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Enjoying the Cultural Lifestyle of Miami

Enjoying the Cultural Lifestyle of Miami

Miami is a city full of inspiration, and is appropriately home to numerous entertainment venues, theaters, museums, parks and performing arts centers. With world-renowned venues just outside your door, there is no excuse for residents to lead anything less than a culturally dynamic lifestyle.

New World Symphony

Established in 1987 under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, this unique educational environment prepares graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership positions in orchestras and ensembles around the world. Miami’s New World Symphony has performed in such prestigious venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, London’s Barbican Centre, Paris’s Bastille Opera and Argentina’s Teatro Colon. What’s more, the New World Center is less than 10 minutes from exciting apartments and condominiums in downtown Miami and Brickell, giving residents an opportunity to attend concert series, unique WALLCASTA� experiences, as well as family-friendly performances.

Miami Art Museum

The city’s thriving community of artists, designers, and collectors, as well as an ever-expanding culturally aware population, has driven Miami’s demand for a world-class museum. Currently located in downtown Miami’s cultural plaza, The Miami Art Museum (MAM) serves one of the most diverse and vibrant regions of the country, and dedicates itself to contemporary art. The new Miami Art Museum, scheduled to open in 2012, will serve as an anchor for the 29-acre Museum Park. A Science Museum is scheduled to open the following year in what is sure to become the city’s cultural hub. Museum Park will overlook Biscayne Bay and include landscaped public gardens and sculpture installations. The museum hosts docent-led tours, educational programs for both adults and children, as well as social cocktail hours and events.

Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts

The Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts is headquarters and home to the Miami City Ballet and the Florida Grand Opera, as well as the second-largest performing arts center in the United States. The Adrienne Arsht Center enlightens, educates and entertains the Greater Miami-Dade community’s cultural life through transformational arts and cultural experiences. PRELUDE by Barton G., a contemporary American cuisine restaurant located inside the Center, provides an inspiring pre-show dinner or cocktail. The new culinary hotspot is receiving rave reviews for its wine list and inspired dishes, including a Madeira glazed duck confit and an almond-crusted rainbow trout.

AmericanAirlines Arena

Don’t forget to catch a Miami Heat game with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. AmericanAirlines Arena is located just a couple blocks south of The Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts.…

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An Introduction to the National Art Museum of China

An Introduction to the National Art Museum of China

The National Art Museum of China is located at 1, Wusi Avenue, Dongcheng District of Beijing with Longfu Temple to the west, the Imperial Palace Wall Relics Park to the east and Wangfujing Avenue to the south, and it dedicates itself to collecting, researching and exhibiting Chinese modern artistic works. As an imitated attic-style architecture, the museum is surrounded by winding corridors with a yellow glazed roof, which is of distinctive national characteristics.

The five-storied National Art Museum of China occupies an area of 22,379 square meters with an exhibition area of 7,000 square meters, boasting 20 exhibiting halls in total, 9 of which are available on the first story. There are three small exhibit halls on the interlayer (between the first story and the second story) with a total exhibit area of 4,305 square meters. The third story holds three exhibit halls with a total exhibit area of 863 square meters.

More than 100,000 pieces of works of art are collected in the museum, most of which were created by famous artists who were born after the foundation of the People’s Republic of China, and some works were created by the renowned artists from the Ming, the Qing dynasties and Republic of China period, including Ren Bonian, Wu Changshuo, Huang Binhong, Qi Baishi, Xu Beihong, Jiang Zhaohe, Situ Qiao, Li Keran, Wu Zuoren, Ye Qianyu, Luo Gongliu and Wu Guanzhong. The collections in the museum are rich and colorful, including painting works, painted sculptures, porcelains, new-year pictures, paper-cuttings, toys, shadow figures, puppets, kites, embroideries and show props. There are 117 pieces of western works of art donated by German collectors in the museum, 4 of which were drawn by Picasso, and over 100 African wood sculptures are well preserved in the museum.

Besides domestic art exhibitions, over 1,000 international art exhibitions have been successfully held in the National Art Museum of China, including the 19th Century France Rural Landscape Picture Exhibition, the Original Painting Works of Picasso, German Expressionistic Printing Works Exhibition, Marc Chagall’s (a Russian-born French Painter and Stained Glass Artist) Art Exhibition, the French Impressionist Painting Works Exhibition and African Art Exhibition. In addition, a number of works written by the museum staff have been successively published in recent years, including the Collection Set of the National Art Museum of China, the Ren Bonian’s Collection of Works, Qi Baishi’s Collection of Works, Huang Binhong’s Collection of Works and the Fifty-Year of Chinese Arts and Chinese Art Yearbook.…

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Nine Mile Canyon – Utah’s Amazing Outdoor Art Gallery

Nine Mile Canyon – Utah’s Amazing Outdoor Art Gallery

Nine Mile Canyon in central Utah is an outdoor art gallery. It holds quite possibly the largest concentration of Native American rock art in the world. A well-maintained dirt road. And yes, it can be very dirty. It covers the 80 miles between Myton on Highway 40 to Wellington just a little south of Price on Highway 6. Actually, the entire route is 80 miles long. But Nine Mile Canyon – the road’s namesake – covers about half the distance. Nine Mile Canyon was declared a part of the National Back Country Byway system by the Bureau of Land Management in 1990. It also contains the remains of Fremont Indian dwellings as well as long-abandoned settlements and ranches.

