Justin Bieber was seen checking in Tuesday The Villa Casa Casuarina (formerly the Versace Mansion) before heading to WALL where he gave a surprise performance. Bieber left that club with fifty--yep, 50 people-- and brought them back with him, partying until 8 a.m. Wednesday. The Biebs lounged it off all day at the pool before heading to sceney steakhouse Prime 112 for lunch around 3:30 p.m. A waiter said Bieber "seemed to be intoxicated, most likely from the night before." Ya think? Following lunch he went back to Casa Casuarina to nap before hitting LIV Nightclub, where he showed up just after midnight and spent the majority of the evening singing along to his songs and dancing to them from the DJ booth.
April 17, 2013
April 14, 2013
Philanthropist and The Real Housewives of Miami cast member Lea Black is really a mad social scientist of sorts, fusing a motley crew into one big philanthropic Petri dish. Her latest concoction was seen Saturday night at the Fontainebleau at her and her defense attorney husband Roy's haute hootenanny to raise money for a cause bigger than all the egos in the ballroom--children.
And while we expected some people to act like children, the whole scene was surprisingly civilized and drama free. Sure, there were the grand camera-ready entrances of RHOM cast members Lisa Hochstein and Joanna Krupa, in attendance with their RHOM alum, the smart one that got away, dentist Karent Sierra. The other half of that show was busy showing solidarity for each other and took their drama to the gay polo tournament in Wellington. Footage of both forthcoming, only by Bravo. There was also a handful of hilariously colorful women at the party who should have been cast on that show, especially the one who introduced herself to us saying, "I'm not a stripper. I'm not a hooker. I'm a socialite."
But it was nothing compared to the grandest entrance made by erstwhile cast member, drag queen Elaine Lancaster, who entered with long time BFF and recent, unofficial North Korean ambassador and Kim Jong-un idol Dennis Rodman. The duo was joined by former Miamian Lisa Pliner, who seemed to provide the larger than life Rodman with more than his fair share of amusement. Toto, we're not in Pyongyang anymore.
Speaking of North Korea, Rodman spoke to us exclusively on his controversial trip there. "I have been contacted by the FBI and I met with them. They wanted to know what went on and who's really in charge in North Korea. I have been invited back to North Korea in August and I want to go. I'm not a total idiot. I know what Kim Jong-un is threatening to do regarding his military muscle. I hope it doesn't happen because America will take whatever actions to protect America and our allies. I do think, umm, you know, that we have to talk to people who want to cause us harm so hopefully they won't. I've been talking to folks for years who don't get what I'm about but that's cool, 'cause once they walk away they like me. I might be able to keep folks' heads cool. We all going to find a way to get along and keep peace. Peace and love is where it is at, Lesley."
Indeed. But beyond those politics, there were no doubt party politics taking place around the room, as young Miami mixed with not so young Miami (and some famous visitors including Lance Bass and Kardashian appendage Jonathan Cheban, who talked to us about his aspirations to become the "next Simon Cowell," because of his penchant for judging people) for a fun filled night of selflessness despite the inevitable presence of a few party crashing freeloaders who were captured on camera not so surreptitiously lifting a VIP gift bag.
American Idol winner Taylor Hicks provided the dinner music, a mellow, bluesy mix of Doobie Brothers and Elton John, while local fave Flo Rida got the crowd--and some willing and able women--up off their feet, onto the stage and, for some, almost out of their clothes with a powerhouse show of his greatest hits.
So further beyond the politics, baubles, Botox and ballers, how much was raised? "We're still counting," Lea Black told us. "It was a packed house of people partying until one in the morning. Between Taylor Hicks, Flo Rida, DJ Whi5ker5 and his incredible light show, and all the generosity, it was, hands down, one of the best parties yet." We agree. In what universe would you ever expect to see Kim Jong-un in the same blog post as The Real Housewives, Taylor Hicks, Lance Bass and Flo Rida? Now that's so Miami.
April 08, 2013
The Real Housewives of Miami may have, by default, made Mynt their official Peach Pit After Dark due to the ownership of the place by the boyf--er, fiance, of cast member Joanna Krupa, but it's not the only game in town, y'know. In fact, sometimes one of the housewives will even cross the border for a little alone time, like Alexia Echevarria did Sunday night when she headed to Fort Lauderdale's Off the Hookah--whose own name almost makes the intentional misspelling of Mint acceptable--to show her face at the wildly popular Life's a Drag party hosted by diva Daisy Deadpetals and a host of queens who could probably give some of the wives a run for their money or at least their Botox.
And while the flyer said RHOM would be filming Echevarria's appearance, no such luck. According to a network insider, "Bravo is not happy with the club using their logo since this was not a network-endorsed event. They're also not happy with Alexia for not following protocol."
The evening's host, Deadpetals, whose description of the evening was anything but wilted, said it didn't matter that Bravo didn't film the event. "She was super nice, taking pictures with whoever asked, answering questions from the audience, who asked if she was going to be a full-time Housewife this season. She said yes. Her husband [Herman] was with her--nice guy, gave me a glass of champagne."
