Encounter the long-awaited Art Deco bus tour that captures the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties and thirties in our nation's only Art Deco Historic District by taking a new three-hour tour with Dragonfly Expeditions, a new GMCVB partner. For more information visit www.dragonflyexpeditions.com.

Historic Española Way on Miami Beach has taken center stage with the recent completion of Plaza de España, a distinctive outdoor venue for festivals, arts and cultural events. The revitalization, in excess of $900,000, included landscape and infrastructure improvements on Española Way, founded in 1925 as Miami Beach's first entertainment district. Española Way hosts weekend festive arts and crafts markets, eclectic shopping, entertainment and special events. Restaurants include Tapas & Tintos, Jerry's Deli, Tantra, Hosteria Romana, A La Folie, Café Nuvo, grillfish, Oh! Mexico, Akairo Sushi. For information on "Living the Española Way," call 305-534-0514 or visit www.livetheespanolaway.com.

Miami Art Central, Miami’s newest venue for the visual and performing arts, opens in Coral Gables. For more information, contact Dan Schwartz at 212-947-4557 or e-mail at SGLwein@aol.com.

Due to high demand for tours of the historic Art Deco District, the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) just added another award-winning guided walking tour on Sundays at 10:30 a.m., to its schedule. Enjoy the colorful, sun-splashed architecture of South Beach, learning about the developers and designers who saw Miami Beach as their personal palette. MDPL offers tours Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Adults $20; Students and Seniors $15. Tours depart the Art Deco Welcome Center at and Ocean Drive and 10th Street. MDPL also just announced new architectural lecture and film series, offered free at the Art Deco Welcome Center. For information visit www.mdpl.org or call 305-531-3484.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has launched a new series of programs, known as “Art Makes Good Business,” designed to educate company executives and their employees about why Art Makes Good Business and how to take full advantage of it. The event is open to new and current corporate members of MOCA. An understanding and appreciation of art is increasingly becoming a necessity in today's complex business world. Whether you are seeking new ways to interact with clients or new opportunities for raising public awareness of your company's philanthropy and role in the community, art can be a valuable tool. During the coming months the series will explore the relationship between art, business and community during a variety of educational and entertaining programs at locations throughout Miami-Dade County. Art Makes Good Business speakers will include leaders from the business and art worlds. The series will cover how to understand contemporary art, how to build personal and corporate collections, and how art can make a major statement about a company's mission and image. Reservations are required. Space is limited. For more information call 305-893-6211 or visit www.mocanomi.org/.


In February 2004, Onboard Media, wholly owned by European luxury retail giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) launched The Beach Channel, Miami Beach’s very own version of the travel channel. Broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Miami Beach’s Charter Cable channel 19, The Beach Channel reaches 80,000 households and 12,000 Miami Beach hotel rooms. Featuring original programming that promotes Miami Beach as a vacation destination, segments include such programs as Location Miami, a behind-the-scenes look at film production around town, and Deco Dreams about Miami Beach history. Concurrently on board, a customer publisher that produces books, magazines and video for cruise lines and resorts is launching www.thebeachchannel.tv — an interactive website featuring streamline video from the television channel, and revamping the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitor Guide.

The first six months of Miami-Dade's film, television, commercial and still photo production year has started with a bang, with more than $40 million spent in the local economy so far this year. The year began with major television productions with Miami featured prominently in not only the second season of the hit show "CSI: Miami" with David Caruso on CBS, but also on the top rated FX series "Nip/Tuck" and most recently The Simple Life 2 starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie which will air later this year. Spanish-language television production has also increased substantially — especially in the telenovela sector with more than eight popular Latin soap operas produced locally including Rebeca, Gata Salvaje, Al Filo de la Ley and Amor Descarado. Miami has also been the backdrop for hundreds of TV commercials including Wendy’s, Corona, Mitsubishi, BMW, McDonald’s, Nestle and AT&T just to name a few. Still photo production continues to rise, as European crews are returning in force, propelled by a strong Euro and stellar production resources. On any given day you can spot some of the hottest models on location in South Beach doing shoots for Victoria’s Secret, British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Italian Elle and numerous catalogs. For more information on the Miami-Dade Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment visit www.filmiami.org.




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