Citizens Interested in Arts “Champion of the Arts” Awards Luncheon

Citizens Interested in Arts "Champion of the Arts" Awards LuncheonWednesday, January 14, 10:15am - aboard Oceania Cruises Riviera, Port of Miami, Pier 7, Miami

Citizens Interested in Arts‘s (CIA) main fundraising luncheon is Champion of the Arts Award where outstanding members of the arts community Mark Steinberg and Dennis Edwards will be honored aboard Oceania Cruises on their newest ship, Riviera. Dennis Edwards and Mark Steinberg have been actively involved in Miami arts, health and political communities for over 29 years. They are full-time volunteers who operate their own charitable foundation and participate in numerous community organizations. Their current focus is on creating opportunities for young artists, and providing a pathway to success in life through the study of the arts. Dennis currently serves on the Boards of the New World School of the Arts Foundation, which he chaired for four years, and the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, where he is Vice-President. Mark is currently on the Board of the Florida Cultural Action Alliance, where he is a past-President. He is on the Executive Committee of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Miami Recognition Dinner and is a member of the GLBT Fund Committee of the Miami Foundation.  $100 per person. For further info contact Lenore Toby-Simmons at lenoreT18@aol.com.

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Reflections: The Mick Fleetwood Collection at Wentworth Galleries

Reflections: The Mick Fleetwood Collection at Wentworth GalleriesThursday, December 18, 6pm-9pm - Wentworth Galleries, 819 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Wentworth Galleries presented the South Florida exhibition premier of Mick Fleetwood’s collection of fine art photography titled Reflections. The photography depicted vibrant colors, lighting and hues that invited them to partake in Fleetwood’s creative episodic journey. The sounds of classic Fleetwood Mac complimented the intriguing pieces. As Fleetwood entered the room, he was greeted by eager art enthusiasts and fans. He shared the story of his reflective artistic journey, the joy and the importance of doing something you truly enjoy, regardless of the outcome. “There’s no such thing as bad if you are liking what you are doing,” said Fleetwood. All works are available for viewing and acquisitions from November 15 through December 21.


Lique Miami Grand Opening

Lique Miami Grand OpeningWednesday, December 17, 6pm-8pm - Lique Miami, 3957 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach

Trust Hospitality Group’s Peter Cumplido and Alex Podolny hosted the Lique Miami grand opening extravaganza, featuring the live entertainment, flowing champagne, delicious hors d’oevres, and tastings of Milagro Tequila, Glenfiddich Scotch & Stolichnaya Elit Vodka. Lique Miami is a new restaurant and lounge in the former Rouge Waterfront on the Intracoastal. Lique is serving Mediterranean-influenced sharing plates as well as sushi and raw-bar options until 1 a.m. on weekdays, 2 a.m. on weekends, while the lounge is open until 4 a.m. daily. Executive Chef Renato Medeiros is oversee the kitchen, with sushi chef Wing Wong handling that portion of the menu behind a 40-foot ice bar. @liquemiami

 


Grand Opening of Painting with a Twist in Miami Beach

Grand Opening of Painting with a Twist in Miami BeachMonday, December 15, 6pm-10pm – Painting with a Twist, 924 71st St, Miami Beach

Guests, friends, family and local celebrities gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Miami Beach Painting with a Twist. This popular format offers an art night out. Guests arrive with their beverages, snacks and creativity, “Painting with a Twist” supplies the rest.

Owner David Sexton celebrated his birthday in collaboration with the opening of his first PWAT store, the 188th location. As Sexton instructed a painting class to a packed house of art enthusiasts, he encouraged his students to get in touch with their inner child and express their artistic side.

As participants are uniquely inspired by Sexton’s input and style, they craft their own interpretation of his step-by-step guidance, from brush strokes to techniques. Guests clearly enjoyed commenting on each other’s paintings, documenting their progress and revealing their finished piece. Registration for all classes can be found on the website calendar.

