<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Latin Beat]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/latin-beat http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:30:23 -0400 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:30:23 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Live Music this Week: April 21 - 27]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:09:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/Coachella2014-Saturday-Lana-6.jpg

 Fri., Apr. 25 – 27- Wynwood Life Festival, $15 - $50

Art, music, food, and fashion come together this weekend as the Wywnood Life Festival kicks off on Friday night. Problem Kids, Otto Von Shirach, Tremends, and Suenalo, and other artists will be performing at the music stage, located between 22 and 24th street. Annie Vazquez of The Fashion Poet and Kelly Saks of Kelly's Kloset will be hosting two fashion shows at the Peroni Style Lounge during the fest, at the art + fashion stage. 

Sat., Apr. 26 – James Murphy at Bardot, 10 pm, $30 - $40

While LCD Soundsystem may have played the last show back in NYC, DJ/producer James Murphy will be performing a special DJ set this weekend. Bardot plays host to the DFA founder, giving fans an opportunity to see this legend in an intimate setting. Also performing will be Mr. Brown, plus a closing set from Pirate Stereo.

Sat., Apr. 26 – The Used and Taking Back Sunday at Revolution Live, 6 pm

The Used and Taking Back Sunday both made their debut in the early 00's, and are currently co-headlining a tour throughout the US. The Saturday night show marks their penultimate stop on the tour, kicking off at 6 pm at Revolution Live. Supporting acts for the sold out show are tonightalive and sleepwave.

Sun., Apr. 27 – Lana Del Rey at Fillmore Miami Beach, 8 pm

Fresh off a performance at Coachella, Lana Del Rey will hit the Fillmore Miami Beach on Sunday night. The sultry singer-songwriter is known for her distinct vocal chops, which first hit the scene with her hit 'Video Games'. Her current tour has a string of sold out shows, and Miami's is no exception. Doors open at 7 pm, with the show beginning at 8 pm.  

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<![CDATA[What You're Doing This Week- April 21-27]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:33:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/locust+projects+spring+fling.jpg

My Boyfriend's Out of Town Anniversary Party 

Bâoli will celebrate the five-year anniversary of its weekly "My Boyfriend Is Out of Town," party on Wednesday, April 23. Join VIP regulars to commemorate this beloved Wednesday night party.  Expect over the top entertainment, music, dancing, presents and surprises.  Reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information, call 305-674-8822, or email reservations@baolimiami.com.
MISO 's Blues & Brunch
Don your best hat and dress up for the Miami Symphony Orchestra's (MISO) Blues & Brunch at Juvia, this Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Enjoy sweeping views and beautiful music while having lunch with some of Miami's most prominent socialites. The orchestra will play music from various genres, under the direction of famed conductor, Eduardo Marturet. Tickets cost $350 each. For ticket and table inquiries contact 305-275-5666 or visit themiso.org/bluesbrunchtickets.
Feeding South Florida Gala
On Saturday, April 26, you can join in the fight to end hunger at Feeding South Florida’s first Ultimate Hunger Champion Awards Gala. Hosted by Conrad Miami, the gala, in addition to bringing awareness to local hunger issues, honors participants of the Hunger Games, Feeding South Florida’s series of competitive events between corporations, which launched in January. Sport celebrities Will Brooks and Ruth Riley of the WNBA will be in attendance. The festivities  begin with a cocktail reception followed by a four-course banquet and awards ceremony for participating corporations.  There will also be an after party hosted by Blue Martini Brickell, featuring desserts and signature cocktails. Tickets range in price from $50-$225. For more information, visit: http://www.feedingsouthflorida.org/.
Locust Projects' Spring Fling-La Dolce Vita 
Locust Projects will celebrate the good life at its 2014 Spring Fling: La Dolce Vita, on April 26 at the critically acclaimed Herzog & De Meuron designed 1111 Building on Lincoln Road. Locust Projects’ Spring Fling brings art lovers together for a unique evening featuring art, delicious food, drinks, music – and Locust Projects’ first-ever silent auction of fine wines, led by Eric Larkee, Wine Director of the Genuine Hospitality Group.  For more information, visit: www.locustprojects.org
Communities in Schools Gala
The CIS annual gala takes place Saturday, April 26 at the Epic Hotel overlooking downtown Miami’s skyline and Biscayne Bay. The evening starts with a sunset cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. where guests can bid on luxury, silent auction items including all-inclusive vacation packages; dry cleaning services from Dryeco, bowling and lunch for 10 with Al Golden, University of Miami’s head football coach; jewelry; dinners; spa treatments and more.  Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner followed by live music and entertainment by CIS of Miami “stars." Tickets for the annual philanthropic event are $200 each, and all proceeds directly benefit CIS of Miami. In 2013, CIS’ gala raised more than $100,000 to fund dropout prevention programs for local students including after school programs, tutoring, mentoring and other programs.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.cismiami.org or by calling 305-252-5444.
Get Your Coffee Fix with Nespresso
From now through April 27, head to Aventura mall to get a complimentary cup of Nespresso's signature coffee while trying out the new state-of-the-art VetuoLine machine-which doles out the delicious creamy Nespresso coffee in a tall (8oz) cup serving. The pop-up coffee shop is part of a 108 day, multi- city tour. If you can't make it to Aventura this week, fear not: the tour stops at Dadeland mall from May 3-18.  For more information, visit:  www.nespresso-us.com. 

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<![CDATA[Juanes, Marc Anthony Talk Music at Latin Billboard in Miami]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:58:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042114+juanes+today+show.jpg

Juanes, Marc Anthony and Enrique Iglesias are among the pop stars divulging the secrets of how they make and market their music at this year's Billboard Latin Music Conferences.
The four-day event began Monday and runs through Thursday, culminating that night in the annual award show. Hosting the event is Leila Cobo, Billboard's executive director of content and programming for Latin music.
Also sharing inside stories are the execs behind the films "Chavez," "Instructions Not Included" and the upcoming "La Vida Robot." They are discussing the music that made their films.
The conference takes places at the JW Marriot Marquis in downtown Miami. The award show will be the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

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<![CDATA[Juanes "Loco de Amor"]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:30:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/juanes_2014.jpg Colombian Grammy winner Juanes performs his new album "Loco de Amor" for the first time on stage at Terra Live Music concert in Miami.

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<![CDATA[Juanes Performs on "Today Show"]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:25:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042114+juanes+today+show.jpg

Latin superstar Juanes performed hits from his new album "Loco De Amor" on NBC's "Today Show" from Rockefeller Plaza Monday morning.

Juanes sang two songs off the album, "La Luz" and "Mil Pedazos," to a packed crowd in the plaza.

"I've been singing in Spanish since I started my solo career, and we have been traveling all over the world singing in Spanish," he said. "It's something very special for us, and makes me feel close to my essence. But at the same time, it gives you the opportunity to connect with people (who speak) different languages. (It) doesn't matter where you are from, music is a universal language."

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Juanes, who was born in Colombia but makes his home in South Florida, is a two-time Grammy and 19-time Latin Grammy winner.

He is expected to attend this year's Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday.

"Loco De Amor," released last month, is Juanes' first since 2010's "P.A.R.C.E."


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<![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Conference Celebrates 25 Years]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:32:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/billboard+latin+music+awards+2013.jpg

Next week, The Billboard Latin Music Conference will celebrate its 25th year anniversary in Miami.

Initially set up as a one-day event featuring five industry panels and two music showcases, it has evolved into a four-day premier Latin music extravaganza that draws hundreds of industry executives, artists, songwriters, sponsors and Latin music fans from all over the globe.

"For the past 25 years, the Billboard brand has been the leading advocate and the go-to name for Latin artists and the Latin music industry worldwide," said Leila Cobo, Billboard's Executive Director of Latin Content and Programming.

The conference runs from April 21-24 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, and will feature music business panels, presentations with key industry executives, networking and music showcases.

Leila Cobo is scheduled to lead the Billboard’s Icons Superstar Q&As featuring three of Latin music’s biggest stars. The first will be multi-platinum recording artists and producer Enrique Iglesias.

“Enrique has spent 19 years on our charts and has placed 24 tracks at No.1 on our Hot Latin Songs chart, more than any other artist,” said Cobo in Billboard magazine. “His chart history is unique and he is the perfect artist to celebrate our anniversary with.”

Coming off a very successful year with his latest hit album “3.0” and his philanthropic projects with his Maestro Cares foundation is Superstar Marc Anthony. His hit single “Vivir Mi Vida” spent 18 weeks as at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. “3.0” is Anthony’s first salsa studio album in a decade which debuted at No.1 and it was 2013’s top selling Latin album.

“Marc Anthony is one of the top artists in the world-in any language and genre. It’s a privilege to celebrate his success as part of our 25th anniversary,” Cobo said.

Italian recording artist Laura Pausini who is in the midst of celebrating 20 years as a recording artist will also be featured in an exclusive Star Q&A.

“To have the possibility to talk and share my thoughts and opinions at the Billboard Conference with people who can still teach me a lot is an opportunity that I don't want to miss!” Pausini told Billboard Magazine.

The Iconic songwriter Q&A will feature Latin music’s most celebrated composers Omar Alfano who’s written 13 top 10s and five No. 1s, including “A Puro Dolor” sung by the group Son By Four-one of the longest running songs on the Hot Latin Songs chart.

Headlining this year’s Diva Panel is Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi, rapper Kat Dahlia, soulful singer La Marisoul and bachata sensation Leslie Grace, all four will appear on stage during an hour long Q&A moderated by Justino Aguila, Billboard’s Associate Editor of Latin/Special Features.

An exclusive World Cup panel will provide an in-depth discussion behind FIFA’s World Cup global anthem campaign. Colombian superstar Carlos Vives and World Cup recording artist David Correy will join a team of executives from RCA, Sony Brazil, EA Games and Coca-Cola.

The conference culminates with the Billboard Latin Music Awards. This multi-million dollar production will air live on Telemundo from the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

This year’s stellar lineup of performers includes, Ricky Martin, Laura Pausini, Juanes, Luis Fonsi, David Bisbal and many more.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor and showcase the most popular albums, songs and artists in Latin music narrowed down by Billboard’s weekly charts, track sales, radio, streaming and social charts of the past year.

You can catch the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday, April 24th starting at 7 p.m. on NBC 6's sister station Telemundo.

