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Vol. XXIX No. 8

February 27, 2014 POLITICAL EDITOR Michael Sasser

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Decision Delayed Temple School Expansion Continued By Planning Board By Michael W. Sasser

A controversial plan for the expansion of a synagogue affiliated school into a home in a single family residential neighborhood was continued until the March meeting, after an agreement between counsel for both the synagogue/school and for a throng of homeowners opposed to commercial operations in the previously sacrosanct and historic single family Palm View community. Both parties agreed after the Cuban Hebrew Congregation of Miami - Temple Beth Shmuel hired new attorney Michael Larkin to represent it in the zoning issue. Activist resident’s attorney Kent Harrison Robbins confirmed the continuation and said he agreed because of the change of counsel – and also a possible resolution, although he is dubious of the latter. “I agreed with Larkin to have a community meeting, but I don’t really expect anything to be resolved,” Robbins told SunPost. If eventually approved, the zoning language would extend a multi-family class of zoning to include 1729 Lenox Avenue, a property owned by Beth Shmuel and which has been previously categorized in the single family zoning designation. If eventually recommended by the board, and then adopted by the city commission – after likely stops before the Design Review Board and Historic Preservation Board – the zoning change would then permit Beth Shmuel to seek a conditional use permit for expanded use of the property as part of a Montessori School component of the shul. Both sides agree

the use is to expand the potential student base of the school. Temple President Becky Cohen has said the school expansion is necessary to continue to be a community asset. “The reason we’re doing it is that the house is unused and we need people to sign up and we want to continue to serve the entire community and those people who want the education we have to offer for their children,” Cohen said last week, before the meeting. Both supporters of the plan and those who oppose it cite numerous community members aligned with them. The process has been going on for approximately two years – and opposition has been vocal ever since. In 2002, the City approved limited use of the property for use as part of the school. Robbins has argued that the encroachment of a commercial operation into a single family neighborhood sets precedent for other nearby properties to also request zoning changes to introduce yet more commercial business in the historic neighborhood. He says that there has not been commercial encroachment into residential neighborhoods in Miami Beach since the 1960s. “To open the door on single family districts is just a bad idea,” Robbins said this week. Last week, Acting Planning Director Thomas Mooney did agree that precedent was a definite risk and also that such zoning changes are uncommon.

“To open the door on single family districts is just a bad idea.” – Miami Beach attorney Kent Harrison Robbins Page 4 • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • SunPost Weekly •

“Any time you change the boundaries of the zoning map, which is what the request before us is, there is always potential to set precedent that others might latch onto for their purposes,” Mooney said. “That’s always a concern. “It’s not common to see single family rezoned to multi-family,” he added.

STAFF WEIGHS IN A February 25th staff report from Mooney to the Planning Board was hardly an endorsement for the proposed extension of a multi-family zoning designation into the currently single family home zoned neighborhood. The report stated that of 13 review criteria considerations, the proposal was not consistent in nine, partially consistent in three and consistent in just one category – that the proposed change would not substantially reduce light and air to the area. Otherwise, the report was not generally supportive of the change, which Mooney previously referred to as unusual. Of the criteria the proposal didn’t meet in the staff report, the most impactful might well be the first – whether or not the proposed change was consistent and compatible with the comprehensive plan and with and any applicable neighborhood or redevelopment plans. In response, Mooney asserted the proposal

not consistent. “The proposed future land use map change and zoning map change would only be consistent if the proposed amendment of the Comprehensive Plan is approved,” according to Mooney. “Additionally, the property is located within the Palm View Local Historic District, which was established in 1999, with the purpose of protecting and preserving the district’s stock of ‘contributing’ buildings, which includes the subject property, while also allowing for appropriate infill development to occur. Additionally, the proposed re-zoning would modify the symmetrical boundaries of the RS zoned lots.” The rest of the report is no more supportive of the zoning changed considered unusual both by the city administration and by opponents of the change. However, in a previous interview, Mooney asserted that the entire item was advanced with the City of Miami Beach as applicant on official documents based on support of the city commission, meaning politics might play a role in any eventual outcome. Typically, private parties utilizing the city application process follows engendering support from the commission, Mooney has said. The item returns for consideration in March. • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • Page 5


No Opinion City Administration Has No Position On Terminal Island Project By Michael W. Sasser

The City of Miami Beach administration is taking no current position on a proposal to transfer development rights to a private developer on Terminal Island, and to remain neutral on the proposal for a zoning change required by the developer for its plan with the increased development rights. Instead, it will be up to the Miami Beach City Commission to decide whether the administration should weigh in and further discuss the proposed project with the would-be developer. “The administration is not taking a position at this time,” said Assistant City Manager Joe Jimenez. “The commission will decide, we work for the commission and we have no opinion at this point. We don’t know enough yet to form a position.” Miami Beach Port, LLC and architect, Starchitect hope to build a 60-unit condo, megayacht marina, garage, and accessory use project of about 250,000 square feet. The problems? One, the industrial-zoned property owned by the

developer doesn’t permit the required FAR (Floor-Area Ratio) for the proposed likely 20story development and facilities. Two, it would require a zoning change from its current designation. Three, some resident activists aren’t happy with the proposed development’s potential traffic impact, particularly in light of the coming port tunnel and the in-the-works Flagstone development on the former Watson Island. Currently, all of Terminal Island is zoned for industrial use except for a City-owned parcel, which is zoned for government use and utilized by two city departments. The developer has proposed a “sort-of joint venture,” as described by Jimenez. The developer wants the city to rezone its 3.71 acre Terminal Island shipping facility to allow condo development, as well as assign the developer its unused development rights to the adjacent 2.16 acre city-owned fleet maintenance yard, in return for the developer’s building the city a new maintenance facility.

“The developer’s schematics show a multi-level garage whose elevated deck could serve outdoor restaurants and bars, and a 20-story high rooftop with panoramic views that would be a valuable destination restaurant and club location.”- Miami Beach activist Frank Del Vecchio Page 6 • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • SunPost Weekly •

From the City’s perspective, there is an advantage. “We have facilities there and it’s no secret we would like to improve them,” Jimenez said. “The difficult part is the phasing. We can’t shut down two departments there while they need to function. Because of the tightness of the space, we can’t do any improvements and use the facilities at the same time. They’re proposing integrating the properties for the City to get new facilities – if that’s what the city commission decides.” The city administration isn’t taking a position, in part, because there are concerns. “There are concerns and I have expressed those to the developer for months and challenged them to address those concerns,” Jimenez said. “Before the administration enters into any negotiations to even go down that path, we need to hear from the commission. It’s a complex deal and we need to have direction. It’s going to require a lot of man hours on both sides. Before we could have a recommendation, it would require a lot of analysis.” Still, what seemed to be the administration’s primary point is this: Nothing is in the works. “Nothing has happened,” Jimenez said. “Nothing has been agreed to. We had concerns, they feel they have addressed our concerns. I think the next step is before the whole city commission for an action item. If the commission instructs it, we will then have further discussions and acquire more information to evaluate.”

TRAFFIC TERROR? While the developer moves on to its next step, activists are already concerned with several aspects of the proposed development and none of those concerns seems as worrisome as the potential traffic impact. According to well-known Miami Beach activist Frank Del Vecchio, “They claim a reduction of vehicle trips by at least 17 percent. Instead of a thousand trips a week from the port facility on the island, they claim a 60unit condo will generate far less. This is not to be believed. The developer’s traffic consultant only used the standards for a 60-unit condo. The project proposes ‘accessory uses’ as well. Even without a conditional use permit, the condo would be allowed a destination restaurant accessory use up to 299 seats. More with a conditional use approval. Just a 299-seat destination restaurant, outdoor bar, rooftop club, etc., could generate in one 24-hour period the amount of

truck traffic generated by the port facility in an entire week. The developer’s four other condo projects in Miami have restaurants, clubs, rooftop pool decks and bars, etc. This site is a magnet for this type of use. God help us all if residents swallow this. The developer is already saying neighbors like the plans.” Del Vecchio said the proposed development is perfectly constructed for uses beyond those initially proposed by the developer. “The developer’s schematics show a multi-level garage whose elevated deck could serve outdoor restaurants and bars, and a 20-story high rooftop with panoramic views that would be a valuable destination restaurant and club location,” he asserts. Furthermore, the hard-sell approach of the developer is worrisome, Del Vecchio said. “If you watch the applicant’s presentation to the Land Use Committee, it was classic hard sell:  ‘The container facility on the island is an eyesore.  We plan to erect a beautiful building and bring ‘Nature’ into the site.  We’ll reconfigure the traffic circulation on the island to make it work better.  We’ll improve the city’s garage. The city will realize a net annual increase in real estate taxes of $2 million.  Best of all, we’ll reduce the traffic by at least 17 percent from the current thousand trips a week generated by the port facility on the island.’” Del Vecchio characterized the situation as a classic bait-and-switch, where a developer describes a seemingly low-density plan, only to subsequently maximize development rights and thus profit margin. Neisen Kasdin, the developer’s attorney and former Miami Beach mayor, said the benefits of the project are impressive. In a letter to the City dated February 3, 2014, Kasdin asserted, “At the end of the day, this proposal would deliver much improved essential facilities to the City and ‘redefine’ Terminal Island,” he wrote. “We truly view this proposal as a win-win for the City of Miami Beach, for MBP, and for City residents. We look forward to making a full presentation to the City Commission regarding the project and its benefits.” Kasdin could not be reached in time for SunPost’s deadline for additional comments. Meanwhile, Jimenez strongly emphasizes that the City has no position or opinion on the proposed project as of now. “We just want it around for the public and the city commission to be aware of,” Jimenez said.


