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World’s First Gaming Festival with $250,000 in Cash Prizes This Weekend In Miami

March 8, 2019

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Ultimate Gamer, the first open multi-game e-sports festival built to test gamers in different genres, announced today the launch of ticket sales and player registrations for the March 9-10 event.Ultimate Gamer is the first-of-its-kind gaming festival and a celebration for the entire gaming community that will crown one player the “Best Gamer in the World.”

The Ultimate Gamer features e-sports athlete competition within five gaming disciplines —first-person shooter, action, fighter, real-time strategy and battle royale. This event boasts a number of top-tier partners including Black Stage Productions and Showglobe Entertainment, while Blizzard, Capcom and Valve are currently in talks to secure the most challenging and representative games that will identify the world’s most well-rounded e-athlete.

More than 1,000 players and over 10,000 spectators are expected for the event. The arena features over 300 PCs and consoles to enable 12 hours a day of tournament-style action. First place receives a $250,000 prize, second $100,000 and third $50,000.

The event will be held in Miami at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center. Players can now register for the event and interested attendees can gain access to the most exciting gameplay of the year. The multi-faceted event includes a cosplay competition, gourmet food options, interactive experiences and live music. Additionally, Ultimate Gamer will feature a Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) Local Area Network (LAN) party.

“We’re thrilled to open up tickets and registration for our first Ultimate Gamer event which will serve as a launching point in the industry,” said Steve Suarez, president of ShowGlobe Entertainment. “This is the first event of its kind. It’s a festival of gaming, music, amazing food and entertainment. We welcome players of all skill levels to Miami for a fun multi-sensory experience so we can truly determine the best e-sports player in the world.”

The Ultimate Gamer event series are intended to blend together physical real-world gatherings with the company’s own software. The company adjusts to the latest fast-changing gaming trends and will change its events dynamically in order to stay relevant. Open to any registrants, Ultimate Gamer is intended to foster competition between hardcore gaming pros as well as newer players.

Ultimate Gamer tickets are now available through: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ultimate-gamer-miami-tickets-52673383508?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

Player registrations can be made at: https://www.ultimategamer.com/r/#/register.

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Your Guide to the Top Selfie Spots in Wynwood

June 18, 2018

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By: Jordan Kurtz, founder of the @thewynwoodmonthly

You’re trying to get from New York to Los Angeles, but for some inexplicable reason, your super-cheap airline ticket has you on a three hour and twelve-minute layover in MIA. It’s 4:16 in the afternoon, and you have two things on your mind: drinks and posting a rad Miami photo/selfie in front of a famous Wynwood backdrop. If you have any experience at all with Miami traffic, you know you’re not going to make it back in time if you don’t have a solid action plan—or you borrow ours.

Here are our seven suggestions for some distinctive—and often famous—Wynwood backdrops and the bars, breweries, and coffee shops where you can grab a drink and a snack before Ubering back to the body-scanners.

What am I standing in front of? It’s a colorful mural of a lion’s head.

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Karina Scalzo Poses in Front of a Mural in Wynwood, Florida.

Why is it cool? Are you f—-ing kidding us? You’re going to look like you’re shooting a flaming lion out of your pores. In some cultures, that would mark you as a god.

What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 24th St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works for either. Up close it’s cool colors, from afar it’s a lion!

Where am I getting my taco? Coyo Taco right across the street!

What am I standing in front of? It’s a circular gate with a collection of lover’s locks.

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Michael David snaps a selfie with “Love Locks.”


Why is it cool?
This is a physical representation of hundreds of lovers. Grab your bae, engrave and snap a lock, and if you’re daring, throw away the keys!

What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 26th St.

Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works for either. Up close it’s perfect for expressing your grossness of corny things. With a friend or bae, it’s cute and, well, corny.

Where am I getting my burger? Wood Tavern is right next door! This is a legendary Wynwood bar that has the best tacos, burgers, drinks, indoor/outdoor setting, and music! Bonus: veggie burgers available!

What am I sitting in front of? You’re sitting on an old punch buggy with a beautiful backdrop

Why is it cool? This captures Miami and Wynwood in one shot! This has a tropic backdrop with beautiful colors.

What’s the address? 325 NW 24th St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works best with a friend. You have to take a couple of steps back so you can capture the car, the mural, and the adorable poser.

Where am I getting my beer? You’re literally inside Concrete Beach Brewery bro, just turn around and get some craft beer, silly. They have so many events, games, food vendors, and deliciously brewed beers!   

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Erica Smiles for the Camera at Concrete Beach Brewery.

What am I standing in front of? If you don’t know, I have bad news for you: you’re not getting into heaven.

