On November 30th Oxenberg Fine Art hosted and evening celebrating the opening of Fernando Vignoliâ€˜s exhibition of oil paintings, From Babel to Basel. Also on display were works from other fine artists such as Mira Lehr, Cesar Santos, Brian Batt, Sebastian Spreng, Heriberto Mora, Mimi Bates, Riita Klint, Neltje, Albert Paley, Jonathan Hertzel, Marcello Corra, Linda Lee Johnson, Janet Slom and Dolly Moreno.
Interestingly enough the space not only hosts two galleries; Oxenberg Fine Art and Kelley Roy Gallery but also the the Finnish Consulate of whom Susan P. Kelly one of the galley owner is also the Swedish consul.
From Babel to Basel will be on view through December 31.
Oxenberg Fine Art / Kelley Roy Gallery / Consulate of Finland
50 NE 29th Street,
Miami, FL 33137
Planning a South Beach Getaway: Where to Stay & What to Pack This is a guest article written by Susan Bodack, the Social Media Marketing Manager at InStyleSwimwear.com–your one-stop online shop for women’s designer swimwear and resortwear. Whether you’re a South Florida local or a reader from afar, InStyleSwimwear will help you look South Beach-chic in no time flat.
If you’re looking for a travel destination packed with sexy people, swanky night life and spicy culture, there is no other choice but South Beach. The entire city of Miami is a pretty awesome destination, but this little section of shorefront is particularly well-known for its sultry fashions and sexy nightlife. If you’re not necessarily into the wild parties and club scene, you can equally enjoy being immersed in the Little Havana atmosphere that’s just around the corner, serving up delicious foods and knock-your-socks-off coffee. South Beach really does offer something for everyone–whether you’re into relaxing on the beach, dancing the night away at the club, pigging out on delicious foods, enjoying high-end shopping or all of the above, Miami’s South Beach is the perfect winter getaway.
If you’re not into the sharing space scene or are simply looking for lodging that’s a little more luxurious, consider checking into The Setai, an upscale art-deco resort where you’ll enjoy a refined breath of fresh air in all the South Beach hustle and bustle. Situated on the beach but also featuring a stunning pool area, you’ll have easy access to either swimming destination you choose. When you’re done soaking up the sun, you can retire to a suite of your choosing, ranging from a cozy studio to an incredible, awe-inspiring penthouse. With its swanky Asian-inspired atmosphere and ritzy accommodations, The Setai sets a high bar for its competitors. Equally impressive are South Beach’s SLS Hotel and Fontainebleau, but you really don’t have to search very hard to find luxury lodgings in the area!
What To Pack When it comes to South Beach style, pretty much anything goes–you can find runway-inspired high fashion, hipster and bohemian trends and skimpy club attire. Obviously you’ll want to look fabulously South Beach-chic, so make sure to pack accordingly. While you’ll definitely need plenty of sexy swimwear, make sure to take some classy “ready-to-wear” pieces as well for covering up on the journey to and from the water. Think breezy caftans with billowy sleeves, sleek maxi dresses and flowy tunics in fun prints, all of which can easily transition your look from the beach to the street. Stick to classic solids or vibrant colors and prints that work well with Miami’s Latin feel. A floppy beach hat and oversized glasses are a must to increase your poolside mystique, and they’ll also offer up valuable sun protection. In terms of shoes, pack for the activities you plan on taking advantage of–flip-flops for the beach and wedges and heels for night.
Regardless of where you stay or what you pack, you’re in for a fabulous fun-filled vacation full of swanky South Beach flair.
I will preface this by saying that I’ve made October my personal “No Car, No Facebook Month”, also to see if I could do it (more on this in a future post). Naomi was gracious enough to go along with my scheme to bike the entire east coast of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. We live in the middle of suburban Coral Gables, and regularly bicycle commute as far as Little Haiti, Wynwood, Downtown and Miami Beach, but by no means, had we been training for a long distance ride like this one.
South Beach will never cease to attract South Floridaâ€™s artistas, fashionistas, film buffs, and foodies, but itâ€™s nice to see that Miami is growing up and offering a variety of neighborhoods for those who seek out culture…and great food. These days Americans and Miamians are thinking about about food in ways previously unimagined, and any new â€˜hood or district that plans on attracting Miamiâ€™s culture-seekers are almost compelled to offer good places to eat. Wynwood Arts District has already been drawing in locals and tourists, alike, for years with its rows of contemporary art galleries amid a gritty grid of warehouses that manages to retain a somewhat edgy, young, and pre-gentrified vibe. Previously devoid of even a place to grab a cup of coffee, Wynwood now offers two independent (and very good) coffee bars, several watering holes, and a handful of good eateries like Wynwood Kitchen & Bar.
Having debuted during Art Basel 2010, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar quickly became the place to dine while visiting the galleries in Miamiâ€™s arts district. The restaurantâ€™s doors are located right next to the famous Wynwood Walls – a collection of murals and courtyards that is better experienced than explained – and the restaurantâ€™s exteriors, including its al fresco dining, seem to be halfway incorporated into the art installation. Even graffiti artist Shepard Faireyâ€™s politically-charged black, red, and white murals that occupy a full â€œWynwood wallâ€ are reiterated inside the restaurantâ€™s bar, which is plastered with the artistâ€™s signature posters. Wynwood Kitchen & Bar feels as if it is part of Wynwood and was born out of the creative energy that hums throughout the entire district, rather than being a restaurant that was just plopped into a row of art galleries.