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Morningside Historic Home Tour Spotlights Dade Heritage Trust Days By Kim Steiner

Miami’s Morningside neighborhood is hosting its widely popular Morningside Historic Home Tour in conjunction with Dade Heritage Trust Days on Sunday, March 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The neighborhood, which is Miami’s first recorded historic district, spans east of Biscayne Boulevard from Northeast 50th Terrance to Northeast 60th Street. Advance tickets to the event are available online for $20 and on-site for $25 at the intersection of Northeast 57th Street and Northeast 6th Avenue. Approximately eight historic homes will be on the tour, with trolley shuttles, food, history booths and more. Located in Miami’s Upper Eastside, Morningside is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Morningside is a planned subdivision with tree-lined boulevards that was built in the 1920’s, with a predominantly Mediterranean Revival style of architecture. Homes built in the 1930s and early 1940s have a more Art Deco influence. Morningside was the first historic area in central Miami to experience gentrification, with many of the large, historic homes that were once derelict being brought back to their glamorous splendor in the 1990s. The Historic District is still today one of Miami’s most intact historic neighborhoods. The earlier buildings in the district are predominantly Mediterranean Revival in style, while structures built in the 1930s and early 1940s are frequently Art Deco. Outstanding examples of both styles are found here. Morningside also features a large number of masonry vernacular buildings that frequently utilize elements of several styles. An unusual Tudor Revival style house and one of the City’s best examples of Mission style architecture add to the area’s architectural diversity. The Morningside Historic District is significant to the history of architecture, landscape architecture, and community development in Miami. Morningside is still regarded as one of Miami’s best-planned subdivisions, featuring wide, tree-lined boulevards that contribute to the character of the area. The neighborhood was envisioned as an exclusive, residential community, and its amenities and location on Biscayne Bay attracted many influential and prominent local residents. Despite the number of post-1941 buildings in the area, Morningside retains a high degree of historic and architectural integrity. This is due, in part, to new construction in the area being intrusive and attention to the neighborhood’s architecture, scale, setbacks, materials, and workmanship. Morningside residents recognize the special character of their unique area and desire its continued preservation. For more info:

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Alton Rd Construction to End This Year Beach Officials Urge FDOT to Move Faster By Kim Steiner

The completion date for the Florida Department of Transportation’s Alton Road construction project has been fast-tracked to December 31, 2014, seven months ahead of schedule. Last week, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and City Manager Jimmy Morales traveled to Tallahassee to meet with Governor Rick Scott and State of Florida Secretaries of Transportation and Environmental Protection to explore ways to expedite construction on Alton Road. “I am thankful to all of our state partners who have worked so diligently in speeding up construction along one of Miami Beach’s major arteries for our residents, business and visitors,” said Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. As a result of the visit, the Alton Road construction project will be accelerated. The completed project will alleviate traffic congestion and street flooding with the installation of

three new pump stations. Additionally, the City of Miami Beach will be  strategically installing  over 30 pump stations throughout Miami Beach to reduce flooding.  On February 12, 2014, Miami Beach City Commission passed a resolution approving all options including extending the hours of construction activities to expedite the project. In an effort to improve access during construction, the City of Miami Beach launched a free trolley service last month that operates from Fifth Street to Lincoln Road, along Alton Road and West Avenue, with 21 stops along the way. Trolleys service runs approximately every 10 minutes from 8 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Sunday. The city also negotiated free, four hour parking at the Fifth & Alton Garage with the use of a trolley voucher. For more information on the Alton Road Project:

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FEBRUARY 27 POETRY SpeakOut! LBGTQ Teen Poetry Slam


Regie Cabico and Dasha Kelly return to Miami for SpeakOut residencies. SpeakOut, an LGBTQ teen spoken word project, includes workshops in public high schools, slams and performances, and artist residences. Cabico is a nationally recognized AsianAmerican gay poet, writer and playwright from Washington DC. Kelly is a nationally-respected poet, novelist, artist and social entrepreneur. Both will lead a teen poetry slam tonight. All SpeakOut events are open to gay-friendly persons. Free. 6pm - 9pm. Miami Beah Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr; Miami Beach. For info:

FEBRUARY 28 FILM Ai Weiwei: Fairytale


Ai Weiwei's documentary, Fairytale, will be screened tonight with a special guided exhibition tours of Ai Weiwei: According to What? Fairytale, a documentary film by Weiwei, chronicles the making of a work by the same name. In 2007, Weiwei invited 1,001 Chinese citizens of varying ages and backgrounds to travel to Kassel, Germany, for one week each, all expenses paid. The extraordinary event of such a large group of citizens traveling outside of China, many for the first time, enabled Weiwei and the participants to discuss questions concerning identity, memory, love, dreams and the possibility of cultural dialogue. This 152-minute film describes the many challenges facing the artist and his volunteers in coordinating the work. 6pm - 8pm. Free with museum admission. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:

Experience Hip-Hop dance theater set to the sounds of Queen, Nirvana, Chicago and more. Award-winning choreographer Rennie Harris presents Love American Style, a new hiphop musical to be performed by RHAW (Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works). Inspired by the music of the legendary classic rock music from the 70's and 80's, Love American Style uses dance and dialogue to vividly tell the story of a teenage boy as he searches for love, identity and purpose. Conceived in 2007, founder Harris originally founded his dance company as a youth organization driven by community outreach, lectures, classes as well as mentorship. Harris’ inspiration grew from the overwhelming interest from teens and young adults to join. As a training company, RHAW teaches some of its newest and brightest street dancers campbell locking, popping, & boogaloo, b-boy/girl, house and hip-hop dance. 7:30pm. $35. Carnival Studio Theater, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:

FEBRUARY 28 FILM Rudy Bandshell Movie Night in the North Shore shows Rudy. Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame. Director: David Anspaugh. Starring: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau and Ned Beatty. 7pm. Hang out and enjoy a movie under the stars. 7pm. Free. North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info:

FEBRUARY 28 THEATRE Into The Woods A Tony Award winning musical, Into The Woods, is a twist on the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapulzel, and Cinderella which often don’t necessarily end with a happily ever after. Book by James Lapine. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 7:30pm. $20. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: or 305-237-3541

FEBRUARY 28 THEATRE Honk! Jr. A contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling – became a London stand-out, winning the 2000 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. With a score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, HONK! JR. is the story of Ugly, an awkward duck whose gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find his way home. 7:30pm. $10 - $25. Performing at Area Stage Company, 1560 S. Dixie Highway; Coral Gables. For info: TAKE A TOUR OF STILTSVILLE WITH HISTORYMIAMI. • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • Page 11


FEBRUARY 28 THEATRE Signals Miami Theater Center presents the third installment of MTC's 201314 SandBox Series, which offers performing artists a six-week residency in which to develop, rehearse, and perform a new work. Tonight’s event kicks off the work of Miami-based Slovakian composer, performer, and multimedia artist Juraj Kojs. Signals is an interactive, electroacoustic sound installation and multimedia performance. For this new work, Kojs utilizes various non-verbal sonic signals (rooster calls, beeps, alarms, sirens, ringtones, video game sounds, and computer earcons) to invite the audience to navigate through a forest of various sonic and tactile experiences. Joining Kojs for this interdisciplinary work will be his frequent collaborator, dancer-choreographer Carlota Pradera. $20. 8pm. SandBox at Miami Theater Center, 9806 N.E. 2nd Ave; Miami Shores. For info: 305-751-9550 or

