Miami Marine Stadium Fundraiser: Jimmy Buffet, Gloria Estefan, and Boozed-Up Parrotheads Party to Save a Landmark

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Jimmy Buffet performs at the Coral Gables Museum
The Friends of Miami Marine Stadium amble closer and closer to the climax of their quest to renovate and reopen the woefully abandoned stadium in Key Biscayne, and as they've made progress, they've begun to change their stride. Having cleared the major hurdle of getting approval from the City of Miami for their site plan, they now enter the money phase, wherein this organization will have to finish raising the approximately $30 million dollars needed for their plans to take shape. And if there's anything your average Miami well-to-do enjoys, it's a swanky fundraiser with some exciting names at the top of the bill.

So it's no wonder the Miami Marine Stadium event that heralded the last weekend of the "Concrete Paradise" exhibition at the Coral Gables Museum featuring Jackie Nespral, Gloria Estefan, and Jimmy Buffet last night was completely sold out. And regardless of your capacity for donation, whether you drop $20 or $20K, there are few things that guarantee as much of a rollicking good time as the combination of an open bar and Jimmy Buffet.

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Ride Along Miami Red Carpet Premiere: Kevin Hart Talks Riding with Conan, Ice Cube Treats Us Like "Da Police"

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Kevin Hart successfully locates his sunglasses at last night's Ride Along premiere.
The stars were out in Miami Tuesday night for the red carpet premiere of Ride Along, a new buddy cop movie starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and John Leguizamo that opens next weekend. Specifically, the stars were out on the second floor of the Regal South Beach cinema, over by the bathrooms and the snack bar thingy at the end. Not the big concessions stand but the small one. Keep walking. Yeah, up there on your left.

Hey, is that 2012 Miami New Times Best TV Host winner Roxanne Vargas? It sure is! Who's that crazy lady in the poodle curls and fur vest? It can only be magical insane person and entertainment periodista, Maria Salas. This must be a big premiere!

Check out our interviews below, including John Leguizamo shit-talking Night Court's John Larroquette and reminiscing about Miami back when he guest-starred on Miami Vice. The biggest comedian in the world right now, Kevin Hart, also chatted with Cultist about fatherhood and when he's going to record an embarrassing sad ballad like Eddie Murphy and Dane Cook before him. Then read on to find out if Ice Cube makes time for our carefully considered questions or if he treats us like "da police." (Spoiler: It's the latter.)

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Dave Chappelle Drenched the Fillmore in Dick Jokes and P*ssy Juice

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They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. That was certainly true for Dave Chappelle last night, who opened his two-night, four-show series of Miami performances to a hyped-up, sold-out crowd at The Fillmore. As we overheard one fan say, "I never thought I'd see him live in my lifetime."

It was hard to know what to expect from Chappelle in the year 2013. Seven years ago, in the middle of creating the third season of the TV series that made him a wildly popular comedian, Chappelle quit, disappeared to South Africa, and cut ties with his TV network and some longtime collaborators. The stigma of that period -- was he having a breakdown? Was he just an asshole? Both? -- has followed his career into the present.

It's a testament to the quality of comedy he produced back in the early- to mid-2000s that so many fans still want to see him live. And they packed the place last night, even as bouncers and a live DJ on stage reminded them to "follow the rules," which were extra strict, even for a comedy show: no heckling, no photos, no taking out your cellphone for any reason whatsoever, at all, period, or you'd be removed. Even press review access was restricted, which is why there are no photos from last night to accompany this post; New Times snagged a pair of tickets on the sly. What, was Chappelle going to have a meltdown on stage if he saw a camera flash go off?

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Stalking Kanye West at Art Basel: Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Lots of Naked Chicks

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All photos by Carolina del Busto
SZA, pronounced "si-ah"
Last night was supposed to be a night full of celebrity stalking and creeping. We donned our camouflage gear and headed to Wynwood in hopes of catching a glimpse of an earthly god: Yeezus.

Yesterday, we told you that if you didn't see Mr. West last night, you weren't trying hard enough. But this morning, we're here to tell you that we tried, and failed - miserably.

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UNTITLED Preview Gala: Val Kilmer, Marina Abramovic, Nip Slips, and Tons of Tech

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Val Kilmer and Marina Abramovic at UNTITLED.
Last year, popular art themes during Art Basel included Warhol, guns, Warhol, street art, and more Warhol. But if the UNTITLED art fair is an indicator of this year's offerings, 2013 will be the year of new technology. (And also B-list celebrities. Hello, Val Kilmer!)

