Join Pet Supermarket for “Doggie Day Afternoon,” a free afternoon of fun with the Pet Experts from the store and other furry friends. Customers are invited to bring their pets to their local Pet Supermarket on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for fun, in-store activities and learning opportunities, as well as a chance to safely socialize with other pets and pet lovers.
During “Doggie Day Afternoon,” guests will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one grooming appointments and learn more about the in-store grooming services available at Grooming Tails. Additionally, Pet Experts will be hosting a Q&A session about reptiles and fish all day. There will also be a local animal rescue, Saving Sage, on site for pet adoptions throughout the day if you’re looking to take home a new furry friend. There will also be raffles to enter to win prizes and light refreshments will be offered.
Hand sanitizer and other sanitation equipment will be available for the safety of all guests. Face masks must be worn at all times and CDC social distancing guidelines must be followed. This event is free and open to the public.
People en Español’s Festival, traditionally held in New York annually, returns en case this year, kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month. The prized cultural event will bring multiple generations of Latinos together during the virtually interactive weekend. With participation from singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan, actress Julissa Calderón, actress and entrepreneur Elizabeth Gutierrez, and musicians Gian Marco and Aymee Nuviola, among many others, this year’s Festival will be gratis and is scheduled for October 10th and 11th.
Stars from various Netflix productions – David Castañeda (The Umbrella Academy), Julissa Calderón (Gentefied) and Julio Macías (On My Block; Selena: The Series) – will be discussing what it means to be Latino in Hollywood today. As we strive for more inclusive and diverse representation on screen, these actors allow those watching to see themselves reflected in television and films in a way they haven’t seen before. Additionally, Netflix will debut never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming Selena: The Series.
Amazon Prime, The Clorox Brand,Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk: The Estefans,Netflix, and Prime Video join as sponsors for the event.
“Clorox is delighted to partner with People En Español during their ‘Festival en Casa’ to celebrate Hispanic culture, community and entertainment,” said Magnus Jonsson, Vice President of Cleaning at The Clorox Brand. ” As a leader in public health we are dedicated to creating a cleaner and safer future where we all can thrive, so we are especially proud to sponsor ‘Healthy Families are Happy Families,’ a discussion around emotional and physical wellbeing during these uncertain times.”
As Meredith Corporation’s largest consumer-facing virtual experience, Festival People en Español will honor history and culture through live content and remarkable experiences curated by our editors. The final event programming and talent lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. Performers will include Adrian Vadim, Lenier, Ingrid Contreras, Gian Marco, Drizmali Lyanno, and Aymee Nuviola. Join the conversation @peopleenespanol.
This is a free event. To join us at Festival, please quickly register by clicking here.
The thousands of refugees that arrive in South Florida every month find themselves in a new environment where they don’t speak or understand the language and culture. They are pulled between two worlds — the beloved homeland they left behind and their new home. Refugees today are often subject to political whims that can place them in precarious situations and threaten their future.
The Refugee Assistance Alliance (RAA) was founded in 2017 by Kristen Bloom to support underserved refugee populations in South Florida by providing services such as in-home tutoring, cultural programming and special activities. The non-profit organization has gotten creative with raising the funds needed to operate. Their movie screenings and dining experiences are popular and in 2019, they began a partnership with Artist Adriana Jaramillo, who goes by Adriana Jay, for online art auctions.
“I was completely blown away.” Said Adriana Jay about attending the dinner hosted by RAA that prompted her to get more involved. Adriana Jay is known for her paintings of women traveling the world. The online auction kicked off June 24th 2020 and will run through August 24th 2020.
Three paintings are up for auction. All original works of art, that come with Certificates of Authenticity signed by the artist. Adriana Jay has garnished attention from local media and her works are expected to increase in value over time. All profits from the sale of the paintings will be donated directly to the RAA to support refugee families and promote peace and understanding among the people of South Florida.
“We all can relate to each other on some level, we’ve all had to start over, face our vulnerabilities, been challenged in different ways and when we bring people together it’s really special.” Said Bloom about the work the RAA does in an Instagram video conversation with Adriana Jay.
