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RA Sushi hosts Sushi-eating Contest to benefit Radio Lollipop at Miami Children's Hospital

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Attention sushi lovers and big eaters! On Wednesday, March 31st, RA Sushi in South Miami is hosting its second annual MAKI MADNESS. This sushi-eating contest is open to the public and will take place from 6:00- 9:00 p.m. MAKI MADNESS competitors will have to eat two RA Sushi signature Tootsy Maki (crab mix, shrimp and cucumber topped with tempura bits) in the fastest amount of time during the first round. The final six competitors will compete in the championship “sushi showdown.” During this final round, opponents will eat as many Tootsy Maki as they can in 2 minutes. The grand prize eater will receive free sushi for a year!!! MAKI MADNESS is limited to the first 30 entries. Applications are available at RA Sushi in South Miami, 5829 SW 73rd street (across from The Shops at Sunset Place). The deadline to register is Monday, March 29th and all eaters must be at least 18 years old to participate. Registration to compete includes a $10 entry fee (cash only) which will be donated …

NYC Housewife, Kelly Bensimon, drops by Miami!

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On Wednesday, March 24th, Kelly Bensimon attended "Alize Oasis" at the Raleigh Hotel on South Beach to enjoy the festivities during this year's Winter Music Conference. Kelly, model and cast member of Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City, looked gorgeous as she arrived into the hotel's lounging area with her two daughters. Alize Oasis is a three day event hosted for exclusive guests including celebrities and DJ's. This special gathering also featured amazing music by Miami's favorite DJ, Mia Moretti! While I was there, I visited the Original Penguin Gifting Suite which was fully stocked with apparel and accessories from their latest collection. To check out Original Penguin, visit their store on 925 Lincoln Road or you may also go to www.OriginalPenguin.com. Here are some photos from the event and make sure you take advantage of this action packed week in Miami. Viva la musica!

DJ Mia Moretti spins her records with style at Alize Oasis!
Original Pe…

The Hearts and Stars Gala on Hibiscus Island

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It was another beautiful weekend in Miami and of course, the stars came out to shine! On Saturday, March 20th, Pras performed during the first annual Hearts and Stars Gala held at a waterfront estate, Casa Malinka, on Hibiscus Island (Miami Beach). All proceeds from the gala benefited the Little Lighthouse Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida. During the evening, guests enjoyed cocktails and hor d'oeuvres while bidding on an exclusive celebrity auction. The entertainment for the night included a special performance by Pras, multi-Grammy award winner & original member of The Fugees, who performed singles from his new solo album as well as some Fugees classics. If you missed this event, but would like to learn more about the Little Lighthouse Foundation or the Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit http://www.thelittlelighthouse.org or http://www.rmdh.org. Here are some pictures from the night!

Pras Michel, Stefi Nova (Axixs), NIR (new solo artist)…

Sushi Samba hosts "Cosplay" with Ursula 1000 to welcome the Winter Music Conference!!!

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As you may know, the 25th annual Winter Music Conference is coming to Miami Beach starting this Tuesday, March 23rd till March 27th. To kick-off this exciting musical movement, Sushi Samba is relaunching their weekly event called "Cosplay Tuesdays" on March 23rd from 12 midnight till 4:30 am (600 Lincoln Road). This is the restaurant's biggest party night where acrobats and other fun characters come out to play!
This week's celebration will not only feature your sushi favorites, but guests will be treated to the AMAZING beats of Ursula 1000 (aka DJ Alex Gimeno). Gimeno's personal taste in music includes : new wave, post punk, glam rock and hip hop. This means you're in for some eclectic sounds and a much needed dose of sazon! Don't miss the party this Tuesday: it's the only night Ursula 1000 will be spinning. For table reservations, call 305.673.5337 or visit www.sushisamba.com. If you need more information on the Winter Music Conference, check out htt…

Enter Original Penguin's Model Search this week!

