January 26, 2014

Smooth parasailing for Justin Bieber, Miami model & Usher in Panama

Where do you go when you're 19 and just out of jail? To Panama! That's where Justin Bieber was seen with his Miami model Chantell Jeffries, 21, and the one to blame for Bieber his mentor Usher, all three who were seen parasaling as if they hadn't a care in the world. Bieber was as giddy as a teenage billionaire, hanging on a boat, smiling, laughing and flashing peace signs to his fawning fans. (Photos by MavrixOnline.com)
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December 12, 2013

Miley Cyrus bails from Fontainbleau New Year's Eve party hosting gig for Ryan Seacrest

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We knew something was off when Miley Cyrus's name mysteriously disppeared from the website selling tickets for the New Year's Eve party she was to host at the Fontainebleau with performances by Pharrell and Afrojack. Now we know why. She got a better gig. Here's the official statement:

 

We are sorry to announce Miley Cyrus will not be hosting New Year’s Eve from Fontainebleau Miami Beach.  She has accepted a great opportunity with Ryan Seacrest – the opportunity to join the legacy of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve live from Times Square.  The New Year’s Eve poolside party at Fontainebleau will be hosted by Grammy-nominated recording artist and producer Pharrell Williams with performances by Pharrell and Afrojack. We will be collaborating with Dick Clark Productions to bring some of the Fontainebleau poolside festivities to the Times Square party and telecast.  Though she will not be with us for New Year’s, we look forward to having Miley join us this month to celebrate the holidays at Fontainebleau and LIV nightclub.

December 04, 2013

Artpocalypse Now: Art Basel brings traffic, crowds & celebrities

"At Art Basel, even the traffic is pretentious," tweeted sage Miami filmmaker Billy Corben. With up to two hour waits to get into the Perez Art Museum, a Miami Heat game and grotesque gridlock, it's no wonder a European name-tagged Art Basel visitor was overheard saying, "F*ck it. I'm going to Disney World." If you were a celebrity, however, gridlock was hardly an issue and had LeBron James not been busted, we are certain that some celebs would even have had a police escort to mow them through the traffic. Sort of like Cindy Crawford did at her eponymous Art Miami lounge where she had a Rooms-to-Go collection of security men to whisk her through the cluster*uck. At any rate, what follows is our constantly updated Art Basel celebrity blotter to remind you that, nope, celebs are not just like us.

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And the award for the first Art Basel celebrity sighting goes to Val Kilmer, an ABMB regular and art aficionado who was seen Monday night milling around the UNTITLED. fair where was also the first customer at the Fratelli Lyon pop-up restaurant. Here he is pictured with Marina Abramović', 67-yr-old grandmother of performance art, whose 3D vagina is on display from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. through Art Basel at the Young Arts campus.

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Pharrell stopped by the colette art drive-thru at Alchemist on its opening day. The art drive-thru installed on the 5th floor of the Herzog & de Meuron Carpark at 1111 Lincoln Road is a temporary retail experience brought to life by the visionary Paris retailer colette and Miami Beach's Alchemist. In addition to stocking a veritable who's who of artists and designers from all over the world exclusively during Art Basel, the art drive-thru is selling Pharrell designed product. Yup. The singer collaborated with Moncler on a range of sunglasses (retailing for $595) and a "bullet proof" style vest (retailing for $1495). Nothing blurred about those lines.
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The aforementioned Cindy Crawford, here with her husband Rande Gerber, kicked off Art Week at Art Miami's CC Lounge schmoozing with 'anonymous' Swedish graffiti artist Herr Nilsson. Crawford swooned over Herr's graffiti depiction of Winnie the Pooh and confessed interest in purchasing the piece of her favorite Disney character. Meanwhile, as crowds aged and grayed on line at the Perez Art Museum, Crawford only seemed to get younger. (Photo/Getty Images)
 
The supermodel conveniently arrived to the festivities in the all-new Maserati Quattroporte GTS--one of many fancy car sponsors hoping to piggyback off Basel's big bucks. (Photo/Getty Images)
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Later that night, well known  LA-based artist Gregory Siff, had dinner at a table next to Crawford and Gerber at Katsuya at SLS Hotel South. The restaurant commissioned Siff to paint 3 exclusive painting of geishas, one of which he gifted to Crawford after she expressed her admiration for them.
 
On Wednesday, Crawford was doing the brand ambassador thing at OMEGA's newly expanded Aventura store, where she said  “Miami has always been one of the liveliest and most influential markets in America, so it definitely makes sense for OMEGA to increase its presence here.”
 
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Best Buddies International and The Brant Foundation hosted the Best Buddies Art + Friendship Auction at Ugo Columbo’s manse to benefit Best Buddies, raising nearly $1 million for Anthony Kennedy Shriver's charity. Though Leonardo DiCaprio was there with a small crew that included actor Ethan Suplee, Val Kilmer was also there and, for that, we bestow him with a second award: the early, dubious honor of Art Basel's most ubiquitous bold facer who should not be confused with Beau Bridges.

It's not art, but: On Tuesday afternoon, A-Rod was the lone man sitting at at table at Mr Chow of what our spy says were  'very friendly to each other' women, including Martina Navratilova, whose wife was sitting on her lap.

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Just like old times when Sean Puffy Puff Daddy P. Diddy Do Wah was Miami's ubiquitous, here he is above, pictured at the First Choice Collectors Preview at Art Basel Miami Beach with the name and gallerist behind Walter Otero Contemporary Art.

