This Year’s Perez Art Museum Miami Gala Extravaganza

Last month over 800 attendees showed up at the Perez Art Museum Miami’s third annual PAMM Art gala. They raised more than $1 million, which tremendously benefited Miami’s school system, through their education program.

Some of the more notable people that attended the event were Food Network’s Simply Delicioso host Ingrid Hoffmann, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, photographer Iran Issa Khan, Patricia and Phillip Frost, Barbara Becker, Manny Diaz, PAMM trustee Craig Robins and his wife, Jackie Soffer (read more). There was even an appearance from reality show TV personality Lisa Hochstein. Art of the Party Chairs included Elle Macpherson, Constance and Miguel Fernandez, Jeffery Soffer, Darlene and Jorge M. Perez and Karen and Stephen Ross.

This gigantic and ultra-classy party was actually three parties all rolled into one. During the Chef’s Table seated dinner, Perez Art Museum Miami art director Franklin Sirmans, honored Chuck Close, who is one of the most popular and successful artist of our time. Three examples of Chuck’s artwork are permanently on display in the upscale museum. During the party, guests were invited to mingle on the second floor’s special exhibition galleries. Guests were treated to live sets by DJ DZA and enjoyed several interactive art stations, such as a giant wall to ceiling coloring book and work from digital sketch artists. Later on during the night, party-goers were directed outside to the after party, which including a seven-piece-band, Remix. DJ Jessica got the crowd dancing under the stars to daybreak with many classic throwbacks.

Perez Art Museum Miami is a one stop place to not only enjoy fine art that portrays Miami’s diverse community, but to also relax and enjoy some fine dining at Verde Restaurant. There are breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and brilliant hanging gardens to take in. Get your shopping on in the museum’s gift shop, which features handmade items, art books and furnishings.

The museum’s prior name was Center for the Fine Arts, which opened in 1984. However, in 1994, the CFA was renamed the Miami Art Museum of Dade County Association as they ditched the museum of all temporary pieces of art and solely exhibited permanent art displays that reflected Miami’s diverse community. The museum moved to their current location next to Biscayne Bay in 2013, and changed their name to Jorge M. Perez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County.

AIF New England Gala Raises over $1 Million

BOSTON: The New England chapter of the American India Foundation raised more than $1 million at its 10th anniversary gala held here on March 26. More than 570 guests attended the event held at Beantown’s historic Park Plaza Hotel.

According to the organization, the proceeds will go to AIF’s Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI), a public-private partnership working to reduce maternal and child mortality by providing care, resources, and support to empower local communities to care for their mothers and children – and improve local health systems.

“It was incredible to see over 570 supporters come together and raise $1 million which can support 40,000 expectant mothers and their babies through Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative,” said Santhana Krishnan, a gala chair and president of the AIF New England Council of Governors.  “The New England AIF supporters exemplify the spirit of thinking globally and acting locally. We are grateful to the community in strengthening AIF’s resolve to uplift so many out of cycles of poverty, and helping them to live healthy, successful, productive lives.”

Popular CNBC anchor Seema Mody served as the mistress of ceremonies at the event.

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Review: ‘Hamilton,’ Young Rebels Changing History and Theater

Yes, it really is that good.

At this point, it would be almost a relief to report that “Hamilton” — the musical that opened at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night — has shrunk beneath the bloat of its hype. Since it was first staged at the Public Theater this year, this brave new show about America’s founding fathers has been given the kind of worshipful press usually reserved for the appearances of once-in-a-lifetime comets or the births of little royal celebrities.

During the past several months, while it was being pumped up and trimmed down for its move from the East Village to Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rap-driven portrait of the rise and fall of Alexander Hamilton (this country’s first secretary of the Treasury) has been the stuff of encomiums in both fashion magazines and op-ed columns. A friend of mine recently said that there were three subjects she never wanted to see in a newspaper again: Caitlyn Jenner, the Harper Lee novel “Go Set a Watchman” and “Hamilton.”

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Aventura Hosts Red Carpet Screening of ’13 Hours’

Aventura Mall, owned by real estate mogul, Jackie Soffer, is one of the nicest shopping malls in America, housing luxury store heads for brands like Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Fendi, Dior and more!

Earlier this month, Aventura hosted a premiere event for the new Michael Bay movie, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” The movie is about the siege of the American embassy in Benghazi, and it shows how former Special Forces soldiers were able to help save the embassy from certain destruction. It is based on the book of the name, and the movie stars John Krasinski.

Krasinski was able to attend the premiere. This premiere offered the public a chance to get a glimpse of the celebrities in the flesh. Krasinski brought his lovely wife, and he was happy to be in Florida to offer this special premiere experience to guests of the mall.

