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PAMM PICKS TOUR WITH PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI

PAMM PICKS TOUR WITH PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI

Visual Arts

Published 11/7/19

At the 2019 edition of PULSE Art Fair, works will be chosen by PAMM Curator Naiomy Guerrero. Guerrero will select 10 works exhibited at PULSE for her PAMM Picks series and lead a 60 minute walking tour on Friday, December 6 at 1pm, highlighting her choices in this edition. The tour is extremely limited so get your tickets to join today and explore the fair with Pérez Art Museum Miami!Get your tickets today: https://bit.ly/2PTPiN0.

HAMILTON TICKETS ON SALE

HAMILTON TICKETS ON SALE

Performing Arts

Published 11/7/19

Tickets will be available at arshtcenter.org and in person at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House Box Office. Tickets will be available for performances February 18 - March 15, 2020. Ticket buyers are highly encouraged to create or update their Arsht Center accounts in advance of November 23 using this link: arshtcenter.org/account/login.There is a maximum purchase limit of eight tickets per household for the engagement. When tickets go on sale, prices will range from $79 to $199* with a select number of $399* premium seats available for all performances. There will be a lottery for forty $10 seats for all performances. Lottery details will be announced closer to the engagement. Jeffrey Seller notes, “It’s tempting to get tickets any way you can. There are many sites and people who are selling overpriced, and in some cases, fraudulent tickets. For the best seats, the best prices and to eliminate the risk of counterfeit tickets, all purchases for the Miami …

Trees of the Keys

Trees of the Keys

Visual Arts

Published 11/7/19

This show encourages artists to celebrate the magnificent arboreal canopy- from the lush tropical hardwoods to the abundant fruit trees, palms, and fragrant flowering shade trees. The show will include 2 and 3-dimensional artwork.The Gato building, which is home to many State and County offices, supports the Art in Public Buildings program which offers an alternate space for artists to display the artists' work. The Opening Reception will be held Friday, November 15, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Key West. The exhibition will remain on display through January 2020.Contact the Arts Council at 305-295-4369 with any questions.

HAEGUE YANG: IN THE CONE OF UNCERTAINTY

HAEGUE YANG: IN THE CONE OF UNCERTAINTY

Visual Arts

Published 11/7/19

The exhibition taking its title from an expression of the South Florida vernacular - In the Cone of Uncertainty - that describes the predicted path of hurricanes. Alluding to our eagerness and desperation to track the unstable and ever-evolving future, this exhibition addresses current anxieties about climate change, overpopulation and resource scarcity. Framing this discourse within a broader consideration of movement, displacement and migration, the exhibition contextualizes contemporary concerns through a trans-historical and philosophical meditation of the self. With Yang in attendance, guests included Carlos Betancourt, The Bass Board member Brian Ehrlich, Dara Friedman and Mark Handforth, Tom Healy, gallerist Tina Kim, Karen and Harold Rifas, Chana Budgazad Sheldon, Franklin and Jessica Sirmans, Serralves Contemporary Art Museum director Philippe Vergne, and gallerist Barbara Wien.The Bass also hosted Curator Culture on Sunday, November 3, featuring Haegue Yang and NBC 6 …

Symphonia Concert in Delray Goes in New Direction

Symphonia Concert in Delray Goes in New Direction

Music

Published 11/7/19

Calling all music lovers! We are so excited for this new project that the Symphonia is planning. They are putting together a new kind of music series with theatrical elements and a multimedia component to attract a younger and more diverse audience. The series is called "New Directions" - a music series at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square. "New Directions" will combine powerful music with unique theatrical elements. Grammy-nominated Alastair Willis is the Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the series. Willis is known for his strong podium presence and engaging and attractive personality. “When you come to a New Directions concert, be prepared for a unique, innovative experience that combines classical music with theater and multimedia elements in a meaningful and entertaining way. I’ve always loved music and theater and there’s a very natural connection between them. These concerts are where those two worlds meet,” Alastair Willis said.The New Directions Music …

MIAMI SEAQUARIUM ALLOWS GUESTS TO SAVE WHILE BENEFITING FLORIDA WILDLIFE

MIAMI SEAQUARIUM ALLOWS GUESTS TO SAVE WHILE BENEFITING FLORIDA WILDLIFE

Family

Published 11/7/19

 Through research, education and conservation, Sea to Shore Alliance works to protect threatened marine species such as sea turtles, manatees and whales, and improve the health and productivity of coastal environments for the benefit of people and marine life.“Community involvement is one of our main pillars on which Miami Seaquarium was founded,” said Eric Eimstad, General Manager at Miami Seaquarium. “We are happy this year to bring back this hugely successful program that will raise much needed funds for the threatened Florida manatee, who is at risk from both natural and man-made causes of injury and mortality.”Throughout the month, Miami Seaquarium will continue its dedication to the rehabilitation of manatees - the Park has been providing life-saving medical care to rescued manatees since 1955 - as well as educating the public. Early arrivers at the Sea Lion show will enjoy a special Reef Ranger presentation on manatees and what guests can do to help them. For …

Give Miami Day

Give Miami Day

Expo/Fair

Published 11/4/19

By Annie SparksGive Miami Day is a 24-hour online giving campaign that makes it easy for everyone to become a philanthropist for their favorite causes. On November 21st, individuals can select a nonprofit organization and contribute online through the GiveMiami platform. There are hundreds of nonprofits serving Miami-Dade County to choose from. This is a unique opportunity for non-profit organizations of any size to engage their supporters and join the fun for a good cause. With Bonus, Prize and Match Minutes Pools, everyone can get in on the activity. The donations are known as gifts and anyone can make them! The excitement builds as the Prize and Match Minutes Pools are announced in advance so that everyone can plan their strategy. Some may be as simple as the first to give or the most donors within a particular time frame. With a minimum donation of $25, it can be as much about engaging the donors as the actual dollars.With its own hashtag #GiveMiamiDay, everyone is …

Symphony of the Americas Bids Farewell to Iconic Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese

Symphony of the Americas Bids Farewell to Iconic Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese

Music

Published 11/4/19

By Larry SchwingelDuring the course of the season, three guest conductors, Lorenzo Turchi-Floris, Carlos Riazuelo, and Pablo Mielgo are being considered as a potential successor to the iconic Brooks-Bruzzese, and receive the coveted baton he so gracefully and skillfully used as the leader of the Symphony of the Americas. Through the years, the Maestro has compiled both domestic and international acclaim, gaining the appreciation of peers, and led hundreds of talented musicians playing compositions relevant to every genre from classical to pop. Described as “dynamic, exciting, remarkably controlled, and simultaneously free-spirited,” it is appropriate that “The Year of the Maestro” be dedicated to Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese. The Symphony of the Americas Concert Season, Matinee Series, Summerfest, and its new Serenades@ Sunset, provides audiences with a unique musical experience, and an opportunity to enjoy an amazing blend of music performed by some of the most talented …

Sophisticated Italian in an equally sophisticated ambiance

Sophisticated Italian in an equally sophisticated ambiance

Culinary

Published 11/4/19

By Daisy CabreraThe menu is truly inspired – traditional and modern, creative and diverse, expansive and impressive. Veteran restauranteur Piero Filpi (of Miami Beach’s Mezzanote and Bal Harbor’s Carpaccio fame!) expressed, “Olivia’s cuisine is a fusion of past and present. There are some recipes that have been passed down through generations, and others that take a modern twist on classic recipes.” The open, spacious setting is light, airy and welcoming: super high ceilings, muted color hues, copper light fixtures, blonde wood floors, white marble walls, comfortable seating throughout, centered large bar as a focal point and floor-to-ceiling windows draped in breezy curtains. Executive Chef Michael Vitetta shares, “The décor is inspired by the Italian coastline and Downtown Hollywood’s burgeoning, colorful art scene.” Vitetta, a graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute, worked as a Banquet Chef at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa and the Biltmore Hotel …

Seraphic Fire Preps for Another Season of Extraordinary Musical Experiences

Seraphic Fire Preps for Another Season of Extraordinary Musical Experiences

Music

Published 11/4/19

By Larry SchwingelThose words are contained in the first line of “Invocation,” an 18th century composition written by William Billings, regarded as the first American choral composer.Today, Seraphic Fire is name of a popular South Florida vocal ensemble under the leadership of Patrick Dupre´ Quigley, a talented artistic director, now entering his 18th season with the organization.“We liked the words seraphic fire and took it as our name to describe the kind of repertoire we perform, which is one dedicated to American composers that may not be that well known,” said Quigley. “It is our belief that as a professional vocal ensemble it is our responsibility and privilege to perform the wonderful music of American-born composers.”The concerts performed by the Seraphic Fire Vocal Ensemble take place in Coral Gables, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton, with music that has origins in the 18th century and embodies a commitment to seldom-heard American compositions. “Our …

Chopin Foundation of the United States Hosts the Tenth National Chopin Piano Competition as part of the 2019-2020 Season

Chopin Foundation of the United States Hosts the Tenth National Chopin Piano Competition as part of the 2019-2020 Season

Music

Published 10/11/19

In support of the Foundation’s mission to assist the career development of American pianists, its founder and president, Mrs. Blanka A. Rosenstiel decided to increase the first place prize to $100,000 based on this sentiment. “From an early age, these talented pianists are dedicated and disciplined. Their talent and hard work deserve this kind of reward and even more,” Mrs. Rosenstiel said. “The joy that their playing brings to this chaotic world is simply priceless. I hope that once the public experiences the beauty of Chopin’s music being performed so wonderfully, they too will cherish and support these fine pianists.”In addition to the $100,000 cash prize, the winner of the National Chopin Competition will automatically be accepted to compete in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. The Chopin Foundation also arranges an extensive concert tour in the U.S. and internationally for the first prize winner.The second prize winner will receive a cash prize of $30,000 …

MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN AT MDC PRESENTS  THE LECTURE-PERFORMANCE ARCHIVO VIVO BY MAPA TEATRO

MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN AT MDC PRESENTS THE LECTURE-PERFORMANCE ARCHIVO VIVO BY MAPA TEATRO

Visual Arts

Published 10/11/19

In front of projected images, documents, and video testimonies,Rolf and Heidi Abderhalden, directors of the Colombian group Mapa Teatro, will reflect on five projects in the Santa Inés district of Bogotá, also known as El Cartucho, “the cartridge.” In one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in Colombia, the extremely impoverished neighborhood was demolished, and a monumental park was constructed on its ruins. Between 2002 and 2005, Mapa Teatro recorded the destruction of the barrio while developing projects with its displaced former residents. These collaborative and communal endeavors resulted in theatrical performances, installations, and site-specific presentations that reflect Mapa Teatro's self-description as a "laboratory of the social imagination." Equally political and poetic, the lecture-performance Archivo Vivo constitutes an experimental investigation of the myths, histories, and contemporary sentiments that live within an archive.Archivo Vivo is part of …

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Kicks-Off 15th Season of CULTURE & COCKTAILS with Three Leading Cultural Executives

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Kicks-Off 15th Season of CULTURE & COCKTAILS with Three Leading Cultural Executives

Lectures/Classes

Published 10/11/19

On Monday, November 4th a Conversation with Cultural Executives: New Faces, Favorite Places kicks off with Elliot Bostwick Davis, Erin Manning, and Dr. Philip Rylands interviewed by Dave Lawrence. Elliot Bostwick Davis si the Director & CEO of the Norton Museum of Art. She joined the Norton in March after spending the past 18 years as chair of the Art of the Americas department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Erin Manning is the Executive Director of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. She came to the Whitehall mansion in 2016 from theHistorical Society of Princeton in New Jersey, where she served nine years as executive director. Dr. Philip Rylands is the President & CEO of the Society of the Four Arts. He assumes this position in September after serving as a founding director and, most recently, as Director Emeritus of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.Admission to each CULTURE & COCKTAILS event is $75 per person in advance; $85 at the door, $125 …

ICA MIAMI FALL SHOWS

ICA MIAMI FALL SHOWS

Visual Arts

Published 10/3/19

Leading a small curatorial staff, Alex Gartenfeld, Artistic Director, and Gean Moreno, Director Art + Research Center, team up to plan and execute the exhibition program, which asks, “What does the world look like in its full range?” These current shows reveal vital segments of that inquiry.Urgent to view before its October 6 closing is Paulo Nazareth’s exhibition “Melee,” which unleashes a veritable occupation force across the second floor. The Brazilian-born, Afro-Indigenous-Italian artist is internationally known for his months-long performative pilgrimages and for attacks against repressive politics and racist policies. These are especially relevant following Brazil’s election of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. In video performances, Nazareth investigates the mass “disappearances” of former protesters by digging for human remains on the grounds of a former prison camp and by lying prostrate among clusters of human skulls.Encircling the floor’s center, an …

MOCA EXHIBITION FEATURES TOP WORK FROM ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA

MOCA EXHIBITION FEATURES TOP WORK FROM ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA

Visual Arts

Published 10/3/19

“I think the introduction of guest curator Amy Galpin has been a huge asset,” MOCA executive director Chana Budgazad Sheldon says. “I’m a big admirer of the recent exhibitions she has done at the Frost with local artists.”From Miami-Dade County, the artists are Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, Domingo Castillo, Reginald O’Neal, Sebastian Ruiz, Jamilah Sabur, Misael Soto and Agustina Woodgate. Broward County artists are Jennifer Clay and Edison Peñafiel. Those from Palm Beach County are Katrina Miller and Amber Tutwiler. Monroe County artists are Nellie Appleby and Vivien Segel. “I hope people will be excited to see some of the new works by artists they are familiar with, and I also hope there will be some new names,” Galpin says. A new name for her was Reginald O’Neal, who works as a muralist. “His friends, family, the people he’s grown up with in Overtown are the inspiration for his work,” she says. “He paints in a very traditional, figurative style with …

GABLESTAGE’S RIVETING “WIESENTHAL” REMINDS US WHY WE MUST NEVER FORGET

GABLESTAGE’S RIVETING “WIESENTHAL” REMINDS US WHY WE MUST NEVER FORGET

Performing Arts

Published 10/3/19

He is also a captivating storyteller. But those stories? They will shatter your heart.“Wiesenthal,” Tom Dugan’s engrossing solo show about famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, has just opened at GableStage, ushering in Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with a timely artistic representation of a man who dedicated his life to remembrance and justice.With intricately nuanced direction by Gail Garrisan, the GableStage production stars Carbonell Award-winning actor David Kwiat, who expertly navigates the blend of humor, empathy and horror woven throughout Dugan’s 90-minute play.The conceit of the play is that Wiesenthal, then 94, has gone into his office at the Vienna Jewish Documentation Center one final time. It’s 2003, and he is about to retire – much to the relief of his wife, Cyla Müller Wiesenthal, and their daughter Paulinka Kreisberg, who is visiting from Israel. Wiesenthal has promised Cyla that he’s done hosting groups at the center. But here we are, willing listeners, so …

SPECTRUM Miami and RED DOT Miami return to Miami Art Week 2019

SPECTRUM Miami and RED DOT Miami return to Miami Art Week 2019

Visual Arts

Published 9/16/19

Both shows will cover more than 100,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space and be even more accessible for visitors on foot and by car, all within walking distance from Wynwood’s trendiest restaurants, bars and retail boutiques.   “We’re pleased to continue our unique alliance with Mana Wynwood during this year’s Miami Art Week,” says Eric Smith, president of Redwood Media Group. “Last year, we returned to Wynwood Arts District for the first time since 2015, which proved to be an overwhelming success and marked a new chapter in the evolution of Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami. With both shows now completely indoors, forming a new and improved layout, aesthetic and functionality, both exhibitors and attendees alike can look forward to an unprecedented level of luxury over the five days. We’re very excited to unveil our new look and elevated art fair experience.” Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami form the acclaimed contemporary and fine art …

“Within Interdependence” Curated by Deana Haggag at YoungArts

“Within Interdependence” Curated by Deana Haggag at YoungArts

Visual Arts

Published 9/16/19

Within Interdependence features works by 20 emerging artists, all YoungArts award winners from the past 15 years. Curated by United States Artists President & CEO Deana Haggag, the exhibition weaves together art works that focus on each artist’s connection to their bodies in a rapidly changing ecological, metaphysical and social world. Within Interdependence will remain on view through December 13, 2019 with special activations during Miami Art Week. “One of my favorite things about YoungArts is how much they understand the value of community. I love how often they bring young artists together across disciplines and geography, constantly reminding them that our field is inherently communal and made together,” says Deana Haggag. “It is in this spirit of interdependence that I was eager to gather works that touched on or were searching for connection, intimacy, and togetherness.”Within Interdependence considers ideas of interdependence, intimacy and the body-mind …

 ICONIC GUITAR HOTEL ANNOUNCES NEW ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX

ICONIC GUITAR HOTEL ANNOUNCES NEW ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX

Music

Published 9/16/19

The development of a 44,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor complex is dubbed as DAER South Florida. It is the second location and continuation of the DAER franchise, in a partnership between the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and MLS Nightclubs. Mirroring the most popular club trends from Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and beyond, DAER South Florida features three different entertainment venues – nightclub, poolside day club and rooftop destinations. Although DJ-driven pool parties have long been essential to the entertainment scene in South Florida and especially in South Beach, DAER South Florida will fully embrace the day club pool party entertainment trend that has become a magnet for millennials who visit Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and other metropolitan tourist destinations. The new complex will feature a 21,130-square-foot day club boasting a resort-style pool and two dipping pools, dotted with 13 private cabanas, daybeds, a DJ booth with a …

Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach Presents “Remix” - a Music-Inspired Curated Art Exhibit

Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach Presents “Remix” - a Music-Inspired Curated Art Exhibit

Visual Arts

Published 9/11/19

“Remix” transcends the boundaries between art and music and will be on display 24/7 from September 18, 2019, through November 30, 2019. To debut “Remix,” Sagamore Hotel will host an invitation-only Opening Reception on Wednesday, September 18th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring live musical entertainment. For the first hour of the event, guests will enjoy complimentary Champagne as they get an exclusive look at the newly curated exhibition by Sebastien Laboureau, Sagamore Hotel’s curator and resident art advisor.  “Remix” will showcase over 100 artworks from global artists, featuring a diverse array of mediums, including sculpture, photography, painting, and mixed media. Each piece on display in the rejuvenated exhibition embodies the significant impact the music industry has on society, culture, and history. “Remix” aims to redefine how music is preserved in the fine art world with inspirational works that emphasize the true beauty and artistry of the …

MIAMI CITY BALLET LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

MIAMI CITY BALLET LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

Performing Arts

Published 9/9/19

Dance has the ability to transport us to a different world - it is often thought that dancers are untouchable beings. We’re just regular human beings, who are passionate about ballet and dance and have dedicated our lives to perfecting our art form. This season is so exciting, given the variety of programs which will show how we’re able to transform ourselves throughout each piece. I welcome the challenge of our versatile programs and I am super excited to share each opportunity with you and transport you to another world.”~ Emily Bromberg, Principal Soloist“This company is truly a rare national gem–and it’s Miami’s own. As one of the top ballet companies, it gives us the distinct opportunity to work one-on-one with world renowned choreographers like Alexei Ratmansky, Twyla Tharp and Justin Peck. MCB is so diverse artistically, and this season is a beautiful showcase of that range.”  ~ Samantha Galler, SoloistBalanchine meets Broadway in …

CUBAN-INSPIRED COCKTAILS MEET CONTEMPORARY CUISINE

CUBAN-INSPIRED COCKTAILS MEET CONTEMPORARY CUISINE

Culinary

Published 9/5/19

By Daisy CabreraAs Hispanic Heritage Month is upon us, we’re thrilled to feature an old school meets new school restaurant that sits in the heart of Little Havana - Café La Trova. Showcasing Cuban and globally-inspired dishes with a unique, modern approach, it’s headed by the renown Maestro CantineroJulio Cabrera alongside James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein and her restaurateur-husband David Martinez. The Cuban-born Cabrera, who grew up watching his father bartend, found his calling as a “Cantinero” - an expert bartender who thoughtfully creates craft cocktails while fashioning the drinking experience into a stylish and sophisticated one. His resume is worldly, extensive and impressive: working across multiple countries, winning several cocktail competitions, and representing top shelf spirits. The result of his collaboration with Chef Bernstein at her previous establishment, Sra. Martinez was prestigious recognition as “one of the 100 best bars in America.” …

DANCE ON CANVAS

DANCE ON CANVAS

Visual Arts

Published 9/5/19

Italian painter Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo had a knack for depicting aspects of everyday life. “A Dance in the Country” shows a troupe of performers dancing and playing music. The focus of the piece is on the vibrantly-colored dancers shown in mid-step against a background of viewers dressed in muted tones. You could almost hear the music blaring in the background as a band bangs on horns and stringsThe several representations of Isadora DuncanIsadora Duncan had a profound effect on the painter Abraham Walkowitz. Duncan was a prominent dancer, achieving acclaim throughout Europe. Walkowitz said of Duncan “She had no laws. She did not dance according to the rules. She created. Her body was music. It was a body electric.” While Walkowitz painted subjects other than Isadora Duncan – she was certainly his muse. He uses a gestural style and delicate colors to evoke the groundbreaking, sentural and contravercial flair of this legendary dance pioneer.Location: Metropolitan Museum of …

Miami's Flamenco Scene

Miami's Flamenco Scene

Performing Arts

Published 9/5/19

The origins of flamenco dancing are both old an mysterious. Some would argue that the sizzlingly energetic, exuberantly theatrical dance originates from 15th century Andalusia. Others would vouch that tracing its origins is a trivial quest: the contemporaneous iterations are much more worthwhile. This is the school of thought Ilisa Rosal, the founder of leading Miami-based dance studio Flamenco La Rosa subscribes to. Mixing the traditional exquisitely delicate movements, fierce golpe (or footsteps), carefully-timed palmas (hand-clapping) and stirring pitos (finger-snapping) with more upbeat, modern influences ranging from hip hop, ballet, and Afro-Haitian elements, is Rosal's forte. She has established her studio as the pioneer of a radically new approach to the curiousity-inducing dance. Rosal insists on immersive experiences, staging casual, lively shows where every member of the audience plays an integral part. Swearing by a communal ethos, her dancers take pride in spreading …

Come Dance With Us!

Come Dance With Us!

