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Classical & Hip Hop Fuse at the Arsht

By mimorg33




Brooklyn-based with Jennifer Weber at the helm, the Decadantheatre has been a staple of dance festivals since its inception in 2004. Made up of an all-female group of dancers from the US, France, Germany, Norway, Nigeria and Japan, the ensemble has toured across the United States, the UK and France. It has performed at the long-running Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, in The Berkshires; at B Supreme Festival of Women in Hip Hop, in London’s Southbank Center and at LEAP, in Liverpool.

Decadancetheatre will be featured as part of a special collaboration with Miami-based composer Sam Hyken and the Nu Deco Ensemble, a genre-bending chamber orchestra, in a unique classical music / hip hop dance performance.




Hyken has re-imagined Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in a piece titled The Vivaldi Project ‘4’ to be interpreted by Decadancetheatre and Nu Deco Ensemble; together they will also perform Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite. Nu Deco will play J. S. Bach’s Toccata & Fugue and Hyken’s Nu Deco Suite No. 1 – The B Sides.

This exciting fusion will be on stage Friday, April 28 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ Knight Concert Hall to cap the 2016-2017 Masterworks Season – Meidar and Alfi Family Foundation Classical Music Series.

The Vivaldi Project ‘4’

April 28

8 pm

Knight Concert Hall


A night of jazz reverie

By mimorg33


Branford Marsalis

Three-time Grammy winner saxophonist Branford Marsalis, a member of one of America’s most distinguished musical families, will play on March 17th at the Arsht Center’s Knight Hall for the next-to-last concert of 2016-17 Jazz Root Series season. It is not customary for Marsalis along with Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Justin Faulkner on drums, to invite other musicians to play with them. Yet the tight-knit group welcomed superb jazz vocalist Kurt Elling to collaborate on the Upward Spiral project. Together they not only earned a Grammy but also were recently nominated for the 2017 Echo Jazz Awards. On Friday, the ensemble will bring their original, intense jazz sound to the Miami stage.


Kurt Elling

And if that weren’t enough, our own Carmen Lundy, who is celebrating the release of the Code Noir album, will be opening for the quartet. Lundy, a jazz vocalist and a Miami native, will be accompanied by Patrice Rushen on piano and keyboards, James Genus on bass, Kendrick Scott on drums and Andrew Renfroe on guitar.
Don’t miss what promises to be a memorable night of jazz.

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy

Knight Hall
March 17th, 8 p.m.


A Business Gathering with a Spanish Accent

By mimorg33


Under a waxing moon with a lovely breeze swaying the palm branches, the Miami skyline shone picture perfect as the backdrop for the second year of Next Destination, Málaga: Gateway to Andalusia, where members of the cruise and shipping industry from Málaga got together with their Miami counterparts along with tour operators, travel agents and other professionals.
The air was perfumed with amontillado wine, tapas and paella; flamenco music played in the background welcoming guests to the Island Gardens on Watson Island for a night of Spanish-style business : with joie de vivre. The Consulate General of Spain in Miami, Don Cándido Creis Estrada, and his charming wife, Carla, presided over the event with typical relaxed style. Despite its laid back demeanor, Málaga is positioning itself to increase its traffic from the North America cruise traveler who in 2015 made up 48% of the total 23 million passengers in that category.

Monteajaque, one of the many White Towns.

Monteajaque, one of the many White Towns.

The area emphasized the many alluring possibilities available to visitors arriving to the port of Málaga that may be easily scheduled as excursions for cruise ship travelers: from the enchantment of the city itself with its many cultural and culinary offerings, to attractions such as the astonishing White Towns, the vibrancy of the Costa del Sol, as well as other cities in that area with the same lovely, easygoing Andalusian poise.

Algatocin, one of the White Towns

Algatocin, one of the White Towns

Chapeau to the organizers of Next Destination, Malaga: Gateway to Andalusia: the Málaga Port Authority, the City of Málaga Tourism and Marketing Department, the Costa del Sol Tourism and Planning Department, the Tourism Department, the Andalusia Advisory Tourism and Sport Board, and Málaga Cruises. In Miami, the effort was supported by the Consulate General of Spain, the Board of Andalusia Foreign Promotion Agency, the Spanish Tourism Office (OET), and the Business Office of the Spanish Embassy. Also several businesses contributed to the success of the evening: Málaga Virgen, Mahou-San Miguel, COVAP, Inés Rosales, Cardenal Mendoza, La Gitana, Hidalgo Imports, Montecristo y La Española.


Two great performances and the promise of more

by mimorg33

Salty, affable, sexy

Alan Cumming at Carnegie hall, photo by Tré.

