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Turntable Takeover at the MAM

The MAM closes its "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl" exhibition with three can't-miss events.

May 16, 2012

Recycled Records, by Christian Marclay, 1993

A toe-tapping, visually engaging exhibit that explores how Miami’s unique soundscape has influenced its culture scene, "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl" at the Miami Art Museum (MAM) has been running strong since its mid-March debut. Through June 9, when the exhibit closes, MAM will carry out an interactive line-up of discussions, presentations, and parties to help bring the exhibition to life. Mark your calendars for these three events melding music, art, and cocktails.

"Every Record, Everywhere, is Playing Your Song Right Now"
Thursday, May 17, 6–9 PM
Join a discussion led by conceptual artist Dario Robleto as he touches on how music, recording technology, DJ culture, and fandom influences his works. An afterparty will follow the talk, with a set by DJ Oly and cocktails provided by Smirnoff and Red Bull.

"The Beat Who Cheated Death: How Bass Shaped Miami"
Thursday, May 31, 6–9 PM
Author, journalist, and musical historian Dave Tompkins will lead a lecture on the history of bass and how it continues to impact Miami's cultural landscape. Afterward, Tompkins will spin favorite Miami bass beats and cocktails by Smirnoff and Red Bull will flow.

Soundclash DJ Battle and Closing Party
Saturday, June 9, 6–9 PM
Bid the "The Record" farewell with a Soundclash battle featuring all of the DJs who participated in the museum's programming: Le Spam, Mr. Brown, and Induce will duke it out in the name of the Magic City. The event promises surprise guests and specialty cocktails courtesy of Smirnoff.

Events are free for MAM members and $8 for non-members. 101 W. Flagler St., 305-375-3000

—liana lozada


Voyage to India Via Agua Spa

KeSARI Beauty treatments take up an exclusive residency inside the Delano's Agua Spa.

May 15, 2012

An exotic array of KeSARI beauty spa treatments have exclusively launched at Delano's Agua Spa, offering spagoers an Eastern haven layered against an ultra-modern backdrop.

The Indian-inspired product line fuses foreign herbs and spices, ancient beauty rituals, and elite skincare technologies to create a unique and sublime spa experience. Guests receiving KeSARI treatments are greeted with a cup of traditional Indian tea before beginning their holistic voyage. What makes the products used in the treatments so luxurious? Saffron, a costly Spanish spice that KeSARI blends with similar Ayurvedic staples and natural ingredients like sea buckthorn oil, cumin, and kokum butter.

Menu items run the gamut, from the customized hour-long Imperial Massage ($170) to the Saffron Glow Facial ($170) with warm rose petal foot soak to the Herbal Detox Body Restoration ($180), including a full body exfoliation and anti-inflammatory scrub. Salon offerings like the Royal Blowout ($90–$170) and Renewal Manicure & Pedicure ($110), which uses the line’s popular Clay Radiance Masque, are equally irresistible and luxe. Services may be booked online, with an additional gratuity fee added upon checkout. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-6100

—liana lozada


The Mondrian Kicks Off Cigars at Sunset

The cigar and rum pairing sunset series debuts this Wednesday.

May 15, 2012

Mondrian Sunset Lounge

Clear your Wednesdays, starting May 16 the Mondrian Sunset Lounge will host an ongoing Cigars at Sunset summer series. Held at dusk, the weekly event offers guests a pairing of Padrón's handcrafted and award-winning cigars and Zafra 20-years-aged sipping rum.

Fusion restaurant Asia de Cuba will present passed hors d'oeuvres, as well samples of its signature Zafra mango mojito. The colorful cocktail is made with muddled mint, lime, mango purée, cane syrup, and a splash of soda. A member of the Padrón Cigar family will be on hand each Wednesday to welcome guests and answer questions about the brand and how to enjoy its fine cigars.  

A cigar menu will be available with additional selections available for purchase. The after-hours affair will continue every Wednesday through the summer. Following the May mashup of Zafra and Padrón, each month will welcome a new cigar and rum pairing. Price is $30 per person and includes one cigar, plus tax and gratuity. 6–9 PM. 1110 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-1941



MOCA Examines 'Haiti After the Earthquake'

A Wednesday panel discussion explores how Haiti is preserving its artistic and cultural treasures in the wake of a natural disaster.

