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AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS TO HOST ANNUAL NATIONAL ARTS MARKETING PROJECT CONFERENCE VIRTUALLY

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS TO HOST ANNUAL NATIONAL ARTS MARKETING PROJECT CONFERENCE VIRTUALLY

Lectures/Classes

Published 12/2/21

The conference will prepare the arts and culture field with tools, tactics, strategies, and inspiration to go forth into 2022 and beyond. The National Arts Marketing Project Conference is the largest gathering of arts marketers in the country.Keynotes and Featured Speakers“Beyond the Non-Disabled Gaze,” December 7, 1:00 p.m. EST. Playwright and performer Ryan J. Haddad and fellow actor and longtime friend Anthony Michael Lopez will discuss the power of language and the dangers of trying to tell (and sell) a disabled narrative from a non-disabled point of view. They will talk with candor about community, friendship, and what it means to connect, both with audiences and with strangers.“Whom Will We Gather?” December 7, 2:30 p.m. EST. In a session led by Dr. Zannie Giraud Voss of SMU DataArts and Emika Abe of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, audience members will examine implications of new research from SMU DataArts as arts marketers, funders, and arts patrons navigate the …

Five University Art Museums Acquire Artwork from the Collection of Souls Grown Deep

Five University Art Museums Acquire Artwork from the Collection of Souls Grown Deep

Visual Arts

Published 12/2/21

The Hampton, Hood, Princeton, and RISD museums will also partner with the Foundation to offer paid internships to BIPOC undergraduate students for the Spring 2022 semester, marking the fourth cohort of the Foundation’s Internship Grant Program.With these acquisitions, Souls Grown Deep has now placed over 500 works by more than 110 artists in more than 30 significant museum collections across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Gallery of Art; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Brooklyn Museum; the Dallas Museum of Art; and others. The Foundation’s Collection Transfer Program is an integral part of its mission to advocate for the increased representation of these artists in the canon of art history by fostering public access to these works and related exhibitions, research, publications, and programming. It also directly supports living artists, including Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Lonnie Holley, …

Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces 2022 Jack Rudin Championship

Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces 2022 Jack Rudin Championship

Music

Published 12/2/21

For the first time since March 2020, students will perform publicly on the Rose Theater stage for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jack Rudin Jazz Championship.Although Jazz at Lincoln Center's hall was temporarily dark to audiences from March 2020 until the organization reopened on November 18, 2021, Jazz at Lincoln Center provided resources for cultural nourishment and comfort in these uncertain times. The organization made available more than 1000 digital programs—including education programs Essentially Ellington, WeBop, Swing University, Summer Jazz Academy, and new programs including A Closer Listen and Inside the Score—to reach people all over the world and bring the healing power of jazz music into homes and communities.Ensembles competing in the 2022 Jack Rudin Jazz Championship hail from the following colleges and universities:Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, …

Calder BMW Art Car (Artist’s Proof)

Calder BMW Art Car (Artist’s Proof)

Visual Arts

Published 12/2/21

On view through April 24, 2022, the piece will be installed in the Gilbert and Ann Maurer Lobby alongside a tapestry by Calder and archival film footage. “Our ‘Special Guest’ exhibition series at the Norton provides visitors with the opportunity to see extraordinary works of art that often are not accessible to the public,” said Ghislain d’Humières, Director and CEO of the Norton Museum of Art. “The Calder BMW Art Car (Artist’s Proof) is no exception—as this installation marks the artwork’s debut in the United States at an institutional venue.” In 1974, French auctioneer and racecar driver Hervé Poulain commissioned Calder to paint a BMW race car. One year later, the momentous collaboration was realized. Calder devised dynamic forms in bold colors across the car’s wings, bonnet, and roof that recall the artist’s famous mobiles and stabiles, but also his two-dimensional works. Conceived by BMW Group Classic for the Calder Foundation, the Artist’s …

KWANZAA: A REGENERATION CELEBRATION VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

KWANZAA: A REGENERATION CELEBRATION VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

Performing Arts

Published 12/2/21

For more than 15 years, the Apollo has presented an annual Kwanzaa festival performance during the seven-day celebration of African American culture. This year, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre will produce a unique digital event of dance and music honoring the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the Nguzo Saba. The event, hosted by award-winning radio host and annual Apollo Kwanzaa emcee Imhotep Gary Byrd, will be streamed on the Apollo Digital Stage. The program is pay what you wish and will be on demand through January 3.“We’re thrilled to celebrate Kwanzaa virtually and provide a space to unite our Apollo community for a time of celebration and reflection,” said Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes. “We look forward to premiering new work by the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Forces of Nature, bringing an invigorating and multi-generational experience of contemporary dance to our audiences.”Bringing together dance, music, and poetry to honor the seven core …

 FTF's co-founder honored by Miami-Dade County Mayor

FTF's co-founder honored by Miami-Dade County Mayor

Performing Arts

Published 12/2/21

Mr. Allen was recognized by Mayor Daniela Levine Cava, Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz, and the Board of County commissioners for his work in bringing the arts and culture to the children and families of MiamiDade County for over four decades, with the commission proclaiming December 20th, 2021, as Edward J. Allen Day in Miami-Dade County.The Mayor’s proclamation states in part, “Mr. Allen's achievements are vast, but today it is his passion for putting a smile on others faces that has truly impacted those who call Miami-Dade County home, therefore it is only fitting that he be applauded for bringing goodness into the lives of countless people.”"I'm so grateful to be the recipient of this award that honors service to Community over the years,” said Mr. Allen in reaction to news of this honor. He added, “It’s true, since 1977, is has been my mission, as well as Fantasy Theatre’s, to bring joy and inspiration into this world. How wonderful to be acknowledged and remembered …

Annual Winter Members’ Exhibition

Annual Winter Members’ Exhibition

Visual Arts

Published 12/2/21

This year’s exhibition includes the work 100+ member artists working in a broad range of media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, and textile, as well as a wide range of stylistic approaches, from realism to abstraction to figuration. Artwork will be available for purchase, with 75% of sales going directly to the artist.The Winter Members’ exhibition also serves as a kickoff for The Studios’ new cultural season. The public is invited to stop in to see a wide array of work, and to pick up the just-released 2021/22 season catalog.Piece by Piece is sponsored by Madda Fella and will be on view at The Studios December 2nd through the 30th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. Details about the exhibition can be found at www.tskw.org.

City of Miami Beach No Vacancy, Miami Beach Returns

City of Miami Beach No Vacancy, Miami Beach Returns

Visual Arts

Published 11/24/21

Artists were drawn from a call for submissions issued by the city and selected by representatives from the City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places Committee (AiPP), Cultural Arts Council (CAC) and MBVCA.“Miami Beach is a place where people come from around the world to make memories they can’t anywhere else, thanks to our internationally renowned arts and culture scene and incredible hospitality industry,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “No Vacancy creatively fuses those strengths and changes the traditional gallery paradigm by inviting the public to experience our famed hotels as the destinations for distinctive public art.”For the second edition of No Vacancy, $25,000 in prizes will be awarded, including a $5,000 Public Prize by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and a $20,000 Juried Prize awarded by a jury of local art experts.Each selected artist received a stipend of $10,000 to realize their project. The winner of the Juried Prize and the …

 Art Week Events Position Miami Beach at Epicenter of Art World

Art Week Events Position Miami Beach at Epicenter of Art World

Festivals

Published 11/23/21

“Art Week is an annual event like no other – the global convergence of art producers and afficionados in one of the most beautiful places on the planet,” said Mayor Dan Gelber. “Miami Beach is proud and excited to once again host this incredible gathering of top contemporary artists, galleries, and collectors and show why we are a year-round arts and culture destination.”This year’s events feature new installments of the popular Art Basel Miami Beach (Dec. 2-4) with 4,000 artists from the world’s leading galleries on display at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center as well as the city-curated No Vacancy, which matches 10 artists with 10 iconic Miami Beach hotels in a juried competition that features $25,000 in prizes, including a $5,000 public prize by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and a $20,000 juried prize to be decided by local art experts. Winners will be announced on Dec. 9th.Art Week Miami Beach will also feature diverse programming …

Miami Art Week at The Bass

Miami Art Week at The Bass

Festivals

Published 11/23/21

During Miami Art Week the museum is open for extended hours from 10 AM to 5 PM, with Bass.Tours daily at 1 PM. Enjoy two new exhibitions (Naama Tsabar: Perimeters and Alex Israel x Snapchat), and see Willfulness of Objects and Open Storage on long term view. Stop by Collins Park and see the latest additions to Art Outside: Agua dulce by Abraham Cruzvillegas and william cordova's sacred geometries.See Species of Spaces on-view at the Walgreens Windows Project Space located on 23-d St. & Collins Ave. Don't miss two hybrid episodes of the museum's Curator Culture program: on Monday featuring Alex Israel and Evan Spiegel (CEO & Founder of Snap, Inc.), then on Wednesday NFT artist Beeple and "Father of American Pop" Peter Saul discuss NFT's and contemporary art. Finally, be moved by the artist Naama Tsabar on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2 PM and 4PM as she turns the museum into a playable instrument.Check the website for a list of activities at The Bass during Miami Art Week. …

Art of Black Miami 2021 Events

Art of Black Miami 2021 Events

Festivals

Published 11/23/21

During the Art Basel season, art events are activated and rolled out through curated art initiatives organized by art organizations, galleries and spaces in neighborhoods including Historic Overtown, Little Haiti, Little Havana, Opa-locka, Downtown Miami and beyond. Art of Black Miami shows and events offer a unique appeal and cultural aesthetic represented in the artist-run exhibitions, fairs, performances and popup events.  Art of Black Miami exhibits and art initiatives are represented by significant works from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and around the globe, creating a platform for emerging,midcareer and master artists to exhibit and showcase their work in various artistic disciplines.  This initiative celebrates all genres of the visual arts including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, animation, film, printmaking and limited editions, all of the highest quality and available …

Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami Art Fairs Programming Schedule

Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami Art Fairs Programming Schedule

Festivals

Published 11/23/21

Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami will return to Wynwood Arts District this year, at Mana Wynwood Convention Center with the only Two Fairs Under One Roof, offering a world-class experience for both exhibitors and art enthusiasts during this year's Miami Art Week. Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami will cover more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space, accessible for visitors on foot and by car, all within walking distance from Wynwood's trendiest restaurants, bars and retail boutiques.'Following last year's hiatus by the entire industry, we are pleased to announce our highly anticipated homecoming with an exciting schedule of programming for this year's Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami,' says Eric Smith, president of Redwood Art Group. 'Both fairs will return with a vengeance inside the convention center at Mana Wynwood, offering exhibitors and attendees a truly world class experience. Our five-day lineup features an inspiring series of activations and live …

 Inaugural Miami Mural Festival 2021

Inaugural Miami Mural Festival 2021

Festivals

Published 11/23/21

With the goal of providing a platform for local and international street artists and creating more vibrant neighborhoods, the festival will incorporate over 500,000 square feet of walls in Wynwood and Downtown Miami’s Flagler District. In partnership with NiftyGateway, Mana Public Arts will also be minting the featured works as NFT’s to be put up for auction.“We view culture as the energy which breathes life into a community before development even starts, and sustains that life for decades,” says Moishe Mana, CEO of Mana Common. “It’s the fuel for arts and entertainment that creates breeding grounds for spontaneous interactions and exchanges.”As the largest private landowner in Miami, Moishe Mana holds nearly 55 acres of land and 1.8 million square feet of floor space between Wynwood and Downtown Miami’s Flagler District. The visionary entrepreneur is lending the full-scale facades of dozens of buildings from downtown to Wynwood to be used as canvases for the …

Time Space Existence Exhibition

Time Space Existence Exhibition

Visual Arts

Published 11/22/21

This exhibition opens on November 11, 2021 and will run through January 30, 2022 at MCAD and FIU. Open house at SOA-MBUS (Washington Gallery and Design Gallery) at 2 pm, talks and cocktail reception on November 29 from 6 - 9 pm. Opening reception at MCAD - Miami Center for Architecture & Design on November 30 at 7 pm.Invited architects from Miami and around the world will showcase their unique perspective on Time Space Existence: Exploring and answering the call to reflect on the current environmental and social infrastructure issues that impact places like Miami and other communities around the world. While rising sea levels are a problem that communities in coastal areas deal with daily, affordable housing, and the state of our environment are fundamental issues that affect communities across the globe.In this exhibition, we will shed light on these issues. Creating and facilitating a global dialogue that asks us to reflect and respond to these challenges. Participating …

Picks of the Week: Film, Festivals and More

Picks of the Week: Film, Festivals and More

Festivals

Published 11/19/21

THE AFRICAN HERITAGE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER: REVELATIONS IN RHYTHM PREMIERNovember 19th at 7:00 pm"Revelations in Rhythm" is a production anchored in the sounds of tap as expression, communication, and musicality. The film will provide a stimulating auditory experience for the audience, as well as enlighten them to the traditions of tap as a language and its origins from Africa's Diaspora. Featuring dancers Afra Hines and Karissa Royster, and music performed by Willerm Delisfort, Marcus Gilmore, Jonathan Michel, and Chelsea Williams. More event details here.CARIBE ARTS FESTNovember 20th at 12:00 pmCaribe Arts Fest is a multi-genre art festival celebrating the arts of the Caribbean and the Americas. Aligned with the promotions of Art Basel, the two-day festival will be held at Griffing Park. The festival will showcase a wide scope of creations representing and encompassing the culture, essence, and creativity of the Caribbean and the Americas. More event details here.EXPLORATION AFRICA: …

Children's Concert at the Key West Botanical Garden

Children's Concert at the Key West Botanical Garden

Performing Arts

Published 11/19/21

Join the fun on Sunday, December 19, 2021. The concert will feature local classical guitarist, Mateo Jampol performing songs especially for children and will start at 1 pm lasting until 1:30 pm in the Garden’s Courtyard. Following the concert a craft project will be available where children will have the opportunity to create their own holiday ornament.  This “Snowy Sunday” event will have Snow Cones, beverages and treats for sale.The cost will be $5 per child with a maximum cost of $10 per family. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island. For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywest.garden. All proceeds benefit the Garden's Education Department.

"Stories for the Holidays" from Dance NOW! Miami

"Stories for the Holidays" from Dance NOW! Miami

Performing Arts

Published 11/19/21

Join the fun Saturday, December 11th, at 8:00 pm, at the Miami Theater Center, in Miami Shores. The evening will include a suite of reconstructed iconic works from dance pioneer Isadora Duncan, along with South Florida premieres and work from the company repertory, with the South Beach Chamber Ensemble live onstage accompanying select works. Isadora Duncan was an American pioneer of concert dance at the turn of the 20th century, a self-styled revolutionary, whose innovative free-spirited style broke with the dominant rigidity of ballet and led to what is now called modern or contemporary dance. “In the era of #MeToo and the renewed struggles world-wide for women’s autonomy and freedom to control their own lives, reviving Duncan’s groundbreaking work was a perfect choice for our company,” said Hannah Baumgarten. The past Artistic Director of Miami's Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble, Andrea Mantell-Seidel, has restaged the Duncan pieces this fall. The four short works are Ave …

 UNSTUCK AS F*CK opens performance season at The Studios of Key West

UNSTUCK AS F*CK opens performance season at The Studios of Key West

Performing Arts

Published 11/15/21

Part TED talk, part hilarious stand-up routine, part heartbreaking drama, over the course of 70 minutes Orlando tells the fascinating story of his life—from growing up in the concrete jungle of Flatbush, Brooklyn to his years in the ivory tower of Yale—and all the ups and downs that came after.Along his journey, Orlando honed his skills, learned some hard lessons, and managed to laugh through it all. Now he finds himself exactly where he needs to be: in a life dedicated to writing, directing, coaching, and captivating audiences all over the country with his irreverent humor and fresh perspective. “Orlando Bishop is one-of-a-kind, a true entertainer and comedian,” says Studios artistic advisor Stephen Kitsakos, “but beyond that he brings something even more special to the table, and that’s the kind of wisdom and insight that will leave audiences inspired and elevated.”Broadway veteran Anika Larsen brings an extra dose of magic to the production with her deft …

NORTH MIAMI ANNOUNCES 1ST ANNUAL CARIBE ARTS FEST

NORTH MIAMI ANNOUNCES 1ST ANNUAL CARIBE ARTS FEST

Festivals

Published 11/15/21

This festival represents the rich culture and creativity of the diverse community that has deep historical roots in North Miami. Both local and international artists like Boukman Eksperyans, Gio Betta, Nadia Harris, and more will be presenting their art. North Miami's recently renovated public space, Griffing Park, will act as the main stage for major headliner performances, including scheduled live entertainment from renowned artists like Boukman Eksperyans from Haiti, Gio Beta from Colombia, and the beloved School of Rock North Miami. In addition to musical performances, attendees will enjoy over forty visual artists showcasing their talents spanning from classic to contemporary, an array of local artisan vendors, delicious food offerings provided by over a dozen local food trucks, and an exciting kid-zone where children and parents can create their own artistic crafts.The Caribe Arts Fest will take place on Saturday, November 20th at North Miami’s Griffing Park (1220 NW Griffing …

JUST DANCE! THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF DANCING ON THE BRAIN

JUST DANCE! THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF DANCING ON THE BRAIN

Performing Arts

Published 11/15/21

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 …

South Beach Jazz Festival Full Line-Up

South Beach Jazz Festival Full Line-Up

Music

Published 11/12/21

“The 6th Annual South Beach Jazz Festival is the realization of a dream, an inclusive music festival, of the highest caliber, in the city I love, Miami Beach,” David New, Founder, President and Artistic Director of Power Access and The South Beach Jazz Festival.Highlighted by multi-Grammy® award-winning legends The Blind Boys of Alabama in their exclusive Florida appearance on Friday, January 7, at the North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach. The evening will be enhanced by National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master 2022, Donald Harrison, with his quartet direct from New Orleans.The 2x Grammy® award and Latin Grammy® award winner Gonzalo Rubalcaba will be making his Miami debut as a duo with Latin Grammy® award winner Aymee Nuviola at the Faena Theater on January 6, 2022, together as “An Evening with Aymee and Gonzalo.” This extraordinary concert is a pre-festival event.The festival is also proud to offer two full days of exciting free concerts on Lincoln Road …

CultureFest 305

CultureFest 305

Festivals

Published 11/10/21

Enjoy a jam-packed day of music, dance, food, and art. This festival brings together the city’s finest traditional artists for a day of performances and demonstrations and activities for all ages. Discover all that makes Miami the diverse, vibrant, and extraordinary city we love!Festival Schedule (subject to change)Performances:  12:30 – 1:15 Willie Stewart, Rhythms In Conversation Percussion Performance  2:00 – 2:30 Clarita Filgueiras & Flamenco Puro Dance Company, Flamenco Music and Dance  3:30 – 4:00 Bachaco, Reggae Rock & Latin RootsDemonstrations:  12:00 – 12:30 Louines Louinis Haitian Dance Theater, Haitian Drumming and Storytelling  1:30 – 1:50 Ukrainian Dancers of Miami, Ukrainian Folk Dance Demonstration  2:45 – 3:15 Rhythms School of Dance, Indian Dance WorkshopOngoing Demonstrators11:00 AM – 4:00 PM   Miami Beach lifeguard tower model-making, …

Picks of the Week: Cars, Music and More...

Picks of the Week: Cars, Music and More...

Music

Published 11/5/21

IS PROJECTS: DRINK & INK DATE NIGHT - SUMINAGASHI PAPER MARBLINGNovember 5th at 7:30 pmJoin the fun for IS Project's monthly Drink & Ink Date Night which pairs wine tasting with the Japanese art of Suminagashi Paper Marbling! Participants will enjoy tasting natural wines from their neighbors, Small Wine Shop, while marbling decorative papers using only ink, water, and wind. More event details here.DEERING ESTATE: 9TH ANNUAL VINTAGE AUTO SHOW November 7th at 10:00 amGuests can enjoy a relaxing day outdoors as they stroll down memory lane. Car enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy a variety of vintage cars, from 1965 and older, displayed on the historic grounds of the Deering Estate. More event details here.FLAMINGO GARDENS: CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN WITH MATT TUCKERNovember 7th at 1:00 pmRising country star Matt Tucker will be performing solo from his new album “Where Did You Go?” on the Wray Lawn at Flamingo Gardens. Matt’s Tucker’s high-energy stage presence and …

Through the Looking Glass @ WMODA

Through the Looking Glass @ WMODA

Visual Arts

Published 11/5/21

It is 150 years since Lewis Carroll wrote his sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the stories are as surreal and mind-boggling today. Follow down the rabbit hole into the WMODA Wonderland to see glass stilettos to make Alice swoon, wearable “glasskinis” and corsets, and mannequins modeling recycled glass. You’ll be blown away by a glass duet shattering all illusions of music and art. At noon on Saturday, December 4th, in the spectacular setting of the Chihuly glass collection at WMODA, artists in our community will be experimenting “beyond the bubble” in glass. Wynwood glass artist, Rob Stern, will be improvising on musical instruments made of glass with keyboard responses from Dave Rosenthal.Dave is a multi-disciplinary artist and self-professed sound and light chaser. He has mapped the sounds of glass making at Rob’s furnace to compose an original musical score of synthesized sounds. Their innovative performance of Resonance will symbolize the cycle of …

GableStage opens 23rd Season with Arthur Miller’s Classic Drama, The Price

GableStage opens 23rd Season with Arthur Miller’s Classic Drama, The Price

Performing Arts

Published 11/4/21

New Producing Artistic director Bari Newport picks up where Adler left off, using his notes to bring to life his vision of this classic. In dedication to Adler, this special season-opening production of The Price stars GableStage acting company members Patti Gardner, Peter Haig, Michael McKenzie, George Schiavone and Gregg Weiner, and will run from Nov. 12 through Dec. 12, 2021. The Price was first presented on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre on Feb. 7, 1968, and was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Play. During that time, Clive Barnes, critic for the New York Times, described it as “one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written. It is superbly, even flamboyantly, theatrical.” Variety Magazine called it "a challenging, gripping, and moving drama." The Price has been revived four times on Broadway.This character-driven drama is centered on two estranged brothers. One abandoned his dreams to support his father. The other didn’t. …

SCOPE Miami Beach 2021 Programming Announced

SCOPE Miami Beach 2021 Programming Announced

Festivals

Published 11/4/21

Honoring its perpetual mission to provide a platform for discovery, SCOPE will welcome over 125 diverse contemporary exhibitors featuring The New Contemporary, a genre that stands as a critical contribution to both global politics and local community engagement.With an emphasis on innovation, SCOPE sets itself apart by offering a 360° experience of Contemporary Art that encompasses VIP Programming, immersive Special Projects, compelling brand integrations, and a dynamic array of Museum and Cultural Partners.SCOPE Miami Beach opens on November 30th, with its Platinum First View and VIP + Press Preview, and will open to the public December 01-05, 2021.New to the SCOPE pavilion this year is The New Contemporary Presents, an experiential multidisciplinary program located in our expanded Atrium. The New Contemporary will present daily programming featuring large scale installations, music performances, and panel discussions during the day while continuing our long-standing commitment to …

The Symphonia Announces December Concerts

The Symphonia Announces December Concerts

Music

Published 11/4/21

The two concerts will be held Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th, both at 3 p.m., taking place at Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton.SATURDAY, DEC. 4 AND SUNDAY, DEC. 5, 2021 AT 3:00 PM‘LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON’A versatile conductor of orchestras, operas and music festivals, Alexander Platt, who led The Symphonia from 2006-2009, returns to Boca Raton to perform alongside guitarist Jason Vieaux.Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, said to be “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), was described by NPR as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” Among his extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy-winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Play.PROGRAMSTILL      "The Quiet One," from the Lyric Suite (arr. Alexander Platt)RODRIGO  Concierto de AranjuezBIZET      Symphony in CIndividual tickets start at $50 per …

Miami Art Week: Satellite Art Show

Miami Art Week: Satellite Art Show

Expo/Fair

Published 11/2/21

This year, Satellite will focus on performance work, time-based media - singularly cornering the market on these unique performance works will give these cherished art forms a home during Miami Art Week. Viewers can expect over 30 live performance artists presenting fiercely challenging new works, drag shows, an interactive "Billy Joel / Piano Man" bar, a pop-up performative hippy bus and after-hours musical activations and parties.The Satellite Art show has announced their satellite gallery sector, which will be highlighting just 15 works of art that are 2D only. The art show is looking for artists to showcase in their fair. To be considered, email info@satellite-show.com.The Satellite Art Show will be conveniently located just three blocks from Art Basel at the corner of Meridian and Lincoln Road!For more information, visit www.satellite-show.com.

Give Miami Day Celebrates 10 Years of Giving

Give Miami Day Celebrates 10 Years of Giving

Performing Arts

Published 11/2/21

Give 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 18th, 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 encouraged to use …

December Performances at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

December Performances at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/21

The City of Aventura presents Michael Londra’s Celtic Yuletide on Saturday, December 4 at 8 p.m. The Irish singer and Emmy® nominee who is best known as the voice of Riverdance on Broadway, brings “Christmas from Ireland” to South Florida. Told in song, dance and the festive stories of his youth, the show includes heartwarming Irish carols like “Winter, Fire and Snow” and Gaelic versions of Christmas songs audiences love such as "Oiche Ciuin" (“Silent Night”) and his own popular carol "Beyond the Star.” Classical Irish musicians join Londra onstage as well as dancers from Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Tickets are $45-$49. The Aventura International Film Series continues with the critically acclaimed film, Women at War on Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. The film tells the story of Halla, a fifty-year-old independent woman who works behind the scenes of her quiet routine, leading a double life as a passionate environmental activist who secretly wages a …

10 REASONS TO DANCE

10 REASONS TO DANCE

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/21

But despite the visual “wow” factor, we asked ourselves why should dance be limited to a spectator sport for non-professionals who enjoy the art form? Surely there are many benefits to individual’s participating in dance, as opposed to just sitting back and watching. To this end, we’ve dusted off our pointe shoes in order to point our readers in the right direction on what experiencing dance first hand can offer.1. HEALTH & FITNESSSomething 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 …

LUX Doral: A Large-Scale, Immersive Art Initiative in Downtown Doral

LUX Doral: A Large-Scale, Immersive Art Initiative in Downtown Doral

Visual Arts

Published 11/1/21

“From custom murals and sculptures to innovative entertainment, like George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® in the Park, artfulness has always played a significant role in Downtown Doral, and LUX Doral will elevate this by further connecting the Downtown Doral community, patrons and visitors through shared art experiences,” said Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, CEO of Codina Partners, the developers of Downtown Doral. “We are grateful for the tremendous team who helped us bring our vision to life, including Martin Posta, Forecast Public Art and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, in addition to the City of Doral.”Engaging artists from across the globe, LUX Doral is a combination of permanent installations, as well as an ongoing series of rotating exhibitions and performances to the Downtown Doral community. LUX Doral will kick off by previewing the first four works of the initiative:Lightweave Designed by New York City based art studio, SOFTlab, …

Picks of the Week: Halloween

Picks of the Week: Halloween

Performing Arts

Published 10/29/21

SUNRISE CIVIC CENTER THEATRE: INTERACTIVE MOVIE: "HOCUS POCUS"October 30th at 6:00 pmExperience the hit ‘90s comedy, “Hocus Pocus,” like never before! Audience members each receive an interactive goodie bag with clues on how to use it during the movie. More event details here.HOLLYWEIRD HALLOWEEN DOWNTOWN HOLLYWOOD BLOCK PARTYOctober 30th through the 31stThe block party features family friendly entertainment from 6pm-9pm, including candy stations, face painting, DJ, and a children’s costume contest with prizes. From 9pm-2am, the party continues with live bands, outdoor bars and adult costume contests with $10,000 in prizes! More event details here.NEW WORLD CENTER: CONCERT FOR KIDS - TRICKS AND TREATSOctober 31st at 12:00 pmFamilies will enjoy a spooktacular afternoon at the New World Center for Tricks and Treats—NWS’s first Concert for Kids program of the season. Conducting Fellow Chad Goodman brings the goosebumps with scary-good favorites from Pictures at an …

“Dazzling Horizons” - 2021 Members Show

“Dazzling Horizons” - 2021 Members Show

Visual Arts

Published 10/29/21

The magnificent sunsets, colorful skies, shiny moon, and endless glistening waters serve as an inspiration to the artists in hopes we continue to preserve and enjoy nature. The Opening Reception will be held Thursday, November 4, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the historic Gato Building. The exhibition will remain on display through January 2022. The show includes the work of 56 artists, available for sale. 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 their work. The Florida Keys Council of the Arts supports visual, literary, and performing artists and cultural organizations throughout the Keys with several grant programs and scholarships. For more information, visit www.keysarts.com.

Downtown Doral LIVE Holiday Fest

Downtown Doral LIVE Holiday Fest

Festivals

Published 10/29/21

“Holiday Fest will bring to life Miami’s family-friendly, outdoor music and dance performances as well as art experiences exclusive to Downtown Doral,” said Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, CEO of Codina Partners, master developer of Downtown Doral. “The Doral LIVE performance series captures the diversity of our community through music and dance, featuring Miami City Ballet’s RADIANCE and world-renown musical artists like Arturo Sandoval and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. We invite everyone in Miami this December to stop by our community, see the LUX Doral art exhibits, and enjoy a performance under the stars.”Downtown Doral Holiday Fest is anchored by Doral LIVE, a three-week concert series in Downtown Doral Park. Doral LIVE includes a dozen performances featuring a diverse roster of national touring artists and beloved South Florida cultural organizations, starting with Miami City Ballet’s RADIANCE on December 3rd and 4th. The opening weekend of the performance series concludes on …

Cuento de Navidad (A Christmas Carol)

Cuento de Navidad (A Christmas Carol)

Performing Arts

Published 10/27/21

The production is a collaboration between Area Stage Company and PAFF (Primer Acto Florida Foundation) and will take place the weekend of November 19-21 at the ASC Black Box Theatre in Sunset Place. It will be a play with music presented in the Spanish language.This adaptation, which features a female Scrooge, proposes that you can stay true to the classic without interfering with the original Dickens story. Scrooge, a greedy and bitter woman, is able to reconsider and change her attitude towards the world, paying tribute to those first women who fought for their rights to be recognized as contributing members of our society. At the time that Dickens wrote his famous A Christmas Carol (1843), it was unthinkable that its protagonist, Scrooge, was a successful businesswoman. It was in 1870, that the Law of Assets of Married Women finally recognized the right of women to own the money that she earned from her work.We will see the classic Christmas Carol from a female point of view where …

Picks of the Week: Music, Food and More...

Picks of the Week: Music, Food and More...

Performing Arts

Published 10/22/21

SLOW BURN THEATRE CO: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLDThrough October 24thIt's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. Songs for a New World, the first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), is a moving collection of powerful songs that examine life, love and the choices that we make. More event details here.DEERING ESTATE: CHEFS TABLE ON THE BAYOctober 22nd at 6:30 pmThe Deering Estate Foundation will be hosting the inaugural and exclusive cooking and dining experience Chef’s Table on the Bay. Under the stars on the Estate’s beautiful courtyard, guests will enjoy delicious food, celebrity cooking demonstration, wine pairings, and a very special bourbon cocktail. Gather friends and family and reserve your table. More event details here.STUDIOS OF KEY WEST: THE SMALLEST PARADE IN THE UNIVERSE!October 23rd at 7:00 pmThe Smallest Parade in the Universe is an …

SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NAMED PARTNER IN THE ARTS FOR THE PARKER

SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NAMED PARTNER IN THE ARTS FOR THE PARKER

Performing Arts

Published 10/22/21

“We’re delighted to welcome South Florida Symphony Orchestra as the first Partner in the Arts at The Parker,” said Kelley Shanley, Broward Center president and CEO. “This partnership is based on the artistic excellence of the orchestra as well as the alignment of our missions. We share a true commitment to building community through the arts,” he added. “SFSO has captivated audiences in South Florida for close to 25 years with its distinctive performances, award-winning artistry and transformative educational initiatives that complement our programming. We look forward to working together at The Parker to enrich and engage our audiences in exciting new ways.”The curtain will rise on SFSO’s 2021/22 season on November 17th at its new home, The Parker, which has recently completed a stunning $30 million renovation, enhancing the patron experience on many levels. The opening performance features Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture; Ravel’s vibrant orchestration of …

Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play

Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play

Performing Arts

Published 10/20/21

The show will be running November 5th - 7th 2021 at the ASC Black Box Theatre. ASC’s own Silver Palm Award-Winning Associate Artistic Director, Giancarlo Rodaz, serves as Director and designer for this action-packed production.Mirror of Most Value kicks off when a strange Terrigen Mist descends upon Jersey City and our heroine, Kamala Khan, is imbued with polymorphic powers. Her life is changed forever, as are the lives of her family and friends. Using her newfound abilities to fight evil and protect Jersey City, she becomes the all-new Ms. Marvel! Kamala attempts to boost Ms. Marvel’s fledgling superhero profile by writing her own fan fiction. But when building a fandom becomes an obsession, Kamala’s schoolwork and relationships begin to suffer. To become the Jersey City hero of her dreams, Kamala must learn to accept herself just as she is – imperfections and all. This production will be performed by a cast of talented, pre-professional ASC Conservatory students, ages 14-19. …

2021-2022 WALLCAST® Concerts

2021-2022 WALLCAST® Concerts

Music

Published 10/19/21

The New World Symphony’s revolutionary WALLCAST® concerts bring audiences of all ages to SoundScape Park to enjoy live classical music performances broadcast straight from the stage to the 7,000-square-foot projection wall of the New World Center through stunning audio and visual technology. WALLCAST® concerts are free to the public and do not require a ticket.  This season’s WALLCAST® concert series features internationally acclaimed guest conductors and artists performing alongside the NWS Fellows. Audiences in SoundScape Park will enjoy live performances by NWS Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas; conductors Marin Alsop, Rafael Payare, Thomas Wilkins and Roderick Cox; NWS conducting alumni Teddy Abrams and Christian Reif, and current Fellow Chad Goodman; violinists Gil Shaham and Augustin Hadelich; pianists Aaron Diehl and George Li; cellist Zuill Bailey; and Latin ensemble People of …

Palm Beach Cultural Council Announces 2021-2022 Season

Palm Beach Cultural Council Announces 2021-2022 Season

Visual Arts

Published 10/19/21

This year, the Council's programming reflects a new approach. Each event and program will be rooted in the themes of the Council's three main exhibitions. The fall will highlight bringing the community back together, with programs curated to reflect the theme of the first exhibition, “Gathering.”After nearly two years of life-changing challenges and isolation for many due to the pandemic, the Council will provide opportunities for guests to connect with the arts through performances, educational programs, tours and talks. The intention is to engage people of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, socioeconomic status and ability — encouraging guests to connect with one another, learn together and support the arts in Palm Beach County.“We are thrilled to welcome back the community and invite everyone to experience our new exhibitions and programs. An inspired and creative year of planning has resulted in the expansion of our programs to …

Picks of the Week: Food Festival, Art and More...

Picks of the Week: Food Festival, Art and More...

Culinary

Published 10/15/21

ALI CULTURAL CENTER: LIVE AND LOCAL MUSIC SERIES WITH THE WILDFIRE BANDOctober 15th at 7 pmThe Wildfire Band cannot be categorized or pigeon-holed into any one category. The musicians play an eclectic mix of Blues, Classic Rock, Bluegrass, Gypsy melodies, Swing, Progressive Rock and Southern Rock all done in their very own signature “rockin” style. More event details here.DOWNTOWN HOLLYWOOD: ARTWALK & ARTISAN MARKETOctober 16th at 6 pmVisit galleries and shops in Downtown Hollywood while enjoying art, cultural entertainment, live music, murals and more! Featuring pop-up shops, artist showcases, handmade items, local purveyors, vintage shopping, boutique goods and FUN! Located on Harrison Street between 20th & 21st Avenue. More event details here.HISTORIC VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK: VEGAN BLOCK PARTYOctober 16th at 12 pmJoin the fun for the ultimate vegan food, drink, and lifestyle festival. Coined as the “Plant-Based Party of the Year”, thousands of attendees join us …

November Performances at The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

November Performances at The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

Performing Arts

Published 10/15/21

The Aventura International Film Series continues with There is No Evil on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. After being banned from filmmaking for life and sentenced to jail, Iranian director Mohammad Rosoulof returned with There is No Evil, winner of more than a dozen awards at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad including the Golden Bear Award for best film at the Berlin Film Festival. The film offers four tales of those given death penalties by the state and those ordered to carry it out. According to Variety, “‘There Is No Evil’ comes across as four films for the price of one, none of its segment’s anemic, and each contributing fresh insights to the paradoxes of capital punishment in Iran.” The Aventura International Film Series presented by the City of Aventura is hosted by Shelly Isaacs who introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion. Not rated, this film is in Farsi with English subtitles and is not suitable for children under 12. Tickets are $12.The …

Murals on the Mile by Chalk & Brush

Murals on the Mile by Chalk & Brush

Visual Arts

Published 10/12/21

Exhibited through September 2022, the decorative displays are designed to inspire residents and visitors to safely visit downtown Coral Gables and delight in the unique aspects of one of South Florida’s most cherished neighborhoods.City officials marked the completion of the murals with an unveiling event on Friday, Oct.1 attended by Mayor Vince Lago, Commissioner XX, XX, City Manager Peter Iglesias, and Coral Gables BID Executive Director Aura Reinhardt.“We are excited for the community to see Murals on the Mile and enjoy all the wonderful restaurants and shops that surround them,” said Julian Perez, the City’s Economic Development director. “We invite visitors from near and far to come explore our inaugural mural initiative and experience the joy of the lively images first-hand.”The murals were developed by Chalk & Brush, which is headed by local husband and wife designers Cinthia Santos and Benjamin Levy. They share positive messages and incorporate interactive …

 THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW TO OPEN AT WATERFRONT PLAYHOUSE

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW TO OPEN AT WATERFRONT PLAYHOUSE

Performing Arts

Published 10/11/21

This production played a sold out run at the Waterfront Playhouse in 2019 and will feature most of the cast from that production. Directed and Choreographed by Tom Thayer, Set Design by Michael Boyer, and Lighting Design by Kim Hanson this production will star International Star Christopher Peterson in the role of that sweet transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Peterson, the star of La-De-Da’s Eyecon’s, most recently appeared on the Waterfront stage in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which was the last production at the Waterfront prior to the covid shut down. That lovable duo, Brad and Janet, will again be played by Key West favorites Arthur Crocker and Belle Jampol.Crocker also appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert while Jampol has been entertaining Key West as lead singer for Coconut Victrola. That mad three-some, Magenta, Riff-Raff and Columbia, will be played by Jillian Todd, Donovan Pavlicek and Carolyn Cooper. Ross Pipkin will dance into the role of Eddie, John McDonald will …

Actors' Playhouse 2021-22 Season

Actors' Playhouse 2021-22 Season

Performing Arts

Published 10/11/21

The lineup includes the new play MIDDLETOWN® written by South Florida Playwright Dan Clancy that stars a rotating cast of beloved celebrities such as Didi Conn (Grease), Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H), Donny Most (Happy Days) and Adrian Zmed (TJ Hooker) who will all be featured in the Miami production (November 17 – December 12, 2021). The South Florida regional premiere of the Broadway musical On Your Feet! tells the inspiring story of Cuban-born superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan (January 26 – March 6, 2022). An off-the-rails stage production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (April 6 – 24, 2022). The spectacular musical biography of a legendary singer-songwriter Hank Williams: Lost Highway (May 18 – June 12, 2022), and the captivating romantic comedy Now and Then (July 13 – August 7, 2022).Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre's Mainstage Season:MIDDLETOWN®November 17 – December 12, 2021By Dan ClancyThrough the highs, the lows, and everything in-between, …

ARTIST ORIT FUCHS INTERPRETS CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

ARTIST ORIT FUCHS INTERPRETS CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

Artist Spotlight

Published 10/11/21

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 it 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 …

The Mai-Kai update we've been waiting for!

The Mai-Kai update we've been waiting for!

Culinary

Published 10/7/21

Barlington Group is a South Florida-based real estate investment and development company focused on growing unique and eclectic legacy businesses that give their communities character, and Mad Room Hospitality, the proprietors of iconic establishments such as Ball and Chain, Los Altos and Taquerias El Mexicano.The search came to an end when they met their team and recognized the passion they share for honoring and preserving the legacy of the Mai-Kai.The team is doing all they can to restore this beloved local institution — the family’s three-generation legacy — to its former splendor and beyond. They will be working closely with the Barlington Group and Mad Room Hospitality to sustain the Mai-Kai the world has come to know and love.The family can’t wait to welcome you back to South Florida’s iconic Mai-Kai Restaurant and Polynesian Show! Stay tuned for updates on the restoration and repairs. They will be be announcing a reopening date once the renovation is completed.

Stern's Stilettos at WMODA

Stern's Stilettos at WMODA

Visual Arts

Published 10/7/21

Our relationship with our shoes goes beyond functionality, shoes help create a mood, a feeling, or a statement. Whether you feel on top of the world (literally!) when you put on your platforms, princess-like in that sparkly glass number or ready to let loose in that blue suede shoe, they can empower any narrative. Many things have been said about shoes, but one thing is certain: they’re with us every step of the way towards whoever or whatever we want to become.Stern’s Stilettos is just the first installment of his Accoutrement series, which focuses on how clothing, accessories and, of course, shoes are not only a means of self-expression, but also help create a persona, a veneer or armor, to present and prepare yourself to conquer the world around you. As such, the possibilities, combinations, and stories are endless. See more event details the exhibit here.

