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FOODIE DIARIES - The Deck at Island Gardens

FOODIE DIARIES - The Deck at Island Gardens

Culinary

Published 3/20/17

Located right behind the Miami Children’s Museum, The Deck, part of the Island Gardens Yacht resort complex, provides a quintessential South Florida waterfront dining experience. You can arrive by land or sea, and can sit comfortably at The Deck’s full-size dining tables or waterfront cabana lounges. We were mesmerized by the huge, private, mega-yacht, boasting a 50-person crew, docked right in front of the restaurant. It provided the perfect setting. Imagine enjoying an outdoor meal on a balmy, winter evening, palm trees swaying in a slight breeze, as a rainbow hued Downtown Miami sparkles across the moonlit waters of Biscayne Bay. There were lots of flickering candles and torches all along the deck, including the private VIP seating areas along the water’s edge, complementing the lush, tropical atmosphere nestled under the gorgeous, cream-colored canopies. The spell had definitely been cast. We were just dying to find out what Mediterranean-inspired magic Chef Alfredo Alvarez …

FOODIE DIARIES - B BAR TAPAS & GRILL

FOODIE DIARIES - B BAR TAPAS & GRILL

Culinary

Published 3/20/17

Immediately upon entering B Bar, we were impressed with the homey, neighborhood atmosphere and open space. Things were hopping on a Thursday night, creating an energetic, yet relaxed, vibe that completely drew us in. The décor was unique and understated, with white walls and plenty of wooden tables, illuminated by Edison bulbs creatively dangling from ropes attached to the ceiling. We absolutely loved the mural that dominated one wall of the restaurant, a colorful depiction of the life of Buddha that added just the right touch of exotic flavor. On the opposite wall, there was a long bar that was buzzing with friendly activity. We couldn’t help notice that the mixologist, Matt Giles, was very enthusiastically mixing drinks, two at a time, while creating his own delish concoctions. Martinis poked with bamboo skewers? Loved it. Pssst. Just between us, try the Garden Margarita! We did some polite snooping and got the scoop: Thursday night features drink specials for the ladies, …

FOODIE DIARIES - Beaker & Gray

FOODIE DIARIES - Beaker & Gray

Culinary

Published 3/20/17

Nestled in the heart of Miami’s trendy Wynwood Arts District, Beaker & Gray was the perfect spot to grab a bite and some drinks to complement our evening of artistic exploration. We adored the cool, modern décor. It was very hip, with high, exposed wood beam ceilings, capping the large, open dining area. The aged Chicago brick walls, two grand bronze chandeliers, wood tables and chairs added to the cozy, rustic vibe, making us feel right at home. An added plus? The intimate lounge and inviting bar, equipped with built-in cell phone charging stations. It was such a beautiful night that we decided to dine on the outside patio, affording us views of the fab street art the area is known for. Right from the get-go, we were definitely impressed with our server, who not only was extremely courteous and personable, but demonstrated exceptional knowledge of the menu, guiding our choices with her awesome suggestions. We have to admit, after all the accolades we’d heard about the dynamic …

FOODIE DIARIES - Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

FOODIE DIARIES - Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Culinary

Published 3/20/17

Stepping inside Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, we immediately soaked in the mouthwatering aroma of perfectly marinated and sizzling Porterhouse, the intimate ambience of the Brazilian cherry wood floors and elegance of the alabaster chandeliers. There are three levels of seating consisting of chocolate-hued distressed leather booths and low-top tables, as well as lofted private rooms overlooking the dining room. Even though there are waterfront views from any seat in the house throughout the comfortably elegant atmosphere, we couldn’t resist dining outdoors on such a lovely evening, and were seated on the terrace, giving us a breathtaking view of Biscayne Bay and the lush palm tree landscape. It really felt like a tropical paradise. …

FOODIE DIARIES - Juniper on the Water

FOODIE DIARIES - Juniper on the Water

Culinary

Published 3/20/17

Tucked away on the Intracoastal and off the beaten path, Juniper immediately won us over with its absolutely gorgeous views of the waterway, which took our breath away. It was like stepping into an idyllic scene from Southampton: Intimate, minimal decoration, and wood rafters and floors, provide an almost rustic atmosphere that was very inviting. The light colors combined with the open floor plan created a casual European elegance that immediately made us feel right at home. Aside from the main dining area, we noticed a fabulous bar area that’s ideal for Happy Hour, which we fully intend to return for. Another big plus is that the water taxi stops at Juniper, making it a convenient destination when planning a cultural outing on the water. …

FOODIE DIARIES - Burlock Coast Seafare  & Spirits

FOODIE DIARIES - Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits

Culinary

Published 3/20/17

Located at the posh Ritz-Carlton and just steps away from Fort Lauderdale beach, Burlock Coast definitely has a unique vibe that immediately drew us in. Think chic industrial marketplace meets understated elegance and you get the idea. The tables are wood, sans tablecloths, adding to the atmosphere. Once seated, we were awed by the stunning views of the Atlantic, which set the perfect mood for our dining experience. Aside from the main dining area, there is also a private dining space that can be reserved for a perfect romantic interlude. There’s also a bar that is ideal for Happy Hour fun. Glancing at the menu, we were impressed that Chef de Cuisine Gavin Pera draws heavily from local resources, tapping into the region’s bounty, from fruits and vegetables to fresh fish and farm-raised meats. And not only was the staff extremely friendly, they were also exceptionally knowledgeable about the menu, which was perfectly balanced between land and sea selections. We couldn’t wait to …

FOODIE DIARIES - O'Lima

FOODIE DIARIES - O'Lima

Culinary

Published 3/20/17

The first words that came to mind when we strolled through the doors of O’Lima were trendy and chic. Nestled amid the fashionable shops of Bay Harbor’s Kane Concourse, O’Lima’s open floor plan radiates style and comfort. White tablecloths drape every table, while contemporary light fixtures dangle from the high ceiling, creating an air of sophistication and stylishness that made us feel right at home. In addition to the main dining room, there’s also a cozy bar area, with a signature cocktail menu offering a selection of martinis, mojitos and six pisco cocktails, including our fave, Pisco Sour, in addition to a robust wine selection. As excited as we were about the drink specials, we couldn’t wait to sample the cuisine. Executive Chef German Gonzales, who studied at Le Cordon Bleu, has created an expertly prepared menu, featuring Peruvian fusion fare. A selection of dishes with Japanese influences, historically rooted in authentic Peruvian cuisine? …

Ten Unusual Musical Instruments to Make You Go Hmmm...

Ten Unusual Musical Instruments to Make You Go Hmmm...

Music

Published 3/1/17

French luthier Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume built this extremely large bowed string instrument in Paris in 1850. It is a massive 3.48 meters tall and has three strings. Think of an essentially larger version of the double bass. The musician operates the instrument with a system of pedals and levers. …

The Ten Best Music Cities in the U.S.

The Ten Best Music Cities in the U.S.

