Author: Jamie Chandler

Review: Florida Grand Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Arsht Center

A tragic story with a gorgeous set of performances, the Florida Grand Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor is a showcase of exquisite story-telling and virtuoso design. The production of this classic three-act opera was a testament to ingenuity and minimalist aesthetics, very modern and very forward-thinking in taste and sensibility. That classic operas can be modernized is not a new concept. But it is in the how of this modernizing approach that distinguishes a great production from a cloying or ineffective one that leaves you feeling sorry for yourself. The Florida Grand Opera is celebrating it’s 77th season, a remarkable...

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Review: Miami City Ballet’s “Jewels” at The Kravis Center

George Balanchine’s “Jewels” is a curious piece of ballet. First performed in 1967 in New York, Jewels consists of three acts named Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds, and is a uniquely refined and stripped-down work of dance that embraces a forward-thinking perspective while working within many of the traditions of the ballet, an inherently conservative art form. Jewels was recently performed by the Miami City Ballet at the Kravis Center to scintillating effect. The Miami City Ballet production included a live orchestral accompaniment and a minimal set with a single backdrop, reflecting the title of each of the acts (Emeralds...

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Ten Celebrities Who Use Their Fame For Great Causes

“With great power comes great responsibility.” – The Amazing Spiderman We don’t often talk about the responsibility celebrities are faced with when it comes to handling their fame. Because despite the fact that they are everyday people, celebrities are front and center in the public eye. Their faces have become the faces that each generation associates with common stories, important life lessons, and inspirations that can last a lifetime.  While some celebrities have decided to use their fame for more questionable or self-serving pursuits, some have taken the power granted to them and used it to promote and fund...

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The Heroes of Houston Inspire Us All

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in all ages. Young men and women in Houston are coming to the rescue of residents stranded in the once-in-a-millenium rains that have drenched the city and caused untold casualties and damage following Hurricane Harvey.   Here’s what Brays Bayou looks like below 610 in Meyerland today more @HoustonChron #houstonflood pic.twitter.com/Mh59vySFdS — Mark Mulligan (@mrkmully) August 28, 2017   Sometimes social media captures truth very well. Our SWAT & all @houstonpolice guardians are rocking! #Harvey2017 pic.twitter.com/2IWdmdoZVU — Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) August 28, 2017 Despite the tragedy of nature’s...

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Elder Care Attorney Mark Shalloway Helps Fort Stewart JAG Corps With Free Legal Classes

You never know when legal advice can come in handy. For the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps of Fort Stewart in Georgia, free legal seminars on elder law, special needs and estate planning were well-received. The occasion was a special event led by elder care and estate attorney Mark Shalloway. Mr. Shalloway is President of Shalloway & Shalloway, a law firm in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is estimated that over 71% of Americans have not planned for their long-term care after retirement! Mr. Shalloway explains his role as an educator and an attorney: “A major part of my mission...

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