Eye on Miami: Christina Milian, Fire & Ice, and More

It's not easy having eyes all over the scene, being around to take in all the wild visuals at all the worthwhile places in the city. There are, however, those parties and gallery openings where a fortunate photographer can point and shoot. Every week, in collaboration with WorldRedEye, New Times will bring you a solid recap of all the experiences you may have missed around Miami in previous days. It's impossible to be everywhere, but hey, we can try to keep our Eye on Miami.

September 24 — Javier Martin: War, Consumption, and Other Human Hobbies Opening Reception at Valli Art Gallery
Valli Art Gallery presented the opening reception for Javier Martin’s War, Consumption, and Other Human Hobbies, a strong combination of paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations that gathers the individual message of each work to characterize the entire exhibition with a particular language, where criticism towards contemporary and global society prevails. Topics such as fashion, politics, money and even adult film iconography become channels of expression; nevertheless communication is altered by Javier´s vision. A vision that invites you to feel identified but also pushes you to self-assessment. In this new exhibition, the initial uncertainty and intrigue fade with the understanding of the depth of the artist´s message; this is the purpose of Javier with “War, Consumption and Other Human Hobbies“, an expedition to those social issues that define the everyday world represented with an ironic perspective that challenges the viewer. The deliberate interaction of mass consumption objects and materials contrasted with symbols that describe certain political criticism shape the works presented in this exhibition.

September 25 — AudiDrive305xTypoe
As we zoom on into the Audi TT Drive 305 – a digital partnership between THE COLLECTION and World Red Eye – insiders can get an up close and personal look at the all-new 2016 Audi TT through the eyes of three of Miami’s own. We spent the day with Visual Artist Typoe, who gave us a glimpse into Miami through his eyes behind the wheel of the newly-arrived 2016 Audi TT. Cast between worlds of opposing values, at once an anonymous prestidigitator and high-ranking glitterati, Typoe straddles an unseen fence. His handiwork, which swaths billboards, public arenas, and buildings literally rotting with neglect, has expanded from the crumbling edifice of a cultural misnomer into the social spotlight. By nature a commenter, a heckler, his self-referential styling’s are violent and poetic in equal measure. Illuminating parodies between gang relations and organized religion, corporations and the massacre of war, Typoe’s mixed media creations range from factory finished luxury items and graphics to vandalized found objects that flaunt a punk-like disregard for beauty. Simmering for the moment under the lid of ‘the gallery’ these fetishistic, narcissistic articles resonate with devastating potential and beget insurgent thoughts.

October 1 —  Ocean Drive Magazine & Rag & Bone
Ocean Drive magazine along with Rag & Bone Bal Harbour hosted an evening of shopping, cocktails, and philanthropy benefiting the Pérez Art Museum Miami drawing 100-150 VIP guests and South Florida tastemakers to the Rag & Bone Bal Harbour boutique. On-site guests sipped cocktails courtesy of Miami Club Rum and savored Canapés courtesy of Shiraz Events while perusing Rag & Bone’s latest Fall fashions. VIPS in attendance included Rag & Bone CEO, David Neville, Courtland Lantaff, Jared Shapiro, Bibi Pestana, Christopher Adeleke, Olivia Ball, and Farrell Crowley.

October 1 — Fire & Ice Grand Opening
Now crystallizing in South Beach, across from the Delano, is Drinkhouse Fire & Ice: Miami’s first and only Ice Vodka Bar and Experimental Cocktail Fire Lounge, a one-of-a-kind, exhilarating social experience poised to be the iciest haute spot in Miami. The 4,200-square-foot venue immerses guests in a sensory-stimulating journey complete with avant-garde experimental cocktails, riveting custom art displays, striking ice sculptures and captivating original pieces by world-renowned photographer Peter Lik. Their unique beverage program features elaborately presented handcrafted cocktails and molecular creations specially prepared by an innovative team of globally trained mixologists, helmed by up-and-coming local mixologist/cocktail scientist Chandelle Yarmey. During the grand opening, guests bundled up in elegant faux fur coats and gloves before entering the 23-degree Ice Bar, a visually-stunning space where a jaw-dropping 100,000 pounds of ice, genuine ice glassware and crystal-studded ice sculptures by award winning ice masters await their arrival.

October 2 — An Exquisite Evening Hosted by Champagne Krug & Toys for Boys
On what was a magical fall evening under the stars, Champagne Krug and Toys for Boys Magazine brought a taste of Reims to South Beach with an intimate dinner at the Sandbox at The Miami Beach EDITION. A spectacularly set table played host to a slew of VIP guests that enjoyed Krug champagne in its many different incarnations as paired to complement each course. From oysters and Grande Cuvée en magnum to a braised short rib paired with Krug Rosé, the offerings were plentiful and quite particular in their pairing. And since the flights ranged in age from a Clos d’Amonnay 2000 to a recreated 2004 Grande Cuvée, guests were walked through an education on Champagne Krug by none other than Margareth Henriquez: the first Hispanic woman to head up the House of Krug as President and CEO. The Venezuelan-born Harvard graduate has a real grasp on the world of luxury and the levels of quality that set the standard making the evening’s partnership with Toys for Boys an obvious marriage based on the appreciate of real luxury. An illuminated Krug sign revealed itself as a golden glow that shone on the acoustic band, which provided private entertainment for the specially curated group of twenty.

October 2 — Sidebar Friday
The moment you step through the door at Sidebar, you’re hit with amazing sounds and an energy that can’t be beat. Pase Rock was on the decks Fridaynight, and had partiers on their feet until dawn.

October 2 — Les Amis du Webster
The Webster launched a new private rooftop gathering for the incredible friend’s of The Webster, as a way to reconnect on a monthly basis. Friday marked the inaugural celebration of “Les Amis du Webster” with music by Tony Disco and What Austin Wants powered by Perrier. Guests enjoyed Champagne Perrier-Jouët Grant Brut and two signature cocktails: first the Palomino a balanced and elegant partnership of ABSOLUT ELYX, Fino Sherry, Orange Wedge, Tonic Water and second the Chocolate Old Fashioned a devilishly light and refreshing twist to the old fashion with Tequila Avion, simple syrup, chocolate bitters, garnished with orange peel.

October 3 — FDR on Saturday
Partiers bounced their way into FDR on Saturday and braced themselves for a rowdy night. Don Hot didn’t disappoint with his perfect booty poppin’ beats.

October 4 — LIV on Sunday
When you’re an integral part of LIV’s day to day activities, you better believe you’re going to get a wild birthday bash. World Red Eye’s favorite color Purple celebrated his birthday during yet another epic LIV on Sunday. Yo Gotti and Christina Milian were in the house to join in on the madness, and O.T. Genasis put on a killer performance while people popped out of cakes and drank the night away.

October 5 — PartyNextDoor at STK
You know a place is amazing when you see celebrities lounging around frequently. Last night, PartyNextDoor was spotted wining and dining amongst party goers at Miami hotspot STK.
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