FEBRUARY 28 LECTURE Miami Architecture and Typography What is the Miami aesthetic? How do architecture and design define Miami? Tonight’s event opens with a Panel Discussion, CLOG: MIAMI. CLOG is an independent publication that explores a single subject particularly relevant to current architecture. Moderated by JeanFrancois LeJeune, Professor, U of M, School of Architecture. Panelists include Ray Fort, Designer, Arquitectonica; Nick Gelpi, Founder and Design Principle, Gelpi Projects/Paleo Studio and Assistant Professor, FIU, College of Architecture; Andrew Kenney, photographer; Jacob Brillhart, Assistant Professor, U of M, School of Architecture and Principle, Brillhart Architecture; and Melissa Brillhart, Principle, Brillhart Architecture. At 7:30pm a lecture How Culture Affects Typography. Designer, blogger and typophile Nikki Villagomez explores Miami typograhy and the impact of culture on the design process. Using a compliation of publicity-submitted images, Villagomez compares Miami's typographies to those used in other cities, revealing the impact space and place have on typographical choices. Free. 6pm - 9pm. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info:

FEBRUARY 28 MUSIC Jazz @ MOCA: Brasoul BraSouL is a collaboration between two multifaceted musicians in Miami, Paloma Dueñas and Indio Jackson. A collaboration project for the love of brazilian music. The two will perform songs from Djavan, Gilberto Gil, Seu Jorge to Bob Marley and Michael Page 12 • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • SunPost Weekly •


Jackson mixed with capoeira chants and sounds of a Berimbau. 8pm. Free. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St; North Miami. For info:

FEBRUARY 28 COMEDY Big & Tall Fill up on a bellyful of laughs with a Big & Tall order of fun as multi-Emmy Award-winner Bruce Vilanch teams up with Off-Broadway queen Judy Gold for a sidesplitting evening of comedy. One of the most sought-after joke smiths in the entertainment industry and Oscar writer for hosts Billy Crystal, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and many others, Vilanch joins Emmy Award-winner Gold, best known for her two, one-woman hit shows, four comedy specials and regular appearances on The View, truTV, Comedy Central and Sirius XM's OutQ, for a double dose of pure funny. Recommended for mature audiences. 8pm. $31.50 - $76.50. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St; Fort Lauderdale. For info:

FEBRUARY 29 MUSIC Detroit Symphony Orchestra The Detroit Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1887 and is the fourth-oldest orchestra in the United States, with a proud tradition of trailblazing performances, visionary maestros and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. The Program tonight is: Copland Three Latin American Sketches, Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini and Brahms Symphony No. 4. Music Director Leonard Slatkin and Olga Kern on piano. Slatkin's, musicianship and his passion for educating young people has brought the Detroit Symphony Orchestra into a new era of revitalized performances and community engagement. Kern, the striking young Russian Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 made her the first woman to achieve this distinction in over 30 years. 8pm. $75 - $130. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:



FEBRUARY 29 ART swing/SPACE/miami: (in)tangibility

MARCH 1 KIDS Discovering Design: When Books Become Art

(in)tangibility from New York-based artist Lauren Pascarella is the third in a series of five exhibitions presented by the MDC Museum of Art + Design and its alumni exhibition series, swing/SPACE/miami. In (in)tangibility, Pascarellat’ s objective is to present, through photography, every object within the gallery including the environment itself as surface. The exhibition includes a site specific multi-media installation flares, a collaborative project with fellow Brooklyn-based artist and NWSA alumnus Giselle Zatonyl. Pascarella's work has been exhibited in group shows in including States of Flux in 2010 at Aperture in New York City. MDC Museum of Art + Design, 600 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:

Join The Wolfsonian-FIU for a free family day to explore the splendor of books. At Discovering Design: When Books Become Art, kids and adults will consider the multiple forms that a book can take, from traditional leather bound books to those printed on metal, and what happens when books become art. Enjoy tours, a film screening–The Secret of Kells, a hands-on art activity-Making: The Altered Book with Miami artist Mary Larsen, and a new family gallery guide focusing on design materials. 12pm. The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: or 305-535-2622.

MARCH 1 MUSIC The Broadway Tenors

MARCH 1 THEATRE Frida Unmasked

Three leading men. Three unbelievable voices. Three Broadway Tenors. Musical theater's best leading men transport you from the Golden Age and back again in a thrilling and moving evening of Broadway's most beloved hits. Featuring a dazzling repertoire of over 30 Broadway favorites including Something's Coming - West Side Story, Mack the Knife - Three Penny Opera, Some Enchanted Evening - South Pacific, Music of the Night - Phantom Of The Opera, and many more. Plus show-stopping medleys written expressly for The Broadway Tenors recreating the roles they've played on Broadway and on stages all over the world. $40 - $45. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St, Aventura. For info:

MARCH 1 DANCE Spirit of Uganda Experience the music and the culture of Uganda with the cast of Spirit of Uganda. The vibrant cast of 22 dancers and musicians, ages 8-18, share cultural traditions from East Africa and introduces some of the dynamic music and dance forms that are being created now. Ambassadors of Uganda's 2.7 million orphans, these children personally reflect the resilience and promise of Africa's next generation. 11am. Free. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info:

MARCH 1 LECTURE For People Who Live in Bodies If you've ever felt judged or made snap judgments based on appearance, if your children or students ever tease or are teased, if you judge your own appearance harshly, come to Race Cultural Program: For People Who Live in Bodies (of every color... ) and discover an engaging way to transform your views of yourself and everyone else. Presented by Anya Cordell, recipient of The Spirit of Anne Frank Award, author of Race: An Open & Shut Case, that flips preconceptions about race and appearance-ism, upside-down. $14.95. 10:30am. Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 South Miami Ave; Miami. For info: or 305-646-4200.

Commissioned new work by by award-winning theater artist Deborah L. Sherman about artist Frida Kahlo and her relationship with chronic pain as the harbinger of art, beauty and life. Sherman, a Colombian Jew, bravely and candidly explores Kahlo's many identities: Jewish, bisexuality and complicated bond with Diego Rivera. 8pm. $18 - $25. The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St; Miami. For info: 305-542-7732.

MARCH 1 FILM Yael Bartana: Inferno Shot and edited with stylistic references to Hollywood action epics, Yael Bartana’s film Inferno (2013) addresses the building of a grandiose replica of Solomon's Temple by a Neo-Pentecostal Church in São Paulo. Following a screening of the short film in the auditorium, Bartana will be in conversation with Associate Curator Diana Nawi. Free with museum admission. 2pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd Miami. For info:

MARCH 1 DANCE Eva Yerbabuena One of the world’s greatest flamenco dancers Eva Yerbabuena and her company Eva Yerbabuena Ballet Flamenco artfully unite the grand spectacle of flamenco tradition with Eva’s fresh choreography, taking the art form in new directions. Famed for her breathtaking solos, theatrical flair, and spellbinding footwork, the sensational Spanish dancer-choreographer returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center after more than 7 years with a bold, thrillingly up-to-date performance. Yerbabuena will deliver an unforgettable tour-de-force, enrapturing audiences with her new work, Lluvia, which has been heralded as one of her greatest pieces. 8pm. $25 - $115. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE PLAYS SOUTH FLORIDA • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • Page 13


MARCH 1 TOUR Stiltsville, Key Biscayne & More


MARCH 1 MUSIC Best of the Big Easy

Leaving the security of a successful group is tricky enough when releasing a solo album. Lay those new songs bare onstage with a new group of musicians playing them and the vulnerability quotient is exponentially magnified. Jennifer Nettles’ task during her new tour – was to make the songs on her gratifying solo debut, That Girl, as attractive to her longtime fans as the vast catalog of Sugarland hits that made her famous. And no doubt, Nettles is a star. She’s got the casual-country-but-coolly-stylish look, the booming voice with a piercing twang and the I see you, girlfriend! type of personality that immediately connects her with fans. Nettles kept the focus on her voice and the soul-pop songs on That Girl, kicking off the 90-minute concert with the appealingly languid title track. Opening is Brandy Clark. 8pm. $59 - $79. Hard Rock, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info:

The Best of the Big Easy comes to Hollywood tonight with fabulous music from New Orleans-based jazz pianist Jon Cleary, Cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and Miami Heat’s own Heat Street Band. Delicious cajun food from Rosey Baby, including a live crayfish boil will be part of the fun. For the past 37 years, Grammy award winners BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. Their distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Cleary has been a fixture of New Orleans’ musical culture for over twenty years. He has collaborated and performed with Johnny Adams, Earl King, Snooks Eaglin, Taj Mahal, John Scofield, and Bonnie Raitt. The Heat Street Band, which ranges from 15 to 25 members, is a funky dancing musical machine with a full horn section and mighty drumline. 7pm - 11pm. Free. Hollywood ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. For info:

