Bass Museum of Art’s 50th Anniversary Gala

Bass Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary GalaSaturday, November 1, 7pm-11pm - Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

The Bass Museum of Art‘s 50th Anniversary Gala will be one of the most sought-after dinner invitations of the winter season! The Gala will not only celebrate the Bass Museum of Art’s golden jubilee, but it will also have GOLD on view; an exhibition featuring how gold has been used in the past and present and exploring its future. Throughout the evening there will be pop-up performance art, beginning with the iconic work by James Lee Byars, The Perfect Kiss, (1975). Byars, who is one of the artists featured in GOLD, referred to this performance as “a prayer, a poem and a play … a mystical expression of my appreciation of the world.” Byars was the subject of a retrospective this summer at MoMA PS1. Other surprise performances will be presented during dinner, and as a finale, artist Nektar de Stagni will lead guests in a participatory “Designer Dance Party.” For more info contact BASS at 305-673-7530, ext. 9 or

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The International SeaKeepers Society Founders’ Dinner

The International SeaKeepers Society Founders' DinnerThursday, October 30, 7pm-11pm - Private Residence, Fort Lauderdale

The International SeaKeepers Society honored vessels that participated in 2014 DISCOVERY Yacht expeditions, SeaKeepers Drifter deployments, and outreach programs. DISCOVERY Yachts Copasetic, Defiance, Fugitive, LoJo, Meduse, Penny Mae, Shredder of Fleet Miami, and Valkyrie were honored for their generous contribution to DISCOVERY Yacht missions.

Founders’ Dinner was held at a private waterfront residence in Fort Lauderdale during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Guests had the opportunity to board Shredder docked at the venue, and watched a video highlighting the 2014 DISCOVERY Yacht missions.

This year, SeaKeepers facilitated three scientific expeditions, four outreach programs, and had five SeaKeepers Drifters deployed. Copasetic hosted a genome sequencing expedition and housed a custom-made at-sea mobile laboratory. Penny Mae hosted a week-long tiger shark tagging expedition with assistance from LoJo. Fleet Miami’s Shredder hosted a three-day expedition monitoring the behaviors of various designs of ocean drifters. Five SeaKeepers Drifters were deployed thanks to Defiance, Fugitive, Meduse, and Valkyrie.

Defiance hosted two educational outreach programs this year: a drifter deployment with school children in Bimini, Bahamas and a lesson on ocean conservation with children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County in Newport, Rhode Island. Shredder introduced youth of the Miami-based organization StreetWaves to ocean currents, drifter instrumentation and oil spill research. Copasetic led an outreach program teaching children about microscopic organisms and touring the genome sequencing lab.


Grand Opening of “Segundo Muelle” in Coral Gables

Grand Opening of "Segundo Muelle" in Coral GablesWednesday, October 29, 6:30pm-9:30pm - Segundo Muelle at St. Michelle Hotel, 162 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gables

The multi-award winning Peruvian restaurant group, Segundo Muelle opened at the historic St. Michelle Hotel, Coral Gables, with the “blue carpet” grand opening event in grand fashion. Boasting restaurants in Peru, Ecuador, Spain, Panama, and now here in Miami Segundo Muelle invites South Floridians to “Meet Peru without Ever Leaving Miami”. Segundo Muelle from humble beginnings has grown into a global brand while garnered worldwide accolades. The Miami team which features talent straight from Peru is looking forward to sharing their award winning recipes with the South Florida public.

Segundo Muelle is a restaurant group known for its flavors, freshness and creativity. Its exclusive and innovative recipes combine traditional seafood cooking with a variety of cuisines, such as the Peruvian Creole, Asian and Italian cuisines. Segundo Muelle began as a humble four table restaurant in Lima, Peru under the direction of owner, Chef Dani Manrique. Dani’s passion for the kitchen was sparked as a young boy fishing and eating his catch of the day in a small beach town named San Bartolo. Dani’s culinary skill combined with his creativity caught quickly caught the eye of the public and Segundo Muelle has become an international brand with locations in 5 nations.