The event was a nice gala that brought the guests who were given invitations by the mall management team, and it allowed these guests to meet the celebrities who were involved. There were many people were part of the production of the movie that came to the premiere, and the guests were able to meet up with these celebrities for the first time. This is a great experience that people are not able to have unless they are living in California or New York. This means that people will be able to look forward to even more events that will happen in the mall.

Aventura Mall is going to be a great place to have more premiere events in the future, and they have started with the best event by hosting a screening of “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” and its star, John Krasinski. This was a great event that allowed the local denizens near the mall to attend the event with the stars of the movie. This means that they will be able to make the best kinds of events for their guests, and they are going to be able to gain more notoriety because of the kinds of events that they are holding.

New Life Into Hasty Pudding Club’s Historic Home

Andrew Farkas was a member of the Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club and is where he spent most of memorable times while an undergraduate. When Andrew was presented with the idea of renovating the structure which has existed since 1888, and breathing new life into it, he jumped at the chance. He gifted the renovated structure in appreciation of the Hasty Pudding Club, Harvard College and his father.

This building holds historical importance as it is where Franklin D. Roosevelt took Eleanor when they were young and where classmates John F. Kennedy and Alan Jay Lerner played pool all night. This is the place some of the biggest celebrities remember what it was like to be a kid. Harvard has now renovated and expanded this memorable and historical building into a vibrant learning space, rehearsal and performing area for performing arts students.

The original face of the building has been retained as well as the entryway. It now is home to the new theater that now has state of the art lighting and new sound systems. Other improvements include; a movable stage, dance studio, classrooms and offices for the arts student groups.

Andrew Farkas and his wife are responsible for the brick building, long known as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, showcasing the organizations important role at Harvard. Through photographs, posters and plaques they have seen to it the display appears in the lobby. Through this display it will remain Hasty Pudding’s Historic Home. This building earned its original name in the late 1700s when members were required to bring a pot of grain pudding to the meetings held there.

Farkas Hall has been named in honor of Robin Farkas, Andrew’s father. He talked Andrew into choosing Harvard as his school and it provided him with the “canvas on which to reinvent himself.” Today he is the father of three, chairman and CEO of Island Capital Group, a real estate and private equity firm. His wife, Sandi is founder of the Playwrights of New York, a screenwriter and playwright.

The Farkas legacy has now been written into the story of this historical building. The performance space, Farkas Hall has seen several Farkas generations pass through its doors, including Arielle Farkas who graduated in 2013.

How to Start Performing in Local Theatre


It is never too late or too early to take an interest in performing on stage. People of all ages enjoy being part of stage performances. It can be a truly rewarding experience to take part in a production. If you have never acted on stage before and do not know where to begin then take a moment to look over these tips on how to start performing in local theatre.

Community Theatre

The first thing you need to realize if you want to start performing is that community theatre is the best place to start. You will not get discovered or suddenly end up being recognized by some famous director. If that is what you are hoping for, get the thought out of your head. What community theatre does provide is the opportunity to hone your skills and learn how to act. With community theatre you can get used to the process of rehearsing, preparing, and acting in a production. Consider your time with community theatre as training, but understand that you may never go beyond this level.

You Do Not Need an Agent

Oliver!-Theatre-Royal-Dru-001If you have never acted before, you do not need an agent. Agents are individuals that try to find parts for actors that already have experience. You should also be aware that agents do not require any fees up front. When you reach the point where you would like to hire an agent, avoid any agents that ask for fees in advance. Instead, they will require a percentage of your earnings from any jobs that they are able to find for you.

Learn Additional Skills

There is often more to community theatre and theatre productions in general than just standing on stage and acting. Depending on the production you are involved in you may need to be able to sing and dance. So, in addition to learning how to act, you may have to take the time to attend some dance classes or schedule some vocal lessons. Having a wide variety of skills that can be used on stage is helpful. You can think of each of these skills as an important part of your acting resume.

Practice Your Skills

theatre_rotator2In addition to learning some extra skills you should also practice. Practice your acting, your singing, your dancing, until you feel comfortable with yourself. It may help to practice in front of others or have a friend read lines with you. The more practice you get the more you will be ready for the stage.

Start Auditioning

Once you feel that you are ready to take part in your first production, start asking around about different theatre productions coming up in your area. Visit local theatres and get to know some of the people involved. Find out when auditions start and try to take part in a large variety of shows. Depending on the size of the theatre community in your area, you may find it difficult to land a role on your first try – do not get discouraged. Keep at it and continue to audition for roles. Eventually, you will get your chance. After you get a role and take part in a stage production, do not let nerves get the best of you. If you forget your lines, keep the story going. Your fellow actors, if they are experienced, should be able to get you back on track quickly.

Performing on stage can be very rewarding, whether you are looking for a career beyond the stage or simply want to take part in productions in your area as a fun hobby. The best way to get started is to get out there and start auditioning for roles and taking part in your local theatre community.