Photos by: Melissa Donaldson

 


Grand Opening of The Hub Stores on South Beach

Grand Opening of The Hub Stores on South BeachThursday, December 11, 7pm-10pm – The Hub Stores, 860 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Houndreds of South Florida’s fashionistas attended the Hub Stores cocktail mixer and grand opening of its South Beach location, hosted by Daisy Olivera, Editor of The Daisy Column. The Hub Stores is a brand new concept store located in the heart of the Miami Beach shopping district, featuring several diverse brands. The Hub Store allows anyone the possibility of setting up their own space in a few days exclusively by bringing their own displays and products. Also a special area is dedicated to a pop-up only for an event, presentation or just “pop-up” products for only few days.

 


The Traymore Restaurant and Bar Launches its Saturday Live Jazz Brunch

The Traymore Restaurant and Bar Launches its Saturday Live Jazz BrunchSaturday, December 20, 10:30am-3:00pm - Traymore Restaurant and Bar at the Metropolitan by COMO, 2445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Traymore Restaurant and Bar at the newly opened Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, the inaugural hotel property in the U.S by COMO Hotels and Resorts, has announced its Live Jazz Brunch taking place every Saturday from 10:30am to 3:00pm.

Executive Chef Jonathan Lane, together with Executive Pastry Chef Emanuel Alves, invite locals, visitors and hotel guests to experience a newly developed brunch menu that is served with a smooth course of Live Jazz within the serene Traymore Restaurant and Bar. The Traymore’s Jazz Brunch Menu consists of a series of carefully crafted plates “From The Kitchen” together with the freshest selection from the “Seafood and Jamon Corner.” Executive Pastry Chef Emanuel Alves also adds his own signature sweet selections from “The Crepe and Pastry Corner.”  To accompany the newly created brunch menu every Saturday is a Live Jazz Band, providing a mellow taste of the latest Jazz sounds within the restaurant.

Guests are able to enjoy a variety of brunch items on the menu throughout the day that includes: crab cake benedict “Sandwich” ($14); lobster and avocado grilled cheese ($14); slow roasted pork belly Bao ($12); brioche French toast ($12); William’s Cuban sandwich ($13); foie gras & duck egg sliders ($18) and pan roasted Florida snapper ($17).  The Seafood and Jamon corner offers west coast and east coast oysters ($3 per oyster); Miguel’s ceviche ($8); seafood plateau (small $68 or large $135) and Spanish jamon ($18 per ounce).  Executive Pastry Chef Emanuel Alves presents a number of delicately crafted desserts and pastries that include:  crepe ($8), galette ($10); a selection of croissants, muffins and danish ($9 for 4 pieces) or a mini dessert ($4).

The Traymore brunch cocktails are offered at $12 each or $20 for an unlimited amount, and include The Classics (Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Bellini) or the signature Traymore Gin Punch, made from gin, citrus fruits, pineapple and bitters.  A special selection of Ayala Champagne by the glass or by the bottle is also available. Reservations can be made by calling 305-695-3600, by emailing dining.met.mia@comohotels.com or via Open Table.


Green Eggs Cafe Opens in Aventura

Green Eggs Cafe Opens in AventuraDecember 17 – 20, 8am-4pm – Green Eggs Café, 18729 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura

Philly-based brunch mecca Green Eggs Café opened in Aventura, offering complimentary red velvet pancakes, crème brûlée french toast and chicken-and-waffle benedicts through Dec 20th. Come try new brunch style restaurant/cafe that takes pride in serving the highest quality fare while maintaining an eco-conscious philosophy. @GreenEggsCafe

 


Corsair by Scott Conant Opens at Turnberry Isle Miami

Corsair by Scott Conant Opens at Turnberry Isle MiamiSaturday, December 20, Corsair by Scott Conant, 19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura

New York-based chef-restaurateur Scott Conant opens his second South Florida restaurant, Corsair, in Turnberry Isle in Aventura at the former Cascata Grill, overlooking the resort’s Miller Golf Course. Conant also runs Scarpetta in the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. Corsair offers a seasonal and rustic menu rooted in the farmhouse cooking of America and the Mediterranean. Dishes follow each season, reflecting the harvest of local farmers and purveyors and putting the quality and simplicity of their ingredients center stage. Guests can expect an authentic and comfortable dining experience anchored by unmatched service, personalized hospitality and crowd-pleasing food in a convivial setting. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For reservations call 786-279-6800 or email corsairmiami@turnberryislemiami.com.


