Amy Rosenberg's June 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.
Garden parties are always lovely but are more so when they take place in a little-known bohemian setting right off bustling Lincoln Road. The Arsht Center’s Green Room Society members were treated to just such a magical experience during the presentation of Saving the Planet with Style at the adorably chic Stay at Lincoln. Guests sipped 42 Below cocktails and had the chance to shop for enviro-friendly swimwear and jewelry.
Fuerza Bruta (“Brute Force” in Spanish), rocketed into the Adrienne Arsht Center as a pulsating often trippy spectacle to behold. It isn’t often that a production has nearly all of the audience jumping up and down, greedily fingering the props and dripping wet. The show, part theater experience, part rave is from the creators of “De La Guarda.” It scored highest amongst the ranks of those who enjoy Club Space but also seemed to go over well amongst those well-under forty who attend traditional theater. Guests entered the Center through the raw, gritty loading dock and passed food and drink stations that showcased Barton G’s signature nitrogen cocktails and oblong burgers served on sticks.
The audience stands during the entire production of Fuerza Bruta and the characters never utter a line. The show’s central figure, a man in a Tom Wolfe white suit, walks and then runs Carl Lewis-style upon a gigantic treadmill in the middle of the audience. The audience cheers for him as he smashes through cardboard walls and avoids desks and chairs being thrust upon the treadmill by stagehands. Throbbing techno music and smoke machines take the place of plot and character development in this postmodern theater production. See the Arsht Center’s summer schedule.
Cookbook author and Miami Herald columnist Linda Gassenheimer invited yours truly into the WLRN studio for a taping of her beloved food show featuring wine god Fred Tasker and Joanne Caras, author of the book The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook. The author of the book set out to collect recipes and stories handed down by Holocaust survivors from around the world. This poignant,remarkable book celebrates food as nourishment and evocative memory. All proceeds go to charity.
The twenty thousand square foot new luxury fashion boutique the Webster, celebrated the launch of “Page Six” Editor Paula Froelich’s new novel, Mercury in Retrograde. The dishy, fun novel, which has made the New York Times Best Seller List, introduces the reader to three Manhattan women who are all at low points in their lives. The event was an intimate gathering of couture-wearing Froelich supporters. Kaviar Kaspia provided the decadent nibbles.
Venues around town sprang into action and offered the public a means to celebrate and grieve for pop icon Michael Jackson. Max Pierre held a touching tribute to MJ in his AE District space in the Design District. AE is a carvernous warehouse that manages to still be a warm, inviting space with a mission of provoking thought and inspiring community. MJ devotees grooved to Michael’s greatest hits and shared touching memories of the King of Pop.
The historic Miami Women’s Club, a gem of a building just north of downtown Miami, kicked off a Hard Hat Party and reception to benefit its restoration fund. The 1925 Medieval Revival style structure wraps around a central courtyard overlooking Biscayne Bay and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Lovables and the Doubletree Grand provided the scrumptious catering. Dolomite Smithers laid down the beats.
Until next time…