Exclusive video: Justin Bieber's booze bender ends with a performance at LIV

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.

December 06, 2015

Performance hearts: Maks Chmerkovskiy's onstage proposal to DWTS costar Peta Murgatroyd



Photo, Video/TaraInk

Maks Chmerkovskiy proposed to his fellow DWTS costar Peta Murgatroyd onstage last night during the final evening performance of Sway at Miami's Olympia Theatre. She said yes.  The Miami run of Sway: A Dance Trilogy, benefited Alfalit, which provides literacy, education, health and jobs and skills training for those in need in 23 countries. 



November 23, 2015

Art Basel ad nauseam: the somewhat abridged guide to things you can and, more likely, can't get into #ABMB


Just like those amphitheaters that take on the name of the highest bidder, judging by the parties, Art Basel Miami Beach is thisclose to becoming the Summer's Eve Art Basel Miami Beach. But before Preparation H outbids the feminine hygiene brand, without further ado, for the love of art (not),  the following is your exhaustive, constantly updated, name droppy guide to Art Basel parties and events (and a few completely unrelated) to which you can, and most likely cannot, get in. Oh, and while last year's big rumor was that Lady Gaga was expected to show up at Art Basel (she didn't), this year, we are eagerly anticipating the hopeful arrival of Brangelina--Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who may or may not show up at some of the Art Basel events at the quietly opened, hyper swanky Faena Miami Beach, for which Pitt, also a furniture designer, has also designed a communal table in the wine room. Jolie, however, is the president of the honorary committee of the Cambodian International Film Festival which runs from December 4-10. Cambodia, Miami. Hmm. Stay tuned.

November 29

The Little Lighthouse Foundation's Art Week Kickoff: Beating the rush, The LLF, which helps local children and families struggling with medical, educational and financial challenges, is throwing a kick off party at the Nautilus Beach Tent from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, November 29. A minimum donation of $50 is required for admission. Party will include food, music and booze. Oh, and art. That's what it's all about, right? For tickets, click here.

November 30

ARTCELERATION Featuring RETNA: Getting a jump start on the Baseline, New York's Hoerle-Guggenheim gallery is hosting a live painting event by graffiti artist to the stars, RETNA, who may or may not have been doing performance art when he trashed an LA art gallery recently, and who will hopefully not smash the Ferrari F430 Challenge he plans to paint. The event is by invitation only and will take place at Macaya Gallery, 145 NW 36th St. 

Design District Tour: A private tour of the DD's swanky new stores and a sneak peek of the area's most anticipated art exhibitions led by the DD's Don Corleone, Craig Robins and L Real Estate's Mathieu Le Bozec at 3:30 p.m. The tour ends in the Palm Court Events Space with remarks by Robins, curator Jeffrey Deitch, Hermes USA CEO Robert Chavez and architect and Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Mohsen Mostafavi

December 1

Shortlist Salon: Art on Film, a Conversation with Fab 5 Freddy & David Koh: Tribeca Shortlist, movie streaming service for those who call movies "films" is hosting a cool convo tonight at The Edition featuring hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy and indie producer David Koh moderated by Paper Magazine's David Hershkovits. The convo will be followed by a screening of Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, a movie--er, film, produced by Koh. 6 p.m. Private.

Galerie Gmurzynska/Sylvester Stallone at ex Versace mansion: Long before Basel was anything but a city in Switzerland to Miami folk, Sly Stallone was doing art. Making art. Painting. We remember his house parties in Miami celebrating such. Sly was a visionary and is back in town for Art Basel and a private party at 8:30 p.m. that he will co host with art curator and critic Germano Celant

VENÜ Magazine Party Honoring Pamela Anderson and Emma Dunlavey: Private party at the Sagamore honoring former Baywatch babe and British photographer. 5:30 p.m.

Nader Latin American Art Museum Party: Gary Nader will announce the Board of Directors of the forthcoming museum with a private event taking place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Gary Nader Art Center, 62 NW 27th St. Among the expected guests: The Estefans and newlywed Sofia Vergara

Reception for Magnificent Jewels & Sotheby's Diamonds: Invite only 1 percentfest at the Sotheby's penthouse from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Soho House Kick-Off Party hosted with White Cube & Vinyl Factory: An invite only 'do hosted by Soho House's Nick Jones, London art gallery White Cube's Jay Jopling and indie British music and arts enterprise The Vinyl Factory. Disco legend Giorgio Moroder will spin while Moet & Chandon and Bombay will keep the crowds (de)hydrated. Also happening at Soho is the Calypso St. Barth boutique, open to members and guests December 3-6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday, where you never know who may be in the market for a caftan or ten.

Opening Reception for Unrealism: Art world machers Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch have organized this exhibition which will kick off its opening with a private party at 5 p.m. in the Moore Building.

Jose Andres Pre-Art Basel Cocktail with Africa Aycart: Spanish chef Andres welcomes Spanish artist Aycart at this invite only cocktail party at The Bazaar from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WISH Unveiling by Rob Bucholz and Peter Tunney: A mixed medium of dandelions and a roving, lit Lady Bug vehicle will make their debuts at the HES Group's Art Basel kickoff at the site of the future Triptych Hotel Miami, 3601 N. Miami Ave. 5:30 p.m. private. Exhibit there through December 30.

Icons by Pamela Hanson: Celebrating her latest photo exhibition of limited edition prints to benefit World Housing, fashion and celeb snapper Hanson is having a private cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. at the Shore Club. Her exhibition features Naomi Campbell, Nadja Auerman, William Baldwin, Kate Moss, Carla Bruni, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova and Michaela Bercu, so you never know whom of the aforementioned may show up. 

DuJour Magazine Party: Delano Beach Club. Private. 10 p.m.

PK SHOP Inaugural Cocktail: Paul Kasmin Gallery's PK SHOP, called #TheNightYouLeft is emerging at The Nautilus and celebrating with a cocktail party, by invite only, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This time around, the shop will feature wearable and collectable art by Deborah Kass, Erik Parker, John Gordon Gauld, Nir Hod, Mark Ryden and Will Ryman, among others.

Design Dialogue at the W South Beach: A moderated talk between fashion and art hosted by, wait for it, Heat player Amar'e Stoudemire and art collector Robbie Antonio moderated by Surface Magazine editor in chief Spencer Bailey. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Private.

Brickell City Centre's Illuminate the Night VIP Unveiling: The behemoth Brickell City Centre is taking one block of its 9.1 acre construction site and turning it into "an incredible deconstructed event space" featuring a performance by Wooden Wisdom, the duo comprised of actor Elijah Wood and former record label dude turned DJ Zach Cowie.  Invited guests will witness the first-time illumination of the newly completed Brickell City Centre CLIMATE RIBBON™, "imagined" by famed designer, Hugh Dutton and get to take selfies in front of British pop artist Allen Jones's 23-foot, 6-ton sculpture “Dancers," on display for one day only over Art Basel.

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser: Nope, it has nothing to do with art or Basel like Jeb?#)()#!'s does (see below), but timing is everything, and the Democratic presidential hopeful will be in town for some private fundraisers including one at 5:30 p.m. at a Miami Beach apartment building to which supporters can attend for $2,700 including small talk and a photo op, or  $1,000 just to breathe the same air. Clinton will also be in Pinecrest at the home of Democratic fundraiser/businessman Chris Korge that night. For more information, email jstewart@hillaryclinton.com. 

Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House opening 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Wynwood. By invite (not even a plus one) only and featuring interior designers Sam RobinDanielle BuscaMatt MacdonaldElizabeth Martin and Fernando Wong.

The Art of Shade: Some would say this is the quintessential title for all of Art Basel Miami Beach, but then again, TUUCI, a Miami-based outdoor shade manufacturer, is hosting its own event from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at MAPS backlot, 342 NW 24th St., featuring graffiti artists Ricky Mastrapa AKA AbstrktAlex Vahan AKA Quake and Luis Berros using TUUCI parasols as canvases. Food and drink too. 

Mark Anthony Green Welcome Reception at Dream South Beach: Invite only party at 9 p.m. for GQ editor turned artist Green who will debut an installation described as his "most raw, most envelope pushing exhibition by far."

Wynwood Walls VIP Party: Following a private hootenanny from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., Wynwood Walls opens to the public with a bash from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a litany of artists including Alexis DiazCaseCrashCryptikel SeedErnest ZacharevicFafiHuemanLogan HicksThe London PoliceMagnus Sodamin and Pichi & Avo. 2520 NW 2nd Ave.

Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle opening: Debuting the newly revamped hotel, restaurant, bar, beach club and spa, Palmeiras is hosting a VIP only Soiree Blanche (white) party with exhibitions by Venezuelan artists Flor Troconis and Rafael Barrios.

Architectural Digest Art at 1 Hotel: Private party with AD ed-in-chief Margaret Russell, 1 Hotels founder Barry Sternlicht, and LeFrak CEO and namesake Richard LeFrak celebrating art by Hilary Harnischfeger, Robert Lazzarini, Philippe Malouin, Michele Oka Doner and Carlos Rolon/Dzine.  6 p.m.

December 1-4

The Surf Lodge x Art Basel Miami Beach:  Montauk hot spot sets up shop at The Hall South Beach, 1500 Collins Ave. with private events. Among them, a dinner celebrating Snarkitecture by chef Spike Mendelsohn at 8 p.m. Tuesday; a dinner for Moschino designer Jeremy Scott by Mendelsohn at 8 p.m. Wednesday followed by a party with music by Chapman, Misshapes, Mazurbate and Mia Moretti; Shepard Fairey hosts a dinner for Sage Vaughn at 8 p.m. on Thursday; a dinner celebrating artist Andre Saraiva and Maroon 5's Mickey Madden at 8 p.m. Friday followed by a performance by Madden. 

SoulCycle Pop Up Studio: We have Flywheel but now SoulCycle appears, at least for a few days until December 4 (and January when it opens in Miami permanently) at the 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave., where Brooklyn-born, LA-based Gregory Siff will be creating art while you make like Jackson Pollack with your beads of sweat. Sign up for classes here. After you work it all off, stuff your faces without leaving your hotel room, apartment, home or hovel thanks to Roe Caviar's 24/7 delivery exclusively during Art Basel. Just text ROEBASEL (77948) and someone will take your order and deliver your fish eggs within an hour. Prices are $275 for 125 grams and $550 for 250 grams. That's of caviar, just in case you were thinking of something else, sniff sniff. 

Bliss at Basel: Sounds sort of oxymoronic, really, but if you insist,the Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach is offering a full lineup of wellness activities curated, yep, the word of the week, by Marisa Hochberg, founder of MJHamptons Health and Wellness LLC and director of Rowley Fitness for Cynthia Rowley. There are all sorts of bootcamp and yoga classes by Equinox and Green Monkey and, of course, retail ops and whatnot. For full schedule  and to sign up for classes, click here.

December 1-5

Casper Quiet Rooms: So now we know why Leonardo DiCaprio's in town. Not for the "art" (aka the models), but, rather for this, a company in which he is an investor. Casper is a "sleep startup that launched in 2014 with one perfect mattress sold directly to consumers." Mattress/Leo, ha. Anyway, Casper has set up shop at the Loews Hotel Miami Beach, St. Moritz Lawn, where from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. four open to the public quiet rooms will offer 30 minutes of a "multi-sensory installation featuring a suspended Casper mattress along with video art by NY-based artist Colin Snapp. To reserve your space in the quiet room and for a possible, albeit doubtful, Leo before midnight sighting, click here

December 2

MAC x Ellie Goulding at the Edition: In celebration of her collaboration with the makeup mac daddies, Goulding will perform for the lucky invited guests at this party taking place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Miami Beach Edition. 

Adrien Brody may have won an Oscar, but his reputation as a lady-killer has sort of eclipsed that achievement and, well, good for him. In the meantime, Brody, who does like the ladies, will be at ABMB showing off other assets in the form of his own paintings at a show curiously called Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns curated by celeb fave, artist Domingo Zapata. The big party to which you can't get in is at 10 p.m. December 2 at Lulu Laboratorium, 173 NW 23rd St.

Motocinema’s Picture Start at EPIC: VIP party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a photo exhibit of iconic rock 'n' roll images from the 60's and 70's curated by Loretta Harms and Motocinema in partnership with Morrison Hotel Gallery.  

Natuzzi Open Art: Celebrating the opening of its Miami store, 3818 N. Miami Ave., the Italian leather furniture purveyor is throwing a party with an installation unveiling by Adrien Missika and special DJ set by Alexandra Richards. Private. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Rhythm, Intrigue, Originality: Davidoff Art Initiative hosts a private party at 7 p.m. in the Raleigh Oasis to celebrate DAI's leadership in fostering cultural engagement between Caribbean artists and the rest of the world.

The 12 Experience at Wynwood Lofts: A two part exhibition showcasing the works of The 12, identical twin brothers who also happen to be DJs. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Open to the public with RSVP here.

Daniel Mazzone at 1 Hotel South Beach: Mazzone, dubbed "the next Andy Warhol" by Elite Daily is beign feted at a party from 8 p.m. to midnight. Invite only.

Spectrum Miami Grand Opening Party: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., 1700 NE 2nd Ave. Private.

MoMa + The Skateroom Party: The Museum of Modern Art's Design Store celebrates its first installation and pop up shop with The Skateroom featuring limited edition skate decks by Andy Warhol. Delano Beach Club, private. 8 p.m. to midnight.

Avant Gallery Showcase: The newly opened (Nov. 30) Rockwell, 743 Washington Ave., is throwing a party for Avant Gallery with appearances by Becky Rosa, Niclas Castello, Sam Hon, Guy Le Baube, Camilo Matiz, and Harif Guzman.

diptyque, with Sarah Harrelson and Cultured Magazine, is throwing a by invitation only party celebrating  the opening of the brand's first Miami boutique at Bal Harbour Shops and the unveiling of a live art installation by Julien Colombier

Grand Fudge Pop Pre Party: A Fridge Art Fair pop up at the LGBT Welcome Center for the exhibition "Color Me Happy," 1130 Washington Ave., whose opening party, the Grand Fudge Pop Pre Party, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. hosted by Churchill's Pub will feature a surprise DJ/host who is said to be a "notorious Miami legend." Suggested donation is $20 to benefit the Welcome center.

Artsy Dinner at Nautilus: Alex Guarnaschelli fare will be served to the invited guests who will also get into an after party in the Nautilus Cabana Beach Tent.

Gen Art Presents William Mackrell: British artist Mackrell will be doing a live installation at the Mondrian South Beach at this private party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

LOEWE's Jonathan Anderson, Don and Mera Rubell Chance Encounters opening party: Creative director of Spanish luxury house LOEWE, Jonathan Anderson has curated an exhibition in the Design District store featuring British artists Anthea Hamilton, Paul Nash, Lucie Rie, and Rose Wylie. Exhibit through January 17. Cocktail party with Rubells, private.

InList One Year Anniversary Party/Moishe Mana Birthday Bash: An invite only party celebrating the bday of developer Mana and the nightlife and events booking app from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Mana Contemporary, 318 NW 23rd St.