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Roger Dubuis CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué and so-called “Friend of the Brand,” Gerard Butler, threw a private dinner Wednesday at a W South Beach private residence in “partnership” with Dom Pérignon. Guests got to drool over the watch that costs more than most crashers make in a year, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor, alongside Jeff Koons’ designed Limited Edition Dom Perignon bottles. Among the invitees: Eva Longoria, Serena Williams and Karolina Kurkova. Following the dinner NY-based DJ Ms Nix hit the turntables—as did Butler— for the Dom-soaked after party. (Photo/Seth Browarnik, World Red Eye)   

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So this is what Art Basel's come to. Two years ago we had Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Last year it was Demi Moore channeling her inner teen chasing after a young art heir. This year it's this pop cultural cataract known as Kimye, seen here at the DuJour Magazine cocktail party Wednesday night, hosted by Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, Tony Shafrazzi and Eyal Lalo, honoring artist Mark Quinn. Also seen in the crowd: Lionel Richie, also seen at the Riviera on Thursday afternoon, and Adrian Grenier.  Photo by Getty Images and Kardashian dress by Proenza Schouler.

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Meanwhile, before that big appearance,architecture giant Jacques Herzog and West participated in a discussion moderated by Serpentine Gallery Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programs, Hans Ulrich Obrist. PT Barnum would have been proud. West, who admitted to being a "student of art," channeled Confucius, saying, "“Don’t be afraid to ask questions to a person who’s an expert.” Does that include experts who criticize his music? Photo of West and the Funky Bunch by Getty.

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Across the causeway, Belvedere Vodka kicked off its own corporate thing Wednesday with a big party at the Mana Wynwood Art Gallery featuring hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar, who performed
hits including "Poetic Justice", "Swimming Pools" and "Don't Kill My Vibe" for a crowd that included some Real Housewives of Miami. Makes you thirsty for some Belvedere art, doesn't it?

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Basel, mix the bourgeoisie and the rebels: Russell Simmons, joined by his brother, painter Danny Simmons, and former Real Housewives of New York City's Jill Zarin, attended a dinner fundraiser for Penn Medicine at UPENN sponsored by Christofle fine silver at the house of Allison and Chip Brady.  Upon leaving the party, Simmons checked out the goody bag of a key chain and a candle by Christolfe, and Prince Reigns hair products, to which he joking said, "Hair stuff?  You want me to take a bag of hair stuff?"  Then he looked at the bag again, and said, "It looks cool, I'll take it."

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Now here's some real star power. China's biggest star, Maggie Cheung, known as that nation's Meryl Streep, arrived from Beijing on Wednesday night as a special guest of Audemars Piguet watches, a first time Art Basel sponsor. Cheung visited the brand's booth at the Collectors' Lounge at the Convention Center.  After touring the watches and visiting with a watchmaker she did a series of interviews. Also paying visits to the Audemars Piguet booth were Serena Williams, Nicole Richie and PGA great Sir Nick Faldo. Cheung and Richie also attended a private dinner held Thursday night in the Kolkoz designed chalet installed at Miami Marine Stadium. Richie brought a special guest….. Her dad Lionel.  (Photo/World Red Eye)

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Art Branding: Ketel One Vodka debuted De Nolet, an installation of the brand's distillery in Holland at a party on NW 24th St. Thursday co-hosted by photographer Randall Slavin, who unveiled never before seen photography including images of Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria, Charlize Theron, Ben Stiller and more. Eva Longoria came by with new boyfriend Antonio Baston, arriving in a silver Ferrari which, to our knowledge, did not have a police escort. Kevin Spacey also swung by and embraced Longoria as soon as he saw her. (Photo/Getty)

The silver Ferrari brings up a colorful conversation we had with a well known artist Thursday at his exhibit in the Design District. Remarking on how poorly he thought Miami was handling the traffic, the crowds and Art Basel in general, he said, "Miami's a freak show; it's like freakin' Egypt. I just want to toss tomatoes on the guys driving Maseratis." The artist continued on his rant, until I asked him if he knew anyone viewing his art and he said no, not one of "These freaks," adding, "just bring me some collectors." Aaah, Art Basel.  1

In honor of its “Never stop. Never settle.” photo series, Hennessy took over the Pulse Art Fair Thursday, where Nas, who performed at the Ice Palace earlier, and Busta Rhymes were spotted. (Photo/KirillWasHere)

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Lindsay Lohan was holed up earlier on Thursday in a manse on Star Island. She emerged to attend her pal Domingo Zapata's "The Art of Bullfighting" at Cipriani Downtown Miami. Also there: actor and artist Jordi Olla, artist Mr. Doolittle and, er, Jeremy Shockey. (Image/Graylock Photo)

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Pamela Anderson celebrated artist Raphael Mazzucco Thursday at the Rose Bar at the Delano where rapper Theophilus London jumped in the DJ booth for a special surprise set to end the night. While many marveled at the artist, more were marveling at Anderson's sassy, classy new look. Anderson, we're told, was the life of the party, saying "I'm so pleased to have been a part of Raphael's first show . . . I'm so proud of his transition into a renowed cutting edge artist." And we're so proud of her transition into a renowned pixie cut.  

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You know Art Basel's coming to a halt when the only celebrity names being dropped are those you have to Google, repeats and former cast members of the Real Housewives franchise. At any rate, Haute Living and Hublot celebrated The Art of Fusion celebrated artist Hebru Brantley. Brantley wowed guests with an art installation featuring over 35 of his works curated by Swizz Beatz, also known as Mr. Alicia Keys, whow as not there. The evening featured a dinner for 60 guests including Lenny KravitzSerena Williams, Eva Longoria and new boyfriend Jose Antonio Baston. (Photo/Alex Tamargo/Getty Images)

 

Following some made-for-TMZ scandal involving their younger brother allegedly being hit in the face on purpose by Lindsay Lohan's team,  Paris and Nicky Hilton, along with their oily heir pal Brandon Davis, were seen early Saturday morning strolling into the 1 OAK temporary club at the Delano in with a massive entourage. The sisters, keeping to themselves and their clique, were seen sipping Dom Perignon and dancing for an hour before heading across the street to Rec Room where Paris ran into her friend Adrian Grenier.

