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Bottle & Bottega hosts paint parties at venues around the city, like Bin 18, which offers guests a large variety of drink options. (Photo by Cata Balzano, South Florida News Service)

The art of drinking: Paint Nite parties popular at Miami-area bars and restaurants

When Angie Rubio arrived at Chevy’s Mexican restaurant in Doral on a recent Saturday to celebrate her 34th birthday, she was surprised to find her friends gathered around blank canvases accompanied with food and drinks. “They knew I always wanted to do this,” Rubio said. “I draw stick figures, and this is totally something new.” One of Miami’s painting and ...

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Giovanni Gagliardi uses a coal-fired oven to cook his dishes, which are prepared with specific ingredients imported from Italy, such as the tomato, mozzarella and flour. (Photo by Cata Balzano / South Florida News Service)

Legendary pizza maker from Italy makes the pies at Ironside Pizza in Northeast Miami

Three years ago, Giovanni Gagliardi left Naples, Italy, for Las Vegas, to compete in the International Pizza Challenge, representing the “International Region” of foreign competing countries. Gagliardi, known in the pizza world as “La Leggenda” — or “The Legend,” placed second in the competition’s Traditional Division. “I came to market the flour that we use for pizza in Naples,” Gagliardi ...

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Bodhi Festival brings largest Jade Buddha, a symbol of peace, to Miami

The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace will be on display through Feb. 8. Photos by Amanda Rabines /South Florida News Service           By Christine Benavente and Amanda Rabines Read in Miami Herald As six Tibetan monks meditated at Ichimura Miami-Japanese Garden, silence filled the air. The monks recited mantras about love and compassion at the opening ...

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Pregnant women learn a dance to soothe the womb

Melissa Cramer, 35, who is six months pregnant, participates in a one-on-one belly dancing class with her teacher Michelle Alva, 41, in Key Biscayne. Alva’s class uses movements, postures, sound, and visualization to help her students with their pregnancy. Matias J. Ocner / Miami Herald Staff     By Melissa Rodriguez Read in Miami Herald Melissa Cramer, 35, has seen ...

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Making space for women in art

‘Wall Bearer’ By Kate Gilmore, 2010             By Aaleeyah Pringle Read in Miami Herald When Peggy Levison Nolan began taking photographs of her children, she didn’t consider herself an artist. “I raised seven children and didn’t really classify myself as an artist for a really long time,” said Nolan, mother of seven. “It wasn’t until ...

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Muslim women welcome water-permeable nail polish

Nandee Shabazz, right, paints Sara Haroon’s nails. Aaleeyah Pringle / South Florida News Service           Aaleeyah Pringle Read in Miami Herald For Nandee Shabazz, a 19-year-old Muslim college student and Miami resident, wearing nail polish year-round was something she could never do. “I can’t wear polish. The nail polish acts as a barrier, and the water ...

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Canoe rides offer a way to explore South Florida

The tour group begins the canoe trip through the coral gables waterways. The canoe trip takes about two hours and covers 10 miles. Maria Soledad Lorenzino / South Florida News Service         By Alexandra Mosquera Netzkarsch Read in Miami Herald When Sandra Bermudez, 45, moved with her family from New York in the summer, she wanted to ...

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Mustang auto aficionados meet up twice a month in West Kendall

Mustangs are lined up at the Mustang meets so enthusiasts can admire them and get ideas for their own cars. Maria Soledad Lorenzino / South Florida News Service         By Maria Soledad Lorenzino Read in Miami Herald Michelle De La Hoz, 20, knew she wanted a Ford Mustang since she was 9, when her uncle bought a ...

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Miami art festival showcases the beauty of nudity

Alisa Gabrielle poses with her sculpture entitled Cloud Nine at the 2010 ARTundressed exhibition in Los Angeles.           By Jessica Cohen  Read in Miami Herald About 20 years ago, Alisa Gabrielle, 43 at the time, a marriage counselor and sex therapist, sold her practice to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an artist. She is now ...

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Gulliver students turn their music passion into mentoring

Teaching Moment: Gulliver Preparatory Daniel Garcia, a founder of Amplified Miami, mentors a students at the Community Music School in Coral Gables. By Aaleeyah Pringle Read in Miami Herald Four students at Gulliver Preparatory School are making music with children. The four — Daniel Garcia, Brett Gilbert, Daniel Mesko and Daniela Grava — have founded Amplified Miami, an organization that ...

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