haring miamiBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Haring Miami 

From Wednesday, March 6 through Sunday, March 10 the public is invited to enjoy more than 200 original works drawn from private collections and never before seen artistry at HARING MIAMI. The event is being co-produced by Michael Rosen, president and CEO of Colored Thumb, a driving force behind many of the area’s top art exhibits, and prominent local celebrity photographer Manny Hernandez. Bombay Sapphire will be hosting aVIP lounge serving an array of signature specialty cocktails, which will also be available throughout the week. The opening night celebration will also feature cocktails made with Bombay Sapphire EAST, the newest spirit from the House of Bombay in over 25 years.Complementing all will be the Haring Café by Michelle Bernstein, an exclusive pop-up restaurant where the internationally-renowned award-winning chef will indulge the senses with unique offerings created especially for HARING MIAMI. For more information contact:  http://haringmiami.com/.


ChocolateMiami Fine Chocolate & Food Show at Pinecrest Gardens 

Join Pinecrest Gardens on March 9 and 10 for The Miami Fine Chocolate & Food Show, a unique fine chocolate and culinary event that features fine artisanal chocolate creations from around the world. The event showcases the gourmet talents of local chefs and world class chocolatiers while presenting a selection of fine food products and beverages. Over 80 vendors will offer samples for you to taste and enjoy as well as specialty items for purchase. The event features: live cooking demonstrations by popular chefs, pairing seminars highlighting fine chocolate & cheeses alongside crafted beer, wine & spirits, and entertainment for the entire family. Each ticket includes 15 sample tickets for the Chocolate Rooms, Pairings Pavilion, Gourmet Grove and more.Visit:  http://www.miamifinefoodshow.com/welcome.html.



Aquathermes offers “Express Lunch Specials” available Monday through Friday from Noon until 2:00 p.m. including the following services: Express Blow-dry & Mani for $45; Express Blow-dry for $30; or Express Mani for $15. Aquathermes is located at 50 Biscayne Boulevard;To schedule an appointment, call 305.371.5555.  




hearts and starsFourth Annual Hearts and Stars Gala

The Little Lighthouse Foundation presents the Fourth Annual Hearts and Stars Gala: Monte-Carlo on Saturday, March 9 from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. with Miami’s own international electronic music sensation Rony Seikaly as the headline performer, at Terra Veritatis, the $40 million dollar waterfront compound of Bill Dean, completely renovated by Capponi Construction. Benefiting South Florida children and families, The Little Lighthouse Foundation supports children and their families who struggle with educational, financial, and medical hardships. Celebrating four years of making a difference, The Little Lighthouse Foundation has grown exponentially from 20 to 200 benevolent, devoted volunteers assisting children and families South Florida. General Admission includes unlimited premium cocktails all night, food and access to Terra Veritatis.  VIP tickets will also include access to an exclusive VIP area, access to the VIP private yacht party, exclusive premium drinks (including Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Don Julio 1942 tastings) and special food inside the Salon Privé, as well as VIP casino tables.  VIP tables at the Sea Lounge Monte-Carlo are also available, which include unlimited premium bottle service all evening.  Valet parking will only be available to those parties who purchase a VIP table, however, The Little Lighthouse Foundation will have pick up and drop off points where complimentary shuttles will deliver partygoers to and from Terra Veritatis. Visit the LLF Facebook page or www.thelittlelighthouse.com to keep up with all party information. Tickets for the Hearts & Stars Gala 2013 can be purchased at www.HeartsandStarsGala.com. For VIP tables or more information about the event, contact Reed Nicol at Reed@thelittlelighthouse.orgor 201.264.6356. Proceeds from the Hearts & Stars Gala 2013 benefit The Little Lighthouse Foundation, www.thelittlelighthouse.org.


bassNight at the Museum Presents Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler

The Bass Museum of Art, one of Miami Beach’s key cultural landmarks, along with a select group of the city’s leading arts patrons, socialites and tastemakers will host its annual fundraiser, “A Night at the Museum,” on Thursday, March 14, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The event is expected to attract more than 500 guests who will receive a private preview of Picasso to Koons: The Artist As Jeweler curated by Diane Venet. While enjoying cocktails and refreshments from Miami Club Rum, Hendrick’s Gin and Perrier with beats by Johnny the Boy, attendees will explore the institution’s new exhibition, Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler. The exhibition, featuring over 200 works by 135 artists is an intimate, often whimsical side of some of the greatest artists of recent times, each offering a singular vision of adornment. The exceptional and little-known works of wearable sculpture will reward viewers with new insights into the creative wellsprings of such artistic giants as Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Lucio Fontana, Louise Nevelson, Anthony Caro, Yoko Ono, Man Ray and Anish Kapoor. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to participate in a silent auction including art, experiences and luxury items ranging from two tickets to the Opera de Monte-Carlo in Monaco with VIP Backstage Tour to two VIP tickets to MTV’s Unplugged and jewelry made by contemporary artists exclusively for “A Night at the Museum.”Admission to the fundraising event is $250 for two and includes a Rubens Level Membership or renewal to the Bass Museum of Art for one year. To RSVP, email rsvp@bassmuseum.org or upgrade email dwolpert@bassmuseum.org or visit www.bassmuseum.org, call the fundraiser ticket hotline at 786.357.6752 or visit the museum at 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139.

