The Ten Best Arts Experiences for Kids in Miami

Even when it’s not Art Basel, Miami holds its own as a cultural epicenter. Although Magic City arts events are notorious for free alcohol and late-night beats, the arts in Miami can be family-friendly when seen in a new light – namely, daylight.10. WALLCAST™ concerts at SoundScape ParkAlthough toddlers and teens have little in common, it will be a cold day in Miami before you get either to sit in quiet enjoyment through a classical music concert. The solution: Embrace the chaos and try a more relaxed format, like the WALLCAST™ concerts at the New World Center's SoundScape Park.These functions take the open-air concert format to new heights with a 7,000-square-foot projection wall and a built-in, state-of-the-art sound system. It’s like paying for front-row tickets for the entire family, but better because it’s free. Plus, there’s the added benefit that if little Timmy wants to wear flip-flops or take the family dog, that’s not a problem. Everyone is welcome, flip-flops and all.The first concert of the season will take place October 15 at 7:30 p.m. with Michael Tilson Thomas and American classical pianist Emanuel Ax, presenting selections by Brahms, Mozart, Schoenberg, and Strauss. Courtesy of Coral Gables Museum 9. Walking and Biking ToursParents are always telling their children to unplug and go get some fresh air. In Miami, it's easy for kids and adults alike to do just that while taking in some local color. A number of cultural institutions have walking or biking tours to regale visitors with the history and architecture of iconic South Florida neighborhoods.The Miami Design Preservation League, for instance, offers daily tours of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District for $25 per person, highlighting prominent examples of art deco, Mediterranean revival, and MiMo styles. The Coral Gables Museum hosts monthly walking tours of downtown Coral Gables for $10 per person.For a more scholarly approach, Continue Reading

West Hollywood’s 7 best date spots for every relationship stage

West Hollywood has no shortage of places to eat or drink, whatsoever. But, if we're being totally honest, when you're looking for the best place to go on a date, that list suddenly gets pretty small after rejecting places for being too small, too big, too loud, or too trashy. It's tough finding a place that serves a tasty treat, while also providing the right date atmosphere. And that's where we come in. We've put together your guide for seven different types of dates in West Hollywood, and listed the places that will help you win over hearts forever.THE BREAKFAST DATE: Breakfast by Salt's CureWhether it's a quick bite before work or maybe the potentially awkward "morning after," this one of West Hollywood's most understated breakfast spots, and its simplicity and no-frills setup is perfect for a gentle start to the day. It's small - both the physical size of the restaurant and the menu itself, so don't go expecting anything fancy or crazy. Personally, I love the minimalism of the place. You go in, order at the counter, and then grab a table to chow down on some beautifully made griddle cakes and savory sides. If you're looking to kickstart your morning with a caramel triple shot no foam coconut latte, then you'll be sorely disappointed. The only coffee on offer here is Groundworks Big Shot Caffeinated drip coffee or a bottled Cold Brew, which is possibly one of this place's only downfalls. But to its credit, the focus at Breakfast By Salt's Cure is well and truly on the food.The griddle cakes are oatmeal based, cooked perfectly, and sweetened, eliminating the need for any syrups or sweeteners. Each bite is wonderfully gooey and warming, with the right balance of sweet and savory. They're cheap too, at only $8 for a plate of the OG griddle cakes, but you can splurge a few extra bucks to fancy it with Pink Lady apples, banana nut, or chocolate chips. And if you're looking for something even more filling, order sides including home fries and a truly spectacular Continue Reading

Texas 46 BBQ open for business this weekend

By Chuck Blount Updated 2:49 pm, Monday, February 5, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: 'mix' }); Continue Reading

