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French Montana, Trina spotted at Hennessy event

Rapper of the moment French Montana was spotted over the weekend at the Hennessy V.S. event at Cameo with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, rapper Trina, who was spotted sitting near Montana’s table, despite trying to play it low key the entire night chatting with her girlfriends and seemingly hiding from the cameras.

Carlos Ponce had an “intimate” dinner with Colombian actress Ximena Duque Sunday at Caffe Abbracci. On Monday, Pat Riley had dinner with his wife and Chris “Birdman” Andersen, celebrating the contract that keeps the colorful, tatted player with the Heat for another year.

A casually “stylish” Pharrell Williams, sporting a fitted blazer, was spotted having lunch with three “lady friends” Monday at Zuma.

Sold for an undisclosed price, though it was listed at $13,950,000: the 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom Apogee apartment of William F. Duker, a Manhattan lawyer sentenced to 33 months in prison in 1997 for defrauding the U.S. government, according to real estate website

Detroit Lions wide receiver Mike Thomas and his wife rolled up to The Forge Tuesday night in a black Rolls-Royce. The couple supped in the main dining room.

Dennis Rodman had dinner Thursday night at Prime 112 where he may or may not have been overheard practicing his speech for his imagined Nobel Peace Prize.

President Barack Obama awarded a 2012 National Medal of Arts Wednesday to Lin Arison for her contributions as a philanthropist and arts education advocate. Co-founder of the National YoungArts Foundation and the New World Symphony, Arison works to celebrate, showcase and support the next generation of great American artists. The award ceremony was held in the East Room of The White House. First Lady Michelle Obama was also there.

“I am honored and deeply humbled to have been included among those who received the 2012 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama,” Arison said. “To me, this award is a testament to the president’s recognition of the incredible work of the next generation of young artists in this country. My late husband, Ted, and I founded New World Symphony 25 years ago and the National YoungArts Foundation 32 years ago to invest in something we cared about passionately: the development of emerging artists and the need to encourage them to pursue their careers. These organizations have grown beyond our dreams, to contribute to the cultural vitality of our nation. Ted would be very proud to know that. “I am grateful to the people of Miami, where both organizations are headquartered, for their participation in developing new programs, testing new ideas, and supporting the future of the arts nationwide. To the extraordinary people in whose company I find myself as one of this year’s honorees in the arts and humanities, I extend my thanks for everything they do.”

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