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MasterChef Casting Call The producers of The Biggest Loser and the Fox Network are now casting for MasterChef, a new culinary competition series based on the smash U.K. Famed British chef Gordon Ramsay will host. Contestants on MasterChef will be put through the paces with various challenges as they compete head-to-head to create culinary masterpieces. The series is a unique platform for budding, talented, amateur chefs from all walks of life who want to follow their dream of working as a professional chef! Sunday, jan. 17. Noon to 6pm. Whole Foods Market, 6701 Red Rd., Coral Gables,

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METROPOLITAN MIAMI by Ines Hegedus-Garcia - Here's a view you can get used to from Met1 in Downtown Miami. It shows the mouth of The Miami River with Brickell Key to the right and then The Port of Miami, Fisher Island and Miami Beach at the feet of the incredible clouds we so often take for granted. Looks like a scene straight out of Miami Vice.

John Lennon lovers will get a chance to see over 200 Peace a Chance,” “Consult the Stars,” and “Turn Left of his personal art pieces in a special weekend show- & Make Peace,” will be on display. Artwork ranges in ing, January 15 -17, of We All Shine On,” a look into price from $200 to $20,000. The internationally acLennon’s life through his claimed exhibit includes the own personal artwork. The largest collection of Lennon’s three day exhibition will work ever assembled. In the feature serigraphs, lithospirit of Lennon, the event graphs, copper etchings will raise funds for Adopt-Aand aqua tints of Lennon’s Classroom, a nationwide drawings, signed by Yoko program based in Miami that Ono including Song Lyrics provides financial and moral and the “Real Love” chilsupport to underprivileged dren’s drawings sketched students and teachers. A $2 for his son Sean during the donation at the door is suglast few years of Lennon’s gested for those attending Come Together, print from drawing by John Lennon. life. Over 100 pieces of art the event. Miami Beach created by Lennon, encompassing the years 1968 Community Church, 1620 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach. through 1980 will be featured. New releases, “Give For info: 305-538-4511 or He Tried to face Reality, Lithograph print John Lennon.

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Politics COLUMN

Sugarplums Dance in Their Heads By Jeffrey Bradley Must be that time of year again. Not when the birdies chirp or the dogwoods bloom but when choice board and committee positions are handed out like sugarplums to deserving persons (or second-tier politicos, cronies, crazies and groupies; take your pick) — just about anybody, that is, who carries an FOC, or Friend of Commission, designation. It’s the time of the Plum Book. Never heard of it? While there are many permutations, here it’s the much coveted short-list of noncompetitive appointments to various city task forces, boards and committees. Many of these appointees enjoy a close (dare we say cozy?) personal relationship with the administration. And these “plum” jobs ain’t half-bad, many with titles of great import as reflected in the LTC 007-2010 call for a Special Commission Meeting for City Commission At-Large Board and Committee Appointments. Elected folks doing nothing for nothing, any special meeting called to name a few political appointments must be freighted with meaning. The annual scramble is on. Sunshine Laws require interested parties to meet with the mayor and commissioners individually (not en masse), so there’s been an appreciable increase in foot traffic down at City Hall as appointment-seekers haunt the halls and offices of those with the power to give. (Imagine some of the jockeying and arm-twisting that goes on there.) The mayor, of course, has the most appointments, even the ability to choose persons to serve on boards in advisory liaison with the administration and commission. A lot of city nutsand-bolts work occurs on these boards, the heavy lifting done well before actual decision-makers get to see it. At this meeting, direct appointments will be made public and those requiring commission-wide agreement voted upon. Commissioners can appoint representatives to other important preliminary policy-making bodies as well. Some of these boards have clout, and who wields it and how is of prime importance. These influential positions to make or effect public policy draw lobbyists, lawyers, accountants, policy wonks and others of dubious provenance from the woodwork because they are put nearer the pinnacles of power the easy way, via political appointment. Perks abound. Some appointments offer status, but all come with that priceless City-Wide Parking Decal that permits the bearer vehicle to park free in any public metered space, anytime, anywhere (does not guarantee parking space!) in the city. Some lobby for appointment on that basis alone. But let’s be clear: The majority of those serving are sturdy, able-bodied folks who put their valuable time into these volunteer roles for altruistic reasons and the privilege of serving their city. Still, this is politics; beware! While no doubt many disreputable individuals pack these boards, our experience (we’ve served on the Transportation & Parking Committee) is that board dynamics often bog down in unruly fractiousness and, while governed by better intentions, fall prey to less pernicious but self-aggrandizing types carried away by their own voices, thrilled with having a sanctioned soapbox, or disingenuous ingénues. They forever ignore the huff and puffing that goes on around them, are immune to attempts at deflection and impervious to any hostility their droning begets. They must be heard, they have so much of importance to say. The operative term, I believe, is rudeness (though some may call it “self-centeredness”). Either way, they’re the very bane of committee proceedings, tying up time and tolerance, an unfortunate byproduct of active democracy. Four city boards concerning land use are generally known as power boards because they have teeth; their decisions are writ (as opposed to namby-pamby Transportation & Parking, whose recommendations are routinely ignored without peril). They include the Design Review, Historic Preservation and Planning boards, along with the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and all have varying degrees of control over how our most valuable commodity, the seven-something square miles of Miami Beach, is developed. Staff, applicants and board members all devote hours to a review process charged with high standards of compliance regarding regulation and design, and done without personality or prejudice in the planning, construction, occupancy and use of public and private space. Competition for positions on these boards is fierce, especially with the new commission about to dole out fresh plums. Possibilities for change exist everywhere, and whomsoever the mayor and commissioners appoint will directly impact the lives of residents. Choices should be based on experience, dedication and past performance, with attendance and voting records considered before reappointing or moving anybody to a more prominent or powerful board. For those boards requiring commission majority consent, the board’s entire composition, including past experience on land-use issues, should be of primary concern when determining a balanced mix of personalities. Residents and visitors alike deserve nothing but the best, brightest and ablest contributions our boards and committees can provide to ensure Miami Beach thrives as a vibrant community and destination.