Faena Art and W Art Roller Disco Party: Fancy Faena gets a Xanadu twist as Ximena Caminos, Chair of Faena Art, Executive Creative Director and partner in Faena Group, and W Magazine editor Stefano Tonchi, are hosting a private party to celebrate the opening of “Angeles Veloces Arcanos Fugaces,” an "immersive roller-disco installation by Assume Vivid Astro Focus, an international group of visual and performance artists, commissioned by Faena Art. Party from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Carlos Salas: Latin America and the Global Imagination: MoCA's grand opening soiree for their exhibition of paintings by the Colombian artist. Tickets are $30. Party goes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Giorgio Armani Book Launch/Boutique Opening:  Two celebrations for the by invitation only no plus one price of one as Armani celebrates its grand opening in the Design District at 174 NE 39th St. and the eponymous book written by the iconic Italian fashion designer. Party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  

Art Basel Grand Opening at FENDI: Silvia Venturini Fendi and Pietro Beccari are hosting a swanky party at the FENDI Design District boutique and you're not invited. 

Carole A. Feurman Book Signing Party at The National Hotel: The Deco darling has partnered with hyperrealist sculptor Feuerman, who will showcase her work through December 6th and be feted with a private party and book signing from 9 p.m. to midnight on December 2.  
Snowbirds + Flamingos in Association with Art Report: Birds of a Feather Flock Together and Joshua Menendez + Michelle Leshem are hosting a kick off do in association with Art Report at Libertine featuring guests DJ Kindness and live performance by Wrestlers. Open to the public, 10 p.m. $15 cover. RSVP here.
Freedom by Alexander Mjiares: An invitation only party for artist Mijares whose exhibition uses the actual boat that washed ashore in Islamorada with 16 Cuban refugees on it. Party is from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 151 NW 24th St.

December 2-3
Bon Appétit Magazine + Volvo's Taste What's Next: Nothing says Michelin-starred chef like a Volvo event which is why the safe Scandi car company is teaming up with Bon App for an invite-only Basel event Wednesday and Thursday at the MAPS Backlot, 342 NW 24th St., featuring chef Fredrik Berselius and multimedia artist Chris Doyle. The chef will offer a Scandinavian-inspired menu as a preview of his forthcoming Brooklyn restaurant while Doyle will unveil a new piece of work while a new Volvo will magically appear as Bklyn-based DJ MICK spins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Miami's own Danny Stern does the same at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Skal! 
Dominique Ansel x The Setai pop up: Lauded NYC pastry chef is setting up a swanky soft serve window from noon to midnight Wednesday-Thursday at The Setai where you can order a Caramel Stout Soft Serve or a Burrata Soft Serve. Don't ask, just bring $7 and taste it for yourselves.
December 2-4
Omar's Cabana Club: NYC's private supper club emerges for Basel at The Women's Club  of Miami Beach, 2401 Pinetree Dr., with a few private events including a live reading performance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday by artist Natasha Tsakos, and an Art Capsul party honoring photographer Ellen von Unwerth from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.
Equinox Pop Up: Even though the gym already exists in its own space, like everyone else in town, it's appearing elsewhere, this time as a pop up in collaboration with The Surf Lodge and Sakara on the pool deck at The Hall, 1500 Collins Ave. Daily 10 a.m. fitness classes are offered. To RSVP, email Surflodgewellness@inhouseideas.com.

December 2-5

LeBaron: FDR at the Delano from 11 p.m. to closing. Good luck. 

Casa BACARDI at Wynwood Curated by Swizz Beatz: Swizz Beatz and Bacardi are hosting a three-day "No-Commission Art Fair" during the day and music concert series at night.Featured Visual Artists Include:  BK, David Choong Lee, Cryptik, D*Face, Dennis McNett, Derrick Adams, Dustin Yellin, Eddie Colla, Gabriel Dawe, Gregory Siff, Gordon Parks Foundation, HOXXOH, Jaybo Monk, Jenks Imaging, Jerome Lagarrigue, Jill Greenberg, Michael Vasquez, Sean HRT, Shepard Fairey, Shin Gallery, So Youn Lee, Sue Tsai, SWOON, Timothy Buwalda, Todd James, Tomokazu Matsuyama. The event will feature some big name performers including, er, Beatz's wife Alicia Keys, Pusha T., A-Trak, DMX, and Wiz Khalifa, among others. Invite only, good luck. House of Bacardi, 35 NE 29th St. 

Sunset Lounge at Mondrian: DJs will spin nightly at the pool and public is invited. On Saturday, DJ Maseo of De la Soul will spin. On Sunday, there will be an Art Basel edition of the Sunshine Vibes BBQ featuring a rotating set of DJs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

December 2-6

Spectrum Miami in Wynwood has a few worthy events. Among them, Art Loves Fashion, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1700 NE 2nd Ave., is a private event featuring a Burberry fashion show and a performance by Island Def Jam recording artist Cris Cab. While it's closed to the public, it will be able to be seen by stalkers--er, the rest of you because it is being held in the sculpture garden. You may have better luck getting into Spectrum's annual, alleged VIP party with Miami New Times from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 5. 

Fridge Art Fair/Churchill's Pub Collab: The funky Fridge Art Fair Fridge Fudge Pop Up (say that ten times fast) at The (hotel, motel,) Holiday Inn Miami Beach at 43rd and Collins has teamed up with Miami's landmark head banging Churchill's Pub for a series of shows in the Sculpture Garden outside the beach/boardwalk entrance. For more info, click here

10th Annual Moksha Art Fair (mostly) at the Delinquent Designs Gallery, 122 NW 25th St., will feature, duh, art, but also lectures by the likes of Sub PopRecords' Bruce Pavitt as well as a party featuring DJs and electronic artists from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Wednesday, December 2, admission TBA. Another similar party is happening on the 3rd and a big bang finale bash on Saturday, December 5 for $40 per person and featuring live music, live painting, art installations, interactive exhibits and more. Tickets here.  

HIVE: Not named for the skin condition that may or may not happen to some of you after enduring crowds or traffic during this week, HIVE is a free, five-day "experience" happening at MANA, 2250 NW 2nd Ave., where there will be everything from mixology demos and acoustic acts to outdoor art installations, little people wrestling and the opening of Al Capone's vault said in SNL Stefon voice. Ixnay on the last two, but the rest really will happen. There will also be food in the form of a --you guessed it--pop up restaurant by Naked Taco's Ralph Pagano. Also stopping by, the Heineken® Mobile Art Experience featuring a rotating canvas on the outside and a fully stocked art store and gallery on the inside. Hours are as follows: Dec 2, 2015, 4PM – midnight Thursday, Dec 3, 2015, 4PM – 2AM Friday, Dec 4, 2015, 12PM – 2AM Saturday, Dec 5, 2015, 12PM –2AM Sunday, Dec 6, 2015, 12PM – 9PM. 

December 3

Dom Perignon From Earth to Heart at WALL: One of the hottest ABMB tickets, the annual party hosted by art and social it boys Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel (Heidi Klum's guy) gets going at midnight at WALL following the annual Dutch dinner thrown by real estate tycoon Aby Rosen, and goes until the lights come on and filters are a must. Music by Solange Knowles and DJ Ruckus. No way, no how. 

Audemars Piguet Cocktail Reception: Luxe Swiss watchmakers slash Art Basel's Global Associate Partner are throwing a swanky, invitation cocktail reception hosted by Vice Chairman of the Board, Olivier Audemars, in their eponymous lounge within the Collectors Lounge at the convention center. 2:30 p.m.

Tumblr's Shack-tacular: Invitation only 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. party at 1111 Lincoln Road featuring food by Shake Shack and art by Marc Dennis.

Roger Dubuis Spider Experience: Swanky party in the Chad Oppenheim-designed Ark Mansion in Golden Beach featuring the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pocket "time instrument" and the BAC Mono, a hyper futuristic "road legal supercar." 8 p.m. Private.

The Creative City: FIU and The Creative Class Group are hosting an event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at FIU's Miami Beach Urban Studios, 420 Lincoln Road, led by urbanist Richard Florida (really!) and featuring singer Nelly Furtado, artist Kenny Scharf and designer Glenn Pushelberg to "address the creative future of cities." For info on how to attend, email Steven@Creativeclass.com

Shinola's Holiday Ornament Auction: Detroit-based watch company Shinola invites the public to their recently opened Wynwood store, 2399 NW 2nd Ave., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a holiday gathering to celebrate their Holiday Ornament Auction.  In partnership with Shinola and WorkOf, 40 talented designers from around the country have created one-of-a-kind ornaments and holiday decorations which will be auctioned off on Paddle8.  Proceeds from the auction benefit MOCAD (The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit).  RSVP here.

We For Real House Party: In celebration of Light Spirit, the virtual reality collab with New Tropics and whimsical art collaborative FriendsWithYou, a party honoring artists Jen Stark, Devin Troy Strother, Robert Lazzarini and Seth Cameron, featuring music by DZA and Arthur Baker at WeWork Miami Beach, 350 Lincoln Road, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Private.

Ricardo Barroso Interiors Launch: Eva Longoria co-hosts this one with award-winning interior designer Barroso with a private do from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Casa Tua.

Galore's Basel Bombshells Party with Tumblr and Delmar Swim: Private party at Rockwell, 743 Washington Ave., featuring DJ sets by Mia Moretti, Chelsea Leyland and more, plus a performance by Miguel. 

Dustin Yellin Cocktail Party/Other Criteria/Damien Hirst Dinner: High end real estate company Douglas Elliman has two hot ticket events. Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Dustin Yellin is being feted at a private cocktail party at 6 p.m. at The Edition Penthouse. At 8:30 p.m. is an uber private seated dinner for the art publishing house/retail arm founded by UK artist Hirst.

AFL Art Auction with Simon de Pury, Russell Simmons, David Martin and Jorge Perez: More condos for sale, this time at One Park Grove in Coconut Grove where, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., art macher de Pury will conduct an art auction at a swanky invite only soiree.

Profound Aesthetic/Pepsi/Simple Art Basel Capsule Collection After Party: So many brands, so little time, but there will be time at FDR art the Delano to fete a clothing collection available exclusively at UNKNWN Miami with performances by Amir Obe, Sony Digital and Metro Boomin'. Party is from 8 p.m. to midnight. Private.

Art of Opulence Hosted by Daymond John: Invitation only soiree at Private Key in Wynwood, 567 NW 27th St., which is undergoing a transformation into a "plush, European-style lounge" reflective of ME by Melia's resorts and hotels. Shark Tank's John hosts and will showcase the works of Havi Schanz, Ju Reams, Delano Brown and Alberto Van Stockkum. Brown will paint a Ferrari inside.

Make A Wish at Coming Home: Shareef Malnik joins Lisa and Donald Pliner at their new Wynwood showroom, 29 NW 24th St., for a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Richard Phillips x The Eighth: Men's luxe undies brand partnered with artist Phillips and they're having a tighty whitey party at 8 p.m. at the Matador Bar at The Miami Beach Edition. Calvins not allowed. Invitation only. 

Water for People: Delano Beach Club 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Private.

Spotify lunch at Soho House: A private one from noon to 3 p.m. for those who lunch, including host Cecilia Dean of Visionaire Magazine.  

Objekt x Dawn of Man x Marie Saint Pierre Party: Mondrian South Beach furniture showcase soiree. 6:30 p.m. Private.

Alex "Hense” Brewer and Pauchi Sasaki at La Mar by Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami: a by-invite only party featuring famed graffiti artist Hense and a performance by acclaimed violinist Sasaki. 

Pratt Presents Women of Influence in the Business of Art: Pratt Institute and W Magazine host a free and open to the public panel moderated by W ed-in-chief Stefano Tonchi and featuring visual artist Shirin Neshat, filmmaker and artist Mickalene Thomas and Heidi Zuckerman, CEO and Director of the Aspen Art Museum. Panel takes place at 11 a.m. at The Miami Beach Edition Hotel and ends with a post-event public reception with champagne cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres. All free. FREE FREE FREE. Register here to get in.

J. Crew x Pierre Le-Tan for Design Miami: Men's designer Frank Muytjens, illustrator Pierre Le-Tan, and Design Miami exec Rodman Primack are throwing a private party at J. Crew's Lincoln Road spot from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the limited edition collection designed exclusively for Design Miami.

Spanish painter Antonio Dominguez de Haro debuts his newest collection of underwater paintings with a by-invitation-only cocktail party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 3 at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami. The paintings--because that's really all you care about, right--will be exhibited there through December 6. 

Brown Jordan and Sunbrella Toast Art Basel with Photographer Gray Malin: Invitees will get a first look at luxe outdoor furniture flagship in the Design District at 3625 NE 2nd Ave. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 3. 

Absolut Elyx and Water For People:  Absolut’s luxury vodka Elyx and non-profit organization Water For People will celebrate their partnership with a private party at the Delano.  There, gallerist Sean Kelly, curator Jérôme Sans, Paddle8 cofounder and "art-world disrupter" Alexander Gilkes, international marketer and Absolut Elyx CEO Jonas Tåhlin and Water For People’s CEO Eleanor Allen will co-host the outdoor gala, featuring a barbecue and bespoke cocktails. During the event, guests will have the opportunity to view a sculpture created by artist Antony Gormley, which will be sold to raise funds for Water for People by online auction house Paddle8. 

Global Gift Foundation USA Initiative at Auberge Residences & Spa sales center: What better time than Art Basel to sell condos? That's what Jorge Perez says as he opens his sales center at 1400 Biscayne Blvd. for a private cocktail, dinner, show and live auction celebrating not condo sales but the Global Gift Initiative's Miami edition hosted by honorary chairs Eva Longoria and Ricky Martin. GGI is a philanthropic nonprofit organization that aims to create a positive impact on the lives of children, women and families who are in need. The evening will be hosted by, Lili Estefan from El Gordo y La Flaca and Michael Yo. 

HD Conversations at Aloft South Beach: Hospitality Design magazine editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen hosts a cocktail party and design panel on The Importance of Art in Hospitality with Julie Frank, Global Director of Design for Le Meridien Hotels, Jesse MacDougall, Director of Strategy and Brand Development for ICRAVE, Teddy Mayer, VP of Design for Virgin Hotels, and Lauren Rottet, founder of Rottet Studio. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Invitation only. 

December 3-5

No. 8 Pop-Up at Rec Room: NYC haute spot is emerging within its Southern sister Rec Room where DJs including Chris Bachmann, Jus Ske, Formerly E Rock, Mike Deuce, Fly Guy and Ross One will spin through the weekend. 

