Adrienne Arsht Center Anniversary Gala 2015

Adrienne Arsht Center Anniversary Gala 2015Friday, April 24, 6:30pm – Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning international superstar Barry Manilow will wow guests with a concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-with a special tribute to Frank Sinatra in honor of Frank’s 100th birthday. For the Arsht Center’s annual celebration, the Center will transform the Ziff Ballet Opera House into an intimate “supper club” with cocktails, dinner, and dancing directly on the Lynn Wolfson Stage. The 9th anniversary gala will once again be chaired by two of South Florida’s most esteemed members of the philanthropic community, Swanee and Paul DiMare. Adrienne Arsht, the Center’s name benefactor, will serve as honorary chair. Margaret and Mike Eidson will serve as Gala co-chairs. Individual ticket are $2,500. For more info contact advancement@arshtcenter.org or 786-468-2020. @ArshtCenter

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Miami Science Museum’s Big Bang 2015: H2Glow

Miami Science Museum’s Big Bang 2015: H2GlowSaturday, April 18, 9pm-2am – Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

Miami Science Museum’s Big Bang 2015: H2Glow was a high-energy dance party designed for young taste-makers and professionals in South Florida. Serving as the official after-party for the 13th Annual Galaxy Gala, the Big Bang started at 9 PM with a neon-themed cocktail reception. At 11 PM, the doors open to the main event and Big Bang guests “crashed” the gala and enjoy a nightlife-inspired party complete with DJ, dancing, special performances and cocktails. Targeted at young professionals ages 21-40, the Big Bang is the Museum’s only major annual fundraiser for young professionals in support of the future Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, opening in downtown Miami in 2016.


Miami Science Museum’s 13th Annual Galaxy Gala

Miami Science Museum’s 13th Annual Galaxy GalaSaturday, April 18, 6:30pm-12am - Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science hosted its stellar 13th Annual Galaxy Gala: Aqua Lumiere at Hilton Miami Downtown, hoping that next year gala will be hosted at new museums facility. Since its inception, the Galaxy Gala has helped raise funds for and highlight the development of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, a world-class, state-of-the-art facility under construction in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. All proceeds from both events directly benefit the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and its programs.

Emceed by Chief Meteorologist John Morales of NBC 6 South Florida, the now famously dynamic evening celebrating science played on the elements of light and water, with exciting technology and innovative features, including a water and light graffiti interactive experience by French artist Antonin Fourneau. The evening started with a cocktail reception featuring live animals and an auction, followed by dining, dancing and entertainment featuring special performance by Latin GRAMMY-nominated artist Debi Nova.

The evening was hosted by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, under the leadership of a Gala Committee comprised of community activists and philanthropists. Gala Co-Chairs this year were Shelly & Marko Dimitrijevic and Jennifer & Gabriel Montoya. The Honorary Chair were the Hector Family; Philanthropic Chairs were Trish & Dan Bell; Host Chairs were Alicia Cervera Lamadrid & Alberto Lamadrid and Presenting Chairs were: Chanin & Adam Carlin, Jacqueline Simkin and Barbara & Michael Weintraub.

During the Gala, the Museum honored individuals and organizations to acknowledge those who have exhibited exceptional leadership and commitment to the development and building of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science: The Visionary Award was presented to The Batchelor Foundation, Founder George E. Batchelor; the Vanguard Award was presented to Baptist Health South Florida; and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science award was presented to Julia Rea Bianchi.


White Party Hosted by Brooke Burke at Vibe Las Olas

White Party Hosted by Brooke Burke at Vibe Las OlasFriday, April 17, 6pm-10pm – Vibe Las Olas, 301 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

The Berman Law Group presented #WhiteParty hosted by Brooke Burke and Lindsey Berman, Mrs. South Florida International 2015, benefiting Cap Challenge. The CAP campaign works to educate the community on what a concussion is and the importance of following proper protocol after a head injury. The CAP Challenge is a national movement where athletes, teams, school and sports leagues, of all ages across all sports, take action to make concussion safety their top priority to be #CAPSAFE.

Brooke Burke-Charvet, better known by her maiden name, Brooke Burke, is an American actress, dancer, model and television personality. She is known for Rock Star (2005–2006), winning the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars and for co-hosting Dancing With the Stars (2010-2013). Today she is wife, mother of 4, CEO of ModernMom, Author of “The Naked Mom“, and President and creator of Baboosh Baby.

Photos by: Zoe Zielinski


Fisher Island Club’s Perfume Launch Garden Party

Fisher Island Club's Perfume Launch Garden PartyThursday, April 16, 4pm - Fisher Island Club, 1 Fisher Island Club, Miami Beach

Fisher Island Club, one of the finest and most exclusive private island Clubs in the world, hosted a marvelous garden affair to commemorate the launch of its custom fragrance, 1936 – named after the year the islands iconic Vanderbilt Mansion was built. Flowers and tea, fluttering skirts, scones and sweets, live music and fabulous hats filled the lush mansion courtyard in a celebration that steered many senses.