Alan Cumming, photo by Tré.

Defiance, intelligence, and intimacy with a twist of endearing naiveté make Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs absolutely seductive. His modulation with that lovely, earthy Scottish rolling “r”s while exercising the balance to keep from going over the top as he introduced number after number were equally fascinating. He demonstrates deft control in the selection of the material he has been performing for a couple of years. Best known to many as the Emcee in Cabaret and Ely Gold in CBS’ The Good Wife, he opened Sappy Songs at the Arsht’s Knight Concert Hall with Annie Lennox’s Why, followed by Miley Cyrus’ chart-topping The Climb; he dedicated Billy Joel’s Goodnight Miss Saigon to his maternal grandfather Tommy Darling, who died in World War II and “to all victims of PTSA: It’s going to be a fun night ladies and gentlemen!”. To liven things up he narrated the story of a condom commercial together with its jingle. Scotland came into full light in Mother Glasgow, a lovely ballad seeping nostalgia. His complicated relationship with his dad, Alex Cumming, is the subject of his memoir Not My Father’s Son and here he sang Rufus Wainwright’s Dinner at Eight “the schism” telling song that almost brought him to tears. A Liza Minnelli anecdote brought a too-early end to the 75-minute cabaret-format show that left one wanting for more than the encore de rigueur: Ladies Who Lunch. Come back soon Alan Cumming, as an actor but mostly as this uniquely gifted individual with the gift of a sexy raconteur.



Ray Chen

Excellence displayed

The Bamberg debut performance at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts reminded the audience why it has been one of Europe’s most respected touring orchestras for the last 75 years. Form the Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 and the pièce the résistance of the evening: Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 the orchestra was the perfect instrument to Christoph Eschenbach mesmerizing and expansive directorial arch.
Ray Chen displayed flawless virtuoso fireworks especially in the third movement: the Allegro energico as well as the encore when he played Paganini’s Capriccio No. 21, an ideal vehicle for his absolute control of the flying staccato passages.

Nonetheless, the night belonged to Eschenbach, his fresh reading of Beethoven’s Eroica made it sound like a recently discovered piece. The receptive audience responded appreciatively and it was rewarded with an encore, not usual from an orchestra. They played Beethoven’s lovely Overture to The Creatures to Prometheus with equal sense of adventure and discovery. It was an exhilarating event that left one wishing that both Eschenbach and the Bamberg come back regularly to the Arsht.

18 Gennaio 2010, ore 20.00, TEATRO ALLA SCALA, MILANO Direttore: Christoph Eschenbach Programma: Anton Bruckner, Sinfonia n.7

Direttore: Christoph Eschenbach<br

Pianos on the horizon at the Arsht’s Knight Concert Hallchick-corea-gonzalo-rubalcaba-duet-2017-hi

A night of controlled improv

On February 24th, the Jazz Roots program features Piano Titans: Chick Corea and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Solos and Duets two renowned jazz keyboard giants, both Grammy winners. Corea recently celebrated his 75th birthday with an 8-week stint at the Blue Note. Rubalcaba a jazz piano master who continues to bridge the musical traditions of his native Cuban with that of North American jazz. Whether playing together or doing solos, jazz lovers will be treated to a scintillating event.


Ardent keyboard performance


For those who attend the Lang Lang in recital at the Knight Concert Hall on the night of the 25th the 34-year old larger-than-life Chinese musician will play Claude Debussy’s Ballade Slave followed by Franz Liszt’s musically demanding and intensely emotional Piano Sonata in B Minor, op 178. The program also includes a selection of Spanish composers: Suite Española by Isaac Albéniz, Danza Ritual del Fuego by Manuel de Falla, and Goyescas Op. 11 by Enrique Granados. Continue reading


KYU: gastronomy with social conscience


By mimorg33

The rhythms of Wynwood with its graffiti-covered façades, kids moving in and out on their skate boards or bikes and art spaces popping up, express an urban language about this area of Miami that speaks of possibilities no other community in the county does. In the midst of this hipster environment one arrives to an open concrete area flanked by a “green wall” covered with ferns and other plants across another with a mural by artists Andrew Antonaccio and Filio Galvez. The minimalist mix of concrete, wood and metal interior is the setting for the Asian fusion food space with a wood-burning grill open kitchen.

A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA), chef Michael Lewis trained with chefs David Bouley at Bouley Bakery and Market and Eric Ripert of Le Bernadin to later work under Jean-Georges at the Michelin three star Central Park West. Together with general manager Steven Haigh culinary excitement is infused at Kyu for local and visiting foodies. With affability Haigh balances his many duties keeping an overall view from the inviting bar with its tempting offerings such as the lovely Smoke & Mirrors ($16): Gracias a Dios mezcal combined with Aperol, Campari and fresh grapefruit juice. Like a missing piece of a puzzle Kyu fits perfectly in this area of urban possibilities.


