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June 27, 2013



Weekend Recommender: June 27-30

CU-1 Gallery opening, iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party, and a Cuban culture walk.

June 27, 2013

Pitbull performs at iHeart Radio Ultimate Pool Party
Pitbull leads and all-star lineup at The iHeart Radio Ultimate Pool Party

CU-1 Gallery Opening
Thursday, June 27, 8-10 p.m.
Head downtown for the opening of CU-1, a 5,500-square-foot gallery and photography space located in the historic Security Building. Its inaugural group show, "Look at Me" (through August 23), features five international fashion and art photographers who have collectively graced the pages of numerous glossies, including Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. 117 N.E. 1 Ave., Miami

Roger Sanchez at LIV
Thursday, June 27, 11 p.m.
Catch the Grammy award-winning DJ as he takes over LIV Nightclub. His latest compilation, "Release Yourself," is exclusively available on Beatport and will be released to all other outlets on July 29. Sanchez' weekly terrestrial radio show currently lures in 15 million listeners worldwide. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

The iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party
Friday and Saturday, June 28-29
The iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party continues the Fontainebleau's BleauLive summer music series with performances by Pitbull, Ke$ha, AfroJack, Icona Pop, and Krewella. Packages start at $479 per night with a minimum three night stay required. 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach

History Miami's Cuban Cuisine and Culture Walk
Sunday, June 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Explore the eats and idiosyncrasies of Little Havana with History Miami. Walking tour guests will sample tropical fruit, peruse Domino Park, and witness classic Cuban cigar rolling. The event is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Advance reservations are required.



Q&A: 'Directing Your Destiny' Author Jennifer Grace

The Miami-based life coach tells how to "write the movie of your life."

June 26, 2013


A resident teacher at The Standard Spa, and owner and founder of spiritual wellness facility The Center of Grace in Hallendale Beach, Jennifer Grace recently penned an inspirational new book, Directing Your Destiny.

The book uses filmmaking tools and acting techniques (all too familiar for the former actress and filmmaker), to help readers think, feel, and eventually become the person they want to be. We chatted with Grace before her Miami book launch at The Standard to get the scoop on how a movie mindset can change your life.  

Tell us about the book and how readers should go about using it. 
JENNIFER GRACE: It's a 30-day program broken down into four weeks. It teaches people how to get clear on who they are and what they want. In the first two weeks, there are a lot of tools in there to get people out of their own way and get them the clarity that they need. The last two weeks are all about working with this energetic field that surrounds us all; it's the action, the measurable results.

What inspired you to write this book?
JG: We all heard about The Secret. We all ran out and made those vision boards with pictures of our future model spouse and our trips to Tahiti, and then we sat back on our coaches eating bonbons trying to manifest these incredible things for ourselves. It doesn't work like that. [For the book] I went on a journey to find the practical tools that you need in order to communicate with this energetic field that can bring in the law of attraction. It's a culmination of multiple practices.

The book includes practices used by filmmakers and actors. How does that come into play?
JG: As an actress, I was unknowingly manifesting using my emotions. I would close my eyes and visualize [my character] and then use my acting tools to authentically feel [my character]. That was the missing link I think for a lot of people: They were setting these positive intentions like "I am" but [didn't feel it]. How do you feel loved if you're lonely? How do you feel abundant if you're broke? How do you feel healthy if you're sick? I introduce the tools that actors use so you can authentically feel the emotional truth of the future you are creating.

Can you give us an example of the theatrical tools found in Directing Your Destiny?
JG: It goes so far as showing how to write 'life scripts' like a screenwriter would write for a film, so we in essence write the movie of our lives. Then we read through it and use the acting tools so we can feel it. There is an enormous amount of discipline and diligence you need to take to this every day. This work is not magic—it's magical, but it's not magic.



Q&A: DJ Irie Talks Miami Heat Highs and Lows

The Heat's official DJ on being with the team through thick and thin.

June 26, 2013

DJ Irie spins the Heat through another championship season
After another championship season spinning for the Heat, DJ Irie readies for his annual Irie Weekend

June has been good to DJ Irie—aka Ian Grocher, aka the official DJ of the Miami Heat. He celebrated a birthday, witnessed the Heat take home its third NBA title, and is putting the finishing touches on his ninth annual Irie Weekend. Kicking off this Thursday, June 27, the three-day event helps raise money for the Irie Foundation and its after-school programs and scholarships. Irie Weekend festivities will include a celebrity golf tournament, concert at LIV Nightclub, bowling tournament, and closing party at Mokai. How does Irie do it all? We chatted with him to find out.