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2015 Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival

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2015 Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival wrapped two days of record-breaking attendance of 75,000 fans enjoying the sun, songs, sand and surf, nearly doubling last year’s attendance record of 44,000 at this unique oceanfront event. In collaboration with the Rock the Ocean Foundation this marine conservation event celebrated the festival’s oceanfront setting while raising awareness of issues impacting the world’s oceans and supporting marine research and conservation.

Held on the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in a beautiful oceanside setting, Tortuga Music Festival is a multi-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music including Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Doobie Brothers, Trace Adkins, Sublime with Rome, Josh Turner, David Nail, The Mavericks, Colt Ford, Will Hoge, Chase Bryant and many other artists.

With the announcement of Warner Music Nashville’s Blake Shelton as the first confirmed performer for the 2016 Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival is now already offering a limited quantity of multi-day advance general admission tickets.  #TortugaFest @FestivalTortuga

Photos by: Melissa Donaldson


Lea Black in Conversation with Emilio Estefan “Red Carpets & White Lies”

Lea Black in Conversation with Emilio Estefan Red Carpets & White LiesTuesday, April 21, 6:30pm-9:30pm – Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables

In a city known for its never-ending parties, Miami socialite Leigh Anatole White hosts the most extravagant party of them all. Her annual Charity Ball, a star-studded benefit for troubled teens, is the most highly anticipated event of the season, and Leigh pulls out all the stops to ensure it doesn’t disappoint.
This year—the tenth anniversary of the Ball—Leigh has decided to give Miami one last blowout before relinquishing her title as hostess. Suffice it to say, the pressure is on: this year’s Charity Ball simply must be the best yet. With help from her committee, a few close friends, a masterful personal assistant and her supportive husband, Leigh is poised to deliver. Even the dirty secrets and entanglements of her friends and pseudo-friends—the good-hearted, hard-drinking gossip queen Dixie Johnson; drag queen extraordinaire Diva Elaine Manchester; and bronzed, botoxed and backstabbing Katie Parker, to name a few—can’t slow her down. #‎RedCarpetsandWhiteLies‬ @LeaBlackMiami @EmilioEstefanJr

RSVP: jasonfclarke@mac.com


Young Artist Initiative at Bardot

Young Artist Initiative at BardotThursday, April 16, 10pm – Bardot, 3456 N Miami Ave, Miami Midtown

Just as the Impressionists challenged the Académie des Beaux-Arts with their independent exhibitions in 19th Century Paris, or street artists such as Banksy stirred emotion in the streets of London in the 90s, this group of young, forward-thinking artists is shaping the face of their growing world-class city. As Miami grows into a major global city and establishes its cultural identity, this avant-garde collective of young artists has made it their mission to contribute a unique substance to the landscape of culture and art. Calling the burgeoning artistic hubs of Miami their home, their vision is of a Miami recognized for class and connoisseurship in modern art forms, including all various genres that inhabit Miami’s underground, waiting to burst to the surface. Welcome to their vision. You are cordially invited to the Young Artist Initiative’s debut at Bardot on Thursday, April 16th. Event starts at 10PM with no cover at the door.


Land Rover Discovery Sport Preview at De Rodriguez

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Join for the exclusive preview of the Land Rover Discovery Sport on Thursday, April 16 at De Rodriguez at Hilton Bentley, Miami Beach. New Discovery Sport’s sleek, aerodynamic silhouette, with legendary Land Rover capability and a flexible interior, add up to a great looking vehicle that does so much more.

RSVP: BDunn@RogersandCowan.com


InTown Sales Center Grand Opening

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You are invited to a very special new InTown Sales Center grand opening in Coral Gables, brought to you by developer Astor Companies, and exclusive sales team Cervera Real Estate. Get to know InTown’s realtors, who can further explain the 6 different floor plans and styles the development has to offer, while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music.