MARCH 1 COMEDY Whoopi Goldberg

MARCH 1 LECTURE Museum Forum: Civil Rights in Miami

Whoopi Goldberg, an undisputed queen of comedy and entertainment, will make her anticipated return to the Arsht Center with a new, wickedly funny stand-up show poised to deliver an unforgettable evening bursting with hilarity. As one of very few extraordinary artists honored with Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Emmy Awards, Goldberg's comic wit surpasses even her stunning list of accolades. Her wise and witty repartee is a daily treat on ABC's The View, and her many stints as host of the Academy Awards are the stuff of comic legend. Goldberg's talent as an actress spans the breadth of Broadway hits, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Xanadu; television roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Cleaner and Hollywood Squares; and unforgettable film performances in the comedies Sister Act and Soapdish, and stirring dramas The Color Purple and Ghost. 8pm. $50 - $95. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:

Take part in a fascinating panel discussion with pioneers from this important period. Panelists include: H.T. Smith, Civil Rights attorney, professor and founding Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at FIU College of Law; Enid Pinkney, founder of the African American Committee of Dade Heritage Trust and Historic Hampton House Community Trust; Garth Reeves, Civil Rights activist and publisher emeritus of The Miami Times; and Thelma Gibson, Civil Rights advocate and founder of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Dade County. Moderator: Bea Hines, columnist, Miami Herald. 2pm - 3pm. South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: or

Enjoy a relaxing boat ride to one of Miami’s hidden gems. HistoryMiami resident historian Dr. Paul George takes you to Stiltsville, a remnant community of seven houses perched on stilts in the middle of the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay. See the Cape Florida Lighthouse, learn about the history of Key Biscayne, and hear stories of nefarious mobsters. This tour is a must see for any visitor or resident of Miami! Advanced reservations and payment required. $54. 9am - 11:30am. Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. For info: 305-375-1621 or

MARCH 1 MUSIC Jennifer Nettles

MARCH 1 SHOP Plant Show and Sale Bromeliads are extremely tropical and add easy color to any yard. The Bromeliad Society of South Florida Annual Show and Sale will be a perfect opportunity to add bromeliads to your garden. Many of Florida's finest bromeliad nurseries and best individual growers will be offering bromeliads for sale. $25. 9:30am - 4:30pm. Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd; Coral Gables. For info: Page 14 • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • SunPost Weekly •


MARCH 2 BOOKS Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns Don't miss the reception, talk & book signing for a new book, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns which features the beautiful streets in Coral Gables, South Miami and Miami Beach. To celebrate the book, the City of Coral Gables and Books & Books are hosting a reception and book signing with local co-author Victor Dover and other contributors at the Coral Gables Museum. Coral Gables' Director of Planning & Zoning, Ramon Trias, will make introductory remarks. 3pm. The Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info:

MARCH 2 BOOKS Confessions of Secret Latina


Whatever your ethnic background or personal opinion of Fidel Castro, you will find something new and revealing in this book, Confessions of Secret Latina. It offers a frank firsthand account of one woman’s journey, not only through Cuba, but through a life filled with unique challenges and tragedies. When Castro first rose to power, author Barbara Joe, like so many Americans, was entranced by the romantic vision of a scrubby revolutionary defeating the hated dictator Fulgencio Batista. But her years of direct experience with Cubans and within Cuba itself gradually eroded that vision. In Confessions, readers will meet real people, both dissidents and ordinary Cubans, as well as other Latin Americans encountered during the author’s 75 adventurous years. She was privileged to have had a front-row seat at pivotal events enabling her to meet important regional players while serving as an election observer in Chile, Nicaragua, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Joe will read from and sign her book today. 4pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info:

MARCH 2 MUSIC Doubled Brahms A master of counterpoint and development, this program pairs together Brahms' pastoral Second Symphony with his famed Double Concerto, showcasing Concertmaster Daniel Andai alongside Brian Manker, Solo Cellist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:


MARCH 2 SPORT The Harlem Globetrotters

War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship. England, 1914. As World War I begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London, New York and Toronto. At its heart are astonishing lifesized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride. 8pm. $26 - $96. Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters come to Miami tonight. With a roster showcasing stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite Bruton and Dizzy Grant – plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing – all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart. After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans. 4pm. $25 - $176. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:

MARCH 3 BOOKS Making a Life in Multi-Ethnic Miami With more than a million immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean, Miami, boasts the highest proportion of foreign-born residents of any US city. Charting the rise of Miami as a global city, Elizabeth Aranda, Sallie Hughes, and Elena Sabogal provide a panoramic study of the changing dynamics of the immigration experience. The authors move easily between an analysis of global currents and personal narratives, examining the many factors that shape the decision to emigrate and the challenges faced in making a new home. Offering a wealth of new insights, their work demonstrates why Miami is such an exceptional laboratory for studying the social forces and local effects of globalization on the ground. Aranda is associate professor of sociology at the University of South Florida. Hughes is associate professor of journalism and Latin American studies at the University of Miami. Sabogal is associate professor of women's and gender studies at William Paterson University of New Jersey. The authors will read from and sign their book tonight. 6:30pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info:

MARCH 3 KIDS Dr.Seuss' 110th Birthday Miami Children's Museum celebrates literacy and Dr. Seuss' 110th birthday with celebrity readers, Seuss filled activities, performances, appearances by Dr. Seuss characters, birthday cake and more! 10am 6pm. Free. Miami Children's Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway; Miami. For info: 305-373-5437 or

MARCH 4 BOOKS The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Since his documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, was released in 2010 and became a worldwide sensation, Joe Cross has become a tireless advocate for the power of juicing. The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet brings us of the plan that allowed him to overcome obesity, poor health, and bad habits, and presents success stories from others whose lives he's touched. Cross--who managed to lose one hundred pounds and discontinue all his medication by following his own plan--walks you through his life before juicing, sharing his self-defeating attitude toward food and fitness, and brings you along on his journey from obesity and disease to fitness, a clean bill of health, and the clarity of physical wellness. In addition to sharing his inspirational story, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet gives readers all the tools they need to embark on their own journey to health and wellness, including inspiration and encouragement, recipes, and diet plans. Cross will read from and sign his book tonight. 6:30pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info:

MARCH 5 MUSIC Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake performs tonight in Miami. One of this generation’s most-celebrated entertainers, Timberlake, expands The 20/20 Experience World Tour to promote his double platinum album, The 20/20 Experience. The album has been critically well received and is the year’s best selling with over two million sold to date. The album marks Timberlake with the biggest male debut in five years as well as the biggest digital debut in U.S. history by a male artist. Last year, he hosted Saturday Night Live for the fifth time to much critical acclaim. He followed that performance up with a Late Night residency and, just last week, offered fans History of Rap 5 with the new host of the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon. 8pm. $52.50 - $178. AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • Page 15



MARCH 5 LECTURE Pulitzer Panel: The Story Behind the Photo


In the words of the photographers who captured these dramatic images, hear the stories behind the photographs that have won America's most distinguished award for journalism, the Pulitzer Prize. Photographers scheduled to be in attendance include Patrick Farrell (Haitian hurricane); Alan Diaz (Elian Gonzalez raid); Michel duCille (volcano in Colombia, crack cocaine in Miami); Nikki Kahn (Haitian earthquake) and John Kaplan (America's 21-year-olds). The panel will be moderated by Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and former managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, which won the Pulitzer prize for photography for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. 4pm - 6pm. Florida International University, 10975 S.W. 17th St; Miami. For info:

Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail, now returns to spread laughter and cheer throughout the Kingdom of South Florida. Telling the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and featuring a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people, Monty Python's Spamalot raises silliness to an art form and has been hailed as a no-holdsbarred smash hit. Through March 30. 8pm. $42. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.