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<![CDATA[What You're Doing This Week- April 14-20]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:46:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tax_day.jpg

Sing For Your Supper

Hard Rock Cafe is inviting guests to take center stage to help take the pain out of Tax Day. On Tuesday, April 15th, Hard Rock Cafe Miami will be giving you the chance to “Sing for Your Supper” and receive a free dinner entrée from Hard Rock’s new menu.  So pick your favorite tune, hop on stage and perform at Hard Rock Cafe Miami. Once you perform a complete song on Hard Rock Cafe’s live music stage in front of the entire restaurant, you will receive a free dinner entrée from Hard Rock’s newly launched menu.
Tax Break
To celebrate the end of tax season on April 15, Brewery Ommegang will be offering a one-day only, 15 percent savings on all new tickets purchased for HopChef Miami. HopChef competitions will bring together each of the city’s most beer-forward thinking chefs under one roof to create and pair dishes with Ommegang beers. The discount, which will only be available on Tuesday, April 15 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., is valid with promo code, "taxes" when checking out here. HopChef Miami is taking place on Monday, April 28 from 7-10 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Cables. For more information, including the list of judges and chef contestants, click here.
Benetton Beach Bash
Spruce up your spring wardrobe at the Benetton Beach Bash on Thursday, April 17. United Colors of Benetton is hosting a day-to-night event at its South Beach store located at 670 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach. The events Include a shopping event during the day and a cocktail party in the evening. Customers will receive up to 20 percent off all purchases, and enjoy cocktails and small bites. For more information, contact benetton@taraink.com.
Miami Eats
On Saturday, April 19, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will be hosting the second annual Miami Eats: The art and science of how Miami grows, cooks, eats (and burns off) food. The food and fitness festival is dedicated to healthy, fun and delicious choices.  At the event, the museum invites the entire family from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to learn healthy new recipes through cooking demos and workshops, interact with special guest chefs, explore new technologies in aero-, hydro-, and aqua-ponics, stimulate all their senses, get moving with morning yoga or mid-day Zumba classes, and give back to the community through a food drive. Special guests include culinary expert Short Chef and competitive jump roping team Supersonic Jump Rope. The event is free with museum admission. For more information visit www.miamisci.org or call (305) 646-4200.

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<![CDATA[Live Music this Week: April 7 - 13]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:57:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/231*120/Tortuga+Music+Festival.png
Thur., Apr. 10 – Fri., Apr. 11 - Dita Von Teese at Revolution Live, 7:30 pm, $46.25
Burlesque shows aren't the usual type of show that Fort Lauderdale spot Revolution Live is used to seeing, but this week it plays host to none other than Ms. Dita Von Teese. The burlesque star is bringing her costumes, giant martini glass, and undeniable sex appeal forward in the 'Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!' show. General admission tickets are still available for Thursday and Friday night – but going fast.
Sat., Apr. 12 – Sun., Apr. 13 – Tortuga Music Festival, $89 - $1,299
Fort Lauderdale Beach Park will be taken over this weekend by the Tortuga Music Festival, kicking off Saturday at 11:30 am. The fest features some of the best names in country and rock music, with notable performances from Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Other acts include Train, Hank Williams Jr, White Denim, and Ziggy Marley.
Sat., Apr. 12 – Yandel at Fountainebleau Miami Beach, 8 pm, $95
With countless awards and albums under their belts, Wisin y Yandel were a force in the Reggaeton scene. After reaching monumental success, the pair decided to split and branch out on solo careers, and Yandel released his second album 'De Lider a Leyenda' last fall. This Saturday night, the Fountainebleau Hotel showcases Yandel as a solo act as part of their BleauLive concert series, kicking off at 8 pm.
Sat., Apr. 12 – Otto Von Schirach at The Stage, 9 pm, $10

There are album release parties, and then there's the release party for 'Tipo Tropical'. The newest effort from Otto Von Schriach will feature the Miami Bass sound (with lyrics in Spanglish, of course), and makes its debut this Saturday night at The Stage. Of course, it wouldn't be a Miami party without a booty shaking contest, judged by none other than Brother Marquis of 2 Live Crew. 

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<![CDATA[Michael Olajide talks about the VS Angels fitness training]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:55:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/VStrainner_1200x675_201581635792.jpg Michael Olajide the Victoria's Secret angel personal trainer talks about the super models workout routine.]]> <![CDATA[Living the Romantic LifeStyle]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:52:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/BenildaNyaNBC_1200x675_201540675546.jpg Benilda Nya a Miami fashion designer showcase her recent lounge were and romance resource book "Living the Romantic LifeStyle" at the Aventura mall in Miami.]]> <![CDATA[Custo Barcelona a Fashion Icon in Miami]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:36:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/CustoBarcelonaNBC_1200x675_201709635509.jpg Spanish fashion designer Custo Barcelona talks about his new collection 3C, and becoming the fashion icon of Miami.]]> <![CDATA[Samy Gicherman at the Salar de Uyuni]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:34:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SamyGUyuniNBC1_1200x675_201509955528.jpg Miami fashion designer Samy Gicherman present his 2014 collections at the highest runway in the world in the Salar de Uyuni, Potosi Bolivia]]> <![CDATA[VeritageMiami Hosts a Four-Day Food Extravaganza ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 06:39:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/184*120/veritage+miami.jpg

A host of Latin chefs will participate in this year's VeritageMiami, a four-day food, wine and spirits extravaganza that includes a Craft Bear Tasting, Fine Wine event, Interactive Dinner and fancy feast on the Diamond at Marlins Park- all to benefit the United Way.  

The dining celebrations begin with the Craft beer tasting at the vibrant Wynwood Walls on Wednesday, April 9, where guests will  mingle among the  murals, the perfect back-drop for tasting bites from local restaurants such as Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, OTC, and The Embassy, that will be paired with beers and micro-brews from over 100 breweries including local favorites Wynwood Brewing Company, Gravity Brewlab, Michael’s Genuine Home Brew, Miami Brewing Company, among others.

Thursday’s Fine Wine event will feature more than 350 wines from wineries such as Château D'Esclans, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, Santa Carolina.  Bites will be provided by some of Miami’s most celebrated restaurants such as Dolce Italian at the Gale Hotel, UVaggio, Pascal’s on Ponce, and Truluck’s. 
Friday night's Interactive Dinner will take place at the InterContinental Miami featuring five of Miami’s most talented chefs -all of whom are masters at incorporating Latin flair in their dishes. Jose Mendin of The Pubbelly Restaurant Group, Todd Erickson of HaVen South Beach and Huahua’s Taqueria, Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House, Cesar Zapata of The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions and Alberto Cabrera of Bread + Butter are a tour de force in Miami's culinary scene, sure to delight foodies at this exciting dinner. A cocktail reception  by Bacardi will starts the  night off in style at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at  7:30 p.m.
VeritageMiami's closing event, on Saturday,  April 12, Dinner on the Diamond, will give guests  the chance to dine on the actual field at Marlins park. Aside from bragging rights, attendees will enjoy a “Warm-Up” – cocktail reception and silent auction in the Marlins Park Skyline Terrace. Followed by dinner and the live auction on the actual field!  The "Seventh-inning stretch comes courtesy of actress, Kristin Chenoweth, who will perform some of her most memorable songs and Broadway hits.  For tickets and information, visit:  http://www.veritagemiami.com.

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<![CDATA[Be "In the Know" With I Know the Chef]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 06:35:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/lure+fish+bar.jpg

For those who love the VIP treatment, (and, let's face, it, who doesn't?), becoming a member of "I Know the Chef" is a  must! By downloading the user-friendly  APP,  available for free at iTunes, I Know The Chef allows its members to get impossible reservations and the royal treatment at some of the most sought after restaurants in Miami. Some of these include:  Catch, Lorenzo, Lure Fishbar, Eating House, 1826 Collins, The Federal, BLT Steak, Katsuya and The Bazaar at SLS, as well as Hyde Beach.

Even when other restaurant reservation sites show "no open tables," I Know the Chef members will find that tough-to-get spot, even the day of the desired dining experience.  
Miami is the latest location for this program, following its success in New York, where members receive benefits at over 80 restaurants and Chicago.  Members may enjoy privileges in these locations as well.  
In addition to securing hard-to-get reservations at top restaurants, members also receive preferred seating, VIP treatment such as an amuse bouche, glass of champagne or a greeting from the chef, to name a few. Various membership options are available, including a 10-day trial for only $19.99. For more information, visit:  http://www.iknowthechef.com/.

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<![CDATA[Marc Anthony Unveils First Orphanage in the Dominican Republic]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:40:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/231*120/marc+anthony+nbc+miami.png

In an emotional ribbon cutting ceremony, Latin music icon Marc Anthony and his business partner, entrepreneur and CEO of Cardenas Marketing Network Henry Cardenas, kicked off the grand opening of a new Children of Christ orphanage in the city of La Romana, Dominican Republic.

"This morning we are changing lives and building dreams with the opening of our first orphanage in the Dominican Republic. The first of many with Maestro Cares," said Anthony in a Twitter message.

Surrounded by Dominican city officials and dignitaries, Anthony’s labor of love also counted with the support of fellow celebrities like bachata singer Romeo Santos, merengue singer Rubby Perez and Colombian actor Manolo Cardona.

The Maestro Cares foundation established in 2012 is a non-profit organization run by Anthony and Cardenas, which raised funds to help expand and build a new residence hall, new classrooms, a baseball field and new recreation areas for the orphanage that currently houses over 100 orphaned boys and girls.

“Today is an unforgettable day for me, without doubt a special day,” Anthony said. “Two years ago I spent Christmas with the children and that day changed my life. I knew I had to do something.”

A land donation by a Dominican-based industrial sugar company set in motion construction on the 10,000-square-foot facility which began in late in 2012. According to Cardenas, the expansion of the Children of Christ orphanage represents the beginning of an exciting endeavor for Maestro Cares.

“Our mission is to help Latin American children by creating healthy and safe environments for them, but a major priority is also supporting their academic needs,” Cardenas said. “Education is key because it will bring the children closer to their dreams. They are our future leaders.”

Founded in 1996, the first Children of Christ orphanage opened its door to children who were victims of abuse or whose parents were unable to care for them.