The Nine Mile Canyon road was built by the all-black Ninth U.S. Cavalry in 1886. It linked Fort Duchesne with the nearest railhead and telegraph line at Price. And served as a principal stagecoach and mail route. But, as mentioned above, Nine Mile Canyon is the home of a rather remarkable collection of Indian rock art and dwellings. Most of which have remained relatively undisturbed for centuries. But how have they survived in such great shape? Well, two things mainly. The dry climate has done an amazing job of preserving the art. And the isolation, aided by the unpaved road, has kept the area relatively undiscovered and off the beaten path.

These amazing rock art panels have been featured in National Geographic and other publications due to their unique beauty and amazing quality. It is a drive well worth taking. But plan ahead. There are no services along the Nine Mile Canyon route. Make sure your gas tank is full. Bring plenty of food and water. Insect repellant. Binoculars and, of course, a camera.

Plan extra time. For a little hiking to see of the art up close. But, Do Not Touch. The canyon is protected by the Antiquities Act. Look all you want. Take all the pictures you want. But take nothing else.

A good rule of thumb is to plan about six hours for this drive allowing for frequent stops and some hiking.

Paving To Protect Nine Mile Canyon?

One of the main reasons Nine Mile Canyon has remained so uniquely undisturbed and undiscovered is that the road is dirt. This has kept traffic to a minimum. But not too many years ago, immense stores of underground natural gas and oil were found on the West Tavaputs Plateau. The big trucks rumbling up and down Nine Mile Canyon since this discovery have created a storm. Of dust and controversy.

The dust kicked up by these trucks is beginning to cover some of the ancient rock art. And very well could damage it. The consensus now seems to be that the amount of dust being kicked up is unacceptable.

So the latest plan? To pave the road. Various ideas have been proposed. Archaeologists and lovers of the canyon find all these changes disturbing. They believe the route can only be enjoyed by driving it slowly. And spending some time hiking to the sites along the way. They’re also worried that the paving will disturb sites. And even cause the excavation of sites close to the road.

Decide for yourself. The choices? Leave it unpaved. Have the trucks continue to kick up dust which may well contribute to the demise of the amazing rock art. Or pave the road. Allowing higher speed traffic, more traffic, and possibly a different kind of destruction.…

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How to Get Your Fine Art Into a Gallery

How to Get Your Fine Art Into a Gallery

If you are an emerging fine artist, you may be agonizing over how to approach a gallery with your work. It can be intimidating to even the most outgoing person.

There are some general steps you should follow before approaching a gallery. They are:

Have a solid body of finished work available in a similar theme or style.

Prepare a portfolio complete with your Biography and your Artist Statement.

Have your website up and running (gallerists want to see an updated, fresh website).

Research galleries that would be the best fit for your artwork.

Make a list of the galleries you wish to approach, based on your research. Then get familiar with the artists that are represented by those galleries. You want to be able to intelligently discuss the art that the gallery is showing when you do finally meet with them.

Don’t cold call or just drop in on a gallery. Use snail mail, a non-intrusive form of contact, to send them postcards of your newest works, and printed newsletters if you have one, until you’ve built up their knowledge of your work. Attend their shows, take time to support what they are doing with other artists before you ask for a meeting to consider representing you. One artist I know built up a gallery’s familiarity with her by mailing postcards of new artwork she created every 2 months. Over the course of a year, the gallery knew her name and work and eventually brought her in.

Understand that there are over 200,000 fine artists in the U.S. – and there are not enough galleries! You’ll have to be patient, take your time developing relationships, and not take rejection personally.

After you’ve become familiar with a gallery and their artists, call and ask for an appointment to show your portfolio. You may get turned down – galleries get called on by artists every day – but don’t despair. Continue to send postcards of your work. Keep them on your mailing list. And move onto the next gallery.

When you do get a meeting, be as professional as possible. Have your portfolio, website and business cards in tip top shape. Arrive to the meeting on time.

Sometimes it takes a few years for a gallery to finally represent you. So when you are told “no, not right now” keep in mind that it doesn’t mean “no” forever. Keep the relationship cordial and friendly. And stay in touch.