Guests attending the opening of the first U.S. location for this respected brand enjoyed top notch talent from the culinary scene. The dynamic event also featured music by the internationally acclaimed celebrity DJ Africa, specialty performances, cocktails courtesy of Pisco 100, Cerveza Cusqueña Beer, and of course the unique and spirited culinary delights that has made Segundo Muelle an International hit. Dignitaries and VIP’s that joined the celebration are Coral Gables Mayor James Cason, and the Miami General Consulate of Peru, Cesar Enrique Bustamante Llosa. TV host, actress, and spokesperson Adriana Catano and musician and son of the late Tito Puente the legendary bandleader Tito Puente Jr. who also serves as honorary ambassadors to the Seguno Muelle Coral Gables location, and received honorary keys to the venue.

Segundo Muelle prides itself on delicious food, amazing presentation, and top rated service while never losing its Peruvian essence. A few of the Segundo Muelle dishes which show off the international influences that make up contemporary Peruvian cuisine: Conchas a la Parmesana, Fresh Scallops marinated in white wine and gratin with Parmesan cheese and butter. Spaghetti a la Huancaina con Lomo, A delicious combination of hot huancaína sauce, grilled tenderloin and prawns, Risotto de Hongos con Pez Espada a la parrilla, which features Arborio rice cooked with mushrooms and served with a grilled swordfish medallion.


SAVE’s 20th Annual Halloween Ball

SAVE's 20th Annual Halloween BallSaturday, October 25, 10pm – Alfred I. Dupont Building, 169 E. Flagler Street, Downtown Miami

It was an absolutely horrifying night at SAVE Dade Foundation‘s 20th annual Halloween Ball, titled “Once Upon a Midnight Scary” in the historic Alfred I. Dupont Building. Halloween Ball delivers another spectacular display of Halloween creativity, colorful costumes snd cocktails. Superheroes, scantily covered Greek gods, trojans of all kinds, monsters, aliens, historical figures, cute couples and a box of crayons gathered at the Alfred I. Dupont Building on a perfect night to bare Halloween attire. Since 1993, SAVE has advocated for equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. #SAVEHalloween @SAVELGBT

Photos by: Melissa Donaldson


2014 The Hope Diamond Ball Affair

2014 The Hope Diamond Ball AffairSaturday, October 25, 7:30pm – JW Marriott Marquis Miami, 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami

Approximately 800 celebrities, community leaders, philanthropists, physicians, friends, supporters, patients and families of Miami Children’s Hospital came together this past Saturday at the JW Marriott Marquis, as Miami Children’s Health Foundation hosted The Hope Diamond Ball Affair. The premier signature event raised more than $6 million, including announced gifts, that will help support world-class care at Miami Children’s Hospital and will continue to position them as a global destination for pediatric health and wellness, as well as a provider of hope for children everywhere. Invited guests and celebrities experienced a Hope Diamond-themed, black-tie affair with a stylish cocktail soiree featuring entertainment, silent auctions and much more. This year’s event was chaired by Ana and Tony Figueroa Cisneros, and Michael Baiamonte, The Voice of the Miami Heat, was the evening MC.

The highlight of the night was the induction of renowned neo-pop artist, Romero Britto as this year’s Ambassador David M. Walters Pediatric Hall of Fame. “We are incredibly honored to be able to receive the support of one of the most distinguished artists in the world,” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “Romero Britto uses vibrant colors and bold patterns as a visual language of hope and happiness, which aligns with our mission at Miami Children’s.”

In addition, the Foundation unveiled a new logo of Together for the ChildrenThe Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital, which includes an original work of art by Romero Britto. Miami Children’s Health Foundation recently announced that it has received nearly 75 million dollars in donations towards Together For The Children, which is on track to fundraise $150 million by 2017. The evening served to celebrate the latest accomplishments of the campaign, which included a $5 million donation from the Live Like Bella Foundation. The donation is part of a recent partnership that will help with the construction of the Live Like Bella Pavilion at Miami Children’s Hospital, a temporary housing facility for families of children undergoing treatments.

Furthermore, during the gala, the foundation announced that Raúl “El Gordo” De Molina, a multiple Emmy Award-winning co-host of Univision Networks’ number one rated entertainment news show El Gordo y la Flaca, became the newest Celebrity Ambassador. Raúl De Molina will join Romero Britto, international superstar Armando “Pitbull” Perez, and Danish model Nina Agdal to support the Together For The Children campaign.

