specifically in the art world, everyone is watching Miami,” says Leann Standish, who came here from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2011 to become the deputy director of external affairs at PAMM. “Everywhere I travel, people ask about the museum. Miami is in a very unique position in that it’s an important international city, yet it is also a young city that moves at an incredibly fast pace.”

While the quick advancements have more people planting roots in Miami, tourism is still going strong. New hotels continue to pop up all over town, and new restaurants are opening their doors on what feels like a daily basis, coming from Canada, Europe, South America, and, of course, New York. Celebrity chefs are either opening outposts of their famed eateries here or using the city as a launching pad for new establishments. Tourism is thriving, but now it’s no longer Miami’s only source of income. In fact, many of those tourists end up staying after their vacation. On average, 50,000 New Yorkers relocate to Florida every year. More than 537,000 people from all over the world moved here last year, according to 2014 Census figures, making Florida now the third-most-populated state in the country, behind California and Texas.

“People are shocked to learn that the tourism component of the Miami economy accounts for just 12 percent of employment—the third-largest sector of employment, behind professional and business services (16 percent) and education and health services (15 percent),” says Jordan Niefeld, a CPA, certified financial planner, and investment advisor at Raymond James in Aventura. “With companies like ExxonMobil, Sony, IBM, Cisco Systems, Caterpillar, and Johnson & Johnson locating their Latin American headquarters in Miami, that number will continue to shift.”

And, of course, there have been those rumors about Facebook setting up shop in Wynwood.

Miami’s development in recent years into a well-rounded city has attracted big spenders looking to get in on the action. The Knight Frank 2015 Wealth Report’s Global Cities Survey recently revealed that only two US cities ranked in the top 10 for global investment—New York and Miami, which, according to Jacob Roffman, principal of 13th Floor Investments, means that investment in Miami should remain. In fact, 28 of Florida’s total 42 billionaires list South Florida specifically as their primary residence, according to Forbes’s World’s Billionaires list of 2015. Billionaires tend to know something about where to live, invest, and work.

“Miami continues to mature as a city and is, today, far more than simply a gateway to Latin America—it is a gateway to the world, and a magnet for highimpact investment,” says Roffman. “Miami is a safe and secure place for foreign investors to put their money.”

On a small-business scale, though, Miami is a land of opportunity as well. Stacy Josloff, owner of Pure Therapy and designer of Inca Swimwear, opened a retail store in Miami Beach six years ago but planned to move back to New York after the first year. “One year passed. Two years passed. Now we’re on year seven,” she says. “I always thought that New York was the place that I’d live and die in, but in Manhattan, if your last name isn’t Rockefeller, it’s hard to be an entrepreneur. If you retain the work ethic and business mind that you had in New York and bring it down here, there is opportunity to grow and be successful.”

Dr. Schiffman echoes that sentiment. “In New York, you have 50 million dermatologists with their own skincare lines and TV shows,” he says. “You can be part of that, but you’re just one of many. Here, there is a sense that all goals can be achieved if you put your mind to it.”

In Miami, doctors, lawyers, artists, and businesspeople of all kinds are achieving career milestones that less than a decade ago seemed impossible. The idea of working where others vacation is no longer a pipe dream but instead a reality as Miami morphs into the city that Schiffman hoped it could be back when he was a college student. “My practice is growing at a phenomenal pace, I met the love of my life, and I’m on the water nearly every weekend,” he says. “It’s a pretty nice life.”

Which basically proves if you can make it here, you don’t need to make it anywhere else.

How we can use music to fuel the movement!

Happy Thursday All!

We wanted to just remind everyone that movement and dance are spaces that allow us to not only express ourselves but come together to create space between one another and create joy within that space! Be sure to applaud and celebrate the organizations and individuals who are holding this spaces.

The article below was shared from the Miami New Times.


As founder of one of Miami’s most popular Latin dance studios, Rene Gueits just might be the Magic City’s number-one salsa lover. But in 2001, Gueits took his pasión del ritmo and his dance company Salsa Lovers to another level by kicking off the Miami Salsa Congress.

“I attended the first congress in Puerto Rico in 1997,” Gueits recalls. “I was invited to teach Miami-style casino/Miami-style rueda around the world. I was in Holland with Albert Torres [coproducer of the global salsa congresses]. I told him I wanted to do the first Miami congress, and I asked him to help me out.”

One year into the new millennium, Gueits, Torres, and like-minded dancers from el mundo entero congaed their way to the 305 for the inaugural Miami Salsa Congress. Fourteen years later, MSC is still rumbiando its way through the city.

And for 2015, the five-day pachanga will take over the Deauville Beach Resort from July 29 to August 2 with 120 hours of nonstop rueda y son action, including dance workshops, tribute concerts to Cheo Feliciano and other salsa giants, a Club Mystique reunion, and a performance by legendary salsero Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta.

Salsa may be one of the first things that come to mind when people think of Miami, but as Gueits points out, with the number of salsa congresses that go down around the world, it’s obvious that el baile is a global phenomenon.

“There are [salsa congresses] in Bulgaria, South Africa, Sweden, Rome, Norway, Japan — it’s huge in India, Dubai, and Turkey,” he explains. “It has grown. After the salsa congress in Puerto Rico [in 1997], they started moving them around. Let’s say someone from Israel came to the conference; they would bring it to their city.”

Gueits credits the globalization of salsa (aside from its catchy beats and mesmerizing hip action) to Cuba’s Communist regime and the thousands of citizens who fled the island in search of political asylum: “There are a lot of Cubans who live in Europe. Since then, salsa started growing. It’s an explosion.”

The aforementioned Willie Rosario, who turned a sprightly 85 years old last month and will celebrate a half-century of música at this year’s MSC, has a different take on salsa’s expansion.

“The word ‘salsa’ is like an umbrella,” the timbales maestro explains. “It carries many rhythms. For instance, I used to play [different variations of salsa like] guaguancó, guaracha — those were classified individually, but they all originated in Cuba and fall under salsa. It’s one of those rhythms that are known all over the world.

“The question of change,” he continues, “there hasn’t been much. In [the mid- to late-’80s], there was romantic salsa — those, like Gilberto Santa Rosa and Rey Ruiz, who emerged from an orchestra as a soloist — but there isn’t much of a difference because the rhythm and percussion is the same.”

While Rosario believes salsa’s permanence has a lot to do with its commitment to el ritmo, he looks at the past to really understand its international reach.

“The Fania All-Stars helped a lot,” he says, “but in the era of mambo — which falls under that umbrella of salsa — Americans knew a lot about it. There was a famous club in New York, the Palladium. A lot of movie stars, like Marlon Brando, would all go there to see mambo,” thus turning it into a global trend, one that has never gone out of style.

But Gueits’ mission isn’t to find a textbook explanation for salsa’s global influence. Instead, his purpose is to keep salsa alive in the Magic City para la gente.

“People like ourselves who live in Miami, we take being Latin for granted,” he admits. “In Europe, they all wanna be Latino. At the congress, you’ll see a lot of Europeans wearing their guayaberas. We take salsa for granted. But salsa is very big. It’s a multibillion-dollar business.”

More than about el dinero, though, the MSC “is so much about keeping a culture alive,” Gueits says.

“Salsa is still kicking butt,” he laughs. “When I was a little kid, I used to dance at my family’s parties. They would put on Celia Cruz, El Gran Combo [de Puerto Rico], Willy Chirino — that’s always stayed in my blood. I have a passion for it. I’m keeping it alive.”

The 14th-Annual Miami Salsa Congress. Produced by Salsa Lovers. Wednesday through Sunday, July 29 through August 2, at the Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-865-8511;deauvillebeachresortmiami.com. Weekend party, workshop, and full-day passes cost $85 to $320 plus fees. Visit miamisalsacongress.com.

Great Exhibit to Put on your Calendar!


Hi Everyone, We love to create awareness around art that creates a platform for us to both celebrate the diversity in our community and the history and those that create new options and places & spaces for us all to come together


This article is Shared from Miami New Times:

Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in collaboration with Tico Torres

Few cities embody the American dream like Miami. For decades, Cubans seeking refuge have made Miami their own, leaving a lasting legacy enriched with culture from their homeland. A new exhibit at MDC Museum of Art + Design celebrates the nostalgia, success, and triumph of this singular immigrant experience. “Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the Lens of Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in Collaboration With Tico Torres” inaugurates the new Cultural Legacy Gallery, a permanent space dedicated to the impact of Cuban culture on South Florida and throughout the world, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College (600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). The exhibit features iconic photographs of Cuban figures living away from the island, from performers and designers to writers and artists. “Cuba Out of Cuba” was shot over the past 20 years in Miami, New York, London, Paris, Florence, Venice, and Los Angeles. The photos and keepsakes highlight the legacies of Celia Cruz, Bebo Valdés, Gloria Estefan, Cristina Saralegui, Andy Garcia, Cundo Bermudez, Nilo Cruz, and Paquito D’Rivera, among other Cubans who have culturally influenced generations. “Cuba Out of Cuba” will be on display through August 30, 2015.


Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Call 305-237-7700 or visit mdcmoad.org.

Where to Be: 7/17-7/23

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!

Swashbucklin Swing Dance 7/17/15

Swashbucklin Swing Dance
Friday, 07/17/2015 – 07/18/2015 08:00 pm – 12:00 am
VK Dance
3363 NE 163rd St,
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $10 Advance, $15 At the Door

Come on out and dance with us on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month!

To celebrate this summer’s latest installment of our favorite pirate film series, we’re hosting a Swashbucklin’ Swing Dance! Dress up as your favorite pirate.

If you’ve never tried Swing dancing before, this is the perfect night for you! Take the lesson and let the dancing and merriment begin! No partner is necessary! We recommend that you wear comfortable footwear that won’t fly off your feet so you can dance with us all night.

Bring your own refreshments or donate $1-2 per refreshment.

8:00p-9:00p Introduction to Swing Lesson
9:00p-12:00a Social Dance
East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Blues

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


National Ice Cream Day at Concrete Beach Brewery 7/19/15

National Ice Cream Day at Concrete Beach Brewery
Sunday, 07/19/2015 – 02:00 pm – 06:00 pm
CBB-July-Events-FB-share-iceConcrete Beach Brewery
1000 Lincoln Rd,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link

We’re pairing 2 of your favorite treats- ice cream & beer!
You feel that summer heat? We do too! Head into Concrete Beach Brewery between 2-6pm on July 19th as we cool down with Ice Cream Beer Floats ($7). We can’t think of a better way to beat the heat!











Trivial Poursuit at Concrete Beach Brewery 7/23/15

Trivial Poursuit at Concrete Beach Brewery
Thursday, 07/23/2015 – 07/23/2015 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
cbb-weekly-events-trivia-shareConcrete Beach Brewery
325 NW 24 St,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link

Trivial Poursuit at Concrete Beach Brewery
Every Thursday
Brush up on your trivia while we pour you a pint! Do you have an endless supply of trivia knowledge? Grab your friends and head to Concrete Beach Brewery as Trivia Factory challeng-es your team every week to see who knows the most trivia. Prizes awarded to the winning team!

Overtown residents voice concern over Miami Worldcenter

There is an indelible struggle between city developers trying to develop, modernize, and raise the value of property and residents of these areas seek to maintain reasonable housing prices. The new Miami Worldcenter has received approval for a prelimenary funding of $1.7 billion. However there is a lot of negative response by residents–including jobs going to workers outside the neighborhood and city and rising property values. In an article by Ben Kennedy, more is explained about the benefits and negatives in the proposed Worldcenter.

Overtown residents voice concern over Miami Worldcenter

The Miami Worldcenter is one step closer to becoming a reality after Miami-Dade County commissioners gave the $1.7 billion project preliminary approval.

Overtown residents packed the Miami-Dade County government center Tuesday morning to voice their concerns with the project.

The nearly $2 billion project will transform the Magic City and connect Museum Park to the proposed downtown train station, 1 million square feet of retail space, new hotels and condominiums.

“It’s hard for people in the communities where these developments are happening to have more of a say,” said Phillip Agnew.

The commission will vote Tuesday on the community development district.

“It means that we are allowing the developer to charge the people that are going to be part of the development, whoever is renting it, etc. to have an extra fee so that they can pay for infrastructure,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “Today, Miami-Dade County is not giving any tax dollars to this developer.”

The project is set to create 20,000 construction jobs and thousands of full-time work.

Some residents want developers to lock down competitive wages that can sustain people in their community.

“What we want is in the contract that the permanent jobs will have quality wages and that they will be able to unionize,” said Agnew.

Jay Massirman on real estate, crowdfunding and savvy development strategies

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Jay Massirman has been in real estate for 30 years.

Starting in 1986, Massirman worked as a commercial broker at CBRE. Then, in 2008, when he saw a market ripe with opportunity, he became an investor and developer. His first focus was on fractured condo and single-family projects that went belly-up during the financial crisis.

His development firm, Rivergate Companies, today focuses on multifamily projects and building urban infill self-storage facilities. With partners Stephen Garchik and Steve McBride, Massirman runs Miami City Self Storage. The company has snapped up six plots of land across Miami-Dade County in the last two years for about $12 million.

Massirman has also formed a partnership with KW Property Management and Consulting to manage multifamily and commercial properties in Florida and North Carolina.

A big believer in the promise of technology to enhance real-estate development, Massirman has experimented with crowdfunding a rental project in Orlando. He answered questions from the Miami Herald on the future of his companies and South Florida’s real-estate market via email. Here is an interview by the Miami Herald’s Nicholas Nehamas. Article here. 

Q: What trends led you to believe that self-storage would be a good investment in Miami? What are your future plans for that area?

A: Having developed storage in the previous cycle, the timing felt right. My partners Steve Garchik and Steve McBride, veteran storage developers from D.C. and NYC, got together in early 2013 to form a joint venture to build urban infill, high-end self-storage facilities. We found that little self-storage building had taken place in the last 10 years. With the continued growth and expansion of South Florida, it was the opportune time to ramp up our self-storage effort. Currently, we have five deals under construction and 13 deals in process. Our plans are to build out the South Florida market with the best sites we can acquire. Our leading-edge designs have been favorably accepted by most municipalities we have targeted. We are in active discussions to scale our footprint beyond South Florida.

Q: You’ve expressed interest in crowdfunding real-estate developments. How successful has that innovation been?

A: We crowdfunded an apartment community in Orlando with EarlyShares and got a very strong reception from investors. I believe crowdfunding will continue to gain market acceptance for raising capital from both accredited and non-accredited investors. We will continue to explore this emerging marketplace.

Q: Genting has been extremely quiet about its plans for the old Miami Herald site. What do you think is the best use for that land?

A: The Genting land is located in the epicenter of Miami at the confluence of downtown, Edgewater and Miami Beach. The original plan was oriented toward gambling, but its timeline regarding legalization is unknown. I am sure they are working on the strategic plan for their holdings, which could encompass a resort, office, hospitality, condos, retail and beyond. The challenge will be how to integrate this into the competitive landscape with Worldcenter, Midtown, Design District, Brickell City Centre, to name a few.

Q: Where do you think we are in the current real-estate cycle?

A: The South Florida market has been at full tilt since the market reignited in 2010. First, it was the distress wave, which lasted a couple of years morphing into a robust development market for condominiums and luxury rental communities, which is reaching peak levels. Acquisitions are getting pretty tight due to cap rate compression. Current trends in development include mixed-use, urban infill development and high-street retail. It feels like we are in mid-cycle, and the fear of a rise in interest rates is looming. That said, we are truly a unique economy driven by international focus, the emerging tech industry, port expansion, convention center expansion and airport expansion, to name a few major infrastructure projects. Include the arts, professional sports, gentrifying urban markets, and it all spells a very exciting time to be a part of the globalization of Miami.

Q: What under-exposed neighborhoods should developers be targeting next? What kind of developments does Miami need more of?

A: We have seen frantic activity in Wynwood, Little River, downtown Miami, Miami River and Edgewater. I think sticking to these markets and looking for second-generation and backfill opportunities will be a viable strategy. We are in the process of rolling out a platform to explore these opportunities.

Q: Miami is one of the most expensive cities in the country for renters. Why are rents so high compared to incomes? And what can be done to help address this problem?

A: The main factors involved here are high land values, availability of prime sites for rental and construction costs. Couple that with the fact the condo developers have paid a premium on a per-unit basis for land and that we have seen a “land rush” in the last few years — it complicates matters. This makes building affordable rentals virtually out of reach. The affordable housing developers in town just can’t get enough tax credits allocated to meet the rising demand. Affordability is a significant issue in Miami-Dade County. There is a growing need for affordable, clean, safe housing for the people that make our economy function, including teachers, firefighters, police, restaurant, clerical, government, hospitality, retail and domestic workers as an example. These individuals make up the fabric of our economy, and it is a struggle for them to build savings when over half of their earnings goes to rent. Solutions include creating more workforce housing just outside the urban core on less expensive land. These projects will need subsidies to get the numbers to work inclusive of: tax-exempt bond financing, increased allocation of tax credits to urban Miami-Dade County, streamlining of the HUD 221-d4 program, and tax-increment financing, for instance.

Q: Why did you see an opportunity in property management, and where have you directed your resources? How pleased are you with the new venture?

A: Rivergate Management started as a multifamily acquisition platform for its own assets, as well as third-party industry relationships in 2008. In early 2013, I was introduced to Robert White and Paul Kaplan, both CPAs and the founders of KW Property Management & Consulting. In just 10 years, they have built their condo-management business to 60,000 + units and are one of the leading service providers in that industry. They laid out their vision to duplicate their success on the rental side of the business, and Rivergate | KW Management was conceived as a separate entity. Currently, Rivergate | KW Management has close to 10,000 units in the management pipeline, including 2 million square feet of commercial. Our resources are focused on hiring the best people in the business to grow this company into an industry leader. I am very fortunate to have great partners in all of my entities.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/biz-monday/article26934190.html#storylink=cpy

Where to Be: 7.10.15 to 7.16.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!

Friday, July 10th

Environmental Impact Film Festival at Colony1 Wynwood 

Environmental Impact Film Festival at Colony1 Wynwood
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
10669216_494909147324494_1300123289158054586_oColony 1
550 NW 22nd St,
Miami, Florida 33127
Facebook Link
Cost: –

SIMA and Colony1 bring you:


July 10, 2015 – International Film Festival, SIMA, partners with local non-profit, Art of Cultural Evolution, to host SIMA MIAMI, a 3 day festival featuring award-winning impact films from around the world, July 10-12, 2015

With stories from Ghana, Cambodia, Mexico, Iceland, England and the US – SIMA Miami gives conscious citizens and documentary enthusiasts a platform to share and inspire ideas, mobilize support for causes, and generate discussions about global issues in their own community through the power film.

Saturday, July 11th

Learn about nutrition with Short Chef 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

short-chef-Arts-CalendarLauderhill Mall Branch Library
4257 Northwest 12th Street,
Lauderhill, Florida 33313
Webpage Link
Cost: FREE

Kids learn about new foods and vegetables from a culinary expert with a hands-on rewarding experience that creates new healthy eating behavior.

Sunday, July 12th

8th Annual Miami Takeover 2015

WK&F Group and VP Productions Travel Presents the 8th Annual Miami Takeover Experience

Like-Minded Urban Professionals Party with a Purpose
Miami, FL-The 8th Annual Miami Takeover Experience will take place in sunny South Beach from July 9-13, 2015. Attendees will enjoy seven signature events at Miami’s premiere entertainment spots. The host hotels for this year’s Takeover include the SLS South Beach, the Aloft South Beach and the Cantina Hotel & Beach Club.

Over 3,000 visitors from Pennsylvania, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia are expected to participate in Miami Takeover along with the 92,000 visitors expected in Miami that weekend. In the past, Miami Takeover has hosted notable personalities such as Trey Songz (R&B singer), Sanaa Lathan (Actress), Dave Chappelle (Comedian), Doug E. Fresh (Rapper/Celebrity Host) and MC Lyte (Celebrity DJ/Rapper), just to name a few.

Monday, July 14th

MAMP Labs Workshop

Art + Tech Connection: Leveraging the Power of Local Tech and Startups.

Join us for an interactive, forward thinking discussion on exploring ways in which we can connect local arts to the tech boom of Miami.

Tuesday, July 15th

A Taste of Haiti at NSU Art Museum Cafe 7/15/15

12:00 pm – 01:30 pm
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
None Link

A Taste of Haiti:
The Café at the NSU Art Museum has added new Danish and Haitian items themed to our newest exhibitions; War Horses: Helhesten and the Danish Avant-Garde During World War II and From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography. As such, the museum will introduce these news selections with two FREE tastings. Join us for a lunch tasting of A Taste of Haiti featuring the following dishes:
• Pain Patate (Haitian Sweet Potato Bread)
• Soup Joumou (Squash Soup)
• Haitian Passion Fruit Cupcakes

Wednesday, July 16th

“Starry Nights” at NSU Art Museum 

The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will begin offering free admission to the public every Thursday night starting July 2 from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Patrons are invited to come experience breathtaking exhibitions, thought-provoking lectures and fascinating films. The Museum Café will also be featuring two for one beer and wine specials as well as a light tapas menu.
Starry Nights is a reoccurring event that will happen every Thursday night through September 3. For additional information and complete list of summer events, visit nsuartmuseum.org or call 954-525-5500.

Thursday, July 17th

U.S. Brazil Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast

Date/Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel
1633 N. Bayshore Drive
Miami, FL 33132

Contact Person: info@multiculturaltourism.com

Phone Number: 954-792-2579




Miami Teens Breaking Down Social Silos

We are so excited to see our younger generations acting as leaders and role models in our city’s discussion about gender and equality. This article was release this morning in the Miami New Times. When leadership is taken on my youth it holds all of us more accountable for our actions.


Jazz Jennings, whose TLC docuseries I Am Jazz premieres Wednesday

Jazz Jennings, whose TLC docuseries I Am Jazz premieres Wednesday
Courtesy of TLC

There have been few stories as widely discussed in recent months as Caitlyn Jenner’s journey from Olympic gold-medal-winning male track star to transgender woman. In June, as Vanity Fair’s cover made its rounds online, South Florida native Jazz Jennings sensed her own life would never be the same. The 14-year-old transgender girl, who was assigned male at birth, is an activist for trans rights and a voice for trans youth. She says Jenner is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to the trans community.

“She’s opened her doors for others to learn by watching her,” Jennings says. “It’s certainly impacting my life. When I have to explain to people that I’m trans, I’ll just say I’m a younger version of Caitlyn Jenner.”

Jennings herself has been a face for the trans community since 2007, when, at age 6, she appeared as transgender in a20/20 interview with Barbara Walters. Now she’s about to go even more public about her journey, with a TLC show set to launch next week. I Am Jazz premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m.

The show will invite viewers into Jennings’ home and family life, introducing her parents Greg and Jeanette, sister Ari, and twin brothers Griffen and Sander. It will show Jennings’ typical teenage life, which includes a passion for soccer and art.

“I’m going to show everyone that I’m just like any other teenager,” she says, “except for the fact that I happen to be transgender.”

But it will also explore how she has battled the dark moments in her life and how she is fighting to change perceptions around trans youth.

Jennings was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at age 3. She first presented as a girl at age 5, but not everyone was immediately accepting. After the United States Soccer Federation would not allow her to play on girls’ teams, her parents fought a two-and-a-half-year battle, which resulted in the USSF changing its policies to allow trans students to play on their gender-identified team. And she has faced her share of harsh words and bullies.

“Over the years, I’ve tried to ignore the bullies at school,” she says. “I surround myself with friends who love and support me… I remind myself that what others think doesn’t matter.”

For her outspoken activism, Jennings was named one of Time‘s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014 and was the youngest person ever featured on Out’s Out 100 and the Advocate‘s 40 Under 40 lists. She is a spokesmodel for Clean & Clear’s “See the Real Me” digital campaign and the winner of Equality Florida’s 2014’s Voice for Equality Award. Last year, a children’s biographical picture book was published about her life. And she has her own mermaid tail company, Purple Rainbow Tails, which raises money for transgender children.

“I want other transgender kids to know that they aren’t alone and should be proud of themselves for having the courage to live as their authentic selves,” she says.

That’s her hope for I Am Jazz, which comes on the heels of unprecedented change in the LGBT community in the United States.

“It’s obvious now that things are improving for the LGBT community and that our country is more progressive than ever,” she says. “I truly hope the positive energy resonates with others who want to find out more about transgender youth too.”

Miami for Who?





Photo by Jason Sha’ul | MNT Flickr Poll

Today, Miami New Times released the article below focusing on the increase in the cost of living for Miami residents and the growing economic disparity in the city. As our city continues to allow ‘development’ via these luxury large scaled projects, we have to ask the question, Miami for who?

Read the full article below:


It should be well established by now that the single biggest economic issues facing average residents of South Florida is the fact that while rents continue to rise unabated, our paychecks remain relatively low. As a result, Miamians spend a higher percentage of their annual income on rent than almost all other Americans.

Recently, 24/7 Wall Street researched the most expensive city to live in each of the 50 states. It should be of little surprise that the Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach metropolitan area is the most expensive in the state. It also probably shouldn’t be too shocking that of those 50 cities, only the residents of three others make less on average each year than South Floridians.

To come to its conclusions, 24/7 Wall Street first looked at the cost of living in each state based on price level data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. This is expressed as an index in which 100 represents the national average. Miami’s is 105.1 (the index in all of Florida is 98.8). They also looked into the median income and the median rent paid.

Here’s what the site has to say about the Miami metro area:

 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida
> City cost of living: 105.0
> State cost of living: 98.8
> City median rent paid: $1,120
> City median household income: $46,946Compared to the national average price level, it costs about 5% more to live in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. The median rent of $1,120 is considerably higher than the state and national rents. Unlike many other expensive areas, incomes in the metro area are less than proportionate. More than 54% of renting households pay more than 35% of their income in rent. Statewide, 48.2% of renting households pay this much in rent — the highest percentage in the country. With some of the most visited beaches in the nation, many residents may be willing to pay a larger share of their income to live in the area.

Yep, though overall high costs of living may not be a statewide issue, residents paying a large proportion of their income on rent is a problem. And it’s much more pronounced in South Florida.

Oh, and, hint to 24/7 Wall Street: Having nice beaches nearby isn’t really making the working class feel better about the situation.

The problem becomes especially pronounced when you look at the median rent and the median household income in the other expensive metro areas. Only three have lower median household incomes than South Florida.
  • In New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana, the median income is just $45,981, but the cost of living is lower than the national average, and residents there pay, on average, just $908 in rent.
  • In Jackson, Mississippi, they make a median $43,611. However, Mississippi is the least expensive state in the nation in which to live, and median rent there is just $776.
  • The median household income in Charleston, West Virginia, is $45,251, but cost of living there is astonishingly cheap, and median rent is just $644.

The national median household income, by the way, is $52,250. In the report, 33 of the 50 cities listed have median household incomes higher than that.

This isn’t anything new.

We already know the average Miami household spends about 43.2 percent on rent, the second-highest rate of any major city in America.

If you want to rent a one-bedroom apartment in the City of Miami, it’ll cost you about $1,800 month.

You are also more than likely renting, because 65 percent of Miami households rent, the highest percentage anywhere in America.

Miami-Dade is also the fifth least affordable market for renters.

The county also leads the nation in millennials who still live at home (and it’s more than just because of a Latin cultural thing).

Of course, if you still want to live in some other fancy American city, you can find some comparative deals. Rent in the Atlanta area is only $947. Portland: just $969. You could try the other Portland, in Maine, too. It’s $902.

Where to Be July 3-July 9

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!

1940s USO Swing Dance 7/3/15

1940s USO Swing Dance
Friday, 07/03/2015 – 07/04/2015 08:00 pm – 12:00 am
3363 NE 163rd St,
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $10 Advance, $15 At the Door

Come on out and dance with us on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month!

Celebrate the 4th of July a day early at our 1940s Style USO Swing Dance. Dress in Red, White, & Blue, 40s style, or wear a uniform from your favorite branch of military service.

If you’ve never tried Swing dancing before, this is the perfect night for you! Take the lesson and let the dancing and merriment begin! No partner is necessary! We recommend that you wear comfortable footwear that won’t fly off your feet so you can dance with us all night.

Bring your own refreshments, or donate $1 or $2 per refreshment.

8:00p-9:00p Introduction to Swing Lesson
9:00p-12:00a Social Dance
East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Blues


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

Saturday July 4th

4th of July Barbeque 7/4/15

4th of July Barbeque
Saturday, 07/04/2015 – 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
invite4JULYNEWFresh American Bistro
17315 Collins Ave,
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Fresh American Bistro announces its 4th of Julycelebration with an all-American barbeque. The menu, curated by Fresh American Bistro’s Executive Chef Philippe Ruiz, offers a creative twist on all-American favorites including pork and beef sliders, Baby Back Ribs and macaroni and cheese. Guests will enjoy live music while watching classic American films screened on the projector. Additional fun will include a build-your-own strawberry shortcake bar and sparklers station. Jim Beam and will be serving up classic American cocktails including Bourbon Lemonade.





Thursday July 9th

Film: La Belle Vie: The Good Life 7/9/15

Film: La Belle Vie: The Good Life
Sunday, 07/09/2015 – 06:00 pm – 08:30 pm
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
None Link
Cost: Free with admission

La Belle Vie: The Good Life is a story about a Haitian-American filmmaker, Rachelle Salnave’s journey to discover her Haitian roots by examining the complexities of the Haitian society as it pertains to the overall political and economic dichotomy in Haiti. Using her own personal family stories interconnected with capturing the voices of Haitians and experts overall, this film chronologically uncovers the rationale behind its social class system but also how it has affected the Haitian American migration experience as well.

Free with admission. RSVP: email or 954-262-0204.

Art and Business. Cuba and Miami.

Often what happens in Cuba effects life 300 miles away in Miami. Nora Gamez Torres of the Miami Herald sat down with Jorge Perez to discuss the reopening of Cuba-US relations and how Miami’s and Cuba’s eminent art scenes will complement to each other and contribute to the growth of both epicenters of iconic art. See the article below to read the interview in full.

After trip to Cuba, Jorge Pérez talks art and business


Miami developer and arts patron Jorge Pérez, chairman of The Related Group, recently returned from the Havana Biennial art festival. It was his second trip to the island.

“We’ve been trying to open the gates of communication between Havana and Miami through art, which is apolitical most of the time: It doesn’t have anything to do with politics and is only an exchange of ideas,” he said in an interview with el Nuevo Herald.

Here is a translated excerpt from that interview.

Q. You’re helping Cuban artists “break the ice” in regards to U.S.-Cuba relations?

A. First, it’s magnificent for Cuban artists to be recognized internationally. Curators, museum heads, gallery owners from all over the world, attended the Biennial. The Galeria Continuo, an Italian gallery among the best in the world, is going to set up an office in Havana. They represent great international artists, also Carlos Garaicoa, who is one of the Cuban artists who has found the most success outside of the island. For Cuban artists, it’s very important. We bought several pieces for the PAMM, nothing political, very abstract.

Q. Stephen Ross, who co-founded The Related Group with you, made headlines upon his return to Cuba and his announcement that he didn’t see great investing opportunities there. Do you share this opinion?

A. Neither Steve Ross nor myself held any meetings with Cuban officials to decide or learn if they’re promoting real estate or not. Those were just impressions from what he saw in Havana. What Steve said is, it will be a long time before he invests in Cuba because the infrastructure is in such bad condition.

Q. What would have to happen so that a group such as yours would decide to invest in Cuba?

A. I have a somewhat different opinion from Steve Ross. I think that countries and cities can change in a very rapid way. That’s what’s happening in Eastern Europe. If they opened the Cuban market completely, there could be changes quickly. As of now, even if I tell you that it’s good or bad to invest, it’s impossible to invest because it’s illegal. If you’re an American company, you can’t invest because of the embargo and because the Cuban government doesn’t allow private investments in that sector. If I wanted to sell condominiums in Cuba, which I don’t, I wouldn’t be able to be the owner of the property, so I wouldn’t be able to sell them.

I can’t even buy a house, so to talk about investing is something that right now doesn’t make sense because many things have to happen: first, for relations to open completely — and they haven’t even opened embassies yet; after that, for laws to be created for American investments to be able to become a reality. I wish that could be done quickly, but the truth is that it’s not something I see in the near future.

Personally, what I would like the most is to work on a project that would aid the historic rehabilitation of Havana. It’s a shame and it gives me tremendous sadness to see the precious buildings, to see a city, which could be the most beautiful in Latin America, falling apart and with very little money for renovations. I’d like a nonprofit to do something to help in that rehabilitation, which is so necessary.

Q. Do you have any plan designed for that rehabilitation?

A. No, we go to Cuba to see art, to immerse ourselves in art and in the people. With all the difficulties that there are, the people have always been kind to us. They treat you in a spectacular way; you feel at home. You go to other places in South America and Asia — especially where there’s a lot of poverty — and you’re looking at a house and they immediately close the door. In Cuba, they tell you come inside and the houses are in a state of disrepair and people give you a cup of coffee. They’re so amicable and it makes me feel so much pride to have Cuban ancestry.

I would love to be able to help, once relations between the countries open up, to be able to help in Cuba’s development and do so without making any money.

Q. Would the luxury hotel industry have potential in Cuba?

A. I think that if they allowed it, it would end tourism in the rest of the Caribbean because it has beautiful beaches, a polite people, an exceptional landscape, some of the most beautiful architecture in the Americas. It has everything tourists want.

The embargo doesn’t affect the United States, not even minimally; all of Cuba’s economy is smaller than that of Miami-Dade County, and the ones who suffer the most are Cubans. If you talk to them in the street, they’re the ones most interested in the opening of a free market in their country.

Q. Have you thought about how you can help re-urbanize Havana?

A. Yes, I’ve thought about it a lot. Like I told one of my friends, “I wish they would let me be the developer for all of this. I think I could change Havana in 10 or 20 years.”

Q. Many people are concerned that populations will be displaced in the process of urbanizing Havana.

A. Every time there are investments, there will be those who lose out. But I’m a capitalist and I believe that free investments are the best way to generate jobs and regenerate Havana. If the government didn’t want to lose the properties, they could do a long-term lease. Whether they’re going to change laws to allow this, that I don’t know. I’m not involved in politics but I would love for it to happen. I’ve opposed the embargo for a long time. I think it doesn’t help anyone except for the Cuban government and certain political sectors in Miami. It damages the Cuban people.

Q. This is the second time you’ve visited Cuba. What were the greatest changes between your first trip in 2012 and your recent visit?

A. There’s good and bad. The good: a lot of private industry, more little places to eat, more little hotels. The bad: too much destruction. Visiting is both happy and sad at the same time, but I love to go, I love to go dancing there. We went to the House of Music, to a small but very impressive jazz place. There are problems in those places because there’s a slew of women standing outside them who I imagine that for a little amount of money … those are problems that happen in poverty.

Q. But with this level of poverty, luxury condominiums seem to be part of a faraway future?

A. If they opened things up and I could build a luxury condominium in Vedado, I would sell them in two hours here in Miami. Cubans in Miami would be the first to buy. In Miami, 80 percent of the people we sell to are foreigners. Havana is a city very similar to Miami. … There’s good music, good theater, good ballet.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/biz-monday/article25650241.html#storylink=cpy

Closing the Tech Gap between The Caribbean and Miami

There is a no doubt that a technology gap has long been established between the US and it’s close Caribbean neighbors. With only a few hundred miles of ocean between the US and the Caribbean, the technology gap seems like it is decades apart. Molly Duffy of the Miami Herald, writes about a conference that seeks to bridge technology gap between Caribbean and Miami.

Conference seeks to bridge technology gap between Caribbean, Miami


Entrepreneurs and businesspeople from Caribbean and African nations encouraged each other to drive the technological change their countries need at Miami Caribbean Code’s first Regional Tech Summit on Thursday in the Design District.

“Technology is just a thing that should be there to help us solve social problems, solve market problems, solve market demand needs,” said Natalie Cofield, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, during her keynote speech. She urged attendees to invest in their home countries and then “go home and do business.”

“If we don’t believe in our community enough to go back in and create a solution for them,” she said, “we’ll be upset that somebody else came and did.”

Billions of dollars travel from the U.S. to the Caribbean and Africa, Cofield said. “So why can’t it flow on distribution channels that are created by the very people who are putting billions into the system?”

The conference was designed to bring focus on the need for technology advances in the Caribbean, said Eveline Pierre, co-founder of Miami Caribbean Code, dedicated to bridging the technological gap between the Caribbean and Miami. About 75 attended.

Technology can address a myriad of problems — including government accountability, access to education, energy security and public health access — facing both South Florida and the Caribbean, said Brian Fonseca, director of operations for the Applied Research Center at Florida International University.

“The Caribbean has suffered for a long time from constant brain drain. Intellectuals leave the Caribbean and move into markets that have better quality of life. And that’s just sad because we lose this intellectual power that we should be sustaining in our own communities,” Fonseca said.

Panelists throughout the day discussed technology’s influence on education, social impact, connectivity and economies. Addressing the problems in these areas begins with more access to technologies, panelists said.

“We have not spoken about new technology that does not exist in the world,” said Nehama Bikovsky, president of Maritime Consulting Enterprise. “However, when we go to the Caribbean, oftentimes we see that this not-amazing-anymore technology is still not there.”

As some technology reaches Cuba, Jason Ibarra, chapter director of Startup Grind Miami, cautioned attendees to “be a little cynical” about the rate of progress there. Despite growing internet access, costs are still relatively astronomical, he said.

“I spend personally about 1 percent of my income on broadband internet,” Ibarra said. “If [Cuban citizens] spent 1 percent on broadband internet, they would have 10 minutes a month.”

Rent Through the Roof

Good news: Business is booming in South Florida. Bad news: housing prices are soaring. Comparitive to San Fransisco, Miami rental prices are very similar. But why? In an article published by NBC6, Jennifer Peltz summarizes a recent study conducted on rental prices across the US.

Is Rent Out of Reach? Study Shows How 11 US Cities, Including Miami, Stack Up

From Boston to Miami, New York to Los Angeles, more than half of tenants are paying what experts consider unaffordable rents, says a report by New York University’s Furman Center, which studies real estate and urban policy, and bank Capital One, which is a leading affordable-housing lender and financed the research.

While various housing experts have noted such trends, the study zooms in on 11 of the nation’s most populous cities. Overall, it’s a portrait of increasing competition and often slipping affordability, but the picture isn’t universally bleak and looks noticeably different from city to city.

“The study brings into light the limited options there are for renters,” Capital One community finance chief Laura Bailey says.


The study analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from 2006 to 2013 on the central cities of the 11 most populous U.S. metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.


As of 2013, most residents were renters in nine of the 11 cities, all except for Atlanta and Philadelphia, compared with five in 2006. At least 60 percent of residents are now tenants, rather than owners, in Boston, L.A., New York and Miami. Nationwide, about 35 percent of people rented in 2013, up from 31 percent in 2006, the Census Bureau says.

