Miami Theater Center’s 10th Anniversary Gala

Miami Theater Center's 10th Anniversary GalaThursday, April 9, 7pm – Miami Theater Center (formerly The PlayGround Theatre), 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores

Tony Award-winning actress and singer Tonya Pinkins will delight Miami’s philanthropic, arts, and business leaders with her remarkable talents when she performs a selection of Broadway favorites at Miami Theater Center’s 10th Anniversary Gala. MTC’s MainStage will be transformed into an intimate dining and performance space to create a unique cabaret-style setting to celebrate this important milestone. The black-tie affair will celebrate the passion and dedication of MTC’s Founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin as well as her creative collaborators MTC Resident Artists Fernando Calzadilla and Luciano Stazzone who have played an integral role in the theater’s development. Individual VIP tickets are $500, and After Hours tickets are $75, which include the performance, dancing, and dessert. All tickets include open bar. For more info contact Email @MTCMiami


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39th Annual Carbonell Awards

39th Annual Carbonell AwardsMonday, March 30, 7:30pm – Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

The 39th annual Carbonell Awards were announced in a lavish ceremony at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. The awards were divided between Miami-Dade County with 13 wins and Palm Beach County with 7 wins. And while several of the performers in the acting categories had previously been nominated for Carbonell Awards, each is a first-time winner of South Florida’s most prestigious theatrical honor.

GableStage in Coral Gables narrowly pulled ahead of the pack with four awards going to three of their productions. Natalia Coego won Best Actress, play, and Mark DellaVentura won Best Supporting Actor, play, for Bad Jews. Matt Corey won Best Sound Design for The Mountaintop. And Arielle Hoffman, daughter of Carbonell Award winners Avi Hoffman and Laura Turnbull, carried on the family tradition by winning Best Supporting Actress, play, for her performance in The Whale.

Zoetic Stage, the company with 16 nominations, the most of any theater, won three awards. Best New Work went to playwright Michael McKeever for his comedy Clark Gable Slept Here; Stuart Meltzer won Best Director, play, also for Clark Gable Slept Here; and the company won the award for Best Production of a Musical for Assassins.

Maltz Jupiter Theatre took Best Production of a Play honors for The Foreigner, while Marcia Milgrom Dodge won Best Director, musical, for The King and I. Leon Weibers won Best Costume Design, also for The King and I.

Last fall, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre stepped away from their usual fare and took a risk with the edgy, rock and roll love story Murder Ballad, and Monday night their bet on that production paid off with three Carbonell Awards: Chris Crawford won Best Supporting Actor, musical; Mariand Torres won Best Supporting Actress, musical; and the cast won the Best Ensemble award.

The partnership between the The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Arts and the University of Miami also proved fruitful. Their co-production of Peter and the Starcatcher won three awards: Nicholas Richberg won Best Actor, play; Yoshinori Tanokura won Best Scenic Design and Eric Haugen won Best Lighting Design.

Slow Burn Theatre Company, in its sophomore year of eligibility, won two awards: Ann Marie Olson won Best Actress, musical, for Parade; and Emmanuel Schvartzman won Best Musical Direction, also for Parade.

The Theatre at Arts Garage and The Wick won one Carbonell Award each: Clay Cartlandwon Best Actor, musical, for The Trouble with Doug at The Theatre at Arts Garage while Ron Hutchins won Best Choreography for 42nd Street at The Wick.

The Carbonell Awards also awarded $1,000 scholarships to three South Florida students pursuing careers in theater or journalism: Gena Yvonne Sims (Miami-Dade County) who attends of New World School of the Arts; Danielle Angela Jensen (Broward County) who attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; and Jacob Poser (Palm Beach County) who attends Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

Photos by: Zoe Zielinski

A Spring of Hope’s “The Power of Hope” Gala

A Spring of Hope's The Power of Hope GalaSaturday, March 28, 6pm - St. Andrews Country Club, 17557 W Claridge Oval, Boca Raton

A Spring of Hope, a South Florida foundation since 2007, hosted their annual Gala, “The Power of Hope.” A Spring of Hope partners with rural schools in South Africa to provide them with clean water for drinking, vegetable gardens, and sanitation. Through these efforts they strive to improve health conditions, combat poverty, promote education, and create self-sustainability. They build long-term relationships with partner schools to support them in a variety of efforts including after school programs and economic development projects. South African team maintains contact with each of partner schools to ensure that each school gets closer to their own goals. To-date, they have supported 25 rural schools in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa.