Miami International Piano Festival 2021-2022 Season

Miami International Piano Festival 2021-2022 Season

Festivals

Published 10/7/21

The international talent will enthrall classical music lovers at several world-class venues around Miami-Dade and Broward and through the creation of its state-of-the-art Virtual Platform. It will give the organization Global and International exposure and unique opportunities for the artists, the audience, and classical music lovers. Celebrating the in-person reemergence of the festival, they will open the season on October 17th in a grand fashion, offering the audience a night of beloved concertos by three compelling pianists, Kemal Gekic – Josu de Solaun – Pietro de Maria.  The format of the recitals offers the audience unparalleled and illuminating experiences. Each performance is preceded by a commentary on the programs presented by the artists and by the Lecturer in Residence, Prof. Frank Cooper.  Six compelling pianists will be featured this season in the Aventura Series “Classical Sundays at FIVE” Dmitry Ablogin (new to the audience), Fabio …

Two New Exhibits at WMODA

Two New Exhibits at WMODA

Visual Arts

Published 10/7/21

Fire & Soul “Dance is the hidden language of the soul” -Martha Graham Anna Pavlova’s dying white swan of classical ballet was reborn as an exuberant firebird aflame with passion thanks to Diaghilev’s sensational Ballet Russes dance company which transformed art, culture, and fashion during the early 1900s. Feathered costumes encrusted with jewels flourished at the Folies Bergère in Paris and exotic harem style fashions became all the rage. Energetic, expressionist dancers dominated the cabarets of Weimar Berlin and stepped onto the dance floors in the roaring twenties. European porcelain artists were inspired to create some of the most dynamic and decorative figurines of the Art Deco era. Safari Dance "Hard times require furious dancing” - Alice Walker Dance with the elephants in this fabulous fantasy exhibition of Ardmore Ceramic Art and Design from South Africa. Finding the joy in life by facing up to the proverbial elephant in the room is an inspirational …

Seraphic Fire Returns to Concertizing After 20 Virtual Months

Seraphic Fire Returns to Concertizing After 20 Virtual Months

Music

Published 10/6/21

Two of the finest singers to ever grace the Seraphic Fire stage – Lauren Snouffer, soprano, and Reginald Mobley, countertenor – are featured in Pergolesi’s undisputed masterpiece, Stabat Mater dolorosa for voices, strings, and continuo. Tickets are available for four performances of Immortal Genius: Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater:Thursday, November 4, 7:30 pm | Miami | St. SophiaFriday, November 5, 7:30 pm | Coral Gables | St. Philip’sSaturday, November 6, 7:30 pm | Ft. Lauderdale | All Saint’s EpiscopalSunday, November 7, 4:00 pm | Boca Raton | St. Gregory’s EpiscopalArranged by Johann Sebastian Bach, borrowed by Christoph Willibald Gluck and quoted by Esteban Salas, the Stabat Mater is one of the most influential pieces of concert music on 18th century musical life. Completed as Pergolesi was losing his battle with tuberculosis, the Stabat Mater encourages listeners not simply to regard, but to enter into the emotions of its protagonist, a mother witnessing the death of her …

Miami Film Festival GEMS 2021 Announces Headliners

Miami Film Festival GEMS 2021 Announces Headliners

Festivals

Published 10/6/21

They've expanded to seven days from its traditional four-day format. Legendary Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers starring Penélope Cruz will kick off the upcoming Festival. King Richard, produced by and starring Will Smith, will be the Centerpiece screening, while Denmark’s Oscar submission shortlist candidate Flee will close the event. The festival will hold its screenings at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami from November 4-10.“This year’s GEMS program demonstrates the ongoing vitality and vibrancy of cinema - we expanded the festival due to the increasing number of outstanding films that GEMS has attracted,” said Executive Director Jaie Laplante. “We are grateful to return to our home theater, Tower Theater Miami, and are excited to welcome patrons back to share the communal theater experience.”Opening GEMS 2021 on November 4th is Parallel Mothers from acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, whose Pain and Glory opened GEMS 2019, and who was …

Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami return to MANA Wynwood

Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami return to MANA Wynwood

Festivals

Published 10/4/21

The fairs will cover more than 100,000 square feet of indoor exhibition, all within walking distance of Wynwood’s trendiest restaurants, bars, and retail boutiques.  "We’re excited to be back to live in-person events after such a long pause and thrilled to be at Mana Wynwood again for Miami Art Week,” says Eric Smith, president of Redwood Art Group. “The last two years have been extremely challenging for everyone. We’re pleased to have survived and able to bring collectors and artists and galleries together again. The newly reconfigured space at Mana Wynwood offers us a renewed opportunity to offer an esthetically pleasing environment for showcasing the best the contemporary art world has to offer. Exhibitors and attendees alike can look forward to an unprecedented level of luxury over the five days. We’re very excited to unveil the new look and welcome everyone back to Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami.”Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami form the acclaimed …

The Symphonia Announces New Saturday Concerts

The Symphonia Announces New Saturday Concerts

Music

Published 10/4/21

The additional performances will be on Saturday, December 4 and Saturday, January 8, both at 3 p.m. The shows have been added to accommodate additional guests, as both the December and January Sunday concerts are now sold out.The Saturday concerts will also take place at Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton.SATURDAY, DEC. 4 (NEW) AND SUNDAY, DEC. 05, 2021 (SOLD OUT) AT 3:00 PM‘LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON’A versatile conductor of orchestras, operas and music festivals, who led The Symphonia’s helm from 2006-2009, Alexander Platt returns to Boca Raton to perform alongside guitarist Jason Vieaux. Among his extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy Award-winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.PROGRAMSTILL      "The Quiet One," from the Lyric Suite (arr. Alexander Platt)RODRIGO  Concierto de AranjuezBIZET      Symphony in CSATURDAY, JAN. 8 (NEW) AND SUNDAY, JAN. 9, 2022 (SOLD OUT) AT 3:00 …

Pompano Beach Arts Fall Exhibitions

Pompano Beach Arts Fall Exhibitions

Visual Arts

Published 10/1/21

“We are delighted to have the Latin American Art Pavilion return to the Pompano Beach Cultural Center with another brilliant show,” said Phyllis Korab, Director, Cultural Affair Department. “I Don’t Care is a colorful and modern take on Pop Art’s continued influence on our culture.”I Don’t Care, which features artworks by Latin American artists including Luis Cabrera, Cesar Beltran, Micky Goldstein, Julio Molina, Sami AKL, Teo Beceiro and Marcela Solana is part of the Center’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The exhibition which runs until January 5, 2022, showcases the vision of contemporary artists who are moved by the coldness of pop language.Pop Art is inspired by the aesthetics of everyday life and consumer goods of the time. It is an artistic movement that proclaims, "look around you, see the moment you live and express it.” Being free thinkers and irreverent social entities are traits that characterized this artistic movement. Pop Art continues to …

Arts Ballet postpones season opener

Arts Ballet postpones season opener

Performing Arts

Published 10/1/21

The program will keep “Viva España” as part of the announced repertoire; a beautiful choreography by Artistic Director Vladimir Issaev himself. With the exhilarating music by Massenet, based on the epic story of “El Cid”, Issaev brings back to South Florida audiences a piece of pure bravura in the Spanish style.  Included in the program audiences will enjoy Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux with a choreography by Vladimir Issaev after the original of Dolgushin, and recently performed at the International Ballet Festival of Miami by Moegi Matsuzawa and Remina Tanaka.Following, Suite of Waltzes also choreographed by Vladimir Issaev with Music of Venezuelan pianist and composer, Teresa Carreño and a recently successful contemporary piece by nouvelle choreographer Lusian Hernandez, CORPUS with music by Frederik Chopin.Issaev’s new troupe of dancers will display their capacity for the neo classical and contemporary style.The new ballet “UNBROKEN” has been postponed to April …

 FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE LINEUP FOR THE 36TH ANNUAL EDITION

FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE LINEUP FOR THE 36TH ANNUAL EDITION

Festivals

Published 10/1/21

“This year’s festival promises to be our most diverse to date, with a slate of 154 films from more than 40 countries,” commented Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of FLIFF. “Opening Night at The IMAX will kick off 18 days of great film and events, with talent coming in from across the globe. And, we are thrilled to have Gateway Cinema in the FLIFF family this year, joining Savor Cinema and Cinema Paradiso with daily screenings.”OFFICIAL OPENING FILMSFLIFF kicks off with the official Opening Night on Nov. 5 at the Museum of Discovery & Science AutoNation® IMAX 3D theater with a party between two screenings of Marvel Studios’ saga of the ETERNALS, starring Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kit Harrington and more.Marvel Studios' Eternals | Final TrailerNov. 4, 6, and 7, each of FLIFF’s year-round theaters will have an opening film, party, and special guests as follows:Director Hilary Shakespeare’s co-writer and sister, Anna-Elizabeth …

DANIEL LEWIS DANCE SAMPLER RETURNS TO  LIVE PERFORMANCES FOR 2021

DANIEL LEWIS DANCE SAMPLER RETURNS TO LIVE PERFORMANCES FOR 2021

Performing Arts

Published 10/1/21

Named for the Founding Dean of the Dance Department of New World School of the Arts (NWSA), the program of short works and excerpts launches the season of dance as Florida returns, carefully, to in-person performances and theaters reopen. This year, for the first time, the Sampler will be presented in two counties, with Friday, October 29 at Lake Worth's Duncan Theater, and Saturday and Sunday October 30 and 31 at Miami's NWSA Dance Theater.“How wonderful for all of us to being get back in front of live audiences again" says Hannah Baumgarten, Co-Artistic Director of Dance NOW!, one of the producers and performing companies this year. "This wonderful line-up is a testament to the fact that artists survive, and thrive, in tough times." The Miami Dance Sampler is produced by Miami Dance Futures, an organization founded by Lewis, which facilitates and supports dance artists and organizations. The Sampler is produced in collaboration with Dance NOW! Miami, New World School of the Arts, …

Picks of the Week: Live Music, Art and More...

Picks of the Week: Live Music, Art and More...

Music

Published 9/24/21

POMPANO BEACH CULTURAL CENTER: THE GOSPEL HERITAGE CONCERT STARRING KELONTAE GAVINSeptember 24th at 8:00 pmThe City of Pompano Beach is proud to present the Gospel Heritage Concert starring award-winning singer Kelontae Gavin with opening act The Cross Family and appearances by local favorites Seleaveya Dillard and John Brown. More event details here.MIRAMAR AMPHITHEATER: MIRAMAR LATIN MUSIC FESTIVALSeptember 25th at 7:00 pmEnjoy a night of music in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. More event details here.NSU ART MUSEUM: NEIGHBOR DAY September 26th at 12:00 pmFort Lauderdale residents receive FREE admission to NSU Art Museum on Fort Lauderdale Neighbor Days. For free admission, residents must show a photo ID, driver’s license or residential utility bill with proof of Fort Lauderdale address. More event details here.BROWARD CENTER: NURSE BLAKE - THE PTO COMEDY TOURSeptember 25th at 8:00 pmNurse Blake is one of a kind entertainer who uses his experience as a nurse for a fun …

Vampires Come Back to South Florida After World Tour of The Vampire Circus

Vampires Come Back to South Florida After World Tour of The Vampire Circus

Family

Published 9/23/21

The Vampire Circus returns to South Florida after a world tour and brings 90 minutes of innovative and surreal performances by vampires, including acrobatic feats, comical interactions with the audience, tantalizing music and mesmerizing illusions. Gather your garlic for a wicked and witty Halloween circus experience unlike any other! Experience the chills of fear and the thrills of joy, laughter and wonder as those who like to stay in the dark take center stage. The family-friendly cirque performance takes place October 1-31 near Aventura Mall, and is recognized as a “fusion of Tim Burton and Cirque du Soleil” by past press coverage.Already enjoyed by more than 5 million people around the world, the Vampire Circuscomes to South Florida during Halloween – the spookiest of seasons. Off-the-wall characters and death-defying acrobatic routines push the physical boundaries of human performance to a level that only a vampire can accomplish. Acts of strength, balance and electrifying …

CARBONELL AWARDS Introduces New Team of Judges for 2021-2022 Theater Season

CARBONELL AWARDS Introduces New Team of Judges for 2021-2022 Theater Season

Performing Arts

Published 9/23/21

“Over the last year, the Carbonell Awards has revised our entire judging process, changing the way judges are assigned, while maintaining our historic focus on recognizing and celebrating theatrical excellence on a regional basis,” says Kiltie. “In addition, we have redefined the required qualifications for being a Carbonell judge, while strengthening our commitment to creating diverse judging panels, including diversity in age, gender, race, sexual orientation and ethnicity.”“We have an outstanding panel of 30 experienced judges, many of whom have been working with the Carbonell Awards for years, but also eight new volunteer judges**, all very highly qualified, who have a passion for and openness to all kinds of theater, including plays, musicals, new works, classics, immersive and multidisciplinary theater,” he says. “This may be the most impressive and diverse roster of Carbonell judges in our 45-year history.”Carbonell Awards Judges 2021-2022Broward County+ R. Kent …

 FORWARD MOTION PHYSICALLY INTEGRATED DANCE FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE

FORWARD MOTION PHYSICALLY INTEGRATED DANCE FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE

Performing Arts

Published 9/22/21

Returning after being canceled in 2020 when performing arts venues were shuttered, the Festival showcases companies, dancers and choreographers who are inclusive of those with and without disabilities, exploring a new terrain of beauty, movement and performance. Produced by Florida’s own groundbreaking physically integrated dance pioneers, Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD), this third event will truly mark the start of South Florida's reopened performing arts season, and feature some of the best dancers and companies of any kind, in performance, in discussion and holding workshops. With ongoing lead support from the National Endowment of the Arts, KPD has put together a notable program that will appeal to Miami audiences, as well as help define what physically integrated dance is in 2021. The line-up inlcudes:•Dancing Wheels Company, one of the leading physically integrated groups in the United States. The company tours globally presenting innovative works from nationally acclaimed …

PPTOPA BRINGS CURTAIN UP ON “PLACES: THE 2021-2022 SEASON” WITH MUSICAL FAVORITE “CABARET”

PPTOPA BRINGS CURTAIN UP ON “PLACES: THE 2021-2022 SEASON” WITH MUSICAL FAVORITE “CABARET”

Performing Arts

Published 9/22/21

Cabaret is based on a play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood with a book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. In a Berlin nightclub, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama" and "Two Ladies." The PPTOPA production is directed by Jeffrey Bruce, with music direction by Jesse Veliz, and choreography by Del Marrero. The creative team includes costume design by Samantha Palomino, lighting design by Michael Graham and set design by John Blessed.The PPTOPA cast features Gaby Tortoledo as Sally Bowles, Geoffrey Mergele as Cliff Bradshaw, Pablo Pernia as Emcee, Christopher Dreeson as Herr Schultz, Colleen Pagano as …

World-renowned artist Romero Britto shares artistic talent with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Inspiration4 mission

World-renowned artist Romero Britto shares artistic talent with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Inspiration4 mission

Visual Arts

Published 9/22/21

Britto will participate in several in-person and virtual activities to raise awareness and support for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®With his artistic talent and generous spirit, Britto is sure to bring color and vision to Inspiration4 events in the coming weeks. Britto’s support will include:·   Sketching blank coloring pages for the Inspiration4 crew to bring to life in space. The crew’s art pages will be auctioned off to benefit St. Jude after the space mission.·   Designing a t-shirt that will be unveiled at an event benefitting St. Jude after the Inspiration4 crew returns from space.·   Finishing an original art piece live during a private dinner surrounded by vintage planes in a hangar in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sept. 14 were auctioned off on CharityBuzz.·   Hosting a virtual art party with a member of the Inspiration4 crew and a lucky auction winner.In honor of …

Picks of the Week: Films, Museums and More...

Picks of the Week: Films, Museums and More...

Festivals

Published 9/17/21

HISTORIC VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK: MIAMI CLEAN UP 2021September 18th at 8 amInternational Coastal Cleanup ( ICC) is the world's largest, one-day volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment and raise awareness for this issue. Spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy, the annual effort, now in its 38th year, takes place on the 3rd Saturday each September. More event details here.LOWE ART MUSEUM: WILLIAM WEGMAN - INSTANT MIAMIThrough September 25thFeaturing a series of twenty-two 20-by-24-inch Polaroids shot in the 80s by renowned photographer William Wegman, Instant Miami explores the city through the eyes of an artist. In 1984, Wegman was invited by the Lowe Art Museum to visit Miami and photograph the city with an agreement to show the resulting work at the Lowe later that year. He spent a week primarily in three locations: South Beach, Grove Isle, and Les Violins, the Cuban cabaret-style lounge on Miami Beach. Wegman arranged to bring the 20 x 24 Polaroid camera to Miami for this …

 Superblue & Design Miami/ Basel Present New Installations by DRIFT & Sou Fujimoto

Superblue & Design Miami/ Basel Present New Installations by DRIFT & Sou Fujimoto

Visual Arts

Published 9/17/21

Throughout the week, special programming presented in collaboration with Therme Mind activates the installations. The collaborative project reflects Superblue's mission to connect experiential artists with architects and other creative practitioners in pursuit of their most ambitious visions. The presentation marks Superblue's European debut and first collaboration with Design Miami/, following its global launch in Miami in May 2021.Shy Synchrony is a poetic, upside-down landscape of moving Shylights that perpetually bloom in mid-air, inviting visitors to contemplate natural rhythms and their soothing effect on our state of being. The largest of DRIFT's Shylights installations to date, the site-specific exhibition fills Design Miami's massive entrance hall, providing visitors a moment of synchrony with their immediate surroundings. In a time that is defined by human isolation and a disconnect from nature, DRIFT's practice aims to address the need for a new alignment with our …

Delray Beach Art Trail and First Friday Art Walk

Delray Beach Art Trail and First Friday Art Walk

Visual Arts

Published 9/17/21

“The purpose of Delray Beach Art Trail is to prominently share the breadth and depth of artwork and culture that Delray Beach offers, inviting the community and visitors from around the world to discover hidden gems that secure the city’s place as a dynamic arts destination in South Florida,” said Laura Simon, Executive Director, Delray Beach DDA. Delray Beach is exploding with cultural adventures, now is the time to explore the art scene.”Delray Beach Art Trail is self-guided and free. A QR sign is featured at each location connecting the visitor to www.delrayarttrail.com. The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) created the website to showcase the vast collection of artistic offerings throughout Delray Beach. More than 75 installations, 40+ murals, 35+ art galleries and studios, and eight cultural centers are featured with photos, descriptions, and address.  “We are excited to showcase Delray Beach’s range of public and private art to students, …

Chopin Scholarship Awards Announced the 2021 Winners

Chopin Scholarship Awards Announced the 2021 Winners

Music

Published 9/16/21

During the program, pianists study the repertoire required for the National Chopin Piano Competition which is held every 5 years. This opportunity gives applicants guidance and experience to prepare for the Competition, which can ultimately lead to securing a place at the International Competition held in Warsaw. To see all 2021 scholarship recipients, click here.Many laureates of the National Chopin Piano Competition are alumni of the Scholarship Program, including 3 top winners from the 2020 Competition. They each completed all four years of the program and now they are headed to this year's postponed 18th International Chopin Competition which will take place in just a few weeks: Avery Gagliano (1st prize), Evren Ozel (2nd prize) and Chelsea Guo (co 4th prize). We can't wait to follow their progress in Warsaw October 2nd through 23rd!

North Miami Officials Announce New Artists Leading Its Art in Public Places Initiative

North Miami Officials Announce New Artists Leading Its Art in Public Places Initiative

Visual Arts

Published 9/16/21

Miami-based artist Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, was commissioned for a metal sculpture titled “Giver of Life,” that will be the first of many artworks within the Pioneer Boulevard Sculpture Garden. This next phase of the NMCRA’s Art in Public Places program will transform undeveloped areas into attractive displays of public art that reflect North Miami’s vibrant and diverse culture."We are proud to announce the next phase of our Art in Public Places program and build upon the efforts we started earlier this year with the new displays in Griffing Park,” said North Miami Mayor Philippe Bien-Aime, Chairman of the North Miami CRA Board. "These beautification efforts will enhance the experience of all residing in and visiting our community, attracting new businesses that in turn, support our growing local economy. Congratulations to all the wonderful artists chosen to participate."For the NMCRA's U-Wrap NOMI project, five selected artists created unique, digital designs that will be …

The Horrorland Drive-Thru Halloween Experience returns to South Florida

The Horrorland Drive-Thru Halloween Experience returns to South Florida

Performing Arts

Published 9/16/21

Enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes from getting chased as you cruise through this year’s The Horrorland attraction. This spooky drive thru boasts not just one, but eight haunted houses to satisfy the needs of all horror aficionados. Located at Corner of Country Club Road and Abigail Road, right across from Aventura Mall, this year’s thrilling journey opens October 1 and runs through October 31, with performances Thursday through Sunday.In its second consecutive year, the drive-thru haunted house experience is one of the top Halloween attractions in South Florida. The experience is complete with state-of-the art props, theatrical sets, movie-quality makeup, over-the-top special effects, specialty themes, and details created to promise for the most terrifying Halloween experience ever. “The beauty of this immersive experience is that participants are protagonists in a horror movie that’s happening around them in real-time – and it’s all done from the safety of their …

Area Stage Company 21-22 Season

Area Stage Company 21-22 Season

Performing Arts

Published 9/10/21

Beauty and the Beast will run for only one weekend in the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater from August 5th - 7th. This will be a lavish, full scale, enchanting production, featuring a full cast of exquisitely talented Conservatory students, perfect for the whole family to attend. It will be directed and choreographed by ASC Director of Conservatory Education, Rebecca Ashton, with music direction by Katie Duerr. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman with a book by Linda Woolverton, is based on the 1991 animated classic film. This “tale as old as time” tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all …

Season Kickoff!

Season Kickoff!

Performing Arts

Published 9/10/21

We have lived through the unimaginable. No one can see every show or performance they want to, but who could’ve imagined having zero options to attend? As someone who looks to CultureOwl for cultural things to do, it’s extremely likely that you are someone who craves live performances. And after last year’s crushing cancellations, chances are you—and performers—are happier about this season’s arrival than any other before!We haven’t forgotten that being part of an audience is it’s own experience, in addition to the performance. The virtual world allows us to experience things on our own schedule—a live performance waits for no one! The anticipation, wearing that special something, being part of a crowd, dining out; these are activities that spark a unique joy for most of us, one that’s been sorely missed. But this season is giving us plenty to get excited about. The arts in 2021-22 are off to a slower start. After all, we’re still navigating through …

Key West Artist Sally Binard wins South Florida Cultural Consortium 2021 Visual Artists Award

Key West Artist Sally Binard wins South Florida Cultural Consortium 2021 Visual Artists Award

Visual Arts

Published 9/10/21

Featuring the work of 12 preeminent South Florida artists who are recipients of the 2021 South Florida Cultural Consortium awards, the exhibition will host an opening reception on September 16 at 6:30 PM, at FAU University Galleries located at 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. The exhibition will be open during regular hours from September 17 – October 30, 2021. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication.  Sally Binard is a primarily self-taught artist, born to first generation Haitian and Belgian immigrants who exposed her to two vastly different styles of art. This had a remarkable influence on her work. Exposure to the Dutch Masters and the vibrant Haitian arts provided a confusing and eclectic idea of what art was and could be. Her work is a means of recordkeeping and resolving personal questions in addition to creating conversations around identity, history, and social issues. Sally lives and works in Key West, Florida. The Consortium, an alliance of …

2021 Remy Award Recipients

2021 Remy Award Recipients

Performing Arts

Published 9/10/21

The 2021 Remy Awards will be streamable via Facebook Live and YouTube. This year the awards are being produced by Stone Circle Media and will include performances from artists that are special to our winners.The livestream of the awards will happen on Monday September 27 at 7:00 PM, with the video being available on demand afterwards. While access is available to everyone, donations to the South Florida Theatre League are encouraged and will go to help support our ongoing AntiRacism Theatre Strategies Cohorts and upcoming continuing education for artists and administrators. Donations can also be made to the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund, which helps artists in need. Over $25,000 was distributed to artists directly throughout the first year of the pandemic. The Remy Awards have been a part of the South Florida Theatre League since its first year (1994) – with the Service Award dedicated to those who have provided outstanding service to the League and the Pioneer Award …

WMODA Museum Wins 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award

WMODA Museum Wins 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award

Visual Arts

Published 9/7/21

“Glass is hot and ceramics are cool at WMODA”, says Louise Irvine, the Executive Director & Curator. “We aim to fire your imagination with our amazing collection of studio glass by Dale Chihuly and other modern masters. Our exhibitions, events, and scavenger hunts explore art, culture, fantasy, and nature through the lens of pottery and porcelain artists. Thank you to the dedicated WMODA team who work so hard to make our museum a sanctuary for art in these challenging times.”The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts celebrates the fired arts of ceramics and glass including beautiful pottery and porcelain art from the 18th century to the present. The world-class collection showcases the work of British pioneers, such as Josiah Wedgwood and Sir Henry Doulton, as well as leading glass designers from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras including René Lalique.Journey on A Safari for the Soul exploring Ardmore Ceramic Art from South Africa. Celebrate the art of having fun in the …

Picks of the Week: Art Exhibits, Outdoor Fun and More...

Picks of the Week: Art Exhibits, Outdoor Fun and More...

Visual Arts

Published 9/3/21

IS PROJECTS: MAKE YOUR OWN LEATHER TRAVEL JOURNALSeptember 4th at 11:00 amIn this workshop, each student will learn the basic principles of bookbinding while making a completely customized and unique soft cover leather travel journal. We will start by cutting raw leather to make the perfect cover. Then we will learn how to prepare the paper and sew it to the leather cover to make a long-lasting, sturdy travel journal. More event details here.FLAMINGO GARDENS: BIG BUGS FINAL WEEKENDThrough September 6thJoin Flamingo Gardens for the Final Weekend of David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit of giant insect sculptures. Visitors of all ages will enjoy 10 larger-than-life sculptures created by artist David Rogers including a 10' tall Daddy Long Legs and a 17' long Praying Mantis! Inside the Gallery you will discover some of the fascinating insects of South Florida and the Everglades, including live specimens and educational interactives! Final Weekend features special education stations and bug …

NSAL of Florida Celebrates 40 Years of Supporting the Arts in Florida

NSAL of Florida Celebrates 40 Years of Supporting the Arts in Florida

Visual Arts

Published 9/2/21

Boca Ballet Theatre’s Co-Artistic Directors Jane Tyree and Dan Guin will be the recipients of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Guests will also be treated to performances by the Society’s talented National and Local scholarship and competition winners.“This event marks our organization’s 40th anniversary of serving Florida’s young performing and visual artists through our scholarship, competition and mentorship program,” said Kim Champion, event chairperson. “To honor this milestone and all of our loyal members and supporters who have remained a constant during these challenging times, we have pulled out all the stops to create a spectacular program.”Honorary Chairperson, Marilynn Wick, in conjunction with Event Co-chairs Shari Upbin and Marcie Gorman and Scholarship Chairperson, Alyce Erickson, have created an evening to entertain and inspire.Performances will feature National Voice Scholarship Recipient Melissa Martinez and National Voice Competition Winner …

Martha Mary Concerts Season Announcement

Martha Mary Concerts Season Announcement

Music

Published 9/2/21

Sunday, September 12 • 4pmClarice & Sergio Assad with Sammy Figueroa & Brian PottsExperience Brazilian jazz, samba, choró, bossa nova, classics, and original compositions. Clarice Assad dazzles as an award-winning composer, pianist and multilingual singer exploring the voice as an instrument. Her father, Latin Grammy winner Sergio Assad, is one of the most important classical guitarists of our age. Multi Latin Grammy nominee Sammy Figueroa is recognized as today’s leading Latin jazz percussionist. Joined by Brian Potts, a versatile performer and educator with a passion for Brazilian percussion and the pandeiro.Sunday, November 7 • 4pmThe Frost Chorale with Amanda Quist, ConductorThe internationally recognized Frost Chorale performs a new holiday program especially designed for the historic Corpus Christi’s updated acoustics and the Martha/Mary Concerts community.Sunday, February 13 • 4pmDena DeRose: The Best of Classic JazzCurrently based in Graz, Austria and Siena, …

Meet HistoryMiami's New Artist-in-Residence

Meet HistoryMiami's New Artist-in-Residence

Artist Spotlight

Published 9/2/21

Both born in Rio de Janeiro, Rose Max and Ramatis Moraes moved to the U.S. in 1993 and now call Miami Beach home. Rose, a singer and songwriter, comes from a long line of Brazilian music legends and now performs and records music around the world. Ramatis, an acousic guitar player, was born to a family of artists and became a successful songwriter, producer, and arranger. The duo has received various awards for Ramatis’s work as a producer and musician and for Rose’s vocal talents. Through performances and presentations, Rose Max & Ramatis share their passion for Brazilian culture and an appreciation for the mix of traditions that contribute to Brazil’s rich musical history.What is your name and where are you from?A black and white photo of Rose and Ramatis posing with his guitarOur names are Rose Max and Ramatis Moraes. We were both born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.How did you come to live in Miami?In 1993, we were invited to play at the first Brazilian restaurant …

On The Samara's Wing

On The Samara's Wing

Visual Arts

Published 9/2/21

Curated by The Frank’s Chief Curator Taryn Möller Nicoll, On The Samara’s Wing features works by John Alleyne, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Rhea Leonard, T.Elliot Mansa, Lisyanet Rodriguez, and Onajídé Shabaka. The exhibition will debut on Thursday, October 21st at 6 PM. The opening reception will feature a special performance by Haitian singer and guitarist Inez Barlatier at 7 PM. This event and admittance to The Frank is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the reception. Mask-wearing at The Frank is strongly encouraged. The Frank is proud to partner with Green Space Miami, a new art space established by the Green Family Foundation, focused on centering marginalized stories in a space for dialogue. Green Space Initiative grant recipient Alma Leiva will exhibit her photography series Celdas in The Third Space Gallery at The Frank. Leiva’s works will remain on view for the duration of On The Samara’s …

THINGS TO DO IN MIAMI: 10 OF OUR FAVE ART & CULTURE EVENTS!

THINGS TO DO IN MIAMI: 10 OF OUR FAVE ART & CULTURE EVENTS!

Visual Arts

Published 8/30/21

1 - WYNWOOD ART WALK:Attention all you art lovers out there! Take a walk on the Wynwood side! This awesome event takes place on the Second Saturday of every month. It features art dealers, galleries, collections, artist studios, alternative art spaces, and dining hot spots, strengthening the concept of a true art district and boosting Miami's international image. Thousands of people, looking for fabulous things to do in Miami, crowd the streets to have a great night out and enjoy the Miami Art Scene. You should be one of them!Just north of downtown Miami, between 23st and 30th streets and NW 2nd Ave.www.wynwoodmiami.com2 - PEREZ MUSEUM MIAMI: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 …

STICK A FORK IN IT: OUR TOP SOUTH FLORIDA STEAKHOUSE PICKS

STICK A FORK IN IT: OUR TOP SOUTH FLORIDA STEAKHOUSE PICKS

Culinary

Published 8/23/21

THE ABC’S OF FINE MEATSBefore diving into the meat of the matter, a little overview of beef protocol is in order. Most people are familiar with the basics:Filet mignon: Melt-in-your mouth tendernessRibeye: Extremely flavorful and juicySirloin: Tender, but slightly chewyPorterhouse: Best of both worldsUltimately, it comes down to the quality of the meat, which is determined by the USDA Beef Grading System.The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meticulously evaluates the quality of beef using strict grading regulations, in order to protect consumers and provide a consistent benchmark among beef retailers and steakhouses. This system divides beef into 8 different classifications. Fine steakhouses serve only the top two: USDA Prime (all of the steakhouses on our top ten list) & USDA Choice. Both of these classifications contain greater levels of fat marbling within the lean muscle portions of younger steers, and are more juicy, tender, and flavorful than the other cuts, …

Picks of the Week: Art, Food, and More...

Picks of the Week: Art, Food, and More...

Visual Arts

Published 8/20/21

HISTORY FORT LAUDERDALE: NEW RIVER OPEN AIR MARKETThrough August 29thSet along the banks of the New River under the shade of historic live oaks, the Open Air Market features more than 52 vendors offering a selection of curated locally made crafts, farm-fresh vegetables, fresh-baked bread and pastries, specialty plants including orchids and succulents, organic food, natural health and beauty products and more. Gourmet bites and beverages will be available to purchase onsite. Live music and a tattoo artist will add another artistic dimension to this community event. More event details here.IS PROJECTS: INTO THE FOLDThrough August 21st Into the Fold highlights a series of eleven artists’ books and the artists who made them. Each book is the result of a collaboration between the artist and a printmaking and book arts studio, IS Projects, made possible through their artist book publishing program, Existent Books. Viewers can get up close and personal with handmade, limited-edition …

WHAT'S HOT IN SEPTEMBER

WHAT'S HOT IN SEPTEMBER

Festivals

Published 8/19/21

September 3– Bark in the Park – Miami, FLWith a portion of the proceeds benefiting the local animal rescue, PAWS4you Rescue, Bark in the Park is a fun day out at the ballgame for you and your dog. Watch the Marlins take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the Vista level, reserved for you and your furry best friend. To attend the game, leashed dogs must be up to date on Rabies, DHLP, PARVO, and BORDATELLA vaccinations. ID tags are required. Breeds that fall under American Pitbull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not permitted in the ballpark. Event: Bark in the ParkCost: $15Date: Friday, September 3 – 7:10 PMLocation: LoanDepot Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125Learn more by calling 305.480.2525.September 3 – Miami Music+Comedy Fest IIHosted by Jeff Quintana and Joseph Ringleader, enjoy a two-day Indoor/ Outdoor Festival featuring vendors, South Florida local celebrities, DJ's, entertainers, and national comedy headliners like …

Rollins Museum of Art 2021 Exhibitions & Events

Rollins Museum of Art 2021 Exhibitions & Events

Visual Arts

Published 8/19/21

Rollins, founded in 1885 and Florida’s oldest liberal arts college, has embraced donations from some of the country’s most dedicated art advocates, garnering a collection of over 5,700 works. From Thomas Gainsborough to Bloomsbury artists and Warhol, to some of today’s cutting-edge talent such as Julie Mehretu, Shirin Neshat, and Hank Willis Thomas, the museum’s holdings reflect a global, diverse roster with a sizeable American collection, a forward-thinking contemporary collection and the only European Old Master paintings in the Orlando area.The last decade, in particular, has marked tremendous transformative growth for the museum, including 900 new works added to the collection, a significantly expanded exhibitions calendar, an over-quadruple increase in yearly visitors, and a triple increase in student involvement, underscoring the museum’s unique teaching mission. Fundraising and support have grown sevenfold, as visibility and awareness continue to expand; the museum has …

Picks of the Week: Film, Dance, and More...

Picks of the Week: Film, Dance, and More...

Performing Arts

Published 8/13/21

CORAL GABLES ART CINEMA: SWAN SONGThrough August 19th Legendary actor Udo Kier (Bacurau) stars as retired hairdresser Pat Pitsenbarger, who escapes the confines of his small-town Sandusky, Ohio nursing home after learning of his former client's dying wish for him to style her final hairdo. Soon, Pat embarks on an odyssey to confront the ghosts of his past – and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job. More event details here.(Photo: The Swan Song)INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI: CLASSICAL GALASAugust 14th and 15thDance Stars from around the world perform the most famous classical and neo-classical ballet repertoire, featuring prestigious ballet companies represented by their greatest stars. All guest Principal Dancers perform at this Gala with a different program. More event details here.IS PROJECTS: SUMINAGASHI PAPER MARBLING & LETTERPRESSAugust 14th at 11 amIn this workshop, participants learn the basics of Suminagashi paper marbling and letterpress printing! …

To Spice or Not to Spice

To Spice or Not to Spice

Culinary

Published 8/12/21

August and September may be our most sweltering months weather wise but they’re also the two Miami foodies most look forward to. Why? Miami Spice that’s why! It’s when select restaurants -- the list of participant ones grows larger each year, think nearly 100 – curate three- to five-course menus of their most coveted dishes. Lunch is $28 and dinner $42. Most restaurants offer Miami Spice dinner menus everyday except Friday and Saturday.The program was conceived by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to support Miami restaurants during the slower summer months. Originally held only in August, the program’s popularity prompted the GMCVB to extend it through September.With such a comprehensive list it can be tough to make a selection that provides the best value. For example, some only one selection per course while others offer multiple selections, but the choices include very simple dishes.The question of “To Spice or Not to Spice” lies here: If you would …

ARTS BALLET THEATRE OF FLORIDA ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 SEASON

ARTS BALLET THEATRE OF FLORIDA ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 SEASON

Performing Arts

Published 8/12/21

The season includes the cherished holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker," at the newly renovated Parker Playhouse of Fort Lauderdale and the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. There will 10 performances (Dec. 9-19) including 3 performances for the public schools of Miami Dade and Broward Counties and a Sensory Friendly performance for children and adults within the Autistic Spectrum and other disabilities. Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida was able to offer live performances during the pandemic at the Broward Center with live audiences, thanks to the generosity of donors, ticket buyers, and the community at large.They are extremely grateful to the audiences who joined them during the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic and we cannot wait to welcome everyone back to the theatre in the fall, to enjoy world-class performances this upcoming season.Led by Artistic Director Master Vladimir Issaev, new ballet dancers coming from the US, United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil and Venezuela, have …

Horizons Exhibit at Court House Cultural Center

Horizons Exhibit at Court House Cultural Center

Visual Arts

Published 8/9/21

Horizons presents the work of Dan Mackin and the late Jim Houser and will be on display through September 17th.Mackin’s eclectic life journey has provided experiences that are wonderfully represented in his paintings. His travels to the Caribbean, Bahamas, South Pacific, Asia and the Amazon River have influenced his colorful style.His body of work includes collaboration with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Wyland Galleries, posters and graphics he created for Quicksilver and various vineyards and breweries.Mackin is one of only 29 artists worldwide to have a Disney license. His work is displayed worldwide. In describing it, Mackin says “I offer viewers their own tropical paradise, embody my desire to preserve Earth’s fragile beauty, and encourage the harmony that exists between people and nature.”Jim Houser focused on the essentials to capture a scene or mood, rendered in flat, sharply defined shapes and straight lines, with little or no scenic detail, and a minimal color …

Picks of the Week: Art Exhibits, Film and More...

Picks of the Week: Art Exhibits, Film and More...

Visual Arts

Published 8/6/21

BAILEY CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER: CAMOUFLAGE - PATTERNS OF DISRUPTIONThrough September 23rdPatterns of Disruption curated by Lisa Rockford brings together a group of diverse artists that utilize the language of “camouflage,” via colorful amalgamations of prints, patterns, textiles, and minimalist aesthetics to represent their unique voices. As camouflage has been used for self-protection by manipulating and disguising materials, patterns, and coloration for concealment, these artists have similarly created complex compositions with contradictory combinations and plays of figure and ground. More event details here.(Photo: Patterns of Disruption)BROWARD ART GUILD: ART SQUARED EXHIBITAugust 7th at 4:30 pmYou don’t have to be square to see this exhibit but you will see artwork in square and cubed formatting. Paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and jewelry will be on display. Stop by to meet the artists and cast your ballot for the People's Choice Award. More …

Intermission is Over. Live is Back!

Intermission is Over. Live is Back!

Performing Arts

Published 8/6/21

Always responsive to audience requests for “more Broadway, more comedy, more music superstars from Bach to rock,” Palm Beach County’s largest and most popular entertainment venue promises a dynamic line-up of award-winning shows, world-class talents and powerful performances that will generate enthusiastic standing ovations from discerning audience members of every age and demographic.In addition to performances in the 2,195-seat Alexander W. Dreyfoos Concert Hall, the Kravis Center will present a diverse array of drama, music and dance in the intimate 285-seat Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse, and the flexible 300-seat Helen K. Persson Hall. Kravis Center SeriesAmong the popular Kravis Center series that are returning for the 2021- 2022 season are: Kravis On Broadway Hosting hit shows since 2008, Kravis On Broadway celebrates its 14th season with a spectacular line-up:COME FROM AWAY - November 16-21
DEAR EVAN HANSEN - December 15-19
SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER …

Celebrate the 4th Sandrell Rivers Day!

Celebrate the 4th Sandrell Rivers Day!

Performing Arts

Published 8/5/21

“We are very excited about this year’s Sandrell Rivers Day, because we will, once again, be hosting it live and in person,” said FTF CEO/Executive Artistic Director Larry Fields. “Because of the COVID outbreak last year, we presented the 2020 celebration virtually. While the show was one of our most highly viewed, it wasn’t the same as presenting to a live audience and interacting with people in person.”“Chief Rivers was all about the arts and community — especially the Liberty City community — so we are very glad to be returning to welcoming the community to the theater that bears her name and celebrating her legacy with a live arts event,” said Fields.  Co-hosting Sandrell Rivers Day 2021 will be Ashlee Thomas, president of the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE), and renowned actor, aerialist and all-around entertainer Luckner “Lucky” Bruno.  Among the many musicians, performing artists and other entertainers scheduled to perform …

Picks of the Week: Museums, Music and More...

Picks of the Week: Museums, Music and More...

Music

Published 7/30/21

KEY WEST TROPICAL FOREST & BOTANICAL GARDEN: ART IN THE GARDEN 2021Through July 31stMeander over Garden Boardwalks and down pathways through dappled shade cast by fresh greenscape, colorful blossoms and winged creatures of nature and spot….sculpture! Nature has been benign in recent months with spring rains bringing renewal and the return of “Art in the Garden” with artistic expressions emphasizing harmony with nature. These works are earth-friendly in the selection of materials (including recycled and natural material) and themes. More event details here.DEERING ESTATE: CABARET CONCERTJuly 31st at 8:00 pmThe Summer Cabaret Concert Series features musical performances inside the historic Great Hall at the Deering Estate. The 2021 series kicks off this weekend with multi-award winning pianist, singer and composer Fanni Sárközy. More event details here.HISTORIC VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK: ZIMI SEH BEACH BRUNCHAugust 1st at 12:00 pmGet ready to enjoy yourself and live it up the …

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Culinary

Published 7/29/21

Still, for those who might not give a grape about wine, the food stands on its own.So, if you are inclined to go for the wines, this is the place. There's a sommelier who asks guests what kind of wines they prefer, then recommends a bottle for the table based on the comments. Or, if you prefer, they can suggest a by the glass. We were treated to the member exclusive, California red wine Vin Noir, which was the restaurant's wine of the month selection. Stick to the wines, however. The Island mojito made from Malibu rum, passion fruit, mint, and lime looked good on paper. It was fine, yet mediocre.They do use liquor, tequila specifically, in their Mexican drunk shrimp, which we ordered as an appetizer. Shrimp is wrapped in bacon, then covered with a tequila lime butter sauce and served with fresh guacamole for dipping.The shrimp were cooked to perfection and although you might think the bacon might not be crispy because of it being wrapped around the shrimp, it was, which created an …

Paperfish Sushi Has a Surprise Around Every Corner

Paperfish Sushi Has a Surprise Around Every Corner

Culinary

Published 7/29/21

Everything at Paperfish Sushi in Brickell is meant to be beautiful. Enter through the red torii gates, which definitely take you away from the pavement of South Miami Avenue and 14th Street where the restaurant is hidden (in an alley east of Barsecco and west of Novacento). It's difficult to find it at first, but once you get in, you've entered another world.Inside, a large screen on the back wall shows black and white "day in the life" clips of Japan – children eating, people walking, talking, and it plays on a continuous reel. Pink cherry blossom trees separate one dining area from another and large scrolls with Japanese writing cover another wall. Paperfish bravely opened in the midst of the pandemic in April 2021, but that's where the roots of the restaurant were born.V&E Restaurant Group (Barsecoo, Café Americano, Miami Beach Italian seafood restaurant Mercato della Pescheria, Marabu in Brickell City Centre, and others) along with Fabric Group LATAM added Paperfish to …

‘AN EVENING WITH JULIAN MARLEY’ TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

‘AN EVENING WITH JULIAN MARLEY’ TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

Music

Published 7/29/21

During troubled times, several South Florida organizations hope to offer some comfort and soul soothing — hosting a free outdoor concert by Julian Marley, son of the legendary Bob Marley.The July 31 show, produced by Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) and The Rhythm Foundation, was originally intended to be a ticketed event at Miami Beach’s North Beach Bandshell. The fundraiser was meant to benefit an award for a rising artist, at a time when the entertainment industry is still reeling from the effects of the pandemic.And then the Surfside building collapse happened nearby, and organizers made some changes.“In the face of all of the tragedy, sadness and just melancholy, we are doing the concert for free,” said DVCAI founder and president Rosie Gordon-Wallace. They also moved it to the ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood.The concert is now being presented by the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency as part of the Hollywood ArtsPark Experience Concert …

Picks of the Week: Museums, Film and More...

Picks of the Week: Museums, Film and More...

Performing Arts

Published 7/23/21

NSU ART MUSEUM: THE WORLD OF ANNA SUIThrough October 3rdWith over 100 looks, The World of Anna Sui explores the glamorous and eclectic world of one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished designers, and invites viewers to step inside Sui’s imagination to discover her creative process and the diverse influences that contribute to her signature aesthetic sensibility. The World of Anna Sui is organized by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London and is curated by Dennis Nothdruft. More event details here.25TH INFFINITO BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVALThrough July 29thPeople in Brazil and throughout the American territory, from Puerto Rico to Alaska, can watch 25 feature films that have marked the history of Brazilian cinema for free. The films will stream at www.inff.online! More event details here.POMPANO BEACH ARTS: MEMORIES AND MYTHS BY ALEJANDRA ABADThrough September 30thThis solo exhibition is a collection of animated works that relate to folklore, myth, national idealism, and the loss …

SMDCAC Announces 2021-2022 Season Line Up

SMDCAC Announces 2021-2022 Season Line Up

Performing Arts

Published 7/22/21

SMDCAC is proud to present a diverse selection of performances that appeal to all patrons. Music fans will enjoy tributes to huge stars with performances like The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin featuring Damien Sneed and ABBA The Concert: A Tribute to ABBA. For young audiences, SMDCAC offers a variety of family-friendly performances including story dance-pop sensation Grimmz and tap dancing, rhythmic juggling duo Collision of Rhythm. For dance lovers, the Center will present Pilobolus, Doug Varone and Dancers, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami and more.Subscription packages are available this season. When arts and culture enthusiasts build their own subscription package, they have access to the best seats and can save up to 20 percent. Dance fans can also subscribe to the dance package, which includes four dance shows and a 25 percent discount. Eligible performances are noted below.“We are so excited to be back presenting artists and engaging with our community,” said …

GableStage Theatre Returns to the Stage for 23​rd​ Season

GableStage Theatre Returns to the Stage for 23​rd​ Season

Performing Arts

Published 7/22/21

GableStage, the beloved theatre company located in the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, has announced an ambitious reopening season with a planned return to in-person performances in November. The new season includes challenging and gripping dramas, music, comedy and world-premiere productions. “While I certainly bring my own sensibilities to season programming,” says Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport, “the mission of the company is deliberate and strong: to challenge South Florida audiences with productions of artistic excellence that confront today’s issues and ideas. It is with that clear directive in mind that I proudly unveil GableStage’s ambitious 23rd Season and invite audiences to join us for GableStage’s next chapter.” To kick-off, GableStage invites audiences to save-the-date for SPLASH! a season opening event at the Biltmore pool at 7 p.m. on October 28. SPLASH! celebrates 1940’s movie mermaid Esther Williams with a one-night only …

SCOPE ANNOUNCES NFT ARTISTS FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY VIP TICKET RELEASE

SCOPE ANNOUNCES NFT ARTISTS FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY VIP TICKET RELEASE

Expo/Fair

Published 7/20/21

With stunning views of the ocean, SCOPE’s unparalleled curated selection of contemporary art will be presented alongside museum-quality installations, panel discussions, and nightlife events.SCOPE + YellowHeart will create the first-of-its-kind, NFT-minted, VIP tickets to commemorate SCOPE Art Show’s 20th anniversary. The tokens will feature unique editioned artwork tied to SCOPE’s New Contemporary Program, presenting emerging and celebrated artists alike that define our cultural landscape across a variety of creative disciplines. The limited-release tickets will go on sale September 9th on YellowHeart’s marketplace and will feature work from Swoon, Saype, Relm, Nychos, Diana Sinclair, ENTES, Logan Hicks, Kathie Olivas, and CTWF (Coloring The World Foundation).“In celebration of our 20th anniversary, SCOPE has partnered with digital marketplace YellowHeart to create a first of its kind Blockchain ticketing solution featuring a diverse curation of innovative NFT minted VIP …

Forward Motion Physically Integrated Dance Festival & Conference Returns to Miami

Forward Motion Physically Integrated Dance Festival & Conference Returns to Miami

Performing Arts

Published 7/15/21

Returning after being canceled in 2020 when performing arts venues were shuttered, the Festival showcases companies, dancers and choreographers who are inclusive of those with and without disabilities, exploring a new terrain of beauty, movement and performance. Produced by Florida’s own groundbreaking physically integrated dance pioneers, Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD), this third event will truly mark the start of South Florida's reopened performing arts season, and feature some of the best dancers and companies of any kind, in performance, in discussion and holding workshops.With ongoing lead support from the National Endowment of the Arts, KPD has put together a notable program that will appeal to Miami audiences, as well as help define what physically integrated dance is in 2021. The line-up inlcudes:Dancing Wheels Company, one of the leading physically integrated groups in the United States. The company tours globally presenting innovative works from nationally acclaimed …

Picks of the Week: Music, Museums, and More...

Picks of the Week: Music, Museums, and More...

Music

Published 7/15/21

AREA STAGE COMPANY: DOGFIGHT THE MUSICAL IN CONCERTThrough July 18th It's November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. More event details here.WIENER MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS: THE TINY TREASURES TRAILThrough September 30thAhoy, Mateys! Join the fun at the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts for the Tiny Treasures Trail scavenger hunt and search for miniature ceramics hidden around the museum. These amazing mini works of art were created by local master potter, Alex Meiklejohn and are scaled to 1:12, 1 inch to 1 foot, which is the standard for miniatures in dollhouses. The Tiny Treasures Trail is fun for …

Art in August

Art in August

Family

Published 7/15/21

Art in August was created to support the important work of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a 501(c)3 national non profit that is committed to raising funds for research and less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the United States.Designed by over 30 artists - including Peter Tunney, Baron Von Fancy, Jason Naylor, Andrew Hudson and Chef James Kent - and manufactured by Enduring Images, each $175 plate will be on sale from August 20-31. The artwork ranges from collages (like Vinnie Ray’s Portal 11 and Katy Hirschfeld’s Handsome Youths) to graffiti (from muralist Riiisa Boogie’s Keep Rockin’ and Hektad’s repetitive LOVE graffiti on Lover.) All of the proceeds from each plate will directly support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.Art in August kicks off August 20th through the 31st! To buy a plate, click here.

