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Thousands of Rich Hipsters Convene At The 2011 Burning Man Festival via Gawker and Palm Beach Post

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How Rich People Do Burning Man

By Lauri Apple | Gawker

Unless you’re wealthy, you’ve probably been spending Burning Man Week moping about how you couldn’t afford tickets to America‘s favorite festival of radical self-expression this year. But make no mistake: Those rich people touring the playa on their Mad Max cruisers are suffering, too.

As the Wall Street Journal tells us, many of this year’s Burners With Money to Burn are doing all they can to avoid the heat, food shortages, and other potential inconveniences of Black Rock City life by spending shitloads of money to recreate the comforts of home. Reps from the RV rental company Classic Adventures RV, for example, tell the WSJ that Vanity Fair New Establishmentarian and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk hired them to set up “an elaborate compound consisting of eight recreational vehicles and trailers stocked with food, linens, groceries and other essentials for himself and his friends and family.” That’s not all:

[Classic Adventures] charges $5,500 to $10,000 per RV for its Camp Classic Concierge packages like Mr. Musk’s. At Mr. Musk’s RV enclave, the help empties septic tanks, brings water and makes sure the vehicles’ electricity, refrigeration, air conditioning, televisions, DVD players and other systems are ship shape. The staff also stocked the campers with Diet Coke, Gatorade and Cruzan rum.

But isn’t part of the point of Burning Man to “rough it,” radically? Perhaps in the olden days this was true. But rich people bring to the festival their own values and beliefs:

  • Sleeping in a tent sucks
  • Being really hot sucks
  • Making your own art is hard, especially when you have no artistic skills or actual creativity whatsoever

About that last item: The WSJ tells us about one San Francisco real estate mogul who either didn’t feel like or lacked the capacity to construct their own sculpture, and therefore they hired a “team of artists and metalworkers” to built one on their behalf. The mogul wasn’t available for comment, but a chef who cooks up gourmet meals for Burners with refined tastes explains: “People have less and less time to be radically self-reliant.”

Despite their relatively resplendent accommodations, upper-crust Burners can’t shield themselves from every hardship:

Adam Stephenson, a 40-year-old marketing director for Symantec Corp., says that even though he is paying a premium for RV service, he put a lot of work into building a shade tent and buying costumes and supplies. And the RV isn’t the Ritz. “It’s not super easy,” he says. “The air conditioner is not on all the time.”

And when the A/C does break, the rich people sweat just like the poor people sweat. The sun treats everyone the same. This is one of the lessons you learn out there on the desert, when you’re not mastering leadership and contemplating how creativity can bourguignon-beef up your bottom line.

If you’re still sad about missing out on all the adventure and enlightenment and rich-people whining, this live-cam takes you to the action:
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Burning Man 2011: Rites of Passage | Palm Beach Post

Tens of thousands of people have descended on a great expanse of Nevada desert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Burning Man, a gathering of free spirits, artists, entrepreneurs — and anyone else who managed to get a ticket.

Several thousand more would-be participants will have to wait until next year, as 2011 marks another historic milestone: the first time the event has ever sold out, said Burning Man communications manager Andie Grace.

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According to an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management, the event is permitted an average of only 50,000 people per day, Grace said.

The theme of this year’s festival, “Rites of Passage,” is an appropriate one as it also previews a change in the structure of the California-based Black Rock City, L.L.C., which runs the event, from a for-profit organization to a not-for-profit that will continue to promote the festival’s ideology throughout the year.

Anna Wintour Gets Run Through The “Sketchy” Rumour Mill by Talented Illustrator Lisa Hanawalt via [TheHairPin]

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By Lisa Hanawalt | The Hair Pin

Lisa Hanawalt lives in Brooklyn and does illustrations + funnies for publications like the New York Times, McSweeney’s, Vice, and Chronicle Books. She’s best known for her comic book series I Want You.

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OpuluxeLtd.com™ Post Special Edition: Vogue’s Best Dressed of the Year 2010 via [vogue]


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Special Edition: Best Dressed of the Year

Edited by Alexandra Kotur

Whether it’s sleek chic or cyberfantasy, silver-screen Hollywood glamour or Holly Woodlawn camp, whether it’s East End edge or East Egg flapper dazzle, from head (artful marcel waves, tumbled-out-of-bed tousle, or candy-floss high-rise) to toe (ballet slippers with dirndls or platforms with ball gowns), the ten individualists whom Vogue celebrates as the Best Dressed of 2010 are gamely rewriting the rules. Or rather, showing us all that there are no rules beyond staying true to oneself.

Ten Best Dressed — Blake Lively
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Blake Lively


The Bombshell


2010 Fashion’s Night Out: The Show


September 7, 2010


Ten Best Dressed — Marion Cottillard
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Marion Cottillard


Screen Siren


2010 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards


April 13, 2010


Ten Best Dressed — Michelle Obama
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Michelle Obama


The Independent


Benito Juarez International Airport


April 13, 2010


Ten Best Dressed — Jessica Biel
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Jessica Biel


American Beauty


2010 photocall for The A-Team


June 14, 2010


Ten Best Dressed — Alexa Chung
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Alexa Chung


Street Cool


2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards


May 3, 2010


Ten Best Dressed — Sarah Jessica Parker
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Sarah Jessica Parker


Haute Bohemian


2010 Costume Institute Gala Benefit


May 3, 2010


Ten Best Dressed — Liya Kebede
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Liya Kebede


Conscious Chic


2010 Cannes Film Festival


May 13, 2010


Ten Best Dressed — Carey Mulligan
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Carey Mulligan


Free Spirit


2010 Toronto International Film Festival


January 27, 2010


Ten Best Dressed — Shala Monroque
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Shala Monroque




2010 Valentino Spring 2011 show


January 27, 2010


Ten Best Dressed — Lady Gaga

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The Visionary


2010 AMFAR benefit


February 10, 2010


Luxury Trends for 2011: The Latest From The Luxury Institute via [luxist]


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by Susan Kime
The Luxury Institute conducts independent research with wealthy consumers about their behaviors and attitudes on customer experience best practices. Their white papers on luxury trends and consumer attitude change emerge consistently throughout the year. The most recent was published on October 10, 2011, on emerging luxury trends for 2011..

The Institute states, ” As the luxury industry enters the last quarter of 2010 and prepares for 2011, executives are grateful for what could have been a worse year considering the state of the world’s economy. The truly global top-tier luxury brands are surging in China, while holding their own in the US, Japan, and Europe. Leading public companies have done much better than privately-owned brands by using their heritage, innovation, and resources to gain market share. Many family-owned European brands, rich with history but lacking innovation, have suffered and are desperately looking for capital. Overall, the industry has seen tepid growth; this trend is likely to continue for the next three years unless some unforeseen, and highly unlikely, positive event occurs and saves the global economy.”According to the Luxury Institute, here are some trends that have emerged in 2010 and should continue in 2011:

1. A Deepening Focus on Brand Values and Service Values
In his recent book on luxury strategy, Jean-Noel Kapferer stated that unlike mass consumer brands, luxury firms don’t need a brand positioning (e.g. Hertz: #1 in Rent-a- Car , Avis: We try Harder), but they do need an identity. The Luxury Institute states, “Brands must create their identities not only by the name, personality and style of the founder, but also through values by which they should be known and publicly judged. They can be one comprehensive set of brand values that establish the company personality while also acting as service values which define the customer experience.” Brands can also choose to develop two distinct but related sets of brand values and service values. In a recent Luxury Institute LCRMA (Luxury CRM Association) survey, 90% of luxury executives agreed that luxury culture and values are directly linked to positive financial results. .

2. Luxury Brands Purge its Out-of-Touch, Arrogant Staffs
“As top-tier luxury CEOs and their Boards discover the importance of a benevolent culture and values,” the Luxury Alliance states, ” they are also beginning to realize that the people who manage and deliver customer experiences must fit the new customer culture In the sales and customer-facing ranks, people will soon be selected on their abilities to be brand and product experts, earn trust and build lasting customer relationships. Lone Ranger, toxic sales professionals who are currently tolerated will soon be out of fashion. Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, Lexus and Nordstrom have been doing this for years, but even they will have to move to a higher level of cultural relevance and practice, as companies like Zappos prove that there is far higher ground to reach in terms of selecting customer-centric people, living the values and transparency.”

3. Websites!
One senior luxury executive recently told the Luxury Institute that “It’s a dark day for luxury when Zappos delivers a far better luxury experience than any luxury brand”. As luxury retailers learn to leverage the Internet for e-commerce, they are also learning that one thing affluent consumers expect from their online experience, if the need arises, is the availability and opportunity for quick, easy and immediate direct communication. In a recent Luxury Institute WealthSurvey, 62% of affluent consumers stated that when shopping online they feel more comfortable if they can call someone directly for assistance, and 60% said they are likely to abandon their online purchase if they cannot find quick answers to their questions on the website. In addition, 45% expect an obvious phone number to speak with a live sales or customer service representative. While luxury struggles with the answer, Zappos has beat them to it and gained the high ground. The secret that Zappos has learned is that only a small percentage of people need this call service very often. Look for most luxury brands to understand the connection between the call center and online channels and create a far better experience for customers in 2011.

4. Clienteling Goes from a Hobby to a Discipline
In a recent Luxury CRM Association Clienteling survey, only 25% of affluent consumers reported that they have a relationship with a sales associate at a luxury brand. That was actually a high water mark, as other surveys that Luxury Institute partners have conducted indicate that only 8-15% of customers report having a relationship with a sales associate at top luxury retailers. Why is this important? Because this small group of luxury consumers give a retailer almost twice as much in wallet share. They also are likely to continue buying more over time if they have a relationship with a dedicated sales professional.