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, daughter of the late Nelson Mandela is the Gala guest of honor. Dr. Mandela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, an Honors and Master’s degree in Sociology and a Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Mandela was the chairperson of Nozala Investments (Pty) Ltd and became chairperson of Afripack during 2005. She was intricately involved in the development of a substantial investment portfolio within Nozala and the use of these funds in the economic uplift and empowerment of women in South Africa. She is currently the Chairwoman of House of Mandela, which includes a portfolio of South Africa produced wines.

This Gala featured an elegant South African inspired dinner; lobster tails and guinea fowl, full open bar, wine pairing of House of Mandela wines, live and silent auctions. Auction items included a spectacular all inclusive 10 day trip to South Africa featuring 5-star luxury safari accommodations at Royal Malewane and Thornybush, gorgeous ocean view resort of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in Cape Town, impressive Flagship Hotel, private tour of Robben Island with a former inmate of Nelson Mandela, special tour of Stellenbosch, and private dinner with renowned South African Chef Sophia Lindop. Rare signed prints of Nelson Mandela were also presented.

Photos by: Zoe Zielinski

1 Hotel South Beach Opening Ceremony

1 Hotel South Beach Opening CeremonyWednesday, March 25, 11:30am-10pm – 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

After three years of construction and a complete overhaul of the building, Starwood Capital Group’s Barry Sternlicht and developer Richard LeFrak opened the highly anticipated 1 Hotel South Beach, the first property for the new mission-driven 1 Hotels brand. Set to be an industry game-changer, the hotel plans to truly upend the world of hospitality through a socially and environmentally conscious platform in celebration of the beauty and preservation of nature.

Festivities around the opening included a sage burning to cleanse the iconic property for many more years of success; the unveiling of the hotel’s signature 1 coral stone sculpture and a special presentation from Wynwood-based partner “Plant the Future” of butterflies timed to breathe life the same day the hotel open its doors. As the opening comes one day before the city’s 100th birthday, 1 Hotel South Beach placed two temporary zeros made out of plants and natural products next to the coral stone sculpture in celebration of the city’s history and taking it into its future.

1 Hotel South Beach holds 426 rooms and 155 residences. The rooms are spacious and environmentally friendly decorated. Locally sourced furniture and reclaimed wood is present in each room. Rooms are supplied with triple filtered water and the glasses are made from recycled wine bottles. 1 Hotel South Beach also offers four outdoor pools, including a rooftop pool and lounge.

Hotel executives, developers, celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and others joined daytime festivities. The celebration continued in the evening, hosted by 1 Hotel South Beach ownership, Barry Sternlicht & Richard Lefrak and SFX CEO Bob Sillerman, featuring “Mogul Party” and celebrity filled red carpet including Paul Oakenfold, Bob Sinclar, Paris Hilton, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Photos by: Zoe Zielinski

Haute Living Magazine and Porsche Kick-Off Miami Open with Maria Sharapova

Haute Living Magazine and Porsche Kick-Off Miami Open with Maria Sharapova

Tuesday, March 24, 7pm-9pm – SLS LUX Sales Gallery, 801 South Miami Avenue, Miami Brickell

Haute Living Magazine and Porsche kicked off the 2015 Miami Open at a special cover release party for International tennis sensation Maria Sharapova at SLS LUX Sales Gallery. Maria Sharapova represents Porsche, the worlds most coveted sports car manufacturer, as its brand ambassador.  Tennis megastar is already very familiar with the vehicles from Zuffenhausen: as last year’s winner of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Sharapova not only took home prize money, but also a white 911 Carrera S Cabriolet.

