<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Niteside]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/niteside http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida https://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSat, 18 Nov 2017 20:30:50 -0500Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:30:50 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Chef Douglas Rodriguez wins 2013 AAA 4 Diamond Award]]> Tue, 14 May 2013 15:45:42 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/douglas+rodriguez+chef.jpg

James Beard Award winning chef, Douglas Rodriguez's eponimous restaurant, was recently awarded the coveted  AAA 4 Diamond Award.

It's an award so prestigious that only only 2.6 percent out of 28,000 restaurants receive this honor each year.  

Rodriguez's restaurant, De Rodriguez Cuba, located inside the 5-star, Hilton Bentley Hotel, is amongst only nine other restaurants on Miami Beach to join this exclusive list of the finest restaurants in the country. It is the first and only restaurant in Miami to receive the achievement for Best Latin Cuisine.

This distinction comes as no surprise, as Rodriguez raises the bar when it comes to seafood and ceviche and takes Nuevo Latino cuisine to new heights by infusing his Cuban roots throughout his dishes with bold Latin spices.  The expansive yet warm, 200-seat, beachfront restaurant is the Bentley hotel’s best kept secret, and includes two full bars, a ceviche bar, wooden mermaids, tropical plants and seafood supplied by environmentally responsible fishermen and fish farms.

Chef Rodriguez explained, “If I can find purveyors who ensure the products we get are responsibly grown, fished, picked, and so on, then I can feel good about the food on the plate and so can my guests.”   

“We strive to provide guests of every age with an entertaining experience from start to finish,”  he said.

When asked about winning the AAA 4 Diamond Award, Rodriguez shared:  “We are very excited and honored to be added to the list to those deemed worthy of the AAA 4 Diamond Award, given to a small group of the highest rated restaurants in Miami Beach. I am also proud to represent the Latin community as the only Latin inspired restaurant to be included on the list.  It’s always been something I strive for, to serve the #1 best Latin cuisine in Miami Beach.”

So the next time you crave fresh seafood, served in a sexy setting just steps from the sea, head to De Rodriguez Cuba - D-Rod’s got you covered. 

<![CDATA[Cristián de la Fuente Takes on Triathlon To Help St. Jude's Hospital]]> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 17:17:40 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/christian+de+la+fuente+Nautica.jpg

Cristián de la Fuente has had a long and fruitful career, but the 39-year-old counts his family as his biggest achievement. This is why it's so important to de la Fuente to participate in the the 6th Annual Nautica South Beach Triathlon benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. He understands how an entire family can be affected when a child becomes ill, putting himself in their shoes as a father of an 7-year-old girl.

"My family and I have always been involved with organizations that have to do with children," de la Fuente said. "I look at my daughter Laura, and God forbid anything happened to her, I would be devastated. So it's important for me to do something to help the families and the kids of St. Jude Hospital even if it's just with a little thing like participating in a triathlon to raise money.

All kids deserve to be happy and healthy; to grow up just like my daughter. "

The race has succesfully raised more than one million dollars to date for the organization started by Danny Thomas that works to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

VIDEO: Watch Christian de la Fuente talk about triathlon.

Race Day this year will take place on Sunday, April 7th from 5:30am to noon at Miami's Lummus Park, located at 501 Ocean Drive. Also lending their star power alongside de la Fuente are Colin Egglesfield, James Marsden, Josh Hopkins, Geoff Stults, Jason Kennedy, and Greg Ellis.

"This is going to be my 6th triathlon, but I only do the relay; I cheat a little bit! I'm not doing the whole thing but I am hoping that I do better this year than I did last year."

To register to participate or to learn more about attending the race to cheer on your favorite celebrity, click here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images Entertainment]]>
<![CDATA[Chris Bosh Celebrates His 29th Birthday In Style]]> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:05:27 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Chris+Bosh2.jpg

Miami Heat's Chris Bosh hosted a lavish 29th birthday party on Wednesday night.

Media, invited guests, and nearby onlookers gathered around as the Heat star and his wife Adrienne made their grand entrance to kick-off his birthday celebrations at Briza On The Bay at the DoubleTree Biscayne Bay.

Bosh, who officially turned 29 on March 24, welcomed his guests to a Moroccan wonderland featuring a pair of dromedary camels, belly dancers and fire breathers.

The red carpet was a virtual who’s who of Miami Heat stars including Chris Andersen, James Jones, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, and Juwan Howard; many of which dressed in themed threads perfect for the occasion.

“My favorite gift is a day off,” Bosh said. “We’ve been on the road for so long that it’s nice to just spend time with my family at home. It was a good enough gift for me just to be back in Miami.”

The modest 6’11” power center also explained how much he has enjoyed his first 28 years of life and what he looks forward to the most this year.

“I just want to keep being awesome and having fun,” he said.

Miami native James Jones attended the festivities alongside his wife Destiny. Jones, who attended American Senior High in the late 90’s, has a special message for kids who might want to follow the same career path into the NBA.

“Never be afraid to dream big,” he said. “When I said I wanted to play professional basketball here at home for the Miami Heat a lot of people smiled or laughed and thought it was cute. At the end of the day, a lot of them doubted me but I never did. With a lot of hard work and sacrifice, I’ve had the blessing to be here.”

“Always dream big because that’s the only way you’ll be able to do something big.”

Shane Battier, who walked the red carpet with sister Ashley, gave a little insight into how the team is preparing for the playoffs.

“We’re getting ready, gaining momentum, just trying to get better everyday. It’s all about being rested and mentally prepared.”

The Heat’s Ray Allen added: “We’ve been working on staying healthy, working on our bodies, and making sure we get enough rest.


Photo Credit: Rosy Cordero]]>
<![CDATA[SoBe Wine & Food Fest: 5 Top Events]]> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:50:34 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/219*120/Chef+Michelle+Bernstein.jpg

With the South Beach Wine and Food Festival only days away, there are many of you who are now finalizing plans but will find that many of the popular events are already sold out. But you needn’t worry. There are still plenty of exciting events with tickets available that belong on your “can’t miss” list.

From Feb. 21 to 24, renowned culinary talent from all over the world will descend upon beautiful Miami Beach for the yearly event that puts them face-to-face with passionate foodies for the 12th year in a row.


Emmy-Award winning television personality and chef Paula Deen is hosting the official kick-off party alongside her sons Jamie and Bobby Deen at the “Moet Hennessy's The Q presented by Omaha Steaks” sponsored by MIAMI magazine on Feb. 21.

This signature event, taking place at the Delano Hotel (1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach), is the perfect way to kick-off the festivities. Enjoy chicken, ribs, brisket and pork butts with smoky side dishes from more than 40 of the top BBQ chefs from across the country. These fabulous BBQ dishes will be paired with cocktail creations from the Moët Hennessy portfolio featuring Belvedere Vodka, Hennessy VS Cognac, Grand Marnier Liqueur and 10 Cane Rum.

Tickets are $321 and you can click here to purchase tickets.


If it’s wine that is on your mind then you can’t miss out on the “Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents "Wine Spectator's" Best of the Best. The address for the hotel is 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. For more information about participating chefs and wineries or to purchase tickets ($350) click here.


For the true Miami experience through the eyes of celebrity chef host of Simply Delicioso, Ingrid Hoffmann, you can’t miss “A Red Hot Night: Presented by Target” on Saturday, Feb. 23. The party will transform The Ritz Carlton (1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) into 1950s Cuba with partygoers enjoying themed food and drinks while listening to the rhythms of the Celia Cruz All Stars and the Soulfrito DJ Collective. 

Tickets are $110 and can be purchased via this link


Sunday is a great day to spend in Miami with family and friends so why not team up for an afternoon of fun with Andrew Zimmern? The Travel Channel star is hosting the “Diet Pepsi presents Trucks on Midtown’s Tracks” sponsored by Eventstar Structures in Wynwood (Midtown, 3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami) on Feb. 24, 2013. 

You will find many of your local favorite food trucks with wine and cocktails added to the mix. 

For a full list of participating trucks and to purchase tickets ($85), click here

If you have to say goodbye to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, there is no one better than Chef Michelle Bernstein to party with. The “Goya Foods' Swine & Wine presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats” will feature more than a dozen chefs and local Miami friends at the Biltmore Hotel (1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables), each with his or her own special preparation technique that’s sure to take pig roasting to a whole new level. 

For a list of participating chefs and local celebrities or to purchase tickets ($150) click here.

<![CDATA[Club Connoisseur: Miami's Best New Hot Spots]]> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:07:18 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/235*120/The+FLAT-++Bar+rendering.jpg

Does South Beach need one more club or lounge? Probably not, but we are truly glad these four have made their homes here. 

So for all of you looking to super size your social calendar, make these spots a must-see on your Miami map. 
What: There are plenty of places that pride themselves of being the ultimate after party palace. But coming late February, patrons will have the The Flat where they want you to begin your evening. Started by South Beach "gatekeeper" Cedric Adegnika, he wants to give somewhere you can have it all, "the cocktails are extraordinary, the ambiance is eclectic and the music sets you up for what's to come next in the night... dinner, another lounge or even a nightcap before bed."
Where: 500 S. Pointe Drive, Miami Beach 
What: Think back to your favorite high school memories of a basement, great music and not a care in the world. Now, imagine that with better booze and the touch of class that comes with The Gale on South Beach. To have a real blast from the past, Rec Room décor includes walls lined in wood panels, refurbished stereos and over 3,000 vinyl records. What exactly was the inspiration? LDV Brand Partner Amy Sacco had this to say: "The Rec Room concept is a perfect combination of New York's underground vibe and the laid-back feel Miami is known for. The Miami Beach outpost will transport guests back to a time where nightlife was about good friends and great drinks in an atmosphere where everyone's a VIP." 
Where: The Gale, 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Who: Story
What: If you were looking for the mega club experience, before January of this year, LIV was your one and only option. Thanks to Story, located South of Fifth, that is no longer the case. Catering to uber elite, club kids and tourists looking to tango wont need to look anywhere else.
Where: Story Nightclub, 136 Collins Ave, Miami Beach 
Who: SL
What: If when visiting a hotel your goal is not to leave the property, The James Royal Palm is for you. Since opening quietly in November, it has quickly become to talk of the town - from the hotel itself to the hotel's two restaurants, Catch and Florida Cookery, and especially its ultra-lounge, SL Miami. Getting notes from their sister spots in the Meatpacking District, the lounge is set up for the ultimate in bottle service; Perfect for any South Beach soiree. 
Where: The James, 1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
<![CDATA[Your Wicked Week: South Florida’s Most Supreme Soirees ]]> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:11:47 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/LIV+1.jpg

Miami isn’t called the Magic City for nothing. From Monday to Sunday, South Miami to South beach, there is fun to be had. Luckily for our readers, we have found five events not to miss. And be sure to check back next week for five more!

Monday, January 28
Who: Howie Mandel
What: If you have ever wanted to see you favorite comedian turned game show host live, here is your chance. And seeing that Mr. Mandel does over 200 shows a year, along with his multiple TV gigs, he must be doing something right.
Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood

Tuesday, January 29
Who: $1 Beer Tuesdays
What: If your case of the Mondays turned into a case of the Tuesdays, head to South Beach and quick. Automatic Slims will have $1 beers, $3 shots and $125 bottle specials and the best in hip-hop and dance music all night long.
Where: Automatic Slims, 1216 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

Saturday, February 2
Who: Michael Brun at LIV
What: From medical student to music man? According to DJ Michael Brun, that was his path to musical stardom. Currently rising fast in the EDM scene, the Haitian-born Brun will be bringing his talents to South Beach this Saturday. From what we hear, critics and club kids alike are all in soulful suspense. 
Where: Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Saturday, February 2
Who: Drag Queen Bingo
What: Ever wanted to win some money while drinking a mimosa? Well, here is your chance. Cheeseburger Baby’s backyard bar hosts a weekly happy hour that includes bingo with performing legend, Noel Leon. Best part? It’s only a $1 to join the fun and two-for-one happy hour till 8 PM!
Where: South Beach Tiki Bar, 1505 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

Sunday, February 3
Who: The Ultimate Superbowl Party
What: There is no need to have the family over for the Super Bowl; bring them to Brickell! The event will include a pregame-party at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ sponsored by Sailor Jerry Rum and Miller Lite that begins at 5pm. For the big game, stay inside or outside where there will be a Jumbo Screen in the Mary Brickell Village Courtyard. For all you football fans, be on the lookout for NFL greats like Jonathan Vilma, Jon Beason and DJ Williams who will all be in attendance.
Where: Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, 900 South Miami Ave, Miami

Photo Credit: Fontainebleau Miami Beach]]>
<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Matisyahu Seeks a Spark this Saturday Night]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:42:12 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Matisyahu+R.jpg

The beard may be gone and the hair be shorn and the lid may have flipped back onto the rack, but Matisyahu at heart remains the same. The songs that have changed though (as his latest, Spark Seeker, will attest), as has his religion (to a new kind of devout). Does that mean the former “Chassidic Reggae Superstar” won't spark at The Arsht this Saturday night? That’s up to you to find out.

