Working on an Art Deco project so I thought I'd repost some of my old Art Deco features.
Monday, March 3, 2014
New World Center
“There’s nothing more rewarding than the love of music.” Gil Shaman – violinist
By James Cubby
Once known primarily for its gorgeous beach and nightlife scene, Miami has now become a cultural center for the arts. “Miami has a genuine love of music,” says violinist Gil Shaman, a recent guest performer with the Cleveland Orchestra who has been traveling to Miami for over 20 years as a guest performer. Miami has always supported classical music but during the last decade Miami has witnessed a thriving classical music scene that continues to flourish. The 2006 opening of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the second-largest performing arts center in the U.S., put Miami on the cultural map as it now offers more than 300 performances per year and is home to the Florida Grand Opera including the Cleveland Orchestra as resident artists. This venue has helped nourish and cultivate Miami’s classical music scene, which has been attracting younger audiences. “We’re on a spring board and about to take the leap…so much is happening,” says John Richard, CEO of the Arsht Center. “We’re receiving so much support from audiences and supporters. We’re developing new audiences as 50-60 percent of our audiences are first timers.” The Arsht Center’s classical music season is as impressive as ever with guest appearances from great talents like Itzak Perlman, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta, Joshua Bell with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin.
In 2011, The New World Center, the Frank Gehry designed home of Miami’s New World Symphony, brought Miami yet another state-of-the art performance space. The New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, artistic director and founder, has been instrumental in promoting classical music to younger audiences. Their impressive season includes guest artists like oboist Eugene Izotov and violinist Ani Kavafian. Miami Beach audiences are treated to free concerts telecast on the Miami Beach SoundScape, a 7,000-square-foot projection wall, a program that has created a whole new audience for classical music. NWS has an incredible outreach program and the symphony has performed in prestigious venues all over the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Barbican Centre, and Paris’ Bastille Opera. Since its inception, the New World Symphony has been instrumental in the launch of the careers of more than 900 alumni worldwide. The creative programming of NWS and ingenious use of New World Center has created new interest in classical music with programs like the PULSE, the series that transforms the New World Center into a late-night lounge with club-style lighting, video projections and a DJ spinning along with the performing New World Symphony. Miami has indeed fallen in love with classical music and in the words of violinist Gil Shaman, “there’s nothing more rewarding than the love of music.”
(Reprinted courtesy of Where South Florida)
Friday, February 28, 2014
Have you ever gone to a talk or a workshop that seemed geared just for you? I mean one that was tailored to your needs, using tools that you understand, and even wording that you might have used if you were leading the workshop. I attended one such workshop on Wednesday evening at The Standard. This was The Creative Insight Journey - A Transformational Course for Self-Mastery. The question she posed was "Are you ready to take the big lead?" Earlier that day I had just pulled out a film script that I had been working on and thought that I needed to get back to finishing it. Jennifer Grace, the best-selling author and former actress leading the workshop told us that we all needed to be writers and directors and write our own script and direct our own movie. Of course I related. She went on to say that we had to guide our lives just the way a director might direct the course of a film. She shared her tools to a positive fulfilling life and made it seem simple and easy. While I'm not big self-help type person, I totally understood her method and it all made sense. It's all about being positive and planning your life. "We have the power to choose our perspective on that fact," she said. "We can choose a positive belief just as easily as a negative belief."
While I'm not currently taking her workshop (she teaches an 8-week workshop at The Standard and at her center in Ft. Lauderdale) I play to follow and test her principles on my own. I may eventually take her workshop but I'm going to try create change on my own. I will let you know if I see any changes in my life and will share the methods.
Starting today I'm creating a new future self while retaining the best from the old self.
And the journey begins....
