Written by Miami Today on November 16, 2000
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New Theatre in June will move to the former Astor Cinema, 4120 Laguna St., as
it begins its 16th anniversary season. Publicist Eileen Suarez says the venue
will house New Theatre "over the next couple of years while the company continues
its building fund drive." She said the Astor seats about 120 and will have
more support and backstage area, including second-story rehearsal and office space.
Meanwhile, the troupe — under the executive artistic direction of Rafael
de Acha — continues to perform in limited space at 65 Almeria Ave. Details:
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is holding a "Business Leaders Luncheon"
at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17 in the Mikado Dining Room aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty
of the Seas under the banner "Small Black Businesses Rising to the Top."
Bryan K. Finnie, president & CEO of the Miami-Dade Empowerment Trust, is scheduled
keynote speaker. An auction, meal and door prizes are planned. The vessel can
be boarded at Port of Miami piers 4 & 5. Cost is $40. Reservations required. Details:
Economist Alice M. Rivlin will speaker at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 in the University of
Miami’s Storer Auditorium, 5250 University Drive, Coral Gables. Ms. Rivlin is
former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board. Her lecture is free and open to
the public. Details: (305) 284-5500.
DOWNTOWN SPREE: Downtown Miami Mainstreet is presenting
"Festivities on Flagler Street" from 5-8:30 tonight (11/16) that will
include a 4th anniversary birthday bash at the Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler
St., and a performance by Maximum Dance in the Gusman, 174 E Flagler St. Also,
A networker with cocktails will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Alfred
I. Dupont Building, 169 E Flagler St. Details: (305) 379-7070.
The South Florida Chamber of Commerce is presenting a "Joint Trading After
Hours Tabletop Exhibition & Business Card Exchange" from 5:30-9 p.m. today
(11/16) in the Radisson International, 711 NW 72nd Ave. Venezuela and Colombia
will be spotlighted. Details: Al Otero, (954) 565-6568.
PARKS ACCREDITATION: The Commission for Accreditation
of Park & Recreation Agencies re-accredited Miami-Dade County Parks & Recreation
Department for a second five-year period. Accreditation, says Vivian Donnell Rodriguez,
park and recreation director, is based on meeting 152 of 153 standards in 10 categories
set by the commission.
A panel of experts will dissect the international aspects of Miami’s real estate
market at a free 7:30 a.m. breakfast session of Miami Today’s International Roundtable
today (11/16) in the Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. Panelists
include Douglas Campbell, senior commercial director of Cushman & Wakefield of
Florida; Kimberly Kirschner, who heads the commercial and residential associations
of the Realtor Association of Greater Miami & the Beaches, and Riccardo Olivieri,
president of BOV Development Corp. The session is sponsored by the Related Cos.
Reservations requested. Details: Jody Bray, (305) 358-2663.
The Miami chapter of the American Jewish Committee will present its 2000 Human
Relations Award to Willy A. Bermello at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Wyndham Miami Biscayne
Bay Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Mr. Bermello, an architect and developer, is being
honored as a community activist. Cost is $250 to $10,000. Details: (305) 670-1121.
SPAIN SALUTE: The Spain-US Chamber of Commerce is
holding its 21st black-tie gala dinner starting with a 7 p.m. reception Friday
in the Hotel Inter-Continental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, and ending with a party
to follow at Club Space, 142 NE 11th St. Terra Networks USA and Telefonica Data
will be saluted as companies of the year. Details: (305) 446-1992.
UM SALUTE: The Web Marketing Association gave the
University of Miami’s website, miami.edu, a "standard of excellence"
award for "navigability and organization."
SOFITEL OPENING: Sofitel Miami, 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive,
announced completion of $3.5 million in renovations to public and meeting areas
that are designed to attract a bigger share of the corporate market, said General
Manager Feryal Abdulkader. He said a second phase calls for renovation of the
hotel’s restaurant and guest rooms. Details: (305) 264-4888.
WIMBISH ADDS: Wimbish Riteway Realtors has added 42
agents to its marketing team. The luxury real estate firm, the South Florida affiliate
of Sotheby’s International Realty, has grown from 54 to 386 active agents in the
past five years.
AIRPORT LAND: Radames Villalon paid $165,000 for an
8,750-square-foot fenced-in lot with a 3,600-square-foot office and warehouse
building at 4050 NW 29th St. east of Miami International Airport. Steinbauer Associates
represented the seller, Vernon Jordahl.
The Hampton Inn Hotel Coconut Grove, 2800 SW 28th Terrace, finished a $300,000
renovation of guest rooms and common areas, said Bernard Wolfson, president of
hospitality operations. He said the hotel celebrates its fifth anniversary this