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What is “Nuevo American” cuisine? Chef Johnny Vinczencz returns to the Hotel Astor, where he began his climb to culinary stardom in the mid-1990s. Vinczencz, long considered one of South Florida’s most innovative talents, has dubbed his cooking style at the South Beach restaurant Nuevo American—a deft blend of regional American fare with accents from South Florida’s countless Latin and AfroCaribbean ethnicities. The menu features local black grouper, Key West shrimp with stone crab salad, and prime steak infused with Caribbean and Latin twists like chimichurri prime sirloin or Wayyu ribeye with mojo. Hotel Astor, 956 Washington Ave., Miami Beach 305-531-8081.
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Igor Omerhodzic has worked at the Loews Miami Beach for the past five years and as the lead Concierge for the last two years. What brought you to Miami? The civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina forced my family and I to abandon Sarajevo in April of 1992. Since then I've lived in Vienna, Austria and finally arrived to Miami in February of 1993. What are some of the hotspots that you share with hotel guests? Weekly night life hot spots.... Monday: Tantra Restaurant and Lounge; Tuesday: Cosplay at Sushi Samba; Wednesday: Glass at the Forge; Thursday: Vue at the Hotel Victor; Friday: Party at Prive; Saturday: Mansion; Sunday - Pool party at the Raleigh Hotels What’s one place that you tell tourists that they must see before leaving Miami? Ocean Drive is unique with its pastel colors and neon lighting, bringing to mind some of our favorite movies like: Scarface, Bird Cage, Bad Boys, and Something about Mary. What’s Miami’s best kept secret? You can now have a luxurious dinning experience by Chef Wolfgang Birk at the old Versace Mansion now called Casa Casuarina. What are some of the features of your hotel? Loews Miami Beach hotel is located on the ocean in South Beach’s hip and diverse Art Deco District. Loews has an oceanfront swimming pool and jacuzzi with a direct beach access. The Loews hotels are pet friendly establishments. We have some of the best restaurants on our property and a sleek bar with an extensive martini menu. We are currently building a 12 million dollar spa facility slated to open early 2007.

Miami is alive with theatre and art, especially with the opening of the Carnival Center of Performing Arts. The ballet, theatre, opera and classical seasons have begun. Where joined an enthusiastic audience at the Gusman Center of Performing Arts for the offering of the season from Ballet Gammonet (Oct. 28). The Loews Hotel Miami Beach hosted the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Recognition Dinner (Nov. 4) which honored Julian Bond. President Bill Clinton made an appearance during the reception. Where joined artlovers at the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum for the reception for the new exhibition Modernism in American Silver: 20thCentury Design (Oct. 31). Where kept up as culture vultures and was there at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts to hear Florida Grand Opera’s stunning performance of Aida, as well as the opening Black-tie reception and performance of the Concert Association of Florida’s Sanford L. Ziff Prestige Series with internationally renowned tenor Jose Cura and Orchestra de Sao Paulo (Nov. 9). And Where was in the audience when The Carnival Center premiered their new Cabaret series with chanteuse Andrea Marcovicci, who entertained in The Studio Theatre with songs and stories of Fred Astaire (Nov. 11). Where traveled to Sunny Isles for a bit of New Wave Magic presented by Kevin & Caruso at the Ramada Marco Polo Hotel. And finally, Where joined crowds of booklovers for the Miami Book Fair (Nov. 18-19) held on the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Authors like Nora Ephron, David Leddick, Joann Biondi and Dave Barry entertained crowds with quips and readings from their new books. And capping off a very busy month, Where was there for the opening of the exciting new Benihana restaurant in Coral Gables. (Nov. 21), and we wish them good luck in their new location on Miracle Mile. – James Cubby and Irene Moore


New Openings
Equal parts L.A. glam and South Beach chic, Table 8, recently opened at the new Regent Hotel on Ocean Drive, featuring the acclaimed California-style cuisine of celebrity Chef Govind Armstrong. Armstrong is a charismatic culinaire who launched his career at the tender age of 13 with Wolfgang Puck at L.A.’s legendary Spago. Armstrong serves his innovative cuisine—straightforward, simple food created with the freshest, natural products and local ingredients—while tapping the region’s rich cornucopia of fish, fruits and vegetables. The original Table 8 on L.A.’s Melrose strip is a multi-faceted restaurant and lounge that is a celebrity magnet, so we can most likely count on the same stellar clientele in South Beach. Table 8, 1458 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-695-4114.

We at Where are excited about our December issue. We covered Art Basel in depth in “Art Basel, Past Present and Future,” and “The Art of the Party, a guide to all the related parties, but we also offer information on art events all month long, and plenty of things to do post-Basel. Now that the art fair is over, we can all breathe a sigh of relief, but the Holidays are closing in fast. In “Let’s Celebrate,” we offer some great places to hang out and drink Champagne. Check it out if you’re in a celebratory frame of mind. If you have interesting activities or events coming up, please send them to me at If you would like to advertise, please e-mail our publisher, –Irene Moore

The Loews Miami Beach is located at 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. For reservations call 888-238-0167 or visit

