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Vol. XXIX No. 10

March 13, 2014

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A March for Answers Family and Friends of Israel Hernandez Face Many Road Blocks to Justice By Frank Maradiaga

On the Monday after the cause of death for Israel “Reefa” Hernandez was released, Jorge Estomba lead a group of about a dozen activists, lined up in pairs, inside the building of the Miami State Attorney’s Office. Some held up peace signs for the benefit of the television cameras recording around them, others a defiant fist, but all were quiet as they unloaded their possessions on a conveyer belt and passed through a metal detector. Estomba is a little older than the average Justice for Reefa Committee member, he has stark white hair and a countenance that can easily change from heartbroken to outraged. He is a friend and a spokesman for the Hernandez family; he is the fire and brimstone for a family in grief. He is also getting used to marching inside the SAO building for answers. As well as calling Medical Examiner Mark Shuman MD, for answers. “We are almost friends at this point,” Estomba jokes bitterly.

Bitter at the fruitlessness. The recent Justice For Reefa marches into the SAO building have ended similarly: with quick lip service, and no new information. A month ago, six months after the death of the teen, a contingent of committee members walked in and asked to speak with the office of Kathy Rundle, Miami’s State Attorney. They were met in the lobby by Ed Griffith, Rundle’s Press handler. He shook his head in a not-this-again fashion when saw the familiar faces. He had nothing new for them, the SAO couldn’t move ahead with out a wrapped investigation from the Miami Beach Police Department and Medical Examiner’s report. When the conversation seemed to be in a loop, Griffith threw his hands up, and excused himself from the room. To the reporters that tagged along he said he would only give a comment via email. This month a portion of the medical examiner’s report was made public, Hernandez died

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from a “Sudden Cardiac Death,” brought on by a “Conducted Energy Device.” Griffith was waiting for group in the lobby, visible to the throngs of camera crews filming from the sliding glass doors. Griffith heard patiently as Estomba asked for criminal charges to be brought to MBPD Officer Jorge Mercado, or that at the very least he be suspended without pay until the investigation was over. Griffith then said what he would later send out as a press release about reviewing the “InCustody Death” and how the offices conclusions would be determined by “the totality of the facts” including the reports from the MBPD. He turned to walk away, while Subhash Kateel was asking him about specific statutes broken by Mercado. “You dont want to hear us out?” asked Kateel. “That’s all we have to say, we can’t say anymore,” said Griffith. Any punishment for Mercado needed to be brought up with the MBPD. The crowd grumbled and someone asked for a date on the completion of the investigation, ‘once it gets done’ was not being accepted. “No artificial date,” Griffith said. “No artificial date, your asking for artificiality.” He walked away, then the Reefa committee started a rumbling chant of : “No Justicce No Peace.” The acoustics of the lobby made it sound more savage, random people turned to look at the chant that had not turned into “Arrest Mercado, Arrest Mercado.” A security guard’s eyes widened, and his hand went to his side. The Justice for Reefa committee kept chanting while briskly walking to the exit. After seven months, the family and supporters of Hernandez have a very important piece of information: he died of a heart attack caused by a taser, and up to nowonly the only drug in his system was Marihuana. Israel’s sister Offir Hernandez posted an emotional video on her Facebook profile when she got the news. “We have understood that my brother died of a heart attack because of the taser,” She said “A healthy young boy who exercised, who ate healthy, how can they come and tell me that he died of a heart attack. “ His sister believes that he was tasered when he was already submitted and sitting. Friends that were with Israel have said as much in the media, even pointing out that officers high fived one another

when they captured Hernandez. Offir continues:“We want justice, how can we can live in a society where they kill young boys young girls for a mistake they did when they were young? We have to stop this.” Supporters like to remind the public that they know the teen committed a crime, a misdemeanor, but that he did not deserve a death penalty. “Absolutely unjustified for a misdemeanor, for a young man 140 pounds who ran,” said Estomba. “I remember when I threw eggs in Halloween, probably a lot of you did,” he continued, “if you threw eggs and the police came after me, I ran. I would have been dead, and 20 million kids in this country would have been dead.” “How would you like to have been tased to death for throwing eggs?” he said. Officer Mercado continues to serve on the MBPD while the investigation is on going. He was placed on a 72 hour “Administrative Leave” after the Hernandez incident. However, the MBPD tells the SunPost that his leave was a customary police protocol whenever there is an “in custody death” and that it should not be taken as “punitive in nature.” Aside from that clarification the MBPD is not commenting on the matter. In a response to an inquire by the SunPost: “The Miami Beach Police Department will not be commenting on the Israel Hernandez case. Please contact the Miami Dade State Attorney for any questions you might have. ” The SAO won’t talk until the MBPD is done with their investigation. As for the full autopsy report, according to Griffith the SAO currently doesn’t have it, but will not release the contents until the investigation is over, he told the SunPost. While it can seem that one department is just passing the buck to another department, Estomba points it directly to Miami’s State Attorney, Rundle, and her unwillingness to prosecute bad cops. “Apparently many people around here are scared of her, we have had 12 years of her in that charge...all the [police] excessive force , all the brutality, and know all the crime...” he said. “Yet No one says anything to the madame attorney general. Where has the madame attorney general been for 12 years during all the crime the police have committed in this county? In the united states there are no privileged classes, it’s Justice for all. The police is not a privileged class.” “I ask her to do here job, this is not any kind of accident, he committed a crime,” said the white haired Estomba.

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Romance Abounds Miami Beach Named to the Ten Best Places For Singles In Florida List By Chris Kolmar

If you’re hoping to find your special someone in this Sunshine State, these are the absolute best places to do it. Most people hope that, at some point, they’ll find that special someone to spend their lives with―their own personal sunshine. Last year, the Movoto Real Estate blog decided to play Cupid and locate which spots in the Golden State of California were best for finding love, and now we’re back to do the same on the opposite coast, in the Sunshine State of Florida. Pretty appropriate, don’t you think? Unlike a lot of the professed love doctors out there, we’ve got the latest in cutting-edge heart medicine on our side; it’s called data, and―unlike those who’ve done us all wrong at one point or another―it never lies. So, once we’d embraced all the ones and zeroes, Xs and Os, and got down to the candy-filled heart of all this, what did we find? South Miami is the best place to find love in the state where the sawgrass meets the sky. Just like a lot of singles wish to one day be, South Miami is not alone. Here are the top 10 places for singles in Florida: 1. South Miami 2. Palmetto 3. Key West 4. Lake Worth 4. Kissimmee 6. Sebring 7. Crestview 7. Longwood 9. Miami Beach 9. Cocoa Beach Just what makes these places so single-friendly? Why didn’t Kissimmee rank higher with a name like that? Read on, and we’ll tell you that and a whole lot more. First, though, there’s the matter of exactly how we measured all this. How We Built A Love-Meter (And Made This Ranking) Finding love is hard enough―but finding out how good a place is for finding love? That’s a real challenge. Fortunately, with all our experience coming up with Big Deal Lists, we were up to it. In fact, you could say we loved the idea. To get started, we had to define the criteria we’d need to make this ranking. Basically, we tweaked what we’d used for our look at the best places for singles in California a bit to come up with the following four: • Percent of population within the “dating age range” (18-44) • Percent of population who take public transit (you’re not going to find love in your car) • Number of singles per bar (the fewer the better) • Number of singles per romantic restaurant (ditto)

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With our criteria picked out, we needed a list of places to look at. We created this by finding all of the cities, towns, villages, and Census-Designated Places in Florida with populations more than 5,000 people. The resulting list contained 162 places in total. Each place was then given a score from 1 to 162 in the four criteria, with one being the best. Finally, we averaged these scores together to get an overall Big Deal Score, the lowest of which was our winner (in this case, South Miami). You can see the top 50 places in a lovely chart at the end of this post. Now that you know how we did it, let’s get into what exactly made each of our top 10 places for singles so conducive to romance.

1. SOUTH MIAMI While the world-famous metro of Miami proper, with its countless clubs and dining spots, might be just fine for finding romance (it placed 23rd overall out of 162). If you really, really want to have the best chance at romance in the Sunshine state, though, you’re going to want to get yourself to South Miami. This suburb of nearly 12,000 shot like Cupid’s arrow to the very top of our list thanks to its sub-rankings in dating age population (13th), public transportation (sixth), and romantic restaurants (fourth). The only place it didn’t get much love was in bars, where it placed 69th overall. South Miami is a romantic dining hotspot, with one eatery deemed “romantic” by Yelp reviewers for every 158 residents in our dating age group; places such as Trattoria Sole and Cafe Pastis. That group is made up of 4,414 people, or 42 percent of the town’s population. 2. PALMETTO If you really want to up your chances at finding someone who’s single, you’ll want to check out Palmetto, a community of close to 13,000 just north of Bradenton, FL. Of those residents, 6,965 or 54 percent are either divorced or never married and fall within our 18 to 44 prime dating age range. That’s a figure good enough to land Palmetto a third-place finish in our dating age ranking. That’s not the only instance in which Palmetto outdid South Miami; it also ranked nine points higher (60th versus 69th) for having the most bars per single capita. For public transportation, it placed 19th with 2.39 percent of its total population able to mingle while moving about town in a motorized fashion. In terms of romantic restaurants, it placed a respectable 12th overall.

