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Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 12 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Tony Goldman, Janet Goldman, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jessica Goldman and Bret Ratner


Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones made the rounds all over Art Basel.  We first ran into them at the MOCA LA dinner hosted by Jeffrey Deitch at the Raleigh on Wednesday night, where they shared an intimate table with Pat Riley.  We actually got to speak to Douglas at the Pulse art fair VIP brunch on Thursday, where he graciously agreed to have a photo taken with us and called us “cute” (we’ll take it!) as Catherine, dressed head-to-toe in tan, hair pulled back, perused the art.  Douglas and Zeta-Jones joined Brett Ratner later that afternoon for a personal tour of Wynwood Walls, the outdoor street art park featuring over 40 of the world’s best urban artists. 

On Thursday evening the couple attended Aby Rosen’s dinner at The Dutch and we ran into them again at WALL for the party hosted by Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel.


My “wonder-twin” Maryanne Salvat and I had the pleasure of conversing with the one and only Cynthia Rowley (who insists we should have our own show!) that was until her hubby Bill Powers (Bravo’s Work of Art Judge) insisted they take their seats for an exclusive dinner at Cecconi’s on Thursday night.  The event was action packed and filled with the art world’s most sociable crowd including Daphne Guinness donning a fabulous top hat, Michaela de Pury and Simon de Pury, Ivana Trump, Damien Hirst, Dori Cooperman, Marsha Markova, Inga Rubenstein, Angela Missoni, Michael Shvo, Rory Tahari, Angela Ismailos, Kim Heirston,Nadja Swarovski, Hilary Weston to name a few, who enjoyed a performance by the  Miami Dolphins cheerleaders.


A party on board My Yacht Miami with Marquis Vodka on Friday December 2, had guests that included the President of Rolls-Royce North America David Archibald, baseball legend Sammy Sosa, and actor Christian Slater.  The guests on the yacht enjoyed custom cocktails late into the night.
Also on Friday, Rico Love co-hosted a birthday party with Usher, at Vic & Angelos which was attended by Mary J. Blige, Deborah Cox, Chris Bosh and Clinton SparksUsher presented Love with one of his Grammy awards as a gift.


On Saturday, Chris Bosh hosted Graffiti Gone Global’s “The Art of Basketball” event with DJ Irie on the turntables.  Dwayne Wade, Juwan Howard and Zydrunas Ilgauskas joined teammate Bosh, a supporter of the arts, in accepting a portrait by Billi Kid and a $15,000 donation for his charity, Team Tomorrow, from Premier Beverage CEO Bob Drinon.  An elegant Gabrielle Union accompanied D-Wade to the artful happening, which included cocktails by Bar Lab and fare by Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill.


Art Basel attracted a slew of artists and collectors, but the celebs in town caught the attention at the fabulous parties thrown through the satellite art fairs. Notables included:, Pharrell Williams, Will Smith, P. Diddy, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Adrien Brody, China Chow, Naomi Campbell, Brett Ratner, Stefano Tonchi, Stephanie Seymour, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Andre Balazs, Paul Wilmot, Solange Knowles, Sean Penn, Gina Gershon, Val Kilmer, Christian Slater, Macy Gray, La La Vazquez, Robin Thicke, Luke Wilson, Jane Seymour, Lance Bass, Cee-Lo Green, Nas, Tilda Swinton, Derek Blasberg, and Moby.

Prior to the official start of Basel, the Soho Beach House hosted a members-only interview by Jeffrey Deitch of Pharrell Williams, during which Williams demonstrated his passion for visual art in addition to music.  We hear that Will Smith was also in attendance but didn’t see him.  We also spotted Williams having lunch at the Club Bar on Friday afternoon and he was seen at The Rooftop at Gansevoort Miami Beach this past weekend, in preparation for a Whitewall magazine interview that will feature him in an upcoming issue.


World renowned sculpture artist Moses Nyanhongo, from Zimbabwe hosted live sculpture Art Basel events at both STK and at the Breakwater Hotel last week.


Basel’s Tenth Year of Dazzle (Part 1)

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 12 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Pharrell Williams and Seth Browarnik

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Art of Night 

We’ve said it time and time again:  navigating the nightlife on South Beach and surviving to tell about it, particularly during a party marathon week such as Art Basel is an art form.  Documenting it for posterity- is for the masters.  Speaking of such, no one shines a light on the art of the social scene like celebrity lens man, Seth Browarnik, whose aptly named, Art of Night exhibit (his first ever) drew the who’s who of the local, national and international social sets to the newly remodeled Shelborne South Beach on Wednesday, November 30.  The evening started with an intimate VIP dinner hosted by media mogul Jason Binn and his wife Haley at Vesper American Brasserie, sponsored by Dom Perignon.   Read the rest here »

2nd Annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC)

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 7 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
Dolphins Cheerleaders, CEO Mike Dee, Christina Mandich , Joe Rose, Nat Moore, Michael Mandich, Kim Bokamper, Donna Shalala and Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt

Dolphins Cheerleaders, CEO Mike Dee, Christina Mandich , Joe Rose, Nat Moore, Michael Mandich, Kim Bokamper, Donna Shalala and Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt

Over 860 cyclists, including over 160 children and 21 cancer survivors, took part in the 2nd Annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) on November 5th and 6th. The goal of raising $1 million for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer is in sight with three weeks remaining before fundraising closes in December.

