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Vol. XXIX No. 5

February 6, 2014 POLITICAL EDITOR Michael Sasser

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Parking Permission Prominent Activist Wants City To Re-examine Policy By Michael W. Sasser

For at least nearly two decades, citywide parking decals for resident members of city boards and commissions has reared its head as a political issue for many activists in the City of Miami Beach. The decals, which are one of the benefits received by local residents who are willing to serve on citizen committees, permit parking throughout the city, regardless of whether the individual is acting in an official capacity or not. Prominent Miami Beach activist Frank Del Vecchio wants the Miami Beach City Commission to examine the policy and consider altering it. He took the opportunity late last month, as the city’s Neighborhoods Committee made recommendations on boards and committees being consolidated, to again ask that the policy be put under the microscope. “The ordinance consolidating city boards and committees, R5S, January 15, 2014 city commission item, being discussed at today’s Neighborhood Committee should be enacted,” Del Vecchio wrote in a Jan. 30 memo to the Miami Beach City Commission. “Moreover, the city commission should at the same time limit parking decal use to city parking lots and garages in the vicinity of city hall.  These recommendations made by the city’s TRAC committee five years ago should at long last be acted on. “It is common knowledge that many residents seek appointment to city boards and committees in order to get a citywide parking decal,” Del Vecchio continued. “This makes a mockery of what should be unselfish public service and subjects the system to public ridicule.  Limiting parking to the vicinity of city hall makes sense and eliminates those who apply solely for a parking decal.” The belief that some hold public board positions strictly or largely for parking access has

been held by many for years, given the city’s notoriously difficult and often complex parking regulations and expense. “It’s hard enough in a lot of parts of South Beach, in particular, to find parking anywhere near [your destination],” said Jonathan Romero, whose work takes him “all over Miami Beach for short intervals here and there.” The idea of losing potential parking to a Beach resident because the latter had been appointed to a city board – which many consider ultimate political appointments – hasn’t gone over well with other residents and activists for decades. Del Vecchio seems to question whether consolidating city board and committees is the opportunity for change – positive change, that is. “The Marine Authority is being expanded in size and scope: from seven to fourteen members, the mayor and each commissioner appointing two. Under a new title: the ‘Marine and Waterfront Protection Authority,’ it will discharge its previous duties plus those assigned the Waterfront Protection Committee, which is to be discontinued as a separate entity. The importance of its functions is well understood,” Del Vecchio wrote

to Capt. Dan Kipnis of the Marine Authority on February 2. My question to you is whether the members of the Authority require parking decals other than for use in the vicinity of city hall? The TRAC committee on which I served (an ad hoc body with no parking privileges, like the Charter Review Board) was focused on efficiency in government, including duplication of staff services on related boards, and the desirability of combining boards and talent for like functions,” Del Vecchio continued. “At Thursday’s Land Use Committee meeting, where the board consolidation ordinance was discussed, Mayor [Philip] Levine expressed your sentiments: that volunteer members of city boards deserve to be recognized in some way, and free parking is a way to do that. As long as city commissioners appoint board members based on merit, not as a political favor, the practice of awarding free parking decals will be accepted. I think the new mayor and commissioners appreciate that and share a vision that the boards should be professional in composition and in carrying out their tasks. Board consolidation is a step in that direction. What must be overcome is the negative public perception about past practice due to some decal holders who obviously sought appointment principally to be awarded a parking decal.” Kipnis replied, according to the email exchange acquired by SunPost: “I have served on County, State and Federal boards for many years. I have never been paid for any of the countless hours and days I have contributed to these groups. Miami Beach is the first and only entity that has acknowledged my contribution. The few hours that I may park in a city lot per week is small compensation for the expertise, commitment and integrity that My board members and I bring to the City. Every meeting that I go to in downtown (Sea Level Rise Committee, Climate

“What must be overcome is the negative public perception about past practice due to some decal holders who obviously sought appointment principally to be awarded a parking decal.” – Beach activist Frank Del Vecchio

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Change Task Force, Environmental, Social and Health Committee MDCCAT to name a few) cost $12 - 20 dollars in parking. I have been paying hundreds of dollars a year for many years for the priveledge of serving this community. It is nice that the City of Miami Beach acknowledges that service.” One city commissioner, speaking off the record, said the issue was a minor matter, not necessarily warranting the effort that activists have put into pursuing reform. Del Vecchio doesn’t expect much to change when the current board and committee and consolidation matter, is heard by the city commission. “I think what will happen at the city commission is that the ordinance text that was approved on first reading in January will be approved without amendment,” Del Vecchio told SunPost. “It will sail through. The only person who objected at Neighborhoods was a member of the Capital Improvements Oversight Committee, which is to be abolished. As far as decals are concerned, if it comes up, it will do so as part of a different, separate resolution. If it does come up at the Feb. 12 city commission meeting on the second reading of this ordinance, I think two things might be said:  First, as to the members of current boards that are being abolished, they will retain parking decal privileges through the end of this fiscal year, i.e., Sept. 30, 2014; Second, as to whether beginning the next fiscal year, the parking decals will be citywide, or honored only at city parking lots in the vicinity of city hall, (or a similar way of providing free parking near city hall such as a swipe card).  Mayor Levine, at the Neighborhoods meeting, said that he believed members of boards should have citywide free parking privileges as a way of the city showing its gratitude. Consequently, I don’t think the citywide free parking decal is going to even be raised Feb. 12. My hunch is if it is raised the discussion will go in the direction of seeing how the new committee structure operates, and evaluate it as of the end of the fiscal or calendar year.” Still, for some, consideration at any point is better than the issue being ignored, as it often has been since at least the mid-1990s. “At least someone makes an issue of it, which is good if you’re a normal person and not friends with a commissioner or whatever it takes to earn citywide parking privileges,” Romero said. “At least they just aren’t sitting on their hands in Miami Beach.” • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • Page 5



Take A Sign Don’t Be Stupid In Paradise By David Arthur Walters

I received several suggestions from City Attorney Jose Smith subsequent to the publication of my article about purse snatchings and other thefts in South Beach’s South Pointe Park, which has been fabulously renovated under former City Manager Jorge Gonzales. He said his own family members had electronic valuables stolen at the tot park there. He recommended better police coverage, video surveillance, and public education including signs. Capt. Mark Causey, who heads up the Special Investigations Unit for the Miami Beach Police Department, said that efforts were being made to apprehend what might be a career criminal operating in the park. Capt. David De La Espriella, well known for his pioneering work in Community Policing, said there were signs warning the public to protect their valuables, but too many people tend to behave stupidly in the beautiful surround. He noted that the Gonzales city administration was averse to cluttering up parks with signs. He said lockers were being set up for people to secure their valuables while on the beach. The aversion to signage seemed ironic to me in view of my investigation of the signage blight on the streets, with half of the signs unpermitted due to the lax and selective enforcement pol-

icy of the city’s code compliance officials. In any event, we should know from the Garden of Eden myth that we should not continue to be stupid in paradise after we are robbed of our innocence. I walked around the park again to examine the warning signs. I found many gaudy greenish signs warning people not to misbehave in one way or another, signs publishing a special rule for sex offenders, and a huge sign advertising the names of city officers, but I did not notice any signs warning against thieves until I asked a private security guard, who said there were a few such signs in the enormous parking lot. I surveyed the parking lot and found two “Park Smart” signs on the north row of parking spaces, none in the center row, and three on the south row, for a total of five signs, each about a square-foot in size. A member of the valet service said there were virtually no few thefts in the parking lot when the service was operating because it was being watched. Yet many thefts occurred on the beach and within the park where most visitors had ventured from the hotels and surrounding streets. To be sure of the signage, I flagged down a Parks Department truck and asked Edgar Ro-

driquez. “Where were the signs warning people of thieves?” He said there were “big” signs in the parking lot, and that was all, because there should be no signs inside the park. I pointed to the top of the hilly landscaping that elevates a portion of the walkway. “There should be a billboard on top of the hill saying, DON”T BE STUPID, PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES!” I jested. “They do not read the signs. Look!” Two guys were riding their bikes on the elevated sidewalk, disobeying the commandment set forth on signs below. “No bicycles up there!” Edgar shouted. The cyclists shrugged stupidly, so I cupped my hands and yelled, “Please do ride bicycles on the hill!” “No English!” shouted one cyclist. “Maricon!” Edgar answered with a favorite Latino term of endearment. They got the message, dismounted and took their bikes off the hill. “Do you know about the Take a Sign program?” he asked me,

