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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.

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Roller skating art installation at Faena Forum

If you missed the roller dancing rink as art experience at Art Basel, you have another chance October 8 at the Faena Forum. The installation ángeles veloces arcanos fugaces,  by Faena Art includes a free roller dancing class for beginners and then Noon to 10 p.m. the roller dancing non stop musical experience headlines with a lineup of DJs and performers. This second edition of the roller disco rink will feature a performance by renowned Miami performance artist duo TM Sisters and will be activated musically by guest DJ Paperwater. To keep your energy going, there wil be food popups by LovJuice and Wynwood Parlor. You need to register (it’s free) but admission is on a first come first serve basis due to capacity limits. Roller skates will be available though best to bring your own since the number is limited. Faena Forum, 3300-3398 Collins Avenue.

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Edouard Duval Carrie exhibit at MOCA


Do not miss the exhibit of prominent Haitian artist  Edouard Duval-Carrié . Entitled Metamorphosis, it’s an exhibition of 37 new paintings and sculptures, new mixed media works, now at MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami . Though I really enjoyed his last exhibit in Miami at PAMM, this I found even better because of the variety of media and intricacy of the work.

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The stage is set with a room entitled the “Cabinet de Curiosites”, unique and precious objects collected by the artist in his travels that inform his work.  Centering on the symbolic and cultural histories of Haiti and the Caribbean, Duval-Carrié’s artistic themes are variations on the historic life of the region. As he describes it, the Caribbean was a theatre for historical colonial encounter.

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His paintings and sculptures explore how the region’s flora and the fauna were intrinsic to the colonial enterprise, and the ways in which our natural environment has itself been transformed into a new problem of our times. Throughout all of Carrie’s work is the drive to create a visual grammar of the region as an experimental colorist and mixed-media artist. In this exhibition are paintings of a slave who transforms himself into various forms of animal life; boats transformed into containers of  sugar; disfigured human forms, heads and faces metamorphosing from their symmetrical shape into things unknown; and lighting methods on resin  which changes old forms into  the new. Duval-Carrié’s current work creates contemporary echoes of the historical colonial encounter and the construction of the New World, considering its meanings for today. Also on display is an exhibit of contemporary Cuban art, photography and paintings.


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Works on paper from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection at the Lowe Art Museum

The Lowe Art Museum kicked off one of its star exhibits of the year , an advance on Art Basel with Pop art prints. Featured are 37 works on paper from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection including Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselman. The exhibit runs until December 17. Want to turn the visit into a social occasion? October 5 is their next After Hours Party when you can explore not only Pop Art but also the permanent collection galleries while enjoying great music, light refreshments, and cocktails courtesy of Bacardi! Click here for tickets..


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Miami Design District photo courtesy of Best Travel Blog

The Design District bills itself as the center of art and commerce. Have you wondered about the story behind the works of art throughout the district? Here’s your chance to find out with a free guided tour of its major public art and architecture by art critic, journalist and educator Margery Gordon. It’s offered twice a month during the Miami Design District’s monthly Sunday Family Day and the last Wednesday of every month during the Market. For meeting points and times, click here.

Clive Christian Perfumes

Need a luxurious indulgence for him and/or her, or just to treat yourself? Mr. W and I treated ourselves post Irma to  perfumes from Clive Christian.  The UK based Clive Christian laid the foundation for his crafted fragrances in 1999 when he acquired the Crown Perfumery Company, a prestigious 19th century perfume house that was a favorite of Queen Victoria. With this, he had the permission to use the Queen’s crown on the bottle stoppers. The regal looking amber bottle complete cosseted in a   box that sets the stage for indulgence. Mr.W opted for the spicy, woody X Masculine made with over 178 ingredients , with top notes including cardamom, ginger and juniper, heart notes of orris, cinnamon, and jasmine and base notes of amber, cedarwood and oakmoss. I chose the  Green Fougere.  This perfume is said to  reference the exacting elegance of the royal gardens complete with immaculate topiary and lush lawns. . The  perfume has an aromatic herbal heart that’s brought to  life with the fresh outdoorsy notes of rose, lavender and narcissus. Price for X Masculine is $225; $395  for Green Fougere  .They’re sold at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and other leading luxury retailers.

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Mega milkshake at Bocas House Coral Gables

Mega milkshakes is a new trend, and I’m talking about mega. I came upon them in Instagram, at a place called Bocas House in Doral and Weston. They just opened in Coral Gables at 2 Aragon Avenue and went to check them out. A friend and I had one of their signature milkshakes, would you believe, topped with a vanilla ice cream cone and dulce de leche cake. Then there was the glass, surrounded by Nutella. OMG, delicious. They say a milkshake will be on the house if you celebrate your birthday there (must show proof though). Go for it!

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