Music

Published 3/1/17

Let’s face it, when it comes to cities associated with music, it’s hard not to take a bite out of the Big Apple. New York has it all. Greenwich Village is home to numerous jazz clubs, including the famous Blue Note, that has featured such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson, and The Modern Jazz Quartet. Other great musical hot spots include the Bowery Ballroom, Carnegie Hall, Webster Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Radio City Music Hall. There’s definitely music for everyone to enjoy. And don’t forget many genres, including disco, hip-hop, and punk originated there. You can pretty much find live music clubs spread throughout the city, and there is hardly a national tour that doesn’t include this city in its schedule. Who knows? You may even run into a musical star or two on the densely crowded streets. …

PROJECT 305 CREATES AN AUDIO/VISUAL SYMPHONY OF MIAMI

PROJECT 305 CREATES AN AUDIO/VISUAL SYMPHONY OF MIAMI

Visual Arts

Published 3/1/17

January 31 to May 12, 2017 …

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 30TH ANNIVERSARY “RISING STARS” SHOWCASE

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 30TH ANNIVERSARY “RISING STARS” SHOWCASE

Performing Arts

Published 3/1/17

MARCH 31, 2017 …

Setting the Stage for Love

Setting the Stage for Love

Visual Arts

Published 2/1/17

Based on the 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, this 2004 stage musical premiered in Australia and continues to wow audiences worldwide. We just adore the fab music (who can forget "The Time of My Life?' & "Hungry Eyes?") all the emotion, and yes, the sexy dancing! If you’re looking to spice things up with romance, this tale of a young vacationer who meets a hot dance instructor will definitely heat things up! …

Koubek Center Presents Valentine’s Day Milonga

Koubek Center Presents Valentine’s Day Milonga

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/17

Saturday, February 18th at 8:00pm …

Art to Heart: Our top 10 Romantic Art Picks

Art to Heart: Our top 10 Romantic Art Picks

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/17

Most will agree that a kiss is one of the pinnacles of romance, bestowed upon that special someone and stirring a wide range of emotions. This work of art, painted by Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt between 1907 and 1908, depicts a pair of lovers entwined in a passionate embrace, draped in colorful robes, obviously influenced by contemporary Art Nouveau style. And the fact that it’s currently on display at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna, is the perfect excuse for a romantic getaway to go see it. …

29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair takes Over the Boulevard

29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair takes Over the Boulevard

Visual Arts

Published 1/10/17

January 7 – 8 …

Fine art at Boynton Beach’s International Kinetic Art Event inspires new technologies

Fine art at Boynton Beach’s International Kinetic Art Event inspires new technologies

Visual Arts

Published 1/10/17

Art and tech combine at Boynton Beach’s 3rd biennial International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, Feb. 3-5, 2017. The City’s signature event gives attendees opportunities to interact with more than 75 kinetic artworks, have one-of-a-kind visual art experiences and purchase kinetic art. During the weekend event, downtown Boynton Beach, from Boynton Beach Boulevard to SE 1st Ave., and along east Ocean Avenue, from Seacrest Boulevard to Federal Highway, will come alive with art that moves. These works include fine art pieces powered by solar, wind, lights, robotics, water, gravity and more. The event will also feature kinetic-inspired exhibits, community projects, meet-and-greets with kinetic artists and a lecture series. …

FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES MILESTONE 25TH SEASON IN 2017

FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES MILESTONE 25TH SEASON IN 2017

Family

Published 1/10/17

February 11 – March 26, 2017 …

FLORIDA FESTIVALS: OUTDOOR ENJOYMENT FOR EVERY SEASON

FLORIDA FESTIVALS: OUTDOOR ENJOYMENT FOR EVERY SEASON

Visual Arts

Published 1/10/17

Fort Lauderdale …

The Bienes Center At St. Thomas Aquinas Fosters Love of the Arts in Youth

The Bienes Center At St. Thomas Aquinas Fosters Love of the Arts in Youth

Performing Arts

Published 1/9/17

The St. Thomas Aquinas Fine Arts programs and classes utilize the Bienes Center facilities daily for lessons, classes, concerts, performances, master classes, exhibits and receptions. Programs include the Summer Theater Academy, open to students in grades 6--8. Many of the daily curriculum activities are based on the Florida State Thespian Competition standards. The program guides aspiring young actors through the musical theater experience: from auditions - to staging, choreography and vocals to culminate in a showcase performance at the end of each week. This program is appropriate for actors with previous musical theater experience as well as beginners. In addition to these programs, the Bienes Center offers an annual series of professional performances and events, which are open to the public as ticketed events. Students are always offered special pricing/admission options. …

ART WEEK FAIR DIRECTORY

ART WEEK FAIR DIRECTORY

Visual Arts

Published 11/22/16

NOV 30: VERNISSAGE - 3:00pm – 10:00pm …

THE BLACK ARCHIVES HISTORIC LYRIC THEATER KICKS OFF ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THE VISIONS OF OUR 44TH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA EXHIBITION

THE BLACK ARCHIVES HISTORIC LYRIC THEATER KICKS OFF ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THE VISIONS OF OUR 44TH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA EXHIBITION

Visual Arts

Published 11/22/16

“Showcasing Visions in Miami not only highlights the historic term of our nation’s first African American president,” said Timothy A. Barber, Black Archives Executive Director. “Through artistic expression, Visions celebrates the accomplishments we have been able to achieve together, as a community, over the past 8 years. Our goal is that this exhibit will extend beyond race, social status, or party affiliation, to highlight the common threads among us and inspire a continued togetherness as this country moves into its next chapter.” …

Little Haiti Cultural Complex Features Art Exhibitions and Film Festival During Art Week

Little Haiti Cultural Complex Features Art Exhibitions and Film Festival During Art Week

Visual Arts

Published 11/22/16

Returning this year are the art exhibitions Borderless Caribbean: Liquid Knowledges, which will be featured in the LHCC art gallery from November 30, 2016 - February 28, 2017, and Art Beat Miami, to be showcased in the Caribbean Marketplace. The newcomer is the South Florida Web Fest (SoFloWebFest). …

Miami Really Does Read!

Miami Really Does Read!

Visual Arts

Published 11/18/16

The 2016 Miami Book Fair will treat book lovers to eight days of cultural and educational activities, including the beloved Evenings With… series (including Trevor Noah, James Carville, Alan Cumming, Maureen Dowd, Tavis Smiley, Geraldine Brooks, Jeffrey Toobin), the IberoAmerican Authors and ReadCaribbean, hands-on, storytelling & performances for children at Children’s Alley, back-to-back scheduling of music, dancing and fun activities @ The Porch, and cooking demos and panels for food enthusiasts. And for the teens there’s a lineup of red hot authors in fantasy, action, horror, and graphic novels, including Victoria Aveyard, Leigh Burdugo, Ryan Graudin and Margaret Stohl, among many others. Fairgoers will also enjoy more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in a festive atmosphere, in addition to hundreds of authors reading and discussing new books during the weekend Street Fair, Nov. 18-20. …

Just in Time for Art Week Miami: The National YoungArts Foundation Debuts New Exhibits

Just in Time for Art Week Miami: The National YoungArts Foundation Debuts New Exhibits