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Following Grenier’s memorable karaoke performance of Cindy Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun at Rec Room’s Chez Andre pop-up Thursday night, the arty Entourage star returned for a second night of fun. After settling at his table in front of the karaoke stage, Grenier went outside to escort in a beautiful blonde model that he was very excited to see. This mystery blonde seemed to have captured his attention dancing with him all night while he spun her around singing along to Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl. Enter the Hilton Sisters. Blah blah blah. More interestingly, one would would have expected to hear "Margaritaville" from Savannah  (daughter of Jimmy) Buffett, but she got on stage to sing The Clash's  "Should I Stay or Should I Go" instead.

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Meanwhile, lest you think it was all over by Sunday at , say, 6 a.m., we awoke to a barrage of emails saying Lindsay Lohan was at Club Space, hiding under a hoodie. Guess that hoodie didn't do much for you, huh, LiLo?  Earlier in the night she stopped into Mansion. To quote our pal Matt Hirschenbein, " If I'm a recovering drug addict, going to Space would be the equivalent of a nympho going to a whorehouse."

Here she is, below, posing sans hoodie at the Shore Club. Photos by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images.

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Rose McGowan was playing the part of adoring wife while at Art Basel. McGowan’s husband, Davey Detail, part of art duo Cyrcle, was exhibiting several pieces at the fair. “Art Basel is amazing, it’s my first time here,” McGowan said, relaxing in Architectural Digest’s AD Oasis at the Royal James Palm Hotel. Looking around the colorful VIP lounge, McGowan mentioned that her favorite room in her house is her bedroom—because all the furniture is painted in her favorite shade of nail polish.

November 28, 2013

Not an Art Basel VIP? It's ok. Now you can buy your way into the parties.

 

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Not exactly a new thing, but nonetheless grotesque, some enterprising folks are offering uninvited VIP admission to Art Basel parties to those desperate enough willing to pay the price. They do this at the Academy Awards, too, apparently. But Art Basel, Oscar you are not. We received an email sent to a very reliable source by someone selling entry to Art Basel parties saying, [sic] "Here are some Art Basel access I can have. " And this access does not come cheap. Check out this price list:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 
Hew Locke Dinner at Soho Beach House in Partnership with Samsung
Dinner, art exhibit and cocktail reception
Maximum 40 guests
Price: On request
 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2
Untitled Art Fair Presents Elton John AIDS Foundation / Marina Abromovic Institute Event
Cocktails and canapés for 3 hours with special performances, Art installation by Jacolby Sattewhite
Price: $1,850 per person

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
VIP Opening to Untitled Art Fair: 3pm – 7pm
Live performances by TM Sisters and Jacolby Satterwhite
Price: $695 per person
 
Art Miami VIP Preview: 5:30pm -10pm
Price: $695 per person

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
Stalker Installation Reception: 7pm-9pm
Presented by Maison Martin Margiela & Swarovski
Price: On request

Exclusive Artsy Party at Soho BeachHouse
Celebrities due to attend
Price: $1,850 per person
 
Moet Presents DJ White Shadow and NAS
Price: ON request
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6:
MoMA PS1 pool party
Delano Hotel
Price: On request

Tegan & Sara at VH1 and SCOPE's ART + MUSIC + BEACH Party: 8pm – 12am
Featuring well known musical artist
Price: $995 per person

Art Nexus Anniversary Party: 8pm-11pm
Price: $995 per person 

Whitney Contemporaries cocktail party: 5pm – 7pm
Price: $495 per person

We're sure the party planners will feign surprise and deny any knowledge of this. In fact, organizers of the UNTITLED fair contacted us and said  "The UNTITLED. events mentioned in the article are by invitation only and there is no ticketing for these events."

And don't ask, because we will not provide the contact information to this or any person selling 'access' to parties because, well, if you have to ask how much, you shouldn't be there in the first place.

November 18, 2013

The exhaustively endless scene chaser's Art Basel Miami Beach party primer

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It's that time of year again, time when everyone who's no one attempts to make the rounds, rubbing elbows with high rollers, art dealers, artists and artful codgers swarming in the sceneful swelter of the behemoth that has become Art Basel Miami Beach. Despite the misnomer, the entire city will be full of these types and events--we're just waiting for the invitation to 7-11's convenience store confab. After all, this isn't your hipper sibling's Art Basel Miami Beach of yesteryear but, rather, a grotesque corporate centipede that just keeps growing and growing. Don't believe us? Check it out at the Samsung Pop Art Newsstand at The Standard, or the Samsung Pop Up Gallery at the Soho House, both reachable by [Insert Car Sponsor Here] and serving [Insert Liquor Sponsor Here]. But it matters not for the party people who won't miss the opening of a toilet lid. And of course, the ticket everyone seems to want is to whatever farce Lady Gaga has planned (More on that below, under December 4). Stay tuned, stand by and stand down, 'cos here we go (for now--this list will be constantly updated as event information is released):

Tuesday, December 3

Alina & Anthony Kennedy Shriver & Stephanie Seymour Brant & Peter Brant host the Best Buddies Art + Friendship Auction hosted by Sara & Ugo Colombo at their Miami Beach estate. Event will feature live auction of contemporary works. (By Invitation Only, aka BIO)

Reception for famed fashion photographer Marco Glaviano and supermodel Cindy Crawford at Art Miami's CC Lounge (Cindy Crawford Lounge). Yup, you read right. To prove it, the lounge will launch a brand new collection of diamond dusted canvases of iconic black + white photos of Crawford from the 80s and 90s. Nearby also within Art Miami's VIP preview is an appearance by the elusively ubiquitous Banksy--vis a vis "Heart With Bandages," a controversial mural he created during his now fabled NYC spree showcased by gallery owner Stephan Keszler.  (BIO, until both the Crawford Lounge & Banksy exhibit open to the public December 4-8)

Drinking Room pop-up at the Hotel Astor: launched by Eating House's Giorgio Rapicavoli, this boozy Baselite could be command central for the chic elite. And if not, it's ok, because the locals will be here regardless. For more information on drinks and edible art installations with Singapore's Janice Wong, click here. (Basel Free For All: BFFA).

