South Florida Distillers shook things up at “Art of Rum” during the FAT Village Art Walk. More than 400 guests celebrated with FWAYGO Rum cocktails, crafted by 10 local mixologists and inspired by 10 artists’ original work. Guests sampled the art-inspired cocktails, purchased art and enjoyed musical entertainment by Carly Jo Jackson. Watch for more events hosted by South Florida Distillers that combine artworks and local bars and restaurants.
Technology and media converged at The LAB Miami to discuss the impact of technology on consumer behavior, as part of a forward-thinking new series called Havas Futures. Sponsored by Havas Media International Miami, in partnership with The Knight Foundation, the inaugural series aims at bridging the gap between media, brands and technology in Miami by connecting startups with influential media partners and publishers through a series of events. Four startups presented a five-minute pitch to guests, who also enjoyed a Wynwood Brewery beer tasting and music by indie-funk band Magic City Hippies. Pictured: Mónica Cruz, Ricardo Mesquita, Natalia Vasco, Mary Redondo and Local Measure.
Hot fashion label Creatures of the Wind made its South Florida debut with a lunch for Miami's fashion influencers at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park. Hosted by 2014 CFDA Swarovski Award winners, Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, the two Creatures of the Wind designers gave guests a first look at the Resort and Pre-Fall 2016 collections, which featured ‘50s and ‘60s inspired cuts, crisp denim, sophisticated coats, crushed fabrics with tulle and eccentric patterns. Luncheon guests included Norma Quintero; Browyn Miller; Swanee DiMare; Elysze Held; Irene Korge; Yolanda Berkowtiz; Maria Berguiristain; Dana Shear; and Hugo Monge and Stephen Brunelle, both of Neiman Marcus.
Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón was appointed Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Morocco for the state of Florida by His Excellency Rachad Bouhlal, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States, during a special ceremony Tuesday at Tuyo, the award-winning restaurant located on the top floor of MDC’s Miami Culinary Institute.
To celebrate the New Year, El Tucán presented the rhythm of Cuba, hosting an historic performance by the world’s most famous cabaret El Tropicana de Cuba. Dancers, in their extravagant headdresses and costumes, took the stage alongside Grammy Award-winning Marlow Rosado and El Tucán’s 11-piece house band. Brought to Miami by nightlife impresarios Mathieu Massa and Michael Ridard, the New Year's show was a blast from Cuba’s sparkling past. It marked the first performance of the Tropicana dancers in the United States in 32 long years.
One of the world’s largest traveling art and music tours returned to Miami. Presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Gentleman Jack, Art Beats and Lyrics combines an affinity for urban contemporary art with hip-hop, to create a truly one of a kind experience merging the two. Mystikal performs here for a packed house.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) presented the Miami debut of Body/Head, an electric guitar duo comprised of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, culminating the museum’s first annual fundraiser presented by Cartier. The event took place at the museum’s temporary campus in the landmark Moore Building, with a blow-out party inside the museum. Proceeds support ICA Miami’s mission to provide a public platform for the most innovative art of our time. Pictured: Craig Robins, Jackie Soffer, Ximena Caminos and Alan Faena.
Former Miami HEAT star Shane Battier was the special guest at the Shops at Merrick Park at a holiday event held in collaboration with the Battier Take Charge Foundation. The organization provides resources for the development and education of underprivileged youth, including scholarships to first-generation college students. Guests enjoyed live entertainment by the Coral Gables Senior High School Choir, the Miami Royal Ballet and DJ Risi. Families captured memories in photo booths, got creative at Pottery Barn Kids’ cookie decorating station and took advantage of retailer discounts and giveaways. With a nod toward the holidays, Santa Claus put in an appearance, and Toys for Tots was on hand, accepting gifts to help bring holiday cheer to those less fortunate.
At YoungArts recent Salon, American hip hop pioneer, visual artist and filmmaker Fab 5 Freddy shared thoughts about the progression of hip-hop, visual arts and culture with YoungArts alumnus James Allister Sprang. Fab was one of the first Graffiti artists to exhibit his paintings internationally and was key in getting the art world to realize that New York graffiti was spawning an art movement that would eventually give birth to street art. A true multidisciplinary artist, Fab also produced rap videos for artists including Queen Latifah, KRS-One and Shabba Ranks, and hosting Yo! MTV Raps, an assignment that established his image as one of the godfathers of the hip-hop scene.
Plaza Health Network hosted its annual Women of Distinction and Caring where five women leaders were honored for their contributions to the South Florida community. Pictured: Toby Ansin, Marile Lopez, Trish Bell and Dr. Ora Strickland. Also honored but not pictured: Roberta Chaplin.
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