MARCH 6 FILM Lawrence of Arabia 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 Lawrence of Arabia. Directed by David Lean. With Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn. A flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during his World War I service in the Middle East. 8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info:

MARCH 5 FILM Pacific Rim 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 Pacific Rim. As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. Director: Guillermo del Toro and Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi. Bring a blanket or beach chair and picnic. No glass please. 8pm. Free. Exostage at Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 St; Miami Beach. For info:

MARCH 5 BOOKS Maybe God Was Busy

MARCH 6 DANCE Estrella Morente As a singer of amazing power and rhythmic control, Estrella Morente is one of the foremost flamenco vocalists in the world. The daughter of singer Enrique Morente and dancer Aurora Carbonell, Morente began performing at age 7 and, as a young adult, gained a loyal following as the velvety singing voice behind Penelope Cruz’s lauded performance in Pedro Almodovar´s film Volver. Her work has been showered with praise by critics--including a Latin Grammy nomination-- since the release of her debut album in 2001 and her newest album Autoretrato is already receiving raves. HARLEM 8pm. $35 - $100. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:


Maybe God Was Busy retraces one woman’s journey growing up behind the tourist veil of Jamaica, one of the most beloved islands in the world. It is a raw, unaltered look at an idyllic childhood interrupted by chronic sexual abuse. From molestation, to incest, to sex with the church brother, to sex with the voodoo practitioner charged with saving a dying brother, to a pregnancy and abortion—sans anesthesia—at age 15, everything is revealed. Maybe God Was Busy is truly raw and authentic—a memoir saturated with abuse, survival, forgiveness, triumph and redemption—and yes laughter. Writer, editor, event producer, social entrepreneur and activist, author Jane Mansfield was named one of South Florida’s 25 Most Influential & Prominent Black Women of 2009 (Success South Florida Magazine), and was also featured in South Florida CEO Magazine. She is a highly esteemed, creative, innovative, independent thinker who has spent the last 15 years as a seasoned public- and private-sector professional. She is a native of Jamaica who has lived in New York, Australia and Austria before calling Miami home. Mansfield will read from and sign her book tonight. 6:30pm. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: Page 16 • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • SunPost Weekly •

MARCH 6 LECTURE Geoff Dyer Geoff Dyer will outline ideas behind and inspiration for The Ongoing Moment, particularly his idiosyncratic categories for organizing photographic images. Tracing some examples of particular tropes, hats for example, Dyer will ask what larger lessons can be learned from indexing photographs in a way that veers from traditional art historical chronologies and taxonomies. What is the further potential of this method? Does it reveal something about the way photographers work, about a collective optical unconscious? The Ongoing Moment is a masterful meditation on photographs, but what makes it particularly valuable is the way it shows how Dyer has mastered the art of the essay, understood as a piece of discursive, personal writing, in which great, often melancholy themes are raised with lightness and very dry humor. 7pm - 9pm. Free. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • Page 17

South Florida Society

A Hot Tropical Night with the Unicorn Children’s Foundation

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Committee: Dawn DeMarco Book, Lori Cabrera, Elizabeth Dalfen, Juliette Ezagui, Angela Fisher, Joanne Gabay, Silvana Halperin, Milli Hershman, Madeline Hillsberg, Mary McMullen, Genevieve Murphy, Jamie Oberweger, Valeria Rosenbloom, Jeannette Stark, Judi Varro, Nakia Weaver, Michellin Yellin, International Chairs, Gilda Bejani, Lady Monica Heftler, and Gwen Taylor. (Not all pictured). Ball Chairs: Andres Garcia Jr. and Lily Braun. • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • Page 19



1. Madeline Hillsberg and Valeria Rosenbloom 3. Gwen Taylor and Jeannette Stark 5. Silvana Halperin, Andres Garcia Jr. and Lily Braun.


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A Hot Tropical Night with Unicorn The Unicorn Children’s Foundation is proud to announce, Andres Garcia, Jr., a star of Telenovelas and Lily Braun, star of Nubeluz as this year’s gala chairs. The 14th Annual Gala will take place on March 1, 2014 at The Mar-a-Lago Club on Palm Beach, featuring Grammy Award Winner Jon Secada. Last year’s Buddha Ball was a massive success, raising over half a million dollars with over 400 guests. This year the theme is Noche Caliente Tropical. A Hot Tropical Night at the home of Donald J. Trump, Mar-A-Lago. Trump is not only a supporter, but is once again the ball’s honoree. Enjoy a sexy, tropical evening filled with passion and compassion. Be transported to the Spanish isles of the Caribbean, and be entertained with a special 45 minute performance by the legendary Grammy Award Winning, Jon Secada. To help raise additional funds Secada will be dedicating a song to one lucky winner at the gala during the live auction, which will include brunch with him the next day. Also supporting the Unicorn Children’s Foundation are the sponsors which include; Victor and Emily Damiano Charitable Trust, Silvana and Barry Halperin, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Murphy, Mike and Valeria Rosenbloom, Barry Rosenbloom, NAV-TV, LeBlon and Eye on South Florida. Unicorn Children’s Foundation would like to extend a personal invitation for you to join in their efforts to create a positive change for children who think, communicate, and learn differently so they may lead productive and fulfilled lives. Unicorn Children’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds to support innovative education, awareness, advocacy, and research programs that will change the lives of individuals diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Autism, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexia, and other learning differences. Support the foundation through donations of time, talent, or a monetary commitment. For info: (561) 620-9377 or

South Florida Society By Jeannette Stark

When driving down south (on the corner of 112th street and 87th avenue) you will come across Children’s Resources Fund (CRF), a beautiful state-of-the-art Educational Center on two and a half acres that offers endless hope and possibilities. Walk inside the building and you can find a highly regarded Inclusion Program accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and awarded Five Stars by the Early Learning Coalition. The school provides top quality educational and therapeutic services to both, special needs and typically developing children. Research states that all children can and do benefit from this type of program. Typically developing children can gain empathy and role modeling skills while improving their academic performances due to a low teacher/student ratio and highly trained teachers and staff. Many of CRF’s children have gone on to enter gifted and magnet programs after graduating from CRF. On the other hand, a child with special needs will benefit from being exposed to typical role models and a creative curriculum that focuses on improving their weaknesses and highlighting their strengths. Additionally, the children are offered an array of therapies within their school day. All the children make enormous strides and improvement in their early development. Children’s Resources center is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help children develop to their fullest potential. It was founded by an extraordinary group of women who worked tirelessly to raise funds in order to build the Educational Center where Children’s Resources is currently housed. In the past few years men joined the group of ladies and together they continue to fundraise. Since becoming a direct early service provider in 1995, the school continues to expand and now offers a wide array of services that cannot be found anywhere else in the community. Some services include, speech, occupational, behavior and physical therapies, provided by therapists with expertise in early development and by a Dr. in psychology. The school also has brand new sensory rooms that assist children with sensory integration disorders, ADHD, Autism, and other developmental delays, tutoring, and ongoing assessments to formulate Individualized Education Plans. Additional services include before and aftercare, cooking, dancing, and piano lessons. Furthermore, the Inclusion Program maintains a 5:1 student/teacher ratio and more specialized programs maintains a 2:1 ratio. All the classrooms are staffed

Children’s Resources A Very Special Place by highly qualified, trained teachers with Bachelor or Master level degree in Early Childhood Education or Special Education and two Assistants with at least an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education or a National Certification. The Inclusion Model provides all students enhanced opportunities to learn from each other’s contributions. It simulates the real world by teaching all children to understand and accept human differences. No one person is alike and if children are taught early to be empathetic and understanding of others it will make an impact on their future accomplishments. Children’s Resources is more than a school, it is a home where all children can grow and thrive. Each child who comes through the door will enter a place where their fullest potential will be met. We often hear from parents how grateful they are to have found a place where their child can receive so many services under one roof. Each day we have new parents walk through the door with the concerns of raising a child with special needs and the challenges ahead. On that very same day we have a child walk out the door who has accomplished a new goal. Teachers and therapists create a loving and caring learning environment for the children and feel privileged to see them meet their development milestones. There are always smiles and laughter heard throughout the hallways. The skills and love our teachers use in the classrooms is what helps our students learn and thrive. Children’s Resources school has often been referred to as the “Miracle on 112th Street”. Can you see why? • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • Page 21

Funding Arts Network Luncheon Members and guests who attended the Funding Arts network at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables were treated to a conversion between fellow philanthropists, collectors and members of two of Miami’s pioneer families, Mitchell “Micky” Wolfson, Jr., founder of the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum and Finlay B. Matheson, past President of the Museum’s board. They discussed the history of their iconic families as well as their extensive collections, growing up in Miami, and the trips they taken together around the world. The two bon vivantes engaged the audience with their stories and great wit!  The  Matheson’s family, among other generous gifts, donated the land for Crandon Park and Matheson Hammock. The Wolfsonian-FIU  Museum is one of the recipients of a FAN grant.  FAN awarded $180,000 in grants to 20 arts organizations this past year.  Established in 1996 (originally known as  (fifty over fifty), FAN has given more than $3,300,000 to dance, music, theatre, and visual arts programs. FAN is a non-profit all volunteer organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing the visual and performing arts programs for the cultural enrichment of the community.  FAN combines the $1000 membership contribution of its members to form an annual grant pool to fund visual and performing arts programs in Miami-Dade County. FAN conducts a competitive grants program.  Screening teams comprised of members trained in grant selection chose the finalists.  Next, the entire membership votes for the final grant awards, which are presented at the group’s May luncheon. FAN is acknowledged as an excellent model of a philanthropic group. For more information on FAN or to find about how to become a member visit the website at or contact Page 22 • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • SunPost Weekly •

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Mitchell Wolfson and Finlay Matheson enjoying the event with their guests.


