(Mostly) Jazz swings at the Betsy on SoBe: Art Basel and Beyond

Here at the Miami Arts Review we’ve grown very fond of the Betsy Hotel for its dedication to injecting arts and culture into public space. As Art Basel returned to the city for its 2015 winter run, South Beach’s dining and entertainment scene featured a plethora of venues to enjoy live music, but few are so committed to ensuring the quality of the Betsy Hotel’s (Mostly) Jazz live music series. Twice weekly, and more frequently during Art Basel, hotel guests, diners at BLT Steak, and the savvy music aficionado are privy to an array of world-class musicians presenting in the lobby’s performance space. Continue reading (Mostly) Jazz swings at the Betsy on SoBe: Art Basel and Beyond

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Salon ‘Rebuilding the City: AKA Black Lives Matter’ Raises Powerful Conversation

In the midst of Art Basel’s hectic run of cultural events this past week, the Betsy Hotel in South Beach hosted a thought-provoking salon on Thursday afternoon, deftly touching on the intersection of art and one of the more sensitive social issues of our time.

The salon accompanied the exhibition Rebuilding the City: AKA Black Lives Matter, a creation of Baltimore’s Morgan University Visual Arts Department by the Black Lives Matter Inside Out Group Action Initiative. Organized in 2012 as a visual response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which formed following the murder of Trayvon Martin, it provokes a very timely conversation about what it means to be human. Continue reading Salon ‘Rebuilding the City: AKA Black Lives Matter’ Raises Powerful Conversation