A Special Moment in Time COLUMN

The Bathing Casinos, Part Three By Seth H. Bramson

As we noted in this column over the last several weeks, early Miami Beach had a total of five bathing casinos, only one of which — the Harvey Baker Graves-owned Sunny Isles Casino — had gaming. The first of the bathing casinos was the Avery Smith and James C. Warr-owned Ocean Beach, later Smith's Casino, which was located just north of Biscayne Street on the oceanfront. Between Second and Third streets, Dan Hardie, later the Dade County sheriff, built Hardie's Casinos, which was a huge (for the times) building. North of Hardie's, at Fifth Street and the ocean, was Cook's Casino, similar to the other two but definitely smaller in size. It would be Smith's that would long outlast the other four; years after they had been closed, burned down or demolished, Cook's continued to operate until sometime in the early 1960s. Although the first three did include changing rooms and sundry shops, it appears that of the three only Smith's and Hardie's offered some form of food service; other than perhaps the selling of candies and perhaps bottled soft drinks there is no evidence that Cook's competed for the snack or meal trade. The fourth of the casinos lasted until the early 1950s but as the Everglades Cabana Club, rather than as a casino, which it had been when it was built by Carl Fisher and the Collins-Pancoast group. In fact, it started life on the block between 22nd and 23rd streets and Collins Avenue, just south of the Roney Plaza, as Fisher's St. Johns Casino, and became a true Miami Beach landmark by virtue of the large windmill that stood almost until the building was demolished in the mid-1960s to build the 22nd Street Holiday Inn, that edifice also now demolished. Perhaps the greatest glory days of the Fisher/St. Johns Casino arrived when it was bought and taken over by new operators, who changed the name to Roman Pools and made the site a major entertainment venue, with showrooms, night clubs, fine dining, a coffee shop and stores fronting both Collins Avenue and 23rd Street. The attraction enticed well-heeled patrons from both Miami Beach and the Roney Plaza, that hotel no slouch in terms of its in-house retail establishments including the first Burdine's store out of Miami proper, same operating in the Roney during the winter season only.


The Roman Pools would, as previously noted, become the Everglades Cabana Club and for some years offered swimming and diving lessons, water shows, shopping and dining mostly to locals, who enjoyed the near luxury of a cabana in the pre-Fontainebleau Hotel days, by which time some of the cabanas featured their own restrooms, sinks and separate enclosed changing areas. The northernmost of the five casinos was the Harvey Baker Graves-owned Sunny Isles Casino, built by Mr. Graves in the early 1920s as part of his development of Sunny Isles, which was to feature an entire island of recreation, private home sites, a major hotel, a fine roadway to connect Sunny Isles to the mainland (now known as 163rd Street on the Miami side, 167th Street on the beach side), a rebuilding of Sunny Isles Beach Road (today's Collins Avenue) and a water supply plant on the mainland that would eventually be taken over and operated by the City of North Miami Beach. After the "bust" of the great 1920's "boom" that occurred following the September 17 and 18, 1926, hurricane, Mr. Graves returned to Rochester, New York, and the area essentially entering a long period of quiescence. The casino building eventually housed several different restaurants, the last of them being “Grandma's Kitchen,” which no few South Floridians remember fondly. The buiding was torn down in the mid-1960s and is today the site of the Newport Motel, which opened in 1967. The memories of those great and wonderful pleasure palaces is fading fast, but the stories of the buildings and their aficianados can be found in the new Sunshine, Stone Crabs and Cheesecake: The Story of Miami Beach, published this past October by The History Press, of Charleston ( Seth H. Bramson is Adjunct Professor of History at both Barry University and Florida International University. The Company Historian of the Florida East Coast Railway, he is the single most published Miami-Dade County history book author, with 12 of his 17 books dealing directly with the villages, towns, cities and people of Miami-Dade County. Bramson can be reached at • The SunPost • January 14, 2010 • Page 7


Inking Sound Best Music Writing

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Yeah, I know. No one wants to remember that 2009 even ever existed, let alone be reminded by me that it did. But not everything was doldrums and dullsville last year. The Decembrists, Neko Case and Metric (among many others) all released swing-