Pawpurrazzi 2014 had more than 500 guests and their dogs buckled in their seats traveling to London for a trip of a lifetime—or as the Brits say, “Brilliant. Simply, brilliant!” Pawpurrazzi, raising more than $600,000, benefits the Humane Society of Greater Miami and is chaired by Pat and Milton Wallace and Bunny Bastian, three amazing people who know the meaning of excellence and how to throw a fabulous party. South Motors was the Presenting Sponsor for the sixth year and made the event’s raffle over the top by donating a two-year lease for a MINI Cooper. Taking place at Jungle Island, this was the most awesome “paw-some” affair in town with the London décor created by the incredible Karla Dascal of Karla Conceptual Event Experiences. The ballroom sparkled with silver tablecloths, beautiful red tulips and clear tall candelabras on each table. Dogs and their owners had their picture taken in front of a London street scene and then took the photos home as a souvenir of a fabulous evening. Cynthia Demos and Eliott Rodriguez, anchors for CBS4, were the emcees for the “Great Pets Who Walk in Front of Great People” show, which is the highlight of the evening. More than 27 exclusive guests and their furry friends are spotlighted, some walking shelter dogs down the runway. This show never disappoints! Six homeless dogs were adopted during the evening, starting their new lives in wonderful and loving homes.  And isn’t that what this event is all about? The Pawpurrazzi silent auction, organized by Marisa-Cisneros-Rizzon, Ann Rubino, and Juan Lopez, Vice president and General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue, Dadeland, lived up to its reputation as being the best auction in town. It was filled with haute couture clothing, incredible jewelry, exciting trips, beautiful accessories for the home and top-of-the-line designer names. Bulgari, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Chloe, Dior, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Valentino were all there.  You don’t see auctions like this one anywhere else. Some of the show’s stars and supporters included The Batchelor Foundation; Penny and Roe Stamps; Do Unto Others; Dr. Fredric S. Brandt; Espirito Santo Bank; Irene Korge; Linda and Patrick McEnany; Jackie and Jorge Munilla; Yvonne Eldredge; Sheila and Frank Kuhl; Ruby Ann Bacardi; Nancy Denison; Swanee DiMare; Jeanette Fine; Lola and Donald Jacobson; Marisa Toccin Lucas; DJ and Steve Kerr; Helene Kovens; Alison and John Kunkel; Yolanda and Celeste Miller; Ana and Cecil Milton; Ed Joyce of Northern Trust; Perry Ellis International; Steve Feinberg of Pet Supermarket; Dr. Brigitt Rok; Alan Potamkin; Anna Rentz; Royal Media Partners; Ann and Frank Rubino; Bob Brunn of Ryder Charitable Foundation; Nick Studds; Maggie Villacampa and Brian Mormille of U.S. Trust; Eddy Martinez and

Pawpurrazzi 2014: A Purr-fect Party! Roland Ortiz of Worldwide Properties; and Sandy Zankl. Homeless cats weren’t forgotten at Pawpurrazzi. After the runway show, Rebekah Diaz Fandrei and Company performed many selections from “Aristocats” and “Cats,” which added to the excitement of the evening. Even the dogs enjoyed the show, showing their appreciation by barking in unison. The event began with a cocktail reception filled with fun activities for both two and four-legged guests. The dogs, who really are the stars of the evening, received their own fun accessory and special tasty treats. Their owners sipped on cocktails donated by Bacardi, USA and enjoyed a royal selection of hors d’oeuvres including Jumbo Fried Coconut Shrimp, Conch Fritters, Fish-n-Chips, Sliders, mini Shepherd Pies, Bangers and Mash, a Sushi bar, Smoked Apple wood Bacon, Salmon Lollipops, mini cups of a variety of soups, Lamb Chops—and more. The food never stopped coming around and the guests never stopped eating. But wait, there’s more. Just when you thought you couldn’t eat another thing, you sat down to a five-star dinner that included the “Duke’s Beef Wellington,” a nod to honor the British theme. Thanks to Bern Levine and Andy Juska of Jungle Island, the food was simply superb and guests couldn’t stop raving about it. It was a feast meant for a king!   This was followed by a fantasy dessert buffet.  If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, this buffet did the trick.  Of course there was the Queen’s English Trifle alongside a “Make your Own Ice Cream Sundae” Bar, a luscious bread pudding with warm Bourbon sauce, Bananas Foster presented by the Chef, made to order S’Mores, assorted brownies, freshly baked cookies, Tiramisu and fresh fruit.  Guaranteed, no one left this event hungry.  In fact, no one wanted to leave.  It was a huge triumph, a “dog’gone” over-the-top event. Simply said—“It was a “Royal Flush!” Mark your calendar for Pawpurrazzi 2015, scheduled for Friday, January 23, 2015! For more information, call or email Laurie Hoffman at 305-749-1815 or • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • Page 23



Disaster Movie Gladiators By Ruben Rosario

Your parents and grandparents might regale you with anecdotes of catching Richard Burton and Liz Taylor in period garb at the movie palace. Your great-grandparents – as well as silent-movie buffs – might look fondly upon the days when Cecil B. DeMille still made silent epics with a cast of thousands. Say it together with me, boys and girls: spectacle. Being swept up in the massive scope of a period epic is a moviegoing pleasure that hasn’t really changed since the days of the original, preCharlton Heston Ten Commandments (1923). So what happens when you marry the old-fashioned trappings of a Roman Empire yarn with the CGI-heavy aesthetics of contemporary films like Armageddon and The Day After Tomorrow? The result is Pompeii, the latest 3D extravaganza from British schlockmeister Paul W.S. Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, Alien vs. Predator), which uses the eruption of Mount Vesuvius circa 79 A.D. as the backdrop for a kitschy hodgepodge of upstairs/downstairs romance, palace intrigue, politically minded swordplay and lava-propelled mayhem. Anderson even throws in a tsunami as well for

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good measure. Several weeks ago I had the chance to step into the interview arena with two of the film’s stars, Kit Harington and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, during one of their promotional stops for the movie at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. HBO fans will immediately recognize the actors, the soft-spoken Harington for his role as illegitimate royal offspring Jon Snow in Game of Thrones and the prolific, effortlessly charismatic Akinnuoye-Agbaje as bad-boy prison inmate Adebisi in Oz. The stars, who play rivals-turned-allies Milo (Harington) and Atticus (Akinnuoye-Agbaje) in Pompeii opposite a cast that includes Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jared Harris and hammy baddie Kiefer Sutherland, shared their Roman-epic movie memories, extolled the virtues of Anderson (aka Milla Jovovich’s hubby) as a not-so-closeted romantic, and detailed how they were able to soldier through gladiator boot camp.