We asked Echevarria about her road trip and she said "Off the Hookah invited me to do a special appearance. I had an amazing time and I will definitely be back!"
Those looking for some filming and allegedly some more of the RHOM cast, check out the 4th Annual Gay Polo Tournament in Wellington next Saturday, April 13, which happens to be on the same night as Lea Black's big Fontainebleau gala, so we guess she--and her own drag BFF Elaine Lancaster--won't be there, though we're sure the feigned drama will. Oh those poor horses.
April 02, 2013
On May 3, Mike Piazza, will make his ballet debut at the Ziff Ballet Opera House when he appears as the Gangster in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. But Piazza won't be doing any pas de deux or even catching ballerinas. According to a ballet rep, he'll be "throwing out a few lines Al Capone-style and then sitting back and watching the stage come alive with dazzling dance routines, a gorgeous Strip Tease Girl, a tap-dancing Hoofer and the colorful Ladies of the Ballet."
So how'd he score this gig? Piazza's six-year-old daughter Nicoletta is a student at the Miami City Ballet School and conspired with the ballet's artistic director Lourdes Lopez to get him involved.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun seeing the reaction of my two little girls,” said Piazza. “My oldest daughter is a student at Miami City Ballet School and for her to have the opportunity to see Daddy on stage is my little gift. I’m looking forward to it.”
Piazza starts rehearsals April 14 under the tutelage of Balanchine repetiteur Philip Neal.
More Housewives hype: did Lisa Pliner move from Star Island to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?
Now that we've got The Real Housewives of Miami out of the way, we can move on to a glitzier zip code in the form of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which just wrapped up its season with big questions as to who will and won't return and who, if anyone, will replace the castoffs. While most of this is all pretty much out of our coverage range, rumor had it that former Miami resident Lisa Pliner, wife of shoe designer Donald, would very possibly be making her West Coast Housewives debut on RHOBH's next season.
The Pliners left Miami for LA LA Land last April. For those who watched Miami's second season, they'll recall a tiny cameo at Pliner's gigantic former Star Island estate, site of much feigned female drama unrelated to the hosts. Just because Pliner wasn't involved in on camera drama doesn't mean she wasn't involved off camera. So if the shoe fits, why not take your drama to Beverly Hills? After all, Adrienne Maloof is gone and "friends of the Housewives" Marisa Zanuck and Faye Resnick reportedly are, too. So there are a few slots, supposedly, into which Pliner, who was seen lunching at The Ivy with Housewives' lite Camille Grammer, may fit.
Bravo would neither confirm nor deny this rumor, but Pliner, who may end up on Miami's next installment when she attends Roy and Lea Black's big gala next weekend, quashed it immediately, saying that although she did meet with producers, it's a no go. "I'm not going to do it. I don't want to be targeted like these women. They'd tear me apart like vultures! Beverly Hills Housewives needs someone who's been in LA for a long time. I'm still new and no drama." We'll see how long it takes before she sells her soles to the Bravo devil.
April 01, 2013
Here we go again. Deja vu, or is it? Sort of. And as much as it sounds like one, it's definitely not a bad April Fool's joke. On the eve of the upfronts, when television networks announce their upcoming shows to bribe lure in advertisers, a source thisclose to Bravo tells us that yes, yes, The Real Housewives of Miami is coming back for a third season as anyone with access to Twitter already knew. Also pretty common knowledge thanks to the incessant retweeting abilities of the ladies involved, is that the new season has already started filming around town. Sign those release forms, camera-hogs!
Finally, the official news that has also been out there on the internets is that Karent Sierra, the dentist and subject of one of this writer's posts-turned-season 2's-most-absurd-plotline (or lack thereof), is officially outsky and a Housewife no more. Some would say she's the luckiest, smartest one yet. Others not so much. Sierra, meanwhile, has managed to parlay her unfortunate involvement in season 2 with a few appearances on the CBS medical talk show The Doctors. "I am basically bicoastal the past couple of months, filming The Doctors in LA," Sierra told us. "My focus is now on that and casting for some films. I'm very excited. Looking forward to an exciting future without unnecessary drama."
Extending their 15 minutes of overexposure for round three is: Lea Black, Ana Quincoces, Joanna Krupa, Lisa Hochstein, Adriana Marq--er, de Moura, Marysol Patton, and Alexia Echevarria. If we see drag queen Elaine Lancaster it will be in the same capacity in which we saw her before. Of course, as filming devolves--er, evolves, cast members' roles will do the same. Some will play a lesser role, others will stoop the lowest clamor to be the breakout star. You know how it goes. Maybe they can look to Big Ang, who is filming the next season of her successful VH1 show right here in Miami, for some secrets to huge reality success.
As for why the network would bring back the poorly rated show, well, our well placed source clicked mute for that one. As they say, if you don't have anything nice to say . . . Let's just hope the third season defies the old Housewives' tale that says bad things come in threes.