5. Luxury Mobile Applications Come of Age
Top luxury brands now well into a few years of e-commerce, and having finally ventured into social media, are determined not to miss the soon-to-explode mobile device shopping party. Luxury Institute research on the wealthy consumer use of mobile devices shows that 76% compare prices via mobile devices, while a rapidly growing 27% have purchased via a mobile device. In addition, 21% report that they use mobile devices to look up respective product information while shopping in stores. We are near a tipping point where mobile devices will replace the laptop for many activities and transactions and luxury brands are racing to be a step ahead for a change. Tiffany‘s recently-launched mobile application for finding your perfect engagement ring is a good example of a simple and practical innovation that seeks to serve its customers.

6.Luxury Equips Sales Professionals with In-Store Mobile Devices
Luxury is about to begin testing equipping its sales professionals with mobile devices such as iPads and iPhones in its stores. They can also be used to take customers through rich sales presentations that include video and audio enhancers. They can be used to search out-of-stock inventory anywhere in the retail system, conduct an online transaction, and arrange for delivery in real time. As customers opt in to having their own mobile devices announce their arrival at the store, sales professionals can be alerted to greet customers by name with custom offers ready, or at minimum be aware of what offers have already been sent to them. These applications are only the beginning of the use of mobile in stores as a customer experience enhancer for the sales professional as well as the customer. Mobile devices combine personalization efficiency and effectiveness with an unprecedented touch of caring and nurturing that are the Holy Grail of a true luxury experience.

A Recap: 6 Trends That Defined Luxury in 2010

By Michael Martin

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (TheStreet) — Despite being on the tail end of the worst recession in modern history, 2010 proved a winner for a few select hotels, restaurants and nightclubs whose business models and practices allowed them to rise to the occasion.

Microchain boutique hotels
After beginning as a hipster-granola hotel concept in the Pacific Northwest, Ace Hotels has spread across the United States with a celebrity-studded outpost in New York and destination resort in the California desert.

The bathrooms on Emirates’ 15 Airbus A380s go beyond luxurious in first class. The airline has become the first and only to offer in-flight showers.

The realization that artists on a budget need stylish and comfortable rooms too has evolved into bohemian enclaves that in New York include a Michelin one-star eatery by the creators of the Spotted Pig. Their gastropub eatery is just as popular with city folk as it is with hotel visitors.

In Palm Springs, Ace has brought a Dash Snow sensibility to the destination pool party, with celebrity jam sessions and indie DJs recruited from LA to spin lazy Sunday afternoons by a pool stewing with tattooed rock stars and models on winter break from the Milan-Paris-Tokyo-Ibiza circuit.

Membership clubs
They’ve been a staple of London social life since the advent of the Groucho Club and Soho House, the latter migrating through Berlin and New York before sweeping across the United States this year. The membership club concept thrives most notably in Los Angeles, where Nick Jones’ Soho House has essentially a monopoly on celebrity dining and nightlife from its penthouse West Hollywood location along the Sunset Strip.

Potential members scour their circle of friends for sponsors only to line up for a multimonth waiting list from which only a connected few at a time are selected to join.

November saw the opening of Soho Beach House in Miami, which includes a hotel that was the party site du jour at Art Basel 2010. Meanwhile, Miami’s perennial Casa Tua was set to expand to Aspen, where the Caribou Club has long had a stranglehold on the billionaire and ski bunny set.

Are you a friend of Andre Saraiva?
He seems to be everywhere these days. In Paris his Le Baron nightclub is the fashion stalwart of local nightlife, while the Hotel Amour he co-owns has become the most fashionable address for one-name artists and celebrity designers. Ditto for Japan, where Le Baron is the hottest club in Tokyo.

In United States, Saraiva has the Boom Boom Room and Le Bain atop the Standard New York and plans for a nightclub in Chinatown. Pop-up installments of Saraiva’s nightclubs are the “it” events at the Cannes Film Festival and Art Basel, where he was essentially handed the keys to Delano’s famous Florida Room for the past two year.

In St. Tropez he’s transformed the once derelict Hotel Ermitage into a bastion of cool on the scale of LA’s Chateau Marmont, but with a French accent.

Saraiva, only 38 and already the new Ian Schrager, is the man of the moment, the coolest guy in town — any town.

Let’s make a deal
It wasn’t long ago that the name Gilt Groupe was barely pronounceable to the average Internet consumers, let alone recognized as a discount retailer specializing in deals for high-fashion goods for subscribers. This year Gilt launched its JetSetter travel deals, offering cut rates at selected hotels that range from quirky boutiques to the best luxury addresses in Paris.

The formula has brought competition from such players as Tablet Hotels, Design Hotels and Leading Hotels of the World that now allows even the high end of the travel market to scout out a deal without embarrassment. Drawbacks include a not always stellar selection with prenegotiated availability and, often, required prepayments. The endless emails for affiliated and launching products also detract from the experience of a once exclusive membership now open to pretty much anyone.

Shower before landing
The advent of the French Airbus A380 has allowed a creative interpretation of the traditional first class flying experience, and Emirates, with its impressive 15 of the craft, offers the most luxurious and over-the-top configuration: It has become the first and only airline in operation to offer in-flight showers.

Emirates’ Private Suites, touted by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City 2, are equipped with sliding doors and minibars of almost full-size premium goodies. There’s also two shower spas at the front of the first-class area — complete with Bulgari bath products and fluffy Italian linens — offering a burlwood boudoir that’s become the hottest amenity in the aviation industry.

Celebrity chefs
Celebrity chefs, the latest must-have amenity for new hotels, are a sure-fire way to keep guest dollars in house as well as a burgeoning business for hoteliers looking to divest real estate during tough times. This year has seen the debut of Daniel Boloud’s DB Bistro Modern at the new JW Marriott Marquis Miami, J&G Steakhouse by Jean-George Vongerichten at St. Regis Deer Valley, the highly touted WP24 by Wolfgang Puck at the Ritz Carlton at LA Live and Michelle Bernstein at the Omphoy in Palm Beach.

Pierre Gagnaire seems to be in front of the trend, conquering the globe with a new Reflets eatery in Dubai, a two-star Michelin-rated restaurant at Les Airelles in Courchevel and an outpost at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. With no shortage of celebrity chefs, Vegas is also welcoming Scott Contant’s Scarpetta and Jose Andres’ Jaleo, which just opened at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

Look for even bigger chef names to debut next year. The world’s most heralded chef, Heston Blumenthal of Fat Duck, given three stars by Michelin, will debut a concept eatery at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London that already has its own Bar Boulud in the basement.

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Shining Stars 2010 via [InStyle]


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Christina Aguilera & World Food Programme

2010 Shining Stars - Christina Aguilera & World Food Programme
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Christina says: “After I became a mom, I felt passionate about the fact that no child should go hungry. Food is not a luxury. This year, I became an ambassador for the United Nations‘ World Food Programme, which helps feed people in need and supports their self-sustainability around the world.”

Learn More: Learn what $1 a day can buy for a hungry child at fromhungertohope.com.

Go Social: Follow World Food Programme on Twitter and Facebook

Matt Damon & Water.org

2010 Shining Stars - Matt Damon & Water.org
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Matt says: “We work with communities in developing countries to help them fund, design, and build their own water-supply systems. In the end it’s a really easy solution-but one that makes an incalculable amount of difference.”

Learn More: Visit water.org to donate, sign up for monthly updates, and learn how to spread the word about the global water crisis.

Go Social: Follow water.org on Twitter and Facebook

Ashton Kutcher & the DNA Foundation

Ashton says: “We formed DNA—which stands for Demi and Ashton—with the goal of eliminating sex slavery worldwide but first and foremost right here in the U.S. Our new Real Men awareness campaign takes aim at the people who support the slave trade: Because really, real men don’t buy girls.”

Learn More: Visit demiandashton.org to donate, write to your local elected officials, and volunteer to become a part of the DNA Advocacy Team.

Go Social: Follow the DNA Foundation on Twitter and Facebook.

Julianna Margulies & Project A.L.S.

2010 Shining Stars - Julianna Margulies & Project A.L.S.

Juliana says: “My friend Jenifer Estess, a theater producer, was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease ALS when she was 35. Jenifer and her sisters began Project A.L.S. in order to help further the cause of stem-cell research, and I believe it’s vital to finding a cure. So far we’ve had great success.”

Learn More: Visit projectals.org to donate, volunteer, or to learn how to host a fundraiser in your area.

Go Social: Follow Project A.L.S. on Twitter and Facebook.

Hugh Jackman & World Vision

2010 Shining Stars - Hugh Jackman & World Vision
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Hugh says: “I’ve traveled with World Vision to Cambodia and Ethiopia. We encourage self-sufficiency by teaching people about microfinance and technology. When you give people the ability to help themselves, you make them feel like a worthy investment, and so they become one.”

Learn More: Visit worldvision.com to donate and sign up for updates on Hugh Jackman’s trips and the organization’s efforts around the world.

GO SOCIAL : Follow World Vision on Twitter
and Facebook

Taylor Swift & Musicares: Nashville Flood Relief Fund

2010 Shining Stars - Taylor Swift & Musicares: Nashville Flood Relief Fund

Taylor says: “Nashville is the town I love the most in the world, and when the floods hit in May, many people in my community experienced significant loss. [The city] has recovered in the most incredible way, but there are still people here who are struggling to put their lives back together. I know we’ll get there, but it’ll take time.”

Learn More: Visit grammy.com/musicares to donate or learn how to throw a fundraiser in your area.

