Category Archive: Culture

Unique Cultural Series: Ojala Inshallah

Sachal Ensemble: Song of Lahore


Serious kudos go to MDC Live Arts for what sounds like an extraordinary and thoughtful series of cultural events designed to explore the global diversity of Muslim culture. The Spanish word Ojala means” I wish” or “I hope so” and drives its meaning from the Arabic phrase “insha’Allah or God willing. The promotional brochure explains that the word is a ” reminder of the Moorish impact on the Spanish language and Hispanic identity shared by many of greater Miami’s residents. The objective of the series is to celebrate Muslim and Middle Eastern and North African communities as a valuable part of Miami’s richly diverse culture” with events of all the performing arts by stars in their respective fields. It kicks off Saturday, October 7. Read Full Post & Comments »

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Karen’s Kudos October

Birthday gift from Bocas House


This month’s Kudos go to exciting cultural exhibits including a roller dancing rink as art October 8, advances on Art Basel, luxurious indulgence for him and her, and a new Coral Gables spot for an OMG mega milkshake. Read Full Post & Comments »

Thoroughly Enjoyable Evening

Photo courtesy of Broadway World


A perfect antidote for a rainy day in Miami, or just when one needs a “pick me up” in the summer doldrums, is the new comedy at Coral Gables theater,  GableStage,” the Legend of Georgia McBride”. I found myself smiling for the entire 90 minutes, except for the time I was laughing. This is a real comedy, unlike many that are called comedies which I find more “black” than comedy. A lot of others must feel the same as GableStage just announced an extra matinee this Saturday, June 24, the day before it closes a very successful run. Read Full Post & Comments »

Things to Do Miami This Summer – Part 2



By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Part 2 of things to do Miami this summer.  We gave you a list of cultural  activities (Part 1) to do—but we know that, for some of you, that may not be your cup of tea. If you’re looking for something more hands on, look no further than the activities we have listed below. Try one ,you’re in for a treat. Read Full Post & Comments »

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Things to Do Miami (This Summer) – Part 1

Neverland the musical coming to the Arsht


By Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly


Plan to be around this summer and early fall in Miami? Expecting visitors from out of town ? We’ve put together a two part series of cultural, entertainment, and other things to do Miami. And even if you’re familiar with the entertainment venues, museums and such, you’ll find out what shows are on tap in one curated list (we’ve marked them in bold type). Try one or more of these activities, listed below—you’ll experience another side of the Magic City you and your guests haven’t seen before. Read Full Post & Comments »

Mother’s Day for Different Tastes

A Lavender brunch with star chef Andy Bates


What’s your (or your mother’s) pleasure? Here are choices for all tastes including a most unusual lavender brunch, music for the celebration, a chance to learn something new, and more. Two picks are on Saturday and others on MDay. For more choices for brunch, in case you missed it, my recent post on 7 new picks and an earlier roundup of classic choices. Read Full Post & Comments »

Karen’s Kudos May

Modobag photo courtesy of


A carry on suitcase you ride on , a welcome new New York style deli Miami  Beach, shop with bikes to travel the city and impress, Italian high end stationery and gift store, hidden finds in the Design District, and more in Karen’s Kudos for May. Read Full Post & Comments »

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A Different Kind of Happy Hour

MISO Symphony performing as part of the Palm Court Performance Series in the Miami Design District


On Friday at  5:30 Palm Court, the principal outdoor courtyard in the Design District, was standing room only. People of all ages, and a local and international crowd, were seated around a stage with the full complement of The Miami Symphony Orchestra that abutted the iconic Fly’s Eye dome by Buckminster Fuller. Others looked over from the two story balcony through sea green glass, beside shops from the biggest names in luxury.And still others were just listening to the music from the café that’s part of the new Estefan restaurant. Everyone was loving it, this different Miami happy hour. And The Palm Court Performance Series is free. Plus, thanks to the new restaurant and to bars strategically placed around the courtyard, you can enjoy a mojito, glass of wine, or other beverage while listening to the musical sounds. Read Full Post & Comments »

Karen’s Kudos March

Ermanno Scervino


Karen’s Kudos this month brings the first Miami meditation center, a to die for high fashion boutique from Florence for men and women , place to shop where designer discounts are 70 to 90%,  exhibit of 21 Israeli artists on the subject of “Wonder Woman”, and a rare visit to South Florida by Doctors without Borders. You won’t want to miss these hot tickets: Read Full Post & Comments »

Worth a Detour: Works by Saudi Arabian Female Artist

Manal Al Dowayan_Misunderstood Sounds


How many times do we get to see art by a Saudi Arabian artist, and a woman no less, in Miami, even at Art Basel?  Interestingly enough, the invitation to the opening of “I Am Here”, the exhibition of photography, installation and mixed media by Manal AlDowayan came on the heels of my having read a fascinating article about the new Saudi Arabian  editor of Vogue Arabia. Read Full Post & Comments »

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