Performing Arts

Published 9/5/19

Have you ever left a show wondering whether you could recreate the experience, if there was a way to master the sophisticated movements of a ballerina, or the sensuous, gestures of a salsa dancer? If the answer is yes, you’ve come to the right place. This article will introduce you to dance classes where your dreams can come true, and where you are encouraged to fulfill your inner potential. Fortunately, Miami has no shortage of first-class expertise when it comes to dance. With a vast variety of cultural centers running some of the most intriguing classes, the only problem you’ll have is combatting the sheer frustration of having to make a choice. From Haitian Folklore Dance Classes to Soca Sweat Dance, there’s practically no dance form you couldn’t try. For those who have been eager to perfect the arabesque, the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami might be the most-favorable starting point. Held weekly at the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Centre, the classes cater to …

Fall in love with timeless Alegría

Fall in love with timeless Alegría

Performing Arts

Published 8/27/19

From December 20, 2019 - January 26, 2020, audiences are invited under the Big Top next to Hard Rock Stadium to fall in love with timeless Alegría - a true Cirque du Soleil classic story of resilience and hope reinterpreted through today’s creative lens.A production destined to change the history of the company, Cirque du Soleil first presented Alegría in April 1994, launching an emblematic show that was to win over more than 14 million spectators in 255 cities in 19 years of touring through the end of 2013. The show’s theme song, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1995 and continues to be a fan favorite, is the most listened-to Cirque du Soleil song on YouTube.In light of its 25th anniversary, Cirque du Soleil is revisiting its legendary Alegría through today’s lens -including new costumes and set design, a renewed acrobatic vocabulary, and new musical arrangements - to ensure it is as inspiring now as it was at the time of its creation in 1994. With its signature …

‘THE OTHER SIDE OF NOW’ LOOKS TO THE FUTURE OF THE CARIBBEAN

‘THE OTHER SIDE OF NOW’ LOOKS TO THE FUTURE OF THE CARIBBEAN

Visual Arts

Published 8/27/19

The latest Caribbean-focused exhibit at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, “The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art,” assembles work by 14 artists from the region and its diaspora. The show takes a slightly different tack from exhibits delineating connections between Caribbean past and present. It considers the future, as well, particularly following recent natural disasters in the region. The Pérez has commissioned several new works for this exhibit. They include Lavar Munroe’s “Rehearsal for Reconstruction,” compelling for its translucent overlay of figures that mysteriously seem to shift in space, resisting predictable definition. “Certainly, a lot of people say that the Caribbean is ground zero for climate change,” says María Elena Ortiz, who curated this show in collaboration with scholar Marsha Pearce of University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. However, Ortiz adds, “I was talking to an economist last year, and he was …

THEATER SEASON PREVIEW: ‘AMERICAN SON,’ ‘THE CUBANS’ AND MORE ‘MIAMI MOTEL STORIES’

THEATER SEASON PREVIEW: ‘AMERICAN SON,’ ‘THE CUBANS’ AND MORE ‘MIAMI MOTEL STORIES’

Performing Arts

Published 8/27/19

As these and other writers blossomed, South Florida theaters brought greater focus to premiering new works. Those companies and Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs launched developmental programs, giving playwrights the opportunity to hone their scripts and theater lovers the chance to be among the first to experience a play that might wind up on Broadway (as Cruz’s “Anna in the Tropics,” Demos-Brown’s “American Son” and McCraney’s “Choir Boy” did) or off-Broadway (as McKeever’s “Daniel’s Husband” and “After” did last season).Both the Arsht Center-based Zoetic Stage in Miami and Miami New Drama at Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre have the nurturing of new work as a key part of their theatrical DNA. But the two companies won’t be alone in bringing fresh theater to Miami-Dade stages during the 2019-2020 season. Here’s a brief look at some of the key productions on the horizon, in order of their openings.Christopher Demos-Brown’s …

UPCOMING DANCE SEASON IN MIAMI WILL OFFER ADVENTURE AND RISK

UPCOMING DANCE SEASON IN MIAMI WILL OFFER ADVENTURE AND RISK

Performing Arts

Published 8/23/19

1. Los Angeles-based Diavolo presents “Architecture in Motion,” the company’s eye-popping slant on dance athleticism as urban landscapes crash around them. Think Cirque du Soleil meets the movie “Inception” with lots of split-second escapes — bring the teens. Oct. 12 at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art2. Long heralded as the best-kept dance secret in Miami, Brigid Baker’s choreographies have shifted their fair share of audience life paths. Her company Wholeproject will perform “Remain in Light,” from the 1980 David Byrne-Brian Eno album of the same name. Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at Miami-Dade County Auditorium’s On.Stage Black.Box theater. 3. Miami and Madrid currently vie for the title of best in international flamenco. Discover why with “Flamencas en la Luz” when master flamenco artist Clarita Filgueras and company Flamenco Puro tap out machine-gun rhythms only an arm’s length away. Nov. 9-10 in South Miami-Dade …

Two Month Miami Spice = Twice As Nice!

Two Month Miami Spice = Twice As Nice!

Culinary

Published 8/8/19

By Daisy CabreraEnough to whet any foodie's appetite, GMCVB hosted an exclusive Miami Spice Kickoff & Heritage Showcase on July 31 at Jungle Island. Miami Spice is part of their Miami Temptations year-round program which includes Miami Arts & Heritage Months, Miami Health & Wellness Months, Miami Attractions & Museums Months, Miami Hotels Months, Miami Spa Months and Miami Entertainment Months.“Over the course of 18 years, the ‘Miami Spice’ program has evolved into a culinary movement celebrating the best in Greater Miami’s food scene” said GMCVB President and CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. “We’re thrilled this program not only gives diners the opportunity to sample signature dishes by world-class chefs but also offers exceptional seasonal savings to visitors and locals alike.”The well-attended sneak preview of the two-month culinary celebration was buzzing with excitement, art activations, and hungry guests visiting rows upon rows of restaurant …

What’s Hotter Than a Scorching July in Miami? Swim Week!

What’s Hotter Than a Scorching July in Miami? Swim Week!

Expo/Fair

Published 8/1/19

By Daisy CabreraNaturally, the Insta-worthy festivities overflowed with runway presentations, state-of-art tents and lounges, luxurious pampering, shopping galore, ultra cool pop-up stores, swank satellite venues, live entertainment, coveted swag, fun activations, after parties, exclusive trade shows, and more. It was a sweltering soirée of top lifestyle brands and industry leaders in fashion, beauty and wellness courting the crowds.Paraiso Miami Beach, which officially took over Miami Swim Week, celebrated its second year with plenty of great programming. “It was incredible to see so many new and familiar faces attending over 45 events at Paraiso Miami Beach. Growing the platform into a consumer-driven festival was just the first step in the right direction, that fused a new lifestyle component to the swim and resort-wear industries,” said Aleksander Stojanovic, co-founder of Paraiso Miami Beach. “Our runway shows represented a new standard in both, beauty and guest …

Broadway in Broward

Broadway in Broward

Performing Arts

Published 7/29/19

“I have been producing theatre year-round in Florida for over 26 years and am most notably known for Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on the west coast in Fort Myers,” Will Prather, Prather Productions owner and Executive Producer said recently. “While I have also produced national and international tours, it has been a goal of mine to have a consistent presence on the east coast of Florida. The opportunity to partner with LPAC couldn’t have come at a better time, and all of us at Prather Productions are extremely excited to bring together our creative team and the incredible local talent that the east coast of Florida has to offer.”LPAC's General Manager, Amanda Segur agrees: “I am thrilled to be a part of the team working to bring Broadway musicals back to the LPAC stage,” she says. “Working with Prather Productions is going to be an exciting, creative, artistic adventure, and the City of Lauderhill is extremely pleased to have forged this new relationship. We are …

2ND ANNUAL FORWARD MOTION PHYSICALLY INTEGRATED DANCE FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE COMING TO MIAMI

2ND ANNUAL FORWARD MOTION PHYSICALLY INTEGRATED DANCE FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE COMING TO MIAMI

Performing Arts

Published 7/29/19

They are part of an exciting and growing approach to performance that is inclusive of those with and without disabilities and seeks to redefine dance vocabulary and the way in which choreographers use the human body. Produced by Florida’s own groundbreaking integrated dance pioneers, Karen Peterson and Dancers, the second festival (September 25-28, 2019) promises to be even more exciting than last year’s first edition, featuring some of the best dance companies of any kind, in performance, in discussion and holding workshops.“We are so excited to continue this unique event for a second year, one that truly breaks open our ideas of what contemporary dance can be,” says Karen Peterson, Founder and Artistic Director of both her own Karen Peterson and Dancers company, and the Forward Motion event. “Working with these artists, who are pushing the boundaries of their own physical and audience expectations, gives us a glimpse of a world built on diversity and inclusion that is rich …

INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI TAKES A LEAP FORWARD

INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI TAKES A LEAP FORWARD

Performing Arts

Published 7/29/19

“Among several programs this year,” artistic director Eriberto Jimenez says, “we’re taking the festival to the streets.”For this 24th edition, the second after the passing of founder Pedro Pablo Peña, the festival will explore novel ways to heighten its community profile without abandoning a well-established format of presentations. The closing galas with their standard assortment of venerable pas de deux — a candy box of classicism ballet fans crave — remain central to the lineup. But a wider inclusion of contemporary works, some presented at unusual venues, may freshen up the offerings and foster new fans. “It surprises me how even after all this time, there are still people — even art lovers out there — who don’t know exactly what we’re about,” Jimenez remarks. Of course, he wants to stand by his devoted audience, inveterate lovers of the regal bearing and technical fireworks found in duet after duet taken from the vault of ballet’s golden …

 ‘MURDER FOR TWO’ AT ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE ISN’T KILLER, BUT IT GETS THE JOB DONE

‘MURDER FOR TWO’ AT ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE ISN’T KILLER, BUT IT GETS THE JOB DONE

Performing Arts

Published 7/29/19

The Joe Kinosian-Kellen Blair musical has a history. Created in 2011 in Chicago, where it won the Joseph Jefferson Award as best new musical, the show had an off-Broadway run in 2013, a national tour and multiple regional productions. Martin Landry, who plays the musical’s multiple suspects and serves as the production’s musical director, made his “Murder for Two” debut in the national tour and performed the show at eight theaters in seven states before hitting the stage in Coral Gables. Mark Schenfisch, who plays an aspiring detective, has also done multiple productions of the show.That the actors, who must also be excellent pianists, have done the show before is a blessing for a couple of reasons. Schenfisch replaced a previously announced performer just a week before the show opened, and it’s doubtful that someone new to the intricacies of themusical could have mastered it and achieved a chemistry with Landry in such a short time. Moreover, the frenetic, 100-minute …

‘SKELETON CREW’ WORKS ON MANY LEVELS AT GABLESTAGE

‘SKELETON CREW’ WORKS ON MANY LEVELS AT GABLESTAGE

Performing Arts

Published 7/29/19

The Detroit Project, three linked plays by MacArthur “genius” grant winner Morisseau, consists of “Detroit ’67” (a 2013 drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots), “Paradise Blue” (a 2015 play set in the city’s Black Bottom neighborhood in 1949) and 2016’s “Skeleton Crew,” a four-character drama set in the break room of an auto stamping plant as the 2008 economic downturn is starting to hit the city hard.GableStage is now bringing Morisseau’s words and insights to life in a new production of “Skeleton Crew,” a play that is both powerfully specific and more broadly resonant. The black, working-class folks toiling in this relatively small plant where metal is turned into car parts worry about so many things: putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their heads, pressured personal lives, building a better future, losing their jobs. Who can’t relate?This time, artistic director Joseph Adler has entrusted the production to Haitian-American actor, writer …

					 BROADWAY FANS CAN EXPERIENCE SIX HIT MUSICALS, INCLUDING HAMILTON, FOR LESS THAN $43* PER SHOW WITH NEW “VIEW FROM TOP” SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGE

BROADWAY FANS CAN EXPERIENCE SIX HIT MUSICALS, INCLUDING HAMILTON, FOR LESS THAN $43* PER SHOW WITH NEW “VIEW FROM TOP” SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGE

Performing Arts

Published 7/29/19

The 14th season of showcasing Broadway’s greatest hits in the Ziff Ballet Opera House is power-packed with musical blockbusters. The 2019/2020 Broadway in Miami season is anchored by the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” which will play its premiere Miami engagement for a limited 4- week run (February 18 - March 15, 2020). Three additional premieres include “Fiddler on the Roof” (October 29 - November 3, 2019), Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (January 1 -5, 2020), and “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” (May 12 - 17, 2020). Plus an exciting new production of the classic “Miss Saigon” (April 7 - 12, 2020) and the iconic musical phenomenon, “Jesus Christ Superstar” (June 23 - 28, 2020).The View From The Top subscription package starts at $253 and offers a convenient payment plan with no fees which includes the option to break up the cost of the package into three easy payments. To become a View From The Top season ticket holder, visit …

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, CO-FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE NEW WORLD SYMPHONY, TO RECEIVE 42ND ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, CO-FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE NEW WORLD SYMPHONY, TO RECEIVE 42ND ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS

Music

Published 7/29/19

Co-founded by Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison - the New World Symphony is a laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced. NWS consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS’ extensive distance learning via the internet. NWS Fellows take advantage of the innovative performance facilities and state-of-the art practice and ensemble rooms of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony. In the hopes of joining NWS, more than 1,500 recent music school and conservatory graduates compete for about 35 available fellowships each year. The Fellows are selected for this highly competitive, prestigious opportunity …

INAUGURAL STRINGS & PIANO FESTIVAL LAUNCHES IN MIAMI

INAUGURAL STRINGS & PIANO FESTIVAL LAUNCHES IN MIAMI

Music

Published 7/16/19

Josef Gingold’s principal exponent, Cuban-born violinist Andrés Cárdenes, leads the festival as Music Director.Fifty-five students from around the world descend on Miami for intensive study with 18 faculty members from top conservatories (such as Juilliard, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Colburn School, and St. Petersburg Conservatory, among others) and orchestras (such as New York Philharmonic, Dallas and Pittsburgh Symphonies, among others).Public concerts occur during the 2019 festival featuring violinists Andrés Cárdenes and Gary Levinson, pianists Alexandre Moutouzkine and Alon Goldstein, cellists Andrés Diaz and Anne Martindale Williams, violists Paul Coletti and Michael Klotz, and other prestigious artists. This is a unique opportunity in Miami to hear some of the world’s foremost classical musicians in an intimate setting this summer.Further, the three-week educational program offers master classes, career management symposia, and lectures on …

John Leguizamo brings hilarity with much needed history lesson

John Leguizamo brings hilarity with much needed history lesson

Performing Arts

Published 7/7/19

Hear that school bell? It’s the start of class and professor John Leguizamo is about to educate South Florida on 3,000 years of American Latino history (from the Aztec empire to Pitbull!) And, the comedian/actor/producer/playwright is as outrageously funny, uncensored and on point as ever before.Written by and starring Leguizamo, “Latin History for Morons” enlightens, empowers and entertains beyond measure. This one-man solo play, directed by Tony Taccone, comes to the Adrienne Arsht Center stage on July 12-14. Other leading comedic talent who have graced the performance destination include Billy Crystal, Joan Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Jay Leno, John Mulaney, Eddie Izzard, Louis CK, Gad Elmaleh, and Dame Edna Everage.Latinos are the second oldest ethnic group in America after Native Americans, yet remain invisible in many ways. “I grew up without seeing people who looked like me on screen, on stage, or in textbooks,” said Leguizamo. …

Caribbean305 was a night of carousing, cuisine and culture

Caribbean305 was a night of carousing, cuisine and culture

Culinary

Published 7/1/19

By Daisy CabreraThe 3rd annual Caribbean305 on June 22 was a festive representation of the region’s offerings: warm hospitality and generous smiles; traditionally-dressed moko jumbies stilt walkers; deliciously elevated culinary bites; refreshing handcrafted cocktails; and colorful Carnival dancers in head-to-toe bright feathers, and shiny sequins.“This year, Caribbean305 is in a new venue - Mana Wynwood - as it allows us to accommodate for the growth we have seen with this event year after year,” said Matthew Cooper, Chief Marketing Officer for Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). “Wynwood is one of Miami's most eclectic districts known for dynamic street art and as an enclave for Caribbean immigrants, so it was the perfect location to showcase a new and improved Caribbean305. As well, this year we had some wonderful national companies as sponsors, including Monster Energy and Belvedere.” Also new to the event was the ‘2019 Contemporary Caribbean Individual …

SUN, SAND, SEA AND SULTRY RUM RECIPES

SUN, SAND, SEA AND SULTRY RUM RECIPES

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

By Daisy CabreraFrom India, Japan, Mozambique and Australia to France, Spain, Denmark and Germany - rum is made around the world in more countries that we can count. As the first branded spirit ever made, the top-selling rums hail from across the Caribbean and Latin America regions. Puerto Rico leads the way, producing over 70 percent of rums sold in the U.S.July 21 would have been Ernest Hemingway’s 120th birthday. The great writer was a big lover of mojitos, and rum in general. In fact, a Cuban bartender created the “Papa Doble” drink in his honor, which Hemingway referred to as a “Double Frozen Daiquiri” and famously wrote, “This frozen daiquiri, so well beaten as it is, looks like the sea where the wave falls away from the bow of a ship when she is doing thirty knots.” In his honor, and in celebration of National Rum Day on August 16, we gathered up some hand-crafted cocktail recipes from beloved Latin restaurants for your enjoyment.Tucked away in South Beach, …

DUCK DUCK GOOSE: A FEAST OF FLAVORFUL FOWL

DUCK DUCK GOOSE: A FEAST OF FLAVORFUL FOWL

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

By Daisy CabreraBirds of a feather flock together... and so they did! Local foodies gathered ‘round to celebrate a galore of creative, mouth-watering bites as a stellar lineup of masters threw down.The all-star headliners read like a marquis of gastronomic gurus:• Brad Kilgore (Kilgore Culinary, Brava by Brad Kilgore, Kaido, AMA, Alter, Ember)• José Mendín (Pubbelly)• Brian Mullins (Ms. Cheezious)• Scott Linquist (Coyo Taco)• Nicole Votano (FOH Inc.)• Douglas Rodriguez (Alma de Cuba)• Clark Bowen (Boulud Sud Miami)• Fabian Di Paolo (Cvltvra)• Melanie and Jason Schoendorfer (Babe’s Meat Counter)• James Strine (Trophy Room)• Andrew Zarzosa (Yuzu)• Nando and Valerie Chang (Itamae)• Steve Santana (Off Site)• Tom Bils and Joshua Gonzalez (Mama's Boys)• Alex Meyer and Luciana Giangrandi (La Pollita)• Santiago Gómez (Cantina la 20)• Carlos García (Obra Kitchen Table)• Pablo Zitzmann (No Name Chinese)• Alissa Frice (Frice Cream)• Sasha Ullman …

UNCORK A SUPERB TIME AT THE BLIND MONK

UNCORK A SUPERB TIME AT THE BLIND MONK

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

By Daisy CabreraGeneral Manager and Cicerone Jason Hunt describes the overall concept, “When Ben Lubin started The Blind Monk, he wanted to create a transportive, Zen-like place where guests can come, relax and forget about the stresses of the outside world.” Since opening nine years ago, the bar has committed to excellence - constantly improving their menu offerings, staff knowledge and level of service.What began as an offbeat wine bar on a quiet downtown side street has become one of the leaders in the fine wine and food scene in the county. Today, The Blind Monk is recognized as one of the top 15 wine bars in the nation by Travel & Leisure. Here you’ll see beers that you don’t see at most bars - new and seasonal releases, and classic craft and import beers. With a spectrum of different beer styles, they spotlight beers that are chosen as world-class examples of their style. In turn, The Blind Monk’s eclectic and artisanal food philosophy presents a thoughtful …

A COCKTAIL CONNOISSEUR’S IDEA OF HEAVEN?  DRINK MIAMI!

A COCKTAIL CONNOISSEUR’S IDEA OF HEAVEN? DRINK MIAMI!

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

By Daisy CabreraAnd, what an incredible oasis of creative libations it was. Off we merrily go! Throughout the property’s rooms, bungalows, courtyards, gardens and upstairs at 27 Restaurant - leading brands served up interactive stylish settings, dynamic décor, and completely decked-out experiences paired with specialty drinks much to the delight of 750 guests. As travelers were transported through the uniquely different encounters, collecting passport stamps all the while, they enjoyed showcased craft cocktails that highlighted the very best Miami has to offer.Co-founders and partners Gabe Urrutia and Giovanny Gutierrez said, “DRINK Miami says a lot about how Miami's drinking culture has evolved. Many always thought of Miami as a vacation spot with big colorful frozen daiquiris and mojitos, but we house some of the best bars in the world. Miami is a melting pot of cultures that lends itself to think outside the box, and create some extraordinary tastes and flavors. Look at our …

ABFF GOES BEYOND BEING A FILM FESTIVAL

ABFF GOES BEYOND BEING A FILM FESTIVAL

Festivals

Published 6/28/19

By Daisy Cabrera“Twenty-three years ago, there were only fifteen of us working behind the scenes and about 100 attendees. Today, we’ve become the premiere event for Black Hollywood and host more than 8,000 attendees every festival,” said ABFF Ventures’ Founder and CEO, Jeff Friday. “Initially, I had the thought that we needed a space to collaborate with each other and have time to celebrate each other and our upcoming projects. That vision has not only led to some amazing collaborations but also birthed a legacy of identifying emerging talent and solidified a strong presence within the Miami Beach, Miami, and Dade County communities with our community outreach efforts.”With celebrity ambassador La La Anthony in tow, ABFF brought together a jam-packed audience of up-and-coming, next generation producers, writers, actors, showrunners, editors, composers, creatives, photographers and directors. Anthony said, “We have proven that we support each other. We watch our films and …

HERE PIGGY PIGGY! COCHON555 WAS A PORK LOVER’S DREAM COME TRUE.

HERE PIGGY PIGGY! COCHON555 WAS A PORK LOVER’S DREAM COME TRUE.