Executive Chef Miguel Aguilarâ€™s cuisine also feels like something that would just come organically out of Miami – a sophisticated menu with an emphasis on small plates that is heavily influenced by Miamiâ€™s very Latin culture. Dishes like ropa vieja empanadas, queso frito, and black bean soup ring familiar with many Miami natives, and ingredients like Manchego cheese, piquillo peppers, tomatillo, and ajÃ amarillo demonstrate that Chef Aguilar has taken on a pan-Latino approach to his cuisine utilizing ingredients from throughout the Spanish speaking world. The restaurant has recently introduced several new additions to the menu that continue with the global Latino trend, as well as a cocktail list inspired by the many artists whose work graces the walls of Wynwood Kitchen & Bar.
For those who are always on the lookout for interesting cocktails, the artist-inspired cocktail menu offers a selection of libations that are each more intriguing than the other. The Shepard Fairey, a perfectly refreshing choice for the Pisco lover, consists of Pisco Porton, St. Germain, simple syrup, pineapple, and lime mint (a citrusy variety of the herb). The Nunca offers a bit more of a bite from the inclusion of grapefruit juice and Campari to a concoction of Absolut Ruby Red vodka and yuzu. Perhaps the most interesting cocktail that I sampled from Wynwood Kitchen & Barâ€™s menu is the Barry McGee, containing Bluecoat gin, hibiscus syrup, basil, lemon juice, and soda. The juniper quality of the gin plays very well with the anisette-like basil and tart, floral notes of the hibiscus, while the splash of soda water makes the whole cocktail positively refreshing and ideal for a summer evening.
New desserts at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar can be quite decadent, such as a molten chocolate cake served inside a ramekin and intensely flavored with ancho chile and Mexican cinnamon with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to cut the richness. However, a Latin variation on a tiramisÃ¹, aptly called a Latin Misu, is surprisingly light in spite of how heavy it sounds: tres leches, espresso-soaked lady fingers, and lightly torched Italian meringue topping. A white chocolate bread pudding offers a perfect balance between firm and custardy, has a great variation of texture from soft to slightly chewy, and is topped with a lightly tangy guava sauce that pairs so wonderfully with the rest of the dessert.
When the words “pastry” and “Miami” come together, the first thought that usually comes to mind for locals and tourists, alike, is Cuban pastry – those little geometric shapes of crispy, lardy, flakiness most famously filled with guava paste and/or cream cheese. Â Cuban culture and cuisine have come to be almost synonymous with Miami culture, and apart from the plethora of Cuban bakeries on almost every corner in western Miami, practically every supermarket in South Florida carriesÂ pastelitos and croqueticas. Â However, after having moved to North Miami Beach and then bouncing around different neighborhoods in the northeastern part of Dade County, I discovered that Cuban pastries are not as prevalent in this part of the Magic City as they might be in Hialeah, Little Havana, Kendall, or Coral Gables. Â Whereas EspaÃ±ol might be the language of choice in those neighborhoods, KreyÃ²l is the lingua franca in places like North Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Shores, and Little Haiti where it’s easier to find a place to grab a box of griot (spicy fried pork chunks) and a Choucoune (champagne cola) Â than it is to find a Cuban sandwich and a cafecito. Â Haitian culture is very prominent in northeastern Miami, which means that Spanglish phrases widely accepted in other parts of the city are usually met with blank stares (I learned this the hard way), and the chances of finding a fresh guava and cheese pastry can be slim to none.
Discovering Haitian cuisine is a gastronomic revelation for any true foodie. Â While the cuisine is unpretentious and simple, the flavors are bold and spicy, oftentimes quite unique, and demonstrate a very African culinary aesthetic paired with a very French sophistication. Â One area in which this cross-cultural fusion of techniques and palates can be experienced almost perfectly is in a Haitian patty, which is an anglicization of the Creole word “pate” (pronounced pah-tey) derived from the French word “patisserie”, which simply means pastry. Â In form, it more closely resembles a Cuban pastelito than a Jamaican patty. Â Like Cuban pastries, Haitian patties consist of delicate, flakey puff pastry surrounding some sort of filling, but the similarities end there. Â The main difference between the two pastries is that while Cuban pastries are best known for their sweet fillings, Haitian patties are almost exclusively savory, and even when comparing Â savory pastries from both cuisines, Haitian patties are noticeably spicier and have bolder flavors. Â The most typical fillings are ground beef, ground chicken, salted cod (bacalao), smoked herring, and ground turkey. Â There is also a difference in the crusts between Cuban pastries and Haitian patties. Â While Cuban pastries place value on crispiness and have more brittle crusts that are glazed to complement the usually sweet fillings, Haitian patties go unglazed and place emphasis on producing as many impossibly delicate layers as possible. Â Like most pastries, Haitian patties are best when they are fresh out of the oven in the morning, making them an ideal choice for a breakfast on the go, especially if you’re one who prefers something savory for breakfast over something sweet. Â There are two main shapes to take into account with Haitian patties that usually denote the two most popular fillings: beef patties (and sometimes chicken) are square while cod patties (and sometimes herring) are triangular.