Regent Cocktail Club: For a more mellow, sophisticated scene, Regent has some great live music including jazz band Arlin's Trio, performing Tuesday, December 1;   Havana Nights on Wednesday, Dec. 2, featuring Renoir and Friends with artisanal Cuban inspired cocktails crafted by Managing Partner and Head Bartender Julio Cabrera; On Thursday, Dec. 3, Cleaveland Jones will perform his melodic Samba and Soul tunes; on Friday, Dec. 4, Red Bull sponsored electronic pop band, Wrestlers, will perform their catchy pop single  “Say Anything” featuring D’Angelo Lacy as well as a digital art installation curated by artist Aerosyn Lex, the official artist for VH-1 + Scope in 2014; and if you're not over the whole thing yet, on Saturday, Dec. 5th, Regent will host Canvas and Canere, with a live performance by rock, pop, and soul singer Brendan O’Hara & The Rescue while guests enjoy live paintings by artists Angela China, Nicole Saglar, and Liza Berggred. Doors open at 7 p .m., bands start around 10 p.m. and, best of all, no list, no cover.

Cucu Diamantes & Alain Perez at El Tucan: Grammy nominated Cuban singer and musician perform for three nights only at Brickell area-supper club, 1111 SW 1st Ave. For showtimes and tickets click here.

Up& Down x 10AK Pop Ups: Invite only emergence of NYC night spots at Nautilus Thursday through Saturday and not even opened (Nov. 30) Rockwell, 743 Washington Thursday through Saturday featuring a live performance by Miguel (12/3), DJ set by Kanye West's creative director Virgil Abloh, aka DJ Flat White (12/4) and performance by Wiz Khalifa (12/5).  Doors open at 11 p.m. Open to the public at "doorman discretion."

Vanity Fair Social Club (#VFSC): While not as star studded as Graydon Carter's legendary Oscars party, the Vanity Fair Social Club is a hot ticket hot spot where "social influencers drop by, plug in, and connect" for three days at the Wolfsonian and by invitation only. Among the highlights: a conversation with designer Yves Behar at noon Thursday; makeup artist Gloria Elias-Foeillet discusses her recent work on Missy Elliott's music video at 2 p.m. Thursday; a screening of Kent Jones' Hitchcock/Trauffaut film at 3 p.m. Thursday; artist Pictionary with art and design duo the Haas Brothers at 4:30 p.m. Thursday; Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog screening followed by a Q&A with Anderson at noon Friday; BlogHer co-founder Jory Des Jardins and StyleCaster editor-in-chief Jessica Teves discuss the impact and influence on trendsetting and spotting at 2 p.m. Friday; a conversation with Caroline Perzan, set decorator of Empire at noon Saturday; Periscope star Amanda Oleander will talk at 2 p.m. Saturday; and at 4 p.m. Saturday, a conversation with immersive journalist and virtual reality pioneer Nonny de la Pena. 

Byblos After Dark Lounge: Miami Beach Mediterranean restaurant at 1545 Collins Ave. is staying open until 1 a.m. from December 3 to December 5 just for those crazy Art Baselites. 

December 3-6

Some would say their interest in Art Basel Miami Beach is, uh, less than zero, but that could change when they find out that author Bret Easton Ellis will be in town as part of the fair's "Conversations and Salon" series. Ellis, along with artist Alex Israel will wax arty on the "evolution of LA's art scene" in a panel moderated by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. This is an excellent name dropping opportunity for those who like to pretend to care about art even if they haven't looked at the stuff since 1987, when Andrew McCarthy starred in the cinematic version of Ellis's seminal LA novel, Less Than Zero. For the complete list of convos and info on how you can get in, click here.

Balance Your Basel Experience at The National Hotel: As if, but points to The National for trying with this free, four day yoga/meditation sesh at 6:30 a.m. through December 6. 

GENUINE Liquorette: NYC's boozy hotspot emerges at Art Basel at chef Jeremiah Bullfrog's GastroPod, 168 NW 26th St., where Eben Freeman will be on hand mixing his signature Cha-Chunker cocktails on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday from noon to midnight.

Wynwood Lab: The new "members only luxury lifestyle lounge" opens its doors daily at 9 a.m. to members only and invited guests with a roster of artists, designers and yentas. For more information, click here

Basel House & Bushwick Collective Block Party: four-day fete at Mana Urban Arts Project, 594 NW 23rd St., focuses solely on street art and those who create it. Throughout the fair, artists will be painting live on canvases, brick wall, cars – anything they can get their hands on. There will also be DJs "spinning the illest hip hop beats," they tell us, plus breakdancing, skateboarding exhibitions and much more. Food trucks, beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase.  For more info, click here.

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades: No big party here and it is open to the public through February featuring a collection of foldable furniture and travel accessories created in collaboration with several international designers. 

Visionaire 65 FREE art installation presented in partnership with Stella Artois: Not only is this one free, but once there, at the Faena Art Beach, 3201 Collins Ave., art lovers and freeloaders alike will get to "experience, curate, and take home large-scale posters of the beautifully printed art" by the likes of Miley Cyrus (!), David Salle, Fyodor Pavlov-Adreevich and Fabien Cousteau. The whole thing is part of the Stella Artois Give Beautifully holiday campaign. Hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more info, go here or follow #GiveArtMiami on social media. 

December 4

Ocean Drive's Art of the Party with Katie Holmes: A private estate on Miami Beach belonging to Petra and Stephen Levin now but once home to Alex Rodriguez will play host a party feting Ocean Drive mag's cover girl Holmes, and, uh, art from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Haute Living + Hublot + Mr. Brainwash: Fancy schmancy invite only two part party beginning with dinner for 60 hosted by Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe Chez Dwyane Wade featuring an unveiling by artist Mr. Brainwash of two never before seen pieces. After dinner, guests hop on a boat for a ride to the manse of Wayne Boich where a "surprise celebrity performance" wil take place and Brainwash will make a second reveal. 

Bootsy Bellows Pop Up at E11EVEN Miami: David Arquette's West Hollywood hot spot arises at Miami's fave 24/7 spot featuring rapper Vic Mensa, DJ Devin Lucien, and actor turned rap producer Balthazar Getty.  Open to the public: $40 for men, $20 for women. 

Daybreaker at 1 Hotel South Beach: A "huge NYC event" including music, dancing and, er, yoga from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Later that day, DJ Guy Gerber will spin from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the "First ever Rumors event" in the U.S. on the hotel's private beach. While the Daybreaker yoga and dance party is sold out already (!), tickets are still available for the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. dance party slot featuring coffee, juice and breakfast treats. Click here for info.

6th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale Party Hosted by Russell Simmons, Danny Simmons and Rosario Dawson: Big names turning out for this one at 8:30 p.m. in the beach tents at the Nautilus Hotel, Besides the hosts, Ciara, Urban Bush Babes co-founder and musician TK Wonder and her twin Cipriana Quann and Instagram celeb Patrick Janelle will be there as will a surprise DJ. To no one's surprise, however, this one's strictly invite only. 

FOOD + DESIGN: Not even fancy food purveyor Dean & DeLuca could stay away from Art Basel, debuting this year at Design Miami with an appropriately titled for some of the aforementioned and forthcoming events, CHEESE, transporting viewers to 1973 when Giorgio DeLuca opened his first space on Prince Street in Soho called The Cheese Store. At the replica, designers Adam Charlap Hyman and Andre Herrero offer "a surrealist take on the classic Dean & DeLuca store." Also part of D&D's foray into the art frenzy, FOOD + DESIGN Friday, December 4 at noon at the Design Talks studio at Meridian and 19th St. on South Beach hosted by Design Miami founder Rodman Primack. The panel, a "look at the intersection of food and design" will feature Laila Gohar of SundaySupperNY.com, Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum in London and Miami's own food & wine fest poobah, Lee Schrager. Open to all Design Miami fairgoers.

DJ Paris Hilton at Wall at the W: All in all she’s just a-nother . . .oh never mind. Hilton will do her thing on the turntables before a likely celebrity crowd. Entry by invitation only or if you happen to be dating Leonardo DiCaprio that night. 11p.m.

SWGR Gallery Movie Premiere Party: New Wynwood boutique, art gallery and store on NW 2nd Ave. is hosting the premiere of  b u r n e r, by creative director Steve Yancar. Party will feature craft beer by Saltwater. Open to the public. 7 p.m. SWGR will also debut a storefront mural painted by artist Lena Cruz live on site Friday and Saturday.

MoMA PS1 Party: Delano Beach Club. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Private.

MoCA Moving Images: En El Taller: A Documentary by Ana Maria Salas: The U.S. premiere of a documentary about Colombian artist Carlos Salas by his daughter Ana Maria. Party to follow.

Bounce Sporting Club Pop Up at Hyde Beach: NYC's sporty hot spot is popping up at 10 p.m. featuring sounds by Dalton, a special guest performance, live art installation by Jay West. By invitation only.

Bret Easton Ellis Q&A: Surface Magazine hosts a Q+A with the author at 12:30 p.m. at Soho Beach House. Members and guests only.

Design Dialogues No. 25 hosted by Surface Magazine: Art bigwigs Jean Pigozzi and Simon de Pury host a 10:30 a.m. brunch and discussion for Soho House members and guests only.

Adrian Grenier/Dell 'do: Celebrating the official launch of Dell's Social Good Advocate, Entourage star Adrian Grenier's Lonely Whale Foundation, this event at MAPS Backlot will include "the largest collection of oceanic artwork" curated by Grenier and a DJ set by Wild Belle. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. By invite only. 

The Gettys Group Toasting to 10 Years in Miami: Hotel designers celebrate ten years in the 305 with a private cocktail party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Nautilus. 

Barefoot dinner party hosted by A$AP Rocky & Mark Anthony Green at Dream South Beach: The hip hop star and artist host a private dinner party at 8 p.m. at Naked Taco featuring a collection of "intimate unpublished photographs of the renowned rapper and trendsetter." Dinner is followed by private after party at Highbar.

Fridge Art Fair's Charmed Life Screening: A glimpse into the world of drag, the 2006 doc is being screened at 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Miami Beach. Fore more info click here.

SCOPE Official Party at Nikki Beach: Invite only VH1 party with performances by Mack Wilds and Lil' Dicky.

Nakid Magazine's Issue Release Party Celebrating Artist Jen Stark: Libertine Miami  party featuring cover artist Jen Stark.  Open to the public, 10 p.m., $10. RSVP here.

Corno Exhibition opening: Canadian artist Johanne Corno debuts at Markowicz Fine Art Gallery with a private preview party at 7:30 p.m. 

Tumblr's 4th Annual Basel Brunch honoring Dustin Yellin: Private brunch honoring Pioneer Works founder/artist Yellin at The Standard.

December 4-5

Basel Castle: 90s house legend Armand Van Helden will be on the 1 Miami Rooftop, 2341 Collins Ave. Friday for a two day music fest open to the ticketed public featuring all sorts of DJs including Chromeo on Saturday. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. For schedule and ticket info, click here.

Shore Club Kickoff Event/Exhibition for H+ Creative/IRIDESCENCE: Pool party both nights from 9 p.m. to midnight featuring various DJs, inflatable pool installations, printed takeaways and visuals by Iridescence. Open to the public, no cover.

December 5



Enough said. Or is it?  How 'bout this one, compliments of Slate?


The KIND Cafe: an #ichooseart experience--Those yummy healthy snacks are back again, this time teaming with four local nonprofits (Guitars Over Guns, The Motivational Edge, Arts For Learning and O, Miami) on an open to the public pop-up featuring a gallery of student artwork, live musical and spoken word performances by young talent, a hands on community mural designed by Nate Dee and a free "Bar Bar," where you can pair your fave healthy KIND snack with craft beer, cheese and more. Cafe is located at 82 NE 29th in a tented space in Midtown. RSVP here

Soho Beach House closing party with Rhonda International: Invitation only party fusing LA "nightlife institution" A Club Called Rhonda and artist Lisa Solberg featuring Questlove, Felix Da Housecat and Goddollars on the turntables. 10 p.m.

Olio Devices' and Complex Magazine Celebrate the Men & Women of Next Year: Watch company throws a big private party at 2 p.m. at a Miami residence featuring a special performance by Jaden Smith and Harry Hudson of MSFTS.

III Points Art Basel Concert Series featuring A$AP Rocky, Kaytranada, & STWO: Showtime at 9 p.m. at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23d St. Tickets here

Eddy Bogaert's 3D Universe: Gale Rooftop hosts an interactive 3D show by NYC artist Bogaert. Private. 6 p.m. to midnight.

Domingo Zapata + Gran Centeneario Tequila’s Angels on Earth party at Wall: Angels on Earth supports the advancements of artists in the Latino community, but it’s not promoting your advancement into this private, 9 p.m. shindig featuring two angel wings painted by Zapata and auctioned off to benefit Miami art organizations and Miami Children’s Hospital.

Artsy, Sandro and Interview Magazine Party: A sunset BBQ poolside at the Nautilus Cabana Club featuring a performance by Canadian electronic music group, Art Department.

adidas Skateboarding and A$AP Ferg's Always Strive And Prosper Photo Exhibit: The rapper has collaborated with adidas on an apparel and sneaker line but he also paints. A private reception will take place from 9 p.m. to midnight at Sidebar, 337 SW 8th St., but there is also a public event from midnight to 5 a.m. if you're so incluned. RSVP to Duran.Brown@adidas.com.

Littlest Sister After Party: Miami-based curator Sofia Bastidas, director of Littlest Sister, a "faux invitational art fair," along with ten unrepresented "women-identified" Miami based artists, will be at this 11 p.m. party at Libertine. Doors open at 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Lapo Elkann Ducati Scrambler Launch Party: Private party at 7 p.m. in The Setai courtyard for the launch of the first Italia Independent Ducati Scrambler bike.

Verboten StageONE Art Basel: Moving from the Brooklyn Waterfront to Wynwood, the outdoor festival series sprouts in The Secret Garden, 540 NW 23rd St. where, from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., performers and artists including Art Department, Black Coffee, Matthew Dear, Cuartero, Kevin Castro, and Nicola Zanatta will do their things. Tix are $30 to $45 and available here.

Coors Light Soundtrack reFRESH: DJ Mustard and Fabolous along with DJ E-Feezy will entertain from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the delightfully named ToeJam Backlot, 150 NW 21st. St. Event is free and open to the public!

December 6

Swig n' Swine: Cali-based hospitality, design and creative group known as The Bon Vivants have teamed with Esquire and Imbibe for their 6th annual philanthropy, pork and punch party at The Broken Shaker from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. There DJ Morse Code will spin and food will be provided by the likes of Michael Pirolo (Macchialina, Bazi), Jimmy Lebron (27), and Halid Quiroz (Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co.). All proceeds from the $40 per person ticket ($30 in advance) goes to Miami's Overtown Youth Center. To purchase, click here.

Le Baron's Last Hurrah: Invitation only at 4 a.m., yep, four freakin' in the morning, at Libertine.

Breakfast in the Park: If you can get up and not look like an LA art gallery after RETNA's been through it and get yourself to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU at 9:30 a.m., you'll get to experience this free and open to the public breakfast with an informal lecture by sculptor Alice Aycock. 10975 SW 17th St.

The Urban Collective's 2nd Soul Basel Brunch and Conversation: The Renaissance of Overtown's Cultural and Artistic Landscape is the subject of brunchy convo at this Art Africa fair closeout at the Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave. 11 a.m. Open to the public. $50, from which a portion of the proceeds go to Overtown Youth and Children Coalition. Tickets here.

