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Downtown Gets an Art Walk

Miami’s urban core goes the way of Wynwood and other Art Walk-touting nabes.

March 21, 2013

Following in the footsteps of Wynwood, the Design District, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables, Downtown Miami will host its inaugural First Fridays Art Walk event on April 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. International Fine Art Expositions has joined with the Art Miami founders and Miami International Art Fair organizers to produce the monthly event, which includes 11 venues collectively exhibiting more than 150 artists. 

Spanning private galleries, artist studios, and non-profits, the stops on the walk include the Miami Dade College Museum of Art, Bas Fisher Invitational, Artisan Lounge, Eleazar Delgado Studio, and McCormick Place. The event will also debut MIA Encore, a multimedia contemporary art fair set aboard the SeaFair Bayfront.

Given the distance of between venues, the success of Downtown First Fridays will rely heavily on participants’ use of public transportation. Organizers have provided an online map keying each venue in relation to the metro mover and city trolley, guaranteeing that each location will be within two blocks from the trolley or the mover. Trolley transportation and gallery admissions will be complimentary during the event's duration.

First Fridays will take place the first Friday of the month from January to June and from October to December. Come September, the walk will be presented in tandem with DWNTWN Art Days (September 20-22). 

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Ingrid Hoffman’s Healthy Roast Chicken

With a healthy cookbook on the way, Hoffman shares her recipe for light roast chicken.

March 20, 2013

It’s been a busy couple of months for local chef Ingrid Hoffman. In addition to her two day jobs—hosting Simply Delicioso on The Cooking Channel and Delicioso on Univision—Hoffman was a fixture at this year’s Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and she was recently a judge on ABC’s The Taste. Oh, and she’s been working on a new healthy cookbook, too. 

At the wine and food festival’s A Red Hot Night event, presented by Target, Hoffman whipped up an array of delicious Latin bites to complement the evening’s sultry Havana theme. “[It] was my grown-up quinceañera,” says Hoffman of the event. “It was finally time to have our cultural flavors represented. I've been waiting for this for a long time!”

If you missed A Red Hot Night, you can get a taste of Hoffman’s cooking style in the form of savory pork rinds and red snapper tacos on this month’s Tacos for Strength menu at Mercadito Midtown. March also marks the debut of the Latin chef's latest kitchenware collection at the Chicago Houseware Show. The line is set to hit retail stores this fall. And in April, Hoffman will launch a new bilingual cookbook, Latin D’Lite, which focuses on healthy Latin cooking. We love her signature roasted chicken recipe (below) for a casual springtime dinner party menu. Simply remove the skin for a calorie-friendly serving.

Ingrid Hoffman’s Smoked Paprika Roasted Chicken
SERVES 4-6 

canola oil cooking spray
1 tbsp. smoked paprika
1 tbsp. chipotle powder
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1 four-pound whole chicken
3 celery stalks, cut into two-inch lengths
3 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch chunks
2 large white onions, quartered
1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a roasting pan with nonstick spray. Combine the paprika, chipotle powder, honey, lemon juice, oil, garlic, and salt in a small bowl to make a paste. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Gently loosen the skin from the breast and leg portions of the chicken by slipping your fingers under the skin. Rub the paste evenly under the skin and on top of the skin. Tuck the wing tips behind the chicken’s shoulders and tie the legs together with kitchen string. Make a bed for the chicken with the celery and carrots in the bottom of the pan. Place the chicken, breast side up, on top of the vegetables. Add the onions and broth to the pan. Roast until an Instant Read Thermometer inserted into the thigh (not touching the bone) registers 165 degrees, about 1 hour 10 minutes. If chicken is browning too fast, cover with aluminum foil.Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let stand for 10 minutes. Carve and serve with roasted vegetables.

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Julien Farel Styles Sony Open VIPs

The celebrity stylist is hosting an exclusive pop-up for players and celebs.

