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How South Florida Musicians Fuse In One Day To Play In Broadway Tour Pit Bands

August 30, 2014 9:01 AM0 comments
The pit band for Evita’s opening at the Arsht Center practices during a sound check. / Staff photo

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Aug 30, 2014 - It’s 8:04 p.m. May 27 in the dim orchestra pit of the Adrienne Arsht Center and a glitch on a keyboard’s television monitor is holding up opening night of the musical Evita. Eighteen musicians are keeping their cool, but Jeff Carswell’s fingers are primed to caress the upright bass, Alfredo Oliva has his bow in hand to draw across his violin, and Jeff Kievit’s trumpet is in his lap ready to […]

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Flock to the 2014 Florida Keys Birding Festival: Sept. 23-28

August 29, 2014 10:25 AM0 comments
The peregrine falcon is one of the species that migrates south via the Florida Keys in the fall. In fact, the Keys see more peregrine falcons than anywhere else in the continent, according to Florida Keys Hawkwatch. Last year, they counted 3,836 of them — 651 in one day alone!

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Aug 29, 2014 - Every fall, the skies over the Florida Keys fill with thousands of birds from hundreds of species heading south for the winter. For 15 years, folks who love birds and the outdoors have gathered to see, identify and admire them through the Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival, which is  Tuesday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. “We are witness to this spectacular migration,” says Kristie Killam, a ranger at […]

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Phillip Phillips Brings North American Tour to Hard Rock

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Phillip Phillips

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Phillips Philip brings his North American headline tour to Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 5 at 10 a.m. Fans will have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, September 4 at 10 a.m. through Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages. Phillips’ North American headline tour comes after his sophomore album Behind the Light (2014) was released to critical acclaim earlier this year. His new single, “Unpack […]

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ENERGIZE YOUR WEEKEND AT LA CÔTE’S “SUNDOWN LOUNGE”

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ENERGIZE YOUR WEEKEND AT LA CÔTE’S “SUNDOWN LOUNGE”

Miami Beach, Fla.  – Kick off your Saturday nights oceanfront as Fontainebleau Miami Beach introduces “Sundown Lounge” at the hotel’s chic, two-level, French Mediterranean inspired restaurant, La Côte. Already known as the perfect spot for an al fresco meal or cocktail with unbeatable ocean views, La Côte’s new Sundown Lounge celebrates magic hour every Saturday evening with specialty cocktails and sharable appetizers, bottle specials, and musical entertainment. Guests attending Sundown Lounge will enjoy an array of sunset cocktails and bites from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., […]

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Miami developer hires governor’s pal; Scott, Cabinet green light Watson Island project

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Lobbyist William “Billy” Rubin, left, and Gov. Rick Scott

By Francisco Alvarado, BrowardBulldog.org, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Aug 29, 2014 - In late March, state emails show, Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection was poised to pull the plug on a long-delayed, contentious plan to build a resort and mega-yacht marina on Miami’s Watson Island. But developer Flagstone Island Gardens had an ace in the hole. A month earlier, the company hired Fort Lauderdale lobbyist William “Billy” Rubin, a longtime personal friend, business associate and political supporter of Gov. Rick Scott. Within […]

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Scam alert: Feds seek to shut down phony credit repair and debt relief scheme

August 27, 2014 3:22 PM0 comments
Scam alert: Feds seek to shut down phony credit repair and debt relief scheme

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Aug 27, 2014 - Continuing its mission to protect American consumers, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed suit against unnamed defendants operating as American Bill Pay Organization and American Benefits Foundation in an effort to halt allegedly fraudulent and deceptive debt relief and credit repair practices targeted at financially distressed individuals. In requesting immediate injunctive relief, the FTC’s complaint targets the operators of two websites that were allegedly full of misrepresentations about the fake program. Falsely […]

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Hewlett-Packard recalls almost 6 million power cords

August 26, 2014 3:30 PM0 comments
Hewlett-Packard recalls almost 6 million power cords

By EyesOnNews.com, Aug 26, 2014 – If you or anyone you know, owns an HP or Compaq laptop, then this recall alert is for you.  HP are recalling almost 6 million power cords.  According to HP, the cords can overheat, posing a threat of fire or burns to the user.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the following recall information: Hewlett-Packard has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring resulting in two claims of minor burn […]

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Florida boat tours: The Old Florida way to see the waterways

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The schooner Western Union on a sunset cruise sails past Fort Zachary Taylor.

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Aug 26, 2014 - When tourists came to Florida back in the days before Disney, they still went on “rides.” But in Old Florida, those rides were boat tours not  roller coasters. With 1,800 miles of coastline and 12,000 miles of rivers and streams, Florida has an endless variety of places to see by boat. I’ve toured a lot of those waterways paddling a kayak or canoe, but when I have visitors who are not […]

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MIAMI SPICE MASH-UP GRAND FINALE

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MIAMI SPICE MASH-UP GRAND FINALE

The Miami Spice Mash-Up series, presented by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), pays tribute to the fabulous food scene in Miami and the Beaches with curated collaborations between some of the area’s most popular chefs. The last installment of the popular Mash-up series will take place on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Lure Fishbar in the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Chefs John Iatrellis of Lure Fishbar, Wolfgang Birk of Area 31, and David Bracha of Oak Tavern team up to deliver an evening of indulgent seafood fare to preview each of their enticing September Miami Spice menus. […]

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5 Things to Do in Ocala National Forest

August 25, 2014 9:52 AM0 comments
Juniper Springs

By Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Aug 25, 2014 - Encompassing more than 600 square miles in North Central Florida, Ocala National Forest is bursting with adventure. Hike the Florida Trail, camp in the deep woods, spend a lazy day at a cool, bubbling spring, paddle a spring run, a lake or a river. Even if you are just out for a Sunday drive, Ocala National Forest will satisfy the urge to explore new destinations. Ramble the forest roads, stop anywhere […]

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Laura Ruchala & Evening Star: Tragedy Tomorrow, Rollicking Comedy Of Errors Tonight

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Jim Gibbons, Seth Trucks, Luis Herrera and Michael Mena whose ship is about to run aground in Evening Star’s production of The Comedy of Errors / Photo by Carol Kassie

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Aug 25, 2014 - Given the tragically premature death of director Laura Ruchala a week before the opening of Evening Star Productions’ The Comedy of Errors, it would have been too horrible to report that her final show was some well-intentioned but amateurish mess. Fortunately, the truth without condescension or ceding unearned quarter is that Ruchala thoroughly succeeded in producing a rollicking ebullient edition of Shakespeare’s farce of mistaken identities. Ruchala’s playful play-filled vision unabashedly […]

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Looking For Work In SoFla Arts? Arsht New Web Site Lists Jobs For Free To Stop Brain Drain

August 21, 2014 9:35 AM0 comments
Looking For Work In SoFla Arts? Arsht New Web Site Lists Jobs For Free To Stop Brain Drain

By Kathy Burstein, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Aug 21, 2014 - For years, South Florida’s community leaders have fought against the notion of “brain drain” – when bright, young professionals leave their hometowns for better opportunities. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is the latest institution trying to keep talent in South Florida. They created MiamiArtsJobs.com, a job portal dedicated to helping find employees for Miami’s growing cultural institutions and showcasing great opportunities for people who want careers in […]

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