As fewer Americans travel to South Africa because of level two travel advisories, and we become less familiar with the culture, a new fictional book by a chief scientist explores South Africa’s challenges with poaching and illustrates how meaningful the country is today along the path to safety for its wildlife.
“Deadly Game: The Horns of the Rhino,” takes us around the globe to show us how poaching affects all who are involved, in the US, China, and South Africa, but from a unique perspective. It is written by one of the chiefs of surgery at the University of Miami, Dr. Robert Marx, and will be available on November 21. He chronicles, through fiction, his experience with African wildlife and has developed complex, relevant characters who join the illegal game of poaching, as well as the heroes who seek to put a stop to the deadly practice. The experiences of a couple challenged by the dangers of South Africa, the racism, and the stories of the poachers, who often see no way out of these crimes, are explored. The book tells the story through the eyes of a surgeon deeply touched by his experiences in South Africa.
“Many people understand the effort to stop rhino and elephant poaching, but I don’t think we understand completely how poachers come to the practice or what we need to do to stop it,” says author Dr. Robert Marx. “I wrote Deadly Game for all of us, to celebrate the heroes who prevent the very violence we see in poaching and other violent crime in general.”
Surgeons and physicians often see societal woes from a unique perspective, and this is exemplified in Deadly Game’s story. How the problem is broken down, culture to culture is addressed in the book, from the demand for rhino horn as an aphrodisiac in Asia to the desperate populations of South Africa who are drawn to poaching, to the lack of awareness of the culture of poaching around the globe. The book also highlights beautiful areas and amenities in South Africa and how they fit into the culture. Americans, from Miami, are featured as visitors, as lovers, and as researchers, including a chief surgeon, who finds himself entangled in a web of deceit by pharmaceutical executives.
“We should all know South Africa,” says Bill Youmans, former professional baseball catcher. The country provides so much beauty, so much adventure and cultural lessons for all of us, as taught by Dr. Marx’s new book.”
The publisher offers Deadly Game: The Horns of the Rhino as the newest book in a trilogy that portrays the life of a chief surgeon and his co-workers and family, claiming that it continuously touches on “teachable moments” between our two cultures. Marx means to show us that only close guidance and the attention of those who have been left out will heal the problem.
“If you want to hear a deep, genuine story, read Dr. Marx, says Dr. David Frost, past president, The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. “This is his best novel yet, because it defines a land he loves.”
This October marks one year since the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 2 travel advisory for South Africa, which recommends that visitors exercise increased caution. Specifically, the advisory warns about the prevalence of violent crime, especially in major cities after dark. Travel advice from the British government has also issued similar warnings.
Inspired by talented directors and choreographers from Los Angeles, Broadway, and The West End, two new Playlist Productions shows will debut on Carnival Panorama on December 11, 2019, the line’s first new ship on the West Coast in 20 years.
For the first time, Carnival will employ “dancing drones” that interact with the shows’ music and 12 talented performers to create entertaining high-flying moments that add an exciting, never-before-seen visual element to the ship’s overall show experience.
Combining this new technology with special effects and iconic songs from the Woodstock era and musical theater, respectively, the new high-energy shows – Rock Revolution and Broadway Beats™ – complement other audience favorites for an array of entertainment options. Rock Revolution was previewed at Carnival Studios earlier this week.
“When planning Carnival Panorama’s Playlist Productions shows, we challenged ourselves to think more creatively than ever before to find ways to ‘wow’ both our longtime guests and those sailing with us for the first time,” said Kerry Stables, creative director of Carnival Productions who leads an in-house team of accomplished entertainment professionals both onboard and ashore. “From performing drones to new music genres and keen attention to costuming, décor and theme details, these shows prove how innovative our productions have become and raise the bar on our offerings in a fun, creative and unique way.”
