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The Phantom of the Opera!

unnamedThe Phantom of the Opera haunts the Broward Center of the Performing Arts and wants things his way or no way! Presented by Bank of America Broadway in Fort Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association, this dazzling production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 classic is a new production by Cameron Mackintosh who brings the United Kingdom critically acclaimed sold-out tour to Fort Lauderdale.

The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most adored musicals of all time, tells the story of an opera singer (Christine) who is kidnapped by The Phantom, who from the moment he hears her ravishing voice,  (more…)

Art Basel Miami 2014!

FullSizeRender-6South Florida! Art Basel week heads back to Miami as thousands and thousands of pieces of artwork are displayed throughout South Beach, Midtown, Wynwood, and other surrounding Miami areas. Get your Basel on in the Magic City and enjoy art fairs, parties, and events going on December 2 – 7, 2014.

FullSizeRender-5Visit leading galleries from across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa as renowned artists exhibit their mastery of modern and contemporary art. Furthermore, you’ll be able to fascinate over some of today’s up-and-coming artists. Admire and even purchase beautiful paintings, sculptures, films, drawings, and installations as they dilate your eyes to the marvels of human creativity.

During Art Basel week in Miami, South Florida becomes a canvas. Indulge yourself into a week of intense and orgasmic eye candy that only true art lovers can appreciate.

Check out our 2013 Art Basel Miami video coverage and click here for photos. Also, take a look below at a listing of several art fairs and exhibitions you should definitely check out this year. (more…)

2014 John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off

Screen-Shot-2014-11-19-at-10.26.50-AMMiami Dolphin football fans from across South Florida rallied and gave an entire new meaning to tailgating at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater for the 2014 John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine, & Tailgate Festival! This is an event where celebrities, competition, and charity collided. The entire event’s proceeds went to benefit Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation that focuses on feeding the needs of kids in crisis. The Hand-Off Foundation’s beneficiaries for 2014 included 4KIDS of South Florida, HOPE South Florida, Here’s Help, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Miami Dolphins Foundation, and the Taste of the NFL.

Chef Allen’s VIP Culinary Exhibition kicked off the festival, which informed audience members on techniques, specialty dishes, and sustainable seafood. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey® Tailgate Zone offered an array of drinks that only (more…)

2015 Florida Renaissance Festival Casting Calls & Auditions

10570485_10152151330996157_8061849837947016490_nGot what it takes? The Florida Renaissance Festival will be holding open casting calls and auditions for the 2015 Florida Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 3pm – 8pm by appointment only, and open call auditions on Sunday, December 6, 2014 from Noon – 4pm. Prepare a one to two-minute classical monologue and a one to two-minute contrasting contemporary monologue or 16 bars of a classical or contemporary styled song to sing a Capella. Be prepared for some improvisational exercises and readings as well. Actors must have weekend availability and flexible schedules. Only actors 16 or older will be considered without a parent accompanying them.

Appointments are required. Walk-ins will be seen as time permits. Auditionees must provide full name, a headshot and resume, and current contact (more…)

Veterans and Active Military Special Discounts and Freebies

Screen-Shot-2014-11-06-at-11.35.33-AMUnited Way of Broward County’s initiative -MISSION UNITED has teamed up with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association to honor Broward County Veterans this year on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Veterans and active military members, you will receive special discounts and freebies from local restaurants including free meals, percentages off on a check, and even discounts for family members. Discounts from local hotels include rates starting as low as $59 per night based on room availability and 50% off at certain participating hotels. (more…)

“From Italy with Love” Starring Francesco Zonin

FullSizeRender-4Francesco Zonin, Vice President of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A and widely known for his delicious Zonin branded Prosecco, starred on the TV show, “From Italy with Love” that airs on the Cooking Channel. The show featured three American contestants who were given the opportunity to travel to beautiful Italy’s Venice and Tuscany for a chance to start their own business in the United States along with a $10,000 prize.

The three contestants competed in several wine and food competitions, learned how to live, dress, communicate, and cook like an Italian. The imaginative culinary experience was judged by no one other than Francesco Zonin himself who considered everything made from taste and presentation, to décor and technique. Some of the dishes prepared were accompanied by some of Francesco’s very own Prosecco and Castello D’Albola 2010 Chianti Classico. (more…)

South Florida Tequila Festival!

IMG_3327The South Florida Tequila Festival welcomed lovers and enthusiasts from all over to experience its first ever annual celebration! The festival was held at Fort Lauderdale’s Stache 1920’s Drinking Den. Created to educate, savor, and showcase the famous Mexican spirit, the festival honored 19 different tequila brands in over 40 expressions.