If the sound of Matisyahu was a color, which would it be? Hopefully it would be many colors. Taste the rainbow! One color would be boring... imagine a painting in one color.

How ‘bout if said sound was a spice? Spice of life.

Has the color changed since the sound went acoustic? It is different yes but still many colors.

How ‘bout the theoretical taste? Not sure what that means, it's music not philosophy. Music is about getting out of the head and into the heart.

What prompted you to strip down to solo anyway? Well, it's not solo, I am still playing with three musicians; it's just a different format for my songs. I like change; I like doing things differently. Each has its own style, its own vibe and path. I can take songs from Spark Seeker my latest record and they are still the same songs but they feel and taste different like the same foods cooked in different dishes or looking at the same picture through different lenses.

Is Spark Seeker the first in an ongoing series? Next will be a record called, Akeda; Teach Me To Love. Akeda is the sacrifice of Abraham’s son Isaac. It is a record I began writing at the same time as Spark Seeker and it wasn't time yet.

If so, will each also be accompanied by a series of Acoustic Evenings? I plan to record more acoustic music and continue to play acoustic concerts.

Either way, why’d you decide to open and close the Acoustic Evenings tour in South Florida? Adam Weinberg one of my managers/agent/guitar player/best friends lives and works in Miami. I suppose that had something to do with it.

An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu Saturday January 19th, 8:30pm at The Arsht. For more information log on here.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Gutter Gives Up its Deliciously Soiled Screen to Don Johnson]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 05:14:43 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/167*120/Boy+Dog+Gutter+R.jpg

Well before Sonny Crockett cracked wise on Miami Vice, and near eons prior to Big Daddy’s seeing Django Unchained, Don Johnson's career already careened between small screen favorites (Kung Fu, The Streets of San Francisco) and big screen weirdness (Return to Macon County, Soggy Bottom U.S.A.). What he didn’t have though was a good reason to do a strange little film called A Boy and His Dog, unless you think being tasked to repopulate a ravaged earth one hot chick at a time is reason enough to do an “R Rated, rather kinky tale of survival.” Gutter Film Series' Joey Halegua gets into the gutter before giving up his soiled screen to the gloriously rotten cause this Wednesday evening.

Why the hell are you still in the gutter, brother? I’m still wallowing in the filth because it's my only source of mental nutrition in today's world. For the most part I find the films coming out of Hollywood today a lot less inspiring and original than the offbeat offerings to be found in the “Gutter”. In fact these "Gutter" films are so rich in filth that they are like fertilizer to my mental garden of imagination, inspiration and creativity.

Don’t you get tired of people walking over you? Better they walk over me than on me, right? (laughs) But really, it’s not a question of over or on; it’s more a matter of in -- or into anyway. The idea is to get people into the gutter, and then, if they’re fresh off the curb, to give ‘em a taste of what they might otherwise miss. Nine times outta 10, they walk away as gutter snipes.

Okay, but surely you could use a new view, no? Not at all. There’s no end to what can be seen from the gutter, and that view includes the truth. If you believe Oscar Wilde, “we are all in the gutter” anyway”; it’s just that “some of us are looking at the stars.”

Are you implying that once folks see the angle, they’ll dig the gutter view as much as you do? I am. From what I've gathered from those who have come to attend the Gutter Film screenings, people are hungry for something different and unusual. Hopefully those who attend will get something out of it, whether it's a different perspective on today's films, a shot of inspiration or just a good time.

We’re sold. When can we come hand over our souls to the cause? My next pre-arranged coercion will be this Wednesday evening’s screening of A Boy and His Dog, which has to be the most mundanely named post-nuclear apocalypse sci-fi flick ever made. A young Don Johnson stars as the eponymous boy, but I forget the which mutt played his telepathic dog. Since they are a team that traverses the American Southwest hell bent on survival and sex, the name’s not that important.

It is important to know this is the second film in our January "Retro Post-Apocalypse" series, which is in answer to the whole 2012 Mayan Apocalypse fiasco of misinformation. The end of the world had so many people’s hopes up, it seemed a shame to let them down. I thought delivering on their apocalyptic fantasies with blasts from post-apocalypses of the past would be a nice way to at least let them down easy.

Gutter Film Series presents A Boy and His Dog Wednesday January 16th at LAB Miami 2750 NW 3rd Ave. Suite 11 in The Wynwood Building. Entry is free. BYOB. Doors at 7:30. Film starts at 8:30. Done by 10.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Scenemaker Dean Taha Comes Clear on the Miami Scene]]> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:41:15 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Dean+Taha+R.jpg

Making the scene generally means either being there, or creating a there to be; in Miami though, the phrase tends to mean both simultaneously. That seems to be the case with regards to our music and art scene anyway, which is increasingly blurring the distinction between creator and appreciator. Perhaps no other scenemaker knows this better than Dean Taha, whose action ranges from a band of young guns (Krisp) to a quarter-century old institution (The Rhythm Foundation), and includes a collective (Ground-Up), an art studio (GAB), and an activist group (Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper). To ensure the whole wild world turns on to the growing phenomenon, Taha and a few other fine friends have founded Gummdrops, which is launching on the very same day Krisp celebrates its Sweat-backed Sutro 7” at Churchill’s on a bill with Deaf Poets and Cog Nomen. Confused yet? Make the scene this Friday night and it’ll all come clear.

What’s the latest with Krisp? Krisp will be performing at Churchill’s Friday to celebrate the release of their Sutro 7” “Will You Tell Me” b/w “Captain Hook”. Sutro is of course the in-house label Sweat Records launched last summer with the Deaf Poets’ “This Pain” 7”. Actually, Deaf Poets are on the bill too; so is Cog Nomen, which makes it a kind of de facto family affair.

Will this be Krisp’s first time waxing vinyl? It will. It’s also Krisp’s first time working with Jaime Adrovar, whose “Scorpion Prince” is the painting we chose for the cover art. His work is amazing, and this piece not only compliments the music, it helps make the whole thing instantly collectible. The edition’s limited to 400 copies though; 100 of them on opaque lavender wax, so they’re gonna go fast!

This all ties in with the Friday launch of Gummdrops, right? Right. Gummdrops is designed not only to serve as a platform for musicians, artists and activists, but to also shine a light on what we consider the best Miami has to offer the world. So it seemed only natural for us to launch on the same day many of those intended figures would be gathered together to celebrate another Miami milestone.

Who all is in on that Gummdrops action? Miamixiti is handling the tech, Krista Merrill is doing likewise with design, and Jolt Radio is behind the site’s sound.

Why did you decide to enter the site racket? This extended scene of ours is getting bigger by the minute, and it’s only a matter of time before it explodes to global proportion. We want to ensure that the growth -- and the rise -- is thoroughly captured and chronicled, both so the world gets to see what’s goin’ on in Miami, and so that those who’ve got it goin’ on are given their due.

Isn’t there also a sense that more is making for closer? Definitely. For instance I manage Krisp; and I’m on the boards of both The Rhythm Foundation and Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper, which is aligned with the activist-oriented Swim Drink Fish Music, where Krisp and others can be heard. Then some of us are among the dozen or so members of Ground-Up Collective, which also includes videographer Leandro O’Brien (a Gummdrops contributor who’ll be chronicling Friday’s show) and designer Maria Thereza Ayala (who runs the namesake boutique). That shop is located in GAB Studio, where Krisp often performs, Ground-Up artists often show, and whose owner, Bridges Aderhold, introduced me to the band to begin with.

That's not all of it either, but multiply my circle by who knows how many other entwined circles and the sum becomes the cultural equivalent of a Spirograph. It’s enough to make everybody dizzy!

Is the sum of all that part of the reason The Rhythm Foundation asked you to join their board? Pretty much so, I guess. Though what The Rhythm Foundation has done for me over the 15 years of our association is a large part of the reason my sum even adds up in the first place. And while I did shoot some shows over those years, and I also developed the recycling program for the Heineken Transatlantic Festival, I think the main reason the Foundation asked me to join the board because they know I believe in what it does and I’m all for the cause.

Speaking of shows, doesn’t The Rhythm Foundation have something slated this weekend? The do indeed. This Sunday they’ve got legendary Afrobeat singer Femi Kuti at Grand Central. Last season TRF brought his brother Seun Kuti to The Artime Theater, and it was terrific. I’m sure the eldest Kuti son will be equally sensational.

Any last words before we let you go? Just that. Go. Go out. As often as you can; to as many places as possible. See what Miami’s got goin’ on. It's a win-win, for everyone.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Thomas Gold’s Fanfare Tour Is Not for the Common Man]]> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 21:13:38 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/THOMAS+GOLD+2+R.jpg

The last time Niteside got with Thomas Gold, it was on the eve of a Miami Music Week that would see the Berlin-born DJ spin five of the most high-profile events of the season. Two of those shows -- Masquerade Motel for Swedish House and Mansion with Dirty South -- Gold pulled off in a single night. And while he’s now backin’ a track that Calvin Harris released on his own Fly Eye Records, this time the racket-maker is on his own. Considering the fever that’s accompanied the other legs of his Fanfare World Tour though, boothing-up solo suits Thomas Gold just fine. See, hear and feel for yourself at LIV this Saturday night.

Why’d you decide to spend the first month of the New Year spinning North America? North America is a big part of my Fanfare world tour and after I played my NYE show in Los Angeles it was cool for me to be here all January. I had a tour in January the year before and it was big fun, so I was happy to have all this month to do lots of shows here!

Was there a similar reason behind your decision to drop “MIAO” on Christmas Day? Not really. It was more about wanting to have the track released as part of Fanfare. It was during the Australian leg of my tour and figured it would be a nice late Xmas present ;-)

What’s the meaning of MIAO anyway? I came up with the name when I started making the track, and it’s based on on the fact this very unique sound I was using reminded me of a cat. I ended up liking the name enough to keep for the final and official version of the track! But if you ask for a special meaning – I'd say "Music Is Always Ours" :-)

Is Calvin Harris involved in any way besides it being for Fly Eye? No, not in the production. But I sent the track to him directly and he immediately replied with a "Yes, let's do this! Great thing!"

Any plans you two might collide again in the near future? Hopefully! I love the stuff he's doing and how he's doing it! He always finds a great way to combine real club sounds with commercial pop stuff and that makes him special!

Before we go, could you please give us your forecast for 2013? More Fanfare world touring with some surprises coming up, many many festivals and of course – a LOT of new music!

Thomas Gold spins LIV Saturday, Jan. 12.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Arthur Barron and Miami Jazz Project Alight at The Van Dyke]]> Sat, 05 Jan 2013 16:09:01 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/176*120/Arthur+Barron+R.jpg

Jazz has been jazzin-up the world for 100 years now, and no matter which of the many strains are being played it remains a singular American sensation. While New Orleans gets credited as its birthplace, and New York is where the form matured, it is in Miami where the tradition has continually been taken to new heights. And of all of our town’s great players, few have been as integral to the ever-expanding sound as Arthur Barron. Catch the saxman and his all-star Miami Jazz Project making their magic this Sunday Upstairs at The Van Dyke.

Who (and what) is Miami Jazz Project? It’s a band that I’ve led for five years, and it’s comprised of an all-star lineup of South Florida musicians -- Abel Pabon (keyboards), Manny Patino (bass) and Rey Monroig (drums).

What kinda Jazz are we talkin’ about here? In short, Jazz Fusion. Right now we’re putting the finishing touches on a set of all original compositions that will appear under the title Test of Time. And that’s what we’re focusing on in our live shows too.

So no Jazz Standards? Oh, we still do a few -- Mongo Santamaria‘s “Afro Blue”, Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints”... We only perform standards that I’ve previously released though. The Santamaria cover is off of my Impressions LP; the Shorter is off my own Footprints, which I recorded with the great Hilton Ruiz.

That’s not the only time you worked with Ruiz, is it? No, we played together for three decades, all over the country. He was known as the greatest Latin Jazz pianist and arranger in the history of the genre; he was also my closest friend and collaborator. Hilton was a beautiful soul, and his death was a tragedy that impacted everyone.

Speaking of legendary Jazz cats, wasn’t Hector Lavoe also in your personal repertoire? He was indeed. I sat in with the great man’s band in New York on at least five or six unforgettable occasions.

How ‘bout you and Pharoah Sanders? Pharoah and I met back when I was running Keystone Korner in San Francisco back in the ‘70s; we’ve been tight ever since. We play together, hang together, collaborate now and again -- he’s been a tremendous influence on my music and my life.

And Dr. Lonnie Smith? He’s another tremendous influence on me and my music -- we’ve played alongside each other everywhere from Miami and New York to Hong Kong, and each set was more sublime than the last.

Any chance of Sanders or Smith showing up on Sunday at The Van Dyke? You never know. But both will be there in spirit regardless. The Van Dyke is one of those proverbial great rooms, and it’s the only spot in Miami where great tradition can be experienced seven nights a week.