Experts trace much of the rise in renting to the 2008 mortgage and financial crisis, which left some people unable and others reluctant to own homes. And when rent becomes a stretch, leaving less income to save toward homeownership, “it’s a reinforcing cycle,” Furman Center faculty director Ingrid Gould Ellen says.

But other factors may include home-downsizing within the giant and aging baby boom generation and hefty college debt that slows some young people’s saving for a home purchase.


In each city, the amount of rental housing grew faster than any rise in owner-occupied homes. In fact, the data suggest some homes were converted to rentals.

Nonetheless, the vacancy rate declined everywhere except Miami and Washington, where increases were slight. San Francisco surpassed New York for the title of tightest rental market: New York’s 3.8 percent vacancy rate was the lowest in 2006, but by 2013 San Francisco had the floor with a mere 2.5 percent. New York, L.A. and Boston were hovering around 3.5 percent. Atlanta, meanwhile, had the highest vacancy rate of the cities in the survey, at nearly 10 percent.


Amid growing demand and tight supply, median rents rose faster than inflation in all the cities but Dallas and Houston, where they were nearly flat. Washington’s median rent shot up by 21 percent over the seven years, to $1,307 a month. New York’s rose by 12 percent, to $1,228. The calculation is in inflation-adjusted for 2013 dollars, includes utilities and encompasses market-rate, rent-regulated and subsidized housing.

New York has about 1 million rent-regulated apartments, perhaps helping explain why it has a lower median rent than Washington, San Francisco ($1,491) and Boston ($1,263). Meanwhile, median rents were under $1,000 everywhere else except Los Angeles ($1,182).

But rents don’t tell the whole story of affordability: Renters’ median household incomes varied widely over the years. Housing experts like to gauge affordability by the percentage of income that goes to housing costs, with anything over 29 percent being rent-burdened. Over 49 percent is considered severely burdened.

On that scale, the landscape is uneven. The percentage of rent-burdened tenants grew in six cities while dropping in the rest, and the findings were full of seeming contradictions. San Francisco had the highest median rent but the lowest percentage of rent-burdened tenants, 45 percent; Miami had a far lower median rent, but 68 percent of tenants were burdened.

One reason: San Francisco renters’ median household income was $61,200 a year, nearly 1.5 times what their Miami counterparts made.


In each city, apartments that had come open within the last five years were less likely to be affordable to low- and middle-income tenants than apartments that hadn’t.

Where to Be May 29-June 4

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!

Friday May 29

Casino Night at Rubi Lounge
Friday, 05/29/2015 – 05/30/2015 10:00 pm – 05:00 am
IMG_9133RuBI Lounge
141 SW 7th St,
Miami, Florida 33130
Eventbrite Link
Cost: Complimentary Admission on David Garay’s VIP List Before 12am
Dress to Impress

Call/Txt 786-985-3520

Venue Description:
The new lounge in Brickell. Come and see this beautiful place that everybody is talking about.

Saturday, May 30

Tango Undressed by Miami Contemporary Dance Company 5/30/15

Tango Undressed by Miami Contemporary Dance Company
Saturday, 05/30/2015 – 08:00 pm –
Screen-Shot-2015-05-20-at-6.09.15-PMThe Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater
1700 Washington Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: Ticket Prices Vary $25-$55

The secret is out. Back by popular demand, Ray Sullivan’s critically acclaimed Tango Undressed, returns after five years to seduce its audience once again. Sullivan created Tango Undressed in his own voice of contemporary movement, “undressing tango” by bringing together couples and situations that veer greatly from traditional tango themes, transporting audiences to new, unbound places that are at once seductive, provocative and vulnerable. This exclusive two-night-only performance will include costumes and sets designed by internationally acclaimed designer, Jorge Gallardo.

Saturday, May 30th, 8 p.m. & 11 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $25-$55, and are available online at www.fillmoremb.com or miamicontemporarydance.net. For group rates and special discounts, contact JohnM@MIamiContemporaryDance.net.
*Parental Advisory: Brief Nudity*

Sunday May 31

National Kidney Foundation Cornhole Tournament 5/31/15

National Kidney Foundation Cornhole Tournament
Sunday, 05/31/2015 – 05:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Updated-Cornhole-flyerBlackbird Ordinary
729 SW 1st Ave,
Miami, Florida 33130
Eventbrite Link

Compete against your friends for a chance at Cornhole glory at the The National Kidney Foundation of Florida’s First Annual Cornhole Tournament! Your generous donation enters your team of 2 to compete in the double elimination tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams. 1st Prize will receive a Happy Hour party for 20 of your closest friends at Blue Martini in Brickell (valued at $1000).

Pre-registration – $40/team
Day of Registration – $60/team
Tournament Details
Bring Your Own Partner
Prize Consolation bracket for 0-2 teams
Prizes for Top 3 teams!
Prize for Most Creative Uniform
Drinks Specials from 5-8pm
Free T-shirt
Other Cornhole Skill Contests

Hosted by South Florida Cornhole

Monday June 1

Jokes in the Grove Mondays 6/1/15

Jokes in the Grove Mondays
Monday, 06/01/2015 – 06/01/2015 09:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Moes_FL8_ESPNMr. Moe’s
3131 Commodore Plaza,
Coconut Grove, Florida 3131 Commodore Plaza
Webpage Link
Cost: Suggested $5 Donation: 0.00

Here’s how you can beat those Monday blues and add in some laughs with an exclusive drink and food special.

All the local comics gather round this event and showcase what they’ve got for your laughing pleasure!

Drink ALL U CAN DRINK + 1 food item all for just $20 bucks during showtime…This deal is only during showtime!
So bring your friends and add an extra option to your Monday nightlife, see what Miami Comedy has to offer.

We know you will have a blast at our shows, we offer a FUNNY BACK GUARANTEE: if you are not laughing out loud or having a good time at one of our shows, we will BUY YOU A DRINK. If this doesn’t get you in on the fun, we will refund any entry donation, 100% hassle free!
Seeya there!

Share this with #MIAMICOMEDY and help the funny get into our city!

Downtown Miami Leasing Open House 6/2/15

Downtown Miami Leasing Open House
Tuesday, 06/02/2015 – 02:00 pm – 06:00 pm
OF Squared inviteOne Flagler
14 NE 1st ave Suite 1205,
Miami, Florida 33132
None Link
Cost: FREE

We invite you to stop by our showroom to experience a renovated Miami Icon on Flagler Street. One Flagler is a Morris Lapidus designed building that has undergone amazing renovations and is ready to represent the best of the Miami’s past and future.

One Flagler boasts 15 floors of boutique office condos and office space in the heart of downtown Miami within walking distance to restaurants, colleges, bars and shops. This is one of the best locations to do business in Miami hands down!

Come by as we will host all who come to the 12th floor of the downtown Icon and have food and drinks on us.

Please RSVP at mz@benchmarkrg.com

or jeremy@benchmarkrg.com

Come to 14 NE First ave Suite 1205 from 2pm to 6pm

Wednesday June 3

Marketing Strategies Workshop 6/3/15

Marketing Strategies Workshop
Wednesday, 06/03/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Workshop-May-27thThe Artisan Lounge
500 NE 1st Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: FREE

Have you been trying to take your art career to the next level? Do you find it difficult to market yourself because you’re too focused on your work? Then this workshop, provided by BEART, is just for you. BEART is an art project that develops innovative concepts to bring art to multiple spaces. Its strength in marketing and public relations allows to promote its artists to different audiences and encourage community interaction with art.

BEART represents emerging contemporary artists whose ingenious artwork is highly sought after by collectors and appreciated by the general public.BEART works with vision and perseverance to continue conquering spaces and strengthen the artistic network: artists, promoters, museums, businesses, communities, and collectors. BEART principles are creativity, innovation, ethics, and empathy.

BEART is run by Karina Matheus, BS/BA Social Communications (Audiovisual), Marketing and Business Specialist, and who also studied Arts & Photography in different academies in Venezuela.

Join us Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm in the Artisan Lounge for a great learning experience.

Thursday June 4

Taste of the Gables kicks off 8th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week 6/4/15

Taste of the Gables kicks off 8th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week
Thursday, 06/04/2015 – 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm
8198-CGtasteLogoWestin Colonnade Hotel
180 Aragon Ave,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: General admission is $30 online and $35 at the door. VIP tickets are $55 online and $65 at the door.

Art of Business and the Business of Art

In 2013, Miami-based artists Loriel Beltran, Aramis Gutierrez and Domingo Castillo became increasingly frustrated with the city’s arts scene, primarily because of what they perceived to be a lack of representation and discourse from local artists at the institutions founded by the city’s most prominent collectors.

With limited resources, the artists opened a humble arts space in Little Haiti called GUCCIVUITTON. The name was a happy accident, blurted out by chance during a brainstorming session. But it happens to capture the essence of Miami’s consumerism, from the fixation on high-end luxury to the fake-it-till-you-make-it knock-off culture.

GUCCIVUITTON functions on an unusual model. The collective operates a for-profit commercial gallery, but profit is hardly on their minds. Although they say making a profit would be nice, they’ve sometimes staged exhibitions where little or nothing is for sale.

Since opening their gallery, the founders have churned out a slate of exhibitions that focus on the colloquial aesthetics of South Florida artists while at the same time challenging perceptions of what is expected from South Florida artists. Among those showcased have been cutting-edge talents like ART 404, a post-Internet collective who have collaborated with the hacktivist group Anonymous to take down the websites of major art galleries including New York’s Gagosian and David Zwirner.

On the other end of the spectrum, the gallery has also shown works by established names like Purvis Young, the late African-American artist whose racially charged works captured the tumultuous, harsh experience of being black in Miami and also caught the eye of prominent collectors like the Rubells (who lent works for the show).

Despite being open just two years, GUCCIVUITTON is the subject of a museum show at the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami in the Design District. It’s highly unusual, and nearly unprecedented, for an artist-run space to be the subject of a museum show. ICA Miami Deputy Director and Chief Curator Alex Gartenfeld, however, believes the gallery has proven itself worthy with its programming.

“I approached them to exhibit at ICA Miami based on my interest in artists who ask critical questions about the relationships between art and commerce, and art and life in the city,” Gartenfield said.

The show itself is a mammoth undertaking, featuring more than 100 works by 30 artists (nearly all local). Interestingly, almost every work on display was previously featured in one of GUCCIVUITTON’s exhibitions but did not sell. The irony in having castoffs from past gallery shows become the darlings of a museum show is unmistakeable.

If the show’s scope isn’t enough to stretch the imagination, the setting will. The entire show takes place inside the ICA’s atrium, a lofty indoor room four stories high with an intersecting grid dividing up the space. Its height, lack of wall space and narrow beams make it a precarious and extraordinarily difficult space to install and curate exhibits.

Designed by Miami-based designer Jonathan Gonzalez’s firm Office GA, the show installation is inspired by the infrastructure of art storage. The mesh screens on which many of the works hang are commonly used to store art; the setting borrows direct inspiration from the storage system at the nearby Rubell Family Collection.

While the show features works from nearly every past exhibition at the gallery, the founders of GUCCIVUITTON deliberately wanted to distance the show from the gallery and instead focus on the artists on view. Works are viewed not by chronological order but rather grouped by size, much as a registrar might catalogue works.

The intricate arrangement allows for a bird’s-eye view of not only GUCCIVUITTON’s curatorial vision but also offers a snapshot of the Miami arts scene on its A-game. Joseriberto Perez’s paintings are rooted in abstraction but also utilize a regional visual vernacular of lush colors and dense patterns.

Perez isn’t the only person in the show inspired by the South Florida landscape; several works came from a previous exhibition on that same topic. The most haunting of these is by Scott Armetta, who renders our landscape in brooding, gothic colors.

Others have take their concepts of Miami to more conceptual spectra. Multimedia artist Hugo Montoya showcases of what appears to be a cracked slab of earth — really a wall of clay that he sourced from a historically segregated blacks-only beach in Key Biscayne. GUCCIVUITTON co-founder Beltran also contributed a wall to the show, though his was sourced from an actual wall of the former Locust Projects location, a contemporary art space formerly located in Wynwood. Here he digs wavy lines into the drywall to reveal the past exhibitions at the space, including layers of paint or murals from previous shows.

Some of the strongest works are from a previous exhibition on Haitian artists called “The Look” that showcased both established and emerging artists from the island nation. Artist Guyodo showcases a selection of scrappy “idols” made from materials such as blenders and gaudy craft materials, while Georges Liautaud shows off intricate, flat metal sculptures (including one of a cat that appears to be walking along the steel beams).

Surprisingly, the most unusual part of the show has nothing to do with the works on display. In a bold move on GUCCIVUITTON’s part, everything on view in the show is for sale, and both the gallery and the museum have made no attempts to hide it. In fact, anyone can go towww.guccivuitton.biz to see the works available and purchase them straight from the website.

In a mindset where showy success equals sellout, the very fact that GUCCIVUITTON is the subject of a museum show leads to the question: Is it, too, now passe? Its founders seem unconcerned. They intend to keep up the work they are doing at the gallery and consider this exhibition to be a side note — albeit a significant one — to their ongoing practice.

In fact, even with this gigantic museum exhibition taking place, they continue to show at their own space, this time with Cristina Lei Rodriguez, a multimedia artist who explores the materiality of art and material culture through a new body of functional art objects. The show itself also has a schedule of programs that will explore various themes in her artist practice.

Said gallery co-founder Gutierrez, “We literally got to do a wunderkammer of Florida culture, from our perspective at least.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/visual-arts/article21623025.html#storylink=cpy

Putting the Red Light on Miami’s Economy: How Traffic is Slowing Down Miami

Cars, buses, and other vehicles come to a standstill on the northbound lanes of I-95 between the Northwest 135th Street and 151st Street exits during evening rush hour.

What chronic problem slows cities’ economies down and reduces the standard of living for every citizen? Sky high credit rates? Nope. Natural disasters? On extremely rare occasions. Traffic and paralyzing public transport? Bingo! Being stuck in traffic is the  bane of everyone’s existence and also a symptom of a larger problem. The issues of poor city planning and development are being exposed after the economic boom that has been happening in Miami. With companies relocating to the city to be closer to Latin and South America, the city has seen an influx in investment–of money and people–but how has the capital investment been used to scale for the amount of people? What has this cost Miami? Everyone from small business owners to executives of large multi-national corporations has been effected by the traffic jams in Miami, making it an issue that defies cultural and economic barriers. Nicholas Nehamas of the Miami Herald explores and dives deeper into this discussion in his article, “Business Slowdowns: Traffic Jams Up South Florida’s Economy“.

Fix it!

That’s the cry from South Florida business owners as backed-up roads take their toll on companies from Palm Beach County to the Keys.

A Miami Herald survey distributed through local chambers of commerce found that businesspeople overwhelmingly rate traffic here as “very bad,” saying it has gotten significantly worse in the last three years. More than half said employees at their company are “always or often” late because of traffic.

Though Miami’s traffic isn’t the nation’s worst — that dubious distinction goes to cities including Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin — the complaints aren’t the usual, idle grumbling.

Hard numbers back up the fact that local traffic is slowing to a crawl: Congestion in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties was up 21 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to a study by the global traffic solutions firm INRIX. Locals now waste an average of 37 hours per year stuck in traffic, seven more than the year before, meaning South Florida leapfrogged greater Washington, D.C., as the 10th-most congested metro area in the country, Seattle-based INRIX found.

From mom-and-pop shops to multi-national corporations, traffic is making it harder to do business in South Florida.

“Everybody knows our roads are really, really crowded and it’s impossible to navigate during the day,” said Mitchell Friedman, a partner at the developer Pinnacle Housing Group. “It’s making it much harder for people to commute to work.”

The reasons for the growing traffic nightmare are clear.

Congestion fell 30 percent nationally after the recession. Now that the economy is back on its feet, workers laid off during the downturn have found new jobs and are hitting the roads during the morning rush. South Florida’s population is booming as out-of-towners move in. Tourists are flocking to the beaches. Gas is relatively cheap.

All that means more cars on the road, especially in a city where many commuters can’t easily use public transit.

Development becomes a sword that cuts both ways if infrastructure can’t keep up, said Tony Villamil, founder of the Coral Gables-based consulting firm Washington Economic Group.

“The whole mark of a modern economy, especially a logistics-type economy like ours, is the ability to move people and merchandise quickly from one place to the next,” said Villamil, whose firm has conducted traffic studies for the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.

Making your way from South Miami-Dade or Broward into downtown Miami’s central business district can feel like a journey through Dante’s circles of hell, workers say.

On average, it takes workers in the United States 25.5 minutes to get to their jobs, according to U.S. Census data. But in South Florida’s more affordable suburbs, that number rises. Commuters in Homestead face a daily, one-way trip to work of 32.5 minutes. People who work in Kendall (30.5 minutes), Miramar (30.4 minutes), Pembroke Pines (29.9 minutes) and Weston (29.5 minutes) also face longer-than-average daily commutes, Census data show.

That means businesses in the urban core — where affordable housing is scarce — can lose out on employees.

“I had some job offers in Miami when I graduated college,” said Ashley Fierman, who lives in Cooper City and works in public relations. “But it’s no secret how bad traffic is in Miami. It’s like a parking lot. I couldn’t face that everyday.”

Fierman ended up taking a job in Plantation.

In the Miami Herald survey, businesspeople were clear that they think traffic is holding the local economy back.

About 86 percent of the 429 people who responded to the survey answered “yes” to the question: “Do you think traffic is hurting the economy in South Florida?” About 70 percent of those surveyed said traffic was hurting their companies directly.

They ranged from doctors and lawyers to restaurant owners, real estate agents and executives at major corporations.

Susan Sherr, an optometrist at an eye doctor’s practice in South Miami, says as many as a quarter of her patients run late to appointments because of traffic.

“The later-in-the-day appointments tend to be the trickiest,” Sherr said. “They’re hitting that people-coming-out-of-work traffic.”

Late patients mean longer waits for all involved.

“It throws off our whole schedule completely,” Sherr said. “I like to use every second of the time I’m given with people. If they come in 10 minutes late, it’s not fair to take 10 minutes from the next person.”

But Sherr said she knows it’s not her patients’ fault.

“It’s part of life around here,” she said. “I really feel for the patients who call and say they’re stuck in some kind of awful jam. I know it. I live it.”


Construction can be a particular pain for business owners. And these days it feels like every roadway in South Florida from the 826/836 interchange to Alton Road on Miami Beach is under construction — or blocked by the construction of some new tower.

“I hear complaints about traffic all the time from members,” said Jerry Libbin, president and CEO of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, where Alton Road has been under construction since the spring of 2013 to alleviate flooding. “Unfortunately, some members feel a lot more pain than others, particularly when there’s construction outside their business. It can be very frustrating when the lanes get narrowed and then the construction workers park on the swales and take up parking that could be used for customers.”

Tourists are also unhappy about the backed-up roads, according to a 2015 survey by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Traffic was the number one complaint from both domestic and international tourists.

As vexing as traffic can be, it’s not necessarily stopping businesses from moving to Miami — at least not yet.

South Florida has a variety of advantages for companies looking to relocate, including its proximity to Latin America, and Miami traffic isn’t as bad as in some other major cities, said William Hearn, a senior vice president at national broker CBRE’s corporate relocation group in Atlanta.

But if congestion keeps getting worse, businesses may think twice about the Magic City, Hearn said.

INRIX found that because of congestion, South Florida drivers take an average of 18 percent longer to reach their destinations than if they were driving in free-flowing traffic.

“Employers are paying more and more attention to average commute times and how easy it will be for their employees to get to work,” Hearn said. “Congestion is an issue that can definitely get you eliminated from a company’s list.”

And companies already based in Miami are looking more and more to set up shop near major roads and interstates, said Wayne Schuchts, a principal at Avison Young.

“They want to be near the turnpike, I-95 and I-75,” Schuchts said. “They need to make it easier for their employees to get to work.”

The cost of traffic is difficult to calculate, and economists warn that it is an imprecise science. But here’s one rough calculation: The average South Floridian wastes 37 hours a year in traffic. Multiply that by the region’s average hourly wage ($21.13) and you get $781.81 in lost productivity per year for every worker because of traffic. And that’s not counting gas.

INRIX has calculated that the four most congested stretches of road in South Florida (four segments of Florida’s Turnpike, the Palmetto Expressway and the Dolphin Expressway that total 31 miles) cost the local economy more than $97 million per year in lost worker productivity and wasted fuel.


Regardless of the true cost, traffic is a very real, daily frustration for a variety of local businesses.

Michael Góngora, an attorney who commutes from Miami Beach to Coral Gables, said worsening congestion has been a problem for law firms.

“Most attorneys are compensated for the time it takes to drive to the courthouse or meetings,” said Góngora, a former Miami Beach city commissioner. “So we end up billing our clients more and more to fight through traffic. Nobody is happy about that kind of billing situation.”

Góngora said he once had to conduct a court hearing on his cellphone as he sat in gridlock on I-95. “The call kept dropping and the judge was yelling at me to pull over, which is impossible on that road,” he remembered. “That is one experience I never want to repeat.”

Farther south, Rick LeMaire worries that frustrated customers may turn around and give up when they hit the jams that have become all too common near the car dealership he runs off the turnpike in Florida City.

“It used to be a seasonal phenomenon, seeing the turnpike get backed up with people going to the Keys,” LeMaire said. “But for the last three or four years, it starts like clockwork every Friday morning and lasts the whole weekend.”

There’s no question that cities experiencing an economic boom will suffer from traffic jams without proper planning, said Jim Bak, director of community relations at the traffic analytics firm INRIX.

The company, founded by former Microsoft employees, collects traffic data from government transit authorities, major commercial delivery companies, taxi cabs and other sources.

“Our infrastructure around the country has been at maximum capacity for some time,” Bak said. “There’s just no place for those cars to go.”

The greatest traffic crunch may be coming in the downtown and Brickell, areas that once emptied out after office hours. Now they are filled with luxury condo towers, popular restaurants and busy cranes.

“We’ve been going through a transformation of what the downtown looks like,” said Alyce Robertson, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, a semi-autonomous, publicly funded agency.

The downtown’s population has nearly doubled since the turn of the millennium, surpassing 80,000 in 2014, according to a DDA report.

“Urban sprawl is what got us here,” added Robertson, who said the DDA is pushing to increase public transit options in the downtown and encourage more walkable streets. “By repopulating the urban core, we can cut down on some of these traffic issues.”

In the meantime, businesses are left to struggle along. They have to adjust to South Florida’s new reality: gridlock.

“If you live in Aventura, you’re not really going to want to take a listing in Gables by the Sea,” said Danny Hertzberg, a real estate agent based in Miami Beach. “It takes too long to get there. That never used to be a problem but it is today, and it limits your market.”

Congestion is a problem for companies both big and small.

“We don’t keep hard numbers on traffic,” said Dan McMackin, a spokesman for UPS. “But anecdotally, any of our drivers can tell you that they have to budget more time than they did a few years ago for deliveries.”

And ever since the roads started clogging up, the Adrienne Arsht Center has sent traffic alerts to ticket-holders via email or phone.

“We tell them that your curtain is at 8 o’clock but there’s major construction or heavy traffic and we suggest taking this route or redirect them to alternative parking,” said John Richard, CEO of the performing arts center.

“But I’m getting worried that if things keep going the way they are, people won’t be able to access the downtown anymore,” Richard continued. “We have all these people who want to live here and be part of the new Miami. We can’t blow it.”

Robert Hill, general manager of the InterContinental Miami hotel in the downtown, agreed that Miami faces a tipping point in terms of traffic.

“When you look at the on-ramp to get on I-95 and out of the downtown, the traffic is blocked for four or five blocks,” Hill said. “And if the bridge at Brickell Ave. goes up, then nothing moves.”

Hill said the new condos, restaurants and big, mixed-use projects like Brickell City Centre and Miami Worldcenter will only attract more people into the already congested downtown. But once locals and visitors reach their breaking point with traffic, the area’s promise will quickly fade, he said.

“It doesn’t matter if we have great retail and shopping malls and restaurants around the downtown,” Hill said. “If people can’t get in because of gridlock, there’s going to be nobody here.”


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/traffic/article21125094.html#storylink=cpy


Where to be 5.22.15 to 5.28.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!


Friday May 22

Ball and Chain Presents Miami Boheme Fridays with Two-Time Grammy Nominated, Locos Por Juana 5/22/15

Ball and Chain Presents Miami Boheme Fridays with Two-Time Grammy Nominated, Locos Por Juana
Friday, 05/22/2015 – 10:00 pm – 03:00 am
Ball & Chain
1513 SW 8th street, 
Little Havana, Florida 33135
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Cost: FREE

live music performance THIS FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 at Ball & Chain as part of the Miami Boheme Fridays hosted by Joe Cardona. The TWO TIME GRAMMY nominated band, Locos Por Juana will take the Pineapple Stage at 10PM followed by a set by DJ Edward. (21 and over to attend, this event is open to the public, no cover).
For additional info on Locos Por Juana, please visit: http://www.locosporjuana.com/

Saturday May 23

Special ED’s B-Day Jump-Off w DJ ‘ Heron & DJ Exes 5/23/15

Special ED’s B-Day Jump-Off w DJ ‘ Heron & DJ Exes
Saturday, 05/23/2015 – 10:00 pm – 04:00 am
Will Call Miami
700 NE 2nd Ave, 
Miami, Florida 33132
Eventbrite Link
Cost: $10 Advance

Please Join us as we celebrate the Birthday of Mr Ed Archer aka Special ED.
ED is an American hip hop musician of Jamaican descent. Hailing from Brooklyn in New York City, and is identified with East Coast hip hop.
At Approximately 1:00 am Special ED will be performing at Will Call Miami in the Heart of Downtown, right across the street from the Miami Arena where the Miami Heat play. Music will be played by two of Miami’s hottest Hip Hop DJ’s Heron and Exes so make sure you bring your dancing shoes. We will be celebrating all night.

Sunday May 24

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa and Miami Dance Festival Present “El Padre” with special guest artist Carmela Greco 5/23/15 – 5/24/15

smallMiami Dade County Auditorium
Miami Dade County Auditorium, 
2901 W Flagler St, Miami, FL, Florida 33135
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Cost: $33 VIP $28 Advance $23 Seniors/Students

Monday May 25

Remembering Our Heroes 5/25/15

Remembering Our Heroes
Monday, 05/25/2015 – 11:00 am – 
Woodlawn Park Cemetery
3260 SW 8th Street, 
Coral Gables, Florida 33135
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Cost: Complimentary

The Greater Miami Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee honors Veterans with a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony. Those wishing to honor our fallen heroes are invited to a Wreath Laying Ceremony featuring presentations by the singing Miamians, a parade of color guards, and special remarks by BG General Kurt L. Sontag, US Army, Commanding General, Special Operations Command South. Those participating include Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10212 Commander Oswaldo (Ozzy) Perez, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 620 President Luis E. Lalama, The Cuban American Veterans Association President Marco Gorrin, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10212 Auxiliary President Miriam C. Molleda, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 346 President Irma R. Montes, American Legion Post 346 Commander Jorge L. Montes, and Chaplain FR. Luis Fernandez, Major USAF (Ret.) Light refreshments, courtesy of Woodlawn Park Cemetery, will be served following the ceremony.

Tuesday May 26

Soul Of Miami presents River Of Art #22 Business + Arts Social Event at La Gloutonnerie 5/26/15

Soul Of Miami presents River Of Art #22 Business + Arts Social Event
RiverOfArtWeb-22SOULTuesday, May 26, 6:30pm-9:30pm
La Gloutonnerie
81 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: $10 with Advance Purchase, Promo Code: SOUL
$20 at the door.
Buy Advance Tickets Now Advance Ticket sales end at 2:00pm on May 26th
Includes complimentary tastings and drink specials courtesy of La Gloutonnerie.
Proceeds go to support Life Is Art’s mission of supporting the arts and community.
Hashtag: #RiverOfArt
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Bringing People and Art Together
Life Is Art & Soul Of Miami present the River Of Art with an exciting evening of business networking featuring an interesting show, excellent music, delicious cuisine tastings and refreshing beverages. The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists. Attendees enjoy complimentary tastings and drink specials with entry.

Visual Artists: Sandra R. Epps, Theresa Echeverry, Courtney Einhorn
Charities: No More Tears, Best Buddies
Music: DJ Hank Justice

Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make new connections, showcasing local businesses and charities, while providing a fun break during the work week.

Art is an inspiring talking point, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community and hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing, so attendees are encouraged to bring plenty of business cards and an open mind.

Premiere Sponsor: Spectrum Miami
Partners: Fabulous Miami – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – Catalyst Miami – InTheLoop305 – Arts & Business Council – Bakehouse Art Complex – Association of Fundraising Professionals – Social Media Club South Florida – The New Tropic
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Wednesday May 27

Charmed by Charity Soiree at Alex & Ani 5/27/15

“Charmed by Charity Soiree” at Alex & Ani
Wednesday, 05/27/2015 – 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Alex & Ani
1012 Las Olas Blvd, 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Fort Lauderdale’s hottest new retailer, Alex & Ani, is inviting everyone out for an evening of shopping and the chance to make a difference in the lives of millions when they host a “Charmed by Charity Soiree” in the newly-opened store to benefit Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. 15% of all sales during the event will be given back to the organization whose mission is to find a cure for digestive diseases and to improve the quality of life for the sufferers. The sparkling night will include small bites and delicious sips and is free to the public. For more information please contact Robin Cartwright at rcartwright@ccfa.org or 561-218-2929.

Thursday May 28

The Education Fund’s For the Love of Art Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration presented by Ocean Bank 5/28/15

The Education Fund’s For the Love of Art Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration presented by Ocean Bank
Thursday, 05/28/2015 – 05/28/2015 06:00 pm – 09:15 pm
Invite-cover-imageDouglas Entrance
806 S. Douglas Road, South Tower Penthouse, 
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: $125 per ticket, sponsorships available

The Education Fund to auction 180 pieces of original student, teacher art at the annual For the Love of Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration

6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at Douglas Entrance South Tower Penthouse in Coral Gables

WHAT: The Education Fund’s For the Love of Art Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration presented by Ocean Bank, will showcase more than 180 original pieces of artwork created by Miami-Dade County public school students and teachers. This Children’s Trust sponsored event showcases artwork crafted from materials found at The Education Fund’s Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials, a warehouse with donated supplies where teachers can pick up free materials for classroom projects and for their students.

For the Love of Art features the Sapoznik Insurance Public School Alumni Achievement Awards, which honors 30 extraordinary community leaders who graduated from public schools.

In addition, the auction will feature more 120 luxury items, performances by the New World School of the Arts Alumni Jazz Combo, special drinks by Bacardi, and catering by the 2015 Teacher of the Year Chef Myrna Betancourt and her students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

EVENT TITLE: The Education Fund For the Love of Art Annual Charity Auction & Honoree Celebration

BENEFITTING: Miami Dade County public school art programs and The Education Fund’s Ocean Bank Center

WHEN: Thursday, May 28
6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Douglas Entrance, South Tower Penthouse
806 S. Douglas Road
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Valet and self-parking available

WHY: The annual charity event supports and raises funds for The Education Fund, which has acted on the belief that the quality of public schools must be the top priority for our community. Working with the private sector for 26 years, The Education Fund has raised more than $50 million to support and improve public schools with an emphasis on designing and implementing innovative initiatives. The goal is to ensure that every child learns, graduates and succeeds.

Tickets are $125 per person. Available at EducationFund.org and at the event.
Call 305-558-4544, ext. 107

CONNECT: The Education Fund Website: www.educationfund.org
Like The Education Fund on Facebook at www.facebook.com/educationfundmiami.
Follow us on Twitter @EducationFund. The event hashtag is #edfundart

Civic Engagement Thursdays: Expensive Street & Economic Gaps


Indian Creek Island Road is the only road on Indian Creek

Indian Creek Island Road is the only road on Indian Creek
Google Maps

When you’re rich, the only information on your driver’s license that really matters is your address. Real estate says everything, and there’s no more exclusive street to have on that ID in the entire United States of America than Indian Creek Island Road right here in Miami-Dade. Zillow crunched the numbers and found that the average home on the street is worth $21.4 million dollars.

That’s considerably more expensive than second place Beverly Park Circle out in Beverly Hills, California where celebs likes Eddie Murphy and Denzel Washington live in a comparative shanty town where the average home is only worth $16.2 million.

Of course, its not exactly a secret that the island village of Indian Creek right off of Miami Beach is a multi-millionaire and billionaire haven. Billionaire businessmen like Norman Braman and Carl Ichan call it home, as do both Iglesiases, Julio and Enrique, and Sabado Gigante host Don Francisco. In fact, four of America’s 500 richest people have homes (or at least second homes) on the island.

If you want a peek at an example of a typical home on the island, here’s a look at one that sold for $47 million back in 2012. It broke records as the most expensive residential real estate transaction in Miami-Dade history.

Arvida Parkway is the main road in the Gables Estates neighborhood

Arvida Parkway is the main road in the Gables Estates neighborhood
Google Maps

Though, it’s not the only Miami-Dade street in Zillow’s top ten. Arvida Parkway in Coral Gables comes in at 10th place with an average home price of $11.2 million. That’s the main road through the Gables Estates, and is apparently much fancier than its nearly parallel sister street Leucadendra Drive. Former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning and Heat President Pat Riley use to own homes on the street but have sold them in recent years. Other resident’s names aren’t quite as A-List, but they probably prefer it that way tucked all the way down there in Coral Gables.

Nearby Tahiti Beach Island Road, also down in Coral Gables, came in 14th. Homes there go for $10.3 million. Residents there include NFL player and University of Miami alum Jonathan Vilma and equity fund manager Bruce Berkowitz.

No other Florida streets were in the top ten.

Talk About it Tuesday: Creatives Activating Miami


Carlos Miller is suing to fight a Jacksonville judge's restrictive media definition.

Carlos Miller is suing to fight a Jacksonville judge’s restrictive media definition.
Courtesy of Carlos Miller

For the past eight years, Carlos Miller has operated the Miami-based website Photography is Not a Crime (PINAC), a nationally-known free speech and media advocacy blog with roughly a million visitors a month. But recently a Jacksonville judge ruled the organization couldn’t film the trial of its own correspondent because the site doesn’t fit the court’s definition of a media organization.

Now PINAC is fighting back by filing a lawsuit to get the right to film in courtrooms.

“The laws are very clear,” Miller tells New Times. “But now, in this case, the judge does not want us to record…because they don’t like our organization.”

The case revolves around the trial of Michale Hoffman, a reporter for PINAC who is being charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor, for holding signs outside a local airport.

At Hoffman’s first hearing last October, another PINAC reporter requested to film the court proceedings and was allowed. But for a subsequent court date, Miller says, the court threw in a hurdle, forcing PINAC to apply for media credentials, then repeatedly denying its application.

In March, Judge Mark Mahon finally issued an order outlining a narrow definition of what constitutes media: traditional print and broadcast organizations that “reach or influence people widely”; and digital media that posts original news, has an editor review all stories, and can prove it has regular online visitors.

All kinds of blogs, or citizen journalists, would be effectively excluded, especially PINAC — even though the website’s viewership numbers roughly compare with those of the top news sites in Jacksonville, where the trial is taking place, Miller says. Throughout the process, Miller says, PINAC has repeatedly tried to comply with the requirements, but the judge keeps “moving the goal post” — adding in restrictions like a nonsensical mandate that to be authorized to cover the judicial system an organization has to have already covered the judicial system for six months. “He’s just trying to put all kinds of obstacles in front of us,” Miller says.

But Miller is confident the law is actually on his side. In Florida, he says, in order to bar the filming of a trial the court in effect has to prove there’s a good reason for a camera not to be present, which usually is that it compromises a fair trial for the defendant. But in this case the party seeking to film is also the defendant, so the argument is ridiculous. And the judge’s restrictive media definition, Miller contends, will also ultimately be swiftly thrown out.

“The First Amendment says there’s freedom of the press,” Miller says. “It doesn’t say, ‘there’s freedom of the press if you run a newspaper.'”

Where to be: 5.8.15 to 5.14.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!

 Friday, May 8th

Boston College Nelson Chair Roundtable Discussion

OvertownUnityWalk_022715_bw-17University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park
1951 NW 7th Ave,
Miami, Florida 33136
Webpage Link
Cost: Free


Saturday, May 9th

L.A. Boudoir Miami 5 Year Anniversary Celebration 5/9/15

6:00 pm – 12:00 pm
life-1958-prom-congaL.A. Boudoir Miami
6900 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33138
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

Your invited to celebrate our 5 year Anniversary with us and Via Verdi.
Sat May 9 starting at 6pm

Perfect way to start your Mothers Day weekend.
This years theme is 1950’s Prom.
We highly encourage everyone to dress in theme as we will have a photographer snapping some pictures.

Enjoy FREE “Spiked Punch” at Via Verdi
– Jello Shots (located in LA Boudoir)
– Dj playing hits of the 1950’s
– Drink specials at Vezzoli69 Italian Martini Bar
– Retro Cars
– Classic prom movies

LA Boudoir will have 10% off all purchases made during our celebration.
This event is open to all and feel free to share with friends.

PLEASE RSVP at laurenarkin@gmail.com

Sunday, May 10th

Mother’s Day Brunch at Fresh American Bistro 
















Monday, May 11th


May 15 – 17, 2015

Arnold Hall Reilly Coliseum Fuchs Pavilion

May 15 & 16: 11AM – 11PM
May 17: 11AM – 10PM

Admission: Adults – $12
Under 12 Years Old – $6

Attractions & Highlights
– A celebration of Cuban culture
– Exhibits
– Art
– Music
– History
– Memorabilia
– Food

Phone: (305) 856-7595
Fax: (305) 857-0027


email: info@cubanostalgia.org

Link – www.cubanostalgia.org

– See more at: http://www.thefair.me/thefair/calendar.php#sthash.hdlSm0UG.dpuf

Tuesday, May 12th

Maker Hour: A Primer on the Maker Movement 5/12/15

MakerHour_Flyer03The New Tropic
7230 NW Miami Ct #5,
Miami, Florida 33150
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $10 For Members of The New Tropic

Join us for a maker happy hour with snacks, drinks, and an introduction into the world of the maker movement with topics including 3D printing with live demonstrations, virtual reality with the Oculus Rift, an overview of coding, and demos on rapid prototyping along with much more!

You’ll have chances to get your hands on some of the latest technology and learn from our very own Wynwood Maker Camp founders, Nelson Milian & Willie Avendano. We’ll have break out groups throughout the evening with chances to win drinks for best projects.

Cost is $10 for Members and $15 for Non Members. Admission includes your first drink free and snacks.


Wednesday, May 13th

Aqua Girl: A Party for a Cause

Aqua Girl® traces its beginnings to the year 1999. That year, Alison Burgos and NYC’s legendary women’s producer, Shescape, gathered a committee of like-minded women from around South Florida to produce an exciting one-night event to benefit breast cancer. The event, Sweet Charity, was an extraordinary dance event bringing together over 800 women and raising over $15,000 for two local breast cancer organizations, Cancer Link and Gilda’s Club.

Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Cost: $25.00
Aqua Girl
Phone: 305-576-2782

Venue: Radio South Beach | 814 1st Street, Miami Beach, 33139 United States

In 2000, Sweet Charity grew into an entire weekend of events and Aqua Girl® was born. The goal was to create a dynamic national fundraising weekend celebrating women and the issues that affect them. Women descended on Miami from all over the world and the first year of this spectacular weekend of events was a huge success.

We can’t believe how time flies. Now in its sixteenth fabulous year, Aqua Girl® continues to attract women from all corners of the country, the Americas and around the globe. The week continues to grow with an ever-expanding variety of events that enhance its appeal and have created what is now the hottest women’s festivals in the country.

As the largest charity women’s week in the country, your participation in Aqua Girl® contributes to a very good cause. In fact, 100% of the proceeds from Aqua Girl® benefit the Aqua Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit foundation whose primary mission is to serve as the funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender wellness and equality in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives.


Thursday, May 14th

Miami Dance Festival 2015 4/4/15 – 5/24/15

Miami Dance Festival

St. John’s on the Bay
4945 Pinetree Drive
Miami Beach
Free Admission

Arts at St. John’s On the Lake United Methodist Church, a collaborative improvisational program with Guest Artist J.J. Freire, percussionist.


April & May 2015
Various Locations

Community Action Thursdays: Keep It Clean


Fireworks and ravers at Bayfront Park during Ultra Music Festival.

Fireworks and ravers at Bayfront Park during Ultra Music Festival.
Photo by George Martinez/gmartnx.com

Bayfront Park is polluted. There is lead, arsenic, and other toxins in the soil. This contamination was actually discovered during last year’s survey of the City of Miami’s 112 public parks, which followed the discovery of poison ash in Coconut Grove at the former site of the Old Smokey municipal trash incinerator, since used as a training center for the fire-rescue department. But now, finally, the cleanup is being planned.

Opened in 1925, Bayfront was created by filling a 62.5-acre piece of land with mud pumped up from the bottom of Biscayne Bay. This is perhaps how the tainted dirt ended up at park. However, it had been previously used as a shipyard by the Florida East Coast Railway for years. And there was also a landscaping redesign in the 1980s that could have brought toxic soil to downtown Miami’s most prominent green space. But at no time in the 20th century was the earth tested, and city officials have no idea how it became polluted.

Of course, Bayfront, now 32 acres, is only one of Miami’s so-called “poison parks.” As the city has surveyed its green spaces, lead-, arsenic-, and barium-laced toxic ash from Old Smokey and other toxins have been found in the dirt of many other parks, including Blanche Park and Merrie Christmas Park, as well as Douglas, Curtis, Southside, Brothers to the Rescue, and Billy Rolle Domino parks. Even the former Bicentennial Park, now the location of the Pérez Art Museum Miami and once the site of Port Miami docks, was discovered to be contaminated in 2010.

So far, cleanup of Miami’s parks has cost millions of dollars. And money is predictably the major point of contention in the current negotiations between Miami-Dade County environmental regulators, the City of Miami, and the Bayfront Park Management Trust over how — and even whether — to remove Bayfront’s lead- and arsenic-tainted soil.

The Bayfront Park Management Trust makes much of its yearly revenue from Ultra Music Festival.

The Bayfront Park Management Trust makes much of its yearly revenue from Ultra Music Festival.
Photo by George Martinez/gmartnx.com

At a meeting this week of city officials and the trust, the Miami Herald reports, the price of cleaning up Bayfront (as estimated by consultants from SCS Engineers) was said to be several hundred thousand dollars to over $1 million. The most expensive method would be total removal of the tainted dirt. This sort of approach took 18 months and $1.2 million at Merrie Christmas Park in Coconut Grove.

The Bayfront Park Management Trust, the controlling agency responsible for all Bayfront-related business, insists it has neither the funds, nor the time for a pricey and lengthy cleanup. The trust is also perturbed about paying the bill on its own without contributions from the city.

“The whole issue has been moving along extremely slowly,” trust chairman and Miami city commissioner Frank Carollo said, according to the Herald. “The only city park that the city has not been paying for any of the work, and where there is no plan for the remediation, is Bayfront Park. This is expensive, especially for an organization that doesn’t receive any money from the city of Miami.”

Certain trust board members, including Carollo, even suggested the removal of the toxic soil is unnecessary, because the pollution is low enough to not actually pose a public health risk.

As quoted by the Herald, trust member Nathan Kurland said: “You would have to literally ingest the dirt to get sick. I want the park to be a safe place for people to be. But we’d like to see some kind of sanity involved in this.”

(Found in lower concentrations than at other Miami parks, based on the results of city tests, Bayfront’s lead and arsenic is present in soil along Biscayne Boulevard between NE First and Second streets, an area that’s currently restricted and cordoned off.)

Still, despite the trust’s objections and the seemingly less dangerous levels of contamination at Bayfront, city officials insisted on a cleanup and threatened to close the park, just as the since-reopened Merrie Christmas was shut down, if the trust refused to cooperate.

In the end, Carollo, Kurland, and the other dissenting trust members relented, voting to contract consultants for a cleanup plan. The fee for those services will be $100,000.

Another, probably more serious cost concern for the Bayfront Park Management Trust is the potential loss of funds generated over the coming year from leasing the park to event organizers.

The Bayfront Park Amphitheater was just recently rebooted by Live Nation, which announced an ambitious spring/summer schedule featuring eight major concerts by acts like Nicki Minaj, Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson, and the Culture Club. But it seems unlikely that any cleanup would interfere with these live-music shows, because the polluted patch of dirt is all the way on the other side of the park.

However, with 11 months till Ultra 2016, the trust’s most lucrative weekend of the year may be at risk. And that’s why, as board members even admitted to the Herald, they really can’t afford an 18-month cleanup.

Public Art Wednesday: Industrial Maker Spaces

We are so excited for Maker Space and expansive thinking!


From Herring's Raku demonstration during the Innovation and Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.EXPAND

From Herring’s Raku demonstration during the Innovation and Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
Courtesy of James Herring/World Red Eye

Miami has no shortage of artists and creative types. While there are a lot of homegrown talents living and working here, there is also a large community of transplants looking to evolve artistically in this newish mecca for the arts. With many high-profile events and institutions taking place and hold within this community, it’s easy to lose focus on the nurturing aspects of the arts and the basic elements of creation. “Makerspaces” anyone?

“What we are trying to do here with this collaboration between Miami Industrial Arts and MADE at The Citadel, is nurture creative thinking,” explains master potter James Herring. “These two groups are formed to bring together artists, designers, engineers, craft practitioners, programmers, and makers of every level from amateur to professional in an environment that will foster collaboration, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Herring, the exhibition manager at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, is a well-known practitioner and advocate for pottery. As a man who has worked artistically and professionally with his hands, he understands the necessity for a makerspace in Miami.

A makerspace is an easy solution for those, amateur and professionals alike, who are looking to get back to basics, but can’t afford the tools and hardware that creation necessitates.

James Herring at the wheel during the Innovation and Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.EXPAND

James Herring at the wheel during the Innovation and Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
Courtesy of James Herring/World Red Eye

“Experiencing the joy of creating is clearly as fundamental to being human as is eating and sleeping,” says Miami Industrial Arts (MIA) founder Paul Thomas. “All across the United States, a revival of the maker identity is taking place. [..]Makerspaces are public workshops, where you can have access to tools and machinery, as well as the knowledge and skills to fuel your learning and creativity.”

MIA is the first makerspace in South Florida and as such is leading this charge with its 6,000 square feet warehouse housing a fully equipped wood shop, metalworking tools, ceramics area and instructional space for workshops and demonstrations.

What makes a makerspace unique and an attractive option is the ready-made infrastructure that it provides. With membership packages ranging on a dependence on time commitment, MIA offers a great yearlong membership for $110 a month with prices increasing to $150 per month depending on monthly commitment. Even at $150 for a month, the access to tools in a rent-free space is a mere pittance.

MIA’s goal to provide the community a fully operational and funded makerspace can only occur through membership fees and fundraisers. Many in the community have already come aboard and made donations, like Swampspace’s Oliver Sanchez who donated woodturning chisels, and MADE at the Citadel who have joined in creating a Raku evening benefitting the fledgling ceramics studio within MIA.

From Herring's Raku demonstration during the Innovation and Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.EXPAND

From Herring’s Raku demonstration during the Innovation and Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
Courtesy of James Herring/World Red Eye

“This Raku night is a way to introduce people to ‘learning through making,’” says Herring. “Raku is a traditional Japanese glazing and firing technique first devised in the 16 century to satisfy the needs of the tea masters to the Shogun who was the de facto leader of that nation. The Japanese Tea Ceremony was designed to focus the attention of the participants on the beauty of everyday objects and to remove class distinctions.”

The  Raku lead event will help fund the ceramics department.There will be ready-made pots for purchase at $15 (or two for $25) that will be glazed, raku-ed and ready to take home that night.

As introduction to the benefits of a makerspace in a community, I’m hard-pressed in thinking of a better one that marries artistry and neighborhood empowerment with the grace of the collaborative spirit; ensuring Miami’s continued vitality as a nest and destination for creative types at any skill level.

Herring puts it best into perspective, “this is a way of bringing people to the space, to raise some funds for the ceramics program and maybe have someone walk away with an object they actually helped create. Often people just need something to get them past the idea that they are incapable of making anything.”

Raku Night at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at Miami Industrial Arts, 300 NW 73rd St., Miami. Call 305-772-5043.

Where to Be: 5.1.15 to 5.7.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!

Friday, May 1st

Scars and Stripes: The Immigrant’s Story 5/1/15

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Art-Walk-mAY-1st-Web-Banner-addThe Artisan Lounge
500 NE 1st Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: FREE

The Artisan Lounge proud to present Scars & Stripes: The Immigrant’s Story. The show is about the struggles and victories that people have had in transitioning to America. Many have experienced both the woes and successes of moving to America in search of a better tomorrow.

Join us for this cultural experience featuring work by local Miami artists, Artisan Lounge artists and works by Oscar Fuentes aka The Biscayne Poet.

‪#‎artist‬ ‪#‎artdealer‬ ‪#‎picoftheday‬ ‪#‎downtownmiami‬ @cfmiami @miamidwntwnarts

Saturday, May 2nd

Mayweather vs Pacquiao Watch Party 5/2/15

Saturday, 05/02/2015 – 08:00 pm – 01:00 am
PaquaioMayweatherMayfair Hotel Rooftop
3000 Florida Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33133
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: Use Promo Code MEGACITY for $5 Off

Join us on the rooftop of the Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove for Mayweather vs Pacquiao. Purchase your tickets at www.fightnightmia.com and use promo code MEGACITY for $5 off each ticket!

For VIP tables/cabanas (only few available), call or text 786-277-3703.

Sunday, May 3rd

Special Olympics Sponsor and Athlete 5k

8:00 am – 10:00 am
Gulliver Preparatory School
6575 North Kendall Drive,
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
Webpage Link
Cost: $25

The open-to-the-public, charitable event, presented by Pure Formula’s, will feature a certified 5K run/walk course, family activities and live entertainment. Funds raised will go towards the mission of the Miami-Dade chapter of Special Olympics Florida, an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Monday, May 4th

Cinco de Cleve-o 

Cinco de Cleve-o
11:00 am – 11:59 pm
500x650NT_eblast_cinco_mayoClevelander South Beach
1020 Ocean Drive,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link

Cinco de Clev-o is back-o! Looking for the biggest party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Look no further than Clevelander South Beach as we bring you five days of non-stop partying! From May 1st through 5th, join us for $5 drink specials all day, every day on 1800 Tequila, Perfect Margaritas, Deco Peach Famous Frozen Margarita, Corona bottles and Corona Light draft! Play all day and dance all night on our world-famous POOL+PATIO with Cinco de Mayo themed dancers, stilt walkers, games and contests!

Tuesday, May 5th

Tea Tuesday: Mother’s Day 5/5/15

Tea Tuesday: Mother’s Day!
Tuesday, 05/05/2015 – 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm

Sprout Miami

2545 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127,
2545 N Miami Ave, Florida 33127
Webpage Link

We’ll be making bouquets for those special moms in your life and you will get free shipping and free tea sampler pack with your bouquet when you sign up for shyp! We’ll have wine and tea cocktails as well!

Wednesday, May 6th

Rachel Deahl Publishing 101 

Rachel Deahl Publishing 101
MDC-Logo3Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 NE Secon Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132

Course will take place at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
Writing is solitary work – publishing takes a team. This crash-course aims to shed light on the ABC’s of publishing, both via traditional houses and self-publishing. The first half will focus on navigating the realms of traditional publishing, starting with an explanation of the Big 5 houses, mid-size players and independents, and how they all tend to operate. We’ll explore fundamentals such as what is covered in your contract, how to get an agent and what to expect of them, how the buying of rights works, and what to expect from a publisher once you land a deal.
The second half of the course will be dedicated to the basics of self-publishing. We’ll discuss the biggest self-publishing platforms and how to choose the right one for your work, how and when to consult outside professionals before you self-publish, how to monetize your self-published work, and finally, the importance of branding and how to market your work.
Rachel Deahl is a writer and editor with more than ten years of experience covering book publishing. As news director at Publishers Weekly she writes about business trends, technology, self-publishing and rights. She also writes a weekly column about book deals (called Deals), that details the hottest projects being acquired at the major publishers. She is the author of the Publishers Weekly original e-book, Publishing 101, and has been a speaker at various conferences, including SXSW, BookExpo America, Miami Book Fair International and The Frankfurt Book Fair.


Thursday, May 7th

Remember to print this flyer out and bring it with you to:


Little Haiti Cultural Center


We wanted to take today to recognize the incredible work and education that is taking place at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

There are always a plethora of events taking place here in our city, but often cultural facilitators and educators are not highlighted enough.

We hope that you can all take the time to participate in their programming.

You can find their event calendar listed here

Using Cartoons & Art to demonstrate the changing faces of our neighborhoods

We loved this project that was created four years ago. What if we made this a yearly ongoing exhibition that worked to highlight Miami’s Local Culture – the historic and changes faces of our neighborhoods?


If ever you’ve wanted a sketch of yourself that wasn’t an outrageous caricature, or even wanted to try your hand at sketching, now is your chance. Sketchy Miami is having alaunch party at Lester’s this Thursday.

Sketchy Miami features portraits, or sketchys as they call them, of people from all over the Magic City. It’s a project by the folks at BeachedMiami with the mission statement” “The goal of Sketchy Miami is simple and impossible: to create a portrait of every person in Miami.”

Residents submit their photos to the blog, which artists then turn into portraits. And by “artist,” they mean anyone who wants to participate.

Laura of Miami by Nicolette

Laura of Miami by Nicolette
Sketchy Miami

“The relationship between portraitist and portrait subject is one of the

strongest in the history of art, and we want to facilitate that

relationship between as many Miamians as possible,” said Robby Campbell,

who runs Sketchy Miami. “Portraiture is traditionally a stuffy genre, but, as you can see on the site, it doesn’t have to be.”

Tony Dandrades by Nadyia Duff

Tony Dandrades by Nadyia Duff
Sketchy Miami

To submit a photo of yourself, or a sketch of someone else, just click on the corresponding tab at the top of the site and enter your information along with the image. The sketchys are then featured on the blog for everyone to see.  They would like to eventually exhibit the sketchys offline, but have no concrete plans at the moment.

The upcoming party will feature local artists ready to do quick portraits of guests, “particularly those with handsome moustaches and/or adorable ears,” says Campbell. Artists include Ximena Prugue, Elizannette Blanco, Brian Butler, Annie Blazejack, and Carrie Sieh.
Lester’s is discounting beer 25 percent for the first hour, and Joey’s is

serving up free pizza. And in keeping with the local theme, Miami-born

singer Sam Friend will perform.

Leah Weston by Ximena Prugue

Leah Weston by Ximena Prugue
Sketchy Miami

“This is not a curated

project and we aren’t trying — and don’t expect — to get a thousand

Mona Lisas. We’d prefer to get a million different Sketchys that show

how creative and diverse a city Miami really is,” said Campbell.

Attend a Sketchy Party, presented by BeachedMiami, this Thursday at Lester’s (2519 NW Second Ave., Miami). The party begins at 8 p.m. and is free.

Follow Cultist on Facebook and Twitter @CultistMiami.

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Where to Be: 4.24.15 to 4.30.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!

Friday, April 24th

Emerge Amadlozi Gallery Exhibition

6:00 pm – 09:00 pm

EmergeAfrican Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 Northwest 22nd Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33142
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

The Amadlozi Gallery presents, Emerge. This exhibit will showcase Miami’s most esteemed, visual artists and rising stars: Donald McKnight, Johnnie Bess, Marc Janllwi, Uta, Loni Johnson, Nadia Desjerdan, Nadine Anderson Cheng and Julia Polonyi . Curated by Robert McKnight, the opening reception will be held on Thursday April 24th, 2015 at 6pm with curatorial presentation at 7pm. Light bites will be provided by Northwestern Culinary Academy.

Saturday, April 25th

Children’s BookFest 

10:30 am – 4:30 pm

ChildrensBookFest-2015-full-Page-FlyerAfrican-American Research Library and Culture Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Children’s BookFest is a FREE festival which is centered on Children’s Day/Book Day. It is multi-cultural-event, which the emphasis is on literature-based shows (through storytelling, musical groups, theater groups, music, drama, dance or other artform). BookFest will continue its tradition of putting a book into the hands and homes of the first 1,000 children who attend, through the Big Book Giveaway.

Sunday, April 26th

The Ultimate Pro-Audio Sound Lab 

Sound-Flier_Final-01O Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th St,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: $45 Early Bird, $55 at the Door

As all filmmakers would agree, you can’t make a good film without good sound. Take your upcoming project to the next level by learning from the pros at Professional Sound Services. This hands-on lab will not only cover all the essential equipment and techniques you will need to know for independent and documentary film, but the interactive portion also gives participants the opportunity to put their newfound knowledge to the test. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your skills, and expand your creativity!

This workshop will cover:
“My problem is your problem”
Location scouting
Location problems and situations
Types of mics/mic-ing distanceAudio Sync
Boom, wireless, camera
When to use each
Audio Sync
Audio Levels
Going Wireless:
Mic-ing basics
Lectro vs. Sennheiser
Audio Sweeting
20%, levels, room tone, sound design, post

The workshop is limited to 35 people. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

Monday, April 27th

This Thursday, O Cinema Wynwood & ArtCenter/South Florida invite you to the opening reception of Foundations, Parameters and Volumes, a solo exhibition by Babette Herschberger. With a focus on minimal composition, process, surface and color, Herschberger’s paintings transform the banality of the original materials into subtle intersections of plane and form. This new series of paintings begins with collaged paper as its foundation and she uses them as studies or sketches for larger works. This work aims in every way to become a graphic distillation of her longstanding painting practice and a body of collage work created from informal materials including product packaging and cardboard. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 28th

Rose Max & Ramatis Trio at LILT Lounge

9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Screen-shot-2015-03-30-at-4.48.00-PM11LILT Lounge
270 Biscayne Way Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Highly recognized in the Brazilian, Hispanic and American communities, Rio de Janeiro natives Rose Max & Ramatis will be producing Brazilian classics like Bossa Nova and Samba at LILT Lounge. LILT Lounge brings the first high-design lounge to downtown Miami with nightly live music curated by Kristian Caro and creative cocktails by Dean Feddaoui. Lounge opens at 6 p.m. with social bites by acclaimed executive chef Wolfgang Birk including charcuterie & cheese, oysters & caviar, lobster cocktail and tuna tartare gazpacho. Happy Hour runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes fine champagnes from $7 per glass and a daily selection of oysters at $1.

Wednesday, April 29th

Miami Dance Festival 2015 4/4/15 – 5/24/15

Miami Dance Festival

April & May 2015
Various Locations

April 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Coral Gables Public Library
3443 Segovia Street
Coral Gables
Free Admission
Delma Iles, Rob “Wild Boar” Moore, Ilisa Rosal, Marilyn Skow Artists in Collaboration panel and brief performances.

Thursday, April 30th

SunFest 4/29/15-5/3/14

SunFest-10West Palm Beach Waterfront
100 Evernia Street,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Webpage Link
Cost: $40

SunFest–Florida’s largest music, art, and waterfront festival is held along the scenic Flagler waterfront in West Palm Beach, FL. SunFest features 50 bands, on three stages, for five days.

One of the most well recognized events in the southeast, SunFest presents a range of music from legends to up-and-comers. 3 stages, 5 days, 50 bands. The Juried Fine Art and Craft Show (Friday-Sunday) showcases the work or more than 130 artists including paintings, sculptures, photos, and more.


To piggyback off of our Tuesday blog post we wanted to highlight the article that was released a few years back around the arrests made of restaurant owners in Wynwood. To the community we will ask, has this type of policing been set to rest or will this conversation rear its head agian.


Wynwood Bar Owners Say There's a Conspiracy to Kill the Neighborhood

The “blowjob shots” were just beginning. It was after 3 a.m., and Shots Miami was living up to its name. Hundreds of customers sucked down slugs of brightly colored booze — some from between each other’s legs. All night long, partiers had flocked to the neon-painted bar on NW 23rd Street to don costumes and play drinking games. Like the rest of Wynwood, Shots was booming.

Amid the revelry, no one paid much attention to two men sidling up to the bar. They were clean-cut, in their 30s, and dressed in jeans and button-down shirts. After checking their watches, they ordered a pair of Red Stripes.

Moments later, Shots owner Oscar Zapata glanced at the surveillance cameras in his office and saw squad cars pull up. The 31-year-old raced outside. Cops were everywhere, pushing patrons out. When Zapata explained he was one of the owners, police slapped handcuffs on him and sat him next to the three bartenders who had served the undercover officers their beers. Zapata was hauled to jail, where he spent 15 hours — all for selling booze at 3:10 a.m.

Zapata and his bartenders weren’t the only ones busted. Eleven other Wynwood bar owners or employees were arrested in February and March during Operation Dry Hour, when cops raided or inspected 17 establishments. Half a dozen were shut down. At least one has yet to reopen.

To Wynwood’s bar owners, the crackdown was a strategic assault against the up-and-coming neighborhood arranged by their competitors — the 24-hour downtown clubs. It’s more than an idle conspiracy theory: Those megaclubs have a cozy relationship with police thanks to a half-million bucks they’ve paid to off-duty officers for security in the past two years, not to mention political clout with Commissioner Marc Sarnoff.

“This whole operation isn’t about safety; it’s about pursuing certain clubs,” says Aaron Goldstein, whose club, Villa 221, was shut down by police. “The entertainment district is behind it. But fuck it. If Space and Mekka want to bully everybody out of the game, they are going to get an eye-opener.”

Those downtown clubs, though, counter that they just want their competitors to play by the rules. Miami police, citing illegal all-night warehouse parties, argue that Wynwood needs reining in.

“Wynwood is out of control,” says Michael Slyder, Mekka’s co-owner. “The law is the law. It’s black-and-white.”

One things is clear: Wynwood’s wild days are over. The neighborhood that made its name with edgy, all-night partying suddenly must deal with a new reality. And it’s not yet clear whether it will survive the shock.

Twenty-three years ago, the neighborhood faced much different problems. Then mostly poor and Puerto Rican, Wynwood exploded into flames and riots December 3, 1990, after Miami police officers were acquitted of fatally beating local drug dealer Leonardo Mercado.

Over the past decade, however, developers led by SoBe savior Tony Goldman bought empty warehouses and invited in art galleries. Art Basel’s satellite fairs brought investors. In 2008, the first fancy restaurant, Joey’s, moved in. Then came graffiti murals, bars, gentrification, and the ever-increasing madness of Second Saturday Art Walk.

By 2012, Wynwood was again exploding — not with riots but with crowds of rich and hip visitors. The New York Timeseven christened it “the next Meatpacking District,” after the swanky Manhattan neighborhood.

Zapata wanted in on the action. The half-Cuban, half-Colombian whiz kid comes from a family of entrepreneurs in Kendall. After studying computer engineering at Florida International University, he began designing cooling systems for local gaming company Alienware. But the pay sucked, so Zapata returned to FIU for a business degree. David Estrada, another ex-Alienware employee, had visited a bar in Medellín where customers had to dress up or do stunts with each shot. Soon the two friends were scouting for a location of their own.

With cheaper rent and a mellower vibe than downtown, Wynwood was an easy choice. Initially, Zapata and Estrada thought they could start the bar with just $40,000. “It was a quick reality check,” Zapata says with a laugh. Instead, the duo ended up investing nearly half a million dollars into Shots. But it’s more than money on the line for the young entrepreneur. With an infant daughter, he can’t afford to fail.

Shots opened December 4 at the height of Art Basel. Police and code enforcement officers arrived just three days later with warnings. “They gave us a laundry list of things to do,” Zapata says. “And we did them.”

So Zapata was shocked to find himself in the slammer February 24. He doesn’t deny that Shots was selling booze past 3 a.m., but he says everyone was doing it. “They never enforced this shit before,” he says.

Indeed, beginning in early February, cops inspected more than a dozen other Wynwood bars as part of Operation Dry Hour. Some, like Bardot on North Miami Avenue, were forced to close at 3 a.m. despite having a 5 a.m. liquor license. “It’s annoying,” owner Amir Ben-Zion says. “The wrong name was written on some document somewhere. I wish they would be more flexible and treat us like businesspeople.”

Zapata wasn’t the only bar owner led out in handcuffs, either. At Ricochet, cops arrested the manager and a bartender for selling booze just minutes after 3 a.m.

“The truth is that it’s political,” says Alan Roth, then the owner of Ricochet, which has since been sold. “There is energy and action happening in this area, and now they want to crack down?”

At least one club, the Electric Pickle, has yet to reopen after the arrests. When it was raided February 3, co-owner Tomas Ceddia was taken to jail for selling liquor outside of his license. And Goldstein, Villa 221’s owner, says he lost more than $200,000 when cops arrested him and shut down his club March 24 during Ultra. He spent all week trying to secure proper permits, so when police arrived at 3:30 a.m., he figured they wanted to see his papers again. Instead, a cop placed him in handcuffs.

“What kind of police work is this?” Goldstein says, arguing that cops should have booked his wayward bartender instead. “If somebody decided to be a loose canon and serve a drink [after 3 a.m.], my personal opinion is arrest that motherfucker.”

Half a dozen clubs complained to New Times that the crackdown came without warning. Police say they held a training session February 20 to discuss ramped-up inspections. The only problem: None of the Wynwood businesses was invited.

“That was a miscommunication,” admits Wanda Mendez, one of the officers leading Operation Dry Hour. “We apologize for that.”

But Wynwood bar owners’ complaints go beyond the Miami Police Department’s shock-and-awe tactics. Instead, they believe the neighborhood is being singled out by cops at the behest of their biggest rivals: 24-hour clubs downtown that are losing business to Wynwood.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this is happening now because clubs in Park West are complaining,” Zapata says.

Those fears aren’t without some basis. In 2000, Miami commissioners voted to create a special “entertainment district” along North 11th Street downtown where booze could be sold 24 hours a day. Following a rising tide of crime and code violations in 2010, several 24-hour clubs formed a nonprofit called the Miami Entertainment District Association (MEDA). Miami PD doesn’t allow off-duty cops to work for individual clubs, so MEDA began hiring police to patrol the area.

According to Mekka’s owner, Slyder, who is also MEDA’s president, the nonprofit has spent nearly $500,000 on off-duty cops in the past two and a half years. Last month, MEDA paid for more than 700 hours of police patrols downtown.

The nonprofit also has some political clout. During the past election cycle, MEDA donated the maximum $500 to Commissioner Sarnoff, and Slyder says he regularly speaks with Sarnoff’s staff.

But both the police and MEDA deny any type of collusion. MPD points out that 43 percent of clubs checked during Operation Dry Hour were downtown, including six MEDA members, although it appears no arrests occurred there. “This is about ensuring safety all across Miami,” says MPD Commander Lázaro Ferro.

He says police began receiving complaints about illegal warehouse clubs in Wynwood last year. In September, cops shut down a pop-up club at 550 NW 29th St. that didn’t have any permits. “Nobody wants another nightclub fire like in Brazil,” Ferro says, referring to the inferno that killed at least 241 people this past January.

Slyder also insists MEDA has no influence over police operations. He points out that his business partner was once arrested for a noise violation. “We don’t get special treatment,” he says.

But Slyder does admit that MEDA has asked police and Sarnoff to clamp down on Wynwood clubs serving liquor after 3 a.m. (Ferro, the police commander, also says he’s discussed Wynwood clubs with the commissioner. But when called by New Times, Sarnoff denied any knowledge of Operation Dry Hour. “I don’t get involved in police business,” he said.)

Bizarrely, police are now encouraging Wynwood businesses to join MEDA or at least establish a similar organization to hire off-duty cops.

On April 9, Ferro organized a meeting among police, Wynwood bar owners, and MEDA at Shots. But the only Wynwood owners who showed were Zapata and Estrada.

(“I’m not going to negotiate with terrorists,” another bar owner, who did not attend the meeting, said of MEDA.)

At the meeting, Slyder slammed Zapata’s neighbors, calling Wynwood “the Wild, Wild West.” He emphasized, however, that he’d called the meeting to dispel rumors about MEDA, not to recruit new members. But Zapata remained suspicious. Slyder had spoken repeatedly about fairness, but the entertainment district’s 24-hour exception was itself an unfair advantage, Zapata said.

“Everything that is happening is by the book,” he said while sitting at the bar. “But even if it’s legit, do you really want to be forced to comply with the group that is behind the complaints? They are having police enforce the rules, but that’s because the rules work for their concept [of 24-hour clubs].”

At the moment, Zapata is caught between police officers who say they are cleaning up Wynwood and bar owners who think cops are killing it. While Ferro wants him to organize the owners, Zapata just wants to keep Shots — and his family — afloat.

“It bit us in the ass at first,” he said of the arrests before pausing to sip a Red Bull. “But what it shows is that they are starting to feel the pressure over in Park West. Wynwood is growing. And it’s going to be a player.”

Miami Beach Moves To Ban Late Alcohol Sales As Mayor Calls Ocean Drive A “Cancer”

This article was shared via NewTimes Miami on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The question that we want to ask is: What do we as a community want to see become of Ocean Drive. What was the original culture of the area and space? How do we work to preserve our original cultural blueprint of our commercial and tourist areas that make them accessible for community members and visiting parties?

Miami Beach Moves To Ban Late Alcohol Sales As Mayor Calls Ocean Drive A “Cancer”

A proposal would ban outdoor  alcohol sales on Miami Beach after 2 a.m.

A proposal would ban outdoor alcohol sales on Miami Beach after 2 a.m.
Photo by chensiyuan via Wikimedia Commons

Ocean Drive could be about to see last call.

At yesterday’s Miami Beach city commission meeting, mayor Philip Levine proposed banning outdoor alcohol sales throughout the city after 2 a.m — meaning no more late night $40 margarita bowls and $19 mixed drinks at bustling sidewalk restaurants or outdoor bars on the tourist strip.

Levine wasn’t shy about why he’s pushing the change: He thinks Ocean Drive is a drunken, disgusting mess. Addressing commissioners, Levine said Ocean Drive was “turning into a Bourbon Street,” he told the commission. “It’s turning into a terrible place that’s become a blight, a cancer that spreads to our entire city.”

Sounds like Levine isn’t a fan of Mango’s?

After yesterday’s discussion, which centered on Ocean Drive, Miami Beach’s city attorney is set to draft an ordinance, which the commission will then consider in May.

South Beach, among the most famous tourist destinations in the world, has long coexisted as a friendly beach destination by day and wild party spot by night. Any limit on alcohol sales, of course, is sure to rankle area business owners, but Levine told NBC6 his goal wasn’t to kill the South Beach party.

“We want to have a great party atmosphere,” he said. “But a controlled party atmosphere. A safe party atmosphere.”

A recent string of embarrassing crimes on Ocean Drive surely hasn’t helped the iconic strip’s image in City Hall, including a Miami Beach cop caught getting plastered while working off duty at Mango’s and a shooting just off the strip that wounded two visitors during Spring Break.

Where to Be: 5.1.15 to 5.7.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!

Friday, May 1st

eMerge Americas 5/1/15 – 5/5/15

eMerge Americas
emergeamericasMay 1 – May 5, 9:00am – 10:00pm
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr
Miami Beach, Florida 33139

eMerge Americas will once again shine a spotlight on the leading innovations impacting industries across the Americas. Over 10,000 entrepreneurs, global thought leaders, business titans and tech enthusiasts are expected to return to Miami Beach for an even bigger and better seven-day experience that is uniquely Miami.

Saturday, May 2nd

Art and Artisan Expo- Haitian Cultural Month

11:00 am – 04:00 pm
Haitian-Cultural-Month-flyer-final-04142015Kasa Champet
7920 Pines Blvd,
Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Welcome to the Arts and Artisans Expo celebrating Haitian Cultural Month,
at the elegant, new and beautiful Kasa Champet in Pembroke Pines, May 2, 2015 from 11 AM to 4 PM. Bring your friends and family-Free Admission, Delicious Haitian Buffet for
$ 10.00 inclusive. Browse some of the most authentic Caribbean Artists and Artisans. Performances on stage by Mecca, Saskya Sky and Olanie J. For further information- 305-416-6868.

Sunday, May 3rd

Gulliver Hosts Special Olympics Sponsor An Athlete 5k Run/Walk 

Start Time: 8:00 am 
Gulliver Preparatory School
6575 North Kendall Drive,
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
Webpage Link
Cost: Registration for this event is priced at $25.00 per participant in advance or $30.00 on the day of the race

Gulliver, in partnership with Special Olympics Florida, is set to host its annual
“Special Olympics Sponsor an Athlete 5k Run/ Walk” on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

The open-to-the-public, charitable event, presented by Pure Formula’s, will feature a certified 5K run/walk course, family activities and live entertainment. Funds raised will go towards the mission of the Miami-Dade chapter of Special Olympics Florida, an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Monday, May 4th


10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily
free – $14.95


Miami Science Museum

3280 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL  33129

Florida is a simple state: gators, citrus, Walmart shoppers. It’s also a perennial target of hurricanes. And although Miami hasn’t been hit hard by any cleverly named storms in the past several years, it’s inevitable that one will come blowing through our backyard before too long. So what better time to learn more about Mother Nature’s offspring than during the calm before the stormy summer? Hit up the “Hurricanes” exhibit at the Miami Science Museum (3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami). Visitors can climb aboard a full-scale P-3 hurricane-hunter aircraft, sharpen survival skills with the Hurricane Preparedness game (hint: stock up on booze), and — in true three-little-pigs style — design, build, and test a model house to hold up against hurricane-force winds. And at the center of the storm, there’s the Magic Planet, an interactive display that lets guests explore the connection between climate change and hurricanes, and track any budding storms. We expect advance notice of your findings (so we can plan an epic hurricane party, of course).

Tuesday, May 5th

Cinco De WallBrawl presented by El Jimador Tequila 5/5/15

Cinco De WallBrawl™ presented by El Jimador® Tequila
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, starting at 6pm
1884 Bay Road
Miami Beach

The premier gathering of Miami street artists known as WallBrawl™ and Mexico’s number one 100% agave tequila, El Jimador® Tequila present Cinco de WallBrawl. The live art competition will host Miami’s top artists including: Akim Graff, Aquarela, Claudia La Bianca, ill Surge, Ivan Roque, Nate Dee, Registered Artist, Renda Writer, and Vago, all producing one-of-a-kind works of art in 90 minutes, with the audience determining the winner.

Attendees will be able to enjoy complimentary El Jimador® Tequila cocktails, live music and light bites during the competition.

Wednesday, May 6th

Rachel Deahl Publishing 101 5/6/15

MDC-Logo3Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 NE Secon Ave,
Miami, Florida 33132

Course will take place at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus Writing is solitary work – publishing takes a team. This crash-course aims to shed light on the ABC’s of publishing, both via traditional houses and self-publishing. The first half will focus on navigating the realms of traditional publishing, starting with an explanation of the Big 5 houses, mid-size players and independents, and how they all tend to operate. We’ll explore fundamentals such as what is covered in your contract, how to get an agent and what to expect of them, how the buying of rights works, and what to expect from a publisher once you land a deal.

Thursday, May 7th

"Global Positioning Systems"

Jonathan Hernandez
Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until August 15


Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL  33132

Don’t confuse the new GPS display at Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) with a cloud-based art-tracking system that captures real-time data about its expanding collection. Instead, PAMM’s “Global Positioning Systems,” curated by Rene Morales, corrals works from the museum’s permanent holdings and loans from private collectors to explore the intersection between globalization and history. The thematic group offering features a cross-generational, multinational cast of talent, whose diverse works raise questions about how the past is recorded and remembered. Morales has organized the exhibit into six related parts — History Painting, Visual Memory, The Uses of History, Urban Imaginaries, The Contested Present, and Forms of Commemoration. The sections combine to deliver an insightful overview of how the international art world has been transformed by the heightened state of global integration since the collapse of the Cold War era in the 1980s. Visitors will discover that the Magic City plays a pivotal role in the show’s focus as a nexus for art-making in the region. With Miami’s proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean, the city’s cultural, social, political, and economic growth has been affected by the events unfolding in countries across the Western Hemisphere. “It is a city poised at multiple geographic and temporal thresholds, a condition from which it draws much of its dynamism and potential,” according to a PAMM statement.

Where to Be: 4.17.15 to 4.23.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!


Peter Hook and The Light 

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

10848884_885958904787909_8383442576345985985_oGrand Central
697 N Miami Ave.,
Miami, Florida 33136
Webpage Link
Cost: $25

In May 2010, Peter Hook, legendary bassist of both Joy Division and later New Order, decided to honour the outstanding work of his first band and the undoubted genius of the late Ian Curtis by giving people the opportunity to hear both of Joy Division’s masterpiece albums, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’, live and in their entireties. Backed by his new band The Light, Hooky first played ‘Unknown Pleasures’ at the Factory club in Manchester on May 18th & 19th 2010 in order to celebrate the life of Ian – one stand alone sold out night quickly became two, and due to phenomenal worldwide demand, Hooky then began taking the show on the road with headline gigs & major festival appearances throughout Europe, a full tour of Australia & New Zealand as well as the band’s first tour of the United States in December which culminated in Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell appearing live with the lads in Los Angeles to sing ‘Transmission’.


Hey Everyone want to give you a good reference to a homegrown site that documents historical events and folks.

A Message From The Founder/CEO


Hubert A. Gaddy, Jr.

Hello Everyone:

I want to say THANK YOU and WELCOME to the BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES ONLINE RESOURCE CENTER FOR BLACK HISTORY AND CULTURE website. I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit and are inspired and empowered as you view these  pages.

As I begin each work day, I can look at the photographs  that hang above my desk and see generations of wisdom in the face of theenslaved African, the stern, watchful eyes of  Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Frederick Douglass’ imposing dignity, that moment of connection forged by a single handshake between Malcolm and Martin, the quiet, yet resolute defiance of Rosa Parks and Jesus with the elders (all of whom look like me), sitting at the table for the last supper.