3. KEY WEST Out in the Straits of Florida sits one of the country’s prime getaway spots, Key West. It just so happens to be a great spot for singles, too. Now, if you look at the numbers, you might not be thinking that 21st for dating age singles, 33rd for public transportation, 46th for bars, and 63rd for romantic restaurants isn’t so great. What you have to realize is that, much like that special someone, Key West is the sum of its parts. Or, in this case, the average. Those numbers are out of 162, so even 63rd is pretty high. This ranking for dating aged singles came from 41 percent of the single people in Key West being between 18 and 44. As for the aforementioned restaurant rank, there are 1,068 people in our singles group for every romantic dining spot in Key West; places like Latitudes, with its breathtaking view, or Santiago’s Bodega, where the sangria is sure to help the mood. 4. LAKE WORTH Like a couple that continually has to outdo each other in the game of “I love you more,” Lake Worth and Kissimmee both occupy our No. 4 spot. For its part, Lake Worth, the smaller of the two at just about 35,000 residents, did better when it comes to the percentage of its residents that use public transit: 2.07 percent, good enough for 23rd overall. Lake Worth also one-upped Kissimmee in terms of romantic restaurants; it ranked 92nd overall, with one spot for every 2,298 folks in our singles group. Speaking of which, they comprise 42.1 percent of the Lake Worth populace, or 16,084 people. 4. KISSIMMEE You’re more likely to find eligible singles in our 18 to 44 age group in Kissimmee than Lake Worth by… oh, .28 percentage points. Kissimmee’s singles group comprises 42.41 percent of its 59,682 population, making it 22,576 people strong. Kissimmee’s bars-to-singles ratio is also better, enough for it to rank 36th overall (versus Lake Worth’s 45th) with one watering hole for every 342 people in our singles age group. This city’s number of singles to romantic bar ratio (2,508 for every one) is higher enough than Lake Worth’s to earn it a 96th place finish in that category, versus 92nd. 6. SEBRING If you’re the sort of single who most likes to mingle in bars, Sebring is for you. While away from the coast, this small town of just over 10,000 is situated next to multiple lakes―but the important sort of liquid here is the kind served at its bars, of which there is one for every 160 singles. That fact earned Sebring sixth place overall, the best finish in bars in our top 10.

As for romantic dining, Sebring placed in the top fifth of the cities we ranked, at 30th overall. The only major downside here is going to be the number of singles available to meet; Sebring ranked 121st in this category, with only about 30 percent of its population falling into our 18 to 44 single range.

7. CRESTVIEW The singles contingent is definitely not so tiny in our next place, which happens to be involved in another two-way tie. Crestview, population nearing 21,000, ranked 26th for singles within our dating age range, comprising 40.5 percent or 6,349 of its residents. You’re not going to meet these folks during your commute, though, as a mere .55 percent of them take public transportation. On the bright side, the city ranked 49th for bars with one for every 454 singles and 32nd for romantic restaurants, with one place offering perfect date night ambience for every 529 unattached residents. 7. LONGWOOD We were going to make a joke here about this other No. 7 city’s name in relation to the topic of this ranking, but instead we’ll focus on the fact that Longwood did best when it came to bars. You know, the places with long wood counters you just might sidle up next to an eligible single at? It has one of these favorite single meeting spots for every 231 unmarried folks within our specified age group, good for a 17th place ranking in the criterion. Romantic restaurants are another element Longwood gets right, with one suitable spot―like the exceedingly cozy Enzo’s on the Lake―for every 482 singles, of which there are 5,304, or 35 percent of the city’s population. 9. MIAMI BEACH We head back to the muy caliente Miami metro area for the first of two No. 9 cities, both of which have “Beach” in their names. Miami Beach, in addition to being the most populous place in our top 10 at more than 88,000 residents, is near the top (second-best) when it comes to your chances of meeting a mate on public transportation. Some 5.6 percent of its residents commute via shared motor transport. Miami Beach also made the top 10 for the portion of its single populace that falls within our 18 to 44 demographic. With 45 percent of its residents (40,907) in this group, it ranked seventh overall for the criterion. Its singles-to-bars and singles-to-romantic-restaurant ratios ranked significantly lower, at 97th and 81st, respectively. Nevertheless, places like Doraku Sushi and Smith & Wollensky exist to make intimate dining a reality. 9. COCOA BEACH In this second No. 9 spot where the dating scene is just beachy, you’re looking at an even higher percentage of singles in our age range than exists in Miami Beach. We’re talking 53 percent of the population (6,969 of just over 11,000 people) who are either never married or divorced and between the ages of 18 and 44. Romantic dining is also a step up from Miami Beach, with one softly lit spot like The Mango Tree for every 871 singles, which earned Cocoa Beach 56th place in this category. Bars are another story though, with one for every 1,394 singles, a 116th-place finish. You’ll Fall In Love In Florida With its myriad beaches and absolutely electric nightlife, we can’t think of many places better for someone looking to step up their dating game that the state of Florida. Still, just like that “perfect date” that never calls you back, there are some warning signs in our data if you’re looking to avoid places that might screw up your A-game. In DeBary, FL, for example only 28 percent of single residents are in our prime dating range. Port St. Lucie, FL, Palm Coast, FL, Sebastian, FL, and Jupiter, FL round out our bottom five places―spots where your dating future looks a bit cloudier in the Sunshine State. www.miamisunpost.com • Miami SunPost • Thursday, March 13, 2014 • Page 7

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Miami Beach Women’s Conference Starts Friday Women in Uniform Are Celebrated By Lee Reed

The sixth annual Miami Beach Women’s Conference, in celebration of National Women’s History Month, promises a stellar lineup of women speakers with a theme focusing on Women in Uniform. Saluting the achievements of those brave heroes who selflessly dedicate themselves to protect and defend, whether on the battlefield, the borders, city streets, school or hospitals. The 2014 Miami Beach Women's Conference will acknowledge the dedication of the women who serve in our armed forces, on our various Police, Fire & Sheriff's Departments, SWAT, DEA, Coast Guards to Life Guards, Judges, Doctors, EMS Workers, 911 Operators, Bus Drivers, these women deserve our recognition! The morning panel, which includes a breakfast bar, is free and open to the public and will be held at the Miami Beach City Hall Commission Chambers from 8:30-9:00am. The Mayor's panel discussion hosted by Miami Beach's new Mayor Philip Levine will immediately follow from 9:30 am to noon. Panelists include: Major Brook Cortez, USAF, Homestead Air Force Base; Conni Gordon, US Marine WWII Veteran; SAC Addy Villanueva the first Hispanic Woman Special Agent In Charge Florida Dept Law Enforcement Miami Field Office; Fire Fighter Phyllis SloanSimpkins, Metro-Dade Fire Rescue Department and Detective Vivian Hernandez, Miami Beach Police Department. “We are so

excited by this group of women who have demonstrated leadership and activism throughout their careers,” said Wendy Doherty, co-founder of Women’s Exhibit, the volunteer group that puts the conference together. “Each woman has fought important battles in different eras and brings a thrilling perspective about that evolution. It is important to educate young women about the history behind the rights that we have today and our esteemed panel is the perfect group of women to do so.” In past years, “Lunch in the Garden” featured exquisite food by local prominent women chefs but this year the annual luncheon will be sponsored by the women of Darden Restaurant’s well known family brands Season’s 52, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze and Olive Garden. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be handed out and don't miss the Annual Auction. Lunch in the Garden starts at 12:30pm at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, . The lunch is $30.00 in advance or $35 at the door. The Miami Beach Women's Conference was founded in 2009 and for the past five years highlighted the achievements of Women in Government.  Past panelists  have included  women mayors, city and county commissioners, consul generals,  a state senator, state attorney, state representative, as well as an Emmy winning news reporter, female activists, a political science professor, lawyers and more. Valet Parking at the Convention Center or Self Park $15. Miami Beach City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Dr; 3rd Floor Commission Chambers,Miami Beach. For more information call 954-270-5590 or womensexhibit.com.

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Miami Beach Police Chief Announces Retirement City Manager Conducts Police Executive Search with Help Last week, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez announced his intention to retire effective April 4, 2014. “We are indebted to Chief Martinez for his 12 ½ years of dedicated law enforcement service,” said Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy L. Morales. “He epitomizes the phrase ‘an officer and a gentleman’ and I have personally enjoyed working with him during this past year.” Miami Beach City Manager has asked the Police Executive Research Forum, which is currently conducting the audit of the police department, to assist in identifying regional and national candidates for the police chief position. Chief Martinez has agreed to stay on beyond April 4, if necessary, to make the transition to the new police chief. “During these past two years we, as an organization, have been able to ‘turn the ship around’ and set on a course of professionalism, accountability and transparency. Our efforts have had incredible results in a very short time,” stated Martinez in his letter to the city manager.