Miami City Ballet announces 21/22 Season, Sunshine in Motion

Miami City Ballet announces 21/22 Season, Sunshine in Motion

Performing Arts

Published 7/15/21

Entering her 10th season, Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez has curated a season filled with blockbuster ballets, performed to live orchestra. The anticipated return to the stage is marked by what will be one of the most talked-about productions of the entire season – the North American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s spellbinding Swan Lake. Subscriptions to the 2021/22 season start at $84 and are now on sale!On October 14, 2021, MCB will open its 36th season of dance with the online premiere of its underwater jewel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by George Balanchine. Then, live performance returns in December with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® and continues with three invigorating ballets: Ratmansky’s Swan Lake, the Balanchine masterpiece Jewels, and a mixed-rep bill headlined by the return of Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, which also features two company premieres: William Forsythe’s delectably fun Herman Schmerman Pas de Deux and Christopher Wheeldon’s intimate After the …

New Programming Brings More Hollywood to Cinema Paradiso

New Programming Brings More Hollywood to Cinema Paradiso

Performing Arts

Published 7/11/21

In addition to the international and American independent films and documentaries, which it has been showing since its opening in 2013, the theatre recently has begun screening first-run films from major American studios such as Disney, Paramount, Warner Brothers, Universal, and others."We want to expand the offerings of the theatre to appeal to a wider customer base, and bring more people to Cinema Paradiso - Hollywood," explained Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of the The Broward County Film Society (BCFS), the parent company of the theatre, as well as the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). The BCFS also just reopened the iconic Gateway Cinema in Fort Lauderdale, and von Hausch noted that the addition contributed to the Society's ability to expand its local programming."We now have an even greater opportunity to showcase and celebrate the best in films in our theatres, making them more accessible to a wider audience," he continued."A lot of films were held …

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More...

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More...

Performing Arts

Published 7/9/21

HISTORY FORT LAUDERDALE: THE ART OF TIM FORMAN: FLORIDA EVERGLADESThrough September 26thTim Forman’s colorful and impressionist Florida Everglades landscapes will be on display in the New River Inn at History Fort Lauderdale. He creates his landscapes to portray the splendor and simplicity of the natural world, and, through his work, seeks to lift the spirits and inspire awe above our day-to-day lives. More event details here.(Photo: History Fort Lauderdale) FLAMINGO GARDENS: DAVID ROGERS' BIG BUGSThrough September 6thVisitors of all ages can enjoy the craftsmanship of 10 larger-than-life sculptures created by artist David Rogers using willow limbs, twigs, and branches, all nestled along the pathways throughout the Arboretum. In the gardens you'll come upon enormous ants marching to a picnic, a giant spider dangling from a tree, and a humongous dragonfly hovering over the water. Highlights of the exhibit include a 10' tall Daddy Long Legs and a 17' long Praying Mantis! More event …

FROST CHOPIN ACADEMY AND FESTIVAL OFFERS FREE ACCESS TO TOP PERFORMERS

FROST CHOPIN ACADEMY AND FESTIVAL OFFERS FREE ACCESS TO TOP PERFORMERS

Music

Published 7/7/21

After the death of Polish-born composer and pianist Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), his heart was encased in a jar and sealed in a pillar of the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw. During World War II, the Nazis got their hands on it. When it finally returned to the church, a biblical inscription was added: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”As with the story of his heart, conversations about Chopin move between a reliquary-like approach to preserving the composer’s essence and the need to connect him with new generations of students and audiences.The third edition of the Frost Chopin Academy and Festival, being presented online from July 7-10, straddles these two concepts.“In the end, none of us can know that much about Chopin,” says Kevin Kenner, artistic director of the Frost Chopin Academy and Festival and assistant professor of piano at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. “He was a person of history, and we only have these documents, …

Picks of the Week: Fourth of July Weekend

Picks of the Week: Fourth of July Weekend

Performing Arts

Published 7/2/21

SANDRELL RIVERS THEATER: INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT- SONGS OF UNITY WITH LAUREN CARTERJuly 2nd @ 8 pmJoin SRT for an Independence Day Unity Concert with vocalist Lauren Carter featuring classic songs such as What the World Needs Now, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, With a Little Help from my Friends, This Land is Your Land, Ain’t That America and more- Lauren Carter's soulful and versatile voice lights up the Sandrell Rivers Theater in this In-Person Concert! More event details here.THE RED CURTAIN: THE ART OF FACING FEAR - THE WORLD UNITED - SHOW 2July 4th @ 10 am Live theatre performed by 25 actors from 5 continents written by Ivam Cabral and Rodolfo Garcia Valquez and Directed by Rodolfo Garcia Valquez. More event details here.DOWNTOWN HOLLYWOOD: DREAM CAR CLASSICJuly 4th @ 10 amThe Dream Car Classic presented by Cobra Joe Productions has made a great come-back to the Downtown Hollywood area. Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Dream Car Classic gives gearheads and …

‘BOYS WILL BE BOYS’: CHOREOGRAPHER RANDOLPH WARD’S WORK CONFRONTS TOXIC MASCULINITY

‘BOYS WILL BE BOYS’: CHOREOGRAPHER RANDOLPH WARD’S WORK CONFRONTS TOXIC MASCULINITY

Performing Arts

Published 6/30/21

“Don’t cry. Be tough. Don’t show weakness. Be strong.”Miami choreographer Randolph Ward’s latest work, “Boys Will Be Boys” — debuting July 10 at the Sandrell Rivers Theater — confronts the emotional landscape masked by such bromides as it examines the complexities of growing up male in America.Where intellectuals and academics talk about toxic masculinity, Ward lived it as a ballet dancer with the San Francisco Ballet.“When I was a professional ballet dancer, I always had to put on a mask,” Ward says. “In classical ballet, the men are strong and the women need saving.”For Ward, the issue was one of body type. “The image of maleness classical ballet projects didn’t really fit me because I’m tall, long and thin. I would meet people after a performance and they would be surprised and say, ‘But you are so masculine on stage.’”He recalls a moment in San Francisco when “a very famous ballet dancer” took him to task.“During rehearsals one day, I was …

Actors’ Playhouse to reopen its Mainstage series

Actors’ Playhouse to reopen its Mainstage series

Performing Arts

Published 6/30/21

Originally produced by Zoetic Stage in 2017, ¡FUÁCATA! brings more than 20 Latina women to glorious life on stage by weaving together tales of love, marriage, immigration, and identity through eccentric stories and whimsical song. A collaboration between Zoetic Stage artistic director Stuart Meltzer and highly celebrated, three-time Carbonell Award-winning Cuban-American actress Elena María García, ¡FUÁCATA! finds endless humor in what it means to be Latina in today’s America, where politicians speak of building walls while tourism booms in Havana.“Elena María García is one of the funniest actors that I’ve ever seen on stage, and I couldn’t have asked for a more resonant and hilarious show to reopen our Mainstage with,” said Actors’ Playhouse Artistic Director David Arisco. “We absolutely can’t wait to welcome guests back to the Miracle Theatre for our Mainstage productions after being shut down for more than a year due to the pandemic.”The creative team for …

C.J. Geotis wins 2021 Key West Writers Guild Award

C.J. Geotis wins 2021 Key West Writers Guild Award

Artist Spotlight

Published 6/30/21

In addition to winning this year’s Key West Writer’s Guild Award C.J. Geotis is a life-long fisherman who followed his dream 21 years ago to live in the Florida Keys. His passion is boating and fishing in the Florida Keys and the deep-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. He served as the Deputy City Manager and Ports Manager of Marathon for four years. His volunteer work includes serving on the Board of the Marathon Community Theater. For 14 years he has written a biweekly fishing column in the Key West Citizen and the Florida Keys Free Press. Many of his columns emphasize the fact that relationships and friendships are often more important than the catch. His book, Florida Keys Fish Stories, is available on Amazon. C.J. is a freelance grant writer and aspiring poet and edits and produces promotional video presentations. He is currently in the final stages of writing his first full-length novel, the Double-Edged Sword. C.J. lives in Marathon with his wife, Loretta. This year marks …

PALM BEACH INSTITUTE FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT ARTS  PRESENTS TONGUES A’WAGGING STORYTELLING

PALM BEACH INSTITUTE FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT ARTS PRESENTS TONGUES A’WAGGING STORYTELLING

Performing Arts

Published 6/25/21

This production will shine a spotlight on stories written and read by people whose lives were changed by a singular event which happened on an otherwise normal day. The event could be something wonderful or something not so wonderful but which taught the storyteller a lesson that they want to share with the audience.Tongues a’Wagging was held successfully every eight weeks prior to COVID. The event in July will provide an opportunity for south Florida residents to tell their personal stories to an eager audience after a year of isolation.Donna Carbone, the Managing Director of PBIEA, is the creator and host of these events. Her goal is to shine a spotlight on people who feel their experiences could help someone else. The Institute provides the platform by which people come together to talk and learn from one another.The participants in these events submit a 1200 word essay on a particular topic. The essays are then read by a selection committee, which chooses eight to 10 stories for …

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More...

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More...

Performing Arts

Published 6/25/21

POMPANO BEACH ARTS: KARINA IGLESIAS AND THE NU THANGThrough July 3rd Experience a post-modern reimagining of current and classic American, Afro-Caribbean, and Brazilian pop music! Known as the sultry soul and R&B singer from NBC’s hit show “The Voice”, Karina Iglesias’ style combines rhythm & blues, boleros, gospel and hip-hop. She delivers her performances with the intimacy of a deep soul crooner and the conviction and drive of a dauntless female singer/songwriter. More event details here. AREA STAGE COMPANY: ANNIE THE MUSICALThrough July 4thIt’s Annie like you’ve never seen it before! This new take on the classic story will be housed within an immersive theatrical experience that will begin as soon as the audience enters the theatre through a speakeasy-looking door, reminiscent of Annie’s 1933 New York setting. Once inside, audience members will find themselves in The Soap Box, an abandoned, industrial Brooklyn warehouse turned speakeasy, complete with cabaret …

GRAFFITI ARTIST JOZZA PARTNERS WITH JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

GRAFFITI ARTIST JOZZA PARTNERS WITH JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Family

Published 6/24/21

As part of the launch of the partnership, Jozza joined Caitlin Stella, CEO of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital; Kip Hunter-Epstein and Joey Epstein, Chairs of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Art Committee; and other team members from Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and the Art Committee; for a special event at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital on Friday, June 18th where the partnership was announced.  Jozza donated two extraordinary original pieces of artwork – “Catch the Love” and “The Daisy” to the Hospital. The two paintings are hung on the Hospital’s walls in the first floor Family Resource Center and on the 4th floor across from Daniella’s Atrium. In addition, Kip Hunter-Epstein and her husband, Joey Epstein graciously donated a third Jozza original painting– “Snoopy and Woodstock” to the Hospital, to be hung on the wall outside the Surgical Unit on the 2nd Floor.Jozza will also be placing additional pieces of his artwork on a …

"Liberty" Cuban Art exhibit to open at the Gato Building

"Liberty" Cuban Art exhibit to open at the Gato Building

Visual Arts

Published 6/22/21

This presents a unique opportunity for both the artists and the audience, in that the Gato Building itself is steeped in Cuban Heritage. Jose Marti gave a historic presentation during his first visit to Key West in 1891, and the building was originally a Cuban Cigar Factory. The new exhibition: “Liberty, in the Shadow of Silence” functions as a sort of restart, a new opening for the exhibition of Cuban artists in the United States. The exhibit is part of the Arts Council’s Art in Public Buildings program, designed to offer an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work beyond a traditional gallery space and enhance the environment of those who work and visit the Gato Building. The show will continue through October 1st, and the Gato Building is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturdays and Sundays. Free Parking is available, both the building and show are ADA accessible. For more information, please call the Arts Council at …

The Symphonia Announces 2021-22 Season

The Symphonia Announces 2021-22 Season

Music

Published 6/22/21

With live performances featuring Grammy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated artists, along with some of the world’s most alluring soloists and conductors, the caliber of this season’s lineup is truly worthy of its ‘Connoisseur’ moniker.Kicking off in December and running through April, the Series features four, live performances taking place on Sunday afternoons at Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton. Each performance includes an exclusive Pre-Concert Conversation with the Conductor. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2021 AT 3:00 PM – ‘Love in the afternoon’A versatile conductor of orchestras, operas and music festivals, who led The Symphonia’s helm from 2006-2009, Alexander Platt returns to Boca Raton to perform alongside guitarist Jason Vieaux. Among his extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy Award-winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.PROGRAMFAURÉ    Masques et Bergamasques, op. 112RODRIGO  Concierto de …

KNIGHT ARTS CHALLENGE HAS $2 MILLION UP FOR GRABS FOR SOUTH FLORIDA CREATIVES

KNIGHT ARTS CHALLENGE HAS $2 MILLION UP FOR GRABS FOR SOUTH FLORIDA CREATIVES

Performing Arts

Published 6/22/21

Since joining the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in 2016, program officer Adam Ganuza has reviewed more than 11,000 proposals from artists vying for its Arts Challenge.There are three rules to apply: The idea must be about the arts; the project must take place in, or benefit, South Florida; and awardees must match the Knight Foundation’s commitment.The process starts simply, Ganuza says, with a 150-word proposal: “Just 150 words, which doesn’t require a massive investment of energy to submit.”Then, if the submission is accepted to move forward, prospective awardees are asked to write a full proposal.Ganuza recalls being on the other side of this process. When he was production director of Miami Beach’s The Rhythm Foundation, more than $100,000 in Knight funds helped expand its “Big Night in Little Haiti” concert series.“The very first grant that I successfully received as a grant writer was the Knight Arts Challenge program,” he says. “I didn’t know …

Into the Fold: Collaborative Book Arts in South Florida

Into the Fold: Collaborative Book Arts in South Florida

Visual Arts

Published 6/22/21

Viewers can get up close and personal with handmade, limited-edition artists’ books and gain an in-depth view of how artists working in varied media take on the challenge of manifesting their concepts and visual language into a book form.Existent Books is a semi-annual publishing initiative established in 2015, which brings artists to IS Projects to experience fine art printmaking, letterpress printing and fine book binding. These artists then design an artists’ book that IS Projects’ staff produces by hand, taking inspiration from all the techniques that the studio has come to offer: screen printing, relief, intaglio, letterpress, foil stamping, die-cutting, pop-ups, and more. Existent Books is unique in that it specifically publishes limited edition handmade artists’ books produced with traditional printing and binding techniques. With a mission focused on building awareness and breaking down barriers to entry in artists’ book publishing and collecting, the Existent Books …

Picks of the Week: Father's Day

Picks of the Week: Father's Day

Performing Arts

Published 6/18/21

FANTASY THEATRE FACTORY: DEAR DAD MONOLOGUE FESTIVALJune 19th at 2:00 pmDear Dad is an exploration of Fatherhood featuring 12 monologues that touch upon the topics of absent fathers, trying to please a father, new fatherhood and more. See more event details here.(Photo: Dear Dad)HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM: FATHER'S DAY WEEKENDJune 19th and 20th Celebrate Father's Day weekend at the History of Diving Museum. Learn about some of the pioneering "fathers" of diving and how they helped the industry grow. All weekend long there will be special programing, scavenger hunts, family fun, and more! See more event details here.MAKE MUSIC MIAMI 2021June 21stMake Music Miami, the annual celebration of music on the summer solstice, returns this year on Monday, June 21 with dozens of free, virtual and in-person outdoor concerts, music lessons, jam sessions and other exciting music-making events, spotlighting music's power to connect, comfort, unite and uplift. See more event details here.POMPANO BEACH …

JUNETEENTH IN MIAMI: SONG, DANCE, FILM, SPOKEN WORD AND STORYTELLING

JUNETEENTH IN MIAMI: SONG, DANCE, FILM, SPOKEN WORD AND STORYTELLING

Performing Arts

Published 6/16/21

The importance of Juneteenth — short for June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved people in the United States learned of their emancipation more than two years prior — continues to grow and resonate in South Florida. Miami-Dade County has made it a paid holiday, and a variety of area celebrations are planned to mark the occasion.Perhaps the most stately event will be “Juneteenth on Ali Baba Avenue,” presented by the Opa-locka Community Development Corp. (OLCDC). In addition to the usual festival features of live entertainment, visual and performing arts, contests and food, this special celebration boasts Dr. Joanne Hyppolite.Haitian-born, she was chief curator at HistoryMiami Museum before becoming African Diaspora curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. She is expected to lead a historic remembrance of the Emancipation Proclamation.“Juneteenth is about more than just commemorating the end of slavery. It’s about …

REVIEW: AREA STAGE DEBUTS A LEANER, IMAGINATIVELY IMMERSIVE ‘ANNIE’

REVIEW: AREA STAGE DEBUTS A LEANER, IMAGINATIVELY IMMERSIVE ‘ANNIE’

Performing Arts

Published 6/16/21

After its popular outdoor production of “Shrek the Musical” in January – and after lengthy downtime during the pandemic – Area Stage is inviting audiences to its indoor space at South Miami’s Shops at Sunset Place to experience a smashing new production of “Annie.”The brainchild of associate artistic director Giancarlo Rodaz, this production of the long-running 1977 Broadway hit is like no other you may have seen before, even if “Annie” happens to be your favorite musical.For one thing, as its poster cheekily notes, this time “Annie” is being performed by just eight actors, with nary a scene-stealing kid in sight. Rodaz’s “Annie” casting decisions would seem to satisfy even late actor-comedian W.C. Fields, the curmudgeon who famously advised against working with animals or children: Annie’s stray dog pal, Sandy, is played by a puppet crafted from weathered footwear.For another, Area’s “Annie” stands out because Rodaz – who directed, choreographed …

2020 ARTIST INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP SHOWCASE

2020 ARTIST INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP SHOWCASE

Artist Spotlight

Published 6/14/21

The Artist Innovation Fellowship is unique among professional development opportunities as it focuses on personal creative growth and the belief that an entire community will benefit through investments in creative individuals. The program is designed to address the pursuit of innovation in either existing avenues of creative expression or through the pursuit of new ideas and projects without the constraints of budgets or specific project outcomes. Through a generous grant from the Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation, the Council awarded five $7,500 Artist Innovation Fellowships in 2020. Fellowship funds could be used for supplies, research, instruction, apprenticeships, travel, or other experiences to help the recipient explore and expand their creative process. The artists awarded the fellowships are:  Anthony Burks Sr., visual artist (West Palm Beach)  Isabel Gouveia, visual artist (Lake Worth Beach)  Amy Gross, visual artist (Delray …

REVIEW: A REASSURING CLOSURE TO SERAPHIC FIRE’S VIRTUAL SEASON

REVIEW: A REASSURING CLOSURE TO SERAPHIC FIRE’S VIRTUAL SEASON

Music

Published 6/11/21

Miami’s Grammy-nominated choral ensemble Seraphic Fire wrapped up its virtual season, known as Season S, with the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Claudio Monteverdi.This last presentation, on May 23, marked the first time these artists gathered after more than one year apart – and the intensity of emotions they exuded made their sacred music shine even brighter.Seraphic Fire cautiously approached every detail in preparing for the first in-person recording in still unstable conditions. Humbly rather than pompously, the ensemble gathered around a finely chosen repertoire. In the ascetic acoustic space, the sonority of evenly employed male and female voices carried an intimate atmosphere over the screen.Conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley, the ensemble’s founder and artistic director, chose five pieces from Monteverdi’s collection, “Selva Morale e Spirituale” (1641). The vocalists and guest instrumentalists elegantly interpreted the first piece, “Beatus vir,” and …

Picks of the Week: Art, Festivals, and More...

Picks of the Week: Art, Festivals, and More...

Visual Arts

Published 6/11/21

DEERING ESTATE: SPRING CONTEMPORARY - HOMEMAKINGThrough June 13thThe exhibition explores the notions of home, identity, site and community - and these concepts as a precursor to the centennial celebration of the Stone House. Homemaking brings together a group of works that take a variety of approaches in considering what makes a house a home. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photography, performance and sound installations that each considers the site as a domestic space, filled with memories, identities, and histories. More event details here.DANCE NOW! MIAMI: COLONIALISM AND CONVERSOS - A CONVERSATION THROUGH DANCEJune 13th at 2:00 pmJoin Dance NOW! Miami for an afternoon of dance— live, and in-person at JMOF-FIU, featuring the company’s newest work “Anusim, what is hidden is never lost.” “Anusim” is a commentary on the story of the Jews of Portugal during the inquisition of 1497 and the decree of King Manuel I allowing Jews to remain in Portugal as “New …

Cathy Rigby & Tom McCoy at LCA Entertainment Industry Summer Camp

Cathy Rigby & Tom McCoy at LCA Entertainment Industry Summer Camp

Family

Published 6/11/21

The unique program will include a one-day workshop led by veteran theater producer Tom McCoy who will share his expertise in the art of auditioning for an acting role or to gain admission to a competitive performing arts school or program.Enrollment is now open for the Entertainment Industry Summer Camp, which is accepting a limited number of students this season.LCA is an all-inclusive school that combines acting, dancing, singing and other performing arts disciplines with yoga, martial arts and more. Founded by entrepreneur and CEO Luciana Caplan, the school strives to train youngers, instill self-confidence and discipline and develop a new generation of multi-talented performers.The school’s innovative summer camp will feature an “Acro Arts” program developed by Cathy Rigby and other performing arts and sports professionals. It teaches youngsters the safe and effective progressions of Acro Dance, an art form that combines flexibility, strength, balancing, limbering, and …

TV Icon Cindy Williams at The Wick in Me, Myself and Shirley

TV Icon Cindy Williams at The Wick in Me, Myself and Shirley

Performing Arts

Published 6/7/21

“We are so thrilled to be able to bring beloved actress and producer Cindy Williams to our stage in this exciting new production,” said Marilynn A. Wick, Managing Executive Producer. “She’s charming, funny and is ready to share all the inside scoop on over four decades in film, television and stage. This will be a must-see event for all her fans!”During the show, Cindy will share her memories and hilarious backstage tales in “Me, Myself & Shirley” covering a lifetime in entertainment. Come hear the stories, the secrets, the embarrassing moments, and the highs and lows of Cindy’s life in Hollywood, (and maybe relive a favorite scene or two)!From her first film appearance in a movie in which she tap-danced with Gene Kelly, Williams worked with the cream of Hollywood. Famed directors cast her into three instant-classic films: George Cukor in Travels with My Aunt (1972), George …

Picks of the Week: Film, Art and More...

Picks of the Week: Film, Art and More...

Visual Arts

Published 6/4/21

INFFINITO BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL: 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Through July 29th People in Brazil and throughout the American territory, from Puerto Rico to Alaska, can watch, free of charge, 25 feature films that have marked the history of Brazilian cinema. The films will stream at www.inff.online with sessions on Tue, Thu, and Sat always at 8:00 PM. The titles are available with subtitles for 24 hours, once you unlock them. More details here.FROST ART MUSEUM: TESORO; PEPE MAR’S LOVE LETTER TO THE FROSTThrough December 31, 2023In Tesoro, Pepe Mar—an artist who marries a broad range of visual references and personal obsessions spanning art, fashion, queer history, and Mexican culture—has created an installation drawn from the Frost Art Museum’s collection. Mar envisions the museum’s permanent collection of art from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe, as special treasures and presents them as gifts to the public. More details here.MIAMI BEACH URBAN STUDIOS: ZEN …

Happy Pride Month, Miami!

Happy Pride Month, Miami!

Festivals

Published 6/3/21

In July of that same year, hundreds of members of the LGBTQ+ community were among the thousands of protesters at the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, where advocates demanded the repeal of laws banning gay marriage. In the early 1970s, gay rights advocacy led to a county ordinance banning discrimination in areas of housing, employment, and public accommodation based on sexual orientation. This, however, was later overturned after a subsequent referendum championed by Anita Bryant, an anti-gay rights activist. In December of 1998, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners once again adopted an amendment banning discrimination in areas of housing, employment, and public accommodation based on sexual orientation. The Dade County Christian Coalition then announced it was initiating a referendum drive to repeal the amendment under the name "Take Back Miami-Dade." This attempt failed as they did not garner enough signatures. In 2014, the Human Rights Campaign ranked …

Arts Council Presents Connections Project Final Stop at Key West Art Center

Arts Council Presents Connections Project Final Stop at Key West Art Center

Visual Arts

Published 6/3/21

The Connections Project is one of the Arts Council’s more innovative fundraising activities connecting community members with local arts and cultural initiatives. The Arts Council provides a 6x6 blank canvas to local professional artists and artistic residents who then create a piece of art. “People of all abilities and skill levels are encouraged to participate,” said Florida Keys Arts Council Executive Director Elizabeth Young.  After connecting with the art, patrons can also collect art by making a $50 donation for one canvas or a $125 donation for three online at www.keysarts.com. Once the show has ended, donors receive a randomly selected piece of the mosaic in the mail. Each work includes an artist statement providing insight into the origin of the work and the artist’s thoughts and inspiration. Proceeds from Connections Project directly benefit Keys’ artists and arts organizations through Arts Council grants, including the Artists in Schools grant, the …

ARTURO SANDOVAL TO KICK OFF BLUE NOTE SERIES IN MIAMI BEACH

ARTURO SANDOVAL TO KICK OFF BLUE NOTE SERIES IN MIAMI BEACH

Music

Published 6/2/21

The Blue Note Jazz Club, a New York institution with branches around the world, is expanding its reach to South Florida with a Miami Beach concert series starting with Arturo Sandoval on June 5 and 6.The Cuban-American jazz trumpeter’s story is the makings of a movie, literally. A chance meeting with jazz superstar Dizzy Gillespie took Sandoval from his native Cuba to the world stage and ultimately to a new home in the United States. You may know the tale from the 2000 biopic, “For Love or Country,” which starred Andy Garcia as Sandoval.Having hunkered down for the past year-plus like the rest of us, Sandoval, 71, is eager to get back on stage: “I’m happy that I’m finally … next month we’re gonna start working, oh my goodness!” he said.The two nights at the North Beach Bandshell will mark his first performances since the pandemic, but he’s hardly been idle. Sandoval has been working on scores for a couple of movies – though he couldn’t disclose which ones – …

Picks of the Week: Memorial Day Weekend

Picks of the Week: Memorial Day Weekend

Performing Arts

Published 5/28/21

VIRTUAL JAZZ AT MOCA: LUCAS APOSTOLERIS QUINTETMay 28th 7:00 pmBorn in Connecticut and raised in Massachusetts, Lucas Apostoleris is a composer and instrumentalist currently residing in Miami, Florida. In June 2020, Apostoleris released his debut album, Chronicle, which consists of nine original compositions and features Tom Kelley and Carlos Mata-Alvarez on saxophones, Alex Brown on piano, and Dan Montgomery on bass. More event details here.HISTORY FORT LAUDERDALE: HAUNTING ON THE RIVER PARANORMAL BOOT CAMPMay 29th at 6:00 pmJoin Ghostly Experiences at History Fort Lauderdale and discover what it takes to be a true paranormal investigator. At Haunting on the River Paranormal Boot Camp, you’ll learn about the tools paranormal investigators use to explore and explain hauntings. Then, put your knowledge to use by touring some of the oldest historic buildings in Fort Lauderdale - the 1905 New River Inn, the 1907 Pioneer House Museum and the 1899 Ivy Cromartie Schoolhouse Museum - while …

DANCE NOW! MIAMI SEASON FINALE 
SATURDAY JUNE 19 AT MIAMI THEATER CENTER


DANCE NOW! MIAMI SEASON FINALE 
SATURDAY JUNE 19 AT MIAMI THEATER CENTER


Performing Arts

Published 5/24/21

Dance NOW! will be performing "Caravan," "Dorian's Reflection," and "Anusim" Saturday, June 19th at 8:00 pm! This evening was planned as a joint performance with Opus Ballet, postponed a full year due to COVID-19. But because of ongoing travel restrictions, this Florence, Italy-based group, one of the country's rising contemporary dance troupes, will be unable to go on their first U.S. tour. Instead, working remotely with Zoom and other platforms, they will collaborate in mounting Caravan, a commentary on the European migration and culture crisis, on Dance NOW!, "We have had a residency with Opus Ballet in Italy previously, before this pandemic. While we are disappointed that they can't travel here to join us, I am still especially excited to partner with them, as I myself was born and raised in Italy,” says Dance Now Miami Co-Artistic Director Diego Salterini.Dorian's Reflection, choreographed by DNM Artistic Co-Directors Hannah Baumgarten and Diego Salterini, is a contemporary …

Picks of the Week: Museum Month

Picks of the Week: Museum Month

Visual Arts

Published 5/21/21

STUDIOS OF KEY WEST: LETTY NOWAK ART EXHIBITIONThrough May 27thThe past year has pulled Nowak’s attention in a hundred different directions—a new gallery and a new baby—for starters. As always though, her painting practice has been a constant. With her latest endeavor JAG Gallery off the ground, Nowak is ready to once again share her own incredible work with the community. More details here.(Photo: Letty Nowark)NSU ART MUSEUM: IKÉ UDÉ SELECT PORTRAITSThrough January 9th 2022The exhibit includes a selection of full-length portraits including works from his Sartorial Anarchy and Nollywood (Nigerian film industry) portraits as well as recent portraits. Sartorial Anarchy portraits feature the artist, himself, dressed in varied costumes across geography and time, exploring a world of dualities: photographer/performance artist, artist/spectator. Conversant with the world of fashion and celebrity, Udé gives conceptual aspects of performance and representation a new vitality, melding …

 Superblue Miami is Now Open!

Superblue Miami is Now Open!

Visual Arts

Published 5/20/21

Superblue’s inaugural program, Every Wall Is a Door, features the debut of a new immersive environment by Es Devlin, a transcendent digital experience by teamLab, and an enveloping light-based Ganzfeld work by James Turrell. Upon entrance to Superblue Miami, visitors encounter Amsterdam-based artist studio DRIFT’s kinetic installation titled Meadow. Representing artists working across the spectrum of experiential art, Superblue Miami’s installations offer visitors an unparalleled opportunity to be transported to an array of new worlds in a single visit.  Superblue Cofounder and CEO Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst said, “Superblue is at the forefront of how we experience immersive art. The artists inaugurating it offer a glimpse into a new world and a completely new experience. We’re looking forward to welcoming the public to immerse themselves in the new worlds these artists have created.”Located in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood directly across from the Rubell …

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Prepares for “The Obama Portraits Tour”

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Prepares for “The Obama Portraits Tour”

Visual Arts

Published 5/18/21

“The Obama Portraits Tour” will commence in Chicago June 18th and will continue across the United States through May 30, 2022, before returning to Washington. This is one of several national initiatives set by the Portrait Gallery to engage communities in the power of portraiture. Visitors hoping for a last look at the portrait of Michelle Obama before its departure can view the painting, alongside the featured gown designed by Michelle Smith’s label Milly, through May 23 as part of the special exhibition “Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States.” Free, timed-entry passes for all ages in accordance with social-distancing policies can be reserved at si.edu/visit/passes. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of former President Barack Obama is no longer on display and will be next exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago when the tour begins.From the moment of their unveiling in February 2018, the Portrait Gallery’s commissioned portraits of the Obamas have inspired …

Picks of the Week: Art Workshop, Exhibits, and More..

Picks of the Week: Art Workshop, Exhibits, and More..

Visual Arts

Published 5/14/21

HISTORYMIAMI MUSEUM: WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPMay 14th at 6:00 pmLearn about painting fruits and vegetables from your garden or market using basic watercolor techniques. Donna will paint brightly colored peppers and you can follow along with her as she paints. The skills you learn in this short class can be used to paint any of your favorite fruits and vegetables More event details here.SANDRELL RIVERS THEATER: CINDERELLA, A FRACTURED FAIRY TALEMay 15th at 11:00 amTake the classic story of Cinderella, mix in elements of comedy, slapstick, music, acrobatics and magic, and you've got a new version of an old story that leaves kids (and adults) begging for more! The show is great for primary grades, and older students that appreciate the flippant comic style of this “Fractured Fairy Tale”. The fun is put to good use in the classroom since Sunshine Standards for literature, theatre and reading are included in FTF's teacher guidelines. More event details here.DEERING ESTATE: SUNRISE …

 Florida Keys Council of the Arts Grant Opportunities

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Grant Opportunities

Education

Published 5/13/21

The Artists in Schools Grant program invites teaching artists in the performing, visual, literary, or historical arts into the classroom. Teachers and teaching artists are encouraged to collaborate on creative projects together to enhance the existing curriculum or to teach a new topic integrating the arts. All Monroe County public and private schools, as well as other organizations that serve children ages 5-18, are eligible to be partners for the teaching artist. This application is for the Fall 2021 semester. Artists in Schools grants are up to $2,000 per request. Special Project Grants are intended for arts organizations or individual artists in Monroe County. The grant is to provide short-term support to vital, creative projects that do not fit into the other grant categories. Special Project funding is limited to once in three years, up to $2,000 per request. The deadline for Artist in Schools and Special Project grants is June 30th at 5pm. Applications are accepted …

 New World School of the Arts Partnership

New World School of the Arts Partnership

Visual Arts

Published 5/12/21

The partnership, underwritten by a two-year, $100,000 grant from Mitchell Wolfson Sr Foundation, will commission two NWSA alumni visual artists and provide them with curatorial support to share their work with Commissioner’s growing member community. Launching this initiative is Miami-based artist-activist Chire Regans with A Reflection of the Times, a memorial exhibition of portraiture that opens to Commissioner members on May 20th, and to the public from May 21st through November 1st, at Bakehouse Art Complex. (Photo by Jayme Gershen)“New World School of the Arts is so deeply thankful that Commissioner and the Mitchell Wolfson Sr Foundation are helping to support NWSA alumni artists here in our community,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, NWSA Provost and CEO. “This sense of locality makes alumna Chire Regans’ work resonate deeply, reflecting the humanity and justice that needs to be expressed, seen and felt.”"Our mission is to create a new cohort of first-time and beginner …

Aston Martin Residences opens The Art Gallery with British artist and photographer, Julian Lennon

Aston Martin Residences opens The Art Gallery with British artist and photographer, Julian Lennon

Visual Arts

Published 5/11/21

Ahead of its completion, the Aston Martin Residences' Art Gallery is launching virtually and will showcase a renowned artist online every two months. To launch the virtual gallery, a 3D immersive experience, the Aston Martin Residences has partnered with British artist and acclaimed photographer, Julian Lennon, to present an exclusive exhibition of hand-picked images from his personal collections. The virtual Art Gallery and inaugural exhibit, titled Vision, can now be seen online.Germán Coto, CEO of G&G Business Developments, said: "Art and design are woven into the soul of the Aston Martin Residences. Every decision we make is born from an intrinsic love of beauty and meticulous attention to detail. We imagine residents will fill their homes with beautiful artworks, and we're creating the Art Gallery to offer a secluded and exclusive space for our owners to immerse themselves in an ever-changing canvas of contemporary art. We'll present works from established artists and …

The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts: World-class Collection of Ceramic Art and Studio glass in South Florida

The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts: World-class Collection of Ceramic Art and Studio glass in South Florida

Visual Arts

Published 5/11/21

In addition to a vast collection of 19th and 20th century British pottery and porcelain from factories such as Wedgwood and Royal Doulton, the Wiener Museum displays works by contemporary ceramic artists from the UK and South Africa.A spectacular collection of Dale Chihuly’s work is exhibited in the Hot Glass gallery at WMODA along with works by other great glass artists in the Art on Fire exhibit, including William Morris and Toots Zynsky. Recent glass installations include Constellations, a dazzling display of Windstars by Rob Stern. WMODA also hosts an exciting program of exhibitions, including Fantastique which explores the enchanted world of ceramic art, Carnival & Cabaret which celebrates the art of having fun, the Art of Tea, which presents the ritual of afternoon tea, and A Safari for the Soul, exploring Ardmore Ceramic Art from South Africa.CARNIVAL & CABARETThis entertaining exhibit explores the flamboyant festivals in Venice, Rio and New Orleans as seen by …

New Frost Science Exhibit

New Frost Science Exhibit

Family

Published 5/10/21

Presented by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the exhibition will be on view through Monday, September 6, 2021. The largest exhibition about these flying reptiles ever mounted in the United States, Pterosaurs highlights research by scientists and leading paleontologists around the world and features rare pterosaur fossil casts from Italy, Germany, China, the United States, the United Kingdom and Brazil. The exhibition includes life-size models, captivating videos and interactive exhibits that immerse visitors in the mechanics of pterosaur flight, including a motion sensor-based interactive that allows you to use your body to “pilot” two species of pterosaurs through virtual prehistoric landscapes.For as long as dinosaurs walked the Earth, flying animals called pterosaurs ruled the skies. They ranged from the size of a sparrow to that of a two-seater plane. Close relatives of dinosaurs, these extraordinary winged …

CELEBRATE NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH WITH HISTORY FORT LAUDERDALE AND ISLAND SPACE

CELEBRATE NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH WITH HISTORY FORT LAUDERDALE AND ISLAND SPACE

Visual Arts

Published 5/10/21

The fine art exhibition, to be showcased in the New River Inn features imaginative, colorful portraits and slice-of-life scenery from local award-winning artists. An opening welcome reception will be held on Wednesday, June 9, from 6 – 8 p.m., including an in-person and Facebook Live Q&A with the artists.“It is an honor to work with Island SPACE, once again, to produce this culturally significant and visually thought-provoking fine art exhibit,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors back to History Fort Lauderdale with this fascinating glimpse of the influencers, settings and local residents that helped shape island life.”This is the third staging in a multiyear initiative celebrating Broward County’s Caribbean heritage. The exhibit will spotlight the works of several Jamaican artist-contributors including photographer and curator David I. Muir sharing a selection of photos from his "Santiago …

 FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO REOPEN THE ICONIC GATEWAY THEATRE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO REOPEN THE ICONIC GATEWAY THEATRE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Performing Arts

Published 5/10/21

FLIFF has entered into an agreement with the property management company, Smith Moses Morris and Associates, to lease the iconic theatre.Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of the Film Festival, and Managing Director Heather Gilchrist negotiated and brought the deal to fruition. “This past year has been a great challenge for all of us. With the addition of the Gateway Theatre, we look forward to celebrating a post-pandemic film renaissance with a wide array of offerings, special events and viewing options,” commented von Hausch. “The Gateway has a rich history in South Florida, and having a theatre with four screens and 690 seats will make a tremendous difference in what we can offer to the film-loving community,” added von Hausch.Along with an enthusiastic Board of Directors, longtime FLIFF Superstar member and donor Scott Bennett had championed the idea of having the festival add the Gateway’s four-plex to their present single screen venues at Savor Cinema in Fort …

History of Diving Museum

History of Diving Museum

Visual Arts

Published 5/10/21

The majority of the Museum’s artifacts were acquired by the Museum’s founders, Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer, two medical doctors with a fascination for diving history. They loved all aspects of the sport and attained expertise as marine biologists, aquarists and dive historians. After purchasing their first diving helmet in 1970, the Bauers researched the evolution of man’s entry into the sea with a focus on early history and technology, prior to the development of scuba. Over the next forty years, they assembled one of the world’s largest collections of equipment, documents, books, films, and videos related to diving. Their passion took them to virtually every corner of the globe, seeking out inventors and diving pioneers, tracking down artifacts, piecing together a comprehensive timeline to modern diving. The journey began in a pre-internet world forcing them to do in-person research and review of historical and scientific journals which helped them define the history of diving. …

Picks of the Week: Mother's Day Edition

Picks of the Week: Mother's Day Edition

Performing Arts

Published 5/7/21

HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM: MOTHER'S DAY WEEKENDMay 8th and 9thThe Museum will be hosting special weekend events with unique programming, scavenger hunts, family fun and more. HDM will be highlighting the "mothers" of diving and how they helped diving grow as a recreational sport, career field and more. More event details here.(photo: History of Diving Museum)DEERING ESTATE: MOTHERS DAY BRUNCH & BAY CRUISEMay 9th Bring the whole family to picnic and play or take a Bay Cruise on Biscayne Bay. More event details here.KEY WEST TROPICAL FOREST & BOTANICAL GARDEN: ART IN THE GARDENThrough July 31st Meander over Garden Boardwalks and down pathways through dappled shade cast by fresh greenscape, colorful blossoms and winged creatures of nature and spot….sculpture! Nature has been benign in recent months with spring rains bringing renewal and the return of “Art in the Garden” with artistic expressions emphasizing harmony with nature. These works are earth-friendly in the selection …

Flamingo Gardens: One of the Oldest Botanical Gardens in Florida

Flamingo Gardens: One of the Oldest Botanical Gardens in Florida

Family

Published 5/7/21

The Wray Botanical Collection contains 15 Champion Trees certified as the largest trees of their species by the Florida Division of Forestry, including the largest tree in the state, a Cluster fig with a trunk that measures 649 inches with a crown span of 95 feet. The Gardens also contains a unique Hammock of 200-year-old Live Oak trees and some of the last tropical hardwood forest growths in South Florida.The Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 98 species of Florida native birds and animals, including Alligators, a Black Bear, Bobcats, Eagles, Otters, Owls, Panthers, Peacocks, and of course Flamingos. Most of the birds and animals in the sanctuary are permanently injured or non-releasable, and unable to live in the wild. The Free-Flight Aviary alone boasts over 250 birds representing over 45 species, with the distinction of being the largest collection of Florida wading birds in the country. It’s Breed-and-Release Program is one of the most successful in the country. Since …

Overtown Mural for the One Year anniversary of George Floyd

Overtown Mural for the One Year anniversary of George Floyd

Visual Arts

Published 5/7/21

Artist Tierra Armstrong, Kyle Holbrook and Kanarie Townsend painted Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Serena Williams and Madame CJ Walker as inspirations to all young girls, especially African American girls in Historic Overtown. The mural represents that their goals can be accomplished through hard work and dedication. Moving Lives of Kids Art Center helped painted the mural alongside Holbrook, Tierra Armstrong and Kanarie Armstrong. They began their journey with MLK Mural project as a youth student in 2013. Holbrook teamed up with James “Buckwheat” Gibson, a lifelong Overtown native, who helped narrow down which community depictions should go on the wall.Michelle Obama is depicted near the entrance to the Vaccination site as inspiration to young black girls, but also to encourage residents in Miami to get their vaccine. Maya Angelo is depicted in the mural as well. Artist Kyle Holbrook was inspired by a conversation he was able to have with her before she passed about using …

ARTISTS OPEN: ENTER MIAMI-DADE STUDIOS AND WATCH ART HAPPEN

ARTISTS OPEN: ENTER MIAMI-DADE STUDIOS AND WATCH ART HAPPEN

Visual Arts

Published 5/3/21

Miami artist Nina Surel compares attending the Artists Open to peeking inside a restaurant’s kitchen to see how an exquisite dish comes together.“It is like you are seeing the ingredients, seeing the work in progress — not just the final product, not just the art that makes it into a gallery or a museum,” says Surel, who is founder and coordinator of Collective 62, an artist-run space in Liberty City.Surel is among more than 250 artists throughout Miami-Dade County who will swing open their doors on Saturday, May 8, to usher in the public as part of the second in-person Artists Open.Presented by Fountainhead Residency and Studio, the event isn’t about seeing a finished work of art, but rather about meeting artists, seeing their process, discovering the art community that exists in Miami-Dade, says Kathryn Mikesell, co-founder of Fountainhead and founder of Artists Open.Having helped start Fountainhead as a place to allow artists the freedom to create and to show people that …

Picks of the Week: New exhibits, Live Music, and More...

Picks of the Week: New exhibits, Live Music, and More...

Visual Arts

Published 4/30/21

BROWARD CENTER: FLO'THELOVEOFMUSICMay 1st at 8:30 pmThe incredible historical success of live entertainment productions #annifloetry & #flopocalypse has given birth to all NEW megaFLO experience. "#FLOTheLoveOfMusic" is showcasing world renowned musicians, singers, dancers & unique artists from across the globe. More event details here.ORCHESTRA MIAMI: DISCOVER MIAMI THROUGH MUSIC AT THE CORAL GABLES WOMAN’S CLUBMay 1st at 8 pmCelebrate the achievements of four incredible female composers in the beautiful environs of the historic Coral Gables Woman’s Club. Discover Miami through Music allows us to learn more about our collective history, and each other, through concerts performed in our landmarks and places of historic interest. The program features music by four women composers- Romance for Violin & Piano Op. 23 by American composer & pianist Amy Marcy Beach, Piano Quintet N. 2 in E Major, Op. 31 by French composer and pianist Louise Farrenc, Quintet Coral …

New Exhibitions at The Studios of Key West May 6th

New Exhibitions at The Studios of Key West May 6th

Visual Arts

Published 4/28/21

In the Sanger Gallery, Miami artist Deborah Mitchell uses color drenched works to explore change in wildlife corridors, depicting mammals, birds, botany and landscapes layered with correlated scientific data. The goal is to encourage discussion to inspire interest in restoring ecosystems and combating climate change, habitat loss and invasive species.In the Zabar Project Gallery, Kristyn LaMoia invites viewers to experience a surreal inner world replete with fantastic, sometimes funny inhabitants. The clean, delicate style of her work balances her perceptions of a sprawling otherworldliness.A selection of works by Letty Nowak will be shown in the XOJ Gallery. With her latest endeavor JAG Gallery off the ground, which Keys Weekly describes as being “like a super cool younger sibling who somehow has clout and cred way beyond her years,” Nowak is ready to once again share her own art with the community.The Studios of Key West is offering a number of ways to enjoy their exhibitions …

Place and Purpose: Art Transformation in Coconut Grove

Place and Purpose: Art Transformation in Coconut Grove

Visual Arts

Published 4/28/21

Coconut Grove established itself in the 1960’s as the local haven for a diverse group of artists, writers, musicians, and art galleries. Many artist-activist community leaders have left their marks on the Grove through the art and the spaces they created, such as the Miami Black Arts Workshop in historic Bahamian Coconut Grove. “Place and Purpose: Art Transformation in Coconut Grove” celebrates the role of a community as a creative space as well as a key driver behind a young city’s evolution. “This exhibition plays tribute to a Miami community whose history and present are rich in art and culture, including the founding of the Miami Black Arts Workshop and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival,” said Museum Director Jordana Pomeroy. “Coconut Grove was home to artists like Annette Rawlings, who combined interests in fashion, painting, and ceramics; as well as Owen Lee, a prolific, self-taught artist who worked with paper, tapestries, and sail cloth; and countless …

Still time to catch HistoryMiami’s ‘Muhammad Ali in Miami’

Still time to catch HistoryMiami’s ‘Muhammad Ali in Miami’

Visual Arts

Published 4/27/21

Fifty years later, the world still remembers the famous “Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. But what some may not know is that Ali trained in Miami Beach for that bout.HistoryMiami Museum is shining a light on the relationship between South Florida and “The Greatest of All Time,” with an exhibit of rare images that’s on display through Aug. 29.“Muhammad Ali had a deep connection with the city of Miami, which plays an important role in his life and career,” said Michael Knoll, the museum’s chief curator and the director of curatorial affairs. “We hope that visitors are going to connect with the story of Muhammad Ali in Miami, and hopefully be inspired to learn more about his connection to the city.”The exhibit, “Muhammad Ali in Miami: Training for the ‘Fight of the Century,’” features 20 silver gelatin photographs from the “ALI/MIA” portfolio, obtained with the support of the Knight Foundation. They were selected and handmade by …

CULTUREOWL IS LANDING IN ITS FOURTH LOCATION

CULTUREOWL IS LANDING IN ITS FOURTH LOCATION

Visual Arts

Published 4/23/21

CultureOwl launched Atlanta as its fourth location on April 26th, 2021. Atlanta joins Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Tampa/St. Pete in unleashing a world of culture to its followers! 14 other locations are in the works including Boston, Detroit and San Diego. The company first launched its franchise opportunity in 2020 from its headquarters in Miami. “our vision is to spread across the country in the next 3 years, bringing quality cultural programming and news to cities nationwide,” stated Amy Sherit, Owner and Founder of CultureOwl.The expansion is based on a franchising model, enabling business owners with a love for culture and business acumen to do something they love while building a thriving business.No CultureOwl in your locale? Be the change and bring CultureOwl to your town through this affordable and lucrative franchise opportunity. Visit www.cultureowl.com/franchising for more information. 

