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Miami City Ballet Taps Mike Piazza

The world-class company closes its season with a cameo from a baseball icon.

April 29, 2013

The Miami City Ballet's performance of Slaughter on Tenth Avenue will include a cameo by Mike Piazza 

The Miami City Ballet will bid adieu to another stellar season this weekend with its presentation of Program IV: Broadway and Ballet. Running Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, finale engagements will include two fan favorites: Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, which is derived from Rodgers and Hart's Broadway musical On Your Toes. Friday night's performances will also feature a much buzzed-about cameo by former MLB superstar Mike Piazza, taking on the role of one of Slaughter on Tenth Avenue's eponymous gangsters. Slaughter's plot follows a star-crossed romance between a tapper and a dance hall girl. Dances at a Gathering, meanwhile, is a celebrated piano ballet set to the music of Chopin. The ten-person performance is an uplifting tribute to the lively music that inspired choreographer Jerome Robbins. Tickets to Program IV begin at $20 and can be purchased online. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722



Ramy Brook’s Chic Beach Cover-Ups

Airy, silk-printed, and adorned with gorgeous prints, you’ll wear them far beyond the beach.

April 29, 2013

Spearheaded by fashion industry veteran Ramy Sharp, casual-chic ready-to-wear brand Ramy Brook has Miami written all over it. And while the line is based in New York, Sharp’s simple yet sexy designs (especially her new spring/summer cover-ups) are perfect for Miami’s day-to-night lifestyle. Soft silhouettes are balanced with bold, slightly edgy prints—a look celebs like Chelsea Handler and Louise Roe have taken a liking to. Here, we pinpoint a few favorite silk-printed frocks from Sharp’s “High Summer” collection.



Local Restaurants Celebrate Heat Playoffs

Three AmericanAirlines Arena stalwarts serve game-day specials.

April 26, 2013

Domo Polo Bistro has unveiled a special Miami Heat-themed bar bites and cocktails menu

db Bistro Moderne
Before each Heat home game during the 2013 playoffs, db Bistro Moderne will serve a three-course pregame prix fixe ($39 per person) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Courses include a pâté de campagne appetizer, Meyer lemon crusted chicken breast entrée, and chocolate fondant dessert. Bring your game ticket and you’ll be treated to a complimentary cocktail. 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-421-8800

Doma Polo Bistro
Just across the street from the AmericanAirlines Arena, Doma Polo is offering a Heat-themed bar bites and cocktail menu. Specialties include chorizo and chimichurri Slam Dunk Sliders, a Salmon Tar Tip-Off (tartare bruschetta), and a Cosmo Heat cocktail with gold citrus pearls. The restaurant will also offer drinks discounts based on wins. For example, a 10-point win by the Heat gets you a 10 percent discount on your total bill. 900 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-400-0588

Toro Toro
The InterContinental Miami's Pan-Latin steakhouse is celebrating our NBA Champions with regular viewing parties inside the bar and lounge. In addition to a new $5 specialty cocktail dubbed El Toro Blanco (vodka, chili pepper, lime, lychee), the venue is offering $5 bar bites and $3 beer specials during games. Post-game revelers can bring their ticket stub to Toro Toro for a complimentary cocktail while also enjoying late-night happy hour specials. 
100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 305-372-4710



What We're Reading

Victory for The Fillmore, Porsche tower breaks ground, Amazon nods Miami bookworms…

April 26, 2013

The Fillmore is here to stay, but it's getting a makeover

After thousands of Miamians spoke out against Portman-CMC's plan to knock down The Fillmore as part of the Miami Beach Convention Center renovation, the cornered group has changed its tune. The theater will stay put—and it will get an upgrade. [The Miami Herald]

The highly anticipated Porsche Design Tower Miami broke ground Friday, marking the brand's first foray into real estate. Following the photo op, guests headed into the sales center for a reception and beachside party complete with fireworks. [World Red Eye]

After several Wynwood area bar owners and bartenders were arrested for serving alcohol past 3 a.m., Wynwood businesses are crying conspiracy, claiming mega-clubs are working with police to have them shut down. [The Miami New Times]

As fans fill the AmericanAirlines Arena during the Miami Heat's current Playoff run, courtside celebrity sightings are an added bonus. Rihanna was spotted at last Sunday’s game. [Huffington Post Miami]

Miami ranked number three on Amazon’s “Most Well Read Cities” list, trailing behind Alexandria, Virginia and Knoxville, Tennessee. The numbers are based on book, magazine, and newspaper sales—in print and on Kindle—per capita. [The Miami Herald]

photography by Chris Polk


Hyde Beach Launches XIV Summer Sessions

Sbe's signature west coast pool party hits Hyde Beach this Sunday.