Visual Arts

Published 11/17/16

The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support. Established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison, YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18, or in grades 10–12, from across the United States. …

Experience Miami Children’s Museum’s Season of the Arts

Experience Miami Children’s Museum’s Season of the Arts

Performing Arts

Published 11/17/16

Every Saturday in December, from 11:00am – 3:00pm, the Miami Children’s Museum will be hosting events for children that highlight visual and performing arts. The museum has partnered with New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet Dancers, and more in an effort to expose youth to the arts via this special programming during the holiday season. Check out the schedule of events below and plan a fun and educational cultural experience for your little ones! …

Get Caught in the Traffic Jam CARnival

Get Caught in the Traffic Jam CARnival

Performing Arts

Published 11/17/16

On Saturday, December 3 at 3:00pm, Steve Parker, a renegade musician who focuses on art projects that build community, takes over a block-wide parking lot in the heart of downtown Miami. Parker will host the Traffic Jam CARnival, a populist rally of sorts to include: a Make Out Point and TailGate Trivia by Emerge Miami to strengthen social bonds; a mixed ability dance performance with live musical score created from amplified and processed components of the wheelchairs from Karen Peterson Dance; a gang of skateboarding ukulele players from Inlets Ensemble; a quartet of choreographed musical bicycles by Kunstwaffen 1916; and a large scale, interactive xylophone made from automobile hoods and parts by Manita Brug-Chmielenska and Randy Burman. …

MUST SEE ART CURATED BY SEBASTIEN LABOUREAU

MUST SEE ART CURATED BY SEBASTIEN LABOUREAU

Visual Arts

Published 11/17/16

#SagamoreIsArt ART WEEK & BEYOND

#SagamoreIsArt ART WEEK & BEYOND

Visual Arts

Published 11/16/16

The Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach is best known for its Art Deco exterior and floor-to-ceiling art. Located at 1671 Collins Avenue in the heart of South Beach, the hotel was originally coined “The Art Hotel.” Historically, the Sagamore has been a classic destination for both locals and tourists alike since the Art Deco District was created in the 1940s. The hotel’s reputation now celebrates over 15 years as Miami’s “hot-spot” for artists, collectors and exhibitors from around the world. This year is no exception. The Sagamore will continue to honor decades of tradition, while also re-introducing the hotel and its ongoing series #SagamoreisArt during Art Week 2016. After thoughtful planning and a collaborative vision, the hotels’ new ownership has sought out top sponsors, designers, artists and influencers to create a dynamic, one-of-a-kind experience, including a strategic partnership with Perez Art Museum Miami. …

PIANIST JI STRIKES A CHORD DURING ART WEEK

PIANIST JI STRIKES A CHORD DURING ART WEEK

Music

Published 11/16/16

With all the excitement surrounding Art Week, it’s important to note that it is not all just about the visual arts. On December 3rd, the Sagamore Hotel’s iconic invitation- only Saturday Brunch will feature a variety of performances, including those of international pianist, Ji. Accompanied by his Steinway concert grand piano, Ji will tell his own story through a musical portrait, drawing inspiration from past masters and the vibrant culture of today. …

WOMEN IN THE ART WORLD

WOMEN IN THE ART WORLD

Visual Arts

Published 11/16/16

By Sebastien Laboureau, International Art Advisor, Art Advisor to the Sagamore Hotel …

THE BASS OFFICIALLY UNVEILS MIAMI MOUNTAIN DURING ART BASEL

THE BASS OFFICIALLY UNVEILS MIAMI MOUNTAIN DURING ART BASEL

Visual Arts

Published 11/16/16

The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, announces the arrival and unveiling of Ugo Rondinone’s Miami Mountain, newly installed in the south- east corner of Collins Park in Miami Beach. An unveiling celebration and press conference will take place during Art Basel Miami Beach on Wednesday, November 30. …

Artist Spotlight CHOR BOOGIE

Artist Spotlight CHOR BOOGIE

Visual Arts

Published 11/10/16

Chor Boogie, a.k.a. Joaquin Lamar Hailey, is a critically acclaimed spray paint artist whose visionary murals and exhibitions appear around the world. Named number three on Societe Perrier’s list of Top Ten U.S. Street Artists of 2014 and dubbed “the color shaman,” the artist practices art for therapy and visual medicine and is loved by countless comrades and fans. Boogie was inspired by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Klimt, Van Gogh, Dali and early personal mentors, Phase2, Vul- can, and Riff170, who were among the first notable creators in the cultural movements of both street art and hip hop. Primarily self-taught, Chor was first nurtured by the world of street art and has become rec- ognized for his achievement in a profound level of technical and emotional virtue in the medium of spray paint. He addresses issues of race, class, gender, neo-impe- rialism, corporate corruption, substance abuse, health care, drug policy reform and the rights of indigenous peoples in his …

Miami: an urban art Canvas

Miami: an urban art Canvas

Visual Arts

Published 11/10/16

By Sebastien Laboureau, International Art Consultant, CEO and Founder of MoonStar Fine Arts Advisors Urban Art Specialist for Fine Arts Auction Miami …

Winter Brings a TOUR de Force to South Florida

Winter Brings a TOUR de Force to South Florida

Family

Published 10/28/16

But there are also plenty of great tours in the area that are not only educational and culturally enriching, but a lot of fun to share with friends, family, and that special someone. Whether you’re interested in biking, cruising down celebrated waterways, or strolling through historic districts, AroundTown has you covered on land and sea. So take a look at the tour highlights we’ve selected and experience culture your way by planning that perfect outing for a gorgeous day! …

WMODA - Heats Up the New Season with Chihuly

WMODA - Heats Up the New Season with Chihuly

Visual Arts

Published 10/28/16

On December 14th, the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts kicks off the new Florida season with an evening of Chihuly & Champagne, as part of its new Wednesdays at WMODA program. Art dealer and gallerist, Paul Fisher, will give a light-hearted talk “On the Road with Dale Chihuly: Alibis & Anecdotes,” and share some fascinating stories and insights from his 30-year association with the world-famous glass sculptor. Dale Chihuly is well known in South Florida, thanks to his ground-breaking installations at Fairchild Botanical Gardens in Miami. Now, fans can enjoy Chihuly’s work all year around at WMODA in Dania Beach, which has an extensive collection of his signature works on display. A forest of multi-colored Macchia designs dominates the glass gallery at WMODA, along with one of Chihuly’s spectacular Persian wall installations, several Seaforms, and Ikebana flower arrangements. …

The Knight Concert Hall: Downtown Miami’s Acoustic Gem

The Knight Concert Hall: Downtown Miami’s Acoustic Gem

Music

Published 10/28/16

In just 10 years, the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County has become one of the most desirable stages for the world’s legendary musicians. Harry Connick, Jr. says it’s “one of the great music halls in the country!” George Benson described it as “magnificent.” And legendary conductor Zubin Mehta says he could hear every stroke of the strings communicate with one another “like no other space.” …

The Maestro Muses:  Symphony of the Americas’ Artistic Director, James Brooks-Bruzzese, Reminisces About his Illustrious Career