John Legend & Harlem Village Academies

2010 Shining Stars - John Legend & Harlem Village Academies
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John says: “I work to raise funds for Harlem Village and schools like it, and most important, I mentor kids. I tell people: Find a school in your community and decide that those kids are not just somebody else’s kids. They belong to all of us.” 

Learn More: Visit harlemvillageacademies.org for more information on teaching and volunteer opportunities and corporate matching programs.

Miami Art Basel Events Guide The Art World’s Winter Playground via [Social Miami]


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Art Basel Miami Beach is once again upon us bringing with it a swarm of satellite art fairs and parties that envelope the entire city. Detailing the non-stop activity is SocialMiami’s Art Basel Guide.
From Fairchild to Wynwood, the Design District, MiMo, Brickell, Downtown, Mid-Town, North Beach and South Beach, all of Miami-Dade is ready to host inarguably the largest convergence of people from the international art world to descend upon a single locale for the entire year. So, get your calendars ready and support as many of these unique events as you can – oh, and invest in a piece, or two, while you’re at it!

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Reconstructed Visions

Monday, November 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sheila Elias will open her studio for a reception to preview her new exhibition, Reconstructed Visions, an exhibition called The Wall which was given last year during Art Basel A selection of sketchbook works ranging from 1993 to 2010, as well as a number of large canvas pieces (2010), will be on display. Work by Elias, a multi media artist, is in numerous collections including the Brooklyn, Bass, and Lowe Museums and has also exhibited at The Louvre in Paris. The opening is hosted by Deepak Sony, head of the Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors. RSVP please.

Studio of Sheila Elias
1510 N.E. 130th Street, North Miami
305-892-9198 (RSVP)

Preview of Contemporary Asian Art Exhibition

Monday, November 29 at 7 p.m.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami will show a unique exhibition of Contemporary Asian Art curated by Brian Dursum, Director and Curator of UM’s Lowe Art Museum. The Mandarin is the official hotel sponsor of Art Miami, the city’s premier anchor art fair held November 30 through December 5. The hotel exhibition will feature work from some of China’s most exciting contemporary artists, and an exclusive preview in the hotel’s atrium lobby on Monday will benefit The Lotus House, a women’s shelter that offers sanctuary for homeless women and infants. The exhibition will be on view November 30 through December 5.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Downtown Miami
305-913 8288


Monday, November 29 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Eleven artists are joining forces for an exploration of self-identity through visual art and film with a portion of proceeds from sales to benefit the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Participating artists are Thom Wheeler Castillo, Roberto Catasus, Dennis Dean, Daniel Garcia, Lidia Godoi, Israel Guevara, Pablo Hernandez, Rock Hudson, Armando Pedroso, George Rodez and Evelyn Valdirio. RODEZart.com Gallery is located at Coco Walk where Art Starts in the Grove will celebrate Art Basel week with all galleries, restaurants and bars participating daily, beginning on Monday, followed by an after-party at the Mayfair Atrium from 9 to 11 p.m.

RODEZart.com Gallery
3015 Grand Avenue, Suite 237, Coconut Grove

4th Annual Tastemakers Showcase

Monday, November 29 at 8 p.m.

Brazil’s leading closet, bath and kitchen design showroom and fabricator, Ornare, will host its Tastemakers Showcase, honoring the most prestigious architects, designers and builders of 2010. Renowned for raising the bar of custom, organizational design, Ornare will showcase the professional styles, ideas and perspectives of 21 design firms who are leaders in the industry. View works from all the distinguished honorees from this year’s Showcase and celebrate design at its best!

3930 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suites 102/103
Miami Design District

moca & vanity Fair International Party

Tuesday, November 30 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Join the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and Vanity Fair International to kick off Art Basel Miami Beach and to celebrate the opening of Jonathan Meese: Sculpture, his first major solo exhibition in the United States. Also opening is Bruce Weber: Haiti / Little Haiti, an exhibition of photographs of Miami’s Haitian community by celebrated photographer Bruce Weber taken from 2008 to 2010. Open to all MOCA members, North Miami residents and city employees, and Art Basel VIP cardholders and exhibitors. $25 admission for all others.

770 N.E. 125th Street, North Miami

Someone under the Carpet

Tuesday, November 30 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Meet contemporary Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at their solo exhibition of Someone under the Carpet. The work recreates an installation originally staged at the Museum van Hendendaagse Kunst Antwerpen in 1998. Viewers stand around a roped-off, carpeted area of the gallery floor where a human figure slowly twists and moves beneath the carpet in circles, manifesting a moving sculpture. Also on view will be four large-scale carpets from The Flying series (2005-6), occupying an adjacent 8,000 square-foot space, handcrafted books created in the mid-90’s, documentary films and a miniature model of The Ship of Siwa, built with the participation of local children and students from Manchester College in the United Kingdom. The work will be on display through January 15, open Tues – Sat from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wolfgang Roth & Partners
201 N.E. 39th Street, Miami Design District

Most Wanted 8th Edition Opening Party

Tuesday, November 30 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Amy Alonso Gallery will host an opening party for the Eighth Edition of its popular Most Wanted Art Basel Exhibition. The exhibition features the works of a diverse group of seven contemporary surreal, fantastic, abstract expressionism and pop-surrealist artists: Carla Fache, Victor Mahana, Rodolfo Edwards, Valentina Brostean, Joseph Firbas, Tomas Valdivieso and Raymond Fuentes. Enjoy complimentary drinks and live entertainment. The exhibit will be on view through December 17. Special hours during Art Basel week are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Amy Alonso Gallery
750 N.E. 124th Street, Suite 2, MOCA Plaza, North Miami

Opening Reception for Extraordinary Journey into 3D

Tuesday, November 30 from 7 to 10 p.m.

ArtDecemberMiami.com will sponsor Extraordinary Journey Into 3D, an art exhibition of more than 24 works of art by Miami artists Brigitte Andrade, Mamushka, Galaxy Girl and Giovanni DeCunto. The work of these artists, not usually exhibited in 3D, has been transformed into 3D by Ramesh Kannappan, of 3DPhotoFlip, for this exhibition. The work will be on view through December 3.

Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
1920 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach

Art Miami

Tuesday – Sunday, November 30 – December 5

Miami’s longest running contemporary art fair, Art Miami, returns to the City of Miami with a compelling array of modern and contemporary artwork from over 100 international galleries and prominent art institutions. Now in its 21st year, Art Miami is a “can’t miss” event for serious collectors, museum professionals, curators and art enthusiasts. Exhibitions at the fair will include paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and prints from Europe, Asia, Latin America, India, the Middle East and the United State. Distinguished for its depth, diversity and quality, Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America’s contemporary art fair market. Art Miami will kick off Art Week with a benefit for Lotus House Women’s Shelter ($25 entry) on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a VIP preview 7 to 10:30 p.m. open to Art Miami VIP cardholders. Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 to 6 p.m. One-day pass is $15 ($35 including catalog) and multi-day pass is $20 ($40 with catalog).

Art Miami Pavilion
Midtown Boulevard (N.E. 1st Ave.)
Between 31st and 32nd Streets
Midtown Miami Arts District

Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne Outdoor Exhibition

On View beginning November 30

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will present the U.S.’s largest outdoor exhibition of works by French sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne. The exhibition, Les Lalanne at Fairchild, opening to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, will feature more than twenty sculptures, including works never before publicly exhibited in the U.S., and one multi-piece work comprised of more than a dozen individual sculptures, to be installed throughout the Garden’s 83-acres of lush, tropical landscape. Drawing surrealist imagery from flora and fauna, the Lalanne’s sculptures will create an extraordinary element of surprise and wonder set within Fairchild’s botanic paradise of rare palms, cycads, and flowering plants. Fairchild is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables


Tuesday – Sunday, November 30 – December 5

Graffiti Gone Global 2010 presents Fresh Produce, an urban contemporary art exhibition powered b SUSHISAMBA. In its 4th consecutive year, Graffiti Gone Global is produced in collaboration with Primary Flight, Operation Design and Haas & Hahn, is curated by Cristina Gonzalez, a/k/a She Kills He, and features work from today’s top street and graffiti artists. Fresh Produce blurs the line between the street and the gallery, presenting a multifaceted exhibition highlighting the freshest and most undeniable influences of urban aesthetics and contemporary design with a roster of international artists. Opening preview is Tues from 5 to 8 p.m. Fair hours are Weds & Thurs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., followed by an Artists Party from 7 to 10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

70 N.W. 25th Street
(Between N.W. 2nd and North Miami Avenues)
Wynwood Art District

SCOPE art fair

Tuesday – Sunday, November 30 – December 5

SCOPE Art Fair has established its name by curating cutting-edge contemporary art from around the world. Returning to Miami for its 10th year, SCOPE Miami’s 80,000 square foot concrete foundation is next to Art Asia and across the street from Art Miami. This year’s fair will present 85 international galleries upholding SCOPE’s unique tradition of solo and thematic group shows presented alongside museum-quality programming, collector tours, screenings, and special events. The experience will expand this year in partnership with cultural organizations to feature film, music, installation and performance. The fair opens to Press and VIP’s on Tuesday (3 – 9 p.m.) with a FirstView benefit ($100, free for ABMB VIP’s); Wednesday – Saturday (11 – 7); Sunday (11 – 6). Admission is $20; students $15; free for ABMB VIP’s.

