Don’t Miss: LEBO, Diamonds, and a Dulce Shopping Event

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 29 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

cctartCreative Children Therapy CIFO and David “LEBO” LeBatard

On Thursday, September 30th from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., CCT will host their 4th annual exhibition “Inspired by the Beat” at the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in Miami.  All event proceeds will go to funding the organization’s art programs, which focus on helping children with special needs in the Miami community.   This year’s event will feature local artist David ‘LEBO’ Le Batard alongside 23 artists from CCT’s Artistic Realization Technologies program.  Four collaborative works between the Artists of CCT and LEBO will be auctioned off at the event, which will also feature the debut of “LEBO Live” – A multimedia experience including:  live painting, video mixing, and music.  LEBO’s new coffee table book, Inspired by the Beat will be available for viewing and purchase at the event.  CCT is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children with special needs through “superior therapeutic intervention.” In addition to providing medical services, the main goal is to provide creative programs that help these kids develop socially and artistically.  For more information and to purchase tickets go to


Corey_Michaels_Twist_FlyerCorey Michaels Premieres His “Rockstar” Video

Miami-based recording artist Corey Michaels will premiere the music video for his infectious first single “Rockstar” from his debut album, Who Killed the King?, with an exclusive performance at TWIST on Friday, October 1st at 11 p.m. The music video will premiere in the Frolic Video Lounge at 1:00 a.m.,   followed by a performance by Michaels. After the performance, Michaels will be gifting t-shirts and copies of his album to his fans during a meet and greet/signing period. Who Killed the King? is available now at the iTunes Store (




miamichildDiamonds are Forever

On Saturday, October 2nd, join Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation for the 2010 Diamond Ball.    Start the social season with the party of the year – take a step back to 1950, to an evening of glamour, cheek-to-cheek dancing and culinary delights as they celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Miami Children’s Hospital!  This year’s theme “Diamonds…Forever: “Honoring the Past. Celebrating the Future”- Commemorating Miami Children’s Hospital Diamond Anniversary – 60 Years of World-Class Care – Anniversary Celebration to honor the legacy of medical excellence while celebrating the future of our children.  Barbara and Jack Nicklaus – the first family of golf, champions of children’s causes, and partners in Palm Beach County – will be inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame for their work on behalf of children. Guests will enjoy performances by Cuban-American Grammy Winner Albita, Bruce Green Orchestra and Anthony Bucciero. The event will be held at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach.  For more information, contact Morgana Rolle at or 786-624-2038. 


HAA_October_FlyerHollywood Across America

Professionals behind artists such as Miley Cyrus, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning and hit movies like Harry Potter, Transformers, The Da Vinci Code and High School Musical are looking for their next star.  Hollywood Across  America, a hands-on workshop and showcase led by entertainment industry veterans, is coming to South Florida on Saturday, October 2nd  and Sunday October 3rd .  Local actors, models and other aspiring talent interested in learning from some of Hollywood’s top industry professionals will enjoy a weekend full of seminars, coaching and performances at Miami Beach’s Sea View Hotel. The two day event will be held at the Sea View Hotel, 9909 Collins Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  Tickets cost $445 (payment plans are available). Talent ages: 6 and up.  For more information go to or call producer Sherry Faith at 305-899-2288 and/or 561-239-5445.


DulceSacco[1] Shoe Shopping at Dulce

On Thursday, October 7, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., reality show vixen Evelyn Lozada will host a private cocktail celebrating friend and renowned Italian shoe designer Francesco Sacco. Held at Lozada’s trendy shoe boutique Dulce, located on Miracle Mile, the intimate event will offer an exclusive preview of the designer’s new collection.  