“No, I’ve never heard of it.” I told Edgar that I had often spoken with the Park Department guy who attended to the park before it was renovated. “I think his name was Jimmy, an Anglo, I believe. There was a discrimination issue, problems between the union and management. He sued the city for something and was proud to talk about it.” “You should not sue the city. That was a long time ago. There are always issues.” “You’re Cuban?” “No, I am Rodriquez, I am Columbian. Before I was transferred down here from the beach up north, I was commended for my work,” he said proudly. “Do you know Capt. De La Espriella with Internal Affairs? He’s Columbian.” “No.” “Isn’t Rodriquez a Mexican name?” “Mexicans have mustaches. You cannot please everyone. There will always be complaints because people are different, black, Cuban, Columbian, Mexican. This is the problem government has. Look at those trees there. One will claim it is getting less water than others, or that one is blocking its leaves from getting sunlight.” “Well, make sure the trees are watered equally,” I remarked as he drove away, and we laughed. Of course some trees need more or less water and light than others to thrive, something that cultivators of human beings should be aware of. As chance would have it, a Beach Rescue vehicle pulled up, and a lifeguard disembarked in

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a scene reminiscent of Baywatch. “What do you do to stay in shape?” I asked stupidly as I approached. “Do you go to the gym a lot?” “I am a lifeguard,” Lt. Leigh EmersonSmith, a Beach Rescue lifeguard for 32 years, responded. “I swim. I was an Olympic swimmer. This job is heaven for me. Who are you?” “I’m a reporter checking out the thefts. Do you have a lot of thefts on the beach?” “We have thefts every day. It is really very sad.” “I think the cops have an undercover guy around here.” “You would have to flood the beach with undercover officers to catch the thieves. Many of them look like ordinary people, so you never know who is going to steal something by their looks.” I asked Leigh if she remembered the big discrimination issue with the unions a few years back. She did, and said it was a shame that the petty kind thing lingered on. She applauded the organizational skills of Cubans. “Given their numbers, blacks would be running this country if they were as organized as the Cubans.” She said she was very impressed by the new administration, the changes it was making, and said the new city manager, Jimmy Morales, had actually come over to the beach and toured it with her, saying it was very important to the city. She said she thought he should make more changes in staff, though,

noting how two high officials were saying malicious things in Spanish in front of her, unaware that she had lived in Columbia and understood Spanish. By coincidence, she mentioned Edgar, and said it was a pleasure to work around such a hard worker at South Pointe, but that he was going to be transferred because his good work was needed elsewhere. She also spoke positively about the work of a Mr. Falls. I asked about new lockers for securing valuables, whether they were just an idea or actually existed. She said there were two trailers of lockers on the beach, one at 7th Street and the other at 11 Street, so I headed in that direction.

Along the way I noticed two elderly tourists using portable toilets arrayed in front of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Beach Park near 3rd Street, a park that has public restrooms. By the way, although it is extremely politically incorrect for me to say this since he was ousted, I would rename South Pointe Park the Jorge Gonzales South Pointe Park after his death. The Australian tourists, who did not want to be personally identified with toilets, said they had visited Miami Beach 30 years ago when it was pretty and clean. Now they were appalled by the filthy restrooms on 10th Street inhabited by tramps, so they came to this park, and decided to use the portable toilets set up for an event rather than go inside the public restroom a few steps away. They said filthy public restrooms leave a lasting impression on visitors from clean places, who may never return because of that experience. I cannot say that I blame them. Miami Beach tramps do tend to trash and flood the public restrooms, which are rarely attended to. I have even had to call the city about backed up sewage including human waste. I ventured onward toward the security lockers on 7 Street, pausing to observe the groundwork being done for the new restrooms near 5th Street in Lummus Park, the old ones having been demolished. As usual, the contractor signs did not bear license numbers as required by law, and were most likely not permitted since we have to mark the city’s code compliance division absent when it comes to enforcing many codes unless someone risks retaliation by making a fuss.

I walked onto the beach at 7th Street, where I observed several white trailers, with no signs indicating that they offered locker services. But one square trailer did attract me, sort of like the monolith in 2001 Space Odyssey. And there it was: a bank of attended, high-tech lockers available 9-to-5 at a charge of $5 per day, thanks to a big concession company called Boucher Bros. The attendant, a high school student whom I shall not identify unless I receive parental consent in accordance with general AP guidelines, was informative and had an excellent customer service attitude. Boucher Bros. is a big company, I was advised, and has many of the chairs and umbrellas on the beach. Its name is on the edges of the blue umbrellas. The company is testing the locker-trailers on the beach, and at present there are only two. Another locker is needed on the South Pointe end because tourists are saying they do not want to walk all the way back up the beach to recover their valuables. True, the lockers are not easily recognized because there are no signs, and the city does not like signs on the beach, but that is being worked on. Yes, the public restroom at 10 Street is horrible so do not go there. Use the hotels because most of them are nice enough to accommodate tourists. Finally, it is too hard for high school students to get jobs. That was the second time I heard that this week from ambitious kids. I left some grandfatherly advice, recounting how I had left home at six-feet tall and 13-yearsold in the old days when employers were not so careful about checking ages and credentials, and I managed to work myself into an important position, after which hardly anyone ever asked me for credentials. I said the biggest mistake I made was running away from home and then not staying put in one place. For example, if I had stayed in South Beach in 1969, I’m sure my business today would be as big as that of Boucher Bros, and I would hire plenty of high school kids. • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • Page 7

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Women The Miami Beach Commission Isn’t A Boy’s Club Anymore By Michael W. Sasser

The Commissioners at work

Cover Story: The Women


here are a number of criticisms – warranted or not – that have been leveled at the Miami Beach City Commission since long before any of its current members held their positions. Among these has been that it’s an “old boy’s club” or a closed cadre of identical figures, each of whom was interchangeable with the other. For years, in demographic terms, the commission wasn’t exactly as diverse as the city it represented. Then, in the 1990s, that began to change with the advent of Hispanic commissioners and other signs of diversity. Well, in 2014, the commission could hardly be called homogenous. In fact, in the wake of one of the most hotly-contested and surprising city elections in history, the city’s government is looking almost as diverse as Miami Beach itself. That’s particularly true when it comes to women on the city commission. When there are three dynamic women with long reaches and long histories in the community serving on it, one could hardly call the city commission an old boy’s club. With women as adept as those currently on the commission, in fact, the “boys” might just want to watch themselves or risk becoming a gender minority on the commission. “In a matter of decades, women have gone from lacking the ability to vote, to being able to fill important roles in government,” said Commissioner Micky Steinberg. “I am proud that our community has come to a point where the question is not what the gender of the person is, but rather who is the best person for the job.” Commissioner Joy Malakoff agreed that qualifications and platform are more important than gender or other demographic category today. “I think the electorate voted based upon the qualifications and capabilities of the candidates,” she said. “The main change is generational, since more women today have professional careers and educational opportunities than in past decades.” Steinberg have a number of things in common. Both were elected to the city commission in November, despite tough competition; both enjoyed popular support, and both have long histories of active involvement in the community. Having grown up in Miami Beach and having four generations of family currently living in Miami Beach, Micky Steinberg understands the value of having a strong quality of life for Miami Beach residents and businesses. It was during her early years that Steinberg learned by working together with others she could bring change to her community. Through her past service on the Police Citizens Relations Committee and the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, she has put to work her teamwork approach to bring positive and sustainable change to the community. Steinberg started her career in the hospitality industry in South Beach, where she worked to improve the experience of residents and visitors by focusing on customer service. In 2002, she