<![CDATA[What You're Doing This Week- April 7-13]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:06:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040814+michael+bastian.jpg

Michael Bastian at Cottage

Ariel Burman and Cottage Miami present New York designer Michael Bastian, a CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year recipient, this Thursday, April 10 from 1 to 3:30pm for a presentation of his much acclaimed Spring/Summer 2014 Collection.  Meet Mr. Bastian and preview his current designs in the well appointed Sunset Harbour menswear shop, while sipping Champagne and nibbling tasty canapés. If you can't make the daytime event, stop by for cocktails with Mr. Bastian from 7 to 9pm. For more information call 305.534.9917 or RSVP to rsvp@cottage-miami.com.  Cottage Miami is located a 1784 West Avenue.
Dream in Green- Setting the Standard 
Dream in Green will host its eighth annual fundraiser, “Setting the Standard” on April 11th at The Standard Spa Hotel in Miami Beach. The party kicks off with the presentation of the 2014 Green Innovator Awards, recognizing local companies for undertaking green initiatives. The evening’s festivities also include a silent auction, green fashion show, and a cocktail reception featuring lavish hors d’oeuvres and premium drinks. Party with over 250 guests who share an interest in creating a greener Miami. Proceeds from the event will be used for Dream in Green’s educational programs that empower youth and the community to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.  Purchase tickets at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dream-in-green-setting-the-standard-fundraiser-tickets-10338144669?nomo=1.
Light it up Blue for Autism at 1111 Lincoln Road
In honor of World Autism month, landmarks around the globe, Miami Beach included, will "Light It Up Blue" to promote Autism awareness. This Friday at 8:00 p.m.,Autisms Speaks and South Florida Ford will present a VIP event at 1111 Lincoln Road to tell the story of Autism Spectrum Disorder in an unmatched setting. World-renowned digital artists Tecné Collective will deliver a captivating video mapping installation presenting the complex world of Autism Spectrum Disorder, as guests enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres provided by A Joy Wallace Catering with music by Latin Grammy-nominated Mr. Pauer. For more information, visit:  www.autismspeaks.org/events. The party takes place at  1111 Lincoln Road, 7th Floor.  Email: info@product81.com to RSVP.
Bulla's Taste of Spain Menu
Bulla gastropub in Coral Gables rolls out its Taste of Spain market menu this month. In addition to Bulla's signature white sangria, and outrageous appetizers, such as the shrimp bombs, bacon wrapped dates, croquetas and Huevos Bulla, guests may sample dishes from the Castile and Leon region in Spain. The menu will be changing weekly- so there are plenty of reasons to return. Some of the featured items include Cordero Asado; Pato con moras and Ensalada de langosta y mazorquitas grilled shelled main lobster, butter lettuce, baby corn, caviar. Bulla is located at 2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd. For reservations or more information, call: (305) 441-0107.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Michael Bastian]]>
<![CDATA[At The SiriusXM Music Lounge]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:02:19 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sir__jipsy__001.JPG Back for its 8th year, the Sirius XM Music Lounge returns as one of the best private parties during WMC at the W Hotel in Miami Beach. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[What You're Doing This Week- March 31-April 6]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:19:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040214+life+time+fitness.jpg

Help for A.Y.U.D.A

Sense Beach House’s cozy corner bistro, The Local House, has launched "Appetizers for A.Y.U.D.A."- during which the restaurant will donate $1 from each order of its best-selling goat cheese croquettes appetizer to the local Miami Beach charity, which stands for Adults and Youth with Unmet Needs Deserve Attention.  A foundation close to the restaurant’s heart, the charity was established in 1977 and is a community-based non-profit organization that has served over 145,000 children, adolescents, adults, and elderly in South Florida.  The Local House also partnered with A.Y.U.D.A. in a successful toy drive that took place last December.  

PULSE: Late Night at the New World Symphony
On Friday, April 4, from 9:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., The New World Center will be transforming into a late-night lounge—complete with Grey Goose vodka cocktails, club-style lighting and video projections. Miami's own, DJ Laura will spin electronic grooves alongside performances by the New World Symphony of contemporary and classical works for orchestra and ensembles. Tickets are $35 for the full evening at the New World Center and can be purchased at www.nws.edu.
Brighten up Your Closet at DESIGUAL 
Don't miss DESIGUAL's Spring/Summer 2014 Friends & Family Event at the brand's Aventura Mall store on April 4th and 5th. Guests can enjoy 25% off the entire new collection with an Amig@ card, which they can obtain on the spot or 20% off without an Amig@ card. DESIGUAL Aventura Mall is located at: 19575 Biscayne Blvd. For more information, call: (305) 682-1490.
2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon
The 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, produced and presented by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company, takes place on Sunday, April 6, in South Beach. The Life Time South Beach Triathlon is expected to host nearly 3,000 triathletes and will kick off the 2014 Life Time Tri series. The Triathlon is a multi-sport event that includes an international-distance course and sprint-distance course. A slew of celebrities are expected to attend. To participate or cheer on the athletes, visit: http://www.lifetimetri.com. The proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Walk Now for Autism Speaks
In anticipation for the “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” walk in Miami on April 6th, 2014, South Florida businesses have come together to raise funds for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism research and advocacy organization. "The fun-filled, family event is the most powerful force to fund vital research towards research on autism spectrum disorder," and is set to take place at J.C. Bermudez (3000 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL) Park on Sunday, April 6, at 10 a.m. As the first cookware company to sponsor Autism Speaks, IMUSA USA has partnered with Sedano’s Supermarkets to raise funds through a "Puzzle Piece" campaign where Sedano’s Supermarkets’ customers will be invited to contribute by purchasing a $1 puzzle piece. As a result of these joint efforts, more than $300k has been raised for Autism Speaks by IMUSA USA and Sedano’s since 2009.For additional information on Autism Speaks, please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org.

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<![CDATA[Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez at Hispanicize Conference in Miami]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:33:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040214+yoani+sanchez+hispanicize.jpg

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez and Miami-Dade County Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho highlighted the second day of Miami's Hispanicize conference Tuesday.

"I was an undocumented resident of this country," Carvalho told a packed ballroom at the Intercontinental Miami hotel in downtown Miami.

Immigration reform and digital connectivity were the predominant themes of the fifth annual Latino trends event.

Carvalho’s remarks generated much applause from the crowd at Tuesday’s “Latinovator Lunch,” which featured Sanchez as keynote speaker.

"Digital connectivity is the civil right of our generation," said Carvalho, before pointing out that Miami-Dade County is the first school district in the nation to be "thoroughly, wirelessly connected."

On the second day of the four-day conference, Fusion’s Mariana Atencio introduced Sanchez and presented her with a "Latinovator Award."

On stage, Sanchez announced her latest project, the launch of an independent newspaper in Cuba, despite the fact that journalism is tightly censored by the Communist regime.

"The first question is, are you brave enough to do this?” said Sanchez, about her process for recruiting newspaper staff members. "The second is, are you willing to learn how to be a true journalist?”

She told the audience the newspaper already has a team of eleven people, and will be launched in late April or early May.

"The [newspaper’s] name is a secret until the day of its birth,” she said, "out of a mixture of superstition, and wishing to surprise the public."

Sanchez has gained worldwide fame for her efforts to combat censorship in the island, through social media and her blog, "Generation Y."

She has taken to those platforms to publicly criticize the Castro government for oppressive tactics, including the detention of several journalists and political dissidents. Sanchez said that the government blocks all social media, and Internet access is tightly controlled.

She broadcasts her social and political commentary through dozens of daily tweets and blog posts, by sending them to collaborators abroad through SMS text messages.

"More than anything else, mobile phones are essential," she said. "Those phones are the single most important resource in the island."

The message was well received by the audience of bloggers and journalists, many of whom had their smart phones in hand, presumably sharing highlights of the speech on social media with the hash tag #hispz14.

The multi-industry event attracts thousands of media-industry professionals, musicians, and entrepreneurs from around the country, and bills itself as a launch pad for Latino creative endeavors.

Previous honorees of the “Latinovator Award” include journalist Soledad O’Brien, actress Rita Moreno and music producer Emilio Estefan.

This year, some of the Hispanicize headliners include singer Carlos Vives, and award-winning NPR journalist Maria Hinojosa.

The conference ends Friday with the “Latinas Who Rock” closing bash, featuring Grammy-nominated singer and composer, Sheila E.

Photo Credit: Andrea Cruz/NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[An Unbreakable Bond World Premiere]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:31:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/buoniconti+movie.jpg

The stars came out for the world debut of An Unbreakable Bond, a film by Emilio Estefan which documents the relationship between NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, and their nearly three decade struggle to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. The film recently made its world at the 31st edition of Miami Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), at the Olympia Theater at The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.

Nick Buoniconti and Gloria and Emilio Estefan were joined by NBC News’ Tom Brokaw, who introduced the film, and NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, who moderated the question and answer session following the movie which was followed by the Estefans making a $100,000 donation to The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, on behalf of the Gloria Estefan Foundation. The donation will help continue with the important clinical trials underway at The Miami Project at the University of Miami.

In addition to the Buoniconti and Estefan family members in attendance, other notables included Don Shula, Bob Griese, Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, Nat Moore, Candela Ferro, Romero Britto, Lily Estefan and Dick Anderson, and several Miami VIPs, who enjoyed a decadent party, catered by Baron G., on the theater stage following the film and the Q & A. Estefan, a 19-time Grammy award winning producer, directed and produced the documentary which archives the Buonicontis’ lives as they faced paralysis head on.

From the beginning in 1985 when Marc was injured, the film follows their journey from the creation of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis through the present day as they stand at the forefront of paralysis research.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to share with the world this moving story about an incredibly unique bond between a father and his son," Emilio Estefan said. "Marc and Nick turned their tragedy into hope and inspiration for so many individuals and families who are impacted by paralysis each year.

Estefan said the story hit close to home for him after Gloria Estefan was injured in a bus accident.

"Thankfully, Gloria was blessed with a miraculous outcome and was able to walk again. The Miami Project gives great hope to so many people and their dedication towards finding a cure for paralysis is so close,” Emilio Estefan said.

Meanwhile, the Buonicontis expressed gratitude at having the Estefans as both friends and partners ont his project.

“We have been fortunate to call The Estefans friends for many years, so to work with them on An Unbreakable Bond was a dream come true. They bring such professionalism and class to everything they do and have helped us capture our story on film so we can take our message to the world that paralysis does not have to be forever,” said Miami Project Founder Nick Buoniconti.

An Unbreakable Bond is narrated by Gloria Estefan. The film includes appearances by special friends and ardent supporters of The Miami Project including; Academy Award winning actor Tommy Lee Jones, award winning television journalists Tom Brokaw and Bob Costas, NFL Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula, and Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus.

There are also first-hand accounts from the Buoniconti family of the devastation that Marc’s injury had on the family and how they teamed up with world-renown neurosurgeon Dr. Barth Green and developed the fledgling Miami Project at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine into a research effort with international prominence that has changed the way the world looks at paralysis and a cure.