Yes I Records Launches Its First Single

Yes I Records Launches Its First SingleThursday, December 18, 9pm – Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge, 150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Yes I Records is launching their first single “Destination Love” by Faroutt featuring Ukrainian rising star Tatiana Very. Based in Miami, Yes I Records is the brain child of serial entrepreneur Riccardo Silva, veteran producer Andrea Boccardi and successful sports executive Carlo Pozzali. With many projects in the works, Yes I Records is crafting a style of music they refer to as “Emotional EDM.” In today’s dance music scene, labels come a dime a dozen. Setting itself apart from the pack, Yes I Records brings a conscious ethos to electronic dance music. Its mission: to use music as a form of therapy for the soul; releasing songs that will strike an emotional chord with the audience. Their aim is to provide listeners with a healthy alternative—music with a positive message of love and respect.

The first single “Destination Love Sweet Mix” is a production of Faroutt. Known for their unorthodox approach to dance music, the group is a proud representation of modern electronic music with a foundation in disco, soul and funk. Exclusive signed to Yes I Records, Faroutt is setting up a string of singles in the coming months, including collaborations with up-and-coming female vocalists Tatiana Very, Bodine, Phyllisia Ross, Kim and more to come.


JW Marriott Miami Christmas Caroling Event

JW Marriott Miami Christmas Caroling EventThursday, December 18, 5:30pm-6:30pm - JW Marriot Miami, 1109 Brickell Avenue, Miami Brickell

The JW Marriott Miami hosted a Christmas Caroling event featuring the Coral Gables High School choir. The event was held on the fully decorated stairs outside of the hotel. JW Marriott Miam was giving out holiday cookies, warm apple cider, candy canes, hot chocolate with fixings and doggie treats. Santa and an elf also made an appearance for pictures.

Photos by: Ober Delgado

Ciclovia Miami

Ciclovia MiamiSunday, December 14, 9am-1pm - Calle Ocho, from SW 9 Ct to SW 22 Avenue, Miami

Ciclovia Miami took place along SW 8 Street between SW 9 Court and SW 22 Avenue on Sunday, December 14, 2014. This event held by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) was a great success thanks to Little Havana’s local merchants and partners involved, such as Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Miami-Dade Transit and the City of Miami Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET).

The event included live music by Radio Caracol and El Zol 106.7, as locals danced, walked and rode their bicycles along historical Calle Ocho. MiamiBikeScene, Everglades Bike Club and various cyclist groups came to participate in the first annual Ciclovia to take advantage of the “car-free,” streets. Families flocked with their children and pets to walk the open street and enjoy activities such as robolaxe and yoga. Nearly 1000 Miami-Dade County residents enjoyed this fun-filled event. FDOT asks that you stay tuned for details on the next Ciclovia. #CicloviaMiami

The Serena Williams Ultimate Run

The Serena Williams Ultimate RunDecember 13 & 14, Clevelander, 1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Serena Williams joined more than two thousand avid running enthusiasts from South Florida and around the country for the first annual Serena Williams Ultimate RUN South Beach on Sunday, December 14th. Serena took part in her first Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles), among hundreds of other aspiring athletes who also participated in the 5K Run/Walk and Team Challenge – bringing together runners of all ages and abilities. The event was to raise money for the Serena Williams Fund, which provides assistance to families affected by violent crimes and providing underprivileged youth around the world with the highest quality of education available to them. Serena’s sister, Venus Williams, also gave her support by running the 5K.

Serena commented after participating in the Quarter Marathon, and crossing the finish line in a time of 1 hour 14 minutes: “Today’s run was so enjoyable and the spirit of everyone who came out was so passionate which helped me to build the energy I needed for my first quarter marathon. I’ve never ran that far before, so I had to pace myself, but I was pleased with my finish time. I’d like to thank all the sponsors and everyone who participated in the run to help raise money for underprivileged youth around the world.”

