411: Fun-Raisers

The Miami Rail’s Carnival Fun-Raiser

On a perfect fall afternoon, Gallery Diet owners, Nina Johnson-Milewski and husband, Daniel Milewski welcomed hundreds of artists and art lovers to their beautiful 1920s home (complete with a pool with Titanic-inspired mosaics) to party, bounce, dunk, drink and feast at the Miami Rail’s anniversary Fun-Raiser, an “adult” carnival all in the name of art and culture (oft one in the same). The fun, fashionable crowd gathered in support of The Miami Rail, the sister publication to The Brooklyn Rail, a non-profit literary journal, in its sixth edition with its seventh due in December—just in time for Art Basel (online at miamirail.org). Nina describes the publication as one that, “is for people who are culturally invested in the arts, it offers a broader, in-depth perspective than other papers and magazines. We have artist-to-artist interviews, writer-to-writer interviews, poetry for each issue, reviews of galleries and museum exhibitions, architecture.”

Sounds interesting, right? Well then it was fitting that the “fun-raiser” was an eclectic bash filled with antics such as socialites in a dunk tank (Erin Newberg, John Lin and Louis Aguirre- we mean YOU!), a three-legged race, a bounce house- that got extra bouncy after a few tequila snow cones, renowned artist, Bhakti Baxter painting tattoos, and tasty Shorty’s BBQ to boot. Guests included: Iran Issa-Khan, Susie and Walid Wahab, Jonathan and Criselda Breene, Lauren Gnazzo, Belkys Nerey, architect, Rene Gonzalez, Todd Lewin, Michelle Varat, Ashley Abess, Bill Kearney, Matthew and Taylor Abess; Suzy Buckley Woodward, Kerry McLaney, Karelle Levy, Gingi Beltran, Martin Rozenblum, Lina Hargrett, Susanne Birbragher, Yuri Tuma, Leann Standish, Sam Robin, Wolfsonian Curator Cathy Leff and PAMM’s Tim Walker.

Love of Technology at MOCA

Also notorious for throwing spirited art bashes, MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) along with Architectural Digest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card from J.P. Morgan hosted an exclusive preview of the museum’s newest exhibition “Love of Technology,” which inaugurated the 2013–14 season. MOCA’s Chief Curator Alex Gartenfeld led guests on a private tour of the galleries. This highly anticipated exhibition, part of MOCA’s Knight Exhibition Series which focuses on emerging and experimental artists, is the first Gartenfeld has curated for MOCA, as well as the American museum debut for several of the artists.

MOCA Board Chair Kira Flanzraich and Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen and wife Susana, and Irma and Norman Braman discussed the intriguing works with artists Ben Schumacher, Anicka Yi and Jason Galbut while Greg Stranz, Chris Newton and Mike Colman of JPMorgan Chase mingled with MOCA Board members Ray Ellen Yarkin, Janice Lipton, Diane Lieberman, Raquel Sheck, Leni Sender, Joan Robinson and guests Orly Adler and Howard Kaye.

After the tour, guests enjoyed an exquisite dinner by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz designed especially for the evening. Each guest received autographed copies of Schwartz’s new cookbook Michael’s Genuine Food: Down-to-Earth Cooking for People Who Love to Eat, and pastry chef’s Hedy Goldsmith’s Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors.

Celebrity Sightings:

Actors, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo and Alexa Vega attended the Red Carpet screening for Machete Kills at Regal Cinemas on Lincoln Road. The cast also celebrated at Soho Beach House for the after party.

Musician and songwriter Mike Deleasa performed live on Thursday, October 10 at the Oncology Unit of Miami Children’s Hospital for the inaugural kickoff of the Family Fun Night Series.

Sweat USA, America’s first All-Star Fitness Festival, flexed its muscle on Miami Beach over Columbus Day weekend as thousands of enthusiasts headed to the Miami Beach Convention Center for classes with their favorite fitness idols. First up on Saturday morning was ‘America’s Toughest Trainer’ and star of the hit NBC show The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels. Her class was easily the quickest to sell out as fans from as far as Brazil and the UK packed in to the ballroom as the music thumped before Jillian bounced on to the stage. Supermodel Karolina Kurkova was seen browsing the exhibition floor, trying a few samples of the latest nutrition bars and weight loss formulas. On Sunday, the highly anticipated creator of ‘Insanity,’ today’s biggest selling home-based DVD workout program, Shaun T arrived on-stage with his husband, Scott Blokker, in tow. ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ panelist, creator of Fubu and Miami resident, Daymon John, stopped by the Convention Center to say hello to his business partners who founded SurfSet, the surf board workout routine, which John invested in on the show. The day finished with the founder of P90X, Tony Horton, providing a packed ballroom a rendition of his latest routine P90X 3.

Music producer, Pharrell Williams, married longtime girlfriend, model, Helen Lasichanh, mother to the couple’s son, Rocket, on Saturday night at the Kampong National Gardens in Coconut Grove. Busta Rhymes and Usher performed a mini-concert for the happy couple to celebrate their nuptials.

A newly-svelte Rick Ross hosted the “Prestige Sunday” party at BAMBOO Miami Beach celebrating DJ Camilo’s birthday. DJ Epps and DJ E-Feezy kept the music pumping the party til the wee hours of the morning. Other celebs were there for the birthday celebration: FLOrida, Busta Rhymes, FABOLOUS and French Montana. It was a PACKED house, the line of people awaiting entry spanned several blocks.

Newly wed Savannah Brinson, wife of Lebron James, was spotted enjoying a sushi lunch at Zuma with fellow basketball wife Jenine Howard. Mexican actor, Jorge Salinas and his wife were also seen sharing Japanese Wagyu. Also spotted, retired heavyweight champion boxer, Lennox Lewis, dined with friends at Zuma Sunday night. Greg Oden of the Miami Heat, enjoyed a late night dinner Tuesday there with a lady friend.

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