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Jelsomino Combines Cabaret and Karaoke

A dapper, Michael Capponi, recently hosted the opening night party for Jelsomino, Miami Beach’s opulent, new upscale theatrical karaoke concept- (70% cabaret, 20% Burlesque, 10% karaoke). Think: the Moulin Rouge meets Chicago, In fact, both of those movies were being projected on large screens in between numbers. Capponi, (channeling his elegant Italian nightclub owner/ restaurateur father, Feffo Capponi) unveiled the new club, for which he is promoting special nights each week with a private, VIP opening for 400 guests who gathered to join the nightlife impresario/entrepreneur/philanthropist in welcoming the Ginza Project and Jelsomino founder Tatiana Brunetti in their first South Florida venture.

Guests were greeted by Jelsomino’s entertainment team of professional singers and dancers who kept the cabaret theme going throughout the night with seductive and high-energy performances. Partygoers sipped on Perrier Jouet and Russian Standard cocktails while enjoying and participating in the performances. Gourmet food, cocktails and white glove service combined with the upscale karaoke (background dancers, professional singers and equipment and props), make Jelsomino a unique and welcomed addition to South Beach nightlife.

En Situ: From Wilderness to Studio

Elizabeth Evans Gallery celebrated its inaugural exhibition by featuring two legendary Florida-based artists, Clyde Butcher and Iran Issa-Khan over the weekend. Both known for their love of nature and all things beautiful, Butcher is considered a national treasure for his photographic work in natural settings, especially the Florida Everglades, while Issa-Khan approaches natural objects in her studio, much like she did during her years as a top fashion photographer.

Gallerist and Founder of Elizabeth Evans Gallery, Diana Gratz, along with her handsome husband, George Gratz hosted a fete for almost two hundred collectors and art lovers alike in the beautifully finished space on tiny Marco Island, which was filled with free-flowing Champagne along with stone crabs and other delicacies. Guests included: Lynn Holley, Executive Director, Marco Island Center for the Arts; gallerist, Judith Liegeois, Karen Ardale, Rob K. Blabey, F.B. Paulsen, Jr., Bob Howe, Michael Leondas Kirkland, Jairo Garcia, Issa-Khan’s Studio Assistant with Charly Elvira among others.

The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s Nightmare on the Beach

On Saturday, October 27, The Little Lighthouse Foundation presented its 3rd annual Halloween extravaganza, “Nightmare on the Beach.” More than 1,000 guests piled into the Bath Club for the sold-out affair, which featured music by DJ ELLE, followed by the evening’s headliner: Cato K. For the party, the Bath Club’s 26,000 square foot indoor space was transformed into five themed rooms, which included: The Dos Equis “Most Interesting Lounge,” the Primp VIP Lounge, the Laser Lounge, V2cigs Vapor Lounge, and the Dream Den. The outside courtyard was set up with food stations from Rosa Mexicano, Thierry’s Catering, Lyon+Lyon, Mena Catering, Goya Foods, Tosca, Catering Concepts, and a Nitrogen Bar designed by Cuisineworks. Outlandishly costumed guests marveled at contortionists, aerialists, illuminated break dancers, and a live performance by Orchid to support The Little Lighthouse Foundation that aids underprivileged local children and their families with medical, educational, emotional and financial resources. For more information about the Little Lighthouse Foundation, here.

Celebrity Sightings

Fashion for a Cause was held at the W South Beach Hotel & Residences, on October 27, hosted by actress Aisha Hinds, star of T.V. series, The Cult and 99 Jamz’s, Lorenzo Ice-T Thomas. Featured in the show were fashions by Oxygene, and a unique production setting created by Joshua Blaize. Guests enjoyed a children’s fashion show, a live performance by Mindless Behavior and healthy food booths and games. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Alonzo Mourning were in attendance to watch their very own little ones strut the runway. Also on-hand: Ray Allen, James Jones and Udonis Haslem, who showed their support and cheered for the superstar oncology kids. Proceeds from the event went to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, The Juice Foundation and the Jessica June Cancer Organization. To learn more about the Juice Foundation, visit juicefoundation.org

Daymond John, Founder & CEO of FUBU and Star of ABC’s Shark Tank, served as Master of Ceremonies, for this year’s Diamond Ball, to benefit the Miami Children’s Hospital. Other notable Diamond Ball attendees included Miami Heat Guard Mario Chalmers, Sports Illustrated Supermodel Nina Agdal, actor Juan Soler, CBS 4 Anchor Shannon Hori and Real Housewives of Miami cast members Alexia Echevarria and Adriana De Moura.

Pitbull was spotted hanging out at Wood tavern last Friday for bike night.

Pampers and international recording artist, Thalia joined forces at the New World Center on Monday night to kick-off the Mi Musica, Mi Herencia initiative.

Supermodel, Gisele Bundchen showed off her baby bump all over South Beach, along with hunky, quarterback husband, Tom Brady. The dynamic duo was spotted sunbathing on the beach and dining at local restaurants.

Shareef Malnik and Gabrielle Anwar hosted the annual Friday night dinner before the Intercontinental Make-A-Wish Ball in The Forge’s wine cellar. In attendance, Al Malnik,Wayne and Kathleen Newton, Albert and Renee Bertini who donated his private island in Fiji for the auction, Jim Ferraro, Make-A-Wish CEO Norm Wedderburn, and Chairman of the Board Brett Rose. Wayne Newton heard Steven Gibb was out in the Forge main dining room and went to say hello as Barry Gibb is long time friend of his.

**Check back next week for full coverage of the Make-A-Wish Ball.

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