This major community initiative benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. One-hundred-percent of the rider-generated fundraising goes directly to cancer research and patient support services. The two-day event featured six different bicycle rides from 30 to 170 miles that went through 37 cities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Last year’s inaugural ride had 311 adult riders, 100 kids and raised $533,000. Donations will be accepted through December. Anyone can donate by visiting

“The Dolphins Cycling Challenge made an even larger impact in its second year, and is a tribute to the dedication of our riders, volunteers, donors and sponsors,” said Mike Dee, Dolphins CEO. “We’re proud that 100% of the rider generated funds will stay right here in South Florida and help Sylvester provide world-class cancer research and treatment in our community.”  Read the rest here »

Diamond Ball OG 8Dressed for a magical masquerade, nearly 700 guests were taken back in time to the beautiful streets of Venice at Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 2011 Diamond Ball: A Masquerade Affair. Held at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami on Saturday, October 29, the event raised nearly $4.5 million, including announced gifts, to support world-class care at Miami Children’s Hospital.

Guests of the Diamond Ball had the opportunity to hear from 14-year-old cancer survivor Caroline Pallidine, who shared how she overcame her fear of baldness and became Bald, Brave, Beautiful at Miami Children’s Hospital, thanks to a special visit by Armando “Pitbull” Perez, when she was a patient at Miami Children’s in July.

Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation Board Member Ravneet Chowdhury was so inspired by Pallidine’s story that she immediately pledged a $1 million donation in the young girl’s honor. Read the rest here »

animal brunchBy: Maryanne Salvat

 15th Annual Brunch for the Animals

Dogs and their owners are invited to attend the 15th annual Brunch for the Animals on Sunday, December 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event, hosted by TV personality Louis Aguirre from Deco Drive, will take place at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 1601 Collins Avenue. Co-Chairpersons are Louis Aguirre, Selene Arvesu, Gingi Beltran, Irene Korge, Ann Rubino and Maggie Villacampa. Two-legged guests will enjoy a scrumptious holiday brunch while sipping on cocktails and taking in the magnificent view from the lawn of the hotel. Our four-legged attendees will dine on a home cooked meal from the Loews Loves Pets Room Service Menu. Owners are encouraged to dress their dogs in holiday wear.G uests can start their holiday shopping early at the exciting silent auction and merchant booths that will be set up, including an exciting vintage booth called Scrappy’s Vintage Corner. Admission is $150 per person (dogs are complimentary). Children ages 3-10 are $35 per person. Valet parking is available for $25 or there is a public garage across the street on 16th Street. Seating is limited so RSVP early. Call Laurie at 305-749-1815. 


Sudden YouthGEE Beauty Hosts Lea Black’s Sudden Youth Skincare Debut Fete and Pop-Up Shop 

GEE Beauty, the modern makeup and skincare studio, welcomes Real Housewives of Miami star and Sudden Youth Skincare founder, Lea Black, for the launch of her new line with a pop-up store at Bal Harbour Shops. Kicking off the unveiling with a cocktail fête on Thursday, December 8, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Lea will mingle and treat guests with the Sudden Youth Skincare mini facial experience. The pop-up shop is open from Thursday, December 8, through Sunday, December 11. Lea will also be on-hand Friday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information call 305.868.3533. 



DANChef Daniel Boulud and Mixologist Xavier Hérit Present: Amuse-Bouches for Her & For Him 

Chef Daniel Boulud and Restaurant DANIEL’s renowned mixologist Xavier Herit are making their way to Miami on Monday, December 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., to welcome cocktail aficionados with a sultry evening of delicious concoctions paired with Boulud’s legendary cuisine – served in small bites. The celebration takes place in the Bar and Lounge of Miami’s favorite new restaurant, db Bistro Moderne, and now also Downtown’s hottest drinks destination. Guests will depart with a signed copy of “Cocktails and Amuse-Bouches: For Her & For Him”, the chef’s charming new two-volume boxed set published by ASSOULINE. Event cost is $95 per person (includes a signed copy of book). For more information or to buy tickets contact 305.421.8800.




