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Mambo Madness a Straight Cultural Party at the Miami Design District (Video Recap)


Havana Air Girls at Mambo MadnessMambo Madness a Straight Cultural Party at the Miami Design District Video Recap

We had a great time at Mambo Madness a traveling Cuban golden era concert. Unlike other Miami Art Week events that are of the “meet and mingle” type, Mambo Madness was a straight up party, that kept with the theme of “Art Week” by showcasing Cuban Art yet also exploring the culture and music that brings our Miami  latin community together. Check out this recap video we created of The Mambo Madness. Press play and see you next time. For more on Mambo Madness or  how to be a sponsor check out their site at www.havananyc.net

Pix from Mambo Madness

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“Art Basilando” Local Miami Artists to Be Featured at the Miami Home Show 9/1-9-4

“Art Basilando” with Little Havana Artists at the Miami Home Show!

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Diana ‘Didirok’ Contreras – Patience



“Art Basilando” with Little Havana Artists at the Miami Home Show!


Miami, FL…August 15, 2017… The Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show in collaboration with Viernes Culturalespresents, “Art Basilando” – an artist encounter exhibit featuring the works of twelve artists from the Little Havana Art District.

The Miami Home Show takes place from September 1-4 at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center.

“Art Basilando” depicts the colorful souls of twelve Little Havana artist who, through different styles and textures, create a cohesive trajectory of heritage, history and artistic expression. The viewer is bedazzled by color and bold imagery, but should look deeper into the artist’s canvas. Unfold the dichotomy of an artist’s soul: worlds past and present; elation and deep sadness; surreal and real; darkness and light.

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Eliott Prada – from Faith and Iconic Women series

Participating artists are: Katey PennerSantos MendezDidi MarchiGonzalo Borges, Annie M.Diana ContrerasPhil AvelloMildrey GuillotEliott PradaGiselle FajardoMayomelz (Mel Pichardo), Omar Corrales Mora. The showcase is curated by Pati Vargas, Director of Viernes Culturales.

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“We are very proud to have participated in At Home with Art since its launch in 2015,” states Pati Vargas.  “Basilando is of course, a play on words. However, it defines what I think makes Miami’s art community very unique: we are out on the streets creating and communicating our message, while having fun. We love participating at the Home Show because it gives our artists an opportunity to help people understand their work. When they get to know the story behind a work of art, they fall in love with it. No longer is it just something that matches the décor or an investment, it is a connection and understanding between collector and artist.”

(“Basilando” is a slang version of vacilando (vacilar): a Spanish term for the act of wandering when the experience of travel is more important than reaching the specific destination.)

Participating artists are selected through a submission process based not only their abilities in the visual arts, but also their contribution to the South Florida arts community.  To date, over 100 South Florida artists have participated in the Home Show’s #AtHomewithArt artist encounter program.

Visit www.homeshows.net/artists.html to read more about each participating artist.

Where, When and Contact Information


Miami Beach Convention Center
1900 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL
(just east of Meridian Avenue at 17th Street)

September 1-4, 2017
Friday 6:00 – 10:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 10:30 pm
Monday (Labor Day) 12:00 – 7:30 pm


www.homeshows.net
@FLHomeShows #FLHomeShows
info@homeshows.net
305.667.9299
Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/582281218562198/

$10.00 adult admission and $1.00, 11 and under (online and at the Box Office); Save $3.00 on adult admission when purchasing tickets online by August 31st, 2017.

 

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach vs Diplomat Resort by Curio – Which to book? (video recap)

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We did extensive research in search of a perfect hotel to spend a staycation (vacation near your home). Our criteria was a hotel near Miami with great ocean views and also an awesome pool was imperative to our decision. We narrowed down to two Hotels near the Miami area. The Fontainebleau Miami Beach and the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood. Both have private access to the beach, unlike other hotels which you have to cross a highway to get to the ocean. Both sport amazing pools that are big and unique in their own way. After much consideration we decided on the Diplomat Resort. The incredible double deck pool with its see through bottom was a key selling point. But most of all the Diplomat Resort’s ocean front rooms are parallel to the ocean making for a more direct view to the ocean. Check out a video recap of our time at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood.