Speaking of rooms for drinking, open to the Baseling and non-Baseling public as of the expected opening date of November 25, is Cipriani Downtown Miami's new lower level Cipriani Bar. We confirmed with a rep and, thus far, the Cipriani Bar is a Basel-free zone (BFZ) when it comes to events. 

Gluttony is definitely a running theme during this time, which is why db Bistro Moderne is transforming its terrace into the Beluga Noble Russian Vodka Terrace, featuring, yup, vodka and caviar. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, November 30 through December 9. Open to the public who can afford it.

While this space typically doesn't cover art, but, rather the shallow surroundings of such during this insane thing called Art Basel, there are exceptions. David Datuna’s Jay-Z/Picasso: Opposition of Imaginations, in collaboration with Jay-Z debuts at Art Miami. Datuna calls Jay-Z a modern-day Picasso or he just can't get his song "Picasso Baby" out of his head. The artist will unveil his mixed media wall sculpture and maybe, just maybe, will the muse make an appearance. (Premiere is BIO)

Ferrari is not just a car for overcompensating men, but during Art Basel, like everyone else, it’s an arts patron for the marquee PISTON HEAD: Artists Engage the Automobile exhibition with Adam Lindemann’s Venus Over Manhattan gallery. LaFerrari – Ferrari’s own work of art – will make an appearance as inspiration for Joshua Callaghan’s newest work. The VIP preview on Tuesday, December 3 will display dramatic, automotive sculptures by renowned artists such as Damian Hirst where else, but, yup, the garage at 1111 Lincoln. (BIO)

IWC and Haute Living are hosting a dinner with Krug Champagne celebrating the history of the 1939 Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow at a private Bal Harbour 'estate'. That's art, right? Estelle performs, Michael Mina caters. Photog Robert Zuckerman will do live portraits of guests. Guest list is a name dropper's delight: Karolina Kurkova & Archie Drury, Norman & Irma Braman, Leonard Abess, Micky Arison, Romero Britto, Edgardo & Ana Cristina Defortuna, Carlos & Rosa Rionda de la Cruz, Don & Katrina Peebles, John & Mary Frank. (BIO)

Villa Azur hosts Blouin Art + Auction's Power 100, a list of "the most influential people in the art world."  (BIO)

Harper’s BAZAAR Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey is hosting a private dinner in celebration of Takashi Murakami and his new film, Jellyfish Eyes at Soho House. The dinner will be attended by Murakami.  Other guests confirmed to attend include Pharrell Williams, KAWS (Brian Donnelly), Brian Grazer, Nadja Swarovski and Emmanuel Perrotin. Murakami’s Jellyfish Eyes creatures will also be present for the evening.(BIO)

Wednesday, December 4

About that Lady Gaga event. It's a dinner gala for the Born This Way Foundation hosted by private NYC supper club Omar's. Read more on that by clicking here. (Open to the public for $250 per person by reservation)

W Magazine's editor in chief Stefano Tonchi & French label Vionnet's creative director Goga Ashkenazi host a Pérez Art Museum Miami opening premiere of Suspension of Disbelief, a short film by Tim Walker starring Kristen McMenamy & Ben Whishaw. (BIO)

Miami-based footwear and accessory brand Del Toro and Italia Independent’s Founder (and Fiat heir) Lapo Elkann will host an exclusive cocktail event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. inaugurate the new Miami Beach pop-up shop and celebrate the launch of the Del Toro X Italia Independent collaboration line at 2000 Collins Ave. (Cocktail party BIO, pop up, open through March is open to the public daily (and nightly) during Basel from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.)

Swiss watchmaker Roger Dubuis does a reverse commute with a Miami Beach Basel party and sit down dinner hosted by CE Jean-Marc Pontroué and "friend of the brand," actor Gerard Butler at the W South Beach. As for the art part, well, it has something to do with the art of horlogerie, which, although sounds like a fancy synonym for the study some of the clientele hanging out at various hotel bars in town, is French for watchmaking. Says the official spin, "The evening will be a celebration of Art showcasing the amazing Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor, a feat in watchmaking and piece of Haute Hologerie at its finest, alongside the Jeff Koons’ designed Limited Edition Dom Perignon Bottles. The fashionable fête will feature an intimate crowd of A-listers, admitted by invite only. After the dinner, guests will be escorted into a private Dom Perignon themed after-party to keep the evening going." (BIO, for sure, though some crashers will inevitably ooze into the after party)

Socialite/model/heiress/activist/fashion editor Amanda Hearst, Polina Berlin, PKSHOP Director, and designer Hassan Pierre are throwing a party from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Soho House celebrating MdM (Maison de Mode, founded by Hearst and Pierre) x PK SHOP, their "curated art and ethical fashion pop-up" showcasing Holiday in the Sun, a curated art and ethical fashion pop-up featuring Laveer, a premium blazer and jacket collection founded in 2012 by designer and former Shopbop fashion director, Kate Ciepluch. (BIO). MdM x PK SHOP will thereafter be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December 8 2013—wait for it—by invitation only. (BIO)

SPECTRUM After Dark’s preview party will include artist unveilings and musical entertainment from Miami’s DJ What as well as a live photo shoot with Miami City Ballet dancers and book signing from Jordan Matter, photographer and New York Times bestselling author of “Dancers Among Us.”  (BIO)

French den of inequity (and inequality) LeBaron moves into the Mondrian with a daily pool party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. (BIO)

DuJour Magazine’s Art Basel Celebration Honoring Artist Marc Quinn at the Delano hosted by Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, Tony Shafrazzi, Eyal Lalo and special guest DJ Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor (the daughter of Duran Duran’s John Taylor and model Amanda de Cadenet. (BIO)

Pharrell Williams and Takashi Murakami have ‘curated’ a private party on the rooftop of the Design District’s Garden Building. Unless you can curate an invite, you're not going. (BIO)