Event-goers were afforded the opportunity to speak with brand representatives and learn about the many different processes of growing and harvesting the agave plant by each company. Throughout two stories of Stache 1920’s Drinking Den, brand ambassadors also shared reasons why they believed they are the best tequila manufacturer on the market.

As an official event of the Florida Day of the Dead festival, the South Florida Tequila Festival featured shots and cocktail samples of popular brands like Jose Cuervo, 1800, Patron, and an array of many other brands that included Maestro Dobel, Blue (more…)

Rodgers + Hamerstein Cinderella!

unnamedBroadway in Miami presented by Bank of America brings us Rodgers + Hamerstein rendition of the beautiful classical tale of Cinderella! The Tony Award – winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific enchanted audience members who grew up on the classical Walt Disney animated motion picture. The nostalgic performances entranced with beautiful set designs and scene transitions, to include amazing on-stage wardrobe changes that left audience members in complete awe, was astonishing to the eyes. (more…)

Signature Grand and 2-1-1 Broward 13th Annual Signature Grand Ghoul

IMG_3172The Signature Grand Hotel in Davie was once again proud to host the 13th annual “Signature Grand Ghoul” event benefiting 2-1-1 Broward, which is a nonprofit organization that provides a 24-hour comprehensive helpline, and support services to families and individuals in search of crisis intervention assistance or information on referrals to health and human services throughout the Broward County area.

The Signature Grand was creatively decorated into a haunted mansion with a haunted carnival theme for all those in attendance. Guests of the ghoulish event had the chance to (more…)

2nd Annual La Musa Awards

IMG_2404On Saturday, October 18, 2014 the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame hosted their 2nd Annual La Musa Awards hosted by Eglantina Zingg. The event took place at South Beach’s luxurious Ritz-Carlton on Miami Beach. It was a Latin Star-Studded evening of performers and songwriters nominated in the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame that featured some of the greatest Latin performers of all-time like Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Alejandro Sanz, David Bisbal, Diego Torres, Omar Alfanno, Ednita Nazario, Luis Enrique, Natalia Jimenez, Erika Ender, Angel Lopez, De La Torre, Desmond Child, and R&B singer Miguel just to name a few. (more…)

I Love Lucy Live on Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center!

LUCY 01Live on stage and in color for the first time, Broadway in Miami presented by Bank of America brings you I Love Lucy to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County’s Ziff Ballet Opera House. Staged and directed by Rick Sparks, I Love Lucy Live on Stage lets you relive the most beloved television show in history. In a 1952 studio setting, the show takes you into the Desilu Playhouse in Hollywood, California as a live studio audience member that re-creates an era in transition.

Join the actors who play America’s favorite foursome Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel as they film two of the show’s episodes (The Benefit and Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined) right before our eyes. (more…)

Lhardy Kitchen + Bar | Coral Gables

IMG_1774Lhardy Kitchen + Bar is a downtown Coral Gables eclectic dining experience. You are immediately taken by the interior design of Lhardy with its Colonial 1700s decor. The interior design exuberates passion and romance for those seeking a memorable evening. The restaurant is part of a unique brand and concept of restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels with locations all over the world. As culturally diverse as the City of Miami is, Lhardy Kitchen + Bar could not have found a better location than in the heart of Coral Gables, FL. Serving an array of international cuisines, Lhardy Kitchen + Bar leaves no stone unturned.

This Fall, Lhardy Kitchen + Bar introduces new menu items which we were fortunate enough to sample firsthand. We were presented with an array of specialty drinks that included items from the (more…)

Fourth Annual Gala of Hope: Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Screen-Shot-2014-09-22-at-10.01.12-AMFerrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale is set to host this year’s Fourth Annual Gala of Hope to Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The Gala of Hope to Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy is an annual campaign that benefits the Families of SMA’s mission to find a cure for the leading genetic cause of death of children under the age of two. The disease destroys the nerves that control voluntary movements and decreases the ability to walk, swallow, and control the movements of the head and neck. Fiorenna Israel-Fuentes and Jennifer Miller-Smith, two mothers with daughters suffering from SMA, founded the Gala of Hope to honor their daughters’ fight for survival. The outstanding work of Families of SMA has contributed to major discoveries that include the identification of the underlying cause of SMA. (more…)

Remember: Unite Against Bullying

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 2.24.12 PMThe star of the movie “The Blind Side,” Quinton Aaron, is presenting a compelling evening behind an amazing cause to raise awareness against bullying and its repercussions. This wonderful event’s mission is to provide courage, hope, self-confidence, and resources to kids considering suicide, or struggling against the life-long damaging effects on self-esteem and character caused by others’ actions or words.

