05/09/2011 § Leave a comment

SO WHAT’S GOING ON IN ART AND DESIGN THIS MONTH? First of all, May is Miami Museum Month! The deal is you buy one ticket and get another free (for your buddy, date, lover, sister, grandma, etc.) and if you join one museum you join them all (for this month only of course).

There are plenty of intriguing lectures lined up like the MDPL‘s series on historic green buildings and the Coral Gables Museum’s feature on the work of Cezanne. If you’re in the mood to get those fingers wet the Bass Museum offers awesome Saturday classes! This month’s classes focus on drawing from the masters and watercolor. If you really want to dedicate your time to expressing that creativity MOCA and the Miami Beach Art Center offer an array of them from figure drawing to printmaking.

And for those of you who are really in it for the fun, there’ll be plenty of that too: May 6th is the Miami AIA‘s yearly golf tournament and every Friday the Bass Museum is hosting happy hours with complimentary cocktails and beats by Desiree .

* May 2 – The Floating Stage at the Miami Marine Stadium Awards Ceremony

Join The Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium, DawnTown, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Dade Heritage Trust, and the AIA Chapter of Miami, for an evening on Key Biscayne where they will present unique and inventive design ideas for The Floating Stage at Miami Marine Stadium 2011 DawnTown Competition Awards Ceremony.

Ceremony is to take place at The Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.  5:30 – 6:30pm – Cocktail hour, cash bar, entries displayed 6:30 – 7:30pm – 3 Course Dinner @ $30.00 a seat 7:30 – 9:00pm – Awards Ceremony Presentation Tickets for the event must be purchased by April 25th.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the Dade Heritage Trust at 305.358.9572

* May 6 – 18th Annual AIA Miami Golf Tournament

@ the Melreese Country Club

It’ll be a great day of golf, networking and refreshments followed by a banquet dinner with prizes and awards. Sponsorship opportunities. Please call the AIA Miami office for more information 305.448.7488

* May 6 – Beats After Sunset

Friday, 8:00 – 10:00 pm @ the Bass Art Museum

The Bass Museum’s First Friday Happy Hour! A new exhibition will be on view so you’ll have the opportunity to glance over the new pieces.

* free to members!
* cost of museum admission for non-members $8
* complimentary mixologist and magners irish cider (21+)
* beats by desiree

for more info
call: 305.673.7530 x1001

* May 7 – Designed for Learning

10:30 am @ the Wolfsonian

Do the buildings where learning takes place matter as much as the teachers in them? Can a “smartly” designed building improve students’ education? Join Jos Boys, PhD, senior research fellow in Learning Spaces at the University of Brighton, UK, and Anne P. Taylor, PhD, Hon. AIA, ACSA distinguished professor and regents professor in the School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico, for a discussion addressing the relationships between learning and the spaces in which it takes place. Reception and book signing with Anne Taylor and Jos Boys to follow in The Dynamo Museum Shop. Co-presented with Architecture Club– AIA Miami. CEU credits available. Free.

* May 7 – Pablo Cano: The Seven Wonders of the Modern World

4:00 pm @ the MOCA

Advance Ticket Purchase Required.
Members $10,  Non-members $15: Children under 12: $3

* May 7 – Art Center’s Annual Raffle Fundraiser

7:00 – 10:00 PM @ the Art Center on Lincoln Road

ArtCenter’s annual raffle fundraiser, Winning Art!, features 40 works of ArtCenter/ South Florida resident artists. Join us for our annual benefit raffle exhibit, Winning Art!, a show where our talented artists-in-residence created special art just for you. Explore the visual variety of the artists that make ArtCenter/ South Florida and purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win a unique piece of art. Celebrate with us on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 7 – 10 p.m. for an evening of music, fabulous fare, complimentary cocktails, a silent auction and raffle drawing for over 40 winners! Purchase your raffle ticket today for only $10. Artwork is on view from April 8 to May 8, 2011 at the ArtCenter Gallery located at 800 Lincoln Road. Winning Art! On View / April 8 to May 8, 2011. Annual Benefit Raffle Drawing & Closing Reception: Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 7 – 10 p.m.
*A minimum donation of $10 to the ArtCenter or a purchase of (one) raffle ticket will admit you into the closing reception on May 7, 2011.  If you already purchased a raffle ticket prior to the closing reception, bring your ticket stub to gain admittance into the event.

