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Concrete Beach Brewery at 325 NW 24th St. in Wynwood is organizing the monthly cleanups.

Wynwood brewery organizes family-friendly clean ups after late-night monthly Art Walks

Every second Saturday of the month, Art Walk gathers hundreds in the Wynwood district, where people enjoy street art as well as gallery events and food trucks. But once the party ends, what’s left behind is usually garbage covering the streets and sidewalks. Beginning Nov. 15, Concrete Beach Brewery is creating an after-party event out of every second Sunday, with ...

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David McCauley, who founded the nonprofit Rise Up To Cure Paralysis after he recuperated from a broken neck, works on a mosaic with repurposed skateboard parts. (Photo by Ricardo Montalvan, South Florida News Service)

Miami art therapy program’s Rise Up Gallery exhibits works of disabled artists

  At a friend’s birthday party in summer 2008, David McCauley dove into a pool, hit his head on the bottom and broke his neck. McCauley was in an intensive care unit for two-and-a-half weeks and spent four months in rehabilitation. At 39, he remains impaired in all four limbs, has limited mobility of his arms and cannot move his ...

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Future Ladies: Onix Morera, right, teaches Maria Lopez, 15, good posture as part of the Future Ladies of America program. (Photo by Hellen Rivas, South Florida News Service)

Nonprofit group helps teenage girls celebrate traditional Quinceañeras

When Addis Acay Hunter turned 15, her family could not afford to give her a Quinceañera, a Hispanic tradition celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday as a symbol of her coming-of-age. Then, Onix Morera, a family friend and founder of the nonprofit organization Talent Artistic Juvenile, thought of a way to help girls such as Addis: Creating a program to develop ...

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Nicole Mejia shows the proper form of stretching at the Chicago Stay Fit Within Tour in May 2015. (Photo courtesy of Prairie Production)

Founder returns home as Fit & Thick national tour concludes Saturday in Miami Beach

When Nicole Mejia, international model and fitness instructor, first launched her Fit & Thick tour around the United States a year-and-a-half ago, she had no idea where it was going to lead. “I never thought this was going to be my final tour stop,” said Mejia, 26. “Especially in my hometown, Miami.” Fit & Thick is an Instagram-inspired movement that ...

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Heroines Choir's musical director Analy Mendez leads a rehearsal for the event Arts for Healing on a recent Saturday. (Photo by Maria Serrano / South Florida News Service)

Arts for Healing show at Miami Dade College to feature dozens of breast cancer survivors

  In 2012, singer Mary Jo Garrity and art director Alice Billman produced The Heroines Show to promote healing through arts in the Miami area. Three months into the production process, the show came to a halt − Garrity, 53, died. A 10-year breast cancer survivor, she had been diagnosed with another rare type of cancer. “After Mary Jo’s death, ...

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Aurora Molina's exhibit Incoherent Stories, is a series of drawings on handmade cotton paper using thread, fabric and scraps. The exhibit will run from June 6 to Nov. 8, in the Main Library, located at 101 West Flagler St., free of charge and open to all ages.

Exhibit of ‘Incoherent Stories’ on display

When Aurora Molina, then 9 years old, sat down in an embroidery class her mother had signed her up for as an extracurricular activity, she never imagined it would lead to where she is today. Twenty-one years later, she is presenting her 17th art exhibit — this time in the Miami Dade Public Library. Molina’s exhibit, Incoherent Stories, is a ...

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Locks of Love are snapped onto Love Lock Bridge located at The Palms at Town & Country in Kendall. (Photo by Christian Portilla, South Florida News Service)

Couples, families lock their love on bridge at Kendall mall

  When Joy Medlock went to Paris two years ago, she was inspired to see a bridge with thousands of locks, known as Love Lock Bridge, where couples put padlocks by the river Seine to show their love for each other. Back in Florida, Medlock, vice president and general manager of The Palms at Town & Country, decided to bring ...

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Rodman “Rodddzilla” Davis, at The Void’s art gallery, talks to Miami artist Blake Newton about some of her pieces exhibited that evening. (Photo by Cata Balzano / South Florida News Service)

Young artists, producers say their six-hour gallery parties help fill ‘The Void’

Sean Prosper, his roommate Rodman Davis and mutual friend Ashley Solage have thrown parties in South Florida since they were teenagers. Then, last year, while sitting in a car with rapper Denzel Curry, they thought of creating a networking event that would integrate two creative elements: music and visual arts. Curry came up with “The Void” as the name for ...

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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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