New Florida Bakery in Little Haiti is perhaps the golden standard when it comes to Haitian baked goods and has been a community institution for decades and a necessary stop for families on Sundays after church. Â Their patties are like balloons of puff pastry that fit into the palm of your hand and collapse the moment they touch your lips. Â The layers of pastry surrounding the spicy fillings are so delicate that if you breathe too heavily while eating a patty from New Florida bakery, you’ll be inundated with hundreds of minuscule flakes of pastry and will probably spend a good couple of minutes brushing them off your clothes or the console of your car. Â The beef and chicken fillings are pounded to form a smooth paste that is seasoned with garlic, thyme, a pinch of cloves, and a tingle of heat from just the right amount of piman bouk (scotch bonnet peppers). Â My personal favorites are the cod patties (ask for morue), which are filled with finely flaked salted cod that has been rehydrated and seasoned with spices and scotch bonnet peppers, and they know how to perfectly bring out the intensity of the cod without making the pastry overwhelmingly fishy. Â The Bakery almost always seems to be making fresh patties of one variety or the other, and it is not uncommon for people to wait for a fresh batch of their favorites to come out of the oven. Â Besides patties, New Florida also bakes fresh Creole bread regularly, which is softer and denser than its Cuban cousin and made with milk. Â It is the perfect dunking bread and makes excellent French toast, although it’s pretty irresistible on its own when it’s fresh out of the oven. Â There is also a selection almond-flavored layer cakes that are pre-cut into wedges but can sometimes be a little dry depending on the time of day, as well as a wide selection of the quintessential Haitian candy, tablette, which are similar to the pralines of New Orleans but come spiked with ginger and are studded with peanuts or more tropical ingredients like cashews and chunks of fresh coconut. Â The main draw to New Florida Bakery, however, will always be their light-as-air savory/spicy patties.
The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne received members and guests last night at the University of Miami–Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric restaurnt by the ocean to celebrate the opening of the 48th Key Biscayne Art Festival, March 17th thru 18th.
This is an art festival you don’t want to miss. Open to the public
Experience, Explore and Taste… the Dominican Republic
at Miami Event Space, 7610 NE 4thÂ Ct Miami, Â Guayabera Fashion Show by Maurizio Alberino, Art exihibition, Book reading by Glenda Galan and Rene Rodriguez Soriano, Â Music presentation by Jazz Player Luis Disla, drinks by Dewars.
The former Nicaragua president Enrique Bolanos Geyer launched the first virtual library.Â With over a million pages it is the first of it’s kind inÂ Latin America.
To the breakfast at the famous Versailles attended several political officials, business and comunity leaders.
Sen. David Rivera, Thomas Regalado City of Miami Mayor, Jose Diaz City of Sweetwater Vice-Mayor, Miami Commissioner Joe Martinez, Doral Comissioner Peter Cabrera are some of the elected official who attended.
I LOVE Club Space. I’ve been going there for years and was a weekly regular at one point. It’s an unruly beast, however, so to optimize your Club Space experience, consider the following.
It is one of the most longstanding clubs in Miami and one of the best known clubs in the world. Yeah, they kinda ripped the name off Space Ibiza, but it’s a minor offense so try to find it in your heart to forgive LP and his crew. You’ll be glad you did.
Your heart will flutter. Your mouth will salivate. You will begin to feel beads of sweat forming on your chest. Your body will pulsate with the bass, thumping through every fiber of your being. And you will have not even entered the club yet, because all that is just the anticipation you feel when crossing the threshold is imminent.
You will hear Alan T. before you see him, but you’ll know him when you do. Don’t even try to beg a favor if you don’t know him or aren’t dressed in the chicest of fashions. You may catch a glimpse of the entertainment for the night: gorgeous go-go dancers made up in costumes dreamt up by the craziest of minds.
As you get ready for your visit, consider the door policy. It is one reason why I love Space so much. The general idea is “come as you are.” Wanna wear a hat? Ok. Sporting your college tee? Sure. Prefer to wear sneakers? Damn right! You better wear shoes because this place gets nasty. No door drama here, because if your money (or your credit) is good, you’re welcome at Space. Yes, there can be a line, but it moves fast (WMC notwithstanding).
Don’t be an ass to the door staff. You don’t know them, so don’t call out to them, even if your cousin’s babysitter’s mother-in-law told you one of their names. They don’t care. Wait your turn, do as you are told, and you will be given your chance. Don’t complain about the entrance fee, because if you don’t want to pay it, there are hundreds of other people who will.
Know what to expect. This is a huge club with an extremely loud sound system and an exceptionally sophisticated lights and visuals show. It’s dark and there’s nowhere for you to sit unless you buy bottles. It’s a DANCE club, after all, so give that a shot. Bring cash, because you will be served more quickly and you really don’t want a bartender in a dark club holding on to your credit card (or worse, debit card) and ID anyway. Be nice to your bartender (and patient) and you will be served efficiently with strong drinks for a fair price.
Don’t bring anything dangerous, don’t start shit with the bouncers, don’t try to skip out on your bill, and don’t even THINK about bringing illegal substances into the club. They are strict at Space because they are nightlife pros, and if you’re just here to have a good time, that should make you feel more comfortable, not less.
Space brings top DJs from all over the world, so figure out who’s spinning at what time when you go. Go upstairs; the terrace is primo at sunrise, even as a solarium. The club has a 24-hour liquor license and will stay open as long as people are spending money.
Those who complain about the prices at Space should consider for a moment what one month’s FPL bill might look like at a warehouse that size. Or payroll taxes for the entire staff. Or, most of all, DJ fees for some of the biggest names in the world.
Bottom Line: Space is the pinnacle of the megaclub in this country. You simply must go, at least once. A visit to Space is, and was designed to be, an experience.