By: Maryanne Salvat

21st Annual Reach for the Stars Gala

Actors’ Playhouse and Lexus of Kendall Host the 21st Annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction at the Miracle Theatre on Saturday, April 14. Attendees will have the chance to bid on over $300,000 worth of live and silent auction items while enjoying exquisite fare provided by 30 of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants and an open bar sponsored by Bacardi U.S.A. and Premier Beverage Company. Items for bid include international business class airline tickets, worldwide hotel travel packages and cruises, exclusive celebrity wine dinners at popular South Florida restaurants, jewelry, golf packages, fine art, home decor, sports collectors items, spa visits, objets d’art, couture clothing, membership gift certificates, and more. CBS4’s Former Chief Meteorologist Bob Soper, the official celebrity auctioneer for the past 21 years, will conduct the live auction with Artistic Director David Arisco. The popular auction is the major fundraising event for Actors’ Playhouse each year with funds going to the capital improvements of the historic Miracle Theatre and the operating costs of Actors’ Playhouse’s 25th Anniversary Season in 2012-2013. Items can be viewed on line at www.actorsplayhouse.org. Cost for the event is $150 per person, which includes gourmet dining, open bar sponsored by Bacardi U.S.A. and Premier Beverage Company, entertainment, silent auction and live auction; for tickets, call 305.444.9293, or purchase online at www.actorsplayhouse.org.


Friends of the NWS Season Finale

On Saturday, April 14, join the Friends of the New World Symphony at 9:00 p.m. for a sizzling night under the stars featuring the 8-piece Afro-Latin World Beat Sensation, Lanzallamas Monofonica, sumptuous light bites and cocktails courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka. Contact Nathalie Cadet at New World Symphony to purchase tickets, Nathalie.Cadet-James@nws.edu or call 305.428.6733.


Pool Party with Mario Lopez and GARNIER FRUCTIS

On Sunday, April 15, GARNIER FRUCTIS has teamed up with Mario Lopez to host a pool party to celebrate their newest launches from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Held at the renowned Fontainebleau Miami Beach, guests will soak up the sunshine at the hotel’s Arkadia Pool while being treated to hair styling services, mini-massages and acupressure treatments. Garnier Fructis celebrity stylist, Marc Mena, will also be on site leading the styling cabanas where guests will choose between four different beach styles using Garnier Fructis products. For more information, visit www.garnier.com.






Joe’s Boutique Opens in Aventura Mall

Joe’s, premium denim and contemporary lifestyle brand, establishes a presence in Miami after opening boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta. The new retail location will launch its grand opening event for the brand’s sixth US location on Saturday, April 21, in Aventura Mall. The boutique will open to the public with the brands stylish Spring/Summer 2012 collection as well as entertainment by DJ Dutch.




A Night at the Museum

The Bass Museum of Art will host its annual fundraiser, “A Night at the Museum,” on Thursday, April 26, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The event is expected to attract more than 500 guests who will receive a private preview of “Charles LeDray: Bass Museum of Art,” curated by Bass Museum of Art Adjunct Curator, Steven Holmes. Artist Charles LeDray will be in attendance. Guests will explore the new exhibition while enjoying hors d’oeuvres by TiramesU; cocktails & refreshments from Mandarine Napoleon, Kanon Organic Vodka and Perrier; desserts by Stella’s Sweet Shoppe; and beats by Vida’s house DJ. Attendees will also be introduced to an innovative silent auction of custom art experiences, including a studio visit and catered lunch with artist Carlos Betancourt and a curator-led art day in New York City. Admission to the fundraising event is $175 for two and includes a Mummy Level Membership or renewal to the Bass Museum of Art for one year. Rubens Level Members or above receive complimentary admission for two, while those members below may upgrade. To RSVP, email rsvp@bassmuseum.org. For membership upgrades, email dwolpert@bassmuseum.org, visit www.bassmuseum.org, call 786.800.6302.