Aries Spears will be at the Miami Improv Comedy Theater through Sunday. Spears, a regular on Fox’s Mad TV, is known for his impersonations that include Jay-Z, DMX, Denzel Washington, James Brown, Al Pacino, and his childhood idol Eddie Murphy. We asked Spears how he got started, about his favorite character, and what his next project will be. Here’s what he had to say:
How did you get started, what prompted you to say “Hey, I am going to pursue a career in comedy?”
I got started in New York and New Jersey working a lot of the Chitlin Circuit (black rooms) peppermint lounge in East Orange, New Jersey, Trivecka in Long Island and terminal D in Newark. Eddie Murphy was my biggest influence.
Do you change your topics based on the city you will be showcasing at?
It’s like sports, I always take what the defense gives me.
You get to make several crowds in different cities laugh, which one would you say you most enjoyed performing for?
I love anywhere in Southern Florida. The women dress like they don’t like their fathers. Jacksonville is the city I don’t visit too often. It’s the mistress city of the State of Florida.
Have you been to Miami before?
Yes, I’ve been to ME-MOMMY Florida. I call it that cause of my deep love for Spanish women.
What are you most looking forward to when being in Miami, Florida?
Check my last answer.
Which of your many characters would you say is your favorite?
I have a great character called Me-mommy, a Spanish woman character. I also have a great Nigerian accent to play for a character.
Are there any new projects you’re working on?
Yes, I have my podcast Spears & Steinberg aka the Jew and the jerk available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.
Any inspiring words to those who want to pursue a career in comedy? What advice can you give to those who have tried their first amateur night and maybe didn’t get that many laughs out of the audience?
Drink plenty of vodka.
Aries Spears has five shows through Sunday. Purchase tickets at miamiimprov.com.
Miami’s Ice Palace will heat up on June 19th when Pandora, the leader of Latin music streaming, presents PandoraLIVE El Pulso. Headlining the show will be Natti Natasha, the reigning queen of Latin/Reggaeton music and recent Billboard Latin Music Award winner for Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year – Female, with Latin Urban artist Dalex slated to open the show. El Pulso, Pandora’s destination station for Latin music, features the most exciting and impactful contemporary artists who are breaking through genre barriers. Any Pandora listener (21+) can RSVP now HERE for free admission.
Natti, known as the “Queen of Views” for being the most-watched woman globally in any genre on YouTube for 2 consecutive years (surpassing Ariana, Cardi, Taylor, and Beyoncé), released her highly anticipated debut album, ilumiNATTI this February. It debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart and scored the largest week for a Latin album by a solo woman in more than a year and a half. Her collaborations with some of today’s biggest Latin artists, including Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Thalia, and Becky G, have earned her over 160 million lifetime streams and 690 thousand listeners on Pandora.
Moving up on the Pandora Predictions chart is Dalex who will be opening the show. His singles rooted in the fusion of the Latin Urban, Reggaeton, Trap and R&B genres include his “Pa Mi” Remix ft. Sech, Rafa Pabón, Cazzu, Feid, Khea & Lenny Tavarez, which has helped the rising young star become a global success with over 4.9 million Pandora streams.
“Having Natti, one of Latin’s biggest stars, headline El Pulso guarantees we’ll have another unforgettable night connecting artists directly to their fans,” says Jeff Zuchowski, Vice President of Label Relations at Pandora. “We’ve also been watching Dalex earn millions of streams on Pandora and are excited to help introduce him to new followers in Miami.”
Teaming up with America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Clamato®, McDonald’s®, and Nissan®, Pandora will create an interactive mixture of activations throughout the celebration.
Pepsi launched their new summer campaign today by launching giant, six-story Pepsi #Summergram inflatables in cities from coast-to-coast – Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and Miami along with celebrations for fans.
Pepsi hosted a pop-up celebration on the sand, complete with Pepsi beverages, games, live music and fun installations. In attendance were Miami HEAT player, Justise Winslow, DJ Irie, and Billy the Marlin. the official mascot for the Miami Marlins.
