Must-See: Celebrity Autobiography
Mario Cantone and more reenact celebrity missteps ripped from the headlines.
May 05, 2011
Given our fascination with all things celebrity we’re excited to have Celebrity Autobiography arrive at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts this month (through May 15). In the show, comedians like Mario Cantone and Rachel Dratch will perform hilarious vignettes ripped from the headlines and celebrity biographies. In past performances, celebrity drama on display has been inspired by the foibles of Tiger Woods, Madonna, Tommy Lee and more. "Audience members are always asking if we made it up, but it's all real. We could not make up the stuff if we tried," says Eugene Pack, the show's creator.
Casting for the two long weekend performances is as follows:
May 5 to 8: Mario Cantone, Rachel Dratch, Craig Bierko, Sharon Gless, Dayle Reyfel and Eugene Pack
May 12 to 15: Bruce Vilanch, Cady Huffman, Paul Provenza, Sharon Gless, Roger Bart and Dayle Reyfel
Questions With: The Society
Co-founders of The Society, who hosted a screening of Bill Cunningham New York, answer a few fashion-oriented queries.
April 27, 2011
Ashleigh Dempster, David Le Batard and Amanda Blakley
Last week The Society hosted a private screening of Bill Cunningham New York at O Cinema in Wynwood. In the spirit of the fashionable film, we asked Ashleigh Dempster and Amanda Blakley, co-founders of The Society, a few questions.
Your offices are in Toronto. What is trending there at the moment?
ASHLEIGH DEMPSTER AND AMANDA BLAKLEY: Toronto is changing on the fashion front. People are much more daring and adventurous with their fashion choices than ever before, and we’re loving every minute of it! Like Bill Cunningham’s subjects, Toronto street trends are all about individual style—mixing high-end with low-end, new with vintage, punk with florals. You get the picture. In addition, the international fashion spotlight is finally shining on Canadian fashion designers as we have an incredible pool of talent coming out of our country including Mark Fast, Erdem, Jeremy Laing and Greta Constantine. All are penetrating the overall fashion seen and spurring new trends unique to our cities.
Where do you shop when you’re in Miami?
AD & AB: Our trips to Miami are usually a whirlwind with very little time to shop. We’re also still fairly new to the city so always on the hunt for those local favorites and little gems of boutiques. That being said though, The Webster is a trusted source when needing some fun pieces to spice up the wardrobe. We also love The Alchemist, the Tuck Shop at the Raleigh, Killiwatch and The Standard Boutique.
What are your must-have accessories and must-wear colors for spring?
AD & AB: Bring on the bolds and brights. With a head office in Toronto and a chapter in New York, we’ve suffered from a long, dark and gray winter, [which is] why we get so excited to attend our Miami chapter events! For color, both of us are obsessed with florescent shades of coral and yellow. And for accessories, since we never leave home without our laptops, the big bright shoulder bag is an essential to the spring wardrobe.
Describe your spring style in five words or less.
AD & AB: Playful, comfortable, colorful and spontaneous.
What is the secret to dressing for a day that starts with meetings and ends with cocktails?
AD & AB: Accessorizing and individual pieces. Dresses are the easiest to carry you through day to night. For daytime, we’ll usually throw a little jacket over a cute dress and pair with some fun stockings. Our favorite is Animal Tulle from DKNY Hosiery Spring 2011 collection. Once the sun goes down, we lose the jacket, throw on a killer pair of heels and some good earrings, darken the eyes and we’re off for a night of fun with our friends!
New Store: Body Shop
The Body Shop opens a newly renovated store at Aventura Mall.
April 26, 2011
Beauty buffs can now head to the revamped Body Shop in Aventura Mall. After a month of renovations, the store is a sleeker, more modern version of itself that debuted with celebrity makeup artist Shalini Vadhera giving complimentary spring makeovers using the new limited-edition cruelty free collection. “I’m all about empowering women and this makeup does that,” she says. “It has a natural moisturizer called marula oil which is sourced from the Owumbo women of Namibia.” Also new to the store is Shower Gels for Earth Lovers, a line of six gels (including apricot and basil, watermelon and eucalyptus and mint and cucumber) containing organic aloe vera from Guatemala. The Body Shop, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-931-9717
Jewelry Line To Love: Lola James
A new jewelry line brings a fun, whimsical twist.
April 25, 2011
Lola James Jewelry—the latest line from local bauble designers Allyson Papunen and Romi Sarif—looks like it was plucked straight from the pages of a fairytale book. Find oversize glimmering crystal pendants, fluttering butterflies and even Celeste the elephant from the beloved Babar series (gold electroplated sterling silver with a faux sapphire stone, $99). “We knew that we needed to add this symbol of luck to our collection,” says Papunen. “She is Queen of the Elephants.”
Mother's Day at db Bistro Moderne
Treat mom to elegant French brunch of croque-madame, caviar and more.