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

 For the 7th year, the national Cochon555 competition returned to Miami on May 19 to serve up a gourmet experience in an entertaining and inspiring setting. Founder Brady Lowe shared: “Miami is one of the stops that we love. It has always been very welcoming to the tour and continues to grow year after year. It brings another twist to our tour as it is one of our more Latin-influenced stops, which we love to include the diversity into our lineup for Grand Cochon.”The hyper-local competition featured five chefs cooking five whole heritage breed pigs, alongside five sommeliers and five barkeeps. Beyond showcasing talent, the organization highlights the agricultural importance of heritage breed pigs and promotes local family farming. Not sure what a heritage breed pig is? Lowe explains, “Consumers should understand that the difference between commodity pork and heritage breed pig are: heritage breed pigs are raised in pastures, free roaming, are fed specific feed depending …

Wine Spectator's Grand Tour Miami Was a Whirlwind of Wine

Wine Spectator's Grand Tour Miami Was a Whirlwind of Wine

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

They say life is too short to drink bad wine, and we couldn't agree more. Known as the world’s leading authority on wine, Wine Spectator uses a 100-point rating scale to determine the qualities of a wine, and “outstanding” wines are those rated 90 points or higher.Naturally, Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour Miami presented only the very best of the best - “outstanding” flagship wines from 244 leading wineries across 17 countries. Seasoned experts poured their exceptional wines, and offered valuable insight on their estates and wine-growing regions. >From grape to glass, there was much to learn here.“Wine Spectator's blind tasting methodology is designed to eliminate bias and preconceptions about what a wine *should* be and instead to focus on what's in the glass. Our tasters consider the different elements of a wine and how they fit together--the flavor range, the structure, the style--and we try to describe these components to our readers in the tasting note and with the …

At the Table With Miami's Top Chefs

At the Table With Miami's Top Chefs

Culinary

Published 6/28/19

By Daisy CabreraThe New York Times named Chef Michelle Bernstein “One of Miami's Culinary Stars” and we couldn’t agree more. A Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, she is a leading author, philanthropist, caterer, and Emmy award winner: PBS 2’s Check, Please! South Florida and ABC 10’s SoFlo Taste. With husband David Martinez, the chef and restaurateur embarked on her latest endeavor - Café La Trova. Hailed as “One of America’s Best New Restaurants” by GQ, the Cuban-inspired bar and café in Little Havana combines innovative and traditional Cuban-style and technique. Chef Bernstein is a James Beard Award winner.Lots of buzz surrounding Chef Hemant Mathur, and with good reason. The impressive Tandoor master, who is fluent in five languages, has graced prestigious eateries in Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata, Berlin, and worked as a private chef in Mexico. In NYC alone, Chef Mathur opened Tamarind, Diwan Grill, Amma, and two Michelin-starred restaurants - Devi and Tulsi. …

The Lowe Receives Generous Donation Gift From Beaux Arts

The Lowe Receives Generous Donation Gift From Beaux Arts

Visual Arts

Published 6/19/19

This gift follows a long history of support from Beaux Arts, the largest benefactor of the Lowe. Through major fundraising initiatives such as the annual Beaux Arts Ball (which this year will be held on November 16 at the Coconut Grove Ritz Carlton) and Festival of Art (next occurring on February 14-16, 2020) on the University of Miami’s campus, Beaux Arts has raised over $6 million dollars since its foundation in 1952. It has also provided funding for the purchase of over fifty art works for the Lowe’s permanent collection, which now comprises more than 19,250 objects that collectively represent five millennia of human creativity on every inhabited continent.Aubrie Andrea, the President of Beaux Arts, says “Over nearly 70 years, Beaux Arts has worked to establish the tradition and a culture of supporting the arts here in Miami and South Florida. On behalf of our organization and personally as the 67th President of Beaux Arts, I can say that we greatly appreciate all that UM and …

CAP Summer Concert Series brings Jason Marsalis, Bria Skonberg and others to Coral Gables

CAP Summer Concert Series brings Jason Marsalis, Bria Skonberg and others to Coral Gables

Music

Published 6/19/19

From June through August, the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ presents its 34th annual series of jazz and classical concerts, welcoming world-renowned artists to its historic building across from the Biltmore Hotel. In addition to the big names, concertgoers will have a chance to see stars of the future as Miami-Dade County students from the church’s Community Arts Program (CAP) perform on opening night. And the public can join the students in master classes presented by several of the series’ performers.The first show, on June 13, features Tony Desare, who’s had three albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard jazz chart. Named a rising-star male vocalist some years back by the jazz magazine Downbeat, he’ll perform standards and classics. The CAP Miami Jazz Institute All-Star Jazz Ensemble will open the show. The group is one of several made up of youngsters who study at the CAP Conservatory of the Arts, which offers instruction on a sliding fee …

Make Music Miami welcomes summer with free live music across the county

Make Music Miami welcomes summer with free live music across the county

Music

Published 6/19/19

Why? It’s all part of Make Music Day, an international celebration of the summer solstice, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. The event started in Paris in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, and it’s since spread across the world. Here, it’s known as Make Music Miami, and it’s growing exponentially.“This is a local edition of what is an international celebration delivering music to welcome summer in over a thousand cities around the world,” says Justin Trieger, who is a composer, sound designer and co-founder of Buskerfest Miami, the main organizer of Make Music Miami. “It’s been celebrated in Miami for almost 20 years. However, prior to our organization taking a leadership role two years ago, it was much more celebrated in pockets around the city. There were certain events happening in places like the Little Haiti Cultural Center and the French Embassy here. But the departure we’re taking from that is, we’re trying to make it a countywide call …

Purvis Young and the hope and risk of new beginnings

Purvis Young and the hope and risk of new beginnings

Visual Arts

Published 6/19/19

A culturally arrogant term, “outsider” no longer clings to Young’s art and career like stubborn lint. The late artist’s powerful work distinguishes permanent collections of national museums. It’s imbued with a fervent need to underscore social injustice, a need rooted in protest movements of the 1960s. In these polarized days of the 21st century, stained by bigotry and gun violence, Young’s art remains painfully relevant.Sure to polish his reputation even further are showings of Young’s work this year in Miami and at the Venice Biennial in Italy, the pinnacle of art-world prestige. The grand, sometimes controversial, international showcase spotlights arguably the most compelling art for its time. At the Palazzo Mora for this year’s Biennial, a gathering of Young’s multimedia work from the 1980s, organized by Skot Foreman Gallery in New York, is on view through late fall. In Miami, the Rubell Museum in Wynwood is presenting “Purvis Young,” with over 100 …

Start Chopin: Festival explores work of complicated composer

Start Chopin: Festival explores work of complicated composer

Music

Published 6/19/19

But what a difficult person under all that fame! “His character was indeed not easily understood,” composer Franz Liszt observed in “Life of Chopin,” his 1863 biography of his one-time close friend turned frenemy. “A thousand subtle shades, mingling, crossing, contradicting and disguising each other, rendered it almost undecipherable at a first view. Like the twisted folds of a serpent rolled upon itself, their feelings are half hidden, half revealed.”Or consider his dissing of longtime lover and novelist George Sand. During their storm-tossed affair, Sand frequently set aside her writing to nurse back to health the chronically ill composer during what would be his most productive period. Chopin’s works teem with dedications to women, but none honor Sand. Frank Cooper, a University of Miami musicologist and emeritus research professor, explains that for all his celebrity, Chopin concealed some raging insecurities. For instance, he wasn’t even the most famous Polish …

Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art

Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art

Visual Arts

Published 5/29/19

The artworks in this pioneering show making its world premiere at the Boca Raton Museum of Art take viewers on a deeper dive into adult realms, tackling some of today’s thorniest issues: politics, divisiveness, immigration, racial prejudice, planetary climate armageddon, feminism, LGBTQ rights, religion, gender, and more.Most assume comics are primarily intended for children, usually featuring super heroes as evidenced by today’s popular films – but this exhibition is decidedly for adults. The only references to superheroes in this show are by Renee Cox (whose Jamaican anti-racist avenger Raje does not wear a cape), and Luca Buvoli’s animation Not-a-Superhero.The show features more than 80 works by 40 artists: paintings, video, photography, sculpture, prints, drawings, and tapestries.Rare comics will also be shown, plus contemporary animation and rarely seen historic cartoons from the early 1900s on vintage TVs.“Beyond the Cape delves into the world of comics and graphic …

ASTRID HADAD UPENDS CULTURAL CONVENTIONS AT THE COLONY THEATRE

ASTRID HADAD UPENDS CULTURAL CONVENTIONS AT THE COLONY THEATRE

Performing Arts

Published 5/29/19

Backed by her band Los Tarzanes, and using “songs and filthy humor,” as she coyly described it before breaking into a laugh during a recent interview, Hadad often makes her points with broad strokes. Still, have your fun, but keep a wary eye. Not every message arrives in a campy postcard image or a clever punch line. She also knows how to use humor like a stiletto, and before you know it, the stage is full of punctured certainties and deflated icons. She’s a champion for women, and the struggles for their place and image in a patriarchal society is a running theme in her work. Hadad will bring “I Am Made in Mexico,” a sampler of several of her shows, Saturday, June 1, to the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. The performance is presented by Fundarte as part of its Out in the Tropics 2019 program.Born in Chetumal, on the Atlantic coast of Mexico, in a family with Lebanese roots, Hadad studied Political Science for two years at the National Autonomous University of Mexico …

SUMMER SHORTS SQUEEZES BIG IDEAS INTO LITTLE PLAYS AT THE ARSHT CENTER

SUMMER SHORTS SQUEEZES BIG IDEAS INTO LITTLE PLAYS AT THE ARSHT CENTER

Performing Arts

Published 5/29/19

A police trainee has to make a split-second decision about shooting a black man with a briefcase that may or may not hold a gun. A housewife has an existential crisis in her supermarket’s frozen food aisle. A woman from HR has her most challenging assignment to date: giving sexual harassment training to a trio of Vikings. As climate change is doing its worst, a regular guy is building an ark, per the Big Man Upstairs.“This year, we have a lot of things on our minds,” says Margaret M. Ledford, the company’s artistic director. “If nothing else, we should have the difficult conversations.”The festival, which previews Thursday-Friday, May 30-31, before its official opening at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in the Carnival Studio Theater at Miami’s Arsht Center, was the brainchild of Susan Westfall, Stephanie Norman and Elena Wohl. Then, they were three theater professionals with young children. Now, both their real kids and their artistic baby are all grown-up, and Westfall …

HOW COLOMBIAN ARTIST BEATRIZ GONZÁLEZ GOT SERIOUS

HOW COLOMBIAN ARTIST BEATRIZ GONZÁLEZ GOT SERIOUS

Visual Arts

Published 5/29/19

Leavening high-end irony with lightweight kitsch, González has painted an industrial-strength, restaurant-size tray with the cheery Sun Maid, using enamel to mimic commercial printing. Print media, including advertising and newspapers with sensational stories bearing headlines and captions such as “Murdered Woman at Lodging. Could Not Be Identified,” have long piqued the 80-year-old artist’s populist imagination.“Sun Maid” betrays no nuanced color akin to those found in icons of European art by Vermeer and Velásquez, whom González admired when studying art history in the early 1960s in her native Colombia. The tray itself matches the one cradled by the iconic “spokeswoman” for Sun-Maid Growers, a California-based dried-fruit processor known worldwide.The piece captures the artist’s wry sense of humor. Both spooky and cheery, González’s Sun Maid sports green teeth and green sclera, the white part of the eye. It is just one of many examples of the artist’s wit …

AT THE BASS MUSEUM, SHEILA HICKS’ FABRIC OF LIFE

AT THE BASS MUSEUM, SHEILA HICKS’ FABRIC OF LIFE

Visual Arts

Published 5/29/19

The exhibition “Campo Abierto (Open Field),” on view through Sept. 29 at the Bass museum in Miami Beach, is rich in surprises, but not all are the pieces flashy. Many of the works are muted in color and relatively flat. Hicks’ genius derives from her ability to masterfully evoke water currents (“Seal Beach,” “Pêcher dans la Rivière”), re-create the majesty and solidity of an ancient masonry arch (“Moroccan Prayer Rug”), suggest drips and misty veils (“Silk Rainforest”) and spin sensuous flow in “Menhir,” a luxuriant blend of braided and wrapped brown, gold, copper and blue. In one series of exquisitely subtle chromatic gradients she uses the deceptively simple technique of winding dyed linen yarns around rectangular stretchers. The exhibition spans five decades and presents an artist who’s constantly experimenting and whose aesthetic, though coherent, doesn’t follow a simple trajectory. Along with Lenore Tawney, Jack Lenor Larsen, …

AT MAINLY MOZART FESTIVAL, RARELY HEARD WORKS PERFORMED BY AMERNET STRING QUARTET

AT MAINLY MOZART FESTIVAL, RARELY HEARD WORKS PERFORMED BY AMERNET STRING QUARTET

Music

Published 5/29/19

Before the show, a packed audience received the bittersweet announcement that the performance would be violinist Franz Felkl’s last with the quartet, which also includes Misha Vitenson on violin, Michael Klotz on viola and Jason Calloway on cello. With that, the program opened to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “String Quartet in E-flat Major” (K. 428). The Kislak Center is the newly opened home to UM’s special collections and archives. As a presentation space for rare works (which on May 18 included a 1773 manuscript autographed by Mozart himself), it is stellar. As a performance space for chamber music, its dimensions muffled the sound.Still, the performance of the “String Quartet in E-flat Major” was a powerful reminder of the value the Mainly Mozart Festival brings to Miami’s classical music scene with well-thought-out programs featuring gorgeous and historically important works. The festival continues through June 29.Composed in 1783, the …

CORTEO IS COMING TO SUNRISE WITH ITS NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR

CORTEO IS COMING TO SUNRISE WITH ITS NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR

Performing Arts

Published 5/15/19

This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005. Since then, the show has been a great success and has amazed 8 million people in 19 countries on four continents. The cast of Corteo includes 52 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world.Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to …

World Class Photos at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

World Class Photos at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Visual Arts

Published 5/14/19

The world-famous Florida photographer and his wife Niki Butcher visited the Garden in May of 2017, well before hurricane Irma blew through. The Garden tour was part of their quest to document Florida’s most beautiful natural areas. The couple generously gifted the Garden with several images, and a Special Projects grant from Florida Keys Council of the Arts helped to pay for archival-quality printing by Key West Fine Art Photography. In addition, photos of birds, butterflies and flowers by the late Keys photographer Michelle Wisnieski were reinstalled in the Nature Chapel as part of the grant project.The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island. For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywest.garden

The Hollywood ArtsPark Experience is quite the musical experience!

The Hollywood ArtsPark Experience is quite the musical experience!

Performing Arts

Published 5/9/19

By Daisy CabreraOn May 5, Chicano Batman - one of the absolute coolest bands coming out of Los Angeles – performed hits from their latest album, Freedom Is Free. They’ve toured with Alabama Shakes and Jack White, played Latin Alternative Music Conference, Bonnaroo, Coachella and Ruido Fest, and even appeared on Conan. The group (Bardo Martinez, Eduardo Arenas, Carlos Arévalo, Gabriel Villa) jammed a generous heaping of funk, romantic pop, old school indie, psychedelic indie, vintage soul, groovy oldies, edgy alt-rock and Brazilian Tropicália. And, the crowd went wild – showering the ensemble with roses as frontman Bardo Martinez jumped offstage to greet fans. The fantastic opening set was by none other than the high energy, soul and funk local outfit - Jason Joshua & The Beholders. We spoke with The Rhythm Foundation’s Executive Director, James Quinlan about the re-launch of the Hollywood ArtsPark Experience series that has brought thousands of people to the venue …

Foodie   Diaries:  THE VIBRANCY THAT IS VERDE

Foodie Diaries: THE VIBRANCY THAT IS VERDE

Culinary

Published 5/1/19

Sit indoors, or enjoy the gorgeous nature-inspired veranda to relish lush, shaded surroundings: sub-tropical hanging gardens, hypnotic blue waters, glorious clear skies, and a warm breeze brushing your skin. Ahhh!  The gigantic deck, located on the east terrace, offers a leisurely experience for everyone to take pleasure in - from kids playing and folks relaxing on lounge chairs, to teens enjoying the swings and couples taking selfies on the steps.The best part? The vibrant views complement the vibrant eats. Verde’s menu is bursting with a mouth-watering culinary variety of locally inspired New American dishes, including family-friendly plates.“Kaytlin Dangaran, Executive Chef of Museum Park, draws the majority of her inspiration for the menu from the changing of the seasons. Whatever ingredients are most fresh or in season really come to the forefront when composing new dishes,” said John Dangaran, Verde’s Restaurant Manager. “From there, it’s all about …

Museum Gifts Make for the Best Gifts

Museum Gifts Make for the Best Gifts

Visual Arts

Published 5/1/19

By Daisy CabreraJust at the corner of 10th Street and Washington Avenue sits The Wolfsonian–FIU museum. The beautiful multi-floor building itself is a masterpiece – a crown jewel of a gated entrance, striking Spanish Renaissance and Mediterranean Revival architecture, and a dramatic water fountain facade welcome you.Naturally, a stunning museum deserves an equally stunning gift shop, and The Wolfsonian Design Store + Coffee Bar more than impresses: intimate lighting, dazzling terrazzo floor, iron shelving built in 1915, and quaint bistro tables. It’s easy to spend the day in these cozy quarters reading, working on your laptop, sipping a cappuccino, or simply enjoying wine during happy hour. Here, every gift item is a work of art in itself. Senior Retail Manager Paola La Rivera shares insight on what inspires their offerings. “We take our cues from the museum’s collection, exhibitions, and programming. Before shopping for the season, we meet with our curatorial colleagues and …

Experience Science In a New way

Experience Science In a New way

Visual Arts

Published 5/1/19

With its aquarium, planetarium and compelling science exhibitions, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science brings science learning in Miami to a world-class level.While breathtaking in its own right, the view from the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science’s locale on Biscayne Bay isn’t the only thing that has captured the imagination of residents and visitors from around the world. Since opening in 2017, the museum has welcomed over a million guests through its doors, sparking awe and wonder as the only aquarium, planetarium and science museum in the city.Sitting on four acres within Downtown Miami’s waterfront Maurice A. Ferré Park, the 250,000-square-foot campus is divided into four distinct buildings: the Aquarium, the Frost Planetarium, and the North and West Wings. This unique setting—built using leading-edge sustainability initiatives—takes guests on a journey from the ocean to the Everglades, and from the human cell to outer space. One of the …

UNLEASHED ENERGY – FREE CONCERT

UNLEASHED ENERGY – FREE CONCERT

Music

Published 4/30/19

Bring your friends and family for a free concert. The Alhambra Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Andai, will close its 29th symphonic season with a program of orchestral showpieces: Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun, the Bolero by Ravel, and Dvorak’s dramatic Symphony no. 8.Sunday evening, May 5, 2019, 7:30 pm, at FIU Wertheim Auditorium, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami 33199. FREE - NO TICKETS OR RESERVATIONS NEEDED   Additional info (305) 668-9260,  www.alhambramusic.org

PRIDE JAZZ ENSEMBLE in Concert

PRIDE JAZZ ENSEMBLE in Concert

Music

Published 4/30/19

Experience a unique evening, May 5th at the Metropolitan Community Church. The program to be performed is titled Lights, Camera, Action, which is a presentation of theme songs from Broadway, Hollywood and classic television.A subset of the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, the Pride Jazz Ensemble includes 20 musicians who play the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, piano, and electric guitar. Under the leadership of Ensemble Director Alain Ortiz, the group performs works from classic jazz and popular contemporary composers.The ensemble will take place at 4857 Northlake Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens May 5th at 6pm. Tickets to this concert are $20 each and are available for purchase online or after Sunday services in the Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beach Gardens lobby. Additional info www.pridewindensemble.org

 Mariza takes center stage with nostalgia-inducing fado

Mariza takes center stage with nostalgia-inducing fado

Music

Published 4/26/19

By Daisy CabreraThe raw and emotional genre brings to life the feeling of ‘saudade’ – a melancholic longing that lingers deep in the soul. The 17th century Portuguese writer Manuel de Melo once described this feeling as “a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy.” World renowned Mariza is to fado what Esperanza Spalding is to jazz, Cesária Evora is to morna, Amy Winehouse is to soul, and La Lupe is to bolero = iconic. Born in Mozambique and raised in Lisbon, the well-established songstress brings a blended whirlwind of cultures to her craft. On May 3, expect a passionate, captivating performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center as she highlights songs off her new eponymous album, ‘Mariza.’ This one-night stop is part of her tour traveling to various U.S. cities before crossing waters to Brazil, Spain, Denmark, Finland and Poland. Her vibrant alto and widely acclaimed artistry is exactly what one would expect from an internationally beloved fadista, …

MUSIC IS LIFE: AN ART EXHIBIT ENTIRELY DEDICATED TO MUSIC

MUSIC IS LIFE: AN ART EXHIBIT ENTIRELY DEDICATED TO MUSIC

Visual Arts

Published 4/25/19

Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco hotel, The Sagamore Hotel, is known for its rotating experiences of museum-quality art year-round. Sebastien Laboureau, resident art advisor of the Sagamore Hotel and Bernard Markowicz, owner of Markowicz Fine Art curated an innovative art exhibit entirely dedicated to music. This art exhibit showcases around 100 artworks spanning all media including sculptures, photographs, paintings, and mixed media created by artists from all around the world including ARMAN, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, local artists and more.Meet the curators, Bernard Markowicz and Sebastien Laboureau, for an art talk Thursday May 16th from 7-10 pm at the Sagamore Hotel Lobby. The art talk will begin at 8pm.Participating artists:Jonathan Delmas, Markus Klinko, David Kracov, Alexi Torres, Patrick Rubinstein, Nick Veasey, Joy, OLLL, Carlos Boix, Geronimo AKA Jumping Bull, Michelle Loewinger, RISK, C215, Mr Brainwash, Russell Young, Andy Warhol, Robert Longo, Roy Lichtenstein, Ron …

Top 10  Frescos  & murals You Must Travel to See

Top 10 Frescos & murals You Must Travel to See

Visual Arts

Published 4/2/19

Pan American Unity Artist: Diego RiveraLocation: San Francisco, CaliforniaThe great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera’s iconic creation is incredibly grand and mesmerizing in its sweeping depiction of humanity. Spanning a 22-foot high and 74-foot wide wall and covering nearly 1,800 square feet, it is Rivera’s largest masterpiece. Its full name is more than befitting of the interconnected galaxies of human faiths, which the mural encompasses – The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on the Continent, the continent being North America. Created in 1940, this mural is basically a vivid history map replete with symbolism. It recreates some of the most defining moments in the history of North America that have made it the fascinating mixture of cultures know today.Sistine Chapel CeilingArtist: MichelangeloLocation: VaticanThe Sistine Chapel’s ceiling was painted between 1508 and 1512. Hired by Pope Julius II, Michelangelo was scoffed at by …

Brightline: Stylish, Speed and Stress-Free

Brightline: Stylish, Speed and Stress-Free

Family

Published 4/2/19

By Daisy CabreraYet traveling isn’t just about the destination, it’s also about the journey getting there. And exploring South Florida has never been easier and more comfortable than now. Since Brightline’s launch last year, savvy passengers – locals and tourists – have relished in effortless express voyages across the counties. We’re talking 30 minutes between locations! Gone are the days of dealing with aggressive drivers, highway congestion, burning gas, paying tolls, and circling for parking.Centrally-located downtown stations are steps away from everything your heart desires: taking in exhibits at the NSU Art Museum, indulging in CityPlace’s premiere shopping, rooting for the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena, top-notch dining on historic Clematis Street, discovering local artists during FATVillage’s ArtWalk, and more – all in our tropical backyard. “Traveling by train is safer, more reliable and more …

FOODIE DIARIES - MERCI CAFÉ BOULUD, MERCI.

FOODIE DIARIES - MERCI CAFÉ BOULUD, MERCI.

