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GFLGLCC Mixer on the BalQony

GFLGLCC Mixer on the BalQonyTuesday, November 21, 5:30pm-7:30pm – Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. FT. Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Reyka Vodka presents the Mixer for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (GFLGLCC) on the BalQony at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. You’ll enjoy:
* One complimentary Reyka Vodka drink
* Happy Hour Specials with $6 Beer, Wine and Cocktails
* Complementary Hors D’oeuvres



r e s e t x Ana Heart

r e s e t x Ana HeartMonday, November 20, 7pm-9pm – Miami Beach Woman’s Club, 2401 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach

Join the Miami Beach Woman’s Club for a very special event with guest instructor Rachel Novetsky of Ana Heart Yoga. For her classes, Rachel developed her unique approach to Power Vinyasa with aspects of traditional yoga poses, pilates, and dance. She is also a holistic health coach and a partner and designer at Ana Heart, a yoga and lifestyle company. 


Country Crock Bake Barn Truck in Miami

Country Crock Bake Barn Truck in MiamiMonday, November 20, 7pm-10:30pm – Santa’s Enchanted Forest, 7900 SW 40th Street, South Miami

Country Crock invites you to visit the Bake Barn, a traveling food truck serving up delicious, fresh-from-the-oven cookies baked with the brand’s newest launch, Country Crock Buttery Sticks. The Bake Barn will debut in Miami before kicking off a multi-city tour around Florida. The Bake Barn is the perfect backdrop for sharing family snapshots on social and getting your sweet tooth fix!


Friendsgiving #atTheAnderson

Friendsgiving #atTheAndersonMonday, November 20, 6pm-9pm – The Anderson, 709 Northeast 79th Street, Miami

#atTheAnderson x All Day Foundation present: The 2nd annual Friendsgiving! Join the best restaurant and restauranteurs in Miami for an amazing cookout benefiting the children in the South Florida community.


Magic Mushroom Society Night

Magic Mushroom Society NightMonday, November 20, 6pm-9pm – Mellow Mushroom, 525 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

Luxury Chamber & Smart Ride Aids Foundation cordially invite you to join us at Mellow Mushroom for an evening of cocktails, laughter and networking. Members of Luxury Chamber attend FREE and future members pay $30.00 cash only at the door. Members and guests will enjoy: local celebrities, complimentary cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, TV Director Juan Rutz – Videotaping Event, and door prizes. #magicmushroom

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s 2017 Tree Lot Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s 2017 Tree Lot Grand Opening/ Ribbon Cutting CeremonyMonday, November 20, 4pm – Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Hank Kline Club, 2805 SW 32nd Ave, South Miami

For more than 36 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been selling Christmas trees and wreaths to help bring holiday cheer into many South Florida households. The tradition continues in 2017 with the great addition of Swire Properties as this year’s tree lot sponsor. One-hundred percent of proceeds from the tree and wreath sales will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, which serves thousands of boys and girls in Miami-Dade County with positive programs year-round.

To kick off the 2017 selling season, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will hold a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at the Hank Kline Club tree lot on Monday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. Attending will be Santa Claus himself to visit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade children, local dignitaries, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade board members and Swire Properties local president and executive team.

The trees, gorgeous Fraser firs hand-selected in North Carolina by Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s President Alex Rodriguez-Roig, stand 5- to 14-feet tall with a starting price of $55. Plain and hand-decorated wreaths are also available starting at $35. Tree lot open seven days a week, starting Nov. 20 until trees are sold out 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

“Movie Under The Stars” at Atton Brickell Miami

"Movie Under The Stars" at Atton Brickell MiamiSunday, November 19, 5:30pm-8pm – Atton Brickell Miami, 1500 SW 1st Ave, Miami

As temperatures finally drop and Miamians begin to look for ways to enjoy the outdoors, the luxurious business hotel Atton Brickell Miami is hosting a weekly “Movie Under The Stars” series that will occur every Sunday, starting at 5:30pm. Each week a different movie will be displayed on a 16-foot blow up screen on Atton’s picturesque rooftop pool deck. There will be free popcorn and a featured menu with food and drink specials all night long! With stunning Biscayne Bay views surrounding you and a romantic moonlit sky above, there is no better way to take advantage of these cool nights. @attonmiami

Market at The Yard Grand Opening

Market at The Yard Grand OpeningNovember 16 – 19, 5pm-9pm – The Wynwood Yard, 56 Northwest 29th Street, Miami Wynwood Arts District

The Market at The Yard will have its grand opening! With live music, happy hour specials, special activations, and all the artisan vendors you could ask for, you don’t want to miss out on the party! The Wynwood Yard serves as a community hub of food and culture in Miami. And as such, it also serves as a home for local entrepreneurs and small businesses. Enter: The Support Local Market at The Yard. A weekly market (Thursday-Sunday) hosting a variety of rotating vendors providing, artisanal, handmade, and local goods. Enjoy a Support Local Mixer in conjunction with the launch. Sip drinks at The Bar at The Yard during a special Happy Hour (4-8PM) as you peruse the brand new market. Starting at 7PM, vibe to music by OIGO and ITAWE (of Locos Por Juana). #SupportLocalFL #WynwoodYard @supportlocalfl @wynwoodyard