* May 11 – Revit Architecture Course (Earn 24 CEUs)

Revit Architecture three day course taught by Digital Drafting Systems will be held at the AIA Miami Chapter office, 275 University Drive. Coral Gables. Registration limited to 8 students, first six students laptop is included. RSVP required. Please call the AIA Miami office for more information 305.448.7488

* May 12 – En Route Pour AixEnProvence

3:00 – 5:00 PM @ the Lowe Art Museum

A lecture by featured artist Alice Goldhagen about her work. $5 admission. Free for Museum members.

* May 14 – Basslab for Emerging Artists Drawing from Art History – Techniques of the Masters

Saturday 2-4pm @ the Bass Museum of Art

basslab for emerging artists: finding your own style and language of expression
this week: drawing from art history- techniques of the masters

work with instructor to improve your art skills and develop ideas that will define your personal creativity. classes are open to students at any skill level, ages 13 through adult. class size is limited. advance registration is recommended.

to register or for more information call 305-673-7530 x1001

members and basspass members: $10
non-members: $15

* May 15 – MAM’s “Regarding Nature” Gallery Tours

2:00 – 3:00 pm @ the MAM

Miami Art Museum will offer docent-led tours of “The Wilderness” and “Anchor Gallery: Mark Dion” every first and third Sunday at 2pm. Visitors will explore the boundaries between tamed and untamed nature as well as human attempts to control the South Florida ecosystem. Tours are free with museum admission. For more information, contact or 305.375.4073.

* May 16 – Sister Cities International Young Artist Showcase

Opening Reception Monday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm @ the MDPL
Exhibit Tuesday, May 17th – Friday, May 27th 9:30 – 5:00 PM
Since 1988, the Sister Cities International Young Artists Showcase has encouraged youth from around the globe to consider the honorable mission of Sister Cities International and express their interpretation of that mission promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, cooperation through one individual, one community at a time. Hundreds of artists have shared their talent with the sister cities community over the past 20 years
Goals: Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. We strive to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.

* May 18 – International Museum Day

12:00 – 5:00 pm @ the Bass Museum of Art

* May 19 – Cezanne’s Trail

7:00 PM @ the Coral Gables Museum

A lecture by Alice Goldhagen on the life and work of French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, resident of Aix-en- Provence, sister city to Coral Gables.$5 admission. Free for Museum members.

* May 19 – MDPL Lecture Series: Green Historic Buildings

Thursday, 7:00 PM @ the Art Deco Welcome Center

The lecture series outlines how preservation and the green revolution are coming together to revitalize Miami Beach’s historic properties. This month, Ira Giller, president of Giller & Giller Architects, and Patricia Calasich, LEED AP (Accredited Professional) and president of Altiva Architecture, speak on “Case Studies of The Villa Maria Housing Project & The Waldorf Hotel. Selecting Green Building Materials for Historic Structures”

* May 21 – Wine Wander Wonder Tour & Discussion of Apulian Vases

3:00 – 5:00 pm @ the Bass Museum of Art

members and basspass members: free
non-members: cost of museum admission
$8 | $6 students & seniors

For registration/info call 305.673.7530 x1001 or email:

* May 25 – Arts for All: Wangetchi Mutu Collaged Figures

7:00 pm @ the MOCA

RSVP suggested. Members,$10, Non-members $15 Students with ID $3

* May 28 – Basslab for Emerging Artists Watercolor Techniques

Saturday 2-4pm @ the Bass Museum of Art

basslab for emerging artists: finding your own style and language of expression
this week: watercolor techniques

work with instructor to improve your art skills and develop ideas that will define your personal creativity. classes are open to students at any skill level, ages 13 through adult. class size is limited. advance registration is recommended.

to register or for more information call 305-673-7530 x1001

members and basspass members: $10
non-members: $15

*Miami Museum Month *

BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE — During May, all visitors and locals will be offered “Buy One, Get One Free” admission at participating museums.

JOIN ONE, SEE THEM ALL — During this month-long program, membership at any one of these participating museums will work as a free pass to any of the other museums.

Whether you just joined or have been a member for years, this is an incredible opportunity to museum hop and experience the Miami cultural scene. The cultural scene in Greater Miami and the Beaches is unique and diverse. During May, celebrate Miami Museum Month. This is an incredible opportunity to experience the area’s inspiring museums.