The two new only-on-Carnival Panorama shows are:
Rock Revolution, a modernized concert-style show inspired by the legendary Woodstock music festival that pays tribute to the music from the ‘Summer of ‘69’’ and fashion styles reminiscent of icons like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Brought to life by top Los Angeles production talent, including acclaimed artistic director Jonathan Tessero, and accomplished choreographer Rudy Abreu whose credits include So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance, the show features a horn trio and a three-person rock band playing illuminated LED-interactive drum sets while “dancing drones” fly throughout the theater to deliver a unique multi-sensory experience. Creative costume designs, classic rock songs, contemporary choreography, and high octane vocals transform the stage into a reimagined tribute concert with a modern twist.
Broadway Beats, which follows a band of entertainers as they immerse themselves in the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods that come to life with hyper-realistic LED screens of signature NYC elements – the towering skyline, subway cars, bold street art and more. Directed by award-winning Broadway Director Peter Flynn and choreographed by Broadway veteran Marcos Santana, who together have staged some of the most successful musicals around the country, the show playfully mixes city rhythms and electronic dance music and takes an imaginative, exhilarating trip through the city with brand new interpretations of some of Broadway’s greatest hits.
Additional Onboard Entertainment Options
The two new shows will join other guest favorites including Soulbound, a gothic-inspired show with dazzling special effects and R&B classics, and Celestial Strings, a journey that transitions through the seasons with imagery set to a rock and pop soundtrack merged with classical musicians playing live electric strings.
In addition to the four shows, Carnival Panorama will host a number of entertaining activities day and night including the South Beach-inspired Serenity Nights party at the ship’s outdoor adults-only retreat, and a shipboard production of the hit Paramount TV series ‘Lip Sync Battle.’
Carnival Panorama Itineraries and Additional Information
Following its inaugural three-day voyage departing Dec. 11, 2019, Carnival Panorama will launch year-round seven-day cruises Dec. 14, 2019 departing every Saturday to stunning seaside destinations along the Mexican Riviera, including Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line, visit Carnival.com. For reservations, contact any travel agent or call 1-800-CARNIVAL. Carnival can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Tanqueray, widely-known as the world’s most celebrated gin, has released Tanqueray Sevilla Orange. Launching in select Florida markets this summer, the new flavor epitomizes sunshine in a glass with its bittersweet orange taste and warm hints of spice.
Tanqueray Sevilla Orange is created by infusing the brand’s four-times distilled classic London Dry gin with the essence of orange. Tanqueray has been making a world-class gin for over 185 years. Founder Charles Tanqueray had a pioneering spirit and an obsession with creating the world’s finest gin. In this pursuit, he sourced botanicals from all around the world and created over 300 recipes. Charles Tanqueray once captured the sun-soaked taste of Seville orange groves in a recipe during the nineteenth century. His archival recipe inspired the creation of this new liquid. Tanqueray Sevilla Orange is an ideal complement for bright, fresh cocktails like Negronis, Sevilla Orange Spritz, Sevilla Orange & Tonic and more.
“We are thrilled to introduce Tanqueray Sevilla Orange into the U.S. market just in time for summer. This vibrant flavor innovation is perfectly crafted for bartenders and consumers to enjoy at sundown and anytime in between,” said Christina Choi, Senior Vice President of Gin at DIAGEO North America. “We encourage them to enjoy and serve Sevilla Orange responsibly as we remind spirits drinkers that gin is officially in.”
To celebrate the launch and bring Tanqueray Sevilla Orange to life, the brand has unveiled a mural in Miami’s Wynwood art district located at the corner of NW 5th Ave + NW 27th (2701 NW 5th Ave), encouraging consumers to take snapshots of the artwork and try Florida’s new orange. If you’re planning to check out Wynwood’s latest exhibit, Tanqueray invites you to stop by the local restaurants currently serving Tanqueray Sevilla Orange in the Wynwood neighborhood: Beaker & Gray and Three. Tanqueray Sevilla Orange can also be enjoyed in Orlando at local bars Celine and Mathers.
Mural artist and Miami local Nicole Salgar said, “Working with Tanqueray Sevilla Orange was an exciting experience. Their team did a great job of capturing the Miami feel with this mural, and it was a very fun challenge for me to execute. The Wynwood Arts District is a perfect setting for this mural, as it is a Miami landmark of public art and culture!”
First introduced in Europe on September 2018, Tanqueray Sevilla Orange is now available in one Liter bottles at select accounts in Orlando and Miami. 750ml bottles will also be available this October 2019.
