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Heat bring it home in Game 7, Donald Trump considers moving Miss USA pageant to Doral...

June 21, 2013

Miami Heat players revel in game seven NBA Championship win
Uncork the Champagne and raise a glass to our NBA Champs!

Congratulations to the Miami Heat, who became back-to-back NBA Champions last night after defeating the San Antonio Spurs in a nail-biting NBA Finals Game 7. Cheers, guys! [The Miami Herald]

Speaking of our hometown champs, ever wonder how the Miami Heat players live off the court? Take a peek at some the multi-million dollar waterfront digs players like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade call home. [SouthFlorida.com]

After attending last month's Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Swine Southern Table & Bar's Robert Ferrara says the latest trend in cocktails is just to keep it simple. [Travel + Leisure]

The field of acting suffered a great loss this week as actor James Gandolfini passed away while vacationing in Italy. Back in Gandolfini's home state of New Jersey, a diner where an infamous Sopranos scene was filmed payed tribute to the actor in a very thoughtful, touching way. [LA Times]

Talks are swirling that Donald Trump could be bringing the Miss USA pageant to Doral. Trump recently invested $250 million to renovate the Doral Golf Resort and Spa and will come to a decision on the pageant move over the "next couple of months." [The Miami Herald]



Weekend Recommender: June 20-23

Aerial tango at Arsht, two can't-miss DJ performances, and Mango Mania.

June 20, 2013

8cho aerial tango at Adrienne Arsht
8cho dazzles at Adrienne Arsht

8cho at Adrienne Arsht
Thursday-Sunday, June 20-23
Buenos Aires' aerial tango spectacular 8cho (pronounced "ocho") lands at the Adrienne Arsht Center today. The show features more than a dozen professional dancers and musicians performing full routines while suspended in the air. Tickets begin at $35. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722

Walshy Fire at Rec Room
Thursday, June 20, 11 p.m.
Walshy Fire, one-third of Major Lazer, takes over the Rec Room at The Gale. Reid Waters and DZA will also hit the turntables. If the Miami Heat are victorious tonight in the NBA Finals' Game 7, this may be the can't-miss post-game party of the night. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Daniel Dubb at FDR at Delano
Friday, June 21, 11 p.m.
FDR's Notes from the Underground welcomes rising Toronto DJ Daniel Dubb. He'll be joined on the decks by Andrew Ward, Snay, and a special surprise guest. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Mango Mania
Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Summer in Miami means the return of a bountiful mango season. This Saturday, the Fruit & Spice Park will nod the tropical treat with an all-day celebration of all things mango, with over 150 varieties of the fruit. Admission is $40 per person. 24801 S.W. 187th Ave., Homestead, 305-247-5727

Films Over Miami Community Showcase
Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
A collection of Miami-inspired films screen at the Colony Theatre as part of the American Black Film Festival's closing day programming. This event is free and open to the public. 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-674-1040



Solstice Party at Area 31; Huahua's Taqueria Opens

Plus: Spanish wines at Edge Steak & Bar, summer seafood kickoff at Florida Cookery, and more food and drink news.

June 19, 2013

Huahua's Taqueria opens on South Beach
Get your short rib taco fix at Huahua's Taqueria

Area 31 Summer Solstice Party : This Friday, June 21 marks the first official day of summer, and Area 31 is making sure the longest day of the year is a memorable one. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails from 5 to 7 p.m., or tap into the "Veuve Around the Clock" happy hour, available until 8 p.m. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-424-5234

Huahua's Taqueria Opens on South Beach: HaVen Hospitality Concepts' new Huahua's Taqueria opened for previews this week. Chef Todd Erickson is cooking up funky twists on taco favorites with ingredients like fried chicken, grilled mahi mahi, and braised short rib. Tacos will be served daily, and night owls can savor the Mexican-inspired fare until 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. 1211 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-8226