Why is it cool? Who doesn’t love wings? Look at the beautiful photo with #NoFilter. This beauty scored me 107 likes on my own IG, and that’s a big deal for my following. Hey, I’m not on an Instagram model like you, ok?!

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Jordan Kurtz takes a Colorful selfie in Wynwood.

What’s the address? NW 5th Ave and 24th St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works with both. This was a selfie, but the wings aren’t fully in the frame because of it. If you want the full picture, have someone take a couple steps further than you can reach.

Where am I getting my new clothes? This whole street is full of fashionable clothing at ridiculous prices. Because you have wandered off the “main” street at this point, prices have calmed down.

What am I standing in front of? These are a bunch of beautifully drawn faces. We love this simple black-and-white style.

Karina Scalzo Takes a Rest at a Mural in Wynwood.

Why is it cool? This mural is a little less elaborate, but also more abstract than the usual wall art in the hood. These swirly lines and diva-looking faces make a beautiful backdrop.

What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 23rd St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works with both. From up front, you might get one pretty lady with you, but from a friend’s angle, you’re among the nymphs.

Where am I getting my new car? Wow, I guess if you have the time and the money, you’re getting the car that’s right inside of the building you’re leaning on. This gallery is called Cars & Guitars—Walt Grace Vintage and they house some of the craziest collections of both you have to see!

What am I sitting in front of? You’re on a comfy couch, with a funky lamp and a fun black & white backdrop.

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Karina Scalzo Stops for Some Coffee.

Why is it cool? This is a great spot for candid photos, group photos and, well, any type of photo. This whole place has these patterns from floor to ceiling on all sides. It’s like walking through a Willy Wonka room.

What’s the address? 2621 NW 2nd Ave.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works best with a friend’s help. Selfies work as well, but you’ll lose extra props.

Where am I getting my coffee? Definitely hit up Mister Block for this one. They have daily specials and so many types of drinks. Cuban coffee, American Coffee, matcha lattes and more!

What am I standing in front of? This is painted on a gate, but if you use your imagination, you’re underwater because these little characters are fish. 

Karina Scalzo Stops at a Pez Mural for a Picture. Artwork: @pezbarcelona

Why is it cool? I guess you live under a rock but this art is from El Pez. He’s a pretty big deal in the wall art world.

What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 26th St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works with both. From up front, you might get one pretty fish with you, but from a friend’s angle, you’re among the whole school of them.

Where am I getting my sit-down meal? At this point, you probably need to chill. Head over to the Wynwood Diner and grab yourself something yummy. You deserve it!

You have your phone, your directions, and barely enough time. Get moving and good luck!

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Karina Scalzo Admires Leon Keer’s Mural. Artwork: @leonkeer

Surprise Bonuses:

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Don’t forget about the classics at the Wynwood Walls.

Artwork: @Alexis_diaz

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Ford Partners with Postmates to Launch Self-Driving Research Delivery Service in Miami

June 11, 2018

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Ford Motor Company announced the launch of its first pilot program that will offer self-driving delivery services in the Miami and Miami Beach areas. The next time you order food or coffee from Postmates, you may be surprised that a self-driving vehicle is delivering your items.

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How does it work? The restaurant receives your order and prepares the package. The vehicle is dispatched to the restaurant. A restaurant staff member then loads the order into one of the vehicle’s three locker compartments. No worries, your beverages won’t spill because the lockers have two cups holders in each compartment.

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The self-driving vehicle then proceeds to either pick up more orders or continues directly to drop off your purchase. Once the vehicle arrives at its destination, you receive a notification with a code to access the locker system and retrieve your order.

“We have a shared vision with Postmates that to help people unlock the best of their cities,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president of Global Markets. Postmates allows you to purchase items from more than 250,000 merchants across 250 cities.

“When you combine the power and reach of self-driving vehicles with the deep knowledge of the Postmates team, the scale and scope of the expertise we put into action grow exponentially.”

In January 2017, Postmates became the first to test short distanced deliveries through robotic technologies and continues to work on innovates ways to improve services. “Ford’s self-driving technology has the potential to not only make our delivery network faster and more efficient but to ultimately connect more customers to more local businesses,” said Vivek Patel, Vice President of Business Operations at Postmates.

Through this collaboration, Ford and Postmates hope that the Transit Connect self-driving vehicle will help provide insight for new development ideas, mobility solutions, and decrease traffic congestion and emissions.