Pepsi #Summergram collection is now available across Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Zero Sugar 20 oz., 16 oz. and 16.9 oz. bottles for 12 weeks at national retailers across the country. With hundreds of unique statement and icon pairings, the collection highlights universal summer moments like BBQing, hiking, swimming and more, as well as regional-specific sayings unique to various parts of the country, and labels featuring iconic summer statements in Spanish and English. To share your Pepsi #Summergram moments, simply:
Scan the QR code on any Pepsi #Summergram bottle using your camera phone to automatically open Instagram Stories and unlock a unique AR filter and statement
Apply the Pepsi #Summergram AR filter directly to your video
Share directly with friends on social media or add to your Instagram Story
Throughout the campaign duration, Pepsi will celebrate by releasing twenty-five 15-second television commercials that showcase the AR effects and iconic summer moments. Join the #Pepsi #Summergram conversation across social on Twitter (@Pepsi) and Facebook, and visit YouTube.com/Pepsi.
Mia Castro grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was raised partly by her grandparents who gave her a deep appreciation for fresh and wholesome food. Growing up she helped her grandmother cook delicious meals every day with ingredients they harvested themselves. Today, the rising culinary star has graced local staples such as The Bazaar at SLS Hotel and The James at the Royal Palm. We caught up with Mia to ask her about her experience on Hell’s Kitchen.
What made you enter Hell’s Kitchen?
When I first learned about the opportunity, I thought it was something I had never done before and could only be something that would help propel me in my career. I decided I had absolutely nothing to lose so I went into it head first. I’m very glad I did.
What insight do you feel you gained from the show that you didn’t previously have?
Most insight I gained was about myself. I’m a lot more talented than I would give myself credit for. Having the freedom to have unlimited creativity inspired me to cook from my heart and to put more than 10 years of experience and education in the field into my food. I surprised my rivals, the judges, and most importantly myself. Due to being underestimated throughout most of my career, I think I had started to do it to myself. Being on the show and a top contender from the first episode gave me a lot of confidence in myself. Because of that, I will forever be grateful for the opportunity.
I will be heading to Puerto Rico in the next week, where I’ll participating as a guest chef from April 4-7 at Saborea food & wine festival and culinary extravaganza. I’m also working on developing some content for a cookbook & cooking show. I’ll be making announcements through my IG: @chefmiacastro.
When in Miami, what’s your go to dine spot? The place you can’t live without.
It’s hard to stick to just one. Immediately I can think of Macchialina, by Chef Michael Pirolo. I love their simple, but perfectly executed take on fresh, handmade pasta. The mushroom tagliolini is my favorite and a MUST HAVE every single time. Also (and I have to admit I’m a bit biased), Chef Jose Mendin’s, La Placita, has become one of my spots. It captures the soul and flavor of Puerto Rican cuisine and one of the best spots to hang out in San Juan: La Plaza de Santurce. The “Cuchifritos” section of the menu is my favorite, especially since it’s hard to find this type of “street food” outside of Puerto Rico.
Any favorite breakfast stops?
I love the playful food they serve up for brunch at Beaker & Gray. Their “Chilaquiles” and their “Waffle Panini” are perfectly called for after a long night out of good, innocent fun!
For a fun night out with friends, you would visit?
I love the casual atmosphere of Wynwood. El Patio is my favorite. I LOVE dancing (to Latin music), so it’s a great place to get it out of my system.
When not out on the town, what’s your stay-at-home cheat dish?
Spaghetti cacio e pepe. I always have dry spaghetti, fresh black pepper, and parmigiano or pecorino cheese on hand. It’s filling, decadent, and SO easy to make.
Any words of wisdom for aspiring chefs?
The industry isn’t as glamorous as it seems. It requires a lot of self-sacrifice, physical & mental exertion, and time in less than desirable, low-paying positions. But if you’re NOT afraid of hard work, the payoff is extremely rewarding: discipline, travel, endless learning & creativity, mentoring from some of the best in the industry…only to name a few. My advice: in the beginning, put your head down, and watch, listen, ask questions, take notes…learn as much as you can, be a sponge. Be open to constructive criticism (learn, learn, learn) and don’t pay attention to negative comments. Define a goal and focus on it, take side-steps if you need to (don’t go back), but keep going because if you’re willing to put in the work and not give up, you will achieve whatever you set your mind to.
Ultra Music Festival’s new location is at the Historic Virginia Key Park and the Miami Marine Stadium. The festival announced on their website that there is no parking available on Virginia Key for festival attendees. We’ve rounded up the options to get to the festival.
If you’re driving to the event, you can park your vehicle at the Park & Ride parking garages adjacent to Ultra’s Shuttle Hub A, located at the Omni Garage located at 453 NE 15th St, Miami, FL 33132 or Shuttle Hub B at the AmericanAirlines Arena Garage at 601 Biscayne Blvd. The parking cost is $30 per day or you can purchase a discounted weekend pass for $75 here.