Cabanas and Dinner at The Raleigh: The newly installed Restaurant Michael Schwartz is offering a sweet extra for its lunch and dinner parties of eight or more through September. Such parties will gain access to a complimentary Oasis cabana and will be gifted a bottle of Château D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé. 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-612-1163

Summer Seafood Kickoff at Florida Cookery: This Friday, June 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., guests of Florida Cookery can enjoy samples of the restaurant's summer seafood menu on the recently unveiled patio. Bites will include watermelon habanero ceviche and shrimp brochette. To wash it all down there will be complimentary local beer and wine. 545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-276-0333

Wine Tour of Spain at Edge Steak & Bar: Wine educator Barry Alberts continues his ongoing wine tasting series this Friday, June 21, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., showcasing 10 wines from Spain. This $20 per person event includes a complimentary artisanal cheese platter for group attendees. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami



CU-1 Gallery to Debut Downtown

The gallery's inaugural exhibit flaunts international fashion photography at its finest.

June 19, 2013

Part of "Look at Me" at CU-1, a photograph by Roger Weber

Downtown's growing art scene is getting a global boost with the opening of CU-1, a 5,500-square-foot gallery and photography space located in the historic Security Building. CU-1 will celebrate its grand opening on June 27, debuting its first group show, "Look at Me" (through August 23), featuring five international fashion and art photographers. 

The works of Paul Solomons, Billy & Hells, Tina Luther, Christopher Thomas, and Roger Weber will all be making their Miami debuts. Though new to the Miami scene, each "Look at Me" artist has garnered personal success. Solomons is currently the creative director for British GQ; Thomas published the acclaimed pictorial New York Sleeps; and the combined works of Emmett, Luther, and Weber have graced the pages of Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Vanity Fair, amongst many illustrious others.

Weber is also one of CU-1's founders, alongside industry veterans Stephan Goettlicher, Bernd Mueller, and Marc Schmidt. "There are not many venues dedicated to photography in the city, and none with our emphasis," says Goettlicher. "Our goal with CU-1 is to introduce the Miami audience to the art of incredible photographers, most of them European, whose work is generally new to Miami." 117 NE 1 Ave., Miami



Q&A: Dance Phenom Travis Wall

The twenty-something choreographer has taken the industry by storm.

June 17, 2013

Shaping Sound choreographer Travis Wall   

Emmy-nominated contemporary dancer and choreographer Travis Wall started working professionally at just 15-years-old. Today, at the ripe old age of 25, his resume lists television credits such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars, as well as performances at the Oscars and MTV's Video Music Awards. Recently, his Shaping Sound company brought its first-ever tour to Miami Beach's Colony Theatre. We caught up with Wall to learn more about the tour, his creative influences, and his dream collaborator: Beyoncé. 

Tell us about your company, Shaping Sound, and the shows you did in Miami. 
TW: Shaping Sound is the first commercial dance company of its kind to emerge from competitive dance shows. The concept is inspired by a quote from the original Peter Pan: 'You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.' We use a lot of contemporary music, but our show is very eclectic. Our musicality is what we’re best at. We create different movements and images based off of the music.

Is there a piece that is especially personal to you?
TW: "Fix You," a cancer piece I did for my mom, hit home. [It] was literally created step-by-step from the experience of going home and seeing my mom after her surgery.  

You run the company with three other collaborators. Do you divide and conquer, or is there a little of each of you in every piece?
TW: The choreography is completely collaborative. You never know when one person’s vision ends and the next one begins.

Dance is obviously a huge part of your day to day, but you also run a business. What's that been like at 25-years-old? 
TW: When I set out to start a company, I didn’t realize I was starting a business. I never imagined owning a business at 25. I’ve been working to make it a success and have an incredible production team. Though it’s more work than I could have imagined, I’ve realized this is my dream.  

Any life or business lessons you've learned along the way?
TW: I’ve learned that you can’t be afraid of taking a risk. I'm becoming a bit of an older dancer now and I have had a lot trauma with a hip and knee injury. I was able to choreograph myself to work around those issues.  

