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.
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.
This year's Supercon packs more power than a dam built out of wind turbines with more than 100 comic-book guests, including Batman artist Bill Sienkiewicz and The Incredible Hulk artist Ariel Olivetti, and more than 50 celebrity guests ranging from Richard "Shaft" Roundtree to the president of Troma Entertainment Film Studios, Lloyd Kaufman. On Friday night at 10 p.m., catch headliners Less Than Jake light up the main stage, then stick around for a late-night dance party filled with costumes, comic lovers, and romantic encounters that unfold cell by cell.
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.
Europe and Latin America do not share a border on most reputable maps, but for more than 15 years, they have converged at The Globe in the middle of Coral Gables. There, chef de cuisine Martin Taylor and sous chef Jacques Blacques make room on their menu for New England fish and chips and Argentinean churrasco, as well as pastas and hand-tossed pizzas. Throughout the day, alert noses might detect aromas of spanish chorizo, wasabi, and cognac-spiced dijon sauce suffusing the pub.
That eclectic edible geography is reflected in the décor. Vintage globes line the shelf above the polished wood bar, and mollify diners who refuse to accept the existence of a new Zealand. A curved staircase with a wrought-iron railing—reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa—provides a similar centerpiece to the bistro tables spread across the weathered wood floors. Resident musical director Rodolfo Zuniga adds to the atmosphere with live American and Latin jazz performances, which fill the restaurant with guitar licks and twinkling piano late into the night. Miami.com has praised the "great selection of rare wines." Likewise, the Miami New Times describes The Globe as "an ideal place to meet for happy hour."
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.