Culinary

Published 4/2/19

By Daisy CabreraOriginally built in 2003 and redesigned in 2015, the timeless fine-dining restaurant matches the landmark’s sheer glamour, warmth and intimacy. And, the romantic and posh courtyard is an open-air oasis complete with statuesque palm trees, an elegant fountain and plenty of tropical foliage. Café Boulud’s gourmet French-American cuisine (with a loving nod to South Florida) is as upscale as its swank, nostalgia-inducing setting. You wouldn’t expect anything less from the world-renowned chef and iconic visionary hailing from Lyon who has enjoyed a four-decade career including: building a global gastronomic empire, earning multiple Michelin stars, authoring numerous books, and winning several James Beard Foundation awards among his many achievements.Headed by the highly recognized and award-winning Executive Chef Rick Mace - who has worked alongside Boulud for years - let’s obsess over the exceptional, seasonal ingredient-driven cuisine. But, before we …

FOODIE DIARIES - Café Prima Pasta is as Old School Italian as it Gets

FOODIE DIARIES - Café Prima Pasta is as Old School Italian as it Gets

Culinary

Published 3/26/19

By Daisy CabreraGrazie Café Prima Pasta for always being our go-to. With its plentitude of outdoor and indoor seating, a daily happy hour, charming hospitality, expert service, and endless Italian dishes to devour, it’s no wonder this popular establishment continues to wow almost three decades later.Family-owned and operated, the award-winning Café Prima Pasta is headed by Gerardo “Gerry” Cea (Founder) overseeing operations alongside Fabian (brother), Arturo (father) serving as Executive Chef, and Carla (mother) baking fresh breads and desserts daily. They consider their staff of 50 “family.”“When we first opened in 1993, it was a cash only restaurant that sat 28 and served beer and wine,” said Gerry Cea. “Today, we seat 150 across four different dining areas and offer a full bar.” The eclectic décor and dim lighting makes this cozy, full-service eatery feel like home - everything from decadent chandeliers, Moroccan lamps and wood ceiling beams to hanging …

Pérez Art Museum Miami Announces CURRENTS

Pérez Art Museum Miami Announces CURRENTS

Visual Arts

Published 3/13/19

CURRENTS Series of Museum’s New, Progressive Audio-Visual Immersive Experience Starts on March 21st This spring, in celebration of its 35 years as Miami’s leading purveyor of culture, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will introduce CURRENTS, a quarterly experiential concert series, presented by DEFY. In partnership with Juggerknot Theatre’s Miami Motel Stories, CURRENTS will deliver an intimate all-encompassing experience of art, theater, and music the likes of which have never echoed the halls of the museum. PAMM will become home to new-age eclectic performances with a progressive focus on Indie Rock, Electronica, and R&B. From PAMM’s stunning waterfront terrace, CURRENTS kicks off on Thursday, March 21 with Los Angeles-based, indie psychedelic band, Inner Wave—hailed by VICE as making "surreal", "moody psychedelia to ease your broken heart." Inside the museum, Miami Motel Stories will give a flash theater experience drawn from Miami's past, present, and …

Latest News on Coconut Grove Playhouse Revival Project

Latest News on Coconut Grove Playhouse Revival Project

Performing Arts

Published 3/13/19

Miami’s historic preservation board recently voted against the demolition and reconstruction of the long-closed Coconut Grove Playhouse. An appeal, signed by cultural affairs director Michael Spring, was filed by the county and is scheduled to be considered by the City of Miami Commission on April 25, at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive.This is is a deciding moment for the future of the Playhouse and the revitalization of downtown Coconut Grove. If the City Commission approves the County’s appeal, the County is ready to submit the Playhouse project’s architectural plans for a building permit. After years of work and exhaustive research, renovation and construction are ready to begin. The plans include thoughtful historic preservation to return this historic theater to its former glory. The theater abruptly closed in 2006 amid growing debt.For updates, visit: http://miamidadearts.org/coconut-grove-playhouse-updates.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS DIVE INTO ANIMAL ENCOUNTER DEALS AT MIAMI SEAQUARIUM

FLORIDA RESIDENTS DIVE INTO ANIMAL ENCOUNTER DEALS AT MIAMI SEAQUARIUM

Family

Published 3/7/19

Experience Firsthand the Park’s Unique Animal Encounter Programs:Seal Swim - Led by the park’s marine mammal training staff, Miami Seaquarium is the only attraction in the U.S. to offer this exceptional animal encounter. Guests will experience a 15-20 minute swim with harbor seals in the park’s seal exhibit pool. Trainers will personally introduce participants to a seal and receive hugs, kisses, and take part in a fun training session with these inquisitive marine mammals. Prices as low as $80 (plus tax).Dolphin Odyssey - A two-hour experience, which includes feeding, touching and learning about these magnificent animals plus the opportunity for a deep-water interaction with a dolphin. Guests must be at least 52 inches tall to participate in the program. Prices as low as $110 (plus tax).Dolphin Encounter - This program allows guests to wade out into the pool and have a shallow water experience meeting the dolphins. The two-hour program features an educational seminar …

BACH BIRTHDAY BASH - FREE CONCERT

BACH BIRTHDAY BASH - FREE CONCERT

Performing Arts

Published 3/7/19

Sunday evening, March 24, 2019, 7:30 pm, at Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables,33134 AND Sunday afternoon, March 31, 2019, 4 pm, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 14260 Old Cutler Road, Miami 33157. FREE - NO TICKETS OR RESERVATIONS NEEDED  No excuses! Go and enjoy some Bach!Additional info (305) 668-9260, www.alhambramusic.org  

Fascinating History and Origins of Latin Music

Fascinating History and Origins of Latin Music

Music

Published 2/28/19

By Peter PetrovThey say that the spontaneous affinity for Latin music runs in the blood, and when you take a closer look at all the history, cultural and social heritage, and interconnected human faiths that give Latin rhythms and harmonies their distinctive flavor and spice, this saying starts to feel more like a historian’s observation than a myth.European and Arab InfluencesBefore the arrival of Columbus at the Americas, the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas who inhabited the lands now known as Central and South America, expressed themselves musically largely through percussion and wind instruments, especially flutes. These ancient traditions still remain palpable in traditional Latin music like Andean music, for example. With the start of the New World and the colonization period, the Spanish and Portuguese brought their languages, cultures, traditions, and music. The Spanish, in particular, carried a rich musical mix of European and Arab influences as their culture was tightly …

Frida

Frida

Performing Arts

Published 2/26/19

By Peter Petrov"Frida sings as she lived - against the tide from the very first note," Rodríguez explains, and indeed, what better way to describe both, this larger-than-life woman and his opera tribute to her.Frida was the kind of woman that could reject a description of her art as flattering and poetic as “ribbon around a bomb,” even if it came from principal initiator of the surrealist movement André Breton, if she thought that description was false. “I never paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality,” Frida famously said in response.And certainly, over time, Frida has come to epitomize the truest kind of artist, the kind who lives the way she paints and paints the way she lives, making no compromises with either of those two interconnected facets.Frida never really had many friends growing up in Mexico City and was often taunted by other girls. After a near-death bus accident that kept her bedridden and caused her lifelong health problems, her isolation deepened, …

The Affects of Music on the Brain

The Affects of Music on the Brain

Education

Published 2/19/19

By Petar PetrovThis is why music can give goosebumps to anyone listening to it; from the most sophisticated and reserved opera lover to the wildest of rockers – because one thing all music fans have in common, is the brain, the very doorway through which music flows into our consciousness and our soul.Dopamine ReleaseAll pleasurable activities like eating food, having sex, engaging in your favorite hobbies, and of course listening to music cause the release of dopamine - the hormone that makes us feel happy. A study by researchers at McGill University in Canada found that dopamine was released in the brain during two key stages of listening to music: the anticipation stage and the experience stage. This is why we don’t just derive pleasure from listening to music, but also from anticipating specific parts of it, like the mounting arousal that takes over us in the moments leading up to a favorite solo.This study is considered monumental as it captures the way in which …

FOODIE DIARIES – BALL & CHAIN – CUBAN MORSELS, MUSIC AND MUCH MORE!

FOODIE DIARIES – BALL & CHAIN – CUBAN MORSELS, MUSIC AND MUCH MORE!

Culinary

Published 2/19/19

By Daisy CabreraBall & Chain not only sits in the heart of all this lively energy, it brings flavorful sazon to this go-to neighborhood. And, we’re completely enamored with this beloved haunt!Zack Bush, co-owner of Ball & Chain and Mad Room Hospitality, shared his love for Little Havana and its people. “Little Havana is this incredible darling of a community, and Little Havana is what it is today - vibrant, authentic, alive - because of its incredible people.”Before we praise the yummy food, let’s start with Ball & Chain’s musical legacy. Grab your guayabera and get ready to groove to everything from jazz, clave, son and rumba to salsa, mambo and even Afro-Cuban funk. (Don't miss their free, weekly dance classes!)This iconic locale, built in the early 1930s, is synonymous with music. In fact, Ball & Chain offers 100 hours of live music - for free - every single week! Between the inside area and outdoor “Pineapple Stage”, countless singers and …

Pérez Art Museum Miami Sixth Annual Art + Soul Celebration

Pérez Art Museum Miami Sixth Annual Art + Soul Celebration

Visual Arts

Published 2/18/19

PAMM has a 35-year history of presenting modern and contemporary art from underrepresented communities and diasporas, from Africa and Latin America, to the Caribbean. The fund allows the museum to purchase and showcase contemporary art by African American artists for its permanent collection – including works by artists such as Rashid Johnson, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley, Purvis Young, and Faith Ringgol.

FOODIE DIARIES - Soya & Pomodoro  - Simple food made with love

FOODIE DIARIES - Soya & Pomodoro - Simple food made with love

Culinary

Published 1/30/19

In 2004, co-owners Rosario Magrelli and Cristian D’Oria opened Soya & Pomodoro in a former bank originally built in 1945. Nestled narrowly between two storefronts, the reclaimed space resembles an alleyway – giving new meaning to the term “hidden gem.”Love is in the air with the delightful sounds of live music that fill the space, from Cuban rhythms to pure jazz, performed nightly Thursdays – Saturdays. Then there’s the eclectic, curious and completely charming décor: wrought-iron entrance, dim lighting, terrazzo floors, antique furniture, quirky knickknacks, and bohemian art throughout – complete with a laundry line hanging high above.Their love, passion, and appreciation for their country inspired the rustic setting, Magrelli shared. “We wanted to recreate a typical vision of traditional Italian houses, where clothing lines separate two neighbors. The overall ambiance and atmosphere emulate the Italian feel we want to share with our clients – cozy and …

Artistic Ways to Express Your Love

Artistic Ways to Express Your Love

Family

Published 1/30/19

By Petar PetrovIt’s like watching a rom com in the cinema, but amped up and refined. The splendor is grander, the atmosphere more wondrous – everything about a romantic opera oozes magic, which will seep into the energy between two lovebirds. It’s also an extra reason to dress up and relish some fancy vibes. A date at the museum, especially if you’re playing hooky from work, is an original way to start off the romantic day. Study up on the romantic paintings beforehand and take on the role of a personal guide, seamlessly enchanting your beloved with the mysterious stories of love and tragedy. Knowledge of art can be very sexy. This is a lovely gift. It’s not only very personal, but also a testament to your two personalities and destinies intertwining into one beautiful moment in time. And the directions you can give the artist can be as eclectic as the moments you’ve shared together. The painting can be strictly romantic, cheesy, or serious and imbued with a more …

New World School of the Arts showcases the talent fostered in its artistic programs during the annual professional-level production RISING STARS

New World School of the Arts showcases the talent fostered in its artistic programs during the annual professional-level production RISING STARS

Visual Arts

Published 1/30/19

Kicking off the showcase, Objects Rising Stars Exhibition, presented at the New World Gallery, features a wide-range of artwork created by the college and high school students of the prestigious New World School of the Arts. “The theme for this year’s exhibition highlights the art of an object,” said Maggy Cuesta, dean of Visual Arts. “In approaching the show, we are focusing on a thing to which a specific action or feeling is directed. For example, a graphic design piece could be an object, or it could be promoting an object. Imagine a painting, a sculpture, a photograph, or a film, all focusing on the interpretation of a product whether it is 2D or 3D.” Opening Reception: March 21 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PMExhibition on view March 21 – April 26New World Gallery 25 NE 2 Street, Miami, FloridaFree and open to the publicInformation at 305-237-3620Held at the New World Gallery in the main NWSA building, the exhibition will be followed by the Rising Stars performing arts …

Six decades of Ailey

Six decades of Ailey

Performing Arts

Published 1/30/19

by Annie SparksWhen Alvin Ailey and a small group of African American modern dancers first took the stage at the 92nd Street Y in 1958, the engagement was for one night only - but it turned out to be the start of a new era in the performing arts. Mr. Ailey became one of the groundbreaking greats in African American history, while the work of his Company grew beyond the limits of the stage to encompass education at all levels, community outreach and cultural diplomacy. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater now embodies six decades of achievement, celebrating the human spirit with performances that unite and inspire all.“Alvin Ailey was a pioneer in celebrating the human spirit through the African-American culture and modern dance, elevating the world of the performing arts and the hearts and minds of people of all backgrounds,” said Robert Battle. “It is a privilege for me to return home to Miami as we honor his storied legacy by heightening the artistry of our performances and …

VISUAL AND MUSICAL IMPRESSIONS SHARING THE STAGE

VISUAL AND MUSICAL IMPRESSIONS SHARING THE STAGE

Performing Arts

Published 1/30/19

Claude Debussy initiated the Impressionistic style of music in the end of the 19th Century and is seen as the founder of musical impressionism – that of evoking a mood using harmony and tone color. “Music is the space between the notes.” (Debussy) Like in music, the artist, Duaiv sees visual art as the space between the brush strokes. He will paint a new work on stage with the orchestra performing music of Debussy, while a simultaneous projection of him at work on a large screen above the orchestra allows the audience dabble and observe first-hand, his creation in the making. Accomplished in both classical music and fine art, Duaiv embeds the essence of creative inspiration in his world-renowned paintings, commissioned murals, and live performances. With the world as his canvas, Duaiv’s work is a contemporary representation of Impressionism at its height.Born near the city of Bordeaux, Duaiv was raised in an artistic environment—his mother a classical pianist and his …

The brilliance of Banksy

The brilliance of Banksy

Visual Arts

Published 1/30/19

By, Daisy CabreraThe cult-like following surrounding the underground artist is understandable, and the simplicity of his cheeky art certainly does not undermine its power. If anything, it makes it larger, louder, legendary. Most recently, his famous Girl with Balloon sold for $1.4 million. As soon as the auctioneer’s hammer slammed down, the artwork self-destructed and dramatically shredded. Banksy claimed responsibility, and named the altered piece Love Is In The Bin. Such is his dark humor. And, “Banksy-ed” is now a term.Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.~ BanksyFor the reclusive and infamous talent, a leading voice of dissent, the whole world is his canvas. His imagery has lined the streets of Ontario, Paris, Manhattan, Bristol, Mali, Jerusalem, San Francisco, Melbourne, Birmingham, London, New Orleans, and Los Angeles among other cities. While many lucky pedestrians have seen Banksy’s keen guerilla art in the wild, this might be the closest …

Foodie Diaries - Artisan Beach House  Waterfront dining at its finest

Foodie Diaries - Artisan Beach House Waterfront dining at its finest

Culinary

Published 12/27/18

The upscale Artisan Beach House offers up a plethora of delicious dishes, glorious ocean views at sunrise, and romantic bayside views at sunset. A fabulously chic restaurant, it is set inside the award-winning, 5-star Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour. Heaven on earth, truly.While taking in the view, let’s start with a cocktail, shall we? The Smoked Orange Blossom, a bourbon-based beauty served on the rocks, arrives in a glass dome. Take in this fruit-forward drink’s smoke and fragrant smells of orange marmalade, simple syrup and distinct orange bitters. It’s divine.There are plenty of small, incredible bites to launch into this culinary journey. The Charred Octopus is a tender tentacle bursting of flavors that play to all the senses. It shares the plate with Tandoori-style carrots, blended Vadouvan spices, mango and curry sauce, dollops of sour yogurt and touch of fresh cilantro. It’s a mouth-feel of goodness.The Cobia Ceviche is simple perfection. Thinly sliced, firm white fish with a …

Burning Man Festival - One For Your Bucket List

Burning Man Festival - One For Your Bucket List

Visual Arts

Published 12/27/18

- By Petar Petrov -Describing Burning Man to someone who hasn’t experienced it is like narrating a dream you’ve had – not even the most specific details, imaginative metaphors, or eloquent words could ever capture something that eludes even its own creator. But we try anyway, because even though the memory becomes vague, a tinge of the euphoric feeling lingers, and we desperately try to unlock it so it washes over us again in its magic.People who go to the fleeting town called Black Rock City in Nevada where Burning Man takes place aren’t referred to as tourists, visitors, or attendants, but as its population, fellow Burners. And how could they not – after all, they are the ones who build it and take it apart once the week-long utopia is over. Because Burning Man isn’t a festival – it’s the most wondrously distorted version of a real, functioning society you can imagine. A society that may be wild and free, but is anything but frivolous, and year after year …

FROM STAR WARS TO STARS OF THE BOLSHOI  FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA PRESENTS “STELLAR” LINE-UP

FROM STAR WARS TO STARS OF THE BOLSHOI FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA PRESENTS “STELLAR” LINE-UP

Music

Published 12/27/18

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pink Martini, Arturo Sandoval and More - Complete 10-Day Cultural ExtravaganzaOpening the Festival of the Arts BOCA on Thursday, February 28 is Doris Kearns Goodwin, beloved five-time Festival presenter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian. She will discuss her latest book, Leadership in Turbulent Times.“We are over-the-moon to welcome our dear friend and long-time supporter, Doris Kearns Goodwin to this year’s Festival, as well as Arturo Sandoval, who is back for a fourth time,” said Charlie Siemon, Chair and Co-Executive Producer of the Festival of the Arts BOCA. “We have a fun mix of performances and a powerhouse of thinkers lined up for our 13th season.”The “force” will be with the Festival on Friday, March 1 as Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope gets its Florida premiere on the big screen to live music by The Symphonia, led by Constantine Kitsopolous, playing John Williams’ epic Academy Award-winning …

Las Olas Art Fair - Returning in 2 parts for its 31st Season

Las Olas Art Fair - Returning in 2 parts for its 31st Season

Visual Arts

Published 12/27/18

Las Olas Art Fair visits Fort Lauderdale in 2 parts. Part I on January 5 – 6, and part II on March 2 – 3. Stroll down beautiful Las Olas Boulevard and visit over 300 top-rated artists from 40 states as they display stunning creations across diverse mediums. Find sculptures, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, wearable art and more, displayed gallery-style.The Fair is free and pet-friendly, and is considered an annual tradition in South Florida. It features a fully vetted, juried selection of fine art and offers the opportunity to meet with the artists, ask about techniques, commission a specific piece and discover the inspiration behind each magnificent creation. What better way to spend a gorgeous winter day.This year’s winning commemorative poster, the highly collectable original design by contemporary artist Roy Rodriguez, will be unveiled during the event.

YoungArts Week: recreating the circle of life in the art world

YoungArts Week: recreating the circle of life in the art world

Visual Arts

Published 12/27/18

- By Petar Petrov -Aspiring artists must feel pretty much the same emotions superheroes do when they discover their superpowers for the first time – doubt, lots of it. Nobody can ever say confidently “I’m the chosen one” without some serious, external validation. In superhero movies, it’s the first day saved. In real life, it’s National YoungArts Week – a week-long program of interdisciplinary collaborations with life-long implications, a community that remains in tact long after the week is over.It's an affirmation that you were right. Whether it was singing or dancing or acting, you knew that you were good enough to get there and people recognized it.- Vanessa Williams, 1981 Winner in Theater.Vanessa Williams is by far not the only participant in National YoungArts Week that feels this way. Affirmation is precisely what Lauren Snelling, YoungArts Senior Director of Alumni Programming, sees as the life-transformative force that all alumni have come to …

George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess

George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess

Visual Arts

Published 12/27/18

by Annie SparksSouth Florida Symphony Orchestra brings a groundbreaking new production of Gershwin’s great American opera, Porgy and Bess, based on the novel Porgy by the African-American poet DuBose Heyward. It tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black street-beggar living in the slums of Charleston. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, her drug dealer. Porgy and Bess contains many beloved musical numbers, including “Summertime” and “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin”.Since starting the South Florida Symphony in 1997, it was my hope to someday present Porgy and Bess to our community. It is a tour de force and a one of a kind classic that not only crosses musical lines but has broken social barriers. Conducting the Gershwin’s magnificent score with our 70-piece orchestra is truly a dream come true.~ Maestra Sebrina Maria AlfonsoGershwin was determined to have this opera depict the hardship of …

Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

Visual Arts

Published 12/17/18

A Showcase of 33 International Movies January 20 – February 12, 2019The Festival will present a total of 33 memorable, audience-satisfying movies at four different cinemas throughout Palm Beach County, including:AMC CityPlace 20 in West Palm BeachCinemark 14 in Boyton BeachCinepolis Shoppes in JupiterCobb Theatres in Palm Beach GardensPresented by the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches, the Film Festival will close with the Southeast United States Premiere of PROSECUTING EVIL: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz and Awards Presentation. Both the opening and closing films of the Festival will be shown at AMC CityPlace 20.One highlight of the coming Film Festival will be the world premiere on February 5 of GOLDA’S BALCONY, THE FILM, which will include a special appearance by the movie’s star, the award-winning stage-screen-TV actress Tovah Feldshuh.Other much-anticipated films include THE CATCHER WAS A SPY starring Paul Rudd as Moe Berg; the Palm Beach …

Must See Art Curator Sébastien Laboureau

Must See Art Curator Sébastien Laboureau

Visual Arts

Published 11/27/18

ART ADVISOR AND FINE ART APPRAISERSébastien Laboureau holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Ecole des Mines de Paris and a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. He benefits from an international experience in Management Control (at AXA Group) and Investment Banking (Mergers and Acquisitions at Goldman Sachs). Long-time, art enthusiast and experienced art collector, he is an independent world-acclaimed art advisor, located both in Miami and Paris, with partners in Latin-America and Asia. Laboureau is a Certified Appraiser with IFAA. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Arts and Business Council of Miami since 2016, the South Florida Chapter for Americans for the Arts, and sits on the Creative and Design committee of Miami's Beacon Council. Sébastien has been notably the Strategic Art Advisor of Institut Van Gogh, in Auvers-sur-Oise, and of AccorHotels Group. He was the urban art specialist for the leading …

A CURATED SELECTION OF MUST SEE ART

A CURATED SELECTION OF MUST SEE ART

Visual Arts

Published 11/27/18

While it may be impossible to visit every single fair and view every piece, we’re giving you a head start. Our illustrious Curator, Sebastien Laboreau, has been busy again this year, evaluating submissions from some of the most prestigious fairs, and providing his “don’t-miss” highlights. Be sure to download the CultureOwl app to easily access the guide and navigate to each Must See Art location to discover your new faves!By Dave PollotSize: 24 x 36 inchesMedium Used: Oil on found canvas Style of Piece: New ContemporaryPrice: $1800Presenting Gallery: Dave Pollot (solo)www.superfine.world/miami-beachExhibited at: Superfine! - The FairCurator’s Statement Great discovery! Dave Pollot is a New York based artist who is known for his altered thrift art paintings. He finds abandoned artwork and adds his own touch – most often pop culture parodies – and in doing so, bridges the divide between classic and pop art. A technique also used by Banksy that blurs our …