May 14, 2012

This Wednesday, May 16 (7 PM), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will host an intimate panel discussion titled "Culture After Disaster: Haiti After the Earthquake." The conversation will jump-start MOCA's new discussion series, which focuses on the cultural, artistic, and financial impacts caused by massive natural disasters and regional upheavals.

For the discussion on Haiti, MOCA partnered with the Haitian Historical Museum and Archives to create talking points that examine the effects of the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake, while simultaneously commemorating Haitian Heritage Month. Commentators including Haitian artist Gregory Vorbe and Haitian National School of Arts Director Philippe Dodard will discuss the role that artists, intellectuals, and philanthropists will play in the rebuilding of Haiti.

"Haiti After the Earthquake" is free and open to the public, but online RSVP is required due to limited seating. The dialogue will also stream live online. Guests may submit questions prior to attendance by emailing MOCAPanelDiscussion@gmail.com. 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami, 305-893-6211

photograph by Noelle Theard


Lunch with Givenchy at Soho Beach House

Miami’s most stylish beauty mavens gathered for Givenchy’s latest launch.

May 14, 2012

Days after Beyoncé turned heads in a dazzling Givenchy gown at the Met Gala, the fashion and beauty brand’s lead makeup artist, Dominique Lehongre, was in Miami to debut its latest beauty innovation.

At a private Soho Beach House luncheon, Givenchy’s new three-ball-wand Noir Couture mascara was introduced by Lehongre as “the little black dress of mascara” for its versatility and effectiveness at lengthening, curling, volumizing, and nourishing lashes.

In the fragrance department, Givenchy also celebrated the launch of its latest scent, Dahlia Noir eau de toilette. With top notes of pink pepper, mandarin, and cedrat, the new eau has both warm and floral notes and is perfect for Miami summer nights.



Volvo Ocean Racers Dock in Miami

Puma's sailing crew leads the international fleet into Miami, completing Leg 6 of the race.

May 11, 2012

Yesterday, the Puma Ocean Racing crew descended upon Miami's shores in first place, successfully completing the sixth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. After steering around South America's perimeter and weaving through the Bahamas, Puma's team completed Leg 6 in just over seventeen days. Before pulling into Biscayne Bay and docking in Bicentennial Park, Puma lowered its sails while helicopters and race enthusiasts welcomed the crew on Miami Beach, with spectators gathering at South Pointe Park's iconic pier to catch a glimpse of the fanfare. New Zealand's Camper with Emirates Team trailed Puma for second, followed by Groupama Sailing Team in third.

The Miami pit stop will be the only North American stop throughout the worldwide race. Puma skipper Ken Read was happy to be home, greeting fans by saying “Hello, Miami! Its great to be back in the U.S. We’ve actually been to Miami before in this boat, so this marks our complete circumnavigation of the globe."

Puma has branded its boat and participation in the race with an enormous red octopus, which its sailors call “Mar Mostro.” Mostro and its sailors will spend the next several days resting, but plan to begin practice runs towards the end of the next week. Leg 7 will commence on Sunday, May 20, when the fleet departs from Bicentennial Park and sets sail to Lisbon, Portugal. The downtown Miami Race Village will feature daily entertainment and music programming until closing ceremonies on May 20.



Pop-Up Preview: House Nightclub

This Saturday, get a sneak peek at what’s to be Wynwood’s first and only nightclub.

May 11, 2012

Those strolling this Saturday’s Wynwood Art Walk can begin to make soon-to-open House Nightclub their home when GAB Studio hosts a pop-up sneak preview of the highly anticipated club. From 7 PM to 10 PM, GAB will transform its gallery into a replica of House, donning the venue's decor, lighting, and musical stylings.

Pop-up partiers can sip complimentary cocktails crafted with the club's new signature House vodka and will be the first to meet the House "Silver Girls." We hear they wear nothing but silver paint.

Officially opening later this June, House was conceptualized by Mark Lowe, an acclaimed artist and entrepreneur with 13 successful nightlife transformations already under his belt. True to its name, the 9,000-square-foot club was designed to resemble a fully functional living space, complete with kitchen-style bar, garden area, and bathroom showers.

Portions of the club will utilize 3D architectural mapping, a visually engaging projection technology that manipulates large-scale landscapes: surroundings drift from desert scenes to ocean views in a matter of minutes. And the VIP hostesses? Let's just say they won't be walking around in moo-moos. 105 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, 305-200-5349




Weekend Recommender: May 10-13

Take a bite out of National Burger Week, catch a poolside Ne-Yo concert, and support a worthy cause at a charity mixer.

