Friday, March 16, 2018

Inherent Structure debuts at the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio)

     Inherent Structure debuts at the Wexner Center for the Arts
16 artists expand on the language and meaning of abstraction

Historically, abstract painting has been associated with chance gesture, impulse, and aesthetic purity. With Inherent Structure, Michael Goodson, Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, brings together 16 contemporary artists whose works reflect not just formal conventions exclusive to painting, but also the artists’ particular material, psychological, and sociopolitical concerns. The exhibition, on view at the multidisciplinary art space May 19–August 12, 2018, will fill the gallery spaces with more than 60 artworks created over five decades.
Among the exhibiting artists are Laura Owens and Richard Aldrich, an Ohio State alum and former Wex staff member. In their respective works, there is a confrontation between formal conventions of painting and expressions of self-reflection. For Aldrich it’s between mark-making and psychological operations; for Owens, it’s teasing irony and humor out of the processes of making and displaying art. Cut from the walls of a previous exhibition at the Wattis Institute, Owens’s series of custom wallpaper on panels contains phone numbers to which viewers can text questions to receive audio responses of text-to-speech quips and found recordings.
Thomas Scheibitz and Amy Sillman interrogate abstraction’s faculty to depict physical space that objects and figures, real or uncanny, might inhabit. Challenging the traditional form and, with that, the definition of painting, Sam Gilliam forgoes the practice of stretching his canvases, instead allowing them to drape, and Angel Otero builds works from skins of dried paint and shreds of canvas.
Comics, band fliers, decorative prints, and other forms of popular visual culture inform the ‘zine-like nature of the works by Arturo Herrera and the bespoke patterned paintings by Ruth Root, as well as the riotous, colorful canvases by Carrie Moyer, a cofounder of the agitprop art project Dyke Action Machine!, and the allover printed works by Rebecca Morris, author of “Manifesto: for Abstractionists and Friends of the Non-Objective.”
Pulling from source materials imbued with personal narratives, Eric N. Mack fashions his compositions from worn or discarded textiles, Sam Moyer combines stone countertops extracted from their domestic settings with delicately painted canvases, and Kevin Beasley drenches housedresses, t-shirts, and do-rags from a discount store near his studio in Harlem in resin to shape gestural, even painterly, slabs.
Abstraction is uniquely autobiographical for Channing Hansen, who composes vibrant knitted paintings determined entirely by an algorithm built from his DNA sequencing, and Zachary Armstrong, who will create a site-specific installation for Inherent Structure by covering the lower lobby wall in an allover print based on his brother’s childhood drawing.
In contrast, Stanley Whitney has spent his venerable career pursuing the formal structures of abstraction and the sheer force of color. The resulting paintings allure viewers with their dynamic optical effects.
Less an exhaustive survey of contemporary abstract painting than a bringing together of extraordinary works by exceptional artists, Inherent Structure encourages viewers to meditate on the underlying sources and influences of abstraction by providing varied and multiple manifestations of it. In doing so, it affirms abstraction as vital, expressive, and unending.
Participating Artists
Richard Aldrich, Zachary Armstrong, Kevin Beasley, Sam Gilliam, Channing Hansen, Arturo Herrera, Eric N. Mack, Rebecca Morris, Carrie Moyer, Sam Moyer, Angel Otero, Laura Owens, Ruth Root, Thomas Scheibitz, Amy Sillman, Stanley Whitney
Exhibition-Related Events
The exhibition launches with a free Spring Exhibition Preview on Friday, May 18 from 5 to 8:30 PM. The event will feature open galleries and a public discussion at 5:30 PM with Inherent Structure artists Laura Owens, Rebecca Morris, and Ruth Root, moderated by Ohio State Department of Art Assistant Professor George Rush. A reception follows with complimentary snacks, a cash bar, and a set by DJ Citizen Dorian S.

