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Fratelli Lyon Pops Up

The shuttered eatery has a fleeting revival at the Bass Museum of Art.

August 14, 2012

Wednesday night's menu will feature assorted antipasti

Those who shed a tear when the Design District's Fratelli Lyon closed its doors in May need mourn no more. The Italian eatery is popping up at the Bass Museum of Art for one-night-only, crafting a five-course wine dinner that includes olive oil roasted fish, saffron-stained fresh pasta, and assorted antipasti.

Restaurateur Ken Lyon has dubbed his commuting menu in viaggio, Italian for "in travel." Seats at the artful dinner are $65 per person, which includes all pairings, gallery admittance, service charges, and taxes. A prosecco welcome reception will begin at 6 PM, followed promptly by dinner at 7 PM. Dinner guests must email their reservation to fratelli.lyon@lyonandlyon.com. 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach



A Sample Sale for Interior Addicts

Shop leather chaise lounges, oak tables, and more at Baltus’ annual anniversary sale.

August 13, 2012

Picasso chairs at Baltus

Spanish luxury brand Baltus is putting its handcrafted fixtures and chic contemporary furnishings on sale through August. The annual anniversary event will take place inside Baltus' Design District showroom, which also stands as the brand's only stateside outpost.  

Baltus is offering shoppers savings on a collection of floor samples, in-stock items, and factory orders. Leather chaise lounges, oak dining tables, and stainless steel bookcases are among the array of interiors included in the month-long special. Potential clients may email their inquiries to Miami@BaltusUSA.com. 3925 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-575-2620



The Brazilian Film Festival Returns

More than 20 Brazilian films will cue up on Miami movie screens this weekend.

August 13, 2012

A scene from The Clown

The 16th Annual Brazilian Film Festival of Miami is back and bigger than ever. The weeklong event will kick off on Friday, August 18, with a free screening of The Clown on New World Symphony's impressive Soundscape screen. The film centers on a father-son clown duo traveling with a Brazilian circus troupe; tensions naturally arise when the son no longer holds interest in his nomadic profession.

Following the premiere, the festivalgoers will hit Bâoli Miami for the event’s official opening party. Special screenings will follow on Sunday, August 19 and take place exclusively at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. Films competing for accolades will be housed at the Colony Theatre and begin showing on Wednesday, August 22. The Brazilian Film Festival of Miami, presented by the Inffinito Festival Circuit, is considered the largest international celebration of Brazilian cinema in the world.



The Friday Five

Gwen Stefani and family frolic on the beach, a $60 million Miami mansion is off the market, and more.

August 10, 2012

This $60 million Miami mansion recently sold for $47 million

Is there anything Michael Schwartz can't do? The man behind the Design District's bustling Michael's Genuine Food & Drink is now adding "brew master" to his CV. [ShortOrder]

No Doubt darling and fashion designer Gwen Stefani has been hanging out with her family in Palm Beach this week. She was snapped on The Breakers beach with hubby Gavin Rossdale, and later taking her kids to the South Florida Science Museum. [GossipExtra]

A foreign buyer has officially taken the most expensive single-family home in Miami-Dade off the market. The 30,000 square-foot estate on Biscayne Bay's Indian Creek Island sold for a mere $47 million—$13 million less than the original asking price. [HuffingtonPost]

Brooklyn-based performer Theophilus London has teamed up with Miami's own DelToro Shoes to create a limited edition pair of black embroidered slippers. Chevallard met London last year while he was in town for a show. [SociétéPerrier]

Jipsy gives Miamians a first look at the newly opened Jen Sai at Essex House. Japanese-style tapas and sake cocktails await. [NBCMiami]


Weekend Recommender: August 9-12

A boozy spa day, Chris Tucker’s comeback performance, and a party of Olympic proportions.

