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Carlos Vives speaks at the Latin Billboard Conference at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, FL.
Vintage Fashion at the Sagamore
Head to the Sagamore, The Art Hotel, on Wednesday, May 15, for Hollen & Jen Showroom's handpicked vintage couture exclusive shopping experience and fashion show.
The event, which is complimentary to attend, will showcase spring and summer vintage looks from top designer labels, such as Pucci, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Chanel and many others.
You can also get love advice from the “love fairy,” renowned relationship expert Maya Ezratti, who will serve as emcee and give a talk on love and dating. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. To RSVP email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Globe's CubaLibre Block Party
More than just a favorite cocktail or a burning desire among Cubans, CubaLibre (free Cuba) also happens to be huge block party hosted by Coral Gables institution, The Globe.
The fun starts at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17 and is free and ope to the public. In its tenth year, the annual CubaLibre BlockParty, features a free, open-air concert and festival in the heart of downtown Coral Gables along the entire 300 block of Alhambra Circle. Celebrating Cuba’s first Independence Day of 1902, this year’s concert line-up will be headlined by Los 3 De La Habana whose vibrant and joyful style of Cuban rooted Latin fusion will have you dancing, literally, in the street.
Edwin Bonilla y su Son featuring Freddy Cardenas and Cheito Quinones will headline the concert. The bands powerful style of salsa, (driven by Bonilla, one of the premier percussionists in the game who has played with Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Madonna, Juan Luis Guerra, Marc Anthony, Cachao, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Celia Cruz and many more), is a tight blend of horns, Afro-Cuban rhythms and wide vocal arrangements resulting in deep, danceable "descargas" aimed at real salsa dancers. Rounding out the live concert will be a heartfelt “homenaje” (tribute) to Bebo Valdes whose recent passing signaled the loss of a true Cuban musical legend. This year’s block party will also feature hand-picked vintage Cuban music by MC and DJ El Russo. In addition to the free concert, The Globe’s CubaLibre BlockParty will also showcase professional salsa dancers from Salsa Lovers dance academy offering free lessons, multiple Chivas Regal bars serving traditional Cuban cocktails, delicious street food, hand-rolled cigars and many more surprises. Between live acts, DJ Nelly keeps the action going inside The Globe till 2am. As always, festival goers are encouraged to come decked-out in their best guayaberas and Cuban-chic attire (including your best dancing shoes) to continue the block party’s “golden age of Cuba” theme. For information visit: www.theglobecafe.com or call 305.444.3555.
Butterfly Migration Parade at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, will celebrate the migration of its butterflies on Saturday, May 18, at Miami's first-ever Butterfly Migration Parade, a day full of butterfly-themed family fun. There will be a parade down Old Cutler Road from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. which is open to the public, followed by fun activities at the Garden, including a butterfly costume contest, live music and butterfly viewings. Munch on food from the Glasshouse Café and food trucks. A MUST is the the Wings of the Tropics exhibit- where you can marvel and interact with the the thousands of vibrantly colored butterflies swooping overhead and all around you. Admission is free for parade participants, Fairchild members, and children 5 and under; $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children 6-17. It’s not too late to partake in the parade. If you’d like to join the colorful caravan, contact Leslie Bowe at email@example.com or 305.667.1651, ext. 3338.
Angels and Stars to benefit St. Jude's
Multi-platinum Grammy award winning recording artist, Carlos Vives will perform at the 11th annualFedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars gala on Saturday, alongside Latin superstar, Daisy Fuentes and award presenters Danna Garcia, Julian Gil, Pamela Silva Conde, Raul Gonzalez of Univision Network, and Alberto Sardiñas. Join more than 700 guests at this festive event, at the JW Marriott Marquis, starting at 6:30 p.m. St. Jude will honor National Football League’s (NFL) all-time winning coach, Don Shula, with the 2013 “St. Jude Al-Rashid Hope Award” for his life-long commitment to helping the community and his unparalleled contributions to the NFL. The gala will celebrate the life-mission of St. Jude, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly diseases. For more information, to buy tickets or to make a donation, visit: www.stjude.org/miamigala.