Miami Beach to Learn More About Middle School The City of Miami Beach will be holding group discussions that explore reasons why parents send their children to certain middle schools. Discussions will be moderated by Phillip Downs, Ph.D., of Kerr & Downs Research. Group discussions will be strictly research (not sales), and participants will not be re-contacted after the discussion. Group discussions will be held in a Miami Beach City Hall meeting room (to be announced later) at the following times and dates: Parents of Nautilus Middle School children (5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 18) Parents of middle school students who do not attend Nautilus Middle School (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, March 18) Parents of 5th graders who will NOT be attending Nautilus Middle School (5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 19) Parents who prefer to speak Spanish during the discussion (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, March 19) They need ten parents for each group. Please call Nicole at 800-5643182 to inquire more about these groups. For more information on Miami Beach’s Education Compact, contact Leslie Rosenfeld at 305.673.7000, ext 6923.

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Party Over? By Michael W. Sasser

Miami Beach Continues Moves Against Party Houses

Cover Story: Party Over?

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f a new City of Miami Beach ordinance is approved on second reading in April, it will become just a little harder for purveyors of short-term rental units in residential areas to line up customers for what have become known as “party houses” to many locals, annoyed for years at the practice. The Miami Beach City Commission approved on first reading a measure to prohibit the advertising of shortterm rentals and commercial use in residential zoning districts. The ordinance was sponsored by Commissioner Ed Tobin after lengthy analysis by the City about the extent of the problem. “We have a few homes around the city that are constantly being rented short term for a wild, loud party or for a movie shoot,” Tobin said. In the Flamingo Park neighborhood, some small apartment buildings were renting rooms nightly, basically functioning as hotels. A few years back, a group of residents asked the commission to stop the proliferation of these ‘hotels’ in the Flamingo residential neighborhood.” The city commission did respond, Tobin said, but there were limits on what could be done. “We changed the law, but some of these ‘hotels’ were grandfathered in by showing proof that they were in existence prior to an effective date, along with proof they had been paying the required taxes and fees,” Tobin continued. “We also imposed stricter fire and building safety standards commensurate with hotel use on those property owners that were grandfathered in. Many of those grandfathered went to great expense to comply with the City’s strict requirements.”

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“The administration has been directed to aggressively enforce the law. Violators will be heavily fined and subject to losing their occupational or business licenses.” – Miami Beach City Attorney Jose Smith Tobin said that the City’s previous restrictions were hard to enforce. “The new ordinance doesn’t change the City’s prohibition – it just adds another method for proving a violation,” Tobin added. “The act of advertising a short-term rental in our residential neighborhoods is now a violation of our short-term rental ordinance. We no longer need the testimony of the out of town renter to prove our case.” According to a March 5, 2014 Commission Memorandum, Miami Beach did its homework in determining how prevalent the problem has become. According to that memo, “In November 2012, Code established a Short Term Rental Team (STRT) composed of Code Compliance Officers (CCOs) from each of the major Districts (South, Middle, North zone boundaries and the Afternoon and Evening Shifts). The purpose of the STR team is to address the increasing number of unauthorized and illegal short-term rentals within residentially zoned areas.” According to data acquired via the City initiative, in the 12-month period between November 2012 and October 2013, Code’s STR team received 265 complaints, has opened and investigated more than 300 cases, has issued 189 Notices of Violation, of which 81 percent have been upheld and adjudicated guilty at Special Master

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hearings. Considering adjudicating guilty requires a preponderance of evidence, the acquired statistics demonstrate a clear challenge for Miami Beach’s residential neighborhoods. Many residents are fully aware that short-term rentals for parties and filming have been escalating problems. “There is so much going on in Miami Beach all the time, and even at most hours of the day, that it must be hard to know what it OK and what isn’t; what is a loud neighbor’s party and what is an [unlawful use],” said Miami Beach resident Melinda Byer. “This isn’t exactly Topeka, where things like that stand out.” Restricting advertising is not always a simple matter, since it’s conceivable that one party or another might object on First Amendment grounds. However, City Attorney Jose Smith believes the ordinance will stand. “As to the constitutionality of the proposed ordinance prohibiting advertisements for illegal rentals, I am confident that the City can withstand any legal challenge,” Smith told SunPost. “The United States Supreme Court has long recognized government’s ability to ban advertising related to illegal activity. “As stated by the Court in a 1973 decision, Pittsburgh Press Company vs. Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relation ( a case that affirmed an ordinance pro-

hibiting discriminatory advertising), 413 U.S.376 (1973),” Smith continued:”‘We have no doubt that a newspaper constitutionally could be forbidden to publish a want ad proposing a sale of narcotics or soliciting prostitutes.’” The ordinance is not a paper tiger, Smith asserts. “The administration has been directed to aggressively enforce the law. Violators will be heavily fined and subject to losing their occupational or business licenses,” he said. The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for a Public Hearing on April 23, 2014. The Miami Beach Planning Board unanimously supports the measure.

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in Shusan, Persia, the King’s advisor, Haman, developed an evil plot to get rid the Jewish people. Courageously, Queen Esther spoke out on behalf of her fellow Jews to save them from annihilation. In Florida, the tradition of festive events in honor of Purim began in Jacksonville in 1880, followed by Pensacola, Tallahassee and Key West. The Jewish Museum of Florida established the tradition of our own signature event with our inaugural Ball in 2000. 6:30pm - 10pm. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305-672-5044 or jmof.fiu.edu

MARCH 14 MUSIC Aaron Neville & the Dirty Dozen Brass Band

ARTIST IUWEI, SHOWS DURING 28 CHINESE EXHIBIT AT THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION.

MARCH 13 FILM Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me A ferocious, funny and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend as she reaches her 87th year. Now in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist. 8pm. $10.50. O Cinema Miami Shores, 9806 NE 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 786-565-FILM or O-cinema.org

MARCH 13 SOCIAL The Pageantry of Purim We know you will want to be included in the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU’s annual festive event, A Night at the Museum: A Celebration of the Pageantry of Purim, featuring delicious gourmet food, music, entertainment and fun. Celebrating the triumph of good over evil and the survival of the Jewish people in the face of destruction, the story of Purim exemplifies the shared experience of ethnic discrimination, when nearly 2,600 years ago

New Orleans’ reigning prince of R&B and soul, Aaron Neville, and its world-famous Dirty Dozen Brass Band will bring the essence and spirit of the birthplace of jazz to Miami as they take concert-goers on a musical journey through New Orleans-style jazz, blues and funk. Throughout his illustrious career, Neville has moved seamlessly back and forth between solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, The Neville Brothers. His first hit single was the landmark “Tell It Like It Is,” which sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. The beloved crooner went on to win Grammy Awards for his triple-Platinum collaboration with Linda Ronstadt on Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. His most recent recording, My True Story, represents a culmination of the soul/R&B legend’s 40-plus year career. A national treasure, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is heralded with revolutionizing the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans style and extending the music from the Big Easy into the 21st century. This horn-funk powerhouse has stood the test of time and developed a deep following through 35 years on the road. The band has performed and/or recorded with David Bowie, Elvis Costello, the Black Crowes, Widespread Panic and other major artists, and has toured over 30 countries on five continents. 8pm. $25 - $130. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

MARCH 14 ART Some Like It Hot Some Like It Hot recognizes Miami’s flourishing art scene, and emphasizes the “hot” phenomenon of art in the streets, a recent development that has redefined the local art community. Continually inspired by Miami’s climate, sandy beaches, nightlife, history, and distinct blend of Latin American, Caribbean, and American cultures, Miami-based artists often transform their experiences of the city’s complex and offbeat identity into individualized visual languages. Their often site-specific, public pieces have long acted as a local tourist attraction, and have increased their prominence while simultaneously stimulating the gentrification of the communities in which they create. This exhibition highlights examples of their work, which showcase a variety of mediums and genres found within the eclectic, constantly evolving mural art tradition. The pieces reflect a wide range of art practices, including studio art, visual design, and graffiti, and represent an indigenous expression of public art. Curator: Brandon Opalka. Through April 27. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1492 or historymiami.org THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN SCREENS OUTDOORS IN NORTH BEACH

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MARCH 14 MUSIC Tony Bennett

MARCH 14 TALK Rendering War

No one else in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence as Tony Bennett. In the last ten years alone he has sold ten million records. Bennett's newest album, The Classics, is in stores today. The Classics is a newly compiled collection of Tony Bennett recordings from 1951 to 2011, each personally selected by the artist. Throughout his career, Tony Bennett has always put his heart and time into humanitarian concerns. In 1999, Bennett, with his wife Susan Benedetto, a former public school teacher, founded Exploring the Arts (ETA) to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA connects private funders, individual artists, and cultural institutions to Partner Schools to achieve greater equality of resources and opportunity for youth of all means and backgrounds. With Antonia Bennett. 8pm. $70 - $90. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. For info: hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

Join Wolfsonian-FIU curator Silvia Barisione and curator Gianni Franzone, of the Wolfsoniana in Genoa, Italy, for an exploration of the role of public art in Fascist Italy. Focusing on the large-scale charcoal mural studies of A.G. Santagata, they will discuss The Wolfsonian’s current exhibition Rendering War: The Murals of A.G. Santagata, and the accompanying book, Rendering War: Antonio G. Santagata. Meet the curators at a wine reception following the program. Free. 7pm - 8:30pm. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: wolfsonian.org

