Amy Rosenberg's August Arts Recap
Amy Rosenberg is an attorney and arts and environmental advocate who founded the Arsht Center’s young patrons group and is the co-founder of the environmental non-profit organization Dream in Green. Amy is a member of Art Basel’s Junior Host Committee and sits on the boards of LegalArt, the Funding Arts Network, New World Symphony’s executive committee and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
The arts and events scene in Miami was a little slow in the month of August. It’s the calm before the storm, however, as Miami’s high season is just around the corner. There were a few fantastic events, though.
Punk legend Iggy Pop celebrated his 62nd birthday with double chocolate vegan cupcakes and live jellyfish projections courtesy of Morphologic at the Awarehouse in Wynwood. Boys and girls in mostly black drank Seven Tiki Spiced Rum and were treated to live performances by Awesome New Republic and the Jacuzzi Boys. Iggy happily took in the festivities in an upper deck VIP section. He rocked out sans shirt to renditions of his own songs. Sweat Records sold limited edition, exclusive Iggy t shirts.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami kicked off its 11th year of Optic Nerve, celebrating the innovative talents of South Florida artists. The fifteen films, all under five minutes, were chosen from an open call for submissions and represented a variety of genres in narrative and non-linear filmmaking, from comedy to abstract.
The Green Room Society presented the afterparty for the musical, The Harder They Come, the stage rendition of the 1972 movie starring Jimmy Cliff. The attendees sipped complimentary Heinekens and downed swoonworthy bread pudding in a rum kissed creme anglaise. Very few people could remain seated during the rollicking event in which the DJ offered up a brilliant selection of reggae hits.
For those who were seeking a mellower vibe, the Bass Museum offered up its Hot Nights and Cool Jazz series slash instant sanity restoration with the Fernando Ulibarri Quartet. (Free for members, $10 for nonmembers.) The audience was full of breathlessly romantic couples, young and old.
The Arsht Center presented the brilliant documentary, RiseUp, a journey into the heart of Jamaica’s underground music scene. The film, winner of the best music documentary at the AFI/Discovery Channel’s national documentary film festival, debuted to a packed audience. In the film, several unknown artists are profiled. Their stories were complicated, heartwrenching and often comical. Membership manager Esther Park led the Q and A with director (and University of Miami film graduate) Luciano Blotto following the screening.
Aaron Glickman is a creator/producer native to Miami. He has worked in South Florida media for the past 15 years documenting a regional transformation predicated on art and design. His digital media platform, www.Current.Miami, tells hyper-local stories through the use of video.
From 2007 to 2016, Aaron was the publisher of SocialMiami.com, a society-driven digital media platform. During that period, Aaron created content-driven strategies with many of the region’s most prestigious brands and institutions. He also served on boards and committees for several non-profits.
In 2017, Aaron produced and directed the feature-length documentary Miami Basel: Art’s Winter Playground. The film tells the story of Art Basel’s influence on Miami. Its world premiere in 2019 at the Miami Film Festival.
Prior to working in media, Aaron was a union stage actor. He studied Shakespeare in London and was a six-year member of Theatricum Botanicum, a classical theater company located in Topanga Canyon, California. In 2016, Aaron returned to the stage to tackle the role of Richard Sherman in “The Seven Year Itch” and is currently doing voice-over work for NBC.