Not all artists need galleries. Actually, most do not now that we have the internet. But there is some value to having your art represented; it gives you credibility, helps you reach new collectors, and allows you to have a professional location to show your work.

It takes time to find the right match in a gallery. Sometimes it can take a few years. But remember, truly successful art careers not only last a long time, they take a long time to get going. Be patient, keep creating new artwork, and you’ll find a good home for your art.…

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Santiago Calatrava – Master of Design

Santiago Calatrava – Master of Design

The very name – Santiago Calatrava – brings thoughts of things exotic to mind. Indeed, Mr. Calatrava’s architectural masterpieces could well be described as exotic in the extreme.

He designs with flair and verve, producing structures which seem to defy gravity itself. Truly a new breed of designer, Santiago Calatrava is a magnificent blend of artist, engineer and architect. If you have ever had the pleasure of listing to him talk, you will understand what I am saying.

But the real joy of Santiago Calatrava is having the even greater pleasure of seeing his incredible structures.

There is nothing ordinary about his design abilities. Nothing ordinary about his buildings. Nothing ordinary about his expansive imagination – for one has to imagine such structures before the design turns into reality.

His Milwaukee Art Museum is an excellent case in point.

Who but Santiago, would have the audacity to design such a building? Not only is the building stunning in appearance, but then we discover that the roof itself seems to be capable of flight!

This was not an inexpensive building to erect. In fact, Santiago was somewhat disappointed when the cost of the wings very nearly scuttled that part of the design. Surely, the building would not have been the same without those huge wings.

Originally, the box structures in the wings were to be made from carbon fibre. An extremely strong yet light weight material, which possesses steel like strength qualities. The downside to this material is twofold. It is both difficult to work with and it is very expensive.

In order to fabricate the components for the massive wings, a huge autoclave would be needed. Such pieces of equipment are used to manufacture items like masts for high end sailboats, world class yachts where no expense is spared. Just a single mast can cost more than some homes!

With some 36 boxes required on each side of the wing assembly, the cost proved to be too great. Even with Mr. Calatrava’s considerable charm exerted toward the fund raising efforts.

Refusing to accept defeat, Santiago adapted the design to use steel tubes. A far less costly avenue, but one which would add weight to the roof structure. This proved to be the saving grace for this unquestionably important part of the building. The wings were saved.

I sincerely hope that I can entice you to read more about Santiago – only this time with pictures. Find out more about this amazing fellow by visiting here now.…

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Creating a Financially Stable Martial Arts School

If you truly believe your martial art is worth teaching, if you feel it truly provides life changing benefits to your students then you have a responsibility to do everything you can to create a financially stable and profitable martial arts school.
This is the third article in an on-going series based on Master Jim Mather’s column in Black Belt magazine during the late 1990s
From Struggling to Profits
At one point, very early on, he was struggling with juggling a career as a corporate executive, doing post-graduate work and running a dojo. He had not yet made the transition to martial arts as a career. As such he felt it was ok, even honorable, to have a small school that was not making much money. In fact, it was losing money.
He was worried that money would somehow taint or destroy the quality of the instruction at his school so he was fine with keeping it small.
However, he knew that if he continued down that path he would have to close his school. As he said in the column, “I realized that I had to create a financial stability for the school, make it so strong that it could survive any economic conditions that might come along in the future.”
He made just a few changes to make the school more financially efficient and went from losing $1000 a month to a profit of $5000 a month within 60 days. This was a lot back then.
A Discovery that Changed His Views Forever
What he discovered changed his views on martial arts management forever. He put the money back into his school, building it up with renovations and improvements. He used the money to pay for student tournament costs. He increased his advertising budget. He was also able to travel and train with the top marital arts instructors of his day and make lasting connections to key people and organizations.
He found that by doing all of this, not only did his school survive it actually improved. He had a better facility. He had more students. He was able to learn more and pass that on to his students who in turn became better students.
Your Responsibility to Your Students
So we go back to the original claim at the beginning of this article. If you believe that what you have to offer can change people’s lives then you have a duty to them to do whatever is necessary to provide a financially stable environment to make that happen for them.
By running just a small closed off school you are cheating your neighbors of the opportunity of all the benefits our arts have to offer.
As Master Mather asks in a recent post on his own new blog, “What would your local community look like, how would it change for the better, if a large percentage of your local residents were involved in your school? What would happen to teen drug and alcohol problems? Gangs? Childhood obesity? And so on?”
Don’t let your pride, embarrassment or fear stand in their way. If you can not figure out how to make the change from a small school to a martial arts business that is financially stable then seek help from one of the many martial arts management companies available today. Or ask for help from a friend you know in the martial arts community who is successful.
Grow your school and give your potential students the opportunity they deserve to change their lives through the gift you and I have been given – the gift of the martial arts.
To learn about the first and only No Membership Membership program in the Martial Arts Business Industry Click Here. PS It’s FREE!…