Oh, yeezus. Now Kanye West is hopping onto the Art Basel bandwagon, participating in a 'discussion' with architecture giant Jacques Herzog Wednesday night at the Moore Building in the Design District. The 'discussion' is part of Surface magazine's Design Dialogues No. 6. The talk will be moderated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at Serpentine Gallery, whose chairman elect happens to be former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg. We hope they ask West about which cheese inspired his latest video most, Velveeta or Easy Cheese. So-called surprise guests are also expected. We wonder who. Sigh. (BIO)

The high priest of the marriage of art and branding, Andy Warhol, will be celebrated at the Best of Dutch Design breakfast, daily during Art Basel at chic baby gear purveyor Genius Jones in Wynwood. Wait, what? Uh, yeah, Bugaboo, the Dutch stroller company, has a Warhol-inspired Happy Bugs Collection. What baby doesn't want its 15 minutes of fame? North West need not answer.

More New York City fun, this time in the form of the--gasp here comes that word again--pop-up by Andre Balaza and Andre Saraiva known as Chez Andre, taking over Rec Room in collaboration with Milk Studios tonight, Thursday and Friday nights. (BIO)

(BELVEDERE)RED is the proud sponsor of The Kendrick Lamar Party at Mana Wynwood, where Boy George will perform for the first time in 10 years on December 6 (see below). (BIO)

There's buzz about the Art Spot International Art Fair / Spectrum Miami 2013 opening preview, featuring the works of Barbara Rosenzweig/USA, Magaly  Barnola Otaola/VenezuelaAlejandro Leyva/Cuba, Esteban Leyva/Cuba, Liora Rosenman/Israel, and Andres Conde/Cuba, among others. Too bad it's (BIO).

Thursday, December 5 

One of the week's most star and socialite-studded soirees is the one hosted by Dom Pérignon, Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel, this year celebrating Limited Edition by Jeff Koons at WALL at the W South Beach. DJs Ruckus and Zoe (Lenny's daughter) Kravitz will spin. (BIO)

Another hot ticket is the official opening of the Pérez Art Museum Miami with a BIO opening event featuring show by multimedia performance duo Los Jaichackers.

The Hilton Brothers, the artistic identity that emerged from the collaborations of Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg, present their latest, Andy Dandy, a portfolio of 20 digital pigment prints. All are diptychs that combine images from Makos "Altered Image" portraits of Andy Warhol with flower images from Solberg's "Bloom" series, at one of Art Basel's coolest parties hosted by--get this: Calvin Klein, Debbie Harry, Jane Holzer, Patrick McMullan, Fabian Basabe, Martina Borgomanero Basabe, Berthil Espegren and Stephen Dorff. Party is, of course BIO and in the Design District.

The aforementioned Del Toro will host a block party at its headquarters in The Wynwood Building (2750 NW 3rd Ave, Suite 22 Miami, FL 33127) featuring custom 1/1 original hand-painted shoes in a variety of Del Toro silhouettes by approximately 50 artists from around the world. Full mural walls by six famed artists – including Stash, Evoca1, Michael Vasquez, Johnny Robles and Magnus – will be unveiled to commemorate the debut of Del Toro’s Art Basel collection. To top it off, barbecue bites will be prepared by Henry Hane, former chef of Eating House, as well as a live musical performance by an undisclosed special guest. Undisclosed guests are the best kind. Even better, this one's open to the public.

Maison Martin Margiela and Atelier Swarovski will host a private cocktail reception on Thursday, December 5th from 7-9pm at Maison Martin Margiela (3930 NE 2nd Ave. 101, Miami Design District) to present their new collection 'Crystalactite' and celebrate the debut of ‘Stalker’, an exclusive installation by French artist Baptiste Debombourg. (BIO, stalkers need not apply)

Not just for gallerists, artists, and the general Baseling public but for anyone with discerning taste in music, The Stage Miami, 170 NE 38th St., will be presenting a gallery of the best of old school hip-hop and new urban sounds during the height of Art Basel, featuring De La Soul on Thursday, December 5, the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah on December 6 during Beats & Rhymes Fridays and Black Violin on Saturday, December 7,Three-day passes to all events are priced at $66 and are available online at www.waat www.wantickets.com/artbaselthestage. Enjoy $100 bottle specials and food by the This Is It food truck, the newly-permanent culinary option at the venue. For more information, go to www.TheStageMiami.com or call 305-576-9577. Doors open at 10 p.m. each night. (BFZ but not hipster free by any means)

UNTITLED. is an art fair whose name should have been UNENTITLED, as an email snafu sent out notes to previously confirmed, alleged VIPS telling them they should apply for VIP status next year. Insert sound of egos crashing all over town. For those VIPs who were not UNINVITED, a Thursday evening preview on the sand on Ocean Drive will be showcasing over 90 galleries and not-for-profit spaces from over 19 countries. Miami food fans will be happy to hear
that Ken Lyon is doing food and drink at this fair, featuring a "revival of Fratelli Lyon," serving pizzas, antipasto, salads and panini 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tues-Sun. (Preview for TITLTED VIPs only/BIO)

For more eating and boozing (equal) opportunities, check out the 7,000 square foot Basel Biergarten, open to the public and those pesky VIPS from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, December 5 through Saturday, December 7 at 2600 NW 2nd Ave. The Basel Biergarten team comprised of Chef Andres Barrientos and Chef James Bowers of Miami Smokers, Gaudi Castro, Brandon Brugal and Mixed Media Collective will continue their annual Basel week tradition, combining beer, bacon, street art and music. The whole thing is in conjunction with the exceptionally titled Drink Like a Local Campaign, serving craft beers from Florida breweries. There will also be a new taco shop concept launched there, Smokey’s Cantina, serving Miami Smokers candied bacon, bacon jerky and assorted smoked treats. (BFFA)

