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Luxe Last-Minute Memorial Day Getaways

Three seaside sanctuaries with vacancy signs lit for spur of the moment Memorial Day travelers.

May 25, 2012

Haven't booked your Memorial Day Weekend escape yet? Don't fret. These three hotel havens are all within driving distance of Miami and still have a handful of rooms available for the holiday weekend. And, considering it’s a three-day weekend, it might be fun to resort hop and unwind at two, or even all three, of these inviting retreats.



Weekend Recommender: May 24 - 28

The Broken Shaker's last call, an al fresco jazz concert, and a killer Memorial Day sale.

May 24, 2012

Dirk Quinn performs at the Moca this Friday

The Broken Shaker's Closing Night
Thursday, May 24
Bar Lab's pop-up cocktail lounge inside the Indian Creek Hotel invites guests to savor its handcrafted concoctions one last time (sort of). Stop in and order a “see you later” sip, as the bar will return to Miami with a more permanent endeavor this fall. 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, 305-531-2727; bar-lab.com

Jazz at the MOCA
Friday, May 25, 7–10 PM
Pack a picnic blanket and some lawn chairs and lounge at this month's edition of Jazz at the MOCA, where Philadelphia-based guitarist Dirk Quinn and his ensemble will treat audiences to their unique brand of funk-fusion. The concert is free and open to the public. 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami, 305-893-6211; mocanomi.org

Shops at Equinox Memorial Sale
Thursday–Monday, May 24–28
The Shops at Equinox are offering holiday shoppers deep discounts on eco-friendly activewear brands like ALO and breezy daywear labels like Ella Moss and Splendid. The sale runs through Memorial Day and is available at the Aventura, Coral Gables, and Miami Beach locations. equinox.com


3 Summer Lunch Spots

Swing by these three neighborhood eateries for a flavorful siesta.

May 24, 2012

The DB sirloin burger

Summer calls for easy living and long, leisurely lunches. Take a siesta at one of these three neighborhood eateries serving indulgent lunchtime fare. Save room for dessert and treat yourself to a mid-day nap afterward.  

Cafeina Wynwood Lounge
Monday–Friday, 11 AM–3 PM
Cafeina warmly welcomed the spring and summer season by launching lunch service. The indoor-out space allows diners to relax in the garden lounge or unwind inside the artsy exhibition area. Menu items include coffee and rum braised short rib tacos, pork and tostone sliders, and succulent shrimp ceviche. 297 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 305-438-0792; cafeinamiami.com

Monday–Friday, 11:30 AM–5 PM
Recoup from morning madness with Cecconi's newly launched Garden Lunch, a delightful three-course Italian prix fixe ($25). Entree options include grilled shrimp and quinoa salad, classic spaghetti pomodoro, and grilled skirt steak. Top off the meal with tasty treats like pineapple carpaccio or traditional Italian sorbet. 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-507-7902; cecconismiamibeach

DB Bistro Moderne at the JW Marriott Marquis
Monday–Friday, 12 PM–2:30 PM
Upgrade your afternoon déjeuner with DB's new Burgers & Bordeaux offerings. Diners can enjoy a complimentary glass of Bordeaux with any burger order, or opt into the $35 prix-fixe menu, with added appetizer and dessert. Pairing and plate selections include the original DB sirloin burger with Gabart-Laval, Franc Beauséjour 2010 or the grilled dorado with Château Magence, Graves Blanc 2011. The pairing special will run through July 30. 255 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-421-8800; danielnyc.com



New Sculpture Show Rocks Frost Museum

Towering cedar works by Ursula von Rydingsvard go on view.

May 23, 2012

Krasavica II, 1998-2001, by Ursula von Rydingsvard

The Frost Museum at Florida International University will be the summertime home of a magnificent collection of artist Ursula von Rydingsvard's awe-inspiring wooden sculptures. Known for her fantastical manipulation of Western red cedar and powdered graphite into, von Rydingsvard’s creations are colossal. 

The traveling exhibition will be on view at Frost through August 5, displaying popular works from the artist’s Krasawica II series (Krasawica means “beautiful woman” in Ukranian) that express fluidity despite their abundant proportions. The work is fueled by von Rydingsvard’s childhood in post-World War II Germany, where she lived primarily in a refugee camp and often used scattered bricks to build a mini-fort, creating an imaginative escape from the reality of the outside world.