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How to get into an Exclusive Miami Concert with Featuring Zion & Lennox with REYKON

June 7, 2018

Pandora is hosting El Pulso Live headlined by Zion & Lennox with Reykon as the opening act in Miami. It will be held at Palace Ice Studios on Tuesday, June 19. El Pulso is the newly launched destination for Latin Music, that features artists who are breaking genre barriers. The Station features musical artists including Karol G, Bad Bunny, Leslie Grace, Sebastian Yatra, Mau y Ricky, Bryant Meyers, and more.

The best part is that the event is free and you can RSVP here. “Our live events are hugely popular with our audience and we’re thrilled to be bringing the inaugural El Pulso concert to the incredibly vibrant musical city of Miami,” said Jeff Zuchowski, Vice President of Artist Marketing and Industry Relations at Pandora.

Throughout the launch, Pandora has partnered up with brands such as Clamato®, Denny’s, McDonald’s®, TitleMax® and Ulta Beauty.

“Pandora’s the leader of Latin music streaming in the U.S., and we’re always looking for ways to present our listeners with unique musical experiences featuring the most relevant and requested artists of the genre. El Pulso headliners Zion & Lennox are one of the highest streaming acts on Pandora with over 1 billion spins, and we know fans are going to be excited to get a chance to see them perform live,” adds Jeff.

According to the event page, doors will open at 7 p.m. and entry is not guaranteed. You have to be over 21 years of age to enter and show a valid photo ID for entry. You can follow along on social using the hashtag #ElPulsoDePandora.

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Win the Chance to Paint a Mural on the New JOE & THE JUICE Storefront and Receive $5,000

January 18, 2018

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Joe & the Joice is set to open yet another Miami location in March. This time in Wynwood. As part of the opening celebration, it has unveiled its #artforjuice social media competition to showcase local artists. The chosen artist will gain the opportunity to paint an original mural on JOE & THE JUICE storefront and receive a $5,000 cash prize.  

“I am even more excited to celebrate this city’s vibrant art scene, and give a platform to the next great artist here,” said CEO Kasper Basse.  

JOE & THE JUICE is now accepting and reviewing entries of mural mock-ups from Miami-area residents.   Submit your work via Instagram using the handle @joeandthejuice and hashtag #artforjuice or by sending it to art@joejuice.com. Last day to submit is February 9, 2018.  

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Mock up image provided by JOE & THE JUICE

The Wynwood JOE & THE JUICE is located at 3215 NW 2nd Avenue. 

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Volta Arrives in Miami

December 27, 2017

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Cirque du Soleil’s 41st show production has arrived under the Big Top next to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The name VOLTA refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea and references a jolt of energy. The new show tells a story about the freedom to choose your own path.  

You’ll feel the adrenaline of the show through the acrobatics and choreography. The details of every costume will capture your attention. Every stunt leaves you glued to your seat.  The show brings a mix of BMX stunts, choreographed dances and aerial aerobatics.  

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Costume: Zaldy

Through the Volta story line, you’ll encounter groups such as the GREYS, the ELITES and the FREE SPIRITS. The GREYS are conformists who follow routine and are set in their ways. The elites are enamored with stardom, while the free spirits always seek adventure and living life to the fullest.  You’ll be captured by the main character’s transformation and celebration of finding freedom.  

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Photo Credit: Patrice Lamoureux Costume: Zaldy
Photo Credit: Patrice Lamoureux
Costume: Zaldy

Cirque di Soleil Volata Tickets are available to purchase now by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783)

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Miami New Times Iron Fork 2017 Aftermath

October 9, 2017

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On October 5, 2017, chefs faced off at the New Times’ Iron Fork 2017 for a chance to win the Iron Fork Skillet. This year chef Santiago Gomez of Tacology, was announced winner of the competition. The cooking competition featured farm-to-table plate creations. The participating chefs’ “culinary expertise and passion is unmatched in Miami,” says Chef Allen Susser. Susser scouted the very best competitors to feature at the event.

Guests who attended were able to taste their way around participating restaurants such as 180 Degrees @ the DRB, Sushi Sake, JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, Brain Freeze Nitrogen Ice Cream, Grill Argentino, Philly Grub, Meat Market, Dashi, Tacology, Rosa Mexicano, The Rusty Pelican, Beaker & Gray, River Yacht Club and Glass & Vine.

If you didn’t get a chance attend Iron Fork, Miami New Times will be hosting upcoming events such: Tacolandia on November 18, 2017 at Soho Studios and Sips & Sweets on December 14, 2017 at Dezer Auto Museum.

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5th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival

August 18, 2017

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It’s back, now in its fifth year, the South Beach Seafood Festival is scheduled for October 17 – 21, 2017. This year the festival will bring dinners and events leading up to the main event on the sandy South Beach. You will experience the talented chefs and local culinary artists through a showcase of fresh seafood dishes.