Participating Museums:

¤ Ancient Spanish Monastery
¤ Art Center/South Florida
¤ Bass Museum of Art
¤ Black Police Precinct & Court House Museum
¤ Coral Gables Merrick House
¤ Coral Gables Museum
¤ The Haitian Heritage Museum
¤ HistoryMiami
¤ Jewish Museum of Florida
¤ Lowe Art Museum
¤ Miami Art Museum
¤ Miami Children’s Museum
¤ Miami Science Museum
¤ Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
¤ The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
¤ Wings Over Miami Air Museum
¤ The Wolfsonian—FIU

Miami’s Local Music Scene

03/21/2011 § Leave a comment

It used to be that Miami had very limited options for true music lovers looking for a good time.

Electric Pickle (c) The Miami Hurricane

Most of what was available were the numerous nightclubs in Downtown & SoBe, bars in the Grove and happy hour in the Gables. The problem was that most of these venues played only electronic, hip hop or latin influenced music.

That all began to change with the digitalization of the music industry. In the past few years artists of all shapes and sizes have been touring more frequently because of large falls in sales caused by illegal music downloads made widely available through the internet. Even for those who still buy music the fact that they can buy songs individually without having to buy the whole album (like in the heyday of CDs) put a big dent on overall sales.

$0.99 per song vs. $15.00 per album?  Great for us, sucks for them.

To make up for this, artists are performing in cities where they didn’t used go to before because they didn’t really have to. Now we can locally get a good taste of genres that just weren’t as readily available before like folk, alternative rock, funk, classic rock, and electro-indie.

Keeping up with this growing trend in demand we have seen a fortunate jolt in the uprising of  raw live music venues around Miami. Finally there are so many shows in town that it’s hard to keep up!

By: Ana Paula Bastos

The following are some of the great venues where you can catch a great show or on regular days enjoy something a bit out of the ordinary:

1. Bardot

(c) VPS Photography

French speakeasy vibe. Pool table. Intimate.

3456 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood Area

2. Tobacco Road

Miami’s oldest bar, open since the early 1900’s. Grab a beer and burger while catching a live show in the outdoor patio or in the upstairs room.

626 South Miami Avenue, Brickell Area

3. Electric Pickle

Chill in their backyard or dance til the weee hours in their newly renovated upstairs room.

2826 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood Area

4. The Vagabond

Aweeesome patio- wanna hot-dog? got it. Wanna lounge on a daybed for freeee? got it. Want some MJ and Clash? got iiiiiit.

30 Northeast 14th Street, Wynwood Area

5. Bar

No Cover. No Hassle. They’ve got a pool table and board games, and picnic tables out back and new artist installations every few months.

28 NE 14 Street, Wynwood Area

6. Bougainvillea’s

Is this Miami? Feels like we’re in the Caroliiiinas. Cozy cottage, poker night on Mondays.

7221 Southwest 58th Avenue, South Miami Area


* * * TALK TO US: What are your  favorite music spots in Miami?



03/20/2011 § Leave a comment

IN TOWN: Miami Food Truck Frenzy

03/18/2011 § Leave a comment

So over the past year the West Coast Food Truck Frenzy has made its way into the streets of Miami. Originating from the numerous loncheras that served typical Mexican dishes in Southern California, the food trucks expanded the concept by creating mini gourmet restaurants on wheels that serve very affordable meals at street food prices. The idea exploded and now they can be seen all over town!

Track the Miami Food Trucks on their facebook page to get a taste of the commotion!

Big names in Miami’s Gourmet Truck scene:


Prices: $3 – $5

Not sure if your craving Burgers or Mexican, well not both at the same time! Thats right Miami foodies, you can get Latin Burger Truck’s gourmet fusion of Mexican and American flavors in a big juicy burger.

Latin Burger Truck $3 – 5


Prices: $7 +

Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers is a mobile food truck serving the Miami-Dade Metropolitan area of south eastern Florida.  The signature food items are, the original Ensenada-style Fish Tacos and the All-American Burger.

Jefe’s Original – Fish Tacos & Burgers $7+


Prices: $3 – $5

Mmm craving some gourmet American favorites. Well gastroPod has them all, like Sloppy Joe’s (Sloppy Jose), Hot Dogs (Dirty Dawgs) and Burgers. Wanna find gastroPod its not hard just look for their bright and shiny Airstream.