Miami Jazz Project performs Sunday January 6th, 9pm, 10:30 & Midnight Upstairs at The Van Dyke.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Paul Oakenfold Spins LIV into a Dizzy]]> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:12:59 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/PAUL+OAKENFOLD+R.jpg

He’s put beat to such big-screen heavies as James Bond and Jason Bourne, as well as such small-screen faves as Californication. He was the first DJ to main stage at Glastonbury, one of the earliest proponents of Goa, and can boast being personally chosen to hit the road and open for both U2 and Madonna. He’s remixed more records than you’ve probably ever even heard, played more places than you’ve likely ever been, and logged more miles than even Hillary Clinton (who’s just shy of a cool million). His name is Paul Oakenfold, and he can wow a crowd in ways too numerous to fathom. Slip into LIV this Saturday night and see the world spun bright.

Let's start with the new: Bruno Mars "Locked Out in Heaven" and you and Matt Goss's "Touch the Sky." First, how’d you & Bruno come to collide? I knew his camp, and I’m a fan, so when they approached me I was eager to do the remix. It's a great track, and it was important to for me keep the melody and chorus intact.

Do you get offered a lotta gun-for-hire projects? I do. If I don’t hear something in the song though, I’ll pass. Especially now that I’m concentrating on my own records for Columbia.

Is the recent Four Seasons box set part of what you’re doing for Columbia? No, that’s a strictly Perfecto collection of some of the tracks I feel work best on the world’s dance floors during a given season.

How ‘bout the pending “Touch the Sky”? No, that’s also a more underground offering. Matt Goss and I know each other from London and we decided to collaborate under the name Concrete Sneakers. It works great because he comes from a completely different background.

Is Concrete Sneakers a nod to The Mob’s proverbial cement shoes? (Laughs) No, Concrete represents London, and Sneakers are what’s cool.

When will the new Columbia stuff be available? Probably April or May.

Any collaborating singers you’d like to mention? It’s really more about the songs than the singers. Some of the names you’ll know; some of them you won’t know. I’m really more interested in perfecting the craft of songwriting, which is why we’re taking our time.

Are you producing everything yourself? I am.

Will you be inviting others in to remix though? I will, and I look forward to it too.

Got a who yet? No, again that’ll depend on the song. But if say I’m looking to do a dub step version of something, I’ll call in someone like Rusko, who’s hot and edgy. I won’t know though till it comes time to get it done.

Speaking of getting it done, is the LIV appearance part of a new tour or more of a drive-by? A drive-by. I’m doing a few select dates here and there, but otherwise I’m concentrating on the next album. LIV is one of my favorite places to play in America, so it’s hard to resist coming down.

Paul Oakenfold spins Saturday, Jan. 5 at LIV. Hear his brand-new remix of Bruno Mars' "Locked Out in Heaven" below.


Photo Credit: Ryan Dinham]]>
<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Agustina Woodgate Returns For Her Art Basel Encore]]> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 13:46:12 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Agustina+Woodgate+Photo+by+Anthony+Spinello+R.jpg

She was one of Wonderland’s Seven Wonders of Art Basel, White Hot burned over her being the first local to solo at ABMB’s Art Positions, and Miami New Times was so struck by her New Landscapes they sang its praises twice. She is Agustina Woodgate, an artist of sublime proportion, and you can catch her Encore at Spinello Projects this Friday night.

What primary feature do you see as absolutely essential for a truly beautiful world? Awareness.

How does that feature, er, feature in New Landscapes? It is an observation into what we already have not what we create. I rather call it Different Landscapes. It is definitely nothing new. You might think it’s a book of watercolors. The paper is soft, as felt. The dust is as color powders, bright pigment, earths.

Does wiping a country off a map imply we need to start a new in order to achieve any kinda perfection? No need to create anything new. And I think there is perfection in the imperfect.

Does what you make of the dust that’s left behind imply we should use the past to forge a better future? The past is part of our present. Times are happening all at once. The dust was quite thin, it covered all the studio. I had 40 containers with different color dusts representing the lands, the waters and the altitudes. I kept the Landscape.

When you do wipe a country off the map, is your first thought of the people, the place or its history? I think of it as if I was revealing the maps not wiping them off. Sometimes I would be listening to the music of the map I was sanding. There was definitely a lot of traveling going on, both in Place and Time.

Considering how folks cherish their nation, do you think of how much fuss they might make to see it being erased? Thinking and feeling are part of the equation. The pages are purposely not white. I sanded the surfaces right before the color started disappearing. Only names and lines are gone. Nations are still present. The index of the Atlas was left intact. Every country is still present, but this time in a different way.

Should folks find comfort in the fact that you’re really just doing it for their own good? I think it’s comforting to recognize the objects.

Agustina Woodgate New Landscapes - Encore opens Friday January 10th and runs through February 2nd. An Artist Talk Moderated by Sarah Aibel, Curator of the Sender Collection, takes place January 18th 7PM. Both at Spinello Projects 2930 NW 7th Avenue West of Wynwood.

Photo Credit: Anthony Spinello]]>
<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Mariana Martin Brings Bossa Nova Cool to Joey’s]]> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 15:19:21 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Mariana+Martin+R.jpg

While Wynwood may be most world-renowned for its spectacular murals, the District consists of wondrous variations in all the arts, and that includes music. Want proof? Hit Joey’s on a Sunday or Wednesday and hear how Brazilian-born chanteuse Mariana Martin wows the ever with-it crowd. But the Bossa Nova bred singer’s new residency is more than yet another perfect note in the long-running series of soundings going down at Wynwood’s first eatery; it’s also a deliciously melodious way to catch a gal whose talent was worthy of Bossa Nova’s great creator Antonio Carlos Jobim, which is why the master made her his protege. If that doesn’t spell wondrous, nothing does.

How do you like performing for the Joey’s crowd? I enjoy it very much, I find it to be a very responsive as well as eclectic crowd, from young couples and groups of professionals to families with their cool kids. It's definitely a very warm environment -- for everyone -- and I’m very pleased.

This won’t be your first landmark residency, will it? No it won’t. I played with a Jazz trio upstairs at The Van Dyke every Tuesday night for three consecutive years. The trio (which included bassist and music director Dr. Don Wilner and pianist and Professor Mike Orta) recorded a CD from this show called Bossa Nova Blues that has both Brazilian Jazz and Bossa Nova. At the time they had also just opened Soyka on Biscayne and we played outside in the courtyard at 54th Street Station for the opening party and any other special celebration that came along.

Any significant differences between what you did then and what you’re doing now? Yes, at Joey's I play solo (acoustic guitar and vocals), and the tone of the performance is more mellow. I have arranged some of the jazz songs to have a more “lounge” feel to them, and I’ve also introduced a selection of American Standards which are performed with a Bossa Nova rhythm, as well as original Brazilian lounge songs.

Anything significantly different between the South Beach and Mainland audience? Yes, I believe the mainland vibe is more soothing :-) It’s also a completely different environment, and it includes a lot of what I believe to be mind opening art, which makes people more receptive to the art in music.

Speaking of differences, how does Miami most differ from your native Rio? Well, I always say the South Beach is my American Ipanema Beach! We even have Carnival parades once a year and lots of Brazilians in town. But Rio de Janeiro is more tribal. People are unified by the phenomenal Brazilian culture, where in Miami there’s such a diversity of cultures.

In what ways are the two cities most alike? The beach scene for sure, otherwise Rio is, believe it or not, in many ways a very Catholic, family-oriented small town. At least until the month of February when Carnival takes over and the moral values flip.

Will folks hear be able to hear a good bit of both at Joey’s? Yes, I like to make sure to try and play both worlds and use Jazz improvisation to sort of meld it all together.

Care to mention anything else before you go-go? Just would like to say that my experience here in the Wynwood Arts District has so far been a wonderful one. I’m extremely pleased to be part of the music scene at Joey’s and hope to be able to continue to contribute with my music throughout 2013. Happy New Year!

Mariana Martin performs Sundays and Wednesdays at Joey’s 2506 NW 2nd Ave Wynwood.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Skagboy-spotting at Gramps for NYE]]> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 08:44:50 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Irvine+Welsh+Bay+Shot+Smile+by+JD+R.jpg

The last time Niteside swiped some time from Irvine Welsh, the wily wordslinger was in town hyping his Skagboys, that deliciously degenerate prequel to the phenomenovel Trainspotting. Now the part-time Miamian is back, and so are a few of his equally-renowned friends, among them uber producer Arthur Baker, who’s taking over the backroom of Wynwood’s very with-it Gramps so that the gang can greet 2013 with suitable Magic City keen.

What’s this we hear about you locking down some hotspot for NYE? We're going to spending New Years Eve or Hogmanay as we Scots call it, at Gramps Bar in Miami. My buddy Arthur Baker decided to throw a back-in-town party, so we thought: 'let's have some if that.'

You really just piggybacking or are you actually bringin’ in a buncha hard-nosed Scotsmen and taking over? Arthur and myself are working with Iggy Pop and Jonas Akerlund on a TV project in Miami so we were always going to be hooking up. But I'll be rounding up some (in)famous local faces for a few bars of auld Lang syne.

So if there are a few black eyes and broken noses it’s okay, because it’s all among friends? If there are a few loose teeth or black eyes at the end of the night it'll be between pals and all forgotten the next morning - in true Hogmanay style. And we won't be stepping out into driving rain or snow in freezing temperatures.

Speaking of blood and bruises, have you made a final count of those wounded during your Skagboys road show? I think the Skagboys tour took more out of me than it did anybody else, and that was just America and Britain. Next year it's Australia, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Holland, Trinidad and Brazil. Way too crazy.

Should Welshies be braced for some kinda post countdown reprise? I'll be singing “Help Me Make It Through The Night” to anybody who will listen.

Hypothetical hijinks aside, what might Irvine Welsh see most likely to happen in the coming New Year? It'll be another killer year. We have The Magnificent Eleven film in Spring out in the UK. The big one is the worldwide release of Filth in Autumn with James McAvoy. It features a killer score from my old pal Clint Mansell, and I'm so excited about that movie. Apart from that I'm working on the two TV projects, a movie which will hopefully shoot this summer in Chicago, and a novel set here in Miami. No sleep till '14.

Arthur Baker’s Back in Miami Bash goes down NYE in the backroom at Gramps. Those who don’t yet know where it is, best find out.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Delannoy]]>
<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Psychic Mirrors Are Gonna Funkify Your New Year]]> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:37:01 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*160/Psychic+Mirrors+R.jpg

If The Polyphonic Spree sprang from the MIA rather than Dallas and been raised by Bass Heads instead of Baptist Holy Rollers, they’d likely make a racket much like that racket made by Psychic Mirrors. Yet where those white-robed Texans merely reach for the heavens; these kaleidoscopic Floridians grab at whole new galaxies, and they never ever forget that real beatitude begins with the beat. Indeed the mad mob of Miamians known as Psychic Mirrors ain’t just Polyphonic funkified or some fun-in-the-sun Spree. No, this merry band of wow-siders is what tomorrow promises to sound like, which is undoubtedly why Benton G is bringin’ em into The Electric Pickle for NYE. Niteside got two of the 10 to sit down at Gramps and help us get jump-started on 2013.

Just what the hell is Psychic Mirrors? Psychic Mirrors is pretty much a neo-funk boogie band that is adding a new sound to Miami's soundtrack.

Okay, just who is Psychic Mirrors? There are 10 of us in all, but it’s really frontman Mickey de Grand IV’s creation. The others are us, Cecilia de Cardenas and Gyr, Ryan Haft, David Gonzalez, Kiernan Smith, Ileana de Cardenas, Colin Smith, Eric Hernandez and Alex Batlle.

You’re all born and bred right here in the MIA? We are indeed. Every single one of us.

Is there any product out there fans can get their hands on? There sure is: “Come for Your Love” and “Mystic Hustle” are available in various forms from Cosmic Chronic.

What’s the what for NYE? The what is Benton G and Eclectic Electric have us booked with our Cosmic Chronic labelmates Miami Player’s Club to take over The Bolero Room.

If those are the facts, then what figures? What figures is we’re kickin’ off our set right at the stroke of midnight, which means Psychic Mirrors will be the first thing you experience in 2013 -- so get set for a funkified, booty-clapping, chronic-dripping, neon-soaked kiss to your goodbye. Got that?

Oh, we got it alright. Good.

The Electric Pickle and Eclectic Electric Present Psychic Mirrors and Miami Players Club en vivo en El Bolero Room. New Year’s Eve 2012. Advance tickets available here.

Photo Credit: Katrina Toimil]]>
<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Amtrac Has What it Takes to Make NYE All That -- & Then Some]]> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 15:31:59 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Amtrac+2+R.jpg

The cat’s “Came Along” scratched with so much fever MTV used the track to raise the temperature of Clubland, despite it being feisty tom’s first time outta the litter box. The Viacom giant did likewise with his subsequent “I’m All Yours”, even though its clip would up “terrifying” one of the gals from Teen Mom. In fact, the one-time music television network was so taken by the trackings, they gave it placement on the inexplicably popular Jersey Shore (but we won’t blame him for that). His name is Caleb Cornett, but the world knows him as Amtrac, and he’s the closest thing this Magic City has to an actual aural sorcerer (Kentucky roots not withstanding). This NYE, at the perennial place-to-be called Bardot, the sonic wonderworker will wow you into a whole New Year in ways you’ve never before fathomed.