The events will be giving back to CI Foundation’s EAT SMART program. A portion of tickets sales will go toward the program that is geared to end hunger and obesity among children in Miami-Dade County and Communities in Schools of Miami (CIS of Miami).

On October 21st, the beachfront event will be sponsored by Kendall Jackson and presented by Coca-Cola and Jack Daniel’s. The festival will span five blocks and be held from noon to 7 p.m. with extended partying for VIPs until 9 p.m. You will experience culinary dishes from:

  • A Fish Called Avalon
  • Café Avanti
  • CIBO
  • CJ’s
  • Dragonfly
  • Joe’s Stone Crab
  • La Moderna
  • Lobster Bar Sea Grille
  • Meat Market / Miami Smokers
  • Naked Crab / Naked Taco
  • Nikki Beach
  • Papa’s Raw Bar
  • Poseidon
  • Red the Steakhouse
  • Rusty Pelican
  • Toro Toro
  • Trulucks
  • Whole Foods Market

FOR 20% OFF VIP TICKETS USE CODE: MIAMICROWD

General Admission tickets start at $45 which includes full admission and complimentary all day open bar. Guests can choose from 60+ menu items, priced between $5-$8 only during the SobeSeafood Festival day! Menu items include stone crabs, lobster tempura skewers, mahi sliders, scallop BLTs, oysters, shrimp tacos, lobster roll waffle cones, crab cakes in a shell, grilled octopus, shrimp parmesan, surf n’ turf filet and lobster, and more.

VIP tickets are $150 and include $20 worth of food vouchers, access to the VIP Hospitality Village where private samplings will take place. The VIP experience allows you access to keep the party going until 9 p.m.

Events leading up to the South Beach Seafood Festival include:

  • Tuesday, October 17, 6:30-10 PM: ALL NEW Crabs, Slabs, and Cabs at the Shelborne Hotel, presented by Jackson Family Wines and Menin Hospitality
  • Wednesday, October 19, 6:30-10 PM: Cooking & Cocktails at Meat Market, hosted by GOYA, Herradura, and Meat Market
  • Thursday, October 20, 6:30-10 PM: An Evening at Joe’s Stone Crab, presented by La Crema
  • VIP Chef Showdown: Friday, October 21, 7-11PM

Your ultimate VIP night where 16 chefs go head-to-head in 8 different seafood battles and as a guest, you’re the judge!

Reigning champions defending their titles are:

  • o   Chef Andre & Tyler Bienvenue of Joe’s Stone Crab in Battle Crab, 
  • o   Chef Sean Brasel of Meat Market in Battle Surf ‘N Turf, 
  • o   Chef Dustin Atoigue of Mondrian South Beach in Battle Shrimp, 
  • o   Chef Jean Delgado of Toro Toro in Battle Tuna, 
  • o   Chef Demetrios Pyliotis of Poseidon in Battle Fish, 
  • o   Chef Bernie Matz of Bodega South Beach in Battle Taco.
  • o   …plus ourbrand new category: Battle Sushi and the official OYSTER PIT

Tickets can be purchased for all events at www.sobeseafoodfest.com.

Get social! @sobeseafoodfest

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Ximena Kavalekas is Accessorizing Miami

August 1, 2017

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When you think fashion, New York is likely to pop up in your mind. The city is known for their fashion driven market, showrooms and high runway shows. In Miami, we need to spruce up our fashion industry game. Luckily, Ximena Kavalekas is one designer leading the way. Ximena’s high fashion, high color, python leather handbags give Miami some fashion credit.

Ximena’s handbags go through a multiple step process before they are showcased in her private showroom in Miami and at high-end retailers. The python skins are collected, sent to Italy for careful care and processing. It is there where they are hand painted and crafted.. 

Once the bags are ready to wear (RTW), you can find them at Bergdorf Goodman’s, high end boutiques and by appointment at the gorgeous showroom in Brickell. The bags are a great representation of Miami due to names you may recognize, such as the “Biltmore” crossbody ($1,480.00) and Wynwood Black ($1,740.00). The Biltmore handbag acquired its name when she snapped a picture for Instagram, while she watched her kids play golf at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The picture gained pricing inquiries and BINGO! was named “Biltmore.” It comes in a range of nine shades including Millennial Pink to hike up your instagram color scheme.

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There is a style for everyone, from a mini Le Cigarette 2.0 that fits your phone ($525) to a large Barbara tote ($1,630.00) that can carry it all. 

With all the options, it’s no wonder Sofia Vergara opts for the Barbara and Caterina styles. Ready to coordinate your Miami style with a Ximena Kavalekas handbag? Shop the styles here.