CITY THEATREʼS SILVER ANNIVERSARY SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL Postponed until 2022

CITY THEATREʼS SILVER ANNIVERSARY SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL Postponed until 2022

Performing Arts

Published 4/23/21

The Summer Shorts Festival in June 2022 will be a long-awaited milestone celebration for City Theatre, the short plays and musicals the company is nationally known for producing, and the artists who collaborate and contribute to the eventʼs enormous appeal.A unique annual regional event that kicks off the South Florida summer theater season, the Summer Shorts Festival, will be produced in the two-program format the company inaugurated in 1996, with a twist. Program A will feature “All New Works” culled from submissions of the City Theatre National Short Playwriting Contest, special commissions, and discoveries among arts partners, including Concord/Samuel Frenchʼs celebrated Off-Off Broadway Festival. Program B is planned as a “Best of the Fest” collection of favorite short plays and musicals curated from 24 seasons past. A limited schedule of the Summer Shorts marathon is the opportunity for theatre-goers to see Program A and Program B back to back on one day.City Theatreʼs …

Picks of the Week: Festivals, Theatre and More...

Picks of the Week: Festivals, Theatre and More...

Visual Arts

Published 4/23/21

SLOW BURN THEATRE CO: TOPSY TURVY CABARETAApril 24th at 7:30 pmSlow Burn Theatre is giving the community a chance to stand before their people once again, rejoice, and JUST BE! So - mark your calendar for a one night only fun, safe, socially-distanced evening of song, dance, and laugher outside. More event details here.BROWARD CENTER: CURIOUS GEORGE - THE GOLDEN MEATBALL LIVEApril 24th at 11:00 amJoin Curious George, the inquisitive, lovable monkey-star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS television show in a brand-new musical. Curious George: The Golden Meatball takes the audience on a fun-filled adventure to learn about Rome, meatballs, and the secret ingredient to cooking! More event details here.HISTORIC VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK: ISLAND JAMZ SPECTACULARApril 24th at 12:00 pmIsland Jamz Spectacular is a Reggae/Island themed Festival, entertainment experience drawing music, food, culture and inspiration from our Caribbean neighbors. The festival will be featuring the one and …

ARTS AL FRESCO, A STROLLING EXPERIENCE

ARTS AL FRESCO, A STROLLING EXPERIENCE

Performing Arts

Published 4/22/21

After a year of mostly virtual performances, concerts, exhibitions and events, New World School of the Arts sought to design a Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts showcase, akin to the school’s popular annual signature event, Rising Stars. Mindful of the health safety measures that MDC has in place, namely Phase 2 level of the College's pandemic recovery plan, NWSA's ARTS al fresco featured ten separate performance spaces throughout the Wolfson Campus with over thirty artistic offerings, a visual arts exhibition and more than 100 participating students.“Artists have an innate need to create and share art; it’s an essential part of their lives,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, Provost and CEO of New World School of the Arts.“As an educational institution dedicated to the arts, we recognize this in our students – creating art is what fuels their passion. Our mission was to offer an outlet for NWSA students to explore and showcase their artistry while being mindful of the …

Fantasy Fest 2021 Poster & T-Shirt Artwork Contest

Fantasy Fest 2021 Poster & T-Shirt Artwork Contest

Visual Arts

Published 4/19/21

The winning selections that best represent the 2021 theme will become the official Fantasy Fest poster OR the official T-shirt. Artwork that creatively and graphically reflects the theme, characteristics, flavor and the whimsy of Key West will be reviewed by a selection committee and selected artists will each receive $750, a signing party and recognition as the official Poster/T-shirt for Fantasy Fest 2021! This is your opportunity to join the revered ranks of artists whose creations have been seen by over 70,000 party revelers!Artists may submit up to three (3) different images online for consideration. Posters may be horizontal or vertical, with a preferred finished size of 18" x 24". The Key West Tourist Development Association may ask artists to make modifications to artwork proposals. Artists are asked to include the words “Fantasy Fest” and the 2021 theme words “All A Daze for a Holiday”. The artwork will be the sole property of Fantasy Fest upon selection and payment to …

MOCA’S MICHAEL RICHARDS EXHIBIT OFFERS ‘A HOMECOMING OF SORTS’ FOR THE LATE ARTIST

MOCA’S MICHAEL RICHARDS EXHIBIT OFFERS ‘A HOMECOMING OF SORTS’ FOR THE LATE ARTIST

Visual Arts

Published 4/16/21

Michael Richards had a special connection to South Florida.It was where he debuted his largest solo exhibition at the now-defunct Ambrosino Gallery, just across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA). It’s fitting then that MOCA is the site of a new exhibit featuring the artwork of the late artist, “Michael Richards: Are You Down?”“This is a homecoming of sorts,” says Alex Fialho, co-curator of the exhibit. “This is a major opportunity to see all of the work that Michael created in his lifetime in one exhibition, including at least four newly conserved large-scale sculptures.”The exhibit, available from April 21 through Oct. 10, will mark the first time that many of Richards’ pieces will be on display since his untimely passing during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at New York’s World Trade Center. The museum has planned free online programming as well, including children’s events, conversations with the curators, and virtual …

Picks of the Week: Theatre, Music and More...

Picks of the Week: Theatre, Music and More...

Performing Arts

Published 4/16/21

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS: IN THE RED AND BROWN WATERApril 16th at 7:00 pmNWSA presents the award-winning play In the Red and Brown Water, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney (NWSA 1999 alumnus) winner of an Academy Award for the 2016 film Moonlight. Directed by NWSA theater faculty member James Randolph the play will be presented online as a one-time Premiere, performed by juniors and seniors enrolled in the NWSA college theater program.More event details here.SOUTH FLORIDA THEATRE LEAGUE: GRACEApril 19th at 7:00 pmCatherine is searching for something authentic as she embarks on a "Lewis-and-Clark-esque" trip across America sponsored by Monteverde Moonshine. But as she travels, she comes to more questions than answers about "the real America," her own identity, and about what authenticity even means anymore. More event details here. HISTORYMIAMI: KIDS ASK A QUESTIONApril 17th at 10:00 amDid you know that blue whales are the largest animals in the world? Or that sea otters wash their …

Colonial Currents: Black Women, Water, Trauma and Baptism, A Film Essay By Alexis Alleyne-Caputo

Colonial Currents: Black Women, Water, Trauma and Baptism, A Film Essay By Alexis Alleyne-Caputo

Visual Arts

Published 4/13/21

Water-based imagery, the female physique, and powerful testimonies are all interwoven in Colonial Currents: Black Women, Water, Trauma and Baptism, an interdisciplinary film essay by Alexis Alleyne-Caputo.The poignant homage to black women features a dizzying array of art forms including dance, spoken word, photography, poetry, and performance art.Screenings for the piece at New York University and Columbia University were recently canceled due to the pandemic. However, announcements regarding rescheduled shows will be announced via Alleyne-Caputo’s website.  Ultimately, she is seeking a home for the short film right here in South Florida.“All of the women involved are Miami based artists,” she said. “I thought it was important to work with women that are directly from the community.”The thought-provoking project draws from a well of symbolism that features water as its main backdrop.This, Alleyne-Caputo says, is no accident.“I wanted to use water specifically …

Picks of the Week: Art Exhibit, Films, and More...

Picks of the Week: Art Exhibit, Films, and More...

Visual Arts

Published 4/9/21

INFFINITO FILM FESTIVAL: WOMEN OF THE BRAZILIAN AUDIOVISUALThrough April 18thThe Inffinito Film Festival's series Women in the Brazilian Audiovisual will have its 2nd screening. It's a free online event showing features, documentaries, animation, and shorts by renowned Brazilian filmmakers. The films represent the female presence in the audiovisual and provoke reflection on gender equality in the sector. More event details here.SOUTH MIAMI DADE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER: INDIE FLICKS - NARROWSBURGApril 11th through the 14thIn 1999, small town Narrowsburg, NY was poised to become the “Sundance of the East”—or so Jocelyne and Richard Castellano would have local residents believe. The organizers of the Narrowsburg Film Festival—a glamorous French film producer and her mafioso-turned-actor husband—promise to revitalize the town through film. As the duo secures local investment in a feature film production and convinces locals they can become stars, the stage is set for a …

Connections Project on display at Artists in Paradise Gallery

Connections Project on display at Artists in Paradise Gallery

Visual Arts

Published 4/8/21

“The Connections Project: A Mosaic of the Keys” comprises nearly 250 individual canvases measuring 6 inches square that were provided to artists and arts-minded residents. Their resultant works — produced in mediums ranging from oils and watercolor to photography, mixed media and quilting — showcase subjects including birds and sea life, palms and waterfront scenes, abstract visions and local landmarks.“The mural’s ‘road show’ tour from Key Largo to Key West celebrates the longstanding connections between the communities of the Keys,” said Elizabeth Young, executive director of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, which spearheaded the project.Art lovers can make a $50 donation for one individual canvas or a $125 donation for three online at keysarts.com. Each donor will receive a randomly selected, unique piece of the mosaic by mail with an artist statement sharing their inspiration. Proceeds from the Connections Project benefit local artists and arts organizations …

VIRTUAL “FRIEND”RAISER PROGRAM: A NIGHT AT THE NSU ART MUSEUM

VIRTUAL “FRIEND”RAISER PROGRAM: A NIGHT AT THE NSU ART MUSEUM

Visual Arts

Published 4/6/21

The event will be hosted by Bonnie Clearwater, a FAB member and director and chief curator of NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale on Monday, April 19th at 5:30 p.m. A Q & A session will follow the tour and presentation.Dedicated to supporting, sustaining and enriching the arts in our community, FAB creates captivating programming, entertainment and events for its members and the public that spotlights our region’s unique cultural offerings. This is the eighth installment of the FAB Presents virtual pop-up series. Previous programs are available on FAB’s YouTube channel.“FAB is thrilled to be able to offer this engaging, exclusive and fashionable behind-the-scenes virtual foray into the art of fashion for its current and prospective members,” said Ed Hashek, president of FAB. “The public is invited to join us as we explore the glamorous and eclectic world of Anna Sui, one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished designers, and step inside her …

100+ Teachers Enjoy Free Visit to Flagler Museum

100+ Teachers Enjoy Free Visit to Flagler Museum

Visual Arts

Published 4/6/21

Held in conjunction with the Palm Beach County School District's Spring Break week, educators from more than 60 local schools, as well as those teaching in virtual and home-school programs, enjoyed free admission from Tuesday, March 16th through Friday, March 19th.Each educator also received free educational resources to take back to their classrooms, as well as a special thank you gift. Teacher Appreciation Hours were generously underwritten by Templeton & Company."It was so wonderful to provide this retreat to teachers, who have been working in extraordinary circumstances this school year and deserve a giant thank you," said Allison Goff, Member and Visitors Services Director at the Flagler Museum. "The Flagler Museum is grateful to Templeton & Company for helping us to provide our classroom heroes with this opportunity to enjoy the beauty and elegance of our historical architecture and our collection of fine art." The Flagler Museum also welcomed approximately 200 children …

KAREN PETERSON AND DANCERS REFLECTS ON PANDEMIC, LOSS IN NEW SHOW

KAREN PETERSON AND DANCERS REFLECTS ON PANDEMIC, LOSS IN NEW SHOW

Performing Arts

Published 4/5/21

Choreographer Karen Peterson talks about wheelchairs like some people talk about horses.As artistic director of Florida’s leading physically integrated dance company – Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD) – Peterson finds that the greatest challenge to choreographing wheelchair-bound dance is not the physical limitations of her performers but rather the “personalities” of their chairs.“One of the most difficult things in dance practice or performance is to get wheelchairs to move in unison. The chairs have a mind of their own,” she says. “One has a battery that reacts this way, one’s wheels stick a little bit. The wheelchairs engage my imagination – from the speed of the chairs to their unique features to how fast they go.”Peterson’s sensitivity for the intricate motions of wheelchairs as a building block for artistic meaning will be on full display when KPD presents “Lost and Found” at 4 p.m. April 11 in the Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57th Ave., …

Picks of the Week: Music, Film and More...

Picks of the Week: Music, Film and More...

Visual Arts

Published 4/2/21

AFRICAN HERITAGE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER: 6TH ANNUAL SANKOFA JAZZ FESTIVALApril 3rd at 5:30 pmThe sixth annual Sankofa Jazz Festival, hosted by Hot 105.1’s Rodney Baltimore, is a part of the Center’s community outreach program. The outdoor event is a platform used to maintain the rich history of music of the African Diaspora, while introducing local and emerging artists. More event details here.HISTORIC VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK: RIDING & GRILLING SUNDAYSApril 4th at 9:00 amJoin a family friendly cycling excursion, with a potluck style grilling ambiance every Sunday morning! More event details here.IS PROJECTS: TIME, NO LONGER EMPTIED OF PRESENCE: JENNIFER PRINTZ'S SOLO EXHIBITIONThrough May 2ndTime, No Longer Emptied of Presence uses textiles as a means of reflecting on the invisible architecture of life and the ever-changing universe. The many threads woven together to create fabric represent the connections around us, our relationship with the planet, and the impact of time and …

GableStage to begin new chapter with Bari Newport at the helm

GableStage to begin new chapter with Bari Newport at the helm

Performing Arts

Published 3/29/21

For more than two decades, GableStage and producing artistic director Joseph Adler were intertwined, forming the celebrated Coral Gables theater’s DNA.Working out of an intimate 138-seat space at the historic Biltmore Hotel, the Brooklyn-born, Miami Beach-raised Adler delivered Carbonell Award-winning theater that was reflective of his personality, values and aesthetic. More often than not, an Adler play was edgy, intellectually and emotionally provocative, delivered at a consistently high level.Then came the pandemic, just as Adler was about to open his production of Arthur Miller’s “The Price.” The theater and the world shut down in mid-March, and on April 16, 2020, Adler lost his 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer.While mourning one of South Florida theater’s most influential leaders, the GableStage board filled a programming void with Engage@GableStage, featuring fresh and free short, digital content from diverse artists.But the board’s most significant task – …

Picks of the Week: Film, Interactive Experiences and More...

Picks of the Week: Film, Interactive Experiences and More...

Performing Arts

Published 3/25/21

BROWARD CENTER: ART HEIST EXPERIENCEThrough April 4thPut your NCIS, CSI and Law & Order skills to use and walk off the quarantine poundage to solve a ripped-from-the-walls, real-life master robbery of thirteen works of art, valued at half a billion dollars. Based on a true story of the world's biggest art caper, Art Heist is a true crime walking show where socially distanced groups move through five walkable locations to gather clues. Interact with a wild group of wily career criminals, slimy con men, rumpled art recovery specialists, a possible inside man, a gentle psychopath, and the larger-than-life but definitely real self-proclaimed "Greatest Art Thief of All Time." More event details here.(Photo courtesy of “Art Heist Experience”)INFFINITO FILM FESTIVAL: WOMEN OF THE BRAZILIAN AUDIOVISUALThrough April 18thThe Inffinito Film Festival's series Women in the Brazilian Audiovisual will have its 2nd screening. It's a free online event showing features, documentaries, …

Symphony of the Americas Appoints New Executive Director

Symphony of the Americas Appoints New Executive Director

Music

Published 3/23/21

Steven has nearly 30 years of performing arts management experience, having started his career in South Florida with the Boca Pops, Palm Beach Pops and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. He held key roles with major arts organizations across the country – as President and CEO with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Executive Director of San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival, and most recently as CEO of Tucson Symphony Orchestra. “I know Steven will lead Symphony of the Americas to new heights,” said Robert M. Roselli, President of the Board of Directors. “One of our top priorities is to reposition the Symphony for a full return to performing while developing a strategy for significant growth. His track record of growth and expansion is exactly what we need.” “I am delighted to hear that Steven Haines will be returning to South Florida to assume the role of Executive Director of Symphony of the Americas. Mr. Haines’ storied career includes …

 Key West Art in the Garden 2021

Key West Art in the Garden 2021

Visual Arts

Published 3/22/21

The work must be able to be placed outside and withstand the wind and weather with an emphasis placed on pieces made from recycled or natural materials. This annual exhibit will run from April 19th through July 31st. Deadline to submit an application for participation is April 10th.  Artist applications are available by picking one up at the Garden Visitor Center, contacting the office at (305) 296-1501 or requesting one via email to mmcrae@keywest.garden. Please contact Misha at (305) 294-1501, Sue D’Antonio at (305) 304-6005, Jackie Sanchez at (305) 393-3430 or Nancy La Re at (305) 304-4434 with questions and to register. Installations can begin April 1, 2021.

Symphonia Live Concert Announced!

Symphonia Live Concert Announced!

Music

Published 3/19/21

The concert will be Sunday, May 2nd at 2 p.m., with a second performance at 5 p.m. in the Grand Oasis Ballroom of the Boca Raton Marriott. “Let the Trumpet Sound,” led by Principal Conductor, Maestro Alastair Willis, will include a 60-minute performance, without intermission, featuring soloist Jeffrey Kaye, Principal Trumpet.The program will include:Purcell - Suite from Abdelazer                         Handel - Suite in D for Trumpet and Strings               Baldassare - Sonata No.1 in F for Trumpet and strings         Holst - St Paul’s SuiteA reduced-sized orchestra will perform, enabling the musicians to socially distance on the stage. In addition, guest seating will be spatially distanced, per recommended CDC guidelines, and …

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More..

Picks of the Week: Art, Music and More..

Performing Arts

Published 3/19/21

MIAMI CITY BALLET: VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSEMarch 20th at 10 amMiami City Ballet is delighted announce our first ever Virtual Open House for young artists of color, their families and teachers. Virtual Open House events are free online, interactive experiences designed to welcome and create access for young artists of color to visit behind-the-scenes of Miami City Ballet and Miami City Ballet School. More event details here.POMPANO BEACH ARTS: DR. ED CALLE PRESENTS MAMBLUE WITH 18-PIECE BAND AND VOCALIST LISANNE LYONMarch 20th through April 3rdSaxophonist Ed Calle is known for his extraordinary musical ability. His distinctive playing style has been heard on hundreds of recordings both as a sideman and soloist. In this outstanding livestreamed concert, he will perform songs from his acclaimed CD Mamblue accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra and vocalist Lisanne Lyon. More event details here.BROWARD ART GUILD: SECRET SYMBOLS A SOLO ART EXHIBIT BY RAFAEL MONTILLAMarch 20th through the 26thCheck …

ZOETIC STAGE TURNS TO THINK-FAST IMPROV AS THEATER STARTS TO REGROUP

ZOETIC STAGE TURNS TO THINK-FAST IMPROV AS THEATER STARTS TO REGROUP

Performing Arts

Published 3/16/21

While a widespread return to indoor theater won’t happen yet, some companies and venues have figured out creative ways to come back sooner.Hence the presence of the fast-paced improv show, “Zoetic Schmoetic,” on the outdoor Thomson Plaza at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts over the weekend.Zoetic Stage, based in the Arsht’s Carnival Studio Theater since it launched in late 2010, has built its reputation on impeccably intimate productions of Stephen Sondheim musicals, challenging dramatic fare such as “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” and world premieres by founder-playwrights Michael McKeever and Christopher Demos-Brown.But its return to monthly performances after a year of pandemic isolation is strictly for some much-needed laughs.Through several weeks of rehearsals and theater games, artistic director Stuart Meltzer and improv coordinator/assistant director Elena María García have fashioned a company of actors better known for …

FUNDING ARTS BROWARD (FAB) VIRTUAL SPRING ANNUAL MEETING

FUNDING ARTS BROWARD (FAB) VIRTUAL SPRING ANNUAL MEETING

Performing Arts

Published 3/15/21

The free program will be livestreamed March 23rd at 12pm on FAB’s YouTube channel (RSVP required). It will feature a FAB year-in-review presentation plus an address from special guest speakers and FAB grantee Gold Coast Jazz Society’s Tim Ingham and Pam Dearden. Entertainment will be provided by the Gold Coast Jazz Society.“As leading arts ambassadors in Broward County, FAB is grateful to have garnered new members and sustained its arts support momentum, despite Covid-19 challenges,” said Ed Hashek, president of FAB. “We’re pleased to be able to support esteemed organizations such as grantee The Gold Coast Jazz Society who is a cornerstone of our musical community. We’re delighted to showcase their talented musicians and we invite the community to join us to learn more about how this organization is advancing the cultural art form of jazz through performances, education and outreach activities.”Pam Dearden has served as executive director of the Gold Coast Jazz Society …

Picks of the Week: Art, Live Music, and More...

Picks of the Week: Art, Live Music, and More...

Performing Arts

Published 3/12/21

SMDCAC PRESENTS INDIE FLICKS: PICTURE CHARACTERMarch 14th through the 17thIn "Picture Character," directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers on a deep dive into the ever-evolving world of emojis, Japanese for “picture character,” from their humble beginnings in Japan to mobile keyboards across the world. They shed fresh light on the private consortium that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting to make the language more representative of its billions of users. More event details here.NSU ART MUSEUM: THE WORLD OF ANNA SUIThrough October 3rdWith over 100 looks, The World of Anna Sui explores the glamorous and eclectic world of one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished designers, and invites viewers to step inside Sui’s imagination to discover her creative process and the diverse influences that contribute to her signature aesthetic sensibility. More event details here.(photo: NSU Art Museum)HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM: ART OF THE ABYSSThrough …

Call to Artists for 7th Annual Art & Soul Event

Call to Artists for 7th Annual Art & Soul Event

Visual Arts

Published 3/9/21

Work can be 2D or 3D and must be original in concept, design and execution. Selection is based on originality, creativity, workmanship and artistic distinction. The theme and medium are open, including (but not limited to) photography, painting, drawing, print making, paper art, fiber art, wood, clay metal, glass and mixed media. There are no size restrictions or limitations for submitted work, but all works must be priced up to $500 and weigh no more than 30 lbs. All work(s) must be submitted as a 300 dpi jpeg file and artists may submit up to four different works for consideration. Artwork should be saved with the artist’s name and title. To be considered all artists must fill in the entry form. There is no fee to enter but artists are responsible for delivery or shipping of artwork to the buyer, and BFA will retain a 40% commission of any sales.The deadline to submit is Thursday, April 1st by 5 p.m. on the BFA website. All artists will be notified of jury results by …

Montage: An Exhibition of Contemporary Photographers

Montage: An Exhibition of Contemporary Photographers

Visual Arts

Published 3/7/21

Ulrich Knoblauch regularly collaborates with Self Service, Paris Vogue, Rag & Bone, Givenchy, Mugler, Isabel Marant, Lacoste, Victoria Beckham, Alexander McQueen and Margiela among others.Ben Fink Shapiro has shot numerous celebrity portraits and fashion campaigns and has published editorial work in American Vogue, British Vogue, Korean Vogue, Palm Beach, Bal Harbour, Hamptons and other art and fashion publications.Will Nichols draws parallels between palm trees and basketball in his fine art photography. He was commissioned by the Los Angeles Clippers to take courtside photos in 2016.Donald R. Harivel has developed a unique aesthetic distinguished by his intense attention to detail and vantage points, often raising otherwise mundane views to the level of fine art by capturing them at just the right moment.Montage will include Knoblauch’s fashion and portrait photography, portraits and landscape photography by Shapiro, works from Nichols’ Palm Trees & Basketball series, and …

‘Miami Beach Open House’ on View Through Summer 2021

‘Miami Beach Open House’ on View Through Summer 2021

Visual Arts

Published 3/7/21

Miami Beach Open House activates empty spaces throughout Miami Beach to support local artists and the arts community which were greatly impacted by the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn. Privately-owned vacant spaces serve as workspaces, studios, exhibition space and communal areas that encourage dialogue and collaboration. In partnership with participating property owners, Miami Beach Open House provides the space and support necessary for artmaking and peer-to-peer exchange, supporting growth for the city’s entire arts community. Participating properties range from vacant storefronts, city offices, former restaurants, nightclubs to public parks and cultural venues.“The City of Miami Beach is dedicated to art and culture, and we will not allow the challenges of the past year to diminish that status,” explained Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “It is with this in mind that we are exceedingly pleased to be able to present programs like Open House, which will provide a …

JOSÉ LIMÓN'S "LA MALINCHE" IN
 DANCE NOW MIAMI’S PROGRAM II


JOSÉ LIMÓN'S "LA MALINCHE" IN
 DANCE NOW MIAMI’S PROGRAM II


Performing Arts

Published 3/6/21

One of the leading contemporary companies in Florida, they will perform a reconstruction of dance great José Limón's iconic La Malinche, as part of their annual Masterpiece In Motion series, along with other works.La Malinche is the first piece Limón choreographed for his own company in 1947. It is based on the real life story of an indigenous Nahua woman who played a key role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, and is a legendary character in Mexican cultural history. The piece will be reconstructed on DNM by Daniel Lewis, Limón's protege and former Artistic Director of the Limon Dance Company after the founder's death, well known in Miami as the Founding Dean of the Dance Department of New World School of the Arts. La Malinche is presented in collaboration with the José Limón Foundation and the 75th anniversary of the Limón Company."This performance will dig deeper into our ongoing work with Limón Dance Company pieces, in collaboration with Miami's much-loved Danny …

Picks of the Week: Exhibits, Virtual Experiences, and More...

Picks of the Week: Exhibits, Virtual Experiences, and More...

Visual Arts

Published 3/4/21

LOWE ART MUSEUM: THE ART OF MINDFULNESS March 9th at 1:00 pmJoin the Lowe Art Museum for a live virtual guided Mindfulness practice. Recharge, refresh, and cultivate greater present moment awareness with our two guided mindfulness practices. More event details here.CORAL GABLES: KIKI SMITH, BLUE NIGHTThrough May 2ndKiki Smith’s site-inspired installation, Blue Night, consists of forty-two animal constellations. Kiki has long been fascinated with the heavens, human relationship to nature, and constellations. Each Animal constellation is made from transparent blue plexiglass sheets with mirrored drawings bonded to the surface. More event details here.JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA: FENG SHUI YOUR HOME & CHANGE YOUR LIFEMarch 9th at 7:00 pmIn this workshop, you will explore Westernized Feng Shui and learn how our homes mirror who we are and what we are experiencing in our daily lives. You will reflect on your lives and discover new ways to shift the energy of our homes. More event details …

38th annual Miami Film Festival goes hybrid, with in-person and virtual screenings

38th annual Miami Film Festival goes hybrid, with in-person and virtual screenings

Festivals

Published 3/3/21

In March 2020, the pandemic forced the Miami Film Festival to close with just four days left in its run. Now, a year later, the festival is going forward with a hybrid format: in-person screenings at one cinema (instead of its typical multiple venues) and virtual screenings to enjoy from home.“Most of the films that will be live will also be virtual,” says Lauren Cohen, the festival’s associate director of programming. “We got over 1,000 submissions this year, and we have over 100 films from 40 countries.”The festival opens on March 5 with an in-theater, world-premiere screening of Miami-based filmmaker Edson Jean’s “Ludi,” based on his Haitian mother’s job as a home health aide for Miami seniors and her experience trying to make her way in America. A personal story with a screenplay by Jean and co-writer Joshua Jean-Baptiste, “Ludi” will also be available to watch virtually.The film will compete for both the $40,000 Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award supported …

 Kravis Classroom Connection: "One Small Step"

Kravis Classroom Connection: "One Small Step"

Education

Published 2/28/21

The recent online performance reached 2,135 Palm Beach County 5 to 14 year-old students and highlighted the story of the lunar landing with music, dance and science workshops. Students even had a live chance via Zoom to learn more about the cast members of One Small Step.“Over 50 years ago, a brave American stepped out of a landing craft on the surface of the moon and made history,” said Tracy Butler, Director of Education for the Kravis Center. "This newly devised program made that historic event come to life for local students thanks to sponsorship from J. M. Rubin Foundation and the Kravis Center’s partnerships with the Palm Beach Symphony and Demetrius Klein Dance Company. The production connected science with national core arts standards. In light of the pandemic, our education team at the Kravis Center has been very proud to design online offerings to provide adults and children with additional learning opportunities through virtual platforms. This local collaboration …

NMCRA Call to Artists

NMCRA Call to Artists

Visual Arts

Published 2/26/21

Created in 1946 and named for the City’s cofounder, Arthur Mertlow Griffing, the park is located on the aptly named Griffing Boulevard, between NE 123rd Street and West Dixie Highway, Griffing Park is a short walk from the renowned Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), the North Miami City Hall and the MoCA Plaza—the heart of the City’s downtown core. And, directly across the boulevard from the park, a community center shares the lot with a shuffleboard court as well as a small concrete structure.We’re all about the heART of the city, and as such, are transforming Griffing Park, a 5.4-acre triangular oasis in Downtown North Miami, using designs and vibrant colors reflective of the area’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. NMCRA seeks to commission original art for its Public Utility Box art initiative, turning the drab into attractive pieces of public art reflective of the City’s diversity and longstanding support of the arts. NMCRA is accepting proposals, each of which …

Picks of the Week: Film, Classical Music, and More...

Picks of the Week: Film, Classical Music, and More...

Music

Published 2/25/21

VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK: TRUST BLACK HISTORY MONTH TOURSThrough February 28th Learn the iconic story of the only beach where Black Miami could recreate during the segregation period. A fun, safe socially distant tour experience showcasing Miami's best kept secret. Can't do the physical tour? They have a virtual experience too! More event details here.SANDRELL RIVERS THEATER: I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODYFebruary 26th at 7:00pmJoin SRT for a Virtual Concert as they explore the iconic music created by African American artists in the 1980s. A plethora of icons released hit after hit that topped the charts across the US and around the world, including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Billy Ocean, Anita Baker, Patti Labelle and many more! More event details here.(photo: Music @ SRT)MIAMI BEACH URBAN STUDIOS: ZEN AND THE ART OF FILM - THE ARTIST'S WIFEMarch 1st at 7:00pmThe greatest art is learning how to love. Claire Smythson, wife of the renowned abstract artist Richard …

MOCA’S ‘LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY IN HAITIAN ART’ EXHIBIT: SIMPLE MATERIALS, EXCEPTIONAL VISION

MOCA’S ‘LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY IN HAITIAN ART’ EXHIBIT: SIMPLE MATERIALS, EXCEPTIONAL VISION

Visual Arts

Published 2/23/21

Don’t call these artists naive. It’s a patronizing term smacking of colonial arrogance.The works in “Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art: Selection from the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection” — on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami — offer a stylized portrait of Haiti, primarily in the 1940s and 1950s, by artists working with simple materials and exceptional vision. They depict the hardscrabble Caribbean nation with grace and pride.However, paintings such as these were once labeled “naive,” says exhibit curator Francine Birbragher. “This was a negative connotation,” she adds, arising from the artists’ lack of formal training and materials.Yes, the paintings often have the “flat” look common to artists unused to portraying their subjects with three-dimensional perspective. Although some paintings are by artists more skilled than others at depicting subjects realistically, she says, “In general, these artists are all self-taught. …

Picks of the Week: Films, Art Exhibits and More...

Picks of the Week: Films, Art Exhibits and More...

Visual Arts

Published 2/18/21

SMDCAC PRESENTS INDIE FLICKS: CODE OF THE FREAKSFebruary 21st through the 24thCode of the Freaks presents a radical reframing of the use of disabled characters in film. Using hundreds of clips spanning over 100 years of moviemaking, and a cast of disabled artists, scholars and activists, the film is a scorching critique of some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters. This revelatory documentary investigates the power of movie imagery to shape the beliefs and behaviors of the general public toward disabled people, and of disabled people toward themselves. More event details here.BROWARD ART GUILD: CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY AND CULTURE ART AND POETRY POP-UP EXHIBITFebruary 20th through the 26th Explore artwork and poetry works representing Black History, whether persons or events, as well as representations of black culture in America. More event details here.BACKSTAGE AT BROWARD CENTER TOURSThrough April 3rdExperience the Broward Center like never before. Go behind the scenes for an …

LIVE BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS POISED FOR A SOUTH FLORIDA COMEBACK

LIVE BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS POISED FOR A SOUTH FLORIDA COMEBACK

Performing Arts

Published 2/17/21

Like Broadway itself, touring versions of big New York shows have been on an extended hiatus during the pandemic – as have the South Florida performing arts centers that rely on the productions’ broad popular appeal to bolster the bottom line.But finally, despite the variables (and variants) associated with COVID-19, Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Center for the Performing Arts are announcing their 2021-2022 Broadway series lineups. Both all-musical season schedules are the culmination of a frequently shifting puzzle, one involving not just tour routing and picking shows for particular markets but also tracking the evolution of the pandemic itself.How important is the programming supplied by Broadway Across America to the region’s arts ecosystem and the reopening of its major performing arts centers? The short answer: extremely.“There is a need for community, for gathering together [around an artistic experience],” says …

NWS celebrates the return of the WALLCAST to SoundScape Park!

NWS celebrates the return of the WALLCAST to SoundScape Park!

Music

Published 2/16/21

NWS originally performed this Opening Fanfare concert on October 15, 2011—MTT and NWS Fellows musically heralding the first full season in the New World Center.With Michael Tilson Thomas as the conductor and Javier Perianes on the piano, the program for the evening is:Smetana - Overture to The Bartered BrideSchumann - Piano ConcertoLee - Sukkot Through Orion’s NebulaJanáček - SinfoniettaAdditional WALLCAST dates and programs will be announced soon.The February 19th Encore WALLCAST® Concert will be an in-person event in SoundScape Park. Seating opens at 6:00 PM and will be first come, first served with limited capacity. Please arrive with your complete party to guarantee seating together. All attendees, including children, must wear a mask unless actively eating or drinking, and practice social distancing from other guests. Chairs and blankets are allowed, but not tables or large set ups.

Arts Ballet: Fairy Doll

Arts Ballet: Fairy Doll

Performing Arts

Published 2/15/21

Originally called “Die Puppenfee”, this charming ballet was first performed in 1888, and was one of the most successful productions in the late 19th century. Issaev recreated this ballet in two acts inspired on Bayer’s beautiful music and it has become a ballet gem for South Florida’s audiences.A young boy who works in a doll store that has distinctive dolls from different countries and a beautiful Fairy Doll is left alone, locked inside the place after customers fall in love with the stunning doll. As the night falls, the tired young boy cannot believe his eyes! The Fairy Doll comes to life, and with her magic, she brings all the toys of the store to life.The production counts on creative renowned costume designer Jorge Gallardo. On the main roles dancers Janis Liu, Wendy Guo, Taiyu He and Haowei Zhu will share the stage during these performances along the rest of the company and guest young dancers who will complete the cast.All dolls will be keeping social …

Cuban artist Esterio Segura at The Studios of Key West

Cuban artist Esterio Segura at The Studios of Key West

Visual Arts

Published 2/13/21

Often combining images from religion, popular culture and politics, Segura is known for his wit and humanity. Cherry red hearts sprout wings, and vintage automobiles are converted into submarines, reflecting the conflicting desires for freedom in his homeland, and sadness at witnessing loved ones depart for distant shores. A major installation of his flying hearts, called Goodbye My Love, hangs at the Tampa International Airport.Segura burst into the public consciousness in Cuba in the early 90s, with the release of Strawberry and Chocolate, the beloved Oscar-nominated film about a repressed young Communist and a charismatic gay artist, arguing over Segura’s sculptures, which fused Catholic and Marxist symbols to shocking effect. A drawing from that period, depicting Christ as a sugar factory, with smokestacks rising from his outstretched arms, is included in his exhibition at The Studios.Today, Segura lives and works in Havana at a large complex in one of the City’s poorer …

Miami Film Festival Announces Complete 2021 Line-Up

Miami Film Festival Announces Complete 2021 Line-Up

Festivals

Published 2/12/21

The Festival will open and close with two World premieres by Miami artists - Edson Jean’s Ludi and Jayme Gershen’s Birthright. Awards will be presented to maestro Pedro Almodóvar; icon Rita Moreno; actors Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Javier Cámara (El olvido que seremos), Aldis Hodge (One Night in Miami) and Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday); cinematographer Joshua James Richards (Nomadland), and celebrate more than 100 feature narratives, documentaries and short films of all genres, from 40 different countries.“In this year like no other, we all long for stability and a sense of continuity,” said Festival Executive Director Jaie Laplante. “By redefining Miami Film Festival for the new era of film, we seek to continue our mission of shining a light on the most outstanding creative talents and new works of the season.” The Festival will open on Friday, March 5th with the in-theater World Premiere screening of Ludi at host venue Silverspot Cinemas in …

Picks of the Week: Valentine's Day Edition

Picks of the Week: Valentine's Day Edition

Performing Arts

Published 2/11/21

FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: ROMANTIC VALENTINE'S DINNER & A MOVIE UNDER THE STARSFebruary 14th at 5:30 pmThe evening begins with a glass of champagne, a garden tour, live guitar music by Martin Hand, and passed hors d’oeuvres. While feasting on the four-course Latin Fusion farm to table dinner, attendees can enjoy the romantic comedy “Gringo Wedding.” Tickets and more event details here.DEERING ESTATE: VALENTINES DAY CRUISEFebruary 14th at 11:00 am or 2:00 pmEnjoy a relaxing and romantic Bay Cruise departing from the Deering Estate on the Pelican Skipper, a comfortable riding 45 foot Corinthian catamaran. Limited space available. More event details here.ORCHESTRA MIAMI: TANGO AND MORE!February 14th at 3:00 pmCelebrate Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of sultry music and tango. World-renowned bandoneon master David Alsina performs an afternoon of tangos and more with pianist Anibal Berraute & tango sensation Mariana Quinteros, featuring the music of …

Local artist Mojo commissioned for murals that adorn new 545wyn building in Wynwood

Local artist Mojo commissioned for murals that adorn new 545wyn building in Wynwood

Visual Arts

Published 2/11/21

As Wynwood continues to grow with residential and mixed-use development projects, it seems natural that developers would turn to Miami native and Wynwood mural art pioneer Jessica Goldman Srebnick, co-founder of Goldman Global Arts, when commissioning artists for work to adorn their building’s exteriors.The development of Wynwood’s art-centric, working class neighborhood into a mid- to high-rise residential and commercial area has been evident over the past few years. Luckily, development companies changing that landscape are including local mural artists in their plans.At Sterling Bay’s new 545wyn, a Class A office space, they commissioned local mural artist Mojo for two murals, upon the recommendation of Goldman Srebnick.“I proposed Mojo for 545wyn as it was important to our client Sterling Bay to have a local Miami artist who would add to the story and authenticity of a neighborhood known worldwide for its public art and differentiate a first of its kind office product in a …

New Program at Ballet Palm Beach

New Program at Ballet Palm Beach

Performing Arts

Published 2/11/21

Ballet by the Book is made possible through a $15,000 grant from the PNC Foundation through PNC Arts Alive. PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year initiative of PNC and the PNC Foundation dedicated to supporting visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways. Ballet by the Book’s goal is to impact young lives from underserved communities through exposure to the performing arts, while simultaneously promoting literacy. Ballet Palm Beach anticipates offering the live performances in early fall 2021. “With the unanticipated impact of the pandemic on live performances, the support we give to the arts through PNC Arts Alive is more important than ever,” said Cressman Bronson, PNC regional president for South Florida. “Having new ways to bring stories to life through short ballets at Palm Beach libraries and schools will allow children to learn about and enjoy cultural entertainment this …

CultureOwl Adds Two New Locations to its Network

CultureOwl Adds Two New Locations to its Network

Visual Arts

Published 2/9/21

The two newest territories are to begin development in Palm Beach and Tampa/St. Pete, Florida. The company first launched its franchise opportunity in 2020 from its headquarters in Miami. “I am thrilled that we are not only selling franchises, but keeping the love for the arts alive and well,” stated Amy Sherit, Owner and Founder of CultureOwl.The company is dedicated to propelling thriving cultural communities. Culture lovers can register through the website or download the app, and follow on social media to stay informed.“We are providing cultural organizations with a platform to showcase their events while empowering culture lovers to experience culture on their own terms. There is so much talent out there and so many things to experience and do, but sadly most people who don’t follow CultureOwl have no idea they are happening,” stated Sherit. “We are excited to continue our expansion and see where CultureOwl flies to next.”The company is seeking to continue expansion …

Picks of the Week: Black History Month

Picks of the Week: Black History Month

Performing Arts

Published 2/4/21

VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK: BLACK HISTORY MONTH TOURSThrough February 28th - Tues., Thurs. and Sat. at 10am and 2pmLearn the iconic story of the only beach where Black Miami could recreate during the segregation period. A fun, safe socially distant tour experience showcasing Miami's best kept secret. Can't do the physical tour? They have a virtual experience too! More event details here.FANTASY THEATRE FACTORY AT SANDRELL RIVER THEATER: ISABEL TUCEN'S SOUL BY SOULFebruary 6th at 8:00 pmA Stage-to-Screen show based on Harriet Tubman - one of the most famous conductors of the Underground Railroad. More event details here.SOUTH BEACH CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: COLERIDGE-TAYLOR AND BRAHMSFebruary 7th 6:00 pmCelebrating Black History Month with guest host Nicole Henry and guest musicians Chauncey Patterson, viola, and Andres Candamil, clarinet. Coleridge-Taylor Clarinet Quintet in F# minor, Op. 10 and Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115. More event details here.FANTASY THEATRE FACTORY AT …

Young Talent Big Dreams launches 2021 virtual search for Miami's top talent

Young Talent Big Dreams launches 2021 virtual search for Miami's top talent

Music

Published 2/3/21

While staying safe at home and practicing social distancing, kids between the ages of 8-17 are invited to submit preliminary round audition videos that showcase their talents. Prizes range from performing arts scholarships to cash awards, performance opportunities and more. The grand prize winner will receive four tickets to Universal Orlando and a hotel stay for two nights, courtesy of WSVN 7News, along with $500 in cash.The talent competition features a total of six individual categories including pop/rock/rap vocals, musical theatre/jazz standards/classical vocals, dance, musical instrument, original spoken word, and original vocal and/or instrumental composition. Categories for groups of six or fewer members include dance, musical instrument/bands and vocal groups. Contestants must follow all current government guidelines and restrictions related to the pandemic when preparing any audition materials for submission. Participation in the competition is free of charge and limited to …

Intersection of Lincoln and Parks

Intersection of Lincoln and Parks

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/21

Black History Month is here! The Palm Beach Institute for the Entertainment Arts will be celebrating Black History Month, by bringing the original play, Intersection of Lincoln and Parks - - to the Institute’s stage. Directed by Avery Somers and written/produced by Donna Carbone, INTERSECTION asks the audience to imagine what would have happened the night Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus had the last living relative of Abraham Lincoln also been a passenger. February is the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ birthday.Carbone, who is a published author and playwright, serves as managing director at PBIEA. Under her leadership, productions have grown in size and number. During the shutdown caused by covid, she contacted friend and colleague Broadway star Avery Sommers and asked her to help achieve the goals she had set for the Institute.Carbone and Sommers had been friends for a few years. They had worked together on Carbone’s play, Shell of a Man, which Sommers directed. …

Look Ahead: February 2021 Events

Look Ahead: February 2021 Events

Visual Arts

Published 1/28/21

SERAPHIC FIRE: IN PURSUIT OF PEACEFebruary 6th at 4:00 pmSeraphic Fire explores humanity’s continual quest for peace through the music of American composers Steve Reich and Samuel Barber. Setting the anonymous poems of Irish monks from the 8th to the 13th centuries to music composed in the 20th century, Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs are a meditation on solitude, isolation, and the simple joys of life. More event details here.HISTORYMIAMI MUSEUM: 2021 VIRTUAL MIAMI INTERNATIONAL MAP FAIRFebruary 10th through February 14th The Miami International Map Fair is back and they are going virtual! Discover the new way to enjoy, explore and acquire antique maps, rare books, globes and ephemera. More event details here.HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM: DIVING WITH A PURPOSE PRESENTATIONFebruary 17th at 7:00 pmDiving With a Purpose is a volunteer maritime archaeology program that trains experienced divers, including youths, to become underwater archaeology advocates. Through the program, divers are …

Wynwood Walls is Now Open!

Wynwood Walls is Now Open!

