THE SCENE
Impossible Conversations Made Possible: Schiaparelli & Prada at The Met

This season’s Costume Institute exhibition at The Metropolitan has been generating buzz since long before its May 10th opening. Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations explores the similarities of two industry-shaping designers whose legacies mark two different eras of fashion history. Through simulated conversations accompanied by variously themed galleries, they discuss life, inspiration, and fashion. The intriguing and awe-inspiring concept, brainchild of curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton, was inspired by vintage Vanity Fair features (circa 1930’s) in which cover artist Miguel Covarrubias would illustrate “impossible” encounters between historical figures. In fact, Schiaparelli was featured in one of them—paired with Stalin for a heated, and victorious, debate on fashion.

IN THE MIX
Exclusive Interview With 'Pavarotti Secondo' Eric Barry

If you stop to think about it, symphonic music is probably one of the most ubiquitous sounds out there. You hear it everywhere from movies to television to Starbucks. It's probably not the first thing on your bucket list, but attending a live symphony or opera can be an unforgettable experience.

The soothing, classical sounds of Schoenberg and Mozart drifted throughout Dreyfoos Hall at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach last week. The music created by the Munich Symphony Orchestra and the Gloriœ Dei Cantores choir was as exquisite as the detailed gold and red velvet decor of the theater itself. Soprano Valentina Fleer, soprano Julie Cherrier, tenor Eric Barry and baritone Benjamin Bloomfield added another layer of luxurious sound to the concert.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Burgers and the Beast

The Third Annual Burgie Awards are returning to South Florida this November! The event will be held at the new Magic City Casino on Saturday, November 19th where several burger experts will be competing for awards such as: “Best Burger 2011”, “Best BBQ Joint”, “Best Fries”, “Best Desert” and “Best Food Truck.” All kinds of Specialty Burger Restaurants will be grilling on site while awaiting the results. Newer restaurants and landmark restaurants alike: Burger and Beer Joint in South Beach, Tobacco Road from Brickell, The Local from Coral Gables and Pincho Factory located in Westchester.

CULTURE CLUB
Making the Best of NYC's Frigid Winter

It's upon us. The brutal,infamous NYC winter. We already got a little taste of it with the recent (way too early!) snow storm. While we're enjoying a streak of beautiful fall days as of late, the pleasure won't last as the frigid winter sneaks upon us. It's inevitable, so we might as well make the best of all NYC has to offer during the winter months. As it is quite beautiful in its own right. While there’s something to make each season your favorite, we can’t help but love both summer concerts and winter galas. We have to admit that the allure of getting high off of crisp air and shopping on 5th just before Christmas, is insurmountable. It might be the fact that everything glistens, and glimmers, from the diamond shine of falling snow to the crackling warmth of your portable Manhattan fireplace. So in celebration of the coziest time of the year, here or our top things to do in and around NYC this winter.

CULTURE CLUB
5 Museums You Forgot Existed

Listen. We love culture as much as the next guy. The editors here at Joonbug enjoy rolling out of bed at noon on a Saturday (or one, or two) and heading to our favorite fine art institution. But we are not about to waste our hard-earned weekends on New York tourist traps. And as it turns out, staring at paintings is a favorite activity of the Times Square-loving, Ray's Famous Pizza-eating, crisp white tennis shoe-wearing museumgoers...so the MoMA and Guggenheim will have to wait. Rather than shelling out to bump shoulders with a stroller-toting family of four, consider some of these exhibits that have been happily forgotten by the fannypack crowd:

CULTURE CLUB
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Comes to an End

Although I do watch my fair share of Project Runway, I am not a fashion savant, nor do I pretend to know much about it. How exactly did I find myself at the Alexander McQueen exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, you ask? Well, after all of the rave reviews it got, it's hard not to be curious. On Friday morning I went to check out the scene...and was utterly shocked. Wrapped around blocks and blocks was the line just waiting to get inside the museum. Once inside, there were even more lines to enter the exhibit. I knew that the exhibit would be crowded, but I did not expect the mob scene that awaited me upon my arrival. The wait turned out to be well worth it.

DAILY BITES
Food Truck Frenzy

So, you've heard about the food truck craze that's been sweeping the country and, more recently, South Florida, but you don't quite know where to start. After all, part of food truck culture is its spontenaiety and mobility - a veritable gastronomic nomad philosophy that means that your favorite mobile chef can be at one street corner at lunch and then half way across town before dinner. Fortunately, there is a place and time every week where these nomads gather to provide their patrons with a one stop eating experience. Every Tuesday night from about 5:30 pm to around 10:00 pm, no fewer than a dozen food trucks park their kitchens right next to the Johnson & Wales University campus in North Miami, a pretty fitting location. When I first got word of this weekly event, called BTTR Tuesdays, I thought it was going to be a few scattered food trucks informally parked on a street corner with a handful of foodies munching away. Upon arriving at the event this past Tuesday, I was blown away by the quantity of food trucks present - about 20 or so - as well as the number of people in attendance. There was even a designated parking lot and police cruisers present to control traffic. Apparently, the food truck trend in Miami was much greater than I had previously anticipated.