Bachelorette suitor Michael Garofola is putting his fame to good use at a charity event starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Macy’s Aventura. The lawyer will serve as celebrity host for a fashion show put on by the American Diabetes Association, on the second floor, Social Dresses. Spend $100 on duds and get a “special gift,” according to the invitation. We doubt that means a date with Garofola, since word is he’s romancing Sean Lowe’s questionably stable second runner-up, AshLee Frazier.
Even with a lot of Botox, not too many things in this town look as good at 100 as this one does: On Sunday, the Coral Gables Museum is hosting a garden party event at Villa Serena to honor Adrienne Arsht at the historic home of William Jennings Bryan, which the philanthropist bought in 2007 and had restored over a four-year period. Tickets to the event (a fundraiser for the museum) are available. 305-603-8067, firstname.lastname@example.org
Need a new look for fall/winter? Meet an Emmy winning makeup artist in the flesh and ask away. Melanie Mills, who has worked on faces appearing on Dancing With the Stars, iCarly, Victorious! and The Taste, will be at the GBS store in Pinecrest 3-6 p.m. Thursday. Mills, who also founded the Gleam beauty line and wrote the advice book, Glitter & Glam, will clue you in on how to channel your inner diva.
Better call the exterminator — stat! State inspectors found 41 violations at The Cardozo Bar & Grill and it was temporarily shut, Local 10 reports. According to a health department report, Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Ocean Drive resto inside the Cardozo Hotel was dealing with dead and live roaches on premises and rodent activity, plus food was out of temperature. Uck! A statement by Estefan Enterprises, which leases the place to a third party, partially read: “We take the issue of health and safety very seriously. We demanded our tenant immediately correct the issues, which they did.” The Cardozo is now open again after a major wipe down and re-inspection.
Miami boy Jeff Zucker, who turned the Today show into a ratings juggernaut when he was at NBC, isn’t having quite the same luck at CNN. And that’s putting it mildly. Last week’s ratings were the worst since Zucker took over nearly a year ago.
CNN’s ratings during prime time was so low that the Nielsen computers probably stopped counting so they Angry Birds with each other. Seriously: top-rated Fox News came close to having as many viewers in the age 25-to-54 demographic (377,000) as CNN did TOTAL (385,000). The troubles continued this week, with Zucker’s makeover of Crossfire drawing its smallest audience since it launched in September.
Meanwhile, Zucker’s old Today show pal Katie Couric is in deep trouble with her expensive syndicated talk show, which hasn’t delivered the ratings it promised. That means advertisers are entitled to the dirtiest word in the television vocabulary, refunds. Could Katie be about to jump from her own sinking ship to Zucker’s? Stay tuned.