The term Kyu has multiple meanings given the rich diversity of the Asian world most of us are not versed in. It mainly refers to the ranking system in modern martial arts where you are awarded another kyu for each level achieved. The accuracy with which karate movements are performed can be associated with the way each dish is carefully conceived, crafted and executed. Starting with the simple snacks: the elegant and crunchy kale siting on nam prik
 sauce ($7), crispy pork belly steamed bun
 ($12), fun to eat crispy-spicy hamachi tartare ($18) and the refreshing and delicate tuna tartare sitting on bib lettuce with a touch of yuzu sabayon ($16); one of the most popular veggie dishes is the roasted cauliflower and goat cheese with a shishito-herb vinaigrette ($14). Pairing the appetizers with the delicate Junmai Ginjo’s Rihaku Wandering Poet sake ($11) was a perfect decision. El Niño del Campilo, a 2013 tempranillo ($14) was the choice for an addictive, mouthwatering and flawlessly cooked butter braised chicory Korean fried chicken ($18) and the unforgettably melt-in-you-mouth black shichimi pepper wagyu beef brisket ($36).

Aside from their insistence on sustainable products, I appreciate how Lewis and Haigh live their social consciousness “for every tree we burn we replant 5”. Before opening in February, the restaurant partnered with Trees for the Future to donate 10,000 trees to be planted in Senegal, this was their way of compensating for the wood they would be burning; they also use an Orca composter to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and diminishing Co2 emissions.


KYU Miami in Wynwood Chef Michael Lewis Steven Haigh

I enjoyed Kyu so much that I returned the following Sunday for brunch and tried the yummy soft shell crab on a steamed bun ($12) and the gorgeously stacked beef short rib cooked with a perfectly delectable sweet soy and garlic sauce ($38). On both occasions the ideal complement for me was the Thai fried rice ($20) finished table side on a heated stone pot so that a crust that balances the glutinous short grained rice regularly associated with sushi. On Sunday we tried it with crab meat ($24) but either ways this fragrant dish is worth coming back for time and time again. Yet the grand finale was mom’s scrumptious not-to-be-missed KYU coconut cake ($8).

KYU by Lucky Frog Studios

As I walked out into the blazing hot Miami afternoon I immediately reminisced about the Raging Geisha ($17) I had enjoyed earlier. For a moment I felt inclined to run back for the coolness of the cucumber-basil topped concoction with IWAI Japanese whisky, St. Germain and yuzu. But in a zen-like moment I breathed deeply: one has to be patient and wait for future visits.

Kyu is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sundays; closed on Mondays. For reservations: 786-577-0150 or kyumiami.com
251 Northwest 25th Street
Miami, Florida 33127


Perigean Spring Tides

By mimorg33


It’s a cyclical worldwide occurrence. This year it took place on the new moons of April 7 and May 8, during the full moon of October 16 and it will happen again on November 14. It comes as the result of the Sun, Earth and Moon being in alignment, bringing the two shining planets closest to ours. As their gravitational pull increases the sea levels rises. Some immediate consequences are cyclones, floods and storms; it also gives us a glimpse of what they might potentially be like in the future; not on particular lunar cycles but on any given day. This October the tidal strength came across under the sign of Aries; the warrior moon helped propel what is popularly known as King Tides. As its white light beamed across the water behind my home I read about out troops courageously supporting the Iraqi forces attempt to liberate the city of Mosul from ISIL’s stronghold.


As the moon reappeared behind its veil of clouds similar to abstract brushstrokes and shined her motherly light on Earth some of us sent a prayer for our men and women to return home safe, for the Iraqi troops to achieve their goal and free Mosul from the yoke asphyxiating it. For the King Tides to be benevolent as they intrude on the US coastal areas in California, Florida, Maine, Maryland, South Carolina and Washington as well as in Australia and New Zealand.


In the future some of us might take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the devastating impact of climate change through programs such as the King Tides Project.