3011 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood Art District

Sculpt Miami

Tuesday – Sunday, November 30 – December 5

Sculpt Miami 2010 showcases outstanding large-scale indoor and outdoor sculptures by prominent modern artists from around the world. The fair focuses on the newest aesthetic tendencies in contemporary sculpture highlighting innovative techiniques and the use of original materials. Opening Reception is Tues from 7 to 10 p.m., open to VIP cardholders, media and guests who RSVP. Fair hours are Tues – Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free; catalog available for $5.

46 N.W. 36th Street
Wynwood Art District

Opening Reception for Daniel Arsham Solo Exhibition “Alter”

Tuesday, November 30 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Artist Daniel Arsham will debut three new bodies of work: Objects from Antiquity, Push Puppets and Pixel Clouds. Arsham makes architecture do things it’s not supposed to do, mining everyday experience for opportunities to confuse and confound our expectations of space and form. Simple yet paradoxical gestures dominate his sculptural work, and structural experiment, historical inquiry, and satirical wit all combine with consummate technical skill in his ongoing interrogation of the real and the imagined. Objects from Antiquity, a new series of gouache on mylar drawings, was inspired by a trip to Athens; his life-sized push puppet figurines from his childhood collapse and reform again, recreating his memories architecturally; and his Pixel Clouds that hang overhead in the gallery continues his ongoing exploration into the relationship between architecture and nature. The work will be on view through December 11; open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through December 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 11.

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
194 N.W. 30th Street, Wynwood Art District 305-573-2130

smART – Art Sale and Exhibition

November 30 – December 15

In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Miami Dade College will present smART, a landmark art exhibition and sale worthy of this historic milestone. smART will focus on the work from emerging and established Latin American artists including Luís Gispert, Juan Iribarren and Flavia di Rin. In all 86 artists and 32 renowned galleries from 8 countries will participate. All proceeds will benefit the American Dream Scholarship Fund, aimed at providing a better opportunity for quality education to students who could not otherwise afford it. Preview the works online and visit the gallery, which is open regular hours Tues – Fri from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sat from noon to 4 p.m. Special hours of noon to 6 p.m. are in effect on Fri – Sun of Art Basel week. For more information please contact Amaury Zuriarrain.

Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College
600 N. Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami

Tropical Modernism

Wednesday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bisazza and Oppenheim Architecture + Design will host Tropical Modernism to showcase a selection of forthcoming projects. Founded by Chad Oppenheim, OAD is based in Miami but operates globally with worldwide experience in hospitality, office, high-rise, retail, residential and mixed-use design, as well as the complete master planning and design of new cities. To accompany the exhibition, Bisazza and OAD will run two architectural tours on Tropical Modernism. Each tour will last one hour and culminate in a private visit to Villa Allegra.

3740 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District

A New Time for Old Tales

Wednesday, December 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.

In celebration of Art Basel, The Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH) will put a fresh spin on old Grimm fairy tales, including Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Tom Thumb, Rapunzel, and Rumpelstiltskin. Students from this award-winning school will create a series of dynamic, site-specific multi-media installations, allowing the legendary literary characters beyond their own stories into each other’s worlds. On view through December 11.

Las Tias
2834 N. Miami Avenue, Miami

The Vogue Lounge

Wednesday, December 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Preview the season’s cutting edge fashion, beauty and lifestyle trends at a chic lounge hosted by Vogue Magazine. This shopping experience is presented by Trina Turk, Sam Edelman, bebe, Canon, Curve Boutique, Shari Liu Handbags, Honey Child, the American Cancer Society and Latisse®. Opening champagne reception with music by South Florida’s stylist female DJ duo, Ess and Emm, kicks off the 3-day fete (Weds – Fri) when the lounge will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-864-3434, Ext. 123

Opening Receptions for Miguel Paredes

Wednesday & Thursday, December 1 & 2 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Artist Miguel Paredes, notable pop and multi-media artist, sculptor and urban realist, will launch his most recent artistic endeavor in partnership with the National Hotel in the heart of South Beach. It’s Paredes’ largest exhibition to date with his multi-colored and vibrant works covering the hotel’s outdoor façade as well as its indoor walls and chic pool garden area. The VIP reception is Wednesday from 8 to 11 p.m., and the exhibition will be open to the public December 2 through 5. In Paredes’ solo gallery space in Wynwood, the artist will host an Art Basel launch event on Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m., and the gallery will remain open to the public through Art Basel. At both spaces the artist will unveil select pieces from his new series Elements of an Artist, as well as never before seen works and sculptures.

National Hotel
1677 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Paredes Fine Arts Studio
2311 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Wynwood Art District

Wynwood Walls – Street Art Mural Park

Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5 from noon to 11 p.m.

Wynwood Walls, Miami’s epicenter for cutting-edge museum quality contemporary murals, builds on the street art tradition already established in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. The result of a collaboration between Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties and Jeffrey Deitch of Deitch Projects, the open-air art park launched during Art Basel 2009. Using primed walls of buildings as their canvases, internationally respected artists from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States, including Aiko from Japan, Os Gemeos and Nunca from Brazil and Stelios Faitakis from Greece, as well as Jim Drain, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Barry McGee, Ara Peterson, Clare Rojas, Kenny Scharf and the team of Swoon, David Ellis and Ben Wolf from the US, created the park’s original 12 expansive murals. For Art Basel 2010, Wynwood Walls will roll out even more exciting and innovative works.

N.W. 2nd Avenue
Between 25th and 26th Streets
Wynwood Art District

Isabella Rossellini’s “Seduce Me”

Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5

The Wolfsonian–FIU will present Seduce Me, a collaboration with Isabella Rossellini, Andy Byers, and Rick Gilbert in celebration of Art Basel | Miami Beach 2010. The site-specific installation project takes its name from a series of short videos created by Rossellini exploring the unconventional seduction rituals of creatures ranging from bugs to cuttlefish. Commissioned for The Wolfsonian, it features complex and imaginative paper sculptures made by Andy Byers that are used in the videos for sets, props, and costumes, and the Seduce Me videos created, produced, directed, written, and performed by Rossellini and produced and art directed by Rick Gilbert. Elaborating on the themes of the videos, Andy Byers has designed a fantastical landscape, populated by awe-inspiring creatures made primarily of paper, that conveys the complex, ingenious, and precious attributes of nature. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except for Friday when the hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach


Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5

A thought-provoking, curated experience, Arts for a Better World features works by more than 30 visual artists from many countries, with the common mission to contribute to a better world for future generations. In addition to the fine arts, visitors will encounter a dynamic educational program of workshops dedicated to developing a better world awareness for children and adults. The elegantly designed 42,000 square foot exhibit hall will also house special areas dedicated to four major international charitable organizations directly benefiting from the expo, as well as several local organizations that support the better world mission. Open Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10; free for children under 18, members of the Armed Forces and Art Basel VIP badgeholders.

Soho Studios
N.W. 22nd Street and 1st Avenue, Wynwood Art District

LITTLEST SISTER | 10 | Invitational Art Fair

Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5

Littlest Sister, in its third edition, is Miami Design District’s only art fair, consisting of just 8 booths that house over 40 of today’s most provocative artists from unknowns to seasoned veterans. This year a VIP Project Room featuring a solo project by artist Marc Dennis will be added, appropriately dressed with an extensive selection of art publications and Cafe to converge, lounge and unwind. Another new highlight will be the Littlest Sculpture Project with works by Pablo Cano, Eric Doeringer and Pachi Giustinian, to accentuate the fair’s overall concept. Special events are the Littlest Vernissage on Tues from 7 to 10 p.m., a VIP Collectors’ Brunch on Weds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Design District Opening Night reception on Thurs from 7 p.m. to midnight. The Fair opens daily at 9 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. on Weds, Fri and Sat, midnight on Thurs and 3 p.m. on Sun.

Spinello Gallery
155 N.E. 38th Street, Suite 101
Miami Design District


Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5

Art Asia, established in 2008, has hosted fairs in Miami and Basel, and in only its third edition, the Fair has welcomed more than 75,000 visitors. Art Asia is the premier and only Asian contemporary art fair in the US, serving as a platform for galleries from around the world to showcase the best of established and emerging Asian artists, working both inside and outside of Asia. It has positioned itself as a forum for international galleries, curators, artists, collectors and educators to exchange ideas and see fresh and exciting works by contemporary Asian artists. VIP Vernissage on Tues from 3 to 9 p.m. Fair hours are Weds & Sun from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thurs – Sat from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. One-day admission is $15 and $10 for seniors and students; multi-day pass is $20.

Art Asia Miami
2901 N. Miami Avenue, Miami Midtown


Wednesday – Saturday, December 1 – 5

Design Miami/ is the global forum that brings together the most influential dealers, collectors, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. At the core of the Design Miami/ forum is a marketplace for limited-edition design, amid which international design galleries present curated exhibitions on museum-quality furniture, light and objets d’art, attracting the highest level of private and public collectors of historical and contemporary design. The galleries invited to exhibit deal mainly in design objects from the advent of Modernism (circa 1900) to the present day with select galleries specializing in 18th and 19th century antiques. Design Miami/ has a new exhibition venue, and fair hours are Weds – Sat from noon to 8 p.m. and Sun from noon to 6 p.m. One-day tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors with ID. VIP opening on Tues and Nocturne on Thurs from 8 to 10 p.m. are by invitation only.

