January Social-Lite Guide

 

Your New Year's resolution to be more altruistic (and social) starts here.

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By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Bare Bones Ball and Beaux Arts Festival
The Bare Bones Ball, will kick off the Beaux Arts Festival of Art, this Friday January 7th, at the University of Miami campus (1301 Stanford Drive) at 7 p.m.  This year’s theme is Miami Vice, so guests are invited to channel their best Crocket and Tubbs and dress in pastel colors. Tickets cost $50 and include Grey Goose vodka cocktails and delicious bites.  For more information and to RSVP contact Renee Castillo 305.322.7376, email 3castillo@bellsouth.net.

For the 60th year in a row, the Beaux Arts Festival of Art will bring 240 fine artists to the grounds of the Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami campus.  The festival will take place from January 8-9, showcasing works in 10 mediums to fit a variety of budgets. This year, artists hail from 30 states plus Canada and Israel. Admission and parking are free.  Ball and festival proceeds benefit the Lowe Art Museum, which will be open to the public all weekend. The Beaux Arts Festival of Art offers visitors the opportunity to meet exhibiting artists, sample fine cuisine and enjoy live entertainment.  Kids too can enjoy the family zone, with special entertainment and a “Children's Art Activity Area” where kids 4-12 can make arts and crafts for free.

An Evening of Sweetness and Laughter
On Sunday, January 9, enjoy “An Evening of Sweetness and Laughter,” a benefit, awards ceremony and comedy show to benefit the Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation (MFRF). The event will feature “Laffing Matterz”, a satirical dinner show which includes a sumptuous sit-down dinner and gourmet dessert selections, and will honor leaders in the medical and scientific communities.  The Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation (MFRF) which supports education and research of children’s genetic brain diseases.  Festivities begin at 4:15 p.m. at the Broward Center for Performing Arts.  Tickets cost $150.  To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.mfrfoundation.org or contact MFRF 561.477.0337 or mfrf@aol.com.

    
A Weeklong Celebration of the Arts
Every year up to 150 of the nation’s most talented 17-18 year old artists, spanning nine disciplines, converge in Miami for YoungArts Week, representing our country’s next generation of performing, literary, and visual brilliance.  This year, YoungArts Week will take place from January 10-14 and include free performances every night. Check out the schedule and location of events and to obtain tickets.
 
The week culminates with An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala, during which the young artistic luminaries are recognized before a live audience. This year's Gala will take place on Saturday, January 15 at 6 p.m., beginning at the Gusman Center (174 East Flagler Street) with a performance by a group of YoungArts alumni and awards presentations followed by dinner and dancing across Flagler Street in the historic Alfred I. Dupont Building. Tickets range in price from $650.00 to $1,000.00 and tables range from $6,500 to $50,000. Call 305.377.1140 or email gala@youngarts.org for more information.

DesignHouse Celebrates Hollywood’s Golden Age
Film and Design go together like cookies and cream- or something like that.  This year, beginning on Tuesday, January 18, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) will debut its latest DesignHouse, which focuses on the the Golden Age of Hollywood. The exhibit will feature 20 installations reminiscent of iconic films that “influenced a universal culture and transformed a way of life.” The theme merges the creative disciplines of film and design demonstrates the visual impact that environments have in telling a story. (Just think, what would Casablanca have been without Rick’s Café or Psycho without the shower?) A VIP preview and gala will be held on Tuesday, January 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. at DCOTA’s A Building Atrium and DesignHouse (1855 Griffin Road) to celebrate the debut of the showcase. In addition, a 200-piece retrospective by Hollywood photographer Greg Gorman will also be on display. Tickets cost $100 with 100% of proceeds benefitting three tri-county cultural institutions: The Wolfsonian at F.I.U. in Miami, The Museum of Art l Film Lauderdale and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.  For more information, call 954-920-7997.

Taste of the Garden       

In case you needed any more reasons to break your New Year’s resolution, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Drive) invites you to its 6th annual Taste of the Garden on Wednesday, January 19 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The outdoor dining experience will showcase many of South Florida's premiere chefs and restaurants and offers free-flowing fine wines, lively entertainment and complimentary valet parking. Participants include: Mercadito, Fratelli Lyon, Shula's Steak House Miami Beach, Solea at the W Hotel, Shiraz Events, Quattro, Essensia in the Palms Hotel, Sushi
Samba, the Café at Books & Books Lincoln Road, 1500°, BBQ Beach
, and Grazie along with a slew of wineries. There will also be a silent auction with lots of goodies to challenge your post holiday saving resolutions. The event is limited to 300 guests so hurry and get your tickets, which cost $60 per person in advance, $75 after January 14.  You may buy them online at www.mbgarden.org or call 305.673.7256/extension 201.

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