“Over the decades, Gloria and Emilio Estefan have been such wonderful supporters and friends to both The Miami Project and The Buoniconti Fund. Both of our roots are so firmly planted in Miami, so when this project presented itself it was natural to work with them on this important film,” said Miami Project President Marc Buoniconti. "Through historic footage, interviews with key supportive individuals, doctors, family and friends, the film recreates the tribulations and triumphs of this remarkable story. It also documents for future generations a journey of greatness, tragedy, inspiration and hope. Ultimately, this is a story of An Unbreakable Bond between a father and a son. A father and son not accustomed to standing still who believe that all were born to move, and chose to do something about it."

Photo Credit: Courtesy Buoniconti Fund]]>
<![CDATA[Green Room Society Dinner]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:25:06 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/greenrm__001.JPG The Green Room Society members enjoyed a private dinner at Haven filled with culture and cuisine supporting the arts at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Sailing Away With Digweed]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:23:27 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/boat__jipsy_001.JPG At the 13th Annual John Digweed And Friends Sunset Cruise during WMC 2014 in Miami Beach. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[A La Moda & Style: Spring Beauty Tips]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:51:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*160/clarins_makeup_2014.jpg

Clarins is one of the most respected beauty brands in the world. The french-born company is the synonym of sophistication and natural beauty, which is why it was fitting to have one of their gurus dish to Latin Beat about tips for Spring glowing skin. Christopher Truffa, Clarins brand ambassador, joined them as their skincare expert since 2009.

We chatted with Christopher about how to achieve youthful looking skin, the makeup colors for the season, and the beauty trends for spring. Here are his top 3 tips to looking beautiful and maintaining a healthy skincare routine.

Nowadays, fuller-looking lips are been sough-after more and more.

For those looking to achieve the perfect pout, Christopher suggests this infallible tip that will enhance your lips, without having to visit the surgeon: "Use a lip liner but just shade the sides of the lips. This will bring fullness to them but will keep a natural look that's not overdone. A natural color is always the best choice".

The number one concern for all a skin types, and ages, is sun-care.

It is very important to remember to use sunscreen everyday because the damaging sun rays cause premature aging, dark spots and skin cancer.

However, for those who still want the sun-kissed looking skin without having to worry about wrinkles, Christopher taught us about Clarins newest innovative product: Golden Glow Booster. He says: "All you have to do is add three little drops into your moisturizer, or night cream, and it will give you a natural-looking tan that can be kept for as long as you would like".

During spring and summer temperatures rise, which is why its important to keep the beauty routine light.

Choose a color palette that enhances your natural beauty, and plays with your complexion and features, without overwhelming your face with dark or heavy tones.

For this, Christopher suggested us to change our regular powder blush for a multi-tasker cream blush. A Multi-Blush is the perfect tool for on-the-go makeup, because it can be used for cheeks and lips, and gives them a pop of color while maintaining skin feeling fresh. 

<![CDATA[Villa by Barton G. Now Open at Versace Mansion ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:38:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091713+versace+mansion.jpg

One of the most spectacular sights on Miami Beach is now a hotel.

The Villa by Barton G. also known as the Versace Mansion is open for overnight stay.

Miami's Versace Mansion was once the home of world renowned fashion designer, Gianni Versace who was fatally shot on his front steps in 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. The designer bought the mansion in 1992 and spent $33 million renovating the property, adding another wing and making numerous upgrades.

The mansion has 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.

Villa by Barton G. is now open and accepting reservations. Rates start at $575 per night. For more information, click here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Live Music this Week: Miami Music Week ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:24:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/231*120/Ultra+Music+Fest+at+Bayfront+park.png

Wed., Mar. 26 – Hard Miami at Grand Central, 10 pm, $25 - $50

Hard Miami has been one of the best Miami Music Week parties year after year, and Grand Central did not disappoint this year. The two day affair kicks off on Wednesday night with Boys Noize, Zeds Dead, and RL Grime. Thursday night sees performances from Basement Jaxx, Brodinski, Destructo, and many more.
Fri., Mar. 28 – All Gone Pete Tong Pool Party at the Surfcomber, 12 pm, $40 - $80
As the host of 'Essential Mix' and 'Essential Sessions', there aren't many DJs that Pete Tong hasn't worked with. This Friday at Surfcomber, Tong hosts an all day pool party, featuring Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Carlo Lio, Dubfire, and The Chainsmokers – plus a couple of special guests. Can't make it poolside? The 'All Gone Pete Tong' show will be doing a special broadcast during the event on Evolution 93.5 FM.
Fri., Mar. 28 – Sun., Mar. 30 – Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park
For three days, Downtown Miami is overrun with ravers donning neon colored outfits, personalized kandi, and the constant thump of bass emanating from the many stages. Bayfront Park will open its doors on Friday to a slew of festival goers from all over the world, ready to see their favorite DJs amongst a crowd of thousands. The festival serves as the closing party of Miami Music Week/Winter Music Conference, and features a weekend full of sets from international DJs and performers.
Sat., Mar. 29 – BNR Invasion at LMNT Gallery, 10 pm, $30 - $75
While Downtown and Miami Beach are the usual go-to spots for Miami Music Week craziness, Wywnood is now getting in on the action. Boys Noize Records, fronted by producer/DJ Boys Noize, is putting on a special showcase at LMNT Gallery this Saturday night. The night will showcase the labels roster, with sets from Destructo, DJ Funk, Dog Blood, and many more.
<![CDATA[InStyle and Nine West Collab on New Line]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:25:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/198*120/collection1.jpg

In an era where designer collaborations are an everyday thing, Nine West presents us with a fresh idea by choosing fashion editors of InStyle Magazine as part of their creative team. They have decided to continue their partnership with InStyle to present a collection of accessories for the Spring and Fall 2014 season. The first time the capsule edition was introduced, back in Fall 2013, it was an absolute success in terms of brand exposure and selling numbers. 

The decision to bring back editors, and give them a space where to create, is a demonstration of the power that fashion media holds on the buying market today. This collaboration allows Nine West to use the editor's influence, and integrate their consumer knowledge into the brand. The styles are a combination of seasonal favorites, with added editorial touches, all while keeping a fashion-forward runway inspired perspective that could be incorporated into everyday looks.

The collection has grown into handbags, jewelry and shoes, giving shoppers a more extensive deck of items to pick from. As a result of the success from the first collaboration, the styles will be available not only in the US, but in Canada and select countries in Europe. The pieces, besides from having luxury details and materials, are on the affordable price bracket going from $79 to $110. This is a great way to keep them accessible to consumers and fashion lovers.

To celebrate the exclusive debut of the Spring 2014 InStyle collection, InStyle Accessories Director Leah Karp, will be hosting a soiree at the Miami Nine West  Flagship on Thursday 27th from 6 to 8pm. RSVP To: Ninewest_Miami@timeinc.com. 

<![CDATA[Holt Fashion Show Hosted By Joanna Krupa ]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:31:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/199*120/holt.png

Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach celebrates its 26th season of merging music and fashion. The event will be held again at the fashion tents at Collins Park in Miami Beach from March 26th to March 29th presenting the latest Spring/Summer collections. The four day event provides an innovative platform for progressive and established designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers and select style makers.

This season, luxury brand Holt, will be presenting their Spring/Summer 2014 collection for the first time. The brand, whose face is Joanna Krupa, will have a runway show on Wednesday March 26th. The new collection embodies Miami Beach with a mix of bright colors and pastels, floral designs and lace. Dresses feature plunging necklines and sexy cutouts with each piece carrying the Holt signature hand painted aesthetic.

Joanna, supermodel and Real Housewives of Miami cast member, joined Holt because she loves the sexy and stylish pieces. Designer Elisea Holt Fenster uses a unique painting process that creates distinct designs and give each luxury piece its unique appearance. Everything is 100% hand-painted and hand-crafted in Miami making it a go-to for local celebrities and entertainers from around the country.

<![CDATA[Isabella Santo Domingo Does Stand-Up Comedy]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:32:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*191/isabella2.jpg

Isabella Santo Domingo has proven to be a multi-faceted actress, editor and screenwriter. She ventured into new territory with her stand-up comedy show "Gentlemen Prefer Them Dumb" or "Los Caballeros Las Prefieren Brutas", which proved to be a complete success. For the 2nd time in less that one month, Santo Domingo, performed the hilarious comedy at the James L. Knight Center.

The play discusses serious topics such as machismo in our society, gender differences, the purpose of marriage, issues among couples, and the ideals of the everyday woman. However, what makes this play so special, is that Isabella approaches these issues with a sarcastic and irreverent humor, making the audience think while having fun.

The one and a half hour show took viewers into a journey of critical reflection about the never ending battle of the sexes and how the values in our society affect those perceptions. Her second show follows a successful, sold-out first appearance.

Check "Los Caballeros Las Prefieren Brutas’ on YouTube: http://goo.gl/pQPUwB or follow Isabella Santo Domingo @SaintSacional.


<![CDATA[What You're Doing This Week- March 24-30]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:54:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/maryjo+blog.jpg

Great Performances at SONY Open Tennis Tournament
The SONY Open Tennis Tournament brings the world’s best tennis players to Miami every March, presenting two full weeks of highly anticipated matches, which runs through March 30. For the 10th year in a row, Great Performances, the celebrated New York City-based catering company, along with some of Miami's top chefs, will oversee the comprehensive culinary program that will feed these athletes and their many fans. Aside from serving inspired dining options to tennis fans, Great Performances is also providing a vast selection of delicious culinary creations to competitors in the Players’ Lounge. As a company known for incorporating seasonal ingredients into its innovative and beautifully designed food presentations, Great Performances is putting a Miami spin on its classic selection of healthy and nutrient-rich options designed to meet the athletes’ varying dietary needs and preferences. Information on every option is available by visiting: http://www.sonyopentennis.com/en/visiting-the-open/where-to-eat. For more information about Great Performances, visit www.greatperformances.com. Be sure to wash down all of that terrific food at the Bombay Sapphire lounge, where you can sip unique creations by master mixologists before, during and after the tennis matches.

SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables Rolls-Out Sushi & Sake 101
On March 25, SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables will bring a unique social and culinary experience like to Miami's sushi lovers. The restaurant will host a two-hour interactive class, Sushi & Sake 101, that will expose guests to a diverse range of sake - be it "sweet and spicy" or "rich and round with a sweet caramel finish." In addition to tasting five flights of sake, participants will sample a selection of SUSHISAMBA's signature dishes, crate and taste a variety of sushi rolls, and nosh on edamame, tempura and sashimi. The fun kicks off on March 25 at 7:00 p.m. and will take place every last Tuesday of the month. To reserve a space for a class or to learn more, call 305.448.4990 or visit www.sushisamba.com

Wine Women & Shoes with Julian Chang
Renowned Miami based fashion designer Julian Chang, w will participate in the upcoming first annual Wine Women & Shoes event to benefit the United Way of Broward County on Thursday, March 27 from 6-9 pm at Gallery of Amazing Things in Dania Beach, Florida. Julian Chang will be showcasing his latest collection in women’s wear for Wine Women & Shoes. You are invited to join more than 350 guests to partake in a fashion marketplace, wine tastings, live auction and fashion show, produced by Sobol. Twenty percent of the gross sales from Chang’s “warm days of Athens” inspired collection will be donated to United Way of Broward County. For more information, contact: katherine@blinkpr.com. To view Julian Chang's summer collection: visit www.julianchang.com.