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 RUBEN ROSARIO (pointing at the severe spotlight shining directly at me): Feels like I’m the one being interrogated. Did you see that? ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE: “Now what do you want?” RR: Well, I want to ask you some questions. All right, so I want you to go back in time a little bit. I’m wondering, both of you guys, what are some of your first memories of going to the movies and watching these kinds of gladiator films and films in Roman times. Did those come back when you were first reading the screenplay for Pompeii? KIT HARINGTON: “I mean, I can’t profess to have seen a huge amount of gladiator films, if I’m honest. That’s one of the reasons why I found this one intriguing to do. I wouldn’t say they were a huge passion of mine growing up, although I have officially seen Gladiator 101 times because it was absolutely fantastic. But I never saw Spartacus. I don’t think I ever saw …” RR: Not even the TV show? KT: “Spartacus: Blood and Sand? I did actually watch a couple of episodes. It was very good. I don’t know why I didn’t get into it more, but I enjoyed it.” RR (to Adewale): And you? ADEWALE: “Only because I’m slightly older than Kit (laughs), I have a few more memories of growing up [watching these films]. I really did grow up with Ben Hur, Spartacus. I remember seeing Woody Strode. He was the great black gladiator in Spartacus. I always looked up to his great Adonis physique and his stature and his dignity. He was an iconic figure for me as a child. Some of those epics with Charlton Heston and Kirk Douglas, I just fell in love with those movies, so when this movie came along, I mean, it was a childhood dream, to be able to participate in a modern-day epic, and also for it to be in 3D, and with these similar iconic characters, it was a real treat.” RR: Now, it’s good that you mentioned the 3D. When you were shooting Pompeii, was it different to shoot a movie that’s intended to be in 3D for you guys? KT: “Um, I didn’t really notice too much of a difference.” ADEWALE: “I mean, there were a few instances, as you will see in the movie without giving away the plot, where I had to throw a weapon which didn’t exist, things like that or, you know, maybe positioning, accentuating certain angles, for the 3D, but I didn’t really see that much of a difference between the two-dimensional picture and a three-dimensional, not as an actor.” KT: “No, I think for the crew, for the director and for the special effects guys, it’s a wildly different process, but for actors – I’ve done a couple of 3D films – I don’t think there’s much, what we do, there’s not a huge amount of difference.” RR: It’s good that you brought up the actor’s process, because my perception of Paul Anderson is that he doesn’t come across as an actor’s director. What was your experience in terms of creating your character, shaping your character with him, and how does it compare to some of the other people you have worked with? KT: “I would disagree about him not being an actor’s director. He gives you a huge amount of free rein, and expects you to turn up and know what you’re doing and know your character and done all your development process without having to mollycoddle you or mother you into the process, which I quite like. I find it quite liberating. But he allows you, as an actor, a lot of input in the film. With the script, there was a fluidity there that we could about what we felt, you know, if something was jarring about the character, we could change it.” ADEWALE: “I agree. I think Paul is a man of few words, but the words that he does speak are very poignant and to the point, and I find that refreshing in a director, because as Kit says, he hires the actors he trusts. So he trusts that you know what you’re doing, but he has a very clear vision and he’s very tapped in to the more subtle, emotional strings of the movie.” KT: “And as much as he’s obsessed with explosions, I say that because he is, as much as he is, he was so adamant about the love story running through and the friendship that me and Adewale’s character have. He was very interested in making sure that the characters’ chemistry worked, as well as the explosions.” ADEWALE: “And you’ll see from the movie, that is one of the strongest elements, the relationships, whether it’s Milo and Cassia [Browning’s character], or Milo and Atticus or Kiefer’s [character] as well.

Those are some of the strongest elements in the film, this impending doom.” RR: Well, let’s talk about Atticus. He’s a badass, with a very tough shell. How much did you draw on your own life experience when you actually approached that character? ADEWALE: “Ooh, my goodness, it would be great to say I drew on a lot. Atticus as a character, he’s such an admirable human being because of the circumstances he’s in, and yet still has this nobility, honor and much grace by which he accepts his fate. I’m not sure that I would be able to have the same qualities if I were faced with his predicament as being an imprisoned slave and a killer. Obviously, I’m Nigerian, I’m African, so it was quite a delight for me to bring the spiritual side of Atticus. We put that in, inside the story, because I felt that as an African you would have a faith, and he would have a faith that he would have brought from his culture, so we retained that, albeit some fictitious simulation, but the notion that he would have an authentic African religion that would get him through his daily battles.” RR: Did you guys have to go to gladiator boot camp for those fight sequences? KT: “Yeah, boot camp is the word. We were training a few weeks prior [to shooting], physical training, and also we had a great group of stunt guys who worked us like dogs to get us to a stage where


we looked like we were gladiators and we looked like we could fight. Yeah, I think it was referred to as boot camp. We ran every day before we started learning the choreography, so it was grueling.” RR: There are a lot of films like Pompeii, period films that, because of the new technology, you see a lot of CGI. I know you guys were talking about how much you were impressed with the CGI last night at the screening. Are you concerned that some of these films are becoming a little too reliant on digitally rendered effects, especially when they’re taking place in a period that’s not the present or the future? KT: “I think it’s a fine balance, and there are films out there which go too far and there are films which don’t go far enough. I think the reason this is being made now, hopefully, is that you can show with some degree of realism the mountain exploding, and I think, me personally, I think they got it right. I can’t wait to see it in 3D, cause actually, I haven’t seen it in 3D.” ADEWALE: “Yeah, me neither.” KT: “But apparently the whole idea of an explosion, that kind of blast out like that...” RR: It comes at you. Pompeii ‘s effects-driven mix of sword-and-sandal derring-do and star-crossed (b)romance is currently blasting off the screen in wide release. • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • Page 26



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Jennifer Nettles, Without Sugarland By Lee Reed

There is no Sugarland without Jennifer Nettles. So what is Jennifer Nettles without Sugarland? Nettles delivered the answer during the first concert of her first solo tour, which kicked off at the Lincoln Theatre on Valentine’s Day: These are not the same‚ energy-packed, carefree, delightfully weird days of her enormously successful country collaboration with Kristian Bush. The Jennifer Nettles solo era is calmer and more serious. The songs are slower and more thoughtful. The lyrics hit you harder. And, frankly, it’s just a little less fun. Of course, Nettles, 39, still has that spectacular, bombastic twang that she uses like a flying superhero when she sings her tremendous voice swoops in and out, making unexpected turns to emphasize a phrase or inject certain words with emotion. She could never really lose people’s attention, even if the majority of the songs are ballads. There were quite a few ballads during the concert, a relatively somber experience, a surprise, as Nettles, brimming with charm and chatter, exudes personality. But it was hard for the audience to get too amped up as she focused on slow, quiet material from her new album, That Girl Many tunes were about love and heartbreak, and deeply introspective. Nettles told the hundreds in the audience that it’s her most personal album yet. With this project, You get to see into my musical brain Nettles said, with themes including country, gospel, singer-songwriter style and 1970s radio. It’s quite a mashup. The ballads include Falling, a vivid memory of first love; Good Time to Cry, about a friend who has unproductive methods to soothe pain; and This One’s for You, an ode to love songs. Particularly lovely was This Angel, about becoming a mom for the first time last year: Who is this angel sent here to change me? Sent here to take me where I’ve never been? / Long I have wandered weary and waiting, for something to shake me and life to begin. She did have some sparks of high energy, such as the fast-paced country jam Know You Wanna Know. Plus, the mischievous Jealousy, which Nettles said was about a woman who’s coming to terms with the more shady side of herself, as the protagonist pours whiskey down the dress of a romantic rival. Not surprisingly, the audience especially came to life whenever Nettles ventured into Sugarland territory. Although Nettles didn’t actually mention the S-word (she has said the band is not broken up, just on temporary hiatus), she did offer a few snippets from the duo’s long list of hits, such as ‚ÄúBaby Girl, Something More and the eternally catchy All I Want to Do. Nettles thanked everyone for supporting her music in all of its forms and gave a shout-out to her opening act, Brandy Clark, a wildly talented singer-songwriter. Clark, whose critically praised debut album, 12 Stories, was released last year, doesn’t have Nettles’s vocal acrobatics, but her vivid storytelling is captivating. Armed onstage with her own powerful voice and an acoustic guitar, Clark made the audience laugh uproariously with the stories in her songs, such as the one about a bored housewife who smokes marijuana to make it through the day (Get High), and another involving a scorned woman who doesn’t shoot her cheating husband because she wouldn’t look good in a prison uniform (Stripes). Also playing the more emotional songs Pray to Jesus and Hold My Hand, Clark threw in songs she’s written for famous artists, including Miranda Lambert’s Mama’s Broken Heart‚ and The Band Perry’s Better Dig Two. “Believe it or not,” Clark said wryly of the ominous Band Perry hit (which includes the line, If you go before I do, I’m gonna tell the gravedigger that he better dig two),”this song was intended to be a love song.” TO GO: March 1. 8pm. $59 - $79. Hard Rock, 1 Seminole Way; Hollywood. For info:

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South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2014 - Part 1 of 2 By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore The Chippendales with Art Smith and Lorena Garcia

For the 13th consecutive year, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) attracted thousands upon thousands of foodies to the wine soaked sands of South Beach, to delight in scrumptious bites, sip clever concoctions and rub elbows with fellow foodies, VIPs, and more celebrity chefs than you can shake your spatula at. The celebrations started Thursday, February 20 and ran through Sunday, February 23. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite events over a two-part story so be sure to check back next week for more on this year’s SOBEWFF.