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ingly sublime long-players. And I wrote about 50 worthy books right here in this column, including Jonathan Lethem’s Chronic City and John Irving’s The River Is Twisted. And if you can get with the right sound and a good story, hell, you can survive just about anything. But what about those folks whose job it is to write about what we listen to? I don’t mean the graders or the gratuitous naysayers; I mean the folks who actually think and feel about what they write about what we hear, those who can be further inspired by the inspired, and have talent enough to inspire others as well. Well, if you’re the type who digs such things, you should probably get your mitts on Best Music Writing 2009 (Da Capo $15.95). And then you should probably sit your ass near a computer, because these pieces are so inspiring you’ll wanna summon up a suitable soundtrack as you read. Edited (this year) by Greil Marcus, who could conceivably deliver his own book-length Best any year he wanted (and who also co-edited a brilliant block of a book called A New Literary History of America), the 2009 version of Da Capo’s decade-

old series actually dates back to ’08, the year all these spills are culled from. Still, what’s a year between friends? And many of the writers included are as familiar as friends; if, that is, you read as much as I do. There are the expected: Ann Powers, chief pop critic for the Los Angeles Times (on American Idol), Ken Tucker, editor-at-large at Entertainment Weekly (on Pure Country), and David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker (on Charlie Parker). There are the unexpected: J. Bennett, author of Get in the Ring, a six-volume history of cockfighting (on Jay Reatard), and David Ramsey, a writer and schoolteacher living in New Orleans (on Lil’ Wayne). There are the novelists: Barry (Wild at Heart) Gifford (waxing poetic on Thelonious Monk) and the aforementioned Lethem (on, er, singers). Then there are the musicians: Roseanne Cash, Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, and — get this! — Edwyn Collins, once of Orange Juice (a personal fave). And though this volume is damn good, it’s those musos who give about as good as it gets. Okay, so Brownstein’s rant (on branding) isn’t particularly sublime. But it’s keen. And it makes a

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Same goes for Roseanna Cash, only it’s a whole helluva lot deeper. Here Cash chooses to take on facts, and how at the end of the day they really don’t much matter. Not when it comes to song, anyway. And in her telling of the genesis of a tune entitled “April 5th,” which is the day she and Elvis Costello and Kris Kristofferson got together in New York to record it, she shows that the date is perhaps the least important thing of all. As she so eloquently writes, “When you are working in rhyme, it can be much more powerful and resonant to write about the shards of the coffee cup than the feeling that caused him to throw it across the room.” And coming from a woman who’s written some of the most heartfelt sings ever sung, that’s saying something. But it’s Edwyn Collins’ piece that really breaks your heart. Collins suffered a stroke a couple of years back, and for a spell there may have been a question whether or not he’d ever regain capacity to speak, let alone sing. As he relates to one Michael Odell, things are starting to return, but he’s not moping about the process. Instead he’s discovering a whole new self — generous and content and more patient. And he is grateful.

“When you are working in rhyme, it can be much more powerful and resonant to write about the shards of the coffee cup than the feeling that caused him to throw it across the room.” great point. And since it comes from someone who’s been on both sides of the brand-to-be, her words have a certain validity that a mere music critic couldn’t boast, no matter how close he or she comes to the sound of things.

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Like I said, there’s a lot of damn good stuff here, and of course one need not be a musician to write about music. Still, there’s a certain lyricism that comes about when a songwriter takes to essay, and (if you’re lucky) a certain truth. As Marcus concludes in his introduction: “The people here got

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RAISING REVENUE Miami Beach Commission Faces Fiscal Challenges in 2010 Written by Michael W. Sasser

A new administration in Miami and financial issues in both the Magic City and Miami-Dade County might garner most of the political headlines from South Florida. However, the City of Miami Beach itself faces lower profile but not necessarily less daunting challenges ahead of it in 2010. Dogged like most municipalities statewide with reduced revenue, perpetual expenses, infrastructure and business development issues, the year ahead looks to city commissioners and civic activists alike as an arduous one. Around Miami Beach city hall, concerns about the city’s budget and the closely related issue of employee union contracts, reign supreme as the most cited concerns in 2010. “The budget will probably be the biggest issue this year,” said Commissioner Michael Gongora. “Balancing the city’s budget and dealing with union contract negotiations is a challenge.” Miami Beach tentatively will be looking at cutting another $20 million from its budget when discussion of the budget heats up in the early summer. According to one source inside city hall, Miami Beach was lucky that a couple of development projects came online in 2009, mitigating the loss of revenue from a diminished economy. The City will not have a similar situation this year. Commissioner Jerry Libbin said that addressing the budget should include identifying new or enhanced revenue streams. “In the past, we’ve been presented by the administration with a list of potential cuts in order to balance the budget,” Libbin told SunPost. “After three years of significant budget cuts – I think we’ve cut $55 million out of a $226 million budget – we need to look for additional revenue. I’m encouraging the commission to work on the other side of the ledger and consider ways to raise revenue.” Libbin said that he has already compiled a list of ideas for generating revenue and hopes his col-

leagues assemble their own as well. He intends to bring the issue to the table at an upcoming city commission retreat. “I hope people come to the table with their own ideas so we can see if there aren’t ways to produce revenue,” Libbin said. A key provision of budget discussions in Miami Beach is contracts with the city employees’ unions. “In budget discussions you have to consider union contracts because they tie into the budgets for the next three years,” Libbin said. Gongora said that four if the city’s union contracts are up and in negotiation. In the meanwhile, represented workers continue under terms of the expired contracts. “It’s always a balancing act,” Gongora said. “We have good employees in Miami Beach and we have to balance their needs with the promise to residents to keep taxes where they are. Employees must realize that we have to look out for residents.” Among the union contract issues to be considered are terms and pension reform, Libbin said. In the past, union pension terms have alarmed some looking into the long-term financial health of the city. Still, Gongora said that he is optimistic that negotiations with unions will work out. “I anticipate we will reach an agreement,” he said. “If not and if we reach an impasses then we will go to a third party to try to resolve; or else the administration will come back to the commission.” Before the city commission begins official debate on budget issues, it will face another major issue long in the making: the question of what improvements to make to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Recently Miami-Dade County has finally made Please see Revenue on page 18