Design Miami/
Miami Beach Convention Center P-Lot
Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach

INK Miami Art Fair

Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5

In its 5th year, INK Miami is a contemporary art fair that is unique among the satellite fairs in Miami for its forcus on contemporary prints and works on paper by internationally renowned artists. Sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association, exhibitors are selected for their ability to offer collectors a diverse survey of 20th century masterworks and just-published editions by leading artists. This year’s dealers will present a coordinated show of works on paper that feature language as a compositional element. The fair opens with a Preview Breakfast on Weds from 10 a.m. to noon. Fair hours are Weds from noon to 5 p.m., Thurs – Sat 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Suites of Dorchester Hotel
1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Red Dot Miami

Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 -5

Red Dot Miami strives to create a fair for galleries specializing in works by emerging, mid-career and established artists who seek to present work of lasting value and beyond current trends. International modern and contemporary art galleries will exhibit paintings, sculpture, photography and works on paper in the luxurious layout of Red Dot’s 30,000 square foot tented venue. Opening Reception on Tues from 6 to 9 p.m., to benefit GreenMiami, a project initiated by former Miami Mayor Manual Diaz with proceeds going to the City of Miami Tree Trust Fund. Tickets for reception are $25 which includes daily access to the fair. Fair hours are Weds from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thurs – Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Complimentary cocktails, courtesy of Camarena Tequila will be served daily between 6 and 8 p.m.

Red Dot Miami
3011 N.E. 1st Avenue (Midtown Blvd. at 31st Street)
Wynwood Art District

Opening Night for Sugar Rush

Wednesday, December 1 from 8 to 10 p.m.

ArtCenter/South Florida ACSF celebrates Art Basel Miami Beach with eye candy galore: Good N’ Plenty, a group show featuring current and alumni artists-in-residence and Sweet Jesus Unfair, an installation by Alex Heria about religion bedazzled. Good N’ Plenty (800 Lincoln Road), curated by Kristen Thiele, spotlights 25 years of ACSF artists and includes foundting artist Ellie Schneiderman; luminaries William Cordova and Luis Gispert; Haitian Diaspora artist and community leader Edouard Duval Carrie; and many more renowned artists. Sweet Jesus Unfair by Alex Heria (924 Lincoln Road) blends religious iconography with jewels, glitter and gold, and mixed media artist Alex Heria illustrates the age-old relationship between Catholicism and money with visual effects and photography, found objects and carnival lighting. Other highlights at ACSF include Gift of Art – the Center’s 40 artists-in-residence have created limited-edition prints that will be given to visitors who obtain vouchers at the opening event; Art Dummie by David Rohn, a interactive piece based on his experience with Facebook; and a Good N’ Plenty Brunch, provided by Ghirardelli, on Sunday from 11 a.m to 3 p.m.

ArtCenter/South Florida
800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

Wednesday – Saturday, December 1 – 4

CIFO will host a series of daily breakfasts from 9 a.m. to noon with not-to-miss art happenings throughout Art Basel week. Weds: Artist Talk with photographer Luisa Lambri and Douglas Fogle, Curator of the Hammer Museum at UCLA. Thurs: a cake performance presented by Kreëmart, in which contemporary Cuban artists, Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodriguez, Los Carpinteros, explore dessert as an art medium, followed by a tour of Inside Out: Photography After Form with CIFO’s guest curators Simon Baker and Tanya Barson, Curators of the Tate Modern in London. And on Sat at 8 p.m. the outdoor screening of PBS Art:21’s documentary about renowned South African artist William Kentridge.

1018 N. Miami Avenue, Miami


Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5

Zones Art Fair is a niche fair with a strong local flavor, offering a detour from the labyrinthine art-fair set-up. Expect anything from sculpture and painting to video and performance art from up and coming artists. Added this year is Fast Forward with curators and artists presenting an array of subjects. Events range from food-tasting to talks to cocktails and music. Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

Edge Zones Space
47 N.E. 25th Street, Wynwood Art District

Inauguration of Miami Beach Sculpture Biennale

Thursday, December 2

Hosted by Gary Nader, a selection of sculptures by world-class contemporary artists, ranging in size from medium to monumental scale, will be displayed along the Biscayne Boulevard corridor in downtown Miami, from the InterContinental Hotel to the American Airlines Arena. The City of Miami Mayor Tomas P. Regalado will officially inaugurate the Sculpture Biennale, celebrating the importance of sculpture in contemporary civic life. The Biennale exhibition will be open and free to the public. It will include didactic materials which will enhance the general public’s appreciation of the works on display. A partial list of artists includes: Fernando Botero (Colombia), Sandro Chia (Italy), Keith Haring (USA), John Henry (USA), Julio Larraz (Cuba). Lina Leal (Argentina), Roy Fox Liechtenstein (USA), Enrique Martinez Celaya (USA), Henry Moore (UK), Mimo Paladino (Italy), Carolina Sardi (Argentina), Frank Stella (USA), Rufino Tamayo (Mexico), and Hans Van de Bovenkamp (Germany).

Miami InterContinental Hotel
100 Chopin Plaza, Downtown Miami


Thursday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to noon

An Art Basel tradition, the Rubell Opening Breakfast presents Just Right, an interactive food installation by Jennifer Rubell. Just Right addresses the question: What if Goldilocks were an artist? The focus is on the fact that Goldilocks assumes the authority to determine the perfect form of everything she encounters, one of the defining strategies of the contemporary artist. Located in a derelict house just behind the Rubell Family Collection, Just Right is accessible only through a hole broken through the back wall of the Collectionʼs courtyard. Once you go through the overgrown backyard and enter the house, you’ll encounter thousands of bowls, porridge, brown sugar, raisins and milk. The temperature of the porridge, the size of the bowl, the shape of the spoon, and all the toppings are just right! Sponsored by illycaffè and open Weds – Sun. In the galleries: How Soon Now and Time Capsule, Age 13 to 21: The Contemporary Art Collection of Jason Rubell. Art Basel hours: Weds – Mon from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rubell Family Collection
95 N.W. 29th Street, Wynwood Art District

Opening of Rock and a Soft Place

Thursday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to noon

An unexpected and captivating site, the tranquil gardens of Casalin may seem an unusual setting among the galleries in Wynwood that are showcasing work during Art Basel. This serene oasis, however, will be bustling with outstanding cutting-edge exhibitions carefully curated by NWSA faculty and gallery owner Fredric Snitzer. The exhibition Rock and a Soft Place features more than a dozen art works and covers most of the newly expanded grounds. The show is free, open to the public and will remain open through Art Basel week.

The Yard at Casalin
55 N.W. 30th Street, Wynwood Art District

Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980

Thursday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to noon

Pacific Standard Time fosters an understanding of Southern California art through panel discussions with Los Angeles artists. From 10 to 11 a.m., John Baldessari and Analia Saban, moderated by Glenn Phillips from the Getty Research Institute; and from 11 to noon Eleanor Antin and Kaari Upson in conversation with moderator Ali Subotnik from the Hammer Museum.

Rubell Family Collection Sculpture Garden
95 N.W. 29th Street, Wynwood Art District

7th Annual Masters Mystery Art Show

Thursday, December 2 from noon to 7 p.m.

This year art and fashion unite for the Masters Mystery Art Show with a collection of canvas totes decorated and embellished by 25 top fashion designers joining the mini masterpieces on sale for $50. More than 1500 original artworks, each 6”x9,” created by 300 artists from 31 countries will be on display for purchase to benefit Florida International University’s Masters in Fine Arts program. The mystery is an artistic whodunit since the artist of each piece of art or canvas tote is unveiled only after it is purchased. Works will be created by artists and designers Amrita Singh, Adriana Castro, Lisa Pliner, Richie Rich, Ryan Paul Simmons and Romero Britto. A private cocktail reception coincides with the opening of Art Basel on Wednesday, and the show opens to the public on Thursday.

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Reception for Saturday’s Ransom

Thursday, December 2 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Locust Projects will present Saturday’s Ransom, an ambitious new project by Miami-based artist Jim Drain. The 2005 winner of the prestigious Baloise Art Prize, Drain has exhibited at institutions and galleries across the US and internationally. This will be his first solo exhibition in Miami; on view through December 4, daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drain also collaborated with students from Design and Architecture Senior High School to create a vinyl wrap scrim that evokes majestic stained glass. Commissioned by Carlos & Rosa de la Cruz, Craig Robins of Dacra Development, and Asi Cymbal of Cymbal Development, Small Reprieve is located at N.E. 41st Street and 1st Avenue.

Locust Projects
155 N.E. 38th Street, Suite 100, Miami Design District

Opening Reception for Performance Art Curated by Rirkrit Tiravanija

Thursday, December 2 at 8 p.m.
Internationally acclaimed artist Rirkrit Tiravanija will curate an exhibition of emerging performance-based artists especially for the Miami Design District. Selected were three former students – Lior Shvil, Aki Sasamoto and Naama Tsabar – who are all currently making a wide range of performance works that tap into today’s culture. Performances will be Thurs, Fri & Sat at 9 p.m.

4141 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suites 101C, 101D, 101E
Miami Design District


Thursday, December 2, from 8 to 11 p.m.

Miami Art Museum will host Art Basel VIP’s and other invited guests for its signature Art Basel event, Party on the Plaza featuring live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under the stars. On view, Susan Rothenberg: Moving in Place, Between Here and There: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, Focus Gallery: Robert Rauschenberg, and Galaxies Forming Along Filaments, Like Droplets Along the Strands of a Spider’s Web, 2008, a large-scale installation by Tomás Saraceno. Party on the Plaza is by invitation only – open to Art Basel Miami Beach exhibitors’ pass, VIP card and special VIP cardholders, PULSE VIP cardholders, as well as Contributing ($250) and above MAM members and MAM Contemporaries. To become a member, contact membership@miamiartmuseum.org.