Sammy Hagar has grown from poverty in Fontana to multi-million dollar music and business success named Sammy Hagar one of the 25 richest rock stars in 2012 -- before his Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum business made him even richer.He may be most famous for his stint with Van Halen, which got him inducted into the Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of Fame as co-writer, singer and guitarist of such million-selling hits as “Poundcake” and “When It’s Love.” But he also leads three all-star bands, owns 11 restaurants and uses his restaurant revenue to fund his Sammy Hagar Family Foundation.He’ll perform with one of those bands, The Circle, Saturday at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. But he’s also recording an acoustic solo album and planning to go back into the Tequila business after selling his last company, Cabo Wabo Tequila, for $95 million less than a decade ago.Hagar, 68, has homes in Marin County, Maui and Cabo San Lucas, where he owns his famous Cabo Wabo Cantina. But he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He grew up in Fontana, the son of a prize fighter who returned from World War II a disturbed alcoholic and wife beater. His family was often evicted because they couldn’t pay the rent. His mother moved the kids so many times to get away from her husband, Hagar wrote in his autobiography, “Red,” “we lived in every damn house in town.”But Hagar also had Coachella Valley connections. His mother’s father was a chef at exclusive restaurants and Thunderbird Country Club. His aunt lived in Palm Desert and his dad spent enough time there to know Bob Hope. His mother died in Palm Desert in 2007. His sister, Velma Ristaino, still lives there.But Hagar is proud of his heritage in Fontana, where he learned to play guitar, excel in math and also get in a little trouble. He tried heroin, for example, but didn’t fall for it.I met Hagar in 1978. I was entertainment editor of the Fontana Herald-News and he was building a solo career after singing lead for Continue Reading

Side Dish: Jackie Collins played musical beds with Warren Beatty when he slept with her sister, Joan

Financially stressed Vanity Fair photog Annie Leibovitz may have found buyers for her 220-acre spread in upstate Rhinebeck. A spy says David Bowie and wife, Iman, didn't blink at the $11 million price when they toured the place. "Annie did an incredible restoration of the barn complex" — four buildings that used to be part of Brooke Astor's estate, says our source. The high altitude of Park City, Utah, may have made pretty blond socialite Tinsley Mortimer forget it was Constantine Maroulis who broke up with her, and not the other way around, as she's been telling people at Sundance. "Constantine broke up with her a month ago," a pal tells us. "He likes her and has nothing bad to say about her, but she wanted more. And he's always working." The "American Idol" grad does eight foreplay-level performances a week in Broadway's "Rock of Ages." Maroulis' new girlfirend, Emily Padgett, has no problem finding time with him: she's his co-star. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and wife, Carole Rome, are going strong, friends swear, even though she lives in New York much of the time. Despite stubborn rumors that it's a marriage of convenience, "I know they have sex," proclaims a pal. "You can see how they adore each other when they touch, even when there are no cameras around." Rome's Franco-American Novelty company is based in N.Y.C.; so are her children. "She tried sending the kids to school in Florida but they were miserable," says the pal. Keeping things together, Crist, who's running for Senate, comes here every other weekend. Mary J. Blige and her hubby, Kendu Isaacs, were definitely noncombatants at Essence magazine's 40th-anniversary gala in L.A. Blige told one and all how he'd helped her through some "tough, tough, tough" times.  ... Betty White sent flowers to stroke-stricken Rue McClanahan. The note: "I hope you die, so I can be the last Golden Girl." Rue, who's doing much better, loved it. ... When Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada found out Continue Reading