Visual Arts

Published 1/27/21

Under this new structure, guests are able to enjoy an abundance of exciting features including access to complimentary WiFi and the launch of the Wynwood Walls App, which displays interactive guided tours and virtual maps. As Wynwood Walls begins a new chapter, visitors are invited to experience extensive programming throughout the year and a new annual membership program for frequent visitors. Ticket Pricing: Adults - $10 Seniors - $7.50 Students - $5 (Student ID Required) Military - $5 (Military ID Required) Children (under 12 yr.) – Free (ticket still required) Add a gallery visit to any of the above tickets $2 (free for children) Wynwood Walls Annual Memberships:Solo Writer ($50 individual membership) - One Adult One year of free general admission to Wynwood WallsEarly access or discounted tickets to special exhibitions in GGA GalleriesExclusive invitations to Artist Talks and Members-Only Receptions Early access to artist …

Review: Area Stage takes its boisterous ‘Shrek the Musical’ outside – and it works

Review: Area Stage takes its boisterous ‘Shrek the Musical’ outside – and it works

Performing Arts

Published 1/26/21

For nearly a year now, live theater has been a necessary rarity in an enduring pandemic.But in South Florida, where winter weather is so often glorious, the option of taking art outside has allowed a limited, in-person reconnection of artists and audiences, an especially safety-conscious path back from virtual theater to live experiences. (A few companies, it should be noted, are producing theater inside their venues.)Miami New Drama presented its ambitious, twice-extended production, “Seven Deadly Sins,” featuring original short plays performed in storefronts along Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road. Now, Area Stage is using the outdoor theater option for a limited run of its 2018 hit, “Shrek the Musical.”This version of the 2008 Broadway musical by composer Jeanine Tesori and book writer-lyricist David Lindsay-Abaire has been devised by director-designer Giancarlo Rodaz. Son of Area Stage founders John Rodaz and Maria Banda-Rodaz, the young director again proves himself adept at …

NSU Art Museum Store

NSU Art Museum Store

Visual Arts

Published 1/25/21

“Because of Covid, we accelerated all our virtual programming and services and the online store is now one of ways that we can better connect with and serve our ever-expanding audience,” said Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum director and chief curator. “We have also been well aware of the economic hardships that so many in our creative community have been facing this year and have increased the number of items we feature in the Museum Store by local artists and makers.”The store’s delightful selection of merchandise is curated to enhance the overall Museum experience and includes handcrafted jewelry, ceramics and textiles, distinctive accessories for home and office, toys, puzzles, t-shirts, handbags, limited edition art books for children and adults and exhibition catalogues. Shipping is available on all purchases.NSU Art Museum members receive 10% off on their purchases as well as a 20% discount during members double discount days. Through the Museum’s New Members …

Picks of the Week: Pompano Beach Arts

Picks of the Week: Pompano Beach Arts

Visual Arts

Published 1/21/21

POMPANO BEACH ARTS EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW BY APPOINTMENTThrough April 1stPompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is delighted to invite the public back to enjoy the City's art galleries. The Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center and Blanche Ely House Museum will each have specific days and times for guests to explore the compelling new exhibitions. Appointment times must be reserved in advance at here.(photo: Pompano Beach Arts Galleries)LYRICS LAB GARDEN OF MY MINDThrough January 31stJoin Pompano Beach Arts for a very special Lyrics Lab as they celebrate the 100th birthday of iconic actress Esther Rolle with a joyous celebration featuring music, dance and spoken word poetry. More event details here.LINES OF EXPRESSION ART TOURThrough January 31stJoin Pompano Beach Arts for a sneak peek of the dazzling display of geometric abstract art. Lines of Expression features six premier South Florida artists who share their dramatic creations. …

 SMDCAC Presents an In-Person Performance from Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami

SMDCAC Presents an In-Person Performance from Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami

Performing Arts

Published 1/20/21

For their highly anticipated return to the SMDCAC stage, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami presents a program reflective of both the emotional trials and tribulations of 2020 and an enduring optimism for a better 2021. Company premieres include “Castles in the Air” by Yanis Eric Pikieris, a contemporary tour de force originally created for film during pandemic lockdowns, Gerald Arpino’s “RUTH, Ricordi per Due,” the iconic choreographer’s statement on remembrance, love, and loss, and the powerful, high spirited “Adiemus” by Yanis Pikieris and David Palmer. The program also includes Ariel Rose “Esferas,” originally commissioned by DDTM for development through the company’s first SMDCAC lab theater Salon performance in 2017. In addition to the in-person performance, SMDCAC is hosting a FREE, virtual Dance Talk on Friday, February 12th at 7 p.m. via the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center’s Facebook.  The performance will take place on the Backyard …

Our Fund Foundation Offering $100,00 in Grants Through 2021 LGBTQ Arts & Culture Fund

Our Fund Foundation Offering $100,00 in Grants Through 2021 LGBTQ Arts & Culture Fund

Visual Arts

Published 1/19/21

 “Our Fund believes that success for arts and culture agencies in the post-pandemic environment will be defined by their ability to pivot and cater to audience’s anticipated expectations around safety and social distancing that will be foreseen remnants of the pandemic for several years,” says Our Fund President & CEO David Jobin. He continues, “priority in grant consideration will be given to agencies whose goal is not just return to normal – but return to a new normal that builds on new capabilities developed in the initial months of the pandemic.” Grants from the Arts & Culture fund will support costs incurred by organizations related to safety protocol, reduced audience size, increase in number of performances, costs associated with supporting virtual and live performances, and enhanced marketing.  “Our Fund is not seeking to support new projects – but instead is interested in supporting new operating costs associated with developing …

Shrek the Musical Revived at Area Stage Company

Shrek the Musical Revived at Area Stage Company

Performing Arts

Published 1/15/21

Directed by Giancarlo Rodaz and performed by seven irrepressibly talented young actors, this dynamic production earned rave reviews and had audiences shrieking with laughter in its 2018 run. See what you missed when Shrek returns January 22nd through the 31st at Area Stage Company’s brand new Outdoor Theatre in the heart of Sunset Place.Rodaz’s intimate, inventively low-tech version of the Broadway musical, based on the 2001 Dreamworks animated hit, with score by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, was universally praised by critics. “Imagination substitutes for big budget in delightful Shrek,” proclaimed veteran theatre critic Bill Hirschman in Florida Theater On Stage , who praised “the energy, enthusiasm, imagination, and sheer talent of everyone involved” resulting in “a production often more delightful, charming and occasionally even more touching” than the $24 million 2008 Broadway original.“Versatile, …

Culture This Month

Culture This Month

Performing Arts

Published 1/14/21

AREA STAGE COMPANY: SHREK THE MUSICALJanuary 22nd through January 31stExperience this dynamic, stripped-down, renaissance theatre troupe-style production directed by Giancarlo Rodaz. Shrek the Musical is performed by seven irrepressibly talented young actors! More event details here. HISTORYMIAMI MUSEUM: BISCAYNE BOULEVARD VIRTUAL TOUR WITH DR. GEORGEJanuary 29th at 6:00 pmReflect upon the rise of Biscayne Boulevard on a virtual tour with HistoryMiami Museum’s Resident Historian, Dr. Paul George. View some of the early buildings that made up Miami’s developing skyline including the Miami News Tower and nearby hotels such as the Alcazar and Everglades Hotel. More event details here. (image: HistoryMiami Museum)BROWARD CENTER OF THE PERFORMING ARTS: ROB SCHNEIDERJanuary 22nd at 7:00 pmExperience a one-of-a-kind evening of entertainment under the stars.A household name and a bona-fide comedy star, Rob Schneider is well known for his trademark blend of character and comedic …

Key West Food & Wine Festival 2021

Key West Food & Wine Festival 2021

Culinary

Published 1/12/21

Set for Wednesday through Sunday, January 27th through the 31st, the festival’s indoor and outdoor events showcase local chefs’ culinary flair, tempting libations and distinctive Florida Keys atmosphere.Attendees can whet their appetites for island-style excellence at waterfront tastings, winemaker/chef collaborations and food-related adventures such as an absinthe tasting inspired by literary legend Ernest Hemingway, a Key West resident during the 1930s.According to event organizer Mark Certonio, all local coronavirus health protocols are to be followed during the festival, including social distancing and the wearing of facial coverings as mandated.Planned highlights are to include the “Indulge” Grand Tasting set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, January 28th, at the Southernmost Beach Resort (enter at 508 South St.). Attractions are to include more than 50 wines for sampling, culinary creations on the beach and a subtropical sunset.Friday’s standouts include “Meet Mote Marine,” a …

HistoryMiami’s ‘Collecting 2020’: Documenting an unforgettable year

HistoryMiami’s ‘Collecting 2020’: Documenting an unforgettable year

Visual Arts

Published 1/11/21

Rosie the Riveter. The Grim Reaper. A “Black Lives Matter” Miami Heat jersey.What do they have in common?Indirectly or directly, they’re part of a project documenting the year many of us want to forget, jubilantly toasting its demise as New Year’s Day 2021 dawned.The project is “Collecting 2020,” undertaken by HistoryMiami Museum, to record what daily life was like as South Florida endured a barrage of historic events: the global pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and divisive political elections.HistoryMiami executive director Jorge Zamanillo urges the public to visit the “Collecting 2020” page on the museum’s website and contribute to this recently announced initiative. He spoke on Dec. 30, at the plaza in front of the museum, during a public call for community participation.“You can submit anything, from a printed story to a video,” Zamanillo said. “You can request to submit objects, anything from personal protection equipment to a sign made by the kids …

Picks of the week: Dance, Live Theater, and More...

Picks of the week: Dance, Live Theater, and More...

Performing Arts

Published 1/7/21

DANCE NOW! MIAMI: LIVE-STREAM PROGRAM I "THIS MOMENT, HERE"January 10th at 7:00 pmExperience a choreographic take on the COVID-19 moment! The world premiere will be on-stage, live-streamed online but without in-person paying customers. "This Moment, Here" is a commentary on the "time of Corona," told through the language of dance. The confinement, isolation, rage, longing, confrontation, disbelief, optimism and camaraderie that make up the world's shared experiences during these turbulent months are the inspiration for this one-act ballet. More event details here.(image: Dance Now! Miami)BROWARD CENTER OF THE PERFORMING ARTS: ART HEIST - A TRUE CRIME WALKING THEATRE EXPERIENCEThrough January 10th Put your NCIS, CSI and Law & Order skills to use and walk off the quarantine poundage to solve a ripped-from-the-walls, real-life master robbery of thirteen works of art, valued at half a billion dollars. Based on a true story of the world's biggest art caper, Art Heist is a true crime …

 New Public Art Initiative - Illuminate Coral Gables

New Public Art Initiative - Illuminate Coral Gables

Visual Arts

Published 1/5/21

The public art initiative will be on view Feb. 12 – Mar. 14, 2021. Curated by Lance Fung with Catherine Cathers, Jennifer Easton, and Rosie Gordon-Wallace, ICG, has been created for specific outdoor locations throughout Coral Gables. ICG’s eight projects include video projections, sculpture, and art installations by a stellar group of local, national, and international artists including Kiki Smith and Cai Guo-Qiang. Seven of the artworks are new site-specific commissions. ICG is a project of the Coral Gables Community Foundation.Blue Night, sponsored by the City of Coral Gables is Smith’s project, which will be installed in Giralda Plaza, and is a continuation of her interest in constellations. Forty-two suspended mirrored renderings of animal constellations from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres will reflect light through transparent blue backgrounds: holographic vinyl denotes the stars that comprise the constellations. An Augmented Reality (AR) component will …

TRIO OF GUEST ARTISTS RETURN TO TEACH DURING YOUNGARTS WEEK + IN 2021

TRIO OF GUEST ARTISTS RETURN TO TEACH DURING YOUNGARTS WEEK + IN 2021

Performing Arts

Published 1/4/21

Yet another annual program is pivoting to the online format for 2021 and also adding a plus sign to their name.National YoungArts Week is YoungArts’ signature program that offers YoungArts award winners at the finalist level the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development. Typically held in-person in Miami, the 2021 program, National YoungArts Week +, will take place virtually.During the intensive program from Jan. 3-9, finalists across 10 disciplines participate in online classes and interdisciplinary workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their field. The culminating performances will be presented to the public from Jan. 25-30. Click here to see the public event line-up.Artburst Miami spoke to a trio of the guest artists leading the 2021 classes and workshops:Voice finalists will be led by La Tanya Hall an accomplished solo artist who has performed with various orchestras, on Broadway and in jazz clubs. She is in her seventh year as a …

Miami Beach Vacant Stores Unlock Opportunities for 71 Artists

Miami Beach Vacant Stores Unlock Opportunities for 71 Artists

Visual Arts

Published 1/4/21

Miami Beach Open House will launch in late January, concurrently with Culture Crawl, the citywide monthly artistic activation that connects residents and visitors to Miami Beach cultural organizations for one night of special programming. “The iconic beauty of Miami Beach has been a source of inspiration for countless artists, but the lack of affordable studio space has been a major obstacle for those same artists,” Mayor Dan Gelber observed. “This program overcomes that challenge while simultaneously expanding the city’s cultural and business footprints.”Miami Beach Open House is funded by a $200,000 grant that was approved by the City Commission. A $2,500 stipend will be awarded to each artist for incidental expenses, such as deliveries, insurance, parking, utilities, marketing and publicity. Artists will be encouraged to sell their works, build networks, collaborate with Miami Beach institutions and exhibit their creations.The artists were selected from a pool of 323 …

MOCA to Host Haitian Independence Day Celebration on January 1st

MOCA to Host Haitian Independence Day Celebration on January 1st

Performing Arts

Published 12/22/20

This virtual performance coincides with the museum’s current exhibition “Life & Spirituality in Haitian Art: Selection from the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection,” on view through March 14, 2021.Initiated by the voodoo ceremony of Bois Caïman on the night of August 14, 1791, The Haitian Revolution represents one of the key turning points in the history of the western world and human rights. Led by enslaved Africans in the French colony of Saint Domingue, the revolution resulted in the abolition of slavery in the colony, the first to do so in the western world, and the birth of Haiti on January 1 of 1804. Today, Haitian in Haiti and the diaspora celebrate their Independence in honor of a line of ancestors that fought for their freedom. At the center of the celebration is Soup Joumou, a traditional soup that becomes a symbol of their freedom. MOCA North Miami is pleased to celebrate our Haitian community.The acts include:Inez Barlatier is a Haitian-American …

Open Call for Talented Miami Beach Youth Musicians

Open Call for Talented Miami Beach Youth Musicians

Music

Published 12/21/20

The festival will take place at the North Beach Bandshell on Saturday, March 13, 2021. “The Miami Beach Youth Music Festival has grown so much in the past five years, and we are so excited to combine everything we’ve learned so far to present the best young talent our community has to offer,” Deputy Director of The Rhythm Foundation Benton Galgay shared. “As in past years, we hope performances will range from school-based ensembles to amazing soloists, bedroom producers and budding garage bands with many of the artists hitting the big stage for the first time.”Auditions are now open for those aged 18 years and younger, and for bands or individuals that perform live music of any genre, including rock, jazz, Latin, electronic, folk, classical, funk and spoken word. Participants must be able to perform live and play a musical instrument; recorded music is not allowed. Additionally, at least one individual must also be a Miami Beach resident or attend a Miami Beach …

REVIEW: SOUTH BEACH CHAMBER ENSEMBLE’S ‘BLACK VOICES’ A HEARTFELT RESPONSE TO A PAINFUL YEAR

REVIEW: SOUTH BEACH CHAMBER ENSEMBLE’S ‘BLACK VOICES’ A HEARTFELT RESPONSE TO A PAINFUL YEAR

Performing Arts

Published 12/18/20

For its inaugural livestream event, the South Beach Chamber Ensemble presented “Black Voices: An Evening of Music and Thought” – with works by composers of African descent interspersed with spoken-word performances by Black poets.The Dec. 6 program – which was offered in-person at the Miami Beach Woman’s Club as well as online – was a response to this year’s cascade of painful events, said Michael Andrews, the ensemble’s founder and executive artistic director.“The final straw for me was George Floyd,” he said. The movement for racial justice that followed Floyd’s death in May while in police custody in Minneapolis – along with the COVID-19 pandemic – convinced him that it was time for the 23-year-old ensemble to do something different.“I thought: We cannot do business as usual. We can’t do that. It’s a whole different world.”The concert began with a mix of words and notes. Darius V. Daughtry, published poet and founder of the Art Prevails Project, …

 Art+Stroll virtual event raises funds for local artists!

Art+Stroll virtual event raises funds for local artists!

Visual Arts

Published 12/17/20

“The artwork this year was absolutely incredible and beyond our expectations,” said BFA Board Chair Brian Kopelowitz. “The event was successful in raising funds for local artists and BFA’s programs. The great news is that there is still an opportunity to purchase the art that we featured during ART & STROLL. And it’s just in time for the holidays, making any one of these pieces a unique gift.”The economic impact of the arts and culture in Broward County is more than $414 million and supports more than 11,000 fulltime jobs, generates $40 million in local and state revenue and powers 823 non-profit cultural organizations.ART + STROLL is just one of several ways BFA supports local artists while fostering cultural vitality, creative success and economic development. BFA continuously supports the local arts community and promotes local artists, cultural non-profits and diverse art-related projects. BFA annually hosts several events in addition to ART + STROLL, including Art …

Miami City Ballet presents its Christmas miracle: ‘The Nutcracker in the Park’

Miami City Ballet presents its Christmas miracle: ‘The Nutcracker in the Park’

Performing Arts

Published 12/15/20

First, the great news: Miami City Ballet is offering 14 performances of “The Nutcracker” in downtown Doral Park, starting Dec. 18 until New Year’s Eve.And now for the story behind the news: It’s a beautiful Christmas tale, with a dance company planning its return amid a devastating pandemic and a public desparate to see in-person ballet once again. Two friends support the company’s director’s vision, and an even larger group sets out to make it come true. As a happy ending, we have the miracle of an unprecedented outdoor season.It all started with a conversation between Lourdes López, artistic director of Miami City Ballet, and Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, CEO of Codina Partners, a real estate investment and development firm.“This endeavor is the prime example of a public-private partnership at its best,” Codina says. “Seeing everybody working seamlessly together to bring this gift to the community has been inspiring: the private sector represented by Codina Partners, …

“Witness: Afro Perspectives" exhibit at El Espacio 23

“Witness: Afro Perspectives" exhibit at El Espacio 23

Visual Arts

Published 12/15/20

“I’ve always seen art as a way to better understand my culture and roots,” says art collector Jorge M. Pérez, who was born in Argentina to Cuban-exiled parents.While the bulk of the South Florida real-estate developer’s vast art collection has been focused on Latin American and Caribbean works, Pérez discovered what he calls “an unexpected kinship” to African art and art of the African Diaspora.“While I didn’t always experience a direct connection to African and African Diaspora art, that all changed once I traveled to the continent myself,” he says.Pérez says he found many similarities to the works produced by Latin American and Caribbean artists: “Among these parallels were questions of political and social oppression, colonialism and identity, all of which were deeply embedded in many of my favorite pieces from Cuba and numerous other Latin regions.”You can see 100 of his pieces in an exhibition titled, “Witness: Afro Perspectives from the Jorge M. Pérez …

Celebrate the Holidays Arts and Culture Style!

Celebrate the Holidays Arts and Culture Style!

Performing Arts

Published 12/8/20

BROWARD CENTER: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL12/11 - 12/13Join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of colorful characters for a traditional holiday tale. Especially adapted for family audiences, this musical production of the Charles Dickens classic, staged by The Performance Project, is a wonderful way to celebrate the season with the entire family. More event details here.MIAMI CHILDREN'S CHORUS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 12/12 Celebrate the release of the Miami Children's Chorus holiday EP “Home for the Holidays” via Zoom. More event details here.ARTS BALLET THEATRE OF FLORIDA: THE NUTCRACKERVIRTUAL DATES: 12/12, 12/13One of the most popular versions of this beloved fairy tale returns to the stage to delight audiences with its cherished music and brilliant dancing. The annual production of Tchaikovsky’s iconic score (based on the tale of Ernest Hoffman, choreographed and directed by Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev himself) will bring snowflakes, sugarplums, naughty little …

Review: ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ explores conflict, demons and the joy of live performance

Review: ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ explores conflict, demons and the joy of live performance

Performing Arts

Published 12/8/20

In the early days of the pandemic, when theater came to a sudden halt and artists turned to digital alternatives, Miami New Drama artistic director Michel Hausmann began dreaming of a way to get actors and audiences together again for a safe, live dramatic experience.“Seven Deadly Sins” is the months-in-the-making fruition of that dream. Performed mainly in storefronts along the 1100 block of Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road, the production has twin objectives: to offer provocative new short plays from seven nationally notable playwrights, and to provide a safety-conscious evening unlike anything available in the virtual arts world.Miami New Drama has succeeded on both counts.“Seven Deadly Sins” is neither immersive nor interactive, strictly speaking. Call it experiential event theater.After undergoing a temperature check and picking up wristbands at the Colony Theatre box office, theatergoers head west across Lenox Avenue to a pop-up, open-air bar called Purgatory, at the center …

Area Stage Company presents ‘The Ballad of Janis Matthews’ as podcast series

Area Stage Company presents ‘The Ballad of Janis Matthews’ as podcast series

Music

Published 12/8/20

Theater director Giancarlo Rodaz is known for producing children’s classics including “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Matilda the Musical.”His latest project, “The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts,” embraces all the wonder and sense of adventure common to these stories. Still, it bears a heaviness that elevates it beyond what would be considered kids’ fodder.“It is a family musical, but I think there are a lot of really intense themes that we try to tackle,” says Rodaz, who is associate artistic director at Miami’s Area Stage Company. “Kids love it when we’ve done it, and people get hooked on the music, but when it comes to the actual themes of family and division and unity and community, there’s really a lot for adults to chew on.“I really did not write it to be a kids’ show – it’s really not that, although there are kids in it.”“Janis Matthews,” which was also directed and designed by Rodaz, will be presented by …

Live Arts Miami Presents Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!

Live Arts Miami Presents Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!

Performing Arts

Published 12/8/20

Mac, a 2020 Ibsen Award winner and MacArthur Fellow, and his long-time collaborators, designer Machine Dazzle, Music Director Matt Ray, and producers Pomegranate Arts come together to celebrate the holidays in all of their dysfunction. Conceived as a virtual vaudeville, Holiday Sauce…Pandemic! will blend music, film, burlesque, and random acts of fabulousness to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate in the most subversive and cathartic event of the season! For Taylor Mac, there is more to the holidays than rampant capitalism and gift-giving, and imagination is its own spirituality. The show reminds us of our chosen families’ collective power, a message that rings true in this distinctly bittersweet holiday season.Mac dedicates Holiday Sauce to Mother Flawless Sabrina, Mac’s drag mother, who passed away three weeks before the beloved annual live show made its world premiere at Town Hall NYC in December 2017. As a tribute to her, each institution presenting …

Miami Art Week Guide

Miami Art Week Guide

Visual Arts

Published 12/1/20

Art Beat Miami 7th Annual FestivalWednesday - Sunday The 7th annual Art Beat Miami is five days of art, culture, food, fashion, and music experience inspired by Haiti and the Caribbean during Art Basel/Miami Art Week. This year, Art Beat Miami will take place virtually from December 2nd to December 6th. In its seventh year, South Floridians and the world will see art from 40 emerging and renowned artists from the Caribbean and around the world. Attendees will feel the beat of Haitian music at the Art Beat Miami online Preview Party featuring KAI headlined by Richard Cave opening the Art Fair on Wednesday, December 2nd. See full schedule here.Art Miami and CONTEXT Art MiamiThese two art fairs will take place exclusively on Artsy. From December 2nd through the 20th, explore booths, experience our online event, and buy work directly from our roster of 150+ premier galleries on the largest and leading global online marketplace for fine art.Art OutsideArt Outside is a public art …

New World Symphony Celebrates the Season at the Drive-In

New World Symphony Celebrates the Season at the Drive-In

Music

Published 12/1/20

The concert broadcast, which is scheduled for December 19th at 7:30 pm, will feature seasonal favorites celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and the most magical time of year, all pre-recorded at the New World Center. In addition to classics such as selections from The Nutcracker and Sleigh Ride, the program includes works by NWS alumni that reflect our South Florida community. Navidad Latina by Anthony DiLorenzo is a medley of Latin holiday songs and Chanukah 5776 by Sam Hyken, which honors the Jewish Festival of Lights. Both works celebrate the varied traditions observed in our community.  NWS’s annual Sounds of the Season concert is an audience favorite and frequently draws thousands to SoundScape Park for its WALLCAST® concert. This year, the audience at Dezerland Park will enjoy seeing NWS Fellows perform in holiday costumes and join the cherished finale—an audience-wide sing-a-long of “White Christmas”—from the safety of their vehicles.Chad Goodman, the current …

“LET’S FACE IT”

“LET’S FACE IT”

Family

Published 12/1/20

“The artist community has not only embraced our mission, but they have also made it their own by creating ‘Let’s Face It’ original art in support of our children and families,” said Mark Dhooge, president and CEO of Kids In Distress and Family Central. “Their works are inspiring and filled with compassion for children and families in need. It is an honor to partner with such a talented and kind group of people. We can all learn a lot from them.”The “Let’s Face It” mask collection was created by South Florida artists Adam Atomik, Apia, Nathan Delinios (Nate Dee), Danie Gomez-Ortigoza, Mario Ruschel Burgoa and Flavio Galvan plus Maria Nepomuceno from Brazil. The mask designs depict artist inspired abstract images, superheroes, thoughtful words and photographs.“Being able to help institutions that care specifically for the well-being of children and families is close to my heart,’’ said Apia, an artist who contributed two mask designs for “Let’s …

The Return Of The 19th Annual Art Week 2020 at The Sagamore Hotel

The Return Of The 19th Annual Art Week 2020 at The Sagamore Hotel

Visual Arts

Published 12/1/20

Now, with safety of top concern, The Sagamore Hotel revitalizes its crucial role during these challenging times with its resilient love of the arts, a healthy and engaged community, and its timely exhibitions that bring together a multitude of needed perspectives for Miami Art Week and beyond.On December 2nd, the hotel will host its opening night, A.F.F.M. (Art, Fashion, Food, Music), at the Sagamore Supper Club. The opening night will feature a runway show from Miami Designer Pangea Kali Virga, DJ Bea Pernia and live musicians, a five course concept dinner under the stars curated by celebrity chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, accompanied by cocktails, wine, and curated art tours.On December 5th ,the hotel will host its iconic 19th Annual Sagamore Brunch. The brunch is by invitation only and advance ticket sales. Tickets will include the signature brunch with unlimited mimosas, crepes, art tours, live performances, and more.Everyone Has A Story To Tell! and The …

"THIS MOMENT, HERE" DANCE NOW MIAMI’S PROGRAM I LIVESTREAM SEASON OPENING

"THIS MOMENT, HERE" DANCE NOW MIAMI’S PROGRAM I LIVESTREAM SEASON OPENING

Performing Arts

Published 11/23/20

It will have its innovative world premiere on-stage, live-streamed online (without in-person paying customers) on Sunday, January 10, at 7:00 pm. from the iconic North Beach Bandshell."We are very excited to have a way that our nine world-class dancers can rehearse and perform, safely, even if the audience can't physically attend but is out there watching from their homes," says Diego Salterini, Co-Artistic Director of DNM. "We are especially happy to be part of the Rhythm Foundation's ongoing live-streamed events from the Bandshell, which have continued through this whole pandemic."This Moment, Here is a commentary on the "time of Corona," told through the language of dance. The confinement, isolation, rage, longing, confrontation, disbelief, optimism and camaraderie that make up the world's shared experiences during these turbulent months are the inspiration for this one-act ballet. With choreography by DNM Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Hannah Baumgarten and Diego Salterini, the …

THE 12TH EDITION OF THE OUTSHINE LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL FORT LAUDERDALE GOES VIRTUAL

THE 12TH EDITION OF THE OUTSHINE LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL FORT LAUDERDALE GOES VIRTUAL

Festivals

Published 11/20/20

Building upon the success of its Miami-based virtual film festival held online earlier this year, the Fort Lauderdale edition, presented by Gilead Sciences and Broward County, will showcase 21 world-class contemplative, comedic and creative films from 11 countries, (several making their US debuts during the streaming festival). All of the films will be made available virtually to viewers throughout the state of Florida from December 3 – 6, 2020. The festival will also host livestreamed special events with cocktail happy hours, talent and Q & A sessions as a way to virtually tie the community together."This year’s Fort Lauderdale edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival will follow in the footsteps of our successful Miami virtual edition which simultaneously opened-up the dialogue for equality in film throughout the state of Florida, for the first time,” said Victor Gimenez, executive director of OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival. “Despite the current health pandemic …

F.A.B. 2022 GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

F.A.B. 2022 GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

Visual Arts

Published 11/20/20

Local nonprofit arts and organizations are encouraged to apply, online, for one of three tiered program-specific category grants awarding up to $15,000. For the first time, FAB is also offering Education Grants dedicated to art appreciation and skill acquisition for grades K-12. Eligible organizations may apply for both a Visual and Performing Arts Grant and an Education Grant. The deadline to apply to be considered for 2022 funding is January 22, 2021.“By supporting visual and performing arts organizations, our goal is to fund creative and innovative performances, productions, and exhibitions that will stimulate the minds and capture the imaginations of our community’s diverse audiences,” said Ed Hashek, president of FAB. “We’re excited to announce the addition of an Education Grants tier to nurture and inspire future generations of multidisciplinary artists.”FAB 2022 grants will be awarded in amounts and categories as follows:-Organizations with an annual budget over $1 …

PICKS OF THE WEEK: Family time, Date night, and more...

PICKS OF THE WEEK: Family time, Date night, and more...

Performing Arts

Published 11/19/20

HISTORIC VIRGINIA KEY BEACH PARK: BRIGHT LIGHTS MIAMINovember 20th through January 10th The sight of Miami’s sunset has to be one of the most spectacular views you’ll ever see. As the sun goes down, experience a mystical phenomenon with spectacle displays of bright lights in an immersive journey throughout the wonders of nature and magical beaches, transferring your imagination through a dynamic sensory installation emphasized by hybrid-realistic sounds and unparalleled art installation. More event details here.FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: 'HEARTBEATS' DRIVE-IN @ DANIA POINTENovember 20th at 7:30 pmTake the family to the drive-in to see HEARTBEATS, the story of a feisty American hip hop dancer who travels to India with her family for a wedding and falls in love - both with a new style of dance, and with the determined young man who introduces it to her. The film is filled with color and incredible dancing. India comes alive on the screen in this fast-paced charmer. …

Our Fund Foundation’s Arts Proud Collective of South Florida announce LGBTQ Arts Holiday Performances

Our Fund Foundation’s Arts Proud Collective of South Florida announce LGBTQ Arts Holiday Performances

Performing Arts

Published 11/17/20

The Arts Proud campaign was created to support Our Fund Foundation’s various arts and cultural grantees which continue to be devastated bythe COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the LGBTQ arts collective include the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, Island City Stage, Miami Gay Men's Chorus, OUTshine Film Festival, South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, Thinking Cap Theatre, Thou Art Woman, and the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus.  Upcoming Arts Proud performances for the holiday season include:  Dixie’s Happy Hour at Island City …

DANCE IN MIAMI IS ALIVE AND THRIVING … OUTDOORS

DANCE IN MIAMI IS ALIVE AND THRIVING … OUTDOORS

Performing Arts

Published 11/17/20

Dance films have been created and archived material has been streamed. It is possible to watch a filmed performance of The Royal Ballet from London one second, then watch New York City Ballet the next. Creative filmmaking has thrived. Choreographers who had already been investigating digital formats for dance have found that necessity has pushed them to the forefront. Visual boundaries have been explored and broken.Still, even with all the creativity and exploration occurring in the virtual realm, dancers have been in lockdown. They have been at home, filming, learning … and waiting for the first opportunity to let their bodies explode in space.That time has come.Dance performances are moving outside. From large organizations such as Miami City Ballet to smaller, site-specific choreography, dance is outdoors, where the air is fresh, distancing is possible, space is infinite, and live dance can be seen and can thrive.As Miami dance icon Brigid Baker said, humorously, “I’d be …

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Festivals

Published 11/17/20

After an auspicious beginning in 1936, the Botanical Garden fell victim to City and federal government administrative needs. In response to WWII, in 1945, 5.5 acres were deeded to the federal government for a war-time hospital, which in 1951 became the Monroe County General Hospital.  Additional acres were ceded to the Aqueduct Commission for water storage tanks, the Mosquito Control Board offices, and golf course expansion. Post-war neglect took its toll and by 1960 there were only 11 out of the original 55 acres left, knee-deep in weeds. Led by the Monroe County Audubon Society, a restoration plan was presented to the City Commission in August 1960. The Advisory Council for the restoration was composed of ten organizations. Work began in December of that year, with the clean-up of the trails and buildings, and identification and tagging of plants. The formal “reopening” of the Garden was celebrated on January 29, 1961. In January, 1962 …

Give Miami Day 2020

Give Miami Day 2020

Expo/Fair

Published 11/13/20

Give 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 19th, 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 encouraged to use …

PICKS OF THE WEEK: Films, Culture and more...

PICKS OF THE WEEK: Films, Culture and more...

Festivals

Published 11/12/20

OUTSHINE FILM FESTIVAL: MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY | COCKTAILS & CINEMA VIRTUAL HAPPY HOURNovember 12th at 7:30 pmOUTshine presents gay holiday classic 'Make The Yuletide Gay' starring Adamo Ruggiero and Keith Jordan. The film has won multiple festival awards and a self proclaimed "gay cult classic." Don't miss experiencing this holiday favorite with your festival friends! More event details here.HISTORYMIAMI MUSEUM: CULTUREFEST 305November 14th through the 15thEnjoy online performances, workshops, and demonstrations with some of the city's finest traditional artists, dancers, and musicians. The festival webpage includes craft activities, videos, and more to keep you exploring all that makes Miami the diverse, vibrant, and extraordinary city we love. More event details here.SMALL PRESS FAIR FORT LAUDERDALE '20November 14th at 12:00 pmExperience a day for local and regional artists, printers, booksellers, publishers, authors, poets, bookmakers, designers, zinesters and cultural workers …

HistoryMiami Museum's CultureFest 305

HistoryMiami Museum's CultureFest 305

Festivals

Published 11/10/20

Join HistoryMiami Museum for two days of online performances, workshops, and demonstrations with some of the city's finest traditional artists, dancers, and musicians. The festival will be going DIGITAL this year, and the webpage features craft activities, videos, and much more. From Cuban fusion dance with Marisol Blanco to Haitian Kompa music with Gabel and tropical fruit farming with LNB Groves and Edible South Florida, this festival celebrates all that makes Miami the extraordinary, diverse, and vibrant city we love.  ScheduleSaturday:    10:30 – 11:00 - Storytelling: Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story featuring a demonstration by Melanie Turtle of Seminole Bird Clan Catering1:00 – 2:00 - Workshop: Cuban fusion dance with Marisol Blanco3:00 – 3:30 - Demonstration: Tropical fruit farming with LNB Grovestand and Edible South Florida 6:00 – 8:00 - Move Watch Party with O Cinema: Deep City: The Birth of the Miami …

ICA MIAMI IS BACK WITH ‘TOMÁS ESSON: THE GOAT’ EXHIBITION

ICA MIAMI IS BACK WITH ‘TOMÁS ESSON: THE GOAT’ EXHIBITION

Visual Arts

Published 11/10/20

“Tomás Esson: The GOAT,” the latest installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, is the Cuban painter’s first-ever solo museum presentation.Throughout three decades, Esson’s work has been called grotesque and challenging, and has been censored, with exhibitions being shut down in his native country. Since moving to the United States in 1990, Esson has lived between Miami and New York, and he has pieces in the permanent collections at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany, among others.The opportunity to support Esson with a solo exhibition at this transformational juncture in his career resonated with ICA Artistic Director Alex Gartenfeld.“Tomás is such an important artist who has been based in Miami on and off for almost 30 years. It’s so crucial to our mission to be able to support not just international …

Picks of the Week: Music, Art, and more...

Picks of the Week: Music, Art, and more...

Performing Arts

Published 11/5/20

35TH ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL through November 22nd The film festival offers something for everyone this year - virtual cinema options with filmmaker events via livestream, outdoor events including drive-in films with food trucks that will deliver to your vehicle, dinners-and-a-movie in the open air courtyards of several local eateries, and unique boat-in film events. More event details here.ORCHESTRA MIAMI: BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRSNovember 8th at 3:00 pmTeach your kids about the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven in the world-famous production of "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"! A “madman” has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph, a young boy who lives in Vienna. Through a series of letters to his Uncle, dramatically underscored with Beethoven’s most beautiful excerpts, Christoph slowly comes to understand the genius of the man, the torment of his deafness and the beauty of his music. More event details here.DEERING ESTATE: VINTAGE AUTO …

The Conch Republic Celebrates

The Conch Republic Celebrates

Festivals

Published 11/3/20

From the raising of the Conch Republic flag at Mallory Square to the burning of the Hurricane flag to end hurricane season, the Conch Republic Independence Celebration will elect Royalty, race miniature beds, clean up Higgs Beach, engage in a Rum Battle, present an Art-to-Wear Fashion Show, and more!The Secretary of State of the Conch Republic, the Exalted Capt. James R. Gilleran, has proclaimed, "You have wittingly chosen to participate in activities (some of which you will recall, and some of which you will not) here the micro-nation of the Conch Republic. We welcome all comers who understand the value of humor, community, and a passion to encourage others to behave in a proud and foolish manner. The only requirement for entry is an understanding that to be in an alternate reality you have to participate in an alternate reality.”To see a complete list of events, visit ConchRepublic.com - where you can also purchase Conch Republic merchandise and tickets.

DANCE REVIEW: WITNESSING CONTEMPORARY LEAPS WITH PASSION AT XXV ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI

DANCE REVIEW: WITNESSING CONTEMPORARY LEAPS WITH PASSION AT XXV ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI

Performing Arts

Published 11/3/20

Culminating a month-long line up of masterclasses, workshops and virtual events, the XXV Annual International Ballet Festival of Miami (IBFM) wrapped up with three live performances on Sept. 11 to 13. The first night was streamed from Dance Town Miami studios in Doral. Dance Town Miami was one of four companies that presented a selection of modern and contemporary duets and solos. Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Ballet Inc. and Dance NOW Miami were also on the program. Tickets, at $10 for each of the three nights, allowed for the viewer to have access to a performance for 24 hours.The first night of what IBFM called a live performance gala was titled “ContemporaryPerformance,” which was entirely fitting for what the evening brought forth. Contemporary dance is a fusion of dance styles that combines classical technique and unconventional abstract movement. Duet and solos passionately exposed battles within themselves streamed from the stage in an empty theater space. The single duo …

Five new Sculptures by Local Artists

Five new Sculptures by Local Artists

Visual Arts

Published 11/3/20

All the works were created by artists from Monroe County. The pieces were selected from a competitive application process. The sculptures are also available for purchase from the individual artists. This is a wonderful asset to the Key West community and allows everyone access to the arts.The following artists and their works are all on display:“Red Obelisk” by artist Adam Russell“Hawksbill Reef” by artist Trish Pleasant“Ann’s Girl” by artist Bill Lorraine“Cetacean (Fishtrick)” by artist Time Marshall Curtis“Catfish” by artist Paola Effio (see below)There are plans to add a sixth sculpture by artist, John Martini. Also gracing the pocket park is a series of art benches, created by artist Colin Selig, which are made from recycled propane tanks. The benches are brightly colored, adding a whimsical, tropical splash of color to the public seating.Take some time to come check out the new art at the pocket park which is located at the Southern end of Duval Street, 1400 …

The 2020 Florida Biennial Opens Friday November 6

The 2020 Florida Biennial Opens Friday November 6

Visual Arts

Published 10/29/20

This tenth edition of the Center’s Biennial was juried by Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon, Associate Curator for Collections and Exhibitions at the Orlando Museum of Art. "The 2020 Florida Biennial exhibition provides a space for contemplation, packed with meaningful information and reflections about the signs of our times,: said Claeysen-Gleyzon. "Through a plethora of mediums – from site-responsive installations, video, painting, sculpture, photography, to conceptual art – the 32 artists in the exhibition address themes that are often directly, or sometimes more loosely connected to this unusual year and current events, as well as general themes that define the recent developments and significant changes of our era." The Center received submissions from 239 artists based in 67 Florida cities, encompassing 22 counties throughout the state. Juror/guest curator Claeysen-Gleyzon reviewed nearly 680 artworks for the Biennial exhibition in the Main Gallery, and 123 proposals for …

Best Things To Do For Halloween

Best Things To Do For Halloween

Performing Arts

Published 10/29/20

THE HORRORLAND EXPERIENCE: SOUTH FLORIDA'S FIRST EVER DRIVE THRU HAUNTED HOUSE ATTRACTIONThrough October 31st at 7:00 pmOver the course of 35 chilling minutes, the fully immersive attraction takes people into a fantasy world complete with ghoulish characters and unexpected bursts of “unusual” activities. Participants travel through six differently themed passages and experience the dreaded terrors associated with the Halloween season. More event details here.(image: The Horrorland Experience)DEERING ESTATE: HISTORIC GHOST TOUROctober 29th at 7:30 pmStep into the past, as you explore the history of the Deering Estate. Through our historic stories we will share information about previous inhabitants as well as paranormal activity that has been experienced on the Estate by staff and visitors! More event details here.OUTSHINE FILM FESTIVAL: A QUEER CREATURE (DOUBLE) FEATURE | COCKTAILS & CINEMA VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR October 29th at 7:30 pmThis event is FREE for the community and …

Boca Raton Historical Society's 24th Annual Walk of Recognition

Boca Raton Historical Society's 24th Annual Walk of Recognition

Visual Arts

Published 10/23/20

These individuals, and this organization, have truly served in the interest of the community and have enriched the lives of the citizens of Boca Raton. This year's ceremony will adhere to CDC guidelines, and will include face masks and social distancing, due to COVID-19. Additionally, this year's videotaped ceremony will be accessible on the BRHS&M website. Instituted in 1997, the Walk of Recognition award ceremony will highlight each inductee’s name--which will be inscribed on a granite plaque on the "Walk" or on the Wall of Honor (for those who are deceased)--which will be set into a commemorative monument, featuring the mission of the program, beneath the Mizner statue in Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton. The plaques are underwritten by Marta Batmasian, as part of her commitment to her community.BRHS&M Executive Director Mary Csar states, "The Walk of Recognition is my favorite event becaause we have the opportunity to honor the outstanding individuals and …

Symphonia of Hearts to Support Local Artists

Symphonia of Hearts to Support Local Artists

Visual Arts

Published 10/23/20

The free, online event will feature performances by the orchestra’s talented musicians; a live, fine art auction facilitated by well-known auctioneer, Janice Hamilton; and a chance to [virtually] meet some of the featured artists. A silent auction will also debut on November 19, remaining live through the conclusion of the December 3 event. Proceeds from the auctions will help keep the heart of The Symphonia – its educational programs, community outreach and, of course, its music – beating, while highlighting and benefiting local artists. In addition to several regional artists whose works will be featured, The Gallery Lounge by Salvatore Principe and other local galleries have partnered with The Symphonia to auction a number of works by local and regional artists from their collections. A Master’s Collection including works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and Peter Max, as well as many contemporary artists, will also be available for …

Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler virtual showing on Oct. 23

Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler virtual showing on Oct. 23

Performing Arts

Published 10/21/20

For decades, the Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler has showcased the best of Miami’s dance companies, choreographers and performers.More than a kickoff to the Miami dance season, the event – named after the South Florida choreographer and former New World School of the Arts dean of dance – has provided participants with the opportunity to network and view each other’s latest works.This year’s Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler, set for a virtual showing at 7 p.m. Oct. 23, will include pieces from Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Dance NOW! Miami, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Karen Peterson Dancers, Momentum Dance Co., New World Dance Ensemble, Pioneer Winter Collective, choreographer Kyra Jean Green and dancer-choreographer Sandra Portal-Andreu.The pandemic forced the organizers to think differently about this year’s event.“Part of the call to the artists this year was to submit works that were very well-edited with interestingly filmed performance …

The World of Anna Sui is Coming to NSU Art Museum

The World of Anna Sui is Coming to NSU Art Museum

Visual Arts

Published 10/15/20

The exhibition invites viewers to step inside Sui’s imagination to discover her creative process and the diverse influences that contribute to her signature aesthetic sensibility. The World of Anna Sui is organized by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London and is curated by Dennis Nothdruft.“Originally displayed at the Fashion and Textile Museum in 2017, The World of Anna Sui continues to highlight a fresh and engaging cultural perspective. The exhibition showcases a fashion designer who is not only highly creative and entrepreneurial, but also playful and positive,” said Nothdruft. “I’m delighted that as the exhibition continues to tour internationally, the joyous and influential work of Anna Sui will be celebrated among ever-greater audiences. After successful runs in Shanghai, Tokyo and New York, I’m very much looking forward to another exciting incarnation of The World of Anna Sui at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.”Anna Sui said, “I am delighted to partner with NSU …

Broward County Approves Cultural Grants Budget

Broward County Approves Cultural Grants Budget

Visual Arts

Published 10/15/20

As part of the fiscal year 2021 budget hearing, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners approved the Cultural Division’s budget of $4,869,660 for grant programs, maintaining the previous year’s funding level.This renewal reflects the Commissioners’ commitment to investing in Broward’s arts and culture sector at a time when funding is more necessary than ever. The County Commissioners understand that arts and culture are critical for a healthy economy. With their support, the Cultural Division is committed to continued investment in the community’s growth and support of the arts and culture sector."I am grateful to the Commissioners and to the entire Cultural Division team, who have worked tirelessly to sustain the cultural community in innovative and creative ways. We must ensure its continued viability," says Phillip Dunla, The Director at Broward Cultural Division.Join the Cultural Division live online for their Annual Cultural Forum to learn how they've worked to …

TWO FILMS TIE FOR AUDIENCE AWARD AT 2020 MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL GEMS

TWO FILMS TIE FOR AUDIENCE AWARD AT 2020 MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL GEMS