In one word, how has the last week has been for you?
DJ IRIE: Probably sensational. Even though the Heat won back-to-back championships, they still feel like totally separate trips.

You've been with the Heat since 1999, experienced all their highs and lows—does that make weeks like this sweeter?
DI: Knowing what it is to feel that low makes you appreciate this kind of success even more. I remember a season where we lost, like, the first 15 games, I believe. Attendance was such a challenge then that we had vouchers to give to friends to come to a game.

Does the Heat's success help set the tone for Irie Weekend?
DI: Well, it definitely doesn't hurt! The weekend had the same timing from its start, so it is a blessing that it can take place right after this championship and share some of that excitement.

How has Irie Weekend evolved over the years?
DI: I would say our biggest evolution has come through our partners. An event of this caliber cannot happen without a lot of support. ESPN was one of our first supporters; they've been with us every year. AmericanAirlines has been onboard for about five years. Irie Weekend today has Target, Cadillac, Verizon, Premiere Beverage, and Heineken all believing in what we're building. The first couple of years I also had to be on those phone calls and emails to have celebrities attend. Now many [celebrities] actually call us. We sold out the golf tournament two weeks ago!

Is the golf tournament open to fans, or just players?
DI: We realized people want to be a part of the energy, so we came up with the Target Hospitality Tent. For $100, folks can enjoy all the food and drinks they want. We'll also have Skam Artist DJs there and a Sol Republic bar where you can create your own headphones.

How do you mentally and physically manage such a busy schedule?
DI: Vitamin B12 and Reviv on Miami Beach, that is my secret. I strive to do everything I do with as much energy and excitement as possible. I prepare, come in, and give it all I got.

Taking a vacation anytime soon?
DI: Right now I'm looking at August. My schedule is pretty crazy until then.

Last question: what song sums up the 2012-2013 Heat season?
DI: Hands down, The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army."



Fourth of July Party in a Box

Outsource your Independence Day party planning to Revelry House and Lauren Bosworth.

June 25, 2013

Reality TV star Lauren Bosworth has been a busy bee since her days on MTV's The Hills. Along with business partner Christianne Amodio, Bosworth cofounded Revelry House, a lifestyle website and company known for its carefully curated party boxes. With collections for birthdays, bachelorette parties, barbecues, and more, Revelry House's latest offering is a limited-edition July Fourth box ($159 and up). Featuring 21 patriotic and functional essentials for parties of 12 to 24, sample items include disposable dinnerware, linen napkins, tealight candles and paper bags, dining trays, popsicle molds, confetti, treat bags, and of course, sparklers. There's also a mini guide book with a sample menu and recipes, playlist recommender (think Paul Simon and Tom Petty), and tips for the host. Recipes range from strawberry-basil popsicles to cheddar- and jalapeño-stuffed burgers to a classic flag cake.  



New Summer Prix Fixes; Tea Time at The Federal

Plus: New Brazilian steakhouse coming to Brickell, Old Fashioned Wednesdays at Cecconi's.

June 25, 2013

Spaghetti Pomodoro at Dolce Italian in Miami
Spaghetti pomodoro at Dolce Italian, where a new summer prix fixe is on offer 

Summer Prix Fixe at Dolce Italian: Available through the end of August, Dolce's new three-course dinner menu ($35 per person) is served nightly from 6 to 7:30 pm. Options include a fritto misto with calamari and shrimp, a roasted chicken with potatoes, and a hazelnut brittle chocolate mousse. 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-975-2550 

Brickell to Welcome Brasileiro in July: Brasileiro, a new Brazilian-fusion steakhouse and lounge, has announced its opening date as Friday, July 12 inside Brickell's Four Ambassadors Suites Hotel. The waterfront, rodízio-inspired restaurant will be overseen by executive chef Guily Booth, formally of The Local House, Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, and Yuca. In addition to steak, the menu will boast seafood, tapas, and à la carte options. 801 Brickell Bay Dr., 786-502-3829 

Tea Time at The Federal: The Federal Food, Drinks & Provisions and JoJo Teas will host a unique "Hazed and Infused" tea pairing dinner on Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. Tea blenders will talk diners through each course, such as seared duck breast and pineapple shaved ice with candy chestnuts. Seating is $65 per person. 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-758-9559 

Old Fashioned Wednesdays at Cecconi's: Live jazz, nostalgic cocktails, and a Venetian appetizer menu are popping up inside the SoHo Beach House every Wednesday night from 8 to 11 p.m. Four exclusive libations will be priced at $10 each and served alongside small plates like grilled octopus and wood oven meatballs. 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-507-7902 

Summer Menus at The Local House: South of Fifth's The Local House has also launched new summer prix fixes. Drop in Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a $21 per person three-course lunch flaunting oysters, grilled salmon, and bread budding. Dinner guests visiting Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. can opt for the $32 prix fixe donning crab cakes and tuna sliders. 400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 786-230-8396 



PAMM's Contemporaries Hit The Standard

The group's first official event welcomes experimental duo Los Jaichackers to South Beach.