April 23, 2011
Croque-madame at db Bistro Moderne
One of our favorite spots for brunch is NoBri's db Bistro Moderne, where renowned chef Daniel Boulud tempts Miami gastronomes with sophisticated French fare. In honor of Mother's Day, db is presenting a special three-course prix-fixe brunch ($38, each), in addition to à la carte and shared plates menus. The prix-fixe options will include caviar crowned scrambled eggs, a croque-madame, steak frites, the original db burger and more. That, a bouquet of mom's favorite flowers and a bit of bubbly is all you need, my friend. 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way
O, Miami brings poetry to Miami-Dade this month.
April 21, 2011
April is National Poetry Month, and Miami is playing along with its own month-long, countywide poetry festival: O, Miami. The goal of the festival is simple: to have every person in Miami-Dade County encounter a poem sometime during the month. Next week Yale presents readings based on the newly published Anthology of Rap, Literary Death Match showcases its literary geared competitive spirit, and James Franco proves his talents go beyond General Hospital in Poetry and Persona. Visit O, Miami's daily events calendar for a rundown of all festival highlights.
Weekend Event: Beach Polo
The AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup heats up.
April 21, 2011
The game of polo and the city of Miami have a long relationship dating back to 1919, when Carl Fisher’s Flamingo Polo Club opened on Miami Beach. This weekend approximately 8,000 people will continue the tradition by attending the seventh annual AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious beach polo tournament. The waterfront event (April 21–24) takes place between 20th and 22nd Streets on the sands of South Beach, and general admission is free (VIP tickets range from $100 to $150 and allow entrance to the shaded grandstand complete with complimentary drinks and bites). A percentage of all ticket sales benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, the tournament’s official charity partner for a second year. 305-538-3809
Accessories: Pretty in Punk
Tom Binns-designed accessories are a lovely dichotomy.
April 20, 2011
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Spike cuff ($450); 24K gold-plated short safety pin earrings ($150); tangled necklace ($1,025); 24K gold-plated short safety pin necklace ($125)
Founded in 2004, Tom Binns accessories offer a smart combination of classic elements and provocative, anti-establishment edge. Together with CEO Cristina Vierra, the brand has developed an impressive celebrity following, including Beyoncé, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga. Since his debut, Binns has garnered prestigious awards including the 2006 Accessory Designer of the Year from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the 2008 British Fashion Council (BFC) award for Best Accessories Designer and the 2010 Elle Style Award for Best Jewelry Designer. Last year during Art Basel Miami Beach, The Webster held an exhibit of his one of a kind pieces and continues—thankfully—to carry his line. The Webster. 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899
Easter Brunch Best Bets
Where to sip Bellinis and savor elegant brunch fare on Easter Sunday.
April 20, 2011
Poolside dining at Mondrian South Beach
We’re of the mind that holidays should be celebrated with as much ease and elegance as possible. And while hosting an Easter brunch at home is a lovely way to go, it’s usually not so enjoyable for the host. Whether you’re gathering with family, friends or both, these two Easter brunch buffets have as much charm and gastronomically pleasing options as one could ask for.
Asia de Cuba
When: April 24, 11 AM to 3 PM
Menu options: Choose between traditional brunch dishes, like waffles with Chantilly cream and berry compote and heartier Cuban favorites, like ropa vieja with cumin chive pancakes. Lighten things up for dessert with a fresh fruit tart or lemongrass flan.
Libations: Unlimited sake sangria ($25) will flow all afternoon long.
Price: $59, per person
Poolside at Mondrian South Beach, 1100 West Ave.; mondrian-miami.com
Blue Door Fish
When: April 24, 11 AM to 4 PM
Menu options: Nosh on chilled oysters, charcuterie and snow crab before moving on to pancakes with hot apple chutney, or the more savory beef tenderloin with potato gallette, poached pear and gorgonzola cream. A sushi station, carving board and dessert buffet will also be available.
Libations: Drink as many passion fruit Bellinis ($25) as your heart desires.
Price: $75, per person
Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Ave., 305-674-6400; delano-hotel.com
Photo Exhibit: A Lens On Haiti
An exhibit of photographer Patrick Farrell’s photos of Haiti opens eyes.
April 20, 2011
Patrick Farrell, The Miami Herald’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, has been documenting the distress and devastation in Haiti since the hurricanes in 2008 and the earthquake in 2010. “My Heart Won’t Let You Go: A Photographer’s View of Haiti”—a collection of photographs showing at AE District through May 28—captures the raw, emotional moments that the country has endured. Proceeds from the exhibit will benefit the award-winning Haitian dance company Ayikodans, which is led by choreographer and Haitian activist Jeanguy Saintus. The company, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, has a small dance studio outside of Port-au-Prince, and is on the brink of losing the property. AE District, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-571-5122