Opening of 1100 Millecento in Brickell

Opening of 1100 Millecento in BrickellMonday, March 23, 6pm-8pm – 1100 Millecentro by Pininfarina, 1100 South Miami Avenue, Miami Brickell

The Related Group celebrated opening of most recently completed condominium tower in Brickell, 1100 Millecentro by Pininfarina. Guest enjoyed an exclusive look at the first residential tower in the US by famed Italian design house Pininfarina, with the guest of honor Paolo Pininfarina himself.

This 42 story 382 unit high-rise condo is inspired by the designs by Italian Automobile designer, Pininfarina. Since 1930, Pininfarina has design many of the worlds most luxurious ultra premium automobiles, such as the Ferrari California and Maserati GranTurismo. Pininfarina will also furnish and design the interior of the building and amenities, using the finest woods and luxury leathers to create a level of premium Italian luxury. ‪#‎Pininfarina‬ @1100Millecento

Strike 10 Bowling Alley Grand Opening Celebration

Strike 10 Bowling Alley Grand Opening CelebrationWednesday, April 1, 7pm-9pm - Strike 10 Bowling, 801 Silks Run, #1505, Hallandale Beach

Welcome to Strike10 Bowling alley located in the heart of Hallandale, in Gulfstream Park. Strike 10 Bowling was created around the good old fashioned principle of Family Fun. When you picture an evening of bowling, you usually envision high-fives, laughs, great food and victory dances walking back up to your friends. Strike10 creates memories that last a lifetime with an awesome atmosphere and good vibes. Offering the best in bowling with an experience. From delectable menu items, to state of the art facilities, including 8 big screen TVs, a beautiful bar with a lounge area, pool tables, great music, and of course – bowling, Strike10 is the local hot spot for a fun night out on the town. If you’re looking for a place for a first-date or simply a Saturday night with friends and family, Strike10 has all corners covered.

eSSe Plastic Surgery Grand Opening

eSSe Plastic Surgery Grand OpeningTuesday, March 31, 3pm-8pm – eSSe Plastic Surgery, 6333 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

Board-certified plastic surgeons, focusing on aesthetic surgery of the face, breast and body, Doctors Stokes and Sudarsky announce that Fort Lauderdale Mayor, Jack Seiler will preside over the ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of eSSe Plastic Surgery, a joint practice located in Fort Lauderdale. You’re invited to new offices for fun, ribbon cutting with the Mayor, music, food, drinks, demonstrations and gifts!


Piripi Opens at the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables

Piripi Opens at the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables Monday, March 30, 4pm-10pm – Piripi, 320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables

Piripi, the new Spanish restaurant from chef-owner Najat Kaanache and partners, in Spanish slang stands for “happy” or “tipsy,” or “feeling a little bit buzzed”. Kaanache was born and raised in San Sebastian, Spain to Moroccan parents,  and enjoyed a career as a Spanish television actress and activist, before deciding to attend culinary school. She honed her skills at such high profile restaurants as Noma, French Laundry, Per Se, and Alinea and El Bulli.

Piripi menu will include the chef’s take on Spanish standards – with heavy emphasis on seafood, as well as a selection of “lively” tapas and paellas. The prominent central bar will feature Spanish wines by the glass. Prices are under $12 for most tapas, mid $20s and up for bigger plates. Piripi will be open daily for dinner. Call for reservations 305-448-2423. #LiveLifePiripi @PiripiMiami @NajatKaanache

Launch of Bagatelle’s Famous Brunch

Launch of Bagatelle's Famous BrunchMarch 28 & 29, 11:30am-6pm - Bagatelle Miami, 2000 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Bagatelle Miami will officially launch its worldwide famous brunch on Saturday March 28 and Sunday the 29th and it’s sure to rival most Winter Music Conference happenings as House Music Queen and legend Barbara Tucker will host and celebrate her 30 notable years in the business. Be prepared for an excess of seafood and champagne, table top dancing, sparklers and for the first time in the franchise, a caped “SUPERGIRL” will be delivering the finest selections of Champagnes and Rose to deserving tables armed with the Superman theme song.