Yes, you read that right. WooFstock. As in, woof woof, what your doggy says to you when he needs to go out, or sees someone at your door, or hears the front gate close, or you sneeze, or….
Anyway, this isn’t about my dog’s frequent and annoying habit of barking at the air, it’s about a fantastic, free, dog-friendly event sponsored by MarrVelous Pet Rescues & Adoptions. The location? Well, this is Florida after all, and all fabulous events here take place ocean-front, and Woofstock was no exception. Beautiful Founder’s Park in Islamorada, FL played host to the thousands of furry friends and the people who obsess over them.
Every dog you could imagine was represented at Woofstock: big Great Danes, tiny Chihuahuas, new hybrid types like my unique German Sheagle, marvelous mixes of all kinds, and even a fluffy white guy who was tie-dyed pink, blue, and green in true hippie form. Speaking of tie dye, there certainly was plenty of it. From the vendors to the staff, bright colorful fabric abounded, keeping the theme of the day consistent.
The adjacent dog park served to shed some energy off the excited pups, but all animals were leashed and well-behaved as they explored the many booths. Treats and lunch for dogs and humans alike were for sale at reasonable prices. Local restaurants offering fresh seafood added spice to the usual street food type fare. But by far, the most popular and exciting areas were the doggy dock diving and lure racing. For a meager $10, your little angel could race around the track chasing a stuffed animal or fly through the air and into the pool after his favorite toy. It’s a competition so make a note of your time and distance! Ours was 10.4 seconds, heck yeah!
Plenty of scents for doggy noses and sweet tunes for human eardrums polished up the day perfectly. A local band of teenagers brought ska style funk and fun loving fans who danced hard right up front. Juxtaposed thereafter was the middle aged group of rockers whose drummer crooned 70s ballads and 90s rock anthems to which everyone sings along.
Keys Woofstock was a well-organized event that was fun for the entire family. Next year we’ll be back, and I’ll be sure to get the word out in advance so everyone can enjoy it. If you would like to support Keys Woofstock, please follow the below link to make a donation to the Marr-Velous Pet Rescues & Adoptions of the Florida Keys.
The Dog Beach of Hollywood, FL
Between Pershing and Custer Streets on the Ocean www.dboh.org
The emotions I felt when I took my little angel to the dog beach in Hollywood, FLÂ for the first time were overwhelming. Boundi and the other dogs ran, swam, played fetch, chased each other, and generally had the time of their lives, all free from leash restraint.
The friendly dogs and people who shared the experience with us on this fall day smiled and laughed as we talked about our pets and threw tennis balls deep into the Atlantic. Everyone cleaned up after their pet(s) and our dog even cleaned up after some ungrateful beach goer, who had littered a plastic bag in the ocean. Ever the loyal retriever, Boundi brought the bag to our feet and we properly disposed of it.
I like very much that they have a public official or park officer of some kind there on the sand to ensure everyone’s safety, thoughÂ he wasn’tÂ utilized during my visit.
For Miami Dade dog lovers who have visited the “dog beach” on Key Biscayne: DON’T! Don’t ever go there again. I know we won’t. Even though it’s a bit of a drive to the Hollywood beach, the experience is more than worth it and the beach doesn’t even compare to the dirty area on the causeway where they allow dogs in Miami.
Bottom Line: This gorgeous beach is amazing just for human recreation, and allowing furry friends to share in the fun takes it to another fantastic level! By Talmage
By Talmage Thornhill
Please bear with me while I get very excited. Bar 721 makes me unreasonably ecstatic. It is the best bar in Miami Beach, hands down. My enamorment with this establishment is fueled by several crucial factors I shall outline here.
Smoke free? Check!
Amazing happy hour? Check!
Friendly staff and clientele? Check!
Appealing, full liquor cocktail menu with exotic drinks? Check!
Comfortable couches? Clean venue? Nice Decor? Check, Check, Check!
WELCOMES MY DOG!?!?!?!? CHECK!!!!!
So while I calm myself down I’ll also point out that while this is a gay friendly establishment, there has been a mixed crowd every time I’ve visited. It’s large enough to feel spacious but small enough to be manageable and cozy. Music differs from night to night but at times they bring in DJs in the later evening hours. TVs are there and usually on if you would like to watch sports, but no food is served. Friendly staff usually allows you to bring in to-go stuff from local eateries, though.
721 is in the space that used to be the “Laundry Bar.” Please do not let this scare you. There is not a hint of this venue’s former self present any more. Everything has been gutted and it doesn’t resemble the old dive at all. Cheers!
This is a shot of some friends and me celebrating Halloween 2010 at Bar 721, our favorite neighborhood hangout.
By Talmage Thornhill Mmmm… I’ll be dreaming about those pork belly dumplings for weeks!
You must go into this place knowing they use very bold flavors. Some things work beautifully, where some would benefit from a little tweaking. Note although the prices are low on each item, you should expect to spend about $75 per person if you want to order freely and have a drink with the meal. The beverage list follows the creative vibe of the food menu, which may be good for some but was a little frustrating for us as we just wanted a simple beer we knew we would enjoy. I did like very much the Siesta Malbec as a match with the food.
The service was great. We were greeted by one of the owners, who was a bit stressed but gave us his undivided attention and personal recommendations as he seated us after a brief wait. Our server(s) were attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. The venue itself is decidedly trendy but not in an obnoxious way. The communal table in the middle makes for a friendly, neighborhood feel that is quite lovely.