MARCH 14 BOOKS The Photography of Michael Childers This updated and expanded collection spans the career of renowned American photographer Michael Childers, including many photographs published for the first time. Working mostly with black-andwhite film, Childers has captured the icons and legends of popular culture and the art world for decades. His stunning portraits include Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Clint Eastwood, Catherine Deneuve, Rock Hudson, and Carol Channing. Several portraits are of special importance because they were taken early in the actors' careers, before they became celebrities: Sissy Spacek, Demi Moore, Mel Gibson, John Travolta, Richard Gere, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Equally important are portraits of the great film-industry legends who helped establish and build the stars' careers, including film directors Billy Wilder and John Schlesinger and costume designer Edith Head. In addition to stars of the film world, Childers has produced portraits of contemporary artists, architects, writers and musicians, including a series of photographs of Andy Warhol in his New York studio and Paris apartment, and a series of David Hockney in his Hollywood and London studios. Childers was a founding photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview and After Dark magazines and has photographed more than 200 magazine covers. Childers will discuss and sign his new book tonight. 6:30pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com

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MARCH 14 FILM The Odd Life of Timothy Green Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows The Odd Life Of Timothy Green. Directed by Peter Hedges. With Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams, Odeya Rush. A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. 7pm. Hang out and enjoy a movie under the stars. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: miamibeachparks.com

MARCH 14 THEATRE American Play Reading Series Join SoBe Arts for two compelling weekends of fresh, innovative, intriguing and never-produced new plays. Explore unfamiliar and bizarre historical events, high comedy, drama of dysfunctional families, or an extraordinary journey through fertile vegetation, tropical birds and monkeys surrounding an ancient tomb in a remote South American location. Free. SoBe Institute of the Arts, 2100 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: sobearts.org

MARCH 14 MUSIC Brooklyn Rider Praised for its stunningly imaginative performances, the adventurous, intrepid string quartet Brooklyn Rider Cabaret Series combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with

a gripping performance style that draws acclaim from classical, world music, and rock critics. 8:30pm; 7:30pm & 9:30pm. $30. SMDCAC Black Box Cabaret, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: 786-5735300 or smdcac.org

MARCH 14 KIDS Peer Gynt-A Story from Norway Miami Beach Children's Series, Part III: Peer Gynt ? A Story from Norway plus a new solo for kids by Emily Noe. 3:30pm. Free. Miami Beach Regional Library, 222 Liberty Ave; Miami Beach. For info: momentumdance.com

MARCH 15 MUSIC Paul Simon & Sting Two of music’s most renowned and enduring artists, Paul Simon & Sting, will bring their extraordinary mojo to South Florida tonight. As friends for many years, their collaboration on a tour is a natural fit. At each performance, audiences will be treated to the unique pleasure of experiencing these two innovative musicians On Stage Together, in addition to solo performances with their respective bands, in what will surely be one of the most highly-anticipated concert events of 2014. 8pm. $45 - $250. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway; Sunrise. For info: thebbtcenter.com

MARCH 15 MUSIC Pablo Alboran Pablo Alboran is a Spanish musician, singer and songwriter. In 2011, he was nominated for three Latin Grammy Awards. Alborán has released two studio albums, one live album, four singles, four music videos and various musical collaborations. His records debuted in 2010 with their first official release, Solamente Tú, the first single from his debut album Alboran, released in February 2011. A few months after releasing his first album, it was published in acoustic as the first recorded live concert Several weeks after it debuted to the top in Spain, it was launched in Portugal, reaching No. 1. Of all his singles, two stand out: Solamente tú and Perdóname which he sang together with singer Carminho, being number one in sales, both in Spain and in Portugal. 8pm. $43.50 - $128.50. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7300 or fillmoremb.com

MARCH 15 OPERA L' amico Fritz L’amico Fritz will be performed by Miami Lyric Opera tonight at the Colony Theatre. L’amico Fritz is an opera in three acts by Pietro Mascagni, that premiered in 1891 from a libretto by P. Suardon, based on the French novel L’ami Fritz by Émile Erckmann and Pierre-Alexandre Chatrian. The story takes place in a small Jewish community in Alsace by the end of 19th Century: Fritz Kobus, a wealthy, confirmed bachelor, lives on his estate in Alsace. The Rabbi David, a persistent matchmaker, is determined to get Fritz to marry. Affirming that he will never get married, Fritz bets with David offering his vineyard that it would never happen. Finally through David's plotting, Fritz falls in love with Suzel, the daughter of his steward, and asks her to marry him. Mascagni chose a French comedy by Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian, L'Ami Fritz, and adapted it for the stage in 1872. It was further transformed into a libretto by P. Suardon (an anagram for the famous writer, N. Daspuro), who maintained the fundamental ingredients of the original. 8pm. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: miamilyricopera.org

MARCH 15 TOUR South Beach Art Deco Walk Meet guide Paula Fletcher for a walk of South Beach’s Art Deco District. This tour features a stop at Gianni Versace’s infamous doorstep, Art Deco architecture, and entertaining stories about this historic district, and the characters that played a starring role. Walk-ups welcome. Tour meets at The Clevelander Bar. $30. 10am - 12pm. The Clevelander Bar, 1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. For info: historymiami.org or 305-375-1621.

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MARCH 15 MUSIC Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell Perhaps the world’s finest chamber orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields was founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958, bringing together London’s finest musicians to play among friends without a conductor in the Church of St. Martin in the Fields. What followed was a veritable revolution in the way the music world heard music from across the centuries, with impeccable performance practice married to a disarming humanity that made the orchestra and its hundreds of recordings staples of classical music. A classical superstar in his own right, and one of history’s great violinists by any standard, Joshua Bell is not only the first American but also the first person to hold the post of music director of the Academy since Sir Neville founded it. Of Bell's first tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Gramophone reported that “the audience reaction has been nothing short of rock concert enthusiasm.” The Academy’s first recordings for SONY Classical under its new music director will be a complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies. The first installment, the Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7, was released in the spring of 2013. Program: J.S. Bach Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042; Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21; Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op.23 (1863) and Schubert String Quartet No. 14, D. 810 Death and the Maiden (arranged for string orchestra). 8pm. $50 - $150. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

MARCH 15 TOUR 2014 Miami Beach Gardens Explore the alluring private gardens of Miami Beach this spring with the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Bike or drive to six hidden oases, each with its own inspiring character and taste. Begin the day at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, to check in and pick up a map of the tour locations. From there, choose the order in which to visit each garden. All of the private gardens are within biking distance of each other and are open for touring between 10am and 3pm. After the tour head back to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden to indulge in garden fun from 11am to 5pm. Enjoy tropical fruits, honey, herbs, bread, cheeses and more at the gardenside farmers market, or grab some hot lunch from the food trucks. Listen to live music from local band Broken Tenure while perusing the selection of orchids, herbs, bromeliads and Florida natives at the plant sale, or discover a treasure at the Gems & Junque rummage sale. All proceeds benefit the Garden. Miami Dade Animal Services and The Cat Network will be there with furry friends looking for loving homes. $30. 10am - 5pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: mbgarden.org or 305.673.7256.

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MARCH 15 MUSIC Aziz Ansari

MARCH 16 MUSIC Smokey Robinson

Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from NYU as a business major in 2004. His father is a Medical Doctor and he studied at the South Carolina governors school of science and mathematics. He previously attended the Bennetsville Academy which was in his home town. Starting out in television, he later had bit parts in the films I Love You, Man, Funny People, and Get Him to the Greek, among others, before co-starring in the comedy 30 Minutes or Less. 8pm. $39 - $49. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. For info: hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

R&B doesn’t get any more timeless. The chart-topping singer-songwriter and Motown icon Smokey Robinson has a career that spans more than four decades of hits, including The Tears of a Clown, I Second That Emotion, My Girl, and more. A Grammy Living Legend Award recipient and member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, the legendary singer, songwriter and producer makes his Arsht Center debut in what promises to be a master class in pop vocal performance. During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. 8pm. $35 - $125. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

MARCH 16 MUSIC Kari Jobe After being established as one of the industry’s premier worship leaders with her Dove Award-winning, self-titled debut, Kari Jobe continues to serve as a worship pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, and released her highly anticipated follow-up album, Where I Find You, in January 2012. This album also earned Kari her first GRAMMY-nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. She comes to Miami Beach tonight for her Majestic Tour with Rend Collective. 7pm. $26.50 - $35. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7300 or fillmoremb.com

MARCH 17 ART Concrete Paradise

Claddagh: An Explosion of Celtic Dance and Music immerses the audience in an unbridled energetic fusion of all that is great about live performance. This music and dance extravaganza ignites the stage with the contemporary luster of shows like Barrage and Stomp. The sizzling Claddagh cast bounds effortlessly through a repertoire that spans the generations as well as the globe. With its underlying romantic story line, Claddagh: An Explosion of Celtic Dance and Music is a vivacious music, dance and multi-media spectacular that forges eagerly beyond the typical expectations of the traditional performing arts setting. Its exquisite production, its exceptional artistry and its alluring fusion of the classic and the contemporary styles promise to immediately establish Claddagh as a true not to be missed favorite among audiences. 2pm. $40 & $45. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org

