David Yurman makes the kind of jewelry that causes discerning, Vogue-reading women to salivate. When Sybil Yurman wore a handcrafted gift from her husband to an art opening, the gallery owner fell in love with the piece. The woman asked if the gift was for sale. David answered no, not wanting to part with such a personal gift. But Sybil replied with an enthusiastic "YES!" and just like that, the Yurmans were in the jewelry business. Today, he continues to produce the kind of pieces that deserve to be collected and treasured. To present an appropriate inauguration for the new David Yurman shop, stylist Jillian Veran is here to help you accessorize your wardrobe with the latest David Yurman designs. Learn The Art of Signature Styling from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the fine jewelry department on the first level of Bloomingdale's Miami, The Falls, 8778 SW 136th St. Call 305-252-6264 or visit www.bloomingdales.com. (PEGY)
Older men have been wearing them for years, and the younger set has embraced them for their no-need-to-tuck attitude (but don't try to get away with wearing one to a bar in Macon, Georgia, because they just don't get the laid-back tropical look, and you and your sneaker-wearing boyfriend will be shown the door), so why not have a party to celebrate a new store dedicated to the guayabera? Guayaberas Etc. (270 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables) is having a grand opening celebration at its new location with a portion of sales being donated to Easter Seals Miami-Dade. The guayabera, in linen and comfortable cotton, with the classic pleats, stitching, and pockets, is suitable for casual Fridays or an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and schmoozing at a grand opening celebration charity event, as long as you're in Miami. From 5:00 to 10:00 tonight at Guayaberas Etc. Call 305-441-9891. (LO)
South Beach can be so ridiculously hectic. After you finally manage to find parking and walk to your club of choice, you have to deal with the velvet ropes and beefy bouncers. With madding crowds and relentless dance beats, you can leave a club stressed out and frustrated, with only a pounding headache and a newly acquired feeling of claustrophobia to show for your evening of debauchery. Take back your Saturday night and party like grown folks should at Ruby Lounge's Lush Saturdays. Get your lounge on in an invitingly decadent setting that sets out to create an alternative to the hustle and bustle of most Washington Avenue haunts. Groove to an eclectic mix of old school hip-hop and R&B, while sipping drinks and noshing on delicious treats ranging from buffalo wings to rack of lamb, tonight at 10:00 at Ruby Lounge, 623 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Call 305-538-1118 or visit www.ruby-lounge.com. (PEGY)
From the first horn blast, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has you craving crawfish and jambalaya. This high-energy, soulful ensemble has traveled the world and recorded with David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Widespread Panic, and Modest Mouse. For more than 27 years, they've filtered gospel, funk, bebop, and R&B into their traditional New Orleans brass band sound. Their tenth album, Funeral for a Friend, follows a traditional jazz funeral from the mournful gospel strains on the courthouse steps to the celebratory and spiritual "Jesus Is on the Mainline" as the procession marches down St. Charles Street. It is an ironic, yet fitting tribute to one of the founding members, Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, who died of a heart attack shortly after the album's completion. You can catch the Dirty Dozen Brass Band tonight at 7:30 at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $12. Call 954-564-1074. (LO)
So what if they're last in the AFC East and playing the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The Miami Dolphins are hosting Monday Night Football and you've got to support your home team. If you don't have tickets to the game, or you tore them up after their sixth loss in a row, gather your friends, grab that old Ricky Williams jersey that you're trying to sell on eBay, and head to Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill (2721 Bird Rd., Coconut Grove) for light bites and libations. The fresh dolphin is best blackened with awesome French fries and is mighty tasty with one of Terri's special margaritas or killer bloody marys. Or you can create a melange of munchies from the appetizer menu, including conch fritters, garlic rolls, tumbleweed onions, and loaded nachos, and top it off with a pitcher of your favorite brew. Call 305-446-1114 or visit www.flanigans.net. (LO)
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Mmmm ... beer. How else would you get Homer Simpson to attend a Sierra Club meeting? Beyond the tie-dyed, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, hippie faade are some genuine down-to-earth environmentalists who want to save the forests, preserve energy, and find alternative fuel sources while keeping the earth clean and free of toxins. They also want to drink beer. Ken Smith got the beer idea from a group in Atlanta and thought that it was a great way to "get people together, create camaraderie and caring, and actually do something" instead of just complaining about pollution and urban sprawl. Sierra Club and Beer will give you the opportunity to meet other cool, environmentally friendly people who share a love of nature and FREE BEER. Tonight's topic is "your personal action plan for environmental activism" and the meeting starts at 6:00 at Titanic Brewery, 5813 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. Call 305-801-6876. (LO)
Back in the days of Jim Crow, the jook joint was a place away from the work camp, out in the pines, where hard-working folks got together to celebrate the day's end. Nowadays, the vibe has changed, but the name remains. The Kola Nut Café (250 NE 183rd St., Miami Gardens) is the kind of refreshing establishment that serves four-dollar martinis all night and prides itself on not serving bottom-shelf, brand X liquor. The weekly Jook Joint is an evening of spoken word poetry hosted by HBO Def Poetry Jam alumnus Will Da Real One. After the poetry jam, the dance floor is open for business. Speak your mind this and every Wednesday night at the Kola Nut Café. Happy hour runs from 5:00 to 8:00, and the first poet typically hits the stage at 8:00. Admission costs seven dollars, but poets get in forfour bucks. Call 305-785-7130. (PEGY)