The Edit by Brett Graff
A snapshot of Miami during quarantine
Arts Philanthropist Gives Again
Adrienne Arsht — the philanthropist who in 2008 rescued Miami’s Performing Arts Center with a $30 million donation – has pledged $5 million to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, reported the Miami Herald. The gift will be used to boost livestream programming for and ensure a fully paid internship program starting in spring 2021.
“What I want people to take from this is to fund an intern somewhere, fund two if you can, fund more,” Arsht told the Herald’s Yadira Lopez. “Every person who can now be paid is one person who is a step up they wouldn’t otherwise have had.”
Most museum internships are unpaid, reports Lopez, and that creates barriers for low-income students and people of color who may not be able to afford to intern for free.
Arsht is a prominent supporter of arts institutions across the country. In addition to funding Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami Dade County, she serves on the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Preforming Arts in Washington DC., is a member of the board of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Atlantic Council, the Trustees Council of the National Gallery of Art, Blair House Restoration Fund. She is a member of the Fine Arts Committee of the U.S. State Department, the Council on Foreign Relations and is former president of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation.
English Eats in Mary Brickell Village
Award-winning British Chef Justin Brown – having worked at The Landmark London Montes with Jamie Oliver in Knightsbridge– has opened “The Chippy,” a pop-up at Balan’s Bar & Brasserie in Mary Brickell Village. The TK is serving classic English dishes such as fish and chips – his signature dish of either haddock or cod cooked with homemade beer batter and served with lemon and fries. There’s also Meat & Chips option including battered proper pork sausage, battered Bell & Evans Chicken Strops or an 8 ounce Wagyu Cheeseburger salad served with tomato and red onion. Homemade sides include curry sauce, gravy, tartare sauce, mushy peas, and pickled egg while desserts included Battered Mars Bar, Battered Snickers or Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce. The Chippy pop-up at Balan’s Bar & Brasserie is located at 901 South Miami Ave in Mary Brickell Village.
The (Miami) HEAT of the Elections
The Miami Heat has petitioned the city of Miami to use the AmericanAirlines Arena as a voting site for the upcoming elections, The Miami Herald reported.
“We think it would be terrific for the city, for our community,” HEAT coach Erik Spoelstra told the Herald’s Anthony Chiang. “There at the arena, we think we would be able to make it safe. We would be able to follow all the health protocols. It could be extremely efficient. It would be fantastic for the city and we’re pushing for it. Really, the ball is in their court right now. We want to make it happen and that’s really something that we hope we can get done.”
Rum for Summer
This week we get to celebrate national rum day, which is an excellent reason to not only drink rum but to dress it up. Ron Barcello was founded in 1930 in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and after gaining popularity there, eventually became the No. 1 exported dark rum in the world, available now in 70 countries. The brand says it’s got a characteristic smooth round taste because it’s manufactured directly from sugar cane juice.
1.5 oz Ron Barceló Dark Series
1 oz Aloe Vera Juice
½ oz fresh cucumber water
4 slices muddled cucumber
Add all ingredients and shake well
Garnish with a cucumber slices or peel
Brett Graff is SocialMiami.com’s managing editor and has been a journalist covering money, people and power for over 20 years. Graff contributes to national media outlets including Reuters, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, and the PBS show, Nightly Business Report. A former U.S. government economist, her nationally syndicated column The Home Economist is first published in The Miami Herald and then on the Tribune Content Agency, where it’s available to over 400 publications nationwide. She is broadcast weekly on two iHeartRadio news shows and is the author of “Not Buying It: Stop Overspending & Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids,” a parenting guide for people who might be tempted to buy their children the very obstacles they’re trying to avoid.