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only in south beach: winter party festival

photo by: Vincent & Bella Productions

What began in 1994 as a one-time charity dance, Winter Party Festival has become a week-long event of events benefiting the LGBT community nationally and locally—and it starts today in South Beach.

All this week, March 2-7th, besides DJ dance parties on the beach, DJ dance parties poolside, and DJ dance parties at the hottest spots in town—don’t miss the film retrospective, comedy festival, art exhibit and walking tour of South Beach starting at the Art Deco Welcome Center. Go here for all the details.

Besides having a memorable week, one-third of the proceeds support the efforts of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to take action, build power and create change for LGBT individuals; and the balance benefits local nonprofit organizations. Since 2005, the Task Force has donated almost one million dollars to the GLBT Community Projects Fund of the Miami Foundation (formerly Dade Community Foundation).

Thanks to tameeka, store manager south beach, for this submission.


wine & food festival: south beach 

photo by: alexdecarvalho What: Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival
When: February 25-27, 2011
Where: South Beach Miami

Don’t miss this foodies!

Who wouldn’t want to work this festival with Miami’s sunny skies…endless beaches…hip hotels… Which might be why you’ll find Bobby Flay, Duff Goldman, Anne Burrell, Sunny Anderson, Aarti Sequeira—and Paula Deen who’ll be cooking up a Sunday Gospel brunch.

Thanks to tameeka, store manager south beach, for this submission.


rafael soriano exhibit: miami

photo by: Milosz1What: Rafael Soriano: Some Thoughts on His Painting
When: Friday, January 28, 7-10pm
Where: The Storer Auditorium, Universtiy of Miami School of Business
There is a $10 fee but the lecture is free to Lowe members.

What: Rafael Soriano: Other Worlds Within, a Sixty Year Retrospective
When: January 29 thru March 27, 2011
Where: Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami

Miami resident Rafael Soriano is one of the most recognized painters of not only Cuba, but also of Latin American modernists. His abstract works poetically combine light and shadows, form and space, to spark the curiosity of our unconscious minds.

Born in 1920 in Cidra, Cuba, Soriano expressed an early inclination for painting and completed his studies at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, San Alejandro.

His resume includes a degree in 1943 as Professor of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture and as a visual arts teacher for almost 20 years near his home town. He was one of the founders, and later Director, of the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Matanzas, with a reputation as the most important art school in Cuba outside of Havana.

Exhibits of Soriano’s work began in Cuba as early as 1947 and didn’t seem to skip a beat when he went into exile with his family in 1962 and settled in Miami. This latest is a broad retrospective as the former U of M teacher exhibits 60 years worth of his life’s work.



In our neighborhood, Morgans is the creation of Barclay Graebner—who opened her first place in SoBe, Blu Dog Bakery, at the age of 19.

She’s also formed a food cooperative for vegans and vegetarians and at the same time discovered a 1930’s breezy duplex in the Wynwood district which became home to Morgans, specializing in modern, home-style comfort food. mmm mm!

Thanks to tameeka, store manager south beach miami, for this submission.


our neighborhoods: sobe

Since 1870 when 165 acres sold for 75¢/acre to grow cocoanuts, or when a plot of land was deeded to anyone willing to build a home on it in 1916, South Beach hasn’t changed so much as it’s evolved. In the southernmost section of Miami Beach and bordered on the north end by Indian Creek and Dade Boulevard, SoBe is rich with living history.

In the early 1900s, a 12-hour overnight cruise to Havana could be booked for as little as $2.00 one-way. Residents and developers brought back the Latin flavor to cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants, casinos— all of the above, combined with a carnival spirit, earned Miami the title ‘The American Riviera’ and Lincoln Road became known as the ‘Fifth Avenue of the South’.

photo courtesy of: phillip pessarConsidering its link with the past and present, time capsules seem fitting for SoBe. So to mark the world premiere of “The Glenn Miller Story” —which opened in 3 theatres including the Miracle—it’s rumored one was buried as a publicity stunt by the lead actor, Jimmy Stewart, in front of a theatre on Lincoln Road.

And this past December during Art Basel, guests were invited to share anything reflecting Miami Beach life—from photos to original works of art, vintage menus or classic souvenirs—for the The Time Capsule 2029 project.

Not only did Miami Vice give us Don Johnson’s memorable fashion trends, it’s somewhat credited with a revitalization of the Art Deco area having been filmed on-location in the late 80s. Today the neighborhood’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America.

It all started in the early 30s when Brooklyn educated architect Henry Hohauser, best known for his work in the Nautical Moderne style, became one of the most prominent architects in the area. Strongly influenced by the 1933 World’s Fair and the Chrysler Building, some of his projects included the Cordozo, Colony, Century, Park Central and Essex House hotels.

photo courtesy of: phillip pessar photo courtesy of: totalAldophoto courtesy of: schuey

photo courtesy of: marcin wichary

In 1964 Jackie Gleason moved his television show to 1700 Washington Avenue and every week the show opened with these now famous words: “From the sun and fun capital of the world, Miami Beach, it’s The Jackie Gleason Show!”. For over 50 years The Jackie Gleason Theater has been a performance hall for contemporary entertainers and its Broadway series, and home to the city ballet— it even features a “walk of stars” outside the box office.

SoBe is famous for attracting sun-worshipers from all over the world and nightlife that’s a mix of Spanish, Cuban—and Hollywood. For today’s cuisine, check out Doraku Sushi and Ice Box Cafe where they serve on CB2 dinnerware.