If Amtrac’s sound was a color, what would it be (and why)? Orange, because I'm the most creative in the Fall.

How ‘bout if said sound was a thing? A Zippo lighter, because it's flame is so smooth.

What one verb best describes the creating of that sound? Experiment.

What one adjective best defines how it wows a crowd? Energetic.

Speaking of wows, are you still giddy over The AvalanchesSince I Left You? That album has been a staple in my rotation since it came out & probably always will be.

What is it about that slab which has you so ga-ga? The selection of samples was impeccable for when it came out and yet no one has really came close to topping it, in my opinion. It plays so well from start to finish -- a beautiful LP.

Any other new now sounds got you all aglow? Currently, I've had Thomas Azier, The Chromatics, Para One and Fort Romeau on heavy rotation. Thomas really shines as a vocalist and The Chromatics melodies are amazing. As for the other artists, I really admire them from a producer/engineer standpoint... top notch stuff.

How 'bout something new to you from way back when? Curtis Mayfield, Can't ever get enough of old funk cuts and Curtis really brings the noise. My friend turned me on to Stone Roses being they’re from Manchester and I'm quite the Joy Division fan... really good stuff. I listened to Pinback's "Blue Screen Life" a lot in high school, but recently went back and checked their other LPs... good vibes all around.

Will folks be hearing any of the above next Monday at Bardot? I'm sure there'll be a little bit of everything Monday, including some unreleased stuff

What’s so keen about appearing at Bardot anyway? Bardot is a great venue; the sound system is always kicking and the vibe is just right. I always have a good time playing there.

How do you see all that keen impacting the Eve of 2013? Gonna bring in the New Year with a bang -- good sounds, good atmosphere, good weather ;)

Amtrac appears at Bardot Monday December 31, 2012. For more information log on here.

Photo Credit: Corey Damon Black]]>
<![CDATA[New Years' Eve 2013: 10 Parties Not To Miss]]> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:46:43 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/179*120/NewYearsEveSouthBeach.jpg

There is no doubt Miami and our sultry surrounding neighborhoods are party destinations when it comes to New Year's Eve. But with hundreds of parties taking place, it can be hard to find the right spot. Well, that is why you have us. 

From $100,000 tables at Cameo to a completely free waterside party over at Bayfront, here are 10 soirées this NYE weekend we suggest you don't miss. 
Saturday, December 29th
Cafeina 297 NW 23rd Street, Miami
This is what we like to call "the early bird special." Cafeina, one of the chicest lounges in the Art District, is hosting a pre-NYE bash featuring Grey Goose, bubbly bottle specials and beats by DJ Supersede. The best part? You can be the first to try Beck's new premium beer Sapphire, available complimentary from 10 to 11pm.
Delano 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
There is a good chance you have a four-day weekend ahead of you. So why not take advantage of it? FDR at the Delano is bringing their signature party, NY <3's FDR Saturdays, to a new level. For the last weekend of the year, Rev Run and DJ Ruckus will take over the subterranean hot spot for an incredible evening of music. Partygoers are invited to dance the night away alongside the gifted pair's intimate performance. Up close and personal with an icon? No better way to kick off 2013.
Sunday, December 30th
Story 136 Collins Ave, Miami Beach 
Does anything say Miami more than Tiësto? The mega DJ will be taking over South Beach's recently opened Story Nightclub this Sunday. Never heard of it? We doubt it seeing that it is the talk of the town. Check it out this weekend or any day of the week because for their grand opening, they have brought in the biggest name in beats. 
Monday, December 31st
The Hoxton 1111 SW 1st Avenue, Miami 
They call Miami the Magic City for a reason and Brickell's new hot spot, The Hoxton, is bringing it to life. For any attendee, you have one of three packages including a three-course meal with an appetizer, entrée and dessert  ($85/person), a three-course meal and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot ($115/couple), or Bottle Service plus a table for four people (beginning at $250.) What is your best bet? We say bottle service, but getting yourself through this door will be a guaranteed good time. 
The Shelborne 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
How about a corona, a lime and a good time? The Shelborne South Beach will be "Buzzin" to celebrate the arrival of 2013 poolside with a live performance by indie hip hop artist Shwayze. Not only are tickets reasonable at $95, it includes open bar all night long. 
The Forge 432 41st Street, Miami Beach
Want to keep it to dinner with no dancing? Look no further than the legendary Forge Restaurant. The annual New Year's eve celebration will offer three exclusive dinner packages including a three-course early bird special ($95/person,) a four-course option with dinner and music by DJ Joe Dirt ($350/person) and a late-night bar option with light bites, Veuve Clicquot and a premium open bar ($85). But a word for the restaurant wise: make a reservation. 
WET at W South Beach 2201 Collins Ave  Miami Beach
It's Miami - why wouldn't you party poolside? Guests will welcome 2013 in decadent fashion as the hotel's outdoor oasis is transformed into a fully functioning nightclub, featuring LED screens, special effects, laser lighting and lounge seating atop a glass-covered pool deck. Individual tickets might cost you a costly $250 but it does include premium open bar (9 p.m. to midnight) and a champagne toast. 
Cameo 1235 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
Here is where VIP and VVIP come into play. New Years Eve at Cameo on South Beach will have several open bars till 12am, a complimentary midnight toast, and chic VIP seating for you and all of your guests. For all of you just looking to get through the door, it will cost you $250. But if you have an extra $100,000 on hand, they also have something for you. For the ultimate VIP Package, Cameo and Moet Rose is pulling out all the stops with a  $100,000 table that includes including 50 bottles of Moet Rose, 10 bottles of Belvedere, multiple bottles of Hennessy VS and a night out with Future at the recording studio.
Delano 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach 
If there is one thing the Delano has down it's how to throw a great party. Their Beach Club is ringing in the New Year with a special poolside performance by Santigold, plus sets by DJ Ideal and DJ SOL. Tickets are $150 per person and include a champagne toast at midnight. They also have cabana and daybed reservations available for anyone looking to take a quick siesta during the fiesta. 
Bayfront Park 301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
After nine fabulous events that are going to cost you a pretty penny, we found one that too is fabulous and free. Bayfront Park is hosting a New Year's Eve extravaganza with New York-like fun. The Big Apple might have the ball that drops, but we have a neon orange rising to the top on the side of the InterContinental Hotel. There will be a fireworks display, laser light show, a dance party with music by Tony the Hitman and  "La Gran Naranja" reaching the top at the stroke of midnight. 
<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Pretty Party People Put On Their Ugliest Holiday Sweaters]]> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 10:28:38 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/179*120/Ugly+Sweater+R.jpg

Contrary to popular prejudice, the ugly holiday sweater is more than just an unsightly bore worn on a dare by party people everywhere; and it’s not just something colorful for Aunt Iowa to give to her distant relatives either. It’s traditional despite itself; funny in both odd and ha ha ways, and apparently represents more reasons to be cheerful during the season to be jolly than any other item ever imagined. Why else would it be the backbone of crazy Christmas parties from coast to coast? If Nick and Jochy have their way though, Friday’s First Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party will prove the unsightly bore worn on a dare works the most wildest of wonders when it’s draped over the shoulders of the prettiest party people anywhere.

Are you really throwing an Ugly Holiday Sweater Party or is this some kinda psycho hipster code for something even more surreal? Guilty as charged… Nothing says Xmas more than Jochy in a pretty sweater set. And we are secretly trying to get hipsters to wear red and green….

Is it all really happening at a place called The Broken Shaker? Yes it’s the best little new spot on the Beach -- a cool speakeasy bar on 28th and Indian Creek. I love cocktails from Bar Lab; they change them every week. Plus they they have a pool so we can have a late night wet sweater contest! Also upstairs is a hostel, so there are lots of beds to crash J.

We talkin’ Reverend Horton Heat “We Three Kings” or Bing’s traditional “White”? I think it’s more Chistmakkah… Think Star of David meets Star of Bethlehem. Mangers and dreidels... Models and bottles… The usual.

Will we see Real Housewives kissing Santas under the mistletoe? Yes some real and some not so real housewives... But I don’t think Santa will be the only one kissed under the mistletoe… Jochy will be with group of model boys, so there will be lots of kissing going on.

Will there be cross-dressing Santas too? Of course… Though Santa’s beard covers their Adam’s apples. But you can tell when you sit on their laps.

Speaking of apparel, word is a very legendary fashionista lent you some of her most cherished sweaters; that so? Yep, but I’m not at liberty to reveal her name. I can say she’s sending a bevy of beauties to wear some of that ghastly collection though. And nothing proves the ugliness of a sweater better than when it’s worn by someone really truly pretty.

What other merrymakers might we expect not wearing their best? Lots and lots of fun friends like Roy Alpert, Sebastian Puga, Chris Paciello, Eric Meier, Jillian Sanz, Dana Shear, Daniela Sweabe, Maria Arguello, Michael Comras, Shari Lu, Rebekah Kieda, author Petra Mason, Francesca Cruz to name of few. It’ll be a blast to see all everybody during the best time of year!

Any last words before we all come down with fool tide cheer? Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow….. Ho! Ho! Ho! Saint Nick!

Nick & Jochy’s 1st Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party Friday 12/21 9pm at The Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami 2727 Indian Creek Drive Miami Beach. RSVP at events.miami@thefreehand.com Subject Line: Holiday Party

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Getting Frisky with Orchid's Star]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:26:01 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Orchid+Richard+Waits+R.jpg

If a 19th-century French decadent had been raised on the road by Gypsy Rose Lee in a carny sideshow accompanying The Flying Wallendas and forced to grow food fit for a Surrealist, he’d likely come to create something akin to the show known as Orchid. Had that cat’s dad been Prince, he’d undoubtedly come off a lot like The Master Gardener character played by the wowful Richard E. Waits. With only two weeks left before the ultra-wild Orchid packs up its vintage round tent and slips off into the sunset, Niteside thought it wise we ask its frisky star about what’s still the talk of the town.

For those who don’t yet know, what, briefly, is Orchid? In my opinion, Orchid is a multi-dimensional interactive live theatrical experience, where fantasy meets reality told in a story of the human condition. A melting pot of entertainment and theatrical disciplines, a "cocktail" composed of burlesque, cabaret, theatre, circus and pop concert.

For those who’ve not yet been, what kinda sensations might they experience? The kind of sensations to be experienced are vast and varying – “goose bumps,” visceral sexual stimulation and raised body heat, as well as longing for your past and yearning for your future but living in the present moment. By witnessing everyday people telling everyone's common story, in a vehicle made to expose our common unity, there is also a raised awareness of one’s own personal greatness.

Speaking of which, what kinda sensations do you experience each evening? Wow!!! My sensations are sent like a gravitational force from the Rock and Roll Gods, from Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury, Axl Rose, James Brown and Jim Morrison, to Buffalo's own, homegrown Rick James to name a few. (Yeah, that's my hometown!) These artists, like myself, lived life to the fullest, on the pinnacle of the mountain, making no excuses, kicking ass and taking no prisoners! (Whew ... that's a lot of sensation!)

To what extent does the rest of the cast add to that impact? In my opinion, the rest of the cast jumps on board for the ride, the infectious nature of living so close to the flame draws in everyone – saint or sinner, audience and cast, all become one.

How would you describe the all-in-all play between cast and crowd? With the nightly standing ovations, I think it’s very clear the public has had a life-changing experience, and they will go home affected in ways they may not recognize immediately, but perhaps in weeks, or even months down the road. Also, I feel a new sexual freedom will arise from the Orchid experience.

Orchid at 299 NE 38th St. (at Biscayne Boulevard) runs through Jan. 6. For more tickets, times and more information log on here.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Adam Gersten Gets It with Gramps]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:29:09 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/Gramps+Adam+Gersten+R.jpg

Some folks just don’t get it; even when it’s given to ‘em. Others get it from the get; not because of luck (though fortune is in their favor), but because they’ve already got it in them. It’s what can’t be bought, bartered, borrowed or faked. And it always makes for one singular sensation. That’s why a mad swath of wild world turned up when Adam Gersten opened the bar Gramps during Basel. And why a mass of Miamians have already taken to the place as if it was their one true home away from home. Then again, when a hometown boy makes good as it gets, it’s a cinch to be instantly unforgettable.

Gotta ask: Why Gramps? The bar’s named for my maternal grandfather, Irving Miller, who was in on some of Miami and Miami Beach’s Rat Pack-era action and who has always been big influence on me. The bar we have in the back room comes straight from his home on Sunset 3.

What kinda spots was your Gramps involved with back then? He built and/or partnered in everything from ‘50s subdivisions (MIller Heights and Village Green) to Sunny Isles strip hotels such as The Dunes, The Aztec, and The Newport. He also built Bowlerama, on 79th and NW 2nd, which was one of the first bowling alleys in Miami to use automatic pinsetters, and at some point was a partner in The Shelbourne.