RSVP: info@AstorCompanies.com or 305-961-1890


Nordstrom Rack Grand Opening at Shops at Midtown Miami

Nordstrom Rack Grand Opening at Shops at Midtown MiamiThursday, April 16, 8am-9:30pm – Shops at Midtown Miami, 3401 N Miami Ave, Miami Midtown

Join for the Grand Opening celebration of Nordstrom Rack at at Shops at Midtown Miami. The doors are open at 9am, but the party starts at 8am with a “Rally at the Rack” celebration involving music, breakfast, and plenty of contests prizes and of course, fashion. Nordstrom Rack’s grand opening also involves $100 gift cards, and the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree. Customers 18 and older can enter for a chance to win one of 30 $100 gift cards and the first 1,000 customers will receive a complimentary Nordstrom Rack tote. One lucky shopper will be chosen to “Rule the Rack” with a $1000 shopping spree, announced at 8:25 am. #NordstromRack #ShopMidtownMia @MidtownMIA_Rack


2015 Miami Cochon 555

2015 Miami Cochon 555Sunday, April 19, 5pm-9pm – Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Cochon 555, the country’s most talked about culinary competition arrived in Miami with an epic 3-day feast, held at Loews Miami Beach Hotel as the official host of the weekend, showcasing the best bites, chefs and who’s who of the good food movement. The goal was to celebrate family farms, heritage breed pigs and tilt the scales to favor today’s emerging chef community struggling to pay premium prices for safer, more flavorful food raised by real farmers.

Richard Hales of Sakaya Kitchen, Jason Pringle of DB Bistro Moderne, Lindsay Autry of Fin & Feather, Todd Erickson of Haven Gastro Lounge, and Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon. Judges were Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak & Bar, Giovanny Gutierrez of Chat Chow TV, Jose Mendin of Pubbelly, Conor Hanlon of the Dutch, Norman Van Aken, Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek, Danny Serfer of Mignonette, the Miami Ink guys, Chowfather. The heritage breed pigs prepared were raised on local farms including South Florida Heritage Farm, FKS Farms, Maverick Meats, Palmetto Creek Farms and The Florida Fresh Meat Company. Lindsay Autry was crowned “Princess of Porc,” Top Chef alum and former Michelle Bernstein protegée.

Photos by: Melissa Donaldson

Actors’ Playhouse 24th Annual “Reach for the Stars” Gala Auction

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After a message from Barbara S. Stein, executive producing director of Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, the master of ceremonies and celebrity guest auctioneer were brought out to commence the live auction at 8:15pm featuring former CBS4 meteorologist, Bob Soper, and artistic director, David Arisco. With a deep and fast paced hoot, Arisco declared, “Let the auction begin!” Even though the gala featured the auctioning of worldwide resorts, airline tickets, cruises, restaurant tastings, blimps, yachts, art, jewelry and more, it was the 2015 Lexus RX350 that headlined this year’s gala. But there were some surprises in store; bidders were surprised at some last minute incentives. Guest Armando of Lexus of Kendall included a GPS navigation to allow the winner to “find [their] way back Actor’s Playhouse.” After some small chuckles, the car was said to not have any taxes either, making this luxury item the subject of an intense bidding.

It was the 2-night stay in the executive King Room (including: a $60 gift card to Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar & Grill, a $150 gift card to Ruth Chris Steak House, two tickets to Menopause the Musical and an exclusive Behind the Scenes Tour of TV’s PAWN STARS).

CrepeMaker Inc. and Cold Stone Creamery, as well as other arrays of desserts from participating restaurants, ended the night deliciously. Guests ended the night with their sweet tooth’s satisfied, knowing that their support to one of the 13 major cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County will help foster the arts and educational outreach programs.

“The Art of Fernando Botero” Book Signing at SLS LUX

"The Art of Fernando Botero" Book Signing at SLS LUXThursday, April 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm - SLS LUX Brickell, 800 South Miami Ave, Miami Brickell

SLS LUX Brickell and Books & Books, hosted an intimate talk and book signing with Juan Carlos Botero, son of celebrated Colombian artist Fernando Botero, and the author of the 2013 biography about his father, Colombian artist Fernando Botero: The Art of Fernando Botero. One of Botero’s celebrated large-scale bronzes, titled Male Torso, is on display at SLS LUX.

“The Art of Fernando Botero” deciphers Botero’s aesthetics and explain his universality, while bringing us closer to a work whose purpose is to create beauty and to produce pleasure Fernando Botero (Medellín, Colombia, 1932) is the best known Latin American artist from the second half of the 20th century still active today. Coinciding with his 80th birthday, this publication pays tribute to the career of a painter, draughtsman and sculptor who has developed his own, instantly recognizable style, and who celebrates a remarkably vivid, vital reality through the exaltation of volume and color. This biography will offer us an intimate and visual tour in Fernando Boteros’s art through the words of his son Juan Carlos Botero who outlines his father’s place in contemporary art, examines the main themes in his work, and discusses his artistic principles.