1826 Restaurant & Lounge Presents Miami Music Week
The newly opened hotspot 1826 Restaurant & Lounge located at 1826 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, presents four nights of exhilarating events, away from the mayhem surrounding Ultra. 1826 features a line-up of internationally-renowned DJs and artists in celebration of Miami Music Week 2014. The schedule is as follows: on Wednesday, March 26th- Italian native artist, producer, DJ and multi-talent EDX to kick-off the week, along with Croatia Squad, Andrew Bennett, Cedric Zeyenne, Gil Glaze & Antonio Giacca; Thursday, March 27th Grammy award-winning American House music DJ Roger Sanchez and superstar Dutch DJ and producer Sander Kleinenberg; Friday, March 28th-Internationally acclaimed DJ Robbie Rivera along with friends Grand and Warren, Jessie Andrews & Daniele Tavella; Saturday, March 29th MAKJ invites music lovers for an exclusive event along with SCNDL & Daniele Tavella. Tickets are available for all 1826 Restaurant and Lounge MMW events via wanttickets.com or by contacting VIP@1826collins.com. Prices are $50 for general admission, and VIP tables start at $1500 for parties of four and $2500 for six, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Proper attire is required and entrance is at doorman’s discretion. Events are powered by DiskoLab.

Miami Dade County Youth Fair and Expo
For 63 years, the Youth Fair has been offering thrills to children of all ages. This year's fair runs through Sunday, March 30 and offers more rides, family fun, and food samplings than ever. Don't miss the funnel cakes and elephant ears at The Best Around, that has multiple stands throughout the fair, serving up pizzas and burgers at good prices. For a healthy and delicious option, head to Island Noodles, which specializes in Hawaiian Style Wok-Fired Soba Noodles, prepared with 21 different fresh vegetables. Of course, there are countless options to please every palate, and rides for the whole family. Fairgoers can get an early start during spring break, as the gates open at noon. For more information, visit: http://www.thefair.me/thefair/.

Ultra Music Festival
Ultra Music Festival’s star-studded lineup is returning to Miami for its 16th straight year. Preparations are underway as the popular three-day electronic dance music festival gets ready to rock Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on Friday, March 28th. Some of the big names that will be performing at the festival include Avicii, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Hardwell, Kaskade, Tiesto and Zedd. VIP tickets for the festival are sold out, but limited general admission tickets are expected to sell out soon. Tickets are $399 plus a $90 service fee. Tickets are availble at ultramusicfestival.com

Photo Credit: Galdones Photography LLC]]>
<![CDATA[Sony Open Tennis All Stars at Play]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:30:17 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sonyten__jipsy_001.JPG At the Fifth Annual Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne All-Star Charity Tennis Event and Julien Farel pop-up salon for players at the Sony Open. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[ La Mar by Gaston Acurio Opens at the Mandarin Oriental]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:59:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/diego+oka+cropped.jpg
Celebrated celebrity chef, Gastón Acurio has officially opened La Mar by Gastón Acurio at the Five-Star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a gorgeous, expansive restaurant, with indoor and outdoor waterfront seating and three bars that provide distinctive culinary experiences.
Considered "the ambassador of Peruvian cuisine," Acurio's  unique restaurants rank among the world's finest.  The opening of La Mar by Gastón Acurio in Miami marks the third Acurio restaurant in the U.S., following sister concepts La Mar Cebicheria in San Francisco and Tanta in Chicago.  Helming the kitchen, La Mar's Executive Chef Diego Oka, who has worked alongside Acurio for more than a decade, creates authentic Peruvian dishes ranging from upscale novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood Ceviche. Oka's eclectic menu is comprised of small plates such as Nikei, Peruvian nigiri; Anticucho Grill items; and tapas-style Piqueos and large plates including a selection of Peruvian Specialties and pan-fried rice called Arroces. 
“We are extremely excited to introduce the spirit of Peruvian food culture to the vibrant city of Miami,” says Chef Gastón Acurio. “Our new La Mar by Gastón Acurio restaurant pays tribute to the sea with a beautiful waterfront location and the freshest local seafood on the menu.”
NBC spent some time getting to know Chef Oka, who shared insights about his life, experiences with Acurio and the exciting menu at La Mar.
Tell me a bit about your Latin Roots.
Japanese blood, Peruvian heart!  I was born and raised in Lima, Peru, but my family is of Japanese descent.
How have your ethnic background and past culinary experiences influenced the menu at La Mar?
I feel lucky to be Japanese, but raised in Peru. Peruvian cuisine is a mixture of many cultures – and one of the strongest influences comes from the Japanese. Other influences are Chinese, Italian, African and Spanish. Because of this unique blending of cultures, the menu at La Mar is a little bit of everything. We believe La Mar is a place to celebrate diversity.
I also learned a lot from my time living in Mexico, Colombia and San Francisco. I learned how to adapt local ingredients in my recipes, to study what local people enjoy, to understand their culture, etc. These meaningful experiences have been a great influence to me.
How did you connect with Gaston Acurio? Describe your collaboration.
A long time ago – almost 13 years now– while I was in culinary school, I needed to complete an externship and my dream was to do it in Astrid y Gaston restaurant (Gaston’s fine dining restaurant). I happened to run into Gaston in a supermarket one day and without knowing him personally I introduced myself and took the opportunity to ask for the externship. After several casual questions in the supermarket he told me to visit the restaurant whenever I had time. That was a Sunday and I went to apply the very next day.
I was proud to work with him on the opening of the first La Mar in 2005, located in Lima. From there, I’ve been in Mexico City, Colombia, San Francisco and now Miami.  My goal is to transmit Gaston’s philosophy, ideas, recipes and adapt all of our Peruvian flavors.
Describe the menu at La Mar.
The La Mar by Gaston Acurio menu is divided into 10 “families.” These families are categories that include cebiches, tiraditos, Peruvian nikei, causas, vegetarian dishes, hot piqueos, anticucho grill, soups, arroces and Peruvian specialties.
What are some of your favorite menu items?
Cebiches are definitely a favorite, but it depends on my mood! For first timers, I would suggest cebiche clasico, la chalanita (causas tasting), chaufa aeropuerto and lomo saltado.
Will the dishes change seasonally? If so, what do you see as the mainstays?
Yes we will incorporate seasonal products into daily and weekly specials. There will also be staple dishes including cebiche clasico, lomo saltado, anticuchos, causas, etc. 
Do you offer anything on the “lighter side”?
Yes, we have salads and vegetarian bites – also, cebiches are very light!
What's for dessert?
In our desserts we will use Peruvian fruits (lucuma, cherimoya), Peruvian cacao (fortunate) and of course traditional Peruvian recipes like picarones (street food dessert) and alfajores.
In celebration of La Mar’s opening, Mandarin Oriental, Miami has partnered with LAN Airlines to provide two round trip tickets from Miami to Lima in Premium Business class; dinner for two, with two pisco sours, at La Mar by Gastón Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami; and lunch for two, with two pisco sours, at La Mar Cebicheria in Lima, Peru.  More details can be found by visiting www.mandarinoriental.com/miami/culinary-adventure-giveaway.

Photo Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Miami]]>
<![CDATA[Live Music this Week: March 17 - 23 ]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:18:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/231*120/miley+in+miami.jpg
Tues., Mar. 18 – 2 Chainz at The Fillmore Miami Beach, 8 pm, $45 - $59.50
It's impossible to miss a 2 Chainz verse on any track, starting with the fact that they're always preceded by a notable '2 Chainzzz'.The College Park rapper started out in the duo Playaz Circle, and his solo career since then has seen the release of three albums and collaborations with Drake and Kanye West. He performs live this Tuesday night at the Fillmore in Miami Beach, joined by Pusha T and August Alsina.
Wed., Mar. 19 – Tyler the Creator at Revolution Live, 7:30 pm, $28 - $32
Days after inciting a riot at SXSW, Tyler the Creator is heading Fort Lauderdale to play at Revolution Live. The Odd Future Kill Them All frontman is no stranger to controversy, as many of his lyrics and performances are known for their shock value. The sold out show kicks off at 7:30 pm.
Sat., Mar. 22 – Miley Cyrus at the American Airlines Arena, 7:30 pm, $19.50 - $89.50
Between the twerking, the outfits, and the fact that her tongue is never in her mouth for too long, Miley Cyrus has been shedding her former Disney image swiftly. Her Bangerz tour is hitting Miami this weekend, with special guests Icona Pop opening the show. Catch the star in all her half naked glory at the American Airlines Arena this Saturday night.
Sat., Mar. 22 – MDC Live Arts presents Love Song at The Colony Theatre, 6:30 and 9:30 pm, $30
The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller merges film and music to create a 'live documentary'. The documentary chronicles the life and career of R. Buckminster Fuller, an architect, engineer, and author. His life is narrated by director Sam Green, who flashes images while indie band Yo La Tengo plays the original score, live. This performance piece has two showings at the Colony Theatre this Saturday night.
<![CDATA[Juanes Debuts "Loco de Amor"]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:28:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jaunes.jpg

Nearly four years after the release of his last studio production, Juanes is returning to the limelight with the debut of his latest studio album titled “Loco de Amor” (Crazy from Love).

Writing about love is second nature to Juanes who primarily writes about what he feels and what he believes. In “Loco de Amor” his powerful and passionate vocals stray from his usual social focus and aims at spotlighting the various ways in which humans can, and should, express love.

“I believe that love is the most powerful energy in this life. I wanted to express songs that, like a ray of light through a prism, makes us witness the different forms of love,” Juanes said in a press release from Universal Latino.

For this new studio effort, the Colombian rocker joined forces with none other than five-time Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Lillywhite who in the past has collaborated with a variety of musicians including U2, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band and Peter Gabriel, just to name a few.

“Loco de Amor” comes loaded with 11 tracks that include Juanes’ special blend of ballads and his unique and catchy rock/pop Latin-infused rhythms. His trademark guitar-driven hooks feature contributions from artists like Emmanuel “Meme” del Real from Mexican rock band Café Tacvba,  drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. and guitarist Brian Ray from Paul McCartney's band, percussionist Richard Bravo and guitarist Fernando Tobón.