The Maestro Muses: Symphony of the Americas’ Artistic Director, James Brooks-Bruzzese, Reminisces About his Illustrious Career

Music

Published 10/7/16

When asked about his most important contributions to Broward’s cultural climate, the Maestro immediately mentions his work with children, not only in South Florida, but around the world. “We have to care about our children. They are the next world leaders, and without music in their life, there is no balance. They need an outlet to express themselves, and even if they only use their musical exposure and education to become good listeners, they will have a much better ability to meet life’s challenges and become good leaders.” …

Wine Industry Icon Attends Symphony of the Americas Benefit

Wine Industry Icon Attends Symphony of the Americas Benefit

Culinary

Published 10/7/16

Michel Rolland, who owns and manages several fine wine estates and consults for more than 100 vintners worldwide, will travel from France to attend this year’s gala. “This is an event that focuses on the enjoyment of fine wines from all over the world,” says sommelier Steven Bachenheimer. “And this year, we’re bringing in one of the world’s premier winemakers.” …

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SUCCESS

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SUCCESS

Music

Published 10/7/16

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature, as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership between Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College, and the University of Florida. “The focus of the 30th Anniversary relates to our alumni, who are really the face of what we do. Our mission is to provide the best arts education training for our young budding artists,” says Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, Provost of New World School of the Arts. …

Happy 10th Birthday to the  Adrienne Arsht Center  for the Performing Arts!

Happy 10th Birthday to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts!

Performing Arts

Published 10/7/16

The fun begins at 11:00am. Performances on the Center’s numerous stages will feature local talent such as: Cirque Dreams, Fushu Daiko, Ketchy Shuby, Afrobeta, Guitar Over Guns, Ra Ra Lakay, Delou Africa, Bluejay, Spanglish Wrangler, Ground Zero Crew, Bahamas Junkanoo Revue, Lion Parade, DJ Sama, Mr. Pauer, and more! The 10th Birthday Concert featuring CeeLo Green will begin at 7:30 p.m., with local bands Spam All-Stars and Tiempo Libre opening. Immediately following the concert, everyone is invited to cap off the celebration with a free outdoor after party on the Center’s Thomson Plaza for the Arts. 1300 Biscayne Blvd in Miami | 305.949.6722 For more information and the latest schedule updates, please visit www.arshtcenter.org/10 and sign up to receive emails about the Center’s free events.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Marissa Alma Nick

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Marissa Alma Nick

Performing Arts

Published 9/20/16

Marissa Alma Nick is founder/artistic director and choreographer of Alma Dance Theater. Her emotive driven choreography exists on stage, site-specific settings, screen dances and conceptual installations. …

10 Reasons to Dance

10 Reasons to Dance

Performing Arts

Published 9/20/16

Something you will never experience by merely watching a dance performance, as opposed to taking a dance class or just dancing for fun, is a good old-fashioned cardiovascular workout to get the blood flowing and the calories burning. Not only will dancing help to reduce your blood pressure, lower harmful cholesterol, and increase your flexibility and muscle tone, it will also help you lose weight, making that tutu fit too, too well! Just to give you a few examples and an approximate idea of how many calories you can expect to shed in an hour, per dance type: Salsa burns 405 to 480, Ballet burns 380 to 450, Swing 300 to 550, Ballroom dancing between 150 and 320, Tap zaps 200 to a whopping 700 an hour, depending on pace. …

Forget Your Troubles, Come on Get Happy Hour!

Forget Your Troubles, Come on Get Happy Hour!

Culinary

Published 7/6/16

Bar Grill …

The 2016 Culinary Forecast is in and it’s HOT!

The 2016 Culinary Forecast is in and it’s HOT!

Culinary

Published 7/6/16

Breakfast is considered by some to be the most important meal of the day, providing energy and nutrients to get through the stresses of daily activities. But in 2016, we’re not talking waffles and cereal. Leading the top five in this category are ethnic-inspired breakfast items, such as Asian-flavored syrups, chorizo scrambled eggs, and coconut milk pancakes. This is followed by ricotta pancakes, and traditional ethnic breakfast items, like huevos rancheros, shakshuka, and ashta. Prix fixe brunches are also trending in 2016, as is regional gravy, including sausage, black pepper, and tasso ham. …

Art & Libations: Untucked

Art & Libations: Untucked

Culinary

Published 7/6/16

“Tucked” away inside Intracoastal Mall’s iPic theater in North Miami Beach, The Tuck Room is an intimate and chic drinking den and gastro lounge, offering a seductive culinary and beverage escape. Guests can enjoy an extensive menu of sharable plates and handcrafted cocktails. But the Tuck Room experience goes beyond just fantastic cuisine. It is infused with a taste of the arts. When iPic Theaters decided to bring their premium movie theater franchise to North Miami Beach last December, they took great pains to make sure the ambience conveyed a high-end, yet comfortable feel to visitors by showcasing innovative artwork, which carried over into the décor of The Tuck Room, the theater’s in-house restaurant. Those who haven’t tried the iPic experience should definitely add it to their must-see list. In addition to offering chaise-lounge-style stadium seating, including pillows, blankets, and food & drink service throughout the film, iPic is also …

Shaken or Stirred?

Shaken or Stirred?

Culinary

Published 7/6/16

A cocktail is defined as "an iced alcoholic drink mixed with flavoring.” There are two schools of thought regarding the origin of the term “cocktail.” The first theory is that “cocktail” is derived from the French “coquetel,” an egg cup that was used for serving drinks. However, the term is also believed to have originated in Mexico, where drinks were stirred with a long root, known as a “cola de gallo,” or “cock’s tail.” …

Get Your Aprons On: Publix Cooks Up Some Fun!

Get Your Aprons On: Publix Cooks Up Some Fun!

Culinary

Published 7/1/16

Looking for a fun night out? Look no further than these demonstration-style cooking classes from Publix Aprons Cooking Schools. These sessions are designed to give customers a kitchen to learn, practice, and have fun in. The classes entertain, amuse, and inspire confidence, no matter what you're cooking up. Workshops cover a world of cuisines and trendy topics, a baker's dozen of techniques, special seasonal topics, and even guest appearances by celebrity chefs—TV stars, cookbook authors, and local restaurateurs. You can even schedule private, customized classes for special occasions, from showers, to birthdays, to company team-building events. …

Foodie Diaries - Hardy Park Bistro

Foodie Diaries - Hardy Park Bistro

Culinary

Published 5/4/16

We could tell right from the start that we had discovered a neighborhood treasure when we first arrived at Hardy Park Bistro. It’s located very close to Broward Center for the Performing Arts, making it an ideal pre-theater dining venue. The small, intimate setting was minimally decorated, featuring white tablecloths and white walls, accented by mirrors and artwork. The vibe was definitely casual, with a dash of sophistication that immediately drew us in. There’s a “Specials” board each night that highlights unique dishes from the menu, which changes weekly, keeping diners’ choices varied and interesting. That’s another one of the things we loved about this hidden gem: it’s small and chef-owned, which allows for more creativity and flexibility in the menu selections, showcasing what’s in season, and featuring the freshest ingredients. Owner Chef Philip Darmon began his cooking career in Sydney, Australia, and has displayed his talents in 5 Star hotels, gastro pubs, …