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THEATER Campy Trailer Trash


Called a mix between South Park and Desperate Housewives, The Great American Trailer Park Musical is a campy, sexy, bawdy, R-Rated musical fable seasoned with murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco, the Ice Capades, and a stripper on the run who comes between a Dr. Phil-loving agoraphobic housewife and her toll-booth collector husband. With a chorus of trailer park divas residing in Armadillo Acres, an exclusive Florida mobile home community, this escapist, fun musical ranges across the American Radio dial from country to blues to rock to disco to bump n' grind to R&B. 7:30pm. The Actors' Playhouse at Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. For info: 305-444-9293 or

Comedienne Chelsea Handler will hit the beach in March as part of her Bang Bang Tour. The tour by Handler coincides with the release of her third book, "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Band," and will include 21 cities, starting March 10 in Chicago and culminates May 15 at Radio City Music Hall. As one of the nation's fastest-rising female stand-ups, Handler has performed to sold-out audiences at venus and festivals across the country, including, most recently, the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Her comedy mixes fearless honesty, ironic riffs and self-deprecations with an abundance of always fresh material. Tickets $49.50 except for a limited number of $75 Producer's Circle seats. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at, or by phone at 800-7761730.

January 16

BENEFIT Medical Marijuana This year, the 11th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert is trying to raise 700,000 signatures to get the attention of the folks in Tallahassee. As part of this four stage extravaganza, some of South Florida's top bands, spoken word artists and community activists will join together to support patients’ and physicians’ right to use medical cannabis in the only way that Roadies know how, performance. Johnny Dread, Sweetbone, Jahfe, The Brian Elliot Hot Box Social, Jenna’s Boneyard, LaGuardia, Martian Ambassador & the Captured Chorus, and Mark A.S. are just a few of the talented artists making an appearance. There will also be vendors and small businesses promoting and selling their merch. $12 cover. 4pm. Tobacco Road, 626 S Miami Ave., Miami. For info: 305-374-1198 or

January 17

MUSIC Earth, Wind and Firebird Seraphic Fire brings together young singers from across the country for cutting-edge concerts of rarely heard classical music. This Sunday they will perform one of the most popular Baroque works of all time, Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni). A cool recreation of Venice in the 17th Century. $35. 4pm. Temple Emanu-El, 1701 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. For info:

January 19

THEATER Zing, Zang, Zoom A thrill-filled, mind-blowing circus spectacular where fun for the entire family is no illusion. Magical Zingmaster Alex and his assistant, Levitytia, lead audience members through an extraordinary world of fantasy and excitement that is sure to be captivating for children of all ages. Don’t miss as apprentice illusionists mysteriously levitate their parents, a four-ton elephant disappears before the audience’s eyes, and the mischievous Mr. Gravity transforms into a ferocious tiger. 6pm. $15-$95. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd. Miami. For info:

January 16

ART Resurrection Resurrection, the much-anticipated solo exhibition by Miami’s dynamic female draftsman, Christina Pettersson will open this Saturday. The multidisciplinary exhibition featuring a suite of large scale graphite drawings on paper, video, and sculpture, will be this Swedish born artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery. Spinello Gallery, 2294 NW Second Ave., Miami. For info:

January 16

FILM Miami Jewish Film Festival Presented by the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), the 13th annual festival showcases films of various genres. Opening night, A Matter of Size, Sipur Gadol makes it's Miami premiere, directed by Erez Tadmor and Sharon Maymon. Can a very overweight chef working as a dishwasher at a Japanese restaurant, living at home with his mother find happiness? Fed up with the dictatorship of diets espoused by his weight-loss group, Herzl and his three hefty buddies, discover the world of sumo wrestling, where large people are an asset - honored and appreciated, treated like rock stars. Through Jan. 24. $15. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. For info: 305.674.1040 or