2015 VeritageMiami Craft Beer Tasting at Wynwood Walls

2015 VeritageMiami Craft Beer Tasting at Wynwood WallsWednesday, April 15, 6pm-9pm – Wynwood Walls, 2516 NW 2nd Ave, Miami Wynwood Arts District

VeritageMiami, formerly known as the United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival, celebrates its 20 year April 15 – 18, 2015. VeritageMiami benefits United Way of Miami-Dade, supporting programs in our community that are focused on improving the education, financial stability and health of our residents. Presented by City National Bank, the four day culinary celebration kicked off with Craft Beer Tasting at Wynwood Walls. Guests taped into more than 120 craft beers and micro-brews, complemented by delicious fare from more than two dozen South Florida restaurants.

Wynwood Brewing Co. took home People’s Choice Award, marking theirs 4th year participating in the Craft Beer Tasting. Last year R House Wynwood’s Tuna Tartare won the People’s Choice, so Chef/Owner Rocco Carulli broth it back, and won again! #VeritageMiami @VeritageMiami @UnitedWayMiami @WynwoodBrewing @rhousewynwood

Photos by: Zoe Zielinski

O Miami’s Annual Poetry in the Park

O Miami's Annual Poetry in the ParkSunday, April 12, 4pm-9pm – New World Center and Soundscape Park, 500 17th St, Miami Beach

There was texture – bamboo, cotton, even silk. Blankets covered Soundscape Park’s fresh, spring grass and revealed only glimpses of green. With fresh stings of ocean breeze and low mutters of conversation, silence was still felt. The rustling of pizza boxes, the tugging of colored balloons, whispers, laughter, and megaphones – it all led to silence. There was a silence of respect.

Miami has brought the arts to the public once again.

O, Miami is a Knight-funded organization that, like the Knight Foundation, is fostering the arts. Producing a large poetry festival that expands through the month of April, O, Miami is bringing the magic of poetry to the Magic City.

On April 12, O, Miami brought Poetry in the Park to SoundScape at New World Symphony. Those that arrived early at 4 PM witnessed SPAM All-Stars, accompanied by string musicians from the Sam Hyken Orchestra, perform their rhythmic blends of funkadelic-electronic-Latin-moving beats. As these artists performed, audiences looked around and interacted with the poetry community. With booths featuring the Biscayne poet, Poem Depot, Poetry Manicures, and Poem Pops, audiences had poems, literally speaking, all around them. Whether they were poems to-go or poems on a popsicle, O, Miami made sure that the community encountered at least one poem at the park; paralleling their Poetry Month mission of having the community encounter one poem a day through the month of April.

At 6 PM, a group of what became known as Peddling Poets appeared with Tyler Ho Bynum. Featured poets Adrian Castro, Michele Jessica Fievre, Michael Hettich, Jen Karetnick and Geoffrey Philip accompanied the composer and musician. Together, these performers combined what seemed to be the oddest combination: bicycles, poems, and music. What seemed odd turned out to be, well, odd – Miami odd that is; which, to us Miamians, means winsome and well appreciated.

As these poets peddled, Reading Queer also brought a breakaway from the traditional. With free-form reading, freeing sexuality and freestanding performers, the reading queer combined the freedom of now with the limitations of the past. Engaging the audiences in ‘cruising’, a significant pat of queer culture when sexual encounters where made through codified systems. Performers ‘cruised’ audience members in the most poetically just way possible, by propositioning them to listen to their recordings of poetry.

All of these events, the music, the art, and the food (delicious empanadas from the Empanada Lady and tacos from the Lone Wolf) combined together to produce an engaging blend of culture from all around. These events led to the biggest poetry reading, with Jamaal May and Kay Ryan that began at 7:45.

As audience members were asked to divert their attention to the projection on the 7,000 sq. ft. New World Center, a countdown led to much anticipation. Beginning with an intro montage of Miami’s perception, it became clear that Miami can be summed up in 3 words – post-80’s, Pitbull, and poetry. Another conception of Miami was witnessed through a CG animated poetry short film written by someone that has become an artistic symbol in Miami – Bernardo Britto. El Sol Como Un Gran Animal Oscuro, the 2015 Sundance official selection short film made by Christina Felifgrau and Ronny Rivera, was showcased on the projector.

Following these videos, a live streaming poetry reading began. Detroit-based poet, Jamaal May, read from two of his poetry books, 2013 Hum and a non-released, soon-to-be-published collection. With compelling and linguistically resonating spoken-word poetry, May’s voice boomed, and not because of the surround sound that encased the park. Following him was U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, whose seemingly simple poems prove to be tightly compressed with substance and sound moved the audience in rhythm as she read pieces involving water, islands, and flamingos.

As the reading ending, the thanking continued, and the book signing began, O, Miami successfully concluded a perfectly serene Sunday. As the textures were rolled up, children were cradled asleep, and the silence faded into the crowd. O, Miami, once again, brought Miami lines, stanzas, and fragments that are sure to stay.

Thank you for supporting poetry, Miami.