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Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 2 - 2011

joeTeam Up For Toys

On Thursday, November 3, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Team Up For Toys and Moonshadows at Hollywood Beach Golf & Country Club host a night of shopping, music, and support benefitting Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. Founded in 2007, Team Up for Toys has grown to be one of the largest toy collections the hospital receives, bringing smiles to children that are admitted throughout the year during their birthdays, special occasions and the holiday season. This year, in addition to collecting new and unwrapped toys, tax-deductible cash donations and sponsorships are being accepted to support programs and purchase new equipment for the Foundation’s Child Life Department. Tickets are $20 and include a glass of wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres. To purchase tickets visit .


GrassoOpeningReceptionBass Museum Presents Laurent Grasso: Portrait of a Young Man

The Bass Museum of Art will host an artist reception for its newest exhibit Laurent Grasso: Portrait of a Young Man on Friday, November 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. coinciding with the opening of French Week Miami. For his solo exhibition at the Bass Museum, open to the public on October 29, Parisian artist Laurent Grasso juxtaposes historical works from the museum’s permanent collection of Renaissance and Baroque art with his own series of paintings, sculptures, videos and neons. The artist provocatively forms literal and figurative connections between the past and present and investigates shifting and multiple time frames in his conceptual art practice. French Week Miami is organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce with the support of the French Consulate in Miami and showcases the diversity and richness of the French presence to the community of South Florida. This event is actively supported by the Consulate General of France, ; Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres by A la Folie Café and cocktails. The reception is free to members and bass-pass members and $8 for non-members. French week participants can RSVP at for free admission to the reception.



header-msm-logoMiami Science Museum’s Reptile Day

Those who are reptile lovers or simply want to learn more about the fascinating creatures are invited to attend Miami Science Museum’s Reptile Day on Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Merging two of the Museum’s most popular events, Snake Day and Lizard Day, Reptile Day will include entertaining and interactive activities about many different reptile species. New to the event this year is the Turtle and Tortoise category. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to see, touch and experience several different lizard and snake species, while the reptiles’ enthusiastic owners share details about their pets. The pet reptile competition will give select owners a chance to show off their scaly sidekicks, and compete for People’s Choice Awards such as The Largest, Best of Show, Most Unusual, People’s Pick and Junior Herpetologist. Guests will also enjoy a reptile trivia contest, live demonstrations, face painting, build-a-snake or lizard activity, snake personality quiz, and a sampling of “Insect Cuisine” prepared by a professional chef. Reptile Day is sponsored in part by GEICO, Tom Crutchfield, Zoo Med, and United Pet Group, Inc. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Rachael Sablotsky at Entrance to the event is included with Museum admission. Students (with valid ID), seniors (62+) and children 3 – 12, $10.95; adults are $14.95. Admission is free for MiaSci members and children under 3. Parking is free.


lennon-bus1Sleepless Night at the Betsy Hotel

The Betsy Hotel, a hub for arts and culture on South Beach, will take part in Sleepless Night; Miami Beach’s all night arts festival, on Saturday November 5, with a series of events that exemplify the hotel and its leadership team’s firmly established commitment to philanthropy, art, music and literature. In cooperation with The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a state of the art mobile recording studio and video production facility, The Betsy Hotel will host a dedication ceremony for a tree that it has donated to the City of Miami Beach in honor of Yoko Ono’s interactive artwork, Wish Tree. Located in Lummus Park, directly across the street from the hotel at 1440 Ocean Drive; the community is invited to attend the dedication and plaque installation beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Wish Tree has been integral to many of Ono’s exhibitions around the world in museums and cultural centers where people have been invited to write their personal wishes for peace and tie them to a tree branch. The first 100 guests to add their wishes to the tree will have their photograph taken by one of several professional photographers (including Robert Zuckerman) and exhibited on board the Lennon Bus. For a full schedule of the evening events, contact the Betsy Hotel at 305.531.6100.



The Wolfsonian Visionaries will host 11:11:11, the second annual Visionaries’ fundraiser to benefit The Wolfsonian–Florida International University. The event will run from 7:00-11:11pm on Friday, November 11, 2011, at the landmark 1111 Lincoln Road garage. The evening, which also marks The Wolfsonian’s 16th anniversary, will feature signature dishes from Miami’s top restaurants and caterers, as well as top shelf spirits from Bacardi. DJ Mauricio Parra will curate the music, and the images of artist Emilio Chapela will be on display in a site-specific installation. The evening will also include a surprise interactive event to mark 11:11pm. 

The evening features an impressive selection of tasting tables from Le Basque, Lovely Daze Desserts, Lyon + Lyon, Meat Market, Petit Pois, Ortanique, Rosa Mexicano, Shake Shack, Stella’s Sweet Shoppe, and Thierry’s Catering. Additional confirmed event sponsors include The Shore Club, Alhambra Antiques, ArtNexus, Fiction Events, and Jacober & Associates. 

The Wolfsonian Visionaries is comprised of young professionals from Miami’s arts and business communities who are committed to promoting The Wolfsonian through innovative events and design-related programming. The 11:11:11 host committee includes Olga Granda-Scott and Douglas Scott, Aimet and Josh Oberhausen, Jaime Odabashian, Lucia Schito, and Jose Zaldivar. Tickets are $150 per person. Tickets may be purchased online at . For further information about 11:11:11, contact Nelly Farra at or 305.535.2626.

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