Every city has a building that is emblematic of its culture and history. New York has the Empire State Building and Paris has the Eiffel Tower. For Miami, that building is the Ralph Munroe Marine Stadium, a modernist concrete structure that looks like an origami rendition of the Sydney Opera House. Designed in 1963 by a young Cuban architect named Hilario Candela, this 6,566-seat stadium is a marvel of design and engineering that takes its architectural cues from Havana’s Tropicana Nightclub. With a football field-length roofline that was the longest span of cantilevered concrete in the world when it was built, the stadium was designed for watching speed boat racing at a time when Miami was the epicenter of the sport. The Marine Stadium also mirrored the cultural heartbeat of Miami, hosting stars like Jimmy Buffett, Gloria Estefan, Dave Brubeck, the Beach Boys, and Ray Charles on its dramatic floating stage. Flamboyant enough to serve as a set for Elvis Presley’s film Clambake, it was also majestic enough to host religious services and political rallies. Though shuttered and neglected since 1992 when the City cited unsafe conditions after Hurricane Andrew, Miami’s architectural jewel has continued to be a focal point for cutting-edge artistic trends. Graffiti artists and skateboarders have turned its ramps and raw concrete expanses into one of the nation’s most important venues for street art. Contemporary artists, engineering scholars, architects, photographers, and designers continue to be mesmerized and influenced by its soaring roofline and panoramic water views. This exhibit features film clips, antique hydroplanes, videos of Parkour athletes’ stunts, site-specific graffiti murals, and much more, this multi-media exhibit will bring Miami’s most daringly modern building back to dazzling life. This exhibit is curated by Rosa Lowinger and Megan Schmitt. Through April 27. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1492 or historymiami.org

MARCH 16 TOUR Little Havana Cuban Cuisine and Culture

MARCH 18 ARTS Inside the Music: Movements

MARCH 16 DANCE Claddagh: An Explosion of Celtic Dance and Music

Join HistoryMiami on this delightful tour of Little Havana! Sample cafe cubano and fruit as you learn the secrets of the Ceiba tree. Visit a botanica, see cigars hand-rolled, and explore Domino Park all while experiencing the sights and sounds of one of Miami’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Optional lunch afterwards at Cuban restaurant. Walk-ups welcome. Tour meets at Los Pinarenos Fruteria. $30. 10am - 12pm. Los Pinarenos Fruteria, 1334 SW 8 St; Miami. For info: historymiami.org

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A collaboration between Miami City Ballet dancers and New World Symphony Fellows. This event probes the intersection between classical music and ballet, as seen through the eyes of the artists themselves. Conceived of, designed and executed by the Fellows and dancers themselves, Movements is a unique collaboration that takes its name from the consideration of all three participants: the musical movements in classical scores, the physical movement of the dancers, and the emotional movement of audience members. 7pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu

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MARCH 19 KIDS Super Tryday

MARCH 19 FILM Lee Daniels' The Butler

Juggling, puppets and magic! For early elementary grades, Fantasy Theatre Factory offers this delightful show featuring Pinky and Pointer, two silly characters that create Super Tryday, an imaginary eighth day of the week. Super Tryday is a day when we try to learn new and challenging things, like finding a friend or learning to tie your shoes. Pinky and Pointer use puppetry, magic, comedy, juggling and lots of imagination for this motivational show. Children are encouraged to create their own Super Tryday with the help of teachers, friends and parents. Grades K-6. Free. 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7256 or ftfshows.com

Free outdoor movies every Wednesday night are in full swing with The SoundScape Cinema Series at the Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage. This week's flick is Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Directed by Lee Daniels. With Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda. As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. 8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: mbculture.com

MARCH 19 ART Conversations & Cocktails Conversations & Cocktails: Rubell Family Collection + Wynwood Brewery. MOCA Shakers and above level members are invited to the latest exhibition at the Rubell Family Collection, 28 Chinese, which features works by some of the innovative artists working in China today. MOCA Curatorial Assistant Sarah Sulistio and Cara Despain, Foundation Education Manager from the Rubell Family Collection will lead the tour. Members will then meet at the Wynwood Brewing Company for a sampling of local draft beers. 6pm. Wynwood Brewing Company, 565 NW 24th St; Miami. For info: mocanomi.org

MARCH 19 MUSIC Will Chase Currently starring as Luke Wheeler on ABC's Nashville,Will Chase is one of Broadway's most versatile leading men. Chase will perform American, Broadway, and pop songs in this concert opening tonight. He most recently appeared on Broadway as John Jasper / Mr. Clive Paget in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood for which he received the 2013 Tony Award Nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. Audiences will recognize him from his portrayal of the character Michael Swift playing Joe Di Maggio in NBC's Smash. Chase earned recognition for his standout performances on Broadway including Nice Work If You Can get It, Aida, Miss Saigon, The Full Monty, Lennon, and High Fidelity. He appeared as Tony in Billy Elliott and played Roger in the closing Broadway production of Rent, which was filmed for television. Will recently starred opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White in the Hallmark Hall Of Fame's movie The Lost Valentine. 8pm. $39.50. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info: aventuracenter.org

MARCH 20 FILM Sunday, Bloody Sunday John Schlesinger followed his Academy Award-winning Midnight Cowboy with this sophisticated and highly personal take on love and sex. Sunday Bloody Sunday depicts the romantic lives of two Londoners, a middle-aged doctor and a prickly thirtysomething divorcée-played by Oscar winners Peter Finch (Network) and Glenda Jackson (Women in Love)-who are sleeping with the same handsome young artist (Murray Head). A revelation in its day, this may be the 1970s' most intelligent, multitextured film about the complexities of romantic relationships; it is keenly acted and sensitively directed, from a penetrating screenplay by novelist and critic Penelope Gilliatt. 7pm. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: mbcinema.com

MARCH 20 BOOKS Under the Jeweled Sky

TODD OLDHAM CRAYONS

A breathtaking story of forbidden love and devastating consequences...The moment Sophie steps onto India's burning soil, she realizes her return was inevitable. But this is not the India she fell in love with ten years before in a maharaja's palace. This is not the India that ripped her heart out as Partition tore the country in two. That India, a place of tigers, scorpions, and shimmering beauty, is long gone. Drawing on her own family's heritage, acclaimed novelist Alison McQueen beautifully portrays the heart of a woman who must confront her past in order to fight for her future. Under the Jeweled Sky deftly explores the loss of innocence, the urgent connection in our stars, and how we'll go to find our hearts. Born in the sixties to an Indian mother and an English jazz musician father, author McQueen grew up in London and worked in advertising for twenty years before retiring to write full time. She lives in a quiet English village with her husband and two daughters. McQueen will discuss and sign her new book tonight. 8pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: booksandbooks.com www.miamisunpost.com • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, March 13, 2014 • Page 19

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MARCH 20 MUSIC Chamber Ensembles

MARCH 20 FESTIVAL Power of Design

Chamber ensembles from Cleveland Orchestra Miami and Univerity of Miami’s Frost School of Music will perform selections by J.S. Bach, Bartók, Taffanel, Lutosławski, and Viñao in an intimate museum setting. Two new chamber works by Frost composition students Peter Learn and Richard Yates will premiere that evening. 8pm. $20. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info: mocanomi.org

This is the inaugural year for Power of Design, which comprises approximately twenty events and related happenings starting today. Power of Design includes moderated discussions, talks, performances, exhibitions, and more, along with satellite programming by collaborators. The majority of events are at The Wolfsonian. Among the many highlights are a talk by political humorist Andy Borowitz; novelist Michael Chabon; a panel on cities with Brazilian architect Jaime Lerner, local star Andrés Duany, and others; panels on air travel and watchdog journalism; a hands-on program for children led by designer Todd Oldham; and a complaints choir featuring FIU students. The Festival kicks of with Power of Design 2014: Complaints. Why do we complain? Consider this: Complaining may just serve a purpose. Complaints can get us from here to there, dissatisfaction to action, action to innovation. The Wolfsonian is looking into the method, purpose, and meaning of complaints. An ongoing online component features daily posters by renowned designers, an active blog, and even the opportunity to lodge your own complaints—and solutions. 6pm - 9pm. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.531.1001 or wolfsonian.org

MARCH 20 MUSIC Clark Gable Slept Here A world premiere satire by multiple Carbonell Award-winning playwright and Zoetic Stage co-founder Michael McKeever (South Beach Babylon, Moscow), Clark Gable Slept Here transports the audience into the fantastical world of Tinseltown. As one of the silver screen's brightest stars charms his way through the Golden Globe Awards ceremony, his staff tries to figure out what to do with the dead male prostitute on his bedroom floor. South Florida favorite McKeever takes a look behind the closed doors of the Hollywood elite, and presents a jet-black satire on what it means to be a man in the make-believe world of motion pictures, where nothing is ever what it seems and closets are used for so much more than hanging up your tuxedo. Directed by Stuart Meltzer. Presented in partnership with Zoetic Stage. Through April 6. 7:30pm. $45. Carnival Studio Theatre, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: arshtcenter.org