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Are you looking for a change in your life? Here's a great opportunity to take some of your greatest photos and potentially make a big move into the modeling scene. Original Penguin is looking for real people to feature in their upcoming ad campaign. In order to represent the brand worldwide, you must exude style and wit! To enter the model search contest, simply email your best 4 photos to Penguin's team of experts before March 26th: beourmodel@originalpenguin.com. The email must include your name, height and clothing sizes (please do not send files larger than 2MB each). Once you have submitted your entry, the experts will select a group of finalists who will appear on OriginalPenguin.com. Online voters will get to choose their favorites so start giving your friends a heads up! On March 29th, two winners will be announced (1 guy + 1 girl) and they will each receive 2 plane tickets to New York City along with a hotel stay. In New York, the winners will appear in Original Pengu…

Amigos for Kids kicks-off their annual ING Miami Celebrity Domino Night on March 25th!

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If you grew up in Miami, then you know of the game which makes every grandfather stay up late at night until a winning team has been proclaimed at Abuela's house! The game: DOMINOES. Domino games are not only present in our neighboring Caribbean islands, but the game has actually been traced back to ancient kings. The oldest known domino set was found in Tutankhamen's tomb, among the ruins of Thebes. Tutankhamen was king of ancient Egypt in the 18th dynasty (1355 BC) and his surviving set is now in King Tutankhamen's Museum in Cairo, Egypt.

Now that you know about Dominoes, here is an upcoming event that aims to continue the legacy of this historic pastime while raising awareness for an important cause. Amigos for Kids, a mainstream nonprofit, is hosting their annual fundraiser called "ING Miami Celebrity Domino Night." Amigos for Kids was founded 18 years ago to respond to the diverse needs of South Florida's abused, neglected and less-fortunate children a…

Chelsea Handler is coming to Miami!

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at JohnMartin's

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Bring out your green hats and beads! It's time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and word on the streets: the best party is at JohnMartin's in Coral Gables. On Wednesday, March 17th, JohnMartin's Restaurant & Irish Pub will host the 20th Annual St. Patrick's Day Street Fair (along Salzedo Street and Aragon Avenue). The event starts at 5:00 p.m. and it is free and open to the public. There will be live Irish music throughout the evening as well as a special performance by a band called "UV." Watch this band hit the stage at 9:00 p.m. for an unforgettable U2 Tribute Show. In addition, JohnMartin's will donate a portion of all proceeds to benefit the Coral Gables Rotary Club, an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian services to help build goodwill and peace within their communities. This will certainly be the place to be on St. Patrick's Day! JohnMartin's is located at 253 Miracle Mile in the heart of Coral …

Listen up Ladies! Designer Fashion Sale to benefit Women's Cancer Research in Miami

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To my diva-status-fashionistas: shop like you mean it and shop for a great cause! On Sunday, March 21st, there will be a Designer Fashion Sale to benefit Women's Cancer Research at UM's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event will be hosted at the Miami Beach Convention Center (Hall C) and it will run from 10:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. This sale honors the memory of fashion retailer and designer Jody Katz who lost her life to cancer in 2009. There will be thousands of featured items including: donated outfits (new-with-tags), like-new women's, men's and children's clothing, shoes and accessories from from the trendiest closets in South Florida. Bring your girlfriends and find fabulous couture clothing at deeply discounted prices! Advanced tickets are on sale for $10 and may be purchased by calling 305-323-7288 (you may also call to make clothing donations). Help raise awareness and funds for women’s cancer research this weekend: SHOP, SHOP, SHOP!

SoBe Arts launches Shakespeare Series

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If you're a big fan of the Renaissance era, here is your chance to feel like you've traveled back in time! Tonight, March 12th, is the opening event for the SoBe Arts Music & Shakespeare Series: Renaissance Chamber Music (8:oo p.m.). The concert is free to the public and will take place at the SoBe Institute of the Arts on 2100 Washington Avenue, South Beach. The SoBe Arts Chamber Ensemble will treat you to the same music William Shakespeare would jam to if he had an Ipod!! Starting next week, you can also check out SoBe Art's special production of Shakespeare's romantic comedy, "Twelfth Night" (March 18- April 4). Each performance is directed by the talented Carson Kievman who will transport you to an Elizabethan garden where wine, love, and illusion take over. To purchase tickets or to find more events during this series, visit http://sobearts.org/.