Diamonds and flowers on my skin

By mimorg33



Diamond Extreme Night Dual Treatment by the high-end skin care company Natura Bissé was not enecessarily what Marilyn Monroe’s Lorelei Lee had in mind when in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she sang:


A kiss on the hand
May be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend
The concept behind Natura Bissé’s latest skincare innovation ish a technology they are calling chronocosmetic. Innovative skincare is intrinsic to the DNA of this company founded in Barcelona, Spain in 1979; and in 1995 it took its first step towards globalization by opening a subsidiary in Dallas, Texas.
According to Natura Bissé their most recent dual treatment consists in fusing the pioneering technology with the most delicate human touch to counteract the natural aging process. Despite how complicated this might sound, I can tell you that after a stressful day at the office when I massage my face with the fast-absorbing Extreme Oil ($160.00) using the cool High Definition Massage Tool that improves microcirculation and penetration of active agents, a slight lavender fragrance impregnates my epidermis and I feel transported to a quieter place. The first step of the nightly ritual is then followed by applying a thin layer of the clear, silky and delightfully light Extreme Mask ($110.00). Voila! My skin feels healthy and supple as I head to bed allowing the nourishing ingredients to lovingly combine forces to make me glow when I arise. So much so that some folks have asked: “Chica, what are you doing, you look luminous? Is there a new love interest in your life?” At this juncture I attempted to sing a couple of lines from Marilyn’s ever so cute rendition of Diamonds are a girl’s best friend; mine is completely off key. Given that most of us are not exposing our skin to the elements at night our most extensive and protective organ is more open to being renewed. The formula comprised of retinol works on this aspect; niacinamide for hydration; copper peptides to increase suppleness; marine concentrates to act as a dermal shield; hyaluronic acid is a powerful moisturizer and Edelweiss, that beautiful white flower related to daisies and sunflowers that in its original habitat grows high in the Alps thus making it a bit risky to be picked, effective in slowing some aging signs.

Edelweiss on a rock and an approaching thunderstorm in the background

Edelweiss remits us to The Sound of Music  where Captain von Trapp sang about the national Austrian flower: Edelweiss, Edelweiss, Ev’ry morning you greet me, Small and white, clean and bright, You look happy to meet me… Exactly like my skin as it awakens after a whole night exposed to this superb treatment.


Ceviche to the Rescue!

Waffles, potatoes, sausages...

Waffles, potatoes, sausages…

By mimorg33

Ah, on a hot September midday the coolness and delicious musky fragrance that one is enveloped with upon crossing the threshold of the 1 Hotel and Homes South Beach is the equivalent of stepping into an oasis after a long trek in the desert. And that was just from getting off the car and waiting for the valet. The heat and I do not get along. Walk across the lobby, past the elevators that transport you up to either the hotel or residence side of the complex and you arrive at Tom Colicchio’s Beachcraft. His sustainable style is ideally suited to the high-tech back-to-nature vibe of the property. The restaurant’s executive chef Michael Fiorello is introducing a new brunch menu. After nestling at our table and sipping from a thick, foamy, strong and delicious cappuccino we took a peak at the buffet spread. A well-orchestrated display of proteins and carbohydrates, color and sensuality representative of Colicchio’s penchant for farm-to-table freshness by working with South Florida purveyors Swank Farms, Florida Fresh Meat Co., Local Roots and Cods & Capers.

There were tempting-looking waffles with several accompaniments, potatoes, bacon and sausages. The bread station displayed the typical array from bagels to croissants made by Zak the Baker, another of their all-natural suppliers. The salad bar offered different options that would benefit from better lighting.

Although Sunday brunch begins at 12:30 and we arrived at 1:00 neither the creamy polenta nor the chef’s gumbo was at an acceptable temperature. Could it be that the team needs to iron out the kinks? If you like ceviche, the Snapper Ceviche ($8 supplement) made it worth the trip. Fresh cubes of fish were table-side marinated in a perfect blend of passion fruit, lemon and onion juice with thinly sliced jalapeño and red peppers. This was a simple, elegant and delicious combination with just the right kick.

Snapper Ceviche

Snapper Ceviche

It merits mentioning the excellent service by Douglas and Luis, Venezuelan and Peruvian imports that enriched our Sunday with their graceful and expedient manner. The dessert offerings left us blasé in particular the blueberry peach cobbler; if I had to select a winner it would be the Bananas Fosters Bread Pudding but if you are a doughnut lover the Maple Bacon Donuts with a hint of Chantilly cream hidden might be the final sweet morsel of your choice.

Maple Bacon Donuts

Maple Bacon Donuts


Lillet Me Down ($14) is a lovely option for a refreshing drink. And by the way, if your are allergic to the heat like me, stay away from sitting by the back door where there is a constant heat draft as folks going in and out forget to close it.

Overall, it was a pleasant experience that will entice my return for their scrumptious ceviche and delicious handcrafted cocktails among other specialties. Beachcraft offers a Miami Spice prixe fixe $39 dinner menu nightly through September 30.