March 20, 2013


Ivanka Trump and Julien Farel

Before stepping onto one of the world’s biggest competitive stages at the Sony Open, athletes and celebrity guests will get primed and pampered at the Julien Farel Style Suite. Farel’s client list includes stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Ivanka Trump, and Rafael Nadal. Plus, he’s been the U.S. Open’s official player stylist for the past six years. The New York-based French stylist will hold court below the Tennis Center's Stadium Court through Friday, March 29, offering facials, updos, manicures, makeup application, teeth whitening, and waxing. The pop-up caters to celebrity VIPs and players only, but its arrival follows the recent opening of the Julien Farel Salon and Spa Miami, located on the ground floor of the Southeast Financial Center (200 S. Biscayne Blvd.), where anyone (tennis phenom or otherwise) can indulge a bouncy blowout or spa treatment. 

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Carlos Miele Kicks Off Miami Fashion Week

Debuting exclusively in Miami, Miele’s fall show is the week’s hottest ticket.

March 19, 2013


Designer Carlos Miele's fall show will open Miami Fashion Week 

After a decade of showing during New York Fashion Week, Brazilian designer Carlos Miele has opted to debut his fall 2013 collection not in the big apple, but in Miami. His exclusive runway show will be the kick off to Miami Fashion Week, opening tomorrow and running through Saturday, March 23. Tickets ($50 to $500) are still available for Miele’s Wednesday night show at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The decision to premiere the collection in Miami Beach is in part due to Miami Fashion Week organizers honoring Miele as their International Designer of the Year. Not to mention the fact that the designer’s exotic, sultry pieces are practically made for the Miami woman. At his fall show, expect elegant gowns in deep scarlet hues and classic golds, as well as separates in zigzag monochrome prints and electric blues. 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Veuve Clicquot Teams with Sushi Maki

Sushi and Champagne come together under a luxe tent at the Sony Ericsson Open.

March 19, 2013


The Serve Veuve pop-up at the 2013 Sony Ericsson Open 

Veuve Clicquot and Sushi Maki have reprised their popular Champagne and sushi lounge pop-up, Serve Veuve, at the Sony Ericsson Open. Through March 31, spectators can slide in for sips of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label or Veuve Clicquot Rosé, by the glass ($18/$23) or the bottle ($118/$125), paired with tuna sushi tacos, sashimi platters, bento boxes, or omakase. For those who prefer wine to Champagne, there will also be a selection of red and white wines. Located just steps away from the Stadium Court, Serve Veuve is open before, between, and during matches. Inside the casual-chic orange and white eatery, diners can enjoy sushi and Champagne while watching the match on a flat screen. In addition to the pop-up, three Veuve Clicquot Champagne carts currently dot the Tennis Center’s perimeter. Flag one down for a glass of Yellow Label or rosé and a fresh strawberry cup. Tennis Center at Crandon Park, 7300 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 305-446-2200

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Maria Sharapova Fêtes Sugarpova

Stop by It'Sugar tonight to meet the tennis star and shop her whimsical new candy line.

March 19, 2013

Before hitting the court at this week’s Sony Ericsson Open, tennis superstar Maria Sharapova will stop by It'Sugar to celebrate her new candy collection, Sugarpova. Taking place tonight from 6 to 8 p.m., the event will include a meet and greet and autograph session, as well as the chance to sample and shop Sugarpova. The candy line is a collaboration between Sharapova and It'Sugar founder Jeff Rubin. Echoing the Russian beauty’s fun, flirty personality, bags are branded with lipstick-lacquered pouts while the candies themselves come in the form of high heels, tennis balls, and smooches. Candy fans can choose from gummies, sour gummies, soft chews, and gumballs. And tonight, Sharapova will unveil three new items, including tennis ball-shaped gum and sweet and sour chews inspired by Miami Beach’s own Art Deco landscape. 5701 Sunset Dr., South Miami, 305-666-3255

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Where to Dine During Miami Music Week

Seven restaurants that make for solid dinner plans and superstar DJ sightings.

March 16, 2013


Stop by La Sandwicherie this weekend and you might see Lazerdisk Party Sex

Want to get a glimpse of your favorite DJ and their celebrity pals during Miami Music Week? We recommend avoiding downtown Miami altogether and heading towards the beach, as droves of people will be flowing in and out of the Bayfront Park area during the three-day music fest. However, a slew of major acts and DJs will also be headlining club sets on the beach, and our guess is they will avoid crossing the causeways for dinner. Head to these seven beach haunts for five-star fare and stargazing.  