HistoryMiami Forges an Exciting New Path to the Magic City’s Future

HistoryMiami Forges an Exciting New Path to the Magic City’s Future

Visual Arts

Published 5/2/16

Why? Because HistoryMiami has evolved into a world-class destination. “I think people who haven’t been here in a while will be shocked at how much larger we are. We have grown 135 percent. We have street art on the walls now,” says HistoryMiami President/CEO Stuart Chase. “There is a much greater variety of offerings . . . than ever before.” …

10  Reasons  to Visit Museums

10 Reasons to Visit Museums

Visual Arts

Published 5/2/16

One of the great benefits of visiting museums is that it allows you to change your perspectives and place yourself in the shoes of the artist. Like the Impressionist movement of 1872 – 1892, where artists, such as Claude Monet moved away from painting exactly what they saw to capturing their impressions of a scene, each work of art opens a doorway into the artist’s soul and allows you to explore what they felt, rather than merely observed. Every piece of art tells a unique story, and by studying them, you can experience the same emotions the work’s creator did. …

These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Museum Events

These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Museum Events

Visual Arts

Published 5/2/16

Robert Winthrop Chanler: Discovering the Fantastic [Book Launch & Signing] May 20, 6-8 pm …

Things to Do in Miami: 10 of Our Fave Art & Culture Events!

Things to Do in Miami: 10 of Our Fave Art & Culture Events!

Arts & Culture

Published 4/22/16

Do you like your museums “modern” and with a “global flare?” Have we got the museum for you! Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. This fab museum serves our diverse South Florida population, where a unique confluence of Caribbean, North and South American cultures adds vibrancy and texture to our cultural hot spot. The city’s thriving community of artists, designers and collectors are driving Miami’s demand for a world-class museum and dynamic center of visual arts education. PAMM transformed Museum Park into a central destination on Miami’s cultural map, promotes progressive arts education, builds community cohesiveness and contributes substantially to downtown revitalization. A must add to your “things to do in Miami” list! …

Looking for the Key To Art, Culture, and Relaxation? Unlock the Florida Keys!

Looking for the Key To Art, Culture, and Relaxation? Unlock the Florida Keys!

Arts & Culture

Published 4/7/16

While driving down Card Sound Road toward the Keys, art and nature enthusiasts will encounter such marvels as the Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Gardens, featuring the most sophisticated art galleries and world-renowned artists in South Florida, as well as the 15-acre Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, home of 35 butterfly species and more than 270 migratory bird species. And this is just the beginning. Currently, the Florida Keys is attracting an international market of visitors interested in experiencing the cultural flavor first hand and participating in the myriad of arts events the community has to offer. Whether it’s theater, galleries, museums, festivals, music, or dance, the Florida Keys offers something for everyone. With this in mind, AroundTown has selected some Arts & Culture highlights, conveniently listed by category, to better help our readers plan their next visit to the Florida Keys and live artfully! …

Foodie Diaries - Chef Michael’s

Foodie Diaries - Chef Michael’s

Culinary

Published 4/4/16

From the moment we stepped into Chef Michael’s, we were immediately smitten by the romantic, elegant, atmosphere of this upscale eatery. Soft, warm lighting sets just the right mood in the intimate dining area, decorated in a pleasing, creamy palette, with fish and wildlife décor capturing that unique Keys flavor. There was even a cozy bar with a wide selection of wines that piqued our interest. Quaint and inviting, Chef Michael’s is one of the few restaurants in the Florida Keys operated by its very own chef, and we couldn’t wait to test its reputation as a place locals flock to in order to experience an evening to remember. Executive Chef Michael Ledwith is an artist himself, and an inventive, yet traditional, Chef with a passion for the evolution of food. Having trained in some of the best kitchens in N.Y., Chef Michael traveled to St. Thomas, St. John and Martinique in the Caribbean, honing his skill in fish cookery at top Caribbean Resorts and restaurants. …

Artist Spotlight: Roberto 'PASTA' Pantaleo

Artist Spotlight: Roberto 'PASTA' Pantaleo

Visual Arts

Published 4/4/16

Combining traditional techniques with an abstract twist, Pasta’s art has captured the spirit and energy of his favorite subject, marine life. To him, as to others, the sea represented an escape from what he saw was a dismal way of urban life. Growing up in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, Pasta inherited his nickname from his older brother, Nick, and was often being called “Pasta Fazul” by friends, because of his heavy Italian accent and their difficulty in pronouncing his real name, Panteleo. As a young teenager in 1970, Pasta helped persuade his family to relocate to South Florida, the epitome of sun and sea. …

Adrienne Arsht Center’s 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

Adrienne Arsht Center’s 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

Arts & Culture

Published 4/4/16

The Gala will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016, and will include a star-studded performance highlighting many genres at once – dance, pop, gospel, classical, jazz and more. Tickets for the performance range from $25 - $125 and will be available to the general public. Featured artists will be announced soon. …

Morada Way Arts & Cultural  District

Morada Way Arts & Cultural District

Visual Arts

Published 4/4/16

On a small stretch of Highway in Islamorada, The Morada Way Arts & Cultural District finds its home. Bookended by the historic Hurricane Monument (MM 82) to the north, and the iconic Green Turtle Inn (MM81.2) to the south, this vibrant Art District comes alive with galleries, studio spaces, restaurants, boutique retail shops, and creativity. …

Summer Camps: They’re Not Just for Outdoors Anymore

Summer Camps: They’re Not Just for Outdoors Anymore

Family

Published 4/4/16

The question then becomes, how do you continue stimulating young minds while still providing them with a fun escape away from the classroom environment? Summer camps have been a staple for keeping kids occupied during the school break. But these camps don’t just have to be mindless filler until the new school year begins. Nowadays, there are so many available options that promote creativity, education and foster a love for the arts, while at the same time serving as an enjoyable pastime for youngsters eager to embark on new adventures. Whether it’s theater, film, science, dance, art, sports, etc., we’ve compiled a list of South Florida’s hottest summer camps your kids will definitely fall for! …

Foodie Diaries - Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

Foodie Diaries - Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

Culinary

Published 3/4/16

We’d heard a lot about Smokey Bones, but weren’t quite sure what to expect. Little did we know we were in for a nice and tasty surprise. As soon as we entered, we were immediately drawn in by the comfy and cozy atmosphere, featuring wood paneling, large screen TVs, a lively full-service bar, and friendly faces. The menu was huge, with so many tasty options. There were 4 sauces on our table, including the KC barbecue (which was phenomenal), but the chipotle spicy barbecue was our fave. We learned you can place your order online and pay for it, then come and pick it up at your leisure. Simple, convenient, and fabulous food. We couldn’t have asked for more. And the icing on the cake was the reasonable prices for such delish dishes. …

“Rising Stars” Shine in New World School Of  The Arts’ Spectacular Visual Arts & Performance Showcase

