A fund-raising event for The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, Rocks for Education aims to draw audiences with a family-friendly mix of music, comedy, and more. Emmy winner and Local 10 News anchor Laurie Jennings will serve as the event's emcee, and stars David Henrie of Wizards of Waverly Place and Drake Bell of Drake & Josh will engage spectators with songs, comedy, and other unmimed entertainments. Performances by local dance teams and American Idol contestant Symphony Music Howlett will add to the rhythmic stew, making the event more melodic than a Broadway musical about Mozart and the pianos who loved him. The evening's beneficiary, The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, bolsters learning for little ones with advocacy, parent/teacher training, and resources such as a demonstration school.
With early access and fast-tracked autograph signings, you'll have more time than the common Superconners to experience the lengthy lineup of comic-book legends, celebrity guests, and musical acts throughout the weekend. There will only be 100 V.I.P. tickets sold, so grab one soon or be forced to settle for important-person tickets.
As a celebration of Latin culture and cuisine, the first annual Latin Taste Fest brings together an all-star line-up of Miami’s most renowned restaurateurs for a six-hour food and wine tasting event. Chefs from restaurants such as Brother Jimmy’s BBQ and Divino Ceviche man booth after booth, handing out unlimited samples. Throughout the festival, noted chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists put on a slew of seminars, and VIP amenities kick the culinary adventures up a notch with a private lounge full of casino tables, cocktails, and scratch-n-sniff appetizers.
The festival also gives revelers a taste of non-edible culture. An on-site gallery champions the work of local artists, and live entertainment includes Aymée Nuviola, a Latin singer-songwriter who has performed with Gloria Gaynor and Johnny Ventura. A portion of ticket sales and any excess food will go to help Feeding South Florida, an organization that gives food to hungry families, the working poor, homeless, and victims of domestic violence or natural disasters.
Of the more than 700 films submitted to the Miami Short Film Festival from across the world, only 74 make it to the big screen, chosen for their excellence in abbreviated movie-making. Selections on display at each of the fest’s five days of screening include narrative films, animation, music videos, and three-act family-vacation slideshows. This year’s choices include Juan Manuel Ortiz’s Domingo, whose stark filming style catches the eye as it explores environmental concerns, and Mark Nickelsburg’s Harry Grows Up, the tale of an 18-month-old child living on his own in New York City.
For one weekend each year, the flavors and sounds of Peru waft up from the Southern Hemisphere to the streets of Miami. PeruFest USA celebrates Peruvian culture with two full days of food, live music, and contests while also shining a light on other Latin cuisines. Visitors can attend quinoa-cooking demonstrations and classes and enter contests for dishes such as ceviche, which uses citric acid to cook fish rather than the usual method of stuffing hot coals in their gills. Meanwhile, youngsters can attend their own cooking classes, see the elegant gait of the Peruvian Paso during a horse show, and boogie alongside their parents as they watch international dance routines.
At last year's Grovetoberfest, more than 6,500 beer enthusiasts descended on Peacock Park for a celebration of seasonal beer, delicious food, and live music. This time around, the festival ratchets up the good times with an even bigger selection of beers to sample—more than 200, to be exact. Like the festival's guests, they come from all over the world, along with plenty of domestic craft brews as well. And besides sampling a world's worth of autumnal potions, attendees can ply their own wares in the Best Homebrew Contest, and learn to incorporate beer into their cooking routine in Milam's Kitchen Lab.
Transit Lounge, one of Miami's favorite bars and live music venues, is located in Brickell just a block away from Mary Brickell Village. Transit features live music and entertainment all week long on its main and patio stages, including showcases by local and national bands. Come sing Karaoke with a LIVE BAND every Tuesday