These defining images (and others) occupy an almost spiritual atmosphere from which I draw inspiration and focus on a  daily basis. I’m compelled to make proud, my African and Black American ancestors. I’m infused with their spirit and humbled by the legacy of greatness they have bequeathed to me.

As Black Americans we stand upon the shoulders of men and women whose experience in this country was unlike that any other ethnic group. They were kidnapped from their homeland, enslaved, tortured, terrorized and murdered — all in the name of White supremacy. Yet, the strength and power of the Black spirit endured and prevailed.

It is because of my profound admiration for OUR TRIUMPHS  and  GENUINE LOVE for OUR HISTORY and THE PEOPLE IT PRODUCED, I created  the BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES RESOURCE ONLINE CENTER — adding the mantra: “Celebrating Who We Are By Honoring Who We Were.”

I strongly believe that Black people have a responsibility and obligation to continue the legacy of greatness we’ve inherited. We do that by creating positive, unique stories within our own lives. I say everyday that In order for Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It –that’s the message we need to give our children.

Please use this website as a source of information and inspiration.  It is my sincere hope that this will be a useful tool that  will help anyone interested in promoting and teaching Black History and Culture, more effectively. Encourage your family, friends and associates to visit, too. I’ve tried to create a virtual forum that will get you EXCITED ABOUT BLACK HISTORY and enable you to Channel That Excitement Into Positive Action That Will Enhance Your Life. In the words of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, “The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself.”

Again, THANK YOU for your interest in BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES. We value your patronage and look forward to hearing from and serving you.

Peace & Blessings,
Hugh Gaddy, Jr.

Talk About It Tuesday: Study finds that Racism is Pretty Prevalent in White Florida

In Light of continued conversations about race in our community. We felt that it is important to share some facts about current white sentiments against people of color in our communities.



Study: White Floridians Are Pretty Racist

Some white people seem to think the only way to be racist is to wear a KKK hood while shouting the n-word. That’s not the case, and often racism is more subtle and codified. So much so that a racist may not even know how racist they’re being.

Project Implicit, as the name would suggest, seeks to explore implicit biases, and over 2 million people have taken their Implicit Association Test which measures people’s hidden biases — negative associations based on skin color the taker might not even know they have.

Turns out that white people in Florida tend to be amongst the most implicitly racist in America.

The map above, via the Washington Post, shows each state’s white population’s implicit biases against black people.

Florida scored a 0.436 (1 would represent totally racist, 0 would be totally not racist). Granted, that’s slightly less racist than the stretch of deep south state from Louisiana to South Carolina just above us, but its nothing to be proud of. We’re more racist than Texas!

Though, the Post notes the data is not based on a random sample, and rather based on people who voluntarily took the test: “which may actually mean they are less biased than average. (After all, at least they wanted to know how biased they are.)”

“These volunteers are younger, more educated, more politically liberal, and more female than the U.S. population as a whole,” the creator of the test, psychologist Anthony Greenwald of the University of Washington, told the paper.

Which is to say that this really isn’t a perfect measure of Florida’s racism, but it does tell us that any notion that racism is somehow less prevalent in Florida than it is in the cultural deep south is a lie.

If you’re interested in finding out about your own implicit biases, you can do so here.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Where to Be: 4.10.15 to 4.16.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!


Miami Watercolor Society Spring Exhibition 2015 

6:00 pm – 09:00 pm
spring2015The Wirtz Gallery South Miami
5750 Sunset Drive,
South Miami, Florida 33143
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

MWS – Miami Watercolor Society
the First National Bank of South Miami
present the 42nd Annual Spring Exhibition at
The Wirtz Gallery.
5750 Sunset Drive, South Miami, Fla.
Join us for the exhibition opening and light refreshments.
Exhibition runs
Wednesday, April 2 through
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 10, 2015
Bank hours: Monday – Thursday 9-4 pm
Friday 9-6 pm


Orchestra Miami’s Free Family Concert 

3:15 pm – 04:15 pm
Red_Goldy-1Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Avenue,
Coral Gables, Florida 33143
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Orchestra Miami is pleased to present a Free Family Concert, a chamber music concert designed for children ages three to eight.

“Story Time with Orchestra Miami” will feature two magical musical compositions: Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears with music composed by Bruce Adolphe. Perfect for the attention spans of our young audience, this fun and engaging program will last approximately 45 minutes.

The performance will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 3:15 PM at the Coral Gables Museum, located at 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134. This event is a part of Family Day on Aragon, so please be sure to check in with the Coral Gables Museum to view the other activities available for your family. www.CoralGablesMuseum.org


Bali Hai Party at The Kampong 4/12/15

05:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Screen-Shot-2015-03-06-at-2.12.25-PMThe Kampong
4013 South Douglas Road,
Miami, Florida 33133
Webpage Link
Cost: $175 for Classic Ticket, $350 for VIP, $600 for VIP + Preview Party

The 21st Annual Bali Ha’i Party – presented by The Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health – is a rich tradition of South Florida’s culinary history. Highlighting some of Miami’s most talented chefs & their exquisite cuisine, Bali Ha’i takes place at The Kampong in Coconut Grove. James Beard Award Winner, Michael Mina, will serve as this year’s guest of honor. This annual garden party features an afternoon of fabulous food and handcrafted cocktails. Silent and live auctions feature items especially curated for this event. Bali Ha’i is chaired by Cynthia Seaman and Jocelyn Tennille and features Chef Norman Van Aken as the Culinary Event chair. All proceeds from the event benefit The Kampong, part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Monday, April 13, 2015 – 3:00pm to Friday, April 17, 2015 – 8:00am

April 13-17, 2015 – 4 Nights/5 Days Aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas

Prices from $429 per person!  Includes all meals, special events & private beach party!


We are excited to announce that for the first time the Pride Cruise features the gay friendly destination of Key West as well as a new ship, the beautiful Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas.     Of course, we’re continuing the great tradition of celebrating pride  at sea with exclusive parties, events, entertainment, and excursions.  With this great value, it’s no wonder that previous Pride Cruises have sold out early, so call us today at 888-768-7238 or email reservations@sourceevents.com

Don’t let us sail without you

Source Events is the official producer of the Miami - Pride Cruise.  Book directly with Source Events and experience VIP treatment, with the following special Pride Cruise events: 

  • Hosted Free Cocktail Hours at exclusive private Pride Cruise events
  • Special Welcome Bag which includes Pride T-Shirt, gifts from sponsors & lanyard pass for VIP admission to all exclusive Pride Cruise Events!
  • Welcome Cocktail Party
  • Sail Away Tea-Dances
  • Special group excursions
  • Tropical Fantasy Party
  • Exclusive Gay Movie Screening at Sea
  • Private parties with our own Pride Cruise DJ
  • Special party in gay friendly Key West
  • Our own Gay Beach Party on the private island of Coco Cay
  • Royal Caribbean special entertainment and comedy show


Wynwood South: Fashion and Art Fusion Block Party in the Heart of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District 

07:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wynwood South
Between 20th and 21st NW 2nd Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Wynwood’s dynamic fashion, design, culinary and art community will be hosting an art walk and block party to celebrate the launch of “Wynwood South,” the Arts District’s newest, official street block of hybrid fashion, food and art stores.

Live entertainment, complimentary cocktails, Miami food trucks and an Art Walk will kick off the celebration taking place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 14th. The event is free and open to the public.

Wynwood South’s participating stores hosting the party include: Art Bastion, an international art agency and gallery founded by world renowned art collector and curator, Sebastiano Varoli; D-Koncept, a French concept store featuring a unique collection of European brands, designers, and artists; Cassianu, a décor and furniture store that renovates spaces through a unique exchange-consignment program; ICL Studio, custom design services for functional-art objects to harmonize with your living spaces; and Lee & Marie’s Cakery, a dynamic bakery/café hybrid or “cakery,” owned by social entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrea “Andy” Travaglia.



Jean Caze Trip at LILT Lounge 

Jean Caze Trip at LILT Lounge
Wednesday, 04/15/2015 – 09:00 pm – 12:00 am
Screen-shot-2015-03-30-at-4.48.00-PM1LILT Lounge
270 Biscayne Way Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Jean Caze, one of today’s most exciting voices in jazz and Michael Buble’s famed trumpet player, will showcase his lyrical tone with his quartet at LILT Lounge. LILT Lounge brings the first high-design lounge to downtown Miami with nightly live music curated by Kristian Caro and creative cocktails by Dean Feddaoui. Lounge opens at 6 p.m. with social bites by acclaimed executive chef Wolfgang Birk including charcuterie & cheese, oysters & caviar, lobster cocktail and tuna tartare gazpacho. Happy Hour runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes fine champagnes from $7 per glass and a daily selection of oysters at $1.

Public Art and Access Wednesday: PAMM Fund for African American Art – Become an Ambassador 









Are you familiar with the PAMM Fund for African American Art? If not check them out and think about how you can support their cause.
​The PAMM Fund for African American Art was initiated with a $1 million grant, funded equally by Jorge M. Pérez and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, for the purchase of contemporary art by African American artists for the museum’s permanent collection. Through the fund, the museum first acquired works by Al Loving, Faith Ringgold and Xaviera Simmons. These pieces joined other significant PAMM collection objects by artists such as Leonardo Drew, Sam Gilliam, Rashid Johnson, Lorna Simpson, James Van Der Zee, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley and Purvis Young.

Join Pérez Art Museum Miami as an Ambassador for African American Art, and your participation will help PAMM acquire and exhibit major works by African American artists for years to come. 

Join Ambassadors

Advocate $250
Steward $1,000
Guardian $2,500

90% of each gift is fully tax deductible and is fully directed toward the fund.


Support the Fund with a donation of $250 or more. Enjoy Dual museum membership including free admission for 12 months and 10 percent discount at the PAMM Shop and the waterfront Verde Restaurant. You will receive invitations to quarterly Ambassadors’ events and name recognition in PAMM’s e-newsletter and on PAMM’s website.


Make a contribution of $1,000 or more and you will also receive a complimentary invitation for two to PAMM’s official Miami Art Week/Art Basel celebration, plus select talks and tours with art connoisseurs and curators throughout the year.


With a contribution of $2,500 or more receive all benefits listed above, plus four complimentary guest passes for friends and family and an invitation to a special recognition event.

PAMM Fund for African American Art Advisory Committee: To support the planning and selection process, the museum has put together an advisory committee, led by PAMM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander, comprising of renowned curators, art historians,and artists. Advisory group participants are: Thom Collins, director of PAMM; Tobias Ostrander, chief curator and deputy director for curatorial affairs of PAMM; Naomi Beckwith, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Adler Guerrier, Haitian-born artist living and working in Miami; Carole F. Hall, former editor-in-chief of African American interest books at John Wiley & Sons; Tumelo Mosaka, contemporary art curator at the Krannert Art Museum in Urbana-Champaign, Ill; Toni Randolph, Miami-based art collector; Dennis Scholl, Vice President / Arts for the Knight Foundation; Lowery Stokes Sims, curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York; and Michele Wallace, professor of English at The City College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

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Talk About It Tuesday: KKK Hate Messages Spray-Painted Around Miami Gardens

This article is shared from the Miami New Times article that was published on February 19, 2015.  This type of behavior is deeply worrisome and problem that effects all community residents!

One of five sites around Miami Gardens hit with hateful graffiti yesterday.

One of five sites around Miami Gardens hit with hateful graffiti yesterday.

Miami Gardens, the city that’s home to Sun Life Stadium and one of Florida’s highest crime rates, has had a wrenchingly difficult week. Days after police fatally shot a mentally ill man armed with a broom, city leaders are now dealing with an apparent hate crime.

Yesterday, someone spray-painted “KKK” symbols — along with phrases like “move out” — around Miami Gardens. City leaders and civil rights activists this morning are calling for justice.

See also: Internet Won’t Let Lavall Hall, Mentally Ill Man Shot by Miami Gardens Police, Be Forgotten

“We condemn this vandalism,” Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Florida Regional Director Hava Holzhauer said in statement to New Times. “We urge law enforcement to investigate this as a potential hate crime, as well as for all members of the community to publicly denounce this hateful vandalism.”

The graffiti was found in at least five locations around Miami Gardens, a predominantly African-American city.

Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson told reporters that the department is treating the graffiti as a grave crime. “Prank or no prank, we are going to be treating this very seriously,” he told the media.

A police spokesman told New Times this morning that no new information has emerged in the case.

The ADL, though, says that whoever left the graffiti had one goal in mind: intimidating residents in their own homes.

“[It was likely] someone within the community who seeks to instill fear in a particular group with the intent of pushing them out of the neighborhood,” Holzhauer says.

The crime comes as Johnson scrambles to deal with outrage over Monday’s shooting of Lavall Hall, a schizophrenic man whose mother had called police for help during an episode. Hall was shot and killed when he used a broom handle to attack two officers.

Anti-police-violence activists have seized on the death as the latest in the #BlackLivesMatter campaign on Twitter and Facebook, while Johnson has been quick to defend the officers involved.

Where to Be: 4.3.15 to 4.9.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!

Friday, 4.3.15

Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure at Jungle Island

Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure at Jungle Island
Friday, 04/03/2015 – 04/05/2015 10:30 am – 04:00 pm
Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Hop over to Jungle Island for three days of egg-citement as South Florida’s favorite landmark attraction debuts a thrilling Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure. Each day, Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure will feature continuous egg hunts with goodie bags for every child, plus acres of bounce houses, rides, arts & crafts, music, and appearances by the Easter bunny. It is all happening at Jungle Island, home to some of the world’s most rare and fascinating animals.

Sponsored by Publix, Coca-Cola, Pet Supermarket, Miami Family Magazine and The Miami Herald, Mega Egga Hunt! Adventure at Jungle Island is free with paid park admission. Visit any participating South Florida Publix to pick-up a $7 off admission discount coupon to Jungle Island. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Saturday, 4.4.15

Miami Dance Festival 2015

Miami Dance Festival
April & May 2015
Various Locations

When: 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Where: Colony Theater | 1040 Lincoln Road Miami Beach
General Admission $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Students & Seniors $15. Groups of 10 or more $12.

Festival Opening Event
Momentum Dance Company Spring Season Premiere. Guest Artist Dr. Alan Ngim, piano. World Premieres by Artistic Director Delma Iles and dancer Emily Noe, plus Anna Sokolow’s historic Poems of Scriabin, and Not Go Gently, Untitled.

Sunday, 4.5.15

Easter Sunday Brunch at Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen

Easter Sunday Brunch at Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen
8:30 am – 12:00 am
JMKVenue21Jalapeno Mexican Kitchen
530 Ocean Dr,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: varies

Celebrate Easter Sunday at Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen with a special menu by Executive Chef Miguel Faget.

In addition to its regular menu, Easter additions include Red Sauce Chilaquiles Benedict, Molletes, Huevos Rancheros, Apple Walnut Capirotada and Bloody Mary with Serrano Infused Tequila.

Dine with the family while enjoying views of the water and traditional Mexican cuisine. For reservations or more information, please call 305.532.4747 or visit www.jalapenomexicankitchen.com

Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen is located at 530 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.


Monday, 4.6.15

Rootsy Juicy Reggae

Where: Purdy Lounge | 1811 Purdy Ave. Miami Beach, FL  33139

When: 9pm

It’s Monday night. The work day is over and you’re still sobering up from the weekend. Lucky for you, there’s always a place where you can unwind after ending the crappiest day of the work week: Purdy. The SoBe watering hole has been the go-to underground Monday night reggae party for almost a decade. Jean P. Jams plays the marimba and DJ Icue mixes tracks all night. The best part: $4 Prestige beer. Yeah, mon

Tuesday, 4.7.15

A Picture & Poem Can Voice a 1000 Wrongs

Where: Bakehouse Art Complex | 561 NW 32nd St.Miami, FL  33127

When: 12pm – 2:30pm

University of Miami Intensive English Program presents an afternoon of bilingual poems to highlight issues of social justice.

Wednesday, 4.8.15

Ecommerce For Beginners Workshop

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
ECom_WSCenter for Social Change
2103 Coral Way, Suite 202,
Miami, Florida 33145
Webpage Link
Cost: $35 early registration $45 at door

Have you finally decided to launch your ecommerce startup to take your products online? Do you have an online store that needs fine-tuning to make managing easier and generate more sales? Let us help you get started with an overview of the basics and discover the essential components and structure necessary to successfully operate and maintain an online store. Covering the best available ecommerce platforms, branding tips, best format for showcasing products, as well as how to drive traffic, taxes, shipping and fulfillment, we’ll help you form a foundation specific to your needs.

Thursday, 4.9.15


When: Open to Close

Where: Coral Gables Museum | 285 Aragon Ave. Coral Gables, FL  33134
Miami’s bike scene is on the rise, which is why an exhibition dedicated to the art of bicycles is wholly appropriate. Aside from the usual spiel of promoting a healthier lifestyle and a more sustainable form of transportation, the focus of the exhibit “ARTcycle” is the beauty and grace of not only the bicycle but also the person riding it. The exhibition features both local and international artists working toward one common theme. The theme for this year’s exhibit is “cyclist matter.” According to the museum’s website, “ ‘ARTcycle’ aims to promote awareness, respect, and tolerance of bicyclists to motorists who are not accustomed to or educated in how to share the road.” “ARTcycle” will be on display at the Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) for three months beginning this Friday. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission costs $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for children 6 and older; children under 6 and museum members get in free. Call 305-603-8067 or visit coralgablesmuseum.org.

Civic Engagement Thursday: Revisit to ‘Police Officers React to the Bad Behavior of Cops in Miami Gardens’

This event and commentary was put out by The Atlantic back in February of this year. Seeing, we have had a few months to reflect. What are your thoughts and reactions? What has changed? What remains?

Police Officers React to the Bad Behavior of Cops in Miami Gardens

Correspondence from readers in blue
Carlo Allegri/Reuters

After highlighting a scandal in Miami Gardens, Florida, where police officers arrested a man for trespassing dozens of times even though he was at his place of employment, I solicited insights from law-enforcement personnel in my readership. What did they make of the story? How did they explain the fact that the abusive behavior continued for so long? What did they regard as an appropriate punishment? How would they guard against similar abuses elsewhere? How would they react if they encountered colleagues treating a man that way?

Several were generous enough to share their thoughts.

One correspondent has spend roughly a decade at a federal law enforcement agency. He writes:

I came across your article coincidentally after a colleague and I were discussing the This American Life podcast you referenced. We in law enforcement are feeling a little underappreciated these days, but to answer the question you pose at the end of your article regarding how I feel about the behavior of the Miami Gardens police department, in a word, I am sickened.
I feel every bit as outraged as I imagine anyone listening to the account was, as does everyone in law enforcement that I have discussed this with. This behavior undermines the credibility and perceived legitimacy of law enforcement everywhere, and bolsters the narrative that so many in the media and elsewhere are trying to push today: that police are biased and trampling the rights of citizens everywhere. I have no statistics at hand to prove that the Miami Gardens case is an anomaly, I only have my own experiences and observations. Every day when I go to work, I see people in Federal, State and Local law enforcement working together to try to make a difference, trying to treat all people they encounter with respect and dignity, and trying to make the world a better place. Do we get a little cynical at times? Sure. Are we sometimes frustrated by a lack of cooperation we get?  You bet. Are there times when our jobs feel completely futile? Too many, but at the end of the day, can we look ourselves in the mirror and say with conviction that we did something to make things a little better? The answer is yes.
In any profession or large population, there are going to be examples of misconduct. In a country with thousands of arrests, there are going to be some that go wrong, or could have gone better. These should absolutely be investigated. Procedures should be reformed. Personnel should be disciplined (or prosecuted) if called for. But to taint an entire profession, built around the “to serve and protect” ideal, by viewing them only through the lens of the Miami Gardens case or other examples of police misconduct is wrong.
One of the most frustrating things to listen to in the This American Lifepodcast came in Part 1, Act 2, when the Milwaukee police responded to a shooting, and did by all accounts a thorough, professional and respectful investigation, which resulted in the arrest of the perpetrator. Despite this, the complainant, Trina, stated that she still didn’t trust the police. That was tough to hear. I’m not sure what other experiences Trina had to make her feel like that, or what environment she was raised in that may have affected her trust in the police, but from the perspective of law enforcement it is very disheartening. It’s somewhat like being a waiter or waitress and really busting your butt to provide great service to a client and getting stiffed on the tip, except that you’re not a waiter, you’re actually doing something where you’re putting yourself in physical danger at times on behalf of the people you serve.
What bothered me most about the This American Life piece was not the Miami Gardens segment itself (I actually thought the piece was well done and informative, a story to be shared and learned from) but the fact that the segment was broadcast under the heading “Cops See it Differently,” intimating that all cops see the behavior discussed in the segment as acceptable, appropriate, or defensible. It most certainly is not any of those things. It represents a leadership failure, and if the allegations are true, a failure of personal integrity and violation of public trust for many of the officers involved.
Cops are entrusted with a lot of responsibility and need to be held accountable. Body cameras could be a potential solution, but with body cameras has to come the recognition that law enforcement is a tough job, often involving the need to make split second decisions, potentially having life or death consequences, based on limited information. Body cameras need to come with the understanding that cops are human and cannot be perfect 100% of the time, although they need to strive to be. Oh and they also need to come with the understanding that someone needs to pay for them.
Thank you for the opportunity to vent.  I’m glad someone actually asked for an opinion. Understand that all of the above represent my opinion as a private citizen and are not associated with any government or law enforcement agency.

Here’s another note that begins with the correspondent giving a brief synopsis of his career:

I’ll begin by letting you know that I’m a former Law Enforcement Officer who retired after 27 years of service. My career began in 1980 in the South Bronx as a member of the NYC Transit Police Department before it merged with the NYPD. My career coincided with a very turbulent and violent period in the history of New York City: the crack cocaine epidemic of the 80s and homicide rates that can best be described as astronomical. During these times, New York City was not a very safe place to live, work, or visit. I truly believe that my fellow officers were men and women who cared about the city and its people, who held a deep and sincere sense of caring that transcended the color of a person’s skin, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation.
There was a time when I viewed the world in which I lived and worked in as just black and white. There were good guys and bad guys, and no one in between. Fortunately that was a phase in my career that lasted for only a few years (this is attested to by a plaque I received from members of my unit  wishing “the liberal” luck upon his transfer to the narcotics division). What had happened to cause this change in my ‘good guy, bad guy’ philosophy? It was the realization that I could be a good cop without having to conform to that ‘good guy, bad guy’ mindset. That was a mantra that was embraced by many back then, and unfortunately, that still is true today, for a number of reasons.
It is hard for me to comprehend why a police officer would not investigate further to substantiate or disprove his claim that he was an employee of the Quickstop. It seems very simple and effortless. ‘Excuse me sir, does this individual work here?’ When empowered with the authority to take a man’s freedom you have a moral obligation to ensure that you do the right thing. It is clear that these police officers were not interested in doing the right thing. We all carry implicit biases with us, police officers included. And to deny that prejudice and racial bigotry may have played a role in Mr. Sampson’s sixty or so arrests is to be naive to say the least. Some may argue that neither prejudice nor racial bigotry on the part of the police had anything to do with Mr. Sampson’s plight. That this theory of ‘implicit bias’ is nothing more that liberal mumbo jumbo. To those I say, then why? Why was this man repeatedly arrested for a crime he did not commit? Why didn’t any of the police officers involved in his arrest have the common sense to have asked a question or two at the scene? I feel I’ve already rambled on too long, but I do feel strongly about this as someone who takes a great deal of pride in my profession.
A third correspondent has spent decades in Louisiana law enforcement. Female police officers from that state who read on will be glad to know that he is retired. He writes:
I grew up with many state troopers living nearby as a kid and I guess it’s what made me want to be a cop. First let me say this about Florida: It is one weird state as far as law enforcement goes. I know you will say to yourself, what, Louisiana is great? Well, there are problems everywhere these days, for sure. But over there, even different agencies in the same counties are often at each other’s throats, arresting each other’s officers for various things from misdemeanors to true felonies. That said, I find the story from Miami Gardens heartbreaking and terrible at once. I am the parent of a mentally challenged adult child and I would be destroyed if my son was dealt with in this same manner.

When I became a deputy, the job was pretty much political in that the sheriff faced re-election every four years. We never had any serious challengers in and often were returned to office with no one registering to run against our sheriff.  But it being political, we did not go out of our way to make people’s lives a problem or punish them abnormally because we had to deal with them.

Far from it, we gave rides to people who needed one or tried to be neutral arbiters, if possible, in disputes. We tried pretty hard NOT to have to arrest people. We just didn’t want to do it. We weren’t “badge heavy,” throwing our weight around or whatever.  If we had to take care of business, we did so, but there was none of the stuff I see so much in the news these days. We did not have tasers. We had a revolver (and were warned to NEVER pull it unless our life depended on it), cuffs, and a nightstick, which we often just left in the cruiser.
But when someone refused to go we simply had to put hands on them and MAKE them go. This, I think, is where these cops of today are so messed up. It used to be that they were fast to pull that Taser. Now it’s the gun. And if the Taser doesn’t work they SHOOT the gun! I read one story and saw the video where one cop in Montana, in less than 8 years on the force, had already killed two people for being trigger happy. That is someone who wants the job but is terrified of everything that moves in my book. It’s unconscionable!!

Women in law enforcement are a joke as well in my book. They do not have the physical size and power of a male and they just simply lose in any physical confrontation. That and they get their male counterparts hurt for having to lookout for them and do all the work if any physical restraint is called for. A suspect being questioned in the Jacksonville, Mississippi, headquarters by a female officer had her weapon taken from her by the subject who then used it to shoot and kill two male officers in a shootout in the HQ. It’s all PC to hire them and everything but they get others and themselves hurt.

A big problem is that the officers they have hired in the last 20 years or so are of the PlayStation or video game generation. They grew up playing these violent games killing digital foes, and then they think current day technology will make a Buford Pusser out of tiny women and men too cowardly to put hands on the people they must arrest. It just DOES NOT work. It’s the only reason I can see for the videos that have surfaced where male officers shoot an unarmed or lighly armed (that is to say, a rake, stick, or a stone) subject.  We met the force of resistance to arrest with just what it took to overcome it. No more, no less.

I was fortunate to pull my sidearm out on only three occasions in 18 years. Two were in assisting with surprise arrests of potentially armed subjects and the third was the emergency movement of inmates from a jail facility that we thought was on fire.
That’s it. I never pulled it during an average arrest, wrestling with someone or a traffic stop.

I loved being a law enforcement officer, but near the end of my active years, I used to wonder what I might do in the spur of a moment that lawyers and judges and DA’s would have years to Monday morning quarterback me on. I could lose my livelihood, my possessions and my LIFE if something went wrong.

That said, the treatment of the subject of the article is inexcusable, the deafness of police administration to the man’s employer to cut it out and the fact they did not want to stop it is beyond shameful. Those are not cops. They are bullies using Gestapo tactics and too enamoured of admiring themselves in mirrors. I am no lawyer, but I would say each and every one of those activities are violations of the man’s civil rights and he should SUE the dept and the individual officers in question. If Holder wants to put a stop to police BS why isn’t he looking into THAT?!?  Something truly real and truly wrong?

But I feel things are not going to get better and I don’t know why. One of the best things I ever heard was something to the effect that “common sense is the most un-common thing.” That is what seems so sorely lacking in today’s police environment. Maybe it’s just a few bad places, or bad apples and the 24/7 news cycle finds these things and vomits them up no end. Maybe we were no better back then, it’s just that we were more separated from each other pre-internet.

(For a more positive assessment of female police officers, see here.)
That wasn’t a selection of the responses emailed to me—it was all of them, very lightly edited for concision. If you’re a police officer whose perspective wasn’t represented, or who wants to take a crack at any of the questions I posed that remain unanswered, more correspondence to conor@theatlantic.com is encouraged. I’m eager for anything that will help my readership to better understand cops. Once again, I’ll publish emails without names unless otherwise requested.

Talk About It Tuesday: Tàpies: From Within – A Must See


Feb. 6th to May 3rd


Tàpies: From Within is a major historical survey that features a selection of more than 50 large-scale paintings and sculptures, representing diverse moments from throughout Antoni Tàpies’ (b. 1923, Barcelona, Spain; d. 2012, Barcelona, Spain) career. These include early examples from 1945 through to recent works created in 2011—the year prior to his death. The exhibition explores the Spanish artist’s use of unusual materials and forms and the development of his unique visual language, which earned him an international reputation as one of the most successful abstract painters of his generation.

Curated by former Tate Director Vincente Todolí, this retrospective offers a unique view into Tàpies’ groundbreaking practice, which fused impoverished materials with symbols of Eastern and Western culture to create dense works covered with graffiti-like gestures. His alchemical practice mixed spiritual and existential questions with unique material investigations of surface, mark-making, and found objects. The exhibition presents an intimate and unusual view of his oeuvre, through a selection of works drawn exclusively from his own private collection and that of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies.


Where to Be: 3.27.15 to 4.2.15

Where to Be: Here at InTheLoop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” 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 around Miami!


Friday, 3.27.15

Represent Drum & Bass WMC 2015

Represent Drum & Bass WMC 2015
Friday, 03/27/2015 – 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
10845678_1073392252676729_4079694958280726912_oLiquor Lounge
1560 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Facebook Link
Cost: FREE

Represent Drum & Bass Returns for WMC | MMW

Friday March 27, 2015

No bs, no dress code, no cover, just vibes

All Drum&Bass!

Confirmed guests…
*Ben Soundscape of The Insiders
*Sopheye Sofly

Saturday, 3.28.15

3rd Annual Florida Derby Party at Tongue & Cheek

3rd Annual Florida Derby Party at Tongue & Cheek
Saturday, 03/28/2015 – 04:00 pm – 12:00 am
TC_FloridaDerbyTongue & Cheek
431 Washington Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: varies

Join Tongue & Cheek and watch the races at the 3rd Annual Florida Derby Party!

Live race broadcast on two 50 in. screens will start at 4 p.m. with a special derby happy hour. Beachside BBQ menu available for $25 per person and Classic Florida Mojitos for $5.

Contests for guests with the “Best Hat” and “Best-Dressed Man” to win a free dinner for two with a bottle of wine.

Tongue & Cheek is located at 431 Washington Ave. For more details, please call 305.704.2900 or visit www.tandcmiami.com

Sunday, 3.29.15

Cherry Wood Chxp Rich Culture

Cherry Wood Chxp Rich Culture
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
3301 College Ave,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314
Webpage Link
Cost: $15 online $20 at the door

EXPERIENCE RICH CULTURE:: www.versatileimage.org

Cherry is easy to work, fine textured, strong and fairly durable. The richness of cherry wood is the essence of being an artist. Be free, remain a fine grade, be strong and not easily bother by the lack of acceptance by others. Come experience culture in its purest form!

All proceeds will be donated to the “Brown Ballerina Movement”.

Line up:

@CrownMeRoyalXO (Screening of Brown Ballerina)
@_Markq (Fashion Show)
@TamikajMusic (Musical Performance)
@Queen_Me_Lovely (Modern Dance)
@XaliUnknwn (Musical Performance)
@BombChelz (Poetry)
@JayBurna (Musical Performance)
@MonhandWorks (Photography Exhibit)
@MisterBrooks_ (Beats & Cypher)
@MaryannArnita (Live Ballet Dance)

Monday, 3.30.15

The Atlantic’s Start-Up City: Miami 3/30/15

The Atlantic’s Start-Up City: Miami
Monday, March 30, 2015
StartupNew World Center
500 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: $99.00
Online Registration

From the sharing economy to online education and groundbreaking communications tools, the start-up landscape is booming in South Florida. On Monday, March 30, The Atlantic’s third annual “Start-Up City: Miami” will answer the question “what’s next?”—bringing together local and national business leaders to forecast the emerging trends and technologies that are shaping start-ups across the globe. The full-day program is presented in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and will be held at the New World Center. Tickets are on sale now.

Among the featured speakers and attendees are Tom Colicchio, a five-time James Beard winner, chef and owner of Crafted Hospitality, Top Chef judge and restaurateur with a new venture in Miami Beach; Jim McKelvey, Co-founder of Square and LaunchCode, who is transforming the way people and tech connect; Vikram Dendi with Microsoft Research, whose just-launched Skype Translator is poised to break down communication barriers by giving users the ability to speak with anyone around the world, regardless of language; Veronica Juarez, director of government relations for Lyft, who will address the mobile-first car service’s goals in Miami and across the country; Bastian Lehmann, co-founder and CEO of Postmates, the so-called “anti-Amazon” delivery app; and Bill Macaitis, chief marketing officer of Slack, one of the fastest-growing startups in history.

More confirmed speakers include:
John Ciancutti, Chief Product Officer, Coursera
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, CEO, Radical Partners
Jon Goiser, Investor and Data Scientist, Third Cohort Capital
Hal Gregersen, Director of the Sloan Leadership Center at MIT and author of “The Innovator’s DNA”
Ricardo Herrero, Executive Director, #CubaNow
Natalia Napoleon de Bens, Co-Founder, Lemon City Tea Co.
Tracy LaFlamme Ortega, Founder and CEO, PREPWORKS
Jason Saltzman, Founder and CEO, AlleyNYC

Tuesday, 3.31.15

Eat. Drink. “O” Cinema

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cafe-Prima-Pasta-InteriorCafé Prima Pasta
414 71st Street,
Miami Beach, Florida 33141

In the spirit of awards season, pair a film at the new “O Cinema” in Miami Beach with a supper of Italian substance at Café Prima Pasta featuring half off deals from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Patrons can enjoy select dinner favorites, as well as cocktails, at 50 percent off the regular menu price.

Choose from signature dishes such as Carpaccio di Manzo ($6.48), slices of filet mignon, virgin olive oil, lemon, and Parmesan cheese; Carpaccio di Salmone ($6.48), slices of salmon with olive oil, lemon, capers, rucola and tomatoes; Black Linguini Seafood ($10), squid ink pasta with fresh seafood in a creamy lobster sauce; Chicken Parmigiana ($9.50), NBA legend Michael Jordan’s favorite Café Prima Pasta dish of breaded chicken topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella, a Seasonal Fish Special ($14), fresh catch of the day; Tagliata Di Manzo ($9.98) , slices of carved steak with French fries served with an arugula salad; Tiramisu ($4), Mama Carla’s recipe of an Italian classic; Cheesecake ($4), homemade with hand whipped cream and Flan Cream Caramel ($4), served with Argentinean Dulce de Leche ice cream.

“O Cinema” is a cutting-edge, non-profit, independent cinema that manages, curates, and present screenings of art-house, independent, classic and family-friendly films. Show times begin in the evening and the Miami Beach theatre is located just steps away from Café Prima Pasta, at 500 71st Street in Miami Beach.

Wednesday, 4.1.15

I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. April Edition

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
NOLA-black-1-copy-smaller-copyO Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th St,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: $10 Online, $12 at Door

I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. (NOLA) is a local short film competition that provides Miami filmmakers a platform to showcase their work. As April NOLA falls on April Fools’ Day, we’ve designated April NOLA to Comedy short films.

In addition to showcasing local filmmakers, we also will be showcasing a Comedic Act, Musicians, 3 notable guest judges, and Wynwood Brewery. I’m Not Gonna Move to L.A. is the longest running filmmaker networking event in South Florida, facilitating filmmakers, creatives, artists, musicians and more to connect and continue creating in South Florida.

Learn more & buy your tickets here: http://goo.gl/4iWO9I

Thursday, 4.2.15

Margarita Madness at TeQuiztlan

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
sobelocal-eblast-02Tequiztlan Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar
1000 Lincoln Rd,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: Complimentary admission and bites; $5 Margaritas

Complimentary admission and bites; $5 Margaritas

Talk About it Tuesday: Testimony from campus police chiefs riles NRA lobbyist

This article is being shared from Naked Politics via the Miami Heeald. Let’s remind ourselves to be vigilant about conversations involving our young people and conversations about violence and lobbying attached to violence and our youth.


After university police chiefs testified against the so-called campus carry bill (HB 4005/SB 176) earlier this week, the National Rifle Association’s Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer sent an alert to NRA members and friends.

“State university campus police are using your tax dollars to lobby against the Second Amendment rights of Florida citizens,” she wrote.

Hammer said two Democratic lawmakers who oppose the bill had asked the chiefs to testify before the Senate Higher Education Committee on Monday and the House Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Wednesday.

“All of these chiefs filled out appearance cards and said, in writing, that they are AGAINST SB 176,” Hammer wrote to her members. “That clearly is lobbying -– they were there to influence the votes of legislators.”

What’s more, she said, the police chiefs were on the clock when they spoke.

Hammer urged NRA members to write House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, to oppose “state funds — your tax dollars — being used to lobby against your constitutional rights.”

But Andy Pelosi, president of the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus, called the move hypocritical.

“It’s interesting to note that when law enforcement [officers] like sheriffs, for example, testify in opposition to a gun violence prevention bill, that’s okay with the gun lobby,” he said.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2015/03/testimony-from-campus-police-chiefs-riles-nra-lobbyist.html#storylink=cpy

Motivate Monday: Speaking in French Cinema at MBC Tues. 3.23

This is a great performance taking place tonight that we recommend you all attend. Its a great way to start off the week.

When: March 23, 2015
Where: Miami Beach Cinematheque | 1130 Washington Avenue Miami Beach 33139 FL

The Miami Beach Cinematheque presents the first edition of Speaking in Cinema series of 2015, IN CONVERSATION WITH THE STARS OF GIRLHOOD, hosted by Miami Film Critic Juan Barquin, in the presence French actresses Karidja Touré and Assa Sylla, and L.A. Weekly Chief Film Critic Amy Nicholson on March 23.
The film “Girlhood” by Céline Sciamma  (2014) will be screening at the Miami Beach Cinematheque from March 20th to March 29th. The French Embassy Cultural Services Miami Office will be co-hosting a welcome reception for the stars of the film on Saturday March 21 at 8:20pm, between the 6:30pm and 9:10pm shows.

KARIDJA TOURÉ and ASSA SYLLA are the stars of Céline Sciamma’s GIRLHOOD. Both young students living in Paris, it is their first acting role in a long-feature film. Karidja Touré was nominated for a César Award for her performance in the film.

AMY NICHOLSON is chief film critic for L.A. Weekly. She co-hosts the weekly Voice Film Club podcast. Her first book, Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor, was recently published by Cahiers du Cinema.

JUAN BARQUIN is co-founder of the website, Dim the House Lights, which focuses on long-form film criticism and essays. He is also a freelance writer for the Miami New Timesand YAM Magazine.

The SPEAKING IN CINEMA series presented by the Miami Beach Cinematheque is a series of events giving an in-depth look at the intricacies of the art of filmmaking led by local and visiting film critics. With filmmakers, artists and international specialists as guests, the series is an ongoing and inclusive celebration of the art of cinema, the “Seventh Art”, which brings together all of the other six. SPEAKING IN CINEMA explores cinema’s past, present and future as the medium that encompasses spatial, temporal and visual aspects of art. The series provides a platform for continued engagement with a video library of the events to be released soon on the MBC website. Past editions have included guests such as Daniel Patrick Carbone, director of « Hide your smiling faces », starring actor (and son of the director)  Brontis Jodorowsky of « Danza de la realidad » ,  director of « Child of God » James Franco, among others…

This edition of Speaking in Cinema Series in sponsored in part by the French Embassy Cultural Services.