Anyone else in anyway involved in the creation of Gramps? Genevieve Humberston co-designed the place; she’s worked with several reputable designers over the last 10 years, and aside from her own home, this was her first major commercial project out on her own. Other than her helping me work out all the elements and my grandfather’s inspiration, it’s pretty much all just me, realizing my lifelong dream.

What spots other than your grandfather’s have inspired you? There are quite a few ... Fox’s Sherron Inn, Happy’s Stork Club, The Deuce, and of course Jimbo’s. The Top in Gainesville, The Porch in Key West ...

Isn’t Jimbo’s presence felt in ways beyond inspiration? Yes, Johnny Laderer, of the apparel line called Algae, made a reverent buoy-loaded altar from materials we salvaged from Jimbo's the dat after it closed.  The fabled place -- and others of similar vein -- are also paid tribute to in each of the five custom-commissioned booths. 

Who did you commission to make the booths? Johnny Laderer did one of those too; so did Justin H. Long, who does everything from solo gallery shows to videos; Mike Del Marmol, who had an installation at Bar when that was open and is a designer at Crispin Porter; and Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of Rakontur. The one with the speedboat striping is mine.

Any plans to bring back the alligator wrestling you had at Basel? The folks at the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge were great, and everybody had a blast, but I think alligator wrestling might have been a one-time affair. Maybe it'll turn out to be an annual thing. Who knows? Brian Butler's giant gator mural will be around for a good long while though, so the tradition's covered no matter what.

Gramps is open every night. For more information log on here.

<![CDATA[Fashionistas, H&M Aventura Is Here!]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:51:04 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/H+and+M+logo.jpg

South Florida fashion lovers definitely have something to celebrate on Friday, Dec. 14: That's when H&M Aventura officially opens for business. And they are doing it in a big way. 

For all you shoppers looking to keep your wardrobe wallet-friendly, be sure to get there way before they open their doors at noon sharp. The first 250 shoppers in line for the opening get a free T-shirt and fashion passes valued from $10 to $300.

Not to mention you should wear your most comfy kicks; the new location has transformed Zara's former retail space into a 25,000-square-foot haven for all that is style.
So with two stores opening back to back, you might be thinking,  "Why now?" Daniel Kulle, the U.S. president for H&M, explained why.
"It took so long for two reasons," he told Niteside inside their South Beach location. "One because we wanted to be on Lincoln Road and there aren't that many spaces. And in Aventura, it was the same thing. We require a lot of space; it's been difficult. I have been in the U.S. for three years looking regularly. Finally, we found not only spaces we love, but spaces fans are going to love too. We think it was worth the wait. " 
But he made sure he got one point across: "It has taken a while, but we are now opening two really important stores."
Shop on, South Florida. Shop on.

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<![CDATA[Art Basel 2012: The Events Not To Miss]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:16:25 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/WED-IMG_5596.jpg

Well Miami, it's official: Art Basel is here! From Downtown, the Design District and beyond, the largest festival in the Americas is in full swing.

Earlier this week, we gave you the most VVIP events. Now, here are events that you not only can attend but aren't ones to miss.
December 5th
Where: Pop-Up Piano, 2377 Collins Ave.
What: Sure, there are plenty of parties to be talked about this Art Basel. One of them is Pop-Up Piano Miami. On Dec. 5, you can be amongst the first to see eight beautifully adorned pianos crafted by renowned local artists at the New World Symphony's fund raising concert. Following the concert, these pianos will be strategically placed across Wynwood, Midtown Miami, Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, and the Design District for special performances during the week of Art Basel featuring some of our favorite bands at great locations. Sure, tickets for this event might be tad pricey, but with names like The One Group and Grey Goose attached, it will be worth every penny.
December 5th 
Where: Miguel Paredes Gallery, 173 NW 23rd St.
What: Miguel Paredes, Miami-based pop artist and New York native, will be exhibiting a new series of art with fellow artist, long time friend and mentor, Ronnie Cutrone. The collaborative collection includes five paintings where Paredes has incorporated his style on Cutrone's animated pieces of famed characters like Woody the Woodpecker and Felix the CatNever. To really bring the bang to Basel, the 6,000 square-foot gallery in Miami's Wynwood Arts district will be open for public viewings every day starting Dec.5-9 from noon - 5 p.m. with special events nightly from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. each evening.
December 6th
Where: The Hoxton, 1111 SW 1st Ave.
What: Have you hit up the Hoxton yet? Well, maybe it's time. Like always, they are featuring some of Miami's most sought after musical performances. The urban beach house will serve as an Art Basel oasis to enjoy Miami culture and talent, like Thursday with Miami legend, DJ Johnny the Boy.
December 6th
Where: LMNT Arts Gallery, 59 NW 36 St.
What: We love when art, fashion and a good cause all come together. Fashion Designer Lila Nikole along with Activist Aisha Thalia will host the inaugural "Fusion" Fashion & Art Show on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. at the LMNT Arts Gallery in Midtown Miami. Fusion is a funky, fashion forward mash-up fundraiser that will embody music, art to wear, photography, and mixed media art installations during Art Basel 2012. The event will introduce and support the duo's new charitable organization, Project Save Imagination, which aims to keep the arts a vital part of children's lives and education in order to inspire, empower and further enhance their imagination, creativity, and ability of self-expression. To top off the night, there will be Music Performances by Talib Kweli, Urban Mystic, Kulture Shock, DJ Rob Dinero, Bonnie Beats, DJ Epps, Mobious 8 and Romao & the sound of the drum. 
December 7th
Where: Hotel Victor, 1144 Ocean Drive
What: How about a night with LE POMPON and POP'OVER all at the Hotel Victor? Really, there isn't anything more fabulous. From11 p.m. to 5 a.m., they will bring a Parisian nightlife concept to life with a speakeasy vibe. Le Pompon has been drawing in high-profile names like Scarlett Johansson and Kanye West since first opening its doors in October 2010. Designed by Charaf Tajer of internationally acclaimed creative collective, Pain O Chokolat, the venue's permanent locale books such music industry heavyweights as The Black Keys, The Rapture and Theophilius London. And that evening will be celebrity driven as always.
December 7th
Where: Cafeina, 297 Northwest 23rd St.
What: If you want to be in the heart of art, look no further than Wynwood or one of their most successful spots, Cafeina. Dec. 7, they will be the official after-party for the Miami edition of NYC based, Fountain Art Fair 2012 co-hosted by official sponsor, cream*hotel(r) with 'Resolute' resident DJ Connie, sounds by Low Pitch Orchestra and special aerial performance by Masci. But you have to stay up late: fun is from midnight to 5 a.m.
<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Gabo Scores Keaton at MBC]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:45:22 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Buster+Keaton+Navigator+R.jpg

The last time Niteside caught up with Gabó, the soundslinger was set to live score a double feature of films from Surrealist Luis Buñuel. This time the sonic wondermaker is doing likewise with the equally immortal Buster Keaton’s 1924 masterpiece The Navigator. Like then, the mashed media action will go down at Miami Beach Cinematheque. And like then we’re betting the results will be nothing short of utterly sublime.

Why Buster Keaton? It was actually the Miami Beach Cinematheque's decision to do a retrospective on Buster Keaton and after such a good experience with Luis Buñuel last year, they invited me to do The Navigator.

Will this be your first time colliding with Keaton? Yes, this is the first time I’ve done any Keaton film and I just love it. It is actually a good coincidence, because since all the praise The Artist’s director Michel Hazanavicius heaped on Keaton during his Oscar acceptance speech, I’d been wanting to know more of his work. Perfect timing...

Are there any other cinematic masters due to get the Gabo treatment any time soon? Not right now, but I definitely would like to do Chaplin's Modern Times in the near future. Also, I have recently been acquainted with the films of D.W. Griffith films, particularly Intolerance, which might be a very interesting project to do.

What else has Gabo been up to since we last chatted? This last year I've been mostly producing a music video game app to be released in spring. The Neo.Son album was also released late last year and finally now my partner singer Natascha and myself have been rehearsing in New York for upcoming lounge shows. We hope to perform in Miami in late January and February. Parallel to these shows, I’m preparing an uptempo version of our take on Donovan’s Mellow Yellow that might be ready for Winter Music Conference.

Other than Keaton, how will Gabo be staying sounded this Basel? For me are Art Basel is the best time in Miami and I will definitely be enjoying every minute of it!

Gabó live scores Buster Keaton’s The Navigator Thursday December 6th, 8pm at Miami Beach Cinematheque. For more information log on here.

<![CDATA[A-Listers & Art: The Most Fabulous Basel Bashes]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:50:04 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/153846114.jpg

From today till December 9th, Miami Beach will be home to the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. While we like to think its all about art, this year, more than ever, it’s about who you’re wearing. Oh and who made it. Why is that? Beacuse there is a good chance that person, the celebs who rock their clothes and everything in between will be in the Magic City this week.

So if you are looking to put your inner paparazzi to use, here is where the most A-list will be during Art Basel 2012.

December 5th

Where: The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave
What: Stella McCartney, famed designer and daughter of Paul McCartney, will be sipping tea with only the most fabulous where only the most fabulous clothes can be found: The Webster. Sadly for Ms. McCartney, this trip is strictly business. Her people inform us that this is first trek to Miami, and she isn’t planning on making it her last. Especially with her new Bal Harbour location being such a hit.

December 5th
Where: The Delano, 1685 Collins Ave
What: Never thought you would be able to attend a Playboy party? Well, here is your chance. The Delano and the world famous men's magazine have teamed up to be home to the exclusive concert and installation opening night of the Basel Art Fair in Miami Beach. Hip-Hop's most exciting young artist, A$AP Rocky, who has a talent for crossing over into fashion and fine art, will be performing live in what his people are promising to be the most killer concert of the fair.

December 5th
Where: Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Ave
What: We hate to even bring up the Chanel party because exclusive doesn’t even begin to explain this soiree. Details are scarce because, hey, it’s Chanel after all. When they invite you to something, you make sure you are there because anything they touch is Chanel chic.

December 6th
Where: Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Ave
What: amFar, M.A.C. Makeup, Interview magazine and Josh Wood productions are throwing a beach party to do some good this Art Basel. But for anyone attending, we suggest you leave your towels at home. Along with fabulous cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, Solange Knowles will be spinning and honorary chairs like actress Chloe Sevigny will be there.

December 6th
Where: Fendi Casa, 90 NE 39th Street
What: If there was a Basel king, the winner would hands down be Andy Warhol himself. While he might be featured in many galleries this year, Fendi Casa is showcasing his greatest masterpieces, curated to depict the diverse and fascinating notable women throughout history and mythology. On display will be a selection of Warhol’s most recognized pieces including Ingrid Bergman with Hat, Karen Kain, Jane Fonda, Marilyn, Jackie I and Blackglamma (Judy Garland), along with two of his most prominent works Venus and Annunciation.

December 6th

Where: The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave
What: Bruce Weber is famous for his fashion photography. He is also usually noted for the Hollywood crowd he rolls with. This week, he is launching new book, "All-American Volume Twelve: A Book of Lessons." One famous friend sure to be there is party host and hotelier, Andre Balazas. Mr. Balaz is never short of fabulousity or famous girlfriends.

December 6th
Where: The Buena Vista Building, 180 NE 39th Street
What: Harper Bazaar’s only promises the finest things in life. For their Art Basel bash, they aren’t going off track. This week, they are bringing ShopBAZAAR.com to Miami- a fully-digital pop-up experience. Guests will enter a 2,200- square-foot space art gallery setting where they can shop at one of the eight e-tail podiums, relax at the beauty and juice bars, discover exclusive designers through the interactive video wall and much, much more.

December 7th
Where: Miami Heat, 2048 NW Miami Court
What: If all the art talk has you bored, how about some basketball? World-renowned street and graffiti artists are celebrating the Miami Heat's championship season through a series of unique art pieces,some even on official NBC backboards. To kick-off the week long exhibition, 2/3 of the dream team, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, are hosting a very VIP party Friday night.

December 8th
Where: SLS Hotel South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave
What: Only one person would dare to have their birthday during Art Basel. That person is super producer Rico Love. He can do this, of course, because all of his A-list friends never miss one of his parties.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Chanel]]>
<![CDATA[A New Nutcracker At Arsht Center]]> Sun, 02 Dec 2012 22:23:50 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nut_jipsy__001.JPG The Adrienne Arsht Center is proud to partner with the famed House Theatre of Chicago for a third consecutive season to present a new holiday-themed production, THE NUTCRACKER, A MAGICAL NEW PLAY, playing November 29 through December 30 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[NiteTalk: Ketchy Shuby Solidly Vows To Take Care of You]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:46:03 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/239*120/Ketchy+Shuby+R.jpg

The last time Niteside got next to Ketchy Shuby, the Magic City soul-stirrers were rockin’ the regal “Long Live the King.” Four months (and one thousand wallops) later, the kickass classicists are back with a track straight from one of music’s most royal personages. We mean Gil Scott-Heron and the sublime 1959 heart-stopper “I’ll Take Care of You”, which was written by Brook Benton, originally recorded by Bobby “Blue” Bland, and has also been covered by the equally esteemed Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Etta James, Irma Thomas, and Mark Lanegan. With Ketchy Shuby however, the world gets a version that turns the true blue ballad into an upbeat vow of now and forever which is as solid as the foundation it springs from. KS axe man Jason Joshua Rodriguez-Hernandez fills us in before the band blows out The Stage this Saturday night.