Honey Delray Grand Opening

Honey Delray Grand OpeningThursday, October 30, 7pm – Honey, 16 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

Honey will make a bold statement among the South Florida nightlife scene this season as it opens its doors in downtown Delray Beach for its Grand Opening Celebration. Sub-Culture Restaurant Group brought together award-winning Chef, Nick Morfogen for the bar menu, Master mixologist, Angela Dugan, winner of the New Times’ 2014 “best bartender” distinction, design by by The Saladino Design Studio, and a rotating pool of talented South Florida DJ’s and headliners. Admission is free, however those interested in joining us MUST RSVP for an invite.


SMB Fitness Grand Reopening & Fundraiser

SMB Fitness Grand Reopening & FundraiserThursday, October 30, 6:30pm – SMB Fitness Studio, 200 Sunny Isles Blvd., Suite 6, Sunny Isles Beach

Celebrate Women’s Fitness & Health! SMB Women’s Fitness and the Women’s Fund are partnering up for a night of fitness and fun! Join the SMB Fitness and discover the most innovative techniques, classes, and programs! Be the first to tour newly re-designed studio and experience demos our fitness classes, including Antigravity Yoga, TRX, Barre Fit, Zumba, Cycle Fit, Kickboxing, Fit Camp and more. Learn about how our approach strengthens the Soul, Mind, & Body (SMB) making it a complete wellness experience and lifestyle transformation. A portion of program sales will be donated to the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade. This event is open to ALL SMB friends and the community.


Dumb and Dumber To Private Screening

Dumb and Dumber To Private ScreeningThursday, October 30, 10:30am - AMC Aventura 24, 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3001, Aventura 

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given. Dumb and Dumber To has been rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned – Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references. Dumb and Dumber To opens in theaters Friday, November 14, 2014.


Exclusive Unveiling of CANVAS Sales Center

Exclusive Unveiling of CANVAS Sales CenterWednesday, October 29, 6pm-9pm – CANVAS Sales Center, 90 NE 17th Street, Miami

Join host committee at the CANVAS sales center opening in the new Arts & Entertainment District on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014. Looking forward to this evening of live art, film, and music, featuring a screening of Miami Film Festival’s “Grey City” as well as a live show by NYC’s Suzanna Choffel, all in collaboration with YoungArts. Hors d’oeuvres will be curated by Roman Jones and Kevin Aoki’s restaurant Otabe at CANVAS.

Exclusive South Florida Red Carpet Premiere of “The Lookalike”

Exclusive South Florida Red Carpet Premiere of The LookalikeWednesday, October 29, 6:30pm – Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood

In true Hard Rock style, the exclusive South Florida red carpet premiere of ”The Lookalike“ at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was a fun event full of interesting guests and congenial celebrities. The movie found the audience sitting on the edge of their seat during this action-packed movie driven by the twisting storyline, ideal casting and unpredictable romantic outcomes.

“We’re extremely excited to give South Florida a sneak-peak at “The Lookalike” before it hits theaters and digital HD in just three weeks,” said James M. Wahlberg, Executive Producer. “With such a stellar cast and crew, many of whom call South Florida home, we couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate the film’s opening than with a fun-filled, star-studded evening here at home, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.”

The dark comedy crime-romance features an all-star cast that includes Justin Long, John Corbett, Gillian Jacobs, Jerry O’Connell, Gina Gershon, Scottie Thompson and Luis Guzmán. “The Lookalike” is directed by Richard Gray (Mine Games) who is currently in post-production on the thriller Sugar Montain starring Jason Momoa, and is working alongside Mario Kassar on a new adaption of the world famous novel Audition.

Drug lord William Spinks has a curious obsession with Sadie Hill, and uses family friends Bobby and Frank (John Corbett and Jerry O’Connell) to get to her. But when Sadie’s death jeopardizes a major deal, Bobby and Frank set out to find a replacement – a lookalike – to fool Spinks. The dubious plan propels an ex-basketball champion, a deaf beauty (Scottie Thompson), an addict (Justin Long), and an aspiring actress (Gillian Jacobs) into an unlikely romance and a desperate quest to start over.