Prices: $1 – $6

The mobile menu will include the best old school eats from Sakaya Kitchen and the popular “Dim Ssam Sundays” brunch. Dim Ssäm à gogo will also use natural beef, poultry and pork, organic dairy and support local farmers like Swank.Dim Ssäm à gogo will hit the streets for lunch, dinner & for late night party goers.

Dim ssam a gogo

Along with many others…

What do you say locals?

Which are your favorite trucks?

Favorite item on the menu?

I want some recommendations!

LOCAL: Miami Green Expo 3/3 – 3/4

03/04/2011 § Leave a comment

So it appears that our town wants to go green after all! For all those lucky guys living the green dream in the West Coast – wait for us! We’re trying to catch up!

To get the news on all the latest products and innovations in sustainable design don’t miss the Mia Green Expo and Conference being held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from 3/3 (yesterday) to 3/4 (today)!

What you can expect:

Hall with thousands of Green Products & Services
Featured Opening Sessions
50+ US & International Top Speakers on:
– Designing & Building Greener Americas
– How to Be Green and Be Profitable
– Policies, Certifications & Benefits
– It’s All About Energy
– Impacting the Environment
Special track: Innovative Green Products & Technology
“Succeeding as a LEED Professional” (8 GBCI & AIA CEU)
“LEED Green Associate Training & Exam Prep” (8 AIA CEU)
Special session “Adopt, Adapt or Discard LEED in your
Country: A Latin American & Caribbean Challenge”
US Dept. of Energy special program
(by invitation/reg via DOE)
Cocktail Reception

It’s only $30 for a 1 – day pass!

+ $70 for an educational session

+ $40 for the cocktail reception where you get to mingle with like-minded tree-huggers!

For more info click here!

HD Boutique Miami

09/11/2010 § Leave a comment

September 14 – 15th, 2010

This Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14th and 15th the Miami Beach Convention Center will be hosting the HD Boutique tradeshow. Here the best, newest and most innovative products of hospitality design will be showcased to those in the “biz”. The exhibitors range from the largest manufacturers to the most individual and unique fabricators. The point is to get those designers’ juices flowing and bursting with inspiration to fill our restaurants, lounges, hotels, and spas with the best and most captivating designs.

I can’t wait!


Glenn Pushelberg

tuesday, 1:00 -2:00 pm KEYNOTE SPEAKER, “Glenn Pushelberg in conversation”

tuesday, 6:00-8:00 pm PARTY BY THE PALMS, networking event


Arteriors Home



Janus et Cie

Jonathan Adler


– Karim Rashid

Maya Romanoff

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Phillip Jeffries

Williams Sonoma

– etc.

For a full list of Exhibitors, Conference Schedule and Registration:

MIAMI i want your SPICE 2010:

07/24/2010 § Leave a comment

August 1 – September 30

Alright so all you big culinary fans, have you been meaning to check out the “fine dining” scene in Miami but just don’t want to commit to the prices without having tried the goods? Well….. Months of August + September in Miami are MIAMI SPICE.

Here’s the deal: For the next two months the best restaurants in town will conjure up their newest and freshest delicacies in a three-course prix fixe meal ($22 Lunch, $35 Dinner) to allow diners to sample the restaurant’s cuisine at a more comfortable rate. Some of the top names offering this promotion?

♣Mr. Chow @ The W South Beach

2201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 695-1695

View Dinner Menu


♦Gotham Steak @ The Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Phone: (305) 674-4780

View Dinner Menu


♥ Sra. Martinez @ the Design District

4000 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
Phone: (305) 573-5474

View Dinner Menu

I had the pleasure to dine at Sra. Martinez and try several of their delicious tapas. Definitely looking forward to trying their concoctions for these upcoming months.


♣Il Mulino New York @ Acqualina Resort & Spa

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
17875 Collins Ave.
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Phone: (305) 466-9191

This February I tried the Il Mulino in Aspen and ended up going back 3-4 times in the 1 week I spent there. The service was friendly and meticulous, the dishes were authentic though distinct in flavor while the execution of everything from the bread to the dessert was ridiculously on point. In other words, everything was perfect – every time. Phenomenal Italian.



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