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Harry Connick Jr. was spotted over the weekend at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, where he stayed in the Vice Presidential Suite. For relaxation, the crooner took advantage of the hotel’s NBA approved basketball arena, where he shot hoops prior to his performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center gala on Friday night. On stage, Connick Jr. praised the hotel’s service and joked that someone more important than him must have had the Presidential Suite booked. We asked, actually, and were told, “An international business person on leisure.” Huh.

Lionel Richie was seen enjoying dinner with two friends Saturday at Bianca at the Delano. The Motown legend turned country singer was very friendly and interacted with guests before and after his meal — even posing for a few pictures. The DJ in the lobby paid proper homage by playing a few of his hits in honor of him being there for dinner, bringing a smile to Richie’s face.

It was quite the game of musical chairs at Prime 112 this weekend. On Saturday night, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson was seen dining there with friends. On Sunday night, both Flo Rida and T.I. were seen at their own tables with friends. T.I. was in an excellent mood and really friendly, says our spy. As he exited the restaurant, he spent time posing for pictures with a few fans. Across the street at Prime Italian, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Brady Quinn was seen having dinner Sunday night.

Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, is performing a free hourlong show of songs from his latest album, Listening, at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Delano. As for whether his proud parents will be in the audience, our source says, “Who knows?” BiancaRSVP@lightmia.com.

Celebrity party planner David Stark, whose clients include Beyoncé and Jon Stewart, is giving a talk and book signing of his latest, The Art of the Party, at 3 p.m. Saturday at MOCA — free with museum admission of $5. Stark says what he loves about Miami parties is that people really dress for the occasion.

In town for Loews’ Girlfriends Getaway Weekend, Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger had dinner Friday night with friends at the appropriately titled Meat Market.

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