12/1-31 Actors' Playhouse: Irving Berlin's White Christmas the first regional production of the staged musical of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Miracle Theatre. Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Call 305-4449293 or visit 12/2-1/28 Humberto Calzada: 30 Year Retrospective Architectural settings that evoke both the Cuba of his birth and the odyssey of his exile dominate a retrospective exhibition of Miami painter, Humberto Calzada. Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables. Call 305-284-3535 or visit 12/15-17 Othello offers, even in its minor characters, a number of unusually full and profound studies of humanity. Fri. and Sat. 7 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. Admission is $12. Byron-Carlyle Theatre, 500 71st St., Miami Beach. Call 305-332-5817 or visit 12/16 Arturo Sandoval - The Trumpet’s Journey Through Cuban Rhythms This Miami native’s explosive mixture of jazz, classical, rock and traditional Cuban music is simply sensational. 8 p.m. Carnival Center of Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-949-6722 or visit 12/17 New World Symphony: The Serenade in Chamber Music Paula Robison, flute. Program: Beethoven Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola; Tilson Thomas Notturno; Italian Serenades for Flute and Harp; Mozart Serenade No. 13, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik". 3 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 541 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Call 305-673-3331 or visit 12/19 Art Deco Lecture Series "Southern Cone Art Deco." MDPL Director of Programs and Outreach, Scott Timm, presents a program on the enthralling Art Deco architecture found in two of South America's most interesting cities, Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Free admission. 7 p.m. Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Call 305-672-2014 or visit 12/21 Seraphic Fire: Handel's Messiah Seraphic Fire, Miami's professional chamber choir, performs Handel's masterpiece with instrumentalists from the New World Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-476-0260 or visit 12/29-31 Cabaret Unkempt Cabaret Unkempt is an irreverent and satirical one-person memory piece mixing video, music, and poetry. Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m. The Studio Theater at Carnival Center of Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-949-6722 or visit 12/31 25th Annual King Mango Strut Zany, wacky and outright hilarious don’t do justice when describing this South Florida tradition, a spoof of the former Orange Bowl Parade that includes the “Little Miss Mangoes,” the “Marching Freds” (if your name’s Fred, you’re in) and “the Roadkill Band.” Needless to say, taste is not a priority for participating. Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove, 305-401-1171.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Actor’s Playhouse

GREIG COETZEE–WHITE MEN WITH WEAPONS AND THE BLUE PERIOD The acclaimed South African actor and playwright brings two riveting, utterly different, one-person, multi-character plays. White Men with Weapons in which Coetzee performs 13 characters is a hysterical, historical and sometimes harrowing farce about the South African army just before the end of apartheid. The Blue Period of Milton Van der Spuy is a bittersweet tale of a would-be Renaissance man who hopes his head won’t explode before he’s able to complete his life’s work. The problem: Milton is far more ambitious than he is talented. Performances at 8 p.m. Dec. 13-17. The Studio Theater at Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305949-6722 or visit
. Bayfront Park’s New Year’s Eve features a concert performance and midnight fireworks. . The Big Orange New Year’s Eve Celebration is Miami’s version of New Year’s at Times Square and features a 35-foot neon Big Orange time ball rising 400 feet to the top of the Hotel InterContinental as you count down. . If you want the real (NYC) thing, head over to the Española Way New Year’s Eve, where you can celebrate 2007’s arrival watching the ball drop on a giant outdoor screen. Bayfront Park New Year’s Eve: 401 North Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Big Orange New Year’s Eve Celebration: Hotel InterContinental, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 305-539-3000. Española Way New Year’s Eve: Española Way along Washington and Pennsylvania Aves. between 14th and 15th Sts., Miami Beach, 305-532-5322.

MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS AT ACTORS PLAYHOUSE "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines." So begins this delightful story of Madeline's Christmas! A tale of how one little girl named Madeline saves the Christmas holiday for eleven of her friends with a “miracle” and a magic carpet ride. This joyous musical of Madeline’s Christmas, based on the popular book series by Ludwigh Bemelman, features book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby and music by Shirley Mier. Performances on Saturdays at 11 a.m. through Dec. 23. Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Call 305-444-9293 or visit

FEDEX ORANGE BOWL 2007 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP; JANUARY 2 If you’re a pigskin fan, your day has arrived. This match on Jan. 2 presents two of the top football teams in the country punting for the Orange Bowl title. Pro Player Stadium, 2269 N.W. 199 St., Miami, 305-3414700,

DANCE THE NUTCRACKER DECEMBER 15-17, 23 There’s no shortage of options when it comes to this year’s classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. The Miami City Ballet takes the stage at the Carnival Center December 15-17 with Balanchine’s choreography and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score (not to mention the outrageous sets, costumes and dancers that have made this MCB production world-renowned). Carnival Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 800-741-1010. Later in the month on December 23 (and taking the Jackie stage as well), The St. Petersburg Ballet brings its own version featuring some of the most renowned dancers in the world. Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7300. Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 N.E Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-929-7010. CONCERT WOODY ALLEN & HIS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND DECEMBER 29 If you only know Woody Allen as a director, you’re missing a whole side to the man. The auteur is also an accomplished musician who’s been playing the jazz clarinet for a quarter of a century. At this one night-only concert on Dec. 29, he takes the stage (in his usual sweater and corduroy ensemble we presume) with his New Orleans Jazz Band— a guaranteed thumbs up. Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 N.E. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722.

PIRATES MUTINY UNTIL JANUARY 21 The Jolly Roger is firmly planted in Miami this month with Pirates Mutiny which comes for the first time to American audiences. Seen by more than 2 million people in Mallorca, Spain, this live touring production is a unique blend of human circus and pantomime featuring world-class acrobats, dancers and specialty acts from around the world, this show has Cirque du Soleil touches with a pirate theme. Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 888-568-8469,

NEW YEAR’S EVE 2006 2007 is coming whether you’re ready or not. So, what to do, where to go, what to wear? If you’re ready to join the masses as we welcome yet another year in the new millennium’s first decade, here are three solid options:



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