Miami Flea: Those who can barely pay their rent for that ramshackle studio in Wynwood and frankly couldn't be happier may be found milling around Miami Flea, a shopportunistic gathering of local artists and the like peddling their wares and showing off their skills from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, December 6 at CANVAS, 90 NE 17th St. There will also be "mind and body classes, arts and crafts, and live demos," plus food trucks and a "chill nest" by Bookleggers Library. Free and open to the public with RSVP at aedistrictmiami.eventbrite.com.

Basel Tov 2015 at the Highbar at Dream South Beach: Open to the public and "at the doorman's discretion, this one is a pool party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with performance by "surprise celebrity guest who has sold out shows nationwide."  

Bugaboo + Genius Jones: Kids aren't neglected at Art Basel thanks to this free family event featuring music, art, food and story time. 10 a.m. to noon. 2000 NE 2nd Ave. RSVP a must here.

November 13, 2015

Ex Miami restaurant owner Josh Woodward pleads no contest, expected to be sentenced to 9 years for attempted murder

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Former Miami restaurant owner and bon vivant Joshua Woodward pled no contest today to attempted murder for trying to induce a miscarriage of his former mistress's fetus six years ago, according to the Los Angeles DA's office. 

Woodward, 43, is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 29 when he is expected to be sentenced to nine years in state prison.

Deputy District Attorneys Habib A. Balian of the Major Crimes Division and Marguerite Rizzo, Deputy-in-Charge of the Forensic Science Section, prosecuted the case. 

According to the DA, Woodward, a Florida resident who once co-owned former Table 8 restaurants in Los Angeles and South Beach and is married to former Ocean Drive editor Suzy Buckley, tried to induce the miscarriage on Oct. 18, 2009, by using misoprostol, a drug used in the medical community to induce labor and terminate early stage pregnancies.

Evidence presented at a preliminary hearing showed that Woodward attempted to induce the miscarriage on three other occasions.  

Some say Woodward got off easy as he was expected to face a life sentence.  

According to a trial insider, Woodward got a sweet deal. "Interesting turn of events in the Woodward case. I think his attorneys got him a sweet deal. That Janet Levine, his lead defense, she was very sharp. One of the best defense litigators I've ever seen in cross examination. Although his defense team would have dragged the victim through the mud and back again, I believe the prosecution would have gotten a solid conviction on at least two, if not all four charges. That would have put him away for close to life.  I'm betting this deal was all worked out in judge's chambers off the record. I don't believe that in LA County, the defense and prosecution would work out a deal like this and then spring it on the court, unannounced."

March 30, 2015

Bieber parties at LIV, a Kardashian & her rapper beau a tabloid Dream come true & Nicki Minaj at Cafe Iguana!

When we heard that Justin Bieber hopped on stage Saturday at the AAA with Ariana Grande, our first reaction was, "We had no idea they already started filming the Fraggle Rock remake in Miami." Then Bieber showed how grown up he was, stopping by Ultra and partying like a pro at P. Diddy's Star Island manse where a Kardashian and her rapper boyfriend, French Montana, were staying all weekend, and finally, at LIV, where the crowd, we're told, was "fine" with his appearance. 

As for that Kardashian, Khloe specifically, she was all over the place with this Montana guy, giving tabloids reason to keep their fingers on the exclamation point for well over three seconds because apparently the two together are a big deal. (Photo:Thaddeus McAdams/ExclusiveAccess.net)


Hennessy V.S. thought so too, taking over Dream Nightclub Saturday night with hosts named Flex, French and Feezy. Arriving through a back entrance around 2:15 a.m., Montana, Kardashian, Diddy, his son, and their entourage were immediately escorted to a huge section.Funk Master Flex began spinning a few of Montana's songs before the rapper himself grabbed the mic to perform from his section as Hennessy V.S bottle parades were sent through the club. (Photos: Thaddeus McAdams/ExclusiveAccess.net)

On Sunday night Hennessy V.S brought the party to Cafe Iguana in Pembroke Pines with host Meek Mil, who arrived hand in hand with girlfriend Nicki Minaj around 2 a.m. The crowd went wild, screaming as soon as they saw Minaj, who was very coy and playful and seen waving and taking a selfie with a fans and smiling for photographers.  As they sat at the table they were greeted with a huge Hennessy bottle parade. Later on in the evening Mill performed four of his popular hits and a new song on his upcoming album. That crew eventually ended up at LIV too. Cue exclamation points here. (Photo: Thaddeus McAdams/ExclusiveAccess.net)

January 14, 2015

Cunning linguist or trash talker? Joanna Krupa goes after Brandi Glanville for slander, libel & defamation

UPDATE, June 13, 2015: After filing a motion to dismiss the below mentioned lawsuit, Brandi Glanville was denied her request and will be forced to proceed forth with discovery and trial.   Click here for the legal document.


Things just got real between former Real Housewives of Miami cast member Joanna Krupa and current Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Celebrity Apprentice star Brandi Glanville, who had some unsavory words to say about Krupa and her personal hygiene, among other things. The following letter was sent directly to Glanville via Raymond Rafool, Krupa's attorney, who explains that the letter serves as notice of Krupa's and husband Romain Zago's intent to sue the outspoken Glanville for libel, slander and defamation. Read at your own risks and preferably not on a full stomach.



December 04, 2014

Miley Cyrus wore a Borat uni-jock at #ArtBasel


Performance art isn't sporting a Party City wig and a Borat uni-jock, like Miley Cyrus did at her appearance at the epically disastrous Jeffrey Deitch party at The Raleigh. The real art was what was happening outside, where thousands of eager adults---grown men and women--were clamoring to get into the party like passengers on the Titanic jumping into life boats. Out back, where the line snaked up, down and along 18th Street, there was Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies bigwig and the uncle of Patrick Schwarzenegger, Ms. Cyrus's latest conquest, having a hard time getting into the mess. The young Schwarzenegger, dressed every so subtly, so preppy, was seen most of the time standing out front on a cell phone trying to guide his friends and family through the huddled masses like VIPs at Ellis Island circa the Great Immigration. Mr. Shriver couldn't get in the back, side or front entrances until his nephew came out to retrieve him. Shameful. Same goes for some others of the Kennedy/Shriver/Schwarzenegger clan, who probably never crowd surfed in Kennebunkport or anywhere else for that matter until last night. Even the party thrower, Mr. Deitch, diminutive and dapper in powder blue, had to swim through masses to get to the front to retrieve some heavy hitters including the man that runs the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Were Andy alive to witness this circus like calamity, he'd have sat outside, as we did, with the more colorful invitees, including drag divas Elaine Lancaster and Lady Bunny, invited by the wife of The Raleigh's owner, Tommy Hilfiger, but left out in the cold like last night's trash. Disgraceful, yes, but fabulously colorful too. One man described the scene as an embarrassing sign of the apocalypse reminiscent of the Beatles at Shea Stadium, only minus the Beatles and minus their grandiosity. At the end of the night, Cyrus wailed out a few tunes---Rick James's Super Freak and The Turtles' Happy Together--sounding like a feral cat imitating Yoko Ono. It was bad. Really bad. And at the time of this writing, the Schwarzenegger/Shrivers were said to be filing a Baker Act on their son. The rest of the crowd may or may not have made it out ok, but at the end of the night, they got to see a monumental show signaling the demise of civilization as we once knew it. 

Following that debacle, Cyrus, trying so desperately to prove she's racy, stopped by Miami's favorite 24 hour strip club, E11even, sporting a silver wig and black lace bra, arriving with clean cut boyfriend Schwarzenegger. Cyrus hopped on stage with the club's Jacko impersonator and screeched out her rendition of Billie Jean while grinding against the club's half naked dancers. Also spotted there at the table of club owner Dennis DeGori was Leo DiCaprio with artists Mr. Brainwash and Alec Monopoly, all gawking at the festive, seasonal Stripper Santa. Good times, Art Basel.  



December 03, 2014

Baseling: it's a verb. Celebs & scenery from assorted #ArtBasel (and otherwise) parties.

What used to be just a few days has turned into a week of harried events that, for some, feels like a lifetime. What follows is a cursory recap of some of those very events that will be updated until the very end, like the band playing while the Titanic sank. 

For a complete (ish) list of the parties you are missing and can maybe even actually go to, click here

Monday December 1

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A private dinner at Morimoto at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand celebrated installations by artists Rachel Lee Hovnavian and Lola Montes. In addition to the aforementioned artists, Marina Abramović, whose muse may or may not be the vagina, was also there. Here she is pictured with one of the Shelborne's owners, Dayssi Kanavos

Over in the Design District, Gucci and Spinello Projects hosted a private party for artist Kris Knight's solo exhibition, Smell the Magic. Among the notables seen there: Pictured, Knight with Anthony Spinello. Not pictured: Alia Al-Senussi, Art Basel VIP relations manager and princess whose father is a member of the royal Al-Senussi family, exiled from Libya in 1969, brewery scion Rebecca Guinness, restaurateur Michael Chow, and Miami-based collector and champion of the arts, The Fountainhead Residency's Dan Mikesell. Photo:Joe Schildhorn / Billy Farrell Agency.

Tuesday, December 2


Artist Peter Tunney, Jessica Goldman, CEO of Goldman Properties and curator of Wynwood Walls, and Joe Jonas.IMG_0580

Though it technically wasn't really an Art Basel event, the New Now Next Awards at the Kimpton Surfcomber kept a lot of potential Baselites rapt in the rain, rocking with spectacular performances by Kristin Chenoweth and Jessie J, who stole the show and displayed decidedly non diva like behavior after singing her second song in the drizzle and being told afterwards that the whole thing was never recorded. As a result, she decided to get on the wet stage and sing Bang Bang just because she was worried her audience was getting impatient and too wet. Also in attendance: A very pretty Joe Jonas who, earlier was seen at Wynwood Walls, was the evening's "DJ," although we only saw him behind a turntable for a five minute photo shop, Lance Bass, Orange is the New Black's Danielle Brooks and Lorraine Toussaint, Betty Who, host and Glee star Darren Criss, Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn, RuPaul's Drag Race champ Bianca Del Rio and, a highlight for many in the audience, Nick Reilich, also known as Nick the Gardener from the Ellen show, sporting a Speedo and nothing else.  Lots of celebs didn't make it but were sure to give shout outs to Miami on video. Sam Smith said he hopes to come down here soon, in fact. For very amateur video of Jessie J, click here.  The show airs on Logo on December 7 and MTV on December 12. Photos below: Getty.

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Jessie J Performance

Lance Bass Billy Reilich shirtless

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  Paris Hilton and Swizz Beatz attend Kehinde Wiley + GREY GOOSE Portrait Preview

Over at LIV honcho David Grutman's Miami Beach house, a Grey Goose-sponsored cocktail party for artist Kehinde Wiley's Modern Kings of Culture. There, DJ Paris Hilton, heh, Swizz Beatz, who flew in just to check out Wiley's portrait of him but preferring others, saying "I wouldn't bid on mine, I'm not gonna lie." Also seen there: Michael Bay, The Nostradamus of Trend, and Mr. Brainwash. All proceeds from the celeb portraits go to each celeb's respective charities including the Swizz Beatz Bronx Charter School for the Arts. Photo: Rodrigo Varela. 

Swiss-based Galerie Gmurzynska hosted a private dinner in celebration of their 50th anniversary at Dolce Italian where Baz Luhrmann, wife Catherine Martin, Owen Wilson, Timbaland and P. Diddy were seen stuffing their faces before heading into the after party at Rec Room. 




At Tommy Hilfiger's Miami home, a dinner in celebration of Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger's collaboration with artist Marc Quinn benefiting Autism Speaks.  Pictured: The Hilfigers; Elle Macpherson and art collector, photographer and philanthropist Jean Pigozzi

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At the hectic Maserati, Interview, DSquared, Performa event at the Thompson Miami Beach: Cars, Owen Wilson, Karolina Kurkova, Paris Hilton and dandy young socialite and son of supermodel Stephanie SeymourHarry Brant. 

And at WALL, an Art Basel fixture, Leonardo DiCaprio, admiring the female pieces of work and hanging with his homeys Tobey Maguire and Lukas Haas. Alex Rodriguez was also there "with not a care in the world, popping champagne with friends," while Lenny's daughter Zoe Kravitz was chatting up the pretty Jonas brother while David Arquette and a newly svelte rapper Rick Ross looked on. 

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Meanwhile at a private Louis Vuitton dinner, actress Michelle Williams was there in what NY Magazine called "a vision blurring shirt dress." It happened to be by LV. Also there: Kate Hudson and Miranda Kerr, also in LV.  Photos: BFA Agency

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade was doing the Basel balling Tuesday at a private party at the Ritz-Carlton Residences where he, Li-Ning and Alejandro Ingelmo unveiled their $325/pair sneakers, available exclusively at The Webster. Photo:Bob Metelus.

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Things were all abling at the Forevermark VIP Preview Reception at the Tuesday opening of the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami where DJ slash model Hannah Bronfman (Edgar Jr's daughter) spun.

Wednesday, December 3






Performance art isn't sporting a Party City wig and a Borat uni-jock, like Miley Cyrus did at her appearance at the epically disastrous Jeffrey Deitch party at The Raleigh. The real art was what was happening outside, where thousands of eager adults---grown men and women--were clamoring to get into the party like passengers on the Titanic jumping into life boats. Out back, where the line snaked up, down and along 18th Street, there was Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies bigwig and the uncle of Patrick Schwarzenegger, Ms. Cyrus's latest conquest, having a hard time getting into the mess. The young Schwarzenegger, dressed every so subtly, so preppy, was seen most of the time standing out front on a cell phone trying to guide his friends and family through the huddled masses like VIPs at Ellis Island circa the Great Immigration. Mr. Shriver couldn't get in the back, side or front entrances until his nephew came out to retrieve him. Shameful. Same goes for some others of the Kennedy/Shriver/Schwarzenegger clan, who probably never crowd surfed in Kennebunkport or anywhere else for that matter until last night. Even the party thrower, Mr. Deitch, diminutive and dapper in powder blue, had to swim through masses to get to the front to retrieve some heavy hitters including the man that runs the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Were Andy alive to witness this circus like calamity, he'd have sat outside, as we did, with the more colorful invitees, including drag divas Elaine Lancaster and Lady Bunny, invited by the wife of The Raleigh's owner, Tommy Hilfiger, but left out in the cold like last night's trash. Disgraceful, yes, but fabulously colorful too. One man described the scene as an embarassing sign of the apocalypse remniscent of the Beatles at Shea Stadium, only minus the Beatles and minus their grandiosity. At the end of the night, Cyrus wailed out a few tunes---Rick James's Super Freak and The Turtles' Happy Together--sounding like a feral cat imitating Yoko Ono. It was bad. Really bad. And at the time of this writing, the Schwarzenegger/Shrivers were said to be filing a Baker Act on their son. The rest of the crowd may or may not have made it out ok, but at the end of the night, they got to see a monumental show signaling the demise of civilization as we once knew it. 