Festivals

Published 10/13/20

Directed by Frank Marshall, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart is an emotional documentary through the memories of the brother band’s only surviving member, Barry Gibb, as he recalls how the best-selling music act evolved their unique sound after relocating to Miami in the mid-1970s. Sound of Metal, directed by Darius Marder, is already generating Oscar buzz for a Best Actor nomination for Ahmed’s blistering performance as a heavy-metal drummer whose life begins unravelling when he discovers he is losing his hearing. Last year’s MIAMI GEMS Audience Award winner, The Two Popes, went on to receive three Academy Award nominations while first runner-up Parasite, received the Academy Award for Best Picture. Spain’s double-Goya Award-winning Out in the Open, directed by Benito Zambrano, was chosen by audiences as first runner-up, and another HBO documentary, 537 Votes, directed by Billy Corben of the Miami-based production company Rakontur, was selected as second …

Superblue - Experiential Art Center in Miami

Superblue - Experiential Art Center in Miami

Visual Arts

Published 10/8/20

“The artists inaugurating Superblue’s first experiential art center offer a glimpse into the breadth of the experiential art movement and the extraordinary possibilities for the public to engage with and activate these kinds of works,” said Superblue Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst. “Each of these artists provokes us to see our relationship to the world and each other in completely new ways—from James Turrell’s work with light and space, to Es Devlin’s performative and multi-disciplinary practice, to teamLab, a collective that has continuously sought to transcend boundaries of perception through innovations in technology. Collectively they reflect the arc of experiential art as a movement and the remarkable ways that artists are innovating with emerging mediums and placing audiences at the center of their work. We’re looking forward to opening our doors in early spring 2021 and welcoming the public to become a part of the amazing new …

 Key West Botanical Garden Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Key West Botanical Garden Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Family

Published 10/6/20

The creation of the Garden was a part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” program which offered solutions to the country, the states, and to both rural and urban areas.The City of Key West was officially declared insolvent and handed over administrative authority to the State of Florida on July 2nd, 1934. The devastating effects of the Great Depression had hit Paradise hard, with bank closures, loss of much of the cigar industry, the 1932 reduction of the Naval base, loss of much of the sponge beds to disease, and a drying up of the nascent winter tourism business as people everywhere no longer had disposable income to spend on vacation travel. The city's manufacturing establishments fell from 69 in 1919 to 26 in 1929, with the average number of wage earners in manufacturing declining from 2,313 in 1919 to 756 in 1929. More than half the population was on federal relief rolls.Under the auspices of first FERA and then the WPA (the Work Projects …

Flagler Museum Announces Return of Live Music to Whitehall

Flagler Museum Announces Return of Live Music to Whitehall

Music

Published 10/5/20

Organ & Piano Demonstrations, select Tuesdays at 1:30 pm (October 6 - November 10)At 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday starting October 6th through November 10th, professional musicians will be exercising two instruments original to the home. As visitors tour Whitehall, period music will be performed on the J.H. & C.S. Odell Co. organ in the Music Room or on Mary Lily Flagler's custom Steinway art case Model B grand piano in the Drawing Room. Each Tuesday's demonstration will be different from the last! The instrument demonstrations will span both the 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. general admission timed entry periods. Due to limited availability, visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets for those timed entry periods in advance. For safety, visitors will move along the fixed route during the demonstrations, enjoying the glorious volume of music echoing throughout the first floor.Piano Repertoire:- October 6th, Highlights from the Flagler Museum Archives- October 20th, Opening Numbers- November …

Maritza Caneca's "Pools" on view in the Miami International Airport

Maritza Caneca's "Pools" on view in the Miami International Airport

Visual Arts

Published 10/5/20

The exhibition brings Caneca’s breathtaking photographs of pools in a collaboration with Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs of Miami-Dade Aviation Department, supported by The55project and Bakehouse Art Complex.Caneca developed an ongoing photography project centered on the swimming pool as a nostalgia site, full of memories with both personal and universal resonance. Her photographs show pools in varying stages of use and decay. The aesthetic and sensory qualities of pools—the blueness and malleability of the water; the artistry and repetition of the frequently used pool tiles; and the sense of calm and weightlessness—have further fueled Caneca's artistic explorations, and extensive studies and research around the world. MIA Galleries is Miami International Airport's arts and exhibitions program. Founded in 1996, MIA Galleries includes rotating exhibition spaces throughout MIA, including CameraWorks Gallery – an exhibition venue committed to presenting fine art …

Karen Peterson & Dancers Celebrate 30 Years

Karen Peterson & Dancers Celebrate 30 Years

Performing Arts

Published 9/29/20

This virtual program will allow the dancers to safely perform and audiences to safely experience the performance. The leading physically integrated dance company in the Southeast United States, bringing together professional dancers with and without disabilities on the same stage, is going boldly into the future, and looking forward to a new decade of groundbreaking performances. “For any arts organization to reach thirty years of age is an extraordinary achievement," says Karen Peterson, leader of the ensemble. "While this pandemic is a tough and sad moment for us all, our company is resilient. And the fact that our groundbreaking physically integrated dance company has arrived at this anniversary with a full body of work under our belt and so many successes, makes me proud and happy.”Works on the program, most created specifically for this event, will be world premieres of new dance video pieces set on KPD dancers as well as guest performers from Poland, California and Florida. …

Peter London Dance Company's 10th anniversary

Peter London Dance Company's 10th anniversary

Performing Arts

Published 9/29/20

Peter London’s goal for the next decade is to give his students not only the skills to succeed in the nation’s top companies but also reasons to stay in Miami and generate art here.“Not all the dancers want to go to New York,” says London, who began training South Florida dancers and choreographers for the ranks of the nation’s elite dance companies as an instructor at the New World School of the Arts in the early ’90s. “The overall goal is to have in Miami a company of color that truly represents Miami as a global city.”London, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, has seen many of his former students go on to star in top companies including Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham Dance, Paul Taylor Dance and Dance Theatre of Harlem. In fact, past pupils included Alvin Ailey’s artistic director, Robert Battle, and its first-ever resident choreographer, Jamar Roberts.“Many dancers I first encountered at Dance Empire [of Miami], and I would then train them for New World,” says …

GMCVB programs extended

GMCVB programs extended

Culinary

Published 9/25/20

The programs will now go through October 31st, enabling Miamians and visitors to enjoy dining, pampering and cultural experiences, while helping business and organizations generate revenue and support jobs in a safe and responsible way.The three programs are integral parts of Miami Shines, a comprehensive travel and tourism recovery program to promote Greater Miami and the Beaches to locals, encouraging vacationing in their backyard. The program includes a strong lineup of promotional incentives across restaurants, hotels, spas, museums and attractions, and was rolled out as a phased approach in line with the County’s parameters for reopening.“With our vibrant destination gaining some semblance of normalcy, we heard from our partners and the public that they shared a desire to continue this programming,” said William D. Talbert, III, CDME, President & CEO of the GMCVB. “Between Miami Spice, Spa offers, hotel offers and Attraction & Museum benefits, there are endless …

Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is

Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is

Music

Published 9/25/20

The documentary sheds light on formative experiences in MTT’s musical life—the central influence of his father, his first time hearing the music of James Brown, his early clashes with classical music orthodoxy—all of which shaped his personality, artistry, and goals along his path to becoming one of America’s most important musical figures.Michael Tilson Thomas is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, Music Director Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, MTT is also noted for his work as a composer and as a producer of multimedia projects dedicated to music education and reinventing the concert experience. He is an eleven-time Grammy Award winner whose wide-ranging discography includes more than 120 recordings, including most recently a recording of his compositions on SFS Media. His television work includes numerous performances for the …

New City Players Podcast

New City Players Podcast

Performing Arts

Published 9/24/20

Megan and Kimmy are fourteen-years-old, best friends, and currently planning to commit grand larceny against country music star Rick Montgomery at his concert tonight. As they put their plan into play, songs will be sung, secrets will be revealed, and teenage girls will find out how difficult it is to exact revenge.Little Montgomery was originally a play written by Stephen Brown, New York City playwright who recently had a co-world premiere of his play Everything is Super Great at Theatre Lab in Boca Raton and Off-Broadway at 59E59. The series is directed by Producing Artistic Director, Timothy Mark Davis, and stars Krystal Millie Valdes, Casey Sacco, David A. Hyland, Gregg Weiner, Elizabeth Price, Timothy Mark Davis, and Laura Creel. The series runs for 5 episodes ranging from 20-25 minutes each. Episodes will be released every Friday, one per week, beginning October 2nd.This podcast is available for free on all major podcasting platforms: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google …

HistoryMiami's New Artist in Residence

HistoryMiami's New Artist in Residence

Music

Published 9/24/20

Born in Havana to a Cuban Jewish family, Susana Behar grew up listening to not only Cuban music but also the traditional Sephardic songs of her Turkish grandparents. While living in Venezuela, she began to pursue her passion for Jewish music while also exploring her love of Latin American folk songs. In 2007, Susana founded The Sephardic Music Ensemble and developed an extensive repertoire, helping to preserve this integral part of Jewish culture. A recipient of the 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Florida Department of State, she has performed at festivals and concerts in the United States, South America, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and Israel. Susana has released two albums, La Galana y El Mar (2010) and TAPIZ (2018). She lives in Miami and performs regularly throughout South Florida.What is your name and where are you from?My name is Susana Behar, and I was born in La Habana, Cuba. I emigrated to Caracas, Venezuela in 1965 and lived there for 17 years. In 1983, I once …

Actors’ Playhouse raises $135,000 at the 29th Annual Reach for the Stars Virtual Gala Auction

Actors’ Playhouse raises $135,000 at the 29th Annual Reach for the Stars Virtual Gala Auction

Performing Arts

Published 9/18/20

One of the most anticipated events on the South Florida social calendar, the gala auction in typical times is celebrated at the Miracle Theatre with 600 guests, an auditorium full of items up for bid, and an array of tasting stations provided by 30+ of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants. This year was different due to the pandemic, but the show must go on – and so it did thanks to very special donors and guests.Hosted by Actors’ Playhouse Chairman of the Board Dr. Lawrence E. Stein, Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein, Artistic Director David Arisco and Children’s Theatre Director Earl Maulding, this year’s virtual gala was free and open to the public on YouTube Live. More than 2,000 guests (and counting) tuned in for the grand event that featured celebrity appearances and performances by International Superstar Gloria Estefan, Tony Award-winning Actress Rachel Bay Jones, Stage, Film and TV Star Danny Pino, Broadway Leading Lady Janet Dacal, FOX’s So You Think You …

BFA OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS FOR 2nd ANNUAL ART + STROLL VIRTUAL EVENT

BFA OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS FOR 2nd ANNUAL ART + STROLL VIRTUAL EVENT

Visual Arts

Published 9/18/20

The theme and medium are open and include, but are not limited to, photography, painting, drawing, print making, paper art, fiber art, wood, clay, metal, glass, sculpture, fashion or mixed media. There is no fee to enter.Works selected are based on originality, creativity, craftsmanship and artistic distinction. All work(s) must be submitted as a 300 dpi jpeg via online submission here. Artists may submit up to two different works for consideration that they have personally created. Each digital jpeg file of the submitted work must be included in the ART + STROLL artist’s online entry form. Artwork in jpeg format should be saved with the artist’s name and title.Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 30th by midnight via online form submission. Accepted artists will be notified in early October and accepted works may be used for marketing purposes.For additional information, visit our site and click on “call to artists.” All artists must fill in the entry form to be …

 Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival

Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival

Festivals

Published 9/18/20

The program includes fiction and documentary feature films produced and released in 2019/2020, as well as short films, indigenous filmmakers productions, past festival winners and black films, all with English subtitles.A pioneer in promoting Brazilian cinema all over the world, the Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival has been held for 24 consecutive years in cities such as Miami, New York, London, Vancouver, Rome, Milan, Frascati, Madrid, Barcelona, Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Bogotá. With a total of 84 festival editions, the circuit has shown more than 1000 films, connecting Brazilian audiovisual productions to an unbounded audience outside of Brazil.This year, Inffinito is innovating by holding the Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival 2020 on the streaming platform www.inff.online, created exclusively by the company. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the outdoor screenings, a trademark of Inffinito festivals, will take place in Miami on September 26 in drive-in format, and in a park …

The Horrorland - South Florida's first ever drive thru haunted house attraction

The Horrorland - South Florida's first ever drive thru haunted house attraction

Performing Arts

Published 9/16/20

If you love chills and thrills, thank the creative horror mind of Francisco Santos, CEO and Director of Live305 Entertainment. The Cirque du Soleil veteran, with more than 20 years experience in the experimental entertainment business, and his talented AI team have developed a one-of-a-kind concept thrill fest experience unlike any other. “The beauty of this immersive experience is that participants are protagonists in a horror movie that’s happening around them in real time—and it’s all done from the safely of their cars,” said Santos.Over the course of 35 chilling minutes, the fully immersive attraction takes people into a fantasy world complete with ghoulish characters and unexpected bursts of “unusual” activities. Participants travel through six differently themed passages and experience the dreaded terrors associated with the Halloween season. “The Horrorland attraction is completely without contact and observes all safety and precaution measures, but to enjoy this …

SOTA introducing Pablo Mielgo

SOTA introducing Pablo Mielgo

Music

Published 9/10/20

Mielgo studied at the Royal Conservatory of his hometown, Madrid, the Reina Sofia School and the London Guildhall School of Music. He has assisted conductors such as James Conlon, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado. He regularly conducts on some of the world’s most famous stages, including Wiener Musikverein and Carnegie Hall and throughout Latin America and the Middle East. Since 2005, he has been the musical and artistic director of the SaludArte Foundation, and has collaborated with such institutions such as the Teatro Real Madrid, the Miami New World Symphony, El Sistema in Venezuela and the Florida Grand Opera, as well as with renowned artists, Placido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, José Antonio Abreu, and Michael Tilson Thomas.“It is a pleasure and an honor to start as the new SOTA artistic director, “ said Mielgo. “I am convinced that despite circumstances we face today, we will be able to make the Symphony of the Americas a benchmark for the arts in …

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale reopens September 15

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale reopens September 15

Visual Arts

Published 9/10/20

“We look forward to welcoming visitors back to enjoy our world-renowned facility, exhibitions and collections,” said Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum director and chief curator. “Art provides escape from the ordinary and helps us see the world in new and different ways. We hope our community will have the opportunity to experience this at the Museum.” Prior to NSU Art Museum’s public opening, Museum members, including NSU students, faculty, and staff, will be able to enjoy exclusive access to NSU Art Museum during Member Appreciation Days on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13. To become a member, visit nsuartmuseum.org/join/. For the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers, there will be new health and safety guidelines in place, which include social distancing, reduced capacity, face coverings and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols.  Several of the Museum’s current exhibitions have been extended. Happy! will now be on view through …

The Bass Reopens Sept 16

The Bass Reopens Sept 16

Visual Arts

Published 9/10/20

Following the safety standards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), along with Miami-Dade County and City of Miami Beach guidelines, The Bass is prepared to welcome visitors back to the museum once again after closing in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With new policies in place to ensure the health and well-being of the museum’s guests and staff members, The Bass reopens with adjusted hours, new exhibitions, returning favorites and more.The museum’s adjusted opening hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Museum members are also invited to visit the museum during reserved members-only hours from Wednesday, September 16 to Sunday, September 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. daily, RSVP required.WHATS ON VIEWThe Bass is also pleased to announce the opening of new exhibitions and projects, as well as the return of previously over view exhibitions.Open Storage: Selections from the Collection On Long Term View …

 Key West Tropical Forest awarded Level II Accreditation by ArbNet

Key West Tropical Forest awarded Level II Accreditation by ArbNet

Family

Published 9/1/20

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden were awarded for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism. The Key West Tropical Forest is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s gardens dedicated to woody plants.Upon learning of the award, Mary Chandler, a member of the Garden’s Collection Committee said, “The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is honored to take a place in ArbNet’s accreditation program. Our conservation of Florida Keys and West Indies trees is strengthened by this association with the global community”.Established in 1936, the 15-acre Garden showcases the historical significance of flora that are native to South Florida, …

YOUNGARTS ANNOUNCES NETWORK OF PARTNERSHIPS WITH ARTS ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE

YOUNGARTS ANNOUNCES NETWORK OF PARTNERSHIPS WITH ARTS ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE

Performing Arts

Published 8/28/20

Building upon its preexisting partnerships, YoungArts is proud to announce the following key partners for the 2020/2021 season: Fountainhead (Miami, FL), Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA), New York Live Arts (New York, NY), University of California Los Angeles’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) (Los Angeles, CA), The Watermill Center (Water Mill, NY). Through these partnerships, YoungArts is not only bolstering opportunities for artists, but also providing support to key institutions serving YoungArts award winners and local communities of artists. Additional partners and related programs will be announced at a later date.Jewel Malone, YoungArts Executive Director, said, “As we look ahead, one of our biggest challenges will be to ensure that the arts and culture field as a whole remains vibrant as the world continues to be impacted by the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. During these devastating times YoungArts is working to double our efforts to support artists across …

ArtServe Gives Voice to Syrian Plight

ArtServe Gives Voice to Syrian Plight

Visual Arts

Published 8/26/20

Throughout the history of human conflict, entire cultures have often been all but obliterated simply through the weaponized destruction of artwork. But in war-torn Syria beset for years by suffering, death and chaos, the resilience of its artists perseveres in conveying the nation’s urgent story worldwide.  Curated by Syrian-American artist Tony Khawam of Khawam Galleries of Miami and New York, together with ArtServe Curator Sophie Bonet, “War & Hope” showcases works by Syrian and Syrian-American artists who began a new phase of their artistic careers in response to the Syrian War. Their paintings weave contemporary images of the physical and virtual worlds together with emotions wrought by the War and memories from their cultural heritage. Since initial COVID-19 closures left its facility temporarily shuttered in March, Broward-based arts incubator ArtServe has continued to deliver its mission through a near-daily series of virtual events dubbed …

ARTS PROUD Campaign

ARTS PROUD Campaign

Visual Arts

Published 8/26/20

The mission for the Arts Proud campaign is to sustain the arts within South Florida’s LGBTQ community and create a springboard for the non-profit agencies to restART and flourish post-pandemic.  Earlier this summer, Our Fund formed a coalition of LGBTQ cultural institutions such as the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, Island City Stage, Miami Gay Men's Chorus, OUTshine Film Festival, South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, Thinking Cap Theatre, Thou Art Woman, and the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus which has essentially served as a South Florida LGBTQ arts collective and support group. The agencies meet virtually on a regular basis to combine efforts, share and pool resources, and recently began to explore opportunities to reduce costs by leveraging scale and realizing joint savings as a means to preserve financial resources.  “The Arts Proud campaign name succinctly encapsulates what we are trying to accomplish – safeguarding the diverse LGBTQ arts and …

KNIGHT FOUNDATION NEW WORK 2020 GRANT TO SUPPORT MIAMI-DADE ARTS

KNIGHT FOUNDATION NEW WORK 2020 GRANT TO SUPPORT MIAMI-DADE ARTS

Performing Arts

Published 8/24/20

“This program is rooted in the current circumstances and what we saw immediately after the onset of the pandemic,” said Adam Ganza, Arts Program Officer for the Knight Foundation. “Arts organizations began a sort of rapid-fire orientation which resulted in a real creative energy, something the Knight can help to catalyze.”Echoing that sentiment, Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation’s Vice President for the Arts program says, “constraints breed creativity, and the past few months have seen more adaptation and innovation in the arts than at any time in recent memory.”The open call for submissions includes dance, music and theater artists and arts organizations developing new performing art works. The only eligibility requirement is that applicants are based in Miami-Dade. Some samples of the types of works Knight New Work 2020 is looking to support include drive-in programming, virtual reality immersive theatre and productions designed for a virtual audience. Applications are …

THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY

THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY

Visual Arts

Published 8/24/20

This exciting new experience features eye-catching and thought-provoking artwork by emerging black artists Andre Clermont, Jessica Clermont, Ethan Dangerwing, Amaryllis McGee, Shannon Rose, Alinda Saintval, Patricia Saintval, and McKinson Souverain.According to Marjorie Waldo, President & CEO of Arts Garage, “The Right Side of History includes paintings, mixed media and photography communicating the experience of being Black in the United States in 2020. From Andre Clermont’s hyper realistic oil portraits vibrating with uncontainable rhythm to Ethan Dangerwing’s breath-stopping photography telling the story of local protestors, this exhibit truly captures the experience of these talented and emerging Black artists and tells a very important story.”“With pictures of protests and soul-searing portraits, the exhibit The Right Side of History is available for viewing by appointment through September 11,” adds Waldo. “The transformative nature of the Arts moves us, and …

Virtual Art Auction for Kids' Cancer

Virtual Art Auction for Kids' Cancer

Visual Arts

Published 8/20/20

Their biggest fundraising event of the year, Chefs for Kids’ Cancer Gala in New York City, was postponed due to COVID-19. It's a magical night which features a robust art auction that sees a lot of competitive bidding to score bragging rights for a new piece of art.Typically, the auction almost raises enough money to fund an entire pediatric research grant! Because of COVID-19, they are pulling more than 70 pieces of art that would have been featured at the gala out of storage to create their very first online art auction!Check out some of the featured artists:Katy Hirschfeld Leinoff, a Miami resident, is one of over 70 artists who have donated pieces to the first event online Art In August auction to benefit Cookies For Kids’ Cancer.Peter Tunney's work, which frequently mixes and varies in media, functions as relics of the constant performance that is his life. His work is a part of a bigger story, one that has taken him across every inch of the globe, seen him tackle Wall …

Call to Artists!

Call to Artists!

Visual Arts

Published 8/14/20

The Monroe County Art in Public Places Ordinance mandates that one percent (1%) of new County building construction costing a minimum of $500,000 and renovations costing a minimum of $100,000 be set aside to fund this program. The AIPP Committee reviews and recommends projects to the Board of County Commissioners, and is responsible for the commission and purchase of art. The application and information is available on the homepage of the Arts Council website, www.keysarts.com. Application requirements include an Artist Statement, current resume, 5 to 10 images of recent artwork application and a cover page. Please see application for further details on how to complete the application. The deadline for applications is Thursday; September 3rd, 2020 at 3:00 pm. Applications must be electronically submitted (emailed) to the County’s Purchasing Department. Please DO NOT mail or attempt to deliver in-person any sealed application response. Mailed/delivered Application Proposals …

Miami City Ballet returns to Lincoln Road roots with pop-up studio space

Miami City Ballet returns to Lincoln Road roots with pop-up studio space

Performing Arts

Published 8/9/20

Outdoor speakers pumped Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” on a recent weekday, as one shopper after another casually peered in, then froze. Some examined the mannequins in the windows, draped with costumes sourced from MCB’s full-length production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Others pulled out smartphones to record the movements of the dancers inside. Circles painted on the pavement marked appropriate social distancing spots for the spectators.When COVID-19 disrupted dance schedules worldwide and closed down theaters, Miami City Ballet began working on strategies to stay connected to audiences. Miami City Ballet x Lincoln Road, a new pop-up studio space, is part of that strategy – allowing fans, shoppers and casual passersby to enjoy dance right before their eyes.“My goal in life is to do moments of surprising beauty for the public,” said Tim Schmand, executive director of the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District.The Lincoln Road BID collaborated on the initiative …

Fantasy Theatre Factory’s 3rd Annual Sandrell Rivers Day

Fantasy Theatre Factory’s 3rd Annual Sandrell Rivers Day

Festivals

Published 8/9/20

Among the festivities will be the bestowing of this year’s Sandrell Rivers Humanitarian Award to Dr. Larry R. Handfield, Esq., of The Handfield Firm. Serving as Emcee will be renown singer and entertainer Brenda Alford. Among the close to two dozen talented South Florida performing artists and entertainers scheduled to appear are jazz saxophonist Melton Mustafa, Jr., dancer Randolph Ward, magician Billy Byron, aerialist Luckner “Lucky” Bruno, and much more.“This is one of our most popular events at Sandrell Rivers Theater, drawing more than 300 attendees from all over South Florida but particularly from around Liberty City, where Chief Rivers focused her efforts in promoting the arts,” said FTF CEO/Executive Artistic Director Larry Fields. “With South Florida currently experiencing record numbers of COVID-19 cases, however, we have not been able to open our doors to the public. So we’ve decided to make this year’s event virtual.”“While a virtual event will be a …

REMAKING MIAMI: JOSEFINA TARAFA’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE 1970s

REMAKING MIAMI: JOSEFINA TARAFA’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE 1970s

Visual Arts

Published 8/7/20

The exhibit presents images by the photographer, editor, and philanthropist that pictures the transformation of our city by the arrival of Tarafa’s fellow Cuban immigrants. Tarafa's exceptional photographic work unites an inventive formal sensibility, a documentary and anthropological drive, and a keen eye for the revelatory detail. The exhibition will be on view during fall 2020 (opening date to be announced) until Sunday, February 28, 2021.A member of a Cuban family prominent in politics and economics, Josefina Tarafa (1907–82) developed a particular interest in the photographic and audio documentation of Afro-Cuban cultures and, more widely, in various forms of Cuban popular culture. In the 1970s, she recorded the Cuban traces being engraved on Miami, creating what is arguably one of the most meaningful bodies of images that picture the transformation of the city during those years.The first exhibition dedicated to Tarafa’s photography, Remaking Miami includes thirty …

A Flourish of Hatpins: A Special Virtual Theater Event

A Flourish of Hatpins: A Special Virtual Theater Event

Performing Arts

Published 8/6/20

As if ripped from today’s headlines, the play deals with equality for women, contagious disease, political discord, and family conflict. Tickets for the online theatrical event, which can be streamed on demand from August 18-23, are now on sale at The Studios of Key West.One century ago, Key West was largely isolated from the rest of the country. Young Elizabeth Watson helps her mother and sister run a boarding house on Duval Street, but she dreams of becoming a hat designer and owning a hat shop in a big city. Her dream unravels in Washington D.C. and she finds herself working with a group of suffragists who are at the center of the raging 19th Amendment debate.Leonard immersed herself in books, articles, and first-hand testimonials to learn more about women’s suffrage in America. “The reports of the abuse and violence that these women confronted were shocking,” says Leonard. “A woman with entrepreneurial dreams had very little chance of success at that time. …

“Scarecrows in the Forest” Contest Call for Artists

“Scarecrows in the Forest” Contest Call for Artists

Visual Arts

Published 8/3/20

Show off your scary design skills and enter the “Scarecrows in the Garden” artist design contest.  All Scarecrow entries will be on display from September 1st through November 30th. 2020. Scarecrow creators are encouraged to use natural or recycled materials.There will be 3 entry categories: 1) School age individuals or groups; 2) Not-for-profit groups and 3) Business/Creative Professionals & amateur individuals. Cash prizes will be awarded of $100, $50 and $25 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. A Best in Show $100 prize will be chosen by Garden visitors. Registration is August 1-15, 2020. Set up in the Garden is August 15-30, 2020.  Details, Tips for Making Scarecrows and a Registration Form are available on the Garden’s website www.keywest.garden, contacting Misha McRAE at: mmcrae@keywest.garden or calling 305-296-1501.

Virtual Symphony of Voices

Virtual Symphony of Voices

Music

Published 8/3/20

‘A [Virtual] Symphony of Voices: A Celebration of Women in Philanthropy’ will be broadcast on Zoom, beginning with a live, interactive cocktail hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Zoom Rooms specific to each organization/individual being honored. All guests will then join together for the main program at 7 p.m.The virtual event will feature a special presentation about the 19th amendment by the League of Women Voters; profiles of each organization and honoree; and performances by several of the orchestra’s talented female musicians. The event is free (registration is required), though donations are welcome. Proceeds will benefit both the participating organization of the attendee’s choice and The Symphonia. For donations of $50 or more received by August 12, attendees will receive a special gift mailed to them prior to the celebration (HINT: it’s a delicious cocktail mix kit, perfect for the Zoom Room Happy Hour!)Honorees include Impact 100 Palm Beach County and its all-female …

OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Goes Virtual!

OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Goes Virtual!

Festivals

Published 8/3/20

The Virtual Edition starts with a Drive-In Opening Night experience beginning Thursday, August 20th. The remaining film events will screen daily, throughout the 10 days with live Q&A’s and actor appearances to maintain the “festival” experience. Participants will be able to view the film for up to 48 hours after the start date.Centerpiece and Closing Night Films will also have a virtual party experience involving entertainment, silent auctions, and chances for the virtual festival-goer to interact with each other.Films in the program will be first-run narrative feature length films, documentaries, and short film films. OUTshine’s program will not only be available in South Florida, but ALL of Florida. Executive Director Victor Gimenez says, “The Board & Staff have viewed the challenge of COVID-19 as one to make the Festival not only survive but grow. Since quarantine the Festival has had numerous virtual screenings, which have increased our audience …

‘FLOODZONE’ ON VIEW AT LITTLE RIVER’S DOT FIFTYONE GALLERY

‘FLOODZONE’ ON VIEW AT LITTLE RIVER’S DOT FIFTYONE GALLERY

Visual Arts

Published 8/3/20

Anastasia Samoylova phones into this interview from her balcony in Miami Beach, a frequent perch since it’s the only vantage point from which she can spot a glistening sliver of ocean.“I’m almost always sitting in this spot, because it’s what I’ve always dreamed about and was never accessible to me,” she says.Born in Moscow, Samoylova settled in Miami four years ago, after moving to the United States in 2008 to pursue her Master of Fine Arts degree. She had been working as an academic and freelance photographer in the Midwest, but Miami’s vibrancy resonated with her after a stint in the Fountainhead Residency.The wide, blue horizons of her newly adopted home contrasted sharply with her formerly landlocked surroundings, and Samoylova was acutely drawn to the fact that the urban and organic intertwined cacophonously in Miami: She observed how wild, moldy overgrowth sprouted from swollen concrete; how water seeped out from sewer drains on a sunny day, eventually soaking it …

GABLESTAGE REACHES OUT VIRTUALLY TO ENGAGE DIVERSE AUDIENCES

GABLESTAGE REACHES OUT VIRTUALLY TO ENGAGE DIVERSE AUDIENCES

Performing Arts

Published 8/3/20

That hurdle turned into a crossroads on April 16 when Joseph Adler, the company’s award-winning producing artistic director since 1998, passed away after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer.Added to the major loss of Adler, an outspoken artist whose company reflected his eclectic taste and passion for deeply engaging theater, GableStage’s planned move to a smaller, state-of-the-art version of the Coconut Grove Playhouse continues as its own contentious drama. And the remainder of its current season, which was to have run into the fall, has been scrapped.All pose undeniable challenges.Even so, GableStage’s board and its chairman, Steven M. Weinger, along with general manager Isabel Almaraz and the theater’s staff, are continuing to connect with artists and audiences via a world premiere digital project titled “Engage@GableStage.”Administered by director Margaret M. Ledford, who produced GableStage’s version of Joseph McDonough’s “Ordinary Americans” with Adler, …

‘FABRIC OF AMERICA: ARTISTS IN PROTEST’ ADDRESSES TROUBLED TIMES

‘FABRIC OF AMERICA: ARTISTS IN PROTEST’ ADDRESSES TROUBLED TIMES

Visual Arts

Published 8/3/20

A CRISIS IS THE BEST TIME FOR ARTISTIC CREATION. SO, CREATING IS EXACTLY WHAT ARTISTS ARE DOING TODAY. SOME ARE CREATING MURALS, OTHERS WEARABLES.More than 30 South Florida graffiti artists and illustrators were invited to create protest-themed art on denim jackets for “The Fabric of America: Artists in Protest,” an exhibition launched July 18 by the Museum of Graffiti in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.“Artists typically inspire people,” said Alan Ket, museum cofounder and curator. “Artists have a way of presenting topics [and] ideas in a way that really reaches to the core of our beings and to our hearts.”The exhibition, on view in person until Aug. 31, features denim jackets bedecked in messages and symbols that take a stand and speak loudly of these troubled times. With the momentum right now around the themes of racial inequality and police brutality – sparked by the death of George Floyd on May 25 – the museum provided this platform so artists …

Arts Mean Business Speaker Series

Arts Mean Business Speaker Series

Lectures/Classes

Published 7/23/20

A collaborative endeavor by South Florida-based artists Allison Matherly and Jeffrey Noble, We Are Nice’n Easy focuses on creating immersive mixed media installations and developing a visually cohesive subtropical vernacular with their material choices and use of repeated motifs. Often referencing themes of self-help, recovery and interpersonal dependency, their fabricated environments utilize romantic tropes to enhance the collective emotive truisms between participants and create a platform for intimate exchange. We Are Nice’n Easy has had several public art projects throughout South Florida commissioned by Broward County Art in Public Places, Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, Miami Beach Art in Public Places, Bass Projects, Locust Projects, Downtown Hollywood Mural Project and others. The duo is currently working on an outdoor installation for the new Jackson Hospital in Doral and has received the Airie Artists in Residence in Everglades Fellowship in 2019 and the Best Mural …

A-List Stars Join The Studios of Key West “Between Two Palms"

A-List Stars Join The Studios of Key West “Between Two Palms"

Artist Spotlight

Published 7/23/20

Joining an impressive lineup of arts and theater luminaries, on August 19th, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei joins The Studios of Key West for their innovative “Between Two Palms” conversation series. The program invites esteemed stars of the stage and screen online for a lively, unscripted hour-long conversation produced by The Studios. Hosted by Jeff Johnson, Key West resident and Chairman of the Board of the prestigious Williamstown Theater Festival, the exciting series also includes Tony Shalhoub (July 29), Jane Kaczmarek (August 5), and Anika Larsen (August 12). Tickets are now on sale for the five-week series, with conversations happening online on Wednesday evenings at 6pm EST.“Connecting audiences with art and art makers is what we do best at The Studios,” said Stephen Kitsakos, Studios’ Board Chair and Executive Producer of “Between Two Palms”. “That’s even more important now. Though it may feel like the art world is taking a collective pause, we hope these …

New Art Installation at Broward County's FLL Airport

New Art Installation at Broward County's FLL Airport

Visual Arts

Published 7/22/20

Commissioned by Broward County’s Public Art & Design Program in partnership with the Broward County Aviation Department, McNall’s artwork, titled Mosaic, transforms FLL’s Terminal 4 walkway into an immersive experience of color and luminosity that welcomes passengers arriving on international flights and engages passengers in the concourse below though a vibrant spectacle of color.The innovative, site-specific artwork is integrated into the terminal architecture and dynamically interprets a color spectrum as a time spectrum spanning a one-hour continuum. During each of Mosaic’s repeated 60-minute cycles, cells change in color and slowly morph from one chromatic range to another. The artwork’s appearance continually changes, with visitors gradually becoming aware of its subtle chromatic shifts.Cameron McNall is an artist and architect whose work encompasses sculpture, architecture, installation art, scenario planning, film, sound and mixed-media. He is Principal of the …

MIAMI ART STRONG LAUNCHES

MIAMI ART STRONG LAUNCHES

Visual Arts

Published 7/15/20

Miami Art Strong will kick off on July 16th, with the launch of an interactive digital marketing campaign that invites local audiences to share the local art experiences that inspire them and keep them hopeful about the future using the hashtag #MiamiArtStrong.The arts are a powerful force, allowing us to express our humanity through a spectrum of emotions, from joy to sadness and nostalgia. Most importantly, the arts allow us to connect with one another, and address the profound cultural and societal frameworks that make up our present-day reality. In a moment of collective reckoning, the arts encourage reflection, ignite necessary conversations, and create empathy among our widely diverse communities. Over the last decade, Miami’s arts community has flourished into one that truly resonates with the city’s multicultural and multilingual public. From world-class museums to renowned symphonies and dance companies, artist residencies and studio spaces, and a thriving community …

COCONUT GROVE BANNERS ARE PIECES OF ART

COCONUT GROVE BANNERS ARE PIECES OF ART

Visual Arts

Published 7/15/20

Poetry is blooming in Coconut Grove.Miami’s original arts district is exhibiting 100 Zip code-inspired poems, printed on banners placed on streetlight posts throughout the neighborhood.The Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (BID) partnered with the literary arts organization O, Miami for the exhibit, which was designed to welcome residents back outdoors while inviting nonresidents to discover the area through poetry.At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered galleries, museums and performance venues, these poems are providing passers-by with a safe way to enjoy public art in a scenic, outdoor setting, according to the exhibition’s organizers. Visitors can wander through the area wearing a mask, social distancing and observing art – finding a new poem every couple hundred feet as if participating in a treasure hunt.“This is a unique and special and local art and literature experience that people can experience in a very safe manner,” says Abigael Mahony, …

South Florida Theatre League Announces the 2020 Remy Award Recipients

South Florida Theatre League Announces the 2020 Remy Award Recipients

Performing Arts

Published 7/9/20

The Remy Awards, named in honor of Remberto Cabrera, the former Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Senior Cultural Administrator and Chief of Cultural Development, are given to the unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes of the South Florida Theatre League Community.The Awards will be presented via livestream on Zoom and Facebook Live as a fundraiser for the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund. Presentation of each award will be accompanied by a performance from an artist chosen by the recipient. While access to the livestream will be available without a ticket, donations to the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund will be encouraged throughout the evening. The fund was created this year in response to the COVID-19 crisis and has already given away over $10,000 to artists and theatre workers who have lost work due to the pandemic.The Remy Awards have been a part of the South Florida Theatre League since its first year (1994) – with …

Florida Holocaust Museum Announces Partnership with IDEx at USF

Florida Holocaust Museum Announces Partnership with IDEx at USF

Visual Arts

Published 7/9/20

The Florida Holocaust Museum has announced a new partnership with Dr. Davide Tanasi and his team from The Institute of Digital Exploration (IDEx) at the University of South Florida (USF) They will be capturing three dimensional interactive renderings of artifacts in the Museum's permanent collection, virtual gallery experiences, and more! USF IDEx is hard at work developing this new content and has already made five artifacts captured by the IDEx team using digital photogrammetry available for public view online.Digital photogrammetry is a technique that allows three-dimensional digital reconstruction of physical artifacts using a collection of high resolution photographs, a controlled light environment, and processed with specific software based on the pattern of recognition of algorithms.One of the artifacts that has been captured using digital photogrammetry is a pair of baby shoes from The FHM's permanent collection. This pair of tiny lace up baby shoes was worn by two-year-old …

Fantasy Theatre Factory to reopen to the public

Fantasy Theatre Factory to reopen to the public

Performing Arts

Published 7/2/20

“We are very excited to re-open to the public after three months of producing only virtual programming,” said FTF CEO/Executive Artistic Director Larry Fields. “We are among the first of South Florida’s theaters to re-open, and we cannot wait to welcome back our loyal patrons as well as welcome new ones.” He added that the health and safety of FTF’s guests, artists and patrons remain his number one concern. “We submitted a reopening plan to Miami-Dade County, and we’re thrilled that it was approved with compliments from staff on its completeness.”On July 10, FTF will present “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” as part of its summer Film@SRT series. The series will continue every Friday evening during the month of July, except for July 31 (the evening of the theater’s Summer Camp showcase). Although firm dates for “ONE@SRT” have yet to be determined, the series is expected to launch in August. It will showcase select solo performances in theater, dance …

Virtual “Conversations at MOCA”

Virtual “Conversations at MOCA”

Lectures/Classes

Published 7/2/20

In 2008, while working on a newspaper story with Pitts, Juste captured the image of Memphis sanitation worker Elmore Nickelberry and his son, Terence, with a placard that read, “I Am A Man.” Carried during the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike in 1968, these signs became emblematic of the Black community’s struggles in the United States. Commenting on his portrait of the elder Nickelberry, Juste has said, “I just wanted to capture that dignity that was often deprived him.”Carl Juste has been a photojournalist for the Miami Herald since 1991. Juste was born into a politically active family in Haiti. After being forced to leave their homeland in 1965 for political reasons, his family eventually settled in Miami’s Haitian community. In addition to photography work for the Miami Herald, Juste cofounded Iris PhotoCollective (IPC). IPC’s members are photojournalists of color who document people of color’s relationship to the world. In 2019, Juste opened the IPC ArtSpace in …

Symphonia Announces New Conductor

Symphonia Announces New Conductor

Music

Published 7/2/20

Willis has guest conducted with The Symphonia for the past several seasons, as well as in its second season in 2005, and served as Principal Conductor for the orchestra’s ‘New Directions’ concert series in 2019. He also serves as Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.Willis has guest conducted a number of premier orchestras around the world, including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica de Rio de Janeiro, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra Berlin, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, China National Orchestra (Beijing), and Silk Road Ensemble (with Yo-Yo Ma), among others.  His recording of Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” with the Nashville Symphony and Opera for Naxos was Grammy-nominated for Best Classical Album in 2009. “Alastair is an incredible addition to our orchestra,” said Annabel Russell, Executive Director. “His …

Murals in Miami to Honor Victims of Police Brutality

Murals in Miami to Honor Victims of Police Brutality

Visual Arts

Published 7/2/20

“Art is the only thing that will remain to remind people of this time after the protests have wound down,” declared muralist Kyle Holbrook who painted in Overtown a mural to honor black lives.Kyle painted the mural in the heat of the action, during the first demonstrations that took place after George Floyd’s death. “It was the first Sunday of the protests,” Kyle remembers. “The protesters were blocking I-95. Many of them, probably 200 people, walked by the mural and wrote messages such as “Black lives matter,” “Stop police brutality,” “Defund the police,” or “Our voices won’t be stopped.”In his mural located on NW First Avenue and 16th Street, the Pittsburgh native honored Colin Kaepernick, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. “I picked George Floyd because he’s a new symbol for the movement, like Colin Kaepernick. I chose Taylor because her death happened around this time, and because of the gruesome aspect of it. She got shot while sleeping in her own …

Nu Deco director remains optimistic about ensemble & wider world of live music

Nu Deco director remains optimistic about ensemble & wider world of live music

Music

Published 7/2/20

In late winter, he got to spend a few days in Los Angeles working on the world premiere of Grammy- and Emmy award-winner Robert Glasper’s first orchestral work, commissioned by Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble. As the ensemble’s cofounder and artistic director, Hyken is instrumental in developing the artistic vision of the orchestra, and its collaborations with artists.“It was an absolute bucket-list collaborator,” says Hyken. “He is such an incredible artist that is really breaking boundaries and just revered in the musical world. The opportunity to get him to write a piece for orchestra the first time with Nu Deco was really exciting.”Fast-forward to mid-March and COVID-19 changed everything.“We were gearing up for [the world premiere concert] … He had come in, we did one rehearsal within New World Center, and it was a total match made in heaven. Everyone was really excited about the work and the collaboration,” Hyken says. “Then the very next day, the world started …

NSU Art Museum Launches Online Collection with Access to Over 2,000 Works

NSU Art Museum Launches Online Collection with Access to Over 2,000 Works

Visual Arts

Published 7/2/20

It offers unprecedented access to over 2,000 of the 7,500 objects in its permanent collection. The online collection is part of the Museum’s efforts to enhance its digital resources and make them widely available to the public, scholars and students.“With our new online collection we are opening our doors even wider and inviting the world to explore the exceptional scope and depth of NSU Art Museum,” said Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator. “During the 1970s, the founders of the Museum sought to represent South Florida’s diversity in the art works collected and exhibited. The collection continued to grow with this goal in mind.”Today, NSU Art Museum is known for its significant collection of Latin American art, contemporary art with an emphasis on women, Black and Latinx artists, and African art that spans the 19th to the 21st-century, as well as works by American artist William Glackens, Danish artists who resisted German occupation during World War II and the …

"COPY OF THE ORIGINAL" @ IS PROJECTS

"COPY OF THE ORIGINAL" @ IS PROJECTS

Visual Arts

Published 6/17/20

Copy of the Original is Rachel Livedalen's solo exhibition featuring a series of works on panel that combine screen printed layers of Greco-Roman textbook pages with airbrush and gouache. Structured information depicted in these works relate to the construction and continuation of the art history canon and the way in which we understand visual culture. Textual information is stretched, morphed, or veiled, then layered with different modes of visual information like coded symbols, colorful shapes, or erased gestures.The exhibition questions our understanding of visual information both from academic art history and popular culture as it relates to beauty, feminine representation, and artifice. Specifically, the exhibition analyzes the Knidian Aphrodite, the first sculpture of a female nude in Greek art that now only exists as a Roman copy. This canonical work from western art history thus embodies ideas of representation and reproduction throughout history.While the IS Projects gallery …

Art & Soul Extended Through August 31

Art & Soul Extended Through August 31

Visual Arts

Published 6/17/20

Art & Soul is just one of several ways BFA supports local artists while fostering cultural vitality, creative success and economic development. BFA continuously supports the local arts community and promotes local artists, cultural non-profits and diverse art-related projects. BFA annually hosts several events in addition to Art & Soul, including the free Arts Mean Business speaker series, Art in the Workplace, Art Curation and Art+Stroll. Art from local artists can now be purchased through August 31st. Juried artwork sized at 12" x 12", 20” x 20” or 30” x 30” are specially priced from $200 to $500. Since the virtual Art & Soul kicked off, several pieces of art have been sold including to buyers from California to New York.“Moving Art & Soul online was vitally important to our arts community,” said Brian Kopelowitz, BFA Board Chair. “This 90-day extension will give art lovers everywhere the opportunity to continue to purchase valuable pieces of …

Art in the Garden Opens At Key West Tropical Forest

Art in the Garden Opens At Key West Tropical Forest

Festivals

Published 6/17/20

Meander over Garden Boardwalks and down pathways through dappled shade, colorful blossoms and winged creatures of nature and spot….sculpture! The exhibit features local art & sculpture with artistic expressions emphasizing harmony with nature. These works are earth-friendly in the selection of materials (including recycled and natural material) and themes.The festival runs through August 31st and is open every day 10am – 4pm. The Garden is located 5210 College Road on Stock Island. Call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywest.garden for directions and details. 