“Rising Stars” Shine in New World School Of The Arts’ Spectacular Visual Arts & Performance Showcase

Performing Arts

Published 3/4/16

Rising Stars Showcase, a professionally staged, energy packed, one-of-a-kind performance, presents the extraordinary talent of high school and college students from New World School of the Arts, Florida’s premier arts institution. The showcase begins at the New World Gallery with a juried visual arts exhibition featuring impressive student artworks. The show, as diverse as the school population, includes painting, drawing, design, sculpture, digital media and installations. The evening continues just a few blocks away at the historic Gusman Center for the Performing Arts with a pre-performance VIP Reception to welcome guests to this artistic landmark. Following the reception, the performance showcases excerpts from works performed by the high school and the college students during the school year. …

Looking for Music in all the Right Places

Looking for Music in all the Right Places

Music

Published 3/4/16

Fishtales Restaurant and Nightclub is a friendly neighborhood hangout, serving seafood and grilled specialties in South Florida. This North-Beach Fort Lauderdale restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and features live entertainment every night of the week. Enjoy food, fun and friends, only one 1 block from Fort Lauderdale beach, conveniently located along Galt Ocean Mile on 33rd street, just North of Oakland Park Blvd & A1A. It is within walking distance of Il Lugano Suite Hotel and stop #12 on the Watertaxi Fort Lauderdale route. It’s also located right across the street from our next entry, “Blue Jean Blues,” which makes it easy and fun to hop between the two for a variety of music. …

CultureOwl Has Landed!

CultureOwl Has Landed!

Arts & Culture

Published 2/29/16

Wondering what to do in Miami? CultureOwl's calendar is the quintessential source of art and culture events in the Miami area. Searching is easy. Discover all events in Miami today in just one click! Or plan your cultural outing by simply selecting a date range for Miami upcoming events. …

The Price of  True Love: Romance on a Budget

The Price of True Love: Romance on a Budget

Arts & Culture

Published 2/4/16

New World Symphony WALLCAST™ concerts, Presented by Citi®, allow you to experience select events throughout the season at SoundScape Park, through a striking use of visual and audio technology on the soaring, 7,000-square-foot projection wall of the New World Center. Bring a blanket, share a picnic dinner and enjoy the sights and sounds of the New World Symphony with that special someone! Each WALLCAST™ concert is free to the public and does not require a ticket. The February 20th Wallcast at 7:30pm features a Concerto Showcase. You can find out more about upcoming concerts at www.nws.edu …

FAAM’s Street Art Week & Auction Makes a Splash

FAAM’s Street Art Week & Auction Makes a Splash

Visual Arts

Published 2/4/16

February 11th – 14th …

The Artist Spotlight Shines on Melissa Bibliowicz

The Artist Spotlight Shines on Melissa Bibliowicz

Performing Arts

Published 2/4/16

The very talented Melissa Bibliowicz is a student of New World School of the Arts, the 4 year conservatory program with 4 different divisions: Theatre, Dance, Music, and Visual Arts. When choosing a college, everyone looks for the most popular, well-known schools they can highlight on a resume in the future. In Melissa’s case, she was looking for a program that would give her the training she required to mold her into the best performer she could possibly be. New World did that for her. “I would not trade these past four years for anything,” says Melissa. “I have built friendships that will last a lifetime and a future that is unstoppable. New World School of the Arts creates professional performers ready and hungry to work.” …

YoungArts miami showcase

YoungArts miami showcase

Visual Arts

Published 2/4/16

March 8th – 13th …

2016 is the year of the butterfly

2016 is the year of the butterfly

Family

Published 2/4/16

Butterfly World is prepped for the Spring Season as a “Floral Fantasy” for 2016. Nearly 1000 new flowering plants have been added to the gardens! Although there are always flowers blooming at the park, spring is the penultimate time for an ever-changing palate of colors throughout the park. Some of the species, such as the brilliant pink New Guinea Trumpet Vine, only bloom at this time of year. …

New World School Of The Arts “Emerge” BFA Dance Concert  Highlights Passion, Skill And Creative Choreography

New World School Of The Arts “Emerge” BFA Dance Concert Highlights Passion, Skill And Creative Choreography

Performing Arts

Published 2/4/16

February 19th and 20th …

Art Deco Weekend: More Fun, More Friends, More Magic in 2016

Art Deco Weekend: More Fun, More Friends, More Magic in 2016

Arts & Culture

Published 1/6/16

The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) made history by calling attention to the Art Deco buildings that lined Ocean Drive and filled much of South Beach by spotlighting them during a weekend festival. Now in its 39th year, the Miami Beach Art Deco Weekend festival is the premier event of the Miami Design Preservation League. South Florida’s dazzling annual event kicks-off January 15–17 on Ocean Drive between 5th and 13th streets—and, like a party hosted by your favorite friends, it’s not to be missed. …

The Key West Food & Wine Festival Returns!

The Key West Food & Wine Festival Returns!

Culinary

Published 1/6/16

Voted Best Food and Wine Festivals in the country by the Travel Channel, the Key West Food and Wine Festival is a series of wine and food themed events showcasing a diverse range of wines and inventive cuisine, hosted by their passionate creators at iconic island locations. …

Howard Alan Events Kicks Off the New Year with the 28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair

Howard Alan Events Kicks Off the New Year with the 28th Annual Las Olas Art Fair

Visual Arts

Published 1/6/16

Original art, eclectic displays, a wide array of styles and media, and the finest artists in the country define Las Olas’ premier art show, slated for January 9 – 10, 2016, from 10:00am – 5:00pm, on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue. The Las Olas Art Fair will feature 250 artists from around the country, hand selected from among hundreds of applicants to ensure diverse artwork of the highest quality. Admission is free and open to the public. Art enthusiasts will be able to leisurely stroll through the exhibits and engage the artists to gain a better understanding of the artistic process and the inspiration for the unique works of art on display and for sale. The artistic media will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage and mixed media. In addition, casual shoppers will find a variety of unique handmade gift items and functional art. The 2016 Las Olas Art Fair …

Winter is the Perfect Season for outdoor festivals in South Florida

Winter is the Perfect Season for outdoor festivals in South Florida

Arts & Culture

Published 1/5/16

It’s no secret that South Florida has become a beacon for Art & Culture lovers around the world. Each year sees an increase in international visitors seeking to explore not only the work of established artists, but also discover exciting and innovative new talent, as well as sample delicious, multi-cultural foods. …

Foodie Diaries - Modern Garden

Foodie Diaries - Modern Garden

Culinary

Published 1/5/16

Nestled on the banks of the Miami River, Modern Garden captures the essence of waterfront dining, with stunning views of the downtown skyline. Immediately upon entering, we were blown away by the extraordinary permanent art installation composed of two large trees made and shaped from nominal lumber, forming a canopy that spread throughout the space. This design was complemented by teardrop light fixtures randomly hung from the branches, providing soft, atmospheric illumination to the table seating and bar areas. We had heard that this permanent art installation was designed by Santiago Pelaez and was unveiled to a select audience during Art Basel 2014, but seeing it up close with our own eyes was totally impressive! …