Following that debacle, Cyrus, trying so desperately to prove she's racy, stopped by Miami's favorite 24 hour strip club, E11even, sporting a silver wig and black lace bra, arriving with clean cut boyfriend Schwarzenegger. Cyrus hopped on stage with the club's Jacko impersonator and screeched out her rendition of Billie Jean while grinding against the club's half naked dancers. Also spotted there at the table of club owner Dennis DeGori was Leo DiCaprio with artists Mr. Brainwash and Alec Monopoly, all gawking at the festive, seasonal Stripper Santa. Good times, Art Basel.  

Earlier in the evening, the antithesis of the aforementioned mess, in the form of a party and "interactive dinner" (a fancy term for buffet) hosted by Roger Dubuis, Dom Pérignon and Stephanie Seymour at the ravishing Thompson Miami Beach in celebration of The Art of Haute Horlogerie. As the champagne flowed, a calm, collected, civilized crowd waited eagerly for the hostess, former supermodel Seymour to arrive. And she did, albeit a bit late, allegedly cranky after fighting with someone who we're told definitey wasn't her mogul husband Peter Brant, whom we did not see. Cranky must be the new Botox, because Seymour, 46, was stunning, shining and spectacular. Just like the event itself. 

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Another successful affair was the one held at The Dutch for IWC Schaffhausen's Timeless Portofino gala, featuring a slew of celebs not sporting jock straps. Among them, Emily Blunt, Karolina Kurkova, James Mardsen, Adriana Lima, Sammy Sosa, Jason Alexander, David Arquette and Martina Navratilova. Solange Knowles performed a little elevator music--just kidding--she sang Losing You and there was no visible drama when she boogied down to a DJ spun tune by her sister--you may have heard of her--Beyonce.

was also spotted at the Design District opening of luxe German luggage store RIMOWA, where Eva Longoria, Karolina Kurkova and more mingled with suitcases. Nearby, Kate Hudson, hanging with Elaine Lancaster at the Chrome Hearts boutique party. 


More civility, this time at the Moore Building for the Artsy Dance Party featuring artist Shen Wei on the opening of his exhibition. Among those seen there: Ivanka Trump. Theophilus London performed. Photo/BFA: Ben Rosser. 

hosted his own dinner, thos one at the Delano's Bianca with artist Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture. There, Usher did shots of tequila before heading down to the LeBaron action in FDR. The singer was also seen at the opening of ArtHaus, a luxe VIP lounge venue for "select patrons of the Tim Goosens curated Select Art Fair," and at the convention center where he was seen partaking in some performance art involving a cell phone and female genitalia. Oh, art. Photo: BFA

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Boy band brother turned DJ Joe Jonas was at the Surf Lodge at the Deauville for the Galore Magazine party where he managed to get through some technical difficulties to spin for the crowd. Photo: Patrick McMullan

And while there were all sorts of socialites at Paul Kasmin Gallery’s PK SHOP light show themed collaborative pop-up shop with Maison de Mode at the Soho Beach House, nobody did or said it better than artist Deborah Kass:


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Thursday, December 4

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As we told you, Barbie did make her Art Basel debut Thursday night at the Thompson Miami Beach for the Jeremy Scott and Moschino party celebrating their Barbie inspired collection. There, Miley Cyrus was seen sipping Belvedere cocktails alongside Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and rapper A$AP Rocky discussing their Art Basel plans to the tune of a soundtrack spun by none other than DJ Paris Hilton. 


At the Soho Beach House for the 5th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale with Russell and Danny Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Miguel performed live and was seen hitting on Simmons's niece Angela, asking for her number and suggesting they hang out later in the night. Supermodel Nina Agdal was overheard walking up to the bar admitting that gin makes her do "wild things," starting the night with a champagne and gin cocktail with boyfriend Reid Heidenry. Also seen in the mix: actress Rosario Dawson and Lance Bass. Photo: Getty.

Roger Vivier held a swanky luncheon Thursday at the new EDITION hosted by model/designer/socialite Ines de la Fressange and Vivier's main sole man Bruno Frisoni to celebrate Ambra Medda, founder of online design marketplace L'ArcoBaleno, and the limited edition Miss Viv' L'ArcoBaleno handbag. Seen there were a slew of well heeled socialites and actress Frieda Pinto. Photo:Joe Schildhorn/BFA

From classy to trashy, Paper magazine and Svedka Vodka threw a party for Kim Kardashian's buttocks on the 7th floor of the Lincoln Road parking garage. There, the newly ubiquitous Joe Jonas, Darren Criss and Scout Willis joined a bunch of sycophants as Kanye West's "creative director" Virgil Abloh spun. Photo/Seth Browarnik.

But really, Kim who? During that spectacle, a sneaky Robert Pattinson sneaked into town to see his girlfriend FKA Twigs perform at the YoungArts III Points party. Pattinson stayed backstage and watched her entire show, hugging and kissing her when she was done. Says our spy, "They were super sweet together." Solange Knowles was also in the house, dancing to the music.

At the Canvas Condos party in the Miami Arts & Entertainment District, Entourage's Adrian Grenier turned a cooler into a drum set for his fave bad The Skins, when they realized their own skins were missing. The musical MacGyver was seen cheering the band along from the front row as they rocked the chic arty crowd.




Early in the morning, around 1 a.m., DiCaprio returned to his fave haunting grounds at Wall, where Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel (with Heidi Klum, seen with Schnabel also at the Drawing Room earlier in the night) threw an after party for the A+ list Dutch dinner earlier hosted by Aby Rosen and wife Samantha Boardman where the likes of Bethenny Frankel (in town filming some Housewives nonsense),Vera WangWiz Khalifa shared air with Baz Luhrmann in a scene that was sort of reminiscent of one of his trippy flicks. Photos: Seth Browarnik.

After stopping by the David Arquette's Bootsy Bellows--drink!--pop-up at the Shore Club and the 10AK/Up&Down--drink!--Pop Up at Rec Room, Cyrus went to her new favorite Miami spot, swank strip club E11EVEN. There, Cyrus, clad in a neon pink and green fishnet Moschino outfit, and boyfriend Schwarzenegger, was seen making out with Paris Hilton. The threesome left, "helping each other out," around 5:30 a.m. 

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, Scout Willis and Solange Knowles were all seen at the Out of Order Party at the Deauville Beach Resort's Surf Lounge--drink!--pop up. Knowles arrived at 12:30 through the back door, spinning a set of old school hip hop and tunes by her brother in law, Jay Z. Photo: BFA

Friday, December 5



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The Audemars Piguet & Peabody Essex Museum Party for Strandbeest Friday night near the W South Beach was spectacular on so many levels, among them, Dutch artist Theo Jansen's PVC version of Jurassic Park. There to witness this fantastic fusion of art and engineering were Jennifer Aniston's fiance, actor Justin Theroux, who wasn't saying much but was seen talking to Adrian Grenier and actress Freida Pinto, who told us that, on her first visit to Miami she thinks it's the kind of city that has to grow on you, but she would definitely be back for vacation. She also told us that she believes it is entirely possible for celebrities to have anonymity in Miami as long as they don't go instagramming their every move and body part. Amen to that. Also seen at the party, Serena Williams. 

Later at the Delano, for Snarkitecture and Alchemist's collaboration AIRBALL, Grenier seen mingling with "girl friends" and Robert Pattinson, cozying up in a cabana with galpal FKA Twigs. Theophilus London gave, says our spy, "an epic performance," while rappers A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz were seen in the DJ booth. 

At the Surf Lodge--drink!--pop up at the Deauville Beach resort, actress Chloe Sevigny, hanging out at her brother's--drink!--pop up, Paul's Baby Grand. The always low keyed Sevigny, sporting a baby blue pants suit, spent most of the night, surprisingly, on stage.

Leonardo DiCaprio reemerged, this time at the 10AK/Up&Down--drink!--pop-up at the Rec Room with "his usual entourage of friends and models." DiCaprio was with girlfriend du jour, Victoria's Secret model Toni Garn. Dressed in a flannel button down, jeans and a newsboy cap DiCaprio ordered several raounds of shots for his table, keeping his pals entertained by dancing and rapping to the music. 

Nearby at the Shore Club, Miley Cyrus, busy making her rounds, first at Nobu and then David Arquette's Bootsy Bellows--drink!--pop up. More on her later.

The Mondrian saw Russell Simmons and a "smoking hot female friend," earlier in the afternoon. 

Eventually many of the aforementioned ended up at the uber exclusive Haute Living, Dom Perignon and Hublot party for the debut of an exclusive exhibition by Mr. Brainwash with Eva Longoria at the waterfront estate of Loren and JR Ridinger. The scene outside was a tempered, controlled chaos where door monitors armed with iPads were busy turning down aspiring party crashers and their guests, crushing their dreams of mingling with the likes of Swizz Beatz, Serena Williams, and, cutting to the chase, the ubiquitous Cyrus and her unassuming boyfriend, the young Schwarzenegger. We may have also seen Schwarzenegger's uncle Anthony Kennedy Shriver with his best bud, Mayor Philip Levine and a man who looked like security detail, though we're not sure for whom he was working. Following that, Cyrus and Schwarz ended up at E11even Miami for the third night in a row where she was told they had no available openings. Oh well, to our dismay we guess she'll just have to keep her day job. 




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The Official VH1 + Scope Party at Mansion Friday featured a performance by Danish singer songwriter NABIHA and Swizz Beatz. There was also art, 2Chainz, and a Jonas Brother.


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Rocking a low cut navy blue dress, a huge diamond her grandmother gave her and black leather gloves, Paris Hilton showed up Friday at Wall and started spinning a mix of hits and DJ collaborations around 1 a.m. Before you laugh, we're told that people spent between $7,000 and $10,000 a table to watch this spectacle. Sister Nicky Hilton, however, got in for for free.  
Saturday, December 6

Jason Hardi, founder and CEO of muzik, the techno-cool new 'smart' headphones, threw a big party on Palm Island Saturday featuring headliner and partner Drake, who hit the decks around 10:30. 

November 25, 2014

Art Basel ad nauseam: THE list of parties & events you can & can't get into #ABMB


Blah blah blah Basel. VIP, by invitation only, exclusive, A+++++ list, royalty, and private. So many adjectives, so little art--er, time. Don't hold your breaths for that unattainable call to attend the super secret soiree starring SNL alum Stefon at the Walgreens on the corner of happy and healthy. It's just not coming. But what is, is a barrage of the bold faced and the beautiful. A motley mix of important people, semi important people and those solely important in their own minds, the ones who seem to think their presence is necessary everywhere when, in fact, that notion is as genuine as a Basquiat counterfeit. Even Barbie's coming.

Then again, an art world insider admonishes us, telling us it's not about the celebs at all, saying "Art Basel is a snore for the E! network. It's more for The Wall Street Journal crowd. The real story is that in the last 2 weeks, the auctions in NY have processed over $2 billion in sales. Miami should be a bit of a money orgy again this year." Did someone say orgy?

Whatever the case and without further adieu, the following is our annual, ridiculous list of Art Basel (December 4-7) events, official, inspired, corporatized and otherwise. Some you can go to, most you can not. Brace yourselves. Artful partying. It's what's for dinner or at least heavily-sponsored cocktails. And speaking of cocktails, do a shot every time you hear the word "pop-up."

Monday, December 1

The New York Times International Luxury conference at the Mandarin Oriental, Miamifrom December 1 through 3 has just confirmed its speaker lineup and it's a label whore's and name dropper's come true. On the roster: design entrepreneur Iris Apfel, Audemars Piguet CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias, Tod's CEO Diego Della Valle, creative director of Eco Age, Ltd. and actor Colin's wife Livia Firth, NYT fashion director Vanessa Friedman, designer Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, T Magazine editor-in-chief Deborah Needleman, Amazon VP Dr. Babak Parviz, Zegna head of design Stefano Pilati, Kering CEO and chairman Francois-Henri Pinault and more.  For more information on the conference, go to http://www.inytluxury.com/video-what-to-expect.aspx. Opening night gala takes place at the Perez Art Museum, but you may also want to keep your eyes peeled for any of the aforementioned milling around Art Basel. 

Avant Gallery at the Epic: As a prelude to Miami's Art Basel, Avant Gallery's NYC outpost was visited by the likes of Swizz Beats and Bruno Mars. Avant, which just opened its new location downtown at the Epic, is having a private opening with actor Jordi Molla (Blow, Bad Boys II), who we hear is a majorly talented artist praised by Julian Schnabel and collected by friend and co-star Johnny Depp, who received several paintings at, we're told, a "friendly discount."  On December 6, the gallery is also unveiling galaxy themed diamond dust paintings by Gold Man, better known in Miami as Joey Goldman, the scion of hte late and legendary Tony. As part of this show, 14 year old artist prodigy Skyler Grey will unveil his new work inspired by Hermes. That's a precocious and very fashionable teenager. 

Morimoto Art Basel Dinner: Private, private, private in celebration of The Shelborne Wyndham Grand's Poor Teddy MB exhibition, Rachel Lee Hovnavian's installation of 300 teddy bears (!) and Lola Montes' series of paintings exploring Heaven, which for some this week, is just an elusive dream. 

Shifting the Paradigm: Opening night MOCA VIP reception for artist George Edozie's "Shifting the Paradigm" will feature Nigerian royalty, Igwe Nnayelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, better known as the Obi of Onitsha. Royal pedigree required. 

Preview of Kris Knight's Exhibition, Smell The Magic: Hosted by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, the exclusive, invite only preview of Canadian painter Kris Knight's latest takes place at Spinello Projects from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

MIAMI Magazine's Art & Power Issue Party: Private Design District cocktail kicking off the week of power people and power trips featuring the unveiling of David Lebo's latest collection. 

Michelle Bernstein's Pop-Up Restaurants at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden: Bernstein is offering two dining situations, one fancier than the other. That one, Michy's Pop Up, will feature "a  diverse selection of light and appetizing tapas, starters, plats de resistance and desserts." Reservations are a must and this will be serving only from Wednesday December 3 through Saturday Deember 6 from 6pm to 11pm in the garden's Banyan Room. Then there's the more casual Garden Cafe, open Monday December 1-Sunday December 7 for lunch. No reservations required. Could be a good place to spot important people. http://michyspopup.com. 

La Force de Femmes au Naturel at the Mayfair Hotel: Benefiting The Sabrina Cohen Foundation, this exhibition featuring portraits by artist Henry Perez features "fifty of Florida's fabulous females without any retouching or Photoshop." Egads! This one is open to the public and for a good cause, so just go.  7 p.m. to 9 p.m. RSVP is a must to art@conroymartinez.com or 305-445-7550.

Gobal Fine Arts Awards Live Ceremony: A public event announcing awards winners from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Villa Azur. Reservations@villaazurmiami.com

Conrad Miami Salutes the Cultural Champions of Miami: A private kick-off luncheon at Atrio features an impressive guest list of people who brought art to Miami before it was cool to do so. 