"'Loco de Amor' accomplishes a fresh and different sound, because it was recorded by only using acoustic guitars, without using electric guitars,” Juanes said.

To kickstart the release of “Loco de Amor,” Juanes flew to New York last Tuesday to introduce his first single titled “La Luz” (The Light) on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, making that his fifth appearance on the Tonight Show so far.

“La Luz” is a fusion of Colombian cumbia, rock and electronica. Its lyrics playfully speak of letting love in after the lights have gone out in the neighborhood. The lively and colorful video for “La Luz” was shot on location in Colombia’s historic town of Cartagena. “La Luz” currently holds the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s “Latin Airplay” chart.

“Loco de Amor” marks Juanes’ eighth album release by Universal Music Group. His overall multi-platinum sales have reached well over the 15 million mark and The New York Times considers him this decade’s “biggest name in Spanish language pop music.“ Juanes has two Grammys, 19 Latin Grammys, and a total of nine No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Latin Singles charts.

Wondering when you can catch the singer's next show? Juanes will be performing live at this year’s Latin Billboard Music Awards, airing April 24th NBC sister station Telemundo.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Destination Brand's Launch Party Brings out Latin Celebs]]> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:43:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/031414+miami+beach+sunscreen.jpg

Several Latin celebrities are expected to gather tonight on Miami Beach for the launch party for the first-ever Miami Beach branded line of sun care products.

To add to the "muy caliente" vibe, South Beach lifeguards, will make sure everyone stays safe while enjoying a fashion show sponsored by Macy’s South Beach, music, light bites, and specialty cocktails provided by Grey Goose and Bacardi.  

Guests will also get the chance to play in a photo booth and a sensory room- where they can experience the actual ingredients in the product using all their senses. The party takes place under a tent at 8th Street and Ocean Drive.  

The Miami Beach Suncare line is being marketed by Destination Brands. Arrive early for your chance to mingle with the Estefans, pose with models, and enjoy the fun!  

Registration starts is at 6:00 p.m and the party starts at 7.

For more information, email: athompson@samcor.net or visit www.miamibeachsun.com. Gift bags will be available.

In addition to providing natural skin benefits found in sea kelp and sea water along with sun protecting properties to ensure that skin is protected, hydrated, and nourished, Destination Brands will donate a portion of the profits from Miami Beach Suncare towards beach cleanup efforts.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect that Cuban TV personality Lili Estefan and Gloria and Emilio Estefan are no longer expected to attend the event.

<![CDATA[Seen at the Bass Art Museum's Vanitas: Fashion and Art Opening]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:46:13 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bassfashion_jipsy_001.JPG A look at some of the stylish guests for the Vanitas: Fashion and Art opening at The Bass Museum in Miami Beach. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Kate Upton Will Host Express Runway Show]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:19:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*168/EXP+Miami+Runway+Evite+-+Blog.jpeg

The Express Runway Fashion Show will come to Miami on Thursday March 13th. The event will take place at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach and it will count with the special appearance of Miami Heat player: Chris Bosh. This is the second year in a row the retail chain, known for carrying affordable yet stylish pieces, chooses Miami as one of its host cities.

This time the fashion show will be hosted by none other than supermodel Kate Upton who will be the new face of the brand starting with its fall ad campaign. Kate has become a magazine darling gracing the cover of Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire and Sports Illustrated. The modern-day Marilyn Monroe has brought awareness about women’s images in the fashion industry by becoming one of the few curvy models to land the cover of major glossies.

Express, which has established itself as one of the top fastest growing mid-luxury sellers, seeks to continue growing its relationship with Miami. In the spirit of e-commerce innovation, fashionistas will be able to shop the looks as they walk down the runway during the fashion show, having access to the latest designs before anyone else.

The party begins at 4 p.m. with a set by DJ A-Track and the fashion show will take place at 7 p.m. Attendees will be able to enjoy food, drinks, a DIY screen printing station by blogger PS. I Made This, and complementary hair and nails. Top Miami fashion bloggers will be styling guests and talking the latest spring/summer trends.

The event is free, but guests must RSVP at RSVP@Express.com. Guests must be 21 and over to attend.

To stay in the loop, check out a live feed of the event at http://Express.com/Runway and use hashtag #EXPRunway on Twitter.

Photo Credit: Express Runway]]>
<![CDATA[What You're Doing This Week: March 17-23]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:28:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Yo_La_Tengo.jpg

Fun for the Guys 

Two fundraising events in support of Miami Children’s Hospital will take place at the Biltmore Hotel & Golf Course on March 20-21.  The Gentlemen’s Night Out, which kicks-off the two-day event, includes tastings of premium scotches, spirits and cigars, a silent auction and entertainment.  Miami Children’s Annual Corporate Golf Invitational on March 21, invites foursomes for a golf outing followed by a reception and a silent auction. For information, call 786-624-2984 or visit MCHF.org/GentlemensNightOut (#GNO) and MCHF.org/CorporateGolf (#MCHGolf).    

The Official Miami Walk of Fame, Inc. Debut
The Official Miami Walk of Fame will mark its debut with a star-studded public ceremony  on Friday, March 21 at 11 a.m. at Bayside Marketplace. The animated film RIO 2 and two of the film's stars, Academy® Award and Grammy® Award-Winner, Jamie Foxx, and Andy Garcia will be inducted to Miami's own Walk of Fame.  The free, family-friendly public ceremony will celebrate Brazilian culture with a live appearance of the Rio 2 mascot, "Blu."Additionally, the Miami Children's Chorus will be singing the movie's theme song, "What is Love" accompanied by Paulo Gualano's Brazilian and Latin Music Company Samba drummers and dancers.  Audiences will also be treated to a display of colorful birds of the Amazon presented by Jungle Island and a proclamation from the Brazilian Consulate will be given to Bayside Marketplace for promoting tourism and business exchange with Brazil.
Sat., Mar. 22 – MDC Live Arts presents Love Song at The Colony Theatre, 6:30 and 9:30 pm, $30
The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller merges film and music to create a 'live documentary'. The documentary chronicles the life and career of R. Buckminster Fuller, an architect, engineer, and author. His life is narrated by director Sam Green, who flashes images while indie band Yo La Tengo plays the original score, live. This performance piece has two showings at the Colony Theatre this Saturday night.
MDC Live Arts presents Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Sam Green with venerated indie rock band Yo La Tengo for an enthralling hour-long “live documentary” on R. Buckminster Fuller  - "one of the most compelling figures of the 20th Century."  Yo La Tengo will provide the live backdrop soundtrack for Green’s charismatic in-person narration as he projects film clips, photographs, and blueprints from Fuller’s immense body of work.  Be part of the multi-media happening with “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller,” on Saturday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, Miami Beach. Tickets are available at www.mdclivearts.org.  
Powerful Musical Duo at Turnberry Isle 
Turnberry Isle Miami presents the sophisticated and powerful musical duo Mark Bornfield and D’Jamin Bartlett. Renowned throughout South Florida, the duo sings in several languages, and is well known in Paris, Guatemala, Peru and Costa Rica. Mark is an Emmy-winning composer, pianist, vocalist and trumpet player; his versatility is the perfect complement to D’Jamin, who has won a Theater World, Drama Desk, and Show Business Award. She has appeared on the Tonight Show and Broadway. The duo performs in the lobby of the luxurious Mediterranean-style resort on the weekends, from 8 p.m. to midnight, throughout March (19999 Country Club Drive, Aventura). 
Last Chance to Enter Spark Some Fun
Famed EDM group Deadmau5 is coming to LIV at the Fontainebleau, this Sunday, March 23. BRP is collaborating with electronic artist deadmau5 to launch its latest product, the 2014 Sea-Doo Spark personal watercraft (PWC), with a live concert event. “Spark Some Fun Miami” with Deadmau5 will showcase the spirit, fun and ingenuity behind the Spark model through a lively and colorful musical exhibition for 500 lucky fans who will be part of a once-in-a-lifetime, free concert experience. Now through March 22, post a photo to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #SparkSomeFun and follow the prompt to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show. You can also visit sparksomefun.com to enter.
<![CDATA[What You're Doing This Week: March 10-16]]> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:13:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/138543037.jpg

An Unbreakable Bond

Emilio Estefan's film, An Unbreakable Bond will debut at the 31st Annual Miami International Film Festival on Tuesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center.  The powerful film chronicles Nick and Marc Buoniconti’s story as they fought through his paralysis for decades on the way to establishing The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.  An Unbreakable Bond is narrated by Buoniconti Fund Board Member and Grammy award winner, Gloria Estefan. The film includes appearances by special friends and ardent supporters of The Miami Project including; Academy Award winning actor Tommy Lee Jones, award winning television journalists Tom Brokaw and Bob Costas, NFL Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula, and Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus.  For more information visit: http://miamifilmfestival.com/.
Wine Week
Smith & Wollensky celebrates Wine & Wisdom during its 54th National Wine Week™, March 10-14. The seasonal event offers guests the opportunity to discover new wines from some of the world’s most exclusive winemakers. Guests may sample ten wines for $20 with the purchase of a lunch entrée at participating restaurants. Smith & Wollensky will continue its support to raise awareness and help the millions of Americans affected by neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. Proceeds from Wine Week activities will benefit Keep Memory Alive and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.  To learn more about the 54th National Wine Week featured wines and the Wine Week raffle, visit www.smithandwollensky.com/liquid-assets.  
BrazilFoundation Gala
international supermodel Adriana Lima, Brazilian television personality Sabrina Sato, Latin Grammy Award-winner Ivete Sangalo, and a few other stars will be dancing to live music by Batuque Samba Funk, and enjoying performances by Miami City Ballet School Ensemble and Quabales at the exclusive BrazilFoundation Gala on Saturday, March 15th.  BrazilFoundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support social projects in Brazil, will hold its third annual gala at the stunning, shiny-new Pérez Art Museum Miami. Sponsored by American Airlines, Artefacto, Audemars Piguet, St. Regis Bal Harbour, Goldman Sachs and Credit Agricole, the elegant evening will bring together over 450 guests to generate resources for the community-led initiatives funded by the BrazilFoundation.  Tickets start at $1,000. For more information, visit: http://www.brazilfoundation.org/english/events/galamiami.php.
Hearts and Stars Gala
The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s 5th annual Hearts & Stars Gala will be held at Terra Veritatis, the private estate of Bill Dean, on Saturday, March 15 from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. This year, guests will enter the property by water taxi and enjoy live entertainment and cocktails provided by Ketel One, Don Julio, Johnnie Walker, Ron Zacapa, Dos Equis and FIJI water, bites from local restaurants and lots of music and entertainment. For more information visit:  www.thelittlelighthouse.org.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Heart Truth]]>
<![CDATA[Live Music This Week: March 10-16]]> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:54:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/231*120/tegan+and+sara+tour.png