The winning Male and Female in the 5K run both shattered course records and are the fastest times completed in Miami for a 5K run by both a man and a woman over the last two decades. Pablo Solares was the 1st place male winner of the 5K with an official time of 14:40 – a new course record by 45 seconds. Pablo is the Mexican National Record Holder in the Mile, 1500 meters and 800 meters. His fiancé, Shannon Rowbury, was the 1st place female winner of the 5K with an official finish time of 15:58 – a new course record by 1 minute and 30 seconds. Shannon is a U.S Olympic middle distance runner and U.S record holder in the 2 mile and is also a member of the Nike Oregon Project. Canadian Olympic distance runner for Nike Oregon Project, Cam Levins, was the 1st place male winner of the Quarter Marathon with an official finish time of 30:46 – a new course record by 5 minutes. Aimee Nielsen, from Miami, was the 1st place female winner of the Quarter Marathon with an official finish time of 40:41.

The world famous Ocean Drive was closed to traffic for the Ultimate Run’s scenic start and finish lines. The course took runners through Miami’s renowned South Beach scene, a major entertainment and tourist destination known for its picturesque beauty, Art Deco buildings, nightlife, restaurants and iconic hotels. The legendary American track coach and retired long-distance runner, Alberto Salazar, was on-hand to fire the starting gun as a tribute to the commencement of the first annual Serena Williams Ultimate Run. Event sponsors including Nike, Gatorade, Delta, Beats by Dre and MISSION Athletecare took part in creating a memorable experience for all participants.

Open to runners of all ages, registrants of the Ultimate RUN received a premium Nike tech, gender-specific Serena Williams Ultimate Run t-shirt and custom artisan finisher medal and official finisher certificate with chip-timed result. Runners experienced recovery refreshments, post-race entertainment and a most memorable experience along one of the most famous beachfront locations in the world. A medal and Nike t-shirt was presented for the Ultimate KIDS Dash, participated in by children ages 2-10 years-old, during which Serena and Venus cheered the smallest runners to the finish.

For post-race celebrations, participants of the run, along with the Williams sisters, headed over to The Clevelander South Beach on Ocean Drive, where hundreds witnessed Serena and Venus join their other two sisters on-stage to perform karaoke to favorites that included “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. Prior to the sister’s much-loved karaoke performance was the event’s award ceremony, during which Serena presented the winners and runners-up with trophies for their triumphant accomplishments.

2015 Lexus RCF and NX Debut Event at Lexus of North Miami

2015 Lexus RCF and NX Debut Event at Lexus of North MiamiSaturday, December 13, 7pm-9pm – at Lexus of North Mimi, 14100 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami

Lexus of North Miami has partnered with Elita Realty to present the all-new 2015 Lexus RCF and the all new NX, as the perfectly timed arrivals for the holiday season. They welcomed the new arrivals in a celebration where VIP guests enjoyed drinks by Zacapa Rum and bites by Spuntino Catering.

“For us at Lexus of North Miami it makes a big difference to actually have the car available for clients to see, touch and feel so, naturally we have a motive for celebration. Everyone has been waiting for the new arrivals and the public response has been so overwhelming, we are having a hard time keeping them in the showroom for the unveiling” – says Yoni Edery GM, Lexus of North Miami

The RCF is a culmination of styling and performance that is a huge hit with consumers and boasts 306-HP, 3.5-liter V6 with an 8 speed automatic that routes power to the rear wheels wile a 6 speed automatic serves duty with optional all-wheel drive. Those seeking extra power should check out the RCF and test out for themselves just how much G-force they feel.

The introduction of the 2015 NX has a unique appeal that Lexus has wanted to target for some time with the right luxury crossover that will bare its name. The styling aggressively highlights its sharp creases and oversized spindle grille but keeps its luxury with the interiors and its conforming seats. It’s an all new crossover just for the cool kids and an all new 2.0 liter turbo four and six speed standard. The F Sport version boasts a sport-tuned engine with 6 speed transmissions and paddle shifters.