Miami Art Museum
101 W. Flagler Street, Downtown Miami


Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

Fountain Miami 2010, the 5th anniversary of the show launched during Art Basel 2006, features 25 projects by US-based and international galleries and artist collectives. Fountain has become known as the go-to venue for nighttime live music and performance art during the fair week. VIP Preview on Thurs from noon to 6 p.m.; Opening Reception on Fri from 7 p.m. to midnight; Miami New Times Party on Sat from 7 to midnight; and Closing Party on Sun from 4 to 7 p.m. Fair hours are Fri – Sun from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fountain Miami
2505 N. Miami Avenue, Wynwood Art District


Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) will host the NADA Art Fair featuring 88 emerging art galleries from 19 countries, as well as performances, lectures and events. a diverse, high quality group of professional exhibitors. Discover work of emerging contemporary artists in an intimate setting with an entire section of the venue set aside for solo presentations. Admission to the fair is free; fair hours are Thurs from 2 to 8 p.m., Fri & Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

Presenting over 80 of the world’s premier contemporary art galleries, along with a dynamic cultural program, PULSE Miami connects art enthusiasts to works by leading and emerging artists. The Fair is divided into two sections and is comprised of a mix of established and emerging galleries vetted by a committee of prominent international dealers with the Impulse section presenting solo exhibitions of new artists’ work. PULSE develops original cultural programming with a series of large-scale installations, its PULSE Play Video Lounge, PULSE Performance Events, and PULSE Profiles series of artists and curators talks. Fair hours are Thurs 1 to 7 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15; students/seniors/groups $10.

The Ice Palace
1400 N. Miami Avenue, Miami

Student Exhibition

Thursday – Saturday, December 2 – 4

Talented students participating in the Arts for Learning programs will showcase an exhibition of their work during Art Basel. A majority of the work will come from students from the Lewis Arts Academy, a program launched by Arts for Learning and supported by the Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation, that offers at-risk students an opportunity for continued artistic growth. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will be open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Whale & Star (Studio of Enrique Martínez Celaya)
2215 N.W. First Place, Wynwood Art District

Opening Reception for The Moksha Art Fair

Thursday, December 2 at 6 p.m.

Visionary art, music and performance are happening at the Moksha Art Fair during the week of Art Basel. The opening reception features the gallery expo of visionary artists and a panel discussion moderated by FIU Pre-Columbian Art Professor Constantino Manuel Torres, Ph.D. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. On Saturday at 8 p.m., the Moksha Art Fair multimedia experience gets underway with live painting, music and performances and video art. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. The gallery will be open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

7th Circuit studio
228 N.E. 59th Street, Miami
Tickets available through www.brownpapertickets.com.

Art Whino

Thursday – Saturday, December 2 – 4

Art Whino will join the Multiversal show this year, presenting The Takeover in Multiversal’s outdoor courtyard. Art Whino’s “Elite Delta Force” of artistic leaders will create a unique 11,800 square foot outdoor art exhibition packed with an enormous series of installations/murals. 20+ artists will paint large mural/installations 8’ high x 20’ wide each, with smaller art pieces exhibited in each of the artist’s installation areas. There will be live painting events throughout the exhibition, as well as the Kickback Lounge, featuring custom furniture with artists’ artwork as the upholstery, full scale arcade games with customized artwork on the cabinets, and a full bar and snack area. Free admission; open from noon to 8 p.m. daily. Show reception is Saturday night from 8 p.m. to midnight with DJ and band performances and live painting by participating artists. Free admission with prior RSVP.

550 N.W. 29 Street, Wynwood Art District

Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. An exclusive selection of more than 250 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will exhibit 20th and 21st century artworks by over 2,000 artists. The exhibiting galleries are among the world’s most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show allows you to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks. Vernissage Weds from 6 to 9 p.m. Fair hours are Thurs – Sat from noon to 8 p.m., Sun noon to 6 p.m. One-hour guided tours available in English and Spanish, call 305-891-7270, Ext. 4.

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel

Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

Aqua Art Fair presents innovative programming from the greater US and abroad, with an emphasis on West Coast young dealers and emerging artists. See a number of new dealers, as well as exhibitors and artists who have never shown in an art fair before. Special events include Preview Party sponsored by Modern Painters on Weds from 8 to 11 p.m.; art bloggers@ on Thurs from 4 to 6 p.m.; and The Art of the Book on Sat from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. General admission is $10 good for entry all week; free to Aqua and Art Basel VIP’s. Fair hours are Thurs – Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aqua Hotel
1530 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Zoom Contemporary Art Fair 2010

Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

This first-time fair will become the first U.S. art fair to showcase the contemporary art of the Middle East. ZOOM Contemporary Art Fair will present exhibitions, educational programming, and curatorial input that brings a fresh voice and perspectives of a burgeoning art scene to the mainstream art circuit. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Shamim M. Momin, who together with Director Angeliki Georgiou, have produced an intimate collection of 20 exhibitions showcasing artists from 11 countries. Fair hours are Thurs – Sat from noon to 8 p.m. and Sun from noon to 6 p.m.

South Seas Hotel
1751 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


Friday – Sunday, December 3 – 5

PooL is the premier fair in the US dedicated to un-represented artists. Its simple approach offers an exciting alternative to the art fair experience, as PooL presents a meeting ground for artists who are not affiliated with a gallery. Exhibitors are provided rooms in which to display their work creating an intimate setting. PooL is produced by Frère Independent, nonprofit art organization. Vernissage on Fri from 6 to 10 p.m. Fair hours are Fri – Sun from 3 to 10 p.m.

Carlton Hotel
1433 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Verge Art Fair

Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

Verge is an international platform for new and emerging art, focusing on the best new ideas and practices of those marginal or newly emerging to international art audiences. VIP Preview on Thurs from noon to 6 p.m. Opening Night Preview Reception Thurs from 6 to 10 p.m. with $20 tickets available at the door. Fair hours are Fri & Sat from noon to 8 p.m. and Sun from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 and $5 for students and seniors.

The Catalina Hotel and Beach Club
1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Excerpts from Makandal, a New Opera Presented by Harlem Stage

Friday, December 3 at 3 p.m.

Harlem Stage’s Makandal, an opera centered on legendary Haitian revolutionary Francois Makandal, won’t debut until 2012, but South Florida gets a sneak peek for the opening of Art Basel Miami Beach 2010. The 30-minute piece will be performed in English/Creole/Spanish; libretto by African-America writer/performer Carl Hancock Rux, score by Afro-Cuban composer Yosvany Terry and design by Haitian visual artist Edouard duVal Carrie. The “Makandal” music is both operatic and folkloric. It tells two stories – one about the man who led a failed slave revolt in the 1750s, the other about a group of 21st century emigrants from Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic who embark on a dangerous boat ride to Puerto Rico. Thematically the show touches on subjects universal and timely: the impact of colonization, slavery and their myriad consequences; and the striving for ideals of freedom. Duval-Carrie will lead a discussion at 3, and the showing at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 N.E. 59th Terrace, Miami

Opening Reception for Ten is One

Friday, December 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Laurence Choko will present Ten is One, which brings together the work of ten artists, working in a variety of mediums, who demonstrate a common aesthetic approach free from art-world trends. On view at a temporary residence from November 30 to December 6, view the works of Lester Cadalso, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Soly Cissé, Beauford Delaney, Henri Guédon, Ibrahim Miranda, Arturo Montoto, Santiago Rodriguez, Olazabal, René Peña and Frank Stewart. This traveling exhibition will be featured at the Intemporel Gallery from mid-December until the end of January, 2011.

3811 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami

Opening Reception for Gilles Gerbaud

Friday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

Meet French photographer Gilles Gerbaud and view his work which will be on display through December 15. Reception courtesy of Alliance Francaise. Free and open to the public.

Alliance Francaise
618 S.W. 8th Street, Miami

Opening Reception for “Am From Miami Bitch!!!”

Friday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

Am From Miami Bitch!!!, an art exhibition curated by Yamel Molerio, will showcase the work of Abstrk, Abdiel Acosta, Frank Garaitonandia, Jose Luis Telot, Jovan Karlo Villalba, Juan Travieso, Lu Gold, T. Eliott Mansa, Vincent Serritella, and Yamel Molerio. The exhibition will be on view from November 29 to December 5 and open Mon – Fri from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sat & Sun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Am From Miami Bitch!!!
12 Ave SW 6th Street, Little Havana

Opening Reception for Libero

Friday, December 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Libero, as a show, puts its focus squarely on the art and how the works define the word. The freedom to explore an amalgamation of new contemporary art and to deliver content and concepts within the pieces is what Libero achieves as a movement. The work of three powerful artists goes beyond the comfort zone of the norm and delivers a diverse cross section of the core of the Libero concept. See the works of Carol Adrianza, Ed Crowell, II, and Dan Monteavaro/ Libero is on view Fri – Sun.

The Art Space
7610 4th Court, Suite 105, Miami
305-965-4438 (RSVP)

VIP and Member Open House for Seduce Me

Friday, December 3 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Art Basel Miami Beach VIP cardholders and Wolfsonian Diplomat-level members and above will be the guests of The Wolfsonian at an open house for Seduce Me, a performance art collaboration by Isabella Rossellini, Andy Byers, and Rick Gilbert. The installation project takes its name from a series of short videos created by Rossellini that explore the seduction rituals of creatures ranging from bugs to cuttlefish.

The Wolfsonian
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Gartel Couture Art-to-Wear Premiere

Friday, December 3 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Digital media artist Laurence Gartel has translated his innovative imagery to couture clothing and will premiere his collection with a fashion runway show. Celebrate with Gartel and toast the pursuit of artistic ingenuity. Enjoy all sorts of entertainment, including singer/songwriter M’Dela, a percussion drum performance, live body painting and a silent auction of one-of-a-kind Gartel produced live to benefit TWK. VIP reception from 9 to 10 p.m. hosted by Chivas Regal.

