How can we let this show leave Miami? Burn Notice just keeps getting hotter.
On Thursday night’s episode, we’ll meet Katie Barberi, known to most as a star from Telemundo’s steamy novela, Corazón Valiente ( Brave Heart).
The North Miami resident will be front and center in the episode titled “Desperate Times.” Barberi takes on the role of Ms. Reynolds, described in a release as a “complex heartbreaker” who’s been romantically linked to Sam ( Bruce Campbell). The show’s matriarch, Madeline ( Sharon Gless), is forced to enlist her help after Sam and his team disappear in Panama when an operation goes awry.
Barberi is busy — also filming the third season of Nickelodeon Latin America’s hit Grachi.
Hungry for a vacation? The most sought-after reservations in town next spring will be at sea, with the launch of the first-ever Top Chef: The Cruise, aboard the Celebrity Constellation April 11-15.
Hosted by Top Chef judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, the culinary minded cruise will sail roundtrip from Miami, with stops in Key West and Cozumel.
Passengers will be able to savor interactive “Quickfire” cooking challenges, culinary demonstrations, Q&A sessions and Top Chef-influenced menus. Also aboard: past cheftestants and fan favorites like Tiffany Derry, Mike Isabella, Spike Mendelsohn, Angelo Sosa and Casey Thompson. Staterooms now on sale at www.topchefthecruise.com.
Sing out loud
We have a winner. Bianca Sirgany-Castro clinched the “Sparkle Singing Challenge” held at the Arsht Center earlier this month. The 18-year-old Miami Arts Charter valedictorian traveled to NYC to record a song with the Punch Monkeys, Sparkle star Jordin Spark s’ production team. She also appeared on BET’s 106 & Park.
Listen to her pipes when she performs as the Free Gospel Sundays opening act Sept. 16, headlined by Grammy-nominated contemporary gospel singer J Moss.
Pushing the limits
More props go out to Coral Gables resident Sabrina Cohen, who won SELF Magazine’s 5th Annual Women Doing Good Award. Out of thousands of reader-submitted entrees, the Miami Beach native (and P/T comedian) was chosen for her mission to reverse paralysis with her eponymous foundation. Cohen, who lost the use of her legs as a passenger in a car crash in 1992 at the age of 14, will be honored with $10,000 to support her cause at a NYC ceremony Sept. 12.