What’s the story behind “I’ll Take Care of You”? Way back when we were demoing some covers for our first mixtape, Downtown Soul Record Singles Club, my friend Pancho and I were listening to Gil Scott-Heron’s classic “Angel Dust” and I suggested we do one of his tracks. Problem with that though is that all of his tracks are classic and worthy of covering. Forty songs later I chose “I’ll Take Care of You.”

Who all is in on the racket-making? We record all of our stuff ourselves, in our own studio, and we mess with the label Pugilista Trading Company. Karim and I wrote the new arrangement, brought the band in on the action, laid it down and sent it off to Panama for our legendary friend Kells (J-Dilla, Madlib, Flying Lotus, et al), who cleaned it up and made nice and tidy for y'all.

Will there be the customary wicked cool clip to go with? Yeah, we start shooting the video next week during Basel, and it’ll prolly be out within a week or two after that!

Is the single also slated to slab on the Still Making it Look Easy LP you mentioned the last time you went Niteside? Yes, but the LP got pushed till spring. We’re hoping the maxi-sized tip of this new mixtape will hold you down for a little longer!

So what’s on tap between now and the racking of that full-size slab? That would be Downtown Soul Record Singles Club II, which is coming out in January.

Are we gonna get to groove to a good chunk of new new Ketchy Shuby when you Stage this Saturday night? New new is right. We're actually playing mostly new stuff; and nothing that’s been released except for the new single!

Ketchy Shuby plays Saturday, Dec. 1 at The Stage. Headlining will be Lee Fields and the Expressions. A Sweat Records Production.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Feeling the Rush with Real Housewives’ Adriana de Moura]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:46:58 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/171*120/Adriana+De+Moura+R.jpg

Her lifestyle may seem like a dreamy, steamy 21st-century fairy tale, but her life is all too real. (Or at least as real as the lives of The Real Housewives of Miami can get anyway.) It’s got glamour, it’s got art, it’s got drama, and it’s got an ever-growing TV audience clamoring for more, more, more. She is Adriana de Moura, and with her song serving as the theme of season two and bringing her onto nightclub stages, that too-real life is now about to enter another dimension. “Feel the Rush” this Wednesday night at Mansion.

What things give Adriana de Moura the kinda rush worth singin’ about? Music has always been part of my life. My mother enrolled me at the piano conservatory at the tender age of seven and I have always enjoyed music ever since. I've also always enjoyed singing and used to do it frequently at a Fisher Island piano bar called The Garwood Lounge, along with pianist John Cole.

Is all that what drove you to the song in the first place? Actually the opportunity arose when double-Grammy Brazilian music producer Silvio Riccheto approached me and asked if I could record a song with him. He has worked with major Brazilian singers XXXX.

Did the song come about before or/after the opportunity to use it as the theme for season two? We worked on the song for about eight months before the filming of season two. I co-wrote the lyrics while we recorded it and later sent the song to Bravo with the hopes that it would get picked up for the main theme of The Housewives.

It’s a pretty keen way to put yourself front and center, don’tcha think? Amongst the many other songs that were submitted to Bravo, I was thrilled when I received the news that they chose mine!

Who will they be on hand with you at Mansion? At Mansion I will have rapper Brian G (who has rapped for Britney Spears) with me on stage and another six dancers. I will also introduce George Padai’s remix of my song right after my live performance. It will be a big show and the people in attendance will for sure feel the Miami rush!!

You being an art dealer and this being the eve of Art Basel, can you please tell us your plans for Art Week before we go-go? For Art Basel I have a plethora of art shows and events to attend, including a vernissage for a new artist I'm representing named Dakota on the 6th. It is actually quite a “mission impossible” to do everything that I’ve got to do, but I've been known as an overachiever! :)

Adriana de Moura performs Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Mansion. For more information log on here.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Hyre Gets Us Stomping for Savoy]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 07:55:10 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Savoy+Bar+GM+Gary+Hyre+R.jpg

Before South Beach became a mecca for every reality show type under the moon and the stars and the sun, the fabled stretch of sand served as a playground for the kinda crowd that didn’t need to shout in order to be heard above everybody else. These folks had already reached a higher realm, and they desired the sorta afterdark action that would reflect their status accordingly. They were -- and are -- the with-it; those who prize elegance and sophistication above everything else. As GM Gary Hyre tells Niteside, Friday night’s grand opening of the new Savoy Hotel Bar and Lounge might just mean the with-it are welcome back to South Beach.

If you had to equate The Savoy Bar & Lounge with a movie, which would be most apropos? I am no movie buff, however the Neo Classic design and intimate setting reminds me of a lounge that the Rat Pack would frequent. A local’s best-kept secret, with the creative flair found only on South Beach.

How ‘bout if you were to do the same with a singer and/or a song? The first artist that comes to mind is Nora Jones. Come away with me ...

Now that we’ve covered the look and the sound, how will The Savoy strike our taste buds? Our mixologist Cian Thompson will spoil cocktail lovers with a flirty menu that includes Blueberry Martinis, Pink Mint cocktails bedazzled with fresh strawberries and champagne, and his citrus Caipiroska for those who are a bit more adventurous. Our signature drink is The Savoy Zest with mandarin vodka, and cointreau dashed with white cranberry. For our sweet lovers the Chocolate Martini is sure to satiate or the Pomegranate Martini for a slight twist. Of course there is a fine selection of red and white wines and it would not be Miami if our Mango Mojitos did not make the cut. Cian takes pride in mixing fresh ingredients with lively spirits that complement the theme of the lounge.

Won’t there also be some select edibles on offer? Peter Wallace, our food and beverage director, has worked diligently with Chefs Rafael Linares and Lorenzo Melvin to create a delectable tapas menu. My personal favorite is the tuna tartare with fresh tuna, watermelon, mango slaw and avocado. If you are in the mood for a fun bite, then the shrimp lollipop with Gulf Coast shrimp tempura topped with a sweet chili yuzu glaze is an absolute must. The Parmesan flat bread chips with roasted garlic hummus and baba ganoush is a great snack while chatting with friends. For the heavier fare, our crab cake with saffron spicy aioli, buttermilk chicken bite with blue cheese curbs or spicy tuna and beef sliders will surely appease the palate.

Mood-wise, the combination of all of the above might feel like what? The Savoy Bar and Lounge is an oasis where you can escape from a long week while being seduced by the sounds bellowing in the background. Derrick Williams, the owner of DIRRECTCONNECT, a Chicago-based sound branding company, has provided an incredible sensual soundtrack for the venue. The lounge’s artistic mixology will reflect the flavor of Miami and pair well with our tasteful tapas.

That said, how would you recommend patrons dress for the occasion of the place? Whether you are in jeans or bling, when entering this classic space just come to enjoy the beautiful decor of white walls adorned with Tiffany blue accents and cool black leather and zebra prints chairs.

Anything else we should know before Friday's grand opening? Expect the red carpet treatment with bubbly flowing, passed hors d’oeuvres and photographers snapping away. We are celebrating a new era of The Savoy Hotel while still capturing the essence of its history. If you are in the mood to enjoy cocktails, great music and tapas while lounging at our beachfront property, then come take a peek to see just how much The Savoy has to offer.

One last question: Why will all this good stuff be limited only to Friday and Saturday nights? The Savoy Hotel Bar and Lounge will open on Friday and Saturday nights as the perfect tease for the nightlife component in SoFi. In this never-ending pursuit of perfection there will definitely be more to come … stay tuned!

The Savoy Hotel Lounge and Bar opens Friday, Nov. 30.

<![CDATA[At The Totally 80s Prom ]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:20:28 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/prom_jipsy__0001.JPG At one of Miami's best themed parties, the 10th Annual '80s Prom continues to be the party to attend the night before Thanksgiving. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Inside the 16th Annual Best Buddies Gala]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:16:27 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bb_jipsy__001.JPG The 16th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala was celebrated with a Russian style and theme to highlight Best Buddies recent expansion into the county at The Marlins Park. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[John Freeman on Granta’s Best Young Brazilian Novelists]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:54:08 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/John+Freeman+Granta+121+R.jpg

You know it as the land of sun and fun and wonder; gangs and gunfire and favela violence. Where a majestic modernist masterpiece city was built from scratch, and where spirits reside in every nook, cranny and crevice. It is Brazil. And as Granta 121 proves, it’s got a literature as compelling as it comes. Niteside got with editor John Freeman in advance of Monday’s Best Young Brazilian Novelists event at Books and Books.

Wanna give us the elevator pitch for Granta 121? So many of us love and enjoy Brazilian music, the beach culture, we admire its economic miracle, but the country's literature -- the dream life of this exciting nation -- remains almost invisible to us in English. This issue, filled with all the country's young talents, corrects that oversight and will make it hard to imagine we ever were in such darkness.

How vibrant a fiction scene are we talking about here? Let's put it this way: our launch party in Brazil (where the issue came out first in Portuguese) featured a DJ, a fight, and a proposed menage-a-trois between three of the selected writers. Clearly if you're tired of the safe and sound un-bohemian literary culture of today, Brazil is where to go.

Do the stories (and the authors) reflect all that? Absolutely. Its not just sexy, and musical, though, there's a violence being done to the language here, a ripping up of traditio (as in J.P. Cuenca's story about Rio di Janeiro on the eve of the Olympics), and a huge mixture of approaches to how to tell a story, from the poetic, as in Miguel del Castillo's tale of an uncle who died in one of the death-flights over Argentina, to the surrealistic, as in Ricardo Lisias' story about a chess player obsessed with Evo Morales, to the minimalist as in Carol Bensimon's sweet and tender love story, and beyond. They have their own Cormac McCarthy, in Daniel Galera, and their own Jonathan Safran Foer in this young writer, Michel Laub, who is precise and energetic all at once. Tatiana Salem Levy's fiction smolders with its clarity. It's a big mix. No longer are Brazil's writers obsessed with being authentically Brazilian, and so I think as a group they are now more so because they reflect the true range of a culture.

Whose bright idea was behind the collection? Roberto Feith and Marcelo Ferroni, our editors in Brazil. Granta has had a Brazilian sister Granta there for over five years now, and the Best of Young Brazilian issue is their 9th to date. (The tenth was just published) Usually, they translate about half of an issue into Portuguese from Granta in English and then commission the other half from local writers. For this issue however we've run their entire issue (with our edits). It will also be translated into Chinese by Granta China.

This isn’t the first time Granta’s heralded a specific country’s young novelists, is it? Well we began with the Best of Young Britain issue in 1983, which had a great generation -- Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes and Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis and Pat Barker an Graham Swift -- and we've had three issues since about Britain since. We also had an issue on Best Young
American Novelists
in 1997 (with Jonathan Franzen and Edwidge Danticat in it) followed by another in 2007. In 2010 we had the Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists, which featured writers from over eight Spanish speaking countries. So you could call this Best of a series, this is just the first time it's been on a non-English speaking country, rather than a language.

Is there another such collection already in the works? We're actually working on the Best of Young British Novelists 4, which will be released in 2013. Considering how well these things have held up as crystal balls of talent -- the 2nd Best of Young British Novelists issue flagged up Alan Hollinghurst, Jeanette Winterson and AL Kennedy, the 3rd Zadie Smith and David Mitchell -- we've got our work cut-out for us.

What kind of response has the series been receiving around the world? Less fights and three-ways, but perhaps that's not such a bad thing. These are marvelous, funny, humane writers, and it's exciting to watch them get picked up and already a few translation deals have happened for them which is what we hoped would happen.

Why you decide to launch the North American tour in Miami anyway? Where else can glamour and intelligence and music all cohabitate so well?

Granta 121: The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists with Cristhiano Aguiar & Vinicius Jatobá Monday November 26, 8pm at Books and Books Coral Gables. For more information log on here.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Happy Murk Day at The Vagabond]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:53:44 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MURK+Mylar+R.jpg

It’s a band. It’s a label. It’s a tag team. Mostly though it’s two best friends named Ralph Falcon and Oscar G. A pair of uber talented Miami natives who joined forces in high school and went on to elevate the whole wild world of dance music. It is -- and they are -- Murk. And their world-renowned house remains standing solid 20 years on. Join equally enduring Nervous Records at The Vagabond this Saturday and wish the Magic City racket-makers a very Happy Murk Day.

What’s the last blast of Murk to rack? "Amame" by Intruder featuring Jei.

Don’t you have something else on tap too? Indeed. "Die 4 U" is our new tune which features our friend and acclaimed vocalist Victoria Wilson James. It’s out on Murk next week!