Maserati North America Hosts the VIP Toast at PAMM and Maserati VIP Lounge experience on Thursday, Dec. 5th.  Serving as the museum’s opening party, PAMM Presents LOS JAICHACKERS, the evening will debut a new project, Night Shade/Solanaceae, featuring sculpture, video, and music. The event will also present The Ghibli, Maserati’s latest car to revolutionize the luxury automobile industry by defining “accessible luxury.” Because nothing says opening of a new museum more than Maserati. Insert head scratch here. (BIO)

More fancy car action, this time it's Jaguar sponsoring the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition in the Design District, with five new collaborations between Jaguar and designers Fredrikson Stallard, Moritz Waldemeyer, Mathieu Gustafsson, architects Neri & Hu and marble specialist Salvatori producing works commissioned by Wallpaper* especially for the exhibition. Of course, the December 5 preview is for--wait, come on, one more guess--VIPs, but after that it's open to the general public from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. the rest of the week. (BIO)

Nas is performing at the Hennessy V.S and Fader Magazine party at the Ice Palace for an exhibition of work from legendary lifestyle photographers Mel D. Cole, Kyle Reinford, Rez Avissar, Sandy Kim, and Kendrick Brinson. (BIO)

Alexandria Hilfiger, daughter of Tommy and former star of MTV entitled reality show Rich Girls is now and artist and will present “MELTING WATER” at The Riviera South Beach Courtyard. But not without a BIO party—excuse us, a high tea for close friends at The Riviera featuring the first look at Alexandria’s collection, accompanied by live jazz performed by the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. PS: don’t call her Ally. (BIO)

WU HA | 20 20 multi-media exhibition: Wu Tang Clan’s 20th Anniversary Charity Art Cocktail at the Delano Beach Club on the earlier side of the night (BIO), and starting at 11, it’s the  1 OAK Art Basel Pop Up at FDR, because what's a New Yorker to do without a New York nightclub pop up besides panic? (BIO)

Xclusive Dreams, a men's boutique at 190 NW 36th St., has conveniently timed its opening event with—yep, Art Basel Miami Beach. Their event claims to be Xclusive, of course, for “VIPs, celebrities, press and fashionistas.”  (BIO)

Hipster Alert! Brooklyn Museum's Miami Goes Brooklyn party at Freehand is hosted by Director Arnold L. Lehman and the Trustees of the Brooklyn Museum. DJ Remax spins. (BIO and to capacity as of 12.3.13)

Villa Azur is throwing a private dinner party for French artist The Skulls. (BIO)

Menin Hotels will celebrate the one- year anniversary of the Gale South Beach with a "pop-art takeover" by Thierry Guetta, better known as Mr. Brainwash. Exhibit open to the public 24/7 through Art Basel. (BFFA)

A rooftop reception party at The Breakwater for the work of Tom Seghi is (BIO).

PAPER Magazine with requisite sponsor Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and fashion and lifestyle site Refinery29, are bringing the hot Brooklyn summer party Tiki Disco to South Beach for an “epic 3 day pop-up club.” Festivities are on the roof of the Gale Hotel. DJs  include resident Tiki Disco DJ’s Eli Escobar, Andy Pry and Lloydski and guest DJs Justin Miller and Rory Phillips. Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea will perform.(BIO)

 

Lindsay Lohan's artist BFF Domingo Zapata is hosting "The Art of Bullfighting" with cocktails and lots of bull at Cipriani. Zapata will also be doing a thing at Wall on the 6th and a, choke, pop-up at 1 Oak on the 7th. (BIO)

Friday, December 6

Art + Music + Beach at The Official VH1 + SCOPE Party featuring a live performance by Tegan and Sara at Ocean Drive and 9th St. (BIO--sort of. Says a publicist, "the public will have a chance to be a part of it all by situating themselves just outside the space for what is bound to be another unforgettable musical and artistic experience.")

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Private Cocktail Fundraiser at Soho House hosted by RUSH Philanthropic’s Russell and Danny Simmons and Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, who just so happens to be opening a restaurant in Miami. On the invitee list: “an elite group of celebs, arts aficionados and industry influencers.” (BIO)

Even Dwyane Wade's better half Gabrielle Union is jumping on the Basel bandwagon, with a press screening junket and party for her BET show, Being Mary Jane, at the AD OASIS at the James Royal Palm. What does a BET show have to do with Art Basel you ask? Er, nothing? If it happens during Art Basel, it's an Art Basel event.  (BIO)

Speaking of D. Wade, he's expected at the Bombay Sapphire Imaginative Pairings Dinner with Tom Colicchio at the Soho House. Also expected: Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys, Zoe Kravitz, Adrian Grenier, Rashida Jones and the ever elusive "more." (BIO)

Artsy, a website that aspires to be the Amazon of the art world, will host a special Miami edition of its Friday Happy Hour, at which the company hosts fellow tech startups and friends every week at its NYC offices. Join the entire Artsy team at its home base in Miami, Freehand.  (BIO)

Alexandra Richards, daughter of Rolling Stones legend Keith, will take her first spin behind Bâoli’s decks as guest DJ. (BFFA, reservations strongly encouraged)

'Too Fast For Love,' a one night exhibition of new works by Tom Dash exploring the ideologies of the 60's hot rod culture. Mark Borghi Fine Art will present Dash's newest pieces from his most recent collection at LMNT Galleria. Food by Ms. Cheezious, music by NY Fashion Week DJ James Wilson, and appearances by Blurred Lines video model Elle Evans and artist Gregory Siff. (BIO or RSVP to DASH@Borghi.com )

Audemars Piguet and Galerie Perrotin are throwing a splashy opening reception party for "Curiosity," a "monumental artwork by Kolkoz in the form of a floating chalet facing the iconic Miami Marine Stadium." The BIO party is said to feature a spectacular guest list--they were the ones who most recently threw the LeBron James party at 1111 Lincoln Rd., and a "surprise DJ performance." 

badbad, the electronic soul duo featuring Chelsea Tyler, Steven’s youngest daughter, will perform at new Miami River resto Seasalt and Pepper Friday December 6 in celebration of  Chelsea's sister Mia Tyler's art exhibition Kink debuting at Deja Vu Gallery earlier that night. Steven Tyler will also allegedly be there to kvell over his talented daughters. For info on the gallery opening, email KinkRSVP@outlook.com and on the afterparty, email afterparty@seasaltmiami.com. On Saturday, December 7, badbad plays at Stache, 109 SW Second Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale. Doors open at 11 p.m. and tickets are $15. For more information, email info@barstache.com.