Conclusion: Both are great Hotels that why these where the two contenders but for the reasons mention above the Diplomat Hotel is a better bang for your buck. All opinion are my own. We at ArtofMiami.com were not compensated in any way for the opinions mentioned.

Winner 

The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood Curio Collection By Hilton,

3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

Runner Up

Fontainebleau Miami Beach,

4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

 

New Restaurant Spot in City Place Doral

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friendly staff at The Cheese Course Doral

New Restaurant Spot in City Place Doral

If you haven’t been to the new Doral City Place yet, than you must. Its pretty cool and new hangout spot close to the Miami International Airport. I stop by yesterday and was happy to see that parking is free for the first 1 hr and a half. There I ran into this unique European style cafe that specializes in exported cheeses and house soups. Stop by and try out some FREE samples. They even let you sample the soups. Dont be shy, they are really nice. THE Place is call and its right next to the BurgerFi. Here some pix.

The Cheese Course

 3585 NW 83rd St #108,

Doral, FL 33122

 

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all pics by Harold Rosario Photos www.haroldtheartist.com

 

Must Know Before You Go to Universal’s Volcano Bay

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Something You might not know and its imperative in order to get in the park or have a good time is that the park actually opens at 8 am. The trick to getting into Volcano Bay is to get their super early. It says the park opens at 9am but it actually opens a 8am. The rides do not start working till 9am. This is something most people don’t know. We got there at 7am and a line was already formed. We finally got thru and it was so much fun. Also buy your ticket ahead of time. You can go the day before like we did or use their app. Here is a link. 

Our Experience at Universal’s Volcano Bay- A Horrible Experience Turned Good

Volcano Bay is the new theme park by Universal Studios in Orlando. Its a Polynesian themed water park located in what used to be Wet n Wild. We went there on the busiest time of the year, July 4th. Not only are all the kiddos out for the summer but so are their parents for Independence Day Weekend.

Our very first experience at Volcano Bay was horrible! We got their at 3pm and could not ride any of the rides because of the non stop rain. We were totally bummed out, specially since the ticket clearly stated “no refunds.” After  lots of  nagging from my wife to customer service and beg for a refund, I finally went and gave it a try with low hopes in mind. To my surprise Volcano Bay gave us a complimentary pass to come again when ever we chose and even gave us our parking for FREE. We were so happy to see them have some compassion for our situation.

Taking the advice of one of the employees we came back the next day at 7 am. The park Opens at park rides start at 9 am but the park opens at 8. When we got to Volcano Bay, the security line was already huge! Took us about 30 minutes to make it to the buses.  And after waiting for another 30 minutes for some beach chairs, we were on our way to some Family Fun.

Things we loved.

First of all the no wait system they have is very efficient and organized; we had no hassle even with he busy holiday. The rides are great to bond as a family as most of them are 4 to 6 seaters. Our favorite one was Krakatau, a 4 seater inflatable canoe that propels you up and down and through the 200 foot Volcano at the Park. But lastly we all agreed that it is underpriced for what you get. I mean the rides are much more fun then Disney World, which we had went the day before. You get to ride more rides than at other theme parks because of the no wait system. You also get to beat the Florida heat, which is nothing to play with in July,

Volcano Bay was an awesome park, affordable and fun for the family. When we got home got and woke up the next day, we spend the entire day chatting about our experience, reminiscing  and reliving the fun we had.

Like always, all my opinions are my own. We were not paid or compensated by anyone for the content of this post. Hope you go to Volcano Bay!

If you want to extent your vacation to a road trip, check out this post of our road trip itinerary we developed.

Check out this recap Video of our time at Volcano Bay.

One of the Most Beautiful Things You’ll ever See. Disney’s Frozen Laser Show & Fire works.

Disney Frozen Laser Show 2017 copyOne of the Most Beautiful Things You’ll ever See. Disney’s Frozen Laser Show & Fire works.