With outposts in New York, St Barth, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, St Tropez, and Dubai, Bagatelle owners Remi Laba and Aymeric Clemente set their eyes on Miami and opened their doors this month to much fanfare. Located in the soon to open Villa Bagatelle Hotel and known to be host to globetrotters, neighbors, foodies, celebrities and tastemakers- Bagatelle provides the most lively dining experience where guests can indulge in the restaurant’s signature French Mediterranean dishes by Executive Chef Matthieu Godard and fine selection of wines and Champagnes. For reservations call 305-763-8330.  @VillaBagatelle

Barrel of Monks Grand Opening Extravaganza

Barrel of Monks Grand Opening ExtravaganzaSaturday, March 28, 11am-5pm – Barrel of Monks Brewing1141 S Rogers Cir, Boca Raton

Join the Barrel of Monks Brewery team while they tap, pour and cheers to the debut of the new beers! Come celebrate the opening of the Barrel of Monks Brewery! It’s open to the public, partying with live music all day, food trucks, beer trucks, guest taps and more! Plus, they will be unveiling new beers throughout the day! No ticket is required – the event is open to the public. Limited number of unlimited beer tickets which include a keepsake beer glass. @BarrelofMonks


Album Release Party for DJ Smiley Miami & DJ Africa Birthday Bash

Album Release Party for DJ Smiley Miami & DJ Africa Birthday BashSaturday, March 28, 11pm – Café Iguanas Pines, 8358 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines

The album release party for Smiley Miami and DJ Africa Birthday bash took place at Café Iguanas in Pembroke Pines, with a live performances and the making of a music videos for Smiley’s new song “International Party” of “Take Flight” album. DJ Africa’s skills & hard work has earned him the bragging rights of being labeled Miami’s hottest DJ. He adopted the name “Africa” by the continent where it originated all types of rhythms. Special guests include DJ Laz, Enrique Santos, and an array of others.

Photos by: Julie Pauline

Broward Center’s Annual Shine on Benefit with Sarah McLachlan

Broward Center's Annual Shine on Benefit with Sarah McLachlanSaturday, March 28, 5pm – Au-Rene Theater at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

Grammy Award-winner Sarah McLachlan headlined the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ annual benefit, “Shine On”, on March 28th, 2015. The Canadian musician, singer, songwriter and pianist is known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range. She has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards for her album “Surfacing.” Her most recent album, “Shine On,” is an exploration of McLachlan’s personal journey navigating love, loss and change.

The event, presented by the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Fort Lauderdale, a project by Fort Partners, showcased the best of the Broward Center with cocktails in the Peck Courtyard; dinner in the Amaturo Theater – transformed into to an elegant multi-tiered dinner club; VIP orchestra seating for McLachlan’s Shine On performance; and a post-show party with dessert, cocktails and entertainment at the Huizenga Pavilion and the Wendt Terraces. Proceeds benefit the education and enrichment programs of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, the non-profit, fundraising energy, vision and support behind the impactful Broward Center.

Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show

Miami Home Design and Remodeling ShowMarch 27 – 30 , 4:00pm-10:30pm – Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

The Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show is a dynamic marketplace of home improvements, interior design and ideas, products and services for residential decorating and remodeling. The 2015 Show will host the inaugural At Home With Art, connecting the art and interior design professionals with the consumer to help them make South Florida fine art a part of their home and office design. Art district representatives will also be on hand with information about art walks, museums, galleries and openings, plus cultural events. The Culinary Experience Cooking Stage, a popular feature at the show, will celebrate Latino flavors in daily cooking shows that feature a variety of guest chefs from around South Florida, including Chef Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s.