The Cher Show Announces Design Team Including Legendary Costume Designer Bob Mackie

Legendary Costume Designer Bob Mackie
Set Designers Christine Jones & Brett Banakis
Lighting Designer Kevin Adams
Sound Designer Nevin Steinberg
Performances Begin at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago on June 12
 Producers Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller announced today the design team for The Cher Show including legendary costume designer and longtime Cher collaborator Bob Mackie. The Cher Show, the new musical based on the life and career of the iconic singer and actress, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago with previews beginning on June 12, 2018 at the Oriental Theatre and its Broadway debut at the Neil Simon Theatre in fall 2018.
Rounding out the creative team are nine-time Emmy Award winning costume designer Bob Mackie, Tony-Award winning set designer Christine Jones (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and American Idiot), set designer Brett Banakis (The Glass Menagerie), Tony Award-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams (Hedwig and the Angry Inch and American Idiot), and sound designer Nevin Steinberg (Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen). The newly announced design team joins book writer Rick Elice (Tony Award-winning best musical Jersey Boys), director Jason Moore (Tony Award-winning best musical Avenue Q), Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), and Tony Award-winning orchestrator, arranger and music supervisor Daryl Waters (Memphis) in bringing the new musical to the stage.
Recognized for her influential contributions to music, film, television, fashion, and popular culture, the Grammy, Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy award-winning entertainer’s life story will be brought to the stage in the new musical featuring her beloved chart-topping hits. 
The Cher Show is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman or as her friends call her, Cher! The kid on a tricycle, vowing to be famous. The teenage phenom who crashes by twenty. The glam TV star who quits at the top. The would-be actress with an Oscar. The rock goddess with a hundred million records sold. The legend who’s done it all, still scared to walk on stage. The wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. The woman, looking for love. The ultimate survivor, chasing her dream. They’re all here, dressed to kill, singing their asses off, telling it like it is. And they're all the star of The Cher Show.
The new musical is produced by Flody Suarez (What’s New Pussycat) and four-time Tony Award-winner Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton).
The Cher Show will begin performances at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) on June 12, 2018 for a limited engagement through July 15, 2018. Individual tickets will go on sale Friday, March 23. For more information, visit
Casting will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Don’t Bully Me or My Bully, Bully Dog Junior Handling Program in Chicago kicks off Saturday, March 24th (Chicago, IL.)

Don’t Bully Me or My Bully, Bully Dog Junior Handling Program in Chicago kicks off Saturday, March 24th
Elana Cohen
Mar 14 at 11:15 AM

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Don’t Bully Me or My Bully, Bully Dog Junior Handling Program in Chicago kicks off Saturday, March 24th.

CHICAGO, IL (March 2018) – From the dog lovers who brought Chicago The Best Dog Show to hit the Midwest, Bringing Back Da Bullies, Animalville Breeders’ Hakim Brimah, Cortez Haron, Hayward Hadley & Alton Banks in collaboration with Ernest Johnson of No Malice Bullies are bringing the city of Chicago it’s first Bully Dog Junior Handling Program. Who says dog handlers cannot be kids? Not the Bully Dog Junior Handling Program that is for sure.

The Don't Bully Me or My Bully, Junior Handler program kicks off Saturday, March 24th and will run for four weeks. This program is completely free for children to join and take part in. If you and your children are looking for some new activities to get involved in that are also a way of giving back to the community and of course Bullies, then this is the perfect program from you!

There will be a mandatory meet and greet/ information session on Thursday, March 15th at 7pm at Razzmatazz and Chicago Indoor Sports at 3900 S Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL  If you have children, from ages 6-14 years old and can commit to all four sessions, (Saturday mornings, March 24th-April 14th from 10 - 11am) follow the link below and sign them up. Space is limited to 20 kids so act fast! Your children will find this program fun and beyond rewarding.  Bully Dog Junior Handling Program Signup Form

“This is about teaching Chicago’s children about not only dog handling, but it gives them a chance to learn discipline, responsibility, care and compassion, and accomplishment. We want the children to come to the program and have a great time while helping a great cause." Says Hakim Brimah of Animalville Breeders.

The instructors for the program, Hannah Ancajas Aba, and Dima Yam bring years of training and handling knowledge to the table. They are well versed in canine psychology, understanding of animal behavior with practical teaching skills. Patience, consistency, and excellent communication skills (both verbal and nonverbal). They are also both skilled and experienced in handling in multiple registry show rings! They will teach your children the skills they need to be excellent and successful Junior Handlers along with skills that will help them in everyday life such as:

Benefits for Children, participating as a Junior Handler at Bully Shows:
  • Healthy character development.
  • A chance to bond with their parent/guardian doing something they both enjoy.
  • Education – They will learn the in’s and out’s of showing dogs as a sport.
  • Rewards – Cool Trophies, and/or ribbons for participating and/or winning.