“Many of us came in with the hope of changing the culture of the commission by restoring civility, which I am proud to say we have done thus far and hope that we will continue to do so.” – Commissioner Micky Steinberg launched her career as a licensed realtor, putting to work her knowledge of Miami Beach’s diverse real estate market. Today, she continues her work with Palm Properties of South Florida, where she showcases our community to prospective residents. Steinberg has a long record of community involvement. Previously, she gave back through her involvement with the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority Committee, Miami Beach Police Citizens Relations Committee, Public Policy Committee of Jewish Community Services, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. She is also a lifetime member of Hadassah. Because of her efforts to better the community, Steinberg was recognized as a Woman of Valor by the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in 2008. Malakoff’s grandparents began coming to Miami Beach to escape the windy, cold Chicago winters and bought a house on 9th and Lenox Avenue around 1928. It was a land boom time, and dozens of mansions were being built in . There were large estates built on the East side of Collins Avenue and along Indian Creek. It was also a time of gambling, prohibition, Al Capone and a wide open city. When Joy’s grandparents chaperoned their daughter on a trip to Havana, it was there that her dad proposed to her mom at the Hotel Nacional. They were married in the garden of the house on Lenox, with Travelers Palms and tropical vegetation in the background. Malakoff remembers sitting in a un-airconditioned classroom at North Beach Elementary School on the second floor, on the side facing south, listening to the Army Air Corps troops singing while marching up 41st Street from the Collins Avenue hotels where they were staying to the Polo fields for their training and drills. Joy graduated as valedictorian of her class, and was accepted into Radcliffe – the first girl from Miami Beach High School to get into Harvard-Radcliffe College. Years later, her three children attended the same Miami Beach schools and graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School, in its new location on Dade Boulevard. Joy was active in the civic and educational life of the community and served as President of the of Beach High. During this period she also completed her college education graduating from the with honors (cum laude). After the , Joy took leadership roles in the civic and charitable life of Miami Beach and the county. She chaired the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce for three years, and the Pillar Trustees of the Chamber for another three years. She was the recipient of the Mayor’s Shining Light award, the Breaking the Glass Ceiling award, Women Worth Knowing, and received the Key to the City for distinguished service on five different occasions. These are only a few of the many awards given to Joy. She was elected the first woman president of the Kiwanis Club of Miami Beach, served on the New World Symphony’s National Council, on the Board of Trustees of the Bass Museum and the county’s American Heart Association. Joy also served on the Board of Trustees of Temple Beth Sholom for many years. Joy was appointed to Miami-Dade County’s Community Relations Board, helping to break down barriers of discrimination. As a member of an early City of Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board, she voted to preserve Old City Hall and worked on improvements to what was then downtrodden Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road, and later chaired the city’s Planning Board for seven years. She worked on zoning changes to prevent overbuilding and to create buffer zones between residential and commercial areas. She served most recently on the city’s Board of Adjustment, which she chaired for six years previously, and WEITHORN AT A MEETING

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is particularly interested in promoting architectural compatibility in Beach neighborhoods. Both are very well acquainted with public life in Miami Beach. Steinberg’s husband, Richard, served on the Miami Beach Commission and in the U.S. House of Representatives. Joy’s first marriage to Al J. Alschuler was in 1956. In 1997, Joy married Federal Administrative Law Judge J. Fred Malakoff, an old Beach High friend, and today they are active residents serving through various capacities. Both women join Deede Weithorn in forming the nucleus of the city commission. Weithorn was first elected to the City of Miami Beach Commission in November of 2007. She was inspired to run for public office by her experiences on many city committees and boards. Weithorn, a practicing CPA, brought great professionalism and experience to the city commission, earning a reputation for being a fiscal hawk – and a commission member who could genuinely grasp the complexities of municipal finance. Simultaneously, she built a reputation for open-mindedness and an open door policy with residents. All three women had solid reasons for running for office – reasons based on community need and a willingness to serve, not a single issue or overt ambition. “I ran because I felt the spend, spend, spend, days of the early 2000’s was unsustainable,” Weithorn said. “Unfortunately, I was more perfection than poetic. The Great Recession proved how vulnerable government is.” Weithorn’s concerns about the City’s fiscal status have been a hallmark of her career. However, in previous commissions, there often seemed obstacles to her pragmatic approach, including the political ambitions of her previous commission colleagues. Malakoff had similar concerns about the city’s approach to issues and its future but said her own ethical standards discouraged a previous run for office. “I have thought of serving the city previously as a commissioner, but as a banker there were both time constraints and too many possibilities for conflicts of interest,” she told SunPost. “My motivation was three fold: I had the time since I retired from my banking career two years earlier; I love the City of Miami Beach and felt the city was heading in the wrong direction on many fronts; and finally, I felt that my opponent was not honoring the voters’ wishes on term limits by running after 14 years of service as both commissioner and mayor.” It was perhaps the quintessential demonstration of equal opportunity when Malakoff defeated former Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower, who had spent years in office after years of running unsuccessfully for office. Bower served as both city commissioner and as mayor and following her mayoral administration attempted election back to the commission. Malakoff roundly defeated Bower in an election that saw numerous new faces elected to the commission, signaling to many a notable shift in the satisfaction of the public. Or lack thereof, seeing as both new commissioners could have been seen as underdogs going into the historic election of 2013. Steinberg’s motivation was similar to that of her new colleagues. “Before running, I was involved in our city for many years serving on various boards and having an inside view of the process,” Steinberg said. “After witnessing the lack of decorum on the commission over the last few years and realizing the need for the city to address important issues, I knew I needed to offer myself as a candidate and am thankful that our residents have given me this tremendous opportunity to serve them. As the mother of two young children, I want to not only ensure that they have an excellent childhood in Miami Beach, but that our city is charted on a course to sustain it for them and everyone who calls Miami Beach home.” Perhaps ironically, the trio of women commissioners don’t necessarily see gender as a “I think every member of the city commission brings a different perspective, regardless of gender,” Steinberg said. women do play different roles in society even today, and that can cultivate a different skill set.

“I believe some women are very successful as they have had the experience of balancing family and careers, have learned the importance of listening and gathering facts, and are comfortable in seeking compromise in finding solutions,” Malakoff said. Weithorn added: “I think women bring a different temperament to the commission, which allows us to argue less and act more.” The women of the city commission also are generally upbeat about the current commission makeup, which includes new members such as Mayor Philip Levine and Commissioner Michael Grieco. “The new commission is working well together and in a very professional manner,” said Malakoff. “Time-certain items are being taken on time. Awards and presentations are being held at a second meeting, so not delaying the important business of running this city. The focus seems to be on execution of the many items and ordinances before us, in the most studied, efficient, cost effective manner.” Added Steinberg: “We are very eager to make our city better with a ‘can do’ attitude that has resulted in things moving quickly.  Our mayor has led the way by pushing us to be more efficient as a body so we can focus on getting things done. Also, many of us came in with the hope of changing the culture of the commission by restoring civility, which I am proud to say we have done thus far and hope that we will continue to do so.” “I am hopeful this commission can bring effective leadership to our city,” Weithorn added. With the success of Weithorn, Steinberg and Malakoff, the question remains: Have women achieved political parity with male counter-parts? “It really depends on who you are dealing with,” Steinberg opined. “While most people don’t treat me or my colleagues differently based on gender, there are some exceptions to that rule.  At the end of the day, I look at it as an opportunity to exceed their expectations and hopefully erase their prejudice.”

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FEBRUARY 6 ART Tender Game

David Castillo Gallery opens Tender Game, new works in photography by Luis Gispert tonight in Wynwood. Tender Game is influenced by Gispert's previous investigation into American car subculture, photographing the interiors of rides customized with counterfeit fashion design. As in Tender Game, the windshields of the vehicles frame breathtaking but incompatible landscapes. In fifteenth century Italian and Dutch painting, the window was often rendered as a device to clarify reality, make discoveries, and gain knowledge. The window today, however, is also a screen before which the passive viewer ingests information. Lefebvre reminds us that the adoption of a new technology is also the adoption of the unforeseen. In marveling at the beauty of the world framed by military aircraft, or of the photograph framed by the artist, the viewer accidentally asks, what exactly is precious here? What is sublime and why? The artist's entourage of military aircraft is a bellwether, and the viewer is the only person in sight. Opening reception and Artist Talk with Diana Nawi, Associate Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami. 6:30 - 9:30pm. David Castillo Gallery, 2234 NW 2nd Ave; Miami. For info: 305-573-8110 or


