Haiti Art Expo 2010 opens Thursday

 

A big party from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday at the Mosaic Building, 161 NE 40th Street, celebrates the opening of Haiti Art Expo 2010, running from Thursday-Sunday and featuring the works of...

BY LESLEY ABRAVANEL | lank@aol.com

A big party from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday at the Mosaic Building, 161 NE 40th Street, celebrates the opening of Haiti Art Expo 2010, running from Thursday-Sunday and featuring the works of Haitian artists who've never displayed works outside the island. Presented by Plum TV's Jerry Powers, promoter Michael Capponi, who has helped in relief efforts, and Haitian relief advocate Jeff Feldman, the party is hosted by Venus Williams, Haitian-born World Welterweight championship boxer Andrea Berto and Fabrice and Patrick Tardieu of the clothing line Bogosse. Romero Britto has contributed to the exhibit as has photographer Sarah Brokaw, whose limited-edition prints will be signed by Haitian advocate Sean Penn. All sale proceeds will benefit relief efforts in Haiti facilitated by United Way of Miami-Dade. To attend, e-mail RSVP@capponnigroup.com. The expo will also be open to the public on Sunday.

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PICTURE THIS

Celebrity photographer Patrick McMullan will be at Wynwood hot spot Cafeina Thursday, celebrating So 80's, featuring vintage shots of Madonna, Andy Warhol and Liza Minnelli, among others. The event is also in conjunction with author Brian Antoni's signing of his book, South Beach The Novel, from which a portion of proceeds from sales will go to the Trevor Project. RSVP to Cafeina@Taraink.com.

SPIN DOCTORS

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Lollapalooza founder/rocker/DJ Perry Farrell will host a private dinner Wednesday at Townhouse and a party Thursday at Bardot celebrating the launch of the Precision Guided Musicians Art Project grant awarded to musicians who use computers, synthesizers, mixing boards and drum machines. Info: 305-588-8981.

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