April 25, 2013

Immensely popular in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Sbe Nightlife Group’s XIV Summer Sessions rolls out on South Beach this Sunday, April 28. Dubbed the XIV Miami Sessions Pool Party, the event promises a roster of renowned, Ultra-made DJs, including Nathan Scott, Julian Ingrosso, Leo Medina, and Ravi Drums. Regulars at Mynt Lounge will be familiar with Ingrosso, who is the spot’s resident DJ, and Medina headlines many of Hyde's major events. Fellow featured guest Scott is known for spinning at Las Vegas' infamous Ultra Pool Wet Republic party, while Ravi Drums calls Los Angeles home. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach



Weekend Recommender: April 25-28

Miami Beach Polo, a Gatsby garden fête, and O'Miami’s most anticipated event.

April 25, 2013

Miami Beach Polo

2013 Miami Beach Polo World Cup
Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28
The world's finest polo players descend upon our shores for the 2013 Miami Beach Polo World Cup. The ongoing competition will take place between 21st and 22nd streets, directly behind The Setai Hotel & Resort. Stick around after the match to partake in myriad event-themed soirées, dinners, and VIP receptions.

"Roaring Gatsby" Garden Party
Friday, April 26, 7-11 p.m.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden transforms into a 1920s-themed fundraising fête for Fairchild Palms, a nonprofit young professionals group dedicated to environmental conservation and children's outreach. The event will feature music by Rocky Sofi, hors d’oeuvres by GB Catering, indulgent sweets, and cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tickets are currently $65 online and will be $85 at the door. Admission is free for Royal Palm members with RSVP. 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables

La Traviata
Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, 8 p.m.
The Florida Grand Opera presents La Traviata at the Adrienne Arsht Center. This tragic opera based on “La dame aux Camélias,” a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, follows a lovelorn woman outcasted by society. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722

Sunday, April 28, 7 p.m.
O’Miami's month-long series of poetry-centered events comes to a close this Saturday as the organization welcomes 2013's presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, and Parks and Recreation writer Megan Amram to the New World Symphony Hall. These special guests will read works alongside the winners of the "That's So Miami" poetry contest. Meanwhile, the Borsht Film Fest will screen complementing poetic films. 500 17th St., Miami Beach


Del Toro Shoes' Latest Artist Series

Miami street artist TYPOE puts his stamp on the new limited-edition loafers.

April 24, 2013

The latest installment of Del Toro Shoes’ Artist Series is set to hit the market this Friday, April 26, featuring leather footwear tagged by Miami artist TYPOE. This time around, Del Toro's signature men's and women's white wingtips flaunt reincarnations of the colorful paint strokes seen throughout TYPOE’s previously exhibited “floral series.” The printed loafers ($350) will be available for purchase online as well as at Del Toro Shoes' Wynwood boutique. Shopping mecca The Webster will also carry an exclusive red version of the collaborative series.

TYPOE’s work manipulates mundane objects—think spray paint can caps and plastic crates—into mind-bending visual landscapes. As a Spinello Projects artist and Primary Flight pioneer, TYPOE dabbles in various genres and mediums, including sculptural installations and thematic paintings. For Del Toro's design, the artist melted plastics to resemble a floral bouquet, thus capturing the hand-painting aesthetic through an unconventional technique. 2750 N.W. 3rd Ave., Suite #22, Miami, 305-571-8253



Artist Kiki Valdes Talks 'The Valdeziacs'

The Miami-bred artist brings an animated exhibition to the Design District this Saturday.

April 24, 2013

Expressionist painter Kiki Valdes' new solo exhibit, "The Valdeziacs," is putting a somewhat sinister spin on your favorite cartoons. In the show opening this Saturday, April 27 inside the Design District’s 101 Exhibit, Valdes’ works portray “recognizable characters” in an abstract, sometimes cubist fashion. “Cartoons have us brainwashed from childhood,” says Valdes, adding that “deconstructing them” felt natural to him. We caught up with the Miami artist (who’s now based in New York) to learn more about his artistic process and his Miami roots.