The worldwide bullying epidemic has become Quinton’s mission. The Quinton Aaron Foundation was established to achieve their goal of ending bullying once and for all. Quinton Aaron will honor two of the bravest people that he’s ever met Rebecca Zerbo, the founder of Positive Pocket, and Jaylen Arnold the founder of Jaylen’s Challenge. Also, join Quinton as he shares some of his personal experiences dealing with first-hand struggles of obesity, and bullying.

“Unite Against Bullying” will be an evening entranced with unbelievable entertainment, music by Grammy Nominated Artists, celebrities, and (more…)

Woodystock 2014

Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 8.00.25 PMThe CFH Group and the Woody Foundation are proud to announce, and are set to kick off the 2nd Annual Woodystock benefit concert! Woodystock is a grassroots free benefit concert for music and art lovers, and created to raise money for the recovery of people with spinal cord injuries. The name of the event and foundation is in honor of James “Woody” Beckham, who suffered his spinal cord injury while making a rugby tackle in January 2011.

Proceeds of Woodystock will benefit The Woody Foundation. The main initiative of the foundation is the Woody Pack backpacks. The Woody Pack is a free collection of assistive devices for those who have suffered a spinal cord injury, or are living with paralysis. The backpacks were put together to assist in regaining a sense of independence. The devices included within the Woody Packs helps improve everyday living with items that aid in simple tasks like eating or talking on the phone that are not otherwise covered by insurance. (more…)

2015 Florida Renaissance Festival: Calling all actors and singers!

2015-LogoBobby Rodriguez Productions is seeking fresh talent for next year’s 2015 Florida Renaissance Festival taking place in Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park on weekends from February 7 – March 15, 2015. Casting calls and auditions are for the festival’s “Apprenticeship Program.” Workshops will be conducted throughout seven Sundays starting in September, and will go through every-other week until the end of December.

To audition, you must prepare a one to two-minute classical monologue, and a one to two-minute contrasting contemporary monologue. Singers must prepare 32 bars of a classical, or contemporary styled song to sing A cappella. (more…)

Sing Sing Miami Karaoke!

IMG_0791-1Prepare to sing your heart out at Sing Sing Miami Karaoke bar and lounge in Miami Beach. This karaoke bar is loaded with a total of 17 karaoke rooms for all ages, and is each equipped with a state-of-the-art remote controlled karaoke machine with a bank of over 120,000 songs in 13 different languages! Additionally, each private room is furnished with flat-screen TVs, cocktail tables, two microphones, sound-activated party lights, a bumping sound system, and relaxing couches to sit back on and watch your friends and family take it to the stage. All rooms are also set up with personal call buttons for immediate service from an incredibly super-friendly staff ready to bring you your next drink, or dish from Chacos Gourmet Chinese Tacos. If you don’t suffer from stage fright, you can take your talents to the main bar (21+) starting at 8pm. (more…)

This is OctoberFest 2014!

10553339_1466608633588865_1809823122910454514_nThe Samuel Adams’ OctoberFest makes its way back to Miami for its 5th year to host their tried and true Bavarian tradition. The 2-day event will bring the German traditional festival to South Florida that is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and will take place in Miami’s Sam Adams Castle and Beer Hall at SOHO Studios September 19 – 20, 2014.

OctoberFest will feature an array of seasonal brews that includes Sam Adams #1 selling seasonal beer of all time that goes by the same name of their popular event, OctoberFest. We can’t forget to mention the great food and entertainment to match all the great beer! This Miami funfair will feature (more…)

John Offerdahl’s Broward Health® Gridiron Grill-Off Delicious Grill Recipes

DSC023771As we approach the fifth anniversary of John Offerdahl’s Broward Health Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine, & Tailgate Festival, we can enjoy some of the event’s delicious dishes in the meantime. So fire up those grills this Labor Day weekend and grill up one of these recipes from the event. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and share these delicious recipes with your friends and family!

Dwight’s Pork Belly Candied Bacon Sliders, Courtesy of Dwight Stephenson and Chef Brandon Jones from (more…)

It’s Good! Los Tacos by Chef Omar in Pembroke Pines

IMG_8764If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food in Pembroke Pines, look no further! Los Tacos by Chef Omar is a family owned business that brings the traditional taste of Mexico to the neighborhood with a variety of dishes only a chef from Mexico can bring to fruition.

Los Tacos has a bar-like setting of counter tables and high-chairs seating roughly about 20 people. The setting also offers mouth-watering Mexican cuisine recipes on the counters that you can snap pictures of to try them at home.

We’ve visited Los Tacos on a few occasions and have tried their homemade chips and salsas, Fish Tacos, Carnitas Tacos, Carnitas Burrito, and $1 tacos which were for a limited time only…all was very good!

The Fish Tacos are from Baja California and served with chipotle lime-mayo, cole slaw, and topped with pico de gallo. (more…)