Wed., Mar. 12 – Tegan and Sara at Revolution Live, 7 pm, $31

Singer-songwriters Tegan and Sara Quin have collaborated with a myriad of artists, ranging from Tiesto to The White Stripes. The Canadian duo are identical twin sisters who have been making music together since the late 1990s. Their Wednesday night show serves as their second South Florida appearance, having just wrapped up a set aboard the Parahoy! music festival.
Fri., Mar. 14 – We the Kings at Culture Room, 7:30 pm, $20
The Art of Tour makes it stop in Fort Lauderdale this Friday night, with pop punk group We the Kings headlining the show. Hailing from Bradenton, Florida, the band is comprised of a group of childhood friends who have gone on to release four albums and toured the country extensively. Also performing at Culture Room are special guests This Century and Crash the Party.
Fri., Mar. 14 – DMX at LIV, 11 pm, $40 - $60
Since the mid 1990s, rapper DMX has been a force in the hip hop scene, known best for being a key figure of the Ruff Ryders. On Friday night, the rapper-actor-author will be performing a special set at Miami Beach club LIV. UK producer and radio presenter Kayper will be kicking off the night with a DJ set.
Sat., Mar. 15 – Jazz in the Gardens at Sun Life Stadium, 3 pm, $60 - $499
Celebrating it's ninth year, Jazz in the Gardens kicks off a two day festival this Saturday. Hosted by comedian D.L. Hughley, the fest will feature a mix of local groups and major headliners, including Jamie Foxx, Kelly Rowland, and Trey Songz. Sunday night, LL Cool J, Anthony Hamilton, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly are set to perform.  
<![CDATA[Art Celebrations this Week]]> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:11:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/edt-463082893.jpg

The Way of the Rain Miami

Fans of legendary, Academy Award winning actor, director, producer and YoungArts Master Teacher, Robert Redford, should head to the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Boulevard) on Tuesday, March 11, for the world premiere of The Way of the Rain Miami, a performance art piece directed by environmental artist, Sibylle Szaggars Redford (Robert's wife). This interdisciplinary performance will feature an all-star creative team including YoungArts alumni Dave Eggar and Desmond Richardson, co-music directors Will Calhoun and Chuck Palmer, renowned lighting designer Steve Cohen and seasoned sound engineer Ron Saint Germain.  F. Thomas McBee III, acclaimed video artist, will present a short video and Robert Redford will perform as well.  According to the producers, "This unique multidisciplinary show pays homage to Earth and its universal elements through the exploration of light, sound, color and texture." The Way of the Rain Paintings, a coinciding exhibition of Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s artwork will be on display also starting March 11 in the YoungArts Gallery. On Wednesday, March 12th , the Redfords and environmental artist Sibylle Szaggars will conduct a discussion on art and activism.  Tickets are available at:  http://www.youngarts.org.

A Night at the Museum
For the most fun you can have in a museum, consider the Bass Museum's spirited fundraiser, aptly named, "A Night at the Museum," on Wednesday, March 12, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Sponsored by Vogue Mexico and Latin America, guests will rub elbows with leading arts patrons, socialites and tastemakers while enjoying cocktails, refreshments, beats by DJ Mauricio Parra, and best of all,  a private preview of Vanitas: Fashion and Art, the museum's latest exhibition.  Continuing its mission to "inspire and educate by exploring the connections between our historical collections and contemporary art" the show explores  the theme of vanitas as expressed in avant garde ready-to-wear and haute couture as well as in contemporary paintings, sculptures, industrial design and new media.  Admission to the fundraiser costs $250 for two and includes a Rubens Level Membership to the Bass Museum of Art for one year. To RSVP visit www.bassmuseum.org, call 306.673.7530 or visit the museum at 2100 Collins Avenue.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Sundance Film F]]>
<![CDATA[The Queen Is Celebrated at the Carnival]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:05:47 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ocho14_jipsy_0001.JPG On the streets during the annual rumba known as the Calle Ocho Festival. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Lorena Garcia Talks "Top Chef" Finale]]> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 01:43:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/chef+lorena+garcia.jpg

Venezuelan-born chef Lorena Garcia is getting ready for the season finale of "Top Chef Estrellas," the popular cooking show where she appears as a celebrity judge.

Garcia was once a guest chef on "Top Chef: All-Stars."

“It’s much better to be a judge than competing against the clock and against critics,” she said.

The Latin chef also enjoys the culture that the show brings.

“I love that this format is so fitting to the Hispanic community," she said. “I love to see them in a different environment, it’s reality TV, they are not performing, or acting, it’s real, live. It is exactly what happens.”

Garcia has lived for plenty of years in Miami, where she opened up her own restaurant, “Lorena Garcia Cocina,” a healthier cuisine alternative at Miami International Airport.

“Miami is rising, it’s exciting. Amazing restaurants and I couldn’t be happier to see that trend happening in Miami," she said.

Apart from the show, the celebrity chef is working on a new cookbook that will be available in both English and Spanish. On Sunday, Garcia will present her line of cookware “Lorena Bella” exclusively on HSN.

“I’m cooking my brains away but I’m very excited about it,” she said.

Garcia calls Miami her dream home because she’s able to find any ingredients in order to bring her dishes to life.

“It’s not about the environment, it’s about the food, the quality of the ingredients and those flavors that are incredible,” she said.

The season finale of "Top Chef Estrellas" airs on NBC 6’s sister station, Telemundo 51, on Sunday at 8 p.m.

<![CDATA[A Street Party Named Calle Ocho]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:49:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Calle-Ocho-2013.jpg

Calle Ocho concludes a week filled with street celebrations such as Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnaval in Brazil. For a chance to get your “street party groove on” right here in Miami, head to Little Havana this Sunday, March 9, to enjoy Latin music, food, costumes, a parade and a domino tournament.

This year’s Calle Ocho will bring together folkloric groups from Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Brazil parading down Southwest 8th Street from Southwest 27th Avenue to Southwest 13th Court. Over 200 dancers dressed in colorful costumes will perform to the music of their native countries, welcoming all nationalities in celebration of Calle Ocho’s 37th anniversary.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. sharp. Organizers recommend you “arrive early, wear comfortable shoes, light clothing, sunscreen, forget the diet and come ready to party at one the world’s largest street parties!” Should you arrive on “Cuban time,” fret not, as the party goes until 7 p.m.

The president of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, Antonio “Tony” Lorenzo, shared the following: “Calle Ocho is open for the enjoyment of everyone; it is a cultural day of friendship, where people of all colors and nationalities meet to dance, eat and party in the true spirit of South Florida. Best of all, Calle Ocho is the fundraiser that allows the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana to sponsor year-round projects of great impact to the underprivileged youth of our community.”

“Calle Ocho is an experience, come and enjoy," Lorenzo added.

A few highlights of that experience include the Family Zone at the Winn-Dixie pavilion on Southwest 25th Avenue, which will have exhibits, product demonstrations and sampling, gifts and family activities; the McDonald’s Fiesta Tour on Southwest 21st Avenue; and Domino Park, which will feature one of the most exciting domino tournaments in South Florida, wherein players from Tampa, Orlando and other cities in Florida will compete to win cash prizes.

Also unique to this year’s Calle Ocho, much to the delight of salsa music fans, will be a tribute to Celia Cruz, widely considered the “Queen of Salsa.”

Beginning promptly at 2 p.m., from Southwest 22nd Avenue (a.k.a. Celia Cruz Way), a procession carrying a 14-foot sculpture of Cruz will be paraded through the streets of Calle Ocho. Her famous song “La Vida es un Carnaval” ("Life is a Carnival") will play throughout the procession. In addition, numerous musical stages will be set up showcasing the music of Latin artists such as the King of Calle Ocho 2014, Daddy Yankee, as well as Albita, Johnny Ventura, Frankie Negron and bands such as Suenalo and the Celia Cruz All Stars, to name a few.

You can also expect block after block filled with food kiosks to satisfy every taste bud. For more information and for a full schedule of performances and activities, visit www.carnavalmiami.com or call 305-644-8888.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo]]>
<![CDATA[March 5 Is "305 Day" in Miami]]> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:19:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/179*120/cafecito+new+logo.png

A local social media group, "305 Cafecito," is celebrating March 5 as “305 Day” in Miami.

In honor of 3/05, a coffee gathering will take place at the Versailles Restaurant at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday. The first 50 people who attend will receive a free @305Cafecito T-shirt along with other surprises.

Those who can’t make it to the coffee meetup are urged to participate on social media by using the hashtag #305Day.

In April 2013, 3:05 p.m. was made the official cafecito time by the City of Miami.

To RSVP for the event, click here.

<![CDATA[What You're Doing This Week- March 3-9]]> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:27:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/166*120/109917336.jpg

Trump National Doral makes its official debut this week, as it hosts the Cadillac Championship from March 5-9 with much fanfare by way of parties, exciting dining options, a fashion show and concert. This is definitely “not your father’s golf tourney.” Unless of course, your father is Donald Trump, which explains why Ivanka Trump is at the forefront of this landmark event.

The much buzzed-about, Cadillac Championship has made major enhancements for this year’s tournament, merging the worlds of golf, fashion, food and music to create one of South Florida’s premiere social events.

The celebrations begin with a VIP kick-off party at Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel on Tuesday, March 4, where players and VIPs will gather to socialize and dance to music by Miami Heat DJ, DJ Irie.

Other highlights include a Carolina Herrera fashion show hosted by Ivanka Trump and a live concert performance by Gym Class Heroes’ front man and solo star, Travie McCoy. Hungry golf fans will have a slew of dining options including food by seven of South Florida’s top food trucks in the Food Truck Fairway, located adjacent to the Blue Monster Village and the Cadillac Performance center near the first tee; the new BLT Prime in Trump National Doral’s clubhouse (the sister restaurant to the acclaimed BLT in the Betsy Hotel on South Beach); an Eating House pop-up by celebrity chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, located at the all-new Escalade Lounge hospitality venue on the 16th hole; Latin flavors from Versailles, located between the 1st tee and the 18th green; and scrumptious burgers from Shula Burger, served throughout the course at concession areas.