Quarantine Theatre Fest

Quarantine Theatre Fest

Festivals

Published 6/17/20

Summer Theatre Fest will become Quarantine Theatre Fest, where the South Florida Theatre League will heavily promote member organizations’ online offerings throughout the month of July and host multiple professional development opportunities for both artists and arts administrators.“Our members shifted quickly to engaging their audiences online since the middle of March. Since one of the few programming choices available to theatres at this time are online readings; it made more sense for us to lift up what they are already doing to engage audiences they might not be reaching currently and supplement with opportunities for continuing professional development,” said executive director, Andie Arthur.In addition to pushing audiences to try the theatre’s online programing, the League will be hosting multiple workshops throughout July including Corona Creatives and Chill - an online mini-conference for the community to discuss issues around COVID-19. They will also host a workshop …

Virtual Summer at ICA Miami

Virtual Summer at ICA Miami

Visual Arts

Published 6/17/20

Watch family-friendly films on the third Sunday of every month now through September.Explore the magical world of animation with ICA Miami this summer, and get an insider's look into some of the innovative techniques used to create a modern animated feature film.Kids can also engage with their "Curator Challenge" on Instagram. Show your masterpieces by tagging us with the hashtag #KidsCuratorChallenge. Every second and fourth week of June through August, staff will debut a new creative prompt on Instagram. The best entries will be featured on @icamiami and @youngicamiamiFor more information on ICA's Virtual summer, click here.

Deering Estate's Next Phase of Re-Opening

Deering Estate's Next Phase of Re-Opening

Family

Published 6/17/20

While the Historic House Museums are currently closed, they will be offering limited guided access of the museums. Guided access will be offered daily at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm & 3:00 pm. Please note that all guests, including Deering Estate Foundation members, must register for guided access at the ticket booth upon entry to the park.To ensure the safety of the community, please note that Miami-Dade County Parks' New Normal rules have not changed and still apply. Deering Estate encourages guests to enjoy the day while following health and safety guidelines and protocols which include social distancing, the use of face coverings, and no gatherings of 10 or more people. Deering Estate staff and security continue to monitor these areas to ensure compliance throughout the day. Before your visit, please visit the New Normal Park Rules.You can also take a look at some of the virtual content and special features that Deering Estate has created and shared for you to enjoy!

Miami Spice is back!

Miami Spice is back!

Culinary

Published 6/12/20

The advance launch of Miami Spice is one of the GMCVB’s many efforts to support Miamians during this critical time, and this year, draws a parallel to the program’s start as a post 9/11 recovery effort. It also comes on the heels of the highly successful Miami Eats campaign that debuted in March to encourage take-out and delivery, and ordering direct. It started with just 320 restaurant partners and quickly grew to 1,200.Miami Spice is a cornerstone of Miami Shines, a comprehensive travel and tourism recovery program to promote Greater Miami and the Beaches to locals, encouraging vacationing in their backyard, as well as tourists and organizations seeking locations for meetings and conventions. The program includes a strong lineup of promotional incentives across restaurants, hotels, museums, and attractions, and will also include spas once they are ready to reopen for business.“The GMCVB remains wholly committed to upholding the stellar reputation of this program and continuing …

TOGETHER APART: ONE@SRT

TOGETHER APART: ONE@SRT

Performing Arts

Published 6/8/20

“For the past three months, we have been working hard at Sandrell Rivers Theater, where FTF is the managing company, to create a safe environment so our audiences can once again enjoy live, theater performances,” said FTF CEO/Executive Artistic Director Larry Fields. “Once the county, state and federal governments give the green light for performing arts facilities to open, we will be ready to safely and legally present shows.”“By starting with solo performances, our objective is to protect the health and safety of the performers, since they will be the only one on the stage,” continued Fields. FTF will also reduce the number of seats in the audience to adhere to social-distancing guidelines; it has installed hand sanitizers around the facility, and it will be implementing other measures so guests, too, will feel more safe and comfortable during a performance. “Like many other businesses and industries around the country, the performing arts have suffered greatly …

Virtual Summer Camp for Kids at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Virtual Summer Camp for Kids at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Family

Published 6/1/20

The program begins June 15th and is FREE for any child that would like to participate (not limited to Monroe County). Students can discover what makes the Florida Keys environment unique through virtual discovery and exploration interactive activities in math, science experiments, story time and arts and crafts.Register for FREE at Google Classroom by visiting classroom.google.com, click on the plus in the top right corner to join, and search for our code 7sks56p. New sign ups welcome anytime!

Heart of Art: Call for artists!

Heart of Art: Call for artists!

Visual Arts

Published 6/1/20

Using video as the virtual stage, 20 Miami-based performing artists will each be awarded $1,000 to create new works of dance, music, theater, spoken word and other performing arts that capture our community’s unique voice and experience during this unprecedented crisis. The new video works will be showcased on the Arsht Center’s website and promoted across the Center’s social media platforms and in the Arsht@Home e-newsletter.Details for the video proposals, submission criteria and other guidelines are at arshtcenter.org/heart-art-submission. Artists working across all genres of the performing arts are encouraged to apply, including music, theater, dance, spoken word, monologues or multi-genre combinations. Because Heart of Art is intended to create an artistic time capsule of Miami’s pandemic experience, the program is open exclusively to artists who reside in Miami-Dade County. The work must represent the Miami experience and address the subject of “art in the time of …

THE 2020 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS IN THE ARTS

THE 2020 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS IN THE ARTS

Performing Arts

Published 5/26/20

The U.S. Presidential Scholars award—one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic excellence, leadership qualities and community service—is presented on behalf of the President of the United States and honors up to 161 graduating high school seniors of high potential each year.Sarah Arison, Chair of National YoungArts Foundation, said, “Now, more than ever, it is important that we as a country celebrate the hope and promise of the next generation of great architects and designers, writers and poets, and visual and performing artists. YoungArts is honored to continue to support and nominate the nation’s most talented artists for the Presidential Scholars program. We congratulate all of the winners and look forward to continuing to offer our support throughout their artistic journeys.”“It is my privilege to congratulate the Presidential Scholars Class of 2020 on their outstanding academic achievement, community service, and …

MIAMI’S JUGGERKNOT AND NY’S POPUP THEATRICS CRAFT DRAMA FOR A VIRTUAL WORLD

MIAMI’S JUGGERKNOT AND NY’S POPUP THEATRICS CRAFT DRAMA FOR A VIRTUAL WORLD

Performing Arts

Published 5/20/20

The new joint production from Miami’s Juggerknot Theatre Co. and New York’s PopUP Theatrics – available at longdistanceaffair.info from May 23-30 – just happens to be a trailblazing example of a form that theater may utilize more frequently in the future.“The world is going in that direction,” says Juggerknot founder and artistic director Tanya Bravo. “Right now, we can’t [easily] fly or go anywhere, but we can connect in this way.”“Making theater this way won’t be instead of [traditional theater],” adds director Tamilla Woodard, who founded PopUP Theatrics with fellow director Ana Margineanu. “It’s a new vocabulary. It’s in addition to other forms. It lets people who are homebound enjoy live performance.”This is the seventh iteration of “Long Distance Affair” since the project debuted in New York in 2011. But it’s the first in partnership with Juggerknot, and the first one audiences will access from their homes.“Long Distance Affair” is made …

SOUTH FLORIDA THEATER-LOVERS HAVE LOTS TO ENJOY ONLINE

SOUTH FLORIDA THEATER-LOVERS HAVE LOTS TO ENJOY ONLINE

Performing Arts

Published 5/20/20

Here’s a look at what’s on the horizon:Florida Shakespeare Theater is keeping fans of the Bard happy with its “Go Big or Go Home” series of free livestreamed readings directed by artistic director Colleen Stovall. “Macbeth,” featuring Seth Trucks in the title role and Sara Grant as the calculating Lady Macbeth, is set for 8 p.m. May 23. “The Merchant of Venice” will be read at 8 p.m. June 6; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 2 p.m. June 20; “The Tempest” at 8 p.m. July 11; and “Hamlet” at 2 p.m. July 25. Watch on the company’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/floridashakes.Miami’s Zoetic Stage is heading toward the championship game of its popular online quiz show, “The Spectacular Fabulous BYOB South Florida Theater Game Night,” hosted by artistic director Stuart Meltzer, with assists from scorekeeper Amy Rauchwerger, managing director Michael McKeever and musical clue-giver Jeni Hacker. Champs from the preliminary rounds – Clay Cartland, Mary Damiano, …

SCOPE Immersive | Online Viewing Room

SCOPE Immersive | Online Viewing Room

Visual Arts

Published 5/20/20

It is in this spirit of being responsive and adaptive that SCOPE has announced the launch of SCOPE Immersive | Online Viewing Room. These invitational, survey, and thematic online events will present collectors with the opportunity to explore and purchase artworks from SCOPE exhibitors remotely in a curated digital and interactive space.Unlike other platforms that rely on outdated iterations of basic slideshow technology, SCOPE Immersive invites collectors to step inside three-dimensional spaces which can be easily accessed by computer, mobile phone, or VR device. These unique events will be presented each month; starting in May and running through December in celebration of their 20th Anniversary edition of SCOPE Miami Beach. SCOPE Immersive’s inaugural edition will be open to collectors, curators, and art lovers alike beginning May 22nd at 11 am EST and will run through June 5th. It will feature eight galleries, curated by SCOPE founder Alexis Hubshman.For more …

MOCA North Miami Hosts Free Virtual Summer Camp Programs

MOCA North Miami Hosts Free Virtual Summer Camp Programs

Family

Published 5/20/20

Participants ages 6-13 may join the museum for virtual camps including Studio Arts Camp and Dynamic Design Camp from the comfort of their own home. Campers will be introduced to mixed media, painting, drawing, and textile arts during these fun workshops held via Zoom, and led by professional art instructors. Final projects will be featured in a virtual exhibition on MOCA's website. Complimentary art supplies will be available for pick up at the museum once registration is complete.The Virtual Art Camps will begin the week of June 8th and run through August 14th, alternating every other Tuesday and Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. To receive an enrollment packet and to register, participants can email education@mocanomi.org. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis as space is limited.Can’t wait to get started? MOCA North Miami is offering a free sampler on Tuesday, May 26th and Thursday, May 28th on Facebook Live which includes free, fun-at-home art …

 South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund has raised over $12,000!

South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund has raised over $12,000!

Performing Arts

Published 5/20/20

In under two months, the League has raised over $12,000 and is currently in the process of distributing the first $10,000 to artists and contractors laid off from productions scheduled to happen in March and April of 2020. In the first round of funding, the South Florida Theatre League collaborated with ten theatre companies to distribute $10,000 into small stipends to the workers they had to lay off. While no stipend can replace a steady income, the funds help artists buy groceries, pay bills, and make it to the next month.“One recipient told me that it was the first income she’s had had since March,” said Andie Arthur, executive director of the South Florida Theatre League.The Relief Fund helps theatre companies pay independent contractors. Most small business assistance programs focus exclusively on employees, but in the performing arts, many of our workers are independent contractors who have fallen through the cracks.Most of the funds raised are from small donations, ranging …

BFA Introduces Online Art Classes

BFA Introduces Online Art Classes

Lectures/Classes

Published 5/20/20

No Fear Art - Drawing Edition, led by nationally acclaimed artist Lori Pratico, is an exercise in relaxation and having fun in being creative. The session explores the critical things we say to ourselves about ourselves with a fun exercise in drawing, before moving on to learning some simple techniques that can be applied to drawing everyday objects.Participants are encouraged to have the following items: Three or more sheets of 8 ½” x 11” paper or copy paperOne #2 pencilOne pen or fine point marker (preferably black)Two or more Q-tips (optional)Three or more tree leavesPratico is a self-taught mural artist who began her artistic career at 19 in Philadelphia. Whether painting live at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino or creating a live mural at the Miami Boat Show, Pratico’s creativity can be found throughout South Florida on the walls of restaurants, boutiques, popular night spots and many other businesses. In 2015, Pratico launched a nationwide mural project called “Girl …

VIRTUAL SHORTS

VIRTUAL SHORTS

Performing Arts

Published 5/20/20

City Theatre postponed the 25th Anniversary Season of its popular annual SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL scheduled to perform June 4-July 3, 2020 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. It’s now scheduled for June 3-July 3 2021.However, always nimble and eager for innovative opportunities, City Theatre has welcomed its inclusion as an arts partner of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Arsht@Home programming where it’s begun experimenting with the creation of digital content. Plays from City Theatre’s SHORT CUTS school tour and more original offerings are currently on rotation on that site.Expanding on this, City Theatre Artistic Director Margaret M. Ledford said, In 24 seasons of producing hundreds of short plays and now musicals on stages throughout South Florida, City Theatre is excited to explore creative alternatives for ways to present aspects of our work, alongside some of the artists and theatre makers we have collaborated with who help make SUMMER SHORTS so much fun”. …

The Museum of Graffiti is now open to visitors

The Museum of Graffiti is now open to visitors

Visual Arts

Published 5/20/20

Guests must purchase tickets in advance online or from their mobile devices as they approach the Museum in order to avoid onsite transactions. Additionally, the Museum is implementing exciting outdoor programming that corresponds to the changing times, including the grand opening of their Airbrush Tent. Adjacent to the entrance of the Museum, visitors can work with a local artist to design a face mask they love. Also, the Museum encourages folks who have been sheltered at home to enjoy a free self-guided tour of the Museum’s outdoor exhibition that includes 15 murals created by 22 artists from 6 different countries.For those outside of Miami and those that are still sheltered in place, the Museum is opening a 360 degree virtual online gallery to host “A Tough Pill to Swallow,” a controversial body of work by artist CASH4.Brooklyn-based graffiti writer and artist Russell Murphy—a.k.a. CASH4 is well-known for his irreverent work made up of “found objects” (mostly stolen yard …

Curator Culture & Breakfast are back in a virtual way!

Curator Culture & Breakfast are back in a virtual way!

Visual Arts

Published 5/7/20

The new programs present casual morning coffee conversations with artists in the museum’s collection, to virtual town halls and panel discussions with Congresswoman Donna Shalala, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Liza Lou and Billy Porter. The live talks, viewable on Facebook @TheBassMoA, are offered for free to the public thanks to the generous support of Knight Foundation, other public funders and private donations.Breakfast at The [Virtual] Bass is a digital mini-series featuring Executive Director & Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiñá in conversation with three, path-breaking women artists who are part of The Bass’ collection, each Thursday at 11 a.m. (EST) throughout the month of May. The series will also feature conversations with Tracey Moffatt on May 14th and Sylvie Fleuryon May 21st. Tracey Moffatt’s video series, Montages: The Full Cut, 1999-2015is currently on view via The Bass’ virtual exhibition space, @TheBassSquaredon Instagram. The eight video works are part of the …

Native Plants for Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest

Native Plants for Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest

Family

Published 5/7/20

161 species of plants are now available bringing the inventory to more than 2,100 plants in 1 gallon to 10 gallon pots. Many trees and shrubs attract butterflies and birds. Key West Tropical Forest members receive a 15% discount. The Garden is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation and all proceeds directly benefit the Garden’s conservation program.Face masks are required and social distancing protocol will be strictly followed.  The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island. For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywest.garden.

Fairchild Garden Reopened May 6th

Fairchild Garden Reopened May 6th

Visual Arts

Published 5/7/20

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will ensure the health and safety of its guests, staff and volunteers while welcoming back a limited number of visitors to stroll the garden’s sprawling pathways and lush, tropical landscape. Situated on 83 acres of manicured and protected green space, the historic garden is filled with more than 6,000 rare, exotic and colorful plants, making Fairchild Garden the ideal outdoor location to visit for those looking to get out of the house while avoiding air travel and densely populated areas.  New operational hours will be from 10:00AM-4:00PM, with visits limited to two (2) hour blocks: 10:00AM; 12:00PM; 2:00PM, each block permits only 100 guests at a time and will be strictly enforced. Seniors and those who identify as vulnerable have priority and access from 7:00-9:00AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.Ticket reservations are available and are solely available online by visiting www.FairchildGarden.org. The box office will not be …

at-home food & beverage inspiration suggestions

at-home food & beverage inspiration suggestions

Culinary

Published 5/4/20

How to throw a virtual cocktail party: It's time to put some "social" into your social distancing. Thanks to the wonders of technology, we can still honor the ritual, even while adhering to social distancing rules. So get ready to raise a glass—we're bringing you everything you need to throw the most spectacular virtual cocktail party of 2020. Mix it up: 10 great Instagram pages for at-home cocktails. Cocktail culture has never been more relevant during this time of quarantine. If you’re stuck making the same uninspired gin and tonic, consider expanding your tipples repertoire by following these mixmasters for inspiration.Easy cocktail recipes for all your virtual happy hours. Now more than ever, most of us probably need a drink to get us through the hard times. Here are a few cocktail recipes that you can show off during your next virtual happy hour.These THREE ingredient (or less!) cocktails will be a hit for your next virtual happy hour. Now that you've eased into the practice …

The SYMPHONIA At Home

The SYMPHONIA At Home

Music

Published 5/4/20

Jeffrey Kaye, M.M., Artistic Director and Principal Trumpet, kicked off the informal series, performing his trumpet straight from his back porch, alongside his rescue dog, Gidget.  “Just because we're all hunkered down at home doesn't mean we can't enjoy a little live music from the professional musicians of The Symphonia,” said Annabel Russell, Executive Director. “This series will hopefully bring a little joy to those who view it, and frankly, we don’t know what to expect – we’re leaving the artistic creativity up to each musician, so this should be fun!”  Since The Symphonia's performance season was cut short due to mandatory closures, the group is hoping this initiative will help bring the music into classical music lovers' homes and showcase the people and personalities behind the instruments in this informal series.For more information, visit Symphonia's facebook page.

6th Annual Art & Soul goes virtual!

6th Annual Art & Soul goes virtual!

Visual Arts

Published 5/4/20

“Due to COVID-19, we’ve moved Art & Soul online. We felt it was imperative that we follow through in our support for artists in our community,” said Brian Kopelowitz, BFA Board Chair. “These artists are small businesses onto themselves. You can have an impact just by purchasing one or more valuable pieces and at the same time bring the magic of art into your home or office.”Art & Soul is just one of several ways BFA supports local artists while fostering cultural vitality, creative success and economic development. BFA continuously supports the local arts community and promotes local artists, cultural non-profits and diverse art-related projects. BFA annually hosts several events in addition to Art & Soul, including the free Arts Mean Business speaker series, Art in the Workplace, Art Curation and Art+Stroll. For more information, call to artists and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.bfabroward.org/programs/art-and-soul or contact Robyn Vegas at …

4th Annual Mango Fest Key West goes Virtual

4th Annual Mango Fest Key West goes Virtual

Festivals

Published 4/30/20

Step into Mango Fest Key West’s "MANGO MANIA VIRTUAL VENDOR VILLAGE" where visitors enter a world of Mangoes. Experience the mango festival through shopping, education and demonstrations including local market fare, chef & bartender videos, mango art contest, local's favorite recipes, family "mango walk" and more!This year's festival will benefit Key West Police Athletic League youth programs.The Key West Police Athletic League’s youth programs provide a safe place that encourages teamwork and strong self-esteem. Members of the Key West Police Department donate their time and effort to support youth educational and sporting programs.The festival begins June 22nd through June 28th! For more information, visit: mangofestkeywest.com.

Miami City Ballet Dance Lover Kit

Miami City Ballet Dance Lover Kit

Performing Arts

Published 4/24/20

MOVE WITH MCBMiami City Ballet invites you to join their livestream dance classes via @miamicityballet Instagram. These classes are a fun way to get your body moving, and cater for beginners to experienced dancers. Everybody is welcome!Ballet Basics with Jennifer Lauren, MCB PrincipalSaturdays at 10am, perfect for the whole familyBallet Stretch and Strengthen with Lauren Fadeley, MCB Principal SoloistMondays at 8:30am, a gentle mindful way to start the weekBallet Basics (In Spanish) with Katia Carranza, MCB PrincipalTuesdays at 11am, perfect for the whole familyIntermediate Ballet with Rainer Krenstetter, MCB PrincipalThursdays at 6pm, a challenge for more advanced dancersCOLORING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTSIf Hippolyta, the Firebird and Don Quixote were in self isolation, what would they do? They’d probably want to do some coloring. Miami City Ballet is offering coloring activity sheets, featuring some of your favorite characters from MCB ballets, are a fun activity for kids at …

Contemporary & Digital Art Fair's Happy Virtual Hour

Contemporary & Digital Art Fair's Happy Virtual Hour

Visual Arts

Published 4/24/20

The Contemporary & Digital Art Fair announced their second episode of the Happy Virtual Hour! They will be joined by special art guests and talk about the latest developments in the artTech space, chat with digital artists about their practice, and talk with art market professionals about current trends. They plan these events as short presentations followed by lively, interactive conversations between guests and the audience. The goal is to connect and be able to talk with the major global creative and business leaders in the field, network and have fun! Streaming on Friday May 1st at 12 p.m., the session will tackle the topic of "Collecting during the coronavirus pandemic". Tune in with Elena Zaccarelli, Specialist, Modern and Contemporary Art at Christie's in conversation with the collector Olimpia Rey Lopez. To RSVP, click here.CADAF Online takes place June 25- 28 and opens for VIP preview (by invitation only) on June 24th. The entrance is free of charge - RSVP to get …

Koubek Center presents new series ¡EN CASA!

Koubek Center presents new series ¡EN CASA!

Performing Arts

Published 4/24/20

Storytime, circus acts, private concerts, Afro-Cuban dance lessons, and lecture readings come to life online! Miami Dade College's Koubek Center is commited to the community it serves so the Center is continuously exploring new opportunities to provide fun, quality programming, straight into homes across Miami-Dade County. People of all ages can stay connected more than ever before thanks to these social media events taking place through June 2020.Whether you are working from home or on the frontlines, it’s important to make time for uplifting memories with the community and loved ones. With these events, families and individuals can learn and explore the history behind Afro-Cuban dancing, have a Storybook Picnic at home, attend a dramatic reading, or enjoy a mini-concert, all from the safety of your home. Let’s share the challenge, and let’s make the best of it together-- with the arts, and a neighbor from afar. Take a look at the incredibly fun, engaging events coming up …

Museum of Graffiti chats with ATOMIK and other events

Museum of Graffiti chats with ATOMIK and other events

Visual Arts

Published 4/23/20

The Museum of Graffiti returns to #WynAtHome, taking over Wynwood’s official Instagram (@WynwoodMiami) for a live Q+A session with the iconic local artist, ATOMIK. Best known for his grinning-orange graffiti signature, ATOMIK has given color to the streets of Miami for nearly 20 years.Other upcoming #WynAtHome performances and photos/videos for coverage:Thursday, April 23 at 7 PM: 1-800-Lucky will be hosting a Live DJ set.Friday, April 24 at 7 PM: Museum of Graffiti will be hosting a Live Q&A session with graffiti artist, ATOMIK.Saturday, April 25 at 8 PM: Racket will be hosting a Live DJ set featuring DJ Miner.Sunday, April 26 at 10 AM: SOL Yoga will be hosting a Live yoga session.Sunday, April 26 8 PM: El Patio returns with their weekly DJ set hosted by Mr. Pauer.For more information, visit museumofgraffiti.com.

Miami Film Festival Presents World Premiere of THEY CALL ME DR MIAMI

Miami Film Festival Presents World Premiere of THEY CALL ME DR MIAMI

Festivals

Published 4/20/20

The new premiere dates are April 25 and 26, as the Festival will now premiere the film on its own VimeoVOD channel for a 48-hour period, available worldwide. A Live Q & A session will take place on the Festival’s Instagram channel @miamifilm on Sunday, April 26, from 6 – 6:30 p.m. hosted by Festival programmer Lauren Cohen with Dr. Michael Salzhauer – a.k.a. Dr. Miami.“Life during Safer-At-Home orders presents us with a challenge to find creative new ways to achieve our mission of connecting art with audiences,” said Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante. “Our excitement to premiere Jean-Simon Chartier’s portrait of one of Miami’s most colorful and unique personalities has remained undiminished, and we are thrilled to be able to present the film and a live, interaction discussion with Dr. Miami via online platforms.”They Call Me Dr. Miami is a profile of the phenomenon that is Dr. Miami - the most famous surgeon in America. Millions of loyal followers from …

Museum at Home: Virtual Live Science Presentations

Museum at Home: Virtual Live Science Presentations

Education

Published 4/20/20

Their popular LIVE@Frost Science speaker series transformed into a new virtual offering which will be hosted every Wednesday at 2 p.m. This new weekly online event will be livestreamed via the museum’s Facebook page, and will feature museum experts and scientists on a variety of different compelling and relevant science topics.The webinars will also be posted on their YouTube channel following the event and will be archived on our Frost Science@Home platform.Little Steps to Make Big Changes for NatureWednesday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m.Featured Speaker: Shannon C. Jones, Conservation Programs Manager, Frost ScienceIn honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, join Frost Science as they discuss three of the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet, and what you can do from home to make a positive change. RSVP here.Eye of the StormWednesday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m.Featured Speaker: Angela Colbert, PhD, Knight VP of Education, Frost ScienceTravel around the world to explore …

Broward Center: From Our House to Yours.

Broward Center: From Our House to Yours.

Performing Arts

Published 4/20/20

CLASSES TO GO: Sing, Dance, Act, LearnBroward center invites you to join us for our new CLASSES TO GO featuring some of the amazing teaching artists who work with us all year-round. Broward Center's virtual classes range from drama to dance to improv and more and are great for families to enjoy together. See more here.MOVE WITH MIAMI CITY BALLETThe Miami City Ballet has earned a reputation not only for outstanding performances but engaging the community through dance. Now you can join enjoy their livestream dance classes at @miamicityballet Instagram, a great way to stretch your body and relax your mind with classes that cater to all levels. There are Ballet Basics, Intermediate Classes, and a Mindful Stretch class, all taught by the company’s principal dancers. Check out the full schedule and get ready to move. They’ve also curated a podcast series and created coloring activities for kids and adults, all perfect for dance lovers.COME SIT WITH US or TAKE A FRONT ROW SEATBroward …

Online Monologue Festival Part 2

Online Monologue Festival Part 2

Performing Arts

Published 4/20/20

Theatre Lab presents its second Online Original Monologue Festival from Monday, April 13 through Thursday, April 16. Theatre Lab is inviting the general public to again participate in online creative writing workshops and submit original pieces based on the theme for this next edition: “Heroes.” While looking for original stories and monologues to be performed, Theatre Lab is also adding a new component for this edition: two-person, three-page plays. Theatre Lab’s “Parts of A Story” and “Elements of A Monologue” workshop from the inaugural monologue festival remain on their Facebook page and can be watched at any time. Theatre Lab will also provide a brief “Scene Writing” workshop live on Facebook on Thursday, April 16 at 12:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in the process can tune in live and learn some tips for how to create compelling scenes and dialogue, which they can use to try their hand at a two-person, three-page …

Coalition of Arts Funders Launches Emergency Artist Relief Fund

Coalition of Arts Funders Launches Emergency Artist Relief Fund

Performing Arts

Published 4/10/20

Young Arts is working on two different programs to provide emergency support for working artists – Artist Relief and YoungArts Alumni Emergency Microgrants. Artist Relief, is an emergency, non-restricted $5,000 grant for individual professional artists to alleviate the financial hardships created by the current COVID-19 pandemic. With seed funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of $5 million, which matched $5 million provided by foundations nationwide, the fund launches today with $10 million in initial funding. Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, United States Artists, and National YoungArts Foundation helped launch Artist Relief.In addition to Artist Relief, YoungArts is launching an YoungArts Emergency Microgrant program to support YoungArts alumni who are experiencing loss of income due to the cancellation of scheduled professional engagements or unexpected expenses related to COVID-19 precautionary measures. …

MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

Performing Arts

Published 4/10/20

After working with the different jury members remotely, MFF were able to announce the Winners for all of the Competitions! Despite the craziness, they were able still honor filmmakers for their creativity, hard work, and dedication to the arts.When Liberty Burns, an incisive look at Miami’s infamous 1980 race riots in Liberty City stemming from the fatal police beating of Arthur McDuffie, directed by Dudley Alexis, has won the $30,000 Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award, the most anticipated prize of the 37th edition of Miami Dade College’s acclaimed Miami Film Festival. The Festival opened March 6 and closed prematurely on March 12, and after the Festival’s gala awards ceremony originally scheduled for March 14 was cancelled due to public health concerns, Festival awards are presented virtually today.Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight Made in MIA Award is for feature-length films of any genre that are shot and set in south Florida, made by …

Arts Garage announces new virtual arts series, From Our HeARTS to Your Homes

Arts Garage announces new virtual arts series, From Our HeARTS to Your Homes

Performing Arts

Published 4/10/20

"From Our HeARTS to Your Homes" will include live musical performances, arts education classes, poetry and comedy, featuring some amazing young performers, such as Matt Brown, Brandii Edwards, Indigo Dreams, and Valerie White. Viewers will also have access to exclusive interviews, blogs, and more.“This new series is our response to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused many businesses and arts institutions to temporarily close their doors, including Arts Garage,” says Waldo. “But we refuse to let this virus stop the music and art, which can be truly transformative, giving us joy and hope and helping to heal all that is broken. If ever there has been a time for healing, it’s right now.“Best of all—this series is FREE. No ticket purchase is necessary to enjoy it,” she adds. “Every artist has donated their time and talent working with Arts Garage to keep our patrons close and energized by the magic of the ARTs. This is our way to serve the …

Virtual Experiences suggested by Daisy

Virtual Experiences suggested by Daisy

Visual Arts

Published 4/10/20

5 free online MoMA courses to help you become an art expert in isolation.60 day free (trial subscription) – get unlimited access to thousands of online art & craft classes. Leica and Olympus are offering free virtual courses and talks for photographers. Click here.Free online events and activities for kids at home.You're a home-schooler now? Check out these free resources for activities kids will love.15 virtual games you can play over FaceTime.16 best virtual arts & culture tours.Virtual workout classes you can do at home for free.Get fit indoors with the best free online classes, free apps and challenges available for everyone now.Free entertainment to help you survive coronavirus social distancing.Free classical concerts you can listen to and watch online.The best free yoga classes online.Free tips and tools for remote working.Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

O, Miami!

O, Miami!

Performing Arts

Published 4/10/20

If you haven't heard about O, Miami, it's a nonprofit annual poetry festival. Their mission is for everyone to encounter poetry during the month of April.This is 2020's line-up:DIY Mobile Workshop with Dale ZineSaturday, April 11, 202011:00 AM 12:00 PMO, Miami invites you to make their own mobiles to brighten up their homes.Now That We're Friends Live!Saturday, April 11, 20203:05 PM 4:35 PMJoin Caroline, Anne, and Gale for an online episode of Now That We’re Friends.Hanif Abdurraqib + Adrian MatejkaSunday, April 12, 20203:05 PM 4:05 PMAn online reading with two Midwestern poetry legends.Franny Choi + William EvansMonday, April 13, 20208:00 PM 9:00 PMAn online reading with Franny Choi and William Evans.Children's Poetry Workshop with Gabrielle AlexisTuesday, April 14, 202011:00 AM 12:00 PMA workshop for kids.Surrealism Workshop for High School StudentsWednesday, April 15, 202011:00 AM 12:00 PMCome write poetry with Curtis Perdue.Juan Cárdenas + Lizzie DavisWednesday, April 15, …

Live Virtual Scholl Lecture Series: Jerry Saltz

Live Virtual Scholl Lecture Series: Jerry Saltz

Lectures/Classes

Published 4/7/20

Join the PAMM digitally April 9th for a lively conversation featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Jerry Saltz, moderated by PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. The conversation is inspired by the recent release of his book How to Be an Artist, described in Saltz’s own words as “33 rules to take you from clueless amateur to generational talent (or at least help you live life a little more creatively).” Use #MuseumFromHome to participate in a live conversation with former long-distance truck driver, self-proclaimed failed artist, and America’s most energetic art critic. Lecture series available via Facebook Live.Experience art and community through PAMM wherever you are. They are sharing their digital resources to bring YOUR museum to you. From at-home art-making activities to virtually guided tours of works on view, the faculty is hard at work creating content and new types of programming to meet you where you are. Visit PAMM online for the digital museum!

The South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund

The South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund

Performing Arts

Published 4/7/20

The purpose of the fund is to help theatre companies provide compensation to artists and other employees that have been laid off because shows and events were cancelled. “Many local artists as well as those who work behind the scenes in box offices, technician booths, and scene and costume shops have lost their main source of income as this pandemic has closed all theatres across our region,” said Andie Arthur, executive director of the South Florida Theatre League.The League is seeding the fund with money that was originally budgeted for their annual Soiree - a major networking event that normally happens right at the end of the annual Carbonell Awards. The application process will be for theatre companies only with the intent for them to pay laid off artists and other employees during this epidemic. The board of the League and executive director Andie Arthur are currently putting it together and will release it once there is a sizeable fund to allocate for this purpose.When …

Engage virtually with New City Players

Engage virtually with New City Players

Performing Arts

Published 4/7/20

Every night | 9pm On Instagram LiveUntil we all get through this pandemic and theaters have safely opened their doors, NCP is talking to a different theatre artist, singing songs, playing games, and getting wacky. This past week they sang duets, had a puppet show, played Pictionary, argued about Star Wars, and learned a new home workout. Join them every night!Friday, April 10th | 7pmJoin NCP during Autism Awareness month as we “shine a light on autism” and hear true stories from those impacted by autism spectrum disorder. Mark your calendar and plan to watch on Facebook Live or Zoom.Monday, April 13th | 7pmThis gathering of artists was a huge success last Monday, so NCP taking it to every other week. If you want to write a 1 to 10 minute play the prompt is, "Well that was embarrassing...". They will gather on Zoom, read the plays, and connect as artists. You are also free to just watch if you'd like! For more info and to register, click here.Donate to Artists in NeedThe South …

When whiskey met whisky

When whiskey met whisky

Culinary

Published 4/7/20

By: Daisy CabreraOn March 7, the finest whiskies from across the globe poured during the 6th annual Miami Whisk(e)y Mash (MWM) – set in Coconut Grove’s stunning Cruz Building. The packed house of attendees was equally packed with enticing spirits from Japan, India, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Taiwan, South Africa and several states across the U.S.Founder Frank Moreno said, “Whiskey is still the hottest spirit category in the world, and the Miami Whisk(e)y Mash is the perfect way to celebrate this beloved class of spirits. The craftsmanship, authenticity, and traditions that are associated with whiskey deserve their own focused event.” It’s no wonder that whiskey is known as ‘the water of life.’He explains the event, created for the curious novice or experienced aficionado, offers the exploration, education and enjoyment of whiskies. And, when Moreno launched MWM in 2015, whiskey was at unique spot in importance and hype in the spirits world. “That excitement has not …

SOBEWFF: a full belly, a flavorful time, a fantastic cause

SOBEWFF: a full belly, a flavorful time, a fantastic cause

Culinary

Published 4/7/20

By: Daisy CabreraWhile feasting and frolicking, SOBEWFF attendees also supported a good cause. Staying true to theme, "EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE." - all proceeds benefit Florida International University (FIU)’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. With founder Lee Brian Schrager at the helm, the festival has been enjoyed more than 65,000 guests every year while raising more than $30 million to date.  There were over 100 fabulous festivities to devour (including several priced under $100!) but let’s dig in some of the highlights!On Feb. 20, two Italian powerhouses - Giada De Laurentiis and Dario Cecchini hosted “Barilla's Italian Bites on the Beach” under the big tent pitched on the sandy beach. Attendees enjoyed a plentitude of authentic food specialties hailing from across Italy, including wines, cocktails, beers and more.De Laurentiis’ lengthy list of accomplishments includes, in short: world-famous celebrity chef and restauranteur, Emmy Award winning …

MIAMI NEW DRAMA'S MASTERMIND MASTER CLASS SERIES

MIAMI NEW DRAMA'S MASTERMIND MASTER CLASS SERIES

Performing Arts

Published 4/6/20

MasterMiND Class - WRITING (RSVP here)MONDAY, APRIL 6 3:00-5:00pmThe Political is Personal / The Specific is Universal: writing big events from a personal and specific place. Join Winter Miller for an in depth discussion about writing about seemingly big events--politics, war, disaster, and making them sing with your personal stamp. Why are YOU the one writing and telling this story--getting clear on that will allow you to proceed. Winter Miller is a founding member of the Obie-winning collective 13Playwrights. She is a proud affiliate of New Georges and The Lark, and is the NYC Dramatists Guild Rep. A graduate of Smith College with Latin honors, Winter holds a Masters in Playwriting from Columbia University. Winter has written more than 70 articles for The New York Times, plus New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, Variety, Huffington Post, The Village Voice, and Ms. Magazine.MasterMiND Class - WRITING (RSVP here)WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 …

Online Original Monologue Festival

Online Original Monologue Festival

Performing Arts

Published 4/6/20

In an effort to help local theatre artists affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the Theatre Lab launched the Online Original Monologue Festival March 29th.The festival featured original monologues and stories, written by community members and performed by South Florida actors and artists, all to support local artists.“The idea is to engage the community through acts of art in an effort to support South Florida’s performing artists who need help right now,” said Matt Stabile, Theatre Lab producing artistic director.Experience hope with South Florida’s actors and artists here. To support the South Florida Theatre League's Benefit Fund, visit: www.southfloridatheatre.org.

Relief Fund for artists for COVID-19

Relief Fund for artists for COVID-19

Visual Arts

Published 3/31/20

To help, Oolite Arts launched a Relief Fund for COVID-19, which offers up to $500 to cover lost income due to the novel Coronavirus. Founder Ellie Schneiderman saw Oolite Arts as a resource for visual artists, a place that would “help artists help themselves.” The fund is the latest expression of that mission. They are starting with $25,000 in seed funding, by repurposing funds saved from canceled Oolite Arts programming that they are now putting back into local artists and the economy.How to applyVisual artists who live in Miami-Dade County can now request funds to compensate for the cancellation of specific, scheduled employment (whether in the cultural sector or not) or a professional artistic opportunity, including commissions and exhibitions.The funding will be dispersed on a rolling basis, with applications accepted through April 16, 2020.Click here to apply.In addition, Oolite Arts has two grant opportunities for artists this spring.The Block: Applications are now being …

GMCVB Launches ‘MIAMI EATS’ Program to support Restaurant recovery.

GMCVB Launches ‘MIAMI EATS’ Program to support Restaurant recovery.

Culinary

Published 3/26/20

Miami Eats by the GMCVB was conceived to help restaurants inform patrons of their takeout and delivery offerings, and ultimately, stimulate business for locals’ beloved restaurants and most importantly – their owners, chefs and employees.With 270 restaurants listed and counting, Miami Eats by the GMCVB offers endless opportunities to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even wine, beer and cocktails, from Miami’s favorite restaurants. Some restaurants are new to dining out and some are offering affordable family meals, gourmet make-at-home meal kits, free desserts and special discounts, making this an opportunity for locals to satisfy palates while helping local businesses.“In this time of uncertainty, the GMCVB’s commitment to the safety and wellbeing of residents and the local hospitality industry remains steadfast,” said William D. Talbert III, C.D.M.E., President and CEO of the GMCVB. “We are committed to striking a balance between responsible promotion of the local …

New World Symphony offers digital music series

New World Symphony offers digital music series

Music

Published 3/25/20

THE NWS ARCHIVE+NWS will debut a web-based series called NWS Archive+. Michael Tilson Thomas will moderate discussions with NWS Fellows, alumni, guest artists and visiting faculty about recorded performances from our archives. Their personal reflections will offer unique insights into the streamed concerts. Performances will be available at www.nws.edu.NEW WORLD SYMPHONY FELLOWS: LIVE FROM OUR LIVING ROOMNWS Fellows will play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach. This series, titled New World Symphony Fellows: Live from our Living Room, will be broadcast via Facebook Live.MUSAICNWS's ground-breaking online archive allows visitors to explore, engage and excel with NWS performances, master classes, tutorials and town halls. MUSAIC can be found at musaic.nws.edu.EDUCATIONAL CONCERTSFor the past 10 years, the Fellows have prepared and performed a series of one-hour concerts for local school children. Preparatory materials are shared with schoolteachers who …

Miami New Drama's MasterMiND Master Class Series

Miami New Drama's MasterMiND Master Class Series

Education

Published 3/25/20

MasterMiND Class - WRITING (RSVP) On Thursday, March 26 From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., join playwright & TV writer, Aurin Squire, to discuss creating a new world. What does it take to make a story come to life?Aurin Squire is a playwright, reporter, and tv writer from South Florida. He is a New Dramatists resident playwright, as well as a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. In 2017, he won the Helen Merrill Prize for Emerging Writers and was nominated by the WGA for his TV work. His plays have been produced in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His play Fire Season was an Emerald Prize winner and received its world premiere at Seattle Public Theatre in January 2019. In TV, Squire was a staff writer on the CBS political comedy Brain Dead and story editor on the NBC drama This is Us. Currently, he is a co-producer on the CBS legal drama The Good Fight and Evil. He graduated from The Juilliard School and Northwestern …

Orchestra Miami's Virtual Concert Hal

Orchestra Miami's Virtual Concert Hal

Music

Published 3/25/20

To help you not lose your minds, Orchestra Miami is setting up a Virtual Concert Hall for all of you to enjoy! The rest of OM's 2019-20 programming is on pause until it is deemed safe for to gather again.Until then, experience OM's Virtual Concert Hall featuring the best of their past performances will be launching shortly. As this is being set up, OM encourages listeners to visit Paris by listening to Orchestra Miami perform Gershwin's "An American in Paris." You can also visit Orchestra Miami's YouTube channel for more performances!

PAMM online museum

PAMM online museum

Visual Arts

Published 3/25/20

Even though Pérez Art Museum Miami's doors are temporarily closed, PAMM continues to serve the community by staying “open” online. Their mission is to encourage everyone to see art as an incentive for genuine human interaction, communication, and exchange, is needed now more than ever.Experience art and community through PAMM wherever you are. They are sharing their digital resources to bring YOUR museum to you. From at-home art-making activities to virtually guided tours of works on view, the faculty is hard at work creating content and new types of programming to meet you where you are. Visit PAMM online for the digital museum!Join PAMM digitally for a live tour program - Local Views at PAMM - where select local artists will speak about a few works of art currently on view at the museum. This month, Cara Despain will lead the tour. Local Views at PAMM gives visitors a first-hand interaction with local artists by creating conversations centered around art and the creative …

JUNGLE ISLAND ANNOUNCES FREE VIRTUAL ONLINE LESSONS

JUNGLE ISLAND ANNOUNCES FREE VIRTUAL ONLINE LESSONS

Education

Published 3/24/20

To take part, visit the park’s Facebook or Instagram pages at 11 a.m. each weekday (Monday-Friday), and Jungle Island’s Education Manager Emma Guss will post cool photos and a weblink to where kiddos and parents can locate the lesson of the day. Look out for new themes every week, ranging from Everglades Exploration, Spread Your Wings, Primate Practices and more. Guss will lead the virtual learning exercises and has designated Tuesdays and Thursdays as “homework” days. “While schools are closed and kids are bored and stuck at home, they decided to bring some of Jungle Island’s fine-feathered, scaly and cuddly friends directly to the computers of our young fans,” says Guss, who has an environmental science teaching background. “Each assignment is full of surprises and is designed to keep kids’ busy for hours, while they discover fun facts about animals, protected national parks, and the crucial role they can play in conserving wildlife and endangered …

FLIFF Members Can See Free Movies

FLIFF Members Can See Free Movies

Performing Arts

Published 3/24/20

If you wish to renew or upgrade your membership or join up as a new member, you will get your password for the free movies and your membership will not expire until one year following our grand reopening which will be after the danger has passed. FLIFF will be celebrating their 35th Anniversary this year!Check www.fliff.com regularly for up to date information and membership benefits. To speed up your viewing pleasure if you are renewing, upgrading, or joining or any questions, call 954-292-2914.

The [Virtual] Bass is now open!

The [Virtual] Bass is now open!

Visual Arts

Published 3/20/20

Next week, join the Bass museum for "Art Camp From Home" as their team guides you through family projects in lieu of their Spring Art Camps. They are also bringing our educational resources online for free, featuring fun, at-home activities and lesson plans for all ages.Check out their daily 3:05 p.m. ‘Cafecito Break’ posts on Instagram or Facebook and be a part of the conversation - what you'd like to see more using #MuseumFromHome, by messaging their team and leaving comments.INSTAGRAM GALLERY | JOYOUS DYSTOPIA @THEBASSSQUAREDThe inaugural Instagram exhibition Joyous Dystopia remains on view via their virtual gallery @TheBassSquared. Launched in 2019 in an effort to make more digital art accessible online, the museum's curators are currently investigating new ways to activate the virtual gallery in the coming weeks as an extension of the exhibition programming. Click here to view the exhibition.VIRTUAL TOUR | UGO RONDINONE: GOOD EVENING BEAUTIFUL BLUETake a virtual tour of Ugo …

Stay Culturally Engaged at Home

Stay Culturally Engaged at Home

Performing Arts

Published 3/18/20

Now you can tour a museum from the comfort of your couch. Take a look at these virtual museum tours:British Museum, LondonGuggenheim Museum, New YorkNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.Musée d’Orsay, ParisNational Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, SeoulPergamon Museum, BerlinRijksmuseum, AmsterdamVan Gogh Museum, AmsterdamThe J. Paul Getty Museum, Los AngelesUffizi Gallery, FlorenceMASP, São PauloNational Museum of Anthropology, Mexico CityThe Lourve, ParisVizcaya Museum, MiamiIs Opera your thing? The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas for free at 7:30 p.m. EST and will be available to stream for 20 hours. Check it out:Thursday, March 19 — Verdi’s La TraviataConducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey. Transmitted live on December 15, 2018.Friday, March 20 — Donizetti’s La Fille du RégimentConducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. Transmitted live on April 26, …

REVIEW: ARSHT CENTER’S ‘HAMILTON’ LIVES UP TO ITS REPUTATION, IN EVERY WAY

REVIEW: ARSHT CENTER’S ‘HAMILTON’ LIVES UP TO ITS REPUTATION, IN EVERY WAY

Performing Arts

Published 2/22/20

This season, the “Hamilton” love continues unabated, albeit with a different touring company of the same show. Fresh from three weeks at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, the “Angelica” cast has begun a four-week run at Miami’s Arsht Center. The actors are different from the ones in the “Philip” cast who played Fort Lauderdale last season, and of course each brings his or her interpretive skill set to these now-famous roles.But as the silent attentiveness to specific moments and the appreciative roars at the end of multiple numbers so clearly demonstrate, the play (or musical, in this case) is resoundingly the thing. Everyone from diehard “Hamilfans” to first-timers in the audience is there to experience the groundbreaking vision of Miranda and his creative collaborators.From its sold-out debut at New York’s Public Theater in 2015, “Hamilton” has been a piece of wildly inventive yet carefully crafted theater and a cultural phenomenon.MacArthur “genius” …

March of Museums

March of Museums

Visual Arts

Published 2/22/20

Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee and the Florida Department of State announced the fourth annual “March of Museums” celebrating the variety and versatility of museums in Florida and the important services those museums provide to their communities.In 2017, the department piloted the March of Museums initiative with museums in Tallahassee, and in 2018 expanded to include 75 partner museums statewide. This year the initiative includes over 150 partner museums throughout Florida that showcase the vast and diverse array of museums that populate the Sunshine State.“The March of Museums initiative is a great platform for communities to foster heritage and cultural tourism to their local museums during the month of March,” said Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee. “As Florida’s Chief Cultural Officer, I’m proud to see that the variety of museums participating in this year’s initiative ensures anyone who lives in or visits Florida can find a museum nearby that encourages …

FUNDING ARTS BROWARD (FAB!) SPRING LUNCHEON

FUNDING ARTS BROWARD (FAB!) SPRING LUNCHEON

Lectures/Classes

Published 2/22/20

We are looking forward to Funding Arts Broward's (FAB!) Spring Luncheon and Annual Meeting! FAB! is a a nonprofit volunteer-based arts organization committed to supporting, sustaining and enriching the arts in Broward County.Join the fun on Tuesday, March 10, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom. The luncheon will feature special guest speaker Lourdes Lopez, artistic director of Miami City Ballet. A Q & A with the company’s dancers will follow the presentation.“FAB! is thrilled to host the immeasurably talented Lourdes Lopez and the versatile Miami City Ballet dancers during our Spring Luncheon,” said Carolyn Lee, president of FAB!. “Lourdes’ multicultural vision, creativity and commitment to the art form has raised the standard for dance, nationwide. We invite the community to learn more about how the Miami City Ballet is redefining the art form.”  Lourdes Lopez was recently named one of …

The Arsht Center announces 2020/2021 season!