The Unveiling of L'Atelier Residences: What better week than this one to debut brand new zillion dollar condoes lik ethis one designed by Holly Hunt? A private party at Hunt's Design District outpust will reveal the plans and potential buyers. Proof of residency in the 1% is required. Otherwise, skedaddle. 

Tuesday, December 2

Get-attachmentFree Warhol Inspired Drinks for Christie's Warhol exibition ticket holders: Those who visit the Andy Warhol at Christie's exhibition on the 5th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami from December 2 through 4 can bring their ticket to db Bistro Moderne for a free warhol inspired cocktail such as the Pop Art, red wine, Coke, and lime juice served in a Campbell's soup can. Factoid:Daniel Boulud cooked for Warhol back in the 80s. 

The Shoe, Featuring The Hunger Games Actress Jenna Malone, Performing at The Thompson: The Shoe, a two-artist band featuring actress Jena Malone and Lem Jay Ignacio, will give two--drink!--pop-up performances at the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel. No Hunger Games-esque antics needed to get in. Performances are public and tajing place at 6 p.m. in the Seagrape Lounge and at 9:30 p.m. in the Crown Room. 

Interview Magazine & DSquared2 Host Performa's 10th Anniversary: Maserati is also involved int his swanky soiree at the spanking new Thompson Miami Beach from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Performa is the leading organization decdicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of 20th century art so you better believe there's going to be a great show at this one. Private. 

ksubi--drink!--Pop-Up Shop and Parties: Australia's renegade anti-fashion denim line is emerging at Art Basel with a shop at the Vintro Hotel from Tuesday through Sunday where, on Thursday, rappers ASAP Ferg and ASAP Nast will be shopping there, but don't tell anyone we told you. Also on Thursday, a ksubi party at The Electric Pickle, 10:30 p.m. featuring a performance by the aforementioned ASAP Nast. 

Discobox at Basement: Discobox, the lounge in the basement at Miami Beach's new EDITION hotel, 2901 Collins Ave., has a lineup including DJ Harvey on Tuesday, Horsemeat Disco on Wednesday, James Murphy and Soul Clap on Thursday, a special disco set by Lee Foss on Friday and Louie Vega on Saturday. Doors open at 11 every night. Entry will be predictably choosy. 

Grey Goose Celebrates Modern Kings of Culture: At a private South Beach residence, artist Kehinde Wiley will unveil his portraits of, among others, Spike Lee, Swizz Beatz & Carmelo Anthony

Wynwood Walls 2014 The Art of Collaboration: A private VIP party precedes the 9 p.m. public opening of the exhibition featuring works by Swoon, Cleon Peterson & Shepard Fairey, Pose & Revok, Haas & Hahn, Daleast & Cryptik, and Faith 47 & Alexis Diaz, Case and Kenny Scharf.

Dwyane Wade, Li-Ning & Alejandro Igelmo at Ritz-Carlton Residences: Renaissance man D. Wade has collaborated with shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmo and Chinese sporting goods brand Li Ning to debut the Way of the Wade Third Element Collection, available exclusively and in limited quantities starting December 3 at The Webster for $325 per pair and previewing at a private party on December 2 at the Ritz-Carton Residences on Miami Beach. 

Louis Vuitton Playing With Shapes: Pierre Paulin's never released circa 1972 "modular furniture design" will preview to private Design Miami audiences in the Design District. 

i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin Opening Reception: A private 7 p.m. opening party for The Savannah College of Art and Design's exhibition at Mana Miami, 318 NW 23rd St., exploring fashion, film and painting through the work of uber celebrity, artist, musician, performer, etc, etc. André 3000 Benjamin (formerly just André 3000, but taking a page from the playbook of the likes of Rick, not Ricky, Schroder). 3000--er, Benjamin will also be on hand for a panel discussion 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. 

Logo TV's New Now Next Awards Live from Kimpton Surfcomber: Ok, so this really has absolutely nothing to do with Art Basel other than piggybacking off the timing and the good weather, but still. This could mean that some real celebs may be passing through town because the show is taking place live from the Kimpton Surfcomber at 8 p.m.  Performing live: Jessie J and Betty Who,  while Joe Jonas will do duties as the celebrity DJ. Also expected physically in town: A Great Big World, actor/comedian/drag queen Bianca Del Rio,  Frankie Alvarez (HBO's Looking), comedian Hannah Hart, Lance Bass, Orange is the New Black's Lorraine Toussaint and Danielle Brooks, Michael J. Willett (MTV's Faking It), comic Nicole Byer, Raul Castillo (HBO's Looking), Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn and LGBT youth advocate and YouTube personality Tyler Oakley. Not at all open to the public but now you know where to go stalk a Jonas brother. 

The Teepee Project Opening Party: Taking place poolside at the Mondrian, this party celebrates the inaugural exhibition of historic teepee paintings by Jen Stark and Misaki Kuwai. teepeeproject@mhgc.com 

Le Baron 10 Year Anniversary: The posh Parisian party returns to FDR at the Delano for its 10 year anniversary now through Sunday, December 7. And unless you can ID yourself as the real Banksy, you aren't getting in, though Le Baron has not be so impervious to vile party crashers in the past so who knows, but bonne chance

Cecconi's 4 to 7 Happy Hour: "The epicenter of artists, celebs and art lovers," Cecconi's new happy hour is no longer limited to the bar area and features $4 to $7 menu items Tues-Sat from, yep, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A good place to spot important folks and those who love them. 

Forevermark Diamonds' VIP preview reception for the opening of ICA Miami: Private party featuring lots of real bling and a preview of the Institute of Contemporary Art, 4040 NE 2nd Ave., whose grand opening, also private, follows.  

Morgans Hotel Group & Munchies present : Dinner Party: A special guest chef will cook for a private group hosted by Daniel Arsham, Misaki Kawai, Alex Mustonen, Jen Stark, Baron Von Shante, Doreen Remen and Light Box

Miami Ad School--drink--Pop-Up Lounge: Said to be for press (and hopefully not the editors in chief of condo newsletters and assorted fraudulent blogs) and "VIPs" only, the newly relocated to Wynwood Miami Ad School has teamed with 221 Cafe, Lulu's Nitrogen Ice Cream, Lemon City Tea Company, and more to offer the beleaguered boldfacers free swag, massages, sustenance, Whispering Angel rosé and more. 

Wednesday, December 3

Miley Cyrus at The Raleigh: New Raleigh owner Tommy Hilfiger, gallerist Jeffrey Deitch and V Magazine tapped Miley Cyrus to perform at the big Art Basel opening night party. A far cry from Beth Ditto and The Gossip, but we're sure Cyrus and her tongue will make for a spectacular spectacle. No way are you getting in. 

The Surf Lodge at Deauville: A pop-up (shots!) of Montauk's beachy keen Surf Lodge emerges at the Deauville during NADA with private dinners hosted by the likes of photographer Francesco Carrozzini and actress Chloe Sevigny, poolside tiki cocktails with a roster of indie bands like St Lucia, The Kin, and G Love, a special performance by newlywed Solange Knowles on Thursday, and late nights hosted by Paul Sevigny with a spate of buzzy DJ's like Chelsea Leyland, Mia Moretti, and Alexandra Richards. On Sunday, they will close out the weekend with the hot Sunday party hosted by GoldBar's Jonny Lennon. Dinners are private, daytime pool and band activities are open to the public and late nights are "selective." Good luck. 

Bootsy Bellows Hotel at the Shore Club: David Arquette's vaudevillian LA night club takes up temporary residency Wednesday through Sunday at the Shore Club featuring, among othe rthings, DJ Danny Stern, Paul Oakenfold, Jesse Jo Stark, a Louis Carreon art show and a closing pool party. Private. 

ArtHaus Vernissage: the Mercedes-AMG and Lufthansa First Class-sponsored party featuring Pointy Snout-sponsored caviar and Moet Hennessy-sponsored cocktails at 72nd and Collins will feature an appearance by Usher and a performance by hip hopper Vic Mensa.  Private. 

Lauren Moshi Gallery Event: From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Lou La Vie "Gallery," artist turned thsirt designer debuts her newest line of t-shirts called, appropriately, Emptiness. Private. 

Esteban del Valle and Won Kim Live at Oolite: Brooklyn-based del Valle, whose Martyrs of Street Art garnered some major attention, and Chicago-based Kim, a chef and artist, will be at Oolite at 6 p.m. 

Art Africa Miami Arts Fair: Free admission from December 3-7 at 801 NW 3rd Ave. December 3 opening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. follows the opening night of Soul Basel Overtown: A Celebration of Art, Music and Culture in Colored Town that will showcase the works of the late Overtown artist Purvis Young at the Lyric Theatre. The AAMAF gallery opens daily from 11am-7pm.  

Sanctuary at Casa Elyx: A private penthouse hideaway for invitees only at the EDITION hotel featuring, among other things a showase of Cidade Matarazzo, considered South America's most groundbreaking art event of the year. 

Beck's Access at Miami Art Week: From December 3-6 Beck's brand new independent music program jumps on the Basel bandwagon with events held all over town from The Electric Pickle, Bardot, Grand Central and Treehouse. In addition to the III Points/YoungArts shows listed below for December 4, artists participating include A$AP Ferg, Pete Tong, Soul Clap and Wolf +Lamb, Dixon, Less Foss, Bob Moses, and more. For specifics, go to www.becksaccess.com

Canvas and Canere: An Evolution of Street Culture: Street artists Louis Carreon, Angela China and David Lavernia along with musicians Brendan O’Hara and the Rescue, Angela Laino and Artoficial to "transform the Gale Hotel into a living expression of art and music."  This one is open to the public.

Diane von Furstenberg at Aventura Mall: The legendary desginer DVF will make an appearance at her new boutique in the small city known as Aventura Mall from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. December 3 in celebration of the launch of her new book, "The Woman I Wanted to Be," which could very well be the title of many an Aventura shoppers' autobios as well. There will be champagne, hors d'oeuvres and book signing. Open to the public with RSVP to j.caracciola@dvf.com.

Trochut's Binary Prints: Spanish artist Alex Trochut has designed cover art for Katy Perry and The Rolling Stones but from 6 p.m. to  10 p.m. December 3, Trochut's Binary Prints collection of optical art is closed for an invitation only party. That being said, his stuff will be on view at the SPECTRUM Miami Art Show, 2011 NE 1st Ave. from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Stellar International Art Foundation and NetJets Present MF Husain: Private event showcasing the work of the late Indian artist at Villa Azur.

Eva Longoria and Dieter Morszeck Celebrate RIMOWA's 1st Miami Store: In celebration of the German luggage store's first Miami outpost, they commissioned artist Neville Wakefield to create a limited edition "installation" of suitcases. And when you hear suitcases, you immediately think of Eva Longoria, who will be at the private opening on NE 40th St. sometime between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Also expected: Solange Knowles, who also makes you think of luggage. Or at least baggage.

Roger Dubuis & Stephanie Seymour Celebrate the Art of Haute Horlogerie: As much as you want to think Horlogerie has something to do with the study of a certain type of liberal man or woman, it actually means watchmaking, which makes sense because Roger Dubuis is a watchmaker. Seymour is a former supermodel married to art collector slash mogul Peter Brant. They know how to roll. Dom Perignon will also host the aforementioned at a private dinner in a private bungalow at a recently opened hotel that may or may not rhyme with Thompson. This is a good one and one you won't get even close to unless you can spell horlogerie in ten different languages. 

UOVOxNEWD presents New & Site-Specific Projects from SIGNAL and metro pcs: Private party at Freehand Miami.

Art For Life Art Auction: Hosted by Russell and Danny Simmons, the board of directors of Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Sun Capital Partners co-CEO Marc J. Leder, this one taking place at a private South Beach residence is for the bona fide, true blue art collectors with auctioneers Simon de Pury and Sara Friedlander offering up works by Sante D'Orazio, Shepard Fairey, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales--yep, that's Wills to the rest of us--Mr. Brainwash, Rashid Johnson, Carrie Mae Weems, Derrick Adams, Renee Cox, Shinique Smith, Rashaad Newsome, Kehinde Wiley and Dustin Yellin. Private, private, private. 

Chrome Hearts Miami--wait for it--Pop-Up Shop Launch: Fashion, art, yadda, yadda, yadda from 7:30 p.m. at 4025 NE 2nd Ave featuring a live performance by Zoe Kravitz which could mean an appearance by her proud dad Lenny and or mom Lisa. Private. 

Art Basel Crowdfunding Meet & Greet: Back in September, Art Basel launched its Crowdfunding Inititative in conjunction with Kickstarter and lo and behold, a whiping $170k was raised via 935 backers to benefit non profit visual arts organizations. That may not be enough to buy some newsworthy piece of work, but it's still impressive. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday you can meet the teams who started all this at the Garden Oasis in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Maybe you'll get some insider tips on art. Or something. 

Snarkitecture Private Dinner: Developed by Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen, Snarkitecture searches "for sites within architecture with the possibility for confusion or misuse, [aiming] to make architecture perform the unexpected." More expected than the performance of architecture are the hosts for the private dinner at the Delano, where Snarkitecture is exhibited through December 14 (that is open to the public!): the aformentioned Arsham, Mustonen and, er, um, Usher. Yep. Or, rather, yeah, yeah, yeah, Usher. 

IWC Schaffhausen's A Portofino Affair Exhibit Launch, Dinner & After Party Starring: Emily Blunt, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima and, randomly, Miami Heat player Ray Allen: Don't even think about trying to crash this one at The W South Beach, though you may catch the stahhhs sashaying on the red carpet around, say, 7:30pm or 9:30pm. The exhibit, incidentally, shot by famed fotog Peter Lindberg, features the aforementioned (minus Allen) plus (not expected to appear) Christoph Waltz, Cate Blanchett, Ewan McGregor and more sporting IWC's newly launched Portofino Midsize Collection watches. Yep, watches. Keyword #corporatization, remember? But they are pieces of work. Just like the dinner guests at this affair and apres party. Excellent people watching is promised if you can get near.

Paul Kasmin Gallery's PK Shop opening/Maison de Mode's MdM collaborative light show themed pop-up installation #LIGHTSHOP: A private 'cocktail' celebrating the aforementioned takes place from 3pm to 5pm at Soho Beach House that will eventually be opened to everyone else who has access to Soho from 11am to 6pm December 4-7. Artists involved include Mattia Bonetti, Saint Clair Cemin, FriendsWithYou, Marcia Grostein, Deborah Kass, Claude LalanneElle MuliarchykIvan NavarroCourtney Smith, Jen Stark, among others. 

Queen of the Night: One of NYC's biggest performance art events will make its debut outside of Gotham at 10 p.m. at the  Miami Beach Theater in the form of Celebrating Women In Art: CREATIVE ROYALTY, bringing together "top names in music, art, fashion and film." In addition to an interactive performance fusing dance, cuisine, circus theater and nightlife into a wholly immersive experience," the party continues afterwards with "specially curated nightlife" by Grammy and Emmy Award winning artist Nicole Erlich along with  NYC nightclub Up&Down. Among the performances: Millie Brown's Suspended by Optimism, where the artist will suspend herself from a fleet of helium balloons, Natalie White's Girl in a Box and DJs by top femake artists and "top secret performances." The feminine mystique indeed. This trippy event benefits the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A Sackler Center for Feminist Art and School of Doodle and is open to the public via tickets at https://womeninart.ticketsocket.com/.

