by: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore and Maryanne Salvat
The Bank Nightclub
This Thursday, November 10, join The Bank Nightclub for its grand opening to the public at 11:00 p.m. The modern speakeasy is located Downtown at 139 NE 1st Street in the historic Dade Commonwealth Building and features an ambiance and décor that exudes Capone-esque swagger, prohibition era-themed mixology, cocktail servers dressed as flapper girls, and an actual bank vault that doubles as a VIP room. For more information, visit www.thebankmiami.com.
MonoVisioN at DCOTA
Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) and Charles S. Cohen, Owner, CEO and President of Cohen Brothers Realty, are pleased to announce the Center’s newest exhibit, MonoVisioN, a selection of architectural and lifestyle photographs by distinguished photographer Scott Frances. A VIP reception celebrating the show’s opening will be held on Wednesday, November 16. MonoVisioN, available for viewing in Atrium A until Wednesday, February 15, 2012, showcases 68 large-scale works reflecting the synthesis of Frances’ interests in carefully balanced composition. This precise use of atmospheric and naturally motivated light is evidenced throughout the exhibit and in featured photographs of celebrity homes, including those of Jennifer Anistion and Estee Lauder, among others. With a journalist’s need to tell a story simply, along with his passion for the decorative arts, his imagery bridges recurring themes throughout art history.
The Divorcée Sale
Marriage may not be forever, but style is. The Divorcée Sale, the traveling shopping event where fabulous Divorcées shed their past wears to benefit a great cause, touches down in Miami at the iconic Delano, November 11 through 13. Shoppers will be whisked up to Delano’s chic penthouse where they will have the opportunity to snap up designer bags, clothes and accessories from Balenciaga, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, YSL, Miu Miu, Burberry, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg and more at seriously slashed prices. Plus, 25% of proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Friday night kickoff from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. includes plenty of passed champagne and swag bags for all. The first 50 shoppers to arrive on Saturday and Sunday will also receive gift bags, so rise and shop! For more information and tickets visit thedivorceesale.com.
JLM’s Miami Magic Gala
The Junior League of Miami (JLM), presents the 8th Annual Miami Magic Gala: Diner de Têtês French Masquerade this Friday, November 11, at the InterContinental Hotel Miami, (100 Chopin Plaza) at 7 pm, bringing a night of Parisian sophistication and glamour that includes dinner, dancing and all things French (well, maybe not ALL things). Honoring the significant community leaders who, through their volunteerism, have made a considerable impact on our community, the event will also celebrate the Junior League of Miami’s 85th year of serving the Miami-Dade community. This year’s honorees include Michael Capponi, Mike Eidson and Loren Ridinger.
Wear your chicest black or white attire to this party, which will be emceed by NBC reporter Amara Sohn, and plan to enjoy an exclusive VIP reception; special awards presentation; whimsical performance provided by the Rainbow Cirque Troupe; silent auction with more than forty carefully selected items; “Rumor Has It/ FIAT” VIP lounge featuring the new Fiat model; “Superlative Awards” for most creative attire; tunes from French DJ Pierre Zon Zon; and exciting raffle prize items including, “The Art of the Sabrage: Grand Cuvee private in-home champagne party” provided by Christolfe and a Tourneau ladies watch; and a special H&H jewels raffle. Tickets range in price from $85 to $150. To purchase tickets, or to receive more information about JLM, visit www.jlmiami.org.
MOCA’s Mystery Dates
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) invites you to its annual Mystery Dates extravaganza on Saturday November 12. The excitement begins with cocktails at the museum (770 NE 125 Street) in North Miami at 7 pm, followed by concurrent dinner parties in private homes from Golden Beach to Coral Gables. After dinner, you are invited to reconvene with other guests for a late-night dance party at The Setai, (2001 Collins Avenue).