Esteemed guests, including guest of honor Francesco Sacco, will enjoy complimentary champagne and cupcakes provided by Stella’s Sweet Shoppe. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to have their new Francesco Sacco stems signed by the designer, for a truly enviable pair of soles. For more information call 305-864-3434 extension 122 or



sip and spaSip and Spa at the Palms Hotel

Sip & Spa at The Palms Hotel is back! The popular weekly happy hour at Essensia Lounge returns on Thursday Oct. 7th with great drink and food specials which include half-off all appetizers and cocktails from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. plus complimentary Chandon Rose Brut between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. In addition, The Palms AVEDA Spa is offering half-off all spa services from 4:00  to 9:00 p.m. Throughout the month of October, The Palms Spa joins AVEDA’s efforts in raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding clinical and genetic research on breast cancer at medical institutions across the globe. The Aveda Pink Ribbon Hand Relief™ will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Palms Spa is also donating 10% of their pink nail polish sales to BCRF.  Sip & Spa takes place every Thursday night from 6:00 to10:00 p.m. at Essensia Lounge and from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. at The Palms Spa. Valet parking costs $9 for Sip & Spa guests and is complimentary if combined with dinner at Essensia Restaurant.  For more information visit or call 305.908.5458. The Palms Hotel & Spa is located on 3025 Collins Avenue.

103892552ZD025_MBFW_Spring_Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

 While this list is far from exhaustive, celebrities spotted front row to lend their support for their favorite designers included: Milla Jovovich, Sarah Jessica Parker, Leighton Meester, Serena Williams, Ed Westwick, Rashida Jones, Kanye West, Jason Lewis, Kristin Cavallari, Coco Rocha, Rachel Bilson, Ashlee Simpson, Kelly Osbourne, Nicky Hilton, Courtney Love, Kimora, Samantha Ronson, Jay Sean, Amanda Hearst, Robert Verdi, Molly Sims, Omarion, Andy Cohen, Elisa Sednaoui, Deborah Cox, Eric McCormack, Iman, Veronica Webb, Katrina Bowden, Kelly Rowland, Debora Cox, Angela and Vanessa Simmons, Mel B, Solange Knowles, Nastia Lukin, Julia Jones, Rachel Zoe, Claire Danes, Olivia Palermo, Jessica103892552AR008_MBFW_Spring_ Simpson, Heidi Klum, Tyson Beckford, Perrey Reeves, Poppy Delevingne, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Michelle Trachtenberg, Carmen Electra, Cassie, Jessica Szohr, Alison Brie, Alexis Bledel, Leigh Lezark, Gabrielle Union, Jordin Sparks, Brandy, Denise Richards, Kelly Bensimon, Melissa George, Lauren Bush, Sarah Wynter, Jay Alexander, Michael Urie, Tessa Thompson, Keisha Wittaker, Diddy, Kendra Wilkinson, Shannon Elizabeth, Kerry Washington, Rebecca Romijn, Greta Gerwig, Marin Ireland, Mickey Sumner, Katie Lee, Nigel Barker, Aisha Taylor, Perry Farrell, Alan Cumming, Jay Manuel, Kristin Chenoweth, Stanley Tucci, Peaches Geldof, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Natalie Morales, Marsha Thomason, Noel Marin, Sherri Baum, Marcia Gay Harden, and Camilla Romestrand..


Celebrity Sightings Miami

The Burn Notice season wrap party took place at The Forge on Wednesday night. Attendees included: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless who celebrated in the newly renovated Library while Dennis Rodman strolled in for a late dinner at the Wine Bar. Saturday night Rick Ross and DJ Khaled Eva at Sugarcaneenjoyed a business dinner with two other guests and spoke about how they loved The Forge’s new look.

On Thursday night, the members of Kings of Leon dined in the private dining room of Miami hotspot, Zuma with a group of 16 people.

 Eva Longoria recently dined at Sugarcane raw bar grill with a group of about 15 who arrived in 3 limos. Longoria and company sat in the lounge and enjoyed a selection of different tapas from the menu. The hot “Housewife” was in town to kick-off the Rally Against Cancer, which is being co-hosted for the second year in a row by JR and Loren Ridinger and will take place during the weekend of November 12-13 (more on this in an upcoming column).


At La Fee Verte’s Stiletto Mafia party on Saturday, model Ines Rivero was seen with an entourage of dancing queens who could not stop raving about burlesque diva Nicole Soden’s performance. Front Management’s male-model-of-the-moment, Branden Haley celebrated his 21st birthday at the party where he was seen dirty dancing with Bravo reality star, Cristina Rice (who’s been recently spotted with Jamie Foxx).