MARCH 20 MUSIC Stine Janvin Motland and C. Spencer Yeh A special vocal performance from Stine Motland and C. Spencer Yeh will take place in the auditorium at PAMM tonight. Drawing from an expanding palette of innovative sounds, these musicians instrumentalize breath, mouth, and vocal chords to engage the physicality, variation, and sensuousness of the non-lyrical voice. Yeh and Motland improvise and compose, using the voice as a sound-making device that lies outside of speech acts and traditional modes of singing. Following the performance, enjoy a live outdoor performance by Brooklyn-based duo Gatekeeper. Inspired by the sounds and visions of forgotten b-movie film scores, classic fantasy games and lurid arcade imagery, the duo of Aaron David Ross and Matthew Arkell have created their own morbidly compelling discotheque, a vividly detailed flight of fancy in which the conventions of techno, Chicago house, italo-disco and industrial are transfigured into a singular phantasmagoric adventure populated by hushed screams, Gregorian dungeon chants and cinematic washes of mammoth sound. Following the PAMM performance, Gatekeeper will DJ the after party at Bardot. 7pm - 8pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: pamm.org AZIZ ANSARI

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MARCH 20 ART Industrial Sublime Featuring paintings by leading artists such as George Bellows, Robert Henri, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Sloan, this exhibition examines the shift to urban views of New York’s waterways between 1900 and 1940 as Realists and Modernists conceived a new pictorial language to treat American industrialism. Having jettisoned the romantic ideals of forebears, such as the Hudson River School, who had ignored the industrialization of the region, these artists celebrated the changing way of life along the city’s waterfront. Instead of majestic mountains, they painted the modern waterways’ bridges, cranes, and ocean liners. Twentieth-century artists took the elements of the Sublime, combined them with Modernism’s interest in structure and form, and applied them to humankind’s industry, thereby creating a new visual vocabulary for the modern era: the Industrial Sublime. Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave; West Palm Beach. For info: norton.org

MARCH 20 SOCIAL Sister City Wine & Spirit Series: Curitiba, Brazil A delightful evening featuring a selection of Wines of Brasil and an educational presentation on the soon-to-be sister city of Curitiba, Brazil. Featured speakers include Patrick Alexander, local wine expert, Daniel Marquez, Sales Brand Ambassador USA for Wines of Brasil, and Adriana Sabino, President of the Brazilian Cultural Center of Miami. Curitiba is not only a host of the FIFA World Cup, but it is also considered to be one of the Greenest Cities in the World. Sip on Brazil's world-renowned wines, and also learn something new about this amazing city. Sponsored by Wines of Brasil and Brazilian Cultural Center of Miami. 7pm. $30. Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. For info: 305.603.8067 or coralgablesmuseum.org

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INTERVIEW

Film

Praising MIFF, Dissing Speed By Ruben Rosario

You could feel it in the air. That excitement movie buffs from all backgrounds bask in as they share decades-old anecdotes and discuss recent screenings that went better than expected. It was Tuesday night, Day 5 of the 31st Miami International Film Festival, and the chatter on the long, snaking admission line on the third floor of the Regal Cinemas South Beach multiplex did not revolve around crushing disappointments or the occasional projection glitch, pet peeves one expects to eavesdrop in as you kill time before being handed an audience award ballot and walking into the auditorium. Instead, peers and festival members were raving about how well their festival experience was going so far, how, for example, that early-evening, not-so-well-attended showbiz documentary that may have escaped ticket buyers’ attention as they were planning out their schedule turned out to be marvelous. How the opening night film may have underwhelmed, but really, who cares when you have Hollywood royalty up on the Olympia Theater stage and A-listers making surprise appearances on the red carpet outside? I listened attentively and told the longtime MIFF patron next to me as we waited to catch the Florida premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive about the delightful Swedish movie about a middle school all-girl punk rock trio I’d just caught at the Paragon Grove, and from which I bolted the second it was over just so I could make it in time for this next screening. And even though I really wanted to review the Swedish movie for last week’s column and was told by the U.S. distributor I had to wait until it opens commercially in South Florida, it ultimately didn’t matter. I was living in the moment, and at the halfway point, this year’s MIFF had been, and not just by my account, a wealth of riches. (The Jarmusch film, a wry, surprisingly tender vampire tale starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, goes down like fine wine, but lest I tempt the fates at Sony Pictures Classics, I’ll refrain from further comment until it opens commercially later in the year.) You can always count on me, readers, to play movie police whenever a local festival’s standards are dropping, when you stare slackjawed at the screen and wonder how a particular cinematic turd was accepted into the lineup. This week finds me in a most unusual spot: I am gushing, but that’s because this year’s MIFF is gush-worthy. (It’s even yielded some choice gossip about a revered A-lister being a tad too fond of the open bar, but that’s a subject for another column.) So, congratulations, executive director Jaie Laplante and the rest of the festival’s creative team, for making MIFF shine again. And keep it up, because I’m going to be watching you (cue Robert De Niro in Meet the Parents) like a hawk. So what’s the rest of the nation up to while us cinephiles are feasting on MIFF 2014’s banquet? If they’ve already checked their brains at the box office for 300: Rise of an Empire, unseen by yours truly, they’re suiting up and revving up for Need for Speed, the film adaptation of the popular video game. My initial reaction, naturally, is to deplore the cynical mindset that would allow such a production to be greenlit. (I can imagine the pitch session: “It’s like the Fast and Furious franchise, only less ethnically diverse and set in the good ol’ U.S. of A.”) There is a place in the movie firmament for a gearheadfriendly, beauties-on-the-road-and-on-the-driver’s-seat racing yarn. But did it really have to be this generic and milquetoast? Stunt coordinator-turned-director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) has even achieved the dubious feat of making Aaron Paul boring. In Need for Speed, the Breaking Bad star plays repair shop owner Tobey Marshall, who’s facing the prospect of having the bank swoop in and close the workplace he inherited from his dad, something he keeps from his attractively nondescript buddies/fellow employees. How does this wholesome clan let off steam in their hometown of Mt. Kisco, N.Y.? Well, by staging illegal, Page 22 • Thursday, March 13, 2014 • Miami SunPost • www.miamisunpost.com

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adrenaline-jolting drag races, of course. The race that opens the film has our fearless drivers taking off from a drive-in theater – nice touch to have Bullitt be that night’s main attraction onscreen – and then darting down quiet roads and city streets. The staging and camerawork are adequate enough, but Waugh doesn’t quite capture the rush these speed demons must be experiencing like, say, Quentin Tarantino did in his sorely underrated Death Proof. Need for Speed doesn’t fare much better in the story department, as household-name professional ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE racer Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper, who ought to know better) enlists Tobey and his posse to work on a pricey Ford Mustang GT for a wealthy client. Tragedy ensues shortly after the job is finished, and Tobey winds up in the slammer for something he didn’t do. The payback scenario that follows, in the form of a clandestine race put together by motormouth eccentric Monarch (an annoying Michael Keaton, who serves as the movie’s Greek chorus), should have given the heretofore feeble proceedings a cathartic charge, but Need for Speed just goes through the motions in perfunctory, workmanlike fashion. Where’s the spark that would have made this popcorn movie go? It’s squandered in a wan, though thankfully not overplayed, odd-couple romance between Tobey and Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots), who works for the Mustang client and who joins our hero in his by-the-numbers competition. Here’s the problem with Need for Speed in a nutshell: The wheels are sexy, but the cast is anything but. Even some comic relief by wingman Finn (Rami Malek), which involves the character giving the finger to his soul-crushing office job, falls as flat as the actor’s flabby bare tush. Most perplexing of all is the way Paul’s dark side, so intriguingly mined in Breaking Bad, is left unexplored, and that was the very quality Need for Speed desperately needed. A little grit and bad-boy demons would have gone a long way toward making this would-be franchise starter stand out from the crowd. As it stands, Need for Speed embarks on a sleek, self-satisfied road to nowhere. Need for Speed opens March 14 in wide release. The 31st Miami International Film Festival (miamifilmfestival.com) wraps up March 16.