Foodie Diaries - FOR THE LOVE AND ART OF FOOD  - ART WEEK EDITION

Foodie Diaries - FOR THE LOVE AND ART OF FOOD - ART WEEK EDITION

Culinary

Published 11/27/18

By Daisy CabreraEndless frolicking through South Beach and Wynwood’s satellite fairs is guaranteed to work up anyone’s appetite. So, after consuming all that art, it’s time to consume some delicious grub. We’ve got you covered!A classic American standard, aptly named after the award-winning Executive Chef Laurent Tourondel, this is where you want to eat, period. The warm, earth-toned space is filled with a curated collection of artistic black and white prints with a sprinkle of mirrors. Just as welcoming is the live nightly jazz, the longest running jazz series in Miami Beach.First to arrive at your table is a steamy basket of super-sized, and quite scrumptious popovers. Served with warm butter, this hollow bread showcases a perfectly golden brown crust. Made with three cheeses (emmental, gruyere, fontina) and a hint of cracked black pepper, it’s an exemplary taste of the food to come. Brace yourself. Wine lovers will delight in LT Steak & Seafood plentitude of …

Reestablishing a dialogue between collectors and artists at FRAME Miami

Reestablishing a dialogue between collectors and artists at FRAME Miami

Visual Arts

Published 11/27/18

By Petar PetrovNeedless to say, emerging artists need all the help they can get and recognizing this dire need as a fellow owner of two galleries – one in Paris and one in Miami, Bertrend Scholler came up with FRAME, “an incubator of art experience,” which is coming to Miami this year during Art Week, hosted by Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco Sagamore Hotel. FRAME is a “hyper-curated concept showcasing the highest quality art, presented by reputable dealers and curated by museum professionals,” explains Sebastian Laboureau, resident art advisor of the Sagamore Hotel. After its success in Basel and Paris this year, Scholler is confident that this model works better for everyone – collectors, artists and galleries.FRAME basically flips the typical art fair experience upside down. Rather than wondrous journeys through traditional art fairs that often feel like endless marathons, FRAME – is an innovative format that is all about less is more; quality over quantity, …

Artist Orit Fuchs Interprets Contemporary Culture

Artist Orit Fuchs Interprets Contemporary Culture

Artist Spotlight

Published 11/27/18

Having worked as an art director for some of Israel’s top agencies, Fuchs has a firm grasp on pop culture and gender roles in contemporary society, which serve as a familiar backdrop against which her imagination unfurls. Her understanding of the human psyche and her fierce talent morph into moving work that takes place somewhere in between fiction and reality, capturing glimpses from wondrous perspectives.The most central theme in her art is the female image and the various forms in can take in modern society. Her female characters are imbued with the full spectrum of human emotion and state of mind. It’s creative journalism, telling entire stories so many women could relate to with just a single portrait or illustrated moment.What’s particularly refreshing in Fuchs’ work is that she doesn’t try to glamorize women or turn them into mundane objects of perfection. Instead, she seeks to capture their drama, sassiness, inner confidence, unapologetic sex appeal, and …

Buy Art You Love and Make it an Investment

Buy Art You Love and Make it an Investment

Visual Arts

Published 11/27/18

By Annie Sparks Only buy original art. They are one-of-a-kind, so you can enjoy the fact that you are not in cookie-cutter territory. Original pieces have depth that pops to demands a second look. They offer a story that likely includes a strong emotional element. The connection between the artist and the viewer can be powerful. How you’ve come to own the piece and why you’ve chosen to own one from that particular artist is a story worth telling. Original art can get expensive, so consider drawings or photographs as they are likely to be cheaper than paintings or sculptures. Knowing what to look for when purchasing art is essential. If you’re serious about finding a piece that’s more than just something beautiful to hang on your wall, then you need to hone in those skills: Cultivate an eye (and ear) for art. If you’ve heard of an artist a few times, take a closer look. Of course you must love the art your acquiring, but as an investment, you want to know that …

 “Hope Dies Last” | New Works of the Russian Ballet

“Hope Dies Last” | New Works of the Russian Ballet

Visual Arts

Published 11/21/18

The solo exhibition will feature Berlin’s highly anticipated new body of new work, HOPE DIES LAST. The Aqua Art Miami exhibition showcases the worldwide premier of Berlin’s new monumental bronze sculptures “Dying Swan” and “F*** You Ballerina.” "I am so happy that Kevin is bringing his ballerina sculptures to the AQUA Art Miami fair” said Grela Orihuela, the director of the AQUA Art Miami fair. "The moment I saw the images of him at work on these bronzes in his studio, I knew I wanted the works to be prominently featured at the main entrance of the fair because they are so compelling and provocative. This is the first time they are exhibited and I know our guests will engage with the work, both with the beauty of the sculptures and with the bold ideas they express”.Berlin’s paintings focus on the interior and secret lives of ballet dancers – depicting their hidden thoughts in sensual black and white paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. HOPE DIES LAST …

Calling all cocktail  culture vultures! Cheers!

Calling all cocktail culture vultures! Cheers!

Culinary

Published 11/1/18

By Daisy CabreraIngredient-driven cocktails made from carefully crafted recipes make our discerning hearts sing! The days of uninspired vodka tonics and frozen concoctions have given way to a burgeoning renaissance of elevated libations orchestrating a symphony on the palate. Let it pour, let it pour. We are so here for it!In search of top-notch establishments, we embarked on a merry tri-county adventure. We pulled up a stool to some of the hottest craft cocktail bars, spoke with contemporary cocktailians, and here’s a delicious swig of our findings.Have drinks al fresco in the courtyard, or enjoy the welcoming lounge area – which feels very much like a “Florida Room” – super cute bamboo furniture, array of greenery, plenty of windows – and an added bonus: a psychic. So quirky, and unexpected! Reading, anyone? “You need a ‘front’ for a speakeasy. The psychic is ours,” he added.Inside EO, the lux Art Deco-ish bar is full of character and old world charm: rich wood …

Actors’ Playhouse: 30 years of excellence and splendor

Actors’ Playhouse: 30 years of excellence and splendor

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Petar PetrovActors’ Playhouse is one of 14 major cultural organizations in Miami-Dade County and the largest self-producer of critically acclaimed dramatic and musical theatre for adults and children in South Florida. But even after 156 Mainstage productions, 140 Children’s Theatre productions, 85 Carbonell Awards (the South Florida equivalent of the Tony Award) for artistic excellence, and a South Florida’s Theatre Company of the Year Award, the theatre hasn’t deviated from its 30-year old agenda – “to enrich South Florida's cultural vitality with the highest caliber classic and contemporary live theatre productions and to provide comprehensive educational outreach programs to multi-cultural audiences and a supportive and creative work environment for Florida-based theatre professionals,” all while preserving “the identity of its home venue, the historic Miracle Theatre,” as Barbara S. Stein, Executive Producing Director puts it. The Miracle Theatre …

Microtheater Miami: A Highlight Reel of Intimate and Punchy Theater Shows

Microtheater Miami: A Highlight Reel of Intimate and Punchy Theater Shows

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Petar PetrovOn so many different levels, Microtheater Miami offers professionals creative freedom while providing the public with what a traditional theater experience never could – a diversity of shows within a single, inimitably cozy night. Every Thursday to Sunday from 8 pm to 12 am, all year round, just like the pumpkin in Cinderella, 7 shipping containers are transformed into little theatrical gems; their walls witnessing a gushing stream of 15-minute plays in both English and Spanish, inspired by a specific theme. Plays are performed 8 times per night, cost only $6 each, and together constitute a continuous, annual cycle, charged with the same rapid-fire dynamics of a single evening – unlike traditional theater seasons, Microtheater Miami starts a new season every 5 weeks, for a total of 10 theater seasons annually. A specific theme is selected every season, and open calls for original plays inspired by it result in 7 to 8 original plays per season. On …

Culture Shock Miami Fosters the Next Generation of Arts Patrons with the Launch of its 14th Season of Affordable Programming Directed to Younger Audiences

Culture Shock Miami Fosters the Next Generation of Arts Patrons with the Launch of its 14th Season of Affordable Programming Directed to Younger Audiences

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Petar Petrov$5 tickets to live theater performances, events and museums for ages 13 to 22. Culture Shock Miami, the young audience development program of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs, has been working with all kinds of cultural institutions since its launch in 2004 to bring eclectic compositions of cultural destinations and shows to teens and young adults between the age of 13 and 22 for an affordable price. Not only do all events cost only $5, but the program also allows participants to purchase a second ticket for $5 for a person of any age. Culture Shock Miami keeps going strong, entering its 2018-2019 season. As a result, certain art forms and events no longer seem out of young people’s financial reach. Culture Shock Miami strives to level the playing field, so the youth can develop a taste for culture according to their inner voice rather than their pocket. But Culture Shock Miami owes its continuous success to the constant search for …

Theater Etiquette

Theater Etiquette

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Annie Sparks1. Dress for the occasion. Wear something a little more elegant than usual. Be comfortable, but polished. It’s part of the experience. 2. Avoid wearing too much perfume or aftershave. Imagine sitting next to someone wearing a scent that you simply cannot stand. Avoid doing that to others and go easy on the shpritz!If you’re on time, you’re late3. “If you’re on time, you’re late” is a crucial rule of thumb. Arriving 15-30 minutes before the show allows time for everyone to get comfortably seated. In many instances, when you’re late, a venue will not allow you to enter until the end of the first number. Some may have a monitor so you could watch while in exile, but if you want to see the live performance for which you’ve paid, come early. Don’t be the person who makes everyone get up so you could reach your seat after the show has started! 4. If you’re one to enjoy a candy or need a cough drop to refrain from coughing during the …

Sensory-Friendly Children Shows

Sensory-Friendly Children Shows

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/18

By Petar PetrovThe theatre is an all-around entertainment for the senses, but for those with sensory issues, not only do theatre performances often turn into torture, but when they respond to their distress, a sense of judgment quickly takes over the halls.However, that’s slowly starting to change. The true spirit of inclusiveness and tolerance has reached South Florida.The need for such “sensory-friendly” performances, as they’re often referred to, had long been overlooked. Children with these disorders and their parents love going to the theatre as much as the next person, but they usually face two options – going to a performance directed at a general audience and hoping to be spared of a sensory overload, or not going at all. But that changed in South Florida last year when the Broward Center for the Performing Arts introduced performances specifically designed for individuals with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown …

Miami Book Fair Brings Back the Ultimate Outdoor Hangout Space

Miami Book Fair Brings Back the Ultimate Outdoor Hangout Space

Expo/Fair

Published 10/31/18

This year, The Porch will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Miami Book Fair with a photography introspective photo exhibition. Take a walk back in time from the fair’s early days to the birth of Children’s Alley, Street Fair and through the astonishing collection of iconic authors. Who knows, you might just spot yourself in the crowd! Located at the corner of N.E. Second Ave. and N.E. Third St., The Porch is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Miami Foundation, Miami DDA and Geico. All events at The Porch are free unless otherwise noted.Sunday, Nov. 114 p.m. – Opening celebration with music, food trucks, giant outdoor games, community coloring walls, a silent poetry disco, barbecue, craft beers, and Miami Stories Recording Booth.  6 p.m. – Music: Latin Grammy-nominated producer and DJ, Mr. Pauer.  Monday, Nov. 125 p.m. – Transoceanic Video Exchange, a selection of video art by artists practicing in the Caribbean, Pacific …

Wines of the World

Wines of the World

Culinary

Published 10/10/18

Wines of the World, an annual wine and food extravaganza affectionately known as WOW, is set for Friday, Nov. 16 at Pier 66. Now in its 23rd year, the unparalleled evening of global vintages and fine cuisine benefits Symphony of the Americas.said James LaBonte, who has co-chaired the event since its inception. “It’s a memorable experience for novices and oenophiles alike.”Featuring PenfoldsThis year’s featured winery is Penfolds, an Australian house that has been creating quality vintages since 1844 and has been named top winery of the year by Penfolds prestigious Wine and Spirits magazine more than 20 times. Ewan Proctor, who currently serves as Penfold’s ambassador and head of luxury education for Treasury Wine Estates, the second largest distributor in the industry, will be on hand to chat with guests about the company’s winemaking process and compelling vintages such as the Penfold’s reserve wines, which will be served in the VIP room at WOW.Festivities …

OUR PICKS FOR 2018-2019 SEASON

OUR PICKS FOR 2018-2019 SEASON

Performing Arts

Published 9/28/18

South Florida’s symphonic music scene is as eclectic as they come, with groups performing classical, extravagant and innovative musical productions that transcend genres, tastes, cultures, and even entire art forms. Yes, you can catch classics like Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms; we are blessed with world-class symphonies and orchestras. But you can also experience modern, live performances to epic movie soundtracks like “Game Of Thrones” or popular video games like “The Legend of Zelda”. These performances cultivate the symphony lovers of tomorrow quite innovatively. Nu Deco Ensemble is arguably the most imaginative approach to symphony, and worthy of a specific mention. The diverse group of musicians embarks on “genre-bending musical explorations” with creative additions such as DJs, dancers, and visual media artists.The South Florida opera scene might not be as eclectic as the symphony one, but it surely isn’t any less impressive. In fact, it’s like a compact …

MDC Live Arts Presents Radical 2018-19  Season - A Focus on Women, Immigrants & Innovators

MDC Live Arts Presents Radical 2018-19 Season - A Focus on Women, Immigrants & Innovators

Performing Arts

Published 9/28/18

The lineup includes performances that re-tell mythical/historical womensí narratives with new perspective. This month, La Medea (cover) reimagines Euripedes’ Greek tragedy as an interactive Latin-disco variety show. The genre-bending musical/simulcast/feature film is performed, shot and edited in real time— promising a provocative and unpredictable ride for cast, crew and audiences alike. Hailed as “a spectacle that upends any attempt to pin it down” by Broadway World, La Medea portrays not a dangerous foreigner, but an infinite woman rejecting the gaze imposed upon her. This spring, in The Fourth Light, Persian electroacoustic duo Niyaz team up with interactive design artist Jerome Delapierre for an immersive tribute to the under-recognized first female Sufi mystic and poet. Live music, sacred dance and advance technologies help merge the real and the virtual for a multi-sensory spiritual experience. Last month, the season opened—gothically—with The Black …

2018-19 Season Preview for The Palm Beaches

2018-19 Season Preview for The Palm Beaches

Visual Arts

Published 9/28/18

Provided by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach CountyExhibitions are free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cultural Council’s galleries in Lake Worth.Sept. 14 – Nov. 3, 2018Exhibition Preview: September 13The delights of the culinary world often lead to once-in-a-lifetime experiences that evoke comfort, tradition and culture. Food is also one of the ties that bind and bring friends and families together. Since people tend to eat with their eyes first, in this exhibition, 21 artists are encouraged to “play” with their food and create works of art in all media. From the painterly realism on canvas to the incredible mastery of bronze on display, here is where food will be transformed into something timeless.The 14th season of Culture & Cocktails features well-known speakers and talented interviewers to delight audiences with conversations of art, music, dance, photography and so much more. Free for Council members, $75 in advance, …

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - A BEACON OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - A BEACON OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE

Performing Arts

Published 9/28/18

The high school students, who also receive their training at MDC Wolfson Campus, earn dual enrollment credits from Miami Dade College as NWSA students. Fully accredited by The National Associations of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design, New World School of the Arts provides a comprehensive educational program of artistic training and academic and creative development, while preparing students for professional careers in Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.Providing access is one of New World School of the Arts most important missions. Blind to academic standing at the onset, New World School of the Arts’ acceptance policy is based solely on artistic talent. This allows students from all backgrounds, ethnicities and socioeconomic status to compete for their spot in the school’s coveted arts programs based on their individual talent. Once accepted, students are expected to achieve both academically and artistically. Earning respected national merit and leadership-based …

"Dance Talks" at SMDCAC

"Dance Talks" at SMDCAC

Performing Arts

Published 9/27/18

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center opens up the art of dance with a new program of “Dance Talks” hosted by arts writer and longtime former Miami Herald Dance Critic Jordan Levin. This series of pre- and post-performance discussions surrounding the Center’s 2018-2019 Dance Series is meant to demystify, enlighten, and expand your appreciation of this beautiful art form.Before each performance, you are invited to a 45 min discussion with Dance Critic Jordan Levin, as well as guest artists and experts that will focus on the background, story, qualities and significance of that evening's dance company. After the show, you are invited again to participate in a short, informal, guided conversation to talk about what you saw, ask questions, and share your thoughts with other audience members.These talks are created to develop a sense of community, promote a better understanding of dance, and help everyone to better enjoy this magnificent art form.On Saturday, October 27 at 8pm, …

Miami International Boat Show

Miami International Boat Show

Expo/Fair

Published 9/24/18

As one of the most attended and influential boating events in the world with an economic impact of $854 million, the iconic Miami Boat Show draws more than 100,000 people to the Magic City annually and provides an island oasis to enjoy the boating lifestyle.  The 2019 Miami Boat Show, cruising into Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin February 14-18, promises an experience for buyers and dreamers alike, showcasing thousands of the newest boats and sailboats – from yachts and catamarans, to offshore fishing boats and family cruisers, plus the latest marine technology, gear and accessories from more than 1,000 exhibitors.In addition to the thousands of boats and boating products for sale, 2019 Miami Boat Show highlights include plenty of opportunities to get out on the water – from test drives to boating lessons; an exclusive VIP experience with private access to the show’s VIP lounge; the return of Strictly Sail Miami; and top of the line food and beverage …

20 reasons to go to this restaurant before Miami Spice ends

20 reasons to go to this restaurant before Miami Spice ends

Culinary

Published 9/20/18

By Daisy CabreraIf you haven’t tried authentic churrasco, get ready for some serious deliciousness as this churrascaria serves up the best Brazilian-style barbecue outside of Southern Brazil. A wide variety of the finest cuts of meats are seasoned, skewed and roasted over an open flame on a churrasqueira grill, and Fogo de Chão stays true to this centuries-old traditional Gaucho cooking technique.Boy do we have unlimited love for all this unlimited meat! Roaming gaucho chefs, dressed in full garb, use gigantic swords to skillfully carve fresh slivers and chunks of glistening meat from the metal skewers right onto your plate. The warm setting is inviting: flaming fireplace, wide-open room, dark wood panels, soft lighting. And, the high level of attention and non-stop feast of high quality eats is just as welcoming.With 39 locations spread across the country, the upscale Fogo de Chão’s Miami Beach location opened 10 years ago. Sommelier Alex Burgos shared, “The wine menu is …

Plan Your Next Event at The Frost Museum of Science

Plan Your Next Event at The Frost Museum of Science

Visual Arts

Published 9/18/18

The museum is offering a complimentary liquid nitrogen Champagne cocktail station – an interactive experience for your guests, featuring a variety of fruit purees blast-chilled by the exclusive Frost 321 technology and topped with sparkling wine and Two Family level memberships (valid for two cardholders and up to four children in the household) and 8 Explorer Ticket admissions if booked by October 31st.Frost Science offers special experiences and awe-inspiring spaces for corporate, nonprofit and social events, including flexible science exhibition halls, a three-level aquarium, a 250-seat full-dome planetarium and a living rooftop. Equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual and production capabilities, the museum also offers dramatic indoor and outdoor event spaces that can accommodate everything from a small gathering to an elaborate production for 5,000 of your closest friends.And don’t worry, you’re in the best of hands—they have events down to a science! STARR Catering …

FREE MUSEUM DAYS

FREE MUSEUM DAYS

Visual Arts

Published 9/10/18

2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139www.thebass.orgLast Sunday of every month, 2-4 pmActivities include art projects, scavenger hunts and prizes.12450 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177www.goldcoastrailroadmuseum.orgFirst Saturday of every Month101 W Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130www.historymiami.orgSecond Saturday of every monthFamily Fun Day, with special activities for children all day.1933-1945 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139www.holocaustmemorialmiamibeach.orgAdmission is always free61 NE 41st Street, Miami, FL 33137www.icamiami.orgAdmission is always freeGuided tours at 2 pm301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139www.jmof.fiu.eduEvery Saturday, 10am-5pm980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132 www.miamichildrensmuseum.orgThird Friday of every month, 3-9 pm770 N.E. 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161www.mocanomi.orgLast Friday of every month, 7-10 pmwith free jazz in the courtyard at 8 pm. Jazz at MOCA is South Florida’s longest running free outdoor jazz …

ART MIAMI CELEBRATES APPROACH OF THIRD DECADE WITH ICONIC CONTEMPORARY, MODERN, POST-WAR, POP WORKS & UNIQUE EXHIBITIONS AT 29TH EDITION

ART MIAMI CELEBRATES APPROACH OF THIRD DECADE WITH ICONIC CONTEMPORARY, MODERN, POST-WAR, POP WORKS & UNIQUE EXHIBITIONS AT 29TH EDITION

Visual Arts

Published 9/7/18

Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America’s contemporary art fair market. It is the “can’t miss” event for serious collectors, curators, museum directors and interior designers, who are present from the moment the doors open. Art Miami provides an intimate look at some of the most important work at the forefront of the international contemporary art movement.Now in its seventh year, CONTEXT Art Miami, the sister fair to Art Miami, is dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists. CONTEXT’s open atmosphere creates a meaningful dialogue between artists, galleries and collectors while providing the ultimate platform for established and emerging galleries to present cutting-edge and emerging talent. Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami will open on Tuesday, December 4th with a VIP Private Preview at the Art Miami Pavilion, which is located at One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street on Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami between the Venetian …

AQUA ART MIAMI CELEBRATES 14TH YEAR OF SUPPORTING EMERGING & MID-CAREER ARTISTS

AQUA ART MIAMI CELEBRATES 14TH YEAR OF SUPPORTING EMERGING & MID-CAREER ARTISTS

Visual Arts

Published 9/7/18

The festive Preview has become the destination of influential collectors and art professionals who migrate from the Art Miami and CONTEXT fairs at the Pavilion to procure works by young, emerging and mid-career artists. Throughout the years, Aqua Art Miami has continued to solidify itself as a completely unique art fair, consistently staying true to its signature relaxed yet energetic vibe. The 2017 edition featured 52 international exhibitors showcasing fresh new works in the intimate exhibition rooms that open into a beautiful courtyard, of the classic South Beach hotel. A one-day fair pass to Aqua is $25. A multi-day fair pass (Aqua, CONTEXT and Art Miami) is $95. Students 12-18 years and Seniors aged 62 years and older are $20. Children under 12 years accompanied by adult are free. Aqua Groups 10 or more (Online tickets only) are $20. A Multi-Day Pass provides admission to Art Miami, CONTEXT and Aqua Art Miami Fairs, and complimentary shuttle service will be available …