Also on Saturday, Grey Goose Entertainment Rising Icon Jay Sean performed at the Opium Hard Rock.


Recording artist Drake celebrated his father’s birthday with a group of 6 people at Philippe on Sunday.

Hot New York Minute

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 26 - 20103 COMMENTS

103892124MH048_MBFW_Spring_Falling for Spring Fashions

By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week ushered in a new era this year with the historical move from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center and a major upgrade in technology: the addition of Fashion GPS-which streamlined communication and expedited check-in procedures.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg showed his support for the move, declaring, that he thought Lincoln Center would be a “perfect place for a fashion show–fashion is art.”  He went on to say, “New York City is fully committed to the health and growth of our fashion industry.”

The consensus among organizers and industry insiders was that this inaugural season at Lincoln Center was a103891685MH040_MBFW_Spring_ success.  A common thread among designers for their spring collections was the presence of beige, which ruled the runways, alongside neighbors on the color palette, white and ivory-in sheer and non-sheer fabrics and the requisite spattering of black.  Several designers showcased vintage designs, including Gottex and Betsey Johnson, with a throwback to the 80s and Marc Jacobs with his Studio 54 inspired 70s designs, complete with vintage accessories and big floppy hats.

Despite having a mere 36 hours of non-stop fashion week bliss this season, which is akin to squeezing in all of Art Basel in one day or savoring South Beach Wine and Food Festival in a morning,  we’ve put together a brief recap of the good, the great and the “we-couldn’t-make-this-up-if we-tried!”

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cafeinaCafeina Launches Wynwood Art Center

As if we needed yet another incentive to head to Cafeina, Wynwood’s trendiest lounge/resto/gallery introduces Art Industry Thursdays, catered to the artists, aficionados and curators who help paint the portrait of the Magic City, along with the unveiling of the Wynwood Exhibition Center at Cafeina (WEC), formerly Cafeina’s 1,000 foot art gallery. Beginning Thursday, September 23, members of Miami’s art communities will receive WEC Perk Cards granting them a 25 percent discount on food and drink purchases from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. in addition to a 15 percent discount on non-Art Industry nights (offer not valid during happy hour). Guests attending the launch party will be treated to complimentary cocktails from 8 to 9 p.m. and music by DJ Bhakti Baxter.

 Cafeina’s owner Ivette Naranjo says, “The launch of WEC, Art Industry and the perk cards are a nod to our neighbors who are working together in making Wynwood Art District a success. I want our exhibition space to be a compliment to the Wynwood Art District as opposed to a competitor in it. My goal is to create a place where Miami’s artistic minds gather to enjoy, discuss and display the work that drives them.” If you ask us, Cafeina’s been achieving that since day one.  Guests are asked to RSVP to with their art affiliation.


Udonis FoundationDenim and Diamonds

Udonis Haslem and other Miami Heat players will be doubling down, rolling dice, picking their lucky numbers and going all-in to raise money for the Udonis Haslem Children’s Foundation during the 6th annual Denim & Diamonds fundraising event, which takes place on Saturday, September 25, form 7-11 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom at Fairmont Turnberry Isle (19999 West Country Club Drive in Aventura). 

DJ Irie will serve as emcee and several celebs and sports figures will be on-hand to try their luck at roulette, craps, poker, blackjack and slots.  Expect delicious passed fare from Fairmont Turnberry Isle’s talented chefs, live music and entertainment, cash bars and an impressive array of raffle and silent auction items. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Udonis Haslem Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to help at-risk youth reach their full potential both in the classroom and as individuals.