The Arsht Center announces 2020/2021 season!

Performing Arts

Published 2/22/20

Reach for your calendars, people! The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade Count announced its 15th season of showcasing Broadway’s greatest hits in the Ziff Ballet Opera House with a six-show subscription package that is power-packed with musical blockbusters.The 2020/2021 Broadway in Miami season opens with the anticipated South Florida premiere of the Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award® ® for Best Musical Theater Album, HADESTOWN.Three additional 2020 / 2021 Broadway in Miami premieres include Tony and Grammy Award-winning DEAR EVAN HANSEN (March 30 – April 4, 2021), ANASTASIA (May 18 – 23, 2021) and THE CHER SHOW (June 22 – 27, 2021). Plus, HAIRSPRAY kicks off 2021 (January 5 – 10, 2021), and back by popular demand, WICKED (February 17 – March 7, 2021), returns for a three-week run.“We have a must-see combination of blockbusters lined up for the Arsht Center’s 2020/2021 Broadway in Miami …

The Studios of Key West Celebrates the Legacy of Artist Mario Sanchez

The Studios of Key West Celebrates the Legacy of Artist Mario Sanchez

Visual Arts

Published 2/21/20

In March, The Studios of Key West celebrates Sanchez’s legacy as seen through the work of Keys’ artists with an exhibition entitled “Living Traditions: The School of Mario Sanchez.” The public is invited to an opening reception during the “First Thursday” event on March 5th from 6-8pm at The Studios.With his colorful and highly detailed wood carvings depicting scenes of old Key West, Mario Sanchez (1909-2005) is not only one of Florida’s cultural treasures, he also passed down a tradition that lives on today.Wayne Garcia is one Key West artist who has been deeply inspired by Sanchez’s work. “This type of art is pretty unique to this island,” says Garcia, “Not only the intaglio, but how we used the images as a way to show our history.”It was the early 80s, and Garcia was helping his father with a carpentry job when he first saw Mario Sanchez working on a piece of art in his yard in Old Town. Fascinated by the process, Garcia was soon creating his own Key West …

RISING STARS - An Evening of Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts

RISING STARS - An Evening of Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts

Performing Arts

Published 2/21/20

The Rising Stars Exhibition, The Condition of Being Oneself, kicks off the showcase featuring a wide range of artwork created by the college and high school students of the prestigious New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami. The themes of this show are the self, the uniqueness of every person, and the viewpoint of the artist. In approaching their work for this exhibition, visual arts students will focus on something that they bring to their work that is particular to themselves, or the way in which they see the world. Whether it is a painting, a sculpture, a photograph, a film or a design, it is the artist’s singular vision and being that serves as inspiration to make the work unique.Just blocks away, at the historic Olympia Theater, NWSA continues an evening of artistic showings with excerpts of renowned works in dance, music and theater that will capture the artistic heart and soul of the audience. Presenting an excerpt from Paul Taylor’s dynamic masterpiece work, Cloven …

Life as a Professional Performer

Life as a Professional Performer

Performing Arts

Published 2/21/20

Besides talent, what other attributes are necessary to become a successful professional performer? Persistence, desire, and resilience are all essential. Dancer/performers need to be able to work effectively with others under stressful circumstances. They need to be reliable, responsive, and to be able to communicate effectively. There is an intangible and intuitive quality, which is the ability to interact and to collaborate with choreographers in a way that serves the choreographers’ vision and aesthetic. Passion.This varies somewhat from dancer to dancer, and from dance company to dance company. In concert dance, most companies hold company classes daily or several times per week, followed by daily rehearsals, in what amounts to approximately a 7- to 8-hour day and a 35-40-hour work week. Many dancers work with a variety of choreographers, so have a more varied schedule but one, which probably amounts to the same amount of time. Professional dancers …

FOODIE DIARIES: Raise a glass to the iconic  wine expert, James Suckling!

FOODIE DIARIES: Raise a glass to the iconic wine expert, James Suckling!

Culinary

Published 2/21/20

“This is a very special event for me as it is the first of its kind in North America following numerous successful events in Asia over the years that attracted thousands of keen wine lovers, wine trade members and hundreds of the best wineries in the world,” said James Suckling. “It’s never been a better time to drink wine in the United States with fabulous bottles being produced in all major wine countries.”Droves of wine lovers sipped and savored the world’s finest wines, mingled in person with Suckling, were gifted an exclusive crystal James Suckling x Lalique glass, and chatted with winemakers and sommeliers to learn more above their vintages. The wine expert, who has been using the 100-point scale system for decades, considers wines rated 90 points or more to be “outstanding.” The best part? Much to the delight of attending wine aficionados, all wines on hand scored 90-100 points with a majority scoring 95+!Wine producers were front and center pouring unlimited …

Super Bowl of Piano

Super Bowl of Piano

Music

Published 2/12/20

The Chopin Foundation of the United States is thrilled to present the 10th National Chopin Piano Competition in Miami. This city has been the home of the National Competition since 1975. Holding the event in a diverse cultural city like Miami attracts visitors from outside the region, as well as an enthusiastic local audience.Barbara E. Muze, the Chopin Foundation’s Executive Director, said, “America’s biggest celebration of the music of Chopin is coming to Miami this February and we are excited to welcome 26 of the country’s top young classical artists to the National Chopin Piano Competition for what some are calling the ‘Super Bowl of Piano.’ And like at the Big Game, the pianists are competing for top prizes and other important awards - like who will be the Competition’s most valuable Mazurka player,” Muze said with a smile. “As we have since 1975, we look forward to welcoming everyone to join us for the Competition where there are numerous chances for local …

SERAPHIC FIRE’S ENLIGHTENMENT FESTIVAL TO FOCUS ON HAYDN, BACH AND HANDEL

SERAPHIC FIRE’S ENLIGHTENMENT FESTIVAL TO FOCUS ON HAYDN, BACH AND HANDEL

Music

Published 2/12/20

But with its inaugural Enlightenment Festival, the ensemble drastically narrows its focus. From Feb. 12-23 in various locations throughout South Florida and Naples, Seraphic Fire will perform notable works by 18th-century masters Haydn, Bach and Handel“This festival has been a long time coming for our organization,” says Patrick Dupre Quigley, conductor and artistic director of Seraphic Fire, which he founded in 2002. “In many ways, the forces that we put together are very much ideal for the music of the late Baroque and early Classical period.”Quigley and Seraphic Fire have been eager for some time to concentrate on these three composers.“We try to present a very varied season throughout the year. But we were trying to figure out a way to be able to perform more of the music of Bach, Haydn and Handel and their contemporaries, while not having to change our season format, so that we were solely an 18th-century presenting organization,” he said.“The idea of the festival is …

A culinary celebration of all things Pan-Asian

A culinary celebration of all things Pan-Asian

Culinary

Published 2/12/20

By Daisy CabreraLOVE IS IN THE AIR, AND WE HAVE FALLEN HEAD OVER HEELS FOR JAYA! LOCATED IN THE SETAI – AWARDED FIVE STARS BY FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE, AND NAMED #1 MIAMI-BASED RESORT HOTEL BY TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE – THIS IS WHERE YOU’LL FIND AN INTERNATIONAL WHIRLWIND OF BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED, CULTURAL STAPLES HAILING FROM ACROSS CHINA, INDIA, JAPAN, KOREA, THAILAND, AND VIETNAM. JAYA’S ROMANTIC DINING EXPERIENCE IS THE DESTINATION FOR INDULGING IN ELEVATED TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEAST ASIAN DISHES – EACH MORE IMPRESSIVE THAN THE LAST.“Jaya was inspired by the historical silk and ancient spice trading routes and is a celebration of culinary diversity featuring regional specialties from both Southeast and Northern Asian cultures,” said Executive Chef Vijayudu Veena. “Our menu artfully showcases regionally-specific dishes with a bountiful and authentic flair.”  A perfect trifecta in upscale excellence, Jaya’s ambiance, service and cuisine are …

Bold, innovative, woman-founded theatre company that has championed creative experimentation, diversity, equity, and inclusion turns 10 in 2020

Bold, innovative, woman-founded theatre company that has championed creative experimentation, diversity, equity, and inclusion turns 10 in 2020

Performing Arts

Published 2/6/20

In keeping with TCT’s mission, in conjunction with the League of Professional Theatre Women’s “50/50 in 2020 Initiative,” TCT has championed gender parity in programming since its inception. TCT’s programming history—30 full-length productions—includes 16 plays by women, 12 plays by men, and 2 plays by transgender playwrights. TCT’s 10th Anniversary Season features 2 male playwrights (Beckett, Wilde) and 3 female playwrights (Fornes, Mueller, Morgan).  “Gender parity in season play selection has not just been on the list of TCT’s priorities since its founding in 2010,” says Founding Artistic Director Nicole Stodard, “it has been at the very top of TCT’s priority list.” Study after study has shown that gender parity and diversity in American theatre programming remain glaring issues. Anyone interested in learning more should consult the Dramatist Guild’s most recent statistical findings, “The Count 2.0”; according to this, …

Immersive Theatre Puts Everyone in the Front Row

Immersive Theatre Puts Everyone in the Front Row

Performing Arts

Published 2/6/20

Immersive productions leaves a much larger personal imprint because there are no stages and audiences can become totally immersed in the performance itself. Audience participants can choose to be masked or unmasked, and stand within a few feet of the actors. Oftentimes, in immersive shows, a single performer will pair off with a single theatregoer for an encounter. It can be a performance for an audience of one, or the theatregoer can volunteer as a character in a plot.Many times immersive theatre productions are held at site-specific locations to enable audiences to talk to the actors and interact with the surroundings. These types of productions are really far from new. In fact, in the Middle Ages most theatre presentations were site specific, immersive, and participatory.South Florida has seen the Juggerknot Theatre Company expand Miami Motel Stories into Wynwood, the multi-media Medea at MDCLiveArts and the unique and wildly popular Amparo Experience. The long popularity of …

Community vs Professional Theatre

Community vs Professional Theatre

Performing Arts

Published 2/6/20

By Larry SchwingelThe subject of community theatre versus professional theatre can stir a debate about understanding the differences, but the bottom line is that professionals get paid and amateurs do not. Earnings, skill levels and formal training are all factors in the success of professional theater. Community theatre is at a disadvantage in these areas, but it feeds into the community spirit and brings awareness to the artistic sensibilities of everyone that participates.Community TheatreCommunity theatre is comprised of a cast of volunteer actors, set designers, and crewmembers that “work” for their love of theater and stage. Collectively, they bring a unique, fresh approach. Often times, the productions are of high quality—a compliment to their passion and unbridled enthusiasm. This is the heart and foundation of community theatre. South Florida is unusual because of the intermingling in professional and granting organizations. Almost all theatres in the …

REVIEW: ‘ORDINARY AMERICANS’ IS AN IMPACTFUL CAUTIONARY TALE AS RELEVANT TODAY AS IN THE ’50S

REVIEW: ‘ORDINARY AMERICANS’ IS AN IMPACTFUL CAUTIONARY TALE AS RELEVANT TODAY AS IN THE ’50S

Performing Arts

Published 1/24/20

Commissioned by Palm Beach Dramaworks, Joseph McDonough’s play about pioneering television titan Gertrude Berg had a highly successful five-week run at the West Palm Beach theater before making the move to GableStage, where it runs through Feb. 16. The companies collaborated on the world premiere, but with the exception of one cast change, the production that Coral Gables audiences will see in GableStage’s more intimate space at the Biltmore Hotel is essentially the same one that became an in-demand Dramaworks show from the time it was announced.The idea for a play about the creator, writer and star of the 1949-57 TV series “The Goldbergs” came from Carbonell Award-winning actor Elizabeth Dimon, who portrays Gertrude “Tillie” Berg in “Ordinary Americans.”Dimon and castmates David Kwiat, Rob Donohoe and Tom Wahl have finely honed their moving performances through the play’s earlier run. At GableStage, they’re joined by Patti Gardner, who brings her own take to a role …

MIAMI NEW DRAMA’S ‘THE CUBANS’ IS ALL ABOUT FAMILY

MIAMI NEW DRAMA’S ‘THE CUBANS’ IS ALL ABOUT FAMILY

Performing Arts

Published 1/24/20

Leon also has been an admirer of complex family plays, but he’s felt that diverse voices are too often missing.“I got tired of going to the theater and not seeing myself and my family represented. We deserve more. I felt compelled to start creating something, not for me but for my community,” he says.This week, after four years of writing and readings and rewrites, Leon’s creative response to what he felt was missing will get its world premiere when Miami New Drama opens “The Cubans” at the Colony Theatre on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road.Company co-founder and artistic director Michel Hausmann credits Erik J. Rodriguez, Miami New Drama’s director of new work, with championing Leon’s play.“Erik insisted I should consider it further and organized a reading,” Hausmann says. “I love that Michael is exploring his generation, his community. It’s his Miami play. There is a lot to explore in the Cuban-American experience … lo bonito, lo feo (the pretty, the ugly) … …

WET PAINT MIAMI

WET PAINT MIAMI

Visual Arts

Published 1/24/20

The exhibition marks the first presentation of WET PAINT in Miami, following shows in Philadelphia, Tokyo, New York, and Shanghai. Comprising Persue’s signature “Wet Paint” signs with stylized hand tags and designs by over 70 graffiti artists, the show will also feature large-scale installation and sculptures showcasing BunnyKitty, a character he created that has become a symbol of his own style and personal experiences. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum of Graffiti will release a limited-edition WET PAINT MIAMI apparel capsule collection themed for the city and Super Bowl LIV which takes place concurrently. The family-friendly exhibition presents two groups of work which will be on view from February 1st through April 1st, 2020.In the first group, WET PAINT MIAMI, Persue (and his collaborators) utilize the iconic sign as a canvas, and studies their interaction with the artwork they apply. Through the process, each Wet Paint sign is transformed into a collectible …

Boca Bacchanal 2020 IS BACK!

Boca Bacchanal 2020 IS BACK!

Culinary

Published 1/15/20

BB 2020 is expected to draw over 1600 residents and visitors from throughout South Florida. The theme of this year's Grand Tasting will be Wine Country. Bacchanal 2020 will bring together world-class chefs from all over the United States, distinguished vintners from all over the world, and a host of enticing interactive experiences.Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy scrumptious food and refreshing libations, while supporting an extremely worthy cause. The funds that are raised will go towards the BRHS&M's heritage education programs for adults and children. Last year's Boca Bacchanal was a resounding success and raised over $225,000.Since its inception in 2003, the Boca Bacchanal has supported the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.100 percent of the proceeds will fund innovative and diverse heritage education programs for residents, students, and visitors. These programs are now serving upwards of 1200 schoolchildren each year with impactful experiences in historic …

ZOETIC STAGE’S ‘AMERICAN SON’ REPRESENTS S. FLORIDA THEATER AT ITS FINEST

ZOETIC STAGE’S ‘AMERICAN SON’ REPRESENTS S. FLORIDA THEATER AT ITS FINEST

Performing Arts

Published 1/15/20

Demos-Brown’s finest play to date was created in Miami and is set here, though its world premiere was in 2016 in Massachusetts, followed by a high-profile Broadway run in 2018 and a Netflix debut in 2019.But those who take in the new Zoetic Stage production of “American Son” at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts – and anyone who loves intensely engaging theater should seek it out – will understand that the wait for the play’s homecoming was worth it.The work on the stage at the Arsht’s Carnival Studio Theater represents South Florida theater at its finest.Demos-Brown, a lawyer/playwright whose excellent work has made him a key part of the region’s growing playwriting scene, and Zoetic Artistic Director Stuart Meltzer, who has staged four Demos-Brown world premieres, are superb creative collaborators.Actors Karen Stephens, Clive Cholerton, Ryan Didato (all of whom worked on developmental readings of the play) and Zoetic newcomer James Samuel Randolph …

MIAMI TRUMPETER BRIAN LYNCH UP FOR TWO GRAMMYS

MIAMI TRUMPETER BRIAN LYNCH UP FOR TWO GRAMMYS

Music

Published 1/15/20

South Florida has a hometown hero to root for when the Grammys are awarded on Jan 26. The latest work by trumpeter, composer and educator Brian Lynch – “The Omni-American Book Club: My Journey Through Literature in Music” – has received a couple of nominations.The big band project is under consideration for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album,” and one of the nine songs written for it by Lynch, “Crucible for Crisis,” is a contender for “Best Instrumental Composition.”This isn’t the first Grammy experience for Lynch, who serves as studio instructor of jazz trumpet at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. He has now been nominated five times and won once: in 2007, when “Simpatico,” by the Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project, was named “Best Latin Jazz Album.”Lynch recognizes that what he plays may go by different names, such as jazz or salsa or rhumba or funk, but he understands it as Afro-diasporic.“To me, it’s all the same music,” he said. …

FOODIE DIARIES: La Placita

FOODIE DIARIES: La Placita

Culinary

Published 1/8/20

By Daisy CabreraAt first glance, you’re drawn to La Placita’s enormous mural by Puerto Rican artist Héctor Collazo – the island’s flag covering the corner building’s façade. The eatery’s décor and walls burst with bright colors, lush tropical plants take up every corner of the space, an adorable onsite marketplace sells everything from coffee and canned ham to rice and cookies, festive tunes by Marc Anthony and Héctor Lavoe fill the air with vibrant music, and you’ll even hear the tunes of a symbolic coquí (Puerto Rico’s native tiny frogs) in the bathrooms.Co-owned by Executive Chef José Mendín and big screen, theater and TV actor Julián Gil, a trip to this MiMo District gem feels like a trip to Puerto Rico minus the airfare. Mendín is a culinary maestro (and five-time James Beard Award semifinalist) who moved to Miami from Puerto Rico over two decades ago. The well-known Gil was born in Argentina and raised in Puerto Rico.Mendín described the beloved …

Symphony of the Americas Society Roaring 20’s Extravaganza

Symphony of the Americas Society Roaring 20’s Extravaganza

Music

Published 1/8/20

The Society’s first fund-raiser of the new year is a looking-ahead/looking-back celebration with live music, dancing, cocktails, craft beer brewed on-site and food tastings of the Sistrunk Marketplace – all with a creative, nostalgic Roaring 20’s feel. The event will take place at the newly-opened Speakeasy at Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23rd.“As we welcome 2020, it was a natural to harken back to the magical time that was the Roaring 20’s a century ago as we kick off our fund-raising for the new year,” said Nancy Voneida, Society board chairman. “The evening promises to be a wonderful time to see familiar faces and say hello to new ones in a truly festive atmosphere. Society members and non-members are all welcome to attend. Dress for the 1920’s or 2020, your choice.”Cost is $100 per person. To RSVP, contact Lee Washington at 954-612-8633 or via leewashingtonsota@gmail.com. 

2020 YOUNGARTS AWARDS

2020 YOUNGARTS AWARDS

Performing Arts

Published 1/8/20

Each evening, audiences can experience the work of the next generation of artists through performances in Voice, Jazz, Theater, Dance and Classical Music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a Design, Photography and Visual Arts exhibition in the YoungArts Gallery. With 21 Presidential Scholars in the Arts since 1989, and 89 YoungArts Finalists / 346 YoungArts Winners since 2002, New World School of the Arts students continue to leave their artistic mark in our community. Among the 171 YoungArts Finalists selected this year are seven NWSA students joining the ranks in their respective artistic fields and selected by an esteemed discipline-specific panel of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. In addition, NWSA students received three YoungArts Honorable Mentions and nine Merit Awards for a grand total 19 awards.New World School of the Arts 2020YoungArts FINALISTS:Dance: Rush Carson, …

THE FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 28 YEARS

THE FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 28 YEARS

Festivals

Published 1/8/20

For the fifth year in a row, the timeless Florida Renaissance Festival will offer seven jam-packed themed weekends to ring in its 28th season. This year, the celebration kicks off with a return to the English Monarchy and Henry VIII is back! Prepare for a greeting by jesters, jugglers, and jousting knights upon entering the gates, and sweet melodies can be heard from every corner of the kingdom. It’s a full day of entertainment where the entire family can marvel at fan favorite acts and performances that include immersive and interactive, real audience-participation scenarios. Join in on the fun with human powered rides, artisan craft shops and enough food & drink for a royal family feast!One of the nation’s most beloved events, with over 100,000 annual attendees and more than two million people having participated over the festival’s tenure, the Florida Renaissance Festival has devoted 28 years to capturing the essence of the Renaissance through entertainment and living …

‘MACBETH’ TAKES A MURDEROUS QUEST FOR POWER TO 4 MIAMI-DADE LOCATIONS

‘MACBETH’ TAKES A MURDEROUS QUEST FOR POWER TO 4 MIAMI-DADE LOCATIONS

Performing Arts

Published 1/8/20

In August, Trucks played the ruthlessly pragmatic Scottish king in an intimate New City Players production at The Vanguard in Fort Lauderdale. Now, throughout January, the accomplished actor is going bigger, of necessity: He’ll play Macbeth, the once-valiant general who murders his way onto the throne, at four outdoor locations in Miami-Dade County, the smallest of which seats 550 people.“Playing him twice has given me an increased familiarity with the role, allowing for intimate finetuning and detail work,” Trucks acknowledges via email, adding, “but the change in space requires a larger, more performative approach, which has been an interesting tightrope to walk.”Trucks is working on his second “Macbeth” in six months with Florida Shakespeare Theater’s founding producing artistic director, Colleen Stovall. The company will take the play, which Stovall has placed in the early 12th century, to the North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach on Jan. 3-5, the Downtown Doral Park …

MIAMI JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH ‘SAUL & RUBY’ WORLD PREMIERE ABOUT HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS’ BAND

MIAMI JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH ‘SAUL & RUBY’ WORLD PREMIERE ABOUT HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS’ BAND

Festivals

Published 1/8/20

“I follow people for years, however long it takes for the story to present itself,” Lending said.At the heart of his latest – “Saul & Ruby, To Life!” – are two Holocaust survivors, Saul Dreier, 94, of Coconut Creek and Reuwen “Ruby” Sosnowicz, 90, of Delray Beach, and their Holocaust Survivor Band.The documentary will open the Miami Jewish Film Festival on Jan. 9 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. The festival will run through Jan. 23 at 14 venues throughout Miami-Dade County, and feature more than 100 films from 25 countries.“Even though I’m Jewish, I’ve never done a Jewish-themed story,” said Lending, 60, a native of Chicago. “I always wondered if I would ever make a film that had a connection to my own background and history.”He never could’ve imagined where their story would take him.At first, the film delved into their pasts in Poland and how Dreier found out about Sosnowicz when he wanted to form a Holocaust survivor klezmer band in …

MIAMI CITY BALLET BRINGING ‘I’M OLD-FASHIONED’ TO SOUTH FLORIDA

MIAMI CITY BALLET BRINGING ‘I’M OLD-FASHIONED’ TO SOUTH FLORIDA

Performing Arts

Published 1/8/20

The show starts Jan. 10 at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, before moving first to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach then to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.Four ballets include the return of Alexei Ratmansky’s large-scale “Symphonic Dances” and, prominently, the troupe’s first staging of “I’m Old-Fashioned,” for which choreographer Jerome Robbins mined a quintessential film duet featuring master of the dance floor Fred Astaire and his equal in enchantment, Rita Hayworth. Thus, under three minutes of dancing in a scene from the 1942 musical, “You Were Never Lovelier,” gave rise to more than a half-hour of choreographic exploration by Robbins, earning multiple curtain calls at its New York City Ballet premiere in 1983.“This is truly special in that it involves another medium for visual impact,” says Aaron Hilton, who will dance one of the leads in “I’m Old-Fashioned.” He …

A world of Italian food and wine under one roof? Mamma mia!

A world of Italian food and wine under one roof? Mamma mia!

Culinary

Published 1/2/20

By Daisy CabreraThe great Federico Fellini once said, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” And, may we add Italian wine? This enchanting affair, which offered mouth-watering samplings of traditional and modern cuisine, went beyond the palate. It was a love letter to Italy, and a bona fide cultural representation of the country’s heart and soul.IACCSE’s Executive Director Nevio Boccanera said, “The Italian culture holds hundreds of years of tradition in creating specialty products that cannot be reproduced abroad – that is because of the strong tie between Italian products and their territory of origin. This includes environmental and climate factors, as well as the artisan tradition of food and wine producers.”Considered the chamber’s biggest event, it took place during the ‘Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World’ coordinated in the Southeast by the Consulate Generalof Italy. Boccanera shared the food and beverage industry is very significant for Italian …

Art Basel 2019:  Bigger, Bolder, and Better Than Ever

Art Basel 2019: Bigger, Bolder, and Better Than Ever

Expo/Fair

Published 12/30/19

By Daisy CabreraThis year’s fair brought together returning galleries who know this is the hottest art ticket in the nation, and welcomed first-time participants who witnessed the incredible event firsthand. About 270 leading exhibitors showcased a range of limitless works dating back to the early 20th century Modern art to the present day.Sean Kelly, Founder of Sean Kelly Gallery in NY said, “We have participated in Art Basel in Miami Beach since day one, and the fair has always stood out to us as the preeminent platform in the United States for engaging with American and international museums…”“This was our first year exhibiting as a solo gallery and the response has been incredibly positive. In addition to steady sales, we were able to introduce new collectors to our unique program. The platform that Art Basel Miami Beach gives us to elevate our artists is unmatched,” stated Tina Kim of NY’s Tina Kim Gallery.We began the journey by exploring the newly introduced …

Key West Food & Wine Festival

Key West Food & Wine Festival

Festivals

Published 12/30/19

By Laura RichardsonThe events on tap for the weekend range from the lavish (a kick-off party on the USCGC Ingham) to the unconventional (the Turtles and Sharks and Mermaids “Oh My” Grand Tasting at the Key West Aquarium). With a theme highlighting culinary decadence and environmental preservation, the festival aims to relish in the ocean’s culinary delights while collaborating with organizations (like Mote Marine, Surf Rider of the Florida Keys, and Reef Relief) dedicated to protecting our planet. This collaboration allows the Key West Food & Wine Festival to celebrate Key West’s rich culinary culture while raising awareness of the importance of marine wildlife preservation.A longtime believer in Key West’s potential as a top destination for food and wine lovers, Certonio is adamant that a town once synonymous with frozen daiquiris and fried conch fritters is fast undergoing a culinary metamorphosis. “I believe we are turning the corner to be a premier food …

THE MIAMI SHOW

THE MIAMI SHOW

Expo/Fair

Published 12/30/19

Featuring some of the best Art, Antique, Jewelry, Contemporary Art and Design exhibitors from around the world, guests will have the opportunity to view a range of offerings from over 60 exhibitors including fabulous antiques, luxury home décor, and garden displays. The four-day event is sure to become the ultimate destination for new and ardent antique collectors and those seeking design inspiration.This exciting event will feature illustrious domestic & international dealers showcasing a curated selection of furniture, art, sculpture, and objects alongside jewelry, textiles, horticulture, glass, silver, ceramics and more. We knew the show timing was perfect for savvy Miamians, collectors, and homeowners from South Florida and further afield, including travelers from around the U.S, South America, Europe, and Canada, looking for inspiration and exceptional works of art and antiquity.  The Miami Show will be filled with one-of-a-kind treasure that can only …

Seraphic Fire to croon Christmas songs, old and new

Seraphic Fire to croon Christmas songs, old and new

Music

Published 12/17/19

Feeling a bit like Linus, in the classic TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” who rebels against the crass commercialization of the holiday? Unplug, take a step back and return to the solemn, joyful, soothing, true roots of Christmas by enjoying the lovely, soul-enriching sounds of Seraphic Fire, the South Florida a cappella vocal group that puts on a holiday concert every year.But be warned: This is not a show for fans of the novelty song, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Rather, it’s an intimate, candlelit tour through traditional Christmas music, both ancient and contemporary, performed by 13 singers with no instrumental backing whatsoever.“The whole point is for time to stand still for a second,” says James K. Bass, who will conduct “A Seraphic Fire Christmas” on Dec. 22 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay. “Concertgoers come and tell us afterward that just sitting in the low light and hearing the incredible voices of Seraphic Fire …

Miami Art Week Events Open to the Public

Miami Art Week Events Open to the Public

Visual Arts

Published 12/3/19

MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT12/7: A NIGHT OF ART, DRINKS AND FESTIVITY WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTIST KAI AT MARKOWICZ FINE ARTGlobal artist Kai, known for his single-frame storytelling and unrivaled use of cement, will present never-before-seen and existing art pieces at Markowicz Fine Art. All of the pieces will feature Kai’s popular Imaginary Friend (IF) character. Meet-and-greet the artist, grab a cocktail, enjoy Kai’s IF tattoo station, and shop from his limited-edition adidas merchandise on Saturday, December 7th from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Markowicz Fine Art. To RSVP, please visit Eventbrite. MIAMI BEACH 12/4-8: RICHARD ORLINSKI POP-UP AT MONDRIAN SOUTH BEACH From the Miami Design District to Miami Beach, world-renowned French sculptor Richard Orlinski will be taking over every art hub in the city with his breathtaking wildlife pieces. In partnership with Markowicz Fine Art, Orlinski will be exhibiting sculptures from his “Born Wild” collection at the Mondrian South …

Mana  Contemporary transforms Wynwood with 300,000 feet of murals

Mana Contemporary transforms Wynwood with 300,000 feet of murals

Visual Arts

Published 12/3/19

Mana Contemporary announces a transformation of their Wynwood campus into a hub for urban arts in collaboration with Superchief Gallery, Bushwick Collective, and Ron English. Mana introduces over 300,000 feet of murals during Miami Art Week, forming one of the largest urban arts projects in the United States.Situated within Mana Contemporary’s 35 acre complex, over 50 artists will unveil large-scale projects, new & iconic murals by Caratoes, Ron English, Entes, Shepard Fairey, HOXXOH, Atomik, Hugo Gyrl, Saturno, Sickid, James Jirat Patradoon, Aholsnifsglue, Abstrk, Upperhand Art, Lauren YS, Tofu, Woes and more.The announcement includes the introduction of three new commercial gallery spaces: Mana Decentralized, Superchief Gallery, and Mana Contemporary in partnership with Superchief Gallery and over 20 all-night parties and concerts.Click here for more details of their Miami Art Week events.

Hallandale Beach Partners with ArtServe To Become Recognized Arts District

Hallandale Beach Partners with ArtServe To Become Recognized Arts District

Visual Arts

Published 11/27/19

By Larry SchwingelThrough diverse programs, fun-filled activities, cultural activities, fine restaurants, parks, and a blossoming business community, Hallandale Beach is a shining example of growth in the 21st century.ArtServe, the historic arts incubator that fosters artistic growth, has entered into a one-year partnership with the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency as part of a rebranding effort that began approximately two years ago. “The leaders of Hallandale Beach have an ambitious vision for the city, with a goal of transforming it into a nationally recognized arts district,” said Craig W. Johnson, executive director of ArtServe. “We are thinking outside the box to create something that is not only visually and experientially stimulating, but it will have a gradual societal impact that provides a renewed sense of community. In that vein we believe it Hallandale Beach can be an unparalleled destination for the arts.”With a mission of becoming a city of …

Visual arts  meets culinary arts

Visual arts meets culinary arts

Culinary

Published 11/25/19

By Daisy Cabrera Steps away from the revered Art Basel and Design Miami at the renovated Miami Beach Convention Center sits the equally revered Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. Hello, darlin’! Here, Southern cuisine is generously served up with Southern hospitality. Nothing warms the heart like some old fashioned, farm-to-table cooking and Yardbird’s got plenty of good fixings. Think lip-smacking brisket, oh-so buttery biscuits and homemade BBQ sauce that will make you “wanna slap your momma!” – as Southerns say.Time to loosen the pants as we start with an all-time classic staple, the delightful deviled eggs. This perfectly perched, fully loaded specialty dish is a glorious thing of beauty: creamy, whipped up to the heavens and served chill. The smoked trout roe topping lends the ideal salty note, ya’ll!Next up, the traditional (and super juicy) fried green tomato meets the beloved BLT. With its savory crunch, this plate arrives with mouth-watering house-smoked pork …

El Espacio 23

El Espacio 23

Visual Arts

Published 11/25/19

Leading philanthropist, entrepreneur and contemporary art collector Jorge M. Pérez announced that their Inaugural Exhibition will open December 4th, just in time for Art Week 2019. Located in Miami’s emerging Allapattah neighborhood and housed within a repurposed, 28,000-square-foot warehouse, El Espacio 23 serves artists, curators, and the general public, with regular exhibitions, residencies and a variety of special projects. “This new center was born from the belief that at the core of any of the world’s great cities, is a thriving community of artists and creatives,” said Pérez. “This is a project 40 years in the making, and I look forward to inspiring and challenging visitors to think beyond the scope of their personal worldviews, while also cultivating the artists and curators of tomorrow.” Through its various programs, El Espacio 23 will allow South Florida residents and visitors to experience the Jorge M. Pérez Collection. Regarded as one of the world's …

The Discoveries Collection by Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami

The Discoveries Collection by Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami

Visual Arts

Published 11/25/19

You can also browse by shopping online from their Discoveries Collections. Their Discoveries Collection is a group of their favorite affordable pieces - each one agreat option and $5,000 or less. To buy any of these artworks, just contact the exhibitor directly or get your tickets to the shows and be there to grab that perfect piece.Spectrum Miami features thousands of pieces of world-class art and on-trend, highly collectible works from across the U.S. and around the world at the show. One of our favorite pieces is “Confession” by Malcolm Smith in Booth S215.Spectrum Miami listed some of their favorite pieces:“Coffee or Me?” by Miri Marchese in Booth S515“Kill a Bird Robin” by Jing Zhang, represented by Chat Art Studio in Booth 806“Circus Glober” by Coco Calvoz in Booth S610“Marilyn Manson into Rabbit” by Tom Lohner in Booth S605Visit Spectrum Miami's Discoveries Collection here.Red Dot Miami features galleries showcasing hundreds of pieces of world-class primary …

Sagamore Hotel Presents The Immersive ‘I’m Not a Trophy’ Art Exhibit

Sagamore Hotel Presents The Immersive ‘I’m Not a Trophy’ Art Exhibit

Visual Arts

Published 11/25/19

By Larry SchwingelThe loss of so many prized species of animals is not one of attrition, but one that is man made. To raise increased awareness and consciousness of the growing extinction of so many of these iconic species, artist Arno Elias will be presenting an innovative and elaborate exhibit, “I’m Not a Trophy,” Dec. 4 through Feb. 2020 at the Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave, in the Art Deco District of Miami Beach. The esteemed French artist, wildlife photographer, and multi-platinum music composer scribed the score for UNICEF’s “For Every Child,” and is the founder of the non-profit I’m Not a Trophy organization, a non-profit committed to raising awareness of the progressive extinction of the prized animals roaming in their natural habitat.  The exhibit, curated by Sebastien Laboureau, resident art advisor, is designed to inform audiences about each species and raise their level of understanding about what is taking place. The artwork on display …

THE MUSEUM OF GRAFFITI OPENS DECEMBER 5, 2019

THE MUSEUM OF GRAFFITI OPENS DECEMBER 5, 2019

Visual Arts

Published 11/25/19

We are excited for the new addition to Miami’s art scene coming December 5th, just in time for Art Week 2019 - where all the best art from around the world comes to South Florida. The Museum of Graffiti is a new contemporary art museum and the first institution of its kind to present the history of the global graffiti art movement opening in the heart of Miami’s vibrant Wynwood neighborhood. For some it is the largest and most democratic art movement the world has ever seen, for others it is unwanted visual pollution. But graffiti and street art now has a permanent claim on the art world: an entire museum dedicated to the genre.The Museum is the brainchild of lead curator Alan Ket, a well-known graffiti artist, art collector, and historian and his business partner, Miami native and prominent attorney, Allison Freidin. Centrally located in the epicenter of color and creativity, amongst the instagrammer’s paradise of Wynwood, the space is covered with vivid murals and destined …

IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCE BY MICKALENE THOMAS TO OPEN DURING MIAMI ART WEEK

IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCE BY MICKALENE THOMAS TO OPEN DURING MIAMI ART WEEK

Visual Arts

Published 11/25/19

The exhibition is inspired by the parties the artist’s mother hosted with friends and family during the 1970s and 80s to fundraise for their theater productions, including 'Put a Little Sugar in my Bowl,' as well as to raise money for her treatment of sickle cell anemia. First introduced with Better Days in 2013, this new iteration unfolds into the second chapter of Thomas’ transformations of social “experiment” pleasures by re-imagining a black radical aesthetic.The installation embodies a feeling of home, yet also a speakeasy, conceptually reconstructed according to the domestic aesthetic of the period, including faux wood paneling, wallpaper and custom designed and reupholstered furniture with the artist’s signature textiles and mirrors. An extension of Thomas’ artistic universe, the installation plays with artifice, developed through intersections between real and faux elements. This exhibition in corporates both work by the artist and a selection of work by …

ICA MIAMI PRESENTS BEWITCHING INFINITY MIRROR ROOM

ICA MIAMI PRESENTS BEWITCHING INFINITY MIRROR ROOM

Visual Arts

Published 11/21/19

The installation – presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami in an off-site exhibition space at 112 NE 41st St., Suite 106 – is meant to be a full-body experience.Bathed in a warm buttery yellow, the room has what appears to be millions upon millions of pumpkins, those familiar harbingers of fall, now headily and magically transformed with black polka dots spangling their voluptuous curves.This presentation marks the first time one of Kusama’s enormously popular Infinity Mirror Rooms has been shown in Miami, according to the museum.Kusama is a 90-year-old artist living in Japan who has received years of international attention and acclaim. Pumpkins and polka dots have appeared throughout her storied artistic career, which has included painting, performance, room-sized installations, sculpture, fashion, and film.Polka dots in Kusama’s art are both childishly playful and obsessively, even ominously, repetitive. A grotesque undercurrent lingers in this pumpkin …

NOVELIST JAMES GRIPPANDO’S ‘WATSON’ TO PREMIERE AT GABLESTAGE

NOVELIST JAMES GRIPPANDO’S ‘WATSON’ TO PREMIERE AT GABLESTAGE

Performing Arts

Published 11/21/19

When Thomas J. Watson Sr., the chairman and CEO of International Business Machines (IBM), traveled to Berlin in 1937 as president of the International Chamber of Commerce for the group’s biennial gathering, he gave a keynote speech advocating world peace through world trade.At the meeting, he was presented with Nazi Germany’s Order of the German Eagle, making Watson one of only a few Americans to receive the regime’s medal.And what was behind the dubious “honor”? IBM’s German subsidiary Deutsche Hollerith-Maschinen Gesellschaft (known as Dehomag) used the company’s punch card machines to tabulate census data that revealed the location and ethnicity of respondents – thus contributing to the deadly efficiency of the Holocaust.Watson, who opposed Germany’s brutal treatment of its Jewish citizens, returned the medal in mid-1940, before the country’s declaration of war against the United States. But that asterisk in his biography would always remain.The story of the …

Key West’s Old Island Restoration Foundation Kicks Off 60th Anniversary Festivities

Key West’s Old Island Restoration Foundation Kicks Off 60th Anniversary Festivities

Visual Arts

Published 11/20/19

The multimonth celebration continues through March 31, 2020, with events including a series of tours of notable Key West homes, a Noche Buena feast on Christmas Eve, presentations in the garden of Key West’s Oldest House Museum, a New Year’s Eve costume gala and a quirky conch shell blowing contest that commemorates the island city’s seafaring heritage. The nonprofit Old Island Restoration Foundation was established in 1960 to promote the restoration and preservation of Key West’s historically significant buildings, as well as the island’s cultural heritage. In addition to providing restoration grants, the foundation maintains the Oldest House Museum at 322 Duval St. Built in 1829, the structure is the oldest house in South Florida and was the home of Captain Francis Watlington and his family. Holiday events on the anniversary schedule include a family-friendly pre-Christmas gingerbread house making party set for Saturday, Dec. 14; the open-air Noche Buena feast …

A CURATED SELECTION OF MUST SEE ART 2019

A CURATED SELECTION OF MUST SEE ART 2019

Visual Arts

Published 11/18/19

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 Ruby MazurSize:UndisclosedMedium Used: Oil on canvas Style of Piece: AbstractPrice: UndisclosedPresenting Gallery: Ruby Mazur Rock & Pop Gallerywww.rubymazurgallery.comExhibited at: Red Dot MiamiCurator’s Statement How refreshing it is to enter the colorful and joyful artistic universe of Ruby Mazur. At the age of 21, Brooklyn born Mazur was hired as Art Director of Paramount Records, and within that first year he received a Grammy award nomination for his design on the "CrowFoot" album cover. The artist, very involved with the music …

TED VANCLEAVE ARTIST PROFILE

TED VANCLEAVE ARTIST PROFILE

Visual Arts

Published 11/15/19

Culture Owl: We understand that you will be exhibiting a new version of your Sinuosity Sculptures this year. Can you tell us more about them?  VanCleave: Yes, this year for the first time I'll be exhibiting my new mini and petite size sculptures. They are small versions of my larger sculptures. Same beautiful folds and finishes but in a petite size. Culture Owl: How did this smaller sculpture size come about? VanCleave: A couple of years ago my sculptures were exhibited at Art Miami by a Swiss gallery and in their booth was a maquette sized sculpture by Alexander Calder and I was completely taken by it's diminutive size and scale. The form and detail were all there but without the normal sense of scale you get with most of Calder's works. I decided then and there to create a maquette size series of smaller sculptures. Culture Owl: What is it about your sculptures that draws people to them? VanCleave: I've broken them down into two visual …

Latin & Caribbean Food and Music Festival, Tastes Of Miami, Returns to Miami Seaquarium

Latin & Caribbean Food and Music Festival, Tastes Of Miami, Returns to Miami Seaquarium

Festivals

Published 11/15/19

“We are excited to bring back this one-of-a-kind event that will bring a taste of local culture inspired by our diverse city,” said Eric Eimstad, General Manager for Miami Seaquarium. “Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy food, music and fun this holiday season!”Each day of Tastes of Miami, local food trucks will be featuring their hallmark savory dishes for purchase. In addition, the Park’s food locations will offer special menu items such as tropical drinks, churros, arepas (round yellow corn cakes), and Tex-Mex-Corn roasted corn dipped in melted butter seasoned with a mix of parmesan cheese, chili powder, and parsley flakes. Miami Seaquarium will be swaying to Latin and Caribbean beats with live musical performances by local bands. On select days, guests can practice their dance moves – including Salsa and Zumba - with some of the best dance instructors. Kids can enjoy a play area with games and prizes, bounce houses, arts and crafts, and much more! There …

ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE STARTS SEASON WITH THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE STARTS SEASON WITH THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

Performing Arts

Published 11/15/19

The late music legend – a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and Memphis Music Hall of Fame – is the subject of “Ring of Fire,” the biographical show that’s kicking off the 2019-2020 Actors’ Playhouse season.Conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby Jr., the show had a relatively short Broadway run in 2006 as a large-cast jukebox musical focused on the many songs written by and linked to Cash rather than on the man himself. But Maltby kept revising his show, and the piece that’s running through Dec. 8 in the Miracle Theatre’s upstairs Balcony Theatre is an engaging, joyous gem.Directed by Ben Hope, who played the starring male role in the Actors’ Playhouse production of “Once” in 2018, “Ring of Fire” is a showcase not just for Cash’s life story and many hits but for the prodigious talents of the five actor-singer-musicians who make up the …

MEET ANDIE ARTHUR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA THEATRE LEAGUE

MEET ANDIE ARTHUR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA THEATRE LEAGUE

Performing Arts

Published 11/15/19

Arthur is also the co-founding Artistic Director of Lost Girls Theatre, a contributing editor of the nationally recognized theatre blog 2amtheatre and adjunct faculty at New World School of the Arts. She has previously served as the Florida regional representative of the Dramatists’ Guild and as a board member of the Southeast Cluster of the Unitarian Universalist Association.In her 12 years working as Executive Director of the South Florida Theatre League, Andie has reinstated the League’s Unified Auditions, implemented audience development programs (such as Free Night of Theatre and Summer Theatre Fest), and created professional development workshops for both artists and administrators.Arthur has a BFA in Playwriting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Her plays have been produced by Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, Lost Girls Theatre, The Alliance Theatre Lab, Marquette University, and the Theatre School at DePaul University. She is currently working on a brand-new play …

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 November 29 and 30. 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 …

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