Nikki Beach
One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
786-285-5976 VIP Guest List

Craig Robins Collection Tours

Friday & Saturday, December 3 & 4 from 9 a.m. to noon

Each year during Art Basel Miami Beach the Craig Robins Collection attracts hundreds of visitors throughout the week. Guided tours are offered of the Robins Collection which features some of the top artists and designers working today, including John Baldessari, Marlene Dumas, Richard Tuttle, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Marc Newson, Ron Arad and Zaha Hadid, to name a few. By appointment only.

Craig Robins Collection
3841 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 400, Miami Design District

Carl Juste Exhibition and Conversation

Saturday, December 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The ACND Gallery of Art will host an exhibit and conversation led by award-winning Miami Herald Photojournalist Carl Juste and members of the Iris PhotoCollective under the theme Discover Photojournalism. Discover Ourselves. The exhibition will feature a group of black and white photographs from Juste’s latest project, Invictus: Haiti Unconquered, taken during his coverage of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath. The event will bring together high school and college students, photojournalism professionals, educators, and members of the community who support the visual arts and wish to help inspire and motivate aspiring photographers. Admission is free with complimentary parking provided by the gallery. Registered guests are welcome to attend the event and continue their walking tour from the school into the Design District a few blocks away. The exhibition is open Mon – Fri from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ACND Gallery of Art at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School
4949 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami

Opening of Mechanomorphic: Environmentally Minded Man\Machine

Saturday, December 4 from 6 to 10 p.m.

UM’s College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art & Art History, will present Mechanomorphic: Environmentally Minded Man\Machine, exploring the role that man/machine plays in our current Green Age. Mechanomorphia, or the concept of the machine changing into something else over time, questions man’s relationship to the machine and to nature. This exhibition will run from November 29th – December 27th.

Wynwood Project Space
2200-A N.W. 2nd Avenue, Wynwood Art District

Vintage Lithographic Posters and Lithographs

Saturday, December 4 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Markowicz Fine Art will host Eric Mourlot, the grandson of Fernand Mourlot of the prestigious Atelier Mourlot. Founded in 1852, the lithographic print shop in Paris was involved in the printing of illustrated books and high quality posters for the French National Museums. By 1937 Mourlot had established its reputation as the largest printer of lithographs and worked with major 20th century artists, including Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Miró, Chagall, Léger, Dubuffet, Calder, Le Corbusier and many more. During this cocktail reception, Mourlot and Markowicz Fine Art will present a unique collection of vintage lithographic posters and lithographs printed by the Mourlot.

Markowicz Fine Art
1 N.E. 40th Street, Miami Design District

Reception for Untitled Exhibition

Saturday, December 4 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The work of 16 college and high school students from New World School of the Arts will be highlighted during The show, comprised of performance and installations, delivers a plethora of unexpected surprises that run the gamut from situational living arrangements to bigger than life sculptures. Curated by Dean Maggie Cuesta and Fredric Snitzer, the exhibition is free and open to the public.

Artseen Gallery
2215 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Wynwood

Miami Art Museum Ball

Saturday, December 4 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Coinciding with Art Basel each year, the MAM Ball is Miami Art Museum’s single most important fundraising event of the year, providing suppory for vital public programs that bring art to life for visitors of all ages, throughout the year. Diana and Robert Moss will serve as chairs for the 2010 Miami Art Museum Ball, celebrating the groundbreaking for the Museum’s new, expanded facility at Museum Park. Tickets range from $750 to $1000. Email for more information.

Mandarin Oriental Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Downtown Miami

Breakfast in the Park with Enrique Martínez Celaya

Sunday, December 5 from 9:30 a.m. to noon

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University will again host Breakfast in the Park, an official Art Basel event that is free and open to the public. Enjoy a complimentary outdoor breakfast, an informal lecture by Enrique Martínez Celaya, and guided tours of The Sculpture Park and the Museum’s current exhibitions. Celaya’s work consists of paintings, sculpture, photography, poetry, and prose, directly reflecting his personal experience with a diversity of fields. His work is often characterized by solitary and autobiographical figures seemingly displaced in surreal and symbolic landscapes. Through his background in science, Martínez Celaya investigates the interaction between modern science and the subconscious is his work. On view at the Frost Art Museum is Embracing Modernity: Venezuelan Geometric Abstraction; La Habana Moderna; Xavier Cortada’s Sequentia; and Florida Artists Series: Selections from Anomie 1492-2006 Arnold Mesches.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU
10975 S.W. 17th Street, Miami

Annual Art Basel Champagne Brunch

Sunday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to noon

The Lowe Art Museum will present its Annual Art Basel Champagne Brunch hosted by LAM Director Brian Dursum. At 9:30 a.m. multi-media sculptor Alison Saar will give an artist’s lecture in the Storer Auditorium, UM School of Business. On view at the Lowe are the temporary exhibitions, The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper and Usable Art: African Aesthetics in Daily Life. This event is open to the public, but RSVP is requested as space is limited.

Lowe Art Museum at UM
1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables


Sunday, December 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Making a contemporary artwork is not simply (and at times not at all) fabricating an object. The artist’s negotiations with curators and conservators are often crucial in determining the artwork’s very nature. Sherri Irvin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma, will present Making Contemporary Art: Fabrication and Negotiation, examining how the hybrid process of fabrication and negotiation has shaped works in MAM’s collection. This lecture is free, and open to the public. Doors open at 11, and the lecture begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by refreshments.

Miami Art Museum
101 W. Flagler Street, Downtown Miami

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The Men Behind Your Favorite Liquor Brands via [Mental_Floss]


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It’s hard to walk down the aisle of a liquor store without running across a bottle bearing someone’s name. We put them in our cocktails, but how well do we know them? Here’s some biographical detail on the men behind your favorite tipples. — by Ethan Trex

1. Captain Morgan

captain-morgan.jpgThe Captain wasn’t always just the choice of sorority girls looking to blend spiced rum with Diet Coke; in the 17th century he was a feared privateer. Not only did the Welsh pirate marry his own cousin, he ran risky missions for the governor of Jamaica, including capturing some Spanish prisoners in Cuba and sacking Port-au-Prince in Haiti. He then plundered the Cuban coast before holding for ransom the entire city of Portobelo, Panama. He later looted and burned Panama City, but his pillaging career came to an end when Spain and England signed a peace treaty in 1671. Instead of getting in trouble for his high-seas antics, Morgan received knighthood and became the lieutenant governor of Jamaica.

2. Johnnie Walker

johnnie-walker.jpgWalker, the name behind the world’s most popular brand of Scotch whisky, was born in 1805 in Ayrshire, Scotland. When his father died in 1819, Johnnie inherited a trust of a little over 400 pounds, which the trustees invested in a grocery store. Walker grew to become a very successful grocer in the town of Kilmarnock and even sold a whisky, Walker’s Kilmarnock Whisky. Johnnie’s son Alexander was the one who actually turned the family into famous whisky men, though. Alexander had spent time in Glasgow learning how to blend teas, but he eventually returned to Kilmarnock to take over the grocery from his father. Alexander turned his blending expertise to whisky, and came up with “Old Highland Whisky,” which later became Johnnie Walker Black Label.

3. Jack Daniel

jack-daniel.jpgJasper Newton “Jack” Daniel of Tennessee whiskey fame was the descendant of Welsh settlers who came to the United States in the early 19th century. He was born in 1846 or 1850 and was one of 13 children. By 1866 he was distilling whiskey in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Unfortunately for the distiller, he had a bit of a temper. One morning in 1911 Daniel showed up for work early and couldn’t get his safe open. He flew off the handle and kicked the offending strongbox. The kick was so ferocious that Daniel injured his toe, which then became infected. The infection soon became the blood poisoning that killed the whiskey mogul.

Curious about why your bottle of J.D. also has Lem Motlow listed as the distillery’s proprietor? Daniel’s own busy life of distilling and safe-kicking kept him from ever finding a wife and siring an heir, so in 1907 he gave the distillery to his beloved nephew Lem Motlow, who had come to work for him as a bookkeeper.

4. Jose Cuervo

jose-cuervo.jpgIn 1758, Jose Antonio de Cuervo received a land grant from the King of Spain to start an agave farm in the Jalisco region of Mexico. Jose used his agave plants to make mescal, a popular Mexican liquor. In 1795, King Carlos IV gave the land grant to Cuervo’s descendant Jose Maria Guadalupe de Cuervo. Carlos IV also granted the Cuervo family the first license to commercially make tequila, so they built a larger factory on the existing land. The family started packaging their wares in individual bottles in 1880, and in 1900 the booze started going by the brand name Jose Cuervo. The brand is still under the leadership of the original Jose Cuervo’s family; current boss Juan-Domingo Beckmann is the sixth generation of Cuervo ancestors to run the company.

5. Jim Beam

jim-beam.jpgJim Beam, the namesake of the world’s best-selling bourbon whiskey, didn’t actually start the distillery that now bears his name. His great-grandfather Jacob Beam opened the distillery in 1788 and started selling his first barrels of whiskey in 1795. In those days, the whiskey went by the less-catchy moniker of “Old Tub.” Jacob Beam handed down the distillery to his son David Beam, who in turn passed it along to his son David M. Beam, who eventually handed the operation off to his son, Colonel James Beauregard Beam, in 1894. Although he was only 30 years old when he took over the family business, Jim Beam ran the distillery until Prohibition shut him down. Following repeal in 1933, Jim quickly built a distillery and began resurrecting the Old Tub brand, but he also added something new to the company’s portfolio: a bourbon simply called Jim Beam.

