3 People and Events to Watch in January

This month's mix features shoutouts to National Young Arts Week, Coconut Grove's new look, and Adobe Road Winery

Jazz it up

National Young Arts Week is back with a bang just in time to kick off the new year.

Jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard (1980 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music) and conceptual artist Teresita Fernández will be honored with Arison Awards at the organization’s annual Backyard Ball on January 11, 2020. The evening will celebrate Blanchard’s and Fernández’s contributions to the arts alongside the achievements of the 2020 YoungArts award winners, the nation’s most accomplished young artists in the literary, visual and performing arts. The event culminates National YoungArts Week, the organization’s signature program providing more than 150 of the nation’s most accomplished young artists with an all-expenses paid weeklong intensive program in Miami, connecting them with leading professionals in their fields through master classes and workshops and introducing them to the public through performances and an exhibition.

Widely recognized as a trailblazer in the world of jazz, Terence Blanchard is most known for his compositions and recordings but is also an important music educator. He’s won six Grammy Awards, released 20 solo albums and composed more than 50 film scores, and in 2018 he received an Oscar nomination for his composition for the Academy Award-winning film BlacKkKlansman. Blanchard was recently named the Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and has received a number of prestigious awards including the 2019 BMI Icon Award and the USA Fellowship in 2018. “Like many children, shyness dampened my self-esteem, but one of the fortunes of growing up in New Orleans was that music could be your lifesaver. Despite your neighborhood, your income level, or what you thought of yourself, there were always music and teachers to mentor you,” says Blanchard. “But it wasn’t until I became a YoungArts winner that I finally saw how high I could soar in my craft. Thanks to those opportunities provided by YoungArts, I have been able to see the world and grow as an artist.”

Teresita Fernández’s work is characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking. Her experiential works are often inspired by a rethinking of landscape and place as well as by diverse historical and cultural references. She’s a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Artist’s Grant, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. Fernández’s mid-career museum retrospective, “Teresita Fernández: Elemental,” is currently on view at Pérez Art Museum Miami and will tour the United States. Says Fernández, “I’m honored to be recognized by YoungArts and to be aligned with their focus to create career-spanning support for young artists who are courageously using art and culture as powerful tools to shape their future.” For more information, visit youngarts.org/backyard-ball.

Grove Revival

Come back to Coconut Grove for an entirely new experience in one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods.

Once known as Miami’s top bohemian hotspot, Coconut Grove has taken a back seat to surrounding neighborhoods for years. Now, as residents, tourists and businesses gravitate toward walkable districts and waterfront destinations, the Grove is undergoing a massive resurgence, attracting “starchitect”—designed condos, stylish retailers, untapped waterfront programing, chef-driven restaurants and companies from around the world. Some of the elements bringing one of Miami’s most historic and beloved districts back to life include:

• Waterfront revival: Regatta Harbour, a 9½-acre mixed-use destination fronting Biscayne Bay and under construction, is bringing chef-driven restaurants, specialty stores and a renovated marina. The destination will house historic hangars formerly used as a naval air station and later by Pan Am Airways, which operated seaplane flights to Cuba direct from Coconut Grove; now they are being carefully restored and repurposed for retail.

• Office market: Developers continue to capitalize on the regeneration of the neighborhood, contributing to a booming office market. Terra Group recently completed a 77,840-square-foot office component of a Class A building on Mary Street that is already fully leased.

• Shopper’s paradise: With the refurbishment of CocoWalk slated for a fresh roster of restaurants, mixed with new boutiques and personal services, residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of shopping, including Regatta Harbour’s waterfront retail opening summer 2019.

• Foodie frenzy: Sidewalk cafes line the Grove’s streets, including favorites include Lokal, Strada, Boho, Ariete, Jaguar and Harry’s Pizza—and coming next year is Afisonado by Top Chef winner and local treasure Jeremy Ford.

• Tourism hotspot: The opening of the Arquitectonica-designed Mr. C hotel features an array of dining, retail and shopping options.


Get your Heart Racing

Adobe Road Winery’s delicious, bold reds—The Racing Series—is here just in time for the holidays.

ABRA Gallery is celebratiThe holidays are here, and Adobe Road Winery has a winning team of bold reds for the wine lovers and racing aficionados on your gift list this year: The Racing Series. The eye-catching and equally delicious lineup of four ultra-premium California wines was created by legendary race car driver and Adobe Road Winery founder Kevin Buckler in celebration of his history on the track. Here are four recommendations for holiday imbibing:

• APEX is Adobe Road’s pinnacle of Cabernet-based blending, featuring Syrah, Merlot and Petite Sirah with a stunning metal Apex curbing on the bottle. To a race car driver, the apex is the optimal line of the corner and winning depends on hitting the perfect apex.

• REDLINE is a rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Malbec, producing an impressive yet approachable red blend. The bottle is silkscreened with a vintage tachometer representing Kevin’s very first victory.

• SHIFT is a daring combination of Zinfandel, Barbera, Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Carignane. The bottle sports a cutting-edge, metal label that resembles a vintage, gated shifter and the cork is topped with a five-speed shift knob.

• THE 24 is a Rhone-style blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah, with Malbec for added spice, intensity and character. The beautiful metal chronograph label pays homage to the Rolex timepiece, which counts down the thrilling 24-hour races at Daytona and Le Mans.

Each offering in The Racing Series, which can be purchased at select retailers in Florida as well as online, honors a specific aspect of car racing from blend to packaging. For more information, visit adoberoadwines.com. 



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