The Edit by Brett Graff
SocialMiami's editor reports on what's happening around Miami.
La Maison Blanche
To elevate the experience the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Holman Motorcars partnered with Liaisons Corp. and SocialMiami to host an extravagant VIP lounge at the sprawling waterfront property named, La Maison Blanche. For the occasion, guests sipped swanky drinks, shopped an array of pop-up boutiques and toured luxurious boats that were brought for the day. Each guest got a VIP pass to the boat show itself, while Denison Yachts provided tenders as transportation from the property. Guests included Ana Cristina and Edgardo DeFortuna, Michael and Nikki Simkins, Robby Elias, Jaime Elias, Michele Reese Granger and Chris Granger, The Miami Heat’s Ralph Leon, SocialMiami publisher Natalia Lara, Liaisons CEO Susanne Birbragher and Paige Latterner.
Piero Atchugarry Gallery hosts African contemporary exhibit
Piero Atchugarry gallery celebrated the opening of WITNESS; the gallery’s first group exhibition exclusively featuring five contemporary African and African Diaspora artists navigating the saturation of globalization from a postcolonial perspective. Guided by the curatorial expertise of Natasha Becker, the newly appointed inaugural Curator of African art at The Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, Piero Atchugarry Gallery unveiled new and earlier works by Ângela Ferreira, Lungiswa Gqunta, DaàPò Réo, Tariku Shiferaw, and Chris Soal.
The exhibit spans four generations with larger than life type pieces all tied back to African origins (and yes, they are quite instagrammable as well.)
The opening event drew in notable guests including Dan & Katheryn Mikesell from Fountainhead Residency and Fountainhead Studios, Silvio Righetti & Dr. Miguel Matos, Board of Directors from The Uruguayan American Chamber of Commerce and Ernesto Mocci and Gloria Porcella, from Ca’ d’Oro Art Gallery Miami.
The show will run through November 6, 2021 and is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday at The Piero Atchugarry Gallery located at 5520 NE 4th Avenue, Miami FL 33137.
Womanish a national, playful, and thought-provoking art exhibition and interactive experience curated by womxn for womxn, hosted a cocktail event in collaboration with Tracy Wilson Mourning, basketball legend Alonzo Mourning’s wife, to benefit Overtown Youth Center and Wilson Mourning’s foundation Honey Shine, a nonprofit mentoring program that encourages the balance of mind, body and soul in girls and young women by providing nurturing experiences that enlighten their paths and empower their future.
The cocktail hour took place in Womanish’s one one-of-a-kind large room activations with vividly-colored wall murals and creative installations in Wynwood, where guests, board members, business, and community leaders enjoyed cocktails and delightful bites catered by celebrity chef Amaris Jones.
The Dragon Lounge
SLS South Beach Hotel is hosting a new Social Hour. Head up the red glass staircase in the back of Katsuya restaurant to find the Dragon Lounge, a hidden gem with a recently revamped Social Hour menu.
As an extension of Katsuya’s Japanese sushi and robata cuisine, the Dragon Lounge offers starters like spicy edamame, shishito peppers and crispy brussels sprouts starting at $6. Specialty cocktails include the Jasmine Margarita and the raspberry-infused Lotus Flower at $10, as well as the new autumn inspired Suntory Toki Japanese whiskey ‘Fall-en For You’ libation. Other options include wine by the glass, bottled beer, temaki and sushi rolls. This menu is available daily from 6pm – 8pm.
Brett Graff is SocialMiami.com’s managing editor and has been a journalist covering money, people and power for over 20 years. Graff contributes to national media outlets including Reuters, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, and the PBS show, Nightly Business Report. A former U.S. government economist, her nationally syndicated column The Home Economist is first published in The Miami Herald and then on the Tribune Content Agency, where it’s available to over 400 publications nationwide. She is broadcast weekly on two iHeartRadio news shows and is the author of “Not Buying It: Stop Overspending & Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids,” a parenting guide for people who might be tempted to buy their children the very obstacles they’re trying to avoid.