The 411

STK opening on Miami Beach Cafeina mural


Arctic Blasts By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore


Mary Anne Williamson and Ben Alopari at the STK opening

STK opening Yannick and Hadley Henriette

Ultra-hip, trendy hotspot Cafeina, named for its caffeine-infused liquors and specialty cocktails, is our latest favorite hangout, located deep in the heart of Wynwood (you won’t find it unless you are consciously looking — we typically use landmarks such as the overturned truck and funky green and red patterned building to know we’re on the right track). This boîte reminds us of cozy Nobu on West 57 Street in NYC, with its low lighting, oversized lamps and comfy couches. We also love the loft and huge outdoor area and the attached art gallery, currently displaying the work of Carlos Alves. We dragged a group to Cafeina over the weekend to “enjoy” the arctic weather and the Wynwood Art Walk. Despite the jokes about the crack-houses and seedy environs, the consensus was that Cafeina rivals any South Beach lounge and the food blows the competition away! This is due to the creativity and expertise of the charming executive chef, Guily Booth, who “wo-mans” the tiny kitchen, creating signature international tapas, including sea bass skewers, mini-madness grilled sandwiches and crab cakes, lauded by Martha Stewart as “the best she’s ever had.” Come to think of it, they’re the best we’ve ever had too. Booth’s cooking style is as unique as her warm and funny personality. She will mingle with guests and offer to cook up whatever they’re craving — whether or not it’s on the menu. And should you be celebrating a birthday, you might even be surprised by Booth’s original coffee cupcakes. Cafeina kicked off the new year with back-to-back parties last week, including the after party for the Youth & Revolt movie screening on Wednesday, with sounds by Sasha and Michelle Leshem, and the second installment of its monthly Wynwood Art Huddle Walk after party on Saturday, which drew a packed house despite the freeze warning. The official grand opening bash takes place this Thursday, January 14 at 8 p.m., with complimentary coffee-inspired drinks, such as the café con leche martini, until midnight and Booth’s masterful bites. DJs Lolo and Joe Dert will be spinning. A portion of proceeds from bar sales at the grand opening, in addition to the sale of art through February 28, will go to benefit The Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet. Warning: Set your GPS AND PAY ATTENTION, because you really don’t want to get lost in Wynwood in the middle of the night. But isn’t that what we thought about NYC’s Meatpacking District just a few years ago? Luckily, there’s free valet parking and security, thanks to “Man Mountain”

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STK IS FINALLY OPEN After months and months of seeing those racy posters plastered around the Gansevoort, of a sexy, provocatively dressed woman doing all sorts of things to a hunk of raw meat, heralding the arrival of NYC and LA transplant STK, we finally got to celebrate its official opening on Tuesday night. Bigger on scene than on steak, the stylish, dimly lit, massive, two-story restaurant resembles a trendy nightclub, complete with multiple bars, DJ booth and VIP areas. Celeste Fierro, owner of The One Group, along with chef Todd Mark Miller introduced the highly anticipated STK Miami Beach with a huge party as expected. The music was fantastic, thanks to DJ Irie, who kept the party going all night as partygoers danced and meandered around the labyrinthine space, vying for a tasty morsel (three times the number of expected invitees showed up). We couldn’t walk two inches without running into someone we knew. And the vibe was energetic and exciting. Given the weather conditions over the weekend, it seemed many people had been hibernating and were thrilled to be out. Among those welcoming STK to the neighborhood: Deco Drive producer Odette Burton, Roy Black, David Barton, Al Reynolds, Erin Newberg, Dana and Gary Shear, Jillian Jacobson, Markus Ketty, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, Jason Binn, Michael Cohen, Hardy Hill, Michael Dreiling, Jerry Powers, Roy Alpert, Victor Harvey, Michael Kirkland, Marnie Howard, Mary Anne Williamson, Nick D’Annunzio and Jochy Ortiz. Last week, STK fans such as Fergie, Josh Duhamel, Michael Bay, Michael Mann and Robin Givens got a sneak peek during the “Friends and Family” tastings.

THE RHYTHM OF SUCCESS Last Thursday, Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach hosted a cocktail party for Emilio Estefan in honor of his newly released book, The Rhythm of Success: How an Immigrant Produced His Own American Dream. Guests including Gloria Estefan, Emilio’s niece Lili Estefan, Miami Mayor Thomas P. Regalado, news anchor Maria Celeste Arraras, television host Lilia Luciano, Mari Elena Salinas, Raul de Molina, and University of Miami President Donna Shalala, along with Jason Clarke, Robert van de Wouw, Erin Newberg, Belkys Nerey,

STK opening Megan from Plum TV, Jochy Ortiz and Abercrombie models

Lisa Petrillo, Frank Amadeo, Mario Vergel, Brandon Lieb, Aleco Azqueta, Lisa Pliner and Lea Black toasted Emilio and his success with Atlantico Rum cocktails. Emilio Estefan, who came to the United States as a Cuban refugee, went on to become a 19-time Grammy-winning producer and develop an evergreen business with investments in real estate, entertainment, hotels and restaurants. In The Rhythm of Success, Emilio outlines his guiding principles and shares some of the secrets to his success.

Greg Cook and Emilio Estefan at the Eden Roc

Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan and David Siguaw at the Eden Roc Hotel

in Modern Dance, a Presidential Scholar and one of the great modern dancers of our time. The party continues across the street at the Alfred I. DuPont Building, where guests will enjoy dinner, tour the exhibits of the YoungArts visual artists and dance the night away. Tickets range from $650 to $1,000; table prices range from $6,500 to $50,000. Contact Megan Ann Harmon at 305-377-1140, or

MS GALA AND FASHION SHOW COMING UP: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARRY! Barry University will celebrate its 70th anniversary at its annual Founders’ Ball on Saturday, January 16, at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa (4400 NW 87th Ave.) in the Legends Ballroom. This year’s event, a Polynesian-themed “South Seas Adventure,” will be emceed by CBS 4 personality Jim Berry. The organizers promise that the Polynesian voyage will feature “the mysteries of the South Pacific encapsulated in an elegant and memorable evening.” The festivities begin at 6:15 p.m. with a cocktail reception courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka and a silent auction followed by dinner and dancing at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $300 or $500, depending on the package. For more information, including the Polynesian-inspired dress code, visit or email

