La vida local

Slava keeps his family close

 

Slava Polunin’s grandaughters, 2 and 8, are lucky little girls.

They get to see his Slava’s Snow Show as many times as they’d like.

Talent runs in the Russian’s family: His two sons also work putting together the onstage interactive fantasy, athe Adrienne Arsht Center through Aug 25. One is a clown, the other a technical director (another son is a musician in St. Petersburg).

“We’re like the old-time circus family,” says Polunin through a translator.

The 63-year-old former performance artist is happy that Miamians get to experience the cold-weather phenomenon like a lot of the rest of the world does.

“You can appreciate the Snow Show because of course you never have it there. It’s also a very international audience, speaking many different languages, and this is a production that needs no words.”

The good life

If it sounds like Rande Gerber’s life is no work and all play, you’d be partially right. His work is his play. The nightlife pro is in the alcohol business.

His Casamigos tequila with George Clooney launched in January, and Gerber’s Caliche aged white rum just turned 1.

“I obviously appreciate the quality, flavor and smoothness of a great liquor,” explains Gerber, who is married to Cindy Crawford. “We spent a lot of time creating my brands and spared no expense to ensure they were both perfect for our taste.”

How does Gerber take his poison?

“ I like mine straight up or on the rocks. There is no reason to cover it up with a lot of other ingredients. If you want to get creative, you can just add a little fresh squeezed juice for a twist.”

Don’t envy Gerber too much. The owner of W Fort Lauderdale Hotel’s Whiskey Blue is a really nice guy who just wants other imbibers to enjoy themselves.

He and the fam are currently living by that creed at their lakehouse in Canada.

“It’s like summer camp for them and us,” says Gerber, 51, of his and Crawford’s two kids. “We also like to spend time at home in Malibu: surfing, having friends over for BBQs on the beach drinking margaritas and mojitos.”

The former model makes sure to check a few things off his list when he visits South Florida.

“The first thing I do when I’m there is grab a drink and jump in the ocean.”

Madeleine Marr

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