By: Maryanne Salvat

Touch and Culture Productions at Chalk Ping Pong & Billiards Lounge

On Thursday, May 31, Chalk Ping Pong & Billiards Lounge presents Tony Touch and Culture Productions, launching their first monthly old-school hip hop collaboration.  The festivities will begin at 10:00 p.m., during The Breaks, Chalk’s weekly hip hop event.  For more information on this event, contact 


Sounds of Wynwood Walls 

On Friday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m., in honor of local visionary Tony Goldman’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Wynwood Walls’ musical curator Nestor Torres will kick off the first “Sounds of the Walls” – an all-star musical showcase featuring an array of local talent.  The evening promises an all-star jam session honoring the man who was responsible for the revitalization of areas such as SoHo, Miami Beach, and the new thriving arts district of Wynwood.  Local musical acts slated to perform are Big Brooklyn Red; Monica DaSilva; Andrian Gonzalez; DJ Zoel and Max Farber.  In addition, newcomers to the Walls include young piano sensation Tony Madruga, Sax player Taylor Vega and violin virtuoso Paddy King.  Special guest artists will include percussionist Edwin Bonilla and master pianists Silvano Monasterious and Javier Concepcion.  Of course, Nestor Torres will host the evening, as well as perform with the other acts. .  The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact


Kick Off Party for Hell’s Kitchen with Robyn Almodovar 

As one of 18 contestants, local chef Robyn Almodovar will be turning up the heat on Season 10 of “Hell’s Kitchen” (FOX) which premieres Monday, June 4 at 8 p.m. (EST). To kick off the spicy, new season of kitchen mayhem, Almodovar will host a preview party from her food truck “Palate Party” during Monday’s Food Truck Invasion in Arts Park at Young Circle in Hollywood from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy live entertainment and a champagne toast with an opportunity to mix and mingle with the chef herself. Almodovar’s popular food truck Palate Party, which promises to be a “party in your mouth every time”, was recently voted the #3 food truck in South Florida. The first food truck equipped with an actual stage, Palate Party has been custom outfitted with LED lights, a flat screen television and a culinary arsenal worthy of Gordon Ramsay himself. 


Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach Presents RLife LIVE 

Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach presents an exclusive RLife LIVE performance by Ghost of Gloria at the ELLE Spa Terrace on Thursday, June 7.  The performance will take place simultaneously with 19 other RLife LIVE performances around the world as part of Renaissance Hotels’ “GET OUT & Discover” project that brings to life Renaissance Hotels’ first-ever global advertising campaign: “Live Life to Discover.”  The RLife LIVE event will feature a trunk show showcasing items from Saks Bal Harbour, Eberjey Intimates, Citrine By the Stone, Steven Rehage Anton, Pamela B and Bugatchi Uomo as well as raffle prizes from Red Flower, Dr. Dennis Gross Skin Care, and Decleor to name a few.  Guests will indulge in savory cocktails by VeeV Vodka.  Additional participants include Ahava, ELLE, Swank Audio Visual, and Paradise Light and Sound. In honor of this special occasion, ELLE Spa will be offering a 15% discount on the entire spa menu during the month of June.  from influences such as Foo Fighters, Incubus, Sevendust, Tool and more, Ghost of Gloria fuses the unique talents and influences of each member into an unforgettable modern melodic-rock sound.