The Beatles punch ticket to ride for Shea Stadium rock

The whispers still follow Sid Bernstein, more than 40 years after he made rock 'n' roll history at Shea Stadium. The legendary concert promoter likes to have dinner every so often at Campagnola, an old-school Italian joint with meats and cheeses hanging from its country-rustic walls. It's a block from Bernstein's upper East Side home, and he likes the gnocchi and the rock star treatment he gets when he walks through the heavy front door. PHOTO GALLERY: ROCK HISTORY AT SHEA STADIUMThe waiters flock to the front to shake his hand and say hello. The maitre d' shouts "Sid!" and orders a bus boy to get a basket of garlic bread. The customers - thick-necked men in sports jackets and golf shirts, manicured women in shimmery summer dresses - put down their cocktails and whisper, "Who's that?" "It's Sid Bernstein," the bartender whispers back. "He brought the Beatles to Shea Stadium." It's been four decades since Bernstein promoted the Beatles' historic 1965 and 1966 concerts at Shea Stadium, and he's still getting backslaps and accolades for putting on two of the most important shows in rock history. Bernstein turned 90 a few weeks ago, and he still has the same slicked-back DA hairstyle he had in 1965. He slips his hefty frame behind a table, tears into a slice of garlic bread and grins. "Everybody likes the Beatles," he says, looking both thrilled and embarrassed by all the fuss. ONE FOR THE AGEES: SHEA'S LONE UPPER-DECK HOME RUNThe Beatles at Shea set the stage for an unparalleled 44-year run of music events at the stadium that ended in July when Billy Joel, joined by guests who included Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, and Roger Daltrey, performed the final two concerts at the old Queens ballpark. When it comes to baseball, Shea Stadium has always played second fiddle to its cousin in the Bronx. It's tough to top the 26 world championships, and nobody would ever rank Swoboda, Kranepool or Throneberry in the same league as Ruth, DiMaggio Continue Reading

Cablevision may spin off business units

Nine months after shareholders rejected the Dolan family's latest bid to take Cablevision Systems Corp. private, the cable operator said Tuesday it is considering several options to boost its stock price including spinning off some of its diverse holdings. Chief Executive James Dolan, who has long argued the market undervalues Cablevision, said in a statement the company is "actively looking" at options to close the gap between the company's operating performance and the market value of its shares. Cablevision said its board has also authorized it to explore making stock buybacks or pay quarterly dividends. The Bethpage, N.Y.-based company is considered one of the strongest cable franchises in the country and also owns several cable networks and Madison Square Garden. Cablevision's market capitalization stood at around $8.5 billion and it had about $12 billion in debt as of the end of June, according to Moody's Investors Service. The Dolan family controls Cablevision through a special class of shares and has tried to take the company private several times in the past few years. Those attempts have all failed, some amid family fighting between James Dolan and his father Charles, who at one point aired family grievances on the pages of New York tabloids. The Dolan's most recent offer was worth $36.26 per share, but that was rejected by shareholders as too low in October 2007. Cablevision shares rose $2.27, or 8.8 percent, to close at $28.2 Tuesday. Cablevision did not say which of its businesses it would consider selling. Analysts consider its cable franchise, which serves the affluent New York area, one of the best-run in the business. The unit is the country's fifth-largest cable system and accounts for 75 percent of company revenue. It includes high-speed Internet and phone services that have helped beat back competition from phone companies and satellite TV operators. "They are trying to get the value they think is reasonably in its various parts," Continue Reading

Stage is set for China syndrome

Things are getting wild and crazy in China, but the U.S. Olympic Committee insists it will not participate in any Opening Ceremonies boycott or protests. While Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, is suggesting his country's delegation might skip the parade, American athletes will be expected to march in proper order and toe the line. As the Beijing Games approach, the USOC plans to brief athletes during team processing in San Jose on proper behavior and on Rule 51 of the Olympic Charter, which states, "No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas." "We'll tell them, ‘It's important to remember you are a guest,'" says Darryl Seibel, USOC spokesman. "We'll talk about what it means to be a representative of our country. We're being hosted. We encourage athletes to participate in Opening Ceremonies." Of course, if an individual American athlete decides to skip the ceremony, that's up to him or her. In the past, athletes scheduled to compete the next day in strenuous events often pass on the lengthy evening proceedings. And Rule 51 doesn't govern conduct outside official venues. If an athlete wishes to make a "Free Tibet" speech at some Nike-sponsored event in the city, or even on Tiananmen Square, he can do so - at his own risk. "Free speech is one of the values we stand for in this country," Seibel says. The most famous Olympic political protest remains the 1968 Black Power salute on the podium in Mexico City by Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who were immediately expelled by the USOC from the Olympic Village. At the time, the two men were castigated with dreadful self-righteousness here at home. Several American athletes already have become involved in petitioning the Chinese government about its policies in the Darfur region, but none figures to make the kind of sacrifice that Smith and Carlos once performed. It is one thing to criticize an unpopular government abroad. Continue Reading