Where To Be: 3.20.15 to 3.26.15

Friday, 3.20.15

PreMoney Miami Investor Conference 3/20/15

PreMoney MIAMI Investor Conference
Friday, 03/20/2015 – 09:00 am – 07:30 pm
PreMoney-Miami-750x400EPIC Hotel
270 Biscayne Blvd Way,,
Miami, Florida 33131
More Info Link

Featuring Dave McClure (500 Startups), Scott Kupor (Andreessen Horowitz), Mark Suster (Upfront Ventures), Fabrice Grinda (OLX) + more, PreMoney MIAMI investor conf. will bring together folks from Silicon Valley, NYC, Miami, LatAm, Europe & beyond to explore the changes underway in venture capital and how those changes are affecting emerging markets around the world.

Saturday, 3.21.15

The 10th Annual Jazz In the Gardens Music Festival 

The 10th Annual Jazz In the Gardens Music Festival
Saturday, 03/21/2015 – 03/22/2015 03:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Jazz-In-The-Gardens_2015_Miami_FlyerSun Life Stadium
347 Don Shula Dr.,
Miami Gardens, Florida 33056
Webpage Link

The City of Miami Gardens presents its 10th Annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival on March 21st and 22nd, 2015, at Sun Life Stadium (347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens, FL 33056). The 2015 music festival will be hosted by celebrity comedians and now radio personalities D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley. Patrons will enjoy live performances by Maxwell, R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxton, RUN DMC, Men of Soul, Sheila E., Brian Culbertson, and local artists. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
Saturday, March 21st (Doors open at 3 p.m.)
– Local Band
– Local Band
– Sheila E
– Men of Soul (featuring Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson)
– Toni Braxton
– R Kelly
Sunday, March 22nd (Doors open at 3 p.m.)
– Local Band
– JITG All Star Jazz Band (featuring Roy Ayers on vibes, Lonnie Liston Smith on keyboards, Ronnie Laws on sax, Tom Browne on trumpet)
– Brian Culbertson
– Run DMC
– Erykah Badu
– Maxwell

Sunday, 3.22.15

The Seven Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch
Thursday, 02/19/2015 – 03/22/2015 08:00 pm –
1000x300_v2Miami Theater Center
9806 NE 2nd Ave,
Miami Shores, Florida 33138
Webpage Link
Cost: $35

The Seven Year Itch
by George Axelrod
Adapted by Stephanie Ansin & Fernando Calzadilla

Directed by Stephanie Ansin
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Loneliness. Temptation. Lust. Feel the summer heat aggravate the anxiety and desire of one man’s mid-life crisis in this irreverent interpretation of the 1950’s stage comedy that inspired the iconic Hollywood film.

Monday, 3.23.15

April GoLightly Hosts Girls Night Out at HSI Professional HAIRBAR 3/23/15

April GoLightly Hosts Girls Night Out at HSI Professional HAIRBAR
Monday, 03/23/2015 – 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
HSI-Girls-Night-Out-EVITE_AGLHSI Professional HAIRBAR
8888 SW 136th St.,
Miami, Florida 33176
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Kick off the week with a social celebration and join blogger April GoLightly at HSI Professional HAIRBAR for a Hair Happy Hour. The ultimate starting spot for girls night out, HSI is serving up complimentary champagne, professional make-up applications, discounted $20 blowouts and 15 minute deep conditioning treatments as courtesy add-ons to any blow outs in the HAIRBAR’s ultra-feminine, chateau-inspired salon. In addition, customers will receive exclusive discounts including a 10% discount on all retail purchases made that evening and any follow-up appointments scheduled that night.

Tuesday, 3.24.15

River Of Art #20 Business + Arts Social Event at Tongue & Cheek 

River Of Art #20 Business + Arts Social Event
RiverOfArtWeb-20SOULTuesday, March 24, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Tongue & Cheek
431 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
PARKING: Metered street spaces, garage at 4th St. & Euclid, lot at 4th St & Collins, municipal garages at 525 Collins, 137 Washington and more.
Use the Miami Beach Parking App.

Tickets: $10 with Advance Purchase using Promotional Code: SOUL
$20 at the Door
Ticket Link
Includes complimentary light cuisine tastings and drink specials courtesy of Tongue & Cheek.

Wednesday, 3.25.15

Incorrect Music Wmc 2015 Showcase

Incorrect Music Wmc 2015 Showcase
Wednesday, 03/25/2015 – 01:00 pm – 05:00 am
INC-instagramSTEAM Miami
30 NE 14th Street,
Miami, Florida 33132
Facebook Link
Cost: 20.00

Steam Miami welcomes Detroit-based Incorrect Music for a monster showcase that will take audiences through a full day and night of techno from the industry’s heavy-hitters. Featuring music by Incorrect Music label boss, Anthony Attalla along with an overflow of sought-after names including Carlo Lio, Chus & Ceballos, Cocodrills, Coyu, Ivan Pica, Luigi Rocca, Marco Lys, Nathan Barato, Pirupa, Prok & Fitch, Ramon Tapia, Simone Vitullo, Supernova, Teenage Mutants and Uto Karem, this colossal line-up will have the walls, both inside and out shaking well into the early hours of the following day.

Thursday, 3.26.15

Hard Rock RISING – Miami Beach 2015

Hard Rock RISING – Miami Beach 2015
Thursday, 03/26/2015 – 05:00 pm –
Miami100Eigth Street and Ocean Drive
Eigth Street and Ocean Drive,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

The City of Miami Beach is marking its 100th anniversary with a centennial weeklong celebration that culminates with an iconic music festival. Sponsored by Hard Rock International, The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., the all-day oceanfront music festival is located on the sand at Eighth Street and Ocean Drive. Gates open on Thursday, March 26 at noon for an afternoon beach party with the temporary amphitheater opening at 5 p.m. for the evening’s performances.The lineup includes: Andrea Bocelli, Barry Gibb, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Diego Torres, Wyclef, Flo Rida, Afrobeta, Cabas, Dave Mason, DJ Irie, Evan Charles, Fantine, Javier Garcia, Kevens, Ky-Mani Marley, Mann Sisters, Mariana Vega, Marlow Rosado, Melina Almodovar, Nicole Henry, Raquel Sofia, Tavo Botero, Terrell Cater, The Beethose Band, and Third World.


The article below was borrowed from the Miami Hurricane. Be sure to be paying attention and sharing these conversations.

Black Lives Matter protest sparks conversation about on-campus racism

The Black Lives Matter rally held Wednesday has sparked an online conversation about racial issues on campus, involving the University of Miami’s Black student population, opponents of the protestors and even President Donna E. Shalala.

The demonstration included a ‘die-in,’ in which students dropped to the ground in unison to represent lives lost to police brutality, and a march around campus in protest of the grand jury decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown.

SEE ALSO: Dramatic ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstration gives voice to voiceless

During and after the event, racist comments were posted on the anonymous social media app Yik Yak and other online outlets. (See screenshots attached in the embedded Tweets below.)

Shalala sent a university-wide Dialogue email Friday in response to comments like these, saying that “all members of the community have the right to respond and share their thoughts and beliefs.”

“Respectful dialogue, even between opposing sides of the same issue, remains an expectation at the University of Miami,” Shalala added.

President Shalala's Dialogue email sent Friday.

Junior Rhyssa Beckford, who was a participant in the Black Lives Matter event, originally reached out to Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Whitely about the issue Thursday, hoping for a university-wide email to be sent out that would discourage this behavior.

President Shalala then responded to Beckford with her own email, expressing her support of the demonstration and “outrage” at the detractors. (Whitely was out of town.) Beckford posted a screenshot of Shalala’s email on Facebook.

Shalala's response. // Screenshot courtesy Beckford

Soon after the Dialogue email was sent Friday, Beckford expressed her dissatisfaction with the administration’s response on Facebook.

Rhyssa Beckford's response. // Screenshot courtesy Beckford via Facebook

Beckford also wrote that the email was “sugar coated” and “didn’t truly address intolerance” in a Facebook message to The Miami Hurricane.

Some students also posted anonymous reactions to the UMiami Secrets Facebook page, arguing that the protest was an ineffective way to go about asking for change and that “lives matter as a whole, not just black lives.” This also led to discussion online. The comments can be seen in the embedded posts.

While the topic has angered many, sophomore Andrea Vorlicek urged her peers on Facebook not to let the opinions of a few taint their perspectives of the whole.

Vorlicek, who also participated in the march, wrote that the Black population at UM should not focus on the comments on Yik Yak and other social media outlets. Instead, she hopes that her peers work to educate others who are not aware of the prejudices that exist, in order to create a better on-campus environment.



Featured image courtesy The All-Nite Images via Flickr.

Talk About It Tuesday: American Dreams – Whose Dream?


The article below was taken from Miami New Times. What we are requesting that you all consider are the questions of: how does the mall affect our local economy? How does this mall go to benefit our local communities?

American Dreams Miami Mall Will Include World’s Largest Ski Dome, Art Deco Village, Water Park, Coral Reef, and More

Announced yesterday as the largest mall in America, American Dreams Miami is being dubbed by developer Triple Five Group as the “largest entertainment attraction in the world.”

Yes, the mall will end up being much more than a mall.

Triple Five tells New Times plans are expected to include:

1. Planet’s largest ski dome, year-round “powder” in the heat of summer.2. 7-acre covered lake supplying cool water for the country’s largest water park.

3. A separate 7-acre submarine lake where self propelled subs built in the Atlantic explore a live Caribbean reef.

4. An Art Deco Village of gourmet restaurants, live theater, and a Tivoli garden.

5. A London size Ferris wheel with views at the top from the Everglades to the Ocean.

6. Ice stadium for ice ballet, figure skating, and hockey instruction for children and young adults.

Triple Five
American Dreams Miami will feature a similar water park.

All of this is in addition to the Legoland theme park, minigolf, and sea lion show attraction that were reported yesterday.

Triple Five says the mall will “capture the very best elements” of its other properties. Those include the continent’s largest mall, the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada; the Mall of America in Minnesota; and the under-construction American Dreams Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, near the stadium where the New York Jets and Giants play.

The mall is planned to be built near the intersection of Florida’s Turnpike and I-75 in Northwest Miami-Dade. The project will be within the Urban Development Line, and no county money will be used to build the mall.

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Where To Be: 3.13.15 to 3.19.15

Friday, 3.13.15

W.O.W. (Women of the World) Event

W.O.W. (Women of the World) Event 2015
Friday, 03/13/2015 – 09:00 am – 11:30 pm
WOW-flyerHyatt Regency Coral Gables
50 Alhambra Plaza,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: registration: $150

First Ever W.o.W. (Women of the World) Event to Kick Off in Miami on March 12, 2015

Training, networking and pampering will be three pillars of the multicultural event for working female professionals

The first ever W.o.W. (Women of the World) event is scheduled to take place right here in Miami—an unparalleled experience offering tools, tips and hacks for female entrepreneurs and leaders to take their skills to the next level. From workshops and panel discussions to coaching sessions and professional development, #wow2015 will take place to coincide with International Working Woman’s Day and National Women’s History Month.

Slated to kick off on Thursday, March 12, 2015 with an opening welcome reception, the first ever #wow2015 will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables with power panels, inspiring keynotes, lively debates and many surprises.

Saturday, 3.14.15

The Will Calhoun Trio

The Will Calhoun Trio
Saturday, 03/14/2015 – 08:00 pm –
Will-CalhounPinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road,
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
Webpage Link
Cost: $25 and $30

Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to be Grammy Award winners and contribute to so many genres; jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on film and continually pushing the envelope. Will Calhoun has this creative vision, and he is doing an extraordinary job keeping music a spiritual and motivating force in his life. Famous for his work with the groundbreaking hard rock group Living Colour, including two Grammys, Will has recorded and/or toured and performed with diverse artists including Mick Jagger, Mos Def, Oumou Sangare, Marcus Miller and Wayne Shorter.

Sunday, 3.15.15

YoungArts: Dance, Music, Theater & Voice Performance |Directed by John Heginbotham 

YoungArts: Dance, Music, Theater & Voice Performance | Directed by John Heginbotham
Sunday, 03/15/2015 – 03:00 pm – 06:00 pm

The Colony Theatre

1040 Lincoln Road,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $5-$15

Come check out our homegrown talent during YoungArts Miami, where the next Ricky Ubeda, Kerry Washington and Hernan Bas will showcase their creativity through performances, readings, exhibitions and screenings. These emerging artists, ages 15-18, were selected from 11,000 applications. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the next generation of incredible talent in the country’s hottest emerging arts region.

Monday, 3.16.15

Jokes in the Grove

Monday, 03/16/2015 – 03/16/2015 09:00 pm – 11:00 pm
IMG_47671Mr. Moes
3131 Commodore Plaza,
Miami, Florida 33133
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: 5.00

Get your laugh on every Monday at the Grove to start off your week!

Mr. Moes in Coconut Grove
3131 Commodore Plaza
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Be there by 8pm to start the show on time!

+Food Item
For just $20!

Tuesday, 3.17.15

St. Patrick’s Day @ JohnMartin’s

Tuesday, 03/17/2015 – 12:00 pm – 03:00 pm
St.Patricks-Day-CalendarListing-FlyerJohnMartin’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
253 Miracle Mile Coral Gables,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: FREE

Everyone is welcome to join the genuine pub & restaurant as they party all day long. There will be all day entertainment starting at Noon with live music by Paddy Kelleghan and a bagpiper. Da Infamous DJ Q will keep the party going from 8p.m. until close.

Wednesday, 3.18.15

Biz To Biz Spring Business Expo 2015

Biz To Biz Spring Business Expo 2015
Wednesday, 03/18/2015 – 03:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Marflyer2015Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
Webpage Link
Cost: FREE

Showcase Your Business at the Biz To Biz Spring Business Expo on Wednesday, March 18th at The Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward Convention Center. This is a great opportunity to reach thousands and promote your business, services and products. Exhibitor Space starting at $175.00. Free Admission to Attend. 175+ Exhibitors | Free Seminars | 3pm – 8pm. Register at: http://www.biztobiznetworking.com


Thursday, 3.19.15

Rooftop Unplugged with Robby Hunter Band 

Rooftop Unplugged with Robby Hunter Band
Thursday, 03/19/2015 – 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm
unplugged1Filling Station Lofts
MIAMI FL 33132, Florida 33132
Facebook Link

Miami we are stoked to host another epic #RooftopUnplugged Concert Series with the talented Robby Hunter Band! Join us as WLRN Public Radio and Television’s Michael Stock hosts a very special audible evening with free liquid vibes from PBR as well as yummy organic bites from 221 Cafe.

Be sure to RSVP as it will be strictly enforced due to capacity. Rsvp to attendrsvp@aedistrictmiami.com

Public Art Wednesday: Applications for PULSE


What is PULSE?

PULSE Miami Beach returns to Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, with new dates, from Tuesday, December 1 to Saturday, December 5. For more information including hours, directions and to purchase tickets, please see our Visitors page.

Since 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair has been the premiere satellite fair for the discovery and acquisition of cutting-edge contemporary art. With annual editions in Miami Beach and New York City, the fair cultivates a supportive environment for its international community of galleries and provides a platform for their growth and expansion in the contemporary art market. From its inception, PULSE has presented thoughtfully-curated exhibitions and ever-evolving programming that reflect the fair’s commitment to making the visitor experience a dynamic one.

Click here to apply to PULSE Miami Beach 2015.

Tuesday, December 1 – Saturday, December 5, 2015

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is pleased to announce new dates for its Miami Beach fair, which returns to Indian Beach Park at 46th Street and Collins Avenue. PULSE Miami Beach will be open from Tuesday, December 1st through Saturday, December 5th, 2015, beginning the week with its signature Private Preview Brunch on Tuesday from 1pm-4pm, followed by an Opening Celebration with special programming from 4pm-7pm, and ending with a Closing Celebration on Saturday, December 5th, from 5pm-7pm.

“After speaking with a number of collectors, many of whom now to travel to Miami earlier in the week, and consulting with our core community of exhibitors, it was clear we needed to change our dates,” states Director Helen Toomer. “We look forward to offering our visitors additional time to discover great artworks at PULSE Miami Beach and also provide a chance for our exhibitors to enjoy all that Miami has to offer, with a day off on Sunday.”

In response to PULSE’s success at its new home on Indian Beach Park, the fair is expanding its footprint to over 50,000 square feet of beachside exhibition space, spanning two tents and hosting over 80 local and international exhibitors. Each tent will embody a distinct style – the main structure will house both PULSEand IMPULSE exhibitors, juxtaposing curated group shows by PULSE galleries next to solo artist presentations by IMPULSE galleries, the latter of whose artists will be nominated for the PULSE Prize. In a space adjacent to this, POINTS exhibitors will be showcased within the new POINTS Pavilion. This will provide a smaller and more affordable platform for alternative models, non-profits, first time exhibitors and galleries who wish to present a project, which they have not yet been able to realize within their gallery space. Core and memorable programming will return to PULSE Miami Beach, including PROJECTS, PERSPECTIVES and PLAY, which will be integrated throughout the fair.

After a full day of commencement festivities on Tuesday December 1st, PULSE Miami Beach will be open to the public from 10am-7pm daily from Wednesday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 5th, 2015, ending with a Closing Celebration on Saturday, December 5th, from 5pm-7pm.



PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is comprised of three types of exhibitors, PULSE, IMPULSE and POINTS. PULSE and IMPULSE exhibitors are integrated throughout one tent and POINTS exhibitors will inhabit a new connected space – the POINTS Pavilion. The majority of the fair is made up of PULSE exhibitors, who are local and international, emerging and established galleries. IMPULSE exhibitors each exhibit a solo artist presentation within their booth. Each of these artists will be nominated for the PULSE Prize, a cash grant awarded directly to the artist and each nominee will receive extensive coverage in the lead up to, and at the fair. Booths within the adjacent POINTS Pavilion provide a smaller and more affordable platform for alternative models, non profits, first time exhibitors and galleries who wish to present a project which they have not yet been able to realize within their gallery space.




If you have questions regarding your application, please contact Vanessa Seis or call +1 212 255 2327

Talk About It Tuesday: Art on the Underline


This March we want to take some time to focus on concepts of mobility here in Miami. Below you will find a recent article from New Times Miami talking about the proposed “Underline.” The question that we want to pose to everyone is how much community input will be involved in the planning and building process. Also, how much the local artist community will be involved in the build out.

Designer of New York’s High Line Park to Design Miami’s Underline


When New York City opened the first phase of its High Line park in 2010, Miamians naturally said, “Oh, we want something like that.” The High Line is 1.45-mile linear park built atop an abandoned elevated railway.

Miami’s answer was to propose a 10-mile linear park underneath an active railway, the Metrorail, and dub it “the Underline.”

Naturally, when the designer of the High Line was one of 19 firms to bid to design the Underline, he was the one who won out.

James Corner Field Operations, a New York-based landscape architecture firm, was officially announced as the winner of the contract by Miami-Dade County. Corner is also working on the new Lincoln Road masterplan and also did work for the PAMM and Frost museums. It beat out four other finalists, none of which were local firms. Preliminary plans for the park had been designed by University of Miami architecture students with assistance from Arquitectonica’s Raymond Fort.

The Underline will follow underneath the Metrorail, from the Miami River to Dadeland South, creating an uninterrupted 10-mile path to be enjoyed by joggers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Courtesy of Anna Baez/Underline
The proposed 10-mile Underline park

A timeline for competition has not yet been set. The park’s website notes that similar parks have taken more than a decade to complete. Funding comes from the cities of Miami, Coral Gables, and South Miami and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Miami Foundation, the Health Foundation of South Florida, and the Mitchell Wolfson Foundation. However, the park is also soliciting private donors with hopes of speeding up the process.

Now, before you complain too much about Miami ripping off New York wholesale, know at least two things:

One of the first big artistic exhibitions on the High Line was an installation of then Miami-based artists FriendsWithYou’s Rainbow City project. That project had previously been exhibited in the Design District during Art Basel.

The High Line itself wasn’t even its own original vision either. It was in turn inspired by the Promenade plantée, a 2.9-mile elevated park in Paris. Nothing is truly original anymore.

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Where to Be: 2.20.15 to 2.26.15

Friday, February 20th

Misa E’ Gallo, Cubita Da Poet and 3CO @ Jazid 

10:00 pm – 5:00 am
1342 Washington Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: $10

3CO @ 11pm
“On tour from Puerto Rico
Misa E’ Gallo @ 12am
Cubita Da Poet @ 1AM

RSVP Here!


Hip-Hop Flavor upstairs with DJ Fiyah Vibez til 5am.

21&up. $10.


Saturday, February 21st

Arts for Learning Lewis Arts Studio Pop-Up Family Arts Days 2/21/15

A4L LAS PopUp Flyer Virrick 5x7 5x7 FINALElizabeth Virrick Park
3255 Plaza Street,
MIAMI, Florida 33133
Facebook Link
Cost: Free

Join us for Arts for Learning’s Lewis Arts Studio Pop-Up Family Arts Days!
Free Dance classes for the whole family, featuring A4L Teaching Artist, dancer & choreographer Marisol Blanco!

Dance sessions will be held every Saturday from
January 31st – March 7th from 12:30 – 2:30 pm at
Elizabeth Virrick Park (3255 Plaza Street, Miami, FL 33133).


Elevate – A day of workshops and activities for being Nicer

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
ELEVATEFBadMiami Beach Botanical Garden
831 Ninth Street,
Miami BEach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: $30 in advance.

A day of Lifting your mind, body, spirit and social well-being.
Being A Better Person – through what we eat, how we take care of ourselves, how we treat ourselves and how we treat others. Many of us find some, most or all of these topics difficult to follow in our daily lives. Add the pressures of family, peers, ageing, economy and surroundings, and it often becomes overwhelming.
Join Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, the first and only organization for the Latino|Hispanic|LGBTQ Community since 2002, for a Day Of Being Nicer.

Attendees may choose from a variety of 1 and 2 hour workshops and activities throughout the day, including:
Guest Speaker: John J. McNeill | Father John McNeill was expelled from the Jesuit order for being openly gay, was a prisoner of war during WWII, co-founder of SAGE and with partner for 49 years. Sharing excerpts of Taking a Chance on God (a documentary about his life).
Welcome breakfast and healthy lunch, courtesy of Whole Foods
– Yoga and Meditation in the Garden with Joseph Armstrong
– Health and Wellness Fair | Agencies, organizations and vendors will have tables in main room to promote their services.
– Nutrition and You, sponsored by Care Resource, with nutritionist Rogoberto Ng
– Choose Your Life Choices – Quantumly with and Gus Briand
– Tools For Being Happier and Less Toxic with life coach Thea Sommer
– Painting in the Garden with David Sexton
– Personal Growth Through Poetry with Caridad Moro
– Socializing and Dating 101 with David Kessler, LCSW
– Trans Understanding and Support with Aryah Lester and Arianna Lint
– Annie Appleseed Project | Healthy ways to reduce Cancer risk, reduce recurrences, toxicities of conventional therapies and to introduce alternative treatments
– Spirituality, Faith and being LGBT with Harold Sloan-Marrero (Miami Beach Community Church), Rabbi Tom Heyn (Temple Israel) Lazarus Miles (olorisha) ordained Lukumi priest, and other faith leaders discuss what different faiths say, and don’t say, about homosexuality.
– Reiki and Kigong with Tony Salvetti
– Urban Habitat | Learning and caring for native plants with Howard Tonkin
– Creating Cocktails from the Garden with Hiro
– Elevate Tea Dance with DJ Miik – 8o’s music – easy listening, socializing)

Monday, February 23rd


JAN 23 2015 – FEB 27 2015
Art of Black

6161 NW 22ND AVE.
MIAMI, FL 33142


The Black Life Experience is part of “Sankofa: Looking Back, Going Forward,” a year-long series of events and performances that bring alumni back to the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center to inspire the next generation of talent, in celebration of the Center’s fortieth anniversary with funding support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

Call the phone number or visit the website for more information.

Over the past century, African American life, history and culture have become major forces in the United States and the world. African Americans have influenced music, art, literature and politics and continue to evolve. Miami-Dade County residents and visitors are invited to take part in the events planned throughout the destination.

The City of Miami Gardens 2nd Annual Heritage Bowl

heritagebowlFlorida Memorial University Lou Rawls Auditorium
15800 NW 42nd Avenue,,
Miami Gardens, Florida 33056
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Miami-Dade senior high and middle school students demonstrate their
mastery of Black History facts in efforts to win monetary prizes and the coveted Carter G. Woodson Achievement Award. The structure of the Bowl is an academic quiz style tournament designed to increase and test student’s knowledge of Black History. Schools have the opportunity to form teams of 6 students who will compete in a round-robin tournament against neighboring schools.

Wednesday, February 25th

Pleasure & Intimacy

pleasureintimacybanner1Your Big Picture Cafe
5935 South University Drive,
Davie, Florida 33328
Eventbrite Link
Cost: 95

If surrender, and being fully present in your body during sex and intimacy, and being able to ask for what you want and receive a man, and being able to tune into and know a woman’s body like a magician is of supreme value to you, this is a unique and intimate experience that will cultivate your skills and richen your real-world experiences.

Thursday, February 26th

Alexis Caputo: “Afro-Diaries” 

Alexis-Caputo-Original-Sent-to-Lamar-LovelaceBroward College South Campus – Performing Cultural Arts Theatre
7200 Pines Boulevard,
Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024
Webpage Link
Cost: Free for students with valid ID; $10 for general public

“Afro-Diaries” identifies and embraces the stories of women, with excerpts from Caputo’s portfolio of solo and collaborative performances, which include “Spit Boxing,” “The Waiting Room,” “The Lynching Eye,” “Raw Footage,” “Souled-Out,” “Truths Carved from the Belly,” “Women of the Drum,” “The Proud Pilgrim”, and “Deconstruction & Deliverance.” The production is a powerful exploration of women, politics, issues of gender, race, equity and equality in society. Visit alexiscaputo.com.

Civic Engagement Thursday: Election & Voting Jump Start

Hey Everyone we thought we would start the conversation early about voting a early because in truth its never to early to register to vote. We pulled the information below from Rock the Vote’s website. Check them out and find out how you can be more involved.


Information below last updated in Fall 2014. Please check back soon for 2015 registration dates and election information.

Information provided by Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights



Pass along this information:

OR TEXT “ROCK” TO 788683
 Conducting a Voter Registration Drive in your state? Here are some resources.

– See more at: http://www.rockthevote.com/get-informed/elections/state/florida.html#sthash.hK4IPMFk.dpuf

Public Art Wednesday: Food for Thought

Today, we thought that we would point out the parallels of art and food. Both work to bring people together. Restaurants are if designed from a community concept have the ability to showcase curate and act as the biggest supporters or our local artists. We really appreciated the spread that was done for Art Basel back in 2013. Enjoy

Where To Eat: Art Basel Miami Beach 2013

Here’s what not to miss during Art Basel, food-wise

The Art Of Eating (clockwise From top left): Wynwood Kitchen & Bar (featuring art by Shepard Fairey), the scene-y Cecconi's inside Soho Beach House, fried chicken And waffles At Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, the under-the-radar but highly recommended Mandolin.
The Art Of Eating (clockwise From top left): Wynwood Kitchen & Bar (featuring art by Shepard Fairey), the scene-y Cecconi’s inside Soho Beach House, fried chicken And waffles At Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, the under-the-radar but highly recommended Mandolin.

It’s that time of the year again: every fashionable East Coast-er has either booked or is frantically trying to book a flight to Miami this week for partying and socializing under the sun. And there’s the art. To prepare you for Art Basel  — the massive annual art fair on Miami Beach, and the dozens of other fairs and one-off events and marketing ploys that pop up around it— here’s a list of great places to eat. In addition to the art, the fair has become known for pop-up nightclubs, restaurants and cafés. Here’s a look at some of our favorite spots (new and old) not to be missed this year, split up by your own priorities.

Go For The Food: 

1776 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 483-1796
We’re big fans of Tony Mantuano, a Midwestern chef and restaurateur best known for Chicago’s Spiaggia, but who also happens to run the best pop-up restaurant each year at U.S. Open time in Queens (that’s tennis, not golf). Now, he’s (ahem) taking his talents to South Beach with Lorenzo, a new 200-seater right in the heart of the action (and inside the new Redbury Hotel), serving up a crowd-pleasing menu of Tuscan classics, handmade pastas and pizzas out of the wood oven. Plus, an ambitious cocktail program and high-end design.

Mandolin Miami
4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
(305) 576-6066
Mandolin is a mecca of Aegean cuisine in Miami’s Buena Vista district (not far from Wynwood, where Art Basel activities will be in full-swing). This quaint, out-of-the-way spot features fresh, light Turkish-Greek cuisine that’s still hearty enough to fuel you for the night’s debauchery. Don’t miss the grilled squid and the house white sangria. When you need a break from the fairs and the partying and want to focus on food and friends, this is the place to do it.

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-5550
One of the first to move into Miami’s now–ultra glam Design District, Chef Michael Schwartz’s iconic restaurant continues to be one of the city’s premier dining destinations — and its toughest reservation during Basel. If you’re not seen here breaking bread (and exquisite farm-to-table fare) with VIPs at some point during the week, you haven’t made the scene. The MGD team’s newer Cypress Room, also in the Design District, features a $139 côte de boeuf for two, so art world players will be sure to add a stop to this artfully designed restaurant to their schedules as well. And Schwartz now runs the restaurant at the Raleigh,Restaurant Michael Schwartz, for excellent outdoor dining on South Beach, and will return with his pop-up at Design Miami on the beach as well (more info here).

Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market
398 NW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33128
(305) 375-0765
Tired of the Basel scene? Hop into a cab for a short ride to the Miami River for a meal at Garcia’s Seafood, a long-running spot where locals flock for seafood and atmosphere. The Cuban family-run seafood joint has been serving some of the freshest fish in town for over 40 years.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar 
1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-5220
Yardbird offers some of the best fried chicken around, a touch of the South in a southern city that’s about as far from Dixie as Nova Scotia. Its Lincoln Road proximity makes it a convenient draw for a realiably awesome dining experience.

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
(305) 456-5909
Tucked into the quiet Buena Vista district, just a stone’s throw away from both Wynwood and the Design District, is Buena Vista Bistro. Book a table at this a quaint French restaurant serving traditional fare, including an array of housemade pâtés and mousse, and escape from the scene alongside the coolest and most down to earth Miami locals.

Go For The Scene:

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
2550 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
(305) 722-8959
Situated adjacent the Wynwood Walls, a graffiti heaven with walls tagged by the likes of Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf and Futura, Wynwood Kitchen serves Latin-inspired cuisine in a casual open-air environment, right in the middle of the Wynwood Art District. It also ups the ante during Basel, hosting special showcases for street art, including this year’s “Women on the Walls,” with big names like Claw Money, Lady Pink and Martha Cooper,” and a tribute to recently passed owner Tony Goldman curated by Scharf, Tony’s Oasis.

Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge
150 Ocean Dr. Miami, FL 33139
Scheduled to open just in time for Art Basel, the bi-level restaurant and lounge will “reflect the Cavalli signature beacons of excellence: fashion, food and design, and will offer the ultimate in luxury and sophisticated exclusivity,” according to Roberto Cavalli himself. The restaurant will, most likely, also provide Paris Hilton and Mike Tyson sightings, for better or worse.

A Little Bit Of Both Worlds… 

Cipriani Downtown Miami 
465 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
(786) 329-4090
Miami newcomer Cipriani Downtown has quickly garnered a huge fan base in South Florida. The legendary Venetian restaurant offers the same menu as its New York locations, with classics such as the Carpaccio Alla Cipriani, baked taglialini with Praga ham and of course, the iconic bellini.

385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
(786) 507-7902
Situated in Miami’s Soho Beach House, Cecconi’s is the place to go for consistent Italian cuisine, served in a relaxed, open-air environment. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance, as the Basel crowd will surely be taking the hotel and club by storm.

4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
(786) 276-1388
Next door to Soho Beach House is the legendary Fontainebleau Hotel, the debut American location for the world-renowned Cantonese restaurant. Don’t miss the dim sum lunch menu available on weekends.

Lure Fishbar
1600 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139
The wait is over! Josh Capon is opening the long-anticipated branch of his trendy NYC seafood spot Lure tonight, December 2nd. Located in the Loews Hotel, the restaurant will dish out raw and cooked seafood, as well as Capon’s famous burger, four-time winner of NYC’s Burger Bash.

927 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
(305) 759-2001
Be sure to make time for a stop at Michy’s, Miami golden girl, Chef Michelle Bernstein‘s namesake. The long-time Miami native was one of the first chefs to take a leap of faith and set up shop in Miami.

Pop-Up Specials

Michy’s Miami Beach Pop-Up 
Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, Florida
(305) 759-2001
Chef Bernstein is staying busy this year, with not one, but two pop-up restaurants. Michy’s Miami Beach will reflect the same spirit as her Biscayne gem, serving creative contemporary American fare with a menu created exclusively for the pop-up.

Garden Café By Michelle Bernstein
Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, Florida
(305) 572-9444
The Garden Café is a one-stop-shop for salads, freshly made sandwiches, hot plates, soups and exquisite baked goods.

Maison Ladurée
1108 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 33139
Maison Ladurée, known for exceptional French pastries and macarons, will be collaborating with artist Will Cotton, who developed a macaron with ginger-infused whipped cream, among other creations.

Talk About it Tuesday: ArtsBiz Blog: Arts Mean Business Forum Highlight Miami Arts Week 2.17


There is a lot of thoughtful speak going on about art as business in our communities. In respect of black history month, lets honor and have a conversation, about art and profit for who?

This blog was shared from the Arts & Business Council of Miami.



The 2014 edition of Art Basel week in Miami featured the perfect marriage of arts and business. The city was alive with high-end private parties; pop up exhibitions and roving ads on cars, scooters and even people. Millions of dollars in art sales, restaurant meals, hotel rooms, and luxury car rentals exchanged hands. Beyond the dozens of satellite fairs and thousands of gallery booths catering to collectors, Miami Art Week offered a far more compelling benefit for businesses eager to court potential clients. Pacesetters from all industries and brand power houses swooned at the reach of art week. Developers, financial investment companies, tech start-ups, luxury car brands and more cleverly leveraged the arts as a strategic imperative for business. These companies know the arts mean business.

During Art Week, the Arts & Business Council of Miami hosted an Access Breakfast Forum with the Beacon Council to discuss how the arts are transforming Miami and why the creative industry matters to business. Donna Abood, Chair of the Beacon Council, Miami’s official economic development partnership, welcomed participants and thanked sponsors. Laura Bruney, President and CEO of Miami’s Arts & Business Council opened the program with some astonishing facts. The arts industry in Miami-Dade has a 1.1 billion dollar impact and employs 30,000 full time workers. More than 13 million people participated in the arts this year and thousands of business professionals shared their skills as volunteers and board members. Cultural tourism, a major component of brand Miami brings 5 million visitors each year.

Featured speaker, Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts kicked off the program talking about how the arts bring a competitive advantage to companies that are involved. He has worked for more than 38 years to empower communities and leaders to advance the arts in society. Under his direction, Americans for the Arts has become a leader in documenting and articulating the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation’s economy. Nonprofit arts organizations are employers, producers, consumers, and key promoters of their cities and regions. Most importantly for today’s discussion they are valuable contributors to the business community.

The flash of transformation in any city is culture and art. Collaborations between arts and business enhance quality of life, especially in cities like Miami. He praised our vibrant cultural community. “I was immersed in art from the moment I stepped off the plane and walked through Miami International Airport which was filled art installations and marvelous art. Every time I come there is something new and I am always energized. Miami is a 24 hour city. As I was returning to my hotel at midnight last evening a lot people were just leaving to start their night.”

There’s always been tension between involvement with the arts and the need for the arts. There is a movement going on in our country that is shining a spotlight on the competitive advantage the arts provide to business. “Business support for the arts isn’t a charity; it’s an investment that creates shared value through mutually beneficial partnerships.” He outlined the value the arts bring to business including brand empowerment, leveraging connections with clients and consumers, professional development that encourages innovation and creativity, and enhancing the workspace. Involvement with the arts is good for executives, clients, shareholders and employees.

Mr. Lynch also talked about the BCA 10, Americans for the Arts awards that recognize 10 businesses for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace and the community. Hallmark Cards was a recipient this year. At the awards ceremony in October, their CEO, Donald Hall said “As the highest expression of the human spirit, the arts give form to profound insights and bridge cultures and generations. They stimulate creative thinking and create vibrant communities for us all…Hallmark sees the arts as a source of renewal and inspiration for our employees and our business.” Extending partnerships to span all industries and fostering collaboration is building the new economy of ideas.

Following Mr. Lynch’s inspiring talk our impressive panel took center stage. Ms. Bruney introduced each panelist and asked them how their organizations are connecting with business and the community.

Sonja Bogensperger, team leader for business development, real estate and marketing for the Miami Downtown Development Authority was instrumental in starting Downtown Art Days. “The arts are a critical component in the transformation of downtown Miami. The arts touch all aspects of the urban lifestyle we have created – residents, business professionals, business owners and tourists are all impacted in a positive way” Around the country boomers and millennials are abandoning the suburbs for the urban lifestyle. Downtown Miami has truly become an international center for arts and culture. “In its third year, one of our signature events, Downtown Arts Days grew from 50 activations in 2011 to over 200 this year. The population of downtown Miami has doubled and now has a critical mass of arts, it is essential.”

Suzette Espinosa Fuentes, Assistant Vice President for Public Relations at the Adrienne Arsht Center spoke about how they are creating a town center. Their strong partnership with Miami-Dade schools brings every fifth grader to the center to attend a performance of Rock Odyssey, an innovative show sponsored by the Knight Foundation and local businesses. “This unique cultural experience is building our audiences of the future. It’s the perfect example of how the arts renew the spirit, create transformational experiences and leverage partnerships. Arts in education is adding the A to STEM to make STEAM and foster creativity and ingenuity in our next generation.” In addition, the center hosts a free Family Fest four times a year that brings the community onto the plaza and into the center for free performances and activities. The Arsht Center has become a town center because the community wanted it and fostered it.

Leann Standish, Deputy Director for External Affairs at the Pérez Art Museum Miami talked about the museums first year and announced that the museum welcomed more than 300,000 visitors since opening in December of 2013. “Fostering community involvement the museum offers free admission the second Saturday of each month. Sponsored by Target, the free admission offer leverages marketing and outreach to bring visibility to the museum and its programs.” This is a great example of the win-win partnerships Robert Lynch discussed. Innovative programs and compelling events are developing a community of arts aficionados. The building, with its expansive terraces and sweeping bayfront views is a work of art itself. Ms. Standish encourages Miami’s corporate community and entrepreneurs to approach them about partnering. “I see a lot of opportunity and feel we’re only just beginning to see the best of those relationships in Miami.”