Many of the pieces in the Frost exhibit appear whittled by Mother Nature, resembling an archaeological artifact form a long-lost natural wonder. Up close, one can see von Rydingsvard’s the purposeful and intricate cuts. Guided tours are available upon request and admission is free and open to the public. 10975 SW 17th St., Miami, 305-348-2890; thefrost.fiu.edu

photography by Rosalyn and Michael Bodycomb


Miami Metropolitan International Fashion Week Debuts

Three designers to watch at the inaugural fashion melting pot event.

May 22, 2012

Starting Thursday, the inaugural Miami Metropolitan International Fashion Week will take over the LMNT Art Space for three days of shows and presentations by local, international, and emerging designers. The weekend-long event will include ready-to-wear, evening, and swimwear shows, followed by swank afterparties at Gavanna Miami, Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, and Kyma Lounge. Here are the designers with shows we suggest seeing.

Candy Woolley Accessories
Thursday, May 24, 8 PM
Woolley's exotic, handmade bags and clutches have been sported by the likes of Kourtney Kardashian and Whitney Port. Woolley uses an animalistic arsenal of supplies like leather, ostrich, and alligator skin to create one-of-kind, statement accessories. candywoolley.com

Lorie Lester
Thursday, May 24, 8:45 PM
Lester's contemporary duds have been rocked by Miranda Kerr, Brittany Snow, and E! News' Ashlan Gorse. At her Biscayne Boulevard boutique and locally-grown studio, you’ll find separates and dresses in colorful corals, electric blues, and neutrals. lorielester.com

Maya Swimwear by Carolina Dinardi
Saturday, May 26, 8 PM
Miami is synonymous with swimwear and Maya's flirty florals and silhouettes are a favorite among celebrities and locals alike. Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie, and Hayden Panettiere have all been snapped frolicking in Maya's flattering tops and bottoms. mayaswimwear.com

Single day passes begin at $45, with food and beverages available for purchase on site. 55 N.W. 36th St., Miami.



Film Focus: 'This is Not a Film' Closes Miami Run

See Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s heroic documentary before it leaves Miami Beach Cinematheque this Wednesday.

May 21, 2012

Jafar Panahi in This is Not a Film 

Critically acclaimed documentary This is Not a Film will close its Miami run with showings at the Miami Beach Cinematheque this Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23.

Directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, this intriguing and powerful narrative follows Panahi's day-to-day life after the Iranian government banned him from making films. The documentary begins in 2008, when Iranian politicians shut down production of one of Panahi’s films, swiftly placed him under house arrest, and then sentenced him to six years in prison. 

Panahi's open support for Iran's oppositional party during the country's 2009 election earned him a two-decade long ban on filmmaking, screenplay writing, and interviewing with the foreign press. This is Not a Film powerfully follows Panahi as he awaits news on his appeal to the Iranian courts.

Partially shot using an iPhone, the 75-minute video diary was smuggled out of Iran and later screened at the Cannes Film Festival. While Panahi lost his appeal in late 2011, the worldwide film community, including Robert De Niro, Oliver Stone, and Steven Spielberg, continues to petition for his release. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-4567



First Look: The Members-Only Club RED

See the luxe viewing lounge set to open at BankAtlantic Center this August.

May 18, 2012

A rendering of Club RED

Opening August 4, BankAtlantic Center’s Club RED will take the VIP arena-viewing lounge experience to the next level. The 12,000-square-foot, members-only club sits at center ice for hockey games and adjacent to the stage during concerts.

Designed by George Heinlein and the team at 360 Architecture, Club RED will don a full-service bar, HD flat screens, Wi-Fi, customized name-plated seating, private concierges, and modern décor. The saturated color scheme gives the high-tech entertainment hub a den-like feel. Chef Lou Iaconetti, known for his famous fresh sea scallop and risotto dish, will man the kitchen.

Want to join the club? Choose from packages that allow all-inclusive arena access, entrance to hockey games only, or attendance solely for musical events. Club RED members will also have access to exclusive social gatherings and player meet-and-greets. Opening day will coincide with the arena's previously scheduled Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart concert.1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise



A Midnight Meal at Yardbird

The Southern eatery launches a weekly midnight chef's table featuring guest chefs and inspired libations.

May 18, 2012

McInnis in the kitchen at Yardbird

Debuting tonight and continuing every Friday thereafter, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar will host a midnight chef’s table dining series ($40 per person) geared toward late-night gastronomes. Executive chef Jeff McInnis will cook tonight’s tasting menu and following Fridays will introduce menus by guest chefs. The series will focus on Southern cuisine with a modern slant and each dinner includes a cocktail inspired by the menu and prepared tableside.     