 

Saturday, December 7 

The Sagamore's annual Art Basel Brunch is a hot meal--and a hot ticket--especially for the stalkerazzi. Though a few Miami freeloaders frequently find their way into this one, for the most part, the brunch is pretty exclusive. (BIO)

Not even close to being exclusive, moving to Grand Central Park (700 N. Miami Ave.) to expand its capacity to--deep breath--8,000, Basel Castle Art and Music Festival is like Ultra with a little Barnum & Bailey and a lot of art thrown in. Among the DJs spinning: SBTRKT and French electro god Gesaffelstein. There will also be live art from Greg Mike, Nychos, Skinner, L’amour Supreme, Madsteez, Jeremyville and many more. Exclusive to Basel Castle, artists will be creating one of a kind carnival-style games that fans can play to win prizes. For more information, go to www.baselcastle.com. (Basel Free For All aka BFFA).

If you thought Art Basel Miami was a chameleon, check out Boy George playing DJ at Mansion. Ticket information is here: http://opium.wantickets.com/Events/134409/Boy-George-Marc-Vedo-at-Mansion-Nightclub/  Mark Ronson spins the night before. Boy George will also be doing a live, acoustic set at 9 p.m. Friday, December 6 at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd Ave. Info for that is at www.artbaselmanawynwood.com. (BFFA)

StyleCaster and Nikki Beach will close out Art Basel when StyleCaster. whose socialista slash fashionista MO is "dedicated to bringing style to the people!" will toast to "Miami's Most Stylish 2013.”   Party features a show from artist Gregory Siff, with music by DJ M.O.S. and DJ Theory. Invitation by request at RSVP@stylecaster.com.

Bâoli’s annual Secret Garden Brunch by New York’s day party purveyors Derek and Daniel Koch will continue into the evening when Trey Smith aka AcE returns to spin another event at Bâoli.  AcE, the son of Will Smith, made his Miami debut at Bâoli last year during Basel, and his father was there to see the widely acclaimed performance. This year, AcE brings his dance tracks and heavy beats back to Bâoli for their Basel finale. (BFFA, reservations strongly encouraged)

NYC's high energy Day & Night brunch brings the champagne, sparklers and half naked servers to the Ritz Carlton, South Beach. For more information, go to dayandnightlife.com. (BFFA by reservation )

Since Nas is making his Art Basel rounds, maybe he will show up at NYC party purveyor Jonny Lennon's Funday party at Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel featuring President Obama's fave spin doctor, DJ Cassidy. Some of the expected bold facers could include Robin Thicke, British singer/actress Rita Ora and Lenny Kravitz. (BFFA by reservation at Hyde.Southbeach@sbe.com )

A welcome departure from the bold faced brigade can be found at Jazid, where Electric Piquete will play two 45-minute sets of their boldfaced brand of Latin funk/fusion. Tickets are $10, doors open at 10 p.m. and the first of the two sets starts at midnight.

Amy Sacco’s New York celebrity hotspot No.8 will take over Rec Room for a party you can't get into even if you went to Bungalow 8 once ten years ago. (BIO)

OddFellows Speakeasy official grand opening at The Plymouth Hotel, 336 21st Street on Miami Beach, with opening with performances by Theophilus London & Austin Paul; sounds by DJ Ruen & Iron Lyon. (BIO)

Sunday, December 8

It ain't over until the Beryl Cook painting sings and down south, things are still sizzlin' as Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosts a brunch and art tour for Art Basel VIPs and Design Miami VIPs from 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday, December 8. This, in celebration of Fairchild's newest art exhibition by Brazilian designer Hugo França, who makes eco-friendly designs out of reclaimed wood.  França himself will be there mingling amongst the 250 invited guests. (BIO)

Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek teams up with celebrated graffiti writer and fine artist, Claudio Picasso, for a special “Art Basel Brunch Bash" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to the fine fare, there are bottomless drinks and everyone leaves with a special 'swag scroll' to take home and perhaps hawk at next year's Art Basel. (BFFA)

Art Basel closing party at 11 a.m. at Sweetwater Beer Garden at The Ansonia House, 318 21st St., Miami Beach, with Uncle Luke & Friends; sounds by Sal Morale. (BIO)

November 13, 2013

David Beckham on a Miami MLS team: "We'll see"

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In town to meet with a potential investment partner in a Major League Soccer franchise for Miami, David Beckham paid a visit Tuesday to the JW Marriott Marquis Miami to greet members of the Brazil national soccer team, in town for its Saturday match against Honduras. During his visit a fan shouted, “When's the team coming down to Miami?" Beckham responded, "Ah, we'll see." 

September 17, 2013

The 3 Wise (?) Men (?): Dennis Rodman & drag queen Elaine Lancaster to North Korea at Xmas?

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If you thought his last trip to North Korea was controversial, just wait until Christmas time when Dennis Rodman and his best gal pal, drag queen Elaine Lancaster, may visit the baller's best bro Kim Jong Un on an alleged goodwill mission to hand out toys to kids in the communist country. Christmas, incidentally, has typically been a non event in the country that has been known to arrest Christians for celebrating it. In a Twitter exchange over the weekend, Lancaster asked our opinion about her potential mission, to which we replied " if you can spread joy, peace, and bring [American prisoner] Kenneth Bae back as a present to the US, go for it."

