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A chocolate tribute to LeBron James this weekend


Paul Joachim has a hard time eating any old candy bar.

“I’ve become quite the chocolate connoisseur,” says the Orlando chef, who won $10,000 on Food Network Challenge in 2011. “I’ve tasted some really good stuff.”

You can, too, this weekend at the Miami Fine Chocolate and Food Show at Pinecrest Gardens ( Joachim will be there both days, doing what comes naturally: mixing his love of art with all things sweet.

His biggest trick will be sculpting a life-size confection of LeBron James outdoors with heat-resistant chocolate. (Not that the big guy will be on site; he’s busy planning a wedding to Savannah Brinson. TMZ obtained the save-the-date card for the couple, which set aside the weekend of Sept. 13-15 in San Diego.)

“I’m a big, big sports fan, and this is my tribute to Miami sports,” says the Florida State University graduate who grew up in Coral Springs. “I’m going to need all the time I can get. This is like my Oscars.”

Maddy Marr

Feeling Blue

The Broadway in Miami series has just filled the last gap in its 2013-2014 lineup at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts with a famous trio of entertainers who make a big noise without saying a word.

Blue Man Group, other-worldly bald humanoids with vivid blue complexions, will play the Arsht May 13-18, 2014, as the fifth production in a six-show season; the others are We Will Rock You (Dec. 10-15), Elf (Dec. 31-Jan. 5), Once (Feb. 4-9), War Horse (March 4-9, 2014) and Evita (May 27-June 1, 2014). Mamma Mia! , a Broadway favorite not included in the season package, kicks off the Arsht lineup Oct. 11-13.

Founded in 1987 by Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton, Blue Man Group combines music made on invented instruments, striking design, comedy and audience interaction in a pioneering show that doesn’t depend on language to communicate. Stanton says the goal of the tour, as with all of the enduring Blue Man shows, is to “help audience members reconnect with their own sense of wonder and discovery, with their own sense of what is possible in their lives.”

Call 305-949-6722 or visit for information.

Chris Dolen

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