If you choose not to drive. There will be three shuttle hubs set up specifically for festival goers.
Shuttle Hub A – If you’re in the Downtown Miami, Wynwood, Midtown, Miami Beach and areas North of the Greater Miami, make your way to the Arts & Entertainment District. The pickup location is at the intersection of NW 15th Street and N Bayshore Drive. Your landmark references will be the Adrienne Arsht Center Metromover and the Omni Garage.
2. Shuttle Hub B – If you’re traveling from Downtown and the Brickell areas head to the AmericanAirlines Arena at 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132.
3. Shuttle Hub C – If you’re traveling from Brickell, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, South Miami, Kendall and areas south of Greater Miami your shuttle pick up area will be at the Vizcaya Metrorail Station, 3201 SW First Avenue.
The ferry will be located at the Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132. To board the ferry, you can purchase 3-day passes as an add-on to your festival tickets here.
If you use a rideshare option, Ultra has specified on their website that there is a designated drop off area. Simply type in Ultra Music Festival as your drop off location within your rideshare app. It’s recommended that once you’re ready to leave the festival, you take an official transportation option back to one of the hubs.
To further plan your route to the shuttle hub areas, you can use Miami Dade’s Transit Tracker and Trip Planner here.
For tickets visit the official Ultra Music Festival website here.
Ultimate Gamer, the first open multi-game e-sports festival built to test gamers in different genres, announced today the launch of ticket sales and player registrations for the March 9-10 event.Ultimate Gamer is the first-of-its-kind gaming festival and a celebration for the entire gaming community that will crown one player the “Best Gamer in the World.”
The Ultimate Gamer features e-sports athlete competition within five gaming disciplines —first-person shooter, action, fighter, real-time strategy and battle royale. This event boasts a number of top-tier partners including Black Stage Productions and Showglobe Entertainment, while Blizzard, Capcom and Valve are currently in talks to secure the most challenging and representative games that will identify the world’s most well-rounded e-athlete.
More than 1,000 players and over 10,000 spectators are expected for the event. The arena features over 300 PCs and consoles to enable 12 hours a day of tournament-style action. First place receives a $250,000 prize, second $100,000 and third $50,000.
The event will be held in Miami at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center. Players can now register for the event and interested attendees can gain access to the most exciting gameplay of the year. The multi-faceted event includes a cosplay competition, gourmet food options, interactive experiences and live music. Additionally, Ultimate Gamer will feature a Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) Local Area Network (LAN) party.
“We’re thrilled to open up tickets and registration for our first Ultimate Gamer event which will serve as a launching point in the industry,” said Steve Suarez, president of ShowGlobe Entertainment. “This is the first event of its kind. It’s a festival of gaming, music, amazing food and entertainment. We welcome players of all skill levels to Miami for a fun multi-sensory experience so we can truly determine the best e-sports player in the world.”
The Ultimate Gamer event series are intended to blend together physical real-world gatherings with the company’s own software. The company adjusts to the latest fast-changing gaming trends and will change its events dynamically in order to stay relevant. Open to any registrants, Ultimate Gamer is intended to foster competition between hardcore gaming pros as well as newer players.
El pionero del Trap en español, Anuel AA, celebra una exitosa gira de conciertos en Estados Unidos, con 11 llenos totales en diversas ciudades del territorio americano. “Después de los momentos tan difíciles que me tocó vivir los últimos años de mi vida, el apoyo del público ha sido la mejor medicina y el impulso para seguir adelante”, afirma el cantante.
El éxito de su primer álbum como solista “Real hasta la muerte” le hizo reconquistar a su público hispano, y ahora su música “retumba” con gran éxito a escala internacional.
Prueba de ello, es la exitosa gira de conciertos que el intérprete puertorriqueño está actualmente realizando en Estados Unidos. Ochodiferentes ciudades y once llenos totales acumulados hasta el momento son prueba fehaciente de su crecimiento en la industria musical. El más reciente, tuvo lugar en la ciudad de Orlando, Florida, donde una inmensa fanaticada del artista “reventó la taquilla” de la gran sala de conciertos Amway Center. También se presentó en Denver, Colorado, donde miles de personas cantaron con él su repertorio de principio a fin.