Pretty much all of the bully breed registries now offer a Junior Handler class. The ABKC being among the first of the bully breed registries created their Junior Showmanship Program to educate, teach, and encourage young kids in the sport of dog showing. Children are the future, and the Bully Breed registries have recognized that.  These are necessary for the registries, and the breed to have longevity.

About Animalville Breeders:
Animalville Breeders is an American Bully kennel that started in Chicago in 2007. We specialize in breeding American Bullies and French Bulldogs. We have branches in Chicago, Houston, Nevada, New Orleans and Michigan. For more information visit us at Animalville Breeders

About No Malice Bullies:
Ernest Johnson, the founder of No Malice Bullies, is an American Bully Hobbyist. No Malice Bullies like many Kennels and or Groups was created for the preservation of the American Bully Breed. No Malice Bullies is based out of the Western Suburbs of Chicago with productions throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. For more information visit us at No Malice For Bullies

Back to Da Bullies II:
Animalville Breeders in collaboration with No Malice Bullies are bringing the city of Chicago it’s third ever ABKC sanctioned event and the 2nd installment of Bringing Back Da Bullies! The 2018 event will take place on April 21 at Razzmatazz and Chicago Indoor Sports at 3900 S. Ashland Ave. Animalville Breeders hosted the first ever ABKC show in the City of Chicago June of 2016! This is an ABKC sanctioned event and will consist of 3 Shows in one day. For more information visit us at: Back to Da Bullies II

The Celebrity Dinner Party >> Joan Jett, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Debra Messing

Elysabeth Alfano
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As the month of March honors women, I wanted to highlight a few of the powerhouse women that I have had the pleasure of interviewing. The first up is total badass Joan Jett. Joan discusses the hurdles of being a woman in rock 'n' roll and her new film Bad Reputation. Click on the larger image above or click here to listen to our candid, take-no-prisoners discussion!
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Next up is the politically outspoken, sharp-witted Maggie Gyllenhaal! From her views on the Me Too Movement, to the roles of women in film reflecting (or not) women in society, to her film, The Kindergarten Teacher, Maggie's got stuff to say! To check out our chat from the red carpet, click here! Plus, don't forget to subscribe to (and review!) my podcast on iTunes here and subscribe to my Youtube channel here. Enjoy!
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Finally, one of my favorite people to interview was Debra Messing! Gracious and well-thought out, Debra opens up on Me Too, her new movie, Search, which took all sorts of awards at Sundance, and, of course, Will and Grace! Check it!
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Dusk Till Dawn—Music | Art | Wellness | Parties (Coachella Valley, CA)

Style Artist Lounge Presents
Dusk Till Dawn
Coachella Valley, CA

Daytime—12:00p - 6:00p 

Join us for an immersive oasis experience—relax and enjoy yoga, massage and guided meditation in the garden. Explore a garden of beauty bars and lounges, featuring products by top cosmentic brands. Get in touch with your soul as you meet spiritual healers, astrologers, psychic mediums and while sampling a variety of organic, vegan and vegitarian cuisines and juices. Additionally, sample a variety of CBD Oil, THC infused and explore various cannabis vendors.


Envelop yourself in a desert wonderland. Step out of reality and into a fully immersive party scene. Dance under the stars to live music performances and enjoy one of our many full-service bars. Enjoy CBD Oil and THC infused foods and desserts, in addition to a selection of delicious food vendors.

Style Fashion Week Palm Springs 

On April 5-8th Style Fashion Week will be taking over the Palm Springs Air Museum where approximately 20 different designers will showcase their collections, in addition we have an expansive marketplace which will feature various artists, cosmetics, brands and more. 
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WHO:                   Keegan Allen is an actor, photographer, bestselling author, and musician best known from the #1 smash-hit show on Freeform, Pretty Little Liars.
WHAT:                 in his new book, HOLLYWOOD: Photos and Stories from Foreverland.  Keegan reveals the Hollywood we see—and the one we don’t—with a photography narrative featuring more than 250 emotionally charged color and black and white photos.  Hollywood captures the beauty and glamour of the place itself—with unusual angles of the famous sign, the Chateau Marmont at twilight, secret local hideaways, red carpets and more—but also the darker side of dreams unrealized in the faces, hands, eyes, and footsteps of those who live on the fringe of celebrity. His photos are enhanced by revealing, intimate captions, lyrics, and other writing, as well as exciting parodies, and iconic emulations. From St. Martin’s Press, the book will be released on April 24.