AN AFFAIR OF THE ARTS On January 16, An Affair of the Arts: Downtown Deco, benefiting YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, will take place at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E. Flagler St.) starting at 6 p.m. The evening begins with a concert in which a select group of YoungArts awardees will perform, alongside Desmond Richardson, a 1986 YoungArts winner

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One of the largest women's luncheons in the country, with more than 1,200 expected, takes over the Broward County Convention Center on January 19, as the National MS Society celebrates its 27th Annual MS Gala and Fashion Show presented by DBS Financial at 10 a.m. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with fascinating women and enjoy a fashion show presented by designer Rene Ruiz. In addition, silent auction items and raffle prizes such as a Rolex watch from J.R. Dunn Jewelers will be available for bidding. For more information on the MS Gala and Fashion Show, please contact Monica Whiting at 954-731-4224 or visit Tickets cost $150 per person.

CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS: On Tuesday, Cindy Crawford took a break to show passersby the latest collections from ICE-Watch during a commercial shoot in downtown Miami. Saturday evening after casting a slew of models for Abercrombie’s upcoming campaign, famed photographer Bruce Weber, along with a group of 19, enjoyed dinner at STK. Also at STK on Saturday was Real Housewife of NYC Bethenny Frankel, who dined with a friend and later tweeted about it. Fellow “tweeter” JLo was spotted on Lincoln Road on Friday.

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January 15

of Success, he shares his guiding principles that readers will need to start and grow their own business or climb higher on the corporate ladder. In the book, Estefan imparts the basics needed for readers to identify their values, believe in their ideas, and establish their own plans for success. 4pm. Free. Books & Books, Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. For info: 305.442.4408 or booksand-

THEATRE Quetzals World The 20-minute original theatrical performance transports kids and adults through story and song to a magical place where an ecological mystery has occurred. Performance followed by the opportunity for the audience to ask questions and handle props and animal biological artifacts. Free with zoo admission of $11.95. 1:15pm. Miami Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152nd St., South MiamiDade,. For info: 305-251-0400 or

January 14 MUSIC Latin Pop

La Quinta Estación the Latin Grammy-award winning Spanish pop/rock band will be performing in a one-night only show at the Jackie Gleason. The duo, lead singer, Natalia Jiménez and guitarist Ángel Reyero hail from Madrid. 9pm. The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. For info: 305-673-7300 or

January 15-17

ART Art Deco Weekend



This year's Art Deco Weekend theme celebrates technology, design and the American spirit embodied in the open road. As Americans got behind the wheel in record numbers, manufacturers developed more and more streamlined models for mass consumption. It also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Features musical, theatrical and dance performances, plus guided tours, lectures and film screenings. Vendors of antiques and collectibles from the Art Deco and mid-20th century eras display paintings, sculpture, jewelry and photography for sale, alongside various food stalls; Ocean Drive, between 5th and 15th streets, Miami Beach. For info:

January 15 MUSIC Jazz Roots

Bringing together many of its greatest interpreters, the Grammy-winning groups Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices share the bill with NEA Jazz Master and founder of the legendary Lambert, Hendricks and Ross vocal group, Jon Hendricks. 8pm. Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. For info:

January 16

BOOKS The Rhythm of Success Emilio Estefan-husband to singer Gloria Estefan and founder of the Latin pop legend Miami Sound Machine-is the embodiment of the American dream. He came to the United States as a Cuban refugee and went on to become a 19-time Grammy-winning producer and develop an evergreen business with investments in real estate, entertainment, hotels, and restaurants. Emilio succeeded on his own terms, and now, in The Rhythm Page 16 • Thursday, January 14, 2010 • The SunPost •

January 20 LECTURE A Grand Tour Dr. Benjamin Binstock, Adjunct Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Bass Museum of Art, will introduce the new Taplin Gallery re-hanging of the Bass Museum's permanent collection. Genius and Friends: A Grand Tour through the Bass Museum Salon of Western Art, will explore some of the highlights of the re-hung Taplin Gallery in the broader context of changing ways of looking at art and their significance for how we see ourselves, particularly our contemporary global, museological culture. Free with museum admission. 7pm. Reception following. 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach. For info: 305.673.7530 or

PLAYDATE FOR KIDS January 16 DANCE Fairy Tales

This should be fun for kids of all ages. The Momentum Dance Company returns to Miami Beach after four years to present Program ll, a series of children's dance performances focusing on fairy tales. The story of Red Riding Hood & Hansel and Gretel will be performed by the dancers in a one-afternoon performance. $5. 11am. Byron Carlyle Theatre, 500 71 Street, Miami Beach. For info: 305-858-7002 or


Providing Badly Needed Relief for Miami-area Small Business Financial and government leaders all agree that small business is the lifeblood of the American economy, providing more than half of all private sector jobs  and nowhere is that more true than in Miami Dade. Yet while local contractors in the building trades, small retailers, restaurants and professionals of all kinds are being squeezed like never before in our crippled economy, most of the U.S. government relief is flowing to the giants of corporate America. With Miami-Dades small businesses struggling to control their expenses while they wait out the return of better times, Atlantic Broadband is launching a very timely new package of communications services that will save them serious money to help them weather the economic storm. Atlantic Broadbands new business-class services provide all the features necessary for the vast majority of offices and small companies, beginning at $79.95 a month for a package of unlimited local and long-distance phone service and broadband-speed Internet. The phone company competition, whose services aimed at small business have suffered from benign neglect for years, charges nearly that much for just one-line business phone service, not including long distance or Internet. Hundreds of dollars more in yearly savings over the competition area available on more full-featured Atlantic Broadband phone/Internet packages.