When did you first start using cartoons in your work?
KIKI VALDES: I think my first year in New York had something to do with it. Everything changed for me. During the move, I noticed all my doodles were cartoon-based, but somehow they did not transfer over to my paintings. It was like I was denying a part of myself. I started to become attracted to cartoon images in contemporary art and it started to slip into my work.  

Take us through the mental and physical process of creating one of these works.
KV: It's a layering process. If it isn't heavy, it does not feel right. I am creating a soul on canvas. That may seem a bit romantic, but it is what I like to do. I tend to edit a lot; I like the viewer to know I went on that journey. I also like to remind myself that I went down that road, too. A lot of coffee is involved. I will paint for two days straight and take three days off to analyze. I still consider it painting when I am not physically in the act. I don't leave the studio. I also take photos of my work, upload it to the computer, and figure out what I want to edit. It's like my third eye.  

What first compelled you to create art?
KV: I remember in kindergarten the girl next to me would always draw depictions of Jesus. I remember wanting to paint God better than she could. I think that was more my first memory of feeling competitive.  

You’ve said before that after a piece is finished you want nothing to do with it. Is it really that easy to let these works go, or do you form attachments?
KV: Yeah, I don't get attached to my work. I always thought all artists were this way. It's also kind of depressing to always look at the same thing you made every day. I really feel [my work] is for someone else. I like to think my paintings are for everyone. 

What impact does being Cuban and from Miami have on your work?
KV: Miami has a bright side and a dark side. I think anyone from Miami would agree. I'm sure those elements seep into my work. Growing up, I remember my father's enemies trying to put Santeria spells on the house I grew up in. This had a profound effect on me.

How does it feel to be back in your hometown?
KV: It feels great. I have a great support system in Miami. In a lot of ways, I haven't really left. I divide my time between the snow and sunshine. I'm just glad I get to share my work with the 305.  

"The Valdeziacs" opens Saturday, April 27 (7-10 p.m.) at 101 Exhibit. 101 N.E. 40th St., Miami



'Room 237' Screens in Miami

A new documentary uncovers hidden meaning in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

April 22, 2013

Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick 

Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film masterpiece The Shining left a generation of moviegoers transfixed by its symbolic imagery—not to mention reluctant to step inside a hotel. Fresh out of the Cannes, Sundance, and Toronto film festivals, Rodney Ascher’s stirring documentary, Room 237, explores five thematic conspiracy theories about the film's hidden meanings. Premiering tonight at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, the film will remain on view through this Friday, April 26. Weaving together perspectives from journalists, fans, historians, and film scholars, the Room 237 seeks to answer The Shining's lingering questions. Was Kubrick's imagery an analogy for the Holocaust? Was he trying to recognize the Native American plight? Did the film address rumors that he had shot and produced NASA's man-on-the-moon footage? The mysteries of The Shining may be as dizzying as the Overlook hotel's hedge maze, but Room 237's supportive arguments will certainly give cineastes something to ponder. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

photography via Hulton Archive/gettyimages.com


Horoscope-Chic by Charlotte Olympia

We’re over the moon for Olympia's new Birthday Shoes and Zodiac clutches.

April 22, 2013

Charlotte Olympia is making astrology the next go-to accessory trend. Earlier this month, the British designer unveiled a new Cosmic Collection, featuring Birthday Shoes ($695) and Zodiac Pandora clutches ($1,025) ornamented with the twelve star signs. Olympia's suede slippers feature a hand-painted enamel Zodiac symbol that is embellished with Swarovski crystals and horoscope embroidery. Each celestial sign’s corresponding box clutch carries a matching brooch piece and color palette. Hues in the Cosmic Collection also borrow from the elements that rule Western astrology: fire symbol shoes radiate red, earth symbol pieces come in warm browns and greens, water symbols don various shades of blue, and air sign items boast subtle neutrals. And naturally, each Italian-crafted item is sold with a chic horoscope book. Hitting select Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom locations and net-a-porter.com in June, the collection is currently available for pre-order.   


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