WHEN:                 Thursday, April 26
                                7:00 p.m.             Book Singing
       123 W Jefferson Ave
       Naperville, IL 60540                                        

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

First-ever Northside Wedding Expo on April 15 Introduces Engaged Couples to Wonderful, Eclectic Edgewater (Chicago, IL.)



First-ever Northside Wedding Expo on April 15
Introduces Engaged Couples to Wonderful, Eclectic Edgewater
Chicago’s most unique collection of vendors and venues will gather at three locations to help brides-to-be plan distinctive, one-of-a-kind weddings
WHAT:            Nearlyweds can explore the best of Edgewater’s unique venues and vendors at the first-ever Northside Wedding Expo.  More than 30 caterers, photographers, florists and other merchants will be on hand to help couples plan perfectly distinctive weddings.
                       Expo attendees are invited to bring their gently used formal wear for Care for Real’s Prom Dress Drive. Donated formal wear will be distributed to families who do not have access to luxury items but would like to enjoy the celebration with class mates and friends.
WHEN:            Sunday, April 15, 2018
11 a.m. – VIP Fashion Show, mimosas and small batch doughnuts at Colvin House
                        Noon – 5 p.m. – General Expo admission
WHERE:         The Northside Wedding Expo will be held at three locations in Edgewater. Transportation between venues will be provided by Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company.
The Colvin House
5940 N. Sheridan Rd.
Firehouse Chicago
1545 W. Rosemont
The Lytle House
5517 N. Broadway
– Avail & Co – Apparel/ Fashion Show Demonstration at 11 am for VIP ticket holders
Edge of Sweetness – Bakery
Lang House – Hotel & Accommodations
– Poemgrown – Favors, Gifts
Chicago Glass Collective – Favors, Bachelor/ette
Dovetail Brewery – Catering/ Beer
Half Acre – Catering/ Beer
KOVAL – Bachelor/ette, Catering/ Cocktails
Vanity Picture Booth – Photography
Care for Real
Francesca’s Bryn Mawr – Catering
Events By Joey – Catering
Misericordia – Bakery/Food Truck
– Empirical Brewery – Catering/ Beer
Feast & Imbibe – Catering
– Maddiebird Bakery – Bakery
Sonnet Wedding Films – Videographer
Stanley Brown Jewelist – Jewelry
Guesthouse Hotel – Hotel & Accommodations
Uncommon Ground – Catering/ Beer
Amy’s Candy Bar – Favors
Dovetail Dance Studio – Ballroom Dance Demonstration
RAM Art Studio – Bachelor/ette, Gifts & Keepsakes
Tina’s Italian Ice – Favors, Catering
Burke’s Public House – Bachelor/ette, Brunch, Cocktails
Edgewater Candles – Favors
Naturally Yours – Event Planning
Ravenswood Loft – Venue
Salon Echo – Beauty Demonstrations
Velvet Dessert – Bakery
Anna Held – Floral
– Sidequest – Catering/ Beer
Conn’s Catering – Catering
HOW:             Admission to the Expo costs $20, or $30 for the VIP fashion show. Advance tickets can be purchased at
ABOUT:          For more information about the Northside Wedding Expo, visit
The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce creates and supports a thriving business environment, contributing to a vibrant Edgewater community. We are a community of readers, thinkers, dreamers and doers. We are constantly evolving and looking at new ways of doing things to help our businesses and community grow. We host events and workshops, connect our businesses and residents, make our public way look beautiful and assist our businesses in any way they need.

Black & White Spider Awards >> Last 10 Days to Enter - Closing Deadline March 23rd

Black & White Spider Awards
Friday, March 23rd is the last day to enter the 13th Annual Black & White Spider Awards. Don't miss the opportunity to put your work in front of the industry's leading influentials from Marlborough Fine Art, Leo Burnett, Contrasto Galleria, Penguin Random House, Time Inc. UK and more. Get exposure and enter your best work today! Closing Deadline is Friday, March 23, 2018.