Scarpetta, Gotham Steak, and Hakkasan at Fontainebleau
With LIV Nightclub and Arkadia just footsteps away, the Fontainebleau's three premier restaurants will undoubtedly host their share of VIPs. Cedric Gervais and Nervo have both been spotted enjoying eats inside the hotel, and power players like Steve Angello, Benny Benassi, Alesso, and Ne-Yo will be floating in and around the building. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; fontainebleau.com

Villa Azur
Celebrity sightings are a regular occurrence at this famed French restaurant, and Miami Music Week will be no exception. Insiders tell us that megastar Tiësto and Bob Sinclair are slated to stop by on more than one occasion throughout the week. Last year's festivities also donned an appearance by Christian Audigier. 309 23rd St., Miami Beach, 305-763-8688; villaazurmiami.com

The Bazaar and Katsuya at SLS Hotel
With day-to-night parties happening every day throughout the SLS Hotel’s property, it is safe to assume that a least a handful of the scheduled acts will slide into The Bazaar by José Andrés or Katsuya for a lunch or dinner break. DJs set to perform at the SLS Hotel and Hyde Beach include Paul Oakenfold, Chris Lake, Nervo, and Sydney Blue. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; slshotels.com

La Sandwicherie
With all the music madness happening this week, Lazerdisk Party Sex is intent on grabbing a bite at this famous sandwich spot. Earlier this week the mask-wearing DJs told Facebook fans, “Goodness gracious, just got really excited for La Sandwicherie this coming week in Miami.” And the spot’s late-night hours (until 6 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) are sure to attract other hungry musicians as well. 229 14th St., Miami Beach, 305-532-8934; lasandwicherie.com

—LIANA LOZADA

 

What We're Reading

Angels at The Raleigh, “Haring Miami” all but closed, LIV Nightclub under new ownership...

March 15, 2013


Sara Sampaio and Elsa Hosk at the Victoria's Secret spring break pool party at The Raleigh 

The “Haring Miami” exhibit at the Moore Building has been whittled down from 200 works to just ten in a mere week. Pieces were ordered to be removed by the courts via The Keith Haring Foundation on account of not being “properly authenticated.” [Cultist]

Goldman Properties has announced plans to develop residential spaces in Wynwood. This marks the group’s second project to add housing to the budding arts district. [Huffington Post Miami]

If there is one thing Miami residents are all too familiar with, it is flooding, and scientists say things could get much worse. A research team is urging city officials to repair Miami's faulty sewage system now, before rising sea levels put the city under water. [The Miami Herald]

LIV Nightclub has been sold to Robert F.X. Sillerman for an undisclosed amount. Sillerman has reportedly also bought out The Opium Group, thus putting the fate of eight major Miami nightclubs in his hands. [Huffington Post Miami]

Victoria's Secret PINK models Elsa Hosk (Ocean Drive’s April issue cover star) joined Sara Sampaio to host an over-the-top spring break pool party at The Raleigh Wednesday afternoon. Actor Alexander Ludwig, DJ Irie, and DJ Cassidy also made appearances. [World Red Eye]

—LIANA LOZADA
photography by Alexander Tamargo/gettyimages.com

 

Q&A: Tiësto, a Dutchman in Miami

The superstar DJ talks about Miami, working with Bono, and new music.

March 15, 2013


Tiësto and Bono working on a special project for (RED)

Tiësto is no stranger to Miami. He has a home here, has nodded to our city in his “Club Life: Volume Two Miami” mix compilation, and continues to sell out appearances at mega-clubs throughout the year. And his annual shows at Ultra Music Festival prompt thousands from across the globe to tune in via live stream for a first listen of his newest music. This magnetic draw is perhaps why Mixmag crowned him “The Greatest DJ of All Time.” To boot, he’s scored branding gigs with Guess and AKG headphones, and has collaborated with the likes of Bono, Coldplay, and Kanye West. We caught up with Tiësto (aka Tijs Michiel Verwest) en route to a gig in Cancun, Mexico. He’s a man of few words, but it’s clear that he’s especially connected to Miami.