Bally's Triangle Walks--Installation by KOLKOZ Opening Party: We have no clue either, but it's at the Delano Beach Club and it's private. 

Natale Sulla Luna: A Lunar Christmas by Simon Carpentier at E11Even Miami: The composer responsible for Cirque du Soleil productions such as Zumanity is previewing his latest at Miami's racy E11even Miami from 11pm to 5am December 3-5. Not only will the show be something to see, so will the crowd. Keep an eye on this one. 

Alexo Wandael ITALIANY in collaboration with Peroni Nastro Azzurro: A private opening reception at The James Royal Palm will feature a who's who of local and not so locals whose portraits make up this collection of "key Italian influencers in Miami and the significant impact of Italian style and heritage on American culture." 

Galleria Ca' d'Oro and Primopiano TV honor photographer/director Fabrizio Cestari: More Italianates, this time at The Standard Spa, where Cestari, who has photographed the likes of Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Spike Lee and Willem Dafoe, will be honored with a sit down dinner (dress code: "artistic chic") to which you are not invited and to which none of the aforementioned subjects are expected. 

Consign of the Times Art Basel (drink!) Pop Up Shop: Kicking off at 11 p.m. (until 9 p.m.) at 135 NE 40th St., this swanky second hand scene saw the likes of Vogue's European editor-at-large Hamish Bowles and designer Joseph Altuzarra. It's also the perfect place to pick up anything from an exotic Birkin bag to some special Chanel and Valentino threads kept under lock and key all year only to be unleashed during this crazy, crazy, flush funded crowd surge. Open to the public through Saturday, December 6. 

gastroPod 2.0: In celebration of its fifth year, the OG of Miami food trucks is going big and trendsetting, morphing into a grounded Wynwood shipping container just in time for the rabid, hungry Art Basel crowd. As we told you months ago, the shipping container incarnation, deemed gastroPod 2.0, will be serving from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 160 NW 26th St. The menu is an homage to Pulp Fiction's 20th anniversary. "Expect Big Kahuna burgers, 5 dollar shakes, etc.," said Chef Jeremiah, who tells us gastropod will be the official catering operation at the Miami Project tent in Midtown across from the Target near 36 street. The grab and go cafe will serve Panther coffee, sandwiches, salads and the debut of Jeremiah's newest brainchild, Noodle Head, featuring different fresh hand made noodle shapes, 5 different sauces, and add on garnishes. 

Flaunt Magazine, Guy Gerber & Joe's Jeans' Subject to Change Meets Rumors: At the SLS South Beach, an arty performance by a trio of LA-based artists who go by the name of WIFE and DJ/producer/musician and Diddy collaborator Guy Gerber.Private.

The Art Of Fashion: An exhibition featuring well heeled designers Manolo Blahnik, Christian Loboutin, Roger Vivier and Melissa Shoes for three days from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Wednesday party from 11 a.m. to noon is private. From there, you can indeed step your own feet into it via http://www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Calendar/2014-2015-Season/The-Art-of-Fashion-Show/The-Art-of-Fashion-Show/.

Artsy Dance Party: Hosted by Artsy CEO Carter Cleveland, Artsy investor and Rupert ex Wendi Murdoch, venture capitalist Peter Thiel, and art collector slash girlfriend of zillionaire Roman Abramovich, Dasha Zhukova, this private, private, private party at The Moore Building will feature  artist Shen Wei (on the eve of his exhibition opening at MDCs Freedom Tower) and music by Theophilus London and NAR.

Thursday, December 4

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami Party: Hosted by SHFT.COM co-founders Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer, the A&E District party honors artist Pedro Reyes with sounds by Latin Grammy nominated DJ Mr. Pauer. Invitation only. 90 NE 17th St.

Disaronno Terrace at the Gale: Invite only from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring pop artist Jeremy Penn, however, Cat Shell channels Kitty Carmichael for a night of 1920s jazz remixed at the Regent Cocktail Club from 10 p.m. to midnight. That is open to the public.

Moschino's Barbie-Inspired Collection After Party: We told you Barbie would be here. From 9 p.m. till midnight at the Thompson Miami Beach she will be feted by Belvedere, designer Jeremy Scott and Moschino featuring DJ (heh) Paris Hilton, The Misshapes and Mazurbate. No chance. 

Crooks & Castles and Naturel's "Castles in Miami": The Cali clothing company is throwing a private event featuring art, music by Va$htie and Heroes x Villains. Private on NW 25th St.

Faconnable x Jean Cocteau Capsule Collection: Private party at The Webster from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

1OAK and Up & Down---shots time!--Pop-Up at Rec Room Hosted by RETNA and hoerle-guggenheim Gallery: LA-based RETNA is known for his "distinctive constructed script derived from Blackletter, Egyptian hieroglyphics, Arabic and Hebrew calligraphy as well as traditional types of street-based graffiti." Kanye West creative director Virgil Abloh will provide the music. Party is "exclusive guest list only," say the party people.  Same story on Saturday night as well. 

KIND's #ICHOOSEART Campaign: That healthy snack bar company is promoting youth art, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Brick House Wynwood, 187 NW 28th St., where young talent will show off their stuff. The event is free and open to the public and kicks off a series of--wait for it--pop-up performances taking place throughout Miami over the weekend. To RSVP to the Brickhouse event, click here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/kinds-ichooseart-showcase-gallery-night-art-basel-miami-2014-tickets-14368012111

Raspoutine Paris at Baoli Miami: From now through the weekend, Parisian nightclub Rasoputine takes over Miami Beach's Euro-centric Baoli, which promises to cater to "hedonistic European cabaret lovers looking for a taste of Russian influence." Can you get in? Nyet. Just kidding and looking for an excuse to write 'nyet'. You probably can if you have or happen to be some serious arm candy.

Art on the Move: Ron Terada's Soundtrack for an Exhibition and Simón Vega's Project RoomDaniel Arsham's installation Welcome to the Future: Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave., opening reception for exhibition that features "thousands of calcified artifacts of 20th century media devices, including boom boxes, electric guitars, Blackberries, Nintendo controllers" and more "preserved like petrified wood or the figures of Pompeii" is ooen to the public at 7 p.m. 

Rolex Party: Again, what better week to introduce a $50,000 watch than this one? Private unless you're in the market for a Rolex, of course. 

III Points/National YoungArts Foundation Presents FKA Twigs & Clams Casino, James Blake and SKTRKT: The III Points music, art and tech festival joins with YoungArts to present a few nights of big names including English songwriter, singer, producer, dancer and alleged Robert Pattinson girlfriend FKA Twigs and hip hop producer Clams Casino. On Friday, English electronic producer, singer/songwriter James Blake headlines, and on Saturday, it's SBTRKT (pronounced Subtract), the Aaron Jerome led musical project that has remixed for the likes of Mark Ronson, Radiohead and Basement Jaxx. All three shows take place at the YoungArts campus on Biscayne and cost $25 to $37. The first and last start at 7 p.m. while Blake goes on at 8 p.m. http://www.showclix.com/events/17588

Danny Clinch Book Release Party: Music photog Danny Clinch celebrates his book Still Moving with a private party at Dream Hotel's Highbar featuring a DJ set by The Kills' Alison Mosshart and performances by Clinch's Tangiers Blues Band with special guest Robert Randolph of funk/soul band Robert Randolph and the Family Band. In addition to Clinch's work, Morrison Hotel Gallery, D'Angelo Guitars and Dream South Beach are also presenting photography by the iconic Stevie Nicks.

Nautical|Naughty at Art Basel Miami: Invited guests only will join artist Seth Minkin and Barton & Gray Mariners Club for an evening of yachts and art at the Mondrian where they will gawk at big boats and nautical paintings including the debut of Minkin's titillatingly titled "Naked People Doing Drugs."

ATC / British Knights Basel After Party: 10pm at Freehand Miami, this open to the public party celebrates the relaunch of NYC-based shoe and streetwear company British Knights. 

2 Live Crew, Sean Price at The Stage: Miami's own legally offensive rap renegades perform live at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St/ Tickets are $25 at the door which opens at 9 p.m.. On Saturday, Sean Price from Boot Camp Clik/Duck Down Records performs there along with DJs Heron, Ynot and Johnny Walker Red. Tickests are $40 at the door. Doors open at 10 p.m. 

Dom Pérignon ~ Metamorphosis hosted by Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel: Lady killer Schnabel, who, a few Basels ago was said to be hooking up with Demi Moore and is currently, seemingly doing the same with Heidi Klum, and his bros, gallerist Alex Dellal and Stavros Niarchos, heir to a Greek shipping fortune, team up with Dom for one of Basel's most star-studded, A-list, uber private, late night, early morning parties at Wall at the W South Beach where random celebs party and pose with each other in an unchoreographed, unrehearsed piece of hedonistic performance art. 

Life and Death Art Basel by PlOt & Grand Central: Miami's venerable house music party Aquabooty and indie pioneers Poplife team up with Life and Death and Pl0T record labels for a 10-hour affair that "shall not resemble a conventional club night or yet another label showcase," they say. "Expect mind boggling music, Life and Death's distinct art direction and a physical transformation of Grand Central and The Garret's performance areas." Open to the public. Get tickets here http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?634957

Robert Curran Gallery Opening hosted by supermodel Petra Nemcova: The Miami resident photographer whose works appear in the collections of, among other people, the King of Jordan, opens his very own gallery showcasing his extensive collection of travel photos and hosted by the comely Nemcova, who told us, "Robert Curran has been a dear friend of mine since I started the happy hearts foundation which helps to re build safe-resilient schools in places hit by natural disaster. We have traveled the world together and his works represent his love of travel and discovering all cultures living on this planet. Hosting this event lets me now support one of his great loves, photography.” (By invitation only)

Cocktails Under the Stars at The Betsy: The owners of the most literate hotel on Ocean Drive host a private cocktail party on the rooftop deck from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Unveiling of the Limited Edition Hennessy Privilege Decanted Collection by Jon Buscemi: High end sneaker designer Jon Buscemi debuts his contribution to booze culture at a private unveiling at 7 pm somewhere on Collins Ave.

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 5th Anniversary Party Hosted by Russell & Danny Simmons, featuring headliner Miguel: Taking place from 7pm to 10pm at the Soho House South Beach Tents, this one is a good one, a private one of course, featuring "an elite mix of celebrities, socialites and art industry influencers" fawning over the 12 finalists of the annual Artisan Series competition, whose winner will be announced sometime before, after or during a special performance by Miguel. 

Dale Chihuly at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: The OG of glass art returns to Fairchild to celebrate the launch of his latest exhbition that will be on view there from December 6 to May 31. A few private events feature the man himself, including a tram tour that he will both lead and narrate for a select few on Thursday at 10am. On Saturday, December 6 Chihuy will have a panel discussion and book signing that will be open to the public, time TBA, and for Art Basel and Design Miami VIP cardholders, Fairchild's annual Art Basel Brunch & Art Tours from 9am to noon on Sunday, December 7. 

Queen Biennial at the Hotel Gaythering: LGBT heavy hitters are expected to stop by the Lincoln Road stay between December 4 and 7 for a "national survey focusing on the current moment in Queer/LBGT culture" curated by Ruben Esparza. Among the highlights: performance artist Ben Cuevas will knit himself a jock strap while nude. Yep. 

The World of Mr Nobody & Mr Somebody launch: The appropriately titled event, co-created by Sharon Lombard and said to "blur the boundaries between design and contemporary art" is hosted by Design District grand poobah Craig Robins along with Lombard and former Wolfsonian director Cathy Leff. "Part fashion store, part design exhibit, part art installation, part marketplace," The World of Mr Nobody & Mr Somebody will feature "fashion mavericks"  Walter Van Beirdendonck and Bernhard Willhelm, with photography by Miles ladin, graphic works by Peet Pienaar and more clothing by Superella. The party, from, 7pm to 10pm at 91 NE 40th St., is private, but then opens to the regular folk on December 1-15 from 11am to 8pm. 

Disaronno Terrace at the Gale Hotel: Invitation only featuring a DJ Christa Marie.

AD Oasis: Architectural Digest's 4th annual three-day VIP only hideaway at the James Royal Palm is for those in dire need of resting their well heeled souls in a stylish setting. This one's been envisioned by designer Thom Filicia and will feature art and design galleries, free booze and food,live DJ series, mini-spa, and more because Bahhhsel is sooooooo exhausting. 

BBQ with Chris Blackwell: Former Miami music mogul Chris Blackewell is hosting an uber private, reggae-tuned BBQ at the Shore Club. 

PAMM Presents Future Brown featuring Kelela: An arty affair at PAMM featuring the first U.S. performance by Kuwait-born underground dance supergroup Future Brown featuring the vocals of rising R&B star Kelela. Private.

Ruco Line by Ludmilla Radchenko: Galleria Ca' d'Oro teams up with high end kicks line Ruco along with Consul General of Italy Adofo Barattolo for a 6 p.m. VIP cocktail featuring a fashion show created by Euro pop star Ludmilla Radchenko

Psychic Portraits | One-on-One Performance by Karen Finley: Part of Aqua Art Miami, performance artist Karen Finley will be painting "psychic portraits" in the Aqua courtyard, 1530 Collins Ave., from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. December 4-6. The half hour, one-on-one sessions are strictly between  artist and subject and the tongue in cheek result can be yours for just $2,000. Sessions can be purchased through Coagula Curatorial's booth and the Coagula Video Lounge at Aqua. For more zany Aqua events, go to http://www.aquaartmiami.com/.

Friday, December 5

Common and Spike TV Celebrate Framework: A toast to the new Spike TV series Framework, a furniture design competition series, at the W Hotel featuring the show's host (!), rapper Common and special guest DJ Hannah Bronfman, co-founder of  GreenOwl, an environmentally sustainable record label, and daughter of mogul and former Warner Music Group CEO Edgar, Jr. 

Footsteps to Freedom: Not all Art Basel events are soulless. iPads for Soldiers presents an interactive art exhibit featuring authentic combat boots worn by soldiers in Afghanistan. Open to the public from 3 p.m. daily December 5 to 7, the exhibit at 2121 NW 2nd Ave. in Wynwood will feature boots transformed by the likes of Shepard Fairey, RETNA, Mark Cherry, Dolly Parton and Pete Wentz. A launch party open to the publuic (donations accepted) takes place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. December 5. RSVP to hellochrisfoundation@gmail.com. 

Francois Frossard Unveils His New Office/Show Room: Interior Francois Frossard, known for many swanky interiors including SET's, is unveiling his new Wynwood-inspired office space slash showroom with a private party featuring exhibitions by luxe furniture designers including Boca do Lobo and Maximo Caminero. 