Won’t this release also mark another milestone for Murk the label? Yes, it is the launch of Murk Records on the digital front. Up to now, our releases have been vinyl only. We are excited about this because we have a bunch of new projects in the works that we can't wait to put out.

Does that also mean any- and everything Murk’s ever made or released will now be available all in one spot? We are planning to release the entire Murk catalog along with new remixes.

Will fans get a sample of all that and then some this Saturday night? Hell to the yes!

Will we also get a listen to the brand new “Die 4 U”? Most likely.

Why’d you decide to mark this Murky double birthday at Vagabond anyway? We like to keep Murk Day a cozy event where people will feel comfortable and not get harassed at the door by bottle police... we have a good relationship with the ownership, and it feels right.

Murk mixes it up Saturday November 24th at The Vagabond. For more information log on here.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: King Britt Brings His Regal Dizzy Back to Bardot]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:33:01 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/KING+BRITT+by+King+Texas+R.jpg

He scored a short for Rolex, underscored the feature-length Miami Vice, and lent song to the soundtrack of True Blood. He resurrected self-proclaimed bride of Christ Sister Gertrude Morgan (for the esteemed Preservation Hall), helped kickoff the comeback of Yoruba legend King Sunny Ade (Baba Mo Tunde), and sounded down memory lane with the likes of Martin Fry and Alison Moyet (Re-members Only). From the get though he’s been a DJ whose mixes and remixes continue to beat through the night. He’s King Britt, and he’s bringin’ his regal dizzy back to Bardot this Saturday night.

For the two people left who still may not know, just who is King Britt? I have been a music producer, curator and DJ since 1987. I have been so happy with my career, spreading the music worldwide. And yes, King is my real first name.

If your spin style was a color, what would it be? Excellent question... I would say a deep purple -- majestic, healing and powerful.

How ‘bout if it was an adjective? Sexy or heady.

And a verb? Kiss.

Speaking of action, word is you’ve recently released the first volume of a buncha fragments; wanna tell us a bit about it? Hahaha, yes. I just released a sample/loop pack for producers called Fragments. They are glitchy loops to help create a palette for their foundation when producing dance music, though they also can be used in a live context as well. It's very unique because it has my signature warm but tough sound.

Didn’t you also recently rack some kinda something else for the high tech naturalist set? Yes, I released an experimental album called The Bee and the Stamen for the label Datagarden, who specialize in recordings that exemplify the relationship between nature and music. My album explores what a bee’s journey to pollinate would sound like. It’s a really beautiful sound design for headphones.

Neither offering means you’ve stopped dropping DJ mixes, right? Not at all. I put up mixes all the time. It’s my way of giving back.

Any other sides of King Britt on tap? I'm continuing my work in the soundtrack world, and I’m also heading to Zimbabwe to do a very special project with Tendai Meraire of Shabazz Palaces, based on his father’s work with the traditional Mbira instrument.

Which King Britt should fans expect to find at Bardot this Saturday night? I always play across the board, but since it is a Saturday night in Miami I will lean a bit toward house and uptempo... slowly though we are changing the sound into more of an eclectic set... we even add a bit of live elements with bass and percussion.

Might this spin be the first of a regular thing? It’s actually the fifth of a regular monthly residency that I hope to continue. I want to really turn it into a more eclectic night where I can invite some of my musician friends to enhance the dance sound with some organics. I feel Miami is ready and I am the man to do it. So come Saturday with an open mind and open heart.

King Britt spins Saturday November 24th at Bardot. For more information log on here.


Photo Credit: King Texas]]>
<![CDATA[Stylist Celebrates A Greaser Birthday ]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:49:59 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/birthdayjenny_001.JPG South Beach's Prive Salon Stylist, Jenny Ray had a 1950's themed birthday party at Jeronimo's Bar in South Beach celebrating another year in style. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Barton G Turns Ten]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:46:30 -0500 ]]> ]]> https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bartong_10_jipsy_001.JPG A block party celebrating the tenth anniversary of Barton G. The Restaurant on South Beach with a sneak preview of Up Top, the next space for dinning at the legendary restaurant. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[NiteTalk: Pamela Wasabi Finds Permanence in a Pop-Up]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:21:01 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Pamela+Wasabi+Kult+Shot+by+Stiann+Roenning.jpg

Pop-Up shops are of course by definition temporary phenomena; in fact that’s a large part of their allure. And while there has been the occasional week- or even monthlong run, most of the popping lasts no more than a weekend. Not so with The Kult, whose opening Niteside celebrated a full two months ago, and who are now about to pop into permanence. Since the Wynwood set wonder store must first shut down before it can pop back up again, Niteside decided to follow up with proprietress and Wasabi Fashion Kult leader Pamela Wasabi.

So it's true that The Kult pop-up boutique is about to close down? Yes, our pop up has come to an end. We are shutting doors on Saturday November 24th.

What have you got planned for its last week of shopping? We are concluding our two month pop-up with awesome sales that coincide with Thanksgiving shopping and Black Friday. Come and see us Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday starting at noon, and enjoy of our "Dark City" Promo. Take 1-2 items get 10% off, 3-4 items get 15% off, 5+ get 20% off.

What sorta goods are we talkin’ about here? All our shop is on sale. Jewelry, shoes, and clothing. All our staple brands Iron Fist, TRIPP NYC, Lip Service etc...

Any other added action you wanna mention? Yes, we will be doing a series of Trunk Shows during Art Week, starting on Thursday December 6th and Friday December 7th at The Vagabond. On the weekend we are participating in Wood Tavern's Mini Market event as one of their main vendors.

Then the pop-up boutique goes permanent, right? Yes! We are very excited to share the news that we are closing the pop-up and permanently reopening as the THE KULT SHOP immediately after Art Week. Same location; new collections; same awesome prices!

Will you be featuring many of the same designers when you return? Yes, it's a continuation of what we started. Still working on getting some other special brands and designers. But it's all part of the process and our evolution.

What made you decide to go permanent anyway? Our customers really enjoyed visiting and shopping with us. There was an unanimous "Thank you" from all of them for finally providing them with a place to shop that offers just what they enjoy that really matches their style. It's a void we are filling. A response to our local fellows' demand. Besides, we've really enjoyed this whole process... and we recognize it's just the beginning!

Do you see Miami being the first step in THE KULT taking over the whole wild world? First things first. When our shop is running on its own wheels we’ll know it’s the time for our next step -- which we have already plans for!

The Kult (Pop-Up) Shop is (and will be) located 167 NW 25th Street Wynwood. For more information phone (305) 588-7301 or log on here.

Photo Credit: Stian Roenning]]>
<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Fla. Grand Opera’s Dynamite Diva]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:54:38 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Ailyn+Perez+FGO+R.jpg

Of all the world’s great operas, none perhaps is better known than Puccini’s La bohème. First staged in 1896 (the same year Miami became a city), where it was conducted by Toscanini (who’d reprise his role 50 years later with the NBC Orchestra), it’s also one of the most performed works in modern history. That’s because La bohème doesn’t lose its allure no matter how many times it’s heard, and when it’s sung by an up-and-coming diva, the allure is greater than ever. Hear for yourself when Florida Grand Opera swings into the Arsht with Richard Tucker Award-winning diva Ailyn Perez for its 72nd season opener.

In opera circles, how prestigious really is the Richard Tucker Award? The Richard Tucker Award is pretty much the single most important award that an emerging American opera singer can receive – some people call it the Heisman Trophy of opera! It really is recognized as a spotlight on who the next major star will be. When you read the list of past Richard Tucker Award winners, they are indeed the opera superstars of today.

Is it the sort of award divas-to-be dream about some day winning? As an American opera singer, YES! The Richard Tucker Award is such a door opener for an artist – it’s a sign that you’ve really arrived, and really helps get you to that next stage in your career. It’s also special because the award is given by nomination and selection and not won through competition rounds. This means that pretty much EVERY young American opera singer was in the running and not just a few who were invited to audition, and that they’re judging your whole career to date rather than how well you performed on one particular day. The selection board takes many factors into consideration, such as age, talent and current career reputation, so it's more of an award that recognizes an artist’s career that’s already rather impressive but ready to make the jump to the next level. It's absolutely incredible to be chosen!

Speaking of which, are you indeed considered a diva (and did you grow up dreaming of being one)? That's not for me to say, but I do need to feel divinely connected to my character, the music, the production, and my colleagues when I sing. I think the "Diva" I aspired to be is one who is able to be musically critical, performing with great heart and vocal palette, dramatic enthusiasm, and dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by being inclusive of people and giving herself to her Art.

Which divas most inspired you growing up? Among the American Divas that continue to inspire me are Maria Callas, Elenor Steber, Anna Moffo, Beverly Sills, Marilyn Horne, Carol Vaness, Aprile Millo, Martina Arroyo, Leontyne Price, and Renee Fleming!

How ‘bout now? There are so many great divas today, including a few other Richard Tucker Award winners! For those who are new to the opera world, now is the time to immerse themselves! It's so much easier and inexpensive to be a part of this art form than in years past. It's a very expensive LIVE art form, but you can see opera now in so many different ways, like streaming online – often for free! – or in movie theaters. There is great young talent and fierce singing going on already! The unbeatable experience is to be in the theater to hear it live, but you can now hear artists on YouTube, catch up with them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media. But, like I said, hearing the natural acoustics of the human voice live among the great historical stories of opera at your local theater with full orchestra and chorus and so much more is best because of its OPERATIC proportions. It's a very American art form as well, and we need to enjoy it more in our culture. I am so proud to sing on the great stages of the USA.

Do you think the term diva has gotten a bad rap over the years? Yes, Divas get a bad rap because they’re stereotyped as always behaving badly in order to make things work. Sometimes standing up for yourself as a woman may look cold and difficult. A woman has incredible intuition for beauty, good nature, and love. There are definitely moments when she has to stand up to challenges and protect what she cares about.

That said: What’s your own most diva-like trait? Going on stage to be open to the audience ... and being believable!

Florida Grand Opera's La bohème opens Saturday, Nov. 17 and runs through Dec. 2. For more information log on here.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Dillon Francis Gets Wet, Reckless]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:55:06 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/185*120/Dillon+Francis+R.jpg

Traditional types generally try to work their way up the proverbial ladder of success, and with every wrung risk wringing their own necks. Others dispense with the steps completely, and instead take the elevator, assuring their ascent is both smooth and certain. Dillon Francis represents the latter variety. A scant two years ago nobody even knew the producer/DJ’s name; now he boasts props from faves such as Major Lazer and Rusko, and alignings with Skrillex (OWSLA), A-Trak (Fool’s Gold) and Diplo (Mad Decent). The bass heavy racket-maker is also headlining his own tour, and it promises to bring you lower than you ever been before. It’s called Wet and Reckless and it rumbles into Grand Central this Saturday night.

Who the hell is Dillon Francis? Your mom's favorite DJ.

If your sound had to be summed up in a single sentence, what would it be? MOOMBAHTON!!

How ‘bout a single sentence for the vision behind said sound? Kid tested, mother approved.

Will all that (and then some) be evident at Grand Central this Saturday night? This Saturday is going to be WET & RECKLESS.

Speaking of evident, what evidence is there to support the fact that Dillon Francis is a large part of the Moombahton racket? It must be my secret taco exporting...

What other phenomena might DF be considered aligned with? Ummm... NASA, midgets, and pizza.

Any last words before we come see you prove it? No. Listen to my new single "Bootleg Fireworks" [below].

Dillon Francis Wet and Reckless Tour, with Clockwork and Baauer, takes place Saturday November 17 at Grand Central. For more information log on here.

Photo Credit: Shane McCauley]]>
<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Tony Major Kicks it From City Hall to Brickell]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:33:33 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/174*120/Tony+Major+R.jpg

To most Miamians, the night is another wild life entirely; it’s also a whole ‘nother world. But folks too often forget that there’d be no afterdark without the efforts of those who move by day. Bridging the gap between both worlds is a cat named Tony Major, who’s proven that City Hall power lunches and Blue Martini ladies nights need not be mutually exclusive.

Wanna tell us a bit about your power lunches? Sure, the series is called Hot Topics, and it’s designed as a forum for Miami’s most influential to both stay engaged with each other, and to address the more relevant issues and events of the day.

Who all is in on the action with you? It’s me and Mike Vasquez, one of the key players behind The Bank. Mike and I used to do a party called Lotus at Club 50 back when it first opened; then we also did the Business Expo at The Epic.

Wouldn’t you say the venue (and the man behind it) are also key ingredients? Without question. City Hall is not only tailor-made for Miami’s movers and shakers, but Steven Haas has proven to be one of the most accomplished of the lot. From China Grill to The Forge to Sheraton Bal Harbour, Steven’s been in on a number of tremendous successes. He’s a hospitality specialist, and he understands the city. Which makes him the perfect chairman of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. Steven’s also a friend.

