By: Maryanne Salvat 

Help Michael Capponi Gather Clothing and Toys for Haiti

 This holiday season, the Haiti Empowerment Mission will host the annual Christmas in Haiti toy/clothing drive on Thursday, December 15, at the W South Beach: WET between 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Donations will be accepted at the door and also at 228 5th Street. All of the proceeds will benefit the school children of Camp Jacmel, Haiti. The children anxiously wait for this special day that comes once a year. With your help, the Haiti Empowerment Mission will be able to provide the following: 

*Clothing/Shoes: Clothing, underwear, sandals and socks

*Toys: should not be expensive | quantity is valued more than quality

Dolls, doll accessories, Barbie (African American), jump ropes, soccer balls, basketballs, Match Box cars, whistles, Play-Doh, play career kit and holiday gifts: candy canes and stockings;

*Books: all books must be in written in Creole

Dictionary: French/ English, coloring books and crayons 

Once the donations have been collected, they will be evenly distributed on grounds in Haiti on Wednesday, December 21.


ISA boutique and MOSA Medspa’s Shopping Event  

ISA boutique along with MOSA Medspa’s Jennifer Almeida is hosting a holiday shopping party on Tuesday, December 20, from 6:00 to 9:00p.m., along with a toy drive. Enjoy complimentary cocktails, tons of new arrivals, a jewelry trunk show by Rita & Zia, art by Mijares Art, music by DJ Willie and dry-styling by Midtown’s Blo – Blow Dry Bar. Raffle prizes will also be given out throughout the night courtesy of MOSA Medspa. Guests can also indulge in Ms. Cheezious food truck which will be on-site as well. Attendees, who bring an unwrapped toy, will receive a $25 gift certificate to the boutique through December 22. For more information on the event call 786.558.8027.






The Pig is Roasting on Wednesdays at De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean

Starting this Wednesday and every Wednesday on, Chef Douglas Rodriguez will host a live roast – of a pig that is. Each hump day the celebrated chef will roast a big, fat, pig starting at 5:00 p.m. for free until it’s gone. Yes, the juicy roasted pig is complimentary to guests while Chef Douglas’ tapas will be $5.00 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.and hand-muddled mojitos will go for just $5.00 all night long. Miami Beach’s favorite beat master, DJ Jean-Marc from Hakkasan will be spinning from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. to help you dance your way into the second half of the week. For more information on the pig roast, call 305.672.6624.


Loro Piana shopping event at Village of Merrick Park
Penn Medicine is at it again! Fresh off the heels of a mega-successful fundraising event with Russell Simmons and Loro Piana, the non-profit is pairing up with Loro Piana again for a holiday party on Wednesday, December 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Loro Piana Village of Merrick Park store (342 San Lorenzo Avenue, #1045, Coral Gables). Joining in the fun are Stefanie Block Reed and Evan Reed, Diane N. Weiss, Stacey Shoer, Allison Weiss Brady and Chip Brady, Constantino & Briana Gutierrez, Amy Rosenberg, and Faquiry Diaz Cala and Amelia Balonek where the retailer will donate a percentage of sales to Penn Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Space is limited. Contact for more information. 


Ricochet Presents: Gilbert Gottfried and Ed Kowalczyk

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, one of the most recognizable voiceover talents known from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and Iago from Disney’s Aladdin, will be performing live stand-up comedy at Ricochet Bar & Lounge on Monday, December 26. For just $25 at Midtown Miami’s newest culture-centric bar and lounge, guests can laugh the night away to the comedian’s jokes and stories while sipping on Ricochet’s signature drinks. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. with Gottfried going live at 10:00 p.m. Ricochet is auditioning local comedians for Gottfried’s opening act – “Like” Ricochet’s Facebook page and submit a video under 2 minutes long to enter for your chance to win! To purchase tickets visit:

Starting off the New Year, Ed Kowalczyk, the lead-singer and songwriter of the band LIVE, will be performing an intimate, acoustic set at Ricochet Bar & Lounge on Sunday, January 1st. With the live show beginning at 11:00 p.m., guests can attend the show for $25 and enjoy hits such as “I Alone,” “Lightning Crashes,” “Selling The Drama” and more. Gather all your friends and family this New Year’s Day as doors open at 8:00 p.m. to jam out to the widely-popular Ed Kowalczyk. To purchase tickets visit:



New Year’s Eve at the W Hotel South Beach 

WET at W South Beach is proud to present its “Jacked 2012” New Year’s Eve celebration. The poolside party will feature sounds by Grammy Award-winning music producer AFROJACK, along with Bobby Burns and more talent to be announced soon. Guests will welcome 2012 in decadent fashion as the hotel’s outdoor oasis is transformed into a fully functioning nightclub, featuring lounge seating atop a glass-covered pool deck, oversized LED screens and laser lighting.

Beginning at 9 p.m., DJs Bobby Burns and additional talent from AFROJACK’s WALL RECORDS LABEL will start the final countdown to the new year with their progressive-house and electro beats. After the clock strikes 12, the highly touted AFROJACK – listed at the No. 7 spot of DJ Mag’s “Top 100 DJs of 2011” – will take the stage. The ever popular ‘Take Over Control’ DJ opened the year by remixing Ian Carey and Snoop Dogg’s single ‘Last Night’ to great acclaim, before being featured on Pitbull’s No. 1 hit-single ‘Give Me Everything,’ and will be sure to keep the masses dancing at WET through 2 a.m.

Individual tickets to WET ($300) and VIP table reservations ($3,500-$25,000) will be available for purchase beginning November 21, 2011, and include premium open bar (9 p.m. to midnight) as well as a champagne toast.

For individual ticket purchase and VIP table reservations, visit

WALL at W South Beach is proud to announce its New Year’s Eve 2012 celebration, which will feature beats by Alesso, the protégé to Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, who exploded onto the international DJ scene one year ago.

New York City native Orazio Rispo will kick off the fete and wind down the final moments of 2011 with an electric mix of house beats. He will be followed by Alesso, the 20-year-old rising star that has become known for his original productions, remixes and fresh style of DJing. He has already played at some of the world’s biggest dance events this year – including Creamfields, Tomorrowlands, Electric Daisy and alongside Swedish House Mafia in Pacha, Ibiza – so it is only fitting that he end the year off at the decadent celebrity hotspot. Revelers will groove into the early hours with tracks such as ‘Calling,’ his most recent collaboration with Ingrosso, which reached the No. 2 spot on the electronic music community’s revered immediately upon release.

Individual tickets ($700) and VIP table reservations ($3,500-$25,000) will be available for purchase beginning November 21, 2011, and include premium open bar (9 p.m. to midnight) as well as a champagne toast.

For individual ticket purchase and VIP table reservations, visit


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