From whimsical to practical, Turcios Party Rental supplies party hosts with all the trappings for a successful bash. This includes Spongebob or Tinker Bell bounce houses, water slides, and snow-cone or cotton-candy machines. But it also encompasses tents, tables, and chairs, as well as table cloths, balloons, and other decorations.
Thanks to a generous $35 million donation, the Miami Art Museum is now called the Perez Art Museum Miami, and has a shiny new home to match the label change. The Museum serves as the anchor to new 29-acre Museum Park, which overlooks glimmering Biscayne Bay. The updated digs were designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron and are dedicated to international art of the 20th and 21st centuries, laid out across three stories. At more than triple the floor space of their previous home, the Perez is modern and contemporary, housing more than 1,300 works across a range of media. There is also Verde, a lovely waterfront restaurant and bar, where the menu is locally-inspired and created with seasonal ingredients.
The photographers of In305.com have snapped photos for national publications and local media outlets. They often works with fashion models and captures key moments at special events. But their work isn't confined to magazine pages or the Etch A Sketch boards sold at newsstands. They photograph artistic portraits for everyday clients as well.
The award-winning acting coach and filmmaker Ralph Kinnard still offers classes for beginners and professionals at Miami Acting Studio. His acting workshops are based on the techniques of Lee Strassberg (he of Actor’s Studio fame), the father of modern acting. Each once-a-week session works to teach actors the basics and beyond, by building on their natural instincts, emotions and abilities, before taking risks on stage. The class work includes improvisation and scene development to help actors build their craft, and many of the Studio’s graduates find work have had success in television and movies. Best of all: the first class is always free.
Despite the large contemporary buildings that surround it today, the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts retains as much charm as the day it opened in 1926, christened then as the Olympia Theater, a silent movie palace. Its completely restored Mediterranean courtyard, gilded balconies, Wurlitzer organ and decorative plasterwork serve as a reminder to the days when going to the theater was a major event. In its heyday the likes of Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Luciano Pavarotti and Etta James crossed the Gusman Center stage. Today the entertainment hall is home to jazz concerts, film festivals, the city’s emerging ballet company Ballet Palm Beach and the Miami Lyric Opera. And because it offers an intimate setting, it is possible to attend the opera without needing opera glasses.
Good times shouldn't be limited to the land. That's the view espoused by Tikki Beach, a charter company specializing in parties on the open sea. Hundreds of guests board multi-story ships to dance to live DJ sets, sip cocktails in luxurious lounges, or incite jealous stares from dolphins on open-air decks. All of the vessels, from the sleek catamaran to the aptly named mega-yacht Sir Winston, can be booked for special events or group outings. And, of course, there's the ship that started it all: the company's original Tikki Beach Barge, a floating beach party complete with thatch-roofed bars and swaying palm trees.