What other ingredients do you think are key to Hot Topics? The invited speakers, as well as the attendees themselves. Our first guest was Gwen Margolis, and she’s about as keyed in as they come. So was Bill Talbert, who’s president and CEO of GMCVB. And everyone in attendance is just as high caliber.

Even so, wouldn't you say the mingling seems to be a world away from what you do at Blue Martini? Yes and no. Though Wednesday's Girls Night Out do take place after dark and last until the wee small hours of the morning, NoDo isn’t too very far away from Brickell, and Brickell is where many of Hot Topics regulars live and play. In fact you’d be surprised how many of the power lunch crowd can be found at Blue Martini on a Wednesday.

Surely your ladies nights aren’t fueled by featured speakers though? (Laughs) No, not unless you count the gorgeous gals who end up being featured attractions no matter where they happen to be. We’ve also got featured DJs, such as DJ Irie, who spun last week, and each complement our reeling resident DJ Nikolas.

Hot Topics goes down every Second Tuesday at City Hall; Girls Night Out goes down every Wednesday at Blue Martini Brickell.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Duke Speaks Out on the Mutant Lurking at Will Call]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:25:45 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Mutant+Beat+Image+R.jpg

They’re two of the more visible (and vivid) cats in Wynwood. One works the stick at the ever-popping Wynwood Kitchen and Bar; the other does the dizzy as one-half of the ever-awesome outlet known as Nightdrive. Together they’re behind a notion called Biz Miami, whose mission is to bring light to the after-dark -- and for all those who make nightlife their business. They are Duke Toth and Patrick Walsh, and their weekly Wednesday throwdown has made Will Call even more wowsome. Niteside got Duke to speak out about Mutant Beat Supper Club.

Why Mutant Beat Supper Club? That’s Patrick’s brainchild. The idea is to let people know not to expect the ordinary. Odd is good. That’s why for instance we’ve got a 9 Ball tournament.

Wanna tell us a bit about that? Yes, sign in is between 11 and midnight, and the play goes till the last man (or woman) is standing. Third-place winners get a Will Call bar tab; second and first place get cold hard cash. As more and more players get in on the action, the prizes are becoming exponentially larger.

What else is on tap besides pool hustler types? DJs, as well as the occasional live band. My partner Patrick Walsh is resident spinner, and each week we feature a different headline DJ. This Wednesday it’s Goodroid, head of Loveless Records and co-host (with Somejerk) of Bright Future on Wynwood Radio.

Will she be dropping the usual onslaught of Future Bass? No, but she is coming to Funk Up the joint. It’s gonna be awesome!

Wouldn’t awesome be just the kinda superlative you’d choose to define Mutant Beat Supper Club to begin with? Yes, and Funked Up too. Will Call’s already a perfect hangout; all we could possibly do would be to Funk it Up!

Mutant Beat Supper Club takes place each and every Wednesday at Will Call, at 700NE 2nd Ave. in NoDo (North of Downtown). For more information log on here.

<![CDATA[YoungArts Picnic Celebration ]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:03:57 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/youngarts_jipsy_001.JPG Celebrating with live performances and a picnic in the Plaza for the YoungArts housewarming at the Bacardi Complex. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[New Garden On Biscayne]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 12:41:05 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/orchid_jipsy__001.JPG An exclusive sneak peek inside Orchid, the new show and dinner destination taking place in Miami this season. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[A Haven For Miami Mag]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 10:59:20 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/miamagg__jipsy_001.JPG Miami Magazine celebrated their November issue release at Haven with cocktails, bites and dancing. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[NiteTalk: Jorge Enrique Art Walks Barcode into Waltman Ortega]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:04:43 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Jorge+Enrique+R.jpg

Born in Cuba, schooled in Texas, and heavily-collected in France (as well as around the rest of The Continent), visualist Jorge Enrique is undoubtedly the kinda cat who’s home right here in the MIA. That he happens to be opening a solo show called "Barcode" in Wynwood’s wowsome Waltman Ortega Gallery coincident with this Second Saturday only makes the notion more so. Niteside decided to get with the worldly local in advance of tomorrow’s Art Walk; here’s what he had to say.

What exactly is behind “Barcode”? "Barcode" is a chapter on the Urban D-Construction Series, where I’ve taken iconic symbols of our everyday urban reality and by manipulating and multiplying those images through photography, screens, prints, etc, I arrive to a "plastic rev-up minimalism", relying on a very controlled palette of color. The medium is usually acrylics, and inks on paper finished in plastic. Yeah I love plastic finishes, like George Carlin used to say “God created man so we could create plastic” -- sometimes I think he was right! ;-)

If you had but one single sentence to sum up the exhibit, what would it be? "Barcode" is an extremely fresh, and manically/beautifully executed exhibit.

How ‘bout a single sentence to sum up the Urban D construction series altogether? Things are not what they seem to be.

Would you kill us if we asked you to also give us a sentence that best represents what Jorge Enrique is all about? An artist far more concerned with the process of making art, than where it will take him.

Wanna add anything else before we let you go-go? Yes, I hope everyone gets a chance to visit the exhibit. Thanks for the interview and hope to meet you soon!

Jorge Enrique opens "Barcode" Second Saturday November 10 at Waltman Ortega. Also opening is Jerome Lagarrigue “Closer”.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Yuri Tuma Sneak Peeks SYM CITY at HaVen]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:05:56 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Yuri+Tuma+SYM+CITY+R.jpg

The last time Niteside caught up with Yuri Tuma, the mirroring imagist was about to unveil his mind-blowing Metropolis, another in a series of annual wonders. Come Art Week, the artstar will be returning with SYM CITY, the inaugural exhibit in Butter Gallery’s wicked new digs. To rev up for the occasion, Tuma has arranged a completely immersive sneak peek of his new work for this Second Sunday at HaVen. Expect very vivid elation.

What’s the big idea behind SYM CITY? To explain my work I first have to explain what confusion means to me. I see confusion as the amount of time our mind spends on being undecided between infinite choices in an uncertain moment! I see my artistic journey as “Confusion Study”. Most of my work is derived from that inspiration and desire to study the transitory moment between uncertainty and knowledge. SYM CITY is a symmetrical play with black/red and white photography. The whole concept was to achieve a three dimensional feel to a photo-generated image on a flat surface by creating geometrical patterns.

How does it differ from Metropolis? Metropolis was a texture study, and SYM CITY is a depth and dimension study. Metropolis was filled with colors, SYM CITY is mainly black and white. The one thing they do share in common, as most of my work, is a symmetrical approach.

Word is it’s slated to be the inaugural exhibit at Butter Gallery’s expansive digs, that so? That is true! Butter Gallery will reopen on December 4th with SYM CITY.. The new location is amazing! And it's in the wilds just West of Wynwood.

So what’s the HaVen sneak peek all about? HaVen, besides being a super cool spot in South Beach, is equipped with amazing technology. They are able to transform their space by digitally applying art/images on its walls as if they were wallpaper. It's tital immersion, and it seemed like a perfect marriage for my new work, which is very much pattern oriented.

Yuri Tuma sneak peeks SYM CITY this Second Sunday at HaVen’s forartists...BYARTISTS. For more information log on here.

Photo Credit: Yuri Tuma]]>
<![CDATA[Macy Gray on Miami, Movies & Why She Prefers Music]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:36:13 -0500 Click here to see Humphreys calendar]]> Click here to see Humphreys calendar]]> https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Macy+Gray+35C2388.jpg
In 2012, Macy Gray put out a hit album and stunned theatre critics everywhere with her role as Anita Chester in The Paperboy. But if you ask her, music is and will always be her true passion.
"If you made me choose, music is going to win hands down," she told Niteside before getting on a plane to head to the Magic City. "I mean, it's my world. I could do it in my sleep. Before I started acting, it was all I knew."
Gray, who was made famous by her hit "I Try," will be headlining the Adrienne Arsht Center this evening with her album Covered. Being called an "artistic triumph," the collection is reimagined covers from the likes of rock bands like Radio Head, but with classics from The Eurythmics and Metallica. 
But when it came to making the album, it wasn't just the iconic songs inspiring the music.
"I get asked a lot what inspires my music. Honestly, it's everything. It's laying in bed all day relaxing. One time, it was hamburger. It's sitting down with Will.I.Am. Not to be cliché, but I never know what is going to get my mind racing with ideas."
And for fans heading to her performance tonight, she says it's going to be one of her best yet.
"I love performing this album live. It's not a show you're going to want to miss. You will be jamming out one minute and the next you're going to be getting wild. I promise you that."

Photo Credit: John Hancock]]>
<![CDATA[NiteTalk: Counting Off with Kitsune Duo The Twelves]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:14:23 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/the_twelves_by_Daniel_von-4+R.jpg

Its core is a mad mix of French, Japanese and British scenemakers, but its whole consists of some of the raddest racket-makers in the whole wild world. As a label its racked such modern classics as Bloc Party and Boys Noize, Klaxons and La Roux; as a concept its ultra sound is backed by very vivid vision. It is Kitsune, and this Friday night the brand will be grand-standing into Grand Central with both Oliver and The Twelves. To mark the occasion Niteside asked The Twelves to tell us what counts.

Dirty Dozen or baker’s dozen? Dirty Dozen. I don't even know what a baker's dozen is?

A dozen roses or a two six packs? Easy! Two six packs! Roses aren't going to do you any favors on a hot day in Rio!

Twelve Apostles or twelve Olympians? Apostles I think. I'd much prefer to flex my brain muscle than my actual muscles.

Twelve steps or twelve tones? It depends what is at the end of the twelve steps and what the twelve tones are. Twelve steps would probably be the wiser choice in case you end up with twelve flat or sharp tones!

The twelve tribes of Israel or the twelve labors of Hercules? ... Labors, let's go with labors.

12 Monkeys or Apollo 12? Oooh! Tough. 12 Monkeys

Twelfth Night or "The Twelfth of Never"? Ummm… Twelfth Night?

How do you two feel about Friday the 13th? Friday the 13th is no big thing. We eat Friday the 13th for breakfast! Hahahah!

Kitsune Club Night with The Twelves and Oliver Friday November 9 at Grand Central. For more information log on here.

Photo Credit: Daniel Von]]>
<![CDATA[Five Political Parties Not To Miss]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:47:37 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/obama-romney-split2.jpg

Early voting, absentee or getting in line on Election Day, no matter how you turned in your ballot, Niteside hopes you celebrated your right to vote in some way.  And because you did, we think you should treat yourself.

Haven, Miami Beach
Need one more reason to vote? Well, what about a discount on your bar tab? Haven Gastro-Lounge will serve as South Beach’s unofficial watch party site for Election 2012 coverage. The high-tech hotspot will stream live coverage of voting results on its high definition wrap-around walls beginning at 6pm and will offer patrons 15%-off their total bill when they show proof of voting.

Turnberry Isle Miami, Aventura

Turnberry Isle Miami wants you to choose between white or red. Customers can sample a selection of American wines during a tasting to be held on Election Day at the chic bar in celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak restaurant. Featured wines to include an Iron Horse Cuvée Michael Mina Sparkling Wine, Sean Minor Carneros Pinot Nior and Napa Valley Girard Artistry Cabernet. For all you politicos who are also winos, TVs will be on so guests can follow election results.

Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek

For the land of the free, how about some free pizza? Celebrate all that is America this Election Day at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Enjoy mouthwatering free pizza, thirst-quenching free beer and receive free play when you vote for your favorite pizza and beer combo at the popular Italian restaurant Sorrisi. Plus, take a memorable photo with your favorite presidential candidate lookalike.

Finnegan's River, Miami
For those of you who have rocked the vote for Barack, Finnegan's River is looking for you. Together with the organization Young and Power for Obama, they promising great beers specials along with great coverage of election night.

Double Tree, Miami
If Mitt Romney is more your man, we also have to the perfect event for you. Join the Miami Young Republicans at the Double Tree where they are promising a political party not to miss.

<![CDATA[NiteTalk: What Would John Quincy Adams Say About Election 2012?]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:00:57 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/207*120/JQA+R.jpg

Like Bush II, his daddy was also president. And like his daddy (and Bush I), he only served a single term. He ran for the White House at a time when campaigns were disreputably personal, yet he never took the bait. He was John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of these United States, and Niteside asked uber-historian Harlow Giles Unger, who’ll be bringing his biography to Books & Books on Monday, what “Old Man Eloquent” would think of Election 2012.

If JQA were alive today, what do you think he’d make of the 2012 election?
He’d be absolutely sick. He was a man who devoted his entire life to the country and never once thought of himself. He refused to even campaign; he thought it beneath him to travel around the country making promises he couldn’t keep.

What advice might he give to either of the candidates? Think about the country instead of thinking about yourselves, and be specific about your solutions.

How might he best consult voters who’ve yet to make up their mind? I don’t think he’d have any. He might say “None of the Above.”

Who do you think he’d be more inclined to vote for? Neither. He'd probably move to England.

And you? I’m going to vote for the devil I know rather than the devil I don’t know.

Harlow Giles Unger reads from and discusses John Quincy Adams on Monday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. at Books & Books, at 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables. For more information log on here.