We “camped out” for 3 hours at the Main Street Station balcony to have a perfect symmetrical view of the Disney fireworks. We recommend this spot to see the Disney fireworks on 4th of July. The fireworks show at Disney was amazing. After the show, everyone started to leave the park. But we stayed to get one last look at Cinderella’s castle. To our surprise, Disney dimmed the lights to begin their laser and cinema projection show. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed. The Frozen segment in particular gave me goosebumps! Here it is in 4K shot on  a Sony a6500.  Enjoy.

 

Secret Spot for Scenic Pictures in Miami

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Secret Spot to Scenic Pictures in Miami

Just found this spot for taking really unique pictures in Miami. It’s great for portrait photography with a small budget but have the look of having traveled to an exotic location. Located about 30 minutes from Downtown Miami, The Secret Garden is a lush outdoor studio that makes pictures extraordinary. We had a FREE tour of the property and these reconnaissance photos of the property. Below is the address to the Secret Garden but note that outside its Labeled The Coral Garden so be careful to not get confused like we did. Check out some of the pictures we took at this exotic location just minutes from Miami.

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Inter-PhotoView with Miami Make up Artist SandMuffin

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Inter-PhotoView with Miami Make up Artist SandMuffin

If you haven’t met one of Miami’s most talented make-up artist, Sandy Tang, take the time now. We had the pleasure of Photo Interviewing Sandy Tang aka Sand Muffin. We got to see personally her flawless cosmetic skills. See for your self in these pics we took in Downtown Miami. Also to look at make up artist Sandy Tang’s more creative works, see her  on Instagram at @SandMuffin.  All photo by Harold Rosario.

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Yoga Artist “Bombs” the Beautiful City of Miami

Pablo Milian Performance Art at Bay Front Park pic by Harold Rosario
Yoga Artist “Bombs” the Beautiful City of Miami

Founder of Wynwood Tony Goldman once said that real estate was his away of saying “I was Here” to future generations long after his death. “Bombing” is a term used in the graffiti world for the act of leaving your mark across the city. Yoga Artist, Pablo Milian has found a unique and personal way of leaving his mark around the city of Miami. He doesn’t spray paint walls rather places himself in graceful Yoga inspired acrobatic poses all across the city and captures the moment in photos. From scenic backgrounds to architectural structures, the next interesting location for an acrobatic photo is always a brainstorm in his mind.  We had the pleasure of meeting up with Pablo and capturing him in action. We sent ArtofMiami.com’s own Miami Photographer Harold Rosario to collaborate with Pablo and the photos were amazing. Take a look below at some cutting edge photos of Pablo Milian at some unique places in our city of Miami. For more photo of the Pablos acrobatic and yoga artistry click here for his Instagram.

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Most Scenic Restaurant in Miami Perfect for Mothers Day

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Sushi Rolls at Beach Bart at Newport Pier pic by Harold Rosario

Most Scenic Restaurant in Miami Perfect for Mothers Day

We found the perfect restaurant to take your mom out for MOther’s Day. It has what I thin is the most scenic view out of all restaurants  in the Miami area. Its called Beach Bar at Newport Pier. Call 5 minutes ahead of arrival to get a seaside seating on the pier. When we went the weather was perfect. South easterly winds made the waters calm and transparent. The menu for non-seafood eaters at Beach Bar is limited but seafood choices are plentiful . Since I’m allergic to seafood it is imperative to have my meal cooked on a separate pan and or grill. The staff is always more than pleased to accommodate my needs.

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The scenic Beach Bart at Newport restaurant in Miami epic by Harold Rosario

We took my mother in law for a late lunch and she loved it. “Its like going on a mini vacation” were her words. Trust me, go at noon or mid after noon, this is the time the waters are a brilliant turquoise and picture opportunities are optimum. One last thing. If parking is scarce, park at the Newport Hotel next door. Its $10 if you spend at least $50 at eh restaurant. Check out the video of our experience at Beach Bar at Newport Beach. Press play below.


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