Jury news
We are delighted to welcome the following esteemed guests to the 13th annual jury:

Top reasons to enter
  • Win a title at the world's biggest b&w photography event
  • Receive endorsement from the most respected names in the industry
  • Make the headlines and receive international exposure
  • Your work showcased at the industry's most watched photoshow
  • Your work published in The Journal

Enter your work
Open to professional and amateur photographers worldwide. Entry fees are $35 with 10% discount for members of photography societies, associations and clubs.
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Gala & Celebrity Chefs: March 21 (Miami, FL. )

Florida International University logo

Annual Gala on Wednesday, March 21 at the
Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (tickets here)
Celebrity Chefs:
Ingrid Hoffmann - Timon Balloo - Todd Erickson - Soraya Kilgore
Co-Hosted by Chef Allen Susser and Linda Gassenheimer
Photo of Chef Ingrid Hoffmann
Photo of Chef Timon Balloo
Photo of Chef Soraya Kilgore
Photo of Chef Todd Erickson
(left-to-right and top-to-bottom)
This year's invited celebrity chefs: Ingrid Hoffmann, Timon Balloo, Soraya Kilgore and Todd Erickson.
(MIAMI BEACH) ― At the top of the marquee for South Florida’s social calendar this year is Tasteful Traditions 2018, the highly anticipated annual gala fundraiser for the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (the event is formerly known as Purim Pairings). Every year some of the world’s top celebrity chefs are selected for this delicious food and wine pairing event, under the direction of Chef Allen Susser and co-hosted by culinary expert Linda Gassenheimer.
Throughout the evening, each celebrity chef will create an original recipe for one course of an amazing four-course meal. Top donors from the community will have the opportunity to act as sous chefs onstage with the celebrity chefs as they demonstrate their signature recipes, then prepared and served by a kosher caterer. A carefully curated Kosher wine, selected by local wine merchant Mike Bittel of Sunset Corners, is paired with each course.

Celebrated as one of the hottest tickets in town and one of Miami Beach’s most popular annual gatherings, this event always sells out and tickets are going fast (link to purchase tickets here at $350 per person). The gala takes place on Wednesday, March 21, 6:30-10:00 p.m. at the museum, located at 301 Washington Avenue on Miami Beach (valet parking available).

On the cusp of its 25th anniversary coming up in 2020, major announcements for the community are anticipated at this year’s gala along with a look back at some of the museum’s milestones during its rich history.
“Our museum is grateful that our community is so supportive of this spectacular culinary event every year, benefiting the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU,” said Susan Gladstone, the Executive Director of the Museum.

“This year’s gala will be held at the museum, a true homecoming to kick off the countdown to our 25th anniversary in 2020. As we continue to redefine the vision of the new model for museums of the 21st century, we are proud to celebrate our leadership position as one of Miami’s top cultural destinations,” adds Susan Gladstone.
Photo of Museum Director: Susan Gladstone
Susan Gladstone
Executive Director
Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
More about this year’s chefs for Tasteful Traditions:
Ingrid Hoffmann
Host of Top Chef Estrellas (Telemundo, NBC), Simply Delicioso (The Cooking Channel)
and Delicioso (Univision)

Ingrid Hoffmann is passionate about food and entertaining and spends each day sharing her enthusiasm and talent with an international audience.

Her goal is to spread the joy of cooking to her many followers via her own cookware line, cookbooks and the media. In 2015, Ingrid launched her own food brand, Cocina by Ingrid Hoffmann, which focuses on easy, delicious and healthy meal solutions for the family. For 2018, Ingrid is working on the launch of a new book and a digital lifestyle brand and website targeting the modern woman with easy recipes, health, travel, entertaining tips and highlighting Ingrid’s favorites all around.
Raised in Colombia and Curaçao, Ingrid moved to Miami where she once owned a high fashion luxury boutique as well as the restaurant Rocca. She writes a monthly column in Delta Sky Magazine and is a frequent guest of shows like Un Nuevo Día, The Talk, Oprah, Martha Stewart, The View, The Today Show, The Early Show, and Wendy Williams Show. Ingrid’s success has afforded her the opportunity to give back to the community as a board member of New York City’s Food and Education Fund and Miami’s Amigos for Kids, as well as an active supporter of Manhattan’s Food and Finance High School and Believe for Colombia Foundation, and more.
Timon Balloo
Executive Chef of Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill

Chef Timon Balloo was born to Chinese and Trinidadian parents. His scrapbook of memories leads with days on the farm, ethnic recipes, and a favorite pastime of watching the PBS show Yan Can Cook. Little did he know then that he would soon be on the fast track to a James Beard Foundation “Best New Restaurant” nomination for SUGARCANE raw bar grill.

