NWCBy: Maryanne Salvat

Keiko Matsui and Al Di Meola at Miami’s New World Center 

On Friday, May 31, the first time ever performing at Miami’s New World Center, celebrated jazz artist and pianist Keiko Matsui will join special guest Al Di Meola for a never before seen concert event featuring both artists as well as Keiko’s band. Matsui is known around the world for her innovative contemporary jazz performances and Di Meola for blending world music and jazz; this performance will feature their original work, and several songs will be performed together. Tickets are available at the New World Center box office and on www.newworldcenter.com starting at $45 priced to $200, which includes a meet and greet with the artists.



MAM Lights Out Farewell BBQ 

On Saturday, June 1, after 15 years of enhancing Miami’s cultural repertoire, Miami Art Museum is closing its doors in preparation for its transformation into Pérez Art Museum Miami. To celebrate, Miami Art Museum will host a full-blown community BBQ on its grounds for the very last time from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Filled with music, food, art, and exhibitions culture-seekers will bid farewell to MAM as the lights literally GO OUT that evening. This is a great event for locals to experience a piece of Miami’s history; Pricing for the event, $10 for non-members, free for members.



Emerson Dorsch Art Gallery Presents: Algae and Espiritútara Emerson

In conjunction with the group exhibition Object implied, Emerson Dorsch Art Gallery is pleased to share two local brands that capture and exude an effortless energy and enthusiasm unique to Miami. Join them on Saturday, June 1, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. for a viewing-party to share these two local brands while enjoying complimentary cocktails, bites from La Latina, Azucar ice cream, Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, and a playlist created by Ghostpiss from NYC. Both Algae and Espiritútara will present their current collections, with products available for purchase.

Algae is a Miami-based lifestyle brand focused on producing a limited edition artist series each season; Working closely with established and up-and-coming Miami-based artists, Algae helps to produce their vision completely; Fabric, fit, cut and sew, dying, and printing is all up to the artist; Algae guides the process and aims to produce high quality, totally original, and totally Miami products. 

Espiritútara seeks to empower with beautiful jewelry that possesses elements of protection and positivity. Inspired by travel, art, and the pursuit of magic, the pieces are made of intentional stones and handmade elements that are designed for those searching for both design and the manifestation of light.



manciniMancini Modern Italian Honors Local Diners

Nestled on the emerging west end of the downtown business district of Las Olas Boulevard, Mancini Modern Italian is a fresh, new concept on contemporary Italian cuisine by restaurateur Jack Mancini. Mancini Modern Italian is honoring loyal locals with half-off select pasta dishes and glasses of Prosecco or Chianti every Tuesday evening starting June 4. Featured dishes include Gnocchi ($10), chives and parmigiano-reggiano in a gorgonzola cream sauce; Tagliolini alla Carbonara ($10.50), hand-crafted pasta gently tossed with pancetta, pecorino and poached egg yolk; Lasagnette ($10), house-made lasagna combined with beef sugo, parmesan béchamel and fresh mozzarella; Linguini ($10), little neck clams, sautéed in white wine with garlic and  parsley, served with a thick slice of toasted ciabatta bread; Orecchiette ($10.50), pasta medallions gently tossed with homemade sausage, broccoli rabe, rapini pesto, garlic and pecorino; Garganelli ($11), fennel sausage and porcini mushrooms in a rich Taleggio cream sauce; Tagliatelle alla Bolognese ($10.50), fresh pasta served with premium ground beef, veal and pork in a red wine reduction topped with grated parmigiano-reggiano and Spaghetti ($7.50), vine ripened tomatoes, basil and peperoncino. Proof of residency required.  For reservations, call 754.200.8602 or visit www.mancinilasolas.com.


Communities in Schools of Miami, Inc.

Communities in Schools of Miami, Inc. (CIS) is hosting a charity cocktail party for its Young Professionals Network at Blue Martini on Brickell from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, June 11, to celebrate the commencement of the 2012-2013 school year.  Guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails, an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment for $25 per person. All the proceeds from the evening’s event will directly benefit CIS’ mentoring, tutoring, career counseling, after school and summer programs. Playing “PhilanthroPub” for the evening, Blue Martini is a chic lounge in Miami’s bustling business district offering daily happy hour specials, live entertainment and guest DJS. Tickets can be purchased at the door.



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