How does a performance by Tiësto at Ultra compare to one at an arena or club venue?
TIËSTO: Every show is different, whether it is a club show, a festival, or an arena show. I put a lot of preparation into Ultra and use it as an opportunity to debut new music and try new things out.

Where do you see electronic dance music going in next couple of years?
T: I hope the genre continues to grow and influence other genres of music more than it has already. I also look forward to working with up-and-coming talent.

Any new collaborations in the works?
T: I am very fortunate to have worked with a lot of my musical heroes. I recently worked with Bono of U2 and (RED) to create an exclusive compilation to raise money for AIDS research. That was very exciting.

What is it about Miami that you love; that made you buy a home here?
T: Miami is a great party city with the nightclubs, the pool parties, Ultra, and the fact that it is an international party destination. There is always a great energy in Miami.

Do you a have a favorite Miami go-to spot for a late night meal—or an early breakfast?
T: Yes, Hakkasan is great. I haven't been there for breakfast, but maybe they would open up for me one day.

Travel is a huge part of your life. What are your essentials while on the road?
T: I always need my music and laptop. Clothes are nice, too.

—LIANA LOZADA

 

Megan Hilty Talks Smash and New Album

If you love what you see out of Hilty on Smash, there’s more—much more.

March 14, 2013


Megan Hilty and Christian Borle on the set of Smash

A Broadway diva turned television actress (playing a Broadway diva), Megan Hilty is the embodiment of her character, Ivy Lynn, on NBC’s Smash. When a melody plays, her expression changes. Swaying to the rhythm of the music like a modern day Marilyn Monroe, the actress hits every note effortlessly, catapulting us into a Broadway theater from the comfort of our couch.

Born in Bellevue, Washington, Hilty made her Broadway debut as the understudy for the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked, eventually taking the lead role. After playing minor parts in a slew of television shows, she finally showed her chops to the masses in Smash, which also stars Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, and Anjelica Huston. Set around the attempted production of Bombshell, a musical about Marilyn Monroe, the show has garnered momentum during its second season by stepping away from the musical and delving into the characters, as well as different genres of music—and by bringing on guest star Jennifer Hudson. 

Here, Hilty opens up about Smash, her new album, and why dancing isn’t her strong suit.

Ivy Lynn is a big character. Did you have any hesitation on whether you could fully play her?
MEGAN HILTY: I saw that Ivy was a dancer, and not just a dancer but [one in] an ensemble number for like ten years, so that means she’s pretty incredible. And I told my manager, ‘This is never going to happen. I know they’re going to have me dancing—that’s not going to be pretty.’ But she talked me into it, and luckily they brought in a choreographer that makes it look like I know what I’m doing.

Well, you certainly look like a natural dancer on the show.
MH: Yeah, I mean, I can move. But I definitely wouldn’t call myself a dancer.

How is this season of Smash different from the first? 
MH: Well, a lot has changed. We had new changes both onscreen and off. New characters, newer musicals, a new genre of music. We want it to be a more rich kind of feel with the new musical, which is very different from Bombshell. There’s a lot of music this season.

How close is the world of Smash to the actual world of Broadway?
MH: I mean, there are some things we have fought for to keep it as authentic as we can, but we’re not doing a reality show. It’s funny to hear some people in the theater community going, ‘Well, that’s not how it really happens.’ I’m sure doctors don’t look at ER or Private Practice and say the same thing. It’s not about that, it’s about these crazy characters and their relationships to each other.

You have a new album out, It Happens All the Time. Describe the overall sound.
MH: I started doing these pop covers on Smash, and Stephen Ferrera from Columbia [Records] asked if this was something I wanted to do. I always thought that since I was a musical theater person that if I did an album it would have to be a musical theater album. And that was just something I didn’t want to do for myself. So when he approached me about this, I thought it would be a really awesome challenge, and a great way to grow and stretch myself.

At first it was going to be an album of covers, but then Columbia started introducing me to original songs. So many of them ended up working and it changed the direction of the album completely. Now it’s about half covers, half originals. I’m so proud of it!

—anna ben yehuda
photography by Craig Blankenhorn/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

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