What they do right, they do perfectly. Pork belly (with butterscotch & pumpkin), dumplings, home made olives, stuffed mussels (and I don’t like mussels) all were phenomenal. Pork belly is their specialty, so I recommend focusing mainly on the dishes that include it. It truly is the best I’ve ever had: perfectly cooked with a pin point accurate balance of fat and meat. The duck dumplings were good, but I have to reiterate how amazing the pork belly dumplings were. The combination of flavors and textures blew my mind. I can’t remember the last time I tasted something so memorable, unique and perfectly delicious.
Some stuff missed the mark for me. The “country ham” was not prepared properly (traditionally). Country Ham was a staple in my southern home growing up, and it’s served warm and thickly cut. Pubbelly served it cold and sliced thin, like lunch meat. It was ok, but should be called something else because anyone who knows what Country Ham is will expect a different product.
I didn’t care for the Short rib Carpaccio. The sauce was made with boquerones, which are like anchovies, so there was an overwhelmingly fishy taste to the dish. I tried to isolate the actual meat to get a feel for its flavor, but the other ingredients lingered and still overpowered the taste. Salt & Pepper Squid was good; the meat was tasty and well cooked but the breading was lacking a certain crunch I was hoping for. We also tried the dates with chorizo, which were tasty, but not a must-have (more chorizo, perhaps?). I was disappointed in the brownie with bacon. Soft serve vanilla ice cream with small pieces of brownie on top and a miniscule crumble of bacon does not an intriguing dish make. I couldn’t taste the bacon at all, even when I isolated it. The pieces were too small and the flavor of the bacon itself was simply weak.
Bottom Line: I shall return to Pubbelly an educated orderer. I’ll take fellow pig product aficionados with me and celebrate in all that is pork belly.
Opening Night Reception: December 11th, 7-11pm
Harold Golen Gallery
2294 North West 2nd Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33127
THE PANELISTS, is a group show featuring 16 artists who each created a continuing comic book story. Artists include KRK Ryden, Mitch O Connell (whose work has appeared in Newsweek and the New York Times as well as advertising campaigns for McDonalds and Rolling Stones), Anthony Ausgang (who recently designed the cover of MGMTs Congratulations record). Other artists showing work include Niagara, The Pizz, Spain, Mats?!, Mark George, Zoey Stevens, Luster Kaboom, Janelle Hessing, Rus Pope, Robin Footitt, Jon Haddock and Joshua Ellingson.
Holiday Party benefiting the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Young Professional Group, PetNet
Daddy O Hotel
9660 East Bay Harbor Drive
Bay Harbor Islands, FL
Thursday, December 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm
The boys of Il Bacio are feeling extra generous this holiday season! Â Kick off the holidays with us at Naughty or Nice
Il Bacio’s Annual Holiday Party
9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15
Il Bacio Restaurant & Lounge
29 SE 2nd Avenue Just off of Atlantic Avenue Delray Beach
Christmas is coming early with Il Bacio’s MegaMoney Booth!
Step intoÂ aÂ blizzard of cold, hard cash for your chance to win $1,000 cash on the spot. You grab it, you keep it. How’s that for holiday cheer? Â Ring in the season with incredible all-night entertainment, sounds by DJ Brett the Hitman, sexy elf dancers, and plenty of holiday ‘spirits’ courtesy of Ketel One Vodka. Â Â We evenÂ hear Santa and his entourage may be stopping by.
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Puma.Creative And Bass Museum Of Art Announce Three-Year Partnership Focusing On Creativity From The Caribbean Region And Launch Creative Caribbean Network
Bass Museum of Art in partnership with PUMA.Creative presents the solo exhibition Isaac Julien/Creative Caribbean Network
PUMA.Creative and the Bass Museum of Art announce a three-year partnership as part of the launch of the Creative Caribbean Network, an initiative dedicated to promoting the work of Caribbean artists. This partnership will celebrate the rich artistic heritage of the Caribbean region and the Caribbean Diaspora by creating an international platform in Miami for photographers, performers, writers, musicians and other artists from the Caribbean region. An ongoing series of exhibitions, music performances, educational activities and other live events will take place at the Bass Museum site at key dates in the Miami cultural calendar over the next three years.
To launch the initiative, the Bass Museum of Art and PUMA.Creative are delighted to present, a solo exhibition of work by the celebrated artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien in a project entitled Isaac Julien/Creative Caribbean Network. Presented from December 2, 2010 through March 6, 2011, this exhibition will open to the public concurrent to Art Basel Miami Beach.
ISAAC JULIEN/Creative Caribbean Network is the most comprehensive exhibition of the artistâ€™s work in the last ten years. It showcases the US premiere of Julienâ€™s critically acclaimed, nine-screen installation, Ten Thousand Waves (2010) as well as the film installations and photographic series Paradise Omeros (2002), Baltimore (2003) and Vagabondia (2000).
Julien is a British artist and filmmaker, of Caribbean heritage, whose work incorporates different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, and uniting them to create a unique poetic visual language in audiovisual film installations. Julien is as equally acclaimed for his fluent, arresting films as his vibrant and inventive gallery
installations. His installations are presented on an epic scale; poetic and art-historical references are interwoven into frank portrayals of human drama.