This and a host of other accolades continue to reflect his dedication to the seasonal, local ingredients that fuel his daily inspirations taken from the market’s freshest offerings. Shortly after the restaurant’s debut in 2010, SUGARCANE raw bar grill took “Best New Restaurant” and Balloo was dubbed “Best Up-and-Coming Chef” by Miami New Times.

He was also named “Chef of the Year” by Eater, and the accolades have never stopped.

Chef Timon Balloo's Accolades & Publications
James Beard Foundation – Best New Restaurant semifinalist (2011)
FOOD & WINE – The People’s Best New Chef nominee (2012) – Restaurant of the Year Miami (2015), Best Chef Miami (2015)
Johnson & Wales University – ZEST Awards Culinary Innovator (2014)
Miami New Times Short Order Awards – Best Restaurant, 5 Best Reviewed Restaurants, Best Up-and-Coming Chef, 5 Best Chefs (2010)
Todd Erickson
Executive Chef/Partner of Glam Vegan Miami, Society Fort Myers, and Huahua’s Taqueria South Beach

Todd Erickson is a critically acclaimed culinary professional with lauded experience garnered at esteemed restaurants around the United States. Erickson’s approach reflects his passion for travel and regional cuisines, and has earned him a following with respected critics and food novices alike.

His unique perspective and creative flair displayed in each dish make him the natural choice to spearhead multiple culinary venues showcasing the depth and breadth of his body of work.
Hailing from Scottsdale, Arizona, Erickson’s fascination with the senses are utilized in the preparation of each meal. In mid 2013, he opened Huahua’s Taqueria, a fast casual concept quickly embraced by tourists and locals alike. Huahua’s has been featured on the Cooking Channel series “Taco Trip” with Chef Aaron Sanchez as well as making several appearances on national “Best Of” lists including, Gayot, Zagat, Miami New Times, Miami Herald and Food Network Magazine. His most recent ventures include GLAM (Green Living Animals Matter) in the Shops of Midtown Miami. Partnering with long-time vegan and animal advocate, Janette Miller, Erickson has designed a chic, organic, plant-based menu with appeal in and out of vegan circles. Chef Todd's Society Fort Myers is a large-scale modern American steakhouse with focus on re-imagined gulf coast favorites as well as his flair for global cuisine.

Soraya Kilgore
Pastry Chef/Owner of MadLab Creamery

Born in Honduras, Soraya Caraccioli-Kilgore moved to Denver to attend culinary School at Johnson and Wales University and then moved on to receive a second degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Hospitality Management from UMKC in Kansas.

Shortly after, Kilgore moved to Chicago where her culinary journey began. Thoroughly immersed in Chicago’s culinary scene, Kilgore decided to take one final step in her education so she enrolled at Kendall College where she studied to become a pastry chef. It was here she realized that her heart belonged to one specific part of the kitchen - pastries - and she has never looked back.
After receiving her degree in Pastry, Soraya moved to Miami where she worked at the Betsy Hotel in the Laurent Tourondale Restaurant BLT, and after that at the Setai. As her career in Miami flourished, Soraya’s experience and knowledge obtained from the restaurant and hospitality industry (along with her natural affinity for creating delectable pastries) landed her the position of Head Pastry Chef at the newly opened 1826 Restaurant and Lounge headed by two-star Michelin Chef Danny Grant and received praise from guests and food critics alike. She later went to work with her husband at their restaurant Alter which was named one of the 300 best restaurants in the world by Condé Nast and a James Beard nod as Best New Restaurant. Soraya is also the Pastry Chef at Brava by Brad Kilgore inside the beautiful Adrienne Arsht Center, her husband's new venture. The pair also has two other projects coming for 2018, two new restaurants in the Design District.
Exterior photo of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU serves as a major cultural attraction and source of information for a wide audience of residents, tourists, students and scholars of all ages and backgrounds from throughout the state, nation, and the world. Located in a former synagogue that housed Miami Beach's first Jewish congregation, the museum's restored 1936 Art Deco building and 1929 original synagogue are both on the National Register of Historic Places.

The 301 building features nearly 80 stained glass windows, a copper dome, marble bimah and many Art Deco features including chandeliers and sconces. The Jewish Museum of Florida is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and holidays. Admission: Adults $6; Seniors $5; Families $12; Members and children under 6 always free; Saturdays-Free. For more information call 305-672-5044 or visit The Museum is supported by individual contributions, foundations, memberships and grants from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council, and the Funding Arts Network.