June 24, 2013

Los Jaichackers

Los Jaichackers 

The Pérez Art Museum Miami's (PAMM) social young patrons group, The Contemporaries, will welcome multimedia performance artists Los Jaichackers to The Standard Spa Miami Beach (40 Island Ave., Miami Beach) this Thursday, June 27. The "Friendraiser" fête doubles as PAMM's first official event, open exclusively to any new or resigned Contemporaries member.

West coast experimental duo Los Jaichackers consists of creatives Eamon Ore-Giron and Julio Cesar Morales, who are curating the evening's entertainment through electro-fused Latin American rhythms and video installations. Their moniker is a phonetically spelled derivative of the Spanish word for hijackers, a play on their desire to capture diverse cultural sounds and media content and meld it into a multi-medium experience. Come Thursday, the twosome will also be capturing footage for a larger scale project set to debut during PAMM's December unveiling.

Contemporaries will be among the first to experience PAMM's inaugural exhibitions, which are set to include pieces by Chinese social activist Ai Weiwei, Poland's Monika Sosnowska, and a diverse cast of Caribbean and Miami-based artists.



Mixology Must-Have: The Ultimate Mini Bar

Bombay Sapphire East and AvroKO put a new spin on the mini bar.

June 24, 2013

Bombay Sapphire East Gin Wheel
Impress your guests with a Bombay Sapphire East Gin Wheel

Bombay Sapphire East has teamed up with hospitality design firm AvroKO (responsible for Edge Steak & Bar's interior) to create a limited edition walnut gin wheel. With a smart design and sleek, slightly retro look, the new Bombay Sapphire East Gin Wheel ($500) is a must-have for cocktail party hosts and hostesses. Taking a cue from the classic Lazy Susan, the portable storage bar spins on a stainless steel plate and features multiple hidden compartments. Indeed, the wheel has everything you need to make your favorite aperitif, including four gin and tonic glasses, a detachable cutting board, wooden coasters, a Japanese paring knife, a jigger, and ice tongs that double as a locking mechanism for the wheel's sliding door. Plus, each wheel is sold with a bottle of Bombay Sapphire East Gin. Find the item on the futureperfect.com, where it's currently available for pre-order. Orders will ship in early August. 



Scope Miami Beach Announces Move to South Beach

The satellite fair trades Midtown for a 70,000 square-foot SoBe pavilion.

June 24, 2013

Scope Miami Beach will trade its usual Midtown site for a spot on South Beach 

Scope Miami Beach will have a new home when it pops up at Art Basel in Miami 2013. The globally recognized art fair is moving from Midtown to a 70,000 square foot pavilion off Ocean Drive and 10th Street. Scope Miami Beach's seaside tent will flaunt an alfresco beach lounge and a collection of 100 international exhibitors and 15 Breeder Program galleries. The 2013 edition is scheduled to open on Tuesday, December 3 to VIP invitees, press, and "first view" guests who pay a $100 donation at the door. Scope's public run will kick off Wednesday, December 4 and remain on view through Sunday, December 8; hours are daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last year's Scope opening festivities included a VH1-backed performance by Canadian rockers Metric, as well as collaborations with Red Bull and Bombay Sapphire. 1000 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach



Everything's New at The Social Club

From cheeky cocktails to beachy bites to chic new environs.

June 21, 2013

There's much to discover at the newly remodeled Social Club inside the Surfcomber Hotel. In addition to the eclectic new décor, a new cocktail menu and revamped gastro-fare menu have been installed. Think a full sensory makeover, with Bahamian conch tacos and frothy Cuban rum cocktails served under bubble chandeliers. Bar chef Chad Phillips took a culinary approach to crafting the spot's fresh new cocktails. We're particularly intrigued by The New Cuban (above) and the 28 Days Later, made with four top-shelf rums, grapefruit, passion fruit, and grenadine. Phillips has also implemented a house barrel-aged bourbon program—but pours are limited, so it's first come, first serve. Those looking for a post-work watering hole can stop by The Social Club's daily "Punch the Clock" happy hour (5-8 p.m.), offering specials on Phillips' signature pisco punch, as well as $5 microbrews, wines, and bar bites.


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