FREE tickets to the Florida Grand Opera's Carmen at the Adrienne Arsht Center!

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Listen up Miami! The Florida Grand Opera is giving away 1,100 pairs of free tickets to Georges Bizet’s beloved opera Carmen. This is an amazing opportunity if you've never seen a live opera. Starring mezzo-soprano Kendall Gladen, the performance will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center (8 p.m.) on April 26th. To win a pair of free tickets to Carmen visit www.FGO.org and sign up! You can also mail in an entry on a 3”x 5” card with name, address, phone number and email address to: Carmen Ticket Giveaway c/o Florida Grand Opera P.O. Box 561837, Miami, Florida 33256-1837 by midnight on April 5th (one entry per person and make sure to mail each entry separately). There is no purchase necessary. Watch the tempestuous gypsy, Carmen, as she captures the heart of a young soldier, Don Jose, who sacrifices everything to be with her. Meanwhile, Carmen is drawn to a matador, Escamillo, and casts Don Jose aside. For the rest of the drama, you'll just have to see what happens at the…

New CD debuts to honor the life of Selena

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On Tuesday, March 9th, Selena Quintanilla's fans will be able to purchase a new CD box collection titled "La Leyenda" which features Selena's greatest hits. The Tejano superstar was tragically murdered March 31, 1995, in Corpus Christi, Texas by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club. Even though the 15th anniversary of her death is quickly approaching, Selena has maintained loyal fans (like myself) who continue to play her music and sing along to her infamous "Biri Biri Bam Bam" song. The CD box set includes an exclusive Selena charm and a book with personal messages from Selena’s family, friends and fans, as well as rare photos and art from her family’s collection. The CD box is divided as follows: Disc 1- Cumbias and Pop; Disc 2- Tejano and Rancheras; Disc 3- English Songs; Disc 4- Live Performances. This complete collection costs $99. If you're looking for an affordable version, then check out the 2 CD deluxe edition for $20 (30 tracks…

The 42nd Annual Miami Heart & Stroke Ball

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On March 6th, the American Heart Association hosted the 42nd Annual Miami Heart and Stroke Ball at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Brickell Key. This prestigious charity event celebrated the American Heart Association's success and widespread impact within our community. The theme of the night was “Life’s Lasting Love.” Miami's most influential leaders and celebrities gathered to support this wonderful cause while honoring award recipients and notable donors. The gala began with an amazing cocktail hour where guests participated in a silent auction as well as a live auction.

After the reception, guests headed into the ballroom to honor the award recipients of the night. Here are some of the awards that were presented during the gala: Big Heart in Arts to Dennis Scholl of The Knight Foundation; Big Heart in Goodwill to Dr. Sanford L. Ziff, Founder, Sunglass Hut of America; Big Heart- Go Red For Women to Loren Ridinger of Market America; Cor Vitae Awards for Heart Disease and S…

Dear Readers: Meet the Aston Martin Rapide!

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Do you find yourself lusting over this beautiful car? I sure do! Introducing the all new AstonMartin Rapide which is now available at The Collection in Coral Gables. The world's most luxurious four-door sports sedan has arrived in Miami and I had the pleasure of test driving this baby! From the moment I saw the crystal key, I knew it would be a great ride. To help guide me through this experience, Mimmo Falanga, Aston Martin expert from The Collection, joined me on an exhilarating drive through the streets of Coral Gables. I mostly drove around the Universityof Miami because I wanted to wave "hello" to some of my former professors! GO CANES!

According to Mr. Falanga, this is one of The Collection's most exclusive vehicles. Every year, the dealership only receives about four cars from the manufacturer (with a starting price of $200,000). Mr. Falanga says that most clients know exactly what they want and don't tend to ask too many questions when they walk through …