If interior designer/TV personality Thom Filicia had his way, we’d be seeing him around more often.
“I’m a big fan of Miami, where it is and where it’s going,” Filicia said from a party Tuesday night, where he celebrated his role as design partner in the Biscayne Beach condo in Edgewater. “It’s coming into its own in a really fabulous way, maturing and growing into this international city that has such a great lifestyle, from culture to food and professional sports to the arts, all against this easy, relaxed waterfront backdrop.”
The New Yorker’s touches are spread about the building, the public spaces as well as the future beach club, complete with sand. It breaks ground next year and is set for completion in 2016.
Filicia, who was one of five cast members on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, still keeps in touch with the old gang from the Bravo makeover show: Ted Allen, Carson Kressley, Kyan Douglas and Jai Rodriguez.
“I only have good memories,” said Filicia. “We are all big supporters of what we are all doing. What we did was so positive on so many levels.”
Don’t be surprised by a reunion at some point.
“I don’t think you can truly go backwards,” Filicia said. “But it would be nice to have a little sense of that something you loved so much and have fun with it.”
Forgive Craig Owenby for bragging on social media this week.
The Georgian, 18, was flown to Miami to celebrate his status as grand prize winner of the USA Network’s Burn Notice Science Challenge. The national competition, inspired by the locally shot series, is meant to encourage learning in science, technology, engineering and math among high schoolers. The recent grad, attending Georgia Institute of Technology this fall to major in computer science, submitted his “laser communicator,” which fictional superspy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) may use to better hook up with his undercover homies.
For his efforts, Craig nets a $10,000 scholarship, on-air recognition for his gadget from Bruce Campbell and Coby Bell, and a meet and greet on set Friday, when the season finale was being filmed.
Mixing it up
The summer off Broadway theater scene is about to get “blended,” thanks to a 19-year-old playwright from these parts, Dylan Guerra.
The Blender is a series of plays-in-one, starring eight student-actors who rotate in various roles.
The show had a run at the New World School of the Arts in Miami earlier this week (Guerra’s alma mater) and moves to NYC’s MaMa Experimental Theatre, Tuesday through Aug. 4. Guerra, from North Miami Beach, is currently a student at the SMU Meadow School for the Arts in Dallas.