Free Art Basel Happy Hour at Viceroy Miami: The Brickell hotel's 15th & Vine Kitchen & Bar is throwing a free happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that includes food and one cocktail as well as art by French artist Duaív, whose immigration to the US was sponsored by classical music bigwig Yo-Yo Ma

Club Monaco Lincoln Road Party: In celebration of its opening on South Beach's shopping mall, Club Monaco has paired with gallerist Jeffrey Deitch, who will feature street style artist Olek in a window display in which he will crochette 200 pieces of Club Monaco clothing. Party is invitation only but window gawking is free and open to the public. Knit one, pearl two. 

Ahol Sniffs Glue at Mokai: Although this sounds like it could be a recurring event, the street artist who goes by the dubious name of Ahol Sniffs Glue is hosting a "Basel Backyard BBQ" for his friends in the courtyard of Mokai where there will be hot dogs, beer and a--drink!--pop-up faux tattoo parlor giving out eyeball tattoos. Open to the public for just $10. 

Live Photoshoot with Nina Agdal: Dynamic photog duo Markus & Koala will shoot supermodel Nina Agdal at a Photo Magazine and Markowicz Fine Art party at the Natonal Hotel. This is strictly by invitation only

Official VH1 + Scope Party: Danish singer songwriter Nabiha performs live with DJ sets by Swizz Beatz and Zen Freeman featuring Noesis: a multimedia art installation by Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic, winner of See.Me Year in Review Grand Prize at SCOPE New York. Mansion. By invite only. 

Mr. Brainwash Life Is Beautiful Unveiling: JR and Loren Ridinger along with Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe and Eva Longoria host a party for the unveiling of the artist's latest. Very private. Confirmation code and all. 

Ocean Drive and Duke Spirits: Hollywood Exposed: American Icons: The magazine and the spirits co. kill a few birds with one issue, celebrating the cover star Krysten Ritter, the presence of Duke founder and John's son Ethan Wayne and fotog John R. Hamilton's never before seen photos of Hollywood royalty at the W South Beach from Johnny Cash and Brigitte Bardot to Paul Newman, none of who, sadly, will be there. Ever. Nor will you. 

PULSE After-Party: Celebrating 10 Years: DJ Michna and Sam Valenti VI of indie label Ghostly International do the music while artist Alexandre Valerio conjures up a "special interactive experience." Shore Club. Private. 

Laure Heriard Dubreuil and The Webster's Preview of An Installation by Maxwell Snow:  By invitation only preview of photog Maxwell Snow's latest installation at the posh Collins Ave. boutique. 4 p.m.

Reggae Roots Rock for Art Basel Weekend: Not even closely related to Art Basel but taking place during, two of Miami's best reggae roots rock acts play at Jazid on December 5 and 6. Inna Sense plays Friday, Le Revol on Saturday. Doors open for both at 9 p.m. Cover is just $10. Not a bad way to escape the Basel frazzle. 

Hunter & Gatti's "I Will Make You a Star": Running through the entire month at Katsuya at the SLS Hotel South Beach, the creative duo premieres their latest series of works featuring overpainted celeb portraits of, among others, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams and Jamie Dornan. A VIP party that you can't get into will be hosted by model Toni Garrn.

Wall Miami Beach Art Basel Edition With Guest DJ Paris Hilton: Since her singing career didn't pan out too well, the woman who launched a thousand Kardashians will show off her scratching skills Friday night. Those of us who remember her, cough, vocal debut at the now defunct Pawn Shop many moons ago think this is a very good move on her part. Open to the public, but at doorman's discretion so approach at your own risk. 

Phenomenal Amarante: Uber exclusive, invitation only in the lobby of The Wolfsonian featuring a musical performance by Rodrigo Amarante de Castro Neves, a Brazilian singer songwriter, instrumentalist, and arranger and Eric Cade Schoenborn, a Miami based artist whose Phenonenal Experience Agency blends technology, art and collaboration for "fun and social change." 

Uprise Art Presents: The Young Collectors Lounge: Freehand Miami's private event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for young patrons groups of museums and art institutions nationwide.

Free Arts NYC Charity Dreamcatcher Workshop: Open to the public, yet ticketed event benefiting Free Arts NYC and hosted by Free Arts' head Britt McVicker. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-basel-miami-dream-catcher-workshop-to-benefit-free-arts-nyc-tickets-14036245789 

Audemars Piguet & Peabody Essex Museum's Sunset Party for Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen: Dutch artist Jansen builds gigantic, moving mechanisms out of PVC known as Strandbeest. In 1979, he built a helium-filled PVC UFO that, to this day, still hasn't been found. Fascinating stuff. The Sunset party is private but keep an eye out for any moving PVC pipes around 5 p.m. from the areas around, say, the ocean and 21st and 22nd Streets 

Pushing Boundaries-A Contemporary Art Exhibit & Cocktail Event: A night night--get your shots ready--pop-up poolside at the Delano featuring works by Matthew Satz, Greg Haberny, Shay Kun, Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring and more. Private.

Airball at Delano-Snarkitecture vs. Alchemy featuring performane by Pusha T, Travis Scott and DJ set by Virgil Abloh: A late night party that may be penetrable with RSVP@CarmaPR.com.

Surface Avant Guardian Exhibition Opening at the Mondrian South Beach: 3-5pm. RSVP on SurfaceMag.com/avg2014

EDITION Hotel Party: Ian Schrager's contribution to Marriott Hotels celebrates its Miami location and Art Basel with a late night party hosted by luxe art and lifestyle publication, Whitewall Magazine. Private, private, private. 

Saturday, December 6

Paul Van Dyk at Club Space: The acclaimed DJ just released his latest production, "Only in a Dream," and for fans, it's a dream come true as Van Dyk spins a special 6-hour set at Space.  Ticket information is at http://space.wantickets.com/Events/168115/.

Laurence Gartel Unveils a $200K Art Car: Known as "The Father of Digital Art," Laurence Gartel is unveiling his latest--a $200k RENNtech Mercedes Benze Super Car at a private party on Fisher Island. The car can't even get on without clearance at the ferry terminal, so don't bother trying this yourself.

NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale Director's Brunch with Julian Schnabel: Hosted by Museum Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater, the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. brunch celebrates the exhibitions, "Cafe Dolly: Picabia, Schnabel, Willumsen," and "American Scene Photography: Martin Z. Margulies Collection." For information go to www.moafl.org or call 954-525-5500.

Charlie Tonelli's Hostess Miami TV Series Photo Exhibit: Taking place at Barre Motion on South Beach from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, this one showcases black and white photography from Tonelli's show that profiles "the transforming power of the lens on hostesses, waitresses and bartenders" from area restaurants including Red, The Steakhouse, Ball & Chain, Seasalt and Pepper and more. Party features wine, food and the exhibit's subjects. Open to the public with RSVP to hello@barremotionmiami.com

Art Battles: Taking place on Gale rooftop from noon to 3 p.m. 

Nah/No Magazine Launch Party: Free and open to the public from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Freehand Miami celebrating launch of new magazine dedicated to art and culture. Free Perrier (!) all day.http://thefreehand.com/events-activities/389207971246250/ 

The Sagamore's 13th Annual Art Basel Brunch: It's fun to see the art worldly still in their dark shades (and, depending on who we're talking about in the same clothes, too) from the night before eating crepes at 8:30 a.m.--that is, if you are invited or are an Art Basel VIP cardholder. Luckily for the later risers, the brunch goes until 1 p.m. 

Del Toro Two Year Anniversary and Rumors Party: Private at Delano Beach Club. 7pm-midnight.

Poplife The Deep End Pool Party: DJ Brodinkski and guest DJs spin poolside at the Mondrian from 2pm to 8pm. We think you can get into this one. 

Swig n' Swine Art Basel Miami Beach: Though the name sounds like a perfect title for the entire wee of Art Basel, it's a collaboration between Esquire and Imbibe magazines along with cocktail and hospitality consulting company The Bon Vivants. Taking place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Broken Shaker, the event will feature music, free flowing spiked punch, and an all-you-can-eat feast of porck-centric dishes by The Bon Vivants’ Founding Partner Scott Baird; Danny Grant, Executive Chef of Miami-based 50 Eggs, Inc.; Jose Mendin, Founding Partner and Culinary Director of the Pubbelly restaurant group; and Michael Pirolo, Chef/Owner of Macchialina. All proceeds from the $30 ticket will be donated to Miami's Overtown Youth Center. Www.BonVivants.com. 

Pininfarina: Art, Speed & Design: Italian design house known for sports cars is throwing a private soiree at the Lou La Vie Art Gallery & Luxury Car Showroom featuring live painting of an exotic car by a surprise, internationally acclaimed street artist. 

November 06, 2014

Love Boat cast, guest stars reunite on Regal Princess in Fort Lauderdale


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It was a 70s-era pop culture fanatic's dream come true Wednesday as the entire cast and over 20 guest stars of the seminal, iconic TV show The Love Boat reunited on board Princess Cruises' Regal Princess as part of the cruise line's year long 50th anniversary celebration. Love, definitely (of the obesessive fangirl kind, that is), exciting, oh yeah, new? Unless you count some of the star's faces, not so much. The 70s definitely threw up on the Lido Deck at this spectacluar, which seemingly missed nothing other than, perhaps, appearances by The Landers Sisters, Lola Falana, and Lyle Waggoner (Google it, millennials).
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There was Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Gopher, turned politician), Ted Lange (Isaac the bartender), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Julie the Cruise Director), and Jill Whelan (Vicki), all decked out in their Pacific Princess finest, helping to christen the new ship and supping with the puppetmaster who paid for all of this---Princess owner Micky Arison.
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And while the spirit of The Love Boat brainchild Aaron Spelling indeed was present, his daughter Tori was not, bailing from her master of ceremonies duties a day before the big extravanza because of, cough, a cough. Tori's absence wasn't even noticed as the ship took on a decidedly retro fab, nostalgic theme thanks to a stellar supporting cast, a circus of the stahhhs that included appearances by--throw the life preserver out right here: 
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Loni Anderson,
whom we met heading into the ladies' room looking a little lost
Joyce DeWitt, who brought a little Regal Beagle to the Regal Princess
Florence Henderson and Christopher Knight, Brady mother and son who, as far as we know, unlike Gregg and Mrs B, have never hooked up
A bearded Lorenzo Lamas bickering with his umpteenth wife
Carol Lawrence, a musical theater actress who was married to Robert Goulet for a few decades
Kristy McNichol, aka Buddy from Family, sitting next to Eight is Enough patriarch, a puffy, but cuddly Dick Van Patten (discussing reality TV)
A stunning ex Miss America, Lee Meriwether
Doris Roberts, best known for her latter role on Everybody Loves Raymond, but a Pacific Princess regular
Love Boat theme song singer Jack Jones who indeed sang it
One Day at A Time and Mamas & The Papas spawn Mackenzie Phillips looking and, she told me, feeling good and taking it --er, never mind;
Don(ny) Most, aka Ralph Malph from Happy Days, who asked where in New York I was from, Happy Days matriarch Marion Ross
Knots Landing's Joan van Ark, who declined a photo because she told me she was in the hospital all day with "kidney stones"
Frank Sinatra, Jr., who may have had a bit of his legendary dad's swagger, but was completely, like most people, eclipsed by the highlight of the night, none other than Charo.
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Charo, as usual, at 63, was on fire. She gave a full blown, rousing performance, showing off her guitar skills, and then somehow, cough, ended up in an elevator with this writer, giving us a private show, a hyped up, hilarious rendition of her catchphrase, 'cuchi, cuchi.' During a photo op with the Latin spitfire, she turned to me and said, "Smile, you leetle beetch." Was this The Love Boat or Fantasy Island? A little bit of both, for sure. 
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Above photos by AP
Below photos by Lesley Abravanel
Charo before the private elevator show
Charo during the private elevator show
Selfie with Don(ny) Most
Doc about to do the Heimlich on Frank Sinatra, Jr. Kidding.
Kristy McNichol and Dick Van Patten
Lee Meriwether
Carol Lawrence with Joyce DeWitt in the background

October 26, 2014

Aretha Franklin, Courtney Love & more make for a musical, motley, magnanimous time at Blacks' gala


It was a scene straight out of the Star Wars bar Saturday night when the Blacks' Annual Gala took over the appropriately named Sparkle Ballroom at the Fontainebleau to raise money for childrens' charities. As promised, a motley crew of boldfacers attended including Courtney Love, demurely dressed in Valentino and drag queen Elaine Lancaster-brand lipstick and about whom host Roy Black, a friend not her lawyer, asserted is quite brilliant.We spoke briefly with the former grunge rocker turned actress, who told us she wasn't sure about any future role in the final season of Sons of Anarchy as she just started a role on the Fox show Empire. Then she skipped out for a cigarette.


TV judge Karen Mills-Francis, aka Judge Karen, was also there, personally invited by the night's headliner, Aretha Franklin, whom Mills-Francis met earlier that day at Carpaccio in Bal Harbour. Apparently Franklin told Mills-Francis she was a big fan of her book, Stay In Your Lane: Judge Karen's Guide to Living Your Best Life, and sent over tickets later that day.

Before Franklin took the stage, we spoke briefly with hip hop artist/ producer Swizz Beatz, who was also there without wifey Alicia Keys, sitting at a table with Haute Living publisher Kamal Hotchandani. Nearby was a newly single Nick Loeb, Sofia Vergara's ex, whose facial expressions we could not catch when host Lea Black, who referred to her former gig, The Real Housewives of Miami as a 'debacle,' was auctioning off a walk on role on his ex's show Modern Family. At some point in the auction, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, sporting a very casual short sleeved shirt, hopped on stage, as did racecar driver Helio Castroneves, who, unlike Crist, was involved in one of the auction items.


And then there was Ms. Franklin, The Queen of Soul, introduced by a gracious Gloria Estefan, whose husband Emilio joined the drummer for a few, and belted a some hits including Chain of Fools, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and her newest, rousing and stellar cover of Adele's Rolling in the Deep, before abruptly deciding to leave the stage without finishing a few bars of Respect. An awkward conclusion by TV's Ross Matthews, aka Ross the Intern, who arrived to the event late, had people scratching their heads. Why the abrupt exit? "She was just done," said an insider. And she was. One of her handlers jumped on stage and grabbed the legend's pocket book, which she was stowing visibly under the piano. 

During Franklin's performance, Flo Rida was busy fielding fawning female fans. Rumor has it one of those happened to be V. Stiviano, best known as Donald Sterling's mistress. Backstage, Franklin was holding royal court at a meet and greet, where she went through the requisite photo ops before asking one of her assistants to grab her fur stole, which meant she was ready to roll in the deep of the night. She said she liked Miami and was thinking of staying an extra day.

And despite rumors that Oprah Winfrey, in town for The Life that You Want weekend,a comic con of sorts devoted to all things Oprah, was going to show, the talk show titan was busy making apologies outside Prime 112 to a woman whose foot was run over by her driver. Winfrey, supping with her best pal Gayle King, got out of her Cadillac Escaclade to make sure all was well. It was. In fact,  it was better than well as the woman--who was fine--and countless fans seemed elated to have a brush with the big O.