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Pegasus World Cup Presents Race-Ready Fashion

The Pegasus World Cup has made another stylish statement. Neiman Marcus Bal Harbor with Shapoh hats held a fashion show that paired the luxe retailer’s clothes with the fancy fascinators, famous for their appearances at races around the world including the Royal Ascot Races in England. Founder Suzy Buckley Woodward emceed the fashion show with the PR maven and style sensation Hadley Henriette. Afterwards, guests – including Dana Shear, Nicole Lozano, Tara Solomon, Susanne Birbragher and Vanessa Menkes — could shop the looks as they were treated to (more) champagne, grilled vegetables, tuna tartare, beef sliders, a fresh cheese and crusty bread selection and a delectable dessert spread that few could resist.

YoungArts Foundation Raises $1.7 Million for Emerging Artists

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 11: Yolanda and Jeff Berkowitz attend National YoungArts Foundation Backyard Ball Performance And Gala 2020 on January 11, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for National YoungArts Foundation)

Over at the National YoungArts Foundation campus, it was an emotional, hardworking and ultra-glamourous week. Things started last Monday, with the beginning of the 2020 National YoungArts Week, for which the talented teens chosen in the national competition flew in from all over the country. At the campus, they worked with master teachers in their disciplines – literary, visual and performing arts – and presented at the New World Center to scores of supporters and fans. For a high school student, being chosen by YoungArts is the only route to becoming a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Nikki Simkins, Brett Graff, Erica Groussman

The week culminated at the YoungArts Backyard Ball, presented by Harry Winston, where the students received a standing ovation. The gala is among the country’s most coveted occasions, drawing the most esteemed philanthropists and celebrities including Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm, Sandra and Tony Tamer, Jay Franke and David Herro, Oxana and Steven Marks, Asha and Jamie Elias, Lisa Heiden-Koffler and Adam Koffler, Yolanda and Jeff Berkowitz, Carolyn and Alex Hurst, Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez, Ellie and Bruce Taub, Ana and Sean Wolfington, Norman and Irma Braman, Adriana Cisneros and Nick Griffin, Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne Bon Haes, Michael and Nikki Simkins and Erica and Mark Groussman. Meanwhile, gala sponsor and marketing powerhouse Jose Dans hosted a society table that seated lawyer Robert Einhorn, Hayley and Jeff Sloman, Daisy Olivera and  Bernard Garsen. Also at the event, major mover Jorge M. Pérez presented his namesake award to Ilana Harris-Babou, who won at 2009 award for visual arts, and Mateo Nava, who won in 2013 and is named a U.S. Presidential Scholar.

And coming up…….

Bar Behavior for a Good Cause

Tonight, it’s Grey Goose’s Great Bar Race at Ice Palace Film studios! It’s a series of challenges for some of the best local bartenders from local Miami hotspots including The Sylvester, Better Days, Sweet Liberty, Beaker & Grey, Mama Tried. From running through a field of swinging pendulums, to crossing a balance beam while carrying a tray of full drinks, the race requires bartenders from different bars to work together to cross the finish line. The platform launched at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans last summer and is continuing in cities across the country such as Chicago, NYC, and LA, to bring local bartenders together to celebrate their, often unrecognized, talent and expertise. The vodka brand Grey Goose is using the platform not just as a moment to engage bartenders in some fun and friendly competition, but as an opportunity to unite the industry in pursuit of a greater cause. Together with the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, Grey Goose is creating the Great Bar Grant to give back to organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion within their local communities. The grant recipient will be announced at the 2020 Tales of the Cocktail this summer.

Miami Improv Festival is being held this Thursday through Sunday

A Collection of Comics

It’s time for the 2020 Miami Improv Festival presented by Just The Funny Theater and Training Center on Coral Way. The four-day festival presents some of the country’s funniest improv troupes, as those winning the coveted performance slots come from the likes of Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland and New York. Improv is a series of scenes and games that are based on audience suggestions and if you think it looks like fun – and you will – sign up for one of the workshops running all weekend and led by the very same people who are on stage and seasoned at making people laugh.  Thursday, January 16 – Sunday, January 19, 2020, Just The Funny Theater & Training Center, 3120 Coral Way (2nd floor)

At Frost School of Music: Maria Schneider’s Artistic Director Debut

Maria Schneider (photo by Whit Lane)
In her 2020 concert debut as Artistic Director of the Frost School Director of the Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, NEA Jazz Master composer, arranger, bandleader, recipient of twelve Grammy nominations and five Grammy awards, Maria Schneider presents a program featuring three-time Grammy nominee saxophonist Donny McCaslin. The highly anticipated performance will take place Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the 600-seat UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall.

“We are truly excited to present Maria in concert with the HMI Orchestra to our audience. She is brilliant and captivating, and working with the orchestra has been a true inspiration for our students,” stated Stephen James Guerra, Managing Director of the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. “This is a dream come true and the South Florida community is in for a real treat!”

Schneider has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization crossing musical genres with a focus on jazz and classical.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly hihlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide. She herself has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries. Saturday, January 25, 1314 UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, Miller Drive on the Coral Gables campus.  Tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased online at  or by calling 305-284-2400, or via email






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