â€œI am proud to be collaborating with PUMA.Creative and the Bass Museum of Art on this solo presentation of my work,â€ said Julien. â€œThe support I have received from this new partnership has enabled the exhibition to come to fruition and given me the opportunity to present the United States premiere of my new nine-screen installation work, Ten Thousand Waves. The innovative Creative Caribbean Network initiative connects and supports artists of the Caribbean Diaspora and provides a much needed and high profile forum to celebrate our rich artistic output. The Bass Museum of Art’s dedication to realizing this ambitious project has been second to none. Their partnership with PUMA.Creative has proved dynamic and productive and has created a unique platform for this important survey of my work. It is an honor to have my exhibition launch the Creative Caribbean Network.â€
â€œThe Bass Museum of Art is pleased to collaborate with Julien and PUMA.Creative on this exhibition. Miami is an ideal platform for the investigation into artists and art forms from the Caribbean and we are looking forward to a rewarding three year experience,â€ said the Bass Museumâ€™s Executive Director and Chief Curator, Silvia Karman CubiÃ±Ã¡.
ISAAC JULIEN/Creative Caribbean Network commemorates the launch of PUMA.Creativeâ€™s online social networking website and cultural directory, www.CreativeCaribbeanNetwork.com. A live and virtual platform connecting the creative world in and outside of the Caribbean, the website and live programs give visibility to the talents working in architecture, dance, design, fashion, film, fine art, literature, music, new media, performing arts and photography. This network will enhance, celebrate and honor existing Caribbean and related cultural networks. As a key tenet of PUMAVision, PUMA.Creativeâ€™s formal launch of the Creative Caribbean Network in partnership with the Bass Museum of Art will bring together individual artists and organizations, offering creative exchange and international exposure.
â€œAs a Sportlifestyle brand, PUMA has long standing ties with the Caribbean. Through ongoing PUMA.Creative programs we are dedicated to creating platforms for engagement and generating awareness of the artwork and artists who hail from the region,â€ said Jochen Zeitz, PUMA Chairman and CEO. We are honoured to work with our friend Isaac, to help commemorate the launch of our partnership with the Bass Museum and promote awareness for the Creative Caribbean Network.â€
Saturday, December 4th.
Doors open at 9:00pm
Sunset Lounge at Mondrian, A Morgans Hotel. RSVP Here.
Giant Step Presents a very special SVEDKA Vodka Session during the week of Art Basel in Miami with performances by Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme; Plus Blaqstarr, and an art showcase by renown LA street artist Alec Monopoly. DJs Nick Cohen, Jaime Biden, and Alexandra Richards will be taking turns spinning.
Herzog & de Meuron
1111 Lincoln Road
Scoop at The Shore Club
Itâ€™s that wonderful time of the year again, here in Miami Beach â€“- Art Basel Season! We have two not to be missed events on Friday December 3rd.
The first will be held at the famed Herzog & de Meuron
1111 Lincoln Road from 6-8pm at Italyâ€™s latest fashion export, Coltorti, featuring The United Kingdomâ€™s most talked about emerging artist Ms. Helen Marten.
The second exhibit will be housed by Scoop at The Shore Club from 7-9pm featuring utilitarian artist Metis Tarta for The ESVEDRA Design houseâ€™s latest line: LOVE.
Both of these events are Â by invitation only and will be strictly enforced.
Friday December 3
Coltorti at 1111 Lincoln Road from 6-8pm
RSVP to Coltorti@brprgroup.com
ESVEDRA at The Shore Club’s Scoop from 7-9pm
RSVP to EsVedra@brprgroup.com
For both events, just RSVP to this email address: ArtEvents@brprgroup.com
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is proud to announce its program during Art Basel-Miami 2010, Urban Alchemistsâ€”a group exhibition and public mural project presented in association with Tony Goldman, art patron and leader in the restoration and transformation of declining historic districts into thriving cultural destinations. Curated by LeVine, Urban Alchemists will occupy a 2,200 square-foot space within Goldman Propertiesâ€™ Wynwood Wallsâ€”a project that began in 2009 as an open-air art park, which will expand its permanent exhibition this year with the addition of several new murals and museum-quality works of art. Located at 2516 NW 2nd Avenue, the show will run from December 1â€”December 5. Daily hours will be 12pmâ€”7pm with an opening event on the evening of December 2, 2010.
Sharing Goldmanâ€™s long-held belief that public artwork can have transformative, revitalizing powers upon communities such as the Wynwood district of Miami, LeVine is pleased to have this opportunity to contribute to the project. Urban Alchemists features a strong selection of works by ten highly celebrated and Internationally recognized artists coming out of the contemporary urban-folk and street art scenes including: AJ Fosik, Dan Witz, Doze Green, Invader, James Marshall (Dalek), Jeff Soto, Jim Houser, Judith Supine, Mario Martinez (Mars-1) and WK. In conjunction with having works in the show, Parisian artist Invader will create a mosaic mural on the faÃ§ade of the exhibition space in his signature pixel-based style, and Californian artist Jeff Soto will paint a large-scale mural on an adjacent exterior wall.
Highlighting an assortment of captivating imagery, Urban Alchemists brings together a dynamic group of artists, many of which (in addition to their gallery installations) create commissioned murals and/or ephemeral work in public urban environments. Their connective thread is an aesthetic influenced by exposure to early generations of graffiti writers during their youth, and immersion into urban sub-cultures, which has informed their artwork in different ways. Sub-cultures of graffiti, skateboarding, hip-hop and punk were heavily related and extremely underground scenes in early years; comprised of subversive, non-conformist ideals. Whether driven by political activism or aesthetic improvement, graffiti and later forms of unauthorized art in public spaces address the ongoing discourse of freedom of expression, often in response to the increasing invasiveness of corporate advertising.