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, one bite at a time

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, one bite at a time

Culinary

Published 8/30/18

By Daisy CabreraAt La Mar by Gastón Acurio, exquisite taste is timeless. The five-star menu features the cuisine of award-winning Chef Gastón Acurio as presented by Executive Chef Diego Oka. The expert chef spent time at various Acurio-owned establishments across global cities, and here he brings the finest in Peruvian gastronomy.Sit outside for dinner, and enjoy the sweeping views while sipping on classic Pisco Sours. The juxtaposition of Brickell’s high-rises in the horizon, glistening Biscayne Bay waters, and an Art-Deco-inspired Miami sunset sky will take your breath away. All the while, La Mar’s dishes are gorgeously presented against this gorgeous backdrop. This is a vacation, friends.The Bachiche dish is an extraordinary Tiradito. Sashimi-style slices of fresh snapper meet leche de tigre (a citrus-based marinade), colatura (fish sauce), and basil oil basking in aged parmesan cheese and topped with darkly-colored garlic chips.With several unique cebiche options featuring …

Miami City Ballet Has Called South Florida Home  for 33 Years

Miami City Ballet Has Called South Florida Home for 33 Years

Performing Arts

Published 8/29/18

- By Petar Petrov -And how could it be any other way – Lourdes Lopez, who was recently named one of “The Most Influential People in Dance Today” by Dance Magazine, danced with New York City Ballet for 24 years under the guidance of none other than George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She joined them when she was only 16, was promoted to soloist at the age of 23, and to principal 3 years later. Balanchine’s artistic influence on Lopez didn’t fade away with the end of her stage career; on the contrary, she continued to pay him tribute by becoming the executive director of The George Balanchine Foundation. But Miami City Ballet’s story dates far back before Lopez joined the show. It all started in 1985 when Miami philanthropist Toby Lerner Ansin spread her passion for ballet like a relentless force of nature, managing to persuade founding artistic director Edward Villella to get behind the wheel of her vision, as well as multiple parties to fund it. …

Maddie Ziegler Rise to Stardom

Maddie Ziegler Rise to Stardom

Artist Spotlight

Published 8/29/18

By Ela WdowinskiAs most young girls, 2-year-old Maddie began taking classes in ballet in 2004. But soon enough her hobby turned into more of a passion as she learned to dance in a range of styles. We’re talking jazz, contemporary, lyrical, pointe, tap, acrobatics, and modern dance! Thus stardom struck when she, her sister Mackenzie, and mom Melissa were casted in reality TV show, Dance Moms with Abby Lee Dance Company, in 2011. The group of girls traveled around the United States for competitions, winning more than a handful along the way. Abby Lee made it prevalent that Maddie was a golden girl, but who could disagree? In 2016 the sisters left the show, but Maddie continued in her dancer dreams.  Ziegler is a revolutionary dancer at this age; her popularity is still rising at an exponential rate. After being in reality TV spotlight, she was introduced to Sia, a 9-time Grammy award-winning singer! They formed an artistic bond, musing each other to create their own form of …

Israeli Folk Dancing A Celebration of Cultural Diversity

Israeli Folk Dancing A Celebration of Cultural Diversity

Classes

Published 8/29/18

- By Annie Sparks -Today, Israel’s heart continues to pulse in sync with all kinds of music; rhythms that originated from practically every continent on earth. Of course, the lyrics were changed to Hebrew. From many of these songs over 3,000 dances we choreographed to a set of steps, done exactly same way across Israel and around the globe. From Arabic inspired dances to Samba, and everything in between, you can find it all. Israeli folk dancing remains a popular recreational activity in Israel today, taking place in public areas and attracting over 100,000 dancers. Some dances are done in circles, whereas others are performed in lines or by couples. The more advanced dancers meet on a weekly basis in organized classes all over Israel and in all parts of the world, reaching as far as Australia and Japan. Although Israeli dancing originated in the Jewish state, in the spirit of the cultural diversity it celebrates, there are many non-Jewish dancers.Hundreds of new …

The 2nd Annual Miami International Ballet Competition is slated for January 23-27

The 2nd Annual Miami International Ballet Competition is slated for January 23-27

Performing Arts

Published 8/29/18

This international contest aims to unite young dancers from around the world within a positive, competitive atmosphere, enable them to gain confidence, develop friendships and connections, and become the chief protagonists in the development of their own futures. The 2018 competition attracted more than 100 aspiring young dancers from different cities in the US and countries such as China, Peru, and Japan, who came together to show the best of their abilities aiming for cash awards, medals, scholarships and opportunities to join ballet companies or major ballet schools to continue their professional training.The Founding Directors, Issaev and Pikieris, have both enjoyed very successful international careers as dancers, choreographers, and artistic directors, and share enormous experience in the development of young ballet artists. As long-time important figures of Miami’s dance community, they have agreed that our city’s multicultural and international flavor make it an ideal …

SPECTRUM MIAMI AND RED DOT MIAMI MOVE TO MANA WYNWOOD FOR MIAMI ART WEEK

SPECTRUM MIAMI AND RED DOT MIAMI MOVE TO MANA WYNWOOD FOR MIAMI ART WEEK

Visual Arts

Published 8/24/18

Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami announce curatorial themes for 2018 Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami will return to Wynwood Arts District starting in 2018, with a new and long-term location at Mana Wynwood - offering an exceptional and elevated world-class experience for both exhibitors and art enthusiasts during this year’s Miami Art Week, taking place December 5-9. The only venue featuring “Two Shows in One Location” during Miami Art Week will cover more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space and be even more accessible for visitors on foot and by car, all within walking distance from Wynwood’s trendiest restaurants, bars and retail boutiques.“We are excited to announce a unique alliance with Mana Wynwood, one of the region’s most progressive organizations in property development and the creative arts,” says Eric Smith, president of Redwood Media Group. “Returning to the Wynwood Arts District for the first time since 2015 perfectly positions Spectrum Miami …

Symphony of the Americas Society Hosts Three Decades Celebration Luncheon

Symphony of the Americas Society Hosts Three Decades Celebration Luncheon

Music

Published 8/8/18

The Symphony of the Americas Society will host a Three Decades Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at The Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale. This event is a tribute to supporters of the Symphony of the Americas, who have kept the music playing for the past thirty years and helped the Symphony achieve the status of a Major Cultural Institution in Broward County. Included in this distinguished group are prominent individuals such as Rose Miniaci, who in 2016 received The Rose Miniaci Legacy Award from the Symphony of the Americas in recognition of her remarkable dedication to the Arts. Both Mrs. Madelyn Savarick and Dr. Peter Babinski have received Lifetime Achievement Awards.The Luncheon will begin with a Champagne Reception and fabulous Silent Auction. Then, The Ritz Carlton will serve a three course gourmet lunch accompanied by fine wines. This event will benefit the Symphony’s Educational and Outreach Programs, which touch the lives of over 35,000 people …

GENERAL DIRECTOR AND CEO, SUSAN T. DANIS LEAVES FLORIDA GRAND OPERA

GENERAL DIRECTOR AND CEO, SUSAN T. DANIS LEAVES FLORIDA GRAND OPERA

Performing Arts

Published 7/25/18

Susan T. Danis, General Director and CEO will be leaving the Florida Grand Opera in October to take a position as the President and CEO of the La Jolla Music Society and The Conrad Presbys Performing Arts Center. During this transition period, FGO’s 25 year veteran Justin Moss, will serve as interim General Director and CEO. “We will miss Susan’s inspiring leadership and we thank her for 6 years of dedicated service. We wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor. We are confident that Justin’s leadership, strength and vast opera experience will continue the positive growth that FGO has experienced under Susan’s leadership.”Susan has played a critical role in the revitalization and involvement of Broward County patrons; significant growth in the quality of opera produced by the company, with productions such as Norma, The Passenger, Before Night Fall, Mourning Becomes Electra, and many others; the development of the Made for Miami series ; and the presentation of …

XXIII International Ballet Festival of Miami

XXIII International Ballet Festival of Miami

Performing Arts

Published 7/16/18

The 23rd International Ballet Festival of Miami 2018, considered the most important in the US, will present performances and an array of other activities in various venues throughout Miami-Dade County, featuring the best ballet, modern and contemporary companies represented by their stars from Europe, South America, Mexico and the USA, receiving local & international rave reviews.The IBFM launches with a VIP Cocktail Reception (invited guests) featuring the Unveiling of the Official IBFM Poster created by Cuban Artist Javier Dubrocq, Saturday, July 28 / 8 p.m. with his dance-inspired fine arts exhibition open to the public the month of August at the beautiful, historic Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center, 111 SW 5th. Ave. Miami, Fl 33130.Five magnificent performances will thrill audiences this year; “IBFM Youth Gala”, featuring young Florida ballet competition medalists at the Lehman Theater, Saturday, Aug. 4 @ 7pm;. Two “Contemporary Performances” featuring 4 …

Miami’s food halls  are a feast for the palate

Miami’s food halls are a feast for the palate

Culinary

Published 7/11/18

By Daisy CabreraFoodies rejoice! From sweet, savory, and salty eats to saturated, succulent and spicy dishes – Miami is a bon viveur playground of gastronomy. With the smorgasbord of food halls popping up, it’s quite easy to stuff yourself with whatever you fancy. First thing’s first – let’s explore the massive 40,000 square foot Italian food haven known as La Centrale. No passport needed to tour its three levels, 14 different restaurants and eateries. This is home to handpicked gems spanning food and wine regions (Sardinia, Tuscany, Sicily, Piedmont, Veneto, Puglia, etc.) Ciao bella!The ground floor is an Italian piazza with grab-and-go street food stations, and an outdoor terrace to bask in the warm sun. Roticceria has paninis and mini calzones waiting for you. At Focacceria, enjoy minestrone with a piadina classica. Insalate is salads galore, and add truffle cream, and crispy pancetta to those greens!The Expresso bar offers much more than macchiatos; such as …

Redeye: Beyond Art + Music + Film + Food

Redeye: Beyond Art + Music + Film + Food

Performing Arts

Published 7/3/18

A Broward tradition for over a decade, the RedEye art and music festival brings together artists of every genre under one roof, for one night, to create a wild underground art happening. Guests roam from room to room as they experience live bands, indie films, interactive art, cutting edge VR games, spoken word, improv comedy, performance art, moving art, and body art – experiences that defy category. And this year, REDEYE promises to take you “Beyond.”“RedEye’s wild ride of human artistry began as a way to support our non-profit mission, but has turned into a beloved summer happening,” says ArtServe CEO Jaye Abbate. “It’s a night for the community to come together. To celebrate the creative spirit alive and flourishing in South Florida, and have four hours of solid fun for less than the cost of a movie ticket.” Attendees – even non-art lovers – are exposed to new films, cool VR experiences, new music, and new dance forms. “They can push way past their …

Vizcaya loans Zorn portrait of James Deering to Art Institute of Chicago

Vizcaya loans Zorn portrait of James Deering to Art Institute of Chicago

Visual Arts

Published 7/3/18

Chicago exhibition features works from artists of the Gilded Age Vizcaya Museum and Gardens has loaned to the Art Institute of Chicago a 1903, oil on canvas portrait of James Deering (1859–1925), Vizcaya’s creator. The portrait by Swedish painter Anders Zorn (1860–1920) is on view in the new exhibition John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age.“Zorn was a contemporary to Sargent,” says Remko Jansonius, Deputy Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs for Vizcaya. “Both artists captured members of the Deering family in the early 20th century.”During his lifetime, Zorn was a successful and popular painter in Sweden, where he was born; in France, where he had a studio in Paris for several years; and in the United States, which he visited on seven occasions. His first journey to the United States was in 1893, when he exhibited at the Swedish art section of the world’s fair in Chicago. In the course of this visit, he met Boston collector Isabella Stewart …

Caribbean305 was all about island hopping – no passport needed!

Caribbean305 was all about island hopping – no passport needed!

Culinary

Published 6/28/18

By, Daisy CabreraThe timing was simply perfect as June marks Caribbean-American Heritage Month. And, since Miami is the gateway to the Caribbean, it serves as the perfect backdrop for a flavorful fête of all things Caribbean!"Caribbean culture is so important in Miami because it's deeply rooted here. I feel like we are an extension of the Caribbean itself. Our people, the music, the food, the agriculture, and the traditions,"stated Chef Adrianne Calvo, South Florida ambassador for Caribbean305.While the lively and colorful Caribbean is world-renown for its beautifully picturesque landscapes, the distinct islands offer an equally lively and colorful array of varied cultures and gourmet delicacies.An extravaganza of unlimited culinary bites and tasty cocktails, all set to live entertainment, is a foodie’s idea of heaven! And, luckily for Caribbean305’s “vacation-mode” attendees, 16 Caribbean destinations showcased their best cuisine: …

“THE ART SOCIETY” – A CREATIVE GALLERY SPACE FEATURING ARTWORK AND PERFORMANCES BY LOCAL ARTISTS

“THE ART SOCIETY” – A CREATIVE GALLERY SPACE FEATURING ARTWORK AND PERFORMANCES BY LOCAL ARTISTS

Visual Arts

Published 6/28/18

Launching June 29th, the three-month rotating gallery will be celebrated by a series of cultural performances, live painting demonstrations, art workshops, and artist meet-and-greets.Serving a community where art, culture and creativity thrive, Westfield Broward (located at 8000 West Broward Boulevard in Plantation) has partnered with ArtServe to form “The Art Society at Westfield Broward,” a creative space dedicated to exhibiting and selling the work of local artists commission-free.Artists featured in the exhibit include neo-pop stitching artist Ed King; Jacklyn Laflamme who specializes in acrylic on canvas paintings; Pam Maschal, a mixed media artist who draws inspiration from nature; and Tony Mendoza, a primitive expressionist known for colorful, larger-than-life murals.To celebrate the launch of The Art Society, Westfield Broward will play host to a series of free public events from June 29 – July 1 featuring everything from local performances to arts and crafts activities, …

Miami Hotel launches Sagamore Salon, a gallery inspired by Salon de Paris of the 19th Century

Miami Hotel launches Sagamore Salon, a gallery inspired by Salon de Paris of the 19th Century

Visual Arts

Published 6/12/18

Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach will present the first edition of the Sagamore Salon. The Sagamore Salon will show approximately 100 works of varied media by as many as 40 artists, inspired by the original “Salon de Paris,” and its more inclusive spinoff, the “Salon des Refusés,” which was established by Napoleon for all of the artists that were rejected by the famous Salon de Paris. The Salon des Refusés was known for accepting new types of art not yet embraced by the establishment, including impressionists. The Sagamore Salon will also incorporate the original salon’s immersive, floor-to-ceiling hanging style that packed the walls with smaller art works.The Sagamore Salon show will be open 24/7 and on view through September 30th, 2018. All artworks will be for sale. The Sagamore Salon is held in partnership with Zemack Gallery, HartHood56, and curated by the hotel’s resident art advisor, Sebastien Laboureau. Also, gallery partner Blue Gallery, who’s known for its exclusive …

Fables and Fairytales

Fables and Fairytales

Family

Published 6/7/18

This summer Flamingo Gardens will host the US premier of a Borowski Glass Studio botanical garden exhibition from May 26 to September 3, 2018. Presented by Oggetti, Borowski’s US partner, the exhibition features over 70 imaginative works of art in glass and metal in installations throughout Flamingo Gardens this summer. Entitled “Fables and Fairytales” the colorful light objects and sculptures are reminiscent of mythical creatures from beloved fables and fairytales. Stanislaw Borowski was born in Moutiers, France in 1944. He became internationally known for his unique engravings and glass sculptures. Together with his two eldest sons, Pawel and Wiktor, he founded the Glassstudio Borowski in 1990, and was later joined by his youngest son Stani Jan. Their elaborately crafted masterpieces can be found in notable galleries, museums, and collections around the world. Borowski’s art glass has been featured in many European gardens, but this will be the first botanical garden …

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to The Frank for The Wizard of Oz

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to The Frank for The Wizard of Oz

Visual Arts

Published 6/1/18

Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and The Wizard of Oz have all landed in Pembroke Pines as The Frank art gallery presents The Wizard of OzTM, a family-friendly interactive educational exhibit. Created by Miami Children’s Museum and licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the exhibition will open with a reception where guests will be the first to experience The Wizard of Oz and will be treated to a vocal performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The opening reception is free and open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 7.                                                  The Wizard of Oz is on display through August 18. Admission is $5 per person. Visitors will embark on a multi-sensory …

Cirque du Soleil’s First Ever On Ice Production

Cirque du Soleil’s First Ever On Ice Production

Performing Arts

Published 5/14/18

CRYSTAL will perform in Sunrise Arena for 15 performances only, Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 29, 2018.In CRYSTAL, gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines for a world class audience experience. Synchronized skating, freestyles figures, and extreme skating are featured alongside traditional circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial traps and hand to hand. The result is an adrenaline-packed show for the whole family that pushes the boundaries and surpasses all expectations!Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial prowesses. Wednesday, July …

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis return to Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in the high voltage rock ‘n’ roll musical Million Dollar Quartet

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis return to Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in the high voltage rock ‘n’ roll musical Million Dollar Quartet

Performing Arts

Published 5/7/18

Actors’ Playhouse brings back the much-anticipated return of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet. One of the company’s most acclaimed (and longest running) productions in its 30-year history, Million Dollar Quartet will once again rock the Balcony Theatre from May 9 – June 24, 2018.This high voltage rock ‘n’ roll show, with book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, is inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together music icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Featuring over 20 timeless hits such as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Fever," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more, this thrilling musical brings audiences inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together to create a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night.Directed …

THE GRAND HISTORIC HOMES OF FLORIDA

THE GRAND HISTORIC HOMES OF FLORIDA

Family

Published 5/2/18

Historic homes have the charm and and the tale of history of their era. Not only do they give us a glimpse to the past, they shed light on who the owners were and their contribution to society. A tour of a historic home is intimate and moving. Florida has many opportunities for such experiences.Being a reflection of its original owner James Deering’s passion for different historical periods, Villa Vizcaya is a like an imposing snow globe, filled with culture, art, Biscayne Bay’s turquoise backdrop and Coconut Grove’s tropical landscape instead of snow. In that spirit, every room was designed around a different piece of furniture, paneling or architectural element. The villa was never conceived as just a house – with Deering’s money and artistic director Paul Chalfin’s imagination and flair, Villa Vizcaya was a visionary and highly ambitious project from the get-go, which took over a decade to become reality, from 1910 to 1922. The first time Deering …

The Power of Science

The Power of Science

Education

Published 5/2/18

While breathtaking in its own right, the view from the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science’s locale on Biscayne Bay isn’t the only thing that has captured the imagination of residents and visitors from around the world. Since opening on May 8, 2017, the museum has welcomed nearly a million guests through its doors, sparking awe and wonder as the only aquarium, planetarium and science museum in the city. Sitting on four acres within Downtown Miami’s waterfront Museum Park, the 250,000-square-foot campus is divided into four distinct buildings: the Aquarium, the Frost Planetarium, and the North and West Wings. This unique setting—built using leading-edge sustainability initiatives—takes guests on a journey from the ocean to the Everglades, and from the human cell to outer space. One of the focal points of the museum is the Aquarium, with its stunning 500,000-gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium exhibit that culminates in a transcendent 31-foot oculus lens into the …

10 TIMELESS MASTERPIECES HOUSED ACROSS THE US

10 TIMELESS MASTERPIECES HOUSED ACROSS THE US

Visual Arts

Published 5/2/18

Certain art pieces are imbued with so much history, culture, emotion, and life that even the most exact replica couldn’t pin down their exact essence. For the casual observer, this might be irrelevant, and therefore a search for their original source – pointless. But for many true art lovers, like myself, experiencing an original in person is like looking at the world from the same, unique vantage point from which the artist once saw something nobody else could.The Starry Night hardly needs an introduction, but here’s ours anyway: Vincent Van Gogh’s most signature masterpiece and an international symbol of art; a beautiful island of serenity, floating amidst a sea of torment inside a mad genius’ mind. It actually depicts Van Gogh’s view from the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum near Saint-Remy-de-Provence where the artist checked himself in after suffering a mental breakdown and famously cutting off his own ear. The artist left out the bars and focused on the night’s vibrant …

Tips on Traveling Like a Pro

Tips on Traveling Like a Pro

Family

Published 4/2/18

“Live in the moment”, “Go with the flow”, and a bunch of other Facebook pearls of wisdom have convinced people that life needs a slogan in order to be experienced. The truth of the matter is that being spontaneous can be difficult when you have no idea how to get to your hotel or how to take the bus. Being overly adventurous can ironically prevent you from making the most of your escapade and cost you many of those precious moments, not to mention dollars.Learning some basic words and phrases in the local language can separate you from the packs of ignorant tourists locals are often sick of. Opening up with something like “Excuse me. Can I ask you a question, please?” in a broken language is an endearing attempt that brings down barriers – not so much language ones, because you’ll still need an answer in English, but at least the human and cultural ones. It’s the gesture the counts.Whether you like planning or not, history is definitely the fun kind of holiday …

10 Cultural Locales Worth Traveling To

10 Cultural Locales Worth Traveling To

Visual Arts

Published 4/2/18

By Petar PetrovYou can bestanding in front of The Vatican, knowing that millions before you have admired its beauty, and so will millions after you, and nevertheless believe you’ve felt or spotted something no one else has or will. And you probably won’t be wrong. Because traveling, at its core, is very similar to the other two universal, yet unique experiences in life – love and art. While traveling with a significant other can be great, art is no worse companion and motive, and probably a far more agreeable one. We’ve selected some of the best art destinations in the world for you to explore with someone or alone. We’ll leave that up to you. Searching for beauty in distant places is part of a traveler’s adventurous spirit, but one should never miss an exploration of a backyard as beautiful and enticing as Miami. It’s not only blessed with an art scene of the highest qualities, but also of the rarest. The city is home to unique art districts, which are a …

Key West’s  Subtropical Botanical Garden

Key West’s Subtropical Botanical Garden

Family

Published 4/2/18

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only "subtropical, frost-free" botanical garden in the continental United States, a tropical environment with ample rain that allows most trees to retain their leaves in the dry season (December through late May). It is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. Unlike traditional botanical gardens, this garden advocates the education and protection of native plants and wildlife species in a natural conservation habitat. Tropical forests of the world hold at least half of all the variety of life on Earth. Moreover, the species found within the Caribbean are among the richest in plant and animal life on the planet. Celebrating 82 years in 2018, this garden is a special place where you can appreciate biodiversity and learn more about its importance. For instance, the forest has two of the last remaining fresh water ponds in the Keys and is a major migratory stopping point for neo-tropical birds from places as …

Shorts  On Ships - Professional Theatre at Sea

Shorts On Ships - Professional Theatre at Sea

Performing Arts

Published 4/2/18

The theatre is the heart of the onboard cultural entertainment. Now, the theatres of three of Azamara Club Cruises’ ships – Journey, Quest and Pursuit, will welcome City Theatre and one of their most innovative projects to date. Shorts on Ships is basically the theatre version of cruising – a series of short and charged performances which end on a pitch-perfect high note to deliver a lot while demanding very little. City Theatre is entering its 23rd season as the only professional theatre in the U.S. that is dedicated to producing short plays and musicals. Its imaginative new venture Shorts On Ships is the latest of a long-standing legacy of challenging the status quo. With the following their past works like Summer Shorts Festivals, Winter Shorts, City Shorts, Short Cuts and Shorts Gone Wild have garnered, the artistic troupe seems to have found the perfect platform to reinvent their vision on another, more fluid scale. City Theatre has hand-picked some of its …