Who are you dying to work with? 
TW: I still haven’t met or worked with Beyoncé. That’s the end all be all. When that happens, I’ll be very pleased.



Pan American Modernism at Lowe Art Museum

Avant-garde art leads a new exhibit with a film and lecture series.

June 17, 2013

Surreal Native Woman, Guillermo Wiedemann (1960s)
Surreal Native Woman, Guillermo Wiedemann (1960s)

The University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum's new exhibit, "Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States," unites the multicultural musings of 71 artists—50 from Latin America and 21 from the United States.

The 75-piece mixed-media showcase opens this Saturday, June 22, stringing together works that exemplify the stylistic similarities employed by various regions from 1919 to 1979. During this time, the art world shifted its gaze from Europe to the Americas, due in part to the Mexican mural movement and its influence on neighboring countries like Colombia and Cuba. Several works in "Pan American Modernism" will be making their exhibition debut.

The museum has also put together a hefty programming lineup for the exhibit, which will remain on view through October 13. Curator Dr. Nathan Timpano will host a related lecture series in September, followed by appearances by noted national historians. The campus' Cosford Cinema will also screen a collection of modernist films, beginning with the The Violin on July 18. 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables, 305-284-3535



Emilio Pucci Opens in the Design District

Accounting for half its stateside stable, South Florida is the brand's home away from home.

June 17, 2013

An inside look at the new Design District Pucci boutique
French architect Joseph Dirand designed the new Design District Emilio Pucci boutique

Kaleidoscopically colorful Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci has opened its third South Florida boutique in Miami's Design District, marking the brand's sixth stateside location. Since unveiling its New York City flagship last November, Pucci has expanded to Las Vegas, Palm Beach, and Aventura.  

Within the floor-to-ceiling window ensconced boutique, you'll find breezy looks in signature Pucci prints, as well as sleek solid separates, elegant minaudiéres, and carry-all totes. Staying true to the area's beach-chic style, the Pucci Design District boutique will offer shoppers an abundant array of resort wear while also displaying its full product line.

In addition to an overall design that nods the brand's Florentine roots and Miami Beach's Art Deco style, French architect Joseph Dirand integrated opulent, marble slab Pucci lettering throughout the store's interior. Dirand then contrasted the lavish conversation pieces with an airy, neutral color palette and clean, white walls. The result is globally-inspired glamour at every turn. 
155 N.E. 40 St., #100, Miami, 305-576-1830


Lauren Weisberger Talks 'Revenge Wears Prada'

The author and former Vogue staffer dishes on the sequel to The Devil Wears Prada.

June 14, 2013

Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada and Revenge Wears Prada
Revenge Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger

It's been a decade since Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada hit bookshelves. Set in the fictional halls of Runway magazine, the book's icy antihero, Miranda Priestly, is imagined by most readers as Vogue's Anna Wintour. (Plus, in real life, Weisberger's first job was as assistant to Wintour...) And the 2006 film adaptation starring Meryl Streep as Priestly and Anne Hathaway as Andy, an aspiring hard news journalist who takes a job at a Vogue-esque glossy, painted a picture of life (some may say servitude) in the world of New York City fashion magazines. 

Now, much to the delight of her fans, Weisberger is revisiting the characters of Miranda and Andy in Revenge Wears Prada, which finds Andy at the helm of her own magazine. Miranda also has a new job—one that is eerily similar to Wintour's recent promotion to artistic director of Condé Nast. Coincidence? We spoke with Weisberger in advance of the Aventura stop on her book tour to find out. 

The parallels between reality and fiction in Revenge are uncanny. What's your comment on the Miranda/Anna promotion similarities? How on earth did you anticipate that?  
LAUREN WEISBERGER: I will say that my book was signed, sealed, and delivered before the announcement was made. Sometimes life imitates art, which is kind of fun.

Had you always intended to write a sequel?
LW: I was thinking about writing about the sequel for such a long time. I've always been curious about what was happening with these characters. So much happens over ten years. I was really kind of excited to check back in and see what Andy and Miranda were up to.