At the YoungArts Foundation, an organization started in 1981 by Lyn and Ted Arison to recognize young cultural talent around the U.S., Vanessa Leitman oversees marketing, events and alumni relations. Their new downtown campus is in the historic Bacardi building. The foundation partnered with the company and their donors to buy and preserve this iconic landmark. They do an incredible amount of outreach, recently partnering with Miami’s classic Hotel Inter-Continental on their YoungArts awareness day and hosting performances by YoungArts alumni at the Epic Hotel’s new Lilt lounge. “Arts in education is critical to developing strong creative talent.”

Beacon Council President & CEO Larry Williams closed out the morning on a high note sharing the impressive economic impact figures for Miami-Dade’s creative industries. Mr. Lynch summed it up the breakfast forum best by saying that extending partnerships to span all industries and fostering collaboration is building the new economy of ideas in Miami.

About the Arts Biz Dialogue

The Arts & Business Council of Miami has developed a new blog to focus on corporate leaders that support the arts. The interactive exchange of ideas will provide us with insight on successful corporate partnerships. Each conversation will be featured on our ArtsBizBlog. Stay tuned for more interesting interviews and get the inside scoop on why some of South Florida’s top corporate leaders collaborate with the arts. For information on the Arts & Business Council and to see past blog entries visit www.ArtsBizMiami.org


Music Monday: Cuba’s Los Van Van on the go, coming to once-hostile Miami

This article was posted two weeks ago by the AP. 

In this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Samuel Formell, a musician with the Cuban band Los Van Van, poses for a photograph following an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. The group is returning to a less polarized Miami as part of its fifth U.S. tour, just as the Obama administration is easing a half-century of restrictions on Cuba, making travel to and from the Communist-governed island easier. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)In this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Samuel Formell, a musician with the Cuban band Los Van Van, poses for a photograph following an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. The group is returning to a less polarized Miami as part of its fifth U.S. tour, just as the Obama administration is easing a half-century of restrictions on Cuba, making travel to and from the Communist-governed island easier. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) — Los Van Van, one of Cuba’s greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands of enraged protesters to put on a concert in the heart of anti-Castro activism.

Now the group is returning to a different, less polarized Miami as part of its fifth U.S. tour, just as the Obama administration is easing a half-century of restrictions on Cuba, making travel to and from the island easier.

“Times have changed a lot,” said Samuel Formell, the group’s leader, during an interview with The Associated Press.

Formell’s father, Juan, created an exciting new style of Cuban dance music that has influenced generations of musicians, even as he was widely reviled among Cuban exiles who saw him as close to the Communist government and circulated videos showing him shouting “Viva Fidel!” Both Fidel and Raul Castro sent floral offerings to his funeral when he died last year at age 71.

Anti-Castro exiles and city officials battled to keep the group from performing in Miami in 1999.

Then-Mayor Joe Carollo referred to the group as “the official Communist band of Fidel Castro” and some 4,000 anti-Castro activists turned out to protest their appearance, hurling eggs, batteries and insults at concert-goers.

In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Samuel Formell, a musician with the Cuban band Los Van Van, responds to a question during an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. Los Van Van, one of Cuba’s greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands of enraged protesters to put on a concert in the heart of anti-Castro activism. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Samuel Formell, a musician with the Cuban band Los Van Van, responds to a question during an interview in Miami Beach, Fla. Los Van Van, one of Cuba’s greatest dance bands, once made history of a sort just by playing in Miami, overcoming city attempts to ban the concert and braving thousands of enraged protesters to put on a concert in the heart of anti-Castro activism. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

That atmosphere has eased as the generation torn from Cuba for political reasons has gradually been joined by children and grandchildren curious about the island, and by new waves of Cuban immigrants who have come for economic rather than ideological reasons.

Things have changed for Los Van Van as well.

The group’s new leader said Cuba needs “an urgent change, an urgent change to save that country.”

The first change, he said, should be fully ending the U.S. embargo. And after that, he’d like to see changes that the Castros have vowed never to make: “that there could one day be another party, that there could finally be free elections and whoever wins the elections stays.

“That things open a little more, that there is freedom of the press too, and of communications in general … all those things that work normally in the world and are not normal in Cuba.”

Still, he said the band has never been about ideology.

“Juan Formell worked to make music. He never got into politics,” the son said.

“I don’t think we’ll make political lyrics, something that speaks of tensions … We’ll continue being the same: Van Van to enjoy.”

The 47-year-old percussionist said his father’s inspiration remains strong, nothing that he authored several of the songs on the group’s new album, “La Fantasia.”

“What we want,” he said, “is for the music of Los Van Van and of my father to reach places it’s never reached.”

Where to Be: 2.13.15 to 2.19.15

Friday, February 13th

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Macchialina 

6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Screen-Shot-2015-01-21-at-4.55.12-PMMaccialina Taverna Rustiva
820 Alton Rd,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: varies

Enjoy Valentine’s Day (weekend) at Macchialina Taverna Rustica in Miami Beach starting Friday, Feb. 13th – Sunday, Feb. 15th. In addition to his regular menu, Chef Michael Pirolo will also have specials such as truffle risotto, whole orata and vitello tonnato. Specials can be ordered a la carte or included in the Chef’s tasting menu for an additional charge.

Mixologist Will Rivas is also including a special La Vie en Rose cocktail to the menu with Dillon’s Rose Gin, strawberry balsamic syrup, thyme and lemon.

Saturday, February 14th

Wynwood ArtWalk Valentine’s Edition

5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Art-Walk-Valentine-LogoWynwood Arts District
2250 NW 2 AVE,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: FREE

Singles rejoice! This Valentine’s Day is all about them. ArtWalk, the center of Second Saturday Art Walk, is hosting the largest, free Valentine’s Day party this February 14th in the heart of Wynwood.

There’s a good chance that people will spot the love of their lives dancing to live music or roaming The Big Tent, while perusing live art displays. No worries if they’re shy and can’t break the ice? A street artist will get them involved in a titillating art lesson that will unleash their hidden creativity and keep the conversation going.

This Valentine’s Day, why bother with over-priced restaurants and over-flowing movie theaters?! ArtWalk will have 30 food trucks, several bars fully equipped with liquid courage, and a live video DJ to turn the heat up. This Valentine’s Day, singles unite at ArtWalk — where hook ups are free!

February 14, 2015
5:00 PM and goes ALL night

In the heart of Wynwood right on the main artery, NW 2nd Avenue.
(For GPS, use 2250 NW 2 AVE, Miami, Fl 33127)

No tickets needed. The event is FREE. ArtWalk is brought to you by the folks behind Wynwood Life and Basel House. For updates and information, follow them on Twitter and Instagram at WynwoodLife.

Sunday, February 15th

The Get Together Miami


Civic Engagement Thursday: City Election Calendar for 2015

Happy Thursday Everyone.  We wanted to make sure that you all have access to the city’s election calendar for 2015.

Make sure to register or re-register if you have moved since the last election.

Last updated January 21, 2015

(subject to change)

January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December

Please note that Candidate Qualifying Dates are subject to change.
Questions about municipal elections must be directed to the municipal clerk.
For a listing of municipal clerks and their contact information, click here


No elections scheduled


02/17/2015 Golden Beach General Election (Registration Closing – Jan. 20) **CANCELLED**
Candidate Qualifying Dates: December 29, 2014 – January 5, 2015
02/17/2015 Sunny Isles Beach Special Election (Registration Closing – Jan. 20)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: December 2, 2014 – December 5, 2015


03/03/2015 Hialeah Gardens General Election (Registration Closing – Feb. 2) **CANCELLED**
Candidate Qualifying Dates: December 18, 2014 – January 16, 2015
03/17/2015 Hialeah Gardens Run-Off Election (Registration Closing – Feb. 17) **CANCELLED**
03/17/2015 Sunny Isles Beach Special Run-Off Election (Registration Closing – Feb. 17)


04/07/2015 Miami Springs General Election (Registration Closing – Mar. 9)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: December 23, 2014 – February 20, 2015
04/14/2015 Coral Gables General Biennial Election (Registration Closing – Mar. 16)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: February 16, 2015 – February 20, 2015
04/14/2015 Miami Shores Village Council Election (Registration Closing – Mar. 16)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: February 2, 2015 – February 27, 2015
04/21/2015 Bay Harbor Islands General and Special Election (Registration Closing – Mar. 23)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: March 12, 2015 – March 20, 2015
04/21/2015 Palmetto Bay Special Election(Registration Closing – Mar. 23)
04/28/2015 Miami Shores Village Council Run-Off Election (Registration Closing – Mar. 30)


05/05/2015 North Miami Beach Regular Election (Registration Closing – Apr. 6)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: March 23, 2015 – March 28, 2015
05/12/2015 North Miami Regular Election (Registration Closing – Apr. 13)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: March 30, 2015 – April 7, 2015
05/12/2015 Sweetwater Municipal Election (Registration Closing – Apr. 13)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: March 18, 2015 – March 27, 2015
05/19/2015 North Miami Beach Run-Off Election (Registration Closing – Apr. 20)
05/21/2015 Bay Harbor Islands Run-Off Election (Registration Closing – Apr. 22)
05/26/2015 Sweetwater Run-Off Election (Registration Closing – Apr. 27)


06/02/2015 North Miami Run-Off Election (Registration Closing – May 4)


No elections scheduled


No elections scheduled


09/08/2015 Virginia Gardens Municipal Election (Registration Closing – Aug. 10)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: July 10, 2015 – August 10, 2015


10/06/2015 Homestead Primary Election (Registration Closing – Sept. 8)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: August 31, 2015 – September 4, 2015


11/03/2015 Hialeah Primary Election (Registration Closing – Oct. 5)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: July 6, 2015 – July 27, 2015
11/03/2015 Homestead General Election (Registration Closing – Oct. 5)
11/03/2015 Miami General Municipal Election (Registration Closing – Oct. 5)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: September 4, 2015 – September 19, 2015
11/03/2015 Miami Beach General Election (Registration Closing – Oct. 5)
Candidate Qualifying Dates: September 8, 2015 – September 11, 2015
11/10/2015 Miami Run-Off Election (Registration Closing – Oct. 13)
11/17/2015 Hialeah General Election (Registration Closing – Oct. 19)
11/17/2015 Miami Beach Run-Off Election (Registration Closing – Oct. 19)


No elections scheduled


Public Art Wednesday: Best Public Art Miami 2014 – Bhakti Baxter’s Coral Reef City  


(This article was pulled from the New Miami Times)

David Beckham is smitten with the idea of constructing a new Major League Soccer Stadium at PortMiami and calls the site perfect because it reflects a city that “is all about the water, all about the culture.” Becks is right. For evidence, simply visit the planet’s most popular port to discover Coral Reef City, Bhakti Baxter’s first large-scale public artwork in Miami.

For his eye-popping project, part of Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program, the homegrown artist created site-specific designs for the port’s toll collection booths that reference the site’s unique role as gateway to the tropics. Baxter collaborated with Coral Morphologic, a Miami-based scientific art endeavor led by marine biologist Colin Foord and musician Jared McKay to create the 18 unique designs that wrap each individual toll booth.

Each delivers a stunning vision of our vibrant local sea life. To accomplish the feat, Baxter and his collaborators enlarged macro photographs of corals that inhabit the waters in and around Miami, creating a striking synergy between nature and art that captures our town’s appeal as a pulsating paradise. The resulting explosion of the brilliant, rainbow-hued colors of the soft corals (technically known as zoanthids) delights not only the likes of Beckham and the millions of other visitors passing through on cruise ships, but also locals, who rarely get a chance to behold the mystery and beauty of the creatures populating our coastline.

Check out the video on the installation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2cWivEuS2I

Talk About It Tuesday: After backing a Cuban museum, Miami-Dade commissioner says it’s time for a black museum too

Just to revisit the discussion about the black museum that we were having last year at  via the Miami Hearld. 

We are wondering what happened to this conversation…



There would have been no official black support when the Miami-Dade County Commission endorsed putting a Cuban exile museum on prime county waterfront land if Dennis Moss hadn’t voted yes — with a caveat: Moss, the senior African-American commissioner, said he would vote for the museum celebrating Cuban heritage but that he expected support once he proposed a black history museum.

Recently, Moss took the first step toward that backing when the commission’s Cultural Affairs committee voted unanimously last week to recommend a county study on how to bring a black history museum to the Miami waterfront. But the particulars of Moss’ proposal — instructing Mayor Carlos Gimenez to explore using tax dollars for construction — promises to inject more tension into the already delicate task of prioritizing Miami-Dade’s cultural institutions.

Organizers of the Cuban exile museum made a point of insisting they would never seek public dollars for their proposed $125 million facility on county-owned land behind AmericanAirlines Arena, saying they could raise enough money from people of Cuban heritage around the world, particularly those with significant fortunes.

In rejecting that approach, Moss is pointing to both the prosperity divide between the Cuban and black communities, and the tax support Miami-Dade gives to local museums backed by two of Miami’s wealthiest citizens. Moss noted commissioners already approved more than $200 million to build the Pérez Art Museum Miami and Frost science museum named for, respectively, condo developer Jorge Pérez and Phillip Frost, a medical-research mogul, and his wife, Patricia.

“There is significant county support for those museums,” Moss, a five-term commissioner, said in an interview. “I don’t see a black history museum being treated any differently.”

Last week, Pérez led a delegation to County Hall seeking the additional $1.4 million for PAMM that Gimenez initially put in his proposed 2015 budget, but later dropped in order to shift the funds to the police budget. The group met with Rebeca Sosa, the commission’s chairwoman and an opponent of the plan to increase PAMM’s funding beyond the annual $2.5 million in hotel taxes it already receives. Sosa said she told the group she couldn’t support the request “when I’m trying to find funding for police and other county services.” A PAMM spokeswoman declined to comment.

The PAMM funding question should come to a head this month, with the commission’s first budget hearing scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday and a final vote on the $6.2 billion budget needed before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30. And while it will likely be weeks before commissioners take up the issue of a black history museum, the PAMM debate adds another wrinkle to the Moss request.

The concept of a black history museum received strong encouragement from fellow commissioners on July 17 when Moss linked his Cuban museum support to the commission also endorsing a black history museum. But with county funding now in the equation, Moss can’t count on an easy win.

“If he’s exploring public dollars to build, that’s not what the Cuban museum did,” said Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo, the sponsor of the exile museum ordinance. “I’m going to hold everyone to the same standard.”

The Moss resolution heading to the full County Commission this fall only calls for exploring the use of tax dollars for the black history museum, and recommends having voters first endorse borrowing the money to build it.

Moss listed three possible sites: Miami’s Museum Park, near the planned location of the exile museum; Watson Island, home to the Miami Children’s Museum; and the southwest corner of Port Miami, where David Beckham wanted to build a soccer stadium until commissioners voted to block it. Of the three sites, Miami-Dade County controls only the port.

The Moss-sponsored resolution that the four-member Cultural Affairs panel passed unanimously Thursday echoed comments Moss made during the exile museum vote: black immigrants played a central role in Miami-Dade’s history and deserve as much celebration as any community.

According to the resolution, “this County was developed by black people who, while dreamers, made up the bulk of the pioneer labor force that helped make this County into the thriving metropolis it is today.” It noted that black residents provided labor for Henry Flagler’s railroad, construction of Miami Beach hotels, the Vizcaya mansion and the original Dade County Courthouse.

Moss’ resolution came less than two months after the commission finally agreed to the concept of a Cuban exile museum on county-owned waterfront land. On July 17, the full commission voted 8-3 to endorse a home for the Cuban exile museum. That decision followed years of debate and false starts, including a similar route of commissioners asking Gimenez to study the issue. The vote didn’t divide the commission by race or ethnicity: Xavier Suarez, who served as Miami’s first Cuban-born mayor before winning a county seat, joined two black commissioners, Audrey Edmonson and Barbara Jordan, in voting against it.

And while commissioners instructed Gimenez to negotiate a deal with exile museum organizers, the commission would still need to approve any plan to actually build the museum on the county-owned land known as Parcel B. Nicolás Gutiérrez, an organizer of the exile museum, said last week his group welcomes the Moss effort.

“To the extent we can be supportive in any way, we’re happy to do so. We agree they deserve their own museum, and we wish them the best,” he said. “They’re obviously free to use whatever approach they think is best.”

Moss said it’s not fair to hold a black history museum to the financial pledge made by the exile museum, given the economic disparity between the two. “You’re looking at an African-American community that doesn’t have the resources of the Cuban community,” Moss said. “They’re better positioned to do the museum themselves.”

His resolution calls for the Black Archives, a Miami-based research and heritage nonprofit, to develop the new museum, which would house the archives’ extensive collection of historical memorabilia and materials. The organization owns and operates some of Miami’s top historic sites related to black history, including the Lyric Theater, once a magnet for the nation’s top black performers, and the Dr. Samuel Johnson X-Ray Clinic, which opened in 1939 to treat black residents denied treatment in Miami’s segregated hospital system.

Timothy Barber, director of the archives, said he was asked to get involved with Ross’ effort after the exile museum vote. He sees the museum as a way to showcase Miami’s black heritage in a high-profile location popular with tourists.

“It would allow us to serve as a gateway for this community,” he said from the archives office in the Joseph Caleb center near Brownsville.

“It’s difficult to get people to come to these communities, particularly with the negative stigma the media has put some of these neighborhoods, like Overtown. That’s why you have the Pérez and the Frost and the AmericanAirlines Arena there,” he continued. “The arena was in Overtown, but it closed to move to the waterfront.”

Miami-Dade County budget hearing

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article1986181.html#storylink=cpy

Music Monday: Red Bull Guest House Returns to Miami from 3. 26 – 3. 29

New announcements about Red Bull Guest House announcements made on the 305

7 Showcases, 4 Days & 3 Nights at Sagamore, The Art Hotel

Miami, FL – Red Bull Guest House is making its return to Miami this year in its third incarnation, this time taking place at Sagamore, The Art Hotel, March 26-29th, coinciding with Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival. This year, Red Bull Guest House (RBGH) hand-selected curators and artists to create seven individual showcases over four days and three nights, returning with its celebrated daytime pool parties and memorable late night breakfast club blowouts, all of which are exclusive to RBGH.

Curators include Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment, whose showcase is the only one of its kind during MMW, and the HARD Pool Party, which promises electrifying B2B sets as their only poolside soiree throughout the week. Debuts to Miami Music Week include Guy Gerber’s RUMORS and New York nightlife icons Ladyfag & Seva Granik present: SHADE: MELTDOWN. Making its North American debut is Seth Troxler presents Big Tittie Surprise, and in what will be the first of its kind is the premiere of new eventKygo + Thomas Jack’s Tropical. A special seventh showcase and the full lineup will be revealed at the start of March, while surprise guests from the music and art world will continue to make Red Bull Guest House an experience unlike any other.

This year at RBGH, International Music Summit (IMS) will host documentary screenings and moderated Q&A’s while the Traktor Cookery School will return with top DJs cooking up their favorite dishes poolside. Red Bull Music Academy Radio will once again hold down the airwaves with exclusive live interviews, DJ sets and broadcasts throughout the four-day experience. Guests will enjoy hospitality from fashion line Public School NYC and bikinis by Miami’s own I SHINE 365 swimwear, grooming and beauty services by Nail Swag, Blo Miami, and Brooklyn’s Heartbreakers Barbershop, and more.

Fans wondered if Red Bull Guest House’s first year in 2013 could be topped, as that inaugural year saw Skrillex, Jamie xx, Pusha T, Carl Craig, A-Trak and more step up to the decks. With high expectations, guests returned in 2014 to see Skrillex curating an entire OWSLA-run showcase, and a true Mad Decent rager with Diplo, DJ Snake, RiFF RAFF, Waka Flocka and Trinidad James. Diddy and Guy Gerber introduced 2014’s 11:11 album in a surprise event and the legendary Giorgio Moroder spun one of his most intimate sets in years. This year, RBGH returns with a lineup that celebrates the taste and ear for talent from a select group of passionate curators and the artists they’re inspired by most.


Where to Be: 2.6.15 to 2.12.15

J Dilla Weekend 2/6/15

J Dilla Weekend
Sunday, 02/06/2015 – 02/08/2015 10:00 pm – 05:00 pm
10915172_10152744131013533_642621137284443440_nThe Stage Miami
170 NE 38th St,
Miami, Florida 33137
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $25 – $80

Performances from Pete Rock, Mobb Deep, Joey Badass, Madlib, Talib Kweli, Slum Village, Dead Prez, Black Milk, Soulection, Camp Lo, and many more.

In recent years, fans have celebrated the legacy of the late, great producer J Dilla with the annual Dilla Day tribute concert in Detroit. In 2015, the festivities will be officially moving to the warmer climates of Miami, FL for a full weekend of Dilla events.

Presented by Dilla’s mother Ma Dukes, this year’s Dilla Day Weekend is set to take place in Miami from February 5th – February 8th. Confirmed performers include Mobb Deep, Joey Bada$$, Pete Rock, Madlib, Talib Kweli, Slum Village, Black Milk, ESTA, Camp Lo, and many more to be announced. The events will take place in a number of different locations around Midtown/Wynwood Miami including: The Stage, Bardot, and LMNT.

Brought to you by III Points, Nature Sounds, Addicted Affairs & DNA Entertainment.


Filmgate Interactive, Learn. Do. Share. – An Open Space For Collaboration, Design Fiction & Social Innovation 2/7/15

Filmgate Interactive, Learn. Do. Share. – An Open Space For Collaboration, Design Fiction & Social Innovation
Sunday, 02/07/2015 – 02/08/2015 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
lds-image-3The Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
More Info Link
Cost: (305) 531-1001

Filmgate Interactive presents “Learn Do Share,” a roving event that mobilizes social innovation initiatives from around the world. Produced in collaboration with Reboot Stories, this workshop will welcome high-school teens, ages 14 to 19, to prototype, design and storyboard their wish for the future. Each event will take place over a three-day period that’s structured as a think tank, and is geared towards bringing together a tangible and realistic framework for resolution. Topics will range from DIY Urbanism and Youth Unemployment, to The Future of Education and The Sharing Economy. The Learn. Do. Share. at Filmgate will be led by Weiler and Megalis Martinez, Impact Designer of Reboot Stories and Board Member on LA Makerspace.


Tomato Festival Farmer’s Market 2/8/15

Tomato Festival Farmer’s Market
Sunday, 02/08/2015 – 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm
10928863_769380033147609_6220394372084370273_nArts + Entertainment District
90 NE 17th St,,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Your neighborhood Farmer’s Market just got a whole lot greener: come enjoy fresh produce, specialty vendors, live music and much more as you peruse the stalls of Miami’s freshest farmers. The amazing Rhythm & Vine will be hosting a Pop-Up Beer Garden and culinary demonstrations from Chef Paulette Bilsky.

Stay tuned for a full list of vendors!

Arts + Entertainment District
90 NE 17th St,
Miami, Florida 33132


DoMENation is hitting Downtown Miami again at:

950 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
(in the Mekka/Discotekka complex, Separate entrance and Parking in Rear).

For masculine men and their admirers…

Doors open 11pm




Civic Engagement Thursday: Fem Art

An older article, but we wanted share some backstory on these concepts of Art Revolutions, which are about access and exposure.

!Women Art Revolution Documents 40 Years of Feminist Art


​After conducting a penis count of major NYC art institutions in the ’80s, activist group Guerilla Girls asked, Do ladies have to be naked to get into the Met?Only five percent of the exhibited artists were women while 85 percent of the nudes were female. While we haven’t done an exact tally, we’re confident that Miami’s weenie count is pretty balanced in comparison.

Think of local art superstars Christy Gast, Agustina Woodgate, Jillian Mayer, Susan Lee-Chun and Jen Stark. Add to that major curators like Bonnie Clearwater and Ruba Katrib at MOCA, and gallerists like Bernice Steinbum, and our feminist art report card looks pretty good. But it wasn’t always this way. A documentary, !War Art Revolution, which catalogs the feminist art movement, Filmmaker and artist Lynn Hershman Leeson has been filming frustrated women artists for over 40 years. Her latest, !W.AR., documents how their work was discredited by art programs, galleries, and museums for decades. Leeson herself sold one of her pieces in the mid-70s, only to have the collector return it when he found out she was a woman.

With an original score by Carrie Bowenstein (of Sleater Kinney and Wild Flag), the film is a collection of interviews with dozens (frankly, too many) feminist artists, female curators, and tenured art professors. It traces back to early activism like a protest at the Whitey where feminist artists projected their artwork on the outside of the building and placed eggs inside the walls where their work was ignored.

Censored from the white, male art world, women sought out rooms of their own by starting their own magazines, galleries, and academic programs. Judy Chicago, while developing the first female art program at Fresno Sate, noticed women were immediately drawn to “act out” via performance art. Another interviewed artist backs this up with “There’s a long tradition of women being looked upon. Performance art was a way of looking back.” (Interestingly, most of Miami’s major female artists work in performance.)

In a scene from 1990, House representatives spend an hour and half raging against vagina art as porn via a bill censoring Chicago’s The Dinner Party as a pornographic collection of ceramic “vaginal areas.” A highlight of the film, Rep. Ron Dellums, who once curated an exhibit of Vietnam war crimes outside his Congressional office, retorts with “Pornography are military weapons that look like phallic symbols capable of doing nothing but destroying human life.”

Even in its current treatment, the patron saint of the film is undoubtedly Ana Medieta, a Cuban exile performance artist (and the subject of Miami choreographer Ana Mendez recent The Body Is Present piece).

Ana Mendieta

​Mendieta was allegedly shoved out a window by her sculpture husband. His art world peers — Robert Rauschenberg, etc. — rallied him and raised funds for his defense. Mendieta’s husband was ultimately acquitted of her murder and went on to exhibit in the Guggenheim.

To some extent, the film wraps around the narrative of the filmmaker. Leeson closes the film by stating that one of her pieces, so undervalued back in to ’70s, was recently bought for 9,000 times its original price — ultimately funding this film.

!W.A.R. is a must-see in that it reveals the decades of struggle on which today’s women artists enjoy their success. As artist Harmony Hammond comments in the film, their fight was “excitement, it was empowering, and it was a lot of fucking work.”

Talk about it Tuesday: Black Basel Guide to Use a reference through the year


We want to take a quick minute to remind everyone to give thanks for the groups organizing in the city. Use these types of list to seek out other artists and people, venues, spaces to collaborate with throughout the year.

This article was shared from Miami.Com

Miami Soul Ultimate Black Basel Guide – Part 1: Soul Basel, Art Africa, Fusion MIA, and more at Art Basel 2014

Part 1 in the Miami Soul mega guide features a cadre of Black art, culture, and social events to experience at Art Basel 2014.

By Fabiola Fleuranvil | Miami Soul | ffabulous1@gmail.com | @MsFab_MIASocial @MiamiSoul305

Miami Soul – your ultimate source for places to go, people to see, and things to do in the black social scene. Check out this week’s weekend guide from Miami Soul. For a list of weekly reoccurring events, check out miami.com/miami-soul.

Like last year’s Ultimate Black Basel guide, this year’s guide features a mega list of places to go, things to do, people to see, and all of the Black exhibits, art, culture, and events to experience during Art Basel. The Black art scene has grown exponentially in Miami with even more exhibits this year, including: Art Beat, Soul Basel Overtown,Prizm, Global Caribbean, Art Africa, Fusion MIA, Urban Arts Week, Haiti Contemporary, AYITI Kriye, and Shifting the Paradigm, From Overtown, Little Haiti, and West Coconut Grove in addition to all of the art fairs in Wynwood, the Design District and South Beach, there’s a cadre of events to check out, and you can use this guide as a cheat sheet.

So this is how you Basel it! Part 1 is the most comprehensive list you’ll find of all of the black exhibits to check out, support, and broaden your perspective and love for black art.Part 2 is the social guide with the social events and parties to check out so that you get a good balance of art appreciation + the Miami social life.

It’s highly recommend to use the free trolley to get between Wynwood, the Design District, and South Beach, and a schedule and map of routes is available at artbasel.com/-/media/ArtBasel/Documents/Visitor_Information/Shuttle_Bus_Schedule.pdf.

Miami Soul Ultimate Black Basel Guide – Part 2: The party guide for Art Basel 2014


Art of Black Miami

December 3 – 7

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Multicultural Tourism department showcases the diversity of black art, culture, and events in a diversity of communities, including Little Haiti, Overtown, West Coconut Grove, Wynwood, Opa-locka, and the Downtown area with the launch Art of Black Miami kicking off for Art Basel 2014. For info on events: ArtofBlackMiami.com


Soul Basel Overtown: A Celebration of Art, Music, and Culture in Colored Town

December 3 – 7

The Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Exhibit hours: 9AM – 9PM

Soul Basel showcases the largest exhibition of art from Overtown urban expressionist artist, Purvis Young. More than 200 of Young’s creations will make up “A Man Among the People: A Purvis Homecoming” exhibition at Overtown’s Historic Lyric Theater from December 4 until March 2015. The lobby of the theater will be turned into a gallery showing art from South Florida visual artists.

Opening Reception of Soul Basel Overtown & 1st Wednesdays Black Alumni Art Basel Edition
Wednesday, December 3, 6PM – 9PM – The History Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami

The Historic Lyric Theater and the Black Archives Foundation hosts a cocktail reception for the preview of A Man Among the People: A Purvis Homecoming. A cocktail & hors d’oeuvre reception will be hosted by WPLG’s Neki Mohan from 6pm – 8pm. Admission $20 for the reception. Free admission and cash bar from 8pm until. The South Florida HBCU Alumni Alliance hosted by Fabiola Fleuranvil and Ed the World Famous will also co-host the reception as part of their monthly 1st Wednesdays HBCU/Black Alumni Networking Social. RSVP: BAFPurvisreception.eventbrite.com. For info: (786) 708-4610 or amckenzie@theblackarchives.org

Folk Life Friday’s Outdoor Marketplace
Friday, December 5, 11AM – 6PM – 9th Street Pedestrian Mall at NW 9th St & 2nd Ave

An outdoor marketplace presented by New Washington Heights CDC with live entertainment, tasty food, and arts and crafts.

Soul Basel Young Professionals Mixer: The Generation of Greatness
Friday, December 5, 7PM – 11PM – The History Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami

Mix and mingle with City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, and Headliner Market Group. Features complimentary wine & tapas, VIP appetizer buffer, and Create Your Own Masterpiece Painting.



Art Africa Miami Arts Fair

December 3 – 6, 11AM – 7PM

The Carver Building, 801 NW 3rd Ave, Overtown Miami
Info: ArtAfricaMiamiFair.com
Admission free

The 4th annual Art Africa fair showcases artistic works that blend the Black, Caribbean, social, political, and hip hop artistic strand. This year’s Art Africa Miami Arts Fair takes over the entire ground floor of the newly renovated Carver building at the entrance of Historic Overtown. Curated by The Urban Collective, this year’s theme “The Art Of Nobody” features world renowned artist Nobody (AKA TMNK) and other talented art nobodies from the African and Caribbean Diaspora. The exhibit also features a youth gallery exhibiting works from the Overtown Youth Coalition’s arts program.

First-look VIP Reception
Wednesday, December 3, 7PM – 9PM

Celebrate the opening exhibit and First Look at four exciting galleries with fashion mannequins and the art.

Art & Design
Thursday, December 4, 11AM – 7PM

Experience the unique design objects from master designer Michael O.

Art & Jazz
Friday, December 5, 5:30PM – 7PM

Groove to the soulful sounds of Gregory Ledon & Miami Jazz whose sound is rooted in the tradition of Miles Davis.

Art & Community
Saturday, December 6, 3PM – 5PM

Artist and community dialogue with the Nobodies outside the margin. Also includes a panel discussion “Art, Poverty, Ideas, and Vision” moderated by Dr. Carol Boyce Davis with a book signing to follow.

Soul Basel Brunch & Conversation
Sunday, December 7, 11AM – 2PM

Official close-out of Art Africa. Join the conversation, donate to a worthy organization, and have brunch with the Who’s Who of South Florida’s biggest cultural influencers as they discuss arts, culture, and emerging cultural hubs in Miami. Brunch inspired tasting menu by Rakkasan Chef and art exhibit by Overtown Youth Arts Coalition. Limited tickets $50. RSVP to Harris Public Relations at yvette@harrispublicrelations.com or (786) 897-8854.



Art Beat

December 4 – 6

Caribbean Marketplace Pop-up Gallery: open daily from 11am – 9pm with musical performances, LIVE art, conversations with artists, and food
Mural Mile: public street installation spanning 20 buildings along NE 2nd Ave from 54th St to 62nd St and NE/NW 54th St from NE 2nd Ave to NW 6th Ave
Admission is free and open to the public. Free trolleys offer transportation between the Design District and Little Haiti.
Info: ArtBeatMiami.com | Email: artbeatmiami@gmail.com

The inaugural highly anticipated Art Beat Miami satellite showcase of emerging and renowned artists from Haiti and around the world features a festival with highlights that include a conceptual pop-up gallery, Mural Mile of 20 building murals, a public art installation spanning Northeast Second Avenue, live mural paintings, upcycled garbage bin murals, a creative hackathon for young innovators, and a grande homage to Haitian-American neo-expressionist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The groundbreaking showcase is inspired by Chef Creole, owner and operator of 5 Chef Creole restaurants, and co-produced by B.ART Studio and made possible through partnerships among local galleries, community and civic arts organizations, including B.ART Studio, Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P), Little Haiti Optimist Club, Chef Creole Restaurant, Arte del Barrio, BKS, Yo-Space Miami, Midtown Studios, and Everyday People United.

Opening Reception
Thursday, December 4, 6PM – 9PM – Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr

Opening reception for Art Beat. At 8:30pm, a public shrine paying homage to neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat will be dedicated to celebrate his origins as a native son of Haiti.

The New Eden Movement Youth Design Studio
Friday, December 5, 4PM – 5:30PM – Art Studio I at Little Haiti Cultural Center

A youth-centered art day where local innovators of all ages are invited to participate in a free creative hack-a-thon. The Everyday People United social design collective will present The New Eden Movement workshop and host an interactive panel to teach youth about the influence of culture on technology, innovation, and art.

Conversations with the Artists & Happy Hour
Friday, December 5, 6PM – 8PM – Chef Creole Restaurant Tiki Hut, 200 NW 54th St

Meet exhibiting muralists and artists at an authentically Haitian happy hour hosted by Chef Creole Restaurant.

Art Beat Pop Up Gallery
Thursday, December 4 – Saturday, Dec 6, 12PM – 8PM – Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE 2nd Ave

These pop up galleries showcase diverse art, music, and culture through paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, and Mural mile of 20 building murals.

Celebrity Brunch with Chef Creole & Friends
Saturday, December 6, 11AM – 1PM – Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr

Art Beat comes to a close as master chef and beloved restaurateur, Wilkinson “Chef Creole” Sejour, entertains a grande feast with friends in an authentic celebration featuring culinary splendor, good vibes, LIVE art, and music. Tickets are $25 with proceeds to benefit participating charitable organizations. Tickets available at: eventbrite.com/e/art-beat-miami-celebrity-brunch-with-chef-creole-friends-tickets-14493044085?aff=es2&rank=0

Art Beat Closing Reception
Saturday, December 6, 6PM – 9PM – Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE 2nd Ave

A lively reception to close off the grand celebration of the inaugural Art Beat. Line up TBA.


Global Caribbean

December 4 – January 25, 2014

Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr

“Borderless Caribbean: Unmapped Trajectories – Annotating Art Histories”exhibition series is presented on the 20th anniversary of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance as part of the its Global Caribbean contemporary art program now in its 6th addition and under the artistic director Edouard Duval Carrie and curated by museologist and cultural producer, Jorge Luis Gutierrez. The narrative of the exhibit aims to include historical references of unmapped trajectories of the Caribbean along with the political, cultural, social, religious, and economic related experiences with other parts of the world.

The exhibit is presented with support by the Green Family Foundation, the City of Miami, the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, Triennial Miami of Contemporary Art, FIU, and University of Miami and features a diversity of artists, including Luis Gonzalez Palma, Mario Benjamin, Wendy Wischer, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Francesca Lalanne, Tomas Esson, Christopher Cozier, Carlos Garaicoa, Flor Garduño, Flow Mafia Collective, Sergio Garcia, and Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow.

Art in Moon Workshop
December 3 – 4, 3PM – 5PM – Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St

Art in Motion features a two-day series of art workshops to immerse, inspire, and empower local youth to become creative agents and artists of the future. Participants will create collages and paintings around the central theme, “Street Art Culture and Pop Culture.” Registration info: monicawatkins@gmail.com or (832) 741-4657. Space is limited, and RSVP is required by Dec 1.

December 5, 10AM – 12PM – Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 260 NE 59th Terr

The preview event for the Borderless Caribbean exhibit presented by the Board of Directors of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance.




December 5 – 7

Miami Center for Architecture & Design, 100 NE 1st ave, Miami
Art Basel hours: 10AM – 5PM
Dec 8 – 22 weekday hours: 10AM – 5PM

Opening VIP Preview & Reception
Thursday, December 4, 7PM – 10PM

Prizm, MoCADA Museum, and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation co-host the opening of the 2nd annual Prizm Art Fair with an evening of cocktails with exhibiting artists: T. Eliott Mansa, Amber Robles Gordon, Briana McCarthy, Asser Saint-Val, Frank Frazier, Gary L. Moore, and Johnnie Bess. Tunes provided by producer, composer, and curator King Britt.
RSVP ($10 donation accepted): eventbrite.com/e/prizm-opening-reception-tickets-13956904477

Lecture Panel | Art: Agent of Change
Saturday, December 6, 10AM – 12PM

Discussion on how art serves as an agent of change in Miami and how our panelists are working to create sustainable communities with art as their medium. Our estimable guests include:

  • Dr.George N’Namdi: Director of N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
  • Dr.Willie Logan: President and CEO of Opa-locka Community Development Corporation
  • Tracey Robertson-Carter: Executive Director of South Florida Cares Mentoring Movement
  • Neil Ramsay: Arts and Entrepreneurship Consultant

Coffee and Waffles will be served by Mad Chiller Coffee. Presented by: OLCDC, Miami Center for Architecture and Design, and National Organization for Minority Architects South Florida Chapter.

Holiday Happy Hour
Friday, December 19, 6PM – 8PM

Join Prizm for the Holiday Season for a holiday happy hour. General admission $10, donations are accepted.



Urban Arts Week

November 20 – January 15, 2015

KROMA Art Space, 3670 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove

Urban Arts International Art Fair showcases over 25 international renowned artists within various disciplines examining the tussle and lure of the urban landscape and consists of KROMA Art Space and Iris PhotoCollective. Art Basel events feature five events in five days and an inclusive art gallery experience in the heart of historic Coconut Grove.