A rich harmony of electronic music, cultures, and people

A rich harmony of electronic music, cultures, and people

Music

Published 3/1/18

Being a true celebration of electronic music and the sense of unity and universal acceptance it bestows, from the 20th to the 25th of March, Miami will host a rich harmony of parties, cultures and music anyone is welcomed to indulge in. For the 20th time in a row.No matter what, great music is the most essential ingredient of any great music event, and Miami Music Week closely follows this recipe for success regardless of what your particular taste might be. With DJs who have become known as universal gravitational forces not only in the electronic genre, but music as a whole, and a myriad of venues at their disposal where their skills can truly unfurl, the 6-day musical feast is bound to deliver. Sure, there will be ton of electronic music to enjoy, but what instantly stands out from the typical festival experience is the ton of ways to enjoy it.Whether you’re a casual fan or a hardcore raver, going to Miami and not attending a pool party would be like going to Rome and not …

PEACE70 - Celebrating Peace Through Art

PEACE70 - Celebrating Peace Through Art

Visual Arts

Published 3/1/18

By Petar PetrovThis year,the State of Israel is turning 70. For a country, younger than some baby boomers, it has certainly made every year of its newly found freedom count. The State of Israel strides toward becoming the epitome of agricultural and high-tech innovation. But the industrial landscape is not the only global picture in which the young state has firmly positioned itself. Perhaps the country’s most tangible sign of all-around progress is the fact that its citizens’ aspirations spread far beyond the capitalistic world and into the artistic one. Amidst all the political tension which has been hanging over the small state in the Middle East like a dust storm, art is becoming an oasis where beauty and humanity can flourish unharmed. In celebration of 70 years of independence, the Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach will be displaying the works of many Israeli artists. And as if this wasn’t an occasion historic enough on its own, the actual venue is “incidentally” …

BRAVA MAESTRA

BRAVA MAESTRA

Music

Published 3/1/18

Few entities have as much power to shape the artistic and cultural landscape of South Florida as the South Florida Symphony Orchestra. Satisfying the artistic needs of such a diverse and culturally spoiled community is certainly a hefty task many would crumble under, but not Sebrina Maria Alfonso. In fact, her aptitude for challenges is precisely what brought the orchestra’s Maestra to where she is in life, and to her next big challenge she is pondering from her sunny Fort Lauderdale office.The South Florida Symphony Orchestra has been Alfonso’s life’s work for the last two decades and luckily for the South Florida community, complacency is not an option. And how could it be, when the orchestra so harmoniously interweaves her two strongest passions - music and community outreach?What the Maestra has deemed worthy of her orchestra’s and community’s attention is Porgy and Bess, the iconic American opera, composed by the great George Gershwin, which introduced the now classic …

Showcasing Rising Stars

Showcasing Rising Stars

Performing Arts

Published 3/1/18

With an exciting program that includes a vibrant and diverse art exhibition at the New World Gallery, followed by performance excerpts of renowned works in dance, music and theater at the Olympia Theater, the showcase will capture the artistic heart and soul of its guests. With excerpts from the performing arts divisions, the evening will highlight the work of world-renowned choreographers including Echad Mi Yodea by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. This iconic dance is set to the music of Israeli rock group Nikmat Hatractor and will be performed by select college dance students. Overture by NWSA alumnus Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance will also grace the stage.Led by Maestro Alfred Gershfeld, the NWSA Orchestra will come alive with the famous Overture to Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Opera (popularly known as the William Tell Overture), premiered in 1829 and the last of Rossini’s 39 operas. NWSA Wind Ensemble will present a movement from …

NWSA Cultivates the Artistic Leaders of Tomorrow

NWSA Cultivates the Artistic Leaders of Tomorrow

Music

Published 3/1/18

The road to becoming a musician is long and filled with many detours, each and every one of which holds a valuable takeaway for its starry-eyed residents. It’s a journey which has as much to do with music as it has to do with self-discovery and personal development. The aspiring musicians embarking on it need a visionary guide, one who can help them look beyond mere scales and notes and into the bigger picture, colored with the values and overarching purpose their music is meant to voice. This is where New World School of the Arts and its Dean of Music Dr. Daniel Andai come in. Having walked this very road himself as a professional violinist on 5 continents, a concert master, a conductor, as well as a student and a professor at New World School of the Arts, Dr. Daniel Andai has come to know first-hand all the overlooked aspects of being an artist. And he’s not the only one who has had the invaluable chance to tap into the school’s well of knowledge and wisdom. With …

The Sounds of Love: Our Top Ten Most Romantic Songs

The Sounds of Love: Our Top Ten Most Romantic Songs

Music

Published 2/1/18

One of the most powerful aspects of romance is the love song. Whether it’s wooing the object of your desire, or getting her or him in the mood, the love song has withstood the test of time, becoming a popular staple in Western music for over 1,000 years. It has thrived across most, if not all, genres of music. Whether it’s pop favorites, Broadway show-stoppers or passionate arias, love songs evoke powerful emotions when it comes to affairs of the heart. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d share some of our fave romantic songs which you might want to add to your own playlists of love!(1981)Ah, this song perfectly embodies the sweet rush of first love! So whether you’re wanting to win over someone new, or rekindling the passion in a long term relationship, this one definitely has endless possibilities!(1970)It doesn’t get more quintessential than the theme of one of the most romantic movies of all time! We suggest you keep your hankies ready while …

Sufi-meets-B boy in ‘What the Day Owes to the Night’

Sufi-meets-B boy in ‘What the Day Owes to the Night’

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/18

Stunning French Algerian Dance Company Herve Koubi Cie Hervé Koubi makes its Miami debut with a highly physical, fluid work for 12 French-Algerian and West African male dancers, hailed as a “stunning fusion of acrobatics, gymnastics, b-boying, modern dance and ballet” by the The Washington Post The piece is an exploration of and reconnection to the company director‘s North African roots.The French-born choreographer Herve Koubi only learned of his Algerian heritage as an adult. The revelation prompted his first trip to Algiers at the age of 25, where he held auditions, received 250 (mostly self-taught) dancers and selected twelve, whom he calls his “found brothers.” The rest is choreographic history. “I went to Algeria to make light in my dark (because unknown) history. I had to give life to my orientalist dreams, I had to do it with dance. I had to do it with dancers from Algeria using their specific skills. The youth of Algeria is like that, full of …

Florida Grand Opera Unveils Its First Production of Richard Strauss’s Potent, Sexually Charged Shocker Salome in Fifteen Years

Florida Grand Opera Unveils Its First Production of Richard Strauss’s Potent, Sexually Charged Shocker Salome in Fifteen Years

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/18

Operas are known for their passion, tugging at your emotions with heart-wrenching arias of tragic or unrequited love. Of course, sometimes love can be a just a tad extreme. One of our favorite Operas, Richard Strauss’s 1905 Salome, definitely takes the expression “falling head over heels” over someone to a dark place that’s guaranteed to thrill, shock, and entertain.When Salome first premiered, this steamy brew of eroticism and religion so unnerved audiences that it was banned in Vienna and London. The opera’s troubles didn’t end there. In 1907, at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, it was yanked from the company’s repertoire just days after its premiere.So why is this story so romantic, yet controversial? And why has it become one of the most successful and popular of all twentieth-century operas? Perhaps it’s the thematic mix of religious fervor, sexual fury, and necrophilia that audiences just can’t get enough of!In a nutshell, the plot of Salome boils down …

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates a Decade of Ailey at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates a Decade of Ailey at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/18

Making his choreographic debut with the piece Members Don’t Get Weary, is Miami native Jamar Roberts, heralded as a star in the dance world. Roberts calls the piece “a response to the current social landscape in America, an abstract look into the notion of one ‘having the blues.” Roberts’ deep appreciation for jazz – an original American art form that he believes should be more widely celebrated – comes through in his use of saxophonist and legendary composer John Coltrane’s music, 50 years after the legend’s death. Roberts, along with 31 of Ailey’s renowned dancers, will captivate audiences during five richly diverse programs, featuring new works and company premieres by the world’s most celebrated dance-makers. The Adrienne Arsht Center and Ailey have also collaborated to offer a myriad of arts education and community-friendly offerings. On Friday, February 23 at 11:00am, a special one-hour performance featuring Ailey’s perennial crowd-pleasing …

Foodie Diaries - Kraken Crudo

Foodie Diaries - Kraken Crudo

Culinary

Published 12/28/17

We're always on the lookout for new, innovative eateries that are tucked away from the mainstream, hidden gems waiting to be discovered and appreciated for their fresh culinary take. After receiving a hot tip from a trusted foodie, we saddled-up and made our way down to Kraken Crudo, located in an unassuming strip mall. We weren't sure what to expect, but the idea of mashing-up Latin flavors with traditional sushi was definitely intriguing to our overactive palates and we were curious about Venezuelan Chef Samuel's creations. Once inside, we were immediately hooked by the small intimate vibe. There are just three tables and a small counter area you can eat at, which provides an up-close look as your food is being meticulously prepared. The décor is modern meets industrial, with light fixtures dangling from ceiling pipes, and gorgeous street art, featuring the legendary octopus-like Kraken sea monster, dominating the walls. Looking at the menu, we were pleasantly surprised to note …

Out of Your Comfort Zone: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS That are Definitely Worth the Trip

Out of Your Comfort Zone: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS That are Definitely Worth the Trip

Family

Published 12/28/17

Where: Venice, ItalyWhen: January - February Known by locals as the Carnevale di Venezia (sounds much more romantic!), this is hands down one of the most famous carnivals on earth, featuring sumptuous costumes and exotic Venetian masks that give the city a fairytale quality. It’s like stepping into a time machine to a world of lavish suits and gowns. Attracting approximately 3 million visitors each year, this event could be considered a series of historical re-enactments and celebrations, showcasing water parades, masked costume competitions, spectacular fireworks and a series of lavish masquerade balls, including our fave, the Grand Masquerade Ball. The special 25th edition of this dazzling ball takes place on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at the Palazzo Moretta (Yep, a real life palace on the beautiful Grand Canal!). Enjoy a magical night of cocktails, fine wine, performances, elegant silver service dinner while you experience the air of mystery, surrounded …

Las Olas Art Fair Celebrates  30 years on the Boulevard

Las Olas Art Fair Celebrates 30 years on the Boulevard

Visual Arts

Published 12/28/17

January 6 - 7. 10am-5pmPresented by Howard Alan Events, producer of the nation’s top outdoor art festivals, the Las Olas Art Fair features sculpture, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, wearable art and more, all displayed gallery-style, for the enjoyment of art appreciators, collectors, shoppers and pedestrians alike. With the great winter weather here in South Florida, the outdoor setting is ideal for a leisurely stroll, while being immersed in so much fab art!The free, outdoor pet-friendly event also includes the opportunity to meet with the artists, ask about techniques, commission a specific piece and discover the inspiration behind each magnificent creation. This year’s winning commemorative poster will also be unveiled, featuring an original design by festival newcomer Michael O’Connell. The Las Olas Art Fair (Part II) is slated for March 3 and 4, 2018. For more information about the Las Olas Art Fair, please visit www.artfestival.com.

CELEBRATE SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MARTHA GRAHAM’S DANCE OF LIFE

CELEBRATE SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MARTHA GRAHAM’S DANCE OF LIFE

Performing Arts

Published 12/28/17

January 21 - 24Celebrating its 20th Season, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents Masterworks Series II: Martha Graham’s Dance of Life, which provides South Florida audiences with the opportunity to experience the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company. A leader in contemporary dance since 1926, and acclaimed by audiences and critics in more than 50 countries, the company is embracing a new vision, showcasing masterpieces by Graham, along with other newly commissioned works by contemporary artists, such as this program’s world premiere of Tom Hormel’s Legend of Bird Mountain. South Florida Symphony Orchestra’s founder and conductor, Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso, is excited by this historic collaboration, which includes a performance of Appalachian Spring, composed by Aaron Copland in 1943, and awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. The ballet celebrates the marriage of two Pennsylvania pioneers.For the second act, the company interprets Rite of Spring, composed by Igor …

The Miami International GuitART Festival Celebrates Cuba

The Miami International GuitART Festival Celebrates Cuba

Music

Published 12/28/17

February 19 - 25Attendees will be able to celebrate Miami’s Cuban heritage in MIGF’s “A LO CUBANO.” Thanks to the generous Knight Arts Challenge Award from the Knight Foundation, this year’s festival is dedicated to Cuban music and will feature extraordinary artists in eleven concerts, six master classes, five lectures, luthier’s expo, and a round-table composer’s panel, as well as performance and composition competitions.Led by one of Cuba’s most influential musicians, virtuoso guitarist and composer Maestro Eduardo Martin, the festival will showcase many wonderful Cuban artists, including Iliana Matos, Rene Izquierdo, Martin Pedreira Rodriguez, Rafael Padron, Thomas Uriarte, Zuleida Suarez, and Alberto Puerto.In the mood for brilliant musicians? “A LO CUBANO” has you covered, with an impressive roster of international talent that includes Eliot Fisk (Boston, U.S.), Marcin Dylla (Poland), Adam Levin (Boston, U.S.), Eren Süalp (Turkey), Pierre Bibault (France), Sam …

Symphony of the Americas’ 30th Anniversary Celebration

Symphony of the Americas’ 30th Anniversary Celebration

Music

Published 12/28/17

Founded as the Sinfonia Virtuosi & Chorus of Florida, the orchestra was honored to perform the gala opening concert of the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in 1991, with German powerhouse pianist, Michael Ponti. The BCPA has since become the symphony’s performance home, with Latin Grammy Award winning composer, Eduardo Magallanes, serving as Composer in Residence.Committed to serving South Florida’s multi-cultural population, the Symphony features an International Guest Artist Series, encompassing classical music gems, ballet soloists, the pulses of tango, mesmerizing acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie, toe-tapping Broadway, and the rhythms of Spanish Zarzuela. World-renowned musical talent who have appeared with Maestro in these genres include YoYo Ma, Eugenia Zukerman, Emanuel Ax, Joaquin Achucarro, Yefim Bronfman, Roberta Peters, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Bella Davidovich, Doc Severinsen, Phyllis Diller, Mariah Carey and hip-hop artist Nelly, among …

CARNIVAL & CABARET

CARNIVAL & CABARET

Visual Arts

Published 12/15/17

Carnival in Venice is the centerpiece of the new Carnival & Cabaret exhibit at WMODA, which runs from January 18 – March 31, 2018. With Carnival time approaching, the latest exhibit curated by Louise Irvine explores the flamboyant festivals in Venice, Rio and New Orleans as seen by porcelain artists from Europe. Discover how Harlequin and Columbine and other characters from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte have influenced carnival fun, the art of clowning and masquerade balls through the ages. Masquerade parties were particularly popular during the roaring ‘20s to disguise the flirtatious behavior of the flappers. Cabaret and variety shows in early 20th century Paris and Berlin also reveled in the theatrical excesses of carnival costumes. It’s Museum Selfie Day on January 17th so the opening night party at WMODA is the perfect opportunity to take selfies in the most spectacular setting #museumselfieday. The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts is a world-class …

AQUA Art Miami Celebrates its 13th Year of Supporting Emerging & Mid-Career Artists during Miami Art Week

AQUA Art Miami Celebrates its 13th Year of Supporting Emerging & Mid-Career Artists during Miami Art Week

Visual Arts

Published 12/1/17

(December 6 - 10, 2017)The fair is a must-attend destination for influential collectors and art professionals looking to discover fresh talent and acquire works from emerging and mid-career artists. This year, 51 international exhibitors will present exciting works in intimate exhibition rooms that open onto the classic South Beach hotel’s beautiful courtyard. Through the years, AQUA Art Miami has solidified itself as a unique event that stays true to its signature ‘relaxed-yet-energetic’ vibe, which is why it remains a favorite gathering spot for both seasoned and new collectors to view and purchase art of the highest quality, while exchanging cultural ideas and forming meaningful connections. Once again, the fair will host spellbinding performance pieces and exhibit a curated selection of special projects. This year, AQUA Art Miami will shine a spotlight on fashion and style and its distinct relationship to contemporary art, through standout projects that …

SPECTRUM MIAMI, RED DOT MIAMI, AND ARTSPOT MIAMI OFFER A GLOBAL PANORAMA DURING MIAMI ART WEEK 2017

SPECTRUM MIAMI, RED DOT MIAMI, AND ARTSPOT MIAMI OFFER A GLOBAL PANORAMA DURING MIAMI ART WEEK 2017

Visual Arts

Published 12/1/17

Spectrum Miami, Red Dot Miami, and ArtSpot Miami form the acclaimed contemporary and fine art experience that collectively presents some of today’s most coveted national and international artists and galleries from the U.S and from around the world. Redwood Media Group, based in California, exclusively produces the three art fairs housed in one location—considered to be the only multi-show production of its kind during Miami Art Week. The exhibition space and purpose-built structure on NE 2nd Avenue, which Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami have occupied as sister art fairs for the past two years, has grown to become the ultimate destination for the fine art industry professional and contemporary art enthusiast who collectively seek a more accessible experience with exhibits showcasing the world’s most progressive portfolios by some of today’s elite artists, galleries, and emerging talents. The shows attract more than 38,000 attendees each year and represent more than 650 …

Next From Badessi: Art that Changes Brickell’s Skyline

Next From Badessi: Art that Changes Brickell’s Skyline

Visual Arts

Published 12/1/17

Badessi, determined to show the world that art has the power to change the landscape, has partnered with Swire Hotels to provide EAST, Miami with an impressive Balloon Installation on the 40th floor at Sugar, the hotel’s rooftop bar & garden. The installation will be accessible to ICA and Bass Museum members and VIPs during the opening event at Sugar on December 5th, 6pm - 9pm, where guests will also be treated to special performances by Yoli Mayor and DJ Jared Coetzee. The installation will be open to the public on December 4th, and throughout Art Basel & Miami Art Week during regular business hours at Sugar, from 4pm-close. This balloon will change the Brickell Skyline, serving as a beacon and thrusting D.A.M. & EAST, Miami into the international headlines as pioneer supporters of art in public spaces.It has been five years since Italian Artist Stefano Ogliari Badessi impressed the world during the 56th Venice Biennial with Red Emotion, and a year since he made his …

FOODIE DIARIES - Canvas at sagamore Hotel

FOODIE DIARIES - Canvas at sagamore Hotel

Culinary

Published 11/28/17

Inspired by Miami Art Week, we decided we wanted to have an extra creative Foodie experience this month to get our artistic juices flowing. What better place to visit than Canvas? After all, it’s located at the Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach, one of the most renowned art hotels in the country, and right at the heart of so many Art Week events. We were immediately impressed with the casual, chic vibe, flowing from the Sagamore’s gallery into an outdoor poolside patio that’s quintessential South Beach. The sophisticated décor incorporates a black & white color scheme, with silver touches and floor-to-ceiling drapes. Once seated, we were anxious to experience what Executive Chef Michael Smerda had whipped up for the occasion. We’d heard he’s been in the industry for over 22 years, and even hosted radio and cooking shows where he shared his talent and tips with everyone! We were definitely ready to experience his bold, balanced and flavorful works of culinary art for …

Must See Art

Must See Art

Visual Arts

Published 11/28/17

While it may be impossible to visit every single fair and view every piece, we’re giving you a head start. Our illustrious Curator, Sebastien Laboreau, has been busy again this year, evaluating submissions from some of the most prestigious fairs, and providing his “don’t-miss” highlights. Be sure to download the CultureOwl app to easily access the guide and navigate to each Must See Art location to discover your new faves!Tony GumSize: 146 x 97cmMedium Used: C-type fuji crystal archival print, dibond mountedStyle of Piece: PhotographyPresenting Gallery: Christopher Moller GalleryExhibited at: PULSE Miami Beachwww.pulseartfair.comCurator’s StatementNo wonder why Vogue voted Tony Gum “The coolest girl in Cape Town”. This South-African photographer masters her art: whimsical, colorful, humoristic, an hymn to South African women’s beauty! A must see,A must buy!Basil KincaidSize: 24" x 32"Medium Used: PhotographyStyle of Piece: PhotographyPrice: $2,400Presenting …

Art Week RETURNS TO THE SAGAMORE AND IT’S  LEGENDARY

Art Week RETURNS TO THE SAGAMORE AND IT’S LEGENDARY

Visual Arts

Published 11/28/17

This curated selling exhibit, honoring emerging Urban artists, will be open to the public from December 4, 2017 thru January 4th, 2018, welcoming guests to peruse the art at their leisure, 24/7, with complimentary admission. Private tours can also be arranged with the hotel’s resident art advisor, by appointment only. Most pieces will also be available to purchase.“This year marks an influential time for the Sagamore Hotel, as we endure long-lasting relationships with the arts and cultural community. We’ve created a platform to allow both recognized and up-and-coming talent to utilize the property to present their creativity whether it be through art, music, fashion, or food,” explains Ronit Neuman, Sagamore Hotel’s Co-Principal. Art is interwoven in the DNA of the Sagamore. Its new ownership, the Ben Josef family, is continuously proving their commitment to keeping with this two-decade tradition. The Hotel’s Art Program is directed by Mrs. Neuman in collaboration …

URBAN ARTS - FROM THE STREETS TO THE MARKET

URBAN ARTS - FROM THE STREETS TO THE MARKET

Visual Arts

Published 11/28/17

Street art, or Urban art, refers to visual art that’s created and displayed in public locations. It’s often unsanctioned, organic artwork, generated outside of the context of traditional art venues. Artists choose to use streets as their gallery, communicating directly with the public at large, free from any constraints. These works often depict socially relevant content, infused with aesthetic value, to attract attention and empower an artistic revolution. While Urban Art can be freely found on the streets and enjoyed by all, urban artists also work with galleries, selling their pieces at auction for record prices. Let’s take an in-depth look at this global phenomenon.Street art gained popularity during the New York graffiti boom, peaking with the spray-painted full-car subway murals of the 1980’s centered in the Bronx. But the movement now encompasses many other techniques beyond graffiti, including stencils, wheat-pasted poster art, sticker art, spray bombs, various street …

Wynwood Walls Unveils 12 New Installations

Wynwood Walls Unveils 12 New Installations

Visual Arts

Published 11/28/17

BY WORLD RENOWNED STREET ARTISTS DURING ART BASEL MIAMI WEEKWynwood Walls, the famed epicenter of the Wynwood Arts District renowned for its exceptional and continually evolving collection of curated street art, has announced its theme of “humanKIND” for Art Basel Miami Art Week. Goldman Properties, the owner of the Wynwood Walls, will be unveiling 12 new murals on its iconic walls aligning with sculptural installations tied to “humankind.” This project was selected to infuse compassion, humanity and empathy in today’s society and aims to manifest hope. Jessica Goldman Srebnick, CEO of Goldman Properties and Goldman Global Arts, an offshoot of Goldman Properties, has hand-selected and thoughtfully curated a diverse roster of talent to continuously transform the Wynwood Art District. By giving this dynamic group a platform to showcase their work, Goldman Global Arts is representing the global pulse of humanKIND. “Art Basel Miami is an opportunity to showcase …

Basel’s Back: With a Few Twists!