FEBRUARY 6 ART One Out Of One Thousand One Out of One Thousand is the result of Cristina Anglada's visiting curator residency at ArtCenter in partnership with Acción Cultural Española. The title refers to the thousand potential exhibitions after her curatorial research process during her residency. This One is the final possibility. The exhibition is built around works by Miami-based resident and alumni artists of ArtCenter/South Florida and Fountainhead Studios. The works in the exhibition share a modus operandi characterized by the process of construction and assembly derived from the compilation of objects, fragments and discarded materials. The artist acts as a cross between the flâneaur and the archaeologist and develops artistic creations that function like experimentations of the new reality to which they fit into and respond to. The found fragments are incorporated with their own time and memory-beginning with a new history and a new existence, projecting towards another future to explore. Artists exhibiting: Jenny Brillhart, Nicole Doran, Katerina Friderici, Marina Gonella, Gamaliel Herrera, Babette Herschberger, Kathy Kissik, Rosa Naday Garmendia, Lori Nozick, Kerry Phillips, and Natalie Zlamalova. Through March 23. ArtCenter/South Florida, 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach. For info: 305.674.2728 or

South Florida is in for a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience when the Pat Metheny Unity Group plays tonight. A 20-time Grammy Award winner, Metheny's versatility as an artist is almost nearly without peer on any instrument. Throughout his 40-year career, he has continued to redefine the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. He has won countless polls as Best Jazz Guitarist and awards, including three gold records, as well as Grammy Awards in a variety of categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo and Best Instrumental Composition. The band offers a platform for the guitar wizard to showcase the broad spectrum of work that he has created as a bandleader over the years in one all-star ensemble. The Group features a new quintet from the guitarist, with longtime collaborative drummer Antonio Sanchez, legendary sax-man Chris Potter, bassist Ben Williams and multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi as the most recent addition. Tonight's program will include highlights from the guitarist’s award-winning recordings as well as the new ensemble’s highly anticipated release. 8pm. $55 - $120. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:

QUING DYNASTY TEXTILES AT THE NORTON MUSEUM • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • Page 15



FEBRUARY 7 SOCIAL F@B Fridays@ The Bass Beats After Sunset is held the first Friday of each month, showcasing art, music and a fusion of drinks and food for Miami's artsy glitteratti. Tonight's F@B Friday Exhibitions on view are Piotr Uklański: ESL, TIME, Vessels From the Collection, tc: Temporary Contemporary and the Egyptian Gallery. 7pm. $10. Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7530 or

band of fado diva Amalia Rodrigues, in the smash hit Amália. Since his debut CD in 2002, he has toured internationally, and been awarded countless honors. 8pm. $35 & $45. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura.

FEBRUARY 7 BOOKS The Go-Between The Go-Between is a story that operates on several layers— the present and the past, knowledge and innocence, distinctions of class and prejudice, but most of all, by the suppressed memories we all harbor from our growing up and the long term damage they do to our lives. The story is told in flashback of the summer of 1900, sixty years in the past, when a young boy just reaching puberty spent a summer vacation with a school chum and his family. The boy innocently becomes the messenger between his friend's engaged older sister, and her lower class lover. The story has more than one interpretation and readers coming back to the book after several years, often say they see it now in a different way than they did as teenagers when it was first published. The film made in the 1960's had Julie Christie and Alan Bates as the lovers. The Wolfsonian Book Club explores literary works whose subjects are relevant to current exhibitions and collection themes. To encourage membership, first-time participation is free. 7pm - 8:30pm. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info:

FEBRUARY 7 ART Urbanism: Perceived and Interpreted Beauty can be found in the unlikeliest of places. Local artists have grown and developed their styles while responding to their changing surroundings in Miami. The Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC), originally built in the early 1920's as the American Bakeries Company, became a nonprofit art complex in 1986. Located in Wynwood, nestled amid the I95, the 112 and North Miami Avenue, the artists who reside there are emerged in the heart of Miami urban life, landscape and evolution. The gritty city with its undeniable aesthetic appeal inspires and influences its inhabitants. Images of urbanism mirror the city, creating an echo that vibrates between works of art and the city skyline filled with all of its wonders from skyscrapers to pigeons on electrical wires. This exhibit will present selected works by BAC resident artists that respond to the current urban environment. Featuring artwork by Carola Bravo, Amalia Brujis, Joana Brüssow, Karla Caprali, Toa Castellano, Silvana D’Mikos, Jorge Enrique, Tony VazquezFigueroa, Colleen Kelley, Ernesto Kunde, José Pacheco Silva, Pamela Palma, Carrie Sieh, Troy Simmons, Anica Shpilberg, Ralph Ventura, Stephanie Jaffe Werner and Valeria Yamamoto. In Gallery 109, The Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info:

FEBRUARY 7 FESTIVAL Danay Suarez For the first time in Wynwood- Global Cuba Fest 2014 featuring Danay Suarez headlining the annual celebration of Cuban music! Suárez, self-taught Cuban singer of jazz and hip hop, began her music career through the Cuban rap movement. She could rap with perfect flow and compelling, conscious lyrics and she could also sing jazz, soul, reggae, blues, and more, with the same ease. By fusing elements of hip hop with jazz and traditional Cuban music, Suárez has been celebrated around the world as an impeccable vocalist and poignant storyteller. $30-$50. 8pm. The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26 St; Miami. For info:

FEBRUARY 7 MUSIC The Spirit of Fado Portuguese fado sensation Antonio Zambujo grew up immersed in the classic rhythm of Portugal. As a teen he moved to Lisbon and joined the prestigious Clube de Fado in the Alfama district, the music's heartland. Fado is infused with the indescribable Portuguese word saudade, a sense of longing and nostalgia, and fills the taverns and concert halls with a melancholy sense of beauty. Akin to blues and flamenco, fado has become synonymous with Portugal, and usually features the lovely Portuguese guitar and a reverence for the power of the human voice. Zambujo has stepped into big shoes as fado's new heartthrob. He gained fame playing the part of Francisco Cruz, first husGIGI D’ALESSIO

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FEBRUARY 7 FAIR 21st Annual Miami International Map Fair This annual event showcases antique maps, rare books, panoramas and atlases from around the world. Peruse and purchase antique maps from some of the finest map dealers in the world. Learn about cartography through a series of lectures by experts in the field and enjoy special events held throughout the weekend. What's new this year: All dealers will be located on the same floor in generous gallery space. Vernissage tonight with an exclusive reception where they will preview and be able to purchase maps before the Map Fair opens to the public on Saturday. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1618 or

FEBRUARY 7 FILM Stranger by The Lake Stranger By The Lake is one of the most provocative and mysterious thrillers of of the year that daringly tests the limits of sexual desire. When a death occurs at the popular cruising spot on the shore of a lake in rural France, Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) and Michel (Christophe Paou) become the primary suspects, but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship. (In French with English subtitles). $10. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; For info:

FEBRUARY 8 KIDS Guess Who, Mr Dinosaur Guess Who Mr. Dinosaur is a delightful children's book and teaching tool about the similar features between ancient dinosaurs and modern day animals. It is written from the perspective of a 3 year old author, capturing the wonderful mind of a child. Penn Smith lives in Cooper City, with his brother Jacob and his parents, Kymberlee and Christopher Smith. He is four years old and attends KLA Schools in Pembroke Pines. He is very curious and absolutely loves learning about dinosaurs! In all of his daily adventures, is the joy and excitement of comparing features of modern day animals with those fascinating features boasted by some of our favorite and most popular dinosaurs. His imagination, intelligence and fun loving spirit is infectious and was the inspiration for his first book, Guess Who, Mr. Dinosaur, for kids, young and old! Smith will be part of a reading and signing today. 10am. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info:

FEBRUARY 8 KIDS Family Fun Day: Map-tacular Enjoy a day of spectacular discoveries. See the world through our interactive map station. Become an explorer and join the reading adventures with Super WHY. Try your hand at craft activities and children’s games. Free. 1pm - 4pm. HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler St; Miami. For info: 305-375-1618 or

FEBRUARY 8 KIDS Kaleido-Crabs Second Saturdays at PAMM will host Kaleido-Crabs. Kids will create colorful crabs with Miami's TM Sisters! They are known for multi-media performance art and video. Inspired by Ai Weiwei's installation, youth of all ages can make their own crustaceans using a swirling kaleidoscope of materials. These mini sculptures will then come to life in the PAMM theater by placing them in a green screened magical background. Free. 1pm - 4pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:

FEBRUARY 8 MUSIC Panic! At The Disco Panic! At The Disco will play Miami tonight in support of their newest release Too Weird To live, Too Rare To Die! Since the release of their 2005 debut album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, the Las Vegas rockers have put out a steady stream of hits and impressed countless fans across North America and Europe with their quirky, instantly recognizable sound. 8pm. $29.75 - $45. Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7300 or


FEBRUARY 8 DANCE Complexions Contemporary Ballet Founded by two former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater members in 1994, Complexions’ Contemporary Ballet Company’s groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement over the past decade-and-a-half. Tonight they will perform on the Main Stage. 8pm. $22.50–$45. SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211 St; Cutler Bay. For info: or 786-573-5300.