Seeing as you were once Wintour's assistant, you had lots of real-life inspiration for The Devil Wears Prada. Did you draw upon that experience again for Revenge
LW: Probably not quite as much as the first book, but I still think there's a pretty good amount. Andy still lives in New York—[which] plays a huge role in this book. I'm a New Yorker, I love the city as much as she does. She and I both make our living writing. I don't want to give too much away, but I got married and had kids over [time] and motherhood definitely plays a role in this book.

How has Andy changed in this new, higher-powered chapter of her life? 
LW: The Andy of the first book was 22-years-old, wide-eyed, and naive. This Andy has had a lot of different experiences. She is about to get married when the book opens. She is an editor and has her own magazine now. Like so many women in their 20s and 30s, Andy has grown up a lot.

Any chance we'll be seeing a Revenge Wears Prada movie?
LW: I would absolute love that. I loved what they did with the first one so much. Consider my fingers crossed.

Andy has a new fiancé in Revenge, and there are some other new faces as well. Any thoughts on which actors might play these roles if a big screen sequel were to happen?
LW: I haven't yet but I need to start doing that! I loved the first cast so much I certainly hope they would all return. I'm going to start thinking about the new ones, that's a good idea.



What We're Reading

More reason to check out M+V Art Gallery's Frida Kahlo exhibit, Kanye at Basel...

June 14, 2013

Frida Kahlo as photographed by Leo Matiz
The daughter of photographer Leo Matiz, known for his photos of Frida Kahlo, will speak at M+V Art Gallery

M+V Art Gallery's captivating Frida Kahlo photography exhibit, featuring works by Leo Matiz, gets a boost this weekend as Matiz' daughter, Alejandra, shares details of her father's artistic relationship with the famed Mexican artist. [Cultist]

Kanye West made a surprise appearance at an Art Basel event presented by Design Miami this week, giving the international art crowd a preview of his upcoming album, "Yeezus." [World Red Eye]

In addition to welcoming Swire Properties' EAST hotel brand, the new Brickell CityCentre will also feature a $20 million elevated "Climate Ribbon" with its own "microclimate." The ribbon will reduce sunlight, reuse rain water, and redirect wind to create a subtle, refreshing breeze on the premises. [Huffington Post Miami]

Jetting up to New York this month? Show some local love and join Meat Market's Sean Brasel and Makoto's Makoto Okuwa as they each host pop-up dinners at Manhattan's James Beard House. [James Beard]

With Magic City's second season set to premiere this Friday on Starz, Mediabistro sat down with director Mitch Glazer and actress Kelly Lynch to find out what viewers can expect. [Fishbowl NY]



Weekend Recommender: June 13-16

Afrika Bambaataa at Rec Room, the Redland Summer Fruit Festival, and more.

June 13, 2013

Afrika Bambaataa will man the deks at Rec Room on Friday night

Afrika Bambaataa at Rec Room
Friday, June 14, 11 p.m.
Hip-hop and funk legend Afrika Bambaataa takes over the Rec Room at The Gale Hotel. The Bronx-based DJ is considered the "Godfather" of break-beat deejaying, making Friday night's set one that is not to be missed. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

"22 Grams: Set Me Free" Opening
Saturday, June 15, 6- 9 p.m.
Imagesound Americas unveils artist Kubiat Nnamdie's first solo exhibition, "22 Grams: Set Me Free." Nnamdie's multimedia show centers around the theory that when a human dies, the psychedelic compound DMT is released in the brain, causing the body to weigh 22 grams or fewer. The term also symbolizes the human spirit's release after physical death. 20 N.W. 25th St. Suite #203, Miami

Redland Summer Fruit Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Peruse and sample a colorful, exotic array of agriculture at this weekend's Summer Fruit Festival at Homestead's Fruit & Spice Park. Admission is $8. 24801 S.W. 187th Ave., Homestead, 305-247-5727


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