El intérprete del éxito “Ella quiere beber”, ha dejado muy claro que el profesionalismo y el trabajo duro han sido piezas claves en su camino al éxito. Además de mantenerse “real”, tal y como él lo afirma, con su estilo irreverente y las letras que lo han hecho diferenciarse de los demás cantantes de su género, Anuel le ofrece a su público un espectáculo único. No se trata únicamente del cuerpo de baile, sino que el artista ofrece un concierto cargado de entretenimiento, juegos de luces, escenografía y pirotecnia, que convierten “la función” en una velada extravagante e inolvidable para los presentes.
“Quiero que todos los que vayan a mis conciertos sientan lo agradecido que estoy con su apoyo. Doy lo mejor de mí, no solo busco que escuchen la música porque evidentemente eso ya lo hacen.Quiero que su noche sea inolvidable, tal y como es para mí cada presentación”, declara Anuel AA.
La ciudad de Miami será la siguiente en recibir al fenómeno de la música urbana Anuel AA. La cita está pautada para el 8 de diciembre en el American Airlines Arena.
The most complete architecture, interior and landscaping design exhibition in North America will return this December for its second year. In partnership with Swire Properties and presented by COSENTINO, CASACOR Miami will take place at Brickell City Centre’s 700 Brickell Avenue building from November 30th to December 16th, 2018. Other CASACOR MIAMI main sponsors include KOHLER, FLORENSE, VONDOM, and THE LIGHTING STUDIO.
An international purveyor of innovative design and world-class craftsmanship in the home design category, CASACOR Miami will continue the tradition of the CASACOR brand, annually bringing together renowned architects, interior designers and landscapers from around the world and locally to present their distinct signature styles along with the latest interior furnishings, art, color trends, textiles, lighting, home accessories and global culture.
Lucio Grimaldi, Chief Executive Officer of CASACOR Miami stated, “We are thrilled about CASACOR MIAMI’s second year, and pleased to be partnering with Swire Properties once again. Miami has become an incredibly important epicenter for design and art and we are excited to continue to showcase the originality of the city by bringing together world-class design through collaboration with the most renowned and emerging design professionals.”
CASACOR Miami 2018 curator, Jessica Acosta-Rubio added, “Inspiration for the exhibition was derived from the urban infrastructure of Miami. The exhibition is thematically rooted in nature and the idea of bringing the energy of the natural environment to the bustling space of the city center. The show will incite moments of calm, balance and inspiration so guests will be encouraged to become one with the environment within a space of relief.”
Visitors can move between different micro-environments, from wild roots to technology, to modernism, to naturalism, with design firms like D’Apostrophe, Pininfarina, and Moniomi displaying tranquil spaces. Additional established emerging designers have been hand-selected for participation including, Adriana Mavignier, Alberto Salaberri, Allan Malouf, By Lemme, Carola Bravo, Edge Collection, Guardini-Stancati Interior Design, Inês Martins, Jesus Pacheco, Léo Shehtman, Mr.O, Roye, Sabrina MacLean & Desiree Casoni Garcia, Sandra Diaz-Velasco and Tatiana Moreira.
Participating artists include Carol Adrianza Ferdinand, Christian Feneck, Flora and Form, Karen StarostaGilinski, Kerry Philips, Lucinda Linderman, Juliana Aragao, and Flor Troconis, Nina Surel, Stone & Rose and Natalia Giannangeli.
Also showing at CASACOR Miami this year is In Good Company, an exhibition curated by designer Fernando Mastrangelo & Hannah Martin, senior design writer for Architectural Digest. A platform for young and emerging designers to spotlight their work, In Good Company, made its debut last year in New York City and will bring the exhibition to Miami for the first time.
While the idea of Urban Oasis sets the overall tone for CASACOR Miami, the show is expected to appeal to a wide range of tastes. CASACOR Miami will be featured across more than 20 spaces occupying over 25,000 feet at a prime Brickell location.
“Due to last year’s success of debuting CASACOR to the Miami market, Swire Properties will partner once again with the prominent design firm to further its stance on supporting the arts,” said Maile Aguila, senior vice president of residential sales for Swire Properties Inc. “We will have renowned artists, designers, and architects from across the globe deliver an innovate exhibition that converges art, design and real estate and speaks to Brickell City Centre’s international consumers, residents, visitors, and community.”
The 15-day experiential urban living exhibition will give guests the opportunity to meet participating design professionals and brands while engaging with innovative design ideas that may apply to their own living spaces. For more information visit http://www.casacormiami.com.
