International Incidents

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 14 - 20101 COMMENT
Sanford Ziff, Lucie Arnaz, and Harry (K.C.) Wayne Casey

Sanford Ziff, Lucie Arnaz, and Harry (K.C.) Wayne Casey

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

It was the “GOOOOAAAAL!” heard around the world, followed by an “OLE!” that continues to resound in the ears, minds and hearts many Latin-Americans for whom Spain is considered “La Madre Patria.”  The World Cup victory marked the culmination of a month-long celebration of the ethnic diversity so prevalent in Miami.  This week in particular showcased such diversity with the presentation of Babalu at the Adrienne Arsht Center and the opening of the Drexel Irish Pub, located on Espanola Way, which, interestingly opened on Bastille Day! Talk about a “cultural kaleidoscope.”

Babalu: We’re “HOME!”

One of the highlights of the week was  Babalú – A Tribute to the Music of Desi Arnaz, at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, created by and starring Arnaz’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz; son, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Broadway heavyweights: Raúl Esparza and Valarie Pettiford. Read the rest here »

Arts for Learning Summer Soiree

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 10 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
Summer Soiree for the Arts Kaylen James and Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) (2)

Kaylen James and Jeffrey Donovan

Arts for Learning celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a swanky soiree at the Sagamore Hotel last Sunday afternoon.  Guests gathered poolside sipping cocktails sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka, as our favorite Burn Notice spy on TV, Jeffery Donovan and model/socialite Malinka Max, played hosts to the artsy crowd.  Attendees included: Merle and Danny Weiss, Gary Farmer, Vicky Di Santo, Miss Orlando 2010, Michael Valdes, James Cubbison of Miami Artzine and Harvey Burstein of Miami Arts Trust.

Donovan addressed the intimate crowd, emphasizing the importance of the arts in children’s   lives, and then went on to explain the effects the arts have had in his own career.   Executive Director for Arts for Learning, Sheila Womble, went on moved the crowd with a short story about acclaimed actor Robert Redford.  She recounted that when Redford was a boy he found it difficult to pay attention and instead, would draw pictures in class. Throughout the third grade, he would illustrate different ideas that came to him.  One day the teacher approached him and asked him to tell the story behind the picture.  The teacher was completely astounded by his creativity and gave Redford the opportunity to draw a picture each week and tell the story behind it.

 Womble went on to explain how important it is for each child to have this same opportunity, and how Arts for Learning grants these life changing moments for students every day.     For more information on the Arts for learning program visit www.Arts4Lmiami.org.

Don’t Miss

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 9 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

logo_blackDon’t Pass on The Passing

Calix Gustav gallery will debut its newest exhibit The Passing on Saturday, July 10 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. with an opening reception and complimentary cocktails for all guests. The reception will take place at the gallery located in the Wynwood Arts District (98 NW 29th Street) and will coincide with the bourgeoning neighborhood’s monthly art walk. Calix Gustav’s The Passing is set to exhibit the fleeting of time, new seasons and new beginnings representing rebirth through the works of Ecuadorian artist, Jovan Karlo Villalba; Colombian artist, Catalina Jaramillo and sculptor Richard HerzogThe Passing will run from July 10 through September 1, 2010. Regular gallery visiting hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit:  www.calixgustav.com.

lilacsShop to Support the Michael J. Fox Foundation

Go shopping at Lilac And Lilies (229 B Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale by the Sea) to support a Fashion Fundraising Night on Wednesday, July 14th from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  You are invited to an evening of shopping, cocktails and catering by Pizza Fusion and to browse the latest collections of their favorite designers including Trina Turk, Black Halo, Rebecca Taylor, BB Dakota, Jay Godfrey, LnA, ZAD and more.  Twenty percent of sales (on non-sale merchandise) will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which has raised more than $179 million for Parkinson’s treatment research.  This special Lilac and Lilies event is being hosted by Liz Camp in an effort to help her reach fundraising goals for fellow Team Fox runners participating in the New York City Marathon on November 7th.  For more information, contact:  954.530.3109.

summer-groove-logo_2 Summer Groove is Here

The Summer Groove, will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl.) from July 14-18.  Hosted by Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade, The Groove is a five-day weekend event that features something for everyone: golf, comedy, music, a benefit dinner, youth summit, youth sports conference and basketball clinic.  There’s also a free block party, an all-star basketball game and numerous exclusive functions. Now in its 14th year, proceeds benefit Alonzo Mourning Charities and the Wade’s World Foundation. For more information, visit www.TheSummerGroove.com.

 lucky-strike1Love at Lucky Strike

 Get “Lucky in Love at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge‘s Jewish singles dating event on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 7 pm.  Tickets are on sale now for this fun-filled, action packed mixer at the very cool and hip Lucky Strike. Let loose and get the ball rolling with two free hours of bowling on the JDate-exclusive lanes. Enjoy free shoes, a free drink and great food specials as you mingle and roll the night away.

 

La Fee Verte

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On July - 9 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
La Fee Vert-Evelyn Lozada,Marnie Howard, Angel Schmiedt

Evelyn Lozada, Marnie Howard, and Angel Schmiedt

Tucked away in an unsuspecting little strip mall in the quiet, charming North Beach neighborhood is La Fee Verte (French for “the green fairy”) South Florida’s first burlesque/absinthe club.  While the average passerby on his way to one of the many quaint neighboring restaurants would probably not even notice the place, which has only a makeshift sign above the door, those with a palate for racy adventures know exactly where they’re going.

The space is tiny, yet ornate and classy, with bright red couches and banquettes and wall-to-wall paintings depicting erotic (yet tasteful) scenes. Upon entering, what is most striking, aside from the enormous chandelier, are the numerous contraptions, including ropes, scarves, and swing suspended from the ceiling- that signal-almost immediately, that you are in for one heck of a night. The entertainment includes seductive burlesque shows every half hour or so throughout the evening, during which gorgeous, scantily-dressed dancers perform atop/around/within the aforementioned contraptions. Read the rest here »

Dancing Star, Cheryl Burke, was spotted in Miami for a little R&R, sunbathing in a green Zingara bathing

Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke

 suit, enjoying cocktails with friends aboard Deep Impact executive Michael Rojas’ high-performance powerboat.  

 Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field partied at Wall at W South Beach.  The fashionable redhead was joined by famed NYC DJ and music producer Little Louie Vega.

Luke Wilson (1)

A very rugged Luke Wilson

A “Paul Bunyan” looking Luke Wilson joined friends at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge Miami Beach on Friday night.  Wilson cheered his group of friends as they bowled watching from the side lines.

Vivica A. Fox hosted Ciroc’s White Party at Kitchen 305 at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort on Saturday, July 3rd.  Dressed all in white, she sipped on champagne and Pinot Noir with an entourage of fifteen.  On Sunday, Nick Hogan took to the turn

Morris Chestnut and Floyd Mayweather

Morris Chestnut and Floyd Mayweather

 tables poolside with sister Brooke Hogan and mother, Linda in tow. 

Actor Morris Chestnut hosted a party at Play Nightclub in South Beach. Among the guests that evening were: boxer Floyd Mayweather, NBA stars Udonis Haslem and James Posey, NFL stars Larry English, Adewale Ogunleye, and John St. Clair. 

Last weekend, the 14th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), took place, drawing 3,500 festival goers.  Hosted by producer/director Robert Townsend at the New World Symphony Lincoln Theater, the weekend ended on a high-note with the recognition of Oscar nominated producer/director Lee Daniels receiving the Career Achievement Award.

Cafeina Happy Hour: Lucky Number 7

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 3 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

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