For the first time, we are offering an extremely cost-effective alternative for small businesses such as doctors and dentists offices; law, accounting and insurance firms; restaurants; small retailers; building, plumbing and electrical contractors; and local nonprofit organizations, said Mary Hughes, Atlantic Broadband Director of Commercial Development.

And, Atlantic Broadband makes choosing and configuring a business plan simple  a huge advantage over the complex service options and complicated bills of the phone company, Hughes said. Among the features of Atlantic Broadband Business Service: • Support for up to eight phone lines. • 20 business-focused advanced features at no extra cost, including receptionistfriendly call hold, transfer, line hunt and userdefined extension dialing; as well as optional voice mail.

• Direct connection to existing standards-compatible phones, faxes and credit card machines; plus hassle-free switchovers that retain existing phone numbers. • Next-generation tools, including an Online Phone Manager that delivers unprecedented on-premises and remote control of the system, including voice mail settings and viewing, and instant re-routing/forwarding. • Attractive upgrade/replacement programs for outmoded T1 lines; as well as inflexible, failure-prone proprietary phone systems. • of calls in the event of electricity outages. • The business-class reliability born of delivering 70 million calls just last month alone, plus 24/7 technical support and personalized service through dedicated account executives. • High-speed broadband Internet service at 3 or 8 megabits per second, with faster speeds to come; plus money-saving phone/Internet service packages. • Only a one-year commitment, versus the three-year contract required to get the phone company s best rates. Single-line, one-year phone/Internet discount packages, including unlimited local and long-distance calling including Canada and Puerto Rico, plus a free voice mail box and phone modem, start at $79.95 with basic 3 Mb Internet service, and $94.95 with basic 8 Mb Internet Service. Additional business lines, up to a total of eight, are $44.95 per month, little more than half the competitions price. Atlantic Broadband also offers an even less expensive business phone plan, which includes unlimited local calling plus long distance at flat rate of 5 cents per minute. Discount package savings are open to both existing and new business customers. More information is available by calling 305861-8069 x3903. Atlantic Broadband serves 98,000 customers in Miami Beach, Aventura, Bal Harbour Islands, Golden Beach, North Bay Village, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, South Miami, Pinecrest, and unincorporated portions of Miami Dade County. • The SunPost • Thursday, January 14, 2010 • Page 17

Revenue cont’d from page 11 good on its pledge of $55 million to improving the aging facility. Debate has been healthy about how best to spend the allocation with the next step being an architect’s report and proposal for renovation. “We’ve slipped to 30-something in terms of conventions in the country because the convention center has fallen behind times,” Gongora said. Debate has centered on exactly how best to enhance the convention center, whether and where to create a ballroom and, most recently, signals from Miami’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) that it wants to support the development of some sort of convention facility in Miami. “I think one of the key goals of the DDA is a downtown convention center,” said David Kelsey, president of the South Beach Hotel and Restaurant Association. “Obviously that would then compete with Miami Beach.” Arquitectonica is scheduled to deliver its study to the city in the near future. Gongora, for one, said he thinks that the commission is eager to finally move ahead with convention center improvements this year. Among other key issues that the city commission will face this year is ongoing progress on capital improvement projects, including the completion of work in North Beach and the beginning of work on the more-congested areas in the vicinity of Flamingo and West Avenue. “There are always issues with $750 million in capital improvements,” Libbin said. Gongora said that the city has a history of “over promising and under delivering” in terms of capital improvements. However he is optimistic about progress.

“The Commission Has Long Been Perceived as a Bastion of Personal Feifdoms, Egos and Political posturing.” “We’ve done a good job of creating oversight,” Gongora said. “We want the expense to be more in tune with that of the private sector.” Also likely to be a point of contention is the potential construction of a sewage boost pump station in South Pointe. Its development is closely linked to plans by the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department plans to relocate – and later expand – the piping between Miami Beach and Virginia Key. Relocation is necessary because of dredging related to the expansion of capacity for the Port of Miami. Critics have called into question the need for the expansion of a “utility tunnel” and perhaps more importantly the initial plan to fund it from increased rates for consumers. Although the City of Miami Beach has received bids for the pump station, its necessity is closely linked to whatever plans Miami-Dade County eventually makes. The City has rightly not moved any further into the process, said Frank Del Vecchio, South Pointe civic activist and one of the key figures in the ad hoc Sewage Tunnel Impact Committee. “We need to know if the county intends to move forward with the $190 million utility tunnel,” Del Vecchio said. “The [City of Miami Beach] is under no requirement to move ahead at this time. There is no current need for a sewage boost pump station.” However the City of Miami Beach addresses its challenges in 2010, it is likely to have to overcome internal differences and divisions on the city commission. The commission has long been perceived as a bastion of personal fiefdoms, egos and political posturing. Any hopes that the new commission seated last year would somehow gel into a cohesive unit were quickly dashed before 2010 arrived. That was readily apparent, sources say, at a December 2009 meeting during which Mayor Matti Bower appointed former Commissioner Saul Gross to head the Capital Improvements Oversight Committee – a position the mayor herself or another commissioner would traditionally assume. The move set off a fireworks display of political maneuvering and represented “an ongoing power struggle” according to a source close to the situation who did not want to be identified. “It was evident in the last election and there are still some hard feelings,” the source said.