To learn more about Tanqueray Sevilla Orange, please visit www.tanqueray.com and follow @TanquerayUSA on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter as well as the hashtag #GINISIN.
Stephanie Hernandez is part of a new supernatural horror film based on a group of science students who have discovered how to explain the paranormal and prove the existence scientifically. We asked Stephanie questions surrounding her latest role in Investigation 13. Here’s what she had to say.
What made you pursue acting?
One day, my modeling agency urged me to go to a casting for a TV pilot. I arrived at the casting without knowing anything about the acting industry or the process and man did I fail in that experience. I remember being so nervous that my voice was unsteady, hands were shaking, and I don’t believe that I looked up once from my script throughout the audition. I walked away from that experience knowing that I wanted to take on the challenge and hone the craft of acting. I’ve been in love with the art ever since.
What can you tell us about your latest involvement with this movie?
Just when we thought that we would never enter the asylum again, we were called in for reshoots about a year or two after our original shoot. I put my goth pants back on, suited up, and back in we all went to finish the film we dedicated our sweat, fake blood, and real tears into. It was really good to be back with the cast and crew.
You play the character Melanie Gates…do you see yourself in her at all?
Melanie Gates, what a character to embody. Bringing her to life was about curiously tapping into her characteristics that already existed deep within my own self. We all have the potential to be whomever we wish to be, it’s just about bringing it to the surface.
I remember the moment that I viewed the casting notice sent from my agency which read, “Melanie Gates: Caucasian; Gothic; Short dyed hair (preferably purple); Fair-skinned.” I laughed to myself and thought, “I’m Hispanic, long-haired brunette, tan skin, far from gothic. There’s no way I’ll get this role.” The casting alone was over an hour and a half away from where I lived at the time and I didn’t want to waste my own time either. Somehow, I woke up the very next day and thought, “Well, let’s go out there and change their minds on this character.” I dressed the part to help my case as much as possible opting for fishnet black tights, shorts, black combat boots, a black top, threw a hoop nose ring on, threw my hair into high two buns, heavy eyeliner, dark nail polish, prepared lines, and I was out the door. During the drive down, I knew that I had to own it and that’s exactly what I did. I remained authentic in my performance and allowed my inner goth chick to reign. I was later called in for a callback audition and a week later during a camping trip, I received an email that I booked the role.
What advice would you give your younger self to prepare you for the acting world?
Hands down, I would tell myself to look at acting as a business and a brand. Yes, one could whole-heartedly love the craft, but it will remain a hobby if it isn’t treated as a profitable business.
What do you love about this character?
I was initially intrigued by the challenge of such a contrasting personality, style, and lifestyle altogether. I was curious and excited to dive into a character so vastly different than the person that I was at the time.
We’ve only seen a few clips but since this was filmed in South Florida what was your favorite location?
My favorite location was where we shot the ADR footage after we wrapped on location. It was the home of a team member, Chris, and it was completely spirit-free. (laughing) Otherwise, we were filming in a real, abandoned insane asylum. It was the least favorite place that I have ever endured to this day. It was brutally hot, filled with intensely low energies, and a lot of strange occurrences happened during and after filming. We were all relieved the moment we knew we never had to enter that place again.
Anything you want the viewers to take away from this movie?
That spirits are real.
Favorite food spot in Miami?
Investigation 13 is available September 10th on iTunes and Amazon.
Brightline, soon to be Virgin Trains, and Rail Events Productions is announcing that tickets to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride are now on sale. Based on popular demand, Brightline has opened a second departure location to the North Pole from South Florida with train offerings from Virgin MiamiCentral in Downtown Miami on select weekdays beginning Nov. 19. Departures from the Fort Lauderdale Brightline Station will return weekends and select holiday dates beginning Nov. 16. Tickets are on sale now and available at www.miamithepolarexpressride.com and www.ftlthepolarexpresride.com. Guests are encouraged to book early as popular dates and times will sell out!
In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the magical story comes to life when the train departs South Florida for a round-trip journey led by a cast of professional actors.