UNTITLED opened last night with a gala attended by people as diverse as Kilmer, Marina Abramovic, Otto von Schirach, and Sam Borkson of FriendsWithYou -- as well as 85 exhibitors from 18 different countries. Miami's own artist duo the TM Sisters staged an earthy performance piece in which performers dressed as each of the four elements (earth, air, fire, and water) en route to the ocean, fueled by the sounds of beatboxing and singing.

One performer -- a mother earth/sea turtle hybrid -- even suffered a bit of a nip slip. But hey, what's Basel without boobs?

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Art Basel Preview: Pop Up Piano Miami Brings Art, Music Together Again

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Music and art often go hand in hand, especially during the temporary party paradise that is Art Basel in Miami. Last night at the Pop Up Piano Miami Mixer, they were one and the same.

Artists from around the world were invited to trade in their usual canvas or building wall and instead paint a work of art on a piano. There were five pianos on display at the Miami Iron Side venue from artists Evoca1, Rone, Chor Boogie, Nathan Delinois, and Tomas Loewy. The pianos featured in last night's event were just a preview; more will be seen and up for sale during Art Basel next week. The proceeds will go to benefit the non-profit organization Guitar Over Guns.

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Hunger Games Victory Tour: Crying Fans, Hunky Movie Stars

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The skies were crying yesterday over the BankUnited Center, as if Effie Trinket herself were in the building doing a reaping for the Hunger Games. But then, pockets of sunshine emerged -- if only briefly -- signifying fans' happiness. They were, after all, inside the very same building as cast members of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Doors didn't open until 4 p.m., but there were fans lining up since about 1 p.m.; one group of friends spent the night on those concrete floors, beginning at 4 a.m. In their defense, one of the girls was wearing a purple wig a la Effie, so they were superfans indeed. Schoolgirls and boys arrived in their uniforms with their parents, and there were plenty of screaming fangirls in the building to cause minor hearing loss.

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Discussing Deep Throat at WEAM: Five Things We Learned About Porn's Most Famous Blowjob

Categories: Art, Last Night

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All photos by Carolina del Busto
Naomi Wilzig and Danforth Prince
For a museum dedicated to one of humankind's boldest and most eye-catching acts, it's easy to miss the World Erotic Art Museum. Walking speedily through the streets of Washington Avenue, one might pass what looks like a standard office entrance, with an ornate statue by the door and a colorful elevator accompanied by a black rug. But look closer - and walk slower - and you'll see the entrance to the WEAM.

Welcome to the world's only museum dedicated exclusively to erotic art, proudly standing in Miami Beach for the past eight years. Last night, in honor of its eight-year anniversary, Naomi Wilzig, curator and owner, invited Danforth Prince, President of Blood Moon Productions, to give a talk about one of the most famous names in the porn industry: Linda Lovelace.

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"Bob Marley Messenger": HistoryMiami's Opening Night in Pictures

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If he'd been at the opening of HistoryMiami's exhibit about his life, Bob Marley would have lit a spliff and said, "Yah, real nice, irie vibes, mon. Jah. Rastafari."

The opening of the exhibit dedicated to the world's greatest reggae superhero was a smashing success.

Hundreds gathered in HistoryMiami's courtyard and ambled through its halls to enjoy live music, catered food, drinks, and one of a kind photographs and artifacts. Here's what it looked like.

See also: Trek6 on Bob Marley Mural for HistoryMiami: "He Never Sold Out" (PHOTOS)


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Salman Rushdie on The Satanic Verses at 25: "There Are No Pictures of Me in Hiding in My Memoir Because I Looked Like Sh*t"

Categories: Books, Last Night

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Fans wait for signatures and Rushdie's healing touch last night at Miami Dade College
Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses being published in England. Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini issued a death sentence on Rushdie as punishment for the supposed blasmphemy in the novel, leading Rushdie and his family going into hiding for nearly a decade, constantly accompanied by an armed security detail. Rushdie's memoir of this period, Joseph Anton is newly out in paperback and the author was interviewed on stage last night at Miami-Dade College by Books & Books owner Mitchell Kaplan.

Before being introduced, the two were just a couple of guys with tidy facial hair, eschewing neckties from the side of the stage. They shared private jokes and rocked on their heels, waiting for the event to begin, betraying little of how their lives had been changed by a novel that was now a quarter century distant from its first edition. Literary placket watchers may have noted that Kaplan had his top two shirt buttons undone but the older writer only allowed himself one.

See also: Salman Rushdie is Coming to Tell His Life Story

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