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Diaspora Vibe Gallery By Marguerite Gil

On a cold winter night recently, things were heating up at the Diaspora Vibe Gallery in the Design District. Long-time Diaspora owner and area pioneer Rosie Gordon-Wallace consistently opens her walk-upstairs gallery, on monthly Thursdays or Saturdays or whenever the need demands. Don’t get me wrong, she is also open during Gallery Walk Night (it would be a mistake not to welcome guests during the busiest night of the month), but that pre-opening-opening allows for lectures, special presentations and a salute to the artists who invite their entourages and families to enjoy the exhibition sans browsing crowds wandering in and out, sometimes overwhelming artists during the monthly walks. Upstairs, art and vegetarian goodies awaited guests during last week’s difficult cold jolt. Rosie had made a hot veggie soup, a luscious crunchy salad and a Venezuelan specialty bean dish that wowed guests, who had expected to enjoy the art but were treated to yummies too. On that chilly evening, the artist du jour was Alejandro Contreras. This 27-year-old renaissance creator is forthcoming, enthusiastic and happy to explain his multifaceted view of art. “The notion of breaking simple rules is always running in my head. My work plays with visual aspects and materials used in ways they were not meant for, in a nontraditional way. I play with recognizable images, and change them or place them in unusual settings to create juxtaposition. The idea is to trick the viewer’s eye by presenting different recognizable elements, which are contradicted either by setting, balance, compositions, material or placement.” Ingenious, young and willing to experiment, Contreras plays with a multitude of disciplines. His secret is to work at different blue-collar enterprises, ultimately learning long-valued, insider techniques. He finds employment in industries that train him to understand machines, products and marketing secrets, then applies his findings to his creations. In one back room, art lovers will discover two fuzzy, white, fabric-covered, 3-foothigh speakers that allow guests to interact with the art. Touch the “outreaching pipe” and sounds bellow from the speakers (Contreras worked at an enterprise that makes sound equipment). In the other room, squeezed-together aluminum shreds make up organic forms held up by steel and silver piping (he recuperated Page 20 • Thursday, NJanuary 14, 2009 • The SunPost •

all of the aluminum shredding that landed on the floor at another factory). There are very few examples of Contreras’ works in this show, fewer than a dozen, but a vast display of his works isn’t really necessary. In this exhibition, created after extensive research, his abstract and contemporary works include vinyl motifs, whirling patterns and geometrical structures composing harmonious forms and nontraditional shapes that invite the viewer to enjoy his computerized technology. Gordon-Wallace and Contreras agreed that each work displayed will make you appreciate that this man has paid his dues, both in schools and in the field. Behind each work on view, there are hundreds of prototypes that preceded these particular culminations. Expect future video, configurations and experimentation from this emerging young artist, with on-site installations, fun sculptural mixed-media patterns and noteworthy geometrical forms. Diaspora Vibe Gallery, 3938 N. Miami Ave., Design District, Miami; 305-573-4046.

Above: Another example of Contreras non-traditional shapes at Diaspora Vibe Gallery. Left: Artist Alejandro stands in-between two fuzzy covered speakers that create an interactive arts work at the Diaspora Vibe Gallery. Below: Vinyl motifs by Alejandro Contreras. • The SunPost • Thursday, January 14, 2009 • Page 21

Fashion COLUMN

From Fashion to Film Designer Tom Ford Brings His Brilliance to the Silver Screen By Jennifer Fragoso

For those who love all things Tom Ford, A Single Man, the film debut of the former creative director of Gucci and YSL, is a must-see. Adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel of the same title, the film has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and is garnering critical praise for Colin Firth’s portrayal of a man trying to make sense of life after the death of his longtime partner. A Single Man follows Firth’s character George Falconer, a British college professor, on a single day months after the untimely death of his longtime partner, Jim, played by Matthew Goode. Set in 1962 Los Angeles, during the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the film is meticulous in every way — much like Mr. Ford, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay with David Scearce. Each frame is the embodiment of perfection, carefully plotted, thought out and executed into a visual masterpiece in which Ford uses the lens to hone in on the beautiful complexities of the characters encountered throughout George’s day. Julianne Moore plays Charley, George’s longtime friend who tries to console the inconsolable George. Meanwhile the character of Kenny, a student of George’s played by Nicholas Hoult, seems to be everywhere George is during this difficult day. Visceral, dynamic and engaging are the words that spring to mind upon writing about the experience of seeing this film. A Single Man explores with poignant beauty and truth the highs and lows life can bring all in one day. Make sure you see this film and cheer Ford on this award season. For theater locations and show times, log on to

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