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CULTURE CLUB
Get Down On Some Art at These Must-See Exhibits

Looking to brush up on your brush stoke technique critic this week? Check out these gallery opening and events!

Thursday, May 10th

Bohemian National Hall

A consortium of leading specialists will offer traditional African, Asian, Oceanic, and Native American works of art of the highest quality, including rare masterpieces as well as more affordable items.

Spanish artist Domingo Zapata will be displaying her Polaroid portraits of Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian at the Dream Downtown, 355 West 16 Street, this evening from 8pm to 11pm.

THE HOT SPOT
Get Illy in Philly: Upcoming Parties You Don't Want to Miss


This week is buzzing with parties! Here are a few ideas to get your weekend started, and don't forget that Sunday is Mother's Day. Showing up to family functions aren't usually best spent hungover, at least not in the beginning.

461 N. 3rd St.

This is Johnny Utah’s grand opening! From 10-12am you’ll have a chance to meet the World Famous Naked Cowboy, so make sure you RSVP to get on the list. There's a mechanical bull, too.

THE HOT SPOT
Your Complete Guide to the Hamptons 2012

This summer brings an entirely new line up of sunny and boozy Hamptons adventures to be had. The drought of weekends on the beach can finally come to an end, and travelers should expect to see some fantastic new restaurants, clubs, and storefronts. So hop on the improved Hamptons Free Ride and check out this a break down of what to look out for.

  • AXE Lounge will be ending its tenure in Southampton this summer, but look out for NYC’s W.I.P. who will be taking over the space and renaming it, “Sands.”
  • Ronjo Motel. The motel, as most know it, will be shutting its doors. In its place will be a new copper toned high-end boutique hotel named The Montauk Beach House from the people at Sole East.
  • Almond. The famed French bistro remains at Bridgehampton's Main Street and Ocean Drive. Owner Eric Lemonides greets patrons at the door and oversees a menu of incredible dishes -from specialty salads, such as their escarole, mint pistachio citronette, and manchego cheese concoction to entrees like herb-crusted Montauk flounder served with carmelized fennel broccoli rabe and garlic chips.
  • Blue Parrot. The tex-mex surfers lounge will be expanding their patio so you can expand the amount of margaritas you order.
  • Capri Hotel. This upscale Hamptons hotel will return for the season, hosting the Japanese style cuisine of NoBu and women's summer wear from Cynthia Rowley.
  • Georgica. The waterfront mansion returns for 2012. Part upscale restaurant, part party house, this crib is the place to be. Whether you want to get in a little early for dinner or join the party late night, Georgica fuses culinary excellence and bustling nightlife. The result? Perfection!
  • Navy Beach. Navy Beach is back for another summer! Situated on the waterfront of Montauk and known for its breathtaking sunsets, this nautical-themed gem will take you from breakfast to dinner and beyond. This is the spot for the ultimate lazy beach day. Chef LaBue (formerly of The Laundry) mans the kitchen here. His New American influenced menu focuses on fresh seafood.
  • South Pointe.Stephen Tedeschi and Erik and Gordon von Broock will be bringing South Pointe back for another summer. The ultra exclusive club has hosted the best DJ’s in the biz including Calvin Harris, Avicii, Max Vangeli and Funkagenda. The space includes 35 tables, 12 outside cabanas, and a top-of-the-line Funktion One sound system. Doors swing open Memorial Day Weekend so get ready for another epic summer at South Pointe!
  • Southampton Social Club. As we've reported, the SHSC has gone through some renovations which includes private cabanas within a beautiful garden-like environment, ideal for those breezy and intimate summer evenings.
  • Sloppy Tuna. As their website tells you, "kick back and relax during the day and party into the night." Completely overhauled, renovations include the outdoor beach bar, the second floor restaurant, and a larger oceanfront outdoor deck.
  • Surf Lodge. After nearly 700 violations and the departure of head chef Sam Tolbot, Montauk Properties LLC will pump some new blood into the space while Jayme Cardoso will stay on board.
  • The Meeting House The Meeting House has become a Hamptons staple in the past few years and shows no signs of stopping. This cozy restaurant serves up an array of dishes. Favorites include their signature mac n' cheese, chicken milanese, pan-roasted fluke and blistered shishito peppers. The high ceilings, spacious dining room, classic American decor and breezy patio seating make the experience even more enjoyable. If you're looking to forego the clubs and would rather opt for a low-key, relaxing environment with delicious food, The Meeting House should be on your list.
  • The Stephen Talkhouse. The popular music venue with an incredibly long history returns this season with an improved bathroom patio so the lines aren't so interminable.
  • Banzai Burger. Dig in on May 25th at the burger and sushi joint that’s been renovated with in updated décor and new menu. An updated cocktail menu should be the first thing your fingers flip to.
  • Taste of Two Forks. Head to Bridgehampton for a showcasing of the best local culinary talent from over thirty East End restaurants, Long Island wineries form the Long Island Wine council and several premiere local purveyors.Click HEREto learn more and buy tickets.
  • SL East. For the second year in a row, this wild nightlife venue's over 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space should make everyone's weekend checklist.
  • C. Wonder, Whole Foods, and Dylan's Candy Bar will all be opening up pop up locations this summer, so you'll always have a place to keep your energy going and accessories flashing.
  • MONC XIII. Come by the newly opened storefront for vintage furniture and home goods from luxury brands and designers.
  • Beaumarchais. Opening May 18th, straight from the Meatpacking district comes a new brunch destination where you can experience signature dishes outside the busy NYC streets.
  • Zum Schneider. The East Village beergarden is coming to Montauk this May a single block away from the beach! They’re currently hiring as well.
  • Hamptons Players Club. Look out for the entirely whole new polo and equestrian themed restaurant and 15,000 sq. ft. beer garden will be opening in Montauk.
  • The Bell & Anchor. Try the new seafood restaurant in Sag Harbor. From David Loewenberg and Sam McCleland who own Beacon, bring you a menu consisting of steamed whole lobsters and raw bar. Open all year and available for private functions.
  • Andrra. Formerly known as The Boathouse, new buyers have updated the interior décor, and include an menu that specializes in Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Nammos Estiatorio. Formerly Nello Summertimes, this new Mediterranean style restaurant is coming to Southampton. Try the The "Nammos Special" appetizer, a crisp paper thin zucchini and eggplant chips with tzatziki sauce.
NOTABLES
EMM Owners Co-Producing Nightlife Reality Show