FEBRUARY 8 FILM Horn Please Presented in partnership with New World School of the Arts and Miami International Film Festival, Horn Please is a documentary film from first-time directors Shantanu Suman and Istling Mirche. Horn Please is a documentary that focuses on various aspects of an age-old folk art form of India — the Truck Art, an art form that makes journeys through the dusty highways of India, incredible in more ways than one. With a kaleidoscope of bright paints, motifs, typography and some unique couplets, these Indian trucks take you on a rather colourful journey of diverse cultures and beliefs of the country. The designs painted on the trucks do not merely stand for aesthetic purposes, but they also attempt to depict religious, sentimental, and emotional viewpoints of the people related to the truck industry. This documentary shows the origin of truck art and its evolution since then. And also how it influences not just the world of art, but also the lives of its artists and the truckers who interact with it on a daily basis. 6pm - 9pm. NWSA Artseen, 2215 NW 2nd Ave; Miami. For info:

FEBRUARY 8 ART Kappa Peter Kaspar or Kappa was born and raised in Slovakia without any formal education in music or painting. Kappa is a self-taught artist and in 1998 he began creating and producing music for well-known local Slovak musicians and television productions. This launched his career and gave him a taste of success as he soon became known throughout Slovakia and the Czech Republic by the name “DJ Kappa. The man behind the artist has always had a truly profound, unique and consistent passion for the arts that has never faded. His abstract works are not only a means for self expression. This year Kappa moved to the U.S., where he believes art is more appreciated and the openness for self-expression is rejuvenating. Kappa has enjoyed success in the US with exhibitions in New York and on Miami Beach in collaboration with Albert Trummer. His newest works are on exhibit and will open tonight with a reception. 7:30pm. Gallery 212 Miami, 2405 & 2407 NW 2nd Ave; Wynwood. For info: 516-532-3040 • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • Page 17


FEBRUARY 9 SOCIAL First Ladies Tea


FEBRUARY 9 MUSIC Pops on Parade

Live music by local guitarist Rob Friedman enhances the ambiance of the tea party, which is served at beautifully set tables by delightful garden volunteers. Tea service begins 3pm. $37. Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables. For info: or 305.663.8059.

Big names, great shows and some of the most treasured songs and genres, combined with the agile artistry of the Symphony and Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. Featuring songs by the great Henry Mancini, and a salute to the Big Band Era, this fantastic concert offers a musical parade that will have you humming and tapping your feet to music we all know and love! Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables. For info: or 305.663.8059.

FEBRUARY 9 LECTURE Heavens’ Embroidered Cloth


John Vollmer, scholar and independent curator, addresses Qing dynasty textiles in conjunction with the embroideries, costume and accessories on view in the special exhibition, Qing Chic. Free. Norton Museum, 1451 S Olive Ave; West Palm Beach. For info:

A celebration of the life and work of Israel Zangwill on the 150th anniversary of his birth. An influential writer of fiction and plays, an activist in the Zionist and Jewish Territorialist movements, as well as a fighter for women's rights, Zangwill was a true celebrity in his time. The day includes a lecture, Israel Zangwill and the Jewish Future – 100 Years Ago and a Staged Reading of Scenes from The Melting Pot from Students from the FIU Theatre Department. Discussions with the audience will follow both the panel and the staged reading. Free. 11am - 4pm. Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU, 301 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305919-5857.

FEBRUARY 9 MUSIC Stephanie J. Block Stephanie J. Block comes for an evening of songs and stories from Broadway and the American songbook. Considered one of the most relevant and versatile voices in musical theater today, she is best known for playing the role of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and creating the role for the first national tour for which she won numerous awards including the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. She received both a Drama Desk and 2013 TONY Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood in The Roundabout Theatre's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She also took over for Sutton Foster in the revival of Anything Goes. Stephanie received a Drama Desk Award nomination for creating the role of Judy Bernly in 9 To 5: The Musical. She created the roles of Grace O'Malley in The Pirate Queen and the much acclaimed'Liza Minnelli role in The Boy From Oz (opposite Hugh Jackman). She recently finished starring as Sheryl Hoover in Off-Broadway's new musical Little miss Sunshine. 2pm. $39.50. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St; Aventura. For info:

FEBRUARY 9 BOOKS Fighting More Than Fires: Race and Politics in Miami Fighting More than Fires is a true story about the life of Miami Dade’s first African American Fire Chief, Charles Phillips. It is his autobiography, detailing his rise through the ranks of Miami–Dade Fire Department to achieve the highest honor of becoming Chief, only to be accused of the unthinkable. Fighting More than Fires is a compelling account of Phillips’ fight to make it to the top and then having it all taken away two years after being sworn in. It is his story of betrayal, deception and perseverance. Growing up as a child, Phillips had a fascination for fire trucks and the sirens that blared as they sped down the streets of his neighborhood. It was then that he knew he would one day ride on the back of a fire engine. In 1974, that dream became a reality; he joined the mostly segregated Metropolitan Dade County Fire Department as one of 48 members of the first predominantly African- American Fire Recruit Training Class. Phillips will discuss and sign his book tonight. 4pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info: Page 18 • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • SunPost Weekly •



MUSIC Mandy Patinkin in Concert

Before his recognition as an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend. The acclaimed actor/singer/ storyteller portrays his most electrifying role: concert performer in Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual. From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, from Cole Porter to Harry Chapin, Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you'll never forget. He belongs to the special breed of singer who doesn't merely dramatize songs, but incorporates them into his very being. His interpretations of popular standards, superbly accompanied by Paul Ford at the piano, come straight from the heart, mesmerizing audiences from coast to coast. 7pm. $35 - $105. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954.462.0222 or

FEBRUARY 11 BOOKS Body Count Sean Strub, founder of the groundbreaking POZ magazine, producer of the hit play The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, and the first openly HIV-positive candidate for U.S. Congress, charts his remarkable life—a story of politics and AIDS and a powerful testament to loss, hope, and survival. From the New York of Studio 54 and Andy Warhol’s Factory to the intersection of politics and burgeoning LGBT and AIDS movements, Strub’s


story crackles with history. He recounts his role in shocking AIDS demonstrations at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the home of U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. Body Counts is a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era, with an astonishing cast of characters, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Keith Haring, Bill Clinton, and Yoko Ono. By the time a new class of drugs transformed the epidemic in 1996, Strub was emaciated and covered with Kaposi’s sarcoma lesions, the scarlet letter of AIDS. He was among the fortunate who returned, Lazaruslike, from the brink of death. Strub has written a vital, inspiring memoir, unprecedented in scope, about this deeply important period of American history. He is an activist, writer, and executive director of the Sero Project, which combats the criminalization of people with HIV. Strub will discuss and sign his book tonight. 8pm. Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave; Coral Gables. For info:

FEBRUARY 12 MUSIC Gigi D'alessio Italian singer-songwriter Gigi D’Alessio plays Miami Beach tonight. Expect a night of beautiful Pop Ballads and that special sound that only D’Alessio has. He is known for his masterful interpretations of Neapolitan melodic song. His unique style has created one of Italy’s most beloved personalities. He is also a record producer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, drums, organ, and accordion). His credits include more than 40 albums, a Diamond record and 100 Platinum records. Alessio's partner Anna Tatangelo is an Italian pop singer who at 15 became the youngest person to win the Newcomer's Award at the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival singing contest. Together they will combine for a night of great songs, great fun, and a good time. Do not miss it. $55 - $118.50. 8pm. 1700 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7300 or

FEBRUARY 12 OPERA From Russia With Love Celebrate the Sochi Winter Olympic Games and welcome Valentine’s Day with the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, Opera Chorus, and Concert Choir as they perform Russian masterpieces. Hear Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms directed by Albert Clark in his farewell season, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Italian sensation, Viviana Lasaracina making her American Debut on piano, and Shostakovich’s first Symphony under the masterful direction of Maestro Alfred Gershfeld. 7:30pm. $20. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info:

FEBRUARY 12 ART Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs Capture the Moment consists of photographs from every Pulitzer Prize photographer, from the year of the first prize, 1942, to the present. Presently,

there are 153 photographs included. The exhibit includes dramatic and poignant news and feature photographs, including Joe Rosenthal's World War II photo of the raising of the flag by U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima (1945 Pulitzer); the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (2006 Pulitzer); Robert H. Jackson's 1963 photo of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald and Nathaniel Fein's shot of Babe Ruth watching his number being retired at Yankee Stadium (1949 Pulitzer). Through April 20. Opening reception tonight. The evening will include music, light refreshments and guided tours. 6pm - 9pm. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, 10975 SW 17th St; Miami. For info:

FEBRUARY 12 MUSIC Nicole Yarling Quartet Head to Gusman for an evening of great jazz and drinks tonight. Tonight in the lobby is the Nicole Yarling Quartet. 6:30pm - 9pm. Free. Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler St; Miami. For info:

FEBRUARY 12 FILM Lincoln 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 Lincoln. As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. Director: Steven Spielberg. Starring: Daniel MARY POPPINS Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn. 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:

FEBRUARY 12 ART Edouard Duval-Carri Visit the studio of Haitian-born, Miami-based artist Edouard Duval-Carrié, and be the first to see new works which will be on view at PAMM as part of the exhibition, Edouard Duval-Carrié: Imagined Landscapes, opening March 13. Exclusively for PAMM Patrons ($2,500) and above level members. 6:30pm - 8:30pm. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • Page 19



FEBRUARY 13 FILM Oscar Shorts 2014: Animation The Nominees are: Feral: A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization. Get A Horse: Mickey Mouse and his friends are enjoying a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day. MR Hublot: The eccentric, isolated Mr. Hublot finds his carefully ordered world disrupted by the arrival of Robot Pet. Possesions: A man seeking shelter from a storm in a dilapidated shrine encounters a series of household objects inhabited by goblin spirits. Room On A Broom: A genial witch and her cat are joined on their broom by several friends as they set off on an adventure. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave; Miami Beach. For info:

FEBRUARY 13 LECTURE Deepak Chopra Bestselling author, physician and world renowned mind-body healing pioneer, Deepak Chopra comes to the Broward Center. Learn how Chopra's work is changing the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellness. Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind-body medicine and a prolific author of more than 36 books and over 100 audio, video and CD-ROM titles, translated into 35 languages with over 20 million copies sold worldwide, Chopra continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Through his creation of The Chopra Center for Well Being, he established a formal vehicle for the expansion of his healing approach using the integration of the best of western medicine with natural healing traditions. Chopra is revolutionizing common wisdom about the crucial connection between body, mind, spirit and healing through his mission of bridging the technological miracles of the west with the wisdom of the east. 7:30pm. $45 - $150. Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave; Fort Lauderdale. For info: 954.462.0222 or

FEBRUARY 13 ART Miami Art + Design Fair Tonight is the Opening Night Vernissage to benefit the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum. Miami Art+Design (MA+D) will host 70 carefully vetted international dealers in a spectacular waterside pavilion surrounding the Noguchi-designed fountain at downtown's Bayfront Park. Presenting world class fine art in an elegant event setting that features an array of live music, an outdoor lecture pavilion and bayview fine dining, MA+D will be a truly unique addition to Miami's cultural scene. Organized by Florida art fair pioneers International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) in collaboration with the French SNA, organizers of the Paris Biennale, this extraordinary new fair will emphasize fine and decorative art of all periods. Featuring Ancient Art, Old Masters, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Post War and Pop Art, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Contemporary Design, collectors and connoisseurs will have the opportunity to view and purchase works of art rarely seen outside major museum collections. 6:30pm - 11pm. $15. Bayfront Park Pavilion, Downtown, Miami. For info: Page 20 • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • SunPost Weekly •

FEBRUARY 13 SOCIAL Paper Hearts What do you give that special someone who has everything? How about an evening filled with music, art and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design will present the first installment of its annual fundraiser, Paper Hearts, tonight. Paper Hearts is MOAD’s single largest fundraiser to fuel exhibition and education programs, in addition to the continued stewardship of its historic home. Mingle among artists, enjoy various performances, and savor bites and cocktails from local restaurants and bars, all while moving to the beats of DJ Hottpants and a headlining live performance by Miami’s own Afrobeta. Guests will also have the opportunity to build their arts collections by bidding on works of art curated by famed Miami Gallerist Bernice Steinbaum. More than 50 pieces by a roster of local, national and internationally-acclaimed artists will be up for auction, including works by Lynne Golob Gelfman, Enrique Gomez de Molina, Jaimie Warren, Carol Brown, and late famed Cuban artist, Manuel Carbonell. 8pm – 11pm. $75 - $200. Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd; Miami. For info: 305-237-7722 or

FEBRUARY 13 LECTURE The Case of the Missing Miami Detective Michael Shayne was the creation of the novelist Davis Dresser who wrote these books under the name Brett Halliday. Dresser lived in Miami from approximately 1927 to 1938 and made his living as a civil engineer. When the first book featuring Miami based private detective Michael Shayne was published in 1939 the New York Times mystery fiction reviewer described Shayne as being hard-boiled, uninhibited, loud-mouthed and bellicose. With sources from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, as well as other historical writings, this lecture will present a picture of South Florida of that time period, and show how the area provided a wealth of material for the genre of noir detective fiction in the style of Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Lecture by Susan Weiss. Free. 7pm. Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr; Miami Beach. For info: 305.672.2014 or

FEBRUARY 13 FILM Mary Poppins 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 Mary Poppins. A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family. Director: Robert Stevenson. Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and David Tomlinson. 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:

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WWII Snooze, Candy Colored Treat By Ruben Rosario

What is a revered work of art truly worth? Does it merit sending miliTHE LEGO MOVIE tary troops deep into enemy territory to retrieve? These questions haunt The Monuments Men, George Clooney's cinematic account of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives program, an Allied platoon that stepped in harm's way in order to retrieve major artifacts stolen by Adolf Hitler's army during World War II. The fact-based yarn, one of two new releases I'm reviewing this week, mixes lighthearted humor and bittersweet pathos as it explores the obstacles this international motley crew of seasoned pros faced in order to “protect what's left and find what's missing,” masterworks that would have otherwise been destroyed or, perhaps a worse fate, graced the walls of households that swore allegiance to Herr Führer. Boasting a cast headlined by Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett, the fifth feature directorial effort from the former ER doc sounds like a slam dunk, but from the solemn “based on a true story” title card displayed at the beginning of the film, it's clear Clooney wants to underline the importance of the story he's telling, even though he's assigned fictitious names to the real people he's depicting. An endless succession of scenes shows Frank Stokes (Clooney, channeling Clark Gable) briefing platoon members about the significance of the pieces they've been tasked to recover. He's preaching to the converted, of course, even though Sgt. Walter Garfield (John Goodman) claims he was told the enemies would only be firing blanks at them. Hardy har har. Meanwhile, back in Paris, art historian Claire Simone (Blanchett) is stuck playing secretary to Nazi officers … while secretly feeding her brother intel and recording the artwork the Third Reich pilfered, predominantly from Jewish families. But could she really trust these Yankees not to take the priceless paintings and sculptures back to America with them? She's understandably wary when James Granger (Damon) comes asking for her help. The tentative tug of war that ensues between the gentle-but-determined Granger and the initially standoffish Simone achieves the delicate tonal balance Clooney is doggedly striving to maintain. The key ingredient The Monuments Men is missing is susTHE MONUMENTS MEN pense. It's a placid film that plods along amiably enough, imbued with a genuine affection for the subject matter and the heroes who carried out this mission. But where its sense of peril, the feeling these men could be compromised at any moment? It's a noticeable absence for a film with Great Escape aspirations that doesn't quite transcend its middlebrow cinema-of-quality trappings. Even ace composer Alexandre Desplat phones it in with a NPR-friendly score that repeats its main theme like a broken record. Clooney, working from a screenplay he co-wrote with longtime collaborator Grant Heslov, has based The Monuments Men on Robert M. Edsel's nonfiction book, but the personal stories he has amassed hardly justify the two-hour running time. As a result, the film feels overly didactic, allowing Clooney to indulge his most patronizing impulses. There's a taking-your-medicine smugness to his direction that leeches the film of its overqualified cast's understated charm. For all the fingerwagging about how vital The Monuments Men's Monuments Men were in preserving our cultural heritage, the actual missing artwork comes across more like an abstract symbol of freedom rather than an invaluable sampling of artistic expression. It's Inglourious Basterds for the Antiques Roadshow crowd: safe, attractively shot and ultimately inconsequential. The antidote to Clooney's self-important wartime dramedy comes in a candy-colored package Page 22 • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • SunPost Weekly •