“What is the mystery?” you ask. Well, you will not know the exact location of your fabulous dinner until you arrive at the cocktail. One thing is for certain: each dinner host lives in a glamorous Miami residence and has pretty smashing taste so you should be delighted regardless of where you end up! The dinner hosts include: Jason Atkins, Tania and Robert Bassan, Sam Burstyn, Robert Blumenthal, Olympia de Castro & Gustavo Hernandez, Felipe Grimberg & Eduardo Ojeda, Sofia Joelsson, Gloria & Sergio Leyva, Kathryn & Dan Mikesell, Dale & Richard Newberg, Marcella & Daniel Novella, Hal Philipps, Dr. Leigh Silverston, Adriana & Michael Stein, & Billy Weisman.
Tickets are priced at $175 with a discount of $50 for MOCA Shaker and above members. A limited number of packages of ten tickets are for sale for $1,250. For more information, about the MOCA Shakers and Mystery Dates contact MOCA at 305. 893.6211 or visit www.mocanomi.org.
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Village of Merrick Park
On Thursday, November 17, Village of Merrick Park kicks off the joyous season with its most beloved of events, the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. For the fourth time, Village of Merrick Park is environmentally friendly by lighting its 50-foot tree with 55,000 LED light bulbs. The Master of Ceremonies for this magical evening will be Belkys Nerey, Head News Anchor at FOX WSVN Channel 7. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., including a musical performance by the Coral Gables High School Choir and a holiday greeting from Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other character favorites. Throughout The Garden live entertainment including stilt walkers and jugglers will take place. Other children’s activities will include a sugar cookie decoration station provided by Williams-Sonoma and an arts & crafts station provided by Gymboree Play & Music and Pottery Barn Kids, among other exciting surprises. Gather your family around the breath-taking tree for your first memorable photograph of the season. The tree will be lit at approximately 7:45 p.m. Bring an unwrapped gift to donate to The Voices for Children Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds for abused and neglected children in Miami-Dade County.
Sofia Vergara at BeLive
BeLive is back to celebrate its 5th Anniversary Fundraising Gala at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach (1 Lincoln Road) on Thursday, November 17 at 7 pm. Chairing this year’s gala is Lauren Santo Domingo and the Co-Chair (whom we’ve been told will be in attendance) is the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress from Modern Family, Sofia Vergara. If you can pull away from Ms. Vergara, even for a moment, you may have the chance to bid on one-of-a kind items during the silent auction, such as Wayuu Mochilas created by Internationally renowned designers. This year, BeLive welcomes designers: Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Christian Louboutin, Herve Leger, Helmut Lang, and Theskeyns Theory to name a few. During the party, Food Network’s Simply Delicioso star, Ingrid Hoffmann, will be creating sumptuous signature cocktails. Also expect a concert by Latin Grammy Award winner, Fonseca, a delicious dinner, live entertainment, fashion show by the Webster and much more. Individual tickets cost $500. For more information, contact Ximena Acosta at email@example.com or visit: www.belive.com. Over the past four years, BeLive has raised over $2.5 million dollars towards the betterment of the lives of over 100, 000 Colombians.
Thanks 4 Giving with the Black Eyed Peas
This Thanksgiving honor our armed forces through a program called “Thanks 4 Giving” and also receive an added bonus to use as you wish. The Black Eyed Peas in conjunction with Sun Life Stadium are offering a fantastic deal that will create a special night for the men and women in the military and their families to share a once in a lifetime concert experience: the Black Eyed Peas’ final performance of 2011 with special guests Sean Kingston, Cee-Lo Green, T-Pain, Flo-Rida, Jason Derulo and hosted by Queen Latifah, Wednesday, November 23 at Sun Life Stadium (2269 NW 199 Street). Here’s how “Thanks 4 Giving” works: you buy forty (40) 400 Level tickets for $1,000 that will be donated to the military and their families and in return, receive four (4) floor concert tickets valued at $395 at no additional charge. What a great deal! Use the tickets yourself or donate them- either way, you win. To make it a “Good, Good, night for members of our troops and your fab four, visit: http://www.sunlifestadium.com/Tickets4Charity or call 305.943.1501. This offer is not available through Ticketmaster.