Already slated to man the midnight servings are Sugarcane's Timon Balloo (May 25), 3030 Ocean's Dean James (June 15), and 1500 Degrees' Paula DaSilva (June 22). Midsummer night dates for Jeremy Ford, also of 3030 Ocean, and Top Chef contestant Howie Kleinberg will be announced in the coming weeks.

Though McInnis is keeping tonight’s menu close to the vest, diners can expect a family-style menu inspired by local, seasonal ingredients and plenty of time to chat with the chef. With only ten seats at the midnight table, reservations will be taken on a “first reserve, first serve” basis. Despite the revolving menu items, the prix-fixe price tag will always include a complimentary cocktail or glass of wine. 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-5220 



Talking Nail Art with Desiree Parth

The Brazilian beauty and NailBar owner dishes on nail art, celebrity clients, and favorite hangouts.

May 17, 2012

Since opening in early 2011, NailBar & Beauty Lounge has been a haven for trendsetters and celebrities like Loren Ridinger and Gabrielle Union. Brazilian-born owner Desiree Parth designed the salon to be sleek and ultra-modern, with a mid-day mixer feel. A certified dermatologist from a long line of doctors, Parth is passionate about the bar’s eco-friendly products and practices. We caught up with her to talk nail trends, celebrity clients, and the benefits of being green.  

What prompted you to open a nail and beauty salon?
DESIREE PARTH: I always wanted to have a place that would reflect my personality: A place that was upbeat with a cool vibe—where girls could hang out, have a glass of Champagne, listen to music, and use their iPads and computers. Lots of women today can't have this personal time very often. 

Stars like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga have made nail art a mainstream trend. What are some of the cool nail designs available at NailBar?
DP: Our Christian Louboutin and Chanel Manicures are customer favorites. For Chanel, we use 24k gold-plated Chanel logos. We also do a lot of Burberry nails by painting the signature stripes on top of a nude nail polish. For Gucci, we can either use the logo as a nail stamp, or do the red and deep green stripe on top of a white nail polish. We have an album with our latest fashion-based concepts on our Facebook page.

Which of your celebrity clients are loving nail art right now?
DP: Just recently the amazing Loren Ridinger came in with a picture of a nail design she liked—black polish with gold stud appliqués. We made it happen right away, and it turned out to be an awesome design.

What are the big color and polish trends this season?
DP: It’s all about bright colors: shades of orange, which I find is the strongest color this year, and lots of turquoise, yellow, and neons. The metallic and glitter craze is continuing, but with updated shapes, color combos, and sparkle sizes.

Why was it important for you to create an eco-friendly establishment? 
DP: I take personal pride in responsibly operating a business that is in harmony with the environment. The cumulative effect of simple acts can make a big impact. Imagine what would be possible if everyone just made a few small changes in their daily lives?

When you're not busy at NailBar, what are you favorite places to eat, play, and shop?
DP: I love going to Zuma, Milos, Casa Tua, and Hakkasan for fine dining dinner dates with my husband. For more casual food, I like City Hall, River Oyster Bar, Toni's Sushi, and Lime. Playtime is literally playing outside with my son at South Pointe Park. I love to shop at Isa Boutique, and over at the Bal Harbour Shops. When my hair needs some attention, I pop in at Blo Midtown for quick fix blow-out. 

3301 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 305-514-0305

photographs by Jose Alexzander


Weekend Recommender: May 17-20

A mystery fashion auction, a DJ Irie-hosted pool party, and a musical flashback at The Standard.

May 17, 2012

The Rooftop at The Perry 

Jacques Smith Fashion Auction
Thursday, May 17, 6:30–10:30 PM
Jacques Smith will curate an exclusive fashion auction featuring his signature unisex and vintage-based clothing items at Lester’s. Smith will also auction six mystery boxes filled with pieces from his collection, from unique accessories to randomly acquired nightlife memorabilia. Early arrivers will get a sneak peek of the auction items and packages. Smith will reveal the stories behind his selections throughout the night. 2519 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-456-1784; jacques-smith.com

Rx BiKa Swimwear Launch  
Saturday, May 19, NOON–8 PM
This weekend's edition of The Rooftop's Rx Pool Party will mark the official launch of Rx Swimwear by BiKa and feature special guest DJ Irie. The Perry hotel’s infamous gathering will also feature the sounds of DJ Justin Sheppard. 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-6832

Playlist Party at The Standard
Sunday, May 20, 8–11 PM
The Miami Art Museum's "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl" exhibition is echoing all the way to the Miami Beach, where The Standard will host a Playlist Party in its honor. DJs Mr. Brown, Induce, and Manuvers will mix tunes from mid-century to the present day at the Sunday night soirée. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1717; standardculture.com  


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