of interlocking pieces. The Lego Movie brings the iconic toys to the big screen in cheeky, computer-animated fashion. The latest kidoriented, grownup-friendly concoction from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs smart alecks Phil Lord and Chris Miller hits the ground running with the promise of universe-destroying gloom and doom from nefarious leader Lord Business (Will Ferrell). The most valuable commodity in the world(s) the filmmakers have cleverly rendered is creativity. Without it, Business can set in motion his dastardly plan for utter annihilation, brainwashing the population with the infectious ditty “Everything Is Awesome.” (I still get the darn song out of my head.) Enter Emmet Brickowoski (the voice of Chris Pratt), a genial, utterly average Everyman who just wants to connect with the peers who think he's so ordinary he barely registers. When a red piece becomes stuck to his back, he's thrown in the middle of the struggle to wrest free from Business iron grip. Kickass heroine Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) can't bring herself to believe this happy-go-lucky drone is the best hope for plastickind, even though long-maned wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) reassures them his coming has been foretold. If all these story elements sound familiar, that's because The Lego Movie owes quite a debt to The Matrix movies, with Emmet standing in for Keanu Reeves' Messianic figure. It's obvious Lord and Miller have something to say about how our quality of life suffers when we lose that childlike impulse to whip up entire worlds in our heads and bring them to life using toys. It's a noble goal, but also one that flirts with mawkishness, particularly in the film's final third. The Lego Movie is at its strongest when it's unencumbered with moving the story forward and just revels in throwing pop culture references – and iconic figures – and you (literally, in many instances; the film is bering released in 3D). It achieves a tactility that brings to mind Aardman Animation at their most playful. It's sweetly edible pop culture comfort food. The Lego Movie and The Monuments Men are currently out in wide release.


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Horn Please Documentary Showcases Indian Truck Art in Glorious Color By Tyler Francischine

In India, one of the most ornate, colorful art forms isn't housed inside museum walls — it's out on the open road. Truck art, which features religious deities, political symbols and ornate typography hand-painted on the front, sides and backs of trucks, is the subject of the documentary Horn Please, which will be screened this weekend in Miami. Shantanu Suman, a MFA candidate in UF's graphic design program, created the 30-minute documentary. Following the screening, an exhibition that includes a truck opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday in the University Gallery. Suman says his documentary is the first to cover the art form, which started in the post-war era when a surplus of army trucks was re-purposed for highway transport. “It's a very rich art form which hasn't been given full credit,” he says. “I was surprised to find there was this art form that's never been documented.” Truck painters use paintbrushes, spray paints and a palette of bright hues to create art pieces that reflect the personalities of the truck's driver and owner. Common archetypes include the lotus flower, which is a symbol of communion with God, and the Taj Mahal, the peacock and the tiger, which reflect national pride. Truck painters often design their own fonts when painting religious couplets and the ever-present phrase “Horn Please,” which advises those driving behind trucks to signal before passing. “When a painter paints a truck, he will sign his name in the corner like a traditional painter. This is his art,” Suman says. Last summer, Suman and partners Istling Mirche and Shreedavy Babuji spent 45 days in India researching truck art. Their travels included nine-hour days at workshops documenting the painting process, 14-hour bus trips to workshops only to find the painter they were searching for was elsewhere, and a never-ending struggle to find charging outlets for their camera equipment. “When I think about this journey, I think, ‘How did I even do this?'” he says. The research paid off, and Suman says he's glad this art form has been documented before it becomes a thing of the past. In recent years, a burgeoning sticker and decal industry has threatened the job security of truck painters, whose handiwork costs more than these pre-made designs. “My job was to be a storyteller,” he says. “We need to tell the story of what's happening with the truck painters. This is undergoing major transformation, so it needs to be documented now.” Suman says he hopes his documentary will shed light on an art form so pervasive that its viewers may not take notice. “Truck art is everywhere and it's become a blind spot for Indians,” he says. “Sometimes, if you have a precious thing, you don't notice it unless someone outside tells you it's precious.” Suman grew up in a small town in central India, and he says he hopes American audiences will gain a better understanding of Indian art and culture after seeing his documentary. “There's so much more to India than the Taj Mahal and Gandhi,” he says. “This is my way of expressing gratitude for this art form.” TO GO: February 8, 6pm - 9pm. NWSA Artseen, 2215 NW 2nd Ave; Miami. For info: Page 24 • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • SunPost Weekly • • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, January 30, 2014 • Page 25



Iconic Pulitzer Prize Photograph Exhibit Opens at The Frost Art Museum By Kim Steiner

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, the most comprehensive exhibition of Pulitzer Prizewinning photographs ever assembled, opens at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. Included are the winning images from 1942, the year of the first photography award, all the way through the 2013 winners. Bearing witness to moments of jubilation, heroism, and compassion, as well as the harsh realities of war, racism, and poverty, the 164 images included carry human emotions across barriers of language, time, and place. Capture the Moment features some of the most iconic photographs over the past seven decades: the poignant shot of an ailing Babe Ruth watching his number being retired at Yankee Stadium; the U.S. Marines raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima during World War II; 9/11 in New York City; and the aftermaths of hurricanes in New Orleans and in Haiti, to mention just a few. The exhibition illustrates the enduring power of the still image. This traveling exhibition comes to the Frost Art Museum following more than 13 years of display in venues around the world; close to 3 million people have seen the exhibition since its New York City opening in 2000. “We owe these photographers more than we can say,” said Eric Newton, senior adviser at the Knight Foundation. “They go where we cannot go. They see what we do not see. They are our eyes; because of them, we can piece the images together and form a picture of the world.” Cyma Rubin goes on to observe that, “The Pulitzer photographers can’t take sides and they can’t change the world, but if they did their job right, they might offer the world reason to change.” Immediately preceding the opening reception, Rubin will present a talk on the exhibition as part of the Frost’s Green Critics’ Lecture Series. The talk begins at 4pm, and will be held at the Frost Art Museum. Cyma Rubin is a Tony- and Emmyaward winning producer, director, and writer, and is president of Business of Entertainment, Inc. TO GO: Opening reception February 12. 6pm - 9pm. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, 10975 SW 17th St; Miami. For info: Page 26 • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • SunPost Weekly •



