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
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.
First Look: Restaurant Michael Schwartz
Schwartz brings locally sourced dishes (and a 42-ounce porterhouse!) to The Raleigh Hotel.
April 22, 2013
Today, The Raleigh Hotel opens the highly anticipated Restaurant Michael Schwartz, marking the James Beard Award-winner’s first foray on Miami Beach. Doubly backed by Schwartz’s Genuine Hospitality Group and sbe Restaurant Group, the restaurant will serve everything from snack-size, small plate, and entrée portions to extra large share plates (think whole grilled fish and a 42-ounce porterhouse), with locally-sourced and organic ingredients used wherever possible.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant is located on the hotel’s upper lobby and picturesque pool deck. Conveniently, it will also offer poolside service, boxed beach bites, and in-room options. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink executive chef Bradley Herron, James Beard-nominated pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith, and Raleigh Hotel executive chef Danny Ganem helped craft the tantalizing menu. Look for homemade spaghetti with cured swordfish; heirloom tomato salad with mint chimichurri; grilled tuna with preserved fennel and tomato marmalade; thick-cut potato chips with pan-fried onion dip; homemade beef jerky; and plenty of surf (jumbo lump crab salad, olive oil-poached local swordfish, oysters on the half-shell) and turf (rib-eye, braised lamb, pan-roasted half-chicken). And Genuine fans can savor the familiar chili-lime hominy. Beginning May 13, the restaurant will offer four-course, family-style meals every Monday night. 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-612-1163
Tongue & Cheek Lives Up to Its Name
Chef Jamie DeRosa delivers whimsical riffs on global classics.
April 21, 2013
Chef Jamie DeRosa and business parter Michael Reginbogin
Tongues are wagging about newly opened South of Fifth restaurant and watering hole Tongue & Cheek, where chef Jamie DeRosa cooks up colorful, globally influenced plates. Whether you settle on the British street food classic fish and chips or the Florida standard country ham and pimento cheese, expect the unexpected. Case in point: for tapas fans, DeRosa deconstructs the Spanish tortilla, opting for a more layered approach with a sous vide, egg, potatoes, and deep fried scallions. And while we’re talking Spain, the Iberico de Bellota ham, sliced thin to order, is served with pickled vegetables and fresh bread.
Tongue & Cheek is the first project to come out of Social Dining Concepts LLC, created by DeRosa (formerly executive chef at Tudor House) and industry veteran Michael Reginbogin. Also a big part of the restaurant’s identity is Claudio Picasso's hand-painted, pastoral murals, which align rustically with modernist interior touches like white subway tiling, wood accents, and warm-colored banquettes. 431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-704-2900
What We're Reading
South Beach runners band together to show support for Boston.
April 19, 2013
Local running clubs sprinted down Ocean Drive for “Band Together for Boston,” a tribute to the tragedy in Boston, last night. Some of those participating also ran in the Boston Marathon. Similar events took place across the country. [CBS Local] [Local 10]
Condé Nast Traveler has released its highly anticipated annual "Hot List," highlighting the year's best hotels and spas. The SLS Hotel South Beach, James Royal Palm, and St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort all made the cut. The magazine will celebrate its newest list with a star-studded soirée at the SLS on April 25, featuring special guest Julianne Hough. [CondeNast]
Author Jonathan Miller's detailed first quarter market report shows real estate on the rise across South Florida. Sales are escalating while inventory is dropping in Miami, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach. Curbed Miami has the easy-to-read numerical breakdown. [Curbed Miami]
Florida's original inhabitants, retirees, and their after hours antics are making headlines. The Wall Street Journal examines a new generation of aging baby boomers who are taking Florida's dance floors by storm. [Wall Street Journal]
With her tour set to hit the BB&T this Saturday, Rihanna's hairstylist and Miami native Yusef dishes on managing her famous tresses. [Miami.com]
New Cocktails at Sugarcane
Stop by and try the restaurant’s new spring sips, or whip them up at home.
April 18, 2013