General admission tickets cost $125 per ticket in advance/ $150 at the door. VIP tickets are priced at $500 each and include exclusive benefits such as the opportunity to play poker alongside the Miami Heat players. Seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased by calling Barbara Wooten at 954-854-9496.


jlm-logoA Different Kind of Clubbing

For the seventh year in a row, the Junior League of Miami will host a golf tournament to raise funds to support the organization’s ongoing efforts to promote volunteerism and to benefit its community projects. The scramble-style tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at the famed Blue Monster golf course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa (4400 N.W. 87th Avenue).  The entry fee is $250 per person; $900 for a foursome. Not a golfer? Don’t fret—you can still participate in the post-tournament cocktail reception, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. The celebratory evening will feature live music, a silent auction and raffle with fantastic prizes, and delicious cuisine. To register or purchase tickets, visit the Junior League website:

Season’s Bests III

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 17 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

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Michael Capponi

Michael Capponi, Nightlife Impresario; Owner, Capponi Construction; Philanthropist


“The sunset party on Sundays at Fontainebleau’s latest venue Arkadia, will be this season’s newest scene.” 


“W South Beach brings the most eclectic group of who’s who to the beach. Locals get into whatever/whenever at WET and WALL on Thursdays.” 

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“So many great restaurants have opened on the beach, but Casa Tua remains my favorite. It offers a perfect balance of delicious food and enjoyable ambiance.”

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“By far, the best meals are served at my home, where my chef- girlfriend Taylor Erickson, who currently studies at Le Cordon Bleu, spoils me with a variety of cuisines.” Read the rest here »

403-AMC-SG-RedCarpetCafé Prima Pasta hosted a slew of celebs this week, Argentine Grammy-nominated Diego Torres and his model girlfriend enjoyed   the fish special with Chef Gerry Cea before heading to New York to perform at Madison Square Garden.  Miami Heat’s Dywane Wade and girlfriend, Gabrielle Union, dined on Chicken Parmigiana (Michael Jordan’s favorite) and the pasta special of the day.   Puerto Rican rap group, Calle 13 enjoyed a variety of Café Prima Pasta’s traditional Italian dishes, and  Lenny Kravitz’s band and personal assistant feasted on a Sicilian dinner of 8 different pasta dishes. 

Gloria Estefan was spotted at Michy’s celebrating a pre-birthday dinner early last week. Joining Estefan were husband Emilio and a few of her closest friends, including famed chef José Andrés, who was in town checking on the developments of his South Beachestefans restaurant at the Ritz Plaza Hotel. The new owner of the Ritz, LA hotelier San Nazarian, recently received a $65 million recapitalization to go forth with plans to transform the place into a trendy hotel under his SLS Hotel brand that will also include a version of LA sushi haute spot, Katsuya.

 Musicians Jon Secada and Nestor Torres had dinner with celeb chef Douglas Rodriguez, among others, at an “underground supper club” dinner held at the chef’s De Rodriguez Cuba restaurant on South Beach Tuesday night.

Rapper Trina and actress Vivica A. Fox hosted a birthday party at Club Play Wednesday night for Trina’s assistant. Also seen at the party: America’s Next Top Model finalist Tocarra.

 Meanwhile, Gloria celebrated her birthday again on Wednesday night, this time at the B Bar at The Betsy, along with pals Rosie O’Donnell and Sharon Gless.

Washington Nationals players Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn dined at Stephen Starr‘s STEAK 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale Tuesday night with three friends.

Former basketball player-turned-professional party person Dennis Rodman stopped by Aventura’s Avenue 29 Wednesday night, posed for a few pictures and hung out with friends at a table out front.

New York Jets’ defensive back, Darrelle Revis was spotted at Plunge Rooftop at Gansevoort Miami Beach.

jordanNew Found Glory front man Jordan Pundik dropped by Cafeina on Saturday night after wrapping up his concert performance at Bayfront Park. Currently on a national tour with rock band Paramore, Pundik was spotted inside the lounge-art gallery sipping on café con leche martinis and noshing on Cafeina’s famous crab cakes. The tattoo-laden singer’s entourage included his (nine-month) pregnant wife and several family members and friends. Before heading out, Pundik popped into the kitchen to pose for a picture with chef Guily Booth and to compliment her crab cakes. He then paused to view Cafeina’s current art exhibition by Laurence Gartel before rejoining his band mates on the tour bus.

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