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a magical one-hour trip to meet Santa. Once onboard, car hosts will work their way through the coach and punch golden tickets before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas. During the trip, characters on each car lead fantastic onboard entertainment – just like in the film! Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell and souvenir golden ticket in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!
The journey begins Nov. 16 and runs through Dec. 29, on select dates from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Exact dates, fares, and times are available by visiting www.miamithepolarexpressride.com and www.ftlthepolarexpressride.com. Ticket prices range from $50 to $75, depending on the date, time, and location.
Aries Spears will be at the Miami Improv Comedy Theater through Sunday. Spears, a regular on Fox’s Mad TV, is known for his impersonations that include Jay-Z, DMX, Denzel Washington, James Brown, Al Pacino, and his childhood idol Eddie Murphy. We asked Spears how he got started, about his favorite character, and what his next project will be. Here’s what he had to say:
How did you get started, what prompted you to say “Hey, I am going to pursue a career in comedy?”
I got started in New York and New Jersey working a lot of the Chitlin Circuit (black rooms) peppermint lounge in East Orange, New Jersey, Trivecka in Long Island and terminal D in Newark. Eddie Murphy was my biggest influence.
Do you change your topics based on the city you will be showcasing at?
It’s like sports, I always take what the defense gives me.
You get to make several crowds in different cities laugh, which one would you say you most enjoyed performing for?
I love anywhere in Southern Florida. The women dress like they don’t like their fathers. Jacksonville is the city I don’t visit too often. It’s the mistress city of the State of Florida.
Have you been to Miami before?
Yes, I’ve been to ME-MOMMY Florida. I call it that cause of my deep love for Spanish women.
What are you most looking forward to when being in Miami, Florida?
Check my last answer.
Which of your many characters would you say is your favorite?
I have a great character called Me-mommy, a Spanish woman character. I also have a great Nigerian accent to play for a character.
Are there any new projects you’re working on?
Yes, I have my podcast Spears & Steinberg aka the Jew and the jerk available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.
Any inspiring words to those who want to pursue a career in comedy? What advice can you give to those who have tried their first amateur night and maybe didn’t get that many laughs out of the audience?
Drink plenty of vodka.
Aries Spears has five shows through Sunday. Purchase tickets at miamiimprov.com.
Miami’s Ice Palace will heat up on June 19th when Pandora, the leader of Latin music streaming, presents PandoraLIVE El Pulso. Headlining the show will be Natti Natasha, the reigning queen of Latin/Reggaeton music and recent Billboard Latin Music Award winner for Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year – Female, with Latin Urban artist Dalex slated to open the show. El Pulso, Pandora’s destination station for Latin music, features the most exciting and impactful contemporary artists who are breaking through genre barriers. Any Pandora listener (21+) can RSVP now HERE for free admission.
Natti, known as the “Queen of Views” for being the most-watched woman globally in any genre on YouTube for 2 consecutive years (surpassing Ariana, Cardi, Taylor, and Beyoncé), released her highly anticipated debut album, ilumiNATTI this February. It debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart and scored the largest week for a Latin album by a solo woman in more than a year and a half. Her collaborations with some of today’s biggest Latin artists, including Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Thalia, and Becky G, have earned her over 160 million lifetime streams and 690 thousand listeners on Pandora.
Moving up on the Pandora Predictions chart is Dalex who will be opening the show. His singles rooted in the fusion of the Latin Urban, Reggaeton, Trap and R&B genres include his “Pa Mi” Remix ft. Sech, Rafa Pabón, Cazzu, Feid, Khea & Lenny Tavarez, which has helped the rising young star become a global success with over 4.9 million Pandora streams.
“Having Natti, one of Latin’s biggest stars, headline El Pulso guarantees we’ll have another unforgettable night connecting artists directly to their fans,” says Jeff Zuchowski, Vice President of Label Relations at Pandora. “We’ve also been watching Dalex earn millions of streams on Pandora and are excited to help introduce him to new followers in Miami.”
Teaming up with America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Clamato®, McDonald’s®, and Nissan®, Pandora will create an interactive mixture of activations throughout the celebration.