Launch of The Macallan Rare Cask at the Mondrian South Beach

Launch of The Macallan Rare Cask at the Mondrian South BeachTuesday, October 28, 7pm-9:30pm - The Mondrian South Beach, 1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach

The Macallan, the world’s ultimate luxury single malt Scotch whisky, introduces The Macallan Rare Cask to its core range of expressions in the U.S. This exquisite whisky, with a splendidly rich and resonant ruby hue, is crafted only from handpicked, Spanish oak sherry seasoned casks – amongst the most precious and scarce in single malt whisky. Taking inspiration from The Macallan’s iconic triangle and intended to showcase the whisky’s stunning natural color, Rare Cask comes in a stunningly sculpted, heavy glass decanter reflecting the peerless spirit that defines The Macallan. 

Rare Cask’s rich ruby-red whisky celebrates three of The Macallan’s greatest prides: exceptional sherry-seasoned oak casks, rich flavor and beautiful natural color. The interaction of spirit and wood alone delivers the beautiful range of vibrant natural colors and flavor complexities that distinguish The Macallan whiskies; these signature characteristics reinforce the brand’s position as one of the world’s truly great single malt whiskies.

The Macallan Rare Cask’s impressive journey from acorn to bottle begins in the ancient oak forests of northern Spain. From this tannin-rich Spanish oak, the staves are hand-fashioned in the province of Cadiz and the casks are hand-crafted and toasted by the Tevasa cooperage in Jerez. The Macallan’s casks are seasoned with dry oloroso sherry for eighteen months, before being emptied and shipped whole to Scotland to be filled with fresh whisky.

The fact that Rare Cask has been crafted from only handpicked, Spanish oak sherry seasoned casks, reflects The Macallan’s unrivaled commitment to sourcing the industry’s finest, most expensive and exclusive casks. The quality of the exceptional oak casks is the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colors and distinctive aromas and flavors of The Macallan.

The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno, uses his in-depth knowledge of the thousands of casks maturing at The Macallan Distillery to distinguish the chosen few that can deliver Rare Cask’s intensity of character. Great skill is required by the Whisky Maker to achieve consistency of natural color from bottling to bottling – which in the case of Rare Cask is a stunning, ruby-red hue. #DiscoverRare

Dinner on the Farm with Chefs Cesar Zapata & Andrew Gerson at Paradise Farms

Dinner on the Farm with Chefs Cesar Zapata & Andrew Gerson at Paradise FarmsSunday, October 26, 3pm –  Paradise Farms, 19801 SW 320th Street, Homestead

America’s largest traveling food and arts festival, The Brooklyn Brewery Mash invites Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson and The Federal’s Cesar Zapata to create a natural dining experience. The Dinner on the Farm‘s series aims to produce unique local food experiences designed to celebrate farms, chefs and food entrepreneurs who are dedicated to good, sustainable food. This event takes place on Paradise Farms, which started in an abandoned avocado grove by Gabriele Marewski in 1999.

Embrace nature at Paradise Farms while celebrating craft beer and the craft of farming as music by Miller and the Revolvers enhances the tranquil appeal. Appetizers are decorated with local ingredients as attendees mingle with local artisans and creative minds. Expect handcrafted ingredients by such vendors as Kombulicious and Bee Heaven Farm. The lush land fills the region with the scent of roses, ginger, basil, mint, hibiscus and everything green. The Paradise Farm tour introduces flavorful flowers, tasty leaves, bountiful avocados. Undisturbed pockets of nature surround the meditative regions and guest houses such as the “zen bungalow” offer an inviting stay. Just being among the lush five acres of fresh high quality micro and baby greens, avocados, heirloom tomatoes, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, baby root vegetables, honey and tropical fruits… creates a transformational experience and an opportunity for self-realization. The tour ended with a natural pool full of endlessly useful qualities, happy fish and a beautiful setting.


Tobacco Road Official Closing Party

Tobacco Road Official Closing PartySaturday, October 25, 8pm-5am – Tobacco Road, 626 S Miami Avenue, Miami Brickell

A packed house at Tobacco Road celebrated the legendary live music venue’s last night in business. The scene was vibrant and music hovered, carrying the nostalgic feeling through the air and reflecting a truly iconic last call at “Miami’s oldest bar”. Plans to raise money and move to 69 SW Sevent Street are currently in motion. A Kickstarter campaign is searching for $50,000 before December 2nd to fund the project, so far over $4,000 has been pledged.

Photos by: Melissa Donaldson