Trends: Shaping the Future of Art
Tuesday, December 2, 5:30PM

Urban Arts Week opening panel discussion about the newest trends in art, why they are trending, and best practices to engage young artists.

KROMA Opening & Afro-Cuban Jazz Fusion
Tuesday, December 2, 7PM

Exhibit preview with live music. Admission $20 for non-guests.

Lounge Art
Thursday, December 4

Welcome event of great conversations with artists and trendsetters. Music by local DJ.

Sunday Breeze Art  Brunch
Sunday, December 7, 12PM

Sunday brunch with live jazz performance and Caribbean sounds.

The Color of Art – The Game – Panel Discussion
Sunday, December 7, 3PM – 4:30PM

Lively panel discussion on the importance of production, purchase, and power of art by and for people of color.



Fusion MIA: Abstract Masters

Dec 3 – 7

Location: Mana Village Wynwood Pop-up gallery, corner of 2nd Ave and 22nd St
Gallery: 10AM – 10PM (free and open to the public)
BET Art Lounge: 4PM – 9PM daily (featuring BET’s top talent, screenings, panels, and community workshops highlighting “Art is Life” as a central theme)
Fusion After Dark: 10PM – 1AM
Info: Fusionmia.com

RSVP info: eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-fusion-mia-presents-the-bet-art-lounge-tickets-14238376367?

The 2nd annual Fusion MIA, an eclectic and critically-acclaimed exhibit curated by father son duo George and Jumanni Nnamdi in the Wynwood Arts District, exhibits the nation’s top African-American Abstract artists, including Howardena Pindell, Rashid Johnson, David Hammons, and Ed Clark.

BET Networks will host the BET Art Lounge showcasing live art, music, and film in an 11,000 square foot pop up tent that will be home to the BET Art Lounge and showcasing upcoming BET and Centric shows and projects. BET Art Lounge will include screenings, talent meet and greets, exhibits, live performances, and community outreach efforts with local high school students and today’s hottest artists. Cast members from the hottest BET and Centric shows such as Being Mary Jane, Nellyville, and Single Ladies will be highlighted during the weekend of festivities. Lecture series will be presented by local Universities that focus on the power and the global influence of black art.

Through My Lens Reception
Wednesday, December 3

Presented by Microsoft and Play to Win Foundation, Fusion MIA kicks off with the photo exhibit, Through My Lens, featuring the emotional and artistic photographs of 25 high school students from Allapattah and Overtown. Ticketed event.

BET Art Lounge: Being Mary Jane Presents “The Stacy Barthe Acoustic Experience”
Wednesday, December 3, 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Being Mary Jane kicks off the BET Art Lounge with Grammy-nominated song writer and musical talent Stacy Barthe. Stacy, a featured musician on the upcoming season of BMJ, is featured on multiple spots promoting the upcoming season of BMJ. BET executive Tamara Gregory will introduce the show via promo and performance. Free.

Fusion After Dark – Heat & Hawks Official After Party
Wednesday, December 3, 11PM – 2AM

Fusion MIA kicks off Art Basel festivities with a white Heat night at the official welcome to Miami party with special guest appearances by the Hawks and Heat players to party the night away after the game and experience Miami’s hottest DJs and muralists as they paint the town to hip hop beats. Hosted by DJ Irie. Admission $25; VIP $50

Fusion After Dark
Thursday, December 4, 10PM – 1AM

Ticketed event

BET Presents H.I.S. Celebrity Style
Thursday, December 4, 7:30PM – 8:30PM

An introduction to H.I.S. followed by a conversation and Q&A on fashion and more. H.I.S. BET is the new destination for Black men. The event will feature a conversation with the stylish men of BET and will feature Boris Kodjoe’s menswear line, Nelly’s new show (via promo) Nellyville, and B.J. Britt from Being Mary Jane. Miami DJ K Foxx from 103.5 The Beat will moderate the evening. Free.

2nd Annual Fly Beyond Awards Dinner
Friday, December 5 – Private reception & BET Pink Carpet: 6PM – 8PM; Awards Dinner: 8PM – 10PM; Party to follow

The event kicks off with a private BET pink carpet reception at 6:30pm and flows into an awards dinner at 8pm celebrating the lives and careers of Smithsonian curator Dr. Tuliza Fleming, artist and African-American art historian and scholar David Driskell and BET CEO Debra Lee for their love and commitment to the Arts sponsored by Grey Goose. Attendees for the private dinner will include artists, collectors, curators, business professionals, taste makers, trendsetters, and media. Ticketed event.

MVM Boutique Fashion Preview Breakfast
Friday, December 5, 9AM – 11AM – Fusion Mia Garden Lounge, NW 23rd St Between NW 2nd Ave & NW 3rd Ave

Fashion and art collides as MVM Miami Boutique hosts a special preview of the 2015 collections of designer, Leila Kashanipour, and famed designer, Jay Godfrey, while enjoying a gourmet brunch catered by celebrity Chef Amaris Jones.

Fusion After Dark
Friday, December 5, 10PM – 1AM

Ticketed event

BET Art Talk
Saturday, December 6, 11AM – 12PM

Art is Life conversation featuring Smithsonian curator Dr. Tuliza Fleming and African-American art scholar David Driskell.

BET Art Lounge
Saturday, December 6, 4PM – 7PM

Preview screenings of BET’s upcoming shows, talent meet and greets, and community panels. Free admission.

BET Presents Book of Negros
Saturday, December 6, 6PM – 7PM

Gather for an introduction of the Book of Negroes via a 3-5 minute trailer followed by a conversation and Q&A with Clement Virgo, Book of Negroes Director, and Ajunanue Ellis, star of Book of Negroes. The discussion will be centered around the origin and historical relevance of the Book of Negroes and the important and unique role of the lead character, Aminata Diallo, in this historical and epic mini-series coming to BET. Free

Centric Presents Single Ladies & The Art of Fashion
Saturday, December 6, 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Join an introduction to the Centric rebrand and the show via a promo followed by a conversation and Q&A on fashion and more. Centric, the first network designed for Black Women, presents Single Ladies with a conversation with Letoya Luckett.

Fusion After Dark ft Erykah Badu
Saturday, December 6, 10PM – 2AM

Headliner Market Group hosts BET’s Art lounge Wynwood pop-up gallery with music by DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu. Admission $25; VIP $50. Tickets available at wantickets.com/Events/ShowEvent.aspx?eventId=172042

Fusion MIA Farewell Brunch & “The Black Renaissance” Fashion Show
Sunday, December 7, 11AM – 2PM

Hosted by Jill Tracy of Hot 105. Ticketed event.

A Caribbean Bazaar
Sunday, December 7, 2PM – 6PM

Presented by Cultures To Go featuring at the fashion show, “Black Renaissance.”



Haiti Contemporary – “Les Jacmelien IV”

December 4 – April 10, 2015

Haitian Heritage Museum, 4141 NE 2nd Ave, Design District

Internationally-renowned Haitian-American Artist Charles Philippe Jean-Pierre known for his dynamic blend of vibrant graffiti, folk, graphics, and multimedia will feature his neo, and abstract expressionism series in a solo exhibition at the Haitian Heritage Museum show entitled “Haiti Contemporary- Les Jacmelien IV.”

VIP Opening Show
Thursday, December 4, 6:30PM

The fourth in a series of the Haitian Heritage Museum’s Les Jacmelien exhibit opens up with a VIP reception. RSVP required at hhmevents@comcast.net. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to benefit children in Haiti.



Black Art in America

December 4 – 7

Brisky Gallery, 130 NW 24th St, Wynwood

Opening Launch
Wednesday, December 3, 11PM – 1:30AM

Multiple events over four days will offer you the opportunity to experience stellar installation of visual artworks, exhibitions, performances, and events.

Mobile Media Lounge “Get Juked” Art Exhibit/Opening
Thursday, December 4, 5PM – 10PM

In The Paint – The Wade Collection 2014
Billi Kid curates a ground-breaking exhibition of original artworks created by three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade who transformed sections of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game basketball court into extraordinary works of art using only his natural brush, the basketball. “In The Paint” is an exhibition and event hosted by the Brisky Gallery, in association with the NBA, Dwyane Wade, and the Wade Foundation.

Black Art in America Exhibit
Friday, December 5, 2PM – 10PM

Black Art in America Exhibit
Saturday, December 6

  • Art Exhibition – 11am – 10pm
  • Black Art In America Member Signup and Workshop – 11am – 1pm
  • Discussion: Why Black Art in America?- 2pm – 3pm
  • The New Outsider Is In — who will be instrumental in creating new works for the arts market?
  • The Art of Collecting – 4pm – 7pm
  • Collectors Cocktail Party – 8pm – 10pm




December 2 – 4

Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St, Miami

AYITI KRIYE is a series of new photographic works by French artist Jerome Soimaud created immediately after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. Soimaud incorporates photographs of religious ceremonies and those taken in the aftermath of the Haïtian earthquake on the ground in Port-au-Prince to create a cohesive, spiritual, and physical understanding of Haïti. Born in Paris in 1964, Jerome Soimaud’s work has shown extensively in the U.S., Belgium, and France.

AYITI KRIYE Artist Reception
December 4, 7PM – 10PM

Partial proceeds will be donated to Motion (AIM) and their Batey 106 Project and the Little Haiti Cultural Center.



Shifting the Paradigm: The Art of George Edozie

December 2 – 7

Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami (MOCA), 770 NE 125th St, North Miami

Curated by Pr. Nzegwu and featuring contemporary artist, George Edozie, Shifting the Paradigm is designed to tear down aging but still prevalent concepts surrounding the creation, consumption and interpretation of contemporary that will include the Moca Breakfasts – an engagement with contemporary aesthetic issues by scholars, critics, and artists — Moca Moving Images, the series of film screenings, and a host of both public and private events surrounding the exhibition.

Opening Reception
Tuesday, December 2, 7PM

The opening reception to launch a week of activities at MOCA. Free for MOCA members; $25 for non-members. RSVP: eventbrite.com/e/shifting-the-paradigm-the-art-of-george-edozie-tickets-13827631819.

Music Monday: Eat & Beats #CulturalRiptides

eatsandbeatsWe’ve been thinking about ideas and events – new companies that are combining all of the artistries to create spaces for diverse groups of food, people, music.  

We haven’t gone to check this scene out, but we think its worth investigating. 


Eats & Beats

Eats & Beats is the answer to those looking for an amazing food and wine event without the red velvet stanchion presence that one now expects at food events. The goal was to create an event that will not only satisfy the palate but also stimulate all of the senses. Comprised of a unique team of local hospitality and event consultants, the team behind this new Miami addition all bring unique elements to the equation ultimately, making the experience unique and of value to attendees coming out with “foodie” expectations. None other than Miami’s own DJ Irie put together the musical elements which included local DJ’s and bands adding a perfect ambiance to this fabulous affair.

Where to Be: 1.30.15 to 2.5.15

En Concierto 1/30/15

En Concierto
Sunday, 01/30/2015 – 01/31/2015 09:00 pm –
1465 SW 8th St,,
Miami, Florida 33135
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $20.00

CubaOcho and Mia 1450 am

Celebrates the new year with the first concert performance of 2015

Friday January 30, in CubaOcho

The ‘ VOICE ‘
Barbara Alonso
In concert

General Admission $12.00
Early VIP $ 20.00 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/en-concierto-tickets-15072212393

VIP at the door $35
General at the door $15

CubaOcho, 1465 SW 8 St
Reservations ( 305 )-285-5880


Explore like a Local: Homestead Tour with The New Tropic 1/31/15

Explore like a Local: Homestead Tour with The New Tropic
Saturday, 01/31/2015 – 01/31/2015 11:00 am – 06:00 pm
NewTropic_ExploreLocal2The New Tropic
100 NE 2nd Street,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: $55

Join us for a field trip to Homestead, where we’ll learn about the orchid industry, taste and tour the incredible agriculture that grows in South Florida, and wrap it all up with a backyard BBQ at a family run tilapia farm.

We’ll be leaving from downtown Miami with our magic sweet school bus, in true field trip fashion. We’ll have food and drink (juice boxes!) on the way, and we’ll have activities to meet your fellow wanderers. Perhaps a sing-along or two. No permission slips needed. Though you do need a ticket.

We’ll meet up at 11:00AM on Saturday morning and will return to downtown Miami at 6:00PM.


Second Annual Super Bowl Party at Tongue & Cheek 2/1/15

Second Annual Super Bowl Party at Tongue & Cheek!
Sunday, 02/01/2015 – 06:30 pm –
T-and-CTongue & Cheek
431 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Watch the big game at Tongue & Cheek this Feb. 1st! Cheer on your team with food and drink specials at your favorite Miami Beach spot.

Enjoy $35 unlimited Super Bowl menu and $50 open bar. Or do both for just $75! The restaurant’s regular a la carte and happy hour menus are also available.

New England vs. Seattle….who will win! Kick off is at 6:30 p.m.

 Abstract Music All Stars 2/2/15

Live Music in Bar/Club
The Abstract Music All Stars features Inlight Music, Sicksdot Sanchez, Rony Joseph, Anastia Johnson, Josh Lebang, Supreme, Ja Rika and many more.
Ages: 21 and over
Price: $10

Vernáculo 2/3/15

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) presents exclusively a newly-commissioned music video by producer collective Future Brown.

 Vernáculo comes from Future Brown’s debut album on Warp Records slated for release February 23/24, 2015.  Appropriating the advertising language of global beauty brands like L’Oreal and Revlon, “Vernaculo” is an exercise in capitalist surrealism. The video first debuted live at the museum’s official Art Basel Miami Beach celebration, PAMM Presents Future Brown featuring Kelela, A DIS Magazine + THV Entertainment Production.


Futurestates 2/4/15

Wednesday, 02/04/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
24x36posterOutlined-013O Cinema
90 Northwest 29th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link

What will America look like in 10, 15, even 20 years? Futurestates, the revolutionary series produced by ITVS, has been proposing answers to these questions since 2010. For its fifth and final season, Futurestates is presented as an immersive online video experience featuring short films that imagine robots with feelings, what education looks like in a wired world, and the future of prisons and our penal system. The central question at the heart of Futurestates is how technologies we may take for granted have a profound effect on our capacity to feel, create, live… and be human.

 The Big Read Kick Off with Peniel Joseph 2/5/15

Thursday, 02/05/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
140127_13157_joseph026.jpgLyric Theater
819 NW Second Ave,
Miami, Florida 33136
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Join us for a conversation with celebrated civil rights chronicler, Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, as we delve into the moral and ethical issues of our day. Dr. Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and the author of the award-winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights who appears on C-SPAN’s Book TV, NPR, and PBS’s NewsHour. During the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Convention, Professor Joseph provided historical commentary for the PBS NewsHour. His most recent book is Stokely: A Life.
Presented in partnership with MDC Kendall Campus, The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc. and The Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, and Books & Books.

Civic Engagement Thursday: Florida’s Access to Justice Crisis

On January 8th, Emerge Miami provided us all with some thankful updates on Florida’s access or lack of access to justice within the our court systems. Take a look and share your thoughts.

Florida’s Access to Justice Crisis


By Leah Weston

In a landmark ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright, the United States Supreme Court enshrined the individual right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment. Gideon clarified that the Sixth Amendment, which provides for “the assistance of counsel” for all “criminal prosecutions,” requires courts to appoint lawyers for criminal defendants who cannot afford one. Writing for a unanimous Court, Justice Hugo Black concluded that:

Reason and reflection require us to recognize that in our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious truth. Governments, both state and federal, quite properly spend vast sums of money to establish machinery to try defendants accused of crime… That government hires lawyers to prosecute and defendants who have the money hire lawyers to defend are the strongest indications of the widespread belief that lawyers in criminal courts are necessities, not luxuries.

What Gideon did not do, however, was extend that Sixth Amendment right to civil legal cases. Non-criminal legal cases comprise the bulk of all cases in our legal system and touch many areas of our lives. You can lose your home, your job, your family, and your livelihood in many types of legal proceedings because you cannot afford legal assistance. Unable to afford a lawyer, thousands of Americans who are not trained in the practice of law are forced to navigate an extremely complex legal system and represent themselves pro se, often against opposing parties who do have legal representation, like creditors, landlords, and, the government. Having access to a lawyer helps prevent the most vulnerable individuals and families, those who live at the edge of their means, from becoming destitute or homeless.

What happens when you cannot afford a lawyer?

For those who work a minimum wage job ($7.83/hour in Florida), especially in an expensive city (like Miami), it is already a major challenge to make ends meet each week, much less afford additional unanticipated expenses. At the same time, low wages can actually create numerous legal problems. Low-income families are at greater risk of losing their homes to foreclosure or eviction. These families are broken apart when a parent, sibling, or cousin faces deportation due to the complexities of U.S. immigration law. They experience personal tragedy like death and divorce. They lose their jobs or become too sick to work and must seek public assistance. The list goes on and on, and all of these events require interaction with the legal system.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, lawyers earn an average of approximately $63/hour. Put another way, a lawyer’s average hourly rate is eight times higher than the minimum wage in Florida. Unable to afford the typical cost of a lawyer, thousands of people turn to legal aid attorneys, legal services organizations, and private lawyers willing to offer their services pro bono.

Civil legal aid organizations provide pro bono legal representation for low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of cases–landlord/tenant and other housing issues, foreclosure, divorce, child support, immigration, consumer issues, health care, public benefits (e.g. food stamps, Social Security/Disability), and much, much more. Legal aid programs provide help to those who cannot afford legal representation during some of the most difficult circumstances of their lives. Civil legal aid is a crucial social service that helps lift people out of poverty, prevents people from losing their homes, keeps families together, and so much more.

The legal aid funding crisis in Florida

Right now, legal services organizations and the clients that they serve in Florida are in the midst of a major crisis. While some legal services agencies receive federal funding from the Legal Services Corporation, many do not accept federal funds because of the numerous crippling restrictions that come with federal dollars. Moreover, federal money for legal aid is never safe, as it is constantly subject to the political whimsies in the United States Congress.

Since 1981, many legal aid organizations in Florida have secured funding through an innovative mechanism called IOTA, which stands for Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts. Lawyers and law firms who hold money for clients–for example, holding money in escrow for a real estate transaction–must place them into a separate bank account which accrues interest. Any leftover interest from those accounts is used to fund legal services organizations through the Florida Bar Foundation.

This funding mechanism worked well when the economy was thriving. But in 2008, when the American economy crashed, interest rates fell to practically zero. Seven years later, the economy is finally beginning to bounce back, but the interest rates remain at historic lows. As a result, IOTA funding has diminished by 88 percent–from $44 million a year to a meager $5 million for the entire state of Florida.

The impact of these historically low interest rates has been devastating for legal services organizations and the clients that they serve. Moreover, Governor Rick Scott has vetoed funding for legal aid organizations from the state legislature on four separate occasions, making it absolutely clear that he has no desire to help the most vulnerable Floridians. Thanks to Governor Scott, Florida maintains the honorable distinction of being one of only three states that allocates ZERO state funding to civil legal aid. (The other two are Idaho and Wisconsin).

So it’s no wonder that Florida ranks among the ten worst states in the country in every measure of access to justice. There great infographics available at the National Center for Access to Justice, which created the Justice Index, an empirical study of how states measure on various access to justice issues.

If Florida remains on this disastrous track, I predict there will be no legal aid organizations left in five years. Thousands of needy individuals and families will not obtain the legal services they need. Access to the legal system will become a luxury available only to the most affluent. Such a state of affairs is not only unfair–it is un-American.

Legal aid lawyers in Florida work arduously every day to ensure that the most vulnerable citizens have a fair shot in our legal system. Unfortunately, legal aid lawyers have not been as successful in communicating with the public about what they do and why it is important. Creating a more fair legal system is in the broader public interest and cannot be solely the responsibility of the Bar to undertake.

For the sake of my clients, and all of the Floridians who may need a legal aid lawyer in the future, I implore more non-lawyers to rally for civil legal aid. Write to your representatives in the Florida House and Florida Senate. Write to Governor Rick Scott and tell him that, as a Floridian, you think that civil legal aid is a fundamental service for all. The legal aid organizations that have helped thousands of people without thought of reward need your support now more than ever.

Talk About it Tuesday: 1.27


This Article is a repost from ArtPulse. http://artpulsemagazine.com/art-vs-real-estate-gentrification-and-urban-artistic-scenes

Do you agree with Miami being a place where there is hope in disrupting the cycle of gentrification? Let us know your thoughts.

Art vs. Real Estate. Gentrification and Urban Artistic Scenes

By James Lough

To avoid hearing about gentrification in U.S. cities over the last five years, you would have to live in a bomb shelter. In February, film director Spike Lee’s swear-word-studded rant against gentrification in Brooklyn went viral. Lee is only one in a series of well-known artists who have weighed in on the topic. Former Talking Head David Byrne recently wrote of Manhattan, “There is no room for fresh creative types. Middle-class people can barely afford to live anymore, so forget about emerging artists, musicians, actors, dancers, writers, journalists and small business people.” Patti Smith advised young artists: “Don’t move to New York.”

While gentrification displaces the poor and working classes, it is also a threat to young artists, more so than Joseph McCarthy, Jesse Helms or Tipper Gore ever were. It upsets a nearly 200-year-old tradition of artists and writers moving into cheap garrets in places like Paris’ Montmartre district, boarding houses in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, or apartments in San Francisco’s Mission and North Beach neighborhoods. Big, vibrant, tolerant cities offered cheap rent, freedom from staid bourgeois values, and the stimulating company of other artists.

Such urban bohemian enclaves have launched legions of revolutionary art movements: Impressionism and the armies of “isms” in early-20th-century Paris; Abstract Expressionism and the Beat movement in 1940s New York and San Francisco; and in the ‘60s through the ‘80s, Warhol’s Factory workers, punk rockers and the spirited Neo-Expressionist visual arts scene—just to name a few.

But it’s all over. For emerging artists without trust funds, these major cities with vibrant artistic pedigrees may as well post “No Trespassing” signs. We’ll explore gentrification’s effects on artists in five U.S. cities once known for being artist-friendly: Miami on the East Coast, and on the West, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland. We’ll look first at the cities where it’s nearly impossible for young artists of modest means to afford to rent apartments or studio space, and therefore are excluded from benefitting from the cultural stimulation, cross-pollination with other creative people and mentorship of mature artists—all factors essential for making an artistic scene. Then we’ll explore some cities where there’s still hope.

Manhattan’s gentrification hit full steam during the real-estate bubble in 2008. According to a CBS News study, a one-bedroom apartment runs, on average, $2,950 (1). The story of Manhattan artists flocking to Brooklyn for affordable living and workspaces is now passé. According to The New York Times, Williamsburg and Bushwick—two of Brooklyn’s hippest neighborhoods—are now too expensive for all except the well-heeled. An average bedroom in a Bushwick apartment runs $1,900 a month. As for trendy Williamsburg, its bartenders and baristas can’t afford it anymore. They commute from Queens, now Williamsburg’s bedroom community. Even some real-estate developers, too cash-strapped to buy Brooklyn property, are looking at Queens (2).

Spike Mafford, Framing Progress, 1988, 35”x36” (Portland).


San Francisco’s story is similar to Manhattan’s but with a high-tech flair. Employees of Google and Twitter are buying up the Mission District, a long-time home to a large Hispanic community and countercultural artists. Highly paid tech workers from Silicon Valley, 70 miles south, discovered San Francisco’s vibrant Mission was more attractive than San Jose. The black-windowed, private “Google buses” that ferry them between Silicon Valley and the Mission actually outnumber city buses in the Mission. The tech workers’ influx has spiked housing prices, crowding out artists and working-class families and replacing them with chic boutiques and hip, pricey restaurants.

San Francisco’s average one-bedroom apartment rents for $2,950 (3). The average rent per room in the Mission, according to SFGate, is $2,125 a month. In Haight-Ashbury, once the epicenter of the Summer of Love, the median home price is $1.14 million (4).

In a city known historically for its progressive outlook—think North Beach Beat poets and the ‘60s counterculture—conflict over gentrification and Google buses has been vicious. Demonstrations have erupted over the eviction of working-class families and increased police presence near posh new businesses. Protestors have blockaded Google buses, which use the city’s bus stops at taxpayer expense. According toSalon, it’s been hard to organize protests by the labor movement because so few laborers actually live in San Francisco anymore. After eviction, they move to the East Bay and must commute back into the city and their jobs (5).

Writer and cultural archivist D.S. Black moved to San Francisco in the early ‘80s, lucking into a rent-controlled two-bedroom apartment in the Mission. He paid around $625 a month. “I modestly named my place Mission Control,” he says. In the mid-‘90s, his landlady, chafing under rent control, tried to intimidate him into moving out, once claiming his many shelves of books were a fire hazard.

Around this time Silicon Valley tech workers were driving up Mission real-estate prices. “Anyone who follows the news of the street,” says Black, “knows that San Francisco is now beholden to the hyperthis and the cyberthat. The life I had in the Mission of genteel but low-rent bohemia is now a true ‘Mission Impossible.’” Black finally succumbed to the coercion and economic pressures. His 2010 rent, even under rent control, had reached $1,400, so he moved across the bay to Berkeley. He now pays $1,500 for an apartment around one-third the size of his Capp Street place, plus $500 to store the books his new place couldn’t hold.


Along with New York and San Francisco, Seattle’s gentrification seems to be a fait accompli. The city that launched a tidal wave of rock music by the likes of The Ventures, Jimi Hendrix, Heart and the massive grunge scene with bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, is too expensive for young musicians. According to the CBS study, an average one-bedroom apartment in Seattle runs $1,525 a month. Only 17 percent of its houses are priced lower than the median average (6).

According to gallery owner and artist Spike Mafford, Seattle’s gentrification, like San Francisco’s, came with the tech boom. And it’s not likely to slow down. Microsoft and Amazon continue to grow and plan to eventually add around 145,000 jobs. “The influx of the tech community and the dollars that go along with it,” he says, “will continue to transform the city for the next 10 years.” His gallery, Spike Mafford Photography, is now located in Magnuson Park, a converted U.S. Naval base—its fifth location. Every time his landlord raised his rent in his previous gallery spaces, he moved on, from Pioneer Square, to Ballard, to Belltown and then to Capitol Hill. At each new location, he did all the renovation required to utilize the space.

Gentrification affects more than artists, though, and Seattle’s gentrification has hit African Americans the hardest. According to the U.S. Census, in 1990, the black population of Seattle’s Central District was three times higher than the white population, but in only 10 years, whites outnumbered blacks, who were pushed to surrounding cities like Kent and Renton. Even so, in 2006, Seattle’s only African American mayor, Norm Rice, conceded that the gentrification was rooted in economics, not race (7).

Long-time Seattle resident Eli Hastings, an author and therapist, witnessed the process first-hand. Hastings, a white male, grew up and attended school in the Central District, then Seattle’s predominantly African American community. “At the time, things were really hairy. You had Crips and Bloods and crack cocaine. The neighborhood was not safe for anyone.”

Around 2000, gentrification encroached. Central District real-estate prices rose, drawing wealthier residents. Hastings is ambivalent about the changes, concerned that African Americans who don’t own property are powerless against big real-estate developers and affluent whites. Nevertheless, he concedes, some of the changes were positive. “When I was in high school, there was this deserted, dirty, dangerous vacant lot we cut through to get to a really down-at-the-heels supermarket,” he says. “The lot now is a Starbucks. And now there’s a nice supermarket there. So it’s tough to say that it’s entirely negative.”

Hastings’ ambivalence reflects a larger debate about negative and positive effects of gentrification. Pro-gentrification advocates cite improved living quality, cleaner streets and lower crime rates that “improved” neighborhoods provide their residents. But which residents? The neighborhood’s less-affluent residents can’t enjoy a neighborhood’s new amenities if they can’t afford the neighborhood. At the most basic level, the gentrification debate hinges on whether you see housing as a commodity, subject like all commodities to larger economic peaks and valleys, or whether you see affordable housing as a fundamental human right.

Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, south of the Central District, has undergone a more typically “artist-inspired” gentrification. Georgetown was a more industrial neighborhood featuring factories and warehouses, since converted into lofts. “You’ve got your bars and lounges,” says Hastings. “You’ve got your import-beer shop. Xanadu Comics moved in. It’s very hipster now.” And yet it remains more affordable than most of Seattle, with the average home selling for $203,000.


Manhattan, San Francisco and Seattle are largely lost to young artists without means. As gentrification pushes young artists out of these fertile cultural ecosystems, it deprives them of the qualities only big cities can provide: creative collisions, encouragement and support of like minds, and mentorship. Studies show that people are more creative when densely clustered together in urban areas. Routinely encountering people of different ethnicities, social classes and worldviews exposes them to new ways of perceiving. The bigger the city, the more connections, the more creative they become. As a city grows, its occupants grow more productive (8), as measured by the number of trademarks and patent citations originating in the cities (9). An individual’s productivity is directly proportional to his or her city’s population.

So size matters, but it’s not everything. A city’s character also matters. The right city encourages free exchange of ideas, which relies on a city’s intellectual atmosphere, its open-mindedness and tolerance of difference. Often, institutions within the cities help provide this tolerance, institutions that appreciate, nurture and showcase artists and their work. Examples of such institutions are galleries, cafes with literary readings, performance venues like little theaters, concert venues like CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City, and even living spaces like New York’s Chelsea Hotel.


If New York, San Francisco and Seattle are out of bounds for most fledgling artists, there is hope in other cities. Two of them, Miami and Portland, are less populated, and the third, Los Angeles, is huge, covering a sprawling array of neighborhoods, some of which remain affordable.

Wynwood Walls. Miami’s Wynwood Art District. © Martha Cooper.


Since the launch of Art Basel Miami Beach in 2002, the city has experienced a renaissance of sorts. In response to Art Basel, dozens of smaller, satellite art fairs have mushroomed. And the 2013 reopening of Perez Art Museum Miami (formerly the Miami Art Museum) served as a capstone, the $131 million project securing Miami’s status as an arts city.

Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, also known as “Little San Juan” or “The Barrio,” has in the last 15 years developed a lively arts and culture scene. The Wynwood Art District houses dozens of galleries and studios. In 2012, Forbes magazine put Wynwood in the U.S.’s 20 top “Best Hipster Neighborhoods.” While the average one-bedroom apartment in metropolitan Miami rents for $2,648 a month (10), in Wynwood the rents start as low as $1,100 (11).

Brook Dorsch, who has run Miami art galleries since 1991, bought a building in Wynwood in 2000 to house Dorsch Gallery. Around the same time, Martin Margulies opened the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. Wynwood was still an industrial area with a few houses dotted between warehouses and old clothes factories. But artists followed Dorsch and Margulies, creating a scene of “probably 30 galleries in the area,” says Dorsch. “It began very organically.”

It wasn’t until 2004 that New York real-estate developer Tony Goldman noticed Wynwood’s artistic potential. He bought some two dozen properties for around $35 million, according to The New York Times (12). Goldman converted an old warehouse into the Goldman Warehouse, an exhibit space run by MOCA. He co-created ArtSeen, the New World School of the Arts public studio and performance space. With Jeffrey Deitch, he created Wynwood Walls, an outdoor mural display. He opened a restaurant, Joey’s, in order to increase street life (13).

Those skeptical of gentrification feel Wynwood’s growth has come at too high a cost. WLRN Radio’s Nathaniel Sandler sums up this view: “The neighborhood is changing in a way that people don’t really want it to, and almost becoming a cartoon version of itself.” Higher prices are forcing artists to move out, to be replaced by corporate banks and a Ducati dealership. Sandler, however, does not see this as a problem. Artists, he says, didn’t make Wynwood as much as the working-class Puerto Ricans, who arrived long before the artists. New businesses boost the economy, making it better for everyone. It’s all part of what Sandler says is “the greater narrative of the city’s constant and diverse growth (14).”

Dorsch concedes that the rapid construction of high-end apartments and condominiums drove many artists to move into poor and blue-collar neighborhoods like Little Haiti, home to predominantly black and Latino residents. Crime rates are high there, so it has been slower to gentrify. Little Haiti’s median home price is $266,617 (15). Nevertheless, since Little Haiti borders Wynwood, and real estate is affordable, it seems a prime candidate for young artists who are resilient to challenging living conditions.


Ironically, L.A.’s traffic-clogged sprawl turns out to have its perks. Gentrification in Los Angeles’ expansive metro area has been mellower than in San Francisco or Manhattan, where there’s no room to grow but up. Los Angeles’ average one-bedroom apartment rents for $1,740, just over half that of San Francisco’s (16). Forbes magazine named Silver Lake, in central L.A., the nation’s “Best Hipster Neighborhood.” Its artistic community—not precisely the same as its hipster community but overlapping it—has had moderate success gaining a modest foothold.

But an unlikely L.A. suburb has enjoyed a renaissance since 2005. Culver City, formerly an unhip, burned-out industrial warehouse zone, now sports wine bars, chic restaurants and over 20 well-attended art galleries.

“Culver City is full of shops and hipsters,” says James Daichendt, a professor and dean of performing and visual arts at Azusa Pacific University, who covers the L.A. art scene. “It has become quite a place to go out to eat, or even live now, which was unheard of before.”

Harley/Coagula Archives, Cody Critechelow Installation at Peres Projects, Los Angeles

Central sections of Culver City are nearly as expensive as West Hollywood or Venice, the median price of a three-bedroom home averaging around $750,000. The median rent runs between $1,100 and $1,400 per bedroom, only slightly more affordable than Brooklyn (17). But Daichendt says it depends on where you are. “It is still is affordable if you’re not in a good part of Culver City. There are still some industrial parts where there’s a lot of poverty, off the beaten track.”

Daichendt remains optimistic about L.A.’s creative scene. “What’s so different about L.A., compared to New York, is that it’s so spread out. There is no center to it. So the art community has developed in that way as well.” Culver City’s galleries show diverse work matching its diverse locale. “It’s incredibly exciting in terms of range. You have lowbrow, Juxtapoz-looking places like Thinkspace and Cory Helford. And then you have Blum & Poe, which has blue-chip artists like Murakami.” Daichendt acknowledges that Culver City may eventually price out young artists but counters that artists will simply find other, cheaper neighborhoods in the city where neighborhoods are legion.


Portland’s liberal city planners have wrung their hands over gentrification’s negative effects on the poor. An average one-bedroom apartment can run between $776 and $996 per month, depending on the part of town (18). But prices are rising.

According to Anna Griffin at Oregonlive.com, the planners use computer modeling to locate formerly low-income neighborhoods (St. Johns, Eliot and King) in the hip, mid-sized city that are attracting high-income gentrifiers. Their goal is not to stop gentrification but to limit its negative results, “to preserve economic and cultural diversity” in neighborhoods so “everyone enjoys the same quality of life regardless of zip code (19).”

This may sound like a pipe dream out of Portlandia, but specific policies—already tested in other cities—can prevent gentrification from running roughshod over poor and emerging artists. Tax subsidies can encourage poor homeowners to stay put. Cities can offer developers financial spurs to pepper new, expensive condo complexes with more affordable housing units. They can also hire working-class locals to build them.

But for Mike Phillips, musician turned tech entrepreneur, it’s too little too late. Having lived in Portland since 2004, he has recently relocated to less inspiring Vancouver, Wash., a Portland suburb just across the Columbia River. “I don’t consider myself an artist anymore. I got sick of having financial stress all the time.” Much of the stress was rooted in paying rent. “In 2008, I got a one-bedroom apartment, and the rent was $450. When I moved out in 2012, four years later, my landlord had jacked the rent to $700 a month. That probably doesn’t seem like that much money to people with normal jobs,” he says, but for an artist with a limited income, it was enough to propel him out of both Portland and the arts.

While Vancouver isn’t as stimulating as Portland, or as overrun by “well-to-do hipsters who can sit around in cafes all day,” as Phillips puts it, it is far cheaper. “In Vancouver, I could have a much nicer house for a fraction of the cost in Portland.” And Vancouver may itself be resurging. “For years, it’s been kind of this dumpy place where you walked around and you’d feel like you’re going to get stabbed,” he says. “But now they have nicer cafes and bars and restaurants.”

While living in Portland proved difficult for Phillips to sustain on his income, it’s still borderline affordable compared to the other cities featured here. Young musicians I spoke to there did, however, wonder how long it would last before they themselves would be forced to confront Phillips’ choice: stay in Portland and stay poor, move somewhere cheaper and continue to make art, or find a new career.


There is a prevailing attitude that claims gentrification is inevitable. Even Seattle artist and gallery owner Spike Mafford, after switching location five times to escape high rent, accepts the truism. “Gentrification is a natural part of expansion and growth,” he says. “You really can’t fight it.” But fighting gentrification, while not easy, is possible. A number of cities have done it. Rent-control laws, for example, protect poor and working-class people as well as emerging artists. Some lucky tenants in Manhattan still live in apartments with rents harkening back to the 1980s. But powerful real-estate interests find rent control anathema. Landlords do everything in their power to evict protected tenants, often making life miserable enough for them to leave on their own. Some cities have experimented with mixed-class communities, where zoning laws allow some gentrification alongside low-income housing, though these have proved less successful.

According to The New York Times, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Boston are freezing property taxes, so when house prices rise with gentrification, higher taxes don’t make it difficult for working-class people to live in their own homes. But this approach only helps property owners—those who rent have no such protection (20).

The old-fashioned system in which wealthy patrons sponsored emerging artists has survived in interesting permutations. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Bard family at the Chelsea Hotel, Hilly Crystal at CBGBs, and Mickey Ruskin at Max’s Kansas City provided the infrastructure where vibrant art, music and literary scenes were born. Let’s hope there will continue to be people in positions of power to take interest in artists and support their careers. And let’s hope young artists are resourceful enough to find their own ways.


  1. 1. “Top 10 priciest U.S. cities to rent an apartment,” CBSnews.com, July 15, 2013.
  2. 2. “Costly Rents Push Brooklynites to Queens,” by Michelle Higgins. The New York Times, August 18, 2013.
  3. 3. “Top 10 Priciest…” CBSnews.com, July 15, 2013.
  4. 4. “S.F. rents up more than 3 times higher than national average,” by Anna Marie Erwert, January 30, 2014.
  5. 5. “San Francisco’s rightward turn: Why it may no longer be America’s iconic liberal city,” by George McIntire, Salon.com, February 16, 2014.
  6. 6. Gentrification and Financial Health by Daniel Hartley, (Federal Reserve 11-6-2013).
  7. 7. Henry W. McGee, Jr. “Gentrification, Integration or Displacement?: The Seattle Story,” BlackPast.org.
  8. 8. Luis Bettencourt et al., “Growth, Innovation, Scaling and the Pace of Life in Cities.” PNAS, vol. 104, No. 17, 2007.
  9. 9. Adam Jaffe, M. Trajtenberg, and Rebecca Henderson, “Geographic Localization of Knowledge Spillovers as Evidenced by Patent Citations,” Quarterly Journal of Economics 108 (1993).
  10. 10. <http://www.realtor.com/local/Miami_FL/rent-prices>
  11. 11. <http://www.apartmentguide.com/neighborhoods/Florida/Miami/Wynwood-Art-District/>
  12. 12. Terry Pristin,“A SoHo Visionary Makes an Artsy Bet in Miami,” The New York Times, March 30, 2010.
  13. 13. Terry Pristin, Ibid.
  14. 14. “Wynwood is Dead: Long Live Wynwood” <http://wlrn.org/post/wynwood-dead-long-live-wynwood>
  15. 15. <http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Little-Haiti-Miami-FL.html>
  16. 16. “Top 10 Priciest…” CBSnews.com, July 15, 2013.
  17. 17. <http://www.city-data.com>
  18. 18. <http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=United+States&city=Portland%2C+OR>


  1. 20. Timothy Williams, “Cities Mobilize to Help Those Threatened by Gentrification,” The New York Times, March 3 2014.