August 09, 2012

Chris Tucker takes the stage at Hard Rock Live this Friday

Sip & Spa Returns
Thursday, August 9, 6 PM-10 PM
Hit The Palms Hotel & Spa every Thursday through September 27 for a full day of libations and luxury. The Palms' Aveda Spa will take half off all services during regular operating hours. When dusk hits, the nearby Essensia lounge will jump-start its weekly happy hour with a complimentary specialty cocktail station. 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-908-5458; thepalmshotel.com

Chris Tucker 
Friday, August 10, 8 PM
Ever wonder what happened to ’90s comedy phenom Chris Tucker? He seems to be aware of public's curiosities and has aptly named his new standup comedy tour "Guess Who's Back?" Tucker's tour makes its South Florida stop this Friday night at the Hard Rock Live. Doors open at 7 PM and tickets are available on Ticketmaster. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-797-5531; hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

London, Baby
Saturday, August 11, 7 PM
Olympic fever has hit Bâoli Miami. On Saturday night, the hot spot will honor the London Games with an all-out British bash. Expect costumed ladies, signature English tunes, and a stylishly rambunctious crowd. 1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-8822; baoli-group.com



August Art Walk Best Bets

Wynwood's first food and wine festival, stunning street art by Trek6, and more!

August 08, 2012

This inaugural food and wine festival to benefit The Miami Children's Hospital Foundation will debut at this weekend's Wynwood Art Walk (Saturday, August 11). Named after the Greco-Roman word for boisterous revelries, the event will showcase wine vendors from around the world alongside local food trucks and emerging artists and artisans, including live art and entertainment installations. Bacchanalia is free and open to the public. (6–11 PM) 227-267 NW 24th St., Miami

“Bits & Pieces with Trek6 & Friends” at Cafeina Wynwood Lounge
Cafeina Wynwood Lounge
's August exhibition features the works of local street artist Oscar "Trek6" Montes, among other urban muralists. Trek has tirelessly traveled the country in support of street beautification projects and was one of the driving forces behind Art Basel's successful "Co11ective" showcase. His works include portraits of Ray Charles, Bob Marley, and Celia Cruz. "Bits" will open this Saturday, August 11 and remain on display through September 3, 2012. Admission is $5 after 10 PM. (4 PMMIDNIGHT) 297 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 305-438-0792

Summer Photo Show 2012 at The Lunch Box Gallery
The Lunch Box Gallery
's second annual summertime group exhibition will highlight the photographic works of 14 artists. Lunch Box held an international open call for entries leading up to event, carefully selecting works with varied viewpoints and superior craftsmanship. "Summer Photo Show 2012" will open Saturday, August 11 and remain on display through October 6, 2012. (5–10 PM) 310 N.W. 24th St., Miami, 305-407-8131



A Clutch in Every Color

Shop Ela's exclusive collection of clutches at Gee Beauty.

August 07, 2012

Toronto import Gee Beauty is not only a makeup, salon, and skincare hub—it’s also the exclusive Florida home of Ela clutches. Why do we love Ela? For starters, each bag is made with buttery Italian leather, and hues range from scarlet red to cobalt blue to dainty peach.

All of Ela's silhouettes feature an asymmetrical flap and closure, as well as luxe, deep purple lining. Designer Ela Kowalewska was inspired to create her brand while working in public relations at Hermès Canada (hence the Gee connection).

In 2008, Kowalewska had a chance meeting with Jimmy Choo and received his coveted fashion blessing. She then partnered with marketing guru Martin Aldorsson to make her dream a reality. Her collection's signature piece is the M.I.L.C.K. minaudière. The acronym represents every woman’s on-the-go essentials: money I.D., lipstick, cell phone, and keys. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-863-3533



Exclusive Art Opening at Villa Azur

The chic French restaurant fêtes the work of Parisian artist Anne Valverde.

August 07, 2012

A photograph taken in Miami by Anne Valverde

The Design District's Markowicz Fine Art will host an opening reception for Anne Valverde's "Somewhere in America" exhibition on Thursday, August 9 at Villa Azur. The Paris-based photographer specializes in shooting urban landscapes and architectural gems around the world in cities like Miami, Hong Kong, and London.