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Let's get personal. I just weighed myself. After a week of food events for the SoBeWFF and several restaurant openings, including the opening of YARD HOUSE last night where I stuffed myself, I'm weighing in at a much heavier weight that I've ever been. So it's back to the gym, I'm cutting out everything that I can even though I'm weak and have no will power. If you mention cheesecake then I'll rush out and order one. But, if I weigh myself every morning I'm hoping to scare myself into action. I guess I'm weight vain or is that just weight conscious? Not only am I hitting the gym at 11 am today for a Hard Core Cuts class but I'm going to the Standard for a bit of a spa day. The day at the Standard includes a workshop called: Life Reinvention: Self Mastery Tools to Take Your Life to the Next Level. It's a workshop led by author Jennifer Grace. Has anyone participated in any of her workshops? I would appreciate your feedback if you have. I signed up once before but didn't make it and I'm writing about it in this blog to make sure that I attend this time. I need to take my life to the next leval and lose pounds in the process. Hopefully tomorrow when I blog I will be lighter and be able to share my experience. Old blogger fans will notice that I'm now getting personal and sharing my life instead of just events. It's the first step to getting to the next level (I hope). Until later, Cheers.
Wow! I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted and I've certainly had a lot to post about. It's been a busy season and I've been writing for several local publications and writing travel guides so I neglected my blog. Someone asked what I was doing and why it wasn't up on my blog. I just said, "I've been writing as fast as I can but haven't added anything to my blog. I apologize. Just this past week was a whirlwind of events for the SoBeWFF, a day's work on the pilot for a new TV show, PULSE at New World Center, Chippendales at Mansion (I was the only guy in a room of screaming women), the opening of Naked Taco, and Dance NOW's Il Mare at the Colony Theatre. Last night I went to the opening of YARD HOUSE, their new South Beach location on Lenox just off Lincoln Road. Seated at the media table, the food kept coming and it was all good. My favorite being the chicken dishes particularly the boneless Firecracker wings (not too spicy). The space is gigantic with large screen TVs everywhere and they offer 148 beers on tap. Afterwards we traveled to Broward for the Broadway show MEMPHIS. I had seen the show before but was glad to return as this is an excellent production with a great cast. So there. I'm back in the saddle so to speak. I dipped my pen into the blog well and started the words flowing so I'm making a commitment to share. Everyone keeps asking me what's hot and great in Miami so I'll continue to offer my opinions, share what I know, and guide you to the wonderful things that make Miami great.
Photo: Tasting Village at SoBeWFF
Friday, October 18, 2013
It's happening again. I'm letting my life and work get in the way of my blogging. Why is it that I never miss my classes at the gym unless there's a crazy deadline or I have some great event to attend but I neglect my blogging? This was wasn't a jam packed week but I did threw in some interesting events in between those classes at the gym. Speaking of the gym, did anyone else go to Sweat, USA, the nation's first Fitness Festival last weekend? I attended the VIP cocktail party at the Shore Club and a day at the Festival. I did not get to see Jillian Michaels, the star of the weekend, but did see lots of exercise gurus and fitness experts. I got stretched (StretchZone), massaged (by a chair and a person), evaluated (by a machine), and filled with samples of protein shakes and bars. I did not attend any of the classes but enjoyed watching while munching on my gluten-free barbeque chips.
Photo: Girls from SWEAT, USA
Photos- Middle: Celebrity trainer who posed for photos and pitched the products that were sponsoring him. Bottom: Boxing demonstration at SWEAT, USA. Note the dummy on the left, my favorite.
While I've never visited Puerto Rico, I feel that I've been there after working on a Puerto Rico travel guide, one of my freelance jobs this week. I can tell you where to eat, where to shop, where the locals party, and the best hotels to visit. Now, I have to actually use that guide and visit.
On Tuesday night I went to a screening of the film Last Vegas, the upcoming film with Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline. With that cast I figured it had to be good and it was. Great writing. Great chemistry, especially with Michael Douglas and Robert DeNiro. I highly recommend this film when it opens in November.
On Wednesday I had overbooked myself, meaning I had scheduled more things than I could possibly do. I finally decided to go the opening of Funkshion. Three fashion shows (late as usual but that's typical for a fashion event) and two of the three featured beautiful fashions. I enjoyed the shows but actually enjoyed hanging out backstage before the shows better than the actual shows.
Photo: Shot backstage at Funkshion. My favorite models of the night. These two little models closed the second show.
Last night I attended Poetry in Motion at the New World Center. It was a wonderful evening of music that began with a series of violin duets performed by New World Symphony fellows and students from the New World School of Music. The evening included music by Luciano Berio, Niccolo Castiglioni and the finale was a beautiful group by Stravinsky with three vocalists. The evening was conducted by the incredibly talented Michael Tilson Thomas.