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REVIEW

Crimes of the Heart Shines Theatre at Miami Beach’s Stage Door Theater By Roger Martin ATCA

Lord, what a day. Three sisters are living in a small town in Mississippi and one morning sister Lenny’s horse is killed by a lightning bolt, sister Meg returns from California after failing as a singer and sister Babe shoots her husband. Their Old Granddaddy is hospitalized after a stroke and their mother had hanged herself along with the family cat. Of course it’s also Lenny’s 30th birthday and no one has cared enough to give her a present except for her cousin Chick who brings her a box of cheap candy. Set up for a door slammer? Hardly. But there is a surprising amount of humor in this 1981 Pulitzer Prize winning piece by Beth Henley now playing at the Miami Beach Stage Door Theater through March 30. Director Michael Leeds shows a fine touch with six good actors bringing out the tenderness of a piece that otherwise might descend into mawkishness. Henley peels layer after layer from the lives of the three sisters but the performances preclude any touch of melodrama. Meredith Bartmon excels as Lenny, bravely lonely as the linchpin of the family. She’ll break your heart before the show is over. Ursula Anderman as seemingly innocent Babe the shooter is completely intriguing with her secrets and Faiza Cherie is exactly right as the chain smoking, bourbon drinking saloon singer who gets nowhere. Erin Pittleman in the smaller role of jealous cousin Chick does well as does Nicholas Wilder as gimpy Doc, dreams destroyed in a hurricane. Samuel Floyd as Barnette, a small town lawyer with a large grudge is a standout. And all the actors handle the deep fried accents with ease. David Torres designed the set, a realistic middle class kitchen nicely lighted by Ardean Landhuis. Crimes of the Heart is a fairly long two act show but this version at The Stage Door Theatre is worth every moment invested. Pulitzer Prize winner. Oh, yes. At the Stage Door Theater, 500 71st Street, Miami Beach. For info: 305-397-8977

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ABOVE: CRIMES OF THE HEART. ABOVE RIGHT: MIAMI CITY BALLET DANCERS AND NEW WORLD SYMPHONY FELLOWS CREATE TOGETHER

A Creative Exchange of Music and Dance By Michael Breeden, Corps de ballet dancer, Miami City Ballet (from the MCB Blog)

After visiting a rehearsal at Miami City Ballet studios, New World Symphony (NWS) fellows began meeting regularly with a group of our dancers to examine the relationship between sound and movement, resulting in a creative exchange between the talented young artists. Corps de ballet dancer Michael Breeden explains how this organic relationship will materialize onstage March 18. Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony have long been the two pillars of Miami’s arts world, attracting acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The dancers and musicians work in the same neighborhood, frequent each other’s performances, and have always expressed how wonderful it would be to work together. After decades as South Florida’s premier arts organizations, it is with great excitement that we prepare for our first full-evening performance together — a creative exchange between the dancers of Miami City Ballet and the fellows of New World Symphony. The two organizations agreed that New World Symphony’s free Inside the Music program would be an ideal outlet for featuring the creativity of the dancers and the musicians. Soon, a small group of artists from each organization were brain-

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storming on programming, the evening’s format, and the myriad other decisions that go into bringing an evening of music and dance to life. The musicians suggested works they wanted to play, dancers stepped up to choreograph, and we began to work feverishly at putting together a performance almost entirely in our spare time. Even though both the musicians and dancers are extremely busy with their individual seasons, an opportunity like this simply couldn’t be passed up. As the performance date approaches and the final touches come together, the excitement among the dancers is palpable. This is an event Miami arts lovers will not want to miss, as well as the beginning of a long and fruitful artistic relationship! Inside the Music: Movements will feature nearly 30 dancers, seven of whom — Renan Cerdeiro, Leigh-Ann Esty, Sara Esty, Adriana Pierce, Ariel Rose, Eric Trope and Zoe Zien — will debut original choreography created specifically for the event. TO GO: March 18 at 7pm. New World Center, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info: nws.edu or miamicityballet.org

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PREVIEW

Art

John Dowd Exhibits Third New Landscape Series, About Florida By Kim Steiner

American artist John Dowd shows his new series titled About Florida at the Williams McCall Gallery South of Fifth. The exhibit, which kicked off with an artist reception last Friday, will run until March 29th. Gail Williams, owner of Williams McCall Gallery states, “Well known for his post-Hopper architectural portraits of Cape Cod homes, we feel fortunate that John Dowd is capturing Florida in his uniquely special way. Having brought us the In Florida and Florida Nocturne series since the gallery’s debut, this new series of 15 oil-on-canvas paintings is Dowd’s third show of Florida landscapes. John Dowd shares, “It is a further exploration of my interest in the dazzling beauty of its skies and lighting alongside the often quirky local architectural vernacular, the sense of sublime in Out in Stiltsville, the anonymous but familiar in a nondescript corner of a typical neighborhood depicted just after a storm at twilight in Florida Landscape (after the rain), the odd silhouettes of palms set against the night sky in Suburban Night, the rich saturated blue of evening at a South Beach motel with the glow from within a room in Blue Night, in these and the others in this show are things that I found arresting.” Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours and By Nightfall and John Dowd collector, writes “John captures the subvert life of the seemingly inanimate. He gives us, in his paintings, the life we’ve been granted, and gives us as well the world that will continue after we’re gone.” Dowd received a degree in architecture at Notre Dame and further advanced his studies in Rome.  His work has been exhibited throughout the country with numerous works held in private, corporate and museum collections. He was awarded the Altman Prize “Grand Prize for Landscape“ from the National Academy of Design. Dowd currently resides in Provincetown and New York City. For more info: williamsmccallgallery.com or call 786.359.4321.

LEFT: BLUE NIGHT. FAR ABOVE: DUSK IN MIAMI. ABOVE: OUT IN STILTSVILLE.

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PREVIEW

Art

Insiders: A Group Exhibition of the Leading Urban/Graffiti/Street Artists By Lee Reed BELOW LEFT: NICK GENTRY, PARAGON . BELOW: HENRIETTA HARRIS, POLO.

Robert Fontaine Gallery, located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District, is currently exhibiting Insiders, a survey of works by some of the most important leading visual artists associated with the rising street art movement. The Gallery explores the global street/urban art movement and the evolution behind this visual language, which has moved from the murals in the streets to the contemporary gallery setting. Insiders includes original and edition works from both local and international artists: Banksy, Shepard Fairy, Anthony Lister, Dolk, RYCA, Know Hope, LOF, M-City, Mantis, Maya Hayuk, Brett Amory, David Walker, Olek, Pure Evil, Paul Insect, Space Invader, Retna, Simon Thompson, Nick Gentry, Penny, Billy Childish, Henrietta Harris, Jake Reller, Skewville, and more. “Insiders, is a term referring to how the global street art movement has advanced from the sidelines of the art world eroding the walls between the gallery and the streets as studio setting, now, street art is supported by some of the most significant museums curators, galleries and collectors, thus becoming less of an outsiders club and more of a hugely significant force at a time when the art world is hungry for something more than references to the past.” said Robert Fontaine, Gallery Director. The exhibition runs through March 28. TO GO: Robert Fontaine Gallery is located at 2349 NW 2nd Ave; open noon-5p.m., Monday through Saturday and by appointment; 305-3978530; robertfontainegallery.com.

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Food PREVIEW

Stout Sports Bar & Grill, A St. Patty’s Preview By Marguerite Gil

Looking for a fun place to enjoy St. Patty’s Day? Or maybe you just want to linger in a traditional Irish Pub for the food, drinks and ambience. I can recommend a place that can be intimate or noisy, friendly but also private, delicious, down-home, and has a folksy but edgy feel to it. Stout Sports Bar & Grill. This Irish inspired tavern opened last March, 2012 and has become a staple for neighbors as well as South Floridians, who are looking for a fun place to enjoy tantalizing comfort food, music and good service. They keep their thirsty clients well watered. Oh, did I mention that they will have green beer for the St. Patty’s Day festivities? As you would expect the place offers 80 different varieties of Scotch, 60 different beers, 20 draft beers and a big selection of Irish favorites such as Bangers & Mash, ($13), Fish & Chips, ($13), Calf’s Liver & Onions, ($15), Shepherd’s Pie, ($14), and Corned Beef & Cabbage, ($13). Chef Charlie Miller makes sure that each dish is authentic, fresh and flavorful. He said, “Don’t be scared off by the Bar & Grill aspect

outside, there’s a lot more to the place than what you see from the outside and the food’s good too.” Week-end brunch is available from 10 a.m.2 p.m. and they often book fun events such as car shows on Sundays. Sometimes they have as many as 40 novelty cars parked around the premises on any given Sunday. Monday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and Stout will feature an Irish Breakfast, which includes 2 eggs cooked to order, 2 Irish sausages, Irish bacon, tomatoes, button mushrooms, baked beans, blood pudding, white pudding and toast as well as the regular menu. With over 40 HDTV screens and all sorts of sports packages available for their VIP clients, sports enthusiasts can indulge at the 60-footlong- hammered copper bar while drinking up a pint or two. Stout’s kitchen is open 7 days a week until midnight with extended hours at the bar until 2 am. Details: stoutsportsbarandgrill.com is located at 3419 North Andrews Ave. in Oakland Park.