May 10, 2012

Ne-Yo will perform at Fontainebleau this Saturday

National Burger Week at Edge, Steak & Bar
Thursday and Friday, May 10-11
Celebrate the close of National Burger Week at Edge, Steak & Bar with a selection from its limited edition gourmet burger menu. Of the five tasty burgers on the menu, highlights include a Greek lamb burger, chicken fried angus burger, and barbecue barnyard burger. The special menu is served during lunch and dinner. Diners may order a six ounce serving for $16, or an eight ounce serving for $19. Beer flight pairings are also available. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-381-3190

Ne-Yo Performs at the Fontainebleau
Saturday, May 12, 2:30 PM
Book a daycation and catch the soothing sounds of superstar recording artist Ne-Yo this Saturday at the Fontainebleau's Ocean Lawn. Guests of the hotel will have free access to the concert, which will also serve as the launch party for the singer’s new tequila-rum fusion spirit, Malibu Red. Packages start at $350 and include an ocean view room, as well as admission to the concert bash and Malibu Red Lounge. 4401 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-2000

Paradise Fund Miami Launch Party
Friday, May 11, 9 PM-MIDNIGHT
The Paradise Fund is celebrating its Miami migration with a socialite soirée at the Shelborne South Beach. The launch party promises cocktails courtesy of Atlantico Rum, a set by DJ Clarke LaMotte, and bites by Vesper American Brasserie. The Paradise Fund is comprised of young professionals who raise funds and awareness to support underprivileged and impoverished children around the world. Tickets are $30. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; paradisefund.com



Wynwood Art Walk Pit-Stops

Fill your culture tank with these three Art Walk best bets, from Super Mario portraiture to surrealist photography.

May 09, 2012

Cherry Lips by Stefano Bonazzi, featured in Fictional Eyes: The Dreams of Reason at Lunch Box Gallery

Returning this Saturday, May 12, the Wynwood Art Walk is a hotbed of fresh international and homegrown art. Here are three new exhibitions and collections to check out during this weekend's Walk.

Alexi Torres at Unix Fine Art
Atlanta-based artist Alexi Torres is the newest member of the Unix Fine Art family. His oil on canvas paintings re-create portraits of iconic figures, landmarks, and concepts with an ethereal, illusive twist. Portraits on view include depictions of Abraham Lincoln, Vincent van Gogh, and even Super Mario. Patrons will also have the opportunity to meet Alexi during his Art Walk exhibition. 11 AM–10 PM, through June 15. 2219 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami, 305-496-0621; unixfineart.com

“Fictional Eyes: The Dreams of Reason" at Lunch Box Gallery
Lunch Box Gallery partnered with Spain's contemporary art webzine Art Zinc to showcase the images of eight of the site's featured photographers. The narrative photographs depict fictional situations and concepts in dream-like sequences. Photographs use 3D and graphic technologies to create seemingly impossible scenarios and stories. 6 PM–10 PM, through July 7. 310 N.W. 24th St., Miami, 305-407-8131; thelunchboxgallery.com

"9" at Robert Fontaine Gallery
Saturday's opening of "9" at the Robert Fontaine Gallery marks the space's first-ever group show.  The show’s collection of multi-media works highlights nine groundbreaking local and international artists. Works are exclusive to Fontaine and subjects explore everything from architectural design to social commentary to history. 6 PM–9 PM, through June 10. 2349 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami, 305-397-8530; robertfontainegallery.com

—Liana Lozada


First Look: Trina Turk for Banana Republic

The new capsule collection promises playful prints and chic resortwear staples for summer.

May 09, 2012

The combination of Trina Turk’s breezy Southern California style and Banana Republic’s sophisticated and sensible aesthetic sounds like a match made in brand heaven, and now we have the pictures to prove it.

Turk’s 60-plus piece capsule collection features bold, spirited prints on loose, breezy tops and dresses. Sophisticated sateen staples show up in the form of pencil skirts, shorts, and trousers in solid hues, making the capsule collection ideal for mixing and matching.

Also worth getting excited about are an array of accessories to top off the chic summertime silhouettes. Look for bohemian bangles, bright belts, and summer scarves. The Banana Republic Trina Turk Collection is set to hit stores and online in June. 

-liana lozada

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