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Shuzz charity fashion show at Boca's Mizner Park

The 5th Annual Shuzz Arts Fashion Show – the fundraiser that donates shoes to impoverished children all over the world – returns Boca Raton this year, this time at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Thursday, April 2.

Rita Lombardo, founder and board member of the Shuzz Fund explains how the charities mission has expanded: "It is even more critical for us to raise money this year as we recently launched medical relief efforts to help children who would otherwise not be able to walk do just that, and moreover, for them to run and play."

Boca's Neiman Marcus will host the catwalk caper, which will feature looks from the Haute Hippie collection. Cirque Dreams will also entertain at the event and there will be live and silent auctions.

The Shuzz Arts Fashion Show starts at 6:30 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real in Boca Raton.

Tickets are $75 (general admission); $100 (premium); $200 (VIP) and $250 (VIP front row). To order, go to

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Nicki Minaj kimono designer stages Miami Beach fashion show

You know what Japanese Spring Festival means: kimono fashion show!

The Consulate General of Japan in Miami is teaming up with the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for a free admission event Sunday, March 22 in the Garden.

The Festival is from 11 a.m. until around 4 p.m.. The fashion show will be at 1 p.m. and will feature 14 ensembles designed by Hiromi Asai, whose kimonos have been worn by Nicki Minaj and have appeared in Vogue magazine.

"This show is not what you think it is," says Miwako Patton, a spokeswoman for the Consulate. "When you think of kimonos you might picture something like a geisha, but these designs have a modern influence. They are a fusion of eastern and western cultures."

The 4th annual Japanese Spring Festival will also include:

Taiko drumming performances (11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.).

Sushi and bento boxes from SooWoo restaurant.

Sake tasting by Hiro sake.

Art activities for children (Zen gardens, origami, paper lanterns).

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Palm Beach Playmakers stage 10-minute plays in Delray Beach

BOXer Shorts 5, a showcase of 10-minute plays, will return to Delray Beach Playhouse Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22.

Presented by Palm Beach Playmakers and written by that troupe's founders Todd Caster and Lisa Bruna, the lineup features an assortment of comedy, drama, farce and fantasy as well as Playmakers' signature "Flip-Side Play." That's where the two playwrights work in what Bruna calls "independent collaboration" to create a double-sided playlet where two works are linked by a common setting, shared plot and cross-over characters.

Why BOXer Shorts?

"We open the event with an assortment of boxes stacked on the stage," explains Caster. “For each play that follows, our actor-stagehands, known as 'The BOXer Boys,' fashion this collection into workable sets. The constructions of these creations are events in themselves, leaving the audience speculating at their mad designs. The riddle is quickly solved as the actors take the stage and utilize the sets.”

"BOXer Shorts 5"...

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Miami City Ballet brings two premieres to Broward Center

The Miami City Ballet will perform two company premieres when the troupe comes to Fort Lauderdale's Broward Center for the Performing Arts March 20-22.

The third program of the 2014-2015 season is titled "Passion and Grace," and features Twyla Tharp's "Sweet Fields" and Richard Alston's "Carmen."

Brit choreographer Alston is known for his modern dance, but this work is presented in the classical ballet vocabulary. It is a flamenco-fueled, 50-minute, adaptation of the classic saga of passion and betrayal performed to the music of Rodion Shchedrin’s "Carmen Suite." There is a contradiction in the visuals as the dancers perform in full classical ballet style costumes yet the set is distinctly modern.

Alston, while visiting MCB to set the ballet, describes the set in a press release as, “Very minimalist. It was designed by the lighting designer so light plays on it in the most wonderful way. The thing that amuses me is that I come here and it looks like Miami. It’s white, it’s got white...

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Funkshion's designer fashion shows return to Miami Beach

It's the return of the runway with Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach starting up again this Sunday, March 22 and continuing through Thursday, March 26.

The five-day spate of designer-label catwalk capers is also a part of Miami Beach's 100th birthday.

"Funkshion is happy to celebrate Miami Beach's centennial by promoting local artists and designers,” says Sale Stojanovic, president of Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach and one of its co-founders.

He continues: “We are doing so by throwing five days of events in the heart of Miami Beach. The kickoff event will be on March 22nd at the Centennial Celebration Arena with a fashion show by local swimwear designer, Liliana Montoya. Celebrations will continue throughout the week with exhibitions and performances by local musicians and artists such as Magnus Sodamin, celebrity stylist Calyann Barnett, Miami Style Mafia and the students of Miami International University of Art and Design."

The shows will be staged in a tent set up on the...

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"Wicked" cast and fashion designer Red Carter at Miami Beach benefit

Monday night when theaters go dark the cast of the road tour of "Wicked" will light up the Sagamore in Miami Beach.

On their night off from their run across the bay in Miami, the show's stars will perform at "A Night Under the Stars," a benefit Monday, March 16 at the Sagamore Hotel. The fundraiser is for Broadway Cares Equity/Fights AIDS and will also feature a fashion show of the Bogart & Tracy swimwear line by Red Carter.

Cocktails start at 6:45 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $150, $275 and $1,000. To order, go to

The Sagamore is at 1671 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.


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