“FESTIVALS ON FIRE” Conference and Exhibition
Make Your Event Sparkle
(Miami, Fl) The 1st Annual Greater Miami Festivals and Events Association’s “FESTIVALS ON FIRE” Convention and Exhibition will take place June 20th in the Tree Top Ballroom at Jungle Island in Miami, Fl. It will provide event-planning professionals the chance to learn about products and services to help their festival or event exceed its goals, network with other industry professionals & attend informative cutting-edge workshops. If your service or product targets event professionals, this show is a must! The conference is from 9:00am to 2:30pm on June 20, 2013.
“The GMFEA Festivals on Fire Convention is an amazing opportunity to network with potential vendors for our festival and upcoming events. I am most excited to talk to other event planners in the Miami-Dade area. What a great way to build partnerships and learn from each other! I also heard the keynote speaker is unbelievable! I can’t wait!” – Amanda Bush, Director of Art Deco Weekend, Miami Beach, Fl
GMFEA’s “FESTIVALS ON FIRE” Conference & Exhibition will provide event planning professionals the chance to network with other industry professional and check out the exciting exhibitor hall, establish new contacts and reconnect with old ones, further your education by attending workshops, learn about new products and services that will help your event grow, interact with the movers and shakers of your industry, and discover new innovative technologies.
Tickets are $85 for non-members and $35 for GMFEA members. Ticket price includes access to all workshop sessions featuring presentations from industry leaders, a continental breakfast, trade show floor exhibits and entertainment, reception and networking lunch with performance showcases.
9:00-10:00am Registration / Continental Breakfast
9:00am Trade Show Opens
10:00-10:45am Workshop 1
11:00-11:45am Workshop 2
12.00-1:00pm Cocktail Reception
1:00pm Trade Show Closes
1:00-2:30pm Lunch / Performance Showcase
Linda Novit, ENV Magazine
George’s lies on the corner of Collins and 72nd Street, North Beach. George’s is a family business, owned by George Iglesias and his sister Elizabeth. Their family-oriented business opened in the year 2000, and has prospered ever since. George’s caters mostly to the locals, statin, “Cuisine is Italian with a touch of Buenos Aires.”
George is an honest man, not prone to tooting his own horn, so I’ll do it for him As I waited for George to appear, Nick the bartender and Maria Elena, the waitress, made us feel right at home. I say us, because I invited one of my favorite people, actor Freddy Howard, who is also known as the Golden Voice.
George, as I said, is an honest man. He uses the best ingredients. He simply said that his food could go neck-in-neck with the more pricey Italian restaurants, giving you more bang for your buck! I tried the signature dish, lobster filled ravioli, and that’s quite a signature. Freddy tried the “Fiocci”, but not being a lover of sweet and sour, Fiocci is pasta filled with ricotta and pears, with delicate lemon and fresh rosemary sauce. I do like sweet and sour, but had already been served “Ravioli Di Aragosta” which I was very happy with. Freddy turned his in for a “Spaghetti Bolognese” which brought him joy!
But the best was yet to come! As we heard Frank Sinatra singing in the background. Oh, these wise guys! (just kidding) So, it came before my eyes… the best darn Tiramisu IN THE WORLD! And believe me, I know! I have traveled around this world ( as a singer), including Italy, and THERE IS NONE BETTER!!!
Linda Novit, ENV Magazine
New Orleans, even more dear to us now, since Katrina. But the places on high ground, such as the French Quarter, and the famed (mainly through Ann Rice),Garden District were not affected, apart from the loss of business and power outage.
Besides going to party down in the French Quarter, you can lay back and relax in the Garden District, which also has fine restaurants, access to street cars, even if they’re not called Desire, A 24 hour Tavern called The St. Charles Tavern, ask for Jay, he’ll tell you stories, a very knowledgeable man. There’s also “The Green Fork” a totally organic bistro, started 5 years ago. It had it rough for a while, but has prospered the last two years, as the people of New Orleans go more and more organic.
Then there are the wonderful (at least I think it’s the best way to travel) B&Bs. I picked one called the Fairchild House (located at 1518 Prytania St – www.fairchildhouse.com) run by Brazilian New Orleanians Beatriz Aprigliano-Ziegler and her mother Rita. They started their business 21 years ago, and they love it. As they lovingly call it “Faulty Towers” The breakfast array is wonderful and Kosher, which means they don’t mix meat with dairy (comes from the Jewish “Thou shalt not eat the calf in it’s mother’s milk)
And when you’re in the mood, it’s only about ten minutes to the French Quarter, with all it’s excitement, and what I most appreciate, live music everywhere!!! I even found a hidden historic treasure, teaching me more about the city. I found the “Tango Bar”, the only one left since the 30’s. At that time, tango was the thing, and there were 30-40 tango bars. Although music on Bourbon Street is entertaining, along with all the shops, and you can barter at their Farmers Market. Near the Farmer’s Market, lies Frenchman Street, where the avante garde jazz is happening There’s also, on one corner of the French Quarter, Louis Armstrong Park, beautiful, and nice to spend time in.