Sunday Brunch at the Garden By Marguerite Gil

I visited the Miami Beach Botanical Garden last week and walked over to see the ‘Dames d’Escoffier’ newly planted Garden. It’s only been around a short while but the plants are already bearing fruits. I also noticed that the Garden has installed a ‘sail’ in the patio area that will protect future event guests from the tropical rays. This made eating outdoors during the fabulous Sunday brunch a ‘shady’ and cool experience. Les Dames d’Escoffier Board members and all of the volunteers and guests shared a great time on Sunday, March 9th. There was fabulous food, delectable drinks, enjoyable music, a silent auction and a raffle. Not only did we be experience a memorable day but there was tons of support for such a great cause. For info on Les Dames d’Escoffier: LesDamesMiami.org. Page 30 • Thursday, March 13, 2014 • Miami SunPost • www.miamisunpost.com

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Women of Tomorrow and Miami International Film Festival Made for a Dazzling Weekend By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore maryjoshore@aol.com

The beautiful Mandarin Oriental overflowed with elegance last Saturday night as the 18th Annual Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program hosted its annual gala with more than 500 of South Florida’s finest- philanthropists, celebrities and socialites who gathered to sip, chat, dine and dance, oh yes, and donate, donate, donate- to young ladies in need. Gala Chair Marisa Toccin Lucas along with founders Jennifer Valoppi and Don Browne and Co-Vice President, the Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle planned and hosted an unforgettable evening which raised a recordbreaking $900,000 this year- not bad for a day’s work, huh? All joking aside, the tireless efforts of the planning committee, helmed by Toccin Lucas became plainly evident from the minute we arrived. The evening began with a lavish cocktail reception filled with hors d’oeuvre stations, including a raw bar, created by the Mandarin Oriental’s executive chef, complemented by a highly anticipated silent auction, including items from top luxury brands and vendors including Prada USA; Saint Laurent Bal Harbour; Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour ; Britto Central; The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort; Diane Walder, M.D., P.A. and Perry Ellis International to name a few. James Rosenquist, one of America’s greatest living artists, donated A Hole in the Wallpaper: Be Beautiful - an art piece that sold for an undisclosed amount, well into the 6 figures. Guests also enjoyed posing with the Heat Championship trophy during the cocktail hour. Following the reception, guests were escorted into the ballroom, where they were treated to a fourcourse dinner, live auction and a fantastic performance by South Florida’s best band, Soul Survivors. We are not exaggerating when we say that Soul Survivors had the crowd dancing the entire night (save for the presentations and auction). There was not a space to be had on the packed dance floor. During the auction, Pat Riley, in a surprise move, auctioned off a VIP Heat experience for a private dinner with he and his wife Chris, along with VIP seats to a game and signed memorabilia. THE COLLECTION auctioned off a 3 Year Lease on a Maserati Ghibli - and then awarded Honorary Chairs and expectant parents Wayne & Cynthia Boich their very own baby Ferrari walker. A Kaufmann Franco Spring 2014 Collection gown was auctioned off along with 2 tickets to the Fashion Week show at Lincoln Center in New York City. Other highlights of this year’s live auction included a $5,000 Gift Certificate courtesy of Neiman Marcus and a one of a kind Donna Karan Dress courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour and Donna Karan New York. Toccin-Lucas said, “This year’s gala was a tremendous success thanks to an unprecedented live auction and the remarkable support from our donors. The record-breaking funds raised will help change the lives of so many young women in our community and for that I could not be prouder.” Jennifer Valoppi, Founder & President, shared the following: “As our program continues to expand around the country, our gala continues to draw supporters from all over. They are people who see problems and are willing to take action to solve them. What better way to stop the cycles of violence, poverty and abuse than to uplift the lives of the young women who will raise the next generation.” A heartfelt congratulations goes out to this year’s honorees: Honorary Chairmen Wayne & CynPage 32 • Thursday, March 13, 2014 • SunPost Weekly • www.miamisunpost.com

Tyler Florence, Bernard Lackner and Bonnie Verbitzky at the Fisher Island Club

thia Boich; Legacy Builder Honorees Bruce & Tracey Berkowitz, The Fairholme Foundation; Leadership Award Honoree Edie Lutnick; Champion Award Honoree Miami HEAT; Excellence Honorees Tara Solomon & Nick D’Annunzio, Tara Ink; and Mentor of the Year Robbin Newman.

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING Friday night’s opening festivities for the American premiere of the movie Elsa & Fred at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts drew A list stars, Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Radford, who attended the screening and the after party sponsored by designer undergarment label, Papi and Macy’s. The official MIFF opening night after party at the historic Alfred DuPont building had over 2,000 VIP guests in attendance. Papi and Macy’s set up an activation where guests could munch on “Papi Popcorn” while posing with hot Papi models who where dressed in nerdy film director themed costumes, before taking home terrific swag bags. The party boasted different tastings and experiences from various sponsors, including Patron, and lots and lots of dancing!

CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS BritWeek Miami, the annual celebration of British culture and industry excellence in South Florida, kicked-off its series of events for a second year on Thursday, March 6, with the second annual UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Great Business Innovation Awards Gala at The Viceroy Hotel in downtown Miami. The evening gala and awards honored the most innovative British companies and individuals. The 2014 Entrepreneur of The Year Award was presented to Sean Yazbeck by Her Majesty’s Consul General, Kevin McGurgan OBE, of the British Consulate-General Miami. After winning season five of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, the British expat set-up the telecommunications services company, WAVSYS, which today is an Inc 500 Fastest Growing Company in America, employing more than 500 people and providing over $100 million of services. A portion of the proceeds resulting from this year’s BritWeek Miami will benefit the Little Dreams Foundation – recording artist Phil Collins’ non-profit charity organization that has recently started its operation in South Florida to help advance the youth and children with an artistic and musical talent. On February 21, Fisher Island Club hosted an exclusive interactive dinner, Starry Night: An Evening with Tyler Florence, in conjunction with the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE. More than 70 Fisher Island Club members and VIPs attended the event inside the Club’s historic Vanderbilt Mansion. Chef Florence personally visited each table to explain how he skillfully prepared the dishes. All proceeds from the dinner benefited the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.

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411 1. Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer 2. Cecilia Chiang at the Soul of a Banquet screening

Miami Int. Film Festival Opening

3. Dr. Eduardo J. Padron, Anne Hathaway 4. Actor Jared GIlman 5. Osvaldo Rio 6. Director Jonathan Demme 7. Emma Tweed and Michael Radford 8. Wayne Wang, Jaie Laplante at the Soul of a Banquet Dinner www.miamisunpost.com • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, March 13, 2014 • Page 33

Go! Social Events By Maryanne Salvat maryannesalvat@aol.com

EXPRESS RUNWAY SHOW AT THE RALEIGH HOTEL EXPRESS will take over the Raleigh South Beach on Thursday, March 13 for an exclusive runway show presenting the newest collection for 2014. Special guest appearance by Miami Heat favorite Chris Bosh and live music by DJ A-Trak will set the mood for the evening. The party starts at 4:00 p.m. and the fashion show at 7:00 p.m. RSVP required for attendance by March 12; RSVP@Express.com must be 21 and older to attend.

BEBE’S SUNGLASS COLLECTION Supermodel Nina Agdal and the face of bebe, will be presenting bebe’s Sunglass Collection on Thursday, March 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the boutique’s Miami Beach location. Agdal will be greeting fans at her personal appearance along with other attendees Marysol Patton and Adriana de Moura.

BRAZILFOUNDATION On Saturday, March 15, BrazilFoundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support social projects in Brazil, will hold its third annual gala at the new Pérez Art Museum Miami. Sponsored by American Airlines, Artefacto, Audemars Piguet, St. Regis Bal Harbour, Goldman Sachs and Credit Agricole, the evening will bring together over 450 guests to generate resources for the communityled initiatives funded by the BrazilFoundation.  The evening will feature live music by Batuque Samba Funk, and a performance by Miami City Ballet School Ensemble and Quabales.  Notables including international supermodel Adriana Lima, Brazilian television personality Sabrina Sato, Latin Grammy Award-winner Ivete Sangalo, among others are expected to be in attendance.

PATRICIA AND PHILLIP FROST MUSEUM OF SCIENCE’S ANNUAL GALAXY GALA On Saturday, March 15, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s annual Galaxy Gala will benefit the Museum’s new building under construction in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s Gala Committee is led by co-chairs Nancy and Jonathan Batchelor and Nicole and Edgar Lozano. Philanthropic Chairs are Trish and Dan Bell and Host Chairs are Alicia Cervera Lamadrid and Alberto Lamadrid. This year’s Galaxy Gala will take place at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami. The event will be an out-of-this-world sensory experience incorporating interactive screens and preview technology that will be showcased at the new Museum. Guests will experience a seasonal transformation that begins in a tropical environment complete with lush greenery and palm trees before being whisked away to a winter wonderland featuring LED icicle chandeliers and falling snowflakes. The party will continue once the Gala winds down with the Museum’s Big Bang young professionals after party. Catering to young professionals ages 21 to 40, the Big Bang begins at 10:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour and at 11:00p.m., the doors will open to the main event where attendees will join Gala goers and “crash” the party. The Gala will then be transformed into a nightclub-inspired event with a DJ, dancing, special performances and cocktails. The Gala is expected to sell out again. Individual tickets start at $500, with tables ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. For information on tickets and sponsorships, please visit miasci.org/gala or contact Ruth Robinson at rrobinson@sciencegala.com. The Big Bang is also expected to sell out. Tickets can be purchased at: ypbigbang.eventbrite.com/ or by contacting Thamiah Tutt at ttutt@miamisci.org or 305.646.4283.

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