Guests will also stay well-hydrated at a multitude of bars and lounges throughout the property. The Grey Goose 19th Hole Lounge, located behind the 9th tee, will feature the exclusive Blue Monster Signature Cocktail. Other Grey Goose offerings will be poured in the Escalade Lounge, on the patio and throughout the clubhouse. Additionally, there will be a Beringer Wine Bar, located outside the Blue Monster Village, a Michelob ULTRA Beer Garden and the frozen Island Whip on the beach near the third tee and a Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar, located behind the 9th green which will also serve stone crabs and sushi.

Because no Miami social event would be complete without music and fashion, the Cadillac Championship has rounded up DJ Irie to spin at the kick-off party on Tuesday, March 4 and before and after the elegant fashion show on Friday, March 7, dubbed “Fashion Friday” hosted by Ivanka Trump, wherein world-known designer Carolina Herrera will showcase her collection.

On Saturday, March 8, Gym Class Heroes’ frontman and solo star Travie McCoy will headline a concert, in the Blue Monster Village, following the completion of the tournament’s third round. Pop star Emin, will open for McCoy.

Access to both the Carolina Herrera fashion show and Travie McCoy concert is complimentary to all Friday and Saturday tournament ticket holders, respectively, with additional VIP opportunities available for purchase.

For tickets and more information on the Cadillac Championship, visit: www.CadillacChampionship.com.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[La Voz Kids Returns to Telemundo]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:09:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jorge+Bernal.jpg

Telemundo's La Voz Kids is back next month with a new cast of kids, a new host and a new studio.

In this second season, singer Natalia Jimenez joins season one coaches Prince Royce and Roberto Tapia, along with hosts Daisy Fuentes and Jorge Bernal.

The reality show features young singers between the ages of seven and 15 who compete for a recording contract and a cash prize that will go towards their education.

For the first time, the show will be produced at Universal Studios in Orlando.

The first season garnered a strong following, with more than 14.5 million total viewers. Miami's own Paola Guanche was named the season one winner after a 13-week competition and several rounds of eliminations.

Catch the season premiere Sunday, March 16th at 8 p.m. on Telemundo.

Photo Credit: Jorge Bernal]]>
<![CDATA[Live Music This Week: February 24-March 2]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 03:26:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/231*120/Tobacco+Road+-+Swamp+Stomp.png

Tue., Feb. 25 – Demi Lovato at BB&T Center, 7 pm, $25.25 - $60.75

Lovatics, rejoice: teen pop sensation Demi Lovato brings the Neon Lights tour to the BB&T Center. Lovato had an extremely busy year in 2013: she released her fourth studio album 'Demi' and was a judge on the hit show 'X-Factor'. The former Disney star is joined by Little Mix and Fifth Harmony on the tour. The show kicks off at 7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 28 – G. Love and Special Sauce at Culture Room, 8 pm, $24.99
With their next album due out on in April, alternative R&B group G. Love and Special Sauce is hitting the road. 'Sugar' marks the twelfth album from the group, which has a sound that lies somewhere between blues and rock. This Friday, they bring their distinct sound to Fort Lauderdale venue Culture Room, starting at 8 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 28 – Sat., Mar. 1 - Swamp Stomp Music Festival at Tobacco Road, 7 pm, $10 - $15
More than 10 bands will take the stage at Tobacco Road this weekend. Swamp Stomp kicks off Friday and will feature some of the best local bands from the city, including Jahfe and Los Bastardos Magnificos. Headlining the Stomp is Austin group The Bright Light Social Hour, performing on day two of the fest.
Sat., Mar. 1 – Sun., Mar. 2 – Carnaval on the Mile, Miracle Mile, 10 am – 10 pm
Carnaval on the Mile takes over Coral Gables this weekend as a precursor to the Calle Ocho festival. Aside from food, art and local vendors, the Carnval will showcase Miami's best local groups, including Problem Kids, PALO!, Locos por Juana and Suenalo. The fest begins Saturday morning and runs through Sunday evening.
<![CDATA[What You're Doing This Week: Feb. 24-March 2]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:28:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Spark+Some+Fun.jpg

Carolina Herrera Is Calling all Models

Trump National Doral and the Cadillac Championship, along with Trump Model Management, will be hosting an official model search on the Fashion Show stage on Fashion Friday, March 7. All interested females, ages 15-25 with a minimum height of 5’8” should send a portrait and full-body photos along with name, address, phone number, age, height and email to modelsearch@trumpmodels.com or via mail to 155 Spring St. 5th Floor, New York, NY 10012. The deadline to submit preregistration information is Feb. 28. Finalists will be preselected from a pool of applicants and invited for a callback on Friday, March 7.  Starting at 12 p.m., all models will participate in an interview and runway test as part of the competition and will be judged by the Trump Model Panel, with the search ending in one girl being selected and winning the prize of a yearlong contract with Trump Models, a trip to NYC for testing, a meet and greet with Ivanka Trump, the chance to attend the Carolina Herrera Show and walk the red carpet that evening, and an Ivanka Trump apparel package from Trump National Doral. The Trump Model Search judging panel includes Trump Models president Corinne Nicolas, director of scouting Duane Gazi and Ocean Drive editor-in-chief Jared Shapiro. On the final runway competition, Hannah Ferguson (2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Rookie) will join the panel and present the award.
Cars, Cause & Charity
Warren Henry Auto Group and Lou La Vie will host the “Cars, Cause & Charity” fundraiser event on Saturday, March 1 from 2-7 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium, 2269 NW 199th St. The block party will feature a showcase of the world’s finest classic and exotic vehicles, food trucks and live entertainment, all to benefit Wounded Warriors of South Florida. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $10. To register a classic, exotic or unique vehicle please visit www.CarsCauseCharity.evenbrite.com. Preregistration is $20 per vehicle, while registration is $25 per vehicle on the day of the event.
Be A Kid Again
The Miami Children’s Museum’s Be A Kid Again Gala takes place this Saturday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the museum, located at 980 MacArthur Causeway.  This party is a must for anyone who wants to go back to the “Disco Era.”  For the party, MCM will be transformed into “Studio MCM.” Dave Barry and Paul Castronovo will present a live auction before guests get the chance to get their groove on during the Boogie Knights: Complete Studio 54™ Tribute. The night kicks off with a cocktail reception inside the museum’s galleries filled with an extensive silent auction, featuring a wine section with exclusive lots from all over the world, followed by food tastings, the live auction and dancing. Dressing up in your best disco attire is encouraged. For more information, visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.
Spark Some Fun Miami
Mark your calendars for a chance to score tickets to deadmau5 at LIV at the Fontainebleau. BRP is collaborating with electronic artist deadmau5 to launch its latest product, the 2014 Sea-Doo Spark personal watercraft (PWC), with a live concert event. “Spark Some Fun Miami” with deadmau5 will be held at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Sunday, March 23, and will showcase the spirit, fun and ingenuity behind the Spark model through a lively and colorful musical exhibition for 500 lucky fans who will be part of a once-in-a-lifetime, free concert experience. From March 14-22, post a photo to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #SparkSomeFun and follow the prompt to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show. You can also visit sparksomefun.com to enter.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Image]]>
<![CDATA[2014 SOBEWFF: "The Q" Highlights]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:24:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/The-Q-2014.jpg

Moët Hennessy and the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit models came together for a meat celebration like no other at "The Q," on Thursday, Feb. 20, in a tent behind the Delano, to kick off the 13th annual Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival.  

Moët poured the bubbles, Creekstone Farms presented the meat, the celeb chefs tantalized taste buds and two dozen models brought the sizzle.  

One of the most-sought-after events every year, this year's The Q did not disappoint – nothing says "South Beach Diet" like free-flowing bubbly and gourmet grilled meats. Throw in celebrity chefs such as Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, event host Michael Symon, Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine, and you've got one unforgettable evening.

The Q's flavor award was tied between Joey Campanaro (Little Owl) and Chris Santos (Beauty & Essex), which was a festival first. Each chef was awarded $500 for their charity of choice and received a trophy. Well, one chef got an "I owe you" as a second trophy had to be ordered due to the unexpected tie.

Other standout bites at The Q were Meat Market chef Sean Brasel's chipotle-glazed slow-roasted rib eye made with achiote French toast, pickled fresno chili and wild mushroom salad and Zakarian's BBQ cinnamon and pomegranate glazed pork ribs and Brussels sprouts.

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Briefly describe your background in the hotel/restaurant industry. 

After graduating from the Cornell Hotel School in 2002, I worked at the Oak Room / Bar at the Plaza Hotel for two years. I realized that my true passion was in independent restaurants, so at the age of 24 I opened my first venue, a bar by Madison Square Garden, and from there created LDV hospitality, where ironically we have ended up operating great independent restaurants in six hotels across the country.
You've experienced great success with your venues in New York, such as American Cut, No. 8 and Scarpetta – why did you choose Miami as a destination to open Dolce, Regent Cocktail Club and Rec Room? 
Miami is a second home to New York for us. It is a dynamic international city and we intend to grow more in Miami than any other market. 
Why this particular location? 
The Gale’s location at 17th and Collins represents the epicenter of Miami Beach, it is in the middle of all of the iconic hotels, yet located on the other side of Collins, with a James Avenue entrance in the local mix right across from Casa Tua. The location truly captures both sides of the beach: the grandeur of an international travel destination and charming, funky beach town; only but a few properties achieve both.
What's new with your Miami venues after a year? 
The Regent’s national critical acclaim has been such an excitement that it really makes the whole property shine, so much so we have decided to open a second location of the Regent in Soho later this year. Another pleasant surprise is that Dolce’s cuisine has been so well received that we have decided to elevate both our dining and wine offerings to accommodate our local guests’ request for a truly exceptional experience. The Rec Room came into its own the day that it opened; it knows exactly what it is and that party just does not stop!
Has the response from the locals matched your expectations? 
The locals’ response has exceeded our expectations. Seeing the enthusiastic locals come back time and time again has been our greatest joy across all three venues at the Gale.  
Tell us about your latest venue American Cut in Tribeca.
American Cut in Tribeca was our 24th opening and by far the most important. It is our most ambitious restaurant, bringing the original fine dining American concept, the steakhouse, to modern life. It represents the flagship of both the American Cut brand and LDV Hospitality as a whole and a beautiful partnership with chef Marc Forgione.  
What are your thoughts about the SOBEWFF and its evolution over the past decade? 
I believe the SOBEWFF personifies the extraordinary evolution of Miami as a whole: the passion for food and beverage experiences across the best chefs in the country, the loyal fans, and of course the dedicated locals is palpable. This went from a fun festival, to the single biggest party of the year in the culinary world, it's spectacular!
What's next for LDV in Miami?
We are excited to grow in Miami, downtown is booming and we look forward to bringing our passions to become a part of it.