Top kids events for August in metro Phoenix area

School is foremost in parents' minds right now, but that doesn't mean fun is out of the question.Among the highlights for August kids events are a trampoline park celebration, a doggone good event in Glendale, a corn festival, movies on the cheap, musicals, puppet shows and more.Great back-to-school events are linked for you in this list. And, don't forget to check out ongoing events like giant insects at the Arizona Science Center and sci-fi fun at the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa.We've got the details on where to keep cool at pools and splash pads, too. For the best family friendly Arizona events, always check celebrate their fifth year in business, AZ Air Time trampoline park is hosting an exciting anniversary celebration all day long this August. In addition to special admission rates throughout the day, kids can enjoy balloon twisting, face painting, and trampoline races from noon to 3 p.m. Complimentary cake and sparkling apple cider will be served at 3 and 6 p.m. Glow-in-the-dark dodgeball tournaments and slam dunk basketball contests for older kids will take place from 5 to 10 p.m., and a special ice cream bar will be offered from 9 to 10 p.m.Details: 10 a.m-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. $8 per hour; $5 per hour for 6 or younger. 480-427-2000,'S HOT:  Splash pads, spray pads around Phoenix | 4 water parks, wave pools around Phoenix | Public pools in Phoenix, Scottsdale, East Valley, West ValleyEvery Monday through Friday from through August 5th at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle will screen a family-friendly film. All films will be presented in 2D format and are rated G or PG. To purchase a movie series pass, guests select the day of the week they would like to attend for the one-time ticket price of $5. Each week, they return on the Continue Reading


A few years ago, program director Joe McCoy of then-oldies WCBS-FM (101. 1) thought it would be funny, as an April Fool's Day gag, to have WFAN's Imus come over to WCBS-FM and spin oldies for a couple of hours. Imus, then and now the morning man on WFAN (660 AM), said he thought about it briefly and decided telling listeners they were about to hear "The Bristol Stomp" "just wasn't happening. " McCoy still thinks he would have enjoyed it, though, and from then to now Imus' own show still has some of the best music for grownups on New York morning radio. Yes, there are places to for people over 30 to hear good popular music, like with Jim Kerr on WAXQ (104. 3 FM) or Claudia Marshall on WFUV (90. 7 FM), but there are a lot fewer places than there used to, and none has the range of Imus. This week, for instance, he's got a great run of musical guests, starting this morning with the rock band Cheap Trick. Imus insists he got bullied into booking the band because he said he liked one of their songs, but let's assume it's not an accident that tomorrow he's supposed to talk with Sam Moore of Sam & Dave and that his Wednesday guest is scheduled to be Jerry Lee Lewis. Lewis and Imus could have a pretty interesting chat about personal behavioral excess, but since Imus is a first-rate interviewer he's likely also to spend time talking with Lewis about music. Jerry Lee will be plugging a new CD, "Last Man Standing," which is due in stores tomorrow and features 21 duets that cover the range of songs Lewis has sung over his half-century career. He's sung rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, country, gospel, blues and pop, and sung them all well, with a personal touch as distinctive as Sinatra's. On "Last Man Standing" (Artists First), he sings "Pink Cadillac" with Bruce Springsteen, "What Made Milwaukee Famous" with Rod Stewart, "A Couple More Years" with Willie Nelson and a dazzling bunch of other songs with the likes of Neil Young, Kid Rock, Merle Continue Reading