Splendor in the Garden By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

On a picture perfect, Miami “winter” day, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Visitor Center and Lakeside Marquee were transformed into a beautiful runway for a day of champagne, fashion and fun. On January 23, Fairchild and Neiman Marcus Coral Gables paired up to host the third annual Splendor in the Garden fashion show and luncheon, which drew a crowd of more than 350 fashion-forward guests. The splendid day began promptly at10:30 a.m. with a champagne reception from Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne underneath the sunny Miami sky on the Mosaic of the Visitor Center, where guests could peruse beautiful jewelry on display from Piaget. The reception was so much fun that event organizers had a tough time getting them to move into the stunning tent at the Lakeside Marquee, where chairs and tables decorated with bright pink accoutrements were dotted around the elevated runway. Fairchild’s Director Carl Lewis made the opening remarks and spoke about how influential the chosen Philanthropy Honorees have been to the progress made in the Garden over the years and how many important contributions women have made since the Garden opened 75 years ago in 1938. He then introduced co-chairs Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, who thanked all of the guests and sponsors for their support. Local 10 News Anchor Laurie Jennings, the event’s emcee, joined them on stage and mentioned how unique of a setting Miami is for an outdoor fashion show. Stephen Brunelle, VP and General Manager of Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, remarked how fortunate they were to get Ken Downing to host a fashion show at Fairchild for the third time in a row. Then, Neiman Marcus Senior Vice President and Fashion Director Ken Downing was invited to take the stage. Ken Downing first talked about why he keeps coming back to Fairchild – the crowd is always so receptive to his fashion presentations. He had just landed in Miami after traveling through a cold and rainy Europe, so he said he was going to “wholeheartedly enjoy the Florida weather.” Then, without further ado, he presented his show– “The Art of Fashion.” He spoke in detail about each look, before models walked down the runway in the latest trends: black and white ensembles, a return to clothing with a 70s vibe inspired by Mary Tyler Moore, (to the tune of the theme song from The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Ken’s take on the Garden of Eden with bold prints, and blush pink paired with shocking pinkto the “oooohs and aaaaahs” from the excited crowd. Guests who liked what they saw on the runway could purchase pieces in Neiman Marcus’s Backstage Boutique pop-up shop. Laurie Jennings then announced the 2014 Fairchild Philanthropy Honorees: Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard, Ana Codina Barlick, Trish Bell, Nora Bulnes, Pamela Cole, Margaret Eidson, Barbara Hevia, Phillis Oeters, and Suzanne Steinberg. The ladies were presented with a peony rose bouquet from Piaget and were escorted down the catwalk by Ken Downing as their contributions to the community were listed. As the winners of the raffle were announced – a shopping spree from Neiman Marcus and a special Mercedez-Benz experience package from Mercedez-Benz of Coral Gables & Cutler Bay – Le Basque served lunch with a whimsical dessert of tiramisu served in terracotta garden pots. Guests who wanted to take a special tram tour or walking tour of the Garden after the show were given the option of changing out of their heels and into colorful flip-flops provided by Fairchild. Altogether, it was a beautiful day for an outdoor fashion show and a stroll through the Garden. The event was sponsored by Mercedez-Benz of Coral Gables & Cutler Bay, Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, Piaget Bal Harbour, and Selecta magazine and benefitted Fairchild’s programs in conservation, science, education, and research. CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS: Jerry Seinfeld had a sold-out crowd in stitches during his back-to-back shows last Friday and Saturday nights at the Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live concert venue. Seinfeld covPage 28 • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • SunPost Weekly •



ered the gamut with his “show about nothing” including, marriage, fatherhood, and how life in general “sucks.” “Everybody’s life sucks. Your life sucks, my life sucks…perhaps significantly less than yours.” He even joked about the car fire just outside of the Hard Rock which caused a delay in the show. At Zuma, Pharrell Williams was spotted at brunch, wearing his now infamous Grammy hat (think Smoky Bear). Venus Williams was also at Zuma with friends at dinner. At Scarpetta on Monday night, David Beckham dined with Simon Fuller. On Tuesday night, Simon Fuller and David Beckham held a private event at the Arsht Center to announce information about the MLS soccer team and their official commitment to Miami under Beckham’s part ownership. Celebrities in attendance included Tracy and Alonso Mourning, artist Carlos Betancourt and Pepe Carmona, of Tuna Productions. Beckham gave a very informal speech to the exclusive crowd of about 75, discussing his excitement in bringing an MLS team to Miami. Recently St. Louis Cardinals, Jon Jay, hosted a celebrity bowling tournament for the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade and raised more than $42,000 for the nonprofit that holds special place in his heart.





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1. Philanthropy Honorees: Nora Bulnes, Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard, Sue Steinberg, Margaret Eidson, Trish Bell, Barbara Hevia, Ana Codina Barlick, Phillis Oeters, Pamela Cole, Swanee DiMare, and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa 2. Emcee Laurie Jennings 3. Swanee DiMare and Paula Brockway 4. Co-Chairs Swanee DiMare, Frances Sevilla Sacasa, Fairchild Dir. Carl Lewis, Laurie Jennings. 5. Ken Downing and Pamela Cole • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • Page 29

Horoscope February 2014 By Mary Michele Special to the SunPost

The image of the water bearer is misleading, as Aquarius is an Air sign. The Celtic festival of Brigantia celebrates the rebirth of spirit, February 2nd, aka Ground Hog day. Brigantia is the triple Moon Goddess; she is youth, maturity and old age. As the first new moon of this month also welcomes the Chinese year of the Horse, these are busy interesting times. Uranus, the planet of Aquarius is unruly and chaotic. He demands transformation of consciousness. The veils will be lifted and mysteries revealed. Contemplate floating a candle in a bowl of water. If you know your rising sign, read that as well. ARIES RULED BY MARS When and where you will move forward is still a bit confusing. You appreciate fairness but weighing every option just isn’t for you. Be very very careful to not move without observation. The summer will bring more activity than you can handle. A hobby that includes fire and metal is a good option for the moment; this can be fixing an old car or building a sculpture. TAURUS RULED BY VENUS The limitations on enjoying yourself are getting tiresome. You are focused on making money and as a rule will be pretty good at it. But, fun is a huge part of life and how to not feel the guilt and responsibility of believing that? Silly is always good. Take a mud bath and finger paint with your partner. These holidays are leading up to Beltane, on the first of May. Remember the fun of dancing around the Maypole?

GEMINI RULED BY MERCURY Energy is good, as your ruler is dancing the limbo. The world of ideas is calling to be explored, particularly the old thoughts that can be revamped. Poetry, imagery and non-linear communication are in the forefront. Stephen Hawking’s greatest ideas came when he no longer had use of his body. Imagine the character it takes to explore the universe solely in your mind. CANCER RULED BY THE MOON You feel like you are holding the world on your shoulders. Water is a soothing comforting thing most of the time. In “The Tempest”, Prospero conducts the element with care and harmony. For the moment you might feel more connected to Ophelia. Violent raging storms do pass, and usually they leave behind something pure and innovative and a sense of accomplishment. LEO RULED BY THE SUN If you subscribe to the Big Bang Theory, you know the drama and explosion of the world of finances is synonymous. Our universe came out of a black hole, or void that is what our everyday lives feel like temporarily. Gambling, the stock market and making money is fun. Addiction is not. You are able to see and relate these perceptions better than most. Try to not stay in a world of hurt and anger. VIRGO RULED BY MERCURY Take care of that secondary brain in your stomach. As a person who understands that service is a unilateral human condition, do not let anxiety overcook the routine. Bravery may not be the first thing that others see. But you have the courage of the Lion, as long as you don’t think about the aftermath. Mind altering tools are not always good or bad. It is necessary to let the two brains float. LIBRA RULED BY VENUS The authority figures that are dictating to you will be preoccupied with others. Remember Katherine Hepburn in “Bringing up Baby”? She kept

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Cary Grant so confused that even the big cat was amused. There is nothing like the old black and white comedies to revive our love of beauty and silliness. If your sense of fair play is being rocked, get a hoola hoop. SCORPIO RULED BY PLUTO You, of all people know how to stay in the shadows. With the two hard assed older brothers, Pluto and Saturn going 15 rounds you watch from the bleachers with your binoculars. The dark night of the soul is a recurrent theme for you, so the obstreperous feeling of “I told you so” is a nice cu do. Rely on the ones who are magnanimous and unconditional, they really are there, if you peek.

worst is almost over and you will have pleasure and bounty in equal dose coming in the year ahead. Remember out of the Dark Ages, came the Renaissance. The brain uses Twenty percent of the body’s energy, for those who worry too much, probably more. Even your grip on the skeleton gets weighed down. Yawning and stretching could be your mantra. AQUARIUS RULED BY URANUS It is terribly hard for most of us to feel productive without action. H20 is what keeps the world turning. Syncopation is the beat you march to. It is rough and titillating to keep up with you. Daimon equals destiny. As an air sign, you are a creature of the mind. But, you seem to grasp the concept of non-linear logic.

SAGITTARIUS RULED BY JUPITER As you are half horse, this Chinese year of the Horse is all yours. You may have those close to you, asking for new and exciting information. If you can dream or imagine, it can happen. We all love those who tell us stories. For some, even the unpleasant ones of reality TV and horror movies are what help them clear the dark mantras of their repetitive brains. Simplistic happy thoughts are thought to be stupid/and/or naive, I do not agree.

PISCES RULED BY NEPTUNE Random is a part of your vernacular. The tides, the weather, and moods are a part of your lifestyle. Some see you as harshly decisive. This is only because if you open up to the collective you would be hard pressed to come back in your body. Rely on the polarity of no boundaries and creating temporary ones. Every stretch and every breath are the example.

CAPRICORN RULED BY SATURN The Spanish Inquisition had nothing on the suspicion and pain you may have been feeling. The

As Above, So Below. Be well. Mary Michele Please visit my website • SunPost Weekly • Thursday, February 6, 2014 • Page 31

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