Beach Brunch Bash Pool Party by: South Beach Brewing Company

Beach Brunch Bash Pool Party by South Beach Brewing CompanySunday, November 19, 1pm-6pm – Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Join Beach Brunch Bash Pool Party by: South Beach Brewing Company, and celebrate their one month anniversary. Come Dance Your Day Away and Enjoy Our Three Beers Contain Electrolytes with 100% an REAL Juices. @southbeachbrew


Miami City Ballet Presents Jewels (Program One)

Miami City Ballet Presents Jewels (Program One)November 17 – 19, 8pm-10pm – Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach

MCB artistic director, Lourdes Lopez addressed the packed audience at the Arsht before Miami City Ballet’s Friday night opening, expressing how fortunate she felt to be on that stage after hurricane Irma’s impacts in September. She then poignantly quoted John Kennedy’s remarks at Amherst College in 1963, “the arts are here to lift the human spirit.”

With that the curtain rose on the company’s 50th anniversary performance of Balanchine’s Jewels and a black backdrop with the shape of a tree outlined in emerald accents. Emeralds is set to passages from Pelléas et Mélisande and Shylock by Gabriel Fauré, and the Opus 1 orchestra conducted by Gary Sheldon celebrated the score during both performances I attended with a dense weave of flute, horn, oboe and plucked bass.
The corps dancers were exquisite. In one sequence they held hands, performing a weave that recalled the links of a chain while in another they bent entirely forward, enclosing their heads beneath arms extended forward, wrists crossed in front – as if mimicking unicorns.
The flowing legato style of Fauré’s music challenges the dancer not simply to execute a sequence but to show its nuances. Tricia Albertson accomplished this masterfully in her solo, her upper body moved liquidly as she pirouetted to the violins buzzing underneath. In the close of the sequence, Albertson’s arms swept up and overhead like a vortex of air sweeping up autumn leaves.
Also spectacular was Emily Bromberg. Her solo began with the harp performing scales joined by solo violin. As Bromberg skipped from en pointe to demi-pointe to flat foot, her movements reflected the music’s glissando and then brilliantly interpreted the harp’s arpeggios with an impossibly quick bourrée.
Other dancers seemed challenged to communicate a feel for the Fauré. Usually noteworthy for their musicality, both Nathalia Arja and Shimon Ito seemed starchy and unsure with this score.
During their pas de deux, Rainer Krenstetter was prescient in his support of Albertson, his supporting hand assuming the precise position at the moment that Albertson would reach for his palm. Her lifted her without hesitation or small adjustments, as in one passage where Albertson – firmly held by Krenstetter – lightly tapped her feet down to the accents of the violin as she continued to ascend through the lift.

The second movement – Rubies – shifted from adagio to presto and a hyper urban pace laced with demonic overtones – think Gershwin on crack – as Francisco Rennó’s marvelous piano carried the Stravinsky score, Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1949).
Jordan-Elizabeth Long was an outstanding queen of the incubi, and she mastered the rapid pace that sometimes got the better of others, reflecting rapid-fire notes in every articulation of arms, wrists and fingers.
The ruby motif appeared in several places. For instance, in one figure, four men supported Long, two holding her hands while two held her feet. Long slowly raised her leg forward then stretched back as the men maintained their support and wove around her – the effect was like a gem being turned between someone’s fingers.
With the silhouette of a ruby-red pagoda for backdrop, Katia Carranza and Renato Penteado were at home in the unheimlich with a pas de deux that emphasized hips and wrists in sequences that quoted from can-can, tango, salsa, jump rope, Western line dance and Indian Bharatanatyam. In a repeated gesture, Penteado held Carranza tight at the shoulders propped at an angle low to the floor as first her right leg then the left needled behind her. Both Carranza and Penteado were a wave of joyful energy in this St. Vitus’ dance that seems as much Balanchine’s critique of 20th century Manhattan as a celebration of it.

Diamonds opened to the corps gorgeous in white with silver accents and a glittering backdrop that gradually transformed into a chandelier.
Simone Messmer and Jovani Furlan began their pas de deux by walking toward one another in zig zag as if in an extended salute. Messmer is for balletomanes what the TV show Mr. Robot is to tech geeks – a performer that rewards detail-obsessed viewing. For instance, relative to the other dancers, Messmer always seemed in her dances a little behind in the music. Until one realized she’s not behind in the passage but only working out the dynamics of the passage more intently than anyone else on stage. Where other dancers took a step, Messmer exploited its mechanics, making a simple shift from en pointe to demi pointe about mesmerizing transitions from the ankle through the metatarsus in tune with the nuances of Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony.
The delicate cascades of demi-tones Messmer sets in play in abdomen and chest that generate her exquisite épaulment would easily be erased if rushed or jostled by her partner. Furlan preserved those details, partnering Messmer in their pas de deux flawlessly.
In one unforgettable image, as the violins thrummed tensely, Messmer first seemed to evade Furlon who hunted her across the stage. When she finally invited him to approach, he supported her first across her abdomen and then along her back as Messmer took several deliberate steps forward en pointe. The sequence finished when she bent forward, holding head and arms at a right angle to the stage, recalling the unicorn image formed by the corps in the ballet’s opening.

Kennedy at Amherst in 1963 concluded that the nation which disdains the mission of art has, “nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope.” Miami City Ballet takes a leap forward with Jewels. Miami audiences have much to hope for.