jtfJason Taylor Foundation Hosts 3CiNTERACTIVE  

While Miami Dolphins All-Pro Jason Taylor is preparing for his team’s upcoming game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Jason Taylor Foundation is preparing for one of its most popular events, the 3Cinteractive JT’s Ping-Pong Smash 8 – Presented by Publix, the original celebrity, doubles table-tennis tournament.  Proceeds from the event, which will take place on Monday, December 12 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, will benefit the Jason Taylor Foundation, whose mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life. This one-of-a-kind event will once again pair community members with some of the Sunshine State’s most recognizable personalities from the worlds of sports and entertainment, including Taylor, as well as many current and former Miami Dolphins players.  The duos will compete in a round-robin style ping-pong tournament while raising money for local children’s charities. The fun-filled, electric atmosphere will also feature DJ Laz of Power 96 filling the arena with today’s hottest music, in addition to the LuckyFan Fun Zone, where those in attendance can enjoy a Best Buy gaming station, haircuts, interactive games and more! Prior to the action that evening, JTF will put on the fourth-annual Ping-Pong Smash Kids Clinic – Presented by the Miami Dolphins.  Nearly 100 deserving children will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the world’s fastest sport from former Puerto Rican Junior National Table Tennis Champion and two-time JT’s Ping-Pong Smash Champion, Juan Ly.  The Kids Clinic will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., also at Hard Rock Live. Doors open for the 3Cinteractive JT’s Ping-Pong Smash 8 – Presented by Publix at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the event is a $5.00 donation to the Jason Taylor Foundation.  For more information, call (954) 424-0799 or visit or


miami-zoo-lightsCelebrate the Holidays with Exciting Events at Zoo Miami

This holiday season Zoo Miami is hosting a myriad of exciting and fun activities for everyone. At Zoo Miami, guests can enjoy beautiful animal-shaped lights as they stroll zoo walkways during the 8 nights of Zoo Lights, have Dinner with Santa, and watch the animals open their specially-prepared gifts during Holiday Gifts for the Animals.

The zoo’s glorious grounds come to light for 8 brilliant nights during Zoo Lights, December 16 through 23 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. (ticket booths close at 9:30 p.m.). Guests can enjoy dozens of bright animal-shaped lights along walkways, listen to wonderful holiday music, sip hot chocolate, munch on delicious cookies, and take a ride on a camel, the wildlife carrousel or the hippo slide (the world’s largest inflatable slide). Included with admission is a pair of 3D glasses, which will make the Zoo Lights experience even more engaging and amusing. General admission is only $5 per person plus tax. Food, beverages, camel rides, carrousel and hippo slide are all available at additional costs.

Dinner with Santa will take place on December 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring the kids to meet him before he has to rush back to the North Pole! Enjoy a delicious holiday dinner with the family, photos with Santa, a holiday plush gift and holiday craft-making for the little ones!

Dinner with Santa admission includes parking, entry to Zoo Lights from 7:00 to10:00 p.m. and a classic holiday menu of fresh roasted turkey with homemade gravy, baked ham, candied sweet potatoes with melting marshmallows, herbed buttery carrots, homemade cranberry sauce, dinner rolls with butter, homemade seasonal pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing, strawberry-infused lemonade, and cranberry mint-infused water. General admission is $39.95 per adult and $33.95 per child ages 3-12. Zoo members are $36.95 per adult and $30.95 per child ages 3-12. Children ages 2 and under are free. To make a reservation, call 305-251-0400, ext 84941.

Another fun family activity is Holiday Gifts for the Animals! Every weekend in December, including Christmas Day, watch the animals joyfully open holiday gifts prepared by zookeepers and volunteers. The animals enjoy opening up their enriching gifts and you’ll be entertained watching them. To save time, buy your tickets online at Zoo Miami’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4:00 p.m.

A Look Back at Basel’s Bests

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 3 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Art Basel, the “catnip” for those obsessed with art and the social scene has arrived bringing with it the stress and exhaustion resulting from the attempt to cram hundreds of events into one’s social calendar in a seven day period.  And while the actual showcase technically runs from December 1-4 (what we like to call the “100 hour day”) the requisite art celebrations and inebriation have been going strong FOR DAYS- think of this as “the column that almost wasn’t.”  Much to my delight and dismay, the fabulous fun is just getting started.  And because this week marks the three year anniversary of my taking over the 411 column, I’ve compiled a very short list of some of my most memorable Basel moments.  Enjoy!


audi-art-pavilion-lucy-liu For two years in a row (including 2011), London’s White Cube party has taken over the Soho Beach House’s pool area and Tiki bar on the Tuesday night of Basel Week- banishing even its top-tier members to the eighth floor and restaurant.  The party, comprised mostly of jet-set billionaire art collectors and their offspring and pretty people, has proven to be a gluttonous Bacchanal with free flowing champagne and liquor, extensive raw bar and a grill on at the Tiki Bar featuring limitless grilled meats and seafood.

Jeffrey Deitch, director of LA’s MOCA hosted one of the biggest musical events during Basel week last year- a concert by LCD Soundsystem in keeping with a tradition he formed at Deitch Projects. The Grey Goose sponsored concert on the sand at the Raleigh drew the one of largest crowds of the week- a mob scene with throngs of VIPs (or those who perceive themselves as such) clamoring to get past security. Artist/collector Johnny Pigozzi was reportedly seen trying to scale the back fence to gain access but was turned away. Read the rest here »

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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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