Valverde's images are shot in black and white and then digitally colorized to create depth and contrast. "America" will remain on display through September 5, 2012. To attend the opening, RSVP to info@villaazurmiami.com. Cocktail attire is suggested. (7 PM) 309 23rd St., Miami Beach, 305-763-8688



The Dining Room at Vesper Pops Up

There are big changes afoot in the Shelborne’s former Vesper Brasserie kitchen.

August 03, 2012

The Dining Room at Vesper

SoFi’s The Dining Room has left its Washington Avenue space in favor of a pop-up at the Shelborne South Beach—replacing Vesper Brasserie. Now called The Dining Room at Vesper, the restaurant focuses on small plates and market-driven fare by chef Horacio Rivadero. Fans of the SoFi predecessor will be happy to find an extended wine list, alfresco seating, and new cocktails. Opening just in time to participate in Miami Spice, the restaurant will serve a special three-course menu ($39) through September. Menu options range from tamarind-glazed pork belly with blue potato purée to sweet potato gnocchi with beet tomato sauce and goat cheese foam. The grand finale? A milky caramel sponge cake with mango and apple granita. The Dining Room at Vesper will be open Tuesday to Saturday, from 6 PM to midnight. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8444



Meet Miami's 'Secret Millionaire'

We talk to the good samaritan in this weekend’s Miami episode of ABC's Secret Millionaire.

August 03, 2012

Michael Lemonis shooting Secret Millionaire in Miami

Camping World and Good Sam chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis returned to his hometown of Miami to film this Sunday night's episode of Secret Millionaire, the ABC show which features self-made millionaires as undercover community volunteers. Born in Beirut-Lebanon, Lemonis was adopted by an American family as a baby and grew up in South Dade. Today, he lives in a luxurious Chicago abode and sits at the helm of a billion dollar business. We chatted with Lemonis about his experience on the show and what he hopes Miamians will gain from viewing it.

What prompted you to participate in Secret Millionaire?
MARCUS LEMONIS: A number of people had asked me to be a part of Undercover Boss and I elected not to do it for a couple of reasons. I was then approached by the folks at Secret Millionaire and I said, 'Yes, absolutely.' Philanthropy is a big part of my life, and a big part of my company's life.

How did you wind up shooting in Miami?
ML: I did not know where I was going until the morning of. I showed up at the airport and they told me that I was going to go to Miami—and it was literally like cutting white onions because I couldn't stop crying.

What was it like to come home?
ML: I've always tried explaining this to people, but Miami is a very unique city. If you're from there, there's just a certain kind of feeling it has that's different. It's a very tight-knit community. It's a little rougher than I would like it to be, but people look out for each other.

Who did you volunteer with?
ML: Neat Stuff, which provides brand new school uniforms to unprivileged families, NVEEE, which is a grassroots organization promoting anti-bullying, and New Journeys Transition Home, which helps young women transition out of the foster care system. As a person who survived being a potential orphan, that really struck a chord with me.  

What was the biggest take-away from the experience?
ML: I learned that I-95 is more of a dividing line than I wish it was. I learned that the amount of homeless in downtown Miami is absolutely shocking. The people of Miami are as warm and loving as I had imagined them to be, but I didn't realize the extent of it. I really saw the heart and the soul of the city. I saw a wide variety of ages, races, and religions involved in these organizations. And they had no common thread other than the fact that they had this belief in what was going on in the city.

What changes would you like to see take place in Miami?
ML: I went down to Overtown one morning and it was not part of the production schedule. I ended up breaking down with the amount of homelessness I saw. At one point, I looked up and saw the Government Center in downtown. I looked over at several of the homeless men I was with and said, 'Do you know the mayor of Dade County can see you from his office? What do you think he is thinking right now?' I want the people of Miami to see this and say, ‘This cannot happen in our town and not on our watch.’

Secret Millionaire airs Sundays at 8 PM on ABC


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