Graffiti of the 70s and 80s played a major role in pushing boundaries toward the development of todayâ€™s street art scene and laid the foundation for what has now become a widespread global movement. To capture the energy of a public intervention in an urban environment and translate it into exhibition format is a challenging transition, since audience and mode of communication can shift the context of an image. As the artists in Urban Alchemists have grown individually, their artwork has evolved to a point of refinement. Similarly, as un-commissioned public art has risen in popularity, practice and appreciation around the world, it has achieved an expanded definition and broader scope than that of its graffiti-related origins.
Sanrio Small Gifts x Miami x OBEY
Small Gift Miami (Exhibit)
173 NW 23rd Street
Miami, FL 33127
Opening Night Party
Thursday, December 2nd
9pm To 12amâ™¥
Enjoy of our::
â™¥FREE real Tattoo Parlor
â™¥Art Show Curated by Roger Gastman & Zio Fulcher
*Pamela Wasabi is co-producing and styling the opening party for the event. More Info.
Shepard is participating in the Sanrio Small Gifts Art Show in Miami curated by Roger Gastman and Zio Fulcher. Â Shepard created this OBEY x Hello Kitty Screen Print to celebrate the project and show. Â The print will be available at the Miami space but you can get on the Presale list and info by contacting: Â firstname.lastname@example.org
Exciting new iPhone App for AQUA visitors!
AQUA is pleased to announce yet another exciting way for visitors to explore the fair. We will be featuring the revolutionary Collectrium iPhone app which is FREE to download for all attendees. With this image-recognition app, you will be able to point your iPhone at any piece registered at the fair and –
Â· Instantly receive extensive information on the piece, artist and gallery
Â· Bookmark your favorite works to review after the fair
Â· Share your favorites with friends via Facebook, Twitter and email
Â· Contact the gallery
Â· Browse the entire fair inventory prior to, during or after the fair
The Collectrium iPhone app will make your visit to the fair more interactive and informational and, therefore, more enjoyable. To download this app for FREE, visit the iTunes App store on your iPhone and type in Collectrium or visit www.collectrium.com/iphone. If you have any questions about the app please contact Collectrium at email@example.com or call 212.796.5887.
168 SE 1st St # 1A-2, Upstairs
Miami, FL Website.
By Talmage Thornhill
There’s a new night life venue on the Miami scene, and it made quite an impression on this young woman.
Enter the venue from a downtown Miami street where a bouncer shows you through a small lobby and to a large stairway leading up and into the night’s adventure. Scope the room and note Ecco Lounge is small, though not cramped and feels quite comfortable. The drinks are strong and almost cheap by this sobe girl’s standards. The bartenders and other staff do their job competently and with a smile. On the night of my visit, the music was outstanding so props to the events staff for booking awesome electronic music talents Kate Simko and local Sebastian Cariaga.
The set up of the room lends itself to drinking, dancing and relaxing. The DJ booth is slightly raised and in front of a window facing the dance area and bar behind it. To one side are couches if you prefer to relax and on the other is what I like to call the Washroom VIP. Yes, technically it is just a bathroom, but it’s freakin great! Lovely decor, quite clean, ample stalls, sinks, and supplies, and an adorable seating area. Guys, don’t get suspicious about your girl’s party habits if she lingers too long in the ladies’ room. She’s probably just chatting up her friends in a quiet environment.
My only disappointment is that smoking is allowed inside, but such is the status quo in Florida so my gripe would probably be more useful were it correctly directed to our fair state’s public health department, but I digress.
I hope Ecco Lounge continues to book DJs and plan unique events, because it is quite possibly perfect for my current after dark desires. Volume, lighting, staff, drinks, and even temperature were all on point. Now when was the last time you could say that about a night life venue?
The 9th Annual Miami International Wine Fair
October 14â€“17, 2010
Miami Beach Convention Center
By Talmage Thornhill
What an adventure! Traveling around the world via libation was the escapade of the day at the Miami International Wine Fair.
There were too many scrumptious samples to delineate all of them in their entirety, but suffice to say the choices were plentiful enough to please any palate. My favorite regions were Catalonia, which was much larger than I expected, and my old standard Chile. Peru had some interesting offerings as well.
Most of the hosts we encountered were friendly and somewhat nonchalant, but a few stood out as exceptionally enthusiastic. Some were also notable for their apparent lack of interest in laypeople like us, who did not have the power to bring their product to the US like the buyers and distributors whose attention they coveted. Many of the wines we tasted were not available for purchase in this country yet, and the goal of their representatives was understandably to change that. Across the board, everyone was generous with their pours and knowledge.
Traveling around the different areas was what really made the event special for me. The personalities and ethnicities mirrored the countries represented, so diversity was abundant. It wasn’t just wine that was available, either. Tequila, vodka, and new products such as canned bubbly wine were also present. The size, scope, and layout of the room were ideal: not too big to manage, not too small to get bored. The event provided some light food, but with such limited time, why focus on anything other than liquid love?
The Wine Fair was a great event. In the end we walked away satisfied and happy but not thrilled or blown away. By the time we arrived, in the evening when the event was open to the public, some vendors had run out of samples or were exhausted from a long day. Next year I’m campaigning for a VIP pass nice and early!
