Doctors Hospital Whimsical Wonderland Ball Kickoff

Signature annual event kicks off at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables

A group of executives from Doctors Hospital, community leaders and sponsors came together at Neiman Marcus at the Village of Merrick Park. On this occasion the countdown began towards the third annual Doctors Hospital gala titled Whimsical Wonderland Ball. The theme this year was inspired by the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. This years fundraising efforts have been designated to benefit the expansion and remodeling of the Doctors Hospital Operating Room. The newly designed surgical unit will provide the same level of excellence it has been known for with the latest technological advances in surgery

Pictured: Jorge Bird Pico, Ilien Hechtman, ball chair with Esmerelda Serrame from Rene Ruiz

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VIDEO: In Process – Pablo Antonio Alvarez

Cuban-born artist Pablo Antonio Alvarez didn’t start off as an artist. Following a series of shoulder injuries that kept him at home, the New World School of the Arts graduate began drawing. The drawing eventually led to sculpture.

Alvarez is currently a resident artist downtown at the Wahab Construction headquarters. Rather than leasing the extra space in his building, Walid Wahab converted the bottom portion of his building into artists’ studios, and with the help of New World School of the Arts faculty, Wahab populates the space with recent graduates.

Alvarez’s sculptures mimic humans or animals. The skeletal units are made from plumbing pipes and wood and various other materials to create the stuffing. He then layers the skeletal unit with thick rope and nails. The process takes weeks.

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FGO Presents Tosca to a Modern Audience

Florida Grand Opera is performing for two weeks “Tosca,” a psychological drama titled for the last name of its star Floria, who fights to save her lover. The story – packed with murder, lust and suicide – has a tragic ending but for the Florida Grand Opera, the future appears full of great promise.

Consider that “Tosca” – one of the world’s most frequently performed lyrical productions – opened this week not only to great fanfare and gushing reviews. But, thanks to FGO’s fresh leadership and its innovative performance concepts (think: opera in a South Beach bar,) FGO also lifted its curtains to a more modern audience. It’s a crowd that included the traditional opera aficionados, sure, but also professionals in search of expanding cultural experiences and parents seeking fine arts exposure for their children.

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