EMM Group
owners Mark Burnbaum and Eugene Remm are now tackling reality television. The New York nightlife moguls don’t seem to mind putting more on their plate in addition to their various and successful enterprises such as Abe & Arthur’s, Catch NYC, Lexington Brass, SL, Tenjune and The Chandelier Room.

Birnbaum and Remm will be co-producing a series called “Kings of New York” with MTV Europe host, Tim Kash. The series will follow young New Yorkers as they pursue careers in modeling, fashion, promotion and other professions.

NIGHT STALKER
Singing From The Rooftops: Bradford Cox Impromptu in SoHo

Aimlessly wandering through the cinematic streets of SoHo can often seem like a social treasure hunt in which an X can be found at every corner.

Try it yourself one day, follow a faint smell until it grows stronger and your nostrils take you to the most charming and delicious bakery you've ever seen. Or listen for the low rumble of music and find yourself, for instance, on the corner of Wooster and Broome where, last night, hundreds of young fans, gallery hoppers, and class skipping students were huddled in front of Team Gallery looking up toward the rooftops.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Miami Happenings: Art, Beer, Vinyl, and more!

Any day of the week is a party for the city of Miami.

There’s no shortage of new or weekly attractions to help break in a new city dweller or rekindle the sun-filled passion of long time residents.

Whether you like clubs, art, food, or all of the above, there is something going on, so grab the keys and hit the streets.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s what.

Miami Vinyl: The History of Record-Making in Miami: The Mid 1990s to Now

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
For Your Saturday Pleasure: The Hester Street Fair

Last Saturday kicked off the Hester Street Fair, which hosts an incredible line of vendors displaying works of art, delectable cuisine, and hand crafted accessories.

Occupying one of the LES’s oldest pushcart markets every Saturday 10am-6pm now through the end of October, let the swell of aromas navigate you through tree-lined park and heavy foot traffic.

The fair itself consists of various kiosks displaying vibrant local business fronts new and old laced with goods perfect for weekend strolls through out the next three seasons.

NIGHT STALKER
New York's People Who Don't Like People Drinking Problem

Are you a loud, obnoxious Meatpacking partier? If so, you may want to start keeping your voice down, your pants up, and your closed fists open. Sixth Precinct police have been patrolling the district due to a rise in complaints about noise, fights, and public urination.

Keeping with current trends, the Meatpacking District has become a highly known nightclub scene home to clubs that rumble the streets nestled underground like Gunbar or clubs that loudly parade on open rooftops like Provocateur, and neighbors aren’t joining in the fun.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Southampton Social Club Revamps for Summer

For those venturing out east to the Hamptons this summer mark your calendars for May 25th. Ian Duke and David Hilty of The Southampton Social Club have partnered up with Paige Management to take over the former Madam Tong’s space with a revamped and rejuvenated beach escape.

Already known for their outdoor seating, the new space will now include private cabanas within a beautiful garden-like environment, ideal for those breezy and intimate summer evenings. Hand in hand with the landscaping facelift, award winning chef, Scott Kampf will bring his culinary expertise for the delectation of worthy clientele. Kampf’s new menu will include signature items such as Braised Short Rib Sliders, Pan Seared Long Island Duck Breast, Lobster Parpadelle and Shinnecock Oysters on a Half Shell. Imbibing guests can also revel in an exceptional beverage program featuring handcrafted cocktails from New York’s most impressive mixologists, creating a unique and relaxing experience.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Fresh Fun: New Spots to Check Out in Miami

Partying in the city where the heat is on? Miami’s got a few new bars and clubs worth standing your ground for.

Coming soon from Sam Nazarian, who is also opening the SLS Hotel South Beach, is a new branch of his celeb hang out spot, Hyde, at the American Airlines Arena during the next season.

Entrance to the 200 person club will be free for game and concert attendees.

Wine By The Bay is a new wine and art boutique located at the Marina Blue condo in downtown Miami.