By Talmage Thornhill
The Webster is undeniably cool. It has a pricey boutique with several different merchandise brands on the first and second floors. There’s a restaurant whose menu looks delectable, but so far I have only been tempted enough to try the rooftop bar and lounge.
Quite the chic sobe experience, everything about this place is hip: beautiful people, comfortable seating, exciting open view of Collins Ave from above, and eclectic, interesting music. In fact, the Thursday night DJ is one of the most creative cats spinning records I’ve heard in Miami in quite some time.
They have an excellent late night happy hour, during which cocktails are a mere $5. Paula, our cocktail server for the night, was as gorgeous as the bottle girls at Mynt and MokÃ¤i but thankfully omits the snooty, I-deserve-all-of-your-money-and-you-are-lucky-to-be-here-attitude that too frequently accompanies so many of her contemporaries. The drinks are strong and there’s not a plastic cup in sight.
The bathrooms are downstairs, a bit far from the rooftop, but that’s the only thing that doesn’t basically totally rock about this joint.
By Talmage Thornhill
This gringa doesn’t even know how to properly pronounce the word “bodegon,” but that didn’t stop her from getting into the groove at Bodegon de Brickell last weekend at its sneak preview.
Located inside theÂ Four Ambassadors Building at 801 Brickell Bay Dr., the new hot spot transcends categories. Start with an amazing restaurant, add a healthy pinch of nightclub, glaze with some swanky lounge, and you just might have it. More practically, the place is neither small nor big, but is very open. Tiered levels with tables into the back of the space lend both privacy and focus to the dance floor, DJ booth, and stage down below. An impressive array of lighting and digital media keep you interested while the ample seating allows for maximum comfort.
For me and my crew of two others, the night felt effortless. I took my first try at dancing Salsa since my Padawan days in Miami, when I regretfully worked at an unspeakably tacky South Beach staple for longer than I’d like to admit (cough *Mango’s* cough). Alas, I had the basic 1-2-3 of salsa down, and turns out that rhythm is incredulously stubborn. With eitherÂ a sexy Cuban or confident Venezuelan as a partner, I was able to keep up.
While the band kept me moving, the bartender kept me sipping. A stiff cocktail or two, a generous sampling of the restaurant’s best dishes, and even complimentary champagne brought Bodegon de Brickell to that place all resto/lounges want to be: memorable. It’s easy to let one little thing or another slide in the hectic world of hospitality, but Bodegon understands it has stiff competition and is up for the challenge. We ended the night eager to discover what more fun there was in store.
bodegonbrickell.com will have details on events, including happy hour, nights catering to the Salsa and Merengue loving crowd with a live band, and local DJ talent brought to rip up the decks with everything from house to hip-hop. In the meantime, check out the grand opening this Friday night at 9:00 PM to take your taste of Bodegon de Brickell.
Saturday is the last night to see the TM Sisters – Monica Lopez De Victoria and Tasha Lopez De Victoria – present their groundbreaking performance exhibition WHIRL CRASH GO!
It’s going to be a crazy show combining video, lights, music, rollerskateing and synchronized swimming(!?!?!). It’s a huge collaboration together with everyone’s favorite Miami designer Karelle Levy and audio composer Otto Von Schirach, There will be moments of clashing and combination of cultures, animated video projections, and vivid Miami spirit.
Please note Locust Projects new location in the design district:
155 NE 38th St # 100
Miami, FL 33137-3627
Contemporary Art Boot Camp: Propaganda and Dissent in Art
Join MOCA Education Curator, Dr. Adrienne von Lates, for this survey of modern and contemporary artists who have created imagery for and against the prevailing political order. $10 for members, City of North Miami residents and employees; $12 for non-members, $3 for college students with ID. Limited Seating. Advance payment recommended.
For more information or to register, please call 305.893.6211 x. 25 or visit www.mocanomi.org
Aquabooty…celebrating 10 years of house music history in Miami.
Yes friends… here we are again, one year older and not a bit wiser.
This Friday Aquabooty carries on the tradition, 10 long years providing the multitude with
glorious, dark, dirty, deviant and sweaty, diskoid dancing.
October 2nd 2009 our finest heroes and darkest villains come together at the Electric Pickle to create 2 rooms and eight hours of rioting.
Uniting all the traveling disco clans, b-boys crews, hipsters, house-heads, homos and assorted underground aficionadosâ€¦
coming together as our uncle George says “one nation under a groove”.
This eve our special guest djs and trusted residents dig deeper than usual into their collections to celebrate 10 years of musical uproar.
Expect a journey into twisted, deep, psychedelic, spiritual, sunshine grooving, dirty bass-line burnin’, soul sonic musica.
Friday October 2nd @ the Electric Pickle
2826 N Miami ave. Wynwood Arts District, Miami Fl 33127 Doors 10pm – 5am RSVP here – free admission before 11pm / reduced before 1am
Lincoln Theater | 541Â Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Pierre de Meuron, founding partner of Herzog & de Meuron, designers of the new Miami Art Museum at Museum Park, and Christine Binswanger, partner in charge of the project, present the initial design for the new, MAM on Biscayne Bay…Director Terence Riley will have a conversation with them following the presentation.
Tickets: MAM members $10/Non-members $15
Advance ticket purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets please call 305.375.1704 or email RSVP@maimiartmuseum.org
Program begins at 7:30 p.m./Auditorium doors open at 7 p.m.
Nearby garage parking on 17th Street between Pennsylvania & Meridian