Basel’s Back: With a Few Twists!

Visual Arts

Published 11/28/17

For starters, Art Basel attendees will notice the Miami Beach Convention Center has gotten a facelift. Gone is the old West Lobby, replaced by the center’s brand new Grand Lobby, just in time for the world-renowned festival. Art buyers will also be able to take advantage of the new loading dock stretching from Washington Avenue to Convention Center Drive when they purchase their extravagant works of art. The convention center’s 500,000-square-foot exhibit area also has completely new flooring, in addition to remodeled lobby areas.There are also a few change of venues: Midtown mainstays Art Miami and Context fairs are moving to 1 Herald Plaza in Downtown Miami, boasting waterfront views of Biscayne Bay, indoor and outdoor cafés, and multiple transportation options to make it easier to get around. NADA Miami, usually held at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach since 2009, is also moving to Downtown Miami’s Ice Palace Studios, partly due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma last …

FOODIE DIARIES - Mojo

FOODIE DIARIES - Mojo

Culinary

Published 11/1/17

As culture lovers, we truly appreciate fine culinary, artistic, and musical experiences. After our latest foodie adventure at Mojo, we’re thrilled to report we hit the trifecta of great food, art, and music, all under one roof! From the moment we walked through the doors, we couldn’t help notice all the terrif artwork decorating the walls, HUGE canvases splashed with vibrant colors, quite artistically. We immediately inquired about the art, and were told that not only is one of the owners, Domenick Falcione, the Chef, he is also the artist. His masterpieces adorned both dining rooms with his gorgeous abstract art (which is available for sale), giving the restaurant an artsy vibe. The décor had an almost Country Fresh feel to it, with a dash of pizzazz. We visited on a Thursday night and were happy to discover that Mojo has live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The flair of acoustic guitarist, Michael Bianco, really added to the atmosphere, and had us wanting to …

Allapattah:  The New Wynwood?

Allapattah: The New Wynwood?

Visual Arts

Published 11/1/17

Typically, developers seek out rundown areas to invest in, creating an arts movement that causes the area to gain popularity. This process is similar to how Wynwood grew into what it is today and how it acquired its world-renowned reputation. Because of Allapattah’s desirable location and proximity to areas such as Wynwood, Miami Design District, and Midtown, investors are buying up warehouses to use and renovate as creative spaces. With so many people investing in Allapattah, prices are rising faster here than in popular Miami Beach, a trend that’s expected to continue for the next 10 to 15 years. Currently, Allapattah boasts a range of popular restaurants, such as Papo Llega y Pon and Laguna Seafood Restaurant. The city’s nightlife is also on the rise, building in popularity as it capitalizes on its Wynwood neighbor. The brand new Allapattah Market has attracted many visitors who want a glimpse of what this aspiring neighborhood is really about, and features a food and crafts …

The Arsht Center is a Tour de Force to be Reckoned With

The Arsht Center is a Tour de Force to be Reckoned With

Music

Published 11/1/17

“Our mission is to serve all lovers of traditional performing arts by bringing the titans of classical music and beloved Broadway hits to Miami, while at the same time inviting audiences to experience new genre-blending performances,” says Liz Wallace, Vice President, Programming, Arsht CenterFor its 12th season, the Arsht Center presents an assortment of musical styles that are sure to appeal to a broad range of music lovers, as diverse as Miami itself.This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Arsht Center’s Jazz Roots series, which Wallace observes has “added to the vibrant musical scene in Miami,” with the Knight Concert Hall becoming “a destination for spectacular jazz artists.” This year’s Jazz highlights include an Ella Fitzgerald 100th Birthday Tribute (November 3, 2017), An Evening with Jon Batiste and Stay Human (December 15, 2017), Generations: Joey Alexander and Ramsey Lewis (January 12, 2018), George Benson: A Night of Breezin’ and Greatest Hits …

International Tours: Experience Art & Culture Your Way

International Tours: Experience Art & Culture Your Way

Visual Arts

Published 11/1/17

Guided tours in art museums, especially those in other cities, are one of many ways to admire works of art and gain valuable insight you otherwise might miss. Through these tours, you get up-close and personal views of masterpieces, enabling you to grasp the true history and meaning behind each piece. Even if you don’t necessarily have a passion for art, museum tours allow you to learn about it through another set of eyes, giving you the knowledge and appreciation of an art lover. You also get a greater appreciation for the skill and creativity of the artists themselves, as well as the messages they are trying to convey. We strongly recommend touring the National Gallery of Art (nga.gov) and The Smithsonian Museum (smithsonianmag.com). Both are located in Washington DC and are two of the United States’ best, each featuring works highlighting American history. If you’re visiting New York City, make sure to tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art (metmuseum.org), as it’s …

BIOPHILIA AT WMODA

BIOPHILIA AT WMODA

Visual Arts

Published 10/12/17

The buzz is building for the opening of CHRISTOPHER MARLEY | BIOPHILIA: A Dialogue with Art, Nature and Science on December 6th at the Gallery of Amazing Things and WMODA. This pioneering art exhibit illuminates man’s relationship with the natural world and showcases over 400 works by Christopher Marley, artist, naturalist and New York Times bestselling author. Biophilia means “love of life or living systems” and is expressed eloquently by Marley who uses the natural world as his medium for his revolutionary work revealing the spectacular beauty of nature. The rare elements of nature – animal, vegetable and mineral - used in Marley’s designs are either reclaimed or sustainably harvested. The ancient connection between art, nature and science is explored further at WMODA in the context of the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water and the transmutation of these forces of nature to create ceramic and glass art. Christopher Marley’s natural …

Foodie Diaries Special Edition: Trinity Restaurant

Foodie Diaries Special Edition: Trinity Restaurant

Culinary

Published 9/29/17

If you’ve been peeking at our Foodie Diaries over the years, you know we just love all the great food South Florida has to offer. But how do we feed our passion when we’re traveling and get that all too familiar craving for a delish dish? We recently faced this dilemma while vacaying in New Orleans, where we discovered this gem! So we decided to break from our usual format and serve up something totally different for you to chew on. One thing’s clear: If you’re ever in New Orleans, you must find your way to Trinity Restaurant!New Orleans is often called the “city of festivals.” Known for its authentic Cajun influences in music, celebration, and of course, food, this unique city welcomes travelers from all over the world, eager to immerse themselves in the unique vibe. In a place with so much going on, the best way to truly understand New Orleans is through its culinary delights. This is the mission of the city’s popular Trinity Restaurant. Located in the historic French …

'tis the season: our top picks for the 2017-18 cultural season

'tis the season: our top picks for the 2017-18 cultural season

Visual Arts

Published 9/29/17

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and INovember 7 – 12, 2017Kravis Center, West Palm BeachOne of our favorites is back! Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this awe-inspiring musical, directed by Bartlett Sher. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Musical Revival, THE KING AND I has us swooning already!www.kravis.orgIf I ForgetFebruary 3, 2018 – March 4, 2018GableStage, Coral GablesThis powerful tale of a …

The Spotlight Shines on New World School of the Arts New Season

The Spotlight Shines on New World School of the Arts New Season

Performing Arts

Published 9/29/17

With a notably stimulating presence in the arts community, NWSA has become one of the most coveted arts institutions in the nation. The work of the visual arts alumni can be found in the most prestigious art museums, galleries, private collections and venues, including Art Basel. The dance, music and theater alumni perform in world-renowned dance companies, symphony orchestras, lyric operas and concert halls across the nation. They shine on Broadway, leave their mark in Hollywood and grace the international stage with their outstanding work. Some noteworthy alumni accomplishments this year include Tarell McCraney’s Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film Moonlight, Alex Lacamoire’s third Tony Award for Dear Evan Hansen, and Michael Aronov’s first Tony Award for Oslo. While some continue to pursue higher academic degrees, many of NWSA’s alumni join the ranks of prestigious arts organizations or form their own arts institutions.October 14; 6:00 PM New World School of …

Musical Powerhouse Conrad Tao Wows at Symphony of the Americas

Musical Powerhouse Conrad Tao Wows at Symphony of the Americas

Music

Published 9/29/17

April 10, 2018, 7:45pmConrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer. He has received the prestigious honor of being named to Forbes magazine’s coveted “30 Under 30” list, showcasing young movers and shakers under the age of 30 who are changing the world they live in. He is also an accomplished recording artist. Highlights of Tao’s recent performances include the world premiere of David Lang’s opera, The Loser, performing with the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra in Milan, appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, Cliburn Concerts, the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and the Washington Performing Arts Society. Symphony of the Americas, under the direction of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, is South Florida’s premier classical music organization, and has achieved the status of a Broward County designated Major Cultural Institution.Tao first performed with Maestro at the Broward Center in both a piano and violin concerto at …

Art Basilando Hits the Home Show

Art Basilando Hits the Home Show

Family

Published 8/25/17

September 1 - 4“Art Basilando” depicts the colorful souls of twelve Little Havana artist who, through different styles and textures, create a cohesive trajectory of heritage, history and artistic expression. The viewer is bedazzled by color and bold imagery, but should look deeper into the artist’s canvas. Unfold the dichotomy of an artist’s soul: worlds past and present; elation and deep sadness; surreal and real; darkness and light.Participating artists include: Katey Penner, Santos Mendez, Didi Marchi, Gonzalo Borges, Annie M., Diana Contreras, Phil Avello, Mildrey Guillot, Eliott Prada, Giselle Fajardo, Mayomelz (Mel Pichardo), Omar Corrales Mora. The showcase is curated by Pati Vargas, Director of Viernes Culturales.“We are very proud to have participated in At Home with Art since its launch in 2015,” states Pati Vargas. “Basilando is of course, a play on words. However, it defines what I think makes Miami’s art community very unique: we are out on the streets …

FOODIE DIARIES - Il Mulino New York

FOODIE DIARIES - Il Mulino New York

Culinary

Published 8/24/17

We were really in the mood to experience the elegance of acclaimed Italian restaurant, Il Mulino New York. With locations in New York City, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Puerto Rico, and of course, our hometown Sunny Isles and South Beach, we knew this wasn’t going to be a typical chain experience. Il Mulino definitely radiates class in each of its locations. The Sunny Isles Beach location at the Acqualina Resort & Spa boasts a stunning, oceanfront locale, filled with old world charm that’s accentuated with lovely tapestries and antique décor. In contrast, the atmosphere at the South Beach location combines the elegance of New York, with a modern, stark-white Art Deco flavor that screams chic. But one thing both locations have in common are excellent food and service. From market-fresh daily specials, to an extensive selection of fine Italian wines, and sumptuous entrees, Il Mulino delivers in spades. The wait staff is composed of career waiters whose intimate knowledge of the …

Big. Bold. Brilliant. ArtBrazil!

Big. Bold. Brilliant. ArtBrazil!

Performing Arts

Published 8/24/17

This vibrant exhibition of Brazilian contemporary art kicks off a month-long celebration of cultural activities throughout the region. More than fifty acclaimed Brazilian artists who live, work or have connections to south Florida will participate in the month-long ArtBrazil festivities.“In just a few short years word has spread that the quality of this exhibition is one of the strongest in South Florida,” notes ArtServe CEO Jaye Abbate.“With the addition of guided student tours and interactive workshops on the benefits of art therapy programs for individuals with autism, anticipation for the show has been building and many people have actually planned their trips to South Florida from Brazil just to be part of the ArtBrazil program.”A new feature will be adding the moving “Arte que Salva (Art that Saves) benefit to the opening reception, allowing patrons to help vulnerable, poverty-plagued children around the world through art.“The number of artists requesting …

MIAMI CITY BALLET’S 2017-2018 SOARS TO NEW HEIGHTS

MIAMI CITY BALLET’S 2017-2018 SOARS TO NEW HEIGHTS

Visual Arts

Published 8/24/17

The new production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will have its Florida premiere on December 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and will feature live music by the Opus One Orchestra, preceded by a gala dinner and followed by a cast party on stage. Says Director Lopez, “I’m convinced that our new Nutcracker will revitalize this Balanchine masterpiece the way our A Midsummer Night’s Dream did two years ago!”Program One opens with a Balanchine masterpiece created 50 years ago – the full-length Jewels, a triptych of ballet at its most glamorous, including Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds. Program Two is a Robbins Celebration in honor of the 100th birthday of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins, with an entire program of his work, including Circus Polka, Other Dances, and The Cage. Returning are In the Night, demonstrating three stages of love, and West Side Story Suite, back by popular demand, with its show-stopping music by Leonard …

Learning  Through The Arts:  KITTY HAWK TAKES FLIGHT

Learning Through The Arts: KITTY HAWK TAKES FLIGHT

Education

Published 8/24/17

October 2-13Learning Through the Arts is the Arsht Center’s flagship arts integration program, and uses live theatrical performances as a primary learning tool for traditional subjects, including music, mythology, history, geography, math and language arts. More than 100,000 Miami-Dade County Public School fifth-graders have already experienced the first installment of this free program, a live musical titled Rock Odyssey. Each year, the program invites 25,000 fifth-graders from across the country to participate. The performance will be accompanied by a state standard-aligned curriculum created by a team of educators, artists and scientists from the Arsht Center, M-DCPS and Frost Science Museum.The Center will host free teacher workshops to share the curriculum, and will also launch a web portal for teachers to exchange best STEAM practices and for students to explore STEAM activities.The invention of the airplane by Orville and Wilbur Wright is one of the great testaments to …

Just Dance! The Positive Effects of Dancing on the Brain

Just Dance! The Positive Effects of Dancing on the Brain

Performing Arts

Published 8/24/17

Improved brain function is a significant advantage of dancing regularly. Recent studies on the neurological effects of dance have found evidence of links between the brain’s reward centers and its sensory and motor circuits, both of which are activated when attempting to coordinate movements with the beat of a particular song. Strengthening these neural connections results in improved memory, and can also help treat people with progressive neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia.Ever wonder why professional dancers don’t get dizzy, even when rapidly spinning and twirling across the stage? It’s because years of practice have blended their cerebral and cognitive thought processes, leading to increased fluidity through improved muscle memory. Dancing regularly enables the body to suppress signals in the inner ear that gauge balance and are linked to the cerebellum. So the more one dances, the less dizzy they become as the body gets conditioned.Other …

Artist Spotlight: Miami City Ballet’s Katia Carranza

Artist Spotlight: Miami City Ballet’s Katia Carranza

Performing Arts

Published 8/24/17

After more than a decade, dancer Katia Carranza returns full-time to the company and ballet fans are in for a real treat. Hailing from Monterey, Mexico, Katia graduated from the Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey in Mexico in 1996 and then joined Ballet de Monterrey as a soloist.In 1998, she joined Miami City Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer, was promoted to soloist in 2001, principal soloist in 2003, and then became a principal dancer in 2004. She left after the 2006-07 season to rejoin Ballet de Monterrey as a principal, but continued to dance with MCB as a guest artist for an additional six seasons.During her career, Katia has participated in national and international ballet competitions, such as the Concurso Nacional in Guadalajara, Mexico (1994) and the Concurso Internacional in Cuba (1995), where she won silver medals in both. In 1998, she was a finalist at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and in 2002 won the bronze medal in the same …

ArtsLaunch 2017 Takes Off!

ArtsLaunch 2017 Takes Off!

Performing Arts

Published 8/18/17

September 9, 2017ARTSLAUNCH 2017 events and family-friendly activities will include returning favorites, such as interactive workshops, a silent disco party, kids’ activities, author and community conversations, chef and mixology demonstrations, walking tours and much more. Last year, more than 50 of Miami’s cultural organizations participated in the event’s Community Village, hosted on the Ziff Ballet Opera House stage. This year, the Center intends to double the number of participants. Starting at 10am, the Center’s box office also officially opens, offering the first opportunity for the public to purchase tickets for more than 40 shows for the Arsht Center’s 12th season. Fees on all individual show tickets will be waived for all who purchase in person at the box office exclusively during ARTSLAUNCH 2017. Tickets may also be purchased through the Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org (fees apply). For more updates …

South Florida’s AroundTown Magazine Rebrands to CultureOwl

South Florida’s AroundTown Magazine Rebrands to CultureOwl

Visual Arts

Published 8/9/17

The success of AroundTown Magazine led to the creation of the CultureOwl digital brand in 2016. CultureOwl quickly established itself as an important player in South Florida’s cultured life, offering a customizable interface that keeps track of members’ interests and exposes them to a variety of events of all scopes, including concerts, gallery exhibitions, festivals, theater, and more. Expanding into the digital market also led to CultureOwl releasing a mobile app, allowing users to carry a world of culture in their pocket while on the go.With much of the content, published in AroundTown Magazine, already integrated into CultureOwl, merging of the two, under the same name – CultureOwl— was a natural step forward for the company.“Rather than creating an online version of the magazine, we designed a robust digital platform completely from scratch that allows visitors to customize their experiences and view/search events based on their preferences and lifestyle,” says …

CultureOwl Launches the Ambassador Program

CultureOwl Launches the Ambassador Program

Visual Arts

Published 7/31/17

The goal of the Ambassador Program is to connect social influencers with CultureOwl’s multi-platform brand (featuring our monthly publication, web service and mobile application promoting arts and culture), and attract more art lovers to South Florida’s rich cultural landscape. …

Stick a Fork in It: Our Top 10 South Florida Steakhouse Picks

Stick a Fork in It: Our Top 10 South Florida Steakhouse Picks

Culinary

Published 6/30/17

Before diving into the meat of the matter, a little overview of beef protocol is in order. Most people are familiar with the basics: …

Symphony of the Americas’ - Summerfest 2017

Symphony of the Americas’ - Summerfest 2017

Music

Published 6/29/17

Begins July 15 …

UNTAMED - Catch the RedEye to Culture

UNTAMED - Catch the RedEye to Culture

Performing Arts

Published 6/29/17

July 15 …

AROUNDTOWN MAGAZINE Spreads its Wings and Becomes CULTUREOWL

AROUNDTOWN MAGAZINE Spreads its Wings and Becomes CULTUREOWL

Visual Arts

Published 6/29/17

Spreads its Wings and Becomes …

CUBAN ARTISTS: THE PRODIGIOUS DECADE

CUBAN ARTISTS: THE PRODIGIOUS DECADE

Visual Arts

Published 6/1/17

South Florida’s leading “art hotel”, The Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach, is debuting its latest seasonal curated exhibit entitled, Cuban Artists: The Prodigious Decade. This thoughtfully curated project showcases a significant selection of historic and recent artworks created by Cuban artists from the 80’s generation, some of the most important artists who pioneered Contemporary art on the island. South Florida’s leading “art hotel”, The Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach, is debuting its latest seasonal curated exhibit on June 1, 2017, entitled: Cuban Artists: The Prodigious Decade. This thoughtfully curated project showcases a significant selection of historic and recent artworks created by Cuban artists from the 80’s generation, some of the most important artists who pioneered Contemporary art on the island. …

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU Honors Dennis Scholl with the 2017 Art Transforms Award

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU Honors Dennis Scholl with the 2017 Art Transforms Award

Visual Arts

Published 5/24/17

“The Frost Art Museum FIU has served as a cultural beacon for four decades, bringing new cultural experiences to generations of art lovers, students, patrons and visitors from all over the world,” said the museum’s Director, Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, at the recent Benefactor Impact event. “We believe that art transforms lives, and this is why Dennis Scholl has been selected by the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU as our honoree for the Art Transforms award.” …

The United States Must Appoint a Secretary of the Arts

The United States Must Appoint a Secretary of the Arts

Visual Arts

Published 5/5/17

by Steven dos Santos …

PHILLIP AND PATRICIA FROST MUSEUM  OPENS IN ITS NEW LOCATION

PHILLIP AND PATRICIA FROST MUSEUM OPENS IN ITS NEW LOCATION

Education

Published 5/1/17

MAY 8, 2017 …

ArtServe Serves Up Some Color at the Fort Lauderdale Home Show!

ArtServe Serves Up Some Color at the Fort Lauderdale Home Show!

Visual Arts

Published 5/1/17

May 26-29, 2017 …

YOUNG AT ART MUSEUM Celebrates XOXO: A Summer of Love & Art!

YOUNG AT ART MUSEUM Celebrates XOXO: A Summer of Love & Art!

Visual Arts

Published 5/1/17

June 10 – September 10, 2017 …

Ten Most Unusual Museums

Ten Most Unusual Museums

Visual Arts

Published 4/19/17

Looking to nail the perfect museum visit? Next time you find yourself in Haines, Alaska, you’ll definitely want to check out the Hammer! It’s the world’s first museum dedicated to preserving the history of the hammer, one of the first tools created by humankind. From ancient Egypt to contemporary times, the hammer has been an indispensible tool and you’ll discover its many looks, sizes and shapes in exhibits that have something to offer everyone, not just the handyman/handywoman. …

FOODIE DIARIES - Fabio the Venetian

FOODIE DIARIES - Fabio the Venetian

Culinary

Published 4/5/17

Located in the Heart of Fort Lauderdale, Fabio the Venetian has an amazingly romantic vibe that envelops you in its spell as soon as you walk through the door. From the black table cloths and flowers adorning each table, to the homey, subdued lighting and framed family photos throughout, the result is a very intimate atmosphere that feels almost like a homecoming, especially when we could see right through to the kitchen as they prepared our feast. To add to the very authentic, European feel, there was Italian music playing in the background. And the smells! Mama Mia! Our stomachs grumbled with anticipation. We were honored when Chef Fabio Cracco, himself, visited our table. “We have brought Northern Italy to South Florida,” he explained, regaling us with fascinating tales of the culinary history of Venice and the surrounding areas, and the uniqueness of every dish and how it represents northern Italy. Since the restaurant offered great wines by the glass, we decided to pair each …

“I Left My Art, in Key West, Florida...”

“I Left My Art, in Key West, Florida...”

Visual Arts

Published 3/31/17

May 5-7 …

Summer travel Camps: Around the World in 18 Days  (Give or Take)

Summer travel Camps: Around the World in 18 Days (Give or Take)

Education

Published 3/31/17

www.sailcaribbean.com …

Our Top Ten  Favorite Art Hotels

Our Top Ten Favorite Art Hotels

Visual Arts

Published 3/31/17

Basking in the glitz of sunny South Beach, this gem was originally purchased by Cricket and Marty Taplin as a means of expanding their own personal art collection. Now it's become an artistic hot spot, featuring artist quotes scrawled over the walls, gorgeous murals and installations throughout, eye-catching photography, and a wide array of cultural events, including guest speakers and guided tours celebrating visual arts, fashion, music and dance. All this culture is nestled in a fabulous oceanfront property that attracts international visitors all year round. …

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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