More tweets went out between us and Lancaster, while Rodman apparently retweeted some. Then the Feds got wind of things and, well, Lancaster got a slap on the wrist from Rodman's camp, which allegedly received a call from the State Department. "My intentions were good," said Lancaster, who deleted some of her tweets. Wrist slapping and tweeting is one thing, but is the drag queen going with Rodman to dinner and drinks with the supreme leader?

"Perhaps I'm a bit naïve, but I thought if I could convince Rush Limbaugh to stop making disparaging comments about homosexuals on his radio talk show I'd be successful in getting to 28-year old dictator to set a fellow American free," Lancaster, whose real name is James Davis, said. "I guess I really don't know the complexities that go on, but it doesn't seem as if anyone is working or trying to gain freedom for Kenneth Bae. I don't want to make negative comments about our current administration, but It seems as if we have a lot more muscle to use to demand his release. I would never make a spectacle of myself, going to a communist country where I know known homosexuals are systematically executed. I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid. Dennis is my friend first and foremost, yet he has no idea what takes place under the rule of Kim Jong Un. I'm well aware of the atrocities that take place there almost daily I'm sure, but somebody needs to do something. We must engage our enemies and negotiate freedom. Whether I go to North Korea in December or January with Dennis is at the wait-and-see. I will seek out the advice of people a lot wiser than I am. But my only reason for wanting to go is, if not me then who?! "

As for Rodman, well, he's all about brokering world peace and pistachios. As cliche as it is, you really can't make this stuff up. 

September 15, 2013

Sports Illustrated swimsuit supermodels to co-host South Beach Wine & Food's Q with Michael Symon

Klum-carlsWhile you don't normally associate supermodels with face-stuffing food festivals, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival will do just that when Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition's 50th anniversary issue is celebrated on Thursday, February 20th 2014 at the fest's signature Q event hosted by Food Network's Iron Chef and The Chew co-host, chef Michael Symon.  Taking place behind the Delano, the Model Q (our name, not theirs) will feature over 30 chefs including Robert Irvine, Harold Dieterle, Paul Kahan, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos and Norman Van Aken, all paired with over 20 top models whose faces won't be revealed until February 18.  We asked festival founder Lee Schrager what inspired this unlikely collaboration and he said, "Who says models don't eat and enjoy great food and champagne? We plan to show that these gorgeous gals enjoy a food festival as much as any foodie." And while Schrager was unable to leak any of the models' names, he did say "What I do know is quite a few of them love to cook." Tickets for the event, whose official name is a mouthful--- Moët Hennessy's The Q hosted by Michael Symon featuring the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models---are on sale on the festival's website, launching Monday at www.sobefest.com, are $300 per person or $400 per person VIP, which includes early access to the gawk--er, event.

September 09, 2013

I Wish, I Want: One Direction's Harry Styles possibly, maybe, maybe not buying a $19.5 mil Key Biscayne crib

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While rumors abound via celebrity real estate blog Real Estalker that One Direction's 19-year-old Harry Styles is eyeing a massive Key Biscayne crib that would set him back at least a million bucks for every year of his 19-years on earth at a whopping listing price of $19.5 million, our real estate intelligence says no way. "His net worth is only $10 million at this point," says our spy, who also added that "Key Biscayne is too old, too foreign, and too stuffy for a British teenager." Well alrightey then, though we'd think most of America is too "foreign" for a Brit and much of Miami often too alien even for its own denizens. Styles is no ordinary teenager, of course, but for shame. He's only worth $10 million, which is still enough to buy a pricey house from high end Miami realtors The Jills. Incidentally, a rep for The Jills is on mute as usual, not yet returning our request for comment, but to borrow a quote from Jill Eber from our last real estate rumor about The Beckhams buying the Versace manse, "My comment would be we can't comment. Any buyer we work with is confidential.” In the meantime, click here for the listing at 755 S. Mashta Drive.

Update (9.16.13): Key Biscayne residents--primarily tweenage girls--are aflutter with excitement by alleged confirmations by alleged real estate professionals and big mouthed locals who say that yes, yes indeed, Harry Styles is going to be their neighbor. We once again tried contacting The Jills, but they must be busy with The Beckhams, their other alleged, potential clients who may, as of tomorrow, be the owners of the auctioned off Versace Mansion. We did manage to get a reply from a Sony Music/Columbia Records rep, Mike Navarra, who told us ever so predicably and cryptically, "There's no comment on this." Maybe those who have claimed to have already met Styles' house staff for tea and crumpets can give us more concrete answers.

August 21, 2013

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to honor George Takei at November Fontainebleau gala

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This just in: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has announced that actor, author and activist George Takei will receive its 2013 National Leadership Award at the 17th Annual Miami Recogniton Dinner Saturday, November 9 at the Fontainebleau. “I am deeply honored to be recognized by this wonderful organization that has been fighting for LGBT equality for the past four decades,”  Takei said. “It is a privilege to be part of an event like the 17th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner that raises money for multiple organizations serving our community." 

Best known for his role as Sulu on Star Trek, Takei credits his role on the cult classic for much of his activism. "Well, you know, I do think in the larger span of things, I owe it all to Star Trek, because Star Trek has given me this pop icon status if you will, and one of the gifts have been this megaphone I have which amplifies my voice and I can reach people. And I do think the movement for equality for LGBT Americans is in the same context of all of the great American movements, you know, the basic fundamental ideals of this country of justice and equality."

He's also pretty hilarious--especially on the internet, a subject on which he waxes in his recently published Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet, and in  several satiric PSAs, including one in response to Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill that encourages viewers to say, "It’s OK to be Takei."

Tickets to the 17th annual Miami Recognition Dinner are $250 for general admission and $350 for VIP admission (which includes a private VIP cocktail reception and meet & greet prior to the dinner). Tickets are available online at www.miamirecognitiondinner.org and by phone at 305.571.1924. Follow the event on Twitter and Instagram at @SparkleMRD.