Miami Crowd had the chance to meet with D’USSE Cognac’s Cellar Master, Michel Casavecchia, while he was visiting Miami from Cognac, France. D’USSE Cognac is a byproduct of a partnership between Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Bacardi Limited and while Jay-Z leads global strategy for the brand, it is also Michel’s unrelenting commitment to creating D’USSE’s bold, unique flavor that has made the drink a universal sensation. So, we had the opportunity to sit down with Michel and find out exactly how we can “drink like Jay-Z and other VIPs.”
D’USSE is known for its large celebrity fan club that includes A-list names like Kevin Hart, Rihanna, Nick Jonas, Romeo Santos, and Meek Mill and was integrated into every stop of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s On the Run II tour.
Casavecchia was able to share how to prepare the perfect sidecar using Dusse Cognac.
D’USSE Sidecar Recipe:
2 oz- D’USSE Cognac
1 oz- Grand Marnier
1/2 oz- Fresh Lemon Juice
Garnish: Lemon Peel
Garnish: Sugar Rim
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Rim a chilled coup glass with sugar. Shake and strain. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Norwegian Cruise Lines has a new ship called the Norwegian Bliss and there are already more than 17,500 posts on Instagram. That’s because the ship has been on tour around the United States. Which states? New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. The ship was officially christened on May 30, 2018, at its summer home in Seattle, Washington. The 168,000-gross-ton ship with a capacity of 4,004 people houses programming that includes the Tony Award® -winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys, The Cavern Club where you can sing along to your favorite songs from The Beatles live with a talented cover band, and ¡Havana! an original musical theater show created and produced specifically for the ship.
The ship offers more than a dozen specialty dining options. Le Bistro’s decadent atmosphere is the perfect date night spot. The ambiance in the French bistro is a great option for the first night on the ship. Ask to be seated near the window and catch the views, while the ship sets sail. Highlights at Le Bistro include foie gras, tuna tartare, and scallops on a bed of warm hummus. For dessert, try Le Bistro’s Chocolate Fondue for two that brings an array of fruit pieces to dunk into hot chocolate. Le Bistro is located on Deck 17.
At the Q, you can find ribs, chicken or brisket on the menu. The Texas cuisine restaurant also offers live contemporary pop country music each night. A hot item on the dessert menu is the fresh banana pudding served in a mason jar.
For Dessert, visit Coco’s located on deck 6. At Coco’s, you can satisfy your sweet tooth by indulging in an array of crepes, ice cream sundaes, and milkshakes dressed with whipped cream sprinkles, and hard candy.
BARS & LOUNGES
Take a sip around the world without leaving the ship. There are more than eight bars on board. You can take your A game to the A-List bar. The bar is named after CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, Andy Stuart. Once there order the Piña Picasso cocktail made with tequila, Aperol, St. Germain, lemon juice, and garnished with a sliced of pineapple.
If you’re whiskey lover make sure to grab a seat at the Maltings Whiskey Bar. Here, you can choose from the cocktails on tap such as a Blackberry Bourbon Smash with Bulleit bourbon, cranberry, fresh lemon elixir, and blackberries or a Rye & Rum Sour with Jack Daniel’s Rye, Captain Morgan rum, blood orange puree, orange, lemon elixir, and whiskey barrel aged bitters.
The other bars include The District Brew House that offers craft beers, Mixx bar where you can listen to a live piano performance, Sugarcane Mojito Bar with freshly muddled cocktails, the Local offers a laid-back atmosphere with bowling alley action, The Cellars Wine Bar with daily wine seminars, the Cavern Club with a view to the ocean, and more.
ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES
The ship has plenty of options for entertainment and activities including a two-lane bowling alley, a large arcade room, and a room designed for younger ages. Three unique highlights on the ship are the Aqua Park, Laser Tag, and a two-level race track.
At the Aqua Park, you can race on 360 feet side-by-side inner tubes with a see-through section that showcases the striking ocean views. You can also use your racing skills to compete at the two-level electric-car racetrack. The track is the longest at sea with twists and turns at four-speed settings reaching up to 30 miles per hour. You can also test your agility at the open-air laser tag course. The laser tag space station can be visited during both day and night.
The ship returns to Miami this November to sail out for seven-day trips to the Eastern Caribbean. The ship visits St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands Tortola, British Virgin Islands Nassau, and Bahamas ports.