6. Tanqueray

tanqueray.jpgWhen he was a young boy, Charles Tanqueray’s path through life seemed pretty clear. He was the product of three straight generations of Bedfordshire clergymen, so it must have seemed natural to assume that he would take up the cloth himself. Wrong. Instead, he started distilling gin in 1830 in a little plant in London’s Bloomsbury district. By 1847, he was shipping his gin to colonies around the British Empire, where many plantation owners and troops had developed a taste for Tanqueray and tonic.

7. Campari

campari.jpgGaspare Campari found his calling quickly. By the time he was 14, he had risen to become a master drink mixer in Turin, and in this capacity he started dabbling with a recipe for an aperitif. When he eventually settled on the perfect mixture, his concoction had over 60 ingredients. In 1860, he founded Gruppo Campari to make his trademark bitters in Milan. Like Colonel Sanders’ spice blend, the recipe for Campari is a closely guarded secret supposedly known by only the acting Gruppo Campari chairman, who works with a tiny group of employees to make the concentrate with which alcohol and water are infused to get Campari. The drink is still made from Gaspare Campari’s recipe, though, which includes quinine, orange peel, rhubarb, and countless other flavorings.

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Book Review: “French Women Don’t Sleep Alone” by Jamie Cat Callan via [zabeth’scorner]


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In her book French Women Don’t Sleep Alone Jamie Cat Callan outlines the romantic secrets of French women that have intrigued and captivated men (and some women) for decades. Callan unlocks the secrets that have made French women so alluring.I did find the advice offered in this book to be good; however, it’s the same advice you’d find in The Rules. Both books concur that women should not chase men, that they should play hard to get and, not make themselves too easily available. That’s nothing new or revolutionary. Also when reading this book there are some obvious caveats that you should take into consideration. First, French men are not American men and French culture is not American culture so, not everything will “translate”
so to speak. Second, the French live in a much smaller much more intimate country; therefore, their “rules of the game” will be different from our own.

I also don’t like the notion of European cultural superiority and the idea that Europe does things better than America, or that Americans need to learn something from Europeans. As a proud “can do” American I do get a bit defensive about that. Nonetheless there are many things in this book that American women can learn from French women:


  1. Instead of going online or to a club/bar try throwing a dinner party.

    French women don’t meet men online or in bars. Instead they meet men through their existing social circle or “coterie.” Try throwing a dinner party at your home and have each guest bring one or two guests. This broadens your social circle and will give you a chance to get intimately acquainted with the people in your inner circle. Your friends and acquaintances will get to see you in a different light too- dinner parties give you a chance to show off your intellect and your cooking and conversation skills. There’s also an air of competition. When you’re online men already know you are available; when you meet at a dinner party they won’t and thus can’t take you for granted. They’ll also take note of other potential suitors.

  2. Go for a walk.

    Instead of going to a restaurant on a first date and confining yourself to that one person for 2 hours, go on a walk or a bicycle ride. This eliminates the quid-pro-quo where because the man is paying for something he feels entitled and you (may) feel obligated. Also when you’re out and about walking through town looking and smelling good other men will notice you…and don’t think your date won’t notice that. For the times when you don’t have a date, fill in the time by doing something else out and about in the world where you can be visible to the opposite sex.

  3. Dare to be feminine.

    There’s nothing wrong with being a woman and embracing your femininity. American women have had this beaten out of them for the past 40 years. French women on the other hand love being women and they don’t turn their sensuality on and off- it’s just always on. Second, French women don’t hide their intelligence. In fact they like to look brainy and appear intellectual. Intelligence isn’t a masculine trait and, real men know that smart is sexy.

  4. Take care of your body.

    French women put themselves first. Putting yourself first means taking care of your body both physically and emotionally. This is something we as BW especially, often neglect to do. Always know you’re beautiful and be happy with who you are. Exercise. Eat quality, nutritious food. Take good care of your skin. In other words, don’t neglect yourself.

  5. The myth of the French Mistress.

    Contrary to popular belief, adultery is not as tolerated in France as some people (men) would like to believe. Nor are French women as tolerant of a husband’s indiscretions as we are sometimes led to believe. Let’s also not ignore the fact that women are just as capable of being unfaithful. Affairs do happen in France but it’s really not much different than in the U.S.

Overall I’d give this book 2 and ½ stars out of 5. Callan often repeats herself- really just re-wording points she’s already made- throughout the book. However, I found it to be a cute and fast paced read that offered interesting advice and insight into another culture.

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‘Death ray’ at Vegas hotel sparks curiosity via [yahoonews]


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Swanky new Vegas hotel’s ‘death ray’ proves inconvenient for some guests

By Brett Michael Dykes

A design quirk at a swanky new tower leaves some guests with unsettling souvenirs, singed hair and melted bags.

Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas (Getty Images/Ethan Miller)

And here you thought bedbugs were the biggest source of anxiety for hotel guests.

Yes, guests at Vdara hotel in Las Vegas now have something else to worry about: being burned alive by the glare of the building‘s “death ray.”

What the heck’s a “death ray,” you ask? Well, first off, it’s not as deadly as it sounds, since no one has actually died from it — at least not yet. But according to the U.K. Daily Mail, the powerful beams of Nevada sunlight reflecting off the glass hotel onto sections of the hotel’s swimming pool area have burned some guests and have melted plastic bags.

The building’s concave design creates a sort of magnifying-glass effect. The hotel’s designers reportedly anticipated that ill-situated humans might experience some discomfort courtesy of the building’s blinding glare, so they placed a film over the glass panes of its many windows. Obviously that didn’t quite do the trick. So for now the hotel is placing larger umbrellas in the pool area while designers try to come up with another remedy.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the hotel’s employees coined the term “death ray” to describe the intense reflection. Reports of the glare have also enhanced the hotel’s public profile, though almost certainly not in the way its owners would like; Yahoo! searches for Vdara have spiked by nearly 19,000 percent in the past 24 hours.

It turns out that Vdara isn’t the only building out there creating intense heat and glare for hapless passersby. Gordon Absher, a spokesman for MGM Resorts International, which owns Vdara, told the Review-Journal that in Las Vegas, the AdventureDome at Circus Circus and the Mandalay Bay produce “hot spots” that some guests have actually sought out, believing the spots will aid tanning regimens. In Los Angeles, the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall produced such a harsh glare that it heated nearby homes, forcing residents to blast their air conditioners high above their customary capacities in order for the residents to keep cool.

[Build your own death ray — and a dozen more mad-scientist devices you can make at home]

Bill Pintas, a Chicago attorney, told the Daily Mail that he experienced the harsh glare of the death ray firsthand during a recent Vdara stay. Pintas reported that as he lounged out by the pool, his head suffered a sensation he likened to a “chemical burn.” He added, “Within 30 seconds, the back of my legs were burning.”

[Even more on death rays: The mystery of Nikola Tesla’s missing weapon]

In another interview, Pintas said: “I was effectively being cooked.” Thankfully, he returned home alive. Still, his skin was burned and his hair was singed — disproving the old saying that whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

(Photo via AP)

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Stars and Their Billionaire Beaus via [omg]


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Check out these female celebs who happen to have extremely rich boyfriends.

The one piece of advice my wealthy godmother always offered me was that I could “marry more money in 5 minutes than I could make in a lifetime.” Crass, but true.

Janet Jackson

The best way to get over an ex? Snag a wealthy businessman from Quatar. Janet Jackson, 44, got together with Wissam Al Mana — the 30-something director of the Middle Eastern luxury company Al Mana Retail — following her breakup with longtime partner Jermaine Dupri. Jackson and Al Mana went public earlier this year, making appearances at Paris Fashion Week and on the streets of London where she’d been promoting “Why Did I Get Married Too?

Salma Hayek

First came baby, then came marriage for Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault. The 44-year-old actress and the 48-year-old French luxury magnate — he’s the CEO of the PPR group, which oversees Gucci and Balenciaga, among other brands — welcomed daughter Valentina in September 2007. They announced their engagement the following summer only to call it off months later. Reconciliation followed and so did two marriage ceremonies: one in City Hall in Paris and another in Venice. A win for both Hayek and Henri!
Tyra Banks
It takes a strong, confident man to handle Tyra Banks. Enter John Utendahl, the dashing — and deep-pocketed — boyfriend of the over-the-top supermodel and entrepreneur. The pair typically keeps a low profile, but it was a special occasion Monday night when they arrived hand-in-hand to the “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” premiere in New York. Utendahl, who is in his fifties, first hooked up with Banks, 36, in 2007 and they’ve been quietly dating ever since. The businessman is a veteran Wall Street banker and owner of the Utendahl Group, an investment-banking firm.
Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell met her real estate mogul boyfriend Vladislav Doronin at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and now lives with him in Moscow. The 40-year-old supermodel brought Doronin to her appearance on “Oprah” in May. Sitting in the studio audience, he revealed he was legally married but separated from his wife of more than 10 years. “We don’t live together,” he said. Campbell told Oprah, “I like the men to wear the pants. I don’t want to wear the pants. I like men who know what they want, know what they’re doing, make their own decisions.”
Padma Lakshmi
Stunning “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi recently celebrated her 40th birthday with a lavish dinner party hosted by the wildly wealthy Teddy Forstmann, who is 30 years her senior. The chairman and CEO of IMG talent agency reportedly hired cancan dancers, contortionists, and a marching band. (That is love!) In February, Lakshmi gave birth to her first child, daughter Krishna, now 7 months old. (Krishna’s bio-dad is, reportedly, businessman Adam Dell, the younger brother of computer honcho Michael Dell.)

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