The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
BABY DIOR Dior is the latest designer house to bow in the Miami Design District. The tri-level store replete with a rooftop terrace takes after the SoHo New York store by Peter Marino. With Dior Homme having opened a block away in 2012, this grander space is devoted to women’s ready to wear, accessories, fine jewelry and watches. It marks the category’s first standalone location here. Heating up the neighborhood’s already-fierce façade competition, Dior adds yet another striking concrete design from Barbarito Bancel Architectes. Patrons may notice a Dior star, a symbol of good luck, placed atop; it’s one of only three boutiques worldwide to boast the decoration. Fitting the art and design-oriented area, there are numerous works including Larry Bell’s hanging Mylar sculptures and Charlotte Perriand’s Riflesso sideboard.
MICHELE’S MOMENT New York-based multi-disciplinary artist Michele Oka Doner is having quite a month. The Miami Beach native not only designed the ethereal, original costumes (pictured) and sets for Miami City Ballet’s reimagined full production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” choreographed by George Balanchine, but is the sole subject of PAMM’s exhibition “How I Caught a Swallow in Midair.” For her twist on Shakespeare’s classic play done in dance, Oka Doner replaces his deep, dark woods with the deep, dark ocean, home to coral and other sea creatures where magic and mischief ensue. Soak up the scenery March 18-20, at the Arsht Center, and April 9-10 at the Broward Center. On view from March 24-September 11, her museum show features 30 definitive works that celebrate nature throughout her 50-year career.
HOMECOMING KING & QUEEN Jeff McInnis, the Florida-born chef who created the hugely popular menus and cooking styles for Yardbird and Gigi, returns to Miami with his main squeeze and fellow toque, Janine Booth, to open the Sarsaparilla Club. The American dim sum concept is their followup to Root & Bone, an ode to Southern cuisine, in New York’s East Village. This time around, they also pay homage to Booth’s native Australia, which loves its share of Southeast Asian sauces and spices. What does that mean exactly? Try green curry fried chicken with kaffir lime powder and toasted coconut. As seafood lovers—plans call for a casual fish shack and raw bar in Sunset Harbour next—they serve rock shrimp laksa (noodle soup) and steamed snapper with spicy miso beans. Here’s to the happy couple!
CONCOURS & CHARACTERS Car lovers should speed to Miami Beach Golf Club for the 2nd Annual Miami Beach Concours auto show on Saturday and Sunday. Mingle with professional race-car drivers and collectors while perusing their pricey rides like a Ferrari 250 California valued at $19 million, and a 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible for $6 million. A VIP reception kicks off the contest. A portion of proceeds benefits the Lone Survivor Foundation; Marcus Luttrell, the Navy Seal portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in the film “Lone Survivor” attends as honorary guest. Mad Cat Theatre Company presents “Tones on Tales: A Night of Samuel Beckett,” an exclusive run of three of the master playwright’s short works from March 17-20. Presented live and in original films, “Not I,” “Eh Joe” and “Footfalls” explore regret and enlightenment.