THE Q Moët Hennessy’s The Q, kicked off SOBEWFF on Thursday, February 20, attracting carnivores and Champagne aficionados like prime, grilled catnip would Tony the Tiger. Host, Michael Symon, along with over 20 Sports Illustrated swimsuit models converged in a tent behind the Delano for a night of savoring grilled meats from local and nationally renowned restaurants from around the nation and free-flowing Champagne and cocktails. Celebrity chefs joining Symon at this celebration included: Iron Chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine. During the evening, Joey Campanaro (Little Owl) and Chris Santos (Beauty & Essex) –were both awarded The Q’s flavor award- in a tie, for the first time in SOBEWFF history. Each chef received a trophy and $500 for his charity of choice. Our favorites at The Q were Meat Market chef, Sean Brasel’s chipotle-glazed slow roasted rib eye made with French toast, pickled fresno chili and wild mushroom salad, (fortunately, Meat Market is right in our own backyard on Lincoln Road-so go check it out!) and Zakarian’s- pomegranate and cinnamon glazed BBQ ribs.

dining experience inspired by ocean liner menus from The Wolfsonian’s historic collection. Bourdain oversaw a multi-course menu prepared by celebrity chefs Daniel Boulud (Daniel), Andrew Carmellini (The Dutch), David McMillan and Fred Morin (Joe Beef), Francois Payard (FPB), and Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin). Joining Bourdain to host the elegant affair that transported guests to a bygone era of luxurious ocean liner dining were Azamara’s Captain Johannes Tysse. Executive Chef Robert van Rijsbergen, and Cruise Director Eric De Gray. Also seen at this nautical adventure: Martha Stewart, Wolfsonian-FIU Director Cathy Leff, Sandy & Larry Pimentel. Proceeds from a live auction for an exclusive voyage for two in Azamara Club Cruises’ Club World’s Owner’s Suite, benefitted the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University and The Wolfsonian-FIU.

MARINARA MADNESS Also on Friday evening, the Soho Beach House was transformed into a Punk Kitchen where musician Marky Ramone hosted a night of marinara madness with friends with the help of premium artesian water Aquaçai and Cadillac, which is partnering with the Ramones for its current TV ad. The evening featured a tasting of signature dishes that were prepared with Marky Ramone’s Marinara Pasta Sauce. The party took place at Soho Beach House’s Taqueria and Tequila bar, Ocho, located on the 8th floor and included a VIP meet and greet as well as an after party featuring a DJ set by Ramone.

PRIME BEEF-CAKES AN OYSTER FEST The gorgeous Hotel Victor’s breezy pool deck was packed to the gills with oyster-lovers galore for the much anticipated Oyster Bash presented by Island Creek Oysters hosted by Ming Tsai and Jeremy Sewall on Friday evening. Featuring more than 6,000 oysters brought in from an artisanal oyster farm in Duxbury, Massachusetts, local chefs such as Hung Huynh of CATCH Miami and Jeff Raider of Lure Fishbar Miami wowed the crowds with their delicious preparations, which were all complimented by crisp wines by Cloudy Bay and vodka cocktails by Double Cross.

BURGER BASH It came as no surprise on Friday night that Michael Symon’s B-Spot Burger won Amstel Light’s People’s Choice Award for the umpteenth year in a row at the Amstel Light Burger Bash. Chef Symon was awarded the trophy for “The Fat Doug Burger,” a beef patty topped with pastrami, Havarti cheese, cole slaw and mustard. Red Robin’s Best of the Bash Award went to The Burger Dive, in Billings, Montana, which served its Blackened Sabbath burger, prepared with blackened spice, bacon, beer-battered onion ring, garlic-basil mayo, goat cheese and arugula with sriracha. The Judges’ Award was granted to Shake Shack, New York City for the BurgerMeister- a cheeseburger topped with crispy beer-marinated shallots and Shack Sauce- cue the angioplasty now please.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN SETS SAIL AT THE WOLFSONIAN Azamara Club Cruises, Anthony Bourdain and The Wolfsonian-FIU hosted, An Evening Aboard the S.S. Wolfsonian with Anthony Bourdain. For the event, CNN host, author and chef, Bourdain curated a unique Page 32 • Thursday, February 27, 2014 • SunPost Weekly •

The Chippendales came to town and gave SOBEWFF chefs an eye-full outside of the Burger Bash. (Insert inappropriate “meat joke” here). During the opening weekend of the Chippendales five-week extension, chefs Art Smith and Lorena Garcia got a surprise as all of the boys were waiting for them backstage with chef hats (and little else) to welcome them to Friday night’s show. The celeb chefs were also spotted with friends dining at Macchialina on Friday night enjoying “Best of the Best” chef Michael Pirolo’s rustic pizzas and pastas. The following day, the Chippendales attended Art’s Ice Cream Social, where competitive chefs sized up their muscles and joined in on photos with the hunks including: (sigh-worthy) Ludo Lefebvre, Anthony Bourdain and Johnny Iuzzini. Katie Lee, in her bikini, posed for photos with the boys. Shark Tank’s Kim Nelson, owner of Daisy Cakes was also spotted cheering on the boys during Saturday’s show. 

CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS Simon Cowell was spotted beachside at the St. Regis Bal Harbour resort over the weekend. Seasalt and Pepper brought Paris-based sensation, Buddha-Bar to Miami for its first ever U.S. pop up experience on Thursday. On-hand for the celebration: actress Debi Mazar and husband/Chef Gabriele Corcos, Celebrity Chef Art Smith and Top Chef Master Lorena Garcia, and Spanish former World No. 1 pro tennis player, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario. Martha Stewart attended a private cocktail at the Ritz-Carlton Residences on Friday night. James Beard award-winning Jim Meehan from famed cocktail bar Please Don’t Tell in New York City, teamed up with Grey Goose vodka to create three exclusive cocktails for a special evening at The Broken Shaker.







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Upcoming Social Events By Maryanne Salvat

THE WOMEN OF TOMORROW MENTOR AND SCHOLARSHIP GALA The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program will host its gala at the Mandarin Oriental with more than 500 of South Florida’s leading philanthropists, celebrities and politicians on Saturday, March 8. Gala Chair Marisa Toccin Lucas along with founders Jennifer Valoppi and Don Browne and Co-Vice President, the Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle have planned an unforgettable evening in celebration of the Women of Tomorrow’s Annual Gala and its 18th year of mentoring at-risk young girls in South Florida. While the gala is sold out, there are still opportunities to get involved in the event and support the more than 3,000 girls benefiting from the program this year. Honorees at the annual event include Honorary Chairmen Wayne & Cynthia 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. For more information, call 305.371.3330 or


TROPICAL BRUNCH IN THE GARDEN WITH LES DAMES D’ESCOFFIER MIAMI On Sunday, March 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Les Dames D’Escoffier Miami (LDEM) will present their annual Tropical Brunch in the Garden. Join LDEM at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach for a chance to savor culinary creations amongst the flora and fauna. Priced at $55 for adults and $20 for children (5-12) in advance, attendees will sample and enjoy dishes from celebrity restaurants, exquisite gourmet shops, cooking demos from LDEM, and student stations from Mast Academy and the Miami Culinary Institute. Tickets will be $65 and $30 at the door for adults and children, respectively. Children 4 and under are free. Casual attire; live music and a relaxing vibe; to purchase tickets online email or call 877.467-7725. For more information,


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2. Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine flanked by two buddies

Become a part of the International Kids Fund Wonderfund's great cause for life-saving medical care for children-in-need. You won't want to miss this opportunity to step into our circle for a wonderful lunch with catering by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein. March 20 at 11:15 am. Tickets are $150. Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156. For more information:

BE A KID AGAIN GALA! The most fun event of the South Florida Social Season, Miami Children’s Museum’s Be A Kid Again Gala, Saturday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. will feature exceptional live entertainment, luxurious auctions and a culinary experience unlike any other! Do your part to ensure that world-class educational programming is accessible to all kids in the community. Stay for Play After Dark the Gala after-party, where Miami’s emerging professionals can get together to Play After Dark! Celebrating the 70’s and boogie into the night. Special performances, themed drinks and late night treats. After-Party only tickets are $65 in advance and $85 at the door. Or choose the Play Package for $325 which will include 6 tickets. Gala tickets, including the after-party, are $500; $1,000 for VIP tickets. Miami Children's Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. For info: 305-3735437 or

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3. Nina Agdal and Chef Marc Murphy 4. Food critic Katie Lee 5. Chef Luciano Sautto

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