James Lough teaches nonfiction writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design in the writing department, which he formerly directed.His book This Ain’t No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995 was published by Schaffner Press in 2013. He is also the author of Spheres of Awareness (University Press of America, 2009) and Sites of Insight (University Press of Colorado, 2003), as well as over 70 articles, essays and short stories.

Music Monday: J Dilla Weekend 2015’s Miami Schedule

This article originated on Miami New Times:




Dilla forever.

It’s been nearly nine years since legendary Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla (born James Dewitt Yancey) died, just three days after his 32nd birthday, from a rare blood disorder.

But there’s no doubt that Jay Dee’s legacy lives. And every year, on the anniversary of his birth, his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, and the rest of the J-loving world, from the Motor City to NYC to London town, have celebrated Dilla Day.

Now, though, this honorary hip-hop holiday has expanded to an entire weekend. And it’s officially moved to Miami. Two weeks ago, Ma Dukes and crew announced the 23-act lineup. This week, they reveal the party plan.

Just check the cut for J Dilla Weekend 2015’s Miami schedule so far.


J Dilla Weekend 2015’s Miami Schedule

Madlib. Thursday, February 5. Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $37.63 via squadup.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-576-7750 or visit bardotmiami.com.

Talib Kweli and Black Milk. Friday, February 6. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $26.87 via squadup.com. Ages 18 and up. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.

Joey Bada$$ and Mobb Deep at Soulection BBQ. With Starro, Camp Lo, Esta, Chuck Strangers, Nuri, Telescope Thieves, Sire, No Exit, Manuvers, Kent Jones, ILLA, Punch, Sean Bang, and YNot. Saturday, February 7. LMNT, 59 NW 36th St., Miami. The show starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 10. Tickets cost $16.13 via squadup.com. Ages 18 and up. Call 305-572-9550 or visit lmntartsmiami.com.

Slum Village and Pete Rock. Saturday, February 7. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $26.87 via squadup.com. Ages 18 and up. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.

Dead Prez and Make EM NV Beat Battle. Sunday, February 8. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $21.50 via squadup.com. Ages 18 and up. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.

J Dilla Day Weekend 2015. Hosted by Ma Dukes. Presented by III Points, Nature Sounds, Addicted Affairs, and DNA. Thursday to Sunday, February 5 to 8. Various locations, Miami. Weekend passes cost $80.62 and single-show tickets cost $16.13 to $37.63 viasquadup.com. Visit JDillaWeekend.com.


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Where to Be: 1.23.15 to 1.29.15

Friday, 1.23.15

The French Horn Collective at LILT Lounge 1/23/15

The French Horn Collective at LILT Lounge
Friday, 01/23/2015 – 10:00 pm – 01:00 am
lilt-cocktail2LILT Lounge
270 Biscayne Way Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

The French Horn Collective is a diverse band, ranging from three to eight talented musicians, producing a smooth mixture of progressive Gypsy, Parisian, Swing and World Music tunes. LILT Lounge brings the first high-design lounge to downtown Miami with nightly live music curated by Kristian Caro and creative cocktails by Dean Feddaoui. Lounge opens at 6 p.m. with social bites by acclaimed executive chef Wolfgang Birk including charcuterie & cheese, oysters & caviar, lobster cocktail and tuna tartare gazpacho.

Saturday, 1.24.15

Miami Dade College Free Affordable Care Act Information Workshops

Miami Dade College Free Affordable Care Act Information Workshops
Saturday, Jan. 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Affordable Care Act Information WorkshopNorth Campus
11380 NW 27 Ave.
Computer Courtyard, Building 2 (first floor)

Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kendall Campus
11011 SW 104 St.
Computer Courtyard, Building 2 (first floor)

Civic Engagement Thursday: 1.22.15

This article was taken from the blog – Political Cortadito

Miami Beach Mayor Levine takes over finance committee

Miami Beach Mayor Levine takes over finance committee

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has restructured the city’s finance committee, booting Commissioner Deede Weithorn, the longtime chair, and appointing himself and two cronies philip levinejust as they get ready to tackle next year’s budget.

The move — ten months before Weithorn is termed out — has everyone wondering just what he’s up to.

Ladra will tell you in two words: No good.

Weithorn, a professional auditor and renowned financial expert whose main role on the commission is to watch the city’s wallet, has served on the finance committee — either as vice chair or chair — for all of both terms she’s been in office. She was even the chair of the citizens budget advisory board before she was elected. Her expertise is money matters unmatched on the commission — and arguably beyond, as other cities, agencies and labor organizations often turn to her for advice.

The new Levine-appointed chair is Commissioner Jonah “Potty Mouth” Wolfson, III, DeeDeJonahwho reportedly hasn’t been to any budget workshops even once and many suspect is just there to let Levine help more of his buddies and control any city spending on the convention center project. Funny enough, Wolfson — who has missed about 75% of the meetings for the land use committee, where he is a member — has been the poster boy for the campaign against the convention center. He has a reputation for only going to meetings when he wants to approve something or kill something.

This move comes a little more than a year after Levine — a control freak on a power trip who later forced the planning director to resign — changed the committee rules so that he would be a fourth voting member on all of them. So why appoint himself to it? What’s the point?

The move also comes 10 months before elections in which both Weithorn and Wolfson are termed-out. Why not wait it out?

Levine, Orosz

The move also comes not just six months or so before the budget workshops, but in the midst of waivers for lucrative flooding mitigation contracts and the city’s centennial celebration — budgeted to cost between $250,000 and $500,000 for a tennis court on the beach, a concert at Lummus Park and a mass equal-opportunity wedding officiated by the mayor himself. Ladra sort of expects that figure to go up, especially since the festivities are being produced by another Levine buddy,Bruce Orosz.

What else is happening in the next 10 months that could be important (read: expensive)? Could this foreshadow more waivers of the competitive bidding process?

Las malas lenguas say this is all about the money. Because, think about it: Is this switch in the best interest of the city? Or is it, rather, in the best interest of Levine’s buddies. The city has already given the mayor’s pals the tennis contract and the lobbying contract and the centennial job.

The general consensus is that Weithorn was taken out for a reason, and it’s not to give her time to campaign for state representative in District 113 (more on that later). One option is to weaken her husband’s potential run for one of the open seats (more on that later). But more likely it is because Commissioner Weithopacmoneyrn won’t just rubber stamp everything that comes before her and might ask the wrong (read: right) questions. In fact, sources say she’s already been sniffing around about the mayor’s bloated expenses with new staffers and so many trips.

In other words, Weithorn — unlike Wolfson and Commissioner Joy Malakoff,  a banker with some financial experience who was also appointed to the committee Thusday — is not in Levine’s pocket.


Caught moments before she was to teach an auditing class Friday morning, Weithorn would only say that she found the switch interesting, but that since all committee items still go before the commission, she was not going to just fade away.

“I think he [the mayor] missed an opportunity for me to train someone to lead the committee into the future,” she told Ladra. I forgot to ask Weithorn if she feels betrayed, since she was told she’d keep that committee chair if she fired her aide after the election (and she did) because he worked against Levine.

Former Mayor Matti Bower said the move is something to raise concerns. “It is strange,” Bower said.

She, too, once thought about removing Weithorn from the chairmanship to give someone else a chance, but then changed her mind. “Being a CPA and involved in economics, I think Deede had a good handle on that committee. She asked good questions,” Bower said.

Hopefully, we can still count on her asking the good questions at the commission meetings.

– See more at: http://www.politicalcortadito.com/2015/01/16/miami-beach-mayor-levine-takes-over-finance-committee/#sthash.8wBpt28D.dpuf

Public Art Wednesday: Miami Design Preservation League







Today we want to highlight that a group within the city that is making an impact on the preservation of the art of architecture of our city. Art and the history or the design of our city is something to celebrate. This past weekend marked Art Deco Weekend and we want to give recognition to one of the organizations that made this event possible.

Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural, social, economic, environmental and architectural integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District and all other areas of the City of Miami Beach where historic preservation is a concern.
The MDPL Advocacy Committee suggests these priorities for MDPL advocacy activities:
  • Preserve and protect the historical and architectural integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural District, both of its individual buildings and of the district as a whole;
  • Support the historic preservation process put in place by the City of Miami Beach and the City’s enforcement of the outcomes of that process in any area “where historic preservation is a concern.”
  • Propose and support changes in the City’s historic preservation process and land use policies when necessary to carry out and fulfill the mission statement;
  • Propose and support changes in Florida and national policy when necessary to carry out and fulfill the mission statement;
  • Preserve and protect historical, architectural, and environmental resources in other areas of Miami Beach, especially when designated as local historic districts by the City of Miami Beach, but including any area “where historic preservation is a concern.”
  • Act to support residents and property owners, in current and potential historic districts, when citizens act to preserve, protect and promote the historic, architectural, cultural, social, economic, and environmental integrity of any area “where historic preservation is a concern.”

Talk About It Tuesday: New Reports show enormous impact of arts & culture on jobs & the economy!

New reports show enormous impact of arts and culture on jobs and the economy

by  • January 13, 2015 • Issues, News, Reports

NEA research shows surprising findings in three new Reports on the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts announced new research findings about the impact of the arts and cultural industries on the nation’s GDP in three new reports from 2012.

These reports “will help arts providers and others more effectively understand and develop strategies to engage individuals and communities in the arts.“

They are:

  1. When Going Gets Tough: Barriers and Motivations Affecting Arts Attendance
  2. A Decade of Arts Engagement: Findings from the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, 2002-2012
  3. The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA)

…for the first time the NEA can show a comprehensive view of a single year in the life of the arts and cultural sector from three different angles: supply, demand, and motivations for consumer behavior.

~arts.gov news


Read the full press release here.

UK: Record High for Creative Industries

As reported by BBC News, the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published figures (.pdf)that show the UK’s creative industries added £76.9bn to UK economy in 2013. In addition, creative industries accounted for 5.6% of all UK jobs.

DMCS Jan 2015

The UK’s creative industries are recognised as world leaders around the globe and today’s figures show that they continue to grow from strength to strength.

~UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid

Clearly, it is time for all policy makers to recognize the enormous economic contribution the creative sector generates in job creation and overall GDP.

Music Monday: 1.19.15 Best Latin Band Miami 2014 per New Times

New Times names Palo! Miami’s Best Latin Band of 2014! 

Best Latin Band Miami 2014 – Palo

The infectious sound of los timbales and bongos fuse with the keyboard as the sax and vocals crescendo. In a matter of seconds, a seductive melody reverberates throughout the room, prompting the party people to involuntarily and uncontrollably shake their asses. They have caught Palo! fever. For more than a decade, the Afro-Cuban funk band has been bringingel sonido caliente to the Magic City. Steve Roitstein, who also teaches at Miami Dade College, is the Palo! mastermind. Prior to becoming the leader of the band, el músico worked with Willy Chirino, Julio Iglesias, and other Latin music legends. He even snagged a Latin Grammy in 2001 for a song he produced for Celia Cruz. Success was definitely on his side, but Roitstein wanted to create something he could call his own. So Palo! was born. The descarga masters may share the same name as the Afro-Cuban religion, but the story behind their moniker comes from a Cuban man who couldn’t pronounce Roitstein’s first name. To help him out, Roitstein explained it was like “Esteban” but in English. That’s when el cubanocorrected him by saying, “Ah, Estick!” Because the word palo is Spanish for “stick,” the band name was born. More than a decade later, the group continues to spread its rumba across the 305. Just last year, the bandmates released their second album, Palo! Live, which was recorded during their tenth-anniversary bash at the now-defunct PAX. The band was also featured in Miami Boheme, a documentary on PBS showcasing Miami’s Latin fusion bands, and their music recently aired on public radio. Roitstein and his crew are now working on a third album set to be released this fall. But you won’t have to wait till then to hear them cantar la salsa — chances are you’ll catch ’em throwing it down on any given weekend.

Where to Be: 1.16.15 to 1.22.15


artdeco weekend














38th Annual Art Deco Weekend

Soul Of Miami Sponsored Love

Friday, January 16, Noon – 11PM

Saturday, January 17, 10AM – 11PM

Sunday, January 18, 10AM – 8PM

38th Annual Art Deco Weekend
Ocean Drive & Lummus Park
between 5th & 13th Streets
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Art Deco Weekend 2015 celebrates 100 years of history, architecture and people! Join us January 16th – 18th as we take a step back in time and remember the last 100 years of Miami Beach.

Every year during Art Deco Weekend, Miami Design Preservation League closes Ocean Drive to traffic. Over 140 vendors line Lummus Park and Ocean Drive displaying vintage and handmade paintings, photography, jewelry, sculptures, posters and more. Ocean Drive fills with street entertainment, classic cars and people.


Monday, January 19

Ben Howard at the Fillmore 

This British singer-songwriter is touring behind his new album, I Forget Where We Were. His complex, guitar- and emotion-drenched songs aren’t exactly signature Miami Beach material, but his live show is definitely worth a look. In the past, Howard has opened for alternative and pop luminaries like Coldplay and Mumford & Sons — he’s the headliner now, and he’s a must-watch.

 $29.50 and up

Tuesday, January 20

The B.I.G. Summit Technology Conference 1/20/15

The B.I.G. Summit – Technology Conference

Tuesday, January 20th, 7:00am – 6:00pm

New World Center
500 17th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: $299 Standard
$499 VIP (includes preferred seating, VIP lunch with speakers & special guests, and special gifts)
$99 Student (with ID)
All tickets include, breakfast, lunch, and access to the After Party. Access to all sessions and post summit presentation materials also included.
Register Online

Wednesday, January 21

The Power of Relationships in Business
Miami Beach Networking Event


Keller Williams Conference Room
Suite 202 – 1680 Meridian Ave.
Miami Beach, FL

Open to the Public
Free Admission


Thursday, January 22

Rooftop Sessions 1/22/15

Rooftop Sessions
Thursday, 01/22/2015 – 07:00 pm –


Civic Engagement Thursday: 1.15.15

In May of last year, the knight foundation brought together civic innovators to look at ways in which cities can identify talent, increase access and opportunities and create dialogue about engagement and community action. As we move into 2015, Lets be reminded of these large conversations about the importance of creativity and its link to social action.

Civic leaders offer ideas for revitalizing neighborhoods

May 30, 2014, 11:47 a.m., Posted by Sarah Goodyear

Robust Engagement workshop at CIA STudio on May 13 2014 by Tom Clark.

Photo: A “Robust Engagement” workshop was part of the Civic Innovation in Action Studio, May 12-14. Photo by Tom Clark for Knight Foundation.

Overview: Knight Foundation hosted 100 civic innovators at a Civic Innovation in Action Studio in Miami May 12 -14 to explore ways to harness talent, advance opportunity and promote robust engagement.

If you spend any time at all reading about American cities and what is happening in them today, the word “gentrification” will certainly have bubbled to the top of your consciousness, usually in a negative context. There’s no question that as cities have regained popularity among more affluent and upwardly mobile Americans, gentrification – with its attendant ills of displacement and homogenization – can cause problems.

The story that isn’t told as much is the one about how many places aren’t being gentrified — the places where poverty is chronic and entrenched. According to a report on the nation’s largest metro areas from Impresa Consulting, of 1,100 census tracts with poverty rates in excess of 30 percent in 1970, 750 still had poverty topping that rate 40 years later.

So what works to change the reality of entrenched disinvestment and poverty? As research for Knight Foundation’s recent Civic Innovation in Action Studio, we asked several civic leaders with a track record of successful redevelopment of disinvested neighborhoods for their thoughts on how to turn around troubled neighborhoods. Here are some of the themes that emerged.


Lori Healey held several senior positions for the city of Chicago under the administration of Richard M. Daley, most recently acting as his chief of staff. She says that when Chicago was looking at economic revitalization, the mayor’s office took a tough approach. “It takes a very committed chief executive of a city to call all the grocery chains into the office and say, ‘You need to invest in all my neighborhoods; if you want to do a store in a North Side neighborhood, you’ve got to do one in a South Side neighborhood,’” says Healey, who is now the CEO of Tur Partners LLC. “Mayor Daley would say, you’ve got to play hardball with the folks. You have to have a little political moxie to negotiate those kinds of deals…. There’s got to be a directive from the top that says, you will go out, and you will make sure that these things get done in these neighborhoods.”

Turn off your TV


Insights from civic innovation studio evolving into action” by Carol Coletta on Knight Blog

Civic Innovation in Action Studio tees up ideas for better communities” by Michael Bolden on Knight Blog


Without access to jobs, residential neighborhoods will never thrive. “I think in any deteriorated neighborhood today, either there needs to be some basis of nearby job employment, or good transportation access that connects to employment,” says Paul Levy, founding chief executive of the Center City District management district in Philadelphia. “The basis of any residential neighborhood is the employment base that it’s near or next to.”

“In this neighborhood, we are in an anchor district [with] about 50,000 employees in it,” says Susan Mosey, the president of Midtown Detroit Inc., a nonprofit responsible for community development in that city’s Midtown area. “That stability, and having a reasonable set of market dynamics operating in terms of people at least coming to your district – that doesn’t mean everybody’s engaging with your district, but at least you then have an opportunity to create strategies that can, over time, take more advantage of that market that’s coming.”

Know the market

Several of those interviewed emphasized the importance of deeply understanding the local market and the needs of partners, both in the private and the public sector. “[Do the] market analysis,” says Josh Rogers, president and CEO of NewTown Macon, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown Macon, Ga. “If you’ve got the interested partners and you think you’ve got the embedded amenities, then is there actually a market and if so, what does that look like?”

“We retain a huge amount of updated data on the development climate here for everybody,” says Mosey. “Part of the thing in disadvantaged cities is you have to constantly be catapulting all of the nonbelievers into the fact that there really is a market here, and the market is at this price point, and it is this kind of a product people are looking for. You really have to have intelligent conversations with folks, and be able to counter their many reasons why they just don’t want to invest in a disinvested neighborhood.”

Take advantage of national trends

Seizing the historical moment can benefit redevelopment efforts. “Each city, each place has unique attributes that either make it competitive or may make it out of sync,” says Levy. “Philadelphia starts with great DNA. We have a 17th-century street grid that made us ridiculously obsolete in the 1950s, when everybody was trying to stuff every car and truck in the universe into cities. And today, with energy costs permanently high, dense and compact and intimate scale is sustainable.”

“A lot of what’s happened on the ground in Macon is represented nationally by changing demographics,” says Rogers. “America is younger, more diverse, waiting later to have children, willing to accept a higher level of finish for smaller square footage. The fact that America is urbanizing so quickly everywhere creates tremendous opportunity for nonprofits and partnerships focused on revitalization.”

Most importantly, play to your strengths

Each community has to be taken on its own terms, and developed with sensitivity to its particular character. “Know your assets,” says Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, who did community development in Harlem with the Abyssinian Development Corp.. “Know what is distinctive about your community. Know how to market that. Know how to tell the story. Do that in a way that is bold and imaginative but that is also grounded in reality.”

Sarah Goodyear is a New York-based writer.

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Public Art Wednesday: 1.14.15

This article was published back in Hyperallergic back in December. And yes, the fuel of brilliance that women are bringing to Miami’s art scene is definitely something for us to hightlight.

Enjoy the read! 

Women Artists Dominate in Art Basel Miami Beach’s Sculpture Park

by Benjamin Sutton on December 7, 2014

View of Art Basel Miami Beach's Public sector, with Nancy Rubins's "Our Friend Fluid Metal, Chunkus Majoris" (2013) in the foreground (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

MIAMI BEACH — Amid all the predictable fare in Art Basel Miami Beach’s Public sector, installed in Collins Park alongside the Bass Museum of Art — your Ernesto Neto hammock contraption, your Justin Matherly concrete-and-walker figure, your shiny bronze Elmgreen & Dragset provocation, your Georg Baselitz primitivist giant — is a set of bravura works by women artists. Their glowing, ungainly, and frequently flippant sculptures are improbably well suited to the setting.

Jessica Stockholder, “Angled Triangle” (2014)

The most impressive is Jessica Stockholder’s new “Angled Tangle” (2014), a colorful jumble of streetscape accessories — including a small hamlet of bright blue and yellow bollards — that Public curator Nicholas Baume (of New York’s Public Art Fund) has positioned directly in front of the Bass Museum’s main entrance, as if to divert pedestrian traffic around the park.

Sarah Braman, "Door" (2013–14)

Three other variations on staples of urban and park design dominate the central lawn. Lynda Benglis’s “Pink Lady” (2013), made from a stack of drippy cones of hot pink polyurethane, playfully reinterprets the proportions of classical fountain statuary. Nancy Rubins’s “Our Friend Fluid Metal, Chunkus Majoris” (2013), one of her characteristic sprawling sculptures in which dozens of one type of large and cumbersome object are strapped together with steel cables, is a wicked jumble of old spring-mounted toy animals from children’s playgrounds. Sarah Braman’s purple and red glass box “Door” (2013–14) figuratively and actually reflects the crystalline architecture of Miami Beach. A small bench in front of the sculpture, based on seating in Braman’s studio, seems intended to accommodate the inevitable selfie snappers.

Nuria Fuster, “Pump Iron” (2014)

Nearby, Nuria Fuster’s “Pump Iron” (2014) also seems to be gently poking fun at South Florida’s appearance-obsessed culture. The work, with its arching iron arm weighed down by the dozens of basketballs tied to its tip, evokes the bent steel of the Castiglioni brothers’ iconic Arco floor lamp. An excellent alternate title for the piece would have been “Disequilibrium,” since it coincidentally doubles as a slam dunk satire of Jeff Koons’s floating basketballs.

Ana Luiza Dias Batista, "Eva (Eve)" (2014)

Ana Luiza Dias Batista is responsible for the sculpture park’s most unsettling piece, “Eva (Eve)” (2014), a replica of an amusement park attraction in São Paulo that was popular in the 1980s: a giant figure of a woman lying on her stomach that visitors entered through a doorway cut into the shoulder and exited via another door near the ankle. Here, shrunk down to human size and installed in the grass, the work initially resembles an outstretched park goer, making the discovery of the large holes in her side all the more disquieting.

Tatiana Trouvé, "Waterfall" (2013)

Two other standout works by women artists resemble makeshift interventions by some nomadic tribe that passed through the fastidiously manicured and maintained park. Tatiana Trouvé’s “Waterfall” (2013) features what looks like a soiled mattress slung over a five-foot-tall slab of concrete. The mattress is actually an absurdist fountain cast in bronze and outfitted with a water supply system. At two nearby spots in the park, Jessica Jackson Hutchins has suspended hammocks that hold her unwieldy abstract ceramic sculptures. The piece, “Him and Me” (2014), further humanizes and domesticates the public space, echoing the sense of mischief and inventiveness in the works by Stockholder, Benglis, Fuster, and others.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins, "Him and Me" (2014)

Detail of Jessica Stockholder, "Angled Triangle" (2014)

Art Basel Miami Beach continues through December 7. The Public sector is located on the grounds of the Bass Museum of Art (Collins Avenue and 21st Street, Miami Beach).

Correction: This piece originally named Jessica Stockholder’s piece as “Angled Triangle”; the correct title is “Angled Tangle.” It has been fixed.

Talk About It Tuesday: Florida New Majority

florida new majority

Recalling 2014: A Year of Resiliency & Continued Hope

2014 was a roller coaster year that exposed the sharp divide between the politics that win elections and the policies that our communities need to thrive. November alone not only saw too many gains for right wing extremists in Florida and across the nation, but also witnessed a belated reprieve to immigrants, and deplorable criminal justice verdicts in Ferguson and New York.

Yet this wave of disappointment and injustice was also met by a budding social movement that is increasingly being led by a new generation of young leaders who are willing to take to the streets to make sure that their voices are heard and the democratic rights of all are protected.

The faces of the New Freedom Movement

It is their dedication in seeing the urgency of the moment that is fueling our steps forward. In the horror of Mike Brown’s and Eric Gardner’s killings, it was the rallying cry of #BlackLivesMatter and the youth leading in the street that gives us hope and direction.  In the swamp and drowning that was the Congressional fight over comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation, it was the demands from militant youth and undocumented for Obama to stop deportations through Executive Action that prevailed – action that could provide relief to more than 600,000 people in Florida alone

The lessons learned in 2014, both at the ballot box and on the streets, must find their way back to our political system and our elected officials. Taking our cue from our youth, the time has come for different, political movement. One that is bold, energetic and fearless.One that values Black  and Brown lives, unites those at the margins, and offers a way to the anxious white working class to join in solidarity and in humanity. One that allows our elders to still play a vital role as they graciously pass the reigns of the organizations and institutions to the previously uninvolved.

The seeds have been planted and the investment that we are making in communities and leaders is beginning to show. As we begin 2015, we are heartened by brilliant responses in Ferguson and New York City, hopeful of the possibilities in winning local elections, and grateful to be a part of the New Freedom Movement that is emerging.


Florida New Majority stands in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and with all young people of color who have been told again that their lives don’t matter. We, in particular, stand with the African American community. In Ferguson and throughout the country, poor and working class Black people are considered and treated as less than human. We recognize the historic and pivotal role of the Black freedom movement, and we call on all communities, Asian, Latino, Caribbean, Arab and White to support the dignity of the African American experience and their human right of respect.

Executive Director Gihan Perera reflects on the new elected faces of Miami

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the parents of Michael Brown, Eric Gardner and the thousands of African-American, Latino and other young people who are criminalized and brutalized by the police in this country every day. We condemn the militarization of the police against the civilian population in Ferguson and cities all over the United States as an offense against the most basic principles of fairness and democracy.

The failure of the Ferguson grand jury to indict Mike Brown’s killer illustrates the clear need for a complete overhaul of police departments throughout this nation. To do this requires a paradigm shift away from the mental and systemic nature of mass incarceration. Underneath this epidemic is the fear based drive to lock up and socially control Black youth and other people of color who are deemed threatening, dangerous, and undeserving. A drive that only further alienates members of the public from each other and increases racial anxiety and fear based violence.

This is a righteous and moral fight to be fought with all tools at our disposal, including in the streets and at the ballot box.

As we head into a new year, we call on all good people to keep up the fight, now and in the long run. Visit the Ferguson National Response Network to keep up with the latest actions and events around the nation, and support our work to battle police brutality, the school to prison pipeline, and the criminalization of youth right all across Florida.


Mone Holder speaks to NewsJax4

In the past year, FNM spearheaded a number of civic engagement campaigns to lift up the critical nature and presence of the Rising New Electorate – African-Americans, Latinos, women, youth and LGBT communities – in reshaping the political landscape.

Staff continued to work in all year long to protect and expand the fundamental right to vote in Florida.The organization’s Right to Vote campaign, a cornerstone of our Expanding Democracy work, coordinated with legal advocates and policy experts to build legislative momentum towards policies that would neutralize attempts to suppress voting rights particularly in relationship to African-American, immigrant, youth, and Latino communities.

During the fall primaries and midterm elections, FNM trained and sent out brigades of voter protection volunteers to the polls to monitor operations. The organization also launched two voting campaigns designed to increase participation in the 2014 gubernatorial election. #BlackVotesMatter / #OurVotesMatter raised awareness about the issues at stake for black families in the election, increased power and influence of the black vote in state politics, and ensured that black interests and values were honored. #VotaPorMiGente had similar goals, utilizing multiple strategies ranging from, field and phone canvassing, leadership development, tele-town halls and other tactics to elevate the importance and impact of the Latino vote in state politics.

GOTV in Osceola

As a result, BlackVotesMatter built a field canvass of over 30 canvassers that knocked on approximately 60,000 doors and reached 17,000 voters in predominantly African-American precincts in Duval County. Working closely with SEIU’s  “Boricua Vota” campaign, #VotaPorMiGente helped bring a taste of Puerto Rican-style politics to Osceola with caravans and musical “flash mobs,” encouraging the public to vote early and send in their absentee votes. A month long phone bank produced nearly 5,000 calls and a statewide teletownhall in Spanish reached nearly 200,000 households and attracted more than 25,000 participants.

The campaigns motivated voters to care about the election, create energy for increased turnout, and built infrastructure and leaders for long term civic engagement.  Immediate results were seen in Central Florida, where interns and organizers were instrumental in helping FNM’s endorsed candidates, Viviana Janer and Cheryl Grieb unseat incumbent Republicans on the Board of Osceola County Commissioners, effectively turning the body from red to blue. The “dynamic duo,” as they called themselves, became only the second and third women ever elected to the Board, with Janer earning the distinction of being the first Latina elected to county-wide office. In Miami’s County Commission District 8, Daniella Levine-Cava also unseated an incumbent, bringing a needed progressive voice to that board.



Freedom Flicks Launches in Kissimmee

December was also a time of innovative launches. In Miami, local artists, muralists, and live performers participating in our “Culture is a Weapon” event transformed FNM’s Miami offices into a vibrant arts space to celebrate the year and raise funds for the important work tof delivering on the promise of a fair and equal democracy.

Staff also brought FNM’s “Freedom Flicks” effort (a series of socially-conscious movies and discussion for high-school and college-age youth) to Kissimmee with a showing of the movie “Mandela”.

Moving forward, the Orlando/Kissimmee office plans to host these movie nights once a month, each with a different theme and in partnership with organizations and community leaders to engage our youth in dialogue around social justice issues.  Next up in January is immigration reform, in collaboration with Mi Familia Vota and the Florida Farm Workers’ Association.


Mariama Gregory
Director of Field Operations

“From Trayvon to Mike Brown”

Young men who were at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and apparently in the wrong skin. I understood the injustice of those murders. But now it feels different. It feels personal. It has rattled my spirit… Maybe because Mike, like Trayvon, was no different than my 20 male cousins, 3 nephews, 2 Godsons, and countless friends. Maybe because I watched the media alter the image of a child to justify his murder. Maybe because I saw a nation of people more willing to believe he was a ‘thug’ than accept the possibility that he was profiled and shot for merely walking down the street.  Maybe it’s personal because I am black woman and anything that comes from my womb will be, to some degree, another Trayvon Martin, another Mike Brown. I felt as if I knew his laugh and his smile; his desires and dreams; his fears and his future. Maybe in a way I did.


Daliah Lugo
Orlando/Kissimmee Coordinator

“An Historic Moment “

We are witnessing a collective awakening to the reality of this nation. This is the moment we confront our history and our present so that we can move forward as a nation.

This moment is painful, but it’s needed.  It’s when real change can begin.  It’s when we realize poverty, injustice and marginalization are not inevitable facts of life, but the result of conscious decisions made at every level of government.  And it’s the moment we realize that we have the power to make change happen by becoming engaged in our neighborhoods and cities, and at the ballot box.


“We Need Lasting Change”

Devin Coleman
Jacksonville Organizer

It is obvious that something is wrong and something needs to be done to bring more “equality” to the halls of Justice.  Protesting has been an outlet thus far for some Jacksonville citizens and it is supportedas long as it fits within the rights protected by the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution.  We need to take this raw emotion and nourish it thereby cultivating it in a manner that will bring lasting change.   We need to educate so that the citizens of Jacksonville will have an understanding of what is going on policy wise as well as a clear understanding of the potential ramifications as a result of inaction. We need to continue organizing trainings because if we are on one accord we can cause change in our communities.  One of the best ways to do that is by utilizing the ballot box.  Taking proactive action to elect officials that have open minds, hearts and listening ears to the daily plight of the people that they serve.

Talk about it Tuesday: Data Show Nearly Every County in Florida Has at Least 1,000 Prisoners


Yesterday Ray Downs posted an article in the Palm Beach New Times. We thought that it was worth the mention.


Everybody knows Florida likes to lock people up. It’s the state with the third-highest prison population in the country that has the world’s highest prison population. But some recent data analysis by the Washington Post points out an interesting fact: Nearly every county in the Sunshine State has more than 1,000 people locked up.

The data used combines state and federal prisons as well as local jails. The counties with the most prisoners are right here in South Florida. Miami-Dade unsurprisingly leads the way with 12,127 prisoners, which is by far the highest in the state. Broward, meanwhile, has 6,390 people locked up, and Palm Beach has 6,055. Combined, the two counties actually have more prisoners than Miami-Dade, with a total of 12,435.

The county with the lowest number of prisoners? That distinction goes to Highland County, which has about 388 people locked up.

Here’s what the map looks like, with purple designating more than 1,000 prisoners. Dark pink notes counties with at least 250 and up to 999:

The Post data also points out another interesting fact: Around the country, the United States has more jails than degree-granting colleges. At least Florida isn’t that bad, though. There are 207 degree-granting institutions around the state but only 157 state, local, and federal places to be locked up.

However, there are more people living behind bars than on college campuses.

See also: Florida Leads Country in Prisoners Serving Max Sentences, Being Released Without Supervision

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, there are 100,942 prisoners in state prisons at last count and about 55,371 in county jails. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says it has 39,420 in people in federal facilities around Florida. In all, there are about 195,733 people locked up at any given time in our state — a number big enough to be the 25th most populated county.

The only other state that appears to come close to Florida’s prison population by county is California, which has the highest state prison population in the country. But at least California has a county with fewer than 388 people locked up (at actually has 11 counties in that category).

In fact, it looks like Florida is the only state in the country that doesn’t have at least one county with fewer than 250 prisoners.

But all this shouldn’t be surprising considering the sharp and steady rise of Florida’s prisoner population. Believe it or not, back in 1980, there were only 20,000 people in Florida’s state prisons. Today, there are fives times that number — and every county is pitching in:

Sentencing Project

See also: Richard DeLisi Continues 90-Year Sentence for Cannabis After Judge Denies Release

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Music Monday: Miami’s Sebastian Solano of Life in Color Makes Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Music

Photo by George Martinez
Photo by George Martinez








Exciting Announcements were made for Sebastian Solano this past week. The article below was published in New Times Miami on 1/1/15!


Enjoy the read!

We’re a brand that’s growing from the bottom up,” the Life in Color crew told Crossfadeback in 2013, just days before the first-ever LIC Festival was set to splatter neon paint across the Magic City.

“We want to just stay hungry, stay humble, and if all goes well, we’ll have something very special that we are going to be able to take across the world.”

Almost two years later, this prophetic vision for the LIC brand is becoming a reality. And now co-founder Sebastian Solano has even been named one of Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 in Music for 2015.

Forbes may be recognizing Solano as la crème de la crème in the music biz this year, but Life in Color’s success has been in the works for nearly a decade.The only Miamian to make the cut, Solano is joined by up-and-coming pop stars FKA Twigs, Charlie XCX, and Chance the Rapper, as well as Revolt TV’s Kai Wright and Nas’ manager, Anthony Saleh, among others.

Formerly known as Dayglow, “the world’s largest paint party” began in 2007 when a couple of college dudes from Florida State University noticed a growing, yet unorganized trend of paint parties hosted by frat houses and sororities. That in mind, Solano and his buddies threw their first major 1,000-person neon bash at downtown Miami’s Mecca.

A hit, the guys soon found themselves putting on Dayglow events in cities across the state. In 2010, the paint fest crossed the border to Mexico for it’s first international rager in Cancun during Spring Break. With a now solid rep, Solano and his party crew put on a total of 65 U.S. shows in the spring, and another 65 shows in the fall of the following year.

Then in 2012, Life In Color was purchased by Robert F.X. Sillerman, who connected LIC with dance music powerhouse ID&T, the entity behind the Sensation Tour, a move that’s allowed the fest to expand exponentially.

From throwing EDM paint parties for college students to filling up stadiums across the globe, Life In Color has attracted the likes of Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and other mega DJs, bringing Cirque-du-Soleil-style acrobatics, and, well, tons of neon to thousands.

In fact, LIC has left 600,000 people in over 55 countries oozing in paint.

Sure, Solano and his crew are moving on up in the biz, but the LIC guys are only getting the neon party started. For now, they’re just reppin’ the 305 and “staying hungry, staying humble.”

Where to Be: 1.9.15 to 1.15.15

Friday, 1.9.15

Eat Drink Support Art Dimensions Variable Turns 5 1/9/15

Eat Drink Support Art- Dimensions Variable Turns 5
January 9, 2015, 7 pm – Midnight
Dimensions Variable Parking Lot

100 NE 11 Street
Miami, FL 33132
Tickets are $40 per person
Purchase Tickets Online

Food, Open Bar, Music, Performances and Silent Auction—Celebrating DVs Last 5 Years and Funding Our Future.


Saturday, 1.10.15  2pm-10pm

First Wynwood Art District Art Walk of 2015

This Saturday 2pm-10pm the VIRGINIA ERDIE FINE ART GALLERY is hosting the first Wynwood Art Walk of the year!

Where: GAB Studio

225 NW 26th Street Miami, FL  33127

For more info please call 305.409.1662

Sunday, 1.11.15

South Motors Fine Arts Festival at Pinecrest Gardens 1/11/15

South Motors Fine Arts Festival at Pinecrest Gardens
Sunday, 01/11/2015 – 01/11/2015 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Art-Fest-Logo1Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road,
Pinecrest, Florida 33156
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Monday, 1.12.15

ThinkBike 2015: Opening Event 1/12/15

ThinkBike 2015: Opening Event
Monday, January 12, 2015, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
Register Online

Join us at HistoryMiami on Monday, January 12th 9AM – 12PM for the opening event of ThinkBike 2015, a four-day celebration and study of how biking can make Miami more livable and sustainable.

Tuesday, 1.13.15

Rose Max & Ramatis at LILT Lounge 1/13/15

Rose Max & Ramatis at LILT Lounge
Tuesday, 01/13/2015 – 09:00 pm – 12:00 am
LILT-ImageLILT Lounge
270 Biscayne Way Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

Wednesday, 1.14.15

Sizzling Salsa Wednesday at Martini Bar Gulfstream 1/14/15

Sizzling Salsa Wednesday @Martini Bar Gulfstream!
Wednesday, 01/14/2015 – 01/15/2015 09:00 pm – 02:00 am

martini bar gulfstream hallandale fl

601 Silks Run SUITE 2497,
hallandale, Florida 33009
Webpage Link
Cost: $5

Thursday, 1.15.15

Unlocking the Keys to Philanthropy Conference 1/15/15

Unlocking the Keys to Philanthropy Conference
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7:30AM – 4:30PM
University of Miami
6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL
$75: Members of AFP, PPP, UM Alumni /Staff; Early Bird until 1/9/15: $60
$95: Non-Members (and Future Members); Early Bird until 1/9/15: $80
Register Online