The Edit by Brett Graff
The SocialMiami editor delivers a snapshot of the week's social scene.
Floyd Mayweather Turns 45-Years-Old
World-renowned professional boxer and businessman Floyd Mayweather celebrated his official birthday party at The Gabriel Hotel South Beach. At a party hosted by Raoul Thomas, founder and CEO of Miami-based investment firm CGI Merchant Group, Mayweather and his friends took over the iconic hotel on Ocean Drive for the week and threw a lavish, invite-only fete to celebrate him turning 45 years old. The party came on the heels of this week’s announcement of the new investment partnership between Mayweather and the investment group that will focus on conscious investing in projects with a social impact.
Celebrities in attendance included: Lil Wayne, Quavo, Daymond John, Antonio Brown, Donell Jones, Aaron Donald, Tyron Woodly, Horace Brown, and a live performance by singer, songwriter and record producer, Donell Jones.
Foodventure with Dwayne Wade
Three-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade, along with sbe CEO Sam Nazarian, hosted Foodventure, a SOBEWFF experience at Citizens MiamiCentral, the new culinary market at Brightline’s Miami Central train station. The celebrated South Florida athlete poured wines from his Napa Valley-made wine label, Wade Cellars, at the 26,000-square-foot, 16-stall fast-casual culinary market that brings together elevated culinary experiences for a diverse array of audiences. A spirited crowd of superfans and foodies sampled bites at the food stations of Citizen’s resident culinary masters, which include Chef’s Table star Dario Cecchini, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Ella Mia’s pastry chef and babka king Shimi Aaron, and Umami Burger’s chef Alvin Caila, host of popular online magazine First We Feast’s The Burger Show. C3 by sbe, the cutting-edge food and beverage platform behind Citizens Miami, which is located in downtown Miami.
The Art of Banksy
Acclaimed and provocative British artist Banksy’s exhibition is open in Miami at Ice Palace Studios. As part of a North American debut, The Art of Bansky: “Without Limits” includes several experiential areas and more than 155 of the artist’s works such as certified originals, prints, photos, lithographs, sculptures, murals, and video mapping installations created only for this tour. Building upon the incredible success in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia, the exhibition celebrated its U.S. premiere in Atlanta last September 2021, with Miami being the second city on the national tour. To date over 1.2 million people have visited the exhibition around the world.
Regarded as one of the most valuable and talked about artists of our time, more than 20 of Banksy’s works are carefully reproduced with his stencil technique especially for the exhibition, including his March 2021 creation “Escape” originally appearing on England’s closed Reading Prison, and “Pulp Fiction” featuring likenesses of the film’s stars Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta pointing bananas in place of pistols. The exhibit also features an astounding reproduction of a subway station from the London Underground, which immerses visitors in the world of Banksy’s street art. In addition, visitors can view a mural installation by a renowned creative team, which authentically brings the spirit of street art to an indoor exhibit.
What: The Art of Bansky: “Without Limits”
When: Through April 24, 2022
Where: Ice Palace Studios, 1400 N Miami Ave, Miami
Time: Sunday, Monday Tuesday and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Tickets start at $27.20 and are available at ArtOfBanksy.com
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.