A private opening reception kick-started four days of festivities and unveiled “At Home with Art: Spotlight on Miami’s Art Districts” featuring art exhibition that showcases paintings, sculptures, and photography by 22 Miami artists representing 7 of the City’s most popular art districts. The opening featured celebrity, New York Designer Vanessa DeLeon, an interior designer, writer, award winning Designer for the Italian Trade Commission, ASID and IDS entrepreneur, and television personality. DeLeon has been featured in numerous shows including: Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible; HGTV’s Design Star, Generation Renovation, Designer’s Challenge, and Bang for your Buck; and, most recently, as one of 12 contestants on NBC’s American Dream Builders.

Guest will have a chance to preview 4 rooms designed by South Florida Interior Designers who include works by “At Home with Art” artists in each showcase: Viviana Malave of VGM Decorators Inc. who will incorporate paintings by Klara Chavarria and sculptures by Sandra Garcia-Pardo; Crystal J. Pierre of High-Life Designs features paintings by Marco Beria and Tina Salvesen; Amelia Rozas of Amelia Rozas Designs Inc., works by Paolo Ambu; and designer duo, Jorge Noa and Pedro Balmaseda of Nobarte, sculptures by sculptor and ceramicist, Rafael Consuegra.

“Match Point Passion” at JW Marriott Marquis Miami

"Match Point Passion" at JW Marriott Marquis MiamiThursday, March 26, 6pm-10pm – JW Marriott Marquis Miami, 19th floor indoor tennis court, 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami

In celebration of the Miami Open, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, MIAMI Magazine, and Tennis Channel hosted an exclusive tennis fans extravaganza with the top-ranked tennis players, cocktails and sunset views on the hotel’s 19th floor indoor tennis court.

The JW Marriot Marquis Miami celebrated the Miami Open with its 5th annual Match Point Passion event, an exclusive VIP evening with top-ranked tennis players in partnership with MIAMI Modern Luxury and Tennis Channel. The event has grown to be one of the most exclusive and coveted invitation only player events during the tournament. Over 250 guests enjoyed cocktails, popular DJ Michael Saryz with a live percussionist, and nibbled on passed hors d’oeuvres on the hotel’s 19th floor indoor tennis court. Pro players in attendance included Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Sara Errani, Victoria Azarenka, Daniela Hantuchova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Sabine Lisicki who snapped photos and signed tennis balls for fans throughout the evening.

Photos by: Zoe Zielinski

FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach 2015

FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach 2015March 22 – 26, 7pm-11pm – FUNKSHION Style Village, Between 11th and 12th Street, Ocean Dr, Miami Beach

In celebration of Miami’s 100th birthday, a five-day long event is being held by FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach that provides an inovative platform for established and emerging designers to showcase their collections. The unique environment created by Art Conductor, an organization which encourage and stimulates the flow on energy and creativity between the artist and thr community, captivates the attention, enriching and diversifying FUNKSHION into multidisciplinary experience.

Local Miami swimwear designer, Liliana Montoya kicked off Miami Beach Centennial Celebration on the evening of March 22nd with a VIP cocktail reception, followed by a runway show and after-party. Liliana Montoya Swimwear Show started at 9pm featuring Sevenfriday Watches, followed by the Original Penguin Fashion Show at 9:30pm, and ended with Cubavera Show at 9:45 p.m. DJ Orazio Rispo provided the music to get the evening into high gear.

Montoya is known for her flattering swimsuits of brilliant colors, with a style that is meant for every personality. Montoya’s newets and most in demand collection “Mermaids Destination HOLBOX” redefines the of feminine style and elegance in swimwear. Women will find themselves dancing at the water’s edge in this beautifully handcrafted, multicultural and textured “Mermaids” line. The appeal of the line can be found in the fine detail of design and quality of materials.

FUNKSHION also showcased onLoop, a new open messaging mobile app where you can share interests and make new friends.  onLoop app for iOS debuted at SXSW 2015, with the Android version set for public launch in late March. Visitors to the onLoop Lounge can get a sneak preview of what the onLoop app is capable of.

The public is invited to attend the free fashion shows as long as they RSVP. Make sure you check out FUNKSHION Daily Schedule and RSVP to

Photos by: Zoe Zielinski