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The Glitz and Glamour of Chicago the Musical

From South Africa to Sao Paulo, to Moscow to Mexico City, it is no big surprise that Chicago has wowed spectators across the globe. It has “legs;” and not just the “eye-popping” kind. Every performance proves why this amazing musical has successfully run for more than a decade. The cast is a first-rate team of Broadway veterans who consistently receive thousands of nightly standing ovations. The musical was honoured with two Olivier and six Tony Awards, as well as a Grammy.
Chicago the Musical has everything that you could ever want in a Broadway show: A stellar cast of sultry, lean serpentine grace dancing perfectly in sync with one another; one charming song after another, namely “All That Jazz,” “All I Care About” and “Class.” It drips with innuendo, fortune and the pitfalls of fame. Moreover, who knew how much fun murder could be? It is a glamorous, highly potent and hilarious way to spend a night out on the town.
For those that have never seen Chicago the Musical, here is the dish.
Chicago is a naughty, albeit deliciously tale of Roxie Hart, the long-suffering cabaret singer. After murdering her lover, Roxie is thrown mercilessly in jail, which is ruled by Mama Morton, the cruel, bodacious prison boss. Frantic to get out, she turns to the sleazy Billy Flynn, who has a slick lawyer’s reputation for saving his rather dubious clients from sure death.
Their infamous collaboration brings the press notice they each desperately crave. Both are greedy, fame-hungry and extremely ambitious-mirrors of themselves. All goes well until another desirable, unjustly accused young girl dances in and Flynn drops Roxie like a tired, old, pair of jazz hands.
Not one to fade into the shadows; our Roxie is a force to be reckoned with. She joins forces with another murderess, Velma Kelly; together they form an act, hoping that they will fall back into the good graces of the public eye.
Chicago is as timeless today as the first time the curtain came up at the Broadway revival in 1996. Fresh, dazzling and accomplished, London is welcoming Roxie and her entertaining band of extravagant misfits with aplomb. In fact, it’s become one of London’s most popular glitz and glamour musical of all time.
Picture it. You have a racy, burlesque nightclub dancer, a sly, silver-tongued lawyer and a cellblock of swanky sinful goodness. It would be a crime to miss Chicago again, wouldn’t it?…

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Want To Learn To Play The Guitar? Try These Tips

Do you wish you could play the guitar? Maybe you wish to help someone that you know learn how to play. There’s a lot you need to consider before you begin. Read these tips so you can become great at guitar!

See if you can take lessons from a teacher. When self-teaching guitar, you should still have one objective person to watch you play. A good teacher will critique your style, and also offer suggestions for making yourself better. You can ask questions too, which will help out.

Maintain your motivation. Set short-term goals and long-term dreams for learning to play the guitar. Practice with a friend if you can. Reward yourself each and every week you practice as planned. Keep in mind that anything worth doing takes work.

No matter how obvious it may seem, remember to purchase the guitar if you hope to learn to play. If you are always borrowing one, it’ll make it tough to practice often. Make sure the guitar is tuned to avoid hearing wrong sounds that are actually right.

Musical notation as well as guitar tabs are important. Musical theory can help you understand each scale and how different chords work. Learning the names of notes and strings will help you immensely. You will find this knowledge serves you well as you play riffs and melody.

As you start out learning the guitar, find an well-made instrument that you can buy and practice on. If you don’t have the money to buy one, borrow or rent one. Using a quality guitar will ensure a better sound.

Wanting to strum a guitar? Try to increase the number of calluses on your fingers. If you do not get calluses, playing will be painful. It’ll take time for these callouses to develop, but they’ll soon appear if you practice often. You can also buy products for this purpose.

You must understand the parts of the guitar before you plan on playing it well. This will allow you to start playing better because you have to know your instrument well because when you learn other things they will reference the parts.

Try using a metronome. It can be difficult to keep time without one. Metronomes are able to help you make sure you’re on the beat properly. If you practice enough, you’ll be able to follow beats without having to use the device.

When you make the commitment to learn the guitar, you must practice. You must work hard to truly get better. Therefore, you should practice playing every day.

Find someone to be your guitar buddy. Find someone who is talented or who has a style you like, and ask that person to play along with you. They can let you learn some techniques you may not know yet. You will also find that having a friend around who is learning, makes the time more enjoyable and helps the learning process. If your skill levels are the same, even better; you can help each other through the challenging parts.

You can play the guitar well at any age. Keep practicing and stay open-minded about technique. Adding skills and abilities is very beneficial. Use these tips to impress others with your mighty guitar skills.…