Get Smart About Art

Get Smart About Art

Visual Arts

Published 12/2/15

You know winter is officially here with the arrival of Art Week 2015, December 1 - 6! This year promises to be bigger and bolder than ever, with almost 100,000 art aficionados descending on sunny South Florida to experience the spectacular artworks, mingle with fabulous artists, and enjoy all the cultural festivities this event has to offer. It’s no wonder the area has become a global beacon in the international arts & culture scene! …

Foodie Diaries - Brava! – Adrienne Arsht Center

Foodie Diaries - Brava! – Adrienne Arsht Center

Culinary

Published 11/19/15

There’s nothing like an afternoon or evening of theater for an enriching cultural experience. And what better way to complement the occasion than with the perfect dining ambiance? BRAVA! is conveniently located on the second floor of the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for pre-show dining. Patrons can relax and enjoy their meals without having to worry about missing a single minute of their theatrical adventure. The atmosphere is sleek and elegant, featuring plush seating, white linen table cloths, 3D flower murals, modern lighting fixtures, and an open floor plan, with views of the surrounding downtown area. We couldn’t wait to take our seats and let the culinary tour de force begin! …

Must See Art Curated By Sebastien Laboureau

Must See Art Curated By Sebastien Laboureau

Visual Arts

Published 11/18/15

MDC Live Arts Tackles Climate Change through Epic Performance Installation: Holoscenes

MDC Live Arts Tackles Climate Change through Epic Performance Installation: Holoscenes

Performing Arts

Published 11/18/15

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Foodie Diaries - Bistro Cassis

Foodie Diaries - Bistro Cassis

Culinary

Published 10/7/15

Looking for a great French sidewalk café feel in sunny South Florida? Look no further. Bistro Cassis captures the authentic French atmosphere and more. Nestled in Midtown Miami, Bistro Cassis is a slice of European ambience featuring a 2,000 square-foot café, which seats a combined 74 guests indoors and out, and includes a welcoming bar, as well as patio seating shaded by market umbrellas. When we first entered, it was like being transported from South Florida to the South of France in a casual and comfortable setting. Bistro Cassis’ authentic ambiance really set the mood, taking its inspiration from classic French cafes with bistro chairs and tables, white subway tile walls, tile floors, decorative French posters and framed photographs of the City of Lights. The beautiful old-fashioned wooden bar, salvaged from a 1920’s era hotel, serves as the perfect platform for Bistro Cassis’ signature cocktails, highlighting French spirits in avant-garde …

MIAMI CITY BALLET Celebrates its 30th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

MIAMI CITY BALLET Celebrates its 30th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Performing Arts

Published 8/31/15

For the 30th Anniversary Season, Miami City Ballet Artistic Director, Lourdes Lopez, has assembled one of the company’s most ambitious performance schedules yet, with masterworks from the company’s George Balanchine foundation side-by-side with such leading modern choreographic voices as Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Justin Peck and Liam Scarlett. …

Feel Right “At Home with Art” at the Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show

Feel Right “At Home with Art” at the Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show

Arts & Culture

Published 8/31/15

Presenters were selected following a call for artists and a selection process (by Home Show representatives), based on the artists’ skills and support of Miami’s artistic community through education or service projects. …

Serve Your Next Event Shaken & Stirred with a  Cultural Twist

Serve Your Next Event Shaken & Stirred with a Cultural Twist

Culinary

Published 8/31/15

Traditionally, options for planning that special event have centered on choosing the perfect décor, food, and venue. However, with so many festive occasions being celebrated each season, it’s becoming increasingly challenging to make that engagement party, wedding reception, anniversary, bar mitzvah, etc. stand out and be noticed. Today, there is a wealth of emerging, creative and exciting options available to design events that are truly spectacular, memorable, and incorporate a unique cultural or South Florida flair. Whether it involves the latest hip, pop-culture craze, or paying homage to traditional affairs, there are endless choices to spice up Events, and Artists are answering the call by translating their amazing talents into something that can really up the WOW factor and create a splash. …

Foodie Diaries - Kuro

Foodie Diaries - Kuro

Culinary

Published 8/28/15

When we embarked on our Kuro adventure, we weren’t sure what to expect. Of course we’d heard that Kuro is a new-style Japanese concept that features handcrafted dishes, applies classic Japanese techniques, and crafts contemporary, artisanal creations. But we were totally blown away when we arrived. The atmosphere can best be described as embodying the fantasy vibe of Vegas. Yes it’s a bit pricey. But boy, is it worth it! Upon our arrival, we were immediately greeted enthusiastically in Japanese and escorted to our table through the dining area, featuring ultra-trendy décor with warm hues and pop music filtering through the air in true Hard Rock tradition. The 9,500-square-foot restaurant is an accessible showpiece that boasts an open, theater-style dining room and a bar featuring 110 bottles of wine. The lounge’s skylight and the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows, which overlook the resort’s tropical pool oasis, ensure ample lighting and …

3 Sommeliers Give us the Dish on Wine Pairings!

3 Sommeliers Give us the Dish on Wine Pairings!

Culinary

Published 7/31/15

When we started the Foodie Diaries several years ago, our goal was to give readers a taste of the fabulous eateries South Florida has to offer to better plan their culinary outings. …

Catch the RedEYE and Enjoy a Fantastic Journey of the Arts!

Catch the RedEYE and Enjoy a Fantastic Journey of the Arts!

Music

Published 7/31/15

Take a Bite out of  Summer with Miami Spice

Take a Bite out of Summer with Miami Spice

Culinary

Published 7/31/15

Both local and visiting Foodies are in for a real tasty treat to spice up the summer. The organizers of the 14th Annual Miami Spice Restaurant Program, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), are proud to announce the return of exclusive dining deals on three-course lunch and dinner menus. Miami Spice is a mouth-watering restaurant promotion showcasing the very best of Miami cuisine from South Florida’s finest restaurants. From August 1 – September 30, participating restaurants offer three-course meals featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs at reduced prices: Lunch $23 and Dinner $39. The Miami Spice program’s dining deals include an appetizer, entrée and dessert (excluding beverages, gratuity, tax, and service charges). This year’s Miami Spice Iron Fork Kickoff is on July 30, at the Hyatt Regency Miami Downtown. …

Broward County's Public Art & Design Program is a Work of Art

Broward County's Public Art & Design Program is a Work of Art

Visual Arts

Published 7/20/15

- Hendrik Willem Van Loon …

Celebrating 90 years of a Dream Realized

Celebrating 90 years of a Dream Realized

Arts & Culture

Published 7/19/15

On April 29, Coral Gables celebrated its 90th anniversary. As the City marks that official milestone throughout the year, it will also celebrate the creative minds responsible for turning a stretch of South Florida wilderness into a beautiful city. Without George Merrick and his visionary team, there would be no Coral Gables. By the time the City was incorporated, the 38-year-old Merrick had built an oasis of majestic entrances with 600 homes, 65 miles of roadways and 80 miles of sidewalks shaded by more than 20,000 shrubs and trees. …

Art and Interior Design in South Florida

Art and Interior Design in South Florida

Visual Arts

Published 7/18/15

Art can inspire interior design. It is a signature that many homeowners can place on their living and work environments. Interior designers work to reflect and celebrate those who live in a home, so the selection of art is an extremely important ingredient to the overall design. This year’s Home Show can help homeowners discover artistic treasures in our own community, and feel more secure in their selection and placement of art in the home by involving both artists and interior design professionals. …

The Art in Design

The Art in Design

Visual Arts

Published 7/17/15

Interior Designer, Carla Oporta takes samples of interiors and select pieces of art to give examples on how art can influence any interior. …

A Guide to Purchasing Art

A Guide to Purchasing Art

Visual Arts

Published 7/16/15

By Sebastien Laboureau, International Art Consultant, CEO and Founder of MoonStar Fine Arts Advisors …

An Inside Guide to Locations for Private Events

An Inside Guide to Locations for Private Events

Arts & Culture

Published 7/15/15

Every season, South Florida is an international destination for hosting an enticing array of Special Events... …

The Art of Navigation

The Art of Navigation

Visual Arts

Published 7/6/15

01 - GALLERY 212 MIAMI …

Must See Art

Must See Art

Visual Arts

Published 7/2/15

Artist Name: Christopher Stott …

Foodie Diaries - Cava

Foodie Diaries - Cava

Culinary

Published 6/23/15

Settled in the heart of Calle Ocho, a genuine piece of Spain’s vibrant tradition is ensconced within the walls of Cava restaurant. Patterned after the historical Spanish Tablao’s developed in Spain during the 1940’s, this intimate, and family friendly, dining experience offers live singing and authentic flamenco performances for patrons to enjoy, while experiencing the delicious Andalusian cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The red bricks walls, mosaic pillars, and vaulted ceilings, really set the Mediterranean mood and add to the authentic flavor of the entire experience. It’s like being transported to another time and place. But make sure to make a dining reservation if you want to experience the splendor of the shows from the best seats in the house. …

Foodie Diaries - Vintro

Foodie Diaries - Vintro

Culinary

Published 6/15/15

Imagine a haven where time blends together: an exotic mix of the Old World and the New. Chef de cuisine, Keith Suarino’s, kitchen is Mediterranean-inspired with a dining room that’s Old Florida. The restaurant’s cuisine is a fusion of Mediterranean & Latin inspired dishes, featuring carefully crafted ingredients for discerning foodies. The contemporary menu is designed for sharing with a wide array of cheeses and charcuterie, tapas, fish, responsibly-sourced meats, and sinful desserts. If you’re a wine lover, you’re in for a real treat! Try one of the many wines from around the world, available by the bottle or glass, perfect for the connoisseur or novice alike! Under the canopy of the dramatic 30-foot ceiling, guests can still experience intimate moments, especially if they venture out to the terrace, which provides breathtaking views of Collins Canal. And don’t forget to visit the hotel while you’re there. Not only can you treat yourself …

Foodie Diaries - Hard Rock Cafe

Foodie Diaries - Hard Rock Cafe

Culinary

Published 6/15/15

Love all. Serve All. That’s the mantra of Hard Rock Café and its teams. And our own office team sure felt the love when we all walked through the glass doors and into the restaurant’s open, spacious floor plan. From the beams in the vaulted ceiling shaped like the neck and frets of a guitar, to the iconic memorabilia from artists such as REM, Prince, Paul Simon, Eddie Van Halen, and the Beatles lining the walls, it was quite the Grammy adventure. Immediately, we were given the Rock Star treatment, led to a table right by the center stage, where guitarists serenaded us with rock ballads, as our ace server, Brittany, paraded course after course of fantastic platters our way. We had the pleasure of experiencing what Hard Rock Café has been showing off for over 43 years: ultimate cuisine prepared by a team of culinary artists, exceptional service, and most of all, a unique dining experience that makes you feel part of a perfectly orchestrated show. The staff was …

Foodie Diaries - 3030 Ocean

Foodie Diaries - 3030 Ocean

Culinary

Published 6/15/15

Imagine a modern, yet casual, design with panoramic views of the Atlantic. Contemporary, circular lighting fixtures overhead create an intimate atmosphere for patrons, as they dine in comfortable chairs in the carpeted dining area. For over a decade, 3030 has been a fixture of fine dining in South Florida, renowned for sophisticated seafood and rustic American cuisine. Even though we visited on a Tuesday night, there was a full house of patrons, a testimony to 3030’s distinguished reputation. The establishment features a creative, contemporary assortment of fresh seafood, prime meats, and locally sourced ingredients, exquisitely prepared and presented. New menus are printed daily to reflect the availability of the freshest selections. The wait staff is the epitome of efficiency and professionalism. Not only was our server, Ricardo, extremely knowledgeable, his humor also made our dining experience that much more memorable. 3030’s Executive Chef, Paula DaSilva, has received …

Foodie Diaries - Toro Toro

Foodie Diaries - Toro Toro

Culinary

Published 4/6/15

Nestled inside the Intercontinental Hotel, Toro Toro has transformed its atmospheric locale into a thriving hot spot in downtown Miami, catering to young professionals experiencing the scene, as well as sophisticated diners out on the town. The grandiose, marble lobby of the hotel transitions into the restaurant’s dark, rustic wood floors, whetting your appetite for the chic mood and deliciousness to come. The wrought iron lighting fixtures and comfortable leather seating are warm and inviting, letting you know you’ve embarked on a unique dining adventure. We were thrilled to discover that this elegant and rustic steakhouse is sooo much more than a tapas bar! …

Foodie Diaries - Valentino

Foodie Diaries - Valentino

Culinary

Published 4/6/15

This Italian gem shines bright in Fort Lauderdale. With its charming, circular Art Deco-like entrance, neon sign and floor to ceiling glass exterior, Valentino’s atmosphere is wide and open, modern, yet elegantly modest. Wood beam rafters and arched alcoves provide a touch of rustic, old-world allure. There’s a private dining area available for special events that seats up to twenty guests. In the main area, a few lucky patrons have the treat of “ringside” seats surrounding the gleaming, industrial-style kitchen, where Chefs create their masterpieces in an almost syncronized performance over flaming, stainless steel grills. Chef Giovanni Rocchio, who is also the owner, and Chef Luke Bergman, pour their passion and souls into each magnificent dish in an atmosphere that’s serene and inviting. No “Hell’s Kitchen,” antics here. More like “Heaven’s Kitchen” …

Foodie Diaries - 15th & Vine

Foodie Diaries - 15th & Vine

Culinary

Published 4/1/15

Towering 15 stories high above Brickell Avenue, 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar reflects the dynamic energy of Miami’s cultural mosaic. As you dine, you’ll be in awe of the spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and tempted to take a dive into the iconic 300-foot swimming pool. The beautiful, outdoor space feels like stepping into a mystical garden, and features communal tables, as well as a ten person private dining area for more intimate occasions. …

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