In between the French Quarter and the Garden District lay a huge Museum dedicated to WWII. I entered and felt chills. How could they change the Swastika, which used to be a symbol for peace, into the face
Beatriz of Fairchild Gardens
of evil and horror!! Yes, someone in my family died in the camps.
Anyway, right next door, was the Contemporary Art Museum, which this week featured Teen Art.
And now to the food! I went back to a restaurant where I’d dined last year, and had fond memories of, the Pier 424 Seafood Market, on Bourbon Street, a special restaurant, the locals had guided me to last year. I then had some scrumptious Filled Portobello mushrooms. At the time I and another table were the only diners. But word travels fast, now it was packed!!
For my first course, besides the introductory drink, a chocolate martini, to die for! I am a chocoholic, , so from their wine list, which even educates you about wines, I chose one that went well with chocolate. Really good! I had oysters, that tasted so good, you’d think they had just brought them up from the beach and shucked ‘ em. They were so good I almost turned gay !!! To follow was a gigantic catfish that was so tender , it just fell off your fork, into your mouth, along with them I ha
At Pier 424 with Carlos and Paul
some fried button mushrooms, mushroom freak as I am. Then, the Grande finale! I really felt like a VIP when I was served cheesecake with berries. Wow, so we splurge a little now and then. Many thanks to Paul, server extraordinaire, Manager Karl, and Morgan in marketing. We love you madly! I’ll be back to the gym next week.
Louis Armstrong Park Café du Monde
Contemporary Art Museum French Quarter
Breakfast buffet at Fairchild
Artists display their work outside Café du Monde
Our heartfelt thanks to Christine and the others at New Orleans Conventions and Tourism bureau!!!
DIDATO, RICHBERG SPARKLE IN PERFECTLTY SCRIPTED COCK –
THE LATEST OF ADLER’S PRODUCTIONS AT GABLESTAGE
Ron Levitt, ENV Magazine, Florida Media News
CORAL GABLES, FL — With such a provocative title, Cock – the current production at GableStage – will either intrigue theatre-going audiences that they are in for some X-rated material or preclude it by saying “no-no.” Both are wrong.
Instead they will get an intelligent, astutely directed production with some of the finest acting seen in South Florida in many years. Cock could have been named “cockfight” due to the unusual staging in a partial boxing ring. It is the appropriate site to mouth the words of young British writer Mike Bartlett as a quartet of actors battle with verbiage to determine just what “love” is.
In its simplest terms, Cock is the story of a young man John (Ryan Didato) who has had a long-term gay relationship with the older M (Nicholas Richberg) before his world is turned upside down when he has an unexpected affair with a woman W (Julie Kleiner). He is put in the position of choosing to continue his gay relationship or accept the reality that he is bisexual and capable of a loving future with this woman, even with the objection of M’s father–F (an explosive Peter Galman).
But there is nothing simple about this script nor the plot And, certainly, nothing simple about this production of a play which was a big hit in London and New York. This is Joseph Adler’s 92nd production at the Biltmore site and his adroit direction is apparent as the four actors dominate the stage. It is by no means a simple reminder of why Adler has the most production and directing Carbonells of anyone else in South Florida. Once again, his mark of excellence is apparent.
Lest we ignore the dominant characters, let us heap praise on both Didato and Richberg. Both obviously have anchored their characters with English accents that seem real. There is no sense that the accents or dialects are for stage use only. Richberg, in addition, fills every pre-conceived and stereotypical movement of the effeminate homosexual as envisioned in Bartlett’s extraordinary script. Richberg is truly brilliant as the deeply hurt partner – joining with the superb performance of Didato as the confused John – a frustrated fellow who doesn’t seem to know what he wants!!. What a topnotch twosome!
The writing of Cock is witty, filled with truisms, and words which tell more about these characters’ premise of love than any action might produce. It is a delicious script peppered with language one would expect of some twenty-somethings in urban London. What a pleasure to witness such reality!!
Kleiner, whose attire is somewhat dowdy for such a bright character, and New York actor Galman, are up to expectations in their supporting roles, as well. Adler obcviusly chose this cast with care. It would be half as much fun in lesser hands.
Lyle Baskin uses symbolism in his set design – one half of a boxing ring in which the characters